<![CDATA[NBC Connecticut - Connecticut News]]>Copyright 2016http://www.nbcconnecticut.com/news/local http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/NBC_Connecticut.png NBC Connecticut http://www.nbcconnecticut.comen-usSun, 26 Jun 2016 23:20:29 -0400Sun, 26 Jun 2016 23:20:29 -0400NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Police Seek Commercial Burglary Suspect in Oxford]]> Sun, 26 Jun 2016 21:03:47 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Oxford1+web.jpg

Police are investigating a convenience store burglary in Oxford.

State police say on Saturday around 1:31 a.m. the Oxford police responded to a burglary alarm at the Double R. Inc. Mobil Convenience Store at 1 Oxford Road. When they arrived they found damage to the drive-thru window. Officers searched the area but did not find any suspects.

Surveillance video shows a suspect, described as a male with a dark beard wearing a dark-colored baseball hat, dark t-shirt, light-colored shorts, white socks and low hiking/work boot type shoes. He also wore a white piece of fabric around his neck.

It appears the suspect walked from the Seymour town line across Mountain Road toward the Mobil before attempting to enter the store through a drive-thru window.

Anyone with information about this crime should contact Officer Gugliotti at the Oxford Resident State Trooper's Office at (203) 888-4353 or Connecticut State Police Troop A-Southbury (203) 267-2200. Calls will be kept confidential.



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<![CDATA[Silver Alert Issued for Bristol 14-Year-Old]]> Sun, 26 Jun 2016 22:04:46 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/bristol+web.jpg

Bristol police have issued a Silver Alert for 14-year-old Crystal Cleveland.

Cleveland was last seen Sunday afternoon. She is described as 5-foot-five, around 100 pounds with green eyes. She was last seen wearing a green shirt, white tank top, gray shorts and blue sneakers.

Anyone with information on her whereabouts should contact the Bristol Police Department at (860) 584-3000.



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<![CDATA[Child Drowns At Burr Pond State Park in Torrington]]> Sun, 26 Jun 2016 20:55:57 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/burr+pond+drowning+web.jpg

A young boy has died after being pulled from Burr Pond in Torrington Sunday.

Department of Energy and Environmental Protection officials say crews responded to a report of an unconscious child around 4:45 p.m. Sunday. The child, a 4-year-old from the Bronx, New York, was transported to Charlotte Hungerford Hospital in Torrington.

State Environmental Police Sgt. Keith Williams says lifeguards had tried to save the child after they pulled him from the water, but he was pronounced dead at the hospital at 6:31 p.m. It is unclear whether the child was wearing any kind of flotation device.

State EnCon police are investigating. No other details are available at this time.



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<![CDATA[Man Attacked with Machete in Waterbury]]> Sun, 26 Jun 2016 22:08:37 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/waterbury+police+cruiser+generic.jpg

A 34-year-old New York man was hospitalized after being attacked with a machete in Waterbury.

Waterbury police say Christopher McGorman of Yonkers was walking in the area of 203 Willow Street around 6:15 p.m. Saturday when a man drove up to him in a black Honda or Acura. The man got out of the car and approached McGorman, then began swinging at him with a stick and a machete. McGorman defended himself and the suspect then threw the machete into a nearby yard and fled in his vehicle.

McGorman suffered injuries to his back and shoulder from the stick and partial amputations to some of the fingers on his right hand. He was transported to St. Mary’s Hospital but police say he will likely be transferred due to the severity of the finger injuries.

Police responded and located the machete and the attacker’s ball cap.

Anyone with information on this attack is encouraged to contact Waterbury police.



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<![CDATA[UConn Cows Roam Dairy Bar Parking Lot]]> Sun, 26 Jun 2016 19:51:33 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/uconncowsweb.jpg

Some visitors to the University of Connecticut Dairy Bar got more than just a dairy treat Sunday afternoon – they got the whole dairy cow!

Dairy Bar employees tell NBC Connecticut cows from Horsebarn Hill got loose around 1:45 p.m. and began wandering the area. Three Dairy Bar employees and other UConn personnel rounded the cattle up and returned them to the field where they graze. The excitement lasted about 30 minutes.

For more information about the UConn Animal Barns visit their website.



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<![CDATA[Police Investigate Residential Burglary in Oxford]]> Sun, 26 Jun 2016 18:52:05 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Oxfordresidential+web.jpg

Police in Oxford are asking for the public’s help to identify a suspect in a residential burglary.

Police say on Friday around 2:35 p.m. they responded to a burglary complaint on Jacks Hill Road. The victim reported that someone entered the residence and stole an undisclosed amount of money. The incident appears to have occurred between 10 a.m. and 11 a.m.

Surveillance images show the suspect, who is described as male, wearing a light colored shirt and dark pants with a 35mm-type camera around his neck.

Anyone who thinks they know the identity of the suspect is encourage to call Officer Gugliotti at the Oxford Resident Trooper’s Office at (203) 888-4353, or Connecticut State Police Troop A.



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<![CDATA[Bridgeport Police Seek Armed Robbery Suspects]]> Sun, 26 Jun 2016 19:06:16 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Bridgeportsuspects+web.jpg

The Bridgeport police department is hoping the public can help them identify two armed robbery suspects.

Police say the two suspects robbed the Krauszer’s Food Store at 2579 Fairfield Avenue on June 20. In surveillance video of the incident, the perpetrators can be seen pointing a gun at the clerk and jumping the counter to gain access to the cash register.

Anyone with information should contact Det. Delbouno at (203) 581-5234.



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<![CDATA[Officials: New Haven at "Normal Level" of Overdose Incidents]]> Sun, 26 Jun 2016 17:45:36 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/nhpd05122015.jpg

After declaring a public health emergency because of an excessively high level of drug overdoses Thursday night, officials in New Haven say the city is back to a normal level of overdose response calls.

Asst. Fire Chief Matt Marcarelli says the city saw three to four overdoses a day over the weekend, which is a "normal level" for the city. This is significantly down from the peak Thursday, when emergency crews responded to more than 20 overdoses in under 24 hours.

Officials continue to monitor the situation and an update is expected sometime Monday.



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<![CDATA[Police Officer Injured During Standoff in New Milford]]> Sun, 26 Jun 2016 19:20:44 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/New+Milford+scene+web.png

A police officer was injured during a standoff in New Milford, according to city officials.

New Milford Mayor David Gronbach says officers responded to the condo complex at 30 Candlewood Lake Road South Sunday afternoon for reports of a suicidal male.

Police say the incident began when the suspect called 911 and was apparently suicidal. Officers responded and initially the suspect refused to exit the residence. The suspect fired a gun six times inside the residence. When he came out the gun fired outside in the direction of officers. One officer was grazed by a bullet in the lower leg near the ankle, according to the mayor.

Police say at that point a Taser was deployed to subdue the suspect. No gunshots were fired by New Milford officers, according to police.

The injured officer, identified by the mayor as Officer Charles Cochran, was taken to New Milford Hospital where he was treated and released.

Cochran is a two-year veteran of the New Milford police department and a former Hartford Police Officer.

Gronbach says the suspect was taken into custody then transported to a hospital for evaluation. He has not been identified at this time.

The mayor adds that it is unclear if the gun going off was accidental or deliberate. It is under investigation.

No other officers were injured.

During the incident surrounding residents received a reverse 911 call to shelter in place and some homes were evacuated as a precaution. They have since been allowed to return to their homes.

The investigation is ongoing. Connecticut State Police Western District Major Crime Squad and Emergency Services Unit – Bomb Squad were called in to assist, but state police say no explosives were found and the bomb squad has since cleared the area.

At the request of the New Milford Chief of Police and the Danbury State’s Attorneys Office, Western District Major Crimes has taken over the investigation. Police say there is no danger to the public.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.



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<![CDATA[Bridgeport Man Killed in Hit-and-Run Crash]]> Sun, 26 Jun 2016 16:36:47 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Bridgeport+police+generic.jpg

Bridgeport police are investigating a fatal hit and run crash that occurred Saturday night.

Police say they responded around 9:13 p.m. for reports of a pedestrian struck by a car in front of 202-204 Arlington St. The victim, identified as Gasper Esteves, 81, of Bridgeport was transported to St Vincent’s Hospital with serious injuries. He was pronounced dead Sunday at 1:45 p.m.

According to police, it appears Esteves was standing outside his parked 2003 Ford Ranger when he was struck by a vehicle traveling west on Arlington Street, near the intersection of Madison Terrace. The vehicle fled the area. Police are actively seeking that vehicle, which is described as a white SUV.

Anyone with information on this incident is encouraged to contact Bridgeport Police at (860) 576-8477.



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<![CDATA[ Two Bears Found Shot Dead in Canton]]> Sun, 26 Jun 2016 15:23:08 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/DEEP+BEAR+FILE.jpg

State Environmental Conservation police are investigating after two bears were found shot dead in Canton.

The first bear was found last week in the area of Canton Road near the Barkhamsted/Canton town line in a wooded area behind a house, according to State Department of Energy and Environmental Protection officials. It was initially believed the bear was struck by a car, but a necropsy revealed the bear was shot.

Officials say EnCon police responded to the second incident Friday, when a bear carcass was reported in a heavily wooded area off Barbourtown Road Friday evening. A necropsy revealed that that animal was also shot.

Anyone with information should contact State EnCon police at (860) 424-3333. It is unknown if the incidents are related.

In an unrelated incident, a Canton homeowner reported she was nipped by a bear while gardening Friday.



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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[Vandalism Won’t Deter Church's Message of Acceptance]]> Sun, 26 Jun 2016 19:21:28 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Danbury+flag+web.jpg

Members of Danbury's Unitarian Universalist Church say they were drawn to its message of acceptance. But the message that the members love became a target for vandalism.

“I walked in and it wasn't 20 minutes when I knew this was something amazing, something special,” said Jane Leff of Ridgefield.

Last year, the congregation began publicly displaying its support for same-sex marriage. However, someone took offense to the flag flying at the entrance to the church; not once, not twice.

"This was the third time. It was burned two times before and replaced. Then the last time the crossbar was snapped off and it was taken,” explained parishioner Michael Stengle.

“It made us feel very sad and somewhat shaken,” added Rev. Barbara Fast.

After 49-people were killed inside a gay nightclub in Orlando, the UU church held an interfaith vigil for the victims, bringing together various faith leaders and the Muslim community. It's efforts like those that got the attention of Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty.

During Sunday services, Esty gave the church a new pride flag that was bigger than the others.

"However many flags it takes we'll just keep putting them on up,” she told the 75 parishioners in attendance.

Esty also acknowledged the congregations' advocacy for the LGBT community, a cause that's profoundly personal.

"As the sister of a gay man who came out in 1978, the sort of hatred we're seeing right now is completely unacceptable for me,” she said.

However, when asked what the proper punishment should be for the person behind the theft, should police ever find them, she said it wasn’t about punishment.

"It's returning hatred not with hatred but with love and saying like you don't really understand the pain you're inflicting because if you did wouldn't do it,” Esty explained.

The church’s leader said she appreciated Esty’s gesture, and added that the recognition will help them as they continue to spread a message of hope

"To have the acknowledgement that love is love is love is love growing in our country is really heartening,” said Fast.

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<![CDATA[Police Remind Scooter, Bike Riders to Wear Helmets]]> Sun, 26 Jun 2016 13:52:19 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Bridgeport+police+generic.jpg

Bridgeport police have released video of a serious scooter crash in the city in the hopes that it will encourage riders to wear helmets to protect themselves.

City of Bridgeport spokesman Av Harris says on Wednesday around 3:30 p.m. , 20-year-old Luis Colon was riding his scooter without a helmet when an SUV collided with him at the intersection of Pearl Street and Orchard Street. Colon was transported to Bridgeport Hospital with serious injuries. At last check, he remained in critical condition.

The driver of the SUV remained on scene. The accident is under investigation.

Police say Colon is lucky to be alive and hope that the dramatic video will act as a warning to others of the risks of riding without a helmet.



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<![CDATA[Child Falls From 4th Floor Window in Hartford]]> Sun, 26 Jun 2016 20:21:17 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/child+fall+web.jpg

Hartford police are investigating after a 6-year-old boy fell from a 4th-story window Sunday afternoon.

Hartford Police Deputy Chief Brian Foley tweeted that the incident occurred at 76 Main Street. The child was taken to Connecticut Children’s Medical Center for treatment. He suffered a broken femur and cuts on the face but is listed as stable and expected to survive.

Foley says it appears the child was jumping on a bed and fell out the window. No foul play is suspected.



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<![CDATA[Several State Parks At Capacity Sunday Afternoon]]> Sun, 26 Jun 2016 13:22:41 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/rocky+neck+state+park+east+lyme.jpg

Rocky Neck State Park and several others have reached full capacity and are closed to new vehicles Sunday afternoon.

 The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental protection reports that Rocky Neck State Park in East Lyme Squantz Pond State Park in New Fairfield, Mount Tom State Park in Litchfield and Miller's Pond State Park in Durham are all at full capacity and closed to new visitors.

 For more information on state parks, visit the DEEP website.



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<![CDATA[Dirt Bikes Stolen from East Windsor Trailer Park]]> Sun, 26 Jun 2016 13:00:35 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/EWdirtbikes+web+1.jpg

East Windsor police are asking for the public’s help to find the suspect(s) that stole two dirt bikes in town and may be connected to incidents in other towns as well.

Police say sometime overnight Thursday into Friday two dirt bikes were stolen from the trailer park at 294 South Main Street (Route 5) near the South Windsor town line. The bikes were locked with a padlock and chain but the thieves cut the padlock. Similar crimes occurred in South Windsor and Enfield in the same time frame.

The suspect(s) made off with a 2005 green and white Kawasaki KX2 and a 2004 red and white Honda CRF80.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Sgt. Derek Leab at (860) 292-8240 ex 1220.



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<![CDATA[Two Injured After Shots Fired in West Hartford]]> Sun, 26 Jun 2016 19:47:16 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/jacksonshooting.jpg

Two people were hospitalized after a domestic shooting in West Hartford early Sunday morning.

According to West Hartford Police Capt. Frank Fallon, police were called to 38 Jackson Ave. for a domestic violence incident including shots fire. When they arrived they found a male and a female victim suffering gunshot wounds. They were transported to the hospital for treatment of their injuries. There is no word on their conditions.

Four children were home at the time and were uninjured. Police say the children have been released to family members.

At this time police have not released information on the relationship between the two victims, or what may have led up to the shooting. The investigation is ongoing.

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<![CDATA[Crews Battle Brush Fire at Black Pond in Middlefield]]> Sat, 25 Jun 2016 20:42:50 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/214*120/Fire_Truck_Generic_NECN_Chris_Caesar.jpg

Crews in Middlefield battled a brush fire at Black Pond Saturday.

Middlefield fire says they were called around 4:30 p.m. to the mountain by Black Pond. The location of the fire made it difficult to fight.

Around 8:30 p.m. firefighters told NBC Connecticut they were going to have to pull back once it got completely dark because the area was too dangerous to work in. Crews will return at first light to assess the damage and put out any hotspots.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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<![CDATA[Barrett-Jackson Northeast Auction at Mohegan Sun]]> Sat, 25 Jun 2016 18:37:38 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/car+web.jpg

Hundreds of cars are being auctioned off this weekend as one of the largest auto shows in the northeast kicks off.

 Mohegan sun officials said the Barrett-Jackson Northeast Auction is the largest event they've ever held. 60,000 tickets were sold. More than 550 cars will go home with a new driver. Some cars dated back as far as 1913, according to Mohegan Sun staff.

 "Just the thrill of them seeing them in this condition,” said Stephen Ditrich of Pennsylvania.

 The highest price for a car sold as of Friday afternoon was $150,000. Staff said Saturday night cars could sell for as much as $1,000,000 or more.

 Mohegan Sun Officials said this event is the first year of a 5-year-contract with Barrett Jackson

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<![CDATA[Ray Bourque Charged in OUI Crash]]> Sat, 25 Jun 2016 22:24:35 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Ray+Bourque.jpg

Boston Bruins legend Ray Bourque is accused of driving drunk and rear-ending a minivan in Andover, Massachusetts.

The defenseman, inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2004, faces charges of OUI and following too closely.

According to Andover Police, Bourque was driving his Mercedes-Benz GL450 when he rear-ended a Toyota Sienna minivan around 11:30 p.m. on Lowell Street.

The crash took place in a construction zone, and no one was injured.

Police determined that Bourque was intoxicated at the time of the crash and arrested him.

Officials confirm Bourque was released on bail. He will be arraigned Tuesday at Lawrence District Court. No attorney information was immediately available.

Bourque played 21 seasons in the NHL, spending all but his final 94 games as a member of the Bruins. He amassed 395 goals and 1,111 assists. Combined, he had 1,506 points — meaning he was just 12 shy of being a point-a-game player in his long career.

The Bruins did not have any comment on Bourque's arrest.



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<![CDATA[Police Investigate Tolland Vehicle Thefts, Break-Ins]]> Sat, 25 Jun 2016 17:25:19 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/car_generic1.jpg

State police are urging Tolland residents to lock their cars after a series of vehicles thefts and break-ins.

Police say the crimes occurred overnight Friday into Saturday. In three instances, the vehicles were stolen. In the rest, items were stolen from the cars. The incidents occurred on Old Stafford Road, Cook Road, Johnson Road, Kozely Road, Sugar Hill Road, and Midland Drive.

Two of the stolen cars were later recovered.

Residents are reminded to secure all valuables and lock vehicles to reduce the risk of theft. Anyone with information on the crimes is asked to contact Troop C at (860) 896 3200.



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<![CDATA[Multiple Departments Respond to Guilford Fire]]> Sat, 25 Jun 2016 17:13:08 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/file-photo-GettyImages-200490460-001.jpg

Multiple departments are responding to a house fire in Guilford.

Emergency dispatchers confirm crews from Guilford, Madison and Branford are responding to a fire on Oakwood Drive. The Madison Hose Fire Company and North Madison Volunteer Fire Company, and Branford Fire are responding mutual aid to assist.

More information was not immediately available. Check back for updates.

 



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<![CDATA[Barrett-Jackson Car Auction]]> Sat, 25 Jun 2016 18:29:33 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/car+web.jpg Hundreds of cars are being auctioned off this weekend at one of the largest auto shows in the northeast. ]]> <![CDATA[State Steps Up Efforts to Curb Boating Under the Influence]]> Sat, 25 Jun 2016 15:56:51 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/198*120/boat_generic.jpg

Connecticut law enforcement will be participating in a nationwide crackdown this weekend on people who operate boats under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

Boaters can expect to see more officers on the water and at recreational boating checkpoints through Sunday.

Alcohol was a factor in 26 of the 61 boating-related fatalities in Connecticut over the past decade.

In Connecticut, it's illegal to operate a vessel with a blood alcohol concentration level of .08 percent or higher. That's the same level for driving a vehicle.

Col. Kyle Overturf, commander of the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection's police agency, says officers want to emphasize that drinking and boating is as dangerous as drinking and driving.



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<![CDATA[Police Identify Victim in Fatal Haddam Crash]]> Sun, 26 Jun 2016 17:07:49 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/police-lights-generic-crop.jpg

State police have identified the victim in a fatal bike accident in Haddam.

State police say they responded to the incident at 2:50 p.m Saturday. The crash occurred near the intersection of Jail Hill Road and Saybrook Road (Route 154). Police say the bicyclist rode through a stop sign at the bottom of Jail Hill Road and crossed into Saybrook Road. The bike struck the rear passenger side of a Lincoln Aviator, driven by Amy Feulner, 38, of Oriole Road in East Haddam.

The bicyclist sustained serious injuries and later died. Feulner was transported to Middlesex Hospital but sustained no apparent injuries.

The bicyclist did not have identification on him and troopers asked for the public’s help to discover the man’s identity. He has been identified as Tadeusz Grabala, 57, of Williamsburg Road in Higganum.

State police continue to investigate the crash.

 



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<![CDATA[Six Families Displaced After Fire in New Haven]]> Sat, 25 Jun 2016 15:07:42 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/New+Haven+fire+web.jpg

Six families have been displaced after fire damaged multiple buildings in New Haven Friday.

Fire officials say they responded to the area of Anita Street and Ella T Grasso Boulevard around 1:30 p.m. When they arrived they found large fire in one multi-family home that was spreading to two other buildings. The blaze reached two alarms before firefighters were able to knock it down.

One firefighter suffered a broken finger. No other injuries were reported.

There was significant damage to the building where the fire is believed to have started and moderate damage to the others.

The American Red Cross reports it is assisting fourteen adults and twelve children who were displaced.

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

 



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<![CDATA[Dogs Found Abandoned in Crates in Hamden]]> Sat, 25 Jun 2016 22:30:07 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/HAMDENABANDONEDDOGS+web.jpg

Connecticut police are investigating after two dogs were found abandoned in crates Thursday, according to the Meriden Humane Society. 

The animals were found in the woods off Mountain Road in Hamden, according to a Humane Society Facebook post. A bag of food and water were also found close to the two crates. 

Neighbor Janette Berube snapped a photo of the two dogs, believed to be pit bulls or mixes, after they were dumped. She said they appeared to be healthy and weren’t hurt. 

“They were very anxious. They were barking,” she said. 

She said her husband saw a White Ford Expedition leaving the area with an empty dog crate on the roof. 

Officials said they would like to speak to the two dogs' owners. 

Anyone with information should contact Hamden Police at (203) 230-4000.



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<![CDATA[Canton Homeowner Bruised by Bear: Police]]> Sat, 25 Jun 2016 14:31:31 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Bear-Generic.jpg

Canton police are reminding residents to be on the lookout for bears after an Atwater Road resident had a run-in Friday afternoon.

Police say they were called to 20 Atwater Road around 3:36 p.m. on a report that a bear nipped the homeowner. When they arrived they found the complainant with a minor bruise. She reported she was gardening and a bear approached and nipped her. She said she scared the bear off and it ran into the woods.

The woman was transported to a local hospital for treatment of minor injuries. The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection was called in to locate the animal. As of Saturday, DEEP officials say the bear has not been located.

Police remind residents to keep a safe distance from bears and to remove things that attract bears such as bird feeders and garbage cans. For more information visit the DEEP website.

 



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<![CDATA[Stray Cat Tests Positive for Rabies in Hartford]]> Sat, 25 Jun 2016 12:53:24 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/hartford+police+generic+2.JPG

Hartford officials are reminding residents to be cautious around unfamiliar animals after a stray cat in the Blue Hills neighborhood tested positive for rabies.

Hartford police say the animal was captured and tested after biting two people who had been feeding it. Both victims received medical treatment.

The Hartford Police Department and Department of Health and Human Services reminds residents they should not approach wild animals and that all pets should be up-to-date on their vaccinations. They offer the following tips on how to protect both pets and humans. 

  • Avoid wildlife and animals you do not know.
  • Keep your pet on a leash. Do not allow your pet to roam; it can come in contact with rabid wildlife.
  • Never feed or touch wild or stray animals, especially stray cats, bats, skunks, raccoons, foxes or groundhogs.
  • Teach your children that they should tell you if they were bitten or scratched by an animal.
  • Call your doctor and the local health department if bitten or exposed to saliva or blood of a wild or stray animal.
  • Contact your veterinarian if your pet was exposed to a bat, raccoon, skunk or other wild carnivore.

If you are bitten by an animal, wash the wound immediately and seek immediate medical attention. Any incidents should be reported to City Health and Human Services at (860) 757-4730 or Hartford Animal Control at (860) 757-4005.

For more information contact the Epidemiology Division of the Hartford Health and Human Services Department at (860) 757-4730 or click here.

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<![CDATA[Cromwell Police Arrest Man in Shooting Incident]]> Sat, 25 Jun 2016 12:40:37 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/cromwell+police+cruiser+generic.jpg

A Cromwell man has been arrested on assault charges after a shooting early Saturday morning.

Cromwell police say around 12:25 a.m. the Middletown Police Department informed them a gunshot victim at the Middlesex Hospital Emergency Department reported being shot in Cromwell. The victim, who was shot in the left forearm, was treated and released from the hospital. He has not been publicly identified.

Cromwell officers located the crime scene at the Fox Glenn apartment complex at 123 West Street, at apartment #414. Officers entered the residence to ensure there were no other victims and searched the apartment. No one was located and police determined there was no immediate risk to the public.

The Cromwell police Detective Division and members of the Midstate Major Crime Squad responded to investigate. The suspect was identified as James Simmons, 29, of Cromwell. Simmons turned himself in to police. He is charged with first-degree assault, unlawful discharge of a firearm, reckless endangerment and disorderly conduct. He is currently held on a $50,000 bond.

Police are still investigating what led up to the shooting. 



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<![CDATA[Dozens Turn out for Spartyka Wounded Warrior 5K]]> Sat, 25 Jun 2016 14:29:23 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Wounded+Warrior+5k+web.jpg

In Groton on Saturday, people laced up their running shoes to raise money for wounded warriors.

“My uncle, my grandfather, my dad all served. I feel like you have to give back for them taking that risk,” said 18-year-old David Tacey of Portland.

Tacey was the first to cross the finish line of the Spartyka Wounded Warrior 5K. Spartyka’s founder, an active member of the Navy, says the money raised from the race helps wounded veterans across the country.

“We just moved a homeless veteran into an apartment the other day. He was homeless for three years and we got him housing, and now we’re in the process of trying to get him a job and get him up on his feet,” said Jimi Partyka

One hundred people pounded the pavement in Groton’s Bluff Point State Park Saturday morning. Before the race, they had a special ceremony to honor the “Warrior of the Day,” SFC Micah Wellintukonis, Windsor. He spent 17 years in the Army. On his third deployment he was hit by a suicide bomb.

“I woke up from a medically induced coma at Walter Reed, had to be resuscitated twice,” said Wellintukonis.

“Lots of races everyone’s cheering each other on, but this is something more you know. Everyone’s been through the same struggle here,” said Tacey.

Besides helping our wounded warriors return to life at home, Partyka makes sure to take time out at each race to honor a member of the military who didn’t make it back. The family of Suffield’s Sam Mercouriou received a special flag in honor of his service. Mercouriou was killed during training, six months after joining the Army National Guard out of high school.

“It means a lot. They get very emotional. The biggest thing to them is that they want to know that their loved one is remembered and that people aren’t going to forget them,” said Gold Star Family Coordinator Cliff Paquette.

The flag was carried onto the course by Mercouriou’s mother, as runners raced off in recognition of his and every veteran’s service.

“It’s absolutely awesome. You get a group of Americans coming together. There’s no party or religion behind it. It’s just supporting our veterans and our military,” added Wellintukonis.



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<![CDATA[Police Investigate Shooting in Hartford]]> Sat, 25 Jun 2016 14:27:43 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Brook+St+shooting+web.jpg

Hartford, Connecticut, police are investigating a shooting that injured multiple people in the city’s North End Friday.

Police say the Major Crimes Division and Shooting Task Force are investigating the incident, which occurred near the intersection of Brook Street and Mather Street. The injuries are not considered life threatening.

More information on the victims was not immediately available.



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<![CDATA[Dirt Bikes Stolen from Thomaston Business]]> Fri, 24 Jun 2016 22:43:51 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/thomaston+web.jpg

Police in Thomaston are investigating after someone stole tens of thousands of dollars worth of dirt bikes from a local business.

When Jason Pinette received the call from Thomaston Police that someone broke into his business early Friday morning, his heart dropped.

He saw the main window of Roost Power Sports on South Main Street smashed and seven 2016 Husqvarna dirt bikes missing.

"Our show room, the whole first row of motorcycles was missing. Huge pit in my stomach at that point," said Pinette.

Pinette showed a large gash by the window, which he says is where the thieves used a hammer to break the window before grabbing the bikes and rolling them outside into a waiting truck.

The Thomaston native estimates the theft and damage cost him $80,000-$100,000.

"This is like a home to me, so something like that happening, it's like somebody broke into my own house and robbed me," said Pinette.

He says security footage from a nearby business shows seven men meeting up and taking off with the motorcycles in under 20 minutes. At this time, police have not released that video.

"It was definitely a professional job, and they'd probably been on the premises several times, casing it out," said Pinette.

Pinette says the thieves even disconnected the alarm system, knowing where to go and what to do.

"Small business in Connecticut is not easy, so something like this really hits hard," said Pinette.

A $10,000 reward is being offered for the capture and conviction of those responsible. Anyone with information about the crime is asked to call Thomaston police.

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<![CDATA[Conn. Democrats Continue Push for Gun Control Legislation]]> Fri, 24 Jun 2016 19:47:20 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/dems+web.jpg

Connecticut senators and US representatives held a press conference Friday afternoon to announce they will not end their fight on gun control legislation.

Lined with gun control supporters like the Newtown Alliance and Mothers Demand Action, Connecticut representatives shared their views after one of the busiest weeks fighting for gun control legislation.

Last week Senator Chris Murphy held a 15-hour filibuster to spark a vote on expanding FBI background checks on gun purchasers. The policy failed when it came to a vote.

Thursday, democrats held a 25 hour sit-in on the house floor and had no successes spurring a vote.

Republicans criticized the sit-in calling it a “publicity stunt.”

"To say this was a stunt. What do you call blocking and not allowing legislation to come forward in the face of such a catastrophe? In what everyone has to recognize an epidemic,” said U.S. Representative John Larson.

"There has been a tectonic shift in the American political landscape. You can almost feel the ground moving," said Senator Richard Blumenthal.

Local pro-gun groups have shared their opposition to the policies for stricter gun laws.

Officials did not reveal their next plans going forward when the house reopens in July.



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<![CDATA[Police Respond to Harassment Complaints at Local Mosque]]> Fri, 24 Jun 2016 20:40:46 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/waterbury+mosque+web.jpg

Waterbury police have arrested a man in connection with taunts and harassment of members of the Masjid al Mustafa, a mosque on Schraffts Drive.

Wednesday and Thursday nights people attending Ramadan services at the mosque were subjected to racist and ethnic slurs from a man in a pickup truck. Some of the mosque members provide security.

Jawad Ashraf said, "We had a few instances of racial slurs, the n word, so on and so forth about him and then we have the Islamophobic terms, sand n word, go back to your country, Isis, towelheads."

With his help identifying a suspect Waterbury police say they have arrested a man on breach of peace charges.

Across the street a new mosque is two months from completion. In the parking lot Wednesday a man in a pickup truck rolled up on two members of the mosque and dazed them with bright lights. They thought he was from the police before he started yelling at them.

Waterbury police Chief Vernon Riddick said, "It's troubling, disturbing - someone is violating the law and we will not tolerate that and we took the appropriate action."

Police say they have added patrols in the area.

"I'm surprised that it's happening. This is a peaceful community," said Naveed Khan, vice chairman of the mosque.



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<![CDATA[Groton Cancels Annual Fireworks Pre-Show]]> Fri, 24 Jun 2016 20:37:09 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/160*120/fireworks-generic-10.jpg

The approaching Independence Day holiday has some families preparing to head to Groton for their annual celebration. But this year, budget cuts mean part of the party will be missing.

Groton Parks and Recreation will save about $8,000 by not having the pre-fireworks show on July 9th at Fort Griswold this year. The pre-show would have included a band, picnic area and fun activities for families.

Parks and Recreation manager Jerry Lokken said they did try to save the event, asking the state to waive the $3,000 fee to rent the space for pre-fireworks show. That request was denied.

“There are expenses to the state and they have every reason to expect payment for use of their property,” said Lokken.

NBC Connecticut reached out to the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection to ask who will pay for costs like portable restrooms and cleanup at Fort Griswold the night of the fireworks. They tell us they are still determining that. But DEEP spokesperson Dennis Schain adds they need Groton to help with those cost and “be the good partner they have been in past years”.

Lokken explained although the pre-show is canceled, there is still a lot to look forward to with other aspects of the celebration. “The rest of the fireworks are going to go off as planned. SailFest is happening in New London, and a lot of people in Groton are going to be able to watch the fireworks from the areas they have always watched them,” said Lokken.

However, people hoping to make a day of it, will just have to settle for the town can afford.

“It's pretty disappointing for a family activity. I mean there is not a lot going on now days for families to do and it would be nice if they still continued with it,” Sheri Marchand of Groton.

When asked how things are looking for next year, officials said it was too early to tell.



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<![CDATA[Water Main Break Closes Bath Houses At Rocky Neck]]> Fri, 24 Jun 2016 19:39:14 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/bathhouse+web.jpg

The bath houses at Rocky Neck State Park in East Lyme are closed because of a water main break at the park.

The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection will provide portable toilets through the weekend, the agency said.

It will likely take several days to fix the water main, according to DEEP.

Water service is available at the campground and the bathrooms at the campground are open, DEEP said.

The food concession at the park also has water.



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<![CDATA[Weekend Beach Forecast]]> Fri, 24 Jun 2016 16:46:34 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Special+Touchscreen+Cap2.png

A top-10 beach weekend has arrived.

Full sunshine is expected both days. High pressure means light prevailing winds, thus, a sea breeze will develop each afternoon.

Temperatures will rise into the lower 80s in the New Haven area.

The farther east one heads along the shoreline, the cooler it will be.

In Newport, Rhode Island, for example, high temperatures will only be in the upper 70s.

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<![CDATA[Yard Goats Lay Off 4 Front Office Employees]]> Fri, 24 Jun 2016 16:43:51 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/dunkin%27-donuts-park1.jpg

The Hartford Yard Goats have laid off four front-office employees, according to NBC Connecticut sources.

The move comes more than a month after the developer of the baseball stadium where the team is supposed to play missed a deadline to finish the project.

"While it is our policy not to publicly discuss personnel matters, the delays in ballpark construction have forced the team to make difficult decisions," Yard Goats General Manager Tim Restall said in a statement on Friday.

Hartford terminated its contract with Centerplan, the developer that was building the $63 million stadium, earlier this month after the company failed to deliver the completed stadium by May 17 -- a date already a month past the team's opening day.

The Yard Goats have been playing their home games on the road and at Dodd Stadium in Norwich.

There has been no work done on the stadium since the city's decision to separate with Centerplan and there is no guarantee the Yard Goats will play any baseball in Hartford this season.



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<![CDATA[Connecticut to Close Some Campgrounds Early, Alter Lifeguard Schedules]]> Fri, 24 Jun 2016 18:22:01 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Hammonasset+4.JPG

Connecticut will close campsites at three state parks soon after July 4 and reduce lifeguard coverage at other parks in an effort to reduce operating costs.

The campsites at Devil's Hopyard in East Haddam, Salt Rock in Baltic and Greens Falls in Voluntown will be closing, according to the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.

DEEP will also adjust lifeguard schedules at state park beaches. Lifeguards at Hammonasset, Rocky Neck, Sherwood Island and Silver Sands will be on duty five days per week, rather than seven days. The lifeguards will be at those beaches, Wednesday through Sunday, according to DEEP.

Inland parks -- Black Rock, Burr Pond, Indian Well and Squantz Pond will have lifeguard coverage between three and five days per week, including weekends. In the past, lifeguards have been on duty at these beaches seven days per week.

The reductions will cut operating costs by about $1.8 million, according to DEEP.

"Our plan is designed to reduce expenses while providing the highest quality outdoor recreation opportunities for the public and ensuring public safety," DEEP Commissioner Robert Klee said Friday in a statement.

Hours will also be reduced at Dinosaur State Park, Gillette Castle, Heublien Tower and Putnam Memorial State Park.

Maintenance at some parks will be reduced as well, DEEP said.



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<![CDATA[Deadly Opioid Sparks Public Health Emergency in New Haven]]> Fri, 24 Jun 2016 18:20:55 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/opioid+warning_new+haven.jpg

A day after issuing a public health emergency in New Haven, authorities came out to warn drug users of a deadly mixture of drugs that killed two and hospitalized more than a dozen more.

The New Haven Fire Department began receiving calls about overdoses around 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, according to Asst. Fire Chief Matt Marcarelli.

At one point during the day, emergency crews responded to a parking lot with five patients overdosing at the same time. They were not breathing and two of the victims were in cardiac arrest, Marcarelli said.

Police officers and EMS crews administered naloxone, commonly referred to as Narcan, in an attempt to revive the patients.

“Some were given 3, 4 and 5 doses of the antidote kit to attempt to revive them,” Marcarelli said. “Whatever the product was that we were dealing with was stronger than what we were typically encountering.”

Most of the cases occurred in the city's Newhallville section, police said.

By 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, emergency crews were receiving multiple calls about overdoses and city officials decided they needed to issue a public health emergency.

Doctors at Yale-New Haven Hospital treated more than 20 victims on Thursday and believe the people may have taken fentanyl mixed with some other drug which was causing "havoc with people's lungs," Dr. Gail D'Onofrio said. She said they were waiting for lab confirmation that the drug was fentanyl.

Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that D'Onofrio said is 100 times more powerful than heroin.

While it appeared the crisis involved heroin users that were overdosing, authorities said all of the victims who they've interviews said they believed they were buying cocaine, but got the tainted mixture instead.

"I want cocaine users to be forewarned," U.S. Attorney Deirdre Daly said. "When they think they are buying just cocaine, they are not in these cases. The cocaine that they thought they were buying was, in fact, a lethal opioid."

In response to the rash of overdoses, the State Department of Public Health sent 700 doses of Narcan to New Haven to replenish supplies.



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<![CDATA[Remains Stolen From Stratford Cemetery]]> Fri, 24 Jun 2016 18:21:31 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/urns+stolen_Stratford+cemetery.jpg

Police are investigating the theft of remains of nearly 20 people from a cemetery in Stratford.

The caretaker at Union Cemetery discovered the crime around 8 a.m. on Thursday, according to police.

A mausoleum had been broken open and 18 urns holding cremated remains were stolen, police said.

"It's just disgusting. My mother and my grandmother are gone, along with 16 others," Glenn Everlith said.

The urns are made of bronze, brass, other metals, glass and fiberglass.

Police said someone used a large hammer to break the seal on the mausoleum and damaged approximately 20 vaults that were holding the urns.

So far there are no suspects.



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<![CDATA[Sunny, Warm and Dry This Weekend]]> Fri, 24 Jun 2016 10:51:22 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Forecast+Weekend+2+Day3.png

A sprawling area of high pressure will make for a spectacular summer weekend.

Saturday and Sunday will be sunny, with highs pushing 90 inland. At the beaches, temperatures will reach the lower 80s.

Do note that when the air is dry, like it's been for much of this summer so far, it turns chilly quickly once the sun goes down.

The dry streak continues Monday, with lots of sunshine and highs still well into the 80s.

A few storms are possible Tuesday as a cold front pushes through, but then the dry weather returns.

Rain is needed in Connecticut, as the deficit so far this year is over five inches in the Hartford area.

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<![CDATA[Crash Causes Big Delays on I-91 South in Hartford]]> Fri, 24 Jun 2016 10:15:04 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/picofhartfordcrash_1200.jpg

A multi-vehicle crash was causing major delays on I-91 South in Hartford Friday morning.

The crash happened near Exits 32 A/B in the southbound lanes of I-91 just north of the I-84 interchange, according to state police.

At least one tractor-trailer was involved the crash. Traffic was backed up to the Windsor town line.

State police said to expect delays and that it would take some time to clear the accident scene.



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