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- 01/16/17--04:09: Man Critically Injured in New Haven Shooting
- 01/16/17--04:19: Cubs Arrive in DC for White House Visit
- 01/16/17--08:17: Man Charged in New London Stabbing
- 01/16/17--07:44: 5 Killed in Nightclub Shooting at Mexican Resort: Police
- 01/16/17--06:20: 2 Hurt After Suspected Drunken Driver Hits Pole: PD
- 01/16/17--07:34: Rep. John Lewis Speaking at Miami MLK Event
- 01/16/17--06:07: MLK Worked Two Summers on Simsbury Tobacco Farm
- 01/16/17--06:18: Suspect in Murder of Sterling Teen Due in Court Tuesday
- 01/16/17--08:09: Crowd Sings 'We Shall Overcome' at MLK Memorial
- 01/16/17--08:42: UConn Responding to Fire at Ryan Building
- 01/16/17--10:18: Wife of Orlando Mass Shooting Gunman Arrested in California
- 01/16/17--09:03: MTGA to Reveal Plans to Redevelop Old Norwich Hospital Site
- 01/16/17--10:12: Hamden Spa Owner Charged with Prostitution
- 01/16/17--10:15: Special Elections Planned Feb. 28 for 3 Legislative Seats
- 01/16/17--10:26: Massive Gator Spotted in Nature Preserve in Florida
- 01/16/17--11:47: Man Rescued After Car Plunges Into Housatonic River in Kent
- 01/16/17--12:08: Crash Closes I-91 South in Rocky Hill
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- 01/16/17--14:16: Pulse Gunman's Wife Arrested
A 27-year-old man was critically injured in a shooting in New Haven early Monday morning, according to New Haven police.
Police said they responded to 206 Fulton Terrace around 1 a.m. for reported gunfire and a person shot. When they arrived they found the victim in the driveway suffering multiple gunshot wounds.
Wright was taken to Yale-New Haven Hospital for treatment and is in critical condition, police said.
There is no suspect or suspect description at this time. Anyone with information on this incident is asked to contact police at 203-946-6304. Callers may remain anonymous.
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The Chicago Cubs arrived to the nation's capital Sunday night ahead of a planned Monday visit with President Barack Obama at the White House in the final days of his presidency.
President Obama will honor the Cubs during a ceremony that will take place at 12:05 p.m. CT in the East Room of the White House to celebrate the team's 2016 World Series championship. NBC Chicago will offer a live stream with coverage of the visit here.
After the ceremony, the Cubs are expected to visit patients at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Washington, D.C., before returning to Chicago, according to MLB officials.
"The visit will continue the tradition begun by President Obama for honoring sports teams for their efforts to give back to their communities," a statement from the White House said.
It's a move that is is slightly unusual, as the reigning World Series champions normally make the traditional White House visit during the following MLB season. The Cubs, who ended a 108-year title drought in Game 7 against the Cleveland Indians, were hoping to get to Washington, D.C., before Obama left office. Though the president is a White Sox fan, he calls Chicago home and rooted for the North Siders since his team didn't make the playoffs.
The president invited the Cubs to the White House in a phone call to Joe Maddon following the team's victory, and with the club all assembled in Chicago for this weekend's Cubs Convention, arranging travel to Washington D.C. was a solution that worked out well for the team to see the president.
While the Cubs visit to the White House comes five days before President-elect Donald Trump's inauguration, the team will still have a connection to the new administration. Trump has nominated Cubs co-owner Todd Ricketts as deputy commerce secretary. Ricketts will join his sister, co-owner Laura Ricketts, brother, co-owner Tom Ricketts, and the team at the presidential reception.
The Cubs will be the second Chicago team to visit the Obama's White House. The president also hosted the Chicago Blackhawks after their three Stanley Cup championships since 2010.
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Police have arrested a man in connection with a stabbing in New London that badly injured a man on Sunday evening.
Police responded to 200 Montauk Ave. at 7:42 p.m. after receiving a 911 call reporting a stabbing and found 51-year-old Terry Pipkin trying to leave and saw traces of blood on him, police said, so officers detained him.
Inside the apartment, police found a male victim with severe cuts on his face, neck and stomach and he was transported to Lawrence & Memorial Hospital and then moved to Yale-New Haven Hospital because of his serious condition.
Police charged Pipkin with first-degree assault and carrying a dangerous weapon.
Anyone with information should call the New London Police Department's Detective Division at 860-447-1481. You can leave anonymous information through the New London Tips 411 system.
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A shooting attack at an electronic music festival in Mexico's Caribbean coast resort of Playa del Carmen on Monday left five people dead, including two Canadians, an Italian and a Colombian, authorities said.
The attorney general of Quintana Roo state said that several of the dead appear to have been part of the security detail at the 10-day BPM electronic music festival.
Miguel Angel Pech said the shooting occurred about 2:30 a.m. at the Blue Parrot nightclub, one of the BPM Festival's venues in Playa del Carmen, just south of Cancun.
Pech said a lone gunman apparently entered the nightclub and began to exchange fire with another person inside. Festival security personnel tried to stop the shooting and came under fire.
Pech said it was not any kind of terrorist attack.
But the shooting apparently caused a rush of people heading for the exits at the beach-side club, and the lone female victim was apparently killed during the stampede.
Pech said 15 people were injured, one seriously. He said five of the injured had been treated for less serious injuries at local hospitals and released.
He said three people had been detained nearby, but it was unclear if they had been involved in the shooting.
Rodolfo Del Angel, director of police in the state of Quintana Roo, told the Milenio TV station that he shooting was the result of "a disagreement between people inside" the nightclub and said security guards had come under fire when they tried to contain the dispute.
The BPM Festival posted a statement saying four people had been killed and 12 injured in an attack that involved "a lone shooter."
BPM wrote that "the violence began on 12th street in front of the club and three members of the BPM security team were among those whose lives were lost while trying to protect patrons inside the venue."
Playa del Carmen has largely been spared the violence that has hit other parts of Mexico.
Canadian officials could not immediately confirm if any of their citizens were among the victims in the shooting.
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Police guard the entrance of the Blue Parrot nightclub in Playa del Carmen, Mexico, Monday, Jan. 16, 2017. A deadly shooting occurred in the early morning hours outside the nightclub while it was hosting part of the BPM electronic music festival, according to police.
A Manchester man is accused of driving drunken after police said he crashed his car into a utility pole, seriously injuring two of his passengers.
Police allege that Jaylen Glover, 23, was driving on West Middle Turnpike in Manchester around 5 a.m. Sunday when the car left the road and hit a utility pole.
The front seat passenger and the back seat passenger both sustained life-threatening injuries. Police said neither passenger was wearing a seat belt. They have not been identified.
Glover sustained a minor injury to his arm. He failed field sobriety tests and was arrested. According to police, alcohol appears to be a key factor in the cause of the crash.
Glover is charged with DUI and operating without a license and scheduled to appear in court on Jan. 30. Police said more charges are likely.
West Middle Turnpike was closed between Green Manor road and Adams Street for several hours while police investigated and crews replaced the pole.
Anyone with information or who witnessed this accident is asked to contact Manchester Police Ofc. Jason Moss at 860-533-8620. The Manchester Police Department Traffic Unit and the Metro Traffic Accident Reconstruction Team continue to investigate.
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A suspected drunk driver crashed into a pole on West Middle Turnpike in Manchester Sunday, police said. Two passengers in the car were seriously injured.
A civil rights icon will be in South Florida Monday – just days after a firestorm erupted over comments he made regarding President-elect Donald Trump.
U.S. Rep. John Lewis, who has served in Congress for three decades after working for years to end racial segregation, is scheduled as the keynote speaker for the city of Miami's MLK Day breakfast.
Friday, Lewis sat down with NBC’s Chuck Todd and questioned Trump’s legitimacy as president, adding he plans to join with other Democrats in boycotting Trump’s inauguration.
The president-elect responded to the comments on Twitter, saying in part that Lewis should “spend more time on fixing and helping his district, which is in horrible shape and falling apart (not to Mention crime infested)." Those comments have been condemned by members of both parties.
At the breakfast, Florida Senator Marco Rubio said he wished Lewis would reconsider and attend the inaguration while also being critical of Trump's response.
"I don't agree with him (Rep. Lewis) that it's an illegitimate result, but I do believe, as I said in the middle of the campaign in October, that foreign intelligence agencies and a foreign government wanted to influence public opinion in America and create chaos and instability in our electoral process. Of that I have no doubt," Rubio said.
Lewis was one of the organizers of 1963’s March on Washington, where Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his famous “I Have a Dream” speech. He was involved in working closely with leaders such as King, Rosa Parks and James Farmer among others.
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WASHINGTON - NOVEMBER 28: Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) presents Smithsonian Magazine's first annual American Ingenuity Award for social progress on November 28, 2012 in Washington, DC. The awards honor nine groundbreaking individuals in technology, performing and visual arts, natural and physical sciences, education, historical scholarship, social progress, and youth achievement. (Photo by Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images for Smithsonian Magazine)
After testing junior year in high school in hopes to qualify for early admission to Morehouse College in his hometown of Atlanta, Georgia, Martin Luther King Jr. left the segregated South to work two summers on a Simsbury tobacco farm.
Some believe it was during those summers that King began his path to becoming a minister. He arrived with a group of students working for money to help pay for college and housing.
Born as Michael before his father changed both their names to Martin, King spent summers in 1944 and 1947 working for on the Cullman Brothers' tobacco farm in Simsbury. It took some convincing for him to get his parents to let him come and his mom still had her reservations when he set out on a train with his friend Emmett "Weasel" Proctor to head to the Hartford area, according to Simsbury's historical society.
King was struck by the distinction between the segregation of the train ride between Atlanta and Washington D.C. and the freedom he experienced headed north to Connecticut when he could sit wherever he wanted, according to the historical society of Simsbury.
"After that summer in Connecticut, it was a bitter feeling going back to segregation/ It was hard to understand why I could ride wherever I pleased on the train from New York to Washington and then had to change to a Jim Crow [racially restricted] car at the nation's capital in order to continue the trip to Atlanta," King wrote in his autobiography, according to the historical society. "....I could never adjust to the separate waiting rooms, separate eating places, separate rest rooms, partly because the separate was always unequal, and partly because the very idea of separation did something to my sense of dignity and self-respect."
The visits to Simsbury also opened the young King's eyes to a world to which he was not accustomed.
"On our way here we saw some things I had never anticipated to see," he wrote his father in June of 1944. "After we passed Washington there was no discrimination at all. The white people here are very nice. We go to any place we want to and sit any where we want to."
King's friends teased him that the hot sun in the tobacco fields caused him to preach, his sister, Christine King Farris, told The AP. In her book, "Through It All: Reflections on My Life, My Family, and My Faith," Farris wrote that her brother underwent a "metamorphosis" as a result of his time in Connecticut.
"That was quite an experience," Farris said.
The Cullman Brothers tobacco farm had a partnership with Morehouse College and student salaries went toward their college tuition and housing, according to Simsbury's historical society. The farm also paid for students' train fare from the South if they stayed throughout the harvest season. It gave Morehouse students a chance to travel, interact with the community and experience freedom, according to the historical society. Morehouse students stayed in a college boarding house on Firetown Road in Simsbury near Barndoor Hills that later burned down. It's now the site of a housing development.
Morehouse students would get up at 6 a.m. to work in the fields during the week from 7 a.m. to at least 5 p.m. King and other students said in accounts that they could earn extra food if they helped out in the kitchen after long, hot days of working in the fields with little breaks until dinner. They had some free time to play baseball and basketball after eating, but many of them were too tired and went to sleep by 10 p.m., according to the historical society.
The students spent Friday nights in downtown Simsbury, visiting the former Doyle's Drug Store for a milkshake or watching movies at Eno Memorial Hall, according to Simsbury's historical society. They went into Hartford on Saturdays to shop, see musicals or dine.
King wrote to his mother about it in 1944.
"I never thought that a person of my race could eat anywhere but we ate in one of the finest restaurants in Hartford," King wrote. "And we went to the largest shows there."
On Sundays, the Morehouse student workers went to church services in Hartford and Simsbury, according to the historical society. King wrote to his father in 1944 that he went to church every Sunday at 8 a.m., adding that he was the "religious leader" and that his boys choir would be singing "on the air soon."
“We went to church in Simsbury and we were the only negro’s [sic] there [sic] Negroes and whites go to the same church,” King wrote in a letter to his mother that year.
He left in September of that year, days after a hurricane struck, according to the historical society.
“The first time I was seated behind a curtain in a dining car, I felt as if the curtain had been dropped on my selfhood," King wrote in his autobiography. "I could never adjust to the separate waiting rooms, separate eating places, separate rest rooms, partly because the separate was always unequal, and partly because the very idea of separation did something to my sense of dignity and self respect."
He came back to Simsbury in 1947, that time "struggling with his call to the ministry," according to Simsbury's historical society. Emmett Proctor said in an account about his friend's return to Simsbury that he had "a minor run-in with police" because of a prank, but softened the news in a phone call to his mother "by first announcing that he has decided to follow in the footsteps of his father, grandfather and great-grandfather," the historical society said.
King's widow, Coretta Scott King, wrote in her memoir, "My Life With Martin Luther King Jr." that her husband talked of the exhilarating sense of freedom he felt in Connecticut that summer.
Dr. King also wrote of how his first visit to Simsbury changed him.
King visited Hartford again as a leader of the civil rights movement after graduating from Morehouse in 1948, studying at Crozier Theological Seminary in Chester, Pennsylvania and receiving a doctorate's degree at Boston University in 1955, the historical society said. But it's unknown if he ever returned to Simsbury.
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The US clergyman and civil rights leader Martin Luther King addresses, 29 March 1966 in Paris' Sport Palace the militants of the "Movement for the Peace". "Martin Luther King was assassinated on 04 April 1968 in Memphis, Tennessee. James Earl Ray confessed to shooting King and was sentenced to 99 years in prison. King's killing sent shock waves through American society at the time, and is still regarded as a landmark event in recent US history. (Photo credit should read /AFP/GettyImages)
A 19-year-old Sterling man who is accused of stabbing and killing a former high school classmate is due in court on Tuesday.
Kevin Weismore, 19, has been charged with the murder of 18-year-old Todd Jeremiah Allen. According to the arrest warrant, Weismore told police that he planned on selling marijuana to Allen and stabbed him after Allen pulled out a gun.
Police said they have not found a gun and Allen's mother said she doesn't believe he ever owned him.
Allen had been reported missing just after 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 26 when he did not return home after leaving to go dirt biking. On Friday, state police said they found Allen's body not far from Weismore's home.
Police obtained a search warrant for Allen's phone and records showed the last known location was in the area of Laiho Road, Margaret Henry Road and Sawmill Hill Road in Sterling, according to the arrest warrant.
Weismore went on to tell police that he met up with Allen to sell marijuana to him, but Allen took a gun from his backpack, pointed it at the ground, said he did not have the money, then pointed the gun at him, according to the arrest warrant.
According to police, Weismore gave detectives information that led them to Allen's body in a wooded area near 61 Laiho Road.
“I knifed TJ, stabbing him in the stomach once using my right hand, and then stabbing him in the neck a few times. I stabbed him in the neck once and he kept moving so I did it a couple more times,” Weismore’s statement to police reads, according to the warrant.
The statement goes on to say that Weismore dragged Allen’s body behind a rock pile to hide it, then threw the gun off a cliff. Weismore said he burned all his clothing.
According to the warrant, he admitted to a friend what he’d done the next day and that friend helped him dump Allen’s dirt bike into a pond in Killingly.
Allen was found with what appeared to be multiple stab wounds, but the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner will conduct an autopsy to determine the exact cause and manner of death.
Weismore has been charged with murder and tampering with evidence in the case.
He is being held on a $1 million bond and is scheduled to appear in Danielson Superior Court Tuesday.
State police continue to investigate and it is unclear at this time if there will be other arrests.
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Todd "TJ" Allen (left) and Kevin Weismore
Thousands of people across the country paid homage Monday to Martin Luther King Jr. At a wreath-laying ceremony at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, the crowd sag "We Shall Overcome" after walking the wreath to an area in front of the statue.
The UConn Fire Department is responding to a fire at the Ryan Building at 2006 Hillside Road.
The building houses several offices, as well as the Center for Health, Intervention and Prevention and Center for Public Health and Health Policy.
No additional information was immediately available.
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The wife of Orlando mass shooting gunman Omar Mateen has been arrested in the San Francisco Bay Area, an FBI spokesman confirmed to NBC News.
The New York Times first reported, citing a law enforcement official, that Noor Salman was arrested at her home outside San Francisco in connection with the June 2016 attack at at the Pulse nightclub.
The Orlando police later clarified that she was arrested on charges of aiding and abetting by providing material support to a terrorist organization and obstruction of justice, according to Police Chief John Mina.
"I am glad to see that Omar Mateen's wife has been charged with aiding her husband in the commission of the brutal attack on the Pulse nightclub," Mina said in a tweet. "Federal authorities have been working tirelessly on this case for more than seven months and we are grateful that they have seen to it that some measure of justice will be served in this act of terror that has affected our community so deeply."
Salman's family declined to comment when a reporter knocked on her home in Rodeo, California, on Monday morning. Neighbors told NBC Bay Area that the family didn't appear to be at home on Sunday, and there was no sign of police presence on Monday morning.
Forty nine people were killed and 53 wounded in the June 12 attack at the Orlando gay nightclub. Mateen, who pledged allegiance to ISIS during the attack, was killed in a firefight with police.
Salman told the Times in an interview in November that she was "unaware of everything."
“I don’t condone what he has done," she said then. "I am very sorry for what has happened. He has hurt a lot of people.”
Since the massacre, Salman was said to have been cooperating with the FBI.
Salman's parents live in Rodeo, California, and the FBI has previously visited that location to interview her, NBC News reported. Rodeo is a small city, with a population of 8,600 in Contra Costa County near the San Pablo Bay -- about 45 minutes from San Francisco.
In June, a source close to the family told NBC News that Mateen sent his wife a text message during the rampage, asking her, "Do you see what's happening?" After swapping texts, she tried to call him.
Her mother’s neighbors in Rodeo have told NBC Bay Area that Salman was the daughter of Ekbal Zahi and Bassam Abdallah Salman, who died of a heart attack several years ago. The couple has three other daughters — the youngest is 14. Salman's mother still lives at the home with her youngest but has not spoken out publicly about the shooting.
According to neighbors, Salman attended John Swett High School in nearby Crockett, California.
Salman married Mateen, neighbors said, and moved to Florida about five years ago.
Salman has a 4-year-old child and has filed court documents to change the boy's name. A hearing is scheduled for February.
The new case is being handled by the U.S. Central District Court in Florida. Salman is expected to appear in federal court in Oakland on Tuesday at 9:30 a.m.
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The profile picture from the Facebook Page for Noor Zahi Salman aka Noor Mateen, identifed by a friend as the wife of the shooter.
The Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority has a concept for a $600 million development project at the former Norwich Hospital site in Preston and it includes everything from an indoor water park to a senior living center.
The concept is a step in finalizing the Property and Disposition and Development Agreement between the MTGA, the Town of Preson, and the Preston Redevelopment Authority.
MTGA announced the plans will include both indoor and outdoor entertainment theaters, an indoor water park with outdoor attractions and a hotel, a senior living center, a sports complex with a hotel, time share units, a marina, an RV park and additional retain, restaurant, convenience and fuel service options.
The project would create an estimated 750 construction jobs and hundreds of permanent full-time jobs. The properties will be taxable.
“With up to $600 million in possible development, we will stimulate growth, drive new business and help strengthen the local economy, solidifying Mystic Country in southeastern Connecticut as a top tourism destination,” said Kevin Brown “Red Eagle,” Chairman of the MTGA Management Board, in a release.
Last May the town agreed to a proposal from MTGA to develop the 393-acre property, referred to as the Preston Riverwalk, that sits along the Thames River across from Mohegan Sun.
Town and state officials expressed their support of the latest plans. Gov. Dannel Malloy said the redevelopment of the site has been a priority of his because of the economic potential of it.
“The redevelopment of this site also means jobs – hundreds of jobs, if not more. And the state remains a committed partner to seeing this project through,” he said in a release.
A news conference with Preston First Selectman Robert Congdon and Malloy is scheduled for Tuesday afternoon and details of the plan are expected to be presented at a Preston Planning & Zoning special meeting Tuesday at 6 p.m.
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A map of the Preston Riverwalk property provided by the Preston Redevelopment Agency.
The owner of a Hamden day spa faces criminal charges after an undercover sting operation uncovered prostitution at her business, according to Hamden police.
Jianwei Zhang, 55, of Randolph, Mass. is the owner of the Kismet Spa at 2375 Whitney Avenue. According to police, Zhang was arrested after an undercover operation by the Hamden Police Department Street Interdiction Team and the Ethics and Integrity Unit.
The spa was operating across the street from town hall and the police department
Zhang was arrested Friday and charged with prostitution and permitting prostitution. She was released on a $2,500 bond and scheduled to appear in court on Jan. 27.
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State and local elections officials are gearing up for special elections next month to fill the General Assembly seats vacated by three Connecticut legislators who decided to take other state jobs.
Special elections are planned Feb. 28 for the 2nd Senatorial District, 32nd Senatorial District and the 115th Assembly District. January 23 marks the final day political parties can nominate their candidates, as well as the final day that petitioning candidates can submit signatures.
Former Democratic state Sen. Eric Coleman of Bloomfield resigned to seek a state judgeship while former Republican Sen. Rob Kane is seeking to be appointed the Republican State Auditor. Meanwhile, former Democratic Rep. Steven Dargan is leaving the state legislature to serve on the Board of Pardons and Paroles.
All three had won re-election in November.
Footage of an alligator that looks almost too massive to be real was posted to the Lakeland Police's Facebook page Monday.
According to the post, Kim Joiner was taking an afternoon stroll Sunday in the Circle B Bar Reserve when the gator was spotted.
The big gator is seen lumbering across a grassy path as a group of spectators take photos.
Lakeland Police told NBC 6 that the gator is real.
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Lakeland Police say a massive alligator was spotted in the Circle B Bar Reserve.
Across Connecticut, one way Martin Luther King Jr. Day was celebrated Monday was in saving lives. The Red Cross of Connecticut went across the city of New Haven to check smoke alarms, install new smoke detectors and educate the public on fire safety.
“He says ‘I have a dream,’ and my dream would be to be safe,” Karen Tucker, of New Haven, said.
That dream came true for her and her two great-nephews on Monday when the Red Cross came knocking on their door.
“They said, ‘Well we are going to come and do some free testing of your smoke detectors and replace them.’ I said, ‘Oh OK, come on,’” Tucker said.
The Red Cross volunteers went door-to-door from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with a goal of installing at least 200 smoke detectors.
“Martin Luther King (Jr.) once said today the day is ‘ripe to do right,’ and you know it's a great day of service,” Mario Bruner, the CEO of the Red Cross in Connecticut and Rhode Island, said.
Each lithium ion battery smoke detector installed will last 10 years. The installations are a part of the Red Cross Home Fire Campaign to reduce the number of home fire deaths and injuries.
“We are here to save lives. That is really what it comes down to,” John Basso, a Red Cross volunteer, said.
The Red Cross said that around 3,000 people across the country die every year from house fires. In Connecticut, Red Cross volunteers respond to around two fires a day.
“Smoke detectors give you on average two minutes, once they are activated, to get out in an active fire. So, those precious moments are critical for people to save their lives and get out,” New Haven Fire Chief, John Alston, said.
Tucker didn’t have working smoke detectors throughout her apartment until Monday and now she has an important message to share.
“Get their smoke detectors checked and changed and get new ones, or, let the Red Cross people come by,” Tucker said.
If you would like help with your smoke detectors, contact the Connecticut Red Cross at (877) 287-3327 or go to their website www.redcross.org/ct/schedule-a-visit.
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A dive team rescued a Brockton, Massachusetts man after his car plunged into the Housatonic River in Kent on Saturday night.
State police responded to the Kent School at 1 Macedonia Road just before 11 p.m. Saturday after a Toyota Camry went off the road and into the river, according to state police.
The driver, Brian Zingwe, climbed out of his car when it started to sink and got onto the hood of his Camry, according to police.
The Goshen Fire Department Dive Team removed Zingwe from his car and said he was not injured, but he was transported to Sharon Hospital to be evaluated.
A towing company and the dive team removed the car from the river.
Police are investigating.
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Interstate 91 South in Rocky Hill is closed after a one-car crash, according to state police.
The crash is in the area of exit 23. There are reports the car is smoking, but no serious injuries are reported.
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A Connecticut politician is facing one count of sexual assault after pinching a woman he had gotten in a disagreement with, according to reports.
Chris von Keyserling, a member of the Representative Town Meeting of Greenwich, was arrested at Town Hall on Wednesday for the Dec. 9 incident, according to a police report.
“There was a playful gesture, in front of witnesses. It was too trivial to be considered anything of significance. To call it a sexual assault is not based in reality,” von Keyserling's attorney, Phil Russell, told the Greenwich Time.
The 71-year-old allegedly got into a disagreement with a woman at the Nathaniel Witherell Home on Parsonage Road last December, according to the arrest warrant obtained by the Greenwich Time.
The Greenwich Time reports that at some point, the woman gets up and is pinched. According to the affidavit, a videotape was reviewed by police and it is unclear where von Keyserling's hand goes, Greenwich Time says.
“In almost 30 years of practicing law in this town, I would say Mr. von Keyserling is the one person I would never suspect of having any inappropriate sexual predilections,” Russel said.
von Keyserling's bond was set at $2,500.
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The FBI has arrested the wife of Pulse nightclub shooter Omar Mateen. Noor Salman was taken into custody in San Francisco. Salman is charged with aiding and abetting by providing material support to a terrorist organization and obstruction of justice, Orlando police said.