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Newtown Robbery Suspect Arrested at Waterbury Hotel

Man Linked to New Haven Shooting Arrested


Police arrested a man in connection to a New Haven shooting earlier this week, but not specifically with the assault of the 24-year-old victim, police said on Friday. 

On Wednesday, police responded to 43-45 Kensington street at 10:34 a.m. to investigate a shooting.

Police found the victim with a non-life threatening wound to his leg.

A search warrant was executed on Thursday for an undisclosed New Haven location, where the firearm was located. 

Police arrested and charged Ibrahim Shareef, 29, a convicted felon, with criminal possession of a pistol, unlawful discharge of a firearm and illegally carrying a pistol without a permit. 

The investigations for the 24-year-old victims assault and the July 23 murder of Daryl Wayne Belton, which also happened on Kensington Street, remain on-going. 

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Campers Learn About Crime Investigation at CSI Camp


Campers at the University of New Haven are wrapping up another season of the university’s CSI Academy. 

During two, one-week sessions, high school students from around the region come to the West Haven campus to learn about careers in crime scene investigation, forensics and criminal justice. 

The camp aims to give kids something close to real world experience by showing them the sometimes graphic reality of careers investigating crimes. 

The camp culminates at UNH’s crime scene house, where several lifelike crime scenarios — including a murder-suicide and a drug deal gone wrong — are staged and students must analyze the scenes and figure out what may have happened.

“They have to process this death scene. Some may be a natural death, some may be a suicide, some may be a homicide. They’re going to have to determine what it is through the evidence, through information from the medical examiner’s office, through the forensic lab” said camp instructor Peter Massey, a former Hamden Police officer.

Many of the students said they want to pursue careers in the fields they learned about in camp.

“I really like blood and DNA and all of that stuff, so I would really like to work in a lab analyzing blood samples,” Samantha Markham, a rising senior at Jonathan Law High School, said.

“I’ve learned that this job is a lot more graphic than I had originally signed up for. But overall the whole science behind it is really cool,” said Nicole Catarino, a rising junior at Rahm High School.

To learn more about UNH’s CSI program, visit the school's website.

Appeals Court Rejects Strict NC Voting Law


A North Carolina voting law was struck down Friday by a federal appeals court, finding that Republican lawmakers intentionally discriminated against African-Americans, NBC News reported. 

According to the federal appeals court, the measure’s provisions "target African-Americans with almost surgical precision." The court found that African-American registration and turnout rates reached parity with those of whites by 2013. 

North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory, a Republican, signed and championed the law, which imposed a voter ID requirement, cut early voting opportunities, eliminated same-day voter registration and banned voting from outside precincts. 

A district court upheld the law, but the appeals court found it erred in its decision by seeing the law’s goals as partisan rather than race-based. 

"Before enacting that law, the legislature requested data on the use, by race, of a number of voting practices. Upon receipt of the race data, the General Assembly enacted legislation that restricted voting and registration in five different ways, all of which disproportionately affected African-Americans."

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Chelsea Manning Faces Charges After Suicide Attempt


Jailed transgender soldier Chelsea Manning is facing "administrative offenses" related to her July 5 suicide attempt that could result in indefinite solitary confinement, her attorneys have said.

Manning, who was convicted in 2013 on espionage charges for sending more than 700,000 classified documents to the anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks, was briefly hospitalized earlier this month for an unknown medical condition. It was later confirmed she had tried to end her own life. 

According to the American Civil Liberties Union, the new charges against Manning include "resisting the force cell move team," "prohibited property" and "conduct which threatens." 

A spokesman for the Army did not return NBC News' request for comment.

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Pence: 'Name Calling' Has No Place in Politics


Mike Pence called out President Barack Obama on Friday for indirectly referring to Donald Trump as a demagogue, saying “name calling” has “no place in public life,” NBC News reported. 

Pence told conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt he felt it was “unfortunate” that the president would use a term like that during his comments about Trump during his speech at the Democratic National Convention. 

The president took a swipe at Trump on Wednesday, but didn’t attach the demagogue label directly to Trump: “Anyone who threatens our values, whether fascists or communists or jihadists or homegrown demagogues, will always fail in the end," Obama said. 

Pence has promised to run a campaign free from personal attacks. But his comments back up against Trump’s use of derogatory nicknames over the last year including: "Little Michael Bloomberg", "Crooked Hillary" [Clinton], "Corrupt [Tim] Kaine", "Liddle Marco [Rubio]", "Lyin' Ted" [Cruz], "Crazy Bernie" [Sanders], "Goofy" [Elizabeth Warren] and "Low Energy Jeb" [Bush].

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New London Man Encounters Fraudulent Magazine Subscriptions


Door-to-door salesmen selling fraudulent magazine subscriptions have resurfaced in New London, according to Department of Consumer Protection.

The pitches happen nationwide but still, Joe Muscarella didn’t expect to find the salesmen knocking on his door on a quiet afternoon.

Muscarella said two gentlemen tried getting him to buy a subscription for more than $100 cash.

"After seeing how they responded and seeing their approach," said Muscarella. "It was very clear that their one motivation was money, and it wasn’t a career."

That money goes to the company, which supposedly employs inner city kids nationwide.

In reality, according to the Department of Consumer Protection spokesperson Lora Rae Anderson, many employees struggle to make ends meet.

“The long and short is they end up working under really poor labor conditions, they have ridiculous quotas they need to meet and sometimes end up owing the company,” said Anderson.

And the customers often don’t even get the subscription they paid for, according to the DCP, giving authorities little recourse since the companies are hard to trace and only accept cash.

“They’re looking for anybody who is willing to give them money— who is going to fall victim to those typical scam signs that we talk about all the time,” said Anderson.

Two big red flags—if someone demands cash, and if someone pressures you into making a decision right on the spot.

Anderson also advises against doing business with door-to-door sales people unless it’s someone you know, trust, and someone that will give you time to make your decision.

Three of Muscarella’s neighbors gave in to the solicitation—Muscarella did not.

Instead, he offered his own unsolicited advice right back.

"I was trying to let them know that what they were part of wasn't legitimate," said Muscarella. "And if they are really enterprising young men, they should (go back) to the gainful employment that they left."

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14,000 to Lose State Medicaid Benefits


Starting Aug. 1, more than 14,000 adults on Connecticut’s Medicaid program, Husky Connecticut, will have to find new healthcare providers. 

The enrollment period will close after sixty days.

The change comes from state budget cuts made last year in an effort to save money in the face of a mounting shortfall.

Previously, households of at least two adults earning up to $32,000 were eligible for Husky benefits, but as of July 1, that figure has been reduced to $25,000 for a two person household.

Children on Medicaid are not affected by the changes.

One group working to keep as many people covered as possible is Community Health Centers across Connecticut.

Nemanuel Martinez is certified to help people sign up for health plans ranging from Husky to all kinds of private offerings on Access Health CT, the state’s health insurance marketplace.

He’s worried that the people who have to sign up for coverage are doing so for the first time and aren’t familiar with the responsibilities involved.

"Along with the premium there’s copayments depending on the plan that they choose and enroll with," Martinez said. "There might be a deductible. So it’s a lifestyle that they’re going to have to get adjusted to."

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West Haven Beaches Reopening After Water Testing


West Haven beaches are reopening after sewage and black algae appeared in the water on Wednesday.

Water samples collected late Wednesday afternoon at city beaches and tested for 24 hours at a state Department of Agriculture lab have revealed fragments of decomposing seaweed, which are non-toxic and pose no health risks to the public, city health director Maureen B. Lillis said on Friday.

Bradley Point Beach has reopened, while Oak Street Beach and Altschuler Beach will reopen on Saturday morning. 

Officials were asking people not to swim at West Haven beaches after sewage and black algae appeared in the water on Wednesday.

Beachgoers saw a "large, dark area" across a mile-long stretch in the water heading toward land around 2 p.m., West Haven Fire Department Chief Robert Schwartz said. 

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Wisc. Teen Cut Victim's Throat in 'First Kill': Records


A 14-year-old girl in Wisconsin has been charged with attempted murder for allegedly cutting another teen’s throat, NBC News reported. 

The attack happened in the town of New Richmond on Wednesday. The victim survived. 

The attacker allegedly rode her bike to the 15-year-old victim’s house and broke bowls over her head, using the shards as knives.

According to court documents, the attacker told her victim she was a psychopath committing her first kill and that she would likely kill again. She allegedly asked the victim if she wanted to “die now” or “bleed out.” 

The 14-year-old is being held in the county’s juvenile jail, according to police. NBC News is not identifying her because of her age.

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Centerplan Sues Yard Goats Owner


Centerplan, the fired developer of Dunkin’ Donuts Park has now taken legal action against both the city and on Friday, the owner of the Hartford Yard Goats, Josh Solomon.

Solomon owns Double Play LLC, the company that owns the Yard Goats.

Centerplan alleges in a lawsuit filed July 28 that Solomon intentionally interfered with DoNo Hartford LLC’s contractual agreement with the city, in order to set up the stadium development in a way where it would fail, leaving Solomon in a position to benefit from the failure.

This latest legal action comes as Solomon’s relationship with the City of Hartford appears to have soured, as he sent a letter just yesterday threatening to find a new home ballpark in 2017 if there isn’t a plan to complete the stadium for the 2017 season within the next 180 days.

The city responded by saying the insurance company that holds the surety for the stadium is still investigating, and there hasn’t been a conclusion reached.

According to the lawsuit filed in Hartford Superior Court, attorneys for Centerplan, the company that controls DoNo Hartford LLC, wrote, “The Ballclub and Mr. Solomon knew that if the Project was not completed by September 1, 2016, and the failure was solely the fault of DoNo, then the City could terminate the related agreement perhaps grant Mr. Solomon’s companies the right to develop the surrounding properties.”

The suit alleges that a meeting took place between Solomon and city officials, and a new construction company not previously connected to the stadium, John Moriarty and Associates. It was during that meeting, Centerplan alleges, that Moriarty decided to go forward with contacting subcontractors about continuing construction on the stadium.

The suit also alleges that Solomon continued to make changes to the design of the stadium, knowing the changes would lead to missed deadlines, therefore boosting his position, and the theory laid out by Centerplan.

Centerplan has already sued the city looking for an injunction to stop any new progress, and to rescind the city’s termination of Centerplan.

NBC Connecticut reached out to the Hartford Yard Goats for comment but calls weren’t immediately returned Friday.

Centerplan said Solomon interfered with business relations between the city and the company, and those actions violated state labor laws. The company is seeking a total of $30 million in addition to all costs and legal fees relating to the suit.

Opening Day was slated for April, then pushed back to May. Construction stopped on the stadium last month.

HDI Union Employees Will Attend Mass Shooting Memorial Next Week


The sixth anniversary of a mass shooting at Hartford Distributors in Manchester is next week -- but for nearly two months the distributor’s warehouse employees and drivers have been locked out as the company and the union fight over a new contract.

So will those workers be able to attend the memorial?

While union negotiations are unresolved, both union workers and HDI have agreed to have a temporary truce for next week’s memorial.

HDI attorney, Bud O’Donnell, told NBC Connecticut in a statement:

"Ross Hollander (the company’s president) thought it was appropriate that the company and the union put aside their differences to remember the lives of their fellow employees, which ended so tragically."

O'Donnell said the company has even asked those employees to be involved in the planning of the memorial.

While Teamsters Local 1035 union workers have been picketing at HDI since June 8th as HDI bosses try to work on a new contract for those employees, they said now is the time to take a break in memory of the 8 people killed inside the distribution company in 2010. Two others were wounded. The HDI employee and shooter also turned the gun on himself.

"We don’t want to bring a labor dispute to do anything to take away from our members that we’ve lost. We’d never do that. we wouldn’t hold that. We want to make sure the families have the right to go onto the property and see it."

The memorial will be held at 7 a.m. on Aug. 3 at HDI in Manchester.

While everyone agrees on paying tribute to those lost six years ago, both sides will continue contract negotiations.

O'Donnell said HDI will have discussions with union officials on Monday about having workers come back to work, even though they’re still in talks.

Web's Beloved Dogs Meet at Facebook


Two social media powerhouses joined together for a business lunch at Facebook's Menlo Park headquarters on Thursday, no doubt striking a few business deals, comparing notes on the best brands of dog food, and arguing over who really is the internet's favorite dog. 

The dress code was, ahem, collar optional. 

Beast Zuckerberg, sporting a professional top-knot (or is it a dogbun?), invited social media star Doug the Pug for a sit down chat. The meeting's minutes and agenda were not released to the public, so there's no way to know for sure what the pooches were plotting. 

However, a photograph Beast's personal assistant, Mark Zuckerberg, posted to Facebook does provide some hints: 

"Apparently Beast had an important meeting at the office today with Doug the Pug," Zuckerberg wrote on Facebook. "They agree that Facebook needs more kibble and belly rubs. Beast also wants some sheep."

After their clandestine luncheon, Doug the Pug used his vast social media following to share a picture of the new business buddies, although Doug couldn't help throwing a little shade in the process. 

Beast has yet to respond to this potential dig via his personal Facebook.

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Kaine Contradicts Clinton on Abortion Funding


Democratic vice presidential nominee Tim Kaine seemingly contradicted the assertion, made by Hillary Clinton's campaign and his own spokesperson, that he would work with the nominee on restoring Medicaid funding for abortion, NBC News reported.

Clinton has come out strongly in favor of repealing the Hyde Amendment, which bans public funding for abortion except in cases of rape, incest and life endangerment. The current Democratic platform contains the strongest language yet against Hyde.

In an interview with CNN Friday, Kaine said, "I have been for the Hyde Amendment. I haven't changed my position on that." He then repeated it: "I have not changed my position. Have not changed my position on that."

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Olympian Sister Rivalry


It may be typical for there to be a little sibling rivalry among brothers and sisters, but for fencing Olympians Kelley and Courtney Hurley, they might just be the closest sisters you’ve ever met.

“There was definitely some competitive battles we had, but as soon as we left for college I feel like I really was able to sort of separate myself from Courtney and realize I don’t have to compare myself, I am who I am,” Kelley Hurley said.

Kelley and Courtney are headed for their second Olympic games together, among seven sets of siblings competing in Rio this year. 

In 2012 the sisters took home the bronze medal in the Women’s Team Epee at the London Games.

“I mean two medals for one family that’s hard to do,” Courtney Hurley said. “So winning with my sister and also my parents in the crowd, you can’t beat that feeling.”

Fencing isn't new to the Hurley family.

Kelley and Courtney’s parents met in fencing and introduced the girls to the sport when they were around seven or eight years old.

“I think it comes with our family. The way our family works, we call ourselves Team Hurley, mom and dad and Courtney and I, it’s a win for Team Hurley,” Kelley said. “We don’t look at it as me trying to prove I’m better than Courtney, that’s not the way we were raised.”

Both sisters attended the University of Notre Dame because of its notable fencing program. Kelley attended the university two years before Courtney. Courtney was between Notre Dame and Ohio State University.

“If Courtney had gone to Ohio State University that probably wouldn’t have helped our bond,” Kelley said.

The Hurley sisters lived together throughout college and as they have progressed in the sport. For the past year Kelley and Courtney have lived in Houston, Texas.

“The awesome thing about having my sister there is I truly want her to do well,” Kelley said. “And in fencing I find that to be very rare to want the best for them [sibling].”

Kelley and Courtney motivate each other every day to practice and train.

“We genuinely want us to do well,” Courtney Hurley said. “I don’t think I’ve ever smack-talked Kelley.”

A friendly sibling rivalry moment when they were starting-off in the sport, Kelley Hurley recalls it happening just once.

"There was one time I lost and Courtney said I sucked," Kelly Hurley said as she laughed.

The sisters have competed against each other multiple times in America but never against each other in international competitions. As for the Rio Games, the chance of competing against each other would be at the very end of the Olympics.

“I think if we did run into each other, it depends on what round, if it depends on a medal or no medal, it would be a pretty intense match,” Kelley Hurley said. “A win’s a win for Team USA and Team Hurley.”

The Hurley sisters hope that regardless of the competition, one of them makes it to the end.

“We can’t both win,” Kelley Hurley said. “That’s what happens when you pick the same sport.”

As for now, Kelley and Courtney are unsure what the future holds for the Hurley Team.

“I think eventually we’re going to part ways, I don’t know if it’s now or after the Olympics,” Courtney Hurley said. “We thought about recently that this might be the end and this might be a break and it’s kind of sad because we’ve always lived with each other.”

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Man Rescued From Sewage Line


Neighbors in Philadelphia cheered as rescuers pulled a man out alive who'd purposely jumped into the sewer and then got sucked down Friday afternoon.

The 46-year-old man removed a storm drain that covered an 18-inch pipe and leapt in. Suction from rushing water below pulled him down about 10 feet.

Emergency crews worked for several hours at the intersection of 9th and Pike Streets in the Hunting Park neighborhood of Philadelphia in what the fire commissioner called a difficult environment filled with sewage and water.

"Very challenging incident. Very difficult rescue." Commissioner Adam Thiel said. "It was very dark so they have to deploy all these specialized techniques with all this specialized equipment."

Rescuers had to ventilate the area due to toxic and flammable gasses before they climbed down a ladder to reach the man.

The victim was in stable condition at Temple hospital. Rescue workers had to decontaminate.

The police department and water department workers assisted in the rescue.

"This is what we do... All of us working for you every day," Thiel said.

Photo Credit: Special to NBC10
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Koch Donor Retreat Convenes Under Trump's Shadow


Wealthy Republican donors are descending on Colorado Springs, Colorado, this weekend to attend the Charles and David Koch bi-annual retreat where the cloud of Donald Trump hovers over the rich influencers, NBC News reported.

The wealthy conservative activists and the sum of their vast donor network have shunned Trump throughout the entire presidential election. But as they gather this weekend, Trump is sure to be a topic of discussion as it's the first time the group is meeting since Trump was crowned as the Republican nominee.

Trump, coincidentally or not, held a rally in Colorado Springs Friday despite being 10 points behind in the latest poll in Colorado, a gap that explains why Democrat Hillary Clinton pulled advertising from the state.

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France Faces Questions Over Monitoring Extremists


France is facing questions over its monitoring of extremists after both of the attackers who slit the throat of an elderly priest were known to authorities - including a teen who twice tried to wage jihad in Syria, NBC News reported. 

Adel Kermiche, 19, was intercepted and arrested as he traveled to fight alongside ISIS using family members' identity documents two times last year.

He was put under house arrest in his hometown of Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray near Rouen, Normandy, with an electronic surveillance ankle bracelet after a judge freed him, terror prosecutor Francois Molins said.

Kermiche was one of 1,100 French citizens or residents who want to travel to the Middle East to fight alongside ISIS or who have already been and come back, according to government estimates.

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3 Partygoers Fatally Shot in Wash., Suspect Held


A shooting at a house party in Mukilteo, Washington, left three people dead and a fourth injured, police and city officials said Saturday, NBC News reported. 

About 15-20 teens and young adults were inside a home when a suspect walked in and opened fire.

One suspect has been apprehended many miles from where the shooting took place. Police said no other suspects were being sought. They did not provide additional details. 

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Slain Soldier's Dad: GOP Must Take 'Moral Stand' on Trump


One of the standout speeches at the Democratic National Convention came not from the slew of politicians or celebrities but from the parents of a Muslim-American war hero who shared a stirring reprimand for GOP candidate Donald Trump. But that was only part of their message.

Khizr Khan appeared on MSNBC's "Last Call With Lawrence O'Donnell" on Friday with his wife Ghazala Khan and said there were two other individuals he wanted to address: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker Paul Ryan.

Khan called both men "patriots" and "decent human beings" and appealed to them: "Isn't it time to repudiate Trump?"

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