<![CDATA[NBC Connecticut - Connecticut News]]> Copyright 2015 http://www.nbcconnecticut.com/news/local http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/NBC_Connecticut.png NBC Connecticut http://www.nbcconnecticut.com en-us Tue, 28 Jul 2015 22:42:57 -0400 Tue, 28 Jul 2015 22:42:57 -0400 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA['I Shook Her': Dad Accused of Critically Injuring Baby]]> Tue, 28 Jul 2015 21:42:58 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/CHRISTOPHER+YAWIN.jpg

A 32-year-old Berlin man has been charged with assault and attempted manslaughter after shaking his infant daughter so violently in April she was admitted to the hospital in critical condition, according to police.

Christopher Yawin was arrested at the end of June following a weeks-long investigation that began when his 3-and-a-half-month-old daughter was hospitalized with "significant injuries that were identified as being highly suspicious for abuse," police wrote in the warrant for his arrest.

The baby girl suffered a fractured skull, swelling on the brain, bleeding in the backs of her eyes, multiple broken ribs, an arm fracture that had partially healed, and bruises on her chest, abdomen and limbs. Police said her injuries were consistent with "shaken baby syndrome" and occurred on multiple occasions.

She was taken to Connecticut Children's Medical Center on April 30 and was listed in critical condition in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. The child's mother, who is Yawin's girlfriend, told police the baby had been vomiting and having seizures, according to the arrest warrant.

The Department of Children and Families contacted police two days later.

Yawin first told investigators he became nauseous and fell while holding the baby April 14. He said his arms were wrapped so tightly around the child, he must have accidentally crushed her, according to the arrest warrant.

When police told him that didn't explain the baby's injuries, Yawin claimed he was holding her when she hit her head on the refrigerator. He then said he dropped her and she hit the ground "pretty hard," the warrant states.

Investigators didn't believe him and continued to press for the truth.

"If I tell you what happened, I'm going to jail," Yawin allegedly told them.

Police said he then admitted to shaking the child.

"I shook her because she wouldn't stop crying," Yawin said, according to the arrest warrant.

Yawin was arrested June 24 and charged with first-degree assault, criminal attempt to commit first-degree manslaughter and risk of injury to a minor. Court records show he has pleaded not guilty and was held on $500,000 bond.

It's not clear if he has an attorney. No one answered the door at his home when NBC Connecticut crews reached out for comment Tuesday evening.

Police said the arrest wasn't Yawin's first. According to the warrant, Yawin is a convicted felon with a history of child abuse complaints and arrests, including one stemming from the abuse of a child he fathered with a former girlfriend.

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<![CDATA[State Approves First Phase of Mixmaster Replacement Project]]> Tue, 28 Jul 2015 19:25:49 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/mixstill072815.jpg

The state has approved $24.9 million in bonds for transportation projects, including $1 million to design and engineer the replacement of the Interstate 84 Mixmaster in Waterbury.

The Mixmaster is a soaring complex structure where Interstate 84 merges with Route 8 through Waterbury. It has become one of the most notorious areas for congestion in the state.

Malloy estimated that the final cost for a full replacement may cost tax payers "upwards of $10 billion."

Department of Transportation Commissioner James Redeker said the first phase entails figuring out how to manage the Route 8-Interstate 84 interchange.

"It’s to take a look at the Route 8 ramp system and that connection, because we found in our inspection reports that that is going to need to have work done on it soon, rather than the full replacement," Redeker said.

As for when a design phase may be complete, Malloy said, "It’s a reasonable question but it’s a ways off and we have to get that work underway, but that’s what we start today and it’s nowhere near finished."

Waterbury Mayor Neil O'Leary said improving traffic patterns in the city will help people get around the greater Waterbury area, which will be good for recruiting businesses.

"Now people will come through Waterbury. It will definitely promote the city in ways it hasn’t been promoted in decades, and it’s going to be a painful process and we all recognize that. At the end of the day, it’s going to be good for the city," he said.

Redeker said the most viable option for taxpayers is to replace the Mixmaster rather than patch it and invest in repairs.

"For some of the options, the cost to sustain the facility and never replace it is almost as much as the cost of a replacement over time and so that makes no sense," Redeker said. "We should have been doing the design a long time ago."

<![CDATA[Fallen Tree, Wires Cause Closure of Route 30 in Tolland]]> Tue, 28 Jul 2015 19:28:09 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/route+30+closed+tolland.jpg

Route 30/Hartford Turnpike is closed between Arnold Drive and Sand Hill Road in Tolland while crews work to remove a fallen tree and power lines from the roadway, according to Tolland public safety officials.

Eversource crews are at the scene working to make repairs.

It's not clear when the road will reopen.

Check back for updates.

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<![CDATA[State Department of Labor to Cut Unspecified Number of Jobs]]> Tue, 28 Jul 2015 22:19:16 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/connecticut+department+of+labor.JPG

The state Department of Labor plans to lay off employees to account for "a significant budget shortfall" that "appears too great to resolve with the current staffing levels," an agency spokesperson said Tuesday.

DOL communications director Nancy Steffens points to a lack of federal funding as the aggravating factor and said the agency is considering consolidating or closing offices.

This year's federal funding shortfall is about $28 million, according to Steffens, who said the deficit is expected to climb to $32 million next year. A federal hiring freeze is already in place, but Steffens said it isn't enough.

According to a letter sent Tuesday from local AFSCME leaders to union members, as many as 95 jobs could be cut. Employees being laid off will be notified no later than Aug. 19, before the new federal budget year starts Oct. 1.

"It was clearly stated to management how disappointed we were with their inability to keep offices open and members employed," AFSCME Local 269 President Xavier Gordon and Vice President Marsha Tulloch wrote in the letter, adding that they hope to decrease the number of layoffs and help affected employees find jobs at other state agenices.

Steffens said other states with federally funded unemployment programs are dealing with similar problems and have already laid off employees.

The Connecticut DOL weighs heavily on federal dollars, receiving 90 percent of its funding from the federal government. About 700 of the agency's 800 employees are federally funded.

"The Feds have their own problems. They're trying to curtail in a rational way, in this particular case, as the unemployment rate goes down and there really hasn't been, I think, adequate thought on the part of the state to budget for the Department of Labor," said David Cadden, professor of business at Quinnipiac University.

"Several hundred" federally funded employees have been cut over the past few years, according to Steffens.

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<![CDATA[USSSA Softball Tournament Held in East Hartford]]> Tue, 28 Jul 2015 18:34:15 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/SoftballChampPic00000000.jpg

The United States Specialty Sports Association (USSSA) is hosting the Fastpitch National Championship for the first time ever in East Hartford.

Forty-four teams from across New England have congregated at the Pratt & Whitney field to play for the title. The tournament ends Saturday, with a rainout day on Sunday.

States represented include Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York and Connecticut.

"[We want to] be able to pull the win together," said 12-year-old Jordan Hogan, a player from one of Norwalk's Elite teams.

The tournament falls during Connecticut’s hottest week of the summer so far.

"Other than the heat, it’s beautiful," said Wallingford resident Joanne Dorsey, who came to watch her daughter play in the tournament.

Weather models show extreme heat will stick around through Thursday, with temperatures expected to rise over 90 degrees before cooling down Friday.

"We have a full-time sports trainer here behind you, and between him and all the ice that we have and the plentiful water, everybody will be well taken care of," said USSSA State Director David Rocha.

The hot weather, along with the extra foot traffic, is giving East Hartford an economic boost. All but one hotel in the area is sold out.

"All of our retailers components, whether it’s the Dunkin Donuts, the Pho 99 and the food establishments in and around the area, are doing a great job," said Mayor Marcia Leclerc. "Certainly, they're echoing the sentiments this type of foot traffic through East Hartford is amazing."

<![CDATA[Cadaver Dogs Search New Haven for Dismembered Limbs]]> Tue, 28 Jul 2015 17:56:53 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Ray+Roberson+1200.jpg

State police cadaver dogs returned to New Haven on Tuesday to scour the area where two dismembered arms and a homeless man's severed legs were found earlier this month.

Police said the legs belonged to Ray Roberson, 54, a homeless man who was last seen alive May 20 and missed a court date June 17. He was not reported missing prior to his death.

Investigators found his legs, severed near the knee, on July 15 in the area of State and Court streets in New Haven.

Hours later, they discovered a pair of arms in a pastic bag blocks away. Although the arms have not been linked to Roberson, police said "it would be incredibly concidental and... incredibly disturbing if they were separate cases."

Authorities are searching for additional body parts. Police are investigating the case as a homicide but said they do not know where Roberson was killed or dismembered.

Police released a photo of Roberson on Monday hoping someone with information will help piece together the events leading up to his death.

"We do not have anything in the investigation that tells us where these dismemberments occurred, so we are not certain that this is going to remain only a New Haven case," said New Haven police spokesman Officer David Hartman.

Roberson had an extensive criminal record that consisted of minor offenses, according to police.

Authorities said the crime appears to have been personal rather than random.

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<![CDATA[New Haven Police Reward Safe Drivers]]> Tue, 28 Jul 2015 18:17:52 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/GiftCard00000000.jpg

Police in New Haven are rewarding drivers who follow the law and yield to pedestrians in the crosswalk.

Police say they've seen an increase in collisions between cars and pedestrians in crosswalks lately. The initiative is part of an effort to keep everyone safe.

"I handled an accident particularly on Whalley Avenue, where someone was fatally killed," said New Haven police Sgt. Mark O'Neill.

He watched the intersection of Orange Street and Court Street for drivers who followed the law, and handed them gift cars to nearby Tikkaway Grill.

"Thank you so much! I love Tikkaway!" said one driver.

Drivers who went through the crosswalk when pedestrians were trying to cross instead received written warnings from police.

A ticket for failure to yield would have cost $92.

<![CDATA[Norwich Issues Power Alert as Temperatures Climb]]> Tue, 28 Jul 2015 17:36:55 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Sun_Trees_Heat_Generic.jpg

Norwich Public Utilities has issued a power alert this week, urging customers to conserve energy as temperatures climb into the 90s.

The utility company is asking residents to conserve power between noon and 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, which could amount to the state's first official heat wave of 2015.

This week's extreme heat and humidity will cause the demand for electricity to spike as customers work to cool their homes. This could tax the town's electrical infrastructure, according to the utility company.

Officials with Norwich Public Utilities are asking that customers take the following steps to conserve power this week:

  • Set a central air conditioning system to 73 degrees and only run window units when you are home.
  • Wait until after 6 p.m., when temperatures begin to drop, to use major appliances such as dishwashers or dryers.
  • Cut down on the use of heat-generating appliances – including computers, curling irons, hair dryers, stereos and televisions – before 6 p.m.
  • Use a microwave, stove or outdoor grill instead of an oven when possible
  • Install energy-efficient light bulbs, which generate much less heat than traditional lighting.
  • Close curtains or blinds to keep the sun out and minimize heat coming into your home.

Conserving electricity will also help minimize your yearly electric bill, since the company's annual rates are based on "peak days," according to the utility company.

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<![CDATA[Deterioration Prompts Closure of Southbury Bridge]]> Tue, 28 Jul 2015 17:22:16 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/southbury+spruce+brook+bridge.jpg

Southbury's Spruce Brook Bridge is closed until further notice because the metal culverts that support it have deteriorated significantly over the past several months, according to a press release from the town.

Town officials said inspectors from the Department of Transportation checked the bridge Friday and "noticed a significant change in the condition of the culverts that compromises the safety of the bridge." 

They returned to the site for a follow-up visit Monday and "recommended immediate closure," according to the own.

The bridge, which traverses the Transylvania Brook, will be closed indefinitely.

Public works officials have set up detour signs and road blocks rerouting traffic from Route 172 to Liberty Lane and onto Yankee Drive, which connects to Spruce Brook Road beyond the closure.

Southbury Public Works is working with engineers and members of the state Department of Transportation to come up with alternatives that would allow drivers to safely cross the brook.

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<![CDATA[Heat Wave Possible, Air Quality Concerns Arise]]> Tue, 28 Jul 2015 16:59:44 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Lighthouse+Point+splashpad.jpg

Connecticut is on target for our first heat wave of the summer and state officials are warning of the possibility of poor air quality.

Temperatures climbed to 90 degrees Tuesday, and the heat will linger into Wednesday, Thursday and possibly through the weekend as well.

Several towns and cities are opening cooling centers in anticipation of what could be our first heat wave of 2015.

As heat and humidity persist, we could see the threat of a thunderstorm this afternoon. particularly in eastern Connecticut, according to NBC Connecticut meteorologist Ryan Hanrahan.

Meanwhile, ozone pollution is expected in southern sections of Fairfield and New Haven counties on Tuesday, and all of Fairfield, New Haven, Middlesex and New London Counties on Wednesday.

The state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection is warning of unhealthy air quality that could make breathing difficult for "sensitive groups," including elderly residents and children and adults with respiratory illnesses. Affected individuals could also experience coughing and throat irritation.

State officials recommend taking the following measures when air pollution levels are high:

  • Conserving electricity by setting air conditioners to 78 degrees
  • "Wait 'til 8" to use energy intensive appliances like washing machines, dryers and dishwashers
  • Driving less by carpooling or using public transit
  • Telecommute if possible
  • Refuel your vehicle after dusk and never idle a vehicle unnecessarily.

"Forecasters are predicting the hottest weather of the summer yet, so everyone should take simple precautions when high temperatures combined with poor air quality is expected," DEEP Commissioner Rob Klee said in a statement Tuesday. "If you are outside at work or at play, be sure to drink plenty of water and get to an air conditioned room if you need to cool down and catch your breath."

If you are out enjoying the summer weather, send photos to us at shareit@nbcconnecticut.com.

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<![CDATA[2 Killed When Car Flips on I-84 East in Southington]]> Tue, 28 Jul 2015 21:24:22 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Interstate+84+Southington+crash.jpg

Two people were killed when their car rolled over on Interstate 84 eastbound and fell down an embankment in Southington Tuesday afternoon.

State police said the Hyundai Accent crashed around 3 p.m. near exit 32. According to witnesses, the car flipped down an embankment, and emergency crews brought in heavy equipment to retrieve it.

Two people in the car were pronounced dead at the scene, according to police. Their identities have not been released.

Police, firefighters and medical personnel responded to the crash and blocked two eastbound lanes, slowing traffic through rush hour. Traffic cameras showed heavy delays.

Authorities are investigating the crash and said no other vehicles were involved.

State police are asking witnesses to call Trooper William Bevans at 860-534-1000 ext. 6136.

Photo Credit: Connecticut Department of Transportation]]>
<![CDATA[Teen Posted Explicit Photo of Victim: Police]]> Tue, 28 Jul 2015 15:14:47 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/15-14154-ROJAS.Jessie+1200.jpg

A 19-year-old Naugatuck man is facing charges after posting an explicit photo of a 16-year-old girl on Facebook, according to police. 

Jessie Rojas was charged with breach of peace and second-degree harassment involving intimidation.

Police arrested Rojas after receiving a harassment complaint around 4 p.m. Friday, accusing Rojas of posting an explicit photo of the teenage girl on the social media platform.

Rojas is scheduled to appear in Waterbury Superior Court on Aug. 5. He was released after posting a $1,000 surety bond.

It's not clear if he has an attorney.

Photo Credit: Naugatuck Police Department]]>
<![CDATA[Jailed Hartford Man Charged in Second Recent Shooting]]> Tue, 28 Jul 2015 14:58:53 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/hartford+windsor+st+shooting+scene.jpg

A Hartford man behind bars on an attempted murder charge from earlier this month has been arrested in connection with a second shooting.

Deshawn Walton, 20, of Hartford, was already incarcerated on charges of serious assault with a firearm and attempted murder in connection with a shooting at 2006 Main Street on July 18 when police charged him in an earlier shooting that happened April 29.

Dalton is accused of shooting a 26-year-old woman in the neck and face in the area of 697 Windsor Street in Hartford around 6:30 p.m. April 29 while opening fire at a group of men on the sidewalk. Police said the woman who was shot had not been involved.

The woman was taken to Saint Francis Hospital, where she was listed in critical condition. Police said she is still suffering from serious injuries.

Hartford police found four shell casings in front of the Windsor Street property.

Detectives identified someone named "Debo" as the suspect and later learned "Debo" was a nickname for Walton. Police obtained an arrest warrant for Walton on Monday.

Police charged Walton with first-degree assault, carrying a pistol without a permit, criminal possession of a firearm and first-degree reckless endangerment.

He was already incarcerated for the July shooting. The court set Walton's bond at $1.5 million.

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<![CDATA[Part of Route 83 in Vernon Closed]]> Tue, 28 Jul 2015 14:25:19 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Vernon+Police+cruiser+generic.jpg

Route 83 in Vernon is closed at the intersection of Loveland Hill Road after a crash.

No additional information was immediately available.

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<![CDATA[East Hill Road to Be Closed in Canton Wednesday Morning]]> Tue, 28 Jul 2015 13:47:42 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Grapevine_July_4_Road_Closed.jpg

East Hill Road will be closed from Route 454 to Colony Drive in Canton on Wednesday, July 29.

The road will be closed from 8 to 10 a.m. and only local residents and emergency personnel will be permitted through. 

The Department of Public Works said anyone with questions can contact them at 860-693-7863.

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<![CDATA[Police Arrest Second Suspect in Hartford Shooting]]> Tue, 28 Jul 2015 13:34:45 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/hartford+police+cruiser+generic+new.jpg

Hartford police have arrested a second suspect in a shooting that injured two people back in September.

Guy Pacheco, 22, of Hartford, was recently arrested in the Sept. 3, 2014 shooting. Video footage shows Pacheco handing a gun to Yamil Rohena, 19, of Hartford, who was arrested in October in connection to the shooting, police said. The video shows a shootout between Rohena and another male immediately after he gets the gun from Pacheco, police said.

Hartford police caught wind of the shooting when their ShotSpotter system detected more than seven gunshots fired in the area of 13 Nelson Street in the capital city on Sept. 3, 2014 at 9:30 p.m. Police responded, but they couldn't find any victims when they canvassed the area.

However, at 11:50 p.m. that night, two people went to the Hospital of Central Connecticut in New Britain to be treated for non-life-threatening gunshot wounds. Hartford police found six 9-millimeter shell casings on the sidewalk the next day in the area where the ShotSpotter detected the shooting.

The Hartford Police Department Shooting Task Force continued investigating and identified Pacheco as a second suspect. Police obtained a signed warrant on July 27.

Officers arrested Pacheco and charged him with first-degree conspiracy to commit assault, carrying a pistol without a permit, criminal possession of a firearm and criminal use of a firearm.

The court set his bond at $1 million.

Rohena was arrested on Oct. 15, 2014. He is incarcerated at John R. Manson Youth Institution in Cheshire and was sentenced to 731 days of imprisonment with special parole for two years on charges of carrying a pistol without a permit.

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<![CDATA[Senator Urges 'Made in U.S.A' Investigation After Troubleshooters Investigation]]> Tue, 28 Jul 2015 13:06:37 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/052615+american+flag+close+up+generic.jpg

U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy is calling on the U.S. Federal Trade Commission to investigate fraudulent or misleading claims companies make about products being “Made in the U.S.A.” and said it follows an NBC Connecticut Troubleshooters investigation.

The Troubleshooters' story cites Truth in Advertising, which found 200 total examples of Walmart mislabeling foreign-made products as American-made, including disposable spoons, children’s toys, and cosmetic sponges.

When NBC Connecticut reached out to Walmart, the company issued the following statement:

"We are very excited about the progress we are making on our 10 year, $250 billion commitment to buy products that support American jobs. We are continually working to improve our website listings and information. We are conducting a review of our site and continuing to work with our suppliers to help ensure we are giving our customers the transparency and authenticity they are looking for," said.

A spokesman also said the company recently took down all "Made in the USA" badges online and is working to improve its website. He also mentioned some items, such as the plastic spoons, used to be made in China, but are now made in Ohio.

In his letter to FTC Chairwoman Edith Ramirez, Murphy warned that manufacturers and retailers are taking advantage of Americans’ willingness to pay more for the quality associated with American-made products by placing fraudulent origin labels on their products, and are harming genuine U.S. manufacturers by doing so.

“As you know, businesses are only allowed to include a ‘Made in USA’ label if ‘all or virtually all’ of a product’s parts, processing, and labor are of U.S. origin. I have particular concern over fraudulent labels that are placed on products by retailers on outer packaging or in advertising for products. I ask to the greatest extent possible, you dedicate resources to these fraudulently labeled products and that you please communicate with me what resources Congress can provide to help you carry out more robust enforcement. Without enhanced enforcement practices, these abuses will continue to hurt real American manufacturers,” Murphy said.

Murphy has previously introduced several amendments and pieces of legislation – including the 21st Century Buy American Act and the American Jobs Matter Act – that aim to strengthen existing standards and prioritize the purchase of American-made goods.

Following is Murphy’s letter to Edith Ramirez, chairwoman of the U.S. Federal Trade Commission.

Dear Chairwoman Ramirez:

I write on behalf of my constituents with concern over misleading claims of products labeled “Made in the USA.” I thank you for your past diligence in investigating mislabeled country of origin claims, but more must be done to prevent fraudulent origin labeling practices by retailers and manufacturers alike. With fraudulent “Made in the U.S.A.” labels, manufacturers and retailers are taking advantage of Americans’ willingness to pay more for the quality that is associated with an American-made product while harming manufacturers in my state and elsewhere.

As you know, businesses are only allowed to include a “Made in USA” label if “all or virtually all” of a product’s parts, processing, and labor are of U.S. origin. Under the FTC Act, the Commission has the authority to investigate and bring legal action against fraudulent or misleading claims that a product originated in the United States.

This standard applies to both manufacturers and retailers, who may include additional product origin labels after manufacturing is complete. I have particular concern over fraudulent labels that are placed on products by retailers on outer packaging or in advertising for products. The Commission’s effective enforcement of these regulations is crucial to ensuring honest product origin labeling and the protection of genuine U.S. manufacturers in Connecticut and throughout the country.

We realize these regulations are difficult to enforce, especially while some bad actors choose to disregard or circumvent proper origin labeling standards. However, I ask to the greatest extent possible, you dedicate resources to these fraudulently labeled products. Further, I ask that you please communicate with me what resources Congress can provide to help you carry out more robust enforcement. Without enhanced enforcement practices, these abuses will continue to hurt real American manufacturers. Thank you for your attention to this matter.


Christopher S. Murphy
United States Senator

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<![CDATA[Route 4 Reopens in Farmington After Crash]]> Tue, 28 Jul 2015 13:50:56 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/police+generic+flashing+lights.jpg

Route 4 in Farmington has reopened after a crash Wednesday, Farmington police dispatchers said.

The road was closed for several hours from Mountain Spring Road and the entrance to Interstate 84, which is a busy area of town.

There is no word on injuries.

No additional information was immediately available.

<![CDATA[Windsor Locks Native Engaged to 'The Bachelorette']]> Tue, 28 Jul 2015 13:03:23 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/bachelor0-GettyImages-482188428.jpg

A Connecticut native received the final rose, proposing to Kaitlyn Bristowe on the finale of "The Bachelorette" Monday night.

The bachelorette chose Shawn Booth, a personal trainer who lives in Nashville, Tennessee and grew up in Windsor Locks, to be her one and only.

"One of the first things I told you was that I truly believe that everything happens for a reason, Booth said to her after accepting her rose on the season finale. "After the two best months of my entire life I know what that reason and that's I'm not supposed to live my life without you. And I'm not going to."

And that's when he got down on one knee and proposed to her. A teary-eyed Kaitlyn said yes!

Standing 6-feet-tall, the 28-year-old said on his show bio page that being married means "having a special bond with someone that nothing can break" and "knowing that the person you are with is someone you can't live without."

His favorite musicians are Jason Aldean, Blake Shelton and One Direction, adding "obviously" in regard to the last one, according to his bio.

He owns a farm house built in 1888 that he renovated with his dad, which is something he considers to be his greatest accomplishment, according to his bio.

Going into the show, he said his biggest date fear was "not being interested and not being able to get out of the date."

It looks like he didn't run into that problem with Kaitlyn, landing a date he could be sticking around with for awhile!

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<![CDATA[Narcotics Suspect Says He Was Shot on 4th of July: Police]]> Tue, 28 Jul 2015 09:57:50 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/PoliceSafetyPic00000000.jpg

New Haven police found drugs on a man who told them he was shot on the 4th of July, police said.

Officers from the New Haven Police Department's Shooting Task Force executed a search warrant at a Willis Street home at 4:30 p.m. on Monday after receiving a weapons complaint. Police found Laquan Knott, 21, of West Haven, at the home. He had drugs in his possession, police said.

An ambulance transported Knott to the hospital after police saw he had an unhealed wound. Knott told police someone shot him on the 4th of July.

It's unknown where Knott was shot.

The investigation is ongoing.

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<![CDATA[Bullet Hits Man in Wheelchair]]> Tue, 28 Jul 2015 09:47:50 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/new+haven+police+generic1.jpg

A man in a wheelchair who went to the hospital a week after falling over upon hearing gunfire July 19 had been wounded by a bullet, police said.

Yale-New Haven Hospital staff treated Yancey Horton, 37, for a wound a week after he noticed a small amount of blood and a cut that evening after tipping over in his wheelchair when he heard gunshots while at Shelton Avenue and Ivy Street in the city, police said. The wound wasn't healed in a week, so he went to the hospital. Doctors told him that the wound was actually a small bullet.

Police responded Monday night after getting a call from hospital staff about a gunshot victim.

Police responded to a gunfire complaint at basketball courts in the area the night Horton was shot, police said.

His wound isn't life-threatening, according to police.

<![CDATA[Man Pistol-Whipped in Would-Be Carjacking in New Haven]]> Tue, 28 Jul 2015 08:55:40 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/nhpd05122015.jpg

A 23-year-old New Haven man was pistol-whipped during an attempted carjacking in New Haven late Monday night, police said.

Police responded to Grand Avenue near the Poplar Street intersection the incident reported by Old Lopez.

Lopez said two men approached him while he was stopped at the intersection. One was wielding a black or silver handgun.

The two men tried to steal his Volkswagen Jetta using force, but Lopez wouldn't give up his car, so the man with the gun hit him in the head with the weapon, he told police.

The would-be carjackers fled on foot. Police said the men were described as tall and in their 40s.

EMTs treated Lopez at the scene.

Police seized the victim's car for forensic evaluation.

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<![CDATA[Man Grazed in Gunfire After Rap Contest]]> Tue, 28 Jul 2015 07:22:56 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/PoliceSafetyPic00000000.jpg

A man was injured during a shooting at a rap contest at a New Haven basketball court late Sunday night.

Police responded to the court near the intersection of Derby Avenue and Ella T. Grasso Boulevard at 9:38 p.m. on Sunday after receiving a 911 call.

Officers saw cars leaving an adjacent parking lot when they were arriving on scene. While they were interviewing people on scene, a 21-year-old Stamford man returned to get one of the DJ's equipment and told police he was shot just moments before. Police said he had a "graze wound to his lift clavicle."

Witnesses told police that gunfire was exchanged after the organizer of the rap contest refused to pay the contest winners as promised. Officers found bullet cases at two locations in the area.

Police said the names of the event organizers weren't identified and that there aren't descriptions of the people involved. They didn't get a permit for the event and the gathering on city property violated New Haven ordinances. In New Haven, you're required to get an assembly permit to hold an event of that nature.

The man shot told police there was a rap contest on the basketball court and that he ran from the scene when he heard shots fired. He was in his car when shots hit his windshield, damaging the glass, police said. He then realized that he was hit in the gunfire.

The shooting remains under investigation.

Police said they didn't recover any weapons.

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<![CDATA[Woman Shot and Killed on New Haven Porch]]> Tue, 28 Jul 2015 16:09:43 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/new+haven+investigation+1200.jpg

A 25-year-old New Haven mother was shot and killed while sitting on her front porch early Tuesday morning.

Police responded to 848 Congress Avenue at 4:03 a.m. to investigate a shooting and found Francesca Ratchford, who neighbors call "La La."

She'd been shot several times and was pronounced dead at the scene. Police said she lived in an apartment at the Congress Street resident where the shooting happened.

Neighbors said she was the mother of a young son and they have no idea why anyone would have killed her.

Witnesses told investigators that a young man with dreadlocks and no shirt might be involved in the shooting. 

Police are asking anyone who witnessed the shooting or has information that could help in the investigation to call detectives at 203-946-6304.

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<![CDATA[1 Resident, 3 Firefighters Hurt in Overnight Hartford Fire]]> Tue, 28 Jul 2015 15:19:42 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Park+Avenue+Fire+Hartford+1200.jpg

One resident and three firefighters were hurt in a three-alarm fire that raged from Monday night into Tuesday morning in the Frog Hollow neighborhood of Hartford, according to the fire department.

Flames broke out at 617 Park Street just before 11 p.m. Monday and spread through the building, which houses a convenience store on the first floor and apartments above. By midnight, the fire was crawling through the walls and traveled through all four floors of the building.

Fire officials said everyone made it out of the building, but one resident was hurt when she fell trying to get out.

The fire department rang three alarms as the roof of the building began to collapse. Firefighters retreated outside and continued dousing the flames, keeping an eye on hot spots throughout the morning.

Embers flared up over and over again as firefighters worked to get it under control. Smoke billowing from the building Tuesday morning filled the air just off Interstate 84. Crews said the humidity has also posed a challenge.

The fire was declared under control around 4:45 a.m. Tuesday.

Officials said the firefighters who were injured suffered mostly from heat exhaustion. They were taken to Hartford Hospital to be evaluated.

Anastatian Roman, a resident of the building who also runs a non-profit business there, she said she is concerned about losing all of her personal possessions.

"I would have to begin again at ground zero," she said.

Rafael Brido, of Hartford, has two businesses in the building and at least one of them was destroyed. 

He said most of his family works in the building and he's trying to figure out how to rebuild. 

"You want to rebuild, you want to come back from this," he said. "That’s my life, that’s my family life."

Officials said the damage inside is significant and crews are investigating the cause of the fire.

Park Street has been closed at Broad Street and police urged drivers to avoid it, as well as local roads near the intersection of Park and Grand streets in Hartford.

If you are in the area, it might be challenging to breathe because of the thickness of the smoke. Crews have been using oxygen tanks.

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<![CDATA[Dad, Young Son Killed in Fiery Truck Crash on I-95 ]]> Tue, 28 Jul 2015 15:33:44 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/I-95+tractor+trailer+fire+edit.jpg

A 31-year-old father and his 7-year-old son were killed when a tractor-trailer went off the highway on Interstate 95 North in Stonington on Monday night and burst into flames, according to state police.

Sergio Amilear Castellon, 31, of Council Bluffs, Iowa was driving the truck near exit 91 on I-95 just after 8 p.m. when he hit the guard rail, according to a news release from state police.

His 7-year-old-son, Sergio Giovanny Castellon, was in the sleeper section of the truck and was also killed in the crash, according to a news release from state police.

Both were pronounced dead at the scene.

The northbound side of the highway was completely shut down at exit 91 for hours in the Mystic section of Stonington into Tuesday morning, but it reopened by 11:02 a.m.

Witnesses at the scene said they saw smoke and heard explosions and footage from the scene showed a plume of black smoke billowing up from the crash site.

Police are actively investigating and witnesses are asked to call state police at 860-848-5033.

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<![CDATA[Car Hits House in New Britain]]> Mon, 27 Jul 2015 23:30:02 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/car+into+house+new+britain.JPG

Police were called to Slater Road in New Britain after a car struck a house Monday night.

Witnesses said the crash happened at 289 Slater Road, near the corner of Queen Street and Corbin Avenue.

According to witnesses, the driver got out and ran.

It's not clear if anyone was hurt.

Police are at the scene investigating.

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<![CDATA[Scantic River State Park Soiled Again]]> Tue, 28 Jul 2015 06:44:13 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/underwear+scantic+river+park+enfield.jpg

During the summer months, Scantic River State Park in Enfield becomes a destination spot for locals and out-of-towners, but neighbors say its popularity is leading to its ruin.

Emily McIntosh came out to enjoy the scenery Sunday and found the park's beauty marred by waste, so several residents rallied to clean it up.

"Picked up everything from underwear with human feces in it to beer bottles to broken bottles to garbage. You name it, it was there, and it was bad," said Enfield resident Kevin Kibbe.

More trash – including used toilet paper – littered the park Monday.

"When you start talking about the soiled underwear and diapers, it goes beyond a littering problem. It becomes a sanitation and health concern," said Enfield resident Emily McIntosh.

Because of the growing garbage problem, the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection banned alcohol at Scantic River State Park for 90 days this summer and will likely extend the ban.

NBC Connecticut crews noticed several large boxes of beer at the park, so it's clear not everyone takes the warning seriously.

"There's a number of enforcement actions over the weekend, arrests for alcohol and loud music, so that police presence by our officers as well as Enfield police will help curtail some of the problems there," said Tom Tyler, director of Connecticut State Parks.

Neighbors believe it's not enough. They argue that unless sanitary facilities, garbage bag dispensers and additional trash cans are installed, the problem will persist.

"Lack of respect. Some people just don't care. They have garbage? Someone else will get it. It's that mentality that's destroying the area," said Kibbe.

Regardless, residents plan to continue cleaning up the mess others leave behind.

Volunteers will hold their third annual park cleanup Sunday at 10:30 a.m.

You can learn more about the cleanup on its Facebook page.

<![CDATA[Hartford Democrats Endorse Luke Bronin for Mayor]]> Mon, 27 Jul 2015 23:17:58 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/luke+bronin+endorsement.jpg

The Hartford Democratic Town Committee endorsed Luke Bronin for mayor after incumbent Pedro Segarra walked out of the nominating convention Monday night.

The drama unfolded at Bulkeley High School, stunning the crowd of mostly party insiders. After the nominations, both candidates were expected to give short speeches.

"There comes a time when someone has to do what is in their conscience as the right thing. I decline the nomination for mayor of the city of Hartford," Segarra said, amid loud applause and cheers from his supporters.

The mayor then walked out.

"I am a resident of this city for 41 years and I will not lend myself to a process," Segarra said, stopping briefly in the hallway to address reporters. "The majority of the people in this city are happy with my leadership and I will take this to the people."

As Segarra supporters chanted "four more years" from the hallway, voting got underway in the high school auditorium.

In the end, 49 committee members voted for Bronin, a Yale Law School graduate and former legal adviser to Gov. Dannel Malloy, well over the majority of 40 required to win. Segarra supporters abstained from voting.

Segarra said he will gather petition signatures to qualify for the Sept. 16 primary.

Bronin, who has received the support of several candidates who dropped out of the race, said he was "honored" to accept the endorsement.

"What I've been talking about in this campaign is a mayor who takes responsibility and who holds himself accountable and what we saw tonight was a mayor who walked away when he knew he didn't have the votes and to me that says it all," Bronin said, accepting the endorsement.

Bronin has criticized the mayor for his response to recent violence in Hartford. His campaign said Segarra walked out before the vote because he did not expect to win the nomination.

Segarra, for his part, has accused Bronin of being an outsider and part of a political machine.

"I couldn't be farther from a machine in Hartford. This is about bringing change to Hartford," said Bronin.

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<![CDATA[TSA PreCheck Registration Available at Bradley Airport]]> Mon, 27 Jul 2015 21:52:35 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/TSA-Precheck-Security-1025.jpg

The Transportation Security Administration has opened an office at Bradley International Airport where customers can purchase and enroll in TSA PreCheck.

PreCheck was started several years ago as a service for passengers on commercial flights to bypass standard security measures so long as they underwent a full security screening and background check with intelligence agencies.

"You’ll bring your documents to show who you are, have your fingerprints done, have you provide some information, FBI will run a background check, run your name against some watch lists, an immigration check, a criminal history record check," said Mike McCarthy with the TSA.

The new application center at Bradley is the third in immediate proximity to Connecticut residents. Previously, customers had to go to either New Haven or Springfield, Massachusetts, in order to sign up.

For $85, you get five years of PreCheck coverage, which allows you quicker security screening for all flights leaving U.S. airports. All major U.S. airlines accept TSA PreCheck.

Being cleared with PreCheck allows passengers to go through security with their shoes on, keep a light jacket on and leave all liquids and laptops in their luggage.

McCarthy said he's not worried about the program becoming too popular.

If it does, he says, that's a good thing.

"We love this program. Passengers love this program. Our officers love the program. It makes for a much easier screening experience for everybody and we liken it to a fast lane. As long as, the more popular it gets, the more PreCheck lanes we can add," he said.

<![CDATA[Public Hearing to Decide Fate of Historic Home]]> Mon, 27 Jul 2015 19:40:00 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/historic07272015.jpg

A public hearing will decide whether one of West Hartford's historic homes will be demolished.

The debate revolves around the home at 2022 Albany Avenue, which was built in 1918.

The home is not only located in West Hartford’s historic district, but is also on the National Register of Historic Places.

"It’s one of the original houses in the area in the post World War I building boom," said Greg Galvin, chairman of the West Hartford Historic Commission.

But now its future is at stake. The developer has proposed demolishing the home and splitting the lot into two parts.

"He was hoping that we would waive the historical significance of the house so that the 90-day delay of demolition ordinance can be bypassed," said Galvin, who sent a letter to the developer urging him to reconsider.

Galvin believes the home’s history is too significant to tear it down, but he’s never walked inside to see it in person.

Some residents who have been inside said the home is not salvageable.

"The walls are down, the floors are buckling in some places, the plumbing and electrical are all torn up and out," said Art Fullerton, who lives nearby.

"I believe the developer could beautifully rebuild the home identical to that home that would be safe and stable," said West Hartford resident Michelle Tessier.

Galvin said he’s seen photos and believes the house can be saved.

Residents will provide their input at a public meeting Monday at 7:30 p.m. in Room 312 of the West Hartford Town Hall.

<![CDATA[Avon Remembers Deadly Crash on 10th Anniversary]]> Mon, 27 Jul 2015 21:53:35 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/avon+mountain+crash+2005.jpg

Avon officials have planned a service of remembrance in honor of four people who died in a crash at the bottom of Avon Mountain 10 years ago this week.

Maureen Edlund, Barbara Bongiovanni, Chip Stotler and Abdulraheem Naafi died the day of the crash July 29, 2005.

A fourth person, Torrington resident Frank Juan, was paralyzed and died three years later. His family says the crash precipitated his death.

Juan, a softball player and umpire in Waterbury, was driving a commuter bus when a flatbed dump truck driven by Naafi came smashing through the intersection.

The truck's brakes failed. Truck owner David Wilcox had canceled the vehicle's insurance.

Avon officials said the memory of the crash remains fresh in the minds of residents and first responders.

"Our folks from the fire department think about that a lot of time whenever they're going through the intersection," said the Avon fire marshal, Jamie DiPace, who served as fire chief 10 years ago. "We go through the intersection hundreds of times a year and it's always there."

Now, as the 10th anniversary of the crash approaches, Juan's children and relatives are heading back to Avon to pay their respect.

"I'm going to do it. Yes. It's important that I have to do it," said Michael Juan.

"I think it's going to be rough on Wednesday," said his sister, Mona. "It's going to be hard. I have a hard time going over the mountain just any other day, never mind going to [it] that day."

The parking lot of a nearby furniture store will be the scene of the memorial service Wednesday at 7:15 a.m., the time of the crash.

<![CDATA[Residents of Orange Help Nab Suspected Shed Burglar]]> Mon, 27 Jul 2015 17:39:09 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/christopher+esteves+orange.JPG

Diligent residents helped police catch a man suspected of stealing from sheds in Orange backyards.

Officers arrested Christopher Esteves, 27, of Ansonia, after two residents of Wheelers Farm Road noticed him scouting garden sheds on their properties in an apparent attempt to burglarize them, according to police.

Police said they found items in his truck that appear to have been stolen. Esteves is accused of successfully burglarizing at least one shed in Orange.

Authorities arrested Esteves Monday after a resident returned home for lunch and watched Esteves' truck pull into his driveway, according to police. The resident said he watched as Esteves rang the doorbell several times, then went around back and checked out the tractor in his shed.

Esteves left without taking anything, and the resident called the police, authorities said.

As officers and detectives headed to the neighborhood, they received a similar report from another resident of Wheelers Farm Road, then noticed Esteves drive by in the truck residents had described, according to police.

Police pulled him over and arrested him for burglary. Both residents were able to identify Esteves as the man they had seen, police said.

Authorities are asking residents to check their garages and sheds for missing items. Anyone with information should call Orange police at 203-891-2130.

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<![CDATA[Bicyclist Hit by Drunken Driver in Hartford Dies]]> Tue, 28 Jul 2015 04:56:16 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/hartford+wethersfield+ave+bike+ax.jpg

A 69-year-old man struck by a drunken driver while riding his bicycle in Hartford last week has died, according to police.

Carlos Perez, of Hartford, was riding his bike on Wethersfield Avenue around 5:30 p.m. Thursday when he was hit by a car.

Perez was rushed to Hartford Hospital, where he was listed in critical condition. He died four days later.

The driver who struck him, Dalia Bourassa, 38, of Terryville, failed a field sobriety test and was charged with driving under the influence. It's not clear if she has an attorney.

Police are asking anyone who may have witnessed the crash to come forward.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Hartford police at 860-527-6300 or submit an anonymous tip online.

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<![CDATA[Some I-95 Ramps to Shut Down Overnight in New Haven]]> Mon, 27 Jul 2015 15:09:30 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/new+q+bridge+rendering.jpg

Some ramps of Interstate 95 will be shut down week nights into early mornings through Friday in New Haven as crews work on improvements to the I-95 corridor.

The Wooster Street, I-91 southbound and Route 34 eastbound off-ramps will be closed between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. Monday to Friday during the construction as part of the I-95 New Haven Harbor Crossing Corridor Improvement program, according to the project website at www.i95newhaven.com.

Nighttime lane closures may take place on I-95, I-91 and Route 34 themselves.

Find out information on detours and project updates at www.i95newhaven.com.

<![CDATA[Police Search for Branford Bank Robber]]> Mon, 27 Jul 2015 15:24:16 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/branford+td+bank+robber.jpg

Police are searching for the man who robbed a bank in Branford around noon Monday.

The robber entered the TD Bank at 1003 West Main Street just after noon and got away with an unknown amount of money. Police said he indicated he had a weapon but didn't display one.

The perpetrator left the bank on foot and was last seen running westbound through a line of tall shrubbery, according to police. State police and neighboring police departments brought in K-9s to help search for the robber.

Police said the man is in his 30s or 40s and stands between 6 feet tall and 6-foot-2. He has very short hair and may be balding.

The robber was wearing a baseball cap with a green front and light-colored mesh in back, along with a gray short-sleeved shirt and blue cargo shorts with white socks and sneakers.

Police are still investigating and continue to search for the robber.

Authorities are asking anyone with information on his whereabouts to call Branford police at 203-481-4241 or call the Branford Crime Tip Line at 203-315-3909.

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<![CDATA[Suspect in Hartford Murder Arrested at Southington Motel]]> Mon, 27 Jul 2015 14:57:16 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/HTFDHOMICIDE11.jpg

A man accused of murdering a 23-year-old Hartford resident in May was arrested Monday at a Southington motel.

Police arrested Jonathan M. Contrera, 22, of Hartford, in connection with the murder of Alexis Marrero, 23, of Hartford.

Marrero was shot and killed the night of May 26. Police were called to 618 Maple Avenue around 11:15 p.m. and found Marrero inside the Ciales Grocery store, police said. He had been shot several times in the torso and hand. 

He was rushed to Hartford Hospital, where he died on his injuries early the next morning.

Marrero was the victim of a fourth fatal shooting in a 10-day span. 

Hartford police, as well as the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force and Hartford Police Shooting Task Force have been investigating and connected Contrera to several hotels in the area of Southington.

Authorities spotted his car Monday and set up surveillance on a room at the Southington Motel 6. Police said they took Contrera into custody at the door to the room. 

Contrera was charged with murder and carrying a pistol without a permit. It's not clear if he has an attorney.

<![CDATA[Teen Tried to Conceal Gun During Motor Vehicle Stop]]> Mon, 27 Jul 2015 13:35:35 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Policelightsgeneric.jpg

Hartford police arrested an 17-year-old Hartford driver and his 15-year-old East Hartford passenger on Friday after finding a weapon in their vehicle.

The driver arrested was Keemo White, 18, of Hartford, and the name of the passenger was not released because he is under 17.

Police observed a car committing multiple traffic violations at 1:17 p.m. near Baltimore Street and Albany Avenue on Friday and stopped it. A juvenile passenger in the car was acting strange and showing physical  behaviors consistent of someone hiding a weapon, police said.

Police got the driver and passenger out of the car, handcuffed them and checked them for weapons. Police found a loaded Ruger LCP .280 gun on the 15-year-old. Police arrested the teenager, bringing him to the Hartford Police Department Special Investigation Division to debrief him and notifying his parents.

White was charged with several traffic violations and taken to the Hartford Police Department for booking.

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<![CDATA[4 Charged With Passing Counterfeit Cash in West Hartford]]> Mon, 27 Jul 2015 20:02:21 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Jason+Hayle+Shawn+Michael+Hayle++and+Andrew+Darien+McLeod.jpg

West Hartford police have arrested two brothers, another man and a minor accused of spending counterfeit cash at local businesses so they could pocket the legitimate cash they received in return.

Police were tipped off to the crime spree when staff from La Petite Bakery called them on Sunday to report that a customer had come in and passed off a fake $100 bill.

That was just the beginning.

Within 20 minutes, police received similar reports from Ben & Jerry’s and Bruegger’s Bagels.

Police said employees at all three stores gave similar descriptions of the counterfeiters and one managed to snap a photo of the getaway car before it left the scene.

Officers soon found a vehicle matching the description and saw items inside that had been bought with the counterfeit cash, according to police.

In all, six businesses were hit. Police arrested the three adults and one minor who were inside the car, along with one other person.

Jason Hayle, 20, and Shawn Michael Hayle, 21, brothers from Hartford, and Andrew Darien  McLeod, 20, of Brooklyn, New York, were arrested.

Jason Hayle was charged with six counts of first-degree conspiracy to commit forgery and one count of fifth-degree conspiracy to commit larceny. His bond was set at $100,000.

Shawn Michael Hayle was charged with 10 counts of first-degree conspiracy to commit forgery, 10 counts of first-degree forgery, conspiracy to commit larceny in the fifth degree and one count of fifth-degree larceny. His bond was set at $200,000.

McLeod was charged with six counts of conspiracy to commit forgery in the first degree, six counts of first-degree forgery, conspiracy to commit larceny in the fifth degree, one count of fifth-degree larceny and one count of interfering with an officer. His bond was set at $250,000.

McLeod was also charged as a fugitive from justice based on an out of state warrant.

All the suspects are due in court on Aug. 17. It's not clear if they have attorneys.

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<![CDATA[Police Arrest Felon Driving Car Suspected of Robbery Ties: PD]]> Mon, 27 Jul 2015 13:12:47 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/72715+Hartford+Guns+Arrest+1200.jpg

Hartford police arrested a 36-year-old convicted felon multiple weapons charges after they stopped him in a car he was driving that matched a description of a vehicle believed to be involved in street robberies in the capital city.

Kuwan Russ, 36, of Hartford, is facing multiple weapons charges and is accused of carrying a stolen gun.

Police received reports that an older, tan Lexus was involved in street robberies on July 25 and notified patrols with a description of the car and suspect.

Members of Hartford's shooting task force spotted a vehicle matching that description headed northbound on Wethersfield Avenue, so they stopped the car.

Police said they found a Glock model 26 9-millimeter pistol loaded with 9-millimeter rounds of ammunition on Russ. The gun was stolen in New York. Police also seized a portable red and blue police light, pepper spray, a flashlight, a 16-by-52 monocular, a dreadlock headpiece disguise, a winter hat, a black T-shirt and a black Champion jacket from his car.

Russ has criminal history of involvement in robbery and firearm incidents. Police took him into custody and charged him with having a pistol without a permit, criminal possession of a firearm, theft of a firearm, weapons in a motor vehicle and failure to properly display registration.

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<![CDATA[Man Charged in Stolen Car That Crashed Into Cruisers Appears in Court]]> Mon, 27 Jul 2015 12:53:23 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Cruisers+hit+at+Enfield+and+Green+streets+in+Hartford.jpg

A man suspected in a stolen car crash and chase that injured three Hartford officers and two civilians on Friday appeared in court on Monday morning and the case has been continued until next month. 

A stolen car smashed into police cruisers and several other vehicles in the North End of Hartford on Friday afternoon, according to police, and Andre Davis, 20, of Hartford, was arrested on several charges in connection to the incident.

He appeared in court on Monday, where bond was set at $1 million and a new court date was set for Aug. 26.

Police said the wild chase started on Weston Street, where a driver got out of his car to speak with an elderly woman.

"Unfortunately, he left his door open and his van running. As he was speaking with the old lady, the suspect jumped in the van and took off and stole the vehicle," said Hartford police spokesman Deputy Brian Foley.

When officers tried to stop the stolen car, the driver led them on a chase through Hartford's North End.

"He rammed the police vehicle, rammed it out of the way. Those two officers in the car were injured," Foley said.

Police said the stolen car also struck at least five other vehicles before ultimately crashing at Main Street and Mahl Avenue.

Three officers were hurt, along with two people in another car that was struck. Police described their injuries as non-life threatening and said they were admitted to Saint Francis Hospital for treatment.

Davis was not injured.

Police charged him with third-degree larceny, reckless driving, failure to obey an officer's signal, engaging police in a pursuit, six counts of reckless endangerment, three counts of evading, possession of a controlled substance, possession with intent to sell and three counts of assault on a police officer.

A public defender is representing Davis.

<![CDATA[Firefighters Respond to Tunxis Laundromat in Madison]]> Mon, 27 Jul 2015 12:51:16 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/fire+truck+generic.jpg

Madison firefighters are responding to a laundromat in town.

They were called to Tunxis Laundromat at 114 Bradley Road in Madison.

Firefighters have not released information on the nature of the incident, but said that it doesn't sound serious in nature.