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Connecticut police ‘big dogs’ sniff out 420 pounds of marijuana in U-Haul truck

Four Connecticut State Police drug-sniffing dogs are being credited with helping troopers collar two men on drug-trafficking charges.

“Troopers from Troop G stopped a truck on I-95 in Darien,” state police said of Friday’s bust. “When something didn’t smell right, the big dogs were called in.”

Those big dogs, police said, “alerted” on the truck, a U-Haul rental, and a search turned up 420 pounds of marijuana.

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Police K-9  pose with seized marijuana from their big traffic bust Friday on I-95. (Connecticut State Police)

CONNECTICUT WOMAN, 93, FOUND DEAD AT BOTTOM OF STAIRS WAS MURDERED: POLICE

The driver of the U-Haul Vahe Manjikian, 23, and his passenger, 27-year-old Kevin Conrado, both of Los Angeles, were charged with possession of marijuana with intent to sell, Fox 61 Hartford reported.

They were each being held on $100,000 bonds pending court appearances, the station reported.

Their truck was stopped on the busy interstate in Darien, heading in the direction of New York City, police said.

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Police released a photo of the dogs, members of the Statewide Narcotics Task Force, posing with the confiscated bales of marijuana and the U-Haul.

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Maria Butina arrives in Moscow after Florida prison release, deportation

Maria Butina, who was convicted in the United States after admitting to working as a Russian agent, arrived back in Moscow on Saturday after being released from a Florida prison on Friday, Russia’s foreign ministry said.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials took custody of Butina on Friday morning in order to facilitate her immediate deportation after she was released a facility in Tallahassee, Fla., where she served most of her 18-month sentence.

RUSSIA’S MARIA BUTINA RELEASED FROM FLORIDA PRISON, SET TO BE DEPORTED

The 30-year-old Russia citizen pleaded guilty last December to conspiring to act as an unregistered agent for Russia. Under U.S. federal law, the Justice Department requires the registration of lobbyists and others in the U.S. who do the bidding of foreign governments.

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Maria Butina, the Russian gun rights activist who admitted to being a secret agent for the Kremlin, is seen Aug. 17, 2018. (Alexandria Detention Center via AP)

Butina, a former graduate student at American University, admitted she and former Russian lawmaker Alexander Torshin worked to leverage contacts in the National Rifle Association (NRA) to gather information for the Kremlin about American conservative politics during the 2016 presidential election, when President Trump defeated Hillary Clinton.

Her lawyers said Friday that she was not a spy and that the case had nothing to do with espionage or election interference.

“As the government acknowledged, all of her activity in the United States was, in and of itself, legal but for her failure to file a notice with the Attorney General, an obligation prosecutors acknowledged she was unaware of,” her attorneys, Robert Driscoll and Alfred Carry, said in a statement. “For violating this notice requirement, she pleaded guilty and was sentenced.”

Prosecutors last year claimed Butina used her contacts in the NRA and the National Prayer Breakfast to develop relationships with U.S. politicians to gather such insights. Butina has contended that she was not a spy and that her actions took place out in the open. Her lawyers have said that she was simply a student interested in American politics and better U.S.-Russian relations.

Her case captivated public attention because it unfolded around the same time as former Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation, even though the two probes were entirely separate. It also led to scrutiny of the political dealings of the powerful NRA and underscored the variety of tools at Russia’s disposal as it looks to gain a foothold in American institutions.

A report last month from Sen. Ron Wyden, an Oregon Democrat, alleged that the NRA acted as a “foreign asset” for Russia in the run-up to the election, and that NRA insiders provided access to the American political system to advance personal business interests. The report said the NRA had “engaged in a yearslong effort to facilitate the U.S.-based activities of Butina and Alexander Torshin, the former lawmaker.

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The NRA called the report “politically motivated and contrived.”

“I love both countries, and I was building peace,” Butina said in an interview with NPR last spring. In the same interview, she said she knew that Torshin was providing the information she gathered to Russia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. She said that she was honored to help and believed that her notes and analysis would be valuable to Russian officials.

Butina also said in the NPR interview that has no concerns about returning to Russia because people who know her “know as a matter of fact that I am not a spy nor do I have any secret information.”

“I don’t think I have any problems or I could have any concerns about my safety,” she said. “I don’t see that happening.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Santa Anita Park sees 35th horse die 1 week before Breeder’s Cup

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Santa Anita Park near Los Angeles saw another horse die Friday, the 35th fatality at the racetrack since December — coming just one week before the track is scheduled to host the Breeder’s Cup.

G Q Covergirl, a 6-year-old mare, injured both front legs while on the training track and was euthanized on the attending veterinarian’s advice.

HORSE INJURED IN RACE AT SANTA ANITA; 34TH TO DIE AT TRACK

The horse’s death comes as the track and horse racing in general are under increased scrutiny.

G Q Covergirl’s death was the fifth of Santa Anita’s fall meet. She had been trained by Phil D’Amato before she was claimed by Kentucky Derby champion Doug O’Neill in June, according to Reuters. D’Amato had two other horses die at the track, in June and earlier this month.

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The track suspended racing for more than three weeks in March after multiple horse deaths but it failed to slow the rate of fatalities once racing started again.

The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office and the California Horse Racing Board are investigating the causes of the deaths.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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Southern California Tick Fire grows to 4,000 acres, 6 structures destroyed

A Southern California wildfire grew to more than 4,000 acres Friday night, destroying at least six structures with 10 percent containment, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department confirmed in an update.

More than 1,300 firefighters remained in Santa Clarita, north of Los Angeles, as low humidity, high winds and temperatures threaten to spread the fire more.

The wildfire started Thursday afternoon and by Friday evening some evacuated residents were able to return to their homes.

CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES: NEWSOM ISSUES PROCLAMATION, KINCADE FIRE MAY HAVE BEEN SPARKED BY TRANSMISSION LINE

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A structure firefighter works on the roof of a building during the Tick Fire in Santa Clarita, Calif., on Thursday, Oct. 24, 2019. (Associated Press)

Residents in the area east of Sand Canyon were still under mandatory evacuation as of 7 p.m.

The sheriff’s department said at least 10,000 structures were still threatened.

THOUSANDS ORDERED TO EVACUATE AS WILDFIRES THREATEN LOS ANGELES-AREA NEIGHBORHOODS

No injuries have been reported.

The Kincade Fire in Northern California’s Sonoma County has burned nearly 24,000 acres with only 5 percent containment. The fire has burned at least 49 structures.

Pacific Gas & Electic, California’s largest utility company, has temporarily turned off power for thousands of customers in northern and central California for the last few weeks in an effort to mitigate the danger of a downed line starting a fire.

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An estimated 2.5 million people could have their power shut off this weekend during what the company calls a “historic wind event.”

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Casino near Las Vegas gets entrance smashed by RV driver who was kicked out, police say

A custodial worker was critically injured Friday when a driver crashed a motorhome into the entrance of a Las Vegas-area casino after having been kicked out.

Police said Jennifer Stitt, 50, was booked into the Las Vegas city jail on an attempted murder charge in connection with the incident at the Cannery Casino & Hotel in North Las Vegas early Friday morning, FOX 5 of Las Vegas reported.

GEORGIA DRIVER ESCAPES WITH ‘MINOR’ INJURIES AFTER LOGS IMPALE CAR

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The scene of a crash at the Cannery hotel-casino in North Las Vegas, Friday, Oct. 25, 2019. (Associated Press)

Authorities said Stitt became angry after being accused of trespassing on the property, but further details were not available.

Photos of the aftermath showed the Winnebago wedged in the front entrance, with broken glass and twisted metal from the door frame all around it.

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Jennifer Stitt, 50, was booked into jail on an attempted murder charge, authorities say. (North Las Vegas Police Department)

“You’re hitting me!,” the 66-year-old casino worker shouted, North Las Vegas Police spokesman Eric Leavitt told USA Today.

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“And she continued to accelerate at him, actually running him over,” Leavitt said. “She knew fully well what she was doing.”

The injured employee was expected to survive, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported.

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Olga heads to Gulf Coast as rain douses Southeast

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.  — Storms with heavy rains doused the drought-parched South on Friday, prompting alerts for floods and tornadoes as Post-Tropical Cyclone Olga headed for the Gulf Coast.

The National Hurricane Center said Olga, located in the Gulf of Mexico south of Louisiana, would contribute to rainfall that could total 8 inches (20 centimeters) in spots by Sunday. Neither it nor Tropical Storm Pablo, far out in the Atlantic, was expected to reach hurricane strength.

The National Weather Service said a cold front moving into the South would collide with Olga to produce rain and possibly worse through much of the weekend.

WINTER LIKELY TO BE WARMER BUT HAVE ‘LARGE SWINGS IN TEMPERATURES AND PRECIPITATION, NOAA SAYS

The powerful storm spawned multiple reported tornados in southwestern Alabama on Friday evening.

The National Weather Service said a “confirmed large and dangerous” tornado was on the ground in Mobile County. It was one of several twisters reported Friday night.

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Cars travel along a partially flooded road in Helena, Ala., on Friday, Oct. 25, 2019. The National Weather Service said a disturbance in the Gulf of Mexico that could briefly become a tropical weather system was combining with a cold front to dump heavy rains across the parched region. (Associated Press)

There were no immediate reports of injuries. WKRG showed viewer-submitted images of homes with damaged roofs and uprooted trees as well as possible tornados in the air. Alabama Power reported about 2,000 people were without power in the county.

Parts of the central Gulf Coast and Lower Mississippi Valley and western Tennessee Valley could receive as much as 8 inches (20 centimeters) through Saturday morning, forecasters said.

Streets were flooding around New Orleans and metro Birmingham, where about 3 inches (7.5 centimeters) of rain fell Friday morning, and more rain was on the way.

With scores of high school football games already rescheduled because of the weather, the University of Alabama canceled its homecoming pep rally, bonfire and parade because of the forecast.

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Olga had maximum sustained winds of 50 mph (80 kph) and was centered about 275 miles (443 kilometers) south-southeast of Lake Charles, Louisiana on Friday night. It was moving north-northeast at 17 mph (27 kph). The storm was expected to be a depression over Michigan by Sunday morning.

Officials said Tropical Storm Pablo was a small storm that was moving east-southeast about 285 miles (460 kilometers) southwest of the Azores.

No coastal tropical cyclone watches or warnings were in effect.

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North Carolina woman held in 2004 murder of ex-sister-in-law after Facebook tip

A North Carolina woman was arrested for a 15-year-old cold case Thursday after a detailed tip to a crime-fighting Facebook page led investigators to a shallow grave on the woman’s property in the small town of Spring Hope.

Kimberly Hancock, 49, was charged with first-degree murder in the death of her former sister-in-law, Deborah Elaine Deans, who went missing in 2004.

FBI SAYS DNA HELPED CRACK COLD-CASE RAPE, MURDER OF INDIANA WOMAN 31 YEARS AGO

“Remains have been found consistent with the description of the wrapping and how the body was buried,” Sheriff Keith Stone said, according to Raleigh’s WRAL-TV.

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Kimberly Hancock (Nash County Jail)

The body has not yet been identified but Stone said there is a “strong possibility” it is Deans.

“It’s not a good outcome,” Stone said, according to WRAL, “but it puts families to rest to know at least where their loved ones are.”

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Hancock was charged with manslaughter in 1989 for killing her father who was allegedly abusive but got a suspended sentence, WTVD reported.

Deans, who was 29 at the time she disappeared, was a mother of four.

Deans was last seen in the area where the body was found.

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US Marine combat veteran, a convicted felon, deported to El Salvador

A 38-year-old Marine combat veteran and convicted felon — who grew up in California after being brought to the U.S. at age 3—was deported to El Salvador this week after being held in Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) custody for more than a year, his attorney said.

Jose Segovia Benitez was jailed by Salvadorian authorities upon arrival to the Central American country but was released from custody by Thursday, his attorney, Roy Petty, told the Orange County Register. He was originally expected to remain in jail for five days as local police investigated whether Benitez, who has a lengthy criminal record in the U.S., was wanted for any crimes in El Salvador.

CALIFORNIA GOVERNOR PARDONS 3 CONVICTED IMMIGRANTS TO HELP BLOCK DEPORTATIONS

Petty, a Dallas-based attorney, traveled Wednesday to Arizona’s Florence Correctional Center, where he said he was surprised to learn his client had been deported.

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“ICE kept his deportation a secret. They kept it a secret from him, me, his other attorney, and they kept it a secret from his mother,” Petty told the Phoenix New Times. “It’s not common practice. Generally, what ICE will do is they will notify the person so the person can make arrangements. They woke him up and put him on a plane.”

Petty had requested California Gov. Gavin Newsom, a Democrat, pardon Benitez, which would clear his criminal record as his U.S. citizenship case is processed. The lawyer claims immigration officials told him that he had more time to file paperwork to delay his client’s deportation. Newsom’s office has not commented about the pardon request.

According to his lawyer, Benitez remains in hiding in El Salvador as gangs often kidnap former U.S. service members, torture them and hold them for ransom. Benitez does not speak Spanish fluently and has not returned to the Central America country since leaving when he was 3 years old.

“We certainly hope that ICE will correct this problem and allow him to come back to fight his case,” Petty said. “What would certainly be horrible would be if he were kidnapped or killed in El Salvador before that.”

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Benitez, who grew up in Long Beach, Calif., was a legal permanent resident when he joined the Marines in 1999 and served two combat tours in Iraq, the Register reported. His family said he was never properly treated for a brain injury he suffered from detonation of an improvised explosive device (IED).  He was honorably discharged in 2004, and, according to family, suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder and began to abuse drugs and alcohol.

Benitez was convicted of several felonies, including a domestic violence charge following an incident involving his then-girlfriend, assault with a deadly weapon, DUI and narcotics-related offenses, the Times reported.  He served four years in prison and lost his legal status, and his Green Card was revoked, as a result of two aggravated felony convictions. He was taken into ICE custody in January 2018 and was transported to a facility in Adelanto, Calif., before he was moved to a detention center in Arizona.

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California utility PG&E could cut power to 850,000 households over ‘historic wind event’

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Amid concerns of a “historic wind event,” California’s largest energy provider, Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E), prepared Friday to potentially shut off power for an estimated 850,000 households — or 2.5 million people — across 36 counties in the state for 48 hours or more this weekend, the company said in a statement.

PG&E said areas in Northern California that could lose power on Saturday include Humboldt, the Sierra foothills, Western Sacramento Valley, the San Francisco Bay Area, Monterey Bay and the northern Central Coast. Customers in the company’s southernmost region — such as Kern County, which includes Bakersfield, could have their power shut off Sunday.

SECOND ROUND OF POWER OUTAGES BEGINS IN CALIFORNIA AMID WILDFIRE CONCERNS

“We understand that a longer shutoff would be very difficult for our customers. We are already working to minimize the length, including amassing a force of field personnel from PG&E, plus contractors and other utility companies, to be ready to tackle the inspection, repair and restoration process as soon as the weather passes,” PG&E Corporation CEO and President Bill Johnson said in a statement.

PG&E has temporarily cut off power to thousands of customers across the state in the last several weeks to mitigate the potential spread of wildfires.

Nearly 180,000 customers lost power earlier this week north of San Francisco.

The company said this weekend could be the most powerful weather event in the state in decades with winds up to 70 mph in the mountains.

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“The upcoming wind event has the potential to be one of the strongest in the last several years. It’s also likely to be longer than recent wind events, which have lasted about 12 hours or less,” said Scott Strenfel, principal meteorologist with PG&E.

High winds pose a fire risk because it could damage or cause the electrical system to spark, potentially causing a fire helped by dry brush.

The company said they are monitoring the weather and will send notifications if they plan to go forward with the shutoff.

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NYPD cop in coma after struck by chair in nail-salon melee; suspect killed

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A minor arrest in a Brooklyn nail salon spun wildly out of control Friday night — leaving a cop fighting for his life from head injuries after shooting dead a berserk T-shirt vendor who’d struck him in the face with a chair, police said.

The injured officer, a 21-year-veteran of the force whose name was not released, remained in a medically induced coma Friday night, authorities said.

The mayhem began at about 5:40 p.m. when a panhandler walked into the Goldmine nail salon on Mother Gaston Boulevard near Sutter Avenue in Brownsville and began urinating in the shop.

KANSAS OFFICER WHO KILLED MAN DURING ‘SWATTING’ CALL SUES CITY FOR LOST WAGES

The NYPD veteran and his rookie partner happened to be passing by in a patrol van, and were waved inside the store by disgusted workers.

But as the two cops arrested the alleged urinator — who also had an open warrant for criminal mischief — a T-shirt peddler from outside the shop burst in and confronted the officers, police said.

The peddler, identified by sources as Kwesi Ashun, 33, of Brooklyn, grabbed a chair during the struggle and swung it into the head of the veteran cop, NYPD Chief of Patrol Rodney Harrison said.

The rookie officer zapped Ashun with a Taser during the melee, but it didn’t slow his attack, police said.

So the veteran cop pulled his gun, firing at Ashun six times and hitting him at least once, in the head, authorities said.

Medics responded and rushed the injured officer to Brookdale Hospital.

Ashun was declared dead at the scene and the rookie officer was brought to Kings County Hospital to be treated for ringing in his ears.

“Once again we had police officers responding to a call for help from the public and was set upon,” Pat Lynch, head of the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association, fumed in a press conference after the shooting.

“This police officer spent his career in our busiest precincts serving the community. And he was set upon. For no reason!” he added.

Residents of the neighborhood described the shot man as a fixture on the block, an entrepreneur who got by selling T-shirts.

State Assemblywoman Latrice Walker happened to be walking near the shop before the scene unfolded, and was even approached by the vendor for a sale.

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“I interacted with him moments before this took place. He asked me if I would be interested in buying the T-shirts he was selling,” Walker told The Post.

“He was always a peaceful young man,” Walker added of the man who was killed. “He was promoting a business he was trying to kick off.”

Ashun peddled T-shirts he designed and hand-embroidered himself, according to an Instagram page promoting his wares.

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