<![CDATA[NBC Connecticut - Connecticut News]]> Copyright 2014 http://www.nbcconnecticut.com/news/local http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/NBC_Connecticut.png NBC Connecticut http://www.nbcconnecticut.com en-us Tue, 02 Sep 2014 17:21:40 -0400 Tue, 02 Sep 2014 17:21:40 -0400 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Waterbury Man Hospitalized After Police Shooting]]> Tue, 02 Sep 2014 16:07:53 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/connecticut+state+police+badge.jpg

A 31-year-old Waterbury man is hospitalized after police shot at him, then shot him with a Taser after the man tried to ram a police cruiser and pointed a weapon at law enforcement, police said.

Officers responded to a home on Old Waterbury Road in Southbury on Saturday to investigate a domestic complaint, but the suspect, identified as 31-year-old Tyler Santoro, of Southbury, had fled.

Charges are still pending, but police said Santoro will be charged in connection with a domestic incident that happened Aug. 30 and will be charged for allegedly stealing a neighbor's 2006 Chevrolet Blazer.

Police said Santoro was also in possession of a handgun. Waterbury police spotted the Blazer at 10:45 a.m. Monday and tried to pull it over, but police said Santoro got away.

Half an hour later, Trooper Tyler Spence, who was on patrol on Main Street in Woodbury, saw the stolen SUV, so he and a Woodbury police Officer Tim Wright tried to stop the vehicle and chased the man into Washington, where he crashed on Wykeham and Bell Hill roads, according to police.

Santoro then tried to ram the trooper and officer's vehicle, pointed a weapon at Spence and Wright and refused to drop it, police said. 

Spence opened fire and Santoro took a knife and tried to cut his own neck, according to police. Spence then shot his Taser and police pulled Santoro from the stolen vehicle.

They provided emergency care for the neck injury and an ambulance transported Santoro to the Waterbury Hospital emergency room for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.

Spence and Wright sustained minor injuries during the crash and were taken to Saint Mary's Hospital. Both have since been released, according to police.

The State Police Central District Major Crime Squad is investigating with help from the Litchfield State's Attorney Office.

Spence has been assigned to administrative duties throughout the investigation, in accordance with department policy.

Police said Santoro was placed under state police guard at Waterbury Hospital. His has been set at $250,000, but police said he'll likely be charged in the police pursuit and use of force incident.

The case remains under investigation.

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<![CDATA[Farmington Man Stabbed to Death in Florida: Report]]> Tue, 02 Sep 2014 17:08:39 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Kevin+Adorno+with+homeless+man.jpg

A Farmington, Connecticut man was killed in Florida while making a “bucket list” bicycling trip down the East Coast, according to WPTV, the NBC affiliate in West Palm Beach, Florida.

The victim, identified as Kevin Adorno, 28, of Unionville, was at a McDonald's restaurant on U.S. Route 1 when he was stabbed around 9:30 p.m. on Monday. Police have identified the suspected attacker as a homeless man.

Authorities responded and found Adorno lying on the floor near the bathrooms. Police said he'd been stabbed several times in the chest and arm and collapsed inside the restaurant while witnesses applied pressure to his wounds.

Adorno was pronounced dead a short time later at Indian River Medical Center, according to police.

Officers took 59-year-old Rene Herrera Cruz into custody at a Burger King across the street from the crime scene and charged him with first-degree murder.

WPTV reports that Cruz had thrown the murder weapon into the bushes and was discarding a second knife when police caught him.

According to police, Cruz admitted to stabbing Adorno and said he thought Adorno was “directing other people via cellphone to attack him,” and felt threatened, so he attacked.

Police said they were familiar with Cruz.

"We dealt with him actually the night before. He called us from Burger King right across the street and he told responding officers that individuals were looking for him or were after him," said Vero Beach Police Chief David Currey.

Detectives do not believe Adorno threatened Cruz in any way, WPTV reports.

Adorno was heading from Maryland to Miami and was planning to propose to his girlfriend, according to WPTV. He made the same trip last summer.

Police said during a news conference that Adorno happened to stop in Vero Beach to buy food and charge his cellphone. He was on the phone with his girlfriend when Cruz attacked. 

Cruz has been charged with first-degree murder, according to WPTV.



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<![CDATA[DEEP Worker Falls 20 Feet in Hartland ]]> Tue, 02 Sep 2014 16:44:44 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/160*120/life+star.jpg

A state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection employee was injured when he fell 20 feet over a wall while mowing grass near a boat launch in Hartland on Tuesday, according to the DEEP.

LifeStar medical helicopter responded to Howell's Pond in Hartland after the worker fell near Dish Mill Road, according to Litchfield County Dispatch.

State officials said they believe the employee was pushing a large lawn mower and doing routine work when the accident happened.

According to the DEEP, the injured worker was a seasonal employee who had just started work with the agency this summer as part of the DEEP Field Support group.

A coworker at the scene called for help, and LifeStar airlifted the injured worker to Saint Francis Hospital, where he was treated for broken bones, a spokesperson for the DEEP said.

His injuries are not life-threatening.

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<![CDATA[Route 66 Reopens After Motorcycle Crash in East Hampton]]> Tue, 02 Sep 2014 16:41:12 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/east+hampton_motorcycle+crash.jpg

Route 66 was closed in East Hampton in both directions after a car collided with a motorcycle Tuesday just before 2 p.m.

The accident happened near Keighley Pond Road, police said.

One person was taken to Hartford Hospital. The extent of that person's injuries has not been released.

The road reopened around 3 p.m.



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<![CDATA[Man Sexually Assaulted Sacred Heart University Student: Police]]> Tue, 02 Sep 2014 17:21:32 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Sketch+of+man+who+attacked+Sacred+Heart+University+student.jpg

A Sacred Heart University Student was sexually assaulted in Fairfield early on Monday morning and police have released a sketch of the attacker in hopes that someone can identify him.

The student was assaulted around 3 a.m. on Monday, when she was going into her residence on Berkeley Road, police said.

Police said the home was also burglarized and the assailant was a short, stocky man in his 20s with some facial acne.

The man spoke with a Spanish accent, is between 5-feet-2 to 5-feet-6 and has dark spikey hair and light-colored eyes, police said.

The victim didn’t see or hear a vehicle leave the scene.

Berkeley Road is in the southeast section of town near Tunxis Hill Park, police said.

Anyone who can identify the man from the sketch or who has additional information should call the Detective Bureau at 203-254-4840.



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<![CDATA[Kids Back in Class After School Evacuated Over Fire]]> Tue, 02 Sep 2014 16:08:38 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/classroom5.jpg

Mahan Elementary School students are back in class after the Norwich was evacuated earlier because of a fire in the office area of the building.

The small electrical fire started at 12:45 p.m. and was contained, school officials said.

Police said there was an electrical issue and there are slight smoke conditions.

The school was evacuated as a precaution and buses took students to Kelly Middle School on Mahan Drive, where parents were permitted to pick up their children. Students are now back in the school and safe, police said.

Police ask parents to contact the school before coming to school grounds.

No one is injured and no information was immediately available on cause.
 

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<![CDATA[ Part of Route 202 in Torrington Closed After Serious Crash]]> Tue, 02 Sep 2014 15:03:41 -0400

Part of Route 202 in Torrington is closed between Center and Maud streets after a serious crash this afternoon, according to Torrington police.

Someone had to be extricated from the car and LifeStar medical transport helicopter was called, but it was not unavailable.

Police said the side streets of Willow and Wall streets are also impacted to keep people from accessing the main intersection where the crash happened.

Check back for updates.
 

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<![CDATA[Mom Accused of Leaving Child in Car Overnight Appears in Court]]> Tue, 02 Sep 2014 12:32:56 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/KelseyJames+Edited.jpg

The mother accused of leaving her 2-year-old girl in a car overnight outside a sports bar in Bristol while she spent the evening in the hospital intoxicated appeared in court on Tuesday.

A judge continued the case of Kelsey James, 22, of Bristol, who police arrested late August after learning that her daughter was left in her car for more than five hours.

James seemed drunk when she arrived at City Sports Grill in Bristol on Friday, Aug. 22 and employees refused to serve her any drinks, according to staff members at the bar.

"I was talking to her a little bit, went and grabbed her a water, told her to stay there and I came back and she was gone," Courtney Lausier, a server at the bar, said.

Bar employees called police, who responded to the 177 Farmington Avenue bar at about 11:56 p.m. on Friday to investigate a report of a woman found sleeping at the bar who was "intoxicated and incapacitated," according to police.

She was taken to Bristol Hospital for treatment and to be evaluated. When she woke up at about 5:20 a.m. the next morning, she asked hospital staff where her baby was, so the hospital contacted police.

Police found her 2-year-old daughter sleeping in the mother's car at the sports bar parking lot, where she was left while her mother was in the bar and then the hospital, according to police.

The baby was taken to Bristol Hospital to be evaluated and is okay, police said. She was kept in the hospital until Department of Children and Families representatives arrived in response to the incident.

Police charged James with risk of injury and leaving a child unsupervised in a vehicle, according to police.

The mother was released after posting a $50,000 bond and she is scheduled to appear in Bristol Superior Court on Sept. 2.

NBC Connecticut previously knocked on her door for comment, but no one answered.

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<![CDATA[Route 8 Reopens After Car Fire ]]> Tue, 02 Sep 2014 12:15:47 -0400

Route 8 North has reopened after a crash that resulted in a car fire in Seymour Tuesday morning, according to state police.

The crash and car fire happened between Exits 21 and 22.

There were no injuries, according to a dispatcher.

The highway was closed just before noon, but the scene has since been cleared.

More information will be provided when it becomes available.

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<![CDATA[Foran Students Sent Home Due to AC Problem]]> Tue, 02 Sep 2014 13:47:02 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Joseph+Foran+High+School+1200.jpg

School officials sent Joseph A. Foran High School students home Tuesday morning due to an air conditioning malfunction.

The students were released at 10 a.m. due to the high heat and humidity after school officials noticed the high school's air conditioning system wasn't working properly early that morning. The windows do not open at the school, according to the administration.

The Durham Bus company came to transport students home who normally take the bus, according to a news release from the school.

Foran High School Principal Max Berkowitz notified parents and guardiens through the SchoolMessenger system.

More updates will be provided when they become available.



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<![CDATA[Scene Clearing at Gas Main Break in Canton ]]> Tue, 02 Sep 2014 11:11:59 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Rou4+44+Canton+Lawton+Road.jpg

Route 44 in Canton is reopening soon after a gas main break at a construction site at 117 Albany Turnpike, which is Route 44 and 202, according to town officials.

The gas main break occurred just after 9 a.m. and the CVS in the area was been evacuated.

The road has been closed for just over an hour at Lawton Road. The scene was clearing, as of 10:08 a.m.

Connecticut Natural Gas and Connecticut Light and Power responded.
 



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<![CDATA[Stamford CEO Accused of Abusing Dog Resigns]]> Tue, 02 Sep 2014 12:26:42 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/des+hague+dog+abuse.jpg

The CEO of Stamford-based catering company Centerplate has resigned after he was caught on surveillance video abusing a Doberman puppy in an elevator.

Canadian television network Global News obtained the video, which shows Desmond Hague, who was staying at a hotel in Vancouver, kicking the dog, then snapping its leash.

At one point, the video shoes him jerking so hard that he lifts the puppy off the ground by its neck. Then he leaves the elevator, dragging the dog behind him.

Hague has resigned from Centerplate, according to a statement from the company on Tuesday. 

Chris Verros has been appointed acting president and chief executive officer, effective immediately.

“We want to reiterate that we do not condone nor would we ever overlook the abuse of animals,” Joe O’Donnell, chairman of the board of directors for Centerplate, said in a statement. “Following an extended review of the incident involving Mr. Hague, I’d like to apologize for the distress that this situation has caused to so many; but also thank our employees, clients and guests who expressed their feelings about this incident. Their voices helped us to frame our deliberations during this very unusual and unfortunate set of circumstances.”

Global News reports that the local SPCA got ahold of the video and is actively investigating. The officers reportedly found the dog in a crate surrounded by its own urine.

"I take full responsibility for my actions," Hague said in a statement to Global News. "This incident is completely and utterly out of character and I am ashamed and deeply embarrassed."



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<![CDATA[ Bank Robbery Suspect Kills Himself: Cops]]> Tue, 02 Sep 2014 16:36:32 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/southington+bank+robbery+with+mug.jpg

The 28-year-old suspect in a Southington bank robbery and crash on Tuesday morning has taken his life, and police said he robbed the same bank two years ago.

Officers surrounded a house at the corner of Meriden-Waterbury Turnpike and Meriden Avenue as they investigated a robbery at the TD Bank at 921 Meriden-Waterbury Turnpike in the Plantsville section of town just after 9 a.m. Tuesday.

When police responded to the bank after receiving a call from staff, the robber – identified as Brian Jacobs – fled the bank in a car, crashed into a vehicle, drove away and then crashed again, according to Southington police Lt. Michael Baribault.

He then took off running from the car and led police on a foot chase along Marion Avenue, ultimately breaking into an empty house two miles from the bank robbery site on the corner of that road.

Jacobs slit his throat and was rushed by ambulance to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Police said it's the second time in two years he robbed the TD Bank on Meriden-Waterbury Turnpike.

No residents were home at the time of the incident. The area was cordoned off by crime scene tape and Marion Avenue was closed in the area, but the road has since reopened.

South End Elementary School and John F. Kennedy Middle School were locked down and Strong Elementary School went on external lockdown on Tuesday morning, according to automated calls received by parents in Southington.

All lockdowns were lifted at 10:15 a.m. when police determined that there was no threat to the school or community, police said.

TD Bank has also reopened.

The case remains under investigation.



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<![CDATA[Bridgeport Police Investigate Shooting]]> Tue, 02 Sep 2014 09:32:36 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Bridgeport+police+generic.jpg

A Bridgeport man was shot early Tuesday morning near Central Avenue and Williston Street in the city.

Police identified Kamora King, 31, as the victim. His wife called 911 when he returned to his home on Beardsley Street at 4:30 a.m. on Tuesday with multiple gunshot wounds.

Police responded and an ambulance transported King to Bridgeport Hospital.

Detectives identified the shooting location and continue to investigate the incident.



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<![CDATA[Woman Bites Boyfriend in Front of 3 Kids: Cops]]> Tue, 02 Sep 2014 09:09:40 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/9214+jaime+israel+Edited.jpg

A South Windsor woman bit her boyfriend at a hotel Friday during an argument that happened in front of their three children, according to police.

Jaime Israel 38, of South Windsor, is facing multiple charges including risk of injury to a minor.

Officers responded to reports of a domestic dispute at  7:30 p.m. Friday at the Nitey Nite Motel at 1519 John Fitch Boulevard, which is also Israel's listed address, according to police.

After biting her boyfriend, Israel smashed his car window, police said.

The couple's three children, all under 10 years old, were present during the dispute.

Police charged Israel with breach of peace, third-degree criminal mischief and risk of injury to a minor.

Israel was released on a $5,000  non-surety bond and is scheduled to appear in Manchester Superior Court on Sept. 2.



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<![CDATA[State’s Second Medical Marijuana Dispensary Opens]]> Tue, 02 Sep 2014 08:30:27 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/medical+marijuana+stock+cannabis+nursery+hold+seedlings+plant.jpg

A medical marijuana dispensary has opened in Bristol, becoming the second to open in Connecticut.

The Healing Corner is inviting patients with a Connecticut Medical Marijuana Card to come by for a tour starting today. 

Thames Valley Apothecary, LLC, at 1100 Norwich-New London Turnpike (Route 32), in Uncasville, is also taking appointments with patients starting today.

Connecticut was one of the first states in the nation to pass a law to approve medical marijuana, which allowed a doctor to prescribe the substance to relieve nausea associated with chemotherapy and the treatment of glaucoma. The law was passed in 1981, according to the governor’s office.

In 2012, Malloy signed the law to allow licensed physicians to prescribe medicinal marijuana for adults suffering from certain debilitating diseases or medical condition.

The state has approved six dispensaries.

The first to open its doors was Prime Wellness of Connecticut, which opened in South Windsor in August.


 



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<![CDATA[First Day of School for Students, Armed Cops]]> Tue, 02 Sep 2014 08:06:21 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/rocky+hill+police+generic.jpg

Rocky Hill students have their first day of school Tuesday and it is also the first day for armed police at the schools in response to the shooting massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School nearly two years ago.

There's been an ongoing conversation in Rocky Hill about it since the tragedy. Now, district schools will have school resource officers for the first time as part of an effort to make everyone feel safer like many other school districts have done after Sandy Hook. The decision comes after a school security consultant recommended the officers.

The district has hired one school resource officer to walk the halls at Griswold Middle School and the elementary schools and another officer will be stationed at Rocky Hill High School. The officers have completed more than 100 hours of training for the job.

Other safety measures installed over the summer  include a new intercom system and security cameras.

Originally, town officials wanted one officer for each school, but the budget didn't allow for that. But officials are hoping that everyone will see the added benefit of having the school resource officers so that they can hire more in the future.

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<![CDATA[Man Tries to Sexually Assault Girl, 9, and Boy, 15: Cops]]> Tue, 02 Sep 2014 14:50:23 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/denny+clayton+Edited.jpg

A man tried to force a 9-year-old girl to perform a sexual act on him in New London on Monday, then attempted to sexually assault a 15-year-old boy who intervened when the girl escaped to her home, police said.

Police arrested Clayton Denny, 37, after responding to calls reporting that two men were fighting on Grand Street just before 6 p.m. on Monday.

Denny restrained a 9-year-old girl on what happened to be her birthday and "tried to have her perform a sexual act on him," according to police.

The girl was able to escape and Denny chased her as she ran to her home, police said.

When a 15-year-old boy who saw what was happening stopped Denny at the door to the girl's home, Denny tried to sexually assault the teen and the two got into a fight, police said.

Denny ran and police found him hiding several blocks away in the backyard of 37 Spring Street, according to police.

He led officers on a short chase and Denny struggled with police. but officers took him into custody.

Denny was charged with criminal attempt to commit first-degree sexual assault, two counts of risk of injury to minors, first-degree unlawful restraint, resisting arrest, breach of peace and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Police are holding him in custody on a $250,000 bond.

Denny also has two outstanding warrants for his arrest on charges of violating a standing criminal protective order, second-degree burglary, violation of a protective order, third-degree criminal mischief and disorderly conduct.

It is not clear if he has an attorney.

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<![CDATA[Crash Partially Closes East Hartford Road]]> Tue, 02 Sep 2014 06:57:20 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/East+Hartford+police+cruiser.jpg

A one-car crash has closed part of Wells Avenue in East Hartford on Tuesday morning.

A car hit a pole on Wells Avenue off of Main Street in East Hartford, according to East Hartford Police.

The road is partially closed in the area because the pole is damaged.

Police said the driver was not injured.

More information will be provided when it becomes available.

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<![CDATA[High School Mourns Teen Swimming Death]]> Tue, 02 Sep 2014 06:42:16 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/West+Haven+Water+Search+Photos+Edited.jpg

Grief counselors will be available at West Haven High School Tuesday as students mourn the loss of a senior who died while swimming at Bradley Point Park on Labor Day.

Rescue crews recovered the body of missing swimmer Alejandro Zitlalpopoca,16, of West Haven, from Bradley Point Park in West Haven on Monday afternoon.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with Alejandro's family and friends, and we cannot imagine how heartbroken they must be,"  said West Haven Superintendent Neil Cavallaro. "We're devastated to see a student from our district pass away and will have additional support services available at West Haven High School tomorrow for any students or staff who feel they need to talk to someone."

The school is making grief counselors available for students as well as additional staff to help with the students' need as they deal with this loss.

A massive search began for Zitlalpopoca after he went missing while swimming with friends and family.

Crews from Coast Guard Stations in New Haven and Cape Cod along with the Milford Fire Department and West Haven Fire Department began the search just before 3 p.m.

At 7:18 p.m., his body was recovered 30 yards off shore in approximately five feet of water.

The incident remains under investigation.

"It basically looks like a tragic accident," Chief James O'Brien said. "A young man was swimming and we're not sure what happened."

There were no lifeguards at Bradley Point that day, but the chief said he doesn't know if they would have made a difference.

One West Haven resident who witnessed the commotion had called 911.

"They said what do you see and I look and see two heads," Ellen Steffen, of West Haven, said. "I couldn't see the third one."

She also said, "I just can't believe it how quickly something can happen and how horrible."

Zitlalpopoca's body will be transfered to the medical examiner's office. The cause of death is under investigation.



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<![CDATA[Bobcat That Attacked People Was Rabid: Officials]]> Tue, 02 Sep 2014 17:00:19 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/9114+bobcat+Edited.jpg

A bobcat that state officials believe attacked several people and dogs in Connecticut over the weekend was rabid, officials said on Tuesday.

The animal was captured and euthanized shortly after a man fought back to protect his family during a weekend encounter. It was one of several attacks state environmental officials believe the animal was responsible for, according to the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.

Summer and Tom Berube were out for a walk with their newborn daughter, Neeve, the area of Norwich Avenue and Waterman Road in Lebanon around 7 p.m. on Sunday when the bobcat approached Tom, who was carrying the baby in a sling, Summer Berube said.

“It started running toward me. It made like a hissing noise. I stomped my foot, but it didn't do anything," Tom Berube said.

Tom grabbed a mailbox from the side of the road swung at the bobcat when it jumped at him, hitting the animal in the head and knocking it to the ground, the couple recalled. It then "did a quick flip over on the ground, got back up, did another hiss," according to Tom Berube.

"I was just screaming at the top of my lungs for help," Summer Berube said.

The animal kept circling, so Summer flagged down the driver of a truck passing by and they called the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.

Environmental Conservation Police were already nearby because the bobcat had attacked a woman in Bozrah the day before.

EnCon police said she was feeding her chickens on Stanton Hill Road on Saturday when the bobcat scratched and bit her. The woman's husband and two sons hit the animal until it ran away, at which point the woman was taken to William W. Backus Hospital for treatment.

Soon after, police received the report of a third attack and found the bobcat stalking dogs nearby.

“Finally, they were able to make contact with the bobcat and had put it down with gunshot," said EnCon Officer Steve Stanko. 

The Berubes said they are shaken but thankful that the latest family walk was far less eventful.

"Going forward, if I ever see a bobcat, I'm waving down someone immediately to get in their car," said Summer Berube.

The DEEP has just received federal funding to better understand the state's bobcat population.

Anyone who sees an animal behaving unusually is asked to call the DEEP's 24-hour dispatch line at 860-424-3333.



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<![CDATA[Vigil Planned for Abused Groton 2-Month-Old Baby]]> Mon, 01 Sep 2014 16:13:18 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Candlelight_Vigil_Generic.jpg

Groton residents will take a moment to pray Monday night for a baby police say was abused by his father, a U.S. navy sailor.

Neighbors are holding a vigil for a 2-month-old who the father, Jordan Rittenhouse, 24, is accused of assaulting. Some also planned on tying blue ribbons on homes at the Naval submarine base earlier in the day to raise awareness about child abuse.

The infant was taken to Lawrence and Memorial Hospital in New London and then Yale-New Haven Hospital to be treated for injuries including 29 bone fractures. Hospital officials previously said this is the worst case they have seen and authorities said they were surprise the baby survived.

Rittenhouse admitted to squeezing his son hard enough to make him stop crying eight times and one of the times he was concerned that he might have punctured a lung, according to court documents. Police also said that Rittenhouse "shoved" a bottle into the baby's mouth, causing him to bleed.

Rittenhouse is facing first-degree assault and risk of injury to a child charges and is scheduled to appear in New London Superior Court again on Sept. 10, according to the state judicial website.

 The vigil is scheduled to start at 7 p.m. at 100 Tern Road in Groton.

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<![CDATA[State Police Make 35 DUI Arrests Labor Day Weekend]]> Mon, 01 Sep 2014 15:34:11 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/connecticut+state+police+trooper1.jpg

State Police have made 35 drunken driving arrests so far over the Labor Day weekend as troopers increase traffic enforcement for the holiday weekend.

As of Monday at 9:40 a.m., 1,496 drivers were issued speeding tickets across the state and State Police ticketed 130 motorists who weren't wearing seatbelts.

State Police have also doled out more than 3,225 tickets for hazardous moving violations like using a cell phone while driving or following too close.

There have been 268 accidents so far Labor Day weekend, including 31 with injuries. State Police are not including the Lime Rock racetrack fatal crash in the stats and said that it is categorized as an untimely death.

By comparison, in 2013, State Police ticketed 1,513 people for speeding and 231 people for seatbelt violations on Labor Day weekend and made 50 DUI arrests. In 2013, there were 259 crashes, including 44 with injuries and three fatalities.

The increased traffic patrols will continue through Labor Day on Monday.

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<![CDATA[Man Touched Juvenile Inappropriately: Police]]> Mon, 01 Sep 2014 15:23:54 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/14-21918-LOPEZAngelo+Edited.jpg

A Naugatuck man was arrested after entering a juvenile's home uninvited and touching her inappropriately, police said.

Police responded to a Naugatuck home at 12:57 a.m. on Sunday to investigate a sex assault complaint from a girl under 18 and later arrested Angelo Lopez, 31, of Naugatuck.

The victim told police that Lopez came into her house without having permission and "inappropriately touched" the female juvenile "who is an aquaintance of is," police said.

Police charged Lopez with risk of injury to a child, fourth-degree sexual assault, first-degree criminal trespass and disorderly conduct.

He is scheduled to appear in Waterbury Superior Court on Sept. 2. Police are holding him on a $10,000 surety bond.



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<![CDATA[Motorcyclist Dies in Chaplin Crash]]> Mon, 01 Sep 2014 23:16:26 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/ChaplinCrash+Edited.png

A motorcyclist has died and Life Star airlifted another to the hospital after two motorcycles crashed into a guardrail in Chaplin on the westbound side of Route 6.

State Police said that Anthony Perfetto, 43, died at the scene and that Jerry Nassi, 37,  was airlifted by Life Star  to St. Francis Hospital with serious injuries.

According to police, the two motorcycles came up on stopped traffic at a red light at the intersection of Route 6 and Route 198.

Perfetto struck a metal guard rail and traffic sign and was ejected. He was pronounced dead on the scene.

Nassi also lost control and was ejected. Neither motorcyclist were wearing a helmet.

Both Nassi and Perfetto are from Rhode Island.

The intersection was closed in the westbound directionas of 4:27 p.m. Traffic is detouring onto Cross Road and Bedlum Road. Route 6 east is still open toward Providence.

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<![CDATA[Two People Hospitalized After Crash With Driver Fleeing Police]]> Mon, 01 Sep 2014 14:59:55 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/New+London+police.jpg

Two people were extricated from a car and hospitalized after a driver fleeing police crashed into it.

Police arrested New London resident Richard Miller, 51, after he led police on a pursuit after a motor vehicle stop.

Police pulled Miller over on Colman Street to address that his headlights weren't on, but he sped away in the southbound direction when the officer approached him to talk, police said.

After running a red light in the process at the intersection with Bank Street, he struck a car heading westbound. Power lines were knocked down as a result of the crash and Connecticut Light & Power responded to repair them.

The two people in the other car were extricated and taken to Lawrence and Memorial Hospital in New London to be treated for serious injuries.

Police charged Miller with two counts of interfering with police and officers are holding him in custody on a $10,000 bond.

The incident remains under investigation and police said other charges are pending.

Police ask anyone with information to contact the department at 860-447-5269 or to send an anonymous tip to Tip411 (847411) with NLPDTip and the information.



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<![CDATA[Man Tries to Choke West Haven Resident During Burglary]]> Mon, 01 Sep 2014 14:54:28 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/9114+West+Haven+Mug+Shots.jpg

A man and two women assaulted a woman during a break-in at her Highland Street apartment in West Haven on Sunday and fled the scene, police said.

Police arrested Eric Boone, 48, of West Haven, Lashell O. Sellers, 41, of New Haven, and Virginia Rodriguez, 57, of Vega Alta, Puerto Rico, on multiple charges including burglary.

The three suspects forced entry into a woman's home on Sunday by kicking down her front door to steal from her, police said. The woman told police that one of the people, who she identified as "Eric," grabbed her neck and tried to choke her while the two female suspects hit her. Then, all three went through her drawers, stole her wallet and $200 in cash and fled in a red pickup truck, police said.

Police identified the man they say tried to strangle the woman as Boone and apprehended him near his home. Police found Boone with Lashell Sellers and Virginia Rodriguez, and the victim identified all three of them as the people who had broken into her house and stolen from her, police said.

Police recovered the victim's stolen wallet and took photos of her damaged front door.

Officers charged Boone with second-degree unlawful restraint, fifth-degree larceny, third-degree assault, second-degree burglary and third-degree criminal mischief.

Rodriguez is charged with second-degree burglary, third-degree assault, disorderly conduct and sixth-degree larceny and Sellers is facing second-degree burglary charges.

All three are scheduled to appear in Milford Superior Court on Tuesday.



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<![CDATA[Trooper, Cop and Suspect Injured in Crash After Car Chase]]> Mon, 01 Sep 2014 14:21:26 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/9114Washington+Crash+3+Edited.jpg

A suspect, state trooper and Woodbury police officer were injured after a stolen car pursuit from Route 6 in Woodbury to Washington that led to shots fired and ended with a crash.

A Life Star helicopter was en route to the scene just before noon and State Police were at the crash site at Wykehame Road near Bell Hill Road at 11:57 a.m. soon after the incident.

State police and Woodbury police officers pursued a stolen car starting at Route 6 in Woodbury, chasing the vehicle through Bethlehem and ending in Washington, State Police said. The chase resulted in shots fired and a crash in Washington, according to State Police. It's not clear who fired the shots, but police said that the windows of the cars the suspect and Woodbury police were in were shot out.

The suspect was taken to Waterbury Hospital to be treated for unknown injuries and a state trooper and Woodbury police officer were taken to St. Mary's Hospital in Waterbury to be treated for minor injuries, according to State Police.

The incident is "under control," State Police from Troop L said just before noon.

More information will be provided when it becomes available.



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<![CDATA[Life Star Airlifts Person Involved in Head-On Collision]]> Mon, 01 Sep 2014 11:21:00 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/9114+Vernon+Crash+Edited.jpg

Life Star airlifted one person to Hartford Hospital and ambulances took two more people there after a two-car head-on collision in Vernon late Sunday night.

Vernon police responded to  a crash on Dart Hill Road on Sunday after receiving a call reporting it at 9:30 p.m. Two cars traveling in opposite directions collided, police said.

The road was closed for an hour between Quail Crossing and the South Windsor line for several hours and at Skinner Road for about an hour as police investigated.

The cause of the crash is unknown at this time. Police have not released information on whether there will be any charges.

More information will be provided when it becomes available.



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<![CDATA[Crash Involving State Police Trooper Injures 4]]> Mon, 01 Sep 2014 11:07:28 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Connecticut+State+Police+generic.jpg

Four people including a 7-year-old were injured when a State Police vehicle crashed into another car Sunday afternoon in Waterbury.

A 2003 Toyota Tundra stopped for traffic in the left westbound lane on Interstate 84 three tenths of a mile from Exit 26 when a State Police Dodge Charger behind it didn't stop and rear-ended the car, the Tundra driver, 34, told State Police. There were two passengers in the Toyota, ages 7 and 35.

The state trooper, 44, driving the State Police vehicle involved in the crash told State Police that the car in front of him stopped and he couldn't stop in time.

Both vehicles were heavily damaged and the airbag deployed in the State Police car but not the Toyota, State Police said.

State Police have not said if there will be any charges or citations.

All parties were transported to St. Mary's Hospital in Waterbury to be treated for minor injuries.

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<![CDATA[Biker Injured Riding in Woods]]> Mon, 01 Sep 2014 13:53:40 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/WHTFDBIKERHURT090114+Edited.jpg

A biker was injured riding in the woods Monday morning near Old Stone Crossing in West Hartford.

Police and firefighters from West Hartord responded to rescue the biker, who hurt his knee. They were still on scene as of 9:35 a.m.

More information will be provided when it becomes available.



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<![CDATA[Police Seek Witnesses of August Crash]]> Mon, 01 Sep 2014 12:28:01 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/east+haven+police+logo.jpg

The East Haven Police Department is seeking witnesses who may have observed a two-car accident that happened in mid August.

The crash occurred at about 6:45 p.m.on Aug. 18 at the Saltonstall Parkway and Main Street intersection in East Haven near the Branford town line.

Police described the cars involved as a gray Hyundai and black Infinity and said that they both were heavily damaged.

One of the drivers sustained serious but not life-threatening injuries and the other driver and passengers had minor injuries, according to police. 

Both vehicles stayed at the scene of the crash, but police have gotten conflicting information about the details of the crash. Officers are seeking more information from witnesses to help determine the cause of the accident.

East Haven police ask anyone who witnessed the accident to contact Officer Burell at 203-468-3820.

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<![CDATA[Olive Garden to Deliver Free Lunches to CT Emergency Officials]]> Mon, 01 Sep 2014 09:56:34 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/041411+olive+garden.jpg

Connecticut Olive Garden restaurants are honoring local police and fire officials and emergency room personnel with free lunches on Labor Day.

“Olive Garden’s Labor Day lunch deliveries are part of our ongoing commitment to serve our local communities," Enfield Olive Garden General Manager Timothy Connelly said in a statement. "On Labor Day we are thanking those who keep us safe and serving those who serve us every day. This is the 13th consecutive year Olive Garden has coordinated a national Labor Day lunch delivery program. Over the years, we have developed relationships with a number of community organizations this way.”

The lunches vary in each location and usually include lasagna, fettuccine alfredo or another pasta dish and salad, breadsticks and dessert.

The West Hartford Olive Garden will deliver lunch to the West Hartford Police Department on Raymond Road, the Orange restaurant will serve the Milford Fire Department and the Enfield location will bring lunch to the Enfield Police Department at noon. The Danbury restaurant also plans on delivering lunch to 20 people at the Danbury Police Department at 11:30 a.m.

All Connecticut restaurants are participating, according to a spokesperson representing Olive Garden. Other Olive Garden locations include Manchester, Waterbury and North Haven, according to the website.



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<![CDATA[Runners Taken to Hospital Due to High Heat, Humidity ]]> Mon, 01 Sep 2014 15:38:44 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/New+Haven+Road+Race+Edited.jpg

Fourteen runners participating in the New Haven Road Race on Labor Day Monday were taken to area hospitals for treatment due to the high heat and humidity, race organizers said.

About 7,000 people were expected to race in the 20K Monday morning.

“Not only did we transport 14, we brought a lot over to the medical tent, we hydrated some folks at the finish line and also fire and EMS from the New Haven Fire Department and American Medical Response were out on the field working with some folks as well," Ricky Fontana, deputy director of New Haven's Emergency Operations Center, said.

This Labor Day marks the 37th annual New Haven Road Race, sponsored by the Faxon Law Group. Three Olympians are registered to run the roughly 12-mile course, meaning the 1998 record of 1 hour and 5 minutes could be broken.

"We will get up at any hour to do a 20K," Helene Feldman, of Cheshire, said.

Steve Mele, of New Haven, has a goal to run a race in all 169 towns in Connecticut.

"I'm trying to run a race in every town that I can. I'm at 154 right now, so I'm up there," he said.

But the race is more than an athletic competition. It's part of a health initiative in the Elm City – New Haven's Weight Loss Challenge. The city is hoping to document 375,000 pounds lost.

Get Healthy Connecticut also supported the races.

"Well, I've been trying to get healthy lately, so I guess my method is just try and finish it," Arielle Smith, of New Haven, said.

During the race, organizers expect to hand out 55,000 cups of water to the runners on this hot and muggy Monday.

The race stepped off at 8:40 a.m.

Are you running or watching? Please send your photos to shareit@nbcconnecticut.com or share them with us on Facebook and Twitter (@NBCConnecticut).



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<![CDATA[Racing Community Mourns Driver Killed in Crash]]> Sun, 31 Aug 2014 22:29:51 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Lime+Rock+Edited.jpg

The racing community remains in shock after a 73-year-old driver was killed at the track in Lime Rock Park.

"There's no words," said Rick Roso, PR and Editorial Director for Lime Rock Park. "What do you say to the family or wife or husband of someone who dies in a racing accident?"

It's a tragedy that's hit close to home for many racers and fans at the Lime Rock Park Historic Festival in Salisbury. Shortly after two Saturday afternoon park officials say Lee Duran was driving his 1934 MG PA race car when it left the track and he lost control.

"I could see the car on its side at the exit of turn seven. That's the last corner of the race track," said Roso.

"To see it happen and to see him on the track was really frightening because we know that it could happen to us," said racer Leonard McCue.

Duran was taken to the hospital where he died from his injuries.

Witnesses tell us they saw the vehicle roll several times, and state police say no other cars were involved. It's the first fatality in the festival's 32 years and has left many drivers shaken.

"It's a terrible tragedy for the family. We all feel really badly for him. He's my age. I feel terrible," said McCue.

We're told Duran was a prominent architect, well-known, and very involved in the Town of Lyme's community. Roso says he spoke with the victim's wife at the hospital.

"Even in utter sorrow she told me how much he loved racing, how much he loved this car," said Roso.

As fellow drivers and fans get ready for another day of vintage car racing Monday they say they know the risks they take entering track and that their thoughts and prayers are with the victim's family.

"It's a sad thing, and all we can do is feel for the family," said Roso.

Roso says Duran leaves behind his wife of nearly 52 years.

Roso tells us there are safety requirements for all vehicles that race including roll cages, safety belts, and helmets.

Connecticut State Police continue their investigation into the crash.
 



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<![CDATA[Bristol Police Investigate Bank Robbery]]> Sun, 31 Aug 2014 21:23:25 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Bristol+Police1.jpg

Bristol police are investigating a bank robbery that occurred early Sunday morning.

Police say they were called to the TD Bank North at 414 Broad Street for an armed robbery just after midnight. Bank workers reported that a man handed a teller a note demanding money and stating that he had a gun. No weapon was actually shown.

The suspect was given an undetermined amount of cash and left before police arrived on scene. No one was injured.

The suspect is described as a male in his early 20’s, wearing a baseball cap, long dark shorts and a long-sleeved shirt. It is unclear if a vehicle was involved.

The incident is under investigation.
 



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<![CDATA[Suspended UConn Sorority Can Stay in Husky Village]]> Mon, 01 Sep 2014 08:54:29 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/uconnhazing81214j00000000.jpg

Students in one of three Greek life organizations appealing suspensions after UConn sanctioned a fraternity and two sororities amid hazing allegations and student code violations can stay in Husky Village housing this year.

The Sigma Chi fraternity and the Delta Gamma and Delta Zeta sororities lost their recognition at UConn early August following a months-long investigation, but the university has modified its decision for Delta Gamma's fate in response to its appeal, UConn spokesperson Stephanie Reitz confirmed.

Depending on the outcome of the appeals, all three organizations were in danger of losing their housing in Husky Village starting Jan. 1, 2015 and getting banned from “interest housing” in the nearby Towers residence halls.

But now UConn will allow Delta Gamma to register to be recognized as an on-campus organization effective fall of 2015 and current Husky Village residents can stay in their housing for the whole year. The sanctions for Sigma Chi and Delta Zeta have not changed, according to Reitz.

"Instead of applying through the extension process for recognition on campus in the future, you may, without applying, register as a student organization and be recognized as a group affiliated with the office of Fraternity and Sorority Life in the fall semester of 2015," Christine Wilson, UConn assistant vice president for student affairs and director of student activities, wrote to Delta Gamma in an Aug. 28 letter.

However, since "the current Husky Village C1 contract between the organization and the University is null and void, given that the Epsilon Pi chapter of Delta Gamma is not a registered/recognized student organization," Wilson notified the sorority in the letter that its members housed in Husky Village "may not act as a registered/recognized student organization."

She welcomed Delta Gamma as a national organization to apply for housing in Husky Village for Fall 2015 "during the application process that will open in Fall 2014."

The original sanctions early August came just months after two other Greek organizations were removed from campus for similar allegations.

UConn initially found Sigma Chi and Delta Gamma responsible for three student code violations in connection with a Feb. 28 incident. Letters sent to both organizations say men affiliated with Sigma Chi where forced to bob for "nips" in a toilet and eat cat food. Some were also allegedly struck with wooden paddles.

Members of Delta Zeta were accused of feeding dog treats to fraternity men and forcing them to drink and paint their bodies, according to a letter from the UConn associate director of community standards sent to the chapter.

"UConn takes a zero-tolerance approach to hazing and harmful treatment of students by anyone, under any circumstances. Our mission is to provide a first-rate learning environment, and we take this duty really seriously," UConn officials said in a statement obtained Aug. 12. "Greek Life has played a vital role in the life of this university for decades and will continue to do so. UConn values the commitment of the many students who promote philanthropy, community service and responsible citizenry through their participation in these groups."

The initial sanctions, which took effect immediately, would last three years for Sigma Chi, two years for Delta Zeta and one year for Delta Gamma, pending appeals, according to the university.

All three organizations appealed the rulings and heard back late August, but only Delta Gamma's status was modified as a result of its appeal. The university did not release details on the reasoning behind the new decision.

"Delta Gamma Fraternity values the heritage of our Epsilon Pi chapter, but knows there must be a desire and commitment from our current collegians to promote and live by the values of our Fraternity," said Delta Gamma national president Stacia Rudge Skook, in a statement earlier in August in response to the sanctions against Delta Gamma. "We believe the current collegiate members in our Epsilon Pi chapter understand Delta Gamma Fraternity's values and are ready and willing to lead the change. Our members do not condone this behavior and are sorrowed that the actions of a few have impacted so many."

Delta Zeta also released a statement in response to the sanctions, which reads, in part:

"The Sorority fosters the respect and worth of self and of others, and does not condone hazing. Delta Zeta is committed to its eradication. Delta Zeta Sorority members are expected to conduct themselves in alignment with the Sorority values that exemplify integrity, good citizenship and leadership."

A statement posted to the international Sigma Chi Fraternity Web site said leadership is "extremely disappointed in the decisions that several individuals of its Gamma Omega Chapter made to participate in the activities referenced by the University of Connecticut" but challenged the allegations.

According to the statement, the incidents don’t fall into the category of hazing since everyone involved was already a member of the organization.

"By its own definition, the University of Connecticut considers hazing as activities where participation is a precursor for some form of membership in an organization," said Sigma Chi International President Michael Greenberg, in a statement. "In this particular case, we reject the notion that hazing was connected to this incident because the individuals who participated in the activities were already initiated and did so voluntarily, with no connection to their continued membership as a condition for participation."

The Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority and Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity lost their appeals after being suspended in March.

UConn will have 2,300 students participating in 34 recognized fraternities and sororities at the start of the school year in the fall, including those recently sanctioned.

Two additional Greek organizations are colonizing at UConn as well, including Sigma Phi Epsilon, a fraternity that lost its recognition at UConn in 2008, and new sorority, Alpha Chi Omega.

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<![CDATA[Storms Dump Heavy Rain Across the State]]> Tue, 02 Sep 2014 14:31:54 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/nhaven+flooding.jpg

Storms dumped heavy rains on the state tonight, causing minor flooding in some communities.

West Hartford police said they had several incidents of tree branches down on roadways, but they were quickly cleared.

Severe thunderstorm warnings were issued for Hartford and Tolland counties until 7:15p.m. tonight.  A severe thunderstorm warning was issued until 5:45 p.m. for Fairfield County.

Storms are in the forecast throughout late afternoon and evening on Sunday.

There is a potential for severe storms, according to NBC Connecticut Meteorologist Monica Cryan. Rain is expected to last until Monday and the storms could bring gusty winds and flooding, she said.

Check our interactive radar to track the possible storms and download our weather app for the latest updates.

Tune in throughout the evening for the latest forecast.

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<![CDATA[ Coast Guard Band to Play Tchaikovsky's '1812 Overture' at Concert]]> Sun, 31 Aug 2014 12:21:00 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/fort+trumbull+beach.jpg

The United States Coast Guard is tuning their trumpets and warming up the woodwinds for a concert in New London later Sunday afternoon.

The band will perform Tchaikovsky's "1812 Overture," highlighted by a live canon firing.

The concert is free and starts at 3 p.m. at Fort Trumbull State Park in New London.

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<![CDATA[Road Closures During Newtown Labor Day Parade]]> Sun, 31 Aug 2014 09:06:44 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/184*120/road-closed.jpg

If you're traveling in Newtown on Monday, there will be some road closures during the town's 53rd annual Labor Day parade.

The road closures include Route 25 north of Johnnie Cake Lane (Mount Pleasant) to Sugar Street (Route 302), Glover Avenue, Queen Street between Glover and Church Hill Road and Church Hill Road north of Queen Street, according to the parade website.

The roads will be closed between 9:45 a.m. and 1:15 p.m. and there will also be parking bans on some streets.

The parade steps off at 10 a.m. More information is available at www.newtownctlabordayparade.org.



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<![CDATA[Fewer Lifeguards on Connecticut Beaches Labor Day Weekend]]> Sun, 31 Aug 2014 11:29:33 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Hammonasset+4.JPG

If you're heading to the beach Labor Day weekend, you're going to want to keep a close eye on the water as fewer lifeguards staff Connecticut's beaches now that the summer swimming season is coming to a close.

The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) typically has lifeguard squads at 10 state park beaches from Memorial Day to Labor Day. 

DEEP reminds visitors that Connecticut beaches will have fewer to no lifeguards.

The East Beach of Hammonasset State Park  in Madison already removed the lifeguard chairs as of Sunday morning, but the West Beach has lifeguards. Sherwood Island State Park in Westport only has lifeguards on the East Beach.

Beaches without lifeguards on Sunday include Burr Pond State Park in Torrington, Wadsworth Falls State Park in Middletown and Wharton Brook State Park in Wallingford.

Lifeguarding is a seasonal job, so many lifeguards have returned to school at this point.

So, if you do go to the beach this Labor Day weekend, stay within designated swimming areas, know your limits, be aware of weather conditions and keep your children in sight.

"You gotta stay vigilant, it's a little wavy today, so you know kids get close to the water, they're little, the water can knock them over easily," Hammonassett beachgoer Tyler Wilson, of Farmington, said. "So, if you stay vigilant and keep close eye contact with the kids, you should be all set."

After Labor Day on Monday, there will be no lifeguards on duty at any Connecticut swimming areas.

"The one thing with the lifeguards not here is that the parents have to take full responsibility and not just let the lifeguards take care of their kids for them, so it’s definitely lifeguards and parents together," Robert Melanson, of Bloomfield, said.

You can follow @CTDEPoutdoorrec on Twitter for the latest on beach closures.



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<![CDATA[Burglars Remove Air Conditioners to Break Into 3 Homes]]> Sun, 31 Aug 2014 09:32:02 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/police-lights-shutterstock_1318124122.jpg

South Windsor police are investigating three burglaries that happened within the span of a few hours Quarryback and Sally drives on Saturday morning.

The burglars got into the homes by pushing in the air conditioners and climbing through the window in each of the three incidents, police said.

Police did not say how many burglars they are looking for, but no arrests have been made at this time. The burglaries remain under investigation.

Police are reminding residents to make sure any window air conditioning units are properly secured and to call police if you notice suspicious activity.



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<![CDATA[Bristol Officer Dragged By Vehicle]]> Sun, 31 Aug 2014 07:56:57 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Bristol_Mwanilelo1.jpg

Bristol police have arrested a man for dragging an officer with his vehicle.

Police say the situation started when officers arrived at the Hunting Woods Apartment Complex on Blakeslee Street for a report of a violation of a protective order. The suspect, Mussa Mwanilelo of Springfield, Massachusetts, was in his vehicle when police arrived.

Mwanilelo attempted to flee in his car, according to police. When an officer attempted to stop the vehicle, Mwanilelo grabbed the officer’s arm. The officer was dragged a short distance as Mwanilelo drove off, but eventually got free and suffered minor injuries.

Bristol police say Mwanilelo was later located with help from Farmington police and Connecticut state police on I-84 in Hartford. He was arrested and returned to Bristol.

He is charged with assault on an officer, interfering with an officer, first-degree reckless endangerment, criminal violation of a restraining order, first-degree criminal trespass, possessing weapons in a motor vehicle, and second-degree breach of peace. He was held on $250,000 bond.
 



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<![CDATA[State Police Investigate Fatal Crash on Lime Rock Racetrack]]> Mon, 01 Sep 2014 11:45:02 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Lime+Rock+Edited.jpg

Connecticut state police are investigating an untimely death at Lime Rock park in Salisbury.

Police say Lee Duran, 73, of Archer Road in Lyme, died of injuries from crashing on the racetrack at Lime Rock Park  Saturday afternoon during Lime Rock Park's Historic Festival 32. 

He was competing in Group 2, Race 2 at about 2:15 p.m. when his 1934 MG PA race car veered off the track at the exit by Turn 7 and he lost control of the vehicle, according to Lime Rock. Witnesses reported that Duran's car flipped at least once before landing on its side. He was transported to Sharon Hospital where he was pronounced dead, according to Lime Rock.

The park released a statement Saturday expressing condolences.

"Lime Rock in particular and the world's racing fraternity in general are deeply saddened by the accident that claimed Lee Duran's life. A long time racer, Lee will be missed deeply," Lime Rock's statement said.

Other races were delayed as a result of the fatal crash, according to an event-goer.

The races, featuring vintage and historic cars, run through Monday and are part of a festival that has been a Labor Day weekend tradition at the park since 1983.

Duran was participating in a sanctioned race at the time, according to police. No other vehicles were involved in the crash.

The case is still under investigation.



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<![CDATA[Police Seek Suspect in Credit Card Theft ]]> Sat, 30 Aug 2014 21:23:38 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/160*120/manchester_credit_card1.jpg

Manchester police are seeking the public help to identify a woman they believe racked up over a thousand dollars’ worth of charges on a stolen credit card.

Police say surveillance video shows the suspect snatching a wallet off a store counter after an elderly woman mistakenly left it there on Thursday. The suspect then visited multiple stores using the victim’s credit card, according to police.

The suspect is described as a heavy-set female with a large afro. Police say she was accompanied by a male accomplice.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Manchester police at 860-645-5500 Ex. 15176.
 



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<![CDATA[Accident Closes Main Street in East Haven]]> Sat, 30 Aug 2014 17:24:28 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/police-tape-shutterstock_81281836.jpg

Crews are on scene at Main Street in East Haven after a car struck a pole Saturday afternoon, according to police.

Police say there are wires down and Main Street is closed between Kimberly Avenue and Pardee Place. It was not clear how long the road will be closed.


Details of the accident were not immediately available.


Check back for updates.



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<![CDATA[Police Arrest Burglary Suspect, Seek Accomplice: Cops]]> Sun, 31 Aug 2014 09:10:34 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Carlos+Rivera+Mug+Shot+Edited.jpg

Police arrested a suspected copper metal burglar and are looking for his accomplice after a neighbor reported a break-in on Union Street in Bristol Saturday morning.

Carlos Rivera, 39, of Bristol, is facing multiple burglary charges.

Police responded to 38 Union Street at 8:44 a.m. after a neighbor called police to report that two men were breaking into an unoccupied home on his street, police said. The two men fled when police arrived and officers apprehended one of them during a short foot pursuit, according to police.

Officers said that the second suspect hasn't been located at this time.

The burglars cut copper piping and removed radiators and stacked the items in a first floor room, police said. The homeowner and a plumbing contractor came to the scene and determined that there was about $20,000 to $25,000 dollars in damage to the plumbing system at the house, according to police.

Police charged Rivera with third-degree burglary, conspiracy to commit third-degree burglary, criminal attempt to commit first-degree larceny, conspiracy to commit first-degree larceny, possession of burglary tools and first-degree criminal mischief.

Police held River in custody on a $50,000 surety bond and he is scheduled to appear in Bristol Superior Court on Sept. 2.



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<![CDATA[Police Seek Suspects Who Shot Man in Neck: Cops]]> Sat, 30 Aug 2014 13:23:59 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Bridgeport+police+generic.jpg

Bridgeport detectives are looking for at least two suspects in an overnight shooting at a Marina Village housing complex that injured a Bridgeport man.

Police responded to 2:30 a.m. Saturday to 380 Iranistan Avenue near Building 22 to investigate. They found a victim, identified as Eugene Williams, 48, of Bridgeport, with a gunshot wound in his neck, police said.

He was transported to Bridgeport Hospital and underwent surgery there.

Police are still in the early stages of the investigation, but said they are seeking at least two suspects based on witness accounts of the incident.

Police have not released descriptions of the suspects at this time.

More information will be provided when it becomes available.



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<![CDATA[Old Saybrook Police Recover Three Rifles]]> Sat, 30 Aug 2014 00:14:19 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/webpicupdate82914.jpg

Old Saybrook police have recovered three assault rifles and drug paraphernalia at Fenwood Drive Friday night.

Police say they were executing a search and seizure warrant at 66 Fenwood Drive in connection to an investigation into a gun theft at Grouse Perch on North Main Street earlier this week.

Officers confiscated three assault rifles. One was left out and loaded.

“Imagine an assault rifle leaning against a tree leaning against a walking path fully loaded with its safety off,” Chief Michael Spera said.

Detectives also found drug-making equipment inside the home. One man was taken into custody, but it’s not clear if he’d been arrested or charged with a crime.

Earlier this week, police arrested Thomas Russo, 25, of Fenwood Drive and charged him in the gun theft. Police say they believe the man taken into custody tonight is Russo’s conspirator and that the pair planned to sell the weapons.
 

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