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Suspect in Glastonbury Rolex Theft Arrested


Glastonbury police have arrested a 31-year-old man accused of stealing a Rolex from a Lux Bond and Green store in Glastonbury on Nov. 14, 2012.

Police arrested Charles Moye, 31, of Glastonbury, on Friday and charged him with first-degree larceny in connection with the theft.

According to police, Moye asked staff members if he could try on a watch, then ran out of the store without paying.

He was taken into custody at the Essex County Correctional Facility and brought to the Glastonbury police station after waiving extradition.

Bond was set originally set at $150,000, according to a news release from police, but online court records say bond is now $200,000.

Moye remains in custody and is due back in court on Oct. 1.

Couple Shopping With Kids at Game Store Drops Heroin: Cops


A Naugatuck couple has been arrested on drug and risk of injury charges after dropping heroin while shopping with their children at GameStop last week, police said.

Police responded to the gaming store on New Haven Road in Naugatuck just after 5 p.m. on Wednesday after a store employee found the drugs on the floor, police said.

Police determined that Nicole Bouteiller, 34, and John Zawadka, 35, of the same address in Naugatuck, dropped the bags while shopping with their children, a news release from police says.

The powdery substance in waxy bags tested positive for heroin, police said, and the couple was charged with possession of narcotics and risk of injury to a child.

Bond was set at $500 for each and they are due in court on Sept. 9 after posting bond.

Photo Credit: Naugatuck Police

Man Attacked at New Haven Gas Station


Police are investigating an attack at a New Haven gas station on Friday that sent a man to the hospital with a serious eye injury.

Police responded to Sherman Avenue, in New Haven, around 7:20 p.m. to investigate the report of an assault at the Mobil Service Station, at 284 Whalley Avenue, and met with a 34-year-old man who said he’d been fueling up his vehicle when a man hit him from behind and the two started fighting, police said.

He went on to say he had seen the attacker before and the person escaped on a scooter, but two other people continued to assault him while he was on the ground, kicking him in the face. They left in two separate SUVs.

The victim’s eye was seriously injured and police were not able to obtain any additional information about the attack because he was taken to the hospital to be treated.
Police will follow up when the victim’s condition improves.

Photo Credit: NBCConnecticut.com

Traffic Diverted After Orange Crash


A crash is causing delays in the area of Boston Post Road and South Orange Center Road in Orange.

Post Road remains open and no one was seriously injured, but traffic is being diverted around the crash scene.

A photo from a viewer shows the crash involved a CT Transit bus and a small red car.

An NBC Connecticut crew is on the way to the scene.

Check back for updates.

Photo Credit: Peter J. DiDonato

Hot Start to Schools in New Britain


Temperatures hit 90 degrees on Monday, the day students returned to classes in New Britain, and schools that do not have air conditioning are trying to make things as comfortable as possible.

Smith Elementary is one of the schools that do not have air conditioning and heat in the two-story building rises to Susan Brgandi's second floor class.

"It’s tough to keep the energy, my energy, level up to be honest," said Brigandi who's been teaching for 22-years. “I got here at 7 and I would say by 7:30 the back of my dress was soaking wet."

Principal Karen Falvey said this tends to happen this way almost every year.

The schools have come up with some solutions to make the heat bearable.

“It is very hot," Joshua Levesque, a fifth-grade student, said. “The lights are off. There’s a fan.”

Jenya Kolisnyk, another fifth grade student, was also a bit uncomfortable in the heat.

“It feels kind of hot since it’s the end of summer almost and it’s still hot," she said.

The principal said the administrators do their best to control the kids’ comfort and safety.

“Teachers have brought in fans. My custodian is great, he comes in early, opens up the windows, tries to get air in," Falvey said.

Students in the district wear uniforms, so there are restrictions on what they can wear, but administrators have reminded parents to keep their children in shorts and short sleeves and to pack extra water.

“I just bring a cool water bottle. That’s all I drink the entire day," Kolisnyk said.

In the meantime, a big fan at the end of the second floor will be working to keep the hallway cool this week.

“Today, with the lack of sun, it’s actually cooler outside than it is upstairs," Falvey said.

Teachers could take students to cafeteria and media center, which do have air conditioning for a cool break, but that takes away from time in the classroom.

“Just moving through the hallway eats up a lot of time at this time of the year, until we get those routines in place, so we do lose a lot of academic time," Brigandi said.

Falvey said the school wants to give the children recess if possible, because they are just coming off summer break and aren't used to sitting in a classroom all day.

However, the decision is up to review if the temperatures get too hot later in the week, as expected.

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Thief Steals Cash, Valuables From Bridgeport Apartment


Police are working to identify the man who broke into a Bridgeport apartment in June, moved the resident's bed and stole $2,500 in cash, along with sunglasses and watches.

The burglar targeted an apartment at the corner of Arctic Street and Pembroke Street early the morning of June 22. Police said the resident had been away since the prior afternoon.

The victim returned home to find his front lock had been tampered with and his welcome mat had been moved, according to police. Someone had pushed his bed from its normal stolen, and clothing was strewn about the floor.

Police said the robber got away with $2,500 cash, four pairs of sunglesses and four men's watches.

Investigators are asking for help identifying the suspect. Anyone with information is urged to call the Bridgeport Police Department's Detective Bureau at 203-581-5201.

Photo Credit: Bridgeport Public Safety

Municipalities, Businesses Gear Up for Winter


It may be months away, but cities and towns across Connecticut are already gearing up for winter expenses.

Many towns craft budgets based on historical averages rather than hoarding money away for "the big one" when it comes to a harsh winter.

"What we do with budgeting is we try to trend," said Scott Shanley, who has served as Manchester's town manager since 2006. "You can’t budget for an unusually big winter because it’s just asking for too much money."

The town has also taken steps to ensure everything town officials plan to spend money on will be ready when the snow hits.

"We’ve ordered all of the equipment that we need. We have a plow that has arrived. We’ve talked to our contractors to make sure that we are getting the right agreements together for the winter," Shanley said.

Last year, the town of Manchester, like many cities and towns and the state of Connecticut, went over budget for snow removal. Municipalities have contingency plans to take funds from other accounts in order to ensure public safety.

At least one retailer in Manchester has already started stocking its shelves for the impending winter.

"We’ve also got in four pallets of ice melt already just because we’ve got to start stocking that stuff early," said Tim Duell, a sales associate at Manchester Hardware. "We’ve got customers who want it as soon as they can get their hands on it."

He said he expects to get more shovels into the store earlier than last year, considering the demand last winter.

"We couldn’t keep them on the shelves last year. That and roof rakes. They went like hot cakes," he said. "If we could have gotten another hundred, we would have sold another hundred, but they weren’t making them."

He said he thinks people are used to the fact that a harsh winter is likely a reality.

"It should be a pretty intense winter from what the farmer’s almanac is telling us, so who knows what’s going to happen in New England?" he said.

New Year, New Food Trucks at UConn


Lunch time at UConn as the new school year begins offers something new: a food truck called Food for Thought, open for business near the library.

"I ordered the Baja Taco," said junior Mira Theodore, a junior. "I think it was fish with like some lime sauce, red onions and lettuce. I'm hungry, I just got out of class."

She and her friends took their tacos to go.

"We're just trying to add some value to students, give them another option on campus. As you know we keep getting busier and busier with the students," said Chuck Couture, who is in charge of retail for Dining Services at UConn.

As an alternative to dining halls, the food truck takes only cash, credit cards or Husky Bucks – not meal cards. But it's not serving burgers and fries either. How about Thai tacos?

"It's got a bunch of beef and onions and red peppers, and it sounds pretty good," said Jeff Faulkner, as he awaited his order.

The menu is exotic, with items priced at less than $7.

Nearby, a group of graduate students lined up at the Blue Cow, the UConn Dairy Bar's mobile unit.

"I'm coming right from class. I have a little break right between classes, so all I have to do is find these trucks. I've been going here for a while, and this is much more convenient than it used to be," said graduate student Sean Walsh.

The plan is to serve UConn students at dorms and apartments at dinner time and late at night, and also to roll out the trucks for special events.

Burglar Defecated on Hamden Business Floor: Police


Hamden police have arrested a man accused of smashing the front window of a local cleaning service company in July, stealing electronic equipment and power tools, then defecating on the floor before fleeing the scene.

Police obtained a warrant charging Mainor Miranda, 32, of Boston Massachusetts with a burglary at Venusa LLC, at 57 Dudley Street, on July 20.

He is accused of throwing some kind of hard object through the front window, breaking inside and stealing electronic equipment as well as power tools. The individual defecated on the floor before leaving.

He has been charged with third-degree burglary, larceny in the third degree and first criminal mischief in the first degree.

On Friday, Hamden Police arrested Miranda at Meriden Superior Court and he was detained on a court-ordered $50,000 bond.

Photo Credit: Hamden Police

Police Seek Wethersfield Bank Robber


Police are searching for the man who robbed a bank in Wethersfield late Monday afternoon.

The robber – clad in a red shirt, sunglasses and black baseball cap – entered the TD Bank at 25 Wells Road around 4:45 p.m. and handed the teller a note demanding money, according to police.

Police said he got away with an undisclosed amount of money.

No one was hurt during the robbery.

Anyone with information is asked to call Wethersfield police Det. Anthony DeMonte at 860-721-2864.

Photo Credit: Wethersfield Police Department

Inside the NHPD Criminal Intelligence Unit


Shooting incidents in places like Ferguson and Baltimore have raised questions about police training and interactions with civilians. So how do police departments make the final decision about whether to pull the trigger?

NBC Connecticut spoke exclusively with New Haven Police Department investigators about a recent, tense moment when a crossfire could have happened – but didn't.

Investigators with New Haven's Criminal Intelligence Unit collect information to help solve shooting cases in the city. They probe everything from who the perpetrators could be to the guns they were using.

Earlier this month, the unit was put to the test while searching a Frank Street apartment building for a gun used in a recent shooting.

"As we tried to make entry, there was somebody blocking the door. When we finally got through the door, detectives dispersed around the house, which we normally do," explained Sgt. Carl Jacobson.

Both Jacobson and Det. Orlando Crespo were among those who conducted the search warrant. Crespo said he saw a gun pointed at him as he entered one of the rooms.

The person holding it, he said, was Mark Stokes.

“My biggest concern is just securing everyone’s safety and making sure everyone goes home," said Crespo.

Investigators said Stokes refused to drop the gun until detectives talked to him in an effort to deescalate the situation. That’s when Stokes put the gun down and surrendered.

The .22-caliber handgun was the weapon police were looking for, one of many they’ve been trying take off the streets of New Haven.

"We’ve got 20 guns off the street recently. Our unit has gotten over 30 guns. And we couldn’t do without help like from our other partners," said Jacobson.

The recovery of all those guns is part of an in-depth investigation into local gang members. Police expect to make more arrests.

Investigators said their training will help prevent unnecessary police-involved shootings in the city, especially during those tense standoffs.

Sleeping Family Catches Burglars on Boat in Norwalk


Police have arrested two people found rummaging through a boat at Norwalk Cove Marina over the weekend while the family slept on board.

July Armijo, 20, of Weston, and Renny Isaac, 23, of Ridgefield, crept onto a boat docked at the marina at 48 Calf Pasture Beach Road around 2 a.m. Sunday, according to police.

Police said a family of six – a mother, father and four children under the age of 16 – were sleeping on the boat when the mother woke up and spotted Armijo rifling through the family's belongings.

Armijo was holding the father's wallet and was using her cellphone as a flash light, according to police.

The mother woke up her husband, who confronted Isaac and tripped over Armijo on the cabin floor, according to police. The two men struggled and the husband hit Isaac several times, but Isaac managed to slip away.

Police said Isaac dropped the father's wallet as he ran off into the parking lot. Armijo and Isaac got away in a small black car and the family called 911.

Investigators found a fast food bag in the corner of the boatslip containing a cup of ice and a receipt. Armijo's name was listed on the receipt, which indicated the food had been purchased less than half an hour before the robbery, according to police.

Police went to Armijo's home in Weston and left a message for her mother. Armijo contacted them a short while later and admitted to buying the fast food and going to the marina, according to police.

She told investigators she and Isaac had boarded the boat but said she was "looking around the boat with her cellphone light" and was "only going through the backpack to point out how careless the owners were," police said.

Isaac said neither he nor Armijo had ever been on a boat before and were curious, according to police.

Both were arrested and charged with second-degree burglary, sixth-degree larceny, second-degree breach of peace, third-degree criminal trespass and conspiracy to commit burglary, larceny and breach of peace.

Their bonds were set at $1,000 each. Isaac and Armijo are both due in court Sept. 10. It's not clear if they have attorneys.

Police said they are investigating a second boat burglary that occurred the same night and that several other similar incidents were reported at the marina in June and July.

Photo Credit: Norwalk Police Department

WATCH: Humpback Whale Spotted on Long Island Sound


Cameras were rolling Sunday afternoon when what appears to be a humpback whale breached off the coast of Milford on Long Island Sound.

Milford resident Mark Tutino captured the chance encounter and shared the footage with NBC Connecticut.

Experts from Mystic Aquarium said although it's unusual to see a humpback whale in the area, Long Island Sound is part of the whales' natural territory.

"Mystic Aquarium shares in the excitement of seeing such a beautiful creature. Of course, as with any marine mammal, we caution people to view their majesty at a distance for the safety of both the human and the whale," aquarium officials said in a news release Monday.

Photo Credit: Mark Tutino

Second Guilty Plea in Stamford Jewelry Store Smash-and-Grab


A second person had pleaded guilty to federal charges in connection with the smash-and-grab robbery of a Stamford jewelry store in November 2014.

Brian Moore, 26, of Detroit, Michigan, is accused of driving three accomplices from Michigan to Connecticut and helping organize the robbery of Sidney Thomas Jewelers at the Stamford Town Center Mall last year.

He pleaded guilty Monday to one count of interfering with commerce by robbery, according to federal prosecutors.

Prosecutors said Dajuhn Griffin, Richard Mathew Bailey and one other man entered the jewelry store at 100 Grey Rock Place the evening of Nov. 26, 2014, took out hammers and smashed through the glass display cases.

They grabbed more than $250,000 worth of Rolex watches and ran while Moore waited outside in a stolen blue Jeep, according to federal prosecutors. Bailey was caught on the way out. He pleaded guilty to a federal robbery charge in March.

Officials with the U.S. attorney’s office said Moore admitted to helping organize the robbery and driving his three accomplices to the mall. He picked them up after the robbery to bring them back to Detroit.

Moore could face up to 20 years in prison. He was released on $250,000 bond and is awaiting sentencing.

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Man Admits to Windsor, East Windsor, Glastonbury Bank Robberies


An Enfield man accused of robbing banks in Windsor, East Windsor and Glastonbury pleaded guilty to armed robbery in federal court Monday.

David M. Johnson, 27, admitted to robbing the First Niagara Bank in Windsor and Nutmeg State Federal Credit Union branches in East Windsor and Glastonbury, according to federal prosecutors.

Prosecutors said Johnson held up the Nutmeg State Federal Credit Union in East Windsor on July 21, 2014 and stole $109,166. Then, in November 2014, he targeted the bank branch in Glastonbury and got away with $84,145.

Johnson teamed up with Odain J. Johnson, 22, of Hartford, to rob the First Niagara Bank at 2133 Poquonock venue in Windsor the morning of Jan. 10, 2015, according to the U.S. attorney's office.

They jumped the counter and ordered employees to open the bank vault, according to prosecutors, who said the robbers took $81,530 from the vault and grabbed additional cash from teller drawers.

One man pointed a gun at customers and said, "If you say anything, we'll shoot you," according to the U.S. attorney's office.

David Johnson admitted to his role in the Windsor robbery on Monday. Odain Johnson previously pleaded guilty in connection with the case, prosecutors said.

David Johnson will be sentenced Dec. 2 and faces up to 20 years in prison. Odain Johnson will be sentenced Sept. 25. It's not clear if they have attorneys.

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7 Hours of Sleep Helps Prevent Colds, Study Finds


If you're loading up on vitamin C and zinc to stave off the sniffles, you should try an earlier bedtime instead. People who regularly sleep six hours or less each night are four times more likely to get a cold than people who sleep just an hour longer, a new study finds.

Short sleep was more important than any other factor in predicting who would get sick after exposure to the cold virus, researchers told NBC News.

"It's almost alarming how strong the effects are," says Aric Prather, an assistant professor in the department of psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco and lead author of the study, published Monday in the journal Sleep.

Sleep was more important than any other factor, including age, stress or income level, in predicting who would get sick after being exposure to the cold virus, the researchers say.

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Drunken Dad Leaves Kids Alone, Bangs on Neighbor's Door: Cops


A father is facing charges after police said he drunkenly was banging on a neighbor's door while he left his young children home unattended.

Police arrested Ariel Aparicio-Jarro, 49, of Westport, early Monday morning on charges of breach of peace and two counts of risk of injury to a child. He is accused of leaving his 3- and 9-year-old children home alone during the incident.

Westport police responded to a home on Sniffen Road early Monday morning after the homeowner reported someone banging on his door and screaming to be let in at about 1:30 a.m., police said.

When police arrived, Aparicio-Jarro was walking outside around the home and appeared to be intoxicated, police said.

Aparicio-Jarro lives in the neighborhood and his children were left at home unsupervised during the situation.

Aparicio-Jarro couldn't post his $1,000 bond, police said. He is scheduled to appear in court on Sept. 10.

UN: Satellite Images Show Syria's Temple of Bel 'Destroyed'


An ancient temple in Syria's Palmyra has been destroyed, a monitoring group with the United Nations said Monday after an explosion sparked speculation that ISIS had blown up the historic site, NBC News reported.

Witnesses told The Associated Press Monday that ISIS militants, who captured Palmyra in May, significantly damaged the 2,000 year old Temple of Bel by bombing it. And an ISIS operative, speaking on the condition of anonymity, told the AP over Skype on Monday that militants had detonated explosives near the temple.

The United Nations Institute for Training and Research said that satellite analysis confirmed that the main building at the temple has been demolished.

Photo Credit: AP

Georgia Cop, Homeowner Shot, Dog Killed After Police Respond to Wrong Home


A metro Atlanta police officer was in critical condition after he, a homeowner and a dog were shot when police responded to a call at the wrong house, authorities said.

Officers responded to a call for a burglary in progress about 7:30 p.m. ET, but they went to the wrong address because the caller gave only a description of a "gray brick house" without a street number, Cedric Alexander, public safety director in DeKalb County, said.

The officer was wounded in the thigh and "lost a lot of blood," Alexander said. The homeowner's condition wasn't reported, but the dog was killed, he added.

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Yahoo Chief Mayer Says She's Pregnant With Twins


Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer says she's pregnant with identical twins.

Mayer says on a posting on her blog that she and her husband are expecting the twin girls in December.

"I have some exciting news to share - I'm pregnant!" she says on her Tumblr posting Monday night.

She says that she will take some limited time away but work during the pregnancy as she did with her son's birth three years ago.

Mayer says that she's informed Yahoo executives of her pregnancy.

Three years ago, Mayer announced she was pregnant with her son on her social networking accounts just a few hours after Yahoo hired her as its third full-time CEO in less than a year.

Photo Credit: AP
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