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    A 22-year-old East Hartford man is facing assault, kidnapping and robbery charges following a shooting at Mill Pond Village in East Windsor earlier this month that left a man in critical condition.

    Carlton Depeyster was arrested Wednesday night in Hartford. He’s charged with first-degree assault, first-degree kidnapping with a firearm, first-degree robbery, second-degree larceny and conspiracy to commit all four of the prior charges.

    Police said 21-year-old Jayson Swain was shot at the apartment complex the afternoon of July 12. He was taken to Hartford Hospital in critical condition.

    Investigators believe the shooting to be a robbery gone wrong. Police said it was not a random act and the suspect and victim knew one another prior to the incident. No one involved in the shooting lives at the apartment complex, according to police.

    Depeyster was held on $400,000 bond and appeared in Enfield Superior Court on Thursday. He’ll be transferred to Hartford Superior Court.

    Police are investigating and expect to make additional arrests.



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    Ambulances were sent to a home on Robin Hood Drive in Ledyard, where a deck collapsed and injured residents Thursday afternoon, according to police and the Gales Ferry Volunter Fire Company.

    Police said the address is 31 Robin Hood Drive in Ledyard.

    According to the fire department's Facebook page, firefighters and medics responded to the home around 2:10 p.m. Thursday to find that the deck had collapsed and people were injured.

    Ambulances and paramedics from Lawrence + Memorial Hospital also responded, the fire department said. It's not clear how many people were hurt. The extent of injuries is unknown.

    Online assessor's records state the house is a raised ranch and the photo shows a deck on the back of the house.

    Ledyard police and the Ledyard Building Official are investigating the collapse, according to the fire department.



    Photo Credit: NBCConnecticut.com

    Emergency officials responded to Robin Hood Drive in Ledyard after a deck collapsed Thursday afternoon.Emergency officials responded to Robin Hood Drive in Ledyard after a deck collapsed Thursday afternoon.

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    A 38-year-old Glastonbury resident is facing charges after threatening officers with a gun outside his home on Matson Hill Road, according to police.

    Officers responded on Matson Hill Road in South Glastonbury on Wednesday night after receiving the report of a drunk and distraught man, police said.

    They arrived to find Michael Murphy in the driveway. Police said Murphy threatened officers with a gun and ran from the scene.

    Police obtained an arrest warrant for Murphy and set up a perimeter around the home “for the protection of the public,” according to police.

    Poor weather conditions prompted them to call off the search for Murphy last night, but authorities continued to monitor the area, police said.

    He was taken into custody Thursday and charged with a number of offenses, including criminal attempt to commit first-degree assault, criminal use of a firearm, carrying a firearm while under the influence, risk of injury to a minor, second-degree threatening, first-degree reckless endangerment, interfering with an officer, second-degree breach of peace and disorderly conduct.

    Bond was set at $450,000.



    Photo Credit: Glastonbury Police Department

    Michael Murphy, 38, of Matson Hill Road in South Glastonbury, is accused of threatening officers with a gun while intoxicated outside his home Wednesday night.Michael Murphy, 38, of Matson Hill Road in South Glastonbury, is accused of threatening officers with a gun while intoxicated outside his home Wednesday night.

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    Newington police have arrested the former Director of Facilities Management for the town and said he is accused of stealing town property and trying to solicit a kickback from a town contractor.

    Newington Police arrested Robert Korpak, 60, of Newington, on Wednesday, according to a news release from police.

    He previously resigned from his position with the town.

    According to an online job posting, the director is responsible for renovations, major repairs and expansion of all town buildings and facilities, as well as overseeing maintanance and minor repairs, overseeing contracted work and participating the bid review process.

    Police said Korpak is accused of stealing materials the town of Newington had purchased and attempting to solicit a kickback from a town contractor. 

    Korpak was charged with larceny in the second degree, receiving kickbacks and criminal attempt to commit larceny in the second degree.

    He was released on a $5,000 non-surety bond and is due in court on August 6.

    In May, the Hartford Courant reported that Korpak was the subject of an unspecified investigation. A woman at Korpak's home who answered the reporter's call at the time said he had no comment.

     



    Photo Credit: Newington Police

    Robert Korpak, a former Newington town employee, has been arrested. He is accused of stealing from the town and trying to solicit a kickback.Robert Korpak, a former Newington town employee, has been arrested. He is accused of stealing from the town and trying to solicit a kickback.

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    President Barack Obama focused on the economy, jobs and growing the middle class during a speech at Los Angeles Trade-Technical College on Thursday as he wrapped up a 24-hour visit to Los Angeles.

    While speaking to the college-aged crowd, Obama took swipes at Congress for not helping middle-class Americans' quality of life.

    "The hardest thing in politics is to change a stubborn status quo," Obama said.

    Obama started his day at a fundraiser at the Brentwood home of Michael Rapino, the CEO of concert promotion behemoth Live Nation, according to City News Service. The cost for a ticket to the roundtable discussion was a hefty one, reaching $32,4000, the maximum allowable contribution to a national party in a calendar year.

    Read: Obamas Buying $4.25 Million Home in California's Rancho Mirage: Report

    Following the fundraiser, Obama made a surprise stop at Canter's Deli in the Fairfax area. There he met with four people who wrote him letters, according to the White House.

    The president spoke at the  Los Angeles Trade-Technical College in South Los Angeles because it was awarded a Department of Labor skills training grant, which funds projects that train workers to obtain or upgrade employment in high-growth sectors.

    Pro-immigration and pro-Palestinian groups were expected to protest outside the college campus, calling for an end to deportations of immigrants, the creation of a Palestinian state and for the U.S. to demand Israel end attacks on Palestinians in the Gaza Strip.

    Southern California is the last stop on Obama's three-day West Coast trip, which began Tuesday in Seattle. Obama began Wednesday in San Francisco, where he attended a morning fundraiser benefiting the House Majority Political Action Committee, before arriving at Los Angeles International Airport around 3 p.m.

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    Once in LA, Obama stopped in Hancock Park at the home of television producer Shonda Rhimes for a DNC fundraising reception.

    Obama is expected to head back to Washington, D.C. following after his speech. Until then, Southland residents could expect traffic delays.

    Drivers were urged to avoid the following areas:

    • Beverly Boulevard and North Doheny Drive from 4 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    • Grand Avenue and West Washington Boulevard from 4 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    • Sunset Boulevard and Mandeville Canyon Road from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
    • Sunset Boulevard and Barrington Avenue from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
    • Figueroa Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
       

     



    Photo Credit: KNBC-TV

    President Barack Obama departs Air Force One Wednesday July 23, 2014 after arriving at Los Angeles International Airport.President Barack Obama departs Air Force One Wednesday July 23, 2014 after arriving at Los Angeles International Airport.

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    A 40-year-old South Windsor man was arrested twice in three days after allegedly chasing his girlfriend with a hatchet, then breaching a protective order by sending her text messages, according to police.

    Officers arrested Timothy McCarthy, of Dart Hill Road in South Windsor, early Tuesday morning. Police said McCarthy had gotten into a dispute with his girlfriend, then chased her with a hatchet and ran into the woods nearby.

    A state police K-9 team searched the area and found him more than an hour later, police said. He was arrested and charged with criminal violation of a protective order, breach of peace, threatening and interfering with an officer.

    After his court appearance Tuesday, McCarthy allegedly sent text messages to his girlfriend in violation of the protective order. He was re-arrested and released on a $25,000 bond.

    McCarthy was due back in court today.

    Online court records show he has been previously charged with disorderly conduct, driving under the influence and violation of probation, among other offenses.



    Photo Credit: South Windsor Police Department

    Timothy McCarthy, 40, of South Windsor, was arrested twice in three days after allegedly chasing his girlfriend with a hatchet, then violating a protective order by sending her text messages, police said.Timothy McCarthy, 40, of South Windsor, was arrested twice in three days after allegedly chasing his girlfriend with a hatchet, then violating a protective order by sending her text messages, police said.

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    A female case worker was killed and a doctor shot when a psychiatric patient opened fire on them Thursday in a wellness center on the campus of a Delaware County, Pennsylvania, hospital, officials say.

    Officials say that patient was then shot by the doctor, who returned fire from his own gun.

    The shootout took place around 2:20 p.m. Thursday inside a doctor's office in the psychiatric unit at the Sister Marie Lenahan Wellness Center, officials say. The center is located along the 1500 block of Lansdowne Avenue in Darby, Pa. That's located across from Mercy-Fitzgerald hospital, on its campus.

    The gunman, identified as Richard Plotts, of Upper Darby, had come to the unit with his caseworker, 53-year-old Theresa Hunt of Philadelphia, according to Delaware County District Attorney Jack Whelan. They then went behind closed doors in a doctor's third floor office when a confrontation occurred.

    “A worker did confirm that he heard some loud arguing going on. They came in and they actually opened the door and saw him pointing a gun at the doctor. They did not notice the case worker at that point. They shut the door very quietly and one immediately called 911," Whelan said.

    The DA said a short time went by and then gunfire erupted from Plotts' gun. Plotts has had run-ins with the doctor's and hospital staff in the past, Whelan said.

    Both the doctor, identified as Dr. Lee Silverman, and the case worker were hit by the gunfire. The woman was fatally shot in the small office, and the doctor was grazed in the head, Whelan said.

    Silverman also pulled out his weapon and fired upon the suspect, the preliminary investigation showed. Plotts was hit three times, Whelan said.

    Other doctors and case workers then rushed into the room and tackled the man to the ground, wrestling with him for the weapon.

    “We’re not exactly sure what had occurred and what might have precipitated this particular incident," Whelan said. "We do know the psychiatric connection, we have that concern, however we don’t know if there was another dispute that occurred inside that room that led to these shots being fired."

    Both Plotts and Silverman were taken to the trauma center at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in nearby Philadelphia. The suspect is in surgery and is listed in critical condition, Whelan said. The doctor's condition has not been released.

    Officials say a 911 call came in at 2:19 p.m. with the caller saying a doctor had been shot. The center and hospital was quickly placed on lockdown as police swarmed the campus.

    Allen Williams was checking in his father for an X-ray on the center's ground floor when the shooting happened.

    "As we were giving the information, they said the hospital is on lockdown and they locked out the doors. They told us to sneak out the back door," he said. “I was hoping everyone was going to get out safe."

    Williams slowly led his father, who uses a walker, in a group of 15 people onto a grassy area outside the building. He says police kept them at the scene as they checked the building.

    Police arrived within minutes and evacuated the entire wellness center as SWAT officers swept the building as a precaution.

    The Sister Marie Lenahan Wellness Center has physician offices and offers outpatient services for ambulatory care, audiology, cardiac rehabilitation, radiology and hearing and balance, according to the health system's website.

    A large police presence from Yeadon, Haverford Township and other Delaware County law enforcement agencies remained at the scene for hours as the crime scene was processed.


    Contact Vince Lattanzio at 610.668.5532, vince.lattanzio@nbcuni.com or follow @VinceLattanzio on Twitter.


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    “I was scared and I was nervous,” said Kim Smith of East Hartford, who fought tears Thursday morning, describing publicly for the first time the terror she endured one day at Hammonasset State Park in July 2011, when she discovered that two park workers were spying on her and her 3- and 6-year-old daughters while the three showered in a park bath house.

    She explained that at first she noticed movement of light and shadow through the hole around one of the stall fixtures.

    “I leaned in forward to try, to see what it was, and then I saw an outline of a face, and I saw eyes and facial hair, looking at me,” she said Thursday, speaking at her lawyer’s office in Hartford. The peeping toms, it turned out, two men who worked at the Park, watching through holes from the plumbing space opposite the shower wall.

    Smith said she’d decided now was the time to speak because of how the DEEP responded to the discovery July 5 of this year, of a camera disguised as a towel hook, also inside a Hammonasset bath house.

    “A spokesperson for the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection called this an isolated incident,” she said, adding later that the most recent incident was by no means isolated. Smith also pointed out, alluding to a signed statement from one of her offenders to police, “In fact, one of the men who watched me in the shower claimed that workers knew where to go to watch women shower”.

    That written statement came from Kenneth Sabo of Guilford, who was 27 at the time. Sabo wrote that a former park worker had told him “that if you go behind the shower/bathroom stalls you could look through holes near the piping and see naked women sometimes”.

    Because of ongoing legal proceedings – Smith is currently seeking permission from the state Claims Commissioner to sue the state – the DEEP declined to speak on-camera about Smith’s case or comments. However, in a recent deposition, William Mattioli, who managed Hammonasset State Park in 2011, acknowledge that in addition to other concerns, park staff is sometimes augmented by people performing community service for breaking the law.

    Smith claimed that “many of them work to clean the bathrooms and have access to maintenance keys to all the bath houses”.

    The DEEP’s written response statement is as follows:

    "Connecticut’s state parks system attracts more than eight million visitors a year to 107 locations that contain dozens of bath house and hundreds of restrooms.

    "Our staff works hard every day to protect the safety, well-being and privacy of visitors to our parks and all those who make use of facilities there. We take this issue very seriously.

    "The unfortunate incident of July 2011 at Hammonasset Beach State Park resulted in a timely and thorough investigation and the dismissal and arrest of two seasonal park employees. We also took steps to inspect all of our bathhouses and make repairs needed to prevent any further incidents of this type.

    "The only other known case in recent memory where the privacy of park visitors may have been compromised involved the placement of a camera disguised as a coat hook earlier this summer in a bath house, also at Hammonasset. That case is under active investigation by law enforcement authorities.

    "Once again, we responded immediately to a report of this camera, inspected the bath house and found and removed the camera. We also quickly took steps at Hammonasset to alert park visitors to the situation.

    "In the wake of that incident our park staff has been instructed to inspect bathrooms and bath houses regularly and thoroughly and to be on the lookout for items that may have been placed inside that could contain a camera.

    "We have also circulated to them information and photos of the types of small video cameras now readily available for purchase. Our park staff is also working to determine if there are any additional steps we can take to address the emerging and challenging issue of preventing electronic snooping at our parks. We certainly welcome all ideas and suggestions that could help accomplish that."
     



    Photo Credit: NBCConnecticut.com

    Kim Smith of East Hartford breaks her silence about when she was a victim of a peeping tom at Hammonasset State Park in July 2011.Kim Smith of East Hartford breaks her silence about when she was a victim of a peeping tom at Hammonasset State Park in July 2011.

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    How many, how much and for how long? That's the short version of the questions swirling as state and lawmakers discuss the possibility of more immigrant children coming to Connecticut.

    According to Gov. Dannel Malloy, 325 undocumented immigrant children are already here staying with relatives.

    “We want to be supportive of the national efforts and we are. We don’t believe in warehousing children and we don’t,” said Malloy.

    Before more children can come, State Sen. Robert Kane says we need more answers, which is why he sent a letter to the governor.

    “I want to know, and our constituents want to know the conversation his administration is having with federal officials and state agencies and how they are reacting to this issue,” said Kane.

    One of Kane’s pressing questions is cost. The governor says these placements have “all been federal,” but that they will need to “watch and see if there are costs to the state so we can recover those costs.”

    Kane is also calling on Connecticut’s federal delegation, the president and Congress to devise a national policy.

    “This administration is saying we haven’t come up with an answer so here Connecticut you can help us,” Kane said.

    Malloy says conversations are taking place with the federal government regarding the obligations here at home.

    He's also talking with the mayors of Norwalk and Stamford, which hold the highest concentration of the state’s Central American population.

    On Friday, the mayors of Norwalk and Stamford will take part in a phone call with the mayors of the state’s other major cities and towns. Reports indicate that the mayors of Bridgeport, New Haven and Hartford will also be on the line.

    Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra released the following statement today:

    “The city of Hartford is currently assessing its resources similar to the other big cities in the state. If results show we have the capacity, I have let the governor know we stand ready to assist.”


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    Two women were convicted of voluntary manslaughter Thursday in the beating death of a 23-year-old woman outside a Santa Ana nightclub.

    Vanesa Tapia Zavala, 26, and Candace Marie Brito, 27, were also found guilty of assault with force to produce great bodily injury in Annie Hung "Kim" Pham's fatal beating, but were acquitted of felony second-degree murder.

    They each face up to 11 years in prison.

    The two are accused of killing Pham by kicking her in the head as she was on the ground fighting their friend outside the Crosby Restaurant and Nightclub on Jan. 19, officials said.

    Friends of Pham told police that three women attacked her without provocation after the two groups bumped into each other outside the nightclub. Another witness said Pham instigated the fight by shouting obscenities and throwing the first punch after she and her friends bumped into another group exiting the bar.

    Portions of the attack were captured on cellphone video as the victim's friends and a security guard unsuccessfully attempted to intervene, officials said.

    Pham was hospitalized after the attack and taken off life support Jan. 21.

     


    Kim Pham, 23, was beaten outside of a Santa Ana nightclub and died in the hospital days later after she was taken off life support on Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014.Kim Pham, 23, was beaten outside of a Santa Ana nightclub and died in the hospital days later after she was taken off life support on Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014.

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    Monroe police have arrested a technician who is accused of inappropriately touching an 18-year-old girl during an appointment to repair her Internet modem.

    The teen told police that Inpanh Thammavongsa, 58, of Meriden, a technician with Tri-Wire Service technician, massaged her back and repeatedly touch her during the appointment just before 11 a.m. on June 19, according to police.

    "The person who came out from Tri-Wire arrived, and according to the victim, began massaging her and then repeatedly, repeatedly began to touch her inappropriately," said Lt. Brian McCauley of the Monroe Police Department.

    Thammavongsa was working as a subcontractor for Charter Communications, according to police.

    The teen left the room, waited for Thammavongsa to finish his work and called the police to report what happened.

    "She was very afraid," McCauley said.

    Police found Thammavongsa, arrested him and brought him to police headquarters.

    He has been charged with fourth-degree sexual assault and disorderly conduct and released after bond was posted. Thammavongsa is due in court on July 29.

    Charter Communications released the following statement in response to the incident:

    "Charter recognizes that it is a privilege to be allowed into our customer's homes and their safety is of the utmost importance. We require criminal background checks on all in-home contractors prior to performing any work for Charter. We are cooperating fully with the Monroe Police Department to aid in this investigation."

     



    Photo Credit: Monroe Police

    Police arrested a computer technician who is accused of inappropriately touching a teen.Police arrested a computer technician who is accused of inappropriately touching a teen.

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    A 54-year-old Bridgeport man is in critical condition after his motorcycle collided with a box truck early Thursday afternoon, police said.

    According to police, Keith Ward was riding a motorcycle northbound on Seaview Avenue when he collided with the back of a box truck near the intersection of Stratford Avenue. The crash happened around 12:30 p.m.

    Investigators believe the motorcycle ward was riding had been stolen. He's in critical condition at Bridgeport Hospital.

    No charges have been filed.

    The accident remains under investigation.


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    School officials have asked for the newly selected superintendent of schools in New London to withdraw from the position after reviewing his educational qualifications.

    Terrence Carter had been selected after a nationwide search and the New London Board of Education planned to sign off on a contract on Monday night, but the meeting was postponed until Thursday “to allow board members to discuss in executive session any concerns and the accusations against Mr. Carter,” said district spokesperson Julianne Hanckel.

    This comes days after reports surfaced that Carter has repeatedly referred to himself as being a doctor for years, even though he’s not scheduled to receive his Ph.D. until next month.

    The state oversees the troubled school system through a special master, Steven Adamowski.

    An hour and a half before the Thursday night meeting was set to begin, Adamowski, asked for Carter's withdrawal on behalf of the state Department of Education, school officials said.

    "At the request of the Commissioner, the Special Master is participating in ongoing conversations with the local board regarding this evolving situation and potential next steps,” Kelly Donnelly, Director of Communications and Community Partnerships for the state State Department of Education, said in a statement.

    Carter declined to comment before the Board of Education meeting Thursday. Board members said at the meeting that they will not decide on whether to remove Carter until after the investigation is complete.

    Earlier this week, Hanckel said board members would be holding an executive session to question Carter about his educational background by conference call.

    After learning about the allegations, residents expressed concern over how the city, its search firm and the state did not catch the problem.


    Terrence Carter was selected as the new superintendent of New London Public Schools, but the Board of Education has postponed a vote on his contract amid controversy surrounding his qualifications.Terrence Carter was selected as the new superintendent of New London Public Schools, but the Board of Education has postponed a vote on his contract amid controversy surrounding his qualifications.

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    The largest property taxpayer in Sprague and one of the community's largest employers, Fusion Paperboard, has told authorities its mill will close in September.

    Some 145 employees have received 60 days' notice that they'll be losing their jobs. Just three months ago they agreed on a new contract, which was set to last six years.

    According to a press release from the company, the paper mill has manufactured recycled boxboard since the 1960s.

    "They knew that this was gonna happen six months to a year ago," said Rich Harrelle, local leader for the United Steelworkers. "So that's my problem. The other thing is, I have a hard time digesting the fact we're going to lose 140 jobs in the community."

    Harrelle said the mill has a 17-day backlog of orders for its pizza boxes and bakery boxes made of paperboard, all from recycled paper. He's afraid the company is going to dismantle its paper machine and ship it out of state, making it unlikely that a new company would take over.

    In a statement, Fusion Paperboard blamed "increasingly difficult market conditions" for the mill's closure.

    "Despite recent efforts, the operation can no longer be sustained. We will make every effort to fulfill existing orders and help customers as they transition to alternate suppliers," the statement continues. "Fusion will coordinate with state and private agencies to assist employment transition of its 140 employees."

    State and local authorities expect the company to repay a $3-million loan issued last year. They also pledge to help employees find work.


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    The superintendent of public schools in Mansfield has been placed on administrative leave while the Board of Education investigates his "travel practices and reimbursement," according to a letter to parents from Board of Education Chair Randy Walikonis.

    Walikonis said Supt. Frank Baruzzi's contract allows him to travel out of the district for work, but his amount of travel has been called into question.

    "We are duty bound as a Board to follow up to make sure that the purpose and amount of travel was appropriate," Walikonis said Thursday.

    Baruzzi will remain on administrative leave throughout the investigation. Rachel Leclerc, director of Special Education and Support Services, will serve as acting superintendent, according to Walikonis.

    "We will wait for the results of the investigation, but nothing new has come to light," Walikonis said.



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    State police have arrested a Department of Transportation employee who is accused of pretending to be a state official in an email sent to a local newspaper.

    Brian Mercure, 52, of Torrington, was arrested Thursday and charged with criminal impersonation.

    He has been with the department since 1985 and serves as assistant district engineer in the DOT’s New Haven district and the manager of the Interstate 95 Corridor Q-Bridge project, according to a statement from the Department of Transportation.

    Mercure was placed on paid administrative leave, according to the DOT.

    The investigation was launched Dec. 4, 2013, when state police received a complaint asking for a criminal investigation into an email that had been sent to the Republican-American newspaper.

    State police said the official Mercure was posing as never sent the e-mail and did not authorize Mercure to send it.

    Detectives with the State Police Major Crime Division searched Mercure’s home, seized evidence and obtained an arrest warrant Thursday.

    He was taken into custody on Thursday at work.

    Mercure was released on a $2,500.00 bond and is scheduled to be arraigned Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014 at Bantam Superior Court.



    Photo Credit: NBCConnecticut.com

    State police have arrested Brian Mercure, a state Department of Transportation employee who is accused of posing as a state official in an email sent to the Republican-American Newspaper.State police have arrested Brian Mercure, a state Department of Transportation employee who is accused of posing as a state official in an email sent to the Republican-American Newspaper.

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    Nearly 1,700 homes lost power in Waterford after a possible transformer explosion brought down wires in the area of Route 1/Boston Post Road and Fog Plain Road, according to Connecticut Light & Power and Waterford police.

    The police department posted on its Facebook page Thursday afternoon that the intersection was closed while emergency workers responded to the area.

    Power was restored and the intersection had reopened by about 9:30 p.m., according to police.

     



    Photo Credit: Waterford Police Department

    Waterford police are at the scene of a possible transformer explosion that caused 1,700 power outages in town.Waterford police are at the scene of a possible transformer explosion that caused 1,700 power outages in town.

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    A single-engine plane had engine trouble and came down into a pond Thursday night about a quarter mile from Danbury Airport, according to police.

    The plane crashed in an 8-foot-deep swampy area on Miry Brook Roady known as Beaver Pond, Norwalk police spokesman Lt. Paul Resnick said.

    The pilot was not hurt and was standing on the plane when emergency officials arrived, according to Danbury Assistant Fire Chief Bernie Meehan. He was rescued by boat and left the scene on his own.

    Police called the incident a "controlled crash" and said engine problems forced the pilot to land prematurely.

    It's not clear where the plane originated or where the pilot went after his rescue.

    The pond has been cordoned off, and the plane will be dragged out in the morning, authorities said. Police and fire officials have left the scene for the night.

    The Federal Aviation Administration lists the plane as an experimental aircraft registered to Wally Johnson of Dalhart, Texas.



    Photo Credit: Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton

    A single-engine plane crashed in a swamp near Danbury airport Thursday night.A single-engine plane crashed in a swamp near Danbury airport Thursday night.

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    Somebody is leaving porcelain dolls on the doorsteps of Southern California homes — dolls, the families say, that each bear a striking and creepy resemblance to their young daughters.

    At least eight families in San Clemente have received the bizarre and disturbing toy deliveries, according to officials with the Orange County Sheriff’s Department.

    The dolls began appearing on July 16, and multiple dolls were found this week.

    All families live in the Talega neighborhood of San Clemente, and some of the girls attend the same elementary school, officials said.

    The dolls were collected by deputies as evidence, and while officials said the actions at this point are not considered crimes, they are treating it as a criminal investigation in hopes of finding out the source of and reason behind the dolls.

    Anyone with information on the case is asked to call the Orange County Sheriff’s Department’s South Investigations Unit at 949-361-8224 or 714-647-7000.
     

     


    One of the dolls found outside a San Clemente homeOne of the dolls found outside a San Clemente home

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    Police on Thursday identified a suspected burglar who told a homeowner she was pregnant before he fatally shot her outside his home in Long Beach.

    Tom Greer appeared to have no regret when he told NBC4 Wednesday night that he shot a woman, twice in the back with his .22-caliber Smith and Wesson revolver as she was fleeing with a male accomplice.

    The woman was identified as Andrea Miller, 28, from Long Beach. The male suspect was identified as Gus Adams, 26, of Long Beach.

    "She says, 'Don't shoot me, I'm pregnant -- I'm going to have a baby.' And I shot her anyway," Greer said. "The lady didn't run as fast as the man so I shot her in the back twice, she's dead ... but he got away."

    There was no immediate confirmation of the pregnancy, but the Los Angeles County coroner's office planned to perform an autopsy on the woman on Friday, said Ed Winter, of the coroner's office.

    Long Beach police said they are investigating whether Greer should face charges for Tuesday night's shooting in the 3900 block of Country Club Drive.

    Even though the woman was running away, Greer said he regards what he did as self-defense. He said he arrived at home Tuesday night to find a couple in the middle of a late-night break-in.

    "When I went in there, they tackled me," Greer told NBC4. "Both of them jumped up on top of me."

    Greer's home had been burglarized before, according to a neighbor. Greer was treated at a hospital Wednesday for a severe shoulder and collarbone injury.

    Adams was being held in lieu of $1 million bail.



    Photo Credit: Long Beach Police Department

    Long Beach police released this photo on Thursday, July 24, 2014, of a woman who was shot and killed after allegedly breaking into an 80-year-old man's home.Long Beach police released this photo on Thursday, July 24, 2014, of a woman who was shot and killed after allegedly breaking into an 80-year-old man's home.

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