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    New Haven firefighters responded to two separate fires around the same time on Wednesday, then were called to a gas leak.

    The first fire was at 594 George St. The multifamily building was destroyed and 10 people were displaced.

    "It’s a very smoky fire; a very hot fire," New Haven Fire Chief Michael Grant said.

    As firefighters were working on extinguishing that fire, they were called to another fire on Whalley Avenue. The fire was nearly extinguished as of 3:30 p.m.

    Then, there was a gas leak in the East End of the city. 
     
    Because resources were so stretch, surrounding towns provided mutual to cover the fire departments and the New Haven fire department called in off-duty firefighters. 
     


    Fire on George Street in New Haven.Fire on George Street in New Haven.

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    Savanna Jeanine Gauvin was the first 12/12/12 baby to be born at Hartford Hospital.

    She was born to mom Dina Gauvin at 4:56 a.m.



    Savanna Gauvin was the first 12/12/12 baby for Hartford Hospital.Savanna Gauvin was the first 12/12/12 baby for Hartford Hospital.

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    Kevin Youkilis wearing pinstripes. 

    There's something about that image that doesn't quite look right. There's no reason to be surprised by a player making the jump from Boston to New York -- not after Wade Boggs, Roger Clemens and Johnny Damon -- but it does take a little more sheen off a rivalry that's been losing its luster at a rapid rate in recent years.

    A clean-shaven Youkilis hearing "Youk" chants at Yankee Stadium will definitely take some getting used to, although it might be easier than figuring out exactly what the Yankees will gain from going this route. Youkilis is better than what they had on hand to play third with Alex Rodriguez out for an indefinite chunk of the season so the Yankees are a better team today, but this might not have been the best use of their resources. 

    Youkilis hasn't played more than 122 games in any of the last three years, his offensive production has dropped off dramatically in each of the last two years and he's not a good defensive player at third base. He still hits lefties very well, but he barely made an impression against righties last year which still leaves the Yankees in need of help on that front offensively. 

    We do look forward to seeing Youkilis work counts, a skill that's been in decline with the Yankees in recent years, and some rebound from last year is likely now that he'll be in a more pleasant situation than the dumpster fire he left behind in Boston. He hit better once he was traded to Chicago and Joe Girardi can use some names for the lineup card, but the overall picture remains the same. 

    It's another older player showing signs of wear and decline for a team that already has plenty in that department. Brian Cashman obviously feels that using such players on one-year deals to augment the ones already there on long-term deals is the way to do it in New York.  And the Yankees do keep making the playoffs. 

    It doesn't do much for the identity of the team, though. A bunch of aging mercenaries flowing through the clubhouse every year, renewing the idea that you're just rooting for the uniform just as much as seeing all those Red Sox defectors in pinstripes. 

    That's distancing, especially when the mortality of the team's core players becomes more and more clear with every passing injury. The Yankees could have 12-15 roster spots to fill for 2014 and it takes a good bit of wishing to see them filled by the kind of promising young players who can create a new core for the team. 

    It's not building so much as maintaining. And there comes a point where you can only slap so much more duct tape on before the whole thing falls apart. The Yankees are banking that this isn't the year that happens. 

    Josh Alper is also a writer for Pro Football Talk. You can follow him on Twitter.



    Photo Credit: Getty Images

    Who will Joba Chamberlain throw at now?Who will Joba Chamberlain throw at now?

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    Every week during the season, we’ll scout out the Giants' next opponent. This week, that opponent is the Atlanta Falcons.

    When last we saw the Atlanta Falcons in these parts, they were limping off the field after a humiliating 24-2 beatdown at the hands of the Giants in the playoffs.

    The loss did more than just end their season. It cemented a narrative that's been growing around the team for the last several years. 

    Atlanta has never had a better run than they've had in the five years that Mike Smith has been the coach and Matt Ryan has been the quarterback, but they continually run into a wall when the stakes are the highest. Three playoff losses in three playoff visits, poor performances in all three of those games and a sense that they don't have whatever intangible your favorite pundit uses to challenge the fortitude of a team. 

    Such theorists got another arrow for their quiver on Sunday when the Falcons were manhandled by a 4-8 Panthers team that they beat earlier in the season. Winning 11 of your first 12 doesn't mean much if you can't win when the big ones and Sunday brings the Falcons another chance to show they can win against a rival for the throne. 

    If they do, they'll take a big step toward home field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs and an even bigger one toward convincing people that they have what it takes to win a Super Bowl. It's a moment every good team reaches at some point, even if the precise "it" every team needs seems to only be known to sports radio hosts in hindsight. 

    Should the Falcons lose, those doubts will rise even higher because this is the perfect situation to finally go out and show they are more than just the product of a forgiving schedule. Here's a few of the people who will be trying to help them avoid that fate. 

    Three Amigos - There aren't many receiving trios in the same class as the one the Falcons deploy with Julio Jones, Roddy White and Tony Gonzalez and they've finally allowed them to dictate the pace of the offense this year. It's pick your poison for defenses that don't hurry Ryan into mistakes. 

    Speaking of Hurrying Ryan - Matty Ice is ice cold right now and his struggles make Eli Manning's post-bye blues seem like a pretty big overreaction. Those receivers aren't going to throw themselves the ball, so Atlanta needs their guy to get right. 

    Ageless Wonder - It seems like 20 years ago that the Jets moved on from John Abraham and started looking for his replacement as a pass rusher. It was only 2005, though, and the Jets are still looking while Abraham's still dropping quarterbacks in bunches. 

    Turner No Longer a Burner - The Falcons offense sometimes reminds you of the Giants' offense the last two years whenever they'd try to run the ball with Brandon Jacobs. Michael Turner's not fast enough nor nimble enough to continue as a feature back in the NFL, which makes it all the better for a Giants team that can't stop the run. 

    Josh Alper is also a writer for Pro Football Talk. You can follow him on Twitter.



    Photo Credit: Getty Images

    Ryan wasn't any problem for the Giants last year.Ryan wasn't any problem for the Giants last year.

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    From Meryl Streep to Michelle Williams, take a look back at the last two decades of Golden Globe-winning movie actresses. The Golden Globes return Jan. 13, 2013.

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    It looked like an ordinary three-story house in Hartford, but when workers recently began renovating the Imlay Street property they quickly discovered a long-lost 19th century historic jewel.

     

    "It was basically a vinyl-sided three-story house, nothing much to look at," said Ken Johnson, the executive director of the Northside Institutions Neighborhood Alliance, which is sponsoring the renovation.

    On the outside of the home, shadow lines are visible where ornate window crowns, brackets, and moldings once were. "The shadow lines of what was clearly a grand house here in Hartford," said Johnson.

    Next, workers uncovered an actual window crown dating back to the 1870's that was hidden above the ceiling of a porch addition.

    Then, inside the home workers found even more treasures buried in the walls, including a flag with 48 stars, a boot, a receipt from the Brown-Thomson Department Store, and a wedding invitation from 1878 with a reception to follow at an "Island Home" in Windsor Locks.

    "It was kind of digging for treasure really. It was like, 'Oh, I wonder what this is? I wonder what this is?'" said Ramon Martinez, one of the ServCorps workers who discovered those finds while working on the home. "It's all interesting information, really gives you a lot more history about the house."

    Before any of the treasures were discovered, it was thought that the house was modern and likely built in the 1940's or 1950's. Because of that, it was even carved out of the neighborhood's designated historic district, according to NINA.

    Now, they've determined that it was actually built back in 1875 by Porter Whiton who also remodeled the Old State House for use as Hartford's former City Hall, according to NINA.

    "It was part of the original Nook Farm subdivision, the same subdivision that produced the Mark Twain House, Harriet Beecher Stowe House, so we knew we had something pretty special here," said Johnson.

    Now, with funding from nearby Aetna, the house is being restored to its former glory, a three-bedroom, two-and-a-half bath single family home full of history.

    "It's been amazing. We've never seen anything like this," said Johnson.

    Renovations are expected to wrap up at the site next year and NINA plans to sell the home at that point.

    They're hoping the new owner will display those relics inside.

     


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  • 12/12/12--14:41: First 12/12/12 Baby
  • Today is 12/12/12 and it is a once-in-a-lifetime event.

    The superstitious among us might see these numbers as lucky, but, Wednesday was lucky for a different reason for two new parents at St. Francis Hospital in Hartford.

    Sean Eichner is the first baby born on Dec. 12, 2012 in Connecticut, according to St. Francis Hospital. 

    “I really was hoping he would come before the 12th, but he held out,” said mom Allison. 
    She was induced on Monday because Sean was supposed to show up a week ago. 

    “He just took a while to come here. He was really determined to come here on December 12,” Allison said.

    And now that he’s here, the 7 pound, 6 ounce, 21-inch baby boy seems to revel in the spotlight. 

    “I think it was all a big publicity stunt on the part of him and his mother,” said Priscilla Doolittle, his maternal grandmother.

    Baby Sean almost made it “dozens wild.” 

    He was born at 12:14 a.m. Two minutes earlier and he would have been born at 12:12 a.m.

    As you might expect, a healthy baby boy, and not his birthday, was the only concern the Eichners had for their first child. 

    “We didn't even think about it in all honesty,” Sean’s dad, Daniel, said.

    But while mom and dad don’t buy into all the numerical hype, they said there are some benefits to their new son’s unique birthday. 

    “It's just a cool date as far as I am concerned. Easy to remember too,” said Allison. 

    While Sean is the first Dec. 12, 2012 baby, he is not the only one.

    Savanna Jeanine Gauvin was born less  than five hours later, at 4:56 a.m.
     


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    Two people were shot during a home invasion in the west end of Hartford late Monday night and police are looking for the shooter.

    Police responded to 1060 Capitol Avenue around 10:45 p.m. and found one man shot in the chest and another man shot in the leg.

    Police said the shooter broke in, ran up to the second floor and started shooting. One victim was shot twice and the other once. Whether they were the intended targets is not clear.

    Both victims were rushed to a local hospital. There is no word on their conditions.

    Children were in the building when the shooting happened, but they were not hurt.

    Police said the motive for the home invasion and shooting is not clear,


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    Almost a week after police officers and the city of New Haven reached an agreement ending a temporary injunction involving promotion exams, scores from a recent New Haven police sergeant’s exam have been released.

    They were released after a Civil Service Commission meeting on Tuesday, according to the New Haven Independent.

    Derek Gartner scored highest on the October test, according to results posted online here.

    According to the Independent, the approval of the October 2012 results was unanimous and police commissioners will meet with those who scored highest to determine whom to promote.

    The spotlight was recently placed on police promotion exams when a group of 10 African-American New Haven police officers announced they were suing, claiming they were passed over for promotion because of their race.

    Attorney John Williams, who is representing the group of 10 officers, said the city only held the results of the 2009 test for one year instead of the normal two. That means the officers who passed were only eligible for promotions one year after the test.

    He said his case is eerily similar to the Ricci vs. New Haven case where 20 white firefighters sued New Haven and won in the U.S. Supreme Court because the city threw out the results of a promotions exam that city leaders felt wasn't fair to African-American firefighters.

     


    Results of a promotion exam have been released.Results of a promotion exam have been released.

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  • 12/12/12--10:45: Snow Possible Next Week
  • A weather pattern change is starting to show up in our extended weather models as we look ahead to next week and beyond.

    We have had a prolonged stretch of mostly dry and milder than normal weather that is conjuring up thoughts of last year’s winter without a winter. But, the latest information shows a somewhat dramatic shift to storminess and colder temperatures.

    For the first time in a while, the jet stream will dip along the eastern seaboard and induce low pressure to form. Since we are streaming toward the winter solstice on Dec. 21, there is more cold air available around us, and if the two can work in concert, the possibility of snow increases.

    Right now, both the European and American forecast model suites show two good chances for precipitation. The first looks minor, but the timing is crucial as it might impact the Monday morning commute.

    I’m looking for a mix of rain and snow to overspread the area on Sunday, lasting into the day on Monday.

    Timing and track is still subject to change. The second has the potential to be much more significant, but because it is farther into the future, the specifics are nearly impossible to nail down. Right now there is the chance of a stronger coastal storm moving up from the south on Tuesday into Wednesday, or possible later into Thursday, with wind, rain or snow, and a higher impact to our day to day activities.

    We will have more on this later this week.
     



    Photo Credit: Getty Images

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  • 12/12/12--09:29: Fire in Church Basement
  • Firefighters responded to a basement fire at a church at 119 Park Road in West Hartford on Wednesday morning.

    The fire was in a church, the Igreja Evangelica.

    It started when someone was cleaning a machine in the basement with gasoline, one of the pastors said.

    Fire crews said sprinklers put out the fire.

    The man who cleaning the machine was not burned badly.
     


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    The medical examiner has ruled the death of a 13-month-old baby boy in Wallingford an accident.

    Caleb Riley died of asphyxia and body compression. 

    Caleb and his mother, Kathryn McCormack, 27, were found unresponsive inside 102 High Street on Friday afternoon and paramedics pronounced them dead at the scene. 

    McCormack was found on the floor of her basement on top of her infant son, police said.

    Investigators said they found illegal narcotics and narcotic paraphernalia near the bodies.

    The cause of McCormack's death has not been determined. It is pending further study.

    McCormack's fiancé and Caleb's father found his family unreponsive on Friday afternoon and made a franntic call to to 911, police said.

    The family will receive family and friends at the Wallingford Funeral Home, 809 N. Main St. Ext., on Thursday, Dec. 13, from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m.

    A funeral service will be held on Friday at 10 a.m. directly at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 65 North Main St., Wallingford.

    Interment will be in In Memoriam Cemetery in Wallingford. In lieu of flowers, gifts in their memory may be sent to the Counsel of Churches (Support Court), 1100 Boston Ave., Building 5A, Bridgeport, CT 06610.


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    State police confirmed that a pedestrian was hit by a car Wednesday afternoon in Ellington.

    According to Police, the victim was walking by 135 West Road when they were hit by a minivan. The car remained on the scene.

    The victim was airlifted to Hartford Hospital and is serious condition. No charge have been made.

    NBC Connecticut will have more updates as they are made available.


    Police responded to a pedestrian struck by a car Wednesday afternoonPolice responded to a pedestrian struck by a car Wednesday afternoon

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    Internet entrepreneur John McAfee – wanted for questioning by Belizean officials in the slaying of an American expatriate – told reporters in South Beach Wednesday night that he will speak with police in Belize if they come to the U.S.

    "If they want to come here and talk to me, I’d be more than happy to talk to them, yes," he said outside the Beacon Hotel, where he is staying.

    McAfee posted a message on his blog at 1:15 a.m. Thursday asking the media to respect his privacy. He also had dinner in South Beach before returning to the hotel around 2:30 a.m.

    Miami International Airport spokesman Greg Chin said the American Airlines commercial jet carrying McAfee landed shortly before 7 p.m. Wednesday.

    McAfee confirmed that he was taken off the plane before everyone else.

    "They stopped the airplane before it reached the gate. They had everybody sit down and then they said 'Is John McAfee on the plane, please come forward,'" said the 67-year-old creator of the McAfee antivirus program. "And there were a whole bunch of officers. I thought, gee, this is continuing. And they said, 'Well, we’re here to help you sir, please come with us.' And they whisked me away from you people."

    McAfee was released from detention in Guatemala earlier in the day, the Department of Immigration in Guatemala told NBC News.

    He said he had no choice about coming to Miami.

    "I said, sir, I had no choice. They put me on an airplane. I am here," he said.

    As McAfee was escorted by Guatemalan immigration officials to the Guatemala City airport, he said, "I'm free. I'm going to America."

    Chin said that McAfee would not exit from Immigration and Customs to the public area of the airport. "His exit will be handled post-security by federal authorities," Chin said.

    Nestor Yglesias, a spokesman for Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Homeland Security Investigations in Miami, said he did not know about any special procedures in place for McAfee’s arrival.

    McAfee went on the run last month after Belizean officials tried to question him about Gregory Viant Faull, who was shot to death in early November.

    McAfee acknowledges that his dogs were bothersome and that Faull had complained about them, but denies killing Faull.

    Faull's home was a couple of houses down from McAfee's compound in Ambergris Caye, off Belize's Caribbean coast.

    McAfee said in South Beach that he's "not worried at all" about being extradited to Belize.

    "If I’m in front of a court, there’s nothing in the world they will do to send me back. They have no evidence, I have tons of evidence about the corruption, the harassment, beginning with the attack on my property in April," he said. "I mean, of course I’m not worried. I’d be happy to go in front of a judge – just not one in Belize.”

    McAfee had been detained last week for immigration violations after he sneaked into Guatemala from neighboring Belize. But Wednesday, Guatemalan immigration service spokesman Fernando Lucero said McAfee was being expelled from the country.

    "McAfee entered the country illegally," Lucero said. "Guatemala is expelling him. Since his country of origin is the United States, Guatemala is expelling him to the United States."

    As McAfee was expelled from the country, he told Bloomberg Television in a phone exchange that he was “perfectly happy with the decision.”

    Belizean authorities had been urging McAfee to show up for questioning in the killing, but have not lodged any formal charges against him.

    McAfee said he feared he would be killed if he turned himself in to Belizean authorities. In the interview with Bloomberg on Wednesday, McAfee said he has offered to talk to the police "numerous times on the phone."

    But "it's not an issue of talking about a murder," he said. "It's an issue of putting their hands on my person."

    McAfee's escort to the Guatemala City airport marked the latest chapter for McAfee's strange, monthlong odyssey to avoid police questioning about the killing.

    In one of the most highly publicized flights from police questioning since O.J. Simpson led police on televised low-speed car chase, McAfee constantly blogged and spoke with reporters about his life on the lam.

    Bystanders in Guatemala City stopped to stare at the passing police convoy, and people at the airport massed around the immigration truck carrying McAfee, straining to take pictures of him with their cell phones.

    McAfee suggested his weeklong detention in Guatemala for entering the country clandestinely had taken its toll on him.

    "All I can tell you is I'm 10 years older, and I don't know what I'm doing. I'm just going to Miami," he said.

    His 20-year-old Belizean girlfriend who has accompanied him since he went on the run was not with him on the ride to the airport. She was last seen early Wednesday leaving the detention facility crying, after bringing McAfee breakfast.

    The British-born McAfee has led an eccentric life since he sold his stake in the software company named after him in the early 1990s and moved to Belize about three years ago to lower his taxes.

    He told The New York Times in 2009 that he had lost all but $4 million of his $100 million fortune in the U.S. financial crisis. However, a story on the Gizmodo website quoted him as describing that claim as "not very accurate at all."

    McAfee is an acknowledged practical joker who has dabbled in yoga, ultra-light aircraft and the production of herbal medications.

    On Sunday he said he yearned to be in the United States and "settle down to whatever normal life" he can.

    "I simply would like to live comfortably day by day, fish, swim, enjoy my declining years," he said.

    But on Wednesday night, he said he doesn't have a plan for what's next.

    "I’m here, I’m hungry, I plan to eat. That’s basically it," McAfee said, adding a moment later, "If you’ve ever tasted Guatemalan jail food, it’s not very nice, and I’d like some sushi.”



    Photo Credit: NBC 6 South Florida

    John McAfee spoke with reporters at the Beacon Hotel in South Beach Wednesday night.John McAfee spoke with reporters at the Beacon Hotel in South Beach Wednesday night.

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    A nephew of the pedestrian who was struck by a school bus on Clark Street in New Britain and later died said more needs to be done to prevent pedestrian deaths in the city.

    Police said Charles Mercurio, 81, was crossing Clark Street on Wednesday morning when he was struck by a Dattco bus.

    The victim's nephew, Michael Mercurio, described his uncle as a "very loving, caring guy."

    He said he can't understand how his uncle was struck by a school bus since he remembers him being very cautious while crossing the street.

    "He (would say), 'don't cross yet. Watch the light,'" Michael Mercurio said.

    Investigators said the school bus that struck the elderly man was carrying three students from New Britain Alternative High School. None of the students, nor the driver, was hurt.

    Charles Mercurio was in critical condition when he was taken to the hospital, but didn't survive.

    "Just hearing about his death ... it's shocking," said Michael Mercurio.

    Those who live near the site of the accident are also upset by the death.

    "I can't imagine how an 81-year-old guy died, just by crossing the street. That's really sad," said Bishmel Campbell.

    Meantime, Michael Mercurio said more needs to be done to make sure that, unlike his uncle, pedestrians aren't killed while crossing the street.

    "I think they should put cameras on the intersections, and (police) could see what's going on," he said.

    The Dattco bus company released a statement saying it's cooperating with police in the investigation. At this point, it's unknown whether the driver will be charged.
     


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    A student is facing charges after bringing a BB gun to school Wednesday afternoon, according to state police.

    School officials say a 13 year-old student claimed to have a handgun in his locker.

    Troopers responded to the Pomfret Community School at 20  Pomfret Street and found an unloaded BB gun.

    The school issued a message to parents, notifying them of the incident.

    The student was released to his parents and will appear in Juvenile court.


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    Students and faculty were allowed to leave a California university just before midnight Wednesday, hours after California State University, Fullerton was put on a modified lockdown prompted by two men fleeing onto the campus, wanted in connection with an armed robbery that sparked two separate high-speed pursuits.

    Three men were taken into custody earlier Wednesday following separate car chases apparently started after a violent heist at a Southern California pawn shop. At least one man remained at large late Wednesday.

    At 11 p.m., the university tweeted this notice: "Police are beginning to clear building occupants. Please remain in place until directed by Police or audio announcement."

    Shortly before midnight, the university tweeted this: "Cal State Fullerton Important Message. All buildings are now clear and occupants are free to leave."

    MORE: Clerk Shot 4 Times in Robbery That Sparked Pursuits, Lockdown

    The complicated situation developed after five men wearing ski masks robbed at pawn shop in Moreno Valley at about 3 p.m., shooting an employee of the store. California Highway Patrol officers responded to a call describing the suspect vehicle and pursued it to Fullerton.

    At 3:47 p.m., the pursuit ended after the car exited the Orange (57) Freeway and stopped after it was involved in a minor collision in front of the university campus, Fullerton police Sgt. Jeff Stuart said during a quickly called news conference about 5

    Nearly 10,000 students were at the university preparing for next week's finals when two men fled onto campus, where one was immediately taken into custody. The other man fled into Mihaylo Hall, a 200,000-square-foot building, Stuart said.

    The three other man fled southbound from campus. One was taken into custody, and another carjacked a vehicle and led authorities on a high-speed chase that ended with his arrest in Watts. The third man from that group remained at large, Stuart said.

    SWAT team members were searching the area, he said. A perimeter had been set up to search for the suspect who had fled into the city streets of Fullerton, where it began to rain about 6 p.m.

    "We had a large number of students were able to flee the building where the suspect ran into. They've been evacuated from the campus. Those students and staff members that are still on campus are in what's called a shelter in place," Stuart said. "Our goal is to go around and rescue those individuals . as we do our search. This is going to be an all-night operation."

    He later added, "It's a huge campus, so it's a very daunting task."

    Three buildings on campus were on modified lockdown, where students were told to shelter in place, Stuart said. A student in one of the locked-down buildings said he witnessed officers checking every classroom.

    "A cop came running through and he said, 'They have guns, they have guns,'" said another witness, Shant Fermanian. "So all these people started rushing so me and my cousin, we looked up, and we just got out of there as soon we can. We had no idea what was going on."

    Fermanian said he saw a man, who was later taken into custody, run around a nearby building but did not see any weapons.

    Christine Accetta, locked down in McCarthy Hall, tweeted a photo about 6:30 p.m., pictured below, of a barricade students created inside a classroom. Four hours later, Accetta tweeted: "We have been released!"

    Another student, Raquel Mireles, said the university had been regularly in touch with students via text message with updates on the developing situation.

    "They're just trying ... to keep us safe," Mireles said, who said she was in College Park. "They're being really helpful. The cops have come through and told us to stay calm."

    She said the blinds had been closed in the classroom she was in, and chairs had been placed in front of the door.

    "The lights are off. We're kind of just all huddled together right now," Mireles said.

    While she talked on air to NBC4, a loudspeaker announcement told her to evacuate the building.

    The five men allegedly robbed a pawn shop in Moreno Valley in the 24500 block of Sunnymead Boulevard (map) around 3 p.m. Authorities there said the men wore ski masks and used handguns.

    An employee at the store was shot; he was in stable condition, according to Riverside County Sheriff's Department Deputy Albert Martinez. He said it remains unclear what, if anything, was stolen from the store.

    After the sheriff's department put out a description of the getaway vehicle in Moreno Valley, CHP officers spotted the car and a pursuit began.

    Just after the pursuit ended in Fullerton, one of the men car-jacked another vehicle, prompting a second chase, which wound through freeways and surface streets. The driver blew through several stop signs and red lights in residential areas of Compton.

    The man abandoned his stolen car in Watts and ran through a crowded area before surrendering -- spread eagle, as shown at right -- on a baseball field at Imperial Courts Recreation Center at 2250 E. 114th St. (map).

    The recreation center is surrounded by Imperial Courts, a nearly 500-unit public housing project, and was hosting a toy drive held by the Los Angeles Police Department.

    LAPD Chief Charlie Beck was among those in attendance and immediately began chasing the man as he headed toward the baseball diamond, away from dozens of police officers gathered at the park.

    That driver was taken into custody.

    NBC4's Vikki Vargas contributed to this report.

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    Officers from North County SWAT team walking through the campus of California State University, Fullerton, where a search was on Wednesday night for a man thought to have hidden in a classroom building after a robbery and two related car chases.Officers from North County SWAT team walking through the campus of California State University, Fullerton, where a search was on Wednesday night for a man thought to have hidden in a classroom building after a robbery and two related car chases.

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    A three-vehicle crash slowed the commute on Interstate 84 Eastbound before exit 27 in Cheshire on Thursday morning.

    State police said Morris Felder, of Woodbourne, New York, slid into the back of a car driven by Kevin Fellon, 43, of Torrington, just after 6:30 a.m., causing Fellon's car to spin into the center lane.

    Felder's car continued to slide and hit the back of the car driven by Christopher Montalvo, 25, of Waterbury, police said.

    The impact spun Montalvo's car around, blocking the right shoulder and  Felder's car continued to skid and hit the median, according to police.

    Montalvo's passenger, Ileana Borreo, 22, of Waterbury, complained of possible injuries and was transported to the hospital. No  one else was hurt.

    All three cars were towed from the scene.

     


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    A driver was killed in Fairfield on Wednesday night after hitting a tractor-trailer parked in the shoulder of the entrance ramp to a rest area, according to state police.

    This is the second fatal crash in the last two weeks in which a passenger car from the highway hit a tractor-trailer parked in a rest area in Fairfield.

    Police said Joseph Pierson, 40, of Stamford, crossed from the center lane of Interstate 95 onto the entrance ramp for the southbound rest area near exit 21 just before 10 p.m. and hit the back of a tractor-trailer that was parked in a no-parking area.

    Then he hit the driver's side of a car that was traveling on the ramp to the rest area, police said.

    When firefighters arrived, they found Pierson deceased in the Nissan Sentra.

    The truck driver, Joseph Eutsey, 39, of Middletown, New York, told police he had parked the truck so he could take a break in the sleeper section of the vehicle, according to the police release.

    Eutsey and the other driver who were hit were not injured, according to police.

    On Dec. 1, a tractor-trailer driver sleeping in the truck in the rest area on the northbound side of the highway was killed when a Toyota Corolla lost control while exiting Interstate 95 in Fairfield, rolled over and went into the right shoulder, striking the truck, according to officials.

    State police are investigating both crashes.



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    Residents of Berlin do not want an indoor shooting range in their backyards, close to a community that is home to many children and a daycare center.

    Residents said they are less worried about what is happening inside the facility on the Berlin Turnpike than what could happen if a firearm discharges in the lot.

    "People are going to be manipulating their weapons in the parking lot, discharging them," said Alex Dulaym, whose Scarborough Fare home would be a mere 60 feet from the firing range if all goes as planned.

    Dulay said the indoor facility is a cold range.

    In other words, range goers would have to clear or discharge their firearms before going in. The proposal would add this in connection to an existing gun shop, BMG Guns and Ammo, on Berlin Turnpike. It currently doesn't have a gun range for people to practice.

    He has prepared a DVD detailing the damage different types of guns would do and said it proves that any stray bullet fired in the parking lot of the shooting range would go right through his home and many homes around him.

    “That's the biggest danger -- the parking lot," Dulay said. "Not what happens inside."

    Dulay said he received a notice from the Berlin Planning and Zoning Commission about a week and a half ago that they'd be putting a gun range behind his house. He doesn't feel it was enough notice.

    "I'm not opposed to guns, to people owning guns," Dulay said. "But what I am opposed to is people bringing guns into a highly populated area."

    Samantha Dumin, who works at Creative Kids Daycare Center, right across the turnpike from the proposed range, said she isn't against gun ranges in general but has other thoughts on this facility.

    “It might not be all that safe for the kids, especially if they're outside and they hear stuff,” Dumin said.

    There will be a vote Thursday at 7 p.m. inside the council chambers at Town Hall.

    The meeting is open to the public.
     


    Creative Kids Daycare is close to the site of a proposed gun range.Creative Kids Daycare is close to the site of a proposed gun range.

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