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Trespassing Teens Crash at Lime Rock Park Racetrack


Two teens were rushed to the hospital on Wednesday night after trespassing at a racing track in Salisbury and racing go-carts on the track, according to state police.

Several juveniles were trespassing at Lime Rock Park around 8:30 p.m. and a 15-year-old-boy and 15-year-old girl collided as they drove go-carts a vendor had brought in for a weekend event, police said.

The girl sustained head and torso injuries and Lifestar airlifted her to Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, where she is in stable condition.

The 15-year-old boy sustained head and arm injuries and was transported to Sharon Hospital.

Police said none of the injuries are believed to be life-threatening. Authorities are investigating the case.

Police said the group of juveniles were on the property and driving the go-carts without permission.

Emergency personnel from the Falls Village and Lakeville fire departments, along with ambulances from Falls Village and Salisbury responded, along with LifeStar and LifeNet, the medical helicopter service based in Albany, New York, dispatchers said on Wednesday night.

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Person Taken to Hospital After Falling Near Route 85 in Hebron


A person was taken to the hospital late Thursday afternoon after falling near Route 85 in Hebron, prompting police to shut down the road for about an hour and a half.

It's not clear what caused the person to fall, but police said the incident is not criminal in nature and does not involve a motor vehicle.

According to the Department of Transportation, Route 85 was closed in the area of Holbrook Pond Road. Police said around 5:30 p.m. the road had reopened.

There has been no word on injuries.

Check back for updates on this developing story.

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Police Identify Man Who Drowned at Middletown Quarry


Police have identified the man pulled from the waters of an abandoned Middletown quarry Wednesday as a 26-year-old Portland resident.

Andrew Frizzen was found unresponsive in the water Wednesday afternoon after police received the report that a man had jumped in and never surfaced.

He was taken to Middlesex Hospital and pronounced dead, according to police.

Police said the quarry off Bow Lane is dangerous and urged residents against trying to access it.

Investigators said at the scene Wednesday that Frizzen appeared to have gone off a 30-foot ledge.

Israel Launches Strikes Into Syria After Rocket Attack


After four rockets were fired into Israel from Syria, the Israeli government launched airstrikes and artillery attacks against 14 targets in the Syrian Golan Heights.

The rocket attack was launched by a group calling itself Islamic Jihad, which was an Iranian proxy force commanded by Saed Isadi, an Israeli security source claims.

"For us, this is a clear act of aggression and was meant by the Iranians to use the chaos inside Syria to escalate tensions in the region," the security source said. 

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Police Investigate Rash of K2 Overdoses in Willimantic


Authorities in Willimantic have responded to seven drug overdoses in the last 24 hours, at least six of which have been K2, a brand of synthetic marijuana, according to police.

Willimantic police spokesman Cpl. Stanley Parizo Jr. said the most recent case involved a woman who was taken to Windham Hospital and fought with first responders who tried to treat her.

Investigators have confirmed K2 is behind at least six of Thursday's seven overdoses.

"We have seen different reactoins. A gentleman yesterday fought with us tooth and nail up to the medical center, the female we dealt with this morning just after midnight was completely out," Parizo explained.

It's not the first time K2 has been an issue in Willimantic. Six people were arrested in connection with another string of overdoses causing "psychotic behavior" in May.

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Community Mourns Death of Young Hartford Mother at Vigil


Community members gathered Thursday to remember the 23-year-old Hartford mother who was found dead in the woods in Bloomfield a week after she disappeared.

Candles and balloons lined the walkway of Tashauna Jackson's home on Barbour Street as loved ones came together to honor her memory.

After a week of desperately searching for Jackson, friends and family found her body 30 feet into the woods off Granby Street in Bloomfield.

While family members believe Jackson was murdered and say they know who killed her, police have not filed charges or taken anyone into custody. The medical examiner has yet to release an official cause of death.

"I konw who he is," said Jackson's mother, Tasha Fitch. "He's been to my house before, so I just want to get justice."

As police continue to investigate the case, the community is coming to terms with Jackson's death. The vigil was set to begin at 6:30 p.m. at the corner of Barbour Street and Cleveland Avenue.

"We ask that the community come out in large numbers for supporting the family and her son, bring their heart and their positivity," said Jackson's aunt, Anna Perez.

Grief counseling will be available to affected residents Thursday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., at Hartford Communities That Care at 2550 Main Street.

A GoFundMe page has been set up to raise money for Jackson's funeral expenses. Jackson will be laid to rest at 10 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 27 at Mount Moriah Baptist Church in Hartford.

Anyone with information is asked to call Bloomfield police at 860-242-6060.

Power Restored After Crash Causes Outages in Middletown


Power has been restored to nearly 3,000 Eversource customers in Middletown who lost electricity Thursday night after a car struck a pole in the city.

Eversource officials said the crash happened on West Street and brought down power lines.

Up to about 2,800 people were without electricity, but power was restored by about 8:30 p.m., according to the Eversource outage map.

It's not clear if anyone was hurt in the crash.

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Senator Calls for Federal Restrictions on Drones


As with any burgeoning technology, unmanned aerial vehicles, also known as drones, offer exciting possibilities as well as potential dangers.

Today, Sen. Richard Blumenthal sent a letter to Michael Huerta, administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration, demanding that the aviation watchdog implement rules governing drone usage that were due a year ago.

"What we have right now is, essentially, a Wild West in airspace," Blumenthal said while speaking at Bradley International Airport.

The senator points out in his letter that so far this year, pilots have reported more than twice as many close calls with drones as they reported in 2014. Although none of those close calls have occurred at Bradley, that doesn't mean there haven't been sightings.

"From time to time, we will have flight crews on approach to the airport – in some cases, 15 or 20 miles out from the airport – reporting drone sightings," said Connecticut Airport Authority Executive Director Kevin Dillon.

It's not just a concern for commercial pilots and travelers, but also for private aviators such as Dan Hall, who has about 800 hours in his logbook.

"I guess my concern (is) if you did hit one, what it would do to the aircraft," Hall told NBC Connecticut. "I've hit birds before, turkey vultures, seagulls."

But he says drones are a different species altogether.

"You've got to do something, especially around the airports. I don't know how high these drones can get, but I wouldn't want to hit one," Hall said.

It's a comparison echoed by Blumenthal, who recalls the 2009 incident in which a U.S. Airways pilot made an emergency landing in the Hudson River after a 6-pound bird was sucked in to one of the plane's engines.

"A drone weighing 25 to 40 pounds can do even more damage to an airplane," the senator said, also pointing out that current law regards drones identically to model airplanes, which have much less range and speed capability.

In addition to airspace restrictions, the senator wants the FAA to require that drones be traceable to their owners, and that technology be installed that would create an invisible barrier keeping drones a safe distance from airports.

On its website, the Airline Pilots Association says such technology already exists but hasn't been put in place at airports.

It also says, "ALPA recognizes and supports beneficial application of [drone] technology, but only if assurances are in place that the safety of the national airspace system is not jeopardized."

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Woman Bit, Scratched Subway Rider


A woman flew into a rage when a fellow subway rider tried to sit in a seat that had her bag on it, allegedly pushing, scratching and biting the rider before running off the train and fleeing the station in Queens, New York, police said. 

The 45-year-old victim was riding the Manhattan-bound F train from Queens at about 9:45 a.m. last Friday, Aug. 14, and she asked another woman to move her bag from a seat so that she could sit, according to police.

The woman sitting in the seat did not respond, and when the standing straphanger tried to sit anyway, the seated woman became enraged, police said. She pushed the victim, scratching her on the chest, and pulled her hair and bit her forearm, causing her to bleed. 

The suspect ran off the train when it stopped at the 21st Street and Queensbridge station in Long Island City. 

The victim was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital in stable condition.

Police are attempting to identify and locate the suspect, who's pictured above. Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS. 

Ads from a "Courtesy Counts" public service campaign launched by the MTA in January, still posted in trains across the city, specifically remind riders to keep personal items off seats, stating: "Keep your stuff to yourself. The less space your things take up, the more room for everyone." 

Explosion Rocks NY School, 3 Hurt


Three construction workers were seriously hurt in an explosion at a Bronx high school that was so powerful it shook neighbors' homes and startled residents, who thought they were experiencing an earthquake. 

"This was a very troubling evening for residents here in Marble Hill," Mayor Bill de Blasio said at a news conference at John F. Kennedy High School Thursday night, describing a "shocking scene." 

De Blasio said the injured workers had "very serious burns" and were being treated at local hospitals. 

FDNY firefighters swarmed the school after getting the call at about 8 p.m. Crews were working on a gas line when the explosion occurred on the sixth floor of the building, according to police and Con Edison, but the utility says it's determined that it was not a gas explosion. 

De Blasio said authorities will be investigating to determine what caused the blast. 

FDNY Commissioner Daniel Nigro said building engineers and other authorities will also be assessing the structural integrity of the building to determine if it's safe to occupy. For now, it appears, that although the building has been seriously damaged, the structural damage is limited. 

The mayor said the engineers' assessment will determine whether part or all of the building can reopen in time for the new school year, set to start Sept. 9.

The workers had been privately contracted by the New York City Schools Construction Authority as part of a project to build science labs on the sixth floor of the building, the mayor said. The SCA had frequently worked with the unidentified contractor, who de Blasio said "had a great reputation."  

Some custodians who were on break in the building at the time told NBC 4 New York they were just getting ready to return to work when they felt the blast.

"I thought it was a bomb, the way we felt it, it was just crazy," said Addae Hicks. 

Colleague Jason Osorio said they heard the explosion, saw a quick flash, "and then the alarms went off 5 seconds after." 

Neighbor Larissa Alvarado, who lives next to the school on East 228th Street, said "the whole house shook completely. I thought the whole house was going to fall down. It was really, really scary."

Another neighbor, Christina Pineles, said it felt like an earthquake. Her building was "shaking, like it was going to collapse." 

Around 1,300 students in 9th through 12th grades attend JFK High School, according to the city's schools website, but de Blasio said the building actually houses eight schools with a total of 4,000 students. 

Congressman Eliot L. Engel released a statement thanking first-responders and the Con Edison crews that were on scene investigating.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the three people injured in tonight's terrible accident at John F. Kennedy High School," he said in the statement. "As frightening and horrific as this explosion was, the fact that we are only a few short weeks away from students returning to the campus for the school year makes the incident even more terrifying."

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North Korea Readies Troops Over Propaganda Broadcasts


North Korea leader Kim Jong Un ordered his troops to enter a "wartime state" Friday and warned of military action unless South Korea stops blaring anti-Pyongyang propaganda over loudspeakers, NBC News reported.

The North Korean military allegedly fired a projectile at the loudspeaker around 4 p.m. Thursday local time and South Korean forces fired dozens of artillery shells back in response, officials said. North Korea denies firing.

"Psychological warfare against the DPRK is, in essence, an open act of war against it," North Korea's state-run KCNA news agency said in a statement released Friday, using an acronym for the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

The statement said the situation "is now inching close to the brink of a war."

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Female Motorcycle Driver Seriously Hurt in New London Crash


A woman suffered possible head trauma and a foot injury when her motorcycle collided with a minivan in New London on Thursday evening, throwing her into the air, according to police.

Police said the motorcyclist was driving on Bank Street in New London when she collided with the side of a Kia Sedona pulling out of the parking lot at 939 Bank Street shortly before 4 p.m.

The motorcycle driver was ejected and landed about 30 feet from the crash site.

She was taken to Lawrence + Memorial Hospital, then transferred to Yale-New Haven Hospital, according to police.

Bank Street is closed between Carroll Court and Beckwith Street while an accident reconstruction team investigates the crash.

No charges have been filed.

Witnesses are asked to call New London police.

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Duggar: I've 'Been the Biggest Hypocrite Ever'


Former reality star Josh Duggar called himself the "biggest hypocrite ever" and revealed he had "been unfaithful" to his wife in a public statement after his name was linked in news reports to a data breach of the Ashley Madison adultery website.

"I am so ashamed of the double life that I have been living and am grieved for the hurt, pain and disgrace my sin has caused my wife and family," Duggar, 27, said in a statement, which was posted on his parents' blog.

His parents, Jim Bob and Michelle, said their hearts were broken by the news.

"When we learned of this late last night our hearts were broken," they said. "As we continue to place our trust in God we ask for your prayers for Josh, Anna, our grandchildren and our entire family."

Josh Duggar said he also became addicted to watching pornography and said he was "a bad example."

In May, he admitted he had "acted inexcusably" amid allegations that he fondled young girls, including his sister, as a teenager. The statement came after In Touch Weekly uncovered a police report that said he had been interviewed in 2006 about sexual abuse accusations from a few years earlier. 

Duggar was never charged, though he apologized for the scandal.

The revelations led to the cancellation of the family's reality show, "19 Kids and Counting," which aired on TLC. Duggar also resigned his position as a lobbyist at the conservative Family Research Council.

Duggar and his wife, Anna, welcomed their fourth child, a baby girl on July 19.

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Police Seek Additional Warrants in Missing Couple Case


Police continue to search the home of a Bridgeport man whose parents vanished early this month and will file additional search warrants as part of the investigation into the couple's disappearance, according to the court.

Jeffrey Navin, 56, president of J&J Refuse sanitation company in Westport; and his wife, Jeanette Navin, 55, a school library aide in Weston, disappeared Aug. 4, a week after losing an appeal over millions of dollars in debt.

Investigators have spent the past two days searching the Bridgeport home of the couple's son, Kyle Navin, who is considered a person of interest in the case, according to a source close to the investigation. State police brought in K-9s on Thursday.

Neighbors said they have not seen Kyle Navin in about a week. It's not clear what, if anything, police have found at his home on Aldine Avenue.

"Detectives are conducting a very thorough investigation. They are following all leads," said state police spokesman Trooper First Class Kelly Grant. "They do a search and look for anything that will lead them to the whereabouts of the missing persons."

Kyle Navin is listed on the J&J Refuse website as the company's operations manager. He has not returned an email sent to his work account Wednesday evening.

In addition to Kyle Navin's home, police have also obtained warrants to search his parents' property in Easton, the home in Westport from which they recently moved and several bank accounts, according to clerk at Bridgeport Superior Court.

The court clerk said police also hope to obtain additional search warrants in connection with the case.

Although there has been no sign of the missing couple, investigators found their truck abandoned at a Westport commuter lot on Aug. 9. Police said one of the windows was broken.

"As far as two people missing, and they're not on vacation... God only knows nowadays what happens," said John Mendoza, who lives near Kyle Navin's home in Bridgeport. "I hope the worst didn't happen."

Kyle Navin has not been named a suspect in the case, and relatives have said nothing indicates the missing couple's finances have anything to do with their disappearance.

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Man Threatens to Send Bomb to Access Health in Hartford: Cops


Police have arrested a Hamden man accused of threatening to send a bomb to the Access Health CT office on Trumbull Street in Hartford.

According to police, an Access Health intake insurance specialist was on the phone with Gary Leiderman, 64, around 4:50 p.m. Thursday when Leiderman asked repeatedly for the building's address.

When the specialist asked why and what he wanted to send, Leiderman allegedly said "a bomb" and hung up.

While police said there was no immediate threat, investigators responded to the scene and used the insurance specialist's account records to identify Leiderman.

Police said they confronted Leiderman at his home in Hamden. He later confessed, according to police.

Leiderman was arrested and charged with first-degree threatening and second-degree breach of peace. His bond was set at $75,000.

It's not clear if Leiderman has an attorney.

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'A Special Kid': 3 Firefighters Killed in Washington Blaze ID'd


The three firefighters who were killed battling a fast-growing wildlife in Twisp, Washington as Tom Zbyszewski, 20, Andrew Zajac, 26, and Richard Wheeler, 31. 

The men were all members of an engine crew from Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest in central Washington, died Wednesday after their vehicle crash and overtaken by flames. The fire was driven by wind and spread erratically, the U.S. Forest Service said. 

"We know that these fires have burned a big hole in our state's heart," Washington Gov. Jay Inslee said earlier Thursday. "These are three big heroes protecting small towns."

Zbyszewski 's father, Rick, a former Forest Service firefighter, called his son, who was a straight-A student, "a special kid."

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Young Hartford Moms, Missing and Dead, Grew Up Together


Police are investigating a possible connection between a 23-year-old Hartford woman found dead in Bloomfield and a 24-year-old Hartford native missing in Vermont.

Vermont State Police said they are reaching out to Connecticut law enforcement to determine if the disappearance of Denise Hart is at all connected to the death of Tashauna Jackson, both mothers of young boys.

Although police in the capital city are also considering a possible link, department spokesman Deputy Chief Brian Foley said it's typical for investigators to search for a connection between missing people who fit a certain profile.

Family members said Hart and Jackson grew up together in Hartford. Both families now face the pain of loss as they continue searching for answers.

"These two young ladies left behind two little boys," said Hart's mother, Dedre Robinson. "There's two little boys that the rest of their lives are going to wonder why."

Hart was last seen leaving a friend's home in Vermont on Jan. 25 and remains missing. Police have said they suspect foul play.

Robinson now faces each day not knowing what happened to her daughter.

"Until they put me in a coffin, I will look for my child," Robinson said. "Good or bad, I'm going to find her."

Jackson disappeared several months later, on Aug. 11, after getting into the car of a man she knew. After a week of desperate searching, her body was found 30 feet into the woods in Bloomfield.

"As a mom, my heart really goes out to her," Robinson said of Jackson's mother. "I walk in the same shoes she was just walking in. I'm still walking in them."

Robinson said she does not believer her daughter's case is related to Jackson's.

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6-Year-Old Struck and Killed While Playing at Friend's House


Police are investigating after a 6-year-old girl was struck and killed while playing at a friend's house in Ansonia Thursday evening.

Investigators believe the child, Leah Rondon of Ansonia, was riding on a wagon that went into the road near the intersection of Ford Street and Hughes Circle.

She was struck by an SUV around 4:45 p.m. and was prounounced dead at Griffin Hospital, according to police.

"It's a sad event. It's a tragic event for both, you know, the family of the child and the driver here," said Ansonia police spokesman Lt. Andrew Cota.

Dozens of community members gathered at Nolan Field in Ansonia to remember Leah and mourn her death.

"(She was) always happy, never seemed to be in a bad mood," said family friend Tony Anderson, who knew Leah through children's sports.

Police said the driver, a 54-year-old man from Ansonia, is cooperating with investigators.

"He stopped quickly, even tried to render aid, as far as we can tell, what we're being told by witnesses," Cota said.

While it's still too early to determine whether drugs, alcohol or speed played a part in the crash, Cota said they don't appear to have factored in. No charges have been filed.

Leah is the second 6-year-old from Ansonia killed this week.

Nyah Marcano died Tuesday after being thrown from a car during a crash on Route 8 in Shelton


I-84 West in Hartford Reopens After Crash


Interstate 84 West in Hartford has reopened after a tractor-trailer jackknifed near exit 48.

No injuries are reported, but the state Department of Transportation was called to bring in a sand truck and the delays are back to East Hartford.

This is one of several crashes on the roads this morning as rain moves through the state.

Get traffic updates throughout the morning by following NBC Connecticut traffic reporter Heidi Voight on Twitter

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Rollover Crash in Simsbury


A car rolled over on Route 315 at Quarry Road in Simsbury and another vehicle crashed right behind it, according to the fire department.

The road is closed, but is expected to reopen shortly, according to police.

The driver is out of the vehicle that rolled over and no information was immediately available on injuries or road closures, but there are heavy delays eastbound.

This is one of several crashes on this rainy morning.

Follow NBC Connecticut Traffic Reporter Heidi Voight on Twitter for updates throughout the morning.

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