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'Black Lives Matter' Activists Disrupt Presidential Forum


Demonstrators protesting cases of police brutality and the treatment of black Americans by law enforcement disrupted a presidential forum Saturday as Democratic presidential candidate Martin O'Malley, a former Maryland governor, was interviewed on stage at the Netroots Nation convention, the Associated Press reported. The group later heckled fellow candidate Bernie Sanders.

The raucous scene unfolded when a large group of protesters streamed into the convention hall chanting, "Black lives matter!" As O'Malley looked on, one of the group's leaders took over the stage and addressed the audience as the largely female group of demonstrators railed against police-involved shootings, the treatment of immigrants and Arizona's racial history.

Photo Credit: AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin

Chattanooga Shooter's Family Expresses 'Horror' at Rampage


The family of a man who allegedly fatally shot four Marines and a Navy sailor in an attack on military facilities in Chattanooga this week expressed their condolences on Saturday to the victims and said their son suffered from depression, NBC News reported.

"There are no words to describe our shock, horror, and grief. The person who committed this horrible crime was not the son we knew and loved," the family of Mohammad Youssuf Abdulazeez said in a statement Saturday.

Authorities have not yet determined the motive behind Thursday's deadly attack, in which the 24-year-old allegedly sprayed a Marine recruiting office with gunfire before driving to a reserve center, fatally shooting the Marines and wounding the Navy sailor before he was killed in a shootout with police.

Photo Credit: Hamilton County Sheriffs Office via AP

Hartford Police Investigating City's 18th Homicide


One man is dead after suffering multiple gun shot wound early Saturday morning in Hartford.

Police were called to 13 Elliott St. around 2 a.m. this morning after an argument and a shooting occurred outside of that residence. They found one victim, Jonathan Whaley, 34, of Hartford, suffering multiple gunshot wounds to the lower torso. He was pronounced dead at the hospital. A second victim, who has not been identified, suffered a minor head injury.

Whaley's friends remembered him as a kind and generous person. 

"He was a wonderful person," said Rhonda Koromanian, who has known Whaley for years. "He would give you the shirt off his back if he could."

This is the city's 18th homicide of the year.

Baby Dies After Being Found Unconscious in Bathtub


Hartford police are investigating after a 1-year-old was found unconscious in a bathtub and later died.

Fire officials said they received a call about an unresponsive boy, later identified as Antonio Armando Delgado, Jr., found in a bathtub at a home on Elmer Street just before 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday.

Both of the child's parents, Antonio Armando Delgado Sr., 33, and Tamara Lee Santana, 27, were home at the time of the incident, according to police. The parents tried to drive the boy to the hospital when they saw firefighters on Sigourney Street and stopped for help, according to police.

The fire crew began CPR on the baby and then rushed the boy to Connecticut Children's Medical Center.

The child suffered life-threatening injuries and was removed from life support on Saturday. He died before 11 a.m.

The police department's Major Crimes Division and Special Investigation Division are looking into the case.

There have been no charges filed in connection with the incident, but the boy's father was taken into custody on unrelated charged stemming from prior warrants. Police say Antonio Jr’s injuries were consistent with a drowning in the bathtub and both parents have been in contact with investigators.

The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner has scheduled an autopsy. The investigation is ongoing.

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Bridgeport, South Windsor, Hartford Open Cooling Stations


The city of Bridgeport and town of South Windsor are opening cooling stations Sunday due to extreme heat in Connecticut.

Hartford plans to open cooling centers throughout the city for Monday due to temperatures in the mid-90s with high humidity. City pools and "spray pads" are open sunday and there will be a cooling tent for the rest of the Greater Hartford Jazz Festival in Bushnell Park. Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra advises people to keep hydrated, where loose-fitting clothes and to stay out of the sun between 1 and 5 p.m.

Central and western Connecticut are under a heat advisory through 6 p.m. Sunday and NBC Connecticut has declared it a First Alert Weather Day as possible storms also loom.

South Windsor has opened a cooling center at the South Windsor Community Center at 150 Nevers Road that will be open until 10 p.m. Residents can call 211 for information on other shelters and alternative resources in other towns.

Bridgeport is opening the Greater Bridgeport Transit station and the Bridgeport Public Library's main branch as cooling centers for people to escape the heat if they don't have air conditioning.

The transit station at 710 Water St. will be open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. for kids and families. The library at 925 Broad Street will open its doors as a cooling center from 1 to 5 p.m.

“During this hot summer day, I’m urging residents who do not have access to air conditioning to please take advantage of these cooling stations that we’re providing,” Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch said in a written statement.

The city is advising parents to keep an eye on their kids while they're playing sports or doing outdoor activities and to watch out for signs of heat exhaustion or distress, particularly when the sun produces the highest heat around midday.

Bridgeport Director of Emergency Management Scott Appleby said "we are recommending that residents limit their exposure to the outside" while the heat advisory is underway, to "drink plenty of fluids and as always seek shelter indoors in an air conditioned facility.”

Bridgeport's Emergency Operations Center is monitoring any heat advisory or air quality alerts from the National Weather Service.

The city cautions residents to take the following precautions during the extreme heat:

  • Stay hydrated throughout the day and avoid dehydrating drinks containing alcohol or caffeine.
  • Stay inside if you can or minimize your exposure to the sun. If you do venture outside, put sunblock with an SPF of 30 or higher on.
  • Wear clothing that's lightweight or loose-fitting.
  • Stay in an air-conditioned place like a library, mall or movie theater during the hottest peaks of the day.
  • While electric fans may make you more comfortable when it's hot out, they will not ward off possible heat-related illnesses in high 90-degree weather.
  • Don't leave children, senior citizens or pets in a vehicle that is closed or leave pets outside for a long duration.

Bridgeport's emergency management website and downloadable extreme heat guide have more information on how to stay cool and beat the heat.

The following locations will open as cooling centers on Monday in Hartford:

  • North End Senior Center, 80 Coventry St., Hartford
  • South End Wellness Center, 830 Maple Ave., Hartford
  • Parkville Senior Center, 11 New Park Ave., Hartford
  • Hispanic Health Council, 175 Main St., Hartford

Teen Suffers Life-Threatening Injuries in Hit-and-Run Crash


Police are searching for a hit-and-run driver in a New Haven crash that left a teenage pedestrian with life-threatening injuries late Saturday night.

A 17-year-old Bridgeport boy was crossing Whalley Avenue in New Haven near the intersection with Ella T. Grasso Boulevard at about 10 p.m. Saturday when a vehicle struck him. He wasn't in the crosswalk when he was hit, witnesses told police. Evidence at the scene supported witness accounts.

The driver kept going and took off in the westbound direction, turning on Blake Street, witnesses told police. New Haven police said the driver is wanted on felony evading and possible additional charges. No suspect has been identified at this time and a description of the driver has not been provided.

An ambulance transported the teenager toYale-New Haven Hospital to be treated for life-threatening injuries due to the serious collision.

Police are looking for an older model of a white Mitsubishi Eclipse with dark tinted windows that they believe was involved in the crash. The front windshield is likely cracked. Police have alerted law enforcement throughout the state to be on the lookout for the vehicle.

A crash investigation team reasponded.

Police ask anyone with information on the driver's whereabouts or who witnessed the crash to call the New Haven Police Department at 203-946-6316 or your local police department. New Haven police are also asking autobody and auto glass replacement businesses to keep an eye out for the car or someone bringing it in for repairs.

Thousands Participate in GE 5K Supporting Petit Family Foundation


Close to 1,500 people lined up to run and walk in the GE 5K road race supporting the Petit Family Foundation on Sunday.

Karen Patane had never raced before, but she decided a year ago she wanted to train for this race.

“I really wanted this one. This was on my bucket list to learn to run. The cause, it’s wonderful. 5K’s when you have a charity behind them, they bring something special,” said Patane.

She started training a year ago. Sunday, she finally reached her goal as she crossed the finish line. Patane doesn’t know the Petit family personally, but she knows their story.

“They’ve come through and made something wonderful out of a horrible tragedy,” said Patane.

In 2007, Doctor William Petit lost his wife, Jennifer and two daughters, Hayley and Michaela in a violent home invasion in Cheshire. The following year, the inaugural race was held and it’s been growing ever since.

“The turnout and everything they do is just so wonderful for the community,” Jan Campbell, of New Milford, said.

Race director Bob Hesline added, “It touches my heart every year to do this. It’s a personal thing.”

By the end of 2015, the Petit Family Foundation will have raised $2 million for charity, half of that coming through the 5K race over the past eight years. The rest was raised through the annual golf tournament.

“It’s really been a team effort with the community and the region reaching out to help other people,” Dr. Petit said.

He chose charities that were close to his family's heart. The first is education for women in science, because his daughter Hayley wanted to follow in her father’s footsteps and become a doctor. Money is also donated toward MS education, which his late wife suffered from. The final piece of the foundation is money to support those affected by violence.

“Obviously this was devastating violence and violence affects many people with a ripple out to the communities, so we thought helping people affected by violence was critical,” said Dr. Petit.

Dr. Petit hopes his family's legacy will live on as he turns a personal tragedy into change.

Photo Credit: NBCConnecticut.com

Two Injured After Shooting in Hartford Nightclub Parking Lot


An altercation at a Hartford nightclub spilled out into the parking lot and escalated into a shooting that critically injured a 33-year-old man and wounded a 21-year-old woman early Sunday morning, according to preliminary reports, police said.

Hours after police responded to a shooting that seriously injured a man at 2006 Main Street, there was another report of a person shot when gunfire erupted outside Club Vibz at 3155 Main Street in Hartford.

When Hartford patrol and shooting task force officers got to the scene, they found a woman with a non-life-threatening gunshot wound to her right breast in the parking lot. Police identified her as Niyah Young, 21, of Hartford.

A 33-year-old Hartford man, Jason Dakers, arrived at St. Francis Hospital in a private vehicle to be treated for multiple gun shot wounds to his torso and limbs. He was rushed into emergency surgery and is listed in critical but stable condition.

Preliminary reports on the incident revealed that an unidentified person wielding a handgun opened fire at Dakers and accidentally hit Young after an altercation that started in the club and continued in the parking lot, police said.

Police have not identified any suspects at this time.

Hartford detectives are investigating the shooting, police said.

The two separate incidents of violence came after another shooting early Saturday morning that killed a 34-year-old Hartford man named Jonathan Whaley.

Police ask anyone with information to contact the Hartford Police Department on its routine line at 860-527-6300 or leave anonymous tips on the department's website at www.hartford.gov/Police

Photo Credit: NBCConnecticut.com

Route 156 Closed in East Haddam Due to Crash Involving Motorcycle and Bike


Route 156 is closed in East Haddam after a crash involving a motorcycle and bike.

A motorcyclist and biker collided near the intersection with Route 82.

The road is closed. It's unknown how long the road will be closed.

No further information was immediately available on any injuries or the circumstances of the crash.

Photo Credit: NBCConnecticut.com

Rocky Neck and Several State Parks Close After Reaching Full Capacity


Several state parks and beaches are closed to further visitors after reaching full capacity Sunday.

Rocky Neck State Park in East Lyme, Squantz Pond State Park in New Fairfield, Millers Pond State Park in Durham, Mount Tom State Park in Litchfield and Bigelow Hollow State Park in Union are all at full parking capacity and have closed.

Follow the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection's outdoor recreation Twitter account, @CTDEPoutdoorrec, for timely updates on park and beach closings, as well as the NBC Connecticut website and app.

Tennessee Gov. Calls for Security Review After Rampage


Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam said in an interview on NBC's "Meet the Press” that he would order a review of security and safety at all state military facilities — such as the storefront recruitment center in Chattanooga that was one of two military buildings targeted by a gunman last week, NBC News reported.

Haslam, a Republican in his second term, said he would need the help of the federal government to make some changes to how federal facilities were protected.

"We don't want to put our adjudicant generals in a difficult position of giving them an order that they can't carry out because it's on a federal facility. So we're doing a complete review to see what we can," the governor said.

In general, personnel at recruiting centers only carry weapons if they are in an official security role.

Mohammad Youssuf Abdulazeez, 24, sprayed a military recruiting center in Chattanooga with bullets on Thursday, then drove seven miles to a Navy and Marines reserve training center, where he shot the four Marines to death. Abdulazeez was killed after a shootout with police.

Photo Credit: AP

State Police Cancel Silver Alert for 91-Year-Old Monroe Woman


State police have canceled a Silver Alert for a 91-year-old Monroe woman.

Madeline Berry, 91, of Monroe, was reported missing from Monroe on Sunday. She had last been seen in the area of Hidden Knolls Drive, Cross Hill and Route 111, according to the Monroe Volunteer Fire Department.

Monroe police, fire and EMs personnel were searching for the woman, but she has since been found.

She was taken to the hospital as a precaution.

Photo Credit: State Police

British PM: Iran Deal 'Better Than the Alternative'


British Prime Minister David Cameron said Sunday on NBC's "Meet the Press" that the world "would face Iran with a nuclear weapon" had world powers not reached the historic nuclear deal, NBC News reported.

"I think it is so much better than the alternative. I think that if there wasn't a deal, I think we would face Iran with a nuclear weapon," Cameron said. "That would've given a terrible choice to the West of either enabling that — allowing that to happen — or a very difficult decision to take military action."

The United Kingdom was part of the group known as the P5+1 — the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council, plus Germany — that reached the landmark accord with Iran.

"We shouldn't be naïve or starry eyed in any way about the regime that we're dealing with. I'm certainly not," Cameron also cautioned.

Torrington Police Find Missing 7-Year-Old Girl


A 7-year-old Torrington girl is home safe after being reported missing Saturday afternoon.

Police say the child was reported missing around 3 p.m. from the area of Workman Avenue. It was initially thought the child ran away from home after visiting a neighbor

Torrington police and fire crews canvassed the surrounding neighborhoods. The Goshen dive team was called in as a precaution because the neighborhood was close to the Naugatuck river.

After several hours the girl was returned home safe by a family friend. Torrington police and the Department of Children and Families are investigating the incident.

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Two Occupied Norwalk Homes Struck in Separate Shootings


Gunshots struck two occupied homes in Norwalk during two separate shootings that happened early Sunday morning.

Multiple people called 911 to report hearing gunshots fired on Spring Hill Avenue in Norwalk at 3:07 a.m. on Sunday and then Glasser Street at 3:55 a.m.

Police first responded to Spring Hill Avenue and discovered that several rounds were fired. Bullets struck a multi-family home at 11 Spring Hill Avenue while the residents were home. Police said no one was injured.

Then after 911 callers reported gunfire on Glasser Street just under an hour later, police responded to that area. An occupied home located at 39 Glasser Street was hit by gunfire after multiple rounds of shots were fired, police said. No one was injured in the second shooting.

Detectives responded to both scenes and police established perimeters around the crime scenes, collected evidence and searched the neighborhoods, police said.

Norwalk detectives continue to investigate both incidents Sunday in the daylight.

No suspects have been identified at this time.

Police ask anyone with information to contact Norwalk's Detective Division at 203-854-3011, the Norwalk police tip line at 203-854-3111, the Norwalk police website at www.norwalkpd.com, or text an anonymous tip to CRIMES (274637) with NPD in the text field along with your message.

Photo Credit: NBCConnecticut.com

Groton Police Investigate Walmart Robbery


Groton police are looking for a robber who stole money from a Walmart on the Gold Star Highway in town.

Police responded to 150 Gold Star Highway at 12:24 p.m. on Sunday for a report of an armed robbery.

A man implied he had a gun and demanded money from the customer service desk in the Groton Walmart. The man never displayed a gun. No one was hurt in the incident.

He fled with an undisclosed amount of cash in a white newer two-door compact car parked in the Walmart parking lot and headed in the westbound direction on the Gold Star Highway, police said.

Police described the man as 5-foot-6 to 5-foot-9 tall and heavy-set. He had dark hair and side burns. That day, he was wearing a dark grey hat, a white button-down long-sleeve shirt that had thin, green stripes on it, a black T-shirt, dark pants and white shoes.

Groton police ask anyone with information on the robbery or robber to contact the department at 860-441-6712.

Photo Credit: Groton Police Department

Heat Keeps Some From Greater Hartford Jazz Festival


The heat and humidity kept some people from coming out to the last day of the 24th Annual Greater Hartford Festival of Jazz.

The three-day event took place at Bushnell Park.

Organizers expected about 40,000 people to listen to the music throughout the festival.

On Sunday, the temperature broke 90-degrees for the first time this summer and then there was also high humidity.

That weather combination kept some people away.

Those who did come out searched for shade under umbrellas and trees.

“I am roasting. Under this tree, it feels pretty cool. That’s why I found me a chair to sit down in. I’m relaxing,” says Chris Ross.

If the shade was not enough relief, people could head to a cooling tent.

Hartford firefighters say more than 100 people on Sunday afternoon had ducked into the tent to cool off.

Photo Credit: NBCConnecticut.com

Hartford Police Investigate Shooting Near Judson Street


Hartford police are investigating a shooting near the intersection of Martin and Judson Streets.

The incident occurred around 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Deputy Chief Brian Foley says a male victim was shot in the elbow. The 16-year-old victim was transported to St. Francis by a private vehicle. Police say the injuries appear non-life threatening.

Police say the same 16-year-old was shot in the chest last year, and arrested on gun charges last month. He is not being identified at this time.

The Hartford Shooting Task force is investigating. Anyone with information should contact Hartford police.

Photo Credit: NBCConnecticut.com

Decomposing Bodies Inside Home


The decomposing bodies of four people were found inside a home on the South Side of Chicago Saturday evening, but the cause of their deaths remains a mystery.

Police made the discovery at about 8:25 p.m. in a home in the 8300 block of South Drexel in the Chatham neighborhood.

Neighbors say a young mother and three children lived at the residence, but police have not released any information about the identities or ages of the victims.

Leon Ervin, the grandfather of the three children, identified them as 11-year-old Andrew Simms, 9-year-old Cameron Jackson and 5-year-old Kentrell. The mother was identified as 27-year-old Latoya Jackson. The children attended Caldwell Elementary School, according to their grandfather.

"I wake up this morning before I go to church, and I got here and heard the news. Shock, unbelievable," Ervin said.

Early Sunday morning, investigators entered the home in full Hazmat gear. Tom Ahern, with ATF, also said certified fire investigators were on the scene in the hopes of determining the cause and origin of a small fire that broke out in the house.

Donald Martin, a neighbor who lives on the same block, told NBC Chicago he called police Saturday because there was a terrible smell coming from the home.

"As the weather got hotter, the smell got stronger, the odor," Martin said.

He also said he noticed the three boys had not been playing in the yard all week, which was unusual.

Another neighbor said he noticed a potent smell on the block for the last four or five days. It is unknown how long the victims have been dead.

"I've known Latoya ever since she was a little girl," one neighbor told NBC Chicago. "She's a very caring mother, she loves her kids dearly, and it hurts my heart to hear that something tragic like this had to happen to her."

Area South detectives are conducting a death investigation to determine the circumstances surrounding the incident.

Photo Credit: Jackson family

Trump: 'I Don't Need to Be Lectured'


On Sunday evening Donald Trump wrote an op-ed for USA Today where he touts his record on veterans' issues and claims Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain has "made America less safe."

The piece comes amid a firestorm of public shaming as Republicans and Democrats alike criticize Trump for slamming McCain's military service during the Vietnam War while speaking at a campaign event Saturday.

"He's not a war hero," Trump said of McCain at the Iowa Family Leadership Summit. "He's a war hero because he was captured. I like people who weren't captured."

In his op-ed, Trump writes that he "always made supporting veterans a top priority" and if he were to be elected as president he "will build the finest and most modern veterans hospitals in the world. The current medical assistance to our veterans is a disaster."

The business mogel takes a heavy handed swipe at nearly the entire sprawling GOP 2016 field, saying: "A number of my competitors for the Republican nomination have no business running for president. I do not need to be lectured by any of them. Many are failed politicians or people who would be unable to succeed in the private sector. Some, however, I have great respect for."

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