<![CDATA[NBC Connecticut - Top Stories]]>Copyright 2017http://www.nbcconnecticut.com/news/top-stories http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC_Connecticut.png NBC Connecticut http://www.nbcconnecticut.comen-usTue, 19 Sep 2017 16:33:03 -0400Tue, 19 Sep 2017 16:33:03 -0400NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Police Investigating Home Invasion in Mystic]]> Tue, 19 Sep 2017 14:22:38 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/216*120/home+invasion+generic+image.jpg

Police are investigating a home invasion on Hewitt Road in Mystic Tuesday morning and the resident who was home has been taken to the hospital. 

The victim reported the home invasion at 10:12 a.m. and police said she was the only resident home when the intruder broke in. 

The resident was transported to Lawrence + Memorial Hospital to be treated for minor injuries. 

Stonington Police Department’s detective division is investigating.

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<![CDATA[3 in Custody After Chase on I-91 from Mass. to Hartford]]> Tue, 19 Sep 2017 14:08:38 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Interstate+91+Camera+81.jpg

Three people are in custody after a chase from Massachusetts ended on Interstate 91 South in Hartford, according to state police. 

State Police said four to five cruisers from both Connecticut and Massachusetts have been struck. 

The chase ended in the area of exit 32. 

There was a large police presence and the highway appeared to be shut down, but it has reopened. No injuries are reported.

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<![CDATA[7.1 Earthquake Hits Mexico]]> Tue, 19 Sep 2017 16:05:34 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/DIT_MEXICO_EARTHQUAKE_091917_1-150585103631000002.jpg

A magnitude 7.1 earthquake struck Mexico Thursday in the state of Puebla, which is about 80 miles southeast of Mexico City. This latest quake comes less than two weeks after an 8.1 earthquake hit the country, killing nearly 100 people.

<![CDATA[Concern Grows for Loved Ones in Puerto Rico]]> Tue, 19 Sep 2017 13:38:30 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/maria-11a-tuesday.JPG

As Hurricane Maria inches closer to Puerto Rico, many Connecticut residents with friends and family on the island are concerned.

Ricardo Martinez’s father lives along the northern coast near Arecibo and his backyard backs up to the beach, but it is his father’s health problems that concern him even more.

“My father has kidney problems so he’s taking dialysis. Right now it’s a problem because Puerto Rico could go three, four, maybe even more months without light, without water. It’s hard for me,” said Ricardo Martinez, of New Britain.

Much of Martinez’s family lost power for days when Hurricane Irma took a glancing blow to Puerto Rico two weeks ago. He is praying for their safety, while others like Karen Morales headed into the storm’s path.

She boarded the last non-stop flight from Bradley International Airport to San Juan, Puerto Rico Tuesday morning. She plans to take care of her elderly parents and secure their home.

“On the island there’s nothing. There’s no gasoline, there’s no tenders, nothing to hold your roof, no water. It’s chaos down there right now, so I’m bringing provisions for my family, Hopefully we’ll ride it out and everything will be fine,” said Morales.

The airport in San Juan is expected to close Tuesday at 7 p.m.

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<![CDATA[Connecticut Ranked Among 10 Richest States ]]> Tue, 19 Sep 2017 14:11:40 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/connecticut+state+capitol+building.jpg

The state of Connecticut is one of the richest in the United States, according to 24/7 Wall St.

Connecticut is ranked as the sixth richest state in America, according to 24/7 Wall St.’s “Richest and Poorest States” report.  

The financial news website says high educational attainment and a large number of advanced, high-paying jobs have likely contributed to a high concentration of wealth in Connecticut.

The report found that 38.6 percent of adults in Connecticut have a bachelor’s degree, which is the fourth highest of any state.

Here is how Connecticut stacks up:

6. Connecticut
Median household income: $73,433
2016 Unemployment rate: 5.1 percent (16th highest)
Poverty rate: 9.8 percent (4th lowest)
24/7 ranks these as the 10 richest states:

  1. Maryland
  2. Alaska
  3. New Jersey
  4. Massachusetts
  5. Hawaii
  6. Connecticut
  7. New Hampshire
  8. Virginia
  9. California
  10. Washington

24/7 ranks these states as the 10 poorest

  1. Mississippi
  2. West Virginia
  3. Arkansas
  4. Louisiana
  5. Alabama
  6. Kentucky
  7. New Mexico
  8. Tennessee
  9. Oklahoma
  10. South Carolina

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<![CDATA[Ferries Canceling Because of Hurricane Jose]]> Tue, 19 Sep 2017 14:09:43 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Block-Island-ferry.jpg

Ferries have been canceled for the day because of Hurricane Jose.

Cross Sound Ferry has canceled the Lighthouse Cruise and the Sea Jet for Tuesday because of weather. There will be no casino connections.

The 10:30 a.m., 2:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. New London ferries and the 8:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Orient Point, New York ferries have also been canceled. 

The Block Island Ferry has also canceled all ferries for today because of adverse sea conditions. 

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<![CDATA[Wires Down, Power Out in Groton]]> Tue, 19 Sep 2017 15:12:53 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Groton+power+lines+down.JPG

Power is out to Pfizer in Groton and the surrounding area after strong winds brought down power lines.

Electrical wires came down on Rainville Avenue and Benham Road, according to Groton Utilities. Officials said wind likely brought down a tree branch, which took down primary lines and sent surges through the system, which affected more lines in the area.

Power was also knocked out to traffic lights, so police have put up stop signs to control traffic.

The utility company said power is out along Eastern Point Road and south of Rainville Avenue and crews are working on fixing the problem.

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<![CDATA[Wolcott Family in St. Maarten Hid Under a Mattress When Irma Struck]]> Tue, 19 Sep 2017 15:03:42 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/McFarland+family+in+Saint+Maarten.jpg

A Wolcott family is back in Connecticut safe and sound after being stranded in St. Maarten and having to come face-to-face with hurricane Irma. 

The group of three women tried to cut their vacation short and evacuate before Irma arrived, but they were too late and had to literally watch the last plane fly away. 

"There goes our last chance," Kathleen McFarland said as she looked up. 

With nowhere to go, they hunkered down at their resort. 

"The doors were right next to each other and they were shaking so hard I thought the doors were going to be ripped off. So I took an alarm clock and tied the doors closed with the power cord, because I knew once the doors came off, the debris would start flying in and lot of it was sharp metal and glass," said Sarah Linsalato. 

"We picked up a mattress and we hid in the closet underneath a mattress. That's when our bedroom ceiling came down," said McFarland. 

As the three hid, the winds got stronger, the women said. 

"A Jeep blew by us like it was a piece a paper in the wind," said McFarland, "At that moment we were just in survival mode.” 

After hours of strong winds, debris and fear, Irma passed. The three found their passports and headed to the airport. 

The U.S. Military then transported the family to Puerto Rico. They later got a flight back to Connecticut.

The women said they are happy to be home but their hearts go out to the natives on the island. 

"We're home, we lived through it, they have a long way to go," said McFarland.

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<![CDATA[Tropical Storm Watch Canceled; Minor Impacts Still Expected]]> Tue, 19 Sep 2017 16:18:23 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/180*120/jose091817.gif

4PM Update: Hurricane Jose is roughly 280 miles to the south of Southern New England. Winds are currently sustained at 75 mph. 

Jose is still expected to track approximately 125 miles to the southeast of Nantucket. 

Connecticut will only experience some fringe effects especially for the southeast corner. 

Winds are currently gusting over 30 mph in southern New London county. Wind gusts will gradually pick up throughout the night with gusts up to 45 mph along the southeastern Connecticut shoreline. 

Waves are becoming quite large just over the Connecticut border in Rhode Island. Waves are currently 6 to 8 feet, waves heights will increase by tomorrow morning with waves of 10 to 14 feet expected. 


Hurricane Jose is limping north, battling dry air and strong wind shear.

The National Hurricane Center dropped all Tropical Storm Watches as of 11 a.m. on Tuesday.

Hurricane Hunters flying through the storm haven't even been able to find hurricane force winds in the system. As the storm moves north, we will see some impact here locally but I'm not expecting much.

The storm will pass a bit east of where I expected it would on Sunday night. That will result in less wind and less rain than previously expected. We anticipated a minor to moderate impact locally and now we are confident in just a "minor" impact. This is why we show the "cone of uncertainty" as Jose will track on the east side of last night's cone, which was always a distinct possibility.

Rain will fall off and on Tuesday as the outer bands of Jose rotate in. Occasional squalls of wind and rain will be common throughout the day and evening. Up to 1 inch of rain is possible in most towns with a bit more in southeastern Connecticut. Winds may gust as high as 30 or 35 mph Tuesday afternoon and night. 

As the storm pulls away Wednesday rainfall will diminish but the winds will pick up. I expect the strongest winds will occur on Wednesday morning and midday as the storm pushes east. Gusts as high as 45 mph are possible in southeastern Connecticut with scattered tree and power line issues possible.

Another piece of good news is that the coastal flood threat remains quite low as winds will be mainly offshore.

While winds remain gusty on Wednesday afternoon, clouds will gradually break and much better weather will move in for the end of the week.

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<![CDATA[Iran's President Warns of Cost of US Dropping Nuclear Deal]]> Tue, 19 Sep 2017 13:40:31 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/212*120/AP_17140555326475.jpg

If Donald Trump backs out of the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran, "no one will trust America again," Iran's president, Hassan Rouhani, told NBC News.

The move would also leave Iran free to resume work on expanding its nuclear capabilities, Rouhani said in the interview, which took place shortly before Trump's first speech to the United Nations General Assembly Tuesday.

Trump called Tehran a "murderous regime" and hit out at the deal, which was agreed between Iran and six world powers, the United States included.

"Every word was analyzed many times by countries involved before its ratification, so if the United States were to not adhere to the commitments and trample upon this agreement, this will mean that it will carry with it the lack of subsequent trust from countries towards the United States because the greatest capital that any country has is trust and credibility," Rouhani told "NBC Nightly News" anchor Lester Holt.

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<![CDATA[T-Mobile, Sprint in Talks About a Merger: Sources]]> Tue, 19 Sep 2017 11:58:54 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-141770730.jpg

T-Mobile and Sprint are in active talks about a merger, though negotiators are still weeks away from finalizing a deal to unite the nation's No. 3 and No. 4 wireless carriers, people close to the situation told CNBC.

T-Mobile parent Deutsche Telekom would emerge as the majority owner in the stock-for-stock merger. Sprint's parent company is Softbank.

The companies declined to comment on the report.

A big factor looming over a possible deal is the risk of rejection by antitrust regulators.

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<![CDATA[Shelton Man Dead After Motorcycle Crash: Police ]]> Tue, 19 Sep 2017 10:44:53 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/shelton+police+generic.jpg

A 53-year-old Shelton man has died after a crash involving a motorcycle and a motor vehicle on Thursday night.

Police responded to Howe Avenue and Grove Street at 7:15 p.m. to investigate and said the operator of the motorcycle, 53-year-old Robert Freiler, of Shelton, was transported to Bridgeport Hospital with life-threatening injuries. On Monday, police said Freiler died of his injuries.

This was the second serious crash involving a motorcycle within a half-mile stretch. The other was in the area of 122 River Road Thursday.

Anyone who witnessed the crash is asked to call the Shelton Police Department Traffic Division.

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<![CDATA[4 Teens Charged in Brutal Attack of 11-Year-Old in Hamden ]]> Tue, 19 Sep 2017 14:14:44 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/hamden+police+department.JPG

Hamden police have arrested four 13-year-olds suspected in the vicious attack of an 11-year-old boy.

Police said they responded to Pine Rock Avenue and Helen Street around 5:30 p.m. Friday after the assault was reported and a witness said four teens threw the 11-year-old victim onto the sidewalk and stomped on his head. 

As the victim was being beaten, two of teens filmed the attack, police said. 

During the assault, the attackers asked the victim if he had a cell phone and his sneaker size, according to a news release from police. 

The victim suffered head and facial injuries and was transported to Yale-New Haven Hospital. 

Police said a sergeant found the four 13-year-olds walking on Elmer Avenue soon after and they were charged with third-degree assault and second-degree breach of peace. 

They are due in juvenile court in New Haven on Sept. 28. 

<![CDATA[Man Injured During Street Robbery in Hamden]]> Tue, 19 Sep 2017 10:26:05 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Hamden_Police_to_Release_Town_Survey.jpg

Hamden police are investigating an armed robbery and attack on the street Monday night. 

Police said officers responded to Fairview Avenue and Fitch Street around 9 p.m. and the victim, a 23 year-old man, said he was walking east on Arch Street when a man with a gun pulled a chain off of his neck and stole his cellular telephone. 

During the ensuing altercation, the robber hit the victim’s head with the gun several times and he suffered injuries to his head and eye, police said. 

The robber was last observed running on Arch Street. He is around 5-feet-9, 175 pounds and was wearing in a black hooded sweatshirt. 

Anyone with information should call Detective Jomo Crawford of the Hamden Police Department Detective Division at (203) 230-4040.

<![CDATA[Calif. Woman Fakes Seizure to Prevent Subway Robbery]]> Tue, 19 Sep 2017 08:51:32 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/BART+robbery-0918.jpg

Surveillance video supports an Oakland woman's report last week that a would-be robber handed her a threatening note, according to BART police.

The woman, Julie Dragland, said she boarded a train in Daly City and was heading home to Dublin when a person in dark clothing climbed onto the train in downtown San Francisco and thrust a note at her. She said she faked a seizure to thwart the would-be robbery. 

The note read: “There are 2 guns pointed at you now. If you want to live, hand back your wallet + phone NOW + do not turn around and be descreet [sic]. Do not turn around until after you have left Civic Center + you will live.”

BART police Deputy Chief Lance Haight said Monday video from the train shows the suspect was seated behind the victim, who was sitting alone. The suspect, who was also alone, is then seen reaching over the victim’s shoulder, which is when the suspect may have dropped the note, Haight said.


Dragland immediately pretended she was having a seizure. In response, the alleged suspect disembarked at the Powell Street BART station.

There is no indication from the video the suspect was armed with any weapons.

The victim said she was shaken up and will no longer sit on a BART seat with its back to other chairs behind it. Dragland, however, won’t let the frightening encounter stop her from riding BART trains altogether.

Dragland doesn’t plan to press charges if the suspect is caught.

BART is investigating the alleged crime and poring over surveillance footage. Although there were roughly 15 people in the BART train car, no one else reported the incident, police say.

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<![CDATA[Pedestrian Struck in Cheshire ]]> Tue, 19 Sep 2017 09:28:16 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/cheshire+police+generic.jpg

A pedestrian was struck by a car on West Main Street, near Ives Row, in Cheshire Tuesday morning and the road was closed briefly.

No information was immediately available on the condition of the victim.

The road has reopened.

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<![CDATA[Vernon Police Find Man Who Was Reported Missing]]> Tue, 19 Sep 2017 08:34:34 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Steven+Pinto+Jr+Vernon+Police.jpg

Vernon police have canceled the silver alert for a man who they said threatened to harm himself and was then missing. They said he has been found and is safe.

Vernon police were asked to check on 25-year-old Steven Pinto Jr. just before 11 p.m. Monday and were told he was having a "medical issue," police said. 

When police arrived at an apartment on Highland Avenue, they learned that Pinto had made comments and gestured that he was going to harm himself with a kitchen knife, police said. 

Pinto left the knife at the apartment but ran away before police arrive. 

Officers searched the area with help from the K-9 Unit, Vernon firefighters, thermal imaging cameras and the Vernon Police Drone Unit and the K-9 unit found several of Pinto’s belongings but did not find him initially, police said. 

Pinto has been found and he is safe. He has been taken to a hospital for psychiatric treatment.

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<![CDATA[Wheaton College Football Players Face Felony Charges in Hazing Case]]> Tue, 19 Sep 2017 11:48:47 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/WheatonCollege1.jpg

Five football players at a Christian college in suburban Chicago face felony charges over the alleged hazing of a freshman teammate last year, authorities confirmed.

A judge issued arrest warrants Monday for Wheaton College students James Cooksey, Kyler Kregel, Benjamin Pettway, Samuel TeBos and Noah Spielman. Prosecutors charged the five players with aggravated battery, mob action and unlawful restraint.

Spielman is the son of former NFL star Chris Spielman. An attorney for the Ohio State linebacking great said the family is surprised by the charges and called the allegations against his son "inaccurate and sensationalized."

"Chris and his family were shocked to hear of these charges after an investigation by Wheaton College exonerated these gentlemen over one year ago," the statement read. "The initial print reporting has been inaccurate and sensationalized as Noah has, and will, cooperate with authorities moving forward in the legal process."

Attorney information for the other students was not immediately available.

Police said the victim was "taken forcefully from his dorm room, restrained against his will" and left in a baseball field with multiple injuries.

The victim told police he was in his dormitory room in March 2016 when the players tackled and duct taped the freshman, put a pillowcase over his head and threw him in a vehicle, the Chicago Tribune reported, citing court documents describing the victim’s statements to investigators. The student told investigators they attempted to sodomize him with an object and dumped his half-naked and beaten body in an off-campus field.

The freshman ultimately took himself to a hospital with muscle tears in both shoulders and various bruises and scratches, the Tribune reports. Police said the freshman's injuries were "confirmed by medical experts."

The publication said it obtained the records after the Wheaton Police Department declined this year to release the report under the state’s Freedom of Information Act. The Tribune did not say how it obtained the report.

The victim withdrew from the school not long after, according to the publication. 

He told the Tribune in a statement that the incident "has had a devastating effect on my life."

The college said in a statement late Monday night that it conducted its own investigation into the hazing claims, which "resulted in a range of corrective actions," though it could not specify what those actions were. 

"The conduct we discovered as a result of our investigation into this incident was entirely unacceptable and inconsistent with the values we share as human beings and as members of an academic community that espouses to live according to our Community Covenant," the statement read. "We are profoundly saddened that any member of our community could be mistreated in any way."

Wheaton College has one of the top-ranked Division 3 football programs in the nation.

Police said it is the first serious hazing incident that has been reported from the school.

"They're very serious charges," said Chief Jim Volpe. "They'll be answering to felony charges." 

A varsity member of the school's football squad told NBC 5 the team was scheduled to have a meeting to discuss the charges against their teammates after a game Monday night.

Students at the private Christian college told NBC 5 they're disappointed to hear the accusations.

"I was just in the student center and there's a post on the wall that says: 'You know it has been a year since this happened, why haven't we heard about anything?'" said Wheaton College senior Drew English. "There's an anti-hazing policy in the student handbook — that's supposed to protect against things like this."

The DuPage County Prosecutor's Office said the players could turn themselves in as early as Tuesday morning during bond court. Their bond has been set at $50,000. 

"We expect that they will turn themselves in within a very reasonable time, according to our discussions with them," Volpe said. 

Read the college's full statement below:

"Wheaton College aspires to provide an educational environment that is not only free of hazing, but practices our values as a Christian community. As such, we are deeply troubled by the allegations brought by law enforcement against five members of our football team. When this incident was brought to our attention by other members of the football team and coaching staff in March 2016, the College took swift action to initiate a thorough investigation. Our internal investigation into the incident, and our engagement with an independent, third-party investigator retained by the College, resulted in a range of corrective actions. We are unable to share details on these disciplinary measures due to federal student privacy protections.

"The College has fully cooperated with law enforcement in their investigation. To not impede the law enforcement investigation, the College was bound by confidentiality and unable to share more information until now.

"The conduct we discovered as a result of our investigation into this incident was entirely unacceptable and inconsistent with the values we share as human beings and as members of an academic community that espouses to live according to our Community Covenant. We are profoundly saddened that any member of our community could be mistreated in any way. This incident has prompted our Board of Trustees to engage outside experts to lead a campus-wide review of the level of effectiveness of our anti-hazing policy and of the culture around how students treat one another in our campus communities, athletic teams, and organizations. Wheaton remains committed to providing Christ-centered development programs and training to all our students.

"In 2014, we revised our anti-hazing policy and improved our training protocols to include a formal review of our anti-hazing policy with all student athletes every year, with required student signatures; we also require annual training for residence assistants who are responsible for residence hall activities. Despite these deeply troubling charges, we have experienced positive changes on campus, including rapid responses from campus leaders to reports of hazing or other inappropriate behavior and effective disciplinary review."

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<![CDATA[Bridgeport Man Badly Injured in Crash on I-95]]> Tue, 19 Sep 2017 09:16:28 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/connecticut+state+police+barracks1.jpg

A 53-year-old Bridgeport man has serious injuries after being thrown from a car during a crash on Interstate 95 South in Bridgeport, according to state police.

State police said Jose Cupertino Lopez-Siquiej, 53, of Bridgeport, was trying to change lanes on I-95 South, near exit 27A in Bridgeport, at 10:30 p.m. Monday and hit another vehicle. His Toyota Tacoma flipped over, hit a concrete barrier, flipped back over and Lopez-Siquiej was thrown from the vehicle, police said.

He was taken to Saint Vincent’s Hospital.

Police said the crash happened in an area where there is a tapered construction pattern that closes the left and center lanes.

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<![CDATA[Companies Help Schools Teach Students How to Work for Them]]> Tue, 19 Sep 2017 09:16:00 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/delta+airlines.jpg

Some companies are so set on having workers who know just how their computer systems work that they're partnering with schools to start or invest in job training programs of their own, NBC News reported.

Call it "new collar" jobs, as opposed to white collar and blue collar. They require some specialized education to get the job, but not a four-year degree.

For example, Delta has partnered with 37 aviation maintenance schools to help shed light on the often-technical aviation maintenance technician job. A company executive said that the curriculum required by the Federal Aviation Administration is "very generic" and that it takes at least a year of working at Delta even with certification to be able to sign off on anything as an AMT.

Nationwide, there were 6.2 million job openings at the end of June, a record high, and many of these openings are "new collar jobs that are unfilled as a result of an unskilled and under-skilled workforce," said Eugene Giovannini, chancellor at Tarrant County College in Texas.

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<![CDATA[Passenger Seriously Injured in Bristol Crash]]> Tue, 19 Sep 2017 09:29:33 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/bristol+police+crusier_1200.jpg

The passenger in a car that hit a utility pole in Bristol early Tuesday morning suffered serious injuries and has been taken to a trauma hospital, according to police.

The crash was reported on Riverside Avenue near East Street just before 4:30 a.m. and a police officer found a passenger, 22-year-old Philip Bouchard, of Bristol, suffering from serious and potentially life-threatening injuries, police said.

Police said they believe the driver, Philip's twin brother, was traveling east on Riverside Avenue in a 1994 Jeep Grand Cherokee, went off the road on a curve and hit a utility pole.

The driver suffered minor injuries in the crash.

Police are investigating and ask witnesses to call the Bristol Police Department at 860-584-3036.

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<![CDATA[Leonardo DiCaprio to Speak at Yale Climate Change Conference]]> Tue, 19 Sep 2017 07:30:53 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/leoporp.jpg

Leonardo DiCaprio is expected to speak at a Yale climate change conference hosted by the Kerry Initiative. 

The conference at the Jackson Institute for Global Affairs at Yale University kicked off on Monday and continues Tuesday.

The conference moderator is former U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, who graduated from the university in 1966.

Panelists and speakers include former U.S. Secretary of State James Baker, California Governor Jerry Brown, Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo, General Electric Chair of the Board Jeffrey Immelt and actor Leonardo DiCaprio. 

Topics at the conference will range from the future of energy, national and international climate change efforts, bipartisan U.S. leadership and the role of the private sector.

DiCaprio will close the event at 5 p.m. on Tuesday by discussing citizen engagement and activism. A livestream of the session will be available online. 

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<![CDATA[Victim in Critical Condition After Stabbing in Hartford]]> Mon, 18 Sep 2017 22:41:53 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Generic+Police+Lights+8.30.17.jpg

One person is in critical condition after a serious assault with a knife in Hartford on Monday. 

Police said they responded to Evergreen Avenue around 1:34 p.m. and found a victim suffering from puncture wounds on their neck and abdomen.

A witness told Hartford police the victim was stabbed during a physical altercation before the suspect fled on foot. 

Video surveillance cameras were located on Farmington Avenue but were unable to be accessed on Monday night, police said. 

The victim was transported to St. Francis Hospital and is listed in critical condition after undergoing surgery. 

No other details were immediately available.

The investigation is ongoing. 

<![CDATA[Future of 3 Madison Elementary Schools Uncertain]]> Tue, 19 Sep 2017 08:09:24 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Future_of_3_Madison_Elementary_Schools_Uncertain.jpg

Facing declining enrollment and aging buildings, the Madison school district is embarking on a plan that would either rebuild, renovate or close three elementary schools.

The proposal is facing backlash from parents concerned about the cost and the prospect of shutting down a school.

On Sept. 26, voters will decide in a referendum whether roughly $34-million should be spent to demolish Ryerson Elementary and then build a new school in its place.

It’s hoped several million dollars in grants could defray the cost.

“I just hope people get the information and get out and vote and think what’s best for our town,” Emily Rosenthal of Madison, said.

Rosenthal was one of dozens of parents who packed a meeting with the superintendent at Island Avenue Elementary on Monday.

At some point after next Tuesday’s referendum school leaders might vote on the future of Island Avenue.

In spring 2019, it’s expected a second referendum will be held on the idea to spend about $34 million to renovate Jeffrey Elementary.

Madison Schools Superintendent Thomas Scarice believes the three-part plan is a wise investment for a district dealing with a drop in the number of students and some outdated facilities.

If it doesn’t happen, he worries about future budget fights over whether to spend money on students or to fix buildings.

“It’s really important that people are aware that a failed referendum will be more disruptive for kids,” Scarice said.

But some parents are pushing back, especially to keep Island Avenue open.

“From our perspective, it doesn’t make any sense to close the best school in town,” Chip Walz of Madison, said.

Walz formed a group which hopes people vote down next Tuesday’s referendum. He argues to instead renovate the schools.

“We are in favor of neighborhood schools and we’re very in favor of saving tax dollars for things that actually educate our children,” Walz said.

<![CDATA[Insurance Advice Ahead of Jose]]> Mon, 18 Sep 2017 23:23:06 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Insurance_Advice_Ahead_of_Jose.jpg

With Jose expected to impact Connecticut this week, chief underwriting officer at Travelers, Elaine Baisden, says there are steps you can take to protect yourself.

"We recommend that you have an emergency preparedness kit, so things like water, make sure you have enough nonperishable items, don’t forget your pets," said Baisden. "We recommend that you actually bring everything in that you can. A lot of items like deck furniture could become projectile items and could do a lot of damage."

She says document what you can before the storm hits, and review your insurance coverage.

"Walk around your house with your mobile phone and take pictures, take inventory of the items that are in there," said Baisden. "We recommend that annually you talk with your insurance provider, or your agent, to understand what coverage you have, and you understand what your deductibles are."

<![CDATA[Authorities Arrest Man Wanted in New Britain Triple Shooting]]> Tue, 19 Sep 2017 10:49:00 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/JERMAINE-SCOTT.jpg

Police have arrested a suspect in a New Britain triple shooting in March that left a woman, a 17-year-old and a 12-year-old injured, according to New Britain police.

Police identified 37-year-old Jermaine Tywane Scott, of New Britain, as the suspect shortly after the March 28 shooting. Authorities said the incident was not random and that it appears to have stemmed from a domestic dispute.

On March 28, officers were sent to a home on Newington Avenue to investigate reports of gunshots and found the victims from apparent gunshot wounds. Another child in the home was not hurt, police said.

The victims were taken to area trauma hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries.

Scott was arrested by the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force on Dove Lane in Middletown Monday morning. He is charged with three counts of criminal attempt to commit murder, one count of criminal possession of a firearm, one count of criminal use of a firearm and one count of criminal possession of a high capacity magazine.

The accused was held on a $2 million bond and is due in court Tuesday.

Photo Credit: NBC Connecticut/New Britain Police Department]]>
<![CDATA[Southeastern Connecticut Towns Prepare for Possible Effects From Jose]]> Tue, 19 Sep 2017 09:58:04 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Old_Saybrook_Prepares_for_Jose.jpg

Under a Tropical Storm Watch, communities in Southeastern Connecticut are keeping a close eye on Hurricane Jose’s path.

In Old Saybrook, the police department has a trailer loaded with emergency shelter supplies and palettes of water bottles just in case the town feels the effects of Jose.

“We’re certainly getting things ready if we have to respond to assist our citizens,” said Chief of Police Michael Spera, who is also the town’s Emergency Management Director.

In case the power is knocked out and traffic lights don’t work, Old Saybrook police are prepared to set up stop signs at intersections to free up officers from having to do traffic control.

“Obviously, our largest concern is certainly widespread power outages because for some of our residents no power means no water,” Spera said, pointing out that half of the residents rely on well water that is tied to their power.

At Saybrook Hardware on Main Street, assistant manager Emma Loso said this Monday has been a bit busier than normal.

“I’ve noticed a lot of batteries, people like to stock up on that,” she said, “some like sandbags if people on the shoreline expect the flooding.”

Loso said she thinks the people of Old Saybrook are better prepared for hurricane season after Irene and Sandy.

“It’s scary but I think that people learned from that experience,” Loso said.

In Westbrook, the town’s emergency management director Donald Izzo is organizing preparations for Jose with police, fire, local schools and Eversource.

“We’re only halfway through this hurricane season and we need to watch this season very carefully,” said Izzo, who has been tracking Jose for several days. “By Wednesday, Thursday of last week, this became top of our priority.”

The top concerns for his town are strong winds toppling trees and taking down power lines, Izzo told NBC Connecticut.

“This is probably going to be what we can expect as a nor’easter without the snow, but our concern is the leaves on the trees,” he said.

Westbrook’s emergency management center will be staffed overnight Tuesday into Wednesday when the town expects to feel the effects of Jose.

“By Wednesday morning 6 a.m.,” Izzo said, “we feel we’ll have a nice picture of what happened overnight.”

Another concern in shoreline towns in Southeastern Connecticut is the potential for flooding in low-lying areas, Izzo said.

“I wanted to take her for a walk before you know the winds got too strong,” said Diane Munson Monday afternoon on the Westbrook beach.

Munson now lives in DEEP River, but she grew up in Westbrook.

“When I see what happened in Florida and I said oh my god its going to start coming to the shoreline,” Munson said, “I mean that’s my feeling, that’s how I feel about it.”

<![CDATA[Airlines Make Changes Ahead of Hurricane Maria]]> Mon, 18 Sep 2017 22:59:31 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/southwest-emergency-landing-082214-8.jpg

Major national airlines have warned travelers of possible flight cancellations and delays as Category 5 Hurricane Maria made landfall Monday in the Caribbean. 

DeltaSouthwest and American airlines announced there would be no change fees if a flight was impacted by Hurricane Maria. All three airlines are updating their websites with the latest details on their flights. 

Regional airlines in the Caribbean have also canceled or delayed their flights. 

Maria grew into an "extremely dangerous" Category 5 storm with maximum sustained winds of 160 mph on Monday as it barreled onto the island of Dominica in the eastern Caribbean.

Maria could hit Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands Tuesday night and Wednesday.

President Donald Trump approved an emergency declaration for the island and ordered Federal Emergency Management Agency to assist the commonwealth. The declaration authorizes FEMA to coordinate all disaster relief efforts in Puerto Rico. 

Photo Credit: NBC 5 News]]>
<![CDATA[Alabama GOP Senate Candidate Uses Racial Slurs in Speech]]> Mon, 18 Sep 2017 16:43:33 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/AP382302279534.jpg

Roy Moore, the Republican frontrunner in next week’s special Senate election in Alabama, referred to "reds and yellows fighting" in a campaign speech, a video obtained by NBC News shows.

Moore, the ultra-conservative former chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, lamented racial divisions in his remarks on Sunday.

"We have blacks and whites fighting, reds and yellows fighting, Democrats and Republicans fighting, men and women fighting," he said.

"Red" and "yellow" are widely recognized as racial slurs.

Photo Credit: AP Photo/Dave Martin, File]]>
<![CDATA[Trump Administration Wants to Increase CIA Drone Strikes]]> Mon, 18 Sep 2017 16:37:33 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Mike-Pompeo-AP_17103727968359.jpg

When President Donald Trump visited CIA headquarters in the first weeks of his presidency, he toured the secure floor where agency officers direct drone strikes against suspected terrorists, current and former U.S. officials told NBC News.

Impressed by what he saw, Trump conveyed to incoming CIA Director Mike Pompeo and the assembled agency officers that he wanted them to take a more aggressive posture, according to two current U.S. officials and one former official briefed on the visit.

Soon afterward, multiple sources said, the CIA began carrying out drone strikes that might not have been authorized under the Obama administration, including in Syria, where the military has taken the lead on targeting militant leaders.

The White House granted CIA officers more autonomy to decide on whether and when the U.S. can pull the trigger in various places around the world, including in Yemen, where the military carries out the bulk of the airstrikes, according to four U.S. officials who have been briefed on the agency's counterterrorism operations. The upshot is less micromanaging of targeting decisions by the White House, these officials say.

Photo Credit: AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File]]>