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Police Looking for Missing Teen


Farmington police are looking for help to find a missing teen.

Juliette Lyon, 15, has been missing since yesterday.

Police said she has a history of running away and has medical issues.

They have no reason to believe she is endangered, but are asking for the public’s help to locate her.

She was last seen near CVS on Main Street, Route 10, and was wearing a mint green tank-top and white shorts.

Juliette is 5-feet-6, weighs 120 pounds and has long brown wavy hair and blue eyes.
If you have any information about her whereabouts, call Farmington Police at 860-675-2400.

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Coroner: Asiana Crash Victim Alive When Fire Truck Hit


A Chinese student on board Asiana Flight 214 survived the plane’s crash-landing only to be killed accidentally on the runway by a firefighting vehicle racing to the scene.

That was the conclusion announced Friday by San Mateo County Coroner Robert Foucralt at a news conference detailing that Ye Meng Yuan, 16, was killed by "multiple blunt injuries," consistent with being run over by a vehicle. He said that a review of her internal hemorrhaging showed that she had survived the plane crash, and was alive before a specialized airport firetruck ran over her. He did not know how many time she had been run over, and the driver's name of the rig was not revealed.

She and 34 other Chinese high school students were on their way to Stanford University, and then a Christian summer camp in Southern California when the plane crashed at San Francisco International Airport on July 6.

Foucralt said he spoke on Thursday with the girl's family, along with the two others' victims families who died, to tell them the news. He declined to elaborate on their reaction. Ye's family is in the Bay Area, awaiting to take their daughter's remains back to China. They have declined all media requests.

The teen, whose first name means "Dream" in Chinese, and her middle school classmate, 16-year-old Wang Linjia, died in the crash. The other victim killed, 15-year-old Liu Yipeng, died at a hospital July 12.  Another 182 people were injured when the Boeing 777 came in too slow and too low when it clipped the seawall on the runway as it landed on what had began as a sunny Saturday afternoon.

MORE: Full Asiana Airlines Crash Coverage

San Francisco Fire Chief Joanne Hayes-White said that investigators believe that one of the specialized rigs, called an Aircraft Rescue Firefighting vehicle, or ARFF, struck the girl, who was "not standing up, but on the ground." She also said that it's possible two rigs hit her.

"This is devastating news," she said. “The men and women dispatched to the scene of the crash of Asiana Airline Flight 214 are in the business of saving lives, and many of them put their own lives at risk that day to save passengers and crew. I remain proud of their efforts under such extraordinary circumstances.”

A few facts still remained unclear after the news conference, specifically what role the firefighting foam played in possibly covering up the teen. She had been sitting in the back of the Boeing 777, according to the National Transportation Safety Board, before it crashed. And now, authorities are investigating  how she came to be found at the edged of a paved path near the left wing - covered in foam - just before 12:30 p.m.

Hayes-White has not personally spoken with the families herself, but said that through the Chinese Consulate, she has expressed a desire to meet with them one-on-one if they choose. She said she told the consul that the families have her deepest apologies and condolences.

RAW VIDEO: Coroner, Fire Chief Comment on Asiana Autopsy Report

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee also offered his thoughts to the families, while supporting his city's firefighters who he said acted quickly and heroically:  "I am profoundly saddened by the involvement of a responding emergency vehicle in the death 16-year-old Ye Meng Yuan. On behalf of the people of San Francisco, I offer my deepest condolences and regret for her tragic death, and the deaths of her close friend Wang Linjia, and 15-year-old Liu Yipeng. Our hearts are heavy, and our thoughts and prayers continue to be with their families and friends an ocean away. "

Lee noted that the lives of the remaining 304 passengers and crewmembers on board the craft were "undoubtedly saved that day" because of the firefighters and first reponders."

When asked about possible civil charges that might lodged against the department, Hayes-White said she wasn't a legal expert and wouldn't comment. Criminal charges are not expected in what Hayes-White called a "tragic accident."

Hayes-White also added that, in the wake of this "very sensitive matter," her department will "continue to examine our response, if we could have done something different."

NBC Bay Area spoke with Wang Chuan of the Chinese Consulate in San Francisco. He said there are still eight family members of the three Chinese victims who are still in the Bay Area, taking care of everything from waiting for the autopsies to talking to attorneys. They have not responded so far to the San Francisco fire chief and mayor’s invitations to sit down and talk.

Chuan believes the families are coping better now, after meeting with the Consul General at his San Francisco home a few times in the last couple of weeks.

“I think now they’re getting better,” said Chuan. “But I can still feel they are very – I can feel deep sorrow inside.”

NBC Bay Area reporter Stephanie Chuang contributed to this report.

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Pedicab Driver Charged Tourists $720 for 20-Minute Ride: Report


Authorities are investigating after a pedicab driver charged a Japanese couple visiting New York City for the first time an astounding $720 for a 20-minute ride from midtown to the Village -- a trek that should have cost only $50, according to a published report.

When the pedicab driver rolled up, he allegedly pointed to a $5 line on the price board; Hiroki Niwa, in the passenger cab with his wife, Chisa, nodded and the pedicab driver started pedaling, according to The New York Post.
Once they reached their destination, the pedicab driver allegedly showed them a bill totaling $520 and told them they had no choice but to pay, so the couple handed over a credit card. Upon their return to Japan, the couple realized the pedicab driver had charged them $720 for the ride and had tried to bill another $616 to their card. 
The second charge failed to go through, and the Department of Consumer Fairs is trying to use smartphone credit card readers to track down the driver who exploited the couple in the June 9 encounter, the Post reported. 
Laramie Flick, acting president of the NYC Pedicab Owners Association, called the $720 charge the worst rip off he'd ever seen, according to the paper. 

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Space Probes to Show Stunning Photos of Saturn, Earth as One-Pixel "Dot"


Here comes the sun, to Saturn? Photographs from space this weekend will show photos of Saturn you've never seen before and a side of Earth you'd never thought you'd see.

Two NASA spacecraft are in position to take stunning photos of Saturn and its rings, showing the planet eclipsing the sun Friday and Saturday. The photos will also show Earth as just one pixel in size, according to NASA.

The photos, taken from the Cassini and Messenger spacecrafts, will show Saturn and its "dusty" rings back-lit by the sun. Coincidentally, Earth should appear in the background of some of the images. At the time of the photos, the Cassini spacecraft will be nearly 900 million miles away from our planet.

"My sincere wish is that people the world over stop what they're doing at the time the Earth picture is taken, to revel in the sheer wonder of simply being alive on a pale blue dot of a planet, and to appreciate the ever-widening perspective of ourselves and our world that we have gained from our interplanetary explorations," Carolyn Porco, head of the Cassini mission's imaging team, said in a press release.

The Cassini spacecraft is scheduled to take its photos between 5:27 and 5:42 p.m. EDT, Friday, July 19, while the Messenger expects to shoot at 7:49 a.m., 8:38 a.m. and 9:41 a.m. EDT, both today and Saturday.

During the interplanetary photo session, NASA is encouraging people to go outside and look in the direction of Saturn and take photos of themselves waving and share them on Social Media using the hashtag #WaveAtSaturn.

"The Cassini team is looking forward to giving the world a chance to see what their home looks like from Saturn," Porco also said. "With this advance notice, we hope you'll join us in waving at Saturn from Earth, so we can commemorate this special opportunity."

Photo Credit: NASA

Man Accused of Beating Former Boss


Watertown police have arrested a man accused of beating his former employer with a 4-foot-long piece of hardwood molding.  

Police responded to Specialty Flooring, at 1445 Main Street in Oakville, at 12:06 p.m. on Thursday for a report that someone had been assaulted and found the 53-year-old owner of the store bleeding from the head.

The victim told police that his former employee, Richard Murphy, 51, of Waterbury, had attacked him and was trying to kill him, police said.

The victim said Murphy has been staying in a camper behind the business. Shortly before noon, he went into the business, snuck up behind his former boss and struck him in the head with molding, over and over again, police said.

As they were investigating, responding police officers saw Murphy behind the building, trying to run off, police said. They found him in Steele Brook, a body of water behind the company, according to police.

Murphy resisted attempts to take him into custody and police used a stun gun on him, police said.
Murphy told police that the victim owed him money and that he went into the shop to obtain payment, even if it meant using force, police said.

The victim, however, said he had lent Murphy money in the past and did not own him anything. 

Evidence police found included molding that had blood on it, according to a news release from police.

The victim was taken to the hospital to be treated for head and arm injuries. Murphy was also taken to be evaluated.

Officer Jeff Desena suffered arm and knee injuries while taking Murphy into custody.

Murphy was arrested on several charges, including robbery, assault, reckless endangerment, threatening and additional charges.

He was held on $50,000 bond and is due in Waterbury Superior Court today.

Photo Credit: Watertown Police

Murdered Girl's Family Car Set on Fire Overnight


The family of a murdered Saginaw, Texas, girl woke up to another crime scene Friday morning after someone set fire to the family's car.

Investigators said someone torched the family’s car and also set fire to a small memorial for Alanna Gallagher. 

The 6-year-old girl was found dead earlier this month. Her body was found under a tarp, bound with duct tape, just a mile from her home on July 1.

Police still haven’t found the girl's killer and now they’re looking for an arsonist.

The crime scene tape is back up on the Gallagher’s street in Saginaw.

Police and neighbors said the grieving family has been through so much in the past couple weeks.

“It sucks, it sucks for them to have to go through this,” said neighbor Megan Pearman.

At about 2:15 a.m. Friday, the Gallagher family discovered someone set their car on fire in their driveway.  As the car was towed away, NBC 5 crews spotted damage to the front of the car.

Police rushed to the home they’ve become familiar with recently, during the murder investigation of their daughter, Alanna.

“We did find the car engulfed in flames, and we’re currently investigating it as an arson at this time,” said Damon Ing, an officer with the Saginaw Police Department.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms is helping in the investigation. 

Just down the street, agents learned a small memorial for the little girl had also been set on fire where a teddy bear and other items were charred.

“The family is still distraught from the loss of their child, and of course, now they have to deal with this.  It’s very disturbing,” said Ing.

The latest attack is taking detectives attention away from the murder investigation.  They’ve been scouring cell phone pictures and video from homeowner’s security cameras in the neighborhood and may soon release some of that information to the public.

“It’s very disheartening.  In the fact, I know that investigators are spending a lot of time in the Alanna Gallagher case, and for whatever reason, someone intentionally set this fire,” Ing said.

“Might be some kids, might be a hate crime,” said neighbor Raymond Rodriguez.

Police said they haven’t received any threats against the family.  Right now, investigators don’t have a motive for the arson or the murder.

Work to Remove MLK Jr. Memorial Quote Begins Next Week


Preliminary work to remove a disputed quote from the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial begins next week, the National Park Service said Friday.

Beginning Monday, the site will be prepped for repairs, with scaffolding going up. Sculptor Master Lei Yixin is expected the following week to begin the work.

The work is expected to be complete ahead of the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington Aug. 28, according to NPS.

In December, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said he reached an agreement with King's family, the group that built the memorial and the National Park Service to remove a paraphrase from King's "Drum Major" speech by carving grooves over the lettering to match existing marks in the sculpture, rather than cutting into the granite to replace it with a fuller quotation.

Yixin recommended removing the inscription that way to avoid compromising the monument's structural integrity.

Critics, including poet Maya Angelou, complained after the memorial opened in 2011 that the paraphrased quotation took King's words out of context, making him sound arrogant. The paraphrase reads: "I was a drum major for justice, peace and righteousness."

The full quotation was taken from a 1968 sermon about two months before King was assassinated. It reads:

Yes, if you want to say that I was a drum major, say that I was a drum major for justice. Say that I was a drum major for peace. I was a drum major for righteousness. And all of the other shallow things will not matter."

Ed Jackson Jr., the memorial's executive architect, told the Associated Press that the lettering will be replaced with horizontal "movement lines" that are already part of the design to show the movement of the central "Stone of Hope" out of a "Mountain of Despair" behind it.

That design was inspired by a line from King's "I Have a Dream" speech: "Out of the mountain of despair, a stone of hope." That message is inscribed on the other side of the sculpture and will remain.

Cutting granite out of the sculpture and replacing it to make way for a longer quotation would have looked like a "patch job" forever, Jackson said. Removing the inscription retains the integrity of the artwork, he said.

The memorial will remain open during the work, though access to some areas will be affected, according to NPS.


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Chicago Cops Start Door-to-Door Visits to Fight Violence


A new pilot program in Chicago has police knocking on the doors of would-be criminals, hoping to alert them of stiff penalties for gun crimes and warn them they are being watched.

The "custom notifications" are part of a comprehensive policing strategy aimed at reducing violence and crime by targeting specific groups of individuals allegedly committing a majority of an area's criminal activity.

"Much of the city’s violence is perpetrated by a small group of individuals, and we’re putting these individuals on notice," Director of Chicago Police News Affairs Adam Collins said in a statement.

Chicago Police began hand-delivering letters from the district commander on Friday to targeted individuals with the "highest propensity for violence."

The letter reminds them of the consequences of crime and "puts them on notice."

"If they commit a crime we will seek the strongest penalties available," Collins said in a statement.

It also outlines opportunities for social services and a "path out of the life of crime."

It's the latest part of an ongoing police strategy to stem Chicago violence. Among the most recent shootings, 12 men were killed and at least 60 others were wounded during the Fourth of July weekend, including two boys shot and injured within hours at city parks.

Chicago Police say shootings are down year-over-year, though. Numbers released this month by police indicate a 25 percent drop in shootings and a 14 percent drop in overall crime in the first half of this year compared to the first six months of last year. Murders are down too, police say, by 29 percent.

"Through a close partnership with the community and our comprehensive policing strategy there have been significant drops in murders, shootings and overall crime this year," Supt. Garry McCarthy said, "but it's progress and not victory because one shooting or murder is unacceptable."

The program is reportedly set to begin in the city's Austin neighborhood.

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Feds Approve State Plan to Disburse Storm Sandy Relief Funds


The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has approved the state’s action plan to disburse $71.82 million in federal funding to help residents, businesses and communities recover and rebuild after Storm Sandy, according to Gov. Dannel Malloy.

Superstorm Sandy was the third large storm to hit the state in a year. That storm, combined with Hurricane Irene and the freak October snowstorm caused more than $1 billion in damage in the state, according to Malloy.

“This funding will allow us to move forward with our plan to help residents rebuild, get businesses back on their feet and make some of the investments in our infrastructure that are so clearly necessary,” Malloy said. “Connecticut has experienced more than its fair share of severe weather related events over the last two and a half years. And while we have been through a lot, we know that another storm is inevitable.”

The state Department of Housing’s plan includes:

  • $30 million to help homeowners repair damage;
  • $26 million to rehabilitate and rebuild low and moderate-income multifamily homes;
  • $4 million to assist a wide range of businesses affected by the storm;
  • $4 million to address infrastructure needs that pose health and safety risks;
  • $2.2 million for public building repairs; and
  • $2 million for planning activities, including plans for future mitigation.

Individual grants can be used for repairs of single-family and multifamily housing, infrastructure, public facilities, as well as small businesses in Fairfield, New London, New Haven, and Middlesex counties and the Mashantucket Pequot tribal area.

“We know the need across southern Connecticut is great.  Our primary focus is disbursing these funds in a way that maximizes their effectiveness — to help as many people and as many communities as we possibly can with the funds we have available,” DOH Commissioner Evonne Klein said.

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“Best Daym Takeout” Show on Travel Channel


Are you in search of the “Best Daym Takeout” in the country? 

Connecticut-based Daymon “Daym” Patterson will be taking his Internet talents to the television screen for a new series on the Travel Channel.

Best Daym Takeout” will feature Patterson traveling to various cities across the country in search of the best takeout food, including Atlanta, Portland and San Francisco.

Before he was picked up by Travel Channel, Patterson was living in New Britain, Connecticut, and working at a CarMax dealer. 

Patterson rose to Internet stardom as a YouTube sensation by posting over-the-top reviews of various takeout dishes -- everything from cheeseburgers to French toast sticks -- that he consumed on his lunch break. All of them were filmed and narrated from the cozy front seat of his car.

“I was given 1-hour lunch breaks at my job, so I started grabbing quick bites to eat and started doing food reviews,” Patterson said.

Patterson would then take those videos and post them on YouTube.  Not long after, he started to notice that his videos, along with his YouTube channel, were gaining quite the following. 

A friend of his recommended that he go and try out the popular burger joint “Five Guys Burgers and Fries,” which was right up Daymon’s alley.  It turned out to be much more than just another lunchtime review and the video launched him into stardom.

“Five Guys Burgers and Fries was the first review that started getting 4,000-5,000 views,” he said. “By the end of the day, it was over 300,000 views.” 

In total, his YouTube channel has racked up more than 12 million views. 

The Travel Channel took notice of the ever-growing popularity of his eccentric takeout reviews and approached Patterson with the idea for a show. 

After getting over the nerves of working with a production crew, he quickly settled into his role as host and embraced his signature personality. For Patterson the jump to telvision is more than just a new job, it’s a continuation of his passion for food and a new outlet to share that with others.

“I want to take viewers on an emotional roller coaster ride with food,” said Patterson. “If I do my review and you’re not hungry, then I didn’t do my job.”

He visited national chains in his homemade videos, and now wants to turn his attention to local hot spots.

“I’m looking for where the locals go. I want to go to your backyard and see what you love,” he said.

In each city, Daymon will take viewers on a tour of the area and then delve right into the takeout. Each episode will consist of three restaurants in Daymon’s pursuit to find the very best. 

Patterson is grateful for the opportunity and said that this experience is as much for him as it is for his fans.

“I’m still amazed every day,” said Patterson.  “But I’m feeling like nothing’s changed, I’m still Daymon.”

“Best Daym Takeout” premiers Wednesday, July 31 at 10 p.m. with back to back episodes. 

Photo Credit: YouTube

Transformer Fire Causing Metro North Delays


A transformer fire in Milford is causing delays for Friday morning train commuters between New Haven and Stratford.

The fire knocked out power around 10 p.m. on Thursday to 11 miles of train tracks, according to Metro North officials.

Diesel train service is being provided to shuttle commuters between New Haven, Milford and Stratford. No bus shuttle service is available.

Repair crews are working to restore power to the tracks and commuters should expect 10 to 15 minute delays.

Truck Driver Charged After Crash Closed I-95 South


Interstate 95 South in Old Lyme was closed for hours Friday morning after a tractor-trailer carrying 80,000 pounds of frozen crab legs was engulfed in fire.

State police responded to the highway between exits 70 and 71 around 4 a.m., when they received a report of a tractor-trailer brake fire.

Around 200 gallons of diesel fuel spilled during the incident and the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection determined that it was not safe to open the road until the fuel was cleaned up.

Drivers were stuck in a 3-mile backup until the road reopened at 11:20 a.m.

After viewing evidence at the scene, receiving statements from the driver, Myron Hawkins, 54, of Moreno Valley, California, and inspecting the truck, Hawkins was charged with reckless driving.

Police said Hawkins was at the New England Produce Centre in Boston on Tuesday and called Freightliner to get a mechanic to replace the brakes on his trailer.

The work was done on Tuesday and Wednesday. 

On Thursday, Hawkins left the center, police said, and noticed that his brakes are were tight, so he did some work on them and was heading to Branford to get the brakes checked when the fire started.

He was brought to Troop F and is being held because he was unable to post bond.

He will be arraigned in GA-10 in New London.

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Vandals Force Closure of Waterbury Pool


On the hottest day of this heat wave, children were turned away from a pool in Waterbury because vandals poured paint in the water and caused other damage. 

Fulton Park Pool in Waterbury might have to remain closed until Wednesday after vandals broke in overnight and tossed appliances, furniture, paint and medical supplies into the water.

Because of the paint, the pool might remain closed until next Wednesday, officials said.

Vandals also sprayed graffiti across the pool house. 

Other pools across the city were at capacity today, as the temperature reached 97 degrees on the sixth day of the heat wave, so hundreds of children had to be turned away, a lifeguard said.

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WATCH: Obama Addresses Race, Trayvon Martin


President Obama offers thoughts on the George Zimmerman verdict and suggestions for moving forward during Friday's White House Press briefing. He avoided commenting on the specifics of the case, acknowledging that it's simply the jury's decision.

Suspended Priest Arrested on Firearms Charges


A Connecticut priest accused of sexual assault of a minor has been arrested on federal firearms charges.

Rev. Paul Gotta of East Windsor was arrested by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives on Friday.

Gotta had been the administrator of St. Philip Church in East Windsor and St. Catherine Church in Broad Brook but was placed on administrative leave on Monday after being accused of sexual abuse, according to the Archdiocese of Hartford. Federal authorities said Gotta is now living in Bridgeport.

The Department of Children and Families is investigating the abuse allegations.

Gotta is charged with aiding and abetting the unlawful transport of a firearm in interstate commerce and the purchase of a handgun by a juvenile. He faces a maximum of five years in prison if convicted.

Gotta is the same priest who contacted police in June to report an 18-year-old who had allegedly made threats against his school, the Metropolitan Learning Center, in Bloomfield. He told authorities Kyle Bass had weapons and the ability to make bombs and had made references to both the Newtown tragedy and the Boston Marathon bombing, prosecutors said at the time.

Bass was arrested on bomb manufacturing charges in June. He was held on $750,000 bond.

It was not clear Friday if the firearms charges against Gotta were related to the case against Bass.

Photo Credit: Larry Smith, Windsor Locks/East Windsor Patch

Sex Addiction May Not Be Disorder


Hypersexuality is blamed for wrecking lives and leading to financial ruin, but UCLA researchers suggest so-called sexual addiction may not be a real disorder.

A newly released study published in the journal Socioaffective Neuroscience and Psychology measured how 39 men and 13 women, who identified themselves as being hypersexual, reacted to seeing erotic images.

Researchers found that the brain response was tied to their level of sexual desire, and that having a high sex drive was not necessarily an indication of hypersexuality.

"If they indeed suffer from hypersexuality, or sexual addiction, their brain response to visual sexual stimuli could be expected [to] be higher, in much the same way that the brains of cocaine addicts have been shown to react to images of the drug in other studies," a UCLA news release stated.

According to Nicole Prause, the study's senior author, hypersexuality symptoms, such as uncontrollable sexual urges and frequent sexual behavior, are not representative of an addiction.

However, Prause said the study needs to be replicated before the idea of sex addiction is dispelled.

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Man Arrested After Police Standoff in Plainville


A man has been arrested Friday evening after a police standoff on Twining Street and Alderman Ave in Plainville.

According to police, officers responded to a domestic disturbance at a home on Twining street after a woman said her husband, 61Charles Hollow, 61, threatened to hurt her and then kill himself.

People who live nearby were told to stay inside their homes, according to a witness.

After several attempts to contact Hollow on the telephone, authorities entered Hollow' s home and he was taken into custody.

Hollow is charged with threatening in the second degree, interfering with an officer, and disorderly conduct.

Police said he was issued a $40,000 bond, but was taken to a local hospital for evaluation.


Firefighter Made Fake 911 Calls, Stole: Officials


A firefighter is accused of making fake 911 calls so he could sneak into empty firehouses in Queens and Staten Island to steal money while firefighters were out responding to his calls.

Firefighter Joseph Keene is charged with allegedly making three 911 calls during May and June about nonexistent fire emergencies and then stealing around $1,900 from other FDNY employees while they were gone, authorities said.

"For anybody to call in a fake 911 call when the police department, the fire department, EMS have so much to do is outrageous," said Rose Gill Hearn, the commissioner for the Department of Investigation. "For it to be a firefighter doing it is beyond the pale of anything we have seen."

Keene is also charged with stealing around $50 from the employees' locker area at a Randall's Island facility where he worked, and sneaking into a Queens firehouse and stealing $100.

Keene reported smelling gas in two of the emergency calls, and in the third he called about a sparking transformer, officials said.

Keene admitted Thursday he made the fake calls and stole the money, according to the Department of Investigation.

He faces felony charges for making the fake calls as well as for grand larceny and burglary.

Information on a lawyer for Keene was not immediately available. 

--Andrew Siff contributed reporting

Olympian Gabby Douglas Visits Connecticut


Olympic gold medalist Gabby Douglas made a stop at the XL Center on Friday to promote the P&G Gymnastics Championships that will be held there in August.

She helped the city turn Trumbull Street near the XL Center to "Tumble Street" at a kick-off event.

Douglas talked about her experiences as an Olympic gymnast and spoke to a youth gymnastics team. She urged the young gymnasts to work hard, listen to their coaches, and most importantly, have fun.

A member of the “Fierce Five,” Douglas competed in the London Olympics in 2012, and helped the team win gold in the all-around team competition. She went on to claim another gold medal in the individual all-around competition.

Douglas will be making another appearance in Hartford in August at the P&G Gymnastics Championships. The competition determines U.S. champions and the U.S. national team for the junior and senior elite levels.

Douglas won’t be competing, but she will be inducted into the U.S. Gymnastics Hall of Fame during the event.

The P&G Gymnastics Championships will be held Aug. 15-18.

Photo Credit: NBCConnecticut.com

Aurora, Colo., Cinema Rampage Remembered

Actor Christian Bale and his wife Sibi Blazic visit a memorial to the victims of the mass shooting at the midnight showing for "The Dark Knight Rises," which stars Bale playing Batman. Click to see more photos from the aftermath of the movie massacre tragedy.
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