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    A 14-year-old Simsbury boy is recovering after a venomous snake bit him on Wednesday night. 

    Scott Simeon was taking the trash out at his house around 9 p.m. on Wednesday and his foot swelled up quickly. 

    His parents, who knew only that his foot was swollen, gave him a Benadryl and Scott went to bed. 

    When he got up on Thursday, he was in agony. 

    “I just couldn't stand. I couldn't do anything and I just laid on the ground in agony,” he said. 

    That’s when his parents took him to his doctor, then to Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, where medics found the fang marks from a baby Copperhead snake. 

    Dr. Brendan Campbell, of Connecticut Children's Medical Center, doesn't see a lot of snakebites around here, but he has expertise from elsewhere earlier in his career. 

    “First, if you're bitten by a snake, the most important thing is to identify the type of snake,” he said. 

    Northern Copperheads are one of two venomous snake species found in Connecticut.  

    “We had heard that there were copperheads, potentially,” Paul Simeon said. “We're in a wooded lot near a rock ledge and there's some potential for two types of snakes.” 

    They are found in coastal areas of the state, as well as in the southwestern and southeastern hills. In the Central Connecticut lowland, they are found in the trap rock ridge system on the west side of the Connecticut River, according to the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection. 

    Copperhead bites are rarely fatal, according to the Smithsonian National Zoological Park. The snakes tend to be well hidden and will bite when people accidentally touch them or step on them.  

    “Patients who have unstable vital signs, evidence that it's affecting their blood's ability to clot -- those are the patients who are going to require anti venom,” Dr. Campbell said. 

    Scott Simeon didn't need anti-venom. but it'll be a week or so before he can take out the trash again. 

    Timber Rattlesnakes are the other venomous snake in Connecticut and they are actually more than copperheads.



    Photo Credit: NBC Connecticut

    14-year-old Scott Simeon was bitten by a copperhead snake while taking out the garbage at his Simsbury home on Wednesday evening.14-year-old Scott Simeon was bitten by a copperhead snake while taking out the garbage at his Simsbury home on Wednesday evening.

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    The co-founder of Autism Speaks and wife of a former NBC CEO, Suzanne Wright, died Friday afternoon in her Fairfield, Connecticut, home, the organization's website said. 

    "Suzanne sparked a global conversation with one question: How can we help people with autism live their best possible lives?" Autism Speaks Chairman of the Board of Directors Brian Kelly and CEO Angela Geiger said in a joint statement.

    "Persuading the world to see the potential in each child and adult on the vast autism spectrum is her greatest legacy."

    Wright and her husband, Bob, co-founded Autism Speaks in 2005 after their grandson, Christian, was diagnosed. 

    The New York-native helped create the iconic puzzle-piece logo that is now recognized worldwide to represent autism and persuaded the United nations to establish April 2 as World Autism Awareness Day, according to the organization's website. 

    Bob and Suzanne married in 1967, while her husband was still in law school at the University of Virginia School of Law. In 1986, he was named president and CEO of NBC where he remained at the helm for 22 years. 



    Photo Credit: AP

    Autism Speaks founders Robert and Suzanne Wright attends Time's 100 Most Influential People in the World Gala on Thursday, May 8, 2008 in New York.Autism Speaks founders Robert and Suzanne Wright attends Time's 100 Most Influential People in the World Gala on Thursday, May 8, 2008 in New York.

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    San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer and San Diego Police Department (SDPD) Chief Shelley Zimmerman said the city stands behind the families of two police officers shot in the line of duty — officers who are true heroes.

    The mayor and chief held a news briefing Saturday to discuss the shooting of two SDPD gang suppression officers, Jonathan "JD" DeGuzman and Wade Irwin. The shooting shocked the city, and left DeGuzman dead and Irwin seriously wounded.

    Faulconer and Zimmerman said they have been visiting the families of both officers, sharing the outpouring of love and support from the San Diego community with the grieving spouses, children and loved ones of the officers. At this point, investigators have not determined a motive for the shooting.

    Faulconer said he spoke with DeGuzman's wife and young son and daughter and told them to hold their heads high.

    “We told them directly how proud all of us are — our city, our state, our nation — for JD. I told his wife and his son and daughter that he’s a hero for what he did, and that they have all of us standing behind their family. All of us.”

    "We lost a terrific man," the mayor said of DeGuzman. "He served our city well, served this community for a number of years.”

    Faulconer said the past two days have been very emotional for the officers’ families and San Diego as a whole. He said the support from the community for the police department and the unity in the city is palpable, and can be felt by the families as they mourn.

    “This city is behind you and it’s going to stay behind you,” the mayor added. "We have two heroes — who absolutely represent the best of the best."

    Meanwhile, Zimmerman said Saturday that the police department deeply appreciates the support from San Diego. Her officers are more determined than ever to continue to protect and serve the city.

    “Our resolve as San Diego Police officers is as strong as it’s ever been," the chief said. "We will continue to go out there every single day — to proudly wear our badge, proudly wear our uniform – and make sure that our communities are safe."

    On Thursday, at around 11 p.m., DeGuzman, 43, and Irwin, 32, were on duty in San Diego’s Southcrest community, south of downtown. As the officers conducted a traffic stop in the 3700 block of Acacia Grove Way near Boston Avenue, they were fired upon.

    Within seconds, the officers called for cover.

    Dozens upon dozens of law enforcement officers raced to the scene, blanketing the neighborhood with patrol cars, sirens blaring. When backup officers arrived, they discovered both DeGuzman and Irwin suffering from gunshot wounds.

    DeGuzman was rushed in a police patrol car to Scripps Mercy Hospital in Hillcrest. The officer — a 16-year-veteran of the force — died shortly thereafter.

    Irwin — a 9-year veteran of the department — was taken to UC San Diego Medical Center, where he underwent emergency surgery. Zimmerman said Irwin is expected to survive. His wife has been by his side as he recovers. They are parents to a 19-month-old baby.

    The heartbreaking loss of Irwin’s partner was felt by the entire police department, Zimmerman said. The chief called the killing of DeGuzman “senseless.”

    On Saturday, the chief said telling DeGuzman's family that he had died was one of the most difficult moments of her law enforcement career.

    "It’s the most difficult thing a chief will ever have to do – to make that announcement, make that notification," she said. "It was the most difficult thing I’ve ever had to do."

    Zimmerman said she had worked with DeGuzman at SDPD’s Mid-City Division and knew him well. In 2003, DeGuzman earned a Purple Heart from the department after being stabbed by a suspect while in the line of duty.

    That time, Zimmerman got to tell DeGuzman’s wife that he was going to survive. This time, sadly, the chief said things turned out differently.

    “I was driving over that night, I knew I was going to have to make that notification that he was not going to be okay, and he was not coming home,” Zimmerman lamented. “Nothing prepares you for that."

    On Friday evening, Zimmerman identified Jesse Michael Gomez, 52, as the suspect in the shooting of the officers. He was taken into custody shortly after the shooting in a ravine in the 1300 block of 38th Street. The chief said another “possible” suspect is Marcus Antonio Cassani, 41.

    Cassani was arrested for an outstanding warrant Friday after an hours-long standoff at a home on 41st and Epsilon streets in Shelltown. At this point, it is still unclear is Cassani was involved in the shooting of the officers.

    Zimmerman said the shooting occurred extremely quickly – within “seconds to a minute or so.” Both DeGuzman and Irwin were wearing personal body cameras on their uniforms and the chief said “there is video evidence” on those cameras.

    On Saturday, the chief said investigators were still working around the clock on the case, and she had no further details of the suspects to share.

    She said although Irwin is now awake, he is still recovering from significant injuries and not in a condition to be interviewed by investigators about the incident. She said details from the surviving officer are forthcoming.

    With the preliminary investigation underway, Zimmerman said details of the shooting could change. The chief has not said whether the shooting was an ambush.

    Sources told NBC News the suspects are believed to belong to a local San Diego gang and there is no indication at this stage of the investigation that the officers were specifically targeted, as in recent incidents in Dallas and Baton Rouge that collectively claimed the lives of eight officers.

    Zimmerman said that when the police shooting happened in Dallas and Baton Rouge, her department talked about and practiced what to do if this ever happened to San Diego officers. She said Saturday that investigators are “not making any correlation” to police shootings in those other cities.

    “We just don’t know yet. Our investigation will determine this,” she added.

    At this point, the chief said investigators are not looking for any additional suspects in connection with the deadly shooting.

    Zimmerman said the police department is overwhelmed by the outpouring of love and support San Diego has shown to officers.

    "Since this tragic incident I've heard from our officers, as they're out patrolling, [that] so many community members are coming up and thanking them; more than ever before,” Zimmerman said. “And I'll tell you, that means everything."

    "We became San Diego police officers because we are proud to wear the uniform and the badge of the San Diego Police Department,” she added. “We are unwavering in our commitment to make sure we have the safest city in the United States."

    Zimmerman said a funeral for DeGuzman has not been planned yet, but will share those details publicly once they're available. She described the fallen officer as a loving, caring family man who “came to work every single day just wanting to make a positive difference in his community.”

    The chief described Irwin also as a caring, passionate police officer who works to serve the community each and every day.

    "It’s a calling for him — for all of us," Zimmerman said. "He wants to make sure our community can live in safety."

    She said Irwin is eager to fully recover and get back to his duties as a police officer.

    "That’s what he wants; he wants to get back out there as quickly as he can," she added.

    The deadly shooting is a grim reminder of the dangers police officers face in the line of duty every day.

    “Police officers go out every single day, that wear a badge with pride. We all took an oath to protect and serve all of our communities. To have this happen to our police officers – we’ve seen this happen way too many times just in these last few weeks across our great country. It is tragic for everyone," Zimmerman said at an earlier news briefing.

    On Saturday, the chief added that the police department and city is "in this together," and it's "never an us [SDPD] versus them [the public]."

    “I want to thank all San Diegans who have shown their incredible support for these officers, for their families,” Faulconer added. “In times like this, it’s what brings us together. As we grieve, let’s stand strong for these families, for these officers, and what they mean to our city.”

    The last time an SDPD officer was killed in the line of duty was in 2011, when Officer Jeremy Henwood was shot in San Diego's City Heights community. Since 1913, the city has lost 33 officers in the line of duty.

    A funeral mass will be held for DeGuzman at Corpus Christi Catholic Church at 450 Corral Canyon Road, in Bonita next Thursday at 11 a.m. Members of the public are welcome.

    A public memorial service will be held at 11:00 am next Friday at Shadow Mountain Community Church at 2100 Greenfield Drive in El Cajon.



    Photo Credit: NBC 7 San Diego

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  • 07/30/16--13:19: LA's 'Murder House' Sold

  • The "murder house" mystery is solved.

    The new buyers of the spooky, haunted house in Los Angeles that has been the stuff of legend for decades are celebrity attorney Gloria Allred's daughter Lisa Bloom and her husband Braden Pollock, the The Los Angeles Times reported. 

    They paid about $2.3 million for the four-bedroom mansion at 2475 Glendower Place in Los Feliz.

    It was the scene of a murder in 1959 when Dr. Harold N. Perelson bludgeoned his wife to death with a hammer and attacked his 18-year-old daughter before killing himself.

    Bloom used to anchor a legal news program on truTv called "Lisa Bloom: Open Court." She is a legal analyst for NBC News. 

    Nancy Sanborn, the realtor of the property, said Tuesday that a couple purchased the home in a probate sale last month. She did not name the buyers, only saying that they really wanted to buy the house.

    The "murder house" has become the center of morbid fascination, sparking ghost hunters to ruminate about it online.

    After the Perelsons, another family bought the home in probate in the early 1960s. When they died, the son inherited it from his parents but he didn't live there. The last owner died last year and the home went to probate again. The house went up for sale last week, said Sanborn.

    Some claim they've seen the ghost of Dr. Perelson.



    Photo Credit: Courtesy of Berkshire Hathaway

    This house at 2475 Glendower Place is known as the Murder House because a man killed his wife there in 1959. It went up for sale for $2.75 million in March 2016.This house at 2475 Glendower Place is known as the Murder House because a man killed his wife there in 1959. It went up for sale for $2.75 million in March 2016.

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  • 07/30/16--15:50: Pokemon Go Takes Middletown

  • Gamers were on the hunt for Pokemon in Middletown, Saturday.

    What may seem like child’s play is also bonding families.

    Natasha LaCroix, of Middletown, hasn't been playing Pokemon Go for very long. Curiosity caused her to download the game’s app onto her phone in the first place.

    "My neighbors were like walking down the street, the whole family. I stopped them and said, ‘oh look at you guys all walking down the street as a family.’ They said, ‘no we’re just catching Pokemon," LaCroix recalled.

    It’s a family affair for LaCroix, too, but not with who you might think.

    "I’m a grandma and I have 11 grandchildren so what am I doing," joked LaCroix’s mother, Cynthia Daniels.

    She says she’s caught Pokemon Go fever, too.

    "Every time we get in the car we turn it on," said Daniels.

    While Daniels admitted the game is addicting, Natasha said she’s able to work it into her normal routine. However, there was that one time the mother-daughter pair was supposed to go to the store and got distracted by the game, coming home empty-handed.

    "Everybody was asking, 'where’s our stuff?'  We didn’t even admit the fact that we were playing Pokemon," laughed LaCroix.

    They searched Wild Bills Nostalgia in Middletown on Saturday for the ever elusive Pokemon characters. Bill Ziegler said his business has become a hot spot for Pokifolks.

    "We didn’t chose them. They chose us. All of a sudden people are coming in and saying, 'hey you have four Poke stops here,'" he explained.

    The antique toy collector doesn’t get what the fuss is about, but if it gives him another reason to open his cash register, he’s all for it. While young players hunt for Pokemon, there’s mothers and fathers relive their childhoods inside his store. There’s also new toys and collectables available for purchase.

    "You don’t know how many times I’ve heard ‘I had that when I was young, I had that," said Ziegler.

    "It’s great because people get together and are nice to each other," said 12-year-old Stephen of Deep River, who’s aunt brought him to search for Pokemon. He also went home with a toy from Wild Bill’s shop.



    Photo Credit: Toronto Star via Getty Images, File

    Two Two "Pokemon Go" enthusiasts play the game in Toronto on July 14, 2016.

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    A Be on the Lookout (BOLO) alert has been issued for a Rhode Island woman who was kidnapped by a former law enforcement officer and is allegedly being brought to Connecticut, police confirmed with NBC Connecticut. 

    Norwich Police said a BOLO has been issued for all Connecticut police departments because it's believed the man is taking to the woman to the Quinnipiac River.

    The BOLO issued said the man's intentions could allegedly be a murder-suicide attempt, Norwich Police said. 

    The suspect and victim are driving a blue Dodge Charger with Rhode Island license plates that read 746640.

    Anyone with information is asked to call law enforcement.



    Photo Credit: Getty Images

    FILE: Police car lights.FILE: Police car lights.

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    Scattered showers linger Saturday evening ahead of more rain on the way for Sunday.

    Rain will persist on Saturday afternoon into the evening until about 9:30 p.m.

    The bulk of the rain will move through overnight and through the first half of Sunday before showers become more widely scattered into the afternoon.

    Clouds stick around throughout the day leading temperatures much cooler than they've been. High will top off in the low 80's inland and upper 70's closer to the shoreline.

    Rain chances persist into Monday before we gradually dry out by Tuesday afternoon with sunshine making a comeback for the middle and end of next week.


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    A truck towing a wood chipper got into an accident with a pick-up truck on I-95 in Westport on Saturday, fire officials said. 

    Westport Fire Department said they responded to a motor vehicle truck accident on I-95 northbound between exits 17 and 18. 

    The Heavy Duty Bucket Truck, carrying the wood chipper, had rolled onto its side and was leading gasoline, diesel fuel and hydraulic fluid, firefighters reported from the scene. 

    One person was tranpsorted to Norwalk Hospital with non-life threatening injuries while another person was not injured, firefighters said. 

    Westport Fire Department said they were on the scene for two and a half hours while I-95 was shut down.



    Photo Credit: Westport Police

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    On Friday Suffield officials met to address the issue with their interim police chief, who the state said was no longer certified to have the title or to even be a police officer in Connecticut. 

    Anthony Riello has been the interim chief in Suffield for just over a year.

    But as of Friday, Riello is no called the superintendent of the Suffield Police Department. 

    He said nothing will change moving forward, except for the fact the town is now in compliance with connecticut law.

    First selectman Melissa Mack said, "We think this is the perfect solution to the problem because it really continues Mr. Riello in doing good work he was hired to do."

    Town offcials responding to this letter dated one week ago, from the state's police certification agency stripping riello of his role as chief.

    He failed to comply with training required by law over the past year he's been the interim chief.

    Mack added, "Personally, I was only made aware of this issue on Friday. I would've hoped I would've been given notice (that) our police chief certification was coming to an end and given the opportunity to secure the problem in a reasonable amount of time."

    Riello, who retired after decades in law enforcement in Massachusetts, reiterates he never planned on completing those courses, per discussions with the town when he was hired, given his temporary status.

    He stated, "I certainly respect what they think, so I went home and changed. Don't want them thinking I was impersonating a police officer."

    Moving forward, Riello is no longer carrying a gun or badge, but everything else he says is status quo.

    Riello said, "Nothing's changed. Change of command is still the same, was never arresting people, never hired to do that. Did it for 35 years. I was hired to lead the department and that's what I'm doing to help us move forward."

    The first selectwoman said when Riello's contract is up, she's confident the police commission will name his permanent replacement.

    Meanwhile, officials from the police officer standards and training council said they're satisfied with this result.


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    Several cars were broken into and one was stolen in Simsbury overnight, police said on Saturday.

    A Volvo SUV was stolen from 9 Crestwood Road and several cars were broken into on Carver Circle, North Drive and Crestwood Road, Simsbury Police said.

    A stolen car from East Hampton was found abandoned on Virginia Lane, police said.

    Police advise drivers to lock their vehicles and do not leave keys inside when unattended.

    The occurrences are under investigation. 

    Anyone with information is asked to call detectives at (860) 658-3145.



    Photo Credit: NBC 5 News

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    The 18-year-old man who was fatally shot by Chicago police on Thursday died from a gunshot wound to the back, according to an autopsy report. 

    Paul O'Neal, of the 1700 block of E 70th St, was killed around 9 p.m. Thursday night in the city's South Shore neighborhood, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner's office. 

    His death has been ruled a homicide. 

    Two Chicago Police officers were "relieved of police powers" on Friday, a department spokesperson said, adding that the officers may have "violated" policy. The third and final officer involved was relieved from duty Saturday, according to a statement from the Chicago Police Department.

    "Tonight, Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson has relieved two officers of their police powers following last night's police involved shooting from 73rd and Merrill," CPD spokesperson Anthony Guglielmi said Friday. 

    The officers' identities were not released. 

    "Following the release of autopsy results from the Cook County Medical Examiner this morning, Johnson spent hours behind closed doors at police headquarters Saturday getting briefed on the results and rereviewing video evidence with Department officials," Guglielmi said in a statement Saturday.

    He said the "chronology of events is complex" and still being investigated by the Independent Police Review Authority. Johnson spent the afternoon with advisors and department command staff going over the incident, Guglielmi wrote.

    Around 7:30 p.m. Thursday, officers saw a Jaguar S-Type convertible that had been reported stolen from Bolingbrook, according to police. Police said they "attempted to curb" the car near 74th Street and Merrill Avenue when the Jaguar sideswiped the police vehicle and another nearby parked car.

    Three officers then fired their weapons at the Jaguar, police said. O'Neal, who was in the car, was taken to an area hospital where he died, police said.

    According to police, officers sustained injuries while attempting to stop the vehicle and were transported to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

    The officers were wearing body cameras, police said.

    "CPD investigators determined three officers discharged their weapons in the course of their duties and given what is known thus far, it appears that departmental policies may have been violated by at least two of the police officers," Guglielmi said in the email.

    All three officers will be assigned to administrative positions pending the IPRA's investigation, he said.

    Another police-involved shooting occurred on Chicago's South Side Thursday, when officers wounded a man suspected of robbery in the city's Englewood neighborhood. 


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    Police are looking for a man they say burglarized an apartment building in Manhattan while hobbling around on crutches.

    Investigators on Friday released images of the suspect taken by a surveillance camera.

    The thief struck three apartments between 7:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. Tuesday in a building on West 56th Street in Midtown, police said. His loot included a Rolex watch, jewelry, a laptop computer and a tablet computer.

    The suspect is wearing a medical boot on his right foot.

    Anyone with information about the suspect is asked to call the NYPD Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS.



    Photo Credit: NYPD

    Police released these images of the medical-booted suspect.Police released these images of the medical-booted suspect.

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    Hillary Clinton’s campaign was warned by the FBI last spring that they detected attempts to hack into its network, NBC News reported.

    According to a U.S. official and another source with direct knowledge of the matter, the campaign didn’t grant an FBI request to examine its internal data.

    A Clinton aide said the FBI didn’t tell the campaign that it suspected Russian intelligence agencies were behind the attempts. The aide said the campaign already took measures to protect its networks.

    The campaign says although a computer system it used was hacked, there is no evidence intruders got into internal campaign networks. The campaign declined to comment publicly on the FBI meeting.



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    Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump blasted activist brothers, Charles and David Koch, saying he “turned down” a meeting request with them, NBC News reported.

    Trump made the comment in a tweet, which came after Politico reported Friday that Trump's finance team asked for a meeting but that the request was denied by the Koch organization. Trump held two rallies in Colorado Friday, including one in Colorado Springs. 

    Officials with Freedom Works, the Koch’s political arm, said they requested no meeting. 

    "We are not engaging in the presidential," said James Davis, a spokesman for Freedom Partners.

    Staying out of presidential politics is a change for the network. It spent $400 million in the last presidential election cycle and planned to spend $300 million in 2016.



    Photo Credit: The Washington Post/Getty Images

    In this file photo, Charles Koch stands for a portrait after an interview with the Washington Post at the Freedom Partners Summit on August 3, 2015 in Dana Point, CA. The Koch brothers' political arm said it will not take part in the presidential election cycle.In this file photo, Charles Koch stands for a portrait after an interview with the Washington Post at the Freedom Partners Summit on August 3, 2015 in Dana Point, CA. The Koch brothers' political arm said it will not take part in the presidential election cycle.

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    One person has been airlifted to a local hospital have a car crashed into a tree in Haddam, police said. 

    Police on the scene said they were notified about the crash on Parker Hill Road and Beaver Meadow Road from a passerby just after 6 a.m.

    When police arrived, they found that the driver had crossed the center line and crashed head on into a tree.

    The driver suffered serious injuries and was transported to Hartford Hospital by LifeStar.

    Police could not release any information about the driver.

    This is a developing story. Please check back for updates. 



    Photo Credit: NBC Connecticut

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    Flood waters rushed through the streets in parts of Maryland as rain and thunderstorms moved through the area Saturday evening, killing two people and leaving 120 in need of rescue.

    Andy Barth, spokesman for Howard County Executive Allan Kittleman, said the bodies of a man and a woman have been recovered. Both bodies were found on the Baltimore County side of the Patapsco River, authorities said during a news conference.

    The victims have been identified as 35-year-old Jessica Watsula, of Lebanon, Pennsylvania, and 38-year-old Joseph Anthony Blevins, of Windsor Mill, Maryland, Baltimore County Police said.

    Police said Watsula's body was found about 2:20 a.m. Her brother told police that she and family members were visiting Ellicott City when the flooding happened. They were inside the Watsula's vehicle, trying to leave, when the vehicle was swept away. Everyone but Watsula managed to escape the vehicle.

    Watsula was swept away and eventually found about 200 yards from the Ilchester Bridge, police said.

    Blevins' body was discovered washed up on shore near Ilchester Road about 8:30 a.m. by a man walking a trail, police said.

    Police said Blevins was in Ellicott City with his girlfriend. The vehicle was swept away with the couple inside. The woman got out of the vehicle and was rescued, but Blevins was swept away.

    Everyone else who was thought to be missing has been accounted for, Kittleman said.

    The thunderstorms caused extensive damage to property and infrastructure in the central part of the state, including intense flooding in the historic town of Ellicott City. 

    "The devastation is quite remarkable," Barth said, noting that six inches of rain fell in about three hours. "I've done this a lot, and I've never seen it like this."

    Barth said he was unsure about any other serious injuries due to flood waters.

    Kittleman said in a statement that 120 people were rescued during the flash flooding. He said the Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue Services rescued more than 40 people from the Phoenix Emporium, a bar along Main Street in Ellicott City, and at least 80 others from cars in different locations.

    Kittleman said the damage sustained during the flooding Saturday night was the worst in at least 50 years and possibly the worst in the 244-year-old town's history. He says virtually every structure and business along Ellicott City's Main Street was damaged. He estimates the cost of the recovery will run into the tens of hundreds of millions of dollars.

    Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan signed an executive order declaring a state of emergency in Howard County on Sunday. The order allows the state to efficiently coordinate support and provide additional assistance to Howard County.

    "We are coordinating all available resources to address this emergency as quickly as possible," Hogan said. "Our administration is working closely with local officials, including Howard County Executive Allen Kittleman, to respond to this major storm event."

    The Hogan administration has asked state agencies to respond to the effects of this storm, including the Maryland Emergency Management Agency, which has increased its activation level and is coordinating resource requests received from Howard County.

    Those affected by the storm who are in need of non-emergency assistance can call Howard County’s Police Department at 410-313-2200.

    The Baltimore Gas and Electric Company showed more than 4,000 customers were without power on its outage map about 11 p.m. Saturday. On Sunday, the outages were down to 930.



    Photo Credit: Howard County Executive Allan H. Kittleman / Facebook
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    Emergency responders on the scene of flooding that left at least one person dead on Saturday, July 30, 2016.Emergency responders on the scene of flooding that left at least one person dead on Saturday, July 30, 2016.

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    A Norwich man was killed after the motorcycle he was operating crashed.

    The crash happened around 2 a.m. Saturday on 74 West Thames Street.

    The victim, Andre Ross, was pronounced dead at the scene, Norwich Police said.

    Police said the 37-year-old lost control of the motorcycle, causing the crash.

    No other vehicles were involved.

    The crash remains under investigation.


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    A 72-year-old man has died after being pulled from the water at a marina in Old Saybrook.

    Police were called to the Brewers Ferry Point Marina just before 9 p.m. Saturday after the man was reported missing.

    After a search of the docks, the man was located under water and was rushed to the Middlesex Medical Center Shoreline in Westbrook where he was pronounced dead.

    The victim's identity has not be released, but police said he was a member of the marina and kept a boat there.

    The incident appears to be accidental, police said.



    Photo Credit: NBCConnecticut.com

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    A 38-year-old Hamden man was injured in a shooting in New Haven Saturday night.

    Police said they responded to the area of Whalley Avenue and Whittlesey Avenue around 9:55 p.m. Witnesses told police a white Cadillac sped away from the scene.

    Police located the victim, James Jones, in a parked car on Blake Street suffering a gunshot wound to the chest. He was transported to Yale-New Haven Hospital for treatment. Police said his injuries were not life threatening. Police said Jones tried to refuse treatment.

    According to police, ballistic evidence was recovered on Whalley Avenue. Investigators said the shooting happened at a party that turned violent after an argument.

    Police have not identified any suspects at this time. Anyone with information is asked to call detectives at (203) 946-6304. Callers can remain anonymous.



    Photo Credit: NBCConnecticut.com

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    With two national conventions concluded, you might be thinking that this costly and historically unpopular election is about to wrap up.

    Think again: there are still 100 days until the general election on Nov. 8, NBC News reports.

    That's longer than usual. The gap is 40 days longer in 2016 than in 2012. Both conventions were moved up nearly a full month this year, in hopes of giving candidates more time to raise money and campaign before the general election and to accommodate the Summer Olympics in August, which will eat up a lot of voters' attention.

    The extra month is sure to spice up what's already proved to be an unusual race. NBC News rounds up how.



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    Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton address supporters on June 7, 2016.Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton address supporters on June 7, 2016.

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