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    Newtown police arrested a man accused of shooting a door to break in to a residence.

    Police say they were called to a home on Andras Road around 4 a.m. Sunday for reports of gunshots. When they arrived they found the suspect, identified as 27-year-old Michael Dziubina of Newtown, standing near a broken exterior door with a small pistol in his hand. Dziubina was taken into custody without incident.

    Investigation led police to believe that Dziubina fired at the exterior door of the occupied residence to gain entry. Dziubina is charged with home invasion, first-degree burglary, first-degree reckless endangerment, unlawful discharge of a firearm and first degree criminal mischief. He was held on $100,000 bond and is expected in Danbury Superior Court on 12/7/15
     



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    Waterbury police are investigating a shooting that sent one person to the hospital on Sunday.

    Police say they responded around 1 p.m. to the area of Whitewood Road and Angel Drive for reports of shots fired. Investigation determined that the victim was chased in his Honda Civic by four males in a blue Nissan. The front passenger of the Nissan was handing out of the window and shooting at the victim in the Civic, according to police.

    The victim was struck in the right arm and transported privately to Waterbury Hospital. He was released later in the day.

    Police say five bullets were found in the victim’s car and multiple shell casings were found along Angel Drive.

    There is no plate number available for the Nissan. Anyone with information should contact Waterbury Police at (203) 574 6941 or Crime Stoopers at (203) 755-1234.
     



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    A Winsted woman is dead after her car flipped over on Route 8 north in Litchfield Sunday evening.

    State police say 58-year-old Marcella Shaw was driving on route 8 north near the exit 40 on ramp around 5:32 p.m. when, for an unknown reason, the car veered off the shoulder and flipped over. Shaw was ejected from the vehicle and killed. She was not wearing a seatbelt, according to police.

    Anyone with information is asked to contact Tpr First Class Cashman of Troop L at (860) 626 7900.

    Route 8 north was closed for several hours between exits 39 and 41 while police processed the scene.
     



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  • 12/06/15--16:24: Pa. Man Paints Over Graffiti

  • Police and thousands of Facebook users are thanking a landscaping company owner who took it upon himself to cover up anti-police graffiti on an I-95 overpass in Chester, Pennsylvania.

    Pat McCusker, the owner of Garnet Valley Farms, told NBC10 he was driving on I-95 when he saw the words “Cop Killen Season” spray-painted on an overpass.

    “My initial reaction when I first drove by was I can’t believe that’s even up there,” he said.

    A few days later, McCusker passed by the graffiti again and decided to take action. As another person recorded, McCusker painted over the anti-police message and put up pictures of smiling snowmen as well as an American flag. McCusker posted video of him covering up the graffiti on his company’s Facebook page Saturday. So far it has over 71,000 views and hundreds of comments from Facebook users showing their appreciation. 

    “They have a hard job to do and they’re trying to keep us all safe,” McCusker said. “So if it’s the season for anything, it’s the season for Christmas. It’s not the season for killing anybody, let alone police.”

    Chester Police Chief Otis Blair told NBC10 he’s thankful the graffiti, which was on the overpass for several weeks, is finally gone. He also said he understands, however, that many residents in the area have a negative view of police.

    McCusker insists he wasn’t trying to make a political statement with his video, but was instead, merely trying to spread some Holiday cheer.

    “It didn’t really have any agenda,” McCusker said. “I just wanted to make people smile and get that garbage off the wall.”
     



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    A 29-year-old man will appear in a British court on Monday after being charged with attempted murder in a knife attack at a London Tube station, according to police.

    Police used a Taser to stun Muhaydin Mire of Leytonstone in London, on Saturday. He was arrested after allegedly stabbing at least two people at Leytonstone Underground Station in east London, police said.

    A bystander shouted "You ain't no Muslin, bruv," according to video taken during the incident, which sparked a Twitter hashtag, according to NBC News.

    None of the victims suffered life-threatening injuries, but one was reported in serious condition. Police said they are treating the attack as a terrorist incident, NBC News reported.



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    Police officers and crime scene investigators investigate a crime scene at Leytonstone tube station in east London, England, on December 05, 2015.Police officers and crime scene investigators investigate a crime scene at Leytonstone tube station in east London, England, on December 05, 2015.

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    President Obama tried to to calm the American public Sunday night following the terrorist attack in San Bernardino, California, and he called on Congress to make it more difficult for would-be terrorists to acquire weapons, particularly military assault rifles like the ones used in San Bernardino.

    "I know that after so much war, many Americans are asking whether we are confronted by a cancer that has no immediate cure," the president said. 

    "The threat from terrorism is real, but we will overcome it," he said.

    Obama's rare Oval Office speech comes as Americans have been left shaken by attacks in San Bernardino, California, and in Paris.

    Obama called the San Bernardino attack an "act of terrorism designed to kill innocent people," but said there was no evidence that the killers were directed by a terrorist organization overseas or that they were part of a broader network.

    "But it is clear that the two of them had gone down the dark path of radicalization," he said.

    On Wednesday, Tashfeen Malik and her husband, Syed Rizwan Farook, opened fire at the San Bernardino health department's holiday lunch, killing 14 people and wounding another 21. It was the worst terrorist attack in the United States since Sept. 11, 2001, and the first within the country by those with ties to the Islamic State. The couple, whom the Islamic State on Saturday identified as supporters, had collected assault rifles, pipe bombs and thousands of rounds of ammunition.

    Last month, 130 people were killed when three teams of attackers carried out an assault on the Bataclan theater and other spots in Paris, while earlier, a Russian airliner was brought down over the Sinai Peninsula. Both are attributed to the Islamic State. 

    Obama said that since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks the United States had hardened its defenses, killed Osama bin Laden and disrupted countless plots. But over the last few years, the terrorist threat has evolved and terrorists have turned to less complicated acts of mass violence, he said, and cited the San Bernardino attack and others.

    Obama spelled out how the United States was battling the Islamic State -- by training forces in Iraq and Syria, working with allies to cut off its funding, relying on special operations and airstrikes and negotiating a ceasefire to the Syrian civil war so that the focus could be on a common enemy.

    He called on Congress to ensure that no one on "no fly" lists should be allowed to buy a gun, a step Congress has rejected, and to make it more difficult for people to buy assault weapons. 

    "What we can do, and must do, is make it harder for them to kill," he said.

    Republicans have remained adamantly opposed to any new gun restrictions.

    Obama also said that Congress should pass authorization for military actions underway in Iraq and Syria. He said that there must be stronger screening for those who come to the United States without a visa and said he had ordered the departments of State and Homeland Security to review the visa waiver program.

    But he said the country could not be drawn into another long and costly ground war that would lure new recruits to organizations like the Islamic State.

    "The strategy that we are using now, airstrikes, special forces and working with local forces who are fighting to regain control of their own country, that is how we will achieve a more sustainable victory," he said.

    And he said the country could not turn the war against organizations like the Islamic State, or ISIL, which he described as made up of thugs and killers who are part of a "cult of death," into a war against Islam.

    "We cannot turn against one another," he said.

    To succeed in defeating terrorism, the United States must enlist Muslim communities as some of its strongest allies, Obama said.

    "That does not mean denying the fact that an extremist ideology has spread within some Muslim communities," he said. "That's a real problem that Muslims must confront without excuse."

    All Americans of all faiths must reject discrimination, he said. If the United States starts treating Muslims differently, it will betray its values and play into the hands of extremists, he said.

    "Freedom is more powerful than fear," he said.

    Republican presidential hopefuls have routinely criticized Obama's policies against terrorism as ineffective and dangerous for the country.

    Before the speech, on "Meet the Press," Republican candidate Sen. Lindsay Graham said he wanted to hear that Obama would back a regional army to destroy the Islamic State in its base in Raqqa, Syria.  



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    President Barack Obama addresses the nation from the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, Sunday night, Dec. 6, 2016. The address comes as recent attacks in Paris and California have raised concerns that the U.S. and other countries aren’t doing enough to prevent terror attacks.  (Saul Loeb/Pool Photo via AP)President Barack Obama addresses the nation from the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, Sunday night, Dec. 6, 2016. The address comes as recent attacks in Paris and California have raised concerns that the U.S. and other countries aren’t doing enough to prevent terror attacks. (Saul Loeb/Pool Photo via AP)

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    Guests sleeping at a Hamden hotel got an early wake-up call this morning after a man drove his car through the front door and into the lobby.

    Driver Corey Merritt was arrested on multiple charges. Witnesses told police his car had been sitting idle for several minutes in the parking lot facing the hotel and that it went across a cementmedian, in between concrete pillars and busted through the glass doors and through the lobby, ramming through the reservation desk and hitting a wall before finally coming to a stop. 

    The driver, who police believe lives at the hotel, told police he fell asleep at the wheel.

    Hamden police and firefighters responded to the hotel at about 3:20 a.m. Firefighters spent about an hour cleaning up some of the damage, including shattered glass strewn on floor and significant damage to the lobby.

    No one was hurt.

    But, the crash did wake up several guests.

    Pictures taken by Jack Pignatello of Bloomfield, New Jersey show where the car finally came to a stop, near the reservation desk. He said it was like a scene straight out of a movie.

    "The building shook. I heard it....The woman behind the desk was pretty upset, of course," he said. "It was not your usual stay at a hotel."

    Hotel guest Johnny Marion, of Stewart, Virginia, was shocked when he left his room.

    "I came out to get a cup of coffee and I was amazed. I can't see how it happened," Marion said. "The car had to come through here and go through the doors. It's a pretty straight shot through there."

    Jill Blum, of Peconic, New York, said she was "quite shocked."

    "I was just walking my dogs, and I saw the lobby didn’t look like it normally does. I took a closer look and there was quite a bit of damage here," Blum said.

    Merritt got out of his car and tried to flee, but didn't make it far, police said.

    Police charged Merritt with reckless driving, evading and driving under a suspended license. Investigators don't believe alcohol was a factor.

    Firefighters were able to back the car out and it has since been towed.
     



    Photo Credit: Jack Pignatello

    Guests sleeping at the Clarion hotel in Hamden got an early wake-up call this morning after a man drove his car through the front door and into the lobby.Guests sleeping at the Clarion hotel in Hamden got an early wake-up call this morning after a man drove his car through the front door and into the lobby.

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    The Staples High School wrestling coach was arrested early Saturday when officers pulled him over in Westport after observing him drive erratically and found cocaine on him, police said.

    Westport police stopped David Bernstein, 28, of Fairfield, at 1:30 a.m. Saturday after spotting a vehicle traveling in an erratic manner, police said. During the motor vehicle stop, police found cocaine on the driver, Bernstein.

    There was also an outstanding warrant out of Bridgeport Superior Court for Bernstein on a failure to appear charge, police said. He was charged on the warrant and in the motor vehicle stop, according to police.

    Police confirmed Bernstein coaches wrestling at Staples High School in Westport.



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    The U.S. Geological Survey said a 7.2-magnitude earthquake hit Tajikistan on Monday, according to NBC News.

    It hit some 130 miles east of the Tajik Capital of Dushanbe.

    The tremors shook some buildings in cities in Afghanistan, Pakistan and India, witnesses said.

    A spokesman for Tajikistan's Emergencies Committee told Reuters that authorities had no information so far on any casualties or damage from the quake, NBC News reported.



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    The U.S. Geological Survey said a 7.2-magnitude earthquake hit the Tajik capital of Dushanbe on Monday.The U.S. Geological Survey said a 7.2-magnitude earthquake hit the Tajik capital of Dushanbe on Monday.

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    Hillary Clinton leads the Republican presidential field in hypothetical general-election match-ups, and her biggest lead is against current GOP frontrunner Donald Trump, according to a new national MSNBC/Telemundo/Marist poll.

    The former Democratic secretary of state is ahead of Trump  by 11 points among all voters, 52 percent to 41 percent, and a whopping 42 points among Latino voters, 69 percent to 27 percent.

    Clinton leads Ted Cruz by seven points nationally, 51 percent to 44 percent, and by 27 points among Latinos, 61 percent to 34 percent. She holds a four-point advantage over Jeb Bush, 49 percent to 45 percent, and a 26-point lead among Latinos, 61 percent to 35 percent.

    She's ahead of Marco Rubio by three points among all voters, 48 percent to 45 percent, and 19 points among Latinos, 57 percent to 38 percent. Ben Carson came in the closest. Clinton is leading him by just one point, 48 percent to 47 percent, and she holds a 26-point edge among Latinos, 61 percent to 35 percent.



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    Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks at Saban Forum 2015 in Washington, Sunday, Dec. 6, 2015.Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks at Saban Forum 2015 in Washington, Sunday, Dec. 6, 2015.

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    Two college students originally from suburban Chicago were rescued Sunday night after being abducted and held hostage, according to police.

    Nicholas Kollias and Ani Okeke Ewo, seniors at University of Rochester in New York, were reported missing around 6 p.m. Saturday after disappearing in the early hours of the morning. Police were looking for a silver BMW with an Illinois license plate, believed to be the car the 21-year-olds were last seen driving in around 2 a.m.

    A SWAT team effectively rescued Kollias, of Aurora, and Okeke-Ewo, of Northbrook, at a home at 22 Harvest Street in Rochester, New York, around 9:20 p.m. Sunday, according to NBC 5 affiliate WHEC.

    Police Chief Michael Ciminelli said at a Sunday evening press conference the abduction was a targeted attack and they have four involved suspects in custody.

    Both students were recovering in the hospital to be treated for non-life threatening injuries. One of the victims was found with a gunshot wound to his leg, NBC News reports.

    University President Joel Seligman told NBC News authorities had "a collective sense of relief," after being able to successfully rescue the pair, adding: "This could have turned out in a very different way."

    The motive behind the abduction is still unclear. Charges are pending for the four in custody, police said.



    Photo Credit: Rochester Police Department

    Ani Okeke Ewo (left), of Aurora, and Nicholas Kollias (right), of Northbrook, disappeared Saturday morning from the University of Rochester.Ani Okeke Ewo (left), of Aurora, and Nicholas Kollias (right), of Northbrook, disappeared Saturday morning from the University of Rochester.

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    Lebanon firefighters responded to a first-alarm mulch fire around 6 a.m. Monday

    The fire broke out in the mulch at the business, Scott's.

    Photos posted on Lebanon Volunteer Fire Department's page show flames coming from a large mulch pile and a significant amount of smoke.

    No further information was immediately available.



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    Lebanon firefighters responded to a first-alarm mulch fire around 6 a.m.Lebanon firefighters responded to a first-alarm mulch fire around 6 a.m.

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    A car struck a Southington commercial building early Monday morning and now the driver is facing motor vehicle charges.

    The accident happened at 410 Main Street in Southington at a building that contains a hair salon and trophy store.

    Police followed a fluid trail on the road and tracked down the car and driver in a library parking lot.

    Southington's building inspector responded and confirmed the building is structurally sound, but said it will need to be boarded up.

    The driver is facing motor vehicle charges.



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    U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch announced Monday the Justice Department has launched a civil "pattern and practice investigation" into the Chicago Police Department to determine whether the fatal police shooting of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald was part of a larger, widespread pattern of officers violating civil rights.

    The investigation will focus on the department’s use of force, Lynch said, particularly if there are racial, ethnic or other disparities in officers' use of force, and its systems of accountability.

    "When community members feel ignored, let down or mistreated by public safety officials, there are profound consequences to the well-being of their communities," Lynch said, citing recent protests and unrest in Chicago.

    "We are looking to see whether or not the police department in a systematic matter has used constitutional practices," Lynch said. 

    Lynch said the Justice Department fielded weeks of demands for the federal probe spurred by the events surrounding McDonald's death at the hands of Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke.

    Lynch said the investigation will be a wide-ranging examination taking a deeper look at the practices of the police department. As part of the investigation, Lynch's department will gather information directly from police officers and local officials, community members, and other criminal justice stake holders, such as public defenders and prosecutors.

    Investigators will observe officer activities through ride-alongs and other means, as well as review documents and specific incidents.

    The pattern and practice investigation is "related to" but independent and separate from the investigation into McDonald's death, Lynch said, and will cover "a host of issues."

    “Building trust between law enforcement officers and the communities they serve is one of my highest priorities as Attorney General,” Lynch said, adding that the probe's goal was to determine if residents were in the hands of  "effective, responsible, respectful and most importantly constitutional [service by Chicago officers] ... to ensure that the people of Chicago have the world-class police department they deserve."

    Lynch was joined by Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Vanita Gupta, head of the Civil Rights Division, and Zachary Fardon, the U.S. Attorney from Chicago.

    ”In the coming months, we look forward to engaging directly with all stakeholders in Chicago – including the city's residents, law enforcement officers and public officials – as part of our fact-driven and thorough review," Gupta said.

    In response to the additional probe, Mayor Rahm Emanuel released a statement saying he welcomed the investigation and will "pledge the City's complete cooperation."

    "Our mutual goal is to create a stronger, better police department that keeps the community safe while respecting the civil rights of every Chicagoan," Emanuel said. "Nothing is more important to me than the safety and well-being of our residents and ensuring that the men and women of our Police Department have the tools, resources and training they need to be effective crime fighters, stay safe, and build community trust."

    Just hours after news of the investigation broke Sunday evening, the head of the agency that investigates police misconduct, Independent Police Review’s Scott Ando resigned, effective immediately, after two years on the job.

    Ando will be replaced by Sharon Fairley, a formal federal prosecutor who most recently was first deputy to the city’s inspector general.

    Fairley, Mayor Emanuel and Chicago’s new interim Police Supt. John Escalante will be holding a separate news conference Monday at 3 p.m. to discuss the latest turn of events. Emanuel also called for a special meeting of Chicago City Council Monday to be held Wednesday morning, where he will address police reform.


    U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch (C) speaks during a press conference at the Department of Justice as Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Vanita Gupta (L), head of the Civil Rights Division and U.S. Attorney Zachary T. Fardon (R) of the Northern District of Illinois looks on December 7, 2015 in Washington, DC. Lynch announced a Justice Department investigation into the practices of the Chicago Police Department during the press conference. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch (C) speaks during a press conference at the Department of Justice as Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Vanita Gupta (L), head of the Civil Rights Division and U.S. Attorney Zachary T. Fardon (R) of the Northern District of Illinois looks on December 7, 2015 in Washington, DC. Lynch announced a Justice Department investigation into the practices of the Chicago Police Department during the press conference. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

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    A new MSNBC/Telemundo/Marist poll shows that 58 percent of adults say that Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump is hurting the GOP's reputation, compared to just 24 percent who say he is helping its image. And among Hispanics, that margin is 65 percent compared to just 16 percent who say he has helped the party.

    Republicans are divided about Trump's impact, with 43 percent saying Trump is helping the GOP's image and 40 percent saying that he has hurt it. In terms of style, 71 percent of Republicans are dubbing Trump's rhetoric as "telling it like it is," while a quarter of Republicans say that Trump's words are "insulting and offensive."

    Meanwhile, 35 percent of all adults say that Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton is hurting her party's image, while 32 percent say she is helping it.



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    In this file photo, Republican presidential candidate, businessman Donald Trump speaks during a rally at the Greater Columbus Convention Center in Columbus, Ohio, Nov. 2.In this file photo, Republican presidential candidate, businessman Donald Trump speaks during a rally at the Greater Columbus Convention Center in Columbus, Ohio, Nov. 2.

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    A car carrying suspected car burglars rammed into a police cruiser while trying to get away in Windsor Locks early Monday morning, police said.

    Police received a 911 call at about 3:36 a.m. from a resident on Greenfield Drive reporting that as many as six people were going through his car outside his house. The caller told police the car burglars may have arrived in two cars parked nearby.

    Officers responded and observed a red Mazda CX9 with six occupants. An officer pulled in front of the vehicle, which accelerated forward and hit the police cruiser before driving off, police said.  The officer pursued the car into a condominium parking lot off Southwest Avenue and the vehicle pulled into a parking spot, police said. When the officer pulled his cruiser behind the Mazda so it couldn't get out, the driver intentionally backed into the police car multiple times, police said. Then the Mazda driver fled, cutting through several back yards before making a turn onto Old County Road, where the police officer lost sight of the car.

    The police officer wasn't injured, but the cruiser was moderately damaged.

    Police said the search for the individuals is over, but that they're still out there.

    No suspect descriptions were given.

    Windsor Locks police are investigating about six reported vehicle break-ins in the area of Greenfield Drive, George Road and Autumn Drive. Police spoke with a group of people on George Street who our NBC Connecticut crews overheard talking about their cars being broken into in the area.

    Police were seen patrolling George Street, Greenfield Drive and Southwest Avenue Monday morning. 

    Police ask anyone with information to call the Windsor Locks department at 860-627-1461.



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    Internet companies like Google, Facebook and Twitter are quietly stepping up their efforts to combat online propaganda and recruiting by Islamic militants by removing accounts that are suspected of being linked to terrorists, Reuters reported. 

    On Friday, Facebook said it took down a profile that the company believed belonged to San Bernardino shooter Tashfeen Malik, who with her husband is accused of killing 14 people in a mass shooting that the FBI is investigating as an "act of terrorism."

    But even as many Internet companies become increasingly vigilant, they also worry that the public may see them as government tools and that technologically savvy militants will learn more about how to beat their systems. They also worry that they will face the same requests from countries across the world.  



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    Facebook logo is displayed on an iPad.Facebook logo is displayed on an iPad.

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    The first full week of December looks mainly dry as above average temperatures continue to dominate the region.

    Temperatures will be noticably cooler tomorrow, in the lower 40s. Believe it or not, that's seasonable for this time of year!

    More clouds than sunshine are expected as a coastal storm moves by offshore. Rain is expected on Cape Cod and the Islands, but most of Connecticut will be dry.

    It's possible that extreme eastern Connecticut sees a shower tomorrow, but that would be the exception and not the rule.

    Clouds will blend with sunshine on Wednesday, and temperatures will begin to climb. Highs for the day will range from the middle 40s to 50 degrees.

    Thursday's another mostly cloudy day. There can be a few sprinkles, but temperatures will reach the lower 50s.

    Dry weather returns Friday and sticks around through the weekend. Saturday will be the brightest day in the stretch, featuring complete sunshine.

    High temperatures will be 10 to 20 degrees above average Friday, Saturday and Sunday!

    In fact, record-breaking warmth is possible on Sunday. The forecast calls for upper 50s with a record of 60 degrees inland.


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  • 12/07/15--13:00: 2nd Dashcam Investigation

  • Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez on Monday said the officer involved in the fatal shooting of a young African American man in Chicago would not be charged in the case and dashcam video from the shooting was released. 

    “It is our determination that no criminal charges should be brought against Officer Hernandez because the crime cannot be proven beyond a reasonable doubt," she said.

    The announcement came just one hour after U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch announced a federal investigation into the Chicago Police Department.

    Ronald Johnson, 25, was shot by on-duty Chicago police officer George Hernandez in October 2014. Video footage showing the fatal shooting, which has been described as "disturbing," shows Johnson, who police say was armed with a gun, running away from police when he was shot five times. 

    The video does not show Johnson being hit by the bullets, but does show him lying face down in the grass after the shooting. 

    Police said in a statement after Johnson was killed that officers responded to a call of "shots fired" on the 5300 block of South King Dr. on Oct. 12, 2014. Officials said Johnson was in a vehicle with three other people when someone fired at their vehicle.

    When police approached the vehicle, they saw Johnson armed with a gun and ordered him to drop the weapon.

    Alvarez said when officers approached Johnson, he fled the scene on foot. During the pursuit, authorities said Johnson "pointed his weapon in the direction of the pursuing officers."

    "As a result of this action, an officer discharged his weapon striking the offender," police said in a statement at the time. Johnson was taken to an area hospital where he was pronounced dead.

    A weapon was recovered from the scene, police said in the statement.

    Johnson's mother Dorothy Holmes believes the dashcam video of her son's death will clear his name.

    "He didn't have a gun in his hand because I also have seen the video," Holmes said. "I looked at it twice."

    The Johnson family's attorney, Michael Oppenheimer, said Johnson was riding in a car with friends when they were stopped by police. Johnson got out of the car and ran.

    "As he was running, other police officers chased him," he said. "Nobody fired their weapons until George Hernandez pulled up in a car, got out and drew his weapon and fired five shots at the back of Ronald Johnson."

    Oppenheimer says Hernandez pulled up in an unmarked police vehicle with his gun drawn. He added that within two seconds, Hernandez shot Johnson as he was running away.

    "It is disturbing," he said. "It will be forever etched in my memory."

    Hernandez said at the time that he felt threatened, city records show. He was placed on desk duty following the shooting, according to Oppenheimer.

    "You can clearly see his hands in the video. He is running what I would term to be straight ahead," Oppenheimer said. "He never turns. He never points. And there is nothing in his hand."

    Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel said in a statement Monday that the Independent Police Review Authority will continue its investigation into the shooting to determine whether it "was consistent with CPD's policy. 

    "A life was lost here, and that is a tragedy that can't be taken lightly no matter the circumstances," he said. 

    He added that "we must also ask ourselves if the existing policies on the use of deadly force are the right ones and if the training we provide to officers to make split-second decisions in life or death situations is sufficient."

    Johnson was killed just eight days before the fatal police shooting of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald.

    "It is a step in the right direction," Oppenheimer said Thursday. 

    Roughly two weeks ago, the city released dashcam showing a police officer fatally shooting McDonald 16 times last year. The McDonald shooting video has sparked several protests in the city and prompted calls for the mayor and Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez to resign.

    Last week, Emanuel fired Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy.

    "I've seen the video. It's a very different set of circumstances," said Interim Police Supt. John Escalante. "I'm hoping there won't be any outrage. Protests are understandable."

    Oppenheimer said the family has already viewed the dashcam video and noted there is no audio on it – even though the videos typically have sound. There was also no audio on the dashcam video from the fatal shooting of McDonald.

    "It doesn't make sense that there is no audio," Oppenheimer said. 

    Court records show that Johnson has four prior arrests. Two of the charges were dismissed and the others pled down to misdemeanors.

    Johnson's family has filed a wrongful death lawsuit in federal court.

    "It's not going to bring him back," Holmes said. "It's not going to make me happy. I don't want it."


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    The Chicago Police Department's chief of detectives retired suddenly from his post Monday amid resignations of other top officials in the police department following the release of the Laquan McDonald shooting video.

    Constantine "Dean" Andrews announced his retirement to interim Supt. John Escalante on Sunday. Escalante said Andrews' sudden retirement "surprised" him, but he praised his work in the department over the years.

    "Yesterday, Chief Dean Andrews notified me of his intentions to retire as head of the Chicago Police Department's Bureau of Detectives," Escalante said in a statement. "After serving the CPD for over 26 years, including the last 14 as a member of our executive command staff, Chief Andrews made this decision after considerable deliberation which began last week.

    "Chief Andrews felt the timing was best so that the department could move forward with the current leadership transition so a new administration would be able to assemble their own team of senior commanders. While I was personally surprised and saddened by his decision, his reasons are a testament to his dedication to the Chicago Police Department." 

    Earlier Monday, a police source told NBC Chicago that Andrews had resigned.

    Andrews was promoted to chief of detectives by former Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy in October. In 2011, when he was deputy chief of detectives, Andrews was put in charge of investigating the David Koschman case, which he closed without charges against Richard J. "R.J." Vanecko, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. Andrews was later put under investigation for his role in the case.

    It is unclear who will succeed Andrews.

    Andrews' retirement comes on the heels of the resignation of Scott Ando, formerly the head of the Independent Police Review Authority, who stepped down on Sunday. McCarthy was also ousted last week by Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

    As the resignations continue, U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch announced the Justice Department has launched a civil "pattern and practice investigation" into the Chicago Police Department to determine whether the fatal police shooting of 17-year-old McDonald in October 2014 was part of a larger widespread pattern of officers violating civil rights.

    The investigation will focus on the department's use of force, Lynch said, particularly if there are racial, ethnic or other disparities in officers' use of force  and their systems of accountability.

    In response to the additional probe, Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who has faced his calls for his own resignation in the last few weeks, released a statement saying he welcomed the investigation and will "pledge the City's complete cooperation."



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