<![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-usTue, 27 Jun 2017 03:07:26 -0400Tue, 27 Jun 2017 03:07:26 -0400NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[CAIR Group Issues ‘Travel Advisory’ For Muslims In Connecticut]]> Mon, 26 Jun 2017 23:35:14 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/235*120/Capture232.JPG

There is anxiety and a lot questions throughout Connecticut’s Muslim community about President Donald Trump’s ban on travel from six mostly Muslim countries, which will be implemented beginning Thursday.

Those nations include Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.

On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court said that the ban can be enforced for refugees and travelers who do not have close personal relations living in the United States. There remain questions about how those ‘personal relations’ will be defined.

The Connecticut chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) issued an advisory on Monday urging local Muslims to speak with an immigration lawyer before traveling internationally.

CAIR’s Executive Director, Mongi Dhaouadi, said the new rules of the ban come at an unsettling time, as this week marks the end of holy week of Ramadan.

“Some of our staff members, especially our lawyers, had to come back and get back to work on a day that they were supposed to be celebrating this holiday with their families and friends,” said Dhaouadi. “Obviously, there’s a lot of anxiety,” he said.

CAIR Connecticut is in the process of using social media and planning town hall meetings to notify Muslims about the new rules the ban will bring.

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<![CDATA[Woman Grabs Baby Out of Car After Rollover Crash in Newington]]> Mon, 26 Jun 2017 23:27:38 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/generic-police-lights17.jpg

A woman was involved in a rollover crash in Newington on Monday night and was seen grabbing her baby out of the car.

Police said the accident on the 400 block of Harford Avenue was reported on 7:39 p.m.

Witnesses told police the car rolled over and the woman driving escaped before grabbing her baby from the car, police said. 

When police arrived to the scene, the woman and baby were nowhere to be found, so officers began a search.

The woman was found with her child in a swampy, marshy area about 100 yards from the scene, Newington Police said. 

Police and fire crews rescued the woman and her child. They were transported by ambulance to the hospital to be checked out as a precaution but did not have serious injuries, according to police.

Hartford Avenue was closed for about 45 minutes while the accident was cleared and the car was towed away.

The accident is under investigation and it is not clear whether charges will be filed against the driver.

<![CDATA[Trinity Professor Who Posted Controversial Article on Leave ]]> Mon, 26 Jun 2017 23:37:01 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Trinity+College+Closed.JPG

A Trinity College professor who shared a controversial article on his personal social media pages, sparking a series of threats to the Hartford campus, has been placed on administrative leave. 

"As a follow-up to my note from last week, I write to inform you that Professor Johnny Williams has been placed on leave, effectively immediately. We’ve determined that a leave is in the best interest of both Professor Williams and the college. The review by the Dean of the Faculty of the events concerning Professor Williams will continue," President and Trinity College professor Joanne Berger-Sweeney wrote on Monday.

Last week, Johnny Williams, sociology professor who has been with Trinity College since 1996, shared a June 16 article from Medium.com on his personal Facebook and Twitter pages, according to  Berger-Sweeney on June 21.

"The Medium piece went on to explore broader issues concerning race and the relationship between 'victims of bigotry' and 'bigots.' The piece culminated with a call to show indifference to the lives of bigots. That call was reprehensible, and any such suggestion is abhorrent and wholly contrary to Trinity’s values," Berger-Sweeney said last week.

The sociology professor's post resulted in a public rebuke across the country and prompted Trinity College to close the campus on June 21, when threats started coming in.

On Thursday, Williams apologized for the threats made to campus, himself and his family. 

“In yesterday's frenzy-amid the escalating threats to my family and me and the incessant harassment that so many associated with Trinity College were receiving-there is one important thing I didn't say: I am sorry. I regret that the hashtag that I quoted from the title of an article was misinterpreted and misperceived as inciting violence and calling for the death of 'white' people. I never intended to invite or incite violence. My only aim was to bring awareness to white supremacy and to inspire others to address these kinds of injustices. I regret the fear and anxiety that the resulting media tumult brought to the college, and I am grateful for the outpouring of support I have received from so many at Trinity and beyond,” Williams wrote in a statement to the college community. 

Berger-Sweeney noted that Williams, who teaches about race and racism, did not write the article, however, he did share it on his personal social media accounts using the hashtag connected "directly to the inflammatory conclusion in the article."

"In my opinion, (Williams') use of the hashtag was reprehensible and, at the very least, in poor judgment," Berger-Sweeney said.

The school continues to review the incident with the school's dean of faculty on whether college procedures or policies were broken, according to Trinity College's statement.

Williams earlier provided a statement to NBC Connecticut that said he has received, via email and telephone, a number of threatening messages. The professor said he was not calling for the death of any group of people but he wanted to spark a debate on the very subject he teaches.

"It is evident to anyone who carefully reads my posts on Facebook and Twitter that I did not call for the death of all self-identified ‘whites.’ I merely attached the hashtag to my post derived from a blog article written by Son of Baldwin entitled 'Let Them All ------- Die.' This was an admittedly provocative move to get readers to pay attention to my reasoned, reasonable, and yes angry argument," Williams wrote.

"I posted my comments on social media to draw the attention of the readers to the current dire state of white supremacy in the nation," he said.

On Monday, Berger-Sweeney noted on the complicated relationships people have with social media.

"I want to take care to note that the principles that underlie this particular set of events go far beyond the actions of any one person. These involve principles that concern how we think about academic freedom and freedom of speech, as well as the responsibilities that come with those fundamental values. It’s true, too, that as scholars and citizens, and as individuals and as a community of higher learning, our roles in and relationship to social media and the public sphere are complicated. We must be able to engage in conversations about these difficult and complex issues, and Trinity College and other places like it are precisely where such conversations should occur. I, for one, welcome them," Bergery-Sweeney said. 

State Representative Themis Klarides, an alumni of Trinity College, is calling for the professor to be removed, saying in part, that the professors' "opinions are simply outrageous and racist in and of themselves. We would urge you to consider this request as in the best interests of not only 'members of the greater Trinity College community,' but of society at large."

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<![CDATA[Manchester Police Arrest Man Wanted for Attempted Murder]]> Mon, 26 Jun 2017 22:43:57 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Ollie-Barboza.jpg

Manchester police arrested a man who was wanted for attempted murder, among other charges, in Massachusetts. 

Ollie Barboza, 26 was charged with being a fugitive from justice and was arrested by Manchester police on Monday. He is currently being held on a $1 million bond and is expected to appear in court on July 6.

Police said they received a tip that Barboza was at 115 Walnut Street, where police later located him. 

Barboza was wanted for attempted murder in Massachusetts, police said. 

According to the Hartford Courat, Barboza was also wanted for assault and battery on a pregnant victim and other charges that include failure to stop for police, speeding and operating without a license.

Barboza was arrested at the scene with blood on his clothing and sneakers, the Courant reported.

Details of the attempted murder incident was not immediately clear. 

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<![CDATA[7-Year-Old Child Hit by Car in Hartford]]> Mon, 26 Jun 2017 20:24:46 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/generic-police-lights17.jpg

A 7-year-old was struck by a car in Hartford on Monday.

Police said the boy was hit sometime just after 7 p.m. on Mountford Street in the South End of the city. 

The boy was transported to Connecticut Children’s Medical Center with injuries but is reported to be in stable condition, Hartford Police said.

The driver of the car stayed on the scene. 

Witnesses told police the boy ran out in front of the moving car and police said the driver was not speeding. 

No other information was immediately available. 

<![CDATA[Plainfield Town Pool to Stay Open With Increased Rates]]> Mon, 26 Jun 2017 19:00:29 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Plainfield-Pool.jpg

It will cost more for people to go for a swim at the Plainfield town pool, but to many, it’s better than the alternative: shutting it down.  

The pool, in the basement of the town hall, is almost 100 years old. Earlier this year, it was on the brink of closing down since the town budget was tight.

But Recreation Director Myra Ambrogi said residents wanted the local swimming spot. So to keep it open, those who use it will shoulder an additional $52,000 over the course of the year, for the operating costs. 

"It's going back onto the backs of everybody that's using it," Ambrogi said.

The pool will need $112,000 to operate this fiscal year. That means starting July 1, there are rate increases across the board.

For example, the cost of open swim for an adult will up from $3 to $5. Water exercise classes three times per week will boost in price from $90 to $150 for 12 weeks of classes.

"We will probably lose some people. We hope that we don't lose a lot. We were very conservative on our numbers," Ambrogi said.

"I think it's relatively fair," said resident Ryan Gunn, who takes his daughter Aryia swimming once a week.

Joanna Burgess, of Brooklyn, said she's just happy the pool stayed open. She takes her son to burn off some energy. Plus, her nephew takes some of the classes and said her sister won't mind the rate increase either.

"Oh not at all. It's so worth it," Burgess said.

Many touted how the pool is used by seniors to exercise.

Bob Koch grew up in Plainfield and said in the late 60s, early 70s he used to swim and take lessons for free. While he doesn’t live here now, he said he doesn't like the fees, but he's glad at least there's still a town pool.

"We were large families. Very few people would have been able to afford to send their kids to swimming lessons at that cost," Koch said. "I think it's just a shame."

The town is still responsible for the cost of repairs. Finance director, Kelly Vachon, said the pool needs a new dehumidifier that costs about $100,000. The town had to take money out of other departments’ budgets to cover the cost.

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<![CDATA[Malloy Proposes 'Mini Budget' for 3 Months of Fiscal Year]]> Mon, 26 Jun 2017 19:01:02 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Malloy_Talks_About_Sandy_Hook_Deniers.jpg

Governor Dannel Malloy proposed a new path forward when it comes to having a budget by the end of the fiscal year.

He presented what he’s referring to as a, "mini budget," a spending plan that would need to be passed by the General Assembly in order to provide allocations and some revenue enhancements for the first three months of the 2018 fiscal year.

Republicans scoffed at the idea and Democrats essentially ruled out the possibility.

Without the three month stop-gap spending measure, Malloy laid out the scary fiscal consequences of not having a budget signed into law. According to his administration, $500 million education spending could be cut from cities and towns, another $500 in municipal aid grants would cut and $92 million wouldn’t be provided to non-profit providers around Connecticut.

The governor said during a press conference following a meeting with lawmakers, “I’m getting impatient. July 1 is an important date. We should have a budget.”

Republicans and Democrats described the cuts that could happen as “draconian,” and House Speaker Joe Aresimowicz even said leadership in both the House and Senate will meet through the evening hours Monday to try to come up with a spending plan before the end of the week.

Republicans decried the fact that their budget was debated on the Senate floor on the last night of session, but it didn’t get a vote, even though an agreement was struck to not vote on the measure before the debate even started.

They say if they had the reins of state government, July 1 wouldn’t look so perilous.

“If we would have been running the show we would have had a budget by June 7 so one deadline has come and gone, this deadline is looking like it’s coming and going. If you did that in your own job, you’d be fired.”

With all of the budget talk, Malloy announced that he has struck a tentative agreement with the state’s SEBAC unions to reach $1.5 billion in concessions over the next two years, so long as rank and file members approve the amendment to their contracts.

Unions are expected to vote on the proposal over the next month, and for now the odds are looking good that it’s going to be approved.

Lori Pelletier with the Connecticut AFL-CIO said of members in her group, "I think it’s just pulling the Band-Aid off. We’ve got a tentative agreement. It can go to vote about a month from now. We’re going to have the results but again any worker is willing to come to the table to help their employer. They just don’t want to be taken advantage of."

Republicans have said they oppose the agreement for two main reasons, that the deal extends wage contracts through 2027 and that it doesn’t reach high enough savings targets.

<![CDATA[3 Transferred to Hospital After Head-on Crash in Tolland ]]> Mon, 26 Jun 2017 18:02:44 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/collision-in-tolland-route-30.jpg

Two cars were involved in a head-on collision in Tolland on Monday, sending three people to the hospital.

Route 30, or Crystal Lake Road, was temporarily closed in the area of Webber Road after a two-car collision at around 4:30 p.m., Tolland dispatch said. 

Ambulances were called to the scene and one person was brought to Hartford Hospital, another to St. Francis Hospital and another to Rockville General Hospital.

No other details were immediately available. 

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<![CDATA[Many xfinity Customers Can Now Find NBC CT on Channel 1030]]> Tue, 25 Apr 2017 09:33:34 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/160*134/xfinity+front.jpg

As part of a national reorganization of channel lineups on its systems, Comcast is moving NBC Connecticut to channel 1030 for all its xfinity customers in Connecticut.

This is a decision made by Comcast.  NBC Connecticut has no control or say over our channel placement on cable providers.

This will only impact NBC Connecticut if you watch us in HD.  Channels over 1000 are impacted.  Channels 1-999 will stay the same.  But all HD customers are impacted and will see a new channel lineup.

Scroll down to search the dates of xfinity's channel lineup changes by your city or town:

  • Andover - April 25
  • Ansonia - June 20
  • Avon - April 26
  • Beacon Falls - June 20
  • Berlin - April 25
  • Bethany - June 20
  • Bloomfield - April 20
  • Bolton - April 25
  • Bozrah - June 15
  • Branford - April 26
  • Bristol - April 26
  • Burlington - April 26
  • Canaan - April 20
  • Canton - April 26
  • Chester - June 14
  • Clinton - June 14
  • Colchester - June 15
  • Cromwell - June 13
  • Deep River - June 14
  • Derby - June 20
  • Durham - June 14
  • East Haddam - June 15
  • East Hampton - June 13
  • East Hartford - April 20
  • East Haven - April 26
  • Ellington - April 25
  • Essex - June 14
  • Farmington - April 26
  • Franklin - June 15
  • Groton - June 14
  • Guilford - April 26
  • Haddam - June 14 & June 15
  • Hamden - June 22
  • Hartford - April 20
  • Hebron - April 25
  • Killingworth - June 14
  • Ledyard - June 14
  • Lisbon - June 15
  • Lyme - June 15
  • Madison - April 26
  • Marlborough - April 25
  • Middlebury - June 20
  • Middlefield - June 13
  • Middletown - June 13
  • Naugatuck - June 20
  • New Britain - April 25
  • New Haven - June 22
  • Norfolk - April 20
  • North Branford - April 26
  • North Canaan - April 20
  • North Haven - April 26
  • North Stonington - June 14
  • Norwich - June 15
  • Old Lyme - June 15
  • Old Saybrook - June 14
  • Oxford - June 20
  • Plainville - April 25
  • Plymouth - June 20
  • Portland - June 13
  • Preston - June 15
  • Prospect - June 20
  • Salem - June 15
  • Salisbury - April 20
  • Seymour - June 20
  • Sharon - April 20
  • Shelton - June 22
  • Simsbury - April 20
  • Sprague - June 15
  • Stonington - June 14
  • Tolland - April 25
  • Vernon - April 25
  • Voluntown - June 14
  • Wallingford - April 26
  • Waterbury - June 20
  • West Hartford - April 20
  • West Haven - June 22
  • Westbrook - June 14
  • Windsor - April 20
  • Wolcott - June 20

As of those above dates, xfinity customers will find NBC Connecticut on channel 1030 on your xfinity systems.

If you are an X1 user, you will not need to reprogram your favorites or DVR recordings.

If you are a traditional xfinity cable box user, you will need to reprogram your favorites and DVR recordings.

We recommend setting NBC CT at channel 1030 as a favorite once the new lineup is effective in your town.  This way you can easily get access to NBC Connecticut's newscasts as well as your favorite NBC programs, like "Saturday Night Live," "This is Us," and "The Voice."

<![CDATA['That's North Haven': Company Volunteers to Clean Graffiti]]> Mon, 26 Jun 2017 17:22:56 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/214*120/North-Haven-Vulgar-Vandlism.jpg

A vandal spray-painted graphic graffiti, that included vulgar words and inappropriate images, on the property of the Montowese Elementary School in North Haven.

Parents who brought children to the school’s playground were stunned by what was spray-painted.

"It’s awful. I hope that no other kids see this," Maggie Pannone, of North Haven, said.

But the crude work was followed by an act of kindness when, Chris Pelliccio, who owns Enviro Mobile Blasting, volunteered about two hours of his time to remove the graffiti on Monday.

"I know this area. I live around here. I talked to the janitor and I told them, ‘Listen, don’t worry about it. I’ll take care of it’,” Pelliccio said.

Pelliccio said he performed the work free-of-charge knowing that school budgets can be tight.

"Paying it forward in the community. I’m thankful for the opportunities I have and I wanted to pay it forward," Pelliccio said. 

By early afternoon, there were few signs of what had been scrawled across the outside of the school building, thanks to Pelliccio. 

"(Pelliccio)’s fantastic. But like I said, that’s the kind of neighborhood this is, everybody helps each other out, everybody pays it forward, that’s the town, that’s North Haven,” Pannone said.

A viewer who contacted NBC Connecticut regarding the graffiti told us that children in the school’s summer program had to go in a different entrance.

Neighbors report that a number of area homes were hit too and we saw one nearby car that had been tagged.

Our requests for comment to the school district and North Haven police have not yet been returned.

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<![CDATA[Monroe Man Pleads Guilty to Possessing Child Porn, Voyeurism ]]> Mon, 26 Jun 2017 16:58:15 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Kenneth+Raftery+monroe+child+porn+voyeurism.jpg

A Monroe man plead guilty after police investigated him for possessing child pornography and recording young boys around town without their knowledge, according to police. 

Police began an investigation into Kenneth Raftery in October 2015 after being contacted by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service concerning a child exploitation case with connections to Monroe.

Federal investigators traced transfers of child pornography to Raftery, police said.

Authorities executed a search and seizure warrant at Raftery's home at 8 Stonecraft Way and found evidence on a computer, iPhone and an iPad in 2015.

While looking for evidence of child pornography, investigators found videos of young teens on the iPad and iPhone recorded around Monroe, police said.

The videos included one recorded at a Masuk High School Football car wash on Route 25 and others from an area near Wolfe Park pool, according to police.

The videos are of young males and men in shorts and seem to attempt to record up the victims' shorts, police said. 

Federal authorities said they also found child porn on Raftery's electronic devices.

On Monday, Raftery plead guilty to third-degree possession of child porn and voyeurism. He is expected to be sentenced on Sept. 8

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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[DEEP Identifies Boater Who Drowned in Stamford Harbor]]> Mon, 26 Jun 2017 15:18:45 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/emergency-lights-generic-df.jpg

Police have identified the boater from New York who drowned after falling overboard in the Stamford Harbor late Saturday night. 

Fire officials said crews responded around 11:25 p.m. on Saturday for a report of a boater unaccounted for in Stamford Harbor. Other people on the boat noticed the boater was missing when they arrived at the harbor after traveling from New York.

The man was last seen on the rear swim platform of a 38-foot cabin cruiser that was nearing the docks in Stamford Harbor, Department of Energy and Environmental Protection's Environmental Conservation (DEEP) said.

Crews including Stamford fire, the U.S. Coast Guard, Darien police, Stamford police and Greenwich police all began searching both the water and the shore for the missing boater.

The 51-year-old man from Harrison, New York, was identified as Jose Diaz and he was found in the water around 12:38 a.m. Diaz was rushed to Stamford Hospital but did not survive, police said.

DEEP police are investigating.

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<![CDATA[Roaming Bear Takes Nap Near Miss Porter’s School]]> Mon, 26 Jun 2017 14:59:53 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/FARMINGTON-BEAR.jpg

A bear took a nap in some ivy near Miss Porter’s School in Farmington Monday. 

The bear laid down in a front yard on Main Street and stayed there for a while, only lifting its head, until it left the area. 

Officials from the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection said state EnCon Police responded to a report of a bear roaming near the school and they were later able to chase it into a more suitable wooded area.

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<![CDATA[20-Pound Live Lobster Found in Luggage at Boston Airport ]]> Mon, 26 Jun 2017 20:46:38 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/TSALOBSTER+626.jpg

A Transportation Security Administration screener at Boston's Logan Airport made a huge catch at checked baggage on Sunday.

TSA spokesperson Michael McCarthy tweeted a photo of a screener posing with a lobster weighing more than 20 pounds.

According to a later tweet, the lobster was traveling in a cooler in checked baggage. It was "allowed to continue," McCarthy said.

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<![CDATA[Lebanon Man Injured in Crash on Route 289]]> Mon, 26 Jun 2017 15:20:30 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/lifestar+flying_fixed.jpg

One person was injured in a crash on Bender Road in Lebanon Monday morning.

Police said Wayne Woodward, 58, of Lebanon, was going south on Route 289 just after 10 a.m. when he went across the road and hit a stone wall and several trees. 

LifeStar transported him to Hartford Hospital, where he is in stable condition, according to state police. 

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<![CDATA[Siblings Start 203 Lifestyle Brand]]> Mon, 26 Jun 2017 12:52:52 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Siblings_Start_203_Lifestyle_Brand.jpg

A brother and sister have launched The Two Oh Three to celebrate Connecticut.

<![CDATA[Part of Jewish Community Center of Greater New Haven Reopens After Fire]]> Mon, 26 Jun 2017 12:46:25 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/JCC+pool.jpg

A portion of the Jewish Community Center of Greater New Haven reopened Monday after a fire devastated the building on Dec. 5, 2016. 

The pool, racquetball courts and playscape all reopened, as well as a temporary rinsing shower and three private co-ed changing rooms. They also built a wheelchair-accessible ramp from the parking lot to the temporary front entrance of the pool. 

The spas, locker rooms, gym and weight lifting area all remain closed as they were destroyed in the fire

The fire, ruled accidental by investigators, started in the men’s sauna on the lower level. 

“It’s been terrible,” said Myron Geller, of Milford, who returned to the newly opened facility to play racquetball with a group of men. “We’ve been playing somewhere else, but this is better. We’re all looking forward to coming back.” 

Center leaders put a sign out front that read “Welcome Home” and they welcomed people back inside. 

“People missed their home, their center, the place where they saw one another,” said Judy Alperin, the CEO for the Jewish Federation of Greater New Haven. 

“This is the best, the best friends, family, there’s always a lot going on. So we’re very happy,” said Brenda Coleman, a member from Derby. 

As for the rest of the building, Alperin said they hired an architect to design and modernize the facility and will interview several construction management firms this week. 

She is hoping the entire building will reopen in early December. 

“We’re so happy to be having this moment today. We know it’s a giant leap forward on our way back and we want to thank the community,” said Alperin. 

Photo Credit: NBCConnecticut.com]]>
<![CDATA[Ted Kennedy Jr. Will Not Run for Statewide Office]]> Mon, 26 Jun 2017 15:33:19 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/ted+kennedy+jr+state+senator.jpg

State Senator Ted Kennedy, Jr. (D-Branford) has announced he will not pursue a statewide office in 2018.

"I will not be a candidate for statewide office in 2018,” Kennedy wrote in a statement released Monday. “I am deeply grateful to everyone who has contacted me and encouraged me to run. I value the contribution I am able to make as the state Senator for the 12th District. I believe that if we put aside our partisan politics and find common ground, we can overcome our challenges and move Connecticut forward. I remain committed to making our state a better place to live, do business and raise a family. "

It was reported that Kennedy had been considering a run for governor.

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<![CDATA[Police ID Man Found Dead in Long Island Sound in Clinton]]> Mon, 26 Jun 2017 12:07:08 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/AP_12070502rgtsdfgsdfg2990.jpg

Police have identified the 24-year-old New York man whose body was found in the Long Island Sound in Clinton.

Police said the man has been identified as 28-year-old Selvin Vasquez-Enamorado of Huntington Station, New York, who disappeared from Suffolk County, New York on June 11 .

Clinton police said two boaters discovered the body around 11:30 a.m.  and contacted authorities.

Police said Vasquez-Enamorado appeared to have been in the water for a few days.

The medical examiner took possession of Vasquez-Enamorado's body to determine how he died.

Police are asking anyone with information to contact the Clinton Police Department.

<![CDATA[Officer Justified in Use of Force in 2013 Shooting: Report]]> Mon, 26 Jun 2017 12:25:25 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Farmington+Police+Activity.jpg

The Hartford State’s Attorney’s office has determined a Farmington police officer was justified in his use of deadly force when he fatally shot a suspect in a domestic incident in December 2013.

On December 12, 2013, Farmington officers responded to 3 Butternut Drive around 10:45 p.m. after a 911 caller reported a violent confrontation between a father and a son at the residence.

When officers arrived, they found 43-year-old Gregory Bendas standing in the street, holding a gun. Police ordered Bendas to drop the gun, but he didn't listen, according to investigators.

Police reported that Bendas raised the gun at officers in a threatening manner, police said, and an officer, identified as Officer Kyle Mortensen, fired at Bendas, killing him.

According to court documents, Bendas has been convicted of assault twice since 2012. He also suffered from mental health issues, police said.

The Connecticut State Police Central District Major Crime Squad and the Hartford State's Attorney took over the shooting investigation.

Mortensen was placed on administrative duty after the incident, which is standard procedure after an officer-involved shooting.

After thorough investigation the state’s attorney determined that Mortensen had reason to believe that Bendas was going to fire a handgun at him and used deadly force due to that threat. Investigators noted that Mortensen told the suspect to drop the gun multiple times before firing his service weapon.

The medical examiner ruled Bendas’ manner of death to be “Suicide (Deliberately Provoked Police to Shoot).”

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<![CDATA[Governor, State Employee Union Reach Tentative Agreement]]> Mon, 26 Jun 2017 13:34:57 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/connecticut+state+capitol+building.jpg

The governor and the state employee unions have reached a tentative agreement that the governor’s office says will help “create significant, long-term structural reforms to pension and benefit costs, generating billions in savings for taxpayers for many years to come.” 

Malloy said the agreement could save the state more than $24 billion and called it “a promising step.” 

“From the moment we began our earliest discussions, SEBAC leaders have proven to be willing partners; engaging with their own tangible offers and accepting the fact that the state’s financial reality will affect their members,” Malloy said in a statement.

The agreement, which saves taxpayers around $750 million per year when it comes to pensions and health benefits, will need to be included in the state budget.

The deal does extend the salary and wage agreements to 2027.

<![CDATA[100+ Things to Do in New England This Summer]]> Mon, 26 Jun 2017 08:54:20 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/118201690.jpg Check out some of these fun activities to help keep you busy this summer. Have an event you’d like to see listed in our calendar? Email the information, including the date, a description, and website, to web@necn.com.

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<![CDATA[Police ID 2 People Killed in Crash on Route 44 in Canton]]> Mon, 26 Jun 2017 10:49:49 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Police-GettyImages-187062332.jpg

Two people were killed in a crash on Route 44 in Canton Saturday night.

Canton police said the accident happened just before 11 p.m. near Colonial Road.

The initial investigation shows that a Jeep carrying three people crossed the double yellow line and collided head-on with a Mercedes-Benz traveling the opposite direction, according to Canton police.

The driver of the Jeep, 38-year-old Robert Ransom, of Tariffville, and a female passenger, 66-year-old Linda O'Connor, of Tariffville, were both killed in the crash.

One was pronounced dead on scene and the other died at the hospital, police said.

The third person in the Jeep, 30-year-old Addison Crow, of Windsor Locks, was taken to the hospital with serious injuries.

The driver of the Mercedes-Benz, 64-year-old Norman Deangelis, was transported with non-life threatening injuries. He is listed in stable condition.

None of the victims have been publicly identified.

The crash remains under investigation and police are currently interviewing witnesses.

Photo Credit: Getty Images/iStockphoto]]>
<![CDATA[15-Year-Old Bicyclist Hit by DUI Driver in New Britain: PD]]> Mon, 26 Jun 2017 18:02:21 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/CORBIN-AVENUE-NEAR-LINCON-ST.jpg

A 15-year-old riding a bicycle was seriously hurt when he was hit by a driver who police believe was driving under the influence in New Britain Sunday.

New Britain police said the victim, Jose Alejandro, was riding a bike on Corbin Avenue near Lincoln Street when the crash occurred around 1:30 a.m.

Alejandro was airlifted to the hospital with life-threatening injuries and he's in a medically induced coma.

The driver of the car, identified as 24-year-old Natalie Marie Torres, of New Britain, was charged with DUI, risk of injury to a minor and using a handheld electronic mobile device. Torres’ 2-year-old and 3-year-old children were in the car at the time of the crash but were not injured. The children are with a relative, police said.

Torres' blood alcohol content was more than two times the legal limit, according to court documents.

"I want to show her a picture.  This is what you did to my baby. My baby," Precious Pabon, Jose Alejandro's mother, said.  "He's only 15 years old.  He almost died if they didn't do the surgery for him."

Bond for Torres wast set at $500,000 and she is due back in court on July 17.

A 16-year-old riding with Alejandro was not injured and is cooperating with police.

Police are investigating the crash. Anyone who witnessed the incident is asked to call Sgt. Steven King at 860-826-3071.

Photo Credit: NBC Connecticut/New Britain Police Department]]>
<![CDATA[US Coast Guard Academy Welcomes Class of 2021]]> Mon, 26 Jun 2017 11:59:39 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/New_US_Coast_Guard_Academy_Class_Starts.jpg

The United States Coast Guard Academy in New London is welcoming the class of 2021.

The 297 men and women from across the country are arriving in New London today to take on the title of swabs – beginning their four years at the academy.

This year’s class is 35 percent under-represented minorities, 34 percent women and includes 10 international students.

"I'm excited, mostly excited, but a little bit nervous," Katherine Long, of East Lyme, said. 

In years past, the first day of their training was called reporting in or R-Day. This year, the Coast Guard has renamed it Day One, which they say better reflects this day being the start of the swabs’ 200-week journey to becoming military officers in the USCG.

"I'm prepared. I'm ready," Roy Melvin, of Washington, D.C., said. "I just need to do what I need to do and finish this thing."

Part of the journey is adopting the principles of the USCG – honor, respect, and devotion to duty.

On Day One, they start by getting uniforms and haircuts. They will learn practice drills and gather in the afternoon for a class photo before saying farewell to family and friends who came to see them off.

"Honored. I'm just happy to be here," Annabella Farabaugh, of Atlanta, Georgia, said.

The Coast Guard Academy put Matthew Pindell, of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on the wait list when he applied during high school, and he took his place Monday after being accepted to the academy.

"I feel really excited about it. I'm also nervous, as everyone probably is," he said. "I think I've come to terms with the fact that this is going to be a lot different than most places. Bottom line is, I'm really excited."

While Pindell is excited about his new journey, his parents are proud.

"My eyes are going to be weeping, but my heart is just so overflowing with emotions," Lisa Pindell said. "Feeling that patriotism and so proud that he would select something like that and give of himself."

<![CDATA[Reward Offered for Information in Waterbury Homicide Case]]> Mon, 26 Jun 2017 12:00:33 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/WATERBURY-SURVEILLANCE.jpg

The state is offering a $50,000 reward for information relating to a homicide investigation out of Waterbury.

On July 23, 2016, Waterbury police were called to the intersection of Dikeman Street and Willard Street for a report of an unconscious man in a car with blood on him. When police arrived they discovered the victim, identified as Cameron Chapman, 25, of Waterbury, suffered a gunshot wound to the head. He did not survive.

Police initially investigated the case as an untimely death and later announced that the case was being investigated as a homicide. In August 2016, police released surveillance images of people who were in the area at the time of the crime that may have information. The case remains unsolved.

Waterbury police are expected to release more details on the ongoing investigation on Monday.

Anyone with information should contact Waterbury police at (203) 574-6941 of Waterbury Crime Stoppers at (203) 755-1234.

Photo Credit: Waterbury Police Department]]>
<![CDATA[State Budget Negotiations Continue as Fiscal Year Nears End]]> Mon, 26 Jun 2017 07:19:26 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/connecticut+capitol+building+new.jpg

State lawmakers will meet behind closed doors with the governor to negotiate the budget this week as the end of the fiscal year creeps closer.

It’s been two and a half weeks since the session ended, and the state is still facing a $5 billion deficit for the next two fiscal years.

The fiscal year ends Friday and the push is to try to get a budget negotiated before then.

If lawmakers cannot agree, Governor Dannel Malloy said he is prepared to issue limited, temporary budgets to get state government running.

State Republicans said they’re frustrated because they have a budget that can be voted on, as does the governor, but Democrats don’t have a budget to offer up yet.

Democratic lawmakers said they hope to offer up a budget for vote on Thursday.

At this point, there are limited details on what a new budget would look like, but one idea being floated is to increase sales tax to go toward cities and towns.

Meanwhile cities and towns are in limbo with their own budgets as they wait to see what they’ll receive in terms of state funding.

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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.

This story uses functionality that may not work in our app. Click here to open the story in your web browser.]]>
<![CDATA[Wrestlers Raise Over $7K for Autism Organization ]]> Mon, 26 Jun 2017 07:17:47 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/WRESTLING-FOR-AUTISM.jpg

In East Haven wrestlers raised money for an autism organization and it comes after the group says it was left empty handed following a supposed fundraiser in April.

From big slams to the excited fans, the “Ring of Dreams” took over the East Haven Veterans Memorial Hockey Rink on Sunday.

And it raised at least $7,500 for Autism Services & Resources Connecticut.

“Today is about righting the wrong,” Mario Mancini, co-owner of Paradise Alley Professional Wrestling, said.

As the NBC Connecticut Troubleshooters reported, the autism organization was supposed to be the beneficiary of a wrestling event in April run by James Raymond. The group says it was promised thousands of dollars but it didn’t receive a cent.

“I think it’s about us having hope and about keeping advocacy strong and moving forward and trying to make the best out of a bad situation,” Leslie Simoes, co-director of Autisms Services & Resources Connecticut, said.

On Friday Raymond was arrested for issuing a bad check in connection with his wrestling event.

In a previous statement to NBC Connecticut, Raymond wrote as a father of an autistic daughter he only wanted to bring awareness and raise money for charity.

But he says the event bills spiraled out of control.

Raymond wrote, “With all the costs of the event though we ended up having no net proceeds to donate.”

On Sunday fortunes changed for Autism Services & Resources Connecticut.

And those working the show included people on the autism spectrum.

“It’s important because, you know, it’s like to show people, hey you can do anything,” Charles Fuller Jr. of Bridgeport, said.

James Raymond was released on a promise to appear from East Haven Police.

He said he would provide a new statement but NBC Connecticut has not received one yet.

Photo Credit: NBC Connecticut]]>
<![CDATA[Woman Allegedly Stabs Boyfriend in Windsor: Police]]> Mon, 26 Jun 2017 15:46:39 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/WINDSOR-STABBING.jpg

A 32-year-old man was taken to the hospital after he was stabbed in Windsor, police said.

The incident occurred at 193 Rood Ave, where police said a 32-year-old man was allegedly stabbed by his girlfriend during a domestic dispute, police said. 

Windsor police learned of the stabbing around 3 a.m. when Hartford police were called to St. Francis Hospital about a stabbing victim.

Friends and residents on Road Avenue who spoke to police said they were unsure how the man was injured or by whom, Windsor Police said. 

It is unclear if any arrests have been made.

The victim has been treated and released.

Photo Credit: NBC Connecticut]]>
<![CDATA[1 Dead, 2 Seriously Injured in Crash on I-395 in Norwich]]> Mon, 26 Jun 2017 07:18:33 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/NORWICH-FATAL-CRASH.jpg

An Enfield man was killed and two other people seriously injured after a crash on Interstate 395 in Norwich.

The crash happened on the southbound side of the highway near exit 18 around 11 p.m. Sunday night.

Connecticut State Police said a Ford F150 was traveling north in the right lane behind a Ford Escape when the F150 switched lanes. As the truck switched lanes, it struck the back of the Escape.

The driver of the F150 then lost control and crashed into a cement bridge support in the center median before continuing through a guide rail and stopping on the southbound side of the highway, according to police.

A passenger of the F150, identified as 25-year-old Benjamin St. Pierre, of Enfield, was pronounced dead on scene. The driver, 22-year-old Victoria Berube of Suffield, and a second passenger, 26-year-old Eric Lemieux of Enfield, were taken to the hospital with serious injuries.

The driver of the Escape was not injured, police said.

The highway was closed for about six hours while police investigated but has since reopened.

Photo Credit: NBC Connecticut]]>
<![CDATA[Tractor Trailer Rollover Closes Lanes on I-95 in Bridgeport]]> Mon, 26 Jun 2017 07:36:48 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/BRIDGEPORT-TT-CRASH.jpg

A tractor trailer accident caused the closure of the right and center lanes on I-95 northbound by exit 27A in Bridgeport Sunday evening.

State police said the tractor trailer rollover happened around 6:30 p.m. and there were multiple vehicles involved in this crash.

Minor injuries were reported.

Police said the truck was carrying antifreeze and the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection was called to the scene.

No other details were immediately available.

Photo Credit: Connecticut State Police]]>
<![CDATA[Reception Cut Short After Fire at St. Clements Castle]]> Mon, 26 Jun 2017 07:31:56 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/ST-CLEMENTS-FIRE.jpg

A wedding reception was cut short when fire broke out at St. Clements Castle in Portland and East Hampton Sunday afternoon.

A venue employee said that some kind of malfunction with the grill contributed to the fire, but the exact cause was not immediately clear. No one was hurt, though the happy couple and about 45 guests had to evacuate the building during their celebratory brunch.

St. Clements Castle's main address is in Portland, but the fire was in a smaller building on the property located in East Hampton, fire officials said.

East Hampton fire officials said flames were going through the roof when crews arrived and it took firefighters about an hour to get the fire under control. The kitchen and a portion of the roof were damaged, and the banquet hall suffered smoke damage.

Fire officials are investigating.

Photo Credit: Portland CT Fire Department]]>
<![CDATA[Some State Parks at Capacity Sunday]]> Sun, 25 Jun 2017 15:08:17 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/DEEP-LOGO.jpg

Several state parks have reached parking capacity Sunday and are closed to new vehicles.

Rocky Neck State Park in East Lyme, Mount Tom State Park in Litchfield, Bigelow Hollow State Park in Union, Gardner Lake State Park in Salem and Miller’s Pond State Park in Durham were all at capacity and closed to new vehicles as of Sunday afternoon.

For the latest state park information keep an eye on the Ct State Parks twitter @CTStateParks.

Temperatures Sunday were forecast in the 80s with mostly sunny skies, though there is the chance for some isolated showers, especially in hill towns.

For the full forecast, click here. 

Photo Credit: Department of Energy and Environmental Protection]]>
<![CDATA[New Fairfield Man Killed in Crash on I-84 in Bethel]]> Sun, 25 Jun 2017 14:33:16 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/160*120/STATE+POLICE+LIGHT.jpg

A New Fairfield man was killed in a crash on Interstate 84 in Bethel overnight.

Connecticut State Police said 27-year-old Kurtis Liska was driving on I-84 west near exit 8 early Sunday when the car drifted into the right shoulder and struck a trailer that was parked on the side of the highway.

Liska was rushed to Danbury Hospital but died of his injuries.

The occupants of the other vehicle were not injured.

The crash remains under investigation. Anyone with information can call Troop A at 203-267-2200.

Photo Credit: NBC Connecticut]]>
<![CDATA[Tanker Truck Carting Milk Crashes into Home in Suffield]]> Mon, 26 Jun 2017 09:42:04 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/SUFFIELD-TANKER-TRUCK-HITS-HOME.jpg

It was a close call when a tanker truck came barreling up to a home in Suffield Sunday morning.

The accident happened at 916 Mountain Road around 10:30 a.m. Police said the hood of a milk tanker truck struck the home.

The truck didn't penetrate the building, but rather just hit the outside of the structure. According to police, there is no structural damage to the house, just debris outside.

The driver of the truck was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The occupants of the home were uninjured, and told NBC Connecticut it looked like the driver was trying to avoid hitting the house.

The Department of Motor Vehicles Commercial Vehicle Safety Division was requested to the scene. There were delays in the area for several hours while police investigated.

Photo Credit: NBC Connecticut]]>
<![CDATA[Police Believe Fairfield Mom Injured Daughter, Killed Herself]]> Mon, 26 Jun 2017 15:38:55 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Fairfield+attempted+murder+suicide.JPG

An 8-year-old girl found her mother dead in their home Saturday morning and ran to a neighbor’s home for help. Police are investigating, but said the girl had strangulation marks and they believe the mother tried to kill her own daughter, then took her own life.

Police were called to Barlow Road around 10:30 a.m. Saturday and said it appears that 36-year-old Ivanna Krekhtyak might have hurt her own daughter sometime during the night and ultimately took her own life.

Investigators said the girl – who might have appeared dead – eventually woke up from being unconscious and ran to neighbors for help.

“We’re looking to interview the daughter. Obviously she survived, but there’s trauma. There’s some memory issues with regard to exactly what occurred last night,” Fairfield Police Chief Gary MacNamara said.

Police said the girl had redness on her face and strangulation marks and she is suffering physical trauma.

“Pretty clear from the injuries this was designed, at least in our opinion at this point, that strangulation was meant to kill her,” MacNamara said.

There is no indication that anyone else was involved. Police continue to investigate and are hoping they can help the girl in any way they can.

“This is a sad story all around. And hopefully we can find out what occurred and do the best we can to help her in any way we can,” MacNamara said.

Photo Credit: NBCConnecticut.com]]>
<![CDATA[State Trooper Taken to Hospital After Being Hit]]> Sun, 25 Jun 2017 02:20:34 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Fairfield+Trooper+hit.jpg

A state trooper was taken to the hospital for evaluation after his vehicle was hit on I95 Northbound in Fairfield.

State police said the trooper was not injured after being hit on Saturday afternoon.

Other details were not immediately available.

Check back with NBC Connecticut for updates.

<![CDATA[Police Identify Women Killed in Waterbury Crash]]> Mon, 26 Jun 2017 09:17:14 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Crash+on+Route+8+ramp+in+waterbury.jpg

Police have identified the two people killed in a crash near the Exit 35 ramp off Route 8 and East Aurora Street in Waterbury on Friday.

Katherine Wadman, 73, of Waterbury and 25-year-old Samantha Mallette, of Watertown, were killed when a pickup slammed into their car, which was turning onto East Aurora Street, according to police.

Witnesses described the crash as horrifying.

Both vehicles were towed to the Waterbury police headquarters for further investigation, police said.

Photo Credit: NBCConnecticut,com]]>
<![CDATA[North Haven Police Mourn Death of K-9 ]]> Sat, 24 Jun 2017 10:03:11 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/zeus+north+haven.jpg

The North Haven Police Department is mourning the death of its first K-9.

Zeus, an 8-year-old German shepherd, was recently diagnosed with a tumor in his abdomen, according to the department's Facebook page.

He is credited with many successful searches as well as tracking down several suspects.

Zeus was a member of the North Haven Police Department for more than six years.

Photo Credit: North Haven Police]]>
<![CDATA[Two Area Crews Battle House Fire in East Hartford]]> Sat, 24 Jun 2017 06:40:17 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/editehtfdfire.png

Crews from two area fire departments spent Saturday morning battling a house fire in East Hartford.

A neighbor first noticed the flames at the home at 94 Sisson St. around 3 a.m and called 911.

When crews arrived, flames were coming out of the side of the unoccupied home. Fire officials say that because of the old construction at the home, there was nothing to stop the flames from spreading quickly.

Crews say the fire started in the basement and traveled up, catching every floor of the home on fire.

John Oates, East Hartford Fire Chief says it took crews 90 minutes to get the fire under control.

Oates said there is significant damage to the home, but he doesn't believe it will have to be torn down.

The owner of the home passed away last year and her daughter says that her belongings were still inside of the home. Family has been trying to sell the home.

The fire marshal is working to determine the cause of the fire.

<![CDATA[Man Charged After Charity Wrestling Donations Disappear]]> Fri, 23 Jun 2017 23:24:31 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/James-Raymond.jpg

The promoter of a highly publicized wrestling event to benefit autism is under arrest.

James Raymond was arrested on Friday afternoon after it was alleged that in April thousands of dollars in donations promised to a local autism charity from a professional wrestling event were never received.

Raymond was released on a promise to appear from the East Haven Police Department. He was charged with one count of issuing a bad check.

Police and wrestlers with Paradise Alley Professional Wrestling (PAPW) said Raymond's $1,800 check to PAPW ring fee bounced. That was shortly after an autism fundraiser to benefit the Autism Services and Resources Connecticut (ASRC) last April. Wanting to give back to the community, Raymond said, has helped his autistic daughter.

"Why did you do this to our people? It's just not ok, it's not ok. It's completely cruel to our folks to take advantage of," the co-director of the ASRC, Leslie Simoes, asked.

"He took money from children you know what I mean? From charity. You know, as they say in the law, you break the rules you're gunna have to pay," Wrestler Mario Mancini, a co-owner of PAPW, said. 

"He used individuals with autism as a ploy," Simoes added.

Now, there are new allegations.

"It was perfect timing, the rent got paid, and all of the insurance got paid,” small business owner, Bobby Farland, said.

Farland, of Massachusetts, reached out to the NBC Connecticut Troubleshooters about Raymond’s wrestling fundraiser in April. 

"The check was for $800. We deposited the check, we paid some bills and a week later got notification the check bounced," Farland said. 

Farland owns the Healthy Body Feeling Station right outside Cape Cod and he agreed to be a vendor for the event. 

"It's just a shame, you know, it really is a shame. To use, to pull at the heart strings of people, and to use your family," Farland said. 

The potential and expected proceeds, plus possible expenses, included eighty front row seats tickets sold at $20 a piece, three hundred floor seats sold at $15 a piece and three hundred general admission entries at $10 each for a total of $9,100.

A referee said he paid nearly $400 for hotel rooms for wrestlers that were flown in for the event.

Four performers said Raymond verbally promised a total of $500 with different fees, but said they never got their money.

Half a dozen wrestlers tell NBC Connecticut Troubleshooters they were paid an undisclosed amounts for their services.

Last month, Raymond initially emailed to say there's no money left to donate, blaming the high cost of putting on the event, like online ticketing, promotional materials and food.

Adding by email: “I realized during the process I did not set a proper budget in place to help me control the expenses as the event was shaping up. I thought with getting bigger name wrestlers it would help me raise more awareness and help me possibly make more net proceeds. I was not taking in to consideration the higher cost a bigger name wrestler would be or where I would be having to fly them in from and hotel costs for these wrestlers."

On Friday, the wrestlers said they're looking forward to a make-up wrestling event on Sunday to benefit the ASRC at the East Haven hockey rink at 3 p.m.

Ralph Murray is a wrestler and co-owner of PAPW, “We're gunna put on a heckuva’ show. And we're gunna make this right. We're gunna give these folks their money."

East Haven Police Lt. Joseph Murgo told NBC Connecticut, "We don't want this incident to discourage people from supporting a cause like this in our community. East Haven always comes together to help support people in need, and we don't want this to discourage anyone from doing that in the future."

The new wrestling fundraiser is this Sunday at 3 p.m. at the East Haven hockey rink. Already, they said they've gathered more than $6,000 for ASRC ahead of this new wrestling event.  Raymond told NBC Connecticut he'd get us a new statement Friday, but needed time. 

Photo Credit: NBC Connecticut]]>
<![CDATA[2 Hikers in Penwood State Park Found After Search]]> Fri, 23 Jun 2017 23:01:21 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Breaking-News-Intro-1200x675.jpg

A search was underway at Penwood State Park in Bloomfield for a pair of hikers, but officials say the pair has been found. 

Simsbury police said a 911 call prompted the operation in the dark.

No information about the hikers were released or how long they have been missing, but they were found late Friday night. 

Searchers headed out into this 800-acre park which straddles the Simsbury-Bloomfield town line.

Photo Credit: NBC Connecticut]]>