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  • 01/18/14--14:29: Darren Sharper Arrested

  • Current sports commentator and former NFL player Darren Sharper has been arrested on suspicion of rape in Los Angeles, officials said.

    Sharper, a Miami resident, was arrested Friday in connection with sexual assaults in October 2013 and January 2014 in the West Los Angeles area, according to a statement from the Los Angeles Police Department.

    Sharper, currently a commentator with the NFL Network, was booked and held on $200,000 bail. He posted bail just before midnight on Friday, officials said.

    The investigation is ongoing, police said.
     



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    This is a 2009 photo of Darren Sharper of the New Orleans Saints NFL football team. Sharper was arrested on suspicion of rape on Friday, Jan. 17, 2014.This is a 2009 photo of Darren Sharper of the New Orleans Saints NFL football team. Sharper was arrested on suspicion of rape on Friday, Jan. 17, 2014.

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    Two Yale graduate students are recovering from their injuries tonight after they tried to help an injured dog that attacked them.

    According to Yale University, the dog was hurt after it was struck by a car near campus on City Street Saturday afternoon.

    The  injured dog was brought onto campus when it bit two students outside the Yale Divinity School.

    Animal Control officers captured the dog, but it later died from its injuries.

    Both students were treated for minor injuries at Yale-New Haven hospital.

    Yale University police are investigating.



    Photo Credit: NBC Connecticut

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    Route 309 is closed at Hedgehog Lane in Simsbury so emergency crews can repair a pole that was struck by a car last night.

    The road was closed overnight after a two-car crash, according to Simsbury police. A utility pole was also struck during the crash, which occurred around 8:30 p.m. Saturday.

    Route 309 reopened early Sunday but was closed for repairs again in the afternoon. Traffic is being detoured onto Old Farms Road.

    Police said Route 309 will remain closed for several hours.

    It's not clear if anyone was injured in the crash.

    Check back for updates. 


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    Firefighters rescued a dog from icy waters Saturday morning.

    Rescue swimmers, from the Lisbon Fire Department, jumped in freezing water and guided the dog back to shore.

    Officials said the dog is doing just fine.



    Photo Credit: Lisbon Fire Department

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    A water main break caused a small sinkhole in Hartford early Sunday morning.

    According to MDC, crews responded to a 6-inch water main break at 25 Harper Street around 3 a.m.

    Nine multi-family homes located between 34 Harper Street and Love Lane were without water while crews worked to repair the break. Water service was fully restored by 7:30 a.m., according to MDC.

    The water from the break washed out some of the subsurface material on Harper Street, causing a small sinkhole. The front passenger tire of a car parked there sunk into the hole and was towed away by Hartford police.

    Authorities worked throughout the morning to repair the road. MDC said the project was expected to be finished by 9 a.m.


    A water main break caused a small sink hole in Hartford Sunday morning.A water main break caused a small sink hole in Hartford Sunday morning.

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    A Pennsylvania priest was arrested on Friday after he allegedly groped a man inside a YMCA locker room.

    Police say Father John Roebuck, 64, of Lansdale, was at the North Penn YMCA back on December 15 around 7 p.m.

    Roebuck approached another man inside the sauna and the two talked briefly, according to investigators. Police say Roebuck then followed the man into the locker room a short time later. As the man began to leave, police say Roebuck extended his hand to say goodbye. Roebuck then allegedly grabbed the man’s genitals with his other hand.

    Police say the alleged victim reported the incident to the YMCA staff. An employee confronted Roebuck and questioned him but Roebuck denied the accusations against him, according to investigators.

    Roebuck met with detectives on December 19 and was interviewed about the alleged incident. After an investigation, police issued a warrant for Roebuck’s arrest. Roebuck surrendered to police on Friday and was arraigned with bail set at $50,000 unsecured. He is charged with indecent assault without consent and harassment.

    Roebuck is a parochial vicar at Saint Stanislaus in Lansdale. He has been placed on administrative leave by the Philadelphia Archdiocese.
     



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    An 18-year-old West Haven man is facing charges after reportedly leading officers on a chase while driving a stolen car.

    Officers began pursuing the stolen Honda on Saturday night. Driver Wilbert Johnson who had been wanted on robbery charges, and a passenger pulled over in the area of Coleman Road and fled on foot, authorities said.

    Police followed Johnson and took him into custody. He was arrested on an outstanding robbery warrant and turned over to state police.

    The passenger was not charged.



    Photo Credit: West Haven Police Department

    Wilbert Johnson, 18, is facing robbery charges after reportedly leading police on a car chase in a stolen car.Wilbert Johnson, 18, is facing robbery charges after reportedly leading police on a car chase in a stolen car.

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    Higher-speed trains and inter-city rail service in New England remain on track despite a congressional budget deal that eliminated spending.

    Transportation officials in Connecticut and Massachusetts say money has already been allocated from stimulus spending in 2009 and other federal funds. Work on a higher-speed rail line in Vermont was completed in 2012, and officials are looking to extend rail service from the shoreline of Long Island Sound to western Massachusetts.

    Timothy Brennan is executive director of the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission in Springfield, Mass. He says a $73 million project to rebuild a north-south rail line connecting Springfield, Holyoke, Northampton and Greenfield will be finished by year's end.

    He says trains will travel at an average speed of 70 mph, making it competitive with cars along Interstate 91.



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    The woman who barricaded herself in a home on Keeney Street in Manchester this morning has been taken away in an ambulance and the massive police presence that locked down the area is beginning to disperse.

    Authorities surrounded a home on Keeney Street in Manchester just before 11 a.m. Sunday, where they say a distraught 44-year-old woman barricaded herself and threatened to use force.

    Police initially responded when the woman's parents called to request a welfare check. The woman was outside in the backyard when police first arrived, and authorites said she appeared to be injured.

    The woman, described as emotionally disturbed, then barricaded herself inside the home. She told responding officers she had weapons and would use them if police confronted her, police said.

    Keeney Street was shut down between Frances Drive and Hackmatack Street. The intersection of Bidwell Street and Peila Drive was also closed, and neighboring homes on Keeney Street were evacuated.

    It's not clear if the woman was alone inside the house, but police said they believe she was the only occupant.

    An ambulance and stretcher arrived on scene just after 2 p.m. The woman was taken by ambulance around 2:15.

    The Manchester Police Command Unit arrived on scene Sunday morning. SWAT, fire officials, Glastonbury police, Enfield police and K-9 officers provided mutual aid.


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    Photo Credit: NBCConnecticut.com

    Police have blocked off Keeney Street in Manchester and surrounded a home there.Police have blocked off Keeney Street in Manchester and surrounded a home there.

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    At least 14 people were arrested at a rally outside the Fullerton Police Department on Saturday to protest the acquittal of two former Fullerton, Calif., officers accused in the beating death of Kelly Thomas.

    The protest, organized mostly through social media, drew a few hundred people and came in the wake of a jury’s decision to acquit former Officer Manuel Ramos and former Cpl. Jay Cicinelli in the 2011 death of the 37-year-old homeless man outside a Fullerton transit station.

    Full Coverage: Kelly Thomas Case

    Ron Thomas, Kelly's father, was at the protest gathering the crowd and asking them who would join him at a Fullerton City Council meeting in a few days, attendee Ky Sisson said via Twitter.

    Protesters were peaceful for the majority of the rally until police ordered the crowd to disperse when some people turned violent, according to the Fullerton Police Department.

    One group of protesters surrounded a news photographer and attacked her, then surrounded her news van to keep it from leaving, police said.

    Crowds took over intersections and blocked streets, intimidated drivers and vandalized businesses, police said.

    "At this point, we had no choice but to step in and issue a dispersal order, declaring the protest an unlawful assembly," Fullerton Police Chief Dan Hughes said.

    Ten people were arrested for refusal to disperse, and two people were arrested for vandalism, and one person was arrested for robbery, Fullerton police said. One person was arrested in connection with the assault of the news crew.

    All were cooperating with officers, police said.

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    The Kelly Thomas case ignited outrage in the community and led to the recall of three Fullerton City Council members, the departure of the city’s police chief and a scathing report that accused the department of ignoring misconduct among its ranks.

    Jurors reached their decision after only one day of deliberations. After the decision came down, the Orange County District Attorney’s Office announced it would drop charges against Joseph Wolfe, the third former Fullerton police officer accused in the beating death of Kelly Thomas.

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    Hours after the officers’ acquittals, the FBI announced it would examine evidence in the trial to see if further investigation is needed.



    Photo Credit: Ky Sisson

    Ron Thomas, Kelly's father, was at the protest on Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014, gathering the crowd and asking them who would join him at an upcoming Fullerton City Council meeting.Ron Thomas, Kelly's father, was at the protest on Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014, gathering the crowd and asking them who would join him at an upcoming Fullerton City Council meeting.

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    Police search teams in Queens are continuing to scour a site where human remains were found as tests are underway to determine if the remains are those of missing autistic teen Avonte Oquendo.

    A human arm, a torso and pair of legs were found just southwest of the Bronx-Whitestone Bridge earlier this week. Police divers and cadaver dogs recovered more remains this weekend, including teeth and another arm.
         
    Most of the remains were found on a rocky shore near the College Point Yacht Club, about 11 miles from where Avonte disappeared more than three months ago. 
         
    The remains were found in clothes and sneakers similar to those Avonte wore the day he ran from his school in Long Island City and vanished.

    The remains were taken to a morgue where the medical examiner's office will try to identify them and determine a cause of death.

    "It's not Avonte until the DNA evidence comes in and says it is,” said Avonte's family's attorney, David Perecman Saturday. “On the other hand, it's not looking great."


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    A 59-year-old woman is in critical condition after suffering serious burns in a Hartford apartment fire Saturday night, authorities said.

    According to Hartford Fire Department Capt. Jim McLoughlin, the fire broke out around 11:15 p.m. Saturday in a third-floor studio apartment at 131 Washington Street.

    Firefighters rescued the victim but she received life-threatening injuries before she was pulled from the flames. McLoughlin said the victim is suffering second- and third-degree burns all over her body and inside her airway. She was rushed to the Bridgeport Hospital Burn Unit, where she’s listed in critical condition.

    Authorities are investigating to determine the cause of the fire, but McLoughlin said they believe the fire to be accidental.

    The victim has not been identified. 

    Hartford fire officials remind residents to check their smoke alarms and take safety precautions.


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    South Main Street is now open at Boulevard in West Hartford following a two-car crash Sunday afternoon.

    Police said the cars collided and one of the cars rolled over. A parked car and traffic light were also struck.

    Two people were transported to the hospital, one of whom was ejected from the car, according to police. Their conditions are unknown.

    Traffic was diverted around the intersection.

    Police are investigating the cause of the crash.

     


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    Photo Credit: NBCConnecticut.com

    South Main Street is closed at Boulevard in West Hartford due to a two-car crash.South Main Street is closed at Boulevard in West Hartford due to a two-car crash.

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    Waterbury police are investigating a murder that occurred Friday night.

    Kareem Morey ,38, of Waterbury, was shot  near an apartment building at the corner of Chestnut Avenue and Johnson Street.

    A spokesman for the Waterbury Police Department said Morey's two sons, ages 19 and 21, were involved in an altercation with a group of men early Friday night.

    Later that evening, Morey and his two sons got involved in a second altercation with the same group of men and that's when Morey was shot.

    He was rushed to St. Mary's Hospital where he died from a single gunshot wound to his chest.

    Police are still searching for a suspect and say this is the first homicide in the city this year.

    Anyone with information is asked to call Crimstoppers at 203-755-1234.
     



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    More than 1 million pounds of microwaveable Kraft Velveeta Cheesy Skillets are being recalled due to misbranding and undeclared allergens, the USDA announced Sunday.

    The recall affects about 1.77 million pounds of 3.3 pound cases containing 9-ounce Kraft Velveeta Cheesy Skillets Singles "Ultimate Cheeseburger Mac," a shelf-stable pasta and ground beef product sold nationwide. They are produced by Truitt Brothers Inc., an East Bernstadt, Ky., establishment.

    The products contain hydrolyzed soy protein and dried soy sauce, two known allergens, which are not declared on some labels, according to the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS).

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    The affected products have a Use By/Sell By date code of "02 MARCH 2014 – 23 OCT 2014" and were produced between May 6, 2013 and Jan. 16, 2014.

    Identifying case codes are:

    • 00210000432900
    • 00210000432910
    • 00210000432925
    • 00210000464000
    • 00210000465100

    Officials believe the problem occurred when a supplier inadvertently mixed up the labels with those having incorrect ingredient lines.

    No other Velveeta or Kraft products are affected in the recall, officials said.

    The FSIS and the company has not received reports of adverse reactions due to the consumption of the products, and anyone concerned should contact a health care provider.


    About 1.77 million pounds of Kraft Velveeta Cheesy Skillets Singles About 1.77 million pounds of Kraft Velveeta Cheesy Skillets Singles "Ultimate Cheeseburger Mac" are being recalled due to misbranding and undeclared allergens, the USDA said Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014.

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    Last month, Target announced that hackers compromised the credit information of some 40 million customers. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) wants to make sure that doesn’t happen again.

    The Connecticut democrat is proposing legislation for what his office described as, “immensely strengthened safeguards against hacking.”

    “We need protection against cyber-attacks for major retailers, [we need to] hold them accountable,” said Sen. Blumenthal.

    Senator Blumenthal said customers’ information must be protected each time they swipe their credit card. Because so many Americans rely on credit to make purchases, the senator is pressuring retailers to install better software to fend off hackers.

    “The retailers have to be as skilled and serious as the hackers in providing a cyber-fortress with walls around consumer data, so they’re protected from these cyber-attacks.”
    Senator Blumenthal said under his proposal, retailers who fail to protect their customers’ information could face fines.

    “Retailers who fail to protect consumers and install these firewalls…ought to be held accountable monetarily…and that’s what my legislation would do.”

    However, the senator still needs a majority of his senate colleagues to agree, and he’s confident they will.

    “Clearly, Target is just the tip of the information theft iceberg, and congress is growing in awareness.”
     



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    Several passengers who survived the Asiana Crash at San Francisco International Airport last summer are suing Boeing, the maker of that plane.

    According to the Chicago Tribune, the suit claims Boeing's negligence contributed to the July 6 crash.

    The suit claims some of the equipment was improperly installed and defective, resulting in inadequate warnings for the pilots about low air speeds.

    Three girls from China died in the crash and the ensuing emergency response.

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    About 100 passengers are listed in the lawsuit.


    Asiana passenger Henry Xie says he wants his life back.Asiana passenger Henry Xie says he wants his life back.

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    A female Marine was stabbed at Camp Pendleton in San Diego County on Saturday, U.S. Marine Corps officials confirmed.

    Public Information Officer Lt. Savannah Moyer said two Marines were involved in an incident with a deadly weapon on Saturday. Earlier, Marine Corps officials confirmed it was a stabbing and that the victim had been stabbed multiple times.

    According to Moyer, the victim was flown to Scripps Mercy Hospital.

    WAVY, the NBC affiliate in Norfolk, Va., confirmed that the victim is Emily Hammonds (pictured.) Hammonds is from the Virginia Beach area.

    There is no word yet on what led to the stabbing or if any charges will be filed.

    Moyer said the Naval Criminal Investigative Service has taken over the case.

    Check back for updates on this developing story.



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    This photo shows stabbing victim Emily Hammonds at Marine boot camp in Parris Island, S.C. on Feb. 25.This photo shows stabbing victim Emily Hammonds at Marine boot camp in Parris Island, S.C. on Feb. 25.

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    Two Bay Area philanthropists have given San Francisco a check to cover the cost of making Batkid's dream come true.

    In November, San Francisco transformed into Gotham City to allow a 5-year-old leukemia patient to live out his wish of being Batman.

    The San Francisco Chronicle said John and Marcia Goldman have donated $105,000 to cover the city's expenses.

    The couple has supported the Make a Wish Foundation for years.

    Thousands turned out to help cheer on Miles Scott, as he saved the city from the Penguin and Riddler.



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    SAN FRANCISCO, CA - NOVEMBER 15: Leukemia survivor Miles, 5, dressed as BatKid, runs the bases as part of a Make-A-Wish foundation fulfillment at AT&T Park November 15, 2013 in San Francisco. The Make-A-Wish Greater Bay Area foundation turned the city into Gotham City for Miles by creating a day-long event bringing his wish to be BatKid to life. (Photo by Ramin Talaie/Getty Images)SAN FRANCISCO, CA - NOVEMBER 15: Leukemia survivor Miles, 5, dressed as BatKid, runs the bases as part of a Make-A-Wish foundation fulfillment at AT&T Park November 15, 2013 in San Francisco. The Make-A-Wish Greater Bay Area foundation turned the city into Gotham City for Miles by creating a day-long event bringing his wish to be BatKid to life. (Photo by Ramin Talaie/Getty Images)

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    Police are advising drivers to stay away from Route 179 by Case Street in Canton this morning after a car hit a pole around 7 p.m. on Sunday.

    Connecticut Light & Power is working to replace a pole and do wire work.  Repairs are expected to be completed by noon.

     No one was injured in the crash.

    The road is not entirely closed. Cars can get by if necessary.



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    Police are advising drivers to stay away from Route 179 by Case Street in Canton this morning after a car hit a pole around 7 p.m. on Sunday.Police are advising drivers to stay away from Route 179 by Case Street in Canton this morning after a car hit a pole around 7 p.m. on Sunday.

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