<![CDATA[NBC Connecticut - Connecticut News]]> Copyright 2014 http://www.nbcconnecticut.com/news/local http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/NBC_Connecticut.png NBC Connecticut http://www.nbcconnecticut.com en-us Wed, 30 Jul 2014 07:19:13 -0400 Wed, 30 Jul 2014 07:19:13 -0400 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Teen Accused in Fatal School Stabbing Due in Court]]> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 07:08:04 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/chris+plaskon+in+court+2.jpg

A Connecticut teen accused of stabbing his classmate to death at a Milford high school hours before the prom is due in court on Wednesday.

Christopher Plaskon, 17, is accused of stabbing and killing Maren Sanchez, also 16, inside Jonathan Law High School in April in an attack some students said might have been motivated by anger that she would not go to the prom with him. He pleaded not guiltyin June.

Plaskon, who has been charged as an adult with murder, waived a trial by jury and his case will insted go before a three-judge panel.

His defense team said has said it is considering a mental health defense and believe that a three-judge panel might handle that better.

Plaskon is being held at Manson Youth Training Institute, a correctional facility in Cheshire for boys and young men between the ages of 12 and 19.

Police have said Plaskon was spotted just moments after the April 25 stabbing with blood on his hands and clothing. "I did it. Just arrest me," he told authorities, according to police paperwork released. Police said they recovered a knife in the hallway, not far from where Sanchez was attacked.

The medical examiner concluded that Sanchez died of stab wounds to the torso and neck. Her death was ruled a homicide.

Defense attorney Richard Meehan said in an e-mail that Plaskon will be in court with his uncle, who has been appointed his guardian. He said the defense team's is proceeding and he did not have further comment on the defense efforts.


<![CDATA[Police Investigate Sex Assault at Southington Motel 6]]> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 06:56:24 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Southington+Motel+6.JPG

Police are investigating a sexual assault at a Motel 6 in Southington early Wednesday morning.

The assault took place around 2:45 a.m. at 625 Queen Street, according to police, and officers in several towns are looking for the assailant.

Whether the victim knew the person who committed the assault is not known.

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<![CDATA[Skakel's Defense to File Motion to Suppress Audio Evidence ]]> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 07:17:10 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/michael+skakel+released+bond.jpg

Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel will appear in Stamford Superior Court on Wednesday to face the state's appeal of a ruling nearly a year ago that allowed his release from prison pending a new trial in the case of the 1975 murder of Greenwich neighbor Martha Moxley. 

Last October, after serving 11-and-a-half years in jail for his 2002 conviction in Moxley's murder, Judge Thomas Bishop ruled that Skakel's former trial attorney failed to adequately represent him in 2002 and granted a new trial. After posting bail, he walked free from prison last November.

The state is hoping a judge will reverse that decision, but if the judge doesn't rule in their favor,  Skakel will get a new trial. His attorneys are fighting to keep him a free man.

The Greenwich Times reported that Skakel's defense is also filing motions to bar audio tapes Skakel made for a memoir from being used in future court proceedings. The audio tapes were meant as a resource for ghost writer Richard Hoffman to pen Skakel's memoir, "Dead Man Talking: A Kennedy Cousin Comes Clean," the newspaper reported.

Skakel's criminal defense attorney, Stephan Seeger told NBC's Ronn Mott that he's ready to prove his client is Innocent.

"And that's something that the public needs to know. And I think that if the public learns more about the evidence we have especially more approximate evidence that people will start to change their mind about what happened in this case," he told NBC.

The full interview with Skakel's attorney will air on The Today Show this morning.

Skakel's hearing at Stamford Superior Court hearing is expected to start at 2 p.m.

<![CDATA[Connecticut Among States With Least Debt: Report]]> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 22:22:14 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/160*120/cashwad.jpg

Every day, millions of Americans find themselves struggling with personal debt; state by state, city by city, financial woes associated with debt can be found virtually everywhere across the country.

But in the grand scheme of things, residents in Connecticut seem to be managing their debt very well. The Nutmeg State ranks among the lowest 10 states that are affected by personal debt, according to a new report conducted by the Urban Institute.

According to the report, 26.2 percent of households in Connecticut have their debt in collection – almost a full 9 percent lower than the national average, which sits at 35.1 percent.

Connecticut’s percentage is also a whopping 21 percent lower than Nevada, the nation’s leader in households with debt in collection, at 47 percent, the report says.

The lowest 10 include:

  • North Dakota, at 19.3 percent
  • Minnesota, at 19.8 percent
  • South Dakota, at 20.8 percent
  • Hawaii, at 22.7 percent
  • Massachusetts, at 23 percent
  • Vermont, at 23.7 percent
  • Connecticut, at 26.2 percent
  • Iowa, at 26.3 percent

In fact, New England as a whole faired very well in the Urban Institute’s debt research, with the entire region holding a debt-in-collection of 25.3 percent, nearly 10 percent below the national average, the report concludes.

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<![CDATA[Police Make Drug Bust at Manchester Motel]]> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 22:54:10 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/manchester+drug+mugs.jpg

Police headed to a Manchester motel Tuesday after receiving reports of drugs and prostitution there and left with a Willimantic man and woman in handcuffs.

Officers were conducting surveillance at the Studio 6 Motel on Spencer Street when they learned that a man had planned to meet a prostitute in one of the rooms, police said.

They watched as 44-year-old Aubrey Johnson knocked on the door and tossed objects into a garbage can on the front porch. Police said those objects turned out to be packets of heroin.

Officers approached Johnson’s car and found 30-year-old Amanda Pelletier sitting in the driver’s seat, rolling marijuana into a blunt, according to police.

A search of the car turned up more than 16 grams worth $600 of cocaine, 96 “Block Party” heroin packets worth $500, 9 grams of marijuana valued at $100, more than $1,000 cash and several cellphones, police said.

Johnson and Pelletier were arrested and charged with a string of drug offenses, including possession of cocaine, heroin and marijuana, possession with intent to sell and possession of drugs in a school zone.

Their bonds were set at $100,000 each.

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<![CDATA[Elderly Woman Struck By Car in Critical Condition]]> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 21:42:10 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/ellington+scene+1.jpg

A woman in her 80s was airlifted to Saint Francis Hospital in Hartford, where she's listed in critical condition, after she was struck by a car on Middle Road in Ellington Tuesday evening, according to state police.

Police said the woman lives in the area of 87 Middle Road and was hit by a Ford Focus while getting her mail.

LifeStar was called to the scene to bring the woman to the hospital.

The offending driver, a man who is also in his 80s, was not injured. Police said it doesn't appear the Ford Focus was speeding, and authorities don't believe the driver was intoxicated or suffered a medical condition.

Police said it's possible that poor visiblity contributed to to the collision, since the scene of the crash is located around a curve on a hilltop.

Middle Road was closed in the area for several hours following the crash.

No charges have been filed.

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<![CDATA[Controversy Surrounds Ads on Connecticut River Ferries]]> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 18:37:47 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/rocky+hill+ferry+ad.jpg

Advertisements for a law firm flanking the sides of two Connecticut River ferries will come down and be redesigned following backlash from passengers.

Carter Mario Injury Lawyers advertises on CT Transit buses, and this year, the same banners have adorned the Hadlyme-Chester and Glastonbury-Rocky Hill ferries – until today.

"The advertiser requested that the signs be removed from both ferries," said Kevin Nursick of the state Department of Transportation, "so that they can be modified to more accurately reflect the context and character of both of those ferries."

Cindy Mario, of Carter Mario Injury Lawyers, agreed that the ferry "is not the place for advertising" and said the firm only agreed to it after the company responsible for its bus advertisements "explained that the ferry is in trouble and they need money to keep advertising so they had to turn to advertising."

"Putting our bus billboard up there was not the plan," she said in an email to NBC Connecticut on Tuesday, adding that the firm is designing another ad better suited to the "beautiful and serene" nature of the ferry.

"We are in the process of having some artwork done with an old antique picture of the ferry and perhaps an educational timeline," she explained.

One of the ads has already been removed from a ferry traveling between Glastonbury and Rocky Hill.

Ferry passengers said they were surprised and unsettled by the presence of advertisements on board.

“I wasn’t expecting it at all. It kind of took away from our trip,” said Daniella Markowski, of New Britain. “We were going up to see Gillette Castle and I wasn’t expecting to see any kind of advertisements, just one nice day.”

Nursick said the DOT will keep the $5,000 paid for the ads, and that the money will go toward offsetting the massive operating loss of more than half a million dollars per year, he said.

The DOT raised ferry fares this year in an effort to compensate for lost revenue, and selling ad space brought in an additional $5,000.

Carter Mario issued the following statement Tuesday:

"We agree and can empathize with many of your viewers that the ferries are not the place for advertising. The fact is that Carter Mario Injury Lawyers was approached by Signal Outdoor, which contracts ad space with the CT Department of Transportation for their busses and ferries. We were asked to place ads on the ferries for this season due to the fact that the ferries in our state needed revenue via advertising to help keep them operating.

"We agreed to place ads in that spirit – a Connecticut business lending a helping hand to a truly iconic part of our Connecticut River.

"The artwork that was placed on the ferries by Signal Outdoor was actually placed without the law firm’s approval, which was the same artwork as the law firm’s bus advertising, seen statewide.

"When we learned that the ads were running, we asked the CT D.O.T and Signal to take down the ads immediately so that something more fitting could be designed and put in its place honoring the ferries and their history.

"We are currently working with our ad agency to design a historically-inspired timeline mural of the Connecticut River and the ferries – which we hope will be in place soon.

"We will continue to give support to worthy causes, like the ferries, across our state, as our firm does each year, donating over $150,000 to various charities in 2014 alone.”

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<![CDATA[Hartford Officer Suspended Amid Criminal Investigation]]> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 18:20:21 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/hartford+police+generic+2.JPG

Hartford police are investigating one of their own, who’s been forced to turn in his gun and badge and stay away from police headquarters.

The allegations involve Officer Luis Feliciano’s actions at the Walmart on Flatbush Avenue in Hartford. Police are investigating claims that he stole merchandise while working on a private-duty security job, according to police sources.

One source told NBC Connecticut some of the questionable conduct was caught on tape.

Police sources said Feliciano has been suspended as a criminal investigation gets underway. Police have not made an arrest in the case.

“Yesterday we suspended an officer with pay as a part of an administrative protocol and there is an ongoing criminal investigation right now,” said Deputy Chief Brian Foley of the Hartford Police Department.

Police union president Sgt. Richard Holton declined to comment, citing the ongoing investigation.

Walmart also declined to comment.

This incident comes about a year and a half after Hartford police confirm Feliciano’s department-issued gun was stolen in Springfield, Massachusetts. Hartford police released no other details about that incident.

<![CDATA[Mom Charged in Crash That Killed RHAM Teacher]]> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 22:42:09 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Dawn+Mallory+and+RHAM+Crash.jpg

The Hebron mom whose car struck and killed a RHAM Middle School teacher in the school parking lot earlier this year is facing charges that could land her behind bars for up to five years.

Earlier this week, authorities obtained an arrest warrant charging 50-year-old Elizabeth Everett with misconduct with a motor vehicle – a felony – and unsafe backing.

She's accused of backing over 65-year-old Dawn Mallory-Bushor, a seventh-grade math teacher, in March after accidentally driving into the bus lane at RHAM while dropping off her child.

Mallory was walking into the building when she was struck. She was rushed to the hospital in criticla condition, where she later died.

Everett turned herself in at State Police Troop K barracks Tuesday afternoon, police said. She was released after posting $100,000 bond and is due in Rockville Superior Court on Aug. 12.

Following the deadly collision, the town of Hebron added speed bumps and modified traffic patterns in the school parking lot in an effort to improve safety.

Just a couple weeks ago, the town received a notice on behalf of Mallory’s estate detailing plans to sue on account of “a dangerous or defective roadway” that led to the teacher's death.

Hebron's town manager declined to comment on the arrest Tuesday.

<![CDATA[Motorcycle Driver Airlifted to Hospital]]> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 18:48:09 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/lifestar+flying_fixed.jpg

LifeStar responded to a motorcycle crash on Route 4 near Route 63 in Goshen Tuesday afternoon, according to police.

State police troopers were also at the scene.

There has been no word on injuries. The state Department of Transportation reports that Route 4 was closed for nearly two hours following the crash.

No additional information was immediately available.

Check back for updates.

<![CDATA[It’s National Chicken Wing Day]]> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 16:43:14 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Buffalo-Wings-Generic.jpg

National Chicken Wing Day has apparently been a thing since 1977, and it’s a great excuse to dine in or take out from your favorite wing place.

We have several to choose from in Connecticut.

J. Timothy’s Tavern in Plainvillle is offering a free beer glass with any order of wings today in celebration.

Hooters locations are offering all-you-can-eat wings for $12.99 all day long.

Slider’s has "2 Fer Tuesday’s," so you can get two orders of six bone-in wings for the price of one from 8 p.m.to 10 p.m.

If you are in Danbury, head to TK’s and choose from 52 flavors.

Tavern House Grill in Tolland offers a large variety of wings, including bee sting, bourbon, sweet and sour, chipotle, garlic and more.

If you are in New Haven, Fairfield, Milford, Wallingford and Derby, head to Archie Moore’s.

East Side Café in Norwalk serves up buffalo, barbeque, mild, and Asian fusion wings.

Connecticut is also home to several Buffalo Wild Wings locations.

Where is your favorite place for wings in Connecticut?


<![CDATA[Charles W. Morgan Comes Back to Connecticut]]> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 15:49:23 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/charles+morgan+sunday+2+edit.jpg

The world’s oldest wooden whaling ship is wrapping up its 38th voyage and coming home to Connecticut.

The 173-year-old Charles W. Morgan departed Mystic Seaport in May for a tour of the New England coast. The Morgan wrapped up its time in Massachusetts today and set sail for New London, its final stop before it returns to Mystic on Aug. 6.

The Morgan is set to arrive at New London’s City Pier around 10 a.m. July 30, depending on weather conditions. You can track the ship’s progress online by visiting the Mystic Seaport Web site.

After leaving New London, the Morgan will spend three days on Long Island Sound from July 31 to Aug. 2 and will not be open to the public during that time.

A homecoming celebration will take place Aug. 6 in Mystic beginning at 5 p.m. The Morgan is expected to arrive around 6:15 that evening.

It’s the ship’s first voyage in 100 years and comes following a $12-million five-year restoration.

<![CDATA[Estate of Mother Killed in Murder-Suicide Files Suit]]> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 15:39:42 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/alexander+kyla+ryng+bristol.jpg

The family of a young mother of three who was killed in a murder-suicide is suing the estate of the husband who police said killed her.

Police said Alexander Ryng, 26, killed his 27-year-old wife, Kyla Ring on June 4 in their Bristol home, then shot and killed himself.

The couple’s children were 4, 3 and 20 months at the time. 

"Our only concern is providing for the children. Mr Ryng lacked the capacity to understand his actions.

Now, the family and our office must do what we can to help them both emotionally and financially" said attorney Paul Iannaccone, of the law firm of RisCassi and Davis, who is representing the estate of Kyla Ryng.

The lawsuit, which was filed on Tuesday in New Britain Superior Court, .

It states that Alexander Ryng  suffered from severe mental illness and had become severely agitated and increasingly violent over Kyla's filing for divorce.. 

"This is an unspeakable tragedy.  Mr Ryng was on a downward spiral of mental illness that unfortunately resulted in the death of his wife" said Iannaccone.  


<![CDATA[Family of Southington Teen Killed in Fire Plans to Sue Town]]> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 15:17:36 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/southington+fatal+fire+kristen+milano.jpg

Attorneys for the family of a Southington teen who died in an apartment fire last month have filed an intent to sue the town and fire department for negligence in failing to realize the 19-year-old was still inside the burning building when firefighters responded to the scene.

Kristen Milano died June 22 when her unit at Summer Brook Apartments went up in flames early that morning. Her death was ruled a homicide, and police charged 18-year-old Eric Morelli in her death. Friends and neighbors said Morelli may have been trying to wake Milano’s brother by throwing a lit firecracker at the apartment window.

Morelli was charged with first-degree manslaughter and three counts of first-degree reckless endangerment. He appeared in court for the second time Tuesday and his case was subsequently transferred to New Britain, according to Bristol Superior Court.

The warrant for Morelli’s arrest remains sealed. He’s due back in court Sept. 4.

Firefighters at the scene initially believed everyone had made it out safely. It wasn’t until later, when they were searching the apartment, that they found Milano’s body in a second-floor bedroom, the Associated Press reports.

Now Milano’s family is planning to sue the town, according to a notice from attorney Marisa A. Bellair with Lynch, Traub, Keefe & Errante addressed to the town clerk and fire chief.

The notice alleges that “the Southington Fire Department and/or the Southington Volunteer Fire Department… was negligent in its response to a structure fire at 32A [Darling] Street… in that it/they, or its/their agents, servants or employees failed to perform its/their duties as would reasonable firefighters and/or volunteer firefighters considering the circumstances in that they failed to locate the plaintiff, who was asleep in a bedroom in the structure. The plaintiff claims further that said negligence was a direct and proximate cause of death of the plaintiff.”

The Southington Town Manager’s office declined to comment on the case, citing pending litigation.

<![CDATA[Coventry Man Reported Missing]]> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 14:15:55 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Thomas+McManus+and+Chevy+Astro+Van.jpg

Police are asking for help to find a Coventry man who has been missing since Monday.

The last time anyone spoke to Thomas McManus, 51, was around 4:30 a.m. on Monday and a Silver Alert was issued just before 9 a.m. on Monday.

McManus has blue eyes and grey hair. He is around 5-feet-10 and weighs 185 pounds.

When he was last seen, he was wearing a green polo shirt. 

He is driving a 2004 Chevy Astro Van with Connecticut plate 1784CK.

Anyone information should call the Coventry Police at (860) 742-7331. 

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<![CDATA[Police Respond to Crash at Routes 6 and 44 in Bolton]]> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 14:41:30 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/police-lights-shutterstock_1318124121.jpg

State police troopers responded to a crash involving a car and two motorcycles near the intersection of Route 6/Hop River Road and Route 44/Boston Turnpike in Bolton on Tuesday afternoon.

The state Department of Transportation reports that the intersection was closed near Williams Road while authorities responded to the scene.

As of about 2:30 p.m., the road was open and the vehicles were being towed from the scene. The car apparently sustained front-end damage.

There has been no word on injuries.

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<![CDATA[Missing 12-Year-Old Hamden Girl Found]]> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 13:42:32 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Imani+Reid+Edited.jpg

A missing 12-year-old Hamden girl has been found after police issued a Silver Alert for her when she didn't return home Saturday night.

Imani Reid, of Hamden, was missing since Saturday, last seen at 9 p.m. on the New Haven Green. Police described her as an endangered runaway.

There was a Salt-N-Pepa concert on the Green that evening at 7 p.m. as part of the free Music on the Green concert series, but it's unclear at this time whether Reid attended the concert.


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<![CDATA[Panhandler Stabbed in New Haven]]> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 12:55:33 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/New+Haven+police+photo.jpg

Police are searching for the man who stabbed a 52-year-old panhandler on Monday afternoon in New Haven.

The victim was standing in front of a market in the 300 block of Grand Avenue when he asked a man for money to buy cigarettes and they got into a heated argument, according to police.

When the customer left the store, the argument continued and the victim told police the man had something in his hand and raised it.

The victim thought it was a gun, so he ran across the street.

The other man ran after the victim, stabbed him in the upper back, then got into a black Honda driven by a woman and fled, according to police.

Police and EMTs responded to Grand Street after getting a report through 911.

The victim's injury was minor, according to police, and he was released from Yale- New Haven Hospital after being treated.

Detectives are going through surveillance footage from the area to try and find the assailant.


<![CDATA[Lake Waramaug Reopens]]> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 12:13:01 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Lake+Waramaug.jpg

Lake Waramaug in Kent has reopened after closing due to a water quality issue, according to the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.

The swimming area at the state park was closed since Wednesday due to high bacteria levels in the water.

That may have been due to run off or rainy weather, according to DEEP.

DEEP tested the water quality at Connecticut's state beaches Monday and said that all are open.

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<![CDATA[Milford Clerk Shot in Leg Wrestles Pistol From Robber]]> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 22:34:17 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Milford+Quick+Food+Mart+Robbery.jpg

The quick thinking of a clerk who was shot during an armed robbery Monday night in Milford may have spared him serious injury.

A clerk was shot during an armed robbery at Quick Food Mart in Milford on Monday night, but his quick thinking may have spared him serious injury.

Police said the robber walked into the Quick Food Mart at 305 New Haven Avenue around 11 p.m. Monday and shot an employee in the leg after demanding money

That employee, Jehan Zeb, recounted the harrowing encounter Tuesday night. He's sporting crutches but expected to be fine.

"I see the pistol and at that time, he came here inside the register area and tell me, 'Hands up and give me money," Zeb said.

The robber then fired two rounds, one of which hit him in the leg, he explained.

"And the third time, they target my forehead," Zeb said. He opened the register, then lunged at the robber and tussled with him for the gun.

Zeb said he wrenched the pistol from the suspect's grasp and the robber ran off. Only then did he realize blood was filling his shoes.

He said that at one point, he thought he might die. Zeb was taken to Yale-New Haven Hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries and was released early Tuesday morning.

Police took the gun as evidence and are still looking for the robber, who ran from the store and went south on Buckingham Avenue. Zeb said the suspect was covering his face with a black hooded sweatshirt.

Zeb said the suspect didn't manage to grab any money.

Shop owner Ashfaq Alam, Zeb's brother, said he's experienced small burglaries at his other stores in New Jersey and Atlantic City, but nothing like this. Alam said he never expected it to happen in Milford, where he's been for seven months now.

"The gas station is pretty popular," he explained. "It's very easy to rob, you know, but in this town, I wasn't expecting anything like this."

But Alam said that, while shaken up, he and Zeb are not deterred.

"We are tough people," he said. "We come from Pakistan."

Police are still searching for the robber. He's described as a black man standing 5 feet 8 inches tall and wearing black pants with a light-colored shirt.

Anyone with information about the robbery is urged to call Milford police Det. Michael Moreno at 203-783-4729, send him an email or submit a tip online.

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<![CDATA[Dog Left in 116-Degree Car at Stop & Shop]]> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 11:40:22 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/middletown+conn+police.jpg

A Middletown woman is facing animal cruelty charges after a Stop & Shop employee called police to report a dog left in a hot car and the dog ran a high temperature.

Cristal Garcia, 22, asked police for her dog back when she returned to the Stop & Shop parking lot at 416 Main Street on July 23, claiming she had only been inside for five or 10 minutes, police said.

The store employee tried to page Garcia, but no one came to customer service, and called police, according to police. The driver of the car came outside to unlock the car, stating that the dog's owner was in the store buying groceries, police said.

When police arrived, the dog was panting heavily and witnesses were giving the canine water.

Temperatures were about 90 degrees outside and the animal control officer measured the car temperature as 116 degrees even after the driver had started the car to run the air conditioning.

The animal control officer brought the dog to Pieper Memorial Veterinary Center in Middletown for evaluation. The vet took the dog's temperature, measuring it at 104 degrees. The animal control officer told police that 101 degrees is a normal temperature for a dog.

After the dog's body temperature cooled down, the animal control officer returned the dog to the owner, police said.

Police charged Garcia with animal cruelty and she is scheduled to appear in court on Aug. 6 at 9 a.m.

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<![CDATA[Greenwich Woman Stole from Housekeeper After Fight: Cops]]> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 11:32:11 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/212*120/Money_generic.jpg

A Greenwich woman is accused of grabbing a golf club during an argument with her housekeeper about broken property, then stealing cash from the woman’s purse.

Police arrested Shari Gray Lampert’s after responding to her $7 million Old Round Hill Lane house just before 10 a.m. on June 29 to investigate a complaint of a fight.

Lampert had had a “tumultuous argument” with her housekeeper about alleged damage done in her home while the housekeep was working there and demanded restitution, according to police.

Lampert was accused of grabbing a golf club, brandishing it toward the housekeeper, then going to the victim’s car, taking her purse and removing all of her cash, police said.

She was charged with fifth-degree larceny and disorderly conduct.

Bond was set at $2,000. She is due in court on August 1.

The charges are not listed on online court dockets and it is not clear if she is being represented by an attorney. 

<![CDATA[Counselor Put Hands Around Camper's Throat: Cops]]> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 18:09:52 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Vicente+Ithier-Vicenty1200.jpg

Newington police have arrested a camp counselor who is accused of putting his hands around an 8-year-old camper’s throat.

Police responded to the Newington Parks and Recreation Department on Monday and learned that another staff member had seen Vicente Ithier-Vicenty, 22, of Newington, put his hands around the neck of a camper under his care, police said.

Authorities said it happened in a bathroom at the Town Hall. Another counselor heard the child crying and reported the incident to his supervisors.

The town department suspended Ithier-Vicenty and called police, according to a news release from police. Ithier-Vicenty's suspension will continue until the investigation is complete.

He was charged with risk of injury to a minor and third-degree strangulation. 

Officials from the Parks and Recreation Department said Ithier-Vicenty was working for a playground program and about 305 children are attending this week.

Each counselor is responsible for 10-12 campers and goes through weeks of training, according to department officials.

Counselor-in-training Evan Metzger knows Ithier-Vicenty well and considers him a mentor.

"Sometimes he would have a short temper with the kids," Metzger explained. "I saw him once grab a kid's arm."

Bruce Till, superintendent of the Parks and Recreation Department, sent a letter to parents of campers Tuesday informing them of the situation.

"We deeply regret that this incident occurred," the letter reads. "We strive to provide the safest possible environment for all children who participate in Parks and Recreation programs. We want to assure all parents that this was an isolated incident, and we are confident that the children in our programs will be cared for in a safe and appropriate manner."

Ithier-Vicenty was released on a $5,000 non-surety bond and is scheduled to appear in New Britain Superior Court on Aug. 11.  

Court records show that Ithier-Vicenty was arrested in a separate incident in Newington on April 3 and charged with disorderly conduct. He is due in court for that case on July 31

Ithier-Vicenty has been with the camp since 2009, which conducts background checks on all employees, according to town officials. The camp requires its staff members to undergo weeks of training on policy and procedures.

According to the Parks and Recreation Department, the camp had never had issues with Ithier-Vicenty before, but camp officials said they were aware of his arrest in April. The camp discussed it with police and said they didn't consider it cause for concern.

"We are investigating the incident internally, [and] at the same time letting the criminal justice system run its course," Newington Town Manager John Salomone said in a statement Tuesday. "We are grateful we have a well-trained staff that acted appropriately when needed."

Ithier-Vicenty declined to comment.

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<![CDATA[Repairs Continue, But Traffic's Getting By on Route 79 in Madison]]> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 13:55:40 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Durham+Road+in+Madison.jpg

One lane of traffic is getting by at a time on Route 79 in Madison, hours after a car hit a telephone pole on Tuesday morning.

Route 79, which is also Durham Road, was closed for about a mile from 1482 Durham Road to Route 80 for much of the day and repairs are expected to continue for hours.

Police urge drivers to watch for a police officer's instructions at the scene.

Police were re-routing traffic to Route 81 in Clinton and Route 77 in Guilford

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<![CDATA[Metro-North Train Car Out of Service After Fire]]> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 09:44:08 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Metro-North+train+fire.jpg

A Metro-North train was evacuated in Fairfield after a fire this morning and a train car has been taken out of service.

The Fairfield police and fire departments responded to the Fairfield Metro Station at 7:19 a.m. for a fire on the top of Car# 8912 in the high-voltage area.

The fire is now out and delays were reported for around 30 minutes, according to the fire department.

The Fairfield Fire Department Incident Commander worked with MTA to transfer passengers to another train.

The affected train was taken out of service and brought to the Stamford Rail Station to be inspected and repaired.

No injuries were reported and no damage estimates were available as of Tuesday morning.

Erin Sullivan, a passenger, said through Twitter that the 7:15 a.m. local train to Grand Central Terminal was held in Fairfield because of the report of fire.

Metro-North was also experiencing 15-to-20 minute delays on the Waterbury Branch because of a late connection.

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<![CDATA[West Haven Dad Delivers Baby in Bathroom]]> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 17:25:03 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/West+Haven+Baby+Delivery+Edited.jpg

A West Haven mother who went into labor shortly after being sent home from the hospital because she was told she wasn't ready to deliver, ended up giving birth at home.

Lillie Davis told her husband, David, she wasn't going to make it back to the hospital, so Dad did what he could: he delivered the baby in the bathroom.

Not long after a visit to Lillie's doctor at Griffin Hospital in Derby on Friday, after a nurse evaluated her and told her the baby wasn't ready yet, Lillie began to feel labor pains in the bathroom, so Davis called 911.

"Once I got off the phone with them, she said she had the feel...felt the need to push," David Davis said.

So, that meant it was up to David to deliver the baby in the bathroom.

"And thank God we were near the toilet because she slid...the baby slipped through my hands and actually went into the water...crying like that," he said. "So, when I heard those sounds, I knew that was like the best sounds I ever heard in my life."

It happened fast and David had to act quickly, but all ended well and his wife and newborn baby, Livia are doing well. Livia, weighs 7 pounds and 6 ounces.

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<![CDATA[Traffic Moving Again After I-95 Crash in Branford]]> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 07:13:16 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Branford+Interstate+95+Crash.JPG

Traffic was congested on Interstate 95 in the southbound direction in Branford on Tuesday morning after  a one-vehicle crash, but the scene has now cleared.

The crash was between exits 57 and 56 and the road was down to one lane.  The state Department of Transportation received reports of the crash at 6:12 a.m. The scene was cleared as of 7:06 a.m.

There is no word on whether there were any injuries.

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<![CDATA[Tractor Trailer Crash Cleared from I-84 East]]> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 05:39:29 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Connecticut+State+Police+generic.jpg

Lanes closed due to a tractor trailer crash in Danbury on Interstate 84 on Monday have reopened.

Two lanes were closed earlier in the morning between Exits 8 and 9 in the eastbound direction, but the accident has been cleared.

More information will be provided when it becomes available.

<![CDATA[State Doles Out $6.6M to Boost Struggling Schools]]> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 22:28:44 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/728schoolgrantsj00000000.jpg

The hallways are now being painted at New Haven’s Lincoln Basset School, and additional improvements are in the works thanks to a grant from the state Bond Commission, which is handing out more than $6 million to troubled schools in 10 districts around the state.

“Some of it will go for capital improvement, some of it will go for technology,” explained Lincoln Basset School Principal Janet Brown-Clayton. “We’re woefully underserved in terms of technological advancements in the school.”

Schools in New Haven, New Britain, Derby, New London, Bloomfield, Bridgeport, East Hartford, Hartford, Middletown and Meriden will receive government grants in an effort to improve academic performance.

Parents and grandparents welcome the help.

“I certainly hope that some children that would not be able to do or get some advantages will then be able to be taken care of,” said Elizabeth Roy of New Britain.

The grants are designed to help troubled schools improve their academic performance. Of the 82 that were eligible to receive grants, 47 applied and 28 received money for the 2014-2015 school year, according to the state.

“We’ve known where the schools are that are struggling,” explained state Education Commissioner Stefan Pryor. “In some instances, schools have been struggling for years, even decades. The state has been on the sidelines of the process of turning schools around.”

The money is funded by federal and state resources through the School Improvement Grant, Competitive Grant and the High School Redesign Grant, according to a release from the state Department of Education. The grants were announced Monday at the Lincoln-Basset School in New Haven.

“This money speaks to what is necessary [for students] to feel that they’re cared about, that the community is cared about,” Brown-Clayton said.

<![CDATA[North Haven Police Warn of Overnight Car Break-Ins]]> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 18:08:22 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/police-lights-generic-0311.jpg

North Haven residents are urged to lock their cars after thieves stole from vehicles around town in a spree of overnight break-ins.

According to police, suspects are targeting unlocked cars on Livingston Drive, Blue Hills Road, Ridgewood Avenue and Highland Park Road.

Residents reported seeing two men wearing dark clothing running from Ridgewood Avenue to Whitney Avenue in Hamden after a car alarm went off around 5 a.m. Friday. Police said one of the suspects was carrying a backpack.

Residents are advised to lock their cars and use lights with motion sensors to deter thieves. Police are working to identify suspects and are increasing patrols in the area.

If you see anything suspicious, call police at 203-239-1618.

<![CDATA[Alderman Admits to Drunken Outburst at Mayor's Office]]> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 21:38:58 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/new+britain+trueworthy+2.jpg

The chair of the New Britain Board of Aldermen has stepped down after an alleged drunken outburst at Mayor Erin Stewart's office last week. Michael Trueworthy is accused of calling the mayor vulgar names and told her not to run for reelection, according to a police report filed after the incident.

According to police, Trueworthy called and emailed Mayor Stewart several times during the work day on July 22. Stewart told police that Trueworthy’s emails had been “out of character” and that he sounded drunk on the phone.

“She stated he was slurring his words and was unable to have a coherent conversation,” the police report says. Stewart told police that Trueworthy was upset with the way she had “handled recent city business and called her an inappropriate name three or four times.”

According to the incident report, not long after Stewart hung up the phone with Trueworthy, she heard a loud banging coming from the emergency entrance to her office in City Hall. Stewart’s Chief of Staff John Healey opened the door to find Trueworthy standing there and let him in “to avoid a commotion in the lobby.”

Police said Trueworthy “barged into [Stewart’s] office, was being belligerent and appeared to be under the influence of alcohol.” According to police, he asked Stewart for a drink, then continued calling her names and threatened to search her office for alcohol when she told him she didn’t have any.

At that point, Stewart asked Healey to call the police chief, the report says.

Trueworthy allegedly told Stewart not to run for mayor again and to leave office, saying she had helped the city in a time of financial crisis and would be “moving on to other opportunities,” according to the police report. He then told her he would run for mayor instead.

Police arrived as Trueworthy’s friends were leading him out of City Hall to take him home. According to the police report, officers saw Trueworthy stumbling and leaning on his friends’ shoulders as they walked him to the car. Police said he was unsteady on his feet and smelled strongly of alcohol.

Stewart told police Trueworthy had had problems with alcohol in the past, but said she didn’t feel threatened or want to press charges, according to the report.

Trueworthy also apparently had problems at a local bar later that night. According to the owner of the West Side Tavern just down the street from City Hall, Trueworthy showed up drunk and was thrown out of the bar after demanding alcohol and making homophobic comments.

Trueworthy admitted that he was asked to leave the bar.

"When you have a high power, you have to be an example for everybody," explained West Side Tavern owner Isaac Silva. "You should not be drunk in public."

After the incidents came to light Monday, Trueworthy stepped down as the president of the Board of Aldermen. He confirmed the accuracy of the police report and said he's taking responsibility for the incident.

"I made a bad decision and thought I could simply drink a beer," Trueworthy explained. "That was clearly not the case."

Trueworthy will remain an alderman and said is he's getting help for his alcohol problems.

"The best I can do is apologize and make myself better," he said.

The New Britain city Web site lists Trueworthy as mayor pro-tempore, or deputy mayor, and alderman at large.

He was appointed to the administration, finance and law, bonding capital equipment reserve, planning, zoning and housing subcommittees and serves as liaison to Central Connecticut State University, the Department of Property Management, Mattabassett District in Cromwell and the Veterans Commission, according to the site.

New Britain alderman and minority leader Wilfredo Pabon is concerned that the incident will hurt the public's trust in elected officials and is urging Trueworthy to relinquish his position on the board.

"He should step down from the Council completely," Pabon said. "It doesn't look good for the city."

City alderman Daniel Salerno agrees that something needs to change.

"My position, at this point, is I think he needs to have a serious consideration of what he should do," he explained.

Trueworthy called it a mistake and said he's only human.

No criminal charges will be filed, police said.

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<![CDATA[Elderly Man Killed in Prospect Crash]]> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 17:10:31 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/police-lights-day-shutterstock_143047033.jpg

An 84-year-old man has died of injuries sustained during a crash in Prospect Saturday afternoon.

According to police, Michael Carmen Santoro, 84, of Prospect, was stopped at the intersection of Porter Hill Road and Straitsville Road around 2:40 p.m. Saturday when he pulled forward for better visibility was struck by oncoming traffic.

Santoro was taken to Saint Mary's Hospital in Waterbury, where he later died, police said.

The other driver, 19-year-old Corey Robert Lister, of Prospect, and Santoro's passenger, 83-year-old Dorathy Santoro, also of Prospect, were treated for minor injuries at the hospital.

Police are investigating the crash.

Anyone with information is asked to call Connecticut State Police Trooper Richman at 203-393-4200.

<![CDATA[Couple Accused of Leaving 8-Year-Old in Hot Car for 45 Minutes]]> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 09:27:15 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/179*120/shutterstock_10753402.jpg

A New London couple is facing charges after allegedly leaving an 8-year-old in a hot car in Groton, according to police.

Officers responded to a shopping plaza at 664 Long Hill Road in Groton on Monday after receiving the report of a child left in the car.

Police said the 8-year-old had been in the car for 45 minutes. Two of the windows had been left partially open, but the temperature inside the car could have reached 103-114 degrees, according to police.

Officers at the scene said the child felt hot but was conscious and alert.

A husband and wife from New London, 61-year-old Ambiorix Rondon and 53-year-old Maria Rondon, were charged with risk of injury to a minor and leaving a child unattended in a motor vehicle.

Polic said the Rondons are related to the 8-year-old but are not the child's parents.

They were released on $2,500 bonds and are due in court Aug. 11.

Police said the child was not injured and didn’t need medical treatment.

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<![CDATA[Burglars Steal Guitars Worth Thousands]]> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 18:09:11 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/219*120/Guitar-Generic.jpg

Hamden police are searching for the masked men who broke into a guitar store early Monday morning and stole instruments worth thousands of dollars.

Police responded to Brian’s Guitars at 3000 Whitney Avenue after the building’s security alarm went off around 3 a.m. Monday. Officers arrived to find that the glass front door had been shattered, according to police.

Surveillance footage shows at least three people burglarizing the store. Police said they took guitars worth thousands of dollars.

The first suspect is described as a white man with red or brown hair. The second suspect is a black man wearing dark clothing, and the third is a white man with black or brown hair. All three suspects were wearing masks, according to police.

Anyone with information is urged to call Hamden police detectives at 203-230-4040.

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<![CDATA[State Steps Up Storm Protection for Shoreline Residents]]> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 20:42:48 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/cosey+beach+house_722_406.jpg

In the wake of Superstorm Sandy and Hurricane Irene, the state is stepping up measures to protect shoreline residents and businesses from the next big weather event.

Property owners living in parts of Greenwich, Stamford, Darien, Norwalk, Westport, Fairfield, Bridgeport, Stratford, Milford, West Haven, New Haven, East Haven, Branford, Guilford, Madison, Clinton, Westbrook, Old Saybrook, Old Lyme, East Lyme, Waterford, New London Groton and Stonington can apply for low-interest loans of up to $30,000 as part of “Shore Up CT.”

The program, initially dubbed the “Shoreline Resiliency Fund,” has received $5 million in bonds, along with an additional $25 million approved by the state legislature earlier this year, according to a release from the governor's office.

It was originally created to help shoreline residents who don’t qualify for federal disaster aid and would have to pay out of pocket to upgrade their homes and businesses.

Residents can borrow between $10,000 and $30,000 over a 15-year period with no monthly principal or interest for the first year. They’re required to have property, hazard and flood insurance for the duration of the loan, the release says.

Eligible properties include single-family homes occupied at least 14 days out of the year, owner-occupied rental properties containing up to four units and businesses in good standing with the state that employ fewer than 100 workers. Residents and business owners must not have any outstanding taxes.

Homes and businesses being elevated to avoid flood damage should be raised at least a foot above flood height, which can be calculated online at the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Web site.

You can learn more about Shore Up CT and apply online at www.shoreupct.org.

<![CDATA[Employee of Kitchen Remodeler Accused of Embezzlement]]> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 15:40:48 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/April+Trowell+1200.jpg

Bridgeport police have arrested a 24-year-old woman who is accused of embezzling more than $50,000 from the kitchen remodeling company she works for.

April Trowell is suspected of thefts from February 2013 until July 2014 and was arrested at work on Friday.

Police started investigating when the owner of Hope Kitchen reached out to authorities.

He told police that Trowell had been diverting business to another company and that she’d told a customer at least once that she could help them get a price that Hope Kitchen could not beat, according to police.

The cabinetry vendor the company works with also told the owner that the company had shipped more than $51,000 in merchandise billed to Hope Kitchen, but it went to a business called Top Quality Contractors LLC, to Trowell’s home address and to other addresses not that were associated with Hope Kitchen, according to police.

Police went through Hope Kitchen records and made the arrest.

Trowell was responsible for showing Hope Kitchen customers the showroom, gathering contact information and helping to design customers’ kitchens, as well as responding to email, answering calls and ordering inventory, police said.

She was charged with first-degree larceny and first-degree computer crimes and bond was set at $75,000. Police said they are still investigating and more arrests are possible.

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<![CDATA[Bloomfield Man Has Been Missing Since June]]> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 14:28:21 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Angelo+Bennett+1200+collage.jpg

Bloomfield police are asking for help to find a man who has been missing since June.

Angelo Bennett, 50, was last leaving his home at 10 a.m. on June 20 with an acquaintance and has not been seen or heard from since.

Anyone with information on Bennett should call the Bloomfield Police Department at (860) 242-5501. 


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<![CDATA[Man Shot in Meriden]]> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 14:19:45 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/215*120/Generic+Police+Tape+Generic.JPG

Police are investigating the shooting of a 29-year-old man in Meriden.

Officers arrived at the intersection of Springdale Avenue and Botsford Street around 1 p.m. Monday to find the man lying on the sidewalk. He had been shot once in the groin and was treated at the scene, then taken to a local hospital, police said.

The man's condition is unknown but police said his injuries do not appear to be life threatening. He has been cooperating with police.

Police said they received a 911 call just prior to the shooting reporting a man waving a gun in the area. Authorities are investigating to determine whether the incidents are related.

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call Meriden police Det. Gonzalez at 203-630-6318.

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<![CDATA[Man Tries to Rob Man Who Was Sleeping in Backyard: Cops]]> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 14:00:31 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/New+Haven+Police+722_edited-1.jpg

A New Haven man who was asleep in his backyard after throwing a party the night before was the victim of an attempted robbery, according to police.

Police responded to an Asylum Street home around 7 a.m. on Saturday and interviewed the resident, who told police that he’d thrown a party the night before, slept in the backyard and woke up to find a man trying to rob him.

The resident ran through a neighbor’s  yard and said the would-be robber did not follow him.

Police noted that the resident who reported the robbery was still intoxicated.


<![CDATA[Man Shot in New Haven]]> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 13:50:33 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/New+Haven+police+photo.jpg

A 24-year-old New Haven man is in serious condition after being shot below his right ear during an incident on Dixwell Avenue Sunday night.

Police responded to the St. Raphael's campus of Yale-New Haven Hospital just before 9 p.m. on Sunday after a shooting victim drove himself to the hospital, police said. 

Police were also told that a passenger in the victim’s car might have been shot as well, but walked away.

Officers found the passenger walking nearby.

He had not been shot, was not cooperative and told police only that the victim went into a Jamaican restaurant on Dixwell Avenue for food, while he stayed in the car with headphones on, according to police.

When the victim got back into the car, he said he was shot and sped off to the hospital.

Detectives have located surveillance footage from a nearby camera and police are trying to collect evidence from the victim, the passenger and the car they took to the hospital.

The victim was transferred to Yale-New Haven Hospital where he is listed in serious but stable condition.


<![CDATA[Foley Leads Malloy in Online Poll]]> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 14:52:17 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/160*120/Malloy-Foley.jpg

A collaborative poll between The New York Times, CBS News and research firm YouGov places Tom Foley (R) as the slight favorite for the 2014 gubernatorial race over incumbent Dannel P. Malloy (D) by 9 percentage points.

An online panel of about 100,000 people nationwide responded to the poll, which asked questions about political races across the country, including "if the election for Governor in Connecticut were being held today and these were the candidates, who would you vote for?" YouGov conducted the poll in partnership with the two media outlets, Nate Cohen reported in his column, "TheUpshot"  in the Times.

According to results released on the CBS website, 42 percent would vote for Foley, 33 percent would vote for Malloy, 4 percent would vote for another candidate, 3 percent said they wouldn't vote and 5 percent were unsure, the results state. Eight percent responded that they're "leaning" toward Malloy and 6 percent said that they're leaning toward Foley, according to the results.

Malloy, however, led in popularity for poll participants ages 30 to 44 (42 to Foley's 30 percent) and female (42 to Foley's 29), as well as respondents of black and Hispanic descent who participated in the poll, according to the results. The majority of respondents ages 18 to 29 (44 percent for Foley, 30 for Malloy), 45 to 64 (39 for Foley, 32 for Malloy) and 65 and up (54 for Foley, 30 for Malloy), as well as male participants (51 for Foley, 26 for Malloy) said they'd vote for Foley.

The last Quinnipiac poll released in May showed Malloy and Foley in a deadlocked tie in approval ratings for the governor's race. Quinnipiac does "phone-based polling" in contrast, according to CT News Junkie.

<![CDATA[Broadcast of Dog’s Bark Helps Nab Teen Vandals: Cops ]]> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 15:24:31 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/new+haven+bus+stop+edit.jpg

Broadcasting a dog’s bark through a public address system helped police nab teens accused of vandalizing bus stops in New Haven this morning.

Police responded to Long Wharf Drive around 3 or 3:30 a.m. Monday after three teens smashed the glass on at least six bus stop enclosures, then ran into a marshy area of the south end to get away, police said.

Officers soon found one teen who was hiding, but the other two went deeper into the Long Island Sound marsh near the “Vietnam War Memorial,” so police called in more help.

Another officer arrived with his canine, Xander, a 12-year-old Dutch Shepherd.

The officer used his cruiser’s PA to urge the teens to come out of hiding and warned that Xander would find them if they didn't show, police said.

When the teens ignored the officer's commands, he broadcast Xander’s bark through the PA system. Within seconds, the teens emerged from the marsh and were arrested, according to police.

They were charged with criminal mischief before being turned over to their parents.

Police did not have information available Monday about property damage estimates.

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<![CDATA[Neglected Pit Bull Had Infected Wound, Maggots: Police]]> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 17:17:24 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/new+britain+animal+cruelty+mugs.jpg

Police arrested two New Britain residents after receiving an anonymous complaint in June about a neglected dog in a cage in their backyard and  finding a pit bull there with maggots and an infected collar wound.

The dog named Champ, about 2 years old, is not registered to anyone, but police charged Syra Santana, 43, and Wilfredo Andino, 43, with animal cruelty charges on July 17. Police spent nearly a month researching who owns the dog, as the dog didn't have an identification chip and the couple claimed he belonged to their son, according to New Britain Police Sgt. Paula Keller. Officers ultimately held the couple accountable because they own the 541 South Street single-family home where police found the pit bull, she said.

The dog's collar was on so tight when police found him that it irritated and infected the skin. Police also found maggots living on the pit bull.

Police took Champ to the vet and have him into their care at New Britain's dog pound since the June 21 incident and he's doing much better, according to New Britain Police Sgt. Paula Keller. After giving him antibiotics and baths at the pound to wash the wound, Champ's infection cleared up within two to three days and his fur grew back, she said.

Champ's future home depends on what's decided in court in New Britain. If a judge orders Santana and Andino to permanently surrender the dog, New Britain's pound will put him up for adoption to find him a new home.

Santana and Andino were each charged with one count of animal cruelty, a Class A misdemeanor. They were released from custody on $5,000 bonds are scheduled to be arraigned in court on July 31 at 10 a.m., according to the state judicial website.

Photo Credit: New Britain Police Department]]>