<![CDATA[NBC Connecticut - Top Stories]]> Copyright 2015 http://www.nbcconnecticut.com/news/top-stories http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/NBC_Connecticut.png NBC Connecticut http://www.nbcconnecticut.com en-us Mon, 03 Aug 2015 15:15:37 -0400 Mon, 03 Aug 2015 15:15:37 -0400 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Burglars Broke in Through Roof: Police]]> Mon, 03 Aug 2015 13:31:11 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Newington+ATT+Burglary.jpg

Police arrested two men accused breaking into the AT&T Wireless story on the Berlin Turnpike in Newington through the roof.

Police responded to a burglar alarm at AT&T, at 3243 Berlin Turnpike, at 3:45 a.m. and found one man outside. The other was hiding in the ceiling, police said.

Evidence at the scene indicated that men broke in though a hatchway in the roof.

Police said they recovered a "large quantity" of cell phones and tablets believed to have been stolen from display counters. The store is closed until further notice.

Carlos Cartagena, 30, of Newington,Angel Diaz, 30, of New Britain, were charged with burglary in the third degree, conspiracy to commit burglary in the third degree, larceny in the third degree, conspiracy to commit larceny in the third degree, criminal mischief in the first degree, criminal trespass in the second degree and possession of burglar’s tools.

Diaz was also charged with interferring with an officer.

Both were detained on a $100,000 cash/surety bond.

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<![CDATA[Mom Killed Dad, Daughter: Police]]> Mon, 03 Aug 2015 12:31:18 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Cheyanne-Jessie-thumb.jpg

A central Florida woman is set to appear in court Monday after authorities say she shot and stabbed her father and 6-year-old daughter and left their bodies in plastic bins in her landlord's shed.

According to a report from NBC affiliate WFLA, 25-year-old Cheyanne Jessie, of Lakeland, is charged with two counts of first-degree murder and one count of tampering with evidence in death of her father, 50-year-old Mark Weekly, and her 6-year-old daughter, Meredith Jessie.

Weekly and the girl were last seen on July 18th at his Lakeland home. According to reports, Meredith was left in her grandfather's care. The two were reported missing Saturday by a family member.

In a press conference Sunday, Polk Sheriff Grady Judd said Jessie killed her daughter over concerns that the child would interfere with her relationship with her boyfriend.

Authorities have not determined the motive behind the killing of her father.

Neighbors told WFLA that Jessie would often complain about her daughter's behavior, but said that the child did not have issue while in the care of her grandfather.

Deputies say that after Jessie murdered her father and daughter, she watched an episode of the television show "Criminal Minds" which gave her the idea to get rid of the bodies by stuffing them in plastic bins. Jessie then moved the bodies to her landlord's shed in the yard.

The decomposing bodies were discovered Sunday.

Jessie remains at the Polk County Jail. It is not known if she has hired an attorney.

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<![CDATA[Crews Respond to Simsbury House Fire]]> Mon, 03 Aug 2015 15:06:13 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/SD-Fire-Engine-Generic.jpg

Firefighters are responding to a house fire in the area of Bushy Hill Road and Longview Drive in Simsbury, according to the fire department.

The Simsbury Fire Department tweeted just before 3 p.m. that crews were getting the fire under control.

No additional information was immediately available.

Check back for updates.

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<![CDATA[Stamford Woman Killed in Wilton Motorcycle Crash]]> Mon, 03 Aug 2015 14:55:57 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Policelightsgeneric.jpg

A 53-year-old woman was killed Sunday when she apparently lost control of the motorcycle she was driving and crashed.

Susan Tolliver, of Stamford, was driving southbound on Route 7/Danbury Road around 7 p.m. Sunday when her motorcycle left the road, hitting the curb in front of 141 Danbury Road, according to police. The motorcycle then veered across three lanes of Route 7, ejecting Tolliver.

Tolliver was critically injured and died at Norwalk Hospital, according to police.

Authorities are investigating the crash.

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<![CDATA[Prosecutor: Tipster Wrote Sexual Letters to Hernandez]]> Mon, 03 Aug 2015 14:41:11 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/aaron-hernandez-ex-patriot-juicio.jpg

A prosecutor says an anonymous tipster who raised questions about a juror who convicted former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez of murder had a sexually explicit relationship with him and her father served time in jail with him.

Prosecutor William McCauley says in a filing released Monday that an attempt by Hernandez's lawyer to question the woman under oath is an "unwarranted fishing expedition."

The woman's identity has been redacted in court documents.

Hernandez's lawyer says she called him anonymously after his murder conviction in April and claimed wrongdoing by the juror.

McCauley says the woman wrote Hernandez sexually explicit letters before and during the trial.

He says she does not work with the juror as she claimed, and her claims should not be taken seriously.

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<![CDATA[Assault Suspect Said He Wanted to Stop Drug Users]]> Mon, 03 Aug 2015 15:00:08 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Kelly+Mack+2012.jpg

A man arrested and charged with assault in New Haven told police he had confronted two people smoking drugs on his porch and they got into a fight.

When police arrived at Lloyd and Exchange streets at 9 a.m. on Saturday to investigate an assault, they found Manuel Vega-Ruiz, 51, unconscious and suffering from a wound to the back of his head and EMTs transported Vega-Ruiz to Yale–New Haven Hospital.

As police investigated, a witness described the man who assaulted the victim -- a man wearing shorts and a red-and-black striped shirt.

Minutes later, they spotted Kelly Mack, 42, of New Haven, walking down on Lloyd Street and stopped him.

He admitted he was involved and offered his version of what happened, police said.

He told officers that he’d opened his front door and found two men smoking drugs on his front steps, including one who was holding a metal pipe.

He didn’t know either of them, confronted them and they all ended up fighting, police said.

Mack said he hit one of the men in the face, unconscious. The other fled in a nearby car, police said.

A witness gave a similar account of what happened.

Police learned at 1 a.m. on Aug. 2 that Vega-Ruiz never regained consciousness and was dead.

His family members said he’d recently moved to New Haven from Florida, hadn’t yet found a permanent residence and had been staying with his nephew in New Haven.

He was charged with second-degree assault and is in custody.

Police are still investigating and will determine any future charges against Mack.

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<![CDATA[Defendant Killed Outside Mississippi Courthouse]]> Mon, 03 Aug 2015 12:21:15 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/crime-stock-police-scene-tape.jpg

A man fatally shot a defendant waiting in a small courtyard outside a criminal courthouse in Canton, Mississippi, Monday morning, NBC News reported.

The suspect was arrested after shooting the defendant in the chest, the Madison County sheriff said.

It was not clear what the motive for the shooting was, the sheriff and Madison County district attorney said.

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<![CDATA[Police Identify Pedestrian Killed in Crash on I-84]]> Mon, 03 Aug 2015 14:43:14 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/I-84+Southington+crash+1200+aug82015.jpg

A 31-year-old Plainville man is dead after a tractor-trailer hit him on Interstate 84 West at the Plainville-Southington line just after 4 a.m. on Monday, according to state police.

Anthony Patrick Toscano was standing in the right lane of the highway between exits 32 and 33 when he was struck by a Mack truck registered out of Pennsylvania, according to a news release from state police.

Emergency crews reported Toscano dead at the scene.

Police orginially did not know who the pedestrian is and asked for the public's help to identify the victim.

The highway was closed early Monday morning, but has since reopened.

Police ask anyone who saw the crash to call State Police.

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<![CDATA[Tire Tracks Damaged Ridgefield Ball Field: Police]]> Mon, 03 Aug 2015 11:54:11 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Shadow+Lake+Ball+Field+1200.jpg

Swirls of grass are missing after someone drove all over a ball field in Ridgefield and police are trying to identify the driver who caused extensive damage.

Police responded to Shadow Lake Ball Field around 8:30 a.m. on Sunday to investigate a criminal mischief complaint and found tire marks all over the field.

A photo posted on the police department’s Facebook page shows crisscrossed tire tracks and divots marring the appearance of field.

As officers investigate, they are trying to determine what kind of vehicle was involved and when the damage was done.

Anyone with information about what happened should call the Ridgefield Police Department at (203) 438-6531 or the anonymous tip line at (203) 431-2345.

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<![CDATA[Man Accused of Exposing Himself for 10th Time]]> Mon, 03 Aug 2015 15:02:50 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/middletown+police+department.JPG

A Middletown man accused of exposing himself at a local McDonald’s and carrying out lewd behavior was arrested last week and police said it’s the tenth time he’s been arrested on similar charges.

Dennis Dean, 44, of Middletown, is accused of exposing himself at the McDonald’s at 611 South Main Street last Thursday and masturbating as he stared at two female staff members.

Police responded to the fast-food restaurant just after 10 p.m. on Thursday, July 30 and staff members told them a man wearing dark blue shorts had been sitting in a booth at the restaurant when he committed the alleged behavior.

He stopped when staff members realized what he was doing, according to the arraignment report, and went to leave.

One staff member went outside and jotted down the license number of the truck Dean got into and provided it to police.

It came back to a Southington address and police realized there was an outstanding warrant from Southington Police, charging Dean with public indecency and breach of peace.

Dean also had a registered address at a boarding house in Middletown and is suspected in several indecent exposure complaints in Middletown since 2014, the arraignment report says.

When police arrived at the boarding house, they found Dean sleeping and noted he was wearing dark blue shorts, police said.

He originally denied being at the McDonald’s, but changed his story when the police officer said he’d seen surveillance footage.

At that point, Dean admitted to being at the restaurant hours earlier, but denied masturbating while in the booth.

Then the officer questioned Dean about a warrant out of Southington, and his response was that it was for “doing the same thing as tonight,” the arraignment report.

Dean then told the officer that he has a sickness, cannot control his sexual urges and added that he’s entered a program to help him, the arraignment report says.

He went on to say he has been arrested several times in the past for public indecency and pleaded with the officer that he needs help, not to be in jail, police said.

The McDonald’s employees identified Dean as the man they had seen earlier.

He was taken to the police department, where he was charged with public indecency and breach of peace and released.

<![CDATA[Former British PM Was Accused of Sex Abuse]]> Mon, 03 Aug 2015 11:34:27 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/edward+heath.JPG

Edward Heath, a former British prime minister, was accused of sex abuse involving children in the 1990's, the country's police watchdog said on Monday, NBC News reported.  

Heath died in 2005 and was never prosecuted. The Independent Police Complaints Commission is investigating whether the local police in Wiltshire took any steps in reviewing the claims made against Heath.

Heath served as prime minister from 1970 to 1974. The commission is seeking to identify any witnesses or victims who support the allegations. 

A retired senior officer reportedly made the sex abuse allegations.  

<![CDATA[Massive CA Fire Swells to 60K Acres]]> Mon, 03 Aug 2015 11:17:51 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/thumb-06-GettyImages-482702928.jpg

The Rocky Fire racing across Northern California had burned 60,000 acres and was 12 percent contained by Monday morning, according to Cal Fire

The wildfire swelled over the weekend, blazing through 26,000 additional acres since Saturday night, according to Cal Fire spokesman Daniel Berlant.  The fire broke out on July 29 and forced several evacuations and was threatening about 6,300 homes and structures.

The blaze, located southeast of Clearlake in Lake, Yolo and Colusa Counties, is one of 21 large fires – many sparked by lightning strikes – raging across California, and made much more challenging to fight because of the yearslong drought that has dried out the state.

According to Cal Fire, the Rocky Fire has gutted 24 homes and 26 outbuildings, and forced hundreds to evacuate the area.

Check here for evacuations and road closures.


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<![CDATA[Massachusetts Woman Injured in Fall Enders Falls in Granby]]> Mon, 03 Aug 2015 09:43:53 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Enders+Falls+1200.jpg

A 40-year-old West Springfield woman is recovering from serious injuries after falling down a rock cliff between two waterfalls at Enders State Forest in Granby on Sunday.

Officials from the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection said the woman fell 15 to 18 feet down a rock cliff between the upper and lower falls just after 5 p.m.

LifeStar then transferred her to Baystate Medical Center. Officials said her injuries are not life-threatening.

Several people recently have run into trouble at Enders.

In early July, rescuers rushed there to help a woman who had slipped down a waterfall.

Last October, a man slipped on wet rocks and fell thirty feet. He had been taking pictures of fall foliage and the waterfalls.

The forest is a popular place for swimmers and hikers.

“It goes down like a slope and every level there’s a waterfall and each one gets a little bit bigger,” says Jess Blajda of Windsor.

But among the beauty, there are signs that the cliffs pose a hazard, the rocks are dangerous, and a warning for people to be cautious.

Regulars there realize how easily something could go wrong.

“They’ve tried to put stairs and stuff and those make it way better but sometimes the rocks get very slippery. Like if you’re going across one of the waterfalls because people like to do that,” says Blajda.

People who visit Enders often say the warning signs that greet you should be taken seriously.

“Wear really good shoes and don’t think you’re invincible. Don’t just think that oh it’s slippery but if I just hold steady I’m good. No, you don’t see it coming,” says Blajda.

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<![CDATA[Teens Critically Injured in Tubing Accident]]> Mon, 03 Aug 2015 10:16:19 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/ambulance-shutterstock_12161325.jpg

Two 13-year-old girls suffered serious injuries in a tubing accident near Jennings Beach in Fairfield on Sunday afternoon.

The girls were in a two-person tube, being pulled by a boat, when something went wrong just minutes into the ride and they hit the side of the 69-foot motor yacht, Tranquillo, and were thrown, face-down into the water, officials said. 

The same person owns the yacht and the boat that was pulling the girls, according to police.

The teens were unconscious and people who were on the yacht jumped into the water, pulled the teens out and onto the yacht, then called for help around 4:30 p.m.

Ambulances then transported the teens to Bridgeport Hospital to be treated for critical injuries.

They remain in critical, but stable condition on Monday, morning police said.

The teen's names have not been released. Police said they were from out of state and vacationing in the area.

Police from the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection are investigating and Fairfield Police are assisting. 

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<![CDATA[Barnacles Could Provide Clues to Where Jet Crashed]]> Mon, 03 Aug 2015 09:32:20 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-482270318.jpg

The 16-month mystery of missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 may soon be solved, and barnacles encrusted on a piece of plane debris that washed up on the Indian Ocean island of Reunion may provide the missing piece of the puzzle.

Malaysia said on Sunday that the piece of debris, a wing surface known as flaperon, had been identified as being from a Boeing 777, the same model as the missing Malaysian plane.

Investigators in France are expected to determine whether the piece came from MH370 or not by Wednesday. MH370 is believed to have crashed in the southern Indian Ocean, about 2,300 miles away from Reunion.

"Barnacle shells... can tell us valuable information about the water conditions under which they were formed," said Ryan Pearson, a PhD student at Australia's Griffith University who is studying the shell chemistry of barnacles to determine migration patterns of endangered loggerhead turtles. 

<![CDATA[Idaho Hunter Speaks Out on Her 'Kill' Photos]]> Mon, 03 Aug 2015 09:27:22 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-482297280CECIL8315.jpg

As outrage pours in over the death of Cecil the lion, an Idaho hunter has been posting pictures on her Facebook page of various kills she made recently during a legal hunt in South Africa. 

Sabrina Corgatelli, a senior accountant for Idaho State University, has attracted hundreds of negative comments over a photo that shows her with a dead giraffe.

"To me it's not just killing an animal; it's the hunt,'' she told "Today" on Monday. "Everybody just thinks we're cold-hearted killers, and it's not that. There is a connection with the animal, and just because we hunt them doesn't mean we don't have a respect for them. Giraffes are very dangerous animals. They could hurt you seriously very quickly." 

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<![CDATA[Two New Mexico Churches Rocked by Explosions]]> Mon, 03 Aug 2015 09:13:56 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/crime-stock-police-scene-tape-car-2.jpg

Back-to-back explosions within a half-hour of each other rattled two churches in a New Mexico town Sunday morning, police said. 

No one was injured in either explosion, and damage to each church was "relatively minor," according to a statement from the Las Cruces Police Department.

A mailbox was blasted at Calvary Baptist Church in Las Cruces, about 50 miles from the Mexico border, around 8 a.m. local time, the police statement said. Police were then called to Holy Cross Catholic Church, about three miles away, where an explosive device had gone off in a trash can near the entrance of the church, according to police.

The churches remained closed Sunday afternoon while multiple law enforcement agencies investigated the blasts, according to police. 

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<![CDATA[Crash on I-95 North in West Haven Causing Heavy Delays]]> Mon, 03 Aug 2015 09:16:24 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/West+Haven+I-95+crash+1200.jpg

A crash on Interstate 95 North in West Haven is causing delays. The crash happened near exit 42.

There are delays from the Milford service plaza.

No additional information was immediately available.

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<![CDATA[Storms Possible Monday After Sunny Close to the Weekend]]> Sun, 02 Aug 2015 18:52:33 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/8215+Skycam+No+Live+Bug.png

After a sunny close to the weekend, storms are possible Monday afternoon.

Storms could roll into the state after 2 p.m. Some could be strong, potentially bringing heavy rain, gusty winds and thunder and lightning. Monday will have a more muggy feel to it.

Temperatures could reach 91 on Monday.

The storms could continue overnight Monday, but should be gone by Tuesday morning, giving way to a partly sunny sky. Wednesday will likely be nice and dry as temperatures slightly cool down.

We could see showers on Thursday with highs in the upper 70s.

Partial sun will return to the sky on Friday, with a high near 80.

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<![CDATA[Wildfires Continue to Ravage Drought-Stricken California]]> Mon, 03 Aug 2015 09:59:47 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/thumb-04-GettyImages-482739104.jpg A massive wildfire west of Sacramento, fueled by brittle brush and timber parched by a historic drought, has scorched nearly 60,000 acres and forced nearly 12,000 to evacuate, officials said Monday morning.

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<![CDATA[Most Latinos Have Negative View of Trump: Poll]]> Mon, 03 Aug 2015 08:17:00 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/TLMD-donald-trump-nbc-vod.jpg

Three in four Latinos have a negative view of Donald Trump and more than half judged his comments about Mexican immigrants as racist, according to a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Telemundo poll.

Seventy-five percent of 250 Latinos polled viewed the GOP presidential candidate negatively, with 61 percent describing their views as "very negative." Just 13 percent had a positive view.

Trump has said that Latinos "love" him despite his comments that Mexico was sending rapists and criminals to the U.S.

Trump leads the field of Republican presidential candidates, with 19 percent support, according to the latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll.

The poll of Latinos' views was conducted from July 26 to 30 and has a margin of error of 6.2 percent.

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<![CDATA[Tree on Wires and Fire Close Road in Lebanon]]> Mon, 03 Aug 2015 08:00:02 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Lebanon+tree+and+wires+on+fire+1200.jpg

Waterman Road in Lebanon is closed between East Hebron Turnpike and Hoxie Road, where a tree has fallen on wires.

Officials said there is a fire at the scene.

Use Route 87 as a detour.

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<![CDATA[Police ID Man Killed in Meriden Motorcycle Crash]]> Mon, 03 Aug 2015 13:42:33 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/meriden+police+generic.jpg

A 43-year-old man is dead after his motorcycle hit a tree in Meriden early Monday morning.

Police said a 911 call reporting a motorcyclist with serious injuries was in the middle of the road came in around 1:20 a.m.

As they investigated, they determined that William Cardona, 43, was driving a Harley Davidson motorcycle west on River Road when he crossed the center line, went off the left side of the road and hit a tree just east of Oregon Road.

He was not wearing a helmet and suffered serious head injuries, police said.

An ambulance transported Cardona to MidState Medical Center, where he died.

Anyone with information about the crash should call 203-630-6201.

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<![CDATA[Water Main Breaks in Plymouth]]> Mon, 03 Aug 2015 07:46:58 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Water+Main+Break+in+Plymouth.jpg

A water main has broken near 103 Main St. in the Terryville section of Plymouth this morning.

The break is in an area with a mix of homes and businesses and there are reports of no water pressure to low water pressure.

Crews from Connecticut Water have responded to the scene to make repairs.

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<![CDATA[Teens Critically Injured in Boating Accident]]> Mon, 03 Aug 2015 15:13:51 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/ambulance-shutterstock_12161325.jpg

Two 14-year-old girls suffered serious injuries in a possible tubing accident near Jennings Beach in Fairfield on Sunday afternoon.

A boater in the area spotted the girls, pulled them from the water and waited with them until emergency crews got to the scene.

The report into Fairfield's Emergency Communications Center was that two children were unconscious in the water after an accident.

Emergency responders didn't know exactly where the teens were when they first arrived, so police and firefighters went to Jennings Beach to look for them from the shore.

When they located the girls, they put them onto rescue boats and took them to Fairfield's gas dock, where firefighters, police and ambulance crews were waiting.

The teens were quickly stabilized, American Medical Response paramedics put them on advanced life support and ambulances transported them to Bridgeport Hospital to be treated for critical injuries.

No information was available on Monday morning about the girl's conditions.

Officials said on Monday morning that they were from out of state and vacationing in the area.

“This emergency was quickly managed due to the practiced and coordinated response from our local police and fire marine partners and support from the Port Security Grant programs that have provided emergency response vessels to local Police and Fire Departments in the region,” Assistant Chief Scott Bisson said in a statement. “The quick actions of the private boaters that pulled the girls from the water and called 911 directly impacted the speed and effectiveness of medical care.”

Fairfield Police continue to investigate, but cleared the scene at 5:08 p.m.

Bridgeport Police and Fire Departments and Westport Fire Department rescue boats also responded.

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<![CDATA['Crazy Out Here': Pleas to Mayor After Deadly Weekend in NYC]]> Mon, 03 Aug 2015 12:21:01 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/gun+violence+brooklyn.jpg

After a dramatic weekend of gun violence in New York City that left three people dead and 16 others wounded, community leaders are calling on Mayor de Blasio to step up and crack down on shootings plaguing the city's streets. The mayor responded Sunday night, saying the NYPD would beef up patrols in high crime neighborhoods.

Nearly 20 people were shot in seven shootings since Friday. Two people were killed and 11 wounded on Sunday. On Saturday, one person was killed and five others were wounded in gun violence.

A 24-year-old man was killed in a shooting in Canarsie late Friday. Early Sunday, a 20-year-old man was shot to death in a playground in the Soundview section of the Bronx. A short time later on Sunday, a 46-year-old man was killed in Fort Greene. And then in East New York, nine people were shot at a family house party.

Late Sunday afternoon, community leaders demanded de Blasio do more to end the violence. At a Brooklyn Borough Hall rally, Tony Herbert, a community advocate, said that de Blasio has ignored his coalition of parents and clergy, who want to put thousands of volunteers in neighborhoods where violence is prevalent to mentor at-risk young people.

"Where's our mayor?" Herbert, a community advocate, said at Brooklyn Borough Hall. "Why are you not out here denouncing what's going on in our community. We've been fighting for an opportunity to sit down with you to give you a plan, so that you can actually act with us on this."

Community leaders say they would specifically like the city to use emergency funds to finance the many organizations out in the neighborhoods trying to end the violence.

"NYC is in crisis due to gun violence," Herbert said.

Tommy Holliday, who says he works with Herbert, said Sunday that the NYPD shouldn't have gotten rid of the stop-and-frisk police tactic.

"Police should have kept stop-and-frisk, because it's crazy out here," Holliday said. "They should bring it back because it's getting worse and worse." 

Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams said Sunday evening that he's launching a week-long gun violence awareness campaign. An open casket and provocative imagery will be placed outside Borough Hall as part of the campaign, his office said.

Councilman Jumaane D. Williams, a Democrat represents the 45th Council District in Brooklyn, was with anti-gun violence advocates at a vigil in Canarsie Sunday evening for Donnell Smith, who was killed in a shooting there Friday. Smith's family was expected to be at the vigil.

In a statement Sunday, de Blasio's press secretary, Karen Hinton, said that the mayor and NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton are adding officers to high crime areas as part of the summer's "All Out" effort, including the precincts where this weekend's shootings occurred.

"The mayor takes very seriously each incident and has directed NYPD to beef up its presence in these areas," Hinton said. "Overall crime is going down, but Mayor de Blasio will continue to be diligent about preventing crime and locking up criminals."

On a radio show Sunday, Bratton said that overall crime is down in the city.

"The state of the city is actually very good," Bratton said. "Crime numbers are looking good overall. We've had an overall decrease of five to six percent in crime." 

But according to NYPD crime statistics, before Sunday's party shooting there was a 120 percent increase in shooting victims in the 75th precinct, which covers East New York, compared to last year.

The nine people who were shot in East New York are expected to survive their injuries.

Gunfire erupted just after 2 a.m. Sunday in East New York at an all-day party at a house near the intersection of Stanley Avenue and Crescent Street.

At least 13 people were taken to area hospitals, according to a spokesperson at the Fire Department of New York. Those who weren't shot were being treated for cuts and bruises.

"They like to throw parties, there's nothing wrong with that," one neighbor said. "Except sometimes they allow other people off the street to come in, and the problem with that is you don't know what they're bringing with them."

There was no information about a motive for the shootings and the shooter or shooters were still on the loose. Police found a BMW sedan with the rear door open and what appeared to be bloody hand prints on the car's grill.

Around the same time, police responded to a report of a shooting in Fort Greene and found the body of a 46-year-old man in a courtyard across from the Walt Whitman Houses on North Oxford Walk.

The victim, whose identity wasn't disclosed by police, had sustained multiple gunshot wounds.

<![CDATA[Greek Stock Market Tumbles After Reopening]]> Mon, 03 Aug 2015 06:16:30 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/AP_168322850076.jpg

The Athens stock exchange plunged nearly 23 percent after it reopened Monday for the first time in five weeks.

Traders were expecting volatility on the first day back since June, when capital controls on Greek banks forced the market to close amid questions about the country's financial fate. Greek banks opened on July 20 after Greece and its lenders came to an 11th hour bailout agreement that prevented it from leaving the euro zone.

Though some bailout details are still being worked out, the country is deemed stable enough for the stock market to reopen with some restrictions. 

<![CDATA[Jewish 'Terrorism': Israel OKs Jailing Citizens Without Trial]]> Mon, 03 Aug 2015 05:40:00 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Mideast+Israel+Palestinians.jpg

Israel's security cabinet approved a new measure Sunday that will allow law enforcement officials to detain citizens suspected of carrying out violence against Palestinians, without a trial. 

These types of detentions are already commonly applied to Palestinian militant suspects and heavily condemned internationally.

The extention of "administration detention," to non-Palestinian suspects comes two days after a Palestinian home was torched, killing a toddler and sparking calls for the government to crack down on Jewish nationalist attacks. 
While no one has claimed responsibility for Friday's attack, the security cabinet called it "a terror attack in every respect," and vowed to "take all steps necessary to bring those responsible to justice."

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<![CDATA[Weather Threat Affects Lollapalooza]]> Mon, 03 Aug 2015 11:28:01 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/160*120/ebff5b30d6344341896bfc2eb4591a02.JPG.jpg

After a temporary evacuation earlier in the day, Lollapalooza announced that their remaining performances Sunday night would be moved to earlier start times as severe weather threatened Chicago again.

The festival ended early without a second evacuation, and all festival-goers made it out of Grant Park safely.

Earlier in the day, Lollapalooza announced an evacuation due to severe weather in the Chicago. Gates reopened at 3:30 p.m. after the storm passed through, and music resumed at 4 p.m.

Despite the brief evacuation period, none of the performances were cancelled, according to Lollapalooza organizers, who said all sets would be rescheduled.

Lollapalooza organizers urged festival-goers to head to the nearest exit for a "brief" evacuation. They were directed by festival staff and the Chicago Police Department to "pre-established underground evacuation and shelter sites along Michigan Avenue," according to a statement from concert promoter C3.

There are three emergency evacuation shelters: Grant Park North, Grant Park South and Millennium Lakeside Garages. All shelters can be accessed through vehicle entrances on Michigan Avenue.

The concert promoter reported that all festival-goers, staff and artists "calmly and safely exited from Grant Park."

A Severe Thunderstorm Warning was issued for Cook and DuPage counties until 3 p.m., threatening 60-mph wind gusts and hail the size of golf balls.

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<![CDATA[Several Hurt in NJ Multi-Car Crash]]> Mon, 03 Aug 2015 09:40:08 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/officer+injured+jersey+crash.jpg

Multiple people were injured, including a police officer, after a speeding car driven by an alleged drunk driver crashed into at least one other car in Jersey City, setting off a chain reaction, police said.

The first car hit the second shortly after 8 p.m. Sunday at Ocean and Myrtle avenues, according to police. The impact of the crash sent the second car flying onto a sidewalk, where it hit a Jersey City police officer.

"I saw all these cars crashing," Heidi Morales, who witnessed the crash, said. "There was a lot of people screaming, crying." 

In a video obtained exclusively by NBC 4 New York, neighbors can be seen rushing to the officer's side. Other people in cars nearby were also injured, according to witnesses.

Several people were taken to area hospitals for treatment, including the officer, who police said is expected to be OK. She was listed in stable condition Monday. 

The driver of the first car, 30-year-old Keith Jeffers, of Wegman Parkway, was arrested at the scene and taken to an ambulance in handcuffs. He was charged with four counts of assault by auto, knowingly leaving the scene of a motor vehicle accident with serious bodily injury and driving while intoxicated.

<![CDATA[Balloon Released at Grave Ends Up at Bereaved Family's Home]]> Mon, 03 Aug 2015 09:51:26 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Screen-Shot-2015-08-02-at-8.38.03-PM.jpg

An Oklahoma widow and her daughter released balloons and a written message on Father's Day this year—the first without dad— and may have gotten a "message" back.

The pair released the balloons at the father's grave and were shocked to find the balloon's note had showed up at their house—25 miles from the cemetery, NBC News reported.

Sandy Seibold and her daughter Saige Seibold are still mourning the loss of Johnny Seibold after he died from pancreatic cancer earlier this year. 

Saige was upset when the balloons were caught in a power line but eventually they were taken by a gust of wind. Upon returning home, Saige went downhill from their house to the pasture where she and her father worked together and spotted her message with the balloons.

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<![CDATA[Officials Name 2nd American Lion Killer]]> Sun, 02 Aug 2015 23:23:08 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/AP_463227356214.jpg

Cecil wasn't the first lion illegally hunted by an American doctor this year, authorities in Zimbabwe said on Sunday. 

A Pennsylvania cancer doctor and bow hunter Jan Seski is accused of killing another lion in April, wildlife officials allege. 

Officials say Seski's local-based guide "hunted without a quota and a permit."

The guide was arrested and officials say he's cooperating. Seski did not answer calls from NBC News.

Seski has not been accused of committing a crime and it is unclear whether Zimbabwe authorities will seek to extradite him.

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<![CDATA[Police Investigate Stabbing Near Colt Park in Hartford]]> Mon, 03 Aug 2015 05:02:10 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/hartford+police+cruiser+generic+new.jpg

Hartford police are investigating a stabbing near Colt Park in the capital city.

The injuries appear to be non-life-threatening.

No further information was immediately available.

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<![CDATA[Police ID Man Who Apparently Drowned After Bridgeport Bar Fight: Officials]]> Mon, 03 Aug 2015 04:43:20 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Bridgeport+Chubbys+drowning+1200.jpg

Police have identified the man who apparently drowned in a creek behind a restaurant on the Bridgeport/Fairfield line after a fight broke out early morning on Saturday, according to Bridgeport officials.

The Bridgeport fire department recovered Wayne Bentley, 42, of West Haven, one of two people who fell in Ash Creek behind Chubby's Bar & Grill after an altercation. The other person who fell in fled the scene.

Bridgeport police and fire and American Medical Response were called to the scene at about 1:15 a.m. Saturday. Police received a call about a fight at the restaurant.

Two people fell in the water behind the bar and grill during the course of their fight and one has not been located, Brett Broesder, spokesperson for the city of Bridgeport, said.

Bentley appears to have drowned, but the cause of his death hasn't been determined yet.

The Gathering of the Vibes concert is being held this weekend in Bridgeport, but the bar fight and drowning are not connected, Broesder said. 

Police don't believe any weapons were involved in the fight.

The incident remains under investigation. Police ask anyone with information to call Det. Vincent Lariccia at 203-581-5229.

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<![CDATA[Phoenix Man Charged With Decapitating His Wife]]> Sun, 02 Aug 2015 19:34:44 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/mugshot13.jpg

A Phoenix man who is suspected of decapitating his wife and mutilating himself last week has been charged with first-degree murder, police said. 

Authorities called the scene of the murder "absolutely horrific." Kenneth Wakefield, 43, is suspected of killing his wife, Trina Heisch, 49, and leaving her body with two dead dogs inside the bedroom closet of their apartment. 

Officers found the couple's room covered in blood Saturday morning. Wakefield appeared to have stabbed himself multiple times in the chest and was missing part of his left arm along with one of his eyes. 

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<![CDATA[Teen Injured in Serious Motorized Scooter Crash]]> Sun, 02 Aug 2015 21:10:33 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Willimantic+motorized+scooter+crash+1200.jpg

Main Street has reopened in Willimantic after LifeStar transported a teenager injured in a serious motorized scooter crash Sunday afternoon.

A 19-year-old male was observed driving erratically, darting in and out of traffic. Both the scooter and a car were heading eastbound when they collided as the driver of the car was taking a left turn into a parking lot. The crash happened near the Ives Street intersection at about 2:25 p.m.

"As you can see there's no skid, there's no yaw," Cpl. Stanley Parizo, spokesman for the Willimantic Police Department, said.  We've been looking at the pavement, there's two different types of pavement and we are unable to find anything that might have shown any type of deceleration for the scooter at this point."

The teen wasn't wearing a helmet and sustained skul and spinal injuries.

Crews treated the teenager at the scene. Then an ambulance transported the teenager to Windham Hospital and a LifeStar helicopter airlifted him from there to Hartford Hospital to be treated for serious injuries.

There was a family in the car at the time of the crash, but no one was seriously hurt. The driver, who had minor wounds from glas falling on him the collision, stayed at the scene.

Willimantic police aren't releasing information on the identities of the drivers at this time.

Police are asking witnesses to come forward and call Cpl. Stanley Parizo Jr., of the Willimantic Police Department Department Accident Reconstruction Team. All calls will remain confidential.

Police are working to determine the cause of the crash and the accident remains under investigation.

It's possible the teen driving the scooter could face charges, police said.

The road was closed, but it has since reopened.

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<![CDATA[Hundreds Cool Off With Farmington River Tubing]]> Sun, 02 Aug 2015 21:48:55 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Farmington+River+Tubing+1200.jpg

This summer has been busy on the Farmington River with people looking to cool off.

On Sunday, hundreds of people grabbed a tube and rode the river downstream in New Hartford.

They travel there from all over the Northeast.

“Getting some sun hopefully maybe a little sense of adventure on the way,” Lisa Trevino, of Bristol, said of her reason for coming.

Many pick up their tube and life jacket at Farmington River Tubing.

They are here to leave behind the hustle and bustle; no Facebook updates or selfies here.

“You can bring your phone with you down the river. It’s certainly not recommended. So, yeah if you want to reconnect with nature this is the wild and scenic designated Farmington River,” Jeremy Harraden, manager of Farmington River Tubing, said.

People jumped on the river for a meandering two hour ride which takes them three miles downstream.

Farmington River Tubing requires riders to be at least 10-years-old and wear a life jacket because the trip could get bumpy.

“You just went down a lot of rapids and then it was calm and then there were more rapids. So, it was fun,” Paige Schmincke, of Middlebury, said.

Staff members say this summer has had great weather so it’s been busier than previous years.

This is the peak of the season. Soon, it will be back to school.

That means your chance to lay back and enjoy the ride might pass you by.

“It was fun. I’d recommend it to anyone,” says Tess Griffin of Middlebury.

Now the ride costs $20 which includes the bus ride back.

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<![CDATA[Double Amputee Goes Cross-Country]]> Sun, 02 Aug 2015 22:39:04 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Toran_Gaal.png

A United States Marine—who lost both legs in combat—completed a journey across the country while hand-cycling to raise money to help injured Marines.

Toran Gaal and his support van driver, Brian Riley, another injured Marine, traveled more than 3,000 miles. The Semper Fi Fund provides financial assistance to wounded Marines and their families while they recover.

The San Diego-area veteran lost both of his legs while fighting in Afghanistan. The Semper Fi Fund assisted his own family in the years following his injury during his third deployment in 2011. Gaal stepped on a 12-pound pressure IED blew up causing him to not only lose his legs but also, 30 percent of his brain.

"If someone can be at end’s wit and sees someone that has had adversity, and seen them thrive, hopefully it will touch their hearts," Gaal said before he started his journey.

The two Marines started their quest on June 1 in California with a specialized bicycle to raise awareness for the Semper Fi Fund. His journey finished at the U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial in Arlington, Virginia, greeted by nearly 100 friends and supporters.