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- 06/22/16--01:55: Man Accused of Sexually Assaulting Teen at Prospect Party
- 06/21/16--16:39: Subase New London Celebrates 100th Birthday
- 06/22/16--01:54: Construction Worker Killed in Backhoe Accident in West Haven
- 06/21/16--19:50: Motorcyclist Flees Scene After Striking Cyclist
- 06/22/16--01:47: Toddler Practices Lockdown Drill
- 06/21/16--21:11: Boston Latin Headmaster Resigns
- 06/22/16--02:39: 3 Buildings Damaged, 9 Families Displaced in Moosup Fire
- 06/22/16--02:28: Woman Critically Injured in Dog Attack in New Haven
- 06/22/16--02:27: Two Dead After Shooting in Hartford
- 07/15/16--18:04: Tractor Trail Rolls Over in Southington on I-84
- 07/16/16--13:47: State Reviewing Private Daycare Policies After 2 Infants Die
- 07/16/16--17:09: US Student Missing in Nice, France
- 07/16/16--10:22: Deaf NJ Woman Suing Taco Bell
- 07/16/16--06:30: Nice Attack: 5 Detained as France Mourns 84 Killed
- 07/15/16--07:52: Branford Officers Injured When Driver Hits Cruiser: Police
- 07/16/16--10:16: FAA Bans Flights Between the US and Turkey
- 07/16/16--12:17: Towns Experience Intermittent 911 Call Issues on Friday
- 07/16/16--10:39: I-95 North Reopens in Branford
- 07/16/16--09:19: Avon Firefighters Test Their Skills in Qualification Course
- 07/16/16--16:53: Poor Air Quality Expected Saturday and Monday
- Limiting outdoor activities between 12 a.m. and 8 p.m.
- Conserving electricity by setting air conditioners to 78 degrees;
- “Wait ‘til 8” to use energy intensive appliances like washing machines, dryers and dishwashers;
- Refueling your lawn mower and cutting the grass before noon;
- Driving less by carpooling, vanpooling or using public transit;
- Telecommuting if possible; and
- Refueling your vehicle after dusk and never idling a vehicle unnecessarily.
A Massachusetts man is accused of sexually assaulting a teen at a party in Prospect last year.
State police arrested Jorim Gibeau in Belchertown, Mass. Tuesday on a fugitive from justice warrant.
Gibeau, 31, was wanted on first-degree sex assault charges stemming from an incident at a home in Prospect in July 2015.
According to police, the 14-year-old victim told them she fell asleep on a couch at her father's house and woke to find Gibeau sexually assaulting her. At the time of the alleged assault, the girl's older brother was hosting a party at the house and Gibeau lived in a trailer on the property.
Gibeau told investigators the girl had been drinking and that he believed the sex was consensual, according to the arrest warrant application. He said he did not know her age.
Gibeau is charged with first-degree sexual assault, intercourse with force/threat/unable to consent and risk of injury to a child.
He is being held on $200,000 bond and is scheduled to be in Waterbury Superior Court on Wednesday.
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Jorim Gibeau, 31, is accused of sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl at a party at a Prospect home in July 2015.
An achievement 100 years in the making. Subase New London kicked off a week of celebrations marking their 100th birthday on Tuesday.
A 19-gun salute helped mark the naval submarine base and the naval submarine school centennial.
"We followed an extraordinary legacy of boldness and courage," said Cpt. Paul Whitescarver.
The base holds more than 10,000 servicemen and woman on any given day, according to naval officials. With a large population local business owners say the base helps with staying afloat.
"We're glad that they're here. Without the navy Groton would be in trouble," said Nautilus Barber Shop owner Joe Quaratella.
"So if you look at 2014 we had $7 billion impact to the surrounding area," said Cpt. Whitescarver.
Even with all that cash, no money is needed this activity-filled week, according to sailors. Free concerts, exhibits, and baseball games are being offered to those inside and outside the fence.
"I have not been in a base, in my 36-year-career years, that a community has just embraced the base," said Cpt. Whitescarver.
A list of events can be found here http://www.ctsubmarinecentury.com/
A construction worker was killed in an accident involving a backhoe on the West Haven town line with New Haven on Tuesday.
The incident occurred around noon at a construction site near 2 Boston Post Road, according to police.
The worker was part of a West Haven construction crew working on a sewer line when he was struck by the backhoe. He was rushed to the hospital where he died, according to West Haven Mayor Edward O'Brien.
West Haven maintains the sewer line that crosses into New Haven at Ella Grasso Boulevard, O'Brien said.
The victim is approximately 55 years old, but has not been identified.
The Boston Post Road was closed for several hours.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating the accident.
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A West Haven construction worker was killed in a backhoe accident while working on a sewer line near the New Haven town line on Tuesday.
The hunt is on for a motorcycle rider who police say knocked down a bicyclist and then kept going.
It happened this weekend in Stafford Springs.
“When I was hit in the road at the time I didn’t know if I was going to survive,” says Sonia Taylor-Smith.
Sonia Taylor-Smith and her husband Keith had been riding south on Route 32 close to the shoulder went things went horribly wrong Saturday afternoon.
Sonia says she heard a beep, saw a motorcycle behind her, and then felt the motorcycle hit her back tire.
“Immediately I went head over handles of my bicycle, I hit my head first on the road. I skidded across the road,” says Sonia Taylor-Smith.
The man on the motorcycle kept going.
The couple says it appears the man had been out with a woman on a separate motorcycle.
She stopped briefly to tell Keith who had been riding ahead that something was wrong.
“She had a thick British accent, heavier set, long brown to dirty blonde hair that went down her back. Harley-style bike, hard-covered panniers, and it was a light colored bike,” says Keith Smith.
A Good Samaritan came to the rescue and soon Sonia was rushed to a hospital to be treated for cuts and bruises.
Now she’s recovering from her first bike ride after a cancer scare and searching for the man and woman on those Harley-style bikes.
“There was no concern if I was okay. They left,” says Sonia Taylor-Smith.
“Anybody who thinks these people sound familiar to them, come forward,” says Keith Smith.
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What one mother said first seemed like an adorable photo of her young preschooler being “mischievous,” quickly turned into a wake-up call for many.
Stacey Wehrman Feeley took a photo of her 3-year-old daughter standing on a toilet at first because she “thought it was funny,” she wrote in a now-viral Facebook post.
The photo shows the little girl in a bright dress standing on a toilet with her arm against the wall.
“The moment she told me what she was doing I broke down,” Feeley wrote. “She was practicing for a lockdown drill at her preschool and what you should do if you are stuck in a bathroom. At that moment all innocense [sic] of what I thought my three-year-old possessed was gone.”
The Michigan mom went on to talk about how the photo speaks to the issue of gun control currently sweeping the nation.
“Politicians - take a look,” she wrote. "This is your child, your children, your grandchildren, your great grand children [sic] and future generations to come. They will live their lives and grow up in this world based on your decisions. They are barely 3 and they will hide in bathroom stalls standing on top of toilet seats.”
The post has since been shared more than 22,800 times and received nearly as many likes.
Just over a week after the massacre at an Orlando nightclub, gun control has been at the forefront of a national debate.
Most recently, a divided Senate voted down four gun control measures proposed from both sides. Monday's votes came after Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., led a near 15-hour filibuster last week demanding a Senate response to the Orlando killings. Murphy entered the Senate shortly after the December 2012 massacre of 20 first-graders and six educators in Newtown, Connecticut, but that slaughter and others have failed to spur Congress to tighten gun curbs. The last were enacted in 2007, when the background check system was strengthened after that year's mass shooting at Virginia Tech.
“I am not pretending to have all the answers or even a shred of them, but unless you want your children standing on top of a toilet, we need to do something,” Feeley wrote.
Photo Credit: Stacey Wehrman Feeley
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The headmaster of Boston Latin School has resigned, Boston Public Schools confirms.
Dr. Lynne Mooney Teta's resignation comes amid a federal and city investigation into the school's handling of racially charged incidents at the school.
Minority students went public with their complaints back in January. The school department looked into seven allegations, and found the school had responded to all but one.
"We have faced challenges this year, and I have been greatly encouraged by the commitment of students, faculty, families and alumni to work together to collaboratively address issues of racism and discrimination in our community," Teta said in a letter to Boston Latin's community.
Boston Public School Superintendent Tommy Chang thanked Teta for her nine years as headmaster in a statement.
"In recent months, several students bravely shined a light on the issue of cultural proficiency at BLS, illuminating a problem that exists not only at this school but across our city and country. Under Lynne's guidance, BLS faculty worked with student leaders to develop a comprehensive plan to create a more welcoming and inviting environment for all students," he added in the statement. "These efforts must continue, but I feel confident that the steps taken have firmly put BLS on a path of continued growth."
Boston Mayor Marty Walsh also issued a statement.
"I thank Lynne Mooney Teta for her nine years of dedication as headmaster of Boston Latin School, and I wish her the best of luck in the future," he said. "I look forward to welcoming the next BLS headmaster to our school community to carry on the school's tradition of academic excellence, while creating a positive environment for all."
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Nine families are displaced after fire ripped through a vacant building and spread to two apartment buildings in the Moosup section of Plainfield.
Fire officials say the 3-story vacant building at 47 South Main St. was fully engulfed in flames when they arrived just after 2:30 a.m. and had spread to 2 adjacent apartment buildings.
Residents of one apartment building got out on their own before firefighters arrived. Fire crews assisted residents of the other building to evacuate. No injuries were reported.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.
A woman was critically injured after being attacked by a pit bull and an American Bulldog in New Haven Monday night.
The incident happened on Ella Grasso Boulevard around 7:45 p.m., according to the mayor's office.
A man who owned the dogs and the woman were both attacked and were taken to Yale-New Haven Hospital to be treated.
According to the mayor's office, the woman suffered critical injuries, with lacerations to her legs, face, head and eyes. The man received non-life threatening injuries.
The dogs were taken to the New Haven animal shelter and placed into quarantine.
Neither victim has been identified.
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A woman was critically injured after being attacked by two dogs in New Haven on Monday night.
Two people are dead following a shooting on Enfield St. Tuesday night.
According to Hartford Deputy Chief Brian Foley, a male victim was pronounced dead at the scene from a gunshot wound to the head.
A female victim with multiple gun shot wounds to the torso was transported to St. Francis Hospital where she later died.
Police believe the two deceased victims are in the early 20's.
A third victim, a male, was also shot but is expected to survive. He walked into the hospital on his own power.
The shooting occurred around 7:30 p.m. in the 90-block of Enfield St.
Police say it is too early to say how or if all three victims knew each other or what the motive might have been behind the shooting.
A tractor trailer rolled over in Southington in I-84 on Friday night, police said.
The accident happened at exit 28 going eastbound around 8:30 p.m.
There are no road closures since the tractor trailer went off the road far enought not to obstruct traffic, police said.
There were no injuries reported.
No other details immediately available.
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The Office of Early Childhood is reviewing its policies after the deaths of two babies at separate, private daycares in the state this week.
There are also troubling allegations that one of the daycares might have been operating illegally.
Officials from the Office of Early Childhood delivered a warning to Rebecca Wilder to stop providing child care at a home on Logans Way in Sterling.
This follows the death of nine-month-old Kamryn Barnett, who had been found unresponsive in the home on Thursday.
In a letter to Governor Dan Malloy, the Early Childhood Commissioner wrote that, “We have reason to believe the child care provider was operating illegally after having her license revoked by our office last year, in 2015, for substantial non-compliance with health and safety requirements.”
“How many children may be in places that are unlicensed and do parents realize their kids are in unlicensed programs?” said Faith Vos Winkel, an assistant child advocate.
Those questions are now part of a review by the Office of the Child Advocate.
It’s one of several investigations prompted by the death in Sterling and also the other death this week of a baby in Stamford.
Police called the passing of two-month-old Bella Redondo a homicide after she was found with trauma to her head.
The state has now suspended the license of Nydia Carillo – the primary day care provider of Little Bears Beginnings Daycare.
A move to make sure no children are at that site while police investigate.
In total the Office of the Child Advocate said there’s been three children who have died this year in some type of child care facility, two of which it said were reportedly unlicensed.
“We want families to have good quality daycare and that hopefully comes with licensing and regulation,” said Vos Winkel.
Licenses can be checked on the state website.
As for the Sterling case, police said the death does not appear to be criminal.
Still officials are prepared to go to court to make sure the daycare in Sterling does not reopen.
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Sterling home where a 9-month-old died
A University of California, Berkeley student is missing in Nice, France, following Thursday's terror attack that killed at least 84 people and injured scores of others, according to university officials.
Twenty-year-old Nicolas Leslie was among 85 Berkeley students attending a study abroad program nearby, officials said Friday. Three other Berkeley students in the group were injured in the attack, in which a gunman drove a truck through crowds leaving a Bastille Day fireworks celebration in the seaside tourist destination.
Friends tell NBC Bay Area that Leslie avoided being hit by the truck but was separated during the stampede and chaos that followed. They also say he was active on social media after the attack but has been silent since, which they describe as unusual.
Leslie is a junior at Berkeley, majoring in the College of Natural Resources.
Berkeley spokesperson Robert Sanders said that staff with campus study abroad, risk services and student affairs offices were working with Leslie's family, students in France, the program director on the ground, local officials and U.S. consular officials to find him.
The Wall Street Journal reported that Leslie's uncle, Fabeo Bottini, has been going from hospital to hospital in Nice trying to get information about his missing nephew.
The Daily Beast reported that a friend of Leslie’s saw the 20-year old running through the streets of Old Nice. But Leslie's aunt, Bottini’s wife, said the student never returned to his student housing Thursday night.
Leslie's friend, Anoop Baliga, has been reaching out to Leslie via social media along with many others hoping to hear from him soon. Baliga says Leslie's last Snapchat story post was from a restaurant about 10 minutes away from the attack's location. He says there has been movement on his Facebook page, but he thinks it's because people are using his laptop to try and find him.
Chandrabh Akireddy, who knows Leslie from the Net Impact Berkeley Undergrad program at Berkeley, said a couple of his friends who were in the square with Leslie, who friends call Nick, checked in after the attack.
"Some people saw him escape ... One of the students said he ran off with Nick during the attack but they got separated," Akireddy said. "The guess seems to be that he is OK."
Akireddy's friends saw Leslie active on Facebook messenger after the attack.
"We're taking that as a good sign and hoping that his phone died or something, and that he's still hiding somewhere," he said. "He's a great guy, we're optimistic."
Akireddy said that Leslie spent his childhood between San Diego and Italy. He added he met Leslie after joining Net Impact last year.
Leslie's Facebook page shows that he studies at Berkeley, lives in Del Mar, California, and is from Milan, Italy. He attended Torrey Pines High School in San Diego.
Mustapha Khokhar, a friend of Leslie’s at Berkeley, said he received a Snapchat from Leslie at 1:20 p.m. PT Thursday, but that he hasn’t heard from him since. That radio silence is odd for someone who has been snapchatting — or “streaking,” as its often called — relentlessly over the course of his vacation.
“We had a 20+ day streak going,” Khokhar said. “He’s been essentially documenting his whole trip to me over snap. And that streak ended yesterday.”
Khokhar said it’s possible, but out of character, for Leslie to have accidently let his phone die.
“Nick isn’t the type to go AWOL and pass out with his phone dead,” he said. “The dude is attached to his phone … but I would hope that’s what happened.”
Khokhar, who has known Leslie for more than two years, described his friend as someone with a “heart of gold.”
“He’s one of the most genuine and sincere people I know,” he said. “If you need help with work he will be there. If you call him at 3 a.m. asking to be picked up ‘cause you’re drunk, he will be there.”
According to Sanders, two of the students — identified as Diane Huang, 20, and Daryus Medora, 21 — sustained broken legs and were receiving treatment at a hospital in Nice.
A third, 23-year-old Vladyslav Kostiuk, suffered a broken foot.
Kostiuk posted a photo of his injury on his Facebook page, with the caption: "I would say only one thing: I was lucky, I'm alive, unlike other people that were walking with me. Just got out from a surgery. Picture: in a casino where I was taken first."
Paige Basconcillo, a Berkeley student from Bakersfield, California, who is also in the Study Abroad group, has been tweeting about Leslie as well, asking people in Côte d'Azur (the French Riviera) to search for him.
All of the students in the study abroad program were attending a 15-day program on Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Europe, part of the international European Innovation Academy, which was suspended to observe the three days of national mourning in France.
The program will go on through its planned end date of July 24, university officials said, but the campus has offered to bring home any students who wish to leave. So far, three students have opted to return home to the U.S.
UC Berkeley officials said in a statement late Friday that a representative of the study abroad program is heading to Nice to support the students, who experienced Thursday's horror.
University Vice Provost Cathy Koshland and Dean of Students Joseph Defraine Greenwell joined the Bay Area community to express sympathy to to all the students, families and the French community who have been affected by this “tragic event” and “senseless violence.”
A message posted by Berkeley student Abhinav Kukreja on Facebook talks about Leslie missing since Thursday's attack.
"We know he successfully avoided colliding with the truck, but we lost him during the stampede and chaos that follow. Please share this so Nick an get back to his friends and family," Kukreja wrote.
Recent terrorist attacks have impacted other Berkeley students. Berkeley sophomore, Tarishi Jain, was among 20 hostages killed by Islamist militants in Dhaka, Bangladesh on July 1.
Gillian Edavane and Ryann Vargas contributed to this report.
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Nicolas Leslie, a UC Berkeley student, has been missing since Thursday's deadly attack in Nice.
A deaf New Jersey woman, who primarily communicates with sign language, is suing Taco Bell, saying the company and its restaurants failed to accommodate her at drive-thru windows.
Gina Cirrincione says she wrote her order and handed it to an employee at the drive-thru pickup window at a Taco Bell in Pleasantville in January. A video shows an employee saying he would take the order "one time," but she would have to come inside in the future.
She also claims a drive-thru employee at a Taco Bell in Atlantic City returned a note for food without filling the order.
Cirrincione wants Taco Bell to develop a policy to consider the needs of deaf customers. She's also seeking damages.
In a statement, a Taco Bell spokeswoman declined comment saying they had yet to be served with the lawsuit.
"However, Taco Bell has a fundamental policy to respect all of our customers and employees, and we are committed to maintaining an environment free of discrimination or harassment. We do not tolerate discrimination in any form, and we have a strong policy to provide accessible service to all of our customers and fans," the statement read.
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French officials said Saturday five people have been detained for questioning in connection to the deadly Bastille Day truck massacre in Nice, NBC News reported.
The Paris prosecutor said three people were detained Saturday and two on Friday, including the estranged wife of the attacker, identified as 31-year-old Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel — a Tunisian citizen living in Nice.
For reasons still unclear, Bouhlel climbed into a 19-ton white refrigerated truck and maneuvered it onto the packed Promenade des Anglais, hit the gas and sent bodies flying on a 1.2-mile rampage before he was shot dead by police.
French interior minister Bernard Cazeneuve said Saturday that, based on early investigations, Bouhlel "appears to have become radicalized very quickly."
Flowers and tributes were left at barricades on the seafront Saturday as France began to observe three days of national mourning amid grief and anger that authorities failed to thwart yet another mass attack in this already-grieving nation.
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Tributes and flowers are left with a French flag on the Promenade des Anglais on July 16, 2016 in Nice, France. Five people believed to be linked to the man who killed 84 people in Nice are in police custody according to a statement by the Paris prosecutor's office after a French-Tunisian attacker killed 84 people as he drove a lorry through crowds who had gathered to watch a firework display during Bastille Day Celebrations. The attacker then opened fire on people in the crowd before being shot dead by police.
Two Branford police officers were injured when a local man struck their cruiser on Thursday night and police said the driver who caused the crash was under the influence.
Officer Ryan Gotowala was driving and Officer Brett Johnson was a passenger in the cruiser, which was going through an intersection on North Main Street around 9 p.m., when Jeffrey Murchison, 59, of Branford, hit them, according to police.
Paramedics from the Branford Fire Department treated both officers at the scene and they were then transported to Yale-New Haven Hospital.
Murchison refused treatment at the scene, but he was transported to police headquarters and charged with operating while under the influence.
He was released on a written promise to appear and is due in New Haven Court on July 27.
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U.S. airline regulators are banning all flights between the U.S. and airports in Turkey as the country fought to overcome a military coup attempt that left at least 161 people dead and scores more wounded Saturday.
The Federal Aviation Administration ban includes commercial and private planes operating into or out of Turkey, as well as flights to the U.S. by non-U.S. carriers via third countries.
"The FAA is monitoring the situation in Turkey in coordination with our partners in the State Department and The Department of Homeland Security and will update the restrictions as the situation evolves," the agency said in statement.
The Federal Aviation Administration first issued a "notice to airmen" prohibiting flights to and from Turkey on Friday.
Turkish Airlines resumed normal operations Saturday at the airport in Istanbul, announcing in a statement that flights were arriving and departing on schedule.
Meanwhile, the U.S. embassy in Ankara issued a statement Saturday warning that U.S. government officials have been told not to use the airport in Istanbul and that U.S. citizens in the country should seek shelter. The embassy said it is still hearing reports of sporadic gunfire around the airport.
The Pentagon says U.S. warplanes have stopped flying missions against the Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq from a base in southern Turkey after the government closed its airspace to military aircraft.
The U.S. has been flying Air Force A-10 attack planes from Incirlik base as part of its air campaign against the Islamic State.
The Pentagon's press secretary, Peter Cook, said Saturday that U.S. officials are working with Turkish officials to get permission to resume air operations as soon as possible following the attempted coup.
Cook says U.S. Central Command is adjusting flight operations in the anti-IS campaign to minimize the effect of the closure of Turkish airspace. Cook also says Incirlik lost commercial electrical power.
The Associated Press contributed to this story.
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A Turkish Airlines plane takes off at Ataturk Airport in Istanbul, Turkey, Dec. 30, 2015.
The 911 statewide system was temporarily down on Friday evening and some towns experienced intermittent issues through the evening, state police said.
State police said the 911 system appeared to run fine for a few minutes before it shuts down.
Anyone with an emergency should dial 911 first, but if they do not immediately reach a dispatcher they should hang up and call the local department's routine line, state police said. A list of some of those numbers is available at the bottom of this story.
State police said it appeared the system went down completely for about 10 minutes at about 6:25 p.m. and some towns saw intermittent issues through the evening.
According to the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection website, some departments across the state have a program called Next Generation 911, a new system that is in the process of being implemented across the state. The system is better at pinpointing calls and will eventually be able to accept text messages, unlike older systems.
An issue with that system, run by AT&T, appears to be what caused the outages, according to state police. The system was back up and running by Saturday morning and state police said AT&T is monitoring all weekend to make sure there are no further issues.
Wolcott police were one of the departments that experienced issues.
“It was 22 minutes after six, my dispatcher noticed that the 911 was down,” Wolcott police Chief Edward Stephens said. He explained that a technician was called to transfer any emergency calls from Wolcott to Waterbury, which uses a different 911 system.
Some affected towns sent out automated calls to warn residents of the issues. In New Britain, police made themselves as visible as possible to residents, in case they needed to be flagged down.
“We deployed all our officers out within their districts, no breaks everyone staying proactive,” New Britain police Chief James Wardwell said over the phone.
Meriden and Middletown set up special phone numbers for residents to call while the issues persisted. Meriden also stationed officers and ambulances at the firehouse in the event of an emergency. Meriden dispatchers tell us they had no reported emergencies that required a response during the outage, and systems went back up around midnight.
Towns and alternate phone numbers (this is NOT a full list):
Police: (203) 453-8061
Fire/EMS: (203) 453-8407 or (203) 453-8408
State Police Troop A Barracks
State Police Troop B Barracks
State Police Troop C Barracks
State Police Troop D Barracks
State Police Troop E Barracks
State Police Troop F Barracks
State Police Troop G Barracks
State Police Troop H Barracks
State Police Troop I Barracks
Interstate 95 north has reopened in Branford after a multi-vehicle accident, according to state police.
Police said the highway was closed for a short time between exits 51 and 53 and traffic was being diverted off exit 53. The road has since reopened.
Minor injuries were reported.
Drivers should expect backups in the area.
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Ten officers from Avon’s volunteer fire department put themselves through the paces Saturday, to see if they still have what it takes to fight fires on the front lines.
“It’s one thing to test people to come into the fire service, but it’s a whole other thing to make sure that as they stay in the fire service that they remain physically capable of doing the job,” explained Captain Adam Corrado, who added that the leading cause of death among firefighters is heart disease.
Corrado, who is an emergency room physician, created the course over the last three years. It included ten stations where leaders on the volunteer department geared up, raised ladders, carried hoses, and performed in other obstacles meant to simulate a real fire.
“It’s challenging. Certainly much harder than it looks,” said Assistant Chief Joe Speich.
Corrado said the National Fire Protection Association recommends these types of evaluations, but not many volunteer departments are doing them. He said Avon was one of the first in Connecticut.
Fire department officers said the evaluation is not meant to weed out any of their volunteers. Rather, the goal was to pinpoint areas where individuals may need a little extra training.
“It’s basically a life-safety issue. We want to make sure that all of our firefighters are able to perform these basic skills on the fire ground,” said Chief Michael Trick.
The officers’ performances will be evaluated, and the rest of the department is expected to complete the course in the fall.
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The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection is forecasting unhealthy air quality for “sensitive” groups starting Saturday, according to a press release.
DEEP officials said elevated ground-level ozone pollution caused by the hot and humid weather may cause problems for certain groups such as children, the elderly and people with respiratory health issues. These groups may experience breathing difficulty, coughing, and throat irritation and worsened asthma episodes. Officials said even healthy adults may experience these symptoms if they are active outdoors.
DEEP said the poor air quality will be strongest on Saturday and Monday and ozone levels will peak between 12 p.m. and 8 p.m. DEEP recommends the following tips to mitigate its effects.