<![CDATA[NBC Connecticut - Top Stories]]>Copyright 2016http://www.nbcconnecticut.com/news/top-stories http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC_Connecticut.png NBC Connecticut http://www.nbcconnecticut.comen-usThu, 25 Aug 2016 21:28:06 -0400Thu, 25 Aug 2016 21:28:06 -0400NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[13-Year-Old Driver Dead, Teen Passenger Burned in Hartford Crash]]> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 21:19:09 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Fatal+crash+on+Windsor+Street+in+Hartford.jpg

Police are investigating a fatal firey crash near 555 Windsor St. in Hartford that killed a 13-year-old boy and badly burned a 15-year-old.

Police learned about the crash when the 15-year-old boy arrived at Saint Francis Hospital with burns so bad that authorities will need dental records to identify him, police said. 

He arrived at the hospital in a private vehicle, a Honda that was stolen from Carriage Crossing in Middletown, according to police. 

As the investigation continued, police found the 2006 Subaru the 15-year-old was in when he was injured.

Inside, they found a 13-year-old Hartford boy who had been driving and medics pronounced him dead at the scene, police said.

According to police, the teen driver flipped the stolen vehicle around 3:30 a.m. on Thursday and it caught fire. It's not clear whether the crash or the fire killed the boy.

Police are continuing to investigate and have not identified the driver of the Honda.

Anyone with information is asked to call police.

Photo Credit: Hartford Police]]>
<![CDATA[State Issues Warning About Fish After Chemical Spill in Southington]]> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 16:38:27 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Light+Metals+Coloring.jpg

Emergency crews are investigating a 400-gallon acid spill at a metals company in Southington yesterday and testing the town's water as a precaution.

A mixture of chromium acid discharged from the roof vents of the Light Metals Coloring company on Spring Street around 10 a.m. on Wednesday and crews have been working to control it, officials said.

"It was a product called hexavalent chromium and it discharged from a roof vent onto the roof of the building, and it came down through the roof drains, into the parking lot, down the roadway, and down catch basins and affected the discharge to the Quinnipwiac River," said Ken LeClerc, DEEP’s emergency response coordinator.

Officials said preliminary tests show the discharge got to the river, but information on levels has not come back.

The DEEP is urging people not to eat fish caught in the Quinnipiac River because of the chemical spill.

"We recommend that people not eat any fish taken from the Quinnipiac River between West Queen Street and downstream to Route 10 - South Main Street - in Southington until we have an opportunity to determine the extent of any lingering contamination in the river resulting from a chemical release yesterday," Deputy DEEP Commissioner Susan Whalen said.

The town shut down two wells as a precaution, but they will be reopened.

As a precaution the Southington Water  Department is also testing water to ensure it is safe for drinking. 

"I have worked closely with the Southington Fire Department and the Plainville-Southington Health District along with many Town, State and Federal agencies on this response. Shane Lockwood, Director of Health of the Plainville-Southington Health District, said in a statement and added that “the actions taken by the Southington Water Company, and their response partners, were timely and done in an overabundance of caution”.  Lockwood also stated there are a handful of private wells in the area and those residents have been notified and sampling is being conducted on those properties.”

Officials are also testing the air.

The chemical is used in the planting industry, has a Ph of 3 and contains heavy metals.

“It's a very heavy product, it settles out quickly, but unfortunately the only way to remove it from the base of the river of the drainage is to excavate the areas affected,” LeClerc said.

Crews said they had to remove 500 of road and it will need to be repaved.

The building department, EPA, DEEP and the Coast Guard all responded.

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<![CDATA[Nearly 100 Yale Students Clean Up New Haven Trash]]> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 21:16:20 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/urban-oasis.jpg

Nearly 100 Yale students volunteered their day cleaning up an area of New Haven that was once plagued with trash.

The eastern side of Beaver Pond alongside Sherman Parkway is notorious for garbage. Organizers said it was once a dump decades ago.

"It used to look atrocious actually. There used to be trash and a whole bunch of gutter stuff," said New Haven resident Daishawn Crudop.

Along with the Neighborhood Housing Service of New Haven students are shoveling, planting and cleaning up the park that spans nearly on mile.

"It does feel good to see the results of action. I'm weeding a patch and that patch will now be weeded. I can actually see the results of my work and it does feel good." said Student Anthony Hejduk.

Organizers are calling the new and improved stretch the Urban Oasis. With new trails, trees, and an overall cleaner look, Volunteer are hoping this area will get a new reputation.

"The street looks way better than it did a few months ago and a few years ago," said Crudop.

Photo Credit: NBC Connecticut]]>
<![CDATA[University in Kabul Will Reopen After Attack]]> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 20:41:40 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/KabulAmericanUniversity-AP_16238095788048.jpg

The nonprofit that supports the American University of Afghanistan in Kabul said the school would reopen following the attack that killed 14 people on Wednesday, NBC News reported. 

"AUAF is dedicated to its educational mission in service to Afghanistan and has no intention of giving into terror," the Friends of the American University in Afghanistan said in a statement, using an acronym for the learning institution. 

Militants detonated a car bomb outside the university's gate and stormed the complex with guns in a 10-hour attack that ended Thursday morning. 

Fourteen people — seven students, one professor, three police and two security officers — were killed. One attacker died in the car bomb blast and two militants were killed by police, authorities and a hospital official said. Forty-eight people were injured and taken to hospitals, according to a medical official.

The university in Afghanistan is not affiliated with American University in Washington, D.C. 

Photo Credit: AP]]>
<![CDATA[West Haven Police Giving Out Free Steering Wheel Locks]]> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 21:09:30 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/west-haven.jpg

West Haven Police arrested three men in their 20's for attempting to steal wheels from a Honda on Savin Avenue early Thursday morning.

"Hopefully, we’re putting a dent in the spree that took place," WHPD Sgt. Dave Tammaro said of a recent rash in car thefts and break-ins, specifically targeting cars made by Honda.

Home surveillance video obtained by police shows thieves taking advantage of unlocked cars, Tammaro said.

"If the doors are locked, they’re moving on to a different vehicle," he said. "If the doors are unlocked, they’re going to go right full through and see whatever they get."

Police stress that not leaving valuables in plain sight is another tip to become less of a target.

"I have an alarm system," said Mia Kendall, who drives a Honda. "But I make sure that it looks as uninteresting as possible. There’s nothing in any of the seat compartments, nothing, it’s all hidden."

West Haven Police are reactivating a program to help Honda owners take an extra step to protect their vehicles. The department has purchased steering wheel locks designed for Honda cars made between 1994 and 2006 to give out to residents for free.

"So basically the lock would go on like this on each arm of the steering wheel," Tammaro said, demonstrating how the locks work.

"If somebody was actually to start the car, they’re still going have to get this off to drive."

West Haven residents can stop by the police department during the day, with their vehicle registration, to pick one up.

"Any mechanical device can be defeated," Tammaro said. "It’s just another step they have to take to get it off and hopefully that buys enough time for the police officer to get there."

Photo Credit: NBC Connecticut]]>
<![CDATA[Co-Pilot Arrested After Captain Suspects Him of Flying Drunk]]> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 19:32:46 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/handcuffs-generic-on-black.jpg

A charter plane pilot was abruptly grounded Thursday at a Michigan airport after police discovered he was allegedly too drunk to fly, NBC News reported. 

The captain of the plane notified the Cherry Capital Airport tower in Traverse City that there was something wrong with his co-pilot as he prepared to land. 

When police arrived, the co-pilot was at the controls and preparing to take off for Bedford, Massachusetts, with a dozen passengers on board. 

The co-pilot, who was not named, was fired from Talon Air. Police said he was arrested after registering a blood alcohol content of .30 — four times the legal limit for driving a car.

<![CDATA[Police Investigate 911 Call Made When Delivery Woman Killed]]> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 20:47:15 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/911-Call-Generic-1.jpg

Police said they are investigating the 911 call made when a Chinese food delivery woman was murdered in Waterbury

"Telecommunicator Nicole Scarino has been placed on administrative leave from her civilian position pending the outcome of a police internal affairs investigation regarding her conduct during a 911 call that involved a murder," Waterbury police said on Thursday.

Helena Vargas, who delivered food for a Chinese restaurant, was killed and her male coworker was injured during a robbery on Linden Street Tuesday night

Four people attacked and robbed the victims, leaving the 59-year-old woman with a gunshot wound in her neck, according to police.

Days after the murder, residents have been signing a petition to get the Waterbury "dispatcher" fired because of how she handled the 911 call with Vargas' coworker. 

The petition said that the Scarino , who police said is a complaint clerk, not a dispatcher, "grossly" misunderstood the caller's "linguistic inabilities while under the duress of a life and death matter." 

During the phone call, it appears that the caller is struggling to communicate in English to the Scarino.

The following is a portion of the recording:

Clerk: 70 Linden Street? Seven, zero Linden Street?

Driver: No, no, no 70. Number 70.

Clerk: 70 is seven, zero, that’s what 70 is, seven and a zero

Driver: Yeah, yeah, right away. They rob me and they shot the girl with me.

Clerk: What happened?

The call ends when officers arrive and Scarino is heard saying,"The  officers are there now, you might as well talk to them now."

<![CDATA[Worker Slips, Dangles From Quinnipiac Sports Complex in Hamden ]]> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 17:20:51 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Hamden-Hanging.jpg

A man who was employed to clean the roof of the Quinnipiac sports complex accidentally slipped and hung off the building while attached to a harness, fire officials said. 

Hamden Fire Department said they were dispatched to Quinnipiac University, York Hill campus to rescue the worker hanging from the edge of the arena around 2:30 p.m.

The 57-year-old man, employed by CSC Hood & Duct Company, was cleaning the roof of the complex when he slipped on his safety rope and slip around 20 feet and off the edge of the domed metal roof, officials said. 

After the slip, the man was suspended 35 feet over drainage rocks while being held by his harness. 

The victim told rescue crews that in his 14 years of employment, this was his first accident and he was glad to be wearing his harness at the time. 

Firefighters were able to complete the rescue just before 3 p.m. on Thursday. 

No injuries were reported and the victim did not require medical assistance on the scene. 

Photo Credit: Hamden Fire Department]]>
<![CDATA[Rebels, Locals Reach Deal to Evacuate Damascus Suburb]]> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 16:53:53 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/DarayaSyria-GettyImages-512324298.jpg

A deal between rebels and Syria’s army was reached Thursday to evacuate all residents and insurgents from the Damascus suburb of Daraya, according to a rebel leader, NBC News reported. 

The country’s army has surrounded rebels and civilians, blocking food deliveries since 2012, and regularly bombing the area. 

It was one of the first places to see peaceful protests against President Bashar Assad’s rule, and fought off attempts to retake it by government fires as the conflict escalated into civil war. 

The evacuation would start Friday and last for two or three days, according to the head of the biggest rebel groups in Daraya. The deal would end one of the longest stand-offs in the five-year history.

Photo Credit: Xinhua News Agency/Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Cousins Charged in North Haven Car Break-In]]> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 16:27:31 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/160*120/North+Haven+police+generic.JPG

Two cousins were charged in a North Haven car break in that occurred on Wednesday morning, police said. 

At 4 a.m., a resident on Peters Lane said they saw two people attempting to break into cars in a nearby driveway.

When police arrivd to the scene, 23-year-old Angel Cortez Jr. was riding his bike away from the scene, police said. 

The North Haven man was in possession of an electronic item stolen from a car, police said.

Later, police were able to locate the second suspect, Cortez's cousin, 25-year-old Wilfredo Cortez of New Haven.

The cousins were arrested and both charged with second-degree burglary and sixth-degree larceny. Each suspect was held on a $10,000 bond and expected to appear in Meriden Superior Court. 

Photo Credit: NBCConnecticut.com]]>
<![CDATA[Arrest in Windsor Locks Sexual Assault Incident]]> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 15:30:28 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/jose-rosario1.jpg

A man accused of sexually assaulting a minor turned himself into Windsor Locks Police on Thursday.

Jose Rosario, 42 of Hartford has been charged with three counts of sexual assault - two first-degree and one fourth-degree - and three counts of risk of injury to a minor, police said. 

The arrest warrant stems from an investigation that began in late 2015. 

Rosario's bond was set at $100,000 and he is expected to appear in court on Aug. 26. 

Due to the nature of the crime and the victim's age, no other details were released by police.

Photo Credit: Windsor Locks Police]]>
<![CDATA[Portrait Honors Nation's Oldest Living Veteran]]> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 14:50:02 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/NC_overtonportrait0825_1920x1080.jpg An artist known for painting more than 300 portraits of fallen soldiers presented a portrait to the nation's oldest living veteran, Richard Overton of Austin, who turned 110 in May.

Photo Credit: KXAN]]>
<![CDATA[Dog Bites Officer During Drug Raid]]> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 14:41:34 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/willimantic+police+generic.jpg

A dog bit an officer during a drug raid in Willimantic on Thursday.

Police said they served a search warrant at 20 North St. and found a large amount of drugs.

No additional information was available.

Photo Credit: NBCConnecticut.com]]>
<![CDATA[Sailor, Girlfriend, Accused of Shooting from Balcony]]> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 14:23:15 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Robert+Sanchez+and+Rachel+Whittinghill.jpg

A member of the U.S. Navy and his girlfriend are accused of firing guns from their New London balcony.

Police responded to Shaw and Hamilton streets at 9:45 p.m. on Wednesday and realized the shots were coming from a back porch on Hamilton Street, which led them to determine a man and woman were shooting what appeared to be a .22 caliber rifle and unknown caliber pellet gun from the back porch of 1 Hamilton Street, Unit #7.10, police said.

Robert Sanchez, 22, and his girlfriend Rachel Whittinghill, 22, were charged with unlawful discharge of a firearm, reckless endangerment in the second degree and breach of peace.

Sanchez, a three-year-member of the Navy, was released to the custody of the United States Navy on a $100,000 non-surety bond, police said.

Whittinghill was held in lieu of $100,000 bond.

No one was injured, but the siding of a barn behind the residence was damaged.

Police said they seized a Ruger .22 caliber rifle, refashioned and restocked to resemble an M-16 military-type rifle.

Photo Credit: New London Police]]>
<![CDATA[Suspect in Wolcott Bowling Alley Burglary Arrested]]> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 14:46:35 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Luis+Rivera+Wolcott+mugshot.JPG

A Bristol man suspected in a burglary of a Wolcott bowling alley in July 2015 has been arrested and police said he disabled the security system, cut a hole in the roof and broke into a safe. 

Police said DNA led them to identify 29-year-old Luis Rivera, of Bristol, as the suspect in the burglary at Wolcott Bowling Lanes, at 955 Wolcott Road.

Rivera was able to break the safe open with tools he had found in the bowling alley and left with a large quantity of cash, police said. 

Police obtained a warrant for him in January, but he’d fled the state. In July, he was arrested on a driving under the influence charge in Colonial Heights, Virginia and police there later found that he was wanted on a felony arrest warrant in Wolcott. 

After a five-day sentence in Virginia, he was detained at the Riverside Regional Jail in Price George, Virginia until members of the Wolcott Police Department went to get him.

Rivera has been charged with first-degree burglary and first-degree larceny and he is wanted on five other outstanding warrants for violation of probation and failure to appear stemming from other burglary charges that occurred in the past in other towns. 

Rivera will be arraigned at Waterbury Superior Court on Aug. 25.

Photo Credit: Wolcott Police]]>
<![CDATA[Fake Black Radio Caller Sparks Controversy]]> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 11:19:13 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Dwayne-from-Swedesboro1.jpg

A white producer at the Philadelphia sports talk station 97.5 The Fanatic has sparked controversy after he created a black persona based on stereotypes to call into the station.

"Dwayne from Swedesboro" was a regular caller for the Mike Missanelli Show. The character, who claimed to be an African American man, often talked about his love for white women as well as his fear of having illegitimate children. He even had a Twitter account with a black man in the profile picture.

A recent report from Crossing Broad however reveals that "Dwayne from Swedesboro," was actually Pat Egan, a white producer at 97.5.

“I think the fact that it was a young white kid doing sort of like the stereotype of a black guy made it a lot worse and sort of just like piled on whatever that initial shock was,” said Kyle Scott, a blogger for Crossing Broad who wrote the story.

In a series of tweets, Egan seemed to admit to creating the character as an "exact opposite" of himself.

News that the character was fake sparked a mixed reaction with some criticizing the character’s stereotypical nature.

“It just seems that there are so many racial issues going on in the country,” said Tony Marchionne of Collingswood, New Jersey. “Why do we continue to promote these stereotypes?”

Some fans of the show didn’t find the character offensive, however, and instead believed he was simply entertaining.

“I didn’t take it as being extremely racial at all,” said Dave Whitman of Lansdale. “I kind of saw it more as just kind of a crazy, funny guy creating a reason to talk.”

Mike Missanelli directly addressed the controversy on his show Tuesday.

“The only thing I can do is tell you that I wasn’t in on it and I had no idea about it,” he said. “If you don’t want to believe that, that’s your choice. I could tell you first hand that had I known this was a fake I would have shut it down immediately because I would’ve been sensitive to the racial undertones of it.”

It’s unclear whether anyone at the radio station will be disciplined for the character. NBC10 reached out to 97.5 for comment but we have not yet heard back. 

The Philadelphia Business Journal also reports Josh Innes, a radio host on Sportsradio 94 WIP, was fired for his comments on the controversy.

<![CDATA[2 Injured in Berlin Turnpike Crash in Newington]]> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 14:25:56 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/214*120/newington+police+department.JPG

Two people were injured in a crash that closed the northbound side of the Berlin Turnpike in Newington.

Police said two cars crashed near Kitts Lane and both drivers have been transported to a hospital.

Neither has life-threatening injuries.

Photo Credit: NBCConnecticut.com]]>
<![CDATA[1 Flown to Hospital After Crash on I-95 in East Lyme]]> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 13:52:07 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/LifeStar+on+I95+in+East+Lyme.jpg

Both sides of Interstate 95 were closed in East Lyme after a crash that trapped three people, but traffic is moving again.

LifeStar was called to transport one patient, officials said.

No additional information was immediately available. 

Photo Credit: Connecticut Department of Transportation]]>
<![CDATA[Police ID Woman Killed in Simsbury Crash]]> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 12:03:45 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/simsbury+police_722_406.jpg

A 59-year-old Simsbury woman is dead after a crash on Route 10 in Simsbury Wednesday morning.

Police responded to the area of 282 Hopmeadow Street (Route 10) around 11:27 a.m. for reports of a crash and found a single vehicle struck a tree.

The driver, Beth Thornton, was transported to St. Francis Hospital by Simsbury Volunteer Ambulance and died of injuries sustained in the crash.

The crash remains under investigation and anyone with information is asked to call Detective Scott Sagan at 860-658-3130.

Photo Credit: NBC Connecticut]]>
<![CDATA[Two Swimming Areas Remain Closed]]> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 11:21:27 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Mashamoquet+Brook.JPG

Two swimming areas remain closed today because of water quality, while four have reopened.

Indian Well State Park in Shelton and Mashamoquet Brook State Park in Pomfret remain closed on Thursday.

Silver Sands, Gardner Lake, Wharton Brook and Kettletown have all reopened and all other swimming areas the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection tests are open.

Photo Credit: NBCConnecticut.com]]>
<![CDATA[1 Dead After Crash in I-91 in New Haven ]]> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 15:08:10 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Fatal+crash+on+Interstate+91+in+New+Haven.jpg

One person is dead after a crash on Interstate 91 South in New Haven.

State police said a two trucks, a FedEx tractor-trailer and two cars crashed near exit 4.

A Chevy Tahoe, a Hyundai Santa Fe and a United Transmission Exchange truck were all traveling in the left center lane, while a Fedex truck and a Atlantic Woodcraft vehicle drove in the far left lane, according to a police report.

The driver of the Atlantic Woodcraft vehicle, Joel V. Gemme, sideswiped the driverside of the United Transmission Exchange truck and the Hyundai before striking the rear of the Fedex truck in front of him, police said. 

The front tire of Gemme's vehicle flew off and struck the Chevy Tahoe in the left center lane, according to the report. 

Gemme was pronounced dead at the scene at 4:28 a.m. on Thursday. 

The Fedex driver and Hyundai driver were transported to Yale-New Haven Hospital. 

Three lanes are blocked in the area. State police expect to be at the scene for hours.

Photo Credit: Connecticut Department of Transportation]]>
<![CDATA[Minn. Bridge Collapse Survivor Charged With Joining ISIS]]> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 11:30:01 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/217*120/AP_817556148506.jpg

Mohamed Amiin Ali Roble, 20, who in 2007 survived a bridge collapse in Minneapolis that killed more than a dozen people, has been charged with conspiring to support ISIS, federal prosecutors said Wednesday, NBC News reported.

Roble is accused of traveling to Syria and joining the terror group after he turned 18. The FBI says he used a $91,000 settlement he received from the bridge collapse to fund the group. Authorities believe he lives in Syria. 

Roble was just weeks shy of his 11th birthday in 2007 when the school bus he was riding in was caught on a Mississippi River bridge in Minneapolis that collapsed.

Thirteen people were killed and 145 people were injured, including Roble.

Photo Credit: AP]]>
<![CDATA[Church Offers 'Racists Anonymous' Meetings in NC ]]> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 12:18:57 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/NC_racistsanonymous0825_1920x1080.jpg A North Carolina church launches a "Racists Anonymous" program aimed at changing hearts and minds. Sick of the shootings and racial unrest, Reverend Nathan King says he wanted to do more than pray. For the past month, Trinity United Church of Christ in Concord has been holding weekly support group meetings in its fellowship hall, and it's gaining traction. "It's to deal with the racism within ourselves and to eliminate the racism within ourselves," King said.]]> <![CDATA[Student Banned From Wearing Black Lives Matter T-Shirt]]> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 11:02:08 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/NC_blmshirt0825_1920x1080.jpg When Mariah Havard arrived at Arizona's Buckeye High School for picture day Tuesday wearing a Black Lives Matter T-shirt, the 10th grader says she was told to go to the school's office, where she says administration leaders told her the shirt wasn't allowed. "I wasn't able to wear the shirt anymore because somebody made a complaint," Havard said. "I was a little bit confused as to why I wouldn't be able to wear something so meaningful to me."

Havard's family and others believe the 15-year-old was treated unfairly, especially because they say the school has a history of allowing students to wear shirts supporting a cause, including some that could be considered offensive. The school district had not issued a response when KPNX reached out for comment. ]]>
<![CDATA[Woman Shocked by Trump's 'Bigot' Comment at Rally]]> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 09:40:42 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/214*120/GettyImages-594878936.jpg

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, who has been aggressively courting African-American voters in recent weeks, accused Hillary Clinton of being a "bigot" who panders to minorities.

"Hillary Clinton is a bigot who sees people of color only as votes, not as human beings worthy of a better future," Trump said Wednesday during a campaign rally in Jackson, Mississippi.

The remark appeared to catch many in the predominately white crowd by surprise, particularly a woman standing on stage behind Trump. Video of the woman grimacing at the comment as her eyes widened in shock was shared on social media. Her reaction seemed to encapsulate the audience's uncertain response: a delayed round of staggered cheers and applause.

"She doesn't care what her policies have done to your communities," the businessman continued. "She has no remorse. She's going to do nothing for Hispanics and African-Americans."

During an interview Wednesday night with CNN's Anderson Cooper, Clinton dismissed Trump's comments and accused him of "peddling" hate speech.

"He is taking a hate movement mainstream," the former secretary of state said, arguing Trump is "very much peddling bigotry and prejudice and paranoia."

Clinton is set to address Trump's recent attacks in a speech in Nevada on Thursday afternoon.

Critics have repeatedly accused Trump of pushing racist and bigoted views during his campaign, including calling for the U.S. to build a wall across its Mexican border to stem illegal immigration and to fight terrorism by temporarily banning Muslims from entering the U.S.

Trump also gave a vague preview of his new immigration policy, which is slated to be unveiled next week. Without offering any specifics, he said any immigration policy he supports must pass three tests: It should improve the wages, safety and quality of life for U.S. citizens.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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<![CDATA[Thousands of Strollers Recalled]]> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 08:02:00 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/stroller-recall2.jpg

Dorel Juvenile has recalled around 20,000 strollers in the United States due to a falling hazard, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.

The company issued the recall for the Safety 1st Step and Go Travel Systems after receiving 30 reports of a failing stroller tray folding mechanism that can cause an attached infant car seat to fall.

No injuries have been reported.

The strollers were sold from May 2015 through June 2016 at Babies 'R' Us, Amazon.com, Walmart.com. Safety 1st is imprinted on the front of the stroller tray and model number TR314 is printed on a white label on the back of the stroller seat.

The company advised consumers to immediately stop using the recalled strollers with the car seat and contact them for a free repair kit.

For more information, call 866-762-3036 from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekdays, email stepandgo@djgusa.com or visit www.safety1st.com.

Photo Credit: U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission]]>
<![CDATA[Hartford Wary of Team Proposal to Finish Stadium]]> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 05:02:09 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/dunkin-donuts-park.jpg

The offer from the owner of the Hartford Yard Goats to provide a loan to the city in order to complete Dunkin’ Donuts Park has been met with skepticism from city leaders.

One source inside City Hall described the proposal as “unrealistic” and that it would only add to the city’s fiscal woes.

The proposal would see Josh Solomon, the owner of the team, providing the city the needed funds to ensure that the ballpark would be read for baseball by Opening Day 2017, scheduled for April 13.

The amount isn’t specified in the proposal because architects haven’t established the needed repairs and therefore don’t have a proposed sum.

There are several key conditions to the loan which is what has Hartford city leaders worried about the prospect of such an agreement.

The city would pay a new contractor the remaining $4 million or so that is left in the city account for the ballpark, and then the team would provide a loan to Hartford.

In return for the loan, the Yard Goats would not pay rent for the city-owned stadium, the team wouldn’t provide the city its share for the stadium’s naming rights, and the team would collect revenue from a pair of parking lots that provide spaces for ticket holders, all until the loan was paid back with interest.

"I think that whatever that loan looks like that it really has to be interests of the City of Hartford,” said TJ Clarke, President of the Hartford City Council.

Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin has said he would rather the insurance company for the fired developer take responsibility for completion of the stadium, instead of entering into a new financial arrangement with the Yard Goats’ owner that would cost taxpayers more money.

Clarke said Opening Day next year now looms as a deadline for a finished stadium.

"The city does not have a plan B at the moment. You know, there are talks that they're still waiting to find out what Arch, (the insurance company) is going to do and the decision they are going to render and so until such a time we are still in the hands of the surety bond."

Photo Credit: Yard Goats Instagram]]>