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Man Shot in Legs While Crossing Street


A 43-year-old man is in the hospital being treated for non-life-threatening gunshot wounds after a shooting that happened while he was crossing a street in Hamden early Sunday morning, police said.

Police are looking for at least three people who they think fired gunshots.

Hamden police responded to the area of Morse and Columbus streets on Sept. 6 at 3 a.m. to investigate reports of a shooting. The 43-year-old man, whose identity hasn't been released, was crossing Morse Street when gunfire erupted and he was struck twice in the legs.

A civilian transported the man to Yale-New Haven Hospital to be treated for gunshot wounds in his legs.

His condition is unknown, but he is expected to recover.

Police are looking into whether there were any other victims in the shooting.

Hamden police ask anyone with information to call 203-230-4040.

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West Haven Man Assaults Girlfriend Holding Her Child: Cops


A 4-year-old child and mother were injured in a domestic dispute at a Center Street home in West Haven on Saturday night.

Angel Rolando Carbrera-Montes de Oca is facing multiple charges including risk of injury.

Both were struck and sustained facial injuries. The mother told police that her boyfriend was attacking her while she was holding her child, hitting both of them in the process.

The mother and child were transported to an area hospital to be medically examined, police said.

Police found the boyfriend, soon after in a motel nearby.

West Haven police charged him with assault, risk of injury and disorderly conduct and held him in custody on a bond.

Photo Credit: West Haven Police Department

Plane Skids Off Runway at Sikorsky Memorial Airport


A single-engine plane skidded off the runway at Sikorsky Memorial Airport when part of its landing gear collapsed on Labor Day, according to Bridgeport officials and the Federal Aviation Administration.

Officials said the accident happened around 1:20 p.m. Monday. The airport was closed to air traffic for about two hours while the plane was removed from the runway.

Bridgeport public safety spokesperson Kevin Coughlin said the pilot was the only person on board and was not hurt. FAA officials identified the aircraft as a Piper PA24, which was coming from Peoria, Illinois.

Coughlin said no fuel spilled from the plane, which veered off the runway and into the grass.

The FAA is investigating.

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Jailed Ky. Clerk Asks Court to Block Gov.'s Order


The Kentucky clerk jailed for her refusal to issue same-sex marriage licenses continued her legal fight Monday, asking a federal appeals court to free her as she seeks ways around orders that she do her job despite her religious opposition to gay unions, NBC News reported.

Kim Davis has been incarcerated since Thursday, when U.S. District Judge David Bunning found her in contempt for continuing to block same-sex couples' attempts to obtain marriage licenses in her Rowan County office. An Apostolic Christian, Davis said authorizing such marriages, which the U.S. Supreme Court deemed legal in June, would violate her religious freedom.

On Sunday, Davis' lawyers appealed the contempt ruling – upheld by the Supreme Court — with the 6th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals. On Monday, the lawyers announced a parallel maneuver: they asked the appeals court to set Davis free while they fight Beshear for bureaucratic changes that would accommodate her religious opposition.

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Route 8 Reopens in Colebrook After Crash


Route 8 has reopened in Colebrook following a crash on the highway, according to state police.

The road was closed Monday afternoon between Sandy Brook Road and Beech Hill Road whilke state troopers and a LifeStar medical helicopter responded.

State police said the crash happened near the Colebrook Dam.

There has been no word on injuries.

No additional information was immediately available.

Check back for updates on this developing story.

State Parks Reach Capacity on Labor Day


Several Connecticut state parks have reached parking capacity this Labor Day, according to the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.

Temperatures climbed past 90 degrees and people all over the state are beating the heat at Connecticut waterfronts on this unofficial last day of summer.

The following state parks are at capacity:

  • Pattaconk Lake Recreation Area in Chester reached capacity at 3:30 p.m.
  • Bigelow Hollow State Park in Union reached capacity at 2 p.m.
  • Kent Falls State Park in Kent reached parking capacity at 1 p.m.
  • Miller's Pond State Park in Durham reached parking capacity at 12:30 p.m.
  • Squantz Pond State Park in New Fairfield reached capacity at 12:15 p.m.

Although to many of us, Labor Day marks the beginning of fall, high temperatures will linger throughout the next few days.

Several school systems have opted to dismiss early in the coming days as a result.

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Residents Beat the Heat at Rocky Neck State Park


With temperatures climbing past 90 degrees, this Labor Day is hardly the last day of summer, and many people packing the beach at Rocky Neck State Park in East Lyme could be right back there next weekend.

Although the parking lot did not fill to capacity, the half-mile long beach was crowded.

For fun and games – and some elbow room – beach-goers headed into the water.

"It's really hot. It's good to have some family time over here," said Nilmari Serrano, of Holyoke, Massachusetts.

One group posing for a picture at the water's edge originally came from Cambodia.

"We have a lot of fun here," said Danbury resident Billy Choun. "This is the third time this year that we came to Rocky Neck. Last time we came, it's a little bit more crowded."

The Krzynowek family from New Britain built a sand castle.

"It's been a while since we came to the beach and I figured it would be a good day to bring em out for Labor Day," said Justin Krzynowek.

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Silver Alert Canceled for 25-Year-Old Man From Trumbull


A 25-year-old man missing from Trumbull has been found safe, according to his family.

State police have canceled a Silver Alert for Timothy George Hassell Jr.

Family members described Hassell as standing 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighing 185 pounds with a medium or thin physique. His eyes are hazel or brown and his hair is black.

Hassell's family had offered a $5,000 reward for information leading to his return.

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Police Investigate Stabbing in Hartford


Police are responding to a gas station on Franklin Avenue in Hartford after a stabbing victim was found a few blocks away, according to authorities at the scene.

Hartford police said they found the victim near the Sunoco station at 181 Franklin Avenue. The man's wounds appeared to be minor, and police said he was taken to a local hospital for treatment.

Authorities have obtained surveillance footage from the gas station but said the video has not provided any insight into what happened.

Classes Canceled at Middlesex Community College


Classes held in two buildings at Middlesex Community College will be canceled Tuesday while crews work to repair an air conditioning malfunction, according to school officials.

The affected buildings include Snow Hall and Wheaton Hall.

School officials said they will provide an update no later than 6 p.m. Tuesday.

More information is available on the MxCC Facebook page.

Migrants Hope for 'Chance of a Better World' in EU


Exhausted migrants hoping to begin a new life in the European Union waited patiently at a train station in Vienna, Austria, on Monday to continue their journey into the mainland Europe, NBC News reported.

Nineteen-year-old Mohammed from Syria said he and his family traveled for 20 days through Greece, Macedonia, and Hungary before reaching Austria where they were greeted with food and clothes. 

“There is food, there are people helping each other,” Mohammed told NBC News. “It shows me there’s a chance for a better world.”

Mohammed said they were treated better in Austria than in Hungary where, he said, authorities put them in holding camps "like sheep."

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Motorcyclist Dies in Fiery Ledyard Crash


A motorcyclist died after colliding head-on with a car in Ledyard on Labor Day, causing both vehicles to burst into flames, according to the fire department.

Fire officials said the crash happened around 7:30 p.m. at the intersection of Route 117/Colonel Ledyard Highway and Thomas Road.

First responders arrived to find flames consuming both the car and motorcycle and interfering with overheard wires, according to the fire department. The fire also spread to brush on the side of the road.

LifeStar was called to the scene to transport the motorcyclist but was later canceled, fire officials said. Both people riding in the car made it out on their own and were taken to the hospital by ambulance.

Route 117 remains closed between Spicer Hill Road and Rose Hill Road. The Connecticut Department of Transportation has set up a detour, and drivers are asked to avoid the area.

Crews from Eversource also responded.

The motorcyclist has not been publicly identified.

Check back for updates on this developing story.

Superintendent to Announce Coach's Discipline Amid Hazing Probe


The Cromwell superintendent will hold a press conference Tuesday to announce disciplinary action taken against the town's high school football coach in light of hazing allegations involving the team.

Superintendent Dr. Paula M. Talty will address the consequences coach Chris Eckert is facing at noon Tuesday, according to a news release sent on behalf of the school district.

A district source told NBC Connecticut last week that Eckert has been placed on administrative leave while authorities investigate the case.

It comes after police arrested a 16-year-old player and charged him with hazing and breach of peace.

Police said the teen struck four freshmen teammates with a belt in the locker room before practice late last month, leaving them with welts.

The victims' parents reported the incident, according to police.

Tuesday's press conference will take place at 9 Captain James Mann Memorial Drive.

Eckert has not returned multiple requests for comment.

Suspect in ECSU Student's Death Goes Back to Court


The case of a Bridgeport man accused of killing and dismembering his girlfriend, a student at Eastern Connecticut State University, is returning to court after a jury deadlocked and a mistrial was declared.

Jermaine Richards, 32, has a pretrial conference scheduled for Tuesday in Bridgeport Superior Court. His lawyer, prosecutors and a judge are expected to discuss the case.

Richards is charged with murder in the April 2013 killing of Alyssiah Wiley, 20, an ECSU student from West Haven. Her partial remains were found in a wooded area in Trumbull about a month after she was last seen with Richards outside her dorm.

A 12-parge affidavit released after Richards' arrest depicted a turbulent four-year relationship between the two. According to the documents, Wiley tried to break up with Richards over Facebook in the days before her disappearance.

Richards denies killing Wiley and has pleaded not guilty.

Many Connecticut Teens Use E-Cigarettes for Marijuana: Study


A new study by researchers from the Yale University School of Medicine shows that a large number of Connecticut teenagers surveyed are using e-cigarettes to inhale marijuana.

The study found that a third of the nearly 4,000 participating teenagers had tried e-cigarettes. Of those young people, 18 percent said they used e-cigarettes to inhale hash oil, which is the resin extracted from marijuana plants.

"When you looked at the kids who said they had both used both e-cigarettes and had experimented with cannabis in the past, the number went up even higher to around 27 percent," Dr. Suchitra Krishnan-Sarin, of the Yale University School of Medicine, told NBC News.

Eric Davis, who manages an e-cigarette and vapor store on Chapel Street in New Haven, said the business does what it can to make sure its products are used legally.

"It’s tough," said Davis. "Any product can be misused."

Davis said his establishment, the White Buffalo, sells nicotine-only products, which are legal in the state of Connecticut. He said all his customers are checked to make sure they are at least 18 years old.

According to Yale researchers, a high level of misuse may be most alarming.

Researchers said scientists have yet to fully understand the way e-cigarette vaporized marijuana affects a teenager’s developing brain.

The Yale study contains some of the first findings that focus specifically on vaporizing marijuana with e-cigarettes. Researchers said additional studies may offer a better picture of what the true trends are.

At the White Buffalo, the focus remains on providing good customer service, despite new findings that some say casts the entire vapor industry in a bad light.

"It can be misused because there’s so many different technologies," said Davis.

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September Heat Wave Possible


Some of the hottest weather of 2015 is expected in Connecticut on Tuesday.

The unusually warm surge of air may challenge records in some areas, according to NBC Connecticut meteorologist Ryan Hanrahan.

NBC Connecticut has declared Tuesday a First Alert Weather Day as a result.

The mercury reached 93 degrees in the Hartford area on Labor Day, tying the record for the day set back in 2007.

Temperatures on Tuesday are expected to be even hotter, with 95 degrees in the forecast. That would also tie the record for the day, set in 2007.

While the humidity was low for most of the weekend, it is expected to return Tuesday and Wednesday. Heat index values both Tuesday and Wednesday will likely reach the mid- and upper 90s at times.

Heat waves in September are unusual. If the mercury reaches 90 degrees on Wednesday, this will be the first September heat wave in Connecticut since Sept. 7, 1983.

Dry weather is expected through Wednesday, but there is a growing signal for rain by Thursday. A slow-moving front, low pressure and an increasing amount of moisture will lead to periods of showers and thunderstorms. Locally heavy rain is possible, along with thunder and lightning.

Rainfall is a good thing. The rainfall deficit at Bradley International is 5.4 inches, which is roughly five and a half weeks' worth of rain. Along the shoreline, rainfall deficits for the year are even higher and a moderate drought is underway.

Hamden Cruiser Collides With Suspect Car on Wilbur Cross Parkway


The northbound side of the Wilbur Cross Parkway was closed Monday night in Hamden after a suspect led police onto the highway, prompting an officer to fire his gun and causing the two vehicles to collide, according to state police.

State police spokesman Trooper First Class Kelly Grant said the incident unfolded when a Hamden officer tried to pull over a car in town around 6 p.m. Monday.

The suspect refused to stop and led police onto the Wilbur Cross Parkway, where the Hamden cruiser and suspect vehicle crashed in the area of exit 61 northbound.

At some point during the chase, a Hamden officer fired his weapon, according to state police. No one was hurt during the encounter.

State police said the suspect got out and tried to run away, but Hamden officers took the person into custody.

The northbound lanes of the Wilbur Cross Parkway were still closed between exits 60 and 61 as of 11:30 p.m., according to state police.

Grant said detectives from the State Police Central District Major Crime Squad are investigating the Hamden officer's use of his service weapon.

No additional information was immediately available.

Check back for updates on this developing story.

Review Finds Classified Info in Clinton Email: Report


A second intelligence review of two emails that Hillary Rodham Clinton received on her personal email account as secretary of state has found that they included highly classified information, The New York Times reported.

The Times, citing unnamed senior intelligence officials, reported late Monday that the review concluded the emails were "Top Secret" when they were sent to Clinton in 2009 and 2011. One concerned North Korea's nuclear weapons program, the newspaper said.

The review, by the CIA and the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, endorsed a finding by the inspector general for the intelligence agencies, The Times reported.

A Clinton campaign official told NBC News' because the inspector general had already gone public with the finding, "it is not a surprise that other lawyers in the intelligence community would agree with him."

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Rescued Pit Bull Euthanized After Attacking Daughter at Home


A male pit bull mix rescued from a New York City shelter by a Long Island family attacked the teenage daughter when he was brought home, biting into her face, throat and elbow, and was later euthanized, according to a published report. 

Stephen Neira, 40, of Patchogue, told Newsday he found the 2-year-old pit bull, named Alex, on a website to rescue dogs from "death row" and had 22 minutes to save it before Alex was scheduled to be euthanized at the Animal Care Centers of New York City. 

He, his wife and their three children picked up the dog Sunday at the city's Harlem shelter, where Alex passed behavioral tests and was deemed "sociable," according to Newsday.

When the family brought Alex home, Neira took him out for a walk and let him run laps in the backyard to tire him out, then opened the door to the kitchen, Neira told Newsday.

"He ran inside, slid across the floor, turned around, saw my daughter and jumped for her throat," Neira said. 

Neira said he grabbed the pit bull from behind and put it in a choke hold, taking the battle into the backyard.

"I had to get it off my daughter," he said. "I had to end it." 

Neira said he thought his tight grip rendered the dog unconscious and flung him a few feet away in the backyard, but the dog attacked again. A neighbor who heard the screams rushed over and held the back gate open for Neira, who ran out to escape the dog. 

Neira's 16-year-old daughter, Briana, was taken to Stony Brook Hospital where she had plastic surgery on her mauled lip, he said. 

Alex was tranquilized by Suffolk police and taken by the Brookhaven animal shelter. The dog's remains will be tested for rabies, a Suffolk County health spokeswoman told Newsday. 

Just before he was tranquilized, he was rolling in the grass and responding when called -- as if the attack never happened, Neira said. 

"It was supposed to be a beautiful, beautiful day," Neira told Newsday. "Instead my wife can't stop crying. We were giving the dog a new life." 

A spokeswoman for the city shelter said in a statement to Newsday, "Our thoughts go out to the family. In the meantime, we are investigating this case for further details." 

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Water Problem Closes Greenwich High School


Greenwich High School is closed on Tuesday because of a water problem in the science wing, according to the Greenwich Board of Education.

All other Greenwich Public Schools are open today.

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