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    Parking in West Hartford is going mobile.

    Starting Aug. 7, a new app called PassportParking will allow iPhone and Android users to pay for on-street parking in West Hartford Center and Blue Back Square with their phones, according to a release from the manager of Municipal Parking Operations in West Hartford.

    Users will need to open the app, specify “Zone 860” to indicate in West Hartford, then enter their license plate numbers and the amount of time they intend to park.

    The app accepts Visa and MasterCard credit and debit cards and encrypts all card information. Each use is accompanied by a 25-cent service fee. PassportParking keeps track of parking receipts, which can be printed or emailed.

    According to the release, parking monitors in West Hartford will hand out 600 coupons one free hour of parking for first-time app users.

    More information is available online or by calling 860-956-5990.



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    The city medical examiner has ruled the death of Eric Garner, the 43-year-old father whose death in police custody sparked national outrage, a homicide, saying a chokehold killed him.

    The medical examiner said compression of the neck and chest, along with Garner's positioning on the ground while being restrained by police during the July 17 stop on Staten Island, caused his death.

    Garner's acute and chronic bronchial asthma, obesity and hypertensive cardiovascular disease were contributing factors, the medical examiner determined.

    A spokesman for Richmond County District Attorney Daniel M. Donovan, who's leading the investigation in the case, said his office had been contacted with the cause and manner of Garner's death but was waiting for the official death certificate and the autopsy report to be issued.

    Police Commissioner Bill Bratton also said he received the medical examiner's report and that the department will continue to cooperate with district attorney's office. 

     

    An amateur video shows a plainclothes police officer placing Garner in what appears be a chokehold during the arrest. In the video, Garner can be heard multiple times gasping, "I can't breathe!" Chokeholds are banned under NYPD policy.

    After receiving the medical examiner's findings, Mayor de Blasio released a statement expressing his sympathies to Garner's family and said his administration will continue to work with the Staten Island district attorney and other authorities "to ensure a fair and justified outcome." 

    “We all have a responsibility to work together to heal the wounds from decades of mistrust and create a culture where the police department and the communities they protect respect each other -- and that’s a responsibility that Commissioner Bratton and I take very seriously," he said.

    De Blasio said he remained "absolutely committed to ensuring that the proper reforms are enacted to ensure that this won’t happen again."

    Just one day before, the mayor hosted a reform talk at City Hall in an attempt to ease tensions with minority communities after Garner's death. The discussion got heated as the Rev. Al Sharpton criticized Bratton and said to de Blasio: "If Dante wasn't your son, he'd be a candidate for a chokehold." 

    Sharpton said Friday neither he nor the Garner family had a immediate comment, but that they would make a statement tomorrow at the headquarters of the National Action Network.

    Garner's family members and Sharpton met with federal prosecutors last month to press for an investigation into his death. Sharpton said police violated Garner's civil rights while arresting him for allegedly selling untaxed cigarettes, and that led to his death.

    The U.S. attorney hasn't commented on the meeting with the Garners. Previously, Attorney General Eric Holder said the Justice Department is "closely monitoring" the investigation into Garner's death. 

    One officer has been stripped of his gun and badge pending an internal NYPD investigation and another has also been placed on desk duty. Two paramedics and two EMTs were suspended without pay after allegedly failing to provide CPR in a timely manner.

    The president of the police officers union expressed sympathy to Garner's family and friends and said that "police officers don't start their days expecting or wanting something like this to occur in the performance of their duties."

    Pat Lynch of the Patrolmen's Benevolent Association went on to say: "We believe, however, that if he had not resisted the lawful order of the police officers placing him under arrest, this tragedy would not have occurred."

    The case has incited calls for sweeping police department reform. New alleged chokehold videos have emerged in its wake, including one involving an alleged fare beater and another involving a pregnant Brooklyn woman who claims she was put in a chokehold when she questioned officers' requests to move the site of her BBQ.

    Bratton has said the officer appeared to have placed Garner in a chokehold and has ordered a top-to-bottom redesigning of use-of-force training in the NYPD.

    In addition to running the National Action Network, Al Sharpton is a talk show host on MSNBC, which is owned by WNBC's parent company, NBCUniversal.



    Photo Credit: AP

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    A car hit a house in Willington on Friday morning.

    State police said the crash happened on River Road around 11:30 a.m. when a van lost control and veered off the roadway.

    The scene was clear by 12:30 p.m. and no one was injured, according to police.

    Police are investigating to determine the cause of the crash.

    No additional information is available. 



    Photo Credit: NBCConnecticut.com

    A van veered off the road and struck this house in Willington late Friday morning, police said.A van veered off the road and struck this house in Willington late Friday morning, police said.

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    The Waterbury mayor's office is warning residents of scammers posing as water company employees to enter a city home.

    According to Waterbury Mayor Neil O'Leary, the Bureau of Water received a report that people had impersonated Water Department workers to get into a resident's house last night.

    O'Leary is advising residents to check employees' identification before allowing them inside.

    According to the mayor's Twitter account, all water company workers drive official vehicles marked with the City of Waterbury Bureau of Water logo and have city license plates.

    Water company employees will never conduct cash transactions at customers' homes, the mayor tweeted.

    Anyone with concerns about the authenticity of employees should call the city at 203-574-8251.



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    Bridgeport detectives are investigating the shooting that injured a 45-year-old Trumbull resident early Friday morning.

    Police said the shooting happened just before 2:30 a.m. Friday on the 400 block of Trumbull Avenue in Bridgeport.

    Officers responding to the scene found a shoe and a pool of blood but no victims, according to police.

    Shortly thereafter, police were notified of a gunshot victim at Saint Vincent's Hospital. Police said the 45-year-old man had been shot in the leg and was driven privately to the hospital.

    His injuries are not life threatening, police said.

    It's not clear whether police have identified suspects or obtained any leads.



    Photo Credit: NBCConnecticut.com

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    Bridgeport police are asking for the public's help in identifying the person who stabbed a 50-year-old man on Wednesday after allegedly trying to steal his bicycle.

    Police said the victim was slashed around 1:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Gulf gas station at 927 Park Avenue.

    According to police, a scuffle broke out when the suspect tried to take the vicitm's bike, and the 50-year-old victim suffered non-life threatening injuries.

    Police said the suspect frequents the gas station and are working to identify him.

    Surveillance video shows the suspect to be a black man with a shaved head and slim build. He was wearing a white T-shirt and light-colored shorts at the time.

    Anyone with information on the incident is urged to call Bridgeport police Det. Art Calvao at 203-581-5240 or Det. Michael Fiumidinisi at 203-581-5246.



    Photo Credit: Bridgeport Police Department

    Bridgeport police are searching for the man who slashed a 50-year-old Trumbull resident after allegedly trying to steal his bike at a gas station.Bridgeport police are searching for the man who slashed a 50-year-old Trumbull resident after allegedly trying to steal his bike at a gas station.

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    The former New Haven firefighter accused of bribing two fellow firefighters to substantiate discrimination claims he made in 2012 has been sentenced to one year in prison suspended after nine months, according to the court.

    Aaron Brantley, of New Haven, turned himself in to police in January 2013 and was charged with two counts of bribery of a witness.

    Brantley claimed he had been discriminated against when asked to paint fire hydrants, clean windows and run errands for the fire department while recovering from an injury.

    According to the warrant for his arrest, Brantley offered settlement money to two members of the fire department in exchange for false testimony supporting his allegations.

    Brantley received a one-year sentence, suspended after nine months, followed by a year of conditional discharge, the court said.

    The New Haven Register reports that Brantley was terminated from the fire department following his conviction in May.


    Aaron Brantley, a New Haven firefighter, has been sentenced on bribery charges.Aaron Brantley, a New Haven firefighter, has been sentenced on bribery charges.

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    The city of New Britain says the Rock Cats have defaulted on their lease of the stadium amid mounting uncertainty surrounding the future of the team.

    According to a release from the mayor’s office, the city sent a letter to New Britain Double Play and managing partner Josh Solomon on Friday informing them of the situation.

    The team allegedly owes more than $164,000 in property taxes to the town of Berlin, which was due July 1. According to the mayor’s office, the city has temporarily paid the money owed “to prevent the immediate accrual of delinquency fees.”

    “I am deeply disturbed by the pattern of utter disrespect that this ownership group has shown to their home city over the past few months,” Mayor Erin Stewart said in a statement Friday. “In June, they went public with their dalliance with Hartford, which hasn’t turned out to be quite the ‘done deal’ that some made it out to be. Since then, they have continued their radio silence with New Britain. Now, they are stiffing the taxpayers of Berlin and New Britain on their tax bill.”

    The Rock Cats now have 30 days to pay back New Britain. If they don’t reimburse the city by Sept. 1, New Britain can terminate the lease and take back the stadium, the mayor’s office said.

    It comes after numerous phone calls and emails to Rock Cats management over the past several weeks, according to the mayor’s office, which said all efforts to communicate with team leaders have gone “unacknowledged.”



    Photo Credit: NBCConnecticut.com

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    West Haven police are working together to help a homeless family who has been living in a tent in the woods.

    A nun found a couple with a 1-year-old baby living in a tent and the church and called police around 10 p.m. on Thursday to provide assistance.

    Police called family shelters, but could not find a place for them. The shelters were full, not accepting people, or had no one to answer the phones, according to police.

    Dispatchers then called local motels across the city and were able to secure a special rate at one of them, so officers pooled their money and took care of the room.

    They also took up a collection and bought a $100 Stop and Shop gift card, food and diapers.

    Now, police are working with social service agencies to provide more help for the family. 

     


    West Haven police are working together to help a homeless family who has been living in a tent in the woods.West Haven police are working together to help a homeless family who has been living in a tent in the woods.

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  • 08/01/14--13:36: Flash Flood Warning Issued

  • Heavy rain is falling in parts of the state and the National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood warning for Tolland County.

    Rain has been falling in the Bolton area at a rate of one to two inches per hour.

    The National Weather Service has also issued flood advisories for Hartford and Fairfield counties.

    The rain will continue this weekend, with periods of rain on Saturday and leftover showers on Sunday. 

    Check the interactive radar to track storms

    Get weather updates on your phone or mobile device by downloading our weather app


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    Parents' groups and a California lawmaker are pushing for a statewide proposed legislation to ensure baby changing stations are available to both men and women in public facilities, in what they say is an effort to promote gender equality.

    Sen. Ricardo Lara, D-Huntington Park/Long Beach, is backing SB 1350, also known as the Potty Parity for Parents Act, the first proposition of its kind in the country.

    If passed, it would require baby changing stations to be installed in men’s restrooms if one is installed in an adjacent women’s restroom, according to a statement released Wednesday.

    Also backing the bill are several moms, dads and equal rights groups.

    “Anything that talks about fatherhood in a good way is something that I want to get behind,” said Doyin Richards, founder of daddydoinwork.com.

    Richards, a father of two young girls, said installing baby changing stations in men’s restrooms should be common sense.

    He splits parenting responsibilities with his partner and has resorted to changing his 1-year-old in the trunk of his car. A few times, a good Samaritan has held open the women’s restroom for him, allowing him to change his daughters on the changing table, he said.

    "The drama we have to go through just to change a diaper is just ludicrous in this day and age,” he said. “When a kid has a blowout, there is no bigger deal to a dad.”

    Currently, a broad regulation stands where restrooms are only required in public facilities "to meet the needs of the public at peak hours."

    SB1350 would also require family restrooms with changing stations to be accessible to both men and women.


    State leaders and parents groups are pushing for gender equality through the Potty Parity for Parents Act, that would require men's restroom be installed with a diaper changing table if the women's restroom has one installed in the same public facility.State leaders and parents groups are pushing for gender equality through the Potty Parity for Parents Act, that would require men's restroom be installed with a diaper changing table if the women's restroom has one installed in the same public facility.

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    Twenty allegedly abused pit bulls were taken from a Queens home Thursday as the NYPD's newly formed Animal Cruelty Investigation Squad helped bust an alleged dog-fighting ring. 

    Members of the squad, along with officers from NYPD's 113th Precinct and the ASPCA's Forensic Investigative Team, executed a search warrant inside a St. Albans home Thursday afternoon as part of a dog-fighting investigation, police said. 

    Investigators found 20 starved and scarred pit bulls inside the home. The dogs were all taken to the ASPCA's main office for medical care. 

    Two suspects living in the home, Addison Holder, 44, and Keisha Hall, 33, were each charged with multiple counts of animal cruelty and animal fighting, as well as criminal possession of a controlled substance for methamphetamine found in the house, police said.

    It wasn't immediately clear if Holder and Hall had attorneys. 



    Photo Credit: NYPD

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    A roller coaster billed as a "maximum thrill-level," "gut-munching" ride at a Six Flags amusement park in New Jersey got stuck on its way up to the 230-foot peak, forcing passengers to exit the ride and walk down alongside the tracks. 

    Officials at the Great Adventure park in Jackson said the Nitro roller coaster experienced a power failure as it was climbing up the track Friday afternoon. 

    Park personnel climbed the access stairs to remove the passengers on the stuck coaster and walked them safely down to ground level, officials said. 

    No one was hurt.

    The ride was shut down for the remainder of Friday night. It's not clear when it will reopen. 

    According to the amusement park's website, the first hill on the Nitro is 233 feet high. The coaster reaches 80 miles per hour as it zooms to the second hill, which is about 180 feet high. 


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    A major construction project gets underway at Sikorsky Memorial Airport starting Monday, causing brief closures of Route 113 in Bridgeport and Stratford, according to the state Department of Transportation.

    The project includes the removal of hazardous waste from the area of the airport, improvements to the Runway Safety Area, the redesign of a concrete blast fence next to one of the runways, and an upgraded drainage system, the DOT said in a release Friday.

    Throughout the project, Route 113 will be intermittently closed and traffic will be detoured around construction sites. Information on closures can be found online.

    The $17-million project is expected to be completed by the end of April 2016.



    Photo Credit: NBC Connecticut

    Upgrades to the blast fence at the end of the main runway at Sikorsky Memorial Airport are part of a two-year, $17-million construction project getting underway next week.Upgrades to the blast fence at the end of the main runway at Sikorsky Memorial Airport are part of a two-year, $17-million construction project getting underway next week.

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    Police are looking for a man and woman they believe worked together to steal a diamond ring worth more than $19,000 from a jewelry store in Mystic.

    The woman walked into the N.L. Shaw & Company jewelry store at 50 West Main Street around 4 p.m. on Tuesday. She tried to sell a valuable ring and a large amount of gold to the jeweler, according to police.

    The man entered the store just after the woman and asked to see some jewelry, police said. While the employees were distracted, the man reached over the glass case and grabbed an antique diamond ring with blue sapphires.

    Police said the jeweler didn't buy anything from the woman and she left the store, followed by the man. Authorities believe the two were working together.

    "I'd call it well calculated and well planned," said. Groton Town police Lt. John Varone.

    The man is described as being in his mid-30s, wearing a green short-sleeve button-down shirt and jeans. Police describe the woman as tall, wearing a red jacket, white shirt and jeans.

    Anyone with information on the suspects is asked to call Groton Town police at 860-441-6712.



    Photo Credit: Groton Town Police

    Police are looking for a man and woman they believe worked together to steal a diamond ring worth more than $19,000 from a jewelry store in Mystic.Police are looking for a man and woman they believe worked together to steal a diamond ring worth more than $19,000 from a jewelry store in Mystic.

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    Plainfield police are warning residents of home burglaries in the Moosup section of town and say many of the break-ins have happened during the day.

    According to police, burglars have forced their way into the homes and have stolen jewelry.

    Police are stepping up patrols in Moosup village to help keep residents safe.

    Anyone who sees something suspicious in town should call Plainfield police right away at 860-564-0804.

    You can submit anonymous tips at 860-564-7065.


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    The blaze that killed 19-year-old Kristen Milano at her Southington apartment earlier this summer broke out when a lit firecracker was thrown through the window, according to an affidavit obtained by the Record-Journal, which says Milano died of smoke inhalation.

    Milano’s death was ruled a homicide, and 18-year-old Eric Morelli, a friend of her brother, has been charged with first-degree manslaughter and three counts of first-degree reckless endangerment. The application for his arrest warrant was unsealed Friday.

    Morelli told police he had plans to smoke marijuana with Jason Milano after attending a party in New Britain near Central Connecticut State University, the Record-Journal reports.

    According to the affidavit, Morelli allegedly drank beer and vodka at the party, then drove to the Darling Street apartment on his motorized scooter around 4:30 a.m. June 22.

    Morelli told police he could see Jason Milano sleeping on the couch, but called his name and couldn't wake him. He then retrieved fireworks from his moped and began throwing them at the apartment, the affidavit says. The first two bounced off the window, but the third landed inside.

    Neighbors said they heard a hissing noise before the fire alarm sounded, then saw flames pouring from a bedroom window. One resident told police she saw a person matching Morelli’s description shortly before the fire broke out, according to the affidavit.

    Investigators later found fireworks near the apartment window, the affidavit says, at least one of which appeared to have gone off.

    The Milanos’ aunt, Diane Goodrich, told police she woke up to the fire alarm and saw flames on a pillow in Jason Milano’s second-story bedroom, the affidavit says.

    “I couldn’t believe how fast the fire spread,” the affidavit quotes her as saying. “It was almost as if gasoline was on the bed.”

    She doused the flames, to no avail, then woke her nephew and ran outside, the warrant states. Jason Milano told police he tried to get back in to see if anyone else was inside, but the smoke was too thick and he turned around.

    Goodrich told authorities everyone was out of the building, according to the affidavit.

    She was wrong. Kristen Milano had been sleeping on the second floor. Firefighters found her body while searching the apartment. She was identified by her tattoos, the affidavit says.

    Morelli told police he went home after failing to wake his friend. He didn’t know Kristen Milano had died in the blaze and started to cry when police told him, according to the affidavit.

    Ray Hassett, Morelli's attorney, said the affidavit is one of many documents providing insight into what happened that night, and "there are other critical reports which will supplement the facts of this case," including the official report of the fire investigator.

    "The entire situation is tragic considering all the facts known to date," Hassett said in a statement Friday. "There appear to be a number of extenuating circumstances which caused this catastrophic outcome."

    The family of Kristen Milano is planning to sue the town, citing negligence on the part of the fire department, according to a notice filed by attorney Marissa A. Bellair last week.

    Morelli is due back in court Sept. 4.


    An arrest warrant obtained by the Record-Journal says 19-year-old Kristen Morelli died of smoke inhalation after a lit firework was thrown through the window of her Southington apartment.An arrest warrant obtained by the Record-Journal says 19-year-old Kristen Morelli died of smoke inhalation after a lit firework was thrown through the window of her Southington apartment.

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    An American patient fighting against the deadly Ebola virus arrived in Atlanta from Africa. Dr. Kent Brantly, a Fort Worth, Texas, physician arrived on Saturday. 

    John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth, where Brantly did his residency released a statement Saturday:

    Emory University Hospital confirmed on Friday afternoon it was preparing to receive and treat two patients infected with Ebola in its isolation unit. The second patient is expected to arrive a few days later.

    Two Americans involved in the fight against the disease in Liberia, Brantly who works for the evangelical relief organization Samaritan's Purse, and Nancy Writebol, a nurse's assistant with an affiliated group, Serving in Mission, or SIM, have contracted the deadly virus.

    "The reason we are bringing these patients back to our facility is because we feel they deserve to have the highest level of care offered for their treatment." said Dr. Bruce S. Ribner, Director of Infectious Diseases at Emory Healthcare."They have gone over on a humanitarian mission. They’ve become infected through medical care and we feel that we have the environment and expertise to safely care for these patients and offer them the maximum opportunity for recovery from these infections."

    The evacuation is being conducted in cooperation with the U.S. Department of State, along with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Due to privacy concerns, the state department would not confirm if the patients are Brantly and Writebol.

    Emory has a specialized isolation unit which was built in collaboration with the CDC to treat patients with certain infectious diseases. It has a unique infrastructure and special equipment to provide a high level of isolation. The entire unit is separate from other patient areas. It has doctors and nurses who are qualified to work in the unit and are trained to deal with highly infectious disease.

    "We are one of only four institutions in the United States capable of handling patients of this nature. We have a special containment unit which has been developed with the assistance of the subject experts with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention," said Dr. Ribner.

    The State Department said in a news release Friday morning that the evacuations will "will take place over the coming days and that "upon arriving in the United States, the patients will be taken to medical facilities with appropriate isolation and treatment capabilities." 

    While the State Department officials aren't confirming who they are evacuating, the humanitarian organizations Brantly and Writebol work for are saying medical evacuation efforts are underway for both people and that they should be completed by early next week.

    "We are so heartened that Nancy is in stable condition and that plans are underway to bring her back to the U.S.," said Bruce Johnson, president of SIM USA. "We are grateful for the help and support of the U.S. State Department in this endeavor. As believers in the power of prayer, we covet the prayers of people around the world, not only for Nancy and Kent, but also for all those fighting this brutal virus."

    Samaritan's Purse added Friday that the evacuation of 60 nonessential staff in Liberia has already begun and that they are all healthy and expected to return to the U.S. by the end of the weekend. SIM is also taking steps to return nonessential personnel to the U.S.

    Meanwhile, the Director General of the World Health Organization, Dr. Margaret Chan, said "this outbreak is moving faster than our efforts to control it. If the situation continues to deteriorate, the consequences can be catastrophic in terms of lost lives, but also severe socioeconomic disruption and a high risk of spread to other countries. As I said before, this meeting must mark a turning point in the outbreak response."

    Chan added that the unprecedented outbreak of the most lethal strain of Ebola is the largest ever in the four-decade history of the disease and has, so far, sickened 1,323 and killed 729 in four countries.

    Air Ambulance Departs Thursday for Africa.

    NBC 5 tracked the departure of an air ambulance taking off from Cartersville, Georgia, not far from the CDC and Emory University Hospital, at about 4 p.m. Thursday.

    The air ambulance is owned by a company that works with the CDC. Pictures provided by the CDC show what the medical evacuation aircraft looks like. It contains medical tents that are used to isolate patients from medical staff.

    The isolation and security measures are similar to those in place inside the units at Emory University Hospital, according to Dr. Seema Yasmin, medical expert for The Dallas Morning News and a former CDC disease investigator.

    "The way that these two patients would be transported on the plane, and any other transport facilities, is done in a way that prevents them from passing the virus to anyone else," said Yasmin.

    Emory University Hospital sent to its staff the following memo Thursday:

    "We have a highly specialized, isolated unit in the hospital that was set up in collaboration with the CDC to treat patients who are exposed to certain serious infectious diseases. This unit is physically separate from other patient areas and has unique equipment and infrastructure that provide an extraordinarily high level of clinical isolation. In fact, Emory University Hospital is one of just four facilities in the entire country with such a specialized unit."

    According to the CDC, the chance of the virus traveling undetected to the United States is extremely low. In the rare instance it did, the CDC said the country is well-equipped to manage and treat it so that there would not be an outbreak.

    It's extremely difficult to get the virus, according to doctors. Ebola is not airborne and is instead transmitted by direct contact with bodily fluids, such a vomit, feces or blood of infected persons, living or dead.

    It is also important to note that a person with Ebola is only contagious when symptoms are present, according to Yasmin.

    Fort Worth Church Asks for Prayers for Brantly

    At the Southside Church of Christ in Fort Worth, they are asking for prayers for Dr. Brantly.

    Kent Smith, one of the church elders, said that Brantly has always put others first, so Smith was not surprised to hear that when there was only enough experimental serum for one of the two Americans fighting Ebola, Brantly asked that it was given to Writebol.

    "I have had a heavy heart, as I know everyone here at our church and probably all across the world world, just to imagine what he is having to go through. But it's certainly encouraging to think he is going to come back here and have access to care he might not have had in Liberia," Smith said.

    NBC 5's Scott Gordon and Julie Fine contributed to this report.



    Photo Credit: WXIA-TV Chopper

    Photo from WXIA-TV's chopper of Dr. Kent Brantly getting out of an ambulance at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta without a stretcher.Photo from WXIA-TV's chopper of Dr. Kent Brantly getting out of an ambulance at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta without a stretcher.

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    The widow of Eric Garner called on prosecutors to take action Saturday, a day after the city medical examiner ruled the death of her husband a homicide and declared that a police chokehold had killed him.

    "I just want them to do the right thing and get me justice for my husband," Esaw Garner said at a Harlem rally. She said she hoped "we can move forward and get this cop done with." 

    Shortly after Eric Garner died, one officer was stripped of his gun and badge pending an internal NYPD investigation and another was placed on desk duty. Two paramedics and two EMTs were suspended without pay after allegedly failing to provide CPR in a timely manner.

    The medical examiner said compression of the neck and chest, along with Garner's positioning on the ground while being restrained by police during the July 17 stop on Staten Island, caused his death. 

    Garner's acute and chronic bronchial asthma, obesity and hypertensive cardiovascular disease were contributing factors, the medical examiner determined.

    A spokesman for Richmond County District Attorney Daniel M. Donovan, who's leading the investigation in the case, said Friday that his office had been contacted with the cause and manner of Garner's death but was waiting for the official death certificate and the autopsy report to be issued.

    Police Commissioner Bill Bratton also said he received the medical examiner's report and that the department will continue to cooperate with district attorney's office. He has previously said he ordered a top-to-bottom redesigning of use-of-force training in the NYPD.  

    At the Saturday rally at the headquarters of his National Action Network, the Rev. Al Sharpton pressed for an arrest.

    "You can't have the facts and not address the facts," he said. "All we are interested in is justice."

    An amateur video taken during Garner's arrest shows a plainclothes police officer placing him in what appears be a chokehold, which is banned under NYPD policy. In the video, Garner can be heard multiple times gasping, "I can't breathe!"

    After receiving the medical examiner's findings, Mayor de Blasio released a statement expressing his sympathies to Garner's family and said his administration will continue to work with the Staten Island district attorney and other authorities "to ensure a fair and justified outcome." 

    “We all have a responsibility to work together to heal the wounds from decades of mistrust and create a culture where the police department and the communities they protect respect each other -- and that’s a responsibility that Commissioner Bratton and I take very seriously," he said.

    De Blasio said he remained "absolutely committed to ensuring that the proper reforms are enacted to ensure that this won’t happen again."

    A day before the autopsy results were released, the mayor hosted a reform talk at City Hall in an attempt to ease tensions with communities of color in the wake of Garner's death. The discussion got heated as Sharpton criticized Bratton and told the mayor that his son, Dante de Blasio, who is black, would be "a candidate for a chokehold" if he weren't the mayor's son. 

    Garner's family members and Sharpton met with federal prosecutors last month to press for an investigation into his death. Sharpton said police violated Garner's civil rights while arresting him for allegedly selling untaxed cigarettes, and that led to his death. 

    The U.S. attorney hasn't commented on the meeting with the Garners. Previously, Attorney General Eric Holder said the Justice Department is "closely monitoring" the investigation into Garner's death. 

    The president of the police officers' union expressed sympathy to Garner's family and friends and said that "police officers don't start their days expecting or wanting something like this to occur in the performance of their duties."

    Pat Lynch of the Patrolmen's Benevolent Association went on to say, "We believe, however, that if he had not resisted the lawful order of the police officers placing him under arrest, this tragedy would not have occurred."

    The case has incited calls for sweeping police department reform. New alleged chokehold videos have emerged in its wake, including one involving an alleged fare beater and another involving a pregnant Brooklyn woman who claims she was put in a chokehold when she questioned officers' requests to move the site of a barbecue.

    In addition to running the National Action Network, Al Sharpton is a talk show host on MSNBC, which is owned by WNBC's parent company, NBCUniversal.



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    A man shot and killed his common law wife in front of seven children and then turned the gun on himself in Panaroma City, Los Angeles, Friday night.

    The shooting occurred around 10 p.m. at an apartment on the 8700 block of Tobias Street, the Los Angeles Police Department said.

    Police said the incident began after the man "had drunk five or more beers" and argued with his wife. The husband then called a friend and told the friend he was going to kill himself. The friend was on the way to apartment when the man texted and said he was going to also kill his wife.

    The friend said that upon arrival, he heard yelling inside the apartment and then gun shots.

    Police said the man shot the 41-year-old victim at least once and then tried to shoot himself.

    "At that point, the (19-year-old) daughter’s boyfriend pushed the gunman out of the apartment," LAPD Lt. Paul Vernon said. "The gunman then turned the gun on himself once again, this time killing himself with a shotgun blast to the head."

    The victim and the gunman shared only one of the seven children that were present, that being a 10-year-old son. Also in the apartment at the time of the shooting were the victim’s 13 and 16-year-old sons, a pregnant 19-year-old daughter, and the daughter’s 1, 3, and 4-year-old children.

    "Tragic as this is, it could have been so much worse," Lt. Vernon said. "It’s lucky no one else was killed or wounded in that crowded apartment, either on purpose or by accident, thanks in part to the boyfriend."

    Donations to the family can be made at Good Day Donuts at 8245 Sepulveda Blvd.

    The victim was the manager of the apartment complex.


    A man shot and his 41-year-old common law wife before killing himself at an apartment in Panorama City on Friday, August 1, 2014.A man shot and his 41-year-old common law wife before killing himself at an apartment in Panorama City on Friday, August 1, 2014.

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