<![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 Tue, 01 Sep 2015 18:22:14 -0400 Tue, 01 Sep 2015 18:22:14 -0400 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Hartford Police Investigate 2 Homicides in 8 Hours]]> Tue, 01 Sep 2015 15:30:11 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Shooting+at+Pershing+and+Lebanon+Streets+Hartford.jpg

Hartford police are investigating two homicides in an eight-hour span and trying to determine whether they are connected.

A 32-year-old father was shot and killed around 11:57 p.m. while sitting on his porch on South Prospect Street. Police have identified him as William Prieto, 32, of 52 Prospect Street, in Hartford.

Prieto's girlfriend was a witness and said the shooter fired several shots and fled the scene.

As police were clearing that shooting scene, they started receiving 911 calls about another around six miles away.

A 32-year-old man was shot in the side of the head on Pershing Street in Hartford just before 8 a.m. on Tuesday. Police have identified him as Desmond Wright, 32, of 211 West Morning Side Street in Hartford.

"Officers responded, found a male victim suffering for a single gunshot wound to the side of the head," Deputy Police Chief Brian Foley said.

Police believe Wright was shot while walking down the street.

He was rushed to the hospital and was pronounced dead at 8:36 a..m.

As police investigate, they are trying to determine whether the two crimes are connected, but Foley said there is no indication of that at this point.

Pershing Street is closed as police investigate and the major crimes unit is there as well.

The number of homicides in Hartford is on the rise from last year, when there were a total of 19 homicides. This, however, was one of only two years in the past decade that the homicide rate fell under 20 people.

In 2003, the homicide rate in Hartford hit 45.
 



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<![CDATA[Evacuations Over in Vernon When No Blasting Cap Is Found]]> Tue, 01 Sep 2015 12:46:20 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Vernon+rock+1200.jpg

A Vernon neighborhood was evacuated and had a bit of a scare after contractors dug up what looked like a blasting cap late Tuesday morning, but it was notbing dangerous.

What construction workers dug up on South Street near Knollwood Drive was actually a rock with two wires coming out of it, officials said.

Police evacuated the immediate area as a precaution and notified the Hartford bomb squad, but have since cleared the scene.



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<![CDATA[Manhunt for IL Officer's Killers]]> Tue, 01 Sep 2015 17:22:04 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/212*120/Fox+Lake+23.png

The Fox Lake officer who was shot to death Tuesday morning has been identified as Charles "Joe" Gliniewicz, a 32-year-police veteran, according to the Kane County state's attorney's office.

Gliniewicz leaves behind a wife of 30 years and four children, according to police.

A massive manhunt is still underway for three dangerous armed men who authorities say are responsible for Gliniewicz's shooting death. The suspects are described as two white men and one black man, but further details on their descriptions weren't available.  

The situation unfolded just before 8 a.m. Tuesday when Gliniewicz was called to investigate three suspicious suspects near Route 12 and Sayton Road in north suburban Fox Lake. Gliniewicz was led on a foot pursuit by the men, according to Detective Christopher Covelli with the Lake County Sheriff's office, and soon after used his radio to call for backup.

Upon arrival, a backup officer found Gliniewicz in a marshy area with a gunshot wound, Covelli said. He died of his wounds.

Chief Doug Larsson with the Lake County Sheriff's office said the department, along with several other suburban departments, are using canines and helicopters to search for the suspects. The suspects are armed with a pistol, Larsson said. The FBI is also assisting in the investigation, according to spokesperson Joan Hyde. 

Covelli said during an 11:30 a.m. press conference that residents in the area were told to stay indoors and report any suspicious activity as the investigation continued. 

“As information continues to come in about the shooting of another police officer in the line of duty in Fox Lake, I hope we can all remain calm and pray for the officer’s family and the other officers in harms-way right now," State Rep. Barbara Wheeler said in a statement. "Eleven police officers have needless lost their lives since Aug. 20th alone in America because of shootings and sadly our communities have been directly impacted today.”

As the manhunt began after the shooting, Grant Community High School in Fox Lake was put on lockdown.

The school said a "police matter is occurring in the community and for the safety of our students and staff they have requested we remain locked down."

Roads in the area were blocked off, and police were seen searching wooded areas with dogs.

Metra said the Ingleside Metra station was closed until further notice and riders would be bussed from the Fox Lake station to Long Lake, officials said.

Check back for details on this developing story.

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<![CDATA[Bradley Airport Closed After Plane Tire Malfunctions]]> Tue, 01 Sep 2015 18:08:09 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/bradley+plane+delay.jpg

Runways are temporarily closed at Bradley International Airport after a tire malfunctioned on a plane landing at the airport Tuesday evening, according to a spokesperson for the airport.

Airport officials identified the plane in question as an Air National Guard C-130. Spokesperson Alisa Sisic said the plane landed in an area that requires airport staff to shut down the runways.

Sisic expects the runways to reopen within 15 to 30 minutes.

Check back for updates on this developing story.

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<![CDATA[Former Guardsman to Serve Time for Auto Center Beatings]]> Tue, 01 Sep 2015 17:33:47 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Nathaniel+Chambers+split.jpg

A former Connecticut Army National Guard sergeant arrested in connection with the beatings of a South Windsor auto center owner and employee in 2013 has been sentenced to 25 years in prison.

Nathaniel Chambers, of Meriden, was sentenced Tuesday in Hartford Superior Court on convictions of accessory to assault and conspiracy to commit assault. He has also been convicted of robbery and will serve that sentence concurrently, according to the office of the court clerk.

Chambers and three others were arrested in connection with a January 2013 attack at Forced Induction Motorsports on Edwin Street in South Windsor.

The beatings sent store owner Robert Lareau, of Enfield, to the intensive care unit and left employee Ryan Kelleher, of Windsor, severely injured. Kelleher told NBC Connecticut he was hit in the head twice with a rifle.

According to police, Chambers claimed he had paid Lareau up front to fix his car and wasn’t happy with the results. He was taken into custody a week after the attack while seeking treatment for the flu at the West Haven Veterans Hospital.

A spokesperson for the Connecticut National Guard said Chambers was honorably discharged in September 2012.

Chambers' alleged accomplices – Jose Ramos, Luis Ruiz and Francisco Ruiz, all Meriden residents – were also arrested.

Information on an attorney for Chambers was not immediately available.

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<![CDATA[Cromwell Football Team at Center of Harassment Probe]]> Tue, 01 Sep 2015 17:37:27 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/cromwell+high+school.JPG

State and local authorities are investigating harassment allegations involving members of the Cromwell High School Football team, according to the superintendent.

NBC Connecticut received emails from concerned parents claiming that Cromwell High School football players were hazing other teammates. A source within the police department said a minor has been arrested in connection with the case.

"Really, all I can tell you is right now the Cromwell Police Department is currently investigating an incident at the Cromwell High School," Capt. Denise Lamontagne said Tuesday. "It’s a juvenile incident and it is currently under investigation, so therefore, I really cannot provide any details."

Lamontagne would not confirm the arrest.

Parents who chose to remain anonymous, fearing retaliation against their children, said the alleged hazing incident occurred in the boys' locker room.

According the parents, one player lined up freshmen and hit them with a belt, while other team members blocked the doors and windows and turned off the lights.

Cromwell superintendent Dr. Paula M. Talty would not elaborate on the investigation but said it pertains to harassment claims involving students on the football team.

"As a school district, we do not and will not tolerate harassment, or any other inappropriate conduct toward any of our students. That sort of conduct has absolutely no place in a school setting," Cromwell superintendent said in a statement Tuesday.

Talty said the school district taking the allegations seriously and cooperating with investigators.

"Cromwell community members should be reassured that the safety of our children is the district’s foremost concern and there are many policies and procedures in place to ensure the wellbeing of all our children. If we find after an investigation that any student has in fact been harassed, or has been treated inappropriately in any other way, we will take appropriate action to address the matter," Talty said.

She declined to say whether any staff members were involved but added that the school system "will take action as we deem appropriate" if the investigation reveals any employees behaved inappropriately.



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<![CDATA[Baseball Will Likely Return to New Britain Next Season]]> Tue, 01 Sep 2015 17:41:55 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/new+britain+stadium+rock+cats.jpg

New Britain Stadium may not sit empty after all.

Mayor Erin Stewart announced Tuesday that the Atlantic League has given conditional approval for the relocation of a baseball team to New Britain.

The move would come in time for the 2016 season, meaning at Atlantic League team will likely fill the stadium as the Rock Cats head to Hartford to become the Yard Goats.

Stewart said the new team is all but guaranteed to play in New Britain next season.

"I am absolutely overjoyed by this news," Stewart said in a statement Tuesday. "The Atlantic League is our #1 choice as a new tenant at New Britain Stadium and receiving conditional approval today is a giant step towards making that a reality."

According to a news release from the mayor's office, both Stewart and the Atlantic League hope to have a deal finalized by Oct. 1.

"We are currently negotiating the final terms of the lease agreement and I believe that we are very close to wrapping that process up," Stewart said. "Once we have a tentative agreement, it will be presented to the Common Council for their approval."

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<![CDATA[Nearly 10,000 Cases of Frozen Corn Recalled Over Listeria Fears]]> Tue, 01 Sep 2015 17:59:15 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/corn-generic-prop-37.jpg

A New York-based company that distributes to stores in the Big Apple, New Jersey and 12 other states is recalling nearly 10,000 cases of frozen corn over concerns about possible Listeria contamination.

The frozen cut corn, made by Bonduelle USA Inc. of Brockport, was distributed in poly bags that said Wylwood Super Sweet Whole Kernel Corn, Market Basket Cut Corn, Bountiful Harvest Whole Kernel Cut Corn and West Creek Frozen Vegetables.

Listeria monocytogens, which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, or people with weakened immune systems, was found in a package of the corn during routine testing at a retail store in Tennessee.

In addition to New York and New Jersey, the corn was distributed to stores in Pennsylvania, Vermont, Massachusetts, Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, Florida, Mississippi and Louisiana.

Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.

Bonduelle has stopped distributing the corn, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said, and it, along with the FDA, continue to investigate what caused the contamination. The company is fulling cooperating with federal authorities, the FDA said.

The company has not received any complaints in relation to this product and is not aware of any illnesses associated with the product to date.

Consumers who purchased the product are urged to throw it away. Consumers requiring refund or with questions may contact the company at 1-877-990-2662, Monday - Friday, 9 am - 4 pm EST.

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<![CDATA[Search Ends for Connecticut Student Missing in South Africa]]> Tue, 01 Sep 2015 16:37:30 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/nick+upton+redding.jpg

Rescuers have called off the search for a 19-year-old Connecticut native believed to have drowned while studying abroad in South Africa, according to his mother.

Nicholas Upton, 19, a junior at George Washington University and a graduate of Joel Barlow High School in Redding, was last seen Sunday when he disappeared into the surf while swimming in the East Cape Province around 10:30 p.m. local time, or 2:30 p.m. Eastern Time, according to a statement from the university.

Rescue crews sent out divers and helicopters in an effort to find him but called off the search Tuesday, according to Upton's mother, Margaret Mirowski.

Mirowski said she and her husband will fly to South Africa tomorrow and launch a search of her own. A GoFundMe page has been set up to fund their trip.

Upton has been studying abroad at the University of Cape Town in South Africa and was traveling with five other people during a break from classes when he was lost at sea, according to the National Sea Rescue Institute.

Rescuers have lost hope of finding him alive.

"The teenager is missing and he is now presumed to have drowned," the NSRI said in a news release Monday.

Upton interned with the office of Sen. Richard Blumenthal, who released a statement Monday on the young man's disappearance.

"We are working with the family trying to determine more of the facts in a very difficult situation," Blumenthal said. "Our hearts and prayers are with them for Nick, who is a remarkable young man."

Upton is a member of the Kappa Alpha fraternity and the GW men's rowing team, according to Kappa Alpha's Facebook page and the GW Hatchet.



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<![CDATA[Death of Correction Officer Ruled Homicide ]]> Tue, 01 Sep 2015 16:00:41 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/hartford+police+cruiser+generic+new.jpg

The death of a Connecticut correction officer in June has been ruled a homicide.

Officials from the office of the chief medical officer determined that Bradford Emmelman, 37, died of a blunt injury to the head with subarachnoid hemorrhage.

Emmelmann, a husband and father of two daughters, died on July 14, according to his obituary.

Police said Emmelmann was injured during a fight outside the Xfinity Center in Hartford after a concert in June and later died at the hospital.

“There was a scuffle, and a male subject was involved in the scuffle. Does not appear he was assaulted. By the video, fell backwards, hit his head, as he was falling backwards,” Deputy Hartford Police Chief Brian Foley said.

During their investigation, police spoke with everyone involved in the fight and his death was not ruled a homicide initially.

The department will present all of their evidence, including the medical examiner's findings, to the prosecutor, who will determine whether to file charges.



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<![CDATA[Route 161 Reopens in East Lyme After Motorcycle Crash]]> Tue, 01 Sep 2015 17:59:28 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/police+lights+generic+crop.jpg

Route 161/Flanders Road has reopened in East Lyme following a crash involving a car and motorcycle, according to the Department of Transportation.

The road was closed in both directions between Roxbury Road and Society Road while police responded.

There has been no word on injuries.

Check back for updates on this developing story.



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<![CDATA[Quad/Graphics to Close Enfield Plant by End of October]]> Tue, 01 Sep 2015 15:44:48 -0400

Quad/Graphics has announced plans to close its printing facility in Enfield.

The Phoenix Avenue plant, which employees roughly 60 people, will shut down by the end of October. All remaining work will be moved to one of more than 65 other Quad/Graphics facilities around the country, according to a company spokesperson.

Quad/Graphics informed its Enfield employees of the decision last Thursday.

"Decisions like this are never easy. This is a straightforward business decision necessary to the company’s ongoing efforts to create the strongest, most competitive platform for serving customers long into the future," company officials said in an email to NBC Connecticut on Tuesday.

The company will hold a career fair at the Enfield facility in mid-September to help affected employees find transfer opportunities. Those who do not transfer will receive severance packages and career transition help, according to Quad/Graphics.

"It is important to note that the plant is not closing because of performance or quality issues. Our Enfield employees have served our clients well. They’re good, experienced printers and we hope they consider the job openings we have at other Quad/Graphics facilities," a company spokesperson said.

Quad/Graphics said it will sell the 75,000-square-foot Enfield facility, which it acquired in 2010.

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<![CDATA[Correction Officer to Serve Prison Time for Sex With Inmate]]> Tue, 01 Sep 2015 15:27:38 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/214*120/york+correctional+niantic.jpg

A correction officer charged with sexually assaulting an inmate at a women's prison in Niantic has pleaded no contest to a lesser charge and will spend 90 days in prison, according to the court.

Jeff Bromley, 47, is accused of bringing the inmate food and gifts at the York Correctional Institution, taking photographs of her and having sex with her in a prison basement and laundry room.

He pleaded no contest Tuesday to second-degree unlawful restraint and was sentenced to one year in prison, suspended after he serves 90 days, according to the the office of the clerk at New London Superior Court.

The New London Day reports Bromley will serve two years of probation after his release from prison and will not be allowed to re-apply for his job as a correction officer until his probation is over.

Bromley was placed on administrative leave following his arrest.

Information on an attorney from Bromley was not immediately available.

Two other prison employees at the York Correctional Institution – Matt Gillette and Kareem Dawson – have also been arrested on sexual assault charges in recent months.

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<![CDATA[Meeting Tonight to Focus on Ansonia Burglaries]]> Tue, 01 Sep 2015 15:20:27 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/robberstill082115.jpg

Burglars broke into 10 Ansonia homes in around two weeks and the mayor and police officers will be meeting with the community tonight to share advice on how to stop it.

The burglaries happened in the Hilltop area and started on Aug. 6 and police said they believe the burglar is targeting houses with unlocked windows.

The burglaries happened between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m. in the areas of Reservoir Drive, Farrell Drive, Martin Terrace and Birchwood Drive.

Police believe the same person is behind the spree, but the only description is that the burglar is male.

Residents are being asked to make efforts to close and lock windows in their homes at all times, especially overnight hours.

The meeting is set for 7 p.m. at the Hilltop Hose Company No. 5, at 80 Pulaski Highway. Authorities will be talking with the community about the investigation into the burglaries as well as form a block watch.

If you see anything suspicious, call police immediately at 203-735-1885 or 911.

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<![CDATA[3 Charged in New Haven Armed Robbery]]> Tue, 01 Sep 2015 15:00:40 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/new+haven+westley+julious+fairweather.jpg

Police have arrested three men in connection with the armed robbery of a group of New Haven residents outside their apartment early Tuesday morning.

Karis Westley, 22, Rajoun Julious, 23, and Robert Fairweather, 23, are facing charges. Westley and Julious are both convicted felons, according to police.

Police said one of the men confronted three victims who had stopped near their apartment on Elm Street to look at a bureau left curbside. The robber held them at gunpoint and demanded their valuables, cellphones and cellphone passwords.

He left with two other men in a Toyota Corolla, which was last seen heading northbound on Ella T. Grasso Boulevard.

Police were able to track one of the victim’s cellphones about an hour later, which led them to the area of Morse Street in the Newhallville neighborhood.

Officers arrived to find the three suspects and spotted two guns in the car: one stashed beneath the driver’s seat and another in the seat-back pocket on the driver’s side, according to police.

All three men were handcuffed and arrested.

Westley was charged with first-degree armed robbery, conspiracy to commit armed robbery, carrying a weapon in a motor vehicle, second-degree larceny, conspiracy to commit larceny, carrying a pistol without a permit, criminal possession of a firearm.

Julious was charged with commit first-degree armed robbery, carrying a weapon in a motor vehicle, second-degree larceny, conspiracy to commit larceny, carrying a pistol without a permit, criminal possession of a firearm, possession of a controlled substance, possession with intent to sell.

Fairweather was charged with conspiracy to commit first-degree armed robbery, carrying a weapon in a motor vehicle, second-degree larceny, conspiracy to commit larceny, carrying a pistol without a permit.

It’s not clear if any of the suspects has an attorney.



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<![CDATA[Woman Charged With Animal Cruelty After Puppy Found Dead]]> Tue, 01 Sep 2015 15:02:35 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Charlotte+DAmico.jpg

Shelton police have arrested an Ansonia woman on animal cruelty charges after finding a puppy dead and four other animals in poor conditions, without enough water, food and heat, police said.

Shelton Animal Control received a complaint in January about the welfare of animals at a home on Soundview Avenue and found two dogs and two cats in unsanitary conditions without adequate food, water or heat, as well as a dead puppy, police said.

Police and animal control were able to determine that Charlotte D’Amico, 31, of Ansonia, used to live at the house and was responsible for the animals, but was not living there when the investigation started, police said.

The animals were signed over to the animal shelter in January and police served D’Amico with a warrant. She has been charged with five counts of cruelty to animals.

D’Amico posted a $2,500 bond and is due to appear in Derby Superior Court on Sept. 11.

The two dogs and one of the cats were adopted immediately after they were signed over to the Animal Shelter. The other cat was adopted after recovering from multiple surgeries.

NBC Connecticut was not able to find a telephone number for D’Amico and it is not clear if she has an attorney.



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<![CDATA[Man With Life Sentence for Marijuana Walks Free]]> Tue, 01 Sep 2015 13:47:20 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Jeff_Mizanskey.jpg

A man sentenced to life in prison without parole on a marijuana-related charge walked out of a Missouri prison a free man on Tuesday, after spending two decades behind bars, The Associated Press reported. 

The release of Jeff Mizanskey followed years of lobbying from family, lawmakers and advocates for the legalization of marijuana, who argued that the sentence was too stiff.

Mizanskey was sentenced in 1996 after police said he conspired to sell 6 pounds of marijuana to a dealer connected to Mexican drug cartels. The life with no parole sentence was allowed under a Missouri law for persistent drug offenders; Mizanskey already had two drug convictions — one for possession and sale of marijuana in 1984 and another for possession in 1991.



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<![CDATA[Suspect in September Hartford Murder Arrested]]> Tue, 01 Sep 2015 13:34:51 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/92814+Homicide+Scene+Edited.jpg

Hartford police have arrested a suspect in a murder at a gas station and convenience store in September.

Benjamin White, 28, of Hartford, has been charged with the murder of Anthony Wortham, 37, of Hartford. Wortham was shot and killed at R and D Food Mart and Sunoco station on Albany Avenue on Sept. 28, according to police. http://www.nbcconnecticut.com/news/local/One-Person-Killed-in-Shooting-at-Hartford-Sunoco-Gas-Station-277359981.html

According to police, Anthony Wortham had gotten into an altercation with White’s brother and White retaliated when he learned of it.

At 1:12 a.m., less than one hour after the argument, White showed up at the gas station and convenience store with a gun, walked through a crowd of bystanders and shot Wortham in the head at close range, killing him, police said.

The Harford police major crimes division led the investigation and obtained video surveillance from both incidents before obtaining an arrest warrant for White, who has been charged with murder, criminal possession of a firearm and criminal use of a firearm.

Police took White into custody around 10 a.m. on Tuesday and a judge has set bond at $1 million.
 



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<![CDATA[Police Investigating 8 Car Break-Ins in Norwalk]]> Tue, 01 Sep 2015 13:10:09 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Norwalk+police+car+1200.jpg

Police are investigating after burglars broke into eight cars in Norwalk overnight and they are warning residents to lock their cars and leave valuables out of sight.

Police said burglars hit cars parked in residential drives that had items visible.

The residents discovered the burglaries on Tuesday morning.

Police are investigating the crimes and ask residents to leave nothing in the car that would be visible to would-be thieves, to lock vehicles and take the keys inside with you.



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<![CDATA[Electrican Shocked at Nomads in South Windsor Has Died]]> Tue, 01 Sep 2015 14:27:09 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/south+windsor+wires+1200.jpg

An electrician is dead after falling and grasping onto high-voltage wires at an indoor adventure center in South Windsor on Tuesday afternoon.

Police responded to Nomads Adventure Quest at 100 Bidwell Road, in South Windsor after receiving reports of a person “wrapped in wires” and found that the licensed electrician from Northern Lights Electric in Bolton had been injured.

The man, who is in his 40s, was believed to be working on a platform, removing light fixtures, in the laser tag section when he fell.

Employees thought the power was off to the fixtures and emergency responders called Eversource to make sure power was out to the building during the emergency response, police said.

South Windsor Police, South Windsor Fire and Ambulance Service of Manchester paramedics began CPR and the victim was transported to Manchester Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Police have not released the man's name.

Crews from the Occupational Safety Health Administration have been called to assist with the investigation.



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<![CDATA[Car Hits Woman in Front of Vernon Supermarket]]> Tue, 01 Sep 2015 10:55:29 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Vernon+Price+Chopper+hit+1200.jpg

A woman was struck by a vehicle in front of a supermarket on Route 83 in Vernon on Tuesday morning and no information was immediately available on the extent of injuries.

The crash happened in front of Price Chopper at Tri-City plaza on Talcottville Road.

No additional information was immediately available.



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<![CDATA[POTUS Posts to Instragram for the First Time]]> Tue, 01 Sep 2015 12:21:08 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/AP_586127782641.jpg

President Barack Obama is upping his social media game.

POTUS made his very first post on Instagram last night as he journeyed to Alaska.

The image was taken out the window of Air Force One. The blue sky breaks out along the horizon line as a blue engine from the airplane can be seen in the foreground. 

"Incredible view as we near Anchorage. I'll be spending the next few days touring this beautiful state and meeting with Alaskans about what’s going on in their lives," wrote Obama on the White House Instagram feed. 

The White House tweeted that the post was the president's first on Instagram. The presidents signs all his social media posts with 'bo.'

In addition to showing off his social media skills, Obama is on a wilderness trek to be filmed as part of TV show '"Running Wild with Bear Grylls," talking to Alaskans about "what's going on in their lives," and surveying the impacts of climate change. 

In May, Obama began tweeting from his own POTUS Twitter account and broke the Guiness World Record for acquring one million followers in less than five hours.



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<![CDATA[Man Shot and Killed on Porch in Hartford]]> Tue, 01 Sep 2015 12:56:26 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/22nd.jpg

A 32-year-old Hartford father was shot and killed as he sat on his porch late Monday night and police are now investigating the city's 23rd homicide of the year.

Police said they responded to 52 South Prospect Street just before midnight and the victim, William Prieto, 32, of Hartford, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Prieto was shot several times in the chest and torso, police said. Family members said he was a father of two, with a third child on the way.

The man's pregnant girlfriend was a witness to the shooting and said she and her husband were on their porch when someone fired several shots. She his under the table and the shooter ran from the scene.

Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra arrived at the scene and said the city has brought in more resources and they are doing everything they can to try and stop the homicides.

Police have not arrested a suspect and said they believe the Prieto was targeted.

"Indications are that this guy was certainly targeted somebody wanted to commit this act," Hartford Deputy Police Chief Brian Foley said.

The was the first homicide of two within an eight-hour span in Hartford.

Desmond Wright, 32, of Hartford, was shot in the head on Pershing Street on Tuesday morning and rushed to the hospital. He died at the hospital.

A vigil for Prieto will be held on South Prospect Street at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday to honor the victim of the Monday night shooting.

Officials originally said he was the victim of the 22nd homicide in the city this year, but then said the medical examiner's officer had ruled a death earlier this year as a homicide, making this case the 23rd. That number climbed to 24 with the second shooting.

As police search for the shooter, neighbors are on edge.

"I saw the police coming through and the fire truck come through and I came out to see what was going on. Then after awhile, we saw yellow tape go up, so we had a feeling, I had a feeling it was a homicide," said Sherrail, who did not want to give her last name. "After I walked down to see what was going on, I heard screaming. I heard someone screaming down there. It sounded like he said something about my brother."

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<![CDATA[LA Selected as U.S. Candidate for 2024 Olympics]]> Tue, 01 Sep 2015 16:39:55 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/218*120/09-01-2015-olympics-la-1984-GettyImages-491337875.jpg

Los Angeles is officially in the running to host the 2024 Olympics.

With Boston bowing out earlier this year, the LA City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to approve a proposal to authorize Mayor Eric Garcetti to execute agreements related to the Olympic bid. The U.S. Olympic Committee later announced that it had selected LA as the United States candidate.

"We all know the next two years are about fleshing out the details, but this is in our DNA," said Garcetti, citing the city's experience with the 1932 and 1984 Olympics. "We know how to do Olympics, we know how to do them well, we know how to do them  economically."

United States Olympics Committee CEO  Scott Blackmun officially announced that LA is the U.S. candidate for 2024 at a beach-side news conference in Santa Monica about an  hour after the council's vote.

Rome, Paris, Hamburg, Germany and Budapest, Hungary are already in the mix. The International Olympic Committee will pick the host city in 2017.

"This is a great Olympic city," Councilman Paul Krekorian said. "Let Paris and Rome and whoever else who wants to compete know, we're in this to win it, and I think we will."

The Summer Olympics were last held in the United States in 1996, when  Atlanta was the site.

The United States did not make a bid to host the 2020 Summer Olympics,  which were awarded to Tokyo in 2013. Los Angeles sought to be the U.S.  candidate to host the 2016 Games but was beaten by Chicago, whose bid was  ultimately rejected by the International Olympic Committee in favor of Rio de  Janeiro.

LA is looking to join London as the only cities to host the  Summer Olympics three times. The second-largest U.S. city initially lost the opportunity to bid to Boston but regained it after the East Coast city backed out over concerns about financial liability.

But many financial details of the Los Angeles plan remain vague. City analysts said last week that based on the information given to the city so far, "it is difficult to determine the fiscal impact and risk to the city of hosting the 2024 Games at this time."

The City Council's Ad Hoc Committee on the 2024 Summer Olympics backed an agreement last week that would show the United States Olympic Committee that the city of Los Angeles is committed to pursuing a bid to host the Games, but the full council was given extra time to review bidding documents that were delivered to the city last week. The "joinder" agreement was requested by the United States Olympic Committee.

Some city officials and residents have urged caution in pursuing the bid, saying the city could be on the hook for cost overruns incurred by hosting the Olympics, which boosters of the bid estimate as costing about $4.6 billion to run. Time has also been limited for Los Angeles, which was given only a few weeks to review the pact before the IOC's deadline -- compared with the several months that Boston had to study the idea.

That deadline was Sept. 15.

Last week was also the first time many city leaders and analysts were able to review a 200-page draft bid book and a proposed contract between the USOC and LA24, the nonprofit formed to pursue the bid and potentially manage the games if Los Angeles is picked as the host city. LA24 chair Casey Wasserman, a businessman and philanthropist, assured the committee last week that he believed "that this can be and will be the most responsible Games possible."

The ad hoc panel voted in favor of the effort after revisions were made to the agreement to clarify that the city will still have the opportunity to negotiate a more comprehensive "host city contract" at a later date. City attorneys told the panel that by backing the bid effort Tuesday, the city will not be exposed to any major financial obligations or liabilities.

A preliminary review of the budget appeared to show that one of the major capital projects, the Olympic Village, "may significantly exceed the projected $1 billion," City Administrative Officer Miguel Santana and Chief Legislative Analyst Sharon Tso wrote in a report Thursday. The analysts said more than half of the budget may go toward just remediation and relocation costs.

Supporters of the Los Angeles bid have said the city will more likely see a surplus, saying that unlike other cities, Los Angeles already has many of the needed sporting venues in place.

The Olympic Village would be next to the Los Angeles River in Lincoln Heights -- in a Union Pacific rail yard known as the "Piggyback Yard" -- and calls for track-and-field and the opening and closing ceremonies to be held at a renovated Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.



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<![CDATA[Obama to Call for More Icebreakers in Arctic]]> Tue, 01 Sep 2015 09:16:49 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/AP_896302240165.jpg

President Barack Obama is set to call on Tuesday for the United States to buy or build more icebreakers for the Coast Guard in the Arctic Ocean to compete with Russia.

As sea ice melts because of climate change, marine traffic for mining, shipping and tourism is expected to increase in the Arctic, NBC News reported. 

The United States has only two fully functioning icebreakers in its fleet — and only one capable of heavy-duty work, the White House said. By comparison, Russia has 40 in its fleet and 11 more planned or being built.

Obama will also call for stepping up American scientific research in the Arctic "to increase our understanding of this vital region."



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<![CDATA[Debris Causes Flat Tires on I-91 South in Hartford]]> Tue, 01 Sep 2015 08:22:23 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/colts+curve+hartford+1200.jpg

Several cars were disabled on Colt's Curve on Interstate 91 South in Hartford on Tuesday morning after cars struck 2-by-4s with nails sticking out of them, which caused flat tires.

Crews responded to clear up the road.

This was just south of the Whitehead Highway.
 



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<![CDATA[Serial Sniper? 4 Vehicles Shot Along Phoenix Interstate]]> Tue, 01 Sep 2015 08:58:47 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/tlmd_police_tape_lights_generic21.jpg

Officials are investigating four separate shootings at cars over three days along I-10 in Arizona, NBC News reported. It was not immediately clear if the incidents were related. 

Multiple rounds were fired in all of the incidents, according to NBC station KPNX. Investigators believe the shooter was also in a vehicle traveling on I-10, KPNX reported.

The shooting occurred on Saturday just after 11 a.m. local time when a sport utility vehicle was fired upon and struck, according to a statement from the Arizona Department of Public Safety. A teen girl riding in the passenger seat was treated on the scene for a cut to her right ear.

Minutes later, according to officials, a bus traveling in the opposite direction was hit by a bullet. There were no injuries. The third shooting was later that night and on Monday a bullet hit a work truck en route to a work site.


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<![CDATA['Daddy's Mad at Me': Couple Charged in Child Abuse Case]]> Tue, 01 Sep 2015 04:47:12 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Richard+Martel+and+Danielle+Wells.jpg

A Plainville couple is facing charges after the man abused their 3-year-old daughter and the woman did nothing to stop it, according to police.

Richard Martel, 23, and Danielle Wells, 28, were arrested Thursday and Sunday, respectively.

Police began investigating after Wells reported a domestic incident involving Martel on July 6 and said he had also been abusing their daughter, according to the warrant for Martel's arrest.

The toddler suffered a bump on her forehead, swelling on her elbow, marks on her face and neck, bruises on her legs and redness on her back, police said.

When a caseworker from the Department of Children and Families asked about her injuries, the child said, "I'm scared," and "Daddy's mad at me," according to police. DCF asked who caused the wounds and the child responded, "Daddy."

The toddler was treated at Connecticut Children's Medical Center. A doctor from the hospital's Suspected Child Abuse and Neglect Program told investigators a hematoma on the toddler's forehead was "a result of significant blunt force trauma" and was "much too extensive to have resulted from a fall," the arrest warrant states.

The doctor also told police hemorrhages on the little girl's neck were "diagnostic of inflicted trauma."

Wells told police her boyfriend suffers from bipolar disorder and "when a kid cries, it sets Martel into a 'rage.'" She said he started going "downhill" in March and became "worse" over the past month, according to the arrest warrant.

She described times when Martel would pick the child up by her neck and throw her onto the bed. Wells said Martel hit their daughter and once punched her in the stomach, the warrant states.

She said she never reported the abuse because Martel would "follow her or take her cellphone," according to the warrant.

Martel denied hitting or injuring the child and told police the toddler had fallen off her bike. Investigators said they couldn't verify his story.

He admitted to slapping her once on the buttocks, causing a bruise, and said he threw her "softly" onto the bed "when she would get under his skin and he needed a break," according to the arrest warrant. He also said he once "softly back handed (the child) in the mouth" after she swore at her mother.

The child is now in the custody of DCF.

"It's my understanding that there's no permanent damage," said Plainville police Lt. Nicholas Mullins.

Martel was charged with risk of injury to a minor, third-degree assault and second-degree reckless endangerment. Wells was charged with risk of injury to a minor and reckless endangerment.

Both are due back in court next month. It's not clear if either has an attorney.

Wells could not be reached for comment Monday evening. Martel's father declined to comment on the case.



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<![CDATA[Dow Plunges Almost 500 Points After Bleak China Report]]> Tue, 01 Sep 2015 16:23:27 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/AP_456651566735.jpg

U.S. stocks plummeted Tuesday as continued signs of weakness in China and concerns about the Federal Reserve weighed heavily on investor sentiment, CNBC reported.

The major averages ended in correction territory, down nearly 3 percent after a failed attempt in the minutes prior to cut some losses.

The Dow Jones industrial average closed about 470 points lower, off session after falling as much as 548 points. The Nasdaq composite wiped out gains for 2015, joining the other averages in the red for the year so far.

"Today is just a continuation of last night's sentiment, plain and simple. Concerns continue to erupt about China's economy and the growth decline in energy and WTI today," said Ryan Larson, head of equity trading at RBC Global Asset Management (U.S.).



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<![CDATA[6 Detained After Plane Diverted]]> Tue, 01 Sep 2015 16:24:17 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Southwest-Airlines-generic1.jpg

A Southwest Airlines flight headed for Chicago was diverted to Amarillo, Texas, late Monday night after an altercation on the flight, officials said.

Southwest Airlines said in a statement that “several passengers traveling together became disorderly” and “refused to obey instructions from the crew.”

Amarillo police received a call around 10:20 p.m. reporting an altercation on Southwest Airlines Flight 1522. The flight landed at Rick Husband Amarillo International Airport and six men were detained by police, according to authorities. Southwest Airlines said six other members of the group deplaned and stayed in Amarillo.

The six men who were detained were later booked in the Randall County Jail and were to be charged at the federal level with interference of a flight crew, according to Amarillo police.

Tiffany Darge, who said she was sitting next to the group on the plane, told NBC Chicago the men were being rowdy and asked a flight attendant for alcohol during the flight. When the flight attendant denied them, Darge said the group called the woman "racist" and "a pig." Darge also said the group started making offensive comments to her when she got up to go to the bathroom and the crew later moved her seat away from the group. 

The men were part of a larger group on the plane, but the rest of the group was not being disruptive, police said.

The flight, which came from San Diego, continued to Midway Airport after the altercation and landed without further incident, according to the airline.

The incident prompted concerns from some passengers following the unscheduled landing.

“Safety is the top priority at Southwest Airlines, and we will always take appropriate actions to ensure the safety and security of our crews and customers,” the airline said.
 



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<![CDATA[Day Care Workers Force-Fed Tots]]> Tue, 01 Sep 2015 17:56:29 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/side+by+side+day+care+workers.jpg

Two day care teachers on Long Island were arrested after investigators say they force-fed, pushed and slammed children onto the floor, according to authorities. 

Kathleen Culver, 33, of Southampton, and Sarah M. Dawber, 23, of Mastic Beach, were arrested Friday after an investigation into allegations of abuse at Side by Side Day Care in Southampton, police said. 

The women, who worked in the infant room at the day care, are accused of roughly handling children ranging in age from 4 months old to 18 months old. 

One 18-month-old child vomited from the alleged force-feeding, police said. No other injuries have been reported. 

Complaints from both workers and parents filed with police over the last week led to an investigation by Southampton police, the New York State Office of Children and Family Services, and Suffolk County Child Protective Services.

Culver and Dawber were arrested by detectives during an investigative visit to the day care Friday. 

The workers were processed and released on desk appearance tickets for misdemeanor child endangerment, police said. They're expected to appear in court at a later date. 

Messages were left with the day care, and the staff working there Tuesday offered no comment. Attorney information for Culver and Dawber wasn't immediately available. 

Two mothers went to the day care Monday night to pack up their children's belongings, including a wheelchair for one son. They said they do not plan to bring their children back to the center. 

"I'm not comfortable leaving my child in a place where something like this goes on," said Sharon Sweeney. "This says to me they're not caring about the quality of people they're hiring to take care of these children, whether or not they're special needs children."

Sarah Chapman, whose son has been going to the day care for the past two years, said she's recently seen too many red flags. 

"Neither of us will be back," she said, adding that her own mother once worked there and left the day care, along with many other "good people who worked there," because of the low pay. 

"This is what you get for that," said Chapman. 

But some parents Tuesday expressed support for the center. One man picking up a child there said it is a "great school." 

Another mother said Culver cared for her daughter for about a year without any issues. 

"I believe it was just an accusation and her name is going to be claered. And if I had another baby, I would be bringing them here, too," said Amanda Krzenski. 

A check of state inspection records found only minor violations at Side by Side over the last year and a half. Still, Southampton police want to speak to other parents to determine the full extent of any abuse inside the day care center. 

"They're 4 months old to 18 months old. They cannot defend themselves nor speak for themselves," said Southampton Police Lt. Susan Ralph. 



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<![CDATA[Bear That Confronted Hiker Has History of Aggression]]> Tue, 01 Sep 2015 11:17:48 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/stephanie+rivkin+bear+encounter+crop.jpg

The black bear that prompted state officials to block off hiking trails in Connecticut last week after it was caught on camera circling a hiker has a history of aggression, according to the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.

The bear, which is tagged, caused problems in the past while living near Bradley International Airport in Hartford, according to DEEP wildlife biologist Jason Hawley.

DEEP crews relocated the bear to Enders State Forest after the incident at the airport.

At one point, the animal chased a woman into her workplace and put its paws up against the glass, Hawley said. The bear also forced its way into a home in Granby, pounding on the door until he got inside.

Hiker Stephanie Rivkin captured footage of the animal approaching and circling her on a walking trail Friday. Video shows the bear opening its mouth as if to bite her leg.

"You never expect a bear to have a rap sheet, but he does," said Rivkin.

The incident prompted state officials to close down the hiking trails while they searched for the animal. DEEP announced plans to euthanize the bear, prompting public backlash, but officials said the animal is dangerous and the move is warranted.

"The incident here at Sessions Woods was far more disturbing than any of the other behaviors he has displayed up to this point," said Hawley. "To someone who’s not familiar with bear behavior, it may look like the bear is curious. Maybe it’s just trying to get a good sniff of the person."

Hawley went on to say, however, that the animal was displaying clear signs of aggression.

"If you look at the actual body language of the bear, the bear is actually circling her. Whenever she turns her back on the bear, it actually rushes her. You can hear it several times popping its teeth, popping its jaw; that’s a sign of aggression," he explained. "Its hackles are up; the hair on its back is actually sticking up. It actually pins its ears back a couple of times."

Hawley said the animal’s track record is concerning.

"In our minds, with our training, we know that this bear is a potential threat to public safety, so there’s no question that we need to remove this bear from the population," Hawley said.

He added that some 600 to 700 bears live in Connecticut, and "removing one from the population doesn't change anything." In fact, he said, euthanizing the animal could help protect bears' reputation by preventing an attack.

Rivkin, who first said she hoped the bear could be saved as thousands signed petitions to halt euthanization plans, explained Monday she understands the state’s rationale.

"They’re making the decision for a reason, and after having heard the reason, I kind of want to be neutral," she said. "I’m kind of 'spare the bear' at the moment and I’m also 'spare the other people and hikers that may be in danger also.'"

Rivkin said she and her family have received threats on social media in the days since her story went public. She's asking people not to blame her for the bear's fate.

"Anyone who knows me, anyone on social media who has my back knows me, and I’m an animal lover. I’m a nature lover and no, I don’t want the bear killed," she said. "I want him to be relocated but apparently that’s already been done, so they’re taking the steps to do what’s right for everybody, the bear population, the people population."



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<![CDATA[Thai PM: Prime Suspect in Bangkok Shrine Bombing Arrested]]> Tue, 01 Sep 2015 07:07:16 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Bangkok+Suspect.jpg

Thailand's prime minister said Tuesday that authorities have arrested a man they believe is the main suspect in a bombing at a shrine in central Bangkok two weeks ago that killed 20 people.

Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha said the man is a foreigner and was arrested in eastern Thailand near the Cambodian border. He described him as the main person in the bombing but did not directly say he is suspected of actually planting the bomb.

It was not immediately known if the arrested man is the person who was seen in a security video wearing a yellow T-shirt and leaving a backpack at the shrine shortly before the blast there.



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<![CDATA[Yahoo Chief Mayer Says She's Pregnant With Twins]]> Tue, 01 Sep 2015 11:14:32 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/AP_770174843123.jpg

Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer says she's pregnant with identical twins.

Mayer says on a posting on her blog that she and her husband are expecting the twin girls in December.

"I have some exciting news to share - I'm pregnant!" she says on her Tumblr posting Monday night.

She says that she will take some limited time away but work during the pregnancy as she did with her son's birth three years ago.

Mayer says that she's informed Yahoo executives of her pregnancy.

Three years ago, Mayer announced she was pregnant with her son on her social networking accounts just a few hours after Yahoo hired her as its third full-time CEO in less than a year.



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<![CDATA[Cop 'Likely' Shot by Fellow Officer After Entering Wrong Home]]> Tue, 01 Sep 2015 13:11:50 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/4596346721.jpg

A metro Atlanta police officer who was shot when police responded to a wrong house was most likely struck by a bullet from fellow officer's gun, investigators said Tuesday, NBC News reported. 

The injured police officer underwent surgery and was in critical but stable condition, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation said in a statement. A homeowner, who was also shot, was treated for his injuries and released from the hospital, GBI said. 

A dog in the home was shot at by two of the officers and killed, according to authorities.

Officers responded to a call for a burglary in progress about 7:30 p.m. ET, but they went to the wrong address because the caller gave only a description of a "gray brick house" without a street number, Cedric Alexander, public safety director in DeKalb County, said.



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<![CDATA[UN: Satellite Images Show Syria's Temple of Bel 'Destroyed']]> Tue, 01 Sep 2015 00:23:00 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/AP_578517027570.jpg

An ancient temple in Syria's Palmyra has been destroyed, a monitoring group with the United Nations said Monday after an explosion sparked speculation that ISIS had blown up the historic site, NBC News reported.

Witnesses told The Associated Press Monday that ISIS militants, who captured Palmyra in May, significantly damaged the 2,000 year old Temple of Bel by bombing it. And an ISIS operative, speaking on the condition of anonymity, told the AP over Skype on Monday that militants had detonated explosives near the temple.

The United Nations Institute for Training and Research said that satellite analysis confirmed that the main building at the temple has been demolished.



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<![CDATA[Drunken Dad Leaves Kids Alone, Bangs on Neighbor's Door: Cops]]> Mon, 31 Aug 2015 15:21:40 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/police-lights-shutterstock_classic1.jpg

A father is facing charges after police said he drunkenly was banging on a neighbor's door while he left his young children home unattended.

Police arrested Ariel Aparicio-Jarro, 49, of Westport, early Monday morning on charges of breach of peace and two counts of risk of injury to a child. He is accused of leaving his 3- and 9-year-old children home alone during the incident.

Westport police responded to a home on Sniffen Road early Monday morning after the homeowner reported someone banging on his door and screaming to be let in at about 1:30 a.m., police said.

When police arrived, Aparicio-Jarro was walking outside around the home and appeared to be intoxicated, police said.

Aparicio-Jarro lives in the neighborhood and his children were left at home unsupervised during the situation.

Aparicio-Jarro couldn't post his $1,000 bond, police said. He is scheduled to appear in court on Sept. 10.

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<![CDATA[7 Hours of Sleep Helps Prevent Colds, Study Finds]]> Tue, 01 Sep 2015 11:16:45 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/sleep-GettyImages-547017105.jpg

If you're loading up on vitamin C and zinc to stave off the sniffles, you should try an earlier bedtime instead. People who regularly sleep six hours or less each night are four times more likely to get a cold than people who sleep just an hour longer, a new study finds.

Short sleep was more important than any other factor in predicting who would get sick after exposure to the cold virus, researchers told NBC News.

"It's almost alarming how strong the effects are," says Aric Prather, an assistant professor in the department of psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco and lead author of the study, published Monday in the journal Sleep.

Sleep was more important than any other factor, including age, stress or income level, in predicting who would get sick after being exposure to the cold virus, the researchers say.



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<![CDATA[Man Admits to Windsor, East Windsor, Glastonbury Bank Robberies]]> Tue, 01 Sep 2015 04:52:26 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/generic+money+new.jpg

An Enfield man accused of robbing banks in Windsor, East Windsor and Glastonbury pleaded guilty to armed robbery in federal court Monday.

David M. Johnson, 27, admitted to robbing the First Niagara Bank in Windsor and Nutmeg State Federal Credit Union branches in East Windsor and Glastonbury, according to federal prosecutors.

Prosecutors said Johnson held up the Nutmeg State Federal Credit Union in East Windsor on July 21, 2014 and stole $109,166. Then, in November 2014, he targeted the bank branch in Glastonbury and got away with $84,145.

Johnson teamed up with Odain J. Johnson, 22, of Hartford, to rob the First Niagara Bank at 2133 Poquonock venue in Windsor the morning of Jan. 10, 2015, according to the U.S. attorney's office.

They jumped the counter and ordered employees to open the bank vault, according to prosecutors, who said the robbers took $81,530 from the vault and grabbed additional cash from teller drawers.

One man pointed a gun at customers and said, "If you say anything, we'll shoot you," according to the U.S. attorney's office.

David Johnson admitted to his role in the Windsor robbery on Monday. Odain Johnson previously pleaded guilty in connection with the case, prosecutors said.

David Johnson will be sentenced Dec. 2 and faces up to 20 years in prison. Odain Johnson will be sentenced Sept. 25. It's not clear if they have attorneys.



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