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    Washington Nationals Bryce Harper holds his bat and the trophy after winning the Major League Baseball Home Run Derby Monday, July 16, 2018, in Washington, where he plays for the Nationals.Washington Nationals Bryce Harper holds his bat and the trophy after winning the Major League Baseball Home Run Derby Monday, July 16, 2018, in Washington, where he plays for the Nationals.

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    A mom in Branford is warning fruit-lovers to be on alert after she said she found a venomous black widow spider in grapes she purchased at the grocery store.

    She said she bought the grapes from the Branford Stop & Shop Monday morning. A few hours later she made the discovery while she and her 11-year-old son were in the middle of eating the grapes.

    Luckily it didn’t bite, and no one was hurt. She told NBC Connecticut Stop & Shop offered to give her double her money back for the grapes.

    “It makes you nervous,” said Laurie Fitzgerald from Branford. “It makes you wonder where they’re importing the grapes from.”

    We reached out to Stop & Shop in response they sent us a statement saying in part:

    “Stop & Shop and our grape growers take necessary measures to keep spiders out of the grapes that are sold. Despite that effort, it is possible for a spider to get into the bunches as they are a part of the natural, organic environment.”

    The grapes came from a company in California. We have reached out to them and have not heard back.

    “It’s a spider,” said Jessie Palmer, a shopper from Guilford. “They’re everywhere. My opinion there are worse things you could find.”


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    Storms that moved through Connecticut Tuesday brought whipping winds and heavy downpours, causing flooding and pockets of damage across the state.

    A tornado warning and severe thunderstorm warning were issued for Windham County Tuesday afternoon as the powerful storms ripped through.

    Downed trees and wires knocked out power to thousands of Eversource and United Illuminating customers at the height of the storms. As of 7:15 p.m., there were 2,260 Eversource customers still without power and 283 United Illuminating customers out.

    In Simsbury Route 10 (Hopmeadow Road) had to be shut down between West Street and Powder Forest Road for trees and wires across the road. Riverside Road was also closed between Drake Hill Road and East Weatogue Street.

    Police reminded residents not to go near downed wires, which might still be live.

    In East Windsor, strong winds took down a large tree on Prospect Hill Road.

    The state Department of Motor Vehicles closed the New Britain branch early because of a power outage.

    Norwalk police issued a warning about road flooding and urged people not to drive through standing water. There was some localized street flooding in low-lying areas as the storms dumped heavy rains.

    Metro-North said it has track crews with chainsaws throughout the territory to handle downed trees if needed. They said rescue locomotives and protect buses are also ready in the event of service disruptions. 

    High pressure will build into the region by Wednesday morning resulting in gorgeous weather. 



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    Tree damage near Ashford Lake.Tree damage near Ashford Lake.

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    A Food Network Top Chef who's worked in some of the most acclaimed kitchens in Los Angeles is printing a message on his receipts — but he says it's not political, it's just the truth.

    Katsuji Tanabe, currently running six restaurants including The Nixon Chops & Whiskey in Whittier, is half-Japanese and half-Mexican.

    "The whole situation now with this new xenophobia, and this dumb racism, sometimes it's good to remember that...immigrants are cooking and serving you," he said. 

    The Mexico-born chef, who competed on "Top Chef" season 12 in Boston and Top Chef Mexico, says he's an immigrant himself, and he writes this on the bottom of every receipt to let his customers know:

    "Immigrants prepared and served you today. #itookarisk"

    He says that writing that at the bottom of every receipt at every one of his six restaurants around the country isn't political at all — it's fact — and it's something he hopes will lead to conversations.

    "Sometimes people ask: 'why did you write this?' And I go up an explain — I am an immigrant, and I cooked for you," he said. "It's not a political statement. I could care less about politics. But I care about my future, and I care about my past."

    In the kitchen, at the bar, on the floor, at the hostess stand — all immigrants. 

    Tanabe said he sees backlash and comments on social media all the time.

    But he says he takes risks, like the hashtag he puts at the bottom of the receipt.

    It's a nod to his days on "Top Chef," where he won the fan favorite award — and a new model for his life.

    "Every time we will do something 'risky' — like 'oh, I poached an egg, I took a risk.' But it's starting to be my life model. Every time I put something, or do something at my restaurants, it's risky. Coming to this country, it was a risky situation. Opening an upscale Mexican restaurant is risky. Everything I do, I always take a risk," he said.



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    Katsuji Tanabe, currently running six restaurants including The Nixon Chops & Whiskey in Whittier, is half-Japanese and half-Mexican and wants his customers to know: Katsuji Tanabe, currently running six restaurants including The Nixon Chops & Whiskey in Whittier, is half-Japanese and half-Mexican and wants his customers to know: "Immigrants prepared and served you today. #itookarisk" That's why he puts it on all his receipts. (July 17, 2018.)

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    After hundreds of thousands of Puerto Ricans were denied Federal Emergency Management Agency assistance to rebuild their homes in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, most of the families who have appealed the agency's decision have not received aid, NBC News reported.

    The agency has either denied or not answered 79 percent of the appeals, leaving residents and officials worried about the fate of their homes as the island prepares to face another hurricane season. 

    At least 335,748 applications from thousands of Puerto Ricans asking FEMA for disaster assistance to fix their hurricane-ravaged homes were denied. More than 43,000 decided to appeal the agency's decision to not grant them aid, but only 7,500 were approved and more than 34,000 were deemed ineligible, according to a spokeswoman.

    The agency said applicants can be deemed ineligible if they are unable to prove sufficient damage, if they could not be contacted for an inspection or if FEMA was unable to prove the applicant's identity, occupancy or home ownership status.  



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    In this Nov. 15, 2017, file photo, some roofs damaged by the whip of Hurricane Maria are shown still exposed to rainy weather conditions, in San Juan, Puerto Rico.In this Nov. 15, 2017, file photo, some roofs damaged by the whip of Hurricane Maria are shown still exposed to rainy weather conditions, in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

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    There is something about a perfectly grilled hot dog on a summer day and today just happens to be National Hot Dog Day.

    Whether you like yours with ketchup, mustard, relish, Coney Island sauce or something else, there are plenty of places to celebrate today.

    Head to a hot dog cart near you.

    You could really go for it and take the hot dog tour. (Yes – the hot dog tour.)

    A documentary of the same name features Connecticut as a hot dog hotspot.

    The hot dog documentary features:

    • Blackie’s Hot Dog Stand, 2200 Waterbury Road in Cheshire, home of the famous homemade secret spicy relish recipe.
    • Weiners On Water in East Haddam, which happens to be a hot dog boat.
    • Rawley’s Drive-In, 1886 Post Road, in Fairfield
    • Super Duper Weenie, 306 Black Rock Turnpike, in Fairfield
    • Glenwood Drive-In, 2538 Whitney Ave, in Hamden, where the award-winning hot dogs are just part of the menu.
    • Capitol Lunch, 510 Main St. in New Britain and its famous meat sauce.
    • The Dawg House, 1360 East St., New Britain
    • Bobby’s Place in Niantic
    • Top Dog Hot Dog in Portland
    • Frankies – multiple locations: In 2011, Forbes picked Frankie’s in Waterbury as having one of the 10 best hot dogs in America.
    • Frankies of Watertown Ave, 700 Watertown Ave., Waterbury
    • Frankies of Reidville Drive, 464 Reidville Drive, Waterbury
    • Frankies of Chase Ave., 348 Chase Ave., Waterbury
    • Frankie's at Westfield, 470 Lewis Ave., Meriden (second floor) 
    • Frankies of Plainville, 177 East St.
    • Frankies of West Haven, 1151 Orange Ave., West Haven
    • Frankies & Ole, 469 Rubber Ave., Naugatuck


    Man vs. Food has made the trip here and indulged at Woody’s in Hartford for its Deputy Dog, which is covered in pulled pork and cheese, and at Doogies in Newington for the 2-foot-long Doogie dog.

    Viewers also recommend Tomlinson's in Bridgeport, which is located at 140 Noble Aven., in case you want to try for yourself. 

    Sonic is offering a deal for National Hot Dog Day. Text "Dog" to 876642 to get $1 hot dogs today. 

    7-Eleven is also celebrating today with $1 Big Bite hot dogs in honor of National Hot Dog Day.

    We can also boast that New Haven is home to Hummel Brothers and its many varieties of franks.

    If you want to grill your own, try Chef Chris Prosperi's recipe for onions in tomato sauce.

    Where is your favorite place to grab a hot dog in Connecticut and what do you top it with?



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    NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 17: Food on display at Hot Dog Happy Hour with Mo Rocca during the Food Network New York City Wine & Food Festival Presented By FOOD & WINE at The Standard, High Line, Biergarten & Garden on October 17, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images for NYCWFF)NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 17: Food on display at Hot Dog Happy Hour with Mo Rocca during the Food Network New York City Wine & Food Festival Presented By FOOD & WINE at The Standard, High Line, Biergarten & Garden on October 17, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images for NYCWFF)

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    You can resume swimming once again at Lakewood Park in Waterbury after test levels showed bacteria levels in the water have returned to normal.

    The park has been closed to swimming three times to swimming this summer and one Waterbury alderman told NBC Connecticut geese might be part of the problem. 

    “You can actually smell the turds as the wind blows,” said Alderman Vernon Matthews (R - District 2).

    Matthews said the park has issues with bacteria levels every single year.

    The city’s public works department said the water is tested twice a week and the sand is raked several times a day to help manage goose droppings. Coyote decoys, bitter grass planted next to the beach, noise-makers, and strobe lights haven’t been a successful deterrent for the birds.

    Leaders are exploring other options to control the problem.



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    Geese swim in Lakewood Park in Waterbury Friday.Geese swim in Lakewood Park in Waterbury Friday.

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    A woman allegedly tricked a family in New Jersey into thinking she was dying of brain cancer, and in such convincing fashion that the generous family took care of her for more than a month.

    Kiley White, who detectives in Egg Harbor Township allege to have pulled a similar fraud in Pittsburgh and South Jersey, was charged with theft by deception and harassment for allegedly taking advantage of Linda and Steve Evans.

    "All night long, she would be moaning and groaning and I would be massaging her legs," Linda Evans said in an interview. "Every day was just like she has one more day to live."

    Police believe it was all a hoax.

    White, 26, met the Evans through a mutual friend in early June. The couple said they took her in because White said she had no safe place to spend her final days due to a traumatic family history. 

    "It was all lies — all lies. And I just want this girl exposed," Linda Evans said.

    White stayed with the Evans family for about five straight weeks.

    Nearly every day White would leave the house to supposedly visit a hospital in Philadelphia. But the Evans now believe she was babysitting and working at a local restaurant instead.

    White pulled off a complicated lie, police allege.


    "During the investigation, Egg Harbor Township police discovered that Ms. White pretended to be other individuals as well, including her own hospice nurse," Detective Sgt. Cherie Burgan said in a statement.

    The Evans showed purported text messages from White's "nurse" that provided medical instructions.

    "It's just amazing that someone could come up with that elaborate of a story and have verifications along the way," Steve Evans said.

    The family went to police after their relatives got suspicious and discovered a similar scheme in the Pittsburgh area.

    Burgan confirmed that the alleged Egg Harbor incident isn't believed to be White's first foray into such deception.

    "It has been documented that White has used similar tactics on other occasions in both Pennsylvania and New Jersey, but she has never been charged with a crime," Burgan said. "On each occasion, she has preyed on the sympathy and compassion of others, receiving services and goods from those victims whom she scammed."

    After being charged July 12 with theft by deception and harassment, White was issued a summons for a future court date.

    NBC10 tried to get comment from White at a Galloway Township home where she's now staying.

    "I don't have any comments," White said through a window.

    The Evans said they spent close to $1,000 on White but the alleged fraud also had an emotional cost. 

    "I was shaken, totally shaken to my core," Linda Evans said, her voice breaking. "Because here I loved on a girl that never existed and gave everything."

    Evans added: "She needs help — she needs serious help."


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    Kiley White, 26.Kiley White, 26.

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    Crews have cleared a downed tree that closed part of Route 83 in Glastonbury on Wednesday morning.

    Route 83, also known as Manchester Road, was closed at Shady Hill Lane.

    According to police, no wires were impacted by the downed tree.



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    The National Weather Service will be coming to Connecticut to investigate in Windham County after a tornado warning was issued yesterday and the storm brought down trees.

    Ashford is one of the towns that was hardest hit by the storms. On Wednesday morning, streets are still lined with trees and branches that snapped and came down Tuesday.

    Pauline Attardo, of Ashford, said she took cover in her basement for half an hour during the tornado warning and saw all the damage when she went back outside.

    "The trees were just bent right over and it was getting darker. And I said, "Uh, oh." So we ran down into the cellar. We waited 30 minutes and then we came back up and saw all the devastation," Attardo said.

    The National Weather Service will be making a determination about the storm that moved through the area. 

    See photos of the storm damage here:



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    Storm damage along Ashford Lake Drive in Ashford.Storm damage along Ashford Lake Drive in Ashford.

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    Without a referee to turn to, a man called police to report a foul during a pickup basketball game at a Virginia gym Monday evening.

    “I’ve never, never in my entire life gotten a cop called for playing basketball,” said Thomas Mulabah, who played in the game at an LA Fitness in Sterling and recorded the aftermath.

    “First time in the history — anywhere, playing anywhere,” said Marcellus Bowie, another player.

    “This is the hardest foul in America, bro,” the caller argued in Mulabah’s recording.

    They say they get together several times a month to play.

    Mulabah and Bowie said this game was tense.

    “To count the fact that it was like 12-12,” Mulabah said. “So the game is on the line; everything is high emotions.”

    “Man, I’m telling you, it doesn’t matter if you’re getting paid to play sports,” he said. “People play basketball in any rec center like they’re getting paid for it.”

    One of the players got knocked to the ground.

    “Once he got hit, he got on the ground, he’s usually a tough guy, so I expected him to get up,” Mulabah said. “He got up though, but he walked outside.”

    “He said he was calling the cops, and everybody started laughing, we’re looking around, we’re like, he’s not calling the cops,” he said.

    The call came in as an assault, according to the incident report.

    The responding deputy from the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office reported neither player wanted to pursue charges, the incident report said.

    Mulabah asked the deputy if he’d ever been called for a basketball foul.

    “That’s my first basketball foul,” the deputy said.

    Management at LA Fitness told the players they had one more chance to keep the game civil or they would be removed from the gym, the incident report said.

    “I do want to say though, the guy who called the cops is a good guy,” Mulabah said. “I know him very well. He’s a good guy. It’s not anything where it’s like tension or he doesn’t like somebody for anything, because I know how it can look — it’s basketball, everybody’s playing. Definitely a good guy. I just think he got a little emotional.”

    “When we see him, I’m sure we’re going to joke about this,” Bowie said. “He might be a little mad at us.”

    The players who spoke to News4 welcomed anyone to the game.

    “It’s actually a really good run,” Mulabah said. “So anybody who likes to play basketball, if you think you’re pretty decent, we’re not going to call the cops on you. I’ll dunk on you but not call the cops on you. So just come out and play, man. It’s fun. We need as much people as possible to enjoy our time.”



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    A small DNA technology company called Parabon NanoLabs has helped solve five cold cases since early May with a new approach to genetic analysis that could spur a massive clearance of unsolved crimes, NBC News reported.

    The Virginia company makes use of high-tech DNA analysis, traditional genealogy and online ancestry databases. It's found matches about 60 percent of the time, thanks to suspects or their relatives submitting genetic profiles to public databases.

    "I predict we will see dozens or hundreds of cold cases resolved over the next couple of years," researcher CeCe Moore said.

    One recent case Parabon NanoLabs helped to bring charges in is that of April Tinsley, an 8-year-old killed in April 1988. Her killer eluded police and the FBI even though they had his DNA — until Moore narrowed the list of potential suspects to two brothers.



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    April Tinsley is pictured in this updated photo provided by the FBI. A small Virginia DNA analysis firm helped police crack the case 30 years after she was killed.April Tinsley is pictured in this updated photo provided by the FBI. A small Virginia DNA analysis firm helped police crack the case 30 years after she was killed.

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    Montenegro, a U.S. ally that is smaller than Connecticut and about as populous as Baltimore, found itself in President Donald Trump's cross hairs late Tuesday as he once again criticized NATO, NBC News reported.

    The president suggested during an interview with Fox News' Tucker Carlson that he would be unhappy defending "tiny" Montenegro if it were attacked, calling into question NATO's central principle of mutual defense.

    Trump also questioned whether the country's "very aggressive people" could draw NATO into a war with Russia.

    Carlson had asked why his son would have to defend Montenegro should it be attacked. Trump replied that was a good question and said that Montenegro "may get aggressive, and congratulations you're in World War III."

    Trump's comments come as 14 people are standing trial in Montenegro, accused of plotting to kill the prime minister and stage a coup to bring a pro-Russian party to power.



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    U.S. President Donald Trump is flanked by U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, right, as he speaks during a press conference after a summit of heads of state and government at NATO headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, Thursday, July 12, 2018.U.S. President Donald Trump is flanked by U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, right, as he speaks during a press conference after a summit of heads of state and government at NATO headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, Thursday, July 12, 2018.

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    Gov. Dannel Malloy ordered a $10 million study on the issue of tolls in Connecticut Tuesday, and reaction to the move on an already heated topic is mixed.

    “It's a shameful proposal by the governor in my opinion,” said State Sen. Joe Markley (R-Dist. 16).

    The study calls for the Department of Transportation and their environmental impact on several highways, including, but not limited to I-95, I-91 I-84, the Wilbur Cross Parkway, and the Merritt Parkway.

    The study would also look at reducing or eliminating the gas tax and possibly giving state residents a discount or tax credit.

    “Bond to do a study and you've got something that's of no value a year after it's written,” Markley said. “I can't think of anything more ridiculous to do through bonding than a study.”

    Markley, who’s running for lieutenant governor, is against tolls and the $10 million study, saying ti should be up to the next administration to decide if they even want it.

    “There's really not sufficient legislative support I don't believe to pass,” Markley said.

    Meanwhile, Democratic State Rep. Tony Guerrera (D - Dist. 29) told NBC Connecticut that he sees value in the study and hopes for multiple proposals from the DOT.

    “This doesn't mean tolls are going to happen. All this is is just a plan and whether the general assembly would like to implement the plan or not,” Guerrera said.

    Guerrera also pointed out that money collected from out-of-state drivers could help those in-state.

    If we are making a substantial amount of money on electronic tolling, then maybe we should look at getting rid of the car tax,” he said.

    The state Bond Commission is expected to vote on the $10 million allocation on July 25.


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    A 20-year-old Greenwich man was charged with possession of child pornography after a tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children led police to obtain search warrants for the home of John Zimmel.

    Police said they searched Zimmel’s home on Wildwood Drive in Greenwich on May 5, seized several digital storage devices and found more than 130 videos and 60 images of children engaged in sexually explicit acts.

    Police said they also found several online chats about fantasy sex acts with children.

    Zimmel was arrested Sunday and was charged with possession of child pornography in the first degree.

    He posted a $100,000 bond and he is due in court on July 30, according to police.



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    The westbound side of Interstate 84 in Southington has reopened after a crash Wednesday morning.

    According to Connecticut Department of Transportation, the three-car crash closed the highway between exits 32 and 31.

    There is no word what caused the crash or if anyone was injured.



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    Southington Police have arrested a mother and her son after their dog was found to have multiple health problems last month.

    According to police, 21-year-old Kyle Burleigh, of Plantsville, brought a dog to the Southington Animal Control facility in June. He told Animal Control that he had found the dog six days prior.

    The dog had trouble walking, had very long nails on all paws and had large skin tags on its underside, officials said.

    Kyle told Animal Control that that was the condition that he had found the dog in and that he did not recognize it from the area. He also told them that he was not the owner of the dog and gave a statement on the incident, police said.

    The dog was taken to a local veterinary for a medical evaluation. The vet had a record of a dog matching the description of this one being owned by Kyle's mother, Linda Burleigh, also of Plantsville.

    Vet officials say the dog's name is Knight and they had last treated him in September of 2010. An examination revealed the dog was dirty with a strong foul odor, had hair loss, scaly skin, chronically infected ears, masses hanging from his abdomen, some atrophy in his hind legs and nails that had grown long enough that they grew into his toe pad.

    State records show that Linda adopted Knight in August of 2010.

    Officers confronted Kyle with the information about Knight. Kyle admitted that he originally gave a false statement about Knight's owner, police said. Kyle also admitted Animal Control into his home where they found dried blood on the carpet. Kyle told them that the blood was from Knight's ingrown nails, officers said.

    Kyle and Linda are facing charges including cruelty to animals, failure to vaccinate a dog and failure to license a dog. Kyle is facing an additional charge of making a false statement.

    Both Kyle and Linda were released on a $1,500 bond and are scheduled to appear in court in Bristol on July 23.

    Knight is receiving medical treatment and experts say his condition is improving.



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    Kimber Bermudez was simply flying to visit her parents in Florida when the Chicago teacher’s trip took an unexpected turn — ending with a gesture from strangers that left her stunned.

    What began as a simple conversation with her seatmate led to three other passengers on the plane handing her cash to enable her to better help her students, who come from predominantly low-income families on the city's Northwest Side.

    As she boarded Southwest flight 1050 to Florida last Tuesday, Bermudez began talking to the man seated next to her.

    "I have been known as a talker since I was a child," she told NBC 5.

    Bermudez said she quickly began discussing her job at Carlos Fuentes Elementary, a charter school in Chicago's Avondale neighborhood.

    "He said, 'What do you do?' I said, 'I am a teacher' and he asked where," she said. "He said, 'What is your greatest struggle?' And I started talking about our school and the amazing educators here."

    Bermudez noted that she works in a low-income school where her students often face everyday challenges no child should have to deal with. She said teachers at her school often use their own money to help students whose families couldn't afford to buy supplies. 

    “We talked about the world and how no child should ever do without,” she wrote in her post. “In 2018, kids should never be hungry or in need of anything.”

    The man asked her for her work information as his company often donates items for schools like the one Bermudez works in.

    “I was not intending for him to say that, and then gave him my school email. Then something amazing happened...” she wrote.

    That's when a man sitting behind Bermudez revealed he had overheard her conversation.

    "He was tapping me, 'Hey I'm sorry for listening' and handed me cash and I was trying to understand what was happening," she said. 

    "I heard your story; do something amazing," the man told her.

    Bermudez, who later learned the wad of cash totaled $500, told the man she would use the money to buy her students books and give back to the community.

    But it didn’t end there.

    As the plane landed, Bermudez said another man sitting across the aisle from her handed her $20 and the man in front her of turned around to give her $10 more.

    “I started crying on the plane,” she wrote. “I told all four men that I would do something amazing for the kids. I was not telling my story to solicit money, and never intended to walk out of that flight with anything other than my carry on.”

    She told NBC 5 the money will change her students' lives in the classroom. 

    "With more resources I will get to do more and the kids will get to do more," she said. "I am just baffled and blown away by all of this." 

    Bermudez’s recount of what happened on her flight has been shared more than 800 times since she posted it on Facebook last week.

    “I do however hope that posting this continues the chain reaction of people helping those in need, and especially the children in need,” she wrote. “It doesn’t have to be a school in Chicago, and any bit helps!”

    She asked that her post be shared in an effort to find the generous strangers to thank them “and their amazing hearts.”

    “My heart is in complete shock and awe right now,” she wrote. “When the world seems crazy there are always good people. I would do anything for my students, and want to thank these strangers. I don’t know the name of the man who gave me the $500 or the other generous strangers, but they deserve to be recognized.”

    Signed, she wrote, Kimber Bermudez, Aisle 14 Seat C.



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    Kimber Bermudez’s recount of what happened on her flight has been shared more than 800 times since she posted it on Facebook last week.Kimber Bermudez’s recount of what happened on her flight has been shared more than 800 times since she posted it on Facebook last week.

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    Rescue crews say they have found the fourth victim of a deadly collision between two small planes over the Everglades in Southwest Miami-Dade.

    Miami-Dade Police Detective Alvaro Zabaleta said the person found after crews resumed their search Wednesday morning near Southwest 8th Street between Krome Avenue and the line with Collier County was a 22-year-old flight student.

    The collision happened around 1 p.m. Tuesday about nine miles west of Miami Executive Airport, officials with Miami-Dade Fire Rescue and the FAA said.

    Three victims – 22-year-old Jorge A. Sanchez, 72-year-old Ralph Knight, 72; and 19-year-old Nisha Sejwal – were identified immediately. Zabaleta said federal investigators on the scene confirmed all three were experienced pilots.

    Footage showed the badly damaged planes, a Piper PA-34 and a Cessna 172, in a grassy area of the Everglades. Crews responded to the scene by helicopter and airboat to recover the bodies.

    The wreckage of both planes had the name of local flight school Dean International on their sides. The school, which is based out of Miami Executive Airport, has been involved in a number of incidents involving planes, most recently a crash in the Everglades in May that left two hospitalized.

    NBC 6 last year obtained reports by the National Transportation and Safety Board and Federal Aviation Administration of downed planes from the school. Since 2007, a total of 29 accidents or incidents had been documented, including five fatalities, before the two cases this year.

    After two crashes in 2017 – one where a pilot was killed after crashing in the Everglades and another where two people were not injured following a crash landing in Key Biscayne – nearly 80 percent of the company’s 50 planes were taken out of service to deal with issues ranging from routine maintenance to faulty beaks, loose and missing screws and more.

    Both the NTSB and the FAA continue their investigation into the latest crash. NBC 6 reached out to the owner of Dean International Flight School, but has not heard back.


    The collision happened around 1 p.m. Tuesday about nine miles west of Miami Executive Airport, officials with Miami-Dade Fire Rescue and the FAA said.The collision happened around 1 p.m. Tuesday about nine miles west of Miami Executive Airport, officials with Miami-Dade Fire Rescue and the FAA said.

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    A 71-year-old New Hampshire woman was badly injured when she was attacked by a black bear inside her own home early Tuesday and had to drag herself to the phone to call for help, her daughter said.

    Apryl Rogers, of Groton, was hospitalized after suffering serious injuries to her head and face during the encounter.

    New Hampshire Fish and Game officials said that the attack occurred around 1:15 a.m. at the woman's home on Hall Brook Road. They believe the bear injured the woman accidentally while trying to get out of the home.

    Rogers' daughter, Stacey Murray, surveyed the aftermath: A wad of animal fur resting on the kitchen counter, claw marks left on the door, household items strewn across the floor and a blood trail in some places.

    "There's trash everywhere. There's bear feces everywhere. There's blood everywhere," Murray said.

    Murray said her mother was woken up by strange sounds in the house.

    "We think (the bear) pushed the door," Murray said. "Door wasn't latched tight enough."

    She said her mother got out of bed and went into the kitchen to investigate.

    "She apparently cornered the bear and it attacked her face trying to get out of the house," Murray said.

    Rogers' daughter said she was "shocked" about the bear attack, but not surprised that her mother, who uses a wheelchair, was able to drag herself to her phone — which was left covered in blood — to call 911. 

    "We all know she is strong so she'll be OK," Murray said through her tears.

    Efforts are now underway to locate the bear, and officials said it will likely have to be killed once it is found.

    Groton is a town of fewer than 600 people, located just south of the White Mountains and about 50 miles north of Concord.



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    Stamford-based RMS Companies hopes to develop the land surrounding the minor league ballpark in Hartford. 

    Hartford city officials said Wednesday that the city is pursuing the development of land around Dunkin’ Donuts Park with RMS Companies. The company’s website said its portfolio includes the UConn residents in Stamford, the Goodwin Hotel in Hartford and several other properties.  

    They city and the company have not reached a development deal, according to the mayor’s office, which said, “there will be substantial discussion with the City Council as well as with the public as the process moves forward.” 

    The development rights for the area were originally awarded to Centerplan, the same company that was meant to develop Dunkin’ Donuts Park. Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin’s administration called off that contract after ongoing construction and cost issues that delayed the completion of the park. 

    Then the city of Hartford terminated Centerplan’s contract to develop the surrounding parcels due to their "failure to deliver the ballpark and lack of honesty and transparency." 

    Centerplan Construction filed a lawsuit against after it was terminated from the stadium project and the city has since filed a counter-claim. 

    In November 2017, the city issued a Request for Proposals for city-owned properties around Dunkin’ Donuts Park. 

    When the deadline came in March, RMS Companies was the sole bidder, according to Hartford officials. 

    “RMS has a sound reputation, a strong track record, and a serious plan for development, and our discussions thus far have been productive and positive. We will continue to do our due diligence and work to negotiate a responsible agreement for the development of these key parcels, and we look forward to involving the community directly as the process continues,” Bronin said in a statement. 



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    A rendering for the development around Dunkin' Donuts Park in Hartford.A rendering for the development around Dunkin' Donuts Park in Hartford.

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    A boy and a girl were bitten by sharks in separate attacks off Fire Island Wednesday, according to local officials and the father of one of the children.

    A spokeswoman from the town of Islip said the 13-year-old boy and 12-year-old girl were bitten off the shores off Atlantique Beach and Sailors Haven -- two beaches about 4 1/2 miles apart -- around 11:15 a.m.

    In the Atlantique Beach attack, the boy was boogie boarding when he was bitten, the spokeswoman said. He stumbled out of the ocean; a lifeguard ran to him and discovered the bite.

    The wound was dressed and cleaned, according to the spokeswoman, and responders found a tooth lodged in the child's leg. The tooth was removed and is being analyzed to determine the shark species.

    In the other attack, Philip Pollina said his daughter was waist deep in the water off Sailors Haven when she began panicking. He said when lifeguards pulled her out of the water she had deep cuts on her leg.

    Beach-goers saw what officials think was a sandbar shark -- a shark commonly found along the Atlantic Coast -- about 25 yards offshore. Adult sandbar sharks can grow to be up to 8 feet long, but the 12-year-old girl's father said she thought the shark was only about 2 feet long. Sandbar sharks are known for their large first dorsal fin, and the girl did report seeing a fin before she was attacked. She was able to walk after the attack, but was taken to a hospital.

    "Once we figured it out it was pretty surreal," the father said.

    The town of Islip has banned swimming at all of its ocean-facing beachesFire Island beaches are managed by multiple local, state and federal jurisdictions. A spokeswoman for Fire Island National Seashore said all the beaches are closed until further notice as authorities investigate.

    That spokeswoman, Elizabeth Rogers, also said the bite marks on both victims were found to be "consistent with a large fish," but authorities have "not confirmed" either case as a definitive shark bite.

    Shark sightings aren't uncommon on Long Island or at the Jersey Shore, but unprovoked attacks are rare. Since 1837, only 10 shark attacks have been reported in New York. Fifteen have been reported in New Jersey and one in Connecticut.


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    Farmington police are trying to locate a missing 47-year-old man who has been missing for almost a week.

    Police said 47-year-old Bryan Canto, a husband and father, was last seen at his home in Farmington around 9:30 a.m. Friday and appears to have left home on foot.

    He is bald with blue eyes, 185 pounds, and 5-foot-11. He also tattoos on his left and right arms – a Libra symbol and a Rising sun with a lion. He was last seen wearing a blacked collared polo shirt, tan shorts and brown Sketchers sneakers.

    “On behalf of the Canto family, we want to thank everyone for their continued prayers and support during this difficult time. We also appreciate the great efforts of the Farmington Police Department with whom we are working closely,” a statement from the family says.

    Canto has never gone missing before and the behavior is “completely out of line for his character,” according to police. Police are concerned for his safety and well being.

    Anyone with information on Canto’s whereabouts should contact Farmington police at 860-675-2400.



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    Two years before President Donald Trump nominated him to a seat on the Supreme Court, federal appeals courts Judge Brett Kavanaugh said he believes the legal precedent that allows for independent counsels to investigate government officials for federal crimes should be overturned, NBC News reports.

    When asked about cases he believes should be overturned, Kavanaugh cited Morrison v. Olson, a Supreme Court ruling upholding a 1978 law that creates a system for independent counsels to investigate and potentially prosecute government officials for federal crimes. 

    Kavanaugh was quoted as saying "It's been effectively overruled, but I would put the final nail in" at an event for conservative think tank American Enterprise Institute. 

    After the law expired, new regulations allowed for the appointment of "special counsels," but unlike independent counsels, special counsels answer to the U.S. attorney general. The president's campaign is under investigation by a special counsel, Robert Mueller, as part of the ongoing federal probe into Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election.

    CORRECTION (July 28, 2018, 3:43 p.m. ET): A headline on an earlier version of this story mischaracterized Kavanaugh's comments. He was talking about the legal precedent that allows for independent counsels.



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    Judge Brett Kavanaugh (L) smiles prior to a meeting with Sen. Benjamin Sasse (R-NE) in the Russell Senate Office Building on July 12, 2018 in Washington, DC.Judge Brett Kavanaugh (L) smiles prior to a meeting with Sen. Benjamin Sasse (R-NE) in the Russell Senate Office Building on July 12, 2018 in Washington, DC.

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    A Honduran father says his 3-year-old son is not the same as he was before the two were separated for nearly two months while the father was held in detention centers around the country, NBC News reported.

    "It has been difficult to gain his trust like it was before," said José, who asked that his last name not be used out of concern for his family's safety.

    José and his son, José Jr., sought asylum after crossing the border in Hidalgo, Texas, but were soon separated by immigration officials. They fled Honduras after criminals killed other family members and warned that José was next, according to José and advocates supporting his case.

    The father and son are staying with relatives in Virginia as José waits for his case to be heard in immigration court.

    José said he hopes to explain what happened when he's older, but fears his son will be “left with problems.”



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    Jose and his 3-year-old son, Jose Jr., were separated after entering the country and seeking asylum in mid-May. They were reunited on July 10 in Phoenix.Jose and his 3-year-old son, Jose Jr., were separated after entering the country and seeking asylum in mid-May. They were reunited on July 10 in Phoenix.

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    Town officials in West Hartford agreed to a settlement in a lawsuit that alleged a sexual assault in a middle school locker room in 2013 and claimed a pattern of negligence within the district. 

    That lawsuit claimed that three students allegedly yelled out "Let's rape [a student]” in an unsupervised boys locker room at Sedgwick Middle School in West Hartford in April 2013, then dragged the 8th grader "while he was kicking and screaming, into the unlocked closet" where he was sexually assaulted.  

    “The Town Council agreed Tuesday night to a settlement of $87,500 in a case involving a minor, alleging that the West Hartford Board of Education and three physical education teachers at Sedgwick Middle School were negligent and failed to comply with the Board of Education’s sexual harassment and bullying policy related to incidents that took place in the Sedgwick Middle School locker room on April 24, 2013, and April 25, 2013, when the plaintiff was an eighth-grader at the school,” corporate counsel Pat Alair said in a statement.



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    Quick action by a witness and a police officer saved the life of a Norwalk woman who had a medical emergency while driving on Interstate 95 in Fairfield Wednesday.

    Police said Bridgeport resident Frederico Davis and Connecticut Conservation Police Officer Hey saw a two-car accident around noon on I-95 south near the Black Rock Turnpike overpass. The pair jumped into action when they realized one of the cars was on fire, pulling the semi-conscious driver to safety.

    “It was the quick action by the Bridgeport resident and the uniformed Conservation Police Officer working together that definitely saved this woman from the toxic smoke, burn injuries and possibly losing her life”, said Fairfield Assistant Chief Erik Kalapir.

    The driver of the second vehicle did not report any injuries.

    The Fairfield Fire Department responded to extinguish the blaze. American Medical Response and the Connecticut Department of Transportation also responded to the crash.



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    A witness and a conversation police officer pulled a driver to safety after he car caught fire following a crash on I-95 in Fairfield Wednesday.A witness and a conversation police officer pulled a driver to safety after he car caught fire following a crash on I-95 in Fairfield Wednesday.

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    Dog owners and animal advocates say Delta Airlines’ new ban on pit bulls as service and support animals is unfair, and they are calling for the ban to be lifted.

    Thousands of people around the world signed a petition against Delta's ban, which went into effect on July 10. The airline prohibited all pit bull-type dogs from flying on their planes as service or support animals. Now, the company is facing backlash worldwide.

    At Mineta San Jose International Airport, a professional service dog trainer said he understands the airline’s pit bull concerns but blames owners for skipping the right kind of training. It's not the breed, he said.

    "Pit bulls are not more dangerous than other dogs," said Franck Kangah, a professional dog trainer. "I've seen little dogs that were more dangerous than other pit bulls."

    A petition on Care2.com has gathered more than 100,000 signatures to fight Delta’s ban.

    The U.S. Department of Transportation told NBC Bay Area "a limitation based exclusively on breed of the service animal is not allowed under the department’s Air Carrier Access Act."

    Gisselle Nuñez, the owner of a full-breed, blue nose pit bull named Murphy, says the Delta ban gives the breed a unwarranted bad wrap.

    "The question is, Delta Airlines: What is your criteria for banning this particular breed?" Nunez said. "Show us the research, show us the facts, but don’t perpetuate negative perceptions."

    The airline has reported that some of its employees were bitten by pit bulls on flights.

    Kangah, who trained Murphy for 10 months, said he understands Delta’s concern but argues it’s the owners’ fault for failing to put the dogs through the right training.

    "Without the proper training, like true, proper training of a service animal, you’ll have accidents like that of a dog biting another dog or even a dog pottying inside a plane," Kangah said. "If you see the obedience, you automatically know, that is a service dog. You can see the difference between a really trained service dog and not a true service dog."

    Delta Airlines did not reply to questions about what type of facts or research it used to make the ban decision.

    Southwest Airlines does not restrict pit bulls on its flights, the company said in an email to NBC. JetBlue doesn’t address specific breeds within its pet or service animal policies.

    Pit bulls cannot be brought onto American Airlines planes as checked luggage but are allowed to be on the company’s planes as service animals or paid pets, a company spokesman said.

    The Department of Transportation says it is looking into possibly changing the rules for service animals on flights.

    —Scott Gelman contributed to this story



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    Delta Airlines placed a ban on all pit bull-type dogs as service or support dogs on its flights. (July 17, 2018)Delta Airlines placed a ban on all pit bull-type dogs as service or support dogs on its flights. (July 17, 2018)

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    Route 8 southbound in Seymour is closed due to a vehicle fire.

    The Connecticut Department of Transportation confirmed the closure near exit 20. Drivers should expect delays in the area.

    Details were not immediately available.



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    A truck fire on Route 8 southbound in Seymour Wednesday afternoon.A truck fire on Route 8 southbound in Seymour Wednesday afternoon.

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    Many teachers say they pay for classroom supplies out of their own pockets. Kathryn McBride, a special needs teacher, says she spend her summer searching through tag sales for anything that can add to her classroom and help her students, who have autism, succeed.

    “Especially working in an inner-city, we spend probably most of our paycheck buying the things that we need for our students,” said McBride, who works as a Self-Contained Autism Teacher at in Naylor Leadership Academy in Hartford.

    Donorschoose.org gives you the chance to chip in. 

    NBC Connecticut and Telemundo Connecticut are partnering with the project to help teachers get the funds they need from their communities.

    McBride is asking for art supplies to improve her students’ learn fine motor skills.

    “Different types of scissors to cut with, different types of paper so that they’re having the opportunity to strengthen those find motor skills in their hand and that will lead to better grasp of writing utensils and hopefully better writing skills,” she explained.

    The project costs $603 and only has nine-days left to be fully funded.

    Time is also running out for Ms. Traver’s “Crazy for Chromebooks,” too. She’s just $271 away from being able to bring her classroom into the 21st century, but she needs to be completely funded by July 27.

    Like all teachers who’ve posted projects on donorschoose.org, her project must be fully funded by the deadline or she gets none of the donations that have already been made.

    When you click on a project you can see where your money is going.

    For instance, Mrs. Satalino at West Bristol School is asking for special chairs to help her young learners get the wiggles out and focus better on learning. She’s listed the items she plans to purchase for her flexible seating initiative on her donation page.

    Librarian Caitlin Carbonell says some of the books at Waterbury’s Sprague Elementary date back to the 1940s.

    “My students have shown me that they love to read and when they have what they call an “ugly” book, a book that’s been taped over a ton of times or I’ve had to repair it a bunch of times they get frustrated,” Carbonell explained.

    Teaching at a Title I school means she’s often looking for ways to fund projects in her library.

    “Even in Waterbury and a lot of other cities they don’t have a book budget so you kind of scramble to find money where you can,” said Carbonell.

    Among the more than 1,000 projects is Hanover School Psychologist Amanda Gonzalez’s bilingual program. She plans to use bibliotherapy, or books, to support the social-emotional needs of her Meriden students, some who relocated from Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria.

    “Often it’s difficult for students to reflect on their own personal lives at that age but they can relate to characters in a book,” said Gonzalez.

    The teachers say they are thankful to their caring communities for giving these students the supplies they need to succeed.

    “It really makes your heart warm when you see those donors helping to fund your project. It lets you know that there’s still good people out there that care about children and the future of our world,” noted McBride.

    After you donate you can leave a message about why the cause is important to you.

    Deborah Giddings of Enfield gave to the Dr. Suess project in memory of her mother-in-law who she says was dedicated to making sure children had books. Carbonell wrote back thanking her for the heartfelt contribution.

    For more information and to donate, click here.


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    A Plymouth woman wants to make sure no one else goes through the same ordeal she did when her husband’s body was picked up from the hospital by the wrong funeral home.

    When Christina De Araujo lost her husband of 23 years, she was heartbroken.

    “He was my best friend. He was the one that would make me feel better and vice versa,” said De Araujo.

    In March, her husband suffered a seizure at home and was taken to Waterbury Hospital where he later died.

    “It’s been tough,” said De Araujo.

    The grief-stricken widow contacted a close friend to help with funeral arrangements and he called several funeral homes to get some basic information. De Araujo said she eventually decided on Abbey Cremation Services in Rocky Hill.

    “We went over to the funeral home to sign off on all the necessary documentation to authorize the funeral home to pick up my husband at the hospital,” said De Araujo.

    Less than 24 hours later, De Araujo received a disturbing phone call from a representative of Abbey telling her someone had already picked up her husband’s body from the hospital.

    “I literally was shaking. Who on earth took my husband? Who allowed him to be released?” said De Araujo.

    She said she immediately called Waterbury Hospital to find out what happened to her husband’s body.

    De Araujo says the hospital told her that Luddy and Peterson’s Funeral Home and Crematory in New Britain had come to get the body and that the funeral home had informed the hospital that they had permission to collect the body.

    De Araujo explained to the hospital that Luddy and Peterson’s was the wrong funeral home.

    “I’m really annoyed that my husband is on this field trip that he didn’t ask for,” said De Araujo.

    De Araujo said Luddy and Peterson apologized profusely and wanted to make it right. She said they told her that her friend authorized removing her husband’s body. De Araujo says that’s not true.

    She says she and Luddy and Peterson's agreed to have Abbey pick her husband’s body up from the New Britain funeral home and transport him to Rocky Hill.

    “It was just so heart-wrenching to have to go through all that,” said De Araujo.

    She reached out to NBC Connecticut Responds because she doesn’t want others to go through what she did.

    Luddy and Peterson’s funeral home and crematory declined an on-camera interview.

    Instead, co-owner, Ben Peterson, told Responds in a statement:

    “We feel horrible over this situation. We dispute the claim by the widow that no family member gave us permission to collect the body. We were under the impression that the informant/family friend was in direct contact with the next of kin. We believe it was a break down in communication.”

    As a result of this situation, Peterson says the funeral home is changing its policy to only speak with the next of kin or other family members before removing a loved one from the hospital. They will no longer get consent to release a body from a friend.

    Waterbury Hospital told NBC Connecticut Responds that they can’t comment on specific cases but sent us a statement about their policies:

    At Waterbury Hospital, we strive to provide high-quality care with dignity and compassion to all our patients and their families. We continually review and revise procedures and practices in order to meet this goal. Patient privacy laws prevent us from commenting on any specific case.

    Generally speaking, however, when a patient dies in the hospital, the following steps are taken:

    • A family member or representative for the family calls the funeral home of their choice and requests that they handle the arrangements, which includes picking up the deceased from the hospital.
    • When the funeral home representative comes to the hospital, s/he asks for the deceased, is presented with and completes paperwork, including who authorized them to come to the hospital, and signs for transferring the patient to the funeral home.

    After this occurs, it’s between the family/family representative and the funeral home.

    De Araujo wants to make sure it doesn’t happen ever again.



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    Plymouth resident Christina De Araujo said when her husband died, the wrong funeral home picked up his body from Waterbury Hospital.Plymouth resident Christina De Araujo said when her husband died, the wrong funeral home picked up his body from Waterbury Hospital.

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  • 07/18/18--14:41: Person Hit by Car in Meriden

  • Lifestar responded after a person was hit by a vehicle on Gravel Street in Meriden Wednesday.

    Meriden police confirmed the crash, but could not immediately provide details.

    This is a developing story. NBC Connecticut has a crew on scene and will provide updates as they come into the newsroom.



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    A person was hit by a car on Gravel Street in Meriden Wednesday.A person was hit by a car on Gravel Street in Meriden Wednesday.

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    Just before moving to the New Haven area in 2013, Rich Cohen bought a road bike.

    His wife, who was starting a job at Yale-New Haven Hospital, suggested he sign up for the Closer to Free Ride that raises money for patient care and critical research at the Smilow Cancer Hospital.

    “While I haven’t personally had the disease, it’s something that affects so many families across the world,” Cohen told NBC Connecticut. “On ride day, I ride in memory of my grandparents. I’ve had three grandparents pass away from cancer, mostly lung but one prostate so it has affected my family.”

    Cohen never met his paternal grandmother who passed away at 46-year-old. His paternal grandfather battled cancer several times before his death in 2011. And he was only 18-months-old when he lost his maternal grandfather in the last 1980s.

    “The last time I rode I felt a little burn on the way back from Guilford and some of those rolling hills on the shoreline,” Cohen said of his September 2016 ride. “That’s where you start thinking this isn’t as bad as what it takes to go through some of the treatment, and what my grandfather had described some of the radiation burns.”

    For his fourth ride, Cohen has joined a new team called Chain RxAction with some of his wife’s co-workers from the YNHH Pharmacy Department.

    “Mostly newer riders,” he said. “Right now we have about 8 people in the group.”

    Cohen said he hopes by riding and raising money he can help save lives and make the world closer to cancer free.

    “Hopefully going forward people can get through and recover from cancer,” he said.

    There is still time to sign up for the eighth annual Closer to Free Ride on Saturday September 8. So far, more than 1,200 people have registered to ride.




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    Rich Cohen poses with his bike. Cohen is participating in the Closer to Free Ride, which raises money for patient care and critical research at the Smilow Cancer Hospital, in honor of his grandparents.Rich Cohen poses with his bike. Cohen is participating in the Closer to Free Ride, which raises money for patient care and critical research at the Smilow Cancer Hospital, in honor of his grandparents.

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    Electability is the main thing on Jayme Stevenson’s mind when it comes to the August 14 primary election for lieutenant governor.

    Stevenson, the three-term first selectman of Darien, is making her first attempt at statewide office.

    “I am the conservative Republican that can win in November,” Stevenson said, boldly proclaiming that her candidacy is the happy medium for Republican voters in August.

    Stevenson was quick to attack State Sen. Joe Markley from Southington, who won the party’s endorsement at the state GOP convention back in May. She described those delegates as, “party insiders,” and adds that it would be a grave mistake for registered Republicans to pick Markley as their lieutenant governor nominee.

    “He represents a part of the constituency that cannot win in November,” Stevenson said. “I find him very on the fringe of the ultra-conservative Republican Party really can’t be relatable to the general voters of this state of Connecticut. I think it’s a little bit risky to go with a candidate like that.”

    Stevenson was born in Reading, Pa., attended college in Arizona, and both work and her husband’s Connecticut’s roots brought her to the state she now calls home.

    She’s worked with non-profits that deal with drug abuse, and she’s held several positions relating to municipal government, serving on boards with the Western Connecticut Council of Governments, and the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities.

    Jayme and her husband, John, have five children, and one grandchild.

    The first selectman is the political chief executive of the town of Darien, as the town administrator makes all day to day decisions.

    Stevenson says because of Darien’s unique makeup, she’s positioned well for the role of lieutenant governor.

    “Unlike communities that might have fifteen members of a council, we have a 100 member representative town meeting. You have to be, as a chief elected official, a consensus builder. You have to build relationships.”

    Stevenson is one of two women running the state’s number two position.

    New Britain Mayor Erin Stewart ended her run for governor on the day the GOP convention started, instantly joining Stevenson as a challenger to the left of Markley.

    Stewart has billed herself as a common-sense Republican with acceptable views on guns and the role of government in day to day life, but she has come under fire for her views on abortion, she’s in favor of a woman’s right to choose, and her support for collective bargaining in the city she runs.

    Some political insiders have feared for the electability of Markley in a general election, while being concerned that Stewart and Stevenson may split votes, guaranteeing a win for Markley.

    Stevenson had a harsh assessment of Stewart’s campaign so far, and what she represents.

    “Erin is very liberal. She’s a very liberal Republican,” Stevenson said.

    She added that GOP voters would be doing themselves a disservice by voting either to the right with Markley or to the left with Stewart.

    “Voting for Joe [Markley], is really voting for Ned Lamont because if he’s on the ticket the Republican ticket is going to struggle and voting for Erin will really disenfranchise the Republican base. I am a fiscal conservative fit nicely in between the two of them.”



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    Republican Jayme Stevenson is running for lieutenant governor, her first attempt at statewide office.Republican Jayme Stevenson is running for lieutenant governor, her first attempt at statewide office.