Suspect #2 in the Boston Marathon bombings, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, is at large and being hunted by police in a Boston suburb. One of his classmates comments that he was "perfectly normal."
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Police in Massachusetts have found a 1995 gray Honda Odyssey that might be connected to a suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings, according to Connecticut State Police.
The car has Massachusetts license plate 93NN73.
Earlier, police have recalled a a "be on the lookout" alert for a 1999 green Honda Civic, with Massachusetts registration 116 GC7.
It turns out that car had been in the possession of Massachusetts authorities since Friday morning. Massachusetts state police quickly recalled the alert after realizing the car was not missing.
Gov. Dannel Malloy said, via Twitter, on Friday afternoon that emergency management officials in Connecticut are continuing coordinating efforts with Massachusetts and federal officials.
An accomplice or associate of the suspect was believed to have taken a train to Connecticut, which appeared to have been stopped and surrounded at East Norwalk, NBC News learned.
Connecticut state police said police stopped a train that was traveling from Boston to Stamford as a precaution, since it was coming from Boston and stopping so close to New York City.
Officials from the Metro-North Railroad Metropolitan Transportation Authority issued a statement saying Amtrak's Acela train #2151 was stopped at 8:22 a.m. in East Norwalk.
The Norwalk police SWAT team and MTA police, searching for a person of interest in the Boston situation, swept the train and the search turned up no results and the train was allowed to proceed at 9:16 a.m.
Metro-North's New Haven Line was suspended in both directions from 8:36 a.m. to 9:16 a.m., and trains are now running with residual delays.
MTA officials said they are increasing patrol coverage and bag inspections.
State police issued a news release this morning saying they received information from the Boston Investigation that a gray Honda CRV, with Massachusetts license plate 316 ES9 could be occupied by a wanted suspect and issued a bulletin at the request of Massachusetts authorities.
That car has been recovered in Boston, according to Connecticut state police.
Connecticut state troopers are posted strategically in the state and continue to communicate with Massachusetts authorities.
"We will offer our full support to our neighboring state and assist in any way we can," Malloy said via Twitter.
The head coach of the men's lacrosse team at Rutgers has been suspended over allegations of verbal abuse, the university said.
Rutgers said the coach would be suspended with pay pending the outcome of an investigation to be conducted by the Rutgers University Police Department.
The suspension comes two weeks after Rutgers fired men's basketball head coach Mike Rice after video surfaced showing him shoving and throwing balls at players during practices while using gay slurs.
Rutgers' athletics director, Tim Pernetti, who fined Rice and ordered he take anger management classes after seeing the video months earlier, was forced to step down in the wake of the controversy that followed.
Escalating backlash also prompted calls for the resignation of Rutgers President Robert Barchi, who had known about the Rice videos since November but said he never watched them. At the time, he said, he supported Pernetti's disciplinary choices, but after seeing the videos recently, said they represented a pervasive culture of abuse and that Rice should have been fired immediately.
Barchi vowed earlier this month that Rutgers would review all sports practice video to see if any coach engaged in inappropriate behavior.
In announcing the lacrosse coach's suspension Friday, Barchi said in a statement that words or actions inconsistent with university values would not be tolerated.
“Our student athletes, as all members of the Rutgers community, should know that our university is committed to promoting an atmosphere of respect and dignity,“ Barchi said. “As I stressed earlier, we will be looking closely at all intercollegiate athletics at Rutgers going forward. If we find problems, we will address them.”
Amtrak trains are not running between Boston and New York as the manhunt continues for the suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings.
“All Amtrak service is suspended NY to Boston indefinitely. Trains are currently operating as scheduled DC – NY,” Amtrak Tweeted late Friday morning.
As the manhunt for the Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev continued on Friday afternoon, Boston residents ordered to stay indoors, began sharing photos of the city’s empty streets on social media.
Authorities were hunting door-to-door for the 19-year-old college student after his older brother and alleged accomplice was killed in a firefight overnight.
The city was completely deserted as mass transit was halted in Boston and police warned close to 1 million people in the city and some of its suburbs to hunker down in their homes and keep their doors locked to anyone but law-enforcement officers.
“It is important that folks remain indoors,” Gov. Deval Patrick said at a press conference on Friday. “Keep the doors locked and [do not] open the door unless there is a uniformed, identified law enforcement officer on the other side of it requesting to come inside.”
Businesses were also advised not to open. In Boston’s Seaport district, office towers sat almost empty, according to The Boston Globe.
Bus service was suspended and the Boston subway system remained shut down, while taxi service has been partially restored. Amtrak rail service to Boston was suspended.
City and town halls as well as courthouses were closed. Public works canceled trash pickup, keeping garbage trucks off streets.
The Red Sox and the Bruins' games scheduled for Friday night were postponed.
Take a look at images of Boston on lockdown.
Both the Boston Red Sox and the Bruins were scheduled to play games tonight in Boston, but those are postponed as the city is shut down amid a manhunt for the suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings on Monday.
The manhunt comes just days after an emotional night at the TD Garden, where thousands of fans chimed in on the National Anthem before the Bruins vs. Sabers game.
There was another powerful moment later as players from both teams gave the fans a salute with their hockey sticks.
As a testament to the fans, the video on the scoreboard above center ice on that Wednesday night game said "We are Boston, We are Strong."
It also comes days after the New York Yankees, and teams around the country, honored Boston by playing Neil Diamond's “Sweet Caroline,” a sort of Fenway Park anthem during Red Sox games.
Diamond responded to the Yankees by Tweeting words of thanks.
Thank you NY Yankees for playing 'Sweet Caroline' for the people of Boston. You scored a home run in my heart. With respect, Neil #OneBoston— Neil Diamond (@NeilDiamond) April 17, 2013
Denis Hayes dropped out of Harvard's Kennedy School in 1970 to help organize the first Earth Day—an event that mobilized more than 20 million Americans and helped pave the way for the establishment of the Environmental Protection Agency.
That day, some planted trees and cleaned up parks as a rowdier set took to the streets to demand reform from corporations they accused of recklessly harming the planet. In Minneapolis, protestors crashed a General Electric stockholders’ meeting; others in Washington delivered dead, oil-soaked ducks to the steps of the Department of the Interior. Congress adjourned for the day as lawmakers from both parties capitalized on what NBC News characterized then as the “most popular and least risky election issue” of the time.
Over the next two decades, Earth Day continued to evolve. In 1990, Hayes, who had been pursuing a host of other enviornmental endeavors, returned to push it internationally. Two years later he was tapped to lead the Bullitt Foundation, a Seattle-based environmental company that is slated to formally open one of the greenest corporate buildings on the planet this Earth Day.
Leading up to the anniversary of one of the hallmarks of his career, Hayes looks back at the birth of popular environmentalism, the progress of the movement, and the challenges of addressing a threat that “dwarfs earlier perils”: climate change.
Here are his thoughts on key environmental issues, in his own words:
On the success of the first Earth Day:
At the time, the vast majority of people, 95 percent of Americans, could not have given you a coherent explanation of what the word "environment" meant. We were really taking this huge array of issues that did have constituencies—people worried about DDT, people worried about endangered species or the American military dropping Agent Orange on Vietnam—and we lumped them all together under a new banner.
We were hoping it would be successful and had no expectation that it would be three or four times larger than the largest anti-war rally back then.
Why climate change is a tougher adversary than the environmental villains of the 1970s:
The most important thing is visibility. When the first Earth Day came in 1970, for much of the year if you walked around Los Angeles it was like walking around Beijing today—the air pollution was so thick you could almost cut it with a knife. Pollution was a visible thing that you could taste and you could smell and was linked to rivers catching on fire and very serious warnings that unless we reverse course, the Great Lakes would become biologically sterile. So this visible tangible kind of thing was something that you could mobilize people around much more easily than you can an invisible gas that has no smell, has no taste.
I mean heavens—every time we breathe, we emit carbon dioxide. It’s hard to cast it as a villain the way you could with the components of smog, for example. So it's just a much more nuanced issue and yet with incredible capacity to change the world into a type of environment that has not existed since the evolution of Homo sapiens. That’s a tough issue.
On the public's interest in environmental reform:
I think that [the public has] the the same level of concern now for things that immediately affect themselves and their families, their neighborhoods and their nation that are easily identified, which is what we were able to capitalize on back then. But with regard to the climate issue, it is much more difficult to get people to get their arms around intellectually and it’s much more difficult to come up with a solution or series of solutions in the current anti-tax, anti-regulatory environment.
Remember, in 1970 we had a Republican president who was okay with signing a Clean Air Act and creating an Environmental Protection Agency, and that has just dramatically changed. Richard Nixon, for all of his conservatism, was arguably more progressive than the majority of the current democratic members of congress.
On getting climate change legislation passed after President Obama's first and only attempt—the American Clear Energy and Security Act—was squashed by Congress in 2009:
The climate legislation that was proposed was 1,400 pages long, breathtakingly complicated, laced with tons of loopholes that were put in there by various special interests in order to get a vote here and there and it was based on a cap-and-trade premise that had already pretty much failed when applied in Europe. So that’s kind of a tough thing to mobilize a vast constituency around.
If we had a solution that was two pages long—I'll be realistic, twenty pages long— that was very clear, that had provisions in it that people can comprehend, had a straight-forward solution to a problem and we did not have the relentless drumbeat of Fox News and the anti-science folks who manage to command the airwaves and the digital sphere today, there is no question in my mind that two-thirds or three quarters of the American public that cares about this issue and wants to get it solved could be mobilized.
The movement has not put together the right kinds of vehicles … we’re beginning to see some of that, the 350.org organization—but we need to get vastly more of that to people with the large constituencies.
On the legacy of Earth Day:
[Earth Day has] been hugely vibrant in that sense all the way through the United States, something on the order of 90,000 schools still annually participate in it. Then in 1990 we took it internationally and is now out there in more than 170 counties and serves each year as what I genuinely believe is the largest secular holiday in the world.
If you were in the human rights field or the anti-war field I think you would love to have an instrument like Earth Day that every year gives people pause—a chance to reflect upon the values that you’re promoting.
The events in Boston overnight Thursday into Friday morning have been fast-moving and confusing at times.
By Friday evening, the second suspect, 19-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, was taken into custody after a tense stand-off. Here's the days events that led up the standoff:
Southington police have launched an investigation after a woman came forward to say she was sexually assaulted after a traffic accident.
The woman told police Friday that she was driving on North Shuttle Street around 10 p.m. Thursday when her car was tapped from behind by another vehicle as she attempted to turn onto Long Bottom Road, police said.
She pulled her vehicle over and got out to inspect for damage and encountered a man driving the other car. According to the victim, after determining there was no damage, the man sexually assaulted her before fleeing the scene.
The man is described as being younger looking, possible 24 to 30 years old. He is 5-feet-6 inches to 5-feet-8 inches tall, slender, with short hair. He was wearing a black hoodie and dark baggie jeans.
According to the victim, the man was driving a black 2003 to 2006 Nissan Altima with stock rims. The car had a silver Nissan symbol on the front and a front license plate bracket without a license plate in it.
Anyone who has information or who may have been in the area of North Shuttle Street and Long Bottom Road between 9 p.m. and 11 p.m. Thursday night is asked to call police at 860-378-1644 or 860-621-0101.
As the manhunt continues for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, a suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings, FBI wanted billboards have been placed along Connecticut highways.
Billboards that show two photos of bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev have been placed along Interstate 91 in New Haven and Interstate 95 in West Haven.
The FBI labels him as armed and dangerous.
Anyone with information is urged to call the FBI at 1-800-CALL-FBI.
A loud boom rattled windows and prompted calls to police departments in several towns along the shoreline Friday night.
People from Ledyard to East Haven and Milford reported hearing the loud sound and feeling their houses shake around 10 p.m.
"In Madison the whole house shook, the windows rattled," Susanna Maresca Bakula wrote on Facebook.
Police in Branford, Madison and Guilford reported receiving dozens of calls about the boom, but so far there has been no explanation. Guilford police even felt it inside their headquarters.
There were no storms in the area at the time and the U.S. Geological Survey website does not show an earthquake in Connecticut..
We will update the story when more information becomes available.
One of the most extensive and chaotic manhunts in Boston history came to an end Friday night when the surviving marathon bombing suspect was captured alive after hiding out all day in a shrink-wrapped pleasure boat that was parked on the side of a suburban house.
Police were tipped off about 19-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's whereabouts when a resident of Watertown, Mass. stepped outside to smoke a cigarette and noticed a hole in his boat's covering. He peered inside and found what appeared to be, and turned out to be, a person, covered in blood.
Once police arrived, yet another shootout ensued, less than 24 hours after an explosive gun battle between suspects and authorities sent the manhunt into high gear. That gun fight led to the death of Dzhokhar's older brother and alleged accomplice, 26-year-old Tamerlan Tsarnaev, who was found with an improvized explosive device strapped to his chest. Tsarnaev escaped that scene on foot prompting a massive lockdown as police pursued their wanted man.
Below, see some of the other high-profile domestic manhunts in U.S. history:
HUNT FOR CHRISTOPHER DORNER
Found dead: 2013
The hunt for Christopher Dorner, an ex-cop who was fired from the Los Angeles Police Department in 2008, began in early February when he was named as a suspect in the fatal shooting of the daughter of a former LAPD captain and her fiancée. Over the next few days he was named a suspect in the killing of two others—both LAPD officers—and jittery police wound up opening fire on three innocent people, two of whom suffered injuries.
The hunt intensified when Dorner’s truck was discovered abandoned near Big Bear Lake, prompting a door-to-door search by police. On Feb. 12 state wildlife officers encountered Dorner on the road and a shootout and chase ensued. One sheriff’s deputy died and another was injured in the confrontation.
Dorner was able to make it to a cabin where he barricaded himself and entered into a lengthy standoff with police. It all came to an fiery end when law enforcement officials filled the cabin with incendiary tear gas, setting the place ablaze. Dorner's charred remains were discovered inside with a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.
HUNT FOR “WHITEY” BULGER
James “Whitey” Bulger, a Boston gangster wanted for 19 murders, lived on the lam for 16 years before police tracked and arrested him and his longtime girlfriend in their Southern California apartment.
Bulger was working as an FBI informant when he went on the run in 1995 after learning that he would eventually face indictment. His girlfriend Catherine Grieg joined him and was charged in 1997 for harboring a fugitive.
The FBI revived its efforts to find the pair through a series of public service announcements in 2011 that focused mainly on Greig's affinity for beauty salons and animals. Shortly after the PSAs began airing a tip came in that led authorities to a Santa Monica home, where the pair was arrested “without incident.” Greig, who was 60 at the time of arrest, was sentenced to eight years in prison; Bulger, who was 81, was charged with participating in 19 murders and is awaiting trial.
HUNT FOR ERIC ROBERT RUDOLPH
Eric Robert Rudolph, the man behind the 1996 Olympic bombing in Atlanta, Ga., evaded police by hiding out in the Appalachian wilderness for years. After carrying out the Olympic attack, which killed one person and wounded 111 others, he carried out several other bombings, targeting abortion clinics and a gay club.
His final attack in 1998 provided police with their first major lead: A witness who saw him flee the scene jotted down his license plate number, which gave police an identity to pursue. It took five years, however, before Rudolph was finally arrested in Murphy, North Carolina. He was found rummaging through the trash by a local policeman who had no idea at the time whom he had encountered. Rudolph is currently serving five consecutive life sentences.
HUNT FOR BELTWAY SNIPERS
For 23 days, a pair of gunmen who executed people at random spread terror throughout the Washington, D.C.-area. The invisible killers fired fatal shots at a man closing his pizzeria, a woman pumping gas, a man driving a bus, a woman reading in the park. Ten people were killed and three critically injured in the shooting spree before law enforcement officials were able to identify and capture two suspects.
Their break in the case came when a man claiming to be the sniper called investigators and essentially confessed to a crime he had carried out in Montgomery, Ala. Authorities in Alabama who had collected forensic evidence from that crime scene were able to help link the sniper to a dark blue Chevrolet Caprice sedan. Police and media urged the public to be on the lookout for the car, which was spotted at a rest stop off Interstate 70 in Maryland.
Police closed in and found two men sleeping in the car with a Bushmaster .223-caliber rifle, a rifle’s scope, a digital voice recorder and other materials. The men, John Allen Muhammad and Lee Boyd Malvo, were arrested at the scene. In 2003 Muhammad was sentenced to death and Malvo was sentenced to six consecutive life sentences. Muhammad was executed in 2009.
HUNT FOR UNABOMBER
Ted Kacinzsky’s 17-year bombing campaign prompted the FBI’s longest-running domestic terrorism investigation in the agency’s history. Beginning in 1978, the reclusive terrorist targeted a long list of universities, killing three people and injuring more than 20.
In 1996, acting on a tip from Kacinzsky’s brother who had read a manifesto Ted had published in the New York Times, FBI agents discovered the “Unabomber” at a crude cabin in Montana. He is currently serving a life sentence without the possibility of parole.
HUNT FOR TIMOTHY MCVEIGH
The search for Timothy McVeigh, who killed 168 people in the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing, lasted less than two hours. A state trooper pulled him over for driving without a license plate 80 miles north of Oklahoma City, shortly after he had fled the scene of the attack. The state trooper discovered a concealed weapon and placed him under arrest.
But neither the state trooper nor any other law enforcement officials yet knew that McVeigh was the man behind the bombing. More than a day would pass before a hotel employee would identify McVeigh from a police sketch. It took just one call to the FBI to find that the suspect was already in jail. He was sentenced to death in 1997 and executed by lethal injection in June 2001.
HUNT FOR TED BUNDY
Theodore Robert Bundy, one of the most notorious serial killers in American history, murdered an average of one woman a month between January 1974 and February 1978. He was arrested in August of 1975 after police pulled him over and found an ice pick, handcuffs and pantyhose in his car, and later extradited him to Colorado where he faced other charges. Before that trial began, he leapt from the window of the courthouse library and was on the loose for six days before being captured once again.
But he didn't stay in custody for long. Six months after arriving at a Colorado jail he made another escape—this time by losing 30 pounds so he could fit into a light fixture hole in the ceiling of his cell. He made it across the country to Tallahassee, Fla. where his reign of terror continued.
There, he broke into a Florida State University sorority house in January 1978 and murdered two sleeping women, bludgeoning and strangling them to death. Weeks later he abducted and killed a 12-year-old girl—the final murder in his years-long spree. He was captured for good after police in Pensacola, Fla. found him driving a stolen car in February of 1978. He was convicted for the FSU murders and sentenced to death in June 1979. He was executed in 1989.
HUNT FOR BONNIE AND CLYDE
Clyde Champion Barrow and Bonnie Parker, one of the most infamous couples in American history, were ambushed and killed by police in Louisiana after a brazen crime spree that captured the country’s attention. The pair was accused of 13 murders and a host of robberies around the country. Their run ended after police lured them into a trap: Police enlisted the help of an ex-con, one of Barrow’s former associates, who promised Barrow protection at his home. As the couple’s car sped into the trap, police ambushed them, sending the car careening off the road. Both were dead at the scene.
HUNT FOR LINCOLN’S ASSASSIN:
John Wilkes Booth fled Ford’s Theatre in Washington after carrying out the first assassination of an American president on April 14, 1865. He and an accomplice, David Herold, led authorities on a 12-day chase that ended in Virginia. Authorities offered a $100,000 reward for information that would lead to the capture of the brazen killer, and dispatched federal troops to search southern Maryland after receiving a tip that he might be in the area. Booth made several stops while on the lam, including his infamous stop at the home of Dr. Samuel Mudd who treated Booth’s leg injury caused by his leap onto the theater’s stage. He was finally tracked to a Virginia farm and shot and killed by Union soldiers.
NBC Connecticut went green for Earth Week at the Electronics Recycling Event in Middlebury this morning.
The event’s proud sponsor, County Line Nissan, collected everything from blenders to televisions to be recycled.
County Line Nissan is even giving out some green of their own, giving away a free kindle and a purchase coupon for the first of the month to anyone who test drives a car today.
Everything collected during this morning’s great turnout will be broken down and gotten rid of in a way that isn’t harmful to the environment.
If you weren’t able to make it in time to get rid of your old electronics this morning, head over to Green Monster Computer and Electronics Recycling in West Hartford. They’ll take your electronic donations for free anytime and are open Monday through Friday 7:30 A.M. to 3 P.M. and Saturdays from 8 A.M. to 12 P.M.