<![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-usFri, 29 Jul 2016 13:52:59 -0400Fri, 29 Jul 2016 13:52:59 -0400NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Berlin Man Driving Scooter Struck, Killed in New Britain]]> Fri, 29 Jul 2016 13:36:29 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/new+britain+police+logo.jpg

A 56-year-old Berlin man is dead after a driver hit his scooter in New Britain on Thursday night.

Carl Parent, 56, of Berlin, was driving a scooter at the intersection of Stanley and Ellis streets when he was hit at 6:39 p.m. and he died at a local hospital, according to police.

The man who was driving the car was not hurt and has been cooperative with the investigation, police said.

The cause of the crash is still under investigation.

Anyone who witnessed the crash should call Sergeant Steven King at (860) 826-3071.

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<![CDATA[Medical Plane With 4 Onboard Goes Missing in California]]> Fri, 29 Jul 2016 13:12:30 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/BREAKINGNEWS21.jpg

Authorities say they're searching for a small medical transport plane with four people aboard that has been missing for about eight hours in Northern California.

The Federal Aviation Administration says the pilot of the Piper PA31 declared an emergency around 1 a.m. Friday when smoke filled the cockpit.

REACH Air Medical Services says in a statement that the plane was carrying the pilot, a flight nurse, a transport medic and a patient.

FAA spokesman Ian Gregor says the plane planned to fly about 360 miles from Crescent City, near the Oregon border, to Oakland. Gregor says the pilot reported that he planned to return to Crescent City before losing contact.

The plane went missing from radar 5 miles north of the Arcata-Eureka Airport on the far northern coast of California.

<![CDATA[Suspect in Newington Armed Robberies Arrested]]> Fri, 29 Jul 2016 12:26:31 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Randall+Michaels+1200.jpg

Police have arrested a Hartford man suspected in armed robberies at a Newington Subway as well as a Quick Stop Convenience Store in town. 

Randall Michaels, 33, of Hartford, was arrested on Tuesday and charged with two counts of first-degree robbery, conspiracy to commit robbery in the first degree, assault in the second degree, larceny in the fourth degree, sixth-degree larceny, first-degree reckless endangerment and carrying a dangerous weapon. 

Police said they arrested him Michaels on two outstanding arrest warrants. 

He is accused of participating in robberies at the Subway at 975 Main St. on Nov. 18 and the Quick Stop Convenience Store at 1125 Willard Ave. on Dec. 7. The clerk at Quick Stop was assaulted during the robbery there. 

Police said Michaels had a handgun during t both robberies. 

Michaels was held on $450,000 bond.

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<![CDATA[Police Arrest Suspect in Milford Suspicious Activity]]> Fri, 29 Jul 2016 12:02:08 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Walter+Denike.jpg

Milford police have arrested a man suspected of trying to get into local homes.

Police previously released home surveillance video of a man poking around a Milford home and arrested a suspect early this morning. 

Police said they arrested Walter Denike, 62, of Milford, as he was trying to break into a home on Cedarhurst Lane. Denike tried to run, bit police apprehended him.  

This is at least the third incident on the same street. Surveillance from two incidents at a home on Cedarhurst Lane showed a man covering his face opening the screen door of the home, checks to see if it's unlocked, then ringthe doorbell, Milford Police said. 

The first incident happened on July 7 at 3 a.m. and the second occurred on July 11 around 2:45 a.m.

Denike has been charged with third-degree criminal trespass and interfereing and resisting arrest. 

He is being held on $5,000 bond and is due in court today. 

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<![CDATA[Fire Breaks Out at Vacant House in Oxford]]> Fri, 29 Jul 2016 11:11:11 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Fire+on+Oxford+Road+in+Oxford.JPG

Officials are investigating a fire at a vacant house in Oxford. 

Someone noticed the fire on Oxford Road around 1:50 a.m. Friday while passing by. 

Firefighters encountered heavy smoke and some flames and extinguished the fire quickly, but crews were rotated in and out to rehydrate because of heat and humidity before the rain started. 

The cause of the fire is under investigation.


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<![CDATA[Bloomfield Road Closed After Fatal Crash]]> Fri, 29 Jul 2016 09:57:45 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Crash+on+Simsbury+Road+in+Bloomfield+1200.jpg

One person was killed when a vehicle hit a utility pole in Bloomfield this morning, according to police.

Police said the crash happened at Simsbury and Mountain roads and the road could be closed for a few hours. 

A driver and passenger were in the car and police said the passenger was killed. The driver was injured, but the injuries are not life-threatening. 

To get around the closure, take a right on Route 218, a left on Maple Avenue and a left on Burr Road. 

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<![CDATA[Celebrate National Chicken Wing Day With Deals]]> Fri, 29 Jul 2016 08:39:27 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/SD-County-Fair-2016+093.JPG

If you're a chicken wing fan, today is your day.

July 29 is National Chicken Wing Day — the perfect excuse to treat yourself to everything from barbecue to boneless.

The American favorites come hot and spicy, sweet or plain. Or maybe dipped in creamy blue cheese dressing?

No matter how you like them, some restaurants are offering freebies and deals to celebrate.

Buffalo Wild Wings is offering half-off wings all day Friday at participating locations, but the deal is for dine-in only.

Hooters has all-you-can-eat wings starting at $12.99. Prices vary by location.

Click here for more deals at CNBC.com.

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<![CDATA[Police Investigate Several Car Thefts and Break-Ins in West Hartford]]> Fri, 29 Jul 2016 10:53:46 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/west+hartford+police+generic.JPG

Police are investigating several car thefts and break-ins in West Hartford.

The West Hartford Police Department has received around 20 reports of car break-ins and three car thefts during the overnight hours this week.

The crimes have happened all over town and all the vehicles were unlocked, police said.

Police are urging residents to lock the doors to their vehicles; never leave keys, fobs or valet keys inside their motor vehicles; remove valuables from vehicles; and avoid leaving vehicles running while unattended.

If you can park inside a garage, do so and call police if you see anything suspicious on your street.

Police also urge residents to check exterior lights on your home to assure proper working condition and pointed in the correct direction.

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<![CDATA[Man Charged in Armed Robbery at Middletown Gas Station]]> Fri, 29 Jul 2016 10:41:04 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Tyrell+Lockhart+gas+man+in+Middletown.jpg

Police have charged a 28-year-old Middletown man in an armed robbery Thursday night at a gas station near Wesleyan University and the public library. 

Tyrell Lockhart was wearing a mask and pointed a BB gun at the clerk when he robbed he Gasman gas station on Broad Street at 9:48 p.m., according to police.

As a customer called 911 to report the robbery, Lockhart jumped over the counter and stole around eight packages of Newport Light cigarettes, then jumped back over the counter and ran out the door, according to police. 

Police who were canvassing the area and looking for the robber found Lockhart, who looked nervous and was trying to take off his shirt, according to police. When officers approached him, Lockhart fled and ran into a three-story rooming and apartment house on Church Street apartment, according to police.

He later walked out of the house and police detained him.

The SWAT team was then called in, secured the building and ensured there were no other suspects. 

The surveillance video from Gasman showed a man in a black mask waiving what appeared to be a gun in an aggressive manner, then jump over the counter, knocking over a rack in the process before he took several packs of cigarettes.

Police said they found the gun next to a showprint from a size 11 Nike in the area Lockhart was first seen. Police said the shoeprint matched what Lockhart was wearing and they noted the gun looked like a semi-automatic handgun, but turned out to be a BB gun.

Police also found balled up clothing on top of a box at Traverse Square, a federally subsidized housing complex, and the resident said the clothing did not belong to anyone in the home.

Lockhart was charged with first-degree robbery, carrying a dangerous weapon, criminal possession of an electronic defense weapon and first-degree reckless endangerment.

Bond was set at $500.000 and he is due in court today.

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<![CDATA[Yard Goats Looking at Other Cities for 2017 Season: Sources]]> Fri, 29 Jul 2016 07:15:51 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/dunkin%27-donuts-park1.jpg

The Hartford Yard Goats baseball team is threatening to find a new home for the 2017 season after a promise for a ballpark still hasn't come to fruition, according to letters sent to city officials. 

The team's owner, Josh Solomon, called the development of Dunkin' Donuts Park, with the completion deadline being missed over and over, "intolerable," letters obtained by NBC Connecticut say. 

"The city cannot tell the team when or if the stadium will be completed," Solomon wrote to city officials. "The city appears not to have sufficient monies available to fund the completion of the stadium." 

Solomon said he wants some kind of assurance from the city by December that the ballpark will be completed for the next season, or the team will search for a new place to play next year. 

"Since June 6, 2016, no work of any significance has been performed at the stadium and it now appears that the stadium will not be completed for many months, at minimum," Solomon wrote. 

The Yard Goats' owner said the insurance company for the stadium has made a decision about completion of the stadium, but the city responded, saying the company is still investigating and no decisions have been made.

"To my knowledge Arch Insurance is actively involved in investigating the condition of the Project and negotiating agreements necessary to the resumption and completion of the Hartford Stadium Project," Howard G. Rifkin, of the city's office of the corporation counsel, wrote back to Solomon.

Centerplan, the developer hired to build Dunkin' Donuts stadium, started construction on the stadium in February 2015 with a set completion date of mid-March. After delays came to light in December 2015, a new date of May 17 was set in January, but Centerplan did not meet that date and the city has since invoked the $46 million insurance policy on the project and fired the developer.

Centerplan has also filed a complaint, looking for an injunction against the city, claiming it didn’t use the proper dispute resolution channels laid out in their joint agreement before the city fired them.

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<![CDATA[Our New Home Page: What You Need to Know]]> Fri, 03 Jun 2016 00:45:10 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/cthomepage1.jpg

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

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

So what’s new?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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<![CDATA[Wethersfield to Add License Plate Readers]]> Thu, 28 Jul 2016 23:00:50 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Lots_of_Traffic_Expected_for_Holiday_Weekend_1200x675_716920387873.jpg

The Wethersfield Town Council has given the green light to police to install stationary license plate readers to two busy roadways. 

The cameras will be installed at undisclosed locations along the Silas Deane and the Berlin Turnpike to record license plates of cars passing by around the clock. 

Wethersfield Police Chief James Cetran said the measure will help the department with criminal investigations.

But the American Civil Liberties Union of Connecticut (ACLU) said installing license plate readers  should raise a red flag.

"It's just leads. That's what it's for. That's what it is designed to do and that's what we use it for," Cetran tells NBC Connecticut Troubleshooters. 

Over the past 8 years, Wethersfield's police chief says their two license plate readers have helped solve crimes including an armed robbery at the Mercury gas station.

"We got video, got a piece of the marker plate. Ran it through our database for LPR and our recordings and had it 3 different times and we were able to find the car," Cetran added. 

Cetran is looking forward to implementing these 12 new license plate reader cameras in two unnamed stationary spots along the two busy roadways.

Cetran stated, "I'm trying to get ahead of the curve. I truly believe our crime rate is going to go up substantially in the near future."

David McGuire is interim Executive Director of the ACLU of Connecticut, "We have concerns about the data and how long it is collected and what it's used for," McGuire told NBC Connecticut.

McGuire said motorists should be mortified; the license plate reader cameras will scan thousands of plates per hour, and store the data for years.

Allowing officers access without court oversight or judicial review.

"Essentially, its a digital record of everywhere you have been at incredible precision, down to the storefront you visited, the therapist office and mosque for prayer. It is Of real concern that police and the government will have this data."

Crystal Filmore of South Windham said, "I'm mostly against it. However I do feel it's a good idea with all the crime we've been having, however I think that peoples' freedom and rights are really being infringed upon."

Cetran adds the cameras will strictly be used reactively.

"I understand certain groups are afraid of Big Brother, but obviously that is not what it's used for, only using for crime," Cetran stated.

Tonight McGuire is also worried about third party sharing and the information getting into the hands of private entities.

"And our bigger concern is government use," McGuire added.

Cetran tells NBC Connecticut Troubleshooters anyone caught abusing the cameras are subject to arrest for computer crimes. The ACLU said they'll try again in the legislature to get the data stored for weeks or months instead of years.

By the way, the cameras will cost $215,000 and will be covered by asset forfeiture funds seized by the department. The two initial license plate readers brought to the department in 2008, will also be replaced with two new ones. Those cameras will continue to be used on two police cruisers.

<![CDATA[Senator Chris Murphy: 'Trump Scares the Hell Out of Me']]> Thu, 28 Jul 2016 18:04:53 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/chris-murphy-donald-trump-generic.jpg

In no uncertain terms, Senator Chris Murphy provided his personal feelings on the prospect of Donald Trump winning the presidency just hours after finished his speech at the Demcratic National Convention. 

"Donald Trump scares the hell out of me," Murphy said.

Murphy went a step further and said he could see Americans losing their lives as a result of Trump's ascent to the nation’s highest office.

"I think he'll get people killed the way that he's prepared to walk away from our alliances all over the world. I think he'll get people killed here in our country because of his insistence on putting guns in our schools. I just am very worried about this nation if Donald Trump becomes president."

Murphy spoke on the penultimate night of the convention about the need for stricter gun controls, specifically more stringent background checks, and the need to prevent anyone on a terror watch list from being able to purchase a gun.

The senator said he fears for what a Trump administration’s gun policies may look like.

Trump has promised that on his first day in office he will unwind all of President Obama's work to make our background check system safer and he will ban "gun-free school zones.”

Thursday night is the final evening of the DNC where Hillary Clinton will formally accept the party’s nomination for president.

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<![CDATA[Yale Faculty Member Reflects on Clinton's Work with Children]]> Thu, 28 Jul 2016 18:05:26 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/HRC-yale.jpg

Adorning the walls of Dr. James Comer’s New Haven Office are artifacts and photos that span a lifetime. They include photos of his grandchildren, awards and honors bestowed upon him, and one wall just above his desk bears three photos from a ceremony back in 1998.

It was the commemoration of thirty years of the Yale Child Study Center where he’s worked for nearly five decades.

“Hillary Clinton came back for that ceremony,” Comer said with a smile. Comer is seen in the photo with then-First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton and then-Yale President Rick Levin.

Clinton graduated from Yale Law School and shortly thereafter, in 1974, she heard a lecture from Comer all about the development of children, the need for investment, and the societal importance of the making sure children and adolescents develop properly.

He said Clinton was enthralled.

“She was interested in and continues to be interested in the work that we do because she’s interested in early childhood.”

Throughout the Democratic National Convention, the Clintons’ time at Yale has been a key part of the narrative about Hillary’s early life. She worked for the Children’s Defense Fund.

Comer says that work led to a life where children and their development was always her focus.

“She’s always had that curiosity and it’s that kind of curiosity that’s rare in public figures and policymakers and that’s going to help an awful lot.”

He says the DNC has acted as a good springboard for more substantive conversations about how to ensure that children get the resources they need to develop properly.

“The connection between child development and all of the other issues that we’re concerned about will be made and we can begin to come up with realistic solutions and help with the development of children because we will begin to understand how important it is in this society and age.”

Comer sees Clinton from time to time and says decades after he gave that lecture, they still have a bond. “Every time I see her she says, ‘there’s that man!’ and he came with those ideas about children and families!”

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<![CDATA[Tests Will Determine Safety of Water at West Haven Beaches]]> Thu, 28 Jul 2016 17:51:10 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/West-Haven-beach.jpg

Swimming remains off limits as authorities try to determine what washed up on the beach in West Haven Wednesday afternoon.

The substance was dark and dirty and originally thought to be a combination of black algae and sewage, but officials said none of the sewage treatment plants had a release to report.

There was no rainbow sheen to the substance so it wasn't oil. But it's still in the water.

West Haven's Health Director put up signs, signs saying no swimming or wading until further notice. The beach itself is still open.

"It's amazing! This is a beautiful day for the beach," said Gina Valerio. " I didn't come here to swim. I came here to lay out."

She wasn't quite the only one on the sand. After the tide turned there was an odor coming from the water.

"I did notice that," said Patty Gonda. "I just didn't know if it was low tide but I did notice but I was just walking along collecting sea glass."

Deputy Fire Chief Scott Schwartz said tests will determine whether bacterial levels are too high for swimming. He said biologists believe the darkness is seaweed decaying in the heat, nothing dangerous.

"They say it's a natural process. It actually breaks it down and it will turn into a black gooey type in the water that simulates a crude oil leak," Schwartz said.

When the bacterial test comes back then authorities will know whether they can let people back into the water. The incident is not expected to impact the West Haven Savin Rock Festival, which started Thursday afternoon.

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<![CDATA[Accused Murderer Arrested in Groton for Cocaine Charges: PD]]> Thu, 28 Jul 2016 17:20:58 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/VERNON-HORN.jpg

An accused murderer was arrested in Groton for various charges relating to cocaine possession, police said. 

During his initial contact with police, Vernon Horn, accompanied by Ivaniette Marie Lopez, gave officers an Ohio state identification card with false information, Groton Police said. 

When officers found medication bottles with Horn's name, they looked him up and discovered the New Haven man was wanted by the New Haven Police Department for failure to appear in court, according to Groton Police. 

While the suspect continued to deny his identity, he was brought into the police station and fingerprints confirmed that he was rightfully identified as Vernon Horn, an accused murder who was convicted in 2000 before his case was overturned in 2014, police said. 

After he appealed the conviction and the case was overturned, Horn was released on a bond pending retrial. 

In July, a re-arrest warrant was issued with a $2 million court set bond, police said. 

Groton Police charged Horn with cocaine possession, intent to sell, possession of marijuana greater than a half-ounce, possession of drug paraphernalia and criminal impersonation.

Horn was also charged with third-degree criminal mischief for flooding a cell's toilet at the Groton Police Department Headquarters, police said.

The United States Marshal's Fugitive Task have Horn in cutosdy. He is expected to appear in court on Aug. 11. 

Lopez was charged with cocaine possession, intent to sell, possession of marijuana greater than a half-ounce, possession of drug paraphernalia.

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<![CDATA[Multiple Arrests in Illegal Gambling Investigation: Police]]> Fri, 29 Jul 2016 04:56:01 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/naugatuck+police+generic.jpg

Naugatuck police and Connecticut State police have arrested several people as part of an illegal gambling investigation.

Naugatuck police said the investigation into possible illegal gambling at the Main Street Social Club on North Main Street began in January. On July 27, Naugatuck police and members of the Connecticut State Police Statewide Organized Crime Task Force executed a search warrant at the club.

According to police, multiple employees were arrested and accused of organizing an running illegal gambling organization.

Stephen Kloc, 47, of Naugatuck, Andrew Kloc, 44, of Naugatuck, Michael Santos, 33 of Naugatuck, Domenic Mancini, 27, of Watertown, Marisa Mango, 29, of Bristol and Sarah Bernier, 35, of Naugatuck all face multiple gambling related charges.

Police said summons were also issued for several players at the club.

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<![CDATA[Multiple Car Break-Ins Reported at Supply Pond in Branford]]> Fri, 29 Jul 2016 08:13:33 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/car_generic1.jpg

Branford police are warning the public to be on alert after multiple thefts from vehicles parked at Supply Pond.

Police said multiple hikers reported vehicle break-ins at Supply Pond on North Chestnut Street throughout the month of July.

In each case, there was a purse in plain view inside the car and the thief or thieves smashed a window to access the vehicle.

All of the crimes have occurred between 3 p.m. and 7 p.m., when the victims were hiking the Supply Pond Nature Trails.

In one incident, witnesses reported a white van with two males leaving the area.

Police remind residents to lock vehicles and keep valuables out of view.

Suspicious activity should be reported to police immediately and can be reported by calling (203) 481-4241 or by dialing 911 in an emergency.

Police said they are increasing patrols in the area.

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<![CDATA[DEEP Emergency Crews Clean Spilled Acid in New Haven]]> Thu, 28 Jul 2016 16:20:53 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/hazmat1.jpg

Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) crews responded to an acid spill in New Haven on Thursday, the agency said. 

DEEP said its emergency team went to contain and clean acid that had spilled from a broken container in a basement storage area at the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station on Huntington Street. 

Remains from the incident have been given to an environmental contractor proper disposal and the scene has been cleared, DEEP said. 

The building was evacuated during the clean up and air quality tests. The immediate area where the acid spilled was closed off to let it air out, DEEP said. 

There were no injuries reported. 

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<![CDATA[Stamford Police Seek 4 Suspects in Kidnapping, Robbery]]> Thu, 28 Jul 2016 16:39:24 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/stamford-kidnapping-suspect.jpg

Stamford police are searching for four suspects in a robbery and kidnapping incident.

Police said on Tuesday around 2:30 p.m. a female victim was approached by four suspects. One of the suspects showed a handgun. They kidnapped the victim and forced her to withdraw money from the bank and her home, according to police.

Police believe two of the suspects are male and two are female. Police have released video showing two of the four suspects.

One of the male suspects is described as 5-foot-5-inches, with a heavy build, olive complexion. He was wearing a beige fedora.

One of the female suspects is described as 5-foot-4-inches, around 150 pounds, with light skin and her hair pulled back.

The suspects were driving a dark colored Doge minivan, police said.

Police said the suspects are considered armed and dangerous and should not be approached. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Stamford Police Detective Bureau at (203) 977-4417.

Photo Credit: Stamford Police Department
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<![CDATA[Man Accused of Stealing $1.2 Million from Groton Estate]]> Thu, 28 Jul 2016 15:14:50 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Hartford00000000.jpg

A 69-year-old Groton man is accused of stealing $1.2 million from an estate. 

Police said they started investigating suspicious activity associated with an estate at the request of the Groton Probate Court and determined that more than $1.2 million was taken from it. 

Police arrested 68-year-old David Burrell, of Groton, last week, on July 20 and has been charged with first-degree larceny. Police said he was in charge of the state.

Burrell was released after posting $50,000 and he is scheduled to appear in court in New London on Aug. 1.

<![CDATA[Breaks of Sunshine This Afternoon, 90 Degrees Possible]]> Fri, 29 Jul 2016 10:55:30 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Satellite+Visiblegggg.png

The longest heat wave in 10 years will likely end today, though it's possible that some inland location sneak to 90 degrees once again.

The heaviest rain is over, but a scattered shower is possible during the balance of today.

The weekend starts dry with sunshine and clouds Saturday. A late-day shower is possible in western Connecticut. Highs will be in the middle 80s.

By Sunday, more numerous showers and storms are possible. Temperatures will still be in the 80s.

By the middle part of next week, it warms up again with mostly sunny conditions returning by Tuesday.

<![CDATA[911 Bomb Threat Call Connected to Abduction, Bank Robbery]]> Thu, 28 Jul 2016 16:32:26 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Robert+DuPerry+TB+Bank+.jpg

The man suspected of abducting a woman from a Bristol business, blindfolding her and holding her hostage while robbing a bank on Wednesday is also accused of calling fake bomb threats into Hartford police and NBC Connecticut has obtained the 911 calls.

Police said Robert Du Perry, 51, used the victim’s cell phone to call 911.

“Bombs in buildings all over city. Put them on the phone now. This is ISIS calling. We are in your house,” he said.

Then the dispatcher responded.

“Oh, you’re in my house?” she asked.

“This is not a prank. Stop trying to get the location of the phone,” the caller responded. “You have 11 bombs in your Gold Building on Main Street. There are four bombs in the post office. You have three bombs in the police station. You have until 5 o’clock to evacuate the buildings and then they will be detonated.”

When the dispatcher asked the caller for his name, he hung up the phone.

The suspect has been identified as 51-year-old Robert Du Perry and police took him into custody on Wednesday.

The victim told police that Du Perry told her several times that he had bombs with him, but officers did not find any bombs or bomb-making material.

Du Perry has been charged in connection with the Bristol violations, but not for the alleged bomb threats. 

 Duperry was charged with two counts of first-degree robbery, two counts of second-degree larceny, first-degree kidnapping, first-degree reckless endangerment, third-degree assault, assault of victim over 60, criminal possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, carrying a pistol without a permit, first-degree burglary, first-degree threatening, engaging an officer in a pursuit and reckless driving.
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Bristol police charged him with two counts of first-degree robbery, two counts of second-degree larceny, first-degree kidnapping, first-degree reckless endangerment, third-degree assault, assault of victim over 60, criminal possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, carrying a pistol without a permit, first-degree burglary, first-degree threatening, engaging an officer in a pursuit and reckless driving.

Du Perry appeared in court on Thursday, where bond was set at $1.3 million. 

A public defender is representing him and he's due back in court on Aug. 11.

Photo Credit: NBCConnecticut and Bristol Police]]>
<![CDATA[3rd Sex Assault Suit Filed Against Boarding School ]]> Thu, 28 Jul 2016 14:22:25 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/lawsuit_generic.jpg

A third former student of a prestigious boarding school in Lakeville has filed a federal lawsuit, alleging he was sexually assaulted by two teachers and a headmaster while he was enrolled in the 1980s and school officials were aware but did nothing to stop it. 

The man who filed the suit says he was abused by staff members of at Indian Mountain School from 1980 to 1983 when, he was 12 to 15, according to the law firm representing him. 

NBC Connecticut is not identifying the victim because of the sexual abuse allegations. 

This is the third suit accusing the school -- for children in kindergarten through grade 9 -- of failing to stop teachers and the headmaster from “predatory sexual assaults and pedophilia” inflicted on minor boys, “including fellatio, anal sex, sodomy, voyeurism, fondling and forced masturbation,” according to attorneys for the plaintiff. 

“The monstrous sexual abuse perpetrated by the school and its nest of child molesters inflicted torture and suffering on (name deleted) that began when he was a defenseless, innocent little boy, and that continues to this day,” said the man’s attorney, Antonio Ponvert III of Bridgeport-based Koskoff Koskoff & Bieder. “Like other Plaintiffs who filed complaints against the school last year, (name deleted) was subjected to sexual abuse and exploitation by the very adults who had pledged to protect him.” 

The lawsuit accuses a former English teacher of sexually abusing, assaulting and exploiting dozens of boys at the school for more than a decade, taking photographs of the boys to blackmail them into silence and giving them marijuana, alcohol, cigarettes, cocaine and LSD. 

The man who filed the suit fears photos that show him naked or partially dressed have been or will be published on kiddie porn sites and viewed by pedophiles around the world, according to the law firm. 

The suit also claims the then-headmaster and several staff members knew what was happening and found hardcore child pornography in the English teacher’s possession. It also claims staff witnessed boys entering the teacher’s apartment after lights out and they saw him visiting dormitories late at night. 

“Not one staff member, including the Headmaster, the Assistant Headmaster, the school’s staff psychiatrist, the school’s registered nurse, members of the school’s Board of Trustees, and even the school’s lawyer – ever complied with mandatory child sexual abuse reporting laws,” Ponvert said in a statement. “Nor did anyone ever report Simonds’ possession of child pornography to the authorities, even though it clearly was against the law.” 

The lawsuit also accuses the then-headmaster of rubbing cream all over the victim’s penis, claiming it was to treat jock itch, frequenting the boys’ showers and commenting on their penises and pubic hair. 

The lawsuit accuses the then-French teacher of assaulting boys as well. 

“Indian Mountain was charged with the wellbeing of its students in their parents’ absence,” Ponvert said in a statement. “These were vulnerable children who, instead of being protected by the adults they relied on, were subjected to unfathomable abuse. Not one adult at this institution came to their rescue.” 

NBC Connecticut has reached out to the school. 

When the last lawsuit was filed in January 2015, Indian Mountain School's headmaster at the time, Mark A. Devey, responded with a statement promising to support its former students.

"Recently we notified our school community that we were conducting an investigation in order to identify any alumni who may have been victimized while a student at Indian Mountain School in the past. We believe that it is best for both the school and its alumni to deal with these issues now," Devey said in a statement. "It is heart wrenching to hear these allegations, and we are saddened by them. We will take the allegations very seriously, and we will support our alumni." 

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<![CDATA[Stamford Man Faces Federal Charges for Online Threats: USAO]]> Thu, 28 Jul 2016 14:30:01 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/knbc-keyboard-typing-generic.jpg

A Stamford man accused of making online threats had been indicted on federal charges, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Officials say Kendall J. Sullivan, 50, faces three counts of making threatening communications online.

The indictment alleges that Sullivan posted threatening, Anti-Semitic messages on internet forum Metrothrone.net on three separate occasions.

According to the indictment, on May 29 Sullivan posted “Israel, God and Synagogues. I will kill them. I have a few ‘Houses of Satan’ in my Town… If these Jews truly believe in their god Satan, I will upset their world. I will slaughter them and burn their Synagogue to the ground . . . kids, goldfish, old folks… Shove money down their throats. These Jews of 2016. They think they are safe.”

The indictment alleges that on June 10 Sullivan threatened another user with the following message: “I am going after YOU..Your Family, Wife, kids, Grandkids, Gold Fish . . . I am warning YOU, I will go after YOU. As I get older, I just don’t give a damn . . . I will meet you in Westport at the Carvel! And then I will shoot or run over you . . . it is not just YOU, but your fellow Satanists I want to track down and kill.. I will use YOU to find others…And Kill them . . . You are a [expletive] JEW! . . I want to kill you . . . If only that . . . Name a place . . . You are Satanic and must be destroyed. Wifes [sic], kids, Dogs, Cats, Goldfish . . . . All destroyed.”

The indictment also claims that on July 5 Sullivan allegedly wrote “[I] Am prepared to shoot YOU on sight! And shove Money down your dead [expletives]…Hole. Humans who define their entire existence thru that price tag – They are not human beings but Demons and must be destroyed…I am looking forward to my death thru Jesus Christ. I will be Free. I will be understood. Afterall, I am a Warrior of Jesus Christ and want to be his Soldier.”

US Attorney’s Office officials said that on July 15 the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Stamford Police executed a search warrant and a state risk warrant at Sullivan’s residence. They found more than two dozen firearms, hundreds of rounds of ammunition and other firearm components, officials said.

Patricia M. Ferrick, Special Agent in Charge of the New Haven Division of the FBI, said she believes investigators may have prevented a "horrific hate crime" from happening.

Sullivan was charged in state court for unlawful possession of unregistered high capacity magazines and has been in custody since, according to officials.

Sending threatening communications in interstate of foreign commerce by phone, email, text, mobile messaging or other online communication is against federal law. Sullivan faces five years in prison on each count if convicted.

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<![CDATA[Granby Police Warn of 'Highly Aggressive' Fox ]]> Thu, 28 Jul 2016 17:50:22 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/granby-fox-attack.jpg

Granby police are warning residents to be on the lookout for a “highly aggressive” fox that remains on the loose after attacking a man on his deck.

Police said Wednesday afternoon they received a report that a fox had attacked a resident of Silver Brook Lane.

In an exclusive interview with NBC Connecticut the victim described the attack.

"It had this kind of vicious little snarl and it just lunged at me - it just kept coming at me," said Larry Coxon.

Coxon said the fox was relentless.

"I kicked it with my right foot a couple times as he came back after me," said Coxon.

Coxon said he's getting several shots because authorities are unsure if the animal has rabies.

Police said a few hours after the attack, someone moving a lawn on nearby Silver Street was charged by a fox. Police also received a report that a fox jumped into a pool with small children in it on Silver Brook Lane. The fox did not make direct human contact in those incidents.

Until the fox is caught neighbors said they're staying indoors. Neighbor Christopher Kempf said his mother called him to warn him.

"They told her there's a dangerous fox in the area get back inside!" Kempf said.

Police said Animal Control officers have set traps for the animal and the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection has been informed. Two more sightings were reported on the Silver Brook Lane Thursday morning.

Anyone who sees this animal should report it to police immediately by calling (860) 844-5335.

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<![CDATA[Humpback Whales Spotted in Long Island Sound]]> Thu, 28 Jul 2016 12:49:44 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/LIS+whale+web.jpg

Are humpback whales returning to Long Island Sound?

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) said it believes several humpbacks are feeding on small fish close to shore.

Harvey Thompson from Ansonia has forty years of boating experience off the Connecticut Coast.

“I’ve seen porpoises out here,” he said, “there are seals in the wintertime, but never a whale.”

Even though he’s never seen a whale, Thompson knows, “you can watch them, but don’t harass them it’s against the law to get too near them.”

Recently, there have been several sightings of humpbacks in the western stretch of Long Island Sound.

“These humpback whales are fascinating,” said Curt Johnson, the executive director of Connecticut Fund for the Environment’s Save the Sound. “What they do is they dive under a school they blow bubbles and pull them up then they open up their mouths to like 12 feet wide and gobble up a huge amount.”

Investments by the state to clean up the water are setting the table for the return of whales searching for food, Johnson said.

“Now the sound is starting to be able to support these tens of thousands of additional fish,” he added.

While humpbacks are not harmful, harming them is a federal offense. Boaters should never chase them, Johnson said.

“Keep 150 feet away, cut your motor, stop and enjoy one of the true miracles of living on this great earth of ours,” he said.

Next time Thompson goes for a ride in the sound, he’ll be watching for whales.

“They are a beautiful thing to look at,” he said.

If you spot a whale or see someone harassing one of these majestic marine mammals, the NOAA would like to hear from you.

For sightings call, 866-755-NOAA (6622). For harassment complaints, call at 800-853-1964.

Photo Credit: Nick Nistico]]>
<![CDATA[2 Injured in Serious Crash That Closed I-84 West Southington]]> Fri, 29 Jul 2016 08:58:54 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Interstate+84+crash+submitted.jpg

Two people were taken to the hospital after a serious three-car crash Thursday on Interstate 84 West in Southington that closed the highway for hours.

The crash happened in the area of exit 31 at 9:04 a.m. State police said 26-year-old Joanna McCarthy, of Waterbury, went off the road, through the grass median and hit a Dodge Ram driven by 51-year-old David Elward, of New Brunswick, Canada. 

The impact caused Elward's pickup to hit a FedEx truck driven by John Knowlton, 59, of Southwick, Massachusetts, state police said.  

LifeStar responded and transported McCarthy to Hartford Hospital. State police said her injuries are life-threatening. 

An ambulance transported Elward to Hartford Hospital to be treated for a possible injury and Knowlton didn't report any injuries at the scene, according to police. 

Traffic behind the crash was at a standstill through the morning commute and police diverted drivers who were stuck. However, some drivers elected to go over the median on their own.

Exit 31 reopened as of 2:05 p.m. yesterday.

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<![CDATA[Rollover on Route 44 in West Hartford ]]> Thu, 28 Jul 2016 08:39:55 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Rollover+on+Route+44+in+West+Hartford.JPG

A car has rolled over on Route 44 in West Hartford and there are lane closures.

The rollover happened near North Steele Road.

No additional information was available.

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<![CDATA[Outreach Program Aims to Reduce Hot Car Deaths]]> Wed, 27 Jul 2016 20:55:12 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/car-seat-generic.jpg

Leaving a child in a hot car can be deadly. That’s why one hospital is trying to spread awareness of the problem by enlisting the help of hundreds of day cares and preschools across the state.

Connecticut Children’s Medical Center is sending an outreach worker to the locations to remind people how dangerous it can be to leave a child in a hot car.

Twenty-three children have died in hot cars across the country this year, according to Kevin Borrup, Associate Director of the Injury Prevention Center at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center. None of those deaths this year have been in Connecticut, but in the summer of 2014 15-month-old Benjamin Seitz of Ridgefield died after he was left in a car by his father when he went to work.

To prevent the same thing from happening to other children, consultants for Connecticut Children’s are visiting about 300 daycares and preschools across the state – including at Kidco day care center in Newington -- passing out important information for parents.

It’s part of their “Where’s Baby? Look Before You Lock” campaign.

“With the heat wave that we’ve recently in the middle of it certainly comes to mind more often and we definitely want to see the number decrease to zero," said Kidco day care director, Maria Bomely.

Tineisha Pino is a consultant visiting the day cares and preschools.

“Maybe before they drop off their children they’ll just kind of see the pamphlet and have the image in the memory and be like wait – is my kid in here?” said Pino.

The pamphlet is a reminder for parents like Doug Haines.

“I don’t think people really understand how hot it actually gets inside the car so any information is great to help inform and save children’s lives pretty much," said Haines.

And inside the pamphlet are suggestions for parents: If you’re strapping a child into a car seat, leave a reminder -- take off one of your shoes, even leave your cellphone in the back so it’ll make you check before you leave the car.

<![CDATA[Residents Cool Down with Praline's Ice Cream]]> Wed, 27 Jul 2016 20:16:34 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Pralines+Ice+cream.png

Many people are probably ready for it to cool down some as Connecticut hits day seven in the heat wave.

But some businesses are benefitting from the heat.

Praline's Ice Cream, based out of Wallingford, manufactures ice cream for their 11 stores throughout the state. They've been in business since 1984.

Lately, people have been flocking to get ice cream because it has been so hot outside.

On a normal day, they make about 250 to 300 tubs of ice cream, but owner Donna Torre said the heat wave has brought in extra business.

“Anywhere on a daily basis probably between 400 to [500] depending on our room depending on we have some stores that are averaging 100 tubs a delivery," Said Torre.

From adding the base, to the cream, to the fruit… they're the ingredients for happy customers and a happy business.

Then those tubs get delivered to Praline’s stores throughout the state.

“Just a steady line of customers coming in and they’re thankful to have something cold and creamy to eat," Said Michelle Caramanello, General Manager of the Wallingford Praline’s Ice Cream shop.

For Sarah Heimbach of Meriden, a scoop of ice cream does just the trick.

“And just eating ice cream after a hot day is just like it cools you down.”

Torre says she’s glad they’re getting the extra business, which compensates for the slower months in the winter time.

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<![CDATA['Live Positive' Team Prepares for Sixth Closer to Free Ride ]]> Wed, 27 Jul 2016 20:04:01 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/closer+to+free+web.jpg

Maureen Raucci supervises the care for patients on the 12th floor of Yale-New Haven’s Smilow Cancer Hospital.

“We take people in at the most vulnerable time of their lives,” she said, “and with that we create bonds that are everlasting with patients and their families.”

Raucci is in her sixth year as a Closer to Free team captain. Closer to Free is a cycling fundraiser for Smilow.

“To be able to ride in front of Smilow and see your patients out there with signs,” Raucci said, “or have members of your teams who used to be your patients is just phenomenal.”

More than 20 members of Team Live Positive this year are former patients, Raucci said. Many others are their family members and friends.

“Riding through New haven, that’s the coolest part to me,” Live Positive team member Daniel Hanusch said.

Doctors diagnosed Hanusch with a cancerous brain tumor when he was a 21-year-old college student at Quinnipiac University.

Now, more than five years later after his final treatment at YNHH, Hanusch proudly wears a survivor jersey for Closer to Free.

“The big thing is just not to underestimate the power of positive thinking,” Hanusch said. “On the physical fight, you’re really in the hands of your doctors, but your mental health can go a long way with just keeping your wits about you and keep on fighting, don’t give up.”

Registered nurse Erica Nicolosi says she is riding for her family, friends and mostly her patients on the 12th floor of Smilow.

“I want to see every one of my patients out there and being able to ride for miles on a bike after being in this hospital,” Nicolosi said. “That is my goal to get people back into their normal lives.”

For patients still fighting cancer, Live Positive team members will wear their hospital wristbands with personalized messages.

“If they can’t be with us on ride day,” Raucci said, “they’re with us in spirit.”

One hundred percent of the Closer to Free proceeds go toward patient care and the search for a cure. NBC Connecticut is a proud sponsor of this year’s event on Saturday September 10.

You still have time to sign up and join a team like Live Positive.

<![CDATA[Budget Cuts Likely to Evict Old State House Memorabilia]]> Wed, 27 Jul 2016 19:36:34 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/old-state-house-hartford.jpg

The old state house in Hartford has already shut it doors due to budget cuts and now the memorabilia inside might be removed.

Since 1796 the building on Main Street has been a historical pillar in Connecticut's past. But just months ago the decision was made to transfer ownership of the building from the Office of Legislative Management to the DEEP.

"We were totally surprised by the action in the budget to give us responsibility for the building," said DEEP Communications Director Dennis Schain.

DEEP officials said in order to afford to keep the actual building afloat, the memorabilia inside, like the paintings, furniture and other artifacts must be removed. The building already has been shut down for weeks to the average 20,000 visitors a year because of budget cuts.

"$800-$900,000 is what we believe is the all in cost to operate the building. They transferred the building to us with $400,000, even with that 400,000, our budget for this year was down more than $9 million" said Schain.

Historical experts said maintaining the artifacts worth tens of millions isn't cheap.

"Some of these materials are highly fragile because of their age and the material they are constructed with. It's beyond just locking the doors and shutting down the lights. Museums across the country maintain standards for temperatures, humidity, and security, and those standards are in place to prolong the life of the objects," said Connecticut Historical Society CEO Jody Blankship.

When the ownership change is finalized the artifacts will return to historical societies around Connecticut which own them, according to DEEP Officials. Private businesses and organizations move to the building to help fund the cost of the building, according to DEEP officials.

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<![CDATA[Man Accused of Sexual Assault Faces Additional Charges]]> Wed, 27 Jul 2016 19:30:59 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Kim+Hyung+mug+shot.jpg

An unlicensed massage therapist in Shelton already facing sexual assault charges after two customers reported he touched them inappropriately has been charged again after more customers came forward.

Police originally arrested Kim Hyung, 53, of Fresh Meadows, New York, on July 5, after an investigation prompted by two customers who reported he touched and spoke to them inappropriately during services at Coco Spa at 704 Bridgeport Avenue in Shelton. Police said after that arrest, four more women came forward with similar complaints.

Hyung turned himself in on four separate arrest warrants Tuesday, police said. He is charged with fourth-degree sexual assault and practicing massage therapy without a license on each warrant.

He was arraigned and released on a $20,000 bond.

This is an ongoing investigation. Anyone with a similar experience is encouraged to report it to Shelton police at (203) 924-1544.

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<![CDATA[Manchester Police Working on Program to Battle Opioid Addiction]]> Wed, 27 Jul 2016 19:30:37 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/manchester-police-station.jpg

Manchester Police are working on a program to battle heroin and opioid addiction by becoming the driving force towards recovery.

Police Chief Marc Montminy said every week police respond to an overdose. Every month a life is lost and last year, 14 addicts died from heroin and opioid use.

"We've been arresting heroin addict's for years and we find it very ineffective in reducing the epidemic here. So we're going to try something else," said Manchester Police Chief Marc Montminy.

Montminy has proposed a new program modeled after two Massachusetts police departments called Heroin and Opiate Prevention and Education (HOPE).

Partnered with the Eastern Connecticut Health Networks and other local addiction organizations, police will now help users recover from addiction by directing them to recovery programs.

"You can walk into the police department as an addict and say, 'Hey, look I'm addicted I need help,' and instead of a rest we will make you safe get you to the hospital get you into a program that has been designed for people who walk in off the street."

Citizens can join the fight by becoming recovery coaches.

"I think all of us know somebody who has an addiction problem whether or not we know," said Manchester General Manager Scott Shanley.

"This is not a Manchester problem this is a nationwide problem particularly aggressive here in New England," said Chief Montminy.

Montminy said the program should begin next month. Dealers and addicts breaking the law will still be prosecuted. Officers and recovery coaches will receive special training on how to handle addicts looking for help.

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<![CDATA[Tolland Animal Control Shelter Closed Due to Parvovirus]]> Wed, 27 Jul 2016 19:05:27 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/dog-collar-generic.jpg

The Tolland Animal Control shelter is closed for 14 days because of Parvovirus, according to a notice posted on their Facebook page.

Tolland Animal control announced Wednesday that it had self-quarantined the shelter for 14 days after taking in a dog that was later determined to be suffering from Parvovirus.

Animal Control officers said they found a sick, underweight female dog that appeared to have recently given birth on Shenipsit Lake Road on Friday. They took her to the veterinarian for treatment and routine testing. On Monday they were told that the dog was suffering from Parvo and several other ailments. The dog was severely sick and animal control officers and the veterinarian decided to put her down, the post said.

Parvo is highly contagious to unvaccinated dogs and can be fatal, especially in puppies.

One other dog was being housed in the shelter before officers were aware of the Parvo exposure, according to the post. That animal received a Parvo vaccination and is being monitored by shelter staff. That dog has not shown any symptoms at this time.

The shelter said staff disinfected the shelter’s facilities and equipment. Any dogs impounded in the next 14 days will be held at the Town of Willington’s Animal Shelter.

Animal control officers are asking for the public’s help to discover where the sick dog came from. Anyone who may know the owner of the red and white Beagle-type dog, or anyone who hears of puppies being sold without their mother is asked to call Tolland Animal Control at (860) 871-3916. Information will be kept confidential.

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<![CDATA[Bond Set at $1.3 Million in Abduction, Bank Robbery Case]]> Thu, 28 Jul 2016 23:42:09 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Robert+DuPerry+TB+Bank+.jpg

A 65-year-old Bristol, Connecticut, woman working at a local business was abducted, blindfolded, held hostage and terrorized for two hours while her captor robbed a bank on Wednesday, police said.

Robert Du Perry, 51, is accused of walking into a Bristol cemetery chapel with a BB gun before tying up and blindfolding the only employee there, Bristol police said.

According to court documents, Du Perry told police in a sworn statement that he left his home around 11:45 a.m., drove to the package store on Broad Street and had three beers. He said he went to the chapel to “check out the architecture,” according to the documents. Du Perry said that was when he came across a female employee who said something that made him angry, but he could not recall what she said.

Du Perry demanded the woman’s keys, duct taped her wrists, covered her eyes, and placed the woman in her own car, documents said. He used her cell phone to make false bombing threats to Hartford police, saying several municipal buildings were in danger, police said. The victim told officers that Du Perry told her several times that he had bombs with him.

After driving around, Du Perry pulled into the drive-thru of the TD Bank at 414 Broad Street with his gun aimed at the victim's head and told the teller that if she did not hand over money, he would kill his hostage, police said.

According to court documents, Du Perry told police he chose the TD Bank because the bank had charged him fees in the past.

The teller handed over $3,000, according to officials.

Police located a car that matched the description of the victim's car and Du Perry led officers on a pursuit into Wolcott, police said. At one point, he slowed down and ordered the victim out of the car. Eventually, Du Perry abandoned the vehicle and ran off, police said.

The hostage sustained minor scrapes and bruises.

Bristol, Wolcott and Southington officers were able to locate Du Perry in a heavily wooded area and took him into custody. No bombs or materials used to make bombs were found.

Du Perry was evaluated at the hospital for injuries and possible heat exhaustion. After he was released, police took him to the police department.

TD Bank released a statement about what happened.

 "The safety and well-being of our employees and customers is our number one priority and we are grateful no one was hurt. We are cooperating with law enforcement on their investigation and therefore, we are unable to comment further," TD Bank spokesperson, Judy Schmidt, said in a statement.

Du Perry was charged with two counts of first-degree robbery, two counts of second-degree larceny, first-degree kidnapping, first-degree reckless endangerment, third-degree assault, assault of victim over 60, criminal possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, carrying a pistol without a permit, first-degree burglary, first-degree threatening, engaging an officer in a pursuit and reckless driving.

He appeared in court on Thursday, where a public defender was appointed and bond was set at $1.3 million.

He is due back in court on Aug. 11.

Police said the charges do not include the bomb threat allegations.

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<![CDATA[Man Remembers Small Plane Hitting Home in Haddam]]> Wed, 27 Jul 2016 18:04:40 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Haddam+plane+into+house.jpg

After a pilot was critically injured in Haddam after a small plane crash on Saturday, some of the people involved return to the scene on Wednesday. 

The building inspector and insurance company representatives said the home on Little Meadow Road struck by the plane is no longer livable.

It could take up to six months to address all repairs.

"A lot of memories. But it can be replaced," said Norman Hanenbaum, who lived in the damaged home. 

Hanenbaum said he had been in his living room watching TV when the small plane hit just above him.

"I’ve had some sleepless nights. It could have been worse. Could have been worse. But there was a God upstairs," said Hanenbaum.

Police said the small plane, piloted by Benjamin Temple, had just taken off from nearby Goodspeed Airport when it apparently ran into some type of mechanical problem. 

Its terrifying plunge was captured on video as was the rush of people to help the pilot.

While Hanenbaum walked away unharmed, he’s now looking for a temporary apartment but is hopeful insurance will cover his costs. 

"Look yourself in the mirror and be thankful for what you have. Sometimes our wants are greater than our needs. People don’t think about that. Right now my needs are just to have a roof over my head," said Hanenbaum.

Hartford Hospital said the pilot remains in critical condition. 

On Saturday there were lots of people in nearby Eagle Landing State Park celebrating different events or enjoying an afternoon by the Connecticut River.

Many including a family from Middletown had no idea what was about to unfold and their split second decisions to help.

On Wednesday, Robert Martin, who shot a video which captured the plane crash, returned to the park for the first time since Saturday.

"I thought they were doing a trick for my family to see because we were the only ones in this vicinity here," said Martin.

Martin had been here taking family pictures and even snapped some of the plane taking off.

Then he quickly realized something was wrong. His brief video captured the horrifying moment.

“It is still hard to watch,” said Martin.

For Martin, the crash had signaled a time to help.

He made sure his wife and kids were okay, handed over the camera and took off running along with other people in the park.

Martin scrambled to grab a ladder and scurry up onto the roof.

"Together, me and this one gentleman, moved the plane as far as we could away from the pilot," said Martin.

A picture captured Martin climbing down after trained rescuers took over.

The son of the pilot, who was critically hurt, had a message to the Good Samaritans.

"He said he wanted to thank us for being there and able to help his father. That was reward enough for me," said Martin.

The NTSB is investigating and a preliminary report is expected soon.

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<![CDATA[Dog Toy and Treat Do's and Don'ts]]> Wed, 27 Jul 2016 17:52:45 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/puppy+web.jpg

Hundreds of local families helped NBC Connecticut Clear the Shelters this past weekend.

Six-hundred-ninety pets were adopted, many of them dogs. New dog owners should pay attention to the the treats and toys their dogs play with - they can have a major impact on the animal's health.

“I try to encourage people to buy treats that follow my formula, SAFE: Soft, American, not fragmentable and not to be eaten,” said Arnold Goldman, owner of Canton Animal Hospital.

A quick breakdown: Softer bones are better than hard ones. A Nylabone for example is a bone for chewing but it doesn’t break down into pieces like a raw hide bone does.

“Toys and treats that are rock hard for example so called marrow bones can over time break the enamel on the teeth especially cutting and crushing teeth of upper,” said Goldman.

Dr. Goldman has been a veterinarian for 30 years and says he recommends buying American made products because they don’t contain harmful chemicals. He also says to avoid fragmentable bones, if you want to avoid pricey surgical procedures.

“Fragments of bone can be swallowed, they can be painful, they can perforate the bowel they can make all sorts of problems from one end to the other,” said Goldman.

Speaking of the digestive process, Dr. Goldman says once those bones are eaten they don’t digest well and can sit in the stomach for months.

“A large breed dog swallowed this whole thing and had to be removed from the stomach because it wasn’t coming out,” he said.

A $5 bone a dog devours in five minutes could mean a $500 visit for blood work or even $3,500 for emergency surgery.

Products like the durable Kong Ball are a better alternative. They’re designed to be stuffed with a dog’s favorite food and they don’t end up in their stomach.

Vets also recommend investing in pet insurance which they say can typically cost $20 a month, depending on the type of insurance.

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<![CDATA[Sewage, Black Algae Found at West Haven Beaches]]> Thu, 28 Jul 2016 07:31:33 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/IMG_08071.JPG

Officials are asking people not to swim at West Haven beaches after sewage and black algae appeared in the water on Wednesday.

Beachgoers saw a "large, dark area" across a mile-long stretch in the water heading toward land around 2 p.m., West Haven Fire Department Chief Robert Schwartz said. 

Responding firefighters said the dark area, spanning from Oak Street and Savin Rock, appeared to be sewage and black algae.

Crews are investigating, but said black algae can develop when it's very hot and a boat might have discharged the sewage.

West Haven Health Department, DEEP and the U.S. Coast Guard are asking people to stay out of the water as they investigate and execute tests. 

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<![CDATA[Hartford Threats Fake, Linked to Bristol Hostage Situation]]> Wed, 27 Jul 2016 23:13:00 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Hartford00000000.jpg

Multiple bomb threats around the city of Hartford Wednesday were false, according to Hartford Police Deputy Chief Brian Foley.

Foley tweeted Wednesday afternoon that crime analysts were investigating at municipal buildings around the city, including police and fire headquarters on High Street. No one was evacuated when preliminary investigation suggested the threats were fake.

Later Wednesday Foley tweeted that the threats were confirmed fake and that they were related to an ongoing investigation in Bristol.

Hartford police and Bristol police are investigating.

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<![CDATA[New Haven Police Search for 3 Robbery Suspects]]> Wed, 27 Jul 2016 16:03:27 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/New+Haven+suspects.jpg

New Haven police are searching for three suspects in an armed robbery.

Police said the crime occurred around 5 a.m. Saturday outside the H&S Food Mart at 308 Whalley Avenue. The man in the white shirt and the woman in the red dress pictured above are believed to be involved, according to police. Police said the suspects were in a newer model, dark gray SUV.

Police said a third person was also in the suspect vehicle. Police believe that suspect is Kenneth ‘K-Rock’ Jones, 28.

Both male suspects carried guns during the robbery then left and ran behind 286 Sherman Avenue.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Det. Carlos Conceicao at (203) 673-5720.

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<![CDATA[7 People Displaced in Southington Fire]]> Wed, 27 Jul 2016 22:52:12 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/southington-fire.jpg

Multiple departments responded to a fire on High Street in Southington on Wednesday, firefighters said.

Witnesses said they saw flames shooting out of the home before firefighters arrived around 3:10 p.m.

Firefighters from Southington, Bristol, Plainville and Cheshire all responded.

The second-floor resident told NBC Connecticut her two sons and dog were home alone when the fire broke out. She said someone started banging on their door but it wasn’t until the dog, Buddy, refused to stop barking that the boys went downstairs and realized the home was on fire. They credit Buddy with saving their lives.

“I'm grateful that my kids are alive. But I'm not happy to hear about that because you have to worry about your roof where you're going to stay, your clothes, all that stuff,” Charissa Frappier said.

Firefighters said four adults and three children were displaced. One person was sent to the hospital for non-life threatening injuries.

The structure suffered significant water, smoke and fire damage both internally and externally, fire officials said.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation. 

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<![CDATA[No Apparent Criminal Intention in West Hartford Chemical Incident: Police]]> Thu, 28 Jul 2016 07:22:51 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/WeHa+hazmat+web.jpg

Police, crews from the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection and a private environmental service responded to a home in West Hartford to remove several chemicals.

Police responded to 19 Troutbrook Drive around 5:30 p.m. when a resident reported an unusual smell coming from her sink.

Responding crews discovered dozens of different chemicals in the basement, but did not identify the substances.

The homeowner told NBC Connecticut that a man who lives in the home is an amateur chemist who has collected chemicals for the past year.

The homeowner said she's been "fearful" about the amount of chemicals the 30-year-old had because they were stored in water, soda and Gatorade bottles.

Officials have not confirmed the homeowner's statement about the man being a science hobbyist or how the chemicals were stored.

Police did say officers are investigating and don’t think the resident intentionally committed any crime.

Crews from DEEP removed the chemicals and police evacuated Beachland Park so DEEP could prepare the chemicals to be transported. No chemicals were released in the park and the park was reopened on Wednesday night.

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