<![CDATA[NBC Connecticut - Connecticut News]]>Copyright 2017http://www.nbcconnecticut.com/news/local http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC_Connecticut.png NBC Connecticut http://www.nbcconnecticut.comen-usWed, 18 Oct 2017 11:19:03 -0400Wed, 18 Oct 2017 11:19:03 -0400NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Connecticut Cities Among Happiest in the U.S.]]> Wed, 18 Oct 2017 10:56:41 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-487446612.jpg

Connecticut has some of the happiest cities in the United States.

National Geographic has ranked the 25 happiest cities in the country and the metro area including Bridgeport, Stamford and Norwalk is listed among them. It comes in eighth, due in part of the “endless cultural experiences.”

The magazine took into effect things like healthy eating, learning new things on a daily bases, financial security, dental checkups and more, saying they all “signal happiness.”

Boulder, Colorado comes in first. See the full list.

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<![CDATA[Police Investigate Racial Fliers Found in Southington]]> Wed, 18 Oct 2017 10:53:57 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/southington+police+department.jpg

Southington police are investigating racial fliers that were found on Mt. Vernon Road Saturday morning.

Police said that around 9 a.m. they received a complaint from a resident who found a flier attached to a stop sign at Brentwood Road and Mt. Vernon Road.

The flier showed an image of Abraham Lincoln and the words "We Founded this Nation."

Officers found two other fliers in the neighborhood – a second "We Founded This nation" flier at Jude Lane and Mt. Vernon Road, and one titled "Take Our Country Back" at Beal Drive and Jude Lane.

Both fliers had a "White Whalers Book Club" logo on them, a group not familiar to police. 

Anyone with information about the fliers or the White Whalers Book Club is asked to contact Southington police at 860-621-0101.

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<![CDATA[Additional Security Coming to Rentschler Field, XL Center]]> Wed, 18 Oct 2017 10:41:21 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/METAL-DETECTORS-Rentschler-Field.jpg

Crews began assembling new metal detectors at Rentschler Field on Tuesday as part of a new safety initiative for the 2017-2018 season of UConn sports.

The plan has been in the works for more than a year, and each detector is mobile.

“[We will] be able to adjust based on the inflow of guests,” said Ben Weiss, Assistant General Manager of the XL Center and Rentschler Field. “So we’ll be able to obviously put more detectors and walk-throughs in our areas with greater crowds.”

Forty metal detectors are being installed between Rentschler Field’s four entrances, each up and running when UConn takes on Tulsa on Saturday. The detectors are an additional safety check for the facility, which currently enforces bag restrictions. According to Weiss, it’ll be another two months before the units are delivered to the XL Center. Once they’re up, they’ll be used for all events.

“We work with the law enforcement partners to make sure that we’re doing everything every day to make sure that the guests are safe,” Weiss said.

Newington resident Chris Moertl is one of those guests grateful for the change.

“I think it’s a great idea. You can’t have too much security these days, and as we know, our world is changing so it’s what it’s come to,” he said.

Those who do not want to go through the metal detectors will be checked with a metal detecting wand instead.

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<![CDATA[Gas Leak Forces Evacuation at Glastonbury Apartment Complex]]> Wed, 18 Oct 2017 10:28:21 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/GLASTONBURY-GAS-LEAK-SCENE.jpg

A gas leak forced evacuations at the Addison Mill Apartments in Glastonbury Wednesday morning, according to Glastonbury police.

According to police, a construction crew struck a gas line, causing the leak. Police said that the gas was turned off and the leak has been secured.

Hebron Avenue was closed at Addison Road but has since reopened.

No other details were immediately available.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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<![CDATA[Anderson Road in Tolland Closed After Car Hits Utility Pole]]> Wed, 18 Oct 2017 06:59:17 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/TOLLAND-CRASH1.jpg

Anderson Road in Tolland is closed after a car crashed into a utility police Tuesday night.

Tolland fire officials said the crash took place near 86 Anderson Road around 8 p.m. The driver was conscious when crews arrived, but trapped by downed wires. The driver was extricated and evaluated by EMS on scene.

Anderson Road remains closed between Goose Lane and Baxter Street while utility crews work to replace the pole. Officials warn the road may be closed through rush hour. Drivers should seek alternate routes.

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<![CDATA[Crews Battle 2-Alarm Fire on Stadley Rough Road in Danbury]]> Wed, 18 Oct 2017 06:40:49 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/DANBURY-FIRE.jpg

Danbury firefighters battled a two-alarm fire on Stadley Rough Road Tuesday evening.

Fire officials said crews responded to a fire at 43 Stadley Rough Road around 5:40 p.m. When they arrived there was heavy smoke coming from the building. Firefighters were able to help the homeowner find all their pets and no injuries were reported.

The house sustained damage and the homeowner is temporarily displaced. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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<![CDATA[Atheneum Square in Hartford Closed for Special Event]]> Wed, 18 Oct 2017 06:32:22 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Atheneum-square.jpg

Atheneum Square in Hartford will be closed Wednesday through Sunday for the Wadsworth Atheneum Gala.

The closure impacts Atheneum Square between Prospect Street and Main Street. The area closes Wednesday at 7 a.m. and will reopen Sunday around 3 p.m.

Travelers should plan around the closure.

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<![CDATA[Gas Prices Heading Down As Hurricane Relief Continues]]> Wed, 18 Oct 2017 05:39:06 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Gas_Prices_Dropping_as_Hurricane_Relief_Continues.jpg

The cost of gas is heading down after spiking following the series of hurricanes this summer.

Experts say drivers can expect the prices to stay down, and they may drop further during the rest of the year. But Connecticut still the highest average gas price in the Northeast, and is one of the top 10 states with the highest prices.

AAA says the average price in the state is $2.72 for a gallon of regular. That’s higher than the national average, which is $2.47.

Connecticut is seeing this drop for a number of reasons – the biggest reason being, several Texas oil refineries and pipelines are operating again, after shutting off because of the hurricane Harvey.

Peak driving season is also winding down, and now is the time most pumps will be switching to the cheaper, winter gas mixture.

Right now there is tension in the Middle East of Iraqi forces trying to seize oil fields in northern territories of the country. There have been fears of supply disruption after Iraqi forces tried to seize oil fields in northern Iraq but the slight change in price of crude oil isn’t going to translate here at the pump.

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<![CDATA[Parents Concerned Over New Turf Field at North Haven Middle School]]> Tue, 17 Oct 2017 23:09:37 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Parents_Concerned_Over_New_Turf_Field.jpg

Concerned parents in North Haven are working to limit play on a newly installed turf field.

A new playing turf field for some could be a good thing, but for North Haven Against Shredded Tire Infill's (NHASTI) member, Danielle Morfi, the new turf field at the North Haven Middle School is not.

"We're not allowed to dump and bury our tires in our yard, it's just an environmental and health risk," Morfi said.

The parent-run group dislikes the use of crumb rubber. The small pellets of recycled tire found between the synthetic grass.

The organization which began shortly after the 2014 approval of the field said the recycled tire could have health risks, despite the fact, there is no scientific evidence to prove the concern.

"To me, it is not worth the risk," said Morfi.

Turf field concerns are not new. In fact, the EPA is researching if turf fields do indeed pose health risks, but the study has not ended, so the results are yet to be found.

"Let the kids play and have a good time because there are worst things in this world," parent Pamela Brooks.

Some parents feel without evidence, they have no tiff with the turf.

"I think people have been playing on turf fields forever and it's not proven," Brooks said.

Since the field is nearly complete, Morfi and her group are focusing to limit turf-field activities like gym classes.

NBC Connecticut reached out to the North Haven Middle School Building Committee, the principal and the superintendent but did not hear back. 

<![CDATA[New Britain Survey to Help in Wake of Hurricane Maria]]> Tue, 17 Oct 2017 23:03:11 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/New_Britain_Survey_to_Help_in_Wake_of_Hurricane_Maria.jpg

The city of New Britain is asking residents to complete an online survey to help them plan for the arrival of more people, including children who may enroll in school, from hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico.

The survey was posted to the school board website a week ago and the city has already received more than three thousand responses. City officials told NBC Connecticut’s Kate Rayner the results help them figure out where resources are needed most to help accommodate children in schools, as well as others who are coming to the community.

Right now, there are 35 students from hurricane-affected areas in the city’s schools, including 20 from Puerto Rico alone. Based on the survey responses, the school district expects another 40 will join soon.

New Britain Mayor Erin Stewart explained the city anticipates more adults and children will continue arriving from Puerto Rico, and hopes those who have relatives and friends on the island can use the online survey to keep officials in the loop, and asked residents to, “let us know if you know of any family members that are going to be coming to New Britain and staying here. Do you know how long they’ll be staying here for? How many kids do they have with them? Are you anticipating enrolling them in our school district?”

Diana Martinez, whose mother arrived from Puerto Rico last week, felt New Britain’s pro-active approach to helping those relocating to the area is great. The Bristol resident explained those who experienced Hurricane Maria and its aftermath on the island are in need of a lot of support, and added, “my mom – you ask her about it and she starts crying.”

Though the survey is primarily geared towards helping the school district plan for arriving students, city officials explained the results are also helping them prepare for other arrivals, including senior citizens.

<![CDATA[NBC Connecticut on Amazon Devices: 'Alexa, Tell Me The News']]> Thu, 04 May 2017 14:03:04 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Amazon-echo.jpg

There's a new way to find out what's going on in Connecticut: Ask Alexa.

Amazon Echo and Dot owners can now listen to top stories from NBC Connecticut through Alexa's Flash Briefing. Just opt in to NBC Connecticut in your Alexa app, then ask your echo to tell you the news.

Alexa, Amazon's personal assistant, will read four top local stories from NBC Connecticut . The briefing lasts about 90 seconds. NBC Connecticut is the first local news source in Connecticut to provide updates on Alexa.

If you have an Echo, this is how to access the Flash Briefing:
·         Launch the Alexa app on your phone
·         Choose Flash Briefing in Settings in the menu
·         Select one or multiple NBC station(s). 
·         Ask Alexa to “Play Flash Briefing”

Echo owners can access the NBC Connecticut Flash Briefing with the following steps:

  • Launch the Alexa app on your phone
  • Choose Flash Briefing in Settings in the menu
  • Select NBC Connecticut
  • Ask Alexa to “Play Flash Briefing”

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<![CDATA['All Our Girls Are in Danger': Maren Sanchez's Mother Speaks Out]]> Wed, 18 Oct 2017 09:32:20 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Donna-Cimarelli.jpg

All our girls are in danger. 

That's the warning from a Milford mother who lost her teenage daughter after she was stabbed to death by a classmate in her high school's stairwell.

Donna Cimarelli, who is speaking for the first time about her daughter's attack, remembers Maren as a beautiful girl with short dark hair, a guitar in her hands and a soulful voice. 

"Maren’s character was just sweet, loving, fun, adventurous, witty, quirky -- every positive word that you can think of was Maren," Donna told NBC Connecticut's Keisha Grant in an exclusive interview. 

Maren Sanchez was just 16 years old when her vibrant life came to a violent end. 

"Her heart was golden and big. When you're like that, sometimes you don't realize that you have to create a balance," Donna said.

When Keisha Grant asked Donna who Maren was, she was quickly corrected. 

"I really mean this," Donna said. "I don't like to say, 'who was,' because for me she is."

Maren's spirit has kept Donna going since the Jonathan Law High School prom on April 25, 2014.

Like every other girl, her mom said, Maren was so excited. But Donna never got the chance to see her daughter before she left for school that morning.

"I got a phone call on my landline, which I never answer, but I just happened to answer it," Donna said. "It was someone from the school telling me that there had been an accident and I needed to get to the hospital."

She said when she asked what happened, the mother of an only child didn't get an answer

"The answers were just, 'I don't know. We need you to get to the hospital'," Donna said.

At the hospital, Donna said the only thing she remembers was when the doctors walked in.

"They basically said that she didn't make it and I just was like, 'What are you talking about?' Because it really wasn't on my radar. I really thought she was just hurt," Donna recalled.

Donna said at that moment, she was able to handle the news, but days later was a different story. 

"But then days after are just excruciating when it punches you in the face," she said. 

And it didn't get any easier as she learned how Maren died. 

Maren was cornered in a school stairwell by a classmate who was upset that the 16-year-old girl had turned down his prom invitation.

"I knew right away when the police came to me and said 'Is there anyone that would ever want to hurt your daughter?' I had a name in my head and unfortunately, I was right," Donna said.

Christopher Plaskon is serving a 25-year sentence for the murder.

For Donna, his darkness will never diminish Maren's light. She honors her daughter every single day.

Donna spent the last year bringing the Maren Sanchez Home Foundation to life. 

"My biggest mission is to help young girls defend themselves against psychological and emotional manipulation because I feel that physical violence is the thing that happens after that has already happened," Donna said about her foundation. 

She said she has no doubt that Maren was manipulated because she did not like to hurt anyone's feelings. 

"I'd be interested to know what was said to her to have her lead the way into the stairwell. It just is something that like, I would have closure if I knew what it was because I can't understand why she went," Donna said. 

Donna has never spoken with her daughter's killer and she has no desire to. She said her focus is on saving lives.

"If this could happen to someone that walked around very confident, that was a bright young girl that was raised by a single mom that didn't get things handed to her. If this could happen to that type of girl then that means all of our girls are in danger," Donna said.

For more on the Maren Sanchez Home Foundation, click here

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<![CDATA[Car Crashes Into TD Bank in New Britain]]> Tue, 17 Oct 2017 23:19:18 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/214*120/TD-Bank-New-Britain.jpg

A car struck a TD Bank in New Britain on Tuesday night. 

Police said the driver, who was the only person in the car, was possibly under the influence of alcohol or drugs when they hit the side of a TD Bank on New Britain Avenue.

The operator had no obvious injuries but was taken to the hospital for evaluation, police said. 

No other information was immediately available. 

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<![CDATA[Man Has Donated 30 Gallons of Blood Since His Time in ICU]]> Tue, 17 Oct 2017 21:35:55 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/IMG_00165.JPG

For Charles "Buddy" Buder, donating blood is a priority.

In 1968, Buder was injured playing football. While in intensive care at Yale-New Haven Hospital, he witnessed firsthand the dire need for donations.

"I said to myself, 'You know what? If I ever get out of here I am going to become a blood donor'," Buder said.

Since then, Buder has given 30 gallons of blood. He made the milestone donation on Sept. 11, in honor of the friends he lost sixteen years ago.

"It was a good feeling for me on that day," Buder said.

Buder is now encouraging others to give blood and get that "good feeling" in return. You can do so with the help of NBC Connecticut, as we connect you to better health at our 2017 Health & Wellness Festival on Saturday, Oct. 28, from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

This daylong festival at the XL Center in downtown Hartford features health screenings, interactive booths and activities for the entire family. You will also have the chance to help save up to three lives by donating blood at the American Red Cross mobile blood drive.

"It’s a great thing because the people who are coming to an event like this are looking at the whole body and they are looking to do something to help in a lot of different instances," American Red Cross spokesperson Kelly Isenor said.

To donate blood, you must weigh 110 pounds or more and be over the age of 17, though you can donate at 17 with parental consent. While many worry traveling may exclude them, Isnor said family vacations typically are no problem. She recommends calling 1-800-REDCROSS with additional donation questions/concerns and making an appointment in advance.

To register to donate at the Health & Wellness Festival, visit the website.

"There is not a person in the State of Connecticut that cannot benefit from an event like this," Isenor said.

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<![CDATA[Officer Involved in Willimantic Accident]]> Tue, 17 Oct 2017 21:21:05 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/200*120/willimantic+jackson+street.JPG

An officer and two other people were involved in an accident in Willimantic on Tuesday night. 

The accident happened in the area of Jackson Street. 

The officer was taken to the hospital with minor injuries. 

Police said two other people were involved but they were not transported to the hospital.

No other information was immediately available.  

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<![CDATA[Franklin and Bozrah Schools Exploring the Idea of Merging]]> Tue, 17 Oct 2017 19:11:53 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Bozrah-and-Franklin.jpg

Improving education opportunities for students and looming state budget cuts are among the reasons the Franklin and Bozrah school districts are exploring the idea of a merger.

But school officials said plans are just in a preliminary stage. Both towns still need to vote on creating a joint 10-member temporary regional study committee to explore what this could mean for the school systems.

"Better science opportunities, math opportunities, performing arts opportunities. It’s tough to run a performing arts program, or a band or a music program with, for instance, 10 kids in the 7th grade in a couple of years," Franklin Superintendent Dr. Larry Fenn said.

Bozrah’s superintendent, Dr. Jack Welch, added that it could give his students world language classes and more extracurricular activities.

There’s also the possibility of cost savings. Fenn said under Governor Malloy’s latest budget proposal, Franklin would lose about 45 percent of the budget to run the pre-K through 8th grade school, which he calls "absolutely disastrous."

Welch said Bozrah is not set to lose too much money, but a merger could help save with utilities and maintenance costs.

There are questions about staffing both schools that the regional study committee would need to look into.

"I don’t think we’d be straight forward and honest if we didn’t acknowledge that a consolidation could be arise to reductions. Some of which might be handled through attrition," Welch said.

Parents also had questions about transportation times, however, the two schools are relatively close in proximity and size.

Current enrollment in Franklin is 166, according to Fenn. Welch said enrollment at Bozrah is 201 and will likely plateau over the years. Both schools have pre-K through 8th grade classes.

Roslynn Constant just started the pre-K program at Franklin Elementary School.

"My husband grew up in this town and I’ve only heard such great things about the elementary school and they have a really great educational program there" Renee Constant, Roslynn’s mom, said.

She understand Franklin’s enrollment is on the decline and is open to hearing how exploring the idea of a merger with Fields Memorial School in Bozrah could help Rosynn’s education.

Rae O’Neil has two grandchildren in the Bozrah school district and said she’s not closing her mind to the idea of looking at a potential merger.

"Different things they’ll be able to do as far as sports and field trips," O’Neil said.

This is in an exploratory phase, but both superintendents said class sizes should not exceed 25 students.

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<![CDATA[Man Shot in Hartford Over Weekend Dies]]> Wed, 18 Oct 2017 05:47:55 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/HARTFORD-SHOOTING-101417.jpg

A 26-year-old man who was in critical condition after being shot in Hartford over the weekend has died on Tuesday.

The man was identified as Allen Cox, of Hartford. 

Police said the shooting happened at 35 Whitmore Street around 12:38 a.m. on Saturday. Cox was rushed to Hartford Hospital where he died from his injuries days later. 

Police said the investigation is ongoing.

Anyone with information is asked to call Hartford Police at (860) 722-TIPS or visit the department's website

<![CDATA[Mosquitoes in 2 Connecticut Towns Test Positive for EEE]]> Tue, 17 Oct 2017 18:05:42 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Mosquitoes+8-24.png

Mosquitoes trapped in two Connecticut towns have tested positive for eastern equine encephalitis (EEE), according to state officials.

The mosquitoes were trapped in Hampton and Voluntown on Oct. 5 and Oct. 10.

It is the first time this season that the state has found EEE-positive mosquitoes in the state.

"Although the weather has cooled and mosquito populations are declining, the late season detection of EEE virus in eastern Connecticut requires continued monitoring and attention," said Dr. Philip Armstrong, medical entomologist at the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station in New Haven.

Eastern equine encephalitis is a rare, but serious virus that can cause neurological problems in humans, according to state officials.

An average of 6 human cases are diagnosed in the U.s. each year. The mortality rate is 30-percent, state officials said.

The first human case and death related to EEE in Connecticut happened in October 2013.

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<![CDATA[Day 110 Without a State Budget]]> Wed, 18 Oct 2017 08:12:24 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Malloy_Introduces_New_Budget_Proposal.jpg

Connecticut Democratic and Republican legislative leaders have set a new, self-imposed deadline for this afternoon to announce whether they're on the verge of reaching a tentative, bipartisan state budget agreement.

The closed-door negotiations aren't expected to cease if a deal isn't announced on Wednesday at 2:30 p.m. However, the lawmakers said Tuesday they see it as a key moment in what has become a long, drawn-out battle. Connecticut has been without a new two-year budget since July 1.

"It is really our goal by 2:30 p.m. to have a decision made on a bipartisan deal," Senate Republican Leader Len Fasano said on Tuesday.

Senate President Pro Tem Martin Looney said lawmakers got a "large number of issues" resolved during discussions and Tuesday was "an encouraging day."

It's the final 10 items left on the table and whether lawmakers can get through those or not will determine what update they give on Wednesday.

"From where we started to where we are is a huge, huge monumental movement, and all week we have taken these huge steps forward. We don't want to talk about what those 10 items are because they're delicate items for our caucuses, but I'll tell you they are significant items. But we've had conversations about these items to where we know that further conversation can bridge the gap that still exists," Fasano said.

"There are a few big issues out there where we have to find a way to come to an agreement, but that's what's standing in the way of a bipartisan agreement where we will come out tomorrow and say we have it or we don't," House Speaker Joe Aresimowicz said.

While Gov. Dannel Malloy is not in the room for discussions, leaders said his concerns and suggestions certainly are.

At a news conference Tuesday afternoon, the governor slammed a proposal in the vetoed Republican budget over whether or not benefits can be changed for vested state employees. The governor remains very clear on where he stands on the issue, saying the answer to that question is "no."

Malloy released an actuarial analysis of prospective pensions changes and said, "We already knew that the illegal pension scheme proposed in the Republican budget would lead to a lengthy legal battle and eventually cost Connecticut taxpayers billions of dollars. Now, thanks to this analysis, we also know that even a more modest prospective change for employees who are still unvested in 2027 would offer almost no savings at all to the state in the current biennium."

"I hope this new information is useful to legislative leaders as they work to send a responsible, balanced budget to my desk, and I am hopeful they will not remake the mistakes of the past, the same mistakes that put Connecticut in its current fiscal predicament," Malloy went on to add during his news conference.

In response, House Minority Leader Themis Klarides released a statement saying, "The governor is now calling into question the initial actuarial analysis that state actuaries undertook to assess the Republican budget proposal that was passed in a bipartisan manner. Now, in an attempt to inject himself into our negotiations he is trying to dispute the initial findings which show that hundreds of millions can be saved by making long-term structural changes in the state employee pension plan beginning in in 2027."

Sen. Fasano said the budget currently in the works is not counting on those savings but that the pension changes they've suggested in the past are not illegal.

Unless the general assembly can give a veto-proof thumbs up, Malloy would have the last word.

"We need a budget I can sign quickly. And to be taking steps that does not produce a budget I can sign probably ends any hope of having a hospital agreement, probably will put the budget another $130 to $100 million out of balance, and I think that's an egregious mistake," Malloy said. 

In a best-case scenario, the earliest a state budget could come up for a vote is in the middle of next week. 

<![CDATA[Bradley Makes Condé Nast Best Airports List]]> Tue, 17 Oct 2017 13:35:23 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/bradley+airport+generic+sign+2.jpg

The readers have spoken and Bradley Airport has made the Condé Nast Traveler 30th annual Readers’ Choice Awards. It has been named one of the 10 best airports in the United States.

Bradley International Airport comes in as the 5th best airport in the U.S. with a score of 82.35. 

“We are very proud to have earned this prestigious recognition, and we thank not only the many travelers who voted for us, but all of the millions of passengers who choose Bradley for their travel needs on an annual basis,” CAA Executive Director Kevin Dillon, said in a statement. “This distinguished award from the travel community is a testament to our continuous growth and commitment to top-quality customer service at Bradley Airport. It motivates us to keep up the momentum and continue finding creative and innovative ways to meet and exceed our travelers’ expectations.” 

Conde Nast commended Bradley for convenient parking, free Wi-Fi and restaurant options.  

See who else made the list. 

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<![CDATA[Report Alleges Market Abuse by Eversource, Avangrid]]> Tue, 17 Oct 2017 14:51:49 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/eversource.jpg

The state Office of Consumer Counsel announced Tuesday that it is working with the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA) into an investigation into alleged market abuse and price fixing by Eversource and Avangrid.

The PURA investigation began when a recent report by university researchers working with the Environmental Defense Fund alleged that the local companies run by Eversource and AVANGRID, which include Yankee Gas, Connecticut Natural Gas and Southern Connecticut Gas, intentionally manipulated the market to create shortage conditions and raise gas prices.

The report estimates this caused a 38 percent increase in the average gas price and a 20 percent increase in the average electricity price in New England over the three-year period studied.

Eversource called the report a "complete fabrication" and defended their operations.

"The underlying concept is not only false and misleading, but concerningly irresponsible as it lacks any understanding of how gas procurement actually works. Our gas distribution business is carefully regulated and the gas supply we purchase for our customers is a strict pass through cost – meaning we don’t benefit from higher prices derived from withholding. This is well understood in the industry and is further evidence that the report is not credible. We do not engage in any behavior to ‘artificially constrain capacity.’ Our focus and actions are driven by our responsibility to ensure our customers have enough gas – we can’t run the risk that they are left in the cold," wrote Eversource spokesperson Tricia Taskey Modifica in an email to NBC Connecticut.

AVANGRID also responded, writing, in part.

"Our gas distribution companies are obligated to provide reliable natural gas service to all residential customers and others who have contracted for guaranteed “firm” service. We reserve pipeline capacity to help protect customers from interruptions —including during unpredictable, extreme weather conditions. In Connecticut, we are required to serve as the “supplier of last resort” for retail, commercial and industrial natural gas customers interconnected to our gas distribution companies. We rigorously follow all applicable laws and regulations in fulfillment of our overriding obligation to provide reliable service to our customers."

The Northeast Gas Association also responded to the report, calling it misleading and inaccurate. To read their full response, click here.

The investigation is underway.

"These are serious allegations that need to be thoroughly investigated, and I am appreciative that PURA responded promptly by opening this investigation. We actively track the natural gas market and work with fellow state agencies, our utility companies, and other stakeholders to ensure that energy markets work in a fair and transparent manner. While we are generally confident that our markets function as intended, claims of this magnitude must be thoroughly investigated to ensure consumer confidence in the bills they pay," wrote Consumer Counsel Elin Swanson Katz.

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<![CDATA[Injured Man Found as Van Flees Crime Scene: Ansonia Police]]> Tue, 17 Oct 2017 13:00:38 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/ansonia+police+cruiser+generic1.jpg

An injured man was found on Main Street in Ansonia early Tuesday morning, and police are investigating whether he is connected to an attempted burglary at the Ansonia Mini-Mart.

Police said they responded to a report of someone trying to break into the store at 147 Main Street around 3:30 a.m. The first officer on scene observed a van speeding away from the scene and found a man down in the road.

The man was suffering a head injury and was rushed to the hospital. Police are trying to determine if the man is connected to the van.

The vehicle was found abandoned a short distance away. It had been reported stolen out of Bridgeport.

Anyone with information on this incident should contact the Officers spotted a van speeding away from the Ansonia Police Department at 203-735-1885.

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<![CDATA[Cigna Collects Food for Hurricane Victims in Puerto Rico]]> Tue, 17 Oct 2017 12:08:20 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/CIGNA-RELIEF-DRIVE.jpg

More than 1,200 Cigna employees volunteered on Tuesday to package non-perishable food for people in Puerto Rico affected by Hurricane Maria.

Cigna worked with Feeding Children Everywhere, a charity group created after the devastating earthquake in Haiti. Last year they packaged and shipped food to Kenya. After having permitting issues this year, they decided to send the food elsewhere. That is when they immediately thought of Puerto Rico, where people are struggling for basic necessities like food, water and electricity.

"For Feeding the Children, to be able to survive as an organization, we need to have partners such as Cigna. To date we have packaged 1.9 million [meals] and after today we’re going to be at 2.2 million meals over a five year period with Cigna. So it’s just tremendous for us," said Kent Zweifel, the Vice President of Strategic Partnerships.

Each bag contains six servings of lentils, rice, dehydrated vegetables and salt. Cigna employees packaged 336,000 meals.

"It’s quite amazing. I think it’s a good thing we’re able to help so many people," said Khristina Surgeon, a Cigna employee from Wethersfield.

"Where else can you take an hour from your desk and have that kind of impact. So it resonates. People come back year after year and they have a tremendous amount of fun with it," said Judy Hartling, a Civic Affairs Senior Specialists for Cigna.

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<![CDATA[Our New Home Page: What You Need to Know]]> Fri, 03 Jun 2016 00:45:10 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/cthomepage1.jpg

Giving you the information you need as fast as possible — that’s the guiding principle for the new NBCConnecticut.com home page, which has been revamped to highlight live video and the news you need to know right now.

The new design on desktop and mobile web highlights all the live video available on the site — everything from newscasts to campaign speeches to the latest episodes of The Voice and Blindspot. A revamped "This Just In" module provides information you need to know from our reporters and social media. And our interactive radar is now available right on the home page.

So what’s new?

  • A sleeker header that follows you across the site. It provides easy access to live video as well as convenient ways to connect with us.

    The header immediately highlights key sections like News and Weather, and when you hover over the “…” you can find all of the depth of coverage that our site provides.

    The “Watch Live TV” nav item serves as a hub for all of our live video, including a 24-hour-a-day stream of what’s on our on-air channel via NBC.com.

    The “Connect” nav item makes it easy to reach us. Use this nav item to submit breaking news tips, photos or videos, connect with us on social media or sign up for one of our newsletters.

  • A live video bar that highlights important live video that is happening right now, including our on-air broadcasts, news conferences and special events. These live video bars will provide a link to the coverage as well as a few bullet points with more information.
  • Interactive radar has been added directly to the homepage, allowing you to zoom in and out to track storms in your neighborhood and across the country. In times of severe weather, look in this area for the latest weather alerts and school closings.
  • A “This Just In” section that is constantly updated with the latest news and views, especially on social media. News updates happen fast, so this will be an area of focus during breaking news situations and severe weather events.

  • A “Quicknav” on mobile web that allows you to easily navigate between sections on your phone’s browser. Swipe left to see the main navigation items on the site. The “Quicknav” will follow you throughout the site for your convenience.

We hope you like the enhancements we’ve made to the site and mobile web experience! Have comments or suggestions for future improvements? Let us know by clicking here.

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<![CDATA[Wethersfield High School Evacuated Due to Freon Leak]]> Tue, 17 Oct 2017 10:46:38 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/WETHERSFIELD-HIGH-SCHOOl.jpg

Wethersfield High School was evacuated Tuesday morning due to a freon leak, according to the Wethersfield Fire Department.

Fire officials said there was a Freon leak in a classroom and the building was evacuated around 9 a.m. The leak was secured and the building is being ventilated. Students are expected to return to class shortly.

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<![CDATA[2nd Suspect Arrested in Hartford Shootout Investigation]]> Tue, 17 Oct 2017 10:38:57 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/MontanezEdgardo_resized.jpg

A second person has been charged in a June shootout incident in Hartford.

Thirty-one-year-old Edgardo Montanez faces charges of criminal attempted assault, criminal possession of a firearm, weapons in a motor vehicle, unlawful discharge of a firearm, risk of injury to a minor and criminal mischief.

According to police, on June 23 units responded to the area of Park Street and Hungerford Street after an officer heard gunfire. Police found six .380 caliber shell casings and property damage to the Best Barber Shop at 563 Park Street. Investigators determined there had been a shootout at the location.

Police previously arrested one of the suspected shooters, identified as Hector Rios-Pabon. During the course of the investigation, they identified Montanez as the second shooter and obtained an arrest warrant. On Monday, Montanez surrendered himself to police and was taken into custody without incident. He is being held on a $450,000 bond.

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<![CDATA[Hartford and New Haven in Top 20 of Cities for Rats]]> Tue, 17 Oct 2017 11:09:43 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-186795722.jpg

Hide your cheese! Washington, D.C., is among the top five cities for rats in the United States.

Pest control company Orkin ranked the cities and regions where it performed the highest number of rodent treatments in the past year.

The list compiles Hartford and New Haven as one city/market for the purpose of the rankings.  The area moved up one spot this year to 16.

Chicago topped the list, followed by New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco-Oakland and Washington, D.C.

Orkin says fall is the start of "rodent season," when the critters look for food, water and shelter to survive the winter.

See the complete list below. The cities' rise or fall in the rankings is noted in parenthesis:

1. Chicago
2. New York
3. Los Angeles (+1)                              
4. San Francisco – Oakland (+1)           
5. Washington, DC (-2)                           
6. Philadelphia (+1)                                  
7. Detroit (+2)                                            
8. Baltimore (-2)                                         
9. Seattle – Tacoma (+2)                            
10. Dallas – Ft. Worth (+4)                           
11. Denver (-1)                                              
12. Minneapolis – St. Paul (-4)                       
13. Cleveland – Akron (+2)             
14. Atlanta (+2)                                
15. Boston (-3)                        
16. Hartford – New Haven (+1)        
17. Portland, OR (+3)                        
18. Miami – Ft. Lauderdale (-5)          
19. Indianapolis                                   
20. Houston (+1)                         
21. Milwaukee (+2)                       
22. Pittsburgh (-4)                         
23. New Orleans (+15)                          
24. Cincinnati (+10)                                
25. Richmond – Petersburg
26. Sacramento – Stockton (+6)
27. Kansas City (+3)
28. Charlotte (-1)
29. Norfolk – Portsmouth – Newport News (-5)
30. Buffalo (-1)
31. Columbus, OH (+6)
32. St. Louis (-4)
33. Raleigh – Durham (-11)
34. Grand Rapids – Kalamazoo (-1)
35. San Diego (+12)
36. Albany – Schenectady (-10)
37. San Antonio
38. Tampa – St. Petersburg (-7)                     
39. Rochester, NY (-4)
40. Nashville (-1)
41. Champaign – Springfield – Decatur
42. Greenville – Spartanburg (-2)
43. Memphis
44. Phoenix (+1)
45. Syracuse
46. West Palm Beach (-10)                          
47. Orlando – Daytona Beach (-1)                             
48. Madison (+1)         
49. Flint – Saginaw (-8)      
50. Green Bay – Appleton (-6)

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<![CDATA[New-Look Celtics Set to Kickoff NBA Season Against Cavs]]> Tue, 17 Oct 2017 16:19:46 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/173*120/GettyImages-860332760.jpg

I have to admit, this was an incredible offseason for the NBA. So many moves, and the Boston Celtics were very active.

Think about who’s no longer on this Boston roster: Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, Avery Bradley, Kelly Olynyk and Amir Johnson, just to name a few. And this is coming off a season where the Celtics were the top seed in the east.

But when you get blown out in the Eastern Conference Finals, Danny Ainge wanted to get better. Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward... come on down.

Is this year’s team better than last? And are they better than the Cavs? I think so.

Maybe not better than Cleveland yet, but I like the direction they are heading.

Look, the East is for the taking, top to bottom. It doesn’t even come close to the West.

And while the Cavs do have LeBron, they also have Dwyane Wade... old. And Derek Rose... broken.

Thomas is interesting, but injured.

Here’s what we need to see from the Celtics:

  1. Irving needs to prove he can be a star without LeBron on his roster.
  2. Can Hayward be a star in a big market? This isn’t Salt Lake City anymore.
  3. Can the young guys, Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum, be big contributors and show star potential this year?
  4. The biggest for me is Brad Stevens. He’s got studs now. How quickly can they gel, because you have a feeling there might be some bumps and bruises. But it’s not how you start, it’s how you finish.

Washington will be a contender and so will Milwaukee and Toronto. But really, we all know it will come down to Cleveland and Boston.

I wish it was May already, but I am looking forward to the opener.

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<![CDATA[2 Teens Arrested on Drug Charges in Wilton]]> Tue, 17 Oct 2017 08:44:04 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/WILTON-MARIJUANA-SUSPECTS.jpg

Two teens were arrested on drug charges during a traffic stop in Wilton Sunday.

Nineteen-year-old Mateus Nascimento-Dacosta of Danbury and 18-year-old Jazmine Mccabe of Brookfield each face charges of possession of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana with intent to sell, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

The pair was pulled over on Route 7 around 11 p.m. Sunday for a broken headlight. When officers approached they smelled marijuana coming from the vehicle, police said.

Police searched the vehicle and found 1.125 pounds of marijuana, 1 ounce of butane hash oil/wax, 28 THC liquid refills for e-cigarettes and five Xanax pills.

Both Nascimento-Dacosta and Mccabe were arraigned in Norwalk Superior Court Monday and are due back in November.

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<![CDATA[Your Guide to Haunted Happenings in Connecticut]]> Tue, 17 Oct 2017 15:04:29 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Trail+of+Terror+in+Wallingford+2.JPG

With just days to go before Halloween, there are haunted happenings all across Connecticut to satisfy your desire for all things spooky.

Here are some of them:

Bristol: The Haunted Graveyard at Lake Compounce, 186 Enterprise Drive 

  • The Haunted Graveyard walkthrough begins at dusk.
  • Cost: Combo rides and graveyard tickets are $34.99 for adults and $27.99 for children who are 11 and younger. The price for only the Haunted Graveyard is $27.99 for adults and $22.99 for children 11 and younger. Parking is $9 if you buy online or $10 at the gate.

East Haven: Haunted Isle at the Shore Line Trolley Museum 

  • Until the end of October, the oldest continuously running suburban trolley line in the U.S. becomes spooky. “Legend has it that somewhere in the woods at the end of the trolley tracks lurk the things that nightmares are made of. This fall a lonely trolley will carry passengers down the tracks to the gate. The choice is yours… enter if you dare!” the website says.
  • This is not recommended for children under 10, anyone who is pregnant, has a heart condition or asthma or is prone to seizures.
  • Trolleys leave from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays through Oct. 28.
  • Cost: $12 for general admission, $20 for express admission.

Hamden: Creeperum Haunted House, 41R Marne St. 

  • Creeperum Haunted House boasts a “sinister collection of creepy, fantastic and horrific oddities from around the world” and it is not recommended for children under 13.
  • It is open Thursdays through Sundays through Oct. 31 at 41R Marne St., behind Monkey Joe's Party Center.
  • Cost: $20 for advance general admission, $25 at the door general admission, $33 for advance V.I.P speed pass cut to the front of the line, $40 at the door for V.I.P Speed Pass Cut to the front of the line.

North Haven: The Scream Haunted Attraction, 275 Valley Service Road. 

  • The event is open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through Oct. 29 and it’s not recommended for anyone under 14.
  • Cost: Tickets are $15. Group discounts are available for groups of 20 people or more.

Norwalk: The Haunting at Mill Hill, Mill Hill Historic Park, 2 East Wall St.

  • Tour the Mill Hill graveyard by lantern light and hear stories of murder, death and destruction. The organizers say the attraction is appropriate for children ages 8 and up.
  • Tours are available at 9 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 20 and 6 p.m., 7:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 21.
  • Tickets are $12 for children between 8 and 12 and $18 for teens and adults.

Shelton: Legends of Fear, Fairview Tree Farm, 2 Sam Mill City Road

  • At Legends of Fear, “unspeakable beings are lurking in the shadows of the eerie October moonlit nights.” On Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays until Nov. 4 take the haunted hayride or be frightened at four attractions: the Hallow (for ages 12 and over), Melon Head Revenge Train, the all-new Helmock Manor Mortuary, Pine Hills Parish and The Dark Harvest.
  • Cost: $25 The Hallow (four attractions); $24 for the haunted hayride; $42 for a combo ticket for all five attractions; or $57 for VIP ticket, which is limited in quantity.

South Windsor: Nightmare Acres, 240 Governors Highway

  • Nightmare Acres, located at Nomads Outdoor Adventure, is not recommended for anyone under 14.
  • It is open Fridays and Saturdays, 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. and Sundays from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. until Oct. 29. Anyone under 14 must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Cost: Tickets range from $12 for the group rate to $35 for the nightmare pass. Cost is $5 to park in the Doosan parking lot.

Stratford: Fright Haven, 411 Barnum Ave. 

  • Open Thursdays through Sundays through Oct. 22, Monday, Oct. 30 and Tuesday, Oct. 31. Organizers say you’ll be too scared to scream. Those with weak hearts, health conditions, young children and pregnant women are advised to enter at their own risk. 
  • Cost: General admission tickets are $20 with an advance ticket purchase online or $25 at the door. A V.I.P. Cut the Line Speed Pass is $39 with an advance ticket purchase online or $49 at the door. A special V.I.P. ticket with a T-shirt is $49 with an advance ticket purchase or $55 at the door, which also entitles you to a souvenir fashion Fright Haven T-shirt.

Wallingford: Trail of Terror, 60 North Plains Highway, Wallingford 

  • It is open Fridays and Saturdays, 7 p.m. until 11 p.m. and Sundays, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. until Oct. 29 and it’s not recommended for children under 10 to walk the trail. It is not recommended for young children to attend and children under 5 will not be allowed.
  • Cost:$20 for a timed ticket; $18 for a group timed ticket; $15 for general admission. PNA Park, located at the corner of N Plains Hwy and N Plains Industrial Road, provides parking for the Trail of Terror for $8 per car and $25 per coach or school bus.

Waterbury: Nightmare on Wolcott St., 1058 Wolcott St., Waterbury 

  • Nightmare on Wolcott Street includes more than 55 rooms of terror, including chainsaws, creepy sounds, animatronics, live characters and more. It is open from 6 p.m. until midnight on Friday and Saturday and 6 p.m. until 11 p.m. on Sundays. The event runs through Oct. 29. It is recommended for teens and adults. Younger children can go if children bring them, but organizers do not encourage that anyone be carried.
  • Cost: Tickets are $15.

If your favorite haunted happening is missing, comment here or email us at news@nbcconnecticut.com.

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<![CDATA[Construction to Begin on Columbus Commons in New Britain]]> Tue, 17 Oct 2017 07:16:17 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Columbus+New+Britain+development.jpg

Construction is beginning on two large housing units in New Britain.

Ground will be broken today on Columbus Commons, a new housing development on Columbus Boulevard that will include two 5-story buildings, about 160 apartments, an interior courtyard and retail or office space on the first floor. 

The development, which will be in downtown New Britain, near CT fastrak, will cost $58 million and will be paid for with federal and state funds.

The state Department of Economic and Community Development invested $2.7 million in Brownfield Funds to help with demolition and environmental cleanup and the Connecticut Finance Agency awarded a $1.6 million low-income tax credit.

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<![CDATA[Frosty Start to Tuesday Morning]]> http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Frost+on+cars.JPG

Temperatures range from below freezing in some parts of Connecticut to 40 degrees in others this morning before the weather starts to warm up today.

Officials in Bantam said it was only 28 degrees as of 5:40 a.m., while temperatures in Torrington are around 31 and 35 in Norwich.

That means that residents in parts of the state will have to scrape the windows on their vehicle before heading out the door this morning. 


Today: A cool start to the day with temperatures in the 30s and 40s. Mostly sunny. Highs in the middle 60s.

Wednesday: Mostly sunny. Highs in the middle 60s.

Thursday: Mostly sunny. Highs in the middle 60s.

Friday: Partly cloudy. Highs in the middle to upper 60s.

Saturday: Partly cloudy. Highs in the upper 60s.

Sunday: Partly cloudy. Highs in the low 70s.

Monday: Partly cloudy. Highs in the upper 60s.

Tuesday: Partly cloudy. Highs in the upper 60s.

Wednesday: Mostly sunny. Highs in the mid 60s.

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Mostly clear, with a low around 59. West wind around 5 mph becoming calm after midnight.
Mostly sunny, with a high near 84. Calm wind becoming west 5 to 7 mph in the afternoon.
Thursday Night
A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms after 2am. Patchy fog after 5am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low around 68. South wind around 6 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.
A chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 7am. Patchy fog before 7am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a high near 86. Light south wind increasing to 5 to 9 mph in the morning. Winds could gust as high as 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.
Friday Night
A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Patchy fog before 1am, then patchy fog after 4am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low around 70. Southwest wind 5 to 8 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%.
A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Patchy fog before 7am. Otherwise, partly sunny, with a high near 82. Chance of precipitation is 40%.
Saturday Night
Partly cloudy, with a low around 62.
Mostly sunny, with a high near 82.
Sunday Night
Partly cloudy, with a low around 60.
A chance of showers after noon. Partly sunny, with a high near 76. Chance of precipitation is 40%.
Monday Night
Partly cloudy, with a low around 56.
A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 77. Chance of precipitation is 30%.
Tuesday Night
Partly cloudy, with a low around 56.
Mostly sunny, with a high near 79.M

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<![CDATA[Underage Driver Charged in Tolland Crash]]> Tue, 17 Oct 2017 11:27:17 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Crash+on+Shenipsit+Lake+Road+in+Tolland.jpg

A 15-year-old boy crashed a Mercedes into a tree in Tolland just before 1:30 a.m. Tuesday and he and another 15-year-old were transported to Connecticut Children’s Medical Center after the crash to be treated for minor injuries, according to state police.

Police said they responded to a dirt section near 603 Shenipsit Lake Road at 1:23 a.m. after a speeding driver going south crossed into the northbound lane and the 1984 Mercedes he was driving sideswiped a tree.

Police said both teens sustained minor injuries.

In the state of Connecticut, a 16- or 17-year-old must get a learner’s permit before practicing driving.

The driver was charged with reckless driving, operating a motor vehicle without a license and risk of injury to a child.

He was issued a juvenile summons and is due to appear in Rockville Juvenile Court on Oct. 26.

Photo Credit: Tolland Alert]]>
<![CDATA[Lanes Open After Broken Down Truck Closed Route 6 in Plymouth]]> Tue, 17 Oct 2017 06:37:41 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/police-lights-generic-day-connecticut.jpg

Route 6 was closed between Elm Street and Route 72 in Terryville after a paving and milling truck broke down, but one lane on each side has reopened.

Officials said construction is going on and the road was initially expected to be closed until after 9 a.m.

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<![CDATA[Groups Have Trouble Delivering Aid to Puerto Rico Post Hurricanes]]> Mon, 16 Oct 2017 23:29:18 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Groups_Have_Trouble_Delivering_Aid_to_Puerto_Rico.jpg

At the Parkville Community and Senior Center in Hartford, cases and cases of bottled water line the walls and they are now starting to run out of room for boxes filled with food and clothing donations for the victims of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico.

"It’s been really phenomenal to see the amount of supplies brought. Our seniors have brought in supplies," David Yonan, director of the Parkville Community and Senior Center, said. "It shows the compassion for our fellow Americans who are suffering in Puerto Rico."

State Representative Minnie Gonzalez said it’s difficult to deliver the supplies. The shipping cost alone is expensive.

"A container of 53 feet, between $7,500 and $9,000, so it’s hard," Gonzalez said.

And it’s not just about the money. She wants to send the supplies to people living in rural towns in the mountains that were hit hardest, but it’s taking time. She hopes to get the supplies out this week.

"They are complaining that the roads are not passable and they are having problems," Gonzalez said. "I’m waiting to see where we can get the best price, and if this goes close to one of the towns where I want to send this."

If you still want to help, Gonzalez said monetary donations are best. Officials say you can call 211 to donate supplies to storm victims who are moving to Connecticut.

The Parkville Community Center, they’re going to continue to accept donations through Christmas.

<![CDATA[New London Schools Vote to Slash $4.2 Million to Budget]]> Tue, 17 Oct 2017 06:56:01 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/city-of-new-london-city-hall.jpg

The New London City Council voted to slash millions from education and said the uncertainty surrounding the state's budget is the reason for such a tough decision.

"That’s not fiscal responsibility, that’s not caring for our kids," a resident, Daniel Spur, said.

The city council debated the entire city budget on Monday night at City Hall. School district leaders pleaded for the city to make a change before the council likely votes on the cut.

“We have to position ourselves fiscally as a worst-case scenario,” Don Venditto, New London City Council President Pro Tempore, said.

The City of New London is operating without a budget and is also proposing $8,238,000 worth of cuts from the general city budget.

With the state budget in flux, there are still many funding unknowns.

Interim Superintendent Dr. Stephen Tracy said the district will be forced to operate with 11.7 percent fewer general fund dollars than last year. He does not want that to bleed directly into the classroom since a large majority of district resources are spent in the schools and on student services.

"That we take another look and try to make sure it comes out as balanced as it can be. That we don’t have a situation where one side of the budget is suffering millions of dollars of reduction and the other isn’t," Tracy said.

New London Mayor Michael Passero got heated with Tracy before the meeting.

He told NBC Connecticut that the $4.2 million in cuts comes from the state, saying the number came from the education revenue cuts for the city in the budget recently vetoed by Gov. Dannel Malloy.

He said the city can’t reduce a budget, but it can add to it. So, the district could see that money come back when the state budget is intact.

"In effect they’re saying, ‘We’re not cutting you, they’re cutting you.’ All I know is, if nobody does anything, we’re in the position of not being able to deliver the program that we’re supposed to deliver," Tracy said.

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<![CDATA[$50,000 Reward Offered in New Haven Teen Murder Case]]> Mon, 16 Oct 2017 21:19:10 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Tyrick-Reese-Keyes.jpg

The mother of 14-year-old Tyrick "Reese" Keyes made an emotional plea Monday for the public to help police with their murder investigation as a $50,000 reward is now being offered to anyone with information that can lead to an arrest and conviction.

"This right here is what a mother should never have to go through," Demthra Telfod said, showing a photo of her son in the hospital before he died.

It has been three months since someone shot her youngest child on Bassett Street in New Haven. He passed away four days later.

"If anyone know anything or seen anything on that day, please come forward, I need your help, call the police department, ease the peace for me and my family," Telford said.

New Haven Police detectives are still trying to figure out who pulled the trigger.

"Since the shooting, no other eyewitnesses have come forward despite several neighborhood canvasses," Chief Anthony Campbell said.

Detectives also want to find out why this happened.

"We’re not sure of the exact motive at this time," Detective Paul D’Andrea said. "He was, in fact, shot multiple times."

Now Keyes’ mother and investigators are hoping the $50,000 reward authorized by Governor Malloy’s office will motivate someone to help police solve the case.

"He never had the opportunity to attend high school and he was shot down in the streets of New Haven," Campbell said. "That’s unacceptable, completely unacceptable."

As the homicide investigation continues, Telford holds onto photos to keep her son’s memory alive.

"My son was a good son and he did a lot and he left that good legacy for me to smile upon," she said.

There are multiple ways for anyone with information connected to the murder case to get in touch with NHPD. The detectives' division number is (203) 946-6304 and the anonymous tip line (203) 946-6296. A tip can be sent by texting “NHPD” with the message to 274637 or by email.

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<![CDATA[Construction Underway on Willow Creek Apartments in Hartford]]> Mon, 16 Oct 2017 18:39:32 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/willow-creek-apartments-ground-breaking.jpg

Construction is underway on the new Willow Creek apartments in Hartford.

The new homes will replace the old Bowles Park public housing complex in the Blue Hills area of the city.

"I’m very, very happy," said Rose Price of Hartford.

Price lived in the old, 1950s-era Bowles Park neighborhood for more than 30 years. She’s looking forward to moving to the new Willow Creek apartments soon.

"Let us keep this place beautiful and safe," she said.

With construction going on behind them, city and state leaders ceremoniously broke ground on the project on Monday.

"This is an overall effort that our urban environments are as strong as they once were and frankly stronger in the future," said Governor Dannel Malloy.

Its phase one of a multi-year, multi-million dollar project to revitalize the Blue Hills neighborhood. When it’s done, it will include more than 60 mixed-income rental apartments and 25 single family homes to be sold.

"This is just one piece of the puzzle," Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin said.

The project cost $40 million, with about a third coming from public funds, including some money from federal grants. Despite state budget concerns, Malloy said housing is a priority.

"I just had to veto a budget that would have done away with the very housing department that just created 22,000 units of housing," Malloy said. "It doesn’t make sense. People need to understand that our great urban environments need replacement housing."

The project is expected to be completed late next year.

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<![CDATA[Amazon Hiring Seasonal Workers for Wallingford Center]]> Mon, 16 Oct 2017 18:37:59 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/AP_17249757913008.jpg

The American Jobs Center held the first of four job fairs for seasonal positions at Amazon’s sorting center on Research Parkway in Wallingford.

Dozens lined up at the center in Hamden on Monday morning for the chance to land a part-time job with the online giant.

"I’m looking to get my foot in the door and go from there," Maurice Smith of New Haven said.

Smith told NBC Connecticut he is pursuing a new career path after spending more than two decades working in transportation.

"They’ve got a lot of popularity and I didn’t know they had so much of a strong backing you know as far as the warehouses, their products," Smith said about why he would like to work for Amazon.

Nationwide in 33 states, Amazon plans to fill 120,000 part-time positions for the holiday season. The job pay $12.50 an hour for four-hour shifts starting at 9 a.m., 2:30 p.m., 8 p.m. or 10 p.m.

"As you know, a lot of factories and places have left Connecticut," Jocelyn Griffin said. "Amazon would be the biggest, finest place to work."

Griffin is hoping she will be one of the 1,600 people hired to work at Amazon’s Wallingford location.

"I need a job period," Griffin said. "I’ve been out of work for a while and they just don’t have jobs here and that’s why I’m just happy Amazon came."

The Amazon seasonal fulfillment associate job requirements include receiving products using radio frequency scanners, relocating products using high power equipment, as well as picking, packing and shipping customer orders.

"I’ve seen these positions turn into full time after the holiday rush," Jim Lauber from the CT Department of Labor said. "There’s a possibility if people get on board now, they could have a full time position after the holidays."

The American Job Center is hosting three more recruitment sessions for Amazon’s seasonal jobs. The next one is at the Meriden American Job Center on 87 W. Main Street on October 23.

There will also be two job fairs at the New Haven American Job Center at 560 Ella T. Grasso Blvd. on Oct. 25 and 30.

To reserve a time slot in advance (9:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m), email here or here.

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<![CDATA[Man Who Barricaded Himself Inside Burning Home Found Dead]]> Mon, 16 Oct 2017 17:38:45 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/BOST_000000009727087.JPG

A man police say barricaded himself inside a burning home Monday in Leominster, Massachusetts, has been found dead.

Police went to 8 Eden Glen St. to serve the man with a civil commitment warrant, Massachusetts State Police said. He refused to surrender and barricaded himself in the house.

"When I got here, it was coming through the roof," said neighbor Maria Richardson.

Hours earlier, police were trying to serve a warrant to have a man committed for concern over alcohol or drug use.

"They realized right away, when the door got slammed in their face and the door was barricaded," said Leominster Police Chief Michael Goldman.

Goldman says he doesn't know if the suspect had a weapon or if shots were fired, but his officers were sprayed with glass.

"Something came out of the window and a door my officers were trying to get into," Goldman said. "We don't know what it was."

State police negotiators tried to talk to the man barricaded on the first floor.

Richardson says she knows the suspect and his mother well.

"He has a mental illness and she's been away, so he's just not right," she said. "I feel so bad for her because she's in the hospital and can do nothing."

Witnesses said as police closed in and the fire continued to rage, the situation became increasingly tense.

"They were shooting out the windows to vent out the house," witness Jeff Greco said. "The pressure in the house built up so bad they backed everybody off. They were afraid it was going to explode."

"Everybody was in danger of that house blowing up," said witness John Egan.

After nearly three hours, the special ops team went inside and found the suspect dead on the first floor, police confirmed around 2:40 p.m.

"Somebody cared enough to take a section 35 out and try and get him some help, and it didn't end well for him," Goldman said.

Leominster High School on Granite Street was temporarily in "shelter in place" mode due to the police activity in the area, but that has since been lifted.

The investigation has been turned over to the Worcester County District Attorney's Office. The deceased person has not yet been identified.

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<![CDATA[Multiple Vehicles Vandalized Overnight in West Haven]]> Mon, 16 Oct 2017 18:37:35 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/WEST-HAVEN-CAR-VANDALISM.jpg

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<![CDATA[Amazon Job Fair Underway]]> Mon, 16 Oct 2017 12:06:30 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Amazon_Job_Fair_Underway.jpg

An Amazon job fair is underway today and several other fairs are planned.