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    A man is due in New Haven Superior Court to plea in the case of the murder of a Connecticut father-to-be and New Haven store clerk during a robbery inside a New Haven gas station.

    Leighton Vanderberg, 22, is being held in custody on a $2 million bond and is scheduled to plea in court on Tuesday. 

    The New Haven victim, store clerk Sanjay Patel, 39, was shot more than five times during a robbery at the Pay Rite Food Store at the Citgo station on Forbes Avenue on the night of Monday, April 6.

    He previously pleaded guilty in the murder of Bridgeport Store owner Jose Salgado, which happened just days after the New Haven fatal shooting.

    Police said one gunman shot Patel four times, the other shot him more than once, then fled with cash and a box of cigars.

    "He's my main power, my life, and he is no more," pregnant widow Bhavana Chavada said of her late husband. "Why? Just money? Just robbery?"

    Police secured arrest warrants for three suspects and have since arrested Vanderberg.

    Dwayne Sayles, 21, of New Haven, was taken into custody with the help of U.S. Marshals and was charged with felony murder, murder, criminal possession of a pistol and first-degree robbery. He is in the custody of New Haven police.

    Police also obtained an arrest warrant for Jamal Sumler, 23.

    Police believe Sayes and Sumler were the two people to fire shots at Patel.

    The one thing Patel wanted most in life was a child. After six years of trying, the couple learned that they would have a son, but Patel will never meet his child or be able to hold him.

    "We had so much planned. Now everything is gone. My only light is our son. I want the Lord to bring justice upon this incident," a statement from Chavada said.

    Vanderberg was charged with felony murder and conspiracy to commit first-degree robbery in the murder of Patel.

    Sumler, who is also incarcerated in Connecticut, faces charges of felony murder, murder, criminal possession of a pistol and first-degree robbery.



    Photo Credit: New Haven Police

    Police have apprehended Dwayne Sayles and said Leighton Vanderberg and Jamal Sumler are in custody for other crimes.Police have apprehended Dwayne Sayles and said Leighton Vanderberg and Jamal Sumler are in custody for other crimes.

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    A Shelton man accused of crashing into three parked cars in Ansonia, along with a street sign, a fire hydrant and a utility pole blamed a stuck accelerator for causing the crashes, according to police.

    Police received several 911 calls around 5:24 p.m. on Monday from people reporting that a white color truck with a black hood hit parked vehicles on Wakelee Avenue, then hit a utility pole near exit 19.

    Police arrived to find a pickup with heavy damage, a utility pole broken in half and the traffic light to the ground.

    As police investigated, they determined that the same truck had been involved in a crash at Howard Avenue and Jackson Street and hit a street sign and fire hydrant were struck, police said.

    After the initial crash, the truck continued west on Jackson Street, then north onto Wakelee Avenue and struck three more vehicles before hitting the utility pole at the intersection of Exit 19 and stopping, police said.

    Justin Masek, 26, of Shelton, was taken into custody and charged with three counts of evading responsibility and one count of reckless driving.

    Masek told police the accelerator of his truck got stuck, causing the crashes, police said.

    He was held on $5000.00 bond and will appear in Derby court on Tuesday.

    Police said power had to be shut down on the west side of
    Ansonia and the north end of town because of the crashes.

    Power was restored overnight and the utility pole was replaced.

    Authorities removed the signal lights at the intersection of Wakelee Avenue and exit 19 and temporary stop signs have been installed.



    Photo Credit: Ansonia Police

    Justin Masek is accused of two crashes in Ansonia that knocked out power.Justin Masek is accused of two crashes in Ansonia that knocked out power.

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    Naugatuck police are investigating the death of a man found unresponsive in a brook on Sunday and have identified him as Christopher Ferry, 25, of Naugatuck.

    Police responded to the 300 block of Rubber Avenue on Sunday at 4:15 p.m. after receiving a report of a man found unresponsive in the brook between Aetna and Rubber Avenue and found Ferry in the water.

    Officers tried to resuscitate Ferry and an ambulance transported him to St. Mary's Hospital in Waterbury, where he was pronounced dead.

    The circumstances of Ferry's death are unknown and police are investigating.

    Anyone with information is asked to call the Naugatuck Police Department at 203-729-7106.



    Photo Credit: NBC

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    Donald Trump has come under heavy fire from critics on both sides of the political aisle for mocking Arizona Sen. John McCain’s reputation as a war hero.

    McCain, who ran for president in 2000 and 2008, has shaped much of his personal narrative around the five years he spent in captivity in Vietnam. There, he endured interrogation and torture and refused release until other POWs were let go first.

    Meanwhile, Trump was able to avoid serving in the war. He received four student deferments, as well as a medical deferment. Trump graduated from the University of Pennsylvania, an Ivy League school, and he later claimed to be worth $200,000 at the time. 



    Photo Credit: AP

    John S. McCain is escorted to Hanoi's Gia Lam Airport on March 14, 1973 after MCCain was released as a POW.John S. McCain is escorted to Hanoi's Gia Lam Airport on March 14, 1973 after MCCain was released as a POW.

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    The father of a 32-year-old Pleasanton woman who was fatally shot while walking along San Francisco's Pier 14 wants Congress to reform laws that allowed her alleged killer to remain in the United States despite being deported several times.

    Addressing the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday, Jim Steinle said he and his family support legislation that would close some legal loopholes that currently allow local authorities to decide if they will cooperate with federal immigration authorities.

    Steinle's daughter, Kathryn, was killed on July 1 as the pair strolled at the Embarcadero. The duo were “walking arm-in-arm” relishing a “wonderful day together," Jim Steinle recalled.

    "Suddenly a shot rang out, Kate fell, and looked at me and said, 'Help me, Dad,'" he said. "Those were the last words I will ever hear from my daughter."

    Jim Steinle said that Kate, an avid traveler, "shined the light of a good citizen of the United States of America" everywhere she went.

    "Unfortunately, due to disjointed laws and basic incompetence on many levels, the U.S. has suffered a self-inflicted wound in the murder of our daughter by the hand of a person that should never have been on the streets of this country," Steinle said. 

    The undocumented immigrant arrested in connection with Kathryn Steinle’s death, Juan Francisco Lopez Sanchez, has several felony convictions and had been deported from the U.S. five times before the shooting.

    Jim Steinle described his daughter as “beautiful,” “happy” and “deep in faith.” She had a “special soul,” he added, memorializing his child’s “contagious” laughter and “kind and giving heart.”

    “All children are special in their own way,” said Steinle, as wife Liz Sullivan looked on. “And Kate was special in the way she connected with people. We called it the ‘Kate effect.’”

    Sanchez was last sent to prison by the U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Texas on a charge of re-entering the United States after being deported.

    On March 26, he was released from the federal Bureau of Prisons, and turned over to the San Francisco County Sheriff’s Office because he still had an active criminal warrant for felony sale of marijuana, federal records show. On March 26, ICE lodged an immigration detainer asking to be notified when he is released.

    However, local authorities released Sanchez without notifying ICE on April 15, because of the city and county's sanctuary status. San Francisco and other jurisdictions have begun refusing to cooperate with federal immigration orders amid concerns over their legality and their impact on immigrant communities.

    The House is slated to take up a bill this week blocking funding for so-called "sanctuary cities" that resist turning over immigrants to federal authorities. Lawmakers say the Obama Administration’s oversight of immigration enforcement policies is creating a threat to public safety.

    The bill by Republican Rep. Duncan Hunter of California would block certain federal grants to cities that don't honor federal immigration requests.

    A similar proposal has been advanced in the Senate, but it's unclear how far it will go.

    The U.S. Conference of Mayors and the National League of Cities on Monday sent a letter to lawmakers protesting any such legislation.

    "We believe that decisions related to how law enforcement agencies prioritize their resources, direct their workforce and define the duties of their employees must reside with local government leadership," the letter reads.

    "This includes defining the role of local police officers in the context of enforcing federal immigration laws," it continued.

    The Archbishop of San Francisco also sent a letter Monday urging the committee to "avoid the implementation of policies that punish all immigrants for the transgressions of a small minority."

    "I applaud the commitment to public safety of the city of San Francisco and other local jurisdictions and support their right to exercise reasonable and appropriate discretion in the handling of immigrant detainees," Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone wrote. "A just and humanitarian policy should not be abandoned because of flaws in the system."

    On Tuesday, Jim Steinle testified alongside several other relatives of people allegedly killed by immigrants living in the country illegally. Reform could save innocent lives, he stressed.

    "I feel strongly that some legislation should be discussed, enacted and changed to take these undocumented immigrants off ours streets," Steinle said in closing. "If Kate's law saves one daughter, one son, a mother, a father, Kate's death won't be in vain."

    The tense, emotional moments didn't happen only during the testimony. One California man who says his son was killed in a 2010 crash involving an undocumented immigrant was arrested after yelling out during testimony.



    Photo Credit: NBC Bay Area

    Jim Steinle, father of 32-year-old Kate, who was fatally shot at Pier 14 by an undocumented immigrant, addresses the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday, July 21, 2015.Jim Steinle, father of 32-year-old Kate, who was fatally shot at Pier 14 by an undocumented immigrant, addresses the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday, July 21, 2015.

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    For the first time in more than two decades, the Bristol Police Department will have a motorcycle division.

    The department purchased two Harley Davidson motorcycles that four officers will ride on a rotating basis. Their primary focus will be traffic enforcement and accident investigations.

    The officers went through a special two-week training course in New Jersey to operate the bikes.
    Leaders said the motorcycles will be a great help to the police force and, since they were paid for by seized assets, they cost taxpayers no money.

    “It’s a great resource to bring to the community and to the police officers,” Mayor Ken Cockayne said.

    “Our motorcycle patrols will not be used in lieu of our regular patrols, but will be used in addition to our regular patrols” Police Chief Tom Grimaldi said.

    The bikes are equipped with wireless Internet access, laptops and ticket printers.

    “You’re able to conduct more enforcement, kind of, in a stealthier way. People don’t expect to see the motorcycle,” Officer Lang Mussen said.

    The bikes hit the road at the beginning of the month, but made their official debut on Tuesday.

    Officers who ride them said they’ve gotten a great response from the public.

    “Every day, when we’re out riding, people just randomly stop by just to talk to us, ask questions, say how much they like seeing the bikes around,” Officer Patrick Krajewski said.

    Officials hope the police department can add more motorcycles in the future.
     



    Photo Credit: NBCConnecticut.com

    The Bristol Police Department has its first motorcycle division in two decades.The Bristol Police Department has its first motorcycle division in two decades.

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    Hundreds of people attended a wake Tuesday for a 15-year-old boy killed in an accidental pellet gun shooting in Berlin last week.

    The death of Tyler Cop, 15, has been ruled a homicide. According to the medical examiner's office, Tyler died of a gunshot wound to the chest.

    Police said a 17-year-old relative shot him, who died four days later. Authorities have not named the teen suspected of shooting Tyler.

    Close friends said Tyler attended Berlin High School and lived on Division Street, where the shooting took place. Police said the shooting appears to have been an accident.

    Large crowds gathered in the Kensington section of Berlin to pay their respects. Main Street was closed between Maple and Church streets from 3 to 10 p.m. during calling hours.

    Police detoured westbound traffic and said cars parked in the area would be towed.

    Community members have set up a GoFundMe page to raise money for Tyler's family while police continue to investigate the case.



    Photo Credit: NBCConnecticut.com/GoFundMe

    Thousands are expected to attend the wake for Tyler Cop, 15, of Berlin, who died after he was shot in the chest with a pellet gun last week. Police are calling the shooting an accident.Thousands are expected to attend the wake for Tyler Cop, 15, of Berlin, who died after he was shot in the chest with a pellet gun last week. Police are calling the shooting an accident.

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    The community will come together to mourn the death of a 34-year-old father shot and killed in Hartford early Saturday morning.

    The vigil will be at 13 Elliot Street, where Jonathan Whaley, 34, was shot multiple times and killed in the city's 18th homicide of the year, according to Mothers United Against Violence. He died of a gunshot wound to the torso, according to the Chief Medical Examiner's Office in Farmington.

    Whaley was the father of seven children, according to Mothers United Against Violence.

    Police were called to 13 Elliott St. around 2 a.m. Saturday morning after an argument and a shooting occurred outside of that residence. They found Whaley suffering multiple gunshot wounds to the lower torso. He was pronounced dead at the hospital. A second victim, who has not been identified, suffered a minor head injury.

    Whaley's friends remembered him as a kind and generous person. 

    "He was a wonderful person," said Rhonda Koromanian, who has known Whaley for years. "He would give you the shirt off his back if he could."

    The vigil is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.


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  • 07/21/15--09:58: Fire Destroys Waterbury Home

  • Fire destroyed a Waterbury home late Tuesday morning, according to the Waterbury Fire Department.

    Fire broke out in the three-family home at 85 Congress Street at 11:52 a.m.

    All the residents were able to get out safely, but the fire caused extensive damage and destroyed the house, according to the fire department.

    Firefighters had the fire under control at 12:28 p.m. and no crews were injured.

    The cause of the fire in under investigation.
     



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    Fire destroyed this house in Waterbury.Fire destroyed this house in Waterbury.

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    One Seattle business is taking the bed-and-breakfast concept to a higher level.

    At 7 Leaf Bed-and-Breakfast, owner and chef Jeremy Cooper uses oils, butters, and spices with cannabis to feed curious guests, according to NBC affiliate KING5.

    "It's not all about getting high," Cooper said. "It's truly about an experience and a culture that's been suppressed for 100 years."

    Washington legalized the use of recreational marijuana in 2012. While other bed-and-breakfasts in the Seattle area allow guests to smoke marijuana during their stay, this is the first that actually combines dining with cannabis. 

    7 Leaf opened at the beginning of June and only takes reservations on Airbnb.

    Cooper said some guests are willing to pay as much as $420 for the experience.

    Neighbors were split on the new idea.

    "I don't really think marijuana is something I want in my neighborhood," West Seattle resident Cindy Glavin told KING5.

    However, others are intrigued. 

    "No, it doesn't really bother me. It's kind of interesting," Laura Ault told KING5. 



    Photo Credit: KING5

    Jeremy Cooper, owner and chef at 7 Leaf Bed and Breakfast said the cannabis infused cuisine is all about the experience and culture behind the drug.Jeremy Cooper, owner and chef at 7 Leaf Bed and Breakfast said the cannabis infused cuisine is all about the experience and culture behind the drug.

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    Wisconsin is now the seventh state to permit members of the National Guard to carry weapons on duty, following its authorization by Gov. Scott Walker.

    The decision follows the attack on two military facilities in Chattanooga, Tennessee last week.

    "Allowing our National Guard members to carry weapons while on duty gives them the tools they need to serve and protect our citizens as well as themselves," Walker, a Republican and presidential candidate, said in a statement. 

    The governors of Arkansas, Florida, Indiana, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Texas, all Republicans, have already announced plans to arm Guardsmen. 

    Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez killed four Marines and a sailor last week when he opened fire on a military recruiting station and a Navy and Marines reserve center in Chattanooga.



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    A police officer ducks under tape near a memorial in front of an Armed Forces Career Center on Thursday, July 16, 2015, in Chattanooga, Tennessee.A police officer ducks under tape near a memorial in front of an Armed Forces Career Center on Thursday, July 16, 2015, in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

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    Attention, foodies. If you're looking for a place to dine out the next couple weeks, you may want to check out the capital city.

    Taste of Hartford Restaurant Weeks have returned for the summer and run from this week through Aug. 2.

    Restaurants that are participating will offer fixed price, multi-course special menus, according to information posted on the Connecticut Restaurant Week website.

    The Greater Hartford Arts Council is partnering with CTNow to put on Taste of Hartford Restaurant Week.

    To guarantee yourself a seat and avoid the wait, you're advised to make reservations with the participating restaurants in advance.

    Here's a list of participated restaurants:

    • Agave Grill, 100 Allyn St., Hartford : (860) 882-1557
    • Bear's Smokehouse, 89 Arch St., Hartford: (860) 724-3100
    • bin228, 228 Pearl St., Hartford: (860) 244-9463
    • Black-Eyed Sally's, 350 Asylum St., Hartford : (860) 278-7427
    • The Capital Grille, 44 Front St., Hartford: (860) 244-0075
    • Carbone's, 588 Franklin Ave., Hartford: (860) 296-9646
    • Casona, 681 Wethersfield Ave., Hartford: (860) 519-5590
    • City Steam Brewery, 942 Main St., Hartford : (860) 525-1600
    • Costa Del Sol, 901 Wethersfield Ave., Hartford : (860) 296-1714
    • Coyote Flaco, 635 New Britain Ave., Hartford: (860) 953-1299
    • Dish, 900 Main St., Hartford: (860) 249-3474
    • Ficara's Restaurant, 577 Franklin Ave., Hartford : (860) 296-3238
    • Firebox, 539 Broad St., Hartford: (860) 246-1222
    • First & Last Tavern, 939 Maple Ave., Hartford: (860) 956-6000
    • Francesco's Ristorante & Lounge, 318 Franklin Ave., Hartford: (860) 296-3024
    • Hot Tomato's, 1 Union Pl., Hartford: (860) 249.5100
    • Infinity Bistro, 32 Front St., Hartford: (860) 560-7757
    • J Restaurant & Bar, 297 Washington St., Hartford: (860) 527-7764
    • La Fonda, 269 Franklin Ave. #1, Hartford: (860) 296-8256
    • Laetus, 253 Asylum St., Hartford: (860) 216-1964
    • Majorca, 2074 Park St. #2, Hartford: (860) 231-1003
    • m&m Bistro, 315 Trumbull St., Hartford: (860) 240-7222
    • Max Downtown, Cityplace II, 185 Asylum St., Hartford: (860) 522-2530
    • NIXS Hartford, 40 Front St., Hartford: (860) 373-9400
    • Nutshell Cafe, 229 White St., Hartford: (860) 956-2836
    • On20, 1 State St., Hartford: (860) 722-5161
    • Peppercorns, 257 Main St., Hartford: (860) 547-1714
    • Salute, 100 Trumbull St., Hartford: (860) 899-1350
    • Sorella, 901 Main St., Hartford: (860) 244-9084
    • Ted's Montana Grill, 35 Front St., Hartford : (860) 692-1167
    • Trumbull Kitchen, 150 Trumbull St., Hartford: (860) 493-7412
    • U.S.S. Chowder Pot IV, 165 Brainard Rd., Hartford: (860) 244-3311
    • Vito's by the Park, 26 Trumbull St.: (860) 244-2200
    • VIVO, 200 Columbus Blvd.:  (860) 760.2333
    • Wood-N-Tap, 99 Sisson Ave., Hartford: (860) 232-8277

    Visit  connecticutrestaurantweek.com/restaurant-weeks-ct/taste-of-hartford/ for more information.



    Photo Credit: Vito's by the Park

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    The Natural Dog Company, Inc. is recalling some dog treats due to a possible contamination with Salmonella.

    The Colorado-based company is recalling its 12oz bags of 12" Tremenda Sticks after a Colorado Department of Agriculture inspection showed a presence of Salmonella in a sample taken from one of the packages, according to the company's press release.

    The Salmonella could affect the dogs as well as humans handling the treats, especially if the person did not thoroughly wash their hands after being in contact with the Tremenda Sticks.

    Common symptoms in infected people with Salmonella include, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever. Consumers exhibiting those symptoms should contact their doctor. If a pet has been infected, they may become lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever, and vomiting. If a pet has consumed the recalled treats and has these symptoms, you should contact your veterinarian. 

    No illnesses have been reported in connection with the recalled product, the company said. 

    The recalled treats were distributed in California, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Missouri, Montana, North Carolina, Ohio, Utah, and Washington. The product comes in a 12oz bag without a lot number or expiration date with UPC number: 851265004957. Products with new packaging, which includes both a lot number and expiration date but the same UPC are not affected by this recall.

    Product production has been suspended while the FDA conducts an investigation. Consumers are encouraged to return the treats to the place of purchase for a refund.

    Consumers with questions may contact the company at 1-888-424-4602/



    Photo Credit: The Natural Dog Company Facebook page

    The Natural Dog Company, Inc. is recalling 12oz bags of 12The Natural Dog Company, Inc. is recalling 12oz bags of 12" Tremenda Sticks over Salmonella concerns.

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    The eastbound side of Middletown's Arrigoni Bridge was closed briefly Tuesday afternoon after a car collided with a motorcycle, according to police and the Department of Transportation.

    Dispatchers said the eastbound side of Route 66 was shut down on the bridge. All lanes had reopened by 3:20 p.m., according to the DOT.

    There has been no word on injuries.



    Photo Credit: Connecticut Department of Transportation

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    A 27-year-old New Haven man is in critical condition after he was shot in the chest Tuesday afternoon, according to police.

    Police said Eddie Langs, 27, was shot at 32 Arthur Street around 2:30 p.m. Tuesday. He was conscious at the scene and is listed in critical but stable condition.

    Langs was rushed to Yale-New Haven Hospital for emergency surgery.

    Police said they have not received any credible information about the gunman. Detectives are searching multiple crime scenes on Arthur Street and Lamberton Street, where they found ballistic evidence connected to the crime.

    Police are asking anyone with information about the shooting to call detectives at 203-946-6304.

    Check back for updates on this developing story.


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    Police are warning Darien residents of water company impostors who gained access to the homes of two elderly residents on the same street within a week of each other.

    The first incident happened around 6:30 p.m. July 16. Police said two men claiming to be water company workers entered the home of an elderly resident on Hollow Tree Ridge Road without permission.

    Once inside, they started turning on faucets around the house. The resident asked them to leave, and they ran out without taking anything. Police said the men met up with an accomplice outside the house and left the area.

    Imposters again targeted Hollow Tree Ridge Road around 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, according to police. One of the culprits distracted the elderly homeowner while the other stole items from the second floor of the home.

    Police are asking homeowners to be alert and report any information to detectives by calling 203-662-5330.



    Photo Credit: AP

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    A man tried to steal a tip jar from a Hartford bakery on Tuesday morning, so the owner shot him, according to police.

    Jessie Torres, who owns Barranquitas Mini Bakery at 262 Franklin Avenue with her husband, said she knew something was wrong right away when a man in a hoodie came in "looking weird."

    The man tried to grab the jar, which held around $100 in tips, but it was screwed down to the counter because someone stole it before.

    The would-be robber then started screaming at Torres' husband.

    "He just tried to pull the tip jar. ... He saw that he couldn’t take it, so he started screaming at my husband. He went after him and then whatever happened over there," Torres said. " I thought the guy was going to rob me because they’ve been robbing a lot of businesses on this street."

    Torres' husband chased the man down the street. 

    Then the man shot the suspect in the leg, according to police. The man who was shot is no stranger to police, who said they have previously arrested him 27 times in Hartford.

    Witnesses said the person was shot on Barker Street.

    Police questioned the male bakery owner, who has a valid gun permit. His name has not been released and police have not filed charges.



    Photo Credit: NBCConnecticut.com

    Staff at a Hartford bakery shot a person in the leg after a struggle to steal the tip jar at the business Tuesday morning.Staff at a Hartford bakery shot a person in the leg after a struggle to steal the tip jar at the business Tuesday morning.

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    A 4-year-old boy rescued after going underwater while at camp in New Hartford was taken to the hospital and is expected to be OK, according to officials at the scene.

    Emergency crews said the young boy was at summer camp swimming in a lake at Brodie Park on West Hill Road when he went under and swallowed water around 1:30 p.m. Tuesday. A lifeguard pulled him to safety, according to reports from the scene.

    Police said the boy was conscious and alert at the scene. He was taken to the hospital for treatment.



    Photo Credit: NBCConnecticut.com

    A boy swallowed water after going under at Brodie Park in New Hartford on Tuesday afternoon.A boy swallowed water after going under at Brodie Park in New Hartford on Tuesday afternoon.

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    While images of Pluto are still coming in from NASA, the organization has released another milestone photo: one of a sunlit Earth.

    The last time NASA released a full image of the Earth from space the year was 1972 and the photo, snapped by the Apollo 17 astronauts, was called the "Blue Marble." 

    This photo is significantly better in quality than the "Blue Marble" pic because of the resolution (click here for the high resolution version). 

    A camera, known as Earth Polychromatic Imaging Camera (EPIC) on the Deep Space Climate Observatory satellite took the historic photo from one million miles away, according to NASA. EPIC is made up of a four megapixel camera and telescope. 

    The Earth image, taken on July 6, 2015, was created by combining three different images — taken with red, green, and blue filters — to create one full photo.

    The image is meant to show the effects of sunlight scattered by air molecules. It showcases North and South America.

    Eventually, NASA said on their website it is hoping the camera will harvest regular data and provide daily images of Earth.



    Photo Credit: NASA
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    NASA released the first image of a sunlit Earth, which was taken on July 6, 2015. It was taken 1000 miles away with the help of a four megapixel camera and telescope.NASA released the first image of a sunlit Earth, which was taken on July 6, 2015. It was taken 1000 miles away with the help of a four megapixel camera and telescope.

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    The father of a 7-month-old boy found dead in the Connecticut River earlier this month appeared in court for the first time Tuesday after being charged with his son's murder.

    Police said Tony Moreno, 21, of Middletown, threw his son, Aaden, off the Arrigoni Bridge in Middletown before attempting to commit suicide by jumping off the bridge the night of July 5.

    Officers responded to the Arrigoni Bridge after receiving a 911 call from Moreno's mother, who said she heard a baby cooing and crying while on the phone with her son, who was threatening suicide, according to police.

    "(C)ome down to the Portland bridge and get my phone and the stroller so you have pictures of the baby," he said, according to court paperwork. "Sorry, just tell everyone I'm sorry."

    Around the same time, Moreno allegedly told Aaden's mother in a text message conversation, "there was a problem regarding our son" and then, "He's dead... And soon I will be too."

    He sent those final two texts at 11:45 p.m., the same time Moreno's mother called 911, according to the warrant for his arrest.

    Officers arrived at the scene moments before Moreno jumped into the river.

    Police said he later admitted to throwing Aaden over the railing. Moreno has been charged with murder and murder with special circumstances.

    "This one was tough on everyone," said Middletown Police Capt. Gary Wallace. "It just kind of punched a hole in the soul of the community."

    Moreno, who was injured when he jumped, was arraigned in the hospital. He made his first court appearance in the case on Tuesday, two weeks after a person in a canoe found Aaden's body in the Connecticut River in East Haddam.

    Moreno has also been charged with two counts of violating a restraining order.

    According to court paperwork, a restraining order filed by Aaden's mother expired six days before Moreno jumped, and a judge denied her request to renew it.

    Moreno spokes only briefly in court Tuesday.

    Public defender James McKay requested a waiver of the time limit to hold a probable cause hearing, which will determine if there is enough evidence to bring the murder case against Moreno to trial.

    Moreno is being held on $2 million bond and is due back in court on Sept. 15.



    Photo Credit: Middletown Police Department

    Tony Moreno, 21, of Middletown, is accused of throwing his 7-month-old son into the Connecticut River.Tony Moreno, 21, of Middletown, is accused of throwing his 7-month-old son into the Connecticut River.

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