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Legs Found in New Haven Belonged to Homeless Man: Police


A pair of human legs found near the State Street Railroad Station in New Haven earlier this month have been identified as those of homeless man who was last seen in May, according to police.

No information has yet been released on a pair of arms found hours later.

Police said the legs belonged to Ray Roberson, 54, a homeless man who was last seen alive May 20 and missed a court date in New Haven on June 17. He was not reported missing.

Roberson had an extensive criminal record, but it consists of minor offenses, according to police.

Investigators found his legs, severed near the knee, on July 15 in the area of State and Court streets in New Haven.

Hours later, two dismembered arm were found three to four blocks away in a plastic bag, buried under the Chapel Street Bridge.

Police are treating this as a single case and said it's unlikely, but possible, the arms are from another victim.

Authorities are investigating the case as a homicide but said they do not know where Roberson was killed or dismembered.

"We do not have anything in the investigation that tells us where these dismemberments occurred, so we are not certain that this is going to remain only a New Haven case," said New Haven police spokesman Officer David Hartman.

Investigators from the New Haven Police Department and Metropolitan Transportation Authority Police will renew their search for additional body parts. Hartman said police are bringing in cadaver dogs and will expand the search area.

No additional body parts have been found or reported.

Authorities released a photo of Roberson on Monday hoping someone will have information that helps them piece together the events leading up to his death and dismemberment.

Police said the crime appears to be personal rather than a random act of violence.

Photo Credit: New Haven POlice

One Lane Open on I-95 After Deadly Stonington Crash


One lane has reopened on Interstate 95 north in Stonington after a tractor-trailer drove off the highway and burst into flames Monday night, killing the driver and stalling traffic for hours, according to state police.

The northbound side of the highway was completely shut down at exit 91 for hours in the Mystic section of Stonington into Tuesday morning, but one lane has reopened. The other lane is still closed. The southbound side was shut down Monday but has since reopened.

State police said the tractor-trailer crashed just prior to exit 91 in Stonington, scattering debris across the highway. Witnesses said they saw smoke and heard explosions.

Footage from the scene shows a plume of black smoke billowing up from the crash site.

Flames engulfed the tractor-trailer, which came to rest on its side off the highway. Police said the driver was killed. They have not released the driver's name.

Police are actively investigating.

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Madeleine McCann Cops Eye Body Found in Suitcase


Police investigating the 2007 disappearance of Madeleine McCann have contacted authorities in Australia following the discovery of a child's remains in a suitcase, NBC News reported. 

The British girl was three years old when she disappeared from her family's holiday apartment in Praia da Luz, Portugal. No one has been charged with her disappearance and there have been no confirmed sightings.

Earlier this month, South Australia Police found what they believed were the remains of a girl, aged between 2 ½ and 4 years old, dumped in a case on the side of a highway near the city of Adelaide.

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Madeleine McCann Investigators Contact Australian Police Over Suitcase Body


 After Australian authorities found the body of a fair-haired child in a suitcase, police investigating the 2007 disappearance of Madeleine McCann reached out. 

The British girl was three years old when she went missing while on vacation with her family in Praia da Luz, Portugal. After millions of dollars spent looking for her, no one has been charged and there have been no confirmed sightings.

South Australia Police found what may be the remains of a young girl dumped in a case on the side of a highway. The child was likely white with 7-inch-long hair, and was killed at another location at some point since the start of 2007, police said. 

Three Firefighters Injured Battling Overnight Hartford Fire


At least three firefighters were injured as crews battle a fire that raged into morning on Park Street in Hartford and has left an apartment building still smoldering and shut down part of the road.

A dozen families or so rushed out of a building that houses apartments and businesses after flames broke out at about 11 p.m. Monday.

Part of Park Street is closed at Broad Street, so drivers should avoid the area on their morning commute.

Crews have been on scene in the Frog Hollow neighborhood since since late Monday night. The fire is under control, but crews are keeping an eye on hot spots. The roof collapsed in one spot.

"It’s hidden fire we’re still chasing it. It's pretty tiring. These guys have been out here for 6 hours," Hartford Deputy Chief Michael Juda said, adding that they have breathing apparatuses, "but they're not on it all the time even out of on the street. Smoke gets heavy even out here."

The fire has flared up over and over again and crews are still working to get a handle on it. They're keeping an eye on hot spots. Smoke was still billowing from the building hours later, filling the air just coming off of Interstate 84. If you are in the area, it may be challenging to breathe because of the thickness of the smoke. Crews have been using oxygen tanks.

At some points the fire has been so heavy, crews had no choice but to fight it from the outside.

No residents have been reported injured and the ones who were in the building made it out safely, but three firefighters suffered minor injuries, mostly due to heat exhaustion.

Anastatian Roman lives in the building and runs her non-profit business out of there. She said she is concerned about losing all of her personal possessions.

"I would have to begin again at ground zero," she said.

The damage is significant inside. The cause remains under investigation.

Motorists are advised to avoid local roads near the intersection of Park and Grand streets in Hartford.

The humidity has also posed a challenge.

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Woman Shot and Killed on New Haven Porch



Police have responded to 848 Congress Avenue and police said the possible suspect was a male who was shirtless and has dreadlocks.

No further information was immediately available.

We have a crew at scene and will provide updates as they come in.

Check back for updates.

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ISIS Left 'Thousands' of Land Mines in Syrian City


ISIS fighters forced to retreat from the northeastern Syrian city of Hasakah have left “thousands” of land mines in their wake, according to the Kurdish fighters battling to unseat the militants, NBC News reported.

One local commander told NBC News that the Kurdish forces have 1,000 of the militant group's fighters surrounded, but those who have fled have laid so many land mines that at least 15 villages around Hasakah are now uninhabitable.

"There are thousands of mines," said the commander, who goes by the nomme de guerre Lawant Rojava. "They plant large mines that are easily detonated so young boys are blown to pieces."

Some mines have been planted in objects like soda cans, which children are likely to pick up, Rojava said. Fifteen of his fighters have been killed attempting to defuse the mines in just four months, he added.

"We need help," said Rojava. "We don't have the technology or techniques to defuse them." 

Windsor Locks Native Engaged to 'The Bachelorette'


A Connecticut native received the final rose, proposing to Kaitlyn Bristowe on the finale of "The Bachelorette" Monday night.

The bachelorette chose Shawn Booth, a personal trainer who lives in Nashville, Tennessee and grew up in Windsor Locks, to be her one and only.

"One of the first things I told you was that I truly believe that everything happens for a reason, Booth said to her after accepting her rose on the season finale. "After the two best months of my entire life I know what that reason and that's I'm not supposed to live my life without you. And I'm not going to."

And that's when he got down on one knee and proposed to her. A teary-eyed Kaitlyn said yes!

Standing 6-feet-tall, the 28-year-old said on his show bio page that being married means "having a special bond with someone that nothing can break" and "knowing that the person you are with is someone you can't live without."

His favorite musicians are Jason Aldean, Blake Shelton and One Direction, adding "obviously" in regard to the last one, according to his bio.

He owns a farm house built in 1888 that he renovated with his dad, which is something he considers to be his greatest accomplishment, according to his bio.

Going into the show, he said his biggest date fear was "not being interested and not being able to get out of the date."

It looks like he didn't run into that problem with Kaitlyn, landing a date he could be sticking around with for awhile!

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Day Care Investigated After 2 Boys Suffer Severe Sunburns


WARNING: Images shown in the video above are graphic.

Two young boys are undergoing treatment for severe sunburns after their day care left them outside all day with little or no sunscreen, their mother said.

Seven-year-old Connor and 5-year-old Trae are currently in a hospital in Galveston, Texas, after suffering second and third-degree burns, NBC affiliate KJRH reported. 

Their mother, Shaunna Oxford, said her sons complained of burns after she picked them up from the Happiness is a Learning Center day care in Vinita, Oklahoma, on Friday. She said the boys were taken to a splash pad by the day care and left to play outside with little to no sunscreen all day.

“You know I can't explain what it's like to be a mother and have your kids asking you why this happened and (say) mom please make it stop,” she told KJRH. “Even to the point of begging me not to go back to work because they don't want to ever go back to day care again.”

Oxford took her sons to a hospital in Oklahoma over the weekend. They were later transferred to a Galveston hospital for treatment. 

The day care center has received 19 previous complaints from the Oklahoma Department of Human Services (OKDHS) for not complying with state regulations, according to KJRH.

OKDHS is investigating the latest allegations. The agency said the day care owner voluntarily closed the business.

When reached by NBC News, the owner of the day care chose not to comment on the case.

Photo Credit: KJRH

Route 4 Reopens in Farmington After Crash


Route 4 in Farmington has reopened after a crash Wednesday, Farmington police dispatchers said.

The road was closed for several hours from Mountain Spring Road and the entrance to Interstate 84, which is a busy area of town.

There is no word on injuries.

No additional information was immediately available.

Trump's Attorney Says 'You Can't Rape Your Spouse'


Donald Trump is making headlines again Tuesday, this time over something his lawyer said while trying to defend the Republican presidential candidate against decades-old allegations of rape, NBC's "Today" show reported. 

Michael Cohen, a lawyer for the Trump Organization reportedly told the Daily Beast: "You're talking about the front-runner for the GOP, presidential candidate, as well as private individual who never raped anybody...And of course, understand that by the very definition, you can't rape your spouse." 

Cohen went on to say, "I think you should go ahead and you should write the story that you plan on writing. I think you should do it. Because I think you're an idiot. And I think your paper's a joke, and it's going to be my absolute pleasure to serve you with a $500 million lawsuit, like I told [you] I did it to Univision."

The comments, which went viral overnight, came in response to an article published Monday that resurfaces allegations that Trump raped his then wife Ivana Trump in 1989. Trump has denied those accusations in the past.

His campaign said in a statement overnight, "This is an event that has been widely reported on in the past, it is old news and it never happened. It is a standard lawyer technique, which was used to exploit more money from Mr. Trump especially since he had an ironclad prenuptial agreement. It is just a way for the badly failing and money losing Daily Beast, which has been reporting inaccurately on Mr. Trump for years, to get some publicity for itself."

Previously, Ivana Trump issued a statement saying that she felt "violated"- treated without the usual love and tenderness- by Trump, and that she did not mean to use the term "rape" literally or criminally.  

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Police Arrest Second Suspect in Hartford Shooting


Hartford police have arrested a second suspect in a shooting that injured two people back in September.

Guy Pacheco, 22, of Hartford, was recently arrested in the Sept. 3, 2014 shooting. Video footage shows Pacheco handing a gun to Yamil Rohena, 19, of Hartford, who was arrested in October in connection to the shooting, police said. The video shows a shootout between Rohena and another male immediately after he gets the gun from Pacheco, police said.

Hartford police caught wind of the shooting when their ShotSpotter system detected more than seven gunshots fired in the area of 13 Nelson Street in the capital city on Sept. 3, 2014 at 9:30 p.m. Police responded, but they couldn't find any victims when they canvassed the area.

However, at 11:50 p.m. that night, two people went to the Hospital of Central Connecticut in New Britain to be treated for non-life-threatening gunshot wounds. Hartford police found six 9-millimeter shell casings on the sidewalk the next day in the area where the ShotSpotter detected the shooting.

The Hartford Police Department Shooting Task Force continued investigating and identified Pacheco as a second suspect. Police obtained a signed warrant on July 27.

Officers arrested Pacheco and charged him with first-degree conspiracy to commit assault, carrying a pistol without a permit, criminal possession of a firearm and criminal use of a firearm.

The court set his bond at $1 million.

Rohena was arrested on Oct. 15, 2014. He is incarcerated at John R. Manson Youth Institution in Cheshire and was sentenced to 731 days of imprisonment with special parole for two years on charges of carrying a pistol without a permit.

Photo Credit: NBCConnecticut.com

East Hill Road to Be Closed in Canton Wednesday Morning


East Hill Road will be closed from Route 454 to Colony Drive in Canton on Wednesday, July 29.

The road will be closed from 8 to 10 a.m. and only local residents and emergency personnel will be permitted through. 

The Department of Public Works said anyone with questions can contact them at 860-693-7863.

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Part of Route 83 in Vernon Closed


Route 83 in Vernon is closed at the intersection of Loveland Hill Road after a crash.

No additional information was immediately available.

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American Accused in Killing of Famous African Lion


Wildlife officials on Tuesday accused an American tourist of killing Cecil, one of the oldest and most famous lions in Zimbabwe, without a permit after paying $50,000 to two people who lured the beast to its death, Reuters and NBC News reported.

The lion was lured out of Hwange National Park using a bait and was shot by Walter James Palmer with a crossbow, Johnny Rodrigues, chairman of Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force, told reporters.

Rodrigues said Palmer paid Zimbabwean hunter Theo Bronkhorst and Honest Ndlovu, a private game park owner, to lure the 13-year-old Cecil. Bronkhorst and Ndlovu will face poaching charges on Wednesday in Hwange for the killing of the lion on July 1, Rodriguez said.

Palmer told NBC News he had the correct permits, worked with local guides, and had no reason to question the legitimacy of the hunt until after it was over.

Photo Credit: Handout Photo/Zimbabwe National Parks - File
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Jailed Hartford Man Charged in Second Recent Shooting


A Hartford man behind bars on an attempted murder charge from earlier this month has been arrested in connection with a second shooting.

Deshawn Walton, 20, of Hartford, was already incarcerated on charges of serious assault with a firearm and attempted murder in connection with a shooting at 2006 Main Street on July 18 when police charged him in an earlier shooting that happened April 29.

Dalton is accused of shooting a 26-year-old woman in the neck and face in the area of 697 Windsor Street in Hartford around 6:30 p.m. April 29 while opening fire at a group of men on the sidewalk. Police said the woman who was shot had not been involved.

The woman was taken to Saint Francis Hospital, where she was listed in critical condition. Police said she is still suffering from serious injuries.

Hartford police found four shell casings in front of the Windsor Street property.

Detectives identified someone named "Debo" as the suspect and later learned "Debo" was a nickname for Walton. Police obtained an arrest warrant for Walton on Monday.

Police charged Walton with first-degree assault, carrying a pistol without a permit, criminal possession of a firearm and first-degree reckless endangerment.

He was already incarcerated for the July shooting. The court set Walton's bond at $1.5 million.

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Deterioration Prompts Closure of Southbury Bridge


Southbury's Spruce Brook Bridge is closed until further notice because the metal culverts that support it have deteriorated significantly over the past several months, according to a press release from the town.

Town officials said inspectors from the Department of Transportation checked the bridge Friday and "noticed a significant change in the condition of the culverts that compromises the safety of the bridge." 

They returned to the site for a follow-up visit Monday and "recommended immediate closure," according to the own.

The bridge, which traverses the Transylvania Brook, will be closed indefinitely.

Public works officials have set up detour signs and road blocks rerouting traffic from Route 172 to Liberty Lane and onto Yankee Drive, which connects to Spruce Brook Road beyond the closure.

Southbury Public Works is working with engineers and members of the state Department of Transportation to come up with alternatives that would allow drivers to safely cross the brook.

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New Haven Police Reward Safe Drivers


Police in New Haven are rewarding drivers who follow the law and yield to pedestrians in the crosswalk.

Police say they've seen an increase in collisions between cars and pedestrians in crosswalks lately. The initiative is part of an effort to keep everyone safe.

"I handled an accident particularly on Whalley Avenue, where someone was fatally killed," said New Haven police Sgt. Mark O'Neill.

He watched the intersection of Orange Street and Court Street for drivers who followed the law, and handed them gift cars to nearby Tikkaway Grill.

"Thank you so much! I love Tikkaway!" said one driver.

Drivers who went through the crosswalk when pedestrians were trying to cross instead received written warnings from police.

A ticket for failure to yield would have cost $92.

USSSA Softball Tournament Held in East Hartford


The United States Specialty Sports Association (USSSA) is hosting the Fastpitch National Championship for the first time ever in East Hartford.

Forty-four teams from across New England have congregated at the Pratt & Whitney field to play for the title. The tournament ends Saturday, with a rainout day on Sunday.

States represented include Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York and Connecticut.

"[We want to] be able to pull the win together," said 12-year-old Jordan Hogan, a player from one of Norwalk's Elite teams.

The tournament falls during Connecticut’s hottest week of the summer so far.

"Other than the heat, it’s beautiful," said Wallingford resident Joanne Dorsey, who came to watch her daughter play in the tournament.

Weather models show extreme heat will stick around through Thursday, with temperatures expected to rise over 90 degrees before cooling down Friday.

"We have a full-time sports trainer here behind you, and between him and all the ice that we have and the plentiful water, everybody will be well taken care of," said USSSA State Director David Rocha.

The hot weather, along with the extra foot traffic, is giving East Hartford an economic boost. All but one hotel in the area is sold out.

"All of our retailers components, whether it’s the Dunkin Donuts, the Pho 99 and the food establishments in and around the area, are doing a great job," said Mayor Marcia Leclerc. "Certainly, they're echoing the sentiments this type of foot traffic through East Hartford is amazing."

Cadaver Dogs Search New Haven for Dismembered Limbs


State police cadaver dogs returned to New Haven on Tuesday to scour the area where two dismembered arms and a homeless man's severed legs were found earlier this month.

Police said the legs belonged to Ray Roberson, 54, a homeless man who was last seen alive May 20 and missed a court date June 17. He was not reported missing prior to his death.

Investigators found his legs, severed near the knee, on July 15 in the area of State and Court streets in New Haven.

Hours later, they discovered a pair of arms in a pastic bag blocks away. Although the arms have not been linked to Roberson, police said "it would be incredibly concidental and... incredibly disturbing if they were separate cases."

Authorities are searching for additional body parts. Police are investigating the case as a homicide but said they do not know where Roberson was killed or dismembered.

Police released a photo of Roberson on Monday hoping someone with information will help piece together the events leading up to his death.

"We do not have anything in the investigation that tells us where these dismemberments occurred, so we are not certain that this is going to remain only a New Haven case," said New Haven police spokesman Officer David Hartman.

Roberson had an extensive criminal record that consisted of minor offenses, according to police.

Authorities said the crime appears to have been personal rather than random.

Photo Credit: New Haven POlice
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