<![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 Fri, 03 Jul 2015 23:27:05 -0400 Fri, 03 Jul 2015 23:27:05 -0400 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Clouds and Some Showers Likely for 4th of July]]> Fri, 03 Jul 2015 23:19:29 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/exact+track+july+4+2015.jpg

Saturday's weather will be a close call. Expect overcast skies and a few rain showers on the Fourth of July.

A weak wave of low pressure scooting by to the south is expected to bring clouds to Connecticut. Saturday will start off cool and cloudy, with a shower or two midday and into the afternoon.

Skies will clear in the evening and the weather should be fine for fireworks. Waterbury has already postponed its fireworks display, however, in anticipation of Saturday's showers.

Temperatures will likely be in the mid-70s. It will be breezy and cool in the evening, with temperatures dropping into the 60s.

Sunday is the pick of the week, with lots of sun and temperatures in the upper 80s. Humidity levels will still be comfortable, and clear skies will last into Monday.

An increase in humidity is expected Tuesday through Thursday, meaning some clouds and scattered showers. Temperatures will be in the lower- and mid-80s.

Stay with the NBC Connecticut First Alert weather team for the very latest forecast on-air, online and on the app.

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<![CDATA[Heightened Holiday Security Amid Terror Threat]]> Fri, 03 Jul 2015 20:43:27 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/73154thsecuritylocal00000000.jpg

As crowds gather across the country for Fourth of July celebrations, there is heightened concern about the potential threat of terrorist attacks.

That could have an impact on Independence Day festivities here in Connecticut.

"Fourth of July is family, picnics, coming here and enjoying the weather," said Edie Arill, a Florida resident who traveled to Connecticut to celebrate July 4.

Law enforcement, from the local level up to the federal level, has a different goal this weekend – to keep Americans safe. It comes at a time when ISIS and other terror groups are calling for July 4 attacks.

Arill noticed extra security along her journey to Connecticut from the Sunshine State.

"It’s a little scary. Even just coming here and traveling on the airplane is a little scary," she said.

There will be added patrols on the ground across Connecticut. In West Haven, for example, police posted a message on Facebook letting residents know the department will be out in force during the holiday weekend with "a full complement of officers, uniformed and in plainclothes, working undercover assignments."

"With the kids, you’ve got to be wary of everything you do and everywhere you go but… you have to keep going," said Arill.

At this point, law enforcement officials stress that there is no credible threat on their radar but say there is still enough reason for everyone to be on alert.

Police say if you see something out of the ordinary, report it to authorities immediately.

<![CDATA[Fire Breaks Out at Home in Oakville Section of Watertown]]> Fri, 03 Jul 2015 23:12:37 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/norway+street+oakville+watertown+fire.jpg

Crews were called to the scene of a house fire in the Oakville section of Watertown late Friday night.

Dispatchers said flames broke out at 60 Norway Street sometime before 10:30 p.m.

It's not clear what caused the blaze.

Crews were still at the scene as of 11 p.m.

No additional information was immediately available.

Photo Credit: Mike/See It Share It]]>
<![CDATA[Middletown Fireworks Go Off Without a Hitch]]> Fri, 03 Jul 2015 23:03:58 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/middletown+fireworks+july+3+2015.JPG

Fireworks lit up the sky Friday, but that may not be the case on the actual Fourth of July.

Rain is in the forecast Saturday, and already, the city of Waterbury has postponed its show until Sunday.

Other municipalities didn't have to worry about the weather. Middletown’s "Fireworks Over the River" went off as scheduled Friday and drew applause from thousands.

"People know about it. It’s a big event. People come for this every single year. It’s huge. People know that this Middletown show is incredible," said Mayor Dan Drew.

Skies were clear, and the crowd nearly 20,000 strong left umbrellas at home.

"It’s great. It’s perfect weather. I wish July 4 was today, honestly," said spectator Shayla Ranmal.

Attendees enjoyed live music and food. They also hoped the mild weather would last.

"We have plans for the beach. So, hopefully not," said Kathy Donovan.

<![CDATA["Zero Tolerance" for Drunken Driving Over Holiday Weekend]]> Fri, 03 Jul 2015 22:11:45 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/fourth+of+july+dui+stop.JPG

State and local police are already doing brisk business nabbing drivers who have been drinking this holiday weekend.

Trooper Giancarlo Ardolino says Independence Day is among the busiest times of year for such offenses.

"It's up there especially with the nice weather we're having lately," Ardolino said Friday night.

In fact, he says he actually expects to encounter at least one or two alcohol-affected drivers during his shift, even though he's doing routine speed patrol, not manning a sobriety checkpoint.

"With the amount of cars out there, you've got a good chance of running in to someone who's been drinking and driving," the 11-year veteran says of the Fourth of July weekend.

DUI checkpoints are as much a part of Independence Day as barbecues and fireworks. Almost every local police department NBC Connecticut contacted says it will be holding sobriety roadblocks throughout the weekend.

"Especially with the long weekend," Ardolino said, "we have a lot of cars coming in and out of Connecticut."

Asked how far people will go to avoid a drunken driving arrest, Ardolino says troopers know every trick in the book.

"There's a lot of videos out there, people learning from, trying to get out of a DWI test. There are certain tests that you can't fake," he said.

With so much at stake, Ardolino offers advice straight out of driver's education, urging those behind the wheel to be patient, alert and, of course, sober.

"Zero tolerance; it's not worth it," he said. "Just make sure we all get back home to our family at the end of the day, and have a great weekend."

<![CDATA[Woman Hurt in Fall at Enders State Forest in Granby]]> Fri, 03 Jul 2015 21:32:58 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/enders+state+forest+rescue.jpg

Emergency responders rescued a woman who slipped down a waterfall Friday evening at Enders State Forest, which spans Granby and Barkhamsted.

Firefighters from Granby and neighboring East Hartland were called out, along with an ambulance from Granby. East Hartland firefighters said they trained at this exact location days ago.

They managed to pull the woman out of the water and bring her to the waiting ambulance, which brought her to a hospital for medical treatment.

Photo Credit: East Hartland Volunteer Fire Department]]>
<![CDATA[Milford's Anchor Beach Closed Due to High Bacteria Levels]]> Fri, 03 Jul 2015 20:44:17 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/milford+beach+closed.jpg

Shoreline residents won’t be spending the holiday weekend on Milford’s Anchor Beach.

High bacteria levels have prompted officials to block off the sand and surf in the Woodmont section of Milford.

It’s the first time in three years the beach has been closed during the summer months, according to data from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. It was closed for a total of 15 days in 2011, but remained open in 2009 and 2010.

The Milford Health Department will retest the water Monday, so swimming is off-limits at Anchor Beach through the Fourth of July weekend.

According to the city's environmental health division, officials made the judgment call after sampling water on July 1 and July 2.

Learn more about Connecticut beach closures here.

Photo Credit: See It Share It]]>
<![CDATA[Meghan Trainor Scraps 4th of July Performance at Mohegan Sun]]> Fri, 03 Jul 2015 21:44:45 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/455834846.jpg

Pop sensation Meghan Trainor has postponed her Fourth of July concert at Mohegan Sun, citing a vocal cord hemorrhage, according to the casino.

Mohegan Sun posted the announcement on its website Friday, along with a statement from Trainor herself.

"I don't want anyone worrying but I have had a haemorrage on my left vocal chord. The doctors wants me on complete vocal rest until they are healed so I have to postpone my first two shows in Atlantic City and Connecticut," the singer wrote. "I promise I will make it up to my Megatronz. I have never missed a tour date before so this is killing me. I love you all very much and want to get healed quickly so I can show you this amazing tour we've been working on. I'm so sorry to everyone who have bought tickets and made travel plans. I am truly sorry."

The performance will be rescheduled, although the casino has yet to announce a new date. Mohegan Sun will honor all tickets, but refunds are also available at the original place of purchase.

Trainor will still be featured on the "Macy’s Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular" Saturday night on NBC since her performance was prerecorded, according to sources within the network.

You can watch the fireworks live on your phone or computer here.

Photo Credit: WireImage]]>
<![CDATA[Waterbury Postpones 4th of July Fireworks Due to Rain]]> Fri, 03 Jul 2015 17:21:24 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/waterbury+holy+land+usa.jpg

Waterbury has postponed its 4th of July fireworks due to impending rain.

The fireworks were supposed to be Saturday night at Holy Land USA, but possible rain in the forecast has stalled those plans. The city has rescheduled the fireworks to Sunday at 9:20 p.m. at the same location.

The decision was made this spring to move the fireworks show to the cross of Holy Land, just up the hill from dozens of homes on Ridge Street.

"I think it's awesome," Adrianna Solla said. "We have such a great view. The only thing I'm worried about is the congestion of the road cuz it's a one way street."

There will still be people coming to her neighborhood from out of town Saturday even though the fireworks aren't until Sunday.

"One of my daughters called me and said, 'oh I guess our picnic is off for tomorrow cuz I guess they canceled the fireworks,' but we still are gonna have our picnic, that's what we had planned," Norberto Rodriguez said.

A neighbor who said he spent $100 on meat is worried about what he'll do if his friends in Providence decide to pass up a now fireworks-free cookout Saturday. "Sunday's a work night," he said.

Photo Credit: NBCConnecticut.com]]>
<![CDATA[Can You Help This Boy Genius Accomplish His Dream?]]> Fri, 03 Jul 2015 19:10:38 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/russell+boy+genius.jpg

A Danielson boy needs your help to make his dream come true: to visit the Fermilab in Chicago.

Russell Farnsworth is your average 13-year-old boy with lots of hobbies, including playing the saxophone, solving a RUBIX cube, looking through his telescope and reading.

What the eighth grader is really interested in is the universe – and all the matter that makes it up.

His dream is to visit the Fermilab in Chicago, home of the nation’s premier particle physics laboratory. It’s where physicists are working on the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), the world's largest and most powerful particle accelerator.

Russell is one of three finalists in the nation to be one step closer to visiting the lab. In order to do that, he and his mentor, Tom Arabia, created a video to show why he deserves to go to the Fermilab.

"For the video, you have to talk about why you think the LHC rocks," said Russell.

To win the contest, he has to receive the most votes on rockthelhc.com. Russell said winning would be a dream come true.

"I love science and I really want to pursue my dream of becoming an astrophysicist," he said.

Russell wants to make a difference in the world of science.

"So if he gets to see real people doing that and how they do it and get to meet them, it can make it even more tangible to him. Maybe he can see himself in that place in the future," said Arabia.

Voting ends July 19.

<![CDATA[Police Seek Driver Who Struck Officer After Naugatuck Fireworks]]> Fri, 03 Jul 2015 17:19:15 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/7.2.15+Suspect+Vehicle+1200.jpg

Naugatuck police are asking for the public's help in identifying a male driver who they say hit a police officer with a car after the town's fireworks show on Thursday.

The driver, traveling southbound on Church Street in Naugatuck, ignored a police officer signal ling for the motorist to stop at about 9:45 p.m., according to police. The car continued through the intersection with Maple Street and almost hit pedestrians crossing and a police officer, police said.

The vehicle got stuck in traffic on the eastbound side of Maple Street near the Maple Street Bridge by Nardelli's. Three more police officers confronted the driver and commanded him to stop, but he wouldn't obey police orders, police said. Instead the driver "aggressively maneuvered the car back and forward several times and jumped the sidewalk located on the bridge," police said.

"I was shocked and surprised when I heard what had happened, it's just so disrespectful to the police officers, and the community," Diane Nardelli said. "I can't believe someone would actually do something like that."

When the car traveled onto the sidewalk, the vehicle hit a police officer in the leg. The driver sped east on Maple Street in the direction of May Street, police said.

The Naugatuck police officer, whose name hasn't been released, was treated at the hospital for minor leg and ankle injuries and released from the hospital. He wasn't seriously injured.

Police described the vehicle as a grey or gold VW GTI or Golf with a partial CT registration of 5A. The driver is described as a man who is thin and probably about 18 to 23 years old. A woman about the same age range with blonde hair was in the car with him, police said.

Police seek information on the vehicle and identity of the driver.

Naugatuck police ask anyone with information to call the department at 203-729-7106.

Photo Credit: Naugatuck Police Department]]>
<![CDATA[Robbers Lead Cops on Wild Chase Through Neighboring Towns]]> Fri, 03 Jul 2015 21:19:57 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/west+hartford+armed+robbery+arrest.JPG

Four people, including a 14-year-old, are facing charges after robbing a Hartford liquor store Thursday night and leading officers on a chase into Newington and West Hartford, according to police.

Police said Hartford community service officers spotted two of the suspects leaving the Franklin Avenue Package Store on Franklin Avenue around 11 p.m. Thursday. One was wearing a red hooded sweatshirt and black mask. The second, clad in a dark-colored sweatshirt, was carrying a duffel bag.

A store clerk ran out behind them and pointed to the robbers’ getaway car, a black Nissan Maxima. Officers jumped in their cruiser and turned on the siren, chasing the Nissan eastbound onto Bodwell Street, according to police.

The getaway car accelerated and led police through the south end of the city and into Newington and West Hartford, where officers managed to stop the vehicle and take four suspects into custody.

Nolan Evans, 22, of Hartford, was charged with first-degree robbery, conspiracy to commit first-degree robbery, carrying weapons in a motor vehicle, reckless endangerment, possession of a sawed-off shotgun and criminal possession of a firearm

Traistyn George, 23, of Hartford; and Jose Montanez, 21, of Hartford; were each charged with first-degree robbery, conspiracy to commit first-degree robbery, carrying a weapon in a motor vehicle and reckless endangerment.

A fourth suspect, a 14-year-old, was charged with first-degree robbery, conspiracy to commit first-degree robbery, carrying a weapon in a motor vehicle, reckless endangerment in the number of motor vehicle violations.

Police said the teen was taken to the Hartford Juvenile Detention Center on Broad Street.

<![CDATA[Officials Urge Safety on Lakes, Rivers Over Holiday]]> Fri, 03 Jul 2015 19:08:41 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/4th_of_July_Boating_Story_1200x675_476234307954.jpg

More than 1,000 boats took to New Milford's Candlewood Lake Friday, and authorities are reminding residents to stay safe on the water this holiday weekend.

Sgt. Keith Williams has been with the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection's Environment and Conservation Police for seven years. He patrols the water each day during the busy season that starts in April and ends in October.

"A lot of the things we see as far as the violations are speeding within 100-200 feet of shoreline between a vessel or a jetski," Williams said. "A lot of people don’t really pay attention to that when they go through the class."

Even though boat operators receive training, much of it gets forgotten over many years.

WIlliams says people need to remember basics on the water like not operating a boat while under the influence of alcohol, make sure there is an observer watching someone behind a boat who is water skiing or on a raft, make sure everyone in the boat has a life preserver and assure that all children are wearing them.

"A lot of them are just unaware of them because they just don’t follow up on them and they’re out here just trying to enjoy themselves and maybe they’re in violation of one of the boating violations. It does happen a lot," Williams said.

<![CDATA[Girl, 17, Fatally Struck By Car in Danbury]]> Fri, 03 Jul 2015 17:11:25 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Danbury+fatal+crash+scene+1200.jpg

A teenage girl is dead and another teen is in the hospital after a car struck them in Danbury Thursday night.

Rebecca Draper Townsend, 17, of Brookfield, was walking toward Stanziatos Wood Fired Pizza with Benjamin Arne, 17, of New Fairfield, when a 2007 Hyundai Elantra struck them as they were crossing Lake Avenue Extension from the Stop and Shop parking lot. A 23-year-old woman from Brookfield was driving the car in the crash that killed Townsend.

Police received a 911 call around 9:30 p.m reporting that a car had struck two pedestrians.

An ambulance transported both teens to Danbury Hospital. Townsend was pronounced dead there a short time later. Arne is still in the hospital being treated for injuries and is listed in serious but stable condition.

The accident is still under investigation. Danbury police are asking anyone with information or who may have witnessed the accident to please call Officer Lance Brevard or Officer Marcel Kruijs at 203-797-2156.

<![CDATA[2 Arrested After Cops Find Meth Lab Outside Vernon McDonald's]]> Fri, 03 Jul 2015 17:41:36 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/vernon+mcdonalds.jpg

State police have arrested two people in an investigation to determine whether a van stopped in the parking lot of a McDonald's restaurant in Vernon may have been a mobile meth lab.

Troopers responded to Interstate 84 westbound near the exit 67 ramp at 12:50 p.m. on Thursday as they looked for a red Ford Transit van driven by an "over-due" person. Driver Sheng Clevenger, 24, of Salisbury, North Carolina, and his 17-year-old female passenger hadn't gotten to his destination by a certain time and were considered missing, state police said. By 1 p.m., they found the van in the 74 Reservoir Road McDonald's parking lot in the Rockville section of Vernon.

Police interviewed Clevenger and his passenger. They found a large number of chemicals inside that they recognized as materials to make methamphetamine. Troopers suspected it was a mobile meth lab.

State police evacuated and secured the area, calling state police North Central narcotics detectives, Vernon firefighters, the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection hazardous material team and the DEA to the scene. Vernon police and the East Central Nartcotics Team also assisted with the investigation.

State lab workers analyzed the chemicals to figure out if they were being used to make drugs.

State police charged Clevenger with possession of methamphetamine, operating a drug factory, possession of drug paraphernalia, weapons in a motor vehicle and reckless endangerment. The teen faces identical charges. Her name hasn't been released because she's under 18.

Authorities are still investigating.

Clevenger was held in custody on a $500,000 bond and the teen was released to the custody of juvenile detention. She will appear in juvenile court and Clevenger will appear in Rockville Superior Court.

Photo Credit: NBCConnecticut.com]]>
<![CDATA[Quilts of Valor Helps Veteran Honor Wife's Memory]]> Fri, 03 Jul 2015 16:53:46 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/0526115+american+flag+generic+usa.jpg

There are many memories in Stanley Dabrowski’s New Britain home: Memories of war, captured in the memorabilia, medals and photos that hang on his walls. They tell his personal story of surviving one of the bloodiest battles of World War II – the battle of Iwo Jima.

“Thirty days of brutal, unrelenting combat,” the corpsman recalls.

But there are also tender memories as well, particularly of his late wife of 62 years. Wanda Dabrowski was an avid quilter. After her death in 2013, Stanley didn’t want Wanda’s massive fabric collection to go waste.

“I decided that the best place for all that fabric would be the Quilts of Valor,” he explains.

The nonprofit Quilts of Valor is a worldwide network of volunteers on a mission to honor veterans and active duty military personnel by presenting them with handmade patriotic quilts. The organization was founded in 2003 by a Delaware “blue star” mother when her son deployed to Iraq as a Humvee gunner.

“So she turned to her sewing machine as many of us do in times of stress and she made a quilt,” explains Jane Dougherty, co-coordinator of the Connecticut chapter.

To date, more than 120,000 quilts have been crafted and presented to wounded warriors in military hospitals, to units coming home from overseas, and to individual veterans on the home front. But no matter how or where they’re given, the impact is always powerful.

“You wrap your veteran in the quilt,” says Dougherty, describing a typical quilt presentation ceremony. “You give them a hug. And particularly if it’s a Vietnam vet, the very first thing you say is ‘welcome home.’ And there are tears. And a lot of vets won’t let go.”

“When you give someone a quilt, you’re giving them a little piece of yourself because you’ve put all that time into it,” explains Cindy Guendert of Bristol, who turned to quilting as a creative outlet after retiring from her job. “If I can do something that’s going to bring some comfort and some healing to someone who’s been through something that I can’t imagine how awful it was… it gives it meaning, instead of just sewing pieces of fabric together.

It’s a comforting way to say “thank you.” And for Stanley –  who received a quilt of his own at a presentation at the Iwo Jima memorial in Newington – it’s a way for Wanda’s love to live on.

“I am positive that if and when one of these warriors receive a quilt, he realizes that it was something done just for them, by somebody by hand, with so much love,” says Dabrowski. “It really is a wonderful thing.”

Quilts of Valor’s Connecticut chapter holds Sew Days throughout the year for interested volunteers. For more information email jane.dougherty@QOVF.org or visit http://www.qovf.org/.

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Hazardous Materials Burn in Taftville Dumpster Fire]]> Fri, 03 Jul 2015 16:45:57 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/taftville+dumpster+fire.jpg

Firefighters in the Taftville section of Norwich doused a dumpster with 2,000 gallons of water Friday afternoon when it went up in flames, igniting hazardous and construction materials outside a condo complex.

Officials with the Taftville Fire Company said crews were called to the condos on Route 97 after the dumpster caught fire around 1 p.m. Friday.

Firefighters diverted runoff from storm drains to keep it out of the water supply.

It's not clear what caused the fire.

Photo Credit: Taftville Fire Co. No. 2]]>
<![CDATA[Burglars Sneak Through Unlocked Windows in Hamden]]> Fri, 03 Jul 2015 15:48:26 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/hamden+police+generic+1.JPG

Hamden police are warning residents of overnight burglaries happening in the southern region of town and urging them to lock windows and doors.

Police said three burglaries over the past month happened during the early morning hours, while the residents were sleeping. In most cases, burglars got in through unlocked kitchen windows and grabbed car keys and personal belongings left on kitchen counters.

Cars, jewelry, electronics and money are among the items stolen.

Police said similar burglaries have been reported in nearby towns.

The Hamden Police Department is reminding residents to:

  • Lock all doors and windows at night and when leaving home
  • Leave on external lights
  • Remove all valuables from the kitchen and car
  • Install and activate an alarm system
  • Have a fully charged phone at hand and call 911 to report suspicious activity
  • Develop a neighborhood watch of sorts

Anyone with information on the Hamden burglaries is asked to call police at 203-230-4040 or 203-230-4000.

<![CDATA[2016 Hopefuls Flood NH for July 4 Weekend]]> Fri, 03 Jul 2015 16:33:21 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/AP136093298170.jpg

Presidential hopefuls are going on parade throughout the Granite State this July 4. 

At least seven 2016 candidates will spend Independence Day courting residents who will vote in the nation's first presidential primary contest next year, according to scheduled logged in necn's 2016 New Hampshire Primary Candidate Tracker, making a combined 14 stops.

While parades are by far the most popular stops during the holiday tour — at least 11 such appearances are expected — candidates' Saturday calendars also include breakfasts, cookouts and grassroots events. Revelers along the routes in Amherst and Merrimack will watch no fewer than three candidates strut by. The resort town of Wolfeboro, where 2012 GOP nominee Mitt Romney owns a home, will be greeted by at least two GOP hopefuls.

For some candidates, one parade just isn't enough. Republicans Jeb Bush, Lindsey Graham, and Rick Perry, as well as Democrat Lincoln Chafee, are marching in two apiece. Perry, the former Texas governor, appears to have the busiest public schedule on Saturday so far, stopping by parades in Amherst and Merrimack before greeting crowds at the Windham GOP July Fourth Cookout later in the day.

The holiday hand-shaking isn't limited to July 4 itself. Christie, New Jersey's Republican governor, has been barnstorming the state since making his official entry into the race on Tuesday, including several events on Friday. Perry and Democrat Hillary Clinton are also getting their patriotic partying started early with Friday events, while former New York Gov. George Pataki and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, both candidates for the GOP nomination, will join New Hampshire residents wishing America a belated birthday with Sunday celebrations.

Photo Credit: AP]]>
<![CDATA[Repairs Continue on Stuck Metro-North Bridge]]> Fri, 03 Jul 2015 15:49:53 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/metro+north+devon+bridge.jpg

The northern part of the Devon Bridge between Stratford and Milford is back in the closed position as crews work to repair it over the Fourth of July weekend to restore train service to all tracks.

Eastbound and westbound trains will use the southern side of the bridge on Metro-North tracks 2 and 4 for the time being. The bridge has "two drawbridge spans that open vertically to allow marine traffic to pass underneath."

A portion of the Devon Bridge became stuck in the upright position during routine testing at 1 a.m. Wednesday morning, choking rail traffic from four tracks to two and slowing train travel Wednesday into Thursday.

But now the northern part of the bridge is back in the closed position. Crews will keep checking it over the next few days and make any needed repairs to restore train service to all tracks in the area.

The bridge was built in 1904. New Haven line, Waterbury branch, Amtrak and Shore Line East trains use it to get over the Housatonic River to and from Stratford to Milford.

Metro-North advises travelers to listen to announcements at the stations, check news outlets for updates, sign up for e-mail and text message alerts at www.mymtaalerts.com and follow Metro-North on Twitter at @MetroNorth.

An unrelated electrical failure that affected service between New York City and Stamford early Thursday morning was repaired, according to Metro-North.

<![CDATA[Double-Decker Bus Strikes, Pins Man Walking in NYC]]> Fri, 03 Jul 2015 21:09:47 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/bus+sightsee.jpg

A double-decker sightseeing bus struck a man walking in Greenwich Village Friday afternoon, dragging him several feet and pinning him beneath the vehicle, fire officials and witnesses said.

A witness told NBC 4 New York the bus was turning left onto West Fourth Street when it struck the man in the crosswalk near Sixth Avenue and dragged him several feet. The witness said the man was screaming as he was being dragged; photos showed blood streaking the pavement near the bus.

A woman who works nearby and ran to help said the man was conscious. She said she repeatedly asked his name, but he kept screaming "at the top of his lungs."

"He really couldn't say his name because it was so, so much excruciating pain," said Shante Service. "When I looked under the bus, his leg was dislocated. I could see flesh and bone." 

Another witness said emergency responders had to use blocks to lift the bus off the victim. Police said he was taken to Bellevue Hospital in critical condition with severe injuries to his leg.

Images on social media showed a crowd of bystanders around the scene as police cars and emergency vehicles swarmed the area.

The bus driver remained at the scene. He has not been charged, according to police. 

In a statement, a spokesman for the Twin America bus company said, "We are aware of this the accident this afternoon and deeply regret this very unfortunate incident. We are fully cooperating with the authorities while this accident is being investigated."

Photo Credit: NBC 4 New York]]>
<![CDATA[Car Hits Pole in Rocky Hill]]> Fri, 03 Jul 2015 14:52:15 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/rocky+hill+car+hit+pole+1200.jpg

A car crashed into a pole in Rocky Hill early Friday morning near Orchard Street and Waters Avenue.

The collission cracked the pole.

The road was partially closed after the crash, but traffic was able to get by. There were no injuries.

The incident didn't cause any power outages.

Photo Credit: NBCConnecticut.com]]>
<![CDATA[Crash on Route 2 West in East Hartford Stalls Traffic]]> Fri, 03 Jul 2015 14:47:23 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/route+2+east+hartford+crash.jpg

State police are responding to a crash on Route 2 westbound in East Hartford.

The crash happened between exits 5D and 5A and is causing traffic delays.

The left lane is closed, according to the state Department of Transportation.

The accident was reported to DOT at 2:21 p.m.

Photo Credit: NBCConnecticut.com]]>
<![CDATA[Police Identify Man Found Dead in Watertown Well]]> Fri, 03 Jul 2015 14:56:15 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Watertown+body+in+well+1200.jpg

Police have identified a middle-aged man whose brother found him dead in a well at his home in Watertown on Thursday who they say may have been there for days.

Investigators said 58-year-old James McAdam's brother hadn't heard from him for several days and went to check on him at his house at 264 French Street. There he found the man face-down in a well.

The chief medical examiner's office has conducted an autopsy on the body, but police said the "cause and manner of death are pending further studies."

Police said the man apparently fell in and became lodged about 5 feet down into the well, which extends at least 25 feet into the ground. Investigators believe he was dead for at least a day or two before his brother discovered his body.

While the incident is still under investigation, police said it was likely an accident. The man apparently had a rope with him to retrieve water from his garden when he fell in. The well's wooden cap had been removed and police found tools nearby.

The medical examiner is working to determine the man's cause of death. Police speculate he may have drowned.

The case remains under investigation.

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<![CDATA[Canton Police Searching for Person in Distress on Farmington River]]> Fri, 03 Jul 2015 14:22:18 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/police-lights-shutterstock_542372567.jpg

Canton police are in the preliminary stages of looking for an individual in distress on the Farmington River.

The person is believed to be clinging to a tree branch below a parking area near Routes 44 and 179.

More information will be provided as it becomes available.

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<![CDATA[Rocky Neck at Full Capacity]]> Fri, 03 Jul 2015 15:16:59 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/rocky+neck+state+park+beach.JPG

Rocky Neck State Park in East Lyme is at full capacity Friday.

The parking lot was full by 12:50 p.m.

<![CDATA[Lake Waramaug Closed Due to Water Quality Issue]]> Fri, 03 Jul 2015 13:06:09 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Lake+Waramaug.jpg

Lake Waramaug swimming area in Kent is closed for 4th of July weekend due to the water quality.

The water will be retested Monday, July 6 and the results should be available the next day.

<![CDATA[JetBlue's First Flight to Cuba]]> Fri, 03 Jul 2015 21:55:43 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/flight+to+cuba.jpg

JetBlue officially began direct flights to Cuba out of New York's Kennedy Airport Friday, becoming the first major carrier to make the trip after travel restrictions were eased by the White House earlier this year and making passengers who got to be on the virgin flight feel like part of history.

The Queens-based airline announced its plan to offer the weekly direct flights in May, but the first flight, on an Airbus 150-seat A320, was made Friday. It left JFK at noon en route to Havana's Jose Marti International Airport. 

Carlos Infante, a Cuba native who lives in Brooklyn and was aboard that first flight to Havana, said before he boarded the plane that he felt like he was a part of history.

"This is something we're gonna talk about for years and years and years; this is an opportunity for American people to go to Cuba," said a smiling Infante, holding his boarding pass in front of him.

Infante said he treasured the freedom to travel to his country of birth, direct from New York, for the first time in at least 50 years.

"I can't explain, it's something that's in your heart," Infante said. "I don't have words to say how I feel -- this is a beautiful day."

The weekly charter flights will leave JFK at noon each Friday, with a scheduled landing time in Havana at 3:30 p.m. Return flights leave Cuba at 4:30 p.m. and land in New York around 8 p.m.

While operated by JetBlue, the flight is being offered by Cuba Travel Services, and travelers should make arrangements directly with the carrier service provider at cubatravelservices.com.

A smaller airline, Sun Country, has been offering direct flights between JFK and Havana for several months. JetBlue is the first major carrier to do so. 

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<![CDATA[Pedestrian Killed in Preston]]> Fri, 03 Jul 2015 08:13:44 -0400

A pedestrian was struck and killed on Route 2 in Preston early Friday morning.

According to state police, shortly after 1:20 a.m. James Hubbard, 49, of Norwich was struck in the area of Maynard Hill Road.

Hubbard was pronounced dead at the scene.

The road was closed for hours while police investigated. It was reopened at 6 a.m.

Police are asking any witnesses to call Trooper Gardner at Troop E in Montville at 860-658-6500

<![CDATA[East Rock Park Summit Closed to Public for New Haven Fireworks]]> Fri, 03 Jul 2015 11:56:52 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/East+Rock+Park+Closed+for+Fireworks+1200.jpg

Spectators will not be able to watch New Haven's fireworks from East Rock Park this holiday weekend.

The city has decided to shut down the summit of the park for Saturday night's show in an effort to keep people safe.

People will still be able to see the fireworks shooting up from the top East Rock Park. But this year they will be seeing them from a different - and much lower - angle.

“You're going to put them down below but people like to be right on top of the fireworks," said Donald DiBianco a frequent fireworks spectator in New Haven.

For the first time, East Rock’s summit will be off-limits to the public for the Independence Day fireworks display.

“When you grow up here, everyone comes up here and you just enjoy it with your family," said Dawn Camputaro. "They shouldn't take it away.”

Despite some people being worried about breaking the tradition of being able to see the show up close, the city says the move is about one thing - public safety.

“We're anxious to keep people from roaming around the steep terrain of East Rock Park after dark," said Laurence Grotheer, director of communications for the City of New Haven.

From Friday night through Sunday morning, the only people going up to the summit will be those tasked with setting off the fireworks.

“The best view of the fireworks will be from Wilbur Cross High School but also anywhere in the city where there is a view of the monument on top of East Rock would be a good place to watch the fireworks," said Grotheer.

Warning signs have already been placed around the park for people to stay away from the top of East Rock. With the new restrictions in place, the city says Wilbur Cross High School is the place to be Saturday night. The U.S. Coast Guard Band will performing before the fireworks display, which begins at approximately 9:15.

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<![CDATA[Route 6 in Bristol Reopens After Crash]]> Fri, 03 Jul 2015 11:43:09 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/bristol+police+night.JPG

Route 6 reopened in Bristol early Friday morning after a Thursday night crash.


Bristol police said two cars collided around 8 p.m. Thursday.

The road was closed for several hours between Federal Road and West Street while authorities investigated the crash, according to police.

There has been no word on injuries.

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<![CDATA[State Police Seize $250K Worth of Illegal Fireworks]]> Thu, 02 Jul 2015 23:15:25 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Fireworks+Seized+2015+a.jpg

State police have seized four trailers full of illegal fireworks during a raid in Danbury. Combined, they are worth nearly $250,000.

State police started investigating after the Danbury fire marshal called them on June 30 to report the
sale of illegal fireworks and explosives.

Around 5 p.m. on Wednesday, state police detectives from the fire and explosion investigation
unit searched a single-family home in Danbury, as well as a storage barn, and found what they described as “an extraordinary amount” of illegal fireworks, explosives and IEDs, including MClass

In all, there were thousands of illegal items and the bomb squad hauled four trailer loads full of them from the scene.

In addition to the illegal fireworks, police seized $3,600 were also seized.

Police expect to make several arrests.

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<![CDATA[Police On the Lookout for Illegal Fireworks in Connecticut]]> Thu, 02 Jul 2015 23:30:00 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/fireworkssdsan.jpg

As the holiday weekend rolls around, police around the state are on the lookout for people buying and selling illegal fireworks.

Despite the plethora of sales pitches advertising "legal fireworks," only sparklers are allowed, along with some non-explosive fountains.

"If you have something that goes 'boom,' emits a flame or smoke, bottle rockets, M-60s, M-80s, M-100s – totally illegal within the state of Connecticut," Willimantic police spokesman Cpl. Stanley Parizo explained Thursday.

Already, police have made their first bust, seizing more than $250,000 worth of illegal explosives from a home in Danbury. Authorities said it's one of the largest in recent years.

Police said residents caught with illegal fireworks will be arrested and could face several charges, including breach of peace and illegal possession of fireworks.

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<![CDATA[Video Shows Man Punched by Cop]]> Fri, 03 Jul 2015 10:49:41 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/man+resists+arrest+harlem.jpg

The NYPD says it's investigating a video showing a man getting arrested after a knockout fight with a plainclothes officer Wednesday night.

The video circulating on Facebook, which had more than 1 million views by the next day, shows the arrest near 131st Street and Frederick Douglass Boulevard in Harlem. The man's friend, who shot the video on his phone, told NBC 4 New York they were leaving a pizza place down the street to go to the man's apartment when he was stopped by plainclothes officers. 

One of the officers asks the man, Saykour George, for his ID, the video shows. The NYPD said later police saw that George had a knife, prompting the stop.

Jun Iceaa, the friend who shot the video, said George had small pocketknife in his pocket, but "the way [the officer] really approached us, was like he really had a grudge against my man, like he know him from somewhere," he said. 

The video shows police attempting to take George into custody, and he refuses. 

"I'm just trying to do my job," the officer says, taking out his handcuffs and telling George they can talk further in the police car. 

"I'm letting you do your job," George says. When the officer says, "No, you're not," George says, "Y'all not arresting me for nothing. No, no, no," and he begins walking away. 

The officer tries to stop George from walking away, and both move to travel a few steps and then the officer pushes George back. George then pushes the officer, and that's when the officer starts swinging. The two square off, and more police arrive and get George on the ground. 

"The officer did not say, 'You are under arrest,'" said Iceaa. 

"The officer swung at him how many times before my man swung?" said Iceaa. "You have to defend yourself if you know you're not under arrest." 

NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton told NBC 4 New York Thursday he'd seen the video. He reminded New Yorkers that "you have no right under the law of New York to resist arrest," and that's what it appears George was doing. 

He said, "The initial encounter -- the individual, all he had to do was surrender, and then we would not have had an encounter. So he didn't surrender, he now has additional charges against him. We'll process it through the courts." 

Bratton said that in a preliminary review of the video, he "saw nothing inappropriate" with the officers' behavior, but that internal affairs is investigating. 

In a statement, Patrolmen's Benevolent Association President Pat Lynch said the officers did what they needed to do to take the man into custody.

"Given the current atmosphere on the streets today, people mistakenly think that they have the right to resist arrest and that inevitably leads to confrontation and potential injury," Lynch said. " The use of force in making an arrest is always ugly but is absolutely necessary and appropriate when the suspect resists. These two officers did their job, they did it appropriately and they are to be commended for a job well done."

Private security consultant Manny Gomez agreed. 

"I don't see anything wrong with this video," he told NBC 4 New York. "He was belligerent, resisted arrest and he was in the wrong, period." 

Watching the video, Gomez said it appears officers used minimum force to avoid close contact and to stop George from leaving. 

"He used the bladed stance to keep his weapon away from the subject, and that's for his safety," he said. 

George is facing several charges, including assault on an officer, possession of a weapon and disorderly conduct. Attorney information wasn't immediately clear. 

<![CDATA[Group Denied Muhammad Ad Sues]]> Thu, 02 Jul 2015 21:39:22 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/shutterstock_413603_metro_train_double.jpg

The group that sought to plaster images of the Prophet Muhammad on Washington, D.C., public transportation has sued the Transit Authority on charges it violated the group's First Amendment rights by refusing to post the ads.

Metro banned all political ads after the American Freedom Defense Initiative submitted an image of Muhammad to run as an advertisement on D.C. buses and train stations.

Pamela Geller, founder of AFDI, submitted the "Support Free Speech" ad depicting the winning entry of the controversial "Draw Mohammad" contest to the D.C. Metro Authority. The May event led to a deadly shooting in Garland, Texas.

"Running and hiding is no strategy in a war. Operation Fetal Position is a recipe for disaster," Geller said Thursday in a statement. 

AFDI has run controversial ads on subways and buses in other cities across the country as well — among them Chicago, Philadelphia and San Francisco. In 2012, they were able to get another poster deemed offensive to Muslims on D.C.’s Metro.

The group is listed as an anti-Muslim hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

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<![CDATA[All Clear Given at Washington Navy Yard: Police]]> Thu, 02 Jul 2015 20:23:57 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/220*120/2015-07-02_0810.jpg

U.S. Capitol Police have given the all clear at the Washington Navy Yard after the report of a shooting Thursday morning, triggered vivid memories of a 2013 deadly mass shooting at the naval installation. 

D.C. police said a woman called from inside a Navy Yard building to report that she might have heard sounds of gunshots around 7:20 a.m. However, investigators found no sign of a shooting, a shooter or anyone injured.

“We don’t believe that it was a malicious hoax or incident like that,” D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier said during a press conference Thursday morning. 

Lanier added that the employee was doing what she was supposed to do. 

After receiving the call, authorities converged on the area and searched each building one-by-one. 

One of the buildings searched was the Humphreys Building, which was the sight of a deadly mass shooting nearly two years ago. The building was formerly known as Building 197.

The naval installation was placed on lockdown and employees were told to shelter in place. 

"It was pretty much like the first time. There were lots of people running for the exits, running for shelter, a lot of confusion," said Lt. Commander Scott Williams, who was inside the building when Thursday's incident was reported. 

A number of roads were closed in the area as authorities completed their investigations. A nearby elementary school was also placed on lockdown for a short time.  

On Sept. 16, 2013, 12 civilians were killed and four others injured during a mass shooting at Building 197. The gunman, Aaron Alexis, was killed by police. Alexis was a civilian contractor and former Navy reservist who suffered from mental health problems.

It was the second-deadliest rampage on an American military base, after the Fort Hood shootings in Texas in 2009.

The building reopened in February after extensive renovations.

Counselors and chaplains will be provided to any Navy Yard employees who need to speak with someone. 

The Navy Yard, in southeast Washington, is the country's oldest naval installation.

Stay with News4 on-air and online for more on this developing story. 

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<![CDATA[Emergency Responders Prepare for Holiday Weekend]]> Thu, 02 Jul 2015 20:10:59 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/BEACHPIC07022015.jpg

Not all state agencies and departments bulk up staffing for the Fourth of July, but when it comes to safety, officials say vigilance is at a premium.

"We know it's a busy weekend," said state Dept. of Energy and Environmental Protection spokesman Dennis Schain. "We know the weather looks good; we note the crowds are going to come out, so we're ready."

That includes parking attendants, maintenance personnel, and, at the state's four shoreline beaches and four inland beaches, the full complement of lifeguards. As Connecticut celebrates this Independence Day, all that play means plenty of work.

New Haven Parks & Recreation Director Rebecca Bombero said there will be extra safety staff at Lighthouse Point Park, which is expected to draw 10,000 visitors, but not all the lifeguards will be perched on the sand.

"Eight lifeguards and 10 backup lifeguards will be serving as parking attendants on staff and ready," she said.

They know the numbers forecast on the thermometer mean big numbers at the beach, including an estimated 30,000 rolling into West Haven for the sand and fireworks.

Bill Slater, who runs the Parks & Recreation department in West Haven, said the bulk of additional staffing will be among police, not lifeguards.

"We may have a couple extra [lifeguards] out there on the beaches," said Slater. "We have nine chairs out there, covering the main beaches with the big lots."

Officials are taking a similar approach at the fire department in Milford, where personnel have beaches, booze and bottle rockets to think about – along with the problems their combination can bring.

"If it stays dry, possibly some brushfires, grass fires, and so forth," are among the situations Capt. Greg Carman recalls from Independence Days past. Nevertheless, Carman said his department's staffing is actually routine.

"Everything here has always been at least 25 people per shift, that's day and night," he said.

But, he acknowledged, plenty more are ready on call. And, with so many drawn to the shores of the nation we celebrate, these responders can reach an emergency by land or by sea.

"Our fire boat, our trailer boat and all our rafts – checked them," said Carman. "Our dive team has been checking all their equipment to make sure everything is ready to go, just in case something does happen."

<![CDATA[Metro-North Bridge Could Pose Problems Through Holiday Weekend]]> Thu, 02 Jul 2015 18:41:12 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/metro+north+devon+bridge.jpg

Metro-North has had its share of problems in recent times, the latest of which – Milford's Devon Bridge – could pose a problem for commuters traveling between Connecticut and New York this holiday weekend.

A portion of the Devon Bridge became stuck in the upright position during routine testing early Wednesday morning, choking rail traffic from four tracks to two and slowing train travel Wednesday into Thursday.

"It's delayed my travel," says Kloud Yoon, of Fairfield. "Not only that, sometimes I will go to Derby as well, so sometimes I have to transfer in places I don't even know."

Yoon said she rides Metro-North trains almost daily and that passengers aren't getting enough bang for their buck.

"The train is always delayed. You know, we pay a lot of taxes, and not only that, Connecticut has the highest fare rates too," she said.

Railroad officials said the Devon Bridge repair will likely be counted in days, possibly through the Fourth of July weekend.

An unrelated electrical failure that affected service between New York City and Stamford early Thursday morning has been repaired, according to Metro-North.

<![CDATA[Hammonasset Tackles Parking Problems Ahead of July 4th]]> Thu, 02 Jul 2015 21:06:25 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Hammonasset+1200.jpg

If you're among the thousands of people planning a trip to Hammonasset State Park this weekend, you may not find room in your favorite parking lot.

At Meigs Point at Hammonasset, work on the new nature center takes up maybe a quarter of the normal lot. Workers building a new pavilion at West Beach have fenced off an old parking lot – but the park has a solution.

Between the road to West Beach and the campground at Hammonasset, all spaces reserved 11 months in advance, the park has set up enough parking on the field to cover most of what it's given up to construction.

"At West Beach, we've accommodated the parking that's being done down there with some field parking so we should be able to fit everybody in," said Jack Hine, the park supervisor.

Hine said the staff will be "smiling and ready" for the Independence Day weekend when the gates open at 8 a.m. Friday.

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<![CDATA[Bear Spotted in New Haven Neighborhood]]> Thu, 02 Jul 2015 15:15:31 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Bear-Generic.jpg

Officials in New Haven are warning residents to be on the lookout after a recent bear sighting in the city's Fair Haven Heights neighborhood.

A city spokesperson said Thursday someone spotted the bear in the area of Summit and Howard streets. Alderman Rosa Santana, who represents the 13th Ward, is encouraging residents to be vigilant when spending time outdoors.

If you see a bear, do not run. Back away slowly and find a safe place to wait until the bear leaves the area.

New Haven residents should report their sightings to the animal shelter at 203-946-8110.

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<![CDATA[Hartford Yard Goats to Unveil New Mascot Next Week]]> Thu, 02 Jul 2015 16:52:33 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/HARTFORD+YARD+GOATS+2.jpg

The soon-to-be Hartford Yard Goats will unveil their new logo on Wednesday.

The minor league baseball team, known now as the New Britain Rock Cats, will adopt its new name and mascot upon moving to Hartford in 2016. The team will play at a brand-new stadium in the city’s Downtown North development.

The Yard Goats selected their name as part of an online contest. Although a “yard goat” is actually a locomotive, many expect the team's new mascot to depict the animal of the same name. Two live goats were present when the name was announced in March.

The new logo will go public on Wednesday. Team officials said they expect to make the reveal at 1 p.m. at the XL Center in Hartford.

<![CDATA[Computer-Generated Image Released After Child's Remains Found]]> Fri, 03 Jul 2015 17:51:59 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/214*120/vlcsnap-2015-07-02-15h02m00s248.png

Suffolk District Attorney Daniel Conley, along with state and local police, have released a computer-generated image of a child whose remains were found off the coast of Massachusetts.

Authorities say there are no strong leads in regards to the child's identity, so they are asking for the public's help. The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children has also been made aware of this situation.

Police believe the girl's age was around 4. She is believed to have been about 30 pounds and three and a half feet tall, with brown hair and brown eyes. The girl was wearing white leggings with black polka dots manufactured by the brand Circo, sold at Target.

In addition, a fleece blanket with black and white zebra print was also recovered. Police say the blanket may have been important to the child. That blanket is believed to have been made by Cannon, sold at Kmart.

The girl was found in an industrial-style trash bag.

"We don't think she was there too, too long, but again, forensic science isn't to the point we can say with precision how long," said Conley. "There was some decomposition."

A cause of death has not been released, but Conley says it was unnatural. He added that authorities are concerned about other children that may be in custody with the young girl's guardians.

"She's a beautiful child and she deserves dignity here," said Conley.

Authorities are hoping pediatricians, pre-school teachers, or day care providers will think about children they haven't seen in a while. Maj. Frank Hughes of Massachusetts State Police suggested that people attending Fourth of July functions be on the lookout for children who would normally be in attendance.

The remains were discovered by a woman walking her dog last week on Deer Island in Massachusetts. Deer Island is a peninsula in the Boston Harbor.

"We've even had people call us, offering to pay the burial expenses for this young child," Conley said. "But who she is remains a mystery to us."

The union president of Massachusetts Water Resources Authority says they will pay burial if the child is not claimed. The group is also raising funds for a bench and tree where the girl's body was found.

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