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    The family of a 95-year-old man who died after a confrontation with Park Forest police last summer has sued, saying police overreacted when they fired beanbag shots and user a Taser on the decorated World War II veteran.

    The family of John Wrana says in its $5 million federal civil rights suit that the department overreacted to the situation, and with his advanced age and failing health, Wrana posed no real threat to the officers. 

    "Why they chose to confront him in this way, I have no idea. I can't comprehend it. It has been a very painful process to relive this over and over again," his stepdaughter Sharon Mangerson said.

    Wrana was a patient at the Victory Center Nursing home when he refused to go to the hospital for a urinary tract infection on July 26, 2013.

    Police were called and eventually used a Taser and a beanbag shotgun to remove him by force, after they say he threatened officers with a butcher knife. He died the next day.

    Park Forest Police Officer Craig Taylor, 43, is already charged with reckless conduct over the confrontation, for having struck Wrana with five shotgun beanbag rounds as he and other officers tried taking him into custody.

    "Officer Taylor fired the five rounds from his shotgun from a distance of only 6 to 8 feet from where Mr. Wrana was standing," the family's lawyer Nicholas Grapsas said.

    "Unfortunately, what the Japanese military failed to do to Mr. Wrana during the war, the Park Forest Police Department succeeded in doing 70 years later in the twilight of was, until then, an extremely wonderful life," he added.

    Park Forest officials say they do not comment on any pending or ongoing litigation.


    The family of John Wrana seeks answers after he died following an altercation with police.The family of John Wrana seeks answers after he died following an altercation with police.

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    One organization is cooking up something different to help young children with cancer.

    The Future Chef’s Cook Off heated up for the first time in Stamford on June 8. The event is sponsored by Go 4 the Goal, a non-profit organization that strives to cure pediatric cancer.

    Funds raised at the cook off will benefit local children such as Eli Schwartz, who is battling leukemia.

    The cook off raised more than $15,000 to support pediatric cancer patients. Well-known Chef Hunter Zampa hosted the event and celebrity chefs Aaron Sanchez and Missy Chase Lapine also supported the cause.

    Money will also be donated to provide technology to Yale-New Haven’s pediatric oncology waiting room, infusion room and transplant unit.



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    Police arrested a Naugatuck man after he publicly exposed himself on Saturday, police said.

    Steven Pinto, 62, of 189 Auburn Street, Naugatuck, showed his "genitals and buttocks" to children and his neighbors, police said.

    Naugatuck police responded to a nearby address, 181 Auburn Street, after receiving complaints about a suspicious person.

    Police charged Pinto with risk of injury to a child, breach of peace and public indecency.

    He was scheduled to appear in Waterbury Superior Court on Monday and was held on a $2,500 bond.

     

     



    Photo Credit: Naugatuck Police Department

    Steven Pinto was arrested after a public indecency incident in Naugatuck on Saturday, police said.Steven Pinto was arrested after a public indecency incident in Naugatuck on Saturday, police said.

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    Authorities responded to a two-alarm mulch fire at an Old Saybrook Motel on Monday afternoon sparked by a discarded cigarette, according to the town fire chief.

    Fire officials said a still-burning cigarette lit a mulch pile on fire at the Econolodge on Boston Post Road.

    Smoke traveled up the building's stucco facade and under the flooring, according to the fire department. Firefighters had to cut a small hole in the motel wall, but the structure was not damaged otherwise.

    No one was injured or displaced, fire officials said. All motel guests have returned to their rooms.

    Westport, Clinton and Essex provided mutual aid.

    The Old Saybrook Fire Marshal's Office is investigating.



    Photo Credit: NBCConnecticut.com

    Crews responded to the Econolodge on Boston Post Road in Old Saybrook after a discarded cigarette sparked a mulch fire there.Crews responded to the Econolodge on Boston Post Road in Old Saybrook after a discarded cigarette sparked a mulch fire there.

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    A family’s dog is dead after it was attacked by a bear on Duncaster Road in Bloomfield around 2:30 a.m. on Sunday.

    The bear attacked in the 200 block of Duncaster Road, according to police. The dog’s owners brought it to a veterinarian, but the pet did not survive.

    Neighbors told police that they have seen a mother bear with three cubs in the area of Adams and Duncaster roads for several days, but no one reported it until after the attack, police said.

    Police have notified the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection/Wildlife Division and residents are urged to use safety measures to avoid the likelihood of attracting bears.

    These tips include removing bird feeders and placing garbage in a locked garage, shed, or outbuilding or away from your home when there is no other building to store it in.

    Residents are urged not to keep pet food outside and to use exterior lighting whenever possible.

    Keep dogs leashed, especially when it is dark and visibility is low. Police also recommend making noise when you leave your house so bears know you are there.

    You can report a bear sighting on the state DEEP Web site.
     



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    Five people were injured when an Amtrak passenger train struck a tree-trimming truck and wood chipper trailer on tracks in a rural area of Berlin at 9:20 a.m. on Monday.

    The 490 shuttle involved in the crash left New Haven at 8:40 a.m. and was heading to Springfield when it hit the trailer on a set of tracks near Norton Lane, Amtrak officials said.

    Prior to the crash, a tree-trimming crew with Trees Incorporated, a Northeast Utilities contractor, was trying to turn around but got stuck because the gate across the tracks was locked, Gov. Dannel Malloy said on Monday afternoon.

    "For about a half mile, the chipper was carried underneath the front portion of the train," Malloy said. "It is believed at this time that friction caused the tires of the chipper to catch fire."

    Berlin Fire Chief Jim Simons said the train was traveling 70 mph at the time of the collision. Part of the truck became lodged in the front of the train, which derailed.

    The engineer on the train used the emergency brake and quickly began getting people off the train.

    Of the 46 people aboard the train, four were transported to hospitals, Simons said. None of the injuries appear to be life threatening.

    Luke Longcroft, of London, England, was on the train while in the United States for business and said he heard a huge bang and felt a massive jolt at the time of the collision.

    "You could smell burning and the carriages start to fill up with smoke a little bit," he said. "People were calm and people just filed off and got off the train."

    The driver of the tree-trimming truck was also injured, Berlin Police Chief Paul Fitzgerald said during a news conference.

    None of the injuries are life-threatening, police said. No crew members were injured, according to Amtrak.

    Uninjured train passengers went to a "reunification" point to meet Amtrak officials at the Hawthorne Restaurant on the Berlin Turnpike.

    Kathleen Welch, who lives across from the train tracks, said the crash this morning brought back bad memories.

    "When I was a little girl, there was a very serious accident and a whole family besides the husband died," she said.

    A hazmat team from the state Department of Energy and Environmental Management also responded to the scene to evaluate any environmental impact.

    Amtrak service was suspended between New Haven and Springfield for several hours following the crash and was restored around 4:15 p.m., according to a release from the railroad.

    Passengers should expect residual delays throughout the evening.

    Neither Trees Incorporated nor Northeast Utilities commented on the incident Monday.



    Photo Credit: Posted on Instagram by foodandwineblog

    A train was involved in a crash in Berlin.A train was involved in a crash in Berlin.

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    A tearful Merry Jackson, whose daughter was killed in a domestic violence incident last month, stood beside Sen. Richard Blumenthal Monday, as he pushed new legislation that would prevent individuals subject to a temporary restraining order from purchasing or possessing a firearm.

    Jackson lost her daughter, Lori Gellatly, on May 7, when she was allegedly shot and killed by her husband Scott Gellatly. Jackson was also wounded in the incident at her Oxford home.

    “He came into my house and shot myself and killed my daughter, and this might have been able to be prevented,” said Jackson.

    According to the Jacksons, Lori Gellatly had applied for a restraining order after her marriage fell apart. In that application Lori described Scott’s actions as violent and said “I am afraid for my kids and myself.”

    The application was approved, but the order was only temporary.

    “A loophole in the law prevented her protection,” said Blumenthal.

    With the introduction of the Lori Jackson Domestic Violence Survivor Protection Act, Blumenthal aims to close that loophole. If passed, the bill will establish consistent, nationwide protection prohibiting possession of purchase of guns by those subject to a restraining order.

    According to Blumenthal, such laws already exist in 17 states but without a national approach, he fears little will change.

    “Scott was able to obtain his weapon from out of state, is what we understand. So even if we pass something in Connecticut, it is really the measure that the senator is proposing that would be the most meaningful,” said Karen Jarmoc, executive director of the Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence.

    “If this passed, his name would come up that there was a restraining order against him. He would not have been able to buy that gun,” said Jackson.

    Blumenthal wants the same rules that apply in the case of permanent restraining orders to apply to temporary orders. So do the Jacksons. In their mind, it could have made all the difference.

    Scott Gellatly has pleaded not guilty to the murder charges.



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    Sen. Richard Blumenthal stands with Merry Jackson and family at a news conference to introduce a pill that would help prevent domestic violence incidents like the one that killed Jackson's daughter, Lori Gellatly.Sen. Richard Blumenthal stands with Merry Jackson and family at a news conference to introduce a pill that would help prevent domestic violence incidents like the one that killed Jackson's daughter, Lori Gellatly.

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    Since an aortic aneurysm left him partially paralyzed a few years ago, Frank Foster has in and out of medical facilities. But he was determined to see his son graduate from Bethel High School, and the Ambulance Service of Manchester found a way to make it happen.

    “I can’t believe I’m looking at the building,” Foster said when he made it the auditorium at Western Connecticut State University on Monday to watch his son, Paul, receive his high school diploma.

    Frank Foster’s aneurysm has kept him in the hospital for most of Paul Foster’s high school career. Today was the first time he left the facility for anything other than medical purposes.

    “There are a lot of people in my life who mean a lot to me, but he’s one of the few who means especially a lot to me, especially now because he’s here,” Paul Foster said at the ceremony. “It was my freshman year when he went into the hospital so it was kind of a shock that that happened.”

    Paul Foster said his dad woke up one day and couldn’t move his legs. He’s been bedridden ever since.

    But today was different. The Ambulance Service of Manchester headed to the Hospital for Special Care in New Britain to pick up Frank Foster and brought a wheelchair so he wouldn’t be on a stretcher at the ceremony.

    His story hit home for one paramedic in particular.

    “He just tugged at my heartstrings and he was telling me about all he ever wanted to do was see his son graduate high school,” said Rachel Buechele of the Ambulance Service of Manchester. “There are things that you expect your dad to be there for, like when I got married.”

    Paul Foster plans to take a semester off, then attend Naugatuck Community College. But tonight he’s only thinking about how lucky he is to be celebrating with his dad.



    Photo Credit: NBCConnecticut.com

    Frank Foster leaves the hospital for the first time since suffering a debilitating aneurism to attend his son's high school graduation.Frank Foster leaves the hospital for the first time since suffering a debilitating aneurism to attend his son's high school graduation.

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    Federal authorities have arrested the Venezuelan man accused of placing 96 threatening phone calls to families in Newtown two days after the fatal shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, per the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

    Wilfrido A. Cardenas Hoffman, 30, of El Hatillo, Venezuela, was arrested Saturday at Miami International Airport while traveling from Venezuela to Mexico, according to a release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

    Cardenas Hoffman is accused of threatening Newtown residents in the wake of the Sandy Hook shootings, on Dec. 16, 2012.

    According to the official complaint filed May 20, 2013, Cardenas Hoffman used a program called iCall to place 96 phone calls to Newtown via the Internet.

    In the calls, he claimed to be Adam Lanza, the 20-year-old who entered the school Dec. 14, 2012 and fatally shot 20 children and six educators, and threatened to kill the residents, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

    "All right. This is Adam Lanza. I'm gonna [expletive] kill you. You're dead. You're dead. You hear me? You're dead," he allegedly said in one of the calls.

    Cardenas Hoffman is charged with transmitting threats in interstate or foreign commerce to injure another person. He appeared in federal court today and is due back Thursday. If convicted, he could serve up to five years in prison and pay a fine of up to $250,000.

    “This complaint charges that Cardenas Hoffman made dozens of threatening telephone calls to residents of Newtown when they were suffering from one of the worst tragedies in our nation’s history,” said U.S. Attorney Dierdre M. Daly in a statement Monday. “Threatening such vulnerable people is reprehensible and inhuman criminal conduct. Further, it inappropriately stressed law enforcement resources at a critically demanding time. This case demonstrates the resolve of our office and the FBI to arrest individuals who believe that international boundaries will protect them from prosecution in the United States.”

    The FBI is investigating and the U.S. Attorney's Office is prosecuting the case.



    Photo Credit: U.S. Attorney's Office

    Wilfrido A. Cardenas Hoffman, 30, of Venezuela, is accused of making threatening calls to Newtown residents two days after the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School.Wilfrido A. Cardenas Hoffman, 30, of Venezuela, is accused of making threatening calls to Newtown residents two days after the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

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    A judge has asked lawyers for more legal documents arguing their points before he decides whether to approve the $2 billion sale of the Los Angeles Clippers to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer.

    Shelly Sterling is trying to sell the team without the consent of her estranged husband, Donald, after doctors who examined him said he lacks the mental capacity to decide such matters.

    The judge said the Sterling Family Trust does not allow the billionaire to contest medical findings which are sufficient to remove him as a trustee. But he agreed to consider arguments at a hearing June 30 before a scheduled July 7 trial.

    Donald Sterling is trying to kill the deal because he doesn’t want to sell the team, his lawyer acknowledged.

    "He doesn't want to sell the team,” said Bobby Samini, Donald Sterling's attorney. “He never planned on selling the team."

    Donald Sterling is trying to put off the trial until August instead of July 7.

    Timing is everything in this case, considering the NBA's deadline of Sept. 15 to sell the team.

    Shelly Sterling's attorneys argued any delay in a decision over who has the right to sell the Clippers, increases the chance the $2 billion deal she negotiated with former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, will fall through.

    "There a serious risk if the NBA seizes the team on Sept. 16 and has a public auction, that you won't get $2 billion," said Pierce O'Donnell, Shelly Sterling's attorney.

    But in court papers, Donald Sterling's attorneys are claiming the value of the team will only increase with time, while admitting he's going to keep fighting to keep the team.

    The team is held in a Sterling family trust, which says if one of the trustees is found mentally incapacitated by two doctors, they can be forced out.

    Shelly Sterling had her husband examined by two doctors who found him incapacitated and is using that to argue she has the right to sell the team, but her husband is fighting back.

    “We think that there are serious issues with the trust document itself, with the way that the examinations were done, particularly with our client’s medical records being disseminated to the entire world," Samini said.

    Ballmer's attorney said the longer this drags on, the less certain Clippers players and coaches are about staying with the team.
     



    Photo Credit: Bill Robles

    Donald and Shelly Sterling's attorneys battled in court on Monday, June 2, 2014 over the pending sale of the Los Angeles Clippers.Donald and Shelly Sterling's attorneys battled in court on Monday, June 2, 2014 over the pending sale of the Los Angeles Clippers.

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    The mother of three young brothers from Vernon who were at the center of an Amber Alert in May appeared in court on Tuesday and pleaded not guilty.

    Vernon Police charged Jackie Morris, 32, with three counts of first-degree custodial interference and three counts of risk of injury to a minor. When she appeared in court last month, the judge also issued three no-contact protective orders for the children. She pleaded not guilty to all six charges and the case was continued to July 16.

    Morris was arrested in Maine, waived extradition. She was originally held on a $250,000 bond. But, during a court appearance last month, her attorney asked a judge in Rockville Superior Court to release her on a promise to appear. 

    Instead, the judge set it to $20,000.

    Morris' sons, Ryan Lewis, 9, and 7-year-old twins, Brandon Lewis and Dylan Lewis, were returned home to Vernon on May 15 after police issued a multi-state alert.

    Morris,has visitation rights, but concerns arose when disappeared after checking out of a Vernon motel on Mother's Day and the boys did not show up for school for two days after Mother's Day weekend.

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    Jackie Morris, 32, has been brought back to Connecticut and charged in an Amber Alert case from earlier this month.Jackie Morris, 32, has been brought back to Connecticut and charged in an Amber Alert case from earlier this month.

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    Police are looking for the person who robbed a Hartford store early Tuesday morning.

    An armed individual stole undisclosed items from the Sam's Food Store at 145 New Britain Avenue at about 3 a.m.

    No one was injured in the armed robbery.

    The robber fled the scene and police continue to investigate.

    More information will be provided when it becomes available.



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    A Hartford Sam's Food Store was robbed early Tuesday morning.A Hartford Sam's Food Store was robbed early Tuesday morning.

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    The National Transportation Safety Board on Tuesday unanimously voted to approve staff recommendations that the probable cause of the crash of Asiana flight 214 at SFO last July was pilot error.

    The board agreed that the flight crew of the Boeing 777 did not appropriately understand the airplane's cockpit automation systems, and did not appropriately respond when the plane started flying too slow and too low to land safely during final approach.

    The flight crew of Asiana Airlines Flight 214 “over-relied on automated systems that they did not fully understand," NTSB Acting Chairman Christopher A. Hart said at a public hearing in Washington, D.C.

    "As a result, they flew the aircraft too low and too slow and collided with the sea wall at the end of the runway,” Hart added. The Korea-based crew "over-relied on automated systems that they did not fully understand," Hart added.

    That was the major conclusion of the NTSB hearing into the July 6, 2013 crash at SFO, which caused the deaths of three teenage girls and injuries to about 180 passengers. Aside from that over-reliance, federal investigators also found that pilot mismanagement, lack of training, confusion regarding technology, and the complexity of the Boeing 777's autothrottle contributed to a "cascade of errors" that day.

    In a statement, Asiana Airlines agreed with the findings of the NTSB, writing, in part: "We believe the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has properly recognized the multiple factors that contribued to the accident." The written statement added that Asiana has already implemented the training reccomendations mentioned in the hearing and has hired an outside safety specialist, Akiyoski Yamamura.

    However the manufacturer of crashed jet, Boeing, took issue with the NTSB's findings.  In a written statement, a Boeing spokesperson wrote that the company "respectually disagrees with the NTSB's statement that the 777's auto-flight system contributed to this accident". The spokesperson pointed to the track record of the auto-flight system, which "has been used successfully for oer 200 million flight hours" and said that "all of the airplane's systems performed as designed."

    The crash was the only fatal passenger airline accident in the U.S. in the last five years.

    And the goal of the federal hearing, Hart said, was to answer the question of why the plane crashed "while executing a visual approach on a clear day" and offer recommendations "to prevent similar accidents." A preliminary hearing was held in December, where similar findings were released.

    The Boeing 777 carrying 219 passengers was on approach to runway 28L at SFO when it struck the seawall at the end of the runway. The hearing revealed that two of the three girls who died after being ejected from the plane had not been wearing safety belts. One of the girls was the one who had been later run over by a San Francisco fire truck.

    While Hart said “automation has unquestionably made aviation safer and more efficient," pilot error and lack of experience led to the fatal crash in this instance. There were no apparent mechanical problems with the plane officials confirmed. The pilot, Captain Lee Kang Kuk, 45, had eight years of experience, but was new to flying the 777.

    NBC Bay Area's investigative team first reported in August 2013, that NTSB investigators were focusing on over-reliance on the cockpit automation systems by the three experienced pilots who were in the 777's cockpit at the time of the crash. The investigative team found that the problem is found throughout the industry and has long concerned both the FAA and the NTSB.

    Data recovered from the airplane's black boxes after the crash showed that the three pilots in the cockpit did not respond for a full 26 seconds after the plane dropped below the safe speed and safe altitude to land safely.

     #NTSB No evidence any of 3 pilots of #Asiana were aware throttles were in idle as plane went too slow and too low pic.twitter.com/42bokKuKhf — Stephen Stock (@StephenStockTV) June 24, 2014

    Evidence from the black boxes showed the pilots may have incorrectly programmed the computer, setting the plane's altitude higher than it actually was during final approach to land.

    The NTSB also addressed the San Francisco Fire Department’s role in the death of one of the victims who was run over by a San Francisco fire truck, but agents mentioned that two of the girls who were killed were not wearing their seat belts when they were ejected from the plane.

    The NTSB also found that in two discrete incidents, SF firefighters identified the girl lying on the ground after she was ejected from the plane but before she was run over.  On each occasion, the firefighter identified the girl has deceased and did not further check on her condition. NTSB recommended better victim triage to prevent this from happening in the future.

    NTSB's report also faulted the fire department for a lack of training in aircraft rescues for those who were coordinating the resopnse.

    "These individuals had no previous experience working at an airport, nor had they been involved in an airport disaster exercise," said Jason Fedok, NTSB investigator.

    The fire department said changes have been made in response to the Asiana plane crash at SFO, including mandatory aircraft rescue training for everyone in the department above the rank of lieutenant.



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    Plane wreckage of Asiana Airlines Flight 214 at SFO.Plane wreckage of Asiana Airlines Flight 214 at SFO.

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    Silicon Valley entrepreneurs who think they can solve San Francisco’s parking woes – and make some cash at the same time – are busy launching new apps that match drivers in need with much-coveted parking spots in the city.

    But these tech companies could fold just as quickly as they started – or face possible fines or lawsuits – if they choose to go through with their business plans. 

    On Monday, San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera issued a cease-and-desist letter to MonkeyParking, claiming the app is illegal because it attempts to lease public, on-street parking spots.

    Herrera also sent a similar letter to Apple, asking the Cupertino-based giant to remove the app from its store. Herrera also vowed to send out two more letters to ParkModo and Sweetch, companies with similar business models that charge consumers money to find empty spaces in parking-starved San Francisco.

    Herrera’s letter said the companies will face a $2,500 fine, and a lawsuit, if they don’t stop operations by July 11. And his letter brought up issues of safety, logistics and equity regarding the controversial apps in a city where parking is in short supply.

    In an email, MoneyParking CEO Paolo Dobrowolny said he wasn't allowed to say too much because he hadn't yet time to consult with his lawyers. But in general, he said, he believes his company is "providing value to people," where users can "make $10 every time you leave a parking spot" by holding that spot until the next person comes. He said he feels his service should "regulated and not banned."

    But, in an interview on Monday, Sweetch founders insisted that they’re not selling public spaces, they’re selling information. And the founders – French students who developed the app while taking an entrepreneurship at UC Berkeley – vigorously defended their business model.

    In fact, Sweetch Co-Founder Hamza Ouazzani said his company attorneys told his San Francisco-based team that the app is “perfectly legal.” He explained that Sweetch’s goal mirrors Uber and Lyft, which also attempt to match people through the “sharing economy." Those two companies have been visible players in the ongoing conflict between tech ventures and public entities.

    The Sweetch app, which charges users $5 to park, and pays users $4 to sell their spot to someone new, aims to make parking smarter, Ouazzani said, by providing a lower cost option for people who want to decrease the time they spend hunting for a place to park.

    Ouazzani said while he’s not worried about Herrera’s threats, his team is now in consultation with attorneys to decide what the next move is for Sweetch.

    The next move, at least on the city attorney’s behalf, will be to start fining, or suing, the companies who don’t heed his warnings. Herrera’s office noted, however, that Sweetch’s app, with its set-price model, does not appear to be as egregious as the other two apps, which encourage online bidding wars over parking spots.

    City attorney spokesman Matt Dorsey said his office isn't buying the app makers' logic. He said companies that claim to be selling “parking information," as opposed to the spot itself, are giving consumers a line that is “patently false.”

    Companies like these are “holding on-street parking hostage,” Dorsey said in a phone interview. He added that San Francisco police code clearly bans the buying and selling of public spots to drivers. “It’s like selling off Muni seats,” he said.

    Plus, Dorsey is skeptical that the information the companies are selling is even useful.

     “In the Mission District,” he said, “That information isn’t going to be good for very long.”

    Herrera’s office is also arguing that drivers using these apps will make the roads more unsafe.

    “Presumably, you’re still on your iPhone while you’re driving,” Dorsey said.

    And, on a social justice level, Dorsey said the city attorney is concerned that the apps might "fly in the face of San Francisco values," making parking even more difficult for those without parking app access.

    “It’s not fair that people with the ability to pay have a better chance to find parking in San Francisco than you or I might,” he said. “It’s already a city with affordability problems.”



    Photo Credit: Courtesy of Sweetch

    Sweetch co-founder Hamza Ouazzani (far right), customer, and two other co-founders in San Francisco's North Beach neighborhood.Sweetch co-founder Hamza Ouazzani (far right), customer, and two other co-founders in San Francisco's North Beach neighborhood.

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    The parents of the young Wisconsin girl who was stabbed 19 times, allegedly by two classmates inspired by the fictional character Slender Man, said the family is "overwhelmed by the outpouring of love and support.”
     
    "She has a courageous heart and bravely deals with both the physical and emotional challenges since the attack," the parents said in a statement on their daughter’s condition Tuesday morning. 

    Police say the 12-year-old was attacked after being lured into the woods of Waukesha County on May 31 by two friends, also 12-year-old girls. The two girls have been charged with first-degree intentional attempted murder and are being tried as adults. 

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    “Our family would like to thank everyone who has supported our daughter on her miraculous road to recovery," the victim's parents said.  "Our little girl has received thousands of purple hearts from numerous countries and from most continents.” Purple is the girl's favorite color.
     
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    “We simply cannot put into words how grateful we are for the prayers, packages and heartfelt messages,” her parents added in their statement.


    The victim's parents said that adjusting to their “new normal” has been challenging, but in between daily medical appointments and rehabilitation their daughter has enjoyed “daddy-daughter night at the movies” and a “treat at the snack area.”

    The parents also released two photographs. One shows their daughter surrounded by purple heart cards, holding her own “thank you” card. The other (below) shows her bedroom wall, where a local artist drew a tree trunk and used the purple heart cards as the tree’s leaves.

    Surrounded by an array of heart-shaped cards wishing her a speedy recovery, the 12-year-old  is photographed holding a card she made, with two words written below a hand-drawn purple heart: “Thank you.”



    Photo Credit: Steve Lyons, Dana Hoffmann

    The Waukesha, Wis., created a big The Waukesha, Wis., created a big "thank you" card to show her gratitude for the support she's received from people from numerous countries and from most continents.

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    Willimantic police are searching for two men who robbed Jeen's Market just after midnight early Tuesday and fled the scene.

    The men, wearing masks, entered the Willimantic store at 12:15 a.m. armed with a knife and a gun, police said. The store is located at 1071 Main Street.

    They stole some cash and ran off in different directions. Police have not released information on the amount of money taken.

    The clerk who was in the market at the time of the armed robbery was not injured, police said.

    More information will be provided when it becomes available.



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    Former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez was billed in his college football days as the breakout star from the University of Florida. But there were early signs of trouble when he fell to the fourth round of the 2010 draft because of his admitted marijuana use and possible gang affiliation in his hometown of Bristol, Connecticut.

    Cut to 2014, Hernandez is embroiled in two high-profile legal battles where he has been implicated in a double homicide from 2012 and the June 2013 slaying of a semi-professional football player found dead near the ex-footballer's home in Massachusetts. 

    Here is a timeline of events in the two investigations:

    July 16, 2012. Two men, Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado, are shot to death in a car as they wait for a red light in Boston's South End neighborhood.
        
    Aug. 27, 2012. Hernandez signs a five-year, $40 million contract with the Patriots.
        
    February 2013.
      Alexander Bradley, a Hernandez associate, is shot in the face in Florida.
        
    June 17, 2013.
    A jogger running through an industrial park finds the body of Odin Lloyd, a semi-professional football player who was dating the sister of Hernandez's girlfriend, about a mile from Hernandez's mansion in North Attleborough, Massachusetts.

    June 18, 2013. Hernandez greets his Twitter followers with a "good morning" tweet. This is the last tweet Hernandez sends before his legal issues arise. By the end of the day, police descend on Hernandez's home, while another group of officers search the industrial park where the jogger discovered Odin's body.

    June 19, 2013. The Bristol County district attorney's office says the state medical examiner ruled Lloyd's death a homicide. Separately, Bradley files a lawsuit claiming Hernandez shot him in the face after they argued at a strip club in Miami in February.

    June 21, 2013. Muscle Milk maker CytoSport says it is ending Hernandez's endorsement contract because of the investigation. The Hernandez investigation leads officers to a Providence strip club, but police won't say what they were doing there. Family members say Hernandez and Lloyd were together the night Lloyd died.

    June 22, 2013. State police return to Hernandez's home with dogs to conduct an additional search.

    June 23, 2013. Officers in wetsuits search the woods near Hernandez's home.

    June 24, 2013. Authorities arrest Hernandez take him from his home in handcuffs. The Patriots release him hours after his arrest.

    June 27, 2013. A judge denies Hernandez's request for bail.

    July 6, 2013. Hernandez's friend Ernest Wallace is arraigned on a charge of accessory of murder after the fact. Prosecutors say Hernandez, Wallace and another man drove with Lloyd to an industrial park where Lloyd was fatally shot.

    July 25, 2013. A judge releases to the press sealed documents that include surveillance photos  showing Hernandez in basement holding what authorities said is a gun. The images were captured hours before and minutes after Lloyd was shot.

    August 22, 2013. A grand jury indicts Hernandez on a murder charge in connection to Odin's killing.

    September 6, 2013. Hernandez pleadst agai not guilty to a first-degree murder charge. He firmly pleads "not guilty" to six charges total, including murder and weapons and ammunition possession charges.

    October 15, 2013. Hernandez's former fiancée Shayanna Jenkins is arraigned in Massachusetts on a perjury charge related to the testimony she gave the Bristol County grand jury hearing evidence in the Lloyd case. Evidence showed that Jenkins was in the house that she shared with Hernandez when he called and asked her to remove and discard a box that was in their basement.

    December 16, 2013. Odin Lloyd's family files a wrongful death lawsuinst Hernandez.

    January 8, 2014. A newly released search warrant indicates that Boston authorities identified Hernandez as a suspect in the 2012 homicide of Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado, who were killed shortly after they left a nightclub with three other friends. Surveillance footage shows Hernandez and Bradley at the same Boston nightclub, The Hartford Courant reported.

    February 3, 2014. Bradley is shot again, this time outside a Connecticut nightclub.     

    May 1, 2014. Hernandez is indicted in an alleged jail assault in February and an alleged threat to do bodily harm last November.

    May 15, 2014. Hernandez is indicted on two counts of first-degree murder and other charges in connection with the shootings of Abreu and Furtado. His lawyers say he is innocent of the charges.

    June 21, 2014. Hernandez is taken to St. Luke's Hospital in New Bedford for an undisclosed problem.

    June 24, 2014. Hernandez is due in court for the Abreu and Furtado murder case.



    Photo Credit: Boston Globe via Getty Images

    ATTLEBORO, MA - AUGUST 22: Former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez at Attleboro District Court indicted on a charge of first-degree murder in the slaying of a Odin Lloyd, a Boston man whose bullet-riddled body was found in a North Attleborough industrial park in June. (Photo by John Tlumacki/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)ATTLEBORO, MA - AUGUST 22: Former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez at Attleboro District Court indicted on a charge of first-degree murder in the slaying of a Odin Lloyd, a Boston man whose bullet-riddled body was found in a North Attleborough industrial park in June. (Photo by John Tlumacki/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)

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    A Hartford non-profit is inviting the public to attend a conversation with the mayor and city officials about a proposal to build a baseball park in the downtown area that would be the new home of the Rock Cats.

    The AA minor league affiliate of the Minnesota Twins agreed in early June to move its home base to Hartford if the city builds the Rock Cats a stadium. The team, which has played in its current New Britain stadium since 1996, plans to sign a 25-year lease at the ballpark proposed for the corner of Main and Trumbull Streets in the northern part of the downtown, assuming city officials approve it.

    Non-profit organization Hartford 2000, a coalition of Hartford's Neighborhood Revitalization Zones and the city of Hartford, is organizing the event. The group, which offers free workshops, forums an educational events to the public, has a mission "to strengthen the individual and collective capability" of the zones and "to advocate for neighborhood issues."

    "We have not taken a position for or against the ballpark but will listen to the voices of the neighborhoods first," organization spokesperson Ted Steege said in an e-mail. .

    Mayor Pedro E. Segarra and city officials are scheduled to give an update on the proposal at the discussion. The forum also includes an open discussion section inviting members of the public to share their views. Ted Carroll, of Leadership Greater Hartford, will moderate the conversation.

    The meeting is scheduled for July 2 at 6 p.m. in the Hartford Public Library at 500 Main Street.

     

     


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    A convicted felon from Waterbury is facing charges in New Haven after he was found trespassing at an apartment complex with a semi-automatic handgun in his pocket, according to New Haven police.

    Jose Peralta, 31, was arrested Monday night after officers responded to an apartment on the 200 block of Day Street to investigate loud music coming from the complex. There they found a big group of people in a back parking lot, of which Peralta was one, police said.

    According to police, the property has had ongoing issues with trespassing, so officers approached the group to investigate. As they approached, Peralta and another man slipped away and headed toward Kensington Street.

    Officers stopped Peralta in a backyard on Kensington. Police said Peralta had his hand in his pocket and refused to take it out when officers asked him to put his hands up, so they tackled and handcuffed him.

    A .380-caliber Ruger LPC semiautomatic handgun fell out of his pocket during the incident, police said.

    Peralta was arrested and charged criminal possession of a firearm, theft of a firearm, carrying a pistol without a permit, interfering with police and third-degree criminal trespass.

    Online court records show Peralta has been previously convicted on weapons charges.

    The other man who left the crowd, a 20-year-old New Haven man who has not been publicly identified, was charged with third-degree criminal trespass.



    Photo Credit: New Haven Police Department

    Jose Peralta, a convicted felon from Waterbury, was charged Monday with weapons violations and trespassing in New Haven.Jose Peralta, a convicted felon from Waterbury, was charged Monday with weapons violations and trespassing in New Haven.

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    Some customers of the London Park water system in Hebron are being urged to boil their water as a precaution after a water main break, according to Connecticut Water.

    Customers on Carolyn Drive, Jan Drive, Laura Drive and London Road are urged to boil their tap water before using it for drinking, cooking, food preparation, reconstituting baby formula or any other purpose where it will be consumed. Around 78 customers are affected.

    The boil water advisory is a precaution after a water main break that caused the water pressure to drop.

    The water is OK for bathing, cleaning, sanitation or other purposes that do not include consuming it, according to Connecticut Water. 

    The water main has since been repaired and full pressure is being restored.

    The advisory will remain in effect until a state certified laboratory deems that no bacteria got into the water.

    Test results are expected by Thursday morning.

    If you have any questions, call The Connecticut Water Company at  800-286-5700.


    Some customers of the London Park water system in Hebron are being urged to boil their water as a precaution after a water main break, according to Connecticut Water.Some customers of the London Park water system in Hebron are being urged to boil their water as a precaution after a water main break, according to Connecticut Water.

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