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Torrington Untimely Death Not Suspicious: PD


Torrington police have determined an untimely death discovered Friday, which prompted evacuations when suspicious devices were found in the home, is not suspicious.

Police said they were called 33 Wolcott Avenue around 6 p.m. Friday and discovered an untimely death.

When they arrived they found several World War II detonation devices and called in the bomb squad . Several surrounding homes were while authorities checked the devices. The bomb squad determined the devices were not explosive and resident were allowed to return home.

Police have not released any information about the victim, but as of Saturday morning said that the death was not suspicious.

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Red Dress Run Encourages Woman to Be Healthy and Fit


A thousand women crossed the finish line in Elizabeth Park Saturday, for the 19th annual Red Dress Run for Women. The 5K walk and run is the largest all-women’s road race in Connecticut.

“Both a celebration of women’s fitness and an awareness campaign for women to get healthy and fit,” said Race Director and Hartford Marathon Foundation CEO Beth Shluger.

Coleen Tighe’s running ritual with her 11-year-old niece Phoebe started with a trip to the fabric store. Wearing tulle tutus, they fit right in with the rest of the runners and walkers who “Rocked the Red,” Saturday. Some wore red dresses while others put on costumes.

“We just like dressing up and we think that adds to the fun of it,” said Tighe, of Simsbury. “I think everyone’s trying to have a good time with getting healthy and staying fit.”

“It’s fun to do it with people you like so you’re kind of talking the whole time. It gets your mind off of it,” added Phoebe Johnston, of West Hartford.

Johnston, who has run in this race before with her aunt, said it’s one of her favorites.

“I like how everyone’s so upbeat and there’s people everywhere saying you’re so close,” she said.

In addition to promoting health, participants were also asked to donate canned goods to the local food bank.

Robbery Suspect Surrenders After Barricading Herself Inside


An armed robbery suspect who barricaded herself inside a building on Albany Avenue Saturday morning has surrendered peacefully to Hartford police negotiators and is in custody, police said.

The incident started when police responded to an armed robbery on the 1200-block of Albany Avenue around 8:30 a.m. A female suspect with a gun fled the scene in a car. Police tracked the suspect vehicle using surveillance in the area and took the driver into custody.

The driver was cooperative with police, but the armed robbery suspect remained inside a building. The Hartford Police Crisis Negotiation team was called in to speak with her, and neighbors were evacuated as a precaution.

The suspect, who has not been publicly identified, agreed to surrender and came out of the building with her hands in the air.

Both she and the driver of the vehicle are being interviewed and charges are expected.

The investigation is ongoing.

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Scattered Showers, Strong Storms Possible Saturday


The NBC Connecticut meteorologists are tracking the chance for a few scattered showers and strong storms Saturday afternoon and early evening.

A warm and humid air mass in place will interact with a cold front later today to increase the chance of storms. The best chance of a strong or even severe storm will be in northern CT.

The storms today may produce brief torrential downpours and strong to damaging wind gusts. The best chance for storms will be 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. in western CT until 6  p.m.to 7 p.m. in the south and east.

The cold front approaching will usher in drier air and a top 10 -type of day for Sunday with sunshine, low humidity and warm temperatures into the low 80s.

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Waterford Man Arrested on Prostitution Charges


Groton Town Police have arrested a Waterford man on prostitution-related charges.

Reginald Green, 27, of the Quaker Hill section of Waterford, faces charges of promoting prostitution and interfering with police investigation.

Police said that an investigation into prostitution activity was initiated by an online advertisement. Investigators allege that Green was facilitating the prostitution by manipulating a woman into performing sex acts at a local hotel.

Green was arrested Friday and held on a $50,000 bond.

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Vigil to Honor 10-Year-Old Swept into Branford River


A candlelight vigil will be held Saturday night for 10-year-old Ben Callahan of Branford, who died after being swept into a culvert by the Branford River Friday afternoon.

The boy was playing when he slipped from the embankment and fell into a pipe along the river while he was playing with his two brothers, Captain Geoff Morgan of the Branford Police Department said

His brothers tried to save him and one of them called 911, Morgan said.

Callahan’s body was found in the pipe around 4 p.m. on Friday. Police said the pipe goes underneath the water.

The vigil for Callahan will be on the Branford Town Green Saturday night at 7:30 p.m.

Branford Public Schools confirmed Friday that Callahan was a student at one of its schools.

"Our collective hearts are broken and our thoughts and prayers are with the family. The school district is arranging for grief counselors to support children experiencing difficulties with the tragic passing of a classmate," the school district said.

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New London Police Seek Armed Robbery Suspects


New London police are searching for two suspects in an armed street robbery Friday night.

Police said around 9:30 p.m. the victim reported being robbed by two male suspects in the area of Reed Street and Blinman Street. The victim told police that one of the suspects showed a gun and that the pair stole $570 off him during the incident.

One suspect is described as around 5-foot-6 with an average build and scruffy facial hair and the second is only described as being “average size.”

A K9 attempted to track the suspects but was unsuccessful.

The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to contact New London police at 860-447-5269 ext. 0. Anonymous information can be submitted via the New London Tips 411 system by texting NLPDTip plus the information to Tip411 (847411).

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4 Arrested After 2 Groups of Protesters Clash in New Haven


Four people were arrested during demonstrations in New Haven Saturday, according to New Haven police.

According to New Haven Police Officer David Hartman, a group called the Proud Boys, which describes itself on social media as a Western Chauvinist group, made plans to demonstrate on the New Haven green Saturday. Counter-protesters, who called the Proud Boys a white nationalist and alt-right coalition, caught wind of the demonstration through social media and also attended.

"Counterprotesters plan to ensure this coalition understands that New Haven was the wrong place to put on this rally," wrote activist Natalie Alexander in an email.

About three dozen counter-protesters attended and there were several skirmishes between the two groups, Hartman said.

Four people were charged with disorderly conduct – two were taken into custody. One was sent to the hospital for treatment of eye irritation after being hit by either pepper spray or smoke from a mini-smoke bomb, Hartmand said.

Police said the Proud Boys group left the area and agreed not to return. Hartman said they were not violent during their demonstrations, but they did not have a valid protest permit.

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Public Voter Info for Election Fraud Panel Chairs Pence, Kobach


Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary of State of Kansas Kris Kobach were named co-chairs of the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity, a Trump panel created to investigate alleged voter fraud, NBC News reported.

The commission ignited a bipartisan firestorm over the past week after Kobach, the Kansas secretary of state, penned a letter asking states to hand over a massive amount of publicly available voter roll data.

As a result, 45 states (including Pence and Kobach's home state of Indiana and Kansas) and the District of Columbia have either declined to release voter data or will hand over limited information.

Some experts questioned the usefulness of the information the commission is attempting to collect given the differing mishmash of data that is available in each state.

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Missing Tuber Found Safe in Avon After Farmington River Search

8 New Warrants Filed After Teen Killed Over Stolen Drugs


Police expect more arrests in the case of Shavon Randle, a North Texas 13-year-old who was killed because of stolen drugs she had nothing to do with.

Eight new warrants pertaining to Randle's case were filed Friday night, police said. One warrant included a new suspect and another was for cell phone records.

The city cannot provide the names of the people named in the warrants until Monday, a spokesperson for the Lancaster Police Department said. 

Randle was laid to rest Saturday after a funeral at Friendship West Baptist Church. Loved ones gathered Saturday at the church to pay respects to the young victim and support her family.

"I am just so heartbroken by the whole situation and it’s heart-wrenching, it’s devastating, all of that summed up into one. I'm not a mother, but all I could do is imagine, I couldn't even imagine how hurt she is," said family friend Asha Owens about Randle’s mother.

Randle died from multiple gunshot wounds, the Dallas County Medical Examiner said Friday.

She was found inside an abandoned house in Dallas on Sunday, July 2, four days after Lancaster police issued an Amber Alert for her.

Police believe she was kidnapped in retaliation to a drug theft two days before she was reported missing.

Five people are in custody facing a variety of charges related to Randle's disappearance.

Michael Titus, who at one time was considered a person of interest, was found shot to death with Randle. His funeral was also held Saturday at a church near the house where their bodies were found.

So far, no one has been charged with the murders of Randle or Titus.

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Civilians Suffer Most in Battle Against ISIS in Syria, Iraq


The sense of urgency by U.S.-led coalition forces to liberate the ISIS strongholds of Mosul, Iraq, and Raqqa, Syria, has come at a heavy cost — particularly for the civilians trapped in the two cities, NBC News reports.

ISIS is known for using civilians as human shields and killing Iraqi residents trying to flee, according to the United Nations Human Rights Office.

The U.S.-led coalition airstrikes meant to root out the jihadists have wreaked extensive collateral damage in Mosul and Raqqa, resulting in the deaths of hundreds of civilians.

At least 603 civilians had "more likely than not" been "unintentionally killed" by airstrikes since August 2014, the U.S. military confirmed Friday.

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Car Crashes into Porch at Stratford Home


For a third time in four years a car has hit a home on Broadbridge Ave. in Stratford.

Around 2:30 a.m.Paulo Jorge, the owner of the home at 1725 Broadbrige Ave., was awoke when his entire house began to shake.

"The whole bed moved and shook so much I thought the house was falling apart," said Jorge. "I got pretty scared. I came downstairs and there was galss all over my living room floor."

The car struck the porch, taking out a column, the front steps and part of the front door. Four years ago a car landed in the bushes. Two years ago a car hit the porch. 

"I have a 5-year-old granddaughter and she sits in those chairs in front of the porch, she sits there to read," said Jorge. "This could happen at anytime of the day. It's just crazy. It happens all the time, so we're just scared."

The home sits at a T-intersection at Broadbridge Ave. and Canaan Road. Police say that when a car takes the curve too fast, they can easily lose control.

Jorge is hoping that police will put up signs warning drivers of the curve and a barrier to avoid this from happening again.

Another adult and a child were also asleep inside the home when the crash occurred. No one was injured.

The driver of the car was arrested. Police have not released any details on the charges.

Ex-CIA Director Says Trump 'Ceded' Ground to Putin


Former CIA Director John Brennan said in an exclusive interview on NBC's "Meet the Press" that he felt Trump "ceded" ground to Russian President Vladimir Putin on issues concerning his country's interference in the U.S. presidential election, NBC News reported.

“I don’t think he demonstrates good negotiating skills when it comes to Mr. Putin,” said Brennan, who led the CIA from 2013 until January of this year.

Brennan brought up Trump’s comments about feeling “honored” to meet Putin on sidelines of the G-20 meeting in Germany Friday. “He said it’s an honor to meet the individual who carried out the assault on our election? To me, it’s a dishonorable thing to say,” he added.

In a series of tweets Sunday morning, Trump floated the idea of working with the Russians on cyber-security, writing, “Putin & I discussed forming an impenetrable Cyber Security unit so that election hacking, & many other negative things, will be guarded."

Brennan said comments like these certainly indicate the president “doesn’t take the word of the intelligence community … he continually questioned the intelligence community’s high confidence assessment that Russia interfered" with the 2016 election.

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Kent Falls Park Reopens After 'Suspicious Device' Found


Kent Falls State Park reopened after a "suspicious device" was found, state police said.

Troop L in Litchfield and the Connecticut State Police bomb squad were called to the scene to assist DEEP near Kent Falls State Park.

However, police said the "suspicious device" turned out to be a camping grill with visible wires used for an igniter. 

"From a bit of a distance, the grill looked like it could be some type of Improvised Explosive Device," DEEP said in a statement.

DEEP cleared the area and the park was closed around 10 a.m. but reopened at 12:45 p.m. on Sunday. 

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Mass. Amber Alert Suspect Arrested at Newington Motel


An Amber Alert for a 21-month-old baby missing in Massachusetts has been canceled after the boy's father was arrested in Newington. 

The baby boy, Jandel Calcorzi, was reported missing in Chicopee, Massachusetts, in the early hours of Sunday morning. 

Police said the boy's father, Joshua Calcorzi, had stabbed the baby's mother and kidnapped the child from a home located at 509 Springfield Street in Chicopee. 

GPS that pinged the suspect's phone aled police to the White Swan Motel off the Berlin Turnpike in Newington. The suspect and the 21-month-old baby were found in one of the motel's rooms.

Police said 12 hotels, some multiple times, in an attempt to find the boy and his father.

Calcorzi was taken into custody around 8:15 a.m. in Connecticut. He was uncooperative at first and refused to open the door to his motel. 

His son, 21-month old Jandel, is safe and appears unharmed but will be evaluated for a precaution, according to police in Massachusetts.

The boy's mother underwent surgery and is expected to be OK. 

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Two Arrested in Tolland After Police Find Equipment for 'Dabs'


An active search warrant led to the arrest of two in Tolland on Sunday morning.

Connecticut State Police had an active search warrant for 24-year-old Amber Blanchetter at her home located on Willington Avenue.

Travis Winans, 20, opened the door when police arrived to the address and let troopers inside the home, while Blanchette was sleeping in another room. 

In plain view, troopers said they saw narcotics and equipment used for heating marijuana when they entered the home. In addition to more equipment and paraphernalia, packaging materials, marijuana, scales and THC oil, were located in the room where Blanchette was sleeping, troopers said. 

Police said the equipment they found is used for processing a high potency THC oil commonly known as "dabs", "wax" or "shatter."

Blanchette was then turned over to the Manchester Police Department subsequent to her active arrest warrant.

Winans was charged with possession of marijuana with intent to sell, possession of drug paraphernalia and operating a drug Factory, among other charges.

His bond was set at $50,000 and he's expected in court on July 10.

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Lawmakers Call for US Residency for Terminally Ill Baby


Two U.S. congressmen have called for terminally sick British baby Charlie Gard to be given U.S. residency so he can undergo treatment in America.

Republican congressmen Brad Wenstrup and Trent Franks will introduce a bill to the House of Representatives this week calling for the 11-month old baby — who is on life-support in a London hospital — and his parents to be granted permanent residence in the United States.

On Monday U.S. President Donald Trump weighed into the debate tweeting his support for Charlie, writing: "If we can help little #CharlieGard, as per our friends in the U.K. and the Pope, we would be delighted to do so."

Back in the U.K., Charlie's parents were set to join a group of supporters outside Great Ormond Street Hospital Sunday to hand doctors a petition, signed by more than 370,000 people, imploring them to save Charlie’s life.

Photo Credit: Family of Charlie Gard via AP

Vigil Held to Honor 10-Year-Old Swept Into Branford River


Hundreds gathered at a candlelight Sunday for 10-year-old Ben Callahan of Branford, who died after being swept into a culvert by the Branford River Friday afternoon.

The boy was playing when he slipped from the embankment and fell into a pipe along the river while he was playing with his two brothers, Captain Geoff Morgan of the Branford Police Department said.

His brothers tried to save him and one of them called 911, Morgan said.

Callahan’s body was found in the pipe around 4 p.m. on Friday. Police said the pipe goes underneath the water.

The vigil for Callahan was held on the Branford Town Green Sunday at 7:30 p.m.

Branford Public Schools confirmed Friday that Callahan was a student at one of its schools.

"Our collective hearts are broken and our thoughts and prayers are with the family. The school district is arranging for grief counselors to support children experiencing difficulties with the tragic passing of a classmate," the school district said.

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Soldier Fatally Shoots Wife, NY State Trooper: Police


An Army infantry man shot and killed his wife along with a New York State Police trooper who was responding to a domestic violence call at an upstate home Sunday, authorities say.

Trooper Joel Davis, 36, rushed to the scene in Theresa, in Jefferson County, just after 8 p.m. and was shot and killed as he approached the residence, State Police Superintendent George Beach II said. A woman was also found dead at the scene, Beach added.

The suspect, Justin Walters, 32, surrendered to other state police troopers without further incident, police said. Beach described Walters as an “active duty Army infantryman who is stationed at Fort Drum.”

The woman was identified as Nichole Walter, 27, police said.

Trooper Davis, of Evans Mills, graduated from the 199th session of the Basic School in 2013, police said. He leaves behind his wife and three children.

“The entire New York family grieves today for Trooper Joel Davis, who was shot and killed in the line of duty Sunday night,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo said in a statement Sunday night.

The investigation is ongoing.

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