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- 05/06/14--18:47: Crash Closes Route 539/Mountain Road in Granby
- 05/06/14--19:48: Catalytic Converters Stolen From Waterbury Commuter Lots
- 05/06/14--20:03: Hartford Police Seek 2013 Homicide Suspect
- 05/06/14--20:24: Truancy Canvassing in New Haven
- 05/06/14--22:26: Comments by Hartford Council Member Cause Firestorm
- 05/07/14--14:15: Car Follows Obama Motorcade
- 05/07/14--03:56: University of New Haven Grad Makes it to Top 5 on “The Voice”
- 05/07/14--12:35: Injured Officer Rescues Fleeing Driver from Burning Car
- 05/07/14--07:11: Two Drivers Hospitalized in Wallingford Crash
- 05/07/14--07:48: Bristol Police Arrest Suspected Mercedes Thief
- 05/07/14--15:33: Deadly Fla. Fire Intentionally Set
- 05/07/14--15:15: 2 in Custody After Student Stabbed at Bulkeley High School
- 05/07/14--14:33: Special Night for New Milford Prom Prince & Princess
- 05/07/14--13:28: Man and Aunt Arrested in Drug Bust at Middletown Apartment
- 05/07/14--14:37: Driver Extricated After Car Crashes Off I-95
- 05/07/14--14:27: Man Injured in Shooting Outside Bridgeport Nightclub
- 05/07/14--15:02: Slow Recovery For Man Struck During Theft of Hasselhoff Signs
- 05/07/14--15:14: Route 169 Closed in Woodstock
- 05/07/14--03:56: Crews Battle Massive House Fire in Morris
- 05/07/14--15:10: Oxford Man Charged With Murder in Fatal Shooting of Wife
Route 539/Mountain Road is closed between Route 20/Hartland Boulevard and Route 189/North Granby Road in Granby after a car struck a utility pole Tuesday night, according to Granby police.
Police said only one car was involved in the crash and injuries were minor.
Crews are on scene working to replace the utility pole that was struck and damaged.
Granby police said the road will remain closed for 8-10 hours.
Check back for updates.
Caught on camera! Crooks break into a Waterbury auto shop and take off with catalytic converters. Police said they’re dealing with a spike in these thefts across the city and are working to put a stop to the crimes.
Surveillance video from Saturday night shows a van pull up to Precision Autoworks on Thomaston Avenue in Waterbury. A man gets dropped off and heads to the back parking lot. He knows cameras are rolling, so he shields his face with a hood, grabs a rock and throws it at a motion sensor light so he can’t be seen. When that doesn’t work, he dismantles it. Then a surveillance camera is turned away, so the crime that’s about to happen isn’t recorded.
“The rage sets in," said owner Alex Fernandez. "Oh my god, someone came on my property and did this.”
Fernandez said his employee started up a car Monday morning, heard it rumbling and realized the catalytic converter was gone.
“At first it’s like, where do you turn, what do you do?” Fernandez said.
They were missing from nine other cars too, and Fernandez said fixing the damage would cost $10,000.
Fernandez said the man seen on surveillance video and his accomplice are the ones who ripped them off and made a hole in the back fence to haul the converters out.
“Something like this happens… it’s pretty disheartening,” Fernandez said.
A few miles away, at Loehmann Chevrolet, more than a dozen catalytic converters were stolen from their lot late last week, workers said. The same thing happened in March.
Investigators said drivers have been getting victimized in commuter lots across the city.
Waterbury police have started extra patrols in the affected areas. Precision Autoworks is also stepping up security in case the crooks show up again.
“Don't come back because if you do we'll be waiting for you,” Fernandez said.
Police said it's not clear if all the crimes are linked.
Photo Credit: Precision Autoworks
Security footage shows this man stealing catalytic converters from Precision Autoworks in Waterbury on Saturday night.
Police are looking for the man accused of shooting and killing a 39-year-old Hartford man in the city last September.
Authorities are searching for Shadeed Islam, 34, in connection with the fatal shooting of Kareem Lewis on Sept. 19, 2013. It happened in the area of Sout hmarshall and Case Streets, police said.
Lewis was found with a gunshot wound to the torso. He was taken to Saint Francis Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, police said.
Detectives have identified Islam as the suspected shooter. Police obtained an arrest warrant for Islam on April 28 and are searching for him. Islam's bond is set at $5 million and he'll face murder charges, police said.
Islam has a criminal record, with 39 previous arrests in Hartford, including narcotics and firearms violations, according to police.
The gun used in the fatal shooting has not been recovered. Police said Islam may be armed and dangerous.
Anyone with information about Islam is urged to call Hartford Police Sgt. Brandon O'Brien at 860-757-4089. Anonymous tips can be submitted to 860-722-TIPS.
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Hartford police are searching for Shadeed Islam in connection with a 2013 homicide.
From one Fair Haven street to the next volunteers knocked.
These were some very important "door-to-door salespeople" that worked in New Haven Tuesday night.
The superintendent of schools and the chief of police were knocking on doors in the Fair Haven and Hill neighborhoods selling the importance of showing up for school.
Tuesday's truancy canvas was the second in a series of efforts by Mayor Toni Harp's office to talk to families of at-risk kids. Three weeks ago the target was those on the cusp of violence. This was on those who may be cutting class.
And those these parents mostly shied away from NBC Connecticut cameras they took information from principals and school employees. Truancy officer Michelle Sepulveda said parents were asking for help
"[They wanted] resources, definitely, after-school programs," Sepulveda said relating a story about a father she spoke with who works long hours. The father said the mother could use some more support because he's not really there to help out.
In all they hit 12 homes as a part of Tuesday's community canvas on truancy. It was the second in an initiative launched by Mayor Toni Harp to engage disengaged kids. Tuesday focused on the Hill and Fair Haven neighborhoods.
"Just not showing up at school for a few days may seem like a simple thing but it's the first steps down the path that nobody wants these kids to be on," said Garth Harries, superintendent of schools.
Dr. Abie Benitez, principal of the Christopher Columbus--says it's about parents as much as the kids
"Parents were really grateful to see people come to their door and talk to them to see if they had any concerns," Benitez said. "They also showed little bit of surprise that there are so many resources and they may not know about them.
It's an idea that's getting support from busy parents
"They need to be in school every day and they need to be in after-school programs," said Nuelma Rodriguez. "If they do more activity here in school it's much better for them in the future, they can go to college."
School officials tell us they plan to do more truancy canvassing saying this issue touches every community across the city.
It started with a comment Hartford City Councilmember Cynthia Jennings made Monday night at a budget meeting. The words caught on tape created a firestorm that upset many who serve and protect the City of Hartford.
"We as people that work in this city recognize that it is not a high skill set to be a police officer or a dispatcher, and it's a high amount of pay and excellent benefits," said Jennings in a recording NBC Connecticut obtained from Hartford Public Access.
The Hartford Police Union President, Richard Holton, called the comment unacceptable.
"There's no police officer in this State of Connecticut, my city, or throughout the country that gets paid enough for what they do," said Holton. "They put their lives on the line every single day not knowing if they're going to come home to see their wife or children. To make that comment I thought was just out of line."
Later in the same forum the councilmember did attempt to clarify, calling it a misunderstanding. She added that many in her family are in law enforcement.
"I just want to say to every Hartford police officer that it is not my intention to denigrate them," Jennings said in the meeting.
NBC Connecticut caught up with Jennings following Tuesday night's budget meeting. When asked if she wished she had not said her earlier comment, she responded that her words were taken out of context but did not back down.
"The chief said that it required a high school diploma. That's not a high skill set," said Jennings.
She went on to say, "I'm not saying you don't have to develop a skill set, but in order to be hired as a Hartford police officer it's not a specialized skill set."
The councilmember says she simply meant the police department needs to do more to hire those living in the city since only 16% are currently residents.
The police department had no comment on the matter.
In a letter Police Chief James Rovella sent to officers, which NBC Connecticut obtained from a source inside the department, it said the Jenning's comment was not made to belittle officers and went on to say, "Please extend the benefit of the doubt to her on this matter. Please join me in ending this misunderstanding here and now."
"I wish people had heard the entire context of what I said," said Jennings.
Mayor Pedro Segarra had no comment.
Holton hopes Jennings reaches out to officers in person to explain that she did not mean to insult them or their profession.
A Maryland man has been charged for following a Secret Service motorcade into a closed porion of Pennsylvania Avenue.
Just after 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, a man in a Honda Civic closely trailed the motorcade taking the president’s daughters home through the Pennsylvania Avenue entrance to the White House.
According to court documents, the driver of the Civic followed the motorcade so closely that guards were unable to raise gate bollards in order to stop him. The driver passed a large 'Do Not Enter Sign' and entered the 1600 block of Pennsylvania Avenue NW.
An officer controlling traffic in the area stepped in front of the Civic and halted the driver, who has been identified as 55-year-old Matthew Evan Goldstein.
Goldstein is facing charges of unlawful entry.
The incident caused gridlock in the area as uniformed Secret Service agents kept people out of the area and the plaza on Pennsylvania Avenue was closed for more than 45 minutes.
A graduate of the University of New Haven has snagged a spot in the top five on NBC's popular singing show “The Voice.”
Kristen Merlin, Team Shakira’s last remaining artist in the competition, jumped for joy Tuesday night when she was announced as a member of the final five contestants.
Merlin, originally of Hanson, Mass., attended the University of new Haven from 2003-2007 and graduated with a degree in Music and Sound Recording, according to her personal Web site.
Merlin’s music career began years ago when her mother brought home an acoustic guitar and Merlin taught herself to play, the site says. Soon after, she started writing her own music and performed at UNH’s open mic nights.
She moved back to Massachusetts after graduation and sang at karaoke bars, then joined a duo called Circling Straight with an old friend, Kristin Pimental. They performed together for about a year before Merlin broke off and launched her solo career, according to her Web site.
Boston Nightlife Awards named her South Shore’s Best Acoustic Solo Act in 2009, and she later became lead singer for the cover bands Artic Playground and Six Foot Sunday, according to her site. She’s now the lead singer of the Kristen Merlin Band and is recording her first album.
UNH students held a viewing party Monday night to watch Merlin’s performance on “The Voice” and cheer her on.
“It was definitely a great performance. I’m very glad she’s representing us,” said UNH senior Ryan Kondracki. “It just makes you feel like this university is great for all those that want to accomplish something.”
Merlin will appear on “The Voice” again next Monday.
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University of New Haven graduate Kristen Merlin has scored a spot in the top five on NBC's "The Voice."
An New Haven police officer injured when a utility pole fell on his cruiser rescued the fleeing driver who crashed into the pole from his burning vehicle.
Officer Michael Criscuolo witnessed Gerald Haag, 52, of North Branford, run a red light at 1:06 a.m. at the Grand Avenue and Front Street intersection on Wednesday, but when he tried to pull him over, he drove away, police said. Criscuolo pursued the car in a chase that lasted .7 miles.
When Haag crashed into a utility pole by 185 Front St., the pole snapped and landed on Criscuolo's windshield. Haag's vehicle caught fire and the blaze spread to the home at that address.
Criscuolo, although injured, got out of f his cruiser and ran to pull Haag from the burning car through the passenger door.
Officer Jaime Franceschi arrived soonafter on scene and evacuated two residents who were inside the home at the time of the fire.
Firefighters responded and put out the fire by 1:57 a.m.
Criscuolo and Haag were transported to Yale-New Haven Hospital to be treated for minor injuries.
Haag, a convicted felon without a driver's licence, faces motor vehicle and criminal charges.Connecticut State Police have a warrant out for his arrest in a separate larceny incident.
The utility pole accident knocked out power for hundreds of residents work to restore power was underway early this morning.
New Haven's Accident Investigation Team is "reviewing the events of the crash" and will make the findings available to the public when the investigation is complete, police said in a news release.
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Police are investigating head-on collision in Wallingford that hospitalized both drivers with serious injuries late evening Tuesday.
Driver Saida Safyane, 51, was extricated from her Chevrolet Aveo after the Kia Forte Karen Boughton-Michaud, 52, was driving veered into the oncoming eastbound travel lane and struck Safayane's vehicle, Wallingford police said in a news release. The accident occurred around 11:17 p.m. on Cook Hill Road near the intersection with Deer Run Road, police said. Boughton-Michaud was heading west at the time of the crash.
Both Wallingford drivers were transported to Yale-New Haven Hospital. Safyane needed medical attention for internal injuries and Boughton-Michaud had serious injuries, as well, police said. Both drivers were in stable condition as of 3:10 a.m. on Wednesday, according to Lt. Anthony DeMaio.
Police closed down a section of Cook Hill Road while the Traffic Division investigated the collision.
Wallingford police ask any witnesses of the crash and people who may have seen either car prior to the accident to contact Officer Christian Evans at 203-294-2819.
Police did not release information on the cause of the crash and have not indicated whether they anticipate any charges. More information will be provided if it becomes available.
Bristol police arrested a 16-year-old male suspected of stealing several keys for cars at a dealership and a Mercedes from the parking lot.
The suspect broke into CT Moped Center on Terryville Ave to steal keys for cars for sale at the dealership before driving away in a Mercedes from the business, police said.
While investigating a complaint about an individual operating a light-colored Mercedes "erratically," police said they found the stolen car abandoned at International Gift Shop on Terryville Ave. in Bristol. A K-9 Unit officer apprehended a teenager matching the description of the driver on Pound Street. Police found several car keys in his pocket, including the keys to the stolen Mercedes.
Bristol police charged the teen with third-degree burglary, second-degree larceny, third-degree criminal mischief, conspiracy to commit all three charges and interfering with a police officer.
The department is not releasing the name of the teenager because he is under 17.
A family of four was killed in a fire at a former tennis star's Florida home early Wednesday that authorities say was intentionally set.
The bodies of four people, two adults and two teenagers, were found inside the charred remnants of a home in an upscale neighborhood near Tampa early Wednesday morning.
Authorities said at a news conference Wednesday afternoon that the scene of the fire was "unusual," and that detectives found "various fireworks" throughout the home.
Hillsborough County Sheriff's Col. Donna Lusczynski said two of the bodies found appeared to have "upper body trauma" but gave no further details.
Officials don't yet know how the fire, which erupted around 5:45 a.m. at a home located at 16223 Sierra de Avila., was set.
The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office confirmed the house belongs to tennis star James Blake. A representative for Blake's sports management company said he no longer lives in the home.
The 34-year-old veteran of the professional tennis circuit, who announced plans to retire following the U.S. Open last year, now lives in his home state of Connecticut, according to Molly Logan of the sports management company IMG.
Hillsbrough County Fire said they initially found two bodies, but later in the morning found a third body. Around 1 p.m., fire officials said they discovered a fourth body inside the home.
The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office said two of the victims had upper body trauma, but didn't disclose what type of trauma it was. The two adults were found in one bedroom of the home and the two teens were found in separate bedrooms.
Fire officials said the type of fireworks and where they were found is unknown.
Photo Credit: Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office
Firefighters responded to the home at 16223 Sierra de Avila around 5:45 a.m.
Two students are in custody after a teen was stabbed at Bulkeley High School in Hartford Wednesday afternoon, according to Hartford police.
Police said a 16-year-old boy was stabbed in the stomach during a fight with another student behind the high school, located at 300 Wethersfield Avenue in Hartford. It happened around 3:30 p.m.
According to police, the victim is a sophomore at Bulkeley and the perpetrator attends the New Vision school for expelled students.
Students said the violence broke out near the parking lot where buses wait at the end of the school day. Hartford Police Deputy Chief Brian Foley said students were boarding buses at the time of the stabbing.
The victim is conscious and listed in stable but serious condition at Connecticut Children's Medical Center, according to Hartford police. His injuries are not life threatening.
It's unclear how the students in custody are connected to the stabbing and whether the New Vision student is one of them.
Police are calling the stabbing an isolated incident.
Additional security will be present at the school tomorow as a precaution, along with a team of grief counselors, according to David Medina, director of external communications for Hartford Public Schools.
"A letter to parents will be sent shortly and we have an administrator at the hospital with the injured student and his family," Medina said. "A staff meeting has also been called at the school for tomorrow morning to go over safety precautions."
Check back for updates on this developing story.
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Police are responding to Bulkeley High School in Hartford, where a student was reportedly stabbed during a fight Wednesday afternoon.
Junior prom in New Milford was a special night for Marissa Perrault and Gregory Kenny.
Their classmates voted them the prom prince and princess on Saturday.
“Marissa could put a smile on your face no matter how sad or mad you are and Greg is the funniest fella out there. He can make you laugh till your stomach hurts. I love them both to death,” New Milford junior Katy Mendelsohn said in a statement.
To their families, the news was a testament to the supportive community in New Milford.
"They were just over-the-moon excited," Daisy Norlander, Class of 2015 adviser, said in a statement about the couple's reaction to being named prom prince and princess.
Kenny thought it was "cool," his family said. Perrault came home "beaming with joy," according to her mother, Heather, and told her parents it was "a dream come true."
Perrault and Kenny are very active at the high school. Both are Special Olympians – Perrault for bowling and Kenny for snow shoeing. Perrault is also on her school's dance team and belongs to the Best Buddies club. Kenny is on the New Milford High School football team, helps with the lacrosse program and is a blue belt at Northern Star Karate. In the community, he is also a Boy Scout in Troop 58.
New Milford junior Elly Renner emphasized the couple’s compassion. Classmate Kaitlyn O’Hara said she knew that she and Perrault would be “forever friends” from the moment they met.
“There are not many people in the world like Marissa. She’s someone I can turn to when my world’s crashing down and she will brighten my day. Marissa is someone I would call my sister,” O’Hara said in a statement. “She’s helped me, guided me, made me laugh, made me cry from laughing so hard, but most importantly made me feel special about myself. I wouldn’t trade our relationship for the world. I love you Marissa, thank-you for everything.”
New Milford junior Rachel Fugardi said that Perrault can make her laugh on her worst days and that Kenny “has so much love to give everyone.” Fellow junior Lucas Infererra joined his peers in highlighting Kenny’s humor, calling him a “good friend.”
“Greg’s great! He’s the guy everyone knows,” New Milford junior Michael Fitch said. “He always has a smile on his face and always has a high five for everyone.”
Photo Credit: The Greater New Milford Spectrum
Marissa Perrault and Gregory Kenny had a special prom night at New Milford High School as prom princess and prince.
A convicted felon is facing more charges, accused of dealing drugs at an apartment near a Middletown elementary school.
Allen Lugo, 30, was arrested Tuesday at 176 Pearl Street in Middletown, the apartment where he was staying with his aunt. Resident complaints and extensive surveillance led police to the apartment to investigate suspected drug trafficking there.
The apartment is located within 1500 feet of Macdonough Elementary School, and Lugo is a felon charged with burglary and possession of stolen property in New York state, police said.
Police arrived at the apartment around 6 p.m. May 6 to find several people apparently buying drugs. One of the men was found with four heroin bags and told police he had been buying from Lugo for about three months.
Investigators entered the apartment around 6:30 p.m. and found Lugo and his aunt, 51-year-old Barbara Lugo, inside.
Police searched the residence and found a plastic bag containing heroin in Lugo’s jacket pocket. The search also turned up about 3.2 grams of cocaine in a cardboard box in Allen Lugo’s bedroom, a digital scale coated with cocaine residue, heroin in Allen Lugo’s bedroom drawer, drug paraphernalia including plastic bags, packaging materials and elastics and needles; five cellphones and five crack cocaine smoking pipes.
Allen Lugo was found with about 3.1 grams of crack cocaine in his pants pocket, along with four bags of heroin and a large amount of cash.
He led police to the storage unit he rented at Ace Hardware. Inside, police found a black backpack containing phones and drug paraphernalia; a black suitcase with heroin, money and a Cobra Ent of Utah .32-caliber two-shot model C32 handgun with three rounds of ammunition inside.
Also in the storage unit were two flat-screen TVs, a Nintendo Wii and a bag of coins. Police said Allen Lugo is unemployed and they believe the electronics were purchased with drug proceeds.
Police confiscated a total of $1,170 worth of heroin, $320 worth of cocaine and $310 worth of crack cocaine.
Allen and Barbara Lugo were both arrested and taken to Middletown Police Headquarters. Police said Barbara Lugo admitted to using drugs but denied selling them and said she wasn’t aware Allen Lugo was selling them either.
Allen Lugo was charged with possession of narcotics, possession with intent to sell, possession of narcotics within 1500 feet of a school zone, possession of drug paraphernalia within 1500 feet of a school zone, sale of narcotics and criminal possession of a handgun.
His bond was set at $350,000 and he was scheduled to appear in court Wednesday.
Barbara Lugo was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia in a school zone. She was released on a $25,000 bond and is due in court May 20.
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A driver was taken to Bridgeport Hospital after crashing down an embankment on Interstate 95 southbound in Fairfield late Wednesday morning, fire officials said.
Emergency responders were called to the scene around 11 a.m. Wednesday after a car drove off the highway and went down an embankment between exits 22 and 21 on the southbound side, said Fairfield Asst. Fire Chief Christopher Tracy.
The car became lodged against a tree, and firefighters had to extricate the driver, Tracy said. The driver, who has not been identified, was taken to Bridgeport Hospital in unknown condition.
State police, Fairfield police, the American Medical Response and the state Department of Transportation also responded to the scene.
State police are investigating to determine the cause of the crash.
Photo Credit: Fairfield Fire Department
Police and fire officials work to extricate a person whose car went down an embankment on I-95 south in Fairfield.
A shooting near a Bridgeport nightclub injured a 28-year-old man, and police are investigating to figure out what happened and why.
According to police, a dispute broke out at Delight Lounge at 1611 Barnum Avenue in Bridgeport around 12:40 a.m. Wednesday. Club-goers spilled out into the parking lot, where shots were fired.
Police arrived on scene to find a large crowd outside the club and cars driving away.
Evidence indicates two weapons were fired, police said. Around 1 a.m., police received reports that a gunshot victim had been admitted to Bridgeport Hospital. The 28-year-old man was shot once in the neck. Police said his injuries are non-life threatening.
Authorities are investigating to determine whether a two-car crash on Summerfield Avenue is related to the shooting.
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Cindy Crowley says her life changed last August, when her son, Jason Crowley, was seriously injured trying to stop thieves from taking off with David Hasselhoff signs from a Cumberland Farms in Shelton.
“It’s very difficult for me,” Cindy Crowley said, of taking care of her son.
Police say Jason Crowley ran out to stop the thieves, but instead was dragged by the fleeing SUV and thrown to the ground.He was hospitalized for months.
Cindy Crowley says her son is still suffering from a diagnosis “which means that he can understand, he's just not able to full communicate or read or write.”
“He really just doesn't talk the same; he's not interested in doing the same things,” said Mike Kerwin, one of Jason Crowley’s friends.
Cindy Crowley and Kerwin spoke outside of court Wednesday where Adam Holter, the young man charged with assault and reckless endangerment for the incident, had his case continued.
“The reason I came today was to push for the jail time,” said Cindy Crowley, who believes justice is not being served.
Cindy Crowley says she wants to see Holter spend as much time in jail as her son spent in the hospital. A call to Holter’s attorney was not returned Wednesday.
Cindy Crowley says this has not only ruined his life, but ruined their family financially with medical bills.
“We're in a big financial mess,” said Cindy Crowley.
Cumberland Farms is pitching in and released the following statement:
"We are deeply saddened by this unfortunate accident and have supported Jason through this difficult time by continuing his medical and worker's compensation benefits, along with employee-funded contributions from our Hope Fund to the Crowley family."
Jason Crowley, 36, was seriously injured while trying to stop thieves from stealing a David Hasselhoff sign like this one at a Cumberland Farms in Shelton last August.
Route 169 is closed at County Road in Woodstock after a tractor-trailer struck a utility pole, according to state police.
Police said no injuries have been reported.
It's not clear how long the road will remain closed.
Crews responded to Route 109/East Street in Morris after a house burst into flames Tuesday evening, according to Litchfield County Dispatch.
East Street was closed by Higbie Road while emergency crews doused the flames.
Authorities worked to put out the fire at 191 East Street on the Morris/Litchfield town line. Litchfield County Dispatch said the flames were under control as of 8 p.m. and the fire was out by 10 p.m.
Crews from Litchfield and Warren provided mutual aid, according to dispatch.
No injuries have been reported. It's unclear how significantly the house may have been damaged or whether anyone was home when the fire broke out.
Video courtesy of Matthew Longo.
Photo Credit: Matthew Longo
Crews are responding to a large house fire on East Street in Morris.
State police have arrested a Connecticut man accused of killing his estranged wife the day before they were due in court for a hearing on a restraining order she was seeking.
Scott Gellatly, 46, has been charged with murder, attempted murder, larceny of a motor vehicle, first-degree assault on an elderly person, two counts of reckless endangerment and two counts of risk of injury to a minor.
He's being held on a $2 million bond.
State police said they received a 911 call from the area of 43 Sioux Drive in Oxford around 5:30 a.m., alerting them that Gellatly was trying to force his way into his estranged wife's home.
When they arrived at the house, they found two women had been shot. One victim was his estranged wife, 32-year-old Lori Gellatly; the other was her mother. Both were transported to the hospital, where Lori Gellatly was pronounced dead.
Lori and Scott Gellatly were scheduled to be in court on Thursday for a hearing on an application for a restraining order Lori Gellatly had filed against him.
In her application for protection, Lori Gellatly said that she felt threatened during an incident on April 1 and feared for herself and her twin toddlers.
"Scott yelled in my face on 4/1/14 and got very angry. I felt threatened and told him I didn't feel safe and was going to leave with the twins," she wrote.
The application states that Lori Gellatly obtained a temporary restraining order on April 3 but could not serve it in time for it to be permanent. A hearing was scheduled for 9:30 a.m. on Thursday in Milford.
It appears that she was a state employee. On her application for a restraining order, she listed her place of employment as 79 Elm Street in Hartford, which is the headquarters for the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.
State police have identified the other victim as Scott Gellatly's mother-in-law, Mary Jackson. She is in serious but stable condition at St. Mary's Hospital, according to state police.
Twin toddlers who were in the home when the shooting happened were not harmed and are with family members, Vance said. The state Department of Children and Families has also been notified.
One of the conditions of the restraining order was that Scott Gellatly was not supposed to possess firearms, ammunition or any electronic defense weapons.
He was found late Wednesday morning in a vehicle at a former KFC at the end of Route 8 in Winsted, about 45 minutes away from the scene of the shooting.
He was alone in the vehicle and had run a hose from the tailpipe into the vehicle in an apparent suicide attempt, according to police.
Emergency responders revived him and took him to Charlotte Hungerford Hospital in Torrington, where he is in stable condition and under state police guard, authorities said.
Earlier Wednesday, police had issued a Silver Alert for Lori Gellatly, saying they believed Scott Gellatly had abducted her and taken her hostage. A little over an hour later, police canceled the Silver Alert and said there had been no hostage situation.
Lori Gellatly was one of the shooting victims and died at a local hospital, Lt. Paul Vance, of Connecticut State Police, said during a news briefing.
Police also arrested Scott Gellatly on a previous warrant for third-degree assault and disorderly conduct. The charges are connected to a case the Oxford resident state trooper investigated, Vance said.
Police were originally looking for a blue 2013 Ford Escape that came from the crime scene, but it was found unoccupied about a mile and half from where the victims were found. State police said they think Scott Gellatly drove it from the scene and got into a Toyota Tacoma pickup.
He was found in a different vehicle altogether that had the license plates police broadcast. They said it was similar to a Chevy Blazer.
Scott Gellatly is due in court Thursday.
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Scott Gellatly, 46, has been charged with murder in connection with the fatal shooting of his estranged wife, Lori Gellatly, in Oxford Wednesday morning.