<![CDATA[NBC Connecticut - Connecticut News]]> Copyright 2016 http://www.nbcconnecticut.com/news/local http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/NBC_Connecticut.png NBC Connecticut http://www.nbcconnecticut.com en-us Tue, 09 Feb 2016 19:49:26 -0500 Tue, 09 Feb 2016 19:49:26 -0500 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Platt High School Principal On Leave, Accused of DUI]]> Tue, 09 Feb 2016 19:43:16 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/215*120/MERIDENPRINCIPAL.jpg

Platt High School's principal is on administrative leave after he was charged with a DUI in connection with an accident, Meriden Public Schools' superintendent Dr. Mark D. Benigni said. 

"Robert Montemurro informed me that he had been involved in an accident," Benigni said in a statement. "At his request, Mr. Montemurro will be on leave and at this time we do not know low long that leave will be."

On Feb. 8, Montemurro was involved in a car accident.

Benigni said the board will be reviewing the situation and with "due regard for fairness" towards Montemurro. 

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<![CDATA[NBC Connecticut Unveils New Consumer Investigation Unit]]> Tue, 09 Feb 2016 19:23:48 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/consumerresponds.jpg

NBC Connecticut is proud to unveil our new Consumer Investigative Unit. On Tuesday, we launched our new hotline, where every call and email will get a response.

You call or email and explain what consumer issue has you so frustrated. We’ll respond back to you no matter what.

NBC Connecticut has joined forces with NBC owned stations across the country to create the Consumer Investigative Center. We've got a dedicated team based in Dallas standing by to hear your story, gather pertinent documents, research the details all to work towards finding you a resolution.

We've already been busy responding to consumer complaints, like we did for a single father in Hartford who was without heat or hot water during the coldest days this year.

“Sometimes I won't be able to give my son a bath. I have to go to moms to give him a bath because there won't even be warm water it will be just cold,” he said.

With our help, a city inspector came to his home and found that his water didn't meet the state's minimum temperature requirement, and was able to rectify the situation for he and his son.

When the Takata airbag recall surfaced consumers reached out to us with concerns about letters they received from various auto makers and were unsure how to respond.

"I wasn't clear as to what it was and it was one of those things I didn't have time to research so I just sort of put it aside,” said Gerry Brown of Wethersfield.

We did the research to find them answers, and we'll get to work to try to help you too.

If you have a consumer complaint or need help fighting for your rights as a consumer, contact us.

Call us at 1-844-303-RESPONDS or email us at nbcresponds@nbcconnecticut.com.

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<![CDATA['Untimely' Death of 18-Year-Old Classified as Homicide: ME]]> Tue, 09 Feb 2016 19:06:27 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/8055695_1452105661.2959.jpg

Sandy Roldan is the aunt of 18-year-old shooting victim, Nasashalie Hoy.

Roldan tells the Troubleshooters, “Every day, I go to her grave and tell her 'I'm going to fight for you. Get justice for you, I promise you.'"

Last month, Hoy’s relatives told NBC Connecticut there was no way the teen took her own life in a shooting. And the Medical Examiner’s Office agrees.

Initially, Hartford police referred to Nasashalie Hoy's death as "untimely."  Now the Troubleshooters have learned the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner says this is a case of homicide.

While police continue to investigate what led up to the shooting, Hoy's friend answered to gun charges at Hartford Superior Court today.

Torrick Maragh made his first appearance in court, since the 18-year-old Hoy was shot and killed a month ago in his apartment on Broad Street in Hartford.

Maragh is facing two charges of possession of a sawed off shot gun and remains jailed.

In court, public defender Victoria Pells stated, “We're still doing some investigating in the matter. I know the state wants the entire file from Hartford police, so we're asking for a continuance for that purpose."

According to court papers, police called the scene, “suspicious.” Maragh told officers quote “She shot herself."

That "Hoy straddled him with a shotgun pointed at her neck before it went off."

It is a claim Hoy's family refuses to believe.

Roldan added, “Impossible, impossible. She couldn't have done it to herself. That wasn't her. A very happy person. She was always happy, always trying to succeed in life, always working."

Vindication for Hoy's family. The ME classified Hoy's manner of death as homicide.
Dr. James Gill tells the Troubleshooters, homicide means the death occurred at the hands of another.

Roldan added, "Oh my God destroyed. No words to describe my pain right now. No words to describe my pain.”

Though Maragh has not been charged in connection with Hoy's death, at court, a representative of his family told the Troubleshooters he is innocent.

Shortly after words between both families were exchanged outside the courthouse.
Hartford police have no additional comment on the case.

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<![CDATA[Red-Tailed Hawk Won't Leave East Hampton Stop & Shop]]> Tue, 09 Feb 2016 18:40:39 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/hawk5.jpg

There's not much room for a bird as big as a red-tailed hawk in the rafters of the Stop & Shop in East Hampton, but since Sunday, that's where a hawk has been spending its time. 

"When I saw it this morning it was back by the frozen foods in the back there and it's just sitting up there still," Shaun McGarty, a East Hampton resident, said. 

McGarty figured the bird had followed smaller birds in through the loading dock of the store on High Street. According to DEEP, the hawk is perched about 30 feet high. 

The doors opened all day to welcome shoppers despite the bird inside. One sign advertising "Great Food" may have been the draw for the hawk. But "Low Prices" weren't the lure.

The hawk never pays retail.

In the trees outside you can see birds, living in fear of one less hawk. Maybe the hawk should be afraid. Falconers came to try to extract the bird.

"I just hope they get it out, and it's safe, and it doesn't get hurt before they get it out, that's all," said McGarty.

The team couldn't get it out Monday night but environmental conservation police are bringing the falconers back tonight. DEEP said attempts were made to coax the bird to fly out open doors.

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<![CDATA[Man Drove to Colorado to Have Sex With Mom, 2 Minors: Officials]]> Tue, 09 Feb 2016 17:31:07 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Generic_Handcuffs_Chris_Caesar_NECN_12416.jpg

A Connecticut man has been indicted for allegedly driving to Colorado in order to engage in sexual conduct with a portrayed mother and her two minor daughters, the U.S. Attorney's office said. 

Jason Tremblay, 28, of Ledyard, was arrested last week in Greeley, Colorado, after he allegedly drove for three days to have sexual encounters a mom and her two underage daughters, who in this case, was actually an undercover Homeland Security Investigations Special Agent, the prosecutor's office said. 

HSI special agents began targeting particular websites that may sexually exploit children and joined a variety of groups where users chose "incest", "jailbat", and "teen" as their interests. 

In Nov. 2015, the undercover HSI working in Greeley posed as a mother with two daughters aged 10 and 14, according to charging documents.

An individual, later identified as Tremblay, reached out to the agent's mom persona and asked if she was "active with (her) girls," the prosecutor's office said. 

In Jan. 2016, the agent and Tremblay agreed on a meeting that would sexually exploit the minor daughters and the suspect began his drive to Colorado on Feb. 2, according to documents.

Once in the Greeley vicinity, Colorado State police placed Tremblay under arrest on Feb. 4.

Tremblay faces one count of aggravated sexual abuse of children, which if convicted could send him to federal prison for a minimum of 30 years, according to the indictment. He also faces one count of travel with intent to engage in illicit sexual conduct, which could send him to federal prison for up to 30 years. Finally, he faces two counts of coercion and enticement, which carry a minimum of 10 years each in federal prison. Each count carries a fine up to $250,000.

Tremblay has been released on a $50,000 bond. It was not immediately clear if he had an attorney.

<![CDATA[Cadets Under Investigation For Potential Honor Violation]]> Tue, 09 Feb 2016 16:49:42 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/U.S.+Coast+Guard+Academy.jpg

A group of third class cadets are being investigated for a potential honor violation, the U.S. Coast Guard Academy said. 

"It is the responsibility of Academy leadership to determine whether each accused cadet’s actions are an opportunity for learning, or if their misconduct is serious enough to keep them from serving successfully as Coast Guard officers," the academy based in New London said. 

Authorities are looking into alleged "unauthorized collaboration on online quizzes."

There were no further details on the on-going investigation.

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<![CDATA[Firefighters, Animal Control Rescue Dogs from Plunge in Icy Pond]]> Tue, 09 Feb 2016 19:37:29 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Firefighters+rescue+Huskies+from+water+1200.jpg

Firefighters and animal control officers made a rescue on the ice on Tuesday when they pulled two Huskies to safety after they fell into a partially frozen over pond in Guilford.

Firefighters pulled the dogs out of the ice on Mill Pond this morning and said they are doing well at a vet in Guilford.

Firefighters were looking for the owners and they have since located the people. 

The Guilford Police animal shelter helped with the rescue.

"It was a very scary situation that thankfully ended well," a post on their Facebook page says. "The dogs are both warming up and doing well and the owner has been notified. Great job to the Guilford firefighters!"

Photo Credit: Danielle D'Auria, Guilford Animal Control Officer
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<![CDATA[3rd Arrest in Case of Month Long Kidnapping, Abuse of Teen]]> Tue, 09 Feb 2016 15:41:00 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/214*120/London-Barnes.jpg

A third suspect has been arrested in connection to the kidnapping of an 18-year-old girl who was held and sexually abused for almost a month, authorities said. 

London Barnes, 43, of Hartford, surrendered himself to the Hartford Police's Special Investigation Division with his involvement with a human trafficking, kidnapping and sexual assault case from September, police said. 

Two other men, Eric James "Nut" Williams, 25, of Hartford, and Dwayne "Crash" Hairston, 31, of Windsor, have been incarcerated since the beginning of January. Hairston is being accused of human trafficking, first-degree kidnapping, promoting prostitution, unlawful restraint and second-degree assault while Williams faces a sexual assault charge. 

The Special Investigations Division began investigating on Sept. 27, when authorities received information about the possible kidnapping and human trafficking of an 18-year-old woman from outside the city. The woman was reported missing from Enfield on Sept. 29.

While police surveilled a building on Main Street a woman walked out they believed was the victim. She was not but when police showed her the photo of the victim she told police where they could find her because she had just seen her at Barnes' apartment.

Police knocked on Barnes' door and he told them he was with his "girlfriend." When the 18-year-old victim walked by the doorway, police took her into custody because she was wanted for outstanding felony warrants, according to court documents. It is not clear what she was wanted for.

After leaving the apartment, the victim said she did not need medical attention but wanted to have McDonald's.

She told police that she went to Hartford in September to meet her ex-boyfriend at a store on Main Street. When he did not meet with her at a store she was approached by Hairston or "Crash", who invited her to his apartment to smoke weed and "hang out."

The pair engaged in consensual sex but after she was forced into having nonconsensual intercourse with Hairston's friends who go by Williams or "Nut," "Monterey," "Cheese," and "Brillo," she told police.

When the victim woke up, all of her clothes were missing and for the next month she was only allowed to wear a blue dress that was provided for her by a woman known as "TT," police said.

The victim was held in Hairston's room for the next week where the individuals named above and other unknown men continued to force sex with the woman. Hairston also forced the woman to snort and inject heroin multiple times the day, police reported. He told the victim he would "hurt" her if she tried to leave, according to court documents. 

At one point, Hairston tried to sell the woman to an unidentified individual but didn't after a disagreement ensued. 

The victim was then given to Barnes who promised the woman he would "take care of her" but the date is unclear. Barnes  told the woman that Hairston had made up to $800 from selling her body for sex, according to the police affidavit.

Detectives from the Hartford Police Department Vice and Narcotics units raided a building on Main Street in Hartford on Wednesday as part of an undercover drug investigation and determined that Hairston and Williams had spent time there as well.

Police made several arrests and seized narcotics, packaging material and counterfeit money.

Two children, 8 and 10 years old, were also at the address and the state Department of Children and Families was notified.

Barnes is being held on a $600,000 bond and faces charges for sexual assault, kidnapping and unlawful restraint. 

It was not immediately clear if he has an attorney.

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<![CDATA[Man Charged in New Haven Home Burglary]]> Tue, 09 Feb 2016 14:38:50 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Marcus+Pires+1200.jpg

Police have charged a Hamden man in a home burglary in town in January.

Marcus Pires, 44, of North Haven, is suspected of burglarizing a Ridge Road home on Jan. 18 and stealing around $300 from the victim’s bedroom.

Police said the victim had recently installed a home security system with video recording equipment and it captured images of Pires entering the home and taking the cash.

Pires was arrested on a warrant on Tuesday and charged with third-degree burglary and sixth-degree larceny.

He is being held on a court-set $7,500 bond and is due to be arraigned on Tuesday in Meriden Superior Court.

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<![CDATA[FBI Investigating School Threats in Connecticut]]> Tue, 09 Feb 2016 17:56:57 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Bristol+Central+High+School+threat+feb+2016.jpg

The FBI is investigating at least two of four incidents in which schools in Connecticut received threatening phone calls on Tuesday.

Schools in Bristol, Hartford Public Schools, Stamford High School and West Haven High School all received threatening phone calls around the same time on Tuesday afternoon. 

The FBI is assisting Hartford and West Haven police in their investigations.  It was not clear if they were also involved in the Stamford and Bristol threat investigations.

Bristol Central High School and South Side School in Bristol dismissed students early on Tuesday as a precaution after receiving two separate a telephone threats at 12:45 p.m., according to a voicemail the superintendent left with parents.

The schools evacuated students and buses brought the children home.

Police said patrol officers responded to both schools and determined there was no immediate danger to students. Police are now investigating.   

A Tweet from the principal says the threat was not specific. 

Bristol also canceled all afternoon activities for the day. 

Officials from Hartford Public Schools also received phone threats.

According to Hartford police, it was a false bomb threat consistent with other threats to schools in the region. It's not clear which school received it.

Officials from Stamford schools said Stamford High School received a called in bomb threat early in the afternoon.

The school was evacuated, but buses were called because of the cold temperatures and students were dismissed.

Officers cleared the scene in Stamford late Tuesday afternoon.

Police in West Haven added officers at West Haven High School until dismissal as police investigated the threatening phone call there around 12:30 p.m.

It's not clear if there is any connection between the threats.

NBC Connecticut reached out to Connecticut State Police, but they said they are not involved in the investigations. They are being handled at the local level.

West Haven Public Schools, Bristol Police and Hartford Police put out separate statements confirmed they received a phone call threat at 12:30 pm.

Hartford Police said the threat came from an out of state number and the man first spoke in an unknown language. The called said he had placed bombs on the school's roof, Hartford police said. Nothing suspicious was found at the school. 

Bristol Police said the threat received at Bristol Central High School referenced a person with a gun on school grounds while the threat to South Side School referenced a bomb on campus. 

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<![CDATA[Woman Never Delivered on Puppy Adoptions: Police]]> Tue, 09 Feb 2016 18:49:46 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Suzanne+Bristol+1200.jpg

Torrington police have arrested a woman who is accused of posing as a dog adoption business and taking money from people, but them never actually providing the dogs.

Police started investigating Suzanne Bristol 49, of Torrington, after receiving several complaints from people in Connecticut, Massachusetts and New Jersey between September and December.

The victims said Bristol was running a dog rescue called “Just For Labs Rescue” out of her home on Berry Street, according to police. She also used the website “Adopt a Pet” to post pictures and advertise dogs that were supposed to be available for rescue upon request.

According to police, five different victims gave Bristol adoption fees, which were to include a veterinary exam, and were told they would have their new dog shipped to them, but Bristol never had the dogs at her rescue, police said.

The dogs were in shelters in other states, the photos of the dogs were from other websites, Bristol never paid the veterinary exam bills and she never shipped the victims their dogs, according to police. 

The victims made several attempts to get their money back or get the dog they had paid for, but never received anything in return, police said.

Bristol was charged with third-degree larceny and was held on a court-set $1,000 cash bond.

Bristol will appear in Bantam Superior Court today.

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<![CDATA[Extra Police Presence at West Haven High After Threatening Phone Call: Police]]> Tue, 09 Feb 2016 15:19:01 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/west+haven+high+school+generic.jpg

There will be extra police presence at West Haven High School until dismissal as police investigate a threatening phone call the school received on Tuesday afternoon, according to the police department’s Facebook page.

The school received the call just after 12:30 p.m., according to the post.

Police said this was no more than a threatening call and all measures are put into place for the protection of students and staff.

The school district has canceled all sporting events for West Haven High School tonight amd Bennett Rink is closed for the rest of the day. 

Adult education classes and the West Haven High School blended learning program have also been canceled for the day.

NBC Connecticut left a message with the superintendent's office.

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<![CDATA[Drunken Mom Fell Asleep While Driving With Kids in Car: Police]]> Tue, 09 Feb 2016 17:25:46 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Crystal+Burden+1200.jpg

State police arrested a 25-year-old mother who they said was sleeping, and suspected of being drunk, behind the wheel on a highway ramp with her children in the vehicle.

Police responded to the Interstate 95 southbound exit 14 ramp in Norwalk just after 4 a.m. on Saturday after receiving a report that a vehicle was blocking the center lane.

Once they arrived, they found Crystal Burden, 25, of Norwalk, in the driver's seat, asleep behind the wheel, police said, and two small children were sitting in the backseat.

State police said that when Burden woke up, she ignored several commands to unlock the vehicle, but one of the children unlocked her door so police could get in.

Troopers then smelled alcohol in the car and on Burden's breath, police said.
She was belligerent, irate and refused to perform field sobriety tests, police said.

State troopers arrested Burden and charged her with two counts of risk of injury, driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, operating while under suspension, improper parking and two counts of failure to secure a child.

he is scheduled to appear at the Norwalk Superior Courthouse on Feb. 19.

No phone number is listed for Burden and it’s not clear if she has an attorney. The case is not listed on the online court docket.

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<![CDATA[Several Injured in Crash of Casino-Bound Bus Still Hospitalized]]> Tue, 09 Feb 2016 11:45:41 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Madison+rollover+1200+charter+bus+.jpg

Several of the 36 people who were injured when a charter bus heading to Mohegan Sun Casino flipped onto its side on snow-covered Interstate 95 in Madison, Connecticut on Monday afternoon remain hospitalized on Tuesday.

Officials from Mohegan Sun said the Dahlia charter bus — based in New York — was en route to the Uncasville casino around 12:20 p.m. on Monday when it rolled over on I-95 north, between the exit 61 off-ramp and the on-ramp.

The driver told police he was merging from from the left lane to right lane and lost control on the snow-covered road and hit the metal barrier. 

The highway was shut down for around four-and-a-half hours and crews were able to get the bus back on its tires around 3:30 p.m. The highway reopened around 5 p.m.

The bus was carrying about 55 people, including the driver, according to state police, and video from the scene captured the frightening ordeal. It showed several people climbing out of the front and top of the bus. 

Ambulances lined the highway and transported passengers to nearby hospitals, including Yale-New Haven Hospital, Saint Raphael's and Middlesex Hospital. At least four of the patients remain in critical condition on Tuesday, hospital staff members said during a news conference on Tuesday.

Several of the patients do not speak English and have been using interpreters to speak with medical staff. 

Dr. Kimberly Davis, vice chair of the department of surgery and the chief of general surgery and trauma and critical care at Yale-New Haven Hospital, said they shut down for a little while on Monday in anticipation of the influx of patients, but resumed normal operations fairly quickly.

On Tuesday, officials from Yale-New Haven Hospital said they initially received 16 patients, including four of whom were in critical, and 12 in non-critical condition. The four critical patients and one who was in non-critical condition were admitted.

Then, six more patients from the emergency department of Middlesex Hospital were transferred to Yale-New Haven Hospital. Three patients were in critical condition and were admitted. 

Davis described the injuries as "thoracic," or chest, rib fractures, lung injuries and injuries of that nature. 

"Obviously, a number of bone fractures, and a couple of more critical vascular injuries and things along those lines," she said. While the patients are in critical condition, their injuries are not considered life-threatening at this point.

Some patients will go home today, Davis said, while others will remain for extended periods of time.

It's not clear exactly how many patients remain at Yale-New Haven Hospital, but Davis said she checked in on 10 or 15 on Tuesday morning.

"We have a fair number of patients still in house," she said.

Dr. Andy Ulrich, operations director for the department of emergency medicine at Yale-New Haven Hospital, said this was potentially a very dangerous and life-threatening accident. 

“In other circumstances, where the care wasn’t as good, certainly people could have died,” he said. 

The Yale-New Haven Shoreline Medical Center received four patients who were all non-critical two were admitted.

The New Haven-Yale Saint Raphael campus received one patient. 

Some injuries ranged from shoulder injuries to people who had trouble breathing. 

Thirty-three passengers were initially taken to a warming center at the Madison town gym, but some later went to nearby hospitals after they warmed up, the adrenaline wore off and they began to feel symptoms of injuries, according to Madison police. 

Middlesex Hospital said the Shoreline Medical Center received 16 patients.

Patients were also brought to Yale-New Haven in Guilford, Middlesex Hospital and Saint Raphael's in New Haven, Madison police said. 

The Red Cross was called in to help and it appears another bus has also been brought in.

All additional buses from the New York area to Mohegan Sun have been rerouted and are being turned around, according to a spokesperson for Mohegan Sun.

Connecticut State Police are investigating the circumstances of the crash.

In a statement, VMC East Coast, which operates the bus for Dhalia, said it was saddened "that this has happened today" and thanked firefighters, paramedics and police.

"We pray that all our passengers are OK and will be safely returned to their families soon," the statement says. "We may release more information in the coming days."

<![CDATA[Light Snow Accumulations Anticipated Tomorrow]]> Tue, 09 Feb 2016 16:56:08 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Forecast+Snow+CT8.png

Snow is expected to accumulate once again tomorrow, though it shouldn't be much.

First Alert forecasters caution that this is a low confidence forecast. A small shift in an upper-level disturbance could mean several inches of difference in the amount of snow that falls.

With that said, periods of snow are expected tonight and especially tomorrow morning, during the morning commute and through midday. A coating to 2 inches of snow is expected by tomorrow afternoon.


The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory for the shoreline, but the rest of Connecticut doesn't have any weather alerts for tomorrow's snow.

The snow will make roads slippery with temperatures in the 30s tomorrow.

Snow showers are in the forecast for Thursday as a blast of Arctic air moves in. Temperatures will peak in the 20s but fall through the afternoon.


It should be a nice close to the work week on Friday, with temperatures in the 20s, but that doesn't foreshadow what's in the pipes for this weekend.

The coldest air so far this season and perhaps of the entire winter will arrive on Saturday.

Flurries are possible Saturday morning, with temperatures only rising into the teens.

Morning lows will be below zero Sunday and Monday mornings. With a gusty wind, it will feel like 30 below zero Sunday morning.


Both Sunday and Monday appear dry, with lots of sun Sunday and a blend of clouds and sun on Monday.

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<![CDATA[Timothy Edwards Middle School in South Windsor No Longer Evacuated]]> Tue, 09 Feb 2016 11:11:11 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Timothy+Edwards+Middle+School+1200.jpg

Timothy Edwards Middle School in South Windsor was evacuated for around 22 minutes on Tuesday as emergency officials investigated the source of a gas odor, but scene is clear.

Supt. Kate Carter said they evacuated the school as a precaution around 10 a.m. and the South Windsor Fire Department determined it was safe for children to return to the building. 

According to police, the gas odor appeared to be coming from a propane tank in the back of the school.

The school is located at 100 Arnold Way in South Windsor.

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<![CDATA[State Trooper Killed in Texas Hunting Accident]]> Tue, 09 Feb 2016 13:25:04 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Trooper+Stephen+Davis+1200.jpg

A Connecticut state trooper was killed in a hunting accident in Texas over the weekend when he was struck by a bullet meant for a wild hog, authorities said.

Trooper Stephen Davis, of Hebron, was shot Saturday. Deputies from the sheriff’s office in Maverick County, Texas, responded to the Cinco Ranch just after 6:30 p.m. after receiving the report of an accidental shooting.

U.S. Border Patrol agents led deputies to Davis, who had been shot in the left side of his torso and was unresponsive in the brush, authorities said. Davis was pronounced dead at 7:22 p.m.

A man from Warren, Maine, told authorities he had shot at a wild hog and accidentally struck Davis, according to police.

Connecticut State Police issued a statement saying the family suffered a tremendous loss.

"The unexpected passing of TFC Davis is a loss for this agency," Dora Schriro, commissioner of the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection, said in a statement. "TFC Davis swore to serve and protect the public and he did so as a true professional, earning the respect of his peers."

Davis, a 27-year veteran of the state police, most recently served at Troop C in Tolland. He entered the State Police Academy on April 4, 1988, and graduated with the 98th Training Troop on Sept. 2, 1988.

Davis served as a Tolland Resident Trooper, a DARE instructor and field training officer for new troopers. He was actively involved with the Troop C Explorer Post and earned a Medal for Lifesaving award.

"TFC Davis was truly passionate about being a Trooper and his attention to detail was superb. Stephen was a true professional and a well-respected member of this department," Troop C commanding officer Lt. Scott Smith said in a statement. 

Cinco Ranch is about 20 miles west of Houston, Texas.

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<![CDATA[Governor Proposes Plan to Cut DMV Wait Times]]> Tue, 09 Feb 2016 15:53:15 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/connecticut+dmv+3.jpg

Gov. Dannel Malloy is proposing some changes to the DMV that his administration says will reduce the amount of time you have to wait for services.

The first part of Malloy’s plan is to allow the state to enter into contracts with private contractors, like AAA, to register vehicles. At this point, AAA is able to provide services for non-commercial drivers licenses.

"AAA has had a great partnership with the Department of Motor Vehicles since 1992.  We would certainly welcome the opportunity to expand services in any way that could better serve the driving public," AAA said in a statement.

He is also proposing to postpone issuing vessel titles until Dec. 31, 2018 and eliminating the ban on registering vehicles for people who have delinquent property taxes and parking tickets.

“We know that the way government does business in this new economic reality must change, that the customer – our neighbors and residents – must come first,” Malloy said in a statement.

He called long wait times at the DMV “simply unacceptable.

“That’s why we’re outlining commonsense proposals to lower them. This enhanced flexibility best serves the customer, allows private contractors to conduct most routine motor vehicle transactions, and most importantly, decreases wait times at the DMV,” Malloy said in a statement.

In postponing vessel titles, Malloy’s administration says it will free up more backroom staff resources to address reducing wait times in branches and limit additional traffic in the immediate future within DMV branch offices.

The plan to eliminate the ban on renewing a vehicle registration or registering any other motor vehicle, snowmobile, all-terrain vehicle or vessel for anyone with outstanding tax payments or delinquent parking tickets would cut wait times by eliminating multiple visits from people who are denied a registration until local taxes or parking tickets are paid, according to Malloy’s office.

“The DMV is going through a massive shift that should have happened decades ago,” Malloy said in a statement. “Transitions in an agency of this size and importance are always difficult and always see challenges – that’s probably why no one took on these massive issues before our administration. It’s clearly our hope that Republicans and Democrats can come together and agree to lower the wait times.”

The DMV is also under new leadership since former Commissioner Andres Ayala resigned days after the DMV promised to make good after a glitch in its new computer system caused police to wrongly pull over drivers for having suspended registrations.

Dennis Murphy, who served as Deputy Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Labor, is serving as the acting commissioner of the DMV.   

Read the full bill here. 

The bill has been referred to the committee on transportation.

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<![CDATA[Day Starts With School Delays, Slick Spots on Roads]]> Tue, 09 Feb 2016 11:08:16 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Middletown+snow+1200.jpg

Several schools delayed opening Tuesday morning as roads remained slick after the storm on Monday.

There are more than 350 school delays across Connecticut and North Stonington, Stonington and Thompson are just a handful of schools districts that have decided to give their students a late start to give plows a chance to clear the roads and sidewalks.

The delays come after nearly 670 schools were closed or had early dismissals on Monday.


There have been several crashes this morning, including a crash involving a van and a plow truck on Grand Avenue in New Haven, between State Street and Interstate 91.

There have been some crashes and spinouts on Interstate 91 in Hartford. 

Follow Heidi Voight on Twitter for updates through the morning commute.

There can be some flurries today, but it looks quite tranquil overall, with temperatures in the 30s.

Tomorrow is a different story, with more accumulating snow expected.

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<![CDATA[Suspect Robs United Bank in Colchester ]]> Tue, 09 Feb 2016 04:56:19 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/unitedbank2.jpg

Police are looking for the suspect who robbed a bank in Colchester on Monday.

At around 3:30 p.m., state police responded to the United Bank on 99 Linwood Avenue in Colchester for a reported bank robbery.

Bank employees told police the suspect entered the bank and handed the teller a note demanding money. The employee gave the man an undisclosed amount of money.

Witnesses said the man did not display a weapon or implied he had one. 

The man fled in a dark-color car with tinted windows, possibly a purple Mazda, police said. He was described as 5'10" and was seen wearing sunglasses, a dark color baseball hat, a black hoodie and blue jeans.

Anyone with information on this robbery or the suspect's identity is asked to call (860) 465-5400. All calls will be kept confidential. 

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<![CDATA[Killingly Deals With Snowy Weather Conditions ]]> Mon, 08 Feb 2016 21:40:59 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/killinglysnow.jpg

It's been a busy few days for plow drivers, especially in eastern Connecticut. Monday's storm added a few more inches of snow to what fell on Friday.

Eleven inches of snow fell in Killingly on Friday. Snow began to fall around 8 a.m. Monday morning.

Highway crews were out hours earlier preparing the roadways, which includes a fleet of 17 salt trucks.

"Clean it up, get ready for the next time, make your repairs, refill your supplies and go back out at it and get rest in between when you can," described highway superintendent, Travis Sirrine, on the fast-paved nature of the job with back-to-back storms.

Crews also dealt with trees and branches falling on homes, cars and roadways.

A water main also broke as result of the cold temperatures.

Killingly also had about 500 power outages early Monday morning, according to Eversource.

Power lines fell in Slater Hill Road around 3 AM Monday. Some house on that street spent hours operating by generator.

One home using a generator even sheltered the neighborhood's pets to keep them warm until the power was back on.

As of 6:50 PM Monday, there was only one outage in Killingly.

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<![CDATA[Orange Man Accused of Stabbing Mother Multiple Times: Police]]> Tue, 09 Feb 2016 10:46:30 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/IMG_24332.jpg

An Orange man accused of stabbing his mother several times on Friday is due in court at the end of the month, police said. 

Charles Webb III, 21, was arrested on Monday in connection to a serious assault complaint called in last week.

Police said when they arrived at Webb's house on Mulberry Lane, they saw his mother, who is in her 50s, suffering from knife wounds to her chest, head, face and both hands.

Webb was found in the house also with knife wounds, Orange Police said.

The victim was transported to a local hospital and Webb was taken to an area hospital under guard. 

Webb was charged with attempted murder and first-degree assault charges. He is being held on a $500,000 bond. 

Police said the arrest warrant has been sealed.

Webb is due back in court on Feb. 23.

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<![CDATA[Madonna Badger on Her New Purpose]]> Tue, 09 Feb 2016 16:01:00 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/madonna-badger1.jpg

Rediscovering Purpose

After surviving unimaginable loss, Madonna Badger’s path forward was uncertain.

"You know, I thought I had to change everything," Badger said. "My whole life basically had been taken away from me."

Following the Christmas Day fire that claimed the lives of her daughters and parents in 2011, Badger moved to Little Rock, Arkansas, for a year and stayed with a college roommate while undergoing intensive therapy.

She tried her hand at becoming an antiques dealer but didn’t sell a thing. What she missed, she said, was a sense of purpose.

"So I turned to my friend Kate and I said, 'Look, I have this company in New York, this advertising agency that I've had for like over 20 years and I think I'm going to go back and give it a shot.'”

In 2013, Badger returned to New York. Today, she is back at the helm of her Fifth Avenue agency, Badger & Winters, where she is forging a new path: fighting for two missions that have redefined her purpose in life.


As a veteran advertising executive, Badger worked for major fashion designers and brands, and can readily rattle off telling statistics.

"Eleven percent of the creative directors in this country at advertising agencies are women," she told NBC Connecticut. "Women are responsible for 70 to 80 percent of the purchases made in this country. Eighty five percent of women say ... most advertising does not speak to them."

Those jarring discrepancies, she said, prove the need for change. That’s why Badger is calling on her industry colleagues to stop using images that objectify women and girls. It’s a mission she calls #WomenNotObjects, which is also the title of a viral video her agency created that’s garnered millions of views and impressions online since it was posted on Jan. 11.

It’s based on an idea she first had in 2009 while attending a beauty summit that explored the paradigm of advertising psychology; a project that went on hold after the tragedy in 2011. Now Badger said the memory of her daughters – Lily, Sarah and Grace – has become the renewing, guiding force behind it.

"Three little precious girls," she said. "You know, I would be mortified if they were seeing some of the things that are out there today. Mortified.”

The #WomenNotObjects video begins with a Google search for "objectification of women." Sexualized images appear in advertisements for recognizable major brands as women mockingly critique them.

"I love sacrificing my dignity for a drink," one woman says in the video.

"I’d sell my body for a burger," says another.

Badger said her agency will reject such advertisements and lead by example by putting all campaigns through a four-point test:

1) No women as props, without a voice or choice.
2) No women as solely body parts.
3) No "plastic", unrealistic standards of Photoshopped perfection.
4) The "What if?" test: Asking "What if the woman portrayed here was my mother/sister/daughter/someone I love?"

Badger hopes consumers will follow her lead.

“We can vote with our wallets. You know, that's the way to change the world is to say, 'Hey, I don't like that. Don't talk to me that way. I'm not going to buy that,'” Badger said.

Search For Answers

Taking on the world of advertising isn’t the only fight that Badger isn’t backing down from.

"I'm a fighter, I’ve been a fighter my whole life. And I'm still fighting the city of Stamford," she said. "I'm still searching for the right answers there."

Fire officials determined discarded fireplace ashes were the cause of the deadly blaze. Badger isn't convinced.

"When you look at the photographs ... I mean, it's so obvious that it started in the basement and that it was an electrical fire," she told NBC Connecticut’s Heidi Voight.

But all the evidence, Badger said, and all her personal belongings were destroyed when the house was demolished within 24 hours.

Badger is careful to point out that she’s not critical of the first responders who worked to save her family and even served as pallbearers at her daughters’ funeral.

"I believe they did everything they knew how to do," she said. "I believe that."

Her fight – and her legal action on behalf of her children and parents’ estates – is against city officials.

NBC Connecticut reached out to the city of Stamford for comment, including representatives from the Mayor’s office, building and fire departments as well as the city’s legal counsel. Only the mayor’s office responded saying, due to ongoing legal proceedings, they cannot comment.

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<![CDATA[Police Bust Suspected Cockfighting Ring in New Britain]]> Tue, 09 Feb 2016 04:53:44 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/IMG_19023.jpg


Police busted an alleged cockfighting ring in New Britain on Saturday, seized one badly injured rooster as well as several other roosters and hens, and arrested 10 adults and a teenage boy.

Police said they responded to 288-290 Maple St. in New Britain to investigate an anonymous complaint about a possible large cock-fighting ring in the basement and found several roosters squawking and what sounded like a people cheering in the basement, police said.

The officers then saw two roosters fighting in a cordoned off and people cheering, police said.

"There were numerous cages built into the walls they had a fighting ring set up appeared to be blood present," Captain Thomas Steck of New Britain Police said.

The officers seized 26 roosters, including one that was severely injured, two hens, more than $7,000 in cash and more than 80 bags of heroin.

The news came as a shock to Tiffany Chislom, who was dropping her son off to play at the home Monday night.

"As a mother yeah it worries me," Chislom said. "I need to talk to the parent and find out because they never told me anything. It is really shocking."

Police arrested 10 adults and charged them with animal cruelty and risk of injury to a minor.
A 15-year-old boy suspected of being involved was referred to juvenile court.

Carlos Talavera, 52, of New Britain; Daniel Dejesus, 32, of Hartford; Agustin Vazquez, 45, of Hartford; Benito Serrano, 24, of Hartford; Carlos Figueroa, 53, of Wharton, New Jersey; Isaias Ramos, 21, of Manchester; Pilar Figueroa, 48, of Freeland, Pennsylvania; Samuel Ortiz, 39, of East Hartford; and Isaias Roman, 79, of New Haven, were charged with cruelty to animals and risk of injury.

All were released on bond and are due in court on Feb. 18, except for Pilar Figueroa who will be arraigned in New Britain Superior Court on Monday.

The birds are being held at a private facility as they undergo testing for disease.

"We believe they were imported from Puerto Rico so the Department of Agriculture becomes involved to test for bird flu and things like that," Captain Steck said.

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<![CDATA[I-95 North in Milford Reopens]]> Mon, 08 Feb 2016 15:49:54 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Milford+95+tractor+trail+crash+1200.jpg

Interstate 95 North was shut down in Milford after a tractor-trailer jackknifed, but the road has since reopened.

The crash happened near exit 36 and all lanes of the northbound side of the highway were closed in the area.

No additional information was immediately available.

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<![CDATA[Jackknifed Truck Causes Issues on I-91 South in North Haven]]> Mon, 08 Feb 2016 15:46:09 -0500

Interstate 91 South was closed in North Haven after a tractor-trailer jackknifed on Monday afternoon, but the left lane was getting by just after 3:40 p.m.

State police said the crash is between exits 12 and 10.

No information was immediately available on injuries. 

<![CDATA[Dozens Hurt as Bus to Mohegan Sun Flips on I-95]]> Tue, 09 Feb 2016 10:10:40 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Madison+rollover+1200+charter+bus+.jpg

Thirty-six people were injured, at least seven critically, when a charter bus heading to Mohegan Sun Casino flipped onto its side Monday on snow-covered Interstate 95 in Madison, Connecticut, authorities said.

Officials from Mohegan Sun said the Dahlia charter bus — based in New York — was en route to the Uncasville casino around 12:20 p.m. Monday when it rolled over on I-95 north, between the exit 61 off-ramp and the on-ramp.

The driver told police he was merging right from the left lane when he lost control on the snow-slick highway and hit the metal barrier. Snow began falling on Monday morning and Madison had around 2 to 3 inches around the time of the crash.

State police and emergency officials said the bus was carrying about 55 people, including the driver. The frightening ordeal was captured on video, which showed several passengers climbing out of the front and top of the bus. 

Ambulances lined the highway and rushed the injured to nearby hospitals, including Yale-New Haven Hospital, Saint Raphael's and Middlesex Hospital. Officials said during a news conference on Monday that 22 people were taken to the hospital initially and 12 more sought medical care after going to a warming center.

Chris Bernier, director of Madison EMS, said the majority of the passengers were able to walk off the bus on their own, but some in critical condition were taken to the trauma center at Yale-New Haven Hospital.

Officials at Yale-New Haven Hospital said Tuesday the hospital received 22 patients, including seven in critical condition. Six patients were transferred from Middlesex Hospital. The Yale-New Haven Shoreline Medical Center received four patients, two of whom were admitted. The Saint Raphael campus received one patient, officials said Tuesday. 

Some patients suffered shoulder injuries, while others had trouble breathing. 

All additional buses from the New York area to Mohegan Sun were rerouted after the crash, according to a spokesperson for Mohegan Sun.

Connecticut State Police are investigating. Gov. Dannel Malloy issued a statement saying his office is closely following the situation and prioritizing public safety.

"Our thoughts are with those who are injured, and we extend our gratitude to the first responders who are working to protect the safety of all those involved," the governor said, in part. "We urge all those who must travel to use added caution, allow extra time to travel, and reduce speeds as conditions warrant."

Dahlia is based in New York, officials said, but the bus has a Massachusetts license plate.

VMC East Coast, which operates the bus for Dahlia, said in a statement the company was saddened "that this has happened" and thanked firefighters, paramedics and police.

"We pray that all our passengers are OK and will be safely returned to their families soon," the statement read.

I-95 was shut down for about 4 1/2 hours after the crash. Crews were able to get the bus back on its tires around 3:30 p.m. The highway reopened around 5 p.m.

<![CDATA[Bank Robbery Prompts East Granby Schools Lock-In]]> Mon, 08 Feb 2016 16:18:28 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/classroom+generic1.jpg

East Granby Public Schools were in lock-in after a bank robbery in the area on Monday.

Officials from the school said all the exterior doors were secured and police were handling the matter.

Connecticut State Police are asking people to be on the lookout for a man who is around 5-feet-10, in his 40s or 50s and fled in a black Chevy Tahoe, state police said.

The schools were supposed to dismiss early.

Anyone who sees a man matching the description of the bank robber should call 911.

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<![CDATA[Somers House Fire Closes Route 83]]> Mon, 08 Feb 2016 10:39:53 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/214*120/Fire_Truck_Generic_NECN_Chris_Caesar.jpg

Route 83 is closed in Somers due to a house fire. 

The road is closed in the area of Billings Road and is expected to remain shut down for at least two hours, according to the state Department of Transportation (DOT). 

No further information was immediately available. 

<![CDATA[Snow and Wind Cause Crashes and Road Closures]]> Mon, 08 Feb 2016 11:22:17 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/spinout+on+Route+9+in+Haddam+1200.jpg

There have been several spinouts on the roads as snow falls and winds are gusting.

Trooper Kelly Grant, of Connecticut State Police, said there have been several issues in Stonington and Norwich and she is urging drivers to reduce their speed, increase the distance between your vehicle in front on you and be sure to clear snow and ice off your vehicle before hitting the road. 

There have been spinouts on Route 9 and Route 2 in Bozrah as conditions deteriorate.

Part of Route 146 in Guilford is flooding, so drivers should avoid the area for now.

In addition to the spinouts, several roads are closed because trees, poles and wires are down.

Follow Heidi Voight on Twitter for rapidly changing information. 

Peterson Road in Pomfret is closed at North Road because of a downed tree and fallen wires.

Quaddick Road in Thompson is closed at Taylor Road because trees and wires are down.

Cedar Swamp Road in Hampton is closed because trees and wires are down.

Route 66, or Long Hill Road, is shut down in East Hampton because three utility poles appear to be compromised and wires are down. Eversource has been notified, officials said.

Police hope to at least open a shoulder on the major artery through because there's no simple detour. Expect heavy delays if this persists into the morning rush.

Edmond Road is closed in Griswold because wires are down and drivers can detour onto Bitgood Road.

Trees and poles are down near 29 Gallup Street in Plainfield and a transformer is leaking oil, so the street is closed, according to dispatchers and police.

Slater Hill Road is closed at Burlingame Road in East Killingly because a tree, wires and a pole are down.

The State Department of Transportation has about 77 percent of their fleet, including 487 plow trucks, out on the roads as of 7:52 a.m.

Highway conditions are good for most of the state, but there are some visibility issues on Interstate 95 in Groton and New London.

A crash from earlier near exit 88 in Groton has been cleared.

There was also a spinout crash on Route 9 south near exit 22 in the left lane.

DOT crews were not able to pretreat the roads over the weekend.

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<![CDATA[Acela Express Train Hits, Kills Man on Tracks in Old Lyme]]> Mon, 08 Feb 2016 12:09:23 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Amtrak-AP_226322455408.jpg

An Acela express train heading from New York to Boston struck and killed a person on the train tracks in Old Lyme on Monday morning. 

The train struck the man on the tracks near Buttonball Road in Old Lyme at 8:42 a.m.

State police said he was found dead at the scene.

Amtrak service from Union Station in New Haven to South Station in Boston has been suspended, the northeastern region Amtrak line tweeted, and service is temporarily disrupted in both directions. 

Mike Tolbert, a spokesperson for Amtrak, said the man was a "trespasser" on the tracks and he was struck around four miles from Old Saybrook. 

None of the train's crew or 246 passengers were injured. 

Amtrak Police are investigating. 

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<![CDATA[DMV Offices Closed on Friday and Saturday for Holiday]]> Mon, 08 Feb 2016 09:38:48 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/connecticut+dmv+3.jpg

The Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles' offices will be closes on Thursday at 3:15 p.m. and will remain closed on Friday and Saturday in observance of the holidays for President Lincoln's birthday and President Washington's birthday.

All AAA offices will be open to process driver's license renewals during this period of time.

DMV offices are normally closed on Sundays and Mondays and DMV's major customer service centers will have the following schedule:

  • Tuesday: 7:45 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Wednesday: 7:45 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Thursday: 9:15 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.
  • Friday: Closed
  • Saturday: Closed

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<![CDATA[Crews Respond to Minor Electrical Fire in West Hartford]]> Mon, 08 Feb 2016 08:12:53 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/214*120/Fire_Truck_Generic_NECN_Chris_Caesar.jpg

Crews responded to a minor electrical fire in West Hartford early Monday morning.

It happened in the area of 540 New Park Ave. just south of Oakwood Avenue. The call came in around 5:45 a.m.

No on was injured. 

The scene has cleared.

<![CDATA[Fire Breaks Out in Milford Home While Two Residents Are Inside]]> Mon, 08 Feb 2016 08:20:16 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/4th+Ave+Fire+1200.jpg

A fire broke out at a Milford home late Sunday night while a mother and son were inside, leaving the home uninhabitable. 

The residents discovered the fire in their 162 Fourth Avenue house and got out of the building safely before firefighters arrived. Milford firefighters received a 911 call at about 11:47 p.m. Sunday reporting a structure fire inside a single family home. 

Firefighters "made an aggressive interior attack" and knocked down the fire quickly, fire officials said. 

The home is now uninhabitable due to extensive fire, smoke and water damage. The bulk of the damage is on the first floor and there is heat damage on the second floor. 

Crews were still on scene Monday morning fighting the blaze. 

No one was injured. 

The cause of the fire is unknown. 

The weather did not pose an issue for firefighters battling the blaze. Crews were still on scene Monday morning, but have since cleared out.

Milford's fire marshal continues to investigate. 

The American Red Cross is working with the family. 

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<![CDATA[Police ID Woman Found Dead in West Haven Surf]]> Mon, 08 Feb 2016 07:56:04 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/westhaven.jpg

The woman found dead in the surf off Leonard Street in West Haven on Wednesday has been identified at a 35-year-old New Britain woman.

Police said the body of Lisa Marie Sokoloff, 35, of New Britain, was found off Leonard Street, near Ocean Avenue after residents saw her in the water. 

The West Shore Fire Department pulled her to shore. 

Police are investigating, but do not suspect foul play.

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<![CDATA[Crash Shuts Down Route 14 in Canterbury]]> Mon, 08 Feb 2016 09:25:51 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Canterbury+rollover+crash.png

Route 14 has reopened in Canterbury after a rollover crash Monday morning. 

The road was closed between Goodwin Road and Water Street, but the scene has since cleared.

No further information was immediately available. 

<![CDATA[Scattered Power Outages as Storm Brings Snow, Wind]]> Mon, 08 Feb 2016 12:02:48 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/new+london+snow+1200.jpg

Power was out for more than 1,500 houses and businesses that Eversource services, but the number of outages was down to less than 300 as of noon on Monday.

Eversource is reporting 277 power outages as of noon.

This comes after power company crews worked around the clock through the weekend to restore residual power outages from Friday's storm.

On Monday, high winds knocked down trees and wires, causing the scattered outages.

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<![CDATA[Light Snow Continues This Morning]]> Tue, 09 Feb 2016 05:08:51 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/160*120/64bf6156fc694367a3229c8890b30786.jpg

Some schools are delayed in the eastern part of Connecticut as light snow continues to fall across the state Tuesday morning.  North Stonington, Stonington, and Thompson are a handful of schools districts that have decided to give their students a late start to give plows a chance to clear the roads and sidewalks.

Hundreds of schools were closed as snow fell in across Connecticut on Monday.

By midnight, 1 to 3 inches of snow are expected in far western areas, 3 to 5 inches in central Connecticut and 5 to 8 inches in eastern third of the state.

Most of the winter storm warnings have been dropped in favor of the lesser winter weather advisory.

Nearly 670 schools were closed or have early dismissals and UConn canceled classes for Monday at the Storrs, Avery Point and Greater Hartford campuses, as well as the School of Law. Online classes at UConn, however, will proceed as scheduled and UConn Stamford, Torrington and Waterbury are operating on a normal schedule. Connecticut Central State University in New Britain is closed. 

New Britain schools stayed open for a half day and the superintendent called for an early dismissal to get students home before the worst of the snow settles in. The high school will dismiss at 12:05 p.m., the middle schools will dismiss at 12:35 p.m. and the elementary school buildings will release at 1:20 p.m. All afternoon and evening activities have been canceled. The high school will have 50 buses lining the front and back of the building waiting to pick students up, so parents picking their kids up are urged to arrive early. 

Several other schools have early dismissals. You can see the full list of closings and early dismissals on our storm closings webpage


Many towns have parking bans Monday, including but not limited to Bristol, Plainfield, Rocky Hill, Bloomfield and Willimantic. You can check to see if your town has a parking ban on your municipality's website and many of them post them to our closings page.

Milford will have alternate side of the street parking bans so snow plows can clear the roads, starting at noon on the even side and going until 8 a.m. Tuesday. Then, cars should be moved to the odd side of the street through 8 a.m. on Wednesday. Parking is banned on the odd side of all city streets in Norwich so plows can get through. 

Power company crews worked around the clock through the weekend to restore residual outages from Friday's storm, but high wind gusts have knocked down trees and wires, causing more than 1,000 power outages on Monday. 

Tomorrow will be mostly dry but mostly cloudy, with highs near freezing. A period of snow is expected late at night.

There can be morning flurries on Wednesday, but overall it looks quite tranquil. Temperatures will be in the 30s.

A volatile day is on tap for Thursday, with snow squalls and wind. Temperatures will peak near freezing but fall during the day.

It should be a nice close to the work week on Friday with temperatures in the 20s, but that doesn't foreshadow what's in the pipes for this weekend.

The coldest air so far this season and perhaps of the entire winter will arrive on Saturday.

A period of morning snow is possible Saturday morning, with temperatures only rising into the teens.

Morning lows will be below zero Sunday and Monday mornings.

Both Sunday and Monday appear dry with a mixture of sunshine and clouds.

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<![CDATA[Eastern Connecticut To See More Snow]]> Sun, 07 Feb 2016 22:41:47 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/killingly+preps+web.jpg

Eastern Connecticut could once again get slammed with snow from Monday’s predicated storm.

That area was hard hit by Friday’s storm and it took days to recover.

Plow crews prepared if snow on Monday really piles up in Killingly. Now predications have upped totals for this area, as much as eight inches.

“The other storm started the same. It was one to three. Then all of a sudden we got six to ten around here,” says Ron Baribeau of Baribeau Lawn & Tree.

That other storm on Friday meant long hours for the crew. Now they’re prepping for another marathon.

“At least we could get one night of sleep last night,” says Baribeau.
Down the street at Ol’ Tom’s Pizza Shack, Super Bowl Sunday meant a steady stream of customers.

That makes up for Friday when the shop had to close because of the storm.

“The power went down and nobody was out and about and so forth. So, we called it quits. Did some prepping and waited for the next day,” says owner Tom Moumouris.

Moumouris says Monday’s potential snow might keep customers away and make for another slow day.

“Stay here as long as we can. Help out the crews that come around for the town, give them something to eat and hang out,” says Moumouris.

On Sunday, people ventured out to stock up with another storm on the way.

“It’s February. We were getting it light, you know. Now this is reality,” says Christine Smiley of Killingly.

Some had lost power for more than a day after Friday’s storm. At one point, about 2/3rd’s of the town had lost power.

“It wasn’t too bad. We make do,” says Erik Yargeau of Dayville.

When asked about the next round of snow, Yargeau kept it positive.

“I think I’m going to make some money plowing. That’s what I think. It’s nothing too frightening around here,” says Yargeau.

Eversource says there were just a handful of outages still related to Friday’s storm and they should be restored Sunday night. Crews have been working around the clock and hopefully can get a little rest before the next round.

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<![CDATA[I-95 North Reopens in West Haven]]> Mon, 08 Feb 2016 08:09:24 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/I-95WHAVEN+web.jpg

Interstate 95 northbound was shut down between exits 41 and 42 on Sunday night after a crash, but it has since reopned, according to the state Department of Transportation.


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<![CDATA[New London Firefighters Respond to Three Suspected Heroin Overdoses]]> Mon, 08 Feb 2016 04:44:03 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/214*120/Generic+Heroin+Needles.jpg

New London firefighters responded to three more suspected overdoses Saturday after a rash of overdoses in the area.

The department responded to the area of the 300 block of South Frontage Road after a report of a person unconscious in a vehicle on Saturday at about 2:40 p.m. When crews arrived, they found two people suspected of overdosing on heroin. Emergency officials administered Narcan and the patients responded favorably. They were taken to an area hospital. 

Then at 3:52 p.m. on Saturday, New London firefighters responded to another report of a person unconscious in a vehicle. Narcan was administered on the person as well and the person responded favorably. The individual was also taken to the hospital. 

The incidents come after an uptick in heroin overdose cases in the area. 

<![CDATA[Derby Mourns Passing of Former Fire Chief]]> Sun, 07 Feb 2016 18:01:33 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/189*120/candlesnightflicker1.jpg

The city of Derby is mourning the loss of a former fire chief and inspector. 

James J. Butler, 50, the son of Derby Board of Apportionment and Taxation member and past chairman James R. Butler and the late Josephine DiDonato Butler, has passed away, according to Marc J. Garafalo, the city's clerk. 

He previously served as chief of the Derby Fire Department and as an inspector in the city's fire marshal's office. 

James J. Butler was  a member of the Paugassett Hook and Ladder Company 4 in the Derby Fire Department for over 30 years, Garafalo said. 

"Please join Mayor Anita Dugatto and the entire City of Derby in extending our sincere sympathy and condolences to the entire Butler family during this difficult time," Garafalo said.

The city said that any expressions of sympathy can be sent to:

The Family of James J. Butler
18 Prindle Avenue
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<![CDATA[New England Could Import Hydropower]]> Sun, 07 Feb 2016 14:39:58 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/dam.jpg

Tapping into Canadian hydropower is hardly a new concept in energy-starved New England. But Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker's proposal to authorize long-term contracts between utilities and hydropower producers is being viewed in some quarters as a potential game-changer for the region.

The move is not without doubters, and the question of how to deliver Canadian hydro on a large scale remains unanswered. Among several plans yet to secure final approval are the $1.4 billion Northern Pass project, designed to bring 1,090 megawatts of Hydro-Quebec power through New Hampshire into southern New England and a 1,000-megawatt transmission line beneath Lake Champlain in Vermont. A single megawatt can power up to 1,000 homes.

Without a hydropower infusion, Baker contends his state won't meet its 2020 target of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 25 percent from 1990 levels. Beyond that goal, the governor and other regional leaders point to a practical need to replace electricity generation that has or will soon disappear from the energy landscape.

Several oil and coal-fired plants, mostly in Massachusetts, have been mothballed in recent years. Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station in Plymouth will close by 2019; another nuclear facility, Vermont Yankee, was shuttered in 2014.

In all, plants generating 4,200 megawatts of power have closed or will be retiring soon, and ISO-New England, the regional grid operator, has identified an additional 6,000 megawatts at risk of retirement by 2020 - adding up to 25 percent of the region's available resources.

Massachusetts, the region's most populous state, has the biggest energy appetite and typically accounts for roughly half the typical weekday demand.

If the lost power isn't replaced, Baker warns, the state and region will fall prey to an uncertain global energy market and be forced to rely more on carbon-producing fossil fuels.

"That would be the ultimate lose-lose," he said. "Unpredictable, high-priced and less green than our current situation."

The legislation would direct electric distribution companies in cooperation with the state to solicit competitive bids for long-term deals with hydroelectric producers. While current law permits hydropower procurement, administration officials believe it's unlikely to occur without the incentive of longer contracts.

Matthew Beaton, Baker's secretary of energy and environmental affairs, said Connecticut and Rhode Island already authorize long-term procurement but were waiting for Massachusetts to take a similar path.

The New England Power Generators Association opposes Baker's plan, considering it unnecessary and overly expensive.

"Subsidizing an overdependence on one foreign government-owned source of electricity will lead to lost jobs and soaring energy bills for decades to come," said Dan Dolan, the group's president.

Dolan said new plants with significant generating capacity are coming online, most fired by natural gas - which already accounts for nearly half the region's transmission capability. Hydro-Quebec, he argued, would use increased U.S. exports to subsidize lower prices for its provincial customers, in turn costing New England ratepayers an estimated $20 billion over 25 years.

In a statement, Hydro-Quebec said Baker's bill would "further enhance the opportunity for a multi-state clean energy procurement that can deliver benefits throughout the region."

Some environmentalists are uneasy with the hydro push, fearing it could shift the focus from developing renewable energy sources, notably offshore wind. Hydropower dams, while less environmentally harmful than carbon-based fuels, can disrupt water quality in rivers and damage ecosystems, according to critics.

New Hampshire foes of Northern Pass also fear the impact of transmission lines on the state's scenic landscapes.

In Maine, Baker's fellow Republican Gov. Paul LePage has long pressed for all renewable resources to compete - including hydropower and even nuclear power.

"We have always called for including all renewable resources and letting them compete. Consistent with that, we strongly think that the region should not discriminate against any clean energy source," said Patrick Woodcock, LePage's energy chief.

For his part, Baker talks of a "combo platter" of energy resources that include generous portions of natural gas, hydropower and renewables. His legislation also encourages utilities to contract with offshore wind project developers and other clean energy generators.

Leaders of the Democrat-controlled Legislature appear warm to Baker's bill, but it has yet to emerge from committee. The legislative session runs through July 31.

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<![CDATA[2 Pit Bulls Attack German Shepherd in New London]]> Sun, 07 Feb 2016 13:08:50 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/new+london+police+generic.jpg

Two pit bulls attacked a German Shepherd in New London.

Police have been made aware of it.

The circumstances and further details of the incident weren't immediately available.

We'll provide an update when more information is released.  

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<![CDATA[Man Charged With Heroin Possession Twice in One Week]]> Sun, 07 Feb 2016 13:01:14 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/manchester+police+generic.jpg

Police say a Manchester man has been arrested for heroin possession just days after he was arrested on the same charges.

The Hartford Courant reports that 35-year-old Pedro Cartegena was arrested just after midnight Sunday.

Police say they found four bags of heroin in Cartegena's car during a traffic stop. He's charged with possession of heroin with intent to sell.

It's the second time in one week that Cartegena has been arrested on drug charges.

He was charged Feb. 2 with sale of illegal drugs and possession of a controlled substance after police say they saw him selling heroin. He was released on $150,000 bond.

Cartegena is again being held on $150,000 bond and is due in court Feb. 18.

It's unclear whether he's represented by an attorney.

<![CDATA[Newington Crash Causes Injuries]]> Sun, 07 Feb 2016 12:30:14 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/newington+police+generic.JPG

Crews responded to a crash with injuries in Newington Sunday morning. 

The nature of the crash is unknown, but it happened in the area of 44 Fenn Road in front of Stop & Shop, according to Newington police. The call came in at about 11:21 p.m.

No one was pinned and it's unclear the extent of the injuries or how many cars were involved. 

No further information was immediately available. 

<![CDATA[Winter Storm Warning Issued Ahead of Snow]]> Mon, 08 Feb 2016 05:02:29 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/27816+evening+snow+totals.png

Snow starting around daybreak Monday is expected to gradually move in during your morning commute and drop anywhere from one to eight inches depending on where you are in the state.

The snowfall is expected to begin in the southeastern corner and move inland, becoming the heaviest late morning on Monday. A little break will follow before light flurries stick around in the evening. 

The northwestern part of the state could get one to 3 inches, Central Connecticut down to New Haven county could see 3 to 5 and the northeastern region of the state could see 5 to 8 inches.

The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory for New Haven and Fairfield counties and winter storm warning for Middlesex, Windham and New London counties due to impending snow. both will remain in effect 3 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday. A winter weather advisory has also been issued for Hartford and Tolland counties from 4 a.m. Monday to 7 a.m. Tuesday.

There is also a coastal flood advisory for southern Fairfield County from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday. 

Power company crews have been working around the clock since Friday's snowstorm. Eleven Eversource customers remain without power in Eastern Connecticut due to the snowfall. They are all invdividual cases and crews have been assigned to address the issues. Restoration is expected sometime Sunday. Eversource officials said they hope Monday's storm causes fewer problems because Friday's storm took down a lot of weak trees and branches. 

Accumulating snow and wind is expected, with gusts reaching up to 25 miles an hour, according to the National Weather Service. Visibility could be affected.

Flurries on and off with very light snow through Monday night could linger into the Tuesday morning commute, as well, but there aren't expected to be any significant problems on the roads. 

The storm is trending west, so the predicted impact to Connecticut is subject to change. 

There could be flurries on Wednesday or Thursday as arctic air moves in, dropping temperatures by Friday for the weekend. 

Winter storm watches are also posted for eastern Massachusetts and northern Rhode Island.