<![CDATA[NBC Connecticut - Connecticut News]]> Copyright 2015 http://www.nbcconnecticut.com/news/local http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/NBC_Connecticut.png NBC Connecticut http://www.nbcconnecticut.com en-us Thu, 29 Jan 2015 11:23:10 -0500 Thu, 29 Jan 2015 11:23:10 -0500 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[1 Killed in Simsbury Crash]]> Thu, 29 Jan 2015 11:04:06 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/simsbury+police+winter.jpg

A 51-year-old East Hartland woman died at the hospital late Monday afternoon after her car collided with another vehicle on Bush Hill Road in Simsbury, according to police.

Police identified the woman as Doris Blake.

Police said two cars collided in the area of 299 Bushy Hill Road around 3 p.m. Monday. Although snow had begun to fall around the state, police said weather does not appear to have been a factor.

Medics rushed Blake to Saint Francis Hospital, where she died, according to police.

LifeStar was called to the scene but adverse weather conditions kept the helicopter from flying.

Bushy Hill Road was closed in Simsbury following the crash.

Police continue to investigate the crash.


 



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<![CDATA[Several Crashes Slow Morning Commute]]> Thu, 29 Jan 2015 09:16:47 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Crash+on+72+in+Plainville+1200.jpg

Police are responding to several crashes in the Hartford area on Thursday morning.

Only one lane of Route 72 West in Plainville is getting by after a crash near exit 1 and it’s one of four crashes on Route 72 in Plainville this morning.

State police also responded to a car into a snowbank on Interstate 91 South at exit 38.
In Windsor, a car went off the road on Interstate 91 South in Windsor at exit 38.

In Middletown, a tractor-trailer was stuck on I-91 North at exit 20 and there is another crash on I-91 North at exit 21 in Cromwell.



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<![CDATA[Route 9 South Reopens in Chester]]> Thu, 29 Jan 2015 10:01:58 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/connecticut+state+police+barracks1.jpg

Route 9 South was closed at exit 6 in Chester after a three-car crash, according to state police, but it has since reopened.

Police closed the road to clear the scene.



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<![CDATA[Police Investigate First Hartford Homicide of 2015 ]]> Thu, 29 Jan 2015 07:50:06 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Garden+Street+Hartford+Homicide+1200.jpg

Hartford Police are investigating the first homicide of the year in the capital city after finding a 46-year-old man dead.

Police responded to the sound of gunshots in front of 692 Garden Street at 9:37 p.m. on Wednesday and found a 46-year-old Hartford man dead in the roadway. There were signs of head and facial trauma, police said.

The Hartford Police major crimes unit is investigating.

No additional information has been released on the victim.



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<![CDATA[20 Displaced by New Haven Fire]]> Thu, 29 Jan 2015 08:08:17 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Fire+at+95+Spring+Street+New+Haven+1200.jpg

Twenty people have been displaced after a two-alarm fire tore through a building on Spring Street in New Haven that houses a restaurant and a corner store on the bottom and apartments on the top floor.

Firefighters responded to 95 Spring Street early Thursday morning and were able to stop the blaze before it spread to an adjoining hallway shared with the building next door on Howard Avenue, officials said. Had the fire spread, it would have been much worse, according to the fire chief at the scene.

Fire crews had some difficulty opening a hydrant, but the chief said it didn’t slow them down from fighting the fire.

The blaze appears to have started in the basement of 95 Spring Street and spread up through the walls, according to the chief.

All residents were able to escape without injuries and a CT Transit bus responded to shelter people, while others went to a police substation nearby.

The building sustained smoke and water damage, so the displaced residents won’t be able to get back into their apartments anytime soon, the chief said.

The corner of Spring Street and Howard Avenue is closed and the cause of the fire is under investigation.



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<![CDATA[Conn. Red Cross Heading to Mass. for Blizzard Help]]> Thu, 29 Jan 2015 07:27:22 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/American+Red+Cross+disaster+services+relief.jpg

Four volunteers from the American Red Cross in Connecticut are heading to Massachusetts to help residents recover from the Blizzard of 2015, which breached seawalls, left thousands without power and destroyed several homes.

“We were definitely prepared for this to happen back home and luckily it didn’t and we’re very honored to come help our neighbors,” says Mark Rozelle, an American Red Cross volunteer.

Rozelle, who is from Easton, says he is on standby in Hyannis. He’s waiting to hear how he can help, whether it’s running a shelter or handing out food or supplies.

“They got hit pretty hard. We’re seeing piles of snow that are so high that when you come to an intersection, you can’t even see around it,” says Rozelle.

In Marshfield, six homes were destroyed by flooding after a seawall collapsed.

And at one point, the entire island of Nantucket had lost power after hours of snow and hurricane force winds.

Connecticut volunteers could end up staying in Massachusetts for up to two weeks. The Red Cross said that in the past, Connecticut has relied on help from other states and now the tables have turned.

“We do our best to help our neighbors wherever we can,” says Paul Shipman, a spokesman for the American Red Cross.

Many blood drives in the state had to be cancelled because of the storm. Visit the Red Cross online to learn how to donate blood or money.



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<![CDATA[2 Hospitalized, House Destroyed After Brooklyn Fire]]> Thu, 29 Jan 2015 07:41:49 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/WINY+Brooklyn+fire+1200.jpg

A house fire on Gunnar Drive in Brooklyn, Connecticut, sent two people to the hospital Wednesday evening.

Emergency dispatchers said the fire broke out at 16 Gunnar Drive around 6:45 p.m. Wednesday. Five fire companies were called to the scene and Mortlake Fire was the first to respond.

The house is destroyed, according to dispatchers. The conditions of the two injured people are unknown.



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<![CDATA[Man Shot and Killed on Garden Street in Hartford]]> Wed, 28 Jan 2015 23:23:40 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/hartford+police+generic+3.JPG

A man was shot and killed Wednesday night in the area of 692 Garden Street in Hartford, according to police.

Hartford police spokeman Deputy Chief Brian Foley said said the man died after being shot in the head. Major Crimes detectives are investigating.

The Church of the Most High God is listed on Google at that address.

Check back for updates on this developing story.

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<![CDATA[Contractors Cash in on Snow Removal]]> Wed, 28 Jan 2015 21:56:45 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/northhaven01282015.jpg

 A day after the Blizzard of 2015 dropped double-digit snow totals across much of the state, contractors were still working to clear their own driveways – because they'd spend the past 24 hours plowing everyone else's.

“Actually, for 24 hours, I was in my truck,” said North Haven resident Dean Kyriakis, who worked with his family Tuesday to clear neighbors' sidewalks and driveways.

For private contractors, those 24 hours were worth it. This storm was the first of the season that dropped enough snow for contractors to go out and make money.

“The last 30 hours makes up for the beginning of the year. It's nice to get a snow storm now, but compared to last year, a lot of guys are wishing for snow, and here it is,” said Kip Luschenat, owner of Kip's Lawn Maintenance.

The goal Wednesday was to head back out and clean up any remaining parking lots before the next storm rolls in.

They’re not complaining, though. They're just waiting for the snow the area may see Friday and Sunday to head back out here and make a little dough.

“This helps us out. It helps the economy. It's nice seeing fuel prices low, too,” said Luschenat.
 

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<![CDATA[Police Probe 2 Bristol Scenes Half a Mile Apart]]> Thu, 29 Jan 2015 07:34:33 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/bristol+shrub+road.jpg

Police are investigating two scenes in Bristol – one outside Seymour Park on Shrub Road and another at a home on Round Hill Road about half a mile away.

Police said they were dispatched to Sarge Reilly Field on Shrub Road at 4:31 p.m. on Wednesday to conduct a well being check on a person in a vehicle and found a man dead inside the car.

Authorities are considering his death suspicious. No additional information has been released on the case

Authorities investigating on Wednesday night would not comment. but said there is no danger to the public. State police and Bristol police are working together to investigate.

According to witnesses, about half a dozen state police and Bristol police cruisers, some unmarked, parked near the park with their lights off.

A small pickup and a black Jeep parked off to the side with its doors open appear to be at the center of the Seymour Park investigation.

Around 10 p.m., some started their engines and appeared to begin checking the area of a bridge at Seymour Park, witnesses said.

Two cruisers are also set up outside a home on Round Hill Road, less than half a mile away, according to witnesses.

Anyone with information that could help police in the investigating is asked to call 860-584-3011.



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<![CDATA[Metro-North Back Up and Running After Blizzard]]> Wed, 28 Jan 2015 20:43:14 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/metro_north_still_011315.jpg

Metro-North service resumed its regular weekday schedule Wednesday after the Blizzard of 2015 dumped double-digit snow totals across most of Connecticut.

“The trains were one thing we were worried about, so we're very happy the trains are on schedule,” said commuter Annie Marchitto, who took the train out of Union Station in New Haven.

Heavy snowfall shut down public transportation in Connecticut and New York City on Tuesday and brought the northeast to a halt.

Although Metro-North returned to its regular schedule Wednesday, some Amtrak trains serving the Northeast corridor were again canceled or delayed.

“I was planning to take a train that leaves later today to Providence, but it was canceled yesterday. I bought a ticket for another train that was supposed to be leaving today, that was also canceled,” said Yale student Maya Binyam.

Despite limited service on Amtrak, Binyam was able to catch another train Wednesday. She was grateful not to be stranded, even though her new train ended up running 15 minutes late.

“I didn't think I was going to be able to leave, but then it seemed like the snow at least here in New Haven wasn't as bad as they said it was going to be,” said Binyam.

Amtrak said its Acela Express and Northeast Regional services will return to normal Thursday.
 



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<![CDATA[9-Year-Old Runs Over 12-Year-Old Brother With Bobcat]]> Wed, 28 Jan 2015 21:59:43 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/214*120/Pepperell+MA+police.jpg

A 12-year-old boy was struck by a Bobcat being driven by his 9-year-old brother in Massachusetts on Wednesday afternoon, according to police.

According to Pepperell police, the boy was struck on North Street around 4 p.m., injuring his legs.

He was first taken to Nashoba Valleny Medical Center, and was then taken by medical helicopter to a Massachusetts General Hospital with serious but non-life-threatening injuries.

Authorities say that a preliminary investigation shows the boy's brother was using the Bobcat at the time when the boy slid on ice and fell into the path of the snow-removal equipment, which was backing up at the time of the accident.

"He was coming back to play a game of cards and he never came, so I knew something was up," Pete Bouchard, a family member, said.

Bouchard, who identified the 12-year-old boy as Carter, says the boys' father owns a landscaping and masonry business. He also said the child has two broken legs. Authorities say the children's grandfather and father were home at the time, and that four children live in the home with their parents.

Pepperell police say the Bobcat is owned by the boy's family. Authorities also add that in order to legally operate the equipment, a person must have a driver's license and a hoisting license.

"It's not an uncommon practice with this type of situation on private property, that's how kids learn how to drive these things, but 9 years old is awfully young," Pepperell Police Chief David Scott said.

Police Chief Scott says the matter is under investigation with the Massachusetts Department of Public Safety.



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<![CDATA[First Responders Face New Challenges in Winter Weather]]> Wed, 28 Jan 2015 20:34:07 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/colchester+fire+generic.jpg

During the Blizzard of 2015, Colchester Fire Chief Walter Cox says his station was eerily quiet throughout the night while a statewide travel ban was in effect.

"We didn't get one call the whole night," Cox said. "That's kind of unheard of. People really listened and heeded the warnings to stay off the roads."

Emergency responders will do their best to address every call during major storms but said adverse conditions can take a toll on their ability to do their jobs.

“Before the storm, we made sure all of trucks were fueled properly and we also put on tire chains because we knew we were going to get at least a foot of snow – I believe over two feet of snow – in this area here,” Cox said.

Cox said it's important to remember that his crews face the same problems as everyone else when snow comes down.

“We have to put on our gear and make sure we’re safe. We’re slipping and falling ourselves in the ice and the snow, so it becomes difficult to move any kinds of patients in the snow,” he said.

Many emergency crews also have their own plows at the ready in case they're called to a rural road or one that hasn't been properly cleared.

“We have a small service truck with a plow that we’ll use to access the driveway, and then we have small snow blowers and shovels to access the house and the patient out as quickly as possible," Cox said.

Access to water lines is also crucial.

Many town and cities across the state urge residents to help clear fire hydrants of snow and ice during winter weather events. Hydrants in Colchester are outfitted with poles and reflectors to ensure that trucks and engines can reach them no matter the weather.

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<![CDATA[Derailment Jams Up Metro-North During Rush Hour]]> Wed, 28 Jan 2015 22:07:54 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/metro+north+wednesday+night.jpg

The Federal Railroad Administration is investigating minor train derailment at New York City's Grand Central Terminal caused cancellations and major delays along the Metro-North New Haven Line during peak travel time Wednesday evening, according to U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal.

A minor train derailment at Grand Central Terminal in New York City is causing cancellations along the Metro-North New Haven Line during peak travel time Wednesday evening,

An alert from Metro-North said the derailed train blocked equipment at Grand Central, prompting the railroad to cancel some trains and delay others. The alert warned commuters to expect late service and crowded rail cars.

Images from Grand Central show commuters packed into the lobby waiting for trains to take them home during peak travel time.

As of about 9:30 p.m., Metro-North said the blockage had been cleared but that trains along the New Haven Line were still delayed up to 15 minutes. The railroad sent an updated alert around 10 p.m. to say trains should be running on time.

Blumenthal, a member of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, said Wednesday night's derailment raises renewed safety concerns.

“Much more than a minor inconvenience, this disturbing multiple car derailment delays and disrupts travel for countless riders. The derailment, fairly or not, recalls past incidents – renewing concerns about safety and reliability. I will be raising detailed questions about the derailment with Metro-North. I appreciate that the FRA has begun an investigation and has alerted me to the incident.”



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<![CDATA[Bridgeport Plows Lend a Hand in New London]]> Wed, 28 Jan 2015 19:08:31 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/southeastern+snow.jpg

Bridgeport plow drivers headed home Wednesday afternoon after lending a hand more than 60 miles to New London, one of the Connecticut communities hit hardest by the Blizzard of 2015.

The drivers of four large plows maneuvered their equipment along a snowy shoreline through whiteout conditions Tuesday evening. A public facilities foreman joined them on the trek to the state's southeast corner, which received nearly 2 feet of snow.

New London crews were overwhelmed as gusty winds blew snow across freshly plowed streets, creating snow drifts up to 5 feet tall.

Bridgeport trucks worked 15 hours straight to help the city dig out, according to a spokesperson for the Bridgeport mayor's office.

“It was the right thing to do,” Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch said in a statement Wednesday. “New London had a moment of need. They really got clobbered and asked for assistance. We received much less snow and already were in cleanup mode here. We were happy to help.”

Bridgeport crews described New London residents as "warm and appreciative," according to the mayor's office.

"The would come outside and give us the thumbs up and [say], 'Thank you for coming and helping us out,'" plow driver Samuel Adams told Bridgeport city officials.
 

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<![CDATA[Bridgeport Mayor Threatened After MSNBC Appearance]]> Wed, 28 Jan 2015 17:20:55 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/bridgeport+mayor+bill+finch.jpg

After addressing the Blizzard of 2015 during a guest spot on MSNBC's "PoliticsNation" with Al Sharpton, Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch began to receive threatening messages, prompting a police investigation, according to a city spokesperson.

"Mayor Finch is honored to have appeared on MSNBC's PoliticsNation. He's fond of Mr. Sharpton for many reasons, including his leadership on climate change issues," city communications director Brett Broesder said in a statement Wednesday.

"So following his interview that focused on adverse weather conditions in Bridgeport, and before he left the program, Mayor Finch thanked Mr. Sharpton for his leadership on climate change. It’s an issue that Mayor Finch is a leader on both locally and nationally, too," he added.

Broesder said Finch has received "many supportive notes from the community" since the segment but has also received a number of threats against Finch and his family. Bridgeport police are investigating at least one of those threats.

"We are taking the threats very seriously and have started an investigation. If we can identify the source of any of the threats, we will work with the State’s Attorney’s Office to bring charges, if appropriate," Bridgeport police Chief Joseph Gaudett said in a statement Wednesday.



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<![CDATA[Woman Accosted During Strong-Arm Robbery Near Yale]]> Wed, 28 Jan 2015 17:06:43 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/yale+university+security.jpg

Police are investigating after a robber accosted the wife of a Yale University affiliate who was walking near the edge of campus Tuesday afternoon and stole her backpack, according to a message from the Yale University chief of police.

Yale Police Chief Ronnell Higgins posted the advisory around 4:45 p.m. Wednesday, about an hour after the strong-arm robbery.

Higgins said the woman was walking on Mansfield Street behind the Prospect Gardens Apartments when a strange men approached her and grabbed her backpack. He did not appear to have a weapon and no one was hurt.

The suspect ran westbound on Starr Street, Higgins said.

According to the Yale University Office of New Haven and State Affairs website, the Prospect Gardens apartment complex is located near the outskirts of campus and is owned by Yale University Properties.

"It is important to remember to walk or jog with others when possible, in well populated and well lit areas," Higgins wrote. "Avoid displaying valuables such as cash or portable electronic devices."

Higgins encouraged Yale community members to keep an eye out for emergency blue phones and call 203-432-9255 to take advantage of security shuttles and escorts.

Anyone with information on the incident is urged to call Yale Police at 203-432-3300 or text an anonymous tip to 67283.



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<![CDATA[Milford Man Accused of Forgery in Pennsylvania]]> Wed, 28 Jan 2015 16:53:42 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Milford+Police+cruiser1200.jpg

A Milford man wanted on forgery charges in Pennsylvania has been arrested, with help from the Milford police department.

Milford police arrested said Stephen Injaychock, 33, of Milford was wanted by the Pennsylvania State Police and local police arrested him on Tuesday.

He was charged with fugitive from justice. Bond was set at $100,000.
 

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<![CDATA[Enfield Implements $75 Sidewalk Shoveling Fine]]> Wed, 28 Jan 2015 20:03:50 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/enfield+dpw+snow+2.jpg

As the state continues to dig out after the Blizzard of 2015, the town of Enfield is implementing a "24 hour sidewalk clock," requiring residents to clear snow from their sidewalks by 5 p.m. Thursday or face a $75 fine.

According to information posted to the town website, the clock starts at 5 p.m. Wednesday. Residents are responsible for shoveling sidewalks outside their homes and will be required to pay $75 and foot the bill for snow removal costs if they fail to do so. Enfield police are enforcing the fine.

Outside contractors are being released at the end of the day after helping to clear 12 town roads Wednesday. The Department of Public Works expect to finish removing snow from Hartford Avenue, Bigelow Avenue, White Street, Union Street, Lafayette Street, Sanford Avenue and Carpet Street on Thursday.

Trash and recycling collection will resume Thursday after a two-day snow delay and the town transfer station will reopen at 8 a.m. tomorrow.

Anyone with questions can call the DPW snow and information line at 860-763-7527 or follow @EnfieldDPW on Twitter.



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<![CDATA[Glastonbury Home Burglars Caught in West Hartford: Cops]]> Wed, 28 Jan 2015 16:39:43 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Anthony+Pantano+III+and+Gordon+Clark.jpg

Police in West Hartford nabbed two people accused of breaking into a Glastonbury home and stealing passports and jewelry, among other items.

West Hartford police said officers pulled over the suspects' car on New Britain Avenue in West Hartford around 5 p.m. Friday and noticed a bag of jewelry and drug paraphernalia inside.

They searched the car and found what appeared to be stolen passports and jewelry. Police used the information from the passports to track the case back to Glastonbury, according to police.

Glastonbury police took custody of the suspects and identified the two men as Anthony Pantano III, 24, and Gordon Clark Jr., 26, of Milford.

Glastonbury police said the men stole thousands of dollars worth of personal property, including personal electronics, credit cards and jewelry. 

Both were charged with first-degree burglary, first degree conspiracy to commit burglary, second-degree larceny, second degree conspiracy to commit larceny, possession of burglary tools, third degree criminal mischief, three counts of credit card theft and three counts of conspiracy to commit credit card theft.

Bond was set at $375,000.

Police said Pantano was also charged with four counts of parole violation and two counts of second-degree failure to appear. In addition to the burglary charges, he failed to appear in court for several motor vehicle charges, according to police.



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<![CDATA[Snowfall Totals Across Connecticut ]]> Wed, 28 Jan 2015 16:45:11 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/amston+snowfall.jpg

The Blizzard of 2015 dumped more than 30 inches of snow across some parts of the state. Here is a look at how much fell in many towns.

Note: Not every town is mentinoned on the National Weather Service list. If you're town is not here, let us know in the comments below how much snow you have.

  • Avon: 10 inches
  • Beacon Falls: 9 inches
  • Bethany: 6 inches
  • Bolton: 13.5 inches
  • Bridgeport: 6 inches
  • Colchester: 25 inches
  • Columbia: 16.5 inches
  • Coventry: 15 inches
  • Danbury: 7 inches
  • Danielson:  22.3 inches
  • Darien: 9.5 inches
  • Dayville: 23 inches
  • East Granby: 8 inches
  • East Killingly: 24.2 inches
  • Ellington: 14 inches
  • Enfield: 9.7 inches
  • Essex: 20.5 inches
  • Fairfield: 6.7 inches
  • Farmington: 12.3 inches
  • Ashford : 18.5 inches
  • Floral Park: 13.5 inches
  • Gales Ferry: 20 inches
  • Glastonbury: 12 inches
  • Groton: 24 inches
  • Granby:  9 inches
  • Guilford: 17 inches
  • Haddam: 22 inches
  • Hampton: 22.5 inches
  • Hartland: 8.5 inches
  • Ledyard Center: 19 inches
  • Lisbon: 26 inches
  • Litchfield: 6.5 inches
  • Marlborough: 22 inches
  • Manchester: 19 inches
  • Meriden: 12.5 inches
  • Moosup: 25 inches 
  • New Britain: 6 inches
  • New Canaan: 12.3 inches
  • New Hartford: 7 inches
  • New Haven: 8.5
  • New London: 20 inches
  • Newington: 15 inches
  • Norfolk: 6.1 inches
  • Norwalk: 8 inches
  • Norwich: 24 inches
  • North Granby: 4.5 inches
  • Old Saybrook: 19.5 inches
  • Plainfield: 15 inches
  • Pomfret: 20 inches
  • Pomfret Center: 22 inches
  • Putnam: 30 inches
  • Shelton: 6.3 inches
  • Somers: 11 inches and 16.4 inches
  • South Killingly: 21 inches
  • Southbury: 6.5
  • Southington: 11.2 inches
  • Stafford Springs:  16.5 inches
  • Staffordville: 23 inches
  • Stonington: 16 inches
  • Thomaston: 7 inches
  • Thompson: 33.5 inches
  • Tolland: 21.5 inches
  • Union: 15 inches
  • Vernon: 14.8 inches
  • Waterbury: 5.5 inches
  • Watertown: 11.5 inches
  • West Hartford: 13 inches
  • West Haven: 11 inches
  • Weston: 14 inches
  • Wethersfield: 12.5 inches
  • Windsor: 10 inches
  • Windsor Locks: 7.8 inches

Northeastern and Central Connecticut

Much of the state's interior received between 10 and 15 inches of snow, but a band of heavy precipitation dropped up to 30 inches along the eastern border in towns such as Thompson and Moosup. Check the full list of snow totals for Hartford, Tolland and Windham counties.

Southeastern and Southwestern Connecticut

The disparity between the eastern and western parts of the shoreline is significant. Most of Fairfield County has received less than a foot of snow, while parts of Middlesex County have received up to 22 inches and areas of New London County have received 24.5 inches. Check the list of snow totals for Fairfield, Middlesex, New Haven and New London counties.

Western Connecticut

The brunt of the storm dodged Litchfield County, which has received between 3.6 and 9 inches of snow, according tothe National Weather Service. Check the full list here.



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<![CDATA[Woman Charged $3,000 to Stolen Card at Westfarms Mall]]> Wed, 28 Jan 2015 15:24:50 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/westfarms+stolen+card+suspect.jpg

Farmington police are searching for the woman who used a stolen credit card to buy $3,000 worth of merchandise from the Westfarms Mall on Jan. 14.

Surveillance images show the suspect wearing a black coat, black, white and gray plaid scarf, a black hat and glasses.

Anyone who recognizes the woman or has information on the incident is urged to call Farmington police Officer Glaude at 860-675-2400 or call the anonymous tip line at 860-675-2483.



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<![CDATA[1 Dead in Farmington Industrial Accident: Reports]]> Wed, 28 Jan 2015 18:15:32 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/stanley+technologies+2.jpg

One person has died after an accident at Stanley Security Acess Technologies at 65 Scott Swamp Road in Farmington on Wednesday afternoon, according to The Hartford Courant.

The Courant reports that the victim – a truck driver – was killed when a load of steel and aluminum fell on him. Police have not identified the person who died.

Farmington police spokesman Lt. Colin Ryan said the incident appears to have been accidental. The Occupational Health and Safety Administration is investigating.

Check back for updates on this developing story.


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<![CDATA[Meriden Officer, Police Dog Hurt in Crash Outside Hospital]]> Wed, 28 Jan 2015 15:02:13 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/meriden+officer+ax+1.JPG

A K-9 officer in Meriden was hospitalized and his police dog taken to the vet Wednesday morning after another vehicle ran a red light and cut off his patrol car, causing a crash near MidState Medical Center, according to police.

Police said K-9 Officer Jason Degumbia was driving southbound on Lewis Avenue around 9:45 a.m. Wednesday when Goin Fabiola ran a red light while getting off Route 691 and trying to reach the entrance of MidState Medical Center.

According to police, Fabiola's BMW "darted in front of" Degumbia and the two cars collided, ending up in snow banks outside the hospital entrance.

Degumbia was hospitalized for treatment of a broken wrist, possible broken elbow and neck and back pain. His police dog, Kilo, was taken to the vet to be checked for injuries and was treated and released.

Fabiola was taken to MidState Medical Center for treatment of minor injuries and was issued an infraction for failure to obey a control signal.

The Meriden Police Department Accident Reconstruction Unit is investigating the collision.

Anyone who witnessed the crash is urged to call the Meriden police Officer Donna Zurstadt at 203-630-6215 or Lt. Thomas Cossette at 203-630-6256.



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<![CDATA[New Britain Company Makes "Deflategate" Soda]]> Wed, 28 Jan 2015 17:10:25 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Deflated+ball+brew+dm+1200.jpg

Deflated footballs might be a controversy the New England Patriots are facing as they head to the Super Bowl, but the so-named "Deflategate" is a scandal with flavor that Connecticut soda company is drinking in with its trademark humor.

"It's more fun to play with squishy balls" is the tag line on New Britain-based Avery's soda's new limited edition soda, Deflated Ball Brew.

The soda, produced just in time for Super Bowl Sunday, is a citrus fusion of grapefruit, orange and lime.

A customer asked about creating the soda last week and the company thought is was a great idea, so they came up with a soda that would be taste on its own, but also work as a mixer with alcoholic beverages.

Like the air reportedly missing from 11 of 12 Patriots-provided footballs in the AFC Championships against the Indianapolis Colts that drew scrutiny, Avery's Deflated Ball Brew has "a little less carbonation than normal," the company said on Facebook, and one out of every 12 sodas is made to be flat.

However, as the Pats head to Arizona to play the Seattle Seahawks in the Super Bowl, the soda company says "this soda is guaranteed to pump up any party."

Avery's is selling the Deflated Ball Brew at its New Britain bottling plant and at Stew Leonard's in Newington.

The company has even put together recipes for adult beverages that you can serve at your Super Bowl party, including Pigskin Punch, Gridiron Grog, Touchdown Tonic, Midfield Margarita and Squishy Ball Sangria.

In case anyone wonders where the company's loyalties lie, they said they will be rooting for the Patriots on Sunday.



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<![CDATA[New Haven to Lift Parking Ban, Reopen Schools]]> Wed, 28 Jan 2015 14:29:46 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/snow+plows+in+new+haven+1200.jpg

New Haven is lifting the parking ban as of midnight and schools will be open on Thursday, according to the mayor’s office.

Mayor Toni Harp said in a statement that the so-called “downtown” parking ban was already rescinded this morning, but unrestricted parking throughout the city will be restored at midnight tonight.

New Haven Public Schools will reopen districtwide for classes as usual on Thursday and anyone who parked in a school parking lot during the parking ban must move it so faculty and staff can park tomorrow.

City officials will be documenting license plates of cars parked in school lots on Wednesday. If those cars are ticketed for 11th-hour parking ban violations on Wednesday evening, the documentation will exempt you from a penalty.

The city’s Department of Public Works will also resume trash and recyclable collection on Thursday, but trash collection will be two days behind schedule.

The New Haven Fire Department is also asking residents to help with clearing snow from around the fire hydrant closest to their house.
 



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<![CDATA[I-395 North Reopens in Waterford]]> Wed, 28 Jan 2015 14:17:07 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Waterford+crash+Interstate+395.jpg

Interstate 395 North was closed in the area of exit 77 in Waterford as police investigated a crash, but it is back open, according to police.

A photo from Watertown police showed a car on its side in the snow on the side of the highway.


 



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<![CDATA[Mom Threatens Ex With Knife Near Son: Cops]]> Wed, 28 Jan 2015 15:11:25 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/middletown+police+department.JPG

An argument between two estranged parents over a tax refund escalated into a possible stabbing attempt in front of their child in Middletown, police said.

Police arrested both Middletown parents, Jamesha L. Jordan, 22, and Kyle Jarreau Parker, 27, after a verbal altercation reportedly began to turn physical when Parker came to pick up his son from Jordan, his ex, police said.

Parker told police that they began arguing after he asked Jordan for his share of her tax return because he shared half of his refund with her. He said that further arguing ensued and that she stabbed him in the arm while he held onto his son with his other hand. Police found no markings on him. Parker admitted to breaking Jordan's cell phone by accident in response, police said.

Both his roommate, who drove him there, and Jordan also described an argument in the child's presence, but their stories about the knife were different from Parker's account, police said. His friend said Jordan jabbed at him with the blade after a discussion about taxes devolved into name-calling and bickering, but Jordan denied picking up a knife altogether and said he was picking on her when he arrived, according to police.

Police charged Jordan and Parker with second-degree breach of peace. Jordan also faces charges of risk of injury to a child, criminal attempt to commit first-degree assault and first-degree reckless endangerment.

Jordan was released from police custody on a $20,000 bond. and both are scheduled to appear in Middletown Superior Court on Wednesday, Jan. 28. Police ordered both of them to avoid contact with each other until their court appearance and said that they would face further charges if they violated that family violence condition of release.

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<![CDATA[Man Shot While Running from Would-Be Robbers]]> Wed, 28 Jan 2015 11:54:35 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/PoliceSafetyPic00000000.jpg

A 31-year-old man was shot in the shoulder while he tried to run away from would-be robbers on Hamilton Street around 5:30 p.m., police said. It is one of two shootings within around half an hour in the city.

The victim was the one who called police around 5:30 p.m. to report he’d been shot, police said.

When police responded to his Hamilton Street apartment, the victim told them that he’d been walking on his street when two masked men approached and demanded he victim give them money, but he said he hadn’t any.

When the victim turned away and ran, one of the would-be robbers shot him, police said.

Police spoke with witnesses who confirmed there had been a single gunshot in the area.

The victim’s injuries are not life-threatening and there is no further description of the perpetrators.

The other victim was shot in the hip after a dispute with two people just after 5 p.m. and later arrested at the hospital when he was found with drugs, police said.
 



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<![CDATA[Delays Building After Crash in I-84 West in Plainville]]> Wed, 28 Jan 2015 10:53:12 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Delays+on+I84+West+in+Plainville+1200.jpg

Delays are building after a tractor-trailer crash on Interstate 84 West in Plainville.

State police from Troop H said no one has been injured and there is no fuel spill, but it could be awhile before the truck is towed.

The crash happened a little after 10:30 a.m. near where I-84 passes over Route 72.



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<![CDATA[Evacuation After Gas Main Break in New Haven]]> Wed, 28 Jan 2015 13:00:09 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/new+haven+gas+leak+james+Street.jpg

The building at 260 James Street in New Haven has been evacuated after a gas main break, according to officials from the New Haven Fire Department.

The building is located near Saltinstall Avenue and the situation appears to be under contol, according to the NBC Connecticut crew at the scene.

No other evacuations are expected.

Utility crews are at the scene, there are no reports of injuries and this is having a marginal impact on traffic.
 

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<![CDATA[Victim of Lebanon House Fire Taken to Burn Unit]]> Wed, 28 Jan 2015 19:04:31 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Fire+at+644+Beaumont+Highway+in+Lebanon+1200.jpg

A man in his 60s was taken to the Bridgeport Burn Unit to be treated for third-degree burns after being pulled from a burning house in Lebanon on Wednesday morning, and it's not clear where another resident is, officials said.

The two-story house at 644 Beaumont Highway was engulfed when firefighters responded, and a town department of public works crew had to come in and plow the driveway so firefighters could get inside, Fire Captain Alan Olenick, of the Lebanon Volunteer Fire Department, said.  

The victim was transported to Windham Hospital, but then an ambulance brought the person to the burn unit at Bridgeport Hospital, officials said. He remains in critical condition as of 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, according to a spokesperson for the hospital.

Olenick said firefighters were dispatched at 9:03 a.m. and crews found the victim inside, suffering from third-degree burns.

Officials from Bridgeport Hospital said early indications are that the victim is in critical condition. His name

It is not clear whether the person who is unaccounted for was in the home or not when fire broke out. Authorities are investigating.

Fire crews from Willimantic, Columbia, South Windham and Yantic all responded and Windham fire officials said."

The structure is a total loss," Olenick said.

Route 289 is closed, according to officials.

 

 

 


 



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<![CDATA[Hartford Residents to Move Cars From Schools]]> Wed, 28 Jan 2015 14:19:10 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/conn-snow-AP901764211704.jpg

More than 40 cars were towed away from Hartford school parking lots on Wednesday morning because residents who parked there during the blizzard did not move them in time.

The city of Hartford enacted a parking ban during the blizzard on Monday night into Tuesday, but Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra lifted the ban at 8 p.m .on Tuesday and asked residents to move their cars by 8 a.m. on Wednesday morning and . School is closed today to accommodate the cleanup.

Around 8:30 a.m., police put out another call, asking Hartford residents to remove their cars as soon as possible so crews can clear the snow and get the schools ready for students to return .

Then, officials from the school board requested car still in the lots be towed. as of noon on Wednesday, 42 cars had been towed. 

Mayor Segarra said snow removal in the city will continue over the next couple of days and he urged anyone with questions about the parking ban or vehicle retrieval to call Hartford Police at: (860)757-4000.
 



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<![CDATA[Shelters, Warming Centers Open]]> Wed, 28 Jan 2015 14:29:28 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/snow-generic.jpg

As blizzard conditions arrive in Connecticut, some cities and towns around the state have opening up shelters and warming centers to help keep residents safe.

Fairfield: An emergency shelter at Fairfield Ludlowe High School opened at 6 p.m. Monday. Residents in need of shelter are urged to first call the Emergency Communication Center at 203-254-4800.

Hamden: Warming centers were opened Monday and Tuesday at all Hamden police and fire stations. The Miller Memorial Library and Hamden Senior Center at 2901 Dixwell Avenue, Whitneyville Branch Library at Carleton and Putnam avenues, Brundgage Community Branch Library at 92 Circular Avenue and Hamden Government Center at 2750 Dixwell Avenue will be open Monday.

Middletown: South Church will serve as a warming center from 6 p.m. Monday, Jan. 26 through 6 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 28.

Simsbury: The Simsbury Public Library at 725 Hopmeadow Street will be open as a warming center from 9:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 28 and Thursday, Jan. 29 and Friday 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 30. Eno Memorial Hall, where the senior center is located at 754 Hopmeadow Street, will also be open as a warming center 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday and 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday. Call the Simsbury Social Services Department at 860-658-3283 for more information.

Stamford: All fire stations and the Stamford Government Center (88 Washington Boulevard) are available as warming centers from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. There will also be an overnight warming center available Wednesday and Thursday nights at Inspirica (8 Woodland Place) from 8 p.m. until 8 a.m.

Other municipalities have said shelters and warming centers will open up as needed. Anyone in need of shelter is urged to call 211.



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<![CDATA[Mail Delivery Resumes Today After Blizzard of 2015]]> Wed, 28 Jan 2015 07:47:36 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/521008019.jpg

There was no U.S. mail service in Connecticut, Massachusetts or Rhode Island on Tuesday due to the blizzard, but it will resume on Wednesday, according to U.S. Postal Service spokesperson Christine Dugas.

The postal service is asking residents to clear a path to the mailbox and to treat the path or any steps and icy walkways with salt or sand to make it safe for mail carriers to resume delivering mail.

"For curbside boxes, customers must clear enough snow for the carrier to be able to drive up to the box, place the mail inside and pull safely away from the box without backing," Dugas said in a news release.



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<![CDATA[Cancellations Linger at Bradley Airport After Blizzard]]> Wed, 28 Jan 2015 19:03:54 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/bradley+post+blizzard.jpg

Air travel has resumed through Bradley International Airport in the wake of the Blizzard of 2015, but about 20 percent of flights were canceled Wednesday, most in the morning morning, according to airport officials.

On average, about 100 inbound and 100 outbound flights travel through Bradley each day, according to airport executive director Kevin Dillon, who said air travel should be back to normal Thursday.

"As the day's progressing, we're recovering," he explained.

Hundreds of travelers camped out at the airport after being stranded during the blizzard.

"I spent literally hours back and forth on the phone," said Vermont resident Ray Shannis, who struggled to reschedule a canceled flight.

Others, like Travis Clark, couldn't get into the state.

"We were supposed to come in Saturday, then Sunday, then Monday," explained Clark, who finally arrived from Los Angeles on Wednesday.

Flight status information is listed online. Travelers are also advised to check with their airlines.



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<![CDATA[Schools Delayed or Closed as State Digs Out]]> Wed, 28 Jan 2015 08:53:55 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/New+London+public+schools+1200.jpg

Connecticut residents continue to dig out after the Blizzard of 2015 dumped up to 33 inches of snow on the state and hundreds of schools are either closed for the day or opening late.

Students at the University of Connecticut campuses in Storrs and Avery Point will return to class today, beginning at 10 a.m., while all other UConn campuses will operate on normal class schedules.

Eastern Connecticut took the brunt of the storm, with the highest snow totals recorded along the shoreline and Rhode Island border in New London and Windham counties.

The highest snow totals of the state were recorded in Thompson, which received 33.5 inches, according to the National Weather Service. Putnam, Moosup, East Killingly, Lisbon, Colchester, Norwich, Groton all received more than 2 feet of snow.

Many parts of western Connecticut, on the other hand, saw single-digit accumulations, as the heaviest band of snow veered east. More information on snow totals is available here.

While flurries will slowly taper off, the cold will linger, with temperatures dipping down into the single digits on Wednesday.

While several schools are closed for the day, this is the first day back to work for many after Gov. Dannel Malloy lifted a statewide travel ban at 2 p.m. Tuesday.

More than 600 state Department of Transportation crews and the state's fleet of 15 super snow blowers have been working around the clock to clear roads since Monday, but the governor urged caution on the roads because of any lingering snow or ice.

While the highways and many of the Malloy also asked residents to help clear fire hydrants and storm drains and make sure snow is not blocking vents for heating and hot water systems.

While residents of many towns are able to get around, the Connecticut National Guard has been deployed to Stonington, one of the hardest-hit areas of the state, and Bridgeport is sending four snow trucks to New London to help the city dig out.

The next chance of snow is during the morning commute on Friday



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<![CDATA[I-91 Crash Cleared]]> Wed, 28 Jan 2015 07:30:05 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/12815HartfordCrash+Edited.jpg

A crash in Hartford caused delays on Interstate 91 north Wednesday morning and has since cleared.

The right and center lanes ere closed near exit 33, but the lanes have reopened and traffic is moving through.

There is no word on any injuries.



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<![CDATA[2 Hospitalized in Hartford Shooting]]> Wed, 28 Jan 2015 07:34:17 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/hartford+police+cruiser+generic+new.jpg

Two people were hospitalized after a shooting in Hartford Tuesday night.

Police responded to investigate reports of shots fired at 330 New Park Ave. at 9:21 on Monday. Simultaneously, two gunshot victims arrived at Hartford Hospital, police said.

Officers discovered shell casings and cash in front of Sports Deli, near the initial shooting site reported at 359 New Park Ave.

Both victims are in stable condition, police said.

No arrests have been made at this time.

The shooting remains under investigation.



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<![CDATA[Seawall Collapses, Roads Closed Due to Flooding]]> Wed, 28 Jan 2015 00:24:19 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/160*120/marshfield.jpg

Significant flooding and at major seawall breaches were reported across several coastal Massachusetts communities Tuesday, as a crippling snowstorm continues to slam the region. 

Police in Marshfield, one of numerous Massachusetts communities dealing with flooding, confirmed that a major seawall breach from high tides in the morning and evening, which caused structural damage to homes, with several being condemned.

The entire island of Nantucket is without power as the flood waters rise.

One resident said the flooding in Marshfield is the worst he's seen in the 15 years he's lived there. The breach was reported on Bay Avenue. 

 

In Nantucket, the National Grid said high winds are causing a major issue, as is the salt spray.

"It's normal for them to have flooding during a Nor'easter but it's not usually this bad," Dave Fronzuto, of Nantucket Emergency Management, told NBC News. "The long duration of the storm is what's really hurting them."

Fire crews were reportedly trying to rescue one resident whose home was surrounded by water and downed power lines.

There are preliminary reports that a portion of the seawall at Hummarock Island in Scituate has collapsed as well.

On Martha's Vineyard, Oak Bluffs, Beach Road at Heart Haven is closed to Edgartown due to high winds and flooding. In Vineyard Haven, State Road in both directions is closed due to high winds and ocean splash over.

Massachusetts State Police said Quincy Shore Drive inbound between Furnace Brook and Fenno Street in Quincy is closed because of flooding, as is Morrissey Boulevard both ways between Freeport Street and UMass-Boston.

There were also reports of flooding in Newburyport.



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<![CDATA[Man Robs Bristol Dollar Store]]> Tue, 27 Jan 2015 20:29:18 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/bristol+police+crusier_1200.jpg

Police are searching for the masked man who held up a Family Dollar store in Bristol as the blizzard was moving out Tuesday evening.

According to police, the suspect entered the store at 59 North Main Street around 6:30 p.m. Tuesday and told workers he had a weapon.

He stole a cash register and got away on foot, police said. The suspect was wearing dark clothing and a ski mask.

Anyone with information is urged to call Bristol police at 860-584-3000.

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<![CDATA[Woman Attacked Neighbor With Snowblower: Cops]]> Tue, 27 Jan 2015 22:06:38 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Barbara+Davis.jpg

A 61-year-old woman has been arrested after police say she attacked her 60-year-old neighbor with a snowblower during the blizzard Tuesday in Arlington, Massachusetts.

The victim's foot was lacerated when officers arrived around 4:30 p.m., police said. They arrested Barbara Davis, with whom the victim was involved in an ongoing dispute.

Davis is charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and mayhem. She is also charged with violating a harassment protection order the victim had previously filed against her.

The victim's injuries were treated, but are considered minor.

Davis was ordered to be held on $35,040 bail. She will be arraigned in Cambridge.



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<![CDATA[Babies Arrive Early During Blizzard of 2015]]> Tue, 27 Jan 2015 21:02:27 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/blizzard+baby+2+edit.jpg

Whether because of changing pressure or the stress associated with an impending storm, more pregnant mothers tend to give birth during severe weather events, and the Blizzard of 2015 was no exception.

“Typically, we do about 10 deliveries a day here at Hartford Hospital,” explained Elizabeth Deckers, medical director of Labor and Delivery at Hartford Hospital. “Yesterday, we did 15, with 11 of them being between the hours of 5 p.m. and 7 a.m.”

Those hours more or less coincided with the heaviest period of snowfall, which was most intense overnight Monday into Tuesday. Hospital employees stayed overnight at Hartford facilities and maternity wards were fully staffed.

A spokesperson for Hartford Hospital said natural births aren't the only deliveries to increase in frequency during adverse conditions.

“We contacted two families who were scheduled to deliver today, one by Caesarian and one by induction of labor, and asked them to come in a day early,” said Amy Schroder, manager of Labor and Delivery at Hartford Hospital.

One of those early deliveries – baby Emanuel Elijah Soloman – came into the world at 1 p.m. Tuesday, and his grandmother said she's just happy everyone is safe and healthy.

“I’m glad it’s over because I was concerned that she was going to go into labor during the storm because she was having contractions prior to coming to the hospital,” explained Dahlia Williams, of East Hartford.

Another pregnant mom from Farmington spent 45 minutes in the car navigating whiteout conditions but managed to safely deliver her baby at the Hospital of Central Connecticut in New Britain.

"We actually prayed that we would know for sure, like, having a sign – are we supposed to go out in this weather? – and my water broke, so we figured it was time," said Sarah Browning, who gave birth to baby Graham two-and-a-half weeks early.

Browning said her husband, a pastor at the New Hope Baptist Church in Torrington, called 911 to ask if it was safe to drive to the hospital. Emergency dispatchers advised them to try making the trip and call back if they got stuck.

The Brownings made it to the hospital around 2:30 a.m. Tuesday. Baby Graham was born about seven hours later, at 8:50 a.m. He weighs 5 pounds, 11 ounces.

"He's a little bugger and I can't believe he did this to us," Browning said with a laugh.

A total of 14 babies were delivered during the storm at St. Francis Hospital, compared with nine on an average day.

All moms and babies are doing well.



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<![CDATA[Flights Begin to Land at Bradley Airport]]> Tue, 27 Jan 2015 18:41:52 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/bradley+airport+ARRIVALS.jpg

Bradley International Airport closed to air traffic at 7 p.m. Monday due to rapidly deteriorating weather conditions, and airport officials said no outgoing flights will take off until at least Wednesday.

Most airlines began canceling flights Monday evening. Although outbound flights remain at a standstill, Bradley Airport began accepting arrivals Tuesday evening.

"We're anticipating five Delta arrivals coming in from Atlanta, Detroit and Minneapolis," explained airport Executive Director Kevin Dillon.

It could take a day or two for the airport to resume normal operations since departures can't leave until after arrivals land, and most won't come in until the morning.

"Those arrivals typically start around 7 or 8 in the morning, so any departures prior to that are most likely going to be canceled," Dillon said.

Check with your airline for the latest information on your flight status.



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<![CDATA[Eldery Man Suffers Heart Attack While Shoveling Snow]]> Tue, 27 Jan 2015 17:33:08 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Snow+Shovel+Generic.jpg

An elderly Trumbull resident suffered a heart attack while shoveling snow Tuesday during the Blizzard of 2015, according to city officials.

Trumbull police said the 80-year-old resident collapsed in the snow around 10:30 a.m. Tuesday. A family member performed CPR while waiting for emergency officials to arrive. Officers took over CPR, gave the man oxygen and used a defibrillator, according to police.

The man was taken to St. Vincent's Hospital for treatment. Police have not released any information on his condition, but The Connecticut Post reports that the man has died.



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<![CDATA[National Guard Continues Post-Blizzard Aid]]> Wed, 28 Jan 2015 13:05:32 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/National+Guard+Stonington+Edited.jpg

While it's back to business at usual in some parts of the state Wednesday, more Connecticut National Guardsmen have been deployed to Stonington, where it could take days to dig out after blizzard dropped 20 inches of snow in the town.

Schools are also canceled again in Stonington and hundreds of schools statewide have either closings or delays.

Ten National Guardsmen were deployed on Tuesday and five more were sent on Wednesday to move snow from the shoreline streets of Stonington, one of the hardest-hit areas of the state where snowfall lingered Tuesday night.

Capt. Michael Petersen of the U.S. Army National Guard said soldiers brought in engineer equipment, including bucket loaders, to move mounds of snow 8-10 feet high.

The guardsmen were dispatched after town equipment broke down Tuesday in the middle of the job, while some streets remained impassible.

Stonington First Selectman George Crouse said he expected cleanup to last up to 20 hours after the Blizzard of 2015 moved out, leaving behind up to 2 feet of snow and heavy financial implications in its wake. Some parts of eastern Connecticut had as much as 30 inches of snow.

"This is not a normal snow," Crouse said. "We are eating up almost our entire budget."

But even after the National Guard helps with the heavy lifting, financial constraints will still pose a problem. Crouse said he hopes the town can qualify for funding through FEMA.

"I've lived on the shoreline since I was 6 and I do not remember a storm of this magnitude," said Stonington resident Martha Slater.

Stonington isn't the only shoreline community getting some help. Four plow trucks from Bridgeport were sent to New London to help clear clogged-up streets.

"It's nice that they could come lend a hand from elsewhere," said New London resident Alex Schroeder. "We all should do the same, lend a hand, get it done faster."



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<![CDATA[Water Main Break Fixed in Newington]]> Tue, 27 Jan 2015 13:12:02 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/water+faucet+generic.jpg

Emergency crews braved the elements to repair to an 8-inch water main break on Garfield Street in Newington, according to police.

That water main and another 8-inch water main on Audubon Avenue were shut down at 3 a.m. for the repairs, affecting 15 homes, Croachley Chiropractor, A&D Health Management Group and OFI Office Furniture Warehouse on Garfield Street between Walsh Avenue and Audubon Avenue and the stretch of Audubon Avenue from Garfield to Bonair Avenue.

All service was restored as of 12:30 p.m. 

Crews also repaired a water valve.

The water mains were installed in 1930 and MDC expected to conclude work by 4 to 6 p.m., but it was finished by 1 p.m.

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