<![CDATA[NBC Connecticut - Connecticut News]]>Copyright 2016http://www.nbcconnecticut.com/news/local http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC_Connecticut.png NBC Connecticut http://www.nbcconnecticut.comen-usFri, 26 Aug 2016 06:20:11 -0400Fri, 26 Aug 2016 06:20:11 -0400NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Donald Trump Sign Swiped From Canton Lawn]]> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 23:57:24 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/stolen-trump-sign-still00000000.jpg

A political sign swiper is on the loose in Canton.

The suspect was caught on a security camera stealing a Donald Trump sign off a homeowner's front lawn.

Campaign officials said it's a recent trend with the presidential candidates.

"I do feel violated, actually," homeowner, Chris Mastroianni tells NBC Connecticut.

Mastroianni is happy he installed surveillance cameras at his Canton home, he said.

"I could see the black Prius going up and down the street several times.  He looks like he's casing out my house or waiting for the opportunity to move in.  Then you can see the Prius back into the driveway," Mastroianni said.

Then, the mysterious man makes his move.

"Grabs the sign, shuffles back int the car and takes off," Mastroianni said. "(It's) Kind of humorous, but also disturbing that someone is creeping around the property that late at night."

Last week, Mastroianni said a woman paid a visit to his home after he replaced his original Trump sign.

"There's a female that walked in my driveway at 2:40 in the morning, pulls out a stapler and staples a Bernie picture to the sign," he added.

Mastroianni  called Canton Police and they said they are on the case.

Chief Chris Arciero said so far, this is their only stolen campaign sign, but they're working to find those responsible.

"It's inappropriate and we'll take the appropriate enforcement action if we find out who did it," Arciero told NBC Connecticut. "Anywhere from an infraction to an arrest depends on circumstances and why person stole the sign."

Over in Watertown, the chair of the Republican Town Committee said they're warning residents they've had 80 Trump signs stolen since April.

Chris said he'll keep replacing them if need be.

"I am offended because society is preaching a lot of tolerance, tolerance of everyone and of everything and i can't have my own political view on my front yard?" he added.

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<![CDATA[Manhole Cover Explodes, Leaving Mall Without Power]]> Fri, 26 Aug 2016 00:14:38 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/160*120/CqwAJP6XYAA21hs.jpg

A manhole cover exploded Thursday night in Providence, Rhode Island, leaving most of the city's mall and surrounding areas without power, according to necn affiliate WJAR.

Providence Fire responded around 8:15 p.m. to reports of the explosion.

An employee told WJAR that Macy's and Nordstrom were the only stores at the Providence Place Mall with power.

Fire officials say four people were freed after being trapped in elevators. Authorities said everyone was able to make it out of the mall safely.

While the mall has a backup generator, authorities say it did not kick in.

National Grid told WJAR around 10 p.m. that power had been restored to all but 300 of its customers.

Photo Credit: WJAR]]>
<![CDATA[NBC Connecticut School Supply Drive 2016]]> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 23:40:46 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/nbc-ct-drive-thumbnail.jpg ]]> <![CDATA[Cat, Kittens Found in Box on Side of Road in Wolcott]]> Fri, 26 Aug 2016 04:54:40 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/kittens-found.jpg

Three people hiking on the blue trail off of Spindle Hill Road found a box on the side of the road with a mother cat and her kittens, Wolcott Dog Pound said. 

The adults removed the cat with her five kittens and fed them before contacting Wolcott Dog Pound.

The pound said the kittens appear to be four weeks old.

While the mom needs a little "TLC", the animals are in overall good health and appear unharmed, the pound said. 

Photo Credit: Wolcott Dog Pound]]>
<![CDATA[Crews Put Out Second-Alarm Fire in Hartford]]> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 22:26:20 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/image1256.JPG

The Hartford Fire Department responded to a house ablaze on Thursday night. 

Capt. Raul Ortiz said crews were called to the second-alarm fire around 5:23 p.m.

Firefighters had some issues gaining entry into the house because the home was remodeled and the unusual layout made it difficult to navigate or breach walls, Ortiz said. 

Ortiz said everyone in the house was accounted for.

One firefighter sustained a small burn on his face, the fire captain said. 

The cause of the fire has not yet been determined. 

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<![CDATA[New Britain Pastor's Wife Speaks About Being Shot]]> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 22:05:09 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/pastor%27s-wife.jpg

The wife of a New Britain pastor is speaking out exclusively to NBC Connecticut after she was shot last week outside of her church.

New Britain Police said around 8 p.m. last Friday, shots were fired behind Angela Semidey's husband's Arch Street Church: Iglesia Cristiana El Sigue Siendo Dios.

At that time, Semidey was conducting a bible study class in the back of the church.

"I had all the children outside, trying to push them inside so that none of them would be hurt… putting them inside. I was the last one that went inside and so I felt something that hit me in the area above my hips," said Semidey, in Spanish to NBC Connecticut.

Semidey took the bullet for her husband and it went through the back of her right hip and out through her thigh.

But her quick thinking also saved a little boy standing in front of her.

“The power from the bullet... if it were a little boy he wouldn’t have made it. Definitely not,” she said in tears.

Angela said she did not realize she had been shot because of the adrenaline rush of getting the children to safety.

She noticed the bullet when she sat on the church pew.

Her fellow church members and husband, Pastor Arthur Semidey helped her stop the bleeding and called police for help.

Semidey was taken to the hospital Friday and was released Saturday. She has since been recovering at home with her loved-ones.

Now, walking has become an issue. She has to use a cane and a walker to get by. Even walking from the living room to the kitchen - second of a walk - takes several minutes and is strenuous for Angela.

Since the shooting, police have been searching for at least one armed male suspect.

Police believe the shooting was between two groups that know each other. If you have any information, call New Britain Police.

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<![CDATA[Nearly 100 Yale Students Clean Up New Haven Trash]]> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 21:16:20 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/urban-oasis.jpg

Nearly 100 Yale students volunteered their day cleaning up an area of New Haven that was once plagued with trash.

The eastern side of Beaver Pond alongside Sherman Parkway is notorious for garbage. Organizers said it was once a dump decades ago.

"It used to look atrocious actually. There used to be trash and a whole bunch of gutter stuff," said New Haven resident Daishawn Crudop.

Along with the Neighborhood Housing Service of New Haven students are shoveling, planting and cleaning up the park that spans nearly on mile.

"It does feel good to see the results of action. I'm weeding a patch and that patch will now be weeded. I can actually see the results of my work and it does feel good." said Student Anthony Hejduk.

Organizers are calling the new and improved stretch the Urban Oasis. With new trails, trees, and an overall cleaner look, Volunteer are hoping this area will get a new reputation.

"The street looks way better than it did a few months ago and a few years ago," said Crudop.

Photo Credit: NBC Connecticut]]>
<![CDATA[West Haven Police Giving Out Free Steering Wheel Locks]]> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 21:09:30 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/west-haven.jpg

West Haven Police arrested three men in their 20's for attempting to steal wheels from a Honda on Savin Avenue early Thursday morning.

"Hopefully, we’re putting a dent in the spree that took place," WHPD Sgt. Dave Tammaro said of a recent rash in car thefts and break-ins, specifically targeting cars made by Honda.

Home surveillance video obtained by police shows thieves taking advantage of unlocked cars, Tammaro said.

"If the doors are locked, they’re moving on to a different vehicle," he said. "If the doors are unlocked, they’re going to go right full through and see whatever they get."

Police stress that not leaving valuables in plain sight is another tip to become less of a target.

"I have an alarm system," said Mia Kendall, who drives a Honda. "But I make sure that it looks as uninteresting as possible. There’s nothing in any of the seat compartments, nothing, it’s all hidden."

West Haven Police are reactivating a program to help Honda owners take an extra step to protect their vehicles. The department has purchased steering wheel locks designed for Honda cars made between 1994 and 2006 to give out to residents for free.

"So basically the lock would go on like this on each arm of the steering wheel," Tammaro said, demonstrating how the locks work.

"If somebody was actually to start the car, they’re still going have to get this off to drive."

West Haven residents can stop by the police department during the day, with their vehicle registration, to pick one up.

"Any mechanical device can be defeated," Tammaro said. "It’s just another step they have to take to get it off and hopefully that buys enough time for the police officer to get there."

Photo Credit: NBC Connecticut]]>
<![CDATA[Police Investigate 911 Call Made When Delivery Woman Killed]]> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 23:58:56 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/911-Call-Generic-1.jpg

Police said they are investigating the 911 call made when a Chinese food delivery woman was murdered in Waterbury

"Telecommunicator Nicole Scarino has been placed on administrative leave from her civilian position pending the outcome of a police internal affairs investigation regarding her conduct during a 911 call that involved a murder," Waterbury police said on Thursday.

Helena Vargas, who delivered food for a Chinese restaurant, was killed and her male coworker was injured during a robbery on Linden Street Tuesday night

Four people attacked and robbed the victims, leaving the 59-year-old woman with a gunshot wound in her neck, according to police.

Days after the murder, residents have been signing a petition to get the Waterbury "dispatcher" fired because of how she handled the 911 call with Vargas' coworker. 

The petition said that the Scarino , who police said is a complaint clerk, not a dispatcher, "grossly" misunderstood the caller's "linguistic inabilities while under the duress of a life and death matter." 

During the phone call, it appears that the caller is struggling to communicate in English to the Scarino.

The following is a portion of the recording:

Clerk: 70 Linden Street? Seven, zero Linden Street?

Driver: No, no, no 70. Number 70.

Clerk: 70 is seven, zero, that’s what 70 is, seven and a zero

Driver: Yeah, yeah, right away. They rob me and they shot the girl with me.

Clerk: What happened?

The call ends when officers arrive and Scarino is heard saying,

“I don’t care what you’re driving I want to know what the people who shot the lady are driving. Oh, they got behind the house. They came from behind the house? The officers are there. You might as well talk to them now. Thank you.”

<![CDATA[Worker Slips, Dangles From Quinnipiac Sports Complex in Hamden ]]> Fri, 26 Aug 2016 04:52:55 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Hamden-Hanging.jpg

A man who was employed to clean the roof of the Quinnipiac sports complex accidentally slipped and hung off the building while attached to a harness, fire officials said. 

Hamden Fire Department said they were dispatched to Quinnipiac University, York Hill campus to rescue the worker hanging from the edge of the arena around 2:30 p.m.

The 57-year-old man, employed by CSC Hood & Duct Company, was cleaning the roof of the complex when he slipped on his safety rope and slip around 20 feet and off the edge of the domed metal roof, officials said. 

After the slip, the man was suspended 35 feet over drainage rocks while being held by his harness. 

The victim told rescue crews that in his 14 years of employment, this was his first accident and he was glad to be wearing his harness at the time. 

Firefighters were able to complete the rescue just before 3 p.m. on Thursday. 

No injuries were reported and the victim did not require medical assistance on the scene. 

Photo Credit: Hamden Fire Department]]>
<![CDATA[Cousins Charged in North Haven Car Break-In]]> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 16:27:31 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/160*120/North+Haven+police+generic.JPG

Two cousins were charged in a North Haven car break in that occurred on Wednesday morning, police said. 

At 4 a.m., a resident on Peters Lane said they saw two people attempting to break into cars in a nearby driveway.

When police arrivd to the scene, 23-year-old Angel Cortez Jr. was riding his bike away from the scene, police said. 

The North Haven man was in possession of an electronic item stolen from a car, police said.

Later, police were able to locate the second suspect, Cortez's cousin, 25-year-old Wilfredo Cortez of New Haven.

The cousins were arrested and both charged with second-degree burglary and sixth-degree larceny. Each suspect was held on a $10,000 bond and expected to appear in Meriden Superior Court. 

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<![CDATA[Sunny, Warm and Dry This Weekend]]> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 16:10:40 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Model+RPM12+Precip+Cloud+Floater%283%29.png

Beautiful weather continues here in late August with few exceptions.

An isolated shower is possible tonight with temperatures in the 70s.

A cold front passes through come Friday, and that will result in a few storms. Temperatures will soar to 90 degrees, which is more than 10 degrees above average.

The weekend will be superb.

Abundant sunshine both Saturday and Sunday will make for a great beach weekend. Temperatures will rise into the middle 80s.

Another front will bring storms on Monday, but it won't drop temperatures.

In fact, temperatures will be near 90 degrees through Thursday of next week.

<![CDATA[Our New Home Page: What You Need to Know]]> Fri, 03 Jun 2016 00:45:10 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/cthomepage1.jpg

Giving you the information you need as fast as possible — that’s the guiding principle for the new NBCConnecticut.com home page, which has been revamped to highlight live video and the news you need to know right now.

The new design on desktop and mobile web highlights all the live video available on the site — everything from newscasts to campaign speeches to the latest episodes of The Voice and Blindspot. A revamped "This Just In" module provides information you need to know from our reporters and social media. And our interactive radar is now available right on the home page.

So what’s new?

  • A sleeker header that follows you across the site. It provides easy access to live video as well as convenient ways to connect with us.

    The header immediately highlights key sections like News and Weather, and when you hover over the “…” you can find all of the depth of coverage that our site provides.

    The “Watch Live TV” nav item serves as a hub for all of our live video, including a 24-hour-a-day stream of what’s on our on-air channel via NBC.com.

    The “Connect” nav item makes it easy to reach us. Use this nav item to submit breaking news tips, photos or videos, connect with us on social media or sign up for one of our newsletters.

  • A live video bar that highlights important live video that is happening right now, including our on-air broadcasts, news conferences and special events. These live video bars will provide a link to the coverage as well as a few bullet points with more information.
  • Interactive radar has been added directly to the homepage, allowing you to zoom in and out to track storms in your neighborhood and across the country. In times of severe weather, look in this area for the latest weather alerts and school closings.
  • A “This Just In” section that is constantly updated with the latest news and views, especially on social media. News updates happen fast, so this will be an area of focus during breaking news situations and severe weather events.

  • A “Quicknav” on mobile web that allows you to easily navigate between sections on your phone’s browser. Swipe left to see the main navigation items on the site. The “Quicknav” will follow you throughout the site for your convenience.

We hope you like the enhancements we’ve made to the site and mobile web experience! Have comments or suggestions for future improvements? Let us know by clicking here.

This story uses functionality that may not work in our app. Click here to open the story in your web browser.]]>
<![CDATA[Arrest in Windsor Locks Sexual Assault Incident]]> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 15:30:28 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/jose-rosario1.jpg

A man accused of sexually assaulting a minor turned himself into Windsor Locks Police on Thursday.

Jose Rosario, 42 of Hartford has been charged with three counts of sexual assault - two first-degree and one fourth-degree - and three counts of risk of injury to a minor, police said. 

The arrest warrant stems from an investigation that began in late 2015. 

Rosario's bond was set at $100,000 and he is expected to appear in court on Aug. 26. 

Due to the nature of the crime and the victim's age, no other details were released by police.

Photo Credit: Windsor Locks Police]]>
<![CDATA[Dog Bites Officer During Drug Raid]]> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 14:41:34 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/willimantic+police+generic.jpg

A dog bit an officer during a drug raid in Willimantic on Thursday.

Police said they served a search warrant at 20 North St. and found a large amount of drugs.

No additional information was available.

Photo Credit: NBCConnecticut.com]]>
<![CDATA[Sailor, Girlfriend, Accused of Shooting from Balcony]]> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 14:23:15 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Robert+Sanchez+and+Rachel+Whittinghill.jpg

A member of the U.S. Navy and his girlfriend are accused of firing guns from their New London balcony.

Police responded to Shaw and Hamilton streets at 9:45 p.m. on Wednesday and realized the shots were coming from a back porch on Hamilton Street, which led them to determine a man and woman were shooting what appeared to be a .22 caliber rifle and unknown caliber pellet gun from the back porch of 1 Hamilton Street, Unit #7.10, police said.

Robert Sanchez, 22, and his girlfriend Rachel Whittinghill, 22, were charged with unlawful discharge of a firearm, reckless endangerment in the second degree and breach of peace.

Sanchez, a three-year-member of the Navy, was released to the custody of the United States Navy on a $100,000 non-surety bond, police said.

Whittinghill was held in lieu of $100,000 bond.

No one was injured, but the siding of a barn behind the residence was damaged.

Police said they seized a Ruger .22 caliber rifle, refashioned and restocked to resemble an M-16 military-type rifle.

Photo Credit: New London Police]]>
<![CDATA[Suspect in Wolcott Bowling Alley Burglary Arrested]]> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 14:46:35 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Luis+Rivera+Wolcott+mugshot.JPG

A Bristol man suspected in a burglary of a Wolcott bowling alley in July 2015 has been arrested and police said he disabled the security system, cut a hole in the roof and broke into a safe. 

Police said DNA led them to identify 29-year-old Luis Rivera, of Bristol, as the suspect in the burglary at Wolcott Bowling Lanes, at 955 Wolcott Road.

Rivera was able to break the safe open with tools he had found in the bowling alley and left with a large quantity of cash, police said. 

Police obtained a warrant for him in January, but he’d fled the state. In July, he was arrested on a driving under the influence charge in Colonial Heights, Virginia and police there later found that he was wanted on a felony arrest warrant in Wolcott. 

After a five-day sentence in Virginia, he was detained at the Riverside Regional Jail in Price George, Virginia until members of the Wolcott Police Department went to get him.

Rivera has been charged with first-degree burglary and first-degree larceny and he is wanted on five other outstanding warrants for violation of probation and failure to appear stemming from other burglary charges that occurred in the past in other towns. 

Rivera will be arraigned at Waterbury Superior Court on Aug. 25.

Photo Credit: Wolcott Police]]>
<![CDATA[2 Injured in Berlin Turnpike Crash in Newington]]> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 14:25:56 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/214*120/newington+police+department.JPG

Two people were injured in a crash that closed the northbound side of the Berlin Turnpike in Newington.

Police said two cars crashed near Kitts Lane and both drivers have been transported to a hospital.

Neither has life-threatening injuries.

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<![CDATA[1 Flown to Hospital After Crash on I-95 in East Lyme]]> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 13:52:07 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/LifeStar+on+I95+in+East+Lyme.jpg

Both sides of Interstate 95 were closed in East Lyme after a crash that trapped three people, but traffic is moving again.

LifeStar was called to transport one patient, officials said.

No additional information was immediately available. 

Photo Credit: Connecticut Department of Transportation]]>
<![CDATA[Police ID Woman Killed in Simsbury Crash]]> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 12:03:45 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/simsbury+police_722_406.jpg

A 59-year-old Simsbury woman is dead after a crash on Route 10 in Simsbury Wednesday morning.

Police responded to the area of 282 Hopmeadow Street (Route 10) around 11:27 a.m. for reports of a crash and found a single vehicle struck a tree.

The driver, Beth Thornton, was transported to St. Francis Hospital by Simsbury Volunteer Ambulance and died of injuries sustained in the crash.

The crash remains under investigation and anyone with information is asked to call Detective Scott Sagan at 860-658-3130.

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<![CDATA[Two Swimming Areas Remain Closed]]> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 11:21:27 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Mashamoquet+Brook.JPG

Two swimming areas remain closed today because of water quality, while four have reopened.

Indian Well State Park in Shelton and Mashamoquet Brook State Park in Pomfret remain closed on Thursday.

Silver Sands, Gardner Lake, Wharton Brook and Kettletown have all reopened and all other swimming areas the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection tests are open.

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<![CDATA[13-Year-Old Driver Dead, Teen Passenger Burned in Hartford Crash]]> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 21:19:09 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Fatal+crash+on+Windsor+Street+in+Hartford.jpg

Police are investigating a fatal firey crash near 555 Windsor St. in Hartford that killed a 13-year-old boy and badly burned a 15-year-old.

Police learned about the crash when the 15-year-old boy arrived at Saint Francis Hospital with burns so bad that authorities will need dental records to identify him, police said. 

He arrived at the hospital in a private vehicle, a Honda that was stolen from Carriage Crossing in Middletown, according to police. 

As the investigation continued, police found the 2006 Subaru the 15-year-old was in when he was injured.

Inside, they found a 13-year-old Hartford boy who had been driving and medics pronounced him dead at the scene, police said.

According to police, the teen driver flipped the stolen vehicle around 3:30 a.m. on Thursday and it caught fire. It's not clear whether the crash or the fire killed the boy.

Police are continuing to investigate and have not identified the driver of the Honda.

Anyone with information is asked to call police.

Photo Credit: Hartford Police]]>
<![CDATA[1 Dead After Crash in I-91 in New Haven ]]> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 15:08:10 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Fatal+crash+on+Interstate+91+in+New+Haven.jpg

One person is dead after a crash on Interstate 91 South in New Haven.

State police said a two trucks, a FedEx tractor-trailer and two cars crashed near exit 4.

A Chevy Tahoe, a Hyundai Santa Fe and a United Transmission Exchange truck were all traveling in the left center lane, while a Fedex truck and a Atlantic Woodcraft vehicle drove in the far left lane, according to a police report.

The driver of the Atlantic Woodcraft vehicle, Joel V. Gemme, sideswiped the driverside of the United Transmission Exchange truck and the Hyundai before striking the rear of the Fedex truck in front of him, police said. 

The front tire of Gemme's vehicle flew off and struck the Chevy Tahoe in the left center lane, according to the report. 

Gemme was pronounced dead at the scene at 4:28 a.m. on Thursday. 

The Fedex driver and Hyundai driver were transported to Yale-New Haven Hospital. 

Three lanes are blocked in the area. State police expect to be at the scene for hours.

Photo Credit: Connecticut Department of Transportation]]>
<![CDATA[Rash of Car Break-Ins in Guilford]]> Wed, 24 Aug 2016 23:17:27 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/guilford+police+generic.JPG

Guilford is the latest town dealing with a rash of car break-ins.

At least 10 cars were broken into at a condo complex on Church Street on Wednesday, police said. The police report said the cars had been left unlocked and owners said loose change was stolen. 

One car on Fair Street had its windows smashed in by the suspects and stole a purse sitting on the front seat.

On Sperry Drive, a Range Rover was stolen after the owner left the keys in the ignition overnight, police said. 

Police continue to remind residents to lock their doors overnight. 

Photo Credit: NBCConnecticut.com]]>
<![CDATA[State Issues Warning About Fish After Chemical Spill in Southington]]> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 16:38:27 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Light+Metals+Coloring.jpg

Emergency crews are investigating a 400-gallon acid spill at a metals company in Southington yesterday and testing the town's water as a precaution.

A mixture of chromium acid discharged from the roof vents of the Light Metals Coloring company on Spring Street around 10 a.m. on Wednesday and crews have been working to control it, officials said.

"It was a product called hexavalent chromium and it discharged from a roof vent onto the roof of the building, and it came down through the roof drains, into the parking lot, down the roadway, and down catch basins and affected the discharge to the Quinnipwiac River," said Ken LeClerc, DEEP’s emergency response coordinator.

Officials said preliminary tests show the discharge got to the river, but information on levels has not come back.

The DEEP is urging people not to eat fish caught in the Quinnipiac River because of the chemical spill.

"We recommend that people not eat any fish taken from the Quinnipiac River between West Queen Street and downstream to Route 10 - South Main Street - in Southington until we have an opportunity to determine the extent of any lingering contamination in the river resulting from a chemical release yesterday," Deputy DEEP Commissioner Susan Whalen said.

The town shut down two wells as a precaution, but they will be reopened.

As a precaution the Southington Water  Department is also testing water to ensure it is safe for drinking. 

"I have worked closely with the Southington Fire Department and the Plainville-Southington Health District along with many Town, State and Federal agencies on this response. Shane Lockwood, Director of Health of the Plainville-Southington Health District, said in a statement and added that “the actions taken by the Southington Water Company, and their response partners, were timely and done in an overabundance of caution”.  Lockwood also stated there are a handful of private wells in the area and those residents have been notified and sampling is being conducted on those properties.”

Officials are also testing the air.

The chemical is used in the planting industry, has a Ph of 3 and contains heavy metals.

“It's a very heavy product, it settles out quickly, but unfortunately the only way to remove it from the base of the river of the drainage is to excavate the areas affected,” LeClerc said.

Crews said they had to remove 500 of road and it will need to be repaved.

The building department, EPA, DEEP and the Coast Guard all responded.

Photo Credit: NBCConnecticut.com]]>
<![CDATA[Disabled Athletes Showcase Wheelchair Tennis Skills at Connecticut Open]]> Wed, 24 Aug 2016 21:10:43 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/ct-tennis-wheelchair-open.jpg

Carlos Quiles from Meriden does not let his disability limit his love of sports.

"I play organized wheelchair basketball, I coach and play on the team," he said. "And I also do track and road racing as well."

Now 35, Quiles has been wheelchair bound from an injury suffered when he was only two-years-old.

"Sports overall, really helped me become who I am," Quiles said. "Shaped who I am today, helped me become independent."

Wednesday afternoon at the Connecticut Open in New Haven, Quiles participated in Adaptive Tennis Day.

"You get a second bounce if you like it, if you want," Quiles said. "Otherwise the rules are the same."

Quiles represented the team from the Sports Association of Gaylord Hospital in Wallingford, which offers several adaptive sports and recreation programs.

"We’re here to showcase the sport and show people that wheelchair tennis is tennis," said program manager Katie Joly. "It’s just as fast, just as exciting."

For Quiles, taking the court to play wheelchair tennis is just another chance to change the public’s perception of people with disabilities.

"Whether it’s an event like where we’re playing tennis or any other sport, my goal is really to showcase people like look we can do this we play sports just like everybody else," Quiles said. "And on top of that you start conversations with people and they get to know you a little bit better and they’re like, oh you have a job, you drive and you live a full like everybody else."

Photo Credit: NBC Connecticut]]>
<![CDATA[Nurse Riding in Memory of Mother at Closer to Free]]> Wed, 24 Aug 2016 21:03:56 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/image81.JPG

As a registered nurse with the Smilow Cancer Hospital’s Medical Oncology-Hematology unit, Amy Zethner builds bonds with her patients and their families.

“It’s a very rewarding experience,” she said. “Because we have patients that come here for long period of times for transplants, for chemo.”

Around this past Memorial Day, Zethner learned what it’s like to be the loved one of a patient after her mother Laura Dulude suddenly lost feeling in one of her arms.

“She ended up coming here for a second opinion and she in fact had cancer,” Zethner said.

A month after discovering melanoma tumors had spread, Zethner’s mom passed away. She was 51.

“I’ll be riding in memory of her so it will make it even more meaningful,” said Zethner as she gears up for a fourth Closer to Free ride with Team Heme Rollers. “Most of the team members are either nurses, doctors. We’ve also had patients and family members ride with us.”

 Yale nursing student Greg Walter is riding with the Heme Rollers.

for the first time following time spent with the Oncology-Hematology unit.

“I was just really impressed will all the oncology nurses, the way they interacted with the patients, how brave the patients were,” Walter said. “It was hugely inspiring in a way I didn’t expect.”

Walter is also a research assistant for a study funded by money raised at previous Closer to Free rides, so like Zethner, he knows how donations from the ride directly support research and patient care.

“I figured this ride would be a way to raise awareness,” Zethner said. “And raise money for the patients I still take care of and hopefully improve future treatments in memory of my mom, of course.”

NBC Connecticut is a proud sponsor of the Closer to Free ride on Saturday September 10.

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<![CDATA[Man Charged With 9 Counts of Violating Sex Offender Registration Requirements]]> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 05:04:51 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/TREVOR-AUSTIN.jpg

A man was arrested and charged with nine counts of violating his sex offender registration requirements, Hartford Police said.

Trevor Austin was originally placed on the Connecticut Sex offender Registry in 2010 as a lifetime registrant after serving time for an offense in Oregon, police said.

Hartford Police said Austin never verified his address in the city and has had four arrests consisting of multiple violations of the registry requirements. 

Austin, who has 43 previous arrests in Hartford alone, surrendered himself to police on Wednesday. His bond was set at $100,000.

He was charged with nine counts of failure to register as a sex offender. 

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<![CDATA[Hartford Wary of Team Proposal to Finish Stadium]]> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 05:02:09 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/dunkin-donuts-park.jpg

The offer from the owner of the Hartford Yard Goats to provide a loan to the city in order to complete Dunkin’ Donuts Park has been met with skepticism from city leaders.

One source inside City Hall described the proposal as “unrealistic” and that it would only add to the city’s fiscal woes.

The proposal would see Josh Solomon, the owner of the team, providing the city the needed funds to ensure that the ballpark would be read for baseball by Opening Day 2017, scheduled for April 13.

The amount isn’t specified in the proposal because architects haven’t established the needed repairs and therefore don’t have a proposed sum.

There are several key conditions to the loan which is what has Hartford city leaders worried about the prospect of such an agreement.

The city would pay a new contractor the remaining $4 million or so that is left in the city account for the ballpark, and then the team would provide a loan to Hartford.

In return for the loan, the Yard Goats would not pay rent for the city-owned stadium, the team wouldn’t provide the city its share for the stadium’s naming rights, and the team would collect revenue from a pair of parking lots that provide spaces for ticket holders, all until the loan was paid back with interest.

"I think that whatever that loan looks like that it really has to be interests of the City of Hartford,” said TJ Clarke, President of the Hartford City Council.

Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin has said he would rather the insurance company for the fired developer take responsibility for completion of the stadium, instead of entering into a new financial arrangement with the Yard Goats’ owner that would cost taxpayers more money.

Clarke said Opening Day next year now looms as a deadline for a finished stadium.

"The city does not have a plan B at the moment. You know, there are talks that they're still waiting to find out what Arch, (the insurance company) is going to do and the decision they are going to render and so until such a time we are still in the hands of the surety bond."

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<![CDATA[If Stadium Isn't Done, There Will Be No Baseball in Hartford]]> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 10:57:30 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/dunkin%27-donuts-park1.jpg

Officials from the Eastern League said it is unacceptable that there has been no action on finishing the Dunkin' Donuts baseball stadium and they are requiring the Yard Goats baseball team to explore an alternate plan if the park is not completed.

"We cannot risk 2017 being played on the road, and we're not going to," Joe McEacharn, the president of the Eastern League, said during a news conference. "The only thing that can happen here, if this stadium is not done, is baseball will not come to Hartford." 

However, he does he not want it to come to that and hopes that the team will be able to call Dunkin' Donuts Park home.

"Baseball remains committed to Hartford. The Eastern League, the Hartford Yard Goats, the Solomon family, all are determined to make baseball a success here in Hartford and we firmly believe that it will be a tremendous success by every measurement," McEacharn said. "But we are at a critical, critical point for that to happen." 

The Yard Goats had to play the entire 2016 season on the road when deadlines were missed to finish the park. 

The league doesn't have authority over Arch Insurance, the surety company, so they said they have ordered the team to take action and do what's necessary to assure the stadium is finished in time for the team to play at home when the new season begins in April. 

The team is working with the city on a "parallel path," should Arch Insurance not fulful its obligation. 

Hartford Stadium Authority Chairman I. Charles Mathews and Yard Goats owner Josh Solomon also spoke during the news conference. 

Solomon said the team is committed to staying in Hartford and that's why the team made a proposal to the city of Hartford to provide a loan to finish the stadium.

Mathews said that the proposal from the Yard Goats was not what they were expecting and they are putting together a counter-proposal. 

League officials also discussed a Plan B, but would not discuss what that plan might entail.

Mathews said that will be to sit down with the Yard Goats and come up with a deal to get the stadium done.

Mathews also said Arch, the insurance company, has been in Hartford for eight weeks and the city has received a take over agreement from the insurance company, which city officials have returned to the insurance company to review. 

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<![CDATA[Italian-Americans in East Haven React to Deadly Earthquake]]> Wed, 24 Aug 2016 21:59:16 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/East-Haven-worker.jpg

A deadly earthquake in central Italy is impacting the Italian-American community across the state.

Many still have family and friends living in Italy. Images of death and destruction in Italy are hard to watch for those thousands of miles away.

“I don’t believe what I am looking at. The devastation is just unbelievable,” says Bill Iovanne of New Haven.

Nowhere in the state might the connection to Italy be stronger than in East Haven. Nearly half the people in the town trace their heritage to the country now dealing with the aftermath of the major earthquake.

Some spent Wednesday working and waiting for updates from relatives and coworkers in Italy.

“It’s sad because Italy is always getting hit and everything there is really old,” says Anthony Peluso, owner of Tolli’s Apizza.

“A fella that works with us just left Italy this morning to go to Ireland. He’s on his honeymoon. But he, he was actually in Rome but he missed it,” says Iovanne.

People are concerned about the horrible loss of life and the search for survivors. There’s also the destruction of historic buildings, which are more susceptible to the effects of a quake.

People here stand ready to help and say Italians are strong.

“Those Italian proverbs. That means the Italian will get thin. He’ll get skinny. But he won’t die. So they’re very resilient people, don’t give up,” says Peluso.

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<![CDATA[Water Main Break on Catherine Street in Hartford]]> Wed, 24 Aug 2016 21:49:35 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Catherine-St-water-main-break.jpg

Metropolitan District crews responded to a water main break on Catherine Street near Ledger Street in Hartford on Wednesday.

MDC officials said it is an 8-inch water main that was installed in 1918. The main was shut down at 4:15 p.m. so crews could make repairs. Four two-family homes and the Moylan School were affected by the shutdown.

Catherine Street was shut down between Hillside and Ledger streets but has since been reopened. 

All repairs were completed by 9:30 p.m.

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<![CDATA[UConn Gets First New Dormitory in More Than a Decade]]> Wed, 24 Aug 2016 15:49:08 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/IMG_33391.JPG

Next Generation Connecticut Hall is the first new $105 million dormitory UConn's seen in more than a decade, which is the first step to a billion-dollar expansion program. 

"It's just really the beginning of so much more invention and innovation in STEM areas but also the social sciences and humanities," said Susan Herbst, UConn President, addressing a crowd of administrators, faculty and state officials.

Cutting the ribbon on what she calls Next Gen Hall celebrates the first project completed in UConn's $1.5 billion Next Generation program of construction and expansion. The bet is brand new dorm rooms help draw top students.

All the dorms on the UConn campus have study spaces like this one. But the spaces in Next Gen Hall have one sophomore who's going to be a mentor there very excited.

"Excited because we have more space to be creative and we'll be able to interact more with other learning communities," said student Brittany Reynolds.

The learning together starts this week for the first of about 700 freshmen and sophomores living in Next Generation Connecticut Hall.

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<![CDATA[Man Assaulted by Knife-Wielding Attacker During Date: Police]]> Wed, 24 Aug 2016 15:54:38 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/PoliceSafetyPic00000000.jpg

New Haven police are searching for an assault suspect after what a man thought was a date turned dangerous.

Police said on Tuesday around 9:53 p.m. they responded to reports of a stabbing at Food Terminal Plaza. When they arrived they found the 22-year-old victim with various cuts on his thigh, bicep, shoulder and side of the head. The injuries were not life threatening and he was able to speak with officers.

The victim reported he met up a woman he met online named “Tasha” behind the La Quinta Inn at 200 Sargent Drive. He said he’d met “Tasha” on a website called PlentyOfFish and that they’d never met in person before.

Tasha got in the victim’s car and asked him to drive to a terminal loading dock. The victim said while they were there a man approached the car and threatened to kill him. The victim said the man opened the door and stabbed him several times before he was able to escape.

According to police, officers reviewed surveillance video of the area that supported the victim’s account. The video also showed the attacker got into the victim’s car with “Tasha.” After a bit, they both left.

Police suspect "Tasha" was an accomplice to the attacker.

Police said they found a knife and other evidence at the scene, including “Tasha’s” information from the website on the victim’s phone.

“Tasha” is described as wearing pink shirt and pajama-style pants. The armed attacker is described as male, in his 20s, about 5-foot-10 and wearing a baseball cap. 

Anyone with information should contact New Haven police.

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<![CDATA[Hygienist Illegally Collected $18K in Benefits: PD]]> Wed, 24 Aug 2016 15:32:11 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/TLMD-HANDCUFFS.jpg

A West Haven woman was charged with illegally collecting nearly $18,000 in unemployment compensation benefits, police said. 

On Wednesday, police arrested Christine A. Zampedri, 49, after an investigation found that she had fraudulently collected unemployment benefits from when she was working as a dental hygienist in New Canaan. 

Zampedri allegedly collected approximately $17,860 in benefits from January through August 2013, police said. 

Police said Zampedri was charged with one count of larceny and first-degree defrauding unemployment compensation fraud.

She was released on a $10,000 bond and is expected to appear in court on Aug. 30. 

<![CDATA[Windsor Locks Police Seek Sex Assault Suspect]]> Wed, 24 Aug 2016 14:44:00 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Jose-Rosario.jpg

Windsor Locks are searching for a suspect accused of sexually assaulting a minor.

Police said Jose Rosario, 42, of 109 Martin Street in Hartford, is wanted on a first-degree sexual assault of a minor charge.

Details about the incident were not immediately available.

Rosario may be driving a gray 1999 Nissan Quest with license plate number 3AUPE8, police said. He was seen in Windsor Locks sometime last week.

Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to contact Windsor Locks police at (860) 627-1461.

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<![CDATA[Soldier Brings Miranda Lambert to Tears at Hartford Concert]]> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 07:52:45 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/AP795870020704.jpg

A soldier who brought country singer Miranda Lambert to tears during her concert in Hartford, Connecticut, Friday is going to meet her, according to Country 92.5 Radio.

Videos posted on social media showed Lambert halt her performance of her 2009 hit "The House That Built Me" after spotting the soldier's sign in the crowd at the Xfinity Theatre. 

"Really?" Lambert said a few bars into the song as tears streamed down her face.

The Grammy-winning artist then walked over to the soldier and grabbed his sign, holding it up for the audience to see, a video posted on YouTube shows. The message read, "3 combat tours" and Lambert's voice was the last thing he heard every night. "Thank you."  

Lambert attempted to resume singing, wiping away tears, but appeared to be too choked up to continue.

“Second verse, I gotta get a drink, y’all gotta do this,” the emotional songstress said as she stepped away from the microphone. Lambert eventually came back to sing the bridge.

Another video published online showed the teary-eyed soldier, enraptured over Lambert's acknowledgment.

On Wednesday, the radio station interviewed the soldier, Jeff, and surprised him with tickets to another Lambert concert on Friday, which will also include a chance to meet the country star backstage.

"It's one thing to get choked up during a song, but that girl couldn't make it through any of the song because of you," radio host Cory Myers said. "And I think that deserves for you to at least go back and put your arms around her and get a picture."

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<![CDATA[Waterbury Man Faces Federal Heroin Distribution Charges]]> Wed, 24 Aug 2016 14:16:04 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Heroin-Generic.jpg

A Waterbury man faces federal charges in connection with the overdose death of a Monroe resident.

James Hayes, also known as “T.Y.,” 32, of Waterbury was charged with possession of heroin with intent to distribute, distribution of heroin and conspiracy to distribute heroin. According to the US Attorney’s office, investigators believe Hayes sold heroin to a 32-year-old Monroe woman who fatally overdosed on June 16.

Hayes was arrested on Monday and appeared in court Tuesday, where he was ordered detained.

His arrest is part of an ongoing statewide initiative targeting narcotics dealers who distribute heroin, fentanyl or opioids that can cause serious injury or death to users.

The Drug Enforcement Administration’s New Haven Tactical Diversion Squad, Monroe police department and Waterbury police department all contributed to this investigation. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant US Attorney Robert Spector.

<![CDATA[Body of Man Found in Yard in New London: Police]]> Wed, 24 Aug 2016 13:46:13 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/new+london+police+generic.jpg

Police in New London are investigating after a man was found deceased in a yard on Gorton Street.

Police said they responded around 1:50 p.m. Tuesday to a report of a deceased person at 18 Gorton Street. Officers discovered the body of a male who appeared to be in his 30s. The New London County State’s Attorney and the Chief Medical Examiner were called to assist.

Police do not believe the death is suspicious at this time. The investigation is ongoing.

The victim has not been identified pending notification of next of kin.

Anyone with information on the incident is asked to contact police at (860) 447-1481.

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<![CDATA[Chester Couple Arrested on Animal Cruelty Charges]]> Wed, 24 Aug 2016 13:36:14 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Edward-and-SHaron-Szachewicz.jpg

State police have arrested a Chester couple on animal cruelty charges after police said two emaciated dogs were removed from their care in March.

Edward Szachewicz, 54, and his wife Sharon, 47, were arrested Tuesday and each charged with two counts of cruelty to animals.

According to the arrest warrant application, on March 23 Jae Wolf, animal control officer for Chester, Deep River, and Essex, and Trooper Dawn Taylor responded to 39 Castle View Drive after Wolf received an anonymous tip that two dogs were being neglected and abused at that address.

The application stated that when they arrived, Taylor reported hearing a dog barking from inside the home. Edward Szachewicz answered the door and invited them inside. He told the officers that he and his wife had two dogs, an Akita/Chow mix named Brianna and a Viszla named Barron.

When Taylor asked to see the dogs, Edward Szachewicz brought them outside to see Brianna. Taylor reported that at the time Brianna was tied to a red metal lead that was tangled and restricted her movement. There was a dog kennel with chain-link fence surrounded by clutter in the yard. Taylor did not see any food or water bowls and observed that the dog looked “severely neglected and had a severe skin rash on her back,” the arrest warrant application states.

Taylor reported that Edward Szachewicz became defensive when questioned about the dog’s condition and said “Take the dog. I did not want them anyway.”

Officers also observed Barron, who was in the basement. Taylor stated in the warrant application that Barron was “Extremely skinny and I could see his rib, hip and leg bones.”

Edward Szachewicz was unable to show officers any dog food or dog bowls at the residence. The dogs were removed from the home. Later that night, Taylor returned to the home and Edward and Sharon Szachewicz signed the dogs over to the town of Chester and ACO Wolf. The dogs were taken to the Deep River dog pound.

The next day ACO Wolf brought both animals to the Saybrook Veterinary Hospital in Old Saybrook. The veterinarian reported that both dogs were emaciated and also infested with fleas. The dog’s medical records also revealed that they were not up to date on shots.

ACO Wolf also discovered that neither dog was registered.

It took four and a half months for the dogs to gain enough weight and be healthy enough to leave the pound and be adopted.

On August 23, Edward Szachewicz and Sharon Szachewicz were arrested. They were each released on $5,000 bonds and are scheduled to appear in court on September 6.

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<![CDATA[College Students Return on Shoreline]]> Wed, 24 Aug 2016 12:16:49 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/6punhstill111114debra00000000.jpg

College students are starting to return to campus and it was a busy day on the shoreline Wednesday.

Aaron Pysher, a 19-year-old freshman from Bangor, Pennsylvania, moved in at the University of New Haven with a new Keurig and a smart TV.

“I’m excited to meet new people, get the year started and just have fun,” he said.

Isabella Días, a University of New Haven freshman from Valhalla, New York, was bringing in supplies to get her dorm room ready.

“I think it’s cozy and cute. I think I’m going to make it work,” she said.

Students also moved in at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, where about 5,000 students will be living on campus.

“A college campus without students just doesn’t feel homey. It’s nice to have them back,” Mark DeVilbiss, director of residential life at Quinnipiac University, said.

One of the new students at Quinnipiac is Lauren Mastropaolo, a freshman from Wading River, New York on Long Island.

“I’m excited and nervous at the same time,” she said.

Her mom is a little sad to see her daughter off to school, but managed a smile as they headed into her new dorm.

“It’s emotional, it’s been a tough time,” Janine Mastropaolo said. “But we’re really excited for her.”

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<![CDATA[Driver Injured in Tractor Trailer Crash on I-95 South ]]> Wed, 24 Aug 2016 16:14:29 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Crash+on+Interstate+95+in+New+haven+crash.JPG

Interstate 95 south is closed near the New Haven/West Haven line Wednesday morning because of a crash involving a tractor-trailer.

Just before 11 a.m. state police responded to a tractor trailer crash on I-95 south near exit 44. According to police, the truck was driving in the center of three lanes when the driver slowed for traffic and the load on its trailer shifted, breaking loose. The load rolled down the trailer and struck the cab.

The cab was heavily damaged and the driver, identified as Michael Chebro of Derby, had to be extricated by firefighters.

Chebro was transported to Yale-New Haven Hospital for treatment.

The southbound side of the highway was closed between the exit 44 ramps while crews worked to free the victim. All lanes have since reopened.

An item fell from the truck during the crash and took a chunk out of the highway.

Chebro was issued an infraction for operating a vehicle improperly loaded or constructed to carry a load.

No other vehicles were involved in the accident.

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<![CDATA[Killingly Residents Accused of Selling Heroin]]> Wed, 24 Aug 2016 11:16:51 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Killingly-drugs-seized.jpg

The Connecticut State police Troop D Quality of Life Task Force arrested two Killingly residents accused of selling heroin from a Stone Road home Tuesday.

Thirty-three-year-old Daniel Baillargeon, also known as Digger, and 33-year-old Tana Dashnaw, both of 65 Stone Road, face charges of possession of heroin, possession of heroin with intent to sell, and operating a drug factory.

Police said the pair was arrested after troopers executing a search and seizure warrant at their home around 6:30 p.m. Tuesday discovered drugs and drug paraphernalia.

Baillargeon and Dashnaw were not home at the time officers arrived, but they were located at the Kings Inn in Putnam around 11 p.m. Between the home and their persons, police seized over one ounce of raw heroin, 3.8 grams of cocaine, nearly $8,000 in cash, three cell phones and a concealment device.

Both were arrested. Baillargeon was issued a $100,000 bond and is expected in court Wednesday. Dashnaw was issued a $50,000 bond and is also expected in court Wednesday.

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<![CDATA[4 Charged in Murder of Waterbury Chinese Delivery Woman]]> Wed, 24 Aug 2016 23:08:32 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Anthony-Wright.png

A woman who delivers food for a Chinese restaurant was killed and a male coworker was injured during a robbery in Waterbury on Tuesday night and police have arrested a four teens, who police suspect placed the order themselves with the intention of committing the robbery. 

Police responded to the report of a robbery at 70 Linden St. just before 9:30 p.m. and found two victims -- a male and a female -- who were delivering food for Golden Wok in the area for a local Chinese restaurant, according to police. 

Four people attacked and robbed the victims, according to police. 

They assaulted the male delivery driver and shot the female victim, 59-year-old Helena Vargas, of Waterbury, in the neck, police said. 

She was transported to St. Mary’s Hospital, where she was pronounced dead just after 10 p.m., police said. 

Waterbury Police worked throughout the night and morning hours and have arrested four people. 

Anthony Wright, 20, a 16-year-old girl, a 17-year-old girl and a 16-year-old boy have been arrested. All four were charged with felony murder, first-degree robbery and first-degree conspiracy to commit robbery. 

"We believe it's an isolated incident. We believe that these four individuals conspired to commit the robbery and we believe they intentionally ordered the food and called these people to that address in an effort to commit the robbery." Deputy Police Chief Fred Spagnolo said.

Wright and the 16-year-old boy have also been charged with second-degree larceny, conspiracy at larceny in the second degree, carrying a pistol without a permit and criminal use of a firearm.

After a court appearance, Wright is being held on $2.5 million bond. Prosecutors said Wright is a known gang member and were pushing for $5 million bond, but the judge set it at $2.5 million.

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<![CDATA[6 Swimming Areas Closed Today for Water Quality]]> Wed, 24 Aug 2016 10:49:20 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/silver+sands+state+park+milford.jpg

Six swimming areas in Connecticut are closed today because of water quality.

Silver Sands State Park in Milford, Indian Well State Park in Shelton, Kettletown State Park in Southbury and Wharton Brook State Park in Wallingford all remain closed for a second day because of elevated bacteria levels in the water.

Wadsworth Falls State Park in Middlefield has reopened, but Gardner Lake State Park in Salem and Mashamoquet Brook State Park in Pomfret will be closed today as well.

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<![CDATA[Knights of Columbus Assisting Louisiana Flood Recovery]]> Wed, 24 Aug 2016 10:24:45 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Knights-of-Columbus.jpg

President Obama spent Tuesday on the ground in Louisiana, experiencing first-hand the devastation after historic flooding. The president toured some of the hardest hit areas around Baton Rouge, vowing federal support and financial help for those who lost everything.

Help for flood victims has come in many forms and from many places, including Connecticut. Plans that came together at the international headquarters of the Knights of Columbus in New Haven are already aiding people nearly fifteen hundred miles away in Louisiana.

Floodwaters around Baton Rouge are receding, revealing even more of the 60,000 homes damaged last week by storms that dumped as much as two feet of rain in just two days. At least thirteen people died in the flooding. Those who survived have a difficult road ahead.

“They need food. They need clothing," said Andrew Walther of the Knights of Columbus. "They need shelter and a couple of days after that, they need clean up supplies.”

“The scale of this disaster has elicited an enormous amount of support, sympathy and also donations," said Walther.

Over the last week, the Knights of Columbus said the organization had raised more than $250,000 for flood relief. Volunteers are also on the ground in hard-hit Baton Rouge.

“Running food kitchens, moving pallets of food to people, renting trucks to move supplies around, helping people clean homes," Walther said of the assistance volunteers are offering.

Officials with the Knights of Columbus said they will continue their fundraising efforts in Connecticut and nationwide and will continue with assistance in Louisiana, where more than two thousand people were said to still be staying in shelters on Tuesday night.

“It really speaks volumes to the fabric of the country that we can see a problem hundreds of miles away and say ‘I want to help those people’," said Walther.

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<![CDATA[Police Search for Teen Who’s Groping Women in Cheshire ]]> Wed, 24 Aug 2016 15:27:32 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/cheshire+groping.JPG

Cheshire police are investigating several complaints about a teenage boy groping women in town and throwing them to the ground. Investigators have not yet identified a suspect and said the descriptions from all four incidents are similar.

Police received the first complaint in May. The woman said she was walking in the Strathmore Drive area when a young man ran up behind her and grabbed her buttocks. He fled on a bicycle and road into the woods, according to police.

The second victim said she was walking on the Linear Trail in the area of Lock 12 on June 2 when a young man on a bicycle pushed her to the ground, grabbed her buttocks, smiled and road away.

Police received yet another complaint in early June from a woman who was grabbed as she walked in the Strathmore Drive area.

She said a young man walked up behind her, grabbed her buttocks, smirked and walked back toward two other young men who were standing down the road.

The most recent incident happened on Monday. The woman said she too was walking in the Strathmore Drive area when she walked past a young man who was pacing. The woman and the teen said hello to each other and she continued on her way, but the teen grabbed her in a bear hug, threw her to the ground, grabbed her buttocks and pulled her shorts before the woman pushed the teen off of her, police said.

The woman who was attacked on Monday said the attacker was around 5-feet-9, 160 pounds, athletically built and appeared high school aged.

Several victims said the teen has braces and black hair that might be curly.

Police are following leads and encouraging people to use caution and walk or jog with someone.

If you have information about the attacks, call Cheshire Police at 203-271-5500.

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