<![CDATA[NBC Connecticut - Connecticut News]]>Copyright 2016http://www.nbcconnecticut.com/news/local http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC_Connecticut.png NBC Connecticut http://www.nbcconnecticut.comen-usSun, 25 Sep 2016 22:17:31 -0400Sun, 25 Sep 2016 22:17:31 -0400NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Missing Middletown Boater Found, Mother Still Missing]]> Sun, 25 Sep 2016 21:51:57 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/BLOCK-ISLAND-MISSING-BOAT.jpg

One of two missing boaters from Middletown has been found alive a week after being reported missing.

Nathan Carman, 22, was found by a freighter 100 nautical miles off Martha's Vineyard, according to the Coast Guard.

Carman, and his mother, 54-year-old Linda Carman, were reported missing last Sunday after leaving for a fishing trip off Point Judith, Rhode Island and didn't return.

There was still no sign of Linda Carman.

The Coast Guard searched an area near Block Island, a search that expanded through 62,000 square miles. The search expanded from the coast of Rhode Island to New York and as far as New Jersey. It was suspended after rescuers found no sign of the mother and son.

“They’re good people and if they’re not home, they should be,” Said Sharon Hartstein who has been friends with Linda for over 20 years. She said Coast Guard officials came to her home today to tell her the news.

Hartstein said Linda let her know she would be leaving Ram’s Point Marina in Point Judith early Sunday morning and they were supposed to come back later that day.

She showed us the last text messages between her and Linda: “So she sent this email Friday, I mean text message, saying that they were going from ‘Rams Point around 1 [a.m. Sunday], back by 9 [a.m. Sunday]. Call me 12 noon if you don’t hear from me. Thanks for being there.’”

Nathan – who suffers from Asperger’s Syndrome -- was the center of a 2011 investigation when he went missing and was found in Virginia.

Nathan Carman was still being brought into port Sunday night by the freighter that found him, according to the Coast Guard.

He was listed in good condition.

Photo Credit: United States Coast Guard]]>
<![CDATA[Frost Advisory for Part of State as Temps Drop Overnight]]> Sun, 25 Sep 2016 17:48:22 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/frost-advisory-09252016.jpg

The northwestern part of the state is under a frost advisory as temperatures take a dive Sunday night with overnight lows ranging from the mid-30s to mid-40s.

Monday will start chilly but clear and sunny. Highs will creep into the 60s Monday then back down to the high 50s at night. A cold front will move in overnight bringing showers starting mainly after 3 a.m. Tuesday.

Showers will continue Tuesday morning. The rest of the day will be mostly cloudy with a high around 73. Tuesday night looks to be partly cloudy with a low around 52.

Wednesday and Thursday both have a slight chance of showers with highs in the 70s and lows in the 50s.

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<![CDATA[Motorcycle Crash Reported on I-84E in Union]]> Sun, 25 Sep 2016 16:05:52 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/connecticut+state+police+cruiser+lights.jpg

Emergency crews responded to a motorcycle crash on I-84 east in Union Sunday.

State police confirmed the accident occurred near exit 74 Sunday afternoon. No other details were immediately available.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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<![CDATA[East Lyme Police Arrest Suspect in String of Burglaries]]> Sun, 25 Sep 2016 12:48:34 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/handcuffs-generic-on-black1.jpg

East Lyme police have arrested a suspect in a string of burglaries and car break-ins around town.

Police said around 4:45 a.m. Sunday a resident reported someone shining a flashlight through her window in the Black Point area of town. When police responded they found items strewn around East Shore and door kicked in at an unoccupied home. They also found a vehicle of interest in the area. They called in a K9 to search.

According to police, about two hours later a resident reported a male near Woodland Drive and Ridge Trail running into the woods. Police said when they caught up with the subject he was trying to break into another home.

The suspect, who has not been identified, was taken into custody. Police said the suspect is also accused in several other burglaries and car break-ins in the area.

The case is still under investigation.

Police remind residents to lock doors and vehicles and remove any valuables from view.

<![CDATA[Thousands Turn Out for Simsbury Fly-In]]> Sun, 25 Sep 2016 11:57:28 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Simsbury-fly-in.jpg

Thousands in Simsbury had their eyes to the skies Sunday for the annual Simsbury Fly-In.

The event first flew into Simsbury in the 1980s as a way to raise money for the local airport run by the Simsbury Flying Club.

This year 350 airplanes and 400 cars were on display for a best in show competition. Visitors met with the owners to ask questions and get an up close look at everything from vintage aircraft to exotic cars.

“It’s close-up aviation. You can smell it, you can see it, you can touch it. It’s right in front of you,” said Steve Sykes of East Granby.

A former airplane mechanic who retired from the FAA, Sykes said he used the fly-in to get his aviation fix. His wife Debbie said they haven’t missed the event since they moved to Connecticut 15 years ago.

“Before we moved to Connecticut we never had the chance to see anything this up close,” explained Debbie Sykes.

The fly-in attracts an average crowd of 10,000 people.

“They come from all over. We get them from Florida, Maine, Michigan, New York, Pennsylvania, pretty much east of the Mississippi and sometimes west,” said Simsbury Airport Manager Brad Griswold.

“It’s a social event. There’s a lot of people here that’d I’ve known, nice people that I meet, and then I get to talk to young people who are studying to be airline pilots,” said Jim Hamilton of Lakewood, NJ.

Hamilton said he was visiting the fly-in for the second year in a row. A former air force and commercial pilot, his aviation career became more of a hobby later in life.

One of the planes on display was a Piper J5 which was used to train WWII pilots in the 1940s at Simsbury’s airport.

“Sometimes they ask, ‘is this really the airplane, and I’ll say ‘ya’, and they’ll say, ‘I learned to fly in that,” said the plane’s owner Mark Horan of Windsor Locks.

Brent Connelly learned to fly for fun ten years ago. He took his passion to new heights when he decided to build his own airplane. A newbie to the Simsbury fly-in the Hackettstown, NJ resident said was excited to trade tips with other experimental pilots.

“I’m always interested in other aircraft so I’ll walk around and take photographs and chat with the pilots,” Connelly explained.

As they shined up their planes hoping to win best in show, the pilots stopped to talk shop and answer questions from the eager onlookers. Some even offered to give visitors a ride.

Among the 150 activities planned for the day, highlights included a powered parachute group, formation flying, and RC Aerobatic demos.

Photo Credit: NBC Connecticut]]>
<![CDATA[State Police Seek Suspects Who Burglarized Prospect VFW]]> Sun, 25 Sep 2016 10:27:13 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/connecticut+state+police+logo+2.jpg

State police are searching for suspects who broke into the Prospect VFW overnight Saturday.

State police said sometime after 2 a.m. Saturday thieves stole a “significant” amount of money from the Prospect VFW at 218 Cheshire Road. The building was also damaged during the incident.

According to police, the suspect or suspects may have fled in a pickup truck. No other details are available.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Troop I in Bethany at (203) 393-4200 or the Prospect Resident Trooper’s Office.

Photo Credit: NBC Connecticut]]>
<![CDATA[Willimantic Stabbing Suspect Charged with Attempted Murder]]> Sun, 25 Sep 2016 19:21:12 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Angel-Alvarez.jpg

Willimantic police have charged a man with attempted murder in connection with a stabbing Saturday night.

Angel Alvarez, 53, of Willimantic faces charges of criminal attempt to commit murder, first-degree assault, violation of a protective order, and disorderly conduct.

Police said they responded to a report of a domestic dispute around 10:50 p.m. When they arrived they found a female victim outside with multiple stab wounds to her back. She was taken to Windham Hospital for treatment, then airlifted to Hartford Hospital. She is listed in critical condition, police said.

The victim has not been publicly identified.

Alvarez was arrested on scene. The Willimantic Police Criminal Investigation Division is investigating the incident.

Alvarez is being held on a $1 million bond. He is scheduled to appear in court on Sept. 26, 2016.

Photo Credit: Willimantic Police Department]]>
<![CDATA[26-Year-Old Man Killed in Hartford Shooting]]> Sun, 25 Sep 2016 09:14:56 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Magnolia-St-Hartford-homicidie.jpg

A Hartford man was killed in a shooting in the capitol city Saturday night.

Police said they responded around 10:25 p.m. to the area of 104 Vine St. and 144 Magnolia St. after multiple notifications from Shot Spotter. They found a victim, later identified as 26-year-old Nicholas Brown, in front of 160-162 Magnolia St. suffering from multiple gunshot wounds.

Brown was transported to Saint Francis Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Major Crimes detectives are investigating the incident. Police have not released a suspect description at this time.

Anyone with information should contact Hartford police.

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<![CDATA[Man Pulled From Water Near Pleasure Beach in Waterford]]> Sat, 24 Sep 2016 17:55:09 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Waterford-water-rescue.jpg

Emergency crews pulled a man out of the water off the coast of Pleasure Beach in Waterford Saturday.

Waterford police said the regional police boat and the Goshen fire department responded to reports of a capsized boat and found a man swimming in the water. Crews pulled him from the water. He was not injured.

Police said this was the second call for a capsized boat Saturday. The first, on the Thames River, was handled by the US Coast Guard.

Photo Credit: Waterford Police Department]]>
<![CDATA[Groton Police Seek Shoplifting Suspect]]> Sat, 24 Sep 2016 17:04:10 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Groton-suspect.jpg

Groton police are looking to identify a shoplifting suspect.

Groton Town police said that around 3:15 p.m. Saturday a female suspect was involved in a shoplifting incident at Walmart.

Anyone with information or who recognizes the suspect in the picture above is asked to contact Officer Mike McCarthy at (860) 441-6712.

Photo Credit: Groton Police Department]]>
<![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[62-Year-Old Man Critically Injured in Norwich Crash]]> Sat, 24 Sep 2016 13:35:08 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Norwich+Police.jpg

A 62-year-old man was critically injured in an accident in Norwich Friday night.

Norwich police said three vehicles collided just before midnight near the intersection of Washington Street and Arnold Place. When first responders arrived the 62-year-old old driver was unresponsive but breathing. He was taken to Backus Hospital by ambulance and then airlifted to Yale-New Haven Hospital for further treatment. Police said he is listed in critical condition.

The driver of the second vehicle was transported to Backus Hospital for treatment of minor injuries. The third driver was not injured. None of them have been identified at this time.

The Norwich Police Accident Reconstruction team is investigating. Washington Street was closed for several hours but has since reopened.

Anyone with information on this crash is asked to contact police at (860) 886-5561 extension 6.

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<![CDATA[Families Find Fun at DEEP Free Hunting and Fishing Day]]> Sat, 24 Sep 2016 12:34:31 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/FISHING3.JPG

Connecticut residents on the hunt for some fun in the sun Saturday, found it at Sessions Woods in Burlington, where the Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection held a free Hunting and Fishing day.

The goal was to show residents what the great outdoors of Connecticut have to offer and expose children to different sports.

Visiting the Connecticut Hunting and Fishing Day is an annual tradition for the Cable kids of Torrington. Their father Perry said he hoped his three boys would learn gun safety and a better appreciation for spending time outside.

“I grew up in the woods, so that’s where I got to play. They don’t get to do that as much,” Perry said.

The family also got to try a new activity called archery skeet shooting.

“So, you shoot the bow, and they launch one of the disks and you gotta shoot it,” explained his youngest son Evan.

“It’s just a different experience from shooting from a non-mobile target,” added oldest son Patrick.

The siblings joined hundreds of others at Sessions Woods, where dozens of booths were set up on Saturday. Some children gathered around an empty pit to learn how to start a fire, while others learned about fire prevention and careers in forest management.

There were several areas to practice target shooting with rifles, pistols, and bows and arrows.

“It’s so fun to do everything that they have here,” said Travis Cable.

“What the state’s doing is just magnificent for introducing people to things that they might not be familiar with in the state of Connecticut,” said Rick Boucher who represented the Connecticut Waterfowlers Association at booth where wetland preservation was the topic.

One of the most popular activities were the touch tanks where kids could actually pick up bluegill and perch. The star of was a ten pound carp.

“The hands on activities are definitely the most popular because for a lot of the youth that come they’ve never had an opportunity like this before,” said Mike Beauchene, a fisheries biologist for DEEP.

Children fishing for fun found it at the casting competition where the winners were entered into a raffle to win a fishing pole.

An event just like this got Christine Peyreigne of Weston interested in working with hunting birds. She hoped to get the next generation involved, showing off her red-tailed hawk during a show dedicated to birds of prey.

“It’s definitely something that’s under spoken about because it’s such a relatively unknown sport in this region. So getting kids involved is something that’s really important,” said Peyreigne.

The annual event draws bewteen 800 to 1,200 people every year. Organizers said they held two such events this month in honor of the 150th anniversary of the Bureau of Natural Resources.

For more information on the event visit the DEEP website.

Photo Credit: NBC Connecticut]]>
<![CDATA[DMV and Facebook Provide Voter Registration Boost]]> Sat, 24 Sep 2016 11:00:01 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/180*120/100808_Voter_Generic_Ballot.jpg

Connecticut reached the two million registered voter mark earlier this month.

Friday morning, Facebook provided an unexpected increase in registration with direct pushes on personal pages across the country. With National Voter Registration Day set for next Tuesday, Connecticut's top elections official, Denise Merrill, said it was a welcomed sight.

“It is always amazing to me how many people see these things," the Secretary of the State told NBC Connecticut in an interview. "So, even today, today is the first day that people have been seeing this Facebook feed, we’re already getting hundreds if not thousands of people registering to vote in Connecticut.”

Another major contributor has been the recently implemented, "motor voter program" which signs people up to vote when they visit the Department of Motor Vehicles.

There was significant criticism of the program, mainly from Republicans, during the most recent legislative session for fears that the registration of more voters would lead to even longer wait times for routine transactions.

Merrill acknowledged the timing wasn't great to roll out a new avenue for voter sign-ups.

"It was a miracle of bad timing. It was just at the low point for DMV with the lines and all of that.”

However, she adds, "it wasn't a big leap," and over the summer there were seldom if any complaints that the motor-voter program was slowing down the delay-plagued agency.

In the end, the program has led to major gains in voter registration. So far, more than 20,000 people have signed up to vote through DMV,

“When you think that we registered 15,000 voters in one month, that’s more voters than we’ve registered from any source, ever," Merrill said.

Next week, voter registration could increase even more, with Facebook expected to push even more users to register.

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Danbury Man Killed in Rollover Accident on I-84]]> Sat, 24 Sep 2016 18:17:03 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/212*120/MANCHESTER-CRASH.jpg

A Danbury man was killed in a rollover accident on Interstate 84 eastbound in Manchester Saturday morning.

State police said Julio Ortega, 28, was traveling on I-84 between exits 61 and 62 when his car veered to the left, traveled into the grassy area of the shoulder and crashed into an embankment. The car rolled over several times during the crash.

Ortega sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced dead on scene.

No other vehicles were involved. 

The Accident Reconstruction Team was called in to investigate. Anyone who saw the crash should contact police at (860) 534-1000.

Photo Credit: Connecticut Department of Transportation]]>
<![CDATA[Sikorsky Deal Provides Boost for Suppliers and Colleges]]> Sat, 24 Sep 2016 09:42:00 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/sikorsky-generic.jpg

The $220 million incentive deal to keep Sikorsky in Stratford does much more than just enrich an already flush-with-cash helicopter manufacturer.

The agreement is designed to also provide a boost to the suppliers who provide components and parts for the helicopters across Connecticut.

One of those companies is Cambridge Specialty, that makes parts specifically for the new King Stallion. Tony Ouellette has worked at Cambridge for six years, after spending eighteen years at Pratt and Whitney.

“The aerospace industry has supported my family, put my girls through college, put my wife through grad school and its supported the way we like to live.”

He says the news about Sikorsky provides even more security for his family, but also optimism for the next generation of workers in advanced manufacturing.

“it gives them a sense that they’re going to have a job. They’re going to be able to be supporting their families and Sikorsky will be able to do that for them.”

Governor Dannel Malloy toured Cambridge Specialty Friday morning. He said the Sikorsky deal is a "no brainer" because of how it benefits so many companies in Connecticut.

The deal mandates that Sikorsky spend $11 billion on payroll and $6 billion on Connecticut suppliers. There is also a sales tax exemption on supplies purchased from Connecticut companies.

Another benefactor of the news is seven of Connecticut's community colleges. They have programs specifically designed for workforce training at employers like Sikorsky, Pratt and Whitney, and Electric Boat.

The program costs $7,500 for the two semester course, and financial aid packages are available for students who qualify.

The lab at Naugatuck Valley Community College looks more like the work floor at Cambridge Specialty than at a community college, with special machines for production dotting the room.

Scott Matta, 52, is trying to start a second career with an education at NVCC.

“I’m hoping to get out into the work field and do 20 years,” he said during an interview Friday.

He drove trucks in Bristol and Southington for 30 years and health issues forced him to change careers. He hopes there's something waiting for him when he graduates at a place like Pratt, which announced last week it would hire as many as 8,000 new employees to work in Connecticut over the next decade or so.

“8,000 new jobs. I might not have been wanting to go that path but that path is there now.”

The General Assembly is expected to vote on the Sikorsky package on Wednesday. Democrats in the House have already said they have the votes to pass it.

Majority Leader Rep. Joe Aresimowicz, (D - Berlin), who is also a high school football coach described the status of the bill by saying, “This was a competition between Connecticut and some other states who have gotten contracts in the past and we won and being a football coach, when we go in on Wednesday we just have to push the ball over the goal line.”

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<![CDATA[1 Dead, 2 Others Injured in Windham Crash]]> Sat, 24 Sep 2016 10:29:37 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/shutterstock_185887181_police_lights_generic1.jpg

One person was killed and two others injured in an accident in Windham Friday night, state police said.

Police said the car, driven by Morgan Armitage, 18, of Windham, was driving on Beacon Road near Ballamahack Road around 10:54 p.m. when the car swerved into the left shoulder and struck a tree. A passenger, identified as Carlos Yantin Jr., 20, of Willimantic, was killed in the crash.

Armitage and a second passenger, Joshua Morales, 22, of Willimantic, were both transported to Windham Hospital with minor injuries.

State police are investigating this crash. Further details were not available.

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<![CDATA[7-Year-Old Girl Riding Bike Struck by Car in Coventry]]> Fri, 23 Sep 2016 23:15:55 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Man_Charged_With_Growing_Pot_Says_He_is_No_Criminal_1200x675_367932995889.jpg

A 7-year-old riding her bike was hit by a car in Coventry on Friday night, police said. 

At 5:18, police responded to the scene on Nathan Hale Drive for a car versus bicycle crash. 

The young girl was riding her bicycle when she was struck and suffered possible head and neck injuries from the impact, police said. 

LifeStar was called to transport the girl to the hospital.

The driver does not appear to be at fault, however, the case remains under investigation. 

Anyone with information is asked to call (860) 742-7331

<![CDATA[RI Coyote's Killing Called Off for Now]]> Fri, 23 Sep 2016 22:52:42 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/192*120/generic+coyote+coyote.jpg

The life of a Rhode Island coyote who was set to be euthanized has been spared, but it is unclear if the decision will hold up, according to necn affiliate WJAR.

Police in Middletown initially said the animal living on Aquidneck Island was a public safety concern would be shot and killed. The coyote, named Cliff, has become comfortable around people and is tracked with a GPS collar.

Friday, Middletown Police Chief Anthony Pesare issued a release rescinding the order to have Cliff killed. Instead, police intend to capture and move him.

Newport City Councilman John Florez, however, tells WJAR it is illegal to transport wild animals unless they are going to zoos. Police are working with Florez on a plan to move Cliff to a zoo in the area.

As of Friday, an online petition to save Cliff's life had 34,340 signatures, approaching its goal of 35,000.

Photo Credit: File]]>
<![CDATA[Person Pinned Between Car, Building Following New London Crash]]> Fri, 23 Sep 2016 22:38:17 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/new+london+police+generic.jpg

One person was pinned between a building and a car that hit them in New London on Friday night.

Police were dispatched to Golden Street around 5:49 p.m. to investigate the report of a car hitting pedestrians.

Responding officers said they saw one car off of the roadway between the city's information center and the stone structures located outside the building.

A witness said two people were sitting in the area of the building when the accident happened. One person was partially pinned between the car and the building, while another laid in the flower bed, New London Police said. 

The pedestrians and driver were transported to the Lawrence and Memorial Hospital for treatment. Their conditions are unclear. 

Anyone who may have witnessed the accident or who may have information about the accident are asked to call the New London Department Detective Bureau at (860)447-1481, or the main number at (860)447-5269, or by texting NLPDTip + the information to Tip411(847411), or by clicking "Submit a Tip" on our Facebook page.

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<![CDATA[Quinnipiac Student Pictured in Offensive Social Media Post Speaks Out]]> Fri, 23 Sep 2016 19:47:29 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/IMG_20160923_144848260.jpg

The Quinnipiac University student pictured in a racially insensitive social media post said she doesn't condone the photo shared or its implications. 

Quinnipiac officials have cleared 18-year-old Sarah Goodrich of any wrongdoing.

Her roommate who posted the photo on Snapchat with the caption, “Black lives matter,” is no longer a QU student, the university announced.

"I chose to put a charcoal Origins mask on," Goodrich said, explaining the context when her former roommate snapped the photo last Sunday night.

At the time, the Quinnipiac freshman had no clue the photo of her would quickly spread on the internet, sparking outrage on campus and beyond.

"I know how much of a strong a movement that is," Goodrich said of Black Lives Matter. "Seeing someone make fun of it, especially with previous things that have recently happened, I immediately knew how awful that looks. That’s why it was so important to me that I needed to clear up that is not what I condone."

Goodrich said she was afraid for her safety this week, after the photo was shared with thousands. 

"My parents were very scared as well, because there is the chance that somebody does recognize me in the mask and that I’m the one who put it out there. So I was very scared to walk around and be confronted,” she said. 

After sharing with school officials she was not responsible for the offensive post, Goodrich said the university has been very sympathetic. Campus security provided her escorts before the university released a statement saying she was not at fault.

"(QU) wanted to do everything they could to clear up what happened and kind of take all that directed hatred and tell people that’s not where it should be directed," she said.

The roommate who took the picture chose to leave Quinnipiac on her own, Goodrich said.

"The fact that she not only put words in my mouth, but she put them across my face, and she just felt absolutely horrible and I think that’s why she made the decision that she did," Goodrich said.

Goodrich said she hopes others can learn from her former roommate’s poor judgment.

"You have to be so careful what you put on (social) media," she said. "Even if you think something is a joke, there are things that are just so beyond that, you cannot just joke about."

Several of Goodrich’s black friends from high school reached out to her this week. Goodrich assured them she was not behind the controversial Snapchat post and they encouraged her to set the record straight.

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<![CDATA[Mom Tries Fighting Off Rottweiler, Pitbull Attacking Toddler]]> Fri, 23 Sep 2016 23:36:42 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/stratford-police.jpg

A mother walking with her 22-month-old son in Stratford had to try fighting off two dogs attacking her toddler, police said.

On Thursday, a Rottweiler and Pitbull approached a mother and her son walking on Quenby Place around 2:50 p.m.

Stratford Police said the Rottweiler began attacking the toddler and when the mother intervened, both dogs starting biting her.

One person used a shovel to stop the attacks, police said.

The toddler has been released from Bridgeport Hospital, while the mother remains there for non-life threatening injuries. Stratford police chief Eannotti describes the wounds as bites on the woman's upper and lower torso. 

The dogs' owner, located at Reut Drive, reported that the dogs escaped from an enclosed, fenced off area, police said. Animal Control will need to determine charges and fate of dogs, Eannottie said.

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<![CDATA[Stamford Man Strangled, Sexually Assaulted Minor: Police]]> Fri, 23 Sep 2016 17:55:03 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/gustafson1.jpg

A Stamford man was charged with strangling and sexually assaulting a minor, police said. 

On Sept. 21, Gregg Gustafson, 47 was arrested by Stratford police officers.

An investigation into Gustafson was launched by the Stratford Police Department in February, police said. 

The Stamford man was released on bond and is expected to appear in court on Oct. 5.

Photo Credit: Stratford Police]]>
<![CDATA[15-Year-Old Manchester Student Holding Knife in Fight Charged]]> Fri, 23 Sep 2016 17:09:09 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/manchester+high_722.jpg

A 15-year-old student at Manchester High School was charged with taking out a knife during a verbal altercation with another student, police said.

On Friday, Manchester police were called to the high school around noon to investigate the incident between the two students.

Several witnesses said one of the students in the argument was holding a knife at his side, police said.

A student resource officer at the school did find a knife on the 15-year-old student involved. 

The teen was charged with having a weapon on school grounds, second-degree threatening, breach of peace and carrying a dangerous weapon. 

There were no other details immediately available. 

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<![CDATA[Plainville Installs Wi-Fi LED Traffic Lights]]> Fri, 23 Sep 2016 16:55:10 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/wifi-lights.jpg

The town of Plainville has installed hundreds of new LED street lights and some are being equipped with a special feature.

If you look up in Plainville, you'll see some of the 1,400 new LED street lights. A more than $360,000 upgrade from the bulbs you're used to. According to town officials the new lights should save the town nearly $70,000 a year on electric costs because of the LED’s efficiency.

But there's one more bright idea from the town: having 123 new LED street light emit free Wi-Fi.

"Who doesn't feel good about free Wi-Fi?" said New Britain Visitor Yara Velazquez.

Town officials say of the 123 lights, 25 will act as access points.

Those access points will catch the 10mbps signal beamed out of the municipal building.

Then the other 98 Wi-Fi lamps will act as extenders pushing the signal all around downtown Plainville.

"Now everyone can walk up and down the street to play Pokémon,” laughed Pam Kristoff.

Kristoff said she’s intrigued as a business manager whose customers often ask to connect to their internet.

"They are all looking for the passwords.” said Kristoff.

She also doesn't mind the towns idea of using the Wi-Fi login page for paid advertising space.

"I’ll have to check that out,” said Kristoff.

Ad-money town officials said will be used to help pay for the more than $10,000 per year service.

"With that, we are hoping it will offset any cost of maintenance for the Wi-Fi" said Assistant Town Manager Shirley Osle.

With Plainville being the first town in Connecticut to have Wi-Fi showering down on its residents from street lights, the signal for support is clear.

"It's awesome!” said Velazquez.

Town officials said the new Wi-Fi should begin in about a month.

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<![CDATA[New Britain High School Introduces Energy Fuel Cell]]> Fri, 23 Sep 2016 16:43:22 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/fuel-cell.jpg

New Britain High School staff said they will soon be keeping the lights on and the classes warm with a new emission friendly energy source.

A large object now sitting in the back of New Britain High administrators said is the future when it comes to their energy production.

"It makes less noise than the noise you hear in the background" said New Britain Public School Energy Manager Robert Smedley.

It's called a fuel cell and administrators said it works by pumping natural gas over a hydrogen core, DC electricity is created which is then converted to AC electricity which powers the school. 

"The fuel cell also generates a byproduct of heat from the electricity that we will also use to heat the building versus using the boilers," said Smedley.

How is the school paying for this 60 ton, $27 million, emission friendly fuel solution?

"It cost the school district zero. It's a no capital investment and the reason for that is because the power purchase agreement," said Smedley.

Smedley said before the fuel cell New Britain administrators said they paid more than $490,000 for both gas and electric per year.

Now with a new 20 year agreement with the fuel cell company the school will received a discounted rate for energy produced. Driving the cost down to close to $430,000 a year.

"The fuel cell is outside and it has all the standard features of safety equipment you can have. It would shut itself down if there is ever any trouble. The building will switch over to the normal boilers so it's it uninterrupted power essentially," said Smedley.

Staff said the new power will used by this December.

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<![CDATA[Green Party's Jill Stein Visits CCSU]]> Fri, 23 Sep 2016 16:33:18 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/image1261.JPG

Green Party presidential hopeful Jill Stein visited Central Connecticut State University Thursday.

College campuses have been friendly territory for the little known physician who also ran for president in 2012 on the Green Party ticket, though her name never made it onto the Connecticut ballot.

She described herself as the sensible alternative to both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.

“We say, forget the lesser evil, fight for the greater good like our lives depend on it," Stein told the crowd of about 200 in the middle of CCSU's New Britain campus.

Stein brought with her a message that the federal government has an obligation to pay to cancel out all student loan debt in the United States. She said she would pay for it by charging Wall Street traders a more than 5 percent sales tax on every trade they make.

Wall Street firms, Stein said, got a bailout in 2008 during the financial crisis, that left ordinary Americans out in the cold.

“They found a way to bail out the crooks on Wall Street. Well if they did that, it’s about time they bailed out the victims of that crashed economy, the young people who were held hostage by student loan debt.”

Stein suffers from a serious lack of name recognition. She's consistently polled in the low single digits and she will not be on the stage for the first presidential debate scheduled for next Monday at Hofstra University in Long Island, New York. However, like she's done in the past, she will be at Hofstra to protest for what she calls an "open debate system."

“We will be there, like it or not, we are showing up because we have a right.”

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<![CDATA[Water Search for Missing Middletown Mother, Son Suspended]]> Sat, 24 Sep 2016 09:34:36 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/BLOCK-ISLAND-MISSING-BOAT.jpg

After six days of an exhausting effort to find two missing Connecticut boaters, the Coast Guard has suspended its search for them.

Rescuers were unable to locate 54-year-old Linda Carman and her son 22-year-old Nathan Carman, of Middletown, along with their 32-foot fishing boat. The pair was reported missing Sunday night when loved-ones didn’t hear back from them.

The Coast Guard searched an area near Block Island, a search that expanded through 62,000 square miles. The search expanded from the coast of Rhode Island to New York and as far as New Jersey.

“They’re good people and if they’re not home, they should be,” Said Sharon Hartstein who has been friends with Linda for over 20 years. She said Coast Guard officials came to her home today to tell her the news.

Hartstein said Linda let her know she would be leaving Ram’s Point Marina in Point Judith early Sunday morning and they were supposed to come back later that day.

She showed us the last text messages between her and Linda: “So she sent this email Friday, I mean text message, saying that they were going from ‘Rams Point around 1 [a.m. Sunday], back by 9 [a.m. Sunday]. Call me 12 noon if you don’t hear from me. Thanks for being there.’”

As the search is suspended for the pair, NBC Connecticut has learned, according to Windsor Police, Nathan is the grandson of John Chakalos, the 87-year-old man who was found dead in his home by a gunshot wound to the head back in December 2013. Linda is Chakalos’s daughter.

No arrests have been made in the case.

Before that, Nathan – who suffers from Asperger’s Syndrome -- was also the center of a 2011 investigation when he went missing and was found in Virginia.

Middletown Police also tell NBC Connecticut they have made several attempts this week to go to the home in hope of the Carmans’ returning.

While coast guard officials said they found a white cushion Thursday in Point Judith, where the pair left from, at this point they have not been able to determine whether it is connected to their boat.

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<![CDATA[Burglars Stole Computers, Coin Collection and Wine from Orange Home]]> Fri, 23 Sep 2016 15:21:18 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Arlington-police-generic.jpg

Police are investigating after someone broke into a home in Orange on Thursday and stole two computers, a coin collection and bottles of wine.

Police said a neighbor contacted police just before 10 a.m. about a shiny silver sedan with tinted windows that fled after people were in the neighbor’s house because she thought the people in the car committed a burglary.

The neighbor said two people wearing hoods left the house carrying items and entered the sedan, which sped off.

She said she tried to follow the car, but returned to the neighborhood and called police.

The victim returned home after learning of the burglary and reported items were missing, police said.

Police urge residents to call police as soon as you see suspicious activity and avoid getting directly involved.

Try to get vehicles license plates and a description of the vehicle and its occupants.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Investigative Services Unit at 203-891-2138.

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<![CDATA[Scattered Showers This Evening]]> Fri, 23 Sep 2016 15:17:09 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Model+RPM4+Precip+Cloud+CT+%281%292.png

The first true taste of fall will arrive this weekend.

Clouds will give way to a few showers this evening, with temperatures in the lower 80s.

Morning clouds will be replaced by increasing sunshine on Saturday, but temperatures will only reach 70 degrees.

It turns even cooler Sunday, under sunny skies, as temperatures only rise into the middle 60s.

High pressure building in overhead means the wind will go calm and there's a chance for the season's first frost Sunday night.

Upper 30s are possible in the Connecticut River Valley, while middle 30s are possible in the hill towns.

Monday appears dry and seasonable with plenty of sunshine.

A period of rain is likely Tuesday morning as a cold front comes through. But, that looks to be the only rain of consequence next week.

Dry weather returns Wednesday and lasts into the weekend with high temperatures each day in the lower 70s.

<![CDATA[Man Who Robbed Suffield Bank Robbed Other New England Banks: Police]]> Fri, 23 Sep 2016 15:10:58 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Bank+robbery+at+First+National+Bank+of+Suffield.jpg

Suffield police are searching for a man who robbed First National Bank of Suffield Tuesday afternoon and said he has committed several bank robberies in New England.

Suffield police responded to the First National Bank of Suffield on Bridge Street around 1:54 p.m. and learned the man approached one of the tellers, showed a gun, said "this is a robbery," and left with cash, police said.

Suffield schools were placed on lockdown during the initial investigation as a precaution. 

Anyone who recognizes the robber should call Detective Justin Fuller at (860) 668-3870.

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<![CDATA[Hartford Police Responding to Report of Assault Weapon Arrest 2 Suspects]]> Fri, 23 Sep 2016 15:45:53 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Hartford+arrest+weapons.jpg

Hartford police have arrested a man accused of pointing an assault weapon on Risley Street this morning. 

Police said they learned at 7:39 a.m. that a man had a gun on the street, so they responded and found several people around a vehicle at Risley St. 

As the investigated further, they saw a man in the road with a Bushmaster AR 5.56 mm assault rifle, police said, and they detained him. 

Police also found an Interarms Firestar .40 caliber pistol and arrested two people. 

Horace Kelly, 20, of Hartford, was charged with possession of an assault weapon, criminal possession of a firearm and possession of a large-capacity magazine. 

Nicki Butler, 20, of Wethersfield, was charged with criminal possession of a pistol, pistol without a permit and weapons in a motor vehicle.

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<![CDATA[Waterbury Residents Asked to Conserve Water as Levels Lower]]> Fri, 23 Sep 2016 14:02:57 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/water-faucet-generic.jpg

The mayor of Waterbury is asking residents to conserve water as the city’s water levels continue to get low.

The city Water Department monitors its water levels daily and Water Superintendent Chris Bogucki said the usable supply as of Sept. 22 was 55 percent, or a 201-day supply.

“As you may know, the state Department of Public Health issued a statewide drought advisory in June due to a lack of rainfall,” Mayor O’Leary said in a statement. “Over the course of the summer, we have continued to experience below normal rainfall. So we are asking Waterbury customers and the other town water departments supplied by our water system to help us voluntarily conserve water.”

The mayor’s office remedies to help conserve water include fixing leaking pipes and fixtures, running only full loads of dishwashers and washing machines, rinsing all hand-washed dishes together, turn off water while brushing your teeth or shaving, and limiting the amount of outside water use.

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<![CDATA[Police Seek Help to Identify Man Who Robbed Canterbury Bank]]> Fri, 23 Sep 2016 13:38:16 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Canterbury+bank+robbery+Suspect+Photos.JPG

State Police Detectives are investigating a bank robbery early this morning in Canterbury and they are asking for help from the public to identify the robber. 

State Troopers responded to Savings Institute on Route 14 in Canterbury at 9:10 a.m. after a man implied he had a weapon and left with cash. 

The robber was described as around 5-feet-7 and in his late 40s to early 50s. 

He has a light brown beard and was wearing a Yankee baseball hat, blue jeans, a maroon hooded sweat shirt and dark colored work boots. 

He walked away, going west on Route 14 and might have left in a dark-colored SUV. 

Anyone with information about the bank robbery should call detectives at 860-779-4900 or text “TIP711” with your information to 274637.

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<![CDATA[Governor Calls for Special Session on Sikorsky Deal]]> Fri, 23 Sep 2016 13:16:30 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/sikorsky-generic.jpg

Gov. Dannel Malloy is calling for a special session on Wednesday morning for lawmakers to vote on a deal reached with Lockheed Martin to keep Sikorsky Aircraft in the state. 

Approval from the General Assembly is a necessary step to the deal, which to keep Sikorsky Aircraft in Connecticut until 2032. 

Lockheed Martin purchased Sikorsky from United Technologies and the deal would ensure that Sikorsky will build the CH53 King Stallion Helicopter in Stratford. The Navy has already submitted orders for the Marines to use the helicopters. 

Malloy said in a statement that the deal would retain and grow approximately 8,000 jobs at Sikorsky Aircraft until 2032, keep the Sikorsky headquarters here in Connecticut, and increase investments in in-state suppliers.

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<![CDATA[Crash Closed Route 87 in Franklin]]> Fri, 23 Sep 2016 13:01:06 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Lebanon+Road+Franklin.JPG

Route 87 in Franklin was closed for hours on Friday morning after a driver hit a traffic sign and a utility police.

State police said a 24-year-old Columbia man who was heading north veered out of his lane just before 1 a.m. and hit a Department of Transportation traffic signal and a utility pole before stopping.

The driver was injured and he was brought to Windham Hospital. Police said the injuries are minor.

The man’s truck towed his vehicle from the scene.

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<![CDATA[Lockdown at Hospital, Health Center Over After Reports of Man With Gun]]> Fri, 23 Sep 2016 12:52:15 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/connecticut+state+police+barracks1.jpg

Johnson Memorial Hospital in Stafford and Evergreen Health Center were on lockdown after reports of man with a firearm, according to state police, but the situation has been resolved.

Police said no one was injured and a person was taken into custody.  

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<![CDATA[5 Juveniles, 2 Adults Arrested Amid West Hartford Car Break-In Investigation]]> Fri, 23 Sep 2016 14:47:44 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Quinton+Prince+and+Alejandro+Rodriguez+2.jpg

West Hartford police have arrested two adults and five juveniles in connection with an investigation into several car break-ins in Elmwood. 

Police said they were contacted on Thursday after burglars went into 20 vehicles and stole electronics and other valuables and the investigation led them to 1195 New Britain Ave. 

When police went to search the home, they noticed a drug transaction, stopped the suspected drug dealer, Quinton Prince, 21, of Hartford, as he was leaving and found illegal drugs, police said. 

West Hartford police said Prince is suspected of selling drugs to a 13-year-old. 

When police searched the house, they found stolen items and drugs and arrested five juveniles and one other adult. 

Prince was charged with two counts of possession of narcotics, one count of possession of a hallucinogen, one count of possession of less than half an ounce of marijuana, one count of possession of narcotics with intent to sell, one count of possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell, one count of weapons in a motor vehicle, one count of illegal tints, one count of unreadable license plate and one count of risk of injury to a minor. Bond set at $10,000. 

Alejandro Rodriguez, 18, of Newington, was charged with 20 counts of third-degree burglary, six counts of sixth-degree larceny, fifth-degree larceny, conspiracy to commit burglary in the third degree, risk of injury to a child and possession of less than half an ounce of marijuana. 

Bond was set at $10,000.

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<![CDATA[Bridgeport Man Accused of Sexually Assaulting Children 10 Years Ago ]]> Fri, 23 Sep 2016 11:50:15 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Jose+Cardenas+mug+shot.jpg

Police have arrested a Bridgeport man who is accused of sexually assaulting two children in Norwalk 10 years ago. 

The Norwalk Police Department Special Victims Unit started investigating allegations in May that 39-year-old Jose Cardenas, of Bridgeport, sexually assaulted two juvenile victims in 2006. 

Police said they arrested him on Friday and charged Cardenas with first-degree sexual assault, two counts of fourth-degree sexual assault and two counts of risk of injury to a minor. 

Bond was set at $500,000.

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<![CDATA[Uber to Provide Upfront Pricing for Connecticut Riders]]> Fri, 23 Sep 2016 11:25:50 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Uber-Generic.jpg

Uber customers in Connecticut will soon notice an upgrade with upfront pricing. 

The company said it will now provide exact pricing for Connecticut riders, which riders have been requesting for quite some time. 

After offering exact pricing with UberPOOL and UberX, in some markets, it was a success so Uber will now bring it to Connecticut.

“I think it would be easier. It’s such a broad range, you never know what it’s going to be,” Sabrina Milone, a student at Trinity College Hartford, said.

“It would be nice. It has happened where you have taken a trip and there has (sic) been fees and it ends up charging you twice as much --, three times as much -- because of surge pricing and stuff like that. So I would love that,” Nick Healy, of Hartford, said.

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<![CDATA[Police Said They Identified Teen Behind Maloney High School Threat]]> Fri, 23 Sep 2016 10:44:28 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Maloney-High-School.jpg

Police said they have identified a 14-year-old boy suspected of leaving a note about a school shooting in the boy’s gym locker room at Maloney High School in Meriden and they will seek appropriate charges.  

Police said they learned of the threatening note at 12:15 p.m. on Thursday. It referenced a “school shooting tomorrow,” which prompted extra police presence at the school on Friday. 

Investigators said yesterday they did not know how long the note had been in the locker room, but the police department would be taking precautions to ensure the safety of students and staff.

On Friday, police and school administrators identified the student involved and school staff are dealing with him. 

Meridian police are also working with school staff and said they will seek appropriate charges.  

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<![CDATA[Protesters Gather Outside Court During Hearing for Man Accused of Throwing Chihuahua]]> Fri, 23 Sep 2016 10:10:53 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/protest+outside+Shaquille+McGriff+hearing.jpg

A New Britain man who is accused of throwing a Chihuahua off a second-floor balcony after trying to choke a man is in court today and protestors have gathered outside the New Britain courthouse he is appearing in. 

Shaquille McGriff, 24, was having a verbal argument with someone he has a "domestic relationship" with in July, then started choking a someone else at the apartment, New Britain Police said. 

After victim freed himself, McGriff picked up the Chihuahua and threw it off the second-floor balcony, according to police.

Police said the dog was visibily injured and was transported to an animal hospital.

McGriff was held on $75,000 and charged with cruelty to animals and third-degree assault

He has not yet entered a plea.

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<![CDATA[Crews Investigate 'Minor Construction Accident' n Hartford]]> Fri, 23 Sep 2016 09:17:39 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Construction+accident+on+Arch+Street+in+Hartford.jpg

Police and firefighters have responded to Arch Street and Prospect Street in Hartford after what they are calling a minor construction accident.

They said there are reports of concrete falling on a crane and minor injuries.

No additional information was immediately available.

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