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Assault Suspect Found at Same Hospital as Victim


Bridgeport police arrested an assault suspect after finding him in the emergency room of the same hospital as the woman he allegedly slashed with broken glass.

Police arrested Jose Oliva, 32, of Madison Avenue in Bridgeport, in connection with an assault that took place just before 5 a.m. Saturday in the shared driveway of his home.

Authorities said a victim was parked in the driveway waiting for her friend to come out from inside the house when Oliva drove up in his truck and started yelling and swearing that she was blocking the driveway.

The victim’s friend came outside and Oliva confronted her, pushing her against the fence and trying to punch her, police said. The woman responded by hitting him in the forehead.

While the two women were trying to leave, Oliva picked up two beer bottles and threw them at the victims’ car. He then grabbed a piece of broken glass and slashed one of the women in the arm.

Oliva and the victim went separately to Saint Vincent’s Medical Center. When police questioned Oliva, he “downplayed the incident as a misunderstanding among family members,” according to Bridgeport police.

Police said Oliva is not related to either victim.

Oliva was treated for lacerations to his fingers. He was arrested and charged with second-degree assault, reckless endangerment and breach of peace. His bond was set at $25,000.

The injured victim needed 18 stitches to close the cuts on her arms.

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Fire Breaks Out On Marshal Street in Hartford


A person was taken away in an ambulance after a fire broke out on Marshal Street in Hartford on Tuesday evening.

It happened around 7 p.m. at 10 Marshal Street in Hartford. One person was transported in an ambulance while wearing an oxygen mask. The extent of that person's injuries is unknown.

Witnesses said they heard a large boom and saw smoke spilling out of a top-floor apartment window.

A man who lives in the unit where the fire started said he put something on the stove and went downstairs. When he came back, his entire kitchen was engulfed.

An NBC Connecticut crew is at the scene. We'll bring you details as they come into the newsroom.

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Man Stabbed Coworker at Stop & Shop: Cops


Hamden police have arrested a local man accused of stabbing his Stop & Shop coworker with a knife from the meat department.

At 5:15 p.m. on Monday, police responded to a report of an assault with a deadly weapon at
the Stop & Shop at 2335 Dixwell Avenue and met with Barrington Beckford, an employee who had been stabbed in the leg and rib cage, police said.

Beckford told police that his coworker, Cedric Gambrell, stabbed him.

Investigators determined that Beckford and Gambrel had gotten into an argument and it turned physical, at which point Gambrel allegedly stabbed Beckford with a knife from the meat department.

Hamden Fire Rescue responded and treated Beckford, who was then transported to Yale-New Haven Hospital for more treatment.

Gambrell, 29, of Hamden, was charged with assault in the second degree and breach of peace in the second degree.

He was detained at police headquarters on a $2,500 bond and is due in court in Meriden on Sept 12.

Beckford, 30, of New Haven, was charged with breach of peace in the second degree.

He is also scheduled to appear in court in Meriden on Sept. 12.

Severe Storm Brings Hail


A severe storm is moving through Eastern Connecticut this afternoon.

A severe thunderstorm warning for New London County was extended until 2:30 p.m. as the storm brought heavy rain, cloud-to-ground lightning strikes and hail.

The National Weather Service Doppler radar indicated the possibility of damaging winds in excess of 60 miles per hour.

Follow the interactive radar here.

If you spot severe weather, share your photos with us at ShareIt@NBCConnecticut.com or upload them through our weather app.

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Suspicious Powder in Darien Was a Hoax: Police


Two threatening letters delivered to Darien residents yesterday are the result of a hoax, and police have identified two school-age girls as the people responsible, authorities said.

The first letter was delivered Saturday to a home on Rainbow Circle and the second was reported around 2:30 p.m. Monday after being delivered to a home in the Tokeneke section of town.

The letters contained threatening messages and were filled with white powder, according to police.

Darien police met with the girls and their parents around 5 p.m. today. During the meeting, the girls confessed to sending both letters and told police that the white powder found inside was a “non-toxic food product,” according to police.

Police said the powder won’t be specifically identified until further testing is conducted to verify that the substance is harmless.

The girls admitted to playing a prank and told police that the recipients of the letters were chosen at random, authorities said.

Police said the two girls will be referred to the Juvenile Court system following discussions with the States Attorney’s office.

Officers said there is no evidence to suggest that anyone is in danger or that any further incidents will occur.

Darien police, state police, the FBI, Stamford Police Bomb Squad, the Dept. of Environmental Protection, the Darien Fire Marshal's Office, the Darien Fire Department and Darien EMS were all involved in the investigation.

Darien police have since taken over.

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Crew Finds Sunken Treasure Off of South Florida Coast


A Florida salvage company recently found one of the biggest treasures of gold ever found off the coast of Fort Pierce, Fla. 

"It was a lot of emotion," Eric Schmitt, part of the crew who found the treasure, told WPTV. "The first was excitement followed by a lot of almost… crying."

The Fort Pierce Booty Salvage Treasure Diving crew found $300,000 to $350,000 worth of centuries-old gold about 1,000 feet off the coast of Fort Pierce recently.

The treasure, which includes 70-80 feet of gold chains and four Peruvian escuda coins, is believed to have been left from a 17th century Spanish ship wreck.

"It's one of the larger finds that's been made on this coast in a very long time," Schmitt said.

But for Schmitt, deep sea searching is not only about striking gold.

"It's about the history, it's who wore this. The respect for the person who was in the new world and had this made and it was probably his entire life savings," he said.

Sometime next year, the crew will keep half of their findings and split a percentage with the contractor. They will also donate 20 percent to the state to be displayed in Tallahassee.

"We're going to keep doing the same things we did," Schmitt said. "Just with a lot bigger smile."

8-Year-Old Boy Uses Karate to Fight Off Attacker Overnight


An 8-year-old Maryland boy using karate moves was able to escape what police are calling an attempted murder overnight last weekend. 

Helen Marie Newsome, 26, is accused of breaking into a Landover home where the young boy was sleeping around 8 a.m. Saturday. Police say she had dated the boy's father, and they had recently broken up.

“I woke up and she was smothering me," Jacob Soliz-Amaya told News4. Police said the woman was also beating his head with a weapon. "While she was covering my mouth, I was thinking, and then I figured it out and then I [head-butted her].”

Bleeding and suffering from a head wound, Jacob escaped and ran to a neighbor's house for help. The neighbor called 911 and kept the boy until authorities arrived.

Police say Newsome managed to get away by jumping through a window. 

She was arrested at her home later Saturday morning and charged with first-degree attempted murder.

"He fought through the fear and as scared as he was, he did it, and he did it by himself," Jacob's mother Salina Soliz said. "I want her to have the maximum sentence because no child should have to fear for his life and no child should have to go through what he's been through."

She is being held on a $500,000 bond and has admitted to the attack. 

"I'm assuming she was trying to hurt me the best way possible, and what better way to hurt a parent than to hurt their kid?" Jacob's father, Andy Amaya told News4.

Jacob had to get eight stitches on his head and has since been released from a local hospital.  

Check out video above of Jacob demonstrating the karate skills that he used to save his life.

Chobani Pulls "Swelling" Yogurt Cups Off Shelves


If your cup of Chobani Greek yogurt is suspiciously swollen, a mold commonly found in dairy may be to blame.

Chobani announced Tuesday that it is pulling some of its Greek yogurt from supermarket shelves after customers complained of “swelling or bloating” in cups.

Chobani said in message on its Facebook page that it has investigated the problem and found that a type of mold frequently found in dairy may be to blame.

The company, which is based in New Berlin, N.Y., said that the affected yogurt was made at its Idaho facility and accounts for only 5 percent of its total production.

It did not say how many of its cups or what varieties were affected.

On Tuesday the company was responding to customers about their yogurt cups on Twitter. One person said her was "unnervingly fizzy," another said the cups were like "yogurt soup" and another said it tasted like "wine."

“We've been diligently working with our retail partners and have voluntarily and proactively removed and replaced the majority of potentially affected cups with the code 16-012, expiration dates
9/11/2013 - 10/7/ 2013 to ensure our fans are met with only the best experience when enjoying our products,” Chobani said.

Customers with the affected code dates should contact Chobani customer service team at care@chobani.com to get replacement products, the company said.

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After Viral Photo of Frail Dog, Activists Show Up at Home


A Facebook photo of a stick-thin Florida dog chained up outside went viral Tuesday, sparking calls for the owner and animal control officials to find a new home for the Doberman Pinscher.

The photo of the dog, posted online by animal rights group 100+ Abandoned Dogs of Everglades Florida, was shared more than 2,500 times and garnered some 3,000 comments in a matter of hours Tuesday. Animal supporters flocked to the home of the owner, whose Fort Lauderdale address was included in the post, to protest the pup's condition.

"The first thing that went through my mind was that something had to be done," said animal lover Mary Hagopian, who was among the dozens of advocates who decided that doing something meant showing up to support the dog's rescue.

Veterinary technician and dog owner Lori Rudock saw the animal up close from her friend's neighboring back fence.

"It came out with this big, heavy chain on ... Total ribs," she said. "It was terrible."

Rudock, and her Jack Russell terrier, were among the dozens who showed up outside the home of the frail dog’s owner.

Amy Roman, whose group put the photo on Facebook, said all came to help, after learning the dog was, reportedly, chained up, and barking for weeks, with no food or water in sight.

"I said, 'please, let us take the dog. Do you need food? Let us take the dog, we'll bring it to the hospital. We're a rescue, we'll get it a home,” she said

According to Roman, he responded, “It's a dog, get off my F-ing property."

Fort Lauderdale Police told NBC 6 its officers came by and did find a thin dog tethered to a fence, but also noted the presence of food and water. Animal Control noted the same: observing a friendly, but still very frail puppy.

The owners were later cited with a warning. It is legal for dogs to be tethered under reasonable time limits, and within sight of their owners. But ill treatment, abuse, and failing to provide food, water and shelter are against the law.

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Rim Fire Near Yosemite Grows Slightly, 80 Percent Contained


The Rim Fire burning on the outskirts and inside Yosemite National Park reached 80 percent containment on Wednesday morning, the 18th day of the blaze, despite the fact that it grew by about 1,500 acres.

Cal Fire spokesman Dave Berlant said the fire has now charred 237,341 acres, up from 235,841, or 368 square miles, the day before. A total of 4,100 firefighters are still surrounding the Stanislaus National Forest, where the fire started on Aug. 17.

Firefighters don't expect the fire to be fully contained until Sept. 20.

Even though all mandatory and voluntary evacuations have been lifted, more than 5,500 structures remain threatened. Highway 120 at the Yosemite National Park boundary west to Buck Meadows also remains closed.

There has been some speculation about the cause of the fire, including from one Twain Harte fire chief who says he suspects it may have started at an illegal marijuana grow camp at the Jawbone Ridge. But the U.S. Forest Service, which is the lead agency on the Rim Fire, has not offered an official determination on what sparked what has become the fourth largest wild fire in California history.

On Wednesday, Tuolumne County Sheriff Sgt. Scott Johnson told NBC Bay Area that his county is among the "top five" in California for illegal marijuana grow sites, and that teams have uncovered "a lot" of pot camps over the years near where the fire broke out.

Still, Johnson said it's "irresponsible" to speculate on what started the fire at this point. He suspects the fire chief's theory has attracted widespread attention thanks to his comments being captured on an Aug. 23 YouTube video of a community meeting, where he says  illegal marijuana growers likely could have started the fire. The sheriff said he's been asked about the marijuana speculations from various news agencies, including the Mercury News, which first reported the story, CNN, CSNBC, Reuters, Canadian Broadcasting and "someone in France."

Todd McNeal, the chief, has not returned several calls by NBC Bay Area seeking comment about his remarks. On Wednesday, the National Interagency Fire Center confirmed there were no lightning strikes in the area of the fire when it broke out, ruling out that possibility.

MORE: Hetch Hetchy Reservoir Water Remains Safe for Drinking

Some public health and safety risks related to the Rim Fire have died down over the last 10 days or so. On Tuesday, San Francisco officials announced that the Hetch Hetchy Reservoir, located in Tuolumne County, is safe to drink despite being so close to the fire. The system provides drinking water to 2.5 million customers.

Two of three hydroelectric powerhouses that supply the Hetch Hetchy system - the Kirkwood and Holm  turbines - were taken offline on Aug. 19 because they suffered some fire damage. But on Tuesday, the Kirkwood facility  resumed activity, providing power after repairs were made over the weekend,  according to San Francisco Public Utility Commission officials.

Holm is San Francisco's largest powerhouse and crews are still working to get it back online. But utility officials said at a news conference on Tuesday that the power supplies have never been disrupted because the Moccasin Powerhouse in Tuolumne County has been generating power throughout the blaze. Since the shutdowns,San Francisco has spent about $860,000 on buying alternative energy sources.


Check out an interactive map via Esri.com.

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Most States Don’t Have Sufficient Child-Safety Measures: Report


Most states do not meet basic child-safety measures a national commission endorsed after Hurricane Katrina, according to a report the Westport-based Save the Children released on Wednesday.
“Since we released our last report card, our nation has experienced the second costliest disaster year on record and hundreds of thousands of children have faced enormous risks. They’ve lost their homes, schools, child care centers and even their lives,” Carolyn Miles, president and CEO of Save the Children, said in a news release.
“The devastation left by Hurricanes Sandy and Isaac, the Oklahoma tornadoes and the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School should be a wake-up call, but too many states won’t budge.  It’s like they’re stuck in a pre-Katrina world where the gaps in protecting children weren’t so clear,” Miles said.  

The presidentially-appointed National Commission on Children and Disaster, led by Save the Children, recommended minimum standards to protect children after Hurricane Katrina and the disaster report card tracks progress on standards that states require all child care centers to have an evacuation plan, a family reunification plan, a plan for children with special needs, and that states require all schools to have disaster plans that account for several types of hazards.

Connecticut is one of 22 states to meet all four standards.

The report “Unaccounted For: A National Report Card on Protecting Children in Disaster,” outlines gaps in emergency preparedness, response and recovery, underscored by a remarkable year of domestic disaster and Save the Children is calling on Americans to urge their governors to either meet the report card standards or make sure child-focused emergency plans are in place and practiced once required. 

Robbie and Alissa Parker’s 6-year-old daughter Emilie was killed in the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School and said they do not want anyone else to go through what they went through.

In an interview with save the Children, they said parents need to be aware of what their children’s schools plans are in the case of emergency. 

“We want you to remember that there are things that you can do instead of being in this position that we are in,” Alissa Parker said.  

“If nothing changes out of this, then something is wrong,” Jennifer Stoltz, a Sandy Hook parent, said.
Save the Children is also launching a new preparedness initiative called “Get Ready. Get Safe.” to help families and communities protect children at times of disaster.

It calls upon families to send a letter to the governor requesting that more be done to protect children during disasters, to learn the questions to ask and find out if your child’s school or care center has a strong emergency plan ready, to get a family checklist for the home and support efforts to protect children before, during and after emergencies.

Learn more about the project on the Save the Children Web site.


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Designated Driver Charged With Drunken Driving


A Meriden man who told police he was the designated driver was charged with drunken driving in Middletown on Saturday night after police stopped him for speeding on a street filled with people.

Police said Michael Greco, 29, was going so fast at the busy intersection of Main and Washington streets just before 11 p.m. on Aug. 24 that his tires squealed.

The officer who stopped the car said Greco’s eyes were bloodshot and he was unable to focus and figure out the difference between his insurance and registration.

Greco first told police the he was the designated driver and did not drink, according to police.

After witnesses told police they saw Greco drink, he admitted to having one or two drinks and later told police that he drank 12 ounces of vodka between 7 p.m. and 10 p.m., according to the arraignment report. 

A breath test revealed that Greco’s blood alcohol content was first .1270, then .1239. 

Greco was charged with operating under the influence and reckless driving.

He was released on a $500 non-surety bond and is due in court on Sept. 5.

Woman With Rare Form of Amnesia Is Missing Again


A woman suffering from a rare form of amnesia -- the same disease that the fictional Jason Bourne suffered from in a series of blockbuster movies -- has disappeared, authorities said, and it's not the first time she's gone missing.

Hannah Upp, 28, was last seen just before 8 a.m. Tuesday near Kemp Mill Road and Glenallan Avenue.

Authorities say Upp suffers from a rare form of amnesia. She has previously disappeared for days without any recollection.

She was last seen Tuesday morning around the time she should have been reporting to work, when a coworker saw her walking several miles from the Montessori school where she began a job as a teacher's assistant last week. She also lives on the grounds.

Upp's bag and personal belongings were later found on a footpath near Wheaton Plaza.

She was also reported missing in 2008 in New York City.

Then a 23-year-old Spanish teacher, Upp disappeared the day before school started while on a jog along Riverside Drive in late August, The New York Times reported. Her keys, wallet and ATM card were left behind at her Harlem apartment.

She was found nearly three weeks later, floating face down in the Hudson River by a Staten Island Ferry captain on Sept. 16. 

The Times said Upp, wearing just running shorts and a sports bra, was barely visible to the captain. She gasped for breath as she was lifted out of the water by two deckhands. Upp was hospitalized at the time with hypothermia and dehydration, which is why police in Maryland say it is critical she is found soon.

While it's not known where Upp slept or ate during the time she was missing in New York, police were able to piece together some of the places she visited, which included the thoroughfare she was last seen on and an Apple store.

Upp, who was also a graduate student at Pace University in 2008, even had a conversation with a fellow student. But when she was rescued, Upp had no recollection of the time she was missing.

"I went from going for a run to being in the ambulance," Upp told The Times in an interview several months later. "It was like 10 minutes had passed. But it was almost three weeks."

Upp reportedly suffers from dissociative fugue, a rare form of amnesia which causes her to forget her identity.

Few psychiatrists ever see patients with Upp's condition, which is "characterized in part by sudden and unexpected travel combined with an inability to recall one’s past..."

Dissociative fugue is so uncommon that one of its most famous sufferers is fictional.

Jason Bourne, a character created by author Robert Ludlum who was portrayed by actor Matt Damon in the most recent on camera incarnations, is a CIA assassin who experiences extreme memory loss. And like Bourne -- and perhaps Upp in this case -- sufferers only lose their identities, not the ability to perform everyday tasks.

"People have been known to not only travel across cities or countries, but also across continents," Dr. Philip Coons, who wrote a book about the disease, told The Times.

Wednesday, News4 spotted a man identifying himself as Upp's boyfriend searching the area for her.

Police describe Upp as standing 5-feet-7-inches tall, weighing 160 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing a black shirt and brown pants and some of her belongings were found on a footpath near Wheaton Plaza. 

If you have seen Hannah Emily Upp, call police at 240-773-5530. 

Police Investigate Sex Assault of Trinity Student


Hartford police are investigating the reported sexual assault of a female Trinity College student at an off-campus house.

Police said the attack happened at a Broad Street residence and was reported at 1:15 a.m.

Police have not released any information on the assailant, other than that person is also a Trinity student and the two know each other. 

No arrests have been made.

Michele Jacklin, director of media relations for Trinity, said sexual assault is unacceptable and the suspected attacker could face range of punishment, including expulsion.

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Driver Killed in Seymour Fiery Crash


A man was killed when his pickup crashed on Route 313 in Seymour last night, struck a tree and burst into flames.

Police have not released the victim’s name, but said he is believed to be a 51-year-old Southbury man.

Police received a 911 call reporting a crash on Rimmon Road just before the Woodbridge town line at 10:44 p.m. and found a Toyota Tacoma pickup and small landscaping trailer engulfed in flames off the side of the road.

Eyewitnesses told investigators that the driver was still in the vehicle and possibly trapped, but first responders could not get near the truck because of the intense heat and flames, according to police.

Once the fire was extinguished, emergency crews found the man’s body in the truck.

Police said the preliminary investigation indicates that the driver was traveling west on Rimmon Road, lost control at a curve, went off the right side of the road and traveled up a wooden embankment.

When the truck hit a tree, the tree burst into flames and the driver could not get free.

Police said they have made a tentative identification, but more testing is needed and the name will not be released until the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner completes the autopsy tomorrow.

Traffic was rerouted around the crash scene for several hours after the crash.

The Seymour Police Department Accident Reconstruction is investigating.


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Congregants to Text Message Thoughts on Jewish New Year


Congregants at one Jewish New Year service in Miami Beach on Wednesday night will not be told to turn off cell phones. Instead, Rabbi Amy Morrison will ask them to send text messages of their inner thoughts and transgressions for everyone to see on a screen behind her.

The idea comes from the not-for-profit organization called The Tribe, which works to build a Jewish community for people in their 20s and 30s.

“They are young, transient and are looking to connect, and that’s tough to do when you walk into a room full of strangers,” said Rebecca Dinar, director of The Tribe. “Texting allows this group to communicate anonymously.”

Last year was the first time people who attended the Rosh Hashanah service at the Jewish Museum of Florida were asked to text message their inner most thoughts and desires. This year pop music was added to the program as well, so the Black Eyed Peas will be played alongside traditional Jewish songs sung by Cantor Marcos Ashkenazi.

There will also be sounds of rain falling, “to help them connect with this idea of renewal,” Dinar said.

Hundreds of people are expected at the free service, which beings at 8 p.m.

“I think that for all Jews there’s this need or desire to connect regardless of your level of religiusity,” Dinar said. “They feel at the end of the evening that they have really connected with hundreds of people.”

To plan, The Tribe convened a group young people and talk to them about what they wanted to get out of the holidays. So, the idea was born to have people text their thoughts when the rabbi asks a question like: “What things do you want to let go of,” Dinar said.

People in the audience will contribute to the moment, and share, and once that happens people seek out more, Dinar said.

There are two services planned, one for Wednesday night and one on Friday Sept. 13, the night before Yom Kippur.


Man Threatens Crowd With Samurai Sword, Taser: Police


A Middletown man was in court this morning after he was arrested for allegedly pushing a child off his bicycle and threatening bystanders with a Taser and a samurai sword.

Abdalhakim F. Mousa, 36, of 608 Main Street, was arraigned this morning on charges of interfering with an officer, threatening, breach of peace and reckless endangerment.

Police said that on Aug. 21, Mousa pushed a child off a bicycle outside the Smoke 911 smoke shop on Main Street in Middletown. He was wielding a large-bladed samurai sword and a hand-held Taser and threatened the crowd that had gathered outside the shop.

Mousa struggled with officers when they arrived to arrest him, according to police.

He was released on a $15,000 surety bond and appeared in court this morning.

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2nd Porn Actor Tests Positive for HIV


A second performer at a California adult film company has tested positive for HIV.

The announcement was posted on the Twitter account of actor Rod Daily, of San Francisco's Kink Studios. Kink chief executive Peter Acworth told the San Francisco Chronicle that Daily and an actress known as Cameron Bay, who tested positive last month, are in an off-screen relationship.

"I know it happened last month," Daily said in an interview Tuesday with the Los Angeles Daily News. "I know I don’t have a crazy lifestyle."

A Tweet posted Tuesday on Daily's account read, "Drumroll please!! I'm 32 years old and I'm HIV positive. Acute HIV, which means I recently was infected. For that I am blessed.

"With the tests I have done the doctors have figured out that I was infected within the last month."

An agent for Daily, also known as Joshua Rodgers, told the Daily News that his client has worked in the industry since 2010 on sets that require condoms, much like those in LA County.

Voters last year chose to expand a Los Angeles city mandate that adult-film actors wear condoms during on-screen vaginal or anal intercourse to include all porn sets in LA County.

The requirement was challenged by the adult film industry, but was upheld last month by a federal judge who ruled the health risks of not using condoms trumped porn producers' argument that it violated First Amendment rights.

Daily's diagnosis comes a week after an adult film industry group lifted a moratorium on porn production that was prompted by Bay's diagnosis. The Canoga Park-based Free Speech Coalition lifted the ban after all performers who worked with Bay were medically cleared.

In June, a male adult film star was jailed after he was convicted of knowingly exposing two female costars to syphilis.

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Part of Pr. George's Courthouse Evacuated; 40-50 Ill


A wing of the Prince George's County, Md., Courthouse was evacuated after 40 to 50 people complained of headaches or feeling dizzy Tuesday afternoon.

People began feeling sick around 1:15 p.m. in the Bourne Wing, which is the right side of the building in Upper Marlboro.

Several people told News4's Tracee Wilkins that they smelled something strange as soon as they'd entered the courthouse at 8 a.m., and were angry the wing didn't evacuate until six hours later.

Those people had been given medical checks and were told they could go home.

Prince George's County firefighters are at the scene trying to determine the cause of the incident.

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Man Accused of Causing Girlfriend’s Overdose Death


Wallingford police have arrested a local man accused of causing his girlfriend’s fatal overdose.

They have charged Colin McKernon, 24, of Wallingford with manslaughter in connection with the death of 21-year-old Brittney Williams.

On Jan. 15, members of the Wallingford police and fire departments responded to 34 Cornwell Road after receiving a 911 call reporting an unresponsive woman.

An ambulance transported Williams to MidState Medical Center, where she died of multiple drug toxicity, according to officials.

Police said their investigation revealed that McKernon bought heroin in New Haven, gave Williams some at his home and injected her with some later in the evening.

Before police arrived to respond to the 911 call. he hid or threw out drug paraphernalia and the rest of the heroin. police said.

McKernon is also accused of misleading investigators.

McKernon was already Connecticut Department of Corrections custody, serving a drunken driving sentence when he was served with a warrant today, charging him with manslaughter in the first degree, illegal distribution of narcotics, tampering with physical evidence and interfering with a  police officer.

He is being held on a $200,000 court-set bond.  


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