<![CDATA[NBC Connecticut - Connecticut News]]>Copyright 2016http://www.nbcconnecticut.com/news/local http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/NBC_Connecticut.png NBC Connecticut http://www.nbcconnecticut.comen-usMon, 30 May 2016 10:37:59 -0400Mon, 30 May 2016 10:37:59 -0400NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Scattered Downpours, Breaks of Sunshine Today]]> Mon, 30 May 2016 07:39:11 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Model+RPM4+Precip+Clouds+CT%281%294.png

Some areas of the state have already picked up more than an inch of rain, including New Haven and Bridgeport.

The downpours will be scattered in nature through midday.

Parade organizers and those looking to host an outdoor event early this afternoon should get by mainly dry.

Breaks of sunshine are likely, but it will be self-destructing sunshine.

A cold front on the approach means that any sunshine will act as fuel for thunderstorms.

Western Connecticut stands the best chance of seeing a thunderstorm late this afternoon and early this evening. The storms could be on the strong side as they first enter the state.

The sky clears overnight and abundant sunshine is expected tomorrow. The humidity will be gone as temperatures rise into the middle 80s inland!

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<![CDATA[Weather Washing Out Memorial Day Events]]> Mon, 30 May 2016 09:42:54 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/011016+rain+weather+generic.jpg

Several towns have cancelled or postponed Memorial Day events due to a rainy forecast.

See below for a list of events and cancellations:

Avon Memorial Day parade cancelled.  The town will hold a small Memorial Day service at the Avon Senior Center at 11 a.m.

Berlin Memorial Day parade cancelled. There will be an indoor service at the American Legion at 9 a.m.

Bethany Memorial Day parade cancelled. A ceremonial service will take place in the Town Hall gym at 10 a.m.

Branford Memorial Day parade cancelled.  Ceremony will be held at 10 a.m. at Branford High School.

Bristol Memorial Day parade cancelled.

Clinton Memorial Day parade cancelled.

Coventry Memorial Day parade cancelled.

Danbury Memorial Day parade cancelled.

East Granby Memorial Day parade cancelled.

East Haddam Memorial Day parade cancelled.

East Hampton Memorial Day parade cancelled. A ceremony will be held at the High School at 9 a.m.

East Hartford Memorial Day parade cancelled.

East Haven will hold ceremonies indoors at the East Haven Senior Center at 91 Taylor Avenue. Program begins at 11:30 a.m.

East Lyme Memorial Day parade cancelled.

East Windsor Memorial Day parade cancelled.  A ceremony will be held inside the City Hall Annex at 10 a.m.

Farmington Memorial Day parade cancelled.

Forestville Memorial Day parade cancelled.

Glastonbury Memorial Day parade cancelled.

Granby Memorial Day parade is cancelled.

Guilford Memorial Day parade and ceremonies cancelled.

Hamden Memorial Day parade cancelled. There will be an indoor ceremony at Hamden Middle School at 11 a.m.

Madison Memorial Day parade cancelled. There will be a ceremony at the American Legion Hall at 43 Bradley Road at 10:30 a.m.

Manchester Memorial Day parade cancelled. A ceremony will take place at the Interdenominational Church Gospel on Main Street at 11 a.m.

New Britain Memorial Day services postponed until Tuesday at Central Park at 11 a.m. Memorial Day parade is still scheduled to start at 6 p.m.

Noank Memorial Day parade cancelled.

North Stonington Memorial Day parade cancelled. Services will be held at 10 a.m. at The Grange

Norwalk Memorial Day parade cancelled.

Old Saybrook Dockside Ceremony at Saybrook Point & Memorial Day parade cancelled.  Formal Memorial Day program will be held at Old Saybrook Fire Department at 10 a.m.

Prospect Memorial Day parade cancelled.  A ceremony will be held at St. Anthony's at 1 p.m.

Ridgefield Memorial Day parade cancelled.

Rocky Hill Memorial Day parade cancelled.  A ceremonial service will be held at the VFW on Main St. at 9:30 a.m. 

Simsbury Memorial Day parade is still scheduled for 1:30 p.m. (The Tarriffville Memorial Parade at 10 a.m. has been cancelled)

Southbury Memorial Day parade cancelled. The ceremony will take place at the Parks and Recreation/Senior Center Building at 11 a.m. The Memorial Day family picnic at Ballantine Park is also cancelled.

South Windsor Memorial Day parade is cancelled. There will also be a ceremony at 10 a.m. at Veterans Memorial Park.

Southington Memorial Day parade cancelled.  Ceremony will take place at 11 a.m. at the American Legion Hall.

Suffield Memorial Day parade cancelled.  Ceremony to take place at Suffield High School at 10 a.m.

Tarriffville Memorial parade at 10 a.m. has been cancelled. (The Simsbury Memorial Day Parade is still scheduled for 1:30 p.m.)

Trumbull Memorial Day parade cancelled. There will be a service at the Vietnam Memorial at 7:30 a.m. and a service at the All Wars Memorial at 8:30 a.m.

Unionville Memorial Day parade cancelled.

Vernon Memorial Day parade cancelled.

Wallingford Memorial Day parade cancelled. There will be a ceremony at Sheehan High School at 10 a.m.

Watertown Memorial Day parade cancelled.

West Hartford Memorial Day parade cancelled.

West Haven Memorial Day parade postponed to Sunday, June 5

Wilton Memorial Day parade is cancelled.  Memorial services and a pancake breakfast will be held at the Congregational Church at 11 a.m.

Wolcott Memorial Day parade is cancelled.

This is a running list. Check back for updates.



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<![CDATA[Strong Start for Seasonal Business]]> Sun, 29 May 2016 17:55:22 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/seasonal+biz+web.jpg

A large number of Memorial Day weekend beachgoers and nice weather made for a perfect combination to help boost sales for food vendors at Milford’s Walnut Beach.

“We’re down at the beach because this is where the people are,” says Jeff Fitzgerald, who ran Milford Soft Serve truck. “Very busy, very busy. (Sunday) was an awesome day for ice cream.”

The air temperature in Milford was around 80 degrees, with the water temperature about 20 degrees cooler.

Spending this weekend was predicted to be up.

The U-S Travel Association estimates those on trips will spend $12-billion, a small increase from last year.

That’s good news to the vendors who set up at Walnut Beach.

They say this weekend was off to a strong start.

“Wonderful, the weather, a little breeze, the people. Walnut Beach is number one,” says John Frank, who ran Frank’s Franks and Frank Family Italian Ice.

Many vendors were happy the weather on Saturday and Sunday was enjoyable considering the rainy forecast for Monday.



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<![CDATA[Police Cruiser Involved in Crash in Naugatuck]]> Sun, 29 May 2016 19:40:49 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/naugatuck+police+generic.jpg

Several people, including a Naugatuck police officer, were transported to the hospital after a crash on New Haven Road (Route 63) in Naugatuck Sunday afternoon.

Police say the crash occurred in the area of Beacon Valley Road and Candee Road around 3 p.m. Police say five vehicles, including a Naugatuck police cruiser, were involved in the crash. Several people were transported to local hospitals but no one suffered serious injury.

The crash occurred when a vehicle traveling west on Candee Road struck several others, including the police cruiser, that were stopped at a traffic light. Officers on scene say the driver of that vehicle reported that the brakes on the car went out. The exact circumstances of the incident are still under investigation.

The road was shut down for several hours while the regional accident reconstruction team investigated. The road reopened around 7 p.m.

 



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<![CDATA[Ansonia Man Interrupts Burglar in Home]]> Sun, 29 May 2016 14:43:29 -0400

An Ansonia man awoke in the middle of the night and interrupted a burglary in progress early Sunday morning.

According to police, a man called 9-1-1 at 2:30 a.m. to report a burglary in progress at 417 North Main St.

The resident of the home told police that his alarm sytem began to beep and his dog began to bark so he got out of bed to check out the home.

The man was equipped with his personal handgun.

The man said that he saw a male inside his home holding a gun. The man fled into the basement.

The resident then heard glass breaking in another portion of his home. When he went to check out the noise, he saw another male outside the window.

The resident told police that he then shot at the suspects prior to them fleeing.

No one was injured in the burglary.

The resident reports that two cymbals from a drum kit were stolen from the residence. 

Anyone with any information is asked to contact the Ansonia Police Department at 203-735-1885.

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<![CDATA[Woman's Body Discovered in Quinnipiac River]]> Mon, 30 May 2016 04:54:25 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/nhdrowningedit.jpg

A female body has been discovered in the Quinnipiac River in New Haven Sunday afternoon.

Police were called to the south end of the river near the Grand Ave. Bridge and Front St. just after 11 a.m.

The body of a black female was discovered there in shallow water.

Earlier this morning, a 19-year-old female was reported missing. The woman was last seen around 7 p.m. Saturday evening.

Family report that she was despondent.

Police believe that the body is that of the missing woman, though the identity is being withheld pending an investigation by the medical examiner.

Detectives suspect that the death was caused by suicide or an accidental drowning.

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<![CDATA[Grab the Umbrella for Memorial Day]]> Mon, 30 May 2016 07:38:11 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Model+GFS+PWAT2.png

Tropical moisture moving north brings in locally heavy rain overnight. Rain will be widespread through Monday morning with pockets of heavy rain and the chance for a few thunderstorms.

Showers become more scattered late morning/early afternoon with the southeastern portion of the state staying the wettest the longest.

The soggy weather has forced dozens of cities and towns to cancel or postpone Memorial Day parades and events.  You can see a list of cancelled events here.

By the afternoon, rain will taper off while clouds stick around for the remainder of the day.

By the time you head out the door Tuesday, sunshine will be back.

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<![CDATA[Isolated Thunderstorms This Afternoon]]> Sun, 29 May 2016 08:11:24 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Model+RPM4+Precip+Clouds+Floater21.png Meteorologist Tyler Jankoski has the First Alert forecast.]]> <![CDATA[Vernon Teen Credited For Saving Drowning Girl]]> Sun, 29 May 2016 20:32:12 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/VERNON+DROWNINGEDIT.png

A Vernon teenager is being credited with saving the life of a drowning child Saturday afternoon.

Vernon Police were called to the Valley Falls Park around 5 p.m. Saturday for a report of a drowning victim.

Witnesses told police that a girl was swimming at the park and went under the water. A 15-year-old boy who was swimming near her saw her go under and not resurface.

The teenager found the girl underwater, unresponsive and not breathing. He brought her back to shore where an adult administered rescue breathing.

After a short time, the girl regained consciousness and began breathing on her own.

The girl's parents were nearby at the time, but had been momentarily distracted.

At this time, police are not releasing the identities of the victim or rescuers.

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<![CDATA[Two People, Dog Rescued From Burning Home in Hartford]]> Sun, 29 May 2016 20:30:50 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/HTFDHOUSEFIREDFGDSG.jpg

Two people were rescued from a burning home in Hartford early Sunday morning.

Police were first on scene at a house fire at 68 School St. just after 4 a.m. Sunday.

When they arrived, officers were told by police dispatch that there were people inside the home.

One officer ran to the back door, kicked it open and located the family and their dog.

There were no injuries to the officers or anyone inside the home. 

The fire department said it took them about 15 minutes to get the fire under control and 30 minutes to extinguish it.

"At this point I haven't had a chance to go into the interior but from the exterior it looks like the second floor was a complete loss," said Deputy Chief Clifton Cooper.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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<![CDATA[Two Injured in Crash at Lime Rock Park]]> Sat, 28 May 2016 22:26:37 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/police-fire-lights-generic.jpg

Two people were injured in an accident at Lime Rock Park in Salisbury Saturday.

Park officials say the drivers, Andrew Palmer, 21, of Los Angeles, California and Jorge de la Torre, 25, of McAllen, Texas collided in Turn 1 during a warm-up session before the afternoon races. Both drivers were taken to Sharon Hospital where they were stabilized, then transported via LifeStar to Hartford Hospital.

Both drivers were scheduled to ride in the Pirelli World Challenge race at Lime Rock Saturday afternoon. Saturday night the PWC announced that both drivers remained under treatment at Hartford Hospital.

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<![CDATA[3-Alarm Fire at Yale Forestry Camp in Eastford]]> Sun, 29 May 2016 10:07:14 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/eastford+fire+web.jpg

Multiple departments are battling a 3-alarm fire at the Yale Forestry Camp in Eastford.

 Quinebaug Valley emergency dispatchers confirm that at least three buildings are fully engulfed and at least ten departments are on scene. More details were not immediately available.

 This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

 



Photo Credit: Williamsville Fire Engine Co.]]>
<![CDATA[Student Makes Charcoal Portraits of Graduating Class]]> Sun, 29 May 2016 22:22:01 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/214*120/vlcsnap-2016-05-27-23h26m42s84.jpg

An 18-year-old student spent the last four months creating portraits of all 411 students graduating from Boston Latin.

"I just expected people to be like 'Wow, that's a cool picture,' and be on their way," said 18-year-old Phillip Sossou. "But what happened was a lot of people were crying."

The detailed drawings are donning the senior hallway, where everyone has been walking by in amazement. Even his teachers couldn't help but be proud.

"At one point, he was trying to do 16 pieces of work a day just to actually meet the 411 goal," said AP art teacher Stephen Harris.

"Monday through Friday, I'd stay in school until about 3-8," said Sossou.

"He tries to bring joy to his classmates, and I think this was definitely a way he could do that," said guidance counselor Andrea Encarnacao.

The happiness comes at a time where students are being pushed apart, dealing with racial tensions. Sossou hopes after this, things will change.

"This will sort of bring about a sense of community," he said. "That's definitely what we need right now, because we're really fractured."

Everyone had something positive to say about their portraits. And the artist is soaking up all the love.

"I'd do this again," he laughed.

These pictures won't be on the wall too much longer - the students will be able to take theirs home before graduation.

Sossou will attend college in the fall and then pursue a career in animation.



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<![CDATA[Willimantic Police Warn Residents of Car Break-Ins ]]> Sat, 28 May 2016 16:21:28 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/willimantic+police+car+crop.jpg

Police in Willimantic are warning residents to be on alert after several car break-ins on the south side of the city.

 Police say the break-ins occurred during overnight hours in neighborhoods south of the Frog Bridge. The suspect or suspects used a rock or a brick to bust open vehicle windows and enter. In each incident, the items stolen were in plain view.

 The department reminds residents to hide valuables such as wallets, purses and/or electronics should be secured in a truck or out of sight from thieves.

 Anyone with information on the break-ins should contact Willimantic police.

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<![CDATA[Walk Bridge Failure Causes Railroad Delays]]> Sat, 28 May 2016 22:37:02 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/metronorth12302015.jpg

A mechanical failure left the Walk Bridge in Norwalk stuck open for hours and caused major delays for trains moving through the area, according to Metro-North and Amtrak.

Norwalk police say the drawbridge was stuck in an open position around 3 p.m. causing significant delays on Metro-North’s New Haven Line and slowing Amtrak trains between New York and New Haven. As of 5 p.m. the railroads had restored limited service, but significant delays of up to 90 minutes continued.

Around 10:30 p.m. Metro-North reported that train service had resumed to three of the four tracks over the Walk Bridge and delays were only expected to be around 20 minutes. Sunday service is expected to run on schedule.

This is not the first time a failure of the Walk Bridge caused issues for riders. In 2014 Gov. Dannel Malloy called a "crisis summit" after multiple service disruptions left commuters delayed for hours. After that, experts began formulating solutions to repair and eventually replace the bridge.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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<![CDATA[Volunteers Decorate the Graves of Fallen Soldiers ]]> Sat, 28 May 2016 11:18:53 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/flagsrolled.jpg

Hundreds of volunteers came out to decorate the graves of Connecticut’s fallen, remembering those who died fighting for our freedom.

Among those planting 1,500 flags at West Hartford’s Fairview Cemetery were veterans who wanted to make sure those who paid the ultimate sacrifice fighting for our freedom were not forgotten.

“It’s our job to honor those who gave their life for this country,” said Kenneth Hungerford, a Korean War Veteran.

Hungerford considers himself one of the lucky ones. During his ten years in the service, he witnessed the horrors of war.

“If you were in the service you’re with buddies. You try to save each other,” said Hungerford.

Denise Hall’s father began bringing her family to Fairview Cemetery on Memorial Day weekend 35 years ago to place flags at the veterans’ graves.

She continues to carry the torch drawing hundreds of volunteers each year.

Dozens of boy scouts were among the volunteers. Hall said she hoped some of the scouts would be inspired to serve their country.

“Look at how many men and women have served our country and died in service. It really makes you reflect on what the weekend is all about,” said Hall.

“If they didn’t do what they had done, they didn’t serve their country, I wouldn’t have my freedom and that’s very precious,” added 41:27 Constance Collins, a World War II Veteran.

Collins, 92-years-old, served stateside for the Navy in World War Two, drawing maps of the Pacific for bombers to follow.

“I felt like I was doing something for my country. You know, I was part of the war,” she said of joining her sister in signing up for the military.

She’s still finding a way to serve and proud to be part of the patriotic show of support for her fellow service members and remembering the service and sacrifice of the troops who didn’t make it home

“We’re very very lucky to live in a free country,” she added.

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<![CDATA[Bridgeport Man Killed After Being Struck by Two Cars in Waterbury]]> Sat, 28 May 2016 16:59:18 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/waterbuyrped.jpg

One person has been killed after being struck by a vehicle in Waterbury, Connecticut early Saturday morning.

According to state police, Melvin Gordils, 26 of Bridgeport, was killed after he was struck by two cars at the on ramp for I-84 West from Route 8 Southbound around 2 a.m.

The vehicles that struck Gordils remained on scene.

Route 8 Southbound at exit 33 and the connector for I-84 was closed for approximately four hours while police investigated.

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<![CDATA[Man Reported Missing in Meriden Found Safe]]> Sat, 28 May 2016 20:34:38 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/plonkaedit.png

Meriden police say they have safely located an elderly man reported missing.

Richard Plonka, 82, of Andrews St. was reported missing Friday. Plonka was last seen by his neighbor at 2 p.m. operating a white 2011 Chevy Silverado bearing a CT Combination Registration of 5C5755.

Plonka suffers from dementia. Police say that he is very forgetful and gets easily confused.

Police say on Saturday Plonka was located unharmed in Massachusetts and is being returned home.



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<![CDATA[Convicted Felon Arrested with Shotgun in Hartford: Police]]> Sat, 28 May 2016 17:00:46 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/HARTFORDSHOTGUN.jpg

A convicted felon was arrested in Hartford after he was found in possession of a shotgun late Friday night, police say.

Hartford police responded to the area of Franklin Ave. and Bond St. after a citizen called 911 to report they heard two parties talking about going to "get rifles."

When officers arrived, they noticed a man, later identified as Angel Rodriguez, riding away from the area on a bicycle wearing a backpack with a rifle case sticking out.

When officers pursued Rodriguez, he fled the scene into a nearby parking lot, where he was taken into custody.

Rodriguez was found to be in possession of a Remington 870 Express Pump Action .20 gauge shotgun.

Rodriguez is a convicted felon and not allowed to be in possession of a firearm.

Rodriquez was charged with interfering with police, criminal possession of a firearm and operating a bicycle without an illumination device.



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<![CDATA[Yale-New Haven Celebrates 1,000 Living Kidney Transplant]]> Fri, 27 May 2016 23:02:08 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/526kidneyj00000000.jpg

Joe Leto, and Jackie and Jason Gaddy were the best of friends growing up. In fact, Joe dated Jackie. They eventually broke up, but their families remained close.

In 1999, Joe, a marine, died during training exercises at Camp Lejuene. Jackie later wed Jason. Joe’s family attended. The couple has remained close to Joe’s mom Mimi.

When Mimi posted on Facebook that she needed a kidney, Jackie told her husband. Jason got tested.

“I told people it felt like I was trying to get into college, because I didn’t want to be rejected at that point,” said Gaddy.

He kept the test a secret. Then, the two families met over dinner where Gaddy shared that he was a match.

“My world changed when he said, 'Would you like to take a trip to New Haven? I’ll give you a kidney,'” recalled Leto. “He just said it so, as if it was a walk in the park instead of this miracle that he gave me.”

On May 10th, Mimi became the 1,000 recipient of a living kidney at Yale-New Haven hospital.

“It was not a hard decision to make and you see the results on the other end it was just all worth it,” said Gaddy.

Hospital officials say the traditional organ donation list hasn’t changed in the last decade. That’s why doctors at Yale-New Haven hospital are emphasizing the need for living donors instead.

“Living donation is actually the best quality organ that a patient needing an organ transplant could ever have,” said Dr. David Mulligan the Chief of Yale-New Haven Hospital’s Transplantation Center.

With a 98 percent success rate, Mulligan said live kidney transplants have a better outcome than transplants where the donor is deceased.

“They last longer, they work immediately, and they have the best possible outcome,” he explained.

Both have bounced back quickly since the surgery. Gaddy is set to go back to work next week.

“It’s not something to be scared of. It’s very easy, relatively easy recovery,” he said.

Leto hopes her story inspires others to think about donation.

“Just do it. It’s a miracle that you cannot put words into, really,” she added.

It’s a decision that’s forever bonded the Leto and Gaddy families, a bond they’re happy to share.

“They’re not getting rid of me now. I think they’re at least going to invite me over to dinner now.”

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<![CDATA[Company Moving Woman to Avon Left With Broken Items]]> Fri, 27 May 2016 22:55:28 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/181*120/mirror2.jpg

As the busy moving season begins, experts suggest researching moving companies extensively and thoroughly reading through your contract before signing the dotted line.

Priya Kiran learned that lesson the hard way after an 1,800 mile journey from Austin, Texas left her with missing and broken items. She has battled her moving company since January.

“The day the stuff came here, we were taking a look (at) all the things,” said Kiran. “Then, we noticed we are missing the mirror—the mirror for the dresser, which we recently bought in Austin.”

Now, when Kiran walks through her apartment, she’s reminded of the move that just won’t end.

Along with the mirror, Kiran said the Florida-based moving company, Colonial Van Lines, arrived to her family’s new home in Avon with a broken dining room table and a missing box full of personal items and speaker cables.

“We have lost so many things,” said Kiran. “ And this cable is very expensive.”

She contacted Colonial several times in the following weeks, each time speaking with a different agent. She said each agent told her she could file a claim for just one of her missing items, or the broken table.

“So either we file a claim for that, or we file a claim for the mirror or we file a claim for the cable,” said Kiran. “So, we don’t know.”

NBC Connecticut contacted Colonial Van Lines and helped connect Kiran with an agent to exclusively handle her case. The agent confirmed the company did lose the mirror, and allowed her to file a claim for all of her missing and broken items.

Per industry standard, claims are resolved by weight for everyone except customers who buy additional insurance up front. Kiran expects to receive 60 cents per pound, or between 100-200 dollars total in compensation.

In hindsight, Kiran sees the line in her contract subjecting her to such settlement. She also notices Colonial has 216 complaints filed against them on the Better Business Bureau.

Spokespeople for Colonial Van Lines did not comment on those reviews.



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<![CDATA[Truck Crash Prompts Barricaded Person Situation in Windsor]]> Fri, 27 May 2016 23:41:05 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/windsorcrash.JPG

A car crash was the start to what became a barricaded person situation in Windsor on Friday night, police said. 

Windsor Police and Hartford Police responded to the scene on Windsor Avenue near PriceRite. 

Police said responding officers and witnesses saw a man crash his truck near the intersection of Deerfield Road and Putnam Highway then jump a fence into a culvert underneath the road. 

When one of the responding officers saw the man coming out of the tunnel, the man told the officer to not come in because he had a gun, according to Chief Donald Melanson with Windsor Police said. An emergency response team was called to the scene. 

"Hence the big response," Melanson said. "We didn't want (our officer or the man) to get hurt."

Police are not releasing the man's identity. They said they are looking into what caused the accident, including emotional issues. 

Melanson said police did not find a gun but they are still looking. 



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<![CDATA[Body Found After WWII Plane Crash ]]> Sat, 28 May 2016 08:34:25 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/AP_16149023591270.jpg

A small vintage World War II fighter plane taking part in a photo flight ahead of an air show crashed in to the Hudson River between Manhattan and New Jersey Friday evening, killing the pilot onboard, police and witnesses said.

The P-47 Thunderbolt, a single-seat propeller plane, was on a flight to shoot promotional material for the Bethapage Air Show in Jones Beach when it went down in the water about two miles south of the George Washington Bridge at about 7:30 p.m., according to officials.

Chopper 4, the first news helicopter on the scene, showed police, fire and Coast Guard boats and helicopters swarming the area as they searched for the pilot, later identified as William Gordon of Key West, Florida. 

Scuba divers recovered the 56-year-old’s body about three hours after the crash, according to NYPD Det. Michael Debonis.

The plane suffered some sort of mechanical issue and the pilot tried to ditch in the Hudson, said Gari Lewi, a spokesman for the American Airpower Museum at Republic Airport on Long Island, which owns the plane.

It's not clear what the source of the problem was.

Dozens of witnesses saw the plane now down, and at least one caught the moment the aircraft hit the water on video. That footage shows a large splash in the Hudson River, as a man off-camera can be heard saying, “did it just crash?”

Other people off the camera wonder aloud whether they had actually seen a plane crash before one says “We gotta call 911.”

Diners at Waterside Restaurant in North Bergen, New Jersey, tell NBC 4 New York they saw the small vintage plane appear to start landing, then suddenly plunge into the water nose first.

"We saw it splashing into the water and disappearing," said Sabine DeMeuter. "We were in shock."

They say they saw the pilot try to get out but he appeared to flail in the water and then sink with the plane.

"He tried to get out out, and then it pulled him right down inside," said Nick Ciccolella.

Other witnesses say they saw the smoke hit the water and at first thought it was an air show for Fleet Week, which draws thousands of people to the nearby Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum for events including live demonstrations.

New Jersey State Police erroneously said earlier the pilot had been rescued and was taken to the hospital with minor injuries, but NYPD Deputy Chief Rodney Harrison said in a news briefing a short time later that the pilot remained unaccounted for and that New Jersey State Police's report that he was rescued was "inaccurate."

New Jersey State Police later retracted its statement, saying there had been "conflicting reports from scene of plane crash" and that it could "no longer confirm swimmer in water was pilot."

The P47-Thunderbolt was the heaviest single-engine fighter plane used by Allied forces in World War II. The aircraft first went into service in 1942 with the 56th Fighter Group based on Long Island.

Lewi said the museum was going to honor the plane’s 75th anniversary of coming into service this weekend at the air show. The plane that crashed was supposed to fly in this weekend’s airshow.

The one that crashed in the river flew periodically, including to other air shows, Lewi said.

The site where the plane crashed Friday, near the Edgewater Marina, is a little less than 5 miles upriver of where U.S. Airways Flight 1549 made an emergency landing in the river in 2009 in what is now commonly referred to as “The Miracle on the Hudson”

Jonathan Dienst and Michael Gargiulo contributed to this report. 



Photo Credit: AP
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<![CDATA[Alleged Suspect in Meriden Shooting Identified]]> Fri, 27 May 2016 21:45:35 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/meriden-suspect.jpg

Police have obtained a felony arrest warrant for the alleged suspect connected to a Meriden shooting earlier this month.

Deon Camp, 23, is wanted for several charges, including first-degree assault, Meriden Police said. 

On May 2, police responded to a call about one man shot on Willow Street at around 12:30 p.m.

The victim was transported to the hospital.

Anyone with information on Camp is asked to call Meriden Police at (203) 630-6215. Calls will remain confidential. 



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<![CDATA[Traffic Moving Again on I-84 in West Harford Following Car Fire]]> Fri, 27 May 2016 20:37:45 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/i84carfire.jpg

Traffic is moving again on I-84 following a car fire, officials said.

A car burst into flames on I-84 going westbound between exits 43 and 44 on Friday evening. 

Two lanes were closed but cars were getting by in the right lane. 



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<![CDATA[Woman Found Dead on Stratford Beach Identified]]> Fri, 27 May 2016 17:10:58 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Stratford+body+1200.jpg

Police have identified the woman whose body was found on a beach in Stratford this week.

On Monday morning, police responded to the Lordship section of Stratford and discovered the body of Colleen Kelly, police said. 

It's not clear how the 52-year-old Stratford resident may have died or how she ended up at the beach.

Officials said on Monday that it did not seem like the woman was swimming.

The incident remains under investigation. 



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<![CDATA[Ansonia High School Bus Hit by Air Gun Pellets: Police]]> Fri, 27 May 2016 23:34:27 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/ansonia-bus.jpg

An Ansonia High School bus was hit by what appears to be a pellet gun on Friday afternoon, police said.

Police were called to assess damage done to two windows on a school bus driving on North State Street around 2 p.m.

There were no injuries reported and police were able to determine that the windows were shot with pellet guns, Ansonia Police said.

NBC Connecticut spoke exclusively to a student on board the bus when it happened.

“As soon as the kids got off the bus, a pellet gun hit the window I was sitting across from,” Kevin Jeanpaul, a junior at Ansonia High School said.

Jeanpaul said he ducked for cover as soon as he saw the window was shattered.

“They were cracked,” Jeanpaul said. “It was pretty bead because the pellet gun went through both sides.”

The incident on the bus happened just days after a school threat on social media in Ansonia shut down schools across the district. There has been heightened security at the schools ever since.

“Here we go again,” parent Elizabeth Harris said. “Before it’s threatening a school and now it’s a pellet gun. Come on, these kids do not deserve this.”

The bus was heading towards the intersection of State Street when the incident occurred, police said. The high school students were put onto another bus following the incident.

Officers were unable to locate the suspects and they ask anyone with information to call (203) 735-1885.



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<![CDATA[State Provides CT Zika Statistics Online]]> Fri, 27 May 2016 15:40:34 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/214*120/nasa-zika-forecast.gif

Seven people in Connecticut have contracted the Zika virus and the state Department of Health has put is sharing information with the public online to provide local statistics and other information about the virus.

The website, which will be updated every Wednesday, includes testing results for the Zika tests and Flaviviruses, including Dengue, Chikungunya and Zika, as well as where the patients traveled.

Health officials said patients who test positive for a Flavivirus could have been exposed to Zika, but the test results were unable to distinguish between Zika and the other Flaviviruses.

As of May 24, one person who traveled to Colombia, four people who traveled to the Dominican Republic, one person who traveled to Honduras and one person who traveled to Puerto Rico have tested positive for Zika virus. Two of the patients are pregnant.

One person who traveled to Aruba, one person who traveled to Brazil, one person who traveled to Colombia, one person who traveled to El Salvador, two people who traveled to Haiti and one person who traveled to Mexico tested positivefor possible flavivirus. Five of the seven people who tested positive are pregnant.



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<![CDATA[Elderly Man in Wheelchair Hit By Car in Stonington Dies]]> Fri, 27 May 2016 15:22:39 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Pedestrian+struck+in+Stonington.JPG

An elderly man died after he was hit by a car while in his motorized wheelchair in Stonington.

Raymond A. Lanphere, 77, was in serious condition when he was hit on Route 1 in the Pawcatuck area of Stonington on Wednesday morning.

The impact caused the wheels and seat of his wheelchair to break apart. 

Lanphere succumbed to his injuries on Thursday evening. 

Stonington Police said the accident is currently under investigation. 

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<![CDATA[Many Expected to Travel on Memorial Day Weekend]]> Fri, 27 May 2016 15:06:41 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Many_Expected_to_Travel_on_Memorial_Day_Weekend_1200x675_694358083906.jpg ]]> <![CDATA[Bomb Threat Prompted Evacuation of Manchester School]]> Fri, 27 May 2016 14:15:48 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/530pcopperstill011415.jpg

Illing Middle School in Manchester was temporarily evacuated after a bomb threat was called in around 11 a.m. on Friday.

After the school was searched, students were allowed back in and the school day continued on its regular schedule.



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<![CDATA[Hartford Calls Bond on Ballpark Project]]> Fri, 27 May 2016 18:10:37 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/dunkin%27-donuts-park1.jpg

The mayor of Hartford has called the $47 million bond for the ballpark being built in Hartford and said the DoNo baseball stadium developer, Centerplan Construction Company, has defaulted on its agreement with the city.

The ballpark was supposed to be “substantially complete” by May 17, but that did not happen and the latest estimates were that the park could open at the beginning of July at the earliest.

The baseball team has been playing in Norwich rather than in Hartford because the stadium is not done.

Mayor Bronin has sent a letter to Arch Insurance Company in Philadelphia on behalf of the city of Hartford and Hartford Stadium Authority, saying the developers are in default for not reaching the substantial completion date of May 17.

One of the items he mentioned is that the developer has failed to adhere to the requirement of an agreement reached in January to pay $50,000 if they missed the deadline and an additional $15,000 per day, up to $250,000, until reaching the “substantial completion” date. He said they have not paid.

Centerplan and DoNo have pledged to fight the claim in court because they say the city has some culpability in the park being late.

The letter also says “numerous construction deficiencies and code violations” remain on the project and Centerplan threatened to walk off the jobsite and would be in serious default if it does so.

“This afternoon, the City formally notified the surety, Arch Insurance Company, that the developer has failed to perform their obligations, and that the surety has a duty to make sure the project is completed at no further cost to the taxpayer of Hartford,” Bronin said in a statement.

In January, all the parties came together when it became clear that the developers were far behind schedule, to finance the gap, according to the mayor.

“That was the right thing to do to keep things moving. At this point, however, the developers have repeatedly missed deadlines and, we believe, continue to run over-budget. We have no choice but to bring the surety to the table to manage and finance completion of the ballpark,” Bronin said in a statement. “The developer has threatened to abandon the job if we call the bond, but to do that would be another breach of contract. They have a clear obligation to keep working, and if they believe that calling the bond wash¹t necessary, they can prove it by finishing the job as soon as possible with the resources they’ve been given.”



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<![CDATA[Man Performed Lewd Act in Front of Children at Beach: Police]]> Fri, 27 May 2016 15:32:07 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Dylan+DeRosa+mug+shot+1200.jpg

A sex offender is accused of exposing himself to teenage girls in the Anchor Beach area of Milford this week.

Police said Dylan DeRosa, 25, of Milford drove by a group of middle school aged girls on Tuesday, then came back and drove by them again.

This time his driver’s side door was open and he was masturbating, police said.

Based on descriptions of the man and his car, police arrested DeRosa and charged him with risk of injury, breach of peace and public indecency.

DeRosa posted a $50,000 bond and will be arraigned in Milford Superior Court on June 21.

DeRosa is on the state’s sex offender registry for a 2013 conviction of a sexual assault of a minor.

In March, Milford police arrested him because she was accused of rolling his window down as he fondled himself near a park at Beach Avenue and Wall Street and asking someone to "give him a hand."

He pleaded not guilty to public indecency and breach of peace in that case.



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<![CDATA[I-84 East in Tolland Reopens]]> Fri, 27 May 2016 14:35:09 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/84+in+tolland+1200.jpg

Interstate 84 East was shut down in Tolland in the area of exit 68 after a two-vehicle crash, but traffic is moving again.

Traffic cameras showed several emergency vehicles at the scene and minor injuries are reported.

No additional information was immediately available.



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<![CDATA[Man With Gun Tries to Rob Southington Wal-Mart]]> Fri, 27 May 2016 18:14:47 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Walmart+robbery+in+Southington.jpg

A man with a gun tried to rob the Wal-Mart on Queen Street in Southington on Friday morning and police are looking for him.

The robber walked up to one of the registers at the store at 235 Queen St, around 8 a.m. on Friday with a bottle of iced tea.

When the clerk went to ring up the iced tea, he lifted his shirt to show a handgun tucked into his waistband and demanded money from the register, police said.

The clerk yelled and the robber fled without taking any money and got into a light blue Scion TC in the parking lot and fled on Queen Street.

Witnesses were not sure what state the license plate was from, but said it had the number 300 followed by an unknown combination of three letters.

The robber was wearing jeans, a blue baseball cap, a two-tone gray shirt with blue sleeves. He is around 5-feet-8, weighs between 160 and 170 pounds and has a well-trimmed beard.

Anyone with information should call Detective James Armack at 860-378-1649.



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<![CDATA[Teen Charged in Hit-and-Run That Killed Cos Cob Man]]> Fri, 27 May 2016 11:50:09 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/greenwich+police+generic.jpg

Police have charged a 17-year-old Greenwich boy in connection with the hit-and-run that killed a 43-year-old Cos Cob man just after 11 p.m. on April 17.

The victim, Edward Setterberg, 43, was hit on East Putnam Avenue by Hillside Road, police said, and they have identified the suspect as Andrew Schmidt, 17, of Greenwich.

He has been charged as an adult.

After Setterberg was hit, police said they were looking for a Mercedes Benz ML350 -- model year of 2006 or later -- with damage to the right side of the grill, which was described as a silver honeycomb style with a Mercedes Benz logo in the center of it.

After seizing the vehicle, police obtained 38 search warrants and charged Schmidt with evading responsibility following involvement in an accident that resulted in a fatality.

Schmidt was released after posted a court-set $100,000 bond and he is due in Stamford Superior Court on June 2.



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<![CDATA[Smoke Ring Forms After Explosion]]> Fri, 27 May 2016 10:40:50 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/smoke+ring+Nicole+Stimpson.jpg

A smoke ring formed in the sky after a transformer explosion in Branford on Thursday and the mysterious looking formation is called smoke vortex ring.

Smoke vortices form when there is a blast through a circular structure, according to a report from NBC News.

NBC Connecticut meteorologist Ryan Hanrahan explained smoke vortex rings on his Facebook page, saying you can see these after explosions in volcanoes or a smoke stack and you saw them in Branford because a transformer is shaped like a cylinder.

For more videos of smoke vortex rings, check out NBC News’ page.



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<![CDATA[Delays on I-384 West in Manchester ]]> Fri, 27 May 2016 08:49:19 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/209*120/i384+west+closed+in+manchester.jpg

There are delays on Interstate 384 West in Manchester after two crashes.

The crashes were between exits 4 and 3 and no serious injuries are reported.

The highway was closed, but has since reopened.



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<![CDATA[Firefighters Respond to Leak in Southington School HVAC System]]> Fri, 27 May 2016 10:53:28 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/John+F.+Kennedy+Middle+School+in+Southington.JPG

Firefighters responded to John F. Kennedy Middle School in Southington on Friday morning after a glycol leak from the heating ventilation and air conditioning system.

Officials said a line of glycol in a second-floor science room came apart, sending glycol into a few rooms and down the drains to the first floor.

In all, about 100 gallons of glycol spilled. Officials said it is not toxic or hazardous, but the main issue was the odor.

Two classrooms on the second floor were impacted, as well the entrance to cafeteria on first floor and part of hallway.

"Unfortunately we have experienced this problem previously, but as a result we do know exactly how to deal with the situation and we know that it presents no danger to students or staff," Supt. Timothy F. Connellan said in an email to parents.

He said clean up has been underway since earlier this morning and classes will be proceeding normally. 

Students are being kept away from the area impacted and were allowed into the school.

Firefighters set up fans to air out the school.

Because one of the clean up areas is near the cafeteria, the breakfast program was disrupted and students were sent to the auditorium instead of the cafeteria, according to the superintendent, but they do not believe that the lunch schedule will need to be modified.



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<![CDATA[I-84 West Jammed Between Newtown and Southbury]]> Fri, 27 May 2016 08:48:17 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Southbury+backup.jpg

Interstate 84 West is jammed between Southbury and Newtown after a Coca Cola truck caught fire early this morning.

The tractor-trailer caught fire between exits 10 and 9 just after 6:30 a.m. and the right lane remains closed more than two hours later.

Along with firefighters and state police, crews from the state Department of Consumer Protection are responding to inspect the vehicle.



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<![CDATA[Driver Pulls Knife on Other Driver After I-95 Crash: Police]]> Fri, 27 May 2016 07:29:21 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Road+rage+on+I+95+in+Bridgeport.jpg

Police are investigating a road rage incident on Interstate 95 South in Bridgeport after a driver pulled a knife on another driver, according to police.

There was a crash in the area of exit 25 and the driver who was hit pulled a knife on the other driver, police said. That person has been charged with threatening.

No additional information was immediately available.



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<![CDATA[Police Investigate Double Shooting in New Haven]]> Fri, 27 May 2016 15:15:33 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Whalley+Avenue+New+Haven+2.jpg

Two men were injured in a shooting in New Haven just after 12:30 a.m. on Friday that shut down several blocks of Whalley Avenue.

Police responded to Whalley Avenue, between Dwight and Orchard streets, at 12:38 a.m. after the shotspotter went off and found 20-year-old Marquis Freeman, of New Haven, who was critically injured.

Police said he'd been shot in the buttocks and head and was rushed to Yale–New Haven Hospital, where he is in grave condition.

A other victim, 25-year-old Terrance Lee, was shot in the hand, police said. He ran from the scene to a nearby supermarket, where he asked someone to drive him to the hospital.

Lee told investigators he and Freeman had been walking west on Whalley Avenue at Sperry Street and greeted a man who was walking toward them, but that man started shooting, police said.

Police have not released a description of the shooter.

Detectives spent hours searching for witnesses and surveillance from the area.

“It’s expansive in the sense that there’s a lot of physical evidence throughout this area of Whalley,” Lt. Tony Reyes, of the New Haven Police Department, said.

The parking lot of Stop and Shop was also taped off, but has reopened.

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call police at 203-946-6304.



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<![CDATA[Fire Forced Evacuations at Motel 6 in Southington]]> Fri, 27 May 2016 15:10:49 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Fire+at+Motel+6+in+Southington.jpg

Dozens of guests were evacuated from their rooms at Motel 6 on Queen Street in Southington when fire broke out around 4 a.m. on Friday outside the first-floor laundry room.

Firefighters said the fire spread up through the ceiling and ductwork to the second-floor laundry room.

Lt. James Paul, of the Southington Fire Department, said they evacuated rooms immediately around the laundry room.

One of the doors firefighters opened was to Sanjoy Desai's room.

"I just yelled at them, ‘What the heck is going on here? Why did you unlock my door?’,” she said. “But they said there was something wrong, a fire or something, so we need you to come out of the room right away. I want you to come out right away, he told me a couple of times.”

No guests or firefighters were hurt and the fire marshal is investigating the cause of the fire.



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<![CDATA[Manchester Stench Has Families Asking State for Help ]]> Fri, 27 May 2016 09:07:44 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/manchester-stench.jpg

Residents near the landfill in Manchester said the smell is also impossible to ignore and it’s become such a nuisance to some that they are now asking the state for help.

The stench started a few years ago, but neighbors said this year has been worse than ever, with the smell coming around every few days.

Denis MacLeod lives on Mckee Street, more than a mile away from the landfill, and said she cannot even enjoy her backyard.

“We started to barbecue last night and we were really excited about a rack of ribs, and we had to actually move into the house and put it in the oven because it was just overwhelming,” MacLeod said.

Town officials are still trying to identify the source.

Cheri Eckbreth, who is on the Manchester board of directors, lives in the area affected by the stench and said they are trying to get to the bottom of it.

“To us, it’s a quality of life issue,” Eckbreth said. “It’s not a health issue, but it’s definitely a quality of life issue in Manchester.”

The smell could be coming from the sewage plant behind the landfill. It could also be from the sludge dropped off at the landfill. They do have to cover up the sludge within half an hour of delivery, but some said that is not fast enough.

“If it is coming from that and we can get that under control, then fine,” Eckbreth said. “If not, we’re going to have to look at not taking those deliveries anymore.”

MacLeod said until then, she is keeping her windows shut and she wrote a letter to the State Department of Energy and Environmental Protection asking the state to look into it.

Officials from DEEP said they are aware of the odor, but are not investigating just yet.

It is currently in the hands of town officials, who are working on several remedies and doing several tests to try and stop the stench.



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<![CDATA[Wright's Mill Farm Owner Vows to Rebuild]]> Fri, 27 May 2016 09:12:13 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Wrights+Mill+Canterbury+Fire+1200.jpg

The owners of Wright's Mill Farm, a popular wedding venue in Canterbury that was badly damaged by fire, said they hope to have the facility open by next April.

“The brides are what’s keeping me going,” Curtis Dubois told the Norwich Bulletin. "They were just so happy that no one was injured."

Dubois said they will start rebuilding the main hall next month and hope to reopen the facility by next year. 

Last Saturday, the Wright's Mill Farm had its first wedding since the May 18 fire after Dubois said he rented dinnerware, luncheon equipment and other items lost in the fire.



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<![CDATA[Amtrak Transformer Explodes in Branford, Delays Trains]]> Thu, 26 May 2016 21:52:49 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/image1234.JPG

Amtrak said it is experiencing heavy delays for trains between New Haven and Boston following a fire. 

An Amtrak transformer in Branford exploded and burst into flames on Meadow Street.

The fire spread to a boat and dump truck below it but no injuries were reported. 

According to Twitter, power was out from Shore Line to Old Saybrook because of a fire but crews are working on repairing damage now.

Amtrak trains along the shoreline were experiencing congestion. One Acela train traveling from Boston to New York, carrying more than 200 people, was disabled and lost power near Guilford. Passengers were transferred to another train. 



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<![CDATA[Manchester Residents Endure Mill Rate Increase]]> Fri, 27 May 2016 09:26:46 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Manchester00000000.jpg

Manchester residents will be spending more on car taxes and drivers are not happy about a decision this week to increase the mill rate.

During a special board of directors meeting on Tuesday night, the board voted, 7 to 2, to increase the mill rate from 32 to 34.85.

"Wow. That's going to be terrible," Petrina Spinnato, a Manchester resident, said.

Spinnato said she is not happy to hear Manchester's motor vehicle tax has been raised nearly three mills for the 2016-2017 fiscal year.

"It's already high as it is," Spinnato said.

The increases don't stop there.

An additional tax rate of 2.15 mills has been added to the vehicles in the South Manchester Fire Taxing District, bringing the total mill rate in Manchester to 37.

"It's never fun to shell out more money from something you don't feel is adequate right?" Dustin Mac said.

Officials said the changes are in response to legislators raising the state cap to 37 mills to battle the nearly $1 billion state budget deficit.

City officials said the general fund increase will bring in $927,000, while the fire tax will bring in $509,696.

"If they can't get it from their own resources, they're gonna come after us taxpayers to get it," Mac said.

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