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Uncasville Man Killed in East Lyme Motorcycle Crash


A 55-year-old Uncasville man was killed in a crash on Bride Brook Road in East Lyme late Sunday morning.

State police said John Williams, 55, of Uncasville, was riding a motorcycle south on Bride Brook Road in East Lyme just before noon when he crossed the double line in the center of the road and hit an SUV.

Williams’ bike was then struck by a motorcycle driven by Mark Bass, 31, of New London, police said.

Williams sustained head and leg injuries during the crash and died at the hospital a few hours after the crash, state police said.

Bass suffered leg injuries, which state police said are suspected to be serious.

East Lyme Police, as well as state police are investigating. Anyone with information about the crash should call 860-739-5900.

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Donald Trump Maintains Lead After GOP Debate: Poll


If Donald Trump's comments about Fox News Anchor Megyn Kelly are hurting his standing in the Republican primary, it's not showing in the numbers.

According to the latest NBC News Online Poll conducted by SurveyMonkey, Trump is at the top of the list of GOP candidates that Republican primary voters would cast a ballot for if the primary were being held right now.

None of that stopped Trump from coming in at the top of the poll with 23 percent. Sen. Ted Cruz was next on the list with 13 percent.

The overnight poll was conducted for 24 hours from Friday evening into Saturday. During that period, Donald Trump stayed in the headlines due to his negative comments about Kelly and was dis-invited from a major conservative gathering in Atlanta.

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1 Arrested, 1 Hospitalized After Boating Accident in Haddam


A 23-year-old Bethany woman and a Hamden man were injured during boating accident on the Connecticut River in Haddam on Sunday evening and police arrested the man they said said was driving the vessel. 

Emergency crews responded to the river near the Midway Marina around 6 p.m. after receiving reports that someone was caught by the propeller of a 26-year-old power boat.

When they arrived, they found Stephanie Ryan, 23-year-old of Bethany, suffering from severe cuts to her legs.

An ambulance brought Ryan to Hartford Hospital, where she is listed in stable condition.

Ronald Russo, the owner of the boat, was also injured, but refused medical treatment at the scene.

Officials from the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection said the two victims jumped off the boat to swim in the river and Joseph Borruso, 22, of Woodbridge, tried to move the vessel closer to the swimmers.

Environmental Conservation police charged Joseph Borruso with first-degree reckless operation of a vessel while under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.

Six people were on the boat, officials said, and Ronald and Joseph Russo are cousins.

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2 Killed in Stabbing at IKEA in Sweden


An attacker has stabbed two people to death at an IKEA store in central Sweden, police said Monday.

A third person was seriously injured in the attack in Vasteras, about 60 miles from Stockholm, Vastmanland Police said. 

A man has been arrested on suspicion of murder, but police did not give any indication of a possible motive. 

IKEA confirmed that three people were stabbed in a "tragic incident." "At this time, our thoughts go to the victims and their families," the company said in a statement. 

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Man Sleeping in Car Found With Cocaine: Police


Police went to a Wallingford motel early Monday morning to check on a man who had been in a car there for hours and arrested him after several bags finding cocaine, police said.

Police responded to the Hilton Garden Inn located at 1181 Barnes Road in Wallingford around 12:48 a.m. after someone reported that a man had been in a car in the parking lot for more than two hours and did not respond when the caller checked on him.

When officers approached the car, they found Michael Hoyle, 31, of Wallingford, in the car and he had individually packaged bags of cocaine, police said.

Officers tried to wake Hoyle again and again and took him into custody when he stirred

Police seized nine bags of cocaine believed to be worth around $3,000.00.

He also had a digital scale.

Hoyle was charged with possession of narcotics with intent to sell, possession of narcotics, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

He was released on a $10,000 bond and is scheduled to appear at Meriden Superior Court on Aug. 19.

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China Read Emails of Top U.S. Officials


Cyber spies linked to China have accessed the private emails and email address books of "many" top Obama administration officials, according to a senior U.S. intelligence official and a top secret document obtained by NBC News.

The intrusion, first codenamed "Dancing Panda" then "Legion Amethyst," was detected in April 2010, according to a top secret NSA briefing from 2014.

Government email accounts assigned to the officials, which are more secure, were not hacked.

The names of the government officials whose emails were accessed were not disclosed.

The time period overlaps with Hillary Clinton's use of a private email account while Secretary of State.

A senior official told NBC News the intrusion into personal emails in ongoing. 

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Teen Injured in Bonfire Explosion in Marlborough


A teen injured during an explosion at a bonfire in Marlborough on Sunday night is hospitalized with serious injuries and state police are investigating.

State police and firefighters responded to 342 Jones Hollow Road in Marlborough at 9:45 p.m. after receiving reports of an explosion at a home and found 18-year-old Robert Hill with serious abdominal injuries, as well as other unidentified injuries.

EMS crews started performing first aid and LifeStar transported Hill to Hartford Hospital.

Police said Hill and several other teens had been at a bonfire behind the house and someone threw a plastic bag of trash into the fire. Something in that bag exploded and the debris hit Hill.

One of the people who was at the party said they did not see anything in the bag, but heard a "sonic boom" after putting it in the fire.

Police said Hill does not live at the home where the bonfire was set.

State Police detectives, major crimes and the fire and explosion investigating unit are investigating and will determine whether any charges will be filed.

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Prisoner Van Hits Medical Building


A prisoner van has struck a medical building at 65 Kane Street in West Hartford and the building is being evacuated, according to West Hartford Police.

Police said the van was leaving the UConn Health Partners facility when it took off part of the building.

One person who was in the building said it felt like an earthquake.

No additional information was immediately available. 

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Toxic Mine Spill Three Times as Large as First Thought


The spill that sent a yellow-orange sludge from an abandoned Colorado gold mine into the Animas River is three times as large as first thought, the Environmental Protection Agency said.

An EPA supervised crew accidentally breached a debris dam Wednesday, triggering the spill. Three million gallons of wastewater spilled from the mine, the EPA said Sunday.

Water downstream tested for higher than normal levels of arsenic, lead and other metals.

The sludgy water seeped into New Mexico and was headed for Utah, NBC News reported.

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Police Arrest 3 Hells Angels Members


Rhode Island State Police have arrested three Connecticut Hells Angels members on weapons and drugs charges.

On Aug. 8, troopers stopped four motorcycles for moving violations on I-95 in the town of East Greenwich.

A probable cause search of the operators resulted in authorities seizing a loaded .357 caliber Charter Arms hand gun, MDMA (Molly) and four other weapons.

Kenneth Michaels, 44, of Ansonia was processed, arraigned and released after posting $5,000 surety bail on a charge of license or permit required for carrying a pistol, possession of Schedule I drugs and possession of weapons other than firearms.

Sean Oldroyd, 42, of Bridgeport was processed, arraigned and released after posting $1,000 surety bail on a charge of possession of weapons other than firearms.

Mark Jones, 42, of Terryville was processed, arraigned and released after posting $1,000 surety bail on the charge of possession of a weapons other than firearms.

Operator four was cited for moving violations and released from the scene without being charged.

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Cape Cod Beaches Closed to Swimming


Authorities confirm several beaches on Cape Cod have been closed to swimming.

The following beaches have been closed to swimming: Nauset Beach in Orleans; Coast Guard Beach in Eastham; Nauset Beach in Eastham; Marconi Beach in Wellfleet; head of Meadow Beach in Truro.

The only Cape Cod National Seashore beaches open to swimming on Monday are Race Point Beach and Herring Cover in Provincetown, according to officials.

The beaches are closed due to rough waters and rip tides.

No word when the red flag warnings will be lifted. 

4 Vaccines Your Teen Might Need This Fall


Teenagers may focus on shopping for clothes and snazzy stationery as school begins, but it is important that they get vaccinates to protect their health, according to "Today."

There are four shots that teens should get that may not be on your radar, including two that even a fully vaccinated teen should consider.

Here’s an overview of the shots they should get:

Meningitis — It is recommended that all teens get a vaccination against the bacteria that causes meningitis. It kills one in 10 of those infected and in another 20 percent causes severe disabilities, including the amputation of limbs.

HPV — Although all teens are supposed to have three doses of the human papillomavirus or HPV vaccine, federal health officials say most still don't get them. The viruses are by far the major cause of cervical cancer, which kills 4,000 U.S. women a year, as well as anal and penile cancers in men.

Tdap - The combined tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis vaccine is the adult version of the shot all kids got in elementary school, called Dtap. Some teens who received five doses of the Dtap vaccine during their childhood “are still at risk for whooping cough as well as needing a booster for the tetanus and diphtheria,” said Dr. Anne Schuchat, who heads the vaccine division at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Flu — Flu vaccines are already available in many doctors' offices and clinics and the CDC recommends just about everyone get a flu shot every year. Teenagers can get either a shot or the nasal spray.  

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Mom Accused of Reckless Driving With Children


West Hartford police arrested a mom who is accused of crashing into cars as she fled from police with her two children in tow, then later hid from officers who were trying to take her into custody.

Police said Amber Johnson, 32, of Manchester, fled from New Britain police officers who stopped her on April 18, crashed into several vehicles in West Hartford while her two children were in her car and then fled the scene, ignoring police demands to stop, police said.

On July 30, police went to Johnson’s home on Ruby Drive in Manchester to take her into custody.

Johnson had been avoiding police officer’s calls and each time officers went out to serve a warrant, Johnson's mother would say she was not there and did not know where she was, police said.

So this time, West Hartford police met with Manchester Police and sent maintenance crews over to determine if Johnson was home.

After the maintenance staff confirmed Johnson was there, West Hartford officers approached, knocked on the front door several times and announced they were there.

Manchester Police Officer Celio also contacted a supervisor, who responded, then went to the rental office to get a maintenance employee to come back with a key to the apartment, police said.

As officers were inside the residence, they heard someone on the second floor of the apartment and called out to Johnson, who continued to ignore police, so they released a K9 to search for her.

Then officers secured the dog because they thought Johnson might be with her children.

When they opened the door, police officers ordered Johnson to show her hands and get on the
ground as the Manchester police officers moved in and took her into custody.

Johnson was then brought to the police station and charged with two counts of risk of injury to minor, reckless endangerment, evading responsibility, reckless driving, and failure to obey a traffic control signal.

She was released on a $5,000 non-surety bond and is due to appear in Hartford Superior Court on Aug. 13.

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Flasher Touched 70-Year-Old Woman on Hamden Trail: Police


A man exposed himself to a 70-year-old woman as she was walking on a trail in Hamden on Friday afternoon and touched her with his genitalia.

The victim, a 70-year-old Hamden woman, told police she was walking on the Farmington Canal Line and when a man approached her around 1:30 p.m. and asked her for the time.

While she was checking for him, he exposed himself, touched her with his genitalia and road off on a bicycle, heading southbound on the canal line, police said.

The victim said the flasher was between 18 and 23 years old, stood around 6-foot-2 and weighed about 250 pounds. He was wearing a blue shirt and black jeans, according to police.

Anyone with information should call Det. Jomo Crawford of the Hamden Police Department Major Crimes Division at 203-230-4040.

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I-395 South Reopens in Killingly After Crash


Interstate 395 southbound has reopened in Killingly after a crash prompted authorities to close the highway late Monday afternoon, according to the state Department of Transportation.

The DOT reports two cars collided between exits 93 and 92 in Killingly. The NBC Connecticut traffic map showed heavy delays in the area following the crash.

According to the DOT, I-395 south had reopened by about 4:10 p.m. Monday.

There has been no word on injuries.

No additional information was immediately available.

Hernandez Lawyers Want Murder Indictment Tossed


The lawyers for Aaron Hernandez want his indictment for a 2012 double murder in Boston thrown out.

In court paperwork, the defense team for the former New England Patriots star tight end alleges there was insufficient evidence for the indictment.

Lawyers for Hernandez are also seeking evidence to be tossed. That evidence was obtained from the search of an SUV in Connecticut.

The Hernandez defense team says the search warrant was obtained based on information from a Hernandez associate, who they say lied.

Prosecutors say Hernandez killed Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado in 2012 after a chance encounter at a Boston nightclub. They say Hernandez followed the men in a Toyota 4Runner, pulled up to their car at a light and opened fire.

Hernandez was convicted in April in the 2013 murder of Odin Lloyd, who was dating the sister of his fiancée.

He faces trial in December in the double-murder case.

Bicycles Donated to Kids and Teens in Hartford


Dozens of kids living in the Generations Housing Project in Hartford strapped on new helmets and hopped on bicycles for the very first time Monday.

The bikes were donated through a class project at West Hartford’s Hall High School in May.

"The three high school kids from Hall High were overwhelmed, they got 143 bikes," recalled Nancy Pappas, director of external communications for the Community Renewal Team, which runs Generations.

Many of the bikes that were donated needed a little TLC. That’s where the Center for Latino Progress came in.

"They did need flat tires repaired, chains lubricated, a couple of the bearings needed to be adjusted and repacked," said Anthony Cherolis.

The outreach program gave a group of Hartford teens the chance to learn the skills to do bike repair.

"It made me feel good because I’m actually helping the community that we live in," said Jordan Miller, a sophomore at Weaver Culinary Arts Academy, who helped refurbish the bikes.

Thirteen-year-old S’Dajhia Rogers said she grew out of her bike when she was six and hadn't owned one since.

"I see my other friends riding their bikes and now I’m getting a bike so I won’t be left out," she said as she got ready to pick her bike out Monday.

Before taking their newly refurbished bikes homes, the children learned about safety and the rules of the road.

Rogers said she knows how she’ll be spending the rest of her summer.

“Riding it with my friends, and having fun with them, have bike races and playing outside," she said.

Police Investigate Report of Shooting in New Haven


Police are investigating the report of a shooting in New Haven over the weekend.

According to police, the 30-year-old victim showed up at the St. Raphael's campus of Yale-New Haven Hospital around 12:40 a.m. Sunday.

He told officers a man had approached him while he was walking from his girlfriend's house in Hamden to a friend's home on George Street in New Haven and said, "Don't move," then shot him in the leg, according to police.

Police, however, said they did not receive any reports of shootings in that area and their ShotSpotter technology did not activate.

The victim told police he walked to the hospital. He described his attacker as a heavy-set man standing just under 6 feet tall.

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Route 17 Reopens in Portland After Crash


Route 17 has reopened in Portland after a crash prompted police to block off part of the road Monday evening.

The road was closed at Appletree Lane after two cars collided around 5:45 p.m., according to the Department of Transportation. Route 17 reopened less than an hour later.

There has been no word on injuries.

No additional information was immediately available.

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'El Chapo' Made Cell His Office: Mexican Reporter


Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman had been using his cell as an office, both for business and personal use, according to acclaimed Mexican journalist Anabel Hernandez, NBC News reported.

El Chapo received messages from his chief attorney through signs and codes, according to Jose Daniel Aurioles Tabares, one of two guards specifically designated to monitor every move and conversation "El Chapo" made.

"All the appointments 'El Chapo' had in prison were recorded," according to Hernandez who sat down with Telemundo's Cristina Londoño, in Berkeley, California where Hernandez has been living after receiving death threats in Mexico.

Telemundo could not independently confirm the documents Hernandez has in her possession.

Guzman escaped from one of Mexico's most secure prisons last month through a sophisticated mile-long tunnel that opened up in his cell's shower.

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