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Ambulance Crash Kills Patient


An ambulance carrying a patient crashed head-on with another vehicle in Pasadena, California, on Saturday, leaving the patient dead and three other people injured, police said.

The collision took place about 4 p.m. on Fair Oaks Avenue near Mountain Street, officials with the Pasadena Police Department said.

The ambulance patient went into cardiac arrest and died at the hospital.

Prior to the crash, the patient, a man in his 70s, did not have life-threatening injuries and was being taken to the hospital for a medical appointment, Pasadena police Lt. Jesse Carrillo said.

The ambulance driver and a passenger were hospitalized in serious condition, Carrillo said. A woman driving the other vehicle, a Jaguar, suffered a broken ankle.

The cause of the crash was under investigation. The ambulance did not have its lights or siren on when the collision occurred, police said.

Drivers were advised to avoid Fair Oaks Avenue between Hammond and Mountain streets as police investigated.

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Branford Woman Struck by Foul Ball at Fenway Park


Stephanie Wapenski is a die-hard Boston Red Sox fan.  Thankfully it did not come to that when she was struck by a foul ball during the Red Sox vs. Yankees game at Fenway Park.  

The 36-year-old new mother and Branford resident was at the game on Friday night, sitting along the third baseline when a foul ball flew into the stands, striking Wapenski in the head.

Wapenski, who is originally from Taunton, Massachusetts said she has been to Fenway over a hundred times and nothing like this has ever happened.  She even became engaged during a game at the park last year.  Her fiance, Matt Faenza, proposed to her via a message on the big screen in center field.

People posted photos on social media of a large crowd around Wapenski once she was struck.  Fans handed her balled up t-shirts and an ice pack and she was able to leave the seats under her own power.  She was taken to the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center where she received 35 - 40 stitches in her forehead.

Wapenski was released from the hospital on Saturday morning and returned home to Branford.  The Red Sox organization sent her flowers and wished her well. 

Water Dumped on Baltimore Mayor


Baltimore mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake had a large cup of water thrown on her Saturday at a community event at the mall where violence erupted in the city in April.

Police have arrested Lacheisa Pailin-Sheffer, 37, of Baltimore and charged her with second-degree assault.

The mayor was unhurt, her press adviser told WBAL-TV in Baltimore. 

"I didn't know what it was that she threw at me," Rawlings-Blake told the Baltimore Sun after the incident. "I hope it was water. It was more shocking than anything else."

Rawlings-Blake was attending the Mondawmin Festival, a community event that promised "free food, art, basketball, obstacle course, and over 60 non-profit and agency booths offering resources direct to residents," according to the events listing on the City of Baltimore's web page.

In April, people took to the streets in Baltimore to protest the death of Freddie Gray in police custody. On April 27, the protests grew violent in the neighborhood near Mondawmin Mall.

The protests erupted into riots and looting that led the state of Maryland to declare martial law in the city.

Woman, 89, Wrestles With Intruder


Quick thinking helped an 89-year-old Califronia woman chase away a robber who had forced his way into her Burbank home, police said Saturday.

Gerri Dickins was home alone Friday night when she heard a knock at the door and opened it to see a man she didn't know.

"I opened it up a little bit, and he pushed his way in and then he said, 'I came here to take your things,'" Dickins said. "And I said, 'I have no things.'"

When Dickins tried to fight back against the intruder, he threw a chair and footstool at her, and placed a sheet over her mouth when she screamed.

"We wrestled with each other," Dickins said.

He also grabbed the phone when she tried to dial 911, but thanks to a medical alert system, Dickins was still able to call for help.

"It was on the console on the kitchen counter," said Dickins' daughter, Tracey Cawdrey. "She had presence of mind all the way."

The man also threatened to shoot Dickins, though she said she never saw a gun.

"He said, 'I'm gonna shoot you.' I says, 'Go ahead and shoot me,'" Dickins said.

The man spent about a half hour inside the home but didn't take anything valuable, Dickins said, and fled before police arrived just after 8:20 p.m.

Dickins was treated for cuts and bruises on her arms and face, and though Burbank police said that she shouldn't have fought back, Dickins said she would do it again if necessary.

Burbank police described the intruder as a man about 30-years-old, 5 foot 9 inches tall with a medium build and dressed in dark clothes.

Anyone with information is asked to call Burbank police at 818-238-3000.

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LifeStar Responding to Airlift Injured Person in East Hampton


LifeStar is airlifting a person to the hospital after an incident in East Hampton, according to the emergency helicopter service.

The incident happened in the area of Main Street at Burton Hill in East Hampton.

Police were not available for comment on the nature of the incident.

No further information was immediately available.

Family Offers $5K Reward in Former Guardsman's Disappearance


An Enfield family is offering a $5,000 reward in the disappearance a former Connecticut National Guardsman who vanished on a diving excursion in Thailand.

While Thailand officials called off the search for Joshua Devine, 36, who went missing April 11 months ago, the family still has a lot of questions about what happened to him.

The family released a document to NBC Connecticut Saturday that details email conversations between Devine's sister, the United States Embassy and an investigative reporter as the family digs for answers. His family has questioned whether foul play was involved.

While there is no new information in the case, the family plans on sharing any information uncovered with authorities, a family spokesperson said.

The reward money will go to anyone who offers leads that help bring Devine home. the reward is expected to run in three Thai newspapers and on social media.

Because of the lack of trust with Thai police, the family asks anyone with information to contact Devine's sister, Jennifer Bakowski said.

“Everything right now is hearsay. It’s been completely unconfirmed because of the fact that nobody is willing to come forward to actual provide the information to police because for the most part they fear for their safety," Bakowski said.

The family said it will try to protect people who come forward by sharing the information with the FBI, which will work with trsted authorities in Thailand.

There is also a benefit scheduled on Friday, July 17 from 6:30 p.m. to midnight at 116 School Street in Chicopee, Massachusetts to raise money in the family's continue search in the hope Devine is still out there and can be brought home safe.

Devine, an avid scuba diver, was on a diving excursion with his wife, a Thai native, when he reportedly drank too much, became agitated and disappeared, family members have said. The U.S. Army veteran and former Connecticut National Guardsman who worked as an IT specialist for a military contractor in Kuwait still has not been found months after he went missing. He also served in Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan.

Bakowski and their mother went to Thailand to join the governor of Phuket and members of the Thai marine police in their search.

"We circled all the Similan Islands that he was headed towards and then we went up to the two additional islands. We circled those," Bakowski previously said.

Devine's family has been critical of the initial investigation and continues to investigate themselves for any information that could explain his disappearance.

"There's something wrong with the version of events that happened. It just wouldn't, it's just not the way that Josh operated," Bakowski previously said.

While in Thailand, Devine's family met with U.S. Embassy officials and an FBI agent.

They left without finding any clues to Devine's whereabouts, and the official search ended shortly thereafter.

"We got some answers. We may not ever get all of our answers," said Bakowski.

While they fear Devine may have drowned, family members are holding out hope he's alive.

Bakowski brought a letter with her to Thailand written by her oldest daughter, Joshua's niece. They still have it and want him to read it.

"She thinks he's on an adventure meeting all sorts of new creatures that he's going to be able to share with her," said Bakowski. "So she's got hope, so we have to keep it as well."

The family plans to keep in touch with officials they met in Thailand. As of late April, they had no plans to return.

Tickets for the benefit can be purchased from Glen Devine (413-531-7366, Chicopee), Marie Major (860-657-6540, Manchester), Brian Devine (413-883-3658, Holyoke) and Jen Bakowski (860-682-5796). Tickets can also be purchased until capacity is reached on the night of the event for $25 each.

Anyone with information on Devine's whereabouts can contact Bakowski at Jadunne3@yahoo.com.

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Manhattanhenge to Be Seen This Weekend


Manhattanhenge, the moment when the setting sun aligns precisely with the street grid in Manhattan, can be seen again this weekend. 

Half the sun will align with the grid on Sunday at 8:20 p.m; the full-sun Manhattanhenge will happen on Monday at 8:21 p.m., according to the Hayden Planetarium.

The best view can be seen as far east in Manhattan as you can go without losing view of New Jersey. Good spots are cross streets like 14th, 23rd, 34th, 42nd and 57th streets.

Manhattanhenge happens twice a year; it happened earlier this year at the end of May.

On a clear day, the typical resulting effect of Manhattanhenge is a "radiant glow of light" across the skyscrapers and buildings, "simultaneously illuminating both the north and south sides of every cross street of the borough's grid," according to Hayden Planetarium. 

Show us your Manhattanhenge photos by uploading them here or uploading them on Instagram or Twitter with hashtag #NBC4NY!

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Entangled Whale Saved From Shark Off Mass. Coast


A team of scientists from the Center for Coastal Studies was researching humpback whales off the coast of Massachusetts on Saturday when they made an unsettling discovery: A humpback was drifting near the surface, so badly entangled in a rope that it could not swim.

The rope was lodged in its mouth and wrapped multiple times around its tail, preventing it from swimming or using its tail for defense. The whale was effectively "hogtied," according to a statement from CCS, which is based in Provincetown, Massachusetts.

To make matters worse, a 15-foot-long great white shark was circling the humpback — and it had taken a few bites out of the vulnerable whale.

By the time the Marine Animal Entanglement Response team from the CCS arrived to help free the whale on Stellwagen Bank, it had suffered a "relatively large wound" on its left flank.

Because the great white was still circling the whale when the rescue team arrived, rescuers worked from aboard the 35-foot-long response boat Ibis to cut the rope from the whale's mouth. No longer hogtied, the humpback could swim again — but the rest of the rope was still tangled around its tail.

Once the shark swam away, the rescue crew jumped into a small rubber dinghy and tied a work line to the rope around the whale's tail. As the whale towed the dinghy behind it, the rescuers used a special hook-shaped knife at the end of a long pole to cut away the rest of the entanglement.

Finally freed from the rope, the humpback whale "sped off" out to sea.

The Marine Animal Entanglement Response team has freed more than 200 large whales and other marine animals — including dolphins, porpoises and sea turtles — since 1984, according to its website.

Boaters off Massachusetts are urged to report any entanglement sightings of whales, sea-turtles and other marine animals to the Marine Animal Entanglement Response Hotline (1-800-900-3622) or the U.S. Coast Guard, and to stay by the animal at a safe distance until trained responders arrive, according to the CCS site.

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Tuber Safe at Home After Farmington River Search


A tuber thought to be missing on the Farmington River near the Canton and New Hartford area has been safely located at the person's West Hartford home.

Crews were searching the Farmington River for a possible missing tuber after Canton police got a report Saturday night someone was missing on the river. They looked for the person after getting the call and called off the search when it got dark.

Canton and New Hartford crews resumed the search along the Satan's Kingdom popular tubing spot on the river on the Canton and New Hartford line and learned the person had made it safely home to West Hartford.

After they located the party, they called off the search.

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Martin Scorsese Corvette Wins Car Show


Known as America’s sports car, a line-up of hundreds of Corvettes, including one with celebrity status, drew quite a crowd to Guilford on Sunday.

“Every kid when he was growing up wanted a Corvette at one point in time,” said George Macary, a member of the Corvette Club of Connecticut which put on the show ‘n shine outside the Moroso plant.

The club held the event to raise money for the Connecticut Food Bank.

Owners from across New England and the tri-state area brought their collectible cars to the competition, giving fellow enthusiasts the chance to see their show stoppers up close.

“I always loved the styling. It’s just a fun car,” said Marlo Moss who brought his 1960 C1 from Yorktown Heights, New York.

Moss won first place in 2014.

“This here is a 100-point car,” said Moss.

It was also once owned by a famous face.

“It said it was a previous celebrity owner, I knew this was the one I wanted to buy,” said Moss.

In 1995, Moss bought the car from Martin Scorsese. He says the car would have sold for $3,800 in 1960, and was recently appraised for $140,000 thanks in part to its celebrity status.

From the C1s to the newest Z-07 just off the assembly line there were cars from every generation.

“A family can go through here and actually have three generations of people looking at cars that’s their favorite,” said Macary.

Kathy Macmillen owns two Corvettes.

“Going back to my youth I just loved cars. You know the Bel Air’s, the old Bel Air’s and all the muscle cars,” she said.

She added that the Corvette is number one in her book.

“They just have a look like no other. There’s no other car like the Corvette,” said Macmillen.

Owners also said the Corvette is worth the time it takes to restore it and the investment.

“It’s just America’s car, America’s machine. You have to sit in one, and drive one, and hit the gas pedal and then you’ll understand,” said Jeff Petriccione, a member of the Corvette Club of Connecticut.

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Donations Being Accepted to Repair Vandalized War Memorial


When veterans gathered at the World War I memorial in Naugatuck, they were stunned to see a black tar-like substance smeared over the names of at least 20 local men who died in the war.

The vandalism was discovered last month when veterans were there to honor Flag Day.

The monument had just been renovated three years ago at the cost of $40,000.

"It was devastating, not only to me, but to some of the other veterans who were here during that day, to see our efforts pretty much thrown away," Ron Fischer, of American Legion Post 17 in Naugatuck, said.

Fischer said skateboarders also continue to damage the 95-year-old memorial.

Police aren't investigating the vandalism at this time.

You can donate to help repair the damage to the monument by sending contributions to the Naugatuck Valley Savings & Loan and flagging it to the World War One Monument Fund.

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Bristol Practice Offers Free Radiation Mark Removal


LaFrance Medical Aesthetics in Bristol is offering free removal of radiation marks for cancer patients as part of the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery, Inc.'s nationwide New Beginnings: Radiation Mark Removal Program.

“A radiation tattoo is not a matter of choice, but a necessary measure to help save a person’s life,” Dr. Jeffrey C. LaFrance, medical director of LaFrance Medical Aesthetics, said in a statement. “A radiation tattoo can be a mark of survival for some cancer patients, but for others it’s a constant reminder of pain and suffering associated with their disease and treatments. This is a way we can help survivors have the new beginning they deserve without any cost or downtime.”

LaFrance Medical Aesthetics is one of three Connecticut practices to participate in the New Beginnings program.

“The ASLMS membership includes very generous and caring medical professionals, like Dr. Jeffrey La France, who believe they can make a difference in the lives of cancer patients across the U.S. through their time and expertise,” Jeffrey S. Dover, M.D., FRCPC, past president of the ASLMS said. “We are pleased that LaFrance Medical Aesthetics is participating.”

Patients interested in the service can set up a consultation with LaFrance Medical Aesthetics after producing a letter from their oncologist or radiologist signing off on having radiation marks or tattoos removed. All cancer patients are eligible for the year-round program.

“It is a privilege to be a part of this program,” LaFrance said. “Everyone should feel confident and comfortable in their own skin. This program allows us the incredible opportunity to give back to a community of people who fought the fight of their life.”

More information on New Beginnings is available at www.lafrancemed.com. You can call 860-845-8296 or email info@lafrancemed.com to schedule a free consultation.

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I-384 Ramp in Manchester Reopens After Fuel Spill


The exit 2 ramp on Interstate 384 westbound in Manchester Sunday has reopened after a fuel spill.

The cause of the spill is unknown, but crews responded to clean it up.

The ramp was closed at 3 p.m. and it's unclear when it will reopen.

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Person Killed in Kent Motorcycle Crash


A person was killed in a motorcycle crash on Segar Mountain Road (Route 341) in Kent.

Alberto Richards, 52, of Bronx, New York, was killed in the crash.The road was closed Sunday morning, but it has since reopened.

He was driving a 2014 BMW motorcycle westbound when he veered off the road and up an embankment before crashing into a state Department of Transportation directional sign, according to state police. A second motorcyclist riding behind him, Brian J. Pagan, 27, of Bronx, New York, also traveled off the road and hit a DOT directional sign, state police said.

The crashes happened on the downhill portion of the road where there are "S" curves.

Kent Volunteer Ambulance and then LifeStar transported Richards to Danbury Hospital, where he later died. Kent's ambulance took him to the same hospital to be treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

The road was closed between Cobble and South Roads, but it has since reopened, according to the state Department of Transportation (DOT).

The crash happened at about 9:30 a.m. State police and Kent volunteer firefighters responded.

Rocky Neck, Squantz Pond Closed After Reaching Capacity


Rocky Neck State Park in East Lyme, Hammonasset Beach State Park in Madison and Squantz Pond in New Fairfield are closed to further visitors after reaching full capacity Sunday.

Rocky Neck and Squantz Pond reached capacity Sunday morning, according to the state Department of Transportation. By 1:45 p.m., Hamonasset Beach reached capacity.

Squantz Pond is not accepting walk-ins.

LifeStar Airlifts Person After ATV Crash in Salem

2 Glastonbury Residents Hurt When Boat Capsizes


Two people from Glastonbury were hurt when a boat capsized on a New Hampshire lake Saturday afternoon.

Police say Patrick, Christine and Erin Curry of Glastonbury, Connecticut, were in a 14-foot aluminum boat with a 9.9 HP outboard motor on Crescent Lake in Wolfeboro when they hit the wake from a larger boat in front of them.

All three of them were thrown from the boat. The motor kept running and hit Christine Curry's right leg and Erin Curry's left hip.

Marine Patrol Dispatch received a 911 call at 1:58 p.m. that three people were in the water after a boating accident.

Patrick Curry got back onto the boat and turned off the engine. The boat had a shutoff lanyard, but no one was wearing it. Officials remind all boaters to wear such lanyards.

Christine and Erin Curry were treated at Huggins Hospital. There was no immediate word on their conditions.

The marine patrol division advises boaters to wear engine shutoff lanyards.

Wolfeboro police, firefighters and EMS personnel assisted Marine Patrol officers.

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2 Dead, 3 Injured in 'Ambush'


Three people were injured, including two police officers, and two men are dead following a shootout in suburban River Forest, Illinois, early Sunday morning.

River Forest police officers and fire officials responded to a call at a residence in the 100 block of Lathrop Avenue  around 7:20 a.m. about a woman suffering from shortness of breath, according to Deputy Chief Jim O'Shea. When the officers arrived at the home, they were "ambushed by an armed assailant with a shotgun," O'Shea said.

Gunfire was exchanged between the police officers and the alleged offender, who has been identified as a 24-year-old man.

The offender was killed in the shootout, and two police officers received non-life-threatening injuries, according to O'Shea. One was a 15-year veteran with the department, who was shot while wearing a bullet-proof vest. The other was a 5-year veteran. The nature of his injuries is unclear.

Two other victims were inside the house. One of them identified as a 60-year-old man was killed in the incident. The other — a 59-year-old woman who was identified as the mother of the offender — was injured, O'Shea said. She underwent surgery for her injuries Sunday.

The Cook County medical examiner identified the 24-year-old victim as Matthew Watson, who died at Loyola Hospital. The 60-year-old man, who died on the scene, was identified as William Carlson.

Dan Flannery, a witness who lives on the same block as the incident, told NBC Chicago he heard more than 20 or 30 shots fired.

Flannery said he saw an officer on the ground outside a house holding his side. The officer fired shots into the house, and shots were returned to the officer. A body was then wheeled out of the home, Flannery said.

This is a developing story. Check back for more details.

Walker May Announce 2016 Bin


Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is expected to make a big announcement Monday, but it seems he gave away the surprise last week in a tweet.

On Friday, Walker tweeted a black-and-white photo of himself waving on a stage with the words "Scott Walker is running for president," according to Politico. The tweet has since been taken down, but Walker sent a few more presidential-sounding messages afterward, including one showing "the official campaign logo."

Walker is set to make the announcement at 5 p.m. Monday in the Milwaukee suburb of Waukesha.

Campaign aides revealed to the Associated Press in early July that Walker planned to file the paperwork for his long expected candidacy with the Federal Election Commission on July 2.

Walker has traveled throughout the country in the past several months, including stops in Iowa, to speak to conservative groups and court voters.

The Wisconsin governor will join a large field of GOP contenders, with 16 others who have already announced or are expected to soon announce their candidacy.

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Trump, Cosby Stars Will Stay on Walk of Fame


As activists call for the Hollywood Walk of Fame stars of Bill Cosby and Donald Trump to be removed, the group behind the storied landmark is saying it won’t entertain the demands.

The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce acknowledged Wednesday night that it has received some requests for it to pull the star honoring Cosby amid on-going sexual assault allegations as well as that of Trump after he made comments about Mexicans that many people have called offensive.

But the organization said it would not be removing any stars from Hollywood sidewalks.

"The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce has received inquiries asking on whether we are planning to remove the stars of Donald Trump and Bill Cosby. The answer is no. The Hollywood Walk of Fame is a registered historic landmark. Once a star has been added to the Walk, it is considered a part of the historic fabric of the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Because of this, we have never removed a star from the Walk," said Leron Gubler, Hollywood Chamber of Commerce president and chief executive, in an emailed statement.

“The late Johnny Grant, who chaired the Hollywood Walk of Fame Selection Committee for many years, made the following statement when asked this question: ‘Stars are awarded for professional achievement to the world of entertainment and contributions to the community. A celebrity’s politics, philosophy, irrational behavior, outrageous remarks or anything like that have never been cause to remove a Walk of Fame star,’” the statement continued.

Cosby has faced a steady stream of sexual assault allegations, and admitted in a decade-old deposition that he had previously obtained quaaludes to give to women with whom he wanted to have sex. The admission came to light when the previously sealed deposition was obtained by the Associated Press Tuesday.

African American Los Angeles civil rights leaders said in written statements Wednesday that they planned to ask the Chamber to remove Cosby’s star during a Thursday press conference.

“Cosby deliberately placed himself in a position of high moral standards and told the African American community who they are to be, while he was cheating on his wife and drugging and raping women nationwide. This is the epitome of hypocrisy revealed. Cosby has been lying to his wife, family, loved ones, friends, colleagues, fans, the community of African American students, and the entire African American community,” Najee Ali, director of Project Islamic Hope said in comments published on the website eurweb.com.

Presidential candidate Trump has come under fire for comments he made during a speech announcing his run.

Trump said in relation to immigrants, "When Mexico sends its people, they're not sending their best. They're sending people that have lots of problems, and they're bringing those problems with (them). They're bringing drugs. They're bringing crime. They're rapists. And some, I assume, are good people."

Univision responded by cutting business ties with Trump, and NBC and Macy's later followed suit.

On Tuesday, Disney removed a statue of Cosby from its Orlando theme park.

Correction: An earlier verstion of this article incorrectly stated which statue Disney removed from its Orlando park.

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