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'Cake Boss' Bakery to Open at Mohegan Sun


Sweet treats are coming to Mohegan Sun.

Carlo's Bakery, of TLC's hit series "Cake Boss," will open its doors at the casino in Uncasville on Saturday, Sept. 12.

Those in search of an Italian pastry or specialty cake will be able to visit the new venue from 7 a.m. to midnight Sunday through Thursday and from 7 a.m. to 1 a.m. Friday and Saturday.

Carlo's Bakery at Mohegan Sun will be located in the Winter section of the Casino of the Earth, according to a news release from the casino. It will be the bakery's eleventh location and its first in New England.

"Mohegan Sun is such a cool, all-encompassing destination in Connecticut," Carlo's Bakery owner Buddy Valastro said in a statement Tuesday. "Opening a bakery there just seems like a perfect fit for us as we continue to grow our family business and join communities where our fans and their families can make a day out of their visit if they wanted to."

Customers can sample the same Italian confections offered at the original Hoboken shop and can also enjoy dessert-only dining from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. as part of the bakery's first-ever Sweet Room.

Photo Credit: Associated Press

Dogs to Return to Owners 8 Months After Vicious Attack


Eight months after a home health care worker was viciously attacked by a group of dogs while on the job in Plainfield, the town has decided four of those dogs can return to their owners.

Lynne Denning received a letter from the town on Monday explaining the decision. She has had at least 13 surgeries since the attack, which happened as she took care of an elderly woman inside a Putnam Road home in December.

The dogs ripped apart her face while attacking her head to toe, according to her husband Tony Denning.

"It’s heartbreaking," said Tony Denning. "The dogs that were involved, they have to be put down because nobody in their right mind would trust these dogs around anybody."

Plainfield police are still pushing to have two of the dogs euthanized but say they’re unable to prove the other four took part in the attack.

"I think there's a little more to the story than they just decided to give the dogs back because they can't prove that they're guilty. The bottom line is dollars and cents," said Tony Denning.

The Department of Agriculture is supposed to hold a hearing on the dogs. As of Tuesday, Denning said no hearing had been scheduled.

"It’s been eight months. They can’t even give us a date," he said.

Town records list the owners of the dogs as Richard and Jenna Allen.

At their home Tuesday night, Jenna’s boyfriend, Corey Beakey, spoke briefly about the dogs.

"They’re show dogs so, yeah, of course they’re safe," said Beakey.

Tony Denning says the attack on his wife was not first issue that has come up with the dogs.

"This is not a first-case scenario with some kind of problem with these dogs," he said.

He says they’ll keep fighting to prevent such an attack from happening again.

"There is nothing to show me they’ve taken any precautions to prevent this in the future in this home," he said.

In response to the family’s concerns about a hearing, Steven Jensen, the spokesman for the state Department of Agriculture, released a statement saying, "Dog disposal cases can take a year or more to resolve because of their complexity and the right of the owners to appeal the decision, as well as the department's policy to hear them in the order that they are filed with us. We expect to hold an appeal hearing in this case within the next several weeks."

The Dennings have filed a lawsuit against the owners of the dogs and plan to sue the town as well.

Minor Injuries in Three-Car Crash


At least one person was taken to the hospital after a three-car crash on Route 2 in East Hartford early Wednesday morning.

A car was weaving in and out of traffic and struck a vehicle, which then struck a third car.

There were minor injuries, according to state police, though it's unknown how many were hurt.

No information is available at this time about whether there has been or will be an arrest.

The highway was shut down for an hour because of the location of the crash, but it has since reopened.

The Department of Transportation responded to fix the guard rail in the median.

Photo Credit: DOT

Crews Put Out Fire in Cheshire Academy Barn


Crews extinguished a fire at Cheshire Academy that broke out in a barn on school property Tuesday night, according to the fire department.

The fire was still burning but under control by about 10:40 p.m. Tuesday and was completely out by 1:02 a.m., according to fire officials. It's not clear what caused the blaze. The Cheshire fire marshal is investigating the fire.

Cheshire Academy is located at 10 Main Street in Cheshire.

Photo Credit: Monica Garske

Route 169 Closed in Lisbon Due to Downed Tree, Wires


Route 169 is closed in Lisbon due to a fallen tree and wires down, according to state police.

The road closure is at Ethel Acrews, just south of Interstate 395.

Drivers can take Routes 97 or 12 as a detour.

Photo Credit: NBCConnecticut.com

Mostly Sunny With Small Chance of Thunder Shower


Sunshine will blend with clouds today and there is a slight chance of a shower and/or thunderstorm in the afternoon, but it will otherwise be a nice day.

It still feels humid on Wednesday, but the humidity won't be oppressive and will get more comfortable over time, particularly in the evening into Thursday.

Right now temperatures are in the 60s, but they will rise into the 80s later today.

There is a little instability in the atmosphere to the west of Connecticut, so there could be a few showers in New England, but most of that activity with be north of our state.

Puffy cumulus clouds will roll in, mixing with the sun today, bringing a possible shower or thunder shower but otherwise little activity.

94 percent of the day is expected to be dry.

It will be clear in the evening, so tonight, tomorrow or Friday night are good times to watch the Perseid meteor shower. Find any place away from city or town lights at any time of the night and you should have a nice view of as many as 50 to 100 meteors per hour, which is more than one per minute, according to NBC Connecticut First Alert meteorologist Bob Maxon.

Thursday should be another beautiful day, as sun mixes with some puffy clouds. Temperatures will be around 82 degrees.

Friday will be another sunny day. Saturday could see some storms later in the day and into the evening, but it won't be a washout, so don't worry about changing all your plans, Maxon said.

Sunday, Monday and Tuesday will be nice and really warm. We could see temperatures in the 90s mid-week next week.

Car Found, But No Sign of Missing Easton Couple


A Weston school library worker and her husband, who runs a sanitation company in Westport, have been missing from their home in Easton for a week.

Jeanette Navin, 55, and Jeffrey Navin, 56, were last seen Tuesday, Aug. 4 and were reported missing Friday, Aug. 7, according to Easton police, who believe the two recently moved to town.

"Family members made us aware Jeffrey and Jeanette Navin were missing since Tuesday," explained Easton Police Chief Tim Shaw. "They said they sometimes travel so they wanted to make us aware of it. They hadn't heard from them and it was uncommon for them not to tell someone."

Although there has been no sign of the missing couple, investigators found their truck empty Sunday in a commuter lot near exit 42 off the Merritt Parkway. Police said one of the windows was broken.

"Now we're on day seven. The longer this gets... the more nervous the family is – rightfully so – and the more suspicious it gets," said Shaw. "At this point, we're still looking at it as a missing person. We don't have anything that leads us to foul play as of yet."

Police are combing the car for clues and looking into their careers.

Jeanette Navin works as a paraprofessional in the library resource center at Weston Intermediate School, according to the superintendent, who sent an urgent alert to staff members on Tuesday.

Superintendent Dr. Colleen Palmer described Navin as a "beloved employee" who has worked with the school system for 18 years.

"Our entire district is extremely concerned that she and her husband have not yet been located, and we continue to offer our support in any way that would further the efforts of law enforcement to find them and bring them home safely," Palmer said in an email to NBC Connecticut on Tuesday.

Police said Jeffrey Navin runs J&J Refuse, a waste management company in Westport. The company website appears to have been taken offline, a recorded message on the company's phone line says, "Due to a family emergency, some collections have been delayed."

The Easton Police Department is working with other law enforcement agencies to figure out what happened to the couple. Federal agencies have been alerted about the disappearance. Police believe there is no danger to the public.

"The family is very concerned," said Shaw. "They're looking for help from anyone that knows them."

Their former neighbor, Jonathan Dillon is hoping for the best.

"Maybe they just went away on a trip and hopefully they come back safe," Dillon said. "....Just knowing someone you know is missing is tough."

Anyone with information on the Navins' whereabouts is urged to call Easton police at 203-268-4111.

Photo Credit: Easton Police Department

Silver Alert Canceled for Toddler, Mom Missing From Hartford


Police have canceled Silver Alerts for a 2-year-old boy and his 22-year-old mother, both of whom were missing from Hartford since early August.

According to the Silver Alert issued, Jaciah Forde, 2, and his mother, Corinth Pickens, 22, had last been seen Aug 4 when Pickens picked up Jaciah from the Locust Street Early Care Center at 261 Locust Street in Hartford.

Both have been located and the Silver Alert was canceled.

Jaciah, who also goes by "Ci" and "Ciah," is an East Hartford resident, according to police..

The circumstances of their disappearance leading to the Silver Alert is unknown

Photo Credit: Connecticut State Police

'I Think About it Every Day': Driver in Crash That Killed Teen Couple


The woman behind the wheel in a crash that killed two teens last month said she and her family think about the tragedy every single day.

Speaking for the first time since the tragedy exclusively to NBC 6, the driver, 23-year-old Asia Valentine, said she and her family feel deeply for the parents of the teen couple who died. Her lawyer said no crime was committed. 

The tragedy unfolded on July 27 on a stretch of Pembroke Road just west of I-75, where there are no street lights. Valentine told NBC 6 that she simply didn't see the teens out in the road, helping a friend push his broken down BMW.

"I tried my best to avoid the collision but it was just so dark outside," Valentine said. "It is a tragedy and I think about it every day. It’s just very unfortunate."

Valentine spent part of Tuesday at the Miramar Police Department speaking to detectives. They are gathering evidence to decide whether Valentine should face any criminal charges.

Valentine and her parents exclusively told NBC 6 the accident that killed Jonah Mosaphir and Gabrielle Camps, both 19, is something that haunts them every minute and they have no words to express their sense of sadness for the families of the teens. The friend, 19-year-old Giovanni Martinez, was seriously injured.

"I think about it usually at night time at the time it actually happened and when I first wake up in the morning," Valentine said.

The crash happened two weeks ago. The victims' families continue to grieve their losses.

"He had a bright future going. The family's very distraught right now," said Vic Mosaphir, Jonah's uncle.

Police obtained a search warrant for Valentine's vehicle for testing and are also taking a look at her cellphone, which are standard police procedures.

"I think the police know there's no alcohol involved. There are no drugs involved. She wasn't texting. She wasn't on the phone. We know the area that it happened, there's no lights," said Valentine's attorney, Barry Snyder.

The police report listed Valentine's condition at the time of the accident as normal and says she attempted to swerve out to the way but failed to do so in time.

"I was coming from my best friend's house and I was coming home, and it just happened out of nowhere. I just seen them at the last minute and I tried to avoid it but it was too late," she said.

Police are trying to sort through conflicting accounts. One witness said the disabled vehicle's lights were on.

But Valentine's lawyer showed NBC 6 the written statement delivered to police Tuesday that claims the disabled vehicle didn't have any lights working.

John Lucas Vogel, who is Valentine's neighbor, said when he passed the car, it was in the dark.

"It was turned off and at the moment, the kids weren't pushing the vehicle. They were on the side of the road so it’s not like they were blocking the blinkers," Vogel explained.

The lawyer for one of the families told NBC 6 they believe the disabled vehicle lights were flashing and they believe Valentine was distracted for some reason.

As to whether she was distracted, or did nothing wrong, Miramar Police said their investigation is underway and that they cannot release any details.

Photo Credit: NBC6.com

Pennsylvania Beauty Queen Accused of Faking Cancer


A beauty queen from Pennsylvania is being stripped of her crown after she was accused of lying about having leukemia to benefit from fundraisers. 

Brandi Weaver-Gates has been the reigning Miss Pennsylvania U.S. International pageant winner.

Online court records show the 23-year-old, of State College, was arraigned Tuesday on charges of theft by deception and receiving stolen property.

Investigators in Centre County said events were set up to raise money for her medical bills. Police said Weaver-Gates took the money even though she didn’t have cancer.

State police said an April bingo benefit raised $14,000.

Police said Weaver-Gates went as far as shaving her head. In addition, police said she had family members drive her to a hospital, where she would wait, and then return hours later to appear as though she got treatment. 

In a statement on its Facebook page, Butler’s Beauties, the pageant organizer, said in part, "Effectively immediately, Ms. Weaver-Gates is no longer a representative of the Miss Pennsylvania U.S. International organization and will be required to return her crown and sash upon her release from being detained."

Troopers are asking the public to come forward if they have donated money to Weaver-Gates.

Records don't list an attorney for Weaver-Gates, who faces a preliminary hearing Aug. 19.

3 Connecticut State Park Swimming Areas Closed


Swimming areas at three state parks are closed because of poor water quality.

Burr Pond State Park in Torrington, Gardner Lake State Park in Salem and Gay City State Park in Hebron are closed.

New water samples were taken and the results are expected on Thursday.

QU Teacher Nears End of Ebola Quarantine


A Quinnipiac University assistant professor is in the last week of a government-ordered 21-day quarantine imposed on anyone returning from Ebola-infected West African countries.

“I take my temperature twice a day and report to two health officials from the Quinnipiac Valley Health Authority over the phone,” Hamden resident Fodei Batty, assistant professor of political science at Quinnipiac, wrote in an op-ed published in the Hartford Courant called “Ebola Epidemic's Legacy Of Fear And Corruption.” “I keep wondering, however, if these precautionary measures really would be necessary if the American people had an accurate picture of how the epidemic unfolded since last year.”

Batty showed no Ebola symptoms, but still had to undergo the mandatory 21-day quarantine. As of Wednesday, he was on day 16 after returning from Sierra Leone and has a week to go, he wrote in his op-ed in the Courant.

From 2007 to 2009, he served as policy analyst in the Sierra Leone's president's office.

"Innocent lives were needlessly lost, especially in Sierra Leone, because corrupt officials and others manufactured schemes to pocket Ebola funds at the same time as they misled the outside world about the disease," Batty wrote in his op-ed in the Courant. "Today, one year after the peak of the epidemic, it is very difficult to determine where the scams around Ebola stop
and where the disease and suffering of victims begin. This, unfortunately, is the real tragedy of the Ebola epidemic in Sierra Leone, a once beautiful country and popular tourist destination that is now largely plundered."

Photo Credit: Quinnipiac University

Watts 50 Years After Riots


Half a century ago, with its then-gleaming headquarters soon to be named for its then indomitable chief William Parker, the Los Angeles Police Department had become widely regarded as the model of modern policing.

An admiring TV show, "Dragnet," polished the department's image.

But Watts exposed shortcomings.

"You had a small police force that was doing no community policing, that was riding in patrol cars, faceless, just looking to make arrests," said Joe Domanick, an author who has probed LAPD's history in "To Protect and to Serve" and "Blue: The LAPD and the Battle to Redeem American Policing."

In his first book, Domanick made the case the LAPD was oblivious to the community's needs and to what would be ignited on a hot August night in 1965 when a California Highway Patrol traffic stop of a suspected drunken driver unleashed a frustrated and growing crowd's fury, leading to the Watts riots.

"The first reaction was here's all this going on, let's just let it burn itself out and it will go away," said Bernard Parks, a rookie at the time who would later become the chief of police.

The largely white male department of the 1960s had relatively few African-American officers. As a newly minted officer, Parks was coming to grips with LAPD culture that had stopped segregating officers only four years earlier.

"There was distrust internally as well as externally," Parks said.

"I never got the feeling that we really knew how to address the problem that we (were) faced with," said David Dotson, retired LAPD Assistant Chief who was a sergeant assigned to technical services half a century ago.  

The Watts riots were the beginning of a momentous change in policing, though not all at once, says current LAPD Chief Charlie Beck.

Focused on eliminating street-level corruption and improving efficiency, Chief Parker discouraged officers from establishing bonds with communities, Dotson and Parks recalled.  But after the 1965 uprising, Parker launched a program to expand community relations. Dotson was assigned to work with the late Jim Fiske.

"There were real attempts by Fisk to interact with the community and find out exactly how they felt and what we can do to make it more acceptable without abandoning the law enforcement role," said Dotson.

The seventies saw reforms by then Chief Ed Davis to decentralize LAPD and connect officers with the area they patrolled.

There was evolution of community relations and community policing, but also setbacks as gang violence intensified in the 80s and 90s.

"Literally all we did - I was a young cop - was race from one emergency to the next. You never had a chance to fix anything," Beck said.

However, effective were some of the responses instituted by then Chief Daryl Gates, including the "Operation Hammer" arrest sweeps and the use of mechanized battering rams, they were seen by many living in Watts and other southside neighborhoods as repressive.

The video recording of the use of force against Rodney King, and the more widespread 1992 rioting renewed commitments to reform and spurred recognition of need for a closer relationship between LAPD and communities.

The Watts Gang Task Force launched a decade ago meets every Monday. And five years ago, Sgt. Emada Tingirides got the assignment from Beck to develop and coordinate the Community Safety Partnership program made possible by funding from the city Housing Authority and focused on the public housing developments, including Jordan Downs, Nickerson Gardens, and Imperial Courts.

"I came on during a time where LAPD was still learning how to ensure the department represents the communities that they're policing," Tingirides said. "Our job is to build relationships with the people that live in the community, to broaden the communication and to make it safe so that kids can grow up and thrive."

From the get-go, Tingirides had an ally in the commander of the LAPD Southeast station that provides police services to Watts: then-captain, now Commander Phil Tingirides--her husband. He, like his wife, grew up on the southside.

CSP officers go beyond the scope of traditional policing, especially working with youth, launching girl scout troops, and a boys football team, the "Watts Bears."

"Every single one of those program has a purpose," he said. "For football, it helped up erase gang lines because we had kids from each of the developments that had been gang rivals for decades, who were now coming together to watch their kids play."

When first lady Michelle Obama invited the Tingirides as her guests to the president's State of the Union address this past January, it was a compliment to Watts as well.

"It made all the difference in the world having someone who really believes in the neighborhood, who's from the community and who understands all of the community dynamics," said Aqeela Sherrills, an entrepreneur and gang intervention advocate.

Not only have tensions eased, but crime rates plummeted. Despite a recent surge in gang violence, homicide rates remain far below the levels of a decade ago, and an order of magnitude below that of 1991, which witnessed the highest levels of violent crime in the city's history, according to Chief Beck.

But this past year, across the nation and including LA, police uses of deadly force against African-Americans have drawn renewed protest, and energized the movement known as Black Lives Matter. Its members see institutionalized racism as continuing to affect policing.

"The police abuse is really kind of just a symbolic of a larger kind of looming oppression that ties black people to the lowest rungs of society," said Melina Abdullah, PhD, a Cal State Los Angeles Professor who is active in Black Lives Matter.

And distrust does remain among many in the projects.

"As soon as you answer the question 'Are you on parole?' literally Dr. Jekyll turns into Mr. Hyde," said Watts resident Cleveland Scruggs.

Nevertheless, there's a growing consensus the bonds established in recent years will help Watts and LAPD survive inevitable rough patches.

"It isn't whether or not things go wrong, it's what does the organization do about it," Beck said.

Photo Credit: KNBC

Chicago Police Tip Sheet Backlash


The Chicago Police Department has released a list of "ways to stay safe in any neighborhood" and the list has prompted some criticism on social media.

The list of 14 tips was tweeted by the department Friday but relate mostly to situations involving police and ways to avoid confrontation with officers. 

Among the tips was a note to "remember that every police officer is not 'out to get you.'"

The Chicago Police Department said the list was tweeted at random and not in connection with a specific incident or event. 

The list includes the following advice:

  1. Remember that your actions and attitude can impact the situation positively or negatively.
  2. Remember that every police officer is not “out to get you.”
  3. Be smart about with whom, when and where you hang out
  4. Do not run if you are approached by the police
  5. Do not curse or raise your voice – try to stay calm. Remember—confrontation leads to confrontation.
  6. Keep your hands visible at all times
  7. If you are pulled over, keep your hands on the steering wheel until the officer steps up to the vehicle and speaks to you.
  8. Before allowing someone in your car, ask if they have any illegal weapons or drugs with them. If allowing them to drive your car, ask if they have a valid license as well.
  9. Know who and what is in your car when you are giving rides.
  10. In a car, avoid playing the music loudly, having too many people in the car and having open alcohol containers.
  11. Do not resist arrest.
  12. Settle issues that are in dispute with the police with the Independent Review Authority or in court—not at the scene.
  13. In case of police misconduct, remember the officer’s name or star number or call 911 and ask for a supervisor.
  14. To report police misconduct, call IPRA at (312) 746-3594 or make a report on-line at www.iprachicago.org or www.chicagopolice.org

The “tips” list has received some criticism from Twitter users who say it doesn’t address some of the issues many have encountered with police.

According to a report by the Better Government Association, Chicago has had the most police-involved shootings of any big city in the U.S.

The report claims Chicago police have shot and killed 70 people over a five-year period, the highest number among America’s 10 largest cities.

The city ranks fourth, behind Phoenix, Philadelphia and Dallas, when the numbers are adjusted for population, the BGA said.

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Obama Writes Letter to the Editor on Voting Rights


The New York Times received a notable letter to the editor this week-- from President Barack Obama. The letter was in response to a New York Times Magazine article that described efforts to dismantle the protections established by the Voting Rights Act of 1965. 

"These efforts are not a sign that we have moved past the shameful history that led to the Voting Rights Act," Obama wrote. "Too often, they are rooted in that history. They remind us that progress does not come easy, but that it must be vigorously defended and built upon for ourselves and future generations."

The president wrote that he was touched by the article's portrayal of Rosanell Eaton, 94, who was one of the first black voters to register in her North Carolina county in 1939. He added that he is in the White House because women like Eaton "refused to accept anything less than a full measure of equality."

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Man Fondled Himself in Front of Young Lacrosse Players: Cops


An 18-year-old man exposed himself to girls on a lacrosse field in Southington on Monday night and fondled himself, according to police.

Police responded to Panthorn Park on Burritt Street just after 6:30 p.m. on Monday after someone reported public indecency and witnesses said Timothy Delaney, 18, of Southington, exposed himself to around 30 9- to 12-year-old girls who were around 40 feet away.

He walked out from behind a privacy wall near the restroom several times, pulled his shorts down, exposed himself and fondled his genitals, police said.

In addition to the girls, several family members and other people were nearby.

Delaney was arrested and charged with public indecency, second-degree breach of peace and risk of injury to a minor.

He was processed, held on a $5,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in court on Aug. 11.

Photo Credit: Southington Police

Connecticut Police Officers Receive De-Escalation Training


A room full of police officers from cities and towns across Connecticut gathered at the Wethersfield Police Department Wednesday morning for special training in de-escalation.

With police and community relations being top of mind across the country, from Ferguson to Baltimore, retired Lt. Ray Hassett says the workshop put on by the Connecticut Alliance to Benefit Law Enforcement is even more relevant.

“The last thing police officers need when we arrive to help is not to be trusted, so we have to do a little more work to earn back that trust,” Hassett said.

Through role-playing and discussion, officers were taught the importance of pausing before reacting at a crime scene.

“When people are upset or angry it is very easy for you to also replicate that emotion,” Hassett said. “But if you can still yourself and slow yourself down a little bit you can reverse that.”

Another hot topic during the training was body cameras. A lot of police departments are getting the cameras and Hassett says they are an opportunity for police to learn from every interaction.

“Much like a good sports teams we like to watch some good game films so we can figure out how we can do better,” Hasset said.

The training is a tool the public cannot see, but something Sgt. Michael Connolly says is key to working with the public and keeping everyone safe.

“Just talking to people is so important,” Connolly said. “Starting from a young officer to a seasoned officer, we want them to handle scenes appropriately.”

Photo Credit: NBCConnecticut.com

Middle Road Closed in Ellington After Car Crashes Into Pole


A driver was hospitalized with minor injuries after crashing into a pole in Ellington early Wednesday morning, closing Middle Road.

The accident happened on Middle Road near Pinney Street. The road was down to one lane in the area, but it has since been closed and could be closed half the day as crews do repairs and replace the pole, state police said.

An ambulance transported the driver to Rockville Hospital to be treated for minor injuries. The driver's condition is unknown.

As of 5:41 a.m., there were 93 Ellington customers without power, but the power has since been restored, according to Eversource.

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Bikers Ride Through CT to Honor Revolutionary War History


A group of bicyclists will be riding along the Washington-Rochambeau National Historic Trail that passes through Connecticut in honor of the state's Revolutionary War history.

The route in its entirety spans 600 miles between Newport, Rhode Island and 128.3 miles of it are in Connecticut between Sterling and Ridgefield on the Rhode Island and New York borders, respectively.

The ride highlights "Connecticut's under-told Revolutionary War story," following the same route the French Army marched along in 1781, according to Bike CT.  It is is meant to "honor the Patriots who fought and died for our freedom."

The bike ride passes through Sterling, Plainfield, Canterbury, Scotland, Windham, Columbia, Andover, Bolton, Manchester, East Hartford, Hartford, West Hartford, Farmington, Plainville, Southington, Wolcott, Waterbury, Middlebury, Southbury, Newtown, Bethel and Danbury.

Some of the historic sites the riders can stop at along the way include Samuel Huntington House, named after the Connecticut Declaration of Independence signer, in Scotland, White's Tavern in Andover, the Old State House site where "Washington first met Rochambeau in 1780, and the Wadsworth Antheneum, given both Washington and Rochambeau stayed at Jerimiah Wadsworth's homestead, both in Hartford, the Asa Barnes Tavern in Southington, the Josia Bronson House in Middlebury and the Caleb Baldwin Tavern in Newtown.

Click here to read Bike CT's PDF with further information.

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7 Injured in U.S. Military Chopper Crash Off Japan


A U.S. military helicopter crash landed off the Japanese island of Okinawa on Wednesday, injuring seven people, NBC News reported.

The UH-60 Black Hawk performed a "hard-deck landing"on the USNS Red Cloud military ship, the U.S. Pacific Command said.

Of the 17 people on board, seven were injured and transported to a U.S. naval hospital on Okinawa, according to the U.S. Pacific Command. It previously said six people were injured but then revised the figure.

Okinawa, an island more than 900 miles southwest of Tokyo, is home to the bulk of U.S. military forces stationed in Japan.

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