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Rosie O'Donnell Says Her Daughter Is Missing


Police are looking for Rosie O’Donnell’s 17-year-old daughter, who has been reported missing, according to the entertainment personality's website.

Chelsea O’Donnell was last seen at her home in Nyack on Aug. 11, the statement said. Police were alerted that she was missing on Sunday, and they’ve been searching for her since.

The girl is in need of medical attention and hasn’t been taking her medicine, the site says. Police say there is no reason to suspect foul play.

"Chelsea, like millions of people, lives with mental illness," Cindi Berger, a representative for O'Donnell, told NBC 4 New York. "It has been a difficult road for Chelsea and her family and they just want her back safe."

Chelsea O’Donnell was last seen wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, ripped blue jeans and a black bookbag. She has a tattoo of a dream catcher and the word “Breathe” on her right side. She apparently left the home with her 6-month-old therapy puppy, a 9-pound black terrier named Bear.

Rosie O'Donnell tweeted photos of her missing daughter Tuesday afternoon. One tweet early Tuesday featured the caption "dude was asking for u today .... dude #urFAMILY #call."

The comic said the teen may be in New York City.

Anyone with information about the girl’s whereabouts is asked to call police at 845-358-0206.

Photo Credit: AP
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Police Seek Public's Help Identifying Cheshire Bank Robbery Suspect


Cheshire police are looking for a bank robber who fled officers Aug. 12.

The man suspected of robbing Webster Bank at 145 Highland Avenue is captured on surveillance footage released by the department. He posed as a customer and then gave the bank teller a note indicating he was holding the bank up, police said. He fled with a small amount of cash, eluding responding officers, according to the department.

Cheshire police responded at about 3:12 p.m. on Aug. 12 to investigate the reported robbery.

Police are investigating multiple leads.

Cheshire police ask anyone who recognizes the suspect to call Det. Dennis Boucher at 203-271-5537 or email dboucher@cheshirect.org.

Photo Credit: Cheshire Police Department

Heat Wave Continues, Pop-Up Storm Possible


The year’s second heat wave is underway and today could very well be day four with temperatures expected to soar into the lower-90s.

Hazy sunshine is starting to mix with puffy cumulus clouds. While there isn’t a major source of lift or even strong winds in the atmosphere, pop-up storms will form in northern Connecticut as a sea breeze front lifts north.

As of 1 p.m., a few downpours had already flared up in the northern half of the state.

Any storms that form will be slow-moving but the severe threat is very low.

Tomorrow starts with low clouds, patchy fog and areas of drizzle. Once the sun goes to work, however, the day will turn out dry with a mix of sun and clouds and temperatures in the upper-80s.

More numerous showers are expected on Thursday as a cold front approaches. There will be more clouds than sun with temperatures in the lower- to middle-80s.

The cold front finally pushes through the state on Friday, bringing a line of showers and thunderstorms, especially earlier in the day. High temperatures will be near 80 degrees.

This weekend looks mainly dry through there will be an abundance of clouds as the front gets hung up just south and east of Connecticut. Each day there can be an isolated shower with temperatures in the lower-80s.

Early next week, the stalled front finally washes out and yields drier weather with much more sunshine.

Stay with the NBC Connecticut First Alert weather team for the very latest forecast on-air, online and on the app.

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Officer in Coma After Serious Motorcycle Crash


A Bridgeport police officer is in critical condition after a motorcycle crash Friday.

Bridgeport Officer Shelton Mayne was seriously injured in the motorcycle crash and is recovering at Hartford Hospital. He's in a coma, according to a GoFundMe page his friends and family launched to raise money for him and his family to support "their emotional and financial needs."

"Officer Sheldon Mayne on August 14th was in a near fatal Motorcycle accident and is in critical condition," a post on the GoFundMe page says. "He is in a coma right now and is fighting for his life. He is the main provider for his mother, sister and nephew. Please help this family with any support as they have a very long road ahead with emotional and financial needs."

$13,225 has been raised so far through the GoFundMe page of the $10,000 goal.

"Thank you everyone so much for your support. His head pressure is the same but not increasing and with his wounds there is no sign of infection so that's a good sign. He is still intubated and in a coma," Rachel Jarvis, one of the GoFundMe page organizers, posted on the page. "Family remains at bedside! Will keep everyone updated! Thank you again so much for all of your support in each and every way! Please keep the prayers coming!"

Mayne's loved ones and colleagues ask people to keep him in their "thoughts and prayers," according to a Bridgeport news release.

“Bridgeport Police Officers work relentlessly to keep our kids and families safe,” said Mayor Bill Finch. “To have what happened to Officer Mayne is truly heartbreaking.”

Sgt. Chuck Paris, president of the Bridgeport Police Union, said that "become a police officer is a special calling and when one of us need support we come together like a family."

"Sheldon Mayne is that brother that needs assistance," Paris said.

Click here for more information on the

GoFundMe page.

Photo Credit: GoFundMe

Fire That Ripped Through Torrington Carpet Factory Deemed Accidental


The three-alarm fire that tore through a carpeting factory in Torrington on Sunday night has been deemed accidental.

The fire marshal investigating the blaze at the Alliance Carpet factory, at 180 Church Street, said it appeared that an employee was driving a propane-powered forklift and moving latex foam padding from one part of the factory to the other when the fire started.

It appears the forklift was hot when it ran over foam, which ignited and flames spread to a nearby pile of foam. 

Firefighters responded  when the water flow alarm went off at the around 8:20 p.m. on Sunday and neighbors reported a strange chemical smell, in addition to the smoke.

About six employees in the building at the time got themselves out and no one was injured, according to Torrington Fire Chief Gary Brunoli. 

Storms Possible as Heat Wave Continues


The second heat wave of the summer continues and there is a chance of storms this afternoon.

The summertime heat could be enough to bubble up some scattered afternoon showers and thunderstorms, mainly between 1 and 4 p.m. and some of the storms could produce heavy rain.

Otherwise, today will be partly to mostly sunny with highs warming into the mid-80s to low-90s.

The Environmental Protection Agency is also warning of poor air quality in Connecticut and New England and says high levels of ground-level ozone could mean poor air quality in western Connecticut, including the Connecticut River Valley.

The unhealthy air quality could "cause breathing problems, aggravate asthma and other pre-existing lung diseases, and make people more susceptible to respiratory infection," EPA officials said.

Children and adults with breathing problems are the most at risk. The EPA advises cutting down on any "strenuous outdoor activity," taking public transportation or carpooling to cut down on carbon emissions and "avoiding the use of small gasoline powered engines, such as lawn mowers and tractors, chain saws, power washers, string trimmers and leaf blowers."

There could be areas of fog after 2 a.m. overnight and then before 9 a.m. Wednesday. Otherwise, tonight will be mostly cloudy, with a low around 70.

Come Wednesday night into Thursday, there is a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms after 1 p.m. and overnight between midnight and 1 a.m. There is a slight chance of showers after 1 a.m.

Otherwise Wednesday will be partly sunny with a high near 87.

There will be a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms again on Thursday, with patchy fog before 10 a.m.. Otherwise, it will be mostly cloudy, with a high near 84. By evening, there is a chance of showers after 9 p.m. and possible patchy fog after 11 p.m.

Friday may also see showers and possibly a thunderstorm, as well as patchy fog before 10 a.m. It will be mostly cloudy with a high near 80.

Saturday also brings a chance of showers before 5 p.m. It will be mostly cloudy with a high near 83.

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Woman's Body Found in Bloomfield


A woman’s body has been found on Granby Street in Bloomfield and polce said there is a possible connection to a mssing person report in a neighboring community. 

The woman's body was found in the woods behing a poultry business at 52 Granby Street in Bloomfield, according to a news release from police.

"Preliminary information of the investigation indicates possible connection to an area missing person investigation in a neighboring jurisdiction," Bloomfield police said in a news release.

The state police crime scene unit was called and Hartford police are also at the scene.

Hartford police have spent the morning at Keney Park in Hartford, about three and a half miles away, searching for a missing Hartford mom who has been missing for a week.

Check back for updates.

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3 Presumed Dead After Landslides in Sitka, Alaska


Three men missing following an Alaska landslide are presumed dead and the search will be a "body recovery effort," an official said late Tuesday.

The landslides began at around 10 a.m. Tuesday, after heavy rains in coastal town of Sitka, city spokeswoman Sara Peterson told NBC station KTTU.

Peterson later told The Associated Press that the missing men are presumed dead and the search will be one of body recovery — a determination based, in part, "from the force of the slide and that kind of impact."

Earlier officials reported four people were missing but then said it was three.

Photo Credit: James Poulson/The Daily Sitka Sentinel via AP

Tropical Storm Danny Forms in Atlantic, Expected to Become Hurricane


A tropical depression in the Atlantic Ocean east of the Caribbean strengthened Tuesday to become the season's fourth tropical storm, and it is expected to become a hurricane by Thursday, forecasters said.

Tropical Storm Danny was about 1,500 miles east of the Windward Islands at 11 p.m. ET Saturday night and was moving west at around 14 miles per hour, the National Hurricane Center said.

The Weather Channel described the storm's movement as slow, and predicted it could be a week before Danny approaches the eastern Caribbean Sea.

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Local Movie Theaters Tighten Security in Response to Violence


Local movie theaters are tightening security in response to a string of deadly shootings across the country.

Regal Entertainment Group – which operates some 580 theaters around the country, including locations in Waterbury, Branford, Waterford and Stonington – has adopted a new policy requiring bags and backpacks to be searched before moviegoers are admitted.

The changes took effect after a gunman opened fire during a screening of the film “Trainwreck” in Lafayette, Louisiana, last month, killing two people and injuring nine before turning the gun on himself.

Less than two weeks later, police shot and killed a man with a history of mental health problems who tried to attack moviegoers in Nashville, Tennessee, with a hatchet and pepper spray, CNBC reports.

"We acknowledge that this procedure can cause some inconvenience and that it is not without flaws, but hope these are minor in comparison to increased safety," Regal’s admittance procedures now read.

Showcase Cinemas, owned by National Amusements, has taken it a step further and banned backpacks and packages altogether. The chain operates three locations in Connecticut: Bridgeport, North Haven and Plantsville.

Connecticut moviegoers told NBC Connecticut they understand why the changes are necessary.

With the current events that have been going on and the issues that unfortunately that have happened in movie theaters across the country, I think it's a really good idea," said Madison resident Ian Connor.

Photo Credit: NBCConnecticut.com

Motorized Scooter Crash With Injuries in Berlin


Berlin police are investigating a motorized scooter crash that caused injuries early Wednesday morning.

The accident happened in front of 1219 Berlin Turnpike. The left northbound lane is closed.

Firefighters are on scene.

The call came in around 4:39 a.m.

There were injuries, but they weren't serious. The driver refused treatment.

No further information was immediately available.

Photo Credit: NBCConnecticut.com

Thai Police Release Sketch of Bangkok Bombing Suspect


Thai police released an electronic sketch Wednesday of the alleged suspect in the bombing of a Bangkok shrine that killed 22 people, NBC News reported.

The drawing shows a young man with glasses and is apparently based on the person seen in surveillance video leaving a backpack near the scene.

Police have offered a 1 million baht ($28,080) reward for information leading to his arrest.

Authorities said they were keeping watch for the suspect at the country's borders, but police chief Somyot Pumpanmuang told a news conference that it was not clear how many people were involved in the attack or if they were still in the country.


Photo Credit: Deputy Police Chief, Royal Thai Police
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ISIS Beheads Elderly Archaeology 'Pioneer': Reports


ISIS militants beheaded one of Syria's most prominent antiquities scholars in the ancient town of Palmyra, then strapped his body from one of the town's Roman columns, Syrian state media and an activist group said Wednesday, according to The Associated Press.

According to Syrian state-run news agency SANA and the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, 81-year-old Khaled al-Asaad was beheaded on Tuesday in a square outside the town's museum. The Observatory, which has a network of activists on the ground in Syria, said dozens of people gathered to witness the killing.

The killing of al-Asaad was the latest atrocity perpetrated by the militant group, which has captured a third of both Syria and Iraq. Since ISIS overran Palmyra in May, there have been fears the extremists, who have destroyed famed archaeological sites in Iraq, would demolish its 2,000-year-old Roman-era city at the town's edge, one of the Mideast's most spectacular archaeological sites.

Photo Credit: AP

Crews Respond to One-Car Crash in Newtown

Possible Scattered Showers as Humidity Continues


There is the possibility of scattered showers as humidity sticks around for the next several days.

One or two scattered showers are possible during the day, tonight and tomorrow.

It will be partly sunny and humid with highs in the mid to upper 80s.

The humidity continues Thursday, but it will be mostly cloudy with a chance of an isolated shower. Highs will be in the low to mid 80s.

It will be cloudy Friday with possible widespread showers and highs near 80. Rain and thunder are most likely on Friday.

Saturday and Sunday will be mostly cloudy with chances of isolated showers with highs in the low 80s.

Next Monday will likely be partly cloudy with a chance of an isolated shower and highs in the mid 80s.

The humidity should break by Tuesday.

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Three More Buildings to Be Demolished in New Haven


New Haven building inspectors have ordered the demolition of three more buildings as they inspect vacant buildings around the city to determine if they need to come down following the partial collapse at a building this week in downtown.

Seven building inspectors are set to take a look at about 3,000 properties around the city.

There are tear-down orders in place for three buildings, 8including one on Clifton Street that used to be a Habitat for Humanity House.

City building officials said getting through every single building in town could take three years.

The city is also asking residents to let them know about potentially hazardous buildings in their neighborhoods so they can come out and take a look.

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Oscar Pistorius Treated as 'VIP Prisoner,' Inmate Says


Convicted killer Oscar Pistorius spent his 10 months in one of the world's most notorious prisons living in virtual isolation and benefiting from special treatment, according to a fellow inmate.

"Pistorius, he was a VIP prisoner," Boswell Mhlongo, an inmate at the maximum-security Kgosi Mapuru II in Pretoria, told NBC News. "I mean everything was free for him. He can do whatever he wants."

Mhlongo added: "How can you get your own gym, your own gym alone? Why the cell that we're in — we were never given curtains — but his cell was prepared special? Because he's got money. I mean it's Oscar Pistorius."

Prison officials did not respond to requests for comment about the allegations of special treatment for Pistorius, who received a five-year sentence in October following his conviction for culpable homicide after fatally shooting his model girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp at his home in Pretoria, South Africa.

The Pistorius family denies he was treated better than the average inmate.

The double-amputee Olympic athlete is expected to be released Friday to spend the remainder of his five-year sentence under house arrest. Nicknamed the "Blade Runner," Pistorius was reportedly so worried he would be poisoned while in prison that he lived on canned sardines and baked beans.

Photo Credit: AP

52-Year-Old Bolton Woman Reported Missing


A Silver Alert has been issued for a missing 52-year-old Bolton woman.

Deborah Slater was reported missing on Wednesday morning, according to the Silver Alert.

She has brown hair, brown eyes, stands 5-feet-4 and weighs 130 pounds.

When she was last seen, she was wearing jeans, a T-shirt and no shoes.

Anyone with information about Slater’s whereabouts should call Connecticut State Police at 860-465-5400.

Photo Credit: Silver Alert

Gunmen Ambush SoCal Family on Vacation in Mexico, Killing 1


A Southern California family on vacation in Mexico came under heavy gunfire by a group of armed men as they left a water park, leaving one of them dead and three others wounded, family members said.

Two teenage brothers, who are graduates of Channel Islands High School in Oxnard, their father and uncle were driving from the park in Michoacan on July 31 when gunmen in another vehicle pulled up in front of them and opened fire, family members said.

Graphic photos published by Mexican newspaper Quadratin showed the SUV riddled with bullet holes and the family inside slumping and covered in blood.

The uncle did not survive.

Both brothers suffered wounds to the head and body, and the father was struck multiple times. All three were taken to a San Diego hospital.

One of the brothers, 18-year-old Bruno Ramos, was in stable condition after arriving in a coma, family members said.

His older brother, 19-year-old Jesus Ramos, and their father, Ignacio Ramos, were treated and released.

Family members believe they were attacked by members of a drug cartel.

"We think there was some confusion," said the teens' cousin, Sonya Martinez Lazarraga, in Spanish. "They were in the wrong place at the wrong time."

Photo Credit: Courtesy of the Ramos family

Gas Explosion Levels Part of Motel 6 in Washington State


An explosion reduced a large section of a Motel 6 near Seattle to rubble late Tuesday only moments after it was evacuated due to a gas leak.

Firefighters who were on scene in Bremerton, Washington, at the time were blown back nearly 20 feet, police said. A gas company worker was critically injured by the blast and was flown by air ambulance to a hospital with second- and third-degree burns.

A gas leak was reported shortly before 8 p.m. local time (11 p.m. ET). Motel workers and patrons were able to evacuate just prior to the blast, which happened at 8:24 p.m., authorities say. 

A fire official told NBC News that three motel guests are unaccounted for and crews at the scene are digging through rubble for the bodies of the missing.

Photo Credit: Christine Clarridge / The Seattle Times
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