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Man Shot in Waterbury


Police are investigating after a man was shot in the shoulder in Waterbury on Thursday night.

Waterbury police spokesman Deputy Chief Fernando Spagnolo said a gunshot was reported near the intersection of Pine and Willow streets around 9 p.m.

Responding officers found a man with a gunshot wound on Mitchell Avenue, according to police, who said the bullet went through his right shoulder and bicep.

Several witnesses reported hearing a shot in the area.

Police said the victim was taken to Waterbury Hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.

Authorities are investigating.

Drowned Aylan, 3, Laid to Rest in Home City


The 3-year-old Syrian boy Aylan Kurdi, whose drowning has shined a spotlight on the plight of thousands of migrants and refugees from war-torn countries trying to get to Europe, was buried Friday alongside his brother and mother in the family's hometown of Kobani, NBC News reported.

Dozens of mourners attended the burial of Aylan, his 5-year-old brother Galip and mother Rehan, 35, two days after a photograph of Aylan face-down in a Turkish beach went viral.

"I want from Arab governments — not European countries — to see (what happened to) my children, and because of them to help people," said Aylan's father Abdullah Kurdi, the family's sole-survivor.

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Serial Bank Robber Suspected in 7 Holdups: Source


Seven banks have been robbed in seven towns over the past few weeks, and a source close to the investigation said authorities believe a single person is behind the crimes.

The most recent robbery occured Thursday at the Liberty Bank in Durham. State police released several surveillance photos of the suspect.

"It's a little crazy," said Middletown resident Kate Tredwell. "You don't hear it all that often that people are hitting up banks day after day."

The crime spree began July 27 in Branford, where a TD Bank was robbed on West Main Street. Police said the suspect got away with an unknown amount of money and alluded to having a weapon, although he did not display one.

Then, on Aug. 12, the suspect targeted a Webster Bank on Highland Avenue in Cheshire. Police said he gave the bank teller a note saying he was holding the bank up and fled with a small amount of cash.

A TD Bank in Berlin was hit the next day. Police said the robber once again handed the teller a note demanding cash. At the time, local police believed the perpetrator in Berlin may have also been responsible for two bank robberies in West Hartford.

He held up a Liberty Bank in Deep River on Aug. 17, then the People's United Bank in Milford on Aug. 19 and a TD Bank on Wells Road in Wethersfield on Aug. 31, according the source.

During many of the holdups, the robber handed over a note demanding cash and warning that he had a weapon. No weapon was ever revealed.

State police said the the Durham robber is in his early to mid-30s, stands approximately 6 feet tall and is thin with an athletic build and some facial hair. He left the area in a green, older-model sedan.

In surveillance footage from each case, the suspect appears to be on the phone and always wears a hat. No one has been injured during any of the robberies.

"Hopefully they catch the guy and this doesn't happen anymore," said Tredwell.

The Connecticut Bankers Reward Association is offering $1,000 for information leading to an arrest in the Durham robbery.

Anyone with information on the bank robberies is asked to call state police.

Photo Credit: Berlin Police Department

Boy Fatally Shoots Teenage Intruder During Home Invasion


An 11-year-old St. Louis-area boy fatally shot a 16-year-old who entered his home during an alleged home invasion Thursday, police said.

Two people had approached the home twice before Thursday, and on the third attempt entered the house through the front door, police said. The 11-year-old, who lives in the home, shot the 16-year-old intruder in the head, St. Louis County police said in a statement.

Police found the shot teenager dead in the foyer, and a second person who fled was caught nearby.

Police were working to verify the second person's identity Thursday afternoon. The names of those involved, and a possible motive in the suspected home invasion, were not released.

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Police Seize Thousands of Heroin Bags, Arrest 11


Hartford police arrested 11 people in a "large scale heroin trafficking operation" on Thursday, police said.

Hartford Police Department's Special Operations Group, Shooting Task Force, K-9 Unit and Emergency Response Team, Homeland Security Investigations Unit and Security Air Wing, Drug Enforcement Administration officials and the North Central Emergency Response Team worked together to execute search and arrest warrants at 2495 and 2505 Main Street in Hartford at 6:21 p.m. on Thursday.

At those addresses, police seized 2,964 bags of heroin, 92 bags of cocaine, 1.72 ounces of marijuana and $14,059 in suspected drug money.

After utilizing controlled purchases, surveillance and electronic monitoring in the investigation, police arrested the following 11 people at those locations.

  • John Colon, 24,  of 1630 Main Street,  Hartford; charges: possession of narcotics, possession with intent to sell, possession with intent to sell within 1,500 feet of a school, operating a drug factory and interfering with police; he got three arrest warrant on charges of the sale of narcotics.
  • Joshua Stracham, 23, of 19 Benton Street, Hartford; charges: possession of narcotics, possession with intent to sell, possession with intent to sell within 1,500 feet of a school, operating a drug factory and interfering with police; three arrest warrants on charges of sale of narcotics.
  • Matthew Rodriguez, 27, of 147 Flatbush Avenue, Hartford; charges: possession of narcotics, possession with intent to sell, possession with intent to sell within 1,500 feet of a school, operating a drug factory and interfering with police; one arrest warrant on charges of sale of narcotics.
  • Hector Navedo, 24, of 515 Franklin Avenue, Hartford; charges: possession of narcotics, possession with intent to sell, possession with intent to sell within 1,500 feet of a school, operating a drug factory and interfering with police.
  • Rafael Martinez, 23, of 34 Otis Street Hartford; charges: possession of narcotics, possession with intent to sell, possession with intent to sell within 1,500 feet of a school, operating a drug factory and interfering with police.
  • Brandon Broughton, 23, of 32 Sanford Street, Hartford; charges: possession of narcotics, possession with intent to sell, possession with intent to sell within 1,500 feet of a school, operating a drug factory and interfering with police.
  • Jermaine Jenkins, 24, of 1588 Albany Ave., Hartford; charges: possession of narcotics, possession with intent to sell, possession with intent to sell within 1,500 feet of a school, operating a drug factory and interfering with police.
  • Argenis Deleon, 24, of 505 Main Street #1, Hartford; charges:possession of narcotics, possession with intent to sell, possession with intent to sell within 1,500 feet of a school, operating a drug factory and interfering with police.
  • Naomi Alicea, 32, of 2505 Main Street #1, Hartford; charges: interfering with a search warrant and criminal attempt to commit assault on police.
  • David Stark DOB, 38, of 27 Chestnut Street, Hartford; charges: third-degree criminal trespass and possession of narcotics.
  • Kevin Holmgren, 45, of 89 West Side Boulevard, Burlington; charges: third-degree criminal trespass and possession of narcotics.

Photo Credit: Hartford Police Department

Police Nab 'Extremely Violent' Suspect in Pastor Shooting


Hartford police have captured the man accused of shooting a pastor who was putting out flags for Memorial Day, then shooting another man less than 15 minutes later.

It comes hours after the police department announced a $5,000 reward for information leading to his arrest.

Aaron J. Taylor, 25, of Windsor, was wanted on charges of attempted murder and assault. Police described him as having "extremely violent tendencies" and said they believe he fled to New York and then Georgia after the shooting.

They learned Thursday he had returned to Connecticut. The Hartford Shooting Task Force, Hartford Fugitive Task Force, Special Task Force, a Manchester officer, a state trooper, East Hartford police, U.S. marshals, Hartford vice and narcotics officers, Department of Corrections officials, Homeland Security and the FBI all helped in the capture of Taylor.

After pinpointing Taylor's possible location at an East Hartford home, those agencies, including the FBI Northern CT Violent Gang Task Force, surrounded 22H Jaidee Drive in East Hartford. While the people they found at the apartment initially resisted, authorities were able to overtake them and find Taylor on the second floor. They took him into custody after a short-lasted struggle.

State police also arrested Lanatrica Terry, 38, who lives at the home, on charges of hindering prosecution, interfering with police and three counts of risk of injury to a minor.

They saw two large revolvers in plain sight near him, according to police. Police secured a search warrant and scoured the residence for evidence.

Police seized a black Nissan Maxima at the home, which they think Taylor may have been seen driving after the shootings of a paster and another man.

Taylor was wanted on two arrest warrants. He is suspected of shooting Rev. Dr. Augustus Sealy, 54, of Shrewsbury, Massachusetts, outside the First Church of the Nazarene at 932 Capital Avenue in Hartford the morning of Sunday, May 24.

The pastor was putting out flags for Memorial Day services on his fifth anniversary at the church, according to police. Sealy was shot twice in the right leg and once in the left shoulder. 

Sealy's wife said Thursday he is "progressing nicely."

Police believe Taylor then shot Robert Jones, 27, of Hartford, at least six times at 402 Garden Street. An ambulance brought Jones to the emergency room at Saint Francis Hospital, where he was later listed in serious, but stable condition.

Police charged him with criminal attempt to commit murder and first-degree assault in both shootings.

Taylor is a felon previously convicted of weapons and violence charges, according to police.

Surveillance video of Taylor buying a Red Bull at a Hartford convenience store helped police identify him as a suspect.

Police said the motive for both crimes is unclear. Investigators previously said that they are looking into whether the shooting of the pastor might have been a hate crime.

"I can tell you we do hear from residents that the church is very accepting and open to the LGBT community," Hartford police spokesman Deputy Chief Brian Foley said after the shooting. "So there were some statements made at the scene that certainly keep the idea of it being a hate crime open to our investigators."

Taylor was held on $1.35 million bond. It's not clear if he has an attorney or if anyone has been granted the $5,000 reward.

Photo Credit: Hartford Police Department
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Jobless Rate Hits 7-Year Low


The U.S. unemployment rate fell to 5.1 percent in August for a seven-year low, though hiring was the lowest it's been in five months with 173,000 jobs created for the month, The Associated Press reported.

Still, the economy has generated a strong 221,000 jobs a month from June through August, according to government revisions.

Steady hiring could encourage the Fed to raise interest rates for the first time in a decade at a meeting later this month.

But that's not a sure thing with a low inflation rate and sluggish growth in China complicating the decision, according to the AP.

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Hillary Clinton: 'Sorry' for Email Confusion


Hillary Clinton told NBC's Andrea Mitchell she was "sorry" there had been so much confusion over her private email server. But Clinton declined to apologize for having used it.

"At the end of the day, I am sorry that this has been confusing to people and has raised a lot of questions, but there are answers to all these questions," the Democratic presidential hopeful said. "And I take responsibility and it wasn't the best choice."

Asked about rising poll numbers of those who consider her untrustworthy, Clinton said, "certainly, it doesn't make me feel good."

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Trump Slams Conservative Radio Host After Fumble


A day after exposing gaps in his knowledge of foreign affairs during a radio show interview with Hugh Hewitt, Donald Trump labeled the conservative host a "third rate radio announcer,” NBC News reported.

During the Thursday interview, Hewitt asked Trump about Quds Force commander Ghasem Soleimani. Trump responded by saying how Kurds have been “mistreated.”

After he was told the Quds force was Iranian, and not Kurdish, Trump said: ”Oh, I’m sorry, I thought you said Kurds.”

When Hewitt suggested that a future commander-in-chief should be knowledgeable about world affairs and leaders, Trump accused Hewitt of asking “gotcha questions.”

"Every question was do I know this one and that one? It was like he worked hard on that," Trump further explained Friday on MSNBC's "Morning Joe."

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Bus Driver Injured After Crashing Down Embankment


A bus driver was hospitalized with minor injuries after the bus she was driving with no passengers aboard crashed down an embankment on Interstate 95 in Groton early Friday morning.

Dianne Monteiro, 69, was headed northbound on the highway in the bus at about 4:28 a.m. on Friday when she veered off the left shoulder, crashed through the wire rope guardrail and went down an embankment.

An ambulance transported her to Lawrence & Memorial Hospital in New London to be treated for minor injuries.

The left lane of Interstate 95 was closed in Groton as state police responded to the crash.

The crash happened between exits 88 and 89.

The airbag didn't deploy during the crash and Monteiro was wearing a seatbelt.

The bus was towed to Columbus Square.

Photo Credit: NBCConnecticut.com

Vehicle Hits DOT Worker in I-95 Crash in Norwalk


One of two vehicles involved in a crash on Interstate 95 north in Norwalk struck a Department of Transportation worker late Friday morning.

The DOT worker was outside of a truck when two vehicles collided and one of them hit him. He sustained minor injuries.

Traffic is heavy in the area near the crash, by exit 16.

No further information was immediately available.

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4 Injured in Crash Involving CTtransit Bus, Truck


Four people were hospitalized after a crash involving a CTtransit bus and a small dump truck on Main Street in Cromwell late Friday morning.

The crash happened just before 10 a.m. near the intersection of Main Street and Fairview Heights. Witnesses told NBC Connecticut that a small dump truck tried to get around the bus to make a right turn into a small retail plaza.

As the driver tried to get around the bus, which was stopped to let passengers on and off, started moving again to continue on its route and hit the truck, witnesses said.

There is a double yellow line in the area.

Four people were transported to a nearby hospital with minor, non-life-threatening injuries.

The damage to the truck was on its passenger side with a compressed passenger side door.

The front driver's side windshield of the bus was damaged.

Photo Credit: NBCConnecticut.com

Route 77 Reopens in Guilford


Route 77 (Durham Road) has reopened after an earlier tractor-trailer crash in Guilford.

Wires were knocked down during a roll-over crash at about 5:15 a.m., which caused minor injuries. The crash happened in the area of 3191 Durham Road.

Traffic was detoured onto Race Hill and Hoop Pole Roads while the road was shut down.

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Bear Near Southington High Prompts Police Patrols


Southington High School students who walk home have been advised of a bear sighting in the area and are being given the option to stay at the school until police deem the area safe.

A bear was spotted in the 900 block of Pleasant Street in Southington, Southington Superintendent Timothy F. Connellan wrote in an advisory to parents.

Police are patrolling the area. High school "walkers" have been informed and school officials told them they "can remain at school until police determine it safe or have parents pick them up at school."

School officials have alerted the New Britain Transportation school bus company and drivers will return to the high school if they see anything suspicious, Connellan said.

Police will be patrolling the area until all buses have finished their routes in the nearby neighborhoods, he said.

Plumber Seriously Hurt When Tree Falls on Him in Greenwich


A plumber is in the hospital with serious injuries after a tree fell on him in Greenwich, closing Benjamin Street.

Greenwich first responders received a report at 1:15 p.m. on Friday that a massive tree fell on a man on Benjamin Street in Old Greenwich. The man is a Milford plumbing contractor and he was about to get into his vehicle when the tree toppled and landed on him.

When they arrived, Greenwich firefighters pulled the man out from under a large tree. Greenwich Emergency Medical Service paramedics gave him medical treatment at the scene.

An ambulance transported him to Stamford Hospital to be treated for serious injuries. Police said he was alert and responsive but his prognosis is unclear.

The tree damaged several vehicles when it fell. Greenwich's tree department will be removing the tree and are trying to figure out what caused it to fall. Benjamin Street is closed in the meantime.

Greenwich police are collaborating with the tree department on the investigation.

Photo Credit: Greenwich Police Department

Nursing Aide Gets Prison Time for Sexually Assaulting Patients


A former nursing assistant will serve prison time for sexually assaulting patients at St. Vincent's Medical Center in Bridgeport.

Gonzalo Flores received a 20-year sentence, to be suspended after he spends 15 years behind bars. He will also serve 10 years of probation and must register as a sex offender, according to the office of the court clerk.

Police began investigating after a patient complained that Flores had touched him inappropriately. Flores was terminated from the hospital in June 2014 and was arrested in July of last year.

The patient told police he was asleep and woke up to find Flores touching his genitals. According to the Connecticut Post, Flores apologized in court Friday and pleaded guilty to assaulting five men who were patients at the hospital.

A former patient at St. Vincent's is suing the hospital for $25 million, claiming he was among dozens of people sexually assaulted by Flores.

Photo Credit: Bridgeport Police Department

Motorcycle Crashes on Route 2 in Glastonbury


Police and ambulances responded to Route 2 in Glastonbury after a motorcycle crashed early Friday afternoon, according to state police.

It happened around 1 p.m. in the area of exit 11. NBC Connecticut crews at the scene said the motorcycle driver was lying in the grassy median between the east- and westbound lanes.

There is no word on injuries.

Check back for updates on this developing story.

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2 Connecticut Swimming Areas Closed


Indian Well in Shelton and Kettletown in Southbury are closed to swimming.

The waters there have blue-green algae in them, according to recent water tests that the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection conducted.

DEEP staff collected water samples in the waters of Connecticut's state parks and beaches and those two showed signs of blue-green algae.

The swimming areas are closed as a result and it's unclear whether they'll reopen.

DEEP did say, however, that water testing is over for the summer.

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Middletown Schools to Dismiss Early Over Heat


Middletown elementary and middle schools will dismiss early Tuesday in anticipation of more hot weather.

Supt. Patricia Charles announced the decision in a letter to parents on Friday.

"When temperatures are hot outside, the conditions in a classroom can be even hotter when fileld with students. It is exacerbated when we have multiple days in a row of high temperatures," Charles wrote in the letter. "This week our schools saw an increase in headaches, stomach aches, and asthma-related issues due to the difficult conditions."

Charles said the middle schools will dismiss at 12:15 p.m. and the elementary schools will dismiss at 1 p.m. Students will be served lunch prior to dismissal.

Afternoon preschool has been canceled, but the Kids' Korner after-school program will remain open.

Because the high school is fully air conditioned, it will operate on a normal schedule. The district's athletic director will keep an eye on heat and humidity and will notify sports coaches about the possibility of modified after-school practices, according to Charles.

"I assure you that I will continue to discuss the need for air conditioning throughout our schools," Charles wrote. "Between global warming and regional school calendars that start earlier in August, it is an issue we must address."

Schools dismissed early in Norwalk amid extreme heat Thursday, and the Bellizzi School in Hartford adopted an early dismissal schedule Wednesday.

Hamden Driver Dies After Crashing Into Pole


A 51-year-old Hamden driver died in a one-car crash just after midnight early Friday morning.

Hamden police responded to Sheppard Avenue near Sanford Street in Hamden at 12:30 a.m.

Lawrence Gensicki, 51, of Hamden was driving southbound in his 2012 Volkswagen Passat on Sheppard Avenue when he veered off the road and struck a utility pole.

Police found Gensicki in the car unresponsive, suffering from head and chest injuries.

An ambulance transported him to Yale-New Haven Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.

Police ask anyone with information to call 203-281-8222.

Photo Credit: NBCConnecticut.com
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