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Correction Officer to Serve Prison Time for Sex With Inmate


A correction officer charged with sexually assaulting an inmate at a women's prison in Niantic has pleaded no contest to a lesser charge and will spend 90 days in prison, according to the court.

Jeff Bromley, 47, is accused of bringing the inmate food and gifts at the York Correctional Institution, taking photographs of her and having sex with her in a prison basement and laundry room.

He pleaded no contest Tuesday to second-degree unlawful restraint and was sentenced to one year in prison, suspended after he serves 90 days, according to the the office of the clerk at New London Superior Court.

The New London Day reports Bromley will serve two years of probation after his release from prison and will not be allowed to re-apply for his job as a correction officer until his probation is over.

Bromley was placed on administrative leave following his arrest.

Information on an attorney from Bromley was not immediately available.

Two other prison employees at the York Correctional Institution – Matt Gillette and Kareem Dawson – have also been arrested on sexual assault charges in recent months.

Quad/Graphics to Close Enfield Plant by End of October


Quad/Graphics has announced plans to close its printing facility in Enfield.

The Phoenix Avenue plant, which employees roughly 60 people, will shut down by the end of October. All remaining work will be moved to one of more than 65 other Quad/Graphics facilities around the country, according to a company spokesperson.

Quad/Graphics informed its Enfield employees of the decision last Thursday.

"Decisions like this are never easy. This is a straightforward business decision necessary to the company’s ongoing efforts to create the strongest, most competitive platform for serving customers long into the future," company officials said in an email to NBC Connecticut on Tuesday.

The company will hold a career fair at the Enfield facility in mid-September to help affected employees find transfer opportunities. Those who do not transfer will receive severance packages and career transition help, according to Quad/Graphics.

"It is important to note that the plant is not closing because of performance or quality issues. Our Enfield employees have served our clients well. They’re good, experienced printers and we hope they consider the job openings we have at other Quad/Graphics facilities," a company spokesperson said.

Quad/Graphics said it will sell the 75,000-square-foot Enfield facility, which it acquired in 2010.

Death of Correction Officer Ruled Homicide


The death of a Connecticut correction officer in June has been ruled a homicide.

Officials from the office of the chief medical officer determined that Bradford Emmelman, 37, died of a blunt injury to the head with subarachnoid hemorrhage.

Emmelmann, a husband and father of two daughters, died on July 14, according to his obituary.

Police said Emmelmann was injured during a fight outside the Xfinity Center in Hartford after a concert in June and later died at the hospital.

“There was a scuffle, and a male subject was involved in the scuffle. Does not appear he was assaulted. By the video, fell backwards, hit his head, as he was falling backwards,” Deputy Hartford Police Chief Brian Foley said.

During their investigation, police spoke with everyone involved in the fight and his death was not ruled a homicide initially.

The department will present all of their evidence, including the medical examiner's findings, to the prosecutor, who will determine whether to file charges.

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State Welcomes Pope's Abortion Forgiveness


The state's loudest voices on social issues welcomed the pope's announcement that women who have abortions can seek forgiveness and repentance with the church as long as they are "contrite."

"I was thrilled," said Peter Wolfgang, executive director of the Family Institute of Connecticut. "This is what I love about Pope Francis. I think he really cuts through distractions and gets to the heart of the issue, gets to the heart of the gospel which is his mission, and that heart is mercy."

The pope wrote in a letter released Tuesday by the Vatican, "The tragedy of abortion is experienced by some with a superficial awareness, as if not realizing the extreme harm that such an act entails."

The Year of Mercy begins Dec. 8, 2015 and will end Nov. 20, 2016.

Pope John Paul II issued a similar order during the last Year of Mercy.

Wolfgang said the current pope's declaration is another example of his ability to reach new and young audiences.

"Pope Francis has this ability to leap over the wall and really get the message across and I feel like the world itself is maybe listening in a way that maybe it wasn’t before," he said.

Photo Credit: Alberto Pizzoli/AFP/Getty Images

Evacuations Over in Vernon When No Blasting Cap Is Found


A Vernon neighborhood was evacuated and had a bit of a scare after contractors dug up what looked like a blasting cap late Tuesday morning, but it was notbing dangerous.

What construction workers dug up on South Street near Knollwood Drive was actually a rock with two wires coming out of it, officials said.

Police evacuated the immediate area as a precaution and notified the Hartford bomb squad, but have since cleared the scene.

Photo Credit: Vernon Police

New Haven Firefighter Suspended Over Racist Post


A New Haven firefighter has been suspended after a post containing a racial slur appeared on a British anti-Muslim website bearing his name and likeness.

The leader of the New Haven Firebirds, a black and Hispanic firefighters' organization, said the post contained the N-word.

The New Haven fire chief has no comment except that the corporation counsel, the city government's attorney, is handling the matter.

Mayor Toni Harp saw the posting before it was removed and ordered the fire chief to investigate.

"My understanding is he has taken a personnel action that I'm not at liberty to discuss," she said.

According to the Firebirds, the firefighter has been suspended for 15 days.

Although she can't elborate on the details of the case, Harp is free to discuss her reaction to racism.

"I am a person who was called that name in elementary school and high school, and I'll tell you, it's very demoralizing and very hurtful," she said. "As the chief executive officer of this community of African descent – my people helped to build this country on slave labor – I am enraged by that comment."

Harp said the fire lieutenant has denied making the posting but if he believes someone else did it using his login information, he has an obligation to prove it.

A policy on use of social media is almost ready for city government employees, said Harp. She also wants to see cultural sensitivity training for firefighters.

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Hartford Police Investigate 2 Homicides in 8 Hours


Hartford police are investigating two homicides in an eight-hour span and trying to determine whether they are connected.

William Prieto, 32, of Hartford, was killed just before midnight Tuesday while sitting on his porch on South Prospect Street. Prieto's girlfriend was a witness and said the gunman fired several shots and fled the scene.

Before police left the scene on South Prospect Street, they received 911 calls about another shooting six miles away.

Police said Desmond Wright, 32, of West Morning Side Street in Hartford, was shot in the head on Pershing Street shortly before 8 a.m. Tuesday.

Police believe Wright was shot while walking down the street. He was rushed to the hospital and pronounced dead at 8:36 a.m.

Investigators are working to determine if the shootings are linked, but Hartford police spokesman Deputy Chief Brian Foley said at this point, there's no indication they are connected.

Hartford police said Prieto was on federal parole and Wright had an active arrest warrant for violation of probation at the time they were killed.

Already this year, there have been more homicides in Hartford than in all of 2014, when 19 people were killed. Last year was one of only two years in the past decide with a homicide rate under 20.

The city's homicide rate hit 45 in 2003.

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Hartford Stadium Takes Shape as Concerns Mount


The first steel beams went up Tuesday at the construction site that will ultimately become a ballpark in Hartford amid concerns that the project will not be finished in time for next year's opening day.

The gravel pit and construction zone where baseball is supposed to be played next year has visible progress.

The former parking lots now have steel beams rising out of the debris and construction equipment and the mayor says the project is on track for completion by opening day 2016 for the Hartford Yard Goats.

"This is a stadium that will serve as a catalyst for all of the development that will follow," Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra said of the future Dunkin' Donuts Park.

New questions arose Tuesday when the owner's representative made it clear to the Hartford Stadium Authority there are concerns about the completion of the stadium in time for the first pitch.

Jason Rudnick, president of Centerplan and a partner in the Downtown North development, said those concerns are to be expected.

"There are no issues with the delivery for this time frame, April 7, and just like any other job that we’ve worked on that’s had an owner’s representative, I’m not at all surprised that there would be expressed concern. That’s their job," Rudnick said.

The stadium is the centerpiece of a development that will include restaurants, retail, apartments and a grocery store.

Segarra said it's something that the people in the neighborhood want in order to improve the area.

He described his push for the stadium as "bold" and added that critics of the project don't understand the financial details, which is why they came out so strongly against it.

"You cannot use capital improvement funds to fund city departments. I want them to understand that in order to accelerate the development of Downtown North, we needed an accelerator, and this is it," he said.

He also brushed off the possibility that he may lose his race for reelection. Segarra said he will be at Dunkin' Donuts Park for the first game of Yard Goats baseball and has been assured of first pitch honors.

"This mayor, unless they’re going back on their promises, has already been promised the first pitch," he said.

Former Guardsman to Serve Time for Auto Center Beatings


A former Connecticut Army National Guard sergeant arrested in connection with the beatings of a South Windsor auto center owner and employee in 2013 has been sentenced to 25 years in prison.

Nathaniel Chambers, of Meriden, was sentenced Tuesday in Hartford Superior Court on convictions of accessory to assault and conspiracy to commit assault. He has also been convicted of robbery and will serve that sentence concurrently, according to the office of the court clerk.

Chambers and three others were arrested in connection with a January 2013 attack at Forced Induction Motorsports on Edwin Street in South Windsor.

The beatings sent store owner Robert Lareau, of Enfield, to the intensive care unit and left employee Ryan Kelleher, of Windsor, severely injured. Kelleher told NBC Connecticut he was hit in the head twice with a rifle.

According to police, Chambers claimed he had paid Lareau up front to fix his car and wasn’t happy with the results. He was taken into custody a week after the attack while seeking treatment for the flu at the West Haven Veterans Hospital.

A spokesperson for the Connecticut National Guard said Chambers was honorably discharged in September 2012.

Chambers' alleged accomplices – Jose Ramos, Luis Ruiz and Francisco Ruiz, all Meriden residents – were also arrested.

Information on an attorney for Chambers was not immediately available.

Baseball Will Likely Return to New Britain Next Season


New Britain Stadium may not sit empty after all.

Mayor Erin Stewart announced Tuesday that the Atlantic League has given conditional approval for the relocation of a baseball team to New Britain.

The move would come in time for the 2016 season, meaning at Atlantic League team will likely fill the stadium as the Rock Cats head to Hartford to become the Yard Goats.

Stewart said the new team is all but guaranteed to play in New Britain next season.

"I am absolutely overjoyed by this news," Stewart said in a statement Tuesday. "The Atlantic League is our #1 choice as a new tenant at New Britain Stadium and receiving conditional approval today is a giant step towards making that a reality."

According to a news release from the mayor's office, both Stewart and the Atlantic League hope to have a deal finalized by Oct. 1.

"We are currently negotiating the final terms of the lease agreement and I believe that we are very close to wrapping that process up," Stewart said. "Once we have a tentative agreement, it will be presented to the Common Council for their approval."

Police Round Up Illegal ATVs in New Haven Area


Police made about a dozen arrests and seized some 20 all-terrain vehicles when riders from several states used the Internet to organize a mass illegal ride in the New Haven area Sunday.

New Haven police aimed to discourage the bike groups before they got going and convince them maybe New Haven is too much trouble for an illegal ride.

It's illegal to ride dirt bikes and ATVs on city streets and other public property in Connecticut. That fact alone didn't stop anyone.

"At one point on Sunday, there were 100 bikes driving down the Boulevard doing wheelies, riding red lights. It's a real safety issue," said Sgt. Karl Jacobson, head of the criminal investigation unit in New Haven. "We're very lucky no one's been killed during these rides and that's what we're here to prevent."

The New Haven, East Haven and West Haven police departments worked on the roundup alongside state police.

Nine of the bikes and quads were taken to a trailer at the police impound lot in New Haven. They can eventually be auctioned off.

The charge against the riders isn't a motor vehicle violation, it's criminal: reckless endangerment.

"Part of the enforcement is we actually take your bike and we go to court and seize your bike," said Jacobson.

Police are appealing to the public for tips about where riders are storing their bikes.

"Provided we have the personnel, we'll set somebody out in front of their driveway for hours, if that's what it takes to get one of these knuckleheads off the street," said New Haven police spokesman Officer David Hartman.

What police won't do is chase the bikers, because that would compound the danger to the public. Still, they were able to intercept bikers Sunday.

"We couldn't just box them in and have them ram police cars," said Jacobson. "We safely got out in the areas where they didn't recognize us until we were right on top of them, and then we took them into custody."

He said state troopers blocked the highway at the Q-Bridge at one point to stop a couple bikes and make arrests.

Runways Reopen After Plane Problem at Bradley Airport


Flights have resumed at Bradley International Airport after an Air National Guard plane experienced a tire malfunction while landing Tuesday evening, prompting officials to close the runways.

Airport officials identified the plane in question as an Air National Guard C-130. Spokesperson Alisa Sisic said the plane landed in an area that required airport staff to shut down runways.

One runway reopened for departures around 7 p.m. The airport was accepting arrivals again as of 7:45 p.m., after the C-130 was moved to a place where it would no longer affect air traffic.

Check back for updates on this developing story.

Plans Scrapped for Group Home in Cromwell


Plans to open a group home in Cromwell for men with mental illnesses are off the table amid controversy and backlash from neighbors and the mayor.

The group home, run by Gilead Community Services, would house up to six men on Reiman Drive.

Residents voiced their concerns at a meeting in April, and the next day, the mayor asked Gilead Community Services to find a new location.

Dan Osbourne, president of Gilead Community Services, said Tuesday the plans have been scrapped.

The home at 5 Reiman Drive would have been located in a school zone, prompting concerns about the safety of children living in the area.

Nearly 10,000 Cases of Frozen Corn Recalled Over Listeria Fears


A New York-based company that distributes to stores in the Big Apple, New Jersey and 12 other states is recalling nearly 10,000 cases of frozen corn over concerns about possible Listeria contamination.

The frozen cut corn, made by Bonduelle USA Inc. of Brockport, was distributed in poly bags that said Wylwood Super Sweet Whole Kernel Corn, Market Basket Cut Corn, Bountiful Harvest Whole Kernel Cut Corn and West Creek Frozen Vegetables.

Listeria monocytogens, which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, or people with weakened immune systems, was found in a package of the corn during routine testing at a retail store in Tennessee.

In addition to New York and New Jersey, the corn was distributed to stores in Pennsylvania, Vermont, Massachusetts, Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, Florida, Mississippi and Louisiana.

Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.

Bonduelle has stopped distributing the corn, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said, and it, along with the FDA, continue to investigate what caused the contamination. The company is fulling cooperating with federal authorities, the FDA said.

The company has not received any complaints in relation to this product and is not aware of any illnesses associated with the product to date.

Consumers who purchased the product are urged to throw it away. Consumers requiring refund or with questions may contact the company at 1-877-990-2662, Monday - Friday, 9 am - 4 pm EST.

Fire Damages Condos on West Main Street in Stafford


Three condo units sustained damage when fire spread from the back porch to the roof and attic in Stafford on Tuesday night, according to the fire department.

West Stafford Deputy Fire Chief Joe Comarella said crews were called to the complex on West Main Street around 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.

The fire struck two alarms, and crews from Somers, Stafford, Tolland and Crystal Lake responded, according to Comarella.

Comarella said flames broke out on the bacak porch and spread into the attic, burning off part of the roof. The condos sustained smoke and fire damage and are likely uninhabitable.

No one was injured and all pets made it out safely.

Robber Follows Bridgeport Man, Breaks Jaw and Steals Phone


Police are searching for the young man who followed a 56-year-old Bridgeport resident into his apartment lobby late Monday night, breaking his jaw and stealing his phone.

The robber, a young man between the ages of 18 and 23, tailed the victim into the lobby of his building near the corner of Orchard and Spring streets around 10:15 p.m. Aug. 31, according to police.

He attacked the victim, knocking him to the ground, and ran off with the man's cellphone. The victim was treated at the hospital for a broken jaw.

Police said the flood lights outside the apartment building were not working and there are no security cameras inside or outside the complex.

The perpetrator was wearing a red shirt and dark pants at the time of the robbery. Police said a man who identified himself as "Michael" answered the stolen phone and admitted to attacking the victim.

Anyone with information is asked to call Bridgeport police detectives at 203-581-5201.

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70-Year-Old Motorcycle Driver Seriously Hurt in East Lyme Crash


A 70-year-old man was seriously hurt Tuesday when his motorcycle collided with a car pulling out of a driveway on Flanders Road/Route 161 in East Lyme, according to state police.

Police said Edward Hernandez, 70, was driving his motorcycle southbound on Flanders Road near Society Road around 2:30 p.m. Tuesday when Gregory Jackson, 26, of East Lyme, pulled out of his driveway, crossing Hernandez's path.

Hernandez's motorcycle struck the driver's side of Jackson's Hyundai Elantra. Police said Hernandez was thrown into the air and landed on the pavement.

Hernandez was rushed to Lawrence + Memorial Hospital with serious injuries to his face, arm and leg. He was then airlifted to the trauma center at Yale-New Haven Hospital for further treatment, according to police.

Jackson was taken by ambulance to Lawrence + Memorial Hospital for minor injuries caused by his side air bags, police said.

Flanders Road was closed in both directions between Roxbury Road and Society Road while police responded.

State police and East Lyme police are working together to investigate the crash.

Check back for updates on this developing story.

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Ansonia Residents on Alert Amid Rash of Home Break-Ins


A string of bold break-ins are causing concern among police and neighbors in Ansonia, and now the Hilltop section of town is working to create block parties in an effort to deter criminals.

Hundreds packed the Hilltop Fire House Tuesday night seeking peace of mind. Police said burglars have been targeting homes while families sleep, and neighbors are concerned they could be next.

"People are very concerned. They’re afraid of this. They’ve had six burglaries in the month of August," said Mayor David Cassetti.

Ansonia police said thieves hit six homes and two cars and made several more attempts. Authorities believe the incidents are all connected.

Police said burglars have taken mainly small electronics, but in one instance, walked off with cases of soda.

"The fact that these guys are bold enough to walk in and walk past folks sleeping, it’s enough to unnerve a lot of folks," said Ansonia resident Vinnie Scarlata.

Police said they have already increased patrols in the area and are knocking on doors to remind homeowners to keep their doors and windows locked.

Now neighbors are working with the city and police to create block parties, which they hope will put an end to the crime spree. Police said they want neighbors to be witnesses, not heroes.

"The whole Hilltop is watching," said Scarlata. "Ansonia is paying attention, and it’s going to be hard now for anyone to sneak around because you have a lot of eyes watching the street, watching what’s going on."

Police are asking residents to take precautions, remind them to lock doors and windows.

"All of these cases involved an unlocked door and window, maybe a cut screen or two. Other than that, it’s crimes of opportunities. Make it harder for people to commit these crimes. That’s where the block watch comes in," said Ansonia Police Chief Kevin Hale.

The most recent break-in occurred Aug. 21.

Police said they arrested an adult and a minor last week in the Hilltop section on unrelated charges during the early morning hours. It not clear if they are connected to the burglaries.

For now, police are asking everyone to remain vigilant.

Photo Credit: Debbie Horjatschun

Missouri Man Executed for 1989 Killing


A man who spent nearly 25 years on Missouri's death row was executed Tuesday for the kidnapping, rape and stabbing death of a 15-year-old girl.

Roderick Nunley, 50, became the sixth death row inmate to be put to death in Missouri this year.

Ann Harrison was waiting for a school bus on her driveway in March 1989, when Nunley and Michael Taylor drove by in a stolen car and made the spur-of-the-moment decision to abduct her.

Her body was found in the trunk of the abandoned car three days later.

Both men were sentenced to death in 1991. Taylor was executed last year. 

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Manhunt for IL Officer's Killers


A massive manhunt raged into the night Tuesday for three men on the loose who authorities say gunned down a Fox Lake police officer.

Authorities say search crews will continue around the clock to find the suspects who are believed to be responsible for the killing of Lieutenant Charles "Joe" Gliniewicz, a 30-year-veteran of the police force.

"Search teams will work 24/7 to apprehend [the suspects]," said Joe Ahern, CEO of the 100 Club of Chicago, late Tuesday.

In addition to the Lake County Sheriff’s Office and Fox Lake Police Department, search teams include numerous local law enforcement officers from northern Illinois, Illinois State Police, and federal agencies, according to officials. Multiple local and federal SWAT Teams, 48 canine units, and six air support units were also dispatched for more than 14 hours Tuesday.

Fox Lake and several surrounding districts canceled school for Wednesday in response to the ongoing search. The local school districts include Grant Community High School, Fox Lake, Gavin, Big Hollow, and Saint Bede Catholic School.

"As a result of those reports and deliberations, we have all decided that it is in the best interests of our students, the community, and law enforcement, to cancel school for tomorrow, Wednesday, September 2, 2015," school officials said in a statement just after 10 p.m.

Gliniewicz, who went by "Joe" and was affectionately called "G.I. Joe" by residents, dedicated his life to serving his community. He leaves behind a wife of 30 years, Melodie, and four sons.

One neighbor told NBC Chicago they saw Gliniewicz leave for work at 6 a.m. Tuesday. Just two hours later he was viciously shot to death.

Just after 8 a.m., Gliniewicz was called to investigate three suspicious suspects near Route 12 and Sayton Road in north suburban Fox Lake. Upon arrival, Gliniewicz was led on a foot pursuit by the men, according to Detective Christopher Covelli with the Lake County Sheriff's office, and soon after used his radio to call for backup.

A responding backup officer found Gliniewicz in a marshy area with a gunshot wound. Gliniewicz died soon after from his injuries.

The 52-year-old officer was on the cusp of retirement when he was killed, according to Ahern of the 100 Club of Chicago, who says Gliniewicz planned to retire last month but the police chief asked him to stay one extra month to help out.

The gunmen are described as two white men and one black man, but further details on their descriptions have not been made available.

Governor Rauner’s office released a statement saying he "extends his deepest condolences to the family of Officer Gliniewicz."

Chief Doug Larsson with the Lake County Sheriff's office said the department, along with several other suburban departments, are using canines and helicopters to search for the suspects. The suspects are armed with a pistol, Larsson said.

During an 11:30 a.m. press conference residents in the area were told to stay indoors and report any suspicious activity as the investigation continued.

“As information continues to come in about the shooting of another police officer in the line of duty in Fox Lake, I hope we can all remain calm and pray for the officer’s family and the other officers in harms-way right now," State Rep. Barbara Wheeler said in a statement. "Eleven police officers have needless lost their lives since Aug. 20th alone in America because of shootings and sadly our communities have been directly impacted today.”

As the manhunt began after the shooting, Grant Community High School in Fox Lake was put on a temporary lockdown. The school said a "police matter is occurring in the community and for the safety of our students and staff they have requested we remain locked down."

Roads in the area were blocked off as police can be seen searching wooded areas with dogs.

Authorities are said to be using a grid system to cover the area in the manhunt.

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