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    A driver whose truck sailed off the upper roadway of Interstate 93 and landed on the one below told NECN that while he escaped the harrowing caught-on-camera crash relatively unscathed, he's just relieved nobody else was hurt. 

    "I'm just glad I didn't hurt anybody else, you know," Vannak Sao, 33, of East Boston, told NECN. "Me, I'm fine — broken bones, bruised up, fractures, whatever — but if it happened to somebody else and I was the cause of it, that would be something else."

    Sao, 33, is facing drunk driving charges after he careened off the upper roadway of I-93 northbound in Boston and landed on the lower deck early Sunday morning. The dramatic crash was caught on breathtaking surveillance video footage.

    He said that before the crash, he had just left a friend's house, had had a little bit to drink and was tired. He told NECN he has been tired from working the third shift at his job and taking on extra hours shoveling.

    In the crash, Sao took out a light pole, an exit sign and several lengths of a chain link fence before he launched off the upper deck of I-93 around 6:25 a.m. Sunday, state police said. His truck came to a rest on the lower deck, the southbound side of Interstate 93.

    Sao was rescued from his truck and transported to Massachusetts General Hospital. He was summonsed to court on charges of operating under the influence and negligent operation of a motor vehicle following a brief investigation.

    State records show that Sao has had issues on the roads before, including speeding infractions and accidents. His license was revoked due Monday's crash.

    "Would I consider myself an irresponsible driver? No. Was I irresponsible the other night? Yeah," he acknowledged.

    It's unclear if slick road conditions contributed to the crash, police said. Sao said the roads were slick in spots but said he took responsibility for the crash and wouldn't blame it on the roads.



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    A resident of the veterans home in Rocky Hill has been reported missing.

    Police have issued a Silver Alert for Oliver Peters, 67, who was last seen at the veterans home and hospital in Rocky Hill on Tuesday morning.

    He has gray hair and blue eyes. He is around 5-feet-6 and weighs 220 pounds.

    No description was available about what he was wearing when he was last seen.

    Anyone with information about Oliver’s whereabouts is asked to call Rocky Hill Police at 860-258-7640
     


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    Researchers at the University of California, San Diego, believe they have discovered the "root cause" of Type 2 diabetes — a molecular link between obesity and diabetes that may lead to new treatment.

    Inflammation that results from obesity leads to insulin resistance, the first step in developing Type 2 diabetes, the study found.

    One inflammatory molecule in particular, LTB4, is released by immune cells living in extra fat, called macrophages. Positive feedback then signals for the body to release more macrophages, which then release more LTB4 into the fatty cells in the liver, researchers found.

    "This study is important because it reveals a root cause of type 2 diabetes," the study's senior author Dr. Jerrold M. Olefsky, professor of medicine and associate dean for scientific affairs, said in a statement. "And now that we understand that LTB4 is the inflammatory factor causing insulin resistance, we can inhibit it to break the link between obesity and diabetes."

    Those LTB4 then bind to nearby cell surfaces, the researchers found. In people who are obese, those cells become inflamed and the body becomes resistant to insulin.

    In the UC San Diego study, Olefsky and his team of researchers used genetically engineered mice to look for ways to reverse insulin resistance.

    The team created genetically engineered mice that did not have the LTB4 receptor. Without the receptor, the health of obese mice “dramatically improved.”

    The study was authored by Pingping Li, Da Young Oh, Gautam Bandyopadhyay, William S. Lagakos, Saswata Talukdar, Olivia Osborn, Andrew Johnson, Heekyung Chung, Rafael Mayoral, Michael Maris, Jachelle M Ofrecio, Sayaka Taguchi, Min Lu. All of the researchers are at UC San Diego.

    The research was funded in part by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disease, the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development and Merck Inc.



    Photo Credit: NBC 7 San Diego

    UCSD Medical Center on W. Arbor Drive in San Diego.UCSD Medical Center on W. Arbor Drive in San Diego.

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    Another $60 million in budget cuts will be coming due to a calculating error on the part of state budget chief Benjamin Barns, according to a statement released Tuesday on his behalf.

    Barnes, secretary of the state Office of Policy Management, said his office detected a "potential discrepancy in its calculation of the expenditure cap growth rate for FY 2016."

    The growth rate included in the governor's budget, which was released last week, "was inadvertently calculated" using the range from the fourth quarter of 2008 to the third quarter of 2014.

    Growth rates should be calculated from third quarter to third quarter, Barnes wrote.

    He said the error "occurred when data was pulled from an outside vendor in January, 2015."

    The new calculation shows a growth rate of 2.58 percent, which translates to a $60 million discrepancy between the actual spending cap and the one factored into Malloy's biennial budget, according to Barnes.

    "On behalf of the agency, I personally apologize for this discrepancy, and commit to working with [the Office of Fiscal Analysis] and the legislature to identify the adjustments necessary to ensure compliance with the expenditure cap," Barnes said in the statement.

    It's not yet clear which areas will be affected by the additional cuts.


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    Firefighters are responding to two fires at nearby addresses in Madison and traffic is being diverted because of them.

    One fire is at 177 Concord Drive and the other is at 1563 Durham Road, according to the North Madison Volunteer Fire Company.

    The scenes are six minutes apart, according to Google Maps, and are located near the intersection of Routes 79 and 80.

    Traffic heading south on Durham Road, or Route 79, will be detoured to County Road, then onto Summer Hill Road. Once drivers get to Route  80, they will be diverted onto Route 79, according to police.

    No additional information was immediately available.

    Check back for updates on this developing story.


    Firefighters are responding to two fires in North Madison.Firefighters are responding to two fires in North Madison.

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    Three Los Angeles police officers who shot an unarmed disabled man dead on live television after a car chase will not be prosecuted.

    Prosecutors wrote there is insufficient evidence to prove Officers Armando Corral, Leonardo Ortiz and Michael Ayala did not act in self-defense or the defense of others when they killed 51-year-old Brian Beaird on Dec. 13, 2013. The letter was obtained by The Associated Press in a public records request.

    Police officers are only justified in shooting a suspect when they have an objective and reasonable belief that the suspect represents an imminent threat. The LA Police Commission's review of Beaird's shooting found the LAPD officers could not believe they were in danger when they shot an unarmed civilian.

    Chief Charlie Beck determined two months ago that the officers violated department rules for deadly force and their actions were not reasonable. The City Council approved payment of $5 million to Beaird's family to settle a federal civil rights lawsuit. 

    The officers attended retraining and could face further discipline.


    The driver of a Chevrolet Corvette, identified as Brian Beaird, 51, of Oceanside, can be seen moments before he's shot by LAPD officers after a violent pursuit on Friday, Dec. 13, 2013.The driver of a Chevrolet Corvette, identified as Brian Beaird, 51, of Oceanside, can be seen moments before he's shot by LAPD officers after a violent pursuit on Friday, Dec. 13, 2013.

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    Nearly 30 people were injured, including four in critical condition, when passengers were thrown around inside a commuter train Tuesday morning after it collided with a truck on the tracks and derailed in Ventura County.

    The vehicle was on the Ventura County Line tracks between Camarillo and Oxnard, about 70 miles northwest of Los Angeles, at the time of the fiery crash just before 6 a.m., according to Metrolink. The engineer of the Los Angeles-bound train used its emergency-braking system after noticing the truck and trailer on the tracks near 5th Street and Rice Avenue, according to officials with the Oxnard Fire Department.

    Witnesses described the sound of metal scraping on metal before a fireball erupted as the train slammed into the truck, which burned along with its trailer after it was sheared in half. Ted Maloney was driving to work when he heard the train's horn, normally three honks at the crossing.

    "This guy was just laying on the horn," said Maloney. "I looked up and just a huge ball of fire. I didn't even see the truck because it was all engulfed in flames."

    Maloney and three farm workers who were in a nearby berry field ran to help the victims, he said. After entering the overturned train car, Maloney said he found a woman suffering from a severe head injury and other victims who appeared to be "in a daze."

    The train cars were being pushed by a locomotive from the rear at slower than the cruising speed of 79 mph, according to fire officials. The crash sent five cars off the track and toppled three cars on their sides near the rail crossing at 5th Street and Rice Avenue.

    Four victims were in critical condition, according to Oxnard Fire Department officials. Doctors at Ventura County Medical Center said three of the nine victims transported to that hospital are in critical condition with head injuries and spine and rib fractures.

    "These are the type of injuries we'd expect to see in a major trauma incident," said Dr. Bryan Wong.

    The other six victims at the hospital suffered minor to moderate injuries, said Wong. Other patients were transported to hospitals in Thousand Oaks, Ventura and Oxnard.

    The driver of the vehicle tried to run from the scene but was detained by police for questioning, according to authorities.

    "He was found a little while later some miles down the road," said Oxnard Fire Battalion Chief Sergio Martinez.

    The driver was not under arrest early Tuesday afternoon, police said. He was identified only as a 54-year-old man produce truck driver from Arizona who suffered minor injuries that were not related to the crash, police said.

    A preliminary investigation indicated the driver was southbound on Rice Avenue when he turned onto the tracks instead of 5th Street, police said. It was not immediately clear why the vehicle was stopped on the tracks, police said.

    "(The truck) was actually stuck there," said Oxnard Assistant Police Chief Jason Benites. "We are looking into this as to whether there are any crimanal acts.

    "We don't know if it was on purpose or whether it was a mistake."

    Benites described the driver as "unsettled" when he spoke with officers.

    The 51 people involved in the crash included passengers, conductors and the truck driver, fire officials said. Authorities asked people seeking information about passenges to call 877-248-8381.

    Fire-rescue personnel set up a color-coded triage area with green, yellow and red tarps at the site. The tarps indicate the severity of the victim's injuries, with red being the most serious and green indicating minor injuries.

    "The extent of injuries ranged from significant head trauma and extremity trauma to neck and back injuries and trauma that you'd generally get from being thrown around," said Steve Caroll, of Ventura County Emergency Medical Services. "We did transport a total of 28 patients and we have 23 on scene who were not transported who did not complain of any significant injuries."

    All Ventura County Line trains will be delayed, with tracks remaining closed between Oxnard and Camarillo. Trains will travel as far as Oxnard, where buses will provide transport. Repair work on the tracks is expected to continue into Wednesday morning.

    Officials with the National Transportation Safety Board confirmed a crash investigation team is headed to the location.

    The collision follows two major crashes involving Metrolink trains in the past 10 years. In January 2005, a truck abandoned on a rail line near Glendale caused a Metrolink train to derail and strike other trains on either side of the track, killing 11.

    In 2008, a freight train and Metrolink train collided head-on in Chatsworth, killing 25. Authorities determined the Metrolink train went through a red signal before entering the single-track section.

    There are 228,000 street crossings in the country, about 140,000 of them on publicly owned roads, according to the Federal Railroad Administration. About 53 percent of the public ones are equipped with active warning devices.

    Collisions at the crossings have dropped by 85 percent from a high of more than 13,500 in 1978 to just over 2,000 in 2011, according to the administration. It attributes the dramatic decrease to engineering improvements, better enforcement of traffic safety laws and education of motorists. The administration estimates that 94 percent of collisions and 87 percent of fatalities are the result of risky behavior by drivers or poor judgment.

    Noreen O'Donnell contributed to this report.



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    At least 30 people were injured Monday Feb. 24, 2015 in a Metrolink train derailment.At least 30 people were injured Monday Feb. 24, 2015 in a Metrolink train derailment.

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    A tractor-trailer crash closed Interstate 95 South in Norwalk near exit 15 for hours on Tuesday.

    The road was closed from around 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. 

    No additional information is available.



    Photo Credit: Connecticut Department of Transportation

    A tractor-trailer crash closed Interstate 95 South in Norwalk near exit 15 for hours on Tuesday.A tractor-trailer crash closed Interstate 95 South in Norwalk near exit 15 for hours on Tuesday.

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    Two men in dark clothing, ski masks and ski goggles bound a New Britain bank manager and his mother in their Bristol home overnight on Monday, then forced the man to wear what looked like a bomb and go to his bank to try to get money, police said.

    On Tuesday, police released more information about the case and said two men with distinct accents confronted Matthew Yussman, 46, when he arrived home at 133 Lufkin Lane in Bristol early Monday morning and bound him and his mother overnight.

    When daylight broke, the two men forced Yussman to wear what appeared to be an explosive device and sent him to the bank where he works in an attempt to get money, police said in a news release issued on Tuesday.

    One of the men has a medium build, and the accents were not consistent with being Connecticut natives, police said in a news release. They were wearing dark clothing, ski masks and ski goggles and might have been in an older model white four-door Mazda, which police believe was in the area of Tunxis Mead and Route 10 in Farmington on Monday morning.

    Police said they were alerted on Monday morning when Yussman arrived at the bank and contacted an Achieve Financial official, who then contacted police, police said.

    "Based on statements from the suspects and the appearance of the device, the victim believed this to be an explosive device," police said.

    Authorities said emergency responders found Yussman sitting alone in a car outside the bank, wearing the device, New Britain Police Chief James Wardwell said, and they determined that the device was fake.

    Police seized Yussman's car and brought him, handcuffed, to the hospital to be treated for exposure after sitting in a cold car while the device was removed. The device was turned over to the FBI,  where it will be analyzed at a lab, according to New Britain police. His mother did not need medical assistance, police said.

    On Monday night, police went to Yussman's home with a search warrant to collect evidence.

    The investigation prompted multiple schools in Avon, Bristol, Farmington and Plainville to go into forms of lockdown.

    Avon Police Lt. Kelly Walsh contacted Avon Superintendent Gary Mala at 12:30 p.m. Monday and requested that he "place all schools in a modified ("soft") lockdown position" until further notice, Mala wrote in an email to Avon parents, district staff and community members. Activities continued as normal inside, but no one was allowed in or out of the schools until the lockdown was lifted at 1:30 p.m.

    "This request was a precautionary measure in response to a reported incident in the Town of Bristol," Mala wrote in the letter. "The perpetrator of the Bristol incident was identified as traveling in Farmington at the time of Lt. Walsh’s request."

    On Tuesday, the bank said in a statement about the ordeal that it was pleased Yussman and his mother weren't harmed.

    "The Credit Union is fully cooperating with the police while they investigate the incident. We would like to apologize for any inconvenience this situation has caused our members and note that all of our credit union locations are back to full operation," it said.

    Police are asking anyone who saw the Mazda or who had security cameras that face the road in the area to call New Britain or Bristol Police.

    You can reach New Britain Police at 860-826-3131, the Tip Line at 860-826-3199 or submit a tip online at newbritainpolice.org.  You can reach the Bristol Police Department at 860-314-4570.
     



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    Rahm Emanuel failed to clinch another term as Chicago's mayor on Tuesday, setting the stage for an unprecedented runoff election against challenger Jesus "Chuy" Garcia.

    Results showed the incumbent mayor with about 46 percent of the vote, short of the 50 percent-plus-one support he needs to win another term outright. Garcia, a Cook County commissioner, came in second place with 34 percent. 

    The results mean the two will face off April 7, a potentially embarrassing result for a high-profile politician who has already spent millions in his re-election bid. It is the first time since the city changed its election system in the 1990s that an incumbent mayor is forced into a runoff. 

    "We have come a long way and we have a little bit farther to go," Emanuel told supporters. "This is the first step in a real important journey for our city. To those who voted for me in this election, I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart. For those who voted for someone else, I hope to earn your confidence and your support in the weeks to come." 

    A boisterous Garcia celebrated the outcome as a win over moneyed interests and other powerful forces supporting the incumbent, saying the results show "the people have spoken."

    "Nobody thought we’d be here tonight," Garcia said. "They wrote us off; they said we didn’t have a chance. They said we didn’t have any money while they spent millions attacking us. Well, we’re still standing! We’re still running! And we’re gonna win!" 

    Emanuel, a former White House chief of staff, struggled to rise above 50 support throughout the campaign, even as he outpolled his four lesser-funded and known challengers. A late campaign blitz that blanketed the airwaves and a public appearance last week with President Barack Obama — a move seen as an effort to appeal to undecided African-American voters — couldn’t propel the 55-year-old mayor to victory.

    The 55-year-old Democrat anchored his re-election bid on first-term efforts to better the lives of Chicagoans, highlighting pushes to expand access to early childhood education, raise the minimum wage and improve the city’s business climate and infrastructure. But he faced criticism for other major policies pursued during his first term, including his decision to close dozens of schools.

    The school closures fueled a tumultuous relationship with the Chicago’s Teachers Union, which went on strike in 2012. The union, which also clashed with Emanuel over other changes to the city’s education system, endorsed Garcia after a brain cancer diagnosis sidelined its own president, Karen Lewis.

    Political expert John P. Frendreis said while Garcia is “funny, he’s got a good speaking presence, he’s been around long enough, he’s got this colorful nickname so people kind of know him,” it was the support of the teachers that made the race competitive. 

    “It’s really the school controversy, the closure of schools, the continued opening of charter schools and then the ... battle with the CTU and Rahm that has generated any kind of heat in this and has made him even remotely vulnerable,” the political science professor at Loyola University in Chicago, said ahead of Tuesday’s race.

    Emanuel's “bare-knuckles” approach to running the city, despite yielding results in some areas, also hurt his standing with some voters, analysts say.

    “He’s reasonably good at his job,” Freindreis said. “Now where he has stumbled is that he is a tough guy and he is a bully and sometimes he is just too smart for his own good and so he’s rubbed people the wrong way because he’s not nice.”

    Emanuel’s challengers criticized him throughout the campaign for not doing enough to help bring jobs, safer streets and other opportunities to all Chicagoans. Garcia told NBC Chicago he would, to hire a thousand more police officers, reduce class sizes and standardized tests and “invest in neighborhoods to attract manufacturing or industrial-creation jobs.” In addition to the backing from the teachers, he also gained headlines for winning the endorsement of the liberal political group MoveOn.org. The group applauded Tuesday's results as a "huge win for progressives and working families across Chicago." 

    Even if Emanuel succeeds in winning a second term in April, some observers say the education initiatives he pushed in his first four years could take a hit in Chicago and beyond.

    “Over the next few years you could have mayors, some Democrats and some Republicans, in cities across the nation saying I’m going to pick the kids over the unions,” said Keith Koeneman, author of “First Son: The Biography of Richard M. Daly.”

    Check back with NBCChicago.com for more on this developing story. For complete election night coverage, visit the Ward Room blog. 


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    A man wanted on a federal warrant for failing to appear for sentencing in an aggravated assault case set off a wild chase that started in New Jersey and ended on the Brooklyn side of the Verrazano Bridge when he tried to flee the U.S. Marshals searching for him, authorities say.

    Chopper 4 exclusively captured the dramatic sequence of events Tuesday. 

    It started when a U.S. Marshals task force working with the Monmouth County Sheriff's Office went to a home in Old Bridge, New Jersey to act on a lead they'd gotten on 41-year-old Anthony Mazza, the U.S. Marshals' Regional New York/New Jersey Task Force said. 

    The officers were staking out the home when the suspect's vehicle appeared, with Mazza in the front passenger seat, according to authorities. A woman was driving the car, and another man was in the backseat. 

    Mazza apparently noticed the Marshals, and the car took off, authorities said. The task force officers attempted to pull over the vehicle in a traffic stop, and as they got close, Mazza allegedly pushed the woman out of the car and onto the road.

    Mazza took off in the vehicle, and U.S. Marshals gave pursuit. He was believed to be dangerous, sources said. 

    The woman was found to be OK.

    As the car approached the Garden State Parkway, the U.S. Marshals reached out to New Jersey State Police, who took over the pursuit, according to the Marshals. As Mazza went onto the Outerbridge Crossing into Staten Island, Port Authority police were then notified, and they tried to set up roadblocks on the New York side.

    Mazza managed to avoid the roadblocks and continued onto the Verrazano Bridge and into Brooklyn, at which point the NYPD and MTA police got involved, according to authorities.

    Police radio transmissions obtained by NBC 4 New York reveal officers communicating urgently to have the bridge closed. 

    "Could you have the highway shut down please? And notify TBTA to shut the bridge," one dispatch stated. 

    TBTA is short for Triborough Bridge and Tunnel Authority, the legal name for the MTA.

    Chopper 4 showed nearly half a dozen vehicles, many with sirens blaring, zipping across the span of the Verrazano and on residential streets before the runaway vehicle crashed on the Brooklyn side shortly after 2 p.m.

    The runaway car wove to either side of the road as it tried to evade the police cars and managed to separate from the cruisers for a moment on the Brooklyn side of the span before police caught up. 

    Chopper 4 showed the getaway car and the law enforcement vehicles speed past other cars in the Bath Beach neighborhood, including ones stopped at a traffic light, before a marked police car bumped into the getaway car from behind. 

    A person in a red shirt was seen getting out of the passenger side of the vehicle and trying to run after the crash. Mazza momentarily appeared to try to flee again, but the banged-up car couldn't go far. 

    MTA Bridges & Tunnels officers surrounded the vehicle and took Mazza into custody on 14th Avenue, the agency said. The person in the red shirt, identified as Timothy Isaksan, was also apprehended. 

    Resident Danny Castillo was inside his home when he heard the chase-ending crash that wrecked his red van parked outside. 

    "I hear 'boom, boom, boom,' he hit three cars here. I see cops and helicopters everywhere," he told NBC 4 New York. "They ran out and chase some guy." 

    "It was unbelievable, I've never seen anything like that happen, over here, especially," said Castillo.

    Local police protocol for chases generally calls for a balance between apprehension and maintaining public safety. 

    Mazza was charged with eluding and aggravated assault on police, and Isaksan was charged with obstruction. They were first taken into custody at the 68th Precinct station in Bay Ridge. and then moved to the 121st Precinct station on Staten Island. 

    It's not clear if they had attorneys. 

    Two Port Authority police officers were treated for minor injuries. No one else was hurt, officials said. 

    Mazza's aggravated assault case stemmed from a domestic violence incident, officials said. 



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    Police are searching for a 21-year-old New York college student from Fairfield who went missing Sunday evening.

    According to the police department in Rochester, New York, Max Maisel, 21, was last seen leaving the Perkins Green apartment complex at Rochester Institute of Technology.

    Maisel, the son of ESPN senior writer Ivan Maisel, is a Fairfield native and third-year professional photographic illustration student at RIT, according to NBC affiliate WHEC.

    His car was found parked near the Charlotte Pier at Lake Ontario on Monday, and although there was no sign of Maisel, police said there has been "no indication of foul play."

    Anyone with information is urged to call Rochester Police Department Investigator Kevin Wehbring at 585-428-6293.



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    Max Maisel, 21, of Fairfield, is missing from the Rochester Institute of Technology in New York.Max Maisel, 21, of Fairfield, is missing from the Rochester Institute of Technology in New York.

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    A 36-year-old man is facing kidnapping, burglary and assault charges after allegedly attacking his girlfriend and holding her captive at an apartment in Brooklyn, Connecticut on Monday.

    State police were called to 11A Elm Street in Brooklyn on Monday, where a woman ran out injured and bleeding and told them her boyfriend had held her there and assaulted her.

    Troopers searched for her boyfriend, identified as Jason Latour, 36, but couldn't find him in the house. State police said Latour's mother, Shelia Jendreweski, 57, who lives at 11A Elm Street, refused to help track him down.

    After securing an arrest warrant for Latour, police went back to the apartment Tuesday. Latour tried to get away again by running into the basement and behind a wall into a neighboring basement, but troopers managed to catch him, police said.

    Latour was arrested and charged with two counts of second-degree kidnapping, unlawful restraint, second-degree burglary, third-degree assault, second-degree threatening and second-degree breach of peace. He was held on $200,000 bond and is due in court Wednesday.

    Jendreweski was also arrested. She was charged with interfering with police and hindering prosecution and was held on $5,000 bond.



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    More than 100 people testified before the state Appropriations Committee on Tuesday night arguing against cuts to higher education, which were announced as part of the governor's biennial budget last week.

    Opponents said the cuts will force colleges to raise tuition or slash the quality of education. Across all of higher education, including community colleges, state schools and the University of Connecticut system, the governor proposed nearly $150 million in cuts over the next two years.

    "If the money is not coming from the state, it's got to come from somewhere, and that's likely to be the students," said UConn student and elected member of the board of trustees Michael Daniels.

    "I think that's the thing we're hearing, is affordability is really critical," explained State Sen. Beth Bye.

    In addition to the already looming cuts, agencies are further bracing themselves further after the Office of Policy Management announced a miscalculation Tuesday, meaning an additional $55 million will have to go.

    Administrators of higher education said minorities, low-income and middle class students will be hardest hit.

    "Eighteen-hundred new low-income students would not receive state financial aid next year, and about 5,000 students per year," said Judy Greiman, president of Connecticut Conference of Independent Colleges.

    Students also testified that cuts will have a negative impact on the state in the long run.

    "Let me tell you, students will hurt," said Southern Connecticut State University graduate student Sarah Greco. "Even if it's only a few hundred dollars in increase for my personal school bill, there is a fallout. That few hundred dollars means dipping into savings, and the difference between my husband and I being able to purchase a home and invest in the economy of Connecticut through additional taxes."

    While no one argued the value of higher education, State Rep. Whit Betts asked the $1.5 billion question: "The problem still remains for everyone here, how do we compensate for a shortfall?"

    "What I would argue to you is don't cut the opportunity for Connecticut students to go to Connecticut universities whether they're private or public," said University of Hartford President Walter Harrison.

    There are still seven days left of budget hearings, and with a total of $600 million in proposed cuts, many more agencies will make its case for why it can't take the hit.



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    New Britain police are investigating a robbery at the Dunkin Donuts on 118 East Main Street on Wednesday.

    Police were inside the Dunkin Donuts just before 4 a.m. with a K-9 unit.

    West Hartford police also responded.


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  • 02/25/15--09:48: 2 Injured in Prospect Crash

  • Two people were injured after a two-vehicle crash that flipped over a dump truck on Matthew Street, near Route 68, in Prospect around 8 a.m. on Wednesday.

    The two people injured were in the dump truck and became trapped when it flipped over, police said.

    What caused the crash is not known, Mutual aid was called in and  Matthew Street was closed, but has since reopened.

    Police rerouted westbound traffic on Route 68 heading onto Cook Road and cars were backed up into the center of Cheshire this morning.

    A small hydraulic fluid spill from the truck has been cleaned up, officials said.



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    Two people were injured when a dump truck rolled over in Prospect.Two people were injured when a dump truck rolled over in Prospect.

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    Hamden officials are considering ways to contain properties owned by Quinnipiac University in response to complaints from residents about loud parties, vandalism and damage to homes.

    The New Haven Register reports that the Planning and Zoning Commission will consider establishing a College Town District, revised fees for landlords renting to students and a six-month extension of a moratorium on student housing permits.

    Assistant Town Planner Dan Kops said the goal is to create a district where students can live and shop separate from residential neighborhoods.

    Quinnipiac University's goal is to have 95 percent of students live in dormitories. It's about 80 percent now.

    The proposal would raise the cost of renewing a student housing permit to $500 per unit from $150. The initial application fee would be $1,000.


    Hamden officials are considering ways to contain properties owned by Quinnipiac University in response to complaints from residents about loud parties, vandalism and damage to homes.Hamden officials are considering ways to contain properties owned by Quinnipiac University in response to complaints from residents about loud parties, vandalism and damage to homes.

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    It was not all that long ago that you had to head outside the state of Connecticut to get your fill of Chick-fil-A, but a fourth restaurant in the chain is opening in Enfield on Feb. 26.

    Eleven people were already lined up at 6 a.m. for a chance to win free meals. The location is participating in the “First 100,” starting on Feb. 25. The "First 100" participants who comply with the official rules will receive a Grand Prize of one Chick-fil-A Meal per week for a year.

    Cars and people began lining up at 6 a.m., 24 hours before the grand opening, but must remain onsite until 6 a.m. Thursday morning. If over 100 people show up, a drawing will be conducted to select the winners. Winners will receive a 52 combo meals on a digital card.

    Customers are welcome to bring props to make the wait more fun - at past grand opening events the parking lot filled with tents, flat screens, and recliners.              

    See the official rules here.

    The other Connecticut Chick-fil-A locations are:

    • 156 Federal Rd Brookfield
    • Danbury Fair Mall in Danbury
    • 1098 N Colony Rd Wallingford


    Photo Credit: Chick-fil-A

    It was not all that long ago that you had to head outside the state of Connecticut to get your fill of Chick-fil-A, but a fourth restaurant in the chain is opening in Enfield on Feb. 26.It was not all that long ago that you had to head outside the state of Connecticut to get your fill of Chick-fil-A, but a fourth restaurant in the chain is opening in Enfield on Feb. 26.

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    Wethersfield’s busy Prospect Street was closed between Ridge and Churchill roads after a water main break this morning.

    Officials from MDC said the service leak is affecting the property at 436 Prospect Street.

    No additional information was available.


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    New Britain police are investigating a bank robbery at TD Bank on Wednesday morning.

    The bank, at 252 Allen Street was robbed this morning and it's the second robbery in New Britain in the morning.

    Earlier in the morning, a Dunkin Donuts at 118 East Main Street was robbed.



    Photo Credit: NBCConnecticut.com

    Police are investigating a bank robbery in New Britain this morning.Police are investigating a bank robbery in New Britain this morning.

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