<![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-usSun, 20 Aug 2017 00:13:35 -0400Sun, 20 Aug 2017 00:13:35 -0400NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Full List of CT #ClearTheShelters Locations for Today]]> Sat, 19 Aug 2017 13:01:24 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/170803_CTS_LocationMapPost.jpg

Animal shelters across the country are teaming up with NBC and Telemundo stations to find loving homes for pets in need.  The third annual Clear the Shelters event, a nationwide pet adoption initiative, will be held Aug. 19.  Hundreds of shelters in at least 20 states, Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico will waive or discount fees as part of the one-day adoption drive.

The goal is to #ClearTheShelters by finding forever homes for as many pets as possible.  More than 53,000 pets were adopted during last year's event, but millions more remain homeless.  Every year, 7.6 million animals end up in shelters nationwide -- and only 2.7 million are adopted, according to the ASPCA.

Dozens of shelters across Connecticut will take part in this year's Clear the Shelters event.  See the full list of shelters below or click on the interactive map above to identify a participating shelter near you.

Our Companions Animal Rescue - Ashford Sanctuary
46 Floeting Road, Ashford CT 06278
HOURS on Aug. 19: 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
8 dogs, 23 cats/kittens and 5 rabbits available
Adoption Rates and Details: Fees will be suggested donations, there are no set fees. No same day adoptions.

Mary's Kitty Korner
P.O. Box 418, Pleasant Valley, CT 06063
LOCATION on Aug. 19: Hoffman Nissan 46 Albany Turnpike, Avon, CT 06019
70 cats available

Dog Star Rescue
P.O. Box 721, Canton, CT 06019
LOCATION on Aug. 19: Hoffman Honda 40 Albany Turnpike, Avon, CT 06019
26 dogs available

New Britain Animal Control
642 Christian Lane, Berlin CT 06037
HOURS on Aug. 19: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
9 dogs available
(860) 223-5021

Furgotten Tails Animal Rescue
LOCATION on Aug. 19: Thomaston Feed, 851 S. Main Street, Cheshire CT 06451 HOURS on 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.
20 cats available
(860) 308-0899
Adoption Rates and Details: No same day adoptions 

Tails of Courage
39 Smith Street, Danbury, CT 06810
HOURS on Aug. 19: 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
55 cats and dogs available
(877) 638-2457
Adoption Rates and Details: Fees will be reduced for CTS: Puppies $450 / Adult Dogs $250 / Adult Pits $50 / Adult Cats $100 / Kittens $150 

Danbury Animal Control
23 Plumtrees Rd., Danbury CT 06810
HOURS on Aug. 19: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
6 cats and dogs available
(203) 748-6456
Adoption Rates and Fees: Fees will be $5 if spayed/neutered, $50 if not. $50 includes CTAPCP voucher for 2 vaccines, $100 toward neuter, $120 toward spay

Cassie's Kitten Kastle 
11 Gilman St, Putnam, CT 06260
HOURS on Aug. 19: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
LOCATION on Aug. 19: Petco, 1086 Killingly Commons Drive, Dayville, CT 06241
33 cats and kittens available
Adoption Rates and Details: Name your price adoption, advanced applications encouraged

Northeastern Council of Governments

125 Putnam Pike, Dayville, CT 06241
HOURS on Aug. 19: 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.  
8 dogs available
(860) 774-1253
Adoption Rates and Details: No same day adoptions. Fees for spayed or neutered animals will be $5, not spayed or neutered will be $50 

Protectors of Animals
144 Main Street, East Hartford, CT 06118
HOURS on Aug. 19: 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
25 cats available 
(860) 569-0722
Adoption Rates and Details: Fees will be $250 for dogs, $100 for kittens, $50 adult cats, $25 senior cats

East Haven Animal Shelter
183 Commerce Street, East Haven, CT 06512
HOURS on Aug. 19: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
9 cats and 9 dogs available
Adoption Rates and Details: Fees will be reduced to $50 for Aug. 19.

Friday's Rescue Foundation
270 Rogers Rd, Groton, CT 06340
HOURS on Aug. 19: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 
8 cats and 29 dogs available
Adoption Rates and Details: Fees will be reduced $50 to $200 for Aug. 19. No same day adoptions. 

Groton Animal Control
68 Groton Long Point Rd, Groton, CT
HOURS on Aug. 19: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.  
1 dog and 2 cats available
(860) 441-6709
Adoption Rates and Details: Fees will be reduced to $50 for Aug. 19

Ledyard Animal Control
1 J. Alfred Clark Way, Ledyard, CT 06339
HOURS on Aug. 19: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
3 dogs, 2 kittens and 1 cat available
Adoption Rates and Details: Fees will be $50 on Aug. 19. Same day adoption available for most animals. 

Our Companions Animal Rescue - Manchester Program Center
34 Sanrico Drive, Manchester, CT 06045 
HOURS on Aug. 19: 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. 
8 dogs, 21 cats, 4 kittens and 5 rabbits available
Adoption Rates and Details: Fees will be suggested donations, there are no set fees. No same day adoptions.

Save All Dogs Rescue
120 Hale Road, Manchester, CT 06040
HOURS on Aug. 19: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
15 dogs available
Adoption Rates and Details: Adoption fees will be $50

Meriden Animal Control
311 Murdock Ave, Meriden, CT 06450
HOURS on Aug. 19: 10 a.m to 4 p.m.
6 cats and 6 dogs available
Adoption Rates and Details: Fee will be $5 for spayed/neutered animal, $50 for non-fixed.

Cat Tales Inc.
P.O. Box 901 Middletown, CT 06457
LOCATION on Aug. 19: Petco, 816 Washington Street, Middletown, CT 06457
HOURS on Aug. 19: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
8 cats available
Adoption Rates and Details: No same day adoptions

Robin I. Kroogman New Haven Animal Shelter
81 Fournier Street, New Haven, CT 06511
HOURS on Aug. 19: 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
7 cats and 28 dogs available 
Adoption Rates and Details: Same day adoptions for pets that are spayed/neutered

Wells Valley Cat Sanctuary
PO Box 567, New Milford, CT 06776
HOURS on Aug. 19: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
LOCATION on Aug. 19: Education Without Walls, 66 Railroad Street, New Milford, CT 06776
48 cats and kittens available
Adoption Rates and Details: Fees will be $150 for kittens, $50 for cats 1 year and older

Connecticut Humane Society - Newington
701 Russell Road, Newington, CT 06111
HOURS on Aug. 19: 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
5 cats and 2 birds available
Adoption Rates and Details: Fees will be reduced to $50 for Aug. 19.

North Haven Animal Control
38 Terminal Dr, North Haven, CT 06473
HOURS on Aug. 19: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
6 cats/kittens and 5 dogs available

P.A.W.S. Pound Animals Are Worth Saving, Inc.
504 Main Street, Norwalk, CT 06851
HOURS on Aug. 19: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
9 dogs and 48 cats available 
Adoption Rates and Details: Fees will be $150 for 2 kittens, $100 for 1 kitten, $150 for adult dogs and $50 adult cats.

Stamford Animal Care & Control
201 Magee Avenue, Stamford CT 06902
HOURS on Aug. 19: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
12 dogs, 12 cats, 1 rabbit and 1 ferret available 
Adoption Rates and Details: Fees will be waived. No same day adoptions

Animal Rescue Foundation Inc.
366 Main St., Terryville, CT 06786
HOURS on Aug. 19: 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
25 cats and 10 dogs available
(860) 583-3089

Connecticut Humane Society - Waterford
165 Old Colchester Highway, Waterford, CT 06375
HOURS on Aug. 19: 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
3 dogs, 9 cats, 1 bird, 2 rabbits and 3 guinea pigs available
Adoption Rates and Details: Fees will be reduced to $50 for Aug. 19.

Kitten Associates
P.O. Box 354, Newtown, CT 06470-0354
LOCATION on Aug. 19: Hoffman BMW Watertown 699 Straits Turnpike, Watertown, CT 06795
HOURS on Aug. 19: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
15 cats and kitten available 
Adoption Rates and Details: Fees will be reduced to adopt 2 kittens for $200 (one kitten is $150) for Aug. 19. No same day adoptions.

Little Guild
285 Sharon Goshen Turnpike, West Cornwall, CT 06796
HOURS on Aug. 19: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
8 dogs and 19 cats available
(860) 672-6346

West Haven Animal Shelter
7 Collis Street, West Haven CT 06516
HOURS on Aug. 19: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Cats and Dogs Available
(203) 937-3642 

Valley Shore Animal Welfare League
647 Horse Hill Road, Westbrook, CT 06498
HOURS on Aug. 19: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
4 cats, 1 dog and 2 kittens available
(860) 399-7561
Adoption Rates and Details: Fees will be reduced to half price adoption fees for Aug. 19: $87.50 for cats/$137.50 for dogs. 

Connecticut Human Society - Westport
455 Post Road East, Westport, CT 06880
HOURS on Aug. 19: 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
2 dogs, 11 cats and 2 guinea pigs available
Adoption Rates and Details: Fees will be reduced to $50 for Aug. 19.

Connecticut Cat Connection
40 Stevens Mill Road, Windsor, CT 06095
HOURS on Aug. 19: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
50 cats available
Adoption Rates and Details: Fees will be $150-$175 for kittens 6 months or younger, $60-175 for cats

Windsor Locks Animal Control
4 Stanton Road, Windsor Locks, CT 06096
1 dog available
Adoption Rates and Details: By appointment

Hole In One Animal Rescue

592 Elm Street, Windsor Locks, CT 06096
HOURS on Aug. 19: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
8 dogs available

P.A.W.S. Pound Animals Are Worth Saving, Inc.
240 Route 171, Woodstock, CT 06281
HOURS on Aug. 19: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
90 cats and kittens available 
Adoption Rates and Details: Fees will be $50 for all cats over 1 year old for Aug. 19.

You can find more information about the #ClearTheShelters initiative here.

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<![CDATA[Man Seriously Injured in Forklift Accident in Ansonia]]> Sat, 19 Aug 2017 15:46:34 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/ansonia+police+cruiser+generic1.jpg

A worker was critically injured in a forklift accident in Ansonia Saturday.

Police said the accident happened around 8:45 a.m. on North Prospect Street Extension. Police said a 47-year-old man working for a subcontractor of Lowe's Home Improvement suffered a serious head wound when the forklift he was operating rolled over. The man was delivering wood at the time.

The victim was taken to Griffin Hospital and transferred to Yale-New Haven Hospital for treatment. He was listed in critical condition.

The cause of the accident is under investigation by Ansonia police and OSHA. The victim has not been publicly identified.

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<![CDATA[New Haven Man Seriously Injured in Hamden Shooting]]> Sat, 19 Aug 2017 13:26:07 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/hamden+police+badge+generic.jpg

A 27-year-old New Haven man was seriously injured in a shooting in Hamden Saturday.

Hamden Police said it happened around 4 a.m. in the area of Oregon Avenue and Manilla Avenue.

The victim was shot multiple times in the back and rushed to Yale-New Haven Hospital with serious injuries. He was listed in serious condition, police said.

The shooting is under investigation. Anyone with information should contact Detective Joseph Liguori at (203) 230-4040.

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<![CDATA[Police ID Man Found Dead in Shetucket River in Norwich]]> Sat, 19 Aug 2017 12:35:11 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/man+found+dead+in+Shetucket+River+in+Norwich.jpg

Police have identified a man whose body was found in the Shetucket River in Norwich last month after asking for help from the public to determine who he is.

Two people who were fishing saw the man's body floating in the Shetucket River off Hamilton Avenue, near Palmer Street, just after 8:30 p.m. on July 22 and police said the man appeared to have been dead for a while.

An autopsy was performed on July 23 and the results are undetermined, pending further study, police said, but they do not suspect foul play.

The man has been identified as 54-year-old Jay T. Oat, last known address in Norwich.

The investigation into his death is ongoing. Anyone with information should call the Norwich Police Department at 860-886-5561, extension 6, or the department’s anonymous tip line at 860-886-5561, extension 4.

Photo Credit: Norwich Police]]>
<![CDATA[Police Investigate Untimely Death in South Windsor]]> Sat, 19 Aug 2017 12:25:22 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/tlmd_police_tape_lights_generic23.jpg

South Windsor police are investigating the untimely death of a man found in his home on Palmer Drive Saturday.

Police said a nurse visiting the home called police around 8 a.m. when no one came to the door. When officers entered, they found the 31-year-old man dead. He has not been publicly identified.

The nurse made daily visits to provide medication to the victim, police said.

The State Police Major Crimes unit and Office of the Chief Medical Examiner will assist with the investigation.

Police said there is no threat to the public, though the cause and manner of death are being called “undetermined” at this time.

NBC Connecticut will provide updates as they come into the newsroom.

<![CDATA[58 Underage Drinking Referrals at Florida Georgia Line Show]]> Sat, 19 Aug 2017 12:02:20 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/FGL-CONCERT-RESPONSE.jpg

Hartford police made 58 underage drinking referrals Friday night in the parking lots of a Florida Georgia Line Concert at the Xfinity Theatre.

Hartford police had prepared for an increased level of law enforcement at the concert, specifically to crack down on underage drinking after many concertgoers wound up in the hospital at a recent event.

On July 21, the Xfinity parking lots were packed with people, many of whom were under 21 years old, for a Chance The Rapper concert. Police said there was a lot of heavy drinking, which resulted in 50 people being charged with underage drinking and 96 people being taken by ambulance to hospitals.

Many of those patients were suffering from severe intoxication and some were transported to Connecticut Children’s Medical Center in Hartford.

After the incident, police met with Xfinity Theatre representatives, and Xfinity Theatre agreed to pay for an additional law enforcement presence at the FGL show.

Police said they made 58 referrals. AMR supervisors did not release a specific number of transports, but estimated that “around 30” people were transported to the hospital, police said.

Hartford Police Deputy Chief Brian Foley described Friday’s show as more subdued and calmer than some others.

Photo Credit: Hartford Police Department]]>
<![CDATA[Bodies of 2 Missing Fishermen Recovered Off Fairfield Coast]]> Sat, 19 Aug 2017 16:09:00 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/FAIRFIELD-FISHERMEN-SEARCH.jpg

The bodies of two fishermen who were swept out into the water while fishing at Penfield Reef Saturday have been recovered, officials said.

According to the US Coast Guard, six people were fishing at Penfield Reef when three of them were swept out by the tide around 7:45 a.m. One person resurfaced and was rescued, but the other two remain missing.

The three other people were also in danger of drowning, but officials said the group refused to leave because they were trying to spot the missing fishermen. They were rescued by Fairfield fire crews.

Rescue crews searched for hours for the two missing men. Their bodies were recovered Saturday evening, according to fire officials on scene.

The victims are described as two men in their 20s, according to the USCG.

Fire officials said that the group was fishing during the incoming tide and waded out to the reef safely, but waited too long to return.

Crews from the USCG, Fairfield, Bridgeport, Westport and Norwalk all responded to assist with the search.

Photo Credit: NBC Connecticut
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<![CDATA[3-Year-Old Hurt After Getting Ahold of Parent's Gun: Police]]> Sat, 19 Aug 2017 17:49:20 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Hartford00000000.jpg

A 3-year-old is recovering from a gunshot wound after getting ahold of his father’s gun, according to Hartford police.

Hartford Police Deputy Chief Brian Foley said Saturday that the child was brought to Saint Francis Hospital by his parents with a gunshot wound to the shoulder. The child was in critical condition and transported to Connecticut Children’s Medical Center for further treatment. The boy is expected to make a full recovery.

Police said the boy’s father is a legal gun owner and stores the firearm in a safe at the family’s home on East Raymond Street. He had taken the gun out of the safe and put it on the bed when the accident occurred.

“The child was in the room, unbeknownst to him. He had grabbed the gun while it was on the bed and pulled the trigger at the same time, shooting himself in the shoulder.” Foley said.

No charges have been filed, but there will be a criminal investigation and risk of injury charges or unsafe storage of a firearm charges are possible.

“It does bring up the issue of safely storing firearms around the house. This family looks like they took the right precautions 99 percent of the time. This is the unfortunate one percent,” Foley said.

The Department of Children and Families will be involved in the investigation as well.

“By accounts from community members this is a good family. Good, hardworking parents and this is just a tragic accident,” Foley said.

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The investigation is ongoing. The child and parents have not been publicly identified.

No other details were immediately available.

((CORRECTION: Police initially said the injured child was 2, but later amended that information and said the boy was actually 3. The story has been updated to reflect that information.))

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<![CDATA[Police ID Pedestrian Killed in Stamford Crash]]> Sat, 19 Aug 2017 10:51:17 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/stamford+police+cruiser+generic.jpg

A pedestrian was struck and killed in Stamford Thursday night and police have identified the man after reaching out to the public for help in figuring out who he was. 

The man was struck by a 2008 Toyota Prius on High Ridge Road, or Route 137, just before 11:30 p.m., according to police.  

He has been identified as 89-year-old Sanh Truong of Stamford.

Police said Truong was crossing High Ridge Road from west to east, near Olga Drive and the Burger King restaurant, when he was hit. He was not in the crosswalk at the time. 

He was pronounced dead at the scene and police initially reached out to the public for assistance in identifying him because he was not carrying any identification.

The driver of the Toyota remained on scene and is cooperating with the investigation.

Photo Credit: NBCConnecticut.com]]>
<![CDATA[Sights From Clear The Shelters 2017]]> Sat, 19 Aug 2017 13:57:54 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/160*120/happiness+adoption.jpeg

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<![CDATA[Pets Adopted at Clear The Shelters 2017]]> Sat, 19 Aug 2017 13:43:42 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/160*213/austin+and+mikka.jpeg

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<![CDATA[Four State Swimming Areas Closed Through the Weekend]]> Sat, 19 Aug 2017 10:29:01 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/DEEP-BEACH-CLOSED.jpg

Four Connecticut state beaches are closed to swimmers this weekend after they tested high for bacteria and algae.

The swimming area at Silver Sands State Park in Milford has been closed since Friday and the water will remain off-limits until at least Tuesday. The state plans to retest the bacteria levels on Monday, but it will take a day to have the results. Oyster Fest, a popular summertime event here in Milford will still go on and the park is still open.

NBC Connecticut caught up with one woman whose plans to spend a week out on the beach were dampened not only by yesterday’s lousy weather but also the news that the beach won’t reopen this weekend.

"It's pretty disappointing since it’s like the end the summer and I'm going back to college in a few days so I want to enjoy my last few days in Milford, but hopefully it will clear up soon so I can get back in the water before I leave," said Jill Martinez of Milford.

The state routinely tests the water quality at its swimming areas.

Swimming areas are also closed at Indian Well in Shelton and Lake Waramaug in Kent because of high bacteria levels. Swimming at Kettletown Beach in Southbury is closed, not for high bacteria but for blue green algae.

Lake Waramaug could open Tuesday, but the earliest Indian Well will reopen isThursday.

No timeline was given for Kettletown.

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<![CDATA[NBC Connecticut on Amazon Devices: 'Alexa, Tell Me The News']]> Thu, 04 May 2017 14:03:04 -0400 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 and Dot 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, Amazon'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[Lanes Closed on I-84 in Middlebury After Crash]]> Sat, 19 Aug 2017 10:38:27 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/MIDDLEBURY-CRASH.jpg

The left lane of Interstate 84 eastbound is closed in Middlebury after a tractor-trailer carrying juice crashed Saturday morning, according to Connecticut State Police.

The crash happened near exit 17. One person had to be extricated, but the injuries are not life threatening, police said.

The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection has been called in to clean up a fuel leak caused by the crash.

The left lane is closed and traffic is congested in the area. Drivers should seek alternate routes if possible.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

Photo Credit: Connecticut State Police]]>
<![CDATA[3 Transported to Hospital Following Serious Dayville Crash]]> Fri, 18 Aug 2017 23:07:31 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Dayville-Serious-Crash.jpg

Three people were transported to the hospital after a crash in Dayville on Friday night.

Quinebaug Valley Emergency Communications tweeted photos of the crash on Putnam Pike at 7:29 p.m.

The photos show two vehicles -- a car and a pickup truck -- with serious damage.

Putnam Pike (Route 12) was closed Friday night. 

Photo Credit: Quinebaug Valley Emergency Communications]]>
<![CDATA[Rescue Pet Becomes Therapy Dog in Mystic]]> Sat, 19 Aug 2017 09:48:41 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Bella-CTS-Mystic.jpg

From tough beginnings to better lives, rescue pets often inspire people with their perseverance. In fact, one Connecticut dog is changing lives with her story.

These days you will find Bella spending her time at work as a therapy dog. She visits schools, hospitals and retirement homes, such as Academy Point at Mystic.

Bella is 10 1/2 years old, and her life is full of meaning and love. However, like a true underdog tale, Bella’s story didn’t start out this way.

“Like a dog unleashed running full out, like the white streak that was Bella,” read Bella’s owner, Jean Bauer.

Bauer lives in Stonington and wrote a book based on Bella's life called “Joy Unleashed: The Story of Bella, the Unlikely Therapy Dog.” Bella’s story started far from Connecticut on a beach in Puerto Rico.

“Dead Dog Beach is particularly sad because dogs are not only dumped there, they are tortured, they are killed, so she was a very lucky survivor,” said Bauer.

Bauer adopted Bella and notes that, at first, the transition was tough.

“She was a wild puppy. She was so wild in fact we had to have her on a leash in the house,” said Bauer.

The vet suggested something to keep Bella busy: to work as a therapy dog. 

“I think Bella communicates with residents in a way people can't,” said Nancy Chaput, the director of community relations at Academy Point, an assisted living center for seniors. 

Chaput said Bella has brought so much joy to the residents, that most of them have read her book. The book helps speak for Bella, but really it’s her wagging tail and constant companionship that is her real communication.

“I wish my Bichon was here, but my Bichon is gone. And to see another dog here it's a wonderful feeling. It's a feeling of home again,” said Marge Ciminera, a resident of Academy Point.

It’s a welcome home, only a rescue can understand.

“Bella didn't mind not having the words, she spoke fluently with her whole body, a gift to all she serves and was simply joy unleashed,” the book closed. 

<![CDATA[Connecticut Open Draw Held Friday]]> Fri, 18 Aug 2017 19:45:49 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Connecticut-Open-2017.jpg

It is the 20th year of women’s tennis in New Haven and the singles draw for the 2017 Connecticut Open is set. 

Rain delayed some of Friday’s qualifying matches and the draw ceremony also had to be moved indoors to the renovated media center.

“For us, we are using tennis education and mentoring to give them a better path way to higher education and excellence,” said Mavi Sanchez-Skakle, executive director of New HYTES (New Haven Youth Tennis and Education.

Students from the youth tennis program helped pick the opening round matches with three-time Connecticut Open champion Petra Kvitova.

“It means a lot, I mean I always love to come back to here to Connecticut Open,” Kvitova told NBC Connecticut. “I feel like it’s my kind of second home if I can say.”

In December, Kvitova suffered serious cuts to her left hand during a home invasion attack. Some worried she would never pick up her racket again.

“After she made this miraculous comeback at the French Open, the first WTA tournament for her to commit to, coming out of all of that was the Connecticut Open,” tournament director Anne Worcester told reporters.

Kvitova, who is a two-time Wimbledon champion, is among the top names in a competitive tournament field.

“I heard the field its very strong and I’m really surprised how many players are playing in the qualification so it’s a huge draw,” Kvitova said. “Aand I’m just happy for Anne, I mean she’s working for the tournament for 20 years already and I feel like the tournament is getting better and better every year.”

With family fun, food trucks and luxury car displays from new sponsor Porsche at the Connecticut Tennis Center at Yale for the next week, Worcester said she’s hopeful the weather will cooperate.

“Once we get beyond today, and a little bit tomorrow, starting Sunday the forecast is, knock on wood, fantastic,” she said.

Monday’s tournament action will coincide with the solar eclipse.

“We tried to find special glasses for our fans,” Worcester said, “and would you believe they are completely sold out everywhere in the universe.”

Fans will be advised to not look directly at the sun, Worcester added.

“We think we will be able to play through,” she said, “but we may have to turn on the lights.”

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<![CDATA[Groton Hit Hard By School Funding Cuts]]> Fri, 18 Aug 2017 19:36:10 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Groton-Public-Schools-BOE.jpg

Governor Dannel Malloy announcement about changes in state education funding means Groton Public Schools are facing about $17.5 million worth of cuts in state aid.

Groton Superintendent Dr. Michael Graner said would “basically dismantle the school system.”

Instead of the approximately $25 million Groton Schools got last year in Education Cost Sharing, they’d only get $7.5 million.

“I can’t think of any programs that wouldn’t be cut, actually,” Graner said. “Or significantly reduced.”

Class sizes could reach 30 to 40 kids, there’d be massive layoffs to teachers and other staff, and academic, extra-curricular, arts and sports programs would see cuts and revamps at all grade levels, according to Graner.

Already the district has made $2.8 million worth of town budget cuts, Graner said. It closed Pleasant Valley Elementary School, laid off 18 teachers, a principal and other staff members.

Graner said the governor initially projected about $15 million in state aid cuts from Groton Schools, but he didn’t think that would go through. In fact, Graner said the town only budgeted for $5 million worth of state educational aid cuts.

He’s hoping there’s a “reasonable” budget and change to the numbers before the first payment in October.

“It scares me because they’ve already taken a whack here in Groton. How much more are you going to take away from these kids?” asked Christine Lowney, a Groton Schools employee.

She’s preparing her granddaughter to enter the first grade in the Groton school district, at a different school since her granddaughter attended Pleasant Valley.

“They’re our future, and if you’re gonna take things away from them now that they need, it’s going to affect them in the long run,” Lowney said.

“It’s concerning when it comes to class sizes, their education, especially when you have one who is going to be taking a lot of high honors classes,” Tina Price of Mystic said.

Price has two Groton high schooler students and she hopes this doesn’t make her kids less competitive for colleges.

“With so many kids in the classrooms, how are they going to be able to teach so many at the same time,” Price said.

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<![CDATA[Man Accused of Killing Niece in Stratford Double Shooting]]> Fri, 18 Aug 2017 15:51:01 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Michael-Catchings.JPG

A 21-year-old man is accused of killing his niece after police said he was involved in a double shooting in Stratford over the weekend. 

Michael "Buddha" Catchings is accused of killing his niece 27-year-old Raenetta Catchings and critically injuring a 24-year-old man on Sunday. The male victim survived his injuries, Stratford police said. 

According to police, the shooting happened in the street in front of 1584 North Avenue shortly after midnight. 

The suspect turned himself into police on Friday. 

Michael Catchings, of Stratford, has been charged with manslaughter with a firearm, criminal use of a firearm, criminal possession of a firearm, unlawful discharge of a firearm, carrying a firearm without a permit, reckless endangerment and breach of peace. 

He is schedule to appear in Bridgeport Court on Aug. 29

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<![CDATA[Girl, 11, Raises Money For Connecticut Humane Society]]> Fri, 18 Aug 2017 17:23:12 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/rachelfundraiserpets.jpg

The Connecticut Humane Society in Newington is gearing up for Clear The Shelters on Saturday, however, on Friday one little girl thought the organization could use just a special surprise.

Rachel Richard dropped off a bucket of cash she raised to help the animals at the Connecticut Humane Society.

“We collected $120 dollars and 25 cents,” said Rachel.

She didn’t just collect the money, Rachel and her cousin put on a show.

“I'm like what if we do a dog show? And the idea just stuck in my head -- until I actually did it,” said Rachel.

In fact, this year was her fourth annual dog show in South Windsor, so her neighbors were quick to join in with eight dogs.

“The first event is always tricks, then there is reverse limbo, and there is an obstacle course and there is musical skit,” Rachel said.

“They had little cut out awards for first and second place,” Mark Richard, Rachel's father, said.

Mark always competes with one of the family’s two dogs.

“Every year it has just grown, so I am really proud of her,” Mark said.

“I hope it goes to helping the animals and making them feel more at home. Then when they find their forever home they will be happy,” Rachel said.

The Connecticut Humane Society in Newington will be open for Clear The Shelters on Saturday from 9:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. and all animals will have an adoption fee of $50.

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<![CDATA[New Haven Man Witnessed Barcelona Attack and Jumped to Safety]]> Fri, 18 Aug 2017 15:16:27 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Arnaldo+Falcon+Barcelona.jpg

A ticket to Barcelona, Spain was the graduation gift of a lifetime for Arnaldo Falcon, of New Haven. His father gave it to him to celebrate all Falcon’s accomplishments at Southern Connecticut State University. 

On Thursday, Falcon and a friend, who is also from New Haven, were enjoying their first full day in the city when terror struck. 

“Everyone was so calm, enjoying the scenes,” he said. “The weather was perfect.” 

That serene scene was shattered by screams as a van came careening through the tourist hotspot of La Rambla and there was instant panic. 

“It is just crazy. This all happened within not even five seconds -- me seeing the car, me having to run away, having to get past dead bodies on the floor,” Falcon said. 

He was able to dodge the driver by jumping onto a vendor table. 

Once the car passed him, he ran for safety and found himself at a nearby hotel. 

“I think I was in so much shock that the only thing I was thinking was to get somewhere safe,” Falcon said. 

He said he and others were kept inside as police worked to clear the scene. 

As time passed, reality started to set in. 

“The car passed three to four feet in front of me,” Falcon said. 

Thirteen innocent people were killed and 100 others injured in the ISIS-claimed terrorist attack. 

The morning after, Falcon said he is continuing his trip with a new appreciation for life. 

“Definitely never going to forget this. Is is something that is going to be on my mind for a very long time,” he said. 

Falcon’s friend was not injured in the attack. 

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<![CDATA[Man Steals from Grieving Family While Paying Condolences: PD]]> Fri, 18 Aug 2017 14:51:06 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Miguel+Estrada+mug+shot.jpg

A Vernon man is accused of stealing from a grieving family when he went to their home with someone who went to provide comfort after the loss of a family member. 

Police said they received several calls just before 8 p.m. Thursday about a disturbance on Loveland Hill Road, in front of Rockville High School, and found 44-year-old Miguel Estrada was being held down inside a car. 

Officers learned that Estrada has been at a home on Hartyl Drive in Vernon earlier in the evening with a friend who had gone to the house to comfort the family whose close family member who died earlier that morning. 

Police said Estrada didn’t know the grieving family.

While he was inside the home, Estrada allegedly went into one of the bedrooms and stole a change container.

The homeowner caught him and told to leave, then later found a purse discarded in a bathroom and noticed credit cards and cash were missing, police said. 

The victim and family members then went to Estrada’s home and were waiting down the street for police to arrive when they saw Estrada in a vehicle, confronted him and restrained him until police arrived.

Estrada was uncooperative and tried to walk away from officers, according to police. He was taken into custody after a briefly struggle and had credit cards that belonged to the victim, pills and tablets police believe to be ecstasy. 

Estrada was arrested and charged with possession of narcotics, sixth-degree larceny, interfering with police and interfering/resisting police. 

He was held overnight on a $20,000.00 bond and will appear in Rockville Court today. 

Cameron Melton, 29, of Vernon, was driving the car Estrada was and police said he had an extraditable warrant from New Hampshire for violation of probation and was charged as a fugitive from justice.

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<![CDATA[Men Attack Man on Dance Floor of West Hartford Bar]]> Fri, 18 Aug 2017 14:05:43 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Los+Imperios.JPG

Three men assaulted another man on the dance floor at Los Imperios in West Hartford and police are asking anyone with information about the attack to come forward.

Police said security from the bar called police at 12:02 a.m. Friday and said a man had been assaulted and was unconscious in the bar area.

Officers who responded found a man without a shirt bleeding from the head. He came to and West Hartford Fire Department Medics treated him, but he refused further treatment.

The victim was uncooperative, but a witness told police three men attacked the man on the dance floor.

Security staff did not see the assault and did not detain anyone, police said.

One attacker might have had dreadlocks and was wearing a dark red zip-up jacket. Another wore a dark hoodie, police said.

Police ask anyone with information about the assault or who has video or photos to call Detective Robert Magao in the special investigations division at 860-570-8841.

Police said they also received several complaints from neighbors about patrons leaving and motorcycles racing up and down the street.

In addition to the two officers assigned to be outside of the business, four additional police cruisers and a supervisor were sent into the area.

In July, police revoked Los Imperios entertainment license after a series of violations and suspensions.

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<![CDATA[Impaired Woman Drove Wrong Way on Route 9: Police ]]> Fri, 18 Aug 2017 13:44:13 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Jennifer+West+of+Tolland+mug+shot.jpg

A 47-year-old Tolland woman is accused of driving under the influence and going the wrong way on Route 9 in Middletown early Friday morning. 

Police said troopers responded to the report of a wrong-way driver around 2:20 a.m. and saw a gray 2002 Honda CRV going north in the southbound lanes, so a trooper positioned his state police cruiser in front of it to stop the woman, but 47-year-old Jennifer West, of Tolland, swerved around the cruiser and kept going the wrong way on the ramp toward Interstate-91, police said. 

State police forced the Honda to stop on the I-91 south exit 22 ramp in Cromwell and determined West was under the influence of alcohol and, or drugs, police said. 

West was charged with reckless driving, disobeying the signal of an officer, driving the wrong way on a divided highway, reckless endangerment in the second degree and operating under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs. 

She was released after posting $2,500 bond and scheduled to appear at Middletown Superior Court on Sept. 21. 

In the event you see a driver going the wrong way, state police urge people to slow down and safely move to the right or to the shoulder. If there is no shoulder, move as far to the right as possible. 

If you can avoid it, do not slam on your brakes, especially if there is a vehicle directly behind you, and don’t swerve off the road or into other lanes. 

To alert the other driver, honk the horn, flash your headlights and turn on the hazard lights. It's possible that you might be able to make the wrong-way driver aware that they are traveling in the wrong direction. 

As soon as it is safe to do so, call 911, report the wrong-way driver and give your location, including direction of travel and closest exit. If you are able, provide a description of the vehicle. 

Never turn around and follow a wrong-way driver, state police warn. 

It's good practice when driving on the highway at night, especially after midnight, to travel in the right lane. Wrong-way drivers often travel in the left lane thinking they are in the right lane for their direction of travel. 

Police note that some wrong-way drivers are impaired, but others might be experiencing a medical emergency or have become disoriented or confused by signage.  

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<![CDATA[Children in Deplorable Conditions Ate Dog Food Off Floor: PD]]> Fri, 18 Aug 2017 20:17:21 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Chloe+Edwards.jpg

A Middletown mother has been arrested after police officers found her children living in deplorable conditions and eating dog food off the floor, according to police.

Police officers responded to an undisclosed location just before 2 p.m. Thursday after the fire marshal spotted trash blocking a third-floor apartment.

Middletown firefighters had responded to the home because a cigarette thrown from a third-floor window set an air conditioner on fire and fire officials needed to speak with the people in the third-floor apartment, police said.

When officers went to the apartment, 27-year-old Chloe Edwards, of Middletown, answered the door and the officers were “taken back” by the smell coming from the residence, police said.

Five children were in the apartment, which police said was uncomfortably warm. Officers noted that there were several flies in the apartment and the carpet was stained with food, urine, cockroach carcasses and feces.

In the kitchen, flies and cockroaches covered dishes that filled the sink, according to police, and the only food in the refrigerator included two jars of sauce, a can of pasta and two small jars of baby food, the arraignment report states.

Two bedrooms were in deplorable condition, according to police.

One had three beds with broken frames and no pillows, blankets or sheets. Police said the mattresses were stained with dog vomit, feces and some sorts of liquids. Police also saw cigarette butts beer cans and dry spaghetti.

The bed in another bedroom was also missing sheets, pillows and blankets and a folding knife was on the floor. Police said white paint was strewn about and there were exposed nails on wooden boards.

When officers opened the back door to the back landing of the apartment, they found a three- to four-foot high pile of trash and, near the front entryway, police saw an electrical socket without a cover and exposed wires, police said.

Police called the state Department of Children and Families. While waiting for DCF, two of the children said they were hungry and ate dry dog food they found on the floor. Four of the children were transported to DCF, police said.

The other juvenile was not Edwards’s child, police said. Edwards knew her through a “third party” and the child’s mother had reported her missing, police said

The city of Middletown Health Department declared the apartment “unfit for occupancy.”

Edwards was charged with five counts of risk of injury to a minor and is being held on $10,000 bond.

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<![CDATA[Dog Attacks Animal Control Officer at Mansfield Animal Shelter]]> Fri, 18 Aug 2017 16:28:55 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/mansfield+animal+control+dog+attack.jpg

A dog attacked an animal control officer at the Mansfield animal shelter on Friday morning and the officer has serious injuries.

Town officials said the animal control officer has been taken to Hartford Hospital and the injuries are not life-threatening.

Mansfield Fire Chief Fran Raiola previously said officers and firefighters responded to the shelter at 230 Clover Road for a person suffering from multiple dog bites.

Two dogs have been quarantined after the attack, according to Raiola.

The animal shelter will be closed Friday and an adoption scheduled for Sunday had been canceled.

State police are investigating.

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<![CDATA[Mother, 9-Year-Old Daughter Killed in Waterbury]]> Fri, 18 Aug 2017 19:31:58 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Anthony-Rutherford.jpg

Police say a 29-year-old mother and her 9-year-old daughter were killed in a Waterbury apartment on Friday morning.

Officers responded to 21 Third Street just after 9 a.m. on Friday for a disturbance call and found Chaquinequea Brody and her daughter dead in the apartment.  Brody's 2-year-old daughter was also found in the home, but was not injured, according to police.

On Friday afternoon, police said they located Anthony Rutherford and took him into custody as a suspect in the killings.

Rutherford was in a relationship with Brody recently and that relationship "became tumultuous" over the past few weeks, according to Deputy Police Chief Fernando Spagnolo.

Police did not say how the mother and daughter were killed.

Rutherford will face charges of two counts of murder, reckless endangerment, risk of injury and a series of weapons charges, Spagnolo said.

Rutherford is not the father of either of the children, according to Spagnolo.

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<![CDATA[State Plans Funding Cuts for Dozens of School Districts]]> Fri, 18 Aug 2017 19:42:13 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/20160928+Classroom+Generic.jpg

For a town-by-town list of impacted districts, scroll to the bottom of this article.

Gov. Dannel Malloy has announced changes in state funding for education in the absence of a state budget, which will result in less funding for 54 school districts and no Education Cost Sharing Funding for 85 towns. 

The plan prioritizes funding to the 30 most vulnerable school districts. 

It also restores $40 million to non-profits so they can "provide vital services for our most vulnerable residents."

"The municipal aid that is funded as part of this executive order reflects the nearly impossible decisions Connecticut is forced to make in the absence of a budget," Malloy said. "In turn, it will force some of our municipalities, both large and small, to make similar difficult choices of their own."   

The governor called on state lawmakers to come together to come to an agreement on a budget.

“The deep cuts in state aid called for today by the Governor would have a severe impact on towns – but they are not unexpected,” Joe DeLong, executive director of the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities, said in a statement. “Local governments would not be in this position if the General Assembly had done their job earlier and put forth a state budget that protected the interests of cities and towns and their property taxpayers.”

“While we appreciate the Governor’s focus on our neediest municipalities, his proposed cuts would have a devastating effect on many schools districts across Connecticut," State Senate President Pro Tempore Martin Looney said in a statement. "Democrats in the Senate are dedicated to Connecticut’s great public education system and have been diligently working on a plan that will save school districts from the vast majority of these cuts."

Looney said Republican members of the Senate plan to meet next week and work towards reaching a final budget agreement. 

The mayor of South Windsor, Carolyn Mirek, provided NBC Connecticut with the following statement:

"It is disgraceful that Governor Malloy would make devastating cuts to education in towns like South Windsor just 11 days before school starts. As your leaders, we will work with our colleagues on the South Windsor Board of Education to continue to fight for our children. South Windsor residents have proven that we value education and we want to assure you that we take this responsibility to you very seriously and will continue to uphold our school system's high academic standards.

The Democratic legislature in Hartford needs to end their vacations and get to work for the state of Connecticut and bring the budget forward to be voted on now and not wait until September or October! The Governor's executive order can cause unprecedented damage to towns like ours.

Once a budget is passed by the legislature it becomes law and the governor's executive order ends. This can't happen soon enough.

Let's fund education in Connecticut."

Towns impacted by Governor Malloy's Executive Order 58 Resource Allocation Revisions




Beacon Falls

















Deep River


East Granby

East Lyme























New Canaan

New Fairfield

New Hartford



North Haven

Old Lyme

Old Saybrook








Rocky Hill







South Windsor










West Hartford




















East Haddam

East Hampton















New Milford


North Branford

North Canaan

North Stonington























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<![CDATA[Four Connecticut Swimming Areas Closed]]> Fri, 18 Aug 2017 17:52:34 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Danger+sign+at+Silver+Sands+in+Milford+original.jpg

Four Connecticut swimming areas are closed after water tests revealed high bacteria levels or blue-green algae, according to the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.

The swimming area at Indian Wells State Park in Shelton is closed because of bacteria levels and the water there will be retested on Aug. 23.

The swimming areas at Silver Sands State Park in Milford and Lake Waramaug State Park in Kent are closed because of bacteria levels. The water at both parks will be retested Monday.

The swimming area at Kettletown State Park in Southbury is closed because of the presence of blue-green algae blooms and it will remain closed until that condition subsides.

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<![CDATA[Our New Home Page: What You Need to Know]]> Fri, 03 Jun 2016 00:45:10 -0400 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[Shellfish Farming Meets Strong Opposition in Waterford]]> Fri, 18 Aug 2017 15:30:05 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Niantic+River+shellfish+farm+proposal.jpg

A plan to farm scallops and oysters on the Niantic River met strong opposition from residents at a community meeting for the Waterford East Lyme Shellfish Commission Thursday. The plan would give the Niantic Bay Shellfish Farm 6.4 acres of the Niantic River for farming.

Opponents are concerned that the public will no longer be able to enjoy the river once farming begins.

“I like to swim in the river and I’d like to continue to swim in the river. I’m afraid that won’t happen if this proposal is passed,” Frances Violante said.

Other Waterford residents are worried that shellfish farming will negatively impact the health and appearance of the Niantic River.

“We’re working hard to help save the river and save the hills,” Robert Dutton said. “I don’t think this is going to help save the river.”

The plan has already received the commission’s approval, but still needs the authorization of the U.S. Amy Corps of Engineers to install the needed infrastructure for the farm.

Opponents are asking the engineers to take a second look at the plan to delay the farm’s opening.

Timothy Londregan III, the owner of the Niantic Bay Shellfish Farm, believes opponents concerns are unwarranted.

“It’s doing a good that we really need, “Londregan said, “Shellfish aquaculture is a net positive for communities and the environment.”

Residents will have until next Saturday to submit their concerns in writing to the Army Corps of Engineers.

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<![CDATA[Dog Abandoned in East Windsor Needs a Home ]]> Fri, 18 Aug 2017 09:39:50 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Reagan+East+Windsor+photo.jpg

A dog was abandoned in East Windsor and police are trying to find him a forever home.

Reagan, an American Bully mix, was abandoned with only a bowl of food and water, according to a post on the East Windsor Police Facebook page. 

He will need an owner who can responsibly care for him and anyone interested in meeting him can set up an appointment to meet him.

“He is too darn happy to waste away in our shelter,” police said in a Facebook post.

East Windsor is waiving the adoption fee for Reagan.

Several animals are looking for forever homes. If you are looking to expand your family with a pet, come to the third annual Clear the Shelters event on Saturday.

Click here for a list of Clear the Shelters Locations in Connecticut. 

Hundreds of shelters across the country are teaming up with NBC Owned Television Stations and Telemundo for the nationwide pet adoption drive on Saturday to help find loving homes for animals in need.

Almost 54,000 pets found their forever homes in 2016.

Photo Credit: East Windsor Police
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<![CDATA[East Haven Animal Shelter Giving Dogs Special Training]]> Fri, 18 Aug 2017 13:35:32 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/training+dogs+east+haven.jpg

The East Haven Animal Shelter is gearing up for Clear the Shelters and getting their dogs ready with some special training.

For 25 years, Owen Little, the shelter’s control officer, has helped pets in need find forever homes.

“That would be my biggest hope, an empty shelter. In 25 years, it’s never been empty,” Little said.

Little brought in expert dog trainer Michael Shikashio of Complete Canines in Mystic to help achieve that goal. Shikashio instructs dog training classes throughout the state, and uses dogs from the East Haven Animal Shelter during his sessions - which helps the dogs as well.

“The dogs learn new skills. The dogs get adopted faster and we build this network of trainers in Connecticut,” Shikashio said. “So, it’s just a win-win situation for everybody.”

Shikashio has volunteered to teach local trainers new skills every few weeks.

“I am really grateful to get to have this opportunity to learn from him and then to be able to help the dogs here,” said Ellen Carson, a worker at Sandy Paws Pet Training and Dog Sitting in Madison.

Shikashio said when people walk up to caged dogs in shelters, the animals get excited and start barking or jumping. Part of his training works to deter that behavior.

“People are going to be able to come and the dogs will be relaxed, calm, and not jumping all over the run,” said Sean Godejohn, assistant animal control officer.

Playtime is the first step in socializing and retraining the dogs, Shikashio said. Then teaching the dogs simple commands such as “sit” and “fetch” make them more attractive for adoption.

And though the shelter’s partnership with Shikashio is fairly new, they hope that, with time, and by learning new skills, the shelter will one day be empty.

“I hope they clear the shelter!” said Shikashio.

On Saturday, August 19, the East Haven Animal Shelter will be waiving all adoption fees as part of NBC Connecticut's Clear the Shelters initiative. Click here for more information or call the East Haven Animal Shelter at (203) 468-3249.

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<![CDATA[Police Investigate Burglary at East Granby Citgo Station]]> Fri, 18 Aug 2017 08:36:41 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Burglary+at+Citgo+in+East+Granby.JPG

State Police are investigating a burglary at a Citgo gas station at 2 School Street in East Granby. 

Police said the burglary was reported at 5:30 a.m. 

No additional information was available.

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<![CDATA[Condos Raised to Fix Crumbling Foundation]]> Thu, 17 Aug 2017 22:52:32 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/crumbling-foundations-condo.jpg

Eight attached condos lifted right off their foundation on Thursday as crews worked on the failing concrete basements underneath.

The building represents eight of the 46 condo units in the Lakeview Complex in Vernon. Eleven have concrete crumbling so badly that the only thing owners can do is replace the basement walls and foundations.

Ed Oswecki figured out pretty quickly his condo association had a problem with crumbling concrete after noticing his own basement was collapsing. He originally showed the NBC Connecticut Troubleshooters the damage in January.

Oswecki and fellow condo owners knew they had to act fast. They now have contractor Don Childree making a massive repair. First he jackhammered out much of the old concrete, disconnected all the utilities, slid steel girders in, put wood cribbing underneath the girders, then lifted the 336 ton building with 26 hydraulic lifts. This cost the condo owners almost one million dollars. They are all footing the bill on their own.

State Representative Tim Ackert came by to see the condos getting lifted. He says many others in his district have the crumbling concrete issue, but not the means to pay for it. Ackert, along with fellow lawmakers from the affected area, believe they need to come up with some kind of aid, even if it is not a complete solution, in the upcoming special session involving the state budget.

There’s no word yet on when that special session will take place though.

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<![CDATA[Packaging Guidelines Leave Union Teen With Denied Insurance Claim]]> Thu, 17 Aug 2017 18:59:50 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/160*213/COPY+MACHINE+RETURN+51.JPG

A Union teen who has successfully shipped thousands of dollars in goods said he was puzzled when UPS denied a recent insurance claim due to insufficient packaging.

William Cross said he and his father have successfully sold, packaged and shipped almost $20,000 in tech supplies from their Amazon store.

The 17-year-old entrepreneur, who also has a web and graphic design business, said he has left nearly two thousand packages for UPS to pick up from a box at their family home instead of taking them to a UPS store location.

William said he had difficulty believing a recent customer complaint that said their printer arrived damaged and smeared in a blue toner, so he requested pictures. After viewing photos his customer sent of the $450 printer, he commented, “You could tell. Unless they severely dropped it, it was damaged by UPS.”

He issued the customer a full refund and filed an insurance claim with UPS. William said he tried to appeal when UPS denied his claim, citing "deficiencies in the packaging," but customer service representatives were unable to help.

Frustrated with their response and unable to get the printer from the warehouse in Kentucky where it was being held, William contacted our Consumer Investigative Center. After our team reached out, UPS explained they stand by their assessment that the printer packaging did not meet their guidelines, however, they reached out to William and approved his claim as a gesture of goodwill.

UPS, FedEx and the U.S. Postal Service have detailed packaging guidelines available online and in stores. Bringing items to a store location to check if materials meet their standards is a good way to avoid trouble when processing an insurance claim for damage sustained during shipping.

William received a check for the full $450 from UPS as well as the damaged printer. The busy high school senior said he may try to repair its broken scanner bed when he has downtime between his two summer jobs.

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<![CDATA[Travel Options for Monday’s Solar Eclipse]]> Thu, 17 Aug 2017 19:02:17 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Safe_Ways_to_View_Solar_Eclipse.jpg

Since Connecticut doesn’t fall in Monday’s solar eclipse’s path of totality, eager viewers will have to drive several hours south to get the full experience and experts suggest doing so sooner rather than later.

Most hotels, Airbnbs and campgrounds in the eclipse’s path are completely sold out ahead of Monday’s event. Hotels in Charleston, South Carolina are going for about $600 a night, as it expects to receive the highest number of visitors of eclipse-viewing cities this weekend.

"If you’re thinking Charleston is going to be too packed for viewing, then you certainly can get into the Ohio, Kentucky and Illinois area," AAA’s director of travel, Suzanne Aresco said. "(It’s) still drivable at this point if you decide to get in your car and start heading that way now."

Knoxville, Tennessee, is slightly closer to Connecticut than Charleston and might be easier to get to since travelers will avoid I-95 traffic.

Regardless, drivers traveling any distance should start heading to their destination Thursday or Friday, if possible. The event could draw in millions of visitors with the same agenda.

According to Aresco, people who can’t find a place to stay should consider widening their search to cities outside of the path of totality. Cities like Lexington, Kentucky, and Charlotte, North Carolina, still have several hotels for less than $200 a night. Drivers can then wake up Monday morning and commute less than two hours to the perfect vantage point.

<![CDATA[Hartford Registrars of Voters Office Fined 2014 Elections]]> Thu, 17 Aug 2017 19:15:38 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/hartford-registrar-of-voters2.jpg

The Office of the Hartford Registrars of Voters has received a fine of nearly $10,000 for the debacle that unfolded at polling locations across the city on election day in November 2014.

A newly released settlement outlines what the State Elections Enforcement Commission (SEEC) found were was failures by the Registrars of Voters office leading up to and during the election.

Nearly three years later, representatives from the SEEC found that what occurred on election day in 2014 was, "nothing short of a statewide embarrassment."

Voter lists were not delivered to polling places on time causing 14 locations to open late or open without those lists. In fact, the voting list for the Hartford Seminary polling place, where the governor voted, did not arrive until after 7 a.m. The SEEC also found that moderators at the affected locations were not instructed how to handle the problems.

The investigation was not able to determine exactly how many voters were turned away or how many voters might have decided to stay home when word of the problems spread.

Then-Democratic registrar, Olga Vazquez, defended her office back in 2014.

"Everyone seems to be pointing fingers here," Vazquez said in the evening of November 4, 2014. "Let's look at the whole process. We need to look at this and say collectively how can we improve moving forward."

The SEEC found of Vazques, that her, "wantonly poor decision making reflected either a too-casual approach to her work, or a serious deficiency in her ability to do her job."

The review also found the following:

  • Failure to Timely Deliver Registry Lists to Moderators.
  • Failure to Timely Mark Off Absentee Ballot Voters from the Registry List.
  • Failure to Timely Deliver a Final Registry List to the Town Clerk.
  • Failure to Timely Open a Polling Place.
  • Failure to Properly Check in Voters During the Hours of Voting.
  • Failure to Deliver List of Polling Place Moderators to the Secretary of the State.
  • Failure to Resolve Discrepancies in the Results.

In 2014, there were two other Registrars besides Vazquez. The SEEC found those three registrars had adequate time to prevent problems but did not work together effectively, which resulted in what was a “slowly unfolding calamity”.

The Hartford Registrars of Voters office was ordered to pay a civil penalty of $9,600.

Vazquez, meanwhile, has since been succeeded by someone else. Despite attempts, NBC Connecticut has not yet been able to reach Vazquez for comment.

Read the full State Elections Enforcement Commission here:

Hartford Corporation Counsel Howard Rifkin released this statement to NBC Connecticut:

"These settlements stem from election administration issues in 2014 and 2015, and it was my office’s judgment that the cases should be resolved. Hartford’s current Registrars of Voters have attended State-mandated training and certification as part of Connecticut’s broader efforts to improve election administration."

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<![CDATA[Red Sox Want to Change Name of Yawkey Way]]> Thu, 17 Aug 2017 23:47:33 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/160*120/C8gDp5gUQAEehTa.jpg

Boston Red Sox owner John Henry told the Boston Herald on Thursday that he wants to see the name of Yawkey Way changed.

Henry said he's "haunted" by the racist legacy of Tom Yawkey, the former owner of the Red Sox for whom the street is named. He said the team should lead the way in renaming the street outside Fenway Park, which has borne Yawkey's name for four decades.

The name change would have to be approved by the city.

Yawkey owned the Red Sox from 1933 to 1976. His widow, Jean Yawkey, and later the Yawkey Trust, owned the team from that time until 2002, when Henry purchased the team.

Under Yawkey, the Red Sox were the last team in Major League Baseball to integrate in 1959. The team also famously failed to sign Jackie Robinson following a tryout in 1945, two years before he made his major league debut with the Brooklyn Dodgers.

Fans at Fenway had mixed reactions about the possibility of a name change and the motivations.

"I'm a Bostonian, Yawkey Way is Yawkey Way," said Liz Perry. "I think it's history, it should be Yawkey Way."

"With all that's going on in the world today, I think maybe it is a good idea," said Richard Stiebel, a longtime Red Sox fan.

Henry said he'd like to see the street named after David Ortiz, who had a smaller street near Fenway named in his honor earlier this year.

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<![CDATA[Old Saybrook Man To Ride in Survivor Jersey At Closer to Free]]> Fri, 18 Aug 2017 13:49:15 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Mike-Wasyl.jpg

Elle Wasyl lost her father to pancreatic cancer 12 years ago and her husband Mike’s mother was a breast cancer survivor.

"Last year we decided to ride with our local gym down in Old Saybrook and joined (Team) Live Positive and had a really great experience," Wasyl said.

Elle pedaled for 10 miles. Her husband rode for a hundred.

"My husband kept texting me along the route where he was, how he was feeling, who he was with," she said. "It allowed me to kind of feel like I was him through the whole ride."

Right before the start of the new year, the couple got an unexpected call from Mike’s doctor referring him to an oncologist.

"How did something so benign as just a random blood test that wasn’t of concern," Elle said. "All of a sudden be a concern."

Doctors at the Yale-New Haven Smilow Cancer Hospital diagnosed Mike with multiple myeloma, a type of blood cancer that starts in bone marrow.

"He had no symptoms, he felt fine," Elle said.

Mike underwent three months of chemotherapy.

"He responded really great," his wife told NBC Connecticut. "He tolerated the medicines really well and worked the entire time through his treatment, told very little people. He just wanted to stay focused on the rest of him, cancer was just a part of him, it didn’t define him and he had that attitude the whole time."

Wasyl’s husband has also been treated with a stem cell harvest.

"There’s a much better prognosis," she said. "Longer remission was the goal."

Shortly after his diagnosis, Elle remembers when her husband heard the Closer to Free Ride commercial music in the kitchen.

"He was staring at the TV and he turned around and tears are coming down his face," she said. "He’s like, I’m riding that as a survivor this year and I said ok let’s go."

Mike is now in full remission. He plans to proudly wear a survivor jersey while riding for more than sixty miles with his wife.

"I keep saying I’m going to pack my jersey full of tissues because it’s going to be really emotional," Elle said. "It’s so personal this year."

All the money raised for Closer to Free goes toward patient care and critical research at Smilow. Ride day is three weeks from Saturday on September 9th.

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<![CDATA[New Britain Fire Chief on Leave Pending Investigation]]> Fri, 18 Aug 2017 07:29:09 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/New-Britain-Fire-Chief-Ronalter.jpg

The New Britain fire chief will be on paid administrative leave starting today pending an investigation into racial bias. 

Mayor Erin Stewart presented Chief Thomas Ronalter with a report to determine whether racial bias is present at the fire department. 

"While I agree the fire department has issues to resolve, I disagree with many of the findings in the report," Ronalter said in a statement Thursday. "Unfortunately, since all employees were not interviewed, I believe the report is not as fair and balanced as it should be. Many firefighters did not participate, because they were informed that the investigation was focused on alleged racism in the Department, and they did not have comments concerning racial bias."

Stewart's office said Ronalter will be placed on leave indefinitely, pending an investigation by the mayor. 

On Thursday, Stewart tweeted: "Sometimes it may be tough...but I will ALWAYS do what it (sic) right."

In his statement, Ronalter said he has "embraced" a diverse workforce and claims that out of the firefighters he has hired during his time as fire chief, 50 percent have been minorities and women. 

"I detest racism and all of the harm it causes. While I have made mistakes, I have never treated people -- firefighters or otherwise -- differently based on the color of their skin," Ronalter wrote.

He ended the statement by saying he is ready to work with the mayor, the fire department's command staff and all firefighters to address any problems. 

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<![CDATA[Severe Thunderstorm Watch in Effect]]> Fri, 18 Aug 2017 14:27:47 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/cover+photo1.png

A Severe Thunderstorm Watch has been issued for Fairfield and Litchfield counties ahead if this afternoon and evenings severe weather threat. 

Our team of meteorologists has issued a First Alert for strong to potentially severe thunderstorms today.

A few showers and downpours will continue through the early afternoon hours. 

The thunderstorm threat increases by the late afternoon and early evening hours. A few thunderstorms that do develop have could be strong to even severe with gusty winds, heavy rain, small hail, and frequent lightning. 


You can see on First Alert Future Radar that a line of storms is expected to move through the state after 3 to 4 p.m. and continue into the evening hours.

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<![CDATA[Man, Wife, Daughters Charged After Dispute That Led to Death]]> Thu, 17 Aug 2017 14:41:27 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Waldo+Gonzalez+mug+shot.jpg

A man, his wife and their two teenage daughters have been arrested in connection with a dispute between families that police said led to a homicide.

Waldo Gonzalez, 43, is accused of shooting and killing 44-year-old Ronald Simmons at Norman Street and Freemont Avenue on July 2 after a dispute between their families, police said.

He has been charged with murder, criminal possession of a firearm, possession of a pistol without a permit and risk of injury to a minor. He is being held on a $1 million bond.

His wife and two daughters have been arrested in connection with the dispute, police said.

Gonzalez' wife, 39-year-old Luz Perez, has been charged with attempted burglary in the second degree, risk of injury to a minor, assault in the third degree and breach of peace in connection with the dispute.

Her bond was set at $25,000 bond.

Gonzalez' daughters, 18-year-old daughter, Dynasty Gonzalez, and his 15-year-old daughter face assault in the third degree and breach of peace charges, police said.

Dynasty has a $5,000 bond and the juvenile was released without bond.

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<![CDATA[Your Local Solar Eclipses Parties and Events]]> Thu, 17 Aug 2017 15:41:12 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/212*120/total+solar+eclipse.jpg

Don’t get left in the dark on the solar eclipse. The moon will pass in front of the sun, around 2:45 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 21, temporarily blocking the sunlight from reaching the Earth’s surface.

Check out your local solar eclipse viewing party and remember to be safe as you view this exciting natural phenomenon!

Great American Solar Eclipse Viewing
Where:  Amphitheater at Elm Ridge Park, Rocky Hill
When: 1 p.m. to  4 p.m.
Details: The Cora J. Belden Library is hosting the event and the first 1,000 registrants will get free eclipse viewing glasses. Eclipse-related activities will take place.

A Total Eclipse Celebration
Where: Connecticut Science Center, 250 Columbus Ave., Hartford
When: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Details: Various activities include yoga with a certified children’s instructor, educational activities, and food trucks

Solar Eclipse at Van Vleck Observatory
Where: Van Vleck Observatory, 96 Foss Hill, Middletown
When: 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Details: Wesleyan University is hosting the event and telescopes will be open for public viewing and eclipse-safe glasses will be provided. The John Monroe Van Vleck Professor of Astronomy, Bill Herbst will be available for brief interviews and questions.

Solar Eclipse Viewing Party
Where: Horsebarn Hill Road, next to the UConn Dairy Bar in Storrs
When: 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. 
Details: 150 solar eclipse glasses for first arrivals. There will be a tutorial on eclipses before the eclipse and a Q and A with an astrophysicist after the eclipse. A pin-hole making activity will take place for the kids.

Solar Eclipse at the Children’s Museum
Where: The Children's Museum, 960 Trout Brook Dr, West Hartford
When: 1:20 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Details: Telescopes will be open to the public and educators will be demonstrating how to view the eclipse with a pinhole projection. Eclipse viewing is included with general museum admission.

Partial Solar Eclipse @ LFOP
Where: The Leitner Family Observatory and Planetarium, 355 Prospect St, New Haven
When: 1:25 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Details: Solar telescopes will be provided as well a eclipse glasses while supplies last. There will also be a live video feed of the eclipse from different vantage points in the country.

The Eclipse 2017 Observing Event
Where: Glastonbury Planetarium, 95 Oak St, Glastonbury
When: 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Who: Glastonbury Planetarium
Details: Event will take place in the field next to the planetarium. The planetarium will provide solar viewers for guests as well as properly-fitted telescopes. There will also be a short presentation of the eclipse as well as a live stream of the eclipse from the planetarium’s dome. The planetarium recommends attendees bring blankets, lawn chairs, etc. for the event.

Solar Eclipse Viewing Party
Where: Ballard Park, Ridgefield
When: 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Details: Activities will take place throughout the day and glasses will be provided to attendees at the event.

Solar Eclipse Viewing at WAS
Where: Rolnick Observatory, 182 Bayberry Ln, Westport
When: 1:15 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.
Details: Viewing equipment and eye protection will be provided.

Solar Eclipse Viewing Party
Where: John J. McCarthy Observatory, New Milford High School, Route 7
When: 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Details: An assortment of protected telescopes and binoculars will be provided and volunteers will be demonstrating how to make pin-hole devices to view the eclipse safely.

“Howl at the Sun” Eclipse Party

Where: Pratt Street in downtown Hartford
When: 12 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Details: Register to win Wolf Pack prizes, receive promotional codes for the Wolf Pack’s October 6 home opener game, jump on the Wolf Pack inflatable, and meet “Sonar” the Wolf Pack’s mascot. Note, viewing the solar eclipse is not included in this event.

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<![CDATA[72-Year-Old Man Struck and Killed by Car in Bridgeport]]> Thu, 17 Aug 2017 13:53:45 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/bridgeport+police+cruiser+2.jpg

A 72-year-old man was struck by a car in Bridgeport Thursday morning and has died.

Police said Albert Youle, 72, of, Bridgeport, was struck by a car in the 300 block of Old Town Road at 6:46 a.m. Thursday.

He was crossing Old Town Road to go to his car, which was parked on McAdoo Avenue in Trumbull when an 18-year-old Bridgeport woman driving a 2014 Toyota Camry eastbound on Old Town Road hit him, police said. 

Youle was transported to St Vincent’s Hospital, where he died from his injuries at 8:26 a.m., police said.

The driver remained at the scene and is cooperating with the investigation.

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<![CDATA[Second Teen Charged in Murder of Danbury Teen]]> Thu, 17 Aug 2017 13:30:11 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Danbury+Police+generic.jpg

Police have charged a second teen with murder in connection with the death of an 18-year-old Danbury.

Police said officers found 18-year-old Gabriel Bara-Bardo, of Danbury, alone and unconscious in the road next to his vehicle on Abbott Street around 5:45 p.m. on Aug. 5 when they responded to a report of suspicious activity.

Bara-Bardo never regained consciousness and died from his injuries, according to police. His death was later ruled a homicide and was caused by complications following blunt impact to the head and neck.

Police previously arrested a 15-year-old boy who has been charged with felony murder, second-degree robbery, criminal mischief, larceny and four counts of conspiracy to commit all the above charges. He was transported to the Bridgeport Juvenile Detention Center.

Police have now arrested a 16-year-old boy and charged him with felony murder, second-degree robbery, second-degree criminal mischief, fifth-degree larceny and four counts of conspiracy to commit felony murder, second-degree robbery, second-degree criminal mischief and fifth-degree larceny,

Police said they expect to make more arrests.

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<![CDATA[Mixed Reviews About Tax-Free Week Amid State Deficit]]> Thu, 17 Aug 2017 12:27:32 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Back+to+school+shopping.jpg

Connecticut’s annual sales tax-free week will go on as planned and there are mixed reviews as it happens during a time the state faces a massive deficit. 

Tax-free week runs from Sunday, Aug. 20 through Saturday, Aug. 26 and items such as clothing, shoes and hats, under $100 each, will be excluded from the state’s 6.35 percent sales tax. 

During the week, the state typically loses out on $4 million to $5 million, according to Department of Revenue Services Commissioner Kevin Sullivan. 

This will happen at a time when the state is facing a $5 billion deficit over the next two fiscal years. 

However, Sullivan said the advantage to the tax-free week is that local retailers will often drop prices on certain items to make them eligible for the tax break, saving families even more money. 

State Rep. Josh Elliott (D-Hamden) said losing that kind of money is concerning. 

“We cannot afford to lose a projected $4.1 million in unclaimed sales tax during the Tax-Free week. We need to rely on every source of revenue so we can protect our core services and programs,” he said in a statement. “The tax-free week was initially implemented to increase foot traffic in our local shops, particularly our small businesses. This tax-free holiday is no longer having the same effect that it once had.” 

Elliott suggested that instead of a tax-free week the state should lower the sales tax and increase taxes on the state’s top-earners. 

But First Selectman Lori Spielman (R-Ellington) disagrees and said the tax-free week still has a huge benefit for working families. 

“If you have three or four children it adds up fast and I think it’s really important that the working people get a break. We have to do all we can to help,” Spielman said. 

Several parents agreed the savings are a big help. 

“I think it’s great. It’s definitely a help,” said Jennifer Jones, of Coventry, who plans to do most of her back-to-school shopping next week. 

“Unfortunately, we bought the backpacks already. We still have to buy them shoes and stuff like that, so that will help us out a little bit,” said David Figueroa, a father of three. 

Other legislators also expressed their opinions. 

"Many Connecticut consumers and back-to-school shoppers this year are counting on tax free week for savings. To cancel the program so close to tax free week would have been unfair to families, retailers and small businesses," Senate President Pro Tempore Martin M. Looney (D-New Haven) said in a statement. 

The tax-free week will go on as scheduled because legislators did not change the existing law. 

Here are some examples of clothing and shoes that are exempt during the tax-free week when they are sold for less than $100:  

  • Antique clothing
  • Aprons (kitchen)
  • Arm warmers
  • Athletic socks
  • Bandannas
  • Baseball hats
  • Bathing caps
  • Belts, suspenders, belt buckles
  • Bicycle sneakers (without cleats)
  • Blouses
  • Chef uniforms
  • Children’s bibs
  • Clerical vestments and religious clothing
  • Diapers (cloth or disposable, adult or child)
  • Dresses
  • Ear muffs
  • Employee uniforms (such as police, fire, mechanics, nurses, postal)
  • Formal wear gowns
  • Formal wear rentals
  • Foul weather gear
  • Garters
  • Gloves
  • Golf dresses and skirts
  • Golf jackets
  • Golf shirts
  • Graduation caps and gowns
  • Gym suits
  • Handkerchiefs
  • Hats, caps
  • Fashion boots
  • Jeans
  • Jogging suits, sweat suits
  • Leg warmers
  • Leotards, tights;
  • Lingerie
  • Nylons, hosiery -- Support hose specially designed to aid in the circulation of blood purchased by persons with a medical need for the hose are exempt under Conn. Gen. Stat. §12-412(19) regardless of their cost.
  • Overclothes
  • Overshoes, rubbers, boots
  • Painter pants
  • Ponchos
  • Rain jackets, rain suits, rain wear
  • Rented uniforms
  • Robes
  • Sashes
  • Scarves
  • Scout uniforms
  • Shirts
  • Shoelaces
  • Shoes: aerobic, basketball, boat, running (without cleats), safety (suitable for everyday wear)
  • Ski sweaters, ski jackets
  • Sleepwear (nightgowns, pajamas)
  • Slippers
  • Sneakers
  • Socks
  • Square dancing clothes
  • Swim suits
  • Tennis clothing (dresses, hats, shorts, and skirts)
  • Ties (men’s and women’s)
  • Undergarments
  • Wedding gowns, headpieces, and veils
  • Work clothes

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