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1 Dead as Winds Whip Across Washington State

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A powerful storm that swept across Washington state on Sunday left tens of thousands without power and another person dead, NBC News reported.

A large tree fell on a vehicle in a Seattle park, crushing it and killing a man inside, according to officials.

Wind gusts in the western part of the state hit 20 to 60 mph, according to NBC station KING.

Rain was also being reported across much of the Pacific Northwest on Sunday, with flood warnings and watches in effect from southern Oregon to San Francisco.  



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Mitt Romney to Campaign With John Kasich in Ohio

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Mitt Romney will campaign with John Kasich Monday in Ohio, NBC News has learned from a source familiar with the plans.

Romney is not expected to endorse the Ohio governor, the source said, but it will be the first time Romney has campaigned for a Republican candidate this cycle.

It's a significant move for the former Republican nominee, who previously recorded campaign telephone "robocalls" for Kasich as well as Marco Rubio.

Earlier this month, Romney criticized frontrunner Donald Trump as a "fraud" and warned of the dangers to the party if the front-runner were to become the nominee.
 



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AAA Warns of Drowsy Driving Dangers During Daylight Saving Switch

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There’s a new warning about being drowsy behind the wheel.

It’s a serious concern all the time, but especially the week following the time change. Many people dread the Monday morning commute and return to work. But it could be even tougher with Daylight Saving Time and having lost an hour.

“I feel a little bit more drowsier than I normally have,” says Ruth Holly of Warren, Massachusetts.

“I’m pretty dazed myself. I got, usually I get five hours of sleep. That’s pretty important. Cutting an hour out is a lot,” says Seth Pond of Norwalk.

Now we’re learning how losing just an hour of sleep could have a big effect.

AAA says studies have found an increase in deadly car crashes the week following clocks springing forward and the sun rising later.

“People think ‘Oh, it’s just an hour sleep difference’ but this weekend for example you’re losing an hour of sleep, there’s the St. Patty Day celebration and then Monday morning people are going to get up and they’re going to be driving to work or school in the dark,” says Amy Parmenter, a AAA spokesperson.

Drowsy driving is a serious concern. It’s blamed for about 21-percent of deadly crashes.

Nearly a third of people admit to driving while being so extremely tired that we had trouble keeping our eyes open. To keep alert behind the wheel, AAA suggests drivers get more sleep now to make up for loss this weekend.

Another concern for drivers: now that’s it’s getting warmer and staying lighter later you’ll want to be careful and watch for more bikers, runners, or walkers on the roads.
 



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Clinton Attacks Trump, Toughens Stance on Trade

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Hillary Clinton teed off on Donald Trump and hardened her stance on free trade agreements Sunday night, zeroing in on two issues that have dominated the contest ahead of Ohio's Democratic presidential primary contest Tuesday.

"Donald Trump is running a cynical campaign of hate and fear for one reason, to get votes," Clinton said at a dinner event hosted by the Ohio Democratic Party. "Donald Trump is not who we are."

After a weekend marked by violence at Trump rallies across the Midwest, Clinton said the blame lays squarely with the candidate himself. "Trump encourages his supporters to beat up anybody who disagrees with him," she said.

And Clinton used her attacks on Trump to make an implicit contrast with Bernie Sanders, whose supporters have helped organize anti-Trump protests, including the one that shut down a rally in Chicago Friday night.



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Officer Shot, Fatally Wounded

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A Prince George's County police officer was killed in what police are calling an "unprovoked attack" outside police headquarters in the Palmer Park area of Landover, Maryland.

Police have identified the fallen officer as 28-year-old Jacai Colson, a four-year veteran of the Prince George's County Police Department. Colson was a narcotics officer and would have celebrated his 29th birthday this week.

"It is my sad duty to come to the community this evening and to tell you that one of your defenders, Jacai Colson...lost his life in defense of this county today," Prince George's County Police Chief Hank Stawinski said in a news conference Sunday night.

Stawinski said Colson was killed in an "unprovoked attack" on the District III police station at about 4:30 p.m. when one man started firing a gun at officers.

"It wasn't about anything. This man launched an attack on a police station and engaged several Prince George's County police officers in a gun fight, to which they responded - heroically."

News4's Mark Segraves reports the suspect was arrested at a Popeyes fast food restaurant nearby.

A second suspect was arrested a short time later. One suspect was wounded and taken to the hospital. Police could not confirm if the suspect was shot by an officer and said the he is stable and is expected to survive.

Police do not believe there are any more suspects.

Colson was transported to Prince George's Hospital Center in the back of a police cruiser and later pronounced dead.

"This is truly a dark day in Prince George's County. An unwarranted, unprovoked attack on our officers at a police station," said John Teletchea, Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 89 president. "We would ask for the community's prayers at this time...and we would ask for God to bless Prince George's County so we never see a day like this again."

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan has ordered the flags to fly at half-staff in honor of Colson. He released the following statement:

"I am shocked and saddened by the news this evening of the death of Prince George's County police officer Jacai Colson in the line of duty. Our administration is committed to assisting Prince George's County officials during this time, and the Maryland State Police are working closely with local law enforcement to provide support as needed. The First Lady and I send our sincere prayers to the family and loved ones of Officer Colson, who made the ultimate sacrifice in service to his fellow citizens and community. It is my hope that his proud legacy of commitment and passion for law enforcement and serving others will provide some comfort in the difficult days that lie ahead."

County officials expressed similar sentiments at the police news conference the night of the shooting.

"The thing that we have to do as a county, as a government and as a society, is to do our best to make sure this never happens again," Prince George's County Executive Rushern Baker said.

The county state's attorney, Angela Alsobrooks, called the shooting an act of "evil" and "cowardice."

"This is a crime against this entire community and we will treat it as such," Alsobrooks said. "His life was precious."

The District III police station is next to Prince George's County police headquarters on Barlowe Road, police said. 

Several roads were closed in the area to allow for police response and investigation.

Police had called this an "active shooter" situation earlier in the evening and had encouraged residents to shelter in place and avoid the area. That shelter in place order has been lifted.

Colson was from Upper Chichester, Penn., near Philladelphia, NBC10 reports.

Two weeks ago in Prince William County in Virginia, 28-year-old Officer Ashley Guindon was shot and killed on her first day on the job. Two other officers were also shot. They were responding to a domestic dispute at a home in Woodbridge, Va.

Stay with News4 and NBC Washington for more on this developing story.


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Los Angeles Police Car Chase Ends

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The high-speed pursuit of a stolen police cruiser came to a dramatic end in a Southern California alley Sunday after officers rammed the patrol unit and then opened fire, authorities confirmed.

The driver was killed in the shooting, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department confirmed.

Authorities began pursuing the stolen police cruiser in the West Covina area Sunday at 9:45 p.m. The driver hit speeds in excess of 100 mph, as well as drove on the wrong side of the road, weaving on and off freeways. 

The pursuit came to a dramatic end at Jackson and Colorado Streets in Glendale as the driver pulled into an alley. Officers rammed the car in an attempt to get the driver wedged up against a trash bin.

The driver hit reverse and sped backward through they alley before officers wedged the cruiser with their patrol units. The driver hit the gas, and the tires began smoking as they burned rubber. 

Officers approached the cruiser with guns drawn at 10:45 p.m., an hour after the chase started, and opened fire. It was not immediately clear whether the driver was armed.

No officers were hurt in the shooting, the LA County Sheriff's Department said.

Police did not reveal how the cruiser was stolen.



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4 Charged in Chicago Trump Rally

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Four people are facing charges after pandemonium erupted at a canceled Donald Trump rally at the University of Illinois-Chicago Pavilion on Friday night. 

Chicago residents Sergio Giraldo, 23, Sohaan Goss, 21, and Timothy Bradford, 32, along with Kathleen Griffin, 45, of Barbeau, Michigan, are facing charges in connection with the violence surrounding the rally and accompanying protests. 

The Republican presidential front-runner was scheduled to speak at the arena at 6 p.m., with doors opening at 3 p.m. When the rally's postponement was announced, the crowd burst into shouts and cheers, and scuffles broke out. People could be seen yelling at each other and making vulgar gestures; multiple punches were thrown. A man who took the podium was escorted away.

Two police officers were wounded in the scuffle, one of whom was struck in the head by a bottle. Both suffered non life-threatening injuries. A video posted on social media shows an officer with an apparent head wound at Van Buren and Racine. Both officers were treated at area hospitals and released. 

Giraldo is charged with two felony counts of aggravated battery against a peace officer, one felony count of resisting and obstructing a peace officer. He is also facing two misdemeanor charges of resisting arrest and obstructing a police officer, according to a release from Chicago Police. 

Goss has been charged with one felony count of aggravated battery of a peace officer and five misdemeanor charges of resisting and obstructing a peace officer. 

Bradford is charged with two misdemeanor counts of resisting and obstructing a peace officer, while Griffin faces on charge of resisting and obstructing a peace officer. 

Officials said Friday they also issued one administrative notice of violation to 27-year-old Sopan Deb, a reporter from New York City. Police said he was temporarily detained, transported to the police station, and then released with the ticket. 

Information on attorneys for Giraldo, Goss, Bradford. Griffin and Deb was not immediately available.

Officials from the Chicago Police Department originally said Friday that five people total were arrested amid the chaos that erupted following the announcement that Donald Trump would be postponing his appearance

Interim Chicago Police Superintendent John Escalante said at a press conference Friday evening that two arrests were made by his department, two were made by the UIC police, and one was made by state police. 

As of Saturday morning, however, the Chicago Police Department made four arrests, the State Police said it did not make any arrests, and the UIC police could not be reached for comment. 

"It is unfortunate that parties on both sides allowed their political views to become confrontational, and that's unfortunately resulted in that scuffling and the arrests that were made," Escalante said. "We were confident that we had the right security for the event and the protesters as well."

Mayor Rahm Emanuel released a statement late Friday, praising the CPD for its "hard work tonight in unexpected circumstances, and their continued commitment to protecting people’s first amendment rights."



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2 Breitbart Reporters Resign Over Trump Incident

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A reporter with a conservative publication resigned over its response to her alleged assault by Donald Trump's campaign manager during a rally, NBC News reported. 

Michelle Fields was covering a rally for Breitbart when she said Trump's campaign manager Corey Lewandowski grabbed her arm so hard she bruised as she attempted to question the candidate. She wrote an account of the incident, as did a Washington Post reporter who said he witnessed it. Politico also published an audio transcript that purportedly captures the interaction and moments immediately afterward.

Fields' colleague Ben Shapiro also resigned from Breitbart, saying the site should be "ashamed" of "their treatment" of Fields, whose allegations of assault came amid escalating violence in and around Trump campaign events.

Breitbart published images questioning whether the Washington Post's Ben Terris misidentified Lewandowski as the person who may have physically assaulted Fields. Breitbart later published a piece purporting to show text messages from Lewandowski which it said "prove" he didn't assault Fields.



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Burglars Strike at Berlin Diner

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Police are investigating a burglary at a Berlin diner on Monday morning.

Someone burglarized Uncle D’s Diner on Mill Street, broke some windows and took a cash register.

No employees or customers were in the diner when the burglary happened, officials said.
 



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Pi Day 2016: 3.14 Things to Know About Pi

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Monday is Pi Day, a national celebration of the mathematical concept, which is the ratio of a circle's circumference to its diameter and equals 3.14... Last year, 3-14-15, was the only day this century that matched pi, commonly approximated as 3.14159. 

As is the case every year, schools and museums across the country have planned events to celebrate the concept, which has fascinated humans for centuries. Look for pi-related deals and freebies, too. 

If you want to earn 3.14 years of free pizza from Pizza Hut, all you have to do is answer three math problems. Easy? Not so much. The questions have been devised by famed Princeton mathematics professor John H. Conway and range in difficulty from high school to PhD level. Pizza Hut said it will award three winners, one for each question.

Whole Foods is also celebrating Pi Day by offering a discount on its pies and pizzas. You can get $3.14 off sweet pies, and $2 off their take and bake pizzas.

In the spirit of the holiday, here are 3.14 things you may not know about pi:

1. No one is certain who discovered pi as we know it today

But we do have some ideas. It seems that the Egyptians used pi in the construction of the Great Pyramid because when the perimeter is divided by its height, one gets a close approximation to 2π. It’s the same result if one divides the circumference of a circle by its radius.

But the most significant pi research might have come from the astronomer, Archimedes, around 250 B.C.

His mathematical calculation showed that pi was "between three and one seventh and three and 10 seventy firsts,” Steven Strogatz, an applied mathematics professor at Cornell University, told NBC in a 2015 interview. “He approached that putting a six sided figure into a circle, then made it 12 sided, and went all the way up to a 96-sided polygon.”

He proved that pi was found somewhere between these two numbers, which applied to all circles.

2. You can find your identity in pi

One myth is that since pi is a continuation of numbers, people’s identities can be found in the pattern: like social security numbers or birthdays.

This theory became popular when this meme appeared on George Takei’s Facebook:

But Professor Strogatz stressed that the meme is misleading.  Even if it is true (which is not yet known), the digits in pi would tell us nothing about a person's life or identity, because along with correct social security numbers and birthdays, there will also be wrong social security numbers and birthdays.

3. Proving pi with matches

You can prove pi exists with matches, toothpicks, a pen, or anything else that is the same length, explained Johnny Ball, the author of “Why Pi? (Big Questions).”

“There’s a wonderful way to find pi for yourself. You find a floor with parallel lines; you find matches, pins, pens, exactly the same length. If you drop a hundred of them at random on the floor, the points touching a line will equal pi,” Ball said.

The matches' length must be equal to the distance of the two parallel lines. After the matches are dropped, you multiply the number of matches thrown down by two and divide it by the total number of matches that touched a line, which will equal pi.

This problem was discovered in the 18th century by French mathematician Georges-Louis Leclerc, Comte de Buffon.

Check out this video on Dr. Tony Padilla's YouTube channel Numberphile where he demonstrates Buffon's Needle Problem:

3.14...Legislating against pi

In 1897, Indiana state legislators tried passing a Pi Bill that legally defined pi as 3.2. Edward J. Goodwin, a physician, convinced a well-known mathematical monthly newspaper that he had solved what mathematicians had tried to do for generations: squaring the circle. Simply put, squaring the circle is the impossible task of finding the area of a circle by finding the area of a square around it. Goodwin claimed that pi was 3.2 instead of a continuous number. The bill never became a law thanks to Professor C. A. Waldo who convinced the Indiana Senate that Goodwin’s discovery was not possible.



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Police Seeking Suspect in Sex Assault of Minor

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Naugatuck police are searching for a man suspected of sexually assaulting a minor.

Police said they have a warrant for Matthew DelBuono, 18, who is wanted on charges, including sex assault in the third degree and illegal sexual contact with a minor.

He is 5-feet-8 and has brown eyes and dark short hair.

Anyone with information on where DelBuono is should call the Naugatuck Police Department at (203) 729-5221 or the Naugatuck Police Department confidential tip line at 203-720-1010.
 



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Police Investigate Crash on Dixwell Avenue in Hamden

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Police are investigating a two-car crash in front of Bruegger's Bagels on Dixwell Avenue in Hamden.

The driver of a black sedan involved in the crash was pulled from the vehicle because of damage to the driver's side door and take to a hospital. Police said the injuries are not life-threatening. 

Police said the crash is in front of 2425 Dixwell Ave. and only one lane is open. Expect traffic delays in the area.

Tha cause of the crash is under investigating and charges are pending.



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Sen. Elizabeth Warren: Chicago Rally Violence 'Is on Trump'

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Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren says it's still "way, way, way premature" to consider a vice presidential bid and she doesn't "have a timeline" on when she'll make a presidential endorsement.

Known as one of the boldest voices in the U.S. Senate, Warren has been uncharacteristically silent when it comes to the 2016 race for the White House. The senator, however, is showing signs she may soon be playing a greater role in the election. 

Necn's Alison King sat down with the Bay State's senior senator at a restaurant in Roxbury, where she opened up about the race, and blasted frontrunner Donald Trump, but only after voicing her outrage at Senate Republicans for refusing to consider any of President Obama's Supreme Court nominees.

"That is extremism. And it is the kind of extremism that has nursed and nurtured Donald Trump and Ted Cruz," Warren said of the GOP contenders.

She said the melee that erupted Friday at a canceled Trump rally in Chicago — leading to four arrests — "is on Trump" and that the Republican front runner "has been fostering and fomenting" such behavior for months.

"It finally reached the next level. I think people are worried about what it means. We're in a new space and we're trying to figure out, how do we describe this?" she explained.

Warren later added, "I am not happy to see Donald Trump even threatening to get anywhere near the presidency. Don't take me there. That is a form of extremism. He advocates a form of ugliness that I don't want any part of."

She blasted 2012 presidential candidate Mitt Romney, who denounced Trump last week and announced plans to campaign with GOP contender John Kasich in Ohio.

"Where was Mitt Romney for the last eight years?" she said. "I'm sorry, where was Mitt Romney since he ran for president?"

The senator also said Democrats should take charge and unite against Trump.

"You know, I think we need to get up and we need to stand strong. We need to speak from the heart and speak loudly," she said, adding that she does plan to endorse a candidate but doesn't "have a timeline on it."

When asked what it would mean to elect Democratic front runner Hillary Clinton, described by King as being "extremely divisive," Warren said it's important to focus on politics rather than people.

"You know, my view on this is we've got to make this fundamentally about the issues. It's not about our differences. It's not about who's liked and who isn't. It's about the things that we need our government to do," she explained.

She echoed that sentiment when asked in reference to Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders whether the electorate is "ready to possibly vote for a Jewish candidate," saying, "I think we are ready for having somebody who is going to fight on our side."

Warren said she loves her job in the Senate, adding that it's "way, way, way premature" to wonder whether she would consider running as vice president. But with her comments she did not categorically rule it out.



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Violence at Trump Rallies: What Supporters Think

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As Donald Trump's supporters begin to mobilize for Tuesday's voting, some are worried about the mounting confrontations between supporters and protestors at rallies while others say the candidate is "saying what all of us want to say."

"I am worried about it," Jordan Vashey, 25, who served two tours in Afghanistan with the Marines, said before heading into Trump's rally in Florida. "Something always seems to make the paper the next day and sometimes it's violence."

But Bill Scott, 45, who registered Republican to vote for Trump this week, said supporters "have had enough" of protesters from the Black Lives Matter movement and other left-wing causes. "We're going to react how we react regardless of what Trump says," he said. 

In the meantime, Trump is alternating between passing condemnations of violence paired with blatant celebrations of it. On Sunday, he said on NBC's "Meet The Press" that he was considering paying legal bills for the 78-year old supporter who was arrested for sucker-punching a black protester on camera.



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Victims Identified in Double Fatal Old Lyme Crash

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Two people are dead after a serious crash in Old Lyme on Saturday night.

91-year-old Norman Emerson of Old Lyme and 88-year-old Janice Brentlinger of East Lyme were travelling east on Mile Creek Road around 10 p.m., when they crashed into a railroad bridge abutment head on.

Both were pronounced dead at the scene. 

Anyone with information about this crash is asked to called police at (860) 399-2100.

This is a developing story. Stay with NBC Connecticut for updates. 



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Police Officer Injured in New Haven Fire

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A police officer was taken to the hospital after going into a burning house in New Haven on Monday morning to see if anyone was inside.

The Howard Avenue house that caught fire sometime before 5:30 a.m. on Monday was supposed to be empty, officials said.

The police officer who was injured was taken to the hospital to be treated for smoke inhalation.

Officials believe the fire started in the basement or first floor before spreading to all levels of the house.

Howard Avenue was closed, but has reopened.



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Slain Boy's Father Arrested

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Hours after a judge ordered Tyshawn Lee's alleged killer held without bail Tuesday, the father of the slain 9-year-old allegedly shot three people on Chicago's South Side, according to police.

Tyshawn was gunned down in a Chicago alley last fall as part of a gang retaliation, authorities said. His suspected killer, Dwright Boone-Doty, 22, was charged with murder and appeared in court Tuesday, where a judge ordered him held without bail.

The same day, around 5:45 p.m., Tyshawn's father, 25-year-old Pierre Stokes, opened fire on two men who were arguing in the 7900 block of South Ashland Avenue in the Auburn Gresham neighborhood, police said.

A 30-year-old man was shot in the right arm and a 31-year-old man suffered a gunshot wound to the left forearm, according to police. Both were taken to Christ Hospital in stable condition.

Police originally said only the two men were shot, but later said a 29-year-old woman suffered a graze wound to the face and refused treatment.

Anthony Guglielmi of the Chicago Police Department identified Stokes as the shooter in a statement Sunday morning. Stokes was charged with three counts of aggravated battery with a firearm and one count of unlawful use of a weapon by a felon. 

"It's confirmed, he was picked up Friday and charged with the shooting. This represents the challenge that police grapple with. We are aggressively working to hold gun offenders and gang members accountable," Guglielmi said in the statement.

He added that Stokes has continued his involvement in "the same gang activity that started this initial cycle of violence" even after he "ultimately suffered an unspeakable loss with the calculated execution of his son."

It wasn't immediately known if Stokes has hired an attorney.

Police said Tyshawn was killed as part of a gang war between a faction of the Black P-Stones and the "Killaward" faction of the Gangster Disciples. Stokes and Boone-Doty are members of rival gangs, prosecutors said.

After the killing, Boone-Doty allegedly told police he had planned to kidnap and torture Tyshawn before killing him, law enforcement officials revealed Tuesday. Boone-Doty ultimately lured the 9-year-old into an alley and shot him numerous times at close range. 

"This was a targeted assassination," said interim Police Supt. John Escalante. "These are calculated killers whose actions define the words brutality and cowardice."

Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez said Tyshawn's killing was "among the worst that I have ever seen in my more than 30 years as a prosecutor."

Officials said Boone-Doty and two others accused in the case, including 27-year-old Corey Morgan, had planned to go on a killing spree after Morgan's brother was fatally shot on Oct. 13, 2015. Morgan has repeatedly denied having any involvement in Tyshawn’s killing.

Prosecutors said Boone-Doty, Morgan and a third person went out "daily, armed with guns, looking to retaliate." They said Boone-Doty had planned to go back to the park where Tyshawn was playing and "shoot it up," allegedly saying he "should have killed all the kids in the park."

Boone-Doty was in the process of writing a rap song about the killing, prosecutors said.

He has also been charged in a separate gang-related shooting, which left Brianna Jenkins dead and Deshari Bowens injured on Oct. 18, the state's attorney's office said. He faces charges of first-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder and aggravated battery with a firearm.

In total, Boone-Doty has been charged with five felony offenses in connection with three separate cases. He was already in custody on unrelated gun charges, according to county records. The records did not indicate if Boone-Doty had an attorney.

Guglielmi said the police department is working to curb gang violence by opening members' eyes to the "casualties of that lifestyle" and offer them education and job placement opportunities.



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American ISIS Fighter Detained in Iraq: Reports

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A U.S.-born ISIS fighter has been detained in northern Iraq, but it was not clear if he was captured or surrendered, according to reports.

The man pictured in photos released by local media was identified by an uncle as Mohamed Jamal Khweis, 26, of Alexandria, Virginia.

"That's him. I cannot believe it," the uncle, Kamal Khweis, told NBC News Monday. "He doesn't even speak Arabic. ISIS? I cannot believe this."

He said Mohamed told his family he was going to Europe for vacation and when they last heard from him, he said he was in Greece.

"They don't know anything about him going to the Middle East."



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Hartford Mayor to Deliver State of the City Address Tonight

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The mayor of Hartford will deliver the state of the city address tonight, less than a week after sitting down with state officials to discuss the possibility of the state helping the city with its budget crises.

The city of Hartford is facing a growing budget shortfall that is approaching $50 million next year.
After the meeting last Wednesday, Mayor Luke Bronin said he is not interested in surrendering control of the city and the state taking over.

"What we want to make sure is we have the ability and the authority to take responsibility to make the changes that are necessary to get the city of Hartford’s financial house in order,” Bronin said.

Bronin said city officials have put a freeze on hiring, decreased overtime and suspended purchase.
The state of the city address will be at city hall at 5 p.m. It is open to the public.

Man Suspected of Assaulting Woman With Rock Arrested

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Waterbury police have arrested a man suspected of assaulting a woman with a rock and robbing a store last month.

Tory Crawford, 20, is suspected of robbing the family-owned convenience store at 52 E. Farm Street in Waterbury around 4:30 p.m. on March 3 and luring the owner out from behind the counter with a question about detergent before putting her in a chokehold.

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Mary Aybar said the assailant dragged her mother, 48-year-old  Felicia Guerrero, to the ground and punched her in the face while she was on the floor, then grabbed for a weapon.

"She didn’t know if it was a gun or something, but it was a rock that he had," Aybar said. "She told him to take whatever he wanted and not to hurt her anymore."

Police said the victim was hit in the back of the head and the rock was left at the scene.

Crawford is accused of stealing the victim's cellphone, cash and other unidentified items.

He is incarcerated on an unrelated charge, according  to police. 
 



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