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  • 05/10/13--06:04: Crash on I-84W in Waterbury

  • One lane of I-84 Westbound is closed at Exit 20 in Waterbury because of a 4-car crash.

    Minor injuries are reported.

    Traffic is moving slowly as a result.



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    A four-car crash is causing congestion on Interstate 84.A four-car crash is causing congestion on Interstate 84.

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    The Sandy Hook Elementary Building Task Force will get together tonight for what is expected to be an emotional meeting about the future of the Sandy Hook Elementary School building.

    There has been an ongoing discussion about what to do with the current building, where a gunman went on a rampage on Dec. 14, killing 20 first graders and six staff members.

    A meeting held last week about the future of the school ended with no decision

    Three weeks after the shooting, students returned to classes, but moved to the former Chalk Hill School in Monroe, about seven miles from the site of the tragic shooting.

    The 28 task force members are trying to decide whether to renovate at the current site or rebuild on nearby Riverside Road, at Reed Intermediate School or on the Fairfield Hills campus.

    "I will chain my body to it and to protest if they try to re-open it," said Erica Lafferty, daughter of Dawn Hochsprung, the principal who was killed trying to protect her students.

    Residents will be welcome to attend the meeting and voice their opinions about the site and the options.

    “Just tearing it down and building a new school in the same place is one of the solutions that would make the most sense,” Peter Caracciolo, of Newtown, said.

    The estimated cost for renovation or building a new school is estimated to range between $47 million and $59 million.

    "I don't think people will be unhappy with what emerges there beyond the fact that many will object to that it's there at all," Will Rodgers, a committee member, said. 

    The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. inside the municipal building in Newtown.


     


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    There has been a chemical explosion at Austin Powder, an explosives company in Sterling, and one employee has been transported to William W. Backus Hospital to be treated for chemical burns, according to dispatchers.

    The company makes industrial explosives and accessories, provides blasting services and is a rock quarrying and mining operation, according to its Web site.

    The company is located at 332 Ekonk Hill Road, near the Rhode Island border, and streets are being closed.

    The state Department of Energy & Environmental Protection said there were reports of a yellow cloud reaction with no fires from the explosion. DEEP has sent a hazmat team.

    Lt. Paul Vance said fire service has secured the area as a precaution.

    It has between 20 and 49 employees, according to the Connecticut Department of Labor.

    The state fire marshal is investigating.

    Additional information will be posted as it becomes available. 
     


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    There has been a chemical explosion at Austin Powder in Moosup.There has been a chemical explosion at Austin Powder in Moosup.

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    Security is increased at the Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts and a student has been suspended after allegations that the student made a threat and verbalized an intention to harm members of the school community, according to a message from the Capitol Region Education Council.

    “The safety and security of students is our first concern, and please be assured that all students are completely safe at school today,” the message from Bruce E. Douglas, the executive director, said.

    Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts staff members were notified on Wednesday that a student had verbalized a threat, according to school officials.

    The school notified police immediately and security was increased at the school.

    School officials said the child suspected was immediately removed from the school building and an investigation began.

    On Thursday evening, word of the threat spread through the student body through social media channels and text messages, school officials said.

    The student has been suspended indefinitely and is not in school on Friday, according to the school.

    All staff members have been notified of the situation, school officials said, and they have taken precautionary measures at both sites and in all buildings, including increased security.

    School officials said they are working closely with all the necessary parties and authorities to ensure a full resolution.

     


    Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts staff members were notified on Wednesday that a student had verbalized a threat, according to school officials.Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts staff members were notified on Wednesday that a student had verbalized a threat, according to school officials.

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    Training was canceled on Friday and Team Artemis was in mourning after an Olympic sailor from their crew died when an America's Cup sailboat capsized during a training run in the San Francisco Bay.

    A news conference on Friday at Pier 27 in San Francisco did not shed much light on what happened just before the death of British-born Andrew "Bart" Simpson.

    Regatta Director and America's Cup Management CEO Iain Murray said that officials have not yet talked to the team about why the catamaran, "Big Red," took a "nosedive" Thursday about 1 p.m., catching Simpson underneath for about 10 minutes, because they are grieving.

    Murray vowed they would find out what happened, and said that sailors are taught to "respect the ocean at all times."

    Simpson, the 36-year-old Olympic gold medalist, was the team's strategist. He had won gold in China in 2008 and silver in 2012.

    "He was the heart and soul of the team," said Tim Jeffery, Oracle Team USA spokesman said Thursday. "He was perpetually happy. It was like he had a little box inside that gave him a sunny outlook on life."

    Simpson joined the team in February, providing his crew with weather and tactics support, according to the America's Cup website. Jeffery said Simpson's worth to the team was his ability was to "spot the breeze, read the breeze."

    Magnus Auguston, the team's "grinder," said Simpson was was of the "finest guys I ever met," and a wonderful sailor, as well as husband and father.

    And the British Olympic Association described him as a "treasured and accomplished member" of its teams.

    On Friday, the same website showed dark gray clouds hovering over the Golden Gate Bridge, near where Simpson died on Thursday, with a quote from the Swedish team's CEO, Paul Cayard, simply stating, "Our prayers are with Andrew Simpson's family."

    “As our friend and teammate, Andrew “Bart” Simpson was central to Artemis Racing, both in the course of racing and our lives," said Torbjörn Törnqvist, Chairman of Artemis Racing. "His presence and personality was a binding force and he will be missed. Right now, the primary focus of Artemis Racing is on the well-being of our team members and their families, and the America’s Cup competition will remain second to that.”

    He added that Artemis Racing will conduct a thorough analysis and review of this accident and will be looking at how the risks inherent to such competitive sailing can be limited in the future for the safety of the team and all competitors in the sailing community.

    MORE: Other Sailing Fatalities in History

    Crews performed CPR on Simpson for about 20 minutes, after the accident in the San Francisco Bay just north of Treasure Island, according to San Francisco Fire Chief Joanne Hayes-White. But just before 2 p.m., fire paramedics stopped life-saving efforts. He had been in the water for about 10 minutes, probably trapped under the AC 72 vessel, Hayes-White said.

    It's unknown why the boat capsized. San Francisco police will lead the investigation into what happened. This is the same major accident investigations team that investigated an accident during a yacht race off the Farrallon Islands last April that killed several people. In that race, unrelated to the America's Cup, the crews were racing a 37-foot Aegean off the coast of California and Mexico, when it collided with a larger vessel.

    Winds at the time of Thursday's accident show the average gusts to have been between 25 mph and 35 mph, waves between four to six feet high, and water temperatures about 55 degrees -- nothing out of the ordinary.

    Eleven other sailors were aboard the 72-foot long craft, and the other 10 were taken to a support boat operated by Oracle Racing, which is defending the America's Cup title from 2010 in San Francisco this summer.  Another team member, identified on Friday as Craig Monk, a "grinder," suffered some cuts and was bandaged and released, according to America's Cup officials.

    Artemis Racing is the "challenger of record" for the 24th America's Cup.

    Sailing in the San Francisco Bay is both exhilerating and dangerous — mostly because of the winds.

    "It has ideal winds," said Rich Jepsen, of OCSC Sailing in Berkeley. "But at that speed, there is no room for error." Seventy-two-foot catamarans like the Artemis can travel between 40 to 50 mph.

    This it is the third America's Cup training accident — though the first fatal one — in the last two years in the San Francisco Bay.

    And in 1999, there was one other America's Cup fatality:  Martin Wizner of the Spanish Challenge died almost instantly in Valencia, Spain when he was hit in the head by a broken piece of equipment.

     

    Back in October, a nearly $8-million, 72-foot catamaran used by Oracle Team USA capsized near the Golden Gate Bridge. No one was injured when that happened. But there was at least $2 million in damage to the wing of the AC 72 boat, a massive vessel with a 13,000-pound hull and a 131-foot mast.

    To see some video of the Team Oracle boat capsizing in October 2012, click here:

     

    There was another accident in June 2011, with the same Oracle team.

    Artemis has had technical problems, as well. Last fall, Artemis said the front beam of its AC72 catamaran was damaged during structural tests, delaying the boat's christening. A year ago, Artemis' AC72 wing sail sustained serious damage while it was being tested on a modified trimaran in Valencia, Spain.

    The America's Cup race is scheduled to run from July through September, and the teams are training on the bay in specially made 72-foot catamarans.

    Photos and updates were also available on the  America's Cup website.To see the members of the Artemis Racing team, click here.

    5 Things to Know about the America's Cup (Courtesy AP)

           WHAT IS THE AMERICA'S CUP?
     
           The America's Cup is considered sailing's most prestigious event and, along with the Olympics and World Cup soccer, among the world's largest global sporting events in terms of its economic impact. It began in 1851 when the New York Yacht Club's schooner, `America,' bested the British off the coast of England.
     
           WHO OVERSEES IT?
     
           The winner is responsible for choosing the site of the next race and making arrangements for it. Software billionaire Larry Ellison's Oracle Racing won the cup in 2010 off the coast of Spain. Ellison, who won the cup representing the San Francisco-based Golden Gate Yacht Club, chose the San Francisco Bay.
     
           WHO IS COMPETING?
     
           After organizers predicted about a dozen entries, only three competitors signed up to challenge Ellison for the America's Cup. They are: Artemis, which is representing the Royal Swedish Yacht Club; Luna Rossa Challenge, representing the Italian yacht club Circolo della Vela Sicilia and Emirates Team New Zealand, representing the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron. Competing teams can spend more than $100 million to construct and race the space-age 72-foot dual-hull boats. 
     
           WHAT ARE THE RULES?
     
           The three challengers will compete in a series of match races beginning July 7. The top two finishers will compete in a best of seven semi-final starting Aug. 6. The first to four victories will take on Oracle Racing starting Aug. 17. The finalists will race twice-a-day in a best-of-13 series. The first to seven wins is champion.
     
           WHAT DOES THE COURSE LOOK LIKE?
     
           Organizers boast the 34th America's Cup will be the most accessible to on-shore spectators in the event's history. The compact course stretches from inside the Golden Gate Bridge, past Alcatraz Island to Piers 27 and 29 along San Francisco's busy waterfront district, circling in front of the city's iconic Fisherman's Wharf area. 

     

    NBC Bay Area's Stephanie Chuang, Cheryl Hurd, Kyle Bonagura, Tim Bollinger, Gonzalo Rojas, Jean Elle and Jeff Ranieri contributed to this report, as well as the Associated Press.



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    Andrew Andrew "Bart" Simpson of Team Artemis won the silver medal in London 2012.

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    The state Department of Transportation is warning drivers who might be heading to the Harrisburg, Pennsylvania area of roads closures after a fiery tanker truck crash yesterday prompted road closures.

    WGAL, the NBC affiliate in Central Pennsylvania, reports that parts of Interstate 81 and Route 22/322 in Dauphin County, Pennsylvania remain closed after the crash that the roads are severely damaged.

    The Connecticut DOT has posted signs saying “I-81 Closed Harrisburg Penn” on Interstate 84 Westbound.

    Interstate 84 Westbound continues into Pennsylvania and connects with I-81 just outside of Scranton.

    For photos of the fire, see the WGAL Web site.



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    Connecticut Department of Transportation warning about Harrisburg highway closure after truck fire.Connecticut Department of Transportation warning about Harrisburg highway closure after truck fire.

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    A Connecticut jewelry store is hoping to make Mother's Day a little more special for military moms, wives and fiances.

    Bill Selig Jewelers will give away 1,000 freshwater pearl necklaces with silver clasps to the mothers and spouses or spouses-to-be of active-duty soldiers on Saturday, May 11 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the store's locations on Hopmeadow Street in Simsbury and on Broad Street in Windsor.

    “We wanted to come up with a way of thanking military families for their sacrifices, which are overlooked day-today,” said Sharran Selig Bennett, vice president of Bill Selig Jewelers. “We all just seem to go about our business, and we do forget about the wives, daughters, children of the veterans, the soldiers that are over there fighting.

    The store does ask that mothers and spouses of military troops bring a photograph and personal note about their solider.

    The family holds the event each year in memory of  Bill Selig, who served in the Army Air Corps during World War II.



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    A local jewelry store is honoring moms and wives of military members by giving free pearl necklaces.A local jewelry store is honoring moms and wives of military members by giving free pearl necklaces.

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    Stamford police have arrested a 28-year-old man accused of having an inappropriate relationship with a 13-year-old relative.

    Police began an investigation into Jorge Carrillo-Palencia in November 2012 after he allegedly took the girl, then 12, to a Norwalk hotel for a weekend.

    Carrillo-Palencia was charged with risk of injury to a minor, but police couldn’t file further charges because the victim was uncooperative, police said.

    In April 2013, police said they received information that the two were continuing the relationship.

    Police recovered a cell phone that was supposed to be delivered to the girl through a third party. They also seized Carrillo-Palencia’s cell phone and found several pornographic pictures of the now 13-year-old girl, police said.

    As investigators were preparing arrest warrants for Carrillo-Palencia, staff from the girl’s school reported that the victim told several classmates that she and Carrillo-Palencia were planning to run away together on Friday, police said.

    Authorities took the teen into protective custody and obtained an arrest warrant for Carrillo-Palencia.

    He was arrested in the area of 32 Smith Street after a brief struggle, transported to the Stamford police department and charged with possession of child pornography, employing a minor in an obscene performance and risk of injury to a minor.

    Bond was set at $500,000 and police said there is also an Immigration detainer.
     



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    Police arrested Jorge Carrillo-Palencia, who is accused of having an inappropriate relationship with a teenage relative.Police arrested Jorge Carrillo-Palencia, who is accused of having an inappropriate relationship with a teenage relative.

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    President Obama is delivering remarks on the impact of the Affordable Care Act on Americans from the White House on Friday. This livestream has concluded. Visit NBCNews.com for more coverage.



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    President Barack ObamaPresident Barack Obama

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    A 35-year-old Granby woman was killed in a crash on Day Hill Road in Windsor on Friday morning.

    According to police, Heather Dugas, 35, of Granby, drove her car into the back of a parked FedEx truck. She was the only person in the car, police said.

    The FedEx driver was outside of the truck making a delivery when the crash happened, police said, and was not hurt.

    Police are trying to determine whether the truck's hazard lights were flashing at the time of the crash.

    The Windsor Police department is investigating with help from the North Central Municipal Accident Reconstruction Team. 

    Anyone with information about the crash is asked to call the Windsor Police at 860-688-5273
     

     



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    A woman was killed when her car slammed into a parked FedEx truck on Day Hill Road in Windsor on Friday.A woman was killed when her car slammed into a parked FedEx truck on Day Hill Road in Windsor on Friday.

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    Bridgeport police arrested a 23-year-old man in connection with a hit-and-run that injured a 10-year-old boy on his way to school on Thursday morning.

    Paul Whitehurst turned himself in to police on Thursday evening.

    The victim was crossing Howard and Maplewood avenues on his was to Bryant School when the crash happened, according to police.

    Bryant School is located on Poplar Street, off of Maplewood Avenue.

    One car stopped to let him cross, but Whitehurst continued through the crosswalk and hit the child, who suffered a laceration to his ear and some abrasions, police said.

    Witnesses chased after the fleeing car and Whitehurst stopped, but ran away, police said.

    Police checked the registration of the car and determined it was a rental, so police investigated and identified Whitehurst as the suspected driver.

    After speaking with police, Whitehurst turned himself in at police headquarters on Thursday evening.

    He faces charges of evading responsibility, driving without a license, failure to yield to a pedestrian and driving the wrong way on a one-way street as he allegedly tried to flee the scene.

    The victim is expected to be fine.
     


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    Paul Whitehurst was arrested in connection with a hit-and-run outside a Bridgeport school.Paul Whitehurst was arrested in connection with a hit-and-run outside a Bridgeport school.

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    An emergency volunteer in West was arrested Thursday afternoon by ATF agents on a charge of possession of a destructive device, the U.S. Attorney's Office said Friday.

    Bryce A. Reed, 31, a paramedic who became a spokesperson for the town of West after last month's deadly explosion at a fertilizer facility, which is now the subject of a criminal investigation, appeared before a federal judge in Waco at 10:15 a.m. Friday.

    The hearing was closed to the public, but a criminal complaint released Friday afternoon by the Department of Justice said Reed gave an assortment of bomb-making components to a friend on April 26.

    KPRC-TV reported the friend eventually looked in the box, saw what he believed to be a pipe bomb, and notified the authorities.

    On May 7, members of the McLennan County Sheriff's Department bomb squad investigated and rendered safe the device in the box. In the criminal complaint, agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives listed the contents, which had not been assembled into a working bomb, as follows: 

    "The components included a galvanized metal pipe that was 3.5 inches in length by 1.5 inches in diameter. Attached to the pipe were two galvanized end caps, one of which contained a drilled hole approximately 1/8 inch in diameter. Additionally, the canisters contained an unknown amount of hobby fuse, a lighter, a digital scale, plastic spoon, six coils of metal ribbon, and several pounds of chemical powders in individual bags.  The powders included Potassium Nitrate, Aluminum powder, Red Iron Oxide, Ammonium Perchlorate, Potassium Perchlorate, Sulfur powder, Air Float Charcoal and Eckart 10890 German Dark Aluminum."

     

    According to the complaint, Reed admitted to possessing the components of the pipe bomb.

    A short time after his arrest was announced Friday morning, the Texas Department of Public Safety announced that the Texas Rangers and McLennan County Sheriff's Department were opening a criminal investigation into the explosion. Officials have made no connection between Reed's arrest and the investigation into the deadly blast.

    "It is important to emphasize that at this point, no evidence has been uncovered to indicate any connection to the events surrounding the fire and subsequent explosion at the West Fertilizer Plant and the arrest of Bryce Reed by the A.T.F.," the McLennan County Sheriff's Department said in a news release Friday afternoon.

    Reed remains in federal custody pending a detention hearing on May 15. If convicted, Reed faces up to 10 years in federal prison and faces a fine of up to $250,000.

    Reed's Background

    Bryce Ashley Reed is married with one child, according to his posts on Facebook. He posted on May 7 that his wife left him sometime after the explosion in West. Photographs on the page show him working as a firefighter and flight paramedic for Children's Medical Center in Dallas. Children's told NBC 5 that Reed began his employment with them on Jan. 7, but that he went on leave April 3. Per policy, they were not able to say why he went on leave.

    On Wednesday, about a day before his arrest, Reed posted the following message on Facebook:

    I just wanted to tell everyone thank you for all the prayers and support. I'm going to take a break from Facebook to reflect. I assure you that I'm ok. God bless you all, and please if you heed nothing else I have said, love one another. God bless. Bryce.

     According to statements posted on his Linkedin page, Reed said he worked in a variety of jobs including flight paramedic, SWAT paramedic and as a systems analyst at the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. Reed listed the U.S. Biological and Chemical Weapons Depot at Fort McClellan and Advanced Field Critical Care at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center among his educational accomplishments. Among his specialties, he included music marketing, Christian ministry and critical care medicine.

    Reed spoke at the funeral for West volunteer firefighter and close friend Cyrus Reed, no relation, who was killed in the blast. Video of Reed's memorial can be seen in the video below:

    NBC 5's Eric King and Scott Gordon contributed to this report.


    Bryce Reed, mugshot, inset.Bryce Reed, mugshot, inset.

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    An elementary school and a middle school in Norwich were in lockdown as police searched for someone they said fled during a motor vehicle stop.

    The John B. Stanton Network Elementary School and the Teachers’ Memorial School were locked down for about an hour as a precaution.  Students were not dismissed on time because of the lockdown.

    Police said officers stopped a motorcycle and the man jumped off the bike and fled into the woods.

    The lockdown was lifted around 4 p.m.

     



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    Two Norwich schools are in lockdown.Two Norwich schools are in lockdown.

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    Two children were injured and one man is dead after he lost control of his vehicle and struck a pole on Route 9 North in Farmington Friday night.

    State police responded to the area of Exit 30 on Route 9 Northbound in Farmington around 10:30 p.m. Friday for a report of a single vehicle car crash.

    Upon arrival, they discovered a Nissan Maxima that had struck a metal beam guard rail before striking a Department of Transportation overhead pole sign.

    The driver of the vehicle, Efrain Ortiz, 38 of Hartford, was pronounced dead at the scene. Four children, aged three weeks to 11 years old were also in the vehicle.

    The 11-year-old female child and a 11-month-old infant had reported injuries.

    State police are asking anyone with information to please call State Police Troop H at 860-534-1000.


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    New York City Police found a missing teenage girl from Connecticut being held inside an East Harlem apartment.

    According to police, a  man accused of sex trafficking held the 17 year-old girl from Norwich and two others against their will.

    The other two women, ages 21 and 24, alerted the girl's mother by pretending to make an appointment in Connecticut, said police. The mother contacted police and authorities found the teen.

    Detectives say the Connecticut teenager is a runaway and was forced into prostitution by 35-year-old Taye Ellerby.

    He was arrested and charged with sex trafficking, promoting prostitution, criminal trespassing and endangering the welfare of a child.

     



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    New York Police found a missing teenage girl from Connecticut being held against her will inside an East Harlem apartment.New York Police found a missing teenage girl from Connecticut being held against her will inside an East Harlem apartment.

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    Police, SWAT officers and the FBI are working to put an end to a hostage situation in Trenton, N.J. that has been going on for at least 17 hours.

    Police sources tell NBC10 Philadelphia that a mother and child are dead inside the home on the 200 block of Grand Street.

    Prosecutors say there are still multiple hostages. NBC10 has learned at least two children are being held inside the home.

    The armed gunman is the boyfriend of the deceased mother of those children, sources tell NBC10.

    Police say they arrived in the neighborhood around 3:30 Friday afternoon after getting a call from a concerned neighbor.

    Sources tell NBC10 that officers went into the home and found a partially decomposed body of a woman, but the man inside pulled out a gun and threatened to harm his children.

    He's been barricaded inside the home for hours. The FBI is helping Trenton police with negotiations.

    Nearby homes have been evacuated and the street has been blocked off.

    Check back here for updates on this developing story.



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    The family of Alyssiah Wiley is once again taking action in hopes of finding her.  They spent hours at Beardsley Park in Bridgeport Friday night looking for new clues. Wiley's mother now thinks it’s a case of kidnapping.

    “What mother wouldn't,” said Corrinna Martin, who tells us her efforts on Friday were successful as she continued searching everywhere for her daughter. “And see what they've heard and bring awareness about Alyssiah's disappearance.”

    Martin handed out fliers in Bridgeport Friday and looked for leads about her daughter, Alyssiah Wiley, an ECSU student who’s been missing since April 20th. 10 volunteers came to help. State police tell us they were not part of Friday’s search but Martin isn’t giving up hope, “Because I want her to continue to live a full and happy life.”

    State police had found a car wanted in connection to Wiley’s whereabouts two weeks ago in Bridgeport. On Wednesday and Thursday family members searched Hubbard Park in Meriden looking for leads there.

    “You can have 20 children but if one is not around you you do everything in your power to make sure they are. You do everything in your power to protect them,” Martin added.

    State police tell us 20 year old Alyssiah was last seen at a Dairy Queen in Willimantic. Martin says even the smallest bit of information could help bring her daughter home.

    “Our whole being. Our whole purpose is to make sure she's brought home safe and sound.”
    Saturday marks exactly three weeks since Wiley disappeared. Martin says she’ll be back in

    Bridgeport at the same park Saturday at 11:30am to cover more ground.
     



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    Alyssiah Marie Wiley is missing.Alyssiah Marie Wiley is missing.

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    Employees from three Hartford hospitals are upset following the announcement that their on-site day care facility will be closing this summer.

    The Connecticut Children’s Medical Center “Kids Are Great” facility is shared by employees from CCMC, Hartford Hospital and the Institute of Living.  The hospital says times are tough and with less than 1% of their employees using the facility, the center just doesn’t fit into their future plans.

    However, employees are crying foul , saying it’s flexible hours and location are a major factor in allowing them to balance a busy work and life balance.

    A mother of two, Amanda Zaleski, says she relies on the cost and convenience that the center provides. She works just across the street at Hartford Hospital as an exercise physiologist.

    “It weighed heavily in my family planning decision knowing it was there,” said Zaleski, who drops her 6-month old Zoey off at the day care. “I know a lot of people who choose to have kids because they were relying on that as their source of child care.”

    Close to 100 families from the three hospitals use the facility. CCMC Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Theresa Hendricksen says only 13 employees from her hospital take advantage of the center. She says the majority of families come from Hartford Hospital. She says it was not an “overnight decision” by the administration to close the facility at the end of August.

    “We know that this is a hardship for the families. That’s why we tried to give them four months notice. So that they would have time to look for adequate facilities for their children.”

    Zaleski says a number a families are writing letters to CCMC CEO Martin Galvin and Hartford Hospital CEO Jeffrey Flaks.She says she put her child on the waiting list as soon as she heard she was pregnant. She says the center’s flexible hour and convenient on-site location allow her to continue on with her career.

    “I really just don’t believe they know the magnitude of this decision. We have a lot of people that work out of state and it’s their only option.”

    Beth Parker dropped her two children off at the day care from the time they were 4 months to 5 years old. She says the facility is part of the reason she chose to work at Hartford Hospital.

    “I knew i’d be working long hours. I knew I was a female in a male dominated profession. The ability to have my kids there on campus was something that would make my return to work much more feasible.”

    Now, families are hoping the hospital administration will re-consider the decision, even if it means paying higher tuition or re-locating. There is also concern for what will become of the nearly 20 employees, who Zaleski and Parker say have become “family”.

    The hospital says they are talking with employees and working on placing them in other positions in the hospital. While Hendricksen says the chances are “unlikely” that the decision will be reversed, the families affected are keeping up hope.

    “I wish a dialogue occured earlier but hopefully it can now,” says Zaleski. “We can come to some sort of agreement so we can feel like we don’t have to weigh our work life and our family life.”


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    Authorities are cleaning up after a two-vehicle accident caused a Coca-Cola truck to flip on its side and strike a house in Southern Florida Friday.

    A red Mercedes and the semi truck crashed about half a block away. Four people were hurt, one with somewhat serious injuries and three with minor injuries, Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Battalion Chief Dan Guffey said.

    "The truck lost control, causing structural damage to a house," he said.

    The truck rolled into the house, Florida Highway Patrol Sgt. Alvaro Feola said.

    The crash caused 50 to 100 gallons of diesel fuel to leak on the ground, authorities said. Firefighters blanketed the ground with foam to make sure the fuel didn't catch on fire, Guffey said.

    A lot of Coca-Cola also spilled on the ground.

    Fifteen fire rescue vehicles responded to the scene, Guffey said.

    "We have a wrecker tow truck coming in to upright the tractor trailer and do the cleanup of the fuel," Feola said.

    Stay with NBC6.com and NBC 6 South Florida for updates.

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    The crash caused about 50 to 100 gallons of diesel fuel to leak onto the ground, along with soda.The crash caused about 50 to 100 gallons of diesel fuel to leak onto the ground, along with soda.

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  • 05/11/13--09:12: Armed Robbery in Manchester

  • Manchester Police are searching for two men responsible for holding up a store in the Manchester Parkade shopping plaza.

    Police were called to JB Expo, 358 Middle Turnpike by the store clerk.

    The clerk said that two men wearing masks displayed handguns at the jewelry and accesories store.

    The clerk has minor injuries. Anyone with information is asked to call police at 860-645-5561.



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