<![CDATA[NBC Connecticut - Connecticut News]]> Copyright 2014 http://www.nbcconnecticut.com/news/local http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/NBC_Connecticut.png NBC Connecticut http://www.nbcconnecticut.com en-us Sat, 20 Dec 2014 13:41:53 -0500 Sat, 20 Dec 2014 13:41:53 -0500 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Pedestrian Dies After Car Hits Him]]> Sat, 20 Dec 2014 13:18:17 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Torrington+Police+cruisers+Generic.jpg

A pedestrian died after a car hit him outside Scarpelli's Restaurant on Friday night.

Police found David Perkins, 51, lying unresponsive in the roadway near 865 Migeon Avenue after responding to a report of a pedestrian-involved crash at 6:32 p.m. on Friday. A 2007 Honda Accord struck him outside of the restaurant.

Campion Ambulance and Torrington Fire Department personnel tried to stabilize him at the scene before he was driven to Charlotte Hungerford Hospital. according to police. Doctors were unable to revive him at the hospital, where he was pronounced dead due to his injuries, police said. 

LifeStar was called to respond but did not airlift a patient, according to the helicopter transport service.

Police have not released information on whether the driver has been located.

Route 4 was closed at Route 272 in Torrington for several hours. The intersection was still closed around 11 p.m. Friday.

Torrington police on the department's accident reconstruction team are investigating the crash. Police ask witnesses or anyone with information to call the department at 860-489-2000 or Detective Fador at 860-489-2059.

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<![CDATA[Demonstrators March in Hartford to Protest Police Brutality, Racial Profiling]]> Sat, 20 Dec 2014 13:00:42 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Hartford+Hands+Up+Dont+Shoot+Edited.jpg

Protesters marched through Hartford Saturday in response to a national movement to stomp out police brutality and racial profiling following the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner in police-involved incidents.

UConn students, teaming up with Mothers United Against Violence, and Connecticut United Against Mass Incarceration members participated in the march organized by Hartford Action.

A "Never Forgetting Ferguson" rally was scheduled to follow the noon march from the Main Street and Albany Avenue intersection in Hartford to the state capitol building.



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<![CDATA[Wesleyan Donates $10K to Middletown After Protest]]> Sat, 20 Dec 2014 12:33:16 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/wesleyan+university+sign.jpg

While Wesleyan University's president said he doesn't agree with being billed after the early December die-in protest that shut down a major intersection in Middletown and required extra police, the university has donated $10,000 to the city to thank officials for their public service.

That's after Middletown Mayor Daniel Drew sent a nearly $7,500 bill to Wesleyan to cover police overtime and additional police presence after a "Black Lives Matter" protest prompted the city to call in 46 officers as a precaution. About 300 Wesleyan students and Middletown residents, including Wesleyan President Michael Roth, participated in the protest in response to a national outcry fighting police brutality against people of color after incidents like the Eric Garner chokehold death.

The protest included an 11-minute die-in at the intersection of Main and Washington streets, with participants lying down in the intersection, to represent the 11 times Garner said he couldn't breathe before he was killed during an arrest attempt in New York.

Roth sent the $10,000 donation to Middletown Mayor Daniel Drew on Thursday and a letter responding to a bill from the city.

"First and foremost [sic] I want to express my gratitude for how the City handled the "Black Lives Matter" demonstration on December 8," Roth wrote in his letter to Drew. "Many of our students, faculty, and staff participated, as did other Middletown residents (including my wife and I). We agree, I'm certain, that the right to protest is fundamental to our democracy, as is the public's right to safety. The expert professional services provided by the Middletown Police Department during the demonstration together with the peaceful behavior of the protestors reinforces that these
two principles can co-exist."

He went on to say "we feel strongly that the right to protest should not come with a price tag."

"However, I did tell you in a phone conversation after the march that the University would like to show its appreciation for the city's efforts," Roth wrote. "I have enclosed a donation of $10,000 as an expression of the University's gratitude for the contributions throughout the year of Middletown's public servants. Good relations between the City and the University are important to both; we are bound economically (and in many other ways), and occasional gestures like this one are healthy. Wishing you and your family all the best for the holiday season."

After catching wind of the protest the city and police department closed the intersection for the duration of the protest so that no one would get hurt.

While city officials didn't object to the protest itself, the location at one of the city's busiest intersections not only blocked traffic but also prevented emergency vehicles from getting through.

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<![CDATA[Double Shooting in Hartford Ruled a Homicide]]> Sat, 20 Dec 2014 11:32:29 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Hendricxsen+Ave+Shooting+Edited.jpg

Hartford police have ruled a double shooting in Hartford Saturday morning a homicide.

Two men were shot early Saturday morning at about 5:30 a.m. in a car near Colt Park and one was killed.

A 24-year-old was in critical condition, suffering from a head wound and died of his injuries. Another man, 23, was shot in the shoulder.

Crime tape and police lights surrounded a car on Hendricxsen Avenue Saturday morning. It was a scene Kevin Vega, of Hartford, was surprised to see.

“It's a safe place, the parks. Been here in the South End for maybe like 32 years," Vega said. "Family members come here on Sunday to use it.”

Vega said that explaining what happened to his children is the hardest part.

"I tell my son that times are changing," Vega said. "I tell my son to talk to your neighbors."

He said he's hoping for justice and is thinking about the families of those involved so close to Christmas.

"A tragedy like this to happen and right before the holidays, that's what it is. It's a tragedy," Vega said.

Police and detectives are investigating, processing the scene for DNA evidence and canvassing the area for clues.

No suspect has been identified at this time. Hartford police ask anyone with information to contact the department.



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<![CDATA[Retailers Extend Hours During Holiday Rush]]> Fri, 19 Dec 2014 22:12:33 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/AP93496355950.jpg

With just a few days left to finish up your holiday shopping, retailers are staying open around the clock to make sure you get everything you need.

"It's either a heart attack or Christmas stress," said Unionville resident Ron Goralski.

To ease the pains of the practiced procrastinator, a number of retailers are extending their hours. For the second year in a row, Kohl's will be open around the clock from now until 6 p.m. Christmas Eve.

"We like it, but I feel bad for the employees sometimes because they have to work on the holidays," said Plantsville resident Rudy Cabata.

In Plainville, shoppers left the store with their unwrapped presents. Some said they enjoy the last-minute hustle and bustle, while others said gift-giving isn't always easy.

"This is about the fifth time in the last four days I've just kept circling the store aimlessly just looking for something to strike me for the right person," said Goralski.

Others said knowing they can hit the stores whenever inspiration strikes may mean everyone gets their presents on time.

"I might jump out of bed at 3 a.m. and say, 'I've got to get that toaster oven,'" said Goralski.

Kohl's isn't the only retailer extending its hours. Most Wal-Mart stores are already taking part in the 24/7 marathon. Target will be open non-stop starting midnight Sunday and Toys"R"Us follows suit starting 6 a.m. Tuesday.



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<![CDATA[Shooting, Police Chase Stalls Trains, Highway in Norwalk]]> Fri, 19 Dec 2014 22:44:36 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/norwalk+police+generic.jpg

Metro-North cut power to the New Haven Line in Norwalk after police chased people wanted in connection with a shooting in Stamford and followed one onto the tracks Friday night.

Stamford police said a man and woman fired shots from a car driving on Anne Street in Stamford around 7:30 p.m. Friday. The victim chased them in his own car to exit 16 off interstate 95, at which point the suspect opened fire again.

Police in Norwalk picked up the chase. Stamford police said the two suspects crashed on East Avenue in Norwalk, near Penny's Diner, then got out and started a running. The man threw down a 9mm handgun while he ran, which was later found behind the diner.

Norwalk police said officers followed one person onto the train tracks in East Norwalk and took a second into custody on East Avenue. According to Norwalk police, a third suspect has also been apprehended.

A spokesperson for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority said police asked Metro-North to power down trains in Norwalk while they went after the suspects.

Police asked residents to avoid the area of East Avenue and Prowitt Street in Norwalk while they investigated. I-95 northbound was closed for several hours in the area of exit 16.

The suspects' names have not been released. Stamford police said the victim is being cooperative and the incident does not appear to be random.

Check back for updates on this developing story.

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<![CDATA[Bicycle Accident Reported in Barkhamsted]]> Fri, 19 Dec 2014 21:24:05 -0500

Emergency crews were called to East River Road in Barkhamsted on Friday night after a bicyclist fell off and got hurt, according to police.

The crash was reported in the area of Pleasant Valley Road. According to police, ambulances were sent to the scene and two victims were initially reported.

No additional information was immediately available.

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<![CDATA[14-Year-Old Driver Hits School Bus: Police]]> Fri, 19 Dec 2014 21:07:14 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/new+haven+police+generic1.jpg

Authorities are investigating after a 14-year-old got behind the wheel of a car in New Haven on Tuesday and crashed into three other vehicles, including a school bus, according to police.

According to police, the teen lost control and struck two other cars and a school bus in the area of Whalley and Sherman avenues in New Haven around noon Tuesday.

The teen was taken to Yale-New Haven Children's Hospital for treatment of minor injuries. Police said her mother met her at the hospital.

No one else was hurt. Police said the school bus was empty.

Police are investigating the crash.

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<![CDATA[Mom Slept While Toddler Wandered Off in Pajamas: Cops]]> Fri, 19 Dec 2014 18:19:14 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/orange+woman+arrested.jpg

A mom in Orange is facing charges after police say she fell asleep at a house on Spring Street before her 3-year-old child wandered off through the neighborhood wearing only pajamas.

Neighbors spotted the toddler in the area of New Haven Avenue and Dogburn Lane around 11 a.m. Friday. Police arrived to find the child with a passerby but said the parents were nowhere to be found.

It turns out the mother and child had been staying a home on Spring Street. Police said the toddler’s mom, 30-year-old West Haven resident Regina Yankee-Siegel, who also goes by Regina LaRocco, was sleeping and had no idea her child had left the home.

Yankee-Siegel was arrested and charged with risk of injury to a minor and interfering with an officer.

She was held on $5,000 bond and is due in court Dec. 22.
 



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<![CDATA[Lawmakers Celebrate Bill to Help Families With Autistic Kids]]> Fri, 19 Dec 2014 16:47:35 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/ABLE+act+1200.jpg

On Friday in Hartford, U.S. Senators Chris Murphy and Richard Blumenthal along with Congressmen John Larson and Elizabeth Esty celebrated the bipartisan passage of the ABLE Act. ABLE, which stands for Achieving a Better Life Experience, is aimed at easing the impact autism has on families across the country.

“The able act allows for families to put aside money, tax free, so it can grow and then be taken out to pay for expenses such as education or housing,” said Sen. Murphy.

It is a bill Shannon Knall, a Simsbury native and Autism Speaks Connecticut Advocacy Chair, has been waiting for. Knall’s son Jack is autistic and she knows firsthand how hard looking ahead can be.

“One of the issues I often talk about when I speak about autism is that we have little to no opportunity to plan for our future,” said Knall.

According to Sen. Blumenthal, the bill was one of the most popular in Congress and now Knall is thanking them for their support.

“They said that our families matter, our children are important, that there future is a priority,” said Knall.

The bill is now waiting for President Obama’s signature. He is expected to sign it before the end of the year.



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<![CDATA[Middletown Police Search for Hit-and-Run Driver]]> Fri, 19 Dec 2014 15:48:16 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Middletownevadingcrash1200.jpg

Middletown Police are trying to identify the driver who hit a parked car on Main Street on Tuesday night and fled from the scene.

A car that was heading south on Main Street around 9:30 p.m. hit a vehicle that was parked in front of the St. Vincent De Paul Soup Kitchen in the north end, between Grand Street and Liberty Street, police said.

A witness saw the driver make a right-hand turn onto Liberty Street after the crash and video surveillance shows what appears to be a silver Honda Civic fleeing west on Liberty Street, police said.

The car, which has heavy front-end damage to the right side, stopped briefly behind a black a vehicle that stopped to let someone out.

Police ask anyone who recognizes the car or knows anything about the crash to call Middletown Police at 860-638-4000.



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<![CDATA[Shoplifter Stole $300 of Perfume from Milford Macy’s: Police]]> Fri, 19 Dec 2014 15:23:11 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/macys+generic.jpg

Milford police have arrested a man accused of stealing more than $300 worth of perfume from Macy’s.

Police received a complaint about the shoplifting from the Macy’s at Connecticut Post Mall in Milford at 9:30 p.m. and arrested Marcus Moore, 29, of New Haven, who is accused of leaving the store with $326 worth of perfume he did not pay for.

An officer apprehended Moore on the Boston Post Road after a chase, and he struggled, resisted arrest, police said.

He was charged with sixth-degree larceny, first-degree and interfering with police.

Bond was set at $10,000.



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<![CDATA[Firefighters Respond to Fire in Bloomfield]]> Fri, 19 Dec 2014 15:12:38 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/fire_truck_generic_wavy.jpg

The Blue Hills Fire Department has responded to a fire at 44 Tobey Road in Bloomfield.

No additional information was immediately available.



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<![CDATA[20-Year-Old Charged in Willimantic Stabbing]]> Fri, 19 Dec 2014 20:15:22 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/willimantic+stabbing+suspect.jpg

A 20-year-old Wilimantic man is facing charges after stabbing and seriously wounding another man at his home on Church Street Friday afternoon, according to police.

Police said Kenneth Vega, of 126 Church Street in Willimantic, assaulted a 27-year-old man around 1:30 p.m. Friday. Investigators found the victim in the road near Valley Street.

The victim, who has not been publicly identified, was rushed to Windham Hospital for treatment, then airlifted to Hartford Hospital, where he underwent emergency surgery and is listed in serious condition, according to police.

Police are calling the stabbing a "serious assault" and have charged Vega with first-degree assault and breach of peace. Willimantic police spokesman Cpl. Stanley Parizo, Jr. said police expect to file more charges against Vega.

Willimantic police detectives and the State Police Major Crimes Division are investigating the stabbing. Church Street is closed in the area of Valley Street while authorities gather evidence.

It's not clear what brought the two men together but police said there's no threat to the public.

Vega is being held on $250,000 bond and is due in court Dec. 22.

Stay with NBC Connecticut for updates on this developing story.



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<![CDATA[Man Stabbed to Death on Bridgeport On-Ramp]]> Fri, 19 Dec 2014 15:51:04 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/connecticut+state+police+cruiser+lights.jpg

A 26-year-old Bridgeport man was stabbed to dead after an altercation with another person following a crash on the exit 5 off-ramp from Route 8 in Bridgeport late Thursday night, according to state police.

Police identified the man killed as Bryant Kelly, 26, of Bridgeport.

A witness called 911 at 11:20 p.m. and said two people were outside their vehicles on the Route 25/8 south exit 5 off-ramp at 11:20 p.m. and walking toward each other “in an aggressive manner,” according to state police.

Then, police received another 911 call. This one was from one of the people involved in the altercation, who asked for state police to respond, but the call was disconnected after sounds of a scuffle were heard over the line.

When the man called back, he told authorities that he had fled to the corner of Lindley and Capitol Avenues in Bridgeport, a short distance from the altercation, so police responded there.

Troopers also went to the off-ramp, where they found Kelly suffering from severe injuries, police said. He appeared to have been stabbed, police said. 

Troopers provided emergency care at this scene, than an ambulance arrived and took him to St. Vincent’s Hospital, where he was pronounced dead shortly after being admitted. 

The Office of The Chief States Medical Examiner determined Kelley died of a stab wound.

Police have not released the other man's name.

Police said they investigated at the scene and spoke with witnesses, but they are asking anyone else who was in the area and saw anything just prior to or during the altercation to call State Police at 203 696-2500.



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<![CDATA[20-Year-Old Old Saybrook Resident Hit and Killed After UConn Game]]> Fri, 19 Dec 2014 23:34:45 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/ellis+snyder+izod+center.jpg

A 20-year-old from Old Saybrook has died and his 19-year-old friend is in the hospital after the young men were struck by a car while crossing a highway in New Jersey after attending the UConn game Thursday night, according to police.

Police said the victims, both Connecticut natives, and two other friends had attended the men's basketball game against Duke at the Izod Center in East Rutherford, New Jersey, and were walking across Route 3 around 10:30 p.m. Thursday when they were struck.

Twenty-year-old Ellis Snyder, an Old Saybrook resident and Xavier High School graduate, died at the scene. Friends and community members said Snyder was a student at the University of Vermont and was home on break.

"It's just very heartbreaking and it's definitely a loss in the community, and definitely going to be felt here by the students and by the whole town," said Old Saybrook resident Kelly Ledwith, who went to elementary and middle school with Snyder.

Ledwith said Snyder had worked at Between the Bridges Marina and was well known throughout a close-knit community.

"He was very nice. A lot of people were saying he had a big personality, brought life everywhere he went," she explained.

Old Saybrook Selectman Scott Giegrich said his son played baseball with Snyder for years.

"Ellis was on many all-star teams and he played on some of those traveling baseball teams," Giegrich said, adding that Snyder went on to play baseball at Xavier. "[He was a] second baseman, dynamic young man, with a smile on his face at all times."

Giegrich worked with police and other community officials to gather friends and family members at Old Saybrook High School on Friday evening and provide support to those affected by Snyder's death.

"It's going to be sad for anyone and everyone, but the one thing that's great about a small town is you will see people come together," Giegrich said.

Snyder's friend was taken to Hackensack Medical Center for treatment of non-life threatening injuries, according to police in New Jersey. Two other people with them were not hurt.

Authorities have identified the driver only as a 35-year-old man who was traveling eastbound on Route 3. No charges have been filed and the investigation is ongoing.

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<![CDATA[DiNardo Won’t Pursue Another Term as Chair of State Democratic Party]]> Fri, 19 Dec 2014 14:31:01 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/donkey+elephant+republican+generic+democrat+generic.jpg

Nancy DiNardo, the first woman to be elected chair of the Connecticut Democratic Party, is stepping down after leading the party for 10 years.

DiNardo will instead pursue the vice-chair role.

DiNardo’s political career started in 1971, when she was elected to town council in Trumbull. 

"Nancy has been a truly indispensable leader of this Democratic Party for over ten years. She was an extraordinary Chair who has led our party to critical victories this past November and in years past, and the Lieutenant Governor and I are grateful that she will continue to serve Connecticut Democrats," Gov. Dannel Malloy said in a statement.

"Going forward, I believe that Nick Balletto would do an excellent job in the role of Chair. There are important elections in our towns and cities this fall and I know Nick is committed to continuing the work that Nancy and the Connecticut Democratic Party have done to partner with Democrats running for local, state, and federal offices. In tandem with Nancy, I believe the Party will only expand to new heights, and the Lieutenant Governor and I are proud to support this ticket," Malloy went on to say.

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<![CDATA[Woman Charged With OUI After Hitting Cruiser and Fleeing: Cops]]> Fri, 19 Dec 2014 14:12:56 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/tlmd_police_line_generic722.jpg

Farmington police have arrested a woman accused of crashing into a police cruiser while she was under the influence, then fleeing the scene.

Police said an officer was conducting a traffic stop on Farmington Avenue just after 5 p.m. on Wednesday and the emergency lights were on when Jennifer Newtown, 28, of West Hartford, hit the cruiser and fled.

Police pulled her over a short time later and Newtown was charged with operating under the influence, evading responsibility and improper passing.

She was released on bond and is due in court on Dec. 24.

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<![CDATA[Gun-Wielding UNH Student to Serve Prison Time]]> Fri, 19 Dec 2014 18:38:37 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/cops+with+guns+at+University+of+new+haven+1200+William+Dong.jpg

The former University of New Haven student accused of bringing loaded guns to campus last winter and sparking a massive police presence and lockdown will serve another year in prison, followed by five years of probation.

William Dong, 23, brought two handguns and a banned assault rifle to campus last December, prompting a campus-wide lockdown and building-by-building search, according to authorities.

He was arrested and charged with illegal possession of an assault weapon, breach of peace and other counts after police found 2,700 rounds of ammunition and newspaper clippings about mass shootings in his padlocked bedroom..

Dong was later charged by federal authorities with unlawful transport of a semi-automatic Bushmaster rifle.

He initially pleaded not guilty, but reversed the plea. According to the Milford Judicial District clerk's office, Dong pleaded guilty to one count of illegal sale and transfer of an assault weapon and two counts of illegal possession of a pistol.

Dong was sentenced to eight years in prison, suspended after two, but he has been in prison for the last year, so he will serve one more.

He will also serve five years' probation and will be required to register with the deadly weapon offender registry.

Dong's friends called the incident a "huge misunderstanding" and said Dong was just confused about where he was allowed to carry guns.

Dong told authorities he had been planning to visit a shooting range the next day and carried guns to protect himself in the event of a mass shooting.

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<![CDATA[Crash Closed Merritt Parkway South in Stratford]]> Fri, 19 Dec 2014 15:49:37 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Merritt+Parkway+rollover+1200.jpg

The southbound lanes of the Merritt Parkway were closed in Stratford on Fridsy morning.

A car rolled over between exits 53 and 52.



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<![CDATA[Reward Offered After Bald Eagle Shot and Killed]]> Fri, 19 Dec 2014 18:35:02 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Great+Meadow+Road+in+Rocky+Hill+1200.jpg

A $5,000 reward is being offered to help find the person who shot a bald eagle, after the bird — a national symbol — was found dead along a road in Rocky Hill, Connecticut.

The state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection received a report of a dead eagle along Great Meadows Road in Rocky Hill at 10:13 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 13 and began investigating.

At the time, it was believed that the bird was struck and killed by a car, but that was not the case.

State Environmental Conservation police turned the eagle over to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, which conducted a preliminary examination that indicated the eagle’s injuries were from a gunshot.

Bald and Golden Eagles are protected under federal law and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Office of Law Enforcement and State Environmental Conservation Police are jointly investigating. 

The Humane Society of the United States and The Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust work with state and federal wildlife agencies to offer rewards of $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of suspected poachers, according to DEEP.

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call the Environmental Conservation Police’s Emergency Dispatch Center at 860-424-3333 or toll free at 1-800-842-4357 or the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Special Agent at 860-871-8348.  

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<![CDATA[State to Meet With Frontier on Monday]]> Fri, 19 Dec 2014 10:57:39 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/frontier+van.jpg

In the wake of a transition that was shaky at best, state regulators have scheduled a meeting with Frontier Communications to address problems that arose during the changeover from AT&T and left customers with lingering service interruptions.

Frontier acquired about 1.3 million AT&T U-verse voice and Internet accounts last year, and when the transition took effect in October, thousands of customers began complaining of service outages.

The state announced its plan to step in last month and has now set up a meeting for the morning of Dec. 22, according to a spokesperson for the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority. It comes at the request of the Office of Consumer Counsel and Office of the Attorney General.

Frontier will be asked to speak to the following:

  • Technical or infrastructure issues that contributed to delays in successfully transitioning service
  • The current status of customer complaints to Frontier
  • Response times to customer complaints and whether the company gave those customers accurate information
  • Whether any issues have arisen with technicians making the repairs at customers’ homes
  • Whether Frontier is talks with any video and streaming service providers
  • Whether channel lineups for former U-Verse customers have changed or will change as a result of the transition
  • Whether Frontier has properly notified and customers who have experienced problems
  • Issues that Frontier considers to be partially or fully resolved
  • Other transition problems pertaining to customer satisfaction

A top company executive apologized to customers last month, and the state Department of Consumer Protection created a system to coordinate customer complaints.

The meeting will be held at 10:30 a.m. at PURA offices, Ten Franklin Square in New Britain.

You can submit a complaint by filling out a form posted to the state website or emailing dcp.frauds@ct.gov.
 



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<![CDATA[Injuries Reported in Crash at Hammonasset Entrance]]> Fri, 19 Dec 2014 10:35:54 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Hammonasset+Beach+generic.jpg

Police have responded to a crash on Boston Post Road in Madison, at the entrance Hammonasset Beach State Park, and injuries are reported.

Police said they just arrived at the scene. The crash happened close to Lenny & Joe’s Madison location.

No additional information was immediately available.

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<![CDATA[Man Accused of Firing Stolen Weapon While Under the Influence]]> Fri, 19 Dec 2014 08:31:17 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Shamound+Daley+1200.jpg

Bristol police arrested a New Haven man and charged him with stealing a gun and carrying a weapon while under the influence after investigating the source of gunshots fired early Friday morning.

Police said they received reports of gunshots in the West End at 12:54 a.m., investigated and arrested Shamound Daley, New Britain.

He was charged with carrying a dangerous weapon, carrying a firearm under the influence of alcohol or drugs, stealing a firearm, interfering with a police officer and larceny in the fourth degree.

Bond was set at $75,000.



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<![CDATA[2 Dead in Bristol Fire]]> Fri, 19 Dec 2014 18:36:21 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/House+fire+at+29+High++Street+in+Bristol+1200.jpg

Two people are dead after a house fire in Bristol early Friday morning.

Police said fire broke out at 29 High Street early this morning.

Emergency officials received the call at 2:05 a.m., both the fire and police departments responded, and discovered that two people had died.

Detectives from Bristol’s Criminal Investigation Division and the State Fire Marshal are investigating.

No additional information has yet been released.

Check back for updates.



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<![CDATA[I-84 East in Vernon Reopens After Truck Crash]]> Fri, 19 Dec 2014 11:33:59 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Truck+crash+and+fire+in+Vernon.jpg

Interstate 84 East was closed for hours after two tractor-trailers crashed early Friday morning, causing one of the trucks to burst into flames.

The crash happened at exit 66 just before 4 a.m. The drivers of both trucks were able to escape their vehicles and one has been taken to the hospital to be treated for minor injuries.

State Police had both sides of the highway closed, but were able to reopen the westbound lanes just before 5 a.m. 

I-84 East reopened just before 11:30 a.m. after both trucks were towed from the scene.

Officials from the state Department of Consumer Protection also responded because cargo needed to be unloaded.

According to state police, Arian Nika, 42, of Peabody, Massachusetts, was behind the wheel of one of the trucks and drifted from the right lane, into the right shoulder and hit another truck that was parked in the shoulder.

Nika's truck burst into flames. He was taken to Rockville Hospital to be treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

The driver of the parked truck, Jonathan Oberko, 45, of Bronx, New York, refused medical attention, police said.

The commuter lot near the scene is also closed to the public and will remain closed for the day.

The crash had an impact on several roads and traffic was at a standstill from exit 64 as well as on Route 30, Bolton Road and Reservoir Road.

To get more traffic updates, follow Heidi Voight on Twitter.



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<![CDATA[Hartford Meeting Addresses Policing Concerns]]> Thu, 18 Dec 2014 23:20:31 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Hartford+policing+meeting+web.jpg

A conversation that's been hitting headlines and communities across the country landed in Hartford Thursday night as another city opened the lines of communication when it comes to interactions between the police and the public.

"There's a problem everywhere. We're seeing it. Youth are being slain left and right. It's definitely a problem," said Hartford resident Marjorie Terry.

To combat the problem, dozens crowded the Hartford Public Library for a forum that came about in response to the recent police-involved deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner.

Mayor Pedro Segarra says he supports the use of police body cameras, that chokeholds are not allowed, and announced a program to help bring diversity to the police department.

"Starting in September there will be in Hartford a public safety academy for our youth so that our policing community reflects the community that it serves," said Mayor Segarra.

Thursday night wasn't just about informing, it was about brainstorming with the public for ways to foster a positive relationship between police and residents.

"It's time for us to come together and collaborate and make change," said Terry.

"If we start from the families and try to help build and strengthen them then I really believe we can become more powerful as a community," said Hartford resident Tasha Rose.

Organizers say the forum was an important start and that the conversation must continue if change is expected.
 



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<![CDATA[Cat Missing After Cromwell Fire]]> Thu, 18 Dec 2014 20:13:05 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/cromwell+brittany+circle+fire.jpg

A Cromwell resident and four of her pets made it out safely when their home on Brittany Circle caught fire Thursday evening, but one cat remains unaccounted for, according to the fire chief.

Firefighters beat down the flames at 9 Brittany Circle within about half an hour of arriving at the burning home Thursday night. A resident of the home was taken to the hospital for treatment of smoke inhalation but is expected to make a full recovery, fire officials said.

Two dogs and three of her cats are also safe and were taken to a local animal shelter for health evaluations, but one cat is missing. Crews at the scene said they suspect the fourth cat may have wandered into the woods.

The house has been deemed uninhabitable and the Red Cross was called in to help out.

Authorities are investigating to determinet he cause of the fire.



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<![CDATA[Yoga Teacher Adopts Third Son With Down Syndrome]]> Thu, 18 Dec 2014 20:10:29 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/elliott+down+syndrome+adoption.jpg

It's been quite the journey for a little boy who will turn 4 years old in January. He arrived at his new home in Newington on Dec. 5 after being raised in a Bulgarian orphanage.

Single mother and yoga instructor Nykki Poole was researching adoption when a friend mentioned special needs adoptions. It put her in a direction to motherhood she hadn’t considered.

Poole now has three sons: Andrew, Bodhi and Elliott. All three boys have Down syndrome and were put up for adoption when they were born.

“They’re just little fighters, these kids, and they really need people to advocate for them and they need people to love them, and they need people that are going to walk through the fire with them,” said Poole.

She first met Elliott in April on a trip to his orphanage in Bulgaria. She held and rocked him to sleep for a few days after lunch, something he would not normally allow. It was then Poole realized that they needed each other.

She raised thousands of dollars for each of the adoptions through the generosity of family, friends and even strangers. Poole first shared her story on the crowdfunding page GoFundMe and later started a second page when she realized the additional costs of making an additional adoption.

Finally, her shy little orphan made it to the U.S. to begin a new life full of love.

“He’s going to have an amazing life. He would have ended up in an institution, you know, and not survived that. I know he would not have survived that because he’s so fragile,” she explained.

In her first few weeks with Elliot, Poole has taught him to chew soft foods and pick up food with his hands. She said the family has had emotional moments of all kinds.

“It has been interesting, it has been amazing and it’s been scary, and it’s been sad,” Poole said.
 



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<![CDATA[Access Health on Track to Meet Enrollment Goal]]> Thu, 18 Dec 2014 19:26:23 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Access+health+ct+store.jpeg

Officials with Access Health CT said they are happy with the progress made so far, just over a month into open enrollment.

Jim Wadleigh, acting CEO of Access Health, said he’s "cautiously optimistic" that the state will reach its goal of enrolling 70,000 uninsured people on the state's health care exchange.

"We’re getting a lot of customers who are transferring over into the individual market but right now we’ve made a decision that we want to put the pedal to the metal here and go after all of the uninsured and we’re going to start going after that in the month of January,” Wadleigh said.

So far, more than 86,000 residents have signed up for private health insurance plans through Access Health CT and more than 46,000 have obtained coverage through Medicaid since open enrollment began, roughly 19,000 of whom are new customers. More than 60,000 of the private plans were reauthorized through automatic renewals.

Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman, who chairs the Access Health CT board of directors, said the enrollment results show the marketplace has successfully reach uninsured Connecticut residents.

“People are coming and we’re seeing inquiring on the computers, calling in to our call centers, going into our stores, so I’m assuming the word is getting out,” she said.

As the year comes to a close, Access Health CT also finds itself without a permanent leader.

Wadleigh was named acting CEO in September following the departure of Kevin Counihan, whom the Obama administration has tapped to run the federal exchange used in 37 states.

Wyman said there will be an official search process to find a permanent CEO.

“We will have somebody go out and do a search,” said Wyman. “That’s what we promised. Jim knows that and the search will start by the beginning of the year.”

Wadleigh said he’s enjoying the job and says he will be in the running to remove the word “acting” from his title.

“I will be pursuing this on a permanent basis,” Wadleigh said.

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<![CDATA[New Road Sparks Redevelopment in Orange]]> Thu, 18 Dec 2014 18:48:07 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/orange+ribbon.jpg

It's a project that town officials in Orange say has been decades in the making: Thanks to hundreds of thousands of dollars in state and federal funding, Edison Road is now connected to Marsh Hill Road through the brand new Pez Boulevard.

The road, built with the help of $237,000 in federal funding and $500,000 from the state, was officially unveiled Thursday.

"This opens up 65 more undeveloped acres up here for commercial industrial development right at Exit 41 Marsh Hill Road, right off of 95. You can't get a more key location," said explained Orange First Selectman James Zeoli.

Zeoli hopes the development will draw businesses to the area.

"That means jobs, that means an economy, a more vibrant community, and at this particular time, these are the kind of efforts that are necessary to put people to work and get our economy back again," said Rep. Rosa DeLauro.

Pez Candy, Inc. has been at the location for years and created a new visitors' center in anticipation of the road extension. Company officials said they have already seen the benefits.

"Now we have over 80,000 visitors a year, and we will anticipate that for the next years to come, so this road will get a lot of use," said Pez CEO Joseph Vittoria.

The new road will also provide a redesigned traffic flow.

"It will help relieve some of the traffic around from residential neighborhoods, because they don't have to cut through to go all the way around," said State Sen. Gayle Slossberg, who represents the town of Orange.

Instead, there will now be a straight access route for businesses to go from one major road to the next.



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<![CDATA[Mayor Reprimands Police Chief for Bad Behavior]]> Thu, 18 Dec 2014 19:27:48 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/webpicesserman121114.jpg

One week after a Yale University professor sent a letter to local New Haven officials condemning the conduct of the city's police chief at a football game in September, the mayor has issued him a written warning.

"By this letter, I am reprimanding you for the incident that occurred at the Yale-Army game on September 27, 2014 and warning you that any such future occurrence will result in more severe consequences," Mayor Toni Harp wrote to Police Chief Dean Esserman in a letter dated Dec. 17.

Yale Prof. Daniel Weinberger, who teaches epidemiology, detailed Esserman's conduct in a complaint to the mayor and Board of Police Commissioners.

According to Weinberger, the chief lost his temper, threatening to have an usher "removed from the premises" and "shut down the whole game" after the worker asked to see Esserman's ticket.

Esserman addressed the complaint in a sit-down interview with NBC Connecticut on Friday, admitting his behavior was out of line and apologizing for the confrontation.

"What I said was so off-base that I hope I win back my citizens' good faith over the years ahead," Esserman said. "Having a bad day is not an excuse. When you're wrong, you have to acknowledge it and you got to reflect on it."

Harp told Esserman his actions at the game caused community members to feel "disrespected" and "distrustful" of the police department, according to the letter.

"While, shortly after this incident occurred, you brought this matter to my attention, took responsibility for your actions and apologized to officials at Yale University for your behavior, any action that so threatens the public's trust warrants a letter of reprimand from me as well as a warning for a failure to heed this notice in the future," Harp wrote.

Harp said behavior of this sort "will not be tolerated" and that consequences will be "more severe" going forward.



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<![CDATA[CCSU Professor Pleads Not Guilty to Crash Charges]]> Thu, 18 Dec 2014 18:04:58 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/ravi+shankar.jpg

The associate professor at Central Connecticut State University who has faced a string of criminal charges pleaded not guilty in court Thursday to multiple charges stemming from a car crash earlier this month.

According to court papers, CCSU poet-in-residence and associate English professor Ravi Shankar, 39, was not supposed to be behind the wheel when he crashed into a guardrail on Route 9.

Shankar is accused of leaving the scene of the crash.

"This was a single-vehicle accident he called his wife and then he called a wrecker. He thought he was doing the responsible thing," said Shankar’s attorney, Jake Donovan attorney.

Shankar himself declined to comment outside the courtroom in Middletown except to confirm that he’s still employed as a professor at CCSU.

Shankar made headlines last spring when he was promoted while behind bars waiting to face charges from 2012.

At the time, CCSU officials said they weren't aware of Shankar's criminal history.

Students are now speaking up, asking for updates on Shankar's status.

"I'd be interested to see it and investigative query that would actually publish their findings and their interview process to the students," said Alex Tremblay.

Shankar is due back in court Jan. 23.



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<![CDATA[Pratt & Whitney to Implement Furloughs in 2015]]> Thu, 18 Dec 2014 16:56:24 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/218*120/Pratt+and+whitney.jpg

The Connecticut-based tech giant Pratt & Whitney will furlough most of its salaried workers in the U.S. on seven different days in 2015 in an effort to cut costs.

According to a company spokesperson, the following dates have been scheduled as non-work, non-paid days:

Easter weekend on Monday, April 6
Memorial Day weekend on Friday, May 22
Fourth of July weekend on Monday, July 6
Labor Day weekend on Friday, Sept. 4
Columbus Day weekend on Monday, Oct. 12
Thanksgiving holiday on Wednesday, Nov. 25
Christmas Eve on Thursday, Dec. 24

Pratt spokesperson Ray Hernandez said that although the company has recently developed new programs that will increase revenue in the future, "we won't see the benefits of our new programs for a few years."

The company has also made launched several new projects that have required large investments. As a result, Hernandez said, Pratt "continues to face significant near-term financial challenges."

Hernandez said Pratt has made a number of moves to reduce costs, of which the furloughs are one. Other changes including the implementation of labor reductions, voluntary separation programs, travel and hiring restrictions and layoffs.



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<![CDATA[Copper Stolen From New Haven Facility Twice in One Month]]> Thu, 18 Dec 2014 18:28:56 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/new+haven+copper+piping+theft.jpg

Police are investigating after thieves ripped copper piping from the roof a business on Hamilton Street in New Haven.

According to police, the culprits targeted Goodcopy Printing and Digital Graphics at 110 Hamilton Street on Wednesday night. They pulled $100-200 worth of copper from a rooftop unit and caused damage that will cost hundreds of dollars to repair.

The owner of the unit said it's the second time copper thieves have targeted this facility in less than a month. He's now planning to upgrade security cameras on the roof of the building.

Despite the recent burglary at Goodcopy Printing and Digital Graphics, New Haven police said copper thefts in the city have actually been on the decline.

“We've seen a decrease in the last couple of years,” explained New Haven Police Officer David Hartman.

Hartman said new partnerships with scrap metal companies have helped to keep the numbers low, because the companies are on the lookout for any stolen metal.

“We have a much greater cooperation with the smelting companies and the refineries that take in the scrap metal. They report to us now in real time, with a program called Leads Online, where everything going in is photographed and sent to our detectives,” said Hartman.

When a theft is reported, police can go into a database, pull up the photographs and match it with the items reported stolen.

“There's a much greater accountability with who brings things in, scrap metal into these companies, to redeem them for money, and they are scrutinized a great deal more than they have been in the past,” said Hartman.

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<![CDATA[Serial Robber Charged in 2006 Bank Holdup: Cops]]> Thu, 18 Dec 2014 16:20:54 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/connecticut+state+police+cruiser+lights.jpg

State police have arrested a man accused of helping to rob a bank in Putnam in 2006 and said he's been linked to robberies around the country.

According to police, Mark McIntyre, 54, would drive to banks with Brooke Beaulieu, who would get out of the car and rob them. Both were arrested during a robbery in Illinois in 2006 and have been in federal custody since.

McIntyre, who is from Massachusetts, has been linked to the robbery of the Westbank at 6 Providence Road in Putnam on June 7, 2006.

Connecticut State Police arrested him Thursday afternoon at the Danbury Federal Correctional Institute, where has been serving time.

McIntyre was charged with third-degree robbery and third-degree larceny at Troop D headquarters and will face a judge Friday morning in Danielson Superior Court.



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<![CDATA[Missing Man Considered Endangered]]> Thu, 18 Dec 2014 16:09:54 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/shawn+bagley+missing.jpg

Authorities are searching for a 43-year-old Bridgeport man who has been reported missing and has threatened to hurt himself, according to police.

Police in Ansonia said they received word of Shawn Bagley's disappearance around 7 a.m. and are worried he may try to harm himself. Bagley, who lives on Hubbell Avenue in Bridgeport, has family in Ansonia and is considered endangered.

It's not clear where Bagley was last seen. He stands 5 feet 11 inches tall and weighs 200 pounds. Police said Bagley has black hair, brown eyes and walks with a limp.

Anyone with information on his whereabouts is urged to call Ansonia police at 203-735-1885.



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<![CDATA[Man Charged in Hamden Hookup Home Invasion]]> Thu, 18 Dec 2014 15:53:31 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/hamden+mix+avenue+julian+foster.jpg

Police have arrested one of two men accused of teaming up with a pair of woman to steal from a Hamden apartment in an online hookup gone wrong.

According to police, the group targeted the apartment of a 30-year-old man who met one of the women, 19-year-old Nazhia Carter, on an Internet dating site. She arranged to meet the man at his home Oct. 8 and arrived with another woman and two men.

While the victim was in his bedroom with Carter and the other woman, two men, one of whom has been identified as 24-year-old New Haven resident Julian Foster, walked in and attacked the resident with a tire iron, according to police.

Investigators said the women had unlocked the front door of the apartment so the two men could get inside. They stole several of the resident's belongings, including electronics.

The four intruders ran from the after getting into a fight with the resident, and Foster jumped from the balcony, falling 25-30 feet, police said.

The resident, who suffered injuries to his back, finger and nose, received medical treatment as his home.

Carter turned herself in Nov. 13. Foster was arrested Dec. 18 and charged with home invasion, first-degree robbery, second-degree assault, first-degree threatening and conspiracy to commit the above offenses.

He was held on $350,000 bond.



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<![CDATA[Teen Shot in Bridgeport]]> Thu, 18 Dec 2014 14:48:40 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Bridgeport+police+generic.jpg

Police are investigating after a 19-year-old man was shot on the 900 block of Fairfield Avenue on Wednesday evening.

Emergency responders found the injured teen on Iranistan Avenue. Police said he was walking on Fairfield Avenue when he heard gunshots and was hit in the buttocks.

The teen was taken to Bridgeport Hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.

Police said neither the teen nor his friends could provide any information about the person who shot him.

Anyone with information is urged to call Bridgeport police.



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<![CDATA[2 Men, 1 Baby Hurt When Van Hits Hartford Building]]> Thu, 18 Dec 2014 15:44:48 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Minivan+into+albany+and+main+in+Hartford+1200.jpg

Two adults and a baby were taken to the hospital after a minivan crashed into a building at the corner of Main Street and Albany Avenue in Hartford, the same place where a fatal crash was reported earlier this year.

According to Hartford police spokesman Deputy Chief Brian Foley, the van was driving fast headed southbound on Main Street when it missed the corner and smashed into a building.

Two men were taken away on stretchers and a baby was taken to Connecticut Children's Medical Center for treatment. The baby's mother, who was not in the car, is at the hospital with the child, according to police.

Police said investigators found a weapon in the car and expect to make arrests.

Two teens died after their car crashed into this same building last August, according to police.



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