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Brock Turner's Early Release Sparks Friday Protest


After a three-month stay behind bars, ex-Stanford swimmer Brock Turner is scheduled to be released from custody on Friday. The early release has prompted demonstrators to schedule a rally in protest of what they say has been a far too lenient punishment.

Turner was sentenced to six months in jail, and is getting released in half the time for good behavior, a standard reduction for all inmates.

Michele Dauber, a Stanford University law professor and sociologist and a vocal critic of how the case turned out, will again call for the removal of Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Aaron Persky during the rally, which is scheduled to take place in front of the San Jose Hall of Justice at 10 a.m. on Friday.

Persky still remains on the bench, but last week, voluntarily recused himself from overseeing criminal trials. 

Turner was convicted in March of sexually assaulting an unconscious woman in 2015, and could have faced a possible maximum of 14 years in prison.

Prosecutors sought a six-year sentence, but Persky followed a recommendation by the county probation department to sentence him to six months in prison.

The 23-year-old victim read an impassioned statement at the sentencing hearing. She described the assault in graphic detail and said her "independence, natural joy, gentleness, and steady lifestyle I had been enjoying became distorted beyond recognition."

According to court records, Turner blamed his actions on binge drinking and a party culture on campus.

Hundreds of thousands rallied to the victim's cause in online petitions decrying Persky's sentence, and her statement was even read on the floor in Capitol Hill, so it could be entered into the congressional record.

Dauber said she worries that Persky's ruling sent a message to young women that the criminal justice system does not sufficiently police sexual assaults.

"That message is a really dangerous one," she said. "It sends a message to women that the justice system is biased."

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Pope Emeritus Benedict Calls Resignation 'a Duty'


A grueling trip to Latin American convinced Pope Benedict XVI that his resignation was "a duty," according to a new book released Tuesday.

In "Servant of God and Humanity: The Biography of Benedict XVI," the pope emeritus explains his decision to become the first pontiff to step down in more than 500 years, and opens up about his relationship with his successor.

A 2012 visit to Mexico and Cuba took such a toll on his health and strength that doctors advised him not to take any more demanding trips, Benedict told Elio Guerriero, the book's author, NBC News reported.

Benedict announced his decision to resign on Feb. 11, 2013, citing the physical and psychological strains of the papacy. He stepped down on Feb. 28 and his successor Francis was elected on March 13.

Benedict also opened up about Francis, with whom he said to be sharing a "wonderfully paternal-fraternal relationship."

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South Carolina Man Pleads Guilty to 1998 East Hampton Murder


A South Carolina man charged with murder of a 60-year-old woman who was found dead in a stream on East Hampton in 1998 pleaded guilty to strangling the victim, Connecticut State Police said. 

Gerald Brian Tuttle pleaded guilty in Middlesex Superior Court to one count of first-degree manslaughter and one count of sexond-degree kidnapping, police said. 

On January 12, 1998, East Hampton police responded to a stream just off of Tartia Road, an area known as Engel’s Falls, after receiving a report that a woman’s body had been found.

The victim, Gertrude Ochankowski, was pronounced dead at the scene.

She had been reported missing hours earlier, when her car was found running in the front parking lot of 82 Main Street in East Hampton.   Witnesses said they saw her car running as early as 9:30 p.m. on January 11, 1998 and her dog was inside.

Tuttle, 51, was arrested on in 2013 at his home in Surfside Beach, South Carolina, and charged as a fugitive from justice. 

Sentencing for Tuttle is schedule for Dec. 6, 2016, where he is expected to be ordered to serve 30 years in prison, followed by five years probation.

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Dog Who Jumped Overboard Found Alive, Reunited With Family


A Michigan couple is reunited with their beloved pooch after the dog falls overboard six miles from Lake Michigan's shore.

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Teen Scooter Rider Hit By Car Has Internal Injuries, Broken Bones


A 16-year-old Cheshire boy whose scooter was hit by a car on Monday sustained internal injuries and several broken bones, according to police.

The boy was hit at the intersection of Sorghum Mill Drive and Higgins Road in Cheshire after his scooter left the sidewalk, police said, and he was transported to St. Mary’s Hospital.

No one in the vehicle involved was injured.

The Cheshire Police Department Traffic Division is investigating and police said the Meriden Superior Court will review the case in regard to possible charges.

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'Deception Committee' to Study Russian Hacks


The White House has ordered a special intelligence task force to examine the implications of Russia's recent hacks of U.S. political organizations, U.S. intelligence officials tell NBC News.

The classified national study is being conducted by the Foreign Denial and Deception Committee, a Cold War-era organization that is part of the Director of National Intelligence, the officials said.

The committee traditionally has advised the DNI on foreign attempts to thwart U.S. intelligence through trickery. But in the cyber era, the committee has increasingly looked at how nation states use computer attacks to conduct espionage and spread propaganda.

The consensus among U.S. intelligence analysts is that Russia can't directly manipulate the American presidential elections, but that Vladimir Putin's intelligence services may be seeking to undermine confidence in the U.S. system through the hacks.

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Calling All Brothers Group Welcomes Students to School in Hartford


For the second year in a row, the men of Calling All Brothers gave children at Hartford’s Martin Luther King Jr. School a ‘welcome back’ they won’t soon forget. 

The men lined the walkway to the school on the city’s North End. One by one as children arrived for the first day of classes, the men cheered them on. 

The idea for the big welcome came from Pastor AJ Johnson, of the Urban Hope Refuge Church and attorney DeVaughn Ward.

Both men are Hartford natives who said they feel it’s their duty to give back to their community by setting an example and giving their time to its youngest residents.

“We just want the community to know that we are here for them. There are positive people here to support them” said Johnson.

The group of mostly African American men includes elected officials, attorneys, members of law enforcement and the military and other professionals hoping to help the kids at King realize that the goals they dream of are within their reach.

“I thought it would be a really positive image if we got a couple neighborhood guys together who are professionals to greet these kids and really show them the different careers and people who are out there supporting them,” DeVaughn Ward said.

After the success of the 2015 welcome celebration, Calling All Brothers will also make stops this school year at Thirman Milner School, Fred D. Wish School and Simpson Waverly School to welcome kids back for their first week.

“The same way we cheer on for sports, we wanted to cheer on the students and have them excited for learning,” Patrick Williams, another member of Calling All Brothers who helped to organize the school welcome events, said.

The principal of King School said having so many successful men from the community take time out to support students is a lesson that cannot be taught in the classroom.

Dr. Doreen Crawford said the example the men are setting for her students a game changer.

“When they look at themselves and they see somebody like themselves who actually went to the school that they’re presently at, who actually walked the streets and lived in the neighborhoods that they live in, it means a whole lot to them because now they see real people,” she said.

You can learn more about the work of Calling All Brothers on their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/924576360969071/

5 Charges in NJ 'Rolling Shootout'


A day after a shootout on the Atlantic City Expressway left one man dead and four others hurt, with some victims going to a nearby Wawa for help, New Jersey State Police said five people were charged with weapons offenses as investigators searched for another vehicle possibly involved.

The crime scene stretched for miles in what state police called a "rolling shootout."

Five people have been charged and the police investigation continues as troopers search for a vehicle that witnesses said may have been involved in the shooting.

Troopers first received calls reporting a shooting along the expressway near milepost 12 in Egg Harbor Township shortly before 3 p.m. Monday. Around the same time, a bullet-riddled Ford Expedition — it was hit 21 times, according to police — missing a rear tire and windows, barreled into the parking lot of the Egg Harbor Township Wawa store along Tilton Road, witnesses said.

Inside were four men who pleaded for help from strangers.

"The driver said he was shot," witness Erwin Ashworth told NBC10's Ted Greenberg. "The passenger was hanging from the window... He said everybody was shot at least a couple times."

Bloodied clothes sat crumpled on the ground outside the truck where the victims were treated by medics. They were eventually transported to the Atlantic City Medical Center for treatment.

Around the same time, troopers were called to milepost 39 along the Garden State Expressway where they found Rosemund Octavius, 22, dead in the passenger seat of Anthony Hicks' Nissan Maxima. Hicks, who wasn't hurt, told police Octavius was shot while they drove on the expressway.

Investigators believe the shooting occurred on the AC Expressway eastbound between milepost 11 and milepost 12.

On Tuesday morning, police announced the arrest if Hicks, a resident of Mays Landing, on a series of weapons charges.

A police K-9 unit traced the Expedition's path to a location near the Wawa where investigators found several weapons — including an AK-style assault rifle — they believe are connected to the shooting, police said.

They also announced multiple weapons charges, including not being lawfully able to carry a firearm charges, against the occupants of the Expedition: Lenardo Caro, 24, of Little Egg Harbor Township; Yahshaun Stukes-Williams, 19, of Mays Landing; Shaun Stukes, 38, of Atlantic City; and a 16-year-old boy not identified since he's a minor.

The three men in the Expedition also face a charge of using a juvenile in a crime, troopers troopers said.

Each of the five suspects was held of $250,000 cash bail, said police.

The investigation continued, including the search for another vehicle. Witnesses told police a black Dodge Ram pickup truck that exited the highway in the Pleasantville area was also possibly involved.

"It is not yet clear from which vehicles the shots were fired that killed Octavius or injured the people in the Expedition, so the current charges reflect the early phase of this case," state police said on Facebook.

Stukes and Stukes-Williams remained hospitalized Tuesday, police said.

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150 Sikorsky Employees Laid Off


Sikorsky has laid off 150 employees from its rotary and mission systems' business line, its parent company, Lockheed Martin, said on Tuesday. 

"Although difficult, this action is necessary to ensure we remain competitive in the marketplace, secure future business opportunities, and keep our infrastructure appropriately aligned with customer demands,” Paul Jackson, a spokesman with Lockheed Martin said.

Jackson said 109 of the employees are in Connecticut, where the company has its largest employee base. 

Last month, Lockheed Martin announced that it is laying off 350 employees in the Mission System and Training (MST) division as part of a workforce reduction.

In July, the company said it will continue a “thorough analysis” of the Sikorsky business, and any impacted Sikorsky employees will be notified by the end of August.

Sikorsky is based in Connecticut but has locations around the world.

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White Lives Matter to Be Declared a Hate Group


"White Lives Matter" will soon be added to a list of U.S. hate groups by the Southern Poverty Law Center, the watchdog group announced Tuesday.

The SPLC contends that White Lives Matter is frequently used by white supremacists as a counter-slogan to "Black Lives Matter," and the movement has been organized into a separate white nationalist group.

White Lives Matter will officially join the list of 892 other hate groups in the country when it gets its annual update in February, said Heidi Beirich, the Intelligence Project director at the SPLC.

"Hate groups are, by our definition, those that vilify entire groups of people based on immutable characteristics such as race or ethnicity," SPLC's website says.

The SPLC added that Black Lives Matter advocates that "black lives also matter" and is not in any way anti-white.

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McDonald Case: CPD Discipline


Chicago Police Supt. Eddie Johnson has filed termination charges for five Chicago police officers involved in the Laquan McDonald shooting following a report from the Inspector General’s office.

According to charging documents revealed Tuesday, officers Jason Van Dyke, Daphne Sebastian, Janet Mondragon, Ricardo Viramontes and Stephen Franko face administrative charges as the case moves to the Chicago Police Board. 

Van Dyke, the officer who shot McDonald, has also been charged with first-degree murder by Cook County prosecutors. He has pleaded not guilty and his trial is expected to commence next year.

Van Dyke shot 17-year-old McDonald 16 times in 2014. Dashcam footage of the shooting, which appears to contradict the police account of what happened, was made public late last year and sparked outrage and protests nationwide.

Five officers now face administrative charges, including making a false report. Four are accused of disobeying an order. It wasn't immediately clear if the Chicago police union, the Fraternal Order of Police, had a comment about the charges.

According to the documents, Van Dyke is accused of giving false official reports, including his allegation that McDonald raised a knife across his chest and pointed it at the officer, that McDonald attempted to kill him, and that Van Dyke was moving backwards when he fired the 16 fatal shots. Those contentions were contradicted by the dashcam video released by Chicago Police last fall, which showed McDonald apparently walking away from officers when he was fatally shot. 

The remaining four officers, Janet Mondragon, Daphne Sebastian, Ricardo Viramontes, and Sgt. Stephen Franko, face charges of making false reports about what they saw on the street that night. 

Among the charges:

  • Sebastian is accused of reporting that McDonald advanced on Officers Jason Van Dyke and Joseph Walsh while waving a knife despite orders to "drop the kinfe." The statement also said McDonald "continued to move after he fell to the ground, or words to that effect," documents show. 
  • The charges against Mondragon say she was either lying or gave misleading statements when she said she was looking down while putting her squad car in park, and did not witness the shooting.
  • Viramontes allegedly said McDonald turned toward Officers Van Dyke and Walsh and after he fell to the ground McDonald attempted to get back up with the knife still in his hand. 
  • Franko is accused of claiming McDonald's actions constituted an assault and said McDonald attempted to stab or cut Van Dyke and another officer. 
Several of the officers were also charged with mishandling the Department’s new recording equipment.

The charges follow a report from the Inspector General's office recommending 10 officers in the case that has made national headlines be fired. 

Of that 10, three have since retired and one resigned after Tuesday's charges were filed. The department is also disputing that one of the officers should be fired.

"CPD is committed to ensuring the highest levels of integrity, accountability and professional standards for all members of the Police Department. After considerable deliberation and a methodical review of the evidence presented by the Office of inspector General, we have filed termination charges against the affected officers for giving false statements during the investigation into the Laquan McDonald incident," the department said in a statement. "This matter will be now adjudicated before the Chicago Police Board and the Department continues to cooperate with the ongoing criminal investigations into this incident."

The names of the officers who had already retired by Tuesday have not been released, but two high-ranking officers retired earlier this month. Those officers include First Deputy Superintendent John Escalante, who accepted a position as the chief of police for Northeastern Illinois University, and Deputy Chief David McNaughton.

McNaughton is the Chicago police officer who signed off on the report that initially cleared Officer Jason Van Dyke in McDonald's shooting.

As for the one officer the department decided against firing, CPD said in a statement that "there is sufficient doubt" she made statements attributed to her in official CPD reports. 

"An analysis has shown that there is insufficient evidence to prove that she willfully made any false statement," the statement read. "Due to the ongoing criminal and administrative investigations, we cannot comment any further."

In addition to the Police Board matter, the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office is conducting a separate inquiry, and the United States Department of Justice is in the midst of a wide-ranging investigation of the entire Chicago Police Department.

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Two Storm Systems Expected to Hit North Carolina Coast


Two tropical depressions are moving toward the North Carolina coast, with one expected to hit late Tuesday and the other predicted to arrive there by Saturday, the National Weather Service warned Tuesday.

Tropical Depression 8 was located just southeast of Cape Hatteras as of Tuesday afternoon, and it's expected to hit the N.C. coast with 45-mph winds and heavy rains sometime late Tuesday, NBC News reports.

But it's Tropical Depression 9, say NWS meteorologists, that may really hit the area hard on Saturday — during Labor Day weekend beach traffic. The TD 9 weather system is currently situated and gaining power in the Gulf of Mexico, and it's on track to grow into a tropical storm that could move across the middle of Florida and hit the Outer Banks area of North Carolina sometime Saturday. Meteorologists warn the storm could bring strong undertows, large swells and heavy rain, making it "very dangerous for beachgoers" this weekend.

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Dems Ask FBI to Probe Trump Campaign for Links to Hacks


Several Democrats in Congress are asking the FBI to investigate whether there is a link between Donald Trump's campaign and a cyber-attack on Democratic Party institutions suspected to have been carried out by Russia.

The ranking members of the House committees on oversight and government reform, judiciary, foreign affairs, and homeland security sent a letter to FBI Director James Comey Tuesday asking for the investigation.

"Serious questions have been raised about overt and covert actions by Trump campaign officials on behalf of Russian interests," they wrote.

The FBI has been investigating cyber-attacks on the Democratic National Convention, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, and a computer system used by Hillary Clinton's campaign, NBC News reported.

The letter asks the "that the FBI assess whether connections between Trump campaign officials and Russian interests may have contributed to these attacks in order to interfere with the election.

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'Credible Evidence' of Past Misconduct at Kingswood Oxford


Kingswood Oxford, a private school in West Hartford, hired a law firm to investigate allegations of sexual misconduct by faculty in the 1970s and 1980 and said the investigation revealed “credible evidence” that some former faculty members engaged in inappropriate relations with students” decades ago

“While it is important to protect the privacy of those alumni involved, we want to be clear that what has come to light was a break in the essential bond of trust, respect and integrity between teacher and student that is the foundation of the School,” Head of School Dennis Bisgaard and Board of Trustees Chair I. Bradley Hoffman said in a statement on the school’s website.

The faculty members involved are not with the school now, according to school officials.

“These former faculty members did not uphold the principles and values of the School, and the School is profoundly sorry for their transgressions. We also want to recognize the courage of those alumni who came forward to report such transgressions. It is through their courageous actions that we are now able to learn from the past and to make our community even stronger,” the letter said.

School officials said the school, which is for students in sixth grade through high school, currently requires sexual misconduct training for all faculty and staff and addresses the topics of appropriate boundaries with students and mandatory reporting.

They said each newly hired faculty and staff member undergoes a comprehensive background check, including criminal, sex offender, drug and reference checks.

All faculty and staff will be rescreened at least every two years and volunteers and outside vendors who have direct contact with students are subject to similar checks, according to school officials.

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ISIS Says No. 2 Leader al-Adnani Is Dead


ISIS' second-in-command, Abu Muhammad al-Adnani, is dead, according to the media arm of the terrorist organization, NBC News reported.

The circumstances of Abu Muhammad al-Adnani's death in Aleppo, Syria, have not been confirmed. Officials in Washington — who had put out a $5 million reward for al-Adnani — had no immediate comment.

The 37-year-old Syrian, who was ISIS' director of external investigations and main spokesman, is best known for issuing an edict for lone wolves to kill Westerners in September 2014.

He was at the top of the U.S. government's kill list of ISIS leaders, senior American military and intelligence officials told NBC News in December. The U.S. wanted al-Adnani dead because he was considered the author of the strategy of wanton murder that has left more than 500 dead in attacks around the world since October 10 — and apparently helped inspire last year's massacre in San Bernardino.

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Another Retailer Lowers Liquor Prices in Defiance of State Law


Another major liquor retailer in Connecticut has lowered its prices as an act of defiance against the state’s laws that establish pricing floors for bottles of alcohol.

An executive with Stamford based Bev Max told the New Haven Register that since Total Wine and More has lowered its prices, Bev Max felt it had to do the same in order to compete.

Total Wine and More also filed a federal civil lawsuit against the State of Connecticut last week arguing that the Minimum Bottle Pricing laws are unconstitutional because they artificially set prices outside of a market setting.

One store manager, Vi Patel, who manages a mom-and-pop style liquor store in Meriden, The Brown Jug, is scared for what the future may look like without the pricing controls.

“I’m sure these guys are going to a lot more deals because they are a much larger business,” Patel said inside his store. “We don’t have the capital or the room to buy the way these guys do.”

Governor Dan Malloy has been an opponent of some of the state’s liquor laws for years saying he thinks they’re bad for consumers and bad for customers. He’s tried on several occasions to scrap minimum bottle pricing to instead allow the competitive market to determine the prices for alcoholic beverages. Malloy supports the fight against the laws but stopped short of endorsing the effort by Bev Max and Total Wine to simply price their products the way they want, around state laws.

“I think what’s in everybody’s best interest is either you properly challenge the law or you abide by it and if you believe that your constitutional rights are being impaired then you may seek an injunction, lacking that, I think the commissioner and commissioners need to do their job.”

He added that he still wants to see the laws disappear.

“I believe we’re penalizing our state residents by charging them substantially more for alcoholic beverages, than our surrounding states. I think we’re depriving ourselves of revenue.”

State officials did confirm that the Liquor Division of the Department of Consumer Protection is investigating the pricing practices of both Bev Max and Total Wine and More.

Republican State Senator Len Fasano, the Minority Leader in the State Senate, released a letter he sent to DCP Commissioner Jonathan Harris, saying he wants to see strict penalties enforced on both major retailers for their public decisions to defy state law. Fasano called the governor’s comments, “inappropriate.”

Fasano said Harris, has to, “make it extremely clear to all big box stores that breaking the law cannot and will not be tolerated in the State of Connecticut.”

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CDC Almost Out of Zika Money, Director Says


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is almost out of money to fight the Zika virus, the agency's director said Tuesday — just hours before Florida announced three fresh homegrown cases of the infection.

Zika has now infected 46 people locally in Florida, presumably in cases spread by mosquitoes. One case is part of an outbreak in Miami Beach and health officials say they're trying to trace the origins of two others.

And the CDC, which has been helping Florida track cases and fight mosquitoes, is almost broke, NBC News reported.

"Basically, we are out of money and we need Congress to act," Frieden told reporters.

Frieden said the CDC did repurpose tens of millions of dollars. Of the $222 million allocated for Zika, $200 million is "already out the door," Frieden said. "That money is already spoken for."

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State Proposing Shutting Access to Parks When Lots Fill up


Connecticut State Parks face several weekend every summer where their parking lots reach capacity but people still flow on to the state’s beaches, trails, and picnic areas. In some places, specifically Squantz Pond in New Fairfield, and Rocky Neck State Park in Niantic, state officials said those lead to safety risks.

State officials said they don’t expect such a rule to come into play more than a few times every season, specifically on busy holiday weekends like Fourth of July, Memorial Day, and Labor Day.

“It was driven by the safety concern that we’ve set a vehicle parking capacity at our parks and that’s the safe number of people to have in the park, to have a tool to stop the influx of people at that number,” said Tom Tyler, the Director of Connecticut State Parks.

The proposal which is open for public comment until October 7, would shut off access to anyone who wants to walk-in to a state park but did not park in the lot because it was full. In the case of Rocky Neck, there is a long walk from the entrance to the beach, but that still raises a concern.

Tyler said “This is really about dealing with the crowds after we’ve reached parking capacity and vehicles looking to park in the neighborhood and parking.”

Steve Carpenteri’s family has owned the Lyme Tavern for more than 40 years and he acquired the adjacent Rocky Neck Inn and Suites seven years ago. He sells up to 70 spots on his property for people to use and then walk into the park when the primary parking lot has reached capacity.

He said the proposed restriction certainly won’t help business.

Carpenteri said, “Well it hurts a little bit. Some of the people come in here and they’ll have dinner. Some people just park and then go home.”

Tyler with Connecticut State Parks said the facilities can only handle certain numbers of cars and people and they need to have some kind of restriction or policy reflecting that.

“We have established a parking capacity for each of our parks that’s based on really the carrying capacity of the parks, the size of the beach, the size of the park, those kinds of issues related to the parks so that when we hit that parking capacity for the day we really can’t go above that number.”

PD Investigate at Chris Brown Home


Chris Brown was being taken to LAPD headquarters where he will be arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon, following an hours-long standoff between the singer and officers at his Los Angeles home, police said.

Officers responded to the property northwest of Los Angeles around 3 a.m. following a 911 call from a woman requesting help.

The woman who made the call from outside the Tarzana residence told authorities Brown pointed a gun at her, NBC News reported.

Earlier Tuesday, police said several people were in the home, including Brown, who was posting videos on Instagram in which he described the police response. 

Brown's attorney Mark Geragos did not immediately return a call for comment. The attorney arrived at Brown's mansion early Tuesday afternoon, parking near a fleet of exotic cars that included three Lamborghinis.

"Right now, we still have to determine what actually occurred," said Lt. Chris Ramirez, adding that police had not interviewed the woman or witnesses as of late Tuesday morning.

Aerial video showed law enforcement positioned around the sprawling property and several police vehicles at the residence. 

The LAPD's robbery-homicide division, which typically handles high-profile cases and those involving celebrities, was assigned to the investigation.

Brown moved into the Tarzana mansion about a year ago. Police have responded to the location before, including for a home invasion robbery and a report that Brown and others were illegally riding ATVs on a neighbor's property.

Brown was the subject of a domestic abuse report involving former girlfriend Rihanna in 2009. He completed five years of felony probation last year after pleading guilty to felony assault in the February 2009 attack.

Earlier this year, authorities in Las Vegas announced Brown would not be charged with a crime after a woman reported a New Year's weekend confrontation in a hotel room. Police said the woman complained that Brown hit her and took her cellphone when she tried to snap his photo during a private party, an account his publicist described as a fabrication.

EDITOR'S NOTE: A mistake was made this morning, and a photo of Kid Ink was inadvertently used in an article about police responding to the home of Chris Brown. This mistake was replicated in some of our tweets about the story. As soon as the error was identified, it was corrected. We sincerely apologize for the error.

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Teen Hit By Car on Route 1 Taken to Trauma Center


A 14-year-old student from West Shore Middle School is in stable condition at the trauma center at Yale-New Haven Hospital after being hit by a car on Route 1 in Milford this morning, according to officials.

Fire officials said the boy was on his way to school and was trying to cross the road at Route 1, or Bridgeport Avenue, and Camden Street, at 7:25 a.m. when he was hit by a car. There is no crosswalk in this section of the busy road, according to officials. 

"Being that it's during the rush hour period and with school being back in session, there’s a lot going on in that area," Battalion Chief Anthony Fabrizi with the Milford Fire Department said.

Paramedics began treating the boy, who sustained potentially serious but non-life threatening injuries, and more units were called in.

“We met with the student and his family at the hospital," Paul Cavanna, principal of West Shore Middle School, said in a statement to families. "The student is listed in stable condition and is being cared for by hospital staff. We would like to thank our emergency responders for their efforts and all of you for your support."

Milford police are investigating and fire officials said this is the second time a pedestrian was hit on the same stretch of road in 48 hours.

A 34-year-old woman was hit by a car at 10:47 p.m. on Sunday at Route 1 and Woodland Drive, according to the fire department.

Officials said she was taken to Bridgeport Hospital and has life-threatening injuries.

Mayor Ben Blake said he is working with the state DOT about adding more pedstrian walkways on this area of Route 1. The mayor urgest drivers to slow down with school back in session and for parents to remind children to use designated crosswalks. 

"Crossing that type of roadway with that volume of traffic, any time you step in that roadway you’re taking your life into risk and you’re approaching a dangerous situation," Fabrizi said.

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