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Phelps Heads to Program After DUI


Olympic swimming champion Michael Phelps said he is going to take some time away from swimming to attend a program after his second DUI charge.

Phelps was arrested and charged this week with driving under the influence of alcohol, excessive speed and crossing double-lane lines in the Fort McHenry Tunnel on Interstate 95 in Baltimore. It was Phelps' second DUI charge after his first in 2004.

On Twitter Sunday morning, Phelps said the past few days had been difficult, and he was very disappointed with his actions.

“I’m going to take some time away to attend a program that will provide the help I need to better understand myself,” he wrote. “Swimming is a major part of my life, but right now I need to focus my attention on me as an individual, and do the necessary work to learn from this experience and make better decisions in the future.”

In a released statement, a Phelps’ spokesperson said the swimmer would be entering a 6-week, in-patient program.

"While this has been an extremely difficult time for him, he is encouraged that this comprehensive program will help him focus on all of his life experiences and identify areas of need for long-term personal growth and development. Michael takes this matter seriously and intends to share his learning experiences with others in the future."

Phelps is the most decorated Olympian, winning 22 medals – 18 of them gold. He briefly retired from swimming, but got back into competition at the Pan Pacific Games in August.

"We fully support Michael's decision to place his health and well-being as the number one priority," said Chuck Wielgus, USA Swimming Executive Director in a statement. "His self-recognition and commitment to get help exhibit how serious he is to learn from this experience."

Phelps had previously targeted an Olympic return in Rio in 2016.

WATCH: CDC Updates Dallas Ebola Case


Days after Ebola arrived in the United States, the nation's top infectious diseases expert said it's perfectly normal for Americans to feel anxious about a disease that kills so fast and is ravaging parts of West Africa.

"It's the unknown. It's the cataclysmic nature of it," said Dr. Anthony Fauci of the National Institutes of Health, that "almost intuitively makes people frightened."

Still, he said it's "extraordinarily unlikely" that the United States will have an outbreak. Scientists know how to stop the virus from spreading, Fauci said Friday.

That's not to say the first Ebola case diagnosed within the United States -- a traveler from Liberia who began feeling the effects after arriving in Dallas -- will be the only one.

The government took measures this past week to ensure hospitals are ready.

Despite some initial missteps in Dallas, tried-and-true methods are underway: tracking everyone who came into contact with the infected man and isolating anyone who shows symptoms.

What to know about Ebola in America:

There's Going to Be a Lot of Talk

Expect to hear news reports in the coming days about people who are being cared for as potential Ebola cases. That doesn't mean they have the disease.

Doctors and hospitals are isolating individuals they believe could be at risk. That's based on a combination of their symptoms and recent travel from a country where Ebola is present.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has consulted with hospitals about 100 or so potentially suspicious cases in recent months. More than a dozen were worrisome enough to merit Ebola blood tests. Only the Dallas patient had Ebola.

How It Spreads

Ebola doesn't spread easily like the flu, a cold or measles.

The virus isn't airborne. Instead, it's in a sick person's bodily fluids, such as blood, vomit, urine, semen or saliva. Another person can catch the disease by getting those germs into his own body, perhaps by wiping his eyes or through a cut in the skin.

Bodily fluids aren't contagious until the infected person begins to feel sick. The initial symptoms are easily confused with other illnesses, however: fever, headaches, flu-like body aches and abdominal pain. Vomiting, diarrhea and sometimes bleeding follow as the disease progresses, increasing the risk to others.

In West Africa, the disease has spread quickly to family members who tended the sick or handled their bodies after death, and infected doctors and nurses working under punishing conditions, without proper equipment. Bed sheets or clothing contaminated by bodily fluids also spread the disease.

Can You Catch It on a Bus or Plane?

It's very unlikely.

To be on the safe side, the CDC defines "contact" with the disease as spending a prolonged period of time within 3 feet of someone ill with Ebola, a distance designed to protect health workers from projectile vomiting.

But health officials haven't seen real world cases of the virus spread by casual contact in public, such as sitting next to someone on a bus, said Tom Frieden, the CDC director.

"All of our experience with Ebola in Africa the last four decades indicates direct contact is how it spreads," he said, "and only direct contact with someone who is ill with Ebola."

Passengers who flew on the same plane as the Dallas patient, five days before he developed symptoms, are not considered at risk by the CDC. Nor are the schoolmates of children who came in contact with the infected Dallas man, but showed no symptoms of illness while in class.

As a precaution in case they become sick and therefore contagious, the children who were in contact with the infected man were pulled from school and are being monitored for symptoms.

Initially, about 100 people were assessed for potential exposure. Health officials said Friday that 50 were still being monitored, with 10 considered at the most risk during the disease's 21-day incubation period. Four family members who shared their apartment with the patient are under quarantine.

Outside those circles, the odds of getting infected within the U.S. remain minuscule, health authorities say.

What Health Officials Are Doing

The CDC is overseeing multiple layers of response:

  • The Ebola-hit African nations are checking people at airports for fever, and asking them about any contact with an infected person, before allowing them to board planes out of the country.
  • Airlines are required by law to watch for sick travelers and alert authorities before landing.
  • The CDC is warning doctors and hospitals to remember the possibility of Ebola and rapidly isolate and test sick patients with a risk of exposure to the virus, primarily those who have traveled recently from the hot spots.

"The only way to get to zero risk is to stop the outbreak in West Africa," Frieden said.

The U.S. and other countries have stepped up aid to West African nations struggling with the disease. But the outbreak is out of control.

Can Local Hospitals Handle This?

Before the Dallas case, four Americans diagnosed with Ebola in Africa returned to the U.S. enclosed in portable biohazard units, attended by health care workers protected by what looked like puffy space suits. They were treated in special isolation units; three recovered and one remains hospitalized.

The U.S. has only four of those isolation units; when people feel sick, they go to their nearest health care.

The CDC says any American hospital should be able to care for an Ebola patient.

Emergency room staff, potentially the first line, are used to safeguarding themselves from germs. They routinely treat patients with HIV, hepatitis and other infectious diseases.

The CDC says it's fine to put a suspected Ebola case into a regular private room with its own bathroom, and doctors and nurses need only wear certain gowns, masks and eye protection to be safe, not the elaborate biohazard suits.

Yet the system isn't perfect, as the Dallas case shows.

When the patient, Thomas Eric Duncan, first arrived at a Dallas hospital, he told a nurse that he had recently traveled from West Africa, yet the possibility of Ebola was overlooked and he was discharged into the community. He returned in worse shape, by ambulance, two days later and was diagnosed with the virus. He is in critical condition.

This Ebola Outbreak Is Different, Isn't It?

Yes. It's the worse Ebola outbreak in history, and still out of control in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone.

Previous outbreaks in other parts of Africa have been halted more quickly.

Lack of experience with the disease in West Africa contributed to its spread this time. Other factors: a shortage of medical personnel and supplies, widespread poverty, and political instability in affected countries.

Also, the disease is crossing national borders and spreading in urban areas. Past outbreaks tended to be in relatively isolated spots.

It's hard for Americans to grasp how much more easily diseases can spread in some of the poorest places on earth versus in the U.S., said Ebola expert Thomas Geisbert of the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston.

In countries where inadequate health systems have been overwhelmed by the virus, people are dying in their homes, outside clinics that are too overfilled to take them, and sometimes in the streets. Health workers have been attacked by panicked residents.

Yet the measures that have stopped past outbreaks still work, with sufficient knowledge and resources.

Senegal appears to have stopped the disease at one case this year. Nigeria had eight deaths but brought its outbreak under control by tracking 894 people who had been in contact with a man who brought the virus from Liberia, and visiting 18,500 more people to check for symptoms, the CDC said.

U.S. officials are confident they can stay on top of any more cases that arrive.

This is the first case of Ebola recorded in the United States. But some of its relatives have been here -- a case of Marburg virus, considered just as deadly, and four cases of Lassa fever in the past decade.

"There is some history of people coming back with these exotic, highly lethal diseases where it's been relatively well controlled," Geisbert said. "Hopefully that continues."

More: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

AP Medical Writer Lauran Neergaard contributed to this report.

Photo Credit: NBC 5 News

SUV Plows Into Donut Shop, 1 Dead


An unidentified man was killed inside a San Fernando Valley doughnut shop when an SUV smashed through the store's walls Saturday night.

The crash was reported about 9:30 p.m. at Jolly Donuts in the 8300 block of De Soto Avenue in Canoga Park, the Los Angeles Fire Department said.

When firefighters arrived, they found a homeless man had been killed inside the store.

A Jeep Liberty compact SUV was severely damaged.

The driver and three others were taken to a hospital where they were listed in critical condition. By Sunday morning, the driver and one other patient were released from the hospital.

The driver is not suspected of DUI as of Sunday morning, LAPD Sgt. Marti Whittemore said.

It’s unclear what caused the Jeep to crash into the store.

1 Year Since Autistic Teen Vanished


The mother of a nonverbal autistic teenager who died after he wandered from his school a year ago Saturday wept as she thanked the volunteers who helped search for him and called for reform within a broken education system that she said allowed her son to slip away.

"It's hard for me," Vanessa Fontaine said, her voice cracking. "We all miss him so much. There's not a day that goes by that I don't wish he was here. And because of the neglect by these employees from the school, I don't have my son."

Fourteen-year-old Avonte Oquendo vanished from his school Oct. 4, 2013, through an open door that should have been locked. A school safety officer who saw the boy told him to return to his classroom, but he didn't follow Avonte there.

The disappearance touched off a citywide search that included hundreds of volunteers, police officers and marine units. Missing-person posters were plastered on lampposts and placed on car windshields. Announcements were made for weeks on city subways, imploring people to contact the police if they had information. Avonte was fascinated with trains.

His remains were discovered along the East River in mid-January. His cause of death couldn't be determined, the medical examiner's office said.

An investigative report released in March found a series of errors led to his disappearance, including the failure by a teacher to pass on a warning that Avonte might wander. But the report by the special commissioner of investigation for city schools didn't recommend any disciplinary action and instead referred the findings to city and state education officials and to the Queens district attorney's office, which said it was reviewing the matter.

Fontaine said it was unacceptable that no one had faced discipline and called for those involved to lose their jobs.

"I just want everybody to know that he may be a special-needs kid, but he's my baby," she said through tears. "And I entrusted him to the school system, and I sent him to school, and he never came home."

Fontaine, along with family, friends and volunteers, released blue balloons and read poetry on a rainy afternoon at the cliffside park, where Avonte was headed when he was last seen.

Bonnie Kiladitis and her family participated to show their support. Her 10-year-old son, Bradyn, has autism and attends the same school.

"If you have a child, it's your worst fear," she said. "Everyone must be as safe as possible. This can never, never happen again."

Waundell Saavedra, an opera singer from the Bronx, said he saw reports about Avonte on the news last year and felt compelled to help search for him.

"It was really something in my heart. I could not watch those stories and not do something," he said. "I'm just so saddened by the outcome."

Jim Calhoun Cancer Challenge Benefits Cancer Research


Between the sun and the fall foliage, Sunday is a beautiful day for a bike ride or walk.

Participants in the 8th annual Comcast NBC Connecticut Jim Calhoun Cancer Challenge Ride and Walk will get to do that at Winding Trails in Farmington while raising money for a good cause.

The event raises tens of thousands of dollars every year for cancer research and draws thousands of riders, runners and walkers. Proceeds will benefit the Carole and Ray Neag Comprehensive Cancer Center at the UConn Health Center and the American Cancer Society's Coaches vs. Cancer program, founded in 1993.

This year, a mountain biking trail ride has been added to the schedule.

There will also be non-competitive rides of 10, 25, 50 and 75 for people ages 14 and older and a 5K run/walk for all ages.

The day will be filled with family fun activities and music. Flaggstead Smokehouse on Route 4 in Farmington will be serving some of their renowned barbecue.

NBC Connecticut sports broadcaster Kevin Nathan is emceeing the event.

The rides start at 8 a.m. and the public is invited to attend.

Photo Credit: NBCConnecticut.com

Homeless Man Tied to Ebola Patient


Dallas County officials have found and are monitoring the homeless man they say may have come into contact with Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan but whom they consider low-risk.

“So we had a person – it’s now known rode in the ambulance after Mr. Duncan rode in the ambulance but before it was placed out of service,” Jenkins said, “Because of the protocols that go on in an ambulance we think the risk is very, very low.”

Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins said officers obtained a type of protective order for 52-year-old Michael Lively on Saturday. Jenkins says Lively was check for symptoms Saturday but showed none.  

Lively was told he needed to be monitored, but he left, added Dr. David Lakey of the Texas Department of State Health Services.

Jenkins was taken to Parkland Hospital this afternoon, and is now being held at an undisclosed location, according to Jenkins.

“The officers had a protective order similar to the one that needed to be placed on the family earlier in the week because we could not get him to a regular location at daily time intervals to do our monitoring up to the safest standards,” Jenkins said, “that was the type of paperwork they were serving – they saw some things there that caused them concern and took him for an evaluation.”

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention chief Dr. Thomas Frieden emphasized that Lively is not a danger, adding that Ebola can only be spread by infected people who show symptoms. If an exposed person does not develop symptoms within 21 days of exposure, the person will not become sick with Ebola, the CDC said.

Only 10 people are now believed to have had direct contact with Duncan and are considered high risk, officials said Sunday. Those 10 people are three family or community members and seven health care workers.

Those 10 high-risk contacts are among the 48 people health officials will be tracking for 21 days. If any of those 48 people develops a fever, they will be isolated immediately and tested for EBola, the CDC said Sunday.

Another 66 people have been ruled out for Ebola, after the CDC assessed a total of 114 people in Dallas it thought may have been exposed to Duncan.

Duncan, who arrived in Dallas from West Africa last month and is the first person diagnosed with Ebola virus in the United States, is in critical condition Sunday. He's been in isolation in the ICU since Sept. 28.

Photo Credit: Linda Angelle, NBC 5 News

Fall Photos 2014


Send your photos of fall foliage, pumpkins, festivals and other seasonal fun to shareit@nbcconnecticut.com.

Photo Credit: Tony Retartha

Harvard Receives Apology for Threat


Hundreds of students and other people affiliated with Harvard University who got a threatening email have received a second message with an apology that apparently came from the same email account.

Boston City Councilor at Large Michelle Wu is a Harvard graduate who received the emails. She says the email list appeared to target people with Asian surnames.

The second email that went out Saturday apologized and told recipients that the threatening email sent Friday was written by the writer's younger brother and he didn't mean it.

Friday's message threatened a mass shooting at Harvard on Saturday, prompting campus police to tighten security. A campus safety advisory was issued and a public event about the experiences of Asian Americans at Harvard was postponed.

Campus police continue to investigate.

Get Your Apple Fritters! Southington Festival Reopens.


Rain may have canceled Southington's Apple Harvest Festival on Saturday, but the Zion Lutheran Church still opened its famous apple fritter booth and many people braved the lines and the rain to get their hands on the popular fall treats.

But the sun is shining Sunday as the annual event reopens for its two-weekend run. The event, located near the Southington Town Green, draws as many as 100,000 people every year.

There are plenty of family-friendly activities including live music, entertainment, several food booths, contests, an arts and crafts show, carnival rides, children's activities and much more. The festival parade will step off at 2 p.m.

The apple festival will open at noon and close at 7 p.m. The festival will also be open 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 10, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 11 and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 12. The fireworks were canceled Saturday but are rescheduled for Saturday, Oct. 11 at 9 p.m. Admission and parking is free.

Photo Credit: Getty Images

Woman Missing From SoCal Campground


Authorities are searching for an elderly woman with Alzheimer's disease who vanished from a Julian campground while her husband was in the shower.

Sally Estabrook, 75, was last seen around 4 p.m. Saturday at the Pinezanita RV Park & Campgrounds on Highway 79, according to the San Diego County Sheriff's Department.

The woman’s husband told deputies he finished taking a shower and discovered his wife was gone. Officials believe she may have wandered away from the campsite.

Sheriff's deputies, volunteers and the ASTREA helicopter looked for Estrabrook into the night Saturday. The search resumed Sunday morning.

Estabrook is described as 5 feet, 4 inches tall and 145 pounds with shoulder-length blond hair. She may be wearing a teal shirt and white capris. She isn't very communicative but may respond to her name, according to officials.

Anyone who sees Estabrook is asked to call 911.

Photo Credit: San Diego County Sheriff's Dept.

ECSU Student Allegedly Assaulted, Robbed


Eastern Connecticut State University police are investigating after a student reported being assaulted and robbed early Sunday morning.

The university put out an alert to students saying police received the report around 2:30 a.m. The student stated that he was attacked and robbed of his cell phone near the ramp area in front of the Sports Center. The student was alone at the time of the incident. Police say they have not verified the report at this time and the investigation is ongoing.

ECSU reminds students to use caution when out at night and to practice safe traveling measures.

Playground in Honor of Dawn Hochsprung Opens


In a project that took a year and a half to complete, 26 playgrounds now stand in tribute to the lives lost in Sandy Hook two years ago this December.

Principal Dawn Hochsprung’s playground was the last to be built, but just as emotional as the first. It was filled with the names of the six teachers and administrators that were lost, and designed to represent Hochsprung's personality.

At the ribbon cutting was Sunday, Hochsprung’s daughter remembered her mother.

“For 27 years of my life, my mom wasn't just my mom she was my best friend. She was my mentor. She was my hero,” Erica Smegielski said.

Smegielski described the Where Angels Play project as something that helped all the families heal.

“They’ve give us a place to go, a place to celebrate and a place to remember the people we treasured most,” she said.

The family hopes the playground will be a place of laughter and joy for children for years to come.

Bill Lavin, the founder of the project, said the experience has been filled with miracles as the playgrounds came together and said the heroes are the families.

“Their strength under the worst circumstances has been our inspiration,” he said.

He added that this is not the end of the project – the organization will do upkeep on the sites, and will go to Boston, Oklahoma, any place that needs a playground. That is the legacy of Where Angels Play.

With all the playgrounds complete, the families know their loved ones legacies will live on in the children who play.

Carlos Soto, Vicki Soto’s father, summed it up.

“I wish you all to have fun and never forget about us. Thank you.”

Photo Credit: NBCConnecticut.com

3 Dead, 26 Hurt in Chicago Violence


Editor's Note: NBC Chicago includes shootings that took place between 6 p.m. Friday and 12 a.m. Monday in the weekend violence report.

At least three people have been killed and 26 others wounded in shootings across Chicago since Friday evening.

The most recent fatal shooting took place just before 11:30 p.m. Saturday in the 1700 block of West 59th Street.

Police responded to a call of a person shot and found a 29-year-old man unresponsive inside a residence with a gunshot wound to the head. The incident was being investigated as a homicide but police later said the shooting may have been a suicide, according to Chicago Police News Affairs Officer Jose Estrada.

Police said the man had a history of mental issues and “expressed desire to harm himself.”

The man was pronounced dead at the scene.

Earlier Saturday, four people were shot while driving in the city’s West Garfield Park neighborhood.

Police said four men were in a vehicle around 3 a.m. in the 4400 block of West Van Buren when they were shot.

The driver managed to flee the scene and stopped at 600 South Sacramento, where they were found by police.

A 20-year-old man was shot in the face and was pronounced dead at Mount Sinai Hospital, police said.

A 23-year-old man was also taken to Mount Sinai Hospital and was listed in critical condition with a wound to the upper back.

A 23-year-old man with a wound to the leg was taken in critical condition to John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County and a 24-year-old man was also taken to Stroger with a gunshot wound to the buttocks.

The weekend’s first homicide took place around 9:20 p.m. Friday when a 20-year-old man was fatally shot in the 10600 block of South Yates Avenue.

Police said the man was walking with another man on the sidewalk when an offender walked up and fired shots and him. The man was transported to Trinity Hospital with gunshot wounds to the head and right arm but he was later pronounced dead, according to authorities.

At least 20 others have been wounded since 6 p.m. Friday.

  • Around 2:30 p.m. Sunday a 37-year-old man was shot in the 5700 block of South Elizabeth Street. The man suffered a gunshot wound to the left side and was being treated at Stroger Hospital in good condition. Police said the man was uncooperative with investigators and further details surrounding the shooting were not immediately available.
  • Less than 15 minutes earlier, a 14-year-old boy was shot while walking in the 4300 block of West 16th Street. Police said the teen told officers he "heard shots and felt pain." He was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital in good condition.
  • Just before 1:30 p.m., another 14-year-old boy was shot, according to authorities. The teen was shot in the chest in the 6100 block of South Vernon Avenue and was taken to Comer Children's Hospital in serious condition.
  • Three teens were shot just after 10 a.m. in the 9500 block of South Jeffery Boulevard. Police said a 17-year-old boy and an 18-year-old man were inside a vehicle traveling southbound on Jeffery Boulevard when a white SUV, also traveling southbound, pulled up and someone inside the SUV opened fire. The 17-year-old was shot in the wrist and thigh and the 18-year-old was shot in the back. Both were taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital where the 17-year-old was listed in stable condition and the 18-year-old was listed in serious condition. Police said the white SUV then continued on Jeffery Boulevard and turned eastbound onto 95th Street shooting a 15-year-old boy in the 2000 block of East 95th Street. The boy was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in serious condition. Area South Detectives are investigating.
  • Around 5:30 a.m. Sunday, a 21-year-old man was shot while stopped a stop sign in the 4600 block of West Adams. Police said a man approached the victim with a firearm and when the victim tried to flee the man fired several shots, striking him in the lip. The victim drove himself to Loretto Hospital where he was listed in stable condition.
  • Just after 3:30 a.m., a 17-year-old boy was shot in the 2500 block of West Cortland Street. The teen was a passenger in car when two offenders shouted gang slogans and fired shots at the vehicle as they drove by, police said. The teen was taken to Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center with a gunshot wound to the lower left leg and was listed in stable condition.
  • About 10 minutes earlier, a 29-year-old man was shot at a park in the 4800 block of South Laflin Street. Police said the man was sitting in the park with a friend when a red pickup truck pulled up and two men exited the vehicle asking if the pair had any gang ties, according to authorities. The two denied any gang affiliations and started walking away but the victim’s friend began exchanging words with the offenders. One of the men pulled out a gun and fired shots and the 29-year-old victim was hit in the right forearm. He was taken to Holy Cross Hospital in good condition, police said.
  • Around 2:30 a.m., a 17-year-old girl was shot in the 5900 block of South Maplewood Avenue. The teen told police she was walking on the sidewalk when she “heard shots and felt pain.” She was taken to Holy Cross Hospital with a graze wound to the head and was listed in good condition. Area Central Detectives are investigating.
  • Just before 1 a.m., two teens were shot in the city’s Logan Square neighborhood. The two were passengers in a sedan that was stopped at a red light in the 3300 block of West Diversey Avenue when a green van pulled behind them and a man got out of the vehicle and opened fire, police said. A 19-year-old woman was shot in the upper torso and right thigh and was listed in stable condition and a 14-year-old boy was shot in the abdomen and was listed in critical condition. Both were transported to Illinois Masonic Medical Center for treatment.
  • Around 9:30 p.m. Saturday, a 21-year-old man was shot in the 5400 block of South Talman Avenue. Fire officials responded to a call of a person down and found the man on the ground with a gunshot wound to the back of the head. The man was taken in critical condition to Mount Sinai Hospital.
  • Just before 9 p.m., a 27-year-old man was shot while riding in a vehicle in the 4200 block of West Wabansia Avenue. The man was a passenger in the vehicle when a group of men opened fire on it from the sidewalk. The man was taken to Norwegian American Hospital with a wound to the lower back and was listed in stable condition.
  • Around 3 p.m. Saturday, a 24-year-old man walked into Provident Hospital with a gunshot wound to the leg. The man told police he was walking in the 10500 block of South Wentworth Avenue when he “heard shots and felt pain.” Police said the man was being “uncooperative” with officials.
  • About 20 minutes earlier, a 23-year-old man was shot in the city’s Little Village neighborhood. The man was walking on the sidewalk in the 3400 block of West 23rd Street when someone got out of a vehicle and opened fire. The man was shot in the lower back and was listed in serious condition at Mount Sinai Hospital.
  • Just before 7 a.m., a 22-year-old man walked into Saint Anthony’s Hospital with a gunshot wound to the back. The man told officers he was shot in the 2400 block of South Washtenaw Avenue after three offenders began displaying gang signs at him while he walked on the sidewalk. The man attempted to flee the scene and was shot in the back as he ran, police said. He was taken to the hospital by a passing motorist.

Nine others were wounded late Friday and into Saturday morning.

1 Dead, 5 Hurt in NYC Melee


A melee broke out in front of a Bronx nightclub early Sunday, leaving three men shot, two men slashed and one man beaten with a baseball bat, police said.

A 24-year-old man died after being shot in the torso, and a 21-year-old was in critical condition after being shot in the head. The other victims, all in their 20s, were hospitalized in stable condition, according to the NYPD.

The clash occurred shortly before 4 a.m. outside of the Xtreme Lounge on Valentine Avenue in the Fordham neighborhood, just as the club was closing down for the night, police said. It wasn't immediately clear what sparked the brawl.

Man Beaten at Angel Stadium


A man is in critical condition after being beaten in the Angel Stadium parking lot after the team lost Friday night's playoff game.

At around 10:30 p.m. on Friday, the 43-year-old man and a relative were walking in the lot when they were attacked without provocation by three individuals, Anaheim police said.

The man was severely beaten and is currently in critical condition, officials said.

There was no evidence to suggest fan rivalry or an argument inside the stadium, police said, adding that there were no apparent weapons used.

The beating occurred after the Angels' Game 2 loss to the Kansas City Royals. Witnesses could not provide more than vague descriptions of the suspects, police said.

Authorities said there will be extra patrolling during the next home game on Wednesday.

Woman Cited After Cop Shoots Dog


A west suburban woman has been cited after police shot her pit bull in front of her home Friday, but the woman says she's upset because the officer fired at the dog in front of her young children.

Gina Marie Stone said her 2-year-old pit bull was shot by Berkeley police Friday afternoon outside her Taft Avenue home.

“When I was putting daughter’s clothes away I heard like a noise,” Stone said.

Stone said her two young children, ages 4 and 5, rushed inside and told her their family dog had been shot.

“The kids came in running like ‘The cops shot Rayleigh, they killed Rayleigh,’” she said.

Rayleigh survived the shooting and police took her to the DuPage Animal Hospital for treatment.

Neighbor Wanda Williams heard the commotion and said she was shocked to see the children were near the scene of the shooting.

“What startled me even more is that these babies were right there by the cops,” she said.

Berkeley police said they responded to the scene after neighbors called to report an aggressive dog running loose.

Sgt. Justin Patti said when an officer arrived at the scene, two shoeless children were chasing the dog in the street.

“It was reported by one of the callers that called our station that [the children] were using conduit pipe sticks, chasing after the dog and hitting it,” Patti said.

Police said the dog was on a grassy area between the sidewalk and the street when it was shot.

“The dog actually became aggressive towards the officer, lunged at him, got within close proximity and the officer had to protect himself,” Patti said.

Officials say Rayleigh is recovering from the gunshot wound but vet bills have since totaled roughly $350. Police said Stone was cited for having a “vicious dog at large without tags.”

Police said an investigation into the shooting is ongoing and Patti said additional citations or charges could be filed.

Texas Woman Attacked by Bees Dies


The North Texas woman attacked by a swarm of bees has died.

Nancy Whitehead rushed to help her husband, Stanley Whitehead, when he disturbed a bee hive underneath a piece of Styrofoam behind the Possum Kingdom Chamber of Commerce near Possum Kingdom Lake on Sept. 19.

Whitehead's son said that his mother suffered from diabetes and other underlying health problems which were complicated by the stings.  According to her husband, Whitehead was also allergic to killer bees.

Nancy was stung over 200 times and was in critical condition at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital in Fort Worth.

She died from her injuries.

Photo Credit: NBC 5 News

Hiker Injured After Falling from Cliff in Ledyard


A hiker had to be transported via Lifestar after falling from a cliff on Lantern Hill in Ledyard.

In a release, Ledyard Fire Chief John Doucette said that the incident happened just before 5:30 p.m. on Sunday near the former Silica Mine off Lantern Hill Road. When crews arrived they were met on the road by one of the hiker’s friends, who led them to the scene.

The terrain was steep with loose rocks and unstable ground and the rescue required extensive manpower, according to Doucette. Ledyard Ambulance, North Stonington Volunteer Fire, Mashantucket Fire and an L&M Hospital Paramedic all assisted in the rescue. Crews used rigging, anchors, ropes, a rescue basket, and an ATV to remove the patient. The rescue took about an hour.

The patient, who has not been identified to the public, was concious and alert. He was transferred into a Lifestar helicopter and transported to Hartford Hospital. His condition is unclear at this time.

Check back for updates.

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3 Dead, 11 Hurt in Illinois Crash


At least three people were killed and more than 11 others hurt in a multivehicle crash at 95th Street and Cicero Avenue in Oak Lawn Sunday evening, officials said.

Oak Lawn Mayor Sandra Bury said the accident took place just before 5 p.m. when a vehicle was traveling westbound and collided with cars waiting at a stoplight at the intersection.

Bury and Village Manager Larry Deetjen confirmed at least three people were killed and more than 10 others were injured in the accident.

The Cook County medical examiner’s office said two women and a man were among those killed. Their identities were not immediately known, officials said.

Police said two victims were hospitalized in critical condition, one was in non-critical condition and eight others were treated for minor injuries. Eleven cars were involved in the crash, according to a release from police.

Witnesses told investigators the vehicle that sparked the crash was driving at a high rate of speed before the incident. As the car approached Cicero Avenue while traveling westbound on 95th Street, the driver drove through a red light and struck several cars waiting at the stoplight to travel eastbound, police said.

Deetjen said the crash stems from an incident outside the Oak Lawn area and said the accident is under a full investigation. Officials believe there may be witnesses as far as Evergreen Park and possibly Chicago, Deetjen said.

No further information was immediately available.

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"Friends" Killed Teen: Family


Four teens have been charged in connection with the fatal shooting of a Niles North High School student last week.

Max Gadau, 17, and a 17-year-old girl were either standing next to or inside a Honda Civic in the 9200 block of Kedvale Avenue when they were both shot. Gadau died in the attack and the girl was listed in critical condition at Evanston Hospital.

Dzevad Avdic, 19, of the 5900 block of South Honore in Chicago, Myles Hughes, 19, of the 4200 block of West 81st Street in Chicago, Jeremy Ly, 19, of the 8100 block of Lowell in Skokie, and Nicholas Smith 19, of the 3800 block of West 84th Street in Chicago were each charged with first-degree murder, attempted murder and armed robbery.

In court Sunday, prosecutors allege the shooting was part of a drug deal gone wrong.

The victim's mother, Patricia Gadau, said her son was asked by a classmate, who's allegedly involved in drugs, to accompany her for "protection."

"Max went to front of the house, to the car, where they were approached by two men on foot and they shot him," she said. "She wanted him to protect her and he did, and he lost his life for it."

Prosecutors said the offenders attempted to rob the 17-year-old girl of pot.

Officials allege Avdic planned the robbery and Ly suggested the 17-year-old girl.

Avdic set up the drug deal via text message and drove Hughes, Smith and another person who has not yet been charged to the 9200 block of Kedvale Avenue, where the shooting took place, prosecutors said.

Gadau was shot in the back and the teen girl was shot in the face. The girl remains hospitalized and is on a respirator, officials said.

Prosecutors said Sunday the group smoked pot as they drove away from the scene. They also said the alleged shooter remains on the loose.

Patricia Gadau said at least two of the teens charged were friends of her son.

"It was hard for us to know that two of the youths involved were friends of my son," she said. "It was hard, very hard."

Patricia Gadau said one of the teens was even on the same swim team as her son at one point.

"They've both been to my house," she said. "I don't believe they knew it was Max. I think that they're crushed."

Hughes, Ly and Smith were ordered held without bail Sunday afternoon. Avdic is scheduled to appear before a Cook County bond judge Monday.

An attorney for Nicholas Smith, Edgar Howard, said his client is innocent.

"He was just a passenger in the car," Howard said.

Family and friends gathered Sunday at a memorial service in Evanston.

Gadau was a standout swimmer who instructed others at a local gym. He was planning to swim in college and had just filled out applications at Eastern Illinois University.

"If this can happen to Max, who's a bystander, it can happen to anybody. Bad things happen to good people. You could be next," Patricia Gadau said.

Niles North parents said they're sick of the violence.

"Enough guns! What are you hunting? What are you doing here in Skokie that you need guns to kill people?" Stacey Robinson said.

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