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- 10/02/14--12:05: Police Arrest New Britain Sex Assault Suspect
- 10/02/14--12:34: 9 Women, 1 Man Charged in Prostitution Sweep
- Kiarah Pope, 25, was arrested at Park and Putnam streets and charged with prostitution and interfering with police
- Leyoa Rivera, 47, was arrested on Webster Street and charged with prostitution
- Nereida Sanchez, 52, was arrested on Wethersfield Avenue and charged with prostitution
- Felicia Cooper, 25, was arrested on Wethersfield Avenue and charged with prostitution
- Melissa Kelly, 28, was arrested on Wethersfield Avenue and charged with prostitution
- Bienvenida Oyola, 46, was arrested on Washington Street and charged with prostitution
- Katrina Green, 35, of Worcester, Massacusetts, was arrested on Niles Street and charged with prostitution
- Vanessa Otra, 39, was arrested on Crown Street and charged with prostitution
- Krista Gentry, 39, was arrested on Park Street and charged with prostitution
- Jesus Sanchez, 41, was arrested on Park Street and charged with promoting prostitution
- 10/02/14--12:57: Police Nab North Haven Garage Burglars: Cops
- 10/02/14--23:49: Truck Soars Off Freeway After Chase
- 10/02/14--18:02: Window Washers Saved From High-Rise
- 10/02/14--15:07: Cleanup Underway at Former New Haven Power Plant
- 10/02/14--15:28: New Casino Already Has Money Woes
- 10/02/14--10:51: Fence Tampered With at Bradley Airport: Police
- 10/03/14--00:35: Student Posted Inappropriate Photos of Teacher: Cops
- 10/02/14--16:17: Worker's Fatal Fall Was Preventable: Officials
- 10/02/14--13:09: Credit Rating Agency Delivers Blow to Hartford
- 10/02/14--18:38: School Officials Failed to Report Student-Teacher Sex: Cops
- 10/02/14--16:58: Man in Custody After Shelton Standoff: Police
- 10/02/14--16:51: North Branford Residents Fight Propane Facility
- 10/02/14--21:05: Fierce Winds Wreak Havoc in Texas
- 10/02/14--20:30: New Lead in Long-Missing Sisters
- 10/02/14--17:39: Clinton Recommends Grandmotherhood
- 10/02/14--17:15: Jackson Laboratory to Open Next Week
- 10/02/14--18:58: 2 People Rescued After Canoe Flips in New Haven
- 10/02/14--18:18: 2-Alarm Fire Displaces 2 New Haven Families
Police have arrested the man accused of sexually assaulting a 24-year-old woman in New Britain in 2011.
Corey Carter, 42, of Washington Street in New Britain, was arrested Wednesday morningand charged with first-degree sexual assault.
Police said Carter and the victim knew one another but did not elaborate on their relationship. The victim reported the assault in late 2011 and helped identify Carter as a potential suspect.
The Connecticut State Forensic Lab helped investigate the case.
Hartford police arrested nine women and one man in a city-wide prostitution bust Wednesday.
The following people were charged:
Police have arrested a man and woman accused of breaking into a North Haven automotive garage in August and have obtained an arrest warrant charging a third suspect.
Surveillance footage from Parese Motors on Washington Avenue in North Haven helped police identify Thomas Cherry, 58, and Denise Cordero, 24, as the people who allegedly burglarized the business on Aug. 21.
They're accused of breaking down the door and stealing car parts, money and tools, then driving off in a pink pickup truck.
Cherry and Cordero were each charged with burglary, larceny and criminal mischief.
Police have identified a third suspect in the burglary and have obtained an arrest warrant charging that person.
Photo Credit: North Haven Police Department
The man who led police on a wild 90-minute pursuit that ended Thursday when he flew off a freeway embankment is the suspected "Hills Bandit," wanted in a series of bank robberies from Santa Barbara to Orange County, police said.
Stephen Richard Bartlett, 53, was arrested after the pursuit ended at 1 p.m. off the 210 Freeway in Rialto, police said.
He led police on a pursuit after allegedly stealing $12,000 in steel from a commercial business in Santa Fe Springs, police said.
He sped up to 85 mph along Southern California freeways -- at some points in opposing lanes of traffic -- before flying off an embankment, climbing out of the upended truck and surrendering to police, officials said.
When asked by NBC4 whether he was trying to hurt anyone, he said, "Of course I didn't want to hurt anybody," he said while sitting in the back of a police car, his neck in a brace.
All lanes on the westbound 210 Freeway were closed as authorities took the suspect into custody and handled the crash.
The wild pursuit wound through the cities of Santa Fe Springs, Whittier, La Habra and Brea. At one point, he allegedly threw what appeared to be a gun from the truck, but which turned out to be a replica gun, Whittier police said in a statement.
At another point during the chase, the suspect stopped his car on the shoulder of a freeway in opposing lanes and tried to scale a fence, but when he saw police, he got back into the truck and made a U-turn on the freeway.
The truck crashed into a car when a CHP patrol vehicle appeared to crash into the back of the truck.
The suspect was treated at a hospital for minor injuries before being he was expected to be booked into jail.
He faces charges including, felony theft, felony evading, felony vehicle embezzlement, two hit and run collisions and numerous warrants including bank robbery, police said.
Authorities say they believe Bartlett is the so-called Hills Bandit who's robbed more than a half-dozen banks in San Diego and Orange counties since May.
Andrew Lopez and Rosa Ordaz contributed to this report.
Photo Credit: FBI; NewsChopper4
The man who led police on a wild 90-minute pursuit that ended Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014, when he flew off a freeway embankment is the suspected "Hills Bandit," police said.
Two window washers were plucked from the side of a downtown Oakland high-rise in a dramatic rescue Thursday, an hour after an equipment malfunction left them stranded almost 20 stories up.
NBC Bay Area's chopper flew over Oakland City Center, at 1111 Broadway, a 24-story structure near 11th Street, capturing images of a rescue that conjured up images of Spider-Man. A firefighter rappelled down the glass exterior and hoisted the workers into a basket, as emergency crews peered over the roof of the structure.
Oakland Fire Battalion Chief Coy Justice said the department had trained for something like this, but never had to deal with such a real-life operation.
Firefighter Brian Fukuhara was one of the crew members who actually rescued the workers. "They were very thankful," he said.
A security officer said the men got stuck because of either a motor or cable problem with their equipment. The worker did not want to be named. The men got stuck at about 10:48 a.m.
Attorney Neal Parish was inside the building at the time, when firefighters told him the workers got stuck somewhere between the 19th and 20th floors. Parish went into a colleague's office and snapped a photo. "I was just lucky on the timing," he said.
The 1st window washer being brought to the roof looked happy to be rescued - pic from inside 24th floor at 1111 B'way pic.twitter.com/M8evfRXhtm
— Neal Parish (@NAParish) October 2, 2014
Police shut down Broadway between 11th and 12th streets while first responders figure out how to rescue the men.
The high-profile high-rise is home to many prominent law firms, including Wendel Rosen Black & Dean LLP, DeHay & Ellison, and other corporate tenants including Merrill Lynch and HNTB.
— Stephanie Chuang (@StephChuang) October 2, 2014
Unfortunately, I didn't get a good pic of the fireman walking up the building, since he went past a different window. pic.twitter.com/niocPBOoOv
— Neal Parish (@NAParish) October 2, 2014
Bay City News contributed to this report.
Photo Credit: Neal Parish via Twitter
A firefighter rescue two window washer stuck outside 1111 Broadway in downtown Oakland, Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014.
When the Coast Guard got a call on Sept. 15 about a pollutant filling a storm drain by the old English Station Power Plant in New Haven, it immediately notified the plant's owners and headed into the building to investigate.
“They entered the building and they noticed several open drums, broken tanks, leaking valves, and a slick liquid on the floor that made walking very difficult,” said Captain Edward Cubanski, Sector Commander for the Coast Guard in New Haven.
The owners, Asnat Realty of New York and Evergreen Power of Maryland, were then told to remedy the situation immediately.
“The companies, they didn't have the resources to respond to this, so the Coast Guard federalized this case on the 24th of September," said Cubanski. "We hired Moran Environmental Recovery to work with us.”
Now the Coast Guard and the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection are working together to get into the building, figure out what exactly is inside and find a way to safely remove it.
“We put booms around the site, because the Coast Guard and the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, we have been chasing nuisance sheens around this site, in the Mill River area, for the past month and a half,” said Cubanski.
The DEEP says those sheens and the potential leaks in the old power plant could be a danger to the environment.
“There is contamination in the soil at the station site, PCBs, metal, the petroleum products, and there are materials in the building,” said Dennis Schain, spokesman for the DEEP.
United Illuminating was also called because it owned the plant previously. UI says it’s been working with the DEEP for the past several months to try to identify the materials in the building.
Representatives for Asnat Realty and Evergreen Power did not return a request for comment.
The Toronto company that won Atlantic City's Revel casino at a bankruptcy auction is facing financial problems at a Hard Rock casino it owns in Las Vegas.
Brookfield US Holdings LLC owns the Hard Rock and the Atlantic Paradise Island in the Bahamas.
In an August filing with securities regulators, the company said it did not have the money to make an interest payment due that month, and was trying to work things out with its lenders.
The filing said lenders could demand immediate payment of nearly $1 billion in debt.
Brookfield spokesman Andrew Willis says the negotiations underway for the Hard Rock property will not affect its ability to complete the Revel purchase.
Brookfield will pay $110 million for Revel, which cost $2.4 billion to build.
Details of Brookfield's financial problems in Las Vegas were first reported by Philly.com.
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State police are investigating after a maintenance worker at Bradley International Airport noticed that a chain link fence had been tampered with.
State police said troopers assigned to the airport were called to investigate and found no problems at the facility or on the grounds, but the Connecticut Airport Authority, TSA and the FBI were all notified.
State Police are investigating and ask anyone with information to call the State Police Bradley Airport office at 860-292-7400.
If you see anything suspicious, call the Homeland Security Tips line at 1-866-HLS-TIPS.
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State police are investigating after a maintenance worker at Bradley International Airport noticed that a chain link fence had been tampered with.
A 14-year-old Norwalk student is facing charges after posting inappropriate photos of a teacher at Brien McMahon High School and implying that she was having unprofessional relations with her students, according to police.
Police said the student used a smartphone app called Streetchat to post pictures of a Spanish teacher with sexually charged captions.
A school resource officer helped identify the student responsible. Police said the teen was charged with harassment, a misdemeanor offense, and was referred to the Juvenile Review Board.
While investigating the incident, the school resource officer found other Streetchat posts from students at Brien McMahon that could be considered cyberbullying, including pictures of classmates with insulting or inflammatory captions, according to police.
Police said the Juvenile Review Board will hear the student's case. Officers plan to speak with students about social media conduct and are investigating other possible harassment cases on Streetchat.
A Wolcott roofing company is facing more than $40,000 in fines following the death of a worker in Watertown over the summer, which could have been prevented with the proper safeguards, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration found that a 28-year-old M&M Roofing employee was wearing a safety harness but was not properly anchored when he fell 18 feet to his death while removing roof shingles in Watertown on July 12.
“Being tied to an independent anchorage point is a critical element of fall protection. Otherwise, there is nothing to stop a worker from falling and suffering a fatal or disabling injury,” said OSHA area director Warren Simpson, in a statement on Thursday.
According to the Department of Labor, M&M Roofing was cited three times in 2011 for similar hazards at work sites in Enfield, Wolcott and Manchester.
After the most recent inspection following the Watertown death, the company was cited with a “repeat violation” for failure to provide workers with fall protection, along with two “serious violations” for an unguarded skylight and allowing employees to work too close to a charged power line, DOL officials said.
A repeat violation means the company has been cited multiple times over the past five years, while a serious violation means there is a “substantial probability that death or serious physical harm could result from a hazard about which the employer knew or should have known,” according to the DOL.
M&M Roofing has been fined $40,600 and must meet with OSHA representatives within 15 days.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, falls are the leading cause of worksite deaths. Three Connecticut workers fell to their deaths in 2012.
More information on fall prevention is available online.
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The city of Hartford was dealt a major financial blow today when a well-known credit rating agency lowered the city’s bond rating, which could make it more expensive to borrow money for projects, including the proposed minor league ballpark.
Towns and cities, including Hartford, raise money for things like road repairs and school construction by issuing bonds that they pay back over a long period of time, often several decades.
Moody’s Investor Service, one of the agencies that rates the city of Hartford’s ability to borrow and repay money, lowered the city’s rating one notch, from A1 to A2, which would still be considered an upper medium grade.
However, if the city doesn’t clean up its financial situation, the rating could drop even more.
This could impact the city’s plan to build a new baseball stadium for the minor league Rock Cats franchise, since the city might have to buy and improve property.
Hartford Councilman David MacDonald said the downgraded rating "comes at a very inopportune time for our city as we are about to issue $82 million in bonds later this month."
He said it will increase the city's debt service and could pose problems for future bonding, including school renovation projects and the the Downtown North development.
"This proposal has the strong possibility of further negatively impacting our budget and worsening our already weak financial position, which in all likelihood will lead to further reductions in our credit rating in the future," MacDonald said in a statement.
"It's the administration's responsibility to properly manage the budget to avoid using the Fund Balance," he continued. "The Mayor promised the credit rating agencies that he would not touch the Fund Balance, yet he has done just that, reducing it from $30 million to around $14 million."
Mayor Hartford Segarra, however, is maintaining an optimistic outlook.
“It is tough to hear but we have to keep everything in perspective,” Segarra said in a statement Thursday.
"The City of Hartford has held the line on spending by operating with minimal staff, despite the fact that the need for city services continues to grow," he said. "As far as cities go, we are doing better than most. This is precisely why we need to expedite economic development in our capital city, and why public/private partnerships are a better option than bonding.”
Moody’s says Hartford’s “narrow financial position is expected to weaken further,” which could lower the bond rating even further in the future.
The agency criticized the way the city balanced its most recent budget by using one-time revenue sources and selling off property, calling it an “unsustainable budgetary practice.”
It also noted that Hartford’s $30 million rainy day fund has dropped almost in half, and criticized the city for extending its pension funding schedule by 10 years, which the rating agency believes is “indicative of significant financial strain.”
“While disappointed with today’s actions by the rating agency,” Hartford City Treasurer Adam Cloud said in a statement, "the Treasurer’s Office remains committed to working with the Mayor and his Administration to address the rating agency’s concerns in the budgeting forecast for upcoming fiscal years. Specifically, we’ll work together on addressing the Fund Balance, projected deficits and eliminating one-time revenue sources.”
City officials said Moody’s rationale downgrading the rating was also influenced by unemployment, lack of financial flexibility due to contractual obligations and limited revenue sources and cited strengths that included strong pension fund practices and the city’s status as a regional economic center.
Hartford is dealing with a budget crisis.
The Stamford High School principal and assistant principal are facing charges after failing to contact authorities about a sexual relationship between a student and teacher that first came to light last December, according to police.
Police arrested 32-year-old English teacher Danielle Watkins in July after learning that she had been sexually involved with an 18-year-old student and supplied him with marijuana, authorities said.
Now, Stamford High School Principal Donna Valentine, 62, and Assistant Principal Roth Nordin, 59, are facing charges for allegedly failing to report the situation to authorities.
According to police, “several independent sources” informed administrators of the relationship as early as December 2013. The school conducted its own investigation without contacting the Department of Children and Families.
Valentine and Nordin were arrested Thursday and charged with failure to report, a misdemeanor offense. Police began investigating the administrators in August.
Stamford Supt. Dr. Winifred Hamilton released the following statement Thursday in response to the arrests:
“The safety and security of our students is, and always will be, our top priority. An arrest of this nature is unprecedented in our district, and until all of the facts are known, the administrators in question will be placed on administrative leave without prejudice, as is the standard procedure when such allegations are made. Once all the facts are known, we will take the opportunity to look closely at our practices and training to determine whether we should make changes in our processes going forward.”
Stamford Mayor David Martin said in a statement Thursday that "the safety and wellbeing of the children in our community is our first responsibility."
"This is a reminder of the critical importance of working together to uphold our responsibility to the children and to the public. To that end, the community expects all people working with children to promptly report potential instances of abuse," Martin said. "We will be closely following the developments and hope the situation will soon be resolved.”
Watkins is accused of having sexual relations with the student between September 2013 and June 2014 and threatened to fail him in her class if he broke off the relationship, according to police. She was subsequently placed on administrative leave.
Police continue to investigate the situation.
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Stamford High School Principal Donna Valentine (left) and Assistant Principal Roth Nordin are facing charges after police say they failed to contact authorities about a sexual relationship between a student and teacher.
A standoff that prompted evacuations and a shelter-in-place order in Shelton on Thursday ended when authorities "successfully negotiated" with a man with a gun and took him into custody.
Police evacuated residents of Longview Road after a 41-year-old man showed up in a woman's backyard around 3:15 p.m. and threatened to hurt himself. Authorities said the two did not know one another.
Other neighbors were urged to stay inside their homes while police set up a perimeter and began to negotiate with the armed man.
A regional special response team was called out, along with Connecticut State Police and authorities from Shelton and Milford.
The man peacefully surrendered around 6 p.m. and was taken into custody for a mental health evaluation. No charges have been filed.
Police said no one was hurt and no shots were fired.
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North Branford residents are speaking out against plans to build a 65,000-gallon propane storage facility on this property on Ciro Road.
“Do you want to live next to something that's like a small atomic bomb?” asked James Flaherty.
Flaherty alleges that the facility would be dangerous because of its close vicinity to hundreds of homes. Right across the street is a cell tower, which Flaherty describes as the town's largest lightning rod.
“You have hot tanks venting gas. You have a very serious lightning strike threat; that's a scenario for catastrophe as far as I can see,” he said.
It's not only the facility that he opposes, it's the way he says the town has gone about it by pushing it through, changing zoning regulations and failing to disclose that the owner of the land sits on the Town Council.
The town says the proposal has gone through the proper process, including a public hearing held on the matter.
Some residents are trying to put it to a referendum by collecting signatures on a petition, which they'll submit at next week's Town Council meeting.
“I think the townspeople have an enormous right to vote on the most dangerous thing they've ever proposed in the town, and they're trying to deny the people the right to reverse the zoning regulations,” said Flaherty.
A Planning and Zoning meeting will take place Thursday, but officials don't expect to make any final decisions on the facility.
Neither the North Branford mayor, Planning and Zoning chairman nor the Town Council member who owns the property and the company that would build the facility returned requests for comment.
Severe thunderstorms packing winds of up to 90 mph tore through the Dallas-Fort Worth area Thursday, ripping a roof from a college building in Arlington, toppling a brick wall in historic Fort Worth and leaving thousands in the dark.
The fast-moving storms left widespread damage and power outages in the their wake Thursday afternoon across North Texas, as winds downed utility poles and large tree limbs.
Winds ripped the roof from the girls' dorm on the Arlington Baptist College campus. Lt. Lee Tovar with the Arlington Fire Department said one person was transported to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
Many of the students had gone home for the weekend, but those who were there said they ran into the lobby as the roof started to peel away. The debris damaged several cars in the parking lot.
Until the building is fixed, no one will be allowed to stay there. Family, friends and churches in the area are helping the displaced girls until a long-term solution is found.
Chopper 5 also spotted major damage at JD Higgins Company in the 1600 block of Industrial Court in Arlington. The roof was ripped off exposing the inside of the building to the elements.
Storms also triggered a building collapse in the Stockyards in Fort Worth during the height of the storm, the fire department said.
The back wall of the old Stage Coach Hotel at 2408 North Main Street collapsed during the storm. The collapse sent nearly 100 old bricks smashing down onto eight cars parked below.
Fort Worth Fire is concerned the other three walls may not be stable and have evacuated neighboring buildings, including the Lonesome Dove Western Bistro, Maverick Fine Western Wear, Elephant Saloon and Love Shack.
North Main Street is closed between NW 23rd Street and NW 25th Street. It’s unclear how long the closure will be in place. No one was injured, but eight vehicles were damaged, some totaled.
Numerous sheet metal sheds were mangled, and a limb crushed an unoccupied car in eastern Fort Worth.
The Dallas County Sheriff's Office says wind is to blame for power lines and a fiber optic line being torn down across Interstate 20 at Cockrell Hill Road. No injuries were reported, from Chopper 5 one car could be seen with the power line across its hood.
The lines came down around 4:25 p.m. and the roadway was closed for nearly four hours. NBC 5's Amanda Guerra reported the roadway reopened around 8 p.m. but not before mothers and their children abandoned their cars on the highway to go to a nearby gas station for food, water and restrooms.
In Dallas, traffic lights were out for a large section of Lake Highlands and along Greenville Avenue, east of US-75 Central Expressway, Thursday evening.
The stop arms at several DART light rail crossings were down for hours, including the crossing at Audelia Road, just south of I-635, causing lengthy traffic delays.
NBC 5 crews came across two massive trees that were uprooted buy the storm. Power poles and large street signs were knocked down in the area around Southern Methodist University.
Frisco firefighters said a house fire in the 12200 block of Blue Ridge Drive may have been caused by lightning. The City of Frisco said a neighbor who called 911 reported seeing lightning strike the two-story home at around 4:25 p.m. No one was at home at the time of the fire. One firefighter was treated for a minor injury.
Denton County got hit early in the storm seeing heavy downpours and up-to baseball sized hail reported in some areas. Besides some flash flooding and tree damage though, the area dodged the worst of the storm.
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Strong winds damaged a building at the Arlington Baptist College, Oct. 2, 2014.
Police named a second person of interest in the disappearance of two young Maryland sisters decades ago and said there's a good change their bodies are buried in a remote area of Virginia.
The Lyon sisters -- Sheila, 12, and Katherine, 10 -- vanished March 25, 1975, from a Wheaton shopping center.
Montgomery County, Maryland, authorities have been searching a property located in Bedford County, Virginia, between Lynchburg and Roanoke since last week. It was once owned by the family of 57-year-old Lloyd Lee Welch Jr., who is also known as Michael Welch. He was named a person of interest in February.
His uncle Richard Allen Welch Sr. of Hyattsville, Maryland, was named a person of interest Thursday afternoon. He worked as a security guard in the 1970s, and police believe he owned and may still own the property being searched.
Half a dozen people have come forward and talked to police since Lloyd Welch was named, News4 learned. Each told similar stories of being approached at the Wheaton Plaza shopping center by a man with a badge accusing them of stealing something and attempting to grab them and lead them to a parking area.
Investigators believe all of those who came forward were teenagers when they were approached, and at least one of the reports happened two years after the Lyon sisters disappeared, sources close to the investigation said. Investigators are looking at that pattern of behavior.
Police want anyone who had a business in the area of Wheaton Plaza in the mid-1970s to check their records to see if they employed a security guard named Richard Welch.
At his Hyattsville homeThursday evening, a woman refused to answer questions, but neighbors told News4's Jackie Bensen police were at the house for several hours Sept. 19.
A grand jury will be called in Bedford County Friday.
Police zeroed in on Taylor Mountain, where they are looking to recover evidence "that will hold those that harmed those girls responsible in a court of law." They believe the Lyon sisters are on the mountain.
Detectives have not found any remains, sources said, though neighbors in the area think police are searching for remains at a nearby cemetery.
The Bedford County Sheriff's Office confirmed that officers were assisting Montgomery County Police "with a homicide investigation."
They've said they're "very confident" they're close to finding out exactly what happened to the sisters.
The Bedford County Sheriff's Office also said cold case investigators had traveled to the area last week to meet with Bedford County authorities and Virginia State Police.
The Lyon sisters' case is etched into the memories of several generations of Washington-area families. It shattered a sense of safety in the D.C. suburbs and made parents afraid to let their children out of their sight.
On March 25, 1975, the Lyon sisters had planned a day at a local shopping center. They were on spreak break and wanted to get some pizza for lunch and see the Easter decorations at Wheaton Plaza, now known as Westfield Wheaton Mall.
With less than $4, they left their home in Kensington, Maryland, and walked the half-mile or so to Wheaton Plaza.
There, a friend saw the girls outside the Orange Bowl restaurant with an older man who had a tape recorder and a briefcase, according to news and missing persons reports.
The girls were later spotted walking home, but by their 4 p.m. curfew, they hadn't arrived. By 7 p.m. that night, police had been called.
Later, a composite sketch was distributed of the man who seen talking to them. Tips flowed in, but to no avail.
Sheila and Katherine were never seen again.
In February, police identified a person of interest in connection with their disappearance. Lloyd Lee Welch Jr. is a convicted sex offender who has been in prison in Delaware since 1997 on a rape conviction. Welch was noticed paying attention to the sisters the afternoon they vanished, investigators said.
"Even though so much time has passed, we have not forgotten that those young girls deserve justice, and their family deserves closure," said Montgomery County Police Chief Thomas Manger in February.
Welch is originally from the D.C. area. Between the 1970s and the mid-1990s, he traveled extensively through the United States while working for a carnival company with his girlfriend Helen Craver, police said.
Welch was charged with raping juveniles in Virginia and South Carolina. He was also arrested in a burglary not far from Wheaton Plaza. He was known to hitchhike throughout the D.C. area.
Many people who grew up in the area remember the disappearance of the sisters, and how deeply it shook their sense of safety.
"It was just stunning. It could have been anybody's kids," said Charleen Merkel earlier this year while shopping at Westfield Wheaton.
"It brings back a lot of memories of being scared growing up," said another shopper, who did not give her name.
In an era when children frequently walked to school and elsewhere alone, parents started keeping their children inside.
"The Community Just Held Its Breath"
In 2005, 30 years after the girls' disappearance, police spoke about the frustration of never being able to solve a case that struck such an emotional chord for the community and for themselves.
The Lyon sisters' older brother, Jay, became a police officer.
"It's a hit-home case," Philip C. Raum, a longtime law enforcement officer in Montgomery County who headed the police's Major Crimes Unit for four years, told Montgomery County's Gazette newspaper in an article on the 30th anniversary of the disappearance.
The girls' father, John Lyon was a performer and a popular radio personality on WMAL in Bethesda.
Radio personality Chris Core had just started working with him at WMAL when the girls disappeared.
"It's in that group of moments where the community just held its breath," Core told the Gazette in 2005.
"Partly because John was a well-known celebrity and partly because here are two innocent little girls going to the mall and disappear off the face of the earth, never to be heard from again."
Baltimore author Laura Lippman wrote a 2007 novel, "What the Dead Know," after being inspired by the Lyon case.
"The story... happened when I was a teenager, not much older than the girls who disappeared (the Lyon sisters) and living in a similarly 'safe' suburb," Lippman wrote in a chat on GoodReads.com. "It resonated very deeply with me."
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Sheila and Katherine Lyon were 12 and 10, respectively, when they disappeared from a Maryland mall in March 1975. A sex offender serving time for a rape conviction was named Feb. 11, 2014, as a person of interest in the cold case.
Thousands waited hours in the sun to see Former First Lady and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton Thursday in South Florida.
Clinton was signing copies of her new book "Hard Choices" at Books & Books at 265 Aragon Ave. in Coral Gables.
There, she spoke about her book and about becoming a grandmother just a few days ago, saying, "I highly recommend it!"
Earlier on Thursday, Clinton spoke at the Crew Network Convention & Marketplace at the Loews Hotel in Miami Beach.
Her message for the 1,200 professional women at the event was one of empowerment.
"You can't get tied into knots by what others say and think, because we all know women sometimes get judged by different criteria -- even powerful women in powerful positions," she said.
Karyl Argamasilla, with the Miami Crew chapter, said she took Clinton's message to heart.
"At the end of the day, she's someone who has broken all the glass ceilings," Argamasilla said.
At one point, a woman in the audience shouted out, "2016!" -- the only mention of a possible presidential run during Clinton's Miami stops. But those in attendance said they don't doubt she'll be joining the race.
"She's already been to Iowa," said Steve Sails. "She's running."
The new Jackson Laboratory will bring cutting-edge research to the UConn Health Center in Farmington when the 200,000-square-foot facility opens its doors Tuesday.
The multi-million-dollar project built in part with state funding will employ some 300 people over the next 10 years.
“They will be living in this building, some of them, to actually produce some of the most cutting edge and groundbreaking results,” said site director, Yu-hui Rogers.
Medically, Rogers says it will have a big impact on Connecticut. For example, the technology will allow scientists to study the DNA of infants born in the state, and predict if, and what health problems they may have in the future.
“It makes it possible to study how our genome functions, and how it actually impacts our health state,” she said.
Two people were rescued from the Quinnipiac River in New Haven on Thursday night after their canoe flipped while they were fishing, according to fire officials at the scene.
The fire department's marine unit and the Coast Guard responded to the area just off James Street and pulled the two people to safety around 8:30 p.m.
No one was injured, authorities said.
Two families will need to find another place to stay tonight after a two-alarm fire tore through their apartment building on Whalley Avenue in New Haven on Thursday night.
Fire officials at the scene said the flames appear to have started in the kitchen at 473 Whalley Avenue. No one was home when the fire broke out and no injuries have been reported.
Two families have been displaced.
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Two families were displaced by a two-alarm fire at this apartment building on Whalley Avenue in New Haven Thursday night.