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    Traffic was slow for several hours on Interstate 91 after a tractor-trailer carrying folding tables and chairs rolled over in Meriden.

    The truck was heading north and flipped over in the median between exits 15 and 16 around 7:30 a.m.

    No one in the truck was hurt, but the fuel tank was damaged and crews from the state Department of Transportation and the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection responded.

    It’s not clear what caused the vehicle to go off the road.

    State police said they hope to repoen the left lane between 12:30 p.m. and 1 p.m.



    Photo Credit: NBCConnecticut.com

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    A Connecticut state police dispatcher who suffered from a stroke needs help raising funds for a home chair lift.

    Nancy was recently undergoing knee surgery when she had a stroke that impacted the left side of her body so severely she is unable to speak clearly or drive a car. 

    Nancy, who is 56 years old, has had Lupus for 29 years and was diagnosed with epilepsy which has caused her to have two seizures so far, according to her GoFundMe page. 

    Right now, Nancy can't work as a dispatcher and she uses a walker as she goes through physical therapy.

    As Nancy works to regain her motor functions in her body, her residence has 16 steps that make it difficult for her to get around.

    Her GoFundMe account said its goal for the chair lift installation is $12,000. 



    Photo Credit: GoFundMe

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    A Newington man turned himself in last Friday after allegedly shouting racial slurs and running his chain saw during a road rage incident, police said. 

    On May 6, Michael R. Salafia was stopped at a red light when he exited his car and approached another driver while wielding a chain saw, police said.

    The 30-year-old allegedly started yelling racial slurs and curses at the other driver, who was a black man, police said. During this time, Salafia turned on his chain saw and continued to shout.

    The other driver brandished a hand gun which he was carrying legally, police said.

    While trying to leave the area, Salafia cut himself with the chain saw and left blood splatter on the victim's car, police said.  

    Salafia is accused of second-degree threatening, second-degree breach of peace and intimidation. His bond was set at $2,500. 

    The victim will not be charged, police said. 



    Photo Credit: Farmington Police

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    The 21-year-old Manchester man accused of setting a Park Street apartment on fire after raping and fatally beating a woman who lived there was found guilty.

    Steven Durdek, Jr., of Manchester, was arrested Feb. 14, 2014 and the convicted burglar was charged with felony murder, murder, arson, burglary and tampering with evidence.

    Police said they believe Durdek raped and killed 56-year-old Sarah "Jackie" Kelloway in her third-floor apartment at 52 Park Street in 2014 then set her body on fire in a burglary gone wrong.

    Police believe Durdek raped Kelloway and beat her to death following a struggle. The two did not know each other, according to police.

    The fire was reported around 5 a.m. and most of the damage was contained to Kelloway's bedroom.

    Durdek was convicted for a robbery and was out on probation during the time. 



    Photo Credit: Manchester Police

    Steven Durdek, Jr. , 21, is accused of raping and killing a 56-year-old woman, then setting her Manchester apartment on fire during a burglary gone wrong.Steven Durdek, Jr. , 21, is accused of raping and killing a 56-year-old woman, then setting her Manchester apartment on fire during a burglary gone wrong.

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    Waterbury's water department said they have gotten a number of complaints about discolored water they said is the result of people stealing water from city hydrants. 

    "It is not only considered a theft of services, it can also cause discolored water and result in a water main break if a hydrant’s pressure is not handled properly," the water department said in a release.

    The department said they are investigating reports that pool-haulers may be filling up illegally at city hydrants. 

    Anyone who sees trucks filling up or anything suspicious is asked to call the customer service number weekdays between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. at 203-574-8251 and press option 2, then option 3 to access our Dispatch Office. After hours or on weekends, call 203-574-8251 and you will be automatically switched to our answering service for your report.



    Photo Credit: NBC Connecticut

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    Troopers said I-95 is closed in Stonington going northbound following an accident. 

    The highway is shut down going northbound near exit 91 after a two car accident, police said. 

    It is not clear when the roads will reopen.



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    The Capitol Region Development Authority said the XL Center is long past due for a facelift.

    “In order to compete in today’s marketplace it needs to be significantly upgraded and that includes everything from sound systems to types of seats to the concessions," Michael Freimuth, a executive director with the authority, said.

    What's needed in the short-term is a new ice making system, which he said, may be one of the oldest in the country for any level of professional hockey.

    The new equipment and installation would cost about $2.5 million which he would want to see come through publicly financed bonds from the State of Connecticut.

    Freimuth would prefer to see a large scale renovation of the XL Center rather than piecemeal repairs made year after year.

    “I think the best bang for the buck comes with upgrading the building because that inherently delivers better revenue streams to the building. Today, simply maintaining systems patching them together, while we have an operating loss just continues those operating losses well into the future.”

    Last year a study was commissioned on the future of the XL Center and what would be best for Hartford and the rest of the state. It was determined that it would cost $500 million to build a new arena, while it would cost $250 million for a wholesale renovation of the complex including new premium seating areas, a second concourse and an improved ice and performance surface.

    No money was set aside by the governor or lawmakers in the 2017 budget for XL Center upgrades, which Freimuth said won't be an option in the future if they want the arena to be viable.

    “It does need a shot in the arm and right now we’re just trying to hold it together. Long term, we really have to talk about replacing this facility.”



    Photo Credit: NBC Connecticut

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    Trump University offered a free seminar to attract potential clients, then tried to sign students to a $1,495 three-day-training course, according to documents released Tuesday.

    After that, according to a flow chart released with the documents, the Trump University sales people were asked to convince students to sign up for elite levels of training, according to NBC 7 San Diego. 

    The students might pay up to $35,000 for one of the “Trump Elite Packages," according to the confidential documents.

    Two class-action lawsuits against the now-closed Trump University are being heard in San Diego courtrooms; another lawsuit is based in a New York court. The San Diego cases include Cohen v. Trump, a nationwide class action lawsuit, and Makaeff v. Trump, a class action in California, Florida and New York.

    The documents released Tuesday are associated with the Cohen v. Trump case. 

    Trump denies the allegations in the lawsuits. His attorney, Daniel Petrocelli, said, “the case is unwarranted; (Trump) will defend himself fully."



    Photo Credit: AP

    File image of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump during a rally, Friday, May 27, 2016 in San Diego.File image of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump during a rally, Friday, May 27, 2016 in San Diego.

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    A female Somers High School student accused of making a threat against the school on Instagram has been charged and school officials determined the threat was not credible, according to the superintendent's office. 

    A parent of a student who received the threat reached out to school officials around 7:30 a.m. on Tuesday, according to the superintendent, Dr. Maynard M. Suffredini Jr., and police began investigating.

    State police said the student was charged with breach of peace.

    The school was not locked down because the school doors are always locked and people have to buzz to get into the school, according to the superintendent.

    Parents, as well as administrators of the elemetary and middle school, were notified of the situation.



    Photo Credit: NBCConnecticut.com

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    Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin and DoNo Hartford LLC Manager Jason Rudnick told reporters Tuesday that no new deadline has been set for "substantial completion" of Dunkin' Donuts Park.

    The two spoke separately after a meeting was held at Hartford City Hall with Centerplan, DoNo Hartford LLC, the city, and Arch Insurance, the company that holds the surety on Dunkin' Donuts Park, an insurance policy.

    Rudnick attended the meeting with his company's representatives, while Bronin sent legal counsel to the meeting.

    Neither Bronin nor Rudnick would go into specifics as to what was discussed at the meeting.

    “It was a broad ranging conversation but it was a productive conversation and the important thing is to keep things moving and I think everyone who is a stakeholder in this wants to see a stadium done and we’d like to see it done as quickly as possible" Bronin said.

    Rudnick was succinct, saying, “We’re finishing the stadium. That’s what the discussion was about today."

    According to the January agreement that laid out the May 17 substantial completion date, DoNo would owe $50,000 for the first day the stadium was late and $15,000 for each subsequent day up to a maximum of $250,000.

    Rudnick said workers are committed to completing the project and added that, "lawyers will do their thing." He said 95 percent of the park is complete and the final touches left are paint, tiles, and carpeting in sections.

    “Every single day we are closer to finishing the ballpark. Every single day people are working. Every single day improvements continue to happen. I walked through there again today and the progress even through the course of the weekend is incredible," Rudnick said.



    Photo Credit: NBC Connecticut

    Dunkin' Donuts Park in HartfordDunkin' Donuts Park in Hartford

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    A woman diagnosed with the Zika virus gave birth to a girl with microcephaly at a New Jersey hospital, the first apparent case of a baby being born in the tri-state with defects from the disease, officials say.

    The mother, who was visiting the U.S., contracted the disease internationally, officials at Hackensack University Medical Center say. 

    The hospital would not release any further details, saying only in a statement that the mother was receiving "exceptional care" and "we would appreciate everyone respecting the mother's privacy." 

    The Record newspaper reports the woman is 31 and from Honduras, a nation ravaged by the Zika virus. She contracted the disease there after being bitten by a mosquito early in her pregnancy, her physician at the hospital told the newspaper. 

    The baby was delivered by Cesarean section Tuesday after an ultrasound confirmed the birth defects: low birth weight and severe microcephaly. The mother was 35 weeks pregnant. 

    The mother had been visiting relatives in the area when she went to the hospital Friday, and a blood test by the CDC in Atlanta confirmed her daughter had contracted Zika, The Record reports. The woman had a rash early in her pregnancy but no other symptoms. 

    The Zika virus causes only a mild and brief illness, at worst, in most people. But in the last year, infections in pregnant women have been strongly linked to fetal deaths and to potentially devastating birth defects, mostly in Brazil.

    U.S. health officials said in April there is no longer any doubt the Zika virus causes babies to be born with abnormally small heads and other severe brain defects.

    Newborns with microcephaly often act just like other newborns, perhaps a bit fussier, NBC News reported. But the disabilities will appear as the growing children miss important milestones. They'll have learning deficiencies, vision problems and hearing problems, and many will also have physical disabilities.

    There is no cure.

    The World Health Organization released new guidelines Tuesday advising people who recently traveled to a Zika-infected country to wait eight weeks before trying to conceive, even if neither partner has symptoms of the virus, which can be sexually transmitted. It also urges protected sex in general.  

    RELATED: What to Know About the Zika Virus


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    Cars have struck several pedestrians in recent years at the VA Medical Center Campus in West Haven.

    In 2013, one of the pedestrians, a 69-year-old man, died from his injuries.

    Senator Richard Blumenthal is putting pressure on the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to do something to prevent more accidents.

    “The wonder really is that more pedestrians, whether staff or veterans seeking healthcare, haven’t been harmed,” Blumenthal told NBC Connecticut.

    Cars have hit at least six pedestrians at the same intersection on the VA campus, New Haven attorney Gregory Cerritelli said.

    “I’m shocked and saddened quite frankly because this is a Veteran’s Affairs campus,” Cerritelli said. “These are people who have given their lives for our country, these are our elderly, these are disabled people, and they are forced again, ironically, to take their lives in their hands to go visit a hospital.”

    Cerritelli is representing a doctor who was struck at the busy intersection while reporting for work in December 2014.

    “She was squarely in the middle of a marked pedestrian crosswalk and was struck by a vehicle,” Cerritelli said.

    After the fatality in 2013, the VA commissioned a traffic study for the facility, but Cerritelli is frustrated no improvements have been made.

    “There were recommendations made about establishing a separate pedestrian walkway in that area, better illumination, better elevation so the motorists approaching the intersection can see the pedestrians,” he said. “And again, nothing was done.”

    Blumenthal, the ranking member of the Senate’s Veteran’s Affairs Committee, brought these safety concerns to the head of the VA, Secretary Robert McDonald.

    “I spoke to the secretary of the veterans administration and he has committed to me face-to-face that he will do what’s necessary to assure safety in this area and protect pedestrians,” Blumenthal said.

    Two weeks ago, yet another pedestrian, a veteran in his late 50s was hit by a vehicle at the same intersection, Cerritelli said.

    Blumenthal said he wants to see the safety improvements made as soon as possible.



    Photo Credit: AP

    Sen. Richard Blumenthal, a Democrat from Connecticut, questions witnesses on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, July 15, 2015, during a Senate subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety, Insurance, and Data Security hearing entitled: Sen. Richard Blumenthal, a Democrat from Connecticut, questions witnesses on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, July 15, 2015, during a Senate subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety, Insurance, and Data Security hearing entitled: "Examining the Governance and Integrity of International Soccer."

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    Thirteen flood prone homes near the shoreline in West Haven are set to be demolished soon as part of a federally funded flood recovery program.

    When Superstorm Sandy battered the Connecticut shoreline in 2012, the area around the Old Field Creek was one of the hardest hit neighborhoods in West Haven.

    “With the water coming in, it just rises, and once it’s held in there, the water continues to rise on the next high tide and just pushes it onto all of these properties,” said West Haven Fire Dept. Deputy Chief Scott Schwartz.

    Eight homes on the 3rd Ave. Extension are among the 13 now marked for demolition in the neighborhood.

    “No structures will be allowed to be built on it, so it could in essence become hiking trails, natural hiking trails,” said Eileen Krugel, the City of West Haven’s grant writer and the program manager.

    West Haven first responders are glad there will be fewer residents in harm’s way, if another severe storm hits the Connecticut coast.

    “You get water that high, you are putting citizens in danger,” said Schwartz, who is the city’s Emergency Management Director, “you’re putting the firefighters in danger trying to rescue them out, so I do believe it’s the right move.”

    Demolition is set to begin soon, but first West Haven firefighters and police utilized a few of the homes for training drills.

    “To have the type of experience, it’s invaluable,” Schwartz said, “you can’t get that from any place else other than in a live fire situation.”

    The residents who moved out sold their houses for what they were worth before Sandy flooded them, Krugel said.

    Others are choosing to still live in the neighborhood, potentially in the path of another major storm.

    “Hopefully, even in doing this and taking out some of the structures, it will relieve the flooding for the people that remain,” Krugel said.

    West Haven is taking other steps to reduce the risk of flooding near the shoreline. The city will use federal grant money to raise a stretch of Beach Street by five feet and there are plans to clean out the area around Old Field Creek.



    Photo Credit: NBC Connecticut

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    In light of a scary situation at the Cincinnatti Zoo, a conversation over safety is at the top of minds of zoo officials an visitors and Beardsley Zoo in Bridgeport.

    Cell phone video from the Cincinnati Zoo that went viral over the weekend after a four year old boy climbs through a railing and falls into the 400-pound gorilla’s enclosure.

    About ten minutes later the zoo’s dangerous animal response team shot and killed the gorilla to rescue the boy who is safe and expected to be fine.

    It’s a situation zoo’s across the nation have sympathized with including staff at Bridgeport’s Beardsley Zoo.

    “To have something like this happen is just devastating for everybody. It’s not just the staff but the visitors, and really just a sad day,” said Beardsley Zoo's director, Gregg Dancho.

    Dancho said there are signs warning visitors about not crossing barriers posted at every zoo exhibit like those housing tigers, leopards and wolves.

    “We try and to impress at all times that these are wild animals these are not pets,” said Dancho.

    Zoo officials also ask people not to throw items in the enclosures. Employees are constantly walking the premises to ensure the rules are being followed.

    Parents say they play a big part in keeping kids safe as well.

    “You never know what animal will grab you child and what danger they could be in so definitely make sure your child is close by you,” said Shirley Cassagnol of Bridgeport.

    “Make sure they don’t leave your sight. Always pay attention to them because you never know what can happen,” said Kristy Agosto of Waterbury.

    While they hope never to be in a similar situation, Beardsley officials would be forced to make the call about shooting one of their animals if someone was in potential danger.



    Photo Credit: NBC Connecticut

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    A fire at a Meriden retirement community displaced eight people on Tuesday night, officials said.

    Meriden Fire Department were dispatched to the Connecticut Baptist Homes on 292 Thorpe Avenue just after 8 p.m.

    Two units were on fire and after the fire was extinguished, eight people were displaced.

    There were no injuries reported. 

    No other details were immediately available. 



    Photo Credit: Kelly Jones

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    Sacramento Kings point guard Darren Collison, a former Clipper and UCLA Bruin, was arrested on suspicion of domestic violence Monday after he was found with a woman suffering visible injuries, the Placer County Sheriff’s Office said.

    Deputies responded to a home in Granite Bay, about 25 miles northeast of Sacramento, on Monday at 1 p.m. after a woman called authorities to say she was being assaulted.

    When they entered the home on Oakbrooke Court, deputies saw the woman was injured.

    They took Collison, 28, into custody, the Placer County Sheriff’s Office said.

    He was booked on suspicion of domestic violence, as well as two misdemeanor warrants of driving on a suspended license.

    "We've been made aware of the situation. The Sacramento Kings condemn violence of any kind. We are gathering additional information and once all facts are known we will take appropriate steps," a Kings spokesman said in an email to NBC4.

    Collison was born in Rancho Cucamonga and went on to play basketball at the University of California Los Angeles from 2005 to 2009. He was named the Bruin’s co-MVP during his UCLA career. In 2009, he was honored as the NBA’s All-Rookie First Team.

    From 2013-2014, Collison averaged 11.4 points per game for the Los Angeles Clippers before averaging a career high of 16.1 points per game with the Sacramento Kings 2014-2015, according to the NBA.

    The woman’s identity was not to be released as NBC4 does not identify victims of domestic violence.



    Photo Credit: Placer County Sheriff’s Office

    The Sacramento Kings’ Darren Collison, a former Clipper and UCLA Bruin, was arrested on suspicion of domestic violence Monday after he was found with a woman suffering visible injuries, the Placer County Sheriff’s Office said Tuesday, May 31, 2016.The Sacramento Kings’ Darren Collison, a former Clipper and UCLA Bruin, was arrested on suspicion of domestic violence Monday after he was found with a woman suffering visible injuries, the Placer County Sheriff’s Office said Tuesday, May 31, 2016.

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    Just as Donald Trump is starting to make up ground in polls against Hillary Clinton, he faces a new problem: third parties.

    Over the holiday weekend, the threat advanced on two fronts. First, the Libertarian Convention in Orlando, and then 'Never Trump" activist Bill Kristol.

    Kristol's efforts to draft a third party conservative candidate to rival Trump may have paid off, NBC News reported.

    The payoff could be a less-than-well-known candidate, however, in David French, a decorated Iraq veteran and staff writer at National Review.

    Several sources confirmed to NBC News French's interest, but it's not clear whether a bigger name might take the plunge instead.

    A third party would give conservatives ideologically opposed to Trump a megaphone to carry on their message in exile. For his part, Trump has warned Republicans flirting with a third-party bid that they'll hand Clinton the White House if they go through with it.



    Photo Credit: AP

    File image of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.File image of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.

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    Hamden firefighters rescued two people from a car that was teetering on a retaining wall along Route 15 early Tuesday afternoon. 

    Firefighters responded to Route 15 north, near exit 61-Whitney Avenue, at 12:57 p.m. and found the vehicle hanging off the retaining wall. 

    More crews came in to assist and began treating the male driver and female passenger and stabilizing the vehicle so it didn’t fall off the retaining wall.

    Within 15 minutes, firefighters extricated the two people from the car and an ambulance transported them to Yale-New Haven Hospital. 

    Their injuries do not appear to be life-threatening at this time, according to the Hamden Fire Department.

    State police are investigating the cause of the crash.



    Photo Credit: Hamden Fire Department

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    The parents of the Shelton High School senior who was killed in a crash in February, will get their son's honorary degree after a long battle with school officials, the teen's mother said.

    Eddy Conklin's parents said they with the superintendent of schools, Christopher Clouet and Shelton's mayor on Wednesday and was told her that her son will be honored at the high school's graduation.

    “Closure, closure. That’s what we asked for from the beginning. We wanted the closure,” Conklin's mother, Barbara, told NBC Connecticut.

    The popular Shelton High School student-athlete was killed in a single-vehicle crash on Bridgeport Avenue. Police are still investigating the details surrounding that deadly crash.

    Many people from Shelton were pleading with the Board of Education for Eddy to receive an honorary diploma months leading up to the graduation ceremony scheduled for June 10.

    “We’ve been battling for him for two months and closure is what it comes down to," Conklin's father, Ed, said.

    At the time, the board had already voted not to take up the family's request at the meeting.

    Now, after months of debates, a single rose will be placed where Eddy Conklin would have been sitting and his name will be read aloud along with other students recieving their diplomas. 

    "It took a lot of time and energy to keep going but still you have to be his mom and love your child and you’re going to hang in there until the end," Barbara Conklin told NBC Connecticut.



    Photo Credit: NBC Connecticut/Shelton High School

    Edmund Conklin was killed in a crash in Shelton early Sunday morning.Edmund Conklin was killed in a crash in Shelton early Sunday morning.

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    A man who was doing court-ordered community service at the Beth El Center in Milford is accused of stealing money, a debit card and a cell phone from a volunteer.

    Police arrested Eric Bauer, 27, of Milford, on Tuesday after investigating a theft complaint.

    He is accused of taking the items out of the victim’s purse as the center was serving meals to about 75 people.

    Staff members at the center said they found everything that was stolen but the cash in the trash in the men's bathroom.

    Bauer was charged with sixth-degree larceny.

    Bauer was recently arrested on unrelated charges after allegedly "poking" someone on Facebook who had a protective order against him.

    He was released on a promise to appear for the most recent charges and is due in court on June 28.



    Photo Credit: Milford Police

    Eric BauerEric Bauer

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