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Clinton Mocks Trump's VP Indecision


Shortly before Donald Trump officially announced that Indiana Gov. Mike Pence is his running mate, Hillary Clinton's campaign mocked the presumptive Republican nominee's "indecisive" rollout in a new web video. 

The video published online Saturday morning, compiles news clips of Trump telling various reporters at different times that his shortlist of contenders included, 10, 3, "potentially 4, but in my own mind I probably am thinking about two." 

It also shows how Trump appeared to waffle over his decision to choose Pence in the 48 hours leading up to his announcement, using footage of outlets reporting that the real estate businessman tried to retract his pick after reports emerged he had settled on Pence. 

"Donald Trump: Always divisive. Not so decisive," read a card at the end of the video.

Trump received widespread criticism on Friday, for his erratic and indecisive handling of the vice president nominating process.

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Body Pulled from Connecticut River in Middletown


A body has been pulled from the Connecticut River in Middletown, according to fire officials.

Middletown police said crews responded to the western shore of the river between the Arrigoni Bridge and Harbor Park around 2:17 p.m. after a kayaker reported finding a body along the river bank.

The Middletown Fire Department and Police Marine Units recovered the body.

Fire officials confirmed the victim was a man.

The Middletown police Major Investigations Unit is investigating. The body has been tentatively identified but the name has not been released pending notification of next of kin and the autopsy.

This is an active investigation and anyone with information is encouraged to contact Middletown police at (860) 638-4140.

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6 Displaced After New Haven House Fire


Six people are displaced after a house fire on Dixwell Avenue in New Haven Saturday afternoon.

Assistant Fire Chief Matt Marcarelli said crews were called to a fire at 1 Dixwell Avenue around 2:53 p.m. When they arrived, the back of the home was fully involved. It took firefighters about 20 minutes to knock down the flames. The fire caused heavy damage to the kitchen area.

Marcarelli said the home is uninhabitable and six residents are displaced. The Red Cross is assisting the residents.

No injuries were reported. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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Arrest in SoCal Homeless Attacks


A suspect arrested for a string of deadly attacks on homeless men had a long history of crime and mental health issues, and was himself, living in subsidized housing for the homeless, NBC 7 has learned.

Jon David Guerrero, 39, was living in a subsidized housing complex for the poor and homeless in downtown San Diego.

The Alpha Square apartment building, located on 14th and Market streets, provides residents with a fully-furnished room and services for those in need.

NBC 7 learned that Guererro was among the 201 tenants living in the apartment complex before he was arrested Friday morning in connection to the series of homeless murders.

Guerrero grew up in the wealthy community of Coronado, across the San Diego Bay, known for its expensive real estate and picturesque beaches. But since January he has been living in a one-room apartment on the fifth floor at Alpha Square. Homicide investigators spent several hours Friday morning searching the apartment for evidence.

The $46 million apartment building was funded by tax dollars, investment corporations and the San Diego Housing Commission through the Alpha Project.

Bob McElroy, the president of the organization, told NBC 7 that he sent outreach teams all over San Diego to warn the homeless community and urge them to sleep in groups. He said he posted information about the suspect, including pictures and a composite sketch around Alpha Square.

McElroy said he even met Guerrero. 

"Nothing exceptional. Very well mannered, 'yes sir' and  'no sir'. Cordial. Quiet. Loner,” McElroy said, describing his encounter with Guerrero.

A nearly two-week manhunt ended Friday morning on Laurel Street in Banker's Hill after an officer spotted Guerrero on a bicycle and recognized him as the suspect.

Just before Guerrero's arrest, two harbor police officers driving up the 1800 block of C Street heard a man screaming and discovered a fifth homeless man had been attacked. The 55-year-old man had suffered significant trauma to his upper torso.

The suspects' parents told NBC 7 they have yet to speak with their son and are seeking guidance from an attorney.

McElroy says the family is broken-hearted and that Guerrero's mother is his caregiver.

“She's there every day. It's her son. Making sure he has groceries and his laundry is done,” McElroy said. "She's devastated."

The store clerk, whose description of Guerrero helped police create a composite sketch of the suspect, told NBC 7 in an email that he is greatly relieved to hear of the suspect's arrest, adding "I'm glad that the nightmare is over."

Police told reporters they have no doubt they nabbed the man responsible for five attacks since July 3 that left three men dead, the Associated Press reported. The victims — all homeless men — received serious upper-body injuries and two were set on fire.

Guerrero remained jailed Saturday on suspicion of murder, attempted murder and arson. It wasn't immediately clear whether he had a lawyer.

He will be arraigned early next week.

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Comcast Restores Service After Outages Across Northeast


Comcast customers throughout the Northeast and parts of the west coast reported outages Saturday, according to the company’s website.

According to the company website, there was a sharp increase in outage reports starting around 6:20 a.m. Saturday. The company tweeted that customers in parts of the northeast were experiencing issues and that the they were working on a fix. Many Connecticut customers reported issues with their service.

Comcast spokeswoman Kristen Roberts said that X-1 customers were experiencing issues with their service. As of 4:58 p.m. the problem had been isolated and customers should see services return to normal.

Information on exactly what caused the outage was not immediately available.

Comcast — the parent company of NBCUniversal — offers phone, Internet and TV service in 40 states and Washington, D.C.

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I-95 North Reopens in East Haven


All lanes on Interstate 95 north in East Haven have reopened after a serious rollover accident, according to state police.

Police said the accident happened around 3:30 p.m. near exit 51. At least two vehicles were involved and at least one person was ejected, according to police. Serious injuries have been reported.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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1 Killed by Speeding Off-Duty Cop


One person was killed and three others injured early Saturday morning when they were struck by a speeding SUV driven by an off-duty police officer who was later charged with DWI and vehicular manslaughter.

Officer Nicholas Batka, 28, was speeding down Bedford Avenue in the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn and lost control of his vehicle at about 3 a.m. near the intersection of North 8th Street, police said.

Batka was supposed to be reporting for duty at 7 a.m.

Batka's car jumped the curb and struck two men and two women, all in their 20s, police said. All were taken to local hospitals and three were said to be in serious condition. Their identities haven't been disclosed by police.

The person who died was a 21-year-old man, police said.

Batka flashed his badge at the scene as he tried to get out of his car, witnesses said.

He refused to take a Breathalyzer test, and was charged later in the day with driving while intoxicated, vehicular manslaughter, three counts of assault and driving on a sidewalk.

Batka joined the NYPD in January, 2015. He was assigned to the transit bureau Manhattan task force. He has been suspended from the force.

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2 Stabbed During Fight: Police


Two men were stabbed during a fight in Norwich Friday, according to police.

Norwich police said the incident happened in front of a home on Taftville Occum Road around 9:44 p.m. When they arrived they found two adult males with knife wounds. One of the men had serious injuries, police said.

Both were taken to William W. Backus Hospital for treatment and are expected to recover.

Police said the victims are known to each other.

Norwich police are investigating and expect arrests in the near future. Anyone with information on the incident should contact them at (860) 886-5564 ext. 4.

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Ariz. Terror Suspect Attacked in Jail: Officials


Authorities said the Arizona man arrested this month for allegedly planning a terror-related attack was assaulted in jail, NBC News reported. 

Mahin Khan, 18, of Tucson, was attacked by other inmates in a Maricopa County jail on July 2 — the day after his arrest, according to the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Department. 

Khan, who declined to be placed in segregation when it was offered, suffered “some minor non-life threatening injuries,” authorities said. He was moved to the segregated housing unit in Lower Buckeye Jail following the attack. 

Police arrested Khan this month on terrorism-related charges linking him to a conspiracy targeting government buildings in two Arizona cities. He’s due back in court in Phoenix on Tuesday.

Boy, 12, Arrested in Connection With Plot to Kill La. Cops


Police arrested a 12-year-old suspect Friday in connection with an alleged plot to kill Louisiana officers after the fatal shooting of Alton Sterling, NBC News reported. 

The boy is being held on charges of simple burglary and theft of a firearm in connection with a pawn shop robbery last Saturday, according to police. The boy is not being identified because he is a juvenile. 

Antonio Thomas, 17, and Malik Bridgewater, 20, were arrested last week in connection with the robbery. A 13-year-old male was also arrested. A fourth man, 23-year-old Trashone Coats, was charged with possessing one of the stolen guns, but not in the burglary. 

The East Baton Rouge Sheriff said Tuesday the alleged plot was the reason officers were being tough on protesters demonstrating after the shooting death of Sterling. Nearly 150 protesters were arrested last weekend.

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Dirt Bike Involved in Accident in New Haven


A dirt bike was involved in an accident in New Haven Saturday evening, according to police.

Police said they responded to the crash on Shelton Avenue and Bassett Street just before 5 p.m.

More information was not immediately available. Check back for updates.

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Family of Ohio Woman Found Dead in Jail Files Lawsuit


The family of an Ohio woman who died in an Ohio jail almost a year ago filed a federal lawsuit this week, NBC News reported. 

Ralkina Jones, 37, was found dead in a jail cell on July 26. She was arrested two days earlier by Cleveland Heights Police Department after having a fight with her ex-husband outside a bar. 

The lawsuit — filed by Jones’ sister — against the city of Cleveland Heights, the police department and others, alleges police failed to check on her and properly provide her medication. 

The medical examiner ruled Jones' death accidental.

According to the suit, Jones was over-medicated and went six hours without being checked on. Jones was taking five medications, according to jail records. No dollar amount was named in the suit.

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Small Plane Crashes Behind Home


A small plane crashed Saturday afternoon in Westwood, Massachusetts, injuring the pilot and his passenger.

Officials from the Federal Aviation Administration said the Piper PA-24 crashed at about 3:15 p.m. in a wooded area off Peartree Drive.

The plane was headed to Norwood Memorial Airport when it went down.

A woman attending a birthday party nearby said she saw the plane just before it crashed.

"I looked up and I saw the plane over the top of the house and it just looked like it wasn't flying well," said Deb Murphy of Norwood. "It looked kind of wobbly and it looked like it wasn't turning very well. A few seconds later, we heard the crash."

Authorities said the pilot and his passenger had to be extricated from the wreckage by area firefighters.

The pilot, a 65-year-old man from Newton, Massachusetts, was flown by medical helicopter to Boston Medical Center. His passenger, a 77-year-old man from Norwood, Massachusetts, was first transported to Norwood Hospital, then flown by medical helicopter to Boston Medical Center. Both were being treated for serious injuries. 

The exact cause of the crash is under investigation by the FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board.

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Family Seeks Answers in Disappearance of Middletown Woman


Friends and family of Nina Coe, a Middletown woman who has been missing since last year, gathered at a vigil on the town green Saturday night.

Coe was reported missing July 16, 2015 and her family has been looking for her ever since. They still hope for answers.

“We really need the public’s help. Someone knows something out there. And just think if that was your family member. We need closure,” said Coe’s brother Michael Plourde.

Police said in March they suspected foul play because Coe had been in daily contact with family members until her disappearance and it was not like her to lose touch.

“I want my sister back. If she’s alive, I want her back. But I’m sure she’s not,” said Coe’s sister Dale Ocelik.

On March 11, Gov. Dannel Malloy signed off on a reward up to $20,000 for anyone who provides information leading to the arrest and conviction of whoever is found guilty of a crime in connection with Coe’s disappearance. But months later there is still no information on what happened to her.

“My family feels like her case is at the bottom of the pile now. But Nina is going to get justice no matter what,” Plourde said.

Nina Coe is 5-foot-2, weighs 130 pounds and has brown hair and blue eyes. Police said she wears glasses and has a tattoo on one leg and a scar on the right side of her neck.

Anyone who thinks they have information on her case is asked to contact Middletown police at (860) 638-4140.

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Baby's Death Being Investigated as Homicide


Fairfield police are investigating the death of a 4-month-old boy from Shelton as a homicide, police said Saturday.

Deputy Chief Christopher Lyddy confirms police are looking into the death of Adam Seagull, who died at an unlicensed home daycare in March. Police said they opened the investigation after toxicology reports showed high levels of Benadryl in his system.

According to his obituary, Seagull is survived by his parents Matthew and Michelle Seagull of Shelton.

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France Boosts Security in Wake of Nice Attack


France will call up 12,000 police reservists and boost security measures across the country in the wake of the truck attack that left 84 people dead and more than 200 injured in Nice, NBC News reported. 

The French government has drawn criticism for failing to thwart another mass attack following the Paris siege and the Charlie Hebdo bloodbath. 

French President Francois Hollande extended the state of emergency put in place in November and called up thousands of reservists — moves that many in Nice said was too little, too late. In an open letter in the Nice Matin newspaper, regional council president Christian Estrosi called France's current leadership "incapable" of properly addressing security threats. 

Five people were arrested in connection with the rampage, French prosecutors said. The attacker, Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel, 31, wasn’t known to intelligence services.

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Two More Detained After France Truck Massacre


Two more suspects were detained for questioning early Sunday in connection with the Nice truck attack, officials said.

 The Paris prosecutor's office told NBC News that a man and a woman were taken into custody. That brings to seven the number of people held since the bloodbath — including the attacker's ex-wife.

At least 84 people were killed and 200 injured when a truck driver mowed down revelers after a Bastille Day fireworks display Thursday.

The arrests come as new details emerged about attacker Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel.

A close friend of Bouhlel's ex-wife, however, said he was not a radical Islamist but rather a violent man with nothing left to lose after his marriage fell apart.

BFMTV reported that Bouhlel had visited the scene of the crime twice in the lead-up to the attack. NBC News was unable to confirm that report.

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DOJ to Review Orlando Police Response


The Department of Justice announced Saturday that it will conduct an "after-action assessment" of the police response to last month's deadly shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, NBC News reported.

The assessment will look at how prepared Orlando police was for June 12 mass shooting, as well as tactics used, the DOJ said.Forty-nine people were killed when gunman Omar Mateen opened fire in the nightspot frequented by the LGBT community and took hostages. Mateen was killed by police after an hours-long standoff.


Forty-nine people were killed when gunman Omar Mateen opened fire in the nightspot frequented by the LGBT community and took hostages. Mateen was killed by police after an hours-long standoff.

Some have questioned why police waited for hours while Mateen had hostages in a bathroom before moving in to end the standoff.

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Skydiver Injured After Striking Tree in Ellington


A skydiver was taken to the hospital after an accident in Ellington Saturday morning.

State police said they responded around 9:20 a.m. to Meadow Brook Road for reports of an injured parachutist. The female victim struck a tree and was alert when first responders found her, police said. She was transported to Hartford Hospital via Lifestar helicopter for evaluation of non-life threatening leg injuries, according to police.

The victim was not identified. Trooper are investigating the accident.

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Route 83 Reopens in Vernon


Route 83 in Vernon was closed for hours after a driver plowed his car into a utility pole after suffering what police believe was a drug overdose.

According to police, Luke Edwards, 21 of Madison, lost control of his 2006 Jeep around 3 a.m. on Route 83 near Dobson Road.

Edwards’ car struck the utility pole before rolling over into the woods.

When paramedics arrived, Edwards, who was the sole occupant of the vehicle, was unconscious.

Paramedics administered Narcan and he regained conscious.

"The male was treated by officers," said Lt. William Meier. "When EMS arrived the male was given Narcan and subsequently regained consciousness, walking around. As a precaution, he was brought to Hartford Hospital by LifeStar.

Edwards was charged with driving under the influence and failure to maintain lane. He was released on a $500 non-surety bond and is scheduled to appear in Rockville Court on Monday, July 25.

The road was closed for hours while crews worked to replace the pole and damaged wires. Police said one lane in each direction was opened around 1:50 p.m. for traffic to pass through the area.

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