<![CDATA[NBC Connecticut - Connecticut News]]> Copyright 2015 http://www.nbcconnecticut.com/news/local http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/NBC_Connecticut.png NBC Connecticut http://www.nbcconnecticut.com en-us Thu, 26 Nov 2015 12:56:32 -0500 Thu, 26 Nov 2015 12:56:32 -0500 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Arsonist Strikes in Keney Park in Hartford]]> Thu, 26 Nov 2015 11:33:52 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/KENEY+PARK+FIRE_1200.jpg

Someone set a large fire in Hartford's Keney Park on Wednesday night.

Firefighters were called to the park around 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday. Police also responded and determined the fire had been intentionally set.

The Hartford Police Major Crimes Division has taken over the investigation into the arson.

No one was hurt in the blaze.

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<![CDATA[Man in Critical Condition After Stabbing in Willimantic]]> Thu, 26 Nov 2015 12:21:17 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/ambulance+GettyImages-478895016.jpg

A man was in critical condition on Thursday afternoon after being stabbed at a home in Willimantic.

Police responded to the stabbing on Summit Street on Thursday morning.

The victim was taken to Hartford Hospital, where he underwent surgery, according to police.

The man was expected to survive his injuries, police said.

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<![CDATA[Security Increased for Manchester Road Race]]> Wed, 25 Nov 2015 20:58:02 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/manchester+road+race+web.jpg

Manchester Police say spectators and participants in the 79th Annual Manchester Road Race could expect a beefed up security presence on Thanksgiving Day.

Captain Christopher Davis told NBC Connecticut that the department will have an increased presence. He said all officers would be on duty on race day.

He said the race presents a challenge for law enforcement because it often resembles a party or concert instead of simply a running event.

“We’re trying to balance the security of the event with the fun, festive, atmosphere that the race is known for" he said.

Race organizers have already told participants and spectators that pets (including those on leashes) and strollers will not be allowed on the race route.

The course is 4.748 miles long and makes a loop, starting and finishing on Main Street.

Police say if they see any bags unattended along the route, they will be thrown away.

“Any bags left unattended will be discarded for security and we don’t want any unsecured bags just laying along the race route.”

With tens of thousands of people descending on Manchester for the tradition of the Road Race, police say they're ready for all of the challenges that may present themselves.

"An event this scale on its own there’s a magnitude of planning that goes on throughout the year on an every year basis and we adjust things based on current events and things like that but everybody going there should expect to be safe,” Davis said.

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<![CDATA[Police Respond to 2 Shooting Scenes in Hartford]]> Thu, 26 Nov 2015 09:20:49 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Hartford+farmington+avenue+shooting_1200.jpg

Hartford police are investigating after three people were shot in two separate incidents Wednesday evening.

Both incidents occurred within minutes of each other around 6 p.m., according to police.

The first incident occurred outside a market and pizza shop near 298 Farmington Avenue. Two men were injured. Police closed Farmington Avenue near Marshall Street for several hours to investigate.

Tammy Mendes of Hartford says her nephew was one of the victims. She says he was being robbed when he was shot in the chest.

“It’s tough,” she said. “We’re just praying that he will be okay.”

Some in the neighborhood were rattled by the latest shooting, which follows a year of violence and spike in homicides over the summer.

“It’s crazy. It’s ridiculous. It never stops. We need to get these people who are committing these crimes need to get where they belong and off the streets,” says resident Jessica Martins.

The second shooting happened about two miles north in the area of 98 Martin Street. One person was shot there, police said.

All of the victims are expected to survive, according to police. There is no word on whether the incidents are connected.

The Hartford Major Crimes division and Shooting Task Force are investigating. Anyone with information should contact Hartford police.

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<![CDATA[Teen Hit in Hunting-Related Shooting in Colchester]]> Thu, 26 Nov 2015 09:20:10 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/police-lights-night-shutterstock_696221173.jpg

A 14-year-old riding an ATV was shot in the foot in Colchester on Wednesday in what police are calling a hunting-related shooting.

Colchester officers and state troopers responded to the area of Middletown Road and Bigalow Road on Wednesday afternoon.

According to police, a 14-year-old boy was riding an ATV in a wooded area when he was shot in the foot. He was taken to a clinic in Marlborough with minor injuries, according to police.

Officers from the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection also responded to the scene and are investigating the incident.

Police did not say if they have located the person who fired the weapon.

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<![CDATA[Some Retailers Bucking the Early Thanksgiving Hours Trend]]> Wed, 25 Nov 2015 19:51:57 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/shopping-GettyImages-459533350.jpg

Black Friday is no longer just a day of great sales, for some stores, the door busters have already begun! While some people love the bargains, others believe it takes away from the holidays.

"I prefer to stay home with family, at some point you'll catch the sales," Damian Tucker said.

While dozens of stores will be open on the holiday, one recreation gear retailer is proving that it's not about the bargains, instead, they want people to celebrate the holiday with some fresh air.

"I saw that REI was encouraging everybody to take a walk, go enjoy the outdoors, go to national parks, that seems like a really great idea," Shana Goldin-Perschbacher.

The popular outdoor equipment company is inspiring people to use the hashtag #OptOutside.

"REI believes that being outside makes our lives better. That's why this Black Friday, we're closing all 143 of our stores and paying our employees to head outside," the company posted on its website.

Other retailers closing their doors for Thanksgiving include:

TJ Maxx
Pier 1 Imports
Barnes & Noble
Bed, Bath and Beyond
Babies R Us
Home Depot

But of course, there are still millions of people who will face the crowds for the holiday bargains.

"It can be fun if you you know go with someone like my sister. We make it fun and we grab our coffees and we find the deals", explains Melissa Perez who has been a Black Friday shopper in the past.

 Stores remaining open include:

J.C. Penney
Toys R Us

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<![CDATA[Man Severely Injured in Dog Attack in New Britain]]> Wed, 25 Nov 2015 20:45:31 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/ambulance-shutterstock_12161325.jpg

New Britain police are desperately trying to find a dog that attacked and severely injured a man on Prospect Street on Saturday.

The man walked out of a building and into the parking lot at 15 Prospect Street, when the dog charged at him, unprovoked, according to police.

Police described the dog as a tall pit bull mix, mostly white with black spots. The victim reported the entire right side of the dog’s head was black.

The animal latched onto the victim's leg and pulled him to the ground, ripping flesh from the man's thigh.
With the dog still biting his legs, the man was able to drag himself back to the building and used the door to get the dog off of him.

He was rushed to Hartford Hospital with severe injuries, including nerve and tendon damage in one leg, and several bite wounds on his other leg and hands.

Police searched the area for the dog and interviewed several people in the neighborhood, but no one knew where the dog had come from, police said. Officers believe the dog may be kept in a basement or a crate and isn't used to interacting with people. They are afraid if the animal gets out, it may attack again.

Bonnie Carrillo’s 77-year-old mother lives in the building, and Carrillo says she’s concerned for her mother’s safety.

“I am worried about my mom and I told her ‘Ma make sure you keep your doors locked, don't take out the dog if you see that dog around because it could bite you,’” she said.

Anyone with information about the dog is asked to call Sgt. Keller with the New Britain Police Department at 860-826-3079.

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<![CDATA[Auxiliary State Troopers Being Phased Out]]> Wed, 25 Nov 2015 15:53:11 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/auxiliary+state+police_1200.jpg

They wear a badge, carry a gun, patrol the highways and face many of the same dangers as Connecticut State Police. There’s just one major difference - they don’t collect a paycheck.

Connecticut’s auxiliary state police unit dates back to World War II. In 1941, then-Commissioner Edward Hickey called for a volunteer force to protect the state’s shoreline and military establishment. After the war, the “auxies” were assigned to the state police barracks to assist the troopers.

Over the following decades, new auxiliary volunteers would attend the state police academy for up to 26 weeks on a part-time basis, training for a range of duties including traffic control, assisting troopers at accident and crime scenes, and administrative work. They drive marked state cruisers and wear uniforms, but cannot perform duties that require sworn officer status like making arrests.

“We do not handle fatals, we do not write accident reports, we do not do speeding tickets or enforcement tickets,” Robert Prouty, who now oversees the unit in his 43rd year on the job, said. “We’re there to assist the troopers.”

At its peak, the unit was over 1,200 strong. But today, only 41 members remain on the job. They are the last remaining auxiliaries who were “grandfathered in” when a decision was made to phase out the unit in 1988. That was the year Connecticut State Police adopted new standards for training through CALEA, the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. No new auxiliary troopers have been added since then.

While they might not collect a paycheck for the work, auxiliary state troopers still face the same dangers as regular troopers. The I-84 rest area in Southington is named after Edward Truelove of Waterbury, one of two auxies who died in the line of duty.

On November 13, 1992, Truelove stopped for broken down Chevy Blazer on the highway. After moving its two occupants up a hill to safety, Truelove returned to his cruiser to call for a tow. Moments later, a tractor-trailer slammed into his cruiser, which exploded into flames. The Blazer was also totaled in the wreck.

Two years later, on May 25, 1994, Phillip Mingione of Milford was killed as he was standing in the median of I-91 in North Haven. A passing driver lost control of her vehicle and crashed into Mingione.

Mike Suntava, a 38-year veteran, had a close call when he was hit by a drunk driver while directing traffic at the Terryville Fair in 1998.

“I was thrown 111 feet, three inches into the oncoming lane,” Suntava recalls. He was hospitalized for a month with serious injuries. A year later, he returned to his role in the unit, but the memories are still traumatic for him and his wife. “I just worked at the Terryville Fair in August. And going back there, it’s hard for her. Very hard,” he said.

For the last of Connecticut’s auxiliary troopers, the desire to serve has outweighed the real risk of the unpaid position. And for some, like Mike Tiernan, the motivation is deeply personal. Tiernan was rejected from military service for having flat feet. So began his 38 years as a career firefighter and 50 years (and counting) as an auxiliary trooper.

“The things the military said I couldn’t do I proved to them I could do it,” he said.

By now, most of the remaining auxies have long since retired from their civilian careers in business, public service, and other industries. This is the work that keeps them going; A point of pride, paid only in gratitude.

“They get paid every week. We get thanked every week,” Tiernan said. “I’m happy with that.”

Last year alone, the auxiliary unit logged over 16,000 volunteer hours of service to the state. Prouty says millions of dollars in manpower have been saved over the years. He still holds out hope that the unit could somehow be revived in the future.

“There is a possibility that it could happen. And we’re kind of hoping for it, because the amount of money it saves people? It’s unbelievable dollars,” says Prouty.

There appears to be some confusion, however, over whether that’s possible.

Under state statutes, the direction of the auxiliary unit lies squarely under the Commissioner of Emergency Services and Public Protection. The office of Commissioner Dora B. Schriro declined to participate in an interview for this story or elaborate on the decision to phase out the program in 1988, stating only, "we cannot comment on decisions that were made in 1988. There are no plans to add any new auxiliaries.”

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<![CDATA[Police ID Man Found Dead in Glastonbury]]> Wed, 25 Nov 2015 17:17:43 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/glastonbury+suspicious+death+1200.jpg

A man found dead in a home on Oak Street in Glastonbury has been identified as Russell Burtchell, 52

Police found Burtchell's body on Saturday after someone asked them to do a welfare check and said there does not appear to be a criminal aspect to the case.

Glastonbury Police Capt. Dennis Woessner said the conditions police found him in were suspicous, so they called in the Connecticut State Police Eastern District Major Crimes squad to assist with the investigation,

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<![CDATA[Juvenile Brought Knife to Windham High School: Police]]> Wed, 25 Nov 2015 14:22:56 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/willimantic+police+generic.jpg

Willimantic police arrested a juvenile at Windham High School on Tuesday morning and said he brought a switch blade knife into the school.

Police arrested the juvenile at 10:30 a.m. and said the teen has been charged with breach of peace, threatening, possession of a weapon on school grounds and carrying a dangerous weapon.


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<![CDATA[Crash Closes Dodge Avenue in East Haven]]> Wed, 25 Nov 2015 14:11:19 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/AP101222127504.jpg

Dodge Avenue in East Haven will be closed between Thompson and Hemingway avenues because of a crash, according to police.

No additional information was immediately available.

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<![CDATA[Pedestrian in Coma After Hit-and-Run in Crosswalk]]> Wed, 25 Nov 2015 20:20:52 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Hartford+Homestead+Avenue+hit+and+run.jpg

A man is in a coma after a car slammed into him as he was walking in the crosswalk of a Hartford street on Monday evening and police are searching for the driver who fled the scene.

Officers responded to the area of 333 Homestead Ave, at 4:41 p.m. after receiving a report that a pedestrian was struck and found a man lying in the road.

His legs were broken and he sustained head and arm injuries, according to police, and he was transported to Saint Francis Hospital, where he was placed in a medically induced coma.

Police said they do not believe the man’s injuries are life-threatening.

As police search for the driver, they have released graphic video taken from the surveillance camera on the Salvation Army building at 333 Homestead Ave.

It shows the man in the crosswalk as a vehicle hits him, throws him into the air and leaves the scene.

A witness police spoke with said the victim was trying to cross the street and landed around 150 feet from where he was hit, police said.

As the driver left, heading east on Homestead Avenue, the witness was able to capture a picture of the back of the car -- a tan Chrysler Town and Country van with Connecticut license plate 395-YMM.

While police have the license plate number, it has not led them to a suspect because the plate was misused.

The video surveillance also showed the fleeing vehicle pull into a parking lot near the crash scene, then continue east on Homestead Avenue and out of camera range, police said.

Police are asking anyone with information about what happened to call police or provide a tip on the anonymous tip online. http://www.hartford.gov/Police.

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<![CDATA[Minor Crash Closes Church and South Frontage Streets in New Haven]]> Wed, 25 Nov 2015 13:20:02 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/new+haven+police+generic1.jpg

The area of Church and South Frontage streets in New Haven is closed temporarily after a minor crash.

No additional information was immediately available.

<![CDATA[Students Sent Home After Reports of Gunshots Near Bulkeley High]]> Wed, 25 Nov 2015 12:02:23 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Gunshots+wethersfield+avenue+hartford+1200.jpg

Hartford Police patrol and units from the shooting task force have responded to Wethersfield Avenue, near Bulkeley High School, after reports of shots fired in the area, and students are being sent home.

Police are working with school resource officers and they have not found any victim.

Officers are canvassing the area.

Check back for details.

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<![CDATA[Expect Heavy Traffic for Thanksgiving Travel]]> Wed, 25 Nov 2015 13:10:45 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/connecticut+state+police+barracks1.jpg

The busy long Thanksgiving weekend is beginning and state police will be out and on high alert as more than 2 million drivers get ready to travel in New England.

AAA said they expect more people to travel this Thanksgiving this weekend than in the past 10 years.

State police will be out, looking for aggressive, unsafe and drunken drivers, as they do every year, but counter-terrorism officials have also asked some local and state police departments to be on alert after recent terrorism thefts.

Gov. Dannel Malloy is also asking residents to be vigilant.

“We always ask the public to remain vigilant, be aware of their surroundings, and recognize when something looks out of place or suspicious. If you see something, say something. Report it to authorities, tell them what you saw and why it stuck you as odd."

State police will be setting up roving patrols in the hopes of reducing the number of crashes on the roads and ask anyone who sees reckless drivers to call authorities.

Drivers are also advised to take steps to keep themselves, as well as other people on the roads, safe by pulling over and taking a break if you feel tired, avoided following drivers too closely, staying off cell phones and abiding by speed limits.

Before hitting the road, check your tire pressure and battery.

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<![CDATA[Police ID Man, Woman Found Dead in Killingworth Home]]> Thu, 26 Nov 2015 09:19:41 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Killingworth+death+2+1200.jpg

State police responding to a report of a disturbance in Killingworth found the bodies of a 57-year-old man and a 48-year-old woman on Wednesday morning. 

State troopers responded to the home at 8 Route 148 in Killingworth, near the Chester town line, 8:25 a.m. on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving and found the bodies of Billy W. Newman and his wife, Lauren Beebe in a room and said both lived in the house.

Beebe, who is listed as the owner online assessor's records, was a veterinarian at Killingworth Animal Hospital, according to a neighbor.  A biography for Dr. Beebe says family ties drew her back to Connecticut from Louisiana.

According to online court records, a Lauren Beebe and Billy Newman were going through a divorce. A complaint was filed on Nov. 4.

Two children who were in the home have been placed with family members.

The medical examiner will determine the cause of death, but called this an isolated incident and assure residents there is no threat to the community.

A sign on the driveway says Halcyon Days Farm and neighbors said a couple and their children live in the house.

State Police Major Crimes has taken over the case.

No additional information was immediately available.

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<![CDATA[Police Investigate West Haven Car Thefts]]> Wed, 25 Nov 2015 17:17:06 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/043012+honda+generic.jpg

Thieves stole three cars in West Haven overnight and police are offering steering wheel locks to residents to protect their vehicles.

Police are investigating the thefts, including two Hondas stolen from Allingtown, and a Nissan stolen in the center district and warn that the rate of Honda thefts a couple years ago was very high.

The department bought steering wheel locks, which are available to residents for free while the supply lasts.

West Haven residents can pick them up at the department between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.

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<![CDATA[Crashes Cause Delays on I-84 West]]> Wed, 25 Nov 2015 07:43:49 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Wednesday+waterbury+crash+on+I84+1200.jpg

Two crashes are causing delays in Interstate 84 West on what is already one of the busiest travel days of the year.

Five cars have been involved in a crash on I-84 West in Waterbury, between exits 25 and 23 and there are heavy delays.

There is another crash just before the Bulkeley Bridge in East Hartford and there are delays to exits 56.

For traffic updates, follow Heidi Voight on Twitter.

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<![CDATA[Man Shot at Cars, Dealership Employee]]> Wed, 25 Nov 2015 08:48:48 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/New+Country+Motor+Cars+1200.jpg

A man shot at an employee of a Hartford car dealership, hit a Mercedes and a Smart car, then went to McDonald’s, where he sat with a gun in his lap, until police officers took him into custody, according to police.

Police said the suspect, Willis Wright, 38, of Hartford, is emotionally disturbed and said he thought people were trying to kill him.

Police made the arrest after responding to New Country Motor Cars on Weston Street in Hartford at 7:10 p.m. when they received reports of an active shooter. The shooter was no longer there and witnesses said a man dressed in black, fired at least five shots, aimed at an employee in the east lot of the dealership, and damaged two vehicles.

As officers were still investigating at the car dealership, an employee from the McDonald's at 98 Weston Street called 911 and said a man was in the restaurant with a gun.

When officers responded to the McDonald's, they saw a man sitting with a revolver on his lap, so they held him at gunpoint and told him to put his hands in the air, then secured the gun and took Wright into custody, police said.

After officers put him in a cruiser, Wright said he was the one that was just shooting at the Mercedes dealership and had two guns, but tossed the gun he used to shoot at the dealership and left it behind 10 Weston Street, police said.

Police found the gun there and seized it.

Police said Wright is a convicted felon who and has several pending cases and he has no known connection to the car dealership.

Police seized a black .38 caliber Colt Detective Special Revolver that had six live rounds, a silver Sturm Ruger .357 Revolver with five spent shell casings.

A new 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLA250 SUV was damaged by gunshots that hit the passenger side of the roof and a new 2016 Smart Fortwo coupe had gunshot damage in the passenger side door.

Wright was charged with carrying a pistol without a permit, criminal possession of a firearm, criminal attempt at assault in the first degree, criminal mischief in the first degree and reckless endangerment in the first degree.

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<![CDATA[Lyme Teen Singer Advances to Top 10 on 'The Voice' ]]> Wed, 25 Nov 2015 14:09:53 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/braiden+sunshine.JPG

Lyme singer Braiden Sunshine has advanced to the Top 10 on "The Voice."

Braiden, a sophomore at Lyme-Old Lyme High School, sang for Team Gwen in Monday night's live performance when there were 11 singers left in the competition. America's votes have kept him in the running once again.

Host Carson Daly said in his introduction on the show Monday that this week's theme was family in light of the approaching Thanksgiving holiday, so the contestants got to spend the week with family as they prepared for this stage in the competition. Sunshine's father paid him a visit in his voice sessions with vocal coach Gwen Stefani, of No Doubt.

Last week, Sunshine sang a rendition of "Renegade" by Styx.

Sunshine made it through the voice battle and knockout rounds on Team Gwen to advance to the live shows. Sunshine is only 15 years old, one of the youngest contestants on the show, and that has stood to impress the judges throughout the season.

In addition to gaining vocal experience on the show, "The Voice" team has also been developing new looks for the teenager with the baby face. Lately, the show stylists have been slicking down his naturally curly hair and straightening it and he's been performing without his glasses.

Braiden has been singing since he was 5 years old and performing since he was 9. He's already been in bands. He says he wouldn’t be on "The Voice" if it wasn’t for his mom, Elizabeth Sunshine. She was the one who pushed him to audition in New Jersey.

Tune into "The Voice" next week to continue supporting Sunshine in the competition.

For future reference, you'll be able to cast your vote next week by going to nbc.com/thevoice or voting through "The Voice" app at www.nbc.com/the-voice/app.

You can also support Sunshine by downloading his songs in the competition from iTunes.

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<![CDATA[Windsor Locks Officials Back Plan for Casino]]> Wed, 25 Nov 2015 00:28:23 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/windsor+locks+casino+meeting+1200.jpg

Windsor Locks is moving forward with a proposal for a new casino after board members voted to endorse a plan submitted to Connecticut's tribes.

But before it can happen, the town will have to hold a hearing and give residents the opportunity to vote on bringing a casino to Windsor Locks.

"Really all that we did tonight was agree to enter into negotiations. And we also put some safeguards in so that the people of Windsor locks will have the opportunity to be heard and to vote before anything can possibly happen that would result in a casino here," Windsor Locks First Selectman said.

Three other towns are in the running for a casino.

The tribes are expected to make a decision next month.

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<![CDATA[Owner Arrested After Investigators Find Heroin, Cocaine in Bristol Store: Police]]> Wed, 25 Nov 2015 08:20:25 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/bristol+police+generic.jpg

The owner of a Bristol convenience store is facing charges after investigators found a significant amount of heroin and cocaine in his store.

State Department of Revenue Service personnel and a Bristol Police Narcotics Enforcement Team Responded to Stop and Save, a convenience store located at 143 Divinity Street in Bristol, to investigate a complaint about possible violations involving the sale of cigarettes and narcotics there, police said.

While investigators and a state police K-9 unit were inspecting the store, they found 600 bags of heroin amounting to the equivalent of about $6,000 and 7.4 grams of powdered cocaine worth about $700.

Police arrested store owner Juan Ramirez-Rosario, 30, of Waterbury, charging him with possession of narcotics with intent to sell and possession of narcotics.

Police are holding him in custody on a $250,000 bond and he is due in court on Nov. 25.

A tax enforcement agent also charged him with counterfeit tax stamp violation, sale of untaxed tobacco, sale of untaxed cigarettes and sale of loose cigarettes. He was released from the tax enforcement agent's custody on a $10,000 non-surety bond for those charges.

<![CDATA[Man Waterboarded Girlfriend Before Threatening Baby: Cops]]> Wed, 25 Nov 2015 04:41:37 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Richard+Stevenson+1200.jpg

A Meriden man previously charged with threatening to stab a relative’s 9-month-old baby at two gas stations to steal gas before leading state police on a nine-mile chase has been arrested on new charges of separately torturing and waterboarding his girlfriend in the basement of his Maple Street home, according to police.

According to the new arrest warrant served to Richard Stevenson, 25, on Friday, he had an argument with his girlfriend back in May. He then tied her hands and feet with shoelaces and placed a hammer and knife nearby, police said.

Court documents reveal Stevenson put a sock in her mouth and then began to pour water over the sock, into her mouth. The victim told police she began to feel as if she were drowning. It's a form of torture known as waterboarding.

In the arrest warrant, Stevenson's girlfriend said she eventually convinced him to let her go, he apologized, untied her and then went to sleep.

Authorities said Stevenson's criminal behavior didn't end there. Days later that month, they said surveillance video captured him entering a Wallingford gas station with a 9-month-old baby in his arms and put $8 on the counter while demanding $40 in gas. When the employee refused, Stevenson pointed a knife at the infant. The employee said he told Stevenson to go ahead and take whatever he wanted.

Police said Stevenson threatened to stab the baby again at a Meriden gas station. Authorities chased him for nine miles before taking him into custody.

Police say the child was not harmed and Stevenson was arrested in May in connection to the police chase and baby threatening incidents under investigation.

Now, police are also charging him with the reported torture of his girlfriend. The new warrant served to him on Friday charges him with first-degree unlawful restraint, third-degree assault and two counts of first-degree reckless endangerment.

Stevenson is being held on $245,000 bond.

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<![CDATA[ Research Group Warns Parents About Toys That May Be Toxic for Kids]]> Tue, 24 Nov 2015 23:14:22 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/toxic+toys+1200.jpg

The holiday shopping season is around the corner and there are some toys that may be dangerous for your child.

The Connecticut Public Interest Research Group said toys that are choking hazards include:

  • Pink Fairy Wand found at Dollar Tree stores has a plastic bead in the middle that easily twists off and children can choke on it.
  • Disney Pixar’s Finding Nemo Dory figurine found at Five Below breaks into a small part.
  • G2 Air Mini Football found at Give Below Breaks into a small part. The black plastic piece at the base easily comes off.
  • Disney Pixar Riplash Racers found at Marshall’s has a white plastic piece at the bottom intended to be removed and can be choked on.
  • Disney Planes found at Marshall’s has a plastic small propeller that detaches.
  • Nickelodeon Mermaid Dora found at Target has small arms that may break off.
  • Sonic Sound Sizzlers Noise magnets found a Family Dollar has strong magnets that nearly fit in a child’s throat and can harm internal organs when swallowed.
  • Singing Magnets found at Dollar Tree has strong magnets that nearly fit in a child’s throat and can harm internal organs when swallowed.
  • Magic Towel (football and baseball shaped) found at Dollar Tree has a small ball that could be a choking hazard.
  • PIRG tested certain toys’ noise levels with a hand-held decibel meter, not with the exact testing apparatus of the ASTM F963 standard, but exceeded its maximum noise levels.
  • Vtech Smart Wheels, Vtech Smart Animals, Vtech Spin and Learn Color Flashlight, Fisher Price Click N Learn, and Leap Frog Fridge Phonics all found at Target had decibel levels PIRG said was too loud for children, especially young ones who still are developing their hearing.
  • PIRG also tested toys with toxic metals. Preliminary testing revealing the Minions Locking Pencil Case and Slinky Jr. sold at Target and Magnetic Numbers sold at Dollar Tree contained levels higher than 60 ppm of chromium.
  • Fun Bubbles Jump Rope was found to contain 10,000 ppm of Phthalate DEHP, which is banned above 1,000 ppm, according to PIRG.

In response to PIRG’s report of hazardous toys, the Toy Industry Association said in a statement: “Nearly 85 percent of the products named in PIRG’s report were tested at a lab that is not accredited by the Consumer Product Safety Commission to do that testing, seriously calling into question the validity of their methods and results."

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<![CDATA[Army World War II Veteran Receives Overdue Medals]]> Wed, 25 Nov 2015 11:01:11 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Fred+Carlage+1200.jpg

An Army veteran was finally presented with long-overdue medals for the service he gave to the country during World War II many years ago.

Fred Carlage, 99, was honored in a ceremony on Tuesday at the Killingly Community Center in Danielson, Connecticut, where one of the state’s senators handed the medals to him personally.

“Here you are Fred,” U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal said, handing the medals to Carlage.

During his service, Carlage has earned and received the Air Medal and the Asiatic Pacific Service Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters. He also earned the World War II Victory Medal and World War II Lapel button, but never received them – until Tuesday.

Carlage, who received a standing ovation, said the medals were a surprise.

“Humbled is the word that comes to mind," he said.

Carlage’s daughter, Sharon Wojcik, made the moment even more special when she presented him with another token.

“Dad I want you to once again have this original officer's hat,” she said.

Carlage’s face lit up as his daughter placed the hat on him and thanked everyone with a salute to his audience.

Carlage served in World War II between 1941 and 1945 and flew 47 combat missions.

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<![CDATA[Dairy Farm Sells Development Rights Through Farm Preservation Program]]> Tue, 24 Nov 2015 20:48:55 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Mountain+Dairy+farm+1200.jpg

One of Connecticut's oldest surviving farms, founded in 1772, benefits from the latest use of the state government's farmland preservation program.

From dairy cows to milk containers, Mountain Dairy operates on about a thousand acres in Mansfield. Officials announced on Tuesday afternoon they will purchase development rights from the owners of Mountain Dairy and the farm, the Stearns family, for ten generations.

"This is a great opportunity for the Stearns family and we could continue farming here for another couple hundred years," Josh Stearns said.

In return for these development rights, the Stearns family gets about half a million dollars from the government to preserve 83 acres, with another 650 acres to be preserved down the line.

Steve Reviczky, Connecticut agriculture commissioner, said, "All you have to do is look across the valley there and you can see Eastern Connecticut State University, right up the road is UConn, you're sandwiched right between the two and there is always an opportunity of conversion of good farmland to non-agricultural uses. The purpose of the farmland preservation program is to take that threat away and to keep that land available forever."

He remembers rides to school on a Mountain Dairy delivery truck when he was a boy in Ashford. The Stearns family kept home delivery going as long as they could.

"Sales are up," said Josh Stearns, "but the community kinda misses the home delivery. But times have changed."

One thing that won't change now is the farmland itself - 83 acres of it, anyway.

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<![CDATA[Holiday Travel Bustling Despite Warnings of Terrorist Threats After Paris Attacks]]> Tue, 24 Nov 2015 20:36:20 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/214*120/delayed-flights.jpg

People traveling through Bradley Airport aren't letting fears of terrorism stop them despite the U.S. State Department issuing a worldwide travel alert.

Laurie Gruenloh, visiting Connecticut cousins from Mobile, Alabama, said, "We were actually in Belgium a month ago. We were in Brussels and it was a very safe environment at the time so it's been a little unnerving, I guess."

Bradley was busy on the Tuesday before Thanksgiving, with people ready to fly or finished flying.

"Leaving here, the security line was long with the Paris attacks," said Tim Jarvis, from West Hartford, "but I didn't have any problem today."

Amanda Scacchitti, heading back to Connecticut from Atlanta, said, "I do it just about every week for my job and I think as long as you get there in enough time and you pay attention to the rules and are prepared, it's not that bad."

People at Union Station in New Haven will see more security as well as more trains this weekend.

Craig Schulz, of Amtrak, said, "We're adding extra trains to the schedule, adding capacity, extra coaches where we can, to accommodate as many people as we can."

He said tomorrow and Sunday are Amtrak's busiest days of the year.

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<![CDATA[National Security Officials Advise Police to Watch Out for Surveillance of Soft Targets]]> Tue, 24 Nov 2015 23:44:38 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Policelightsgeneric.jpg

Hartford, New Haven and Connecticut State Police are among the agencies across the state to receive a new memo from national counter-terrorism officials.

Sent to 18,000 law enforcement agencies nationwide, the memo analyzes recent terrorist tactics with the hope of helping police guard against them.

“A bulletin was sent from Homeland Security, FBI just asking agencies to just be on alert with the recent threats through Paris and New York and that,” Trooper First Class Kelly Grant said.

After ISIS gunmen terrorized cafes, restaurants and a concert hall in Paris, the counter-terrorism officials asked police departments to “be on the lookout for suspicious people conducting surveillance of soft targets.”

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's office released the following statement:

“We always ask the public to remain vigilant, be aware of their surroundings, and recognize when something looks out of place or suspicious. If you see something, say something. Report it to authorities, tell them what you saw and why it stuck you as odd."

The FBI website identifies soft targets as shopping malls, supermarkets, residential buildings, schools and university and entertainment venues.

“Be aware of your surroundings,” Grant said, “Anybody acting suspiciously, anybody looks suspicious, you see a suspicious vehicle, you see somebody where you don’t think they should be, give us a call. It’s something we need to check out. We’d rather air on the side of caution.”

The memo, according to NBC News, warns local police departments to review for active shooter situations.

In downtown New Haven, Jimmy Nigretti runs a hot dog stand outside the financial building. He said he’s not worried about a terrorist attack.

“I’m always looking around, you got to be careful,” Nigretti said, “you never know, cause you have no power over craziness.”

Hartford Police Lt. Brandon O’Brien said the public can be vigilant without being paranoid.

“Pay attention to what happens in your neighborhood, around your place of work, to and from work, we don’t need to be paranoid about things,” said Lt. O’Brien, the commander of the Vice, Intelligence and Narcotics Division of Hartford Police, “what we do need to be is mindful of what’s taking place in the world around us.”

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<![CDATA[Family from Condemned Church Street South Apartment Moves Into New Home]]> Wed, 25 Nov 2015 11:17:43 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Residents+of++condemned+New+Haven+apartments+get+new+homes+1200.jpg

Finding replacement homes for residents in condemned Church Street South apartments has been tough because of New Haven’s tight housing market.

Fortunately for Yomaly Rivera, her family is one of the first ten to move out of a hotel and into a new home.

“It’s nothing like Church Street South,” Rivera said, showing off her new house.

There aren’t any leaks or mold in the house, which is a much more comfortable space for Rivera and her five children compared to the hotel room where they lived for nearly 3 months.

“We came Saturday and they didn’t want to leave,” Rivera said.

The storage pod with the family’s furniture finally arrived Tuesday, filled with the belongings they packed up when they were forced out of Church Street South.

224 families still live in the 47-year-old New Haven apartment complex, which the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development says cannot be saved with repairs.

“There is concern that the structural issues and the water infiltration will continue to affect the residents and will result in more emergency relocations over the coming winter months,” a HUD spokesperson wrote in a statement.

This Thanksgiving week, Rivera is just thankful she’s among the first to get a fresh start.

“We’re not going to be able to do Thanksgiving, but Christmas, the tree’s going to be up by then, everything’s going to be more situated,” Rivera said.

Property owner Northland Investment Corporation and the Housing Authority of the City of New Haven (HANH) are working with the City of New Haven Livable City Initiative (LCI) and HUD to find new subsidized housing for families still living in the deteriorated Church Street South apartments.

“Our sole focus is the relocation of the Church Street South families into safe, quality, permanent housing, “ said Larry Gottesdiener, Chief Executive Officer of Northland Investment Corporation. “Northland is working tirelessly with LCI, HUD and HANH to achieve this goal and we will remain committed to this process until every family has found a new home that meets their needs.”

While nearly 50 families are still staying in hotels, six more are expected to move into new homes after Dec. 1. About 15 families relocated to hotels have selected new homes, but those units are still in the process of being inspected by HUD inspectors.

Northland has pledged to continue covering hotel room costs and pay the gap in rent not covered by the HUD subsidy for the families moving into new homes.

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<![CDATA[Special Session Eyed for Budget Deal]]> Tue, 24 Nov 2015 19:46:17 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/181*120/gov+dannel+malloy+2.jpg

Top Democrats, Republicans and Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said Tuesday that they've circled Dec.  7 as their target date to start a Special Session to address a projected budget shortfall of nearly $400 million.

The parties met for three hours Tuesday in what was described as the most productive met between the sides.

State Sen. Martin Looney (D - New Haven) the top Democrat in the Democratic controlled State Senate said, “We had hopeful and productive discussions today and we’re going to continue those and we think we have narrowed a lot of the differences between us and we are moving closer.”

While lawmakers were tight-lipped about the major substance of discussions, they did say they received a new estimate from the nonpartisan Office of Fiscal Analysis regarding the cost of a Retirement Incentive Program or "RIP" for eligible state workers. Senate Democrats, Senate Republicans and House Republicans had proposed the RIP as a way to remove expensive state employees from the system in order to save what was initially projected to save the state $80 million.

State Sen. Len Fasano (R - North Haven) said when the group emerged from the meeting that the new fiscal analysis office estimate for such a program would actually save $40 million, far less than expected.

Gov. Malloy said following the meeting that he didn't want to "muddy the waters" with his own impressions of how discussions went or how certain budget proposals were received. He did say, however, that changing the unitary tax to be targeted at big box stores who report Connecticut earned profits out of state, is a top priority.

“Those business tax things I think are pro-business and creates a better climate and so I would hope we can get those done.”

The groups will meet again next week following the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.

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<![CDATA[Police Investigate Multiple Fraudulent Check Cashing Incidents in Connecticut]]> Wed, 25 Nov 2015 04:50:14 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/felony+lane+gang+suspects+1200.jpg

Authorities are investigating various attempts to cash checks stolen from cars in several Connecticut towns.

Back on Oct. 29, the NBC Connecticut Troubleshooters revealed details about a gang of burglars called the "Felony Lane Gang" targeting cars in parking lots and committing smash-and-grab burglaries around the state.

The 700-member gang has hit more than 40 states and racked up hundreds of millions of dollars in losses for victims. A three-member crew broke windows in three separate vehicles in the Darien YMCA parking lot in September and stole purses, credit cards and checks, police previously said.

Most recently, the Felony Lane Gang national task force reported incidents on its Facebook page of attempts to cash stolen checks taken from car in Connecticut.

One woman caught on surveillance cameras tried to cash stolen checks in the drive-thru at multiple banks in the Southington area while donning different wigs each time, according to the task force.

Authorities believe she stole checks from vehicles at LA Fitness in Norwalk.

The task force released bank surveillance photos showing the woman at a bank in Milford on Nov. 10. Anyone who recognizes the suspect is asked to contact Southington Police Det. Scott Wojenski at 860-378-1644.

Earlier in the month, on Nov. 3, employees at a bank in Prospect reported that a woman tried to cash personal checks stolen from a vehicle in Darien after she had cashed two checks the day before, according to investigators. The woman displayed a Connecticut driver's license and bank card of a Cheshire woman who reported her purse stolen from her car while she had been parked at a gym, the task force said. The suspect was driving a newer model gray Nissan SUV on Nov. 2, according to investigators.

On Nov. 3, she was driving a newer white Hyundai with Connecticut license plate AA42642, stolen from a gray Chevrolet SUV in Portland, according to investigators, who said it appeared she was wearing a wig to look like the woman in the driver's license photo. The gray SUV she was seen in had stickers on the lower corner of the windshield.

Anyone who recognizes the woman from that photo is asked to contact State Police Trooper First Class Matt Comeau in the Prospect Resident Trooper Office at 203-758-6150. 

It's unclear if the suspect in each case is the same person or whether they're connected, but the crimes are similar and were both posted on the task force's Facebook page.

Click here to read more about the Felony Lane Gang and how to protect yourself from behing a victim. More information is also available on the task force's Facebook page.

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<![CDATA[Robbers Hit Employee in Face, Pulled Knife on Witness]]> Tue, 24 Nov 2015 15:41:14 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/House+of+Tobacco+robbery+1200.jpg

West Hartford police are trying to identify two men who robbed a West Hartford tobacco shop, hit an employee in the face and pulled a knife on a customer.

The first robber went into the House of Tobacco, at 1253 New Britain Ave., just before 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, approached the employee and asked for change, police said.

When the cashier opened the register, the man pulled out a black gun, hit the employee in the face and took cash from the register, police said.

As a witness entered the store, another robber enters the store, approached the witness with a knife and demanded his wallet, police said.

The other robber continued to grab more cash from the register as this was happening, police said.

The two robbers then left in a dark
vehicle, which might have been an SUV.

The robber with the gun was wearing a dark hooded sweat shirt, dark pants, and a black baseball hat and has a distinctive tattoo under his left eye, police said.

The robber with the knife was wearing a black hoodie and pants.

Anyone with information should call Detective Ben DelMonte at 860-570-8877

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<![CDATA[Skunk Tests Positive for Rabies in Waterford]]> Tue, 24 Nov 2015 15:31:38 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/skunk3.jpg

A skunk in Waterford has tested positive for rabies, according to the Ledge Light Health District.

The skunk was discovered in the area of Avery Lane and was tested for rabies. The results came out positive on Monday.

The health district warns the public not to feed or approach animals that are wild or stray.

No further information was immediately available. It's unknown if anyone was injured.

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<![CDATA[2 Transported After School Bus and Car Collide in Thomaston]]> Tue, 24 Nov 2015 17:59:25 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/webpicbus31915.jpg

A car and a Thomaston school bus were involved in a crash on Watertown Road in Thomaston and two people were transported from the scene.

Thomaston Superintendent Francine Coss sent the following statement to parents and staff regarding the crash:

"Bus number 81 carrying students from Thomaston High School has been involved in a minor accident. There are four (4) students on the bus. Those parents will be contacted directly by administration. A substitute bus will be used to pickup Black Rock and Center School students who ride Bus 81," Coss said.

The crash happened at the Waterbury Road intersection.

The road was closed, but the scene was clearing as of 3:50 pm.

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<![CDATA[Shoplifter Leads State Police on Pursuit on Merritt Parkway: Police]]> Tue, 24 Nov 2015 22:45:22 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/connecticut+state+police+cruiser+lights.jpg

A shoplifter led state police on a pursuit along the Merritt Parkway that started in Hamden and ended in Woodbridge, state police said.

State police said the chase was brief and stemmed from a shoplifting incident in Hamden.

The pursuit went as far south as Woodbridge and state police stopped it without catching the shoplifter, state police said.

No further information was immediately available.

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<![CDATA[Man Busted Selling Fake Justin Bieber Tickets: Police]]> Tue, 24 Nov 2015 23:57:09 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Chad+Aceto+1200.jpg

Hartford police arrested a man accused of trying to sell fake tickets to the upcoming Justin Bieber concert in Hartford and said they found several fake tickets for other events as well.

Police started investigating after receiving several complaints about someone selling fake tickets to local events on Craigslist, so they gave the case to the Hartford Police Vice and Narcotics Unit, who nabbed a suspect by going undercover.

The investigators set up a meeting to buy four Justin Bieber concert tickets and met with Chad Aceto, 22, of Hartford, at 5:30 p.m. on Monday.

He had four fake tickets to the show, police said, and that was just a part of what police found.

In a nearby apartment, detectives recovered several more fake tickets for upcoming shows at the XL Center and Mohegan Sun Casino.

Investigators also found a black Harrington Richardson revolver, two stun guns, paper trimmers, glue sticks and several other things used to make fraudulent tickets in the apartment as well.

After being taken into custody, police said Aceto admitted to selling fraudulent tickets before.

Hartford police said they are investigating 18 documented cases in Hartford involving fake tickets and that 15 are very similar to this case. Police plan on applying for further arrest warrants and that the investigation into such cases are ongoing as more complaints come forward.

The NBC Connecticut Troubleshooters investigated the sales of fake concert tickets in 2014 and spoke with Chris Lawrence, the general manager at the XL Center in Hartford and Rentschler Field in East Hartford, who said the percentage of fake tickets goes up when the event is more in demand and there are signs to look for to make sure your ticket is not a fake.

He suggested analyzing tickets to see if anything that should be there is missing and for misplaced punctuation and misspellings.

"Make sure that you are getting a seat, a section, a number, basically anything that goes on a ticket. Because sometimes you will see a section and a row but there won’t be a seat," Lawrence said last year.

The best way to verify that your tickets are real is to purchase them through the venues or their official websites.

Police also advise people to be smart about where they're meeting someone to buy tickets and remind the public the police department offers a safe zone in its parking lot.

Aceto was charged with conspiracy to commit larceny in the fifth degree, conspiracy to commit forgery in the second degree, interfering with police, second-degree forgery, criminal possession of a firearm and fifth-degree larceny.

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<![CDATA[Retired Firefighter Pulled From Burning Wethersfield Home Has Died: Officials]]> Tue, 24 Nov 2015 13:54:30 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Wethersfield+House+Fire+1200.jpg

A former firefighter who was pulled from a burning home on Brimfield Road in Wethersfield, Connecticut, last week has died, according to the Wethersfield Volunteer Fire Department.

Firefighters identified the man as Keron Larkin. 

"The pain of the tragic loss of Mr. Larkin, a long time Wethersfield resident and former Wethersfield firefighter, will be felt by every member of the Department and the entire community," the fire department said in a news release.   

Firefighters responded to the fire in the single-story ranch house at 8:42 p.m. on Nov. 18 and found Larkin unconscious, on the living room floor.

They pulled him from the house and to an ambulance waiting to take him to Hartford Hospital. 

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the Larkin family during this time of great sadness," the fire department said in a statement.

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<![CDATA[Serious Crash on Columbus Boulevard in Hartford]]> Tue, 24 Nov 2015 13:47:41 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Rollover+in+Hartford+1200_edited-1.jpg

Police have responded to a two-car crash on Columbus Boulevard in Hartford and said there are life-threatening injuries.

Witnesses said the rollover is in front of the Connecticut Science Center.

No additional information was immediately available.

Check back for updates.

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<![CDATA[Woodland School in East Hartford Was Placed on Lockdown]]> Tue, 24 Nov 2015 14:33:14 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Woodland+School+East+Hartford+Police+1200.jpg

The Woodland School in East Hartford was on lockdown on Tuesday afternoon and police responded to the school, according to the superintendent’s office and police dispatchers.

A person who answered the phone in the superintendent’s office said the school went into lockdown at 12:30 p.m.

Shortly after 1 p.m., police said they would be leaving the scene soon.

No additional information was available.

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<![CDATA[Suspicious Package at Naval Reserve Center Was Candy]]> Tue, 24 Nov 2015 12:46:09 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/stamford+police+cruiser+generic.jpg

Police responded to the Naval Reserve Center in Stamford to investigate a suspicious package, but it turned out to be a package of candy someone had sent to them.

Police responded to 1096 High Ridge Road on Tuesday and determined the suspicious package contained candy. The scene is clear.

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<![CDATA[Police Arrest Car Theft Suspect]]> Tue, 24 Nov 2015 12:23:33 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Cody+Benjamin+Farley+1200.jpg

West Hartford police have arrested a local man in connection with several car burglaries in Newington and are looking into whether he is involved in car thefts and break-ins in West Hartford as well.

Police said Cody Benjamin Farley, 18, of West Hartford, was seen on New Park Ave 3:30 p.m. on Monday in a Toyota Avalon that was stolen from Newington. The vehicle was tied to a rash of car burglaries in their town, police said.

West Hartford police are investigating three car thefts and break-ins of 27 unlocked vehicles and have arrested one suspect

Farley was charged with larceny I the third degree, conspiracy to commit larceny in the third degree, criminal trover in the first degree, interfering with an officer and possession of burglary tools.

Farley was unable to post a $10,000 surety bond. If he does post bond, he will appear in Hartford Superior Court on Dec. 23.

State police also charged Farley with leaving the scene of a crash earlier in the day, according to West Hartford Police.

Bloomfield police are also investigating several car burglaries there on Nov. 19.

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<![CDATA[East Hartford Teen Reported Missing Is Back Home]]> Tue, 24 Nov 2015 10:43:45 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Alysia+Kowalski+1200.jpg

An East Hartford teen who was reported missing on Monday is back home, according to police. 

Fifteen-year-old Alysia Kowalski, of East Hartford, had been missing since Nov. 14, but has returned home, police said on Tuesday. 

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<![CDATA[Firefighters Clear Scene at Northwest Catholic in West Hartford ]]> Tue, 24 Nov 2015 11:21:55 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Northwest+Catholic+High+School+1200.jpg

Firefighters responded to Northwest Catholic High School in West Hartford after smoke was reported, but the scene is clear.

The fire department received a call reporting smoke in the gym at 10:20 a.m. and students were evacuated for around 10 minutes. 

The smoke cleared on its own and the scene is cleared.

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<![CDATA[Online Comment Leads to Extra Police at Greenwich High School]]> Tue, 24 Nov 2015 09:46:14 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Greenwich+High+School+1200.jpg

Extra police are at Greenwich High School as a precaution after the school raised security concerns about a threatening comment.

Police said the school received an anonymous online comment last night that was not specific, but might be interpreted as a threat.

Extra police are at the school out of an abundance of caution, according to police, who said they are comfortable that the school is safe and secure and believe the school will be following its normal routine.

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<![CDATA[Water Main Break in Stratford]]> Tue, 24 Nov 2015 07:59:37 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/stratford+police+cruiser+generic.jpg

Crews are working on repairing a break in a water main at Main Street and Broadbridge Avenue in Stratford.

The break is on the north side of the bridge, away from Linden Avenue, and the road is down to one lane.

Officials said it the repair work could take all day.

The break was reported between 12:30 a.m. and 1 a.m.

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