<![CDATA[NBC Connecticut - Connecticut News]]>Copyright 2017http://www.nbcconnecticut.com/news/local http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC_Connecticut.png NBC Connecticut http://www.nbcconnecticut.comen-usThu, 19 Jan 2017 08:24:24 -0500Thu, 19 Jan 2017 08:24:24 -0500NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Route 85 South Closed Near the Crystal Mall]]> Thu, 19 Jan 2017 08:16:43 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/road-closed-generic-getty.jpg

Route 85 South is closed near the Crystal Mall in Waterford after a crash and police are asking people to avoid the area.

Police said traffic is being rerouted on Route 85 South in front of the mall and traffic will go through the mall parking lot and back onto Route 85.

Drivers are asked to avoid the area or seek alternate routes.

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<![CDATA[Manchester Community College Police Can Now Carry Guns]]> Thu, 19 Jan 2017 07:57:31 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Manchester+Community+College.jpg

On-campus police officers at Manchester Community College can now carry guns. 

Connecticut State Colleges & Universities has approved the school’s proposal, which officials said includes training requirements, a use of force policy, an active shooter policy and campus policing procedures. 

Officials from Connecticut State Colleges & Universities said students will be notified and on-campus police will begin to carry firearms immediately. 

“Manchester has satisfactorily completed the process, addressed all the required elements and demonstrated that they are prepared to maintain a safe campus environment,” CSCU President Mark Ojakian said in a statement. “Having armed security is an option for our community college campuses driven by their expressed desire to feel safe. It is up to each campus community if they wish to go that route.” 

In October 2016, the Connecticut Board of Regents approved the process to allow armed police at community colleges in the state.  

Eastern Connecticut State University, Southern Connecticut State University, Central Connecticut State University and Western Connecticut State University have armed police officers and Capital and Gateway Community College have submitted a proposal, according to CSCU.

"This approval gives our POST-Certified Police Officers the designation of a Special Police Force," Gena Glickman, president of MCC, said. "We are fully supportive of the tools our police force needs to ensure the safety of our campus. The security of our students, staff, faculty and visitors is our priority." 

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<![CDATA[Teen Found Dead on Side of I-395 ]]> Thu, 19 Jan 2017 07:24:38 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/connecticut+state+police+barracks.jpg

A 15-year-old boy was found dead along Interstate 395 South late Wednesday night and state police are investigating. 

Police said the teen’s death is untimely, but not criminal. 

No additional information was immediately available.

<![CDATA[South Windsor Man Vandalizes to Relieve Stress, Police Say]]> Thu, 19 Jan 2017 07:13:58 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Allen-collins.jpg

South Windsor police said a man charged with vandalism breaks windows, floods rooms and even smears feces as a way to release stress. 

Allen Collins, 34, of South Windsor, is suspected in nearly a dozen vandalism cases in his hometown during the summer of 2016 and he was arrested on warrants last week.

Collins was already in police custody in connection with a separate vandalism case from September 2016.

Police said the latest cases he was linked to happened on Sullivan Avenue and Strong Road.

In one case, police told NBC Connecticut Collins caulked the doors shut on a truck.

He is also accused of breaking windows at the South Windsor Child Development Center and a vacant home nearby.

In both cases, police tell NBC Connecticut he used a hose, turned it on and flooded part of the buildings.

Detectives said he also tampered with the engine of a backhoe on Strong Road and ransacked the cabs of trucks at Mitchell Fuel.

Marianne Lassman Fisher's law office was another building police said Collins vandalized .

"Went through my office, tore it apart, put hand soap in my computers, so none of my computers were working. My phones weren't working, my copiers weren't working," Fisher said.

Police said Collins wiped human feces on the walls. Fisher said it was in her bathroom.

"It was on the walls. Yeah, we had to have a professional cleaner come in ... and on the floor," she said.

It cost her about $3,000 to repair and replace everything.

Police tell NBC Connecticut they interviewed Collins and he told them he did the acts to release stress.

"It was so random and odd, so I'm glad its over," Fisher said.

Collins has been detained and is due back in court next month.

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<![CDATA[QU Students in DC for Donald Trump's Inauguration ]]> Thu, 19 Jan 2017 08:00:21 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/New-QU-logo.jpg

A group of Connecticut college students will be in the crowd when President-Elect Donald Trump takes office on Friday.

Quinnipiac University political science professor Scott McLean has been taking students to the nation’s capital for the last five inaugurations and they will be there once again on Friday.

“This is a tradition for me, regardless of president or party,” McLean said.

The trip is made possible in partnership with the Washington Center Program. This year 38 students have joined McLean for the two-week program, which educates them on the entire inaugural process.

“I think it’s important to recognize the peaceful transfer of power, which is the core of our democracy,” said McLean.

Among the students in attendance is Ryiah Khan, of Meriden, who had planned to spend the semester in Washington, DC and used the program as an opportunity to extend that stay.

“The funny part is, I’m not very into politics so it was a very eye-opening experience that it has been for the past week and a half,” Khan said.

Although Khan is not a Trump supporter, she and McLean agree this is about the American people, not one political party.

“Personally, this wasn't my choice for a president-elect, but that does not mean I don't want to be a part of it,” Khan said.

The two are most interested in hearing the new president’s first address firsthand and are eager to hear a message that will unite the country.

“I’m really hoping President Trump will give the kind of speech that his predecessors have always tried to give, one that will unite our country behind our shared principals,” said McLean.

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<![CDATA[Waterbury Looks to Replace Plywood on Vacant Buildings ]]> Wed, 18 Jan 2017 23:21:44 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/160*120/IMG_39531.JPG

Drive around parts of Waterbury and you’ll notice buildings boarded up with trusty plywood.

Some say the days of using plywood to board up abandoned or vacant buildings are over-- but not everyone thinks the replacement is a good idea.

This conversation began after Ohio banned the use of plywood to board up buildings.

“It’s nice to have beautification but some people will break into places if they’re not secure,” Len Bunting of Waterbury, said.

Ohio wants people to use a material called polycarbonate. The clear material could go over windows in an attempt to look better. In addition, the material is stronger than plywood and would stop people from easily breaking into buildings.

The main drawback is the cost. 

“The main thing is cost. There’s a huge cost difference between the two,” Gil Graveline, Waterbury building inspector, said.

A whole house could be boarded up for $180 with plywood, which is the cost of one sheet of polycarbonate

“I’m all about saving money. I just paid a ton of money on car taxes,” John Merritt of Waterbury, said.

But, money is not the only issue. Polycarbonate’s durability could pose a problem in an emergency.

“Fireman don’t like that because they can’t break that. If it’s secured properly, it’s extremely difficult to get off,” Graveline said.

Some don’t see either as a good option and worry about how fires including one recently in Waterbury started in an abandoned warehouse.

“To me all these buildings should be demolished and just leave the plain area so we don’t have to deal with fires or people breaking into the buildings,” Keila Gonzalez of Waterbury, said.

According to reports, Ohio’s law goes into effect in April and applies to homes foreclosed on by the bank.

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<![CDATA[NBC Connecticut on Echo: 'Alexa, Tell Me The News']]> Fri, 13 Jan 2017 12:14:39 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Amazon-echo.jpg

There's a new way to find out what's going on in Connecticut: Ask Alexa.

Amazon Echo owners can now listen to top stories from NBC Connecticut through Alexa's Flash Briefing. Just opt in to NBC Connecticut in your Alexa app, then ask your echo to tell you the news.

Alexa, the Echo's personal assistant, will read four top local stories from NBC Connecticut . The briefing lasts about 90 seconds. NBC Connecticut is the first local news source in Connecticut to provide updates on Alexa.

If you have an Echo, this is how to access the Flash Briefing:
·         Launch the Alexa app on your phone
·         Choose Flash Briefing in Settings in the menu
·         Select one or multiple NBC station(s). 
·         Ask Alexa to “Play Flash Briefing”

Echo owners can access the NBC Connecticut Flash Briefing with the following steps:

  • Launch the Alexa app on your phone
  • Choose Flash Briefing in Settings in the menu
  • Select NBC Connecticut
  • Ask Alexa to “Play Flash Briefing”

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<![CDATA[Hartford Police Launch New Tools to Solve Cold Cases]]> Wed, 18 Jan 2017 22:13:17 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Hartford00000000.jpg

After years of intense investigations and following leads, Hartford Police are hoping new initiatives will better help them solve cold cases.

"He was such a good boy," said Maria Rodriguez through tears about her son, Ricardo Rivera.

Rivera, 19, was shot and killed on Cherry Street in Hartford back in October 2015. The case is still unsolved.

"Somebody say something because I know somebody knows," Rodriguez said.

Now she's hoping a calendar can help bring forward leads.

Hartford police along with Mothers United Against Violence filled the pages with 23 cold case victims. It's a new tool they plan to possibly distribute at local stores, the train station, libraries and three correctional facilities to generate leads.

"I honestly feel that this is a great tool and it will generate people talking, whether it's in the jails or in public," said Jasmine Moton.

Moton lost her brother, 33-year-old William Ward, last year in a double homicide in Hartford.

She's hoping the calendar makes people come forward with information. She said she has friends who had cases solved thanks to the Connecticut Department of Correction "Cold Case" playing cards distributed to inmates.

"It just means so much to us for us to know who did this to him," Moton said.

Also inside the calendar, the numbers for an anonymous cold case tip line for citizens and one for inmates.

Police also created a pin for officers and victims' families inscribed with "Forever in our Thoughts," and they're creating a commemorative coin as well.

"We don't know anything," Rodriguez said about her son's case.

But these parents are hoping these new initiatives change that.

Hartford police said this is the first time they've created a cold case initiative specific to Hartford.

They're also looking for ways to get the word out on social media.

<![CDATA[New Haven Police Utilize WhatsApp As Community Policing Tool ]]> Wed, 18 Jan 2017 21:07:13 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/180*120/whatsapp-cel-1A.jpg

New Haven resident Greta Seashore recalls an evening when two teens appeared to be following her as she pulled her car into the garage.

“I was a little concerned by that obviously,” she told NBC Connecticut. “I could of called 911, but in our neighborhood we have our neighborhood app that gets us straight to Sgt. “Wojo.”

Sgt. John Wolcheski became the New Haven Police district manager for the Beaver Hills neighborhood ten months ago.

“You want to get it on this, because it gives you an opportunity to see what’s going on in the neighborhood,” he said, recalling what his predecessor Sgt. Shafiq Abdussabur told him.

Wolcheski said between three and four hundred residents are part of the Beaver Hills WhatsApp chat group.

WhatsApp users can join groups and send unlimited mobile messages, pictures and videos on their phones. Consider this use of the app a 21st century edition of a neighborhood crime watch.

“This gives residents a direct line or the ability to have direct access to their neighborhood officer,” he said.

Last year there was a rash of car break-ins in a neighborhood near Ellsworth Ave. Sgt. Wolcheski credits communication on the WhatsApp group for catching the crook who was responsible for many of them.

“One resident saw a car break in and called the police department and then went on the chat and started giving updates on locations,” he explained.

Seashore’s friend Nan Bartow said the WhatsApp group helped police crack down on drug dealing and prostitution near her home.

“We were able to say real time, this is happening, come out,” Bartow said.

Wolcheski said he hopes other NHPD district managers get on board with bringing this new community policing tool to their neighborhoods. He added residents should still call 911 first during serious emergencies.

“I never had the kind of relationship with the police that we do through the WhatsApp because the district manager watches all the time and he will send somebody out immediately, if needed,” Bartow said.

<![CDATA[Deal Similar to 2011 Tax Hikes Needed in 2017, Dem Says]]> Wed, 18 Jan 2017 17:52:09 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Martin-Looney.jpg

The top Democrat in the Connecticut Senate, Sen. Martin Looney, proclaimed Wednesday that a deal that closely resembles the 2011 budget agreement might be needed in 2017.

That agreement led to $1.5 billion in tax hikes, in addition to spending cuts.

"I think that we need actually a plan that incorporates, as we had in 2011, a substantial number of cuts, some state employee concessions, and some new revenues,” said Looney, the President Pro Tem in the Connecticut Senate.

That 2011 budget helped to catapult Republicans to within seven seats of control in the Connecticut House of Representatives, and they’re now even in the Connecticut Senate, with 17 members.

Republican President Pro Tem Senator Len Fasano says a holistic approach to the budget process where every possible option is considered before tax increases.

“We’re going to watch out for taxpayers’ wallets and pocketbooks,” Fasano said. There's been numerous cuts, revenues are going down, I think this is going to be a very big challenge for this building because the plans get laid out but the revenues are not coming in."

The budget situation for the current fiscal year that ends in June isn’t as dire as predicted a year ago. Revenue estimates that were agreed to by the governor’s administration, the Office of Fiscal Analysis, and Comptroller Kevin Lembo concluded that the state is currently on track to end with as much as $56 million in revenue growth. However, the budget is based on one-time revenue, and will not be in balance the moment the 2018 fiscal year begins in July.

The 2018 and 2019 fiscal years are each projected to be out of balance by about $1.5 billion, which is what has led to the renewed talk of possible tax increases, spending cuts, and concessions from organized labor.

The Malloy administration tried and failed last year to negotiate new wages and benefits with the state’s bargaining units, but the unions said, “no.” The problem, Gov. Malloy says, is that the most recent budget was based on some level of concessions which didn’t materialize.

"When you talk about what the size of what the potential deficit is, people are ignoring the fact that we don't have a contractual basis to pull off some of the things the legislature built into the budget last year,” he said Wednesday.

The first look at what the state’s budget could look like for the next two years will be unveiled next month by Gov. Malloy.

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<![CDATA[Bobcat That Attacked 3 People Tests Positive for Rabies]]> Thu, 19 Jan 2017 07:05:09 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Colchester+bobcat+1200.jpg

The bobcat that attacked three women at a Connecticut farm run by a social service organization in Colchester this week tested positive for rabies, the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection said. 

"The presence of rabies among wild animals is at typical, low levels at this time," DEEP said in a statement released on Wednesday.

On Tuesday, Colchester fire officials said a bobcat bit one person and scratched two others in the greenhouse on the property of the Caring Community, a residential and day program on Waterhole Road in Colchester.

The bobcat jumped on one women and scratched the other two when they came to her aid.

The bobcat was gone from the greenhouse by the time police arrived and went into the woods, but the bobcat charged at the officer instead of running away. 

All women are clients of the Caring Community and were brought to the Marlborough Medical Center, according to officials from the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection. 

They were all expected to be OK.

The bobcat was shot and killed at the scene.

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<![CDATA[43-Year-Old Woman Found Dead in Bristol Apartment ]]> Wed, 18 Jan 2017 18:24:31 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Bristol+untimely+death.JPG

Police are investigating the untimely death of a 43-year-old woman found in Bristol on Wednesday. 

The woman's live-in boyfriend called police at 4:11 a.m. saying his girlfriend was unresponsive in their apartment on 92 Main Street. 

She was pronounced dead at the scene. 

Bristol Police are investigating and Connecticut State Police Major Crime Unit are assisting with collection of evidence and scene processing. 

Police were unable to disclose any other details.

Anyone with information related to this incident is asked to call BPD at (860) 314-4567.

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

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

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<![CDATA[Man Shot Roommate in Hamden: Police]]> Wed, 18 Jan 2017 15:27:46 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/christopher+perez_hamden+shooting.jpg

Police arrested a 43-year-old Hamden man who is accused of shooting his roommate in the leg. 

Police said they responded to 106 Arch St. around 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday and found the victim suffering from a gunshot wound to the leg, so Hamden Fire Rescue arrived and provided medical assistance. The victim was then transported to Yale-New Haven Hospital. 

Police said the victim and his roommate, 31-year-old Christopher Perez, got into an argument, which turned physical and Perez shot the victim while two children were in the residence. 

Perez left in a car and Waterbury Police found him and transported him back to Hamden Police, police said. 

Perez was charged with first-degree assault, criminal possession of a firearm, unlawful discharge of a firearm, first-degree reckless endangerment, disorderly conduct and two counts of risk of injury to a minor. 

He was held on a $200,000 bond and is due in court on Jan. 31.

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<![CDATA[Best Day Ever: Gracie Lou's Bucket List]]> Wed, 18 Jan 2017 12:24:42 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/gracie-in-police-car.jpg

They say every dog has its day. On a rainy Tuesday morning, Newington Police Department helped a dog named Gracie Lou Freebush have the best day ever.

It’s just the latest adventure for the Boxer and her owner, Jennifer Valenches of Newington, on a mission to turn precious moments into comforting memories. Three days before Christmas, a veterinarian diagnosed Gracie Lou with cancer, estimating she has six months left to live.

“It just struck me just knowing the little time we have together and just to make the most of it,” Valenches says. “What can we do to make this remaining time we have together extra special?”

So began Gracie Lou’s Bucket List: A list of adventures, together, to make every last day count. Along the way, Valenches is documenting the journey on a public Facebook page which is quickly amassing followers. So far, Gracie Lou has had a photo shoot, a romp in the snow, even a visit to the Hartford Fire Department.

When officers at the Newington Police Department caught wind of the story, Officer Jamie DeSimone says they jumped at the chance to grant another wish on the list – for Gracie Lou to ride in a police car.

“They’re Newington residents,” DeSimone explained, “and I just felt like that would mean a lot to us, and I’m sure it would mean a lot to her mom.”

Judging by the slobbery kisses Officer Mike Fallon got as he drove the pup around in a police SUV, it meant a lot to Gracie Lou, too. Uniformed officers came outside to watch as Fallon flipped on the lights and sirens, circling the parking lot. Gracie sat attentively in the passenger seat wearing a police cap with her name on it, an extra touch by DeSimone.

“It really reaches out to our community that it’s not just about going out and fighting crime and arresting people,” she explained. “It’s about partnership with our community and giving back.”

And for Valenches, it’s about more than simply checking off a list. She hopes to inspire others to commit acts of kindness, and wants to raise awareness of the need for animal adoption and fostering. She currently volunteers and has fostered four dogs for Adopt A Boxer Rescue. As Gracie Lou’s story continues to spread on social media, Valenches says she’s receiving offers of help and messages from all over the world.

“It’s giving us the opportunity to tell others the importance of spreading love and kindness,” she said, “and that’s what I really want it to be about.”

Jennifer knows there will soon come a time for difficult decisions. The love of an animal can give us some of the best days of our lives, along with one of the worst. But for now, she hopes to keep “Pawing It Forward” – one of the items on the list, and a philosophy for living every day to the fullest.

“I don’t want the last six months or so, whatever God gives us together, to be about this awful disease,” Valenches said. “I want it to be about love and make it positive, not only to bring support to me and Gracie, but for us to share love with everyone else.”

Follow Gracie Lou on Facebook. 

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<![CDATA[Former East Hartford Man Pleads Guilty in Theft of $21K from Postal Worker]]> Wed, 18 Jan 2017 15:34:23 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Dallas-police-generic-shooting.jpg

A former East Hartford, Connecticut man pleaded guilty to robbing a postal worker of more than $21,000 at a Hartford post office in September 2014.

Dion Edward Thompson, 39, formerly of East Hartford, pleaded guilty Tuesday, according to federal officials.

He was charged with one count of robbery of a postal employee and one count of theft of government property.

Federal prosecutors said Thompson and one other man robbed the victim at gunpoint at the Barry Square Post Office on Maple Avenue in Hartford on Sept. 9, 2014 as the postal worker was loading proceeds from the post office into a USPS vehicle.

The robbers got away with $21,817 in cash, checks and money orders, according to the U.S. attorney's office.

Thompson, who is detained, will be sentenced in April.

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<![CDATA[Woman Fatally Struck Near Yale-New Haven Hospital ]]> Wed, 18 Jan 2017 16:42:21 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/melissa+tancredi+pedestrian+killed.jpg

A 42-year-old Waterbury woman who died after being hit by a vehicle near Yale-New Haven Hospital Tuesday was an employee of the hospital.

Melissa Tancredi was on the sidewalk when a vehicle hit her at York Street and South Frontage Road on Tuesday evening, according to police. 

Police said investigation shows that the driver was traveling in the left lane of South Frontage Road, which is a turning lane that ends at the intersection. For some reason, the driver continued straight and the vehicle jumped the curb, hitting Tancredi.

“We are shocked and deeply saddened by the sudden death of Melissa Tancredi. Our deepest sympathies go out to her family and friends in the aftermath of this tragedy. We have made grief counseling available and encouraged anyone on our staff to participate,” a statement from Yale-New Haven Hospital says.

The driver who hit Tancredi remained at the scene and is cooperating with police. The investigation is ongoing and no charges have been filed.

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<![CDATA[Man Wanted for Attacking Woman with Frying Pan: Police]]> Wed, 18 Jan 2017 11:25:31 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Ronald-Fuller.jpg

A South Windsor man is wanted on accusations he attacked a woman with a frying pan and stole her debit card, according to South Windsor police.

Police said that on Tuesday they spoke to an assault victim with a large cut on her head and a swollen eye. She reported that someone who lived in her home hit her with a frying pan, took her debit card and took off.

Police have an active arrest warrant and are trying to locate the suspect, identified as Ronald Fuller, 53. Fuller faces charges of second-degree assault, sixth-degree larceny, credit card theft and disorderly conduct.

He is described as 5-foot-11, 190 pounds, with short black hair and facial hair. Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to contact South Windsor police at 860-644-2551.

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<![CDATA[4 Assault Teen While Trying to Steal Marijuana from Him: Police]]> Thu, 19 Jan 2017 06:43:38 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Naugatuck+marijuana+assault.jpg

Four men are accused of assaulting a teen while buying marijuana from him in Naugatuck on Tuesday morning and have been arrested. 

Police responded to the Southwood Apartments on Rubber Avenue just before 11:30 a.m. Tuesday to investigate a robbery and the victim, a 16-year-old boy, said two men in ski masks approached the car he and his friend were in and said he “owed them money,” then one of the men punched him in the face through his open car window and ran, the teen told police.

As police investigated, they determined the teen sold marijuana to the men before the assault and four men had conspired to buy marijuana from the teen, then steal the drugs, police said.

Steven Lister, 19; 22-year-old Javon Couture; 19-year-old Sean Chobian; and 26-year-old Victor Foster Jr., all of Naugatuck, were charged with second-degree robbery, risk of injury, conspiracy to commit robbery, sixth-degree larceny, sixth-degree conspiracy to commit larceny and breach of peace.

Chobian was also charged with third-degree assault.

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<![CDATA[Bomb Threats Called in to 2 JCCs, 1 Synagogue in Connecticut]]> Wed, 18 Jan 2017 19:16:38 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/mandell+JCC+In+West+Hartford.jpg

Jewish Community Centers in 17 states received bomb threats on Wednesday, including one in West Hartford, one in Woodbridge and one and one at a synagogue.

All locations were evacuated, including the Ezra Academy which is inside the B'nai Jacob Synagogue in Woodbridge. 

Nearly  200 preschool children and staff members were evacuated from the Mandell JCC in West Hartford after a woman called around 9:30 a.m. and said there was a bomb in the building.

"We received a suspicious phone call. It was deemed a bomb threat," Renee St. Louis, marketing director for Mandell JCC, said.

"We housed a lot of people in police cruisers. A lot of staff used their own cars as well," Lt. Eric Rocheleau said. 

People were allowed back into the building after police searched it and determined the threat was not credible.

While the search was underway, preschool children were moved to the Hebrew Home, but everyone was allowed back inside the JCC around 10:30 a.m.

The JCC of Greater New Haven, in Woodbridge, was also evacuated after a woman called in a bomb threat at 9:22 a.m. and said a bomb is in the building, according to the a senior staff member. 

Police responded to the scene and have cleared it.

Several Jewish Community Centers around the country also received threats last week

JCC Association of North America said in a statement that several JCC leaders took part in a webinar that featured officials from SCN (Secure Community Network) and the Department of Homeland Security to address concerns and procedures.

"Lessons learned and best practices discussed were clearly on display this morning, and we applaud our JCCs for responding calmly and efficiently. Many JCCs not affected last week took the opportunity to review their own security plans, and speak with local law enforcement," JCC Association of North America said in a statement.

“While we’re extremely proud of our JCCs for professionally handling yet another threatening situation, we are concerned about the anti-Semitism behind these threats. While the bombs in question are hoaxes, the calls are not. We know that law enforcement at both the local and national level are continuing to investigate the ongoing situation. We are relieved that no one has been harmed and that JCCs continue to operate in a way that puts the safety of their staff, visitors, and premises first," the statement from JCC Association of North America says.

It's not clear whether the bomb threats are connected.

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<![CDATA[Brooklyn Man Accused of Attacking Girlfriend with Frying Pan]]> Wed, 18 Jan 2017 09:48:40 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/JASON-WILBUR.jpg

A Brooklyn man is accused of attacking his girlfriend with a frying pan and a machete, according to state police.

Police said that on Tuesday around 9:20 p.m. they were called to a home in Brooklyn for a reported disturbance.

Authorities allege that Jason Wilbur, 39, got into a fight with his girlfriend, tackled her to the ground and hit her with a frying pan. Police said he also threw a machete at her but missed. A minor was in the home at the time, police said.

Wilbur was arrested and charged with criminal attempt at first-degree assault, third-degree assault, risk of injury to a minor, first-degree reckless endangerment, breach of peace, disorderly conduct, criminal mischief and possession of a dangerous weapon.

He was held on a $100,000 bond and expected in court Wednesday.

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<![CDATA[Three Connecticut Webster Bank Branches to Close]]> Wed, 18 Jan 2017 08:58:32 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/webster+bank+sign.jpg

Three Webster Bank branches in Connecticut will be closing, according to a news release from the company.

The branches at 105 Mill Plain Road in Danbury and 320 Middle Turnpike West in Manchester will close on April 10 and the branch at 1160 Silas Deane Highway in Wethersfield, Connecticut will close on May 26.

In all, Webster Bank is closing eight banks in Connecticut, New York, Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

In 2016, the company opened 17 new banking centers in greater Boston and Webster Bank said its overall banking center teller transactions declined almost 40 percent from 2010 to 2016.

The company said it is closing branches where there are multiple Webster banking centers.

Forty seven percent of Webster’s checking account households are now served by mobile banking, and self-service deposits now represent 40 percent of all deposits.

“We continue to evaluate our network to ensure that our banking centers efficiently balance our physical and digital banking channels in response to rapidly changing customer expectations,” David Miree, executive vice president, consumer deposits and investments, said. “At the same time, we concurrently invest in high-opportunity markets and modernize the overall banking experience. Banking centers are, and will continue to be, the cornerstone of our service culture, which is based on relationship development.”

The company said employees at centers that are closing will be given an opportunity to be resigned within the company.

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<![CDATA[Man Shot in Stomach in Ansonia]]> Wed, 18 Jan 2017 07:36:02 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/ansonia+police+night.jpg

Police are investigating after a man was shot in the stomach in Ansonia on Tuesday night. 

Griffin Hospital called police at 7:38 p.m. to report that they were treating a 25-year-old man who’d been shot in the stomach at 112 Central St. and arrived at the hospital in a private vehicle. 

The victim was transferred to Bridgeport Hospital and is reported to be in stable condition, police said. 

The detective bureau and patrol division are investigating.

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<![CDATA[Man Stabbed 2 Coworkers at Windsor Locks Business: Police]]> Wed, 18 Jan 2017 09:19:58 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Hasudin-Siljkovic.jpg

A Hartford man is accused of stabbing two coworkers and advancing on responding police officers while working at a warehouse in Windsor Locks, police said.

Windsor Locks police said they were called to the C&S Wholesale Grocers at 500 North Street around 9:15 p.m. Tuesday for a reported stabbing. This is a large warehouse with more than 80 employees working at a given time.

When officers arrived they saw one victim, a 56-year-old man, with a non-life threatening stab wound. The victim was being tended to by another employee.

Police continued to where the suspect was located and saw that he was still wielding a knife. The warehouse was active and police were concerned there was an immediate danger to employees.

According to police the suspect, later identified as Hasudin Siljkovic, 27, refused to drop the knife and advanced on one of the officers. Police said the officer moved backward to give Siljkovic an opportunity to stop, but he continued forward. At that point the officer discharged his stun gun, but Siljkovic was not affected.

Siljkovic continued to advance on the officer until another officer also deployed a stun gun, police said. Police then overpowered Siljkovic and took the knife. According to police, Siljkovic was violent and resisted arrest. Police recovered Siljkovic’s weapon, a folding knife with a 3.5-inch blade.

After Siljkovic was taken into custody police discovered a second stabbing victim. The 27-year-old man was stabbed in the thumb trying to block the knife.

Both the 56-year-old victim and 27-year-old victim were treated and released.

Siljkovic was taken to the hospital for evaluation. He is charged with two counts of second-degree assault.

Police said C&S management was on scene and are cooperating with the investigation.

Photo Credit: Windsor Locks Police Department]]>
<![CDATA[Cool Today, Mild Weather Moves in Tomorrow]]> Wed, 18 Jan 2017 15:35:20 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Forecast+Panel+Today+Tomorrow+Sky.png

While the northwest corner woke up to some icy roads and sidewalks, causing several schools to delay opening, most of the state is dealing with wet conditions. This is what conditions looked like last night in Torrington. 

Check out the list of school delays this morning, most of the delays were in the northwest corner of the state.

Scattered rain showers will continue throughout the day with temperatures remaining in the upper 30s inland and near 40 at the shore. 

The weather pattern turns unseasonably warm tomorrow with high temperatures forecasted in the middle 40s. This warm pattern continues into the weekend and right through next week. Temperatures next week approach the 50-degree mark toward the middle of the week. 

Conditions remain dry for the next few days, then a soaking rain storm will move in for the Monday/Tuesday time frame. You can expect rain to be heavy at times, windy conditions and temperatures around 50 degrees. 

The weather pattern remains unseasonably warm with no accumulating snow forecasted in the Exclusive 10-Day Forecast. The good news for snow lovers is that it looks like the pattern takes a more wintry turn to start the month of February. 

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<![CDATA[School Bus Involved in Crash in Meriden]]> Wed, 18 Jan 2017 08:28:45 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Meriden+school+bus+crash+Evansville+Avenue+1200.jpg

A school bus with children on board was involved in a crash on Evansville Avenue in Meriden, near Baker Avenue, according to police, but no one was hurt. 

No information was immediately available on whether anyone is hurt. 

Check back for updates.

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

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

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

So what’s new?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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<![CDATA[Man Fired Off Gun, Pointed Weapon at Officer in Hartford: PD]]> Wed, 18 Jan 2017 12:20:58 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Abdias-Cortes.jpg

Hartford police arrested a man accused of brandishing and firing off a gun in the street while high and pointing the weapon at a responding officer, police said.

Police said they were called to the area of Maple Avenue at Main Street around 5:45 p.m. after multiple 911 calls reporting shots fired in the area. Callers reported a man wearing a blue coat had shot off a gun and was still on scene displaying the weapon.

An officer responded and saw the suspect, identified as Abdias Cortes, of East Hartford, on the sidewalk. The officer reported that Cortes appeared high or disoriented and he was openly brandishing the gun.

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According to police, the officer ordered Cortes to drop the weapon but Cortes refused and pointed the gun directly at the officer. At that time, more officers arrived on scene which distracted Cortes, who lowered his weapon. Officers took Cortes into custody after a brief struggle.

The gun was a Glock 9mm handgun and was loaded with eight live 9mm rounds, police said. Officers found a spent 9mm casing on the ground but no shooting victims were located.

The Focused Violence Reduction Team was called in to assist.

Cortes was taken to police headquarters where he admitted to being high on narcotics, police said. He did hold a valid pistol permit and the gun was properly registered. The permit was remanded, police said.

Cortes was charged with criminal attempted assault, unlawful discharge of a firearm, reckless endangerment, carrying a firearm while under the influence, breach of peace and interfering with police.

Photo Credit: Hartford Police Department]]>
<![CDATA[Pickup Hits Garage and House in Lebanon]]> Wed, 18 Jan 2017 05:26:02 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/LEBANON-CAR-INTO-HOUSE.jpg

A driver was taken to the hospital after a pickup crashed into a garage and a house Tuesday night, according to the fire department.

The Lebanon Volunteer Fire Department said they were called to a home at the intersection of Trumbull Highway and Burnham Road for a report of a vehicle striking the structure. When they arrived they found a pickup had crashed into a garage and house.

The driver, who was not identified, suffered minor injuries and was taken to a local hospital for evaluation. The garage and house have minor damage, according to the fire department.

The Lebanon Building Official was called to the scene to check the structure. State police are investigating the cause of the crash.

<![CDATA[Woman Had Trouble Getting Cash Back Rewards]]> Tue, 17 Jan 2017 23:35:34 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/212*120/BJswebpic.JPG

Kim Tran is a frequent shopper at BJ’s Wholesale Club.

In March 2016, she applied for the store’s My BJ’s Perks Elite credit card, which offers 5 percent cash back on most purchases.

According to the program terms, “Earnings on Eligible Purchases accumulate to your Program balance when you pay for them with your My BJ’s Perks credit card so long as your Account is in Good Standing.”

Those rewards can be used at the register in $20 increments and expire after six months.

Tran said she paid her monthly credit card bill on time, but her earnings were never applied to her account.

She called customer service multiple times, but said no one was able to pinpoint the problem.

In September 2016, Tran’s case was forwarded to the IT department. At that point, some of her rewards were about to expire.

When January 2017 rolled around with no solid answers from BJ’s, Tran asked NBC Connecticut Responds to investigate.

Our consumer team reached out to the company and within a few days, Tran’s account was credited with all the rewards she’d earned since March, totaling $640.

BJ’s did not provide any additional comment on Tran’s case.

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<![CDATA[Using Ctfastrak to Bring Cultures Together]]> Wed, 18 Jan 2017 08:09:18 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/parkville-fasttrack.jpg

It might not look like much in the winter, but come the warmer months, it's a multicultural wonder in the Parkville section of Hartford, right at the CTfastrak station.

"If they come out to One World Market and they see a mobile food truck or stall, then they have access to a majority culture market of people outside their own ethnic group," said Art Feltman, the director of International Hartford which is spearheading One World Market. 

Right now, the multicultural food and entertainment experience is only on Fridays from about May to October, but the goal is to expand that.

Residents we spoke to say more music, dance and cuisine will enhance an already convenient CTfastrak experience, that they say has been well worth the taxpayer dollars.

"If they bring in more vendors, that's good, but the FastTrack is fantastic," said Hector Goritz of New Britain," said Darryl Wilson, also of New Britain. "I think a food court would be great. It would bring more people to the area."

The goal is to ultimately have a six day a week operation, with a permanent site by a FastTrack station that would be open year round.

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<![CDATA[West Hartford Presents New Idea for Garbage Pick up]]> Tue, 17 Jan 2017 22:53:18 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/west-hartford-trash.jpg

A new proposal by the director of Public Works for West Hartford would require residents to pay for trash bags and place all trash in those specific bags.

"Keep an open mind," John Phillips, the director of Public Works for West Hartford, said. 

A 30-gallon bag would cost $2, a standard 13-gallon kitchen bag would cost $1.25, a small bag 80 cents and they would be available typically where residents currently buy garbage bags.

The money collected would help fund collection services, as opposed to the traditional way through property taxes.

"This is a transformational discussion we will be having, but they are discussions that are necessary to have," said Phillips.

The town is working with the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection as a test program of sorts, in an effort to reduce waste and enhance recycling programs.

One of the goals is to incentivize people to throw away less trash.

"The upside is controlling your utility budgets, like you conserve on electricity, like you conserve on home heating oil," said Phillips.

Phillips said the one downside is it would be more work.

Residents have three chances to weigh in on the proposal.

The first is Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the Town Hall Auditorium.

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<![CDATA[Top CT Democrats to Attend Trump Inauguration]]> Tue, 17 Jan 2017 22:54:05 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Chris-Murphy-Richard-Blumenthal.jpg

The highest profile Democrats in Connecticut will all attend the inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump.

Gov. Dannel Malloy had made his intention public last week. He is being invited since he is a sitting governor.

Both U.S. Senators Chris Murphy and Richard Blumenthal said Tuesday they would attend.

Murphy said he wants to be in the audience to send a quiet message of sorts to the Republican.

“I want him to be surrounded by people who are going to fight him tooth and nail as he pursues these damaging and divisive policies that he has previewed during his campaign," Murphy said.

He even said the year ahead will be, "the most important in my career in public office," referring to the upcoming legislative battles over the Affordable Care Act, taxes and Trump's signature campaign promise to build a wall along the American border with Mexico.

Blumenthal echoed those sentiments, and added that the recent attacks by Trump of Rep. John Lewis, a Democrat from Georgia whom was beaten in Selma during civil rights protests, crossed a line for him.

“This is going to be a tough time and I respect the people who will not be at the inaugural.”

Malloy shares that view, and poked fun at Trump's twitter habits when asked about what he hoped to hear in his first address as president.

“I hope we hear better things than we read from his phone messages, his tweets. I’ve said this once, I’ll say it again, ‘For God’s sakes somebody take his phone away.’”

One of the most vocal Trump supporters in Connecticut, Joe Visconti, curried enough favor with the campaign and the transition that he was granted tickets to the inauguration, and one of the official balls.

Visconti says he feels like it's a reward for helping in a state where no one gave him a chance, and said Connecticut will benefit from the GOP victories.

“Everybody knows that he will have to work within the structure of government and he will, but it’s just that the political correctness era will be over.”

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<![CDATA[East Windsor Welcoming Prospect of Casino]]> Wed, 18 Jan 2017 06:17:59 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/east-windsor-town-hall.jpg

East Windsor is one of the last two towns standing for the chance to land what could be Connecticut's third casino, and officials there are welcoming what could come with it.

“We’re open to tax revenue and jobs. I consider it more of an entertainment facility than a casino," said Bob Maynard, the town's First Selectman.

The site under consideration is where there is a vacant Showcase Cinema, as well as a vacant retail store that once housed a Wal-Mart.

Since the site is so close to Interstate 91, and not much closer to the heart of East Windsor, town officials could see how an entertainment complex could fit into the town.

"We pride ourselves on our rural charm," Maynard, a Republican, said. "But we also see the value in it."

Mohegan Tribal Council Chairman Kevin Brown says he's hearing the same kinds of positives from Windsor Locks as well. The Mohegan and Mashantucket Pequot Tribes have been in the process of site selection for over a year, and have been pursuing a third casino for two years. The tribes would jointly run the facility as a commercial venture off reservation lands.

“We feel some momentum of folks recognizing that this is what comes: tax dollars, jobs, local municipal improvements to services and capacity," Brown said Tuesday. "Those are all of the good things that come and we think those two communities see that as a way ahead.”

Brown and Mashantucket Pequot Chairman Rodney Butler will meet with East Windsor residents next Tuesday in a town hall to answer questions they may have about the development of a casino.

Maynard said he thinks elected leaders in East Windsor favor a casino, and said the land is ready to be developed without much intervention from the local government.

“It has to be zoned correctly and if it’s zoned correctly then a business can build what it wants to build," he said.

When asked about his stance on a third casino, Gov. Dannel Malloy maintained his distance from the project, which has left him on the fence.

Malloy said, "That’s a legislative process. The tribal nations have done a nice job of keeping me informed of where they are and the like and this has got a ways to go.”

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<![CDATA[Man Used Bat to Vandalize Manchester Town Hall: Police]]> Tue, 17 Jan 2017 21:34:52 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/manchester+town+hall+bat+attack.jpg

A man walked into Manchester Town Hall on Tuesday afternoon armed with a baseball bat and began smashing glass display cabinets inside, according to police.

Town Hall was placed in lockdown around 3 p.m. during the incident.

Officers arrived and found the suspect sitting on staircase. They were able to arrest him, but he would not cooperate and police had trouble identifying him, police said.

The suspect was eventually identified as Corey Robinson, 33, of Manchester.

Robinson was charged with criminal mischief, second-degree breach of peace, carrying a dangerous weapon, interfering with police and failure to submit to fingerprinting.

He was being held on $150,000 bond and was expected to appear in court on Wednesday.

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<![CDATA[Manchester Man Beat Pregnant Woman While Playing Game: Police]]> Tue, 17 Jan 2017 17:21:44 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Enrique-Valera.jpg

A pregnant woman told Manchester police that her boyfriend had punched and thrown her on the floor after playing a game, according to police. 

On Monday, Enrique Valera, 25, was charged with assaulting a pregnant person, interfering with police, unlawful restraint and risk of injury to a minor.

Police got calls about a woman being beaten at a home on Lenox Street around 10:20 p.m. Valera was found hiding in a crawl space behind a bedroom dresser, Manchester Police said. 

The victim told police that Valera become angry while playing a game and punched her in the upper right arm while the woman's child was in the home. Police noted that the victim's arm was red and swollen. 

Valera allegedly followed the victim into the bathroom, where she was putting lotion on her face, and shoved her to the ground. 

Valera said he did not abuse the victim and hasn't in the past, according to police.

His bond was set at $10,000. 

Photo Credit: Manchester Police Department]]>
<![CDATA[Man Accused of Stealing Police Officer's Weapons In Custody]]> Tue, 17 Jan 2017 15:45:01 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Justin+Parsell+mug+shot.jpg

A man suspected of breaking into a police officer's vehicle and stealing weapons and a bullet-proof vest almost two weeks ago is in police custody, according to Milford police.

Milford police have been looking for Justin Parsell, 26, and apprehended him Tuesday after a short chase.

He is accused of stealing an M4 rifle, a level-three ballistic vest and a pair of night vision goggles from a Bridgeport police officer's unlocked vehicle, which was parked on Boothbay Street in Milford, sometime between 4:30 a.m. and 6:30 a.m. on Jan. 4.

Bridgeport city officials said that officer, a 16-year veteran of the department, was placed on leave pending an investigation by the Office of Internal Affairs.

The stolen items were recovered within around 12 hours.

"The public was in a little bit of danger initially with that kind of rifle out there," Milford Police Officer Mike DeVito said.

Before police found him, Parsell was last known to be with Madison Krieder, 18, of Milford, who had been reported missing. 

Parsell has been charged with first-degree larceny,  third-degree burglary, theft of a firearm, criminal possession of a firearm, possession of an assault rifle, five counts of possession of a high-capacity magazine and possession of a silencer.

He's being held on $150,000 bond.  

Photo Credit: MIlford Police]]>
<![CDATA[Men, 1 in Cookie Monster Sweatshirt, Rob Norwalk Store]]> Wed, 18 Jan 2017 08:02:53 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/cooke-monster-robbery.jpg

Two armed men, including one donning a Cookie Monster sweatshirt, robbed a variety store in Norwalk Saturday. 

The men walked into Rainbow News and Variety on 205 Main Avenue at 11:30 p.m. brandishing guns and wearing hooded sweatshirts and masks, police said. 

Both men threatened to shoot while pointing their guns at the owner and demanding cash from the register and CT Lotto machine. One robber had a large silver revolver and the other had a black semi-automatic pistol, Norwalk Police said. 

The men fled the scene on foot. 

Anyone with any information is asked to call Detective Sura at 203-854-3192.

Anonymous tips can be left at any of the below contacts.

Norwalk Police Tip Line at 203-854-3111 Anonymous Internet tips can be sent to Norwalk Police website

Anonymous text tips can be submitted by typing "NPD" into the text field, followed by the message, and sending it to CRIMES (274637). 

Photo Credit: Norwalk Police Department]]>
<![CDATA[Detectives Raid North Haven Massage Parlor While Investigating Prostitution]]> Tue, 17 Jan 2017 13:20:42 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/north+haven+police+generic+1200.jpg

Detectives raided a North Haven massage parlor on Tuesday as part of a prostitution investigation. 

Police said detectives executed a search and seizure warrant at the Korean Massage Therapy Spa, at 565 Washington Ave., as part of a month-long investigation and seized all the furniture, equipment, electronic devices and documents in the spa. 

Two women were inside the business, which was open, but have not been charged. 

Police are continuing to investigate.

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<![CDATA[Plainfield Police Looking to ID Theft Suspects]]> Tue, 17 Jan 2017 13:17:19 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/PLAINFIELD-HARDWARE.JPG

Plainfield police are trying to identify three people suspected in a theft of several chain saws from a hardware store.

Police said the tools were stolen from the Ace Hardware Store at 20 Excalibur Bvld. Around 3 p.m. Sunday.

Anyone who recognizes the subjects pictured above is asked to contact Plainfield police at 860-564-0804. Callers may remain anonymous.

Photo Credit: Plainfield Police Department]]>
<![CDATA[Silver Alert Canceled for 11-Month-Old]]> Tue, 17 Jan 2017 16:01:24 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/MISSING-PERSON-GENERIC.jpg

Police have canceled a Silver Alert for a missing 11-month-old from Putnam.

Leah Blanchard was reported missing Tuesday and police said she might have been with her mother Kylie Blanchard and grandparents Robert and Myriah Blanchard.

A photo was not immediately available.

State police stressed that the situation was not criminal in nature and is a DCF matter.

The child is now in the custody of DCF, according to state police.

<![CDATA[Putnam Bank Robbery Suspect Sought]]> Tue, 17 Jan 2017 12:07:41 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/PUTNAM-SUSPECT.JPG

Connecticut State police are trying to identify a suspect in a Putnam bank robbery.

Police said around 10:15 a.m. Tuesday the subject pictured above robbed the People’s United Bank inside the Stop & Shop on the Providence Pike (Route 44) in Putnam.

The suspect was wearing glasses and a gray hooded jacket-sweatshirt. Police believe the suspect fled in a dark colored Jeep Wrangler.

Anyone with information should contact Troop D at 860-779-4900 or text TIP711 with any information to 274637.

Photo Credit: Connecticut State Police]]>
<![CDATA[Bobcat Killed After Attacking 3 People in Colchester]]> Wed, 18 Jan 2017 09:49:21 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Colchester+bobcat+1200.jpg

A sickly looking bobcat attacked three women at a Connecticut farm run by a social service organization in Colchester late Tuesday morning and has been put down, according to officials at the scene.

Colchester fire officials said the bobcat bit one person and scratched two others in the greenhouse on the property of the Caring Community, a residential and day program on Waterhole Road in Colchester.

The bobcat jumped on one women and scratched the other two when they came to her aid.

The bobcat was gone from the greenhouse by the time police arrived and went into the woods, but the bobcat charged at the officer instead of running away. 

All women are clients of the Caring Community and were brought to the Marlborough Medical Center, according to officials from the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection. 

They are expected to be OK.

DEEP officials said it's unusual for bobcats to attack humans.

A neighbor in Colchester said this was the second bobcat attack in two days.

"My neighbor heard a ruckus and went outside. The dog was seriously injured," Beth Coleman, of Colchester, said. 

The bobcat was shot and killed at the scene and the state Department of Health will test it for rabies. 

Photo Credit: Colchester Fire Department]]>
<![CDATA[Man Seriously Injured, Arrest Made in New London Stabbing]]> Tue, 17 Jan 2017 11:24:19 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Terry-Pipkin.jpg

New London police arrested a man on assault charges after another man was seriously injured in a stabbing Sunday night.

Police said they received a 911 call reporting a disturbance and stabbing at 200 Montauk Ave. around 7:45 p.m. When officers arrived they found a man, identified as Terry Pipkin, 51, with blood on him. Police detained Pipkin at the scene.

When officers entered an apartment they found a male victim with cuts to his face, neck and stomach. The 48-year-old victim was taken to L&M Hospital for treatment of serious injuries, then transported to Yale-New Haven Hospital for further treatment. As of Tuesday the victim remained hospitalized.

Pipkin was arrested and charged with first-degree assault and carrying a dangerous weapon.

Photo Credit: New London Police Department]]>
<![CDATA[Dog Rescued After Falling Through Ice in Torrington]]> Tue, 17 Jan 2017 12:19:06 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Dog+Rescue+from+ice.JPG

A dog fell through the ice in Torrington this morning and the dog's owner saved the animal. 

Oliver fell through the ice and into Pie Hill Pond. 

The fire departments from Torringon and Goshen responded and were seen carrying an alert dog wrapped in a blanket.

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