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Pit Bull Attacks 8-Year-Old Girl

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Authorities shot and killed a pet pit bull after the dog attacked an 8-year-old girl Saturday afternoon, critically injuring the child.

The two girls, ages 8 and 15, were in their home on the unit block of Adelene Drive in Newark, Delaware around 1 p.m. when the dog began attacking the younger child, according to police.

The teenager called 911 and, while police headed to the scene, the pit bull remained in the room, preventing the children from escaping, authorities said.

The 15-year-old was able to carry the critically injured child out of the room once police arrived, according to officials.

But the dog remained aggressive, which hampered the officers ability to provide medical treatment to the hurt girl and led to an officer shooting and killing the dog, police said.

Authorities transported the girl to A.I DuPont Children's Hospital, where she was then airlifted to the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

She remains in critical condition at CHOP, officials said.

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WWII Era Explosives Found in Pa.

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Police called the Montgomery County Sheriff's Bomb Squad to a residential Chester County neighborhood after they uncovered a metal ammunition container containing three military devices that dated back to World War II.

Police said they responded to the 200 block of Old Eagle School Road in Tredyffrin Township around 11:30 a.m. Saturday after receiving a call about unexploded military devices.

The officers found three military devices in a container that had been removed from an outdoor shed and then contacted the Bomb Squad, according to officials.

An investigation showed one of the items was an American military "pineapple" style hand grenade with an intact fuse from World War II or the Korean War-ear, authorities said.

A cylindrical device thought to be a smoke generator with a fuse and a Japanese military explosive device from World War II were also in the container, police said.

Authorities said there is no information indicating the explosives would be used in a criminal act.

The Bomb Squad destroyed all the devices in another Tredyffrin Township location, investigators said.

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Person Struck by Train near Fairfield Station

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Crews from both Fairfield and Bridgeport are responding after a person was struck by a train on the Fairfield/Bridgeport line.

An MTA spokesman confirms a trespasser was struck by a train east of the Fairfield train stop just before 8 p.m. Saturday. Delays are expected in the area.

Crews are on scene now and limited information is available. Check back for updates.

Man Arrested for Credit Card Theft: Cops

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Westport police have arrested a man accused of charges hundreds of dollars on stolen credit cards.

Police say they responded to the Connecticut Humane Society at 455 Post Road East around 2:30 p.m. on Saturday for a report of a stolen credit card.

According to police, the suspect, later identified as Dead Henton, 47, of Waterbury, entered the Humane Society through a back door and stole four credit cards out of a purse. Henton then used the cards at Cumberland Farms, Walgreens and Subway locations in Westport.

Police were able to track Henton with the help of the credit card company, and obtained a description with the help of store employees.

Henton was located in the area of 1060 Post Road East carrying a backpack with receipts that matched the stolen credit cards. Police say he spent around $750.00.

Henton was arrested and charged with criminal trespass, four counts of credit card theft, four counts of illegal use of a credit card, fifth-degree larceny, criminal attempt at illegal use of a credit card, and violation of probation. He is being held on a $20,000 bond and is expected in Norwalk Superior Court Oct. 7.
 



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One Person Shot in Meriden

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One person has been transported to the hospital after a shooting on Center Street in Meriden.

Meriden police say they responded to a call of shots fired at 291 Center Street around 7:35 p.m. Saturday. 

Information about the victim's injuries was not immediately available.

Check back for updates.

 

Cop Gets $10K a Month in Absence

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A Glendale police officer who has battled the department over alleged discrimination and was also arrested last month in a prostitution sting is now set to receive more than $10,000 a month on paid leave in a settlement with the city.

In 2010, Sgt. Vahak Mardikian and four other police officers filed a lawsuit against the Glendale Police Department, City of Glendale and dozens of fellow officers, alleging that they experienced a pattern of discrimination because of their Armenian heritage.

In the resulting settlement, Mardikian, 49, will receive $10,579 per month in paid leave until his retirement at the end of 2015, at which time he will be eligible for the California Public Employees’ Retirement System, the Los Angeles Times reported Friday.

On Aug. 8, Mardikian was arrested on one count of soliciting prostitution from an undercover detective in Las Vegas, according to an arrest report from the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department.

Detective Justine Gatus wrote in the report that while sitting at a bar at the Flamingo Casino, working undercover, she was approached by Mardikian, who engaged in conversation with her for nearly an hour, during which time he asked if she was a cop and denied being one himself.

After discussing her prices for various sexual acts including anal sex, the two departed with plans to meet in the parking lot, where Mardikian was arrested and booked.

The Times reported that Mardikian was demoted in early 2012 after the department received claims that he was pressuring other officers to join the 2010 lawsuit, but was reinstated last year.

The settlement agreement in response to the 2010 lawsuit was being prepared months before Mardikian’s arrest in Nevada, the Glendale News-Press reported.

Mardikian will still have to face a courtroom for his prostitution solicitation charge in Nevada.

Police ID Pedestrian Killed in Middletown

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A female pedestrian had died after a car hit her while she was walking in Middletown past midnight on Saturday.

Police identified the woman killed as Jean Carroll, 52, of Middletown.

Leonard Sanders, 52, of Middletown was driving westbound in a 2009 Chevrolet Impala on Washington Street toward Broad Street when he struck Carroll at the intersection at about 12:56 a.m. on Sept. 27. 

Carroll was transported to the Hartford Hospital to be treated for  life-threatening injuries and was later pronounced dead in the hospital.

Police have notified her family.

Police did not release information on the cause of the crash and did not indicate whether there will be any charges.

Middletown police were still on scene reconstructing the crash just before 8 a.m. on Saturday.

Police ask witnesses o call Officer Botsacos in Middletown Police Department's Traffic Unit at 860-638-4061.



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13-Year-Old Shot in Hartford

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A 13-year-old boy is in stable condition in the hospital after he was shot in Hartford.

Police said that the teenager was treated at Hartford Hospital for a non-life-threatening gunshot wound "to the right side buttocks."

The shooting happened at 12:18 a.m. on Saturday, police said.

The Hartford Courant reported that masked person got out of a car that pulled up nearby and shot the boy outside 38 Stonington Street, citing the boy's account to police.

Hartford police have not confirmed that information, but said that a dark, four-door Honda is suspected of being connected to the shooting.

Police are not releasing further information at this time.

If you have information on the shooting, you can submit an anonymous tip through the Hartford Police Department's website.



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Man Says He Was Served Raw Chicken

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A Burlington County, New Jersey, man checked himself into the hospital Saturday after he claimed he was served raw chicken at a local Sonic restaurant.

William Dorsey of Lumberton, New Jersey told NBC10 he visited the Sonic restaurant on Route 38 in Hainesport, New Jersey Friday night and ordered chicken. As he began eating, Dorsey said he noticed something strange about the food.

“I noticed the chicken was really chewy,” Dorsey said. “When I looked at it closer I noticed the chicken wasn’t cooked at all.”

Dorsey said he began vomiting and tried several times to contact the Sonic restaurant as well as the corporate office.

The manager of the Sonic told NBC10 they were investigating Dorsey’s claim and planned on reimbursing him for the meal.

Dorsey meanwhile told NBC10 he checked himself into Virtua Memorial Hospital Saturday afternoon.

There are nine Sonic locations within the greater Philadelphia area and more than 3,500 locations in 44 states, according to the company's website.

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Drunken Driver Hits Pedestrian in Durham: Cops

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A female pedestrian from Guilford was hospitalized after a drunken motorist struck the woman in her car near the Durham Fair and kept driving.

Deborah Conradi, 53, of West Haven, was arrested on multiple charges including driving under the influence and assault after she hit Julia Rorke, 24, of Guilford, in her vehicle at the intersection of Routes 17 and 79 in Durham, according to State Police.

Rorke was walking southbound on Route 17 when Conradi's car hit her, State Police said. Hunter's Ambulance transported her to Middlesex Hospital in Middletown and then a Life Star helicopter flew her to Hartford Hospital to be treated for her injuries. The victim's family says she suffered head trauma but she is home recovering. 

After colliding with Rorke, Conradi kept driving, State Police said. Other motorists intervened and forced her to stop her car about a mile and a half from the intersection where the crash happened, according to State Police.

The victim's family tell us she was coming from the Durham Fair. The fairgrounds are located near the intersections of Routes 17, 68 and 77 in Durham, under a mile from the crash site.

State Police charged Conradi with driving under the influence, assault, evading responsibility and failure to maintain a lane. She is scheduled to be arraigned in Middletown Superior Court on Monday and State Police are holding her in custody in the meantime on a $25,000 cash or surety bond.



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Vernon Police Investigate Armed Robbery

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Police are investigating an armed robbery at a Vernon convenience store.

The incident happened at On the Way Convenience Store at 352 Hartford Turnpike in Post Road Plaza, Vernon police tweeted just after 9:30 p.m. on Saturday.

The robber had a knife and fled the scene on foot, according to police.

Police described the suspect as 6-foot-tall man in his 30s wearing black clothing.

Vernon police ask anyone with information to call Det. Hicking at 860-872-9126, extension 224.

More information will be provided when it becomes available.



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One Killed in Gas Station Shooting

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One person was killed in a fatal shooting at a gas station convenience store in Hartford early Sunday morning.

The shooting happened at 1 a.m. at the R-D Food Mart and Sunoco gas station near the Albany Avenue and Garden Street intersection. Police are investigating the shooting as a homicide.

The store was cordoned off with crime scene tape. Police were on scene investigating Sunday morning and spoke with the store clerk.

Police have not released the name of the victim at this time and it's unclear if there's a suspect at this point in the investigation. No arrests have been made at this time.

Hartford resident James Johnson said that he's tired of hearing about shootings in his neighborhood and said that he's noticed change in the neighborhood.

"Something needs to change...." he said. "It's terrible."

Police ask anyone with information to contact the Hartford Police Department.

More information was not immediately available.

Check back for updates.



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Man Wounded in Bridgeport Shooting

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A 20-year-old man was shot and wounded on Saturday.

Marquise King, of Bridgeport, told police that a white Honda pulled up next to him while he was walking on Laurel Avenue by Norman Street and one of two men who got out of the car shot him.

King was shot several times and was taken to Saint Vincent's Medical Center for treatment.

The shooter and the other person ran from the scene, police said. King walked to a Laurel Court address, where police and medics responded, according to police.

King was conscious when he spoke to police officers.

Police found the Honda at the scene of the shooting and it was towed to the police garage.

Detectives continue to investigate and review crime scene evidence to corroborate the victim's story.



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3 Charge in NY Anti-Gay Attack

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Two men and a teenage boy have been arrested in connection with an anti-gay attack in Brooklyn that left a 22-year-old man with a gunshot wound, authorities said.

According to police, the victim was dressed as a woman and walking down the street with two other men in Bushwick Saturday morning, when the three suspects approached them and began making anti-gay comments.

A dispute ensued and one of the men shot the victim in the buttocks.

Tavon Johnson, 17, and Cody Sigue, 22 were charged with third degree menacing as a hate crime. Matthew Smith, 21, was charged with first degree assault and was also charged in a separate shooting Friday night.

The victim was treated at a nearby hospital and released.

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3 People Hurt at Six Flags

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Three people were injured Saturday night at Six Flags America during the first night of the theme park’s annual Fright Fest celebration.

A spokesperson for the park, Havilah Ross, said a guest was injured during an altercation in the parking lot. There is no word on the condition of the person.

However, the Prince George’s County Fire Department reported three teens injured with two of them requiring transportation to the hospital. Spokesman Mark Brady said all the injuries were considered non-life-threatening.

Prince George’s County police said they were called in to handle a large crowd leaving the park around 9 p.m. A spokesperson said there were significant pedestrian and vehicular traffic causing the backup.

Despite social media reports about a larger incident at the park, Ross said, “Reports of a massive fight or other serious injuries are completely inaccurate. The safety of our guests is our top priority.”

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2 Killed in Ma. Skydiving Accident

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A skydiving instructor and a student are dead after a skydiving accident on Cape Cod, officials confirm.

Police in Barnstable, Massachusetts, found the victims next to a garage at 885 Race Lane in the Barnstable village of Marston Mills, across the street from Cape Cod Airfield.

"It appears they did hit the garage," said Barnstable Police Sgt. Ben Baxter. "The Mass. State Police will be investigating, along with our detective division."

The two male victims jumped in tandem, attached together. They were both transported by ambulance to Cape Cod Hospital, where they were pronounced dead.

A Boston MedFlight helicopter had been asked to stand by in case either patient needed to be taken to a trauma center.

Officials are working to determine what went wrong. There is a skydiving school at Cape Cod Airfield, but it is not yet known whether the victims were from there.

NECN will have more as this story develops.

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Deer Swims in SoCal Pool

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With antlers and four legs, a deer was the last visitor an Encino homeowner was expecting to  find swimming in their backyard pool on Saturday.

However, the deer was not actually looking to cool down.

It appeared as though the deer accidentally fell in after getting trapped in the pool cover, the homeowner said.

The deer eventually made its way out of the pool, and was successfully captured by California Fish and Wildlife.

The deer was expected to be released back into the wild.



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Woman Walking Dog Shot in Head

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UPDATE: The victim died from her injuries early Sunday morning. New details here.


Police rushed a woman to the hospital after she was shot in the forehead and the leg while walking her dog near Philadelphia's Fairmount Park Saturday night.

The gunman shot the 42-year-old victim around 8:30 p.m. near the intersection of Morse and North 33rd streets in the Strawberry Mansion section of the city, authorities said.

The woman's daughter found her mother, who had been heading to a corner store when the shooting occurred, according to investigators.

Officers transported the woman to Hahnemann University Hospital, where she is listed in extremely critical condition.

Police said they have not made any arrests and are unsure of a motive. 

The suspect was wearing a hoodie and ran from the scene, according to investigators, who added they are searching for a heavyset man with a gray beard.

Stay with NBC10 for more on this developing story.

One Injured in Waterbury Shooting

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Waterbury police are investigating a shooting that left a 52-year-old man in serious condition.

Police say the incident occurred around 8 p.m. Sunday outside an apartment building at 3 Gayridge Road. The victim was transported to St. Mary’s Hospital. He has not been identified to the public at this time.

Police are currently interviewing residents who may have seen the shooting. Anyone with information is encouraged to call Waterbury police.

Check back for updates.
 



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Driver Dies in I-84 Crash

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A driver died after a motor vehicle crash on Interstate 84 west in East Hartford Sunday morning.

State Police responded to the crash near exit 56 in the westbound direction after receiving a call at about 2:18 a.m.

The highway and on-ramps in the area were shut down in that direction for a few hours after the fatal crash involving at least one car, a 2002 Chrysler 300M, according to State Police. The highway has since reopened.

The car came to rest against a guardrail after rolling over on the highway and was crushed.

The identity of the driver has not been released at this time. It's unclear if any other people were involved in the crash.

Accident reconstruction teams were on scene earlier in the morning investigating the cause of the accident.

State Police ask anyone with information to call 860-534-1000.

More information ill be provided when it becomes available.



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