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    Westport police have arrested a man accused of posing as a guest at a Connecticut wedding and stealing a newlywed couple’s wedding gifts

    Frank A. Burnett, 30, of Mansfield, is accused of stealing a bird cage filled with several wedding cards during a reception at the Longshore Inn in Westport at 7 p.m. on Oct. 10.

    Police officers responded to the inn that night and determined that a man had been posing as a guest at the reception or the hotel and was loitering in the lobby and talking on the phone before grabbing the birdcage and walking out, police said.

    Police set up a perimeter, brought in a K9 unit and searched the grounds, but only found the empty bird cage.  Then, they released surveillance of the theft to news outlets in Connecticut and new New York and the tips started coming in. 

    Police said Burnett attended a different wedding at the in weeks earlier and returned on Oct. 10.

    He turned himself in today after learning about a warrant for his arrest and was charged with fourth-degree larceny.

    He posted $2,000 bond and is due in Norwalk Superior Court on Nov. 17.


     



    Photo Credit: Westport Police

    Frank Burnett, left, is accused of stealing gifts from a wedding in Westport. Right, police released this surveillance photo in hopes of identifying him.Frank Burnett, left, is accused of stealing gifts from a wedding in Westport. Right, police released this surveillance photo in hopes of identifying him.

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    A first grader from Bridgeport got the ride to school of her dreams this morning when a big red fire truck took her to Black Rock School, with lights on and sirens sounding.

    Liza Powell won the trip in a raffle at school during Fire Prevention Safety Week in October and firefighters took her on a tour of the city before dropping her off.

    “It was so fun,” Liza said, wishing this was her ride to school every day.

    It’s a moment her mother said she will remember forever as well.

    “You want to create memories for your daughter. And this is something she’ll always remember, and I sincerely thank those firefighters for creating this memory for them. It just touches my heart and I know it touches hers too,” Liza’s mom, Sue Ellen Powell, said.

    While the ride on the fire truck was the highlight of the day, the important lessons she learned during Fire Prevention Safety Week will serve her well, including “stop, drop and roll,” calling 911 when there is an emergency and making sure some detectors are operational.

    “If you don’t have one, then they won’t know there’s a fire and the firefighters won’t come,” she said.

    Firefighters from Engine 7 said they were glad to makes Powell’s day while also teaching the students about fire safety.



    Photo Credit: NBCConnecticut.com

    Liza Powell  got a ride to school today on a fire truck after winning a raffle during fire prevention week.Liza Powell got a ride to school today on a fire truck after winning a raffle during fire prevention week.

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    A West Hartford woman has been charged with driving while intoxicated after hitting a bicyclist Wednesday evening, according to police.

    Police said 67-year-old Cynthia Simpson was driving with a blood alcohol content of .09 when she crashed into 29-year-old bicyclist Nathan Nokes, of Washington state.

    According to police, Nokes was riding his bike on Fern Street and tried to turn left onto North Main Street when Simpson, who was turning from Fern Street onto North Main Street, crossed over the center line and struck Nokes around 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.

    Nokes was knocked onto the hood of Simpson's car and fell to the ground, according to police. He complained of soreness but refused medical treatment.

    Police said Nokes was wearing proper reflective gear at the time of the crash. His bike was heavily damaged, and Simpson's car sustained damage to the hood and front end.

    Authorities tested Simpson's blood alcohol content and determined it to be .094 and .091, according to police.

    Simpson was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated and failure to drive in a proper lane. She was released on bond.



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    A Staten Island man allegedly fired arrows from a crossbow at neighbors' cars as part of an ongoing dispute and then cried for his grandmother when police slapped cuffs on him after one of the incidents, authorities say.

    The 25-year-old man faces attempted assault, reckless endangerment, criminal mischief and criminal weapons possession charges after the chain of altercations outside his home on Cunningham Road and Hylan Boulevard in Pleasant Plains, according to a criminal complaint from the Staten Island DA’s office.

    The standoff began on Oct. 23, when the man allegedly fired a crossbow at a neighbor’s van as they were getting out of the vehicle. The arrow missed the neighbor but punctured a tire, police say.

    Then, on Oct. 30, the man accosted the neighbor again with the loaded crossbow in hand, according to court papers. He didn’t fire but said, “If you don’t stop making noise, I’m going to kill you and burn your house down,” the complaint says.

    On Wednesday, the complaint alleges, one of the neighbor’s friends was driving his car in the area when he heard a loud bang. He got out of the car and saw a crossbow arrow sticking out of the side of the car’s rear passenger door.

    The friend called police, who allegedly saw the man carrying the crossbow back into his house.

    Officers went to arrest the man, who tried to resist and yelled, “Grandma, please help me! Don’t let them arrest me.”

    Officers eventually cuffed the man and found a slingshot and canister of pepper spray in his pocket, the complaint says.


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    An angry judge called the man who admitted to stabbing his wife and two young daughters to death in a jealous rage a "vile and despicable person" as he handed down a 45-year sentence in the killings.

    Miguel Mejia-Ramos was sentenced in a Queens court Friday in the January stabbing deaths of his 21-year-old wife, Deisy Garcia, and their 1- and 2-year-old daughters. The sentence was part of a plea agreement the man made with prosecutors in October.

    "There are no words for how sickened people are in this courtroom at the sight of you," Judge Kenneth Holder said in the sentencing hearing.

    Garcia's mother and aunt both came to the hearing, making emotional pleas for a strict sentence. 

    "We put trust in this young man," said Evelinda Alvarado, Garia's aunt. "He deceived the family."

    Mejia-Ramos asked for forgiveness from the family, saying through a translator, "I know this sentence is not enough to pay for what I've done."

    Mejia-Ramos was initially charged with first- and second-degree murder and criminal possession of a weapon in the January stabbings of his 21-year-old wife, Deisy Garcia, and their 1- and 2-year-old daughters. He later pleaded to lesser crimes in exchange for a more lenient sentence.

    Mejia-Ramos fled New York after the slayings and was arrested in Texas a short time later after authorities tracked his cellphone.

    Prosecutors had said Mejia-Ramos stood over his sleeping wife and two daughters with a knife after seeing a photo of Facebook of Garcia and another man. Garcia awoke and screamed, and he stabbed her as she got out of bed and ran to another room, prosecutors said. Mejia-Ramos grabbed another knife and stabbed her multiple times in the torso, chest and back, they said.

    After stabbing Garcia, Mejia-Ramos went back to the bedroom where 2-year-old Daniela and 1-year-old Yoselin lay, prosecutors said. He picked up Daniela, gave her a hug and a kiss, asked for forgiveness, then put her back on the bed and killed her, prosecutors said.

    He then did the same with Yoselin, they said.



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    The mother and aunt of a 14-year-old boy reported missing from New Haven on Halloween are facing kidnapping charges after smuggling him to Massachusetts despite a court order to stay away from the teen, according to police.

    Police said the boy’s mom, Jackeline Reyes-Cruz, 32, and his aunt, Yesenia Reyes, 30, both of New Bedford, Massachusetts, devised a plan to kidnap the boy after Reyes-Cruz was stripped of custody rights.

    The teen’s legal guardian told police she had been granted custody in 2013 and that Reyes-Cruz had been ordered to stay away from the boy and his brother. The court order also required the boy’s whereabouts to be hidden from his mother, according to police.

    Police said Reyes-Cruz sent the boy a cellphone and used it to coordinate the kidnapping. She directed him to delete their text messages and asked him to meet her outside his New Haven home the afternoon of Oct. 31.

    Authorities issued a Silver Alert and said they were concerned the boy hadn’t been taking his regular medication.

    Social media and cellphone pings led police to New Bedford, where the boy was found safe, according to police.

    Reyes-Cruz and Reyes were each charged with second-degree kidnapping, conspiracy to commit risk of injury to a minor and first-degree custodial interference.



    Photo Credit: New Haven Police Department

    Jackeline Reyes-Cruz is accused of kidnapping her 14-year-old son and bringing him to New Bedford, Massachusetts, after a court ordered no contact between the two.Jackeline Reyes-Cruz is accused of kidnapping her 14-year-old son and bringing him to New Bedford, Massachusetts, after a court ordered no contact between the two.

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    EDITOR'S NOTE: The details of this case are graphic and may be upsetting for some readers.

    Thousands of people lit candles at 7 p.m. Friday to remember Scotty McMillan, the 3-year-old Philadelphia-area boy who prosecutors said was tortured and killed by his mother's boyfriend.

    "How could you do that to a 3-year-old boy?" asked Jeff Messantonio, of Norristown, Pa., who started the Facebook page calling for people to simultaneously light candles, wherever they are, to "light the way to heaven" for Scotty.

    More than 16,000 people joined the event and honored the Chester County boy, who investigators said had already died before arriving at a local hospital Tuesday night.

    “When his body went into the emergency room our ER nurses — who see a lot of terrible things — when they saw his body, they wept,” said Chester County District Attorney Thomas Hogan.

    A Chester County church also held a vigil to honor the boy, as well as 41-year-old Jacinda Miller, who was shot and killed by her estranged boyfriend outside the Brandywine YMCA Monday night.

    The Gateway Church, located at 160 Cowan Road in Sadsbury, remembered McMillan and Miller in a service Friday night.

    The toddler's death shocked people across the Delaware Valley, who learned Thursday that Scotty’s own mother, Jillian Tait, and her boyfriend Gary Fellenbaum are facing murder charges after the boy was found unresponsive inside the West Caln Township trailer home the couple shared with Fellenbaum’s estranged wife, Amber Fellenbaum.

    “Over a three-day period… he was systematically tortured and beaten to death,” Hogan said. “He was punched in the face and in the stomach, he was scourged with a homemade whip, he was lashed with a metal rod, he was tied to a chair and beaten, he was tied upside down by his feet and beaten, his head was smashed through a wall and at the end of that he had bruises on top of bruises all over his body.”

    Hogan announced Thursday a total of 16 charges against Gary Fellenbaum including first- and third-degree murder charges, homicide, endangering the welfare of a child, assault and reckless endangerment. Tait faces 15 charges, including first-degree murder, according to court records.

    A judge denied bail to both Fellenbaum and Tait at a Wednesday arraignment.

    Messantonio said the crime disturbed himself and his wife so much, parents to an 11-month-old, that they felt compelled to do something to remember him.

    "I expected a few hundred of my [Facebook] friends to respond," he said. "Not 15,000."

    Messantonio asked anyone who lit a candle in Scotty's honor to post a photo of the flame and their location to the page.

    "It's truly amazing to see our community come together for this little boy," he said. "Let's do this the right way for him."

    He also reminded the public to refrain from making comments about the boy's relatives -- many learned of his death from the same news reports as others.



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    A Milford man was arrested after stealing almost $2,500 worth of cigarettes from a local variety store, police said.

    Police responded to Bobby G’s variety store, at 40 Naugatuck Avenue, on Oct. 12 after receiving a report of a burglary.

    After investigating, they obtained an arrest warrant for David Paul, 31, of Milford, who is accused of damaging the door and taking $2,495 worth of cigarettes from the store.

    He has been charged with third-degree burglary, third-degree larceny and third-degree criminal mischief.

    Paul was held on $150,000 bond. It’s not clear if he has an attorney.



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    A 13- and 14-year-old from New Haven are facing charges after violently robbing and beating three adults in Hamden along with a group of peers, according to police.

    Police are calling it a crime spree and said there might be other victims.

    According to police, about half a dozen teens tried to break into a home on Goodrich Street around 1 a.m. Friday. The group then targeted middle-aged adults walking in the area.

    "It appears to be a group of very young actors engaged in very violent behavior," explained Hamden police chief Thomas Wydra. "It didn't matter who was going to be the victim. They were going up and down the street, looking for whoever to accost."

    A 54-year-old Hamden resident told police he was walking on Newhall Street when an “angry group” of teens demanded his money and personal belongings. The teens attacked the man and pistol whipped him, then ran off, according to police.

    While investigators were talking interviewing the first victim, a 59-year-old man came forward and told them he, too, had been assaulted.

    The second victim said he was also walking on Newhall Street when about eight people started chasing him. He ran to a nearby home for help when one member of the group pointed a gun at him, then pistol whipped him. The teens then started beating him with shovels, sticks and other yard tools, police said.

    A third victim, age 43, was found “stumbling down Dixwell Avenue near Hamden Street” and taken to Yale-New Haven Hospital for treatment. The man told police five people attacked him while he was walking westbound on Goodrich Street. He was pistol whipped, knocked to the ground, then punched and kicked repeatedly, according to police.

    Police said the group stole $7 and cigarettes from the third victim.

    Community members are alarmed and are calling for action.

    "My concern is that we need to find a way to rally the community and find a way to have more policing on the street at one in the morning," said Deacon Clinton Robinson, of New Haven. "We have to find out how we can convey to the parents that kids need to be at home at one in the morning, not running the streets."

    Two teens have been charged with second-degree assault and conspiracy to commit second-degree assault. Police are still looking for the other suspects.

    Anyone with information is urged to call Hamden police at 203-230-4000.



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    Two teens have been charged in the violent attacks and robberies of three adults near the intersection of Goodrich Street and Newhall Street in New Haven.Two teens have been charged in the violent attacks and robberies of three adults near the intersection of Goodrich Street and Newhall Street in New Haven.

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    Police say he could have tried to get help, or even used the phone to call someone, instead they say what this man did is the lowest of the low, and they want your help to find him.

    "He saw a traumatic event happen. He saw someone get hit by a train and the first thing that he thinks of is to pick up a phone," said Todd Mitchell.

    After the unthinkable, the unspeakable.

    "I just find it very sick, but hopefully she's resting in peace right now," said Michael Evans.

    "It doesn't seem like a realistic thing," said Kaela Holmes.

    T riders are unable to wrap their heads around what transit police call a reprehensible crime, that they are sure was no accident.

    "Absolutely. Apparently yes, but absolutely," said Interim Transit Police Chief Kenneth Green.

    Thursday before 10 p.m., a 26-year-old woman was struck and killed by an oncoming red line train at the busy Downtown Crossing station.

    No foul play is suspected.

    Moments later, the man who police say witnessed it happen, put his foot on the woman's cell phone, that landed on the platform after the impact from the train.

    He put his hands to his face in what officers say was feigned alarm, looked left, looked right, bent down, tucked the phone in his pocket, and took off.

    The court of public opinion's judgment has been swift and decisive.

    "The guy just sounds like a scumbag. He should have called for help or called 911 at least," said Andrew Murray.

    "Why would he steal that lady's phone. Probably come back to haunt you, some people don't think about that stuff," said Fray Silvestre.

    Police say the suspect turned himself in at MBTA police headquarters Friday night.



    Photo Credit: MBTA Transit Police Department

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    A teacher at Southington High School was removed from class Thursday morning due to “inappropriate behavior,” the school principal wrote in a letter to parents.

    “Today at Southington High School a situation occurred with one of our teachers who behaved in an unprofessional manner during period 1 and 2 classes,” Dr. Martin J. Semmel wrote in the letter. “When it was reported during period 2 to the main office, this individual was removed immediately from the classroom.”

    Semmel said administrators are addressing the situation. He declined to identify the teacher or elaborate on the incident, citing “a personnel issue.”

    Students, who described the teacher as popular and the behavior as uncharacteristic, said rumors are flying.

    “I heard that a teacher, a Spanish teacher, came in drunk to school, and I guess he got in an altercation with a student,” said Southington High School senior Justin Flanagan.

    Semmel offered to meet with concerned parents and said resources are available to students who want to talk about what happened.

    “You can be assured that we will take all steps to provide a safe and productive learning environment for all students,” Semmel wrote, adding that “a qualified instructor” would begin teaching Friday morning.



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    As the holidays approach, dozens of Connecticut military members are deployed overseas and you can help make things easier for their family here at home through Operation ELF.

    “The Connecticut National Guard holds this generous campaign each year, giving all of us an opportunity to support and say ‘thank you’ to the families of those who are admirably serving our nation and are deployed during the holidays,” Gov. Dannel Malloy said in a statement. “Not only do the men and women serving in the military deserve our utmost respect, but we also wholeheartedly acknowledge the sacrifices that their families make because of their loved one’s commitment to our country. I encourage everyone to give what they can to help those who have given so much to all of us.”

    Operation ELF -- Embracing Lonely Families – has been helping families of deployed military members since 2003 by providing gift cards to pharmacies, grocery, department, and home supply stores, as well as donations of fuel oil, snow removal and other home maintenance services. You can contribute from now through mid- December.

    Thirty-eight Connecticut National Guard Soldiers and Airmen are currently deployed and another 225 of Connecticut’s National Guard and Airmen are expected to deploy within the next 15 months.

    “We continue to be humbled by the generosity of the people of Connecticut in supporting the families of our Soldiers and Airmen—not just around the holidays but throughout the year.” Maj. Gen. Martin, Commander of the Connecticut National Guard said.

    You can make donations to Operation ELF at the Governor’s Residence Holiday Open Houses on Dec. 5 and 6, between 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and on Sunday, Dec. 7, from noon to 4 p.m.

    You can also make donations through the non-profit Connecticut National Guard Foundation, Inc., c/o 360 Broad Street, Hartford, CT 06105-3796. All donations are tax-deductible.

    You can also make drop off donations at the following Connecticut National guard facilities between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. through Friday, Dec. 12.

    • Gov. William A. O’Neill Armory Base, 360 Broad Street in Hartford
    • Bradley Air National Guard, 100 Nicholson Road, East Granby
    • Windsor Locks Readiness Center/Army Aviation Support Facility, 85-300 Light Lane in Windsor Locks
    • New London Armory249 Bayonet Street in New London
    • Veterans Memorial Armed Forces Reserve Center, 90 Wooster Heights Road in Danbury

    If you mail donations, include your name, address and phone number so that contributions can be acknowledged:

    Additional questions about Adopt-A-Family, donations, or Operation ELF can be directed to Operation ELF at 1-800-858-2677. Information is also available on Facebook.

    The Connecticut National Guard Service Member and Family Support Center distributes gifts throughout the year and those looking to help can also take part in the Adopt-A-Family program, which provides military families with winter clothing, food, utility assistance and more.

    Get more information on the Connecticut National Guard Foundation online here.


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    A former teacher's aid and sports coach at E.O. Smith High School has been charged with sexual assault after having relations with three students during his time at the school, according to state police.

    Geoffrey Justin Gillette, 22, of Coventry, is accused of having sexual relations with three 17-year-old girls who were students at the school. Police said the relationships were consensual.

    Authorities began investigating in May and arrested Gillette on Oct. 28. Gillette was charged with three counts each of second-degree sexual assault/statutory rape and risk of injury to a minor.

    Gillette began working as a paraprofessional at E.O. Smith High School in January 2013 through the contracting service EASTCONN, according to the warrant for his arrest.

    He became assistant football coach in 2012 and assistant track coach in the spring of 2013. According to the arrest warrant, Gillette developed a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old girl on the track team that summer.

    The two drifted apart when the school year started and Gillette began pursuing two other 17-year-old girls. He had consensual sex with the second student several times between February and May 2014 and with the third student in April of this year, according to the arrest warrant.

    School principal Louis DeLoreto contacted police and the Department of Children and Families in May after learning of the inappropriate relationships, the warrant says. Gillette resigned from his position at E.O. Smith on May 12.

    "The district takes seriously its obligations to investigate any reports of alleged violations brought to its attention. The prompt reporting of concerns about any staff member or student to an administrator is an essential part of our continued efforts to maintain a safe and appropriate school environment," school Supt. Bruce W. Silva said in a statement Friday.

    We are very disappointed that incidents like this distract from the many great things that happen in our high school each day. School administrators will continue to cooperate with law enforcement authorities with regard to this matter," Silva added.

    It’s the second time an E.O. Smith teacher and coach has been arrested in as many months. In early October, veteran girls’ soccer coach Jeffrey Sirois was arrested after allegedly sending a lewd video to his players.

    Gillette, who is out on $50,000 bond, could not be reached for comment on Friday.

    Teddie Sleight, manager and communications director at EASTCONN, said information on Gillette's arrest would not be available until after the weekend.



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    Connecticut Light & Power is looking to raise rates in the new year.

    The proposed hike would result in a 14.2 percent, or $18.47, monthly increase for customers using 700 kilowatt hours per month, according to a spokesperson for CL&P.

    The Public Utilities Regulatory Authority will need to approve the new rates, which are slated to take effect Jan. 1.

    According to CL&P, standard service price for residential customers and small businesses are required by law to change twice a year, on Jan. 1 and July 1.

    The company said the rate hike comes in response to a "dramatic increase in the price of electricity."

    “The current spike in electricity prices stems from widely publicized constraints in the existing pipelines that bring natural gas to regional generating companies,” the power company wrote in a news release Friday.

    Anyone who receives electricity from third-party suppliers will need to contact those suppliers to determine what the rate hikes mean for them.



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    Next week starts the national open enrollment period for individuals and families to sign up for health insurance plans on either the federally facilitated exchange or state-based exchanges.

    Next week, individuals and families can begin signing up for health insurance plans on either the federally facilitated health insurance exchange or state-based exchanges like Access Health CT.

    Officials with Access Health CT said that over the past year, they've learned how to best enroll residents in coverage through the state's health insurance marketplace.

    Jason Madrak, Access Health's chief marketing officer, said the goal is to physically reach as many consumers as possible.

    "We've expanded that store concept and actually have some additional locations across the state at public libraries and Department of Labor offices to make sure that we're expanding the concept of these stores where folks can come in and meet with people to sit down at terminals and actually enroll in coverage,” said Madrak.

    According to state statistics, about 147,000 Connecticut residents, or 6 percent of the state population, remain uninsured, leaving Connecticut with one of the lowest uninsured rates in the country.

    The state is working to enroll about half those people during the next open enrollment session.


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    Some 30,000 Connecticut residents are at immediate risk of losing their health care coverage, according to officials with Access Health CT.

    The reason is simple: None of them provided accurate or up-to-date income information that dictates the amount in subsidies for which they could qualify in order to help to cover the costs of coverage.

    “This isn’t just Connecticut doing this,” explained Jason Madrak, chief marketing officer for Access Health CT. “"This is actually just part of the law that we're actually required to verify this information. If there's a discrepancy, you need to provide us with some verification information.”

    Federal health care law requires anyone who uses subsidies to pay for a federally facilitated or state-based health insurance plan to provide proof of income showing they’re eligible for public assistance.

    Access Health CT, like the federal government and other states, use several databases to find information on individuals’ income.

    "As an example, if someone comes on, we ping the system and it says, 'Hey, you made $60,000 per year based on your tax return,' but you say this past year you had a massive change in your status, we say, 'Please provide us with some verification, a pay stub, etc. to indicate that you now have this new status,'" Madrak said.

    Madrak is urging consumers to come forward with their most up-to-date income information. He said the system is designed to deal with income figures that aren’t necessarily precise, but fall in line to qualify for subsidies.

    "There is a 10 percent plus or minus that you can operate within. In excess of that, you have to provide this documentation," Madrak explained, "so when this process goes through, are individuals who will maintain their coverage but will see their premiums go up because their levels of tax credit based on the income we have is going to be adjusted down."

    To maintain their current coverage, residents insured through Access Health CT must provide the state with this information by Dec. 1.
     


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    Police are searching for two masked men who robbed a Glastonbury bank at gunpoint Friday evening.

    According to police, two men wearing masks and carrying handguns walked into the Nutmeg State Federal Credit Union at 81 House Street and jumped the counter around 5 p.m. Friday.

    The men grabbed an undisclosed amount of cash and ran out the front door. Police said they may have left in a small blue sedan with a spoiler on the back, which was last seen driving northbound on House Street toward the East Hartford town line.

    Police said investigators are tracking down possible leads.

    Anyone who may have witnessed something suspicious or who has information on the event is urged to call Glastonbury police at 860-633-8301.



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    Local lawmakers are proposing a bill that would allow businesses to open investment accounts.Local lawmakers are proposing a bill that would allow businesses to open investment accounts.

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    Police in Norwich, Vermont, are investigating the theft of 70 pounds of organic broccoli from right out of a farm field. Killdeer Farm, which rents land alongside Interstate 91, told New England Cable News it discovered the missing produce last weekend.

    "More shock, I guess, than anything," said farm manager Chris Castles, describing his reaction to finding his harvest was hijacked. "It does sting."

    Killdeer Farm said the 70 pounds of broccoli crowns would be worth $200 or more dollars wholesale, or $300 retail at their farm stand on Route 5 South in Norwich.

    "This is a first for me," Chief Doug Robinson of the Norwich Police Department told NECN.

    Robinson said he currently has no leads, and hopes members of the public will come forward with information. The phone number for the department is 802-649-1460.

    Since it was so much broccoli, Robinson said some have wondered if thieves planned to pass it off as their own to restaurant buyers.

    "Somebody thinks about, 'Oh, they're stealing the broccoli; it's kind of humorous,'" Robinson said. "It's also somebody's livelihood they're messing with."

    Deer and other animals have been ruled out as suspects, because there were no tracks found in the farm field. Farmers are sure humans took the broccoli because they said someone reached into the plants with precision and cut the crowns with a knife. Since the row of broccoli runs parallel to Interstate 91, Castles said he wonders if someone might have parked on the side of the highway, hopped the fence, and brought a crate to haul off the broccoli.

    "It's disappointing," said Scott Woolsley, the retail manager of Killdeer Farm's stand on Route 5. "We just hope whoever took it needed it to feed their family."

    Woolsley said of course, this won't sink the small business. He pointed out Killdeer Farm often donates food to area charities. But to him and to Castles, the broccoli heist was a reminder of how farmers work so hard, for so long, and deserve something to show for it. 



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    Police are searching for the gun-wielding man who robbed a couple having car trouble in New Haven.

    According to police, a woman pulled over near the intersection of State Street and Blatchley Avenue when her engine light went on Thursday evening.

    A man in the passenger seat got out to check under the hood and as he returned to the car, a man with a pistol approached and pointed the gun at him, according to police.

    Police said the suspect tried getting into the car and made off with the keys and one of the victims' cellphones.

    The suspect is described as a young, dark-complexioned man, about 20 years old, between 5 feet 9 inches and 6 feet tall. Police said he was wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt black-and-white lettering across the front, jeans, sneakers and white baseball cap and was armed with a revolver.

    Anyone with information about the robbery is urged to contact New Haven police.


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    Police are investigating a fatal crash in the area of West Main Street/Route 1 and Alvord Lane in Stamford.

    The intersection is closed in the area. Police have not publicly identified the victim or released any additional information about the crash.

    Check back for updates.



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