<![CDATA[NBC Connecticut - Connecticut News]]>Copyright 2016http://www.nbcconnecticut.com/news/local http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC_Connecticut.png NBC Connecticut http://www.nbcconnecticut.comen-usMon, 05 Dec 2016 13:47:07 -0500Mon, 05 Dec 2016 13:47:07 -0500NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Police Investigate Untimely Death in Southbury]]> Mon, 05 Dec 2016 13:33:53 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/530psouthburystill010715doug00000000.jpg

Police responded to an area outside the Heritage Hotel in Southbury to investigate an untimely death.

Police said there is nothing criminal aspect to the case and the scene is now clear.

No additional information was immediately available, but police expect to release more information today.

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<![CDATA[Man Charged in Sex Assaults of 62- and 19-Year Old Women in Norwich ]]> Mon, 05 Dec 2016 12:58:46 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Edward+Simpson+Norwich+mug+shot.jpg

A former Norwich man has been charged in two brutal sexual assaults in September, including one that sent a 62-year-old woman to the hospital for several days.

Police previously arrested 34-year-old Edward Simpson, formerly of Norwich, in connection with the sexual assault of a 19-year-old woman. On Monday morning, they added charges connected to the sex assault of the 62-year-old victim. 

Police said the assaults happened two days in a row in September.

He is accused of beating and sexually assaulting the 62-year-old woman on Sept. 17 on the east side of Norwich. She was so badly assaulted that she was moved from William W. Backus Hospital to Hartford Hospital, where she remained for several days, police said.

Simpson was previously charged in the beating and sexual assault of a 19-year-old woman on West Thames Street on Sept. 18.

He was charged first-degree kidnapping, first-degree criminal attempt at sexual assault, third-degree sexual assault and third-degree assault in the third degree in connection with the West Thames Street assault.

Simpson, who has been in custody since Sept. 19, was arrested today in connection with the assault on Sept. 17 as he appeared in court for the previous sexual assault case, police said.

Simpson has also been charged with first-degree aggravated sexual assault and first-degree assault of the elderly and held on an additional $500,000 court-set bond.

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<![CDATA[Car Stolen From Windsor World War II Vet Has Been Found]]> Mon, 05 Dec 2016 12:29:23 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/VET+STILLfixed.jpg

A World War II veteran and widower from Windsor whose car and Bible were stolen has his car back.

Paul Cassarino served in WWII with the 447th Bomb Group of the 8th Army Air Corps when he was 22-years-old.

Two weeks ago, he was getting ready to visit the grave where his wife of 69 years is buried and read passages from their Bible, but his car was gone.

Someone went into his open garage on Farmstead Lane in Windsor, found a set of spare keys on a hook, and took his car along with everything inside it.

"That car means everything to me," Cassarino said.

Afte Cassarino's car was stolen, his son drove him around, but he was not able to go to the cemetery as often he would go on his own.

"This is an open letter to the person who stole my 2001 Mercury Sable station wagon from my garage," he said.

"My car is my survival for transportation to empty trash at the landfill, to go to the grocery store, go to my church, and to go to the cemetery every day to visit, talk and read the Bible to my late wife. In my car were my Bibles that my wife and I read together and that I would take to the cemetery to read to her; my tools that I have had for over 50 years; my personal belongings and other memorabilia that is priceless to me. My English version daily reader of the Vulgate Bible New Testament was especially dear to her and me. I read it to her every day when we were together and took it every day to the cemetery to read to her," he added. 

Cassarino appealed for whoever stole his car and his Vulgate Bible to return them.

Windsor police said Cassarino's car was found in Hartford on Sunday night.

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<![CDATA[Drunken Man Hit CCSU Student in Newington: Police]]> Mon, 05 Dec 2016 10:50:19 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Sergiy+Svystun++Newington+pedestrian+hit.jpg

A Middletown man is accused of driving drunk and hitting a Central Connecticut State University student in Newington on Saturday night.

Sergiy Svystun, 29, of Middletown, is accused of hitting 21-year-old Matthew McGovern, a resident of Unionville and CCSU student, at 7:17 p.m. at Fenn Road and Myra Cohen Way, according to police. 

McGovern was on the ground and uconscious when police arrived. He was transported to Hartford Hospital with serious injuries, authorities said. On Monday morning, police said he is in stable condition.

Svystun has been charged with operating under the influence.

Police are investigating and ask witnesses to call Newington Detective Leroy Feeney at 860-594-6208 and refer to case I20164474.  

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<![CDATA[Victim Robbed at Gunpoint During Craigslist Transaction: PD]]> Mon, 05 Dec 2016 12:13:12 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/WeHa-Sunoco.jpg

West Hartford police are investigating after a person trying to sell a phone through Craigslist was robbed at gunpoint by the would-be buyer.

Police said the victim reported that he had put the phone up for sale on Craigslist and agreed to meet a potential buyer at 956 New Britain Avenue on Friday around 9:30 p.m. The victim said at the meeting the suspect pulled out a gun and demanded the phone for sale as well as the victim’s new phone. The suspect threatened to shoot the victim multiple times, police said.

The suspect also hit the victim’s car while driving away. The victim was not injured in the incident.

West Hartford police are investigating. The suspect is described as male with a thin build in his 20s. He fled in a white vehicle, possibly an Acura.

Anyone with information on this crime is asked to contact Det. Gary Ciarleglio at 860-570-8874. Police encourage citizens to conduct these kinds of meets at well-lit and, if possible, video-recorded public places. The West Hartford Police Department parking lot is available as a location.

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<![CDATA[Tyler's Take: Surge of Cold]]> Mon, 05 Dec 2016 12:36:39 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/160*123/m850ta_f132_bg_US.png

Ready for a taste of winter cold? It's coming. Ryan's off today, so I'll take the reins and update the blog with "Tyler's Take."

After a quick coating to an inch of snow this morning, the active pattern isn’t going to quit anytime soon. Roads across Connecticut were relatively problem-free when compared to New Hampshire, which saw snow cover even the biggest highways during the height of the morning commute. A few accidents were reported here in Connecticut. No doubt, the pretreatment paid off.

Our next focus is a bout of rain and snow Tuesday night into Wednesday morning. Without even digging into the details, the timing is conducive for snow to stick. But while high pressure will be overhead beforehand, the setup looks unimpressive in terms of cold air.

Dew points will be around 32 degrees Tuesday night, meaning temperatures won’t fall much below freezing. The atmosphere will be within a degree or two below freezing in the lowest few thousand feet, so the consistency of the snow will likely be wet.

Given this marginal temperature profile, the precipitation will likely be predominately rain along the shoreline, with the hill towns seeing snow and the valley experiencing a mix of rain and snow. There isn’t a ton of moisture to work with, so like this morning’s event, a coating to an inch or two of snow is in the cards for the hills of northwest and northeast Connecticut.

An event like this demands greater intensity precipitation in order to cool the atmosphere, but that doesn’t look to be the case this time around. Thus, most roads will likely stay wet, but could turn icy given the hour of day and temperatures close to freezing.

The other story is cold air. A big surge of cold air arrives Thursday and high temperatures fall going into the weekend.

The European model consensus is temperatures about 10 degrees below average, which results in highs barely cracking freezing on Saturday. This weekend, morning low temperatures could plunge into the teens.

What about record low temperatures? Not even close. Take Saturday, for example. The record low temperature is 1 degree, set back in 1964, and the record low maximum is 16 degrees, set back in 1917. Very old records!

It’s likely that a number of southern New England ski areas begin making snow late this week.

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<![CDATA[Better Business Bureau Warns of ‘Missed Delivery’ Scam]]> Mon, 05 Dec 2016 10:29:09 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/199*120/Package+Generic.JPG

Even if you are not ordering gift online, you could fall victim to a scam that makes it look like a delivery service could not deliver a gift someone sent you, according to the Connecticut Better Business Bureau.

At this time of year, criminals go into high gear, phishing for personal information and money with fake "Missed Delivery" notices, according to the Better Business Bureau.

"It is not unusual to receive a parcel with a gift you bought or sent by someone else," Connecticut Better Bureau spokesman Howard Schwartz said in a statement. "As a result, someone might not have any reason to doubt that an email or phone call, supposedly from a delivery company, is fake."

People targeted in the scam might be told that a truck driver was unable to deliver a package and that you must click on a link to set up another delivery date. Or, you might be prompted to open and print out an attachment to complete the delivery process.

In either case, the links and attachments will likely unleash a virus or other malware that can track your logins and passwords online or corrupt your computer files.

Delivery companies and the U.S. Postal Service won’t send a missed delivery or similar notice by email. Instead, a driver who is unable to complete the deliver will leave a tag on your door about scheduling another delivery date or arranging to pick the package up at the delivery depot.

Package thefts are also common this year, with thieves traveling neighborhoods to look for packages on doorsteps or in lobbies of apartment or condo complexes.

Criminals follow delivery and postal trucks so they will know where they can steal parcels. When the truck leaves, the crooks move in and grab the parcels.

To protect yourself:

Ignore calls to action over the phone and in email - Remember that delivery companies will never initiate contact by email or phone if you are not home to accept a parcel or envelope. Ignore emails that encourage you to click a link or open an attachment to reschedule your delivery. Instead, look for a missed delivery tag on your door. Another sign of a fraudulent email is poor grammar and spelling.

To prevent package theft, arrange to have gifts you bought delivered to a neighbor, trusted friend or your workplace.

When you place an order, hold onto the tracking number. It will tell you when the parcel was shipped to give you an idea of where it is along the route, and when it might arrive.

Antivirus and anti-malware protection is only effective if you update the software and scan your computer weekly.

Aside from malware, computers can be stolen or crash and destroy your hard drive. Use a storage drive to back up your files in case of a catastrophic breakdown.

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<![CDATA[Rhode Island Woman Seriously Injured in Thompson Hit and Run]]> Mon, 05 Dec 2016 09:53:26 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/connecticut+state+police+cruiser+lights.jpg

A Rhode Island woman was seriously injured by a hit-and-run driver on Interstate 395 in Thompson Sunday night, according to state police.

Police said the victim, identified as Meredith Shaw, 32, of Scituate, RI, pulled over her vehicle on I-395 north near exit 53 and was standing outside on the shoulder when she was hit.

Troopers found Shaw lying in the road around 9:15 p.m. She was taken to a Massachusetts hospital for treatment of serious injuries.

Police did not have a description of the suspect vehicle but said the passenger side of the vehicle will likely have headlight and fender damage.

Anyone with information on this crash should contact State Police Troop D at 860-779-4900 ex. 2020.

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<![CDATA[Car Flips Over at Gas Station in Montville]]> Mon, 05 Dec 2016 09:01:34 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Montville+gas+station+rollover.jpg

A vehicle has flipped over next to a gas pump at a service station on Interstate 395 South.

The crash is at the Montille Service Plaza at exit 6 and it's visible on Connecticut Department of Transportation traffic cameras.

State police said no one was injured.

No additional information was immediately available.

Check back for updates.

<![CDATA[New App Release Features Apple Watch, Push Alert Customization]]> Fri, 14 Oct 2016 16:20:53 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/appwatcch3a.jpg

Our latest app update provides several key features based on your feedback, including the following:

  • Introducing our first Apple Watch app! Get breaking news alerts, current weather conditions, the extended forecast and news headlines on your wrist!
  • Allowing you to customize what types of push alerts you receive from our app — news alerts, weather alerts or both.
  • Enhanced readability of our weather section to help you view the most important information the moment you need it.
  • Providing the ability to mute the audio on videos inside of article pages, as well as the ability to turn off autoplay on videos across the app.

Update Today!

These features can be found in our latest app release. Click on the following links to update to the new version:



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<![CDATA[State Police Responded to 50 Crashes as Snow Coated State ]]> Mon, 05 Dec 2016 11:42:07 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/connecticut+state+police+barracks1.jpg

State police responded to around 50 crashes on snow-covered roads from around 4 a.m. until snow moved out, including three on Interstate 395 and one that closed Route 67 in Roxbury.

Check the interactive traffic maps to see if there are delays along your commute.

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<![CDATA[Your December 2016 Photos]]> Mon, 05 Dec 2016 11:38:42 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/160*213/5944e4b3fa2f4c8d9f3715d3ddb4cfc0.JPG.jpg

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<![CDATA[Bridgeport Men Charged in Home Invasion, Arson in Massachusetts]]> Mon, 05 Dec 2016 07:52:54 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/160*120/Fitchburg.jpg

Two Connecticut men have been arrested after a home invasion and arson led to the death of a man in Fitchburg, Massachusetts.

Fitchburg Police and Fire Departments first responded to reports of a fire on Laurel Street late Saturday night.

After further investigation, authorities learned that two masked men, one of whom had a gun, entered an apartment and started the fire after attempting to rob three people inside. Police believe the suspects broke into the house, assaulted the victims, tied them up, and then set the house on fire. The suspects concentrated their assualt on one of the victims while the other two managed to escape. One victim remained trapped inside and later died.

Police have arrested Ramon Milan, 37, and Jose Crespo, 32. The two Bridgeport natives have been charged with assault with a deadly weapon, arson of a building, and armed home invasion. They are currently being held on fugitive charges.

Worcester County District Attorney Joseph D. Early Jr. called the crime, “horrific” in a press conference held earlier today. 

The Fitchburg Police Chief believes this was not a random act and that the victims were targeted, however the investigation is still ongoing.

Police are not releasing the victim’s identity at this time.

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<![CDATA[SUV Collides with School Bus in Hamden]]> Mon, 05 Dec 2016 08:19:48 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Hamden-bus.jpg

Slippery roads might be to blame when a school bus collided with an SUV in Hamden Monday morning, according to police.

Officers on scene confirmed the accident happened at Todd Street and Whitney Avenue around 5:20 a.m. and the force of the impact caused the SUV to roll over.

Despite the mess, the SUV driver was not hurt. The bus driver, who was the only person in the vehicle, was also uninjured.

It was not clear where the school bus was headed. Hamden Public Schools had a two-hour delay Monday morning.

Todd Street was closed while crews worked to clean up. The accident remains under investigation.

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<![CDATA[State DOT Ready for Snowy Morning Commute]]> Mon, 05 Dec 2016 06:31:46 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/DOT1.JPG

While the state isn’t expected to accumulate a lot of snow, the timing of Monday morning’s storm put Department of Transportation crews to work.

“It is going to be slippery in the morning. We will be out. We will have whatever crews we need out on the roadways. But you can expect slippery conditions,” said DOT spokesman Kevin Nursick.

As of Monday at 6:30 a.m., there were 472 plows out across the state - which is 74 percent of the force. DOT reported heavier snow near the Massachusetts border and slippery roads across the state.

Crews started pre-treating state roads on Friday with a liquid salt solution. They targeted critical areas like bridges that typically freeze and have snow packing issues, as well as the hills and low-lying areas of the highway. They treated 40 to 50 miles of roads.

“We can pretreat those at very, very little cost, couple hundred dollars. And that really gives us a head start,” Nursick explained. “When the snow starts to fall it activates that salt and melts the precipitation and prevent accumulation on the roadways before our plow trucks get there,” he added.

Drivers are reminded to leave early, slow down and prepare for slippery conditions.

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<![CDATA[West Hartford Family Fears Vandals Snipped Christmas Lights]]> Mon, 05 Dec 2016 04:41:12 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/West-Hartford-holiday-lights.jpg

There may be a Grinch in West Hartford.

One family fears someone snuck around their home and snipped their beloved Christmas lights.

Strung around a West Hartford home on Colony Road, classic Christmas lights have been a cherished holiday decoration for the Morris family.

“They’re old-fashion, gum drop looking lights and so I bought tons of them at the time,” said Dawn Morris.

Morris bought the “Olive the Other Reindeer Lights” 16 years ago and they now require a hunt just to find replacement bulbs.

They’ve survived the family’s four moves and are hung to the delight of the family and neighbors each year. So Morris was devastated when she came out Sunday morning and realized this morning something was wrong with them.

“I was truly heartbroken. It sounds crazy but I was trying not to cry because I’m so fond of them,” she said.

Pictures showed the cuts to two of the strands of lights. Morris told NBC Connecticut while there’s a possibility a rodent was responsible, a contractor told her the clean cuts looked deliberate.

The vandalism was reported to police, who agreed someone likely purposefully did this. Sunday the wires were repaired and the family is overwhelmed by the support of the community, showing the good even when things appear to have gone dark.

“My hope is everything stays lit and we don’t have any more issues and we can enjoy these,” Morris said.

Morris said police assured her they would be keeping an eye out during their patrols. NBC Connecticut contacted police but said they were unable to comment.

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<![CDATA[1 Dead, 1 Hurt After Falling from 3-Story Roof in Westport]]> Mon, 05 Dec 2016 07:11:24 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/203*120/Generic+Roof+Generic.JPG

One person was killed and another seriously injured after falling off a roof in Westport Sunday afternoon, police said.

The Westport Police Department, Westport Fire Department, and Westport Emergency Medical Services all responded to an address of Norwalk Avenue around 12:45 p.m. for a report that two workers fell off a three-story roof.

When crews arrived they found one male victim dead on scene. The other male victim was taken to Norwalk Hospital with life-threatening injuries. They have not been identified.

Westport police and OSHA are investigating. Police said no foul play is suspected.

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<![CDATA[Our New Home Page: What You Need to Know]]> Thu, 02 Jun 2016 23:45:10 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/cthomepage1.jpg

Giving you the information you need as fast as possible — that’s the guiding principle for the new NBCConnecticut.com home page, which has been revamped to highlight live video and the news you need to know right now.

The new design on desktop and mobile web highlights all the live video available on the site — everything from newscasts to campaign speeches to the latest episodes of The Voice and Blindspot. A revamped "This Just In" module provides information you need to know from our reporters and social media. And our interactive radar is now available right on the home page.

So what’s new?

  • A sleeker header that follows you across the site. It provides easy access to live video as well as convenient ways to connect with us.

    The header immediately highlights key sections like News and Weather, and when you hover over the “…” you can find all of the depth of coverage that our site provides.

    The “Watch Live TV” nav item serves as a hub for all of our live video, including a 24-hour-a-day stream of what’s on our on-air channel via NBC.com.

    The “Connect” nav item makes it easy to reach us. Use this nav item to submit breaking news tips, photos or videos, connect with us on social media or sign up for one of our newsletters.

  • A live video bar that highlights important live video that is happening right now, including our on-air broadcasts, news conferences and special events. These live video bars will provide a link to the coverage as well as a few bullet points with more information.
  • Interactive radar has been added directly to the homepage, allowing you to zoom in and out to track storms in your neighborhood and across the country. In times of severe weather, look in this area for the latest weather alerts and school closings.
  • A “This Just In” section that is constantly updated with the latest news and views, especially on social media. News updates happen fast, so this will be an area of focus during breaking news situations and severe weather events.

  • A “Quicknav” on mobile web that allows you to easily navigate between sections on your phone’s browser. Swipe left to see the main navigation items on the site. The “Quicknav” will follow you throughout the site for your convenience.

We hope you like the enhancements we’ve made to the site and mobile web experience! Have comments or suggestions for future improvements? Let us know by clicking here.

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<![CDATA[No Injuries in Fire at Ridgefield Senior Living Facility]]> Sun, 04 Dec 2016 14:08:07 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Ridgefield-crossings.jpg

Firefighters responded to a fire call at an assisted living facility in Ridgefield Sunday morning.

Ridgefield Fire Marshal Michael Grasso confirmed crews were called to the Ridgefield Crossings, a senior living facility on Danbury Road, around 9 a.m. By the time firefighters arrived the fire had been contained by the sprinkler system.

The fire started when a dishtowel a resident was heating in a microwave caught fire. The resident threw the flaming town on the ground, which ignited a chair.

The sprinkler system went off and the fire was contained to one unit. The unit suffered significant smoke and water damage. Several other units also suffered water damage from the sprinklers.

No one was injured and the fire has been deemed accidental, Grasso said.

<![CDATA[Pratt & Whitney Union Workers Agree to New Contract]]> Sun, 04 Dec 2016 13:59:53 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/160*120/pratt+and+whitney+summer.jpg

The Machinist union that represents thousands of Pratt & Whitney workers ratified a new contract Sunday.

Members of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) Locals 700 and 1746 met Sunday and agreed to the contract, which takes effect Monday and runs through May 2022.

Workers were hoping for higher wages and adjustments to pensions and health benefits, according to posts on the union website. According to the company, the new contract provides a 2.5 percent wage increase each year of the contract, and enhanced pension benefits. Employees will continue the move to medical plans with health savings accounts over the contract.

IAM represents about 2,600 Pratt & Whitney workers.

In a release from the company Terry Nolan, vice president of Employee and Labor Relations wrote “this contract rewards our employees for their skill, dedication and hard work, while also positioning the company for long-term success.”

<![CDATA[East Lyme Police Investigate Vehicle Theft, Break-Ins]]> Sun, 04 Dec 2016 12:29:04 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Police-GettyImages-187062332.jpg

East Lyme police are investigating several reported vehicle break-ins and a stolen vehicle overnight.

Police said Sunday morning they received several reports of car break-ins in the Jeremy Drive and Dean Road areas. A white 2016 Mazda CX-5 Touring license plate 521-LEM was also reported stolen.

Anyone who spots the stolen vehicle is asked not to approach it and to contact East Lyme police or call 911 immediately.

Suspicious activity can be reported to the East Lyme Police Department at 860-739-5900. Anyone who may have surveillance video of the area is asked to look at it and contact police with any information.

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<![CDATA[Norwich Man Killed in Preston Crash]]> Sun, 04 Dec 2016 12:21:43 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/connecticut+state+police+cruiser+lights.jpg

A Norwich man was killed in a rollover accident in Preston Sunday morning.

State police said James Ferando, 38, was driving east on Route 165 near Cedarcrest Drive around 5:35 a.m. Ferando’s vehicle drifted onto the west side of the road and struck a curb, causing the car to roll over onto its roof in a ditch.

Ferando was pronounced dead on scene by the Preston Fire Department, police said.

State police are investigating the crash. Anyone with information should contact State Police Troop E at 860-848-6500.

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<![CDATA[Torrington Police Seek Suspect in Armed Robbery]]> Mon, 05 Dec 2016 07:26:05 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Torrington-subway.jpg

Torrington police are searching for a suspect accused of robbing a Subway Saturday night.

Police said the suspect entered the Subway at 455 Winsted Road around 9:20 p.m. and demanded money from the clerk. Employees reported that the suspect showed a box cutter and had a handgun in the waistband of his pants.

The suspect stole an undisclosed amount of cash and fled on foot. No injuries were reported.

The suspect is described as 5-foot-8 to 5-foot-10 with a stocky build, wearing a dark hooded coat over a light sweatshirt and a mask.

Anyone with information on this crime is urged to call Torrington police at 860-489-2000.

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<![CDATA[Derby Factory Damaged by Fire to be Torn Down]]> Sun, 04 Dec 2016 14:11:57 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Derby-factory-fire.jpg

An abandoned factory in Derby was so heavily damaged by fire Sunday morning that the building will be torn down, city officials said.

Fire crews were called to the factory on Caroline Street around 5:15 a.m. When they arrived the building was fully engulfed in flames.

Firefighters said the roof caved in and the top floors collapsed.

The city said the damage was so extensive the building can no longer safely stand on its own and could collapse at any time. The mayor told NBC Connecticut she’s asked the state fire marshal to give the city permission to demolish the building. The factory is over 100 years old.

“The chief has notified us the building is in imminent danger of collapsing. The roof is down the second floor is gone,” said Derby Building Official Carlo Sarmiento.

The state of the building is making it difficult for officials to determine the cause of the fire, as it’s not safe for investigators to go very far inside. The state fire marshal said he’ll do the best he can to discover the cause.

This is not the first time the factory caught fire.

“About a month or so ago there was a fire in there. The building is abandoned. So, we don’t know if there was people living in it or not, but they inspected the building the last time,” said Carmen DiCenso, Board of Alders President.

Fire officials continue to investigate.

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<![CDATA[Middletown Fire May Have Been Intentionally Set: Fire Chief]]> Sun, 04 Dec 2016 09:21:36 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Middletown-fire1.jpg

A fire that destroyed a vacant building in Middletown overnight may have been intentionally set, according to fire officials.

Firefighters were called to a home on Glover Place just before 1:30 a.m. Sunday. When firefighters arrived on scene the entire front porch was up in flames and the fire then spread through the roof.

Fire officials said the fire appears to have started in the right side of the building and the city’s fire chief is calling the blaze suspicious.

"We've got a request in to the state fire marshal to come in with a dog to check for accelerants. Right now it appears to be suspicious but we're going to work through this one," said Middletown Fire Chief Robert Kronenberger.

The heat from the fire damaged the siding on the home next door, and the neighbors inside were evacuated. No one was hurt.

Electricity was cut off to the entire street while crews were working to put out this fire, which took a couple of hours to get under control. Eversource was called in to isolate the outage and restore power to the rest of the neighborhood.

The Fire Marshal is investigating the case.

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<![CDATA[Snow Moving Out, Peeks of Sun This Afternoon]]> Mon, 05 Dec 2016 12:36:39 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Danielson+snow.jpg

Hundreds of school started late Monday as light snow coated the roads and state police responded to around 50 crashes since 4 a.m.

Because of the snow, NBC Connecticut meteorologists have issued a First Alert through midday.

The shoreline saw mostly rain, but a coating to an inch of snow fell across inland Connecticut. While the snow didn't amount to much, it caused some slippery roads.

See viewer snow photos and send your photos to shareit@nbcconnecticut.com.

The afternoon will be dry with clouds and some sunshine. So, no problems are expected for the evening commute.

Another quick round of snow and rain is possible Tuesday night and Wednesday morning.

The theme of the long-range forecast is an active pattern – every few days, something is on the map near Connecticut.

A potent cold front could bring a snow shower Thursday or Friday morning, but more importantly, much colder air blows into the state.

Temperatures will only be in the 30s this weekend. Another round of snow showers is possible Sunday.

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<![CDATA[Crews Extinguish Fire at UConn Daily Campus Building]]> Sun, 04 Dec 2016 09:47:10 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/UConn-Daily-Campus-fire.jpg

UConn and Mansfield fire crews responded to a fire outside of the UConn Daily Campus building on Dog Lane in Storrs at around 12:50 a.m. this morning, according to university spokesperson Stephanie Reitz.

According to Reitz, once on scene, firefighters discovered a large number of newspapers burning on the loading dock as well as nearby plastic containers.

Small amounts of smoke entered the interior of the building but the fire itself did not, Reitz said.

According to Reitz, the only permanent damage the building sustained was on its exterior, with some of the outside wall being scorched.

All employees of the Daily Campus that were inside the building made it outside and none were injured, however one firefighter did sustain minor injuries, Reitz said.

The cause of the fire is under investigation at this time.

<![CDATA[Ten Fire Crews Battle Blaze Overnight in Danielson]]> Sun, 04 Dec 2016 08:26:07 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/qv+emergency+fixed+comm.1.png

Over ten Departments responded to a fire at a building in Danielson early Sunday morning, according to the Quinebaug Valley Emergency Communications center.

According to Quinebaug Valley, Fire crews responded to an unoccupied vacant building at 14 Central Street in Danielson just before 1 a.m. for a two alarm blaze.

The fire was declared under control by 5:51 a.m., Quinebaug Valley says.

According to Quinebaug Valley, no firefighters were injured during the incident, however the building did sustain heavy damage.

As of 7 a.m. the State Fire Marshall and Local Fire Marshall remained on scene investigating the fire, Quinebaug Valley said.

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<![CDATA[Foxwoods Lights Tree Full of 100,000 Lights ]]> Sat, 03 Dec 2016 21:37:21 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/christmas+tree9.jpg

Foxwoods Resort Casino is getting into the holiday spirit.

The casino lit their 30 foot tree, full of a hundred thousand twinkling lights Saturday. 

"If you look all around us, there are lights everywhere. I can't even calculate it, but let's just say, in round numbers, a million lights," said Felix Rappaport, President and CEO of Foxwoods Resort Casino.

The celebration had performances by world champion skater Kimmie Meissner, singer-songwriter Debbie Gibson, and carolers, along with hot chocolate and ice skating.

"It's amazing," said 10-year-old Kitra Wilding, of Groton, about the holiday display. "I love it here. All the lights around the trees, around the house!"

Foxwoods staff said the skating rink will be open until March. They're calling the night a kickoff to the holiday season.

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<![CDATA[Person Struck and Killed By Car on Route 80 in East Haven]]> Sun, 04 Dec 2016 08:28:12 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/EASTHAVENHITANDRUN.jpg

A person was struck and killed by a vehicle on Foxon Road in East Haven on Saturday night, police say.

Police said officers responded to the scene at around 8:39 p.m. due to reports of a struck pedestrian.

The road remained closed from Michael Street west to Old Foxon Road while police investigated Saturday night.

According to police, once on scene officers determined that the vehicle that struck the individual had fled from the accident.

The person who was struck was sent to Yale-New Haven Hospital where they later died from their injuries, police say.

Police say a suspected vehicle was later found occupied in New Haven.

According to police, the victim has not yet been identified, pending notification of next of kin.

East Haven Police are asking anyone who may have witnessed the incident or has any additional information to please contact Officer Gorman at (203) 468-3820.

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<![CDATA[Off-Duty Firefighter Saves Woman From Fiery Car Crash]]> Mon, 05 Dec 2016 08:26:39 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/herofirefighter.jpg

A Newington woman involved in a fiery car crash on Thanksgiving Day credits a stranger for stopping and helping to save her life.

“At this point I’m so grateful to be alive, that I was given a second chance,” Shannon Munoz said.

Munoz is still shocked she survived the crash.

The 22-year-old was driving on Route 9 southbound near exit 23 in Berlin when she lost control.

“I remember hitting the guardrail and the car just ricocheted to the other side of the highway and that’s when it flipped four or five times,” Munoz said.

Munoz was stuck inside the Volvo sedan with cars flying by.

It just happened an off-duty Hartford firefighter was driving not too far behind.

“As I passed I saw someone trapped in the car,” David Cote, a Hartford firefighter, said.

Cote parked and rushed to help.

He and two of Munoz cousins, who also happened to stop, pulled the driver from the car which was now on fire.

“I told her just to look at me and told her to trust me and that it will be over soon and she was strong,” Cote said.

Moments later the entire car burst into flames and Munoz was safely on her way to the hospital.

Now nine days later she’s recovering from a concussion and several broken bones.

She credits the angel who still is by her side for saving her life.

“I don’t know how I’ll ever be able to thank him but he’s always going to be in my prayers every day,” Munoz said.

“When you can help people, you help,” Cote said.

Munoz – who is an elementary school paraprofessional in Middletown – hopes to be home for Christmas and back to work early next year.

And this Christmas there’s an invitation for a special guest, the firefighter who will forever have a bond with that family.

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<![CDATA[Locals Give Generously at Toy Drive in East Haddam]]> Sat, 03 Dec 2016 12:08:45 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/easthaddamtoydrivefixed.png

Toys piled up in police cruisers across Connecticut Saturday, as the State Police’s annual "stuff a cruiser" event kicked off in communities throughout the state.

East Haddam’s police cruiser looked more like Santa’s sleigh Saturday. Teddy bears, dolls, footballs, and tractors, filled the patrol SUV to the brim within an hour. The donations were dropped off at East Haddam Youth and Family Services.

“Typically, we provide Christmas gifts for anywhere between 100 and 110 kids in the community every year,” said Toni McCabe, who works for the organization.

Residents opened their wallets to give, as well. One person wrote a $500 check.

For some, donating to the town’s toy drive is an annual tradition.

“It does give me pleasure to shop. I don’t have grandchildren that young anymore so I love to go to the stores and look for toys,” explained Elsie Snell of East Haddam.

For others, it was the start of something new.

“We wanted to do it so that our little guy starts to see that not everyone is as lucky as him. His first experience trying to give back,” explained East Haddam resident Katie Hass as she held her son.

All walked away with that warm fuzzy feeling, knowing they’d helped make someone’s holiday be a bit brighter.

“It makes you feel good inside,” said Roger Snell.

“This town is so generous. We have folks that come out. We will fill our cruiser four times today,” said Corporal Craig Mansfield, of the East Haddam Police Department.

Mansfield said this is his favorite time of the year. State Patrol Trooper Patrick Hawes agreed.

“Nobody really calls us when they’re having a great day. So, on days like today it’s great to see everybody come out and donate to the under privileged kids,” added Hawes.

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<![CDATA[Man Distracted by Low-Flying Hawk Crashed, Knocking Out Power in East Haddam]]> Mon, 05 Dec 2016 08:45:00 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/easthaddamfixed.jpg

Emergency crews responded to Beebe Road in East Haddam at around 9 a.m. Saturday after a man who was distracted by a low-flying hawk flipped his car over, according to state police.

The 59-year-old East Haddam man veered off the road while watching the hawk and clipped a utility pole and rolled over, police said.

The man was trapped and responding firefighters were fearful as there were downed wires around the car.

However, the man was eventually able to get out of the car under his own power and was sent to the hospital to be treated for minor injuries police said.

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<![CDATA[Search Continues for Hit-and-Run Driver in Enfield]]> Sat, 03 Dec 2016 15:45:45 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/enfield+mercier+memorial.jpg

Enfield police continue to search for the driver who hit and killed a skateboarder early Friday morning.

Jeremy Mercier, 20, was hit while trying to help a friend, according to police.

“I didn’t sleep last night at all,” Brian Kozieracki said.

The incident happened around 1 a.m. right outside Kozieracki's Enfield home on Route 5.

“It startled us, jumped out of bed, like what was that? And looked out the window and saw something or someone laying at the end of our driveway,” Kozieracki, said.

Kozieracki rushed to call 911.

He said he and his wife never saw the car that hit Mercier and then sped away.

Now a memorial stands near Orbit Drive where police say Mercier died.

He had been skateboarding around 1:00am when he was hit by a car, creating a horrifying sound.

“It’s a terrible tragedy that occurred and we’re doing everything we can to locate the person who was involved,” Enfield Police Chief Carl Sferrazza said.

Loved ones say Mercier had jumped on his skateboard to bring a can of a gas to a friend who had run out.

As he headed out on the several-mile trip, he was hit just around the corner from his home.

Those who considered Mercier family say the young man had tough past but a bright future.

They, police, and the community have a message to the driver to do the right thing now.

“It only gets worse if you hide from it and you don’t take responsibility,” Kozieracki, said.

Anyone with information on the incident is asked to call Enfield police.

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<![CDATA[Car, Bibles Stolen From WWII Vet in Windsor]]> Sat, 03 Dec 2016 14:13:34 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/VET+STILLfixed.jpg

A WWII veteran and widower is asking for the thief who stole his car and Bible to bring them back.

Paul Cassarino is part of the "Greatest Generation.” At 22-years-old, he served in WWII with the 447th Bomb Group of the 8th Army Air Corps.

"I flew 30 bombing missions over Germany," said Cassarino.

Then in 1945, he says he married the most beautiful woman he's ever known. Phyllis took his breath away for the next 69 years.

"Dementia took over for her and eventually she just passed away without any pain. Just like she went to sleep," said Cassarino.

In the last three years he lost his wife and his daughter. Cassarino says he visits Phyllis' grave twice a day and reads her passages from their Bible.

"I tell her how beautiful she is. I love her. How I miss her. How I always miss her," said Cassarino.

While getting ready to visit his wife's grave two weeks ago, the 94-year-old says someone went into his open garage on Farmstead Lane in Windsor, found a set of spare keys on a hook, and took his car along with everything inside it.

"That car means everything to me," said Cassarino.

Since the veteran's car was stolen, his son drives him around, but Cassarino can't go to the cemetery as often as before. And the items that were inside the car, including three Bibles, mean a lot to him.

To try and get it all back, Cassarino wrote a letter to the person responsible:

"This is an open letter to the person who stole my 2001 Mercury Sable station wagon from my garage ....

"My car is my survival for transportation to empty trash at the landfill, to go to the grocery store, go to my church, and to go to the cemetery every day to visit, talk and read the Bible to my late wife. In my car were my Bibles that my wife and I read together and that I would take to the cemetery to read to her; my tools that I have had for over 50 years; my personal belongings and other memorabilia that is priceless to me. My English version daily reader of the Vulgate Bible New Testament was especially dear to her and me. I read it to her every day when we were together and took it every day to the cemetery to read to her."

"I appeal to you to return my car together with its contents of my walker, tools, glasses, sun glasses, umbrella and 3 bibles. Please."

Cassarino hopes his plea reaches the person who took them and that everything is brought back.

"Whoever you are, that was a very cruel thing that you've done," Cassarino said.

Cassarino's silver 2001 Mercury Sable station wagon had a license plate of 816 RHP.

He says he's having a particularly hard time finding a replacement for his Vulgate Bible.

Anyone with information about the theft is asked to call Windsor police.

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<![CDATA[New London Touts Port, Railway As Way to Build Economy]]> Sat, 03 Dec 2016 08:12:29 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/newlondon+infastructure_1200.jpg

Ports and railways. Those are the two key projects the City of New London wants to invest in to make the area competitive for trade and commerce.

New London Mayor Michael Passero teamed up with Senator Richard Blumenthal and the Connecticut Port Authority Friday to talk about plans to build up the port and freight rail service in New London. They didn't announce any specific projects, but say new jobs and new business is what they're after.

"(New London) was the richest city, the most prosperous city in the state because of this port. Because of this asset," Passero said, adding the state and federal governments have since failed to recognize the importance of the port in the city.

Applying for money for better lighting, fixing the rails and finding better ways to move cargo can go a long way, said Scott Bates, chairman of the Connecticut Port Authority.

It would also keep more trucks off the road, Blumenthal said, touting how using the ports or trains are less expensive and more environmentally friendly options. It also could New London very competitive on a global scale.

Currently the port only receives a shipment every three weeks, according to Joe Salvatore, program manager for the Connecticut Port Authority. He wants that number to ramp up to one shipment per week. But he understands it will take time.

All three leaders said the investment could create thousands of jobs, both permanent and temporary.

"You're talking about construction jobs, then we get more shipping in here, you have longshoreman, you have truckers, you have people who run the restaurants down the hill," Bates said.

The Connecticut Port Authority is still working on a proposal, but Bates says it will ask for millions of dollars.

"So we can get the port moving to its full capacity," he said.

One possible plan is creating a commercial fishing pier.

"We buy all whole fish and we struggle to get our hands on a lot of this stuff most of the time. Availability of the species that we buy is not always there," said Shawn Overend of The Mystic Fishery/The Fishery.

Overend said these fisherman are bound to a lot of restrictions. But he is cautiously optimistic about a potential new commercial fisherman pier opening up in New London to provide even more purchasing options.

A recent $8.2 million grant will also help increase the New England Central Railroad's freight-carrying capacity that starts in New London and services Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire and Canada.

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<![CDATA[Police Respond to Reports of Armed Man in Vernon Home]]> Fri, 02 Dec 2016 22:08:42 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/police-tape-shutterstock_5628043315.jpg

A portion of Route 83 was shut down in Vernon Friday night after police responded to a 911 call reporting an armed man at home on Union Street.

Police said the caller said the man was armed with a handgun and threatening to commit suicide. 

When officers arrived on scene, the man exited the house holding a revolver and acted in a threatening manner towards responding officers.

Police said they were able to contain the man, but had to shut down the road for about 30 minutes while they negotiated with him.

The man was taken into custody and brought to Rockville General Hospital for psychiatric treatment, authorities said.

Police removed several other firearms from the home.

Family members who were inside the home at the time of the incident were able to exit safely. There were no injuries and the incident remains under investigation.

The identity of the man was not made immediately available. No charges have been filed at this time. 

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<![CDATA[Sandy Hook Families, CT Politicians Push for Mental Health Reforms]]> Fri, 02 Dec 2016 19:25:23 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/sandy+hook3.jpg

Congress could pass the first major healthcare reform since the Affordable Care Act next week.

The US House of Representatives approved the measure with bipartisan support last week and the US Senate is expected to take up the bill next week, and possibly send it to President Barack Obama’s desk for his signature.

"This bill authorizes several important new programs that will help identify mental illness sooner,” said Connecticut Senator Chris Murphy during a press conference Friday.

The 21st Century Cures Act includes key elements of the Mental Health Reform Act of 2016 which was championed by both of Connecticut’s US Senators.

There was also pressure from Sandy Hook Promise, a group that includes families of victims from the 2012 massacre.

Mark Barden, who lost his son Daniel in the Newtown shooting, said the reform “will offer life-saving solutions.”

The reforms include more access to providers by incentivizing “one stop shopping” for mental health services when considered in the broader context of healthcare.

Sen. Murphy said there are incentives , “So you don't have to go to one provider to get your knee fixed and another provider to get your brain treated."

If it becomes law, there would be more access for family members to a mental health patient’s records under certain circumstances. Murphy says confusion over privacy laws has led to families being left out of the loop when their input or intersection could have been beneficial.

"The legislation puts parents back in the game when their adult children are struggling by making it clear that parents can share information with parents of adult children when it's in the best interests of that patient,” Murphy said.

Even though the law falls well short of being able to insure that no mass shooting happens in the future, Barden says he wishes the law was in place prior to December 2012.

"My son's killer was suffering mental illness,” he said. “We know his mother didn't know what to do with him and I will tell you I lie awake at night thinking if something like the mental health reform act of 2016 was in place then that the quality mental healthcare would have been available to him."

Liberal senators Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders have opposed the reforms, saying the broader health bill provides gifts for pharmaceutical companies.

Murphy says he hopes enough members vote across party lines to ensure the bill makes it to President Obama’s desk during the lame duck session.

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<![CDATA[Stepping Up Minority Teacher Recruitment in Connecticut]]> Fri, 02 Dec 2016 21:46:58 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/219*120/nhps+sypomsium.jpg

Principals, Human Resources directors and superintendents from the state’s major urban school districts gathered for two days in New Haven to meet with representatives from historically black colleges and universities about bringing their graduates to Connecticut for education jobs.

“To discuss how we can create a pipeline of minority teachers from the south up to the north to get into our classrooms,” said Scot X. Esdaile, president of the NAACP of Connecticut, which co-hosted the symposium with New Haven Public School.

Debbie Breland grew up in North Carolina and graduated from Fayetteville State University.

“Being an HBCU graduate I was recruited to New Haven back in 1987 to come teach high school English,” Breland said.

Almost thirty years later, Breland is now the New Haven School District’s minority teacher recruitment coordinator.

Only about a quarter of teachers in New Haven Public Schools are black and Latino, while minorities make up 80 percent of the student population, Breland said.

“There aren’t a lot of minorities going into education as they used to be,” she added.

Officials from the state’s Department of Education addressed the guests from the HBCUs.

“So that they would understand the certification process in Connecticut and they can take that information back and try to make it even with their educational programs to ready their students to come to Connecticut to become teachers,” Breland said.

Beyond recruiting education majors from the south, Breland said the district hopes to inspire its own students to consider careers in education.

“I have a daughter who is a senior in high school and she aspires to be an elementary school teacher,” Breland said, “so I’m adding to it by growing my own, so eventually she’ll be in a classroom teaching autistic children.”

Retirements are partly to blame for the dwindling number of minority teachers in urban school districts, Esdaile told NBC Connecticut.

New Haven is hoping to recruit minorities to fill both teaching and administrative positions, Breland said.

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<![CDATA[New Haven Students Offer Gifts to Young Hospital Patients]]> Fri, 02 Dec 2016 18:06:35 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/third+grade+gifts+YNHH.jpg

Third graders in New Haven are hoping to lift the spirits of patients at Yale-New Haven’s Children’s Hospital this holiday season.

“Hope you feel better soon, wish you a lot of strength, from Aurora, go you, you rock,” Aurora Chevalier said, reading the get well card she wrote.

Her classmates from King-Robinson Interdistrict Magnet School in New Haven put together sixty care packages to be dropped off with patients next week.

“Because we don’t want nobody to feel like they’re left out and they’re left alone,” third grader Antoine Williams said.

The students learned about the Yale children’s hospital and then created custom comfort bags from t-shirt donations.

“There’s little stuffed animals for the kids who are sick to like snuggle with and stuff,” third grader Jayla Johnson said.

At the Friday morning Spread the Love assembly, the students presented the care packages to the gift coordinator from the hospital.

“And it touched my heart because I’m very philanthropic,” Scotti Williams, of Yale-New Haven Hospital said, “I give back to the community all the time so I think it’s wonderful and I think it’s great that the school is teaching them from such a young age to start now giving back to the community because every little bit helps.”

The stuffed animals came from the overflow of Sandy Hook donations.

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<![CDATA[Drizly Delivers Beer, Wine and Liquor to Your Door in Connecticut]]> Fri, 02 Dec 2016 15:58:59 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/liquor_bottles_alcohol_generic.jpg

Drizly, an online service that delivers beer, wine and liquor, is now available in Connecticut. 

The company is currently working with Wine Cellars 4 and Capital Spirits in Hartford and Beverage Boss in New Haven. 

It is also working with BevMax and LQR MKT in Fairfield County, serving Stamford, Norwalk, Greenwich, Fairfield and Westport. 

Customers can try Drizly with the free delivery code: WelcomeCT. 

Learn more on the company’s web site

<![CDATA[Shoplifting Suspect Found More Than 2 Hours After Running from Police]]> Sat, 03 Dec 2016 15:48:44 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Joseph+LeGeyt++mugshot+1200.jpg

A 33-year-old New Britain man suspected in a shoplifting at Best Buy on the Berlin Turnpike in Newington on Nov. 29 was located hours later after running into wooded area, according to police. 

Police said they received a report of a shoplifting in progress at the store at 3377 Berlin Turnpike around 12:26 p.m. and officers found a man in the parking lot, but he ran away and into an area thick with brush and pricker bushes, police said. 

A police dog was not able to find the man because of poor weather conditions, but police located the suspect around two-and-a-half hours later. 

Police identified the man as Joseph LeGeyt and said he has been charged with sixth-degree larceny and interfering with an officer. 

He was released on a $25,000 surety bond and is scheduled to appear in court on Dec. 13.

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<![CDATA[2-Year-Old Westport Boy Found in New York City]]> Fri, 02 Dec 2016 14:57:44 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Messiah-Fraizer.JPG

A 2-year-old boy missing from Westport since Thursday afternoon has been found at a relative's home in Manhattan and he is OK.

Two-year-old Messiah Frazier was reported missing Thursday. Police said his  oy’s grandmother, who had custody, passed away Thursday of natural causes.

The boy’s biological uncle, Danny Frazier, who also lived in the home, took the child and was not answering calls from family or police, according to police.

Messiah and Danny were dropped off at a barber shop in Norwalk between 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. Thursday and police said there were reports the uncle left the child unsupervised and went to a bank, a check-cashing store and a cell phone store in Norwalk. 

Police said they were concerned for the child’s safety because Danny Frazier has a known criminal background and is a known drug user.

Westport police said the boy was found around 2:30 p.m. Friday at a relative's home in Manhattan. He is being brought back to Connecticut and will be turned over to the state Department of Children and Families. 

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<![CDATA[3-Alarm Fire in Stamford Displaces at Least 6]]> Fri, 02 Dec 2016 14:34:26 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/firefighter-generic-san-die.jpg

Firefighters have responded to a three-alarm fire in Stamford that the fire department says has displaced at least six people.

The fire is at 38 Lockwood Ave. and seven engines, three ladder trucks, a rescue and command units have all responded to the scene, according to Tweets from the department.

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<![CDATA[Motorcyclist Killed in Crash on Route 39 in New Fairfield]]> Fri, 02 Dec 2016 14:28:55 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/connecticut+state+police+barracks1.jpg

One person was killed in a crash on Route 39 North in New Fairfield on Thursday afternoon.

Police said a motorcycle and a Kia Optima were involved in the crash near Old Shortwoods Road at 2:22 p.m.

The motorcyclist was thrown after crossing over the center lane and colliding with the Kia, police said. The person, who has not been identified, died after being transported to Danbury Hospital.

The other driver sustained minor injuries, according to police.

State police are asking anyone with information to call the New Fairfield Resident Troopers Office.

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<![CDATA[Sandy Hook Promise Launches Powerful Campaign About Spotting Signs Of Gun Violence]]> Fri, 02 Dec 2016 14:18:31 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Sandy+Hook+promise+library.JPG

Sandy Hook Promise, a group dedicated to preventing gun violence, has launched a new and powerful campaign about spotting the signs of gun violence, or missing them.

The cleverly done #KnowTheSigns video starts with the description, "as the school year winds down, one student finds himself starting an unexpected relationship." From there, you just have to watch it to see what it's about.

Did you spot the signs or did you miss them?

Sandy Hook Promise, based in Newtown, Connecticut, is made up of two nonprofits, and the group has been working together after the Sandy Hook school shooting to honor victims of gun violence and work toward gun safety legislation.

Twenty students and six staff members were killed in the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School on Dec. 14, 2012.

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<![CDATA[Woman Finds Couple in Her Bed, Attacks Woman With Butcher Knife: Police]]> Fri, 02 Dec 2016 13:41:33 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Lenee+Myers+mugshot+Hamden.jpg

A Hamden woman attacked another woman with a butcher knife after coming home to find a couple in her bed, according to police. 

Hamden Police said they responded to an apartment on Fitch Street Oct. 29 to investigate an assault and the victim, a 24-year-old Hamden woman, told police a man she was communicating with on social media invited her over. 

When the resident, 32-year-old Lenee Myers, came home and found the couple in her bedroom, she grabbed a butcher’s knife and “hit” the knife against the 24-year-old woman’s skin, then punched her in the eye, according to police. 

The victim sustained an eye injury and had cuts on her chest, arm and back, police said. 

On Nov. 30, Hamden police arrested Myers at her home and charged her with second-degree assault and disorderly conduct. 

She was held on a court-ordered $10,000.00 bond is due to appear in court in Meriden on Dec. 13. 

It’s not clear if she has an attorney.

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