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    The housing market in Connecticut is bouncing back as sales and prices appear to be on the rise.

    In West Hartford, "For Sale" signs are common.

    Rachel Leventhal-Weiner is hoping to put her Griswold Drive home on the market this summer as her family searches for a larger home.

    "We were hoping to sell it when the market was really hot but the problem is that buying in a hot market is a really big challenge too because then you miss out on some houses," said Leventhal-Weiner.

    Home prices in Connecticut jumped more than nine percent in the first quarter of this year, up to a median price of $235,000, compared to the same time last year, according to the Warren Group.

    However, inventory remains low at a time more buyers are looking for homes.

    "You pair the two of them together and you just have a feeding frenzy out there," said Robert O'Meara, a realtor with Keller Williams Realty in West Hartford. "If you want to buy a home that's new to the market, that's in good condition, we're seeing multiple offers. We're seeing sales over asking price. I have several buyers who have written offers at full price that have not won out in the bids."

    Even though prices are on the rise, experts say buyers could still wind up with lower mortgage payments now compared to years and even decades ago when housing prices were lower. That's because interest rates remain below four percent.

    "People are feeling if I don't make the move now I'm going to miss an affordability that's never going to come around again in my lifetime," said O'Meara. "That's really key, the affordability level. We've hit an affordability level we've never seen."

    Besides prices, home sales appear to also be on the rise. The Greater Hartford Association of Realtors reports a 22-percent jump in pending sales of single family homes in March, compared to the same month last year. The organization says closings were up slightly during that same time.

    They're signs the once-stalled housing market is picking up again.

    "It seems like prices are only going to start going further up, so to get a better deal for us we're hoping to buy sooner," said Leventhal-Weiner.



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    Four more people have been charged in an illegal drug scheme involving a former Plainville surgeon.

    The doctor, Richard Luzietti, 40, of Plainville, is serving an eight-year sentence for illegally prescribing and dispensing controlled substances. 

    Officials said he practiced medicine without a license to obtain prescription drugs that were paid for by the state’s Medicaid program and then sold them illegally on the streets.

    Inspectors from the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit in the Office of the Chief State's Attorney have also arrested Eric Jiminez, 33, of Hartford, Massimo Greca, 35, of Rocky Hill, and Amanda Lucey, 28, of East Hartford, and John Rosado, 45, of Manchester.

    Police said Luzietti never met Jiminez, Greca, Lucey nor Rosado, but wrote them prescriptions for controlled substances. They, in turn, had them filled at Medicaid expense and then sold them to Cyril Pham, who along with Luzietti allegedly sold them illegally on the street, police said.

    Jiminez, Greca, Lucey and Rosado have been charged with conspiracy to unlawfully obtain a controlled substance and conspiracy to make a false prescription, and conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance.

    They have been released on $500 non-surety bonds. Jiminez and Greca and will appear in New Britain Superior Court on June 5. Lucey will appear in Hartford Superior Court on June 6 and Rosado will appear in New Britain Superior Court on June 6.

    Luzietti was convicted last August and Pham was arrested on May 2.

    Officials said the investigation is ongoing and six more arrests are expected.
     


    Inspectors from the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit in the Office of the Chief State's Attorney have arrested, from left to right: Massimo Greca, 35, of Rocky Hill, Eric Jiminez, 33, of Hartford, Amanda Lucey, 28, of East Hartford, and John Rosado, 45, of Manchester.Inspectors from the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit in the Office of the Chief State's Attorney have arrested, from left to right: Massimo Greca, 35, of Rocky Hill, Eric Jiminez, 33, of Hartford, Amanda Lucey, 28, of East Hartford, and John Rosado, 45, of Manchester.

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    Milford police are looking for the man who exposed himself to a female jogger on Friday morning.

    The jogger was running in the area of Milford Point Road and Holly Street around 6 a.m. when she saw a man standing in the bushes near the side of the road.

    He covered a portion of his face with his shirt and exposed himself to the victim, police said, but didn’t try to interact with her.

    Police responded, but did not find the man and will be increasing police patrols in the area.

    The man is 18 to 21 years old, thin, around 6-feet-1-inch tall and was wearing a black sweatshirt and dark pants, police said.

    Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call Milford Police at (203) 878-6551 or post a tip online.
     



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    Police are investigating after a man exposed himself  to a jogger in Milford.Police are investigating after a man exposed himself to a jogger in Milford.

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    A police-involved shooting at a multi-million dollar Ridgefield home has left one man dead.

    Ridgefield Police were called around 5:15 Friday afternoon for reports of a possible domestic situation at 423 Ridgebury Road.

    When police arrived on the scene, they found a man in the front yard armed with a handgun.

    Police tried to get the man to put the gun down but he refused. The man raised his gun towards the officers causing an officer to shoot him. The man was taken to Danbury Hospital and died shortly after. The officer was not injured.

    State Police and Norwalk Police officers were also on the scene to assist.

    The male subject has been identified but his identity is being withheld to allow for family notification.

    The identity of the officer is also being withheld at this time.

    State Police are still investigating.


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    Derby police have identified the suspects who vandalized a church in April, and they are just seven and 10 years old.
     
    Holes still remain in the historic stained glass windows at the Immanuel St. James Church in Derby. 

    “When they said the ages of the kids, I said 'oh Lord,'” said Al Smith, groundskeeper at the church.
     
    The children allegedly threw rocks through the windows in mid-April, and came back again this month.

    “I’m upset…I want to go down there and whack them on the butt,” Smith admitted.
     
    Police did not say how they were able to identify suspects, but said when they brought the kids in for questioning with their parents, they admitted to everything.

    “Kids...to do something like that, it doesn’t make sense,” Smith said.
     
    Investigators said the families of the suspects may have to front the bill for repairs, and it won’t be cheap.  Some of the glass is from the 1800s and insurance might not cover the entire cost.

    “A Tiffany window in there we've had estimates on that up to a million dollars,” Smith said.  
     
    Police did not arrest the kids, and said they would forward the cases to juvenile court.


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  • 05/24/13--20:33: CT Gas Prices Out of Top Ten

  • This holiday weekend there's some good news at the pumps. Connecticut is no longer in the top ten states with highest gas prices.

    However, it's not because prices here have dropped recently. Instead, prices elsewhere are up.

    The average price for regular unleaded in Connecticut is now $3.80 a gallon, according to AAA.  That's up eight cents from a month ago, but it's down 15 cents over this time last year.

    "They're outrageous," said Steve Terreri of Guilford.

    "Nobody likes paying high gas prices," said Noel Brown of Windsor.

    Last summer, Connecticut topped the list of states in the continental U.S. with the highest gas prices.

    The state fell out of the top ten earlier this week and is now ranked number 17.

    "That sounds better than it is though because it's mainly thanks to prices elsewhere rising especially in the Midwest and West. They've seen a price spike of late because of tight supplies and refinery issues," said Aaron Kupec, a spokesman for AAA.

    Gas prices nationwide are starting to fall, according to AAA.

    However, in July, prices in Connecticut will jump about four cents a gallon because of a state tax hike.

    "I wish they'd go down again. They continue to rise and it creates a lot of problems for people traveling," said Jennifer Cuomo of East Hartford.

    About 1.4 million New Englanders will be traveling on highways this holiday weekend, according to AAA. Nearly two-thirds of travelers have said gas prices will not impact their plans, the organization said.
     



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    A 25-year-old Kenyan woman has come forward with allegations that she was kept as a domestic slave for three months by Saudi Arabian diplomats living in Northern Virginia.

    The allegations come to light two weeks after News4 first reported an investigation into possible human trafficking at a Saudi-owned compound in McLean, Va.

    The Kenyan woman -- who goes by the name Sheila -- said she was brought to the U.S. from Kenya by way of Saudi Arabia last summer, by people who forced her to work long hours each day, seven days a week, as a domestic worker.

    "I used to work from 6 in the morning to 8, 10 in the evening," Sheila said by cell phone to News4's Jackie Bensen. "From Monday to Monday."

    Did you ever have a day off? Bensen asked. "No," Shelia replied.

    Shelia said she was rescued with the help of a Fairfax County man, Marikio, whom she met on a Facebook community for Kenyans living in the D.C. area.

    He and Sheila had corresponded online for a couple of days when he grew puzzled by her reluctance to answer basic questions about where she lived and worked.

    "It's very simple: 'Where you living? You should tell me where you're living.' She was hiding," he said.

    She told him she lived in a high-rise in a place she knew as Falls Church, but she was not sure of the address because she was never allowed outside. He told her to look at a piece of her boss' mail to see what the address was.

    Marikio arranged to help her. The rescue ended up being a harrowing one -- particularly, Marikio said, because he knew if he called 911, he risked a chance that Sheila's boss could convince police to arrest him instead, because he was in the country illegally.

    Still, Sheila -- wearing a head scarf and a veil -- ran from of the lobby of Skyline Towers on Seminary Road and jumped into his car. It was the first time the two had met.

    Marikio said Sheila was gaunt and in obvious pain. She told him she was hemorraghing from an untreated medical condition. He told her to go back inside and get her passport, and he'd take her to a hospital.

    "She was sick, and she was shaking, and the police asked her, 'Do you want an ambulance?'" Marikio recalled. "She said yes and the ambulance came."

    But, Marikio said, when she went back for her passport, she was held by the family she worked for.

    "She went back, the guy was holding her. He was still holding hostage. She was screaming with her cell phone. ... I say, 'Go out!'"

    Said Shelia, "I was afraid, because maybe they could have killed me. Because they have taken all my documents. They have taken my passport."

    Police officers ordered the boss to return the passport, and he did. Shelia then received medical treatment.

    Shelia now has an attorney, immigration attorney Regina Njogu. An investigation revealed the Saudi diplomat who brought her to the U.S. used an domestic worker visa known as an A3 visa.

    "I called the embassy, and I spoke with him," Njogu said. "At first he didn't know what I was calling about. When I told him what I was calling about, he said he doesn't care, because he's a diplomat nothing will happen to him."

    The Saudi Arabian embassy did not return News4's calls for comment.

    Njogu said her efforts to get authorities to investigate further have been frustrating. "Basically it was a game of ping-pong. I was being referred from one place to another. I could tell from those I was speaking to that there was a great reluctance to get involved."

    Now, Shelia remains in the U.S., relying on the assistance of fellow Kenyans. Her visa has expired, so she has no way to work. 

    But, she said, she is grateful she can sleep in a bed instead of the floor, where she slept in the Falls Church home.


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    One of the last leaders of one of the world’s most notorious drug cartels pleaded guilty in federal court in San Diego on Friday to money laundering and conspiracy charges.

    Eduardo Arellano-Felix, 56, is one of four brothers linked to Tijuana’s powerful Arellano-Felix Organization (AFO). He was arrested by Mexican authorities in Tijuana, Mexico in Oct. 2008 after a gun battle with a Mexican Special Tactical Team and extradited to the U.S. on Aug. 31, 2012.

    The AFO is known as one of the most notorious multi-national drug trafficking organizations, controlling the flow of cocaine, marijuana and other drugs through the Mexican border cities of Tijuana and Mexicali into the United States. Its operations also extended into southern Mexico and Colombia.

    With Arellano-Felix’s guilty plea deal on Friday, the leader could spend the next 15 years in a U.S. prison. His sentencing has been scheduled for Aug. 19, when a judge is expected to formally approve the plea bargain.

    According to prosecutors, Arellano-Felix – a medical doctor nicknamed “El Doctor” -- laundered money from drug deals and then used those illegal proceeds to invest into and benefit his family’s notorious drug cartel for more than a decade, from 1986 to 2002.

    Arellano-Felix admitted to he was a “senior member” of the AFO.

    According to the office of U.S. Attorney Laura E. Duffy, Friday’s plea marks the conclusion of the U.S. government’s 20-year battle to dismantle the AFO and its wide scope of violent criminal activity that plagued the Southwest border and beyond.

    “I’m proud to say this is the end of an era,” Duffy said in a media statement. “When this ruthless cartel was thriving in the 1990s, we made what some considered an audacious and impossible commitment to wipe out the organization. Today, we can say we have done just that.”

    DEA San Diego Special Agent in Charge William R. Sherman also said Arellano-Felix’s guilty plea is a win for law enforcement.

    “This plea agreement pounds the final nail in the coffin of what used to be the Arellano-Felix Organization,” Sherman said. “The AFO, once a brutally violent cartel, now becomes a footnote in history books, while DEA and our partners focus on dismantling the drug trafficking organizations that have moved in since the AFO’s demise. We will be just as relentless in our pursuit of these new trafficking organizations and they will be brought to justice in the same manner as the AFO.”

    In addition to serving time in prison, Arellano-Felix will be required to forfeit $50 million derived from illegal activity. He will waive any claim to money or property that the U.S. government has seized or can seize, that he acquired from his illegal acts.

    Prosecutors and investigators say the resolution of this case was a long time coming.

    Arellano-Felix and his brothers were first indicted in 1998 on drug conspiracy charges. Additional charges of racketeering, money laundering and conspiracy to distribute and import marijuana and cocaine soon followed.

    Brothers and former co-leaders of the AFO, Benjamin Arellano-Felix and Francisco Javier Arellano-Felix, were captured in 2002 and 2006. They are both currently serving sentences in the U.S.

    Ramon Arellano-Felix, the cartel’s enforcer, was killed in a shootout with police in 2002. In addition to the brothers, multiple top AFO lieutenants have been convicted over the years.

    The operation to bring down the infamous cartel was a multi-agency project led by agents from the Drug Enforcement Administration, FBI, IRS and an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force created to consolidate and coordinate all law enforcement resources in the battle against major drug trafficking rings, drug kingpins and money launderers.



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    Eduardo Arellano-Felix on Aug. 31, 2012, the day he was extradited to the U.S.Eduardo Arellano-Felix on Aug. 31, 2012, the day he was extradited to the U.S.

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    Connecticut State Police are continuing to patrol the highways and roads during this holiday weekend to help keep traffic moving and everyone safe.

    So far, they have investigated 133 accidents with 26 reported injuries.

    Nearly 500 speeding tickets have been issued along with close to 2,000 tickets for seat belt violations and/or hazardous moving violations.

    State police have also arrested 21 people for D.W.I.

    The State Police  are going to continue to patrol the roads over the weekend and are asking the public to report any suspected drunk driver.

     


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    State Police called to a motor vehicle accident in Sterling ended up investigating a suspicious death.

    State police were called to the scene of a motor vehicle accident on Plainfield Road east of Church St. just shortly before 2 a.m. Sunday morning.

    Upon arrival, officers located a motor vehicle that was involved a crash.

    During the crash investigation, troopers and medical personnel determined that the injuries suffered by the driver did not coincide with the vehicle damage.

    Troopers learned that the driver had sustained a chest injury unrelated to the crash. The driver was pronounced dead at the scene.

    The investigation led Troopers to  a second crime scene where a verbal dispute had taken place resulting in the operator's sustained injuries.

    Troopers, along with detectives from the  Eastern District Major Crime unit are investigating and collecting forensic and physical evidence.

    The driver has been identified and the identity is being withheld, pending notification of the family. An autopsy will be performed on Tuesday by the Office of the Chief State Medical Examiner

    Anyone with information in this case is asked to contact State Police. All information will be kept in confidence
     



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  • 05/24/13--20:35: Ex-Cop Facing New Charges

  • A former Middletown police officer has been charged with risk of injury to a minor, just weeks after his arrest on child pornography charges.

    Samuel DiProto, 61, of Cromwell, was arrested on Thursday.

    According to State Police, while examining evidence seized from DiProto's house, investigators determined the former officer had inappropriate contact with a child.

    Police first began an investigation into DiProto in April, after authorities traced internet activity of sharing child pornography to his home at 3 Oak Road in Cromwell.

    On May 7, DiProto was arrested and police seized computers, hard drives and thumb drives as evidence from his house. Police found 20 to 40 videos and images of minors in sexually explicit conduct, according to court papers.

    According to police, a further investigation of the evidence led to information about the alleged inappropriate contact with a minor.

    DiProto is now charged with risk of injury to a minor, cruelty to persons, first-degree unlawful restraint and first-degree reckless endangerment.

    He is being held on $1 million bond and is scheduled to be back in court on May 30.


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    Police found a missing hiker in Cornwall  after searching overnight.

    Fire officials say the hiker was walking on the blue trail of Mohawk Mountain when he got lost Saturday evening. The hiker had a 9-1-1 only cell phone and called police from the trail.

    The trail spans over 25 miles.

    State Police say the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection headed  the search.

    DEEP, Cornwall Fire and State Police first searched for the hiker's car to find a starting point.



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    State Police search for a missing hiker along one of Mohawk Mountain's trailsState Police search for a missing hiker along one of Mohawk Mountain's trails

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    Two teenagers are dead and three others injured after the vehicle they were traveling in sped out of control and slammed into a tree in South Windsor.

    Brooke Wormstedt, 15 of East Road, East Windsor and Matthew Masse, 18, of Vernon died as a result of the crash.

    Both victims who died were in the back seat of the vehicle.

    Sara Ballard, 19 of Windsor, Christine Huppe, 17 of South Windsor and Megan Barnaby, 16 of East Windsor were also in the car at the time of the crash. Ballard has been identified as the driver.

    South Windsor police reported to the area near 497 Abbe Road on the border of East Windsor just shortly after 8 p.m. Saturday night.

    According to police, the 2003 Ford Explorer was traveling at high speeds which caused the driver to lose control of the vehicle.

    Police are still working to piece together exactly what caused this crash, though they do not believe that the weather was a factor.

     



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    Two people were killed and three injured when their car crashed into a tree on Abbe Road Saturday night.Two people were killed and three injured when their car crashed into a tree on Abbe Road Saturday night.

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    Two Mexican nationals were being questioned on Saturday in connection with the discovery of nearly 2,000 pounds of marijuana found on a fishing boat in the waters off Manhattan Beach in southwestern Los Angeles, federal officials said.

    The boat was discovered at 2:45 a.m. at El Porto Beach, officials with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

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    Federal agents were conducting routine surveillance operations in the El Porto Beach area and saw a suspected smuggling boat approaching the shoreline, ICE spokeswoman Lori Haley said.

    Agents found two men hiding behind a sand dune and took them into custody for questioning, Haley said.

    Video footage taken at the location shows at least nine large black duffel bags or suitcases sitting in a beach parking lot near where authorities were conducting their investigation.

    Saturday's discovery is one in a rising number of cases in recent years in which suspected smugglers use fishing boats -- called pangas -- from Mexico to ferry drugs and people into the United States, authorities said.



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    Two Mexican nationals were questioned in connection with the discovery of nearly 2,000 pounds of marijuana aboard a boat that washed ashore in Manhattan Beach on Saturday, May 25, 2013.Two Mexican nationals were questioned in connection with the discovery of nearly 2,000 pounds of marijuana aboard a boat that washed ashore in Manhattan Beach on Saturday, May 25, 2013.

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    Power was restored in Terminal 1 at Lindbergh Field after an outage left travelers in the dark Saturday night.

    According to San Diego Airport Authority officials, power was restored at around 3:35 a.m. Sunday morning.

    The outage first began around 6:30 p.m. Saturday night after officials say a high-voltage transformer was disrupted on the roof of the Terminal 1 building.

    Half of the terminal went dark. Gates 3 through 10 were without power and airplanes scheduled to depart from Terminal 1 were temporarily not allowed to take off or land.

    In all, airport officials said approximately 15 flights, both inbound and outbound, were delayed due to the power outage.

    Southwest Airlines check-in counters were disabled.

    Airplanes that landed when the power went off had to use roll-away stair. In some cases, luggage was handled manually, as some baggage claim areas were also left in the dark.

    Other baggage carousels were functioning, and many passengers were still able to gather their belongings and get on their way.

    For a short time, TSA officials were hand-screening passengers.

    San Diego Gas & Electric officials were called to the scene to investigate the outage and said power would be restored by early Sunday morning.

    Meanwhile, the power outage left many people waiting for relatives in the dark, including San Diego resident Sonja Forguson who said her loved one was flying in from Florida, all by himself, for the first time ever.

    Many travelers said they were left, waiting, on inbound airplanes for up to 40 minutes before being allowed to disembark. Ground crews had to drive stairs to airplanes to allow passengers to get off the planes, and then walk into a dark terminal to get their luggage.

    Baltimore resident Jenny Flynn and her family – including several children – were scheduled to fly to San Francisco, but were diverted to San Diego.

    She said her family had no idea what was happening with their luggage or when they would be able to get to their final destination.

    “It’s an unknown. They said it’s an unknown. So, we’ll find out – maybe,” she told NBC 7.

    Kansas City resident Steve Platt, who’s visiting San Diego, was also left up in the air regarding his luggage.
    “We’re sitting here waiting in a powerless airport for our luggage,” he lamented. “Not a lot of fun. Not a good way to come to San Diego, because we’d like to see some sights.”

    On the other half of the terminal operations were running normally, with Alaska Airlines and United Airlines passengers flying out of the airport without a hitch.

    On Sunday morning, all operations at Terminal 1 were back to normal, Airport Authority officials confirmed.



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    Police say the body of a 26-year-old woman was found inside the Center City home of a prominent Philadelphia lawyer.

    A source tells NBC10 the body of Julia Law was discovered inside an apartment located at 2000 Delancey Street in Center City around 10 a.m. Saturday. The home belongs to criminal defense attorney Chuck Peruto, Jr., according to investigators. A source says Law was Peruto's paralegal for two years.

    Investigators say Peruto's maintenance man discovered Law's naked body face down and submerged in water inside a bathtub on the third floor.

    "The first thing I did was call 9-1-1 and police showed up. I then went to homicide to give my accounts of what happened," said the man who did not want to be identified.

    Investigators say Peruto was not inside the home when Law's body was found.

    Police are trying to determine why she was inside the home and how she died.

    While the relationship between Peruto and Law has not been confirmed, Peruto wrote the following on his Facebook Page.

    "It's very hard to find someone who really matches you on all eight cylinders," he wrote. "I found my soulmate hippy, and can never replace her. We worked and played, and never got enough life. I'm grateful we made every minute count, without a single dispute about anything ever. I'm especially sad for her 10-year-old brother, who was her life, along with her loving and close sisters, mother and step-father. Earth lost the best one ever. Happy birthday baby."

    Peruto is best known for representing high-profile clients including alleged mob leaders Joey Merlino, Nicodemo Scarfo and Rian Thal - a 34-year-old woman who was killed in a double murder at the Piazza at Schmidt's in Northern Liberties in 2009.

    Stay with NBC10.com for more updates on this developing story.


     



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    In the days after the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary, Milford Police Officer Michael Compare was called in to assist Newtown Police.  When he witnessed the sadness surrounding the tragedy, he knew he needed to help even more.

    “Obviously, I wanted to be able to do something, and there’s not a lot I can do,” Compare said.

    But there was something. 

    At the time, Officer Compare was signing up for the Rev3 Half-Ironman at Lake Quassy and decided to compete in honor of Chase Kowalski, the energetic 7-year-old who had competed in his own races before he was killed in the school shooting.

    “He had started running races at the age of 5 or 6 and had done his first triathlon at 6, and when I was a kid, I had started doing races around 5 or 6 years old myself, some local track meets, and got involved in the local running community and have been involved ever since,” Compare said.

    With that in mind, Compare started raising money for Kowalski’s memorial fund and Race 4 Chase, both of which were set up by Kowalski’s parents to remember their son and the others who lost their lives.

    “They were just really surprised that people from not only Connecticut but all over -- runners, triathletes, cyclists -- wanted to help out,” Compare said.

    They wanted to help to follow the message of Kowalski’s fund to “turn tragedy into triumph.”

    “There’s not a lot us here in Milford can do to help those people to heal or get back where they were, but if we can, every time we run a race, remember Chase and all the other (students and) educators, it’s a small way to give back and turn something so negative into something positive,” Compare said.

    Compare’s goal for the race is $3,000.  Donations can be made online or you can make checks payable to Chase Kowalski Memorial Fund, Race4Chase, P.O. Box 2210, Milford, CT 06460.
     



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    Milford Police Officer Michael Compare is doing a triathlon in memory of a little boy killed in the shooting at Sandy Hook School in Newtown in December.Milford Police Officer Michael Compare is doing a triathlon in memory of a little boy killed in the shooting at Sandy Hook School in Newtown in December.

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    With Memorial Day celebrations underway, Chicago’s violence has spiked as six people were killed and at least 17 others were injured in shootings across the city.

    The most recent fatal shooting occurred Sunday when a 42-year-old man was shot in the head and a 44-year-old female was shot in the back on Goose Island on the Near North Side.

    The shooting occurred at 2:50 a.m. in the 1000 block of North North Branch Street.

    The pair was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital where the man, identified as Charles Jones by the Cook County Medical Examiner, was pronounced dead, according to Chicago Police news affairs Officer John Mirabelli.

    Jones was the manager of the Factory Chicago, a gentlemen's club on the Far South Side.

    A tweet from the Factory Chicago read: "God called his soldier home, R.I.P. Charles Jones."

    A cousin of the female victim, Andrew Holmes, said the pair was sideswiped while driving in Jones' 2007 Maserati and was shot while approaching the driver of the other vehicle.

    No other details were immediately available on the shooting.

    At 2:10 a.m., a 27-year-old man was shot in the armpit in the 12100 block of South Indiana Avenue. He was later pronounced dead at Advocate Christ Medical Center, police said.

    Earlier in the evening, an 18-year-old man was shot to death in an alley. The shooting occurred at 9:20 p.m. Saturday in an alley between Dorchester and Dante Avenues near 74th Street.

    A light-colored sedan reportedly drove past the alley where the boy and several others were standing and began shooting. The man was struck in the head and pronounced dead at the scene.

    Police said the man is believed to have gang ties.

    Two other shootings occurred Saturday night including one that hospitalized a 17-year-old man with multiple wounds in both of his legs after he was shot in the 6000 block of North Kenmore Avenue. 

    Another teen was shot in the 700 block of West 50th Place in the Back of the Yards neighborhood. The 19-year-old man was taken to St. Bernard Hospital in stable condition, authorities said.

    Early Saturday, a man was shot and killed in the Hyde Park community, blocks from President Barack Obama’s Kenwood home.

    A man buzzed two suspects into his apartment building and left his door open for them enter, according to Chicago Police news affairs Officer Estrada.

    The suspects then entered and shot the 29-year-old man in the chest and back at 1:50 a.m. in the 1400 block of East 52nd Street, police said.

    Around 11:45 p.m. Friday a 22-year-old man was found fatally shot outside his home in the 1100 block of North Lawndale Avenue. The man was discovered on the sidewalk outside his home with a gunshot wound in the back of his head and was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital.

    The weekend’s first fatality involved a 17-year-old man who was shot in the head two times around 11 p.m. Friday in the West Side Austin neighborhood. The man was found in 400 block of North Central Avenue where he was pronounced dead.

    An 18-year-old man was also found wounded in the same shooting and was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital with a gunshot wound to the chest, authorities said.

    At least 17 people were reported injured in shootings throughout the weekend.

    At 2:55 a.m. Saturday in the 2300 block of North Ridgeway Avenue when a 24-year-old man was shot in the face. He was taken to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center in stable condition.

    Around 1:45 a.m. Saturday three people were injured in a possible drive-by shooting in the 400 block of north Sacramento Avenue, police said.

    An 18-year-old man and a 21-year-old man were both shot in the buttocks. The 21-year-old man was also shot in the thigh. Both men were taken to Stroger Hospital in stable condition.

    A 21-year-old was also grazed in the arm but refused medical treatment, police said.

    Around 7:35 p.m. Friday a 27-year-old man was shot in the arm in the 1100 block of North Spaulding Avenue on the city’s West Side. He was taken to Norwegian-American Hospital where he was listed in good condition.

    Less than an hour later a 17-year-old woman was shot in the hip in the 600 block of East 75th Street after male suspects approached the group she was walking in and shot. She was taken to John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital in “stable” condition, according to police.

     


    A man was killed Saturday after he reportedly buzzed in two suspects who entered his apartment and shot him in the chest and back.A man was killed Saturday after he reportedly buzzed in two suspects who entered his apartment and shot him in the chest and back.

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    The three people on board a volunteer medical flight that crashed in central New York on Friday were a 64-year-old cancer patient, his wife and a pilot from Connecticut.

    The daughter of 58-year-old Evelyn Amerosa said Sunday her mother was on the Angel Flight with her husband, Frank, when it crashed in Ephratah, about an hour outside Albany.

    The daughter of John Campbell of Stamford, Conn., says her father was the pilot.

    The bodies of Campbell and Evelyn Amerosa have been recovered.

    Town Supervisor Todd Bradt says more than 100 rescuers searched for Frank Amerosa into Sunday night but did not find him. The Fulton County Sheriff's Department says the Utica man is presumed dead.

    The search will continue Monday.
     



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    Guilford Police are investigating a burglary that was intercepted by the homeowners and neighbors Sunday morning.

    Police say the homeowners arrived to find a man inside their Jefferson Drive home. The homeowners struggled with the suspect and chased him down with the help of neighbors.

    When police arrived on the scene, they arrested 24-year-old Matthew Kilbride of Branford and his alleged accomplice 23-year-old Katherine Garcia of Monroe.


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