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    Interstate 91 northbound repoened Monday afternoon after an oil cargo tanker rolled over and caught fire Monday morning, spilling 3,000 gallons of oil, according to state police and the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.

    Police believe the tanker may have struck the Murdock Avenue overpass on the northbound side the highway between exits 16 and 15.

    "It appears at this point, although it's preliminary, that it may have blown a tire and hit the bridge abutment, tore the tank off the trunk, splitting it down the back and turning it upside down," said Meriden Fire Chief Ken Morgan.

    State police said a passenger car drove through the flames. The driver said he was shaken up but unharmed – although his Subaru melted. The tanker driver was taken to the hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.

    Traffic is being diverted off the northbound side of the highway at exit 15, according to state police spokesman Trooper Kelly Grant. Police said the northbound lanes would remain closed until nightfall. The southbound side of the highway reopened around noon.  Two lanes on the northbound side reopened around 4:15 p.m.

    Footage from the scene of the crash shows a plume of black smoke rising up into the sky shortly. A large pool of oil and firefighting foam has seeped out into the highway. Meriden police said crews are letting the fire burn itself out in the grassy median.

    Eversource is checking the coating on nearby power lines to see if heat from the fire may have melted the wires, according to Meriden police.

    Crews from Berlin, Wallingford, Meriden, Middletown and New Haven provided mutual aid. A DEEP emergency response team was also called to the scene.


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    Four West Haven residents are facing charges in connection with the July 4 murder of their housemate, who was found wrapped in plastic and "literally blown up" in a remote area of Hamden, according to state and federal officials.

    Christopher Miller, 40; Deborah Miller, 59; Natali Martinez-Sanchez, 29; and James Bryant, 64; all of 59 Front Avenue in West Haven, were arrested Monday as part of the investigation into the death of their 39-year-old housemate.

    Christopher Miller has been charged with his murder.

    The victim, Edward Brooks, was found wrapped in a plastic bag and tied with rope at West Rock State Park in Hamden on the Fourth of July, according to the U.S. attorney's office. Police found his body while investigating the report of an explosion nearby on Wintergreen Avenue.

    Investigators revealed at a press conference Monday that Brooks was shot and killed at his home in West Haven, then dumped in Hamden.

    Then, "literally, he was blown up with an explosive device," according to U.S. Attorney Dierdre Daly.

    In the days after Brooks' death, investigators searched his home at 59 Front Avenue in West Haven. Federal authorities said Brooks' housemates were "subjects of an ongoing narcotics investigation" but wouldn't comment Monday on how long they had been under scrutiny.

    During the search, investigators found materials used to make pipe bombs, which matched the device used to "blow up" Brooks' body, federal prosecutors said. Authorities also uncovered about 16 grams of crack cocaine, 10.6 grams of methamphetamine and drug packaging materials.

    "A little over a week later, the individuals believed to be responsible for this horrific crime have been identified and apprehended, as have individuals who helped ‘clean up’ and try to conceal this violent murder," Daly said.

    Christopher Miller was arrested Monday on the following state and federal charges:

    • Murder (state)
    • Conspiracy to commit murder (state)
    • Second-degree hindering prosecution (state)
    • Interfering with an officer (state)
    • Criminal use of a firearm (state)
    • Criminal possession of a firearm by a convicted felon
    • Criminal use of a firearm to commit a felony (state)
    • Tampering with evidence (state)
    • Three counts of risk of injury to a minor (state)
    • Convicted felon in possession of an explosive device (federal)

    He appeared in court Monday and was held on $1 million bond. State's Attorney Kevin Lawlor said Christopher Miller has been appointed a public defender but did not know the defender's name.

    Federal authorities have charged both Deborah Miller and Martinez-Sanchez conspiring to distribute crack cocaine and methamphetamine. Daly said Deborah Miller is Christopher Miller's mother and Martinez-Sanchez is his girlfriend.

    The state charged Bryant and Martinez-Sanchez with second-degree hindering prosecution and tampering with evidence.

    Authorities are searching for a fifth person – Maurice Wearing, 26 – in connection with the crime. It's not clear what charges he will face, but Lawlor said Wearing has been linked to the murder.

    Investigators have not commented on a possible motive.

    It's not clear if Bryant, Martinez-Sanchez or Deborah Miller has an attorney.



    Photo Credit: NBCConnecticut.com/Connecticut State Police

    Authorities are searching for Maurice Wearing in connection with the murder of Edward Brooks in West Haven on the Fourth of July. Brooks' body was found in a rural area of Hamden.Authorities are searching for Maurice Wearing in connection with the murder of Edward Brooks in West Haven on the Fourth of July. Brooks' body was found in a rural area of Hamden.

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    Police arrested six people, including a 17-year-old, after uncovering an illegal boarding house in Hartford, where they found guns, drugs and surveillance cameras.

    Hartford police spokesman Deputy Chief Brian Foley said city officials searched an unauthorized rooming house at 41 Madison Street on Tuesday morning after receiving complaints from concerned residents.

    Foley said authorities relocated residents after determining the house "unfit for human occupancy." Eleven residents were given vouchers for temporray housing.

    Law enforcement seized a stolen 9mm Ruger pistol and Colt 357 revolver, 8 grams of powder cocaine, 20 grams of crack cocaine, 33 bags of heroin, an ounce of marijuana, surveillance cameras and $960 cash.

    The following people are facing charges after hiding in a front room, according to police:

    • Jorge Ramirez, 27, of Hartford
    • David Lopez, 21, of East Hartford
    • Jose Cruz, 32, of Hartford
    • Ivan Vega, 21, of Hartford
    • Guadalupe Hoy, 20, of East Hartford
    • Unnamed 17-year-old boy, of East Hartford

    The suspects, who are facing a variety of drug and weapon charges, will all appear in court today.



    Photo Credit: Hartford Police Department

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    Police have arrested a New Haven man who they say flipped his car, climbed through the wreckage and ran from the scene just 100 feet away from a group of officers training outside Tuesday morning.

    Brandon Jones, 24, crashed in the area of 800 Sherman Parkway in New Haven around 9:30 a.m., according to police. It happened right next to the New Haven Police Academy, where officers were training at the firing range.

    Police said Jones tried to pass another car at a high rate of speed, lost control and took out a metal fence at a senior housing project just south of Bassett Street. He climbed out of his crumpled sedan and took off.

    Several officers watched it happen.

    Police chased Jones and caught up with him near his house a few blocks away.

    He was arrested and charged with reckless driving, reckless endangerment, illegal possession of marijuana, possession of marijuana with intent to sell, driving without insurance, driving an unregistered car, driving with a suspended license and third-degree criminal mischief.



    Photo Credit: New Haven Fire Department

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    There is no federal law in effect that now requires rental car companies to warn consumers if the vehicle they are renting is under a safety recall.

    On Wednesday, the U.S. Senate will consider legislation that could close the loophole, coming on the heels of the largest auto safety recall in US history.

    Last week, manufacturer Takata Corp. expanded its recall to now include more than 57 million air bags worldwide, with 34 million air bags in the United States.

    Jewel Brangman is one of eight people known to have died from injuries caused by a faulty air bags, after a car crash in Los Angeles while behind the wheel of one such rental car.

    Her father, Alexander Brangman, remembers walking into County/USC Medical Center’s trauma unit to see his vivacious daughter hooked up to various life sustaining machines.

    "I couldn’t even breathe. I collapsed to the floor," he says, recalling that moment.

    Brangman remembers his 26-year-old daughter as inquisitive and humble. She was a source of boundless energy who brought so much life to his life, he said.

    In a gentle voice he recalls the "petite" girl with the "big presence."

    "Her infectious laugh. How much she loved and wanted to heal," he says. "How dynamic she was. How much promise she had."

    Jewel Brangman was a competitive gymnast. She had a master’s degree and plans to earn a doctorate, which she intended to pay for with money made from her modeling career.

    But Jewel Brangman died Sept. 8, 2014.

    Last month the Honda corporation confirmed Brangman’s fatal injuries resulted from the Takata Corp.-manufactured air bag in the 2001 Honda she was driving. Honda Corp. issued a statement in June, when it confirmed that Brangman had died as a result of the airbag deployment. Read that statement here.

    It is a painful irony for Brangman. "Air bags are supposed to save lives," he says. "Not be the cause to take them."

    Of the eight known deaths caused by Takata air bags, Jewel Brangman is the only one to have died in a rental car. The 2001 Honda Civic she rented had been under recall since 2009.

    Takata Corp. responded to NBC4's inquiries with the following statement:

    "Our condolences go out to the driver's family. The incident cited involved a vehicle that had been previously recalled, and we are working in close collaboration with Honda to determine the facts and circumstances surrounding the situation. Takata's number one priority is the safety of the driving public."

    Rosemary Shahan is president of Consumers for Auto Reliability and Safety. She never met Jewel Brangman, but talking about the "preventable" loss of her life, brings her to tears.

    "It’s totally heartbreaking. That not should have happened. She should still be alive."

    Shahan says it is "crazy" that rental car companies do not have to comply with the same standard that new car dealers do.

    "The whole point is the car is either safe or not," she says.

    It is illegal for dealers to sell vehicles without first repairing a known safety defect, but rental car companies are allowed to rent cars even if the recalled safety defect has not been fixed.

    Many of the larger rental companies voluntarily pull recalled cars off the street until they are repaired, but there is no federal oversight or legal consequence for renting a potentially unsafe vehicle.

    "It’s just really outrageous," says Shahan.

    Shahan is critical of the upcoming bill introduced by Sen. John Thune (R- South Dakota). The bill would require rental car companies to disclose any recalls, but not require them to take the car off the road.

    "That’s really just passing the buck on to someone. Trying to shift the liability on to the consumer. It’s just really not your job to make sure the car is safe," she says.

    Los Angeles attorney Adam Shea is representing Alexander Brangman in a lawsuit against the San Diego-based company that rented Jewel Brangman the car, as well as Honda and Takata.

    Referring to a series of accident photos, he says it is "astonishing" the magnitude of Jewel Brangman’s injuries when the four-car accident was really just a fender-bender.

    According to the police report of the crash, the only air bag that deployed was in Jewel Brangman’s car. None of the other drivers suffered serious injuries. No one but Jewel Brangman was taken away by an ambulance.

    Shea explains that a metal fragment from the air bag left a 3-inch slice in Brangman’s neck, causing a significant blood loss that ultimately cut off the oxygen to her brain. The coroner’s report lists traumatic brain injury as the cause of death.

    Shea says what makes this case so unusual is that Honda and Takata had known of the air bag problems for years, and chose “profits over safety.” He wants Honda and Takata to make a bigger effort repairing the millions of cars still on the road with defective air bags.

    "The way to get their attention is for a jury in LA to say, ‘what you did was reprehensible. What you did was not right and you are going to pay for it,’" he says.

    While his grief is overwhelming, Alexander Brangman takes some comfort from the very last text he got from his daughter — the day of her deadly crash.

    "I love my life, dad," she wrote. "I love my life."

    Alexander Brangman explains that it is difficult to talk about his daughter publicly, to go through the pain over and over. He takes motivation from his daughter, who he believes would want him to be an advocate so no other family will suffer as he has.

    "I had her for 26 years, nine months, approximately 11 hours and 8 minutes," he says. "I will never get over this loss."

    For a complete list of makes and models affected by the Takata air bag recalls, visit this site.

    To check your specific car using your Vehicle Identification Number, check the database here.


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    The Manhattan day care where a 4-month-old boy died Monday, his first day at the facility, has never been licensed or registered by the state, NBC 4 New York has learned.

    The New York State Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS), which contracts with the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene to inspect licensed family-based and school-age child care programs, issued a cease and desist letter to SoHo Child Care Tuesday following the death of Karl Towndrow hours after his mother dropped him off for his first day at the facility.

    The city's health department first got a complaint of an illegal child care operation there in November 2014, but when investigators went to the site, they couldn't find any proof of the business, an official said. They spoke with staff of a business on the ground floor, who denied seeing any child care activity, and they looked at the entrance, which appeared to be going to a private apartment with no visible signs of business. No one answered the bell there, and investigators determined the complaint was unsubstantiated. 

    OCFS said it had no history of complaints there. 

    The day care worker caring for Towndrow told police that shortly before he died, she fed him bottled breast milk and tried unsuccessfully to burp him to sleep, the sources said. The child was fussy and refused to go to sleep, she said, according to the sources, but he didn't appear to be in distress.

    The worker told authorities she put the child into a bassinet and went to take care of the other 13 children at the center, the sources said. After about 10 minutes, the woman noticed the child had stopped making noises, the sources said.

    The woman went to check on the child after about another 15 minutes and found his lips were blue and he was unresponsive, the sources said.  She then tried to perform CPR and called 911. Emergency responders also tried unsuccessfully to resuscitate the child, witness John Hadzi said.

    After an autopsy Tuesday, the medical examiner's office said, "The cause and manner of death are pending further studies following today's examination."

    In a statement, Towndrow's parents, who live in Brooklyn Heights, wrote, "Karl's parents appreciate the kind words and condolences they have received. He was full of love and was treasured by all that met him. At this time, his parents ask for privacy as they grieve his short, wonderful life." 

    "We are saddened and concerned about this infant death, and are working closely with law enforcement and ACS on an investigation," the health department said in a statement.

    The day care owner didn't respond to reporters as she was led out of the facility Monday by police. She is not under arrest. 

    Home-based programs are licensed by the state and regulated under contract by DOHMH. Under regulations, group home day cares are allowed to care for a maximum of 12 children at a time, two fewer than the number authorities say were in the SoHo home.

    The health department said it makes annual unannounced visits to inspect licensed child care facilities and investigates any complaints. OCFS urges all parents to check that their day care programs are licensed and operated within state regulations. A registry of licensed day care providers is available here. 



    Photo Credit: Gothamist

    Karl TowndrowKarl Towndrow

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    A Branford dad is accused of wielding a baseball bat and choking a teen while his 19-year-old son allegedly fought with other young people at a local Big Y store.

    Mark Balzano, 49, and his son, Brandyn Balzano, 19, of Branford, were arrested Monday evening.

    Police said someone reported seeing the elder Balzano attack another person with a baseball bat in the shopping plaza at 1075 West Main Street around 7:15 p.m. Monday.

    The skirmish started at the back of the shopping center, where Mark Balzano threatened a group of teenagers with a bat and choked a 16-year-old, according to police.

    His son, meanwhile, chased other teens into the nearby Big Y supermarket and fought with them in the store, according to police.

    Mark Balzano was charged with first-degree strangulation, second-degree threatening and breach of peace. He was released on $1,000 bond and is due in court July 21.

    Brandyn Balzano was charged with breach of peace. Police said he was released on a written promise to appear.

    Authorities also arrested a 16-year-old and 17-year-old who were involved in the fight. Police said the teens were each charged with breach of peace and released to the custody of their parents.



    Photo Credit: Branford Police Department

    Brandyn Balzano, 19, and his father, Mark Balzano, 49, were arrested after allegedly fighting with a group of teens at a Big Y supermarket in Branford.Brandyn Balzano, 19, and his father, Mark Balzano, 49, were arrested after allegedly fighting with a group of teens at a Big Y supermarket in Branford.

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    Kiss in the rain, fly to Spain, save a life -– those three things made up the bucket list of a Connecticut teen who died completing it.

    Rebecca Townsend, 17, of Brookfield was hit by a car last week after watching fireworks in Danbury. Her final act was to push a friend, Ben Arne, from the path of the oncoming car, according to her father.

    Arne survived. Townsend didn't.

    "That was typically Rebecca. I knew Ben Arne too. They were good friends; they were always talking in the halls, and I’m not surprised that she would save him," said Matthew Hooker, who was friends with Townsend. "She was always really bright and a smart girl."

    Family members said they found Townsend's bucket list after her death. She scribbled it in 2012 as part of a note entitled, "For the Future Rebecca Townsend."

    Her sister, Monica, read it at the funeral and posted her eulogy on Facebook.

    "What an insightful, funny, quirky, and sensitive little girl. To my parents, thank you for taking her to Spain," Monica Townsend wrote. "To Niko, thank you for being the cute boyfriend she could kiss in the rain. And to Ben, thank you for letting her save a life."

    Rebecca Townsend's story has inspired friends and strangers alike. A Facebook page called "Remembering Rebecca" documents small acts of kindness performed in her memory, and donations are pouring for a charity close to her heart.

    "It does her justice. She was a great person and she deserves all this attention for the life she lived," Hooker said.

    The driver who struck Townsend stayed at the scene and has not been charged.

    Friends said Arne is doing OK.



    Photo Credit: Facebook

    Family members say Rebecca Townsend, 17, completed her bucket list in her final moments.Family members say Rebecca Townsend, 17, completed her bucket list in her final moments.

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    Police have arrested a fifth person linked to the July 4 killing of a man found wrapped in plastic and "literally blown up" in a remote area of Hamden, according to state and federal officials.

    Maurice Wearing, 26, of West Haven, was arrested Tuesday morning. He was charged with conspiracy to commit murder, second-degree hindering prosecution and tampering with evidence.

    Christopher Miller, 40; Deborah Miller, 59; Natali Martinez-Sanchez, 29; and James Bryant, 64; all of 59 Front Avenue in West Haven, were arrested Monday as part of the investigation into the death of their 39-year-old housemate.

    Christopher Miller was charged with his murder.

    The victim, Edward Brooks, was found wrapped in a plastic bag and tied with rope at West Rock State Park in Hamden on the Fourth of July, according to the U.S. attorney's office. Police found his body while investigating the report of an explosion nearby on Wintergreen Avenue.

    Investigators revealed at a press conference Monday that Brooks was shot and killed at his home in West Haven, then dumped in Hamden.

    Then, "literally, he was blown up with an explosive device," according to U.S. Attorney Dierdre Daly.

    In the days after Brooks' death, investigators searched his home at 59 Front Avenue in West Haven. Federal authorities said Brooks' housemates were "subjects of an ongoing narcotics investigation" but wouldn't comment Monday on how long they had been under scrutiny.

    During the search, investigators found materials used to make pipe bombs, which matched the device used to "blow up" Brooks' body, federal prosecutors said. Authorities also uncovered about 16 grams of crack cocaine, 10.6 grams of methamphetamine and drug packaging materials.

    "A little over a week later, the individuals believed to be responsible for this horrific crime have been identified and apprehended, as have individuals who helped ‘clean up’ and try to conceal this violent murder," Daly said.

    Investigators have not commented on a possible motive.

    State's Attorney Kevin Lawlor said Christopher Miller has been appointed a public defender but did not know the defender's name. It's not clear if the other suspects have attorneys.



    Photo Credit: NBCConnecticut.com/Connecticut State Police

    Authorities are searching for Maurice Wearing in connection with the murder of Edward Brooks in West Haven on the Fourth of July. Brooks' body was found in a rural area of Hamden.Authorities are searching for Maurice Wearing in connection with the murder of Edward Brooks in West Haven on the Fourth of July. Brooks' body was found in a rural area of Hamden.

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    Emergency crews evacuated a Bloomfield office building after fire broke out Tuesday morning, destroying the facility's electrical system, according to the town fire marshal.

    Fire Marshal Roger Nelson said he believes the fire at the Bloomfield Professional Center on Jerome Avenue started in a second-floor bathroom undergoing renovation.

    Sparks from a soldering iron appear to have contacted a wall and ignited, Nelson said. Smoke and flames climbed up the wall and into the roof, prompting firefighters to cut ventilation holes.

    Accountant Sid Perew said he was working in his office when he smelled smoke. A couple minutes later, he and his colleagues were ushered out. Officials said no one was hurt in the fire.

    The building is not equipped with sprinklers, Nelson said. He expects it will take several months to repair damaged offices.


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    The soon-to-be Hartford Yard Goats enlisted fans to choose their new name and now the team is doing the same for its mascot.

    The Double-A Eastern League affiliate of the Colorado Rockies is kicking off a naming contest Tuesday. Fans can visit the Yard Goats website to see a picture of the new mascot and submit name suggestions through July 21.

    The fan with the winning submission will receive two season tickets for the Yard Goats' inaugural season in 2016 and will be invited to attend the mascot's unveiling in the fall.

    "Our mascot will be a very important part of the Hartford Yard Goats identity. Our new mascot will represent and capture the fun and excitement that fans of all ages will have at Dunkin’ Donuts Park," Yard Goats General Manager Tim Restall said in a statement Tuesday.

    The Yard Goats revealed their official logo and team colors last week at the XL Center in Hartford. The team, now playing its final season as the New Britain Rock Cats, will rebrand upon moving to the capital city next year.



    Photo Credit: Hartford Yard Goats

    Hartford Yard GoatsHartford Yard Goats

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    A Middletown mom was arrested Monday night after leaving her young daughter in a running car while talking with the child's father at the bar where he works, according to police.

    Police said Krista Pellerin, 31, of Middletown, drove with her 3- or 4-year-old daughter to Main Street Market at 386 Main Street around 8 p.m. Monday.

    She left the little girl strapped into a car seat while she entered the bar to bring creamer to her fiance and the child's father, who works as a cook at Main Street Market, according to police. The car's engine was running and the windows were down.

    Pellerin denied leaving the girl alone for more than a minute or two, but the child's father told police he and Pellerin "both got so involved in what they were doing that they did not realize how much time had passed," according to police.

    Pellerin was charged with leaving a child alone in a car after 8 p.m. She was released on $15,000 bond and is due in court July 23.



    Photo Credit: Middletown Police Department

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    A rural letter carrier in Tolland received a national hero award Tuesday after he helped save a customer’s life.

    Paul Horton has been on the job for 40 years and has roughly 570 customers on his route, but on Feb. 20, one customer stood out.

    It was 7 degrees and the winds were gusting up to 40 mph when Horton was two hours into his route and heard something unusual.

    "I heard what I thought were kids screaming like they do when the mailman arrives and they get excited," Horton said. "But then I heard someone scream, 'I’m going to die.'"

    The screams were coming from Nancy Goldstein, who fell on her icy driveway and could not get up. She had been lying in the snow for almost 45 minutes when Horton came to her rescue.

    "I thought, 'This is my last chance for anyone to find me in the snow,'" Goldstein recalled. "The snow was like 3 feet deep and I was running out of time."

    Goldstein is still recovering from frostbite on her hands, but doctors say she might have died if not for Horton.

    Horton was honored with a signed letter from the Postmaster General but says the real present is having Goldstein still on his route.

    "It just makes me happy being able to see her walk around the yard," Horton said. "That’s really all the reward I needed for it."


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    Police are searching for the man and two women who attacked and robbed a Watertown jeweler Saturday afternoon.

    The group entered Jon's Jewelers at 695 Main Street shortly after 1:45 p.m. Saturday and struck up a conversation with the store owner, according to police.

    Police said a man knocked the store owner to the ground, bruising his face, and tried to strangle and punch the store owner while two women grabbed wedding and engagement rings from the rear office.

    The three took off running southbound on Main Street and got into a newer two-door Nissan with tinted windows. Police said the Nissan's back bumper was dented in the left corner.

    The store owner suffered bruises and other injuries on his face. He was taken to the hospital for treatment and released the same day.

    Police are searching for the people responsible.

    They believe the male perpetrator is in his early 20s and stands about 5 feet 9 inches tall. Police said he is slim and weighs about 170 pounds. He has short, dark hair and was wearing a white tank top with jeans and rosary beads around his neck.

    One of the women was wearing a long platinum blond wig over her dark hair. Police said she appears to be in her early 20s, stands about 5 feet 4 inches tall and weighs 120 pounds. She was carrying a large Louis Vuitton bag at the time of the robbery.

    The second woman was about the same height and weight. She has shoulder-length dark hair and was wearing over-sized sunglasses.

    Police have released surveillance footage of the getaway car here and footage of one of the female perpetrators here.

    Police are asking anyone with information to call Det. Tom McDonnell at 860-945-5200 or the Crime Stoppers at 860-945-9940. Calls may remain anonymous.



    Photo Credit: Watertown Police Department

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    A little piece of Hollywood is happening in Connecticut this week.

    Production crews were in Cromwell on Tuesday morning filming an action flick called "The Getter," starring Tom Sizemore.

    In the film, Sizemore plays a former cop turned counselor trying to rescue a kidnapped girl.

    It's the second film director Jacob Cooney has shot in Cromwell in 2015. He was here earlier this year to make the film "Blue Line."

    "We really loved the area, really loved the people and wanted to bring that back," said Cooney.

    Several members of the film’s production team are from the Connecticut region.

    "It's great to be working with people that are local and know the area, know what to do," said Christopher Bye, the film's director of photography.

    "We’re getting a lot of resources that we wouldn’t otherwise get anywhere else," said Cooney.

    Sizemore and the cast will spend the next several days filming in the Cromwell area.

    They'll return in several months to wrap up production before shopping the movie around and getting a release date.


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    Homeowners helped police catch a would-be burglar after waking up to a loud noise early Tuesday morning, spotting a flashlight beam and calling 911.

    Police said Jose Pagan, 23, of Hamden, broke into a home on Maplewood Terrace around 1:30 a.m. Tuesday. He allegedly rummaged through a car parked in the driveway, then snuck in through a "dog door" in the back of the house.

    "I've seen burglars enter through many different entryways," said Hamden Police Captain Ron Smith. "Through a dog door, which is very small, I haven't seen that."

    Pagan grabbed electronic equipment and tried to leave with it but made a loud noise that awakened the residents, according to police. Authorities said the homeowners called the police after spotting the intruder holding a flashlight.

    Officers arrived to find Pagan standing in the mud room, holding electronics, according to police.

    He was arrested and charged with first-degree burglary, third-degree burglary, third-degree larceny and second-degree criminal mischief.

    Pagan was held on $10,000 bond and is due in court July 28.



    Photo Credit: Hamden Police Department

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    President Obama said the historic nuclear deal between world powers and Iran "demonstrates that American diplomacy can bring real and meaningful change" and ensures that "every pathway to a nuclear weapon is cut off."

    "Today, because America negotiated from a position of strength and principle we have stopped the spread of nuclear weapons in this region," Obama said Tuesday in a statement from the White House.

    He said he welcomes a debate in Congress on the deal, but warned lawmakers that he would veto any legislation that prevents a successful implementation of this deal.

    "I remind Congress, you don't make deals like this with your friends," Obama said.

    Iran and world powers reached the agreement early Tuesday for Tehran to curb its nuclear program in exchange for the easing of economic sanctions. Tehran has been negotiating with the U.S., Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China for years, with diplomats extending a series of deadlines in hopes of arriving at a workable plan.

    The comprehensive agreement — which runs more than 80 pages — capped negotiations and overcame stiff opposition from close U.S. allies like Israel and Saudi Arabia, who say Iran cannot be trusted with a nuclear program of any kind.

    Iran's Foreign Minister Javad Zarif called the agreement a "historic moment" and a "win-win solution" that could usher in a "new chapter of hope" in relations between Tehran and the West.



    Photo Credit: AP

    President Barack Obama, standing with Vice President Joe Biden, delivers remarks in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, July 14, 2015, after an Iran nuclear deal is reached.President Barack Obama, standing with Vice President Joe Biden, delivers remarks in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, July 14, 2015, after an Iran nuclear deal is reached.

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    A beached great white shark was rescued and led back to the open ocean on Monday after Cape Cod beachgoers kept it alive on the sand.

    The seven-foot male great white shark needed to be revived on South Beach in Chatham, Massachusetts, when he became stranded, according to the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy.

    Beachgoers kept the shark wet by splashing it with buckets of water; about 40 people crowded around the shark, which appeared dead when Harbormaster Stuart Smith arrived, he said.

    Smith and officials with the Conservancy and Massachusetts Department of Marine Fisheries pulled the shark back into open water. Officials say it took about an hour. Video posted online showed the rescue and the shark being towed at sea.

    The Associated Press contributed to this report.



    Photo Credit: Isabelle Hegland
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    After 55 years, the author of acclaimed novel "To Kill a Mockingbird" has released her second book.

    While some call it a sequel, "Go Set a Watchman" was actually written first, in the 1950s.

    It hit store shelves Tuesday morning in more than 70 countries – and of all Barnes & Noble locations in the U.S., the Farmington store garnered the highest number of book reservations.

    Assistant Manager Seth Dueben said residents reserved between 500 and 1,000 books.

    More than 2 million copies have been printed.

    "Go Set a Watchman" is the most pre-ordered book on Amazon.com since the release of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" in 2007.
     



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    Summertime downpours coupled with humidity continue Tuesday and Wednesday.

    Scattered bursts of torrential rain are expected through the rest of the day, with more clouds than sun. Temperatures will be near 80 degrees, with very humid conditions.

    A cold front comes through tomorrow as humidity levels surge to oppressive. A wave of low pressure will also form near Toms River, New Jersey. This combination will enhance the atmospheric lift and make for a localized flood threat tomorrow.

    Generally speaking, it would take 3 inches of rain in three hours to cause flash flooding in Connecticut. Southern New Haven and Fairfield counties are most at risk, where it would only take an inch of rain in one hour to trigger flash flooding.

    Temperatures will be in the 80s with oppressive levels of humidity.

    Much improved weather arrives Thursday behind the cold front. Not only will the humidity tick down a bit, but full sunshine is expected with temperatures within a few degrees of 80.

    Friday continues the late-week trend of nice weather. An abundance of sun will make for a great finish to the work week, with temperatures in the lower-80s.

    Tim McGraw takes the stage at the Xfinity Theatre at 8 p.m. Temperatures will be falling quickly through the 70s with mainly clear skies!

    True summer weather looks to arrive this weekend. Indications are that dew points surge into the mid-70s, which translates into an oppressive humidity reading.

    Each weekend day has the chance of a thunderstorm, with the soupy air in place. Temperatures will in the 80s for all, perhaps near 90 degrees for inland locations on Sunday.

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


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