Articles on this Page
- 07/27/17--15:27: _Tree Falls on 16-Ye...
- 07/27/17--15:01: _'Nutmeg State Story...
- 07/27/17--15:03: _5-Year-Old, Man Sho...
- 07/27/17--18:04: _Cena the Military D...
- 07/27/17--16:21: _22 Arrested for Bre...
- 07/27/17--19:43: _Enfield Family Wait...
- 07/27/17--20:00: _People Want Better ...
- 07/27/17--21:09: _Former Whipping Pos...
- 07/27/17--21:10: _Milford Police Gett...
- 07/27/17--20:17: _Man Steals iPad, Ot...
- 07/27/17--20:10: _DEEP Looking to Exp...
- 07/27/17--21:08: _Hamden Police Searc...
- 07/27/17--20:33: _Rides Inspected by ...
- 07/28/17--04:01: _'Nightmare Is Over'...
- 07/28/17--04:04: _2 in Custody After ...
- 07/28/17--05:54: _CT Tax-Free Holiday...
- 07/28/17--08:38: _Crews Respond to Ga...
- 07/28/17--07:36: _Newborn Twins, Todd...
- 07/28/17--08:17: _Man Arrested After ...
- 07/28/17--08:30: _77-Year-Old Man Stu...
- 07/27/17--15:27: Tree Falls on 16-Year-Old in East Haven
- 07/27/17--15:01: 'Nutmeg State Story': Kidney Transplant Exchange Success
- 07/27/17--15:03: 5-Year-Old, Man Shot in East Hartford
- 07/27/17--18:04: Cena the Military Dog's Final Farewell
- 07/27/17--16:21: 22 Arrested for Breaches at White House, Capitol Since 2014
- 07/27/17--19:43: Enfield Family Waited More Than a Month for Pool Parts
- 07/27/17--20:00: People Want Better Care for American Flags in Plymouth
- 07/27/17--21:09: Former Whipping Post Removed From Waterbury's Green
- 07/27/17--21:10: Milford Police Getting Multiple Complaints About ATVs, Dirtbikes
- 07/27/17--20:17: Man Steals iPad, Other Electronics at College in Bridgeport
- 07/27/17--20:10: DEEP Looking to Expand Energy Rebates to Heating Oil Customers
- 07/27/17--21:08: Hamden Police Search for 9-Year-Old and Her Sister
- 07/27/17--20:33: Rides Inspected by CT State Officials After Ohio Accident
- 07/28/17--04:01: 'Nightmare Is Over': Dems React to Health Care Bill Failure
- 07/28/17--04:04: 2 in Custody After Police Chase and Crash: Police
- 07/28/17--05:54: CT Tax-Free Holiday Runs from Aug. 20 to Aug. 26
- Antique clothing
- Aprons (kitchen)
- Arm warmers
- Athletic socks
- Baseball hats
- Bathing caps
- Belts, suspenders, belt buckles
- Bicycle sneakers (without cleats)
- Chef uniforms
- Children’s bibs
- Clerical vestments and religious clothing
- Diapers (cloth or disposable, adult or child)
- Ear muffs
- Employee uniforms (such as police, fire, mechanics, nurses, postal)
- Formal wear gowns
- Formal wear rentals
- Foul weather gear
- Golf dresses and skirts
- Golf jackets
- Golf shirts
- Graduation caps and gowns
- Gym suits
- Hats, caps
- Fashion boots
- Jogging suits, sweat suits
- Leg warmers
- Leotards, tights;
- Nylons, hosiery -- Support hose specially designed to aid in the circulation of blood purchased by persons with medical need for the hose are exempt under Conn. Gen. Stat. §12-412(19) regardless of their cost.
- Overshoes, rubbers, boots
- Painter pants
- Rain jackets, rain suits, rain wear
- Rented uniforms
- Scout uniforms
- Shoes: aerobic, basketball, boat, running (without cleats), safety (suitable for everyday wear)
- Ski sweaters, ski jackets
- Sleepwear (nightgowns, pajamas)
- Square dancing clothes
- Swim suits
- Tennis clothing (dresses, hats, shorts, and skirts)
- Ties (men’s and women’s)
- Wedding gowns, headpieces, and veils
- Work clothes
- 07/28/17--08:38: Crews Respond to Gas Leak in Hartford
- 07/28/17--07:36: Newborn Twins, Toddler Lose Both Parents Just Days Apart
- 07/28/17--08:17: Man Arrested After Chase from Middletown to Hartford: Police
- 07/28/17--08:30: 77-Year-Old Man Stung By 'a Cloud' of Africanized Bees Dies
A tree fell on a teen in East Haven on Thursday, police dispatch said.
East Haven dispatch said crews responded to Jeffrey Road after a tree fell on a teen and trapped him.
East Haven firefighters were able to free him from under the tree.
The teen was transported to the hospital.
Police said he is in serious condition.
The scene is still active.
No other information was immediately available.e
Photo Credit: NBC Connecticut
When they started to fall in love in 1982, Jim Labati did not know what to expect when his wife Janet said she had something to tell him.
"I looked at her and said, 'Are you married?' She says no," Labati recalled. "I said, 'Are you pregnant?' She says no. 'Do you have a child?' She says no. She goes, 'I need a kidney'. I was so relieved and feeling relieved, I said, 'Oh I’ll give you a kidney'."
Kidney disease has taken a toll on Janet’s life since she was 10 years old.
"As much as I’ve been challenged medically," Janet said. "I feel that I am a very lucky woman."
Last year, she learned her second transplanted kidney was failing.
"I contacted hospice to discuss end of life care," Janet said. "I couldn’t imagine going back to dialysis for the rest of my life, never dreamed I would have had a third transplant."
That’s when Dr. Peter Yoo and the Paired Kidney Transplant Program at Yale-New Haven Hospital stepped in.
"Her husband was willing to donate," Woo said. "But they were incompatible."
Fortunately, Jim’s kidney was a match for another recipient in need of a kidney and the transplant team was able to pair Janet with her perfect match.
"We think this is a record," Yale-New Haven Health President Rick D’Aquila said. "We know this is a record for Connecticut."
Between May 9 and June 21, the Yale-New Haven Transplantation Center completed a series of connected and successful surgical procedures for an 18-patient, nine-kidney exchange.
"Everybody was going to get an appropriate kidney for them," Yoo said. "And we’re going to overcome some otherwise insurmountable hurdles."
All but four of the donors and recipients are from Connecticut.
"It’s a real Nutmeg state story," Yoo said.
On Thursday afternoon, the group gathered together to celebrate this medical milestone.
"Fast forward 35 years later and here I am," Jim said. "I donated a kidney so Janet could receive a kidney. The moral of a story is a woman never forgets a promise."
"I don’t think anything comes close to defining love more than what you did," Janet said. "I thank you for that."
Photo Credit: Yale-New Haven Hospital
A 5-year-old and one man were shot in East Hartford on Thursday, police said.
The incident happened on Great Hill Road just before 4 p.m. Police said the child lives in the home, but the 19-year-old who was also shot does not.
Crime scene tape is blocking off the road while police investigate.
Police said the injuries are non-life threatening.
An ambulance transported both the victims to Hartford Hospital.
No body is in police custody.
NBC Connecticut crews are at the scene gathering more information.
No other information was immediately available.
Photo Credit: NBC Connecticut
A 5-year-old child was among two people shot on Great Hill Road in East Hartford on Thursday.
Marine Corporal Jeff DeYoung and his canine combat partner, Cena, served at the front lines together, transitioned back to civilian life together and, as Cena was diagnosed with bone cancer, took a final ride together. WOOD-TV's Lynsey Mukomel reports.
At least 22 people have been arrested and prosecuted for breaching security at the White House or U.S. Capitol since the beginning of 2014, according to an investigation by the News4 I-Team. The cases include a fast-rising number of White House fence jumpers and people deliberately violating security perimeters on Capitol grounds.
The I-Team’s review reveals the legal system is struggling to prevent the risk of repeat offenders. Almost all of those arrested since 2014 are free from custody, many are undergoing mental health or competency screenings, several have violated court orders to stay away from government buildings, and at least two of them are missing and being sought by law enforcement.
White House Security Breaches Since 2014:
Federal law enforcement agencies do not release official counts or lists of arrests at the White House or Capitol, so the I-Team scoured four years of federal court records to compile an exhaustive list of cases since 2014, some of which were not publicized by authorities. An overwhelming majority of the cases involved men and women who reside far from the metropolitan Washington, D.C., region and made long trips to commit the breaches.
According to former U.S. Secret Service employees, the I-Team’s findings raise concern fence jumpers are spawning copycats and increasing the risk to government officials and tourists who gather along White House and U.S. Capitol grounds.
Former agent Robert Caltabiano said an incendiary political culture and social media are fueling anger and protest.
“Unfortunately, I think we’re going to see more of this,” Caltabiano said. “The vitriol, the fighting of people just going to events.”
“If you look at how people view Congress and the president, I think there’s the angst of people are so fed up with certain things,” he said.
At least two of the incidents since 2014 resulted in gunfire from law enforcement, increasing the risk to tourists, police and workers nearby. Jesse Olivieri of Pennsylvania pleaded guilty to a federal charge five months after he was arrested for pulling a semiautomatic gun near U.S. Secret Service outside the south entrance of the White House. Agents fired and struck Olivieri, who was wounded and served less than five months in jail.
In a March 2016 incident, police arrested Larry Dawson for brandishing an item appearing to be a gun inside the U.S. Capitol Visitors Center. U.S. Capitol Police opened fire at Douglas, who was wounded and later pleaded guilty to a charge of assaulting or impeding officers. Visitors, including children, fled and sheltered on Capitol grounds during the gunfire, according to court records.
Several people arrested for breaches since 2014 were repeat offenders, who had violated stay away orders from the court by approaching White House grounds.
Marci Wahl of the state of Washington is facing criminal charges, accused of trying to jump the White House fence three times in one week in March.
Alicia Keppler of South Carolina pleaded guilty to a charge of entering restricted grounds in mid-July. According to the I-Team review of her case, prosecutors accused Keppler of attempting to breach White House security on two consecutive Fourth of July holidays and during the annual White House Easter Egg Roll.
Kenneth Kohl, deputy chief of the national security section for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia, said federal prosecutors vigorously prosecute breaches.
“We take the cases very seriously,” Kohl said. “If someone jumps the White House fence or attempts to jump the White House fence, were going to prosecute that case."
At least 17 of the 22 cases involved people who lived in states outside the mid-Atlantic.
Jonathan Tran of California traveled across the country before scaling the White House fence. According to court filings, Tran remained undetected on the grounds for several minutes while carrying a backpack. Secret Service officers found and arrested Tran on the South Lawn. He pleaded guilty to a federal charge in July and declined to answer when the I-Team asked him why he breached security. He’s scheduled to be sentenced in September and is free from custody pending the sentencing hearing.
Joseph Caputo of Connecticut traveled to D.C. to jump the White House fence on Thanksgiving Day 2015. He did so wrapped in a U.S. flag while carrying a binder and a rewritten version of the U.S. Constitution, according to his attorneys and court filings. Caputo pleaded guilty to a federal charge in January and avoided prison time, receiving a sentence of supervised parole.
“I had my own intentions,” Caputo told the I-Team in January. “I’ll speak about them at a later date. The main point was the binder.”
The I-Team review shows at least two of the 22 people arrested for breaches are missing and being pursued by authorities.
A D.C. Superior Court judge issued a warrant for Antonio Pierorazio of Pennsylvania, who failed to show for a court hearing in his case. U.S. Capitol Police arrested Pierorazio in July 2015 for ramming his vehicle into a barricade on the south side of the U.S. Capitol complex. A judge had ordered mental health screenings for Pierorazio. According to reports, Pierorazio claimed the FBI had implanted chips in him before the incident.
Jose Fuertes is also a fugitive, according to the I-Team review of court filings. U.S. Secret Service arrested Fuertes in March 2016 for jumping a White House bike rack-style security barrier. The I-Team review showed Fuertes failed to show for an April 2016 hearing. A judge issued a warrant for his arrest.
D.C.’s Metropolitan Police Department is the agency assigned to find the two men. Neither has been located or arrested.
“Our Criminal Apprehension Unit is committed to ensuring these individuals, and any individuals who have outstanding warrants are apprehended so they can answer to the charges that have been brought against them,” a spokeswoman said.
Judges ordered mental health screenings or counseling in 15 of the 22 security breach cases, including several still pending in D.C. federal court. The screenings and mental health care has stalled some of the criminal proceedings, the I-Team found.
Sean Keoughan of Roanoke, Virginia, is still waiting to proceed with his criminal case after a March 2017 arrest by U.S. Secret Service. Keoughan is charged with a federal crime after being accused of driving a stolen truck to a White House checkpoint, claiming to have a bomb in the trunk. He is committed to the custody of the New York Metropolitan Correctional Center for mental evaluations.
Jean-Paul Gamarra is also being held at the New York Metropolitan Correctional Center after his arrest by U.S. Secret Service. The I-Team’s review of court records shows the feds have accused Gamarra of having three run-ins with U.S. Secret Service at the White House. He was arrested in March for leaving a suspicious package with a threatening message by a security fence. He was ordered to return for further mental health care in mid-July.
Hearings are also stalled for Wahl, the Washington state woman accused of making three fence jumping attempts in one week in March.
Jessica Ford of Tennessee is scheduled for a hearing in September. Prosecutors said Ford attempted to scale the fence in May but also violated an order from the court to stay away from the White House in early July. Ford pleaded not guilty and has been ordered to undergo a doctor’s review.
Caltabiano said U.S. Secret Service must prepare for encounters with the mentally ill when guarding the White House. He said mental health concerns raise the risk to officers and the trespassers themselves, because communication is often challenging.
“When the individual is over the fence and they’re running on the grounds of the White House, you don’t have time to decipher whether they’re mentally ill or they have ill intentions of harming the president,” Caltabiano said.
Photo Credit: Madison Walls/NBC
This story uses functionality that may not work in our app. Click here to open the story in your web browser.
When the hot sun shines down on Karen DiFronzo’s backyard in Enfield, her pool offers the perfect relief.
"We are the family house. We are the ones that everybody comes to on the weekend and we swim and we grill and it’s just great,” DiFronzo said.
That was all put on hold at the start of the summer when DiFronzo noticed the pool liner ripped. She ordered a new one from Namco. The store told her the liner and accompanying parts should arrive in one to two weeks.
“We had the liner within a week. It was the pool tops that took the extended time,” DiFronzo said.
When DiFronzo called Namco for an update, an employee told her the order would take another couple of weeks.
Two weeks after that, DiFronzo still didn’t have the parts or an update. She went to the store in person and that’s when she found out Namco no longer carries the parts for her pool, which is an older model. The store had to order them from a vendor in Canada, which didn’t have them in the right color. Employees didn’t know when they’d arrive.
"You cannot install the liner without the parts. So we were looking at a lovely ring and dirt for quite a while," DiFronzo said.
DiFronzo was worried she wouldn’t be able to swim for the rest of the season. She contacted NBC Connecticut Responds to see if we could get some answers for her.
Almost immediately after NBC Connecticut Responds reached out to Namco, DiFronzo received a tracking number. The parts arrived a few days later.
Namco apologized for the lengthy delay and refunded half the cost of the parts.
"I am extremely happy with the resolution. And I don't think I would have gotten that resolution without reaching out to NBC. So it's fantastic," DiFronzo said.
Photo Credit: NBC Connecticut
A patriotic Main Street staple in Plymouth is picking up controversy after some said the city isn't helping keep up the display.
"Things like this go left undone," Janet Sweeney said.
Bent, battered, worn and torn is not how Janet Sweeney pictures Old Glory.
"What's more patriotic than your flag?" Sweeney said.
But that's how many of the American flags along Main Street in downtown Plymouth are flying or in her eyes failing.
"When you put the flags up and you don't take care of them it's disrespectful, it contradicts what you're trying to do," Sweeney said.
The American Legion said it along with the Chamber of Commerce and Parks and Recreation put up hundreds of the flags every year after Memorial Day. The flags stay up through Flag Day but some don't always weather the storms.
"They get tethered very fast," John Sutula said
Sutula, a Legion member, said he and others take pride in the flags but keeping them in shape is a battle against Mother Nature.
"I think the weather is a big challenge the wind just wrapping them up you know," Sutula said.
The Legion said the biggest challenge in keeping up the flags is finding volunteers and the equipment to repair and replace them.
"We just go on this side of the street so I didn't notice the wear and tear," Monica Ficher said.
Ficher said she's only noticed the newly replaced flags on part of Main Street and understands upkeep is a major undertaking.
"They don't have to do it they are volunteering so it's really nice when we're walking, she likes to look at them my daughter," Ficher said.
Still some like Sweeney said they'd like to see the sad flags get the TLC they said the Red White and Blue deserves.
"It's wonderful in town but you have to be consistent and they're not. This side of town isn't any less important than that side of town," Sweeney said.
Photo Credit: NBC Connecticut
A controversial display has been removed from Waterbury’s Green.
On Thursday, Mayor Neil O’Leary announced a former whipping post would be taken out.
"We don’t want anybody to feel anxiety or to feel fear. The Green is the center of the city of Waterbury," O’Leary said.
NBC Connecticut has not yet heard back from city staff about what was done with the post and where it might have been taken.
The post had been used for displaying messages.
But then recently its role as a whipping post during Colonial times came to light again after a local librarian published a story online.
"It’s history for not only the African American culture but it’s history of public humiliation, history of our city, we want people to hear about it, to see it, to see it in a more appropriate location," Ginne-Rae Clay, Greater Waterbury NAACP acting president, said.
In the past week, O’Leary said his office received a flood of comments about this post.
Some wanted it destroyed, while others preferred it stayed on the Green with a plaque explaining its significance.
"I had no problem with it. I would have left it there because it’s a piece of history," Tracy George, of Waterbury, said.
After meeting with the NAACP on Thursday, the mayor chose another option and hopes the post ends up at the Mattatuck Museum, which is located at the other end of the Green.
"It is probably better off in a museum to keep people from having such an issue with it," Kathleen Calloway of Waterbury, said.
The mayor calls this a good learning experience for his now diverse city and hopes that education continues with the post in a museum.
Photo Credit: NBC Connecticut
The Milford Police Department is making a plea to parents to keep their kids off ATVs and dirt bikes.
The department posted on its Facebook page:
"MPD has received numerous reports of children riding dirt bikes and ATV's on public roadway. Parents please do not allow your children to do so. Safety is our focus, and this activity puts many people at risk of being seriously injured."
According to police, they are commonly spotted around the Milford Green and on the roads near the beaches.
Andrew Kucewicz has seen ATVs and dirt bikes multiple times by Walnut Beach.
"I hear a lot of them going by," Kucewicz said. "It can be daytime, night time."
Some in the community worry about the risks they pose on the roads.
Resident Joanne Dohney has not had a personal encounter with the riders, but wonders what would happen if she did.
"It could be a nuisance if I’m driving and I get startled," Dohney said.
For Kucewicz, an established location for those riders, other than public roadways, is the logical solution.
"I believe in their right to ride. I believe in the trucks, the quads, the motorcycles, but they should all push for a designated are in the city. I think that would be a good idea and solve a lot of problems and there would be an end to the complaints," Kucewicz said.
Until that time, Milford police remind people that it is illegal to ride ATVs and dirt bikes on public roadways and on the beaches. If anyone is having an issue with them, they are encouraged to contact the department.
Photo Credit: Facebook
A man stole an iPad and other electronics at a community college in Bridgeport on Tuesday.
Police are searching for the man who entered a room at the Housatonic Community College on Lafayette Boulevard at 6:45 a.m.
The man reportedly stole a black iPad, a black Galaxy S6 and a black iPhone 5, according to Bridgeport police.
Bridgeport police said the man was seen leaving the school at 6:50 a.m. and was seen walking on Lafayette Boulevard towards State Street before crossing the street towards Broad Street.
He is described as being up to 5 feet 8 inches, between 150 and 180 pounds, wearing a gray t-shirt, green cargo shorts and black sneakers.
Anyone who thinks they may have any information about the identity or whereabouts of the suspect, or has any information about the larceny and stolen items is asked to please call Trooper Castillo #623 at (203) 696-2500 or text TIP711 with any information to 274637. All calls and texts will remain confidential.
Photo Credit: Bridgeport Police
Currently, home heating oil customers do not contribute to the state fund that provides rebates for homeowners who renovate their homes to make them more energy efficient.
The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) is now exploring tacking on a fee to home heating oil bills to allow those customers to be eligible for such discounts.
“By bringing them into the program, having a stable funding source for those efficiencies we can see those customers benefitting where right now they’re often excluded from the program,” said Robert Klee, DEEP’s Commissioner.
All electrical and natural gas customers pay into the program, and the fee is calculated based on usage. For instance, on a roughly $25 Connecticut Natural Gas bill, the energy conservation surcharge amounts to .28 cents. The fee varies by usage and by a provider.
Klee stressed that the agency is merely considering a draft policy on how to bring home heating oil and propane customers into the program. The current proposal floats a five cent per gallon fee onto each gallon of oil a customer purchases.
“This is only a draft,” Klee said.
He says to level the playing for all customers, it makes sense for all energy buyers to have the same options when it comes to state subsidies and the ability to install new HVAC, insulation, and other energy efficiency upgrades with state help.
Silver alerts have been issued for a 9-year-old girl and her 12-year-old sister in Hamden.
Julianna Hernandez was last seen on Thursday wearing a black t-shirt, blue jeans and black sandals.
Police said they do not believe she is in any danger. She was last seen on Thursday afternoon with her sister, 12-year-old Rebecca Hernandez, at their home on Windsor Road around 4:30 p.m.
There is a silver alert issued for both the sisters.
Police believe the two are driving a black 2014 Nissan Altima with Connecticut plates: AA56013. The car and keys that were at the home on Windsor Road are missing.
Hernandez is described as being 4 feet 8 inches tall, weighing about 70 pounds. She has brown hair and brown eyes.
Police did not provide the media with a photo of Rebecca.
Patrol officers are checking locations of family members.
Anyone with information is asked to call Hamden Police at (203) 230-4000.
As a terrifying and deadly accident at an Ohio carnival is being investigated, the crash is causing concerns in Connecticut.
NBC Connecticut got the chance to follow inspectors with the Connecticut State Police Fire and Explosion Investigation Unit as they checked all 13 of the rides at the Savin Rock Festival in West Haven.
Detective Paul Makuc, with the Connecticut State Police Fire and Explosion Investigation Unit, started with the safety restraints on the Dragon Wagon.
"I’m just ensuring that the lap bars are all in proper working order," Makuc said. "We’re inspecting also for any sharp edges or any hazards that may exist inside the cars."
To make sure the cars are attached securely together.
"We inspect just to make sure that all the welds are tight, all the bolts are connected to cars together are tight," the detective said.
Brian Kaman, of New Haven, plans to attend the festival. He watched the inspectors checking the rides.
"These guys take it seriously. No one wants anybody to get hurt," Kaman said.
George Marenna III, the owner of Marenna Amusements, doesn’t want that either. Before State Police begins their inspection, they have their own safety measures they have to check for.
"We make sure it’s properly assembled. We have a training course for our crew in the beginning of the season to make sure they know how to set up the ride from start to finish. There’s actually a manual with each piece of equipment," Marenna said.
Marenna said they also have to make sure the ground is level for every ride.
Connecticut State Police said the safety check passed for the rides at the Savin Rock Festival.
The ride, the Fireball, was inspected the same day of the malfunction in Ohio and everything was rated satisfactory.
NBC Connecticut reached out to a firm that performs forensic investigations of amusement accidents like the one in Ohio.
Jamie Williams, PhD with Robson Forensic out of Lancaster in Pennsylvania said they would typically get called in after first responders finished their work at the scene.
Though her team hasn't been activated to Ohio, she explained pinning down a cause.
"Whether metallic, plastic or otherwise, was this a slow process that led to their failures or was there some acute immediate event that caused either the connecting components to fall apart and disassemble or did something actually fracture or break?" Williams explained.
Ohio's state fair, like many fairs in Connecticut, aren't permanent; They travel and Williams said that can put stress on parts.
"Anytime you have a device of this magnitude repeatedly assembled and disassembled and reassembled you run into the opportunity where metallic and plastic components, during the assembly and disassembly process can be exposed to stresses that can cause damage," Williams said.
Williams said there are other impacts during the transporting of rides that can affect the equipment.
"There are environmental conditions that can play a role in how well they're able to bear or transfer a load. You also have situations where during travel via truck, where you could have instances of vibrations, that could loosen different aspects," Williams told the NBC Connecticut Troubleshooters.
Williams explained assembly and inspection would include checking for connections and possible damage.
The NBC Connecticut Troubleshooters requested the state of Ohio's inspection of the Fireball. All items were satisfactory.
Documents also show last October, an engineering firm visually inspected the ride's structural components. They did an ultrasonic examination of 24 gondola arm pins and no defects were found.
Williams said in addition to examining the structure of the ride, investigators will look at the debris field and how far away the pieces were spread out from the ride.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission tells the NBC Connecticut Troubleshooters they too are investigating.
The GOP took a hard blow early Friday when its Health Care Freedom Act, dubbed the "skinny repeal" of "Obamacare," failed to pass in the Senate in a late-night 49–51 vote.
Republican Senators John McCain, Lisa Murkowski and Susan Collins crossed party lines to cast key votes to defeat the measure, with McCain's move drawing cheers from the Democrats on the Senate floor.
As news of the bill's failure spread, social media erupted with reactions from Washington.
President Donald Trump was not happy with the results, tweeting about 2:30 a.m. ET, "3 Republicans and 48 Democrats let the American people down. As I said from the beginning, let ObamaCare implode, then deal. Watch!"
Read how Senate Democrats responded to their victory.
Photo Credit: Andrew Harnik/AP, File
This story uses functionality that may not work in our app. Click here to open the story in your web browser.
Senate Minority Leader Sen. Chuck Schumer of N.Y. pauses during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, July 18, 2017. President Donald Trump blasted congressional Democrats and "a few Republicans" over the collapse of the GOP effort to rewrite the Obama health care law. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
Two people who led police on a chase in a stolen car are in custody after getting into a crash after the pursuit ended, according to state police.
State police said troopers from Troop H in Hartford tried to stop a stolen vehicle on Interstate 84, near exit 43 in Vernon, at 4:15 a.m. and state troopers ended the chase.
The stolen vehicle later crashed near exit 66 and the people who were in the car fled, according to state police.
Two occupants have been located and are in custody, according to state police.
No injuries are reported.
Photo Credit: NBCConnecticut.com
Whether you need to do back-to-school shopping or you’re looking to update your wardrobe, the week of Aug. 20 is the best time to do it.
The annual Connecticut tax holiday runs from Sunday, Aug. 20 through Saturday, Aug. 26.
This means there is a one-week sales and use tax exclusion for clothing and footwear costing less than $100. Learn more about what is exempt and what’s not here:
Here are some examples of clothing and shoes that are exempt during the tax-free week when they are sold for less than $100
Examples of Clothing or Footwear That Are Exempt When Sold for Less Than $100:
Photo Credit: NBC10
There is a gas leak at Cromwell Street and Campfield Avenue in Hartford after a construction company hit a line, according to police.
CNG crews have responded and are making repairs.
Photo Credit: NBCConnecticut.com
A set of newborn twins and their 1-year-old sister were orphaned after a series of tragic events claimed the life of their father and then their mother just days later.
The children’s 26-year-old father, Jevaughn Suckoo, was fatally shot on July 11 at his Florida home in a gated community in West Palm Beach, according to a Palm Beach Post database. Police ruled Suckoo’s death a homicide.
Three days later, Suckoo’s pregnant girlfriend, Stephanie Caceres, gave birth to the couple’s twin boy and girl. According to Caceres’ family, she developed an infection from the C-section and was admitted to the hospital’s intensive care unit. She died 10 days later, the same day Suckoo's family laid him to rest.
"She always told me that she had a dream of taking care of me because I have diabetes. And she always told me 'mom I'm going to take care of you,' not knowing that I'm going to be taking care of her kids," Stephanie's mother, Irma Meza, said in an interview in Spanish with NBC affiliate WPTV.
The couple also leave behind their 1-year-old daughter Kailanie. The family says that the children’s grandparents will now take custody and raise all three of their grandchildren.
"We're just devastated," Joni Saunders, Suckoo's aunt told WPTV. "They were looking forward to the twins coming. Then tragedy, a double whammy hit. Now we're just trying figure out how to move forward."
The couple’s family set up a gofundme page in the children’s names in effort to raise money for health care, education and support.
Photo Credit: GoFundMe
A South Florida mother died from complications of child birth just days after her boyfriend was fatally shot at their West Palm Beach home.
A 20-year-old Middletown man was arrested after a police chase from Middletown to Hartford that exceeded 110 miles per hour, according to Middletown police.
Police said the incident started just after 2 p.m. Thursday when they received a suspicious person complaint near Wharfside Commons on Ferry Street. The caller said someone in a dark blue BMW brandished a handgun and the car was heading toward DeKoven Drive.
Police responded and the driver fled from Middletown to Cromwell, Rocky Hill and Berlin, police said.
Hartford police officers found the vehicle there and used stop sticks to stop it, police said. Cshayquan Sutherland, 20of Middletown, ran from the vehicle but was taken into custody.
He was charged with reckless driving, engaging in a police pursuit, interfering with an officer, reckless endangerment and other charges.
Sutherland was held on a $100,000 bond and is due in court today.
Police said a passenger who was in the car is still at large.
Photo Credit: Middletown Police
A 77-year-old man has died after being stung hundreds of times by a swarm of Africanized bees while on a walk in his high desert neighborhood, a relative said Thursday.
The victim, identified by his nephew only as Larry, was walking Monday near his home in Oak Hills, a desert community near Hesperia, when the bees, known colloquially as "killer bees," attacked. He was found by his nephew, who pulled him to safety inside the home and called paramedics before beginning to pull hundreds of stingers out of Larry's skin.
"He's been stung so many times, and there was just a cloud of bees around him and crawling all over him and stinging him," the nephew told NBC4 on Tuesday.
Larry was airlifted to Loma Linda University Medical Center, where he was treated for hundreds of bee stings.
According to doctors, bee stings can be fatal if the victim is allergic and does not seek immediate treatment.
Photo Credit: KNBC-TV
A man was attacked by hundreds of bees on Monday, July 24, 2017.