<![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, 30 May 2017 09:15:07 -0400Tue, 30 May 2017 09:15:07 -0400NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[East Hartford Students Protest After Betsy DeVos Comments]]> Tue, 30 May 2017 08:32:51 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/DeVos.jpg

Several students, teachers and parents rallied outside East Hartford High School Tuesday to protest after the U.S. Education Secretary criticized the school quoted a former student who used the phrase "dangerous daycare" to describe it.

"Betsy DeVos has never even seen our school," an East Hartford High School junior Tasnim Islam said in an interview Monday.

That's why Islam and several other students found it shocking that she spoke so negatively about their high school.

DeVos told a congressional committee last week that East Hartford High School neglected and failed to help a former student she called "Michael".

"He described the school he was assigned to, and I quote, 'Nothing more than adult daycare. A dangerous daycare,'" said DeVos.

DeVos continued and said that the former student received a diploma but not an education.

"Even though he was failing his classes, the school simply passed him along from year to year giving him Ds and sending the not-so-subtle message that they didn't think Michael would amount to much," DeVos said.

The education secretary said that later in the former student's life, with a push from his wife, Michael eventually attended college in another state and has thrived there.

Current East Hartford High School student Michael Lachnicht said hearing those words from the head of the U.S. Department of Education felt like an attack, not just on the school, but on its students.

"To be good students at a daycare, what does that say about us?" Lachnicht asked.

"I personally thought to myself, 'Wow. I really want to respond to her'," East Hartford High School student Jadah Daley said.

Daley, Lachnicht, Islam and two other students crafted a letter to DeVos. Each wrote about their own experiences. They titled it, The Truth About East Hartford High School.

"The idea was to show that there were numerous students who did not agree with Betsy DeVos," said Lachnicht.

"The most upsetting thing about it is I don't believe Betsy DeVos has seen our school. I would really like for her to come and see exactly what East Hartford High School is like," said Daley.

She went on to add, "I really hope she does because I would love to meet her."

Later in the day after the rally on Tuesday,Governor Dan Malloy and Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman will hold a news conference inside the high school at 10:15 a.m. to discuss DeVos' comments.

NBC Connecticut reached out to DeVos' office but has not yet heard back.

To read the letter the students wrote, go to this website



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<![CDATA[I-84 Reopens After Crash Involving Bus and Car]]> Tue, 30 May 2017 05:26:36 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/160*120/STATE+POLICE+LIGHT.jpg

Interstate 84 has reopened in Vernon after an accident between a bus and a car overnight.

Connecticut State Police said the accident happened around 2 a.m. in the area of exits 67 and 66.

According to police, the car was traveling in the left lane passing the bus, which was in the center lane, just before the accident occurred. As the car made the pass it began to switch into the center lane, but police said the vehicle began to slow down in a “rapid and unpredictable manner,” causing the bus to collide with it.

No injuries were reported, but the car sustained serious damage and had to be towed from the scene.

The bus suffered some damage to the front end but was able to be driven away.



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<![CDATA[Former Panamanian Dictator Manuel Noriega Dies at 83]]> Tue, 30 May 2017 02:41:49 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/norAP_100707010425.jpg

Manuel Noriega, the former Panamanian dictator whose brutal six-year reign was ended by a U.S. invasion, has died at 83, a hospital in Panama confirmed to NBC News.

Noriega early on caught the attention of the CIA and became a paid informant for the U.S. agency. He rose to power through the military and acted as de facto leader of Panama from 1983 to 1989.

However, Noriega was a brutal, repressive leader and established himself as a drug lord, with some of the country's biggest banks used to launder drug money. President George H.W. Bush ordered troops to Panama in 1989 and by Jan. 31, 1990, Noriega was in custody.

Noriega was convicted of drug smuggling and racketeering, becoming the first foreign leader to be convicted of crimes in a U.S. court. He was released from prison in 2007 after serving 17 years of his 40-year sentence.



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<![CDATA[Guy Fieri Spotted at Branford Wedding Venue]]> Tue, 30 May 2017 09:08:07 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/180*120/guyfierivegas.jpg

Wedding guests at WoodWinds in Branford Sunday night may have spotted a famous face.

The venue posted a photo of a guest with celebrity chef and TV personality Guy Fieri.


The photo was captioned “Just met guy fieri. Heading straight to flavortown.”

Fieri is a restaurateur and TV host. According to his biography on the Food Network website, his career started in 1996 when he opened Johnny Garlic’s in Santa Rosa, California. Today he own multiple restaurants across the country, including one at Foxwoods Resort Casino, and hosts two shows on the network – Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives and Guy’s Grocery Games.

Fieri's social media accounts did not indicate why he was in Connecticut.

The WoodWinds is a wedding and events venue on Schoolground Road in Branford. There were multiple weddings at the venue Sunday night.



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<![CDATA[Rain Dampens Shoreline Memorial Day Business ]]> Tue, 30 May 2017 08:10:30 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Captian-Scotts-Rainy-Business.jpg

Memorial Day is typically a big day for businesses on the shoreline. But the rain definitely put a damper on that.

Captain Scott's Lobster Dock, in New London, had several empty tables. A stark difference to what it looked like Sunday when the line was so long it took an hour to order.

"Yesterday it was jammed packed. We had music, we had a raw bar," said owner Susan Tierney.

Tierney said she and her staff ordered less food, anticipating the holiday rain.

But it didn't stop the Stearns family, of Boston, from making the trip.

"We were talking about going to McDonald's instead because we could've just eaten inside," said Owen Stearns, who has young kids. "But we decided that Captain Scott's is such an institution and it's part of our Memorial Day tradition, that we had to brave the weather and come out here."

In Groton, not many people were on the green at Shennecossett Golf Course this Memorial Day, either.

"We had a good morning scheduled. But (the rain) really knocked us out," said Head Professional Todd Goodhue. "But we did have four groups that went out in the rain."

Monday's weather didn't stop sailors at Niantic Bay Yacht Club from racing out on the water.

"Cause we waited all winter! It was a rough winter... It's what we live for," said sailor Jeff Shay of Lexington, Virginia.

But the beach at the Yacht Club, that normally is packed when then sun is out, was completely empty.

So, parents took their kids inside to places like NASKART in Montville to race karts or take advantage of the trampoline park.

NASKART opened specially for the holiday and staff said they saw at least 100 more people than expected.

"Today was supposed to be a rainy day and the kids would've been stuck inside. So we drove all the way up from the Bronx to come," said mom Javine Baez, who made the trip with two other families.

"I'd honestly prefer to be here. It's better than sitting home all day," said 12-year-old Terrell Tyler.



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<![CDATA[12 Bystanders Rush Into Creek to Rescue Dallas Cop]]> Tue, 30 May 2017 08:01:22 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/dpd+car+crash+052917.jpg

A Dallas police officer was hospitalized Monday after a collision that sent the officer's patrol car airborne, landing about 30 feet below in an Oak Cliff creek.

He was rescued in part by a group of bystanders that rushed into the creek to help right the cruiser and help the officer, who was left with critical injuries. Police hailed the quick response from the "brave and caring citizens" as inspiring.

The officer, responding to a burglary call, was driving southbound on the 3100 block of South Westmoreland Drive near West Keist Boulevard at about 2:15 p.m. when a Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck failed to yield and T-boned the squad car, sending the officer's car into Fivemile Creek, police said.

Dallas Police Sgt. Warren Mitchell, a department spokesman, said officers continue to search for the driver of the truck, who fled the scene after the crash. He also said there may have been more than one person in the truck at the time.

DPD said the officer, whose name has not been released, was transported to Methodist Dallas Medical Center with critical injuries. His condition is stable, police said. 

Several fellow officers were seen entering the hospital Monday evening.

"All of a sudden we heard this loud crash," said witness Lenora Jefferson. "The officer was minding his own business, and then all of sudden we just saw those two collide, and the officer's car became airborne and went into the creek, the ravine."

"I immediately got on the phone to call 911 and told them they needed to get some officers here because one of their comrades had been involved in a crash, and he's in that creek there — and I think it's awful — and they needed to get here as soon as they can, quickly. And they were here quickly," Jefferson said.

Police don't yet know whether the driver intentionally struck the officer's vehicle, and the investigation is ongoing.

A bystander recorded video of at least a dozen people who ran into the creek to try and push the patrol car back onto its tires and help rescue the officer.

Benji Rogers works nearby and was one of the good Samaritans who rushed down to help. He used to work in law enforcement, he said, and his instincts immediately kicked in.

"I knew nobody. Nobody knew me. And everybody was on the same page," Rogers said. "Even in today's society with everything that is going wrong, that's the right thing to do, absolutely. And I wouldn't have thought twice. Everybody just helped out like they're supposed to."

In response to an NBC 5 tweet showing the bystanders' video, Dallas police said Monday evening: "Thank you to these brave and caring citizens who ran to the aid of one of our officers today. The love from our community is truly inspiring."



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<![CDATA[Statue of Dog Peeing Pops Up Near NYC's 'Fearless Girl']]> Tue, 30 May 2017 08:31:08 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/FEARLESS+GIRL+SKETCHY+DOG+STATUE+-+01000803_WNBC_00000001644203.jpg

There was a brand new statue down on Wall Street, but this one didn't last long.

A New York City sculptor, Alex Gardega, claims he put a statue of a dog right next to the "Fearless Girl" that was placed across from the iconic "Charging Bull" earlier in the year. 

The statue, named "Sketchy Dog," was standing next to the wildly popular statue of a young girl staring down Wall Street's famous "Charging Bull" with its leg up as if to urinate. Gardega said that he removed the statue around 12 p.m. Monday, about three hours after he put it there.

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"I took it away personally," he said. "I didn't want to leave it to be taken and certainly had no rights to bolt it to the ground. Most people were amused or perplexed by it."

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Gardega said the "Fearless Girl" wasn't made by some individual artist making a statement, but made by a billion-dollar financial firm trying to promote an index fund.

"I have a lot of empathy for the creator of the bull, Arturo," Gardega told NBC 4 New York early Tuesday. "I'm a pretty happy person, not seething or angry and certainly not anti-feminist. My piece is not without a sense of humor. There is plenty of room for Fearless Girl it just interferes with another artists work/vision."

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The "Fearless Girl" was put in front of the "Charging Bull" for a short-term stay in March for International Women’s Day.

Mayor Bill de Blasio had said later on that the statue could stay a bit  longer.

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<![CDATA[Trump's Communications Director Set to Leave White House]]> Tue, 30 May 2017 08:19:39 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/White+House4.jpg

Mike Dubke, the director of communications in Donald Trump's White House, is set to leave after three months on the job, NBC News confirmed. 

A senior official told NBC News that the Republican media strategist submitted a letter of resignation. 

Dubke's departure was first reported by Axios, which said he submitted the resignation May 18 and offered to stay on through Trump's first trip overseas. His official last day is unclear. 

The move comes as Trump has been mulling role changes for his communications team, sources told NBC News.

Former campaign aides Corey Lewandowski and David Bossie, meanwhile, have been brought back into Trump's orbit, sources said.



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<![CDATA[Progress Report on Trump's Border Wall]]> Tue, 30 May 2017 07:08:41 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/texas+border+wall+end.jpg

President Donald Trump is four months into his term, so NBC News took a look at the progress he's made on his signature promise: building a wall on the 1,900-mile-long United States' southern border.

Construction doesn't seem to have begun, despite Trump issuing an order on his fifth day in office for Customs and Border Patrol to do so with cash on hand.

The estimated cost of building a concrete wall ranges from $1 million to $21.6 million per mile, but ProPublica reported that CBP only had $20 million on hand. CBP did not respond to inquiries about new construction, but there are no signs of any activity.

Trump also promised Mexico would fund the construction, and now says the money will come eventually, as Mexico denies it will pay for it. And the wall may end up looking more like a very tall fence, according to a statement from the director of the Office of Management and Budget.



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<![CDATA[Strong Thunderstorm Threat Wednesday]]> Tue, 30 May 2017 07:36:49 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Model-RPM4-Precip-Cloud-CT3.jpg

In order to get severe thunderstorms you generally need two things - instability in the atmosphere and strong wind shear. Where the two are juxtaposed there's the potential for severe thunderstorms as long as there's a mechanism for the storms to form in the first place.

Wednesday appears to be one of those times where the ingredients may overlap for a period of time. The winds near the ground will be light out of the south while the winds a couple miles above our heads will be out of the west at more than 60 mph. When winds change speed and direction with height you have wind shear. In this case we have 40 to 50 knots of wind shear between 0 and 6km up which is a sizable amount.

We also have a triggering mechanism moving into southern New England to fire storms in the first place. A cold front and upper level disturbance will swing in from the Great Lakes on Wednesday which should be enough to get showers and thunderstorms going by early afternoon to our northwest.

The question that remains, however, is how much instability will be in place. It's important to figure out how buoyant - or unstable - the atmosphere is. Generally when the air is unusually cold overhead and unusually warm and moist below you have a unstable airmass. The stronger the instability the faster air can accelerate upward resulting in strong updrafts and thunderstorms. 

We have a cold pool of air that will be moving in aloft but it's unclear how warm and moist the low levels of the atmosphere will be. This graph from the Short Range Ensemble or SREF (see below) shows a large spread in possible instability values. CAPE (Convective Available Potential Energy) ranges from several hundred j/kg to nearly 1500 j/kg. If the higher amounts of CAPE verify we could very well see some big storms Wednesday evening. If it's on the lower side of things the storms will likely struggle to maintain themselves.

Given the unusually cold mid level temperatures and strong wind shear - if the instability cooperates damaging winds and large hail would be a threat. It's still early but this is something I'm watching closely. At this point we have a threat for strong/severe thunderstorms in the forecast after 4 p.m. on Wednesday. How widepread or significant the threat is remains to be seen. 


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<![CDATA[Police Investigating Wolcott Teacher Over Missing Funds]]> Tue, 30 May 2017 05:49:10 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/wolcott+police+generic1.jpg

Police said they are investigating a Wolcott teacher in connection with possible funds missing from the Parent Teacher Organization (PTO).

Wolcott Police Chief Ed Stephens said the investigation into the teacher started a few weeks ago following a complaint from the school's superintendent. 

Stephens said there may be funds missing from the PTO of a grammar school in Wolcott. Stephens did not name the school.

The name the teacher accused has not been released because the investigation is ongoing and no charges have been filed.

Tony Gasper, the superintendent of Wolcott schools, put out a letter to families and staff: 

Hello Wolcott Families & Staff,

I’d like to inform you, to the degree that I can, of a very serious matter for our school district. In the near future, you should expect to see press coverage of a matter involving one of our teachers. Because this is a personnel matter and also an active police investigation, I am not able to give you a full description but I do want to assure you of some important details:


  1. The matter in no way involves any threat to student safety or well-being.
  2. The matter in no way involves Board of Education funds.
  3. The matter did not have a negative impact on students’ work in the classroom.


I realize that a message like this can be disconcerting but I want to assure you that the Board of Education, school administrators, the full staff, and I are committed to ensuring a safe, productive, and nurturing learning environment for all of our students.

In partnership,

Tony Gasper, Ed.D.

Superintendent of Schools 



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<![CDATA[Father Who Fell at Ross Pond Park in Killingly Dies]]> Tue, 30 May 2017 07:40:44 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/merton-hart-iii.jpg

A 37-year-old man who fell while hiking at Ross Pond State Park in Killingly over the weekend was pronounced dead on Monday. 

Merton Hart III, of Ballouville, was hiking with his wife, another adult and three children when he fell approximately 100 feet from an overlook above Half Hill Pond, known as Lower Ross Pond around 3 p.m. Sunday. 

Officials from the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection said he fell onto broken and rocky hillside and suffered injuries to his head and lower body.

Hart had to be extricated through rocky terrain and brush to the edge of the pond, put into the fire department's boat and brought across the pond before he was airlifted to the Rhode Island Hospital, according to DEEP. 

Hart was pronounced dead on Monday. 

Firefighters said Hart's fatal accident was the first death from the a fall at the cliffs in five years, however, someone slips off at least once on average every year. 

DEEP's EnCon Police are continuing to investigate the fall. 




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<![CDATA[Rescues Can be Dangerous in Tricky Locations]]> Mon, 29 May 2017 23:35:05 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/ROSS-POND-PARK1.jpg

A 37-year-old Killingly man is dead after falling 100 feet at a state park in Killingly this weekend.

Rescuers were also called to a state forest in Granby on Sunday where a 26-year old-woman from Orange, was injured. The second rescue this month, after a University of Hartford student was badly injured in a fall less than two weeks ago.

Firefighters in Granby have responded to multiple calls over the years at Enders Falls State Forest; two of them in the past week and a half.

Crews in Granby have seen one death since 1996 and eight LifeStar helicopter transports. An average rescue takes two hours and the town's fire chief wants to warn hikers of the dangers.

Fire chief John Horr Jr. said the warning signs at the parks are there for a reason.

"Be careful. If you insist on coming, walk carefully, don't walk across the falls. It's a dangerous place-- trip hazards, slip hazards," Horr Jr. said. 

Horr Jr. told NBC Connecticut it takes multiple agencies and a lot of volunteer manpower to execute a successful rescue.

"It takes us thirty to forty-five people to take one person out of the falls. It takes crew of people at the base of falls, into the falls about six people and then it takes 12 to 18 people to carry out because there's a lot of steps, a lot of vertical rise, it's a long way out," Horr Jr. said. 

Making rescues in tricky locations is dangerous for first responders too. Over the years, they've developed a specific rescue protocol, in order to get to victims as fast as possible and get responders to safety.

With water temperatures still only in the 50’s, firefighters wore special ice suits over the weekend.

“With the liner, keeps them safe, warm and dry, glove and boots so it keeps their feet safe," Horr Jr. said.

The costs associated with rescues could be $5,000 at minimum, but likely even higher if ambulance charges are included.

The best advice from the fire chief said was to use the buddy system, have good footwear and make sure cell phones are charged in case of emergency.



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<![CDATA[Germany's Merkel Signals Deepening Rift With US Under Trump]]> Mon, 29 May 2017 15:48:22 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/trump-and-merkel.jpg

Germany's Angela Merkel said Europe could no longer "fully count on others" in a speech over the weekend, a sign of the widening cracks in the Germany-U.S. relationship, NBC News reported.

"All I can say is that we Europeans must really take our destiny into our own hands," the German leader said at a campaign event in Bavaria. "The times in which we can fully count on others are somewhat over, as I have experienced in the past few days."

Although Merkel didn't mention President Donald Trump by name, her blunt remarks followed a bruising series of meetings with Trump at the NATO summit in Belgium and then at the G-7 gathering in Italy.

Trump on Thursday had alleged 23 out of the 28-member nations owed "massive amounts of money" to U.S. taxpayers, and he also did not explicitly promise to protect America's NATO allies if they came under attack.



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<![CDATA[Erik Estrada Stops at Bradley Airport on Memorial Day]]> Mon, 29 May 2017 22:18:30 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Erik-Estrada.jpg

Erik Estrada stopped for a picture with a Connecticut State trooper at Bradley Airport on Memorial Day.

"Sorry John, it's Ponch & Trooper Cummings now!" Connecticut State Police posted on its Facebook on Monday. 

Estrada is well-known for his character as Officer Frank Poncherello on the hit TV series CHiPs.

Estrada was traveling through Bradley Airport, state police said. 

It was not clear where he was going or coming from. 



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<![CDATA[Two Killed, Dozens Injured in Crashes Over Memorial Day Weekend]]> Tue, 30 May 2017 08:35:27 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/connecticut+state+police+barracks1.jpg

Two people were killed in a crash on Interstate 91 over the Memorial Day weekend, state police made 31 driving under the influence arrests between Friday and Monday and people were injured in 48 crashes over the holiday weekend.

Connecticut state troopers patrolled the highways and roads over the Memorial Day weekend, focusing on drunken driving violations, aggressive drivers, distracted drivers and speeding.

Sobriety checkpoints and targeted DUI patrols are also in place over the entire weekend.

As of 11:59 p.m. Monday, police cited 719 drivers for speeding, 668 for failure to wear a seatbelt and they cited 2,658 drivers for violations that included unsafe lane changes, following too closely, using a cell phone, texting, speeding, not wearing a seatbelt and other offences.

State police also investigated 302 accidents, including 48 with injuries.

The fatal crash was on Interstate 91 South Friday night in Rocky Hill. 

State police said 25-year-old Jose Diana and his passenger, 21-year-old Mark Nunez, both of Middletown, were killed.




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<![CDATA[SUV Crashes Into Cemetery in Hamden]]> Tue, 30 May 2017 08:33:37 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Hamden-Car-Cemetary.jpg

A silver SUV crashed into a tree in a Hamden cemetery on Memorial Day. 

The smaller silver Nissan SUV crashed through bushes into the Hamden side of the Beaverdale Memorial Park cemetery. 

NBC Connecticut crews on the scene said it appeared the vehicle toppled a couple headstones before hitting a tree just off of Arch Street in Hamden.

The driver was treated at the scene in an ambulance.

No other information was immediately available. 



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<![CDATA[Woman Kidnapped in Bridgeport Found in Wallingford]]> Mon, 29 May 2017 14:20:24 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/bportkid.jpg

A man and a dog were shot in Bridgeport and a woman was kidnapped early Monday morning. The woman was later located in Wallingford and police are trying to determine exactly what happened.

Police responded to Federal Street in Bridgeport around 1 a.m. after receiving reports of gunshots and found the male victim and the dog, Stogie.

Police then learned that two or three males apparently kidnapped the girlfriend of the shooting victim.

The woman and the unidentified males drove up Route 8, got onto Interstate 84 and got off the highway in Waterbury.

The woman told police the last thing she remembered seeing before they got off the highway was the large cross at Holy Land USA in Waterbury.

At some point, the males bailed out of the car.

Wallingford police said she was left in the car and was driving around, unable to explain to police her whereabouts, so police told her to find a landmark.

The woman and the car she was taken in were then found at the First Connecticut Credit Union at 159 S Turnpike Road, according to Wallingford Police.

Bridgeport officials said the men let the woman out of the car in Wallingford, then she called 911.

The woman is working with both police departments to help them piece together what happened.

The dog, Stogie, had no connection to the man who was shot and the woman who was kidnapped, according to the dog's owner. 

She said the initial shooting happenened down the street, then someone ran over to her driveway and shot Stogie.

Stogie is in surgery and is expected to survive. 



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<![CDATA[Woman Injured After Fall at Enders State Forest]]> Tue, 30 May 2017 07:58:23 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/DEEP-LOGO.jpg

A 26-year-old woman is recovering after she fell from a trail in Enders State Forest Sunday.

A spokesman for the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection said the woman, Alana Kreiger, was hiking in the forest in Granby when she fell near the waterfalls.

Officials said Kreiger, of Orange, suffered minor injuries and was taken to Hartford Hospital for further care.

Kreiger was not the first to have fallen near the waterfalls recently.

A University of Hartford student was seriously injured when he fell this month.



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<![CDATA[Man Charged in Double Stabbing in Clinton ]]> Mon, 29 May 2017 11:30:35 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Anthony+Magaracimug+shot.jpg

A West Haven man is suspected in a double stabbing in Clinton Sunday night. 

Police from Clinton and Madison responded to River Road at 7:55 p.m. Sunday to investigate after two 45-year-old men were stabbed and both victims had serious, but not life-threatening injuries, according to police. 

Members of Clinton Volunteer Fire Department EMS treated the victims, then transported them to Yale-New Haven Hospital. 

Police said 56-year-old Anthony Magaraci, of West Haven, and a female passenger had fled in a white Volkswagen Passat and they were found in Windsor, just off of Interstate 91. 

Magaraci was charged with first-degree assault and second-degree assault. The passenger was not charged. 

Magaraci is being held on a $500,000 bond, and will be arraigned at Middlesex Superior Court in Middletown on Tuesday.



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<![CDATA[Some Parades Go on Despite Rain]]> Mon, 29 May 2017 13:43:34 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Plainville+Memorial+Day+Parade+2017.jpg

Many outdoor Memorial Day events were canceled because of rain, but the parades and other outdoor events went on in several communities.

Among the residents to line the streets in Plainville were members of the McDermott family.

“It’s good to honor the people that have served our country and that are serving our country,” Justin McDermott said.

Three of his children waited patiently for the candy to be tossed.

“It’s just fun. It’s a small town. We like to see the parade and the kids love the catch candy,” McDermott said.

Romeo Martin, a veteran, was at the parade and said the military men and women who have died the true heroes.

“I had guys when I was in service who had died so it kind of touches home and I almost died myself, so it means a lot,” he said.

In Meriden, close to 100 people took part in the Memorial Mile race.

“Memorial Day was founded originally to celebrate those we lost. In a way we want to remember folks while they are still here,” David Radcliffe, race director for Meriden Memorial Mile, said.

Officials in Meriden said we should all observe Memorial Day by honoring those who gave all.

“I think the message that everyone should take from today is, thank a veteran,” Meriden Mayor Evan Scarpati said.




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<![CDATA[Iwo Jima Memorial Honors Those Killed in War]]> Mon, 29 May 2017 14:25:23 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/214*120/Iwo_Jima_Memorial_Honors_Those_Killed_in__War.jpg

The Iwo Jima Memorial in Newington honors those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

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<![CDATA[Three Tips to Get Your Retirement Plan in Check]]> Mon, 29 May 2017 14:25:07 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Three_Tips_to_Get_Your_Retirement_Plan_in_Check.jpg

These tips can help you ensure that you are on track to retire when you want to.

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<![CDATA[Boy Thrown From Water Slide at New Calif. Water Park]]> Mon, 29 May 2017 13:21:21 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/5-27-17_The_Wave_Slide.jpg

A highly anticipated water park opening in Dublin, California, took a frightening turn Saturday when a boy was flung from the bottom of a three-story slide before skidding across the concrete.

The 10-year-old boy managed to walk away with only some scratches after being ejected from the Emerald Plunge ride at The Wave, which is the East Bay's newest water park

"We got him into first aid and they checked him out," said John Rodems, Dublin Director of Parks and Community Services. "He was in good spirits. He was smiling. I think he was a little stunned coming out of the transition area a little bit."

The boy's parents then took him to the hospital to be further examined, and he was later released, said Dublin Assistant City Manager Linda Smith. Officials originally said the boy wasn't taken to a hospital.

The slide involved in the incident was shut down immediately, and park officials also closed the slide next to the one out of which the boy fell. State inspectors on site Sunday investigated both. A third slide was also closed, although park officials said it was not related to the incident. 

On Monday, a team of state safety inspectors, city workers and representatives from the slide manufacturer are set to meet about what will be done to mitigate danger on the slide before it is approved to reopen.

"Hopefully by tomorrow – if not the next several days – we’ll understand what occurred, and we will work to make sure it doesn’t happen again," Smith said.

Video captured by the Bay Area News Group shows the boy accelerating down the open slide. As he reaches the flat section at the bottom of the slide, his body glides across the slide's side wall before skimming across the concrete surface below.

"I thought he was dead at first," witness Omarea Grigsby said. "He hit the ground pretty hard. You hear like a (pop)."

The slide in question could remain closed for a few days while officials investigate how the boy slipped out of it and formulate a plan to prevent such an incident from happening again.

"You know, it's safety first, everything that we do," Rodems said. "We've been testing that slide for a matter of a couple of weeks. Those slides were certified yesterday by the state of California."

Despite the accident and slide closures, the park remained busy Saturday, with more than 1,000 tickets sold, Smith said. Sunday's tallies were not yet available.

The 31,000-square-foot, $43 million facility features multiple pools, a 48-foot tall water slide tower with a total of six water slides, a splash area for youngsters and more accommodations for guests wishing to relax outside of the water.

Construction of the facility began in March 2015 at a time when California was suffering through a historic drought. Despite some grumblings about water use, park officials assured residents that the city was being "extremely water conscious" with the project.



Photo Credit: NBC Bay Area
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<![CDATA[The Blame Game Is Upping Health Insurance Costs: Analysis]]> Mon, 29 May 2017 13:01:59 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/20170519+Capitol1.jpg

While the Senate inches toward agreeing on a health care bill, insurers are growing increasingly rattled by congressional inaction and threats of sabotage from the White House, and customers could soon be paying the price, NBC News reported.

Insurance companies are reaching deadlines to submit the cost of their health care coverage, and some will decide whether to sell policies at all. But the uncertainty on how the government will approach health care is driving premiums higher and insurer participation lower.

Insurers are putting in their initial bids for premiums and will finalize their plans in September, but the time may have already passed for Congress to rescue the 2018 market, and the the political fight in Washington could shift to which party is to blame.

"We needed to have the answers three months ago," said Bob Laszewski, president of consulting firm Health Policy and Strategy Associates, to NBC News.



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<![CDATA[Crash Closed Ramp on I-95 South in West Haven ]]> Mon, 29 May 2017 13:40:33 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Exit+42+West+Haven.jpg

The exit 42 ramp from Interstate 95 South in West Haven was closed after a crash but the scene is now clear.

State police said a pole and wires were down.

No additional information was immediately available.



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<![CDATA[Great White Australian Scare: 'There's a Shark in Me Boat!']]> Mon, 29 May 2017 07:34:05 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/great-white-shark-boat-australia.jpg

The water Terry Selwood was fishing Saturday was calm, until a great white shark jumped straight into his boat — leaving him stunned and bloodied, but otherwise okay, NBC News reported.

The 73-year-old Australian saw a blur out of the corner of his eye as the 9-foot-long, 440-pound predator leaped into his boat, badly scraping his arm, off the New South Wales north coast, he told Australia Broadcasting Corporation.

Selwood scrambled to safety as the shark was "thrashing around madly," then looked down and said to himself, "There's a shark in me boat!"

Bill Bates, a skipper with the Evans Head Marine Rescue operation, told NBC News that, "We do get a lot of sharks in the area but we don't get sharks that have jumped onto boats."



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<![CDATA[Rain to Impact Memorial Day Plans]]> Mon, 29 May 2017 13:38:48 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/FAFR+11AM.png

Rain developed early this morning and will continue into the early afternoon hours.

The rain will come down rather lightly with a few areas experiencing briefly heavy downpours. 

A few towns could experience an isolated rumble of thunder and several towns have canceled outdoor Memorial Day activities because of the weather.

The rain moves out of the state during the early afternoon hours. The rain should come to an end in western Connecticut around 2 p.m. and will likely exit the entire state by 4 p.m.


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<![CDATA[Kushner Lying Low After Russia-Related Reports: Source]]> Mon, 29 May 2017 09:37:49 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/AP_17023542554197.jpg

Senior White House adviser Jared Kushner is being told to "lay low" in the aftermath of the reports that he sought to set up a secret back-channel with Russia, a White House official told NBC News.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity and said some staffers were speechless when they learned about reports of a purported Russia backchannel.

NBC News reported Thursday that Kushner had come under FBI scrutiny in the Russia investigation, with multiple officials telling NBC News that investigators believe Kushner has significant information relevant to the probe.

The Washington Post reported Friday that Kushner discussed the secure communication channel with the Kremlin and the Trump transition, while Reuters reported Kushner had undisclosed contact with Russian diplomats. Kushner's attorney has issued a statement saying he's volunteered to tell investigators everything he knows about meetings with diplomats.




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<![CDATA[Boy Thrown From Water Slide at New Calif. Water Park]]> Mon, 29 May 2017 10:36:09 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/5-27-17_The_Wave_Slide.jpg

A highly anticipated water park opening in Dublin, California, took a frightening turn Saturday when a boy was flung from the bottom of a three-story slide before skidding across the concrete.

The 10-year-old boy managed to walk away with only some scratches after being ejected from the Emerald Plunge ride at The Wave, which is the East Bay's newest water park

"We got him into first aid and they checked him out," said John Rodems, Dublin Director of Parks and Community Services. "He was in good spirits. He was smiling. I think he was a little stunned coming out of the transition area a little bit."

The boy's parents then took him to the hospital to be further examined, and he was later released, said Dublin Assistant City Manager Linda Smith. Officials originally said the boy wasn't taken to a hospital.

The slide involved in the incident was shut down immediately, and park officials also closed the slide next to the one out of which the boy fell. State inspectors on site Sunday investigated both. A third slide was also closed, although park officials said it was not related to the incident. 

On Monday, a team of state safety inspectors, city workers and representatives from the slide manufacturer are set to meet about what will be done to mitigate danger on the slide before it is approved to reopen.

"Hopefully by tomorrow – if not the next several days – we’ll understand what occurred, and we will work to make sure it doesn’t happen again," Smith said.

Video captured by the Bay Area News Group shows the boy accelerating down the open slide. As he reaches the flat section at the bottom of the slide, his body glides across the slide's side wall before skimming across the concrete surface below.

"I thought he was dead at first," witness Omarea Grigsby said. "He hit the ground pretty hard. You hear like a (pop)."

The slide in question could remain closed for a few days while officials investigate how the boy slipped out of it and formulate a plan to prevent such an incident from happening again.

"You know, it's safety first, everything that we do," Rodems said. "We've been testing that slide for a matter of a couple of weeks. Those slides were certified yesterday by the state of California."

Despite the accident and slide closures, the park remained busy Saturday, with more than 1,000 tickets sold, Smith said. Sunday's tallies were not yet available.

The 31,000-square-foot, $43 million facility features multiple pools, a 48-foot tall water slide tower with a total of six water slides, a splash area for youngsters and more accommodations for guests wishing to relax outside of the water.

Construction of the facility began in March 2015 at a time when California was suffering through a historic drought. Despite some grumblings about water use, park officials assured residents that the city was being "extremely water conscious" with the project.



Photo Credit: NBC Bay Area]]>
<![CDATA[Hamden Steps Up Traffic Enforcement With New Initiative]]> Tue, 30 May 2017 05:11:39 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/hamden+police+badge+generic.jpg

Hamden police are increasing traffic patrols in key areas as part of a new initiative to make their roads safer, according to the mayor.

Mayor Curt Leng posted on Facebook about the changes. He said the increased enforcement began in early May in the areas of Ridge Road, Hartford Turnpike, Shepard Avenue, West Todd Street and Evergreen Avenue.

"Hamden is working really hard to make the neighborhood safer and is not only asking but is going to demand that people slow down," Leng said. "There’s been a real outcry from the public."

Leng said that in June there will be even more enforcement throughout town, including the areas of West Woods Road, parts of Whitney Avenue and certain sections of Dixwell Avenue.

The increased enforcement is designed to complement physical traffic design and pedestrian safety measures that are also being made.

“Hamden's renewed focus on traffic enforcement is designed to slow down traffic, make Hamden a more pedestrian friendly Town and increase the general safety and wellbeing of our residents, businesses and visitors,” Leng wrote.

In an interview with NBC Connectiut, Leng said there has been a real outcry from the public to improve traffic conditions.

“People are distracted. People are rushing. People are angry. I don’t have the psychological answers for it, but they’re going too fast,” Leng explained.

Officials said more locations will be announced in June and July based on requests residents have made. Hamden police will be tracking the enforcement effort and make those statistics available for review.

Anyone with questions on the plans can contact the mayor’s office or Hamden Police Chief Thomas Wydra.



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<![CDATA[6 Things You May Not Know About Memorial Day]]> Mon, 29 May 2017 13:50:34 -0400
On May 5, 1868, he issued General Orders No. 11, designating May 30 as Decoration Day "for the purpose of strewing with flowers, or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion."

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On May 5, 1868, he issued General Orders No. 11, designating May 30 as Decoration Day "for the purpose of strewing with flowers, or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion."

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Every year on the last Monday of May, Americans gather to honor the sacrifice of those who have given their lives in service to their country. What began as informal commemorations of those killed in the Civil War has grown to become one of the nation’s most hallowed holidays. From its early incarnation as “Decoration Day” to its modern-day observances, here are some other historical facts about Memorial Day.

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<![CDATA[Intelligence Leaks ‘Darn Close to Treason': DHS Sec. Kelly]]> Mon, 29 May 2017 05:56:53 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/john-kelly3.jpg

Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly on Sunday condemned intelligence leaks after the Manchester attack as "darn close to treason," NBC News reported.

"I believe when you leak the kind of information... high, high level of classification… I think it's darn close to treason," Kelly told NBC's "Meet The Press." He added that he didn't know where the leak came from.

In a statement Thursday, President Donald Trump also spoke about the leaks after the attack, calling them "deeply troubling" and asking the Department of Justice to investigate.

The sharing of intelligence between British counterterrorism police and U.S. officials was briefly paused after pictures from the scene of Monday's bombing were published by the New York Times - and authenticated to NBC News by a senior U.S. law enforcement official. The name of the suspected attacker was also leaked.



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