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Police Warn Residents of Daylight Burglaries in Torrington


Police in Torrington are investigating a string of daytime burglaries in the west side of town and warning residents to lock their doors and windows.

Torrington police said the break-ins have been occurring in the area of Highland Avenue and Aetna Avenue. Intruders are getting in through screen windows and open doors, including garage doors, while residents are out or at work.

The culprits could be driving a dark-green or blue Ford or Subaru four-door sedan spotted in the area at the time of the crimes, according to police.

Police are asking anyone with information to call Torrington police Det. Kyle Johnson at 860-489-2038 or Sgt. Brett Johnson at 860-489-2051.

2 Officers Hurt Taking Wanted Man Into Custody in Groton


Two officers were injured, including one who was bitten by a dog, while taking a man wanted in North Carolina into custody in Groton on Friday morning.

Police said Barcardi Paige Robinson, 24, ran from authorities and broke into a home before they took him into custody. He was wanted in Fayetteville, North Carolina, for several offenses, including two gunpoint robberies and unlawful flight to avoid prosecution.

Groton Town Police and U.S. Marshals went to 435 Burningtree Drive in Groton to arrest him Friday morning. When authorities arrived, Robinson jumped from a second-floor window and fled to a home on Driftwood Circle, police said. He broke into a stranger's home while police from several departments set up a perimeter.

Police said Robinson had no apparent connection to the family who lives there, and officers helped one resident escape through a window. A second resident escaped on his or her own while the suspect was still inside.

Someone fired gunshots at one point during the pursuit. It's not clear who fired them.

Police used reverse 911 to alert residents to stay inside their homes until the incident was over.

Robinson was taken into custody and faces nearly a dozen charges of out Groton, including kidnapping, home invasion, burglary, robbery, two counts of assault on an officer, larceny and drug and weapons violations.

He will also be charged in North Carolina as a fugitive from justice.

Photo Credit: NBCConnecticut.com/Fayetteville Police Department

Man Wanted in Waterbury is Considered Dangerous


Waterbury police are searching for a man wanted on both felony and misdemeanor charges who they say is "elusive" and considered dangerous.

Marcus Robinson, 22, is wanted on mutliple arrest warrants stemming from domestic incidents, criminal impersonations and other violations, according to Waterbury police.

He is on the loose and considered dangerous.

Police are asking for help finding Robinson. Residents should not approach him and should call detectives at 203-574-6941 or Crime Stoppers at 203-755-1234 with any information.

Photo Credit: Waterbury Police Department

Graham: Trump Comments Hurt GOP


Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina toured Insight Technologies in New Hampshire Friday without an entourage or a crowd of die-hard supporters. Still, the Republican presidential candidate is upbeat about his chances of winning the primary.

So why, in spite of poll numbers, is he so optimistic?

"My name's Lindsey Graham," he said. "I've got to get better known, and I've got to get in front of enough New Hampshire voters to tell them why I want to be president. Three challenges - too many terrorists, too much debt, too few jobs — and I'll talk about how to solve those three problems."

While he is in favor of immigration reform, Graham says fellow Republican candidate Donald Trump's inflammatory comments about Mexican immigrants.

"He's saying some pretty outrageous things," said Graham. "It's not about Donald Trump. It's about the process. Donald Trump has done a lot of good things in his life, but his statements about 'all illegal immigrants except some are rapists and drug dealers' is going to dig a hole for my party — which I love a lot — and make it impossible for us to win in 2016."

The senator says national security is his top concern.

"I've never seen more threats to our homeland than I do today. Our policies are failing, and I think I'm the best person in the field, including Hillary Clinton, to reset world order," said Graham. "What President Obama has done is changed world order. We're no longer the leader of the free world, we're just one of many nations."

Also on Friday, Graham applauded his state's decision to remove the Confederate flag that flew in front of the capitol.

"To the families of the victims of the church — the AME church in Charleston — you did a better job of representing my state than I could ever have hoped to have done. This flag coming down is an act of reconciliation. It's all of us saying to people in that church, 'We understand how you feel and we're going to respond to your feelings,'" said Graham. "It is a giant step forward for the state of South Carolina. I've been very proud of my state handling a horrible thing, I'd say pretty damn well."

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Teen Says Parents Gave Permission for Morocco Trip


A Connecticut teen reported missing after flying to Morocco to see a boyfriend she met online says she had her parents' permission to travel there, according to Moroccan media outlet Hespress.

Rebecca Arthur, 17, of Clinton, Connecticut, was found safe Friday morning in the seaside community of Essaouira, where she has been staying with her Moroccan boyfriend and his family since flying out from JFK International Airport on Monday.

Arthur's mother dropped her off at the terminal and told police she believed her daughter was going to California to visit a friend.

That's not the story Arthur tells.

"I am safe and OK with my boyfriend Simo and his family, and I have my parents' permission to come here and visit and spend time with them," a young woman who appears to be Arthur says in a video published by Hespress.

Although NBC Connecticut has not independently verified the video, Clinton police spokesman Sgt. Jeremiah Dunn said he believes the video is legitimate and the young woman is most likely Arthur.

The camera then pans to someone who appears to be Arthur's boyfriend, Simo El Adala. Police said the two met online about a year ago and have been dating for six months, despite never having met in person until Arthur got off the plane Tuesday in Casablanca, Morocco.

The young man explains in Arabic that he has spoken with Arthur's mother over Skype and insists the teen's family was aware of her plans. He says one of Arthur's friends may have been jealous of their relationship and told the teen's mother he was going to kidnap Arthur and recruit her to join ISIS.

He denies any wrongdoing and displays what appears to be a notarized parental permission slip allowing Arthur to fly unaccompanied.

Police believe Arthur's mother did sign a permission slip – for a flight to California. They suspect Arthur may have altered the note after receiving her mother's signature.

They said El Adala also misled his family and arranged the trip without his parents' knowledge or consent.

Travel to Morocco can be dangerous because of "the potential for terrorist violence against U.S. interests and citizens," according to the U.S. State Department, which urges Americans in Morocco to "maintain a low profile."

Local police enlisted the help of the FBI, Department of Homeland Security and U.S. consulate in Morocco after Arthur's parents reported her missing.

Dunn said Arthur will fly home over the weekend.

Arthur's family did not respond to multiple requests for comment Friday.

Photo Credit: Clinton Police Department
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Trump: 'Nobody Wants to Talk About' Immigration, Crime


Presidential candidate Donald Trump decried the American media's supposed unwillingness to cover undocumented immigration in his press appearance at a Los Angeles hotel Friday, doubling down on controversial remarks even as protesters gathered outside.

Trump said Mexico's leaders are "smarter" than those in the United States, and that Mexican leaders send people "that they don't want" across the U.S. border. Similar remarks over the past week have provoked two celebrity chefs to pull out of deals with Trump hotels.

"They're sending criminals to us and we're sending those criminals to jail, oftentimes after they've killed somebody or hurt somebody," Trump said at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel.

The families of several people killed by undocumented immigrants joined Trump at the news conference and said they stood behind the outspoken mogul's comments on illegal immigration, which have also inspired multiple businesses — including NBC Universal and Univision — to cut ties with Trump's business.

"No one really listened to us, our story really wasn't heard," said Sabine Durden, whose 30-year-old son was killed by a driver who was an undocumented immigrant from Guatemala three years ago. "When I heard Mr. Trump, I started screaming," she said. "Finally, someone who had the guts to say what millions are thinking."

Meanwhile, protesters rallied outside the hotel in response to Trump's comments about Mexican immigrants. The protest was organized by the CHIRLA Action Fund, the political arm of a California-based immigrant rights organization.

Some protesters carried Donald Trump piñatas filled with trash to "represent the type of language the candidate has been spewing," according to a CHIRLA statement.

"There is no way a candidate for the highest elected office in the land can utter the type of hateful language that Trump is known for and expect to win the Latino/immigrant vote," Diana Colin, CHIRLA Action Funds program director, said in a statement. "And everyone knows the road to the White House is paved with Latino/immigrant votes. Mr. Trump should do the math."

Trump also met with the father of a high school football standout killed by a gang member who was in the country illegally. Trump told syndicated talk show host Dana Loesch he was meeting with Jamiel Shaw — the father of Jamiel Shaw II -- "and pay my respects to him."

The elder Shaw praised Trump in interviews this week on the Fox News Channel and with Loesch for his criticism of illegal immigration. Shaw told Loesch that Trump's criticism of illegal immigration is "resonating in the black community because we see all the carnage that's happened and all the memorials. We see all the jobs that are gone. We see the whole community changing."

Jamiel Shaw II was a Los Angeles High School football standout who was shot and killed in 2008 near his Arlington Heights home by a gang member who prosecutors said mistakenly perceived him as a gang rival because he was carrying a red Spider-Man backpack. Pedro Espinoza, convicted of first-degree murder in 2012 and sentenced to death, was living in the United States without legal permission at the time of the killing. He had been freed from jail two days before the shooting without immigration authorities placing a hold on him.

Trump's arrival in Los Angeles follows a week of fallout from his comments about immigrants. Alex Nogales, president of the National Hispanic Media Coalition, said Thursday that the PGA of America's decision this week to move a golf tournament from a Trump-owned course was a step in the right direction.

The PGA and other major golf organizations should agree to keep tournaments off Trump properties in response to his comments about Mexican immigrants, Nogales said. The PGA said it relocated its Grand Slam of Golf, in mutual agreement with Trump.

NBC ended its partnership with Trump on the Miss Universe and Miss USA pageants after the celebrity billionaire, in announcing his presidential campaign, said some Mexican immigrants to the U.S. bring drugs and crime, and some are rapists.

"When Mexico sends its people, they're not sending their best," he said. "They're sending people that have lots of problems, and they're bringing those problems with (them). They're bringing drugs. They're bringing crime. They're rapists. And some, I assume, are good people."

Trump vowed to file paperwork next week ensuring he would qualify for next month's Republican presidential debate, where his immigration policies could emerge as a focus on national television. Trump said Thursday that his Republican competitor Jeb Bush is "a joke" for suggesting that Mexican immigrants cross the border illegally as "an act of love."

"This has nothing to do with love," Trump said in an interview airing Thursday on Fox News Channel's "Hannity." "They are taking people that should be in Mexican prisons, Mexican jails and they are pushing them over to the United States. These are dangerous people."

Bailout Plan OK'd by Greek Parliament, Europe Next


Greece's parliament backed the government's reform plan containing austerity measures to win a third bailout early Saturday, but with the government suffering significant losses from dissenting lawmakers.

The motion, which sought to authorize the government to use the proposal as a basis for negotiation with international creditors during the weekend, passed with 251 votes in favor, 32 against and 8 voting 'present' — a form of abstention — in the 300-member parliament.

Those who voted 'present' or were absent, as well as two of those who voted against, were members of Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras' left-wing Syriza party — raising questions about the stability of his government.

The dissenters included two ministers — Panagiotis Lafazanis who holds the energy portfolio and Dimitris Stratoulis who holds the social security portfolio — and prominent party member and Parliament Speaker Zoe Konstantopoulou.

"I support the government but I don't support an austerity program of neoliberal deregulation and privatizations which ... would prolong the vicious circle of recession, poverty and misery," Lafazanis said in a statement released to the press explaining his "radical and categorical" objection to the proposal.

Former finance minister Yanis Varoufakis, who resigned this week, was absent for family reasons, saying on Twitter he was spending the weekend with his daughter who was visiting from Australia. Although he sent a letter saying he would have voted in favor had he been present, it could not be counted among the 'yes' votes under parliamentary rules.

All opposition parties except the Nazi-inspired Golden Dawn and the Communist Party voted in favor.

The proposed measures, including tax hikes and cuts in pension spending, are certain to inflict more pain on a Greek public who just days ago voted overwhelmingly against a similar plan.

But the new proposal, if approved by Greece's international creditors, will provide longer-term financial support for a nation that has endured six years of recession.

Without a deal, Greece faces the immediate prospect of crashing out of Europe's joint currency, the euro. It would be the first nation to do so.

If the proposal is approved, Greece would get a three-year loan package worth nearly $60 billion (53.5 billion euros) as well as some form of debt relief. That is far more than the 7.2 billion euros left over from Greece's previous bailout that had been at stake in the country's five-month negotiations until last month.

Speaking earlier in the debate that began just before midnight Friday, Tsipras acknowledged the reforms his government has proposed were harsh and include measures far from his party's election pledges, but insisted they were Greece's best chance to emerge from its financial crisis.

Tsipras said his government had made mistakes during his six-month tenure but said he had negotiated as hard as he could.

"There is no doubt that for six months now we've been in a war," he said, adding that his government had fought "difficult battles" and had lost some of them.

"Now I have the feeling we've reached the boundary line. From here on there is a minefield, and I don't have the right to dismiss this or hide it from the Greek people," he said.

But he insisted the latest proposal contains measures that would help the economy and, if approved by Greece's creditors, would unlock sufficient financing for the country to emerge from its protracted crisis and see its massive debt tackled.

Defense Minister Panos Kammenos, who heads the government's junior coalition member Independent Greeks, said he was advocating a vote in favor of the proposal even though it goes against his party's principles. The party holds 13 seats in the 300-member parliament.

"I want to state clearly, I am not afraid of Grexit," he said, referring to the possibility of Greece leaving the euro. "I am afraid of one thing: national division and civil war."

He said he feared failure to get a deal with creditors would eventually lead to civil strife.

Greece's latest proposal was sent to rescue creditors who were to meet this weekend to decide whether to approve it. Eurozone finance ministers meet Saturday afternoon, followed by a summit of the 28-nation European Union set for Sunday.

The country has relied on bailout funding since losing access to financing from bond markets in 2010.

The new measures overturn many of the election promises of Tsipras' left-wing Syriza party, which had vowed to overturn bailout austerity, and come less than a week after 61 percent of voters opposed similar reforms, proposed by creditors, in last Sunday's referendum.

The coalition government has 162 and pledged backing from a large section of opposition lawmakers.

Greece's major creditors — the International Monetary Fund, the European Central Bank and other eurozone nations — were already fine-combing through the proposals before sending them to the other 18 eurozone finance ministers Saturday.

French President Francois Hollande described the measures as "serious and credible," though Germany refused to be drawn on their merits. France's Socialist government has been among Greece's few allies in the eurozone during the past months of tough negotiations, with Germany taking a far harder line.

Jeroen Dijsselbloem, the Dutch finance minister who chairs the meetings of the eurozone finance ministers known as the eurogroup, said the proposals were "extensive" but would not say whether he considered them sufficient.

Meanwhile, banks remained closed since the start of last week and cash withdrawals were restricted to 60 euros ($67) per day. Although credit and debit cards work within the country, many businesses refuse to accept them, insisting on cash-only payments. All money transfers abroad, including bill payments, were banned without special permission.

Associated Press writers Angela Charlton in Paris and Mike Corder in the The Hague, Netherlands, contributed to this report.

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Cyclist Snatches Phone From Woman


A dashcam video posted on YouTube shows the startling moment an unsuspecting New York City pedestrian crossing the street has her phone snatched out of her hands by a bicyclist zipping past her. 

The man who posted the video, Brian Cohen, said he is friends with the man who recorded the incident on his dashcam as he was stopped at a red light at Avenue A and East 7th Street at about 5:30 p.m. Wednesday. 

The video shows the victim looking down at her phone as she's crossing the street in front of the car. Suddenly, a man on his bicycle appears from behind the car and reaches out and snatches the phone out of the woman's hands. 

The woman pulls the hood of her jacket off her head, looks up for a split second to see the bicyclist taking off, and begins running after him. Seconds later, a man on a Citi Bike also appears from the same direction the thief came from and, throwing up his hand to stop vehicle traffic on his left, speeds up in an apparent attempt to pursue the thief. 

The driver and dashcam owner begins driving after the bicyclist and the woman when the light turns green. The driver is heard telling his passenger in Cantonese he intends to follow the thief, and the woman responds, "It's really too bad about the woman's phone," according to Gothamist. 

As he gets about two blocks past the light, the woman's seen still running in the street. The bicyclist-thief and the Citi Bike rider are nowhere in sight.

The driver pulls over, and the video ends. 

"We don't know the outcome," Cohen wrote on YouTube. "Hopefully she got her phone back."

Cohen said the owner of the video wanted to remain anonymous. 

Police said the victim has filed a police report, and that the stolen phone is a Samsung Galaxy Note 4. They're searching for the suspect.

Mom Arrested After Bringing Toddler on Drug Deal: Police


A mom from Voluntown is facing charges after bringing her 3-year-old daughter along on a drug deal in Plainfield, according to police.

Police said the mother, Sarah Chattell, 25, was involved in a drug deal early Friday afternoon in the parking lot of a Big Y supermarket in Plainfield. Officers found her with heroin and marijuana and said Chattell had her 3-year-old daughter in tow.

She was arrested and charged with possession of heroin, possession of less than half an ounce of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and risk of injury to a minor. Chattell is due in court July 27.

It's Chattell's second drug arrest in Plainfield in about a month. She was one of four people arrested and charged with heroin possession June 5.

Photo Credit: Plainfield Police Department

Missing Teen Found in Morocco With Online Boyfriend


A 17-year-old Connecticut teen who was reported missing after flying to Morocco to see a boyfriend she met online has been found safe in a seaside community there, and authorities are arranging to bring her back home.

Police said Rebecca Arthur's mother dropped her off Monday at the Delta Airlines terminal at JFK International Airport. She was under the impression her daughter, who lives in Clinton, was flying to California to visit a friend.

"The daughter had no intent of going to California," said Clinton Police spokesman Sgt. Jeremiah Dunn.

Instead, Arthur boarded a flight to Casablanca, Morocco, to visit Simo El Adala and arrived on July 7. Police are still investigating but said they "have reason to believe" El Adala paid for Arthur's plane ticket to Morocco and that at Arthur may have forged a permission slip.

Authorities found Arthur safe in the seaside community of Essaouira with El Adala and his family at 3 a.m. local time Friday.

El Adala also misled his family, according to police, who said the couple arranged the trip without his parents' knowledge or consent.

According to police, Arthur and El Adala have known each other for about a year and have been a couple for the last six months, but had never before met in person.

Local police received help from the FBI, Department of Homeland Security and the U.S. consulate in Morocco to find the teen. Efforts are underway to bring Arthur back home.

Travel to Morocco can be dangerous due to "the potential for terrorist violence against U.S. interests and citizens," according to the U.S. State Department, which urges Americans in Morocco to "maintain a low profile."

Photo Credit: Clinton Police

Connecticut Vietnam Veterans to Be Honored This Weekend


Members of the public are invited to honor New England Vietnam veterans and remember the fallen at a two-day event in East Granby starting today.

Connecticut's Vietnam 50th Celebration Weekend is scheduled for Saturday, July 11 and Sunday, July 12 at the Connecticut Air National Guard Base in East Granby from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

“This event is designed to educate a new generation about the Vietnam War and the part it played in the lives of our friends, relatives and neighbors whose stories are the building blocks of American History,” Eileen Hurst, chair of the Vietnam 50th, said in a statement. “It is open to everyone – Vietnam veterans, veterans’ friends or families, and anyone who wants to come recognize the sacrifices made by our veterans.”

Veterans can mingle and reconnect with each other at a special Veterans' Gathering tend.

There will also be static air displays of a B-52, C-130 and other aircrafts like the CH-47 Chinook, UH-60 Blackhawk and F-15 Fighter Jet in Windsor Locks at the New England Air Museum at 36 Perimeter Road, according to a news release about the event.

The public will also be able to view vehicle and aircraft displays, see hands-on demonstrations, look at war memorabilia, take rides on the UH-1D American Huey 369 helicopter, hear nationally renowned speakers and authors address the crowds and enjoy the music of the United States Coast Guard band. The 55-piece ensemble based at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New is the "premier band representing the U.S. Coast Guard and the Department of Homeland Security" is on Saturday, July 11 at 1 p.m.

Anyone who signs up to become a member of American Huey 369 for $100 can get a complimentary ride on the helicopter. Huey helicopter rides will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on both days of the event. Otherwise, rides can be scheduled and paid for on-site at the cost of $100.

People can also view "Voices From Vietnam" and Gold Star Families exhibits, look at photos of veterans killed in action or listed as missing in action and attend programs honoring soldiers who gave "the last full measure of devotion," according to the news release.

Events and activities at the Connecticut Air National Guard base are free with the exception of the helicopter rides. The New England Air Museum offers free admission to veterans and costs $12 for everyone else. $2 from every ticket sold will benefit the Vietnam 50th event.

Shuttles will be available to transport people from UTAS (Hamilton Sundstrand) at 1 Hamilton Rd. South in Windsor Locks because there is no parking available at the Connecticut Air National Guard Base nor the New England Air Business. The public will go through a security checkpoint at the base. More information on parking and security are available on the event website.

Central Connecticut State University Veterans History Project's Vietnam War Commemoration Committee sponsors the event in collaboration with the Connecticut National Guard, Connecticut Department of Veterans' Affairs and the New England Air Museum.

You can contact Eileen Hurst at hursteim@ccsu.edu or call 860-832-2976 for more information, as well as visit the Facebook page for the CCSU Veterans History Project.

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Thousands of Red Dress Runners Celebrate Women's Fitness


For the 18th year, the Hartford Marathon Foundation hosted one of its most popular races. The Red Dress Run/Walk for Women attracted more than 1,000 participants to the Elizabeth Park Rose Garden on Saturday in Hartford.

"Today, for me, the most fantastic part is going to be my daughter's first race,” said Sarah Bourdeau, one of the pace runners who said she’d dreamed about bringing her daughter along. “I've been waiting for this day a long time. Just her watching and telling me she wants to be like mommy is special,” said Bourdeau.

Her daughter, Madeline, like many of the children who came to the park, participated in a Kid-K fit run with her mom, before the big race. Her favorite part?

"Running with my mom and she helping me when I run," Madeline said.

The Red Dress Run for Women not only gave mothers and daughters a chance to bond, but also raised money and awareness for charity.

"This race was really important to me because my mom passed away in February from a stroke very unexpectedly. So, we're out here supporting heart research,” said Jessie Gagnon of Manchester.

Her two-year-old daughter Hadley proudly showed off her medal after crossing the finish line of the kids run.

“I just hope this is the start of lifelong fitness and health for her,” added her mother.

Keri Jonas has made the race a tradition with daughter Addison, who's now following in mom's running shoes.

"She's my 12-year-old running partner and she's the best one ever,” said the elder Jonas.

Her daughter was pretty happy that the race was closed to boys.

"Boys do make me more competitive. I love girls because they're kind of underestimated most of the time. But, most of the girls can do anything boys can,” said Addison.

The focus on women is one of the reasons event organizers think the race is so popular, another is the location.

"Our slogan is great races and great places and this speaks volumes to why we use this as our tag line,” said Hartford Marathon Foundation Executive Director Beth Shluger.

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Police Seize Drugs From Home Near Fatal Shooting Site


Police seized thousands of grams of marijuana and hundreds of grams of raw heroin from a New Park Avenue home in Hartford near where a man was shot dead on Thursday. That marks the 16th homicide the capital city has had this year.

Daniel Sampel, 32, of Hartford, was shot several times at 371 New Park Road and later died. Police found 10,531 grams of marijuana and 428.4 grams of heroin, as well as packaging materials, in a neighboring home on the second floor of a multi-family home at 359 New Park Ave.

Police responded to 371 New Park Avenue in Hartford on Thursday to investigate a report of a serious assault with a firearm and found Sampel on the ground. EMS and transported him to Hartford Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 6:02 p.m.

Hartford police returned Friday to execute a search and seizure warrant on the second floor of a neighboring address at 359 New Park Road. The search happened without incident.

It's unclear why police were searching the neighboring address.

The major crimes unit responded and took over the investigation.The office of the chief state's attorney, crime scene division and V.I.N. are also assisting.

The case remains under investigation and no arrests have been made at this time.

Man Interferes With Responders Treating Pedestrian Injured in Crash: PD


A male pedestrian sustained life-threatening injuries after a vehicle struck him in New London and another man is under arrest in a struggle with officers.

A motor vehicle going southbound on Ocean Avenue near the intersection with Blydenburg struck the man, who was in the travel portion of the road, witnesses told police. The crash happened at 9:22 p.m. on Friday.

As New London firefighters treated the injured pedestrian at the scene and emergency personnel were trying to get him to the hospital, Edwin Alvarez, 56, of New London, started to "interfere" with emergency responders, police said. He refused to leave and persisted, so police arrested him. Alvarez struggled with police and was charged with breach of peace and resisting arrest.

It's unclear whether Alvarez was connected to the pedestrian injured or the accident and police did not say what the man's reason for interfering was. He has no connection to the driver.

Police said the driver of the car that hit the pedestrian stayed at the scene and no charges have been filed

The identity of the pedestrian has not been released at this time. He was transported to Lawrence and Memorial Hospital in New London and then airlifted by LifeStar to Yale-New Haven Hospital.

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Missing Clinton Teen Back Home After Week in Morocco


A 17-year-old Connecticut teen who was reported missing after flying to Morocco to see a boyfriend she met online returned to the United States on Saturday evening.

Rebecca Arthur was turned over to the U.S. Consulate in Morocco on Saturday morning and staff from the department dropped her off at the airport.  She flew on Royal Air Maroc Flight # 200, which landed at JFK International Airport at 5:24 p.m.  After passing through customs, Arthur was escorted by Port Authority police officers and Clinton Police detectives to an unmarked police vehicle and she was transported back to Connecticut.

"We are happy to announce that Rebecca Arthur is home safely," said Sgt. Jeremiah Dunn, of the Clinton Police department on Saturday.  "She was just brought home by our detectives who met her as she got off the plane in New York City."

Police said Rebecca Arthur's mother dropped her off Monday at the Delta Airlines terminal at JFK International Airport. She was under the impression her daughter, who lives in Clinton, was flying to California to visit a friend.

Instead, Arthur boarded a flight to Casablanca, Morocco, to visit Simo El Adala and arrived on July 7.

Arthur and Adala appeared on Hespress, a Moroccan media outlet, where the young girl told reporters that her mother gave her permission to visit her boyfriend while holding up what appears to be a signed permission form for minors to travel alone.

"(Rebecca) has confirmed to our investigators she did alter that document," said Dunn.  "Her mother did give her permission to travel to what she believe was California."

"I am safe and OK with my boyfriend Simo and his family, and I have my parent's permission to come here and visit and spend time with them, a young woman who appears to be Arthur said in the video published by Hespress.

Authorities found Arthur safe in the seaside community of Essaouira with El Adala and his family at 3 a.m. local time Friday.

El Adala also misled his family, according to police, who said the couple arranged the trip without his parents' knowledge or consent.

According to police, Arthur and El Adala have known each other for about a year and have been a couple for the last six months, but had never before met in person.

Local police received help from the FBI, Department of Homeland Security and the U.S. consulate in Morocco to find the teen. It's unknown what time Arthur will return home or which airline she's flying on.

Travel to Morocco can be dangerous due to "the potential for terrorist violence against U.S. interests and citizens," according to the U.S. State Department, which urges Americans in Morocco to "maintain a low profile."

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Brush Fire Spreads to Barn Roof


A brush fire spread to the roof on a barn on an Easton property, but firefighters and the homeowner put it out safely.

The homeowner and his son were burning brush in their back yard when an ember got loose from the burning brush and landed on the roof of an adjacent barn on the property, setting the roof on fire, according to the Easton fire department.

Firefighters said the family was lucky because they called 911 as soon as they saw the roof on fire.

By the time the fire trucks got to the scene, the homeowner was dousing the roof with a garden hose. Firefighters put it out the rest of the way and it didn't take long.

No one was injured, but the barn roof was damaged.

Infant Dies After Hit by Car


A 10-month-old boy sitting in a stroller was killed Saturday after being hit by car full of men who police believe were fleeing the scene of a shooting in Chicago's Woodlawn neighborhood.

Police say they were originally called to the 7700 block of South Kingston in the city's South Shore when a man was shot at about 1:45 p.m. The victim was transported to Northwestern Memorial Hospital and is listed in critical condition.

After the shooting the three gunmen took off in a vehicle, witnesses and police say, and during their attempt to flee from officers crashed into a group of people at the intersection of 63rd and Ellis, striking an infant who was with his mother.

One witness, Ronald Harty, told NBC Chicago he saw a maroon car slam into a bus stop, where the mother and baby were waiting for the bus with a group of people. He says the mother was distraught. The baby, he said, "did not look good," after being struck.

Another witness said the family was walking on a sidewalk at the time, and when the car tried to make a quick turn on the corner of the intersection, it skidded into the family.

The boy was taken to Comer Children’s Hospital, Chicago fire officials said, where he was pronounced dead.

A woman, assumed to be the boy's mother, could be seen wailing on the ground in distress as emergency responders tried to calm her down after the incident. 

As they tried to close the doors of the ambulance taking away the baby, she could be seen getting up and running towards the vehicle in what looked like a grief-stricken plea not to take away her baby. A police officer held her back.

Police have two of the offenders in custody, according to officials.

Photo Credit: NBC Chicago

Bride's Wallet Stolen on Big Day


A San Diego bride's wedding day turned into a nightmare, when someone stole from her while she was getting married.

Michelle Wilcox Tietz and her new husband exchanged vows June 7 in the Pala Mesa Resort in Fallbrook.

During the ceremony, she says someone broke into her bridal suite and took her wallet.

"Someone knew I was a bride, getting married and went in and took my stuff and knew they wouldn't be discovered,” she said.

She admits the room was “definitely chaotic” with family members coming in and out but she said she knew exactly where her purse was before the ceremony because she had to pay the makeup artist.

The next morning as the newlyweds stopped at a gas station, she realized her wallet was missing.

“That’s how we started our honeymoon,” Tietz said.

Through her bank's mobile app, she found $1400 in charges beginning at a gas station along State Route 76 and then at a number of stores in Escondido including Target, T.J. Maxx, Albertsons and CVS.

She’s hoping someone will come forward with information on the suspect and contact the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department in Fallbrook.

Tietz has even posted surveillance images from one of the stores to her Facebook page and has received a few potential leads.

“Please, somebody knows her. If she’s done it to me, I can’t even imagine it’s the first time she’s done it,” she said.


Luckily, her passport and checkbook were in a suitcase along with some cash so she and her husband were able to still go to Canada for their honeymoon.

Tietz said the Pala Mesa resort and its head of security have been more than helpful.

Even so, the incident marred what should be a happy memory.

“I’m always going to remember that my wallet was stolen from the bridal suite,” she said.

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2 Officers Injured Outside Wal-Mart


Police say two officers were hurt when a man's gun shot into the ground during an arrest in a Wal-Mart parking lot.

Police were called to reports of a theft inside the Wal-Mart in the 1400 block of North Saginaw Boulevard Saturday afternoon.

On arrival, two officers saw a man carrying a weapon in the parking lot, police said. When officers went to arrest him, the man's gun shot a bullet into the concrete floor. The gunshot sent concrete debris into the legs of the two officers, police said.

Investigators believed the shooting was accidental. The two officers were taken to a hospital as a precaution, but both were expected to recover.

The identity of the man, who was arrested, was not immediately released. Police did not disclose information on potential charges he may face.

NBC 5's Tim Ciesco contributed to this report.

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