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Police Find Pot Grow Room in Clinton House


Police seized as many as 100 marijuana plants from a home in Clinton on Friday.

Investigators went to the home at 7 Captains Walk after receiving information from the Department of Children and Families what there was a child in the home where the marijuana was being grown.

The homeowner, who is also the parent of the child, allowed police to search the home and told officers the basement was being rented out to someone else. The renter was not home when police arrived.

When officers went down to the basement, they found a grow room, including venting, lights, fans and several pot plants, according to police.

Additional plants were found outside in the yard, police said.

The pot and growing equipment were seized and taken to the Clinton Police Department.

No arrests were made. Police are continuing to investigate.

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Giants Start Season Against Familiar Foe: Cowboys


The Giants hope their season ends with a Super Bowl title in the comfortable confines of their home field, MetLife stadium. Their season begins in much less hospitable place: Big Blue travels to Dallas Sunday night to take on the Cowboys in the first Sunday Night Football game of the season.  The games airs on NBC.

2012 results: The teams split the season series in 2012, with each club winning on the road.

Key injuries: Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul (back) is the biggest unknown on the injury front. He practiced on a limited basis throughout the week and is listed questionable for Sunday.

Giants running back Andre Brown (fibula), right tackle David Diehl (thumb) and center David Baas (knee) are out. Left guard Kevin Boothe will replace Baas at center, with James Brewer moving in at left guard. Rookie Justin Pugh steps in for Diehl at right tackle.

Wide receiver Victor Cruz (heel) is probable -- a nice dose of news for the Giants’ offense, to say the least.

The Cowboys’ primary injury concerns are along the defensive line. Starting defensive end Anthony Spencer (knee) is doubtful after not practicing all week. Reserve defensive end Ben Bass (shoulder) is out. Defensive tackle Jay Ratliff (hernia) will miss the game, too.

Reasons why the Giants can win Sunday: The Giants have scored 29 points or more in five of the last eight meetings with the Cowboys, and the New York offense could again give the Cowboys a host of problems. Dallas' front four is not deep and could tire if New York can sustain some drives. Earlier in the week, we mentioned the importance of the running game in this regard, but the Giants’ passing game could also prove a big challenge for Dallas to stop.

Also, the Giants’ defensive line, whether Pierre-Paul plays or not, gets a favorable matchup in the Cowboys’ offensive line, which looks somewhat unsettled up the middle. The Giants, save for a 48-yard run allowed to DeMarco Murray in the 2012 season opener, were adept at stopping the Cowboys’ running game a season ago. The more the Giants can make the Cowboys one-dimensional, the better.

Reasons why the Giants could run into trouble at Dallas: The Giants’ defense has the unenviable task of stopping the Cowboys’ passing game, which is one of the NFL’s best. Can the Giants’ defensive backs match up well enough for an entire game against Tony Romo and Co.? Frankly, the Cowboys may not need much from their ground game if Romo takes care of the ball.

The Giants are going to need to be sound on defense to have a chance at beginning their season on a positive note. However, they probably need to take some calculated risks, too. Five of Romo’s 19 interceptions a season ago came against the Giants. Can New York force Dallas’ quarterback into a big mistake or two?

Finally, the Giants enter Week One already in a somewhat challenging position from an injury standpoint. Injuries along either line or at running back could be problematic for them in the season opener.

Prediction: The fantasy-football fans of the world will be entertained on Sunday night. Both defenses look a little shaky, and both offenses could be sharp right off the bat. In short, this looks like a coin flip, but the inclination here is to go with the Giants, who have won the last four games between the clubs that have been decided by less than a touchdown.

Predicted score: Giants 28, Cowboys 27.

NJ Boy Targeted Classmates in Violent Plot: Police


Police are expected to file charges against an 11-year-old New Jersey boy after an investigation uncovered an alleged plot to kill 40 classmates, authorities say.

The boy was in the fifth grade at Central Elementary School in Wall Township when school officials found a note containing violent threats in April. Subsequent investigation by police uncovered a more elaborate plan on the boy's computer targeting 40 students, officials said. 

The boy was suspended and barred from enrolling in the district intermediate school for upcoming academic year.

Police said the boy was planning an event "similar to a Columbine or Newtown" at the intermediate school, but that it wasn't something he was capable of carrying out, calling it a "fantasy." 

They added at least one member of the student's family has weapons, but the boy never had access to them. 

In a letter to parents Wednesday, interim superintendent Stephanie Bilenker said "the matter is firmly under control by the law enforcement officials and no present threat exists," she said. 

Bilenker said juvenile charges are expected to be filed against the boy "in the very near future" and that district school officials and police are taking additional steps to ensure students were safe.

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Woodbridge Bank Robbery Suspect Arrested


Woodbridge police have arrested the man who they say threatened and robbed a Wells Fargo bank employee while she was trying to make a deposit around midnight Aug. 6.

Jas Senior, 18, of 224 Yale Ave. in New Haven, was arrested at his home this morning. Senior was charged with second-degree robbery and second-degree larceny.

Police said Senior approached the victim while she and other employees were trying to make a night deposit at the Wells Fargo bank at 260 Amity Road.

According to police, Senior confronted the victim, demanded money and threatened to kill her if she didn’t comply.

A struggle ensued and Senior ran off with more than $2,000 cash, police said.

Police said they used surveillance video to identify Senior as the suspect.

Senior was held on a $30,000 bond and was arraigned in New Haven Superior Court.

Police Arrest Suspect in Hamden Gun Fight


Hamden police have arrested a New Haven man in connection with an Aug.16 gun fight that sent several shots into an Arch Street home.

David Lilly, 33, of 72 Fiarmont Avenue in New Haven, was arrested Sept. 5.

Lilly was charged with criminal possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, criminal attempt to commit first-degree assault, first-degree reckless endangerment and unlawful discharge of a firearm.

According to police, at least three people fired shots around 12:45 a.m. near the parking lot of Slyce Pizza at 141 Arch Street on Friday, Aug. 16.

Police said several rounds went into the living room and bedroom of a nearby home. A family with a small child was inside.

Hamsel Anies' mother lives next door to where the shooting happened.

"She's also concerned. We're all concerned. You got kids out here and it's scary because this is a nice neighborhood," Anies said.

No injuries were reported, but the front window of Slyce Pizza and several cars were also damaged in the gun battle.

Lilly was held on a court-ordered $250,000 bond and is due in court in Meriden on Sept. 12.

No other arrests have been made.

Driver Dies After Guilford Crash


A Wallingford man has died after driving off the road and striking a tree in Guilford on Sunday, police said.

According to police, 33-year-old Jared Sirois of Wallingford died of his injuries yesterday.

Police said Sirois was driving near the intersection of Water Street and Wildrose Avenue in Guilford just after midnight on Sunday when his car went off the road, rolled over and slammed into a tree.

Guilford fire and police officials responded to the scene. Authorities are investigating to determine the cause of the crash.

Anyone with information is asked to call Guilford police at 203-453-8061.


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Abandoned Pit Bull Needs Some TLC


A pit bull discovered at an abandoned property in New London today needs a lot of medical care and a lot of love.

New London Animal Control said they found the dog, who they are calling Benedict, tied behind an abandoned property on Blinman Street.

The dog has several open cuts, bacterial and yeast infections and is missing an eye.

He's being given antibiotics and other medications, but will need additional treatment from a vet.

Animal Control is asking pet lovers to spread the word and help find this dog a new home so he can get the medical attention he needs.

Anyone with information should call New London Animal Control at 860-447-5231.

Photo Credit: New London Animal Control

Missing Newtown Man Could Be in Rhode Island


Newtown police are trying to find a 50-year-old man who has been missing for more than a month.

Robert Hoagland was last seen at the Mobil Gas Station on Church Hill Road around 5:30 a.m. on July 28.

A witness in the West Warwick, R.I. area recently saw someone who fits Hoagland's description and matches his photograph, Newtown Police Det. Jason Frank told Rhode Island station NBC 10 on Thursday.

The witness said the person was carrying a large, camping-style backpack and wearing a light-colored shirt. He was spotted in the area of Route 117 near the Interstate 95 exit and entrance ramps, according to police.

Police are asking for help in locating Hoagland.

He is around 6 feet tall and weighs 175 pounds. Police said Hoagland is bald and has blue eyes.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Newtown police at 303-426-5841.

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Baby Medicine Recalled After Plastic Pieces Found


About 200,000 bottles of baby medicine are being recalled after tiny plastic particles were found in a batch during manufacturing, officials announced Friday.

Consumers that have select bottles of concentrated Motrin Infants’ Drops Original Berry Flavor are asked to throw away the medication.

Retailers have been asked to stop selling the product.

The medication was sold in the U.S. in 1/2-fl oz bottles with UPC code 300450524157. The lot numbers are DCB3T01, DDB4R01 and DDB4S01.

McNeil Consumer Healthcare said it is recalling the medicine out of an abundance of caution after plastic particles the size of a poppy seed were found in a product lot. That lot was not released to the market, the company said.

But because of that contamination, three lots of medication using the same batch of active ingredient are being recalled.

“The potential for adverse medical events related to the reason for this recall is not likely,” the company said in a news release.

Not included in the recall are Concentrated Infants’ Motrin Drops Dye-Free Berry Flavor 1 fl oz, Children’s or Adult Motrin products.

Boston Bombing Survivor Returns Home


A Southern California man left for Boston in April to watch his daughter cross the finish line at the Boston Marathon.

Never did he or his family imagine it would take him five months to get home.

John Odom, of Torrance, made that triumphant homecoming Friday.

Possibly the longest hospitalized victim of the April 15 marathon bombings, Odom was 10 feet away from the first explosion.

He suffered critical injuries and severed arteries in both legs, and underwent nearly a dozen surgeries in four weeks. He said he doesn’t remember any of it.

“At first, I didn’t think I would ever get out of bed,” Odom said.

But with the help of a cane – and his wife Karen who has been by his side for his entire recovery – Odom walked into the airport Friday afternoon, greeted by dozens of family and friends who gave him a hero's welcome.

"This is a miracle," Karen Odom said, holding back tears. "From telling me they didn't know if he'd ever make it, to if he made it, he probably wouldn't walk."

"He arrested twice on the operating table, so truly this is a miracle."

Odom’s wife, son and son-in-law were all standing nearby when the bombs off at the finish line, but they escaped serious injuries. They used pieces of clothing and a belt to help stop Odom’s bleeding.

“You wouldn't believe it from where he was when they put him in that ambulance," Odom's son, Don, said of his father’s remarkable recovery. "The days after that, what he went through. He flat-lined twice and they brought him back."

At his homecoming party at his nephew's restaurant, Beach Mex in El Segundo, John Odom recalled what he thought were his last moments.

"As I laid there on the ground, I could feel the blood rushing out of my legs," he said. "I was laying there, I thought, this is where I'm going to die."

"Four weeks later, I woke up."

After nearly a dozen surgeries, Odom woke up to his family by his side and unwavering support from across the world.

Support from his loved ones, he said, is exactly why he's alive today.

"I've been thinking about this for a while now, of how it was going to be," he said with a smile at his homecoming party. "And this is exactly how I envisioned this. Family is everything."

Odom missed his own retirement party at consulting firm Murray Company while he was recovering. But Odom, it seems, has had a change of heart. He said he plans on returning to work on Monday.

The Odoms celebrate their 46th wedding anniversary on Sunday.

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Two Men in Custody Following Manchester Manhunt


Police confirm that they have found the two men wanted in connection with the Manchester manhunt that placed three schools on lockdown this afternoon.

The men in custody are Michael McCarthy, 34, of 132 Faulknor Drive in Manchester, and Joseph Bombardier, 30.

Police believed that McCarthy might have been armed, but say they did not find a gun on him. The men were located on a trail near the Manchester-East Hartford town line.

McCarthy was wanted for violation of probation and Bombardier was wanted for a welfare check, according to police.

The manhunt unfolded following reports of a man with a gun on Love Lane. Cheney Tech, East Catholic High School and Verplanck Elementary School were subsequently placed on lockdown, police said.

Police spent the afternoon canvassing Leber Field, a large wooded area at Love Lane and Olcott Street, and searching the areas of Middle Turnpike West and Center Street.

Police said that prior to the manhunt, McCarhty and Bombarider were last seen in the woods near Love Lane.

The Manchester, Vernon and Enfield police departments were involved in the chase, as well as a state police helicopter and regional SWAT team.

Verplanck Elementary executed a police-controlled dismissal this afternoon, according to the Manchester school board.

Cheney Tech and East Catholic had already been dismissed when police called for the lockdown, but after-school students and faculty were locked down as a precaution, school officials said.

No one was injured during the manhunt.

Photo Credit: Manchester Police Department

San Jose Files New Arguments in Battle vs. MLB


The battle continues between Major League Baseball and the City of San Jose. Lawyers for the city filed new arguments in federal court Friday.

The new arguments say baseball's "illegal and collusive actions" blocked San Jose's effort to bring the A's to the Silicon Valley.

It also challenges baseball's antitrust laws.

“Major League Baseball as a business refuses to believe it is subject to the same antitrust rules that apply to all other sports,” attorney Joseph Cotchett said in a release.

VIDEO: Fans React to San Jose Suing MLB to Move A's

The brief includes a letter of support from Dr. Roger Noll, a well-known sports economist at Stanford.

The A's have been trying to move to San Jose since 2009 and are awaiting the league's approval. The City of San Jose filed suit against MLB and Commissioner Bud Selig back in June, claiming they’ve been “engaged in a conspiracy to prevent the Oakland A’s from relocating to San Jose.”

Major League Baseball has asked this suit be dismissed.

The next step is this process? Both sides will be in court Oct. 4.

Chicago Police Department Looks to Boost Recruits


The Chicago Police Department is looking to boost its list of recruits by the thousands.

Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy said Friday he hopes to have 30,000 people apply to become police officers.

So far, roughly 20,000 people have applied since the beginning of August, McCarthy said, but the Sept. 16 deadline is quickly approaching.

“A career in law enforcement is a great opportunity,” McCarthy said.

This year, McCarthy said the department lowered the minimum age for applicants to 18, down from 21, and maintained a maximum age of 40.

“We want the best and brightest, the smartest, hardworking and we also want to make sure that we reflect the demographics of the community,” McCarthy said.

The department only offers the test once every three to five years, as the costs of administering the test run around $1 million, McCarthy said.

Earlier this week, police sources told NBC 5 the mayor is asking the police department to cut its budget by 10 percent for next year.

On Tuesday, McCarthy said the department is "looking at different methods that we can still save money."

"We've been looking at ways of creating efficiencies, whether it's getting cops out on the street, hiring civilians, or consolidating districts which we did successfully in three separate neighborhoods," McCarthy said.

Still, this past holiday weekend saw at least seven dead and 23 wounded, and at least nine people were shot overnight Saturday.

McCarthy clarified that those efforts to save money will not come at the expense of police performance and emphasizes that the city's murder rate is down by 85 fewer murders so far this year.

An open house for potential candidates to meet with current CPD officers and tour the facility will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Police Academy, 1300 W. Jackson St.

Hate Crimes Unit Investigating Union Square Attack


NYPD's Hate Crimes unit is investigating after a man allegedly declared he would attack the first white person he came across, then punched and knocked out a 69-year-old man in Union Square Wednesday. 

LaShawn Marten, 31, of Morningside Heights, is accused of attacking three people in the busy plaza Wednesday afternoon, according to the NYPD. Police said the suspect, who is black, punched the 69-year-old white man in the face, causing serious injuries. The suspect then punched a 48-year-old person and an 18-year-old person, both also white. 

The 69-year-old victim was being treated for critical injuries at Bellevue Hospital, police said. He slipped into a coma after the attack, police say. 

The suspect "made statements to the effect that ‘I’m going to punch the first white man that I see," Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said.

James Hall-Collins shot video in the aftermath of the attack. The attack appeared to be completely random, he said. 

"It was random, it was for no apparent reason," said Hall-Collins. "He just walked up and hit him."

Two Alarm Fire in West Haven


Firefighters in West Haven battled a two alarm fire late Friday night.

According to fire officials, they got a call around midnight to report a fire at a home at 774 Washington Ave.

When they arrived heavy fire and smoke was showing. The fire department was able to knock the fire down quickly.

Everyone inside the home made it out safely though the fire did cause extensive damage.

Fire officials are still investigating the cause of the fire.

Cat in Alaska Survives 11-Story Fall


A house cat in Alaska may have used one of her nine lives after falling 11 stories from an apartment building.

The 2-year-old cat named Wasabi was chasing a mosquito in her owners' apartment in downtown Juneau on Monday. The mosquito escaped out a window, and Wasabi went after it.

The cat survived the plunge, however, she suffered a fractured leg and broken bones.

The owener, Stephanie Gustafson, said her mother witnessed the fall. 

When Gustafson got to Wasabi, she saw that her cat was bloody and soaked from the rain.
Gustafson called an emergency veterinary clinic and managed to get midnight X-rays performed on Wasabi, The Juneau Empire reported.
The cat fractured her radius and broke some bones in her elbow. Wasabi returned for an operation two days after the fall.
She now has pins and wires in her fractured leg and broken bones in a joint. She also wears a bright pink cast.
Gustafson said Wasabi is expected to heal in about six weeks, according to The Juneau Empire.


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Taser Used on Samurai Sword-Wielding Man


A man wielding two samurai swords in a Santa Ana, Calif., shopping center was zapped with a stun gun by police Friday night after he refused to put down the blades, police said.

Police arrested Hung Anh Nguyen, 29, after receiving numerous 911 calls about a man swinging two large samurai-style swords in a busy shopping center along Harbor Boulevard near McFadden Avenue about 11:15 p.m., according to a Santa Ana Police Department statement.

After refusing commands to put down the sharp 19- and 27-inch swords and yelling profanities, officers used a Taser on the man and brought him and the swords under control, police said.

The man, who police only identified as an adult male, was taken into custody and transported to an area hospital for psychological evaluation.

No one was injured by the swords, police said.

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Dallas' New Cheetah Cubs Have a Puppy Companion


The Dallas Zoo announced Thursday it has two new cheetah cubs, and those new cubs will grow up with a companion puppy.

The cheetah cubs, Winspear and Kamau, were born July 8 at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal, Va. A team from the zoo spent nearly two weeks in Virginia before flying back to Dallas with the cubs.

Eventually they will be part of the zoo's Animal Adventures outreach program which teaches the public about conservation efforts for highly-endangered African animals.

The cubs will be raised with an 8-week-old black Labrador puppy named Amani. Zoo experts said Amani will be a calming influence for the cubs as they get used to being in public.

According to the Dallas Zoo, Amani means "peace" in Swahili, the language of East Africa where cheetahs still exist in the wild.

"It is a thrill to be able to tell the story about cheetah conservation and to educate Dallas Zoo guests about this magnificent species," said Sean Green, of the Dallas Zoo via news release. "Winspear and Kamau will become important animal ambassadors for the Dallas Zoo, building appreciation and awareness about cheetahs to more than 900,000 visitors each year."

The zoo says their black spots and unique "tear stripes" below their eyes are already evident and while the cheetahs are smoke-colored now, they will get their golden color as they get older.

At 8-weeks-old, Winspear, the larger of the two, now weighs more than 8 pounds, while Kamau is over 6 pounds. When they are full grown, the cheetahs will stand about 3-feet tall at the shoulder and weight up to 140 lbs.

Don't expect to see the cubs if you're visiting the Giants of Savanna cheetah habitat. The zoo said you'll be able to see them in person at the Wild Encounters stage and next year the zoo will open a cheetah run where the world's fastest mammals can be seen coming close to their top speed of 70 mph.

Below, see adorable video of the cheetah cubs playing! 

More: DallasZoo.com

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3 Hurt in Veggie Fest Explosion


An explosion rocked an outdoor food festival in eastern Pennsylvania this morning leaving three people -- including two children -- hurt.

The Bethlehem Fire Department responded to Mechanic & Adams Streets in Bethlehem, Pa. shortly before noon Saturday.

City police told NBC10 that a propane tank exploded causing undisclosed injuries to three people during the Bethlehem VegFest. Other reports had the explosion being caused by Sternos or an open flame.

A photo posted by Twitter user Todd Dietrich (@obsidianspider) shows a tent with the plastic roofing blown out of the food court area vendor.

A witness told NBC10 that the vendor was using an open flame when something suddenly caught fire. The witness saw one adult and two kids taken away from the scene.

Police confirmed three people were transported due to first and second degree burns.

The tent belonged to Malaysian restaurant Jenny's Kuali, which is located nearby on E 4th Street in Bethlehem, Pa. When reached for comment, an employee at the restaurant would only say that they had a "medical emergency."

No immediate cause was given for the blast.

"We smelled the gas burning," said Megan Baker, a vendor at the event. "We smelled plastic burning. I had warned the family that they should be aware of the tent next to us because I felt like something could be wrong. Within five minutes it exploded."

Different vendors set up tents as part of the event. The vegan food festival continued as scheduled and wrapped up at 6 p.m.

The VegFest “brings together an amazing array of vegan natural food providers, top national speakers and chefs, and educational exhibitors,” to the South Bethlehem Greenway, according to the event website.

Photo Credit: Todd Diedrich - @obsidianspider

Colchester Holds Town Wide Tag Sale


The town of Colchester held a town wide tag sale today they describe as being similar to the television show "Storage Wars."

Among the items up on the auction block : a 16-passenger van with wheelchair access, a 2003 Ford Crown Victoria and an old fire department truck.

Those items along with many more were included in the 58 lot silent auction held all day today at the town garage, 300 Old Hartford Road.

The town manager says that many contractors come out to bid on the snow plows, chainsaws and other equipment that the town is no longer using.

Items seized after a house foreclosure are also included in the auction.

The town held similar auctions in the 1990's, which generated money for the town and also helped them unload unwanted items and clear up space in town buildings.

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