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    Residents in Preston vote today on whether to approve the Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority's plan to redevelop a former hospital.

    The 388-acre property that used to be home to the Norwich State Hospital has sat empty for two decades, but soon it could become a major destination for tourists and residents.

    The Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority wants to develop the site. Their proposal calls for a sports complex, marina, time shares, senior living facility, and an indoor water park resort.

    In total, the tribe says the project will cost $600 million.

    Local leaders told NBC Connecticut back in January that they expected the plan to create 750 construction jobs and hundreds of full time positions.

    "A development of this type and this magnitude will jumpstart the region," said Sean Nugent, chairman of the Preston Redevelopment Agency.

    Preston first Selectman Bob Congdon says the southeastern part of the state has been the slowest to recover from the recession.

    Voters are being asked to approve about $15 million dollars in funding for the project. That figure includes up to $10 million in state funding, $2.5 million in bonding, and $2 million in other appropriations. 

    The polls opened at 6 a.m. at Preston Town Hall and will close at 8 p.m.



    Photo Credit: Preston Redevelopment Agency

    A map of the Preston Riverwalk property provided by the Preston Redevelopment Agency.A map of the Preston Riverwalk property provided by the Preston Redevelopment Agency.

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    Waiting until the last minute to pay your taxes can cost you if you are expecting a refund, since the government hangs on to your money and receives more interest on it. However, if you owe money to the government, that same principle applies to you. Why not wait until the last minute? 

    There is no reason not to, as long as your return is postmarked or electronically submitted by April 18, 2017, and your payments are submitted then as well. Extending your deadline to file does not extend your payment time. You are expected to pay the amount you owe, or your best estimate, by the April 18 deadline. 

    If you do have to make an estimate, it is usually best to err towards overpaying. Paying too much can always be applied to next year’s taxes, but paying too little requires that you pay interest on the difference – and could expose you to an audit if you greatly underestimate the amount. 

    You have four general payment methods from which to choose: 

     

    • Check/Money Order – The classics never go out of style. The IRS accepts checks or money orders payable to the United States Treasury. Include your phone number, Social Security number, and the 1040-V payment voucher (or other voucher as appropriate for the tax form you are submitting). 

    • Credit/Debit Cards – There are six IRS-approved payment processors for credit or debit cards. Links to these vendors may be found on the IRS website here. Debit card charges are usually flat fees ($2.25-$3.95) and credit cards are charged as a percentage fee (1.87%-2%). 

    • Electronic Funds Withdrawal (EFW) – Essentially, this is the reverse of direct deposit. Most e-filing methods require EFW. This has to take place as part of the electronic filing process – you cannot initiate EFW after your taxes have been submitted.

      Check with your financial institution and verify that they allow EFW transactions. If so, they will supply you with the routing number and account number for the account from which you wish to have the funds withdrawn. Do not assume that the routing number on your checks is the correct one – sometimes extra internal routing digits are included, and the numbers need to conform to the IRS standards.

      You will need to supply a contact phone number, Social Security numbers for every filer, and a payment date. You can still choose to have your payment made on April 18, even if your form is filed earlier. 

    • Electronic Federal Tax Payment System (EFTPS) – This is the IRS-run equivalent of EFW. It has the advantage of allowing same-day wiring of funds from your account, and is useful for scheduling regular estimated tax payments for the self-employed.

      EFTPS requires registration with the IRS. It can take five to seven business days to register, so make sure you leave enough time for your registration process to be completed before your payment deadline expires.

     

    Electronic methods can be used on all 1040 Series forms, but not all tax forms or taxes can be handled through electronic payments. For details, check the links available on the IRS website here. This page also contains links for businesses to use in electronic payments. 

    Should the computer gremlins attack or you spill coffee on your keyboard, you can still pay by phone using one of the IRS-approved credit/debit card processors, or by calling the IRS directly and using EFTPS. 

    Choose whichever payment method works best for you, and pay at the last minute with confidence. Just do not forget to make that payment before the deadline, or you’ll have to make a much bigger payment later.

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    In this Jan. 14, 2017, photo, an online tax form is displayed on a computer at the offices of tax preparation firm Infinite Tax Solutions, in Boulder, Colorado.In this Jan. 14, 2017, photo, an online tax form is displayed on a computer at the offices of tax preparation firm Infinite Tax Solutions, in Boulder, Colorado.

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    A New London man was charged with child pornography possession months after staff at a pharmacy reported him to police for printing out suspicious photos at the store, according to police.

    Police initially arrested David Gunn, 41, on Dec. 17, 2016 while responding to a pharmacy to investigate a report of a man printing photographs believed to be child pornography on the pharmacy photo machine.

    Police said they arrested Gunn on unrelated charges at that time. 

    They also seized Gunn’s devices and said they found several images of child pornography.

    Gunn was arrested Friday and charged with second-degree possession of child pornography and bond was set at $50,000.

    According to online court records, Gunn was charged with disorderly conduct in New London on Dec. 17 and pleaded not guilty. 

    He remains in custody and is due in court on May 2.



    Photo Credit: New London Police

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    An Easton man is accused of stealing nearly $30,000 worth of cash and jewelry while renting a home in Milford and pawning the items.

    Police said they received a report in December that money and jewelry were missing and have arrested 24-year-old Nicholas Bodine.

    Police said he is accused of taking more than $28,000 worth of money and jewelry from the residence while living there as a renter.

    Investigators found several of the missing pieces of jewelry at local pawn shops and Bodine has been charged with first-degree larceny.

    He was held on a $50,000 bond to appear in Milford Court on April 12, 2017.



    Photo Credit: Milford Police

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    Neighbors rushed to the rescue of a 10-year-old boy and a 19-year-old man who were inside an East Hartford home when fire broke out overnight.

    Fire officials said flames broke out at 64/66 Saunders Street shortly after midnight Tuesday.

    Before firefighters arrived on scene, two neighbors helped pull the 10-year-old and 19-year-old from a window.

    Susan Campbell was one of those neighbors and described the moment she pushed up a window and helped both the victims escape.

    “He screamed and cried. I said 'Come here,' and I pulled him out and then I said there was another person in the room saying. 'I can’t see anything, I can’t see anything.' So I reached in there. I couldn’t quite reach him. I put my body in and I couldn’t breathe. so I pulled myself out. And I still had my cell phone, I said, 'Look at the light, look at the light, reach for my hand, reach for my hand.' And he reached far enough that I could grab his hand and pull him to the window,” she said.

    Campbell and another neighbor were able to lift the teen out of the home. Both victims were taken to the hospital to be treated for smoke inhalation and are expected to recover.

    A firefighter was also taken to the hospital for heat exhaustion, fire officials said. That firefighter was in stable condition as of 5 a.m. Tuesday.

    Fire officials said there were heavy flames on the second and third floors of the multi-family home when firefighters arrived. Firefighters struck a second alarm and it took about an hour and a half to get the fire under control.

    An uncle of the two young men was also in the home at the time, but was able to self-evacuate. Officials were trying to reach the victims’ mother, who they believe was at work at the time.

    Two families are currently displaced and the cause of the fire is under investigation.

    Campbell said she’s just glad she was in the right place at the right time.

    “I’m just really, really grateful that we heard it and that I was able to get the kids out, and the windows weren’t locked and that I was able to help them because it could have gone the other way with only a few more minutes. It was really, it was coming out the one window by the time we even saw it,” she said.



    Photo Credit: NBC Connecticut

    A 10-year-old-boy and a 19-year-old man were rescued from a house fire on Saunders Street in East Hartford overnight.A 10-year-old-boy and a 19-year-old man were rescued from a house fire on Saunders Street in East Hartford overnight.

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    A son with a history of mental issues stabbed his parents in their New Jersey home Monday night, killing his mother, law enforcement sources say.

    Michael Litwornia, 27, has been arrested in the stabbings, prosecutors announced. He's facing charges of first-degree homicide and second-degree aggravated assault. 

    Police were called to the Washington Valley Road home at about 8 p.m. Monday and found Litwornia's 61-year-old father outside with deep stab wounds, according to the Somerset County Prosecutor's office. He told officers his son had attacked him. 

    Police went into the home and found a 61-year-old woman, identified by sources as Litwornia's mother, also suffering multiple stab wounds. She was rushed out of the house but declared dead at the scene, prosecutors said. 

    Litwornia, meanwhile, barricaded himself inside, prompting police to either evacuate or shelter neighoring homes as a safety measure. 

    SWAT and hostage negotiators tried to reach Litwornia, but he refused to respond, according to authorities. Finally, a mechanical robot was sent into the home and located Litwornia lying on a couch.

    That's when SWAT stormed into the home; Litwornia tried to grab a sharp object, but was quickly subdued and taken into custody, prosecutors said. 

    He had self-inflicted stab wounds on his body, and was taken to a local hospital for treament.

    His father is in critical condition after undergoing emergency surgery at an area trauma center, authorities say. It wasn't clear if Litwornia has an attorney. He's still hospitalized and will be placed at Somerset County Jail when he's released, prosecutors say. 



    Photo Credit: NBC 4 NY/Somerset County Prosecutor
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    An illegal marijuana processing operation was uncovered during an investigation into a fire at a Watertown home earlier this month, and police have made an arrest in connection with the case, police said.

    Crews responded to a fire at the multi-family home on 429 Main Street at approximately 10:39 p.m. on April 7. The people inside the building had been evacuated but police found one man with burn on his face and hands in the parking lot, Watertown Police said. He was taken to Waterbury Hospital for treatment.

    When investigators entered the building, they found a "highly sophisticated, elaborate set-up" for manufacturing marijuana butane extract, also known as "dab," the police department said.

    A search and seizure warrant linked to the fire investigation was executed for the second floor rear apartment by Watertown officers.

    When investigators executed the search warrant they found over seven pounds of marijuana, and equipment for processing including 20-gallon butane cylinders, heating elements, and vacuum pumps.

    The fire appears to have originated in that room, though the source of the fire has not been confirmed, police said.

    Investigators believe that the burned man, identified as 42-year-old Daniel Fung, was responsible for the operation. He was arrested Monday and faces various charges including operating a drug factor, possession of marijuana, sale or marijuana, criminal mischief, and reckless endangerment.

    Fung posted a $200,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in court on April 25.



    Photo Credit: Watertown Police Department

    Police said Daniel Fung (inset) was operating a drug factory out of an apartment on Main Street.Police said Daniel Fung (inset) was operating a drug factory out of an apartment on Main Street.

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    After a beautiful start to the week the weather will change to a more unsettled note.

    Clouds will thicken up Wednesday ahead of rain showers that will move into the state on Thursday.

    Thursday looks quite unsettled with scattered showers throughout much of the day. 

    A steady rain will move in by Friday morning. The rain will last into the afternoon hours.

    Many welcome the rain as the fire danger is 'High' statewide. The fire danger level is adjusted by the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection. Click here to check on the latest 'Fire Danger' level.

    It looks like most of the rain is out of here just in time for the weekend. 

    Saturday will feature mostly cloudy skies with temperatures in the low 60s, while Sunday will bring in a little more sunshine and higher temperatures. 


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    An Illinois man was fatally shot and robbed of a briefcase with cash during a business trip to Costa Rica last month, according to the man's family the Chicago Tribune reports.

    Michael Caspi, of Riverwoods, was in the country working on a planned luxury condominium development when he was killed March 23 as he left an apartment building in San Jose's Sabana Sur neighborhood at about 5 a.m., the Tribune reports.

    Family members told the Tribune that three people appeared to have been waiting for Caspi before he shooting him four times and then taking his belongings — including a briefcase with cash.

    The newspaper reports the 40-year-old was a tennis pro who taught kids and adults on an indoor court he built at his home in Riverwoods.

    "He was very talented, very strong, very mentally dedicated," Caspi's brother, Simon Fedida, told the Tribune. "He had a champion mentality."

    Caspi was born in Israel and came to the U.S. when he was 14 years old to play tennis and maintained dual citizenship, according to the Tribune.

    Caspi’s family said he loved Costa Rica and dreamed of one day hosting a tennis tournament in the country, the newspaper reports.

    A neighbor recalled Caspi as a considerate and helpful man.



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    San José’s Sabanna Sur neighborhood in Costa Rica.San José’s Sabanna Sur neighborhood in Costa Rica.

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    UberEats has been available in Connecticut since last August and more than 500 restaurants across the state are now participating. 

    The service is available in and around Hartford, as well as New Haven, Danbury, Bridgeport. Fairfield, Norwalk, Stamford and Greenwich. 

    UberEats finds participating restaurants in your area and you can get the food delivered right to your door. 

    According to a news release, the average delivery time is between 35 and 40 minutes. 

    New features on the app including sorting and filtering, which allows people to look for restaurants according to specific criteria, like speed, price, dietary constraints; address entry specifications that allow you to save special instructions for each and every time you order as well as instructions on where to deliver the order. 

    You can also get an interactive map-centric tracking experience.

    The service is available around the clock and you pay a booking fee on top of the price of your meal. The fee ranges from $3.99 to $4.99. 

    The website for UberEats says tips are not included, required or expected. Instead, you can rate your experience after you order.

    See the answers to more frequently asked questions here.


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    The NCAA men’s basketball tournament is coming to Hartford in 2019 and it will be the first time in more than 20 years.

    The first and second rounds of the Division 1 men’s basketball tournament will be played at the XL Center in Hartford on March 21, 2019 and March 23, 2019.

    The last time Hartford hosted the games was in 1998, according to the NCAA.

    Men’s basketball is not the only sport coming to Connecticut.

    The Division 1 men’s golf regional is coming to Yale from May 15 to 18, 2022.

    The Division 1 men’s ice hockey regional is coming to Webster Bank Area in Bridgeport from March 23-28, 2018.

    The Division I Men’s lacrosse quarterfinal will be coming to Rentschler Field in East Hartford on May 18 and 19, 2019.

    The lacrosse championships are coming to Rentschler Field in East Hartford in May 2021 and May 2022.



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    Three families are displaced after a fire at a nine-unit apartment building at 715 Ocean Ave. in New London. 

    New London Fire Marshal Vernon Skau said crews were called to respond at 7:30 p.m. and they found fire damage in one apartment and the back porch. Firefighters kept the fire from spreading to the other apartments. 

    The cause of the fire is under investigation.



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    Police are looking for the participants of a fight at Rockwell Park in Bristol. 

    The large fight broke at the park at 6:45 p.m., Bristol Police approximate. 

    The fight was later posted on social media.

    Bristol Police are working to identify the people in the fight. 

    Anyone with information is asked to call police at (860) 584-3000. 



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    Police have filed more charges against a Middletown man accused of driving drunk and hitting a Central Connecticut State University student in Newington on the night of Saturday, Dec. 3.

    Sergiy Svystun, 30, of Middletown, is accused of hitting 21-year-old Matthew McGovern, a resident of Unionville and CCSU student, at 7:17 p.m. at Fenn Road and Myra Cohen Way, according to police. 

    McGovern was on the ground and unconscious when police arrived. He was transported to Hartford Hospital with serious injuries, authorities said.

    Svystun was initially charged with operating under the influence and has now been charged with second-degree assault, second-degree assault with a motor vehicle and other charges.

    He was detained on $150,000 bond.



    Photo Credit: Newington Police and NBCConnecticut.com

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    The latest fitness trend might just convince some people to slap on yoga pants, especially if they love baby animals.

    Jenness Farm in Nottingham, New Hampshire, has gotten a lot of attention after introducing yoga with baby goats as a part of their business a few weeks ago. The tiny goats are let loose while yoga students get into various yoga positions. 

    The result is a mix of the relaxed mindfulness that yoga offers and some chaotic cuteness. 

    Jenness Farm raises dairy goats for a variety of products, such as goat milk, soaps, and other bath and body items, but visitors have been able to get up-close-and-personal with the animals on their yoga mats for the past few weeks. 

    Owner Peter Corriveau said many followers of the farm's Facebook page suggested he offer the yoga class after similar ones have been seen trending in other areas. He has run Jenness Farm since 2001 and knew that his goats would be perfect for the job since he bottle raises them himself.

    “Goats are very intelligent and curious,” he said. “Within the first hour of their life they are up and walking around. They are very playful.”

    The farm recruited local yoga instructor Janine Bibeau, a frequent visitor of Jenness Farm and a fellow goat-lover. The first few classes have been a big hit and presented a new way to bring in yoga newcomers.

    “This is unlike any yoga that I’ve ever taught,” said Bibeau, “you can come into this room feeling tired or sad and you are going to leave a lot more joyous and energetic. After the last class that we taught, my face was sore from smiling the whole time.”

    Bibeau has goats of her own, but they are a bit calmer than the hyperactive baby goats that like to jump on top of people while they pose. Her older goats will simply come up and cuddle while she practices her yoga. 

    The energetic baby goats are a good representation of how chaotic life can get. Her students are challenged to remain mindful, but of course are encouraged to pet and play with the goats during the class.

    Interest in the class has exploded since photos and video from the first few classes have gone viral on Facebook. There is already a long waiting list to get into a class, but Corriveau says that they are working on expanding the yoga area to let more people in at once. 

    For more information on goat yoga at Jenness Farm you can visit their website here.


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    A Vernon parent volunteer president is accused of stealing thousands from book fair funds, police said.

    Tammy Szrejna, a former parent volunteer and president for the Vernon Parent Teacher Organization (PTO), is charged with stealing more than $2,000 from funds collected at the school's book fair.

    The school's administration learned that an outstanding balance of $2,416 had not been paid to the book vendor. The school immediately contacted police after confirming financial improprieties.

    An investigation by police led to the arrest of Szrejna on April 18. She's been charged with one count of third-degree larceny. Her bond was set at $15,000.

    Szrejna is not an employee of the Vernon School District. The funds stolen belonged to the PTO and not the school district.

    Due to separate bylaws, the PTO worked to raise money and pay the vendor balance.

    No further arrests are expected. 



    Photo Credit: Vernon Police

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    The 39th annual Meriden Daffodil Festival is coming to Hubbard Park and there will actually be daffodils this year! 

    The daffodils took a hard hit after a handful of freezing nights last spring, but the daffodils are back and better than ever this year after the unseasonable warmth we've had the past few weeks. 

    "They're beautiful. They're absolutely beautiful," Mary Iuberlmann, of Southington, said. "It’s spring and this reminds you of spring. It's wonderful." 

    The seasonable weather is a warm welcome after freezing temperatures led to a daffodil festival with no daffodils last year, when the only flowers in sight were fake ones. 

    "This is the most spectacular year I've seen in many years," the chairman, Mark Zebora, said. "The weather really cooperated and the daffodils are brilliant." 

    For one local family, the daffodil festival is about more than just flowers. 

    "My uncle, he has a plaque over there at the beginning of the thing, Donald Robinson. He had started some of the festivities years and years ago and he died in the war in '44," Jane Namnoun said. "So my family has been part of this for years." 

    This year, the festival will feature more than 600,000 blooming daffodils over the 1,800 acres of Hubbard Park. 

    "All ages walking around, all types of food, different vendors from churches and schools and music. It's lovely. It's lovely," Namnoun said. “Even in the rainy days, it's still fun." 

    Fortunately you won't be dodging any rain if you're heading to the festival this weekend. 

    Pre-festival activities this weekend include amusement rides, food trucks and a 5K race. 

    The actual festival will be the following weekend, on April 29 and 30. Find out more about the events online.



    Photo Credit: NBCConnecticut.com

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    A man wanted in the slaying of a hotel security guard killed three people Tuesday in a shooting spree in downtown Fresno, police said.

    Kori Ali Muhammad, 39, was arrested shortly after the rampage and allegedly shouted "God is great" in Arabic while being detained, Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer said.

    Muhammad had posted anti-government comments on social media and said that he disliked white people, police said. All three victim's in Tuesday's shooting were white.

    Dyer said Muhammad went by the nickname "Black Jesus" and has a history of making terrorist threats, but added that it was too early to call the shootings terrorism. He said Muhammad made other statements to police but did not disclose them.

    Dyer said that in total, Muhammed fired 16 rounds from a revolver in one minute at four places within a block.

    Investigators said that Muhammed, who is believed to be homeless, made multiple references to "destroying white devil skunks" on his now-removed Facebook page.

    The shooting happened outside a Catholic Charities building, but spokeswoman Teresa Dominguez said the charity doesn't believe the suspect was tied to the nonprofit organization. Dyer said the shootings appeared to be random and unprovoked.

    "These individuals who were chosen today did not do anything to deserve what they got," Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer said. "These were unprovoked attacks by an individual that was intent on carrying out homicides today. He did that."

    Sayed Ali Ghazvini, imam of the Islamic Cultural Center of Fresno, said Muhammad was not a member of his congregation and he did not recognize him. The imam said he is consulting with other faith leaders.

    "We're kind of shocked and surprised for what happened," Ghazvini said. "We are very sorry for this to happen. We offer condolences for the victims, we pray for the victims and their families."

    Muhammad has a lengthy criminal history that includes weapons violations, drug offenses and making terrorist threats, Dyer said during a news conference Tuesday afternoon.

    County offices were placed on lockdown and people were urged to shelter in place during the shooting.

    Muhammad was also wanted in connection to the shooting death of a secruity guard at a Fresno Motel 6. The FBI and ATF San Francisco Field Division are assisting Fresno police with the investigation. 

    According to Dyer, Muhammad shot at a PG&E truck along the 300 block of North Van Ness around 10:45 a.m., killing a PG&E employee sitting inside. Muhammad then continued walking along Mildreda Avenue and Fulton Street, firing at least 14 rounds at three separate locations. 

    The driver of the truck sped off to the police department for help.

    One person was killed while walking along the street and the third victim was gunned down while standing in the parking lot of a Catholic Charities building, according to police. Muhammad also shot at another person during his spree, but missed.

    Muhammad used a pistol with .357 caliber rounds and used a speed loader to reload.

    The Associated Press contributed to this story.



    Photo Credit: Fresno County Sheriff's Office

    Kori Ali MuhammadKori Ali Muhammad

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    A man who punched a woman during a "Patriots Day" rally in Berkeley Saturday has been identified as Nathan Damigo, the founder of a student-oriented white-nationalist group based in California.

    The Southern Poverty Law Center lists "Identity Evropa" among "active white nationalist hate groups," and one of several that have been trying to make inroads on college campuses.

    This video contains graphic images. Viewer discretion is advised.

    Damigo, a student at Cal State Stanislaus, has also branded himself as a follower of identitarianism, a European-based far-right movement focused on rejecting multiculturalism, according to the SPLC.

    The LA Times profiled the 30-year-old Damigo in 2016 as a young white supremacist trying to convert his fellow college students. He's a former Marine corporal and Iraq war veteran who was convicted of armed robbery.

    Violent clashes broke out between supporters and detractors of President Donald Trump during rival demonstrations at Civic Center park in Berkeley Saturday. 

    Video of Damigo punching a female protester drew attention online, with many calling for his arrest and expulsion from Cal State. 

    Actor Chris Evans, best known for his role as Marvel's superhero Captain America, tweeted the video, saying: "I hope I run into Nathan."

    California State University President Ellen Junn said in a statement Monday that the university will take all legal and disciplinary measures to make sure her school's students are safe.

    "The campus received communications last night regarding a serious incident possibly involving one of our students and very troubling actions that may have taken place at a demonstration in Berkeley on Saturday, April 15th," Junn said in her statement. "The university takes these allegations seriously, and as president, I have initiated an immediate investigation on campus to verify and confirm details of this incident."

    Junn stressed that the university "has zero tolerance for the use of violence and we will take all of the necessary legal and disciplinary measures to ensure that all students and everyone on campus have a safe and secure environment."

    She added: "While this incident understandably raises many negative emotions and calls for urgent actions, we must also hold true to our American system and principles of justice and due process."

    NBC Bay Area attempted to contact Damigo for comment but has not received a statement at this time.

    At least 11 people were injured and 20 people were arrested during the demonstrations, police said.

    Those arrested ranged in age from 17 to 51 years old and most are from the the San Francisco Bay, though only four are from Berkeley, according to police. Two of those arrested are from Southern California.

    The charges they face include battery, resisting arrest, assault with a deadly weapon, vandalism and inciting a riot, according to police.



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    Trump supporters clash with protesters at a Trump supporters clash with protesters at a "Patriots Day" free speech rally on April 15, 2017 in Berkeley, California. More than a dozen people were arrested after fistfights broke out at a park where supporters and opponents of President Trump had gathered.

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    The death of a severely autistic and emaciated 17-year-old boy in Hartford has been ruled a homicide, the Office of Chief Medical Examiner (OCME) said. 

    Matthew Tirado's death has been ruled as homicide by fatal child abuse syndrome with dehydration and malnutrition.

    The teen's mother, Katiria Tirado, was arrested a few days after her son died in the hospital. 

    On Feb. 15, Matthew Tirado was pronounced dead at 5:15 a.m., hours after he was brought to the Hartford Hospital. The medical examiner reported some suspicious findings following an autopsy, according to Hartford Police.

    The teen's mother, 33-year-old Tirado, called 911 at 2:53 a.m. to report that her son was vomiting at an apartment on 519 Park Street and had “gall stones,” police said. Emergency crews responded to the home and brought Matthew to the Hartford Hospital. He was pronounced dead at 5:15 a.m.

    "My 17-year-old son– I don't know what it is– but he might have gall-gall stones because he's been vomiting for the past 24 hours. Now his belly is bulging. But he hasn't urinated anything. I mean, I used to have gall stones before and I know what it feels like and how it looks like," the mother said on a 911 call released by police in March.

    When the OCME called detectives in February, police began to investigate the incident as a possible homicide.

    Hartford Police learned the 5-foot-9 teen weighed approximately 88 pounds, was severely autistic and had cuts; bruises on his arms, face and chest; and broken bones, Hartford Deputy Chief Brian Foley said.

    “Emaciated would be the word to describe the victim. Unfortunately again, numerous cuts and bruises to his arms face and chest broken bones as well as injuries not consistent with normal living,” Foley said.

    Katiria Tirado was arrested the day after her son died and has been charged with cruelty of a person. It is not clear if her charges will change. 



    Photo Credit: Hartford Police Department

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