<![CDATA[NBC Connecticut - Top Stories]]> Copyright 2014 http://www.nbcconnecticut.com/news/top-stories http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/NBC_Connecticut.png NBC Connecticut http://www.nbcconnecticut.com en-us Tue, 21 Oct 2014 09:47:43 -0400 Tue, 21 Oct 2014 09:47:43 -0400 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[School Officials Accused of Not Reporting Student-Teacher Sex Face Judge]]> Tue, 21 Oct 2014 09:20:51 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/stamford+high+school.jpg

A Stamford High School principal and assistant principal are heading to court today, accused of failing to contact authorities about a sexual relationship between a student and teacher that first came to light last December, according to police.

Police arrested 32-year-old English teacher Danielle Watkins in July after learning that she had been sexually involved with an 18-year-old student and supplied him with marijuana, authorities said. She has pleaded not guilty.

Stamford High School Principal Donna Valentine, 62, and Assistant Principal Roth Nordin, 59, have been charged with failing to report the situation to authorities and will appear in court.

According to police, “several independent sources” informed administrators of the relationship as early as December 2013 and the school conducted its own investigation without contacting the Department of Children and Families.

Police began investigating the administrators in August and Valentine and Nordin have been charged with failure to report, which is a misdemeanor offense.

Watkins is accused of having sexual relations with the student between September 2013 and June 2014 and threatened to fail him in her class if he broke off the relationship, according to police. She was subsequently placed on administrative leave.

<![CDATA[State to Sell Prisoners Cold Case Playing Cards]]> Tue, 21 Oct 2014 08:44:43 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Josephine+Catania+cold+case+1200.jpg

The state is calling on prisoners to help solve cold cases by offering them playing cards with information on unsolved homicides and missing person cases.

The cards, which include a photo of a victim, a brief description of the case and how to submit a tip, are the only ones sold in prisons.

This is the third time the state and the Department of Corrections are releasing this type of playing cards.

The Department of Correction sold different decks of cold-case cards to inmates in 2009 and the 15,000 sold generated hundreds of tips. 

They released another deck in 2012.

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<![CDATA[Police Going to North Haven School for Bullets in Backpack]]> Tue, 21 Oct 2014 09:39:48 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Classroom_generic_investiga.jpg

North Haven Police are responding to the Mill Road School at 295 Mill Road after school officials reported that a student had one or two bullets in a backpack this morning.

Police said the student does not have a weapon.

This is an Aces school for students in kindergarten through grade 8. 

The gender of the student has not been released.

The school is not locked down.

<![CDATA[Police Investigating Suspicious Death in Manchester]]> Tue, 21 Oct 2014 06:58:21 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/manchester+bissell.jpg

Authorities are investigating the suspicious death of a 54-year-old man who was found dead in a Manchester home on Monday.

A neighbor went to the home at 59 Bissell Street to check on the man and found his body late Monday afternoon.

Manchester police Capt. Christopher Davis said police were called to the home around 4 p.m.

"A neighbor had come in and found an individual deceased," Davis said. "At this point, we're treating it as a suspicious death."

Police obtained a search warrant, searched the house and crews remained at the scene until around 2 a.m. on Tuesday. A State Police Major Crime Squad also responded to investigate and process the scene.

Neighbors said police went door-to-door in an effort to learn more about the case, but couldn't glean much information.

"We just don't know what's going on yet," said Jennifer Brundrett, who lives nearby and saw police cars when she was driving  through the area.

The man has not been publicly identified.

Detectives have left the scene, but the area was still cordoned off with caution tape on Tuesday morning. The cause of the man's death is unknown, but the untimely death investigation is ongoing.

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<![CDATA[Crash Involving Police Car Causes Injuries: Cops]]> Tue, 21 Oct 2014 06:55:01 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/102114+Watertown+Cruiser+Crash+2+Edited.jpg

A car lost control and hit a police car in Watertown early Tuesday morning, police said.

The crash happened near 535 Straits Turnpike in Watertown.

Police said the officer in the cruiser that was struck was not injured, but people in the other car were hurt.

The nature of the injuries is unclear and no information has been released on how many people were hurt.

More information will be provided when it becomes available.

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<![CDATA[Waterbury PAL Celebrates New Park]]> Tue, 21 Oct 2014 09:24:40 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/waterbury+generic.jpg

Waterbury is holding a ribbon-cutting ceremony Tuesday afternoon for a new park on a blighted property the Waterbury Police Activity League (PAL) purchased.

The park includes four basketball courts, a 200-foot baseball field, walking path and concessions stand and their are plans for an ADA compliant playground, according to Lt. Daniel T. Lauer, director of Waterbury's Blight Task Force.

Waterbury's PAL bought a "blighted and contaminated former industrial complex" on 2.2 acres of land across from PAL's Division Street headquarters, Lauer said in a news release.

"Through numerous strategic partnerships in conjunction with grant awards from the EPA, HUD, the American Savings Foundation, the Gregory Spagnoletti Memorial Foundation, along with numerous private donations, PAL has transformed this location into an urban oasis," Lauer said in the news release.

PAL's board and members, Waterbury Mayor Neil O'Leary, Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Connecticut), Director Curt Spalding of EPA Region 1, Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Commissioner Rob Klee and other community members are scheduled to attend the event.

More information on Waterbury PAL is available on the group's website.

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<![CDATA[Family of DOT Worker Killed by Tractor-Trailer Awarded $7.3M]]> Tue, 21 Oct 2014 08:46:48 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/dot+worker+killed_fixed.jpg

The family of a state Department of Transportation supervisor struck and killed on Route 8 near the Waterbury-Naugatuck line in 2012 has been awarded nearly $7.3 million in a wrongful death lawsuit.

The Connecticut Law Tribune reports that a Hartford Superior Court jury awarded damages Friday to the estate of Daniel DiNardi.

The 41-year-old father of two from Rocky Hill was struck by a tractor-trailer on the right shoulder of Route 8 northbound on March 22, 2012, after parking his DOT truck, which had its emergency lights on.

The tractor-trailer driver, Gina Davies of Janesville, Wisconsin, was sentenced to two years in prison last year for misconduct with a motor vehicle.

DiNardi's estate filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Davies and her employer, PTX Services of Plymouth, Wisconsin.

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<![CDATA[Domestic Violence Campaign Begins in New Haven]]> Tue, 21 Oct 2014 06:55:41 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/New+Haven+City+Hall+Edited.jpg

A domestic violence awareness campaign will begin in New Haven's city hall Tuesday before moving statewide.

Survivors and advocates from the Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence and New Haven Mayor Toni Harp will be there to inform the public about common risk factors for domestic violence, encourage victims to use the domestic abuse hotline and to broaden public understanding.

As part of the campaign, people are encouraged to wear purple to show commitment to preventing domestic violence on what is known as Purple Tie Tuesday.

The campaign launches at noon as part of an effort to prevent domestic violence in Connecticut.

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<![CDATA[Former Trooper Who Torched Brother's Home Felt Duped: Court]]> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 19:02:01 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/higganum+ron+carlson.jpg

The former Connecticut State Trooper accused of burning down his brother's home in the Higganum village of Haddam believed his brother had cheated him out of a large inheritance and wanted revenge, according to court documents.

Ronald Carlson, 50, of Portsmouth, Virginia, faced a judge on charges of arson and burglary Monday. He's accused of setting fire to his brother's raised ranch at 575 Candlewood Hill Road the morning of Thursday, Oct. 16.

According to court documents, Carlson told authorities he had been planning the arson for seven years and that his brother Tom had cheated him out of $2.3 million from their parents.

Ron Carlson told investigators he had "willingly and knowingly" burned down his brother's home. He decided to light the fire on Oct. 14 and left Virginia at noon Oct. 15.

He spent the night at a hotel and told authorities he stayed up "thinking about how successful it was going to be, how good it was going to be to administrate [his] own justice," according to the documents.

Ron Carlson admitted to buying gas cans and forcing his way through the front door, then spreading fuel evenly throughout the home and detached garage. He told authorities he piled wood in the middle of the house and lit matches, then drove around town waiting for his brother to get home so he could confront him, according to the documents.

When Tom Carlson and his family arrived at the scene, Ron Carlson stormed up the driveway and started screaming, "I burnt down your [expletive] house!" and "You stole $2.8 million from Mom! How do you like me now?" Tom Carlson allegedly told investigators.

Tom Carlson's ex-wife told police Ron Carlson has a "history of aggressive behavior." The couple's son, Scott, said Ron Carlson became so violent toward his father several years ago that he called the police. The brothers had not spoken since, according to the documents.

State police spokesperson Trooper First Class Kelly Grant said Ronald Carlson was a Connecticut State Trooper from January 1987 to October 1988, when he was fired. The reason for his termination is unclear.

Police said Ron Carlson turned himself in the day of the blaze. A town official said Ron Carlson used five gallons of gasoline and opened all home's the windows.

His arms and face were burned in the blaze, so authorities brought him to Westbrook's Shoreline Clinic and transferred him to the Bridgeport Hospital Burn Unit.

After his release from the hospital, Ron Carlson was charged with two counts of first-degree arson and one count of third-degree burglary. He was arraigned in Middletown on Monday, where a judge raised his bond from $500,000 to $1 million.

Haddam First Selectwoman Melissa Schlag has set up a GoFundMe page to raise money for the Tom Carlson. Donations are also being collected at the town hall and at Ter's Package Store in Higganum.

"I am heartbroken for the Carlson family. My thoughts are with them at this time and the Haddam/Higganum community is here for them," Schlag said in a statement Thursday night.

Ron Carlson is due back in court Nov. 4.

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<![CDATA[Middlefield Officer Suspended After Lying About Crash: Cops]]> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 18:19:35 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/connecticut+state+police+logo+2.jpg

A 25-year Middlefield police veteran has been suspended with pay after allegedly lying about a crash that damaged his personal car.

According to the warrant for his arrest, Officer Scott Halligan, 45, of Middlefield, struck metal debris near the intersection of Main Street and Reeds Gap Road sometime in June, but failed to report the incident until weeks later when he realized how much it would cost to make repairs.

On July 8, Halligan asked a fellow officer to write up the incident. He said he had hit and killed a deer on Cider Mill Road near the Coginchaug River Bridge. A trooper who had taken EMT training classes with Halligan in June said he had noticed the damage to Halligan’s car prior to July 8, the warrant says.

Police checked the supposed crash site on Cider Mill Road and found no evidence of a collision there. According to the warrant, damage to Halligan’s vehicle also didn’t match what was listed in the incident report, and there was no deer hair or blood on the car. Halligan also did not file an insurance claim.

Halligan later admitted that he had not struck a deer but said he didn’t want to disclose the actual location of the crash, the warrant says. He eventually told state police he hit debris at the intersection of Main Street and Reeds Gap Road, but kept going and didn’t report it right away because he underestimated the damage to his car.

Halligan said he only noticed the extent of the damage the next morning and didn’t tell his colleague about the incident until he learned repairs would cost him about $3,000, according to the warrant.

He was arrested Sept. 15 on misdemeanor charges of failing to report and incident and conspiring to falsely report an incident. He faced a judge Monday and was released on a promise to appear.

According to Middlefield First Selectman Jon Brayshaw, Halligan has been suspended with pay.

Information on an attorney for Halligan was not immediately available.

<![CDATA["Heartbroken": 7 Bodies Found]]> Tue, 21 Oct 2014 07:30:25 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Afrika-Hardy.jpg

One of seven women whose bodies were discovered in Indiana over the weekend was remembered as a "fighter" Monday, as authorities continued to investigate a killing they now believe uncovered a string of slayings by a suspected serial killer.

“She left this world fighting,” Lori Townsend said of her daughter, 19-year-old Afrikka Hardy.

Officials said the bodies of seven women, including Hardy, were found in abandoned homes and in a motel in Northwest Indiana. Authorities believe they are the victims of a suspected serial killer, whose killings could go back as far as 20 years.

Darren Deon Vann, 43, of Gary, was charged with one count of murder, as well as murder in the perpetration of a robbery and robbery resulting in serious bodily harm, all related to the death of Hardy. Police said Vann, a registered sex offender in Texas, gave authorities information that led them to the other bodies after he was taken into custody in connection with Hardy's death.

Hardy was strangled to death Friday in a Motel 6 in Hammond, Indiana. She was found naked in a bathtub with what appeared to be a black piece of clothing covering her arms and around her neck, according to a probable cause affidavit.

“She didn’t bother nobody,” said Hardy’s grandmother Debra Allen. “Everyone loved her. She wasn’t a bad person and didn’t deserve this at all.”

Police said all seven women were sex workers, and Hardy is believed to be the youngest victim.

Hardy’s mother said she had no idea her daughter had fallen into prostitution.

“I’m not grasping this,” said Townsend. “It’s not real to me.”

Aside from Hardy, three of the victims were publicly identified by midday Monday: 35-year-old Anith Jones, 28-year-old Teairra Batey, and 36-year-old Christine Williams.

Batey’s boyfriend, Marvin Clinton, says she had been missing since January.

“She was a good person,” said Clinton. “She would give you her last.”

He said the two have a 2-year-old son together.

"Now I've got to sit here and figure out how to tell a 2-year-old that mommy's never coming home again," said Clinton.

Jones’ family reported her missing on Oct. 8. They say she left Chicago for Indiana about 10 years ago.

Family members of the victims said no matter what the women did to earn a living, they were still loved.

“My heart breaks for these girls and their families,” said Townsend. “Some of them were missing for months.”

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<![CDATA[Polie Arrest Norwich Liquor Store Robbery Suspect]]> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 23:00:31 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/christopher+griswold.jpg

Police have arrested the man accused of robbing a Norwich liquor store at gunpoint over the weekend.

According to police, 34-year-old Christopher J. Griswold, of West Thames Street in Norwich, entered the Amazing Liquor Store at 235 West Thames Street around 2:30 p.m. Sunday. He took out a gun and demanded money from an employee.

Police said he got away with an unknown amount of cash and fled the scene on foot, heading north on West Thames Street toward Dunham Street.

Authorities searched his home Monday and found evidence from the robbery, according to police.

Griswold was arrested and charged with first-degree robbery, sixth-degree larceny, criminal use of a firearm and first-degree threatening.

He was held on $250,000 bond and is due in court Tuesday.

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<![CDATA[Hamden Native Heads to Knockout Round on "The Voice"]]> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 21:51:04 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/blessing+offor+knockouts.jpg

Blessing Offor, the soulful Hamden High graduate crooning his way through NBC's "The Voice," got a second lease on life in Monday's episode when coach Adam Levine saved him from elimination.

Offor went head-to-head with 15-year-old teammate Katriz Trinidad to sing "Do I Do" by Stevie Wonder.

Both singers rose to the occasion, forcing coach Pharrell Williams to make a difficult decision.

"I sent them both back with notes and I feel like they both rose to the occasion," Pharrell said before making his selection.

In the end, he chose Trinidad as the winner of the challenge, putting Offor up on the auction block and available for a steal.

Levine hit his button immediately, urging Offor to join his team.

“My wife’s name – she’s from Namibia, and her name is Behati, which in Swahili means ‘blessing’ – so it makes me love you a lot more," Levine joked. "so I don’t know how I can’t have you on my team now.”

But Levine wasn't the only one interested in taking Offor under his wing. Fellow coach Gwen Stefani pressed her button too.

"I love your voice, and just being around someone as talented as you is going to be inspiring for me in my life," Stefani explained, "so I just want to get to know you and see what you've got."

Then it was Offor's turn to make the tough choice.

"Thank you for saving me, because I truly love being here," he told the coaches before announcing his decision.

Ultimately, Offor went with Levine, who stood up to hug the Connecticut native as he left the stage.

"Blessing just has this natural ability to sing the lights out. I love his voice," Adam said.

Offor, a 2007 graduate of Hamden High School who sings from his soul, said he's on a mission to succeed.

"I'm so excited to go to the knockouts," Offor beamed in his post-performance interview. "I'm just beyond thrilled. I want this so bad."

According to Offor's Web site, the singer has performed three times at the Kennedy Center in New York City and has produced a single, "Loving Each Other," which was released last week.

Tune in to NBC Connecticut Mondays and Tuesdays at 8 p.m. to see Offor and perform on "The Voice."

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<![CDATA[Bagel Store Owner Wards Off Would-Be Robbers]]> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 20:48:35 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/norwalk+police+generic.jpg

Police are searching for the two men who broke into a Norwalk bagel shop early Saturday morning and tried to pry open the cash register before the store owner hit one of the suspects with a tool used to make bagels.

According to police, the suspects shattered a window at Village Bagels on Westport Avenue overnight Saturday and tried to open the cash register with a knife.

Police said the owner was in back making bagels and confronted the suspects with a wooden tool, hitting one of them and scaring them off.

The suspects got away on Westport Avenue in a red pickup truck. Authorities spotted the truck on I-95 northbound shortly thereafter and chased the suspects into Bridgeport and Fairfield, police said.

The truck was found abandoned on Maple Street in Bridgeport and was brought back to Norwalk as evidence. Police said the suspects got away on foot.

The investigation is ongoing and Norwalk police said they hope to identify the suspects soon.

<![CDATA[Alderman Calls for Additional Police Station in New Haven]]> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 20:20:27 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/new+haven+westville+police.JPG

A New Haven alderman calling for a greater police presence in his district is asking the city to build a police satellite office in addition to the substation that already exists in the Westville-West Hills section of the city.

Alderman Darryl Brackeen, Jr. hopes additional police will help cut down on crime in his section of the city.

“The problem is the actual police district substation for District 2 is on Valley Street in West Hills, but it does not cover the great vast majority of the Westville neighborhood,” Brackeen explained.

Brackeen submitted legislation to the Board of Alders asking for an additional satellite office at the Davis Street School or another suitable location nearby, to be staffed by a New Haven police officer during school hours and into the early evening.

“We’ve seen home invasions, burglaries, car thefts, thefts by auto,” he said. “These are all upticking since January, so I believe this is one tool of many that could possibly be used.”

He said it’s not meant to burden taxpayers, since the idea is to use a facility that already exists. A hundred Westville neighbors have already signed a petition in support of a new satellite office.

“Keep the kids safe and just have the presence. People will know the police are around and helping us. I think it’s a great idea,” said Scott Vasilaitis, of New Haven.

Mayor Toni Harp said she plans to address public safety issues with the Board of Alders, police commissioners and police chief. She said her only concern would be the cost of opening and operating a new facility.

<![CDATA[Hartford Supt. Report Finds "Room for Improvement"]]> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 19:47:45 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/188*120/students-empty-desks.JPG

The new superintendent of schools in Hartford accepted a Transition Report that finds room for improvement in Hartford's public schools.

The report for Supt. Beth Schiavino-Narvaez, composed by a team charged with trying to close Hartford's achievement gap, calls for addressing several issues, including management of the central office.

It also found a difference between neighborhood schools and magnet schools, with neighborhood schools educating more students with special needs and those who are learning English, and more absenteeism and suspensions.

"We'll be able to most closely identify the schools that have the greatest needs and in turn need the most support from us," said the superintendent, addressing administrators and people involved in the study.

Narvaez said she would continue to "reach out and listen" as she and the Hartford Board of Education prioritize the recommendations.

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<![CDATA[CDC Unveils New Ebola Gear Guidelines]]> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 22:55:45 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/AP377346880200.jpg

Health officials have released long-awaited new guidelines for how health workers should gear up to treat Ebola patients, calling for protective garb that covers their bodies entirely and for trained monitors to supervise them as they put on and remove it.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released the long-anticipated updates Monday evening. Health workers have been pushing for new standards since two Dallas hospital nurses were diagnosed with the disease this month after treating an Ebola patient.

The guidelines call for face shields, hoods, boot covers and other garb that leave no part of the body exposed. They also call for a trained monitor to supervise the donning and doffing of protective wear. And they call for repeated training and practice.

The CDC guidance was expected as early as Saturday, but its release has been pushed back while it continues to go through review by experts and government officials.

Health workers had been pushing for the guidance since the nurses at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas were infected. They had treated an Ebola-infected patient named Thomas Eric Duncan — the first person diagnosed with the virus in the U.S.

Exactly how the two nurses were infected is not clear, said CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden during a Monday night teleconference with reporters.

"We may never know exactly how that happened, but the bottom line is, the guidelines didn't work for that hospital," Frieden said.

The new guidelines include:

—Use of protective garments, hoods, face shields, double gloves, face masks or respirators and other protective equipment to cover every square inch of a health worker's body.

—A call for health workers who may be involved in an Ebola patient's care to practice repeatedly and demonstrate proficiency in donning and doffing gear before ever being allowed near a patient.

—Placement of a trained hospital employee to supervise all aspects of care in an Ebola patient's room and watch that all health workers put on and take off gear correctly.

Duncan's infection and subsequent death led to the monitoring of about 50 people who came in contact with him before he entered the hospital and dozens of health care workers who cared for him after his admission.

Some good news this week: The 50 in the initial contact group have passed a 21-day observation period and no longer are deemed at risk for coming down with the dreaded disease.

Youngor Jallah spent the past three weeks confined to her small apartment with her children and boyfriend, fearing they had contracted the deadly Ebola virus from her mother's fiance.

But with the household emerging symptom-free from the incubation period, Jallah's family members are now trying to resume their lives - replacing the personal belongings incinerated in a cleanup at her mother's home, and overcoming the stigma of the Ebola scare that has gripped Dallas.

On Monday, Jallah beamed as she sent her children back to school with clearance from the Dallas County health department tucked into their backpacks. Her mother emerged from her own confinement and started looking for a new place to live.

"We were sitting here traumatized," Jallah told The Associated Press on Monday. "We just thank God we never came down with the virus."

Jallah's mother's fiance, Thomas Eric Duncan, was the first person diagnosed with Ebola in the U.S. He died Oct. 8.

Health officials said Monday about 50 people have passed the incubation period safely. Others who are still being monitored include health care workers who treated Duncan as well as those who cared for two nurses who had treated Duncan and also became infected.

There are now about 120 people in Texas being monitored for symptoms, with their wait period ending Nov. 7, said Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings. He said the number may fluctuate.

There are also about 140 people being monitored in Ohio because of contact or potential contact with nurse Amber Vinson, Ohio officials said. Vinson, who cared for Duncan in Texas, flew from Dallas to Cleveland on Oct. 10 and flew back Oct. 13.

An Ebola patient who was being treated in Atlanta since early September was released from Emory University Hospital on Sunday after he was determined to be free of the virus and no threat to the public. Hospital and health officials never released his name, in keeping with his family's wish for privacy.

Health officials said they were relieved as the monitoring period ended for many, and after a cruise ship scare ended with the boat returning to port in Texas and a lab worker on board testing negative for the virus.

After Duncan was diagnosed with Ebola, Troh, her 13-year-old son, Duncan's nephew and a family friend were ordered by a Dallas court to stay inside the apartment among Duncan's used linens. Five days later they were evacuated to a four-bedroom home in an isolated corner of a 13-acre gated property owned by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Dallas, southwest of downtown.

Except for a few plastic bins filled with personal documents, photographs, trophies and a Bible, the apartment was stripped down to the carpeting and the contents were incinerated.

The city of Dallas announced Monday it is coordinating with a local church and donors to provide Jallah's mother, Louise Troh, with funds to pay for six months of housing. Once she chooses a location, nonprofits will assist the family with furniture, linens and other household items, the city said.

"We want to restore what's lost but more than that, we want to give her a running start on her new life," said Troh's pastor, George Mason of Wilshire Baptist Church in Dallas.

While health workers cleared Jallah of having Ebola, the disease's stigma lingers — including among fellow Liberians, she said.

"If they see me at the store, they run away," she said.

Photo Credit: AP]]>
<![CDATA[New Cameras Help Police Nab Drivers Who Pass School Buses]]> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 19:18:08 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/530pplainvillestill102014doug00000000.jpg

A new system of cameras and computers targets drivers who pass stopped school buses in Plainville, and police are calling the incident an "epidemic" and have already issued more than 30 tickets since the school year began.

"Who can argue against kids' safety?" said Plainville police Sgt. Paul Shanahan. "We're not really interested in making any money."

But police are making money – each fine is $465. Plainville is one of many Connecticut towns now using bus-mounted cameras and computers to detect the license plates of cars that pass standing school buses.

The system records video of the scene when a bus slows down to stop and the driver activates its flashing amber lights.

"When they see an amber light, the first thing they should do is slow down," Shanahan said. "If the bus is driving, obviously you can't discharge kids or pick them up; however, you don't know at what point that bus is going to stop."

According to police, all too often drivers ignore the lights. The new camera system is designed to help protect children getting on and off the bus.

<![CDATA[Fire Ravages Milford Home]]> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 16:23:49 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/milford+underhill+road+fire.jpg

Fire destroyed a home on Underhill Road in Milford on Monday afternoon.

Firefighters were called to 28 Underhill Road around 2:15 p.m. and arrived to find heavy flames coming from the back of the house and detached garage, according to the fire department.

Everyone made it out safely, but the home suffered heavy damage to the first and second floors and is no longer livable.

Residents were able to salvage some of their belongings.

The Milford Fire Marshal's office is investigating the cause of the blaze.

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<![CDATA[Foley Won't Be at Gubernatorial Forum]]> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 19:19:18 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Decision+2014+generic.jpg

NBC Connecticut will host a gubernatorial forum on Thursday and has invited three candidates to attend.

Gov. Dannel Malloy, Republican challenger, Tom Foley, and unaffiliated candidate, Joe Visconti were invited to participate in Thursday's forum, which will air live on NBC Connecticut at 7 p.m.

Through a spokesperson, Foley said he will not attend the forum.

"We were unable to come to terms with NBC 30 (Connecticut) in a timely manner, so we will not be participating in their forum, said Mark McNulty, communications director for Foley's campaign, in a statement on Monday.

NBC Connecticut released a statement about Foley's decision on Monday:

"All candidates on the ballot have been invited to participate in the NBC Connecticut Gubernatorial Forum on Thursday, October 23 at 7 p.m., including Mr. Foley. Mr. Foley meets all the criteria to participate. We’ve had ongoing discussions with all the candidates on a consistent basis and welcome their participation."

The debate can also be viewed live on NBCConnecticut.com or on the NBC Connecticut News App beginning at 7 p.m. on Thursday.

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<![CDATA[Hamden Homicide Does Not Appear Random: Police]]> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 19:04:55 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/101914+Hamden+Crime+Scene+Edited.jpg

Authorities are investigating after a 56-year-old man was attacked in an apartment in Hamden on Sunday afternoon and died hours later.

Police said the victim, Larry Dildy, of Circular Avenue in Hamden, was shot and possibly stabbed during a fight. He was taken to Yale-New Haven Hospital for treatment, where he died of his injuries about three hours later.

According to police, Dildy answered a knock at the door around 12:30 p.m. Sunday, and an unidentified man entered the second-floor apartment at 397 Circular Avenue.

Whether the man was invited in or forced his way in is not clear, but police do not believe this was a random attack. The relationship between the two men is unclear.

Police were first called to respond to an argument. While officers were on their way, the incident escalated and Dildy was shot, police said.

Several people were in the home when the attack happened and woman related to Dildy grabbed a broom handle, hitting the attacker several times, police said during a news conference on Monday.

The woman was not hurt and the attacker ran off.

Nothing was stolen during the attack, according to police. The kitchen was ransacked, but investigators said that could have been a result of the fight.

Police are trying to identify the assailant, but have a very vague description of the man involved. They are also looking into the relationship between the attacker and Dildy, who is known to the department because he arrested around five years ago on drug charges.

Detectives said they're investigating to determine whether the fight that killed Dildy may have been drug related.

"That's something we'll be looking into," said Hamden police Capt. Ronald Smith.

There have been several recent home invasions in Hamden, but police do not believe this is connected. Police said they are working on an arrest warrant in those cases and the suspect is behind bars. 

Dildy's friends and neighbors said they are in shock.

"We've just got to keep the family in prayers and just hope that his wife is doing OK," said a friend, Rev. James Newman.

Police are following several leads in the case and said the major crimes division is working around the clock.

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<![CDATA[Monica Lewinsky Joins Twitter]]> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 11:58:52 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/451542370.jpg

Monica Lewisnky joined Twitter on Monday, posting the hashtag: #HereWeGo under the Twitter handle @MonicaLewinsky.

Almost an hour later, the 41-year-old tweeted that she was “excited (and nervous)” to speak at the Forbes 30 Under 30 Summit in Philadelphia on Monday.

Lewinsky's Twitter bio describes her as a social activist, public speaker, Vanity Fair contributor, and "knitter of things without sleeves."

Vanity Fair retweeted her and welcomed her to the social networking site.

This year, Lewinsky has been making a slow return to the public eye after a decade away from the spotlight. 

In May, Lewinsky penned an article for Vanity Fair reflecting on her affair as a White House intern with then President Bill Clinton, saying “it was time to "burn the beret and bury the blue dress."

Lewinsky also talked to "Today" in July about the day details about the affair were revealed by a report from prosecutor Kenneth Starr, saying, “I was the most humiliated woman in the world.”

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<![CDATA[Dye Pack Helps Police Nab New Haven Bank Robber]]> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 17:34:01 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/soulds+mug.jpg

A dye pack did its job in New Haven last week, staining the clothing of a suspected bank robber and helping police track him down.

According to police, 38-year-old Derrell Soulds demanded money from a teller at the Webster Bank on Elm Street Thursday, who handed Soulds a wad of cash and a dye pack.

As Soulds was running from the scene, the dye pack exploded all over the money and his clothes, staining them red. Police said he stripped off his sweatshirt and dumped it in an alleyway along with some of the red-stained bills.

Soulds got away from police, but authorities said they identified him based on his alleged involvement in a Waterbury bank robbery the previous day.

On Friday, police received a report that dye-soaked money had been used to purchase a pizza in New Haven. The tip led them to Soulds, who was also wanted for violation of parole, according to police.

He was taken into custody on an outstanding arrest warrant from Waterbury.

Soulds was arrested in connection with the New Haven robbery on Monday and charged with first-degree robbery, second-degree larceny, second-degree threatening and possession of narcotics.

He remains behind bars on $200,000 bond.

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<![CDATA[Police Detail NH Festival Chaos]]> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 22:11:42 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Keene+State+incident+1.jpg

Eighty-four people were arrested during riots at a New Hampshire community's annual pumpkin festival that spilled over to a nearby college over the weekend, and authorities are asking for the public's help in identifying more rioters.

The violent parties in Keene led to the destruction of private and public property, resulting in the injuries of more than 30 people on Saturday.

Local police say they planned ahead, based off previous years riots, but say this year things were different when the rioters moved out onto public streets and neighborhoods.

"I think, unfortunately, we were caught by surprise when things started earlier than expected," said Keene Police Chief Kenneth Meola. "We thought we had it well in hand, to be quite honest, but we fell a little short."

The incident happened around Keene State College during the city's Pumpkin Festival, which is when the community tries to set a world record for the most carved and lighted jack-o-lanterns in one place. Police responded to the violence with riot gear, tear gas and pepper spray in an attempt to control the crowds.

The area was cleaned up by college students on Sunday.

New Hampshire Governor Maggie Hassan said the Granite State's higher education institutions must "take swift action to hold students involved accountable."

Keene State College President Anne Huot was a witness to Saturday's riot.

"I'm gravely concerned" about the unruly behavior, she said.

According Mayor Kendall Lane, between 55,000-60,000 people were attending the festival and were safe during the violent parties, adding that the future of the festival is uncertain at this time.

According to Keene city officials, the riots seem to have begun in several places, including Wilcox Terrace and Winchester Court, around 1 p.m. Saturday with more than 1,000 people in each location, with some throwing rocks, bottles, cans, even billard balls, injuring some.

Keene Police Chief Kenneth Meoloa said his department communicated with Keene State College students before the festival, adding that it was "outside forces" that was part of the "riotous behavior."

As police tried to disperse the crowds, the crowds turned their attention to law enforcement, according to the city; police say they used pepper spray, tear gas and fired "sponge rounds" at some of the rioters. The crowd then moved through the neighborhood to Butler Court, where the riots continued, the city said; another crowd moved from Winchester Street to Blake Street, where a fire was set in the middle of the road.

Keene officials say the riots continued for the next eight hours as the crowd moved to Keene State College property. Crowds damaged college, city and private property, including an overturned car, officials said.

Chief Meola said there was also riotous behavior last year, adding that this year the rioters entered public domain, but last year was an "organized party."

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<![CDATA[Dallas Nurses Speak Out on Ebola]]> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 18:13:57 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/cole-edmonson-presby-crop.jpg

Top nurses at the Dallas hospital where two nurses fell ill treating the nation's first Ebola patient spoke out for the first time Monday, affirming their pride in their hospital amid scrutiny and vowing to reaffirm the public's trust.

"The reason we're here today is to make sure people know that Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital is still a great hospital, an excellent hospital," chief nursing officer Cole Edmonson said at a brief news conference in front of the hospital Monday afternoon, flanked by nurses he called part of a "proud family."

"We're proud to tell people that we work here," he added."We will reaffirm your trust in Presbyterian."

"We are experts in our field, and we don't want to be judged by this one incident," emergency department nurse Julie Boling said, overcome by emotion. "This could happen to any hospital."

The nurses gave their well-wishes to their two coworkers who remain hospitalized in isolation for Ebola, after they contracted the disease treating Thomas Eric Duncan, the first person diagnosed in the U.S. He died Oct. 8.

Amber Vinson is being treated at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, the same hospital where Fort Worth's Dr. Kent Brantly and American aid worker Nancy Writebol were successfully treated, and her coworker Nina Pham is being treated at the National Institutes of Health in Maryland.

On Monday, health officials' efforts to contain Ebola's spread cleared a key hurdle when four dozen people were being cleared from the watch list.

<![CDATA[Suspects in North Haven Home Break-In Arrested]]> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 15:49:22 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/north+haven+police+generic+1200.jpg

North Haven police have arrested two men accused of breaking into a home in broad daylight thanks to an astute neighbor who saw something suspicious.

Police responded to an attempted burglary in progress and a resident reported noticing two young men walking from the back yard of a Dixwell Avenue home, police said.

Police searched the area and located Edward Clini, 22, and Chris Dynia, 23, both of North Haven, walking near Ridge Road. 

Police said they had removed a window screen and gotten into an unoccupied home. 

Both were arrested; charged with third-degree burglary, conspiracy, and criminal mischief; and held on a $5,000 bond.    

<![CDATA[Man to Serve 5 Years in Prison for Robbing 5 Pharmacies]]> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 15:21:53 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/481663349.jpg

A 53-year-old Marlborough resident convicted of robbing five Connecticut pharmacies, at least some at gunpoint, will face five years in prison followed by three years of supervised release.

According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, David Haney pleaded guilty in February to robbing the CVS pharmacy at 525 Buckland Road in South Windsor last September. Authorities said he showed the pharmacist what appeared to be a handgun in his waistband and demanded oxycodone. The pharmacist handed over 2,000 pills.

Haney also admitted to robbing four other pharmacies between September and November 2013, including Walgreens stores in Manchester, Meriden and Vernon and a CVS location in East Hartford, according the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

He disclosed an addiction to pain medication and told authorities he took most of the pills himself, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.

Haney was sentenced Monday and ordered to pay restitution to the pharmacies he robbed.

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<![CDATA[Leaves Causing Problems on Metro-North Rails ]]> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 15:22:49 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/180*120/metro_north_still_022614.jpg

Not all autumn landscapes in New England are scenes of beauty.

Metro-North Railroad is warning commuters of delays due to wet leaves. The commuter rail line says leaves that fall on the rails become crushed and produce an oily substance known as pectin, which can cause wheels to slip or slide as a train speeds up or slows down.

Metro-North says trains will reduce speeds in problem areas under extreme "slip-slide" conditions, causing minor delays due to what Metro-North calls "slime."

The rail line Instructs engineers to report slippery conditions immediately.

It's also enhancing the computerized train-tracking system to allow for automatic real-time reporting of slip-slide incidents and conditions that will result in quick improvements.

Metro-North also says it uses rail washers and scrubbers to remove crushed leaf reside from the tracks.

<![CDATA[Johnny Damon Coming to Hartford]]> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 15:04:27 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Phillies-Should-Consider-Johnny-Damon.jpg

Johnny Damon is part of a small group to win World Series with both the Red Sox and Yankees, and he is coming to Hartford this week for a YMCA fundraising event.

Damon, who established a charitable foundation and serves as a spokesman for the Wounded Warrior Project, will be the honored guest and speaker at the YMCA celebrates champions event on Thursday night at the Connecticut Convention Center.

This is the signature fundraising event for the YMCA of Greater Hartford, which supports the annual campaign and “Read to Success.”

Tickets are $200 a piece or $2,000 for a table of 10.

The VIP reception is at 6:30 p.m., while the general reception gets underway at 6:45 p.m. and the program starts at 7 p.m.

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<![CDATA[Ansonia Man Had Drugs, Gun in Car With Kids: Police]]> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 14:56:26 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/rumley+mug.jpg

A 21-year-old Ansonia man led officers on a chase Friday and was caught with drugs and a stolen handgun in the car with two children, according to police.

Police said Howard Rumley, Jr., 21, was driving without a license in the area of South Street in Ansonia on Friday. Officers tried to pull him over, but he drove off and led police on a car chase on Central and Beaver streets. He got away on North Main Street.

Shortly thereafter, officers spotted Rumley getting picked up in a different car on Beaver Street, near the ABC Learning Center daycare. Police stopped the vehicle and took Rumley into custody.

Police said a woman driving the car had two young children inside. Officers found Rumley with a stolen 9mm handgun, 8.4 grams of crack cocaine and 9 wax folders of heroin with him. Rumley is accused of stealing the gun from a home in Ansonia on Sept. 2.

He was arrested and charged with a number of motor vehicle violations, including reckless driving and engaging police in pursuit, along with weapon and drug charges, including theft of a firearm and possession of narcotics within 1500 feet of a daycare.

He was held on $500,000 bond and appeared in court Monday.

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<![CDATA[Police Lock Down 2 Naugatuck Schools]]> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 14:30:01 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/tlmd_police_fire_lights_generic.jpg

Two Naugautck schools were locked down as a precaution on Monday morning while police investigated the report of a suicidal person in the area who may have been armed with a handgun.

Police responded to May Street around 9:30 a.m. and asked the Naugatuck Board of Education to lock down City Hill Middle School and Maple Hill School while authorities investigated, according to police.

Authorities found the man in question at his home "safe and unharmed" and the lockdowns were lifted after about half an hour, police said.

No one was injured and police have not released any additional information about the incident.

<![CDATA[43 Removed From Ebola Watch List]]> Tue, 21 Oct 2014 09:39:18 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/judge-clay-jenkins.jpg

Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins said four dozen people being cleared off the Ebola watch list Monday should be treated with "dignity and respect" and welcomed back into the community.

“There’s zero risk than any of those people on the list have Ebola,” Jenkins said. “We have to believe in science. It’s what separates us from other mammals."

At midnight, 43 people showing no sign of the Ebola virus fell off the list and another five are expected to fall off sometime Monday. All of them either had direct contact with index patient Thomas Eric Duncan, or the ambulance that carried him to the hospital. The additional 75 health care workers who cared for Duncan will clear their 21-day monitoring period on Oct. 29.

Jenkins singled out five children who are returning to school after missing about three weeks, and requested help from Dallas-area parents to ensure they are treated with respect. He said that Duncan's fiancee, Louise Troh, was worried about how her middle-school aged son would be treated, and he agreed with the concerns. He will return to Tasby Middle School Tuesday morning.

“Middle schoolers are some of the most ferocious and scariest animals on the planet,” Jenkins said.

For 21 days, Troh, her 13-year-old son and her two nephews were isolated from the world. They were ordered into quarantine at a property in Oak Cliff as health officials watched for any signs of them having the Ebola virus.

“You can imagine what it’s like for anybody living under that threat and the tension of everyday,” said Catholic Diocese of Dallas Bishop Kevin Farrell.

Their temporary house at the Catholic Conference and Formation Center was a single story, four bedroom home that sits in a gated community owned by the Catholic Diocese of Dallas.

“They feel relieved and happy,” said Farrell. “But deep down they’re still worried.”

Jenkins and Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings personally asked Farrell if the church could help after the county had to move the family from The Ivy Apartments where Troh lived. The apartment contained many contaminated items from Duncan.

“Naturally, I had to think about the consequence of doing this,” said Farrell. “But it was in my heart all of the time that I was going to do something.”

It took the bishop 15 minutes to make a decision. The family was moved and remained out of sight from the world during their quarantine.

But now one challenge is over and another one begins.

“I would hope that the whole community would kind of understand and bring them back into the community and be kind and compassionate and accepting to these people who have suffered in this way,” said Farrell.

Troh lost most of her property at her apartment that had to be destroyed because they were contaminated.

According to a press release from the City of Dallas, Troh will find an apartment or home of her choice within her budget in the next few weeks.The first six months of her lease will be funded by the church and local philanthropists. The organizations will also provide money for new clothes and personal items. Non-profits will assist with furniture, linens and kitchenware for her new residence.

Jenkins added that the way people handle the reintegration process could show the city as a “beacon for how others can deal” with such adversity when “the next Ebola case happens to America.”

"The world is watching Dallas,” he said.

43 Removed from Ebola Contact List

The 43 people who were on the watch list after coming in contact with Thomas Eric Duncan, who died Oct. 8, before he was put in isolation have shown no signs of contracting the virus.

“Continuous vigilance in confronting this threat and the cooperation of those affected is what has brought us to this point, and we look forward to the day when the remaining individuals can also be removed from active monitoring,” Texas Gov. Rick Perry said.

The fight is not over, though. Nina Pham and Amber Vinson, two Dallas nurses who contracted the virus while caring for Duncan at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital, remain hospitalized. Investigators said they don't know how or when they contracted the virus.

“They are blameless in this situation,” said Jenkins. “They are victims of Ebola. They are not at fault for contracting this disease in any way.”

All the other health care workers who cared for Duncan while in isolation are being monitored for 21 days. More than 70 of them will be closely watched until Oct. 29 as long as they continue to show no signs of having the virus.

“We cannot be relieved,” Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings said. “We are still in a situation where we are cautious. We're cautiously optimistic, but we're still very cautious.”

Jenkins said with each day that passes, the chances of another health care worker contracting the virus from Duncan decreases. If no new cases of Ebola appear before Nov. 6, North Texas will no longer be monitored for the virus.

120 Possible Contacts Still Monitored

Around 120 possible contacts will remain on monitoring after the initial 48 are removed.

In addition to the health care workers, airline passengers have been notified of possible Ebola contact from nurse Amber Vinson before she was hospitalized while she traveled to and from Ohio.

A handful of people who sat within three feet of Vinson have been told to stay at home during the 21 day monitoring period.

NBC 5's Ken Kalthoff contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA[81-Year-Old Bicyclist Killed in Guilford Crash]]> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 14:08:37 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/ambulance-shutterstock_12161325.jpg

An 81-year-old man has died after he was struck by a car while riding his bicycle in Guilford on Friday.

Police said William Mack, 81, of Guilford, was involved in a crash at 1200 Boston Post Road around 9 a.m. Oct. 17. He was rushed to Yale-New Haven Hospital for treatment, where he died the next day.

Authorities are investigating the crash. No charges have been filed and police said none are pending.

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<![CDATA[Car Fire Spreads in Windsor]]> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 13:47:55 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Generic+Fire+Generic.jpg

A car fire in Windsor this morning spread to two other vehicles.

Police said a car caught fire at Konica Minolta, located at 550 Marshall Phelps Road, and spread to the two cars on either side of it.

The original car is a total loss, police said, and they believe the other two will be as well.

The fire marshal responded. No additional information was released.

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<![CDATA[Cops: Man Told 10-Year-Old Rape Victim "I'm Gonna Kill You"]]> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 17:46:41 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/jose+gonzalez+meriden.jpg

A man accused of crawling through the bedroom window of a home in downtown Meriden and raping a 10-year-old girl while she was sleeping placed a pillow over the child's face and told her he was going to kill her, according to court documents.

Desmond James, 23, of Waterbury, who is also known as Jose Gonzalez, was arrested on Friday evening in Waterbury. Police said he ran from officers and was found with "several bundles" of heroin.

According to police, James climbed through the girl's bedroom window early Wednesday morning. As Gonzalez was leaving, the victim woke up the rest of her family. Her mother caught a glimpse of him just and was able to provide a partial description to police.

The girl told police that her attacker said "nothing was going to hurt," and placed a pillow over her face, according to court documents. She tried to fight James off and kick him, but she was not able to.

Police said DNA evidence taken from the victim helped them identify James as the perpetrator.

James also matched the description police received the scene. He was charged with home invasion, first-degree sexual assault, risk of injury to a minor, unlawful restraint and threatening.

James was also wanted on an outstanding warrant for escaping from the Connecticut Department of Correction's Parole Division, according to police.

Meriden police have not disclosed whether James knew the family prior to the assault, but said he is not on the list of people associated with the victim's home. In an effort to protect the victim, authorities have not released the location of the residence.

Court records show Desmond James has been previously convicted on burglary and robbery charges out of Meriden in 2011 and 2012.

He will appear in New Haven Superior Court on Tuesday.

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<![CDATA[Man Killed in Bridgeport Died of Stab Wounds]]> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 12:28:57 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Bridgeport+police+generic.jpg

A man killed during an altercation in Bridgeport on Saturday night was stabbed to death, the medical examiner has determined.

Police responded 83 Seeley Street just before 9:30 p.m. on Saturday after receiving a call reporting that someone was injured and found Ivan Rodriguez Mendez, 51, lying in a pool of blood in the road.

He was pronounced dead at the scene and his death has been ruled a homicide. 

This was the 10th one in Bridgeport this year.

Witnesses told police that Rodriguez Mendez was involved in an altercation with one or more other people, one of whom had a knife.

Several shots were fired during the dispute, witnesses told police, but the autopsy revealed the cause of Mendez's death was stab wounds.

Investigators are working to determine if the victim was shot or stabbed to death.

No one has been arrested and police ask anyone with information to call Det. Heitor Teixeira at 203-581-5256.

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<![CDATA[Federal Decision Orders Electric Companies to Issue $30 Million Refund]]> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 11:25:45 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Lightbulb_generic.jpg

Connecticut utility companies owe local customers a $30 million refund, according to a decision handed down by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission last week, and that is expected to cut at least part of the utility rate.

On Oct. 16, the federal agency issued the ruling, which comes after legal claims from the Connecticut Public Utilities Regulatory Authority, along with other New England officials about the return on equity rate to the owners of electricity transmission certain facilities.

"Notwithstanding our ongoing claims regarding FERC ROE methodology flaws, this FERC ruling is a victory for Connecticut electric ratepayers," Public Utilities Regulatory Authority Chairman Arthur H. House said in a statement.

In all, several companies, including Northeast Utilities Service Company and The United Illuminating Company, owe New England customers approximately $70 million in refunds.

According to PURA, you will not be getting a check in the mail. Instead refunds will show up as an adjustment on your bill and that is expected to reduce the rate in the future.

How much that will affect customers here in Connecticut has not yet been determined.

In June, the federal agency agreed with Connecticut Public Utilities Regulatory Authority’s finding that return on equity rate was too high, according to the decision. 

The FERC ruling set a 30-day deadline for the refund to be issued to the states.

<![CDATA[New Haven Alderman Wants to Add Police Substation]]> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 12:40:01 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/New+Haven+police+photo.jpg

A New Haven alderman wants to add a police satellite station in his district to fight what he's calling a surge in crime.

There is one police substation for the Westville-West http://www.cityofnewhaven.com/Police/Districts/Westville.asp Hills District and Darryl Brackeen said the district is too big for just one substation, so he is pushing for satellite station at Davis Street School or “another suitable Westville location.”

“This year, our community experienced several home invasions, shootings, stabbings, car thefts, and muggings of long-time residents,” Brackeen said in a statement  

He is asking concerned residents to attend the Board of Alders Public Session meeting at 6:30 p.m. before the full Board of Alders Meeting.

<![CDATA[Freezing Temperatures in Some Towns]]> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 07:06:55 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Monday+morning+temperatures.jpg

Freeze warnings are in effect this morning as residents wake up to the coldest air of the season.

The National Weather Service has issued a freeze warning  until 9 a.m. for Hartford, Middlesex, New Haven, Litchfield, Tolland, New London and Windham counties.

Among the communities with sub-freezing temperatures this morning are Danbury, Mansfield, Meriden and Torrington.

Frost advisories have been issued for southern Fairfield, New Haven, Middlesex and New London counties until 9 a.m.

Sun will move in and temperatures will rise into the 50s. Then there will be periods of rain tonight through Friday.

Check nbcconnecticut.com and the NBC Connecticut weather app for updates.

<![CDATA[3 Convenience Store Robberies in 3 Days in Willimantic]]> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 10:20:24 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Shell+gas+station+robbery+1200.jpg

Police are investigating three robberies at convenience stores in Willimantic in since Friday.

The latest robbery was reported at the Chucky’s Convenience Store and Shell Gas Station at 1563 West Main Street just before 9 p.m. on Sunday, according to police. 

Police said they received the 911 call at 8:52 p.m. and learned that this robber implied he had a weapon, but did not show one, and fled with cash from the register.

The robber was around 5-feet-9 and was wearing blue jeans, a dark mask and a black hoodie.

Less than 24 hours earlier, police received a 911 call from SunMart Convenience Store at 9:20 p.m. on Saturday night and learned that the robber implied he had a gun, but did not show one, and ran off with money from the cash register. 

This robber was described as 5-feet-11, wearing a dark ski mask and a black shirt.

Early Friday morning, police responded to a robbery at the Cumberland Farms after  man with a black handgun demanded cash from a store clerk and stole money from the cash register, the clerk told police. The robber fled on foot. Police said that 911 call came in at 1:57 a.m

None of the store clerks were injured during the robberies.

The Willimantic Police Department Criminal Investigation Division is investigating and asks anyone with information about it to call the Willimantic Police Department at (860) 465-3135.

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<![CDATA[Body Found in Windham Woods]]> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 07:55:18 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/connecticut+state+police+logo+2.jpg

The state police major crimes unit is investigating after the body of a female was found in the woods in Windham.

The body was found in the area of Routes 203 and 32 on Sunday morning.

Police said this was initially a missing person case and it’s too soon to say if the death is suspicious.

No additional information has been released.