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Police Seize 431 Bags of Heroin


Police stopped a man accused of not stopping at a traffic light in Wolcott on Monday and found 431 bags of heroin, police said.

When an officer stopped Dyshawn Key, 27, of Waterbury, Connecticut, at Meriden and Todd roads just before 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Key was reaching toward the back of the car in an apparent attempt to grab or hide something, police said.

As police checked the car, they noticed that the armrest in the back seat was down and there was access to the truck, so they checked the trunk and found a yellow and white spray can with a loose bottom, police said. Inside were several bags of heroin -- 431 bags in total -- according to police, and Key was also found with $1,600 in cash.

Key, who police said has a criminal record, was charged with two counts of possession of narcotics, two counts of with intent to sell and possession of narcotics in a school zone.

He is being held on a $150,000 bond and will be arraigned in Superior Court today.

This was the second traffic stop of the day where police found drugs.

Police stopped a Honda Civic with tinted windows and no front marker plate at 1500 Wolcott Road around 4:15 p.m. and smelled marijuana coming from the car.

The driver, Jeffrey Lyden, 26, of Naugatuck, admitted to smoking marijuana, police said, and officers found two plastic sandwich bags containing marijuana and a digital scale.

Lyden was charged with possession of marijuana, possession of an illegal substance in a school zone, possession of drug paraphernalia, and possession of marijuana with intent to sell.

He was released with a court date on Jan. 19 after posting a $25,000 bond.

Photo Credit: Wolcott Police

I-95 North Clear on Old Saybrook–Old Lyme Line After Crash


Interstate 95 North was backed up for hours after two tractor-trailers jackknifed and diesel fuel spilled.between on the Old Saybrook–Old Lyme line, but the highway has finally cleared.

The highway was shut down for several hours between exits 70 and 71 until the left shoulder opened and traffic started to get by. 

Police said any injuries sustained in the crash are not life-threatening. 

The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection was called to respond due to the fuel spill and the Department of Transportation sent a bucket loader. 

This crash happened near the area that was closed on Monday morning after a crash that killed two women.

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Watch: SoCal Driver Rescued From Truck on Electrified Water


A driver was rescued from a crashed pickup truck near a sheared hydrant that was gushing water onto downed power lines in Montebello early Tuesday morning.

The pre-dawn crash on Telegraph Road between Slauson and Greenwood avenues involved multiple vehicles, one of which ended up hitting a power pole and shearing a fire hydrant, Montebello Fire Battalion Chief Dan France said.

Firefighters were held at bay by the pool of electrified water, but communicated with the trapped driver by cellphone, France said.

A Southern California Edison crew arrived after sunrise to shut down the power, and firefighters were then able to close the water valve and safely get the driver out of the pickup truck, aerial footage taken by NewsChopper4 showed.

The driver, a male, was placed on a stretcher with minor injuries and loaded into an ambulance, France said.

"If he had gotten out of the car, there's a very good possibility that he would have been electrocuted," France said. "As long as you're in the car, there's rubber, you're safe. If you get out of the car and then you become a conductor, that's when you get electrocuted. He did the right thing by staying in the car."

On Aug. 22, 2012, two women attempting to rescue a driver who struck a light pole and sheared a fire hydrant in Valley Village were electrocuted when they stepped into water that had been electrified with 4,800 volts. The driver was sentenced to three years probation after pleading no contest to one count of vehicular manslaughter.

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Perrigo Recalls Children's Cough Syrup Over Overdose Risk


Perrigo Company said Monday it's recalling two flavors of its children's liquid cough medicine because of a potential overdose risk. 

The recall includes two batches of children's guaifenesin grape liquid (100mg/5 mL) and three batches of children's guaifenesin DM cherry liquid (100mg guaifenesin and 5mg dextromethorphan HBr/ 5 ml) sold in 4 oz. bottles with the dosage cup in a box. The medicine is being sold nationwide under a variety of brand names, including Rite-Aid, Dollar General, CVS and Kroger. 

Take a look at the chart below or click here to check the recalled lots, along with their corresponding branded labels:

The company said in a press release that it issued the recall because some packages contain an oral dosing cup with incorrect dose markings. Perrigo said there have been "no reports of adverse events" to the syrup as a result of the incorrect dosage markings.

An overdose of Guaifenesin DM may cause hyper excitability, rapid eye movements, changes in muscle reflexes, ataxia, dystonia, hallucinations, stupor, and coma, the Perrigo statement said. It said nausea, vomiting, tachycardia, irregular heartbeat, seizures, respiratory depression, and death can also occur with overdose.

Perrigo said it is notifying its distributors and customers by verbal and e-mail communication, followed by formal FedEx-delivered communication.

Consumers who purchased the product should discard the dosing device and product and may call Perrigo, toll free, Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 10 p.m. ET at 1-888-345-0479, or visit mucusreliefrecall.com. 

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Police Find Synthetic Marijuana During Raid at Hamden Store


Police said they found synthetic marijuana when they raided a Hamden, Connecticut, market on Monday and arrested an employee.

Police and the Drug Enforcement Agency searched Wasim Mart, at 1064 Dixwell Ave., on Monday and seized 91 packets of synthetic marijuana and $226 in cash.

A store employee, Mohammed Sayed, 36, of New Haven, was arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance with the intent to sell.

Sayed was held on a $20,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in court in Meriden on Jan. 21.

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Police Find Cocaine, Marijuana and Gun in Guilford Home


Police searched a Guilford home on Monday as part of a drug investigation and charged a 19-year-old man with running a drug factory, among other charges.

Police said they searched a home on Pinebrook Circle as part of investigation they’ve been conducting for months and found cocaine, marijuana, packaging materials, a large sum of cash and a loaded 9mm handgun. 

Michael Murawski, a 19-year-old resident of the house, was arrested at the scene.

He was charged with criminal possession of a firearm, risk of injury to a minor, improper storage of a loaded firearm, operation of a drug factory, two counts of possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell, possession of more than half an ounce of a controlled substance and possession of less than half an ounce of a controlled substance.

Murawski is being held on $50,000 bond and is expected to be arraigned at Superior Court in New Haven on Wednesday.

Photo Credit: Guilford Police

Man Charged in Fatal New Fairfield Crash


State police have arrested and charged a Danbury man in the crash that killed a 54-year-old woman on Route 37 in New Fairfield in March.

Robert Francis Martini Jr., 42, of New Fairfield, has been charged with second-degree manslaughter and driving under the influence in connection with the crash on Saturday, March 28, 2015 that killed Jody Stracci, 54, of Bronx, New York.

Police said Stracci was going south on Route 37 in her 2012 Honda CIV and Martini was going north in a 2000 Mercedes S430 around 3:30 p.m. that day when Martini went off the right shoulder and hit a rock, according to state police.

The impact propelled the car back onto the road and across the double yellow line into Stracci's Honda, state police said.

Stracci died at Danbury Hospital. 

Martini was also charged with operating with unsafe tires and driving with a suspended, revoked or refused license or registration. 

He was released on a $25,000 surety bond and is due in court in Danbury on Jan. 21.

Photo Credit: Ryan Ptakowski and Connecticut State Police

Turkish PM: ISIS Fighter Behind Blast That Killed 10


An ISIS fighter is behind the suicide attack in Istanbul's historic Sultanahmet district that killed 10 people, mostly German visitors, and injured 15 others, Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said Tuesday. 

Davutoglu said Turkey is determined to battle the militant group until it no longer "remains a threat" to the country or the world.

Turkish authorities said a 28-year-old Syrian national carried out the bombing near a monument called the German Fountain, between the Blue Mosque and the Haghia Sofia, an area popular with tourists. 

Turkey suffered two major bombing attacks last year, both blamed on the Islamic State group.

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The Final Address: Comparing Presidents' Last SOTU Speeches


When President Obama delivers his final State of the Union speech Tuesday night, he will be one of only a handful of presidents to end a second term with an address to the nation, and like his predecessors, he will try to ensure his imprint on the country’s future and the coming election.

"It is sometimes important for us to step back and take measure of how far we've come," Obama said Tuesday morning on NBC's "Today" show. "The economy right now is doing better than any other economy in the world by a significant margin. We remain the strongest nation on earth by far."

Among other two-term presidents, Bill Clinton and Ronald Reagan both vaunted thriving economies as their presidencies neared the end and offered policies to keep them growing. George W. Bush faced a country divided by the Iraq War and a faltering economy.

Obama is expected to talk about the country’s resiliency even as many Americans question the direction the country is headed. Seventy percent of the public says the country is on the wrong track, according to a December NBC/Wall Street Journal poll. Republican presidential candidates are zeroing in on that discontent.

“You'll hear a big, optimistic, generous view of the future of America from the president on Tuesday," Obama Chief of Staff Dennis McDonough told NBC News’ "Meet the Press."

Of Republican portrayals of a country mired in dysfunction, McDonough said, “I don't really get it. What I see is an America that's surging.”

President George W. Bush in his last address to Congress emphasized the unfinished war in Iraq and warned against bringing troops home too early from a conflict that took up much of his attention while he was in office. On the faltering economy, the voters’ top issue, he urged quick approval of a tax rebate package.

“Our country has been tested in ways none of us could have imagined,” Bush said. “We faced hard decision about peace and war, rising competition in the world economy and the health and welfare of our citizens.”

Like presidents before him, he fended off any suggestion that he was a lame duck.

“We have unfinished business before us and the American people expect us to get it done,” he said.

The Los Angeles Times in an analysis of the speech called the section on the progress in Iraq and Afghanistan the most soaring and upbeat while noting that the durability of those accomplishments remained in question.

The Washington Post said the grand dreams Bush had begun his term with — remaking Social Security and immigration law — had given way to modest proposals for hiring the spouses of military members.

Last year, the Congressional Research Service looked at the tradition of the speeches and stressed that a president has two audiences in mind -- Congress and the American public. After Tuesday's speech, Obama will travel to Omaha, Nebraska, and Baton Rouge, Louisiana, to highlight the country’s economic progress during his administration. Unemployment in both states has dropped significantly in the last seven years, according to the White House.

According to a list compiled by The American Presidency Project at the University of California, Santa Barbara, only five other presidents who served two full terms gave a State of the Union address at the start of their final year in office: George Washington, Dwight Eisenhower, Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush. The list does not include four-term president Franklin D. Roosevelt, while other two-term presidents submitted written reports to Congress.

Clinton said that the state of the union was the strongest it had ever been. He pointed to prosperity and social progress with little internal crisis or external threats.

The United States was beginning a new century with more than 20 million new jobs, the fastest economic growth and lowest unemployment rates in 30 years, the lowest poverty rates in 20 years and the first back-to-back budget surpluses in 42 years, he said.

“Never before have we had such a blessed opportunity — and therefore such a profound obligation — to build the more perfect union of our founders’ dreams," he said.

He set some grand goals, among them health care for all, a cleaner planet and prosperity for every community. He also called for tougher gun control, including state licenses showing new handgun buyers had passed background checks under the Brady bill and a gun safety course. Analysts immediately noted that the National Rifle Association opposed licensing gun buyers.

Reagan in his final address called the state of the union much improved and said that there was good reason to believe it would continue to improve.

“For a time we forgot the American dream isn’t one of making government bigger; it’s keeping faith with the mighty spirit of free people under God,” he said.

Inflation had dropped from 12.4 percent to 3.4 percent, across-the-board tax reductions had been passed and industries such as transportation had been deregulated, he said.

“Tonight, we can report and be proud of one of the best recoveries in decades,” he said. “Send away the hand wringers and the doubting Thomases." 

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Man Operated Drug Factory in West Hartford Home: Police


State police arrested a West Hartford resident Tuesday who they say was growing marijuana in his home on Quaker Lane and seized dozens of the plants and a small stash of illegal fireworks from the residence where a 3 year old also was at the time of their response. 

Christopher J. Colby, 34, of West Hartford, is facing multiple drug charges and a risk of injury to a minor charge after a lengthy state police narcotics investigation.

State police detectives searched his 443 Quaker Lane home at about 5:45 a.m. on Tuesday and discovered a grow room in the attic that contained more than 66 plants. They seized the plants, which were in various states of growth, as well as multiple high intensity lights and ballasts often used in cultivating marijuana, 27 mason jars with marijuana buds of "various strands of marijuana," THC Butter from extracted marijuana oils, pipes, bongs, fertilizing agents and other paraphernalia, state police said.

State Police Emergency Services Unit bomb techs responded due to a small amount of illegal fireworks investigators found and seized those. They notified the Department of Children and Families because a 3-year-old child was home at the time. The kid's relationship to Colby is unknown.

Authorities charged Colby with cultivation of marijuana, operating a drug factory, possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of fireworks and risk of injury to a minor. 

He is scheduled to appear in Hartford Superior Court on Jan. 26. His bond has been set at $50,000. 

The State Police North Central narcotics task force oversaw the investigation with the help of special agents from the Drug Enforcement Agency, West Hartford police Special Investigations Unit and the West Hartford Community Interaction Team. 

Photo Credit: State Police

Mistaken Powerball Celebration


Workers at one New Jersey restaurant cried tears of joy and shouted -- one even quit his job -- after they matched winning Powerball numbers with a lottery ticket they'd purchased for an office pool.

Unfortunately for them, they didn't realize they had read off the wrong day's winning numbers.

Video from Grissini's Restaurant in Englewood Cliffs shows servers, cooks and bartenders celebrating after reading off Wednesday's winning numbers with one of the tickets they bought for Saturday night's $900 million drawing. 

Their ticket, which was purchased Saturday and included numbers 2, 11, 47, 62, 63 and a Powerball of 17, was an exact match for Wednesday's $528 million prize. No one won in Wednesday's drawing, which prompted the historic $900 million jackpot that later swelled to $1.5 billion after Saturday's drawing.

The workers can be seen on video reading through the numbers, with another shouting "Yes!" with each successive match. When the person reading off the ticket announces the Powerball, the entire restaurant erupts in cheers.

A second video shows workers hooping and hollering as though they won the epic jackpot. One man goes around hugging his coworkers and wiping away tears.

It's not clear when they figured out they'd read the wrong day's winning numbers. 

Charlie Poveromo, one worker who thought he'd become an instant millionaire, said Tuesday that he still couldn't believe that their ticket came so close to winning.

"I still can't believe it," he said. "What a feeling."

Photo Credit: Grissini's Restaurant

Dive Team Investigating Car in Water at Bigelow State Park


State police are at Bigelow State Park in Union after a car entered the water.

According to Trooper First Class Kelly Grant, state police along with ESU divers and the Department of Environmental protection are on scene checking the vehicle for occupants.

NBC Connecticut has a crew at the scene gathering more information. Please check back for updates on this developing story.

Yard Goats to Play First 17 Scheduled Home Games on the Road


The new Hartford Yard Goats baseball team will play the first 17 scheduled home games on the road this season, according to a statement from the team.

There have been delays in the construction process for the new stadium and it will not be ready for opening day.

A statement from the team says the Eastern League Office informed the Yard Goats that they will play their originally scheduled home games at the site of the opposing club from April 7 through May 8, but the team will play a full 142-game schedule.

The Hartford Yard Goats first game will be on April 7 at The Diamond in Richmond, Virginia against the San Francisco Giants affiliate, the Flying Squirrels, and Yard Goats season ticket holders will be able to attend these road games, compliments of the Yard Goats, a statement from the team says.

The Eastern League will continue to monitor the situation and will make further decisions regarding the Yard Goats home schedule as additional information becomes available.


  • April 7-10 Hartford Yard Goats vs. Richmond Flying Squirrels will now be hosted by the Richmond Flying Squirrels from April 7 to April 9. The clubs will play a doubleheader on April 9 and Sunday, April 10 will become an off day for both clubs.
  • April 11-13: Hartford Yard Goats vs. New Hampshire Fisher Cats series will now be hosted by the New Hampshire Fisher Cats.
  • April 21-24: Hartford Yard Goats vs. Portland Sea Dogs series will now be hosted by the Portland Sea Dogs from April 22-24. The clubs will play a doubleheader on April 23 and Thursday, April 21 will become an off day for both clubs.
  • April 25-27: Hartford Yard Goats vs. Harrisburg Senators series will now be hosted by the Harrisburg Senators from April 26-28. The off day, originally scheduled for Thursday April 28,will be moved to Monday, April 25.
  • May 6-8: Hartford Yard Goats vs. New Hampshire Fisher Cats series will now be hosted by the New Hampshire Fisher Cats.

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West Haven Police Investigate Shooting


West Haven police are investigating an early-morning shooting on Tuesday that sent a man to the hospital.

Police responded to 360 West Spring Street around 3 a.m. on Tuesday after receiving reports of gunshots and found a man who had been shot several times.

The victim was brought to an area hospital and hasn't been cooperative with police.

West Haven police ask anyone with information to call 203-937-3900 or the department's anonymous tip lines. 

Tow Truck Drivers Ran Into Owner Twice While Repossessing Car: PD


Two tow truck drivers were arrested in Orange after hitting a car owner twice as she tried to stop them from repossessing her vehicle, police said. 

Tow truck drivers, Elizabeth Vinall, 37, of Wallingford, and Ralph Iavarona Jr., 46, of Wallingford, have both been charged with reckless endangerment and breach of peace charges.

Officers from the Orange Police Department responded to the Applebee's at 526 Boston Post Road at 1:17 p.m. on Friday after receiving reports of a disturbance. 

Vinall and Iavarona, who work for Cheap Auto Rental in Wallingford, were trying to repossess a vehicle parked in the restaurant parking lot.

The owner of the car works nearby and raced out to stop them as she saw what was unfolding, police said. 

That's when Vinall got into the car being repossessed and attempted to drive away, hitting the owner of the car, according to police. When she couldn't drive the car away, Iavarona pulled up in a tow truck to try and tow the car from the scene, but ran over the car owner's foot in the process, police said. 

Police took Vinall and Iavarona into custody and charged them with second-degree reckless endangerment and second-degree breach of peace, police said.

Both were released after posting $1,000 bonds and are due in court Jan. 29. 

Photo Credit: Orange Police

Police Make Credit Card Fraud Arrests at Foxwoods Hotel


A man suspected of making fake credit cards was arrested at a hotel at Foxwoods casino on Friday. 

Police from the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation said a man suspected of committing credit card fraud checked into the Fox Tower hotel around 11 p.m. on Friday under the name Anthony Ortiz.

When police responded, they found him in a hotel room and determined he was really Daniel M. Velazquez, 27, of the Bronx, New York.

During the investigation, officers also located a machine that makes credit cards, a laptop computer, two counterfeit $100 bills, 20 fraudulent credit cards and 20 bags of heroin, police said.

Velazquez was charged with criminal impersonation, fourth-degree larceny, two counts of first-degree forgery, possession of a controlled substance, 20 counts of theft of credit cards, 20 counts of unlawful completion or reproduction of credit cards, illegal use of a credit card and receipt of money/goods/services by Illegal credit card.

Police also charged Christina Decaro, 28, of Brooklyn, New York, with conspiracy on all charges. 

Velazquez is being held on $500,000 and will be arraigned today in New London.

Decaro is being held on a $250,000 bond and will also be arraigned today.

Stocks Mixed After Opening Bounce


U.S. stocks traded mixed Tuesday after pressure from lower oil prices ate away early gains in the morning.

The Dow Jones industrial average was up about 40 points in afternoon trading after jumping gained more than 150 points in the open.

The S&P 500 and Nasdaq composite struggled to hold higher after gaining more than 1 percent at the open, CNBC reported.

Last week, stocks closed 2 percent lower for the S&P 500 and Dow Jones, making it the worst 10-day start to a year on record.

Official data reported China’s gross domestic product at 6.9 percent for 2015, the slowest pace since 1990. The fourth-quarter GDP was below expectations. December retail sales and industrial production both grew, but were mildly below estimates. 

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Brady, Edelman Joke Ahead of AFC Championship Game


The Patriots and the Broncos, two of the biggest names in sports, are matching up for the AFC Championship, but some of the Pats are having a little fun ahead of the game.

Tom Brady posted a picture on Facebook of him trying to run the ball in for a touchdown Saturday against the Chiefs, with wide receiver Julian Edelman cheering in the background.


Hey Julian, how about a little less flexing and a little more blocking next time!!

Posted by Tom Brady on Monday, January 18, 2016

Edelman responded with his own facebook post.


My bad Tom Brady it's just that usually when i dive for the pylon it counts as a touchdown ;) love you bud

Posted by Julian Edelman on Monday, January 18, 2016

Sunday's game against the Broncos will go down in Denver, Colorado.

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Police ID Woman Killed After ATV Crash


A 23-year-old West Haven woman is dead after she was thrown from an all-terrain vehicle in sand pits in North Haven Sunday afternoon.

Katherine Diaz, 23, of West Haven, and her husband were riding ATVs in a wooded area by the North Haven-Wallingford line when she hit a tree in the area of 100 Dodge Avenue and was thrown from the vehicle. She was riding near Toelles Road next to the Quinnipiac River.

North Haven and Wallingford firefighters and North Haven police responded to the end of Dodge Avenue around 1 p.m. after a receiving a report of a female injured in an all-terrain vehicle accident.

Wallingford and North Haven fire department paramedics transported her to Yale-New Haven Hospital, where she died from her injuries.

The North Haven Police Accident Reconstructionists are investigating the crash.
A GoFundMe account has been set up for the family. 

Anyone who witnessed the crash is asked to call Officer Rienzo of the North Haven Police Department at 203-239-1616.

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Ted Cruz Takes Aim at Trump for First Time


After refusing to engage in a “cage match” with Donald Trump for months, Ted Cruz finally directly challenged his Republican rival on the campaign trail.

Cruz highlighted Trump’s record, drawing contrasts between the two men in a speech on Monday night. He highlighted conservative issues, like the 2013 debate over the Senate’s immigration measure, urging the crowd to wonder where Trump was during that fight.

He told voters they have “reason to doubt the credibility” of a candidate who takes hardline positions only after announcing his candidacy.

Cruz said he has “no intention of reciprocating” the “insults” launched by Trump, but thinks a policy discussion is “fair game.”

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