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Baton Rouge Cop Killer Didn't Make 911 Call: Official

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The shooter responsible for killing three Baton Rouge police officers on Sunday did not lure them by calling 911, an official told NBC News. A member of the public, it turns out, made the emergency call.

But police do not think that the caller worked with the shooter, Louisiana State Police Col. Mike Edmonson said.

"It was someone who was calling in," he said, adding that there "was no indication" that the initial call was "trying to lure someone here."

The officers were responding to a 911 call in Louisiana's capital city when they were gunned down in an apparent "ambush" around 9 a.m. local time.

The gunman was fatally shot after the three police officers were killed and three others wounded.



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Cromwell Woman Faces DUI Charges After Serious Crash

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Two people were seriously injured and another arrested after a crash in Cromwell early Sunday morning, according to police.

Police said the accident happened just after midnight on Shunpike Road and involved a car and a motorcycle. Both the driver and a passenger of the motorcycle were ejected and suffered serious injuries. They were transported to Hartford Hospital for treatment. Police said the driver is listed in serious but stable condition, and the passenger was listed in critical condition. Neither of them has been identified.

The driver of the car, identified as 43-year-old Ursula Cinque of Shunpike Road in Cromwell, was arrested and charged with operating a motor vehicle while under the influence. She was held on a $25,000 bond and is expected in Middletown Superior Court on Monday.

Cromwell police and the Mid-State Accident Reconstruction squad are still investigating the exact circumstances of this crash. Anyone with information is asked to contact Officer Sarah Alicea or Sgt. William Kogut at Cromwell police (860) 635-2256.

Shunpike Road was closed between Court Street and Evergreen Road for several hours for the investigation. The road reopened around 5:15 a.m.



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Crews Respond After Explosion, Fire at Abandoned Vernon Building

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The fire marshal is investigating what caused an explosion and fire at an abandoned building in Vernon early Monday morning. 

Officials said the fire at 91 West St. started with an explosion and mutual aid was called in because of the heat and humidity. 

The building is long, narrow and mazelike and firefighters said the design of the building made the fight a little challenging. 

Most of the damage is in the middle of the building, where officials believe the fire started. 

Firefighters also had trouble with a hydrant, but were able to switch to a different hydrant and put the fire out. 

Investigators will need a warrant before getting into the building because it’s not clear who owns it. 

The fire marshal will investigate the cause.



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State Police Cruiser Damaged on Route 4 in Farmington

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A state police cruiser was damaged in a minor crash in Farmington on Monday morning. 

Police said the crash is on Route 6, near 177. 

No one was injured and Farmington police said the road should be clear soon.



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State Trooper Injured When Driver Hits Cruiser

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A state trooper was injured in a crash in Middletown early Monday morning when his cruiser was rear-ended. 

State police said the trooper was stopped to assist as a Department of Transportation crew fixed a guardrail damaged in a previous crash on Interstate 91 north, near exit 20. 

The emergency lights were on when the trooper was hit just before 1 a.m., according to state police. 

The impact of the crash sent the cruiser across the highway and into a guardrail, police said. 

The trooper and the other driver suffered minor injuries and both have been released from Hartford Hospital. 

Police are investigating.



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2 Dead in Crash on Foxon Road in North Branford

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Two men have been killed in a crash on Foxon Road, or Route 80, in North Branford and police said the road will be closed for much of the morning as they investigate.

Two vehicles crashed at 5:15 a.m. and both male drivers were badly injured.

One was pronounced dead at the scene and the other died at the hospital, according to police. 

No one else was in either vehicle, police said. 

Officers are investigating, but said they believe one car crossed over to the other lane and hit the other car. 

The road is closed between Caputo and Forest roads.



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Police Search for Person of Interest in Plainfield Gun Theft

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Plainfield police are looking for a person of interest in the theft of a car from a local gas station on Sunday night. 

Police said the gray 2004 Toyota Tundra, with the Connecticut license plate, was stolen from the Mobil Gas Station at 518 Norwich Road in Plainfield around 11 p.m. 

Police have released a photo of a person of interest. 

He is around 6-feet-tall, weighs 250 pounds and was last seen wearing dark jeans, a white button-up shirt and dark dress shoes. 

Anyone who finds the vehicle or has any information about the vehicle theft should call Officer Jose Diaz at 860-564-0804.



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New Milford Man Hit Police Cruiser in Naugatuck: Police

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A New Milford man is accused of hitting a police cruiser in Naugatuck and officers said he was under the influence. 

Police said Joshua Thomas, 26, of New Milford, was driving recklessly on Cherry Street in Naugatuck on June 16 and almost hit a police officer who was hitting traffic. Then he hit another officer’s cruiser, police said. 

Thomas was arrested on July 16 and charged with operating under the influence, reckless driving, evading responsibility, failure to obey an officer’s signal, possession or use of drug paraphernalia and second-degree reckless endangerment. 

He is due in Waterbury Superior Court on July 27. 



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Fire Breaks Out at 6-Family Home in Meriden

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Crews responded to a fire at a six-family home on Britannia Street in Meriden this morning and the residents will not be able to immediately return home. 

No one was injured in the fire, but heat was a factor in extinguishing it, officials said. 

No additional information was available.

Cause of 911 Outage Has Not Been Determined

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The statewide 911 system was temporarily down on Friday evening and state police said on Monday afternoon that AT&T has resolved the issue, but it's not clear what caused the outage.

State police said the 911 system appeared to run fine for a few minutes before it shuts down.

Anyone with an emergency was urged to dial 911 first, but if they do not immediately reach a dispatcher they should hang up and call the local department's routine line, state police said. A list of some of those numbers is available at the bottom of this story.

State police said it appeared the system went down completely for about 10 minutes at about 6:25 p.m. and some towns saw intermittent issues through the evening.

According to the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection website, some departments across the state have a program called Next Generation 911, a new system that is in the process of being implemented across the state. The system is better at pinpointing calls and will eventually be able to accept text messages, unlike older systems.

Wolcott was one of the police departments that experienced issues.

“It was 22 minutes after 6, my dispatcher noticed that the 911 was down,” Wolcott police Chief Edward Stephens said. He explained that a technician was called to transfer any emergency calls from Wolcott to Waterbury, which uses a different 911 system.

Some affected towns sent out automated calls to warn residents of the issues. In New Britain, police made themselves as visible as possible to residents, in case they needed to be flagged down.

“We deployed all our officers out within their districts, no breaks everyone staying proactive,” New Britain police Chief James Wardwell said over the phone.

Meriden and Middletown set up special phone numbers for residents to call while the issues persisted. Meriden also stationed officers and ambulances at the firehouse in the event of an emergency. Meriden dispatchers said they had no reported emergencies that required a response during the outage, and systems went back up around midnight.

Towns and alternate phone numbers (this is NOT a full list):

East Haven

(203) 468-3820

Enfield

(860) 763-8911

Fairfield

(203) 254-4800

Guilford

Police: (203) 453-8061

Fire/EMS: (203) 453-8407 or (203) 453-8408

Haddam

(860) 399-7921

Madison

(203) 245-2721

Meriden

(203) 630-6345

Middletown

(860) 638-4010

Naugatuck

(203) 729-5222

New Britain

(860) 826-3050

Newington

(860) 666-8445

North Haven

(203) 484-2703

State Police Troop A Barracks

(203) 267-2200

State Police Troop B Barracks

(860) 824-2500

State Police Troop C Barracks

(860) 896-3200

State Police Troop D Barracks

(860) 779-4900

State Police Troop E Barracks

(860) 848-6500

State Police Troop F Barracks

(860) 399-2100

State Police Troop G Barracks

(203) 696-2500

State Police Troop H Barracks

(860) 534-1000

State Police Troop I Barracks

(203) 393-4200

West Haven

(203) 937-3900

Willimantic

(860) 465-3135

Wolcott

(203) 879-1414

Man Points Gun at Boy, Steals Bike, Shoplifts from Store: Police

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Hamden police are trying to identify the man who pointed a gun in a 9-year-old boy’s face, then stole his bicycle. Authorities also believe he’s the same man who shoplifted at the Dollar General and threatened to shoot employees. 

Police officers responded to the Dollar General, at 1926 State St. around 5 p.m. on Friday to investigate a shoplifting and learned that a man had pointed a gun in the face of a 9-year-old boy who was riding his bicycle on Ridge Road and stole the bike. 

Police said the bike was found outside the Dollar General and they believe the bike thief is the same person who tried to leave the store with items hidden, told the employees he had a gun and threatened to shoot them. 

As the shoplifter tried to leave the store, an employee shut the power to the sliding glass door, but the shoplifter used a metal shelf to break the door. 

The man appeared to be in his 40s and he was wearing a baseball hat, police said. 

Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Brian Stewart of the Hamden Police Department Detective Division at (203) 230-4040. 

DEA, Bomb Squad, State Police, DEEP Respond to Higganum

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Several emergency crews responded to a report of unknown chemicals located at a residence in Higganum.

State police, the state police bomb squad, Drug Enforcement Agency and the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection's Emergency Response Unit were on the scene at 34 Ponsett Road in Higganum after unknown chemicals were located.

State police said the Statewide Narcotics Task Force was investigating. Reinforcements  

Officials from DEEP said they are there for chemical precursor identification, sampling and waste disposal.

The scene has since been cleared. 



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Police Investigate Death of Motorcyclist in Stratford

Obama Presents Vietnam War Veteran With Medal of Honor

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President Barack Obama awarded the nation's highest military honor to a Vietnam War veteran on Monday, noting that the story of retired Lt. Col. Charles Kettles' bravery nearly 50 years ago serves as great inspiration at a time when Americans could use some. 

Kettles led helicopter flights carrying reinforcements to U.S. soldiers and evacuated the wounded after they were ambushed in combat operations near Duc Pho in May 1967, helping to save more than soldiers. 

Obama said the story was quintessentially American because Kettles showed the importance of looking out for others and how nobody should be left behind. 

"This shouldn't just be a creed for our soldiers. This should be a creed for all of us," Obama said. 

Obama said during the ceremony that after police shootings in Dallas and Baton Rouge, the nation has had "let's face it, a couple of tough weeks." 

"For us to remember the goodness and decency of the American people in a way that we can all look out for each other even when times are tough, even when the odds are against us, what a wonderful inspiration, what a great gift for us to be able to celebrate something like this," Obama said. 

Obama told how Kettles repeatedly returned to a landing zone under heavy fire. He is credited with helping to save 40 soldiers and four members of his unit. During the final evacuation effort, he was advised that eight soldiers had been unable to reach the helicopters, so he returned without benefit of artillery or tactical aircraft support. 

The Army said his helicopter was hit by a mortar round that damaged the main rotor blade and shattered both front windshields. Small arms and machine gun fire also raked the helicopter. 

"In spite of the severe damage to his helicopter, Kettles once more skillfully guided his heavily damaged aircraft to safety," the Army said in describing his actions. "Without his courageous actions and superior flying skills, the last group of soldiers and his crew would never have made it off the battlefield." 

The Veterans History Project launched a formal campaign to upgrade Kettles' Distinguished Service Cross for his actions that day to the Medal of Honor. After the Pentagon agreed his actions merited an upgrade, Congress passed legislation waiving a time limitation for the award, and paving the way for Obama's action.

Obama said Kettles was humble and described how Kettles had noted there were some 74 pilots and crew members serving in that mission. Obama said that Kettles had remarked of the ceremony: "This seems like a hell of a lot of fuss for something that happened 50 years ago."



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Ailes May Be Let Go From Fox This Week: Report

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Roger Ailes' days at Fox News may be numbered, according to a new report.

According to New York Magazine's Daily Intelligencer, two sources claim 21st Century Fox co-chairmen Rupert Murdoch and Lachlan Murdoch and CEO James Murdoch will remove Ailes from his current post of chairman and CEO of Fox News.

James, in particular, believes that Ailes should be asked to resign or be fired this week, the sources added. The elder Murdoch and Lachlan are leaning towards making the decision after the GOP convention.

Fox News did not respond to requests for comment. Parent company 21st Century Fox said, "This matter is not yet resolved and the review is not concluded," CNBC reported.

Ailes is embroiled in a sexual harassment lawsuit brought forward by former Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson. Ailes denied the claims in a statement, saying Carlson was filing a "retaliatory suit" because of network not renewing her show due to "disappointingly low ratings."



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Sanders Fans Plan DNC 'Fart-In' Protest

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A number of Bernie Sanders supporters are organizing a "fart-in" for July 28 both inside Philadelphia's Wells Fargo Center and outside on the street at the moment presumptive Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton accepts the party's nomination, NBC News reported. 

After putting the word out about the fart-in through her national organization, the Poor People's Economic Human Rights Campaign, organizer Cheri Honkala said she began receiving beans from all over the country.

Honkala said organizers will erect a shantytown dubbed "Clintonville" in Kensington, one of Philadelphia's poorest neighborhoods, where protesters can load up on beans before Clinton's nomination is announced next Thursday.

Honkala said the organization also plans to protest for economic justice beginning at 3 p.m. at Philadelphia's City Hall next Monday, when the Democratic convention begins. Her group was also scheduled to take part in an "End Poverty Now!" demonstration in Cleveland on Monday, the first day of the Republican convention.



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'US Was Not Involved in Turkey Coup Attempt': Official

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The U.S. ambassador to Turkey denied any American role in an attempted coup there, saying Monday that speculation to that effect was "categorically untrue."

Tensions between the two countries have escalated since members of the Turkish military tried and failed to seize power on Friday. Turkey's Labor Minister Suleyman Soylu has suggested Washington was behind the plot.

"Some news reports — and, unfortunately, some public figures — have speculated that the United States in some way supported the coup attempt," Ambassador John Bass said in a statement Monday. "This is categorically untrue."

Central to the friction between Washington and Ankara is Fetullah Gulen, a cleric who lives in self-imposed exile in Pennsylvania and who Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has blamed for orchestrating the putsch, NBC News reported.

Gulen denies the charges — even raising the possibility the coup attempt may have been staged, but Erdogan has demanded his extradition from the U.S.



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Teen Attacks Passengers on Train in Germany

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An Afghan teen attacked passengers on a train in Germany Monday using bladed weapons, severely injuring at least three people, and was later shot dead by a SWAT-style team, authorities said.

The incident happened on a train in Heidingsfeld, near Würzburg, police said. The weapons were described as an ax and a knife, NBC News reported.

Officers shot and killed the attacker, police said.

The attacker was a 17-year-old Afghan man, Bavaria's interior minister, Joachim Herrmann, said in an interview on German public television ARD. Herrmann said the police team shot the attacker after he exited the train and charged them.

Police said it is too early to determine a motive or whether the incident might be terrorism related.

The attack on the train comes days after a driver rammed a truck into a crowd in Nice, France, at the end of a Bastille Day fireworks show, killing 84 people. Authorities in France have called that attack an act of terrorism.



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Highlights From the 2016 Republican National Convention

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The Republican National Convention kicked off on Monday evening, July 18, 2016, when a call for a state-by-state roll call vote was denied. Protesters and Trump-fans gathered outside the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio, where convention speakers will include Melania Trump, Ben Carson, Marco Rubio, Rudy Giuliani, as well as Trump's children.

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Driver Exits Car With Tire Iron in Road Rage Incident

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A driver got out of her car with a tire iron during a road rage incident in Cromwell on Monday, police said. 

The complainant told police that while on the intersection of Route 372 and Country Squire Drive, a woman, identified as Shicondra Perry, got out of her car and threatened another driver she had been following, Cromwell Police said. 

When the driver tried to get away from Perry, the 24-year-old got back into her car and followed the car through a condo complex, back onto Route 372, according to police. 

Perry turned herself into police shortly after the incident. She was charged with second-degree breach of peace, second-degree threatening and following too close with intent to harass. In addition to the charges listed Perry was also charged with failure to respond to an infraction relating to an outstanding arrest warrant. 

Her bond was set at $2,500 for the road rage incident and $100 for the other arrest warrant. 



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