<![CDATA[NBC Connecticut - Breaking News]]>Copyright 2016http://www.nbcconnecticut.com/news/breaking http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/NBC_Connecticut.png NBC Connecticut http://www.nbcconnecticut.comen-usTue, 31 May 2016 14:04:22 -0400Tue, 31 May 2016 14:04:22 -0400NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Firefighter Injured Battling House Fire in Oxford]]> Wed, 10 Feb 2016 08:07:06 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Fire+on+Christian+Street+in+Oxford.JPG

An Oxford firefighter was sent to the hospital Tuesday night after being injured while battling a house fire.

Crews were called to a home on Christian Street around 9:30 p.m. for a chimney fire.

When firefighters arrived at the scene, they were met with heavy smoke and flames, which had spread to the attic.

Both people living inside the home made it out safely.

One firefighter was transported to a local hospital for minor smoke inhalation and second-degree burns to his neck.

The home suffered smoke and water damage. It is not clear whether the family can return.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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<![CDATA[Disabled Woman Struck in Hamden Hit-and-Run]]> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 06:47:38 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/hamdenwoman.jpg

Hamden Police are searching for a hit-and-run driver who fled the scene after striking a disabled woman on Friday morning. 

They said the driver hit Liz Ingraham while she was crossing State Street in Hamden. The driver did get out of the car and checked on Ingraham, but when she said she was all right, the man took off.

However, Ingraham was not alright. She suffered a cracked vertebrae, and required 50 stitches in her thigh.

"Unfortunately Liz is special needs, was very upset, very scared that she did something wrong," Ray Ingraham, the victim's brother, told NBC Connecticut. "You know that they were this far from doing the right thing," he added.

It was a routine disrupted for Ingraham.

"That's her usual walk," her brother added. "She walks down. Goes to Krauszer's, shops, goes to Dunkin Donuts."

Police are now seeking the driver of that vehicle, and looking at surveillance video from the Krauszer's Food Store to see if it will give them any leads on the car.

Ingraham is a familiar face to people in the community, who are hoping the driver is caught quickly.

"She did get injured and if anybody knows anything about Liz or the accident. Please come forward," said Jeff Roy, who knows Liz from the neighborhood.

"She's my first customer at 5 o'clock in the morning, gets a coke," said Krauszer's employee Chetna Bhakta. She described Ingraham as nice and honest and couldn't fathom she was the one who got hit

Ray Ingraham said his sister is resting at home -- one she's had and kept on her own for 10 years. But he questions how she will cope moving forward after this traumatic incident.

"But again how is she going to live at home again. How is she going to get through this?" Ingraham said. "Will she feel safe at 6:30 in the morning, will she feel confident enough to walk across the street herself it's going to be a hurdle for her?"

Hamden police only said the car involved in the crash is a Nissan. Residents in the area believe it might be red.

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<![CDATA[Jared Kupiec Driving City Car After Leaving Post]]> Tue, 09 Jul 2013 01:10:10 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/180*120/kupiecweb.jpg Hartford Police Internal Affairs Division is investigating why Jared Kupiec was driving a city registered SUV more than two weeks after leaving his post.]]> <![CDATA[Hartford Toddler Falls From Second Story Apartment]]> Mon, 06 May 2013 23:28:55 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/180*120/babypicweb00000001.jpg A two year old is in critical condition after falling two-stories out of her home on Capitol Ave in Hartford.]]> <![CDATA[5 Women Die in Limousine Fire on Calif. Bridge]]> Mon, 06 May 2013 06:34:03 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/214*120/limofirenew.jpg

Five women in their 30s died Saturday night when a stretch limousine burst into flames on the San Mateo-Hayward Bridge over the San Francisco Bay, police confirmed to NBC News.

Four other people in the limo escaped with burn and smoke inhalation injuries, California Highway Patrol Officer Art Montiel said. The car's driver was unhurt. 

Montiel said the women were "probably killed by the fire," though the cause of death has not been confirmed, NBC News reported.

Witnesses told NBC Bay Area the white Lincoln Town Car was not involved in an accident prior to catching on fire. It was not clear what could have sparked the flames. 

The car was driving from Alameda to Foster City, Montiel said.

When asked if an "explosion" had occurred, Montiel told NBC News it was unconfirmed, however he did say the "vehicle was partially engulfed."'

A viewer named David Solomon sent in the picture above that he said of was of the limo.

The fire was first reported around 10 p.m. in the third lane of westbound state Highway 92, according to the California Highway Patrol. 

The bridge, located about 20 miles southeast of San Francisco, connects San Mateo and Alemada counties. The westbound lanes were closed for several hours.


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Photo Credit: David Solomon]]>
<![CDATA[Mayor Rushes Into Waterbury Fire, Four Sent To Hospital]]> Sat, 27 Apr 2013 18:20:19 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/180*120/waterfirepic00000001.jpg Mayor Neil O'Leary ran into a burning home to try and save residents on corenr of Sudbury and Tremont Streets in Waterbury. Two homes are destroyed, one resident in serious condition. Three firefighters transported to hospital.]]> <![CDATA[Man Dies in Dirt Bike Accident]]> Mon, 01 Apr 2013 10:46:19 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/jusino+edit.jpg

A Plainfield man watched his 20-year-old son die after crashing his dirt bike Sunday afternoon, police said.

The victim, Alantte "Tay" D. Jusino of 300 Putnam Road in Wauregan, was riding his 1991 Suzuki RM 250R dirt bike on South Chestnut Street around 2 p.m. when he lost control and hit a parked car.

Jusino's father, Jamal Grannum, 39, was driving next to him in an ATV when the accident occurred, according to police.

Friends said Justino hoped to turn left and go home when he lost control of the bike. The bike was an early birthday gift from his uncle, according to Justino's cousin.

Both Jusino and Grannum were wearing helmets, police said, but neither vehicle was legal to be on the road.

Jusino was transported to the William W. Backus Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Emergency responders had initially called Life Star, but cancelled the request.

Police are still investigating. Anyone with information or who witnessed the accident should contact Plainfield police at 860-564-0804 or call the anonymous tip line at 860-564-0179.

Trevor Phillips, a friend of Justino, holds a basketball tournament in Plainfield each year and hopes the proceeds of this year's tournament can go to Tay's memory.

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<![CDATA[White House Press Secretary Discusses Conn. School Shooting]]> Fri, 01 Nov 2013 12:55:05 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/whitehouse4.jpg White House Press Secretary Jay Carney discusses Friday's mass shooting at a Connecticut elementary school.

<![CDATA[Suspect in Teen Shooting Death in Custody]]> Mon, 24 Oct 2011 14:13:48 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/154+Porter+Street+New+Haven+Science+Burress_edited-1.jpg

A teen accused in the shooting death of a 13-year-old in New Haven on Sunday night is in police custody.

Several kids were hanging out inside the home at 154 Porter St., playing with a shotgun they had found, when it discharged accidentally around 7:30 p.m. and hit Marquell Banks, 13, in the head, sources told NBC Connecticut.

Banks was taken to Yale-New Haven Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.  He is a seventh-grade student from Fair Haven School, a school for students in kindergarten through eighth grade.

Grief counselors are at the school to help classmates who want to talk to someone. 

Science Burress, 18, turned himself in on Monday morning. Burress, who turned 18 last Tuesday, has been charged with murder, possession of shot gun and other charges and is being held on a $2 million bond.

Police are still looking for the gun. 

Sources said a parent, as well as other children, were in the home at the time of the shooting.

Sources from the New Haven Police Department said that, even though this was an accidental shooting, detectives are considering it a homicide.
This is the 28th homicide of the year in the city of New Haven. An autopsy will be performed on Monday.


<![CDATA[Rebuffed Romance Sparked Amber Alert: Cops]]> Thu, 13 Oct 2011 11:48:16 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/160*120/JOAC2_picnik1.jpg

An Amber alert for a 2-year-old boy ended early Thursday in New Jersey.

Police said Roberto Mones, 29, kidnapped his 2-year-old son, Christopher Joac, from Bridgeport at 11:19 p.m. on Wednesday after assaulting the boy's mother. 

Mones apparently came to the apartment to rekindle his relationship with the woman, but she rebuffed him, sparking the kidnapping, police said.

Mones was intoxicated, suicidal and driving around aimlessly overnight through New York and New Jersey, Bridgeport Police said.

New Jersey police located Mones after Bridgeport police "pinged" his cell phone signal more than 100 times and took Mones into custody.

Bridgeport Police officers went to New Jersey to reunite the toddler with his mother and take Mones into custody.

The mother suffered minor injuries.  The baby was not hurt.

Mones is facing several charged in New Jersey, and will be held there until Bridgeport police secure warrants to extradite him to Connecticut.

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<![CDATA[Newington Residents On Alert After Bobcat Sightings]]> Wed, 07 Sep 2011 23:16:35 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/bobcat_722x406_2121267622.jpg The DEEP has posted an alert for residents of Newington after sightings of Bobcats in the Northwest corner of Newington.]]> <![CDATA[Aguilera Selling Former Osbourne Pad]]> Fri, 27 Apr 2012 16:49:45 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/ChristinaAguileraC.jpg Christina Aguilera’s Beverly Hills mansion is on the market for a cool $13.5 million. The 10,000 square foot crib was the former home of rocker Ozzy Osbourne and his wife Sharon. It is also where they filmed their MTV reality TV show "The Osbournes." View the listing.]]> <![CDATA[Dramatic Photos: Devastation in Japan]]> Fri, 18 Mar 2011 11:27:37 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/ap-british-oil-cleanup.jpg A magnitude 8.9 earthquake slammed Japan's northeastern coast Friday, unleashing a 13-foot tsunami that swept boats, cars, buildings and tons of debris miles inland and prompting a "nuclear emergency."

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<![CDATA[Belgian Man Runs 365 Marathons in 365 Consecutive Days]]> Sat, 05 Feb 2011 17:00:10 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/160*120/20110205+Marathon+Champ.jpg

Belgian Runner Stefaan Engels completed his 365th marathon in as many days in Barcelona, Spain, Saturday, setting a Guinness World Record in the process.

The so-called “Marathon Man” logged a 9,569 miles in the past year as he finished the 26.2-mile races in seven countries.

“For me, it is an experiment for myself, an experiment with my mind to find out what is possible,” Engels told Canada's National Post in September, after he had finished number 207. “After eight months, I think this is possible.”

It turns out Engels was right.

The 49-year-old obliterated the previous record held by Japanese runner Akinori Kusuda who completed 52 marathons on consecutive days in 2009.

For Engels, it was the second time he made it into the Guinness Book of World Records. In 2008, he earned the honor for finishing a record 20 Iron Man triathlons in a single year.

Selected Reading: USA Today, Agence France-Presse, National Post

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<![CDATA[Egypt in Crisis: Complete Coverage]]> Tue, 01 Feb 2011 14:38:26 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/160*120/013011+Egypt+protest.jpg

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<![CDATA[Chevy Volt Wins Top Car Honor At Detroit Auto Show]]> Mon, 10 Jan 2011 18:00:15 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/160*120/chevy+volt-6401.jpg

The Chevy Volt—a plug-in hybrid vehicle that can go up to 375 miles without recharging its battery—was named the top North American car of the year at the Detroit Auto Show Monday.

Chevrolet calls the plug-in Volt “a full-performance electric vehicle.” Unlike hybrids like the Toyota Prius, the Volt is designed to travel long distances on electric power alone, and can even travel 35 miles without tapping its gas reserves.

The Hyundai Sonata sedan and the all-electric Nissan Leaf finished behind the Volt when judged by 49 automotive journalists from Canada and the United States. The judges considered factors like handling, driver satisfaction, and innovation when making their picks, according to the New York Times.

Detroit was the latest honor for the eco-friendly vehicle, which gets 40 miles per gallon on the highway when running on fuel. It was already named the 2011 Green Car of the Year and Motor Trend Magazine’s 2011 Car of the Year.

The all-new energy-efficient Ford Explorer won the North American truck of the year award. So far, neither the Volt nor the Explorer have the sales numbers to match their accolades, but that didn’t dissuade the judges from casting their votes.

“Even though the sales aren’t there yet, it’s sort of a chicken-and-egg thing,” judge Michelle Krebs, a senior analyst at Edmunds.com, told Bloomberg’s Craig Trudell. “We have to go there, but the sales aren’t there yet.”

Driving emissions-free for most commutes means a little pain upfront. The Volt will set you back $41,000. Even with a $7,500 federal tax credit for plug-in hybrids factored in, the Volt is more expensive than most of its competitors.

Innovation, not price, was the major concern for General Motors in designing and marketing the car.

“Since development began, we believed the Volt had the potential to transform the automotive industry,” GM CEO Dan Akerson said in a statement.

The Volt continues to rack up the trophies. Earlier this year, Ward’s AutoWorld named its drivetrain one of the 10 best of the year, and Car & Driver named the Volt one of the best 10 cars of the year.

Aside from its “top car” honors, the plug-in hybrid was given a “breakthrough technology” award by Popular Mechanics.

The Volt is currently available only in California, the New York metropolitan area, Washington D.C. and Austin, Texas. It will be on sale nationwide in the next 12 to 18 months.

Selected Reading: Bloomberg, New York TimesCrain's Detroit Business

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<![CDATA[Glastonbury Shooting]]> Wed, 15 Dec 2010 18:45:14 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/160*120/GLASTONBURYSHOOTING121510_640x480.jpg A police involved shooting in Glastonbury]]> <![CDATA[Madoff Son Found Dead in Suicide]]> Thu, 15 Nov 2012 00:38:52 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/160*120/031109-Bernie-Madoff%5B1%5D_edited-1.jpg

Bernard Madoff's oldest son committed suicide by hanging himself in his home in SoHo, law enforcement officials confirmed, and his death came on the anniversary of his infamous father's arrest.

Mark Madoff was found Saturday morning in the living room of his $6 million apartment on Mercer Street in SoHo.  Police sources said he hanged himself  from a pipe in the living room with a dog's leash.   A family member positively identified the body on Sunday, and the medical examiner confirmed the cause of death.

Mark Madoff's wife, Stephanie, sent her stepfather to the couple's home after he e-mailed her at Disney World in Florida, where she was vacationing with their 4-year-old daughter. In the messages, he told her he loved her and that someone should check on their 2-year-old child, Nicholas, police said. He left no suicide note.

Madoff's two year-old son, who was sleeping in the next room, was not harmed.  The family dog was also uninjured, investigators said.
A law enforcement official confirmed Mark sent an email to his lawyer urging him to help "take care of my family" and that "no one wants to hear the truth."  In an email to his wife, the official said Madoff wrote "I love you" and "...send someone to take care of Nick" -- their two-year-old son.  

Saturday marked the two-year anniversary of the arrest of Bernie Madoff, who pleaded guilty to 11 federal crimes and admitted to turning his wealth management business into a massive scheme that defrauded thousands of investors of billions of dollars.

The intense scrutiny approaching the anniversary "became too much for him,'' said a person who had recent contact with him, speaking on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the case.

Mark, 46, was the oldest of the two Madoff sons.  The scandal put a harsh light on members of the swindler's family. The financier's brother, Peter, played a prominent role in the family's company.  Sons Mark and Andrew Madoff both worked on a trading desk at the firm, on a side of the business that wasn't directly involved in the Ponzi scheme.

But officials said the pair did take tens of millions millions in loans and compensation from the company.  The FBI and IRS are still looking into whether any crimes were committed by the sons.  Officials have said any decision on charges by US Attorney Preet Bharara is still months away.  Spokesmen for the US Attorney, IRS and FBI declined comment Saturday.

Last year, the court-appointed trustee trying to unravel Madoff's financial affairs sued several members of the family, including the brothers, accusing them of failing to detect the fraud while living lavish lifestyles financed with the family's ill-gotten fortune.
The lawsuit accused Mark Madoff of using $66 million he received improperly to buy luxury homes in New York City, Nantucket and Connecticut.

In February, Mark Madoff's wife petitioned a court to change her last name, saying her family had gotten threats and was humiliated by the scandal.

Although he was not charged in his father's Ponzi scheme, he and his brother Andew were the target of a recent lawsuit by one of their former employees over bonus money he claims to have lost because of the Ponzi scheme. 

Many associated with Madoff expressed shock and disbelief at the news this morning.

Martin Flumenbaum of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, an attorney representing Mark and Andrew Madoff, released a statement earlier today after learning about the suicide.

"This is a terrible and unnecessary tragedy," he said.  "Mark was an innocent victim of his father’s monstrous crime who succumbed to two years of unrelenting pressure from false accusations and innuendo.  We are all deeply saddened by this shocking turn of events.”‬ ‪

Ira Lee Sorkin, Bernard Madoff's attorney, told CNBC: "This is a tragedy on many levels."

The Madoff Trustee is suing members of the Madoff family for $200 million in an attempt to recover any ill-gotten funds.  The trustee Irving Picard issued a statement about Madoff's death."This is a tragic development and my sympathy goes out to Mark Madoff's family."  He declined to say if any settlement talks had been underway with Mark Madoff.

The last time Mark Madoff had any contact whatsoever with his father was the day Bernard Madoff confessed -- December 10, 2008.

The Wall Street Journal reported that Andrew Madoff was currently the head of operations at Black Umbrella, a consulting firm started after the Ponzi scandal was revealed.

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<![CDATA[Believe It: Huskies Are BCS Bowl Bound]]> Sun, 05 Dec 2010 10:00:17 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/160*120/randystill_640x480.jpg With a 19-16 victory over South Florida, UConn shares the Big East Championship with West Virginia and Pittsburgh, but more importantly, the Huskies are going to a BCS Bowl Game for the first time in the program's history.]]>