<![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 Mon, 20 Oct 2014 20:42:58 -0400 Mon, 20 Oct 2014 20:42:58 -0400 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Alderman Calls for Additional Police Station in New Haven]]> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 20:20:27 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/new+haven+westville+police.JPG

A New Haven alderman calling for a greater police presence in his district is asking the city to build a police satellite office in addition to the substation that already exists in the Westville-West Hills section of the city.

Alderman Darryl Brackeen, Jr. hopes additional police will help cut down on crime in his section of the city.

“The problem is the actual police district substation for District 2 is on Valley Street in West Hills, but it does not cover the great vast majority of the Westville neighborhood,” Brackeen explained.

Brackeen submitted legislation to the Board of Alders asking for an additional satellite office at the Davis Street School or another suitable location nearby, to be staffed by a New Haven police officer during school hours and into the early evening.

“We’ve seen home invasions, burglaries, car thefts, thefts by auto,” he said. “These are all upticking since January, so I believe this is one tool of many that could possibly be used.”

He said it’s not meant to burden taxpayers, since the idea is to use a facility that already exists. A hundred Westville neighbors have already signed a petition in support of a new satellite office.

“Keep the kids safe and just have the presence. People will know the police are around and helping us. I think it’s a great idea,” said Scott Vasilaitis, of New Haven.

Mayor Toni Harp said she plans to address public safety issues with the Board of Alders, police commissioners and police chief. She said her only concern would be the cost of opening and operating a new facility.

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<![CDATA[Police Investigate Suspicious Death in Manchester]]> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 20:28:10 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/manchester+bissell.jpg

Authorities are investigating after a 54-year-old man was found dead in a Manchester home.

Investigators are searching the area of 59 Bissell Street, where the man's body was found Monday evening.

Manchester police Capt. Christopher Davis said police are in the process of obtaining a search warrant and are considering the death suspicious.

A State Police Major Crime Squad has arrived on scene to investigate.

Davis said police plan to hold a media briefing later tonight.

No additional information was immediately available.



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<![CDATA[Hartford Supt. Report Finds "Room for Improvement"]]> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 19:47:45 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/188*120/students-empty-desks.JPG

The new superintendent of schools in Hartford accepted a Transition Report that finds room for improvement in Hartford's public schools.

The report for Supt. Beth Schiavino-Narvaez, composed by a team charged with trying to close Hartford's achievement gap, calls for addressing several issues, including management of the central office.

It also found a difference between neighborhood schools and magnet schools, with neighborhood schools educating more students with special needs and those who are learning English, and more absenteeism and suspensions.

"We'll be able to most closely identify the schools that have the greatest needs and in turn need the most support from us," said the superintendent, addressing administrators and people involved in the study.

Narvaez said she would continue to "reach out and listen" as she and the Hartford Board of Education prioritize the recommendations.



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<![CDATA[New Cameras Help Police Nab Drivers Who Pass School Buses]]> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 19:18:08 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/530pplainvillestill102014doug00000000.jpg

A new system of cameras and computers targets drivers who pass stopped school buses in Plainville, and police are calling the incident an "epidemic" and have already issued more than 30 tickets since the school year began.

"Who can argue against kids' safety?" said Plainville police Sgt. Paul Shanahan. "We're not really interested in making any money."

But police are making money – each fine is $465. Plainville is one of many Connecticut towns now using bus-mounted cameras and computers to detect the license plates of cars that pass standing school buses.

The system records video of the scene when a bus slows down to stop and the driver activates its flashing amber lights.

"When they see an amber light, the first thing they should do is slow down," Shanahan said. "If the bus is driving, obviously you can't discharge kids or pick them up; however, you don't know at what point that bus is going to stop."

According to police, all too often drivers ignore the lights. The new camera system is designed to help protect children getting on and off the bus.

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<![CDATA[Middlefield Officer Suspended After Lying About Crash: Cops]]> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 18:19:35 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/connecticut+state+police+logo+2.jpg

A 25-year Middlefield police veteran has been suspended with pay after allegedly lying about a crash that damaged his personal car.

According to the warrant for his arrest, Officer Scott Halligan, 45, of Middlefield, struck metal debris near the intersection of Main Street and Reeds Gap Road sometime in June, but failed to report the incident until weeks later when he realized how much it would cost to make repairs.

On July 8, Halligan asked a fellow officer to write up the incident. He said he had hit and killed a deer on Cider Mill Road near the Coginchaug River Bridge. A trooper who had taken EMT training classes with Halligan in June said he had noticed the damage to Halligan’s car prior to July 8, the warrant says.

Police checked the supposed crash site on Cider Mill Road and found no evidence of a collision there. According to the warrant, damage to Halligan’s vehicle also didn’t match what was listed in the incident report, and there was no deer hair or blood on the car. Halligan also did not file an insurance claim.

Halligan later admitted that he had not struck a deer but said he didn’t want to disclose the actual location of the crash, the warrant says. He eventually told state police he hit debris at the intersection of Main Street and Reeds Gap Road, but kept going and didn’t report it right away because he underestimated the damage to his car.

Halligan said he only noticed the extent of the damage the next morning and didn’t tell his colleague about the incident until he learned repairs would cost him about $3,000, according to the warrant.

He was arrested Sept. 15 on misdemeanor charges of failing to report and incident and conspiring to falsely report an incident. He faced a judge Monday and was released on a promise to appear.

According to Middlefield First Selectman Jon Brayshaw, Halligan has been suspended with pay.

Information on an attorney for Halligan was not immediately available.

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<![CDATA[Foley Won't Be at Gubernatorial Forum]]> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 19:19:18 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Decision+2014+generic.jpg

NBC Connecticut will host a gubernatorial forum on Thursday and has invited three candidates to attend.

Gov. Dannel Malloy, Republican challenger, Tom Foley, and unaffiliated candidate, Joe Visconti were invited to participate in Thursday's forum, which will air live on NBC Connecticut at 7 p.m.

Through a spokesperson, Foley said he will not attend the forum.

"We were unable to come to terms with NBC 30 (Connecticut) in a timely manner, so we will not be participating in their forum, said Mark McNulty, communications director for Foley's campaign, in a statement on Monday.

NBC Connecticut released a statement about Foley's decision on Monday:

"All candidates on the ballot have been invited to participate in the NBC Connecticut Gubernatorial Forum on Thursday, October 23 at 7 p.m., including Mr. Foley. Mr. Foley meets all the criteria to participate. We’ve had ongoing discussions with all the candidates on a consistent basis and welcome their participation."

The debate can also be viewed live on NBCConnecticut.com or on the NBC Connecticut News App beginning at 7 p.m. on Thursday.



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<![CDATA[Dye Pack Helps Police Nab New Haven Bank Robber]]> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 17:34:01 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/soulds+mug.jpg

A dye pack did its job in New Haven last week, staining the clothing of a suspected bank robber and helping police track him down.

According to police, 38-year-old Derrell Soulds demanded money from a teller at the Webster Bank on Elm Street Thursday, who handed Soulds a wad of cash and a dye pack.

As Soulds was running from the scene, the dye pack exploded all over the money and his clothes, staining them red. Police said he stripped off his sweatshirt and dumped it in an alleyway along with some of the red-stained bills.

Soulds got away from police, but authorities said they identified him based on his alleged involvement in a Waterbury bank robbery the previous day.

On Friday, police received a report that dye-soaked money had been used to purchase a pizza in New Haven. The tip led them to Soulds, who was also wanted for violation of parole, according to police.

He was taken into custody on an outstanding arrest warrant from Waterbury.

Soulds was arrested in connection with the New Haven robbery on Monday and charged with first-degree robbery, second-degree larceny, second-degree threatening and possession of narcotics.

He remains behind bars on $200,000 bond.



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<![CDATA[Fire Ravages Milford Home]]> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 16:23:49 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/milford+underhill+road+fire.jpg

Fire destroyed a home on Underhill Road in Milford on Monday afternoon.

Firefighters were called to 28 Underhill Road around 2:15 p.m. and arrived to find heavy flames coming from the back of the house and detached garage, according to the fire department.

Everyone made it out safely, but the home suffered heavy damage to the first and second floors and is no longer livable.

Residents were able to salvage some of their belongings.

The Milford Fire Marshal's office is investigating the cause of the blaze.



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<![CDATA[Former Trooper Who Torched Brother's Home Felt Duped: Court]]> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 19:02:01 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/higganum+ron+carlson.jpg

The former Connecticut State Trooper accused of burning down his brother's home in the Higganum village of Haddam believed his brother had cheated him out of a large inheritance and wanted revenge, according to court documents.

Ronald Carlson, 50, of Portsmouth, Virginia, faced a judge on charges of arson and burglary Monday. He's accused of setting fire to his brother's raised ranch at 575 Candlewood Hill Road the morning of Thursday, Oct. 16.

According to court documents, Carlson told authorities he had been planning the arson for seven years and that his brother Tom had cheated him out of $2.3 million from their parents.

Ron Carlson told investigators he had "willingly and knowingly" burned down his brother's home. He decided to light the fire on Oct. 14 and left Virginia at noon Oct. 15.

He spent the night at a hotel and told authorities he stayed up "thinking about how successful it was going to be, how good it was going to be to administrate [his] own justice," according to the documents.

Ron Carlson admitted to buying gas cans and forcing his way through the front door, then spreading fuel evenly throughout the home and detached garage. He told authorities he piled wood in the middle of the house and lit matches, then drove around town waiting for his brother to get home so he could confront him, according to the documents.

When Tom Carlson and his family arrived at the scene, Ron Carlson stormed up the driveway and started screaming, "I burnt down your [expletive] house!" and "You stole $2.8 million from Mom! How do you like me now?" Tom Carlson allegedly told investigators.

Tom Carlson's ex-wife told police Ron Carlson has a "history of aggressive behavior." The couple's son, Scott, said Ron Carlson became so violent toward his father several years ago that he called the police. The brothers had not spoken since, according to the documents.

State police spokesperson Trooper First Class Kelly Grant said Ronald Carlson was a Connecticut State Trooper from January 1987 to October 1988, when he was fired. The reason for his termination is unclear.

Police said Ron Carlson turned himself in the day of the blaze. A town official said Ron Carlson used five gallons of gasoline and opened all home's the windows.

His arms and face were burned in the blaze, so authorities brought him to Westbrook's Shoreline Clinic and transferred him to the Bridgeport Hospital Burn Unit.

After his release from the hospital, Ron Carlson was charged with two counts of first-degree arson and one count of third-degree burglary. He was arraigned in Middletown on Monday, where a judge raised his bond from $500,000 to $1 million.

Haddam First Selectwoman Melissa Schlag has set up a GoFundMe page to raise money for the Tom Carlson. Donations are also being collected at the town hall and at Ter's Package Store in Higganum.

"I am heartbroken for the Carlson family. My thoughts are with them at this time and the Haddam/Higganum community is here for them," Schlag said in a statement Thursday night.

Ron Carlson is due back in court Nov. 4.



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<![CDATA[Suspects in North Haven Home Break-In Arrested]]> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 15:49:22 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/north+haven+police+generic+1200.jpg

North Haven police have arrested two men accused of breaking into a home in broad daylight thanks to an astute neighbor who saw something suspicious.

Police responded to an attempted burglary in progress and a resident reported noticing two young men walking from the back yard of a Dixwell Avenue home, police said.

Police searched the area and located Edward Clini, 22, and Chris Dynia, 23, both of North Haven, walking near Ridge Road. 

Police said they had removed a window screen and gotten into an unoccupied home. 

Both were arrested; charged with third-degree burglary, conspiracy, and criminal mischief; and held on a $5,000 bond.    

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<![CDATA[Man to Serve 5 Years in Prison for Robbing 5 Pharmacies]]> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 15:21:53 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/481663349.jpg

A 53-year-old Marlborough resident convicted of robbing five Connecticut pharmacies, at least some at gunpoint, will face five years in prison followed by three years of supervised release.

According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, David Haney pleaded guilty in February to robbing the CVS pharmacy at 525 Buckland Road in South Windsor last September. Authorities said he showed the pharmacist what appeared to be a handgun in his waistband and demanded oxycodone. The pharmacist handed over 2,000 pills.

Haney also admitted to robbing four other pharmacies between September and November 2013, including Walgreens stores in Manchester, Meriden and Vernon and a CVS location in East Hartford, according the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

He disclosed an addiction to pain medication and told authorities he took most of the pills himself, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.

Haney was sentenced Monday and ordered to pay restitution to the pharmacies he robbed.



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<![CDATA[Leaves Causing Problems on Metro-North Rails ]]> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 15:22:49 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/180*120/metro_north_still_022614.jpg

Not all autumn landscapes in New England are scenes of beauty.

Metro-North Railroad is warning commuters of delays due to wet leaves. The commuter rail line says leaves that fall on the rails become crushed and produce an oily substance known as pectin, which can cause wheels to slip or slide as a train speeds up or slows down.

Metro-North says trains will reduce speeds in problem areas under extreme "slip-slide" conditions, causing minor delays due to what Metro-North calls "slime."

The rail line Instructs engineers to report slippery conditions immediately.

It's also enhancing the computerized train-tracking system to allow for automatic real-time reporting of slip-slide incidents and conditions that will result in quick improvements.

Metro-North also says it uses rail washers and scrubbers to remove crushed leaf reside from the tracks.

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<![CDATA[Johnny Damon Coming to Hartford]]> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 15:04:27 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Phillies-Should-Consider-Johnny-Damon.jpg

Johnny Damon is part of a small group to win World Series with both the Red Sox and Yankees, and he is coming to Hartford this week for a YMCA fundraising event.

Damon, who established a charitable foundation and serves as a spokesman for the Wounded Warrior Project, will be the honored guest and speaker at the YMCA celebrates champions event on Thursday night at the Connecticut Convention Center.

This is the signature fundraising event for the YMCA of Greater Hartford, which supports the annual campaign and “Read to Success.”

Tickets are $200 a piece or $2,000 for a table of 10.

The VIP reception is at 6:30 p.m., while the general reception gets underway at 6:45 p.m. and the program starts at 7 p.m.



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<![CDATA[Ansonia Man Had Drugs, Gun in Car With Kids: Police]]> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 14:56:26 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/rumley+mug.jpg

A 21-year-old Ansonia man led officers on a chase Friday and was caught with drugs and a stolen handgun in the car with two children, according to police.

Police said Howard Rumley, Jr., 21, was driving without a license in the area of South Street in Ansonia on Friday. Officers tried to pull him over, but he drove off and led police on a car chase on Central and Beaver streets. He got away on North Main Street.

Shortly thereafter, officers spotted Rumley getting picked up in a different car on Beaver Street, near the ABC Learning Center daycare. Police stopped the vehicle and took Rumley into custody.

Police said a woman driving the car had two young children inside. Officers found Rumley with a stolen 9mm handgun, 8.4 grams of crack cocaine and 9 wax folders of heroin with him. Rumley is accused of stealing the gun from a home in Ansonia on Sept. 2.

He was arrested and charged with a number of motor vehicle violations, including reckless driving and engaging police in pursuit, along with weapon and drug charges, including theft of a firearm and possession of narcotics within 1500 feet of a daycare.

He was held on $500,000 bond and appeared in court Monday.



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<![CDATA[Police Lock Down 2 Naugatuck Schools]]> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 14:30:01 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/tlmd_police_fire_lights_generic.jpg

Two Naugautck schools were locked down as a precaution on Monday morning while police investigated the report of a suicidal person in the area who may have been armed with a handgun.

Police responded to May Street around 9:30 a.m. and asked the Naugatuck Board of Education to lock down City Hill Middle School and Maple Hill School while authorities investigated, according to police.

Authorities found the man in question at his home "safe and unharmed" and the lockdowns were lifted after about half an hour, police said.

No one was injured and police have not released any additional information about the incident.

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<![CDATA[81-Year-Old Bicyclist Killed in Guilford Crash]]> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 14:08:37 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/ambulance-shutterstock_12161325.jpg

An 81-year-old man has died after he was struck by a car while riding his bicycle in Guilford on Friday.

Police said William Mack, 81, of Guilford, was involved in a crash at 1200 Boston Post Road around 9 a.m. Oct. 17. He was rushed to Yale-New Haven Hospital for treatment, where he died the next day.

Authorities are investigating the crash. No charges have been filed and police said none are pending.



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<![CDATA[Car Fire Spreads in Windsor]]> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 13:47:55 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Generic+Fire+Generic.jpg

A car fire in Windsor this morning spread to two other vehicles.

Police said a car caught fire at Konica Minolta, located at 550 Marshall Phelps Road, and spread to the two cars on either side of it.

The original car is a total loss, police said, and they believe the other two will be as well.

The fire marshal responded. No additional information was released.



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<![CDATA[Cops: Man Told 10-Year-Old Rape Victim "I'm Gonna Kill You"]]> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 17:46:41 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/jose+gonzalez+meriden.jpg

A man accused of crawling through the bedroom window of a home in downtown Meriden and raping a 10-year-old girl while she was sleeping placed a pillow over the child's face and told her he was going to kill her, according to court documents.

Desmond James, 23, of Waterbury, who is also known as Jose Gonzalez, was arrested on Friday evening in Waterbury. Police said he ran from officers and was found with "several bundles" of heroin.

According to police, James climbed through the girl's bedroom window early Wednesday morning. As Gonzalez was leaving, the victim woke up the rest of her family. Her mother caught a glimpse of him just and was able to provide a partial description to police.

The girl told police that her attacker said "nothing was going to hurt," and placed a pillow over her face, according to court documents. She tried to fight James off and kick him, but she was not able to.

Police said DNA evidence taken from the victim helped them identify James as the perpetrator.

James also matched the description police received the scene. He was charged with home invasion, first-degree sexual assault, risk of injury to a minor, unlawful restraint and threatening.

James was also wanted on an outstanding warrant for escaping from the Connecticut Department of Correction's Parole Division, according to police.

Meriden police have not disclosed whether James knew the family prior to the assault, but said he is not on the list of people associated with the victim's home. In an effort to protect the victim, authorities have not released the location of the residence.

Court records show Desmond James has been previously convicted on burglary and robbery charges out of Meriden in 2011 and 2012.

He will appear in New Haven Superior Court on Tuesday.



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<![CDATA[Man Killed in Bridgeport Died of Stab Wounds]]> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 12:28:57 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Bridgeport+police+generic.jpg

A man killed during an altercation in Bridgeport on Saturday night was stabbed to death, the medical examiner has determined.

Police responded 83 Seeley Street just before 9:30 p.m. on Saturday after receiving a call reporting that someone was injured and found Ivan Rodriguez Mendez, 51, lying in a pool of blood in the road.

He was pronounced dead at the scene and his death has been ruled a homicide. 

This was the 10th one in Bridgeport this year.

Witnesses told police that Rodriguez Mendez was involved in an altercation with one or more other people, one of whom had a knife.

Several shots were fired during the dispute, witnesses told police, but the autopsy revealed the cause of Mendez's death was stab wounds.

Investigators are working to determine if the victim was shot or stabbed to death.

No one has been arrested and police ask anyone with information to call Det. Heitor Teixeira at 203-581-5256.



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<![CDATA[Federal Decision Orders Electric Companies to Issue $30 Million Refund]]> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 11:25:45 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Lightbulb_generic.jpg

Connecticut utility companies owe local customers a $30 million refund, according to a decision handed down by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission last week, and that is expected to cut at least part of the utility rate.

On Oct. 16, the federal agency issued the ruling, which comes after legal claims from the Connecticut Public Utilities Regulatory Authority, along with other New England officials about the return on equity rate to the owners of electricity transmission certain facilities.

"Notwithstanding our ongoing claims regarding FERC ROE methodology flaws, this FERC ruling is a victory for Connecticut electric ratepayers," Public Utilities Regulatory Authority Chairman Arthur H. House said in a statement.

In all, several companies, including Northeast Utilities Service Company and The United Illuminating Company, owe New England customers approximately $70 million in refunds.

According to PURA, you will not be getting a check in the mail. Instead refunds will show up as an adjustment on your bill and that is expected to reduce the rate in the future.

How much that will affect customers here in Connecticut has not yet been determined.

In June, the federal agency agreed with Connecticut Public Utilities Regulatory Authority’s finding that return on equity rate was too high, according to the decision. 

The FERC ruling set a 30-day deadline for the refund to be issued to the states.
 

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<![CDATA[New Haven Alderman Wants to Add Police Substation]]> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 12:40:01 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/New+Haven+police+photo.jpg

A New Haven alderman wants to add a police satellite station in his district to fight what he's calling a surge in crime.

There is one police substation for the Westville-West http://www.cityofnewhaven.com/Police/Districts/Westville.asp Hills District and Darryl Brackeen said the district is too big for just one substation, so he is pushing for satellite station at Davis Street School or “another suitable Westville location.”

“This year, our community experienced several home invasions, shootings, stabbings, car thefts, and muggings of long-time residents,” Brackeen said in a statement  

He is asking concerned residents to attend the Board of Alders Public Session meeting at 6:30 p.m. before the full Board of Alders Meeting.

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<![CDATA[3 Convenience Store Robberies in 3 Days in Willimantic]]> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 10:20:24 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Shell+gas+station+robbery+1200.jpg

Police are investigating three robberies at convenience stores in Willimantic in since Friday.

The latest robbery was reported at the Chucky’s Convenience Store and Shell Gas Station at 1563 West Main Street just before 9 p.m. on Sunday, according to police. 

Police said they received the 911 call at 8:52 p.m. and learned that this robber implied he had a weapon, but did not show one, and fled with cash from the register.

The robber was around 5-feet-9 and was wearing blue jeans, a dark mask and a black hoodie.

Less than 24 hours earlier, police received a 911 call from SunMart Convenience Store at 9:20 p.m. on Saturday night and learned that the robber implied he had a gun, but did not show one, and ran off with money from the cash register. 

This robber was described as 5-feet-11, wearing a dark ski mask and a black shirt.

Early Friday morning, police responded to a robbery at the Cumberland Farms after  man with a black handgun demanded cash from a store clerk and stole money from the cash register, the clerk told police. The robber fled on foot. Police said that 911 call came in at 1:57 a.m

None of the store clerks were injured during the robberies.

The Willimantic Police Department Criminal Investigation Division is investigating and asks anyone with information about it to call the Willimantic Police Department at (860) 465-3135.
 



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<![CDATA[Body Found in Windham Woods]]> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 07:55:18 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/connecticut+state+police+logo+2.jpg

The state police major crimes unit is investigating after the body of a female was found in the woods in Windham.

The body was found in the area of Routes 203 and 32 on Sunday morning.

Police said this was initially a missing person case and it’s too soon to say if the death is suspicious.

No additional information has been released.

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<![CDATA[Berlin Turnpike Reopens]]> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 07:01:14 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/berlin+wires+resized.jpg

The Berlin Turnpike (U.S. Route 5) has reopened on the Berlin/Newington line after a vehicle struck a pole in Berlin.

The crash happened around 10:15 p.m. Sunday, police said. There were no injuries, but the crash caused high-tension wires to come down across the road.

The downed wires also caused power outages on the Newington/Berlin line and Connecticut Light & Power crews responded to repair the damage. Power has since been restored.
 



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<![CDATA[Police Issue Arrest Warrant After Threat to Milford High School]]> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 08:42:52 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Milford+Police+cruiser1200.jpg

Milford police have issued an arrest warrant after a resident made what police are calling an indirect threat against Jonathan Law High School.

Police began investigating after receiving information about a Lansdale Avenue resident making a threat made that referenced Jonathan Law High School, police said.

It is unclear when the threat was made, but police said it was not directed at any specific person. After speaking with the resident on Friday evening, police determined there was no present threat to the school community.

The resident, identified as James Piccirillo, 48, was admitted to a secure medical facility for evaluation.

During a search of his home, police seized guns and commercial grade fireworks. The Connecticut State Police Bomb Squad also responded to assist as a precaution.

Milford Public Schools Superintendent Elizabeth Feser said in a statement that Piccirillo has no affiliation with Law High School or Milford public schools.

Police said Piccirillo will be taken into custody upon his release from the hospital. Charges are still being determined.

Police continue to investigate and are working closely with the Milford Board of Education.
 

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<![CDATA[Motorcyclist Skids on Wet Roads, Deflects Off Car: Fire Department]]> Sun, 19 Oct 2014 16:17:45 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Haddam+Motorcycle+Crash+Edited.jpg

A motorcyclist was injured after slipping on slick roads Saturday afternoon and crashing in Haddam, fire officials said.

The motorcyclist lost control near a busy intersection in the Tylerville section in town, skidded on its side, and bounced upright into a passing car, the Haddam Volunteer Fire Company posted its Facebook page. The motorcycle "glanced" off the car and crashed, fire officials said.

Fire department medical personnel examined the motorcyclist at the scene and Haddam Ambulance transported him to Middlesex Hospital in Middletown to be treated for minor injuries, according to the fire department.

Fire officials caution motorists to be careful when driving on wet roads.

"There are times when it’s dangerous to drive a car on a wet road, but it’s even more dangerous for a motorcycle," the fire department posted on Facebook. "Motorcycles are much more susceptible to hydroplaning than cars because their tires have less tread and tread depth, therefore less opportunity to channel water away."

The name of the motorcyclist injured has not been released.



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<![CDATA[Talcott Mountain State Park At Capacity]]> Sun, 19 Oct 2014 15:04:17 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/101914+Fall+Foliage+Edited.jpg

Sunday has been a beautiful day for leaf peeping, so much so that Talcott Mountain State Park was full in the afternoon as droves of people took to the trails on the brisk, sunny autumn day.

The park, home to the Heublein Tower in Simsbury at the peak of hiking trails, stretches through Bloomfield, Simsbury and part of Avon. Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) officials tweeted at 1:30 p.m. that the park was at capacity.

It's not unusual for the park to reach full capacity during fall foliage season, according to DEEP officials. The mountain overlooks the Farmington Valley and is a favorite spot in for locals and tourists to take in gorgeous views of the brightly colored trees.

Did you take any fall foliage photos today? Please share them with us at shareit@nbcconnecticut.com or on Facebook or Twitter (@NBCConnecticut).



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<![CDATA[Police Investigate Girl's Death in Plymouth]]> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 07:44:51 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/101914+Plymouth+Untimely+Death+Edited.jpg

Plymouth police are investigating after a girl was found unresponsive in town of Sunday and pronounced dead at the hospital.

Police received a report of an unresponsive girl under the age of 18 at 211 Main Street, a building with stores and apartments, in the Terryville section of Plymouth at 9:05 a.m. on Sunday.

Officers responded and an ambulance transported the girl to Bristol Hospital, where she was pronounced dead, according to police.

Police have not said whether they believe foul play was involved. The cause of the girl's death has also not been released.

The State Police Western District Major Crimes Squad also responded to the scene.



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<![CDATA[Hamden Homicide Does Not Appear Random: Police]]> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 19:04:55 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/101914+Hamden+Crime+Scene+Edited.jpg

Authorities are investigating after a 56-year-old man was attacked in an apartment in Hamden on Sunday afternoon and died hours later.

Police said the victim, Larry Dildy, of Circular Avenue in Hamden, was shot and possibly stabbed during a fight. He was taken to Yale-New Haven Hospital for treatment, where he died of his injuries about three hours later.

According to police, Dildy answered a knock at the door around 12:30 p.m. Sunday, and an unidentified man entered the second-floor apartment at 397 Circular Avenue.

Whether the man was invited in or forced his way in is not clear, but police do not believe this was a random attack. The relationship between the two men is unclear.

Police were first called to respond to an argument. While officers were on their way, the incident escalated and Dildy was shot, police said.

Several people were in the home when the attack happened and woman related to Dildy grabbed a broom handle, hitting the attacker several times, police said during a news conference on Monday.

The woman was not hurt and the attacker ran off.

Nothing was stolen during the attack, according to police. The kitchen was ransacked, but investigators said that could have been a result of the fight.

Police are trying to identify the assailant, but have a very vague description of the man involved. They are also looking into the relationship between the attacker and Dildy, who is known to the department because he arrested around five years ago on drug charges.

Detectives said they're investigating to determine whether the fight that killed Dildy may have been drug related.

"That's something we'll be looking into," said Hamden police Capt. Ronald Smith.

There have been several recent home invasions in Hamden, but police do not believe this is connected. Police said they are working on an arrest warrant in those cases and the suspect is behind bars. 

Dildy's friends and neighbors said they are in shock.

"We've just got to keep the family in prayers and just hope that his wife is doing OK," said a friend, Rev. James Newman.

Police are following several leads in the case and said the major crimes division is working around the clock.


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<![CDATA[Police Investigate Cumberland Farms Robbery]]> Sun, 19 Oct 2014 13:36:35 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/willimantic+police+car+crop.jpg

Willimantic police are investigating an overnight armed robbery that happened at the Cumberland Farms convenience store on Friday.

Police responded to the store at 1132 Main Street after receiving a notification that a silent alarm was triggered at 1:57 a.m.

A man with a black handgun demanded cash from a store clerk and stole money from the cash register, the clerk told police. The robber fled on foot.

The store clerk wasn't injured during the robbery.

Police described the robber as short and said he was wearing jeans and a black hooded jacket, police said. He concealed his face with a white bandanna.

Willimantic Police Department's Criminal Investigation Division and K-9 units responded.

Police ask anyone with information to contact the Willimantic Police Department. Calls will remain confidential.

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<![CDATA[Crews Put Out Fire in Woodbridge]]> Sun, 19 Oct 2014 13:20:46 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/101914+Woodbridge+Fire+Edited.jpg

Crews responded to a fire on Acorn Hill Road in Woodbridge Sunday afternoon, police said.

The road is closed while firefighters investigate.

No information was immediately available on the fire and the extent of the damage.

More information will be provided when it becomes available.



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<![CDATA[UConn Police Alert Students About Dorm Burglary]]> Sun, 19 Oct 2014 12:36:55 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/214*120/uconn+campus+generic2.jpg

UConn police are investigating a burglary that happened overnight into Sunday at a campus dorm in Storrs.

Towers Residential Hall Complex was broken into just after midnight on Oct. 19, according to a campus-wide email UConn police Chief Barbara O'Connor sent on Sunday. The "unknown person(s)" forced entry into a dorm room through a window on the first floor, the crime alert said. The person(s) left without stealing anything and did not come in contact with the dorm residents, according to UConn police.

UConn police have not identified any suspects at this time.

The crime alert asks anyone with information to contact UConn police at 860-486-4800 or to email the anonymous tip line at crimealerts@uconn.edu.

As a precaution, UConn police advise students to lock doors and windows, report suspicious individuals in the dorms or unusual activity to campus police, close building doors behind them and to report any lost dorm keys to the campus locksmith at 860-486-2921. More information on what students can do if they lose their dorm keys is available on the university's website.

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<![CDATA[Police ID Man Injured After 30-Foot Fall at Waterfall]]> Sun, 19 Oct 2014 12:16:58 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Enders+State+Forest+Waterfall+edited.jpg

Police have identified the 51-year-old New York City man who was injured after slipping and falling 30 feet from rocks while taking pictures of a waterfall and fall foliage at Enders State Forest in Granby on Saturday afternoon.

Life Star airlifted Michael Happel, 51,  to Hartford Hospital after a rescue mission near an Enders State Forest waterfall off of Route 219 (Barkhamsted Road).

Happel was photographing a waterfall and fall foliage in the forest when he fell off some slippery rocks at the edge of the waterfall at about 12:45 p.m, according to the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP).

Official said Happel suffered serious cuts on his face and head, a broken jaw, and an open leg fracture. He is recovering from non-life-threatening injuries and his condition is unclear at this time.

Granby police and firefighters and local emergency personnel responded, as well as the DEEP Environmental Conservation police.

It is unclear whether the man was with anyone else when he fell.

More information will be provided when it becomes available.



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<![CDATA[Police Investigate Willimantic Store Robbery]]> Sun, 19 Oct 2014 13:44:40 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/willimantic+police+car+crop.jpg

Police are investigating a convenience store robbery that happened Saturday night in Willimantic.

A man entered the Sun Mart convenience store at 1242 Main Street, implied that he had a gun and stole money from the cash register, police said. Officers responded to the scene at about 9:20 p.m. after receiving a 911 call from the store.

The robber didn't display a weapon and ran from the scene with an undetermined about of cash.

The store clerk was not injured in the incident.

Police said the robber is described as being about 5-foot-11 and he was wearing a dark ski mask and black shirt during the robbery.

The robbery happened just a day after an armed robbery at a Cumberland Farms convenience store on Main Street Friday. It is unknown whether the two robberies are connected, but police are still looking for the person responsible for the other robbery.

Willimantic Police Department's Criminal Investigation Division is investigating the store robbery and asks anyone with information to contact the department at 860-465-3135. Calls will be kept confidential, police said.

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<![CDATA[Police Investigate Fatal Crash]]> Sun, 19 Oct 2014 11:40:47 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/stamford+police+cruiser+generic.jpg

Police are investigating a fatal motor vehicle crash in Stamford that happened Saturday morning.

Angela Lopez, 34, was killed when a car hit her while she was standing next to her husband Rafael Escobar, 27, of Stamford, on the "travel side of the northbound lane" on Hope Street as he filled up the gas tank.

Escobar's 1986 Chevrolet food vending truck had become partially disabled in the lane near Hyde Street, so he stopped to put gas in the tank. Lopez was standing next to him when Victor Medina-Fajardo, 32, of Stamford, crossed the double yellow line from the opposite direction in his 2003 Ford Explorer and hit both of them, police said.

An ambulance transported Lopez to trauma room in Stamford Hospital, but she died Saturday morning due to her injuries.

It's unclear if Escobar was injured.

Charges have not been filed against Medina-Fajardo at this time.

The Stamford Police Department's Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Squad is investigating the crash and will submit the findings to the Stamford State's Attorney's Office "with the request for charges at the conclusion of the investigation," police said.

Police ask anyone with information to contact the department at 203-977-4712.



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<![CDATA[Shell Fishing Ban Lifted After Bridgeport Factory Fire]]> Sun, 19 Oct 2014 11:21:44 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/160*120/Bridgeport+fire+912+b.JPG

The shell fishing ban in the Bridgeport area has been lifted following last month's factory fire.

After a raging fire in September at a 2102 Seaview Avenue factory that houses JWC Roofing and Siding, environmental officials were worried that chemical runoff from the factory fire would cause environmental issues.

State Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) officials tested samples of the Yellow Mill river and the harbor in Bridgeport and said that the water had small levels of material from the warehouse where the drums were stored. As a precaution, environmental officials banned fishing along the Bridgeport shoreline from the Fairfield border to Pleasure Beach in Bridgeport and shell fishing from Fairfield to the Housatonic River.

The shell fishing ban has now been lifted.



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<![CDATA[Rollover Crash Results in Minor Injuries]]> Sun, 19 Oct 2014 11:11:09 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/101914+I91SB+Crash+edited.jpg

Emergency crews are at the scene of a rollover crash in South Windsor on Interstate 91 South.

A vehicle crashed just north of exit 34 on the highway, causing minor injuries. People are being treated at the scene.

DOT traffic cameras showed a pick-up truck on the grass off the shoulder of the highway just before 11 a.m., but state police have not confirmed the make and model of the vehicle involved. It's unclear how many people were injured.

The right lane is closed near the crash site where the emergency vehicles are. An ambulance is on scene.

More information will be provided when it becomes available.



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<![CDATA[Decision 2014: The NBC Connecticut Debate Preview]]> Sun, 19 Oct 2014 10:09:15 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/visconti+foley+malloy+decision.jpg

One this week's episode of NBC Connecticut's "Decision 2014," we preview the upcoming NBC Connecticut Gubernatorial Forum.

Moderator of the debate Gerry Brooks discusses what to expect with Max Reiss and Associated Press reporter Susan Haigh. Reiss and Haigh will serve as panelists.

  • Watch: Gerry Brooks, Max Reiss and AP Reporter Susan Haigh analyze the gubernatorial campaigns and what to expect at Thursday's NBC Connecticut debate.

Gov. Dan Malloy, GOP candidate Tom Foley and unaffiliated petitioning candidate Joe Visconti are invited to take part in the one hour debate schedule to air live on NBC Connecticut at 7 p.m. on Thursday.

Also on this week's show, write-in candidate for governor Jonathan Pelto breaks down the New London debate.

  • Watch: Write in candidate for governor and former State Rep. Jonathan Pelto sits down with George Colli to talk about the race for governor.

Sen. Richard Blumenthal talks with Todd Piro about what measures are being taken to prepare Connecticut residents for a potential Ebola outbreak.

  • Watch: Sen. Richard Blumenthal talks with Todd Piro about how the state is preparing for a potential Ebola outbreak.

"Decision 2014" airs Sundays at 10 a.m. on NBC Connecticut.



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<![CDATA[Pedestrian, 39, Critically Injured in Crash]]> Sun, 19 Oct 2014 09:50:38 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Norwich+Police.jpg

A 39-year-old pedestrian is in critical condition after she was hit by a car in Norwich on Saturday night.

Norwich police and fire departments and an American Ambulance responded to the area of 724 Boswell Avenue at 7:26 p.m. on Saturday to investigate reports of a car crash involving a pedestrian, police said.

A 39-year-old was seriously injured after a car traveling southbound on Boswell Avenue struck her, police said. She was treated at the scene and an ambulance took her the William W. Backus Hospital. A Life Star helicopter flew her from there to Hartford Hospital for treatment and she is currently listed there in critical condition.

The driver of the car was not injured.

Norwich Police Department's accident reconstruction team also responded and is investigating the accident.

No charges have been filed at this time and police are not releasing more information at this time. Police have not disclosed the name of the pedestrian injured or the driver. The cause of the accident is unknown at this time.

Police as anyone who witnessed the crash to contact Officers Thomas Lazzaro or Andre Rosedale at 860-866-5561, extension 6.

Check back for updates.

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<![CDATA[Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk Draws Thousands]]> Sun, 19 Oct 2014 16:03:59 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Hartford_Cancer_Walk_2014.jpg

Thousands of people from across Connecticut are coming together Sunday to help out with the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk in Hartford.

NBC Connecticut is partners in a caring community with the American Cancer Society, the event organizer. The 5K walk raises money for research and making early detection screenings available to all women.

Thousands of breast cancer survivors and supporters are in Hartford to walk around Bushnell Park in Hartford for the event.

The American Cancer Society has hosted the breast cancer walks since 1993 , with 10 million walkers from almost 300 communities walking to raise a collective total of $594 million in that time  to raise awareness and funds to battle breast cancer.

So far 411 teams and 2,970 participants registered have raised about $187, 863 for the Hartford walk, according to the event website.

About 232,670 women in the U.S. will likely be diagnosed with breast cancer this year and an estimated "40,000 will die from the disease," according to the American Cancer Society.

The Hartford walk stepped off at 9 a.m. There are also three other walks in New Haven, Waterbury and Westport scheduled for Sunday.

 More information is available on the American Cancer Society website.

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<![CDATA[Breast Cancer Walk]]> Sun, 19 Oct 2014 09:38:03 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/101914+Making+Strides+Against+Breast+Cancer+Walk+4+Edited.jpg NBC Connecticut is partners in a caring community with the American Cancer Society, which hosted the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk in Bushnell Park in Hartford Sunday, Oct. 19.

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<![CDATA[Man Shot in Car in Hartford: Cops]]> Sun, 19 Oct 2014 08:29:13 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/101914+Hartford+Shooting+Edited.jpg

A man was shot inside his car on his driveway in Hartford early Sunday morning, according to police.

Someone shot him in the arm while he was in his car at his Hamilton Street home at 3:25 a.m., police said. He sustained non-life-threatening injuries.

The man drove himself to Hartford Hospital. There were bullet holes in the car and back window.

Police were on scene at the original shooting site outside a Hamilton Street home and the hospital on Sunday morning. There was crime scene tape up around the victim's car parked outside the emergency room and police were guarding it Sunday morning. It will be examined in the investigation.

No one has been arrested at this time.

More information will be provided when it becomes available.



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<![CDATA[Freezing Temperatures in Some Towns]]> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 07:06:55 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Monday+morning+temperatures.jpg

Freeze warnings are in effect this morning as residents wake up to the coldest air of the season.

The National Weather Service has issued a freeze warning  until 9 a.m. for Hartford, Middlesex, New Haven, Litchfield, Tolland, New London and Windham counties.

Among the communities with sub-freezing temperatures this morning are Danbury, Mansfield, Meriden and Torrington.

Frost advisories have been issued for southern Fairfield, New Haven, Middlesex and New London counties until 9 a.m.

Sun will move in and temperatures will rise into the 50s. Then there will be periods of rain tonight through Friday.

Check nbcconnecticut.com and the NBC Connecticut weather app for updates.

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<![CDATA[New Britain Man Arrested in Stabbing: Cops]]> Sat, 18 Oct 2014 20:54:22 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/NB+mug+-+Cousin+resized.jpg

New Britain police have arrested a 56-year-old man charged with stabbing a man while they were both volunteering at an event.

Police say they responded to 50 East Main St. around 4 p.m. after receiving several 911 calls reporting a man was bleeding heavily. When they arrived they found a man suffering from stab wounds. They rendered assistance until emergency medical services arrived and transported the victim to an area trauma center. The victim’s condition is unclear at this time.

Meanwhile, one of the 911 callers followed the suspect and provided public safety dispatchers with a description and information on his location. Dispatchers were then able to direct additional officers to the suspect, and he was taken into custody.

The suspect is identified as Darryl Cousin, of Spring Street in New Britain. He was found carrying a knife believed to be the weapon during the incident.

Police stress that this was not a random incident – Police say Cousin and the victim were known to each other and that they were reportedly having a disagreement that became physical. According to reports to police, the victim brandished mace just before Cousin produced a knife and stabbed him multiple times.

Cousin is charged with criminal attempt to commit murder, first-degree assault and breach of peace. He is being held on a $750,000 bond pending his arraignment at New Britain court.

Police are still investigating and anyone who may have witnessed this incident is asked to call Detective Ray Grzegorzek at 860-826-3139, or the Community Tip Line at (860) 826-3199.
 



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<![CDATA[Patient With Ebola-Like Symptoms Released]]> Sun, 19 Oct 2014 07:18:21 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/uconn+health+center+smoke.jpg

The UConn Health Center treated and released a patient with potential Ebola symptoms Friday night after determining that the person wasn't at risk of having the virus.

The patient was brought into the John Dempsey hospital emergency room in Farmington at about 7:10 p.m. on Friday and hospital staff followed protocols the health center has in place to follow in the event of treating a patient who possibly has Ebola.  The protocol was called off less than an hour later after it was determined that the patient didn't meet the risk criteria for Ebola.

The patient has since been released.

Caregivers wore personal protective outfits, which Chris Defrancesco, a spokesperson for UConn Health Center, is more necessary for care workers than the general public to wear under the circumstances because they deal with bodily fluids while caring for a patient.

No hazmat crew was called to the hospital because decontamination procedures were not needed.

The Ebola protocols were followed as a precaution. The health center has a plan in place to "detect, treat, and respond" to potential cases of Ebola and has a team of experts collaborating with the Connecticut Hospital Association, Department of Public Health , the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the United States Department of Health and Human Services "to ensure the most up-to-date care for patients and the safety of Connecticut residents," according to a statement on the UConn Health Center's website.

UConn advises contacting your primary care doctor or local emergency department if:

  • You or family traveled to an Ebola-affected area like Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone in West Africa.
  • You were in contact with someone who has Ebola.



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<![CDATA[ Police Arrest Serial Burglary Suspect ]]> Sat, 18 Oct 2014 15:07:39 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Girard+Mug+Shot+Edited.jpg

Police have arrested a suspected serial burglar who targeted several homes and cars the past few months in the Tariffville section of Simsbury.

Gregoire Girard, 22, of Tariffville, is facing multiple burglary charges after police arrested him Oct. 15 on nine warrants.

Multiple burglaries and thefts from homes, garages, sheds and a car happened between July and September in the area of Main Street and 1 Deerpark Road in the Tariffville portion of Simsbury, police said.

Police recovered stolen property and evidence in their investigation. Suffield police assisted with the investigation, finding some of the stolen items in Suffield.

Girard was in state judicial marshals' custody when the warrants were served.



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<![CDATA[Car Crashes Into Hardware Store]]> Sat, 18 Oct 2014 13:29:53 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Wallingford+Car+Into+Store+Edited.jpg

A car crashed into a hardware store in Wallingford late Saturday morning.

The vehicle struck the front of a True Value on 124 North Colony Street in Wallingford at about 11 a.m. and crashed through the building, Wallingford police said.

No one was injured.

The crash site took about an hour to clear.



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