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    A New Britain man has died after police say he was struck by a vehicle early Friday morning.

    At approximately 1:49 a.m., a New Britain police officer who was traveling in the area of Myrtle Street and Washington Street found a 58-year-old man, identified as Gary Sgro, lying on the road.

    The officer stopped to help Sgro, according the police, and then realized he had been hit by a vehicle.

    The driver fled the scene and police are looking for the vehicle but do not have a description of it.

    Sgro’s injuries were so severe he died at the hospital on Tuesday.

    “We don’t have a lot of information to go on but certainly we have all his clothing that’ll be analyzed for trace evidence, forensic evidence,” Police Chief James Wardwell said. “I would ask whoever is involved, whoever left that scene, to step forward. A human life is so much more valuable that whatever it is you were running from.”

    Anyone with information is asked to call the New Britain Police Department at 860-826-3071.



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    A New Britain police officer found a hit-and-run victim laying in the road near Myrtle Street and Washington Street early Friday morning.A New Britain police officer found a hit-and-run victim laying in the road near Myrtle Street and Washington Street early Friday morning.

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    A CNN reporter is pushing back against critics, including Donald Trump Jr., who are suggesting that he blackmailed the Reddit user who created a video of President Donald Trump pummeling a man with the CNN logo superimposed on his face.

    Reporter Andrew Kaczynski wrote Wednesday that Reddit user “HanA**holeSolo” created the video of Trump, which was retweeted by the president on Sunday.

    HanA**holeSolo later took down the post and wrote an apology for posting the video and other anti-Semitic and racist posts, CNN reported. NBC News has not been able to verify the identity of HanA**holeSolo.

    In his report, Kaczynski wrote CNN had confirmed the Reddit user’s identity, but would not publish his name, “because he is a private citizen who has issued an extensive statement of apology, showed his remorse by saying he has taken down all his offending posts, and because he said he is not going to repeat this ugly behavior on social media again.”

    Kaczynski added, “CNN reserves the right to publish his identity should any of that change.”

    Conservatives on social media, including Trump Jr., seized on the caveat, painting it as blackmail by CNN.

    “The Modern Left is Dangerous. They tracked down, bullied and threatened a Private Citizen into submission because of a Gif. #cnnblackmail,” one Twitter user wroter.

    “CNN showed their patriotism on July 4th by blackmailing the person who made an anti-CNN video. #CNNBlackmail,” another wrote.

    Trump Jr. posted a number of critical tweets about the language in Kaczynski’s report, including one that suggested — without evidence — that the Reddit user who made the video is 15 years old.

    “So I guess they weren't effective threatening the admin so they go after & bully a 15 y/o? Seems in line w their "standards" #CNNBlackmail,” Trump Jr. wrote on Twitter.

    On Twitter, Kaczynski defended his report, writing the Reddit user is middle aged and saying the caveat of releasing his name was only meant to convey that CNN had not made an agreement with him about releasing his identity.

    “This line is being misinterpreted. It was intended only to mean we made no agreement w/the man about his identity,” he wrote in one tweet.

    In response to Trump Jr., Kacynski wrote: “Again. HanA**holeSolo is not 15 or anywhere close to it. This is POTUS' son spreading misinformation.”



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    A newly uncovered photograph suggests legendary pilot Amelia Earhart and her navigator survived their mysterious 1937 plane disappearance, according to evidence from a History Channel documentary shared with the "Today" show 80 years and three days after they vanished.

    The image, discovered in a formerly top secret American file, appears to show Earhart and Fred Noonan on a dock in the Marshall Islands, and investigators, including an NBC News analyst, believe her plane can be seen on a barge being towed by a Japanese ship in the background.

    The photo is believed to have been taken by a spy who was later executed by Japan, which investigators believe imprisoned the pair of aviators in Saipan, where Noonan was executed and Earhart died.

    Japan's Foreign Ministry, Defense Ministry and National Archives tell NBC News they have no documents of Earhart being in their custody. However, many records from that time were destroyed during or after World War II.

    The History Channel is running a two-hour documentary on Sunday night at 9 p.m. ET.



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    A 25-year-old east Hartford man was killed in a shooting in Hartford overnight.

    Police said Victor Millan was shot at least three times in the neck/head, torso, and leg near the intersection of Park Street and Wadsworth Street. 

    The incident appears to have started as a dispute over prescription glasses, police said. Multiple guns were involved. Millan was pronounced dead on scene.

    Millan had no criminal history in Hartford, according to police.

    Police said the whole thing was caught on surveillance video. Investigators are reviewing the video at this time.

    There is no word on a suspect at this time.




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    A 25-year-old East Hartford man was killed in a shooting at Park and Wadsworth Streets in Hartford overnight.A 25-year-old East Hartford man was killed in a shooting at Park and Wadsworth Streets in Hartford overnight.

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    Fourth of July fireworks sparked two house fires in New Haven overnight, according to New Haven fire officials.

    Fire officials said the blaze at 17 Walnut Street in New Haven started around 12:30 a.m. The residents woke up and ran when they realized the building was on fire. All the occupants of the multi-family home made it out safely.

    “All we know was the house just went up… It was a matter of ten minutes the house was engulfed in flames. Everything,” said resident Lisa Sari.

    Firefighters arrived and declared a second-alarm. The fire raged for about an hour, causing serious damage to the house and also spreading next door.

    Fire officials said a barrel of fireworks was left next to the home and caught fire. Officials said that it appears that while the fire was caused by a careless disposal of fireworks, they don’t believe it was intentionally set.

    While firefighters battled the blaze on Walnut Street, other crews were fighting a fire on Woolsey Street. The damage was no as significant as on Walnut Street, but it still caused a scare.

    Fire officials say playing with fireworks should always be taken seriously and the materials should be carefully discarded, even if it appears they’ve gone out. The fireworks that led to both fires were legal, but were not disposed of properly.

    “It’s just like a cigarette sometimes when people think they’re out and they put them in a trash can. They start a fire. You have to be conscious of that. That’s why we recommend that you do soak them in water and soak them in a metal can overnight,” said Assistant Chief Mark Vendetto of the New Haven Fire Department.

    Investigators have not determined whether any charges will be filed.



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    Fireworks are to blame for a fire that caused serious damage to 17 Walnut Street in New Haven Wednesday.Fireworks are to blame for a fire that caused serious damage to 17 Walnut Street in New Haven Wednesday.

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    Lake Compounce in Bristol has decided to close its SkyRide permanently, a spokesperson for the park confirmed Wednesday.

    Park officials said they made the decision because there is limited access to the area and rugged terrain due to the mountain.

    The move comes not long after a teenager was hurt falling out of a similar style ride at a upstate New York amusement park.

    Sara Frias, a spokesperson for the park, issued the following statement on the matter:

    “Due to the rugged terrain of the mountain and the limited access to the remote area, Lake Compounce has decided to close the SkyRide attraction permanently.

    We look forward to utilizing the loading zone area for future attractions in the coming years to continue to bring unforgettable fun to America's longest continuously operating amusement park.”

    The ride took visitors on a leisurely ride up over Southington Mountain in a ski-lift like chair and then descended.



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    A picture of the SkyRide at Lake CompounceA picture of the SkyRide at Lake Compounce

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    In May, New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski made headlines for donating $70,000 to support women’s athletics at six school districts across New England, including Boston’s.

    At a ceremony commemorating the gift, Gronkowski doled out autographs and selfies to a crowd of female athletes gathered around him. “Give it up for our ladies right here,” he said, turning toward the cheering students.

    Donating to public schools can be a great opportunity for celebrities to give back — while attracting positive publicity — but the process often requires more than simply cashing a check.

    For Boston Public Schools, the novelty oversized check they received from the Gronk Nation Youth Foundation was merely ceremonial, since what was donated did not actually come in the form of cash.

    “The portion of the donation designated for the Boston Public Schools is a product donation that will go toward the purchase of sports gear for female BPS athletes,” BPS Communications Director Richard Weir said in a statement.

    While it’s not unusual for celebrities to center their charitable organizations around the causes that matter to them, it’s becoming more common for them to try and cater donations toward the needs of a particular school or district.

    It can come publicly, as with Chance the Rapper's $1 million donation to Chicago Public Schools (matched by the Chicago Bulls), or more discreetly, like Nicki Minaj quietly sending funds to educate children in a small Indian village.

    In some cases, schools must comply with the benefactor’s wishes in order to receive a donation, and even in situations where the school has a greater say in how the money is used, there are usually guidelines it must follow in order to prove the funds are being well spent.

    “Most grants do come with terms and conditions and a written grant agreement,” said Aaron Dorfman, president and CEO of the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy. Donors “want to make sure that they have a legal, binding agreement in place so that if something goes wrong or it goes off the rails they can attempt to get the money back, or at least argue that they did everything they could to try and make sure that the money was used appropriately.”

    That kind of agreement was important when the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation gave a $40 million grant to Pittsburgh Public Schools in 2009.

    Before the district was chosen, officials had to prepare an extensive proposal outlining how they would use the funds to improve teacher effectiveness. And once the grant was secured, the foundation maintained a great deal of oversight.

    “Twice a year the district and the union would come together with the foundation,” said Tara Tucci, the district’s director of performance and management. “We would talk about any changes of course that might need to happen and communicate together about how the implementation was going.”

    Disagreements between the teachers union and district officials in 2014 delayed the creation of improved criteria for evaluating teachers, which was one of the requirements for receiving the grant.

    In response, the Gates Foundation issued a statement urging those involved to come to a resolution, leaving payments in jeopardy. Eventually the union and district obliged.

    Among other things, the money has been used to create a bonus program that rewards outstanding teachers and established paid “career ladder” positions that allow instructors to take on leadership roles similar to those of an administrator while remaining in the classroom.

    “It’s enabled us to create a culture where we’re providing feedback and there’s a continuous kind of growth and improvement,” Tucci said.

    Another major donation to schools that hit some bumps in the road is the $100 million Mark Zuckerberg gave to Newark Public Schools in 2010.

    Announced on “Oprah” and meant to transform the district, the donation came with no strings attached. But much of the money was squandered on unions and consultants, according to a 2015 book, “The Prize,” which chronicled the donation's implementation and found it left a mixed legacy.

    The district’s superintendent, Chris Cerf, wrote an op-ed reviewing the book that said it was balanced, “shining a light on the maddening intractability of much that needs fixing in urban education” but also that it “caused some philanthropists to question additional investments in public education.”

    Dorfman said mishaps like these are not unusual when dealing with public figures: “Celebrity philanthropy is less strategic, less thoughtful, more likely to be deployed improperly.”

    One common mistake he’s seen among celebrity foundations — like the Gronk Nation Youth Foundation, which did not return requests for comment — is “hiring family or friends to run their organizations.” In Dorfman’s eyes, hiring people with expertise in the field is crucial to success.

    For those looking to circumvent the common roadblocks associated with philanthropy, crowdfunding websites like DonorsChoose.org have become a popular tool. DonorsChoose has raised a total of $548,504,503 and funded 927,733 projects since it was started in 2004, according to the website.

    On DonorsChoose, educators can post grant requests for specific projects. When one is fulfilled, DonorsChoose uses the money to purchase the requested materials and send them to the schools.

    “There’s no exchange of cash and the teachers don’t have the burden of going out and having to buy everything,” said Chris Pearsall, vice president for brand and communication at DonorsChoose.

    (Disclosure: DonorsChoose.org is a partner in NBC- and Telemundo-owned stations’ Supporting Our Schools campaign.)

    The site allowed Laura Simon, the STEM coordinator for Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District in Southern California, to take school supply matters into her own hands — and she likes that.

    “I’m marketing myself and saying what we need and why we need it,” said Simon, who received a grant from actress Gwyneth Paltrow last year that enabled her to buy iPads.

    She never met Paltrow, whose donation came as part of #BestSchoolDay, an annual day of giving in which celebrities and executives flash-fund pending projects in the state or district of their choice.

    The idea came after Stephen Colbert, who is on the DonorsChoose Board of Directors, auctioned off his set from “The Colbert Report” and used some of the funds to pay for every project in his home state, South Carolina. Other participants have included Serena Williams, Ashton Kutcher, Elon Musk and Anna Kendrick.

    “You can choose based on what’s important to you, what you believe in,” Kendrick told Colbert in a 2016 interview on “The Late Show.”

    Dorfman said that crowdfunding sites like DonorsChoose can be helpful to those interested in supporting a cause because they have “the advantage of being very easy and open and accessible, [allowing] lots of small-dollar donors to get behind things that they care about."



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    Pratt & Whitney’s Military Engines division has been awarded an additional $339 million to a previous contract to build engines for the Department of Defense’s (DoD) F-35 Joint Strike Fighter aircraft program, according to a DoD release.

    The company has been contracted to build spare engines, spare modules and spare parks to support the terms of the existing contract.

    According to the DoD, 93 percent of the work will be done at the company’s East Hartford and Middletown locations, six percent in Indiana, and the remaining 1 percent in the United Kingdom. The work should be completed by 2020.

    The awarded funds stems from a order Pratt & Whitney obtained by the DoD in February. 

    On Monday, Sikorsky Aircraft signed a $3.8 billion deal with the government to make 25 new H-60 Black Hawk Helicopters. 

    Back in April, Sikorsky announced plans to produce 200 King Stallion Helicopters for the U.S. Marine Corp.

    It has been almost a year since state lawmakers approved a deal with $220 million in incentive to keep Sikorsky in Connecticut through 2032.



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    Four teens were arrested after they allegedly started having sex at a Cape Cod beach on the Fourth of July.

    Dennis police said an officer was on patrol on an ATV at Mayflower Beach just after 1:30 p.m. Tuesday when the officer learned there were four people who were "acting inappropriately in the water."

    By the time the officer arrived, a large crowd on the beach had gathered around the four people, and some were expressing their shock about the situation, according to police.

    Eventually the four people were arrested for disorderly conduct after the officer and beach staff tried to get their attention. Additional officers had also arrived at the scene. Witness video of the arrest shows all of the accused in handcuffs with police at the scene.

    The names of those arrested were not released, but they were identified as a 19-year-old male, a 19-year-old female, an 18-year-old female and a 17-year-old male.

    After they were arrested, another teen identified himself to police as their friend and allegedly tried to approach his friends who were in custody, defying the officers' orders to leave. The 19-year-old was also arrested on a disorderly conduct charge.

    All of the arrested individuals were bailed or released. The 19- and 18-year-olds will be arraigned on Tuesday, while the 17-year-old will be arraigned at a later court date.



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    Witness video shows four people being arrested after allegedly acting inappropriately in the water at Mayflower Beach in Dennis, Massachusetts, on the Fourth of JulyWitness video shows four people being arrested after allegedly acting inappropriately in the water at Mayflower Beach in Dennis, Massachusetts, on the Fourth of July

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    Forty-four states and the District of Columbia have either fully or partially declined to provide data requested by President Donald Trump’s commission on vote fraud, according to NBC News.

    Both Democrats and Republicans have expressed outrage at the Presidential Advisory Commission on Voter Integrity’s request for personal information about voters. Privacy concerns and claims that the commission is politically motivated are among reasons for states’ refusal to hand over the information.

    Trump created the panel, chaired by Vice President Mike Pence and Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, in May through executive order.



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    President-elect Donald Trump and Kris Kobach shake hands following their meeting at Trump International Golf Club, Nov. 20, 2016, in Bedminster Township, N.J.President-elect Donald Trump and Kris Kobach shake hands following their meeting at Trump International Golf Club, Nov. 20, 2016, in Bedminster Township, N.J.

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    A 6-year-old Connecticut girl is in the hospital after she nearly drowned in Killingly’s Alexander Lake on the Fourth of July.

    “I think the whole issue here of the potential tragedy yesterday,”  Avery Tillinghast, who held his own party on the lake Tuesday, said.

    Tillinghast said the child was a guest at his daughter’s party a few houses down from his.

    Authorities said tragedy was averted thanks to the quick thinking of a nurse who administered CPR to the little girl. Police have released few other details about led up to the incident. They’ve said the girl was taken to the hospital but her condition is unknown.

    "A lot of prevention has taken place but this incident will certainly make people more aware of that type of potential issue," Tillinghast added.

    Parents know how important life jackets are but experts said it shouldn’t be the only line of defense against drownings.

    “Parents, spend the time to make sure if your young children are in the water that you’re in the water with them and when you’re swimming in a lake or on a beach, choose a beach or a lakefront that has a lifeguard,” said Kevin Borup, the associate director of the Injury Prevention Center at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center.



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    The promoter accused of issuing a bad check for a wrestling match to benefit an autism non-profit is breaking his silence.

    "I truly am sorry and, I am, I am going to make things right," promoter James Raymond told NBC Connecticut Troubleshooters.

    Autism Services & Resources Connecticut (ASRC) was supposed to benefit from the wrestling match but while hundreds of seats were sold for the event, the charity never saw a cent.

    Co-owner of Paradise Alley Pro Wrestling (PAPW), the venue for the charity event, Mario Mancini, said he wants to see what happens.

    "We've all made mistakes, some small, some big and he wants to make good for it, so let's see what happens,” Mancini told the NBC Connecticut Troubleshooters.

    Before court Wednesday morning, Raymond did not want to speak on camera, but after court, he had a change of heart, pulling aside one of the owners of the Paradise Alley Pro Wrestling school to let him know, he wants to fix things. The two exchanged a handshake outside court in New Haven.

    “I never meant for this to get this far. I'm sorry about everything and I’m going to make it right," Raymond said. "To everyone involved. ASRC, PAPW and everyone. Ill will was never my intention.”

    James Raymond applied for a public defender in court on Wednesday, nearly wo weeks after East Haven police charged him with issuing a bad check. Authorities said the $1,800 check Raymond wrote Mancini, for ring fees that night, bounced. In addition to the bounced checks to the wrestling school, ASRC was supposed to get the monies raised but never did.

    NBC Connecticut Troubleshooters asked Raymond if he could explain what happened to the money.

    “I cannot, without talking to my lawyer. I’m going to work on stuff with my lawyer and then we'll be in contact and i want to sit down and talk with them personally myself and explain everything,” Raymond said.

    After court, Raymond approached Mancini about a three-installment payment plan to return those rings fees to PAPW.

    “The thing I ask is that it's on the court record. With the court; the payment plan. Absolutely, I mean, in life if people sincerely apologize you accept it and that's the right thing to do,” Mancini said.

    Raymond's young daughter is autistic. Wrestlers, including Mancini, grew attached to the little girl leading up to the match. NBC Connecticut Troubleshooters relayed to Raymond, that several wrestlers believe he used his autistic daughter as a ploy.

    “That wasn't the case at all, at all. Why would I do anything that's going to hurt the progression of my daughter?" Raymond asked.

    The wrestling school’s co-owner said Raymond expressed compassion.

    “I saw a lot of remorse in particular talking about his daughter,” Mancini added.

    On June 25, the wrestlers hosted a make-up autism fundraiser for ASRC and raised $7,500.

    But what about the funds ASRC never received from that original event in April?

    “I would like to see some funds go to the ASRC, I don't know what his personal financial situation is,” Mancini stated.

    After court Mancini said off camera the money Raymond returns to PAPW will go to ASRC and that the wrestling school plans to host a benefit for the non-profit every spring.

    Raymond said he'll let NBC Connecticut know more about what happened with the funds, but initially emailed to say he did not anticipate all the costs going into planning such a big event.

    Here is that original statement James Raymond released to NBC Connecticut back in May:

    “On April 22nd 2017 I threw an event called Wrestling for Autism in East Haven, CT. This event I had spent 5 months preparing for. I wanted to help raise awareness and acceptance for autism and donate any net proceeds to a charity to help out in any way possible. I have a daughter who is autistic and we had a lot of help and support from the autism community. So this was one way for me to try and give back to a community who has helped my daughter grow with continued support. Without this community I do not know where we would be right now with my daughter. So this was a great opportunity for me to try and do something to give back.

    I realized during the process I did not set a proper budget in place to help me control the expenses as the event was shaping up. I thought with getting bigger name wrestlers it would help me raise more awareness and help me possibly make more net proceeds. I was not taking in to consideration the higher cost a bigger name wrestler would be or where I would have to fly them in from and hotel costs for these wrestlers. Along with all the costs of the wrestlers I still had other costs that would come into play. those costs would be the cost of the e-commerce site to sell the tickets, promotional materials, food for the concession stand, event costs for promotional events leading up to the initial event, t-shirts for the event, graphic design for all the event posters and online promotions of the event. All these cost added up fast. I was trying to put together a great event for a great cause. With all the costs of the event though we ended up having no net proceeds to donate.”



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    The United States is willing to work with Russia to establish no-fly zones and other measures to stabilize Syria, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Wednesday.

    In a statement sent as he departed for a summit meeting of the Group of 20 major economies, Tillerson said the volatile situation in Syria would be a topic of discussion between President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin, NBC News reported.

    "The United States and Russia certainly have unresolved differences on a number of issues," Tillerson acknowledged, but "if our two countries work together to establish stability on the ground, it will lay a foundation for progress on the settlement of Syria's political future."



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    FILE - In this June 21, 2017 file photo, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson speaks at the State Department in Washington.FILE - In this June 21, 2017 file photo, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson speaks at the State Department in Washington.

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    A Connecticut lawmaker is trying to make it so that all vehicles can alert drivers if a child is left in the back seat once the car is turned off.

    This year, at least 17 children have died nationwide from being left in a hot car.

    Senator Richard Blumenthal wants to change that number to zero.

    He plans to introduce the HOT CARS ACT, which stands for ‘Helping Overcome Trauma for Children Alone in the Rear Seat.’

    “The HOT CARS ACT will require cars to be equipped with sensors that alert parents when they are leaving a child in the back seat. And I predict that these sensors on cars will be as common as seat belts,” Blumenthal said.

    If a child is still in the car when the engine has turned off, that’s when the sensor would alert the driver. While the details of how they’d be alerted are unknown at this time, parent of two little girls, Sara Vollaro, of Hebron, thinks automakers could look at a sensor connected to car seats.

    "Maybe there’s some sort of sensor within the car seat system. They click when we have to click our car seats in now – (like) if it knows you have a car seat then it will know to check it,” Vollaro said.

    On July 7, 2014, 15-month-old Benjamin Seitz, of Ridgefield, lost his life when he was accidentally left inside a car by his father.

    Now sensors are sold as aftermarket devices and they are equipped in some car models.

    Kevin Borrup, associate director of the Injury Prevention Center at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, said he welcomes any lifesaving technology because accidents do happen.

    "It can be difficult to see if a child is in the back seat, especially infants. The American academy of pediatrics recommends that a child be rear facing until the age of two, so it’s understandable that a child that young and you’re driving, they may fall asleep and not make a sound and it’s very difficult to see from the front of the car whether that rear facing seat is occupied,” Borrup said.

    Blumenthal said there may be grandchildren or other people’s children that get in the car. He said if the device is made into a standard in the auto industry, the cost will be fairly inexpensive. The actual cost is unknown at this time.



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    Norman Road is closed in Griswold after a fatal scooter crash, dispatch said.

    The road is shut down near Hopeville Road (Route 201).

    Dispatch said the fatal accident involved a scooter operator.

    No other information was immediately available. 



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    An 18-year-old man in Bristol was arrested for vandalizing private and city owned property, police said.

    An officer went to 145 West Street to investigate a claim of vandalism at 8:17 a.m. on Wednesday. The resident reported damage done to his property, as well as, damage to property owned by the City of Bristol, according to police.

    The resident posted video from his home security cameras on Facebook in an attempt to identify the suspect.

    With help from the public, police were able to arrest Brandon Langan, 18, for a criminal mischief charge.

    Langan was released on a non-surety bond and will appear in Bristol Court later this month.



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    For law enforcement in Connecticut, the unprovoked attack that killed NYPD Officer Miosotis Familia is a reminder that police officers can become targets simply by putting on the uniform.

    NYPD investigators said Familia was sitting inside a police command vehicle with her partner in the Bronx on Wednesday morning when a man with a gun ambushed them.

    Police later confronted and killed the suspect, 34-year-old Alexander Bonds, after he pointed the gun at them, police said.

    Familia was a mother of three and 12-year veteran of the NYPD.

    “We’re grieving for the officer’s family, we’re grieving especially for her kids,” New Haven Police Department spokesman Officer David Hartman said. “This resonates through our building and the police department buildings across the state and country.”

    Hamden Police Chief Thomas Wydra learned about this latest murder of an on-duty police officer from a news alert.

    “It is obviously a horrifying reminder of how dangerous police work can be,” Wydra said. “Especially for those out in our streets and our neighborhoods who put on a uniform and get in a marked car.”

    Neither Hamden nor New Haven Police are planning any direct changes following the fatal shooting of Familia, but it serves as a reminder for officers to always be aware of their surroundings.

    “We tend not to sit in the patrol car with our head down in the computer writing reports,” Hartman said. “Rather, you pair up with somebody in another car and write the reports while somebody can look out for you.”

    Hartman said he hopes Familia can be remembered for her career of serving and protecting in the country’s largest city.

    “She needs to be remembered for being the hero she had been for over a decade and I’m sure that’s the way people will see her,” Hartman said.

    Members of the Hamden Police Department will likely attend whatever arrangements there are to honor Familia, Wydra said. He added that his have officers have unfortunately attended too many NYPD funerals.


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    Newington police are searching for a bank robbery suspect.

    A man wearing a dark colored t-shirt, black shorts, sunglasses and a light colored baseball cap walked into the Stop & Shop at 44 Fenn Road at 12:53 p.m. on Wednesday.

    The man approached the teller at the Peoples Bank and presented a note that said he had a gun, police said. 

    The teller provided the suspect with an undisclosed amount of money. 

    No weapon was shown during the incident.

    The suspect was seen leaving in a grey, newer model Chrysler Town and Country mini van with no registration plates.

    Anyone with information pertaining to this case is asked to contact Newington Detective Larry DeSimone or call (860) 594-6239. 



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    An 80-year-old man has been reported in Simsbury, police said.

    Joseph Hallifax was last seen wearing blue t-shirt and tan shorts on July 5. He is described as being 5 feet 11 inches with white hair and blue eyes, weighing about 220 pounds.

    Hallifax is possibly driving a tan-colored 2010 Mercury Grand Marquis with Connecticut plates.

    Anyone with information is asked to call Simsbury police at (860) 658-3100. 



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    Police are investigating an apparent murder-suicide in Bridgeport on Wednesday night. 

    Bridgeport police officer was flagged down around 7 p.m. for an emergency at the Trumbull Garden apartment complex on Trumbull Avenue. 

    Upon arrival, said said a husband and wife were found dead in an apartment. The daughter of the couple is the one who flagged down police. 

    Signs are pointing to murder suicide, Bridgeport officers told NBC Connecticut.

    The investigation is ongoing.

    This is an isolated incident and there's no risk to the public, according to police.




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