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    The City of New Haven will be adding more than two dozen additional police officers.

    Mayor John DeStefano Jr. tonight will swear in 26 new police officers who recently graduated from the New Haven Police Academy.

    They are part of the city’s push to reduce violence.

    After completing around three months of field training, they will spend the first two years of their career on walking beats across the city.

    The swearing in will be held at 6 p.m. at Career High School, 140 Legion Ave. in New Haven.


    New Haven is adding dozens of new officers.New Haven is adding dozens of new officers.

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    First lady Michelle Obama is getting some help from big names in hip-hop to motivate kids into healthy eating.

    Her anti-obesity program "Let's Move!" will reportedly launch a 19-song album in September featuring Jordin Sparks, Ashanti and Run DMC singing and rapping about eating vegetables and staying positive. Even Dr. Oz got in on the action with a cameo appearance in the video for the first single "Everybody." He rapped about exercise with a little help from Doug E. Fresh.

    Ten music videos released with the album will be distributed to New York City Schools before hitting other major cities, Politico reported.

    The album was a collaborative effort between Let's Move and Partnership for a Healthier America.

    Want to see Dr. Oz rap? Check out the video for "Everybody," the first single off the "Songs for a Healthier America" album.



    Photo Credit: Getty Images

    Eat your vegetables -- and listen to the first lady's jams.Eat your vegetables -- and listen to the first lady's jams.

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    When the plane went down in East Haven on Friday morning, crashing into two houses, dispatcher Stephen Johnson was alone at the 911 center.

    He quickly knew where rescue crews needed to go and his quick response has drawn praise.

    "So I saw Charter Oak Avenue, Charter Oak Avenue … Charter Oak Avenue," said Johnson who has been on the job for about a year in East Haven. "When 911 rings, the screen lights up and it lit up like a Christmas tree. I had never seen this thing so bright."

    The neighborhood is not far from Tweed-New Haven.

    Johnson, who is also a chaplain, said he was receiving information from callers on the ground as well as from officials at Tweed-New Haven Airport, who said they had lost sight of a plane.

    At first, Johnson didn't know how many people were injured or if the houses were occupied. Hours later, it would be revealed that two young girls in one of the houses were killed, along with the pilot and his 17-year-old son.

    Once East Haven crews were on their way to the scene of the crash, Johnson's next call was for mutual aid from neighboring New Haven and Branford.

    He then knew he had to continue to protect his town.

    "To make sure that if a routine medical emergency comes in, people still have difficulty breathing, chest pain and other mass incidents are going on," Johnson said.

    Luckily there were no other incidents and Johnson, serving in his role as chaplain for the department, made his way to the crash scene.

    "You're not giving answers. You're just listening and doing what you can to serve," he said.

    This included providing support  on Saturday night during a vigil for the victims.

    Johnson is grateful he could help out in both a physical and spiritual way.

    "God always comes first to us in the form of a servant and, so that's what I think people do in the fire department and the police department and EMS ... is somewhat Christ like because they show up and say what can I do."

    Johnson is also a volunteer EMT in Shelton who said he loves public safety work.
     


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    A strong cold front will press across the region today, bringing storms that could cause flash-flooding and dangerous travel conditions.

    Areas of very heavy rain cover New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania early this morning and they are all moving our way.

    There are embedded thunderstorms along with this rain and they will continue to advance as well.

    More than an inch of rainfall is possible by early afternoon, so flash flooding is possible and travel will be challenging and dangerous.

    Follow the interactive radar here

    If you take weather photos, share them by sending them to shareit@nbcconnecticut.com

    The system is a fast-moving one and some brightening is possible by mid-afternoon and drier air arrives tonight.

    The weather from Wednesday through Sunday looks great!



    Photo Credit: NBCConnecticut.com

    This will be a stormy day.This will be a stormy day.

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    South Windsor police arrested a Manchester woman accused of throwing knives at her boyfriend early Sunday morning.

    Police responded to a domestic dispute at a residence on Oakland Road around 1 a.m. on Sunday and the resident told police that his girlfriend had thrown knives at him and violated a protective order, police said.

    He was not hurt and ran from the home. 

    Police went into the house and arrested Lisa Giano, 23.

    She was charged with criminal violation of a protective order, criminal trespass in the first degree, inciting injury to persons or property, criminal attempt of assault in the first degree, threatening in the second degree and breach of peace in the second degree. 

    She was held on $100,000 surety bond and was appeared at Manchester Superior Court on Monday.
     



    Photo Credit: South Windsor Police

    Lisa Giano, of Manchester, was arrested in South Windsor. Police said she is accused of throwing knives at her boyfriend.Lisa Giano, of Manchester, was arrested in South Windsor. Police said she is accused of throwing knives at her boyfriend.

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  • 08/13/13--08:24: Amazon to Click on Windsor?

  • It takes more than one click to build a warehouse the size of what Windsor officials say Amazon has in mind --1.5 million square feet -- but they're hoping the retail rebel moves forward.

    "I think it's gonna happen," Windsor Mayor Donald Trinks said. "We're pretty close. They've done a lot of due diligence in Windsor."

    He said the distribution center would bring 300 new jobs to Windsor. 

    Last week, he said, development company officials invited people who live near the site at Day Hill and Prospect Hill roads to air their concerns about truck traffic.

    "They've already been receptive to that. about staggering driving and trying to go on offpeak hours," Trinks said.

    "I think it's gonna be an awesome relationship," Trinks said, joking, "For people who live here it'll take a day off shipping."



    Photo Credit: AP

    Amazon.com worker David Brendoff, left, moves boxes with merchandise for shipment Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2005, at the Amazon.com fulfillment center in Fernley, Nevada. With the holidays just around the corner, many shoppers are relying on online sites like Amazon.com to complete their shopping. This facility, over 800,000 sq. ft., or roughly 13 football fields, is capable of handling hundreds of thousands of orders per day. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)Amazon.com worker David Brendoff, left, moves boxes with merchandise for shipment Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2005, at the Amazon.com fulfillment center in Fernley, Nevada. With the holidays just around the corner, many shoppers are relying on online sites like Amazon.com to complete their shopping. This facility, over 800,000 sq. ft., or roughly 13 football fields, is capable of handling hundreds of thousands of orders per day. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

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    A North Texas couple hunting for rare shark teeth has made an extra find -- a crashed World War II plane.

    Wes and Kerry Kirpach, who are both teachers, regularly travel to Venice, Fla., to scuba dive and search for teeth from extinct sharks. On a recent trip, the couple discovered what they believe is a P-47 Thunderbolt.

    "The best we can figure, the pilot that was flying the plane survived the wreckage, and I would imagine he swam to shore, then he continued on," Wes Kirpach said. "He later crashed in the Pacific and survived and, if I'm correct, he passed away in Macon, Ga., at the age of 92 just a couple years ago."

    The state of Florida and the Air Force is now investigating the wreckage, the Kirpachs said.

    The couple was diving to search for teeth from megalodons, a species of prehistoric sharks.

    Megalodons were comparable in size to a modern whale shark and could have measured up to 60 feet long. Scientists believe the species went extinct between 4 million and 20 million years ago.

    Finding halves of shark teeth are common, but finding two matching halves is not very common. But luck was on the Kirpachs' side -- they also found two matching halves on the same trip they discovered the downed aircraft.

    Wes Kirpach, who teaches Advanced Placement biology in Plano, and Kerry Kirpach, who teaches Advanced Placement art history in Frisco, have been married for nine years.

    The couple regularly uses their trips and interests at educational tools in the classroom. Wes Kirpach said his students have discovered new species right outside his Plano West High School classroom.

    Pieces of history are all around them, and it helps kids learn, Kerry Kirpach said.



    Photo Credit: Wes and Kerry Kirpach

    Wes and Kerry Kirpach, who are both teachers, regularly travel to Venice, Fla., to scuba dive and search for teeth from extinct sharks.Wes and Kerry Kirpach, who are both teachers, regularly travel to Venice, Fla., to scuba dive and search for teeth from extinct sharks.

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    Police continued to look for the gun used to kill a semi-professional football player in North Attleboro in June and investigators focused on another body of water in Aaron Hernandez’s native town of Bristol.

    State Police divers searched a small pond Tuesday across from Pine Lake.  They ended the search and will not be back on Wednesday, according to Lt. Paul Vance, of the Connecticut State Police.

    According to Bristol Police, there are no plans to search the area again.

    Divers searched Pine Lake earlier this month in an effort to find the murder weapon, but turned up nothing.

    Hernandez, a former member of the New England Patriots, has been charged with the murder of Odin Lloyd, whose body was found just after 5:30 p.m. on Monday, June 17 near his Massachusetts home.

    Carlos Ortiz, one of Hernandez’s alleged associates, told investigators that they had met Lloyd at his Boston apartment earlier in the morning and the group traveled to North Attleboro, according to court documents.

    During the ride back, Ortiz fell asleep, he said. When he woke up, the car was stopped and Hernandez, Wallace and Lloyd got out of the car to urinate.

    He said he heard gunshots and Hernandez and Wallace got back into the car without Lloyd. Ortiz told investigators he could not make out who fired the shots because it was dark.

    Prosecutors allege that Hernandez orchestrated Lloyd’s killing because he was upset that the man associated  with people that Hernandez had problems with.

    Hernandez is being held in a Massachusetts prison in lieu of bond and has pleaded not guilty. 

    Police have executed search warrants at a Bristol storage facility as well the Lake Avenue home of Hernandez’s relatives. 


     



    Photo Credit: NBCConnecticut.com

    State police divers began a search Tuesday of a pond in Bristol in connection with the murder case involving Aaron Hernandez.State police divers began a search Tuesday of a pond in Bristol in connection with the murder case involving Aaron Hernandez.

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    O'Hare International Airport finally got its goats.

    The city of Chicago on Monday set free a herd of animals to begin "landscaping" 120 acres on O’Hare property. The herd consists of goats, sheep, llamas and burros which will chew through hilly areas of scrub brush that's hard to maintain with regular equipment.

    Don't worry about animals on the runway, though. All sites are away from the area or separated by fencing, the city said.

    Chicago officials last year put out a bid for at least 25 goats or sheep and a shepherd to trim the grass at O'Hare as part of a pilot program designed to naturally control vegetation and decrease landscaping costs.

    Mayor Rahm Emanuel's office announced in May the Chicago Department of Aviation planned to award a contract to Chicago-based Central Commissary Holdings, LLC, to allow animals to graze on airport grounds.

    The contract expires at the end of 2014, the city said, and pays a maximum of $100,000.



    Photo Credit: Karen Araiza

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    Out of therapy and now taking personal time, San Diego Mayor Bob Filner released a statement through one of his attorneys late Monday in reply to a recall effort to remove him from office.

    The written statement signed by Filner spoke of moving forward, hope and excitement and nothing of the allegations of “pay-to-play” schemes, unwanted sexual advances or sexual harassment in the workplace.

    Special Section: Mayor Under Fire

    “Now is not the time to go backwards,” his reply begins. The message ends by saying, “As your Mayor, I am committed to moving San Diego forward!” 

    The tone of the reply does not sound like an embattled mayor facing a federal and state investigation, an investigation by the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department and a civil lawsuit brought by a former employee.

    Read full statement here

    Those in charge of the Recall Bob Filner effort said no one associated with the campaign saw the emailed statement before Tuesday morning.

    Recall organizers told The Associated Press they would publish it in the newspaper as required by law.

    They’re printing petitions Tuesday and already have a list of 2,000 volunteers who have offered to help gather signatures.

    “I was at Qualcomm the other day collecting names of people who want to pass petition signatures and I almost had to beat ‘em off with stick," said John Cox, finance manager for the recall effort.

    “We're going to set up places, polling places, if you will, all over the city of San Diego where people can actually go and sign petitions," Cox said.

    City Council President Todd Gloria believes the only way for the city to move forward is for Filner to resign.

    “Bob Filner’s response to the recall effort shows that he just doesn’t get it," Gloria said in a written statement.

    Chants at a "Not Welcome Back, Bob" rally on Civic Center Plaza Monday echoed the sentiments of a city growing more lopsided in disdain.

    But with limited time and money to accomplish the recall mission, some still called it an uphill climb.

    Timeline: Mayor Under Fire

    San Diego’s City Attorney Jan Goldsmith has said the mayor will be “given an out” but did not disclose what that would entail.

    Filner is expected to be summoned to hearings before the City Council’s Audit Committee to face questions about a trip to Paris costing taxpayers $21,000 in security detail expenses.

    This in addition to federal and state criminal investigations involving his dealings with developers like Sunroad Enterprises and its special treatment for a big apartment complex that’s in its final build-out phases in Kearny Mesa.

    The 70-year-old Filner has acknowledged disrespecting and sometimes intimidating women. He also asked for due process under the law.

    After allegations of unwanted sexual advances came to light last month, Filner refused to step down despite calls for him to resign from city leaders, Democratic Party leaders, state legislative leaders, U.S. Rep. Susan Davis, U.S. Rep. Scott Peters and U.S. Rep. Nancy Pelosi along with U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein and U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer as well as former mayor Jerry Sanders.



    Photo Credit: Getty Images

    San Diego Mayor Bob Filner as he announces he will undergo intense therapy in response to sexual harassment allegations.San Diego Mayor Bob Filner as he announces he will undergo intense therapy in response to sexual harassment allegations.

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  • 08/13/13--12:09: Parrot Cries Like a Baby

  • Ask most pet owners and they will say their animal is like their baby.

    However, Kermit, a yellow-naped parrot belonging to a Farmington, Conn., woman actually sounds like a baby.

    Linda Nadeau shared this video of her pet and said Kermit sits on an egg and cries like a baby. 



    Photo Credit: Linda Nadeau

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    California lawmakers will be presented with a controversial bill Tuesday that seeks to give certain sperm donors legal standing to argue for parental rights.

    The measure going before the Assembly Judiciary Committee, SB 115, would allow a donor who has acted as a father and cared for a child to claim legal rights and assume the responsibilities associated with being the child's father.

    Under current California law, a sperm donor is not regarded as the father of the child he helped conceive through artificial insemination. That is designed to protect both donors and the women who don't want a donor involved in the child's life.

    Two years ago, a state law was passed allowing a donor to make a written agreement with the child's mother, which would allow the donor to play a role in the child's life. But that still allowed for a woman to first agree and then change her mind.

    The new bill, authored by Sen. Jerry Hill (D-San Mateo), seeks to clarify the 2011 statute so unmarried donors can file paternity claims, with the burden of proving to the court that they have acted as a father to the child.

    Actor Jason Patric will testify before the committee Tuesday to support the legislation, NBC News reported.

    The “Lost Boys” actor is involved in a heated custody battle with former girlfriend Danielle Schreiber, pictured below, with whom he has a 3-year-old son, Gus, who was conceived using in vitro fertilization.

    Patric took his case to state lawmakers after a judge ruled that he was to be classified strictly as a sperm donor and that he had no paternal rights over Gus.

    The bill was approved by the California Senate on April 25.

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    A bill before the California Legislature would allow some sperm donors to petition for paternal rights. A hearing before an Assembly committee is set for Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2013.A bill before the California Legislature would allow some sperm donors to petition for paternal rights. A hearing before an Assembly committee is set for Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2013.

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    Oakland police on Tuesday identified the female body found near the base of a tree in Northern California as that of slain federal public defender Sandra Coke.

    Most had expected that positive identification after the 50-year-old Oakland woman's body was discovered in Vacaville near Cherry Glen Road off Interstate Highway 80 on Friday. Authorities have still not revealed how she died.

    Her family says they are devastated by the news, calling Coke the "shining light" of their family. They also thanked the hundreds of people who helped search for Sandra.

    "Those of us who were privileged to know Sandra will remember her as an unusually kind, generous and big-hearted person. She passionately devoted her professional life to helping the poor and those who endured difficult childhoods. All of us will miss Sandra’s beautiful, giving spirit," the family statement read.

    After Coke disappeared, police arrested a "person of interest" in the case on a parole violation – a violent sex offender named Randy Alana, who dated Coke 20 years ago.

    As of Tuesday, Alana had still not been named as a suspect in her death.

    Coke worked at the federal building in Sacramento and was a longtime investigator.

    Chief Judge Alex Kozinski of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit issued the following statement regarding her death: “All of us in the federal court family are deeply saddened by the death of our colleague and co-worker. Sandra Coke was an admired and respected professional working in a highly challenging area of the law. She was passionate about her work, devoted to her clients and colleagues, and performed her duties with fairness and integrity. She will be greatly missed. Our hearts go out to her family.”

    Coke had been missing since Aug. 4 when her daughter last saw her about 8:30 p.m. leaving her home in the 600 block of Aileen Street in North Oakland. She had gone to Walgreens, her family said, despite reports that said she had been going to meet with someone about the family's missing dog.

    Her car was later found in West Oakland, and one of her cell phones was found in Richmond last week.

    A police source told NBC Bay Area Coke's other cell phone was tracked to Solano County. Coke's sister said earlier this week that Coke's teenage daughter used the “Find My iPhone” app Sunday night.

    A police source said surveillance cameras captured Coke's car crossing the Carquinez Bridge. The source said another surveillance camera showed Alana gassing up her car and using her ATM card.

    The source said Alana, who has been arrested on a parole violation, was found with Coke's keys and her credit card. He also had on muddy boots.  

    Alana is a high-risk sex offender with a violent past, including rape and kidnapping convictions. He has been in and out of jail since the 1980s.

    Sources confirmed Alana and Coke dated more than 20 years ago. They said she was recently trying to help him turn his life around.

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    Family of missing Oakland-resident Sandra Coke suspect foul play.Family of missing Oakland-resident Sandra Coke suspect foul play.

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  • 08/13/13--17:07: Pratt Cutting 200 Jobs in CT

  • Pratt & Whitney is cutting 400 salaried positions company-wide, including around 200 positions in Connecticut, effective immediately, according to a statement on the company’s Web site.

    “While the company is very pleased with the number of employees who participated in its recent voluntary separation program, these further reductions are necessary,” the company said in a statement on its Web site.

    Jobs affected include off0ce-type jobs.

    The workers were notified today

    "This is a tough action, but one that's necessary to remain competitive," Ray Hernandez, a spokesman for Pratt and Whitney, said.

    The company said it is providing affected employees with severance pay and outplacement. It will continue providing group insurance.

    Pratt & Whitney, an aircraft company, is part of United Technologies Company, one of the largest companies in the state.

    Fortune Magazine listed UTC as the state's second largest company as of May 2012, and ranked it 48th overall.

    More information will be posted once it becomes available.

    For more about these layoffs, see the Pratt & Whitney Web site.
     


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    A South Florida business owner accused of trying to hire a hitman to kill family members including his wife and young child, stockpiling guns and bomb-making materials and threatening the life of President Barack Obama was ordered held on $5 million bond Tuesday.

    Jason D. Simione, 39, was arrested Monday and is charged with three counts of solicitation to commit first-degree murder, one count of threatening to throw, place or discharge a destructive device and one count of child abuse, authorities said.

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    Authorities believe that Simione “inquired to have a person come up from El Salvador, specifically a MS-13 gang member, and offered to pay up to $150,000 to dispose of his wife, mother-in-law and brother-in-law, and child, if he did not receive custody of the child," Broward Sheriff's Office Det. Ricky Libman said at a Tuesday afternoon news conference.

    He described Simione – who lives in Dania Beach and is the owner of Bulldog Tactical Equipment in Fort Lauderdale – as a survivalist who stores food in case there's a natural disaster or the U.S. government collapses.

    “He’s made statements to me and his employees about how unhappy he is with government policy, specifically the president," said Libman, of BSO's Violent Crimes Unit.

    Workers fortified Simione's home "in lieu of a SWAT or a law enforcement assault," Libman said. He described one room as "a last stand room."

    “The back of the door was a silhouette of an average-sized person that would be on the outside of the door with X’s marked where to shoot at to make sure to hit a vital organ. He basically set up kill zones in his house for an assault," Libman said. "The walls were refortified, the windows were barred. It would be a nightmarish tactical situation if anybody had to actually go in there."

    Simione made his first appearance before Broward Judge John Hurley Tuesday morning, where his bond was set.

    "The court's very concerned on a number of levels," Hurley said. "Number one is, the court is concerned with his alleged willingness to hire a hitman to kill everyone in his family including his own child."

    According to the arrest affidavit read by Hurley, Simione's wife went to the Broward Sheriff's Office on Friday to report alleged child abuse by Simione against the couple's 9-month-old child.

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    The wife told detectives Simione had displayed paranoid behavior recently, including violent outbursts and delusions, and had been abusing illegal steroids, Hurley said. In one of the outbursts, Simione threw their child onto a table, causing a laceration, the wife said, according to Hurley.

    She also said she had seen bomb-making materials at Simione's homes in Dania and Stuart, Hurley said.

    When detectives interview some of Simione's employees, they said he had become increasingly hostile and paranoid, had been regularly making threats toward his wife in front of the employees and had "expressed distaste for the U.S. government policies," Hurley said.

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    "The employees said you repeatedly have threatened the President of the United States, saying that he should be murdered," Hurley said.

    Employees said Simione had been stockpiling firearms, ammunition and bomb-making materials and had threatened to kill anyone who attempted to arrest him or take his child, Hurley said.

    Simione's employees said they had witnessed him taking steroids and had helped him reinforce his home in Dania to prevent breaches by law enforcement and had made "kill zones" if police made entry into the home, Hurley said.

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    One employee said he had been approached by Simione who asked whether he could help him find someone to kill his wife, their child and his wife's mother and brother, Hurley said.

    Simione offered $150,000 for their deaths and "tagged each person with code names," Hurley said.

    Employees said they saw a large amount of guns, ammunition and bomb-making materials in Simione's house, including threaded galvanized metal pipes, threaded pipe caps, nails, gun powder, propane cylinders, wire and batteries, Hurley said.

    Simione had .50-caliber sniper rifles, automatic rifles and illegal ammunition including armor-piercing rounds, Hurley said.

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    According to the Broward Sheriff's Office, 68 rifles, shotguns and handguns were found in Simione's house, along with between 60,000-70,000 rounds of ammunition.

    All of the guns are legally owned but were taken for safekeeping because of a protection order recently obtained by Simione's wife, the BSO said.

    During Tuesday's hearing, prosecutors said Simione's net worth was between $2 to $9 million. They said he has no prior arrests.

    Simione's attorney, David Bogenschutz, had argued for a lesser bond of $25,000 on each count. He said Simione has been a South Florida resident a long time and is going through a nasty divorce.

    "He's in the middle of a divorce and it's a pretty contentious divorce," Bogenschutz said.

    If Simione posts bond, he will have to wear a GPS monitor and must stay away from his wife and her family and their child, Hurley said.

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    The BSO said Jason Simione stockpiled 68 guns, including a .50-caliber sniper rifle, in his home.The BSO said Jason Simione stockpiled 68 guns, including a .50-caliber sniper rifle, in his home.

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    A trail of blood led San Francisco police detectives to make one of the biggest drug busts in the department's history, seizing more than $1.5 million worth of MDMA powder and pills.

    MDMA is the active ingredient in ecstasy.

    The discovery, which came by pure luck, was found the same weekend as the Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival in Golden Gate Park, prompting investigators to wonder whether the drugs were meant to supply concertgoers.

    "We're happy if it is just a coincidence," Police Chief Greg Suhr said at a Tuesday news conference. "If it's not, we're very happy that none of this found its way out to the Polo Fields."

    Benjamin Hagerl, 36, and Steven Terrell, 31, both of San Francisco, were arrested at about 9:15 a.m. on Sunday in the 3300 block of Mission Street, near 29th Street in the Bernal Heights neighborhood.

    MORE: Feds Intercept 60 Pounds of MDMA en Route to SF

    Their arrests were made shortly after police responded to a report of possible vandalism and burglary at a building there and found a first-floor window that was broken and stained with blood. The downstairs neighbor had called for help – he told police that a man had broken a window on the first floor when the neighbor wouldn't let him inside the building.

    The blood trail led into the building, and police followed it to an apartment inside. That apartment was empty, but the blood trail snaked to another apartment on the second floor.

    Officers knocked on the door of the second apartment and police said a man with blood on his hands and pants opened the door, according to police. It turned out to be Hagerl.

    Police checked the apartment and found a second man inside, later identified at Terrell, as well as duffel bags containing suspected narcotics.

    Investigators eventually determined that there were more than 23 kilograms of MDMA powder and more than 30,000 pills of the drug. Suhr said officers also seized nearly $30,000 in cash and computer equipment.

    Hagerl and Terrell were taken into custody on suspicion of possession of controlled substances for sale, maintaining a place for selling or using controlled substances and conspiracy to commit a crime, according to police.

    Suhr said Terrell also has a separate drug trafficking case pending in Illinois that involves the sale of marijuana in that state.

    In January, federal agents seized 60 pounds of MDMA while the drugs were on their way to San Francisco.

    NBC Bay Area's Joe Rosato Jr. and Bay City News contributed to this report.
     

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    Steven Terrell, (left) Benjamin Hagerl (right) arrested in connection with an MDMA bust in San Francisco. August 2013Steven Terrell, (left) Benjamin Hagerl (right) arrested in connection with an MDMA bust in San Francisco. August 2013

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    Less than 24 hours after NBC 4 New York's report of a Long Island man living in his backyard after his house was flooded out by Sandy and federal aid expired, neighbors and officials are stepping up to help the beleagured storm survivor.

    Chuck Burgio, a 53-year-old unemployed Teamster battling cancer, has been living in his Lindenhurst backyard since last week; that's when federal aid ran out and he could no longer afford to live in local motels. His actual house was flooded by Sandy 10 months ago and remains gutted -- there's no floor, just standing 2-by-4s and exposed piping.

    "I've been in the backyard right here, getting bit up by mosquitoes and gnats," he said.  

    Things started picking up Monday night, when a good Samaritan dropped by with a gift of $500 and a promise to rebuild Burgio's entire house for free, prompting a stunned Burgio to declare "I'm going to have a heart attack." 

    But the neighborly help was just beginning: on Tuesday, non-profit volunteer Michele Insignia came with news that the Lindenhurst group Adopt-a-House was using its Facebook page to raise money for Burgio. 

    "No one deserves to live like this, not when you had a completely normal life and 10 months later, you still can't even get that life back," said Insignia. 

    Neighbors also left gift cards and helped secure a hotel room to replace the FEMA-funded room the 53-year-old lost last week.

    Lindenhurst's deputy mayor promised to help secure long-term disability benefits for Burgio. And a private lawyer has promised to help fight Burgio's bank for the release of $90,000 in flood insurance money tied up since Sandy.

    "Chuck got to that point where he felt he had no other options, and that shouldn't be the case," said Deputy Mayor Kevin McCaffrey.

    Officials said there are many other Sandy victims still struggling to rebuild their lives and Burgio's story illustrates government aid isn't getting to some fast enough.

    "The money's there, but it has not filtered down to where it needs to be right now," said McCaffrey. "We are frustrated it hasn't reached the people that it needs to reach." 

    Sandy dumped 4 feet of water in Lindenhurst and devastated much of the neighborhood. 


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    San Diego Hooters have placed signs in their restaurants saying Mayor Bob Filner will not be served in their establishment.

    “It’s localized to our four San Diego locations,” said Melissa Fry, director of marketing for Hootwinc LLC.

    The signs appear in Rancho Bernardo, Oceanside, Gaslamp and Mission Valley restaurants.

    Hooters tweeted, "Our Hooters Girls in San Diego have spoken. Not a corporate gig, but we support our girls. #StepIntoAwesome"

    Various tweets posted by San Diegans showed signs inside Hooters that said:

    “This establishment recognizes that we all have political differences and we serve people all walks of life. We also believe it is imperative for people to have standards. The Mayor of San Diego will not be served in this establishment. We believe women should be treated with respect.”

    The sign first appeared on the Twitter feed of Francis Barraza, executive director of the Republican Party of San Diego.

    “My local @hooters won't serve Bob #Filner. #stepintoawesome #respect #lunch,” Barraza tweeted.

    Stephen Puetz, chief of staff for City Councilmember Kevin Faulconer, replied with a picture of Hooters waitresses (below) saying, “apparently #hooters didn’t think your picture was good enough.”

    The sign was created by Glenn Beck and was mentioned on his talk show Monday night. Beck has encouraged people to post it every business throughout San Diego.

    Filner has been accused of sexually harassing multiple women, and many people have called for him to resign.


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    Take it easy with your Facebook pics, lest your real-life relationships suffer, a new British study suggests.

    Sharing too many photos on social media can damage those relationships, according to the study by researchers at four universities in the United Kingdom.

    "It’s worth remembering that the information we post to our ‘friends’ on Facebook, actually gets viewed by lots of different categories of people," said lead researcher David Houghton, a lecturer at the University of Birmingham Business School. "Each group seems to take a different view of the information shared."

    For partners in relationships, sharing more pictures of events or of family was accompanied by a rise in intimacy in their relationship, according to the study. But partners who shared more photographs of their friends saw their intimacy drop in their relationship, the researchers found.

    The same was true for people's close friendships: Posting too many photos of friends garnered a user less support from their close friend, and that close friendship could suffer.

    The solution, according to the study's authors? "Some form of information control," they said.

    That could mean posting fewer photos, getting choosier about whom you friend, adjusting your privacy settings or creating friend groups with different access to your photos.

    Read the study here.



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    Posting too many Facebook photos can damage your relationships and friendships, a new study has found.Posting too many Facebook photos can damage your relationships and friendships, a new study has found.

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  • 08/13/13--17:35: Man Shot in Face in Hartford

  • Hartford Police are investigating after finding a man shot in the face Tuesday night.

    Police responded to the area of 570 Wethersfield Ave. shortly before 8 p.m. There they discovered a man who had been shot in the face.

    According the police, the man is expected to survive.

    Please check back for more details as they become available.


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