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  • 06/06/16--21:01: MMA Fighter Kimbo Slice Dies

  • South Florida street fighting legend Kimbo Slice has died, MMA Bellator has confirmed.

    Kimbo Slice, whose real name is Kevin Ferguson, was transported to the hospital near his Coral Springs home Monday, according to TMZ.

    Slice reportedly died shortly after being hospitalized. American Top Team, an MMA academy, tweeted about his death: "The ATT Family and South Florida community lost a legend today. RIP Kimbo."

    It's been more than a decade since Slice became an Internet sensation with his backyard fighting videos. He later became an MMA fighter.

    The 42-year-old last fought in February and won, but the result was overturned when he tested positive for steroids.

    MMA Bellator, a promotion company, released the following statement after Slice's death:

    "We are all shocked and saddened by the devastating and untimely loss of Kimbo Slice, a beloved member of the Bellator family. One of the most popular MMA fighters ever, Kimbo was a charismatic, larger-than-life personality that transcended the sport. Outside of the cage he was a friendly, gentle giant and a devoted family man. His loss leaves us all with extremely heavy hearts, and our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Ferguson family and all of Kimbo's friends, fans, and teammates."

    The details surrounding Slice's death have not been released, but there are reports he died after having a heart attack.



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    FILE - MMA Heavyweight Sensation Kimbo Slice is seen during the Workout/Media Day with Kimbo Slice and Gina Carano at the Legends Mixed Martial Arts Training Center on Sept. 17, 2008 in Los Angeles, California.FILE - MMA Heavyweight Sensation Kimbo Slice is seen during the Workout/Media Day with Kimbo Slice and Gina Carano at the Legends Mixed Martial Arts Training Center on Sept. 17, 2008 in Los Angeles, California.

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    While Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton was making history, her husband, former president Bill Clinton, found himself in two different heated confrontations with protesters while campaigning for his wife.

    Clinton was shouted down by a man who appeared to challenge him on the crime bill that he signed in 1994, while another man appeared to challenge him on his economic record and Wall Street.

    Clinton didn't back away but instead welcomed a debate on both topics, telling the first man who shouted about the crime bill, "let's talk about that ... Now if I talk about it will you let me talk instead of interrupting me?"

    Clinton took issue with his wife being tied to every criticism of his presidency, saying, "I don't think it's right to go back and cherry pick my record and then try to blame Hillary with everything somebody disagrees with. If you are going to do that, you at least ought to give her credit for the things she agreed with."



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    Former President Bill Clinton gestures while speaking at the Olive Recreational Center, while campaigning for his wife, Democratic presumptive nominee Hillary Clinton, Friday, June 3, 2016.Former President Bill Clinton gestures while speaking at the Olive Recreational Center, while campaigning for his wife, Democratic presumptive nominee Hillary Clinton, Friday, June 3, 2016.

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    A malnourished female pit bull found in Farmington is improving and will soon be available for adoption, according to police.

    The dog, Fiona, was brought to the police department on Monday suffering painful hunger but her nutritional needs are being taken care of, Farmington Police said. 

    “(She) was thin, ribs protruding a little bit," Lieutenant Colin Ryan said. "(But) all in all a happy, healthy dog for lack of a better word."

    Fiona was found on Munson Avenue near the UConn Health before she was brought to the police station. It is unclear if the pit bull was dumped or belongs to someone. 

    According to police, the dog displays no signs of aggression and she is playful, energetic and loves to take rides in the car.

    Anyone looking for information should call Officer Rogers at 860-675-2440 or email rogersc@farmington-ct.org for more information.



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    Police said a malnourished pit bull dumped in Farmington is improving.Police said a malnourished pit bull dumped in Farmington is improving.

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    Logan Autry's autographed Donald Trump hat has seen better days.

    The California third-grader was banned last week from wearing the cap to school in Fresno. Days later, his stepmother's dogs got ahold of it.

    The 9-year-old told NBC affiliate KSEE he left his hat on the patio while swimming over the weekend and returned to find it in shreds.

    "I just really want another signed Donald Trump hat," Logan said, showing the tattered remains of the cap that reads "Make America Great Again."

    Fortunately for Logan, Trump's campaign has offered to make that happen.

    Campaign staff called Logan's stepmother on Monday and offered to send a new autographed hat, KSEE reports.

    "I'm very excited," Logan said when his stepmother broke the news.

    Logan was in the front row at Trump's rally last week in downtown Fresno. The presumptive Republican presidential nominee shook Logan's hand and signed his hat.

    The cap became Logan's favorite and he wore it to school every day. But it soon became a center of controversy.

    Officials at Powers-Ginsburg Elementary School told KSEE the hat was causing problems on campus and Logan was bullied for wearing it.

    "Our job as educators is to facilitate a safe learning environment where we encourage robust conversations of diverse ideas and thoughts," district officials said in a statement, adding that Logan had worn the hat for several days.

    "However, it’s also our responsibility to take precautions when the discourse begins to impact our school climate and interrupt school operations," school officials added.

    According to district rules, hats may be worn outside the classroom, but must be taken off if they create a distraction, KSEE reports.

    "They told me to take my hat off because it brings negative emotions to the other children who don’t like him," Logan told the station.

    His stepmother, Angela Hoffknecht, told KSEE she's proud of Logan and doesn't believe he should be penalized for voicing his opinion.

    "I think the hat is what broke the story but the hat is not the story," she said. "Logan is what made the story. Logan standing up for his beliefs and standing up for his rights to wear the hat at school."



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    Logan Autry’s stepmother’s dog ate his Donald Trump hat. June 2016Logan Autry’s stepmother’s dog ate his Donald Trump hat. June 2016

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    A town in Turkey sunk a 177-foot airplane in the Aegean Sea on Saturday in hopes of reviving tourism in the area. The Airbus A300 cost $93,000, weighs 47 tons and will become an artificial reef. Local authorities hope to boost underwater diving in the region. The number of foreign visitors declined by almost 30 percent in April amid security concerns and strained ties with Russia. It's a worrying trend for the country's economy, which heavily relies on tourism.

    Photo Credit: Getty Images

    An Airbus A300 plane is seen as it will be sunk in the waters of the Aegean Sea off the coast of Kusadasi near Turkey's Izmir province on June 4, 2016, as part of a municipal project for diving tourism.An Airbus A300 plane is seen as it will be sunk in the waters of the Aegean Sea off the coast of Kusadasi near Turkey's Izmir province on June 4, 2016, as part of a municipal project for diving tourism.

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    A female driver was taken to the hospital after a crash on the Berlin Turnpike in Newington on Tuesday morning.

    NBC Connecticut staff at the scene said the crash in in the 2100 block of the Berlin Turnpike.

    Traffic is down to one lane and Eversource responded to fix the pole.

    No additional information was immediately available.



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    Police are investigating a crash on the Berlin Turnpike.Police are investigating a crash on the Berlin Turnpike.

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    Investigators are searching for the person behind an attempted arson late Monday night at a Kardashian-owned clothing store in West Hollywood, authorities said.

    Around 11:30 p.m., a witness reported seeing a man throw a lit object toward the store in the 8400 block of Melrose Avenue, breaking its window, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

    Kardashian sisters Kim, Kourtney and Khloe own and operate DASH, a women's boutique at 8420 Melrose Avenue. The store sells women's designer clothing and has locations in Miami Beach, New York City and Los Angeles, according to its website.

    The store did not catch fire and no one was inside at the time, authorities said, but the storefront was boarded up Tuesday morning. No arrests have been made and police have not released any information about a possible suspect.

    Anyone with information is asked to contact the sheriff's department at 310-855-8850.

    Oleevia Woo contributed to this report.



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    Authorities were investigating an attempted arson at a boutique owned by the Kardashians.Authorities were investigating an attempted arson at a boutique owned by the Kardashians.

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    The superintendent of New Haven’s public schools is preparing to make some difficult decisions for the upcoming school year.

    The latest budget from the city increases funding to the Elm City’s schools by roughly $2 million over the previous school year. However, that’s about $3.6 million short of what Supt. Garth Harries said the school actually need.

    “It isn’t everything we asked for. In this kind of economic climate, you may not get what you ask for. We have about $6.5 million of cost increases. The board has already identified some cuts” he said.

    To make the new budget work, there could be cuts to around 20 teaching positions, Harries said, but he hopes cuts to classroom positions will be minimal, if at all.

    “We’re going to concentrate in central office, frankly, so central office cuts, programs and services that are coordinated out of central office,” he said.

    If cuts do have to come inside schools, Harries said they could include instructional coaches for teachers and other support staff, with the hope that no actual classroom instructors would lose their jobs.

    For parents of New Haven students learning of the budget issues in the city’s public school system, Harries wants them to know that education will continue to be a priority, even as school leaders find ways to do more with less.

    “By no means are we saying we’re not going to be able to open classes -- we’re not going to educate students. It’s going to be that much harder. There will be some things that people value that won’t happen, but our core responsibility, prepare our kids for college, career and life,” he said.


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    Enforcement officers with the state Department of Motor Vehicles are spending three days emphasizing the rules of the road to drivers in Connecticut as part of the national “Roadcheck” Program. 

    Officers are focused on traffic, weight and mechanical violations for tractor-trailers and buses. 

    DMV officers work in conjunction with state police to enforce the violations and conduct spot checks to ensure the brakes and lights function properly, the system for securing a load stays in place and the driver has been keeping adequate logs and taking sleep breaks. 

    "I have seen everything from a tractor-trailer having 10 brakes and only three of them working, improper load securement, steering units ready to fall off, break apart, broken frames -- you name it," Sergeant Abraham Rosario, of the state DMV commercial vehicle safety division, said. 

    State law also requires commercial vehicles to stop at weigh stations to make sure they are not overweight. 

    "The overweight trucks are what tend to destroy the roadbed and cause the cracks and breaks and everything else," Lt. Donald Bridge, of the CT DMV Commercial Vehicle Safety Division, said. 

    In addition to protecting the infrastructure, officers are trying to prevent accidents through ticketing drivers for speeding, swerving, failure to signal and using cell phones. 

    "These things are the things that we are preventing on a daily basis and, in my eyes, we are saving lives doing that kind of stuff," Rosario said. 

    "At the end of the day, we want to make sure everybody gets home safely and our goal is to reduce the number of accidents with commercial vehicles," Bridge said. 

    The three-day enforcement runs from June 7 to 9, but officers conduct this work year-round.



    Photo Credit: NBCConnecticut.com

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    Frito Lay is recalling Rold Gold pretzels that could contain peanuts not listed on the labels.

    Certain packages of Rold Gold Tiny Twists, Rold Gold Thins, Rold Gold Sticks and Rold Gold Honey Wheat Braided pretzels were made with flour containing peanut residue, according to the Food and Drug Administration.

    The affected products contain "guaranteed fresh" dates from June 28, 2016 through Aug. 23, 2016 and have the digits "32" in the second and third positions of a nine-digit manufacturing code on the label (ex. x32xxxxxx).

    They were sold around the country individually and in several multipack items, including Baked & Popped Mix, Sunchips & Rold Gold Mix, Fun Times Mix, Baked & Popped Variety Pack and Home Town Favorite Variety Pack.

    The recall applies to the following:

    • Rold Gold Tiny Twists: 1 ounce, 2 ounce, 16 ounce and 20 ½ ounce packages
    • Rold Gold Thins: 4 ounce and 16 ounce packages
    • Rold Gold Sticks: 16 ounce packages
    • Rold Gold Honey Wheat Braided: 10 ounce packages

    No illnesses have been reported. More information is available online or by calling 888-256-3090.



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    A bowl of pretzels is pictured in this file photo.A bowl of pretzels is pictured in this file photo.

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    An 18-year-old reported missing from Bristol was found in Bridgeport and police have canceled the Silver Alert for her.

    Ashley Tanguay's father reported her missing on Sunday morning after she failed to arrive on a bus to Clarksville, Tennessee, to meet her mother.

    Police said Bridgeport police found her at 2:15 p.m. on Monday and she is safe.

    Police said Tanguay is autistic and suffers from mental health issues and a social skills disorder and her father told them he believes these issues left her vulnerable and that she has engaged in dangerous behavior in the past.



    Photo Credit: Bristol Police

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    NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is not dead. 

    The National Football League's Twitter account was hacked Tuesday and a message posted around 12:30 pm. ET said Goodell has died. 

    "We regret to inform our fans that our commissioner, Roger Goodell, has passed away. He was 57. #RIP," the tweet read. 

    The NFL Commissioner's Office confirmed to NBC the account was hacked. 

    Additional messages were posted after the first false tweet. 

    "Oi, I said Roger Goodell has died. Don't delete that tweet," one message read, followed by, "OK, OK, you amateur detectives win. Good job."

    NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy confirmed the hack in a tweet, adding Goodell "is alive and well."



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    The @NFL Twitter handle was hacked by someone who falsely tweeted that Roger Goodell died.The @NFL Twitter handle was hacked by someone who falsely tweeted that Roger Goodell died.

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    Charges have been filed against a 77-year-old Southington woman who police said left a loaded gun in the bathroom of a Southington restaurant.

    Police said the loaded .380 caliber gun was in the women’s bathroom at Geno’s Grille, at 98 Main St., on Saturday. 

    Police traced the gun back to Carmillia Kimmel, 77, of Southington, who has a valid pistol permit and said she left the gun in the bathroom after getting ill, according to a news release from police.

    Kimmel told police she went into the restroom and left the gun on the paper dispenser so it wouldn’t fall on the floor and forgot the gun there when she left the restaurant to get some fresh air, police said.

    Kimmel was cooperative throughout the investigation, police said,

    She was issued a misdemeanor summons for second-degree reckless endangerment and was released on a $5,000 non-surety bond.

    She is scheduled to appear in Bristol Superior Court on June 14.



    Photo Credit: NBCConnecticut.com

    Southington Police file photo.Southington Police file photo.

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    An airport police K-9 officer on his way to work at LAX saved a small dog wedged under a vehicle on the freeway, then pitched in to help pay for her life-saving surgery.

    Officer Havon McLeod pulled over in his police vehicle Monday after seeing what he thought might be a disabled vehicle stopped in the middle of the road. He later discovered a dog had been struck and become wedged under the vehicle.

    With traffic backing up during the afternoon drive, McLeod and the driver, a United Airlines pilot and dog lover, used a jacket to gently removed the trapped dog and rush her to nearby Westchester Veterinarian Center, according to airport police.

    Roxy, identified by the tag on her collar, was seriously injured, according to the veterinarians. McLeod called the animal hospital later to check up on her and learned she would need to be euthanized without expensive, life-saving surgery — procedures the family could not afford.

    He and other officers collected $400 to pay for Roxy's surgery, according to airport police, who said the dog is "resting comfortably" after the surgery and expected to make a full recovery.



    Photo Credit: Los Angeles Airport Police

    Airport police K-9 Officer Havon McLeod, second from left, saved Roxy (right) after she was trapped under a car on the freeway.Airport police K-9 Officer Havon McLeod, second from left, saved Roxy (right) after she was trapped under a car on the freeway.

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    A 27-year-old Newington, Connecticut woman who was riding a bicycle in a Brooklyn, New York bike lane was struck and killed by a fuel truck early Tuesday, according to authorities. 

    Leah Sylvain was riding in a bike lane on Evergreen Avenue in Bushwick when the 52-year-old truck driver made a left turn and hit her shortly before 7 a.m., police said. 

    Police responding to a 911 call found Sylvain on the pavement with head trauma and she was taken to a hospital, where she was pronounced dead. 

    The driver, who remained at the scene, was arrested on charges involving failure to yield and failure to exercise due care, among other offenses.

    Police continue to investigate.



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    Police scour the scene for evidence.Police scour the scene for evidence.

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    A 6-year-old girl is in critical condition after being shot while playing outside on Chicago's Northwest Side Monday night.

    The young girl was outside a Logan Square neighborhood home at a party in the 2100 block of Bingham when witnesses said they heard anywhere from eight to 10 shots ring out.

    A car pulled up and someone inside started shooting at the group, according to witnesses. The girl was the only one hit by gunfire, police said.

    Family members rushed the girl to Sts. Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center, where she was treated before being transported to Cook County’s Stroger Hospital. Her name has not been released.

    "It really hurts because there are so many innocent people that are just [enjoying the] nice, beautiful weather," said one witness, who wished to remain anonymous. "That’s not fair. That’s not fair for the kids. That’s not fair for our neighborhood."

    A law enforcement source told the Chicago Tribune police are searching for a silver vehicle, but police have not released those details.

    Authorities said Tuesday that Chicago police have responded to four calls at the home since last month. The calls range from shots fired to noise disturbances.

    "The house is always reported at the CAPS meetings," said neighbor Joe Kopera. "They're always asking about it because it's been a continuous problem for years."

    Bullet holes were seen in the front window of the home Tuesday. A man who lived inside declined to comment, but told NBC 5 the bullet holes were from a a different shooting. He insisted the home is "not a gang house" like others are making it out to be.

    In a statement, Ald. Joe Moreno said he has been working with police to address issues at the home "prior to this tragic incident." 

    Community members say regardless of the circumstances, someone must be held acccountable for the shoting.

    "This baby is laying here in pain overnight, inumaginable pain," said activist Andrew Holmes. "I can't imagine the pain. Let's gives these individuals pain, let's bring them to justice."



    Photo Credit: NBC 5

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    Swimming areas are closed at five state parks today because of bacteria.

    Swimming areas are closed at Chatfield Hollow State Park in Killingworth, Indian Well State Park in Shelton, Kettletown State Park in Southbury, Wadsworth Falls State Park in Middlefield and Wharton Brook State Park in Wallingford.

    Staff from the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection analyze water samples at the Department of Public Health Lab for the presence of certain bacteria and they are conducting more tests today.



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    Five swimming areas are closed at state parks in Connecticut because of bacteria.Five swimming areas are closed at state parks in Connecticut because of bacteria.

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    Police have arrested a West Haven man who is accused of sexually assaulting a juvenile at a Milford hotel.

    Police said they received a complaint on May 30, alleging that Veladmir Dossantos, 29, of West Haven, sexually assaulted the victim.

    After the Special Investigations Unit investigated, Dossantos was charged with second-degree sexual assault.

    He was unable to post $15,000 bond and was released after being arraigned in Milford Superior Court.

    Dossantos is due back in court on June 27, according to online court records. 

    It’s not clear if he has an attorney.



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    Veladmir Dossantos is accused of sexually assaulting a child.Veladmir Dossantos is accused of sexually assaulting a child.

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    A Hawaii yoga instructor has been charged with second-degree murder in the death of her twin sister after police said she intentionally plunged the car she was driving off a cliff, NBC News reported. 

    Alexandria Duval, 37, pleaded not guilty Monday in the fatal May 29 crash in Maui. She was critically injured. Her sister, Anastasia Duval, was pronounced dead at the scene.

    Witnesses told investigators they saw the women fighting inside the vehicle moments before the fall. 

    Alexandria Duval was arrested Friday, following her discharge from the hospital. She was ordered held without bail Monday. A preliminary hearing was set for Wednesday.

    Her defense attorney, Todd Eddins, told reporters that she was not trying to harm herself or "the person she most loved and was closest to in the world."



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    In this May 29, 2016, photo provided by Tom Johnson, rescue workers respond to the scene of a car crash off Maui’s Hana Highway in Hana, Hawaii.In this May 29, 2016, photo provided by Tom Johnson, rescue workers respond to the scene of a car crash off Maui’s Hana Highway in Hana, Hawaii.

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    A teen on a bicycle groped a woman on a trail in Cheshire on Thursday evening and police are trying to identify him.

    The woman told police she was jogging on the Linear Trail in the area of North Brooksvale Road around 4:45 p.m. on Thursday when a teen on a bicycle approached her from behind, grabbed her buttocks and rode away.

    The woman continued to run, and reported what happened to a Cheshire Police officer who was on patrol in the Lock 12 Historical Park. 

    The woman described the assailant as a teen, between 16 and 18, who was wearing shorts and a white T-shirt, police said.

    A second police officer on bicycle was in the area and searched the trail, but did not find anyone matching the description.

    Police ask anyone with information to call Cheshire Police at 203-271-5500.



    Photo Credit: NBCConnecticut.com

    File photo.File photo.

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