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Man Charged in Norwalk Shooting


Police have arrested a man accused of a shooting in Norwalk last Monday.

Dajuan Wiggins is accused of shooting Kevin Rosiclair on the night of Monday, Oct. 19.

As police were responding to 176 Main Street at 9:45 p.m. that night to investigate reports of gunfire, staff from Norwalk Hospital called Norwalk Emergency Dispatch to report that Rosiclair had walked into the emergency room with a gunshot wound to the abdomen.

Detectives investigated and identified Wiggins as the suspect. A warrant was issued for his arrest, charging him with first-degree assault, criminal possession of a firearm, criminal use of a firearm and carrying a pistol without a permit. It carries a $500,000 bond.

Special Services investigators took him into custody at 3:30 p.m. on Monday during a traffic stop on Ann Street.

As police searched the car, they found a .357 caliber handgun, so he was also charged with weapons in a motor vehicle, criminal possession of a firearm and carrying a pistol without a permit and bond was set at $250,000.

Photo Credit: Norwalk Police

Aquarion Asks Customers to Turn Off Sprinklers, Irrigation Systems Amid Drought


Aquarion Water Company, which provides water to more than 600,000 people in Connecticut, is asking residents to shut down sprinklers and irrigation systems for the season because of a statewide drought.

Aquarion provides the municipal water supply for 51 cities and towns in Fairfield, New Haven, Hartford, Litchfield, Middlesex and New London counties and said reservoirs in the southwest region of the state are below half their capacity/ However, demand is running around 12.2 percent higher than it was this time last year.

“Due to the continuing drought and ongoing high water demand, Aquarion is asking customers to turn off sprinklers and irrigation systems for this season,” Charles V. Firlotte, Aquarion president and CEO, said in a statement. “It is important for our customers to support these voluntary conservation measures, and to use our water resources wisely.”

To save water, Aquarion recommends that customers shut off sprinklers and irrigations systems for the season; repair leaks in plumbing and fixtures; switch to water-efficient toilets, washing machines and dish washers; allow grass to grow longer; use brooms or blowers instead of water to clean decks, driveways and sidewalks; use a bucket and sponge to wash cars and boats instead of a running hose; Shut off ornamental water displays; turn off the tap while washing hands, shaving or brushing teeth; take shorter showers; and hand-wash dishes in a basin, not under running water.

Find more conservation tips on the water company’s website

Photo Credit: AP

Beneficial Rainfall Tomorrow Into Thursday


Beneficial rain arrives tomorrow afternoon It's likely that Connecticut sees more than a half inch of rain, with some areas seeing up to 1.5 inches by Thursday morning.

NBC Connecticut has declared a First Alert Weather Day due to the impending rain.

The heaviest of the rain will fall late Wednesday into early Thursday morning. While there can be a shower early Thursday, much of the day features clearing.

High temperatures on Wednesday will be near 60 degrees, but they rise to near 70 degrees by Thursday.

No doubt, the rain is needed. The 2015 rainfall deficit at both Windsor Locks and Bridgeport is more than 7 inches! Most of the state is in a moderate drought.

It will be breezy on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. But that's a sign of high pressure building in, and indeed it will.

The weekend looks great, especially Halloween. Temperatures will be in the 50s on Halloween afternoon, but fall back pretty quickly through the 40s in the evening.

Though October is winding down and November is almost here, no sign of a cool down exists.

In fact, the trend for the first week of November is warming. Indications show a much above average airmass moving in, meaning temperatures could return to the middle and upper 60s next week!

Click here for the "Fearless Forecast" for next week.

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Police Seek Man Who Sexually Assaulted Woman in Stamford Park: PD


Stamford police are looking for a man who implied he had a knife and sexually assaulted a female jogger at Cove Island Park in Stamford, police said.

A 30-year-old woman was jogging on the Cove Island Park track at about 5:20 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 16 when a man grabbed her from behind and pulled her off the track, police said.

Her assailant claimed he had a knife and sexually assaulted her near the track, police said. Then he dragged her to the water line and sexually assaulted her again before fleeing the area, according to police. The woman called police almost immediately after the incident.

Police described the man as 35 to 40 years old, 5-foot-7 and of stocky medium build with a "protruding stomach" and "unshaven beard."  He was wearing a dark fleece sweatshirt, gym shorts, black sneakers and a dark baseball hat at the time of the incident, police said. The woman told police that the man smelled like he had been drinking alcohol and police said he has a "beer belly." The man also speaks English with a heavy Spanish accent, police said.

"I hope someone recognizes the guy," Joe Marzano, a visitor at Cove Island Park, said. "Hope someone lives in the area, someone's going to recognize him....When something like that happens, it really sends a shockwave through the community.... I can’t even imagine what that person (the victim) is going through. Just hopefully mentally and physically they’re doing alright and are able to move on the best they can."

Caroline Buchanan, of Stamford, said, “I actually came for a run here on that Friday and all the news trucks were here.”

“I actually thought I was safe because I was here coming when it was close to light out," Buchanan said. "Now I probably won’t do it as often anymore.”

The jogger was taken to Stamford Hospital to be treated.

Stamford detectives are investigating the incident and the ID bureau was called to the scene.

Police ask anyone who saw a man fitting the description in Cove Island Park between 5 and 6 a.m. on Oct. 16 or in the last few days to call Stamford Police Department's Detective Bureau at 203-977-4417. Calls will remain confidential.

Faulty Heater Caused Carbon Monoxide Problem in Stamford


A faulty heater filled part of a Stamford apartment complex with elevated amounts of lethal carbon monoxide gas on Monday night.

Firefighters responded to 293 Bridge Street after a carbon monoxide alarm went off, tested the air and found “extraordinary” amounts of gas -- 500 parts per million -- so they evacuated residents who showed signs of distress and searched five apartments.

No residents needed medical attention and firefighters were able to determine the cause was a faulty heating appliance, so the power was turned off, according to a news release from the fire department.

Crews then ventilated apartments affected by the elevated levels and remained at the scene until the gas dissipated to normal levels.

Firefighters are urging residents to have carbon monoxide detectors installed on each level of your home and in a central location outside each area of the house where your family sleeps.

Stamford residents who need a smoke or carbon monoxide detector can contact information@stamfordfiresafetyfoundation.org.

Tolland Man Injured in Crash that Closed I-84 in Vernon


A Tolland man is hospitalized after a crash that closed Interstate 84 West in Vernon for more than three hours early Tuesday morning. 

Kane Jellison, 32, of Tolland, was driving the 2006 Toyota Tacoma that flipped over several times near exit 65 just after 4 a.m. on Tuesday. It's not clear what caused him to lose control of the vehicle.

Police originally believed a pickup and a tractor-trailer were involved in the crash, but later said the pickup might be the only vehicle involved. However, they are looking to speak with anyone who has information on a second vehicle that might have been involved.

Life Star medical transport helicopter was originally called to respond, but was canceled, and an ambulance transported Jellison to Saint Francis Hospital in Hartford. 

Traffic was backed up for around five miles as police investigated and backed up public transportation because buses running into Hartford were not able to get by wither.

While police opened one lane a few hours after the crash, the highway did not completely reopen until around 9 a.m. 

Anyone with information about the crash should call Troop C at 860-896-3200.

Photo Credit: Connecticut State Police

Ben Carson Overtakes Trump in National Poll


Ben Carson leads Donald Trump in a new poll of Republican primary voters.

The retired neurosurgeon had 26 percent support, compared to 22 percent for Trump and eight percent for Florida Sen. Marco Rubio.

Still, the margin of error is six percent for the New York Times/CBS survey of 575 GOP primary voters.

Carson had overtaken Trump as frontrunner in recent Iowa polls.

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Bridgeport Police Responding to Burglary Find Marijuana Plants


Police responded to a house on Reservoir Avenue, near Victory Avenue, in Bridgeport on Sunday afternoon to investigate a house break in and said they found around 20 marijuana plants.

When officers arrived at the house, around 4:35 p.m., they found a side door had been forced open and went into the house because they suspected the burglar was still there.

Once they were inside the house, police found around 20 marijuana plants in a room upstairs, police said.

They also noticed a basement door had been forced open and found two rooms with extensive ventilation ducts, electrical wiring, heat lamps, potting soil and discarded marijuana plants, police said.

Officers did not find a suspect, but witnesses said a man had been living in the house for around six months.

Police said they obtained a warrant and seized all evidence.

Photo Credit: NBCConnecticut.com

400 Quakes Rattle California City


NBC Bay Area's quake map shows all earthquakes recorded near the San Francisco Bay Area over the past 24 hours.

San Ramon, California, appears to have broken a new earthquake record over the last two weeks: A total of 408 small quakes have shaken the East Bay city, almost four times the record set in 2003 in half the amount of time.

"I've not felt so many tremors in decades," Mark Stone said outside a San Ramon Starbucks on Tuesday morning. "My dog, Gimmel, she's the first one to know a couple of seconds before."

And his dog has been extra alert lately.

The U.S. Geological Survey reports that as of Oct. 13, the Northern California Seismic Network had detected 408 earthquakes – at least a dozen since 10 p.m. on Monday, with other quakes spilling into the early hours of Tuesday. Most quakes have clocked in with magnitudes ranging from 2.0 to 3.0. San Ramon is about 45 miles east of San Francisco.

In an Oct. 14 interview, Senior U.S. Geological Survey research geologist David Schwartz said the swarm is not all that unusual, noting that San Ramon Valley is at the "center of earthquake swarm activity" in the Bay Area. He recalled a 2003 swarm of 120 earthquakes over 31 days in San Ramon, with the largest clocking in at a magnitude of 4.2. 

The biggest swarm on record in the same general area, Schwartz noted, was in 1990 in neighboring Alamo, about 30 miles east of San Francisco. That's when 351 earthquakes struck over 42 days, with the largest recorded at a magnitude of 4.4.

The current swarm of 408 - and counting - tops both those numbers.

Most of the earthquakes are occurring at a depth of about five miles underground and are too small to be felt, the USGS explained. One of the largest earthquakes in the current swarm activity was a 3.6-magnitude quake on Oct. 19.

San Ramon, Danville and Alamo all have a history of earthquake swarms, as they sit on the Calaveras Fault. Based on other swarms, the USGS predicts this swarm may continue for several more weeks and is unlikely to be a foreshock to a larger quake.

The northern Calaveras Fault has not ruptured with a significant earthquake since the 1860s, the USGS reported, and the likelihood of a large earthquake of 6.7-magnitude or larger is just 8 percent.

As for why the swarms occur?

"We just don't understand the structural geology of the swarms, why they turn on and shut off quickly," Schwartz said in a previous interview. "We just don't understand." 

Photo Credit: NBC Bay Area
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White House, Congressional Leaders Reach Tentative Budget Deal


Congressional leaders reached a tentative budget deal with the White House that, if approved, would end the annual cycle of government shutdown threats, NBC News reported.

The bill, which was posted online just before midnight, would set government funding levels for the next two years and would also extend the country’s debt limit through 2017, NBC News reported.

The $80 billion deal would raise "sequestration" spending caps that were set in place in 2011.  

It would prevent a spike in Medicare B premiums for millions of seniors and also include long-term entitlement reforms to the Social Security Disability Insurance program — the first major reform to Social Security since 1983.

Speaker John Boehner — who resigns from Congress at the end of this week — told NBC News Monday that by pushing through the deal he was "cleaning out the barn."

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Biggest Pumpkin in Connecticut on Display in Plainville


This Halloween, the biggest pumpkin in Connecticut is on display at Plainville Town Hall and it’s huge, weighing in at 1,992 and a half pounds.

Gary Vincent , a retired police officer turned extreme gardener, grew the humongous pumpkin and named it “Hightower” because of its height.

“I started with this pumpkin on April 14. It was germinated in a little cup in my house,” said Vincent, who has been growing big pumpkins for the last eight years.

The pumpkin recently took top honors at the Topsfield Fair in Massachusetts, beating out dozens of others from around New England.

Vincent said it takes a lot of hours and meticulous effort to grow a pumpkin so large it has to be carried around in a trailer.

“You need a pumpkin seed that has the genetics to get this big. Then you need to have your soil balanced,” he said. “Forget vacation time. It’s like taking care of a baby. Everyday there’s something that you need to do and you can’t skip it.”

Now that the pumpkin has won an award and made headlines around the state, Vincent said the next step is to harvest its seeds to grow future large pumpkins and share with other gardeners.

'Happy Hour' Comet Lovejoy


Comet Lovejoy lived up to its name by releasing large amounts of alcohol as well as a type of sugar into space, according to new observations by an international team. The discovery marks the first time ethyl alcohol, the same type in alcoholic beverages, has been observed in a comet, NASA said on it website. The finding adds to the evidence that comets could have been a source of the complex organic molecules necessary for the emergence of life.

"We found that comet Lovejoy was releasing as much alcohol as in at least 500 bottles of wine every second during its peak activity," said Nicolas Biver of the Paris Observatory, France, lead author of a paper on the discovery published Oct. 23 in Science Advances. The team found 21 different organic molecules in gas from the comet, including ethyl alcohol and glycolaldehyde, a simple sugar, according to NASA.

Photo Credit: NASA
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Woman Robs New London Dunkin’ Donuts


A woman robbed the Dunkin' Donuts at 165 Broad St. in New London at 9:15 p.m. on Monday and police are asking for tips to held find her.

She appeared to be in her late teens or early 20s, stands between 5-feet-2 and 5-feet-4. She has a medium build and was wearing a mask, hooded sweatshirt and sweatpants.

Police said she ran fled toward Channing Street after getting the money.

Anyone with information should call the New London Police Department Detective Division at 860-447-1481 or submit a tip through the anonymous Tip411 system by tending NLPDTip and the information to 847411 or by submitting a tip through Facebook. 

Photo Credit: New London Police

Groton Police Find Suspected Police Impersonator


Groton police have been looking for the driver of a fake police car that is outfitted with red and blue flashing lights and a siren and said on Tuesday they have found the person and the car.

A police officer saw the car driving recklessly on Ford Hill Road in Groton and first thought it could be someone undercover. But when they heard the siren and there were no calls in the area, they knew something wasn't adding up.

The car did nott have markings or license plates properly identifying it as an emergency vehicle, according to police.

The officer chased the car to see who it belonged to and determine whether it was a police or fire vehicle, but the driver sped off, police said.

"The driver was going so fast, the person eluded the officer," said Groton Police Lt. John Varone, who added that the car was probably going about 85 to 100 miles an hour. "This person was operating a vehicle like it was like he was watching TV, like cop movies and stuff."

On Monday, police released a photo of the car captured from a school bus and it has blue and red strobe lights in the front and back of the car, police said on the Groton Police Department's Facebook page.

After police put out the news out that they are looking for the car, they received more reports from people who had also spotted the vehicle in Norwich and Waterford.

Debra Minikowski, of Mystic, said the vehicle in question passed her as she was on the way to the gym.

"I never saw it coming and then, all of the sudden, it was passing me. It was strange," Minikowski said. "And I looked in the mirror and I looked at my neighbor and said, 'What was that?' And it was gone. ... And, until I saw the Facebook posting, that’s when I knew there was something bad about that car that it was not a police car."

"He came flying through, right in front of a school an elementary school where kids walk to school," Varone said. "We need to identify who this person is and we need to get him off the street."

Police believe the car is a dark green early 2000s Honda CRV and officers are confident that the car isn't an emergency vehicle.

Photo Credit: Groton Police Department

Pit Bulls Attack Alpaca in East Windsor


Two pit bulls attacked an alpaca in East Windsor on Tuesday morning and police have quarantined one dog as they search for the other.

Police said the two dogs got loose from a home on Rolocut Road and went to a property next door on North Road, where they bit an alpaca’s mouth. The alpaca is expected to survive.

One dog has been quarantined and East Windsor police are looking for the other dog involved.

No additional information was immediately available.

Photo Credit: NBCConnecticut.com

Wethersfield Police Issue Coyote Warning


Wethersfield police are urging residents to keep an eye on small pets after receiving several reports of coyote sightings.

Coyotes are leaving meadows during the hunting season and making their way into more public spaces by following the railroad tracks, Folly Brook, and other wooded byways, according to police.

While coyotes pose no direct threat to people, police are urging residents with small pets to take precautions.

For more about coyotes, see the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Web site.

To report coyote problems and for control information, call the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection wildlife division at (860) 424-3011.

To report animals that are behaving abnormally or posing an immediate public threat, call Wethersfield police dispatch at 860-721-2900 or the DEEP emergency dispatch office at (860) 424-3333.

Photo Credit: Lisa Allamian

Injured Deer Walks Into Hospital Emergency Room


A deer apparently hit by a car brought itself to a New York hospital and walked into the emergency room.

Hospital officials say the deer walked through the automatic doors at the entrance to Strong Memorial Hospital's emergency room late Monday afternoon in Rochester. Officials say the deer made it about 20 feet down a corridor before staff members corralled it.

The Monroe County sheriff's office says two deputies happened to be at the hospital when the deer wandered in. They and hospital public safety officers strapped the deer to a gurney and wheeled it out to the parking lot.

One of the deputies put down the deer.

Photo Credit: File--AP

Man Charged in Crash That Killed Fiancee


An East Hampton man has been arrested in connection with the crash that killed his fiancée in May.

Jeanne Urban, 47, of East Hampton, died from injuries she sustained in a crash on the couple’s street around 5:30 p.m. on May 30, and police obtained a warrant charging Darin Hurne, 47, with misconduct with a motor vehicle, reckless driving and negligent homicide with a motor vehicle.

Hurne turned himself in to police and was released after posting a $50,000 surety bond.

He is scheduled to appear in the Middletown Superior Court on Tuesday, Nov. 10.

The obituary for Urban says Hurne was her fiance.

Fire Truck, Emergency Vehicles Respond to I-84 West in West Hartford


A fire truck and other emergency vehicles have responded to what appears to be a car fire on Interstate 84 West in West Hartford.

No information is available, but there is an incident at the end of the onramp and one lane is getting by in the area of exit 37.

Photo Credit: Connecticut Department of Transportation

Rabid Skunk Attacks Dog in East Lyme


A rabid skunk that attacked a dog in a kennel in East Lyme was shot, according to Waterford-East Lyme Animal Control.

The skunk was shot after attacking a dog at a kennel in the Fair Haven Road area was taken to the state lab and tested positive for rabies on Monday, according to the Ledge Light Health District in New London and Waterford-East Lyme Animal Control. The diesease can be deadly, officials said.

Animal Control officials caution pet owners to make sure their animals get rabies vaccinations.

"Report any wild animal that appears aggressive or 'drunk' to the police or animal control," Waterford-East Lyme Animal Control posted on its Facebook page. Members of the public can contact the animal control officer to report such sightings at aco@waterfordct.org.

The condition of the dog is unknown.

The health district warns "the public should avoid feeding or approaching wild or stray animals."

You can see more alerts on the health district's website under "public alerts."

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