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  • 04/18/16--13:52: High Fire Danger Tomorrow

  • The remarkably dry, sunny stretch of weather will continue through much of this week with few exceptions.

    Clouds will move in tonight in advance of a cold front. Lows will be near 50 degrees.

    A stray sprinkle or shower is possible tomorrow morning, with some rays of sunshine peeking through the clouds.

    However, by lunchtime, the sun will be shining and it will be a beautiful afternoon.

    A northwest breeze between 10 and 20 mph will make for a high fire danger.

    The National Weather Service has issued a fire weather watch statewide. Open flames outside are discouraged.

    Temperatures will in the upper 60s.

    Wednesday will be beautiful, with highs in the middle 60s under full sunshine.

    Another mostly sunny day is on tap for Thursday, when it will be nearly 10 degrees above average with highs near 70.

    Scattered showers will make Friday a gloomy day, but even when all is said and done, not much rain is anticipated.

    How about the weekend?

    Saturday is best, with unlimited sunshine and highs in the lower 60s.

    A cold front passes through at some point on Sunday, and it could bring a shower.

    By and large, however, it will be a dry day as sunshine mixes with clouds. Highs will only be in the upper 50s.


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    Three dogs in a single neighborhood died after eating cut-up hot dogs laced with pesticides, according to their owners in the Southern California city of Chula Vista.

    Residents of the Otay Ranch neighborhood believe their dogs were poisoned intentionally. The owners say someone cut up tainted hot dogs and threw the pieces into families' backyards for their animals to find.

    The Frank family — whose dog, Stella, died April 13 — is offering a $500 reward to anyone with information leading to an arrest.

    "She started to get violently ill," Kayre Frank said of Stella. "She was kind of shaking and it was weird that she would lay down like that… she wasn't responding to me and so I got down and looked at her. She didn't look good, she was foaming and she was shaking."

    Frank took Stella to the vet to undergo testing. At that point, Stella was unable to breathe on her own.

    "He said it looked like sausage," Frank told NBC 7. "I don't have anything like that in the house so I knew that something was up… Someone had clearly put poison in a hot dog."

    Eventually, the family decided to put her down. Stella would have been 5 years old next month.

    "Somebody took the time to obtain this chemical, to put it in a hot dog, to throw it over the fence — obviously knowing we had a dog. Two dogs," Frank said. "You're sad, you're devastated and then you're angry because you know that somebody did this on purpose."

    Neighbor Adrianna Martinez lost both her dogs April 8.

    "He ran up into my bed and was crying, crying and I never heard him cry that way," Martinez said of her golden retriever, Nala, who then collapsed. "He didn't have control of his body anymore… He threw up a wiener with black inside of it."

    She said her mother’s dog, Henny, began having seizures and could barely breathe. Both were rushed to the vet, where Nala died in Martinez's arms "like it was too late."

    "Within an hour... they were gone," she said.

    Nala was turning 3 and Henny was not yet 1.

    "It's like I lost my little brother and sister," Martinez told NBC 7.

    Once again, the vet said pesticide was to blame.

    "Whoever did this has a personal problem with dogs... It’s evil. You know, you just don't do that to an animal," Martinez added.

    Chula Vista police are investigating, and fliers are now posted throughout the neighborhood warning other dog owners of the danger to their pets.



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    The City of West Haven has a new emergency response system that city leaders say could help keep the public safer.

    The system is designed to collect information about a 911 call and transmit that information to first responders as it comes in. It was unveiled at an event at police headquarters on Monday morning.

    “It’s real time. As things are happening, police, fire, ambulances, everybody,” West Haven Mayor Ed O’Brien said.

    West Haven police, the city’s fire departments, and public safety from the University of New Haven will be able to access the system which is designed to coordinate efforts in an emergency situation. In some cases, information about what awaits responders at a scene such as whether elderly residents are present or where people might be trapped.

    “It makes us get to you a lot faster, a lot quicker. Dispatching multiple agencies at the same time, ambulance police and fire,” Deputy Chief Scott Schwartz, emergency management director for the City of West Haven, said.

    “It gets the police and fire men on scene quicker. It gets them there knowing what is going on,” O’Brien said.

    “Depending on the type of call, we’ll be able to literally just hit a button and we’ll get the information in real time, live to the responding unit, be it police or fire,” Abraham Colon, director of 911 communications for the city, said.

    In some cases, having that up-to-the-minute information could save a person’s life, officials said.

    “Four to six minutes, somebody’s biologically dead if you don’t get any assistance. Imagine getting the information live and having a responder respond within two minutes. … That increases your chances of survival by far,” Colon said.

    The new system came as the result of a federal mandate and cost about $3.4 million.

    City officials said they expect the technology to last for at least twenty years.



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    Firefighters are battling a brush fire along Laurel Mountain Road in Warren this morning.

    The fire is in the area of 44 Laurel Mountain Road and it is endangering some type of structure, according to Litchfield County Dispatch.

    Mutual aid is coming in from Cornwall.

    The fire danger in Connecticut has been high and there have been several brush fires.



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  • 04/18/16--12:54: Small Brush Out in New Haven

  • A small brush fire in New Haven is out and officials said they put it out in around 10 minutes. 

    Officials said something caught fire between 355 Greenwich Ave. and a commercial garage.

    There was no damage to the house or garage and the cause of the fire is under investigation.



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    Firefighters responded to a brush fire that spread to a house on Greenwich Avenue in New Haven Monday.Firefighters responded to a brush fire that spread to a house on Greenwich Avenue in New Haven Monday.

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    At least 21 people were injured after a bomb blast tore through a bus in Jerusalem on Monday, Israeli officials said.

    The blast was caused by an "explosive device" at the rear of one bus, with fire then spreading to a second bus and a car, officials said.

    "Police bomb disposal experts confirm (an) explosive device went off on (the) bus that caused 21 injuries," police spokesman said on Twitter.

    The incident happened in Derech Hebron, an area in southwest Jerusalem close to the boundary with the Israeli-occupied West Bank, according to The Associated Press.



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    Israeli police check a burnt-out bus following in Jerusalem on April 18, 2016.Israeli police check a burnt-out bus following in Jerusalem on April 18, 2016.

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    To all the political junkies yearning for a contested Republican convention this summer: not so fast.

    It's still possible for Donald Trump to clinch the nomination by the end of the primaries on June 7. His path is narrow and perilous. But it's plausible and starts with a big victory Tuesday in his home state New York primary. 

    Trump is the only candidate with a realistic chance of reaching the 1,237 delegates needed to clinch the nomination before the July convention in Cleveland. His rivals, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and Ohio Gov. John Kasich, can only hope to stop him. 

    If Cruz and Kasich are successful, politicos across the country will have the summer of their dreams — a convention with an uncertain outcome. But Trump can put an end to those dreams, and he can do it without any of the 150 or so delegates who will go to the convention free to support the candidate of their choice.

    What comes next isn't a prediction, but rather, a way in which Trump could win the nomination outright on June 7. 

    To be sure, Trump will have to start doing a lot better than he has so far. He gets that chance starting Tuesday, beginning the day with 744 delegates.

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    NEW YORK

    There are 95 delegates at stake in the Empire State, and it's important for Trump to win a big majority of them. It won't be easy. 

    There are 14 statewide delegates and three delegates in each congressional district.

    If a candidate gets more than 50 percent of the statewide vote, he gets all 14 delegates. Otherwise, he has to share them with other candidates. 

    If a candidate gets more than 50 percent of the vote in a congressional district, he gets all three delegates. Otherwise, again, he has to share. 

    Trump leads statewide in the most recent preference polls, with right around 50 percent. New York is a large and diverse state, so he probably won't win all the congressional districts.

    Let's say Trump does make it to 50 percent, but Kasich or Cruz wins five congressional districts; Trump will take 77 delegates on the night. 

    Trump's running total: 821 delegates.

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    APRIL 26

    Five states have primaries on April 26, with 172 delegates at stake: Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland and Rhode Island. 

    Pennsylvania could be trouble for Trump. The state has a unique system in which 54 delegates — three from each congressional district — are listed by name on the ballot, with no information for voters to know which candidate they support. 

    That means even if Trump wins Pennsylvania, he's only guaranteed to claim 17 of the state's 71 delegates. 

    Connecticut awards 13 delegates to the statewide winner and three to the winner of each congressional district, for a total of 28. The New York real estate mogul needs to win his neighboring state. If he does well, he could get 22 delegates.

    Delaware's 16 delegates are winner-take-all, increasing the importance of this small state. If Trump loses Delaware, he has to make it up elsewhere. 

    Maryland awards 14 delegates to the statewide winner and three to the winner of each congressional district, for a total of 38. Recent polls show Trump with a significant lead. If he does well, he could get 32 delegates. 

    Trump can afford to lose Rhode Island, which awards its 19 delegates proportionally.

    In all, it's a day on which we'll say Trump claims 93 delegates. 

    Trump's running total: 914.

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    MAY 

    Five states hold contests in May, with a total of 199 delegates at stake: Indiana, Nebraska, West Virginia, Oregon and Washington State. 

    Indiana's May 3 primary is important for Trump. The state awards 30 delegates to the statewide winner and three delegates to the winner of each congressional district, for a total of 57. If Trump can win the state and a majority of the congressional districts, he could collect 45 delegates. 

    West Virginia is another unique state in which voters elect 31 delegates in the May 10 primary. In West Virginia, however, the delegates will be listed on the ballot along with the presidential candidate they support. If Trump does well here, he could pick up 20 or more delegates. 

    Nebraska's 36 delegates are winner-take-all. But if Nebraska is like its neighbors Kansas and Iowa, two states Cruz won earlier in the race, Trump can't count on these delegates. 

    Oregon and Washington state award delegates proportionally, so even the losers get some. 

    We'll give Trump 70 delegates for the month. 

    Trump's running total: 984.

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    JUNE 7

    This could be Trump's D-Day. Or his Waterloo. 

    Five states vote on June 7, with 303 delegates up for grabs. The biggest prize is California, along with New Jersey, South Dakota, Montana and New Mexico. 

    The only state Trump can afford to lose is New Mexico, which awards 24 delegates proportionally. 

    New Jersey, South Dakota and Montana are winner-take-all, with a total of 107 delegates.

    California is more complicated, with 172 delegates at stake. The statewide winner gets only 13. The other 159 are awarded according to the results in individual congressional districts. 

    Each of the state's 53 congressional districts has three delegates. You win the district, you get all three. 

    For Trump to clinch the nomination on June 7 — the last day of the primary season — he has to win a big majority of California's congressional districts. If he wins 39 districts, he gets 130 delegates. 

    On the last voting day of the primary campaign, we'll say Trump wins 242 delegates. 

    Trump's running total: 1,226 — or 11 delegates short of the magic number.

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    OH, WAIT! 

    Missouri has certified the results of its March 15 primary, with Trump beating Cruz by 1,965 votes. If the results survive a potential recount, Trump wins Missouri and another 12 delegates. 

    Trump's total: 1,238.

    Cue the balloons.



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    Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally in Pittsburgh, Wednesday, April 13, 2016.Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally in Pittsburgh, Wednesday, April 13, 2016.

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    A 21-year-New York man is accused of stealing several laptops and cell phones, as well as other electronics, clothing and cash from several rooms in a dorm, according to a statement from the school.

    Daylin Robertson, who is not a student at the university, has been charged with burglary, several counts of larceny, home invasion, possession and sale of marijuana and possession and sale of a controlled substance, according to the school.

    Officials said he was visiting another student for Spring Fling.

    They said they recovered the stolen items and will get them back to their owners after the police inventory is complete.

    Bond was set at $100,000 and he is due back in court on May 5.

    School officials said this arrest is not connected a home invasion on campus early Saturday morning.



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    A skydiver has been taken to the hospital for a possible broken leg after a “hard” landing in Danielson.

    The incident happened at Danielson Airport and the sky diver was conscious, breathing and alert when emergency crews responded, according to state police.


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    One person has been taken to the hospital after fleeing from police in Cheshire and hitting two utility poles.

    The chase started when officers tried to stop a black BMW station wagon that was speeding on Cheshire Street around 10:45 a.m., but the driver kept going and sped up, police said.

    The officer who was chasing the driver lost sight of the wagon, but alerted other officers and a second officer saw a similar vehicle on Maple Avenue and tried to stop it.

    Again, the driver kept going and when through the intersection of Maple Avenue and West Main Street, where he lost control and hit a utility pole, police said.

    The station wagon spun around and hit another utility pole before eventually stopping.

    Once the vehicle was stopped, officers helped remove the driver, who was partially ejected from the driver’s seat, and provided medical aid until an ambulance brought him to St. Mary Hospital.

    The injuries are not life-threatening and police are investigating. They have not yet identified the driver.

    Main Street was closed for around four hours, but has reopened.



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    Three years after a bomb took both his legs at the Boston Marathon finish line, Jeff Bauman joined actor Jake Gyllenhaal in throwing out the first pitch at Fenway Park.

    An iconic image of Bauman — ashen and injured — was etched into the minds of Americans reeling in the wake of the 2013 attack. His photo and recovery came to symbolize the resilience of a Boston that couldn't be broken.

    Now a bestselling author, Bauman took the mound at Monday's Red Sox game as thousands converged for the 120th Boston Marathon.

    He was flanked by Gyllenhaal, who portrays Bauman in a film version of his memoir, "Stronger." The movie, directed by David Gordon Green, tells the story of Bauman's recovery and was filming Monday at Fenway.

    "It's not every day you film a movie scene during pregame! Thanks for joining us, Jeff Bauman & Jake Gyllenhaal!" the Red Sox tweeted, along with photos of the pair talking to players David Ortiz and Brock Holt.

    Bauman, who was treated at Boston Medical Center, spoke Sunday night with Gyllenhaal at the hospital's pre-marathon pasta dinner.



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    Boston Marathon bombing survivor Jeff Bauman and actor/producer Jake Gyllenhaal throw out the first pitch before the Boston Red Sox take on the Toronto Blue Jays at Fenway Park on April 18, 2016 in Boston, Massachusetts.Boston Marathon bombing survivor Jeff Bauman and actor/producer Jake Gyllenhaal throw out the first pitch before the Boston Red Sox take on the Toronto Blue Jays at Fenway Park on April 18, 2016 in Boston, Massachusetts.

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    An East Hampton man is dead after his motorcycle collided with a car in Eastford Monday afternoon.

    State police say 63-year-old Torrence Botsford was killed after being ejected from his motorcycle during a crash on Pomfret Road.

    Police responded to Pomfret Road in the area of Old Route 44 around 3:31 p.m. for the serious crash. According to police, a Toyota Corolla, driven by 58-year-old Debra Willard-Web of Hampden, Maine, was traveling east on Pomfret Road when it slowed and started to turn left into a driveway at 142 Pomfret Road.

    At that point the motorcycle driven by Botsford, which police say was traveling at a high rate of speed in the same direction, smashed into the Corolla. Botsford was thrown from his vehicle and sustained fatal injuries.

    Willard-Web sustained minor injuries and was transported to Windham Hospital for treatment. A passenger in her vehicle was not injured.

    Both vehicles were severely damaged and had to be towed from the scene.

    Pomfret Road was closed for several hours while police investigated but has since reopened.



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    A fitness instructor was found slain inside a North Texas church Monday morning, and Midlothian police are looking for a man seen on video wearing tactical clothing with police markings in connection with her death. 

    Fitness instructor Missy Bevers, a 45-year-old mother of three, arrived at the Creekside Church of Christ shortly after 4 a.m. to prepare for a Camp Gladiator class, police said Monday afternoon.

    When her students arrived at 5 a.m., they found her unresponsive and called 911. EMS workers arrived minutes later and noticed broken glass and other indications of a struggle around the woman's body.

    Police arrived soon after, searched the building and determined there were visible signs of forced entry. No one else was found in the building but a review of surveillance video recorded inside the building indicated a man entered the building shortly before Bevers and was using a tool to pry open doors.

    Midlothian police said the man was dressed in tactical gear with police markings, including a heavy helmet, gloves and military-style battle-dress pants.

    In a news conference Monday afternoon, Midlothian Chief of Police Carl Smith said the man was "designed to look like a police officer."

    Police said the motion-activated surveillance cameras did not record any interaction between Bevers and the man, and while a motive has not been determined, police said it's possible Bevers interrupted a burglary.

    "It's just an odd, random situation that they would they would actually happen to come into a building that was being burglarized on a Monday morning," Smith said. "But all scenarios are on the table right now."

    Investigators said the first time the man appeared on camera was about 3:50 a.m., shortly before Bevers arrived. Since there are no working cameras outside the church, it is not clear when the man arrived.

    It was not immediately known if anything was taken from the church and police were not sure if the man was carrying a weapon.

    The woman was declared dead at the scene by Ellis County Justice of the Peace Bill Woody. Due to Bevers' injuries, police are investigating her death as a homicide.

    "She was a loving mother of three. She loved her husband very much," said Chad Tucker, Bevers' brother in-law. "She was dedicated to taking care of herself, taking care of other people and being a good mother."

    Several people gathered Monday evening at the Midlothian Conference Center for a private candlelight vigil in Bevers' memory.

    Oak Farms Dairy announced it was offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and successful grand jury indictment in this case.

    Bevers' body was transported to the Dallas County medical examiner who will determine her cause of death.

    Anyone with information on the man's identity is asked to call the Midlothian Police Department at 972-775-3333.

    NBC 5's Chris Jose and Kevin Cokely contributed to this report.



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    Midlothian police are looking for the person on the left wearing police-like tactical gear in connection with the slaying of 45-year-old Missy Bevers, inset. Bevers was declared dead after being found unresponsive in a church early Monday morning, April 18, 2016.Midlothian police are looking for the person on the left wearing police-like tactical gear in connection with the slaying of 45-year-old Missy Bevers, inset. Bevers was declared dead after being found unresponsive in a church early Monday morning, April 18, 2016.

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    As the American public considers the 2016 presidential campaign, it's seeing many more flaws than strengths, according to results from a national NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll.

    Nearly seven-in-10 registered voters say they couldn't see themselves supporting Republican frontrunner Donald Trump, 61 percent say they couldn't back fellow Republican Ted Cruz and 58 percent couldn't see themselves voting for Democratic favorite Hillary Clinton, NBC News reports.

    What's more, 65 percent of all voters have a negative view of Trump — that makes him the most unpopular major presidential candidate in the history of the NBC/WSJ poll. Fifty-six percent have an unfavorable view of Clinton, which is up five points from last month.

    Just 19 percent of all respondents give Clinton high marks for being honest and trustworthy, while only 12 percent give Trump high scores for having the right temperament.



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    U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, Ohio Gov. John Kasich, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and businessman Donald Trump (left to right) are running for president of the United States.U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, Ohio Gov. John Kasich, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and businessman Donald Trump (left to right) are running for president of the United States.

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    If you plan to hit the beaches of West Haven, make sure to bring more money with you.

    The price to park for non-residents is expected to go up this summer from $5 to $10. It's one of many solutions the mayor will bring to the city council after residents complained about the parking situation.

    “I was getting a lot of complaints about non-residents coming in and parking so there was no room for the residents," West Haven Mayor Edward O'Brien said.

    Off-street parking will be eliminated on some side streets close to the beach as well.

    “We have a lot of out-of-town visitors, we want them to keep coming, but there’s a cost to maintain this, parking is problem for our residents," O'Brien added.

    He said West Haven beaches have huge crowds in the summer and he doesn’t think that will change. The reaction of people walking along the beach’s boardwalk Monday was mixed.

    “I think that’s probably going to be a deterrent for a lot of people including myself," said Robert Laccone of Derby.

    “It is nice they let us use it and if we have to pay we have to pay," said Sue Curran of Naugatuck.

    “It’s quite expensive sometimes to just come out and enjoy the day," said Marissa Simon of Ansonia.

    The mayor said the extra revenue will help pay for city sponsored events like the Fourth of July celebration as well as beach up-keep.

    “They need to make more lots available because most people would like to come down to the beach during the nice weather," said West Haven resident Susan Potter.

    The city also plans to expand its patrol of resident parking lots to keep non-residents out. Those without stickers will be ticketed and towed. That means residents will no longer be able to use their license as proof if they don’t have a sticker.

    “It’s kind of upsetting. So, I’m not going to come down as much unless I just walk," said Maureen Carofano, of West Haven.

    Parking stickers will go out to residents with their tax bills in June. They’ll be valid for two years.



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    Beach parking fees for non-residents in West Haven could double this summer.Beach parking fees for non-residents in West Haven could double this summer.

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    More than a foot of rain deluged parts of Houston on Monday, leaving five dead as surging waters flooded homes and highways, NBC News reports.

    Gov. Greg Abbott declared a state of disaster in nine counties, hundreds of flights were canceled, mass transit was shut down and schools were closed. Almost 17 inches of rain had inundated the city by 2 p.m. ET.

    Bush Intercontinental Airport grappled with nearly 650 flight cancellations and more than 1,100 delays. METRO Houston also suspended all rail and bus services, as swaths of the city and nearby Waller County were walloped with 16.8 inches of rain before noon, according to the National Weather Service.

    Jeff Lindner, a meteorologist with the Harris County Flood Control District, warned of a "life-threatening situation" due to flash flooding developing in northwest Harris County. "Stay where you are," Lindner added.



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    Jose Palacios, left, and his wife Rebecca, right, carry their children, Ariana and Aaron, through floodwaters as they evacuate their flooded apartment complex Monday, April 18, 2016, in Houston.Jose Palacios, left, and his wife Rebecca, right, carry their children, Ariana and Aaron, through floodwaters as they evacuate their flooded apartment complex Monday, April 18, 2016, in Houston.

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    The death toll continues to rise after a seven-point-eight magnitude earthquake rocked Ecuador Saturday night. The Justice Department confirms at least one American is among the 270 casualties. More than 2,500 were injured.

     Roughly 20,000 Ecuadorians live in Connecticut. The majority, seven to eight thousand, live in Danbury. Danbury resident Milton Pauta said his family members are all accounted for but they felt the earthquake that hit Manabi Province, Saturday night.

     "They cry a lot because they saw the news and they say that's something they never think that can happen something like that," said Pauta.

     Though the quake hit in a sparsely populated region, its effects were far-reaching.

     "They say they feel it all around the country," Pauta said.

     Luis Bautista's family lives in Guayaquil. There, some 300 miles from the epicenter, an overpass collapsed on a car, killing one person .

    "We all, Ecuadorians, worry about situation because it's many people lose families, lose houses," said Bautista.

    Bautista, who owns Il Milenio restaurant in Danbury said tragedy has been on the minds of many of his customers.

    "I'm worried about all these persons who has lost families, who has lost, lost a house, lost everything," said Bautista.

    The owner of La Bahia Travel in Danbury is on vacation in Santo Domingo. Yoland Vega told Pauta that the badly damaged city, is still waiting for help to arrive.

    "You know we want to give everything, everything what we can," said Pauta.

    However, he explained that several months ago the Ecuadorian government began restricting donations into the country, making it difficult to send clothing or medicine. While they wait for those restrictions to be lifted, they've begun to collect monetary donations at the Ecuadorian Civic Center, which they plan to donate to the Red Cross. The center will hold a fundraiser on Sunday beginning at 8:000 a.m..

    "Everybody here we are sad, worried about what's going on there," Pauta added.

    The Ecuadorian Consulate planned to update residents on the emergency needs and conditions in Ecuador during a meeting in New Haven Monday night.



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    An MDC worker from Connecticut is determined to help those in the midst of water crisis in Michigan, and his mission goes beyond collecting donations. He and a team of volunteers are making it their mission not just to collect the water, but also to deliver it.

    Kenneth Hinson, of Torrington, visited Flint, Michigan after reading the headlines about their tainted water. The heartbreaking stories hit close to home partly because of what he does for work.

    “I work for a water company and that’s more of a reason why I said we need to do something because we deal with water every day,” Hinson said.

    After seeing the water crisis up close, he began collecting water with the help of several organizations including the Capitol City Ryders. Since they got the idea to do it three months ago, their collection has grown to more than 3,000 cases of water.

    “You see the people in Flint and they really need the water,” Hinson said. “They’re getting sores on their arms because the water is so messed up and it’s sad.”

    He and a team of volunteers are going to travel to Flint next week, because after taking pictures at distribution centers, Hinson saw a need.

    “People in poor areas were not able to come and get the water because they can’t lift 40 pounds on a bus,” Hinson said.

    Hinson and his team are going to go house to house delivering the water they collected to the people who might not otherwise be able to get it. He plans on taking three truckloads worth of water and a charter bus of 50 volunteers to help a community almost 700 miles away.

    “This is Connecticut and that’s Flint, Michigan, but people in Connecticut want to help people and we have to go wherever we have to go,” Norm Leblanc, a volunteer said.

    The team plans on leaving April 29. For those interested in donating water, there are several drop-off locations: Enfield Motorsports, Gengras Harley Davidson in East Hartford, TSI Harley Davidson in Ellington and the Mickey Finns Honda on the Berlin Turnpike.



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    Police say a pursuit that started in New Britain Monday night, ended with a crash and gunfire at a busy intersection in Newington.

     The crash happened around 6:20 p.m. at the corner of Main Street and Robbins Avenue in Newington. A few neighbors were outside and watched it unfold.

     “The cop came around the corner and they were chasing somebody,” Michael Defurio said.

    Defurio said some of the friends he was watching with ran for cover after hearing gunfire.

     “The cop hit him and then you heard a gunshot,” Defurio said. “We didn’t know who was shooting, if it was police or if it was whoever they were chasing.”

     Police say a New Britain officer fired a service weapon. The suspect was not injured. As he was taken into custody, the suspect’s car came rolling right into Defurio’s yard and crashed into a van. .

     “No one was in it, the car just must have been in drive and it was still going at a good speed,” Defurio said.

     An evidence marker was placed over a single shell casing. Crime scene tape covered a New Britain Police cruiser with front end damage.

     “It’s usually a quiet neighborhood,” Sebastian Ciarcia said. “You don’t see much of this around and hearing shots fired, it’s alarming. You got kids in the area all the time and people walking around.”

     Police arrested Rodney Kincaid, 35, of New Britain who they say failed to stop for officers on East Street in New Britain.

     Kincaid is charged with operating a motor vehicle under suspension, reckless driving, engaging officers in pursuit and possession of narcotics.



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    The government in Ecuador raised the death toll in the wake of a massive weekend earthquake on the nation’s Pacific coast. As of Monday evening, 413 people were confirmed dead and at least 2,500 others had been injured, according to the government. The earthquake is having an emotional impact in Connecticut.

     At the Ecuadorian Consulate in New Haven, the flag of Ecuador was at half-staff as officials also confirmed that several Connecticut families have already lost love ones in the tragedy. Other local families are still waiting for any word from relatives in Ecuador at all.

     “We don’t know if they’re alive,” said Priscilla Esposito of Meriden. “We don’t know if they’re dead. We don’t know if they’re hurt.”

     Esposito and her sister Gina Bucchieri, also of Meriden, said they have already learned of relatives who were killed in the powerful 7.8 magnitude earthquake. They also said that there are several loved ones on their mother’s side of the family who they still had not been able to get in touch with.

     “She has nieces and nephews and we haven’t heard anything from them so those are our big concerns,” said Bucchieri.

     Learning that hundreds had been killed and thousands other injured, they said waiting for any information has been painful.

     “We just hope that somehow they’re just clinging on to life and that we’ll be able to get in touch with them or they’ll be able to get in touch with us,” Bucchieri said.

     Hope was the focus of the conversation at the Ecuadorian Consulate in New Haven on Monday night, even as officials confirmed that another local family, from Ansonia, had also learned that a relative had been killed.

     “With the help of God and all the national and international community, we will rise from this tragedy,” Raul Erazo, Ecuadorian Consulate General.

     Help from around the globe will soon be reaching the earthquake zone, and hopefully finding people who can still be saved. Some aid will be coming from Connecticut organizations, including AmeriCares, which expects it Emergency Response Team on the ground in Ecuador by Tuesday night.

     “We know there’s been tragedy already in the family,” said Esposito. “We’re just hoping that this isn’t going to be another tragedy.”

     Officials at the Consulate said with thousands of Ecuadorians currently residing in Connecticut, it is expected that more difficult news will be coming in the days ahead.



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