<![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 Thu, 18 Sep 2014 15:49:08 -0400 Thu, 18 Sep 2014 15:49:08 -0400 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Hartford, East Hartford Police Search for White Van]]> Thu, 18 Sep 2014 15:39:39 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/hartford+van+thefts.jpg

Police in Hartford and East Hartford are investigating the thefts of car parts and a motorcycle, and are searching for a white van in connection with the crimes.

Authorities have linked the van to a string of recent thefts in both towns and are asking anyone with information to come forward.

If you have seen the van or have any knowledge of the crimes, call Hartford police Sgt. Brnadon O’Brien at 860-757-4089 or submit an anonymous tip online.

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<![CDATA[Human Remains Found Near Vernon Center Middle School]]> Thu, 18 Sep 2014 15:07:28 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Vernon+remains+September+2014+1200.jpg

Human remains were found near Vernon Center Middle School in Vernon on Thursday, a mile from where a woman's skull was found a year and a half ago.

There are walking trails nearby and a resident found the remains in the woods behind the school and the Vernon Community Garden, at 271 West Street in Vernon, according to police.

There is no danger to students, Supt. Mary Conway said, and games planned for this evening are expected to take part as scheduled.  

"Our students are in no danger and we do not expect that there will be any interruption to the normal operations of the school," a statement from Conway and Asst. Supt. Jeffrey Burt says.

The remains were found almost exactly a mile from where a woman's skull was found in March 2013.

Police have not yet identified the woman found last year, but said earlier this week that tests revealed those remains were of a woman in her 40s.

A Quinnipiac University medical student used the biological profile from post-mortem exams and drew a sketch of what the woman might have looked like. Police released it earlier this week, in the hopes that the woman's family or friends will recognize features and come forward with new leads.

The mother of a New Haven woman who has been missing for around 10 years said police took a DNA sample from her on Tuesday.  

No evidence has linked either of the two missing persons cases to the remains found last year, according to New Haven Police.

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<![CDATA[Waterbury Boy's and Girl's Club Owes $12 Million to Drowning Victim’s Family]]> Thu, 18 Sep 2014 13:56:51 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/swimming-pool-generic.jpg

The Waterbury Boy's and Girl's Club has been ordered to pay $12.3 million to the mother of a 5-year-old girl drowning victim.

Brianna Murray, a kindergartner at Wendell Cross Elementary School, was at the Boy's and Girl's with about 30 other children on June 9, 2008 when she went under water and she was not pulled out until another child who was in the pool called for a lifeguard to help, according to the law firm representing Brianna's family.

She was taken to St. Mary's Hospital, then flown to Yale-New Haven Hospital, where she died after being declared brain dead.

The lawsuit, filed in September 2009, claimed the club failed to properly train its lifeguards, failed to have the proper number of guards on duty and failed to have a proper emergency plan.

<![CDATA[Police Investigate Danbury Bank Robbery]]> Thu, 18 Sep 2014 15:14:25 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/danbury+bank+robbery+suspect+pics.jpg

Police are investigating a bank robbery in Danbury this morning.

The robber handed a note to a teller at the Union Savings Bank at 226 Main Street just before 10:30 a.m. Thursday and got away with cash, police said. He did not show a weapon.

The man who committed the robbery is husky and around 5-foot-10. He was wearing a light hooded sweatshirt and dark pants.

If you have information that can help police, call the detective bureau at 203-797-4662.

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<![CDATA[DNA Samples Taken from 2 Missing New Haven Women]]> Thu, 18 Sep 2014 15:01:39 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Vernon+Missing+Person+case+Evelyn+Frisco+1200.jpg

Family members of two women reported missing from New Haven around 10 years ago have submitted DNA samples as police try to identify human remains found in Vernon last year.

A Vernon resident who was searching for scrap metal to build a sculpture stumbled upon a skull in March 2013 in the area of 126 West Street, which used to be the Rockville Landfill.

For the last year, police have been unable to identify them, but they have made some progress and determined they are that of a white woman in her 40s. On Tuesday, police released a sketch a Quinnipiac University medical student created based on the woman’s biological profile.

New Haven Police said on Thursday that they have two missing persons cases, each about 10 years old, that could be related and police have taken DNA samples from their relatives to help the investigation.

One of the family members is the mother of Evelyn Ann Frisco, who disappeared on June 29, 2004 at the age of 42, according to the New Haven Register.

Frisco’s mother, Janet Frisco, told the Register that police took a DNA sample on Tuesday to compare it with remains found in Vernon.

This is a common investigative tool, police said, and there is no evidence to tie the missing women to the remains found in Vernon other than the ages.

The U.S. Department of Justice’s National Missing and Unidentified Persons System compares unidentified remains and missing persons. So far, they have ruled 15 cases.

New Haven police said DNA samples have been taken about a dozen times since the remains were found  in Vernon.

Photo Credit: Vernon Police and the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System]]>
<![CDATA[Manchester Asks Residents to Conserve Water]]> Thu, 18 Sep 2014 11:17:49 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/MANCHESTERWATERSHORT091814.jpg Manchester's reservoirs are down to 80 percent capacity, so town officials are asking residents to start conserving now before they get to a critical level.]]> <![CDATA[Thomaston High School Dismissed After Bomb Threat]]> Thu, 18 Sep 2014 13:08:29 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/classroom5.jpg

A bomb threat was reported at Thomaston High School on Thursday morning and the students were dismissed for the day.

A note written in ink on a stall in the girl's bathroom mentioned wanting to blow up the school, police said.

A student found it and reported it at 9:45 a.m., according to police.

The state police bomb squad was called to respond to the high school and the scene was cleared as of noon. Investigators will be checking surveillance videos at the school.

When the note was written is not known, but a custodian said it was not there over the summer.

Students were evacuated and taken to Black Rock School until buses arrived to take them home.


<![CDATA[Avon School Increases Security After Suspicious Incident]]> Thu, 18 Sep 2014 15:00:44 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/pine+grove+school+avon.JPG

There is increased security at Pine Grove School in Avon after a suspicious man was spotted in the area, according to a letter the superintendent sent to parents.

A staff member was arriving to work on Wednesday morning and saw a man who did not look like he had any connection with the school, the letter said.

The staff member called police and provided a description of the driver, the SUV and the license plate, school officials said.

Police responded immediately, but the man was gone.

Police are investigating and there will be extra security at the school for an undefined period of time, according to the superintendent.

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<![CDATA[School Lockdown Over in Windham]]> Thu, 18 Sep 2014 13:09:53 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/classroom5.jpg

Two schools in Windham were on lockdown after an armed robbery at a nearby gas station, according to Willimantic Police, but the lockdowns have been lifted.

There was an armed robbery at A-1 gas station on West Main Street at 9:20 a.m. and lockdowns were issued at the Windham Middle School and the Sweeney School.

Police tried to pull a car over in connection with the case, but the people in it ran off, police said.

Two robbery suspects are in custody, police said.

<![CDATA[Police Make Second Arrest in August Homicide ]]> Thu, 18 Sep 2014 09:30:22 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Bridgeport+murder+Ryan+Hernandez+1200.jpg

Bridgeport police have made a second arrest in the murder of Ryan Hernandez, 21, in August.

Hernandez was shot in the chest during a confrontation at Park Avenue and Olive Street on Aug. 10, according to police.

School Resource Officer took a 17-year-old suspect into custody at Lakeview Cemetery on Wednesday, police said. Police believe he is the shooter and the teen has been charged with murder, as well as other charges, police said.

On August 11, police released video from the scene in the hopes that it would lead to clues in the case.

It shows one male approached Hernandez with what appears to be a gun and the two argue. 

The suspect takes a swing at Hernandez with his weapon, then backs up as Hernandez walks toward him.

The men continue to argue and they go off-camera when the individual, identified as Hernandez, lunges after the suspect.

Then the video shows the suspect fleeing into a car that was stopped in the road and it drives away once the suspect is inside as a third man runs after the car.

Then, a man partially visible in the edge of the camera frame falls to the ground.

Hernandez was transported to St. Vincent's Medical Center in Bridgeport and later pronounced dead.

Last month, detectives charged a 16-year-old with conspiracy to commit murder. Police said he was the driving the car the suspected gunman was in.

Police have not released the names of the suspects.

<![CDATA[Crash Slows Traffic on I-84 East in East Hartford]]> Thu, 18 Sep 2014 08:46:04 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/East+Hartford+crash+crash+close+1200.jpg

Traffic is getting by slowly after a crash on Interstate 84 East in East Hartford.

The left lane is blocked and a tow truck is at the scene.

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<![CDATA[Route 7 Closed in New Milford]]> Thu, 18 Sep 2014 09:45:19 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Route+7+New+Milford+1200.jpg

Route 7 in New Milford is closed both directions at Sullivan Road near Candlewood Valley Country Club after a car hit a pole, according to New Milford Police.

A detour has been set up from Sullivan Road to Larson Road.

The pole is down. Connecticut Light & Power is at the scene and the road is expected to be “closed for a while.” 

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<![CDATA[Accused New Britain Rapist Heads to Court]]> Thu, 18 Sep 2014 12:19:12 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/antonio+ponder+new+mug.jpg

A man suspected of raping and robbing an 18-year-old woman in New Britain earlier this month was taken into police custody on Wednesday and is due in court today.

Antonio Ponder, 24, of Hartford, a convicted felon, is suspected of attacking the woman while she walked down West Main Street near Grove Hill Street around 10 p.m. Sept. 6.

New Britain police said they saw Ponder on Wednesday and tried to stop him, but he sped off, then ran. He was taken into custody in Hartford after a chase, police said. Jazzilyn Yopp, 19, was also taken into custody, according to Hartford police.

Police said the victim was badly beaten and believe the attack was random.

Family members said she was on her way home from a friend's house and – at 4 feet 10 inches tall and 85 pounds – had no way of defending herself.

Authorities were called to begin investigating after the victim arrived at the Hospital of Central Connecticut's New Britain Campus seeking medical attention late that night, according to police.

Investigators identified Ponder as the suspect on Sunday and obtained an arrest warrant charging him with first-degree sexual assault, third-degree robbery and third-degree assault.

Police have been searching for him and said on Wednesday that he is in custody. Bond was set at $750,000.

He has also been charged with third-degree larceny, possession of narcotics and operating under suspension.

Yopp was charged with assault on police, second-degree breach of peace, interfering with police, second-degree larceny, carrying a dangerous weapon and hindering prosecution.

Meanwhile, residents are questioning the safety of their neighborhoods.

"It's scary," said Maria Rios, who lives in the area and frequently walks alone. "I'm going to be looking over my shoulder now every time I walk out my door."

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<![CDATA[Cromwell Man Injured in Plainville Motorcycle Crash]]> Thu, 18 Sep 2014 13:03:35 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Plaiville+Route+177+motorcycle+crash+1200.jpg

A Cromwell man was injured in a motorcycle crash in Plainville early Thursday morning.

Police said David Turner, of Cromwell, lost control of his motorcycle on Route 177 between Bradley Street and Day Road around 1:30 a.m. and hit a pole.

He was transported to Hartford Hospital and is in stable condition.

A neighbor said Turner was clutching his leg and yelling for help. 

“I ran outside because we heard the guy screaming, ‘Help, Help. Help.’ So then that’s when I came running one street over and I saw the guy lying on the ground clutching his, leg screaming help,” Robert Flowers, of Plainville, said.

The intersection was closed as crews responded, but it has since reopened.

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<![CDATA[Water Main Break in Shelton]]> Thu, 18 Sep 2014 08:48:38 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Shelton+water+main+break1200.jpg

A water main break on Bridgeport Avenue in Shelton is affecting some residents.

The road is closed at Long Hill Cross Road.

To get around the closure, use Route 8 or Long Hill Avenue.

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<![CDATA[Celebrate National Cheeseburger Day]]> Thu, 18 Sep 2014 11:28:13 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/87992859.jpg

It's National Cheeseburger Day! If you are a burger connoisseur, you know there are many places to grab a mouthwatering, juicy cheeseburger in Connecticut.

Here are some of them:

Louis’ Lunch
261-263 Crown Street in New Haven
(203) 562-5507

Ted's Restaurant
1046 Broad Street, Meriden 203-237-6660 and 43 Berlin Road, Cromwell 860-635-8337

Harry's Place in Colchester, a viewer favorite, has been featured in Roadfood for the incredibly juicy burgers. They also call a Harry’s cheeseburger “fast food perfection.”
Harry’s holds the distinct honor of being on the National Register of Historic places.

Max Burger in West Hartford serves up everything from a classic burger, to a gourmet chicken burger or a veggie burger. Trust us, your taste buds will be very, very happy with this food outing. The Inside Out burger is delicious, but check out the full menu, including the specials.
Max Burger
124 LaSalle Road, West Hartford

Plan B Burger Bar is one of those places that you’ll keep going back to, time and time again. They pride themselves on the fresh beef burgers, but you can get just about any kind of burger you can imagine. The New Englander is made with lobster, smoked gouda, caramelized onion, lettuce, tomato and corn spread.

There are several locations in the state:

Plan B Burger Bar: 

120 Hebron Ave., Glastonbury, 860-430-9737
1638 Boston Post Road, Milford, 203-713-8700
4 Railroad St., Simsbury, 860-658-4474
230 Tresser Boulevard, Stamford, 203-964-8353
138 Park Road, West Hartford, 860-231-1199

Prime 16 in New Haven and Orange. In the past, viewers have lauded these burgers. Build your own or pick one of the specialties. You won't find a honey truffle burger on too many menus.

Shady Glen, in Manchester, is another viewer favorite. It's not uncommon for people who've had a Shady Glen cheeseburger to say it's the best -- ever.

Corner Pug, West Hartford. If you’re heading out on national burger day with someone who, for some reason, does not share your burger love, head to the Corner Pug in West Hartford. You can indulge on a blackened Cajun burger or knife and fork Irish nacho burger while your dining partner has salad, steak, mac and cheese or chicken.
These are just some of the best places to go for burgers. There is no way to name them all. Let us know your picks by commenting below.

Lake Zoar Drive-In, 14 Roosevelt Drive (Route 34), Monroe, CT (203) 268-8137

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<![CDATA[Father of Rape Victim Relieved Attacker is Behind Bars]]> Thu, 18 Sep 2014 07:38:57 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/antonio+ponder+new+mug.jpg

A New Britain father is sharing his story exclusively with NBC Connecticut after police arrested the suspect accused of raping his teenage daughter.

Antonio Porter has been on the run for weeks, but detectives tracked him down today. NBC Connecticut is concealing the parent’s identity to protect the family.

“I really struggled not to fall down on my knees,” the victim’s father said as he described his reaction when police called him, letting them know the man accused of raping his daughter on September 6th was finally captured. “This guy stole my soul,” the parent explained.

This morning Hartford Police got a tip that Antonio Ponder was spotted in the city’s North End. They say they chased him down in a stolen car and arrested him at an apartment complex by Albany and Adams. “We can’t let a person like that be on the streets,” the victim’s father explained.

He said his entire family is grateful the convicted felon is off the streets - especially his 18-year-old, the target of his alleged random attack on West Main Street and Grove Hill in New Britain. “It was magical seeing her face when I got home seeing her relief saying they got him,” her father said.

The teen was walking home from a friends place around 9:30 p.m. when police say she was raped, beaten up, and robbed out of nowhere. Her father says she showed up at home with significant injuries and he called for help. “I don’t see how a monster would target a person like that,” he added.

The victim has been frightened ever since - worried Ponder would somehow find her and go after her again. Now that he’s behind bars, this family can try to move forward and stop being so afraid. “I'm hoping we can heal soon for my daughters sake,” her father said.

Antonio Ponder is behind bars at the New Britain Police Department. He is expected to face a judge tomorrow.

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<![CDATA[Developers Pitch Ballpark Plan to City Council, Residents]]> Thu, 18 Sep 2014 07:36:12 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Rock+Cats+Public+Meeting.jpg

The developers hoping to build a baseball stadium for the Rock Cats in Hartford pitched their plan to city council members before an overflow crowd on Wednesday night.

Centerplan Construction detailed its $350 million vision for the area just north of Hartford's downtown during a city council committee meeting at the Parker Memorial Community Center on Wednesday night.

"I think people see the vision. I think people understand that we're trying to do something transformative in north Hartford," said Yves Joseph of Centerplan Construction.

The project would include a $56.5 million stadium which would be leased by the city for 25 years. The city would then make a final payment to purchase the ballpark.

The project would also include a supermarket, a brewery, apartments, houses, and office space which would all be built in three phases over five years.

"I am confident that this is not only going to be good for the city of Hartford, I'm confident this is going to be good for our region and the state," said Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra.

After the developers spoke, residents got their chance to weigh in on the proposal.

Some expressed support for the project saying it would revitalize an area that's been neglected for too long.

"Let's hope that this particular project is only the start," said Mike McGarry, a former city council member.

Others questioned whether the project makes fiscal sense.

"In whose imagination are these equity investors rushing towards DoNo?" said JoAnne Bauer of Hartford.

City council members plan to hold another hearing on the project next week.

This comes as the Rock Cats make another move.

The team is no longer affiliated with the Minnesota Twins and has instead signed a two-year deal with the Colorado Rockies.

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<![CDATA[Former Officer Charged with Stealing from Police Union]]> Wed, 17 Sep 2014 22:25:53 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Generic-Police.jpg

A former Cheshire police officer has been accused of stealing almost $21,000 from the police union he once served, according to the State’s Attorney office.

Authorities say Jay D. Markella, 46, of Maple Street in Cheshire, stole more than $6,100 from the union’s money market account, $14,000 from its checking account and another $1,000 using a credit card issued for union use. Investigators believe the thefts occurred between April 2007 and October 2012.

According to officials, Markella served as the union treasurer from January 2005 until he was promoted to Captain, a non-union position, in September 2010. He resigned from the Cheshire Police Department in 2013, according to police.

The investigation was prompted by a complaint filed by the Cheshire police department and leaders of the Cheshire police union in February 2013.

Authorities say Markella was charged with one count of Larceny in the First Degree. He was arrested and released on a $20,000 non-surety bond and will be arraigned in Superior Court in Meriden, on Sept. 24, 2014.

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<![CDATA[Malloy Stands by his Record, Slams Foley]]> Wed, 17 Sep 2014 20:18:55 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Decision2014Segment282414_1200x675_321169475507.jpg

In an interview for NBC Connecticut’s Decision 2014 Sunday morning news program, Gov. Dan Malloy said he stands by his record on everything from jobs to education.

“I believe that this is a debate about Connecticut's future” Gov. Malloy said. “With the creation of thousands private sector jobs we see that Connecticut is moving forward.”

Malloy used the interview as an opportunity to tout some of what he thinks are his best accomplishments, while attacking Republican gubernatorial candidate Tom Foley.

Malloy said the agreement the state struck with United Technologies was “historic.”

“We’re going to be producing engines in Connecticut for 20 or 30 years at two plants that are being updated. This is exciting stuff. He’s criticized that deal. He’d rather I suppose United Technologies leave the state.”

Foley responded to some of Malloy’s criticisms saying if the incumbent is elected, then Connecticut will continue to struggle with job growth.

"Dan Malloy thinks one of the worst job recovery rates in the nation is good enough. He thinks 1% growth in our state is good enough. But he doesn't think the largest tax increase in state history is big enough” Foley said in a statement.

On the issue of taxes, Gov. Malloy said there will be no tax hikes in his second term and defended his record on taxes and spending, arguing that he inherited a bad situation that he had to fix.

“I did what I had to do because of the situation we were in. Connecticut had the worst per capita deficit in the nation. We had to solve that. We have solved it and we’re creating tens of thousands of jobs and we’re taking our foot off the tax pedal.”

The entire interview with Gov. Malloy will air Sunday at 10AM during Decision 2014.

<![CDATA[Rabid Bat Causes Concern in Hamden]]> Wed, 17 Sep 2014 18:30:49 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/doctor-health-generic-1200-02.jpg

Hamden police are looking for the person who brought a rabid bat to a Veterinarian's office.

The man walked into the Mount Carmel Veterinary Hospital at 3320 Whitney Avenue around 1 p.m. on Tuesday and left a box containing a bat, according to police. He walked out without identifying himself.

The vet decided to euthanize the bat and test it for rabies. On Wednesday, the test came back positive for the rabies virus, according to the Quinnipiac Valley Health Department.

Police and health officials are concerned the man that handled the bat may have been exposed to rabies and should be tested.

He is described as a black man between 18 and 25 years old, 5'10" tall and a medium build with a short "Mohawk style" haircut, according to police.

Anyone with information on who the man may be is urged to call the Hamden Animal Control Division at 203-230-4080.

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<![CDATA[Second Human Case of West Nile Virus in Connecticut This Season]]> Wed, 17 Sep 2014 16:54:40 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/tlmd_mosquito_virus_nilo_condado_orange.jpg

A Stamford resident has tested positive for West Nile Virus, according to the Department of Public Health.

It is the second human case of West Nile in Connecticut this season.

The patient was hospitalized and has already been released, according to a release from the Stamford Department of Health and Social Services. It was not clear when the person was hospitalized.

Symptoms of West Nile Virus include fever, headache, body aches and nausea. In rare cases, patients can develop severe symptoms, such as high fever, neck stiffness, tremors, coma and paralysis, according to Stamford's health department.

The virus is transmitted by mosquitoes.  Several mosquitoes infected with West Nile have been trapped throughout Connecticut this season.

The state's first human case of West Nile Virus was in a patient in Bridgeport.

<![CDATA[2 Buildings Evacuated at UConn Storrs]]> Wed, 17 Sep 2014 21:45:57 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/uconn+campus+generic.jpg

The Torrey Life Sciences Building and the Pharmacy/Biology Building at UConn in Storrs were evacuated on Wednesday, according to the school’s Facebook page.

The UConn Fire Department responded to contain a leak in a helium cylinder, so the buildings were evacuated as a precaution, according to the school’s Facebook page.

Visit http://alert.uconn.edu/ for updates.

<![CDATA[CDC Confirms Case of Enterovirus in Connecticut]]> Thu, 18 Sep 2014 09:44:57 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/yale+new+haven+children+hospital+2.jpg

A mysterious respiratory illness that has hospitalized children in several states has surfaced in Connecticut, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed.

The state Department of Public Health received confirmation from the CDC on of a case of Enterovirus D68 infection involving a Connecticut child. The child, a 6-year-old girl, was treated at Yale-New Haven Hospital, according to a hospital spokesperson.

Doctors at Yale-New Haven Hospital's children's emergency department said the girl was treated there last week and discharged.

A statement from the state Department of Health said it is likely the virus is already causing respiratory illnesses in many places across Connecticut because of this confirmed case and reports of suspected cases involving children at four other Connecticut hospitals, and confirmed EV-D68 cases in New York State and New Jersey.

"As per the CDC recommendation, we are testing children who experience severe respiratory symptoms difficulty or fast breathing, who are admitted to the hospital and there has been several cases at our hospital and others that we have sent to the CDC to be tested," said Dr. Paul Aronson, of Yale-New Haven Hospital.

Five Connecticut hospitals are still waiting on results from the CDC, including Danbury Hospital.

Officials from Connecticut Children's Medical Center said last week that they were treating suspected cases of Enterovirus D68.

As of Sept. 17, the CDC was reporting 140 lab-confirmed cases in 17 states since mid-August. The states affected at this point include Connecticut, New York, Alabama, Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Missouri, Montana, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania and Virginia.

Most people who are infected with non-polio enteroviruses do not get sick, or they only have mild illness, according to the CDC. Symptoms of mild illness may include fever, runny nose, sneezing, cough, skin rash, mouth blisters, and body and muscle aches.

DPH is working with health care providers and local health departments to closely monitor for increases in respiratory illnesses in hospitals across the state.

Laboratory specimens from patients with respiratory illnesses that could be due to EV-D68 at four other Connecticut hospitals are in the process of being sent to the CDC for confirmatory testing.

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<![CDATA[Cases of Whooping Cough Reported at Plymouth School]]> Thu, 18 Sep 2014 11:21:23 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/whooping-cough1.jpg

School officials in Plymouth are urging parents to be on alert after two cases of whooping cough at Plymouth Center School.

Carolyn Giannini, the school nurse coordinator for Plymouth Center School, sent a letter to all parents and guardians of students in Plymouth Public Schools to make them aware of the symptoms and to urge them to ensure children are up to date with vaccines to protect against pertussis, also known as whooping cough.

Symptoms can be mild or severe. Whooping Cough usually starts with cold-like symptoms, a runny nose, sneezing and a cough, according to an information sheet the school provided on pertussis.

The letter said the State Department of Health advised the school about the confirmed case and school officials have been in touch with the Torrington Health District, which provides health services to 20 cities, towns an boroughs in the Northwest corner of the state. 

Anyone who needs more information should call a health care provider or the Connecticut Immunization Program at (860) 509-7929.

Earlier this month, there was a case of whooping cough at Moran Middle School in Wallingford.

There have been 36 cases of whooping cough in Connecticut this year, according to statistics from the state Department of Health. Fourteen people were between 10 and 19, eight were over the age of 19, seven were under a year old, four were between 1 and 4 years old and three were between 5 and 9.

Learn more about the causes, symptoms and how to prevent pertussis from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention web site.

<![CDATA[Rock Cats Align With Colorado Rockies]]> Wed, 17 Sep 2014 13:08:48 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/rock+cats+generic.jpg

After a 20-year partnership, the Minnesota Twins are splitting with the Rock Cats and a new agreement is in place with the Colorado Rockies.

The St. Paul Pioneer Press reported over the weekend that the Twins were splitting from their Double-A affiliate in New Britain. On Wednesday, the Rock Cats said they reached an agreement with the Rockies for the 2015 and 2016 seasons.

“This is more great news for Hartford. We welcome the Colorado Rockies to Connecticut. We’re excited about yet another step forward towards the redevelopment of Downtown North,” Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra said in a statement.

Twins general manager Terry Ryan spoke with the Pioneer Press on Saturday about the split with the local team.

“We had to do something (by Thursday’s deadline) and we did,” Twins general manager Terry Ryan told the Pioneer Press on Saturday. “We ended up severing. I’m not going to deny. Yeah, we severed, but that doesn’t mean anything. I wouldn’t read too much into that.”

According to the Pioneer Press, the Twins still had the option of negotiating a two-year agreement with the Rock Cats, which are eyeing a move to Hartford in 2016.

“There’s a lot of uncertainty out in New Britain right now,” Ryan told the Pioneer Press. “I don’t think anybody knows if they’re going to move to Hartford. That’s about the only reason we severed is there’s a lot of uncertainty with the affiliate right now. The new owners are fantastic. That’s not the issue. Everything is fine, but there’s a lot of uncertainty.”

Rock Cats owner Josh Solomon said “The Rockies have the same values that are important to the Rock Cats in community service and have also done a great job in player development.”

“We are excited to welcome our new Major League partner the Colorado Rockies. Our fans will finally
have the opportunity to see a National League brand of baseball for the first time in franchise history,”
said Rock Cats General Manager Tim Restall.

Conversely, the Twins could enter into a new agreement with one of six other Double-A teams still searching for major league partners, including teams in Chattanooga, Tennessee; Mobile, Alabama; and Tulsa, Oklahoma, the Pioneer Press reports.

The Twins have until the end of the month to select their Double-A partner.

“We’re out looking,” Ryan said, according to the Pioneer Press. “Whether or not we end up going elsewhere, we’re out looking. There's a few affiliates that are open. Not a lot, but we're exploring some things. I'm not sure exactly where we're going to land, or whether we might end up back in New Britain."

The Rock Cats said the decision by the Twins will not affect team operations.

"Per Major League Baseball Guidelines, the Player Development Contract cannot be discussed publicly until a final deal is reached. Rest assured, the Rock Cats will have a Double-A Major League affiliate playing in New Britain next April," Solomon said.

New Britain Mayor Erin Stewart also released a statement about the team signing with the Rockies.

“For nearly 20 years, New Britain has hosted the Minnesota Twins AA affiliate. While it is unfortunate they now feel compelled to cut those ties, I am relieved to hear that the Colorado Rockies AA affiliate may call New Britain home in the 2015 season. Between our fans, our facilities, and our willingness to work with ownership, this City has proven that a minor league ball club can be very successful right here in New Britain. We thank the Twins for their partnership over the years and we would welcome the Rockies organization to Hard Hittin’ New Britain!,” Stewart said in a statement.

Photo Credit: NBCConnecticut.com]]>
<![CDATA[Horse Might Have Injured Woman at East Hampton Farm: Police]]> Thu, 18 Sep 2014 09:38:20 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Assault+at+White+Birch+Farm+1200.jpg

A 58-year-old woman who was badly injured in East Hampton might have been kicked by a horse, state police said on Wednesday.

Police said Lisa Rader sustained multiple injuries and was taken to St. Francis Hospital, where she was in serious condition.

The major crimes unit responded to White Birch Farm on White Birch Road, an equestrian facility, early on Wednesday morning.

A neighbor said the woman was bloody when she came out of the house early Wednesday morning and was taken away in an ambulance.

East Hampton Police called state police at 3:45 a.m. to assist with the investigation at the home.

Now, police are looking into the possibility that the woman might have been kicked by a horse.

State police are continuing to investigate and ask anyone with information to call 860 896-3230.

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<![CDATA[Case Continued for Suspect in UConn Bomb Threat]]> Wed, 17 Sep 2014 11:36:46 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/matthew+tollis+uconn+bomb+threat.jpg

The 21-year-old Wethersfield resident arrested in connection with a bomb threat at UConn and several other swatting cases is due back in court in December.

Matthew Tollis was arrested on federal charges on Sept. 10 and is accused of being involved in at least six "swatting" incidents, including a bomb threat at UConn and other schools in New Jersey, Florida, Texas and Massachusetts, according to the the U.S. Attorney's Office.

He has been placed on house arrest and is forbidden from using electronic devices, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

Tollis is due back in court on Dec, 22

He has been appointed a third-party custodian and is required to remain on home confinement with electric monitoring, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

Tollis is not allowed access to phones, computers, gaming devices or other electronics with Internet capabilities. Other devices in the house must remain password protected, the U.S. Attorney's Office said.

He must undergo a mental health evaluation and counseling and is not allowed to have contact with other people involved in the incident, including the online community known as "Team Crucifix or Die," (TCOD), of which he was a part.

TCOD is comprised of X-Box gamers who use Skype to call in false bomb threats, hostage situations, gun scares and mass murders, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Tollis was arrested Sept. 3 on state charges in connection with the April 3 bomb threat at UConn, which sparked a “multiple hour, campus-wide lockdown” that drew UConn police, a state police bomb squad and SWAT teams to the scene, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Morning classes were canceled and a Tasker admissions official pulled the fire alarm to evacuate the building, according to court documents.

School officials said the caller claimed someone had planted explosives in the building the night before and wanted to “kill people.” Tollis is not a UConn student and said he believed the school was targeted because of the success of the men and women's basketball teams, which won NCAA championships.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office says TCOD members have been found responsible for six additional swatting incidents in Connecticut and Massachusetts. Three of the suspects live in the United Kingdom and have made swatting calls from abroad.

The FBI is working with UK officials to identify those suspects.

Tollis is charged with conspiring to engage in a bomb threat hoax, aiding and abetting a bomb threat hoax and aiding and abetting the malicious conveying of false information regarding an attempt or alleged attempt to kill, injure or intimidate or to unlawfully damage or destroy a building or personal property by means of an explosive.

He could face a total of 15 years in prison if convicted on federal charges.

<![CDATA[West Haven High School Dismisses Early Due to Power Outage]]> Wed, 17 Sep 2014 13:49:11 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/West+Haven+Power+Outage+1200+.jpg

Students at West Haven High School were dismissed at 11:15 a.m due to a power outage.

The outage also affected the Edith E Mackrille Elementary School, but students there are not being dismissed early, according to the superintendent's office.

The high school students were dismissed because they would have had to walk through dark hallways to get from class to class, the superintendent said.  All the schools games and sports practices have been canceled except for football. The team will practice today, according to a Tweet from the school department.

The elementary students were able to remain in one classroom, so there was not a need to dismiss them early.

A transformer problem at a business on Jones Hill Road is causing the power outage, the superintendent said.

Officials from United Illuminating told the West Haven Fire Department that there are major transformer issues. 

One was replaced when another power line came down. So far, three different lines have come down and lost power. The power outage is mainly affecting the West Shore area and power could be out longer than originally thought, officials said.

United Illuminating took Bailey Middle School offline as crews work to repair transformers, but students were not sent home because this happened near the end of the day. 

A firefighter will be stationed at the school because of the power outage.

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<![CDATA[Babysitter Accused of Stealing Cash and Jewelry]]> Wed, 17 Sep 2014 14:35:16 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Karen+Broderick+1200.jpg

South Windsor police have arrested a 42-year-old babysitter who is accused of stealing checks and jewelry from a family she was babysitting for.

Police started investigating in July 2014 when a resident reported that checks and jewelry had been stolen from his home. 

He told police he suspected that their family babysitter, Karen Broderick, of Glastonbury, was responsible. 

When police interviewed Broderick, she admitted stealing and cashing checks, but denied taking the missing jewelry, police said.

Police served an arrest warrant on Tuesday afternoon and Broderick was charged with third-degree identity theft, third-degree larceny and third-degree forgery. 

She was released on $8,000 surety bond and is scheduled to appear at Manchester Superior Court on September 25.

Photo Credit: South Windsor]]>
<![CDATA[Crash on I-84 West in Waterbury]]> Wed, 17 Sep 2014 12:20:06 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Waterbury+crash+84+west.jpg

There is a crash on Interstate 84 West in Waterbury and state Department of Transportation cameras show traffic crawling by.

A car rolled over between exits 17 and 18. No injuries are reported.


Photo Credit: Connecticut Department of Transportation]]>
<![CDATA[Wolcott High School Dismissing Students Due to Gas Odor]]> Wed, 17 Sep 2014 10:39:18 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/classroom5.jpg

Students at Wolcott High School were dismissed at 10 a.m. due to a gas odor.

The school was evacuated around 8:30 a.m. after the odor was detected.

The superintendent went to the high school to evaluate the situation, according to school officials.

The high school is located at 457 Boundline Road.

<![CDATA[Vernon School Evacuated for Gas Leak]]> Wed, 17 Sep 2014 10:45:26 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/fire+truck+generic.jpg

Center Road School in Vernon was evacuated this morning because of a gas leak at the meter outside of the school.

The school was evacuated at 8:15 a.m.

The Vernon police and fire departments, as well as the gas company, responded and the gas was turned off. 

The evacuation was over by 8:45 a.m. and students and staff returned to the building. 

<![CDATA[Water Main Breaks in East Windsor]]> Wed, 17 Sep 2014 07:03:08 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/East+Windsor+water+main+break.jpg

A water main burst on Highway 140 in East Windsor at Dean Avenue.

The water is off and the road is open, police said.

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<![CDATA[Rhode Island Bank Robber Found at Groton Motel: Police]]> Tue, 16 Sep 2014 22:54:51 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/money_handcuffs_generic_nbc.jpg

Police have arrested the suspect in a Rhode Island bank robbery who was found hiding out in a Groton motel.

Lawrence M. Sullivan, 36, has been charged as a fugitive from justice. He’s accused of robbing the Washington Trust Bank in Westerly, Rhode Island, on Monday, then heading to Connecticut.

Groton police said authorities in Westerly contacted them Tuesday for help in tracking him down.

Police from Groton Town, Groton City, Westerly and Ledyard, along with Connecticut State Police, searched the Super 8 Motel on Route 12 in Groton around 4 p.m. Tuesday. They set up a perimeter and brought in K-9s.

Sullivan was taken into custody after a four-hour search, according to police.

He was charged as a fugitive from justice and held at Groton Town police headquarters in lieu of $500,000 bond.

Sullivan will face a judge in court tomorrow.

<![CDATA[Minnesota Twins Split from Rock Cats]]> Wed, 17 Sep 2014 12:51:42 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/rock+cats+generic.jpg

After a 20-year partnership with the Rock Cats, the Minnesota Twins are splitting from their Double-A affiliate in New Britain, according to the St. Paul Pioneer Press.

No information has been released about a new affiliation, but Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra released a statement about the team being affiliated with the Colorado Rockies.

“This is more great news for Hartford. We welcome the Colorado Rockies to Connecticut. We’re excited about yet another step forward towards the redevelopment of Downtown North,” Segarra said.

Twins general manager Terry Ryan spoke with the Pioneer Press on Saturday about the split with the local team.

“We had to do something (by Thursday’s deadline) and we did,” Twins general manager Terry Ryan told the Pioneer Press on Saturday. “We ended up severing. I’m not going to deny. Yeah, we severed, but that doesn’t mean anything. I wouldn’t read too much into that.”

According to the Pioneer Press, the Twins still have the option of negotiating a two-year agreement with the Rock Cats, which are eyeing a move to Hartford in 2016.

“There’s a lot of uncertainty out in New Britain right now,” Ryan told the Pioneer Press. “I don’t think anybody knows if they’re going to move to Hartford. That’s about the only reason we severed is there’s a lot of uncertainty with the affiliate right now. The new owners are fantastic. That’s not the issue. Everything is fine, but there’s a lot of uncertainty.”

Conversely, the Twins could enter into a new agreement with one of six other Double-A teams still searching for major league partners, including teams in Chattanooga, Tennessee; Mobile, Alabama; and Tulsa, Oklahoma, the Pioneer Press reports.

The Twins have until the end of the month to select their Double-A partner.

“We’re out looking,” Ryan said, according to the Pioneer Press. “Whether or not we end up going elsewhere, we’re out looking. There's a few affiliates that are open. Not a lot, but we're exploring some things. I'm not sure exactly where we're going to land, or whether we might end up back in New Britain."

The Rock Cats said the decision by the Twins will not affect team operations.

"Per Major League Baseball Guidelines, the Player Development Contract cannot be discussed publicly until a final deal is reached. Rest assured, the Rock Cats will have a Double-A Major League affiliate playing in New Britain next April," said Josh Solomon, Managing Partner, New Britain Rock Cats.

New Britain Mayor Erin Stewart released a statement and mentioned a Hartford Courant report about the team signing with the Rockies.

“For nearly 20 years, New Britain has hosted the Minnesota Twins AA affiliate. While it is unfortunate they now feel compelled to cut those ties, I am relieved to hear that the Colorado Rockies AA affiliate may call New Britain home in the 2015 season. Between our fans, our facilities, and our willingness to work with ownership, this City has proven that a minor league ball club can be very successful right here in New Britain. We thank the Twins for their partnership over the years and we would welcome the Rockies organization to Hard Hittin’ New Britain!,” Stewart said in a statement.

Photo Credit: NBCConnecticut.com]]>
<![CDATA[Dad of Raped New Britain Teen is "Petrified" for Family]]> Wed, 17 Sep 2014 09:28:47 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/new+britain+rape+ponder.jpg

The father of a New Britain teen who was raped while walking home from a friend’s house earlier this month is begging the public to help find her attacker and said the family won’t feel safe until he’s behind bars.

“Any father out there will understand that this is our worst nightmare, and I happen to live it every day,” said the girl’s dad, who spoke exclusively with NBC Connecticut.

His 18-year-old daughter was randomly attacked while walking on West Main Street in New Britain the night of Sept. 6, and the suspect – 24-year-old Antonio Ponder – is still on the loose. She was badly beaten, sexually assaulted and robbed.

Her father said she stumbled home "completely disfigured from all the beating, crying out loud, 'Help, they raped me.'"

“She’s afraid to go out. She’s afraid of him seeing her, afraid of him finding her,” he explained. "She really, really needs to know he's away and he won't hurt her anymore."

Since the victim stands a mere 4 feet 10 inches tall and weighs just 85 pounds, she had no hope of fending off her attacker, according to her father.

“She’s got the appearance of a 12- or 13-year-old,” her dad said. “I can’t understand how someone would do this.”

Ponder is a convicted felon who has ties to both Hartford and New Britain, according to police. He currently lives in Hartford and police have reason to believe he's in the area.

Police consider him a danger to the public and are asking for the public’s help in tracking him down. He’s wanted on charges of first-degree sexual assault, third-degree robbery and third-degree assault.

“Only a monster would attack someone like that,” her father said. “I am petrified for my family.”

Anyone with information on the attack is urged to call Hartford police at 860-757-4089 or New Britain police at 860-826-3000.

You can also call the anonymous New Britain Community Tip Line at 860-826-3199 or submit a tip online.

Photo Credit: NBCConnecticut.com/New Britain Police Department]]>
<![CDATA[Culprit Confesses to Stealing Statue From Teen's Grave: Cops]]> Wed, 17 Sep 2014 09:21:30 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/middletown+cemetery+angel+grave.jpg

The woman who was caught on camera stealing an angel statue from a Middletown, Connecticut, grave site over the weekend has turned herself in, police say.

The woman's friends saw her photo in a news report and urged her to confess, according to police. She showed up at police headquarters Tuesday evening and turned over the statue, which depicts an angel holding a puppy.

According to Middletown police Capt. Gary Wallace, the woman was driving through Calvary Cemetery on Bow Lane thinking about her own ailing loved ones on Saturday when she spotted the grave site and pulled over.

"She had an ill friend and another family member that wasn't doing well, and then decided when she saw the statue... that it just reminded her of her ill family," said Wallace. "And when she saw the statue, she just decided to take it."

The statue is now at the police department and will soon be returned to its rightful place alongside the headstone of 19-year-old Brandon Reeve, a Middletown High School graduate who died in a motorcycle crash in 2004.

According to police, the family set up a hidden camera after Reeve's headstone was defaced a couple years ago.

"It was vandalized once before," said James Reeve, Brandon Reeve's father. "The stone was tipped over once. Things were stolen. Somebody had the nerve one time to take one of the bigger statues and then the following week take the second one."

James Reeve said the camera has been in place for more than two years – and on Saturday, it finally came in handy.

"We're just keeping his name and memory alive," James Reeve explained. "I don't know why anyone would want to do this to us."

Video footage shows a woman, who has shoulder-length blonde hair with bangs, driving up the grave site in a white SUV, stopping to pick up the statue and driving off with it, police said.

Although the statue is valued at $100, police said “the sentimental value is priceless.”

James Reeve said this angel watched over his son's grave for nearly 10 years.

Now the family is struggling to make sense of the crime.

"It's sacrilegious to do that to gravestones," James Reeve said. "I don't get it. I really don't understand it. If you've got a problem with me, come see me."

Police said the woman, who has not been charged, is apologetic. Wallace said she didn't realize a camera was rolling.

"She was very surprised, from what I understand, when they talked to her, but she was very remorseful," he said. "She wants the family to know it was a huge mistake and she just wasn't thinking."

Brandon Reeve graduated from Middletown High School in 2002. A scholarship fund has been set up in his honor and golf tournaments are held every summer in his memory.

Photo Credit: Middletown Police Department/NBCConnecticut.com]]>
<![CDATA[Man Pays With Fake $100 Bill in Bridgeport: Police]]> Tue, 16 Sep 2014 19:04:26 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/bridgeport+charles+rowe.jpg

A 26-year-old Brooklyn man is facing forgery charges after trying to use a fake $100 bill at a store in Bridgeport earlier this week.

Police said Charles Rowe tried to pay with counterfeit cash at a shop on Maplewood Avenue on Monday. Detectives searched his car and found eight more fake bills, along with $298 in actual currency.

Authorities believe Rowe was using the fake bills to make purchases and receiving real money as change.

He told detectives he was visiting his sick grandmother in Bridgeport, but couldn’t provide a name or address, police said.

Rowe was arrested Monday and charged with two counts of forgery. He was held on $25,000 bond.

Bridgeport police detectives and the U.S. Secret Service are investigating.

Photo Credit: Bridgeport Police Department]]>
<![CDATA[Killingly to Reconsider Mascot in Light of National Controversy]]> Tue, 16 Sep 2014 18:30:50 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Killingly00000000.jpg

The use of Native American references in team mascots isn't just a national debate – a number of local high schools are also joining the discussion, including the one in Killingly.

Sports teams in Killingly have been known as "the Redmen" for more than a century, but some students say it may be time for a change.

"It's a little racy, a little controversial in my opinion," said Killingly High School senior Steven Dellabaiea. "I think it should be looked at."

Killingly upt. Kevin Farr says a parent recently contacted him with concerns, and now school officials are taking a look at what they can do about it.

There are currently no immediate plans to change the mascot, but Farr says he expects the Board of Education to tackle the issue this year.

"We're actually taking a proactive approach to it, having student groups have a conversation about it," Farr explained.

It comes amid mounting pressure on the Washington Redskins to change their name. A campaign called "Change the Mascot" sent letters to 31 other NFL teams asking them to use their authority and take action against Redskins owner Dan Snyder.

Tribal leaders held a news conference on Capitol Hill on Tuesday.

"The Washington R-word is a dictionary-defined racial term. THere is no way it can be used to honor a people," said Ray Halbritter of the United Indian Nation, during the press conference in Washington.

<![CDATA[Cancer Alliance Moves Forward in Connecticut]]> Tue, 16 Sep 2014 18:21:21 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/180*120/HartfordCancerAlliancePic00000000.jpg

The Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute is now the first certified member of the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Alliance, which means patients here in Connecticut will have an option to get cutting-edge care close to home.

The new development was announced on the Hartford Hospital campus Tuesday morning. The certification was granted after Hartford HealthCare aligned its standards of care with Memorial Sloan Kettering’s standards, and comes about a year after plans for the partnership were initially announced.

Under the partnership, doctors from the New York-based cancer center will train physicians from Hartford HealthCare’s five cancer centers on the latest surgical and treatment advancements.

Hartford HealthCare patients will also be able to participate in Memorial Sloan Kettering clinical trials over the next couple of months, said Dr. Andrew Salner, the medical director of the Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute.

“We want to provide the absolute best cancer care in the world close to home,” said Salner.

Bloomfield resident Cynthia Gordon has already benefitted from the partnership.

Gordon was diagnosed with a rare abdominal cancer last year. She underwent surgery at Memorial Sloan Kettering and returned to Hartford for her chemotherapy and radiation treatments.

“To know that right here in Hartford you can walk in and have access to the newest trials, the newest research, the newest surgeries, how fabulous is that? It just takes the weight of worry of am I getting the best care? Yes, you are,” Gordon said.

<![CDATA[Berlin Police Push for New Headquarters]]> Tue, 16 Sep 2014 18:17:17 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/berlin+police+generic+1.JPG

Berlin police hope to break ground on a new headquarters next year, but opposition to the project is growing.

The $21-million facility would go up on Farmington Avenue and would take up about 30,000 square feet, about three times the size of the department’s current building, which sits next to the town hall.

“We’re looking for the community to support the police department. My officers are out there serving 24 hours a day, seven days a week and we’d like the community to back us up with the project,” said Chief Paul Fitzgerald of the Berlin Police Department.

The project has become controversial, with a group called the Berlin Property Owners Association raising concerns about its cost.

The department moved into its current space 40 years ago. At the time, they had one-third of the manpower that they currently have, said Fitzgerald.

Voters will decide on the project’s fate at the polls in November.

If it’s approved, the project will break ground in 2015. Officers hope to occupy the new space in 2017, Fitzgerald said.

<![CDATA[Chris Christie Coming to Connecticut]]> Tue, 16 Sep 2014 18:32:13 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/tlmd_chris_christie_nj_juramentado_st.jpg

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie will travel to Connecticut next Tuesday to stump for Republicans running for office, sources close to Tom Foley's campaign told NBC Connecticut.

Right now, it's not clear where the event will take place, but Christie is expected to headline a fundraiser as well.

Christie visited Connecticut in July for a fundraiser in Greenwich alongside GOP candidate for governor Tom Foley.

Christie is the chairman of the Republican Governors Association and is rumored to be a potential 2016 presidential candidate.

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<![CDATA[Hamden Woman Tied Up During Home Invasion]]> Tue, 16 Sep 2014 17:51:02 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/hamden+kaye+vue+drive+suspect.jpg

Hamden police are searching for the man who broke into a woman's apartment, tied her up and stole her car, electronics and debit card on Monday.

The victim, a 26-year-old woman, was sleeping in her home at the Seramonte apartments at 57 Kaye Vue Drive in Hamden when the intruder broke in through a bathroom window around 1 p.m. Monday, police said. 

Police said the suspect, who had a gun, tied the woman's hands behind her bag and bound her feet together, then grabbed her debit card and demanded her pin number. According to police, he threatened to come back for her if she gave him the wrong number.

He took electronic equipment and fled in her black Subaru Impreza hatchback with Connecticut license plates reading 436-YRA, police said.

Although the victim was not physically harmed, police said she's rattled.

"She's very traumatized, emotionally upset," explained Hamden police Capt. Ronald Smith.

While investigating, police found another broken back window. Authorities are searching for a suspect and investigating to determine whether they may have been a second break-in.

Police said the suspect is a heavyset black man. Authorities released surveillance footage Tuesday of a person of interest who matches this description.

Anyone with information about the incident is urged to call Hamden police Det. Mark Consorte at 203-230-4040.

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<![CDATA[Tea Party Calls on Visconti to Drop Out of Race]]> Tue, 16 Sep 2014 17:40:47 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/visconti091614.jpg

Connecticut Tea Party leader Tanya Bachand has written an open letter to unaffiliated candidate for governor Joe Visconti, a Republican, calling on him to vacate the race.

She sent a first draft of her letter to a few of her fellow Tea Party activists and she said the reaction was universal.

“Everybody was thinking the same thing and I put it down to paper,” Bachand said during an interview.

Bachand says the consensus among her fellow Tea Partiers is that Visconti's candidacy could spell doom for the Foley campaign by stealing right-leaning votes.

“This is not so much about being pro-Foley as it is making sure, two fold, one that Malloy does not get reelected and Foley’s our best shot at that and two that the Tea Party principles and ideals survive past this election,” Bachand said.

Visconti said when he received the letter that he refused to read it.

“I don’t read anything that starts with, ‘You can’t win,’” Visconti said.

In response, Visconti released a web video that displayed photos of him with several of the Tea Party leaders who signed the letter, along with photos of him at political rallies.

The unaffiliated candidate actively participated in the Tea Party movement in Connecticut and said he feels that leaders across the state are turning their backs on their core beliefs.

“They basically surrendered their principles. This is what they’ve done,” Visconti said Tuesday. “Tom Foley is not a conservative. He will not repeal Common Core. He will not repeal SB1170. He won’t even seek to repeal these. That’s what the big argument is.”

Tea Party groups concede that Tom Foley is not the ideal candidate.

Bachand even said, “Foley isn’t a panacea,” and added that the effort to get Visconti off the ballot has more to do with maintain the momentum of the movement.

“This is not about surrendering our principles. This is about making sure that our principles survive to fight another day,” Bachand said.