<![CDATA[NBC Connecticut - Connecticut News]]>Copyright 2017http://www.nbcconnecticut.com/news/local http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC_Connecticut.png NBC Connecticut http://www.nbcconnecticut.comen-usMon, 27 Feb 2017 15:40:36 -0500Mon, 27 Feb 2017 15:40:36 -0500NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Unattended Tractor-Trailer Rolls Away from I-95 Rest Area]]> Mon, 27 Feb 2017 15:27:06 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Darien+tractor+trailer+crash+1.jpg

An unattended tractor-trailer got into a crash after rolling away from the service plaza on Interstate 95 in Darien on Monday afternoon, according to state police.

State police said the truck was parked in a truck parking area and rolled away after the driver got out of the vehicle to go into the building.

The incident happened on I-95 South, between exits 9 and 10, and the truck went through a guardrail and hit a car before stopping at the jersey barrier, according to state police

The driver of a box truck also got into a crash while trying to avoid the tractor-trailer. It hit a van, according to police.



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<![CDATA[Jury Selected in Aaron Hernandez Double Murder Trial]]> Mon, 27 Feb 2017 14:55:17 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/hernAP_17012110459242.jpg

A jury has been selected in the double murder trial of ex-NFL star Aaron Hernandez.

Two final jurors were chosen Monday in Suffolk Superior Court in Massachusetts.

Sixteen people, including four alternates, will hear the case. Opening statements are scheduled for Wednesday.

Hernandez, a former tight end for the New England Patriots, is charged in the 2012 fatal shootings of Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado, whom he encountered at a Boston nightclub.

Prosecutors have said Hernandez became enraged when one of the men accidentally bumped into him at the club, causing him to spill his drink. Hernandez is accused of opening fire on their car at a stoplight.

Hernandez has pleaded not guilty. He is already serving a life sentence in the 2013 killing of Odin Lloyd, a semi-professional football player.



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<![CDATA[Tornado Touches Down in Conway, Massachusetts]]> Mon, 27 Feb 2017 15:28:14 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/160*120/conway10.jpg

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<![CDATA[Driver Dead After Crash in Glastonbury]]> Mon, 27 Feb 2017 14:15:44 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/glastonbury+police+generic.JPG

Police are investigating after a driver who went off the road in Glastonbury landed in a drainage ditch and was pronounced dead at the hospital. 

Officers responded to a one-car crash on Griswold Street, near Milestone Drive, at 10:47 a.m. Sunday and determined that the car went off the road and hit a fence before landing in a drainage ditch. 

The driver was the only person in the car. Medical treatment was provided at the scene and the driver was transported to Hartford Hospital, where the person was pronounced dead. 

Police have not released the name of the driver. 

Officers are investigating and anyone with information is asked to call Glastonbury Police Agent Pagliughi at 860-633-8301.



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<![CDATA[Police Investigating Bomb Threat at Hebrew High School in West Hartford]]> Mon, 27 Feb 2017 13:34:27 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/west+hartford+police+generic.JPG

Police are investigating a bomb threat at the Hebrew High School in West Hartford and the threat came on the same day several Jewish Community Centers and Jewish day schools also received threats.  

West Hartford police said the school on Bloomfield Avenue received a bomb threat at 10:43 a.m. Monday. 

Police officers and firefighters responded to help school officials, searched the school and did not find anything suspicious. 

Students returned to normal operating procedures a short time later, according to police. 

Police said they are continuing to work with faith based leaders in the community with security concerns. 

Detectives are investigating and police said they would notify the FBI.



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<![CDATA[Crews Dealing With Water Main Break in Bristol]]> Mon, 27 Feb 2017 12:50:08 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Bristol+Water+Main+Break+1200+Feb+27.jpg

There is a water main break in Bristol and the water department is hoping it won’t take more than a few hours to fix the problem.

The water main break is on Broad Place and water service has been shut off to Broad Place and a portion of Broad Street.

Customers in the area might have lower water pressure than normal, discolored water or no water.

Once service has been restored, you might have discolored water. If that happens, run the cold water in your bathtub until the water runs clear. Refrain from doing laundry until the water returns to normal.

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<![CDATA[East Windsor Selected as Site of 3rd Proposed Casino]]> Mon, 27 Feb 2017 12:18:41 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/East+Windsor+proposed+casino+1200.jpg

East Windsor has been selected as the location for the third casino proposed for the state of Connecticut.

The Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan Tribes announced today that they have selected East Windsor as the site for the proposed entertainment and gaming facility in the Hartford region.

The proposed site was the prior home of a Showcase Cinema and a Wal-Mart.

“From the beginning, we’ve said that we want to site our new facility in a town that’s eager to have us. With the unanimous vote by the Board of Selectmen, East Windsor fits that bill, and we’re thrilled to enter into a partnership with them,” Rodney Butler, chairman of the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation, said in a statement.

“Today’s announcement is a critical step towards our goal of saving Connecticut jobs and revenue,” Kevin Brown, chairman of the Mohegan Tribe, said in a statement. “We’re honored to have the community of East Windsor by our side as we move forward with bringing our facility to life.”

The development agreement the East Windsor Board of Selectmen approved Saturday states that MMCT will pay the town $3 million no later than 15 months before the gaming facility opens. MMCT would also pay the town $3 million annually on top of regular tax payments, which are expected to total approximately $5.5 million per year.

Lawmakers would still have to approve a third casino and the governor would have to sign off on any bill that made it to his desk.

Windsor Locks was the other finalist the tribes selected. 



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<![CDATA[NBC Connecticut on Echo: 'Alexa, Tell Me The News']]> Fri, 13 Jan 2017 12:14:39 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Amazon-echo.jpg

There's a new way to find out what's going on in Connecticut: Ask Alexa.

Amazon Echo owners can now listen to top stories from NBC Connecticut through Alexa's Flash Briefing. Just opt in to NBC Connecticut in your Alexa app, then ask your echo to tell you the news.

Alexa, the Echo's personal assistant, will read four top local stories from NBC Connecticut . The briefing lasts about 90 seconds. NBC Connecticut is the first local news source in Connecticut to provide updates on Alexa.

If you have an Echo, this is how to access the Flash Briefing:
 
·         Launch the Alexa app on your phone
·         Choose Flash Briefing in Settings in the menu
·         Select one or multiple NBC station(s). 
·         Ask Alexa to “Play Flash Briefing”

Echo owners can access the NBC Connecticut Flash Briefing with the following steps:

  • Launch the Alexa app on your phone
  • Choose Flash Briefing in Settings in the menu
  • Select NBC Connecticut
  • Ask Alexa to “Play Flash Briefing”



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<![CDATA[Congress Member Opposes Bill That Would Make it Easier to Get Gun Silencer ]]> Mon, 27 Feb 2017 12:40:17 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Generic+Gun+122115.jpg

A U.S. Congress member and some Connecticut police chiefs are concerned about a bill moving through Congress that they say would make it too easy for gun owners to purchase silencers.

U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro was in Hamden today and expressed her opposition to H.R. 367, a bill called the “Hearing Protection Act of 2017,” which would amend the Internal Revenue Code to eliminate the $200 transfer tax on firearm silencers and treat any person who acquires or possesses a firearm silencer as meeting any registration or licensing requirements of the National Firearms Act with respect to such silencer. Any person who pays a transfer tax on a silencer after October 22, 2015, could also receive a refund of such tax. 

“To focus on hearing loss really is a cowardly way to sneak this issue through the Congress and an insult to the families across this country who know firsthand the horrors of gun violence,” DeLauro said.

Hamden Police Chief Thomas Wydra said there is currently a path to obtaining a silencer or a gun suppression attachment.

“Let it stay,” he said.

Opponents of the bill gathered at Hamden town hall and said the proposed legislation would make it too easy for people to purchase firearm silencers, which would make communities across more dangerous and make police work much more difficult.

Supporters of the bill say silencers help people who shoot recreationally and for sport.

The Connecticut Citizens Defense League and gun rights advocates who support the bill say silencers exist for a purpose and the bill is about protecting that.

“I believe there has been a misconception by the public for a very long time when it comes to noise suppressors. I think a lot of people conjure up an image of a hit-man from a violent movie or television show," CCDL president Scott Wilson said in a statement to NBC Connecticut. "The reality about these devices is that they dampen the loud noise to a safer decibel level. They especially benefit shooters that train and shoot in competitive events."



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<![CDATA[UConn Police Begin Carrying Narcan]]> Mon, 27 Feb 2017 11:33:19 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/UConn+Police+Narcan.JPG

UConn Police officers are now carrying Narcan, the life-saving emergency treatment given to people after an opioid overdose. 

It was supplied to officers in Storrs, as well as officers at the regional campuses in Avery Point, Hartford, Stamford and Waterbury in January. 

University spokeswoman Stephanie Reitz said there have not been any recent overdoses to prompt this. 

“It’s really a better safe than sorry approach. We would rather have it and be able to use it then not have it and really wish that we did,” Reitz said. 

The drug epidemic continues to worsen in Connecticut. Just last week, Connecticut’s chief medical examiner released new statistics showing 917 people died from accidental drug overdoses in 2016, a 25 percent increase from 2015. 

“Obviously narcotics are a big problem on a lot of college campuses and the purpose of UConn police is to keep us safe. So if it’s another tool in the belt of things that could keep us safe, I have no problem with it,” said Rachel Quimby, a sophomore from Poughkeepsie, N.Y. 

“I think heroin is continuing to be a major problem and I think it’s great they have ways to combat kids that are overdosing,” Ian Schrager, a senior from East Hampton, said. 

Reitz said firefighters at UConn have already been carrying Narcan for several years.



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<![CDATA[Officer Struck in Milford Suffers Minor Injuries]]> Mon, 27 Feb 2017 10:09:50 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/milford+police+cruiser.jpg

A police officer was struck and suffered minor injuries.

Police said the officer was rear-ended while he was at the scene of a crash. He was taken to Milford Hospital and has been released.



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<![CDATA[Non-Stop Service to Begin Between Bradley and San Francisco]]> Mon, 27 Feb 2017 10:54:21 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/bradley+airport+generic+sign.jpg

You will soon be able to travel non-stop from Bradley Airport to San Francisco. United Airlines is adding seasonal non-stop flights from Bradley International Airport to San Francisco International Airport between June 8, 2017 and Sept 5. 

The service will be on 128-seat Airbus 319s with outbound flights leaving BDL at 6:30 a.m., Eastern Time and arriving at SFO at 9:46 a.m. Pacific Time. The inbound flight will depart SFO at 10:30 p.m. Pacific Time and arrive at BDL at 6:53 a.m. Eastern Time. 

Gov. Dannel Malloy, the Connecticut Airport Authority and United Airlines made the announcement today. 

“It is undeniable that we are witnessing a period of significant growth at Bradley International Airport with the addition of yet another nonstop route to another major hub,” Malloy said in a statement. 

“United is proud to offer our Connecticut customers a convenient and comfortable travel experience between Hartford and our premier Pacific gateway hub in San Francisco,” Aileen Moriarty, United’s manager of Connecticut sales, said in a statement. “This new route will provide multiple connections to destinations along the U.S. West Coast and to United’s international routes to China and business centers throughout Asia.”



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<![CDATA[New App Release Features Apple Watch, Push Alert Customization]]> Fri, 14 Oct 2016 16:20:53 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/appwatcch3a.jpg

Our latest app update provides several key features based on your feedback, including the following:

  • Introducing our first Apple Watch app! Get breaking news alerts, current weather conditions, the extended forecast and news headlines on your wrist!
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<![CDATA[Hearing Today on Bringing Tolls Back to CT Highways]]> Mon, 27 Feb 2017 14:36:39 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/TollsinCT022417.jpg

State lawmakers are considering bringing tolls back to Connecticut highways.

Connecticut removed tolls decades ago, but the Transportation Committee held a hearing this morning to debate several bills that aim to establish electronic tolls to generate revenue for the state.  

One bill calls for a “congestion pricing system” to ease traffic congestion and raise revenue for long-term transportation infrastructure projects,  while another calls for establishing electronic tolls to create a source of revenue for the Special Transportation Fund

There is momentum for tolls after a recent report from the Office of Fiscal Analysis as well as the governor's office that projects the special transportation fund, which pays for road and bridge repairs, would be out of funds in five years.

Supporters said tolls are the best way to collect money from everyone who uses state roads.

"Because, if you raise the gas tax, then more electric and efficient cars will be  coming out," State Rep. Tony Guerrera, D, chair of the Transportation Committee, said. "Electronic tolling is the fairest way of doing this."

While there is agreement that Connecticut needs money for roads, opponents of the toll fear  unintended economic consequences.

"So, if you want to give New Yorkers a reason not to shop in Connecticut and not contribute to our sales tax, just put a toll at the border," Stephen Bull, president & CEO if the Greater Danbury Chamber of Commerce, said. 

“I don’t think it’s a very good idea. I think we already pay enough taxes, whatever expenses there are. I don’t think we should pay for just driving around,” Lisa Dreher, of East Hartford, said.

The tolls would be similar to the recently modified system in Massachusetts that allow drivers to drive through without stopping and the money raised by Connecticut tolls would go to a special transportation fund.

In Massachusetts, nearly of third of toll collections, around $112 million, came from out-of-state drivers.

“Have some of the people who are traveling the busiest parts of the highways, the parts that need fixing the most, have them contribute as well as the taxpayers here,” Beth Fresa, of Cromwell, said.

Concerns have been raised that the transportation fund could run out in several years.

Some drivers said they’d welcome back tolls if they helped prevent highways from always needing work.

“I drive through New York and the bridges, so it’s not an inconvenience. It’s just every time you look around they are doing highway repairs. So when will it ever end?” Stacey Felder, of East Hartford, said.

The hearing is scheduled for 11 a.m. in Room 2C of the Legislative Office Building.

Lawmakers have not said where the tolls would go if they are approved.



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<![CDATA[Stratford Man Dead After Crash on I-95 North in Fairfield]]> Mon, 27 Feb 2017 11:31:14 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Fatal+crash+on+Interstate+95+in+Fairfield+March+27+1200.jpg

A 43-year-old Stratford man is dead after a crash on Interstate 95 North in Fairfield early this morning. 

State police identified the man as James A. Mindrum. They said he was involved in a a crash near exit 23 just before 2 a.m. Monday and pronounced dead at the scene.

Witnesses told state police that it appeared Mindrum went off the right shoulder without slowing down. He then went through a guardrail, down an embankment and hit a tree, according to state police. 

The right lane of I-95 North was closed for around three hours. 

Police are investigating the crash.



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<![CDATA[Residents Voice Concerns About Trump at Blumenthal Town Hall]]> Sun, 26 Feb 2017 17:32:17 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/CCSU-town-hall.jpg

About 1,000 people gathered at the Central Connecticut State University campus in New Britain to make their voices heard about President Donald Trump at a town hall event Sunday.

Many said they are concerned about changes in the country and want something to be done to stop it.

Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) led the event, where Connecticut residents voiced concerns about the president, including his administration’s recent decision to bar some press from a briefing.

The group discussed a range of worries, from the environment to programs being targeted for slashing.

Melissa Daly of Groton told the crowd about how for the first time her insurance covered maternity costs. Now she fears having a child if the Affordable Care Act is repealed.

“Just thinking about all the millions of things that can go wrong during pregnancy and child birth and how I would pay for that while I’m home on unpaid maternity leave is terrifying,” Daly said.

Blumenthal called for defending freedom of the press, the independence of the courts, and popular programs including health care and Social Security. And he said he’s ready to take on the president.

“I am not saying Donald Trump wants to be a dictator. I’m not…(crowd disagrees)…We need to stand strong to make sure it doesn’t happen here,” Blumenthal said.

Some in the crowd also took issues with the Democratic Party. Part of the concern was the money in politics.



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<![CDATA[Route 10 in Granby Closed Ahead of 'Super Load' Transport]]> Sun, 26 Feb 2017 16:31:10 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/071312+detour+sign+generic.jpg

Route 10 in Granby will be closed Sunday night into early Monday morning while crews install a bridge shoring for a “super load” move.

The road will be closed in the area of Canton Road from 8 p.m. Sunday until 2 a.m. Monday and a detour will be posted at Route 189 (Hartford Avenue) to Floydville Road.

Drivers should avoid the area if possible and expect delays. Drivers looking to get to Bradley International Airport can take Interstate 91 instead of Route 10.

The super load involves moving heavy turbines and generators to the Oxford power plant. The project will begin Sunday and run for several weeks. The Connecticut Department of Transportation planned out the route and each load will have a Connecticut State Police escort.

For more information visit the Granby town website. 



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<![CDATA[CT DOT Truck Struck by SUV on I-95 in Bridgeport]]> Sun, 26 Feb 2017 15:25:03 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/DOT-TRUCK-STRUCK.jpg

Move over and slow down for emergency and construction vehicles.

Connecticut state police are again spreading that message after a state Department of Transportation vehicle was struck by another vehicle while working in an active construction zone on Interstate 95 Sunday.

According to police, around 10:48 a.m. a DOT dump truck with a crash trailer working in a marked construction zone near exit 29 on I-95 south in Bridgeport was struck by a Toyota 4runner. The 4runner was traveling in the right lane of traffic and drifted into the right shoulder when the accident occurred.

Police said the force of the crash caused heavy damage to both vehicles but only minor injuries were reported.

The driver of the 4runner was charged with failure to obey the Connecticut "move over" law, distracted driving, and following too closely. The driver was not identified.

Connecticut lawmakers are considering a proposal that would expand the move over law to include any vehicle pulled over on the side of the highway, not just emergency vehicles. 



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<![CDATA[Naugatuck Police Seek Missing 34-Year-Old Man]]> Sun, 26 Feb 2017 12:24:10 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Christopher-Schatz.jpg

Naugatuck police are trying to locate a missing 34-year-old man who was last heard from on Wednesday.

According to police, Christopher Schatz was last seen around noon on Wednesday in New Britain, and last heard from around 7:30 p.m. the same day. Family members reported him missing.

He is described as 5-foot-8, 145 pounds, with brown hair and hazel eyes. He was last seen wearing a black Northface coat and a New York Yankees hat. He is believed to be driving a gray 2005 Nissan Altima, with Connecticut plate AA10901.

Family believes Schatz may still be in the New Britain area. Anyone with information is asked to contact Naugatuck police at 203-729-5521.



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<![CDATA[Roller Coaster Weather Gets Mixed Reviews from Residents]]> Sun, 26 Feb 2017 15:18:56 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Weather-car-wash.jpg

Sunday morning, the temperature was 20 degrees colder than the day before. The wind chill made it feel like the mid-20s outside.

“It’s cold. I feel cold,” said Julio Baqero of Hartford.

The morning’s chilly temperatures didn’t stop Baquero and plenty of others from pulling up to clean the winter grime off their cars.

“It feel alright. I like the cold weather,” said Damon Bullock, Hartford.

“It’s pleasantly cool,” added Kevin Brielmann, Cheshire.

Miriam Gonzalez stayed inside and let someone else wash the salt and sand off her car.

“I’ve been getting sick because of this weather. When it’s warm it’s okay, but when it’s getting too cold. Today’s very very cold,” explained Gonzalez.

The roller coaster weather caused some people to ask Mother Nature to make up her mind.

“If it’s gonna be winter, I prefer it to be winter. Last night we were in the house and our blood has thickened up and the house seemed so warm we had the windows open and it was a little odd,” said Stephen Kline of West Hartford.

“Yesterday and Friday were a little bit too warm for my likes, for this time of year,” Brielmann said.

While he welcomed winter’s return, Brielmann was quick to point out, “I certainly don’t want any more snow.”

“I also can’t wait until spring comes,” Bullock added.



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<![CDATA[One Dead After Car Crashes into Saugatuck River in Westport]]> Sun, 26 Feb 2017 17:12:13 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/WESTPORT-DIVE-TEAM.jpg

One person is dead and a second was taken to the hospital after a car crashed into the Saugatuck River in Westport Saturday.

Westport police said that around 7:40 p.m. emergency crews responded to 911 calls that a woman was screaming for help from the river near the Whelk Restaurant at 575 Riverside Avenue. When police and firefighters arrived they found the woman in the middle of the river being pulled with the current.

Crews were able to rescue the woman using a civilian boat. She told officers she’d been in a car that crashed into the river and that there was another person with her in the car who may still be in the water. She was taken to Norwalk Hospital for treatment. She has not been identified.

Rescuers found the second victim near the Bridge Street Bridge and pulled him from the water. He was transported to Norwalk Hospital where he died of his injuries. He has been identified as Richard Lamendola, 76, of Syosset, NY.

Police said no foul play is suspected in the accident and that the Westport Police Department is investigating. The car was found and was removed from the river. Westport firefighters, state police, Norwalk police and Fairfield police all responded to assist with the incident.



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<![CDATA[Loved Ones Mourn Mother Fatally Stabbed in Bridgeport]]> Sun, 26 Feb 2017 10:26:49 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Oscar-Hernandez-Carranza.jpg

Oscar Hernandez-Carranza, the father suspected in a fatal stabbing who prompted a multi-state AMBER Alert when he took off with his young daughter, is locked up on a $1.25 million bond in Pennsylvania as he faces a slew of charges related to his getaway from a homicide scene in Connecticut.

He’s accused of killing his girlfriend in Bridgeport and then snatching their young daughter, prompting an AMBER Alert across several states.

As the 39-year-old awaits extradition back to Connecticut, on Saturday night loved ones mourned the death of a mother taken far too soon.

Candles lit up Greenwood Street in Bridgeport as friends and family came together for a vigil to remember Nidia Gonzalez.

Police say the 26-year-old mother was stabbed to death in a home.

Officers blamed her boyfriend Hernandez-Carranza for killing her and hurting another woman in the house.

Family friends are in disbelief Gonzalez is gone.

“She never got mad at anyone. She’s the happiest person you could meet,” Henry Rivera, a family friend, said.

After the gruesome crime, detectives say Hernandez-Carranza grabbed his and Gonzalez’s six-year-old daughter and then took off.

That prompted an AMBER Alert across several states for little Aylin.

Police caught up with both of them in Pennsylvania, some 350 miles away from Bridgeport.

Loves ones are comforted that Aylin – who could cheer up anyone - is safe.

“She’s just that nice of a little girl and the fact that she was taken. And no one knows what’s going on,” Rivera said.

Hernandez-Carranza was back in the country despite U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement deporting him about four-years ago.

The El Salvador native had prior convictions for assault and threatening.



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<![CDATA[Driver Arrested After Fleeing Accident Scene in Hartford: PD]]> Sun, 26 Feb 2017 15:56:37 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/HARTFORD-CAR-INTO-POLE.jpg

A driver was arrested after he crashed through a fence and took down two telephone poles in Hartford Sunday morning, according to Hartford police.

Police said the crash happened in the area of Hamilton Street and Bartholomew Avenue around 3:15 a.m. The roads were closed for several hours while utility crews repaired the damage.

The driver of the car initially fled the scene but was quickly tracked down and taken into custody, police said. He has not been identified at this time.

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<![CDATA[Hartford Students Compete at African American History Bee]]> Sat, 25 Feb 2017 17:09:25 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/HARTFORD-LIBRARY-HISTORY-BEE.jpg

Some students in Hartford spent part of their Saturday at the Hartford Public Library for the annual “African American History Bee.”

Students from the Milner School, Simpson-Waverly School, Wish School and Martin Luther King Junior School competed at the event, which coincides with Black History Month.

Jeremy Mendez, who attends MLK, said his team had been preparing for a week or two and studying through lunch at school.

“It’s good, it’s challenging and I like the fact that everybody knows their stuff,” he said.

Mendez said he felt the information he learned for the competition went beyond what he was taught at school and that it brought up things he felt were very important to his education.

“At MLK we don’t have social studies anymore, which means we don’t get the education that we really need, about our past, about our history about our ancestors so, it’s like really important to me that, you know, this is happening,” he said.

The event ran from noon to 3 p.m. and was hosted by NBC Connecticut’s own Leslie Mayes.



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<![CDATA[Officials Could Not Pinpoint Cause of New Britain House Fire]]> Sat, 25 Feb 2017 15:43:23 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/New-Britain-Fire-Flames.jpg

New Britain fire officials said Friday they cannot complete a full investigation into large fire in a multi-family home on West Street during a major snow storm earlier this month because the damage to the structure made it unsafe for investigators.

Officials said while they were able to point to unattended cooking as a possible cause, a complete investigation could not be completed because the structure was heavily damaged and unsafe. Because of those restrictions, fire officials ruled the fire undetermined.

Firefighters had to rescue several people hanging from windows of the burning house on Feb. 9.

The fire broke out at the home at 116 West St. and left people trapped on the upper floors, according to fire officials.

Firefighters had to rescue as many as six or eight people who were hanging from windows.

Four people were taken to the hospital, including one person who suffered serious smoke inhalation. A firefighter was also taken to the hospital to be evaluated for exhaustion.

Mayor Erin Stewart said the city opened a nearby school to use as a shelter for families who were forced into the snow by the fire.

In all, about 15 people were affected, she said.



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<![CDATA[East Windsor Signs Development Agreement for New Casino]]> Sun, 26 Feb 2017 09:06:53 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/CASINO-MEETING.jpg

East Windsor town officials held a special meeting at East Windsor High School Saturday where they approved a  development agreement between the town and MMCT Venture LLC, the joint Mohegan-Mashantucket Pequot company, that could pave the way for a third casino in the state.

In a forum earlier this week, representatives from MMCT said they were close to announcing their preferred location for the project, having narrowed it down to East Windsor or Windsor Locks. 

The East Windsor location is at the site of the former Showcase Cinemas, just off Interstate 91.

Casino allies have said this project is about economic growth, and maintaining critical employment in the state, along with crucial state tax dollars that come from the casinos. The tribes said a third casino in Connecticut is essential to compete with the new MGM Resorts International Casino that is scheduled to open in late 2018 near Springfield, Mass.

In the development agreement, the tribes promise to pay the town more than $8 million a year in fees and taxes. They would also hire about 1,700 people, and hiring will prioritize locals. The agreement also said that 75 percent of the jobs created will be full-time.

MMCT was pleased with the outcome.

"Listening to and speaking with each of the communities has been a top priority for both tribes," said Andrew Doba, Spokesman for MMCT Venture. "That's why the we held community forums, and that's why today's vote is so gratifying. We thank the Board of Selectmen for standing in support of this effort to save Connecticut jobs, and look forward to announcing a final site in the coming days."

Opponents still aren't sold. The Coalition Against Casino and Expansion has spoken against plans for a third casino in the state, saying that gambling has negative economic and social impacts.

Residents in East Windsor have also voiced concerns about traffic congestion and the toll on the town’s infrastructure and emergency services.

Voting on a real estate development agreement does not necessarily greenlight the project, but rather lays out ground rules, such as a time frame and how the design can move forward. Similar negotiations are still underway in Windsor Locks.

"If Windsor Locks approves it, they will have to choose one of us. So we are waiting to see which one they do choose. If they do choose us we are welcoming the casino here,” said East Windsor First Selectman Bob Maynard.

Lawmakers would have to approve a third casino. and the governor would have to sign off on any bill that made it to his desk. 



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<![CDATA[Our New Home Page: What You Need to Know]]> Thu, 02 Jun 2016 23:45:10 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/cthomepage1.jpg

Giving you the information you need as fast as possible — that’s the guiding principle for the new NBCConnecticut.com home page, which has been revamped to highlight live video and the news you need to know right now.

The new design on desktop and mobile web highlights all the live video available on the site — everything from newscasts to campaign speeches to the latest episodes of The Voice and Blindspot. A revamped "This Just In" module provides information you need to know from our reporters and social media. And our interactive radar is now available right on the home page.

So what’s new?

  • A sleeker header that follows you across the site. It provides easy access to live video as well as convenient ways to connect with us.

    The header immediately highlights key sections like News and Weather, and when you hover over the “…” you can find all of the depth of coverage that our site provides.

    The “Watch Live TV” nav item serves as a hub for all of our live video, including a 24-hour-a-day stream of what’s on our on-air channel via NBC.com.

    The “Connect” nav item makes it easy to reach us. Use this nav item to submit breaking news tips, photos or videos, connect with us on social media or sign up for one of our newsletters.

  • A live video bar that highlights important live video that is happening right now, including our on-air broadcasts, news conferences and special events. These live video bars will provide a link to the coverage as well as a few bullet points with more information.
  • Interactive radar has been added directly to the homepage, allowing you to zoom in and out to track storms in your neighborhood and across the country. In times of severe weather, look in this area for the latest weather alerts and school closings.
  • A “This Just In” section that is constantly updated with the latest news and views, especially on social media. News updates happen fast, so this will be an area of focus during breaking news situations and severe weather events.

  • A “Quicknav” on mobile web that allows you to easily navigate between sections on your phone’s browser. Swipe left to see the main navigation items on the site. The “Quicknav” will follow you throughout the site for your convenience.

We hope you like the enhancements we’ve made to the site and mobile web experience! Have comments or suggestions for future improvements? Let us know by clicking here.


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<![CDATA[Severe Thunderstorm Watch Issued for Part of State Saturday]]> Sat, 25 Feb 2017 15:12:49 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/THUNDERSTORMS-FUTURE-RADAR.jpg

Some thunderstorms will move through the state Saturday night and a severe thunderstorm watch has been issued for Litchfield County.

The NBC Connecticut meteorologists said some areas could see gusty winds and heavy rain. A severe thunderstorm watch was issued until 9 p.m. for Litchfield County.

Saturday will be cloudy and humid with highs in the low 60s inland and upper 50s along the shoreline. A line of showers will move into the western part of the state between 6 and 7 p.m. and last until between 9 to 10 p.m. as they move from west to east.

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After the storms come a drop in temperature, with lows in the 30s. Sunday will be much cooler, with highs in the low to middle 40s.



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<![CDATA[Suspects Tried to Steal $13K Worth of Wood: North Haven PD]]> Sat, 25 Feb 2017 13:14:02 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Jairo-Solorzano-Guerra-Luis-Chacon.jpg

North Haven police have arrested two men accused of stealing wood from a local wood working company.

Police said over the past few months, an estimated $100,000 worth of wood has been stolen from a local company, and police began a surveillance operation.

According to police, Saturday morning two suspects, identified as Jairo Solorzano-Guerra, 38, of New Haven and Luis Chacon, 40, of West Haven, were caught trying to drive away with $13,000 worth of wood.

Both men were arrested and charged with second-degree larceny and criminal trespass. They were each held on a $5,000 bond and are scheduled to appear in court on March 3.



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<![CDATA[Hundreds Rally in Support of Affordable Care Act in New Haven]]> Sat, 25 Feb 2017 13:43:11 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/NEW-HAVEN-ACA-RALLY.jpg

A group including concerned residents, students and clinicians are scheduled to rally in New Haven in support of the Affordable Care Act.

According to a press release from organizers, the rally is meant to express “outrage” over the potential repeal of the ACA.

The rally will be followed by a town hall meeting. Senator Blumenthal (D) , Congresswoman Rosa Delauro (D) and representatives from Planned Parenthood, HAVEN Free Clinic, IRIS, Action Together CT, Yale Democrats, Yale School of Medicine, and Yale School of Public Health are expected to speak.

Several rallies have been held across the country in opposition to the potential repeal of the plan, which opponents say will strip millions of the most vulnerable Americans of health insurance.



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<![CDATA[Putnam Woman Arrested on Drug Charges After Traffic Stop]]> Sat, 25 Feb 2017 11:16:30 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Alicia-Marando.jpg

Connecticut state police arrested a Putnam woman on drug charges after a traffic stop Saturday.

According to state police, the suspect, identified as 35-year-old Alicia Marando, of Putnam, was a passenger in a car that troopers pulled over in Woodstock for traffic violations around midnight Saturday.

Troopers said that Marando admitted to having heroin on her and turned over 110 bags of the drug prepackaged for sale.

She was arrested and charged with possession of heroin and possession of heroin with intent to sell. She was released on a $5,000 bond and scheduled to appear in court on March 9.



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<![CDATA[Brookfield Man Charged in Bethel Robbery]]> Sat, 25 Feb 2017 10:01:40 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Bethel-suspect.JPG

Bethel police have arrested a man accused of robbing the Wheels convenience store on Stony Hill Road Wednesday night.

According to police, surveillance footage shows a suspect, later identified as 32-year-old Maxwell Mulligan, paying for items at the register around 9:30 p.m. When the cash drawer opens for change, the suspect is seen jumping across the counter and pushing the clerk aside to steal money from the drawer.

On Friday Mulligan, who lives in Brookfield, was located by Wilton police and arrested on the Bethel arrest warrant.

Mulligan was charged with third-degree robbery and fifth-degree larceny. He was held on a $20,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in court on Monday.



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<![CDATA[One Dead, One in Custody After Hartford Crash]]> Sat, 25 Feb 2017 10:19:38 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/htfddeadlycrash.jpg

One person is dead and another in custody after a crash in Hartford early Saturday morning.

The accident occurred on Main Street near Mahl Avenue around 2:30 a.m.

According to police, officers were parked at a nearby church when they saw a vehicle barrel down Main Street. As the car passed through the intersection of Pavilion and Mahl Avenue, he hit another vehicle that was turning.

Police said the impact was severe, but the first driver was not injured. The driver of the second vehicle was killed.

The victim has been identified as 52-year-old Juan Ortiz of Hartford.

Witnesses said they could tell it was a serious accident from the sound of the collision.

“From the sound of the impact I knew somebody wasn’t going to make it,” said David Cook of Hartford.

Police said the first driver took off after the crash.

"The suspect was able to get out of his vehicle and then run from the officers. The officers set up a perimeter. A canine was called in and we called in some detectives. Through some investigative leads we were able to locate the suspect," said Hartford Police Deputy Chief Brian Foley.

The suspect faces several charges, including the possibility of a vehicular manslaughter charge. He has not been publicly identified.



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<![CDATA[UConn 100 Wins And Counting]]> Sun, 26 Feb 2017 09:47:34 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/AP_17057010352070-crop.jpg

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<![CDATA[1 Dead After Fire at Wallingford Apartment Complex]]> Sat, 25 Feb 2017 13:01:23 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Wallingford-fatal-fire.jpg

A 57-year-old woman is dead and dozens of people were displaced after a fire at a Wallingford apartment building on Friday afternoon. 

Officials from the Wallingford Fire Department said they were on the scene of the fire at the Silver Pond Apartments located at 656 Center Street around 4:30 p.m. Residents were evacuated by firefighters.

One woman, as Carol Augustine, was transported to the hospital and later pronounced dead.

A firefighter sustained a knee injury and two people were treated at the scene for minor injuries, Wallingford fire said. 

Officials said 47 residents were displaced from 21 units. The American Red Cross and the Carabetta Company, which manages the complex, are assiting those residents.

The cause of the fire is currently under investigation. 

No other details were immediately available. 



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<![CDATA[Woman Charged in Fatal Litchfield Crash Involving Group of Motorcyclists]]> Mon, 27 Feb 2017 08:32:12 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Elizabeth-Waterbury.jpg

A Litchfield woman accused of crashing into a group of motorcyclists in Litchfield in October, killing one and injuring five others, has been arrested. 

Elizabeth Waterbury, 57, has been arrested in connection with a crash on Route 63, near the Forman School, on Oct. 23.

Police responded to the scene around 1:30 p.m. that Sunday afternoon to investigate and said a driver crashed into a group of 18 motorcyclists.

Waterbury was arrested Friday and has been charged with operating under the influence, failure to drive in the proper lane, tampering with evidence, interfering with an officer, manslaughter and assault. 

Aislinn Kern was killed in the crash, four other people were seriously injured and one person sustained a minor injury. 

Bond for Waterbury has been set at $1 million. 



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<![CDATA[Still No Answers For QU Students’ Withheld Security Deposits]]> Sat, 25 Feb 2017 00:48:04 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/QU-Students-Withheld-Security-Deposits.jpg

A local landlord from property management group Uhouz has yet to provide answers to students who claim he kept their security deposits for reasons he hasn’t justified.

NBC Connecticut Responds first shared this story in November. Shortly after, several students, including Central Connecticut State University senior Ayana Shell, reached out saying the same thing happened to them.

“When I found out it was happening to Quinnipiac students, I was like, ‘Okay, so this isn’t personal,’” said Shell.

She told us she too got a damage report with charges that just didn’t add up, such as a 50 dollar fees for makeup stains on the wall, a hole in the siding, and a dirty washing machine in unit, in the basement.

“I think they just made up a number with the damages just to scare us off, which they did,” said Shell. “Because eventually I just stopped contacting them.”

When Shell moved in, she didn’t take thorough pictures, so she can’t prove those damages weren’t hers.

She says she tried contacting her landlord, Uhouz owner Mat Florian, several times before her final plea for attention—withholding her last month’s rent until he responded.

That didn’t work either.

“Obviously I owe them something, so I mean they can take that,” said Shell. “But I just don’t appreciate being taken advantage of.”

A similar situation happened to Linda Lucy’s son Christopher just a few towns over, in Hamden.

“I kind of thought from the beginning, well, you’re not going to get your whole deposit back, that’s just how it goes,” said Lucy. “But I never thought it would be anything like this.”

She says Florian initially withheld almost 3,700 dollars from their 5,600 dollar security deposit. When the boys complained, Lucy says, Florian lowered the damage down to 3,050 dollars for reasons her family still doesn’t understand.

Lucy said her son tried scheduling a final walk through before going home for summer break, but Uhouz waited until after the boys moved out.

“We would’ve gladly gone and walked through the house with them,” said Lucy.

At the time, Lucy didn’t think the legal fight was worth it. Town and state agencies typically won’t get involved unless they get multiple complaints. So far, neither the Connecticut Department of Banking nor local housing authorities have anything on record.

NBC Connecticut made several attempts to get a comment from Florian.

In November 2016, Florian said:

“It’s discouraging to have a case like this after all the efforts we have put forth, nor only in the lease term, but this matter as well. They are aware our doors are open.”

Since then NBC Connecticut has called, emailed and took him up on his open door policy. An associate said he was not there.

In the meantime, it’s a tough lesson for parents like Lucy.

“Take pictures when you first move in,” she said. “Get everything in writing and know what you’re getting into.”

She hopes other tenants won’t have to learn that lesson the hard way.

“This is money that you paid almost a year before you even moved in,” said Lucy. “So I think a lot of people don’t even pursue it. They just write it off as a loss and move on.”

To file a formal complaint with the Connecticut Department of Banking, click here.



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<![CDATA[Norwich Murder Victim's Mom Wants to See Immigration Crackdown]]> Fri, 24 Feb 2017 18:03:07 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Wendy-Hartling-on-Immigration.jpg

A Connecticut mom is asking Gov. Dannel Malloy to enforce the immigration laws after the state released guidance to law enforcement and school superintendents this week

A Haitian national stabbed Wendy Hartling’s daughter, Casey Chadwick, to death in Chadwick’s Norwich apartment on June 15, 2015.

Convicted killer, Jean Jacques, was sentenced to 60 years for Chadwick’s death, but months before the stabbing, he was released from serving a 17 year prison sentence for attempted murder.

The U.S. government tried to deport Jacques, but Haiti would not take him back.

In a response to President Donald Trump’s stance on immigration, Malloy released a set of directives on immigration this week, one being: "Local law enforcement should not take action that is solely to enforce federal immigration law.”

“I don’t understand his thought process,” Hartling said about the governor.

“The laws that are already out there. They’re already there. They’re here. They’re in cement. I don’t understand why (Malloy) thinks that Connecticut should be exempt,” Hartling said.

Hartling added that she thinks local police are the best enforcers because they know the people in their community.

Malloy told Tucker Carlson on Fox News Channel Thursday night that the federal government needs to enforce federal law and not rely on local police.

“The federal government has its obligations. We should not be expending local dollars, state dollars, to do the government’s job,” Malloy said to Carlson.

Hartling agreed the federal government needs to also step up.

“This is a very serious problem and they need to buckle down, hire more people if that’s what’s necessary to go over all the caseloads that they have.”

Hartling said she also wants to hear from Connecticut’s U.S. senators and congressmen on what they think of this.



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<![CDATA[FBI Investigating Dunkin' Donuts Park]]> Mon, 27 Feb 2017 10:15:24 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Dunkin-Donuts-Park-Hartford.jpg

The FBI has launched an investigation into the troubled Dunkin' Donuts Park project in Hartford. 

The probe was prompted by information shared by the city. 

“The probe being reported today is not focused on the City of Hartford, and we believe that it was prompted by information proactively shared by the City of Hartford," Mayor Luke Bronin said. "My administration contacted the FBI to share concerns about Centerplan’s handling of the project, including their failure to pay subcontractors for their work. This is one more demonstration of our commitment to absolute accountability, because that’s what taxpayers deserve.”

Public bond money given to Centerplan to pay subcontractors working on the the ballpark site apparently never made it to those various contracted workers, a source confirmed with the NBC Connecticut Troubleshooters, on the condition of anonymity. 

The Yard Goats' stadium project started early in 2015. Construction was suspended last year in May when the city fired Centerplan and DoNo Hartford LLC. 

A new contractor is working to finish the stadium in time for the Yard Goats opening day on April 13. 

NBC Connecticut reached out to Centerplan on Friday but a representative declined to comment about the investigation.  



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<![CDATA[Hartford Yard Goats Hold National Anthem Auditions Saturday]]> Fri, 24 Feb 2017 17:09:38 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Yard+Goats+logo_1200.jpg

The Hartford Yard Goats Baseball Club will hold auditions for the National Anthem over the weekend.

 

Singers will try out at the Spotlight Theatres on 39 Front Street in Hartford at 9 a.m. on Saturday, according to the Hartford Yard Goats’ spokesman Jeff Dooley.

 

Audition slots have been filled already.

 

The baseball team’s home opener will be played at Dunkin’ Donuts Park on Thursday, April 13.



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<![CDATA[6 Arrests in UConn Fatal Fire Vehicle Accident ]]> Mon, 27 Feb 2017 08:41:57 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/UConn+Fire+Truck+Arrests.jpg

Six fraternity brothers linked to the death of a UConn student, who was struck by a university fire department vehicle in October, were arrested. 

Patrick Callahan, Matthew Moll, Austin Custodio, Dominic Godi, Dylan Morose and Jonathan Polansky were arrested and charged with various counts, including permitting a minor to illegally possess alcohol and sale or delivery to minors.

Jeffny Pally, 19, of West Hartford, was sitting on the ground with her back against a garage bay door at the UConn Public Safety Complex at 126 North Eagleville Road in Storrs Sunday, Oct. 16 when the fire department received a call for service around 1:15 a.m., according to police.

When the bay door Pally was leaning against opened, she fell back onto the ground and a fire department Chevy Tahoe leaving the bay drove over Pally, according to police. Crews from the fire department found Pally around an hour and a half later, when they returned from that call and state police said they were called at 2:48 a.m.

Officials from the medical examiner's office determined she died of blunt injuries to her torso and head and classified her death as an accident.

"The investigation has just begun," Pally's mom, Shiny Pally, said. "We are hoping the truth will come out. I hope this does not happen to any other child and no other family has to go through this suffering." 

The fraternity referenced in the arrest warrant affidavit, Kappa Sigma, recently lost its UConn recognition and housing based on off-campus incidents in September and October. Those incidents were unrelated to Pally's death, the university said. 

Kappa Sigma released a statement Friday:

"Kappa Sigma Fraternity's International Headquarters learned today of the arrests of six individuals from its former chapter at the University of Connecticut. Any members who were associated with the former chapter, whose charter was withdrawn on February 2, 2017, are expected to cooperate with any and all investigations by the University or the local authorities. Kappa Sigma will hold accountable any member found to have violated our Code of Conduct or any federal, state or local laws." 

In January, arrest warrant applications were issued for the people who hosted the off-campus party Pally attended that night on Oct. 16, 2016. They were all released pending their arraignment in Superior Court in Rockville on March 8. It couldn't be immediately determined if they had lawyers.

Patrick Callahan, 21, of Mansfield, was charged with eight counts of permitting a minor to illegally possess alcohol. His bond was set at $2,500.

Matthew Moll, 21, of Mansfield, was charged with eight counts of permitting a minor to illegally possess alcohol. His bond was set at $2,500.

Austin Custodio, 21, of Pine Bush, New York, was charged with two counts of sale/delivery to minors. His bond was set at $5,000.

Dominic Godi, 21, of Bolton, was charged with conspiracy to commit sale/delivery of alcohol to minors and possession of alcohol by a minor. His bond was set at $2,500.

Dylan Morose, 22, of Mansfield, was charged with eight counts of permitting a minor to illegally possess alcohol. His bond was set at $2,500.

Jonathan Polansky, 22, of Beverly, Massachusetts, was charged with eight counts of permitting a minor to illegally possess alcohol. His bond was set at $2,500.

A university spokeswoman said the students are still enrolled at UConn but said federal student privacy law prevents the university from saying whether any of them face discipline by the school.

"There remain many unanswered questions regarding her death," the Pally family's attorney, Michael J. Walsh, said. "It is the sincere hope of the family that the investigation of this tragic event may be the first step towards the development of measure to prevent any other family from having to experience a similar tragedy."

Jeffny was a sophomore majoring in allied health and aspired to be a nurse, according to the university. The 19-year-old worked as a resident assistant and was joining a sorority.



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<![CDATA[Malloy's Proposed Budget to Shut Down 7 Rest Stops]]> Fri, 24 Feb 2017 15:50:19 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Dannel-Malloy1.jpg

The proposed state budget is looking to shut down seven rest areas in Connecticut.

For people like Robert Cohen, a truck driver from Meriden, the cuts can hurt.

Cohen has been a truck driver for 25 years, moving cars up and down the East Coast and working long hours. On Thursday, NBC Connecticut found him winding down at the Wallingford rest area.

"We have guys that have to get off the road and if we don’t have a spot to park safely were in trouble," said Cohen.

Wallingford is just one of seven rest areas the state is looking to shut. The others include Danbury, Southington, East Willington, West Willington, Stonington and Middletown.

"You close off our seven rest areas and we lose probably 200 to 300 truck spots," said Cohen. "That’s 200 to 300 trucks that will be parked on the shoulder of the road."

These are the same stops the state has already scaled back. They now close overnight, forcing the public to use the port-a-pottys outside.

"You are subject to now stopping to use a port a potty in the middle of the night. What if it is someone’s wife or daughter?"

Democratic Congressman Antonio Guerrara co-chairs the transportation committee and says he has received numerous constituent complaints about the current state of the rest stops. He worries closing them completely could only increase the problems, but also understands it is a difficult budget and, "everything is on the table right now."

"There has to be a way maybe we can try to resurrect some of these rest areas and were working on it," said Guerrara.

State Senator Toni Boucher said the closures would be a negative reflection of the state.

"We need to have a discussion on the potential of having private sector sponsorships provide the funds to keep them open until the state fixes its problems," Boucher said. "Too many motorists and truck drivers depend on them."

"It is murder to close these," said Cohen. "It is going to cause a giant nightmare safety hazard and there is no place else to go."



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<![CDATA[Man Shot at Waterbury City Employees: Police]]> Fri, 24 Feb 2017 14:48:07 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Joshua+Thompson+Waterbury+mug+shot.jpg

Waterbury police have arrested a man who is accused of shooting at city employees and damaging the lawn at the Fulton Park Pool House, as well as city vehicle.

Police officers responded to the Fulton Park Pool House on Greenwood Avenue just after 9 a.m. on Friday to investigate a report of gunshots. Two city workers said 20-year-old Joshua Thompson had been parked on the lawn in front of the pool house in a blue Nissan Altima, so the city employees told him he could not park there and asked him to move the vehicle, police said.

When Thompson started to move the car, the city employees noticed fresh damage to the front of the car, as well as damage to the lawn, so they took a photo of the registration plate because they thought he caused damaged to city property, police said.

Thompson then fired one round toward the city employees and hit the front right fender of a city work truck, police said.

Minutes later, police found Thompson on Platt Street, about a mile from the location of the Pool House, and found him with a .38 special revolver and a large amount of heroin, police said.

Police took Thompson into custody and he was charged with two counts of criminal attempt at Assault in the first degree, various weaponscharges and narcotics charges.



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<![CDATA[Don't Get Used to the Record Warmth]]> Fri, 24 Feb 2017 15:40:19 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Custom+List+6+%282%291.png

Today was the second warmest February day on record for inland Connecticut. Absolutely remarkable warmth today! The question so many are asking is whether or not we're done with winter. 

 

Today's warmth is being driven by an unusually powerful "Bermuda High" type pattern - pumping unseasonable warmth to the north. Full sunshine managed allowed temperatures to soar across the state - and even the shoreline managed to see temperatures around or just over 60F. With an onshore wind and water temperatures in the 30s this is a real testament to how anomalous the airmass was.

 

But - don't be fooled. The calendar is still in February and the long range computer model projections do not look particularly warm beyond day 7. Is it possible we won't get another inch of snow? Sure, but I wouldn't count on it.

 

Both the GFS and European computer models show a virtual flip to the jet stream pattern over North America. The persistent trough over the western U.S. responsible for the record snow and rain in California will be replaced by a ridge of high pressure. That teleconnects to a trough over the eastern half of the U.S. which will allow some Canadian cold to move south into New England. While the pattern doesn't look particularly cold - even a seasonable pattern is cold enough to produce snow in early March. 

 

With cold air nearby and a relatively active storm track some of our computer models are starting to show a few snow threats starting Friday of next week and lasting through March 10 or so. While we can't lock any of these in just yet I wouldn't put the shovels away for good.


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<![CDATA[Record Breaking Warmth Today]]> Fri, 24 Feb 2017 14:33:25 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Current+Temp+CT.png

Temperatures have surged into the upper 60s and low 70s through areas of inland Connecticut.

The high temperature record for inland Connecticut stands at 73 degrees which was set in 1985. Records for interior Connecticut are recorded at Bradley International Airport. 

Temperatures are also mild along the shoreline where records have already been broken. A record high temperature of 61 degrees was recorded just prior to noon. The official records for the shoreline are recorded in Bridgeport. 

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Warm weather is forecasted again for tomorrow with high temperatures in the upper 50s at the shore and low to middle 60s inland. 

The unseasonably warm weather will come to an end tomorrow evening as a cold front moves through the area. The front will bring with it rain showers with scattered thunderstorms.

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