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Police Officer, Suspect Fatally Shot in New Mexico


A police officer in New Mexico was shot and killed in an exchange of gunfire Friday as he chased a man with a lengthy criminal record, authorities said. The suspect was also killed, according to NBC News.

Officer Clint Corvinus, 33, with the Alamogordo Police Department, died Friday morning after being shot as he and another officer were in a foot pursuit of Joseph Moreno, 38, and Moreno turned and fired at them, Alamogordo Police Chief Daron Syling said during a news conference.

Corvinus and another officer had approached Moreno because he was allegedly acting suspiciously in a residential area of Alamogordo, a town of about 31,000 east of White Sands National Monument, Syling said.

Syling said at some point during the foot pursuit Moreno shot at the officers and at least one officer returned fire. Syling did not say who fired the shots that killed Moreno.

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8-Year-Old Remembers Farmington Gas Station Rescue


It's been quite a week for 8-year-old Nicholas DeLaura.

On Monday, he was pulled from a burning car after a crash at a Farmington gas pump.

"He is my hero. I mean, my hero," said Nicholas.

Nicholas said his Uncle Stephen saved his life.

"I just screamed so bad that I almost yelled my head off," said Nicholas.

"It's pretty horrific to think of us being in that vehicle an hour before and now it's completely in ash," said Stephen DeLaura.

In surveillance video from the Farmington Citgo Food Bag, you see Nicholas' grandma, Deb Delaura, barely escape as a vehicle rams the gas pump next to her. The gas pump then crashes down onto her car.

"He just slammed into the pump. I just jumped out of the way, and it came down. And I screamed," said Deb.

Days after the horrifying scene, Deb knows it could have ended much differently.

"If Steve wasn't there, we would have - the baby and I - would have both gone because I would have still been trying to break him out and the car would have gone," said an emotional Deb.

In the passenger seat, Deb's son, Stephen, reacted quickly and jumped into the backseat. He first helped his nephew, Nicholas, escape and then rescued his 2-year-old son by ripping apart the car seat.

"With him flailing all over the place and the 8-year-old running through, it's very difficult. It was a matter of grabbing the two straps above and pulling as hard as I can and pushing all the clip buttons and ripping everything apart," said Stephen.

Seconds after the family escapes, flames consume the car, taking with it thousands of dollars in rent money, electronics, and sentimental items.

"We lost a lot in that car. You have your regular stuff, and in my purse I had a guardian angel pin my mom gave me. My mom passed away years ago. It was in every purse I ever had," said Deb.

The family said insurance won't cover everything they lost, but they are incredibly grateful that no one was seriously hurt.

"The important thing is everyone is alive and okay," said Nicholas.

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Man Arrested After Facebook Post


In a new feat of what could be considered oversharing, two convicted felons on parole face new charges after streaming themselves shooting guns at an Illinois firing range over Facebook Live, the Evanston Police Department announced in a news release Friday.

Demarcus Curtis, 25, of the 1300 block of Fargo Avenue in Des Plaines, and Nicholas Mayfield, 25, of the 3900 block of West 167th Street, Country Club Hills, both face charges of aggravated unlawful use of a weapon by a felon.

Evanston Police say they regularly check social media to keep an eye on “ongoing conflicts” in the north Chicago suburb. On Wednesday an investigator saw Curtis, who was known to police as a gang member on parole, on a Facebook stream at a firing range in Winthrop Harbor with individuals who were firing guns, which is against the law in Illinois due to Curtis’ parole status.

Evanston Police Cmdr. Joe Dugan said gang members often use social media to boast or to antagonize rivals, which can fan the flames of feuds and cause them to become more serious.

Evanston Police contacted Winthrop Harbor Police about the alleged illegal activity being broadcast on the social media platform. When Winthrop Harbor cops arrived at the shooting range, they discovered a second convicted felon, Nicholas Mayfield, who also has Evanston ties and was seen shooting by police. Both men were taken into custody by Winthrop Harbor Police.

"We have had shootings that were started on social media," Dugan said in an email. "Our intel unit monitors social media and have used what they found as evidence in precious cases, but they continue to post."

Winthrop Harbor Police officials were not immediately available for comment.

Photo Credit: Illinois Department of Corrections

Man Charged in College Kidnapping


One of three men accused in the “brazen” kidnapping and robbery of a Wheaton College student last week has been arrested and charged as the hunt for the remaining suspects continues.

Prosecutors claim a 21-year-old student was terrorized for an hour and half, trapped inside a vehicle while his alleged kidnappers went on a crime spree that spanned from the suburbs to Chicago.

The victim had just left a Starbucks in downtown Glen Ellyn and was walking to class just before 10 a.m. on Aug. 26 when he was allegedly approached by a small SUV with three men inside, prosecutors said. Two of the men exited the vehicle, allegedly displayed a handgun and ordered the victim into the car.

The three then drove to several ATMs and withdrew more than $1,500 from the victim’s bank account using his ATM card, officials said. They then drove to Chicago and just before 11:30 a.m. released the victim.

The student ran to the nearest building and called 911, authorities said.

An investigation by several agencies led to 18-year-old Abeet Ramos’ arrest Tuesday.

Ramos, accused of being the getaway driver in the case, was charged with aggravated kidnapping, aggravated armed robbery and aggravated unlawful restraint in connection with the alleged kidnapping that happened in broad daylight in a Chicago suburb, authorities announced Friday.

Police say his alleged accomplices, who are considered armed and dangerous, are still on the loose. Authorities said Friday they are searching for 23-year-old Jeremy Jones and an unnamed juvenile.

“The allegations against Mr. Ramos and his alleged accomplices are completely outrageous,” DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin said in a statement. “The brazen abduction of an innocent man at gunpoint in broad daylight will not be tolerated and will be met with the full force of the law.”

Ramos, who was out on bond for another crime in Kane County when the alleged kidnapping took place, appeared in court Friday and his bond was set at $3 million. He is expected to appear in court again Sept. 13.

It was not immediately clear if he had an attorney.

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Florida Beer Bandit Caught: Police


A notorious beer bandit wanted for a recent rash of thefts in South Florida was arrested after he dropped his cellphone at the scene of one of his crimes, police said.

Gabriel Gelpi Rodriguez, 25, was arrested Wednesday on multiple theft charges, Miami Police said. He was being held on more than $12,000 bond Friday, and it's unknown if he's hired an attorney.

According to Miami Police arrest reports, Rodriguez walked out of Publix at 911 Southwest 1st Avenue Tuesday with several boxes of Corona beer in a shopping cart without paying.

He was followed by a store's general manager, who confronted him. Rodriguez fled the scene but dropped his cell phone, which was recovered by the manager, the reports said.

Later that night, Rodriguez was able to steal beer from the Winn-Dixie at 1525 Coral Way, the reports said. He was arrested after the information on the phone led police to his home, the reports said.

Police said the Broward Sheriff's Office is looking at Rodriguez as a possible suspect in similar cases in Broward, including a theft at a Weston Publix last month.

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Hermine Thrashes Carolina Coast, Continues Moving North


Tropical Storm Hermine lashed the Carolina coasts with ferocious winds and rain Friday as it swept up the coast, while Florida attempted to clean up debris and restore power to tens of thousands of customers after an earlier thrashing.

Hermine was a Category 1 hurricane when it made landfall earlier in the morning south of Tallahassee — the first hurricane to make landfall in the state since 2005. At least one person died when a tree crashed down on his tent, Marion County officials said, NBC News reported.

As Hermine continued to push a northeast path, North and South Carolina were bracing for dangerous storm surge and maximum sustained winds of 50 mph. The center of the storm was passing into North Carolina, about 30 miles away of Wilmington, at 11 p.m. ET, the National Weather Service reported. It was moving northeast at 22 mph and had maximum sustained winds of 50 mph.

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2 Accused of Attacking Delivery Driver in East Haven


East Haven police have arrested two people accused of assaulting a Dominos delivery driver Saturday.

Jonathan Perdue, 27, of East Haven, is charged with second-degree breach of peace, second-degree threatening, and second-degree criminal attempt to commit robbery. Tanya La Kierce, 36, of Wallingford, Is charged with second degree breach of peace, second-degree threatening, second degree criminal attempt to commit robbery, and interfering with police.

Police said they responded to reports of a fight on Old Foxon Road near Foxon Boulevard around 7:37 p.m. When they arrived they found that a Dominos delivery driver had been attacked by two suspects during an attempted robbery. Police said the suspects, later identified as Perdue and Kierce, had fled the scene.

A North Branford K9 unit was called in to track the suspects, who were eventually located in the area of 71 Brennan Street.

According to police, both suspects were “combative” and “threatening” toward officers.

Both suspects were arrested and held on $100,000 bonds.

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Campers React to State's Decision to Close Campgrounds


The unofficial end of summer came early for thousands of people who made plans to camp in Connecticut when all state campgrounds closed Sunday afternoon in anticipation of Hermine.

Campers at Hammonasset Beach State Park woke up to a picture perfect morning and some expressed confusion as to why they had to leave.

“Some people just set up yesterday, yesterday late in the day they got to leave today,” said John Carroll of Guilford.

Governor Dan Malloy’s decision to close the state’s 11 campgrounds came while there was still a fair amount of uncertainty about the forecast. The potential for storm surge flooding and wind gusts was enough of a threat to call for the campground closure.

“I understand they rather be safe than sorry so we go along with that judgment,” Patty Stein of Vernon said.

As the storm crept closer to Connecticut it looked like the impact would be less than originally feared.

“I think it was a little premature. I think they could have waited until this morning. A lot of people started to leave last night because they’ve got a long way to go,” Carroll said.

“It’s disappointing but you understand you got to weigh safety versus the enjoyment of the weekend,” Greg Mattesen of Portland said. “I can kind of understand it but it’s disappointing, but we’ll live with it. We’ll come back next year.”

While some campers didn’t waste any time waiting for the campground to close, packing up and heading out, others like Frank Mayhew soaked up every last minute before it was time to leave.

“We’re just taking our time. Somebody has to be last,” Mayhew, of Middletown, said.

Hammonassett Beach State Park and Rocky Neck State Park both stay open through the Columbus Day. Anyone who has a reservation for later in the week is asked to call on Tuesday afternoon to find out when both of these parks will reopen.

Refunds are available for anyone with reservations during the closure through Reserve America.

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Flight Attendant Delivers Hilarious ‘Looney Tunes’ Landing Announcement


Passengers on a Southwest Airlines flight remained "vewy, vewy quiet" when a flight attendant delivered an "animated" landing announcement this week.

Zach Haumesser impersonated nearly a dozen characters from the classic Warner Bros. cartoon series "Looney Tunes" as the plane prepared to touch down in Chicago on Thursday.

Beginning with Elmer Fudd and then launching into an uncanny Bugs Bunny impression, Haumesser even gave a shout out to the Utah Valley University men's soccer team — who were on the plane — as the carrot-eating hare.

Daffy Duck asked passengers to remain clear of the "doorth" for their "thafety," while Yosemite Sam reminded them to "please, I say, please" check their connecting flights.

Haumesser also impersonated Porky Pig, Sylvester the Cat, Tweety Bird, Pepe Le Pew and the Tasmanian Devil in his "Looney Tune" mash-up.

Co-worker Jordy Elizabeth captured the seamless routine on video, uploading it to Facebook with the caption, "This is just one of the million reasons why I LOVE my job."

By Sunday afternoon, the video had racked up more than 655 shares and over 110,000 views, while on YouTube, the video was viewed more than 1.4 million times in just two days. 

Of course, Porky Pig returned to close out the show with a "Th-th-th-that's all folks!" followed by a "Meep, meep" from the Road Runner.

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New Haven Officials Monitoring Hermine, Road Race Still On


City officials in New Haven are tracking Hermine and said the storm should not impact the New Haven Road Race, which is still on for Monday morning.

City officials said Sunday morning that they have been monitoring Hermine, and with the storm tracking east, the biggest concern is the chance for coastal flooding at high tide. Officials said the city’s Emergency Operations Center is open and the city is preparing for the worst.

EOC Deputy Director Rick Fontana said that while it does not appear that the storm will have a major impact on the city, it is easier to prepare for the worst scenario and scale back than to ramp up emergency operations in the middle of a storm.

If the storm does cause weather conditions to deteriorate, the city has designated emergency shelters and coordinated with the American Red Cross on response plans should they be needed. Career Regional High School and the Nathan Hale School have both been selected as shelter locations.

City Engineer Giovanni Zinn said that while there is a risk for flooding, residents should not expect to see the major flooding caused by other memorable storms.

“Right now we’re looking at a storm surge that is significantly below anything you saw in Irene or Sandy. Probably two to three feet,” he said.

All the city departments have been coordinating efforts ahead of the storm, and safety devices are in place at flood-prone areas along the shore and the Quinnipiac River to minimize the potential impact.

As of Sunday morning all plans for the road race are unchanged, and city officials are working with event organizers to ensure everyone's safety if weather conditions force alterations. If conditions deteriorate, the police are prepared to open substations as meeting points and the city will provide transportation to one of the shelters for those who need it.

With all these safety measures in place, officials said the race is scheduled to kick off at its original start time and the city is ready to host the event. About 6,000 runners are expected to attend, according to organizers.

New Haven officials remind residents and race participants to monitor weather reports, have an emergency evacuation plan and emergency communication plan in place, and an emergency supply kit at the ready.

For more information on the race, click here.

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Man Seriously Injured After Being Struck by Car in Vernon


A man was seriously injured when he was struck by a car in Vernon Sunday afternoon.

Dispatchers confirmed the incident occurred near 93 Thrall Road. Initial reports were that the victim suffered serious injuries and was transported to Hartford Hospital.

Police said the victim is a male in his 20s. He was not publicly identified.

The area of Dart Hill Road at Thrall Road was closed while the accident reconstruction team investigated.

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

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3 Families Displaced after New Haven Fire


The American Red Cross is helping three families after a fire on Chapel Street in New Haven Saturday.

New Haven fire officials said they were called to a house fire at 61 Chapel Street around 7:40 p.m. It was initially reported that someone may have been trapped so a 2nd alarm was struck.

When firefighters arrived they found heavy fire on the second floor and had to assist several people out of the building, but no one was trapped as initially reported.

It took firefighters around 15 minutes to get the blaze under control.

None of the occupants reported any injuries, but one firefighter did suffer a shoulder injury during the call.

Fifteen people were inside at the time – a total of 17 people live in the building.

There is moderate damage to the building from the fire, smoke and water, particularly on the second floor.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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What Advocates Are Doing to End Campus Sex Assault


Brock Turner, the former Stanford student convicted of sexually assaulting an unconscious woman by a dumpster, left jail Friday after serving half of his six month sentence.

Due in part to his victim's fierce and powerful statement on the case, Turner became yet another symbol of relative impunity even after being convicted. "I want the judge to know that he ignited a tiny fire," the victim told Buzzfeed when her letter was published on the site.

It can seem like every few months, the country rediscovers the problem of sexual assault on college campuses, whether it's through documentaries like "The Hunting Ground," since-retracted articles in Rolling Stone, or Turner's case, NBC News reports.

Activists working on the ground to change policy say each headline helps build momentum, whether it's in campus systems or criminal ones. Fatima Goss Graves, senior vice president at the National Women's Law Center, said  "It continues to hold schools and policymakers accountable."

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Khan Family Speaks at Convention


Two of Donald Trump's most high-profile critics spoke at a convention in a Chicago suburb on Saturday, urging American Muslims to vote for what they believe is right without mentioning the Republican nominee by name.

Khizr and Ghazala Khan, the Gold Star parents of fallen U.S. Army Captain Humayun Khan, made national headlines in an emotional speech at the Democratic National Convention this July as Khizr spoke out against Trump's proposal to ban Muslims from entering the country.

On Saturday night, both Khizr and Ghazala addressed the Islamic Society of North America's 53rd Annual Convention at Rosemont's Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, imploring activism in the Muslim community. 

"You are all my children and I feel very close to you because you have shown me lots of love and respect," Ghazala Khan said in her brief remarks.

Trump criticized the Khan family following their widely lauded DNC appearance, where Khizr offered to lend his copy of the Constitution to the nominee.

"I still carry the Constitution," he noted Saturday, clutching the pocket U.S. Constitution he brandished during his DNC speech. 

Trump also suggested Ghazala was silent while Khizr spoke because she may not have been allowed to talk during her husband’s speech.

In response, Ghazala wrote an op-ed in the Washington Post, saying it was too difficult for her to speak because she cannot be in the same room as photos of her son. The backlash against Trump is often credited with knocking him down in the polls after the convention.

"May Allah give you a power to fight against yourself, bring all the goodness of your heart out and give to others. You will receive more — look at me, I am big example for that," she continued in her remarks Saturday.

Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson also spoke at the event, becoming the first sitting Cabinet member and the highest-ranking U.S. government official to ever address the convention, the largest gathering of Muslims in the United States.

Khizr Khan's speech was in part a call to action, as he requested "three favors" of the attendees.

"I ask you today to stand up, stand up in the name of your creator to clean that smear of violence from the name of Islam," he said. "And through you, I ask 1.6 billion Muslims that have been quiet today — no more, no more, no more, it ended today."

He asked those listening to participate in democracy.

"This generation, all of us, are banner-bearer of the message of Islam, universal message of Islam, which is peace," he said. "Register, vote, let your voice be heard so that tomorrow, our future generation, our children don’t have to hear this ugly political rhetoric that we have heard. Enough."

Khan's third request was that everyone protect and care for newly-arriving immigrant families.

"Be their mentor, and be their caretaker, and be their brother and sister in time of need," he said.

Ghazala described how their lives have changed since the DNC: "Everywhere I go, people's eyes full of tears, and their faces full of love."

"We take solace in this, that somehow we have started a conversation for the better of our country, for the better of our nation," Khizr added.

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Cruise Ship Said to Sail in Hermine


The much-maligned cruise ship that was damaged in rough waters earlier this year appears to be sailing near some of the stormiest sections of Hermine Sunday evening.

Several vacationers posted videos and photos to social media showing rolling seas and steely gray skies from aboard the Anthem of the Seas on Sunday afternoon.

"Ready to get away from Hermine #seasick #stuck in cabin," Louise Hardag tweeted.

The Bermuda-bound cruise ship left Bayonne, New Jersey, on Friday and was reported a few hundred miles off the East Coast Sunday night, southeast of Cape Cod, according to ship tracking site Cruisemapper. At least one other cruise ship was also in the area. 

Robert McHugh of Point Pleasant, New Jersey, posted a video of pounding waves on social media. He's traveling with dozens of family members for a wedding in Bermuda. He said a majority of his relatives were getting motion sickness. 

"The seas were churning up a little bit," McHugh said in a Skype interview. "There were a lot of people who weren't feeling well."

The motion of unsettled sea was rough enough that passengers had to hold onto handrails as they navigated the ship. 

"When you're walking down the hallway, the ship is lifting up and dropping down," McHugh said. 

Royal Carribbean, which owns and operates the ship, said in a statement that the boat is safely sailing to Bermuda in winds of about 40 mph — the minimum wind speed threshold for a tropical storm — and was more than 140 miles from the center of the storm. 

"Earlier today, our captain informed guests that we had experienced higher winds and gusts for a 2-3 hour period," the cruise liner said. "We'll continue to share weather information with our guests throughout their trip."

In an unfortunate twist of fate, passengers Deena Abbate and Steve Matyasovsky were onboard the same ship in February when it encountered a raging tempest. They received a refund and a credit towards their next trip, which happened to be this weekend's cruise during Hermine. 

"I guess it is pretty funny that here we are again," Abbate said.

"We booked this a long time ago, and who knew," Matyasovsky said.

While Hermine was downgraded from a hurricane to a tropical storm after it made landfall in Florida, forecasters expected it to strengthen as it went out to sea Sunday night, and it could turn back into a hurricane.

Sunday's storm appears to be the latest in a string of incidents involving the ship this year. 

In June, an 8-year-old boy drowned while in one of the Anthem's pools, and in February, it sailed into another Atlantic storm that tossed passengers and furniture about the vessel. Passengers described that voyage as "a cruise from hell."

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Hillary Clinton's Late Summer Swoon Doesn't Help Trump


The key word for 2016 poll-watchers this week has been "tightening," as a series of national and state polls have shown Donald Trump drawing nearer to Hillary Clinton, NBC News reported.

But look at the numbers closer and any tightening looks more like a mini-Clinton swoon than a mini-Trump boom.

Comparing polls from the same organizations over recent weeks shows that Clinton's numbers are almost universally down, in some cases by noteworthy amounts. But Trump's numbers have not seen equal increases. In fact, in some cases his numbers are down as well, just not as much as Clinton's.

Welcome to the 2016 election, where many voters are none too pleased with their choices and looking for options. And that could mean a very good year for third-party candidates.

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Murder Suspect Vanishes From Nev. Interrogation Room


Authorities were still searching Sunday for a brazen and possibly murderous escape artist who slipped out of a Nevada interrogation room Friday, NBC News reported.

The white Ford pickup that police said Alonso Perez, 25, used once he fled police custody was discovered Saturday without the suspect, leaving the murder victim's sister angrily wondering how such an escape could even happen and the police in a desperate hunt for their man.

"I can understand their frustration — we're just as frustrated ourselves," North Las Vegas police spokesman Aaron Patty told NBC News. "But the bigger focus is: We have a homicide suspect on the loose."

Police apprehended Perez Friday and transported him to an interview room in the department's detective bureau, where he was secured with metal bracelets. After a couple of hours, NBC affiliate KSNV reported, an investigator stepped out, when Perez twisted his handcuffs until they snapped, Patty said.

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1 Dead in Apartment Fire in Colchester


One person has died in a fire in an apartment in Colchester.

The fire broke out in the house on Mill Street late Saturday night.

A man was rescued from the fire and taken to the Marlborough Clinic with significant burns. He was then flown by LifeStar medical helicopter to Shriners' Hospital in Rhode Island, according to Deputy Fire Chief Donald Lee.

Fire officials did not identify the man, but said they believe he lived in the second floor apartment where the fire broke out.

A search of the house found a second victim who died in the apartment. That person could not be identified, Lee said.

"Our crews made a valiant effort to get in and search for victims and were able to make a real good aggressive push," Lee said.

Two firefighters were injured and taken to the hospital. Both have since been released, according to fire officials.

Fire crews from Hebron, Salem, Columbia and Niantic assisted Colchester firefighters in fighting the fire.

The fire marshal will determine the cause of the fire, but it did not appear to be suspicious, according to fire officials.

The Connecticut State Police Fire and Explosive Investigation Unit is also investigating.

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Hermine Stalls Off Northeast, Threatens Days of Rough Surf


Tropical cyclone Hermine slowed its movement in the Atlantic on Sunday night and was preparing to park for a while off the Northeast coast, promising hammer-like waves, floods and beach erosion through Labor Day and beyond, NBC News reported.

Hermine has been moving east since it battered Florida and the Carolinas on its way up the coast beginning Friday. But updated National Weather Service projections indicated that its eastward motion is ending and that it's likely to slowly veer northwestward through Tuesday — that is, back toward the Northeast coast.

"I certainly would not suggest going in the water the next couple of days," said Ari Sarsalari, a meteorologist for The Weather Channel. "The storm surge is not as bad as expected, but the rip currents are going to be really bad."

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Coast Guard Rescues 3 Boaters Near New London


The Coast Guard rescued three people from a capsized boat near Bartlett Reef off the New London coast Sunday.

The Coast Guard said they received a call about a capsized catamaran with three people in the water near Bartlett Reef around 4:30 p.m. A crew arrived and found three adults – two men and one woman. All three were wearing lifejackets and clinging to the side of the vessel when rescuers arrived.

All of them were rescued from the water and no injuries were reported. Their vessel was towed to Pleasure Beach and the victims were transported to a nearby dock.

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