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Yearbook IDs Student as 'Isis'


A Southern California high school student says she was "saddened, disgusted, hurt and embarrassed" when the school yearbook printed the name "Isis Phillips" next to her photo, in which she is wearing a hijab.

The student, who is not being named because her family asked for privacy, took to social media to call out Los Osos High School in Rancho Cucamonga. She first pointed out the error on Twitter, then posted a photo of the yearbook page on Facebook with the following caption:

"I am extremely saddened, disgusted, hurt and embarrassed that the Los Osos High School yearbook was able to get away with this. Apparently I am 'Isis' in the yearbook. The school reached out to me and had the audacity to say that this was a typo. I beg to differ, let's be real."

The photo drew attention from many who criticized the school's mistake. As of Monday, the post had been shared more than 3,500 times.

Chaffey Joint Union High School District Superintendent Mat Holton told the Los Angeles Times the student was misidentified as a peer with the name of Isis. 

Osos High School principal Susan Petrocelli offered an apology on Twitter Saturday, saying the school was taking steps to correct and investigate the misprint.

The Osos High School yearbook also responded on Twitter, admitting fault in the error.

"We should have checked each name carefully in the book and we had no intention to create this misunderstanding," the yearbook staff said.

Attorneys with the Greater Los Angeles office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-LA) have been in contact with the student and her family and were investigating the incident.

"We join with the family in their concern about a possible bias motive for this incident and in the deep concern for their daughter's safety as a result of being falsely labeled as a member of a terrorist group," said CAIR-LA Executive Director Hussam Ayloush. "No student should have to face the humiliation of being associated with a group as reprehensible as ISIS."

According to CAIR-LA, some 200 yearbooks have been distributed to students at Los Osos High School.

The organization said the student will not likely return to school "until the issue is resolved appropriately."

Holton told the Los Angeles Times yearbook distribution has been halted until the error is fixed.

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Council on American-Islamic Relations
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Man Charged With Attacking W. Va. Senate Candidate


West Virginia State Police say they've charged a man with attacking a state Senate candidate at a political cookout.

Senior Trooper J.E. Garren said Jonathan Porter is charged with malicious assault, attempted malicious assault and felony destruction of property in the beating on Sunday of Richard Ojeda, who's running as a Democrat for a state Senate seat. 

Garren said Porter asked Ojeda to put a bumper sticker on his truck, and then attacked him with brass knuckles. Garren said police don't know what motivated the attack in Logan County.

He said others at the gathering stopped the beating, called police and tried to prevent Porter from leaving, but he rammed their vehicles with his and fled. Garren said Porter turned himself in several hours later.

Online jail records don't show whether Porter has an attorney.

West Virginia's primary will be held Tuesday.

Photo Credit: Richard Ojeda

Man Approached Children in Naugatuck: Police


Police are investigating reports of a suspicious man offering children rides during two separate incidents in Naugatuck and they are trying to identify him.

The victims ages range from 10 to 14 years old and the man approached them on Bridge Street near lower Spring Street, police said.

The first incident happened around 11:30 p.m. on Saturday and the second was around 7:45 a.m. on Monday.

The man, who is 40 to 50 years old, was driving a red car, approached the children and asked them if they wanted a ride, according to police.

He was unshaven and appeared to have a pony tail.

Anyone with information should call Naugatuck Police at 203-729-5221 or the Naugatuck Police Department’s Confidential Tip Line at 203-720-1010.

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Man Hospitalized After Crash on Farmington Avenue


A man was taken to the hospital after a crash on Farmington Avenue in West Hartford on Monday morning.

The driver hit a pole near 935 Farmington Avenue and the driver was brought to Saint Francis Hospital after getting facial burns when the airbags deployed.

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Scammers Target Recent Grads With Fake Job Offers


Scammers are targeting graduating college students with fake jobs offers to obtain personal information and the Connecticut Better Business Bureau is warning graduating college students not to provide personal information to criminals.

Officials from the Better Business Bureau said criminals are snaring students by sending fake job offers to their college email accounts and then making an offer without a face-to-face interview,

"This position offers flexibility that allows you to choose your work hours to avoid conflicts between classes or other business," one scam message said.

The Better Business Bureau warns that the phony job offers might use the name or variation of a well-known company or a non-existent business.

The scammers will ask for bank account information for direct deposit of your paycheck and ask for your Social Security Number and other personal information to "process your paperwork." Some will request payment up front, supposedly for a background check, drug testing and training, and only accept payment through non-traceable methods.

To protect yourself from employment scams, make sure the job offer is real.

Research the company's telephone number and website, rather than use information provided in the email or over the telephone. Cal the business directly to verify whether there is an opening.

If a caller contacts you, ask the name of the company he or she claims to represent.

Watch out for on-the-spot job offers.

Businesses don't hire by telephone without a face-to-face meeting. Only provide personal information once you receive a written letter of employment.

Be realistic. When a job ad says no experience is required, offers easy hours and generous income with minimal work, that's a major red flag.

Another hint is that some phony job offerings involve working at home, secret shopper positions, or have titles such as caregiver or customer service representative.

Find additional resources and tips on the Better Business Bureau website.

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72-Year-Old Bicyclist Hit By Car Is in Critical Condition


A 72-year-old Stamford man is in critical condition after a driver hit his bicycle this morning.

Abdul Aziz was on a bicycle in the crosswalk of Tresser Boulevard, approaching Edith Sherman Drive, at 9:39 a.m. when he was hit by a 2004 Toyota Sienna, police said.

Aziz was not wearing a helmet and was brought to Stamford Hospital, where he is in critical condition.

The driver remained at the scene and is cooperating with the investigation.

Witnesses are asked to call the call (203) 977-4712.

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Police Find Marijuana Brownies, Counterfeit Credit Cards During Traffic Stop


State Troopers arrested two people during a traffic stop on Interstate 84 in Tolland early Sunday morning and found hash oil, brownies made with medical marijuana and counterfeit credit cards.

Police stopped a Ford Edge on I-84 west in Tolland at 12:25 a.m. on Sunday because it was driving erratically, speeding and changing lanes without signaling, according to police.

While searching the vehicle, police found the driver with counterfeit credit cards and a fake driver’s license, police said.

Police also found 20 envelopes with butane hash oil and 24 plastic foil bags with 1.7 pounds of medical cannabis brownies.

The operator and passenger were arrested.

Jason Glashen-Matthias, 31, of Brooklyn, New York, was charged with possession of a controlled substance, possession with intent to sell, credit card forgery, credit card counterfeiting, illegal use of a credit card, criminal impersonation and speeding . Bond was set at $250,000 and he is due in Rockville Superior Court on May 9.

Jeffrey Sanon, 33, of Brighton, Massachusetts, was charged with possession of a controlled substance, possession with intent to sell and interfering with an officer.

Bond was set at $250,000.

Photo Credit: Connecticut State Police

Man Caught With Blades at LaGuardia


A Connecticut man was arrested on weapons charges after he was allegedly caught at New York's LaGuardia Airport with a cache of martial arts weapons, the Transportation Security Administration said.

The man was allegedly carrying a dagger, three throwing knives and two throwing stars when TSA agents stopped him at LaGuardia on Saturday, authorities said. 

The TSA workers notified Port Authority Police, which confiscated the blades and arrested the man, a resident of New Haven, Connecticut. 

The man will face weapons possession charges. His name was not released.

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NC Sues Federal Government Over LGBT Law


The Department of Justice has filed its own lawsuit— a move that ups the ante in a fight between the federal government and North Carolina's governor in the legal battle over the state's law regarding access to bathrooms, NBC News reported.

The state's Gov. Pat McCrory turned up the heat earlier Monday and filed a lawsuit against the federal government. It was the state's response to the U.S. Justice Department, which last week gave Gov. Pat McCrory until the end of the day Monday to respond to a letter that said the law violates federal civil rights statutes.

Monday's lawsuit called the Justice Department's legal position "a baseless and blatant overreach" and a radical reinterpretation of federal laws — especially the Civil Rights Act's ban on sex discrimination.

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Airman Charged With Sex Assault of Teen


A member of the United States Air Force has been charged with sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl who was reported missing in Connecticut.

What started as an investigation into a missing teen in Plainfield has led to the arrest of 26-year-old Nicholas B. Murphy, of Exeter, Rhode Island, who police said is an active member of the US Air Force.

The 14-year-old girl was reported missing in September and police learned within hours that she was with Murphy, according to a news release.

Murphy and the teen started speaking on social media and they met while he was on leave, at which point they had a sexual relations, police said.

Murphy has been charged with two counts of second-degree sexual assault and two counts of illegal sexual contact.

He turned himself in to law enforcement and was held of a $50,000 .

He is due in Danielson Superior Court today. It was not immediately clear if he has an attorney.

NBC Connecticut has reached out to the U.S. Air Force office of media relations, but there was no immediate response.

Photo Credit: Plainfield Police

Companies Stop Sales of Material Linked to Foundation Issues


Two companies at the center of a state investigation into crumbling foundations have signed an agreement with the state to stop selling materials or products containing aggregate from Becker's Quarry in Willington until June 30, 2017.

The two companies, J.J. Mottes Company, in Stafford Springs, and Becker Construction, in Willington, have acknowledged for the first time that, pyrrhotite, an iron sulfide mineral, may be a contributing factor to the crumbling foundation problem in Hartford, Tolland and Windham counties.

The state launched a multi-agency investigation after the NBC Connecticut Troubleshooters brought the failing foundations problem to light last July.

Construction experts say there is no fix for the foundation problem and that all the concrete must be replaced, at a cost of $150,000 or higher for each home.

The state Department of Consumer Protection has received complaints from 220 homeowners, but construction experts estimate that thousands of homes across eastern Connecticut might be impacted by the faulty concrete.

"We believe there is now sufficient evidence to conclude that significant levels of the mineral pyrrhotite in stone aggregate used in the production of concrete is a substantial contributing factor to the crumbling foundations experienced by some homeowners in eastern Connecticut," Attorney General George Jepsen told the NBC Connecticut Troubleshooters. "Because the aggregate produced by Becker's Quarry and the concrete made from it may contain pyrrhotite in significant levels, caution dictates that concrete products and ingredients from these companies be removed from the residential construction market until our investigation in complete."

J.J. Mottes and Becker Construction are reasserting their position that the problems with these foundations are the result of faulty installation.

In a letter to the Attorney General and Consumer Protection, Mottes and Becker state they have "independently conducted their own investigation as to the claims of concrete foundation deterioration and have reason to believe that numerous installation and environmental factors caused or otherwise contributed to residential concrete foundation deterioration." They contend they have "not seen any evidence that any residential concrete foundation deterioration was caused by their products." The letter argues that phyrrhotite is a common mineral in Connecticut. They believe its "mere presence" is not the cause of foundations deteriorating, but may become reactive with other elements, like water, under certain installations and environmental conditions.

In addition, Mottes and Becker "believe that exterior waterproofing of foundations will protect residential concrete foundations from deterioration, even those containing phyrrhotite."

The state investigation continues into other factors that may contribute to the failing concrete and what possible financial remedies are available for the struggling homeowners.

The J.J. Mottes Company released the following statement:

The “While the state’s investigation of the causes of the failing concrete foundations continues, the Joseph J. Mottes Company and Becker Construction have decided – as a good faith measure and with the goal of finding answers homeowners deserve –to voluntarily join with the Connecticut Attorney General’s Office and the Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection and agree to suspend sales of aggregate or concrete for residential home builds through June 30, 2017.  We continue to believe this is an issue of improper installation and not materials – findings which were proven in our only Connecticut court case involving a failed foundation, the Tofolowsky decision of 2003 – and we have always cooperated with the state and will continue to do so in the hope of finding sustainable and meaningful solutions for the homeowners and future homeowners.” – John Patton, spokesman for the Joseph J. Mottes Company, said in a statement.

Arkansas Judge Resigns After Thousands of Nude Photos of Defendants Found


An Arkansas judge resigned on Monday after he was accused of exchanging sex with defendants for reduced sentences, NBC News reported.

Joe Boeckmann's resignation came after the commission said in a May 5 letter to his lawyer that it was in the process of recovering as many as 4,500 photos.

"They all depict young men, many naked who are in various poses inside the judge's home and outside in his yard," the letter states, adding that many of the men had received checks from the judge and had appeared before him as defendants.

In documents filed earlier this year, the commission detailed the allegations of several men — including one under 18 — who described appearing in Boeckmann's court for minor violations. The judge would often give defendants his hand-written phone number and have them serve what he described as "community service" at his home.

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Stolen Car Found Burned Behind Hartford School


A car that was stolen from East Hartford was found burned behind the Fred D. Wish School in Hartford this morning. 

Firefighters responded to the school at 350 Barbour St. after someone reported seeing a fire at the school and found smoke coming from a 2001 Honda Accord the school. 

The car was badly burned, but the school was not damaged. 

Now police are reviewing surveillance video from the school and towing away the car. 

The school will open on the normal schedule.

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Man Charged in Shooting of Teen Outside Wallingford Liquor Store


Wallingford police have arrested a Hamden man in connection with the shooting of a teen outside a liquor store in Wallingford on Thursday, May 5.

Wayne Bradbury, 31, whose last known address was in Hamden, is accused of shooting a 19-year-old Milford resident in the stomach and police said the victim met up with him outside the Connecticut Beverage Mart, at 1070 North Colony Road, to buy drugs.

The victim called 911 at 8:56 p.m. that night from the parking lot of 57 Hall Road, Cook Hill Elementary School and police responded to find him with a gunshot wound to his abdomen. The victim was then transported to Yale-New Haven Hospital. His injuries are not life-threatening.

Before calling 911, the teen and 18-year-old from Bridgeport he was with did an internet search for a hospital and went to Gaylord Hospital, believing he could get treatment there, but the specialty care hospital for people with long-term and chronic conditions turned them away.

Police have been investigating and said Bradbury tried to steal money from the victim, shot the teen and fled in a white BMW sedan.

Police found Bradbury around 5 p.m. on Monday as he was leaving the Comfort Inn in Meriden and took him into custody.

Detectives determined that Bradbury’s girlfriend, 20-year-old Melissa Farmer, of Plainville, had rented the motel room and found more than four and ¼ ounces of cocaine, packaging materials and digital scales during a search of the room, police said.

Bradbury was charged with assault in the first degree, criminal attempt at robbery in the first degree, and criminal possession of a firearm.

He was detained on a $500,000 bond and is due in court on May 23. He was also charged with possession of narcotics with intent to sell and was held on a separate $250,000.00 bond for this charge.

Farmer was charged with possession of narcotics with intent to sell and was detained on a $25,000. She is due in Meriden Superior Court on May 23.

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Brady Channels Inner James Bond for Commercial


Tom Brady is no stranger to promoting high-end products, yet his new luxury mattress commercial is standing out from the rest.

The ad for Beautyrest Black Mattress shows the New England Patriots quarterback channeling his inner James Bond, being led through a hotel.

Upon making it to his room, which contains nothing but a mattress, No. 12 is asked by a butler if he will be needing anything else.

"No, Brady responds. Not a thing."

According to the Beautyrest website, the mattress company's "Black" series sells for between $2,000 and $5,000.

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Mom in Deadly Christmas Fire Responds to Boyfriend's Claims


A Connecticut woman whose former boyfriend accused her of leaving fireplace ashes in the mudroom of their Stamford home before a 2011 fire killed her three young children and parents told NBC's "Today" show she feels sorry for him.

Madonna Badger's then-boyfriend, Michael Borcina, for years told investigators he had moved the bag of ashes into the mudroom before the deadly Christmas Day fire. Badger and Borcina escaped, but Badger's 7-year-old twins, 9-year-old daughter and parents were killed.

"It's impossible to describe how it is that you can't go in and save your own children, but I couldn't," Badger told "Today" through tears in 2012.

The blaze prompted a string of legal fights, and in a recent lawsuit deposition, Borcina reversed course and pointed the finger at Badger, saying she had moved the ashes and he had lied to protect her, the Hartford Courant reported

According to court paperwork obtained by the Courant, Borcina said he had taken responsibility to "spare [Badger] from carrying the burden that maybe she had done something to hurt her family."

Badger responded to Borcina's claims in a statement to the "Today" show Tuesday morning, saying, "I feel sorry for him. I feel incredibly sad for him."

She declined to comment further, citing pending litigation. Both Badger and the father of her children have outstanding lawsuits against the city of Stamford. Borcina previously agreed to pay $5 million to settle a separate suit filed by the children's father.

Badger told "Today" in 2012 she believed the fire was sparked by an electrical problem at the $1.7 million house, which was under renovation. She said she did not blame Borcina, a contractor working on the home.

"I don't believe that his actions cause the fire. So I don't believe that Mike is responsible for starting the fire," Badger said. She later wondered, "How is it that you have a little bit of ashes causing this enormous fire that spreads so quickly?"

Borcina's attorney did not immediately respond to requests for comment on the deposition.

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Attacker Kills 1, Stabs Others at German Train Station


A man armed with a four-inch knife killed one person and wounded at least three others at a train station near Munich, Germany, early Tuesday, officials said.

A 27-year-old German national was arrested shortly after the attack in the suburb of Grafing. Witnesses told police the suspect was shouting "Allahu Akbar" — which means "God is great" in Arabic — but authorities later said he had no known connection to a terror group. 

Bavaria's interior minister, Joachim Herrmann, said the suspect had recently been stopped by police in another part of Germany because of his behavior and on suspicion of drug use. He added that the suspect did not appear in any database of Islamists or ISIS sympathizers.

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Tornado Survivors 'Thankful'


Residents of a small farming community near Sulphur, Oklahoma, feel lucky to be alive after a twister tore through the town, destroying at least five homes, as other deadly tornadoes ripped through the region Monday.

Seventy-year-old retired horse trainer Don Rudd was home with his wife when the tornado beared down on his home.

"Laid down in front of the sink and then everything just caved in on us," said Rudd.

He and his wife were covered in debris in what was left of their kitchen.

"My wife started yelling, 'Yeah we're here, we're here, we're here.' She was really scared," Rudd recalled.

Neighbors became rescuers.

"I told them to get [my wife] out first," he said. "They got her out and they got some stuff out of my way so they could help me out."

The family next door barely made it out themselves. Aaron Scroggins said he and his cousin scrambled for shelter as the tornado loomed.

"I was like, 'Find the toilet, let's get to the bathroom.' And then, sure enough, we got back there to the bathroom and I told him get down. And then it wasn't a few seconds, that thing was already on top of us," Scroggins said.

Incredibly, the bathroom was the only part of the house still standing — barely.

"Well, it's Mother Nature, she's going to destroy anything in her path," Scroggins said. "The only thing you can do is get out of the way."

Now the cleanup begins, with people sifting through heaps of rubble to salvage any little thing that's left. Mostly, they're grateful they survived.

"I'm here. That's all that matters. I'm here," Scroggins said. "I can care less about everything else because it can be replaced and rebuilt."

"I'm thankful to God that I'm still alive," echoed Rudd. "My house can be rebuilt. I can't be."

Tornadoes killed two people in southern Oklahoma on Monday and forecasters declared a "tornado emergency" for parts of the state.

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Man Says He Found Rat in Dr Pepper


A Houston-area man says he found a rat in his young grandson's half-drunk bottle of Dr Pepper.

John Graves, of Katy, described the rodent as being a "pretty good size" to KPRC TV. Graves said his 3-year-old grandson Kayden started drinking the soda on Sunday and didn't notice the rat until he reopened the bottle later on.

"[It was] about 3 inches long with a big tail," Graves recalled.

Graves said Kayden's pediatrician has run tests on the boy to make sure he is OK. The family is awaiting the results.

The Dr Pepper Snapple Group has asked for the bottle, but Kayden's family is not ready to hand it over. They say there's no way the rat got inside after they bought the drink.

"I want to get the rat tested to see where it came from, how it got there and if there's really any medical concerns that we need to be worried about," Graves said.

The company released a statement saying it was "virtually impossible" given their safeguards at production facilities for "any foreign object to enter any container during the bottling process."

"Until we have the opportunity to review the contents, we don't have a way to do a full investigation," the Dr Pepper Snapple Group said. 

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Break-In Reported at CCSU Dorm


Four masked men broke into a dorm room at Central Connecticut State University early Monday morning and stole from a female student. Now campus police are notifying students and trying police to find out who is responsible. 

Campus officials tell said four men, dressed in black and wearing matching bandanas, forced their way into a dorm room in the Mid-Campus Residence Hall around 1:30 a.m. on Monday and stole something from a student’s room. 

The student reached out to campus at 12:30 p.m. on Monday to report it.

This happened during finals week at CCSU and students are now concerned about the recent robbery, as well as exams.

“I think anyone should be pretty scared that anyone can just barge into someone’s room like that,” Sean Aiudi, a sophomore from Bristol, said.

Students said they have to swipe to get into the front doors, swipe again to get into the lobby, a third time to get into the elevators and a fourth time to get into each individual rooms.

“It’s really scary especially because we live so close to the lobby. Just knowing that our possessions aren’t safe.” Chelsea Buddle, a freshman from New Milford, said.

Some students said the school has enough security.

“It was weird for me because there’s so much security already, so I don’t really know what else they could do at this point,” Julia Baldyga, a freshman from Middletown, said.

Others feel more should be done.

“It just really makes you question the safety of the campus, whether or not we need to up security or make it less susceptible to get into the dorms,” Chelsea Buddle, a freshman from New Milford, said.

Campus police are reviewing security footage and ask that all students immediately report suspicious activity.

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