<![CDATA[NBC Connecticut - Connecticut News]]> Copyright 2014 http://www.nbcconnecticut.com/news/local http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/NBC_Connecticut.png NBC Connecticut http://www.nbcconnecticut.com en-us Sat, 30 Aug 2014 02:18:59 -0400 Sat, 30 Aug 2014 02:18:59 -0400 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Old Saybrook Police Recover Three Rifles]]> Sat, 30 Aug 2014 00:14:19 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/webpicupdate82914.jpg

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

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

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

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

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

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

<![CDATA[Willimantic Police Make Arrest in Shooting]]> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 23:18:41 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/willimantic+shooting.jpg

Willimantic police have arrested a 19-year-old man for a shooting that left a 16-year-old injured.

Half a dozen people were taken into police custody for questioning Tuesday after a 16-year-old was shot in the arm in a Willimantic alley near the 700 block of Main Street, according to police.

On Friday, police say they took Jaime Padilla, of Ash Street, into custody. He is charged with 1st-degree assault with a deadly weapon and 1st-degree reckless endangerment. He is being held on a $150,000 bond and expected in court September 2.

Police said the victim was walking with three other teens in an alley that runs between Main Street and Riverside Drive around 4 p.m. Tuesday when a man appeared in the alleyway and fired at the group.

The victim was struck once in the left arm and was taken to Windham Hospital, then transferred to the Connecticut Children's Medical Center in Hartford, according to police.

His injuries were non-life threatening.

The shooter ran from the scene. Police are calling it an isolated incident and said they don't believe there's any danger to the general public.

Police said they don't believe the shooting was random.

Main Street/Route 66 was closed in the area of Riverside Drive for several hours Tuesday while authorities responded to the scene.

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<![CDATA[Second Amendment Rights Group Endorses Foley]]> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 20:24:35 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Tom+Foley+Getty+2010.jpg

Amidst much speculation the group, Connecticut Citizens Defense League announced Friday that it would endorse GOP gubernatorial candidate Tom Foley in the 2014 race.

The group's president said the endorsement was an inevitable one.

"Tom is far ahead in the polls" said Scott Wilson, the President of the 15,000 member CCDL. "Tom has indicated that if by some miracle that a repeal would be brought to him, he would sign it."

The CCDL has been by far one of the most vocal Second Amendment rights groups in the region since Connecticut's General Assembly passed one of the most sweeping gun control measures in the country. The legislation came in response to the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting that took the lives of 26 people, including 20 children in December 2012.

Foley's campaign embraced the endorsement from the state's strongest gun rights group.
In a statement, Foley campaign spokesman Chris Cooper said, "We welcome the support the CCDL and any group seeking change in Connecticut. CCDL members have been bullied by Governor Malloy as have teachers, state workers, and parents."

Connecticut's Democrats say the endorsement is a sign that Foley has gone too far right in his second bid for the state's highest office.

Devon Puglia, a spokesperson for the party, said "it is clear now that Tom Foley would take us backwards on our smart, strict gun law."

"This is an extremist group that Tom Foley is standing shoulder to shoulder with because he has promised to repeal our gun law," Puglia added.

Wilson with CCDL resents the label of his group being labeled "extremist." He said he thinks the Malloy campaign has orchestrated a campaign to smear the group.

"We're everyday people and we go to our communities and we are citizens of the state of Connecticut," Wilson said. "Our only mission is to defend and protect our Second Amendment rights."

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<![CDATA[Security Heightened at State Capitol, LOB Buildings]]> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 20:21:25 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/connecticut+capitol+generic.jpg

For the first time, visitors to the Connecticut Capitol and the Legislative Office Building will all have to be screened by security.

“It’s just a step” said Scott Driscoll, of the Capitol Police. “It’s a progressive step that we’ve taken over the course of the years, of all the steps we’ve taken to ensure the safety here.”

At the entrances to both the Capitol and the LOB, visitors could expect to be screened by contracted security guards and the Capitol Police. The security measures aren’t uncommon. Since September 11, 2001 officials at state and federal buildings across the country have stepped up their approaches to safety.

Driscoll says it might take some time for visitors to get used to the new processes like emptying their pockets and walking through metal detectors but eventually it should become a routine.

“We’re going to be working out some kinks in the road” Driscoll said. “It’s going to take a couple of days into it but we’re going to be doing everything we can to make it as easy as possible to get people into the building.”

Taxpayers will be providing the cash to pay for the new staff and equipment. According to the Office of Legislative Management, the estimated cost of the new security checkpoints is $600,000.

<![CDATA[Man Arrested in Two Robberies]]> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 19:26:30 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Terence+Police+Edited.jpg

Bridgeport police arrested a 30-year-old man connected to two commercial robberies in the city and are investigating whether he is tied to robberies in nearby towns.

Bridgeport detectives who are members of the U.S. Marshal's Violent Crime Fugitive Task Force found  Terrence Police hiding in a third-floor bedroom in a home on Arch Street in Ansonia and arrested him, police said.

Police is suspected in an Aug. 4 robbery at the Success market at 536 Success Avenue and another one on Aug. 6 at Oasis market at 629 Connecticut Avenue in Bridgeport, police said.

Police said that the suspect, wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, demanded money at gunpoint at both locations. Bridgeport detectives obtained video surveillance of the two robberies and showed it to the public to help find the suspect.

“This person was responsible for at least two robberies in our city and possibly more in other towns,” Police Chief Joseph L. Gaudett Jr. said in a statement. “Our detectives have received training from the FBI on techniques for securing video footage and quickly getting it out to the public, and it is paying dividends. The community has stepped forward and provided valuable information in this case and others. We’ve taken dangerous people off the street.”

The suspect has a history of felony charges, including first-degree assault and first-degree robbery, police said.

He was charged with two counts each of first-degree robbery, carrying a pistol without a permit and criminal possession of a firearm by a felon in the Bridgeport robberies, as well as violation of probation, police said.

Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch applauded the police department's apprehension of the suspect in the two robberies.

"Kudos to the police who work hard every single day to keep our streets safe for kids and families,” Finch said in a statement. “This is one more criminal we're taking off of our streets. And, we're remaining vigilant in continuing efforts to decrease our city's crime rate, which is lower than it has been in decades.”

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<![CDATA[ Police Search for 2 Bank Robbers: Cops]]> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 19:00:07 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/police-lights-shutterstock_542372562.jpg

West Haven police are seeking two male robbers who stole from a Main Street bank Friday afternoon, police said.

The robbery took place at the Greater West Haven Federal Credit Union at 502 Main Street at about 3 p.m., according to police. One of the men was armed with a handgun, police said.

Police are looking for two male robbers who fled the scene and were last seen wearing black sweatshirts and jeans, police said.

Officers were still on scene just before 6 p.m. investigating.

More information will be provided when it becomes available.

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<![CDATA[Secret Service Investigates Possible Threat to President]]> Sat, 30 Aug 2014 00:19:57 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/AP995664873180.jpg

Police are searching for a reported suspicious person driving a vehicle with Connecticut plates who may have threatened President Barack Obama, according to authorities.

A United States Secret Service official told NBC News that the agency and police are investigating the report's validity, but the official did not release further details.

Authorities said that the person is driving a car with Connecticut plates. The vehicle was described as a 2014 blue Volkswagen Jetta. Connecticut State Police confirmed they are looking for the car.

President Obama landed in Air Force One at Westchester County Airport just before 2 p.m. on Friday before heading to fundraising events in New York, NBC New York reported. He is expected to land at Green Airport in Warwick, Rhode Island on Friday evening. Local police in New York received reports that someone possibly trying to harm the president was headed in that direction in the Jetta.

A number of police bulletins went out in New York and Connecticut searching for the car, but so far there have been no reports that the vehicle has been found.

The president is scheduled to fly back to the White House Friday later evening.

Stay tuned for more details.

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<![CDATA[Homeowner Interrupts Burglary At Wallingford House]]> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 17:49:57 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/tlmd_police_tape_lights_generic_thumbnail.jpg

A Wallingford homeowner caught a female intruder in the act of burglarizing her Harrison Road home on Friday morning and police have since arrested the woman and an accomplice who fled the scene in a car.

Jenny Morales, 43, and Daniel Aquino-Ramirez, 21, both from Bridgeport, are facing multiple burglary charges.

A Wallingford resident called 911 to report that she had "just interrupted a burglary at her home," police said in a news release. The homeowner caught a female burglar by surprise when she came home and fled into a waiting vehicle upon seeing the resident.

After Wallingford police shared a description of the getaway vehicle and the license plate number to area police departments and State Police, a North Haven police officer spotted a car matching the description on the southbound side of  Interstate 91. Police stopped the car in New Haven and took Morales and Aquino-Ramirez into custody. The homeowner positively identified both of them.

Police charged both Morales and Aquino-Ramirez with second-degree burglary, conspiracy to commit second-degree burglary, criminal attempt to commit sixth-degree larceny and conspiracy to commit sixth-degree larceny.

Police held Morales on a $200,000 bond and Aquino-Ramirez on a $100,000 bond. They are both scheduled to appear in Meriden Superior Court on Sept. 12.

Morales also was wanted on two separate outstanding arrest warrants, including violation of probation, third-degree burglary and first-degree failure to appear out of Norwalk and third-degree larceny and first-degree failure to appear out of Bridgeport, police said. She is scheduled to appear in court in Norwalk for those charges on Sept. 9.

<![CDATA[Burglars Hid Under Bed, In Closet: Cops]]> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 16:44:20 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Hamden+police.JPG

Hamden police have arrested three teenagers connected to a home invasion that happened Wednesday afternoon, police said.

Lamont Keys, 19, Rashid Whitley, 19, and a 16-year-old, all New Haven residents, are facing multiple burglary and home invasion charges.

Police responded to a home on Dest Drive after a caller told police that three people broke into her house at about 2 p.m. and were still inside in a bedroom downstairs.

A first floor window was open when police arrived and officers saw "a figure" run down a hallway, police said. Police had to force entry to get inside and found two people hiding in the bedroom closet and another individual under the bed, according to police.

Police charged Keys, Whitley and the 16-year-old with first-degree burglary, conspiracy to commit first-degree burglary, home invasion, conspiracy to commit home invasion and possession of burglary tools. Police did not release the 16-year-old's identity because of the person's age.

Keys and Whitley  were held in police custody on a $100,000 bond and are scheduled to appear in court in Meriden on Sept. 10. The 16-year-old is scheduled to appear in New Haven Juvenile Court on Sept. 10.

<![CDATA[Man Convicted of Sex Assault Captured After Eluding Authorities ]]> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 16:04:01 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Handcuffs-generic-custody.jpg

A man found guilty of sexual assault is back in police custody months after he was scheduled to be sentenced.

Dardian Celaj, 37, was convicted of a first-degree sexual assault in Derby in 2012 Derby and managed to elude authorities even though he was wearing a GPS tracking device, according to the Hartford Courant.

U.S. Marshals took him into custody on Thursday at a friend's house in Naugatuck.

He was charged with first-degree failure to appear.

He was expected to appear in court on Friday. 

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<![CDATA[Police Investigate Shooting in Willimantic ]]> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 15:46:36 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/police_generic21.jpg

Willimantic police are investigating after a man walked into a hospital emergency room to be treated for a gunshot wound early Friday morning.

Police said staff from the Windham Community Memorial Community emergency room called them at 2:40 a.m. after the man arrived.

The wound was not life-threatening, according to police, and they said it is not clear where the shooting happened.

The man walked into the ER around an hour and a half after a resident of Ivan Hill Street called police to report hearing gunshots.

Police investigated and found no victims, but did see five bullet holes in a home.

Anyone with information is asked to call Willimantic Police at 860-465-3135 and ask to speak with a detective.

<![CDATA[Man Arrested After Yelling at Southwest Employees]]> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 15:24:57 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/southwest+airlines+plane+0303.jpg

A Florida man was arrested at Bradley Airport just before noon on Friday after he yelled at baggage agents, according to police.

Police said they responded to the airport at 11:58 a.m. because Gael Carter, 53, of Tampa, Florida, was yelling at Southwest Airlines baggage agents.

Troopers took Carter into custody.

He was placed under arrest and charged with second-degree intimidation based on bigotry/bias, according to a news release from police.

Bond was set at $5,000.

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<![CDATA[Hartford Teen Has Been Missing Since Monday]]> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 15:13:02 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Jillian+Burgos+1200.jpg

Police have issued a Silver Alert for a 14-year-old Hartford girl who has been missing since Monday.

When Jillian Burgos was last seen, she was in her backyard on Natalie Street.

She was wearing a purple shirt, gray shorts and white sneakers. She was carrying a blue book bag with a butterfly design, according to police.

Jillian has black hair and brown eyes. She is 5-feet-7 and weighs 285 pounds, according to the Silver Alert.

She does not have any medical condition, according to police and she is not a habitual runaway.

Anyone with information on Julia's whereabouts should call Special Investigations Division Acting Commander, Sgt. Sonia Watson (860) 757-4482 or Det. Ivys Arroyo (860)757-4236.

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<![CDATA[Man Who “Stuck Up” Drug Dealers Arrested on Gun Charges: Cops]]> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 15:04:28 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/hartford+police+generic+3.JPG

A man who is accused of sticking up drug dealers in Hartford was arrested on weapons charges on Thursday night. 

Police responded to 179 Albany Avenue at 10:14 p.m. and found Michael Davis, 26, of Hartford, who ran and headed westbound on Albany Avenue, police said.

Davis, a convicted felon with prior firearms and narcotics convictions, was taken into custody and police said he had an illegal Boston Bulldog .32 caliber revolver in his pants pocket.

David was charged with interfering with police, possession of a pistol without a permit and criminal possession of a firearm.

<![CDATA[Baby Son of Navy Sailor Had 29 Bone Fractures]]> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 20:09:41 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/jordan+rittenhouse+child+abuse+suspect.jpg

The 2-month-old son of a U.S, Navy sailor had 29 bone fractures when he was taken to Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital and his father is being held on $500,000 bond after being charged with assaulting the baby.

Jordan Rittenhouse, 24, of Groton, was arrested after police investigated a report of possible child abuse on Tuesday and found the baby with life-threatening injuries.

Hospital officials said this is the worst case they have seen and authorities said they are surprised the baby is still alive.

While Rittenhouse initially denied hurting his baby son, born June 21 in New London, he confessed when police confronted him with the extent of the infant's injuries. He admitted to police that he squeezed his son hard enough to make him stop crying around eight times over a three- to four-week span, according to the arrest warrant application.

He also said he squeezed the baby under the armpits several times and was concerned on one occasion that he might have punctured a lung, according to court documents.

When his infant son was fussy and did not want a bottle, Rittenhouse “shoved” the bottle in his mouth, causing the baby to bleed, according to police.

He told police he was not concerned and explained it to his wife by saying the baby must have scratched himself.

But his wife took the baby to Lawrence and Memorial Hospital in New London when she was concerned he wasn't eating properl. Hospital staff transferred him to Yale-New Haven Children's Hospital.
Rittenhouse has been charged with first-degree assault and risk of injury to a minor and he is on suicide watch.

Rittenhouse, who comes from rural North Carolina, is a seaman in the U.S. Navy and a student at the Naval Submarine School at Subase New London, according to Chris Zendan, a spokesperson for the sub base. 

He enrolled in the Navy in November 2013 and reported to the school in January, Zendan said. 

Rittenhouse is not suspended from his naval duties and remains a student at the school, according to Zendan.

Sources close to the investigation said the alleged assault happened at Rittenhouse's home on Deerwood Drive, part of a Navy housing complex in Groton.

Neighbors said the allegations are shocking, but some acknowledged there may have been red flags.

"It's very eerie knowing that this neighbor lives directly next door to us. It's very concerning as a parent," said Teddy McCarty, who has three children and whose husband is in the Navy.

McCarty said Rittenhouse once aggressively yelled at his daughter when he found her playing with the water house outside his house. Police said his daughter is 2 years old.

"We hope that the father gets the help he needs and we pray to God that the son is well and that he never has to experience this again," said electronic technician seaman Nick Callands.

Rittenhouse was originally held on $300,000 bond, but it was increased to $500,000 on Friday. Rittenhouse was ordered to have no contact with his family if he posts bail, but his public defender said he will not be able to pay it.

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<![CDATA[Pedestrian Hit and Injured in Norwalk]]> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 11:35:22 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Norwalk+pedestrian+struck+1200.jpg

A pedestrian was struck in Norwalk on Thursday night and police are looking for the driver who fled.

Police said, via Twitter, that the person was hit on the Stroffolino Bridge and early indications were that the person’s injuries are serious.

The driver was in a small red car and fled from the scene, police said.

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<![CDATA[Car Crashes Into Rocky Hill CVS]]> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 12:48:58 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Car+hits+Rocky+Hill+CVS1200.jpg

A car crashed into a CVS store in Rocky Hill on Friday morning.

The crash happened at 2427 Main Street, which is also the Silas Deane Highway,

No information was immediately available on the amount of damage or any injuries.

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<![CDATA[Death of Monroe Woman Deemed Suspicious]]> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 20:17:51 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Monroe+Police+Station+Jennifer+Sredzinski.jpg

Police are investigating the suspicious death of a 41-year-old Monroe woman who was found bleeding and with a head injury in the middle of the road at a condo complex early Monday morning.

Police responded to Windgate Circle in the Hills of Monroe Condominium complex at 6:16 a.m. on Monday after receiving a 911 call about an unconscious woman lying in the roadway.

The woman has been identified as Jennifer Sredzinski, 41, a resident of the complex.

According to the First Selectman, Jennifer Sredzinski was the ex-wife of Town Council J.P. Sredzinski, who is also running for State Representative in the 112th District. NBC Connecticut called Sredzinski for comment, but no one answered.

Emergency medical care was administered at the scene and Jennifer Sredzinski was transported to Bridgeport Hospital to be treated.

She died from her injuries on Thursday.

Police said they are investigating this case as an untimely death under suspicious circumstances.

No information was available on what caused the head injury, a motive or who might be responsible.

The condominium complex includes around 25 two-story buildings, which each contain six apartment-style condo units.

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<![CDATA[Teen Is Hit by Car on Way to School]]> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 15:35:06 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/New+Britain+crash+1200.jpg

A 17-year-old girl was hit by a car on her way to a magnet school, CREC Medical Professions and Teacher Preparation Academy, at 600 Slater Road in New Britain on Friday morning.

Police said the girl is at the hospital after being struck at Sterling Street and Slater Road. Her injuries are not life-threatening, according to police.

The driver stopped at the scene, police said. 

The crash is being investigated.

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<![CDATA[Man Threatened Girlfriend with Ax: Cops]]> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 08:02:28 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Peter+Phaneuf+1200.jpg

West Haven police have arrested a 54-year-old man who is accused of chasing his girlfriend with an ax and threatening to kill her because he thought she stole money from him. 

Police responded to a home on Church Street just before 11:30 a.m. on Thursday after getting several calls about a man chasing a woman with an ax.

When police got to the house, Peter Phaneuf, 54, of Church Street in West Haven, was walking toward the door with an ax in his hand, police said.

Police disarmed Phaneuf and learned that he had been arguing with his girlfriend and another man over money, police said.  

All three people were intoxicated and the woman told police Phaneuf accused her of stealing money, swung the ax at her and threatened to kill her, police said.

The other man told police the same thing.

Phaneuf was arrested, charged with two counts of second-degree threatening, and one count each of first-degree reckless endangerment, second-degree breach of peach and interfering with an officer and resisting arrest.

He was held on $10,000 bond and is due in court today.

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<![CDATA[Hidden Cash Craze Hits Hartford]]> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 11:37:14 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/cash-generic-722x406.jpg

Someone is giving away cash in Hartford this holiday weekend and all you have to do is follow the clues on Twitter to take part.

The mystery man goes by Dr. Cash on Twitter and gave out the first $50 just after 7 a.m. in Hartford. He is planning on giving $100 away around noon.

The hashtag Dr. Cash is using is #followforthedough

He had 122 followers on Friday morning and that number grew to more than 1,000 by 11:30 a.m.

This is a local version of the “hidden cash” Twitter craze that started in San Francisco.


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<![CDATA[Police Seize Almost 140 Pounds of Marijuana]]> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 07:19:30 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Stuart+Klotzer+1200.jpg

A Connecticut drug task force seized almost 140 pounds of marijuana when they made an arrest in Stafford on Thursday.

Members of the East Central Narcotics Taskforce were conducting surveillance on Thursday when they saw Stuart Klotzer, 54, of 42 Patten Road in Stafford, come out of a wooded area off of Niederwerfer Road and get into his car, police said.

The members of the taskforce followed him and reached out to the resident trooper for help to stop the car. 

When officers stopped the car, they found 8 pounds of marijuana in the car and detained Klotzer, police said.

That was just a small fraction of the marijuana police would find by the time the investigation was over.

Police said they learned that there were several marijuana plants growing in the wooded area Klotzer had been seen frequenting and seized another 69 and a half pounds of marijuana. 

The investigation also led police to Klotzer’s home, where police found yet another 60 pounds of marijuana, police said.

In all, police seized around 139 and a half pounds of marijuana, worth an estimated $348,750, marijuana packaging material, a 2000 Toyota Camry
and marijuana growing equipment, including a portable grow house, growing lights, fans, ventilators and more.

Klotzer was charged with possession of more than four ounces of marijuana, cultivation of marijuana, operating a drug factory and possession of marijuana with intent to sell.

Bond was set at $25,000.

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<![CDATA[2 Arrested After Police Find Heroin, Crack Cocaine, $4K]]> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 22:17:25 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/watertown+drug+arrests.jpg

Two accused drug dealers are facing charges in Watertown after officers found them with 465 bags of heroin, 3 grams of crack cocaine and more than $4,300 cash, according to police.

Police arrested 27-year-old Henry Vargas and 22-year-old Andre Heffler outside a home on Franklin Avenue in Watertown on Thursday afternoon.

According to police, the two were sitting in a car outside the house and made a hand-to-hand transaction while officers were watching. Police approached the car and saw marijuana inside.

Vargas, the driver, and Hoffler, his passenger, were both arrested after officers found them with large amounts of heroin and crack cocaine, along with $4,348 cash, police said.

Hoffler and Vargas were charged with two counts of possession of a narcotic, two counts of possession with intent to sell and possession of marijuana. They were each held on $200,000 bond.

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<![CDATA[Prostitute Steals Client's Hookah After Dispute: Police]]> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 21:46:26 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/west+hartford+police+cruiser.jpg

West Hartford police have arrested an accused prostitute and one of her male clients after a dispute over money prompted the woman to steal a hookah pipe from her patron's smoke shop, authorities said.

Authorities were called to Smoker's Discount World at 33 Crossroads Plaza on Thursday evening to investigate a shopliting complaint.

Police interviewed store owner Malik Moheed, 24, and two female customers – identified as 18-year-old Mattei Yamilet and 21-year-old Danielle Santos – and determined that Yamilet had stolen the hookah pipe following a disagreement with Moheed "over a fee for sexual services" she had rendered.

Police said Moheed and found Yamilet's listing on Backpage.com, an online platform for classified ads similar to Craigslist.

Yamilet was charged with prostitution and sixth-degree larceny. Malik was charged with patronizing a prostitute and falsely reporting an incident.

Santos was charged with third-degree mischief. Her involvement in the incident wasn't immediately clear.

<![CDATA[Pilot Killed in Va. Plane Crash]]> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 11:36:25 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/214*120/VA+fighter+jet+crash.jpg

Authorities have confirmed the Massachusetts Air National Guard pilot flying a military jet to New Orleans was killed in Wednesday's crash in the remote mountains near Deerfield Valley, Virginia.

Officials at the Barnes Air National Guard Base in Massachusetts are not releasing the pilot's name pending notification of the pilot's family.

The investigation into the crash is ongoing, officials said, and it may be several weeks before more information is released.

Search and rescue teams were able to make it to the remote crash site Thursday morning, 104th Fighter Wing Commander Col. James Keefe said, adding that he received an indication that crash investigators found the pilot, who did not safely eject from the plane.

The experienced pilot, a member of the 104th Fighter Wing, was flying alone to New Orleans to upgrade the military jet's radar system when he reported an in-flight emergency before Washington lost radio contact just after 9 a.m. Wednesday, according to officials.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and we are doing all we can to support them during this very difficult time," Col. Keefe said.

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick said it was a sad day for the Bay State.

"Throughout the last couple of days, as we learned the circumstances of this accident, we held out hope that the pilot would be found and returned safely to his family. Our prayers and condolences are with his family, the Wing Command and all the Members of the Massachusetts National Guard," his statement read.

<![CDATA[Hartford to Share City Data Through Open Portal]]> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 20:25:55 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/hartford+data.jpg

The city of Hartford has launched a new Web site designed to share raw municipal data through an open portal, the first of its kind in Connecticut.

Mayor Pedro Segarra announced the rollout at a news conference Thursday evening. The interactive site has already published 80 sets of data, including finance, education, public health and safety, housing, development and Freedom of Information requests.

The site will provide building maps, trade permits, housing code violations and information on police and fire incidents.

It serves to streamline the sharing of information both internally and with members of the public, according to the mayor’s office.

“Hartford is developing at a faster pace than it has in years,” Segarra said in a statement Thursday. “To keep up with that growth, we need to come up with ways to work faster, smoother and more efficiently.”

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<![CDATA[New London School Board Rescinds Contract of Superintendent]]> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 20:04:39 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/new+london+terrence+carter.jpg

In executive session Thursday night, the New London Board of Education voted unanimously to rescind the job offer to embattled superintendent candidate Terrence Carter, who was days away from signing a contract when questions about his background came to light.

Carter was set to receive his doctorate degree from Lesley University in Massachusetts earlier this week, but – for reasons still unclear – was denied his Ph.D., according to a university spokesperson.

School officials learned earlier this summer that Carter did not have his degree, despite having referred to himself as a doctor for years. Amid mountin uncertainty, the board postponed a vote on his contract.

The state Department of Education asked Carter to withdraw his application, and school leaders commissioned a local law firm to investigate his background.

District spokesperson Julianne Hanckel said Thursday night that the school board voted 6-0 to rescind Carter's offer of employment.

New London native Richard Foye has been named interim superintendent and will serve for 90 days.

Carter has declined to comment.

<![CDATA[Motorcyclist Killed in Crash on I-95 in Milford]]> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 19:32:10 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/police-lights-generic-0311.jpg

A motorcyclist died after crashing on Interstate 95 southbound near exit 40 in Milford late Thursday afternoon, according to state police.

The exit 40 off-ramp is closed while authorities investigate.

Police said the accident was reported around 4:30 p.m. No other vehicles were involved in the crash.

Police have not released the identity of the driver.

No additional information was immediately available.

Check back for updates.

<![CDATA[Police Union Clashes With Chief Over Taser Incident]]> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 19:36:02 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/hartford+police+union+taser.jpg

“It sent the wrong message.”

That's how the Hartford Police Union is describing Chief James Rovella’s participation in a protest Wednesday night against the tasing of 18-year-old Luis Anglero on Aug. 19.

“Walking with the protesters conveying anti-police sentiments and calling for the arrest of Det. Ware conveyed a message to the rank and file that politics will overshadow the facts,” said union president Sgt. Richard Holton.

Rovella described his intentions in a letter to the department.

“I am trying to diffuse any continued animosity towards the police," he wrote. "It is important to support their freedom of expression. It is equally important to explain the police’s side.”

The department maintains that Anglero was ignoring commands to leave the site of a disturbance at Garden Street and Albany Avenue, saying he was uncooperative and aggressive.

Anglero’s family, on the other hand, insists the teen was complying with police when the officer tased him.

“This is a tragedy and we need to view it as such,” said Rabbi Donna Berman, one of the protest organizers, who said she walked side by side with Rovella on Wednesday.

Though not sure of his motive when he arrived, by the end of the night, Berman was happy he came, she said.

“We really need to look each other in the eye and talk about things,” she said. “That is what he did and that is leadership.”

Rovella isn’t the only one the union is calling into question.

The union said in a statement that “a rush to judgment before all of the facts are known by anyone, especially by leaders in high positions of influence, is reckless and inflammatory.”

“It has become politically fashionable to criticize and prejudge a police officer’s decision,” said Sgt. Holton.

The union said it's standing behind the detective who tased Anglero and that he's handling the backlash as well as can be expected.

Others continue to call for the charges against Anglero to be dropped and for the detective to be taken off the street.

They say this story isn’t about to go away and that Rovella’s presence at the protest is the only hope they have of working toward a real resolution.

Photo Credit: NBCConnecticut.com]]>
<![CDATA[Departing Education Chief Reflects on Successes]]> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 20:40:51 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/stefan+pryor.jpg

As he prepares to leave his three-year post as Connecticut’s Commissioner of Education, Stefan Pryor says he’s perhaps most of proud of how the dialogue has shifted in and around schools.

“I'm hearing a lot from parents who are saying, 'You know what, we shouldn't be settling for good enough in Connecticut. We should be reaching for true excellence,'” Pryor said during an exclusive interview Thursday.

Pryor announced last week that he will not serve for second term if the opportunity presents itself. He was appointed by Gov. Dannel Malloy in September 2011.

He did face his fair share of challenges throughout his term, including implementing the Common Core State Standards into Connecticut schools. He also grappled at times with the state’s influential teachers unions like the Connecticut Education Association.

“I think that overall it’s been a working relationship with us and with the governor’s office and the commissioner for the improvement of public education,” said Mark Waxenberg, the current Executive Director of the CEA. “We did disagree on issues but we always had the same goal in mind which was always students, teachers, and public education but we did come from a different perspective. I wouldn’t say I was happy to see him go.”

Pryor touted accomplishments like education reform and increasing the amount of funding for and the number of students enrolled in the state’s First Class Pre-K program.

On Common Core, however, is where Pryor found disagreement when it came to implementation with some teachers, but he defended the way the state handled the standards.

“In Connecticut, we've taken the time listening to stakeholders. We can always do more of that but there's been teacher voice, there's been parent voice in the process so we've adjusted our method,” Pryor said.

Waxenberg said he would prefer to see Connecticut-based standards incorporate the Common Core rather than take a mandate from Washington on what’s best for the state.

“Instead of replacing the Connecticut standards with common core, we should be melding them together to make that Connecticut’s are the most rigorous in the country because they have been over the past years,” Waxenberg said.

Pryor said he’s not sure of his last day but has the option to work until the end of 2014.

<![CDATA[Whalley Avenue Reopens in New Haven Days After Fire]]> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 18:25:36 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/new+haven+delaneys+fire+destroyed.JPG

Whalley Avenue reopened Thursday in the Westville section of New Haven after a three-alarm fire destroyed a popular pub and the five apartments upstairs.

The wooden building – which went up more than a century ago at 882 Whalley Avenue and is listed in the National Historic Registry – has been deemed a total loss.

City leaders convened Thursday morning to "reaffirm with one another and reassure the public that Whalley Avenue and the rest of their commercial district is safe, secure, and once again open for business," according to a spokesperson for the mayor's office.

A spokesperson for the mayor's office said 78 firefighters used 3 million gallons of water and 300 bottles of oxygen while battling the blaze.

Four were injured injured, including at least two who were taken to the hospital for treatment of smoke inhalation and one who was under observation for chest pains.

The fire, which broke out around 5 p.m. Monday and raged overnight, displaced nine adults and one child, according to the mayor's office. Everyone made it out safely and firefighters rescued a cat named Molly.

"Because of the way the structure is made, [the fire] took off into the walls and we were basically chasing it all over the place," said New Haven Fire Chief Allyn Wright.

Demolition of the building began Tuesday and a stretch of Whalley Avenue remained closed near Fountain and Blake streets until late Thursday afternoon.

A one-block section of Central Avenue is still closed between Fountain Street and Whalley Avenue until demolition is complete, according to the mayor's office. The area could remain shut down for another week while workers secure the site.

Natural gas service was shut off to 43 customers, and 45 homes lost electricity after a power line snapped outside the building. All services have since been restored, the mayor's office said.

City leaders will meet again next week to update the public and respond to any issues that arise.

Photo Credit: NBCConnecticut.com]]>
<![CDATA[Free Smoke Alarm, Free Pizza for Bridgeport Residents]]> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 17:25:27 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/smoke_detector_hs.jpg

A free smoke detector and a pizza.

That's what Bridgeport firefighters and the mayor are offering Wednesday as part of its free smoke alarm program, the SafeAsleep Campaign, in efforts to save lives.

Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch and the city's fire department are partnering with Domino's Pizza on Main Street as part of the initiative.

Firefighters will go door to door and residents who can prove they have a working smoke detector will be given a free pizza order. Firefighters will install new smoke detectors in homes that don't have working alarms and those residents will also get free pizza.

Nonprofit RYASAP has installed more than 42,000 free smoke detectors in Brideport homes over the past decade, according to Bill Kaempffer, spokesperson for the Bridgeport fire and police departments.

“Our smoke detector program has absolutely saved lives,” Mayor Bill Finch said in a statement. “We know of at least 200 cases where people were alerted to a fire in their homes by smoke detectors provided and installed by the city. This program is an investment in keeping kids and families across our city safe, and it’s money well spent.”

The fire department also visits schools to promote fire safety and SafeAsleep to pass the message about the importance of smoke detectors along to parents and distributes fliers to residents about the program.

“This program is about keeping people safe,” Bridgeport Fire Chief Brian Rooney said. “And some people get their dinner for free on top of that. We want to create awareness. The hope is the neighbors will come out to check out the commotion and schedule appointments themselves for free smoke detectors.

Residents interested in a free smoke alarm can call 203-335-8835 for more information about the program.

<![CDATA[Elderly School Aide Kissed 8-Year-Old on Lips: Police]]> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 17:19:02 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/john+wunsch.jpg

A 77-year-old daycare worker and school aide in Plymouth is facing charges after kissing an 8-year-old girl on the lips on at least five occasions, according to police.

John Wunsch, of Terryville, was arrested July 23 and charged with risk of injury to a minor and impairing the morals of children.

According to the warrant for his arrest, Wunsch kissed the victim during an after-school program held at the Plymouth Center School on North Street.

School administrators told police Wunsch divided his time between the Plymouth Center School and the Terryville Learning Center, where he began work in 2000.

According to police, the most recent incident happened April 28 in a stairwell near the school gymnasium. The 8-year-old victim said Wunsch kissed her five or six times that afternoon and that it had happened several times before, starting on her last day of first grade.

Another school worker told police she and Wunsch were taking a group of 10 students to the gym when one of the boys began acting up. The child ran into a stairwell and Wunsch followed, bringing the victim along to help his coworker “manage the number of kids left in the gym,” the warrant says.

That’s when he allegedly kissed her on the lips. “We’re alone and we can kiss,” he told her in the stairwell, adding that they better “hurry up and do it,” according to the warrant. Wunsch’s coworker said the two reappeared two or three minutes later.

In a May 29 interview at the Plymouth Police Department, Wunsch said the victim had “accidentally kissed him” in February while running and jumping into his arms. He said he “viewed the accident as an embrace between friends” and that it happened on several other occasions over the next month, according to the warrant.

The victim, on the other hand, told a clinical supervisor at Saint Francis Hospital that Wunsch would kiss her on the lips when they were alone and on the top of the head when other people were around.

According to the warrant, she told her parents she wanted it to stop but didn’t say anything to Wunsch because she “didn’t want to hurt his feelings.”

School workers and administrators said there had never been evidence of misconduct in the past, the warrant says.

Wunsch was arrested July 23 and released on $25,000 bond. He appeared in court Aug. 4 and has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of an internal investigation.

Photo Credit: Plymouth Police Department]]>
<![CDATA[North Haven Dad Hits 3-Year-Old Daughter Across Face: Police]]> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 15:46:37 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/north+haven+police+generic+1200.jpg

Police have arrested a North Haven dad accused of hitting his 3-year-old daughter across the face, leaving the child with bruises and a bloody nose, according to police.

Officers found Elliot Sanchez, 44, lying on his back in a gas station parking lot on Quinnipiac Avenue near Middletown Avenue on Wednesday evening. His daughter was with him and her face was bloody, according to police.

Police said Sanchez had struck his daughter across the face, causing a nosebleed and bruising around both eyes and her right ear. Her arms were also marked with “finger-shaped bruises,” according to police.

The child was taken to a local hospital for treatment.

Police arrested Sanchez and charged with him with assault, risk of injury to a minor and breach of peace.

He was held on $50,000 bond.

<![CDATA[Frank Pepe's Tops List of Country's 101 Best Pizzas]]> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 15:29:43 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Pepe%27s+Pizza+722.jpg

What’s your favorite pizza place?

The Daily Meal has just compiled its latest list of the top 101 pizzas in the country, and coming in at No. 1 is – you guessed it – Frank Pepe’s in New Haven.

Pepe’s white clam pie has been named the best pizza in the country. It’s one of five Connecticut establishments to snag a spot in the to 100, including two others in the top 15.

Local pizza shops to make the cut include:

  • Frank Pepe's, of New Haven, at No. 1
  • Sally’s Apizza, of New Haven, at No. 7
  • Modern Apizza, of New Haven, at No. 11
  • Colony Pizza, in Stamford, at. No. 27
  • Roseland Apizza, in Derby, at No. 76

Not surprisingly, many of the other top pies hail from pizzerias in New York, but also listed are restaurants in Boston, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Chicago and Washington, D.C., among others.

Some 77 pizza experts selected the top picks from a pool of more than 700 pizzas, according to the Daily Meal.

Photo Credit: Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana]]>
<![CDATA[Wilton Preschool Aide Touched Child: Attorney]]> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 19:24:33 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/miller+driscoll+von+kohorn.jpg

In the days following the arrest of a Wilton preschool aide on child pornography charges, school officials have reassured parents that students were never harmed or in danger, but an attorney representing the family of one preschooler says that wasn’t the case.

Attorney Paul Slager, of Silver Golub & Teitell LLP, said in a statement Wednesday that Eric Von Kohorn inappropriately touched a preschooler while helping the child in the bathroom in January 2013, prompting the child’s parents to file a complaint with the school system.

Slager said the complaints “were corroborated by physical symptoms in the genital area.”

Von Kohorn, 33, was arrested Aug. 20 and charged with first-degree possession of child pornography and promoting a minor in an obscene performance. He had worked as a paraprofessional at the Miller-Driscoll School and resigned in June, when the school system learned of a police investigation into his conduct.

Wilton Supt. Dr. Kevin Smith said the alleged misconduct took place at Von Kohorn’s home in Bridgeport and that educators had no evidence to suggest it had carried over to the school.

“While he was an employee of Wilton Public Schools, he was not inappropriately touching students,” Smith told parents at a public meeting Monday night.

But Slager said the superintendent’s “reassurances are false” and “run the risk of minimizing legitimate concerns about whether Wilton schoolchildren were victimized, which could result in under-diagnosis and under-treatment of child victims."

According to Slager, Smith acknowledged the complaint against Von Kohorn at Monday night’s meeting but said the school system “had concluded definitively that Von Kohorn was not involved in the toileting of the child.”

“This is not true,” Slager said, explaining that, in a written report, Von Kohorn admitted to helping the child in the bathroom but said he stayed outside the stall.

Slager said this is a violation of school policy, which requires school personnel to wait outside the bathroom door. He said Von Kohorn continued working with preschoolers after the incident and that no disciplinary record was added to his personnel file.

Parents, too, question Von Kohorn’s behavior. Many at the Monday meeting wondered whether their children may have been potential targets.

“I was shocked,” said Paige Ridley, whose 3-year-old child was in the classroom with Eric Von Kohorn last year. “I knew he had close contact with her, so I was very upset.”

“Obviously, I worry about my daughter’s safety,” she added.

She and other parents are pressing for more information from police and asking what else the investigation may have uncovered.

They’re also questioning how and why the school hired Von Kohorn in the first place. District officials have said he passed state and federal background checks and had no criminal or arrest history at the time he was hired.

Smith countered Slager's allegations in a statement Wednesday afternoon.

"I am distraught that a family would conclude that I am misleading the community regarding Mr. Von Kohorn," he said, emphasizing his goal of transparency and open communication.

Smith said school officials have contacted Wilton police and the Department of Children and Families to investigate the claim that Von Kohorn inappropriately touched a preschooler.

"I am firmly committed to working with this family, and with all families, to ensure that they are supported, their concerns are addressed and that the record is accurate," Smith said.

Von Kohorn is out of jail on bond and will face a judge Sept. 3.

NBC Connecticut previously knocked on Von Kohorn's door for comment, but no one answered, and his attorney could not be reached immediately for comment.

<![CDATA[Police Arrest Ex-Roommate of Man Found Dead in Vernon]]> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 14:35:51 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Vernon+Police+cruiser+generic.jpg

Officers who have been investigating an untimely death in Vernon have arrested the victim’s former roommate and charged him with tampering with evidence, as well as drug and weapons violations.

Armand Cyr was found dead from a gunshot wound to the head at Mountainview Condominiums in Vernon just before 6 p.m. on Sunday, July 13, according to police.

Police investigated the untimely death and have now arrested Cyr’s former roommate, John Dybowski.

He was arrested at his current home in Ashford and charged with three counts of criminal weapon possession, tampering with evidence, first-degree reckless endangerment, second-degree false statement, two counts of possession of narcotics, possession of narcotics with intent to sell, two counts of possession of illegal drugs and possession of less than half-an-ounce of marijuana,

Bond was set at $100,000.

Dybowski was arraigned at Rockville Superior Court.

No additional information was released on the case.

Photo Credit: Vernon Police]]>
<![CDATA[Fire Displaces 4 Adults, 1 Child in Norwalk]]> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 14:50:11 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Riverside+Avenue+Norwalk+fire.JPG

Four adults and a child were displaced when fire tore through a two-family home at 47 Riverside Avenue in Norwalk on Thursday afternoon.

Police said, via Twitter, that the fire has been knocked down, all residents are out of the building and no one was hurt.

However, the house is uninhabitable and crews from the American Red Cross have responded to help.

The road remains closed to traffic between Belden Avenue and New Canaan Avenue. Police urge drivers to use Spring Hill Avenue or the Route 7 Connector instead.

Photo Credit: Norwalk Police]]>
<![CDATA[Back to School in New Haven]]> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 11:25:59 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/HILLHOUSE12313.jpg

Students headed back to school in New Haven on Thursday, ready to meet the academic challenges ahead.

Students at Lincoln Bassett Elementary are seeing new teachers and improvements, such as new classroom designs, thanks to grant money from the state bond commission.

“We’re putting it towards technology, personnel, for instance,” Principal Janet Brown-Clayton said of the grant money. “We have staff now that didn’t exist before.”

There is also a new attitude at the school.

“So we’re trying to set the tone for this year so we can destroy the spirit of average. Enough is not good enough. We want our kids to soar,” Brown-Clayton said.

Marchel Smith, of New Haven, said the family has been preparing for the last two days.

“They are very excited. We’ve been preparing for the last two days. Haircuts and I think they’re ready,” Smith said.

Thaddeus Harrison, a fifth grader, headed to school with his sister and said he is looking forward to improvements that have been made.

Mayor Toni Harp and other officials met students today as they stepped off the bus and Supt. Garth Harries started his day welcoming back students at Hillhouse High School.

“Here at Hillhouse, we have two academies forming as part of our transformation agenda,” he said.

<![CDATA[Case Continued for Hebron Mom Charged in Crash That Killed RHAM Teacher]]> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 10:48:39 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Dawn+Mallory+and+RHAM+Crash.jpg

The Hebron mom accused of hitting and killing RHAM Middle School teacher Dawn Mallory after dropping off her son at school in March made a brief appearance in court on Thursday and the case has been continued to September.

Elizabeth Everett, 50, who was charged with felony misconduct with a motor vehicle and unsafe backing, was drinking before the crash, according to court documents.

A trooper at the scene smelled alcohol on her breath, and toxicology results revealed her BAC to be .07, just shy of the .08 legal limit, according to the affidavit.

Police said she accidentally drove into the bus lane after dropping off her son at the high school on March 14, then realized her mistake and attempted to back out. That’s when she struck 65-year-old Dawn Mallory, a seventh-grade math teacher.

According to the affidavit, Everett’s car was traveling at least 14 mph at the time of the crash. Investigators found there were no mechanical problems with her car, which had a working backup camera.

Everett, who works as a consultant for Aetna in Hartford, told police she was looking over her shoulder when she heard the impact, then got out and saw Mallory bleeding on the ground, the affidavit says.

Mallory was taken off life support March 28 and died of head injuries sustained during the crash, the affidavit says.

Her family plans to sue the town of Hebron, claiming the parking lot was dangerous.

The town has since added speed bumps and altered traffic patterns to make the area safer and continues working to improve the campus parking lot. More changes were made before the start of the school year.

Everett appeared in court briefly and the case was continued to Sept. 30.

<![CDATA[Man Made Threats Over Bus Fare: Cops]]> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 09:38:23 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Milford+Police+cruiser1200.jpg

Milford police have arrested a man accused of making threats on a public bus over bus fare.

Police started investigating when they received a complaint about a disturbance on a public transportation bus on Boston Post Road just before 7 p.m. on Wednesday.

They said Thomas Gooding, 40, of Milford, is accused of causing a disturbance on the bus and threatening to get a gun because of a dispute with the bus driver on the amount of the bus fare, police said.

Gooding was arrested and charged with second-degree breach of peace and second-degree threatening.

He was held on $1,000 bond.

<![CDATA[85-Year-Old New Haven Man Reported Missing]]> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 09:15:19 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/New+Haven+police+photo.jpg

Police have issued a Silver Alert for an 85-year-old New Haven man who has been missing since Wednesday.

Melvin Gilmore was wearing khaki pants, a green shirt and black sneakers when he was last seen.

Police said Gilmore is African American and described his hair as “sandy.” His eyes are brown.
He is 5-feet-11 and weighs 134 pounds.

No photo was released.

Anyone with information should call New Haven Police at 203-946-6316.

<![CDATA[Daycare Employee Stole $10,000 From Daycare: Police]]> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 14:42:02 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/jennifer+zubek+1200.jpg

A former daycare worker has been arrested after the daycare facility she worked for went to police because they believed she stole cash.

Police said Jennifer Zubek, 32, of Meriden, is suspected of stealing more than $10,000 from a day care facility on Deming Street.

Police started investigating in January, when the owner reported a suspicion that that Zubek, a former employee, had taken cash payments from the business. 

Police investigated and served Zubek with a warrant on Wednesday.
She was charged with larceny in the second degree and was later released on a $25,000 surety bond.

Police said Zubek has not admitted to taking the cash.

Zubek is scheduled to appear in Manchester Superior Court on Sept. 4.

Photo Credit: South Windsor Police]]>
<![CDATA[Police Arrest Burglary Suspects in Bristol]]> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 08:14:05 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Bristol+Police1.jpg

Bristol police have arrested two burglary suspects after investigating two suspicious people in an apartment complex parking lot.

Police responded to 59 Burlington Ave. at 12:40 a.m. on Thursday to investigate after someone complained and described the two people, as well as the vehicle they drove off in.

Police quickly spotted a car matching the description at the Snow-White Car Wash, at 12 Farmington Ave., and determined that a man who was in the car had broken into a parked car at the apartment complex while the woman he was with pulled on door handles of other vehicles, trying to get into them, police said.

Jared J. Garand, 25, of Unionville, was charged with burglary in the third degree, criminal attempt at larceny in the sixth degree and conspiracy to commit larceny in the sixth degree. 

Nicole Raboin, 22, of Bristol, was charged with criminal attempt at burglary in the third degree, criminal attempt at larceny in the sixth degree and conspiracy to commit larceny in the sixth degree.

Garand and Raboin were each held on $10,000 and 5,000 bonds respectively.

Photo Credit: NBC Connecticut]]>
<![CDATA[Metro-North Running on Schedule]]> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 14:32:15 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/180*120/metro_north_still_022614.jpg

Metro-North trains are running on or close to schedule after wire damage in East Norwalk caused delays on part of the New Haven line

Opposite side boarding was in effect on Thursday morning between Green's Farm and Noroton Heights but has since ended.

Eastbound trains were not stopping at East Norwalk, Westport and Greens Farms, but the service has since been restored.


<![CDATA[Suspect in Murder of Stamford Cab Driver Arraigned]]> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 13:18:19 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Stamford+scene+of+Mahomed+Kamal+homicide+with+Shota+Mekoshvili+1200.jpg

The man charged with the murder of a cab driver in Stamford earlier this week is being held on $1 million bond and is due back in court next week.

Shota Mekoshvili, 29, has been charged with the murder of Mohammed Kamal,who was found with several stab wounds outside a cab in Stamford, Connecticut, on Wednesday morning.

Kamal, a 47-year-old husband and father, was stabbed at least 15 times, according to police.


Mekoshvili, is a Georgian Republic National Citizen who is staying in the United States on a visa, was arrested on Wednesday night and police have notified U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials, who are looking into his immigration status.

Police said they identified Mekoshvili as a suspect around 8 p.m. on Wednesday, found him on Bedford Street downtown and chased him as he tried to run from authorities

Police had to use a Taser on Mekoshvili and took him into custody on Grey Rock Place, police said.

Officers noticed Mekoshvili had wounds consistent with the struggle that occurred at the murder scene, police said. He was treated at Stamford Hospital and released.

Police believe the murder is an isolated case and occurred during a robbery because Kamal's credit cards are missing. Police also believe cash is missing.

"We don't think the community's at ... any kind of danger. We don't believe the cab community's at danger for some guy who's going around robbing cab drivers," Stamford police spokesman Lt. Diedrich Hohn.

Authorities said there seems to be some prior relationship between Kamal and Mekoshvili, but police do not know to what extent.

"We do believe that he was picked up in the area of downtown around 3 o'clock in morning," Hohn said of Mekoshvili. "What we don't know is why Doolittle Road and what happened and transpired up at Doolittle Road."

Mekoshvili, who has a prior arrest history was arraigned on Friday and the next court appearance is scheduled for Sept. 5.

Court records show Mekoshvili was arrested in Stamford on Aug. 5 and charged with sixth-degree larceny. He was released from custody in that case.

According to police, landscapers found the body of Mahomed Kamal, a 47-year-old husband and father, on a lawn on Doolittle Road around 8:30 a.m. Wednesday. A Stamford Taxi cab was in the woods across the street.

Kamal had been stabbed repeatedly in the torso on Doolittle Road, a cul-de-sac in a remote area that can be dark. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police said he struggled violently with the person who killed him, both inside and outside the cab. The stabbing happened sometime after 3 a.m., according to police.

Hohn described Kamal's death as "very violent."

"It looks like there was a struggle because he had some wounds on his hands, which led us to believe he was fighting for his life," Hohn said.

Police have not recovered the weapon Kamal was killed with or the keys to the cab, police said on Thursday.

Police said Kamal's wife filed a missing person report around 7 a.m. when she couldn't reach her husband.

Kamal's coworkers said he had been working for Stamford Taxi for a couple years. 

Police have been looking at Kamal's taxi logs and phone history to see who he may have picked up. Those logs stopped around 2 a.m., and the dispatchers go offline, police said. 

It is not uncommon for cab drivers to pick up fares without being dispatched, Hohn said on Thursday.

"We don't know if he just picked up a fare somewhere in the city and got lured up to there," Hohn said. "We don't know if there's another car involved. We don't know the escape route at this point."

Neighbors said they've seen a similar taxi drive up and down the street before, without any passengers inside.

Kamal's friends are shocked by his death and said they can't imagine anyone trying to hurt him.

"At this moment, I just was thinking this was a robbery, or maybe ... wrong place at the wrong time," said Fazel Karim, a friend of Kamal's.

Anyone who was in the area and may have seen something suspicious in the area between Doolittle Road and Long Ridge Road is urged to call police.

Two police officers sustained minor injuries in the chase, police said.

Police said one resident in the area found Kamal's credit card and they urge anyone who sees anything to call as well.

Photo Credit: NBCConnecticut.com, Stamford Police and Kamal Family Photo]]>
<![CDATA[Route 254 in Litchfield Reopens]]> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 08:04:06 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Route+254+in+Litchfield+1200.jpg

Route 254 in Litchfield was closed at Richards Road after a utility pole and wires came down, but the road has reopened.

Connecticut Light & Power responded and the scene is now clear.

Photo Credit: NBCConnecticut.com]]>