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Alleged Train Attacker ID'd, Probed for Terrorist Links


Authorities were investigating on Sunday whether the heavily-armed alleged gunman thwarted in the midst of an apparent terror attack on a Amsterdam-Paris train was acting alone, or whether "a wider framework" was involved.

Belgium's chief prosecutor Eric Van Sypt told NBC News that the attacker was 26-year-old Moroccan Ayoub El Khazzani, who had lived in Europe for several years and recently spent time in Brussels.

Van Sypt said it was not yet known if El Khazzani had an accomplice or was acting alone, and authorities in Belgium were probing "if there is possibly a wider framework involved."

French Interior Minister Brenard Cazeneuve said Saturday that Spanish authorities had flagged a 26-year-old Moroccan in February 2014 because of his links to radical Islam.

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Jimmy Carter Teaches Sunday School in Hometown


For the first time since revealing details of his cancer diagnosis, former President Jimmy Carter taught Sunday school in his hometown, drawing hundreds of well-wishers to the tiny Baptist church he has attended for much of his life.

His grandson said it was the 689th time he had taught classes there.

Before Carter started the lesson, he briefly recapped the details of his cancer diagnosis — how doctors had found melanoma had spread to his brain after undergoing surgery to remove part of his liver.

Then, he said, "That's enough of that subject."

He next pivoted to a 45-minute lesson on faith and love.

Carter promised the crowd at the church he would be back to take photos with them after teaching a second class at the nearby high school. He asked the crowd to come up in groups.

Photo Credit: AP

Car Crashes at Route 2 in Preston


A crash on Route 2 in Preston caused minor injuries Sunday morning.

The state highway was closed at Hewitt Road briefly.

No further information was immediately available.

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Trailer Flips in Stratford Crash


Traffic is getting by on Interstate 95 north in Stratford after a rollover crash that caused a trailer to flip.

All lanes were temporarily closed at exit 30 as crews worked to upright a flipped trailer. 

Just before 9 a.m., just the left lane was getting by.

More information will be provided as it becomes available.

Photo Credit: DOT

Teens Steal Scooter in Assault Near Methadone Clinic: PD


A group of teenagers attacked a person and stole the victim's scooter near a methadone clinic in New Haven late Saturday morning, police said.

Officers responded to the methadone clinic at 495 Congress Avenue  at 11:56 a.m. on Saturday to investigate reports of a stolen scooter.

The victim told police a group of four teenagers between 16 and 19 grabbed his throat, punched the back of his head and knocked him down before robbing him of his scooter.

Two of the teens left on his scooter and the other two ran from the scene. The scooter is decorated with an American flag on a pole and is red.

The main person who assaulted him was wearing a white shirt and was thin, the victim told police. All of the robbers remain at large and police are looking for them.

The victim was not seriously hurt, police said.

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Man Stabbed in Attack in New Haven Diner


A man was injured when another man he said was a stranger stabbed him in a New Haven diner just after midnight on Saturday morning, police said.

Marvin Maurice Dempsey, 35, of New Haven, is facing multiple charges including assault and narcotics crimes.

When police arrived at Olympia Diner at 604 Ella T. Grasso Boulevard in New Haven to investigate a reported stabbing, firefighters and EMTs were already treating Ernest Clark, 31, of New Haven, for a cut in his left abdomen.

Clark told police a man he didn't know approached him in the diner and "asked him to step into the vestibule," police said. The stranger then pulled a knife on the man and pointed it at his neck. He patted down his pockets and then the two men got in a fight.

The man with the knife ran outside and Clark noticed he'd been stabbed, police said. His injury was not life-threatening.

Soon after that, a New Haven police officer near Thorn and West streets observed a man throw a knife and some illegal drugs on the ground, police said. The office believed he may have been connected to the stabbing at Olympia Diner, so he detained him. The man lied to police that his name was Marvin Jones and later confessed his name was actually Maurice Dempsey.

Dempsey told police that the incident involving Clark wasn't random and that he knew him and attacked him to "settle a score," police said. He also told police Clark hit him over the head with a bottle recently.

New Haven police charged Dempsey with second-degree assault, four narcotics charges, breach of peace, third-degree criminal mischief and interfering with police.

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Cow Hill Road Closed in Killingworth Due to Crash


Cow Hill Road is closed in Killingworth due to a serious crash.

The road is closed between Silver Birch Lane and Laurel Ridge Trail.

Drivers can detour at Route 81.

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Crash Causes Serious Injuries on Route 8 in Thomaston


Route 8 south reopened early Sunday morning after closing overnight due to a serious crash late Saturday night.

Two vehicles collided between exits 38 and 37 on Route 8 south in Thomaston close to 10:12 p.m. on Saturday night.

The highway shut down in the area, but was reopened as of 3:37 a.m. Sunday.

There were serious injuries in the crash, but it's unclear how many people were hurt.

An accident reconstruction team responded to investigate.

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LifeStar Transports Person to Hospital in Motorcycle Crash

Clashes Erupt in Beirut at Trash Protest


Lebanon's prime minister threatened to resign on Sunday, warning rival parties in his unity cabinet that the state faced collapse because of paralysis that has come to a head with its failure to resolve a crisis over rubbish disposal.

Protesters called for a second day of demonstrations against Prime Minister Tammam Salam's cabinet on Sunday after at least 35 people were injured on Saturday night when security forces used water cannons and tear gas to disperse several thousand demonstrators in central Beirut.

Salam's government has suffered almost complete paralysis since it took office last year as wider crises in the Middle East, including the war in neighboring Syria, have exacerbated Lebanon's own political and sectarian divisions.

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Route 195 North Closed in Tolland


Route 195 north is closed in Tolland after a tractor-trailer backed up and hit some wires, but the southbound side of the state highway has reopened.

The road is closed near 56 Merrow Road in the northbound direction.

No one was injured.

The road will be closed for a few hours on the northbound side. The southbound side was closed, but had reopened as of 6:13 p.m. The northbound side was still closed at that point.

The call came in around 1:53 p.m. on Sunday.

Scattered Showers Possible Tonight


Scattered showers are possible Sunday night, ahead of a mix of sun and clouds Monday and possible Tuesday storms.

There could be scattered showers Sunday night, but nothing causing any major problems. Highs will remain near 80 degrees Fahrenheit.

Some sun will emerge Monday mixed with clouds. Highs will be between 80 and 85.

Tuesday is the most likely day we could experience thunderstorms and showers this week. Highs will be in the lower 80s.

As summer comes to an end and many schools start or get ready to open soon, we'll see much drier weather Wednesday to Friday with bountiful sunshine.

Get your detailed First Alert 7-day forecast plus hour-by-hour weather and interactive radar by downloading the NBC Connecticut app.

Woman Fakes Death, Escapes Ex: Cops


A woman faked her own death in order to escape her abusive ex-boyfriend, according to police.

On Saturday shortly before 6:30 a.m. police responded to a home on the 800 block of Radclyffe Street in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania for a report of a woman experiencing a seizure and not breathing.

When police arrived they found the man who called them, 25-year-old Bartholomew Palumbo, as well as his 29-year-old ex-girlfriend who was badly injured.

The woman, who managed to crawl up the stairs when police arrived, told investigators Palumbo assaulted her by choking her, slamming her to the floor, punching her in the face and throwing her down the basement steps. The woman said she then faked her own death by acting out seizures.

Believing he had killed her, Palumbo went upstairs, called 911 and claimed his ex-girlfriend had suffered a seizure, according to investigators.

Investigators later determined the woman’s story was true. Palumbo was taken into custody and detectives confirmed the assault. He is charged with attempted homicide, aggravated assault, terroristic threats and recklessly endangering another person. He was arraigned and lodged in Northampton County Prison on $100,000 bail. 

Palumbo's attorney information was not immediately available. 

The woman was taken to St. Luke’s University Hospital where she is currently in critical condition.

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Remembering Hurricane Katrina 10 Years Later


It was ten years ago today -- August 29, 2005 -- that Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans.


Dream Ride Cruises for a Cause: Helping Special Olympians


It started with just a few motorcycles. Fifteen years, and $3.5 million dollars later, the Dream Ride, is helping Special Olympians around the world reach their goals.

“If people give the athletes the chance to know them you’re going to find out they have so much more to offer,” said Dream Ride founder Mike Bozzuto.

Sunday, thousands of motorcycles and hundreds of exotic and classic cars filled the grounds of the Farmington Polo Club.

Riders took off from Florida on Aug. 15, joined by other bikers along the east coast. They also took off from 29 satellite locations across Connecticut on Sunday. Their entry fees go toward the Special Olympics in the state they represent.

Over the last 15 years, this event has grown to be the biggest fundraiser of the year for the Special Olympics of Connecticut. Last year alone they raised more than $1 million.

Bobby Osborne couldn’t stop smiling as the motorcycles left the pavilion. He snapped at least a dozen pictures as they rolled past.

“I love Harleys. I really do,” Osborne said.

“I love the bikes and stuff and I like to see all the people come here for us,” added fellow athlete Sean Delgreco.

The bikers took a 25-mile ride through Connecticut.

A collection of exotic cars, worth $200-million and two tents full of classic cars, drew spectators from 15 states and five countries. Many of the car owners come back year after year.

“You can’t beat the athletes. The kids are special. If you see some of these kids and the enthusiasm and excitement that they have for being around the cars and being driven around in these cars, it’s second to nothing,” said Andrew Baldassarre, of Bloomfield, who brought a Ferrari that’s been in his family for thirty-five years.

The Waterbury Masonic Lodge has been volunteering for clean-up duty for three years. Don Synnett said he can’t believe how much it’s grown.

“The main tent is double the size it was last year,” said Synnett.

Sunday was an unforgettable day for the athletes and those helping make their dreams come true

“I really appreciate everybody for coming here, too,” Osborne said.

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The Mystery of the Sunday Mail Trucks


Some of our NBC Connecticut employees noticed something unusual this Sunday that you don't often see. Mail being delivered!

Mail trucks were spotted in Simsbury and on Route 149 in Colchester.

When asked about whether mail was being delivered this Sunday in Connecticut and why, Maureen Marion, manager of Northeast area corporate communications for the United States Postal Service, wrote to NBC Connecticut in an email that "there is package delivery on Sundays in many locations."

"Look for more of this as we get into the holidays," Marion said. "But.....short answer....yup. You saw right!"

The Sunday package deliveries are "relatively new," she said. 

"Last year during the holidays you saw it," Marion said. "But in recent months we are seeing an increase in demand. It is not letter mail. It is packages only."

Signed, sealed, delivered. Mystery solved!

Did anyone else see a mail truck in your neighborhood this Sunday?

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Pizza Clerk Stabbed While Trying to Stop Robbers at Neighboring Deli


A store clerk was stabbed after rushing to the aid of a worker at a neighboring business during a robbery in New Haven.

New Haven police said when the Deli Haven market was robbed Saturday night, a store clerk from the New Haven Pizza restaurant next door rushed in to help, only to be attacked by one of the robbers.

This all happened at 9:50 p.m. Saturday night at 796 George Street in New Haven.

Police said one of the robbers had a knife and demanded that the deli’s clerk open the cash register. Then the robber bum-rushed him, grabbing an undisclosed amount of cash.

The clerk pushed him to the ground.

After hearing the commotion, the clerk from the pizza parlor next door confronted the men as they tried to flee and was stabbed in the arm. His injuries were non-life-threatening.

When police arrived, they saw one of the suspects counting cash. The suspect saw police and took off. After a chase down several blocks, during which the suspect threw the cash in the air, the officer was able to take the man into custody. They said he’s a 17-year-old man.

The other robber is still at large. He's described as a man in his 30s wearing a red shirt and black jeans.


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Elderly Man, Woman Found Dead in Cluttered Home


New Haven firefighters discovered the bodies of an 89-year-old man and a 77-year-old woman in a Whitney Avenue home after the property manager complained about a smell and flies coming from the unit.

The property manager of a two-family home at 655 Whitney Avenue went to the fire house on that street at 8:05 p.m. on Saturday with concerns about the first floor residents in the building after noticing " a large number of flies about the home and a strong odor of decomposition," police said.

As firefighters headed over, they notified police that they would have to knock the door in to gain access to the home to check on the residents. Police also responded. When firefighters and police forced entry into the home, they discovered a cluttered home filled with horded belongings, police said. Piles of furniture, books and debris made it difficult for firefighters and police to maneuver in the home.

Crews found an elderly man in one of the rooms who was likely dead for awhile, based on his level of decomposition.

Investigators from the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner responded to the scene.

Detectives decided a thorough search of the home was warranted and that anyone entering the home should wear protective clothing and respirators.

Upon further inspection, investigators found a second body of a dead woman in a different room.

Nothing appeared to be suspicious about either death.

Police believe they were husband and wife, but said it is not confirmed. Their names have not been released at this time because police haven't identified family members to notify yet, police said.

The medical examiner's office will do autopsies on the bodies to determine the causes of death.

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1 Dead, 7 Injured From Shooting After Calif. Music Festival


Eight people were shot, one fatally, early Sunday morning from a gunman who opened fire after a California music festival that featured Waka Flocka Flame, Tech N9ne and dozens of other performers, Modesto police said. 

The shooting occured outside a warehouse a few miles from the festival, police said in a release.

"While attendees were waiting to get into the party, a black male adult walked into the parking lot and started shooting," according to the release.

The gunman was no identified and it was unclear why he opened fire. 

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Suspect Arrested in Quinnipiac University Incident


A suspect was arrested after an incident at Quinnipiac University in Hamden recently.

The nature of the incident is unknown, but the university released the following statement.

"The university would like to recognize the swift response of the university's Public Safety Department, which resulted in the suspect being subdued shortly after the incident occurred and held until the Hamden Police Department arrived to arrest him," said Lynn Bushnell, vice president for public affairs at Quinnipiac. "No serious injuries were reported."

Quinnipiac officials declined to comment on the details of the incident and deferred questions to police.

NBC Connecticut has reached out to Hamden police multiple times, but we were unable to reach them for further information before the time of publication.

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