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Heavy Rain Washes Away SoCal Bridge


An elevated section of Interstate 10 collapsed Sunday amid heavy rains in a remote desert area of California, cutting off traffic between the state and Arizona and leaving a driver injured.

The Tex Wash bridge in Desert Center, which carries the eastbound interstate about 15 feet above a normally dry wash west of the Arizona state line, snapped and washed away in flooding water below, the California Highway Patrol said.

One driver had to be rescued from a pickup truck that crashed in the collapse and was taken to a hospital with moderate injuries, the Riverside County Fire Department said. A passenger from the truck was able to get out without help and wasn't hurt.

"Bystanders quickly used straps from their trucks to secure vehicle to guardrail to prevent it from washing away," the Riverside County Fire Department officials said in a statement.

California transportation officials say the westbound side of the 10 Freeway has also been badly compromised by flooding in the same area where the eastbound side collapsed.

Caltrans spokeswoman Terri Kasinga said Sunday night that it means the interstate that serves as a main route between California and Arizona will stay shut down "completely and indefinitely."

Kasinga says engineers won't even be able to properly assess the damage to the two sides until Monday morning, and offered no timeframe for their opening again.

In Moreno Valley, six homes were flooded with water and mud during the thunderstorm, requiring a water rescue by firefighters, officials said.

Firefighters reported to the scene at 4:01 p.m. in the 9900 block of Whitewater Road in Moreno Valley, said Jennifer Fuhrman of the Riverside County Fire Department.

The water and mud came down from the mountains above the homes, Fuhrman said.

A thunderstorm with estimated 60 mph winds dropped one inch of rain per hour to Riverside County on Sunday, causing flooding and mudslides on roads.

Aerial footage captured by NewsChopper4 showed people trying to push stranded vehicles out of heavily flooded streets in Moreno Valley.

In the city of Orange, several cars in a parking lot at Hart Park were nearly washed away by flash flooding. One person had to be rescued from a car, but fire officials said there were no reports of injuries.

Due to the inclement weather, the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim-Boston Red Sox game at Anaheim Stadium was postponed.

The wet weather was expected to continue through the Monday morning commute.

Tropical Storm Dolores has lessened to a remnant low, but is still expected to bring in storms in the late afternoon, when temperatures are expected to be in the 80s and 90s.

The Inland Empire is the only area of SoCal that isn't expected to experience some rain Monday morning, NBC4 meteorologist Shanna Mendiola said.

Flash floods could occur across SoCal, except for along the coast and in the LA basin.

The National Weather Service issued the following watches, warnings and advisories:

  • A flash flood warning was in effect for Riverside County until 11:15 p.m. and Orange County until 11:45 p.m.
  • A flood advisory was issued for northern Ventura County. It was set to expire at 10:30 p.m.
  • A flash flood watch was in effect until Monday evening for the Colby and Springs fire burn areas, Antelope Valley, Los Angeles County mountains excluding the Santa Monica range and Ventura County coast, valleys and mountains.

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 Stay with NBC4 for updates.

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Police Investigate Death of Male Found Unresponsive in Brook


Naugatuck police are investigating after an unresponsive male was found in a brook and later pronounced dead.

Police responded to the 300 block of Rubber Avenue on Sunday at 4:15 p.m. after receiving a report of a man found unresponsive in the brook between Aetna and Rubber Avenue.

Police found the victim in the water when they arrived. An ambulance transported the man to St. Mary's Hospital in Waterbury and he was pronounced dead there.

The circumstances of the death are unknown and police are investigating.

Detectives were still on scene as of 6:30 p.m. investigating.

No further information was immediately available.

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More Heat Expected Monday


The humidity was high on Sunday and will drop slightly on Monday, but it will be another hot day.

Temperatures were already in the high 80s to low 90s Sunday morning and reached the 90s in some parts of the state.

The heat index was between 95 and 100 degrees on Sunday. Temperatures started to dip as the sun went down, but they are expected to rise back up Monday.

A land breeze is expected to kick in on Monday, boosting temperatures along the shoreline to 90 degrees.

Hartford is planning to open cooling centers at the following locations:

  • North End Senior Center, 80 Coventry Street
  • South End Wellness Center, 830 Maple Avenue
  • Parkville Senior Center, 11 New Park Avenue
  • Hispanic Health Council, 175 Main Street

Some more thunderstorms are in the forecast for Tuesday with a cold front approaching and will likely bring in a more moderate air mass in terms of temperature.

Temperatures Monday and Tuesday will likely be in the 90s.

The rest of the week should be dry and sunny with comfortable humidity.

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Man With Starter Pistol, Drugs Fought Officer: Cops


West Haven police shot a man with a stun gun after he ran from police who tried to stop him for motor vehicle violation, police said.

Police tried to stop Efren Ducos, 38, of East Haven, at 1:30 a.m. on Monday because of motor vehicle violations, but he sped from the scene, police said.

The passenger then turned off the ignition, causing the car to stall, and Ducos ran, again tried to get away from officers, police said.

Police then used a Taser and arrested Ducos, who had a “facsimile semiautomatic starter gun” in his front pocket and a bag of what police believe is heroin.

There was also a bag of crack cocaine in Ducos' car.

Police said there were two felony warrants from State Police and New Haven Police for Ducos and authorities served them.

Ducos was arrested and charged with use of a facsimile firearm, possession of narcotics, interfering with police and several motor vehicle charges.

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Man Arrested in Connection With Check-Cashing Scheme


Westport police have arrested a man in connection with a check-cashing scheme.

Officers from Westport went to the Wethersfield Police Department on Sunday and took Pablo Antonetty, 43, of Hartford into custody for an outstanding arrest warrant in connection with check forgery.

First County Bank filed a report on June 10, 2014 about forged checks being cashed and Westport detectives identified Antonetty as one of the suspects in the scheme.

He is accused of cashing an unauthorized check from a company and has been charged with fifth-degree larceny and first-degree forgery.

He was unable post $35,000 bond and is due in court on July 29.

Walker: Trump 'Needs to Apologize' for McCain Comments


Wisconsin Gov. and Republican presidential candidate Scott Walker said Donald Trump "needs to apologize" for his comments questioning whether Sen. John McCain is a war hero. 

Walker, who tried to ignore Trump's inflammatory rhetoric by leaning on the old "Reagan commandment" that discourages attacks against fellow Republicans, also had a message for the real-estate mogul's supporters.

"At a minimum, he needs to apologize," Walker said in an interview with NBC News. "I think more people need to push him. Not just candidates or elected officials, I think more people across America including some of those who, maybe up until now, have been supporters of him."

Trump said Saturday McCain is "not a war hero because he was captured. I like people that weren't captured." Under fire, Trump later acknowledged that McCain's sacrifice was heroic.

Walker was careful not to mention Trump by name but said his insulting rant against McCain went too far, "when it came to personal attack like this against the military, an American hero, I'm gonna call it like I see it."

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Car Fire Extinguished at Torrington Chevy Dealership


A vehicle caught fire at a Torrington Chevy dealership early Monday morning.

The small fire broke out in a car in the autobody repair area at Northwest Hills Chevy Dealership. The dealership is located at 2065 East Main Street in Torrington.

No one was injured.

Wilbur Cross Parkway Reopens After Fiery Crash


The Wilbur Cross Parkway (Route 15) has reopened in New Haven after a fiery car crash.

A car caught fire after a multiple-vehicle crash at the West Rock tunnel.

The road was closed on the southbound side near the Hamden line, but it has since reopened and the crash has been cleared.

There were still residual traffic delays into Hamden as of 9:45 a.m.

More information will be provided when it becomes available.

Follow traffic reporter Heidi Voight on Twitter at @HeidiVoight for your latest traffic updates.

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Burr Pond Closed


Today will be another scorcher, but don’t expect to beat the heat at Burr Pond in Torrington.

The swimming area is closed on Monday because of water quality, according to the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.

New results are expected on Tuesday.

All other swimming areas at Connecticut state parks are open.

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Tweet Ben & Jerry's for Free Ice Cream to "Save Our Swirled"


I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream, as the popular saying goes. And all week, Ben & Jerry's will do one better offering you free ice cream.

The national ice cream company's Save Our Swirled Climate Tesla tour is arriving in Hartford on Monday to give out free scoops. They've been traveling the country handing out free ice cream while raising awareness on the fight against climate change. Ben & Jerry's is partnering with grassroots organization Avaaz to do so.

Ben & Jerry's will be giving out free scoops in the capital city through July 31. All you have to do is tweet the Ben & Jerry's electric Tesla at @BenJerrysTour and tell them where to go.

The new ice cream flavor Save Our Swirled, abbreviated SOS, is raspberry ice cream with marshmallow and raspberry swirls and dark and white fudge ice cream cones, according to Ben & Jerry's website.

"As the world prepares for the Paris Climate Summit in December, 2015, our friends at Avaaz need millions more to join the climate movement in demanding action from our nation’s leaders," Ben & Jerry's website says on the Save Our Swirled page. "Add your voice to their petition and help them deliver the loudest message yet. A global shift to 100% clean energy by 2050 and complete phase-out of carbon pollution isn’t just nice, it’s a necessity."

More information on the initiative and how to sign the Avaaz petition for clean energy is available on Ben & Jerry's website or by following @BenJerrysTour on Twitter.

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Women Embezzled More Than $650,000 From Aunt


A Bethel woman is facing charges after embezzling more than $600,000 of her aunt's money and using it to pay her bills, finance vacations to France and gamble, police said, according to Stamford police.

The victim signed over power of attorney to her niece, Barbara Pyne, 62, of Bethel, so that she could use the money in the account she controlled to pay for her aunt's hospital and assisted living bills, police said.

However, Pyne misappropriated $656,406 of her aunt's money and spent it on her mortgage, credit card bills and trips to France, police said. She also lost more than $100,000 from her aunt's account after gambling it away at casinos, according to Stamford police.

Pyne reimbursed her aunt with $357,100 of the money taken when confronted about it, meaning $299,306 was the net loss, police said. She admitted to police that she stole the money and police said she showed remorse.

Stamford police arrested Pyne after she surrendered herself voluntarily to the department's financial crimes unit. They charged her with first-degree larceny and held her in custody on a $150,000 bond.

She is no longer her aunt's power of attorney.

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Hackers Threaten to Leak Ashley Madison Users' Info


Hackers have threatened to release the private data of more than 37 million users of the cheating website Ashley Madison, according to Krebs on Security, a cyber security website.

The group, who calls itself The Impact Team, teased some of the compromised data online and threatened to release more, including nude photos, customer names, and credit card details if the dating site, which uses the slogan "Life is short. Have an affair," does not shut down.

The hackers claimed Avid Life Media, Ashley Madison's parent company, lied to its users about deleting their private records including credit card information. The hackers also demanded the shut down of another popular site run by the company called "Established Men."

Krebs on Security reported that in addition to leaked account data, the hackers also obtained sensitive internal company data, including bank accounts and salary information.

In a message to the company, the hackers wrote: "Shutting down AM (Ashley Madison) and EM (Established Men) will cost you, but non-compliance will cost you more."

ALM Chief Executive Noel Biderman confirmed the breach to Krebs, which he called a criminal act, and suggested that the hacker may have had earlier inside access to their technical services.

The company also apologized in a statement.

“At this time, we have been able to secure our sites, and close the unauthorized access points," ALM said. "We are working with law enforcement agencies, which are investigating this criminal act. Any and all parties responsible for this act of cyber–terrorism will be held responsible.”

Ashley Madison is in the process of raising millions through an initial public offering on the London Stock Exchange, according to Reuters

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Man Shot in Head Outside New Haven Gas Station


A 20-year-old man was shot in the head outside a New Haven gas station on Monday morning and police are asking residents to stay inside as a precaution as the search for the shooter continues.

Officers responded to the Sunoco Gas Station, at 350 Foxon Boulevard, at 8:08 a.m. after receiving  a 911 call reporting a man was shot in the head.

The victim, Donald Keys, 20, of New Haven, had been shot outside the door to the gas station and convenience store and is in critical, but stable condition at Yale-New Hospital, police said.

"We ask people to stay indoors at least for the short time from now as investigators are out in the neighborhoods, trying to determine if the perpetrator of this crime might have left on foot and is somewhere still in the area," David Hartman, the media liaison and public information officer for the New Haven Police Department, said during a brief news conference on Monday.

Keys has been sedated and was able to speak with medical personnel, but has not yet spoken with investigators, according to police

Police said witnesses have been cooperative, but no one has been able to describe the shooter or say whether the person ran from the scene or left in a car.

Detectives from the department’s Major Crimes Division and Bureau of Investigation are at the scene, collecting evidence and speaking with potential witnesses, but there is no surveillance video from the store.

Roads have been closed as police search for the shooter and the gun, but the roads are expected to open by lunchtime.

"This had greatly impacted rush hour traffic this morning. Everything was a mess out here," Hartman said. "We appreciate people trying to avoid the area and finding an alternate route."

Anyone who sees someone who appears to be hiding or suspicious is urged to call police immediately at 203-946-6304.

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U.S. Wins Math Olympiad for 1st Time in 21 Years


For the first time in over two decades, they are the champions.

The U.S. team won the International Math Olympiad, a competition pitting the world’s best young brains against each other to see which country’s team has the best math mastery. The Americans, a team of six high school students from around the U.S., notched the country’s first win since 1994, NPR reported. This year’s contest was held in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

The competition lasted 12 days. Each team had to work on three math problems. Solving even one means “you’re a bit of a genius,” Po-Shen Loh, a Carnegie Mellon University professor, who served as the U.S. head coach, told NPR.

Although the U.S. team may be celebrating now, concerns remain that American math education lags behind that of other countries. Loh noted that there is also a persistent gender gap in math-related fields. All six members of this year’s winning team are boys.

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Orange Police Investigate Identity Theft Case


Police in Orange are trying to identify the person behind an identity-theft case and they are asking for the public’s help to identify a woman from surveillance footage.

A woman found someone else’s wallet on July 18 and used the credit cards inside it at Target and Lowe's stores in town, police said.

Anyone who recognizes the woman or her vehicle should call Office William Edwards at 203-891-2130, extension 415 or email him at wedwards@orange-ct.gov.

Police urge that any information you might have, no matter how insignificant it seems, might be able to help solve the case.

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Traffic Lights Out in Downtown Darien


The traffic lights are out in downtown Darien after reports of a transformer explosion, according to the Twitter account for Darien Police.

Eversource is reporting 77 power outages, which affects less than 1 percent of the customer base, but it is having an impact on traffic and police are urging drivers to use caution.

If something is wrong with a street light, you can report it online.

Burglars Break Into Cars in Orange


Burglars broke into 10 cars in Orange between Friday night and Saturday morning and police are investigating.

Police said they received several 911 calls on Saturday morning from people reporting thefts from vehicles parked in driveways.

Police said the burglaries happened on Manley Heights, Wellington Drive, Woodland Lane, Barton Drive and Christian Circle.

Nine of the cars were not locked, police said. Keys were left in the other car, which was stolen and left in another neighborhood across town.

Authorities are urging residents to lock their cars because unlocked cars present a crime of opportunity. More often than not, criminals will bypass locked vehicles.

They also ask residents to leave outside lights on and avoid leaving valuables in vehicles overnight.

They also urge drivers not to leave keys in the vehicle.

To report a crime in Orange, call 203-891-2130.

State Police Troopers to Help Combat Violent Crime in Hartford


State troopers are teaming up with Hartford police after a surge in shootings and homicides in the state's capital city.

The first time state police partnered with Hartford officers in the early 1990s, troopers rode shotgun in Hartford cruisers, scanning rooftops for snipers while police swept the streets of gang members.

This time is different. The administration of Gov. Dannel Malloy is sending in probation officers and parole officers to track down "the 1 percent" police think are responsible for most violent crime.

Three state police detectives and their sergeant helped Hartford detectives investigate shootings this weekend.

"They found some witnesses for one of the shootings," said Hartford Police Chief James Rovella. "They also found a name of one of the shooters, so without revealing the details of that case, I would say it's already paid dividends."

He didn't say which shooting they helped handle. It might have been the murder of Jonathan Whaley in the city's South End on Saturday, or the shooting of a teenager Sunday at Martin and Judson in the North End, or the shootings in a North Main Street nightclub parking lot that are all part of a spike in Hartford violence.

Not everyone is optimistic about the partnership, however.

"We don't need a Band-Aid's fix. We need a long-term solution," said community activist Rev. Henry Brown, of Hartford. "I don't think that's goin gto do anything. I think what we need is an influx of police officers. I would have felt better if he said he was going to send in state police in general."

Gov. Dannel Malloy said he hoped more manpower would help but said he knows "sometimes one homicide leads to another homicide, or bad language and words lead to other bad language and words, which leads to a shooting and in some cases a homicide."

He said his administration is offering Hartford even more than Mayor Pedro Segarra requested last week. For his part, Segarra is asking for even more than he did last week. He wants a state police traffic unit.

"Guns and drugs do move through vehicles and I think that a greater collaboration and partnering with the state police in that effort could be beneficial for us," said Segarra, who is running for re-election.

Segarra and Malloy met Monday to discuss strategies.

Pro Surfer Planned to Stab Shark Attacking Competitor


Australian pro surfer Julian Wilson is being praised for his bravery after paddling towards a great white shark as it attacked his competitor and former world champ Mick Fanning on Sunday.

The incident played out on live TV as Wilson competed against Fanning at the J-Bay Open, a professional surfing event in South Africa.

Wilson, who planned to stab the shark, sprang into action as his fellow countryman was being attacked.

"I was like, 'I've got a board, if I can get there I can stab it or whatever. I've got a weapon," Wilson said in an interview with the World Surf League. 

The two were unharmed and brought to safety by crew.

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2 More Warrants Served in Willimantic Armed Robbery Spree


A man arrested in connection with several armed robberies in Willimantic has been arrested on two additional warrants.

Willimantic police served Daniel Ashford, 37, with two warrants on July 17 as he appeared in Danielson Superior Court on other Willimantic robbery charges.

Ashford was arrested in connection with the Jan. 29 armed robbery at the Willimantic Subway on High Street and the Feb. 12 armed robbery at the Windham Wine & Spirits package store on Main Street.

He was previously charged with a robbery at a Wiilimantic CVS pharmacy in February and tried to take his own life when officers arrived at his house, police said earlier this year.

Ashford, who is in custody at a Department of Correction facility, has been charged with first-degree robbery in connection and sixth-degree larceny for both robberies.

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