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Foxon Road Closed After Vehicle Strikes Pedestrian


Foxon Road is closed in East Haven after a vehicle struck a pedestrian.

The accident happened near the intersection of Foxon Road and North High Street. There is no word on any injuries.

Further information wasn't immediately available.



Man Hospitalized After New Haven Shooting


A man was hospitalized after he was shot in the abdomen in New Haven at about midnight early Saturday, police said.

Police responded to Winthrop Avenue and George Street to investigate a report of someone short. Responding officers found Michael Murphy, 27, shot one time in the abdomen, police said.

Witnesses told police a man confronted him and shot him after an argument, police said.

Police believe the person shot drove off in a green mini van and headed northbound on Winthrop Avenue toward Edgewood Avenue.

An ambulance transported the man to Yale-New Haven Hospital. He was undergoing surgery Saturday morning and arrived at the hospital alert and stable, police said.

Police are still looking for the person who shot him.

New Haven police ask anyone with information to call New Haven police at 203-946-6304.

Photo Credit: NBCConnecticut.com

Democrats Apologize for Candidate's Behavior in Confrontation


East Haven's Democratic Town Committee chairman and executive board have issued a letter of apology to the Republican party about the behavior of its Democratic mayoral candidate when he went to concede to incumbent Mayor Joseph Maturo (R) on election night Tuesday.

East Haven Republican Town Committee Chairman Paul Carbo told NBC Connecticut that Democratic mayoral candidate Michael Speer was escorted out of the restaurant after a confrontation where the Republicans were gathering to celebrate Maturo's victory.

Democratic Town Committee Executive Board Chairman Richard DePalma wrote a letter to Carbo on Friday to apologize on Speer's behalf.

In the first part of the letter provided to NBC Connecticut, DePalma congratulates Carbo on Maturo's win and assured him of the Democratic party's commitment to collaborating with the Republicans on ideas for the town and in "upholding the best interests of our citizens."

Then, he goes on to say he wrote to address "the occurrence that transpired at the Mayor's victory celebration."

"While some provided apologies for the incident that evening, we want to be unmistakably clear that the incident was no way endorsed by our Democratic Party," DePalma said. "In good faith, and as is custom, our leadership, along with Michael Speer, walked to the celebration to concede the race, and also to congratulate your entire team. Our leadership had no prior knowledge of the candidate’s intended and consequential actions. It was not proper and in poor taste. His actions in no way epitomize the values of our party and will be dealt with accordingly. A hard fought campaign should always end with a respectful handshake and the mending of differences so that the most important tasks at hand can be addressed. That certainly was our objective."

NBC Connecticut has not reached Speer yet for comment, but his Facebook page does address his reaction to the election results. His post doesn't address the confrontation DePalma referenced in his letter, but he does thank his supporters for helping him on his "journey" and "mission" to "make East Haven a better place for all to live" as someone whose family has lived in East Haven over the course of about 90 years.

"I unfortunately did not win the Election, but I smile today. I smile today because I have already hit the jackpot and won in life. I have an amazing wife and a beautiful healthy little boy, family is the most important thing in life," Speer posted on his Facebook page. "In this campaign I wanted to bring innovative thoughts and creativity to a town that has been in desperate need of some change. This campaign has been focused on building for the future."

He goes on to say, "Certain people questioned and would make allegations as to who was, 'pulling the strings' in the campaign. That was a little funny throughout the process. Today, I think of my grandfather. He passed shortly before I made the decision to run in the 2015 Election. My grandfather was an extraordinary man that helped me truly understand the political ways of our town from his successes and experience. This year you have heard me speak about integrity, being a person that will always talk with members of our community and respond to their questions with an honest answer, not just telling people what they want to hear. Being a person that prides himself with being ethical. These are just some of the things that our campaign was built around that I learned from my grandfather. He would be proud that I did not let anyone bully me down throughout this process though many tried. He would be proud that I kept my word with people and stood strong against things that I knew to be wrong."

Click here to read the full apology letter from the DePalma.

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Missing Guilford Man Found Safe


A 76-year-old man reported missing Saturday has been found safe, according to Guilford police.

Police say Peter Abbagnaro, of Guilford, was reported missing on Saturday. He suffers from Alzheimer's Disease and left his home at about 10:45 a.m. in a car. A Silver Alert was issued.

Saturday evening Abbagnaro was found safe and the Silver Alert was canceled. He has been returned to his residence.

Photo Credit: Guilford Police Department

Stonington Police Warn of Coyote Sightings


Stonington police are warning residents to keep an eye on their pets in light of possible coyote appearances in their neighborhoods.

Capt. Todd Olson from Stonington police is is notifying the community about a "nuisance wildlife alert" involving coyotes that may have been driven "from their natural habitat" into Stonington neighborhoods due to recent development in town, police said.

Stonington police and Animal Control officials are "monitoring the situation" and have responded to the affected area several times, police said.

Police said "state and town animal control officers are not authorized to remove, shoot or relocate healthy nuisance wildlife, including coyotes," but they advise residents to "keep small animals inside and" not to allow family members to "approach the coyotes or any other wild animal."

"Coyotes are scavengers - please keep trash bins secure and do not leave any food outside," Olson said.

Stonington police are in touch with the CT DEEP Wildlife Division about the coyote situation in town.

Police said that anyone who needs help can call 911 in an emergency or 860-599-4411.

Mother of Slain Boy Address Claims


The mother of Tyshawn Lee, the 9-year-old who was shot to death in an alleyway in Chicago on Monday, has spoken out after rumors circulated on social media that she bought a new car with money from a GoFundMe account for Tyshawn's funeral.

Karla Lee told NBC 5 she did buy a new car, but not with the money from the GoFundMe account. She said she bought the car for protection after what happened to her son, and she used savings to make the purchase.

Accusations spread on social media this week following Lee's purchase of the car, and many claimed she used some of the money in the GoFundMe account for Tyshawn's funeral, which had raised more than $17,000 by Saturday. Lee posted several videos on Instagram addressing the claims, saying she bought the car for her protection to get to work and asking everyone to leave her alone.

Saturday marked the first time Lee spoke to the media since police announced her son was lured into an alley and murdered in what is believed to have been a "targeted" shooting. Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy said Thursday the shooting appears to have been gang-related.

"Tyshawn was murdered in probably the most abhorrent, cowardly, unfathomable crime that I've witnessed in 35 years of policing," McCarthy said.

Tyshawn, a fourth grader at Scott Joplin School, was fatally shot in an alleyway near his grandmother's home in Chicago's Gresham neighborhood around 4:15 p.m. Monday while still in his school uniform. Authorities said he was shot multiple times in the head and back.

On Tuesday, Lee addressed the media in an emotional plea asking for her son's killer to come forward.

"Please come forward and find whoever did this to my baby," Lee said as tears rolled down her face. "Oh my god I love my son. I'm going to miss him." 

The reward money for information leading to the arrest of Tyshawn's killer has grown to at least $54,600. 

Hartford Police Seek Bank Robbery Suspect


Hartford police are looking for a man who robbed a bank on Franklin Avenue Saturday morning.

Police say they responded to a hold up alarm at the People’s United Bank located at 290 Franklin Avenue around 11:15 a.m. Employees reported that the suspect handed a teller two notes. The first said “I have a gun, quiet” and the second one read “I have a gun and a bomb, give me money.”

The teller complied and handed the suspect money from her drawer. The suspect then shoved the money into his pant pocket and fled the bank in an unknown direction.

The suspect made off with $3,160 worth of U.S. currency. No injuries were reported.

Police say the victim is described as a light skin male with a slight beard, wearing a blue hoodie, blue Yankee’s cap, and black printed t-shirt. Police seized one of the hold up notes the suspect left behind as evidence.

Anyone with information or who recognizes the man in the photo above should contact Sgt. Rivera in the Hartford police major crimes division at (860) 757 4316.

Photo Credit: Hartford Police Department

Photos of Ben Carson's Home in Maryland


Photos of Ben Carson's Home in Maryland

Photos of Ben Carson's Home Reveals Portrait With Jesus Christ


Last year, Philadelphia based photojournalist Mark Makela took photos of Dr. Ben Carson in the republican presidential candidate's Upperco, Maryland, home. 

The Guardian called the decor of the home a personal "homage" to Carson.

Makela took photos of Carson's various awards and certificates on display, a picture of Carson with former president George W. Bush, gilded proverbs and a painting of the neurosurgeon with Jesus Christ.

This week Carson came under fire for writing in his autobiography that he received an offer for a scholarship to attend West Point when he was not, according to his campaign on Friday. 

"I guess it could have been more clarified," Carson said in an interview with Fox News to be broadcast Friday night. "I told it as I understood it."

Carson, who leads the GOP presidential run this week, sought to clarify a statement in his book "Gift Hards." Apparently, Carson was told he could be accepted to the military academy based on his grades but the surgeon never applied. 

Vigil Held for Danbury Hit-and-Run Victim


One year after a young mother was killed by a hit-and-run driver in Danbury, her loved ones are pleading for help to find whoever is responsible.

On Saturday, family, friends, and co-workers of Rachel Sack gathered for a candlelight vigil near the crash site at the intersection of South Street and Great Pasture Road in Danbury.

“It’s still just as difficult as a year ago and we still don’t have the answers we would have hoped for,” says Stephanie Ewud, Sack’s best friend and the vigil organizer.

Police say Sack had been walking on South Street just after midnight on November 8th, 2014. That’s when authorities say the 23-year-old was struck and killed by a vehicle which then took off.
Just about eight weeks prior to the crash Sack had given birth to a boy, who is now 14-months old.

“He looks just like her it’s insane. You can’t look at him and not see his mother. It’s impossible. They’re like little twins,” says Ewud. “He knows who his mother is and he will continue to know who she is.”

Police say a surveillance camera captured a white van in the area around the time of the crash. At this point, it’s only considered a vehicle of interest.

While tips are still coming in, police have yet to find that van or its driver.

“Hopefully somebody knows something and will do the right thing and come forward,” says Ewud.

Sack’s family has increased a reward for information to $10,000 to help find the person responsible.

“If they know that they hit Rachel and they know that they left the scene we’re all not safe if a person like this is running around,” says Gerard Sack, the father of Rachel Sack.

The young mother, who was described as vibrant and selfless, worked as a Certified Nurses Assistant at Regional Hospice and Home Care.

Despite a difficult last year, the family of Rachel Sack is not giving up hope to find whoever hit her.

“She took on a job that I know some of the strongest people on this earth couldn’t do and she deserves the dignity that a person like that should have,” says Gerard Sack.

Anyone with information is asked to call Danbury police.

2 Killed When Truck Goes Off Bridge


Two people have died after their pickup truck smashed through a guard rail and ended up completely submerged in the Charles River, fire officials told necn.

Officials say the truck went off of Charles River Dam Road heading from Boston into Cambridge, Massachusetts.

The male and female patients were pulled from the water alive, but were pronounced dead a short time after being taken to Massachusetts General Hospital.

Witnesses told police the truck was driving irrationally up Nashua Street around 6:30 p.m. before turning, losing control and going through the guard rail, dropping into the water, passenger side down.

A state trooper on the scene jumped in to try to help. Boston Fire, Cambridge Fire, Boston EMS and Massachusetts State Police all assisted in rescuing the victims.

Boston Fire officials say when they arrived, they were able to break the driver's side window, pull the man out, then free the woman from the passenger seat.

Fire officials say the rescue was quick because there were so many witnesses.

Several roads in the area were closed after the crash.

Photo Credit: Boston Fire

Strange Lights Appear in Calif. Sky


Viewers across California and parts of the West Coast reported seeing a strange, large flash of light across the Pacific Ocean Saturday night.

Many viewers called in to NBC San Diego, NBC Southern California and NBC Bay Area reporting a green and blue colored streak of bright light through the sky, reported as far south as Mexico and as far north as the Bay Area. Some viewers even reported seeing it in Arizona. 

Cmdr. Ryan Perry with the Navy’s Third Fleet said the Navy Strategic Systems Programs conducted a scheduled Trident II (D5) missile test flight at sea from USS Kentucky. 

Read their full statement below: 

"Navy Strategic Systems Programs conducted scheduled Trident II (D5) missile test flight at sea from USS Kentucky, an Ohio Class SSBN, in the Pacific Test Range off the coast of Southern California. The tests were part of a scheduled, on-going system evaluation test. Launches are conducted on a frequent, recurring basis to ensure the continued reliability of the system. Each test activity provides valuable information about our systems, thus contributing to assurance in our capabilities.

The missile was not armed. Strategic Systems Programs does not routinely announce missile testing. Information regarding the test launch of Trident II (D5) missiles is classified prior to the launch."

Coast Guard Sector Los Angeles confirmed through the U.S. Navy at Point Mugu that the light was a missile test. However, the location of where the missile was fired has not been disclosed, Captain Jonathon S. Spaner, commander of Sector San Diego and San Diego Captain of the Port, told NBC7's Bridget Naso. 

The Coast Guard sector confirmed that they spoke with the Department of Defense and confirmed it was a missile test. The Orange County Sheriff's Department tweeted the bright lights were confirmed to be a Naval test fire off the coast. 

A NASA blog post from late October said the Earth is passing throgh a broad stream of debris left by Comet Encke known as the Taurid Swarm. NBC 7 has reached out to NASA for comment.

NBC 7 has reached out to learn more details. We will update this story when we learn more.

No further information was immediately available. 

Refresh this page for updates on this breaking news story. 

Shelton Police Investigate Armed Robbery


Shelton police are investigating an armed robbery that occurred on Bridgeport Avenue Saturday night.

Police say they responded to the Shell gas station at 99 Bridgeport Avenue around 7:58 p.m. Saturday night. Police released few details about the crime, but say they are actively investigating and will provide updates.

A suspect description is not available at this time. No injuries were reported.

Check back for updates.

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'Noise' Heard in Final Second of Metrojet Flight


Egyptian officials probing why a Russian charter jet crashed in the Sinai Peninsula are investigating a "noise" heard in the final second of the flight data recording, the head of the investigation committee said Saturday, NBC News reported.

"A spectrum analysis will be carried out to identity the nature of this noise," Ayman al-Muqaddam said during a news conference.

There has been no definitive cause as to what brought down the Metrojet Airbus A321 after it took off from Sharm al-Sheikh Airport on Oct. 31, although Western officials have said it's possible it was brought down by a bomb.

Al-Muqaddam noted that media reports, citing intelligence sources, favoring a "certain scenario" for the cause of the crash has not been provided to the committee.

"The committee urges the sources of such reports to provide it with all info that could help us to undertake its mission," he said. 

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New Haven Police Seek Bank Robbery Suspect


New Haven police are looking for a man they say robbed a bank on Church Street Saturday morning.

Police say they responded around 9:44 a.m. to the Wells Fargo Bank located at 205 Church St. Bank officials told police the suspect approached a teller’s window and demanded money. The teller complied and handed over an amount of cash. The robber then left through the front door and fled in an unknown direction.

Police say they reviewed recording and identified the suspect as Juan Cruz, 37, of New Haven. Cruz is also a suspect in an Oct. 20 robbery of the same Wells Fargo location, and another robbery at a Santander bank at 215 Grand Avenue, which occurred Oct. 15.

According to police, Cruz is a convicted felon on probation. He was recently released from a seven year prison sentence for robbing a bank in East Haven. Anyone who has information about Cruz’ whereabouts should contact New Haven detectives at (203) 946 6304.

Photo Credit: New Haven Police Department

Aung San Suu Kyi Votes in Myanmar


Opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi has cast her ballot in Myanmar's elections. 

Suu Kyi voted Sunday in a polling station near her home in Yangon, NBC News reported.

She is running for a seat she has held in the lower house of Parliament, which she's expected to win easily. Her opposition party, the National League for Democracy, is also expected to win in a race against the ruling Union Solidarity Development Party, made up largely of former junta members.

Suu Kyi's party won just over 80 percent of parliamentary seats in the 1990 general election, even though she and her top deputy were under house arrest.

A shocked army refused to seat the winning lawmakers, with the excuse that a new constitution first had to be implemented — a task that ended up taking 18 years to accomplish.

Suu Kyi was again under house arrest for the next general election in 2010, which the NLD boycotted because it considered election laws unfair.

Photo Credit: AP

Funeral Set for Boy Killed by Louisiana Marshals


A 6-year-old child fatally shot during in a troubling encounter with city marshals in Louisiana this week was remembered as a "happy kid" as his family prepares for the funeral Monday. 

Jeremy Mardis will be buried in Mississippi Monday following a 1:30 p.m. in Hattiesburg, according to his grandmother and the funeral home.

The boy was killed after city marshals fired into a vehicle driven by his father in Marskville Tuesday, officials said, and two of those marshals have been arrested on charges of second-degree murder, NBC News reported.

Miranda Sigler, who babysat Jeremy for more than four years, remembered the boy as "a very outgoing kid, always had a smile on his face."

Jeremy was shot five times and was struck in the head and chest, the coroner said. His father, Chris Few, was also wounded in the shooting, which occurred at around 9:30 p.m. after what officials described as the end of a pursuit. Few remained in serious condition Saturday.

Photo Credit: Cathy Mardis

Cowboys' Greg Hardy Tweets Regret


Dallas Cowboys defensive end Greg Hardy took to Twitter Saturday to express his regret over things that have happened in his past.

On Thursday a domestic violence charge against Hardy was expunged and on Friday the photos, appearing to show Hardy's ex-girlfriend battered and bruised, were released by Deadspin.

In 2014, Hardy was convicted for threatening and assaulting his then-girlfriend Nicole Holder in Charlotte, North Carolina, NBC Sports reported. About a month after the alleged attack, the NFL suspended him with no pay for 10 games, according to a press release put out by the league's vice president of communications, Brian McCarthy. The suspension was later reduced to four games.

The charges against Hardy have been dropped and expunged, which means they were erased from the eyes of the law.

The charges were dismissed in February 2015 after Holder did not appear in court. The Mecklenburg County district attorney's office said it had "reliable information" that the pair had reached a civil settlement, according to ESPN.

But the case was back in the spotlight on Friday after Deadspin released the photographs.

Deadspin said it received hundreds of pages of records, some already reported, including police reports, interview transcripts and photos. The publication released over 40 photos that appear to show Holder with bruises on her arms, legs, chin, neck and foot.

In March 2015, the former Carolina Panthers' star signed with the Dallas Cowboys. Since starting, the team's owner Jerry Jones has called Hardy a "real leader" who inspires the team, even after video showed him shoving a coach during a game.

"While we did not have access to the photos that became public today, we were and are aware of the serious nature of this incident. We as an organization take very this seriously. We do not condone domestic violence. We entered into the agreement with Greg fully understanding that there would be scrutiny and criticism. We have given Greg a second chance. He is a member of our team and someone who is grateful for the opportunity he has been given to move forward with his life and his career," Jerry Jones wrote in a public statement through his public relationships representative.

Hardy, whose Twitter handle is @OverlordKraken also expressed his feelings over playing NFL football.

Hardy’s tweets have done little to change the minds of those who believe he should not be allowed to play another down of football.

"No woman should be abused the way she was," said Debra Nixon Bowles, a local advocate for victims of domestic violence. "Those pictures were horrific. I was in tears when I saw that."

Bowles says she she’s disappointed in the Cowboys for not taking any action after the pictures were published and plans to join others outside AT&T Stadium Sunday in protest of Hardy.

"Mr. Jones, what if it was your daughter?" said Bowles. "Those beatings she took were unacceptable."

NBC 5's Tim Ciesco contributed to this report. 

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Apple Defeats Class Action Lawsuit


Apple Inc. defeated a U.S. class action lawsuit brought by Apple retail workers over bag search practices at the company's California brick and mortar outlets, according to a court ruling on Saturday. 

The decision, from U.S. District Judge William Alsup in San Francisco, came in a case where employees sued to be reimbursed for the time taken by Apple to search their bags to ensure they did not steal any merchandise, NBC News reported.

At least two Apple retail store workers complained directly to Chief Executive Tim Cook that the technology company's policy of checking retail employees' bags as a security precaution was embarrassing and demeaning, according to court filings made public earlier in the case.

Lee Shalov, an attorney representing the plaintiffs, said they are disappointed by the ruling and intend to explore all options, including a possible appeal.

An Apple spokeswoman declined to comment.

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Rubio's Campaign Releases Credit Card Records


Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio's campaign on Saturday released nearly two years of credit card records from the time the senator from Florida served in the state House of Representatives. 

The disclosure comes after attacks from rival Donald Trump and others, who have questioned how Rubio used a state Republican party credit card while he was a legislator in his home state, NBC News reported.

"For years I've heard about Marco and his credit cards," Donald Trump said recently. "And I'll be honest with you, I think that he's got a problem there."

Rubio sometimes used the card for personal expenses and paid them directly to American Express, according to his campaign, but some of those charges have been previously unreported.

The records released were from 2005 and 2006.

"Marco is running for president, and he understands that voters have a right to know not only where he would take our country, but also where he came from and what's in his past," said top campaign aide Todd Harris. "He is not afraid of that scrutiny because he has nothing to hide."

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