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Sheriff's Deputy Shot Dead on Domestic-Violence Call


A sheriff's deputy was shot and killed while responding to a domestic-violence call in Nevada, officials said Saturday, according to NBC News

The Carson City Sheriff's Department said officers dispatched to a home at around 2:18 a.m. on Saturday found a female with "physical injury."

"Within minutes, the male suspect came out of the house and opened fire on the officers, killing one," it said in a statement. Police said that after additional units arrived on the scene, three children and an adult were evacuated from the home.

The suspect also died at the scene; it was not immediately clear how.

The slain deputy's name has not been released.

Trump: It Would Be A 'Miracle' If Hillary Continues Run


Donald Trump said in an interview on "Meet the Press" it would be a "miracle" if Hillary Clinton is able to continue her run for president in the wake of the controversy surrounding her use of a private email server to conduct official business as Secretary of State — but if she does, he'll beat her.

"I think [Clinton] may not be able to run, to be honest, because this whole email thing is a horrible thing," he said in the interview.

Trump likened her situation to that of General David Petraeus, who resigned as director of the CIA after his affair with his biographer was uncovered, and later accused to have shared classified materials with her. The controversy surrounding Clinton's email use intensified this month as reports revealed the FBI was investigating the security of her private server.

"General Petraeus, his life has been destroyed. And he did 5% of what she did," Trump said. "So assuming she's able to run — which would be absolutely, to me, a miracle at this point — I will beat her."

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Driver Hospitalized After Crashing Into Pole


A driver was injured after crashing into a utility pole in Wilton early Sunday morning, causing wires to fall on his car.

John A. Light, 63, of Cranbury, New Jersey, was headed in the eastbound direction on Route 53 (Cedar Road) in Wilton when he lost control on a curvy part of the road, police said. He hit a curb as he veered off the paved road and collided with a utility pole. His car flipped and landed upside down on the roadway, just under 98 feet from the utility pole.

The road was closed as a result.

Weston firefighters responded and were still on scene as of 6:35 a.m. EMS personnel transported Light to Norwalk Hospital. The crash remains under investigation.

Officials: Trespasser Struck, Killed by Train


A person was struck and killed by a train in Mansfield, Massachusetts, on Thursday.

Transit Police say a male was trespassing on Track 2 when he was struck by an eastbound Amtrak train in the vicinity of Norfolk St.

The victim, later identified as 36-year-old Matthew Cochran of East Providence, was pronounced dead as a result of injuries sustained.

Transit Police detectives and representatives of the Bristol County District Attorney's Office are currently investigating.

Foul play is not suspected.

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Tax Free Week Starts in Connecticut


Parents took advantage of the first day of Connecticut’s tax-free holiday, which kept the cash registers busy at the New Britain Target.

“Well, when you have kids, any money that you can save is very helpful, so we really take advantage of it,” Cara Paiuk, of West Hartford, said.

From shirts and shoes, to uniforms, most apparel under $100 is tax free through Saturday, Aug. 22.

“I have three children so when I’m shopping things add up. Without the taxes it makes a difference,” Erica Anderson, of Hartford, said.

Tangie Boyd filled up her cart with clothes for her 3-year-old daughter. She said this is the time to buy.

“You see the carriage pretty much full. On a regular day it wouldn’t be this packed,” Boyd said.

Your total at check-out can be over $100, but only items $99 or less will be tax-free. That’s a change from previous years, when tax-exempt items could cost up to $300 each.

“That’s too bad, but people are going to buy what they need to buy anyway,” Jessica Poon, of New Britain, pointed out.

Specialty clothing, athletic gear and accessories like belts and purses are not exempt from taxes. Shoppers say it’s still a pretty good bargain.

Connecticut is one of 18 states with a tax-free holiday.

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Rocky Neck and Other State Parks Reach Full Capacity


Several state beaches and parks are closed because their parking lots have reached full capacity in the hot weather on Sunday.

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

You can follow updates on state park and beach closures on the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection's Twitter feed.

Plane Carrying 54 People Loses Contact Over Papua


An Indonesian aircraft with 54 people on board that went missing on Sunday over the remote region of Papua crashed into a mountain, according to officials.

Indonesia's National Search and Rescue Agency, BASARNAS (the state search and rescue agency), told NBC News that the search efforts for the missing Trigana Air Service flight had seen "zero outcome" and were temporarily suspended for the night due to darkness.

It said the aircraft was carrying 44 adults, five children and five crew when it went missing. All those on board are believed to be Indonesian.

A transport ministry official said residents in Oksibil had reported a crash, but BASARNAS warned on Twitter that their teams had not reached the area of the alleged site and could not confirm that the plane had been located.

The flight took off from Sentani Airport in Papua's provincial capital of Jayapura after 2 p.m. local time en route to the city of Oksibil.

Trigana is a small regional carrier based in Jakarta.

An Indonesian airliner carrying 54 people that went missing Sunday crashed into a mountain, officials said.

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Police ID 2 Women Killed in Old Lyme Crash


State police have identified the two women killed in a fatal crash on the northbound side of Interstate 95 in Old Lyme that shut down the highway for several hours.

Hilda Thomas, 61, of Abingdon, Maryland, and Stacy Lockhard, 39, both passengers in one of the cars were killed in the crash involving two tractor-trailers and six other vehicles at 5:38 a.m. on Saturday.

I-95 north reopened later on Saturday after being shut down for hours due to the fatal crash just a half mile past the exit 70 off-ramp near the Baldwin Bridge.

LifeStar was called to the scene along with paramedics from several neighboring communities.

One first responder described the scene as "cars on top of cars."

Traffic was crawling over the Baldwin Bridge Saturday morning, taking cars more than half an hour to cross in the northbound lanes.

An hour before the fatal crash on the northbound side, there was also a crash on I-95 southbound around 4:34 a.m. That side of the highway was also closed at the same time but has since reopened. A Cottrell Tuck Lines, Inc. truck was traveling southbound on I-95 just a mile north of exit 70 in Old Lyme when it veered into the right shoulder and crashed into the guardrail and concrete bridge support, state police said.

The tractor-trailer caught fire. Debris from the truck was scattered all over the road, shutting down that side of the highway. The driver, Arturo Paez, 62, of Stratford, was transported to Yale Hospital by LifeStar to be treated for serious injuries.

DEEP was called for a diesel spill near Four Mile River Road. The Department of Transportation and DCP also responded to help with the cleanup.

Mal's Auto & Truck Repair was towed from the scene.

State police are still investigating both crashes.

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Girl, 4, Killed in Crash


A 4-year-old girl was killed when an SUV carrying eight people crashed on Interstate 91 northbound in New Haven on Saturday night.

Ross Randon Stanley, 26, of New Haven, was driving a 2002 Mercury Mountaineer SUV in the northbound direction in the right center lane of four on I-91 when he vered right and hit the concrete barrier along the right side of the highway, state police said. The collision caused the car to spin out across the highway, coming to rest facing east in the left and left center lanes, according to state police.

Two of the three children in the car were thrown from the SUV. Kamorah Stanley, 4, of West Haven, died in the crash that happened close to 9:10 p.m. Saturday.

Stanley and his six other passengers sustained minor injuries.

Ambulances the driver and passengers to Yale-New Haven Hospital and The Hospital of Saint Raphael. Kamorah Stanley was pronounced dead at Yale-New Haven Hospital.

State police have informed the family members about the crash.

It's unknown at this time where exactly all of the passengers were sitting in the car at the time of the crash.

The fatal accident remains under investigation.

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Fallen Cable Wires Cleared in East Haven


Cable wires that fell down on a road in East Haven Sunday have been cleared to the side.

The incident happened near 38 2nd Ave in East Haven.

The road has since been cleared and the cables were moved to the side of the road.



LifeStar airlifted a motorcyclist to Providence Hospital in Rhode Island after a crash on Interstate 95 south in Stonington.

The highway was closed, but reopened just before 6 p.m.

The motorcyclist may have struck a tractor-trailer, state police said. LifeStar transported the motorcyclist to Providence Hospital to be treated for serious injuries.

The crash happened at about 1:58 p.m.

State police are investigating a crash.

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2 Shot After Rap Concert


Two people were shot after a rap concert at the Palace Theatre in Waterbury on Sunday.

A 23-year-old woman suffered a gunshot wound to the leg and a 27-year-old man was shot in the arm and wounded, police said.

The shooting happened in the area near the Phoenix avenue and East Main Street intersection. The Palace Theatre is located on East Main Street.

Police don't think the victims were the intended targets of the shooter.

The investigation is active and detectives are looking into leads.

Police ask anyone with information to call the Waterbury station at 203-574-6941 or the Crime Stoppers at 203-755-1234.

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Baby With Cancer, Recipient of 'Love 4 Luke' Lullabies, Dies


A 17-month old boy with cancer who strangers have been sending lullabies to has died.

Luke Dunn passed away on Aug. 12 after fighting rhabdoid cancer for four months, according to his obituary on legacy.com.

After struggling with infertility, Luke Dunn's parents said the day their only son was born was the best day of their lives.

"He had a magnificent smile, an infectious laugh and incredible huge blue eyes that belied a wisdom far beyond his 17 months," his family said in his obituary. "He had the very best personality, unbelievably charming, funny and he made everyone who ever met him fall head over heels in love."

Less than 14 months after he was born, doctors found a malignant tumor, a rare form of cancer, on Luke's liver. It had him in and out of the hospital.

"He was our miracle, he's a miracle that we had him to begin with and he's still going to continue to be our miracle,” MaryJo previously said of the couple’s only child.

Little Luke went through five surgeries in just two months. His aunt started the Love 4 Luke Dunn Facebook page, inviting strangers to post lullabies for him to help cheer him up. The Facebook pages full of lullabies has gone viral. Strangers from as far away as Texas sent him sweet songs for the small patient.

"He fought such a brave battle with so much love and support from the legions of followers on his Love 4 Luke Facebook page," his family said in his obituary. "We are certain that there has never been a baby that was more wanted or loved. He embodied the very best of Shane and MaryJo - such a joyful spirit with an endless capacity for love."

His parents would show him the songs and he would clap along. One of his favorites was "All the Single Ladies" by Beyonce. His mother watched each video too, previously saying the songs also helped her get through difficult days.

The family is asking to make donations in lieu of flowers to the Love 4 Luke YouCaring fund at www.youcaring.com. They plan on raising money to help families facing a similar battle and to honor Connecticut Children's Medical Center, where Luke was cared for, in some way, possibly with a Luke memorial garden, according to Luke's obituary.

Calling hours were on Sunday at Mulryan Funeral home and he will be laid to rest on Monday at a private burial.

Photo Credit: Love 4 Luke Facebook Page

How Much Fried Food $50 Can Get You at the Iowa State Fair


The Iowa State Fair, since its humble beginning in 1854, has come to be known for proud traditions like the being on the National Register of Historic Places, the political soapbox, hosting the who's who of presidential candidates meeting would-be caucus goers — and, of course, deep fried, unhealthy food on a stick.

And it's not just some foods — it's not even just foods that are stick-worthy, like apples — it's everything: Snickers, Cupcakes, Twinkies, double bacon wrapped corn dogs, butter, Kool-Aid, cherry pie, apple pie, cheese.

All deep fried. 

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Oscar Pistorius Will Likely Leave Prison This Week


After serving 10 months for fatally shooting his girlfriend, Oscar Pistorius could be released on Friday, officials said. 

Some say Pistorius has had special treatment while serving most of his sentence in the jail's hospital away from the general population, NBC News Kelly Cobiella reported on "Today."

Last October, the blade runner was sentenced to five years in jail for killing his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, in their home.

"In South Africa, this case was like our O.J. Simpson trial," NBC News' legal analyst, Karen Desoto said. 

Pistorius gained popularity in South Africa when he became the first amputee to compete in the 2012 Summer Olympics. A few months after the games, on Valentine's Day 2013, Pistorius shot Steenkamp through their bathroom door. During the trial, he testified that he thought Steenkamp was an intruder. 

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Police Respond to Rollover Crash in Farmington


Police responded to a one-car rollover crash on Route 6 in Farmington Sunday night, just west of Pinnacle Road.

Injuries were non-life-threatening and the crash appears to be minor.

It's unknown how many people were in the car.

The crash was reported at about 6:30 p.m.

Brush Fire Breaks Out in Granby


A brush fire broke out in Granby Sunday night.

It happened in the area of Salmon Brook Street in Granby.

It was extinguished as of 8:28 p.m.

No further information was immediately available.

Family Sets Out to Finish Stabbing Victim's Ride


Farmington native Kevin Adorno's bike ride to Florida to propose to his girlfriend was cut short when a homeless man stabbed him to death outside a McDonald's in Vero Beach. Now his family and friends are setting out to finish the last stretch of his Maine to Miami ride in his memory.

Back in September, Kevin's girlfriend was going to fly out to Ft. Lauderdale to meet up with him, where he had rented a tandem bike to finish the last leg of the journey. Kevin had another surprise journey planned for her. He was going to have the boardwalk decorated and propose to her.

But the trip ended in tragedy before Adorno was able to propose. Police say a homeless man stabbed the 28-year-old outside a Vero Beach, Florida McDonalds when he went outside to make a phone call after stopping for food.

Police later charged 59-year-old Rene Herrera Cruz with first-degree murder.

Kevin was killed 145 miles from his final destination in Florida.

After a heartwrenching tragedy, Kevin's family is making a positive tribute to him by finishing his ride.

About 30 of his family members and friends left Connecticut on Sunday. They are expected to be joined by dozens of other cyclists in Florida.

The group ride will begin in Vero Beach on Tuesday and is expected to end in Miami on Friday. They'll be starting in the town where he spent his final moments.

“It’s going to be inspiring. It’s going to be hard because we know why we’re doing it because he couldn’t,” says Tanya Adorno, Kevin’s sister.

“I’m sitting in the garage with a couple of friends and it just came to mind, I’m going to go down there and finish his ride and literally right there in that second when I said that, I’ll do that with you. That’s a great idea. Let’s do that,” Robert Adorno, Kevin’s brother, said.

The community through fundraisers helped make the trip possible.

The family hopes the ride helps with the healing process.

“Very soon we’re going to be getting in the vans and sort of become overwhelmed with what we’re actually going to do,” Tanya Adorno said Saturday.

The family started the Kevin Adorno Memorial Fund which eventually they hope will include scholarships and a youth biking program.

Adorno went to Noah Wallace School and Irving A. Robbins Middle School in Farmington and graduated from Farmington High School in 2004, according to Bicycle Friendly Farmington. He majored in graphic design at Central Connecticut State University and took classes before that at Tunxis Community College, going on to own two businesses, Bevy Productions and Media and My Pencil Portraits, according to the event notice on the organization's website. He also played soccer, football and lacrosse in Farmington. His experiences stretched further than his hometown, as he loved to travel, from backpacking through Europe to driving on a trip touring the country.

Kevin rode on his first big bike trip with his sister from Maine to Maryland in summer of 2013.

“There’s lots of low moments that we have just missing him, and so something like this, to be able to come out, and channel all of our energy into something so beautiful," Tanya Adorno previously said. "It’s the best thing we can do.”

Father Who Lost Daughter Sues People Involved in Party


A father who lost his daughter is fighting back.

Jane Modlesky was killed in a car crash in 2013.

Now her father is suing some of the other kids involved in a party she had been at and he’s also trying to hold their parents accountable.

Two years later, the loss of 17-year-old Jane Modlesky is still difficult for her father Bernard Modlesky.

“He’s been devastated by this and basically tormented,” says Kevin Ferry, attorney for Bernard Modlesky.

In 2013, police say Jane Modlesky was killed after crashing her SUV on Woodhaven Road in Glastonbury.

Now a recently filed lawsuit is placing blame for her death partly on what happened at party Modlesky had been at earlier.

It claims the then teenage host of the party supplied alcohol to her friends, including Modlesky, and did not stop them from leaving in a car.

The host is now being sued, as are her parents, Paul and Lisa Finklestein, even though police say the parents were not home at the time.

“The law has placed a responsibility on the parents as social hosts who knew or should have known or created an atmosphere of underage drinking to be responsible for that dangerous activity that is going on in their home,” says Ferry. “This home became common place for underage kids to feel safe to drink and unfortunately it spun out of control.”

The Finklestein parents have never been criminally charged.

Now, Jane Modlesky’s father hopes all parents learn a lesson from this deadly mix of teenagers and alcohol.

“He’s really interested in putting a spotlight on underage drinking that’s going on under the noses of parents in Glastonbury, but not just in Glastonbury, in the state and across the country,” says Ferry.

Also named in the lawsuit are two other teenagers who had been at the party and their parents.

The Finklestein’s declined comment and their attorney’s have not yet returned our messages.

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Injured Parachutist Dies


One of two parachutists injured in a mid-air collision during the Chicago Air and Water Show Saturday has died.

The Cook County Medical Examiner confirmed that 32-year-old Sgt. First Class Corey Hood, of Cincinnati, died Sunday.

Sgt. Hood, who joined the Army more than 10 years ago, is married but has no kids, according to Donna Dixon, a spokesperson for the Golden Knights. He was awarded several honors, including two Bronze Stars and two Meritorious Service Medals, according to the U.S. Army.

Sgt. Hood and a member of the Navy Leap Frogs collided mid-air while performing a "bomb burst" movement in which they circle each other as red smoke swirls around them, Dixon said. Hood landed near 1400 North Lake Shore Drive near the main viewing area for the show, and the other parachutist landed on the beach.

The Leap Frog parachutist, who has not been identified, broke his leg in the accident, and he was released from the hospital Saturday.

Video footage shows Hood clipping a building as he fell. A witness who watched the accident from the roof of a 20-story condo building told NBC Chicago it appeared the parachutist was unconscious when he struck the building.

Hood underwent surgery Saturday for his injuries. The operation aimed to relieve pressure in his brain caused by a head injury, according to the Chicago Tribune.

The Golden Knights canceled their Sunday performances following the incident. The team initiated a safety stand down in lieu of performing, Dixon said.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel said in a statement Sunday that he is "deeply saddened" by Hood's passing. 

"Sergeant Hood is an American hero, having dedicated nearly half his life in service to our nation, and having bravely served five tours of duty in both Iraq and Afghanistan," Emanuel said. "He defended our freedom, he amazed so many as a member of the Golden Knights, and he will be missed."

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