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- The first shooting of the holiday weekend occurred at just before 1 p.m. Friday, when a 52-year-old man was shot in the city's Brighton Park neighborhood, police said. Details on the shooting weren't immediately known.
- At least four others were shot within an hour and a half across the city, including a 16-year-old boy who was wounded in the city's Washington Park neighborhood.
- Just after 2:30 p.m., the city's first fatal shooting took place in the 6700 block of South Loomis. Two men were sitting on a porch when a gunman came out of a gangway and opened fire before fleeing the scene. A 39-year-old man was shot in the chest and taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center where he was later pronounced dead. A 26-year-old man was shot in the right leg and lower back and listed in stable condition at Holy Cross Hospital.
- At 9:25 p.m. Friday, a teen boy was shot in a drive-by shooting, authorities said. Police said an 18-year-old man was standing on a front porch in the 1200 block of W Grenshaw in the University Village neighborhood when a dark car drove by and someone inside fired shots. He sustained a gunshot wound to both legs, and was taken to Stroger Hospital in stable condition, authorities said.
- A 25-year-old man was the second person killed over the weekend, when he was fatally shot at 10:55 p.m. in the Ashburn neighborhood. Later identified as Mark Lindsey by the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office, he was sitting in a car parked in the 3700 block of W 75th Pl at 10:55 p.m. when an unknown offender approached on foot and fired shots, police said. He sustained multiple gunshot wounds to the chest and body, and was taken in critical condition to Advocate Christ Medical Centr, where he was pronounced dead.
- Two people were shot at 1:10 a.m. in the South Deering neighborhood. A 50-year-old man was standing on the front porch of a home in the 9900 block of S Paxton when 2 men walked up and fired shots. The victim sustained a gunshot wound to the right forearm and refused medical attention at the scene. A 53-year-old woman was inside a bedroom in the home and was struck in the lower back. She was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in stable condition.
- A 15-year-old girl was killed and a man in his twenties was injured in a shooting on Lake Shore Drive in Lincoln Park early Saturday. Veronica Lopez was a passenger in a car in the 2400 block of N Lake Shore Drive just before 1:30 a.m. when a black Nissan pulled alongside them and someone inside fired shots, police said. They took themselves to Presence Saint Joseph Hospital, but Lopez was later transferred to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead. The man, a documented gang member and convicted felon, was shot in the arm and suffered a graze wound to the head, according to police. He’s listed in stable condition.
- At 1:45 a.m., three men were standing outside in the 3300 block of W Walnut in the East Garfield Park neighborhood when someone in an unknown vehicle drove up and fired shots. A 26-year-old man was taken to Stroger hospital in stable condition with a gunshot wound to the leg, a 27-year-old man was taken to Stroger in stable condition with a gunshot wound to the thigh and a third man, 23, was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital in guarded condition, meaning very critical, with a gunshot wound to the back.
- At 2:35 a.m., a 17-year-old boy was standing outside in the 1200 block of S Independence in the North Lawndale neighborhood when the occupant of a black SUV fired shots, striking the victim. He was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital in good condition with a gunshot wound to the knee, police said.
- A 21-year-old man was driving in the 4300 block of N Kimball in Irving Park at 2:55 a.m., according to police, when someone fired shots. He sustained a gunshot wound to the clavicle and was taken in serious condition to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, according to police.
- A 25-year-old man was standing outside in the 4600 block of S Honore in the Back of the Yards neighborhood at 3:13 a.m., according to police. An unknown offender fired shots, striking him in the leg, and he was taken to Stroger Hospital in stable condition, police said.
- Around 4 a.m., a 24-year-old man was outside in a park in the 4600 block of W Jackson St in Austin when an unknown offender approached and fired shots, according to police. The victim, a documented gang member, was hit in the leg and taken to Stroger Hospital where he was listed in stable condition, according to police.
- At 4:35 a.m., a 24-year-old man was walking in the 4300 block of W West End in the West Garfield Park neighborhood when two unknown offenders approached, produced a handgun, and opened fire, according to police. He suffered graze wounds to the arm and hand and was taken to Stroger in good condition, police said. According to authorities, he is a documented gang member.
- The fourth fatal shooting of the weekend happened in a normally quiet area of the Portage Park neighborhood on the city’s Northwest Side, police said. A 23-year-old man later identified by the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office as Damien Cionzynski of Harwood Heights was one of two men who walked into a business at 5:15 a.m. in the 6300 block of W Montrose, according to police. The men got into an altercation, at which point one produced a weapon and shot Cionzynski in the head. He was pronounced dead at the scene, according to police.
- Two men were shot in a robbery in the East Garfield Park neighborhood on Saturday, according to police. At around 3:45 p.m., the victims, both 46, were walking in the 3900 block of W Erie when three unknown male offenders approached, fired shots and stole the victims’ property before fleeing. One man was shot in the left leg, the other in the right ankle, according to police, and both were taken to Stroger Hospital in good condition.
- A 24-year-old man was walking down the sidewalk in the 1400 block of W 99th St in the Longwood Manor neighborhood at 4:20 p.m., police said, when an unknown offender opened fire. Authorities said the victim, a documented gang member, sustained a gunshot wound to the leg and was taken in serious condition to Advocate Christ Medical Center. According to police, he was not cooperating with investigators, and a weapon was recovered from the scene of the shooting.
- A 27-year-old man was fatally shot in the Fuller Park neighborhood on Saturday evening. Later identified as 27-year-old Garvin Whitmore by the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office, he was in the driver’s seat of a car in the 200 block of W Root when someone approached on foot and fired shots, striking him in the head. A 26-year-old woman in the vehicle with him then exited the vehicle and fired shots at the offenders. She was not injured but was taken into custody and charged with reckless discharge of a firearm and aggravated unlawful use of a weapon without a FOID card, both felonies, according to police. Whitmore was pronounced dead on the scene.
- A 19-year-old man was walking in the 8300 block of S Dante in the Avalon Park neighborhood, according to police, when he heard shots and felt pain. Authorities said a dark colored vehicle drove by and an unknown offender inside opened fire, striking him in the buttocks. He was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital in stable condition, according to police.
- A 26-year-old woman was driving eastbound in the 3900 block of W Lexington in Lawndale at 8 p.m. when someone fired shots, striking her in the neck, police said. She continued to drive on Lexington, police said, before crashing her vehicle into a parked car. She was discovered unresponsive in her car and taken to Mount Sinai Hospital in critical condition.
- Around 8:40 p.m., two men were in a car stopped at a red light in the 1600 block of W 47th St in the Back of the Yards neighborhood when another car pulled up from behind and passengers in that car opened fire. A 32-year-old man was shot in the right leg, and a 22-year-old man in the left leg, according to police. Both were taken in stable condition to Stroger Hospital and officials believe the incident may have been gang-related.
- Around 9 p.m., a 23-year-old man was walking down the sidewalk in the 5100 block of W Chicago in Austin when a light-colored car drove by, and occupants opened fire, police said. He was struck in the upper right leg and taken to Mount Sinai in stable condition.
- Three people were shot in a shooting around 9:40 p.m. in 2000 block of W 68th Pl in the West Englewood neighborhood, according to police. The first victim was a 48-year-old woman who was a passenger in a car heading south on Damen. Police said she was the unintended target, struck when occupants of two separate vehicles fired shots. She was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in stable condition with a graze wound to the neck. Two men standing on a front porch at that time were struck in the shooting. A 17-year-old boy sustained a gunshot wound to the right knee and a 23-year-old man was shot in the right foot. Both were listed in stable condition at Holy Cross Hospital.
- At 10:15 p.m., a 17-year-old boy was standing on the sidewalk in the 1500 block of S Ridgeway in Lawndale when he heard shots and felt pain, police said. He was then dropped off at Mount Sinai Hospital in stable condition with a gunshot wound to the lower left leg, authorities said.
- Just before midnight, two men were standing on the sidewalk in the 700 block of S Independence in West Garfield Park when they heard shots and felt pain, police said. A 28-year-old was hit in the left thigh, and a 29-year-old man in the left ankle. Both were taken to Mount Sinai in stable condition, according to police, and both are documented gang members.
- A 37-year-old man was critically wounded in a shooting at 12:20 a.m. in Austin, according to police. He was standing in an alley in the 4700 block of W Erie when a male offender approached on foot and opened fire, according to police. He was taken to Stroger Hospital in critical condition with a gunshot wound to the chest and leg, police said.
- At 1:05 a.m., two men were walking on the sidewalk in the 700 block of N Kedzie in East Garfield Park when they heard shots and felt pain. A 21-year-old man had a graze wound to the back and a 22-year-old man had a gunshot wound to the left hand, according to police. They drove to Norwegian American Hospital, where the younger man was transferred to Stroger. Both were listed in stable condition, authorities said, and the shooting may have been gang-related.
- At 2 a.m., a 28-year-old man was shot in the 900 block of N Cambridge in the Near North Side neighborhood, police said. He was involved in a verbal dispute with another person when the offender pulled out a gun and shot the victim twice in the arm. He was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where his condition was unknown, according to police.
- A 23-year-old man was sitting in the driver’s seat of a parked car in the 9700 block of S Vincennes in the Washington Heights neighborhood when he was shot, police said. Authorities said a man exited another vehicle and approached on foot. They men exchanged words when the offender produced a handgun and opened fire, police said. The victim drove himself to St. Bernard Hospital in stable condition with a gunshot wound to the left thigh, police said.
- Around 4:40 a.m., a 26-year-old woman was shot while driving in the 3900 block of W Wilcox in the East Garfield Park neighborhood, police said. Two men approached her car and opened fire, according to police, striking her in the back. She had other passengers in the car who were documented gang members and convicted felons, police said, but no one else was hit. She was dropped off at Loretto Hospital and transferred to Stroger in serious condition.
- Just five minutes later, a 27-year-old man was standing on the sidewalk in the 5000 block of W West End Ave in Austin when he heard shots and felt pain, police said. He took himself to Stroger Hospital in stable condition with a gunshot wound to the right leg, according to police.
- Around 5:15 a.m., a 17-year-old boy was wounded in a shooting in the 300 block of West 108th Street, police confirmed. Further details on the shooting weren't immediately known.
- A 20-year-old man was shot around 12 p.m. in the Auburn Gresham neighborhood, according to police. He was standing outside in the 8500 block of S Ashland when he heard shots and felt pain. He took himself to Little Company of Mary Hospital where he was listed in stable condition with a gunshot wound to the arm.
- A 24-year-old man was shot during an argument with someone he knows in the West Pullman neighborhood, police said. The incident occurred around 12:35 p.m. in the 11500 block of S Peoria, police said. He was taken in stable condition to Advocate Christ Medical Center with a gunshot wound to the right thigh.
- At 4:40 p.m., a 23-year-old man was in the 1200 block of W 85th St in the Auburn Gresham neighborhood when he was shot in the right hip, police said. He was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center, in unknown condition, and authorities said he is a documented gang member.
- Just before 6 p.m., a 29-year-old man was shot walking out of a store in the 11500 block of South Wentworth in the city’s West Pullman neighborhood. He was shot in the shoulder and drove himself to be treated to MetroSouth Medical Center in Blue Island, police said.
- At 10:45 p.m. a 25-year-old was shot in the left hand in the 3800 block of South Lake Park Avenue of the city’s Oakland neighborhood, police said, before being taken to Cook County’s Stroger Hospital to be treated.
- At 11 p.m., two men were shot in the Lawndale neighborhood on the city’s Southwest Side. Police said the men were walking in the 2100 block of South Harding when another man approached them and started firing. One of the men, a 35-year-old, was hit in the buttocks and the other, a 58-year-old, was shot in the right leg. Both were taken to Mount Sinai Hospital to be treated, police said.
- A half hour later, a 21-year-old who police say was a documented gang member was shot in the leg in the 5900 block of South Princeton in Englewood. He showed up with the gunshot wound at St. Bernard Hospital, police said.
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Protesters jumped barricades and interrupted a Bernie Sanders rally late Monday in Oakland.
The Democratic presidential hopeful was addressing supporters at Frank Ogawa Plaza at City Hall when at least four people hopped over barricades and attempted to rush the podium.
The group was stopped by Secret Service and agents also immediately surrounded Sanders during the incident.
Video appears to show a Secret Service agent strike one of the barricade jumpers several times with a night stick. The protesters were detained by authorities.
"We don't get intimidated easily," Sanders said after the incident.
Sanders' campaign said the group who jumped the barricades appear to be animal rights protesters.
Authorities said 20,000 people attended the rally, where Sanders donned a Golden State Warriors cap and told the crowd why he would be the best option for Democrats come November.
"In virtually every state and national poll, we do much better than Trump than Secretary Clinton does," he said.
But Sanders faces an uphill battle as his Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton is about 70 delegates away from clinching the nomination. A large number of those are superdelegates who could change their minds, and that's what Sanders and his supporters are banking on.
Sanders believes a win in California, a state with 475 delegates, would be a giant first step in the right direction.
"If there is a large voter turnout, we will win and win big," he told the gathering in Oakland.
Supporters aren't giving up either.
"He should stay in to the very last minute," said Joshua Harris, who was at the Oakland rally. "He should stay in as long as he can."
Another Sanders supporter, Jeff Nibert, agreed: "If California can send a message to the country next Tuesday, that would be a shocker around the world."
Earlier in the day, Sanders visited one of Oakland’s most influential black churches – Allen Temple Baptist along International Boulevard – with actor Danny Glover.
Sanders spoke to about 200 people inside the church, stressing economic equality and more access to education.
Sanders will be in Emeryville on Tuesday for a health care conference, followed by another rally in Santa Cruz. He'll wrap up his Bay Area tour Wednesday with a rally in Palo Alto.
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Secret service agents surround Bernie Sanders after protesters jumped over barricades and attempted to rush the podium during a rally in Oakland, Calif. (May 30, 2016)
Chicago police beefed up patrols for Memorial Day as more than 60 people were shot during the violent three-day holiday weekend.
By Monday evening, at least 63 people had been shot across the city since Friday afternoon, including five who were killed. This surpasses the number of people shot during last year's Memorial Day weekend, though Chicago Police News Affairs said murders are down 50 percent compared to last Memorial Day.
Among the youngest shooting victims, a 15-year-old girl was fatally shot while riding in a car with a documented gang member on Lake Shore Drive.
First Deputy Superintendent John Escalante said the department’s plan for Monday was to increase patrols in designated areas, including along Lake Shore Drive.
“As we’ve said before, it’s about 1,500 people that are driving the violence,” Escalente said. “Those are the people we’re trying to concentrate on.”
Chicago has been pulled into headlines nationwide this weekend as police struggle to curtail the city’s growing reputation for violence. Escalante said he is confident the department can get things under control, but others are skeptical.
“The police cannot stop the killings in the Chicagoland area and it’s not their fault,” community activist Tio Hardiman told NBC 5. “The community needs to organize in high numbers and work with these guys on street corners in an aggressive way.”
As the city wraps up the fifth month of 2016, the Chicago Tribune reports there have already been more than 1,400 shooting victims so far this year.
Shootings across the city included the following:
• About 12:30 a.m., police said a 35-year-old was injured in a drive-by shooting in the Austin neighborhood. The man was standing on a porch in the 900 block of North Massasoit when a car drove past and fired shots, police said. He was hit in the leg and taken to Loyola University Medical Center to be treated, police said.
• Around 1 a.m., a man was shot during an attempted robbery in the South Side’s Park Manor neighborhood. Police say the 28-year-old was in the 400 block of East 74th Street when two men approached him and announced a robbery. When he tried to run away, he was shot in the back, police said. He was taken to Stroger Hospital to be treated.
• At 1:30 a.m., two documented gang members were shot while walking in the Humboldt Park neighborhood on the city’s West Side. The men, both 18, were in the 1300 block of North Pulaski when someone walked up and started shooting, police said. One was struck in the back and the other in the leg. Both were taken to Stroger Hospital, police said.
• At 10:35 a.m., a 17-year-old boy was shot twice in the hip when someone in a black SUV fired shots in his direction. The vehicle fled the scene and the victim was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital in fair condition.
• Just before 11 a.m., two men were shot while standing on a street in the 3800 block of West Gladys in the city's East Garfield Park neighborhood. A 21-year-old man was shot in the left elbow and taken to Mount Sinai Hospital in good condition and a 28-year-old man was shot in the lower back and taken to Stroger Hospital in serious condition. Police said a black Nissan drove by the pair and someone inside the vehicle opened fire. No one was in custody as of Monday evening.
• Around 4 p.m., a 15-year-old boy was shot in the back while walking in the 6700 block of South Sangamon. Police said the teen was walking on the street when he heard shots and felt pain. He was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in stable condition.
• An hour later, a 16-year-old boy was shot while talking to someone in the 8700 block of South Escanaba. Police said a gunman emerged from a gangway in the area and fired several shots at the pair striking the teen in the right leg.
• Around 5:30 p.m., a 17-year-old boy was shot in the right thumb in the 3600 block of West 30th Street. The teen told police he was walking down the block when a man across the street, who was walking with another man, fired shots at him. The victim was taken to St. Anthony Hospital in good condition.
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Funnel clouds and twisters swept through Nebraska and Colorado on Monday as several other states in the country's mid-section — including flood-battered Texas — prepared for potentially powerful wind gusts, hail and heavy rain.
The forecast came after a "siege of severe thunderstorms," as The Weather Channel described it, washed out bridges, swamped homes and left at least nine people dead in Texas since Friday.
Rescue workers found the ninth victim, a woman in her 30s, Monday night in Barton Springs, Texas, the Austin-Travis County Emergency Management Service said. She was reported to have been seen entering a water-choked tunnel but never came out, the agency said.
Earlier Monday, a 16 year-old boy working with a church cleanup crew in Brenham, northwest of Houston, was killed when a pine tree limb that had broken during the recent round of storms fell on him, authorities said.
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A tornado touches down near McClouth, Kan., Thursday, May 26, 2016. The twister was one of five tornadoes reported in several northeast Kansas counties.
Some areas of the state have already picked up more than an inch of rain, including New Haven and Bridgeport.
The downpours will be scattered in nature through midday.
Parade organizers and those looking to host an outdoor event early this afternoon should get by mainly dry.
Breaks of sunshine are likely, but it will be self-destructing sunshine.
A cold front on the approach means that any sunshine will act as fuel for thunderstorms.
Western Connecticut stands the best chance of seeing a thunderstorm late this afternoon and early this evening. The storms could be on the strong side as they first enter the state.
The sky clears overnight and abundant sunshine is expected tomorrow. The humidity will be gone as temperatures rise into the middle 80s inland!
A dead dog was found in a crate on a New Haven sidewalk on Memorial Day, police confirmed.
On Monday morning, a dead dog in a crate was found between paper bags of leaves put out as trash on Blake Street, police said.
At 11 a.m., a caller said the dog was in a covered crate on the sidewalk.
Police describe the animal as a small white "lap dog" with no noticeable signs of trauma, according to patrol sergeant Steven Teague.
"It's likely the case of someone who's pet died and they didn't know how to properly deal with the situation -- perhaps someone elderly," Teague said.
It is not clear who the dog belongs to or the cause of its death.
Police are investigating the incident but said not necessarily for criminal wrongdoing.
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Hartford city officials will meet with officials from the bonding company for the new minor league ballpark this afternoon, days after the mayor called the $47 million bond for the new ballpark.
Mayor Luke Bronin and Sean Fitzpatrick, of the Hartford Stadium Authority, sent a letter to Arch Insurance Company in Philadelphia, saying the DoNo baseball stadium developer, Centerplan Construction Company, has defaulted on its agreement with the city.
The ballpark was supposed to be “substantially complete” by May 17, but that did not happen and the latest estimates were that the park could open at the beginning of July at the earliest.
With no home park. the Hartford Yard Goats have been playing their home games at Dodd Stadium in Norwich, home of the Connecticut Tigers.
The letter from city officials accuses the developer of failing to adhere to the requirement of an agreement reached in January to pay $50,000 if they missed the deadline and an additional $15,000 per day, up to $250,000, until reaching the “substantial completion” date.
Centerplan and DoNo have pledged to fight the claim in court because they say the city has some culpability in the park being late.
The letter also says “numerous construction deficiencies and code violations” remain on the project and Centerplan threatened to walk off the jobsite and would be in serious default if it does so.
The decision to call the bond could delay the construction of the ballpark by several weeks.
The net step is for the bonding company to assess the stadium construction project and decide whether to replace Centerplan Construction as the general contractor or keep them on the job with oversight.
In either case, the bond is secured by the assets of the developer, DoNo Hartford, LLC and its principles.
Neither the City of Hartford nor the Yard Goats would be required to spend additional money to finish the stadium.
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Dunkin' Donuts Park in Hartford
Someone altered three Texas Department of Transportation electronic road signs over the holiday weekend and made their political preferences known to the world.
The portable signs — which typically display messages like "Exit Closed" or "Lanes Shift Ahead" — read "Bernie for President" and "Donald Trump Is a Shape-Shifting Lizard" during the morning commute Tuesday. Workers with TxDOT began turning the signs off shortly before 6 a.m.
All the signs were found in west Dallas. The "Trump" sign greeted drivers headed west on Interstate 30 as they approach the Cockrell Hill Road exit. The "Bernie" sign was positioned nearby on Westmoreland Road beneath I-30.
A third sign that read "Work Is Canceled — Go Back Home" was later found on Westmoreland Road, just north of I-30.
TxDOT officials said the signs belong to a contractor who has been performing work along I-30. They believe the signs were turned off and locked before the holiday weekend.
According to TxDOT spokesman Ryan LaFontaine, who is concerned about the hacker's "boldness," the signs cannot be altered remotely and must be changed manually at the control panels.
"You have to actually be there," he said. "Power it up and get in there and break the password."
Similar situations have been reported across the country, with those responsible gaining access to the electronic sign’s control panel and changing the message it displays.
"Any sort of tampering with that sort of stuff is a third-degree felony and it's punishable. We're talking prison time," LaFontaine said. "It's not something that's taken lightly be any means."
A third-degree felony is punishable by up to 10 years in prison. LaFontaine says if anyone notices suspicious activity around portable signs, especially when there is no construction, to contact TXDOT or local police.
NBC 5's Chris Van Horne and Tim Ciesco contributed to this report.
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As Memorial Day marked the unofficial start of summer, so too did Starbucks, which announced two new cold-brew coffee drinks just in time for the warmer weather.
Both the Nitro Cold Brew and Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Brew will be available at stores around the country this summer. Starbucks announced the beverages in a press release Tuesday.
The Nitro Cold Brew — cold-brew coffee "infused with nitrogen for a smooth, creamy texture" — is served unsweetened without ice.
The drink is currently served at stores in Seattle and will be offered at 500 locations nationwide by the end of the summer, starting with Portland, New York, Chciago, Boston, San Francisco and Los Angeles, according to Starbucks.
The coffee giant's second new beverage, the Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Brew, consists of cold-brew coffee topped with house-made sweet cream. It will be available this summer in the U.S. and Canada.
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The Nitro Cold Brew and Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Brew will be available at stores around the country this summer.
High pressure will provide dry weather throughout the midweek period.
Overnight, temperatures will fall back into the 50s – great sleeping weather.
A blend of clouds and sunshine is expected Wednesday and Thursday with high temperatures in the upper 70s to lower 80s.
It's a cold front that brings a few showers Friday, with highs around 70 degrees.
An early look at the start to the weekend shows mostly sunny skies for Saturday with highs in the upper 70s and lower 80s.
More rain is possible Sunday.
A record-setting college swimmer drowned during a lifeguard fitness test on Cape Cod over Memorial Day weekend, authorities said.
Jack Jakubek, 22, of Newburgh, New York, was reported missing shortly before 9 a.m. Saturday at Pilgrim Lake, a pond in Orleans, Massachusetts, according to state police and fire officials.
Rescue divers pulled him, unconscious, from the water. His fellow lifeguards tried to revive him, but Jakubek was pronounced dead shortly after arriving at Cape Cod Hospital.
Jakubek had recently graduated from the State University of New York-Cortland and was a record-setting member of the swim team. He was set to serve as an assistant coach next season while pursuing his master's degree, school officials said.
"Jack was an outstanding athlete, but he was even more remarkable as a person," head coach Brian Tobin said in a statement posted on the university's Facebook page. "His loss is devastating to the Red Dragon swimming and diving family, the SUNY Cortland community and beyond."
State police detectives assigned to the Cape and Islands district attorney's office are investigating Jakubek's death.
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Jack Jakubek, 22, of Newburgh, New York, drowned while completing a lifeguard fitness test on Cape Code. Jakubek was a star member of the swim team at the State University of New York-Cortland and had recently graduated.
State police responded to two fatal crashes over the long holiday weekend, issued thousands of tickets and charged 51 drivers accused of driving under the influence.
Between 12:01 a.m. on Thursday and 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, state police issued 1,263 tickets for speeding, 903 for seatbelt violations and 4,111 for hazardous moving violations, including unsafe lane changes, following too closely, using a cellphone while driving or texting while driving.
State police also investigated 447 crashes, including 74 with injuries.
One fatal crash was on Route 8 in Waterbury on Saturday morning and the other was on Route 44 in North Cannan on Sunday evening.
Melvin Gordils, 26, of Bridgeport, was on foot on the Route 8 exit 33 ramp to Interstate 84 West when he was hit by a car just after 2 a.m. on Saturday, according to police. He was pronounced dead at the scene, according to state police.
Ronald Westerveit, 74, of Shokan, New York, was killed in a crash on Route 44 in North Canaan just after 5:15 p.m. on Sunday, according to state police.
Over the 2015 Memorial Day weekend, police investigated two fatal crashes and issued 1,254 tickets for speeding, 1,454 for seatbelt violations and 4,548 for hazardous moving violations.
They made DWI arrests and investigated 285 crashes.
Two adults and four children are displaced after fire broke out at their home in Montville.
The fire damaged the roof and ceiling of the house on Greening Place and the fire marshal believes it started on or near the back porch, then spread into the home and up into the attic.
Tankers were used to bring in water and firefighters were able to put the fire out quickly.
Most of the family’s personal property was not damaged and the fire marshal said it appears the house will be salvageable.
He also warned residents about the threat of fire this time of year.
"This time of year, you’ve got to worry about discarded cigarettes. There've been a lot of mulch fires around. Basically, as we get into the 4th of July season, all of the sparklers out there, people usually put them back in cardboard boxes or paper bags and leave them in the trashcan next to the house and they usually start an exterior fire," Fire Marshal Raymond Occhialini said.
He is investigating the cause of the fire.
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Fire displaced six people in Montville.
California Gov. Jerry Brown announced Tuesday that he plans to support former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton next week in the state's presidential primary election.
Brown said a vote for the Democratic front-runner is the "only path forward to win the presidency and stop the dangerous candidacy of Donald Trump." Brown made the announcement Tuesday morning in a post on his website titled, "An Open Letter to California Democrats and Independents."
Brown said he is "impressed" with Clinton's rival, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, but called on Democrats to unite around Clinton.
"For her part, Hillary Clinton has convincingly made the case that she knows how to get things done and has the tenacity and skill to advance the Democratic agenda," said Brown, who waged his own bid for the Democratic presidential nomination in 1976, 1980 and 1992. "Clinton’s lead is insurmountable and Democrats have shown — by millions of votes — that they want her as their nominee.
"Next January, I want to be sure that it is Hillary Clinton who takes the oath of office, not Donald Trump."
Clinton is 72 delegates away from the magic number needed for a majority of delegates to clinch the Democratic nomination.
Both Democratic candidates made campaign stops last week in California, hoping to rally support ahead of next week's primary. Sanders spent Memorial Day in the Bay Area with a stop in Emeryville planned for Tuesday as he looks to close Clinton's 2-percentage point lead in California.
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California Gov. Jerry Brown speaks during a bill signing event on May 19, 2015 in Sacramento, California.
The State Department on Tuesday issued a travel warning for Americans visiting Europe about the risk of terror attacks this summer, NBC News reported.
"The large number of tourists visiting Europe in the summer months will present greater targets for terrorists planning attacks in public locations, especially at large events," the State Department said in a travel advisory.
The advisory pointed to two events in particular — the Catholic Church's World Youth Day in late July in Poland and the European Soccer Championship, which France will host from June 10-July 10 — as potential targets.
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French soldiers patrol by the glass pyramid at the Louvre museum in Paris, Friday, May 13, 2016.
A professional surfer who lost her arm in a shark attack 13 years ago blew away the competition in an impressive performance in Fiji over the weekend, NBC's "Today" reports.
Bethany Hamilton, 26, was an underdog in the World Surf League’s Fiji Women’s Pro, where she went up against a six-time world champion and the world's top-ranked female surfer.
Hamilton stunned spectators to clinch a third-place finish, reaching the semifinals in Tavarua, Fiji. She lost Monday to Johanne Defay of France but still topped her previous career-high finish of ninth in a WLS event.
Hamilton lost her arm when she was attacked by a shark while surfing in Hawaii at the age of 13.
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In this file photo, surfer Bethany Hamilton competes during the U.S. Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach, Calif. on Thursday, July 23, 2009.
A man accused of using movie prop money to buy doughnuts in Middletown last weekend is due in court to answer to larceny and forgery charges, according to police.
According to police, Kubilay Demirhan, 18, of Middletown, went into the Dunkin’ Donuts on Route 66 on just before 8:30 a.m. on May 22 and gave an employee a $100 bill for a doughnut order that came up to $2.32.
After Demirhan left with change, the doughnut shop employee realized that the money was fake.
It looked and felt real, but both sides of the $100 bill were the same and said “For Motion Picture Use Only,” according to police. It also had the serial number DE 00008679 C on both sides.
The employee who rang up the order identified Demirhan because he used to work at the shop, according to police.
When Demirhan went to the police station for questioning, he told police that he didn’t know the money was fake.
He said he received the bills when he sold sneakers to a stranger to $400 and later learned that two odonf the bills were not real.
Demirhan was charged with larceny and third-degree forgery.
He was released on a $1,000 bond and is due in court on Friday.
The World Health Organization updated its recommendations Tuesday on pregnancy, sex and the risk of Zika virus. WHO now agrees with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which suggests waiting eight weeks after any possible exposure to Zika to have unprotected sex.
Zika's steady spread across Latin America and Pacific island nations — and its inevitable arrival in parts of the continental U.S. — has many people worried. The biggest concerns about Zika are around how the virus can be transmitted. So far, the evidence points to male semen as the source of transmission.
The virus is mostly carried by the Aedes mosquitoes, but there are several clear examples now of sexual transmission, NBC News reported.
At this point it is not clear if a woman is able to pass the virus to a male partner. For women wanting to have children in the future, there is no evidence that if they are infected now, the virus will cause birth defects later.
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In this Jan. 27, 2016, file photo, an Aedes aegypti mosquito is photographed through a microscope at the Fiocruz institute in Recife, Pernambuco state, Brazil. The mosquito behind the Zika virus seems to operate like a heat-driven missile of disease. Scientists say the hotter it gets, the better the mosquito that carries Zika virus is at transmitting a variety of dangerous illnesses.
Milford firefighters spent part of Memorial Day helping out a veteran after his wife suffered a medical emergency.
Firefighters responded to a medical call late Monday morning and the female patient needed to go to the hospital.
Her husband, a military veteran, remained by her side and firefighters wanted to do something to help so the man could focus on helping his wife.
After noticing that the yard work was not complete, Lt. AJ Murphy, firefighter Eric Ouellette and firefighter Justin Edo finished it before leaving the scene.
“We simply wanted to do something good for the Veteran, so that he may return home to find the work complete, and focus the attention on his wife,” Murphy said in a statement.
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Firefighters went above and beyond to help a veteran on Memorial Day after his wife suffered a medical emergency.
The state will be testing mosquitoes for Zika virus this year in addition to West Nile virus and Eastern Equine Encephalitis.
Starting today, the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station has begun seasonal mosquito trapping and testing and said the first set of test results will be available during the week of June 6.
“With regard to Zika virus, our overriding goal will be to prevent the establishment of the virus in the State, in the unlikely event that we detect Zika in local mosquito populations,” Dr. Theodore Andreadis, director of the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station, said in a statement.
Department of Public Health Commissioner, Dr. Raul Pino, said the current threat of Zika virus infections among Connecticut residents is from travel to Zika-affected areas and sexual transmission from infected men to their partners.
“While we do not at this time anticipate much local mosquito transmission of Zika this season, we will be vigilantly monitoring our local mosquito populations and working with our municipal partners to engage communities and citizens in taking common sense steps to help reduce mosquito populations,” he said.
EEE is a rare illness in humans, and only a few cases are reported in the United States each year, mostly in the Atlantic and Gulf Coast states. However, it often causes serious neurologic illnesses and fatalities.
During 2015, no EEE infected mosquitoes were identified and no human or domestic animal infections were reported in Connecticut.
Zika virus commonly causes fever, rash, conjunctivitis or other mild symptoms and rarely a neurological illness among infected people. It can also cause serious birth defects when a woman is infected during pregnancy.
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A cashier working with several people stole $11,000 in merchandise from the Polo outlet at Clinton Crossing, according to police, and authorities are trying to identify her accomplices.
Police called this an organized retail theft case and said the crimes happened between January and March.
The employee, working as a cashier, orchestrated the thefts with four to five people who posed as customers, police said.
To steal the items, the cashier would void large transactions, then place the merchandise from the voided transactions in the customers’ bags and allow them to leave, police said.
The employee has admitted to the scam but refused to name her accomplices, who might be from the New London area, according to police.
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Police said a cashier and several accomplices worked together and stole $11,000 worth of merchandise from a Polo store in Clinton.