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Decomposing Body Found in Field by Hartford Police Department

Fire Scorches 2,500 Acres in SoCal


After a fast-moving brush fire charred more than 14 square miles during a punishing summer heat wave in Southern California, burning mobile homes and forcing 82,000 people to evacuate, Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency.

The so-called Blue Cut Fire, named because it started near a trail called Blue Cut, erupted at 10:36 a.m. Tuesday in the Cajon Pass near Kenwood Avenue west of Interstate 15.

Nobody was seriously hurt, but the fire left two firefighters with minor injuries.

Two firefighters were hurt when they became trapped by fire while defending homes and assisting evacuations in the Swarthout Canyon area west of the Cajon Pass. They took shelter in a home, but were briefly hospitalized and returned to the fire line defending structures.

Ash rained down from above as motorists snapped pictures and videos of the large black and gray plume rising above the Cajon Pass. Smoke could be seen in Big Bear Lake.

At least eight communities were under evacuation orders, affecting 82,340 people, according to fire officials. 

Up to 800 people evacuated Lytle Creek, a community along the eastern edge of the San Gabriel Mountains.

One resident who only gave NBC4 her first name, Amber, said she was in the shower when deputies knocked on her door in the Happy Jack community and asked her to evacuate.

She grabbed what she could, including her dogs, and took off. But she said her neighbor refused to evacuate and remains in her house. Communication is sketchy in the area.

"There is no escape," she said. "This was the time for me to go."

The blaze closed the main route to Nevada as the 15/215 interchange was shut down. 

The fire shut down both directions of Interstate 15 from Oak Hill Road to Kenwood Avenue, Caltrans reported. A photo from a motorist showed a line of vehicles sitting on a stretch of highway under a red, apocalyptic plume. A video on Instagram showed cars and semis stranded on Interstate 15. A cement truck can be seen driving in reverse.

Highway 138 to Lone Pine Canyon was closed. A video by a newspaper reporter showed flames approaching State Route 138, which runs east-west along the northern foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains and the Mojave Desert.

The fire disrupted the first day of school for many in the region.

Students at Kimbark Elementary School were being transported to Cesar Chavez School in San Bernardino. Snowline Unified School District also evacuated student to Wrightwood Elementary School. Any parents who could not pick up their children by 3 p.m. would be reunited at Serrano High School.

Bus routes were canceled in Wrightwood and the West Cajon Valley for Snowline Unified. Any students who were aboard buses on the route would also be taken to Serrano High School.

Red Cross emergency shelters were set up for evacuees at the Jessie Turner Community Center, 15556 Summit Ave., in Fontana, and also at Sultana High School, at 17311 Sultana St., in Hesperia, which has become the designated overnight shelter.

A shelter for large and small animals can be taken to the Devore Animal Shelter, 19777 Shelter Way or the San Bernardino County Fairgrounds, at 14800 Seventh St., in Victorville.

BNSF Railway Company also halted train operations through the Cajon Pass Tuesday due to the blaze.

The fire is raging during an extreme heat wave and a historic drought and when a red-flag fire warning and an air quality alert was issued for the area.

The number of fires in the state has grown 20 percent over the last decade, going from more than 4,800 fires in 2006 to nearly 5,800 fires in 2015, according to data from the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

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Protesters Stage Demonstration Against Chief Esserman


Gathered outside the New Haven Police Department, a small group of protesters called on the resignation or removal of Chief Dean Esserman as the city’s top cop.

“He cannot have temper tantrums in public,” said Lia Miller-Granger, an organizer from Black Lives Matter New Haven. “He cannot directly demean the people who are supposed to work under him and the residents of the city without being held accountable.”

Chief Esserman was scheduled to return to work after a 15 working day paid leave of absence for berating a waitress at Archie Moore’s Restaurant in New Haven.

Instead, Mayor Toni Harp (D) said in a statement Monday he is now on “temporary sick leave.”

“If somebody is bullying at the top that filters down throughout the rest of the force,” protester Norman Clement said, “it gives license to the next guy to do it.”

Two of New Haven’s Assistant Police Chiefs watched the protesters before they marched to meet up with another group of Church Street.

Right before going on paid leave, Chief Esserman flew to Washington, D.C. for a discussion with President Obama on improving police and community relations.

Esserman’s supporters point out crime in the past five years has declined under his leadership.

“Although Esserman is at the top head,” Miller-Granger said, “he is not directly responsible for what is going on in the city. The police officers and residents are and I definitely thank them.”

Two sources, one with police and one with the city, confirm another episode of questionable behavior by Chief Esserman. Back in October 2014, they say he got into an argument with the Secret Service during a visit by First Lady Michelle Obama.

Mayor Harp has declined NBC Connecticut’s interview requests. It is unclear how long Esserman will be on sick leave.

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Weightlifter's Medal Celebration Warms Grandma's Heart


By all accounts, Sarah Robles has had an incredible Rio Olympics.

On Sunday, Robles won bronze in the super heavyweight division. It was the first U.S. medal in weightlifting in 16 years.

When Robles made her final lift that would secure her bronze, she let out a scream that could be heard throughout Rio, dropped to her sunflower-patterned knee guards and slapped the floor. She then got up, blew kisses to the crowd and curtsied off the stage in her mismatched socks.

Watch it here:

It was a fitting reaction from an athlete who has a larger-than-life personality.

The California native is boisterous before her lifts, letting out a giant scream before attempts.

“Sometimes I yell before I lift to scare away the bad guys that are in there,” she told NBC Sports. “If I’m the loudest voice, there’s no one else in my mind telling me I can’t do it.”

Robles’ exuberance continued Sunday on the medal stand, where she was captured in a not-so-traditional medal pose.

Later, with that bronze medal around her neck, Robles dropped to the floor and did “platform angels” to celebrate even more.

Robles bronze is the first medal for a U.S. weightlifter since Tara Nott and Cheryl Haworth medaled in 2000. The last U.S. men’s medal was in 1984.

So this was a big deal. And Robles knew exactly who her first phone call was going to be to after the medal ceremony.

“You have to call your grandma,” she said. “They’re old, you never know what’s going to happen. I might as well call her first. I’m not going to wait until I get home or the next time I see her. I knew she’d appreciate it. I love calling her on Sundays. She loves when I say ‘Happy Sunday.’ So that was the happiest of Sundays and I had to share it with her.”

She also shared some final thoughts on Instagram, with a very moving post about everything she’s been through to become an Olympic medalist:

You want to have this moment?


People calling you a cheat?

Battle back

Getting bullied for being fat?

Battle back


Battle back


Battle back

No money?

Battle back

No coach?

Battle back

No place to train?

Battle back

Bombed out at your last meet?

Battle back

Being told you didn't earn it?

Battle back

It's been a long, tough, journey but, I battled my way back.

The best performance of my life! Three personal records, made all of my lifts, got closer to the American and Pan American Records, became one of only three American women to earn a medal at the Olympic Games and showed people that it can be done! iSi se puede!

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Bantam Lake Beaches Closed Due to Algae


Don’t get in the water - that’s the message today from the Torrington Area Health District.

They’ve now closed three public beaches on Bantam Lake after finding what could potentially be a harmful type of algae in the water.

Morris and Litchfield town officials have decided to close Morris Town Beach, Sandy Beach and Litchfield Town Beach.

The beaches have been closed since Friday.

Torrington Area Health District officials told NBC Connecticut the recommended closure is based on a visual inspection of those beaches and the lack of clarity in the water. They believe there is a potential of a blue-green algae bloom, which could produce harmful toxins in the water that can cause skin irritation and if ingested, lead to intestinal problems.

The observations were made last Thursday by the Torrington Area Health District.

Between the hot and humid weather Connecticut has had the last several days and the lack of rainfall, it makes for a positive environment for the algae blooms.

Now health district officials are testing the water every day.

“My view was even to boaters going off of our boat launch where our beach is the potential of them getting in the water, getting splashed, possibly going into their mouth and things we said we’d close it down completely and that’s what we did,” said Litchfield First Selectman, Leo Paul Jr.

Anyone who does come in contact with the water is advised to shower or hose off immediately.

Health district officials said some cool weather and rainfall could help get rid of the algae.

There’s no word on how long the beaches will be closed.

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Drug Kingpin's Son Taken in Mass Kidnapping: Officials


The son of jailed drug kingpin Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán was among among the several people recently kidnapped from a swanky restaurant in the resort town of Puerto Vallarta, a Mexican prosecutor said Tuesday.

The prosecutor confirmed that Guzman's son was kidnapped, The Associated Press reported. Earlier, Jalisco state Attorney General Eduardo Almaguer told Radio Formula "it is presumed" though not confirmed that Ivan Archivaldo Guzmán was abducted from the La Leche restaurant by seven gunmen early Monday, NBC News reported.

The victims turned out to be six men who "were not tourists or residents who work in legal activities," Almaguer said later at a press conference. "They were people tied to a criminal group we can very clearly presume."

Almaguer said the the kidnapping victims were partying when the gunmen burst inside the restaurant around 1 a.m. Monday and rounded them up without firing a shot. Five cars belonging to the missing men were still in the parking lot when cops arrived.

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Police Search for Suspect Linked to Hamden Robbery, Sexual Assault


Police are searching for the suspect involved in a robbery and sexual assault that happened in Hamden on Monday. 

At 3:30 p.m., Hamden Police responded to a report of a woman attacked in an apartment on Mix Avenue, police said. 

The victim was followed by the suspect into the foyer of the apartment. The suspect pointed a gun at the woman and shoved her into a nearby stairwell, police said.

At that time, the man inappropriately touched the woman before stealing her pocketbook, Hamden Police said.

The man is described as being in his 30s, 5'10", muscular and wearing a tee shirt with shorts and weightlifting gloves. 

Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Joseph Liguori of the Hamden Police Department Major Crimes Division at (203) 230-4040.

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A Belly Flop, an Act of Sportsmanship and Biles' 4th Gold


U.S. gymnast Simone Biles pulls out her namesake move, distance runners demonstrate Olympic selflessness and an Irish boxer stomps around the ring.

In case you missed them, memorable moments from Day 11 at the Rio Games. 

"The Biles" Wins Another Gold

U.S. gymnast Simone Biles, the all-around champion of the Rio Games, tumbled her way to a fourth Olympic gold medal on Tuesday by winning the floor exercise.

Biles' routine featured her signature move, known as the Biles, a double layout with a half twist out.

Her success came a day after she faltered on the balance beam, dropping to bronze and losing a chance at a record five golds at a single Olympics. She had to grab the balance beam to steady herself.

Coming in second in Tuesday's floor exercise was Biles' teammate Aly Raisman, who won the silver medal with a routine that included a double layout. Britain's Amy Tinkler took the bronze.

Biles is the fifth woman to win four gold medals in gymnastics at a single Olympic Games.

The Best of the Olympic Spirit

The Olympic spirt was on full display during a heat of the women's 5,000 meter Monday after U.S. distance runner Abbey D'Agostino clipped New Zealand's Nikki Hamblin from behind when Hamblin slowed to avoid another runner. Both women fell to the track.

D'Agostino got up but then waited for Hamblin, who was still lying on the ground. They tried to continue but D'Agostino was hurt and in pain and told Hamblin to go on without her. Both finished with D'Agostino limping across the line. 

Afterward, according to The Los Angeles Times, Hamblin told reporters: "I went down, and I was like, 'What's happening? Why am I on the ground?' Then suddenly, there's this hand on my shoulder [and D'Agostino saying], 'Get up, get up, we have to finish this.' And I’m like, 'Yup, yup, you’re right. This is the Olympic Games. We have to finish this.'

"I'm so grateful for Abbey for doing that for me," she said. "That girl is the Olympic spirit right there. I’ve never met her before. I've never met this girl before, and isn't that just so amazing? Regardless of the race and the result on the board, that's a moment that you're never, ever going to forget for the rest of your life, that girl shaking my shoulder like, 'Come on, get up.'"

After an appeal both women were advanced to the final on Friday.

Love Lingers in Rio

Track and field athlete Will Claye had more to celebrate on Tuesday than winning his second straight silver medal in the triple jump.

Moments after winning his medal, the 25-year-old proposed to his girlfriend Queen Harrison, a former Olympic sprinter.

American Christian Taylor took home gold in the event.

Claye and Harrison are only the most recent couple to become engaged at the Rio Games. Two days earlier Chinese diver He Zi was proposed to while on the podium for winning a silver medal. Last week Brazilian rugby player Isadora Cerullo also became engaged to her girlfriend, who was working at the stadium. British race walker Tom Bosworth also proposed to his boyfriend yesterday in Rio.

Boxing Loss Prompts Tirade

Irish boxer Michael Conlan launched into a rant when he lost a unanimous decision in a bantamweight bout that cost him a chance at a medal.

Russia's Vladimir Nikitin won the decision.

The 24-year-old Conlan, who won a bronze in the 2012 London Games, stormed around the ring, made an obscene gesture toward the judges and gave two thumbs down as fans booed.

Afterward he accused the judges of robbing him of a victory, directed another obscenity at the International Boxing Association and vowed never to fight in an amateur competition again. In a tweet he implied the Russians had paid for a victory.

His was not the only disputed decision. Another Russian, heavyweight Evgeny Tishchenko, was booed when he won gold.

Boxing News reported that both bouts were among those being brought before a review panel. Judges are evaluated throughout the Games however there is no mechanism for appeals from teams to overturn results.

Another Diver Belly Flops

Malaysian diver Ahmad Amsyar Azman is the latest addition to the growing list of Olympic flops, scoring a low 9.75 after landing in a belly flop during the 3-meter springboard preliminary.

The 23-year-old had seemed set to advance to the semi-finals after his first five dives, taking a comfortable 12th place, of which the top 18 qualified to progress.

But losing his balance on his sixth dive, Azman did not qualify for the next event.

Azman joins the ranks of reigning Russian Olympic diving champion Ilia Zakharov and Russian diver Nadezhda Bazhina.

Zakharov lost the chance to defend his champion title when he clipped the board in his first preliminary dive, landing in a large splash-inducing belly flop.

Bazhina's Olympic dreams ended when she back-flopped into the pool last week, scoring a rare zero points.

Bolt Bolts

Usain Bolt is already the first man to win three consecutive Olympic gold medals in the 100 meter.

Now he's going for the same distinction in the 200 meters.

On Tuesday, he finished his first round heat in 20.28 seconds. Justin Gatlin and Andre De Grasse, with whom he shared the 100-meter podium, also advanced.

Youngest U.S. Hurdler Out

Sydney McLaughlin, the youngest American athlete to compete in track and field events at the Olympics since 1972, failed to make the final for the 400 meter hurdles.

McLaughlin, who turned 17 just over a week ago, finished fifth in the semifinals on Tuesday. She made her Olympic debut in her qualifying heat on Monday.

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7 Body Found in Maryland Explosion


A seventh body was found Tuesday at the site of a massive explosion and fire at a Silver Spring, Maryland, apartment complex last week.

The news of the seventh body was released Tuesday evening.

Six other bodies have been recovered. The victims have yet to be positively identified, but authorities believe the victims are Saeda Ibrahim, 41; Augusto Jimenez Sr., age 62; Maria Auxiliadorai Castellon-Martinez, age 53; Aseged Mekonen, age 34; Deibi “David” Samir Lainez Morales, age 8; Fernando Josue Hernandez Orellana, age 3; and Saul Paniagua, age 65. 

Meanwhile, almost a week after the blast, residents who have been allowed to return say they are living in fear. 

"They were sleeping in the car for a while," said one resident in Spanish. "Now they've returned to the apartments, but they're afraid to turn the gas stove on. They're afraid to cook." 

A massive explosion tore through a building at the Flower Branch Apartments in the 8700 block of Arliss Street at about 11:50 p.m. August 10.

Another 31 people were injured, and scores of families were displaced or traumatized. Some of the families are asking for psychological help.

"One hundred percent of the families don't sleep, because everybody is scared," said a resident of a nearby building.

The cause of the blast has not been determined, but some residents have said they smelled gas before the explosion.

At a meeting with officials Tuesday in the community center, residents received reassurances that Washington Gas has checked out the surrounding buildings. 

"The residents of the adjacent buildings should not experience a problem with their gas. If they do, they should certainly contact us," said Earl Stoddard of Montgomery County Emergency Services.

But the fear remains.

"We can't do regular things," said Christy Canjura, a young resident. "We simply can't go through our day without ever thinking of that traumatic experience that we all had that night."

U.S. Sen. Ben Cardin told the community that he and other officials understand the trauma, and are working on getting the help that's needed.

"You look at this and this is about as bad as you can find of a tragedy. I just cannot imagine what went through the thoughts of people who were trapped in these buildings," Cardin said, after touring the scene.

"There are certainly mental issues that are gonna have to be need to be dealt with. There is going to be fear," Cardin said. "One of the services we are looking at providing is how we can meet those needs."

And the families will get other help, too. Two of the elementary schools that serve the area are already having discussions about how they will support young students headed back to school.

Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett said the community was immediately concerned about housing. "The challenge that we heard today is most immediately that of trying to find provisional housing and permanent housing for people," he said. "And we'll be able to do so."

Cardin emphasized that people should feel comfortable asking for help no matter what their immigration status. The apartments are in an area where many immigrants live, some documented, some not.

"There's a concern in immigrant communities about whether they can trust governmental services. I wanted them to know that ... this is all about providing help," Cardin said.

Meanwhile, fire investigtors say they are getting closer to announcing the cause of the blast. They said they hoped to have something finalized by the end of this week.

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Oklahoma Man Charged With Killing Neighbor While Awaiting Trial for Attacking Victim's Mom


An Oklahoma man awaiting trial for running his next-door neighbor over with a car now stands accused of gunning down her son — and the family says it all stems from a hatred of Muslims, even though they're Lebanese Christians.

The heartbroken family of 37-year-old shooting victim Khalid Jabara said the twin tragedies were part of a multi-year campaign of harassment by neighbor Vernon Stanley Majors. 

"This suspect had a history of bigotry against our family," the Jabara family said in a statement. Majors was arrested last September for allegedly mowing down Jabara's mother Haifa Jabara with a car — two years after she and her husband took out an order of protection against him, according to the Tulsa Police.

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CT Business Group Commits $400,000 to State Election


The most influential business association in Connecticut has a machine in the fall: to replace anti-business lawmakers with those who support a pro-business agenda.

Joe Brennan, the president of the Connecticut Business and Industry Association, said his organization will commit $400,000 in independent expenditures for the Fall election with a mission to install more lawmakers who will sympathize with his effort to make Connecticut more business friendly.

"This isn't an effort just to back Republicans. We're doing independent expenditures supporting Republican seats and Democratic seats and in our endorsements we'll be supporting Democrats and Republicans as we always have," Brennan said. 

Even though he said it’s not a partisan effort, he acknowledges the focus will be on vulnerable Democrats like Killingly State Senator Mae Flexer and Meriden State Senator Dante Bartolomeo. Each won their campaigns by slim margins.

Brennan said those are the kinds of senators who he has circled not because of the “D” next to their names, but because of the votes they’ve cast.

"It's not an effort to just go after anybody because of their party. It's really driven by their votes in the legislature," Brennan said. 

Governor Dannel Malloy has been both a supporter and opponent of CBIA in the past year. He said Monday that he was aware of CBIA’s effort to support pro-business candidates, that could lead to a Republican majority in the State Senate.

"In my job you've got work with Democrats, you've got to work with Republicans, you've got to work with independents, and people get to spend their money the way they want” he said.

He did spurn the CBIA calling the group “misguided”, however, because of their support for incumbents who didn’t vote for Malloy’s proposal for a transportation lockbox that would protect funding from being spent elsewhere.

"One of the highest things on their calendar was to accomplish a lockbox for transportation so that we can move forward on a long term basis to rebuild transportation in Connecticut and a number of candidates they are supporting particularly on the House side, voted against that," Malloy said.

Brennan disregarded such criticism. He said a divided House and Senate could be good for Connecticut and lead to policy results more people could be happy with.

"When one party controls one chamber and another party controls the other camber either nothing happens or they sit together and work cooperatively toward legislation. That's what happened back in the 90's. If that's the result of this then we're hopeful that we'll get good legislation out of this," Brennan said. 

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Officer Shoots Man Who Rushes Him With Knife: Police


A New Haven police officer shot a man who rushed him with a knife this morning and state police are investigating.

Officers and paramedic responded to an apartment complex at Ferry and Grafton streets around 10:30 a.m. to investigate a report of a mentally disturbed man who was threatening suicide and a man with a knife rushed a police officer, according to Laurence Grotheer, New Haven's director of communications.

Officials identified the knife-wielding man as 38-year-old Roberto Orsini-Rodriguez.

Authorities said the officer acted in self-defense and Orsini-Rodriguez, who was alert and conscious when he was transported to Yale-New Haven Hospital.

No emergency responders were injured. State police said the officer who fired was transported to the hospital as a precaution. The officer has not been identified.

Ferry Street is open, but the apartment complex is roped off.

Connecticut State police detectives from Central District Major Crimes have responded to investigate the incident.

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Threat for Severe Weather Continues Overnight


The threat for severe weather will continue overnight despite the lack of sunshine.

Damaging winds and even a tornado are possible. While not high, this is one of the bigger tornado threats Connecticut has seen this summer.

Wednesday brings a return of dry weather with partly cloudy skies. Temperatures will be in the middle 80s.

Thursday looks predominately dry, but there could be an isolated p.m. shower with highs near 90.

The weekend looks dry with mostly sunny skies and temperatures in the upper 80s.

More thunderstorms are possible Monday, and a few showers are possibly tuesday.

Temperatures fall closer to seasonable levels next week, near 80 degrees.

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Pedestrian Hit By Car in Old Saybrook Dies


A person who was struck by a car in Old Saybrook last night has died. 

Old Saybrook Police said they received several 911 calls reporting a vehicle hitting a pedestrian on Maple Avenue, near Cambridge Court West, at 8:11 p.m. 

Police, fire and ambulance personnel responded and tried to treat the victim, but doctors at Middlesex Medical Center, Shoreline pronounced the person dead, according to police. 

The driver remained at the scene and police are interviewing several witnesses. 

Other witnesses can call the Old Saybrook Police Department at 860-395-3142.

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Boxer Claressa Shields Wins Debut Fight in Rio


Top American boxer Claressa Shields has won her first round in the ring at the Rio Olympics. 

Shields beat Russia's Yaroslava Yakushina in the women's middleweight quarterfinals on Wednesday with a 3-0 score. She moves on into the semifinals. She will face the winner of the second match in her division: Dariga Shakimova of Kazakhstan on Friday. 

Shields unexpectedly dominated the first Olympic women's boxing tournament in London and won the gold medal.

Shields hasn't lost a fight since then, winning two world championships and a Pan-American Games title.

In London, Shields coasted to victory — only Sweden's Anna Laurell came close (18-14) — and won the first U.S. women’s boxing gold. All at the age of 17, making her the youngest Olympic boxing champion since 1924.

Shields, who has a 73-1 career record, says she’s much improved since London. “I'm a way better fighter now; I'm way stronger and smarter and I'm faster.”

If she makes it to the prize fight, she’ll become the first two-time U.S. boxing gold medalist since 1904.

In the men's welterweight (69 kilograms) final bout, Kazakhstan's Daniyar Yeleussinov beat Uzbekistan's Shakhram Giyasov for the gold medal. 

In the women's lightweight (57-60 kg) semifinals, France's Estelle Mossely and China's Yin Junhua won and will box for gold on Friday. Finland's Mira Potkonen, who was outpointed by Yin, won her country's first medal in Rio. She'll face Russia's Anastasiia Beliakova, who got the other bronze after losing to Mossely. 

Earlier Wednesday, the International Boxing Association removed an undisclosed number of referees and judges from the Olympics on  after determining they had not met the organization's standards of competence, The Associated Press reported. 

AIBA declined to provide the judges' names or the fights in which they failed. The results of all bouts will stand, however.

The banished judges apparently didn't include some of the participants in the two most prominent disputed decisions.

Russian heavyweight Evgeny Tishchenko's victory over Kazakh power-puncher Vassiliy Levit sparked a wide public outcry over the decision, which rewarded Tishchenko's retreat over Levit's power.  

Judge Armando Carbonell Alvarado of Colombia, who joined his two colleagues in awarding that fight 29-28 to Tishchenko, was on the AIBA's list of judges and referees working Wednesday's fights.

Irish bantamweight world champion Michael Conlan also complained vociferously and profanely after his quarterfinal loss to Russia's Vladimir Nikitin on Tuesday, accusing AIBA and Russia of wholesale corruption. A Sri Lankan judge and a Brazilian judge from that fight were on AIBA's list of working officials Wednesday as well.

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Day 12: Highlights From the Rio Olympics


Day 12 of the Rio Olympics features a wide range of events including the beginning of decathlon events, women's golf, badminton, men's soccer, and the Rio debut of Claressa Shields as she aims to defend her 2012 middleweight boxing gold medal.

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Eversource Warns of Solicitors Impersonating Company Reps


Eversource is warning customers about people posing at company representatives who in fact have no connection to the power company.

Eversource said they’ve received multiple reports of individuals claiming to be representatives or partners of Eversource trying to solicit through phone calls and home visits. These people say they are selling “discounted power.”

In a release, Eversource stressed that they rarely make unsolicited phone calls and the company never goes door-to-door marketing competitive rates. Eversource believes people using these strategies are either scammers or third-party suppliers using deceptive marketing tactics.

All Eversource employees have company-issued identification and all contractors carry paperwork with a description of the location and work they are assigned to complete. Customers can always ask to see this for confirmation of an individual’s legitimacy. They can also verify that they are speaking to an Eversource representative by asking to confirm basic account information such as the names on the account, the address, or the amount due.

The utility company also reminded customers to never show a copy of their bill or account to an unsolicited person.

The state maintains a list of current offers from licensed power suppliers for anyone interested in switching to a third-party supplier.

Anyone who thinks they were targeted by an improper solicitor can report it to Eversource at 1-800-286-2000.

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Multiple Departments Investigating String of Vandalism Across Towns


Police in Granby, Simsbury and Canton are investigating several cases of vandalism that are crossing over town lines in the overnight hours.

In most cases, vandals have destroyed mailboxes, but they have also played highway flares in trashcans, which caused a house fire in Simsbury.

Kim Yoder, of Granby, said her husband woke up to loud noises a couple nights ago, At first, he thought it was an animal, but later realized it was vandals.

"It was 1:30 a.m. They were banging on something. He thought maybe there was a bear at the chicken coop," Yoder said.

The next morning, the Yoders realized that vandals had smashed their mailbox.

Granby Police said they're experiencing a rash of overnight vandalism in neighborhoods and Canton Police said they've received reports of nearly a dozen mailboxes damaged.

"It doesn't make any sense," Yoder said. "Why would they go around, randomly beating up mailboxes?"

Simsbury Police said they're investigating a series of fires set over the last month.

"That's certainly a little more concerning than a mailbox," Joe Barlow, of Granby, said of the Simsbury house fire. "There was an officer who stopped by yesterday, checking in. He was the one that told us about some of the neighbors affected."

To try and put an end to the crime spree, neighbors are putting up surveillance cameras and paying close attention to who stops by.

"I'm concerned about it. I hope they catch these guys," Yoder said.

Police are asking anyone who sees suspicious individuals or vehicles in the area to give them a call.

1 Dead After Shooting in Bridgeport


One person is dead after a shooting in Bridgeport on Tuesday night. 

Police said two men were sitting in a parked car in front of 480 Noble Ave. at 11:10 p.m. when someone approached them and started shooting. 

The driver and the passenger were both hit by gunfire and the driver drove to Bridgeport Hospital for medical attention and that’s where the passenger died, according to police. 

The passenger has been identified as Fredrick Richardson, 37, and police said he lived in the home the car was parked in front of. 

Anyone with information about the shooting should call the Bridgeport Police Tips line (203) 576-TIPS (8477).

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State Police, LifeStar Responding to Salisbury for Medical Assist


State police and LifeStar are responding to Salisbury for what they called a "medical assist." 

No additional information was immediately available.

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