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Man Hit By Car in West Haven Sustained Life-Threatening Injuries


A 60-year-old man was hit by car in West Haven on Wednesday morning and the injuries he sustained could be life-threatening, according to police.

The man was hit at Campbell Avenue and Alling Street just after 6:30 a.m. and he was unconscious when police arrived.

Police said he sustained a serious injury to his left leg, as well as internal injuries.

Crews immediately transported him to the Yale-New Haven Hospital Trauma Unit.

Because of the severity of the man’s injuries, police contacted the West Haven Police Major Accident Squad.

When officers responded to Yale-New Haven Hospital, they learned the victim was going into surgery and the injuries could be life-threatening.

Police have not identified the man.

School Employee Accused of Attempting to Molest Officer: PD


A Windsor school employee is being accused of attempting to molest an officer, police confirmed.

On Tuesday afternoon, David Desrosiers, 58, started small talk with a plainclothes officer at the Laurel Marsh Trail in Manchester, police said.

While chatting Desrosiers allegedly asked the officer if he "wanted to have some fun" before reaching for his crotch, Capt. Christopher Davis of the Manchester Police said. 

Desrosiers, a part-time food service employee at Sage Park Middle School, was placed on paid leave as the investigation is on-going, superintendent Craig Crooke said in a statement. 

The school employee is being accused of attempting fourth-degree sexual assault and breach of peace, police said. 

Again on Tuesday, two more men were arrested for allegedly having oral sex in a parked car in the Laurel Marsh Trail parking lot. Gregory Skinner, 48 of Monson, Mass., and Jerome Smith, 40, of Glastonbury are being accused of public indecency and creating public disturbance. 

Last week, another man was arrested on the Laurel Marsh Trail for repeatedly touching his crotch and exposing himself to an officer, Manchester police said. Rodney Tippit, 47, of Manchester is accused of public indecency and creating public disturbance. 

Earlier this month, Manchester Police said they were beefing up security by the trail after two men were arrested for masturbating or exposing themselves

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Snow to Move in Friday Morning


Accumulating snow will impact the Friday morning commute in eastern Connecticut.

Just like the last storm, a sharp gradient will exist, this time west-to-east. Likewise, the northwest extent of the snow is uncertain.

That means it's likely that locations such as Danbury, Waterbury and Windsor Locks don't see any snow.

The most snow will fall in eastern Connecticut, in places like Groton, Norwich and Killingly.

Current projections call for 1 to 3 inches of snow in the eastern third of the state, with perhaps more than 3 inches close to the Rhode Island border.

The trend has been west, but a slight jog 30 miles east would mean the difference between no snow and a few inches for many.

A Winter Storm Watch has been posted for Cape Cod, Martha's Vineyard and other portions of southeastern Massachusetts, where confidence in plowable snow is higher.

The snow should pull out of the region midday Friday and some sunshine will be visible in the afternoon.

Stay with the First Alert weather team as this round of snow comes into better clarity.

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SCSU's Forum on Islam Draws Hundreds


Southern Connecticut State's Forum on Islam this afternoon drew some 200 people, some more familiar with Islamic customs than others, but all aware it's not always easy to be Muslim.

"One of my friends who's Muslim was telling me someone called her a 'terrorist'," said Joshua Green, a SCSU Junior. "I always thought that was so wrong, that you shouldn't be stereotyping people no matter what their faith or religion."

Southern Connecticut State held a similar forum last November about the media and Islam, a forum that Brokk Tollefson, a freshman, remembers well.

"They talked about how the stereotypes about Islam are not true. Unfortunately the very next day was the Paris attacks," he said.

"Isis, Isis, Isis" was a taunt a Muslim girl heard as thugs beat her up, the imam visiting from Yale, Omer Bajwa, told the forum.

When they see something they should say something, the imam told them. When they see Islamophobia they should say something about how there's no place for it in their community.

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Silver Alert: South Windsor Woman, 83, Missing


 An 83-year-old woman from South Windsor went missing on Tuesday, police said.

A silver alert has been issued for Theresa Pelkey who lives in South Windsor.

Pelkey was last seen wearing a grey jacket and grey pants.

Anyone with information should notify the South Windsor Police at 860-644-2551

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Woman's Body Found in West Haven Surf: Police


A woman's body has been found in the surf off Leonard Street in West Haven, police said.

The body found off Leonard Street adjacent to Ocean Avenue was pulled to shore by the West Shore Fire Department on Wednesday, West Haven Police said. 

The victim appears to be approximately 30 to 40 years of age.

Police are still investigating.

This story is developing. Check back for updates.

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Rain Continues Into Tonight


The first storm to impact Connecticut this February will be 100 percent rain and it will be heavy at times, so NBC Connecticut has declared today a First Alert Weather Day.

The rain will continue to be heavy at times this evening before tapering to showers after midnight.

There can be a lingering shower tomorrow morning, but overall the day will feature a blend of clouds and sunshine. Highs will be well into the 50s!

Accumulating snow is expected in eastern Connecticut Friday morning. For more on the snow,

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Saturday and Sunday will see a mix of sun and clouds, but don't get settled with the quiet weather.

The First Alert weather team is watching the potential for a storm early next week.

A clipper will dive southeast and blossom into a coastal storm if the moving parts align just right. Tuesday looks like the day with snow.

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Suspect in Crash That Killed College Student Due in Court


A New London man suspected  in a hit-and-run that killed a Connecticut College student in December will be in court on Thursday for an arraignment and court documents state that he had been drinking alcohol before the crash.

James Sposito, 25, of Quaker Hill, has been charged with second-degree manslaughter, tampering with physical evidence, tampering with a witness and evading responsibility in connection with the crash on Dec. 18 that killed Anique Ashraf, a native of Pakistan who was studying art and history at Connecticut College

Police said they received a 911 call just after 2 a.m. that morning about a body on the side of the road of Route 32 just after 2 a.m. and the driver had fled the scene.

When police arrived, Ashraf was unresponsive on the northbound side of the road and he was rushed to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Ashraf was a member of the class of 2017 at Conn College.

A classmate told police that Ashraf,had been at a party to celebrate their film exhibition that night and left, but returned because he forgot his backpack. He left again at 2 a.m. to go to his dorm, according to court documents. Minutes later, police received the 911 calls about a body in the road.

Police identified Sposito as a suspect after local police departments were asked to be on the lookout for a vehicle with damage consistent with the incident.

An officer saw a damaged vehicle on Clark Place in Quaker Hill, which came back to a car rental company that had rented the car to Sposito, police said.

When police went to talk to him about the incident, he said he hit a deer as he was heading home from a friend's house the night before, police said. 

Police then spoke with witnesses who said Sposito had been out for drinks that night.

One witness reported that Sposito called around 11 a.m. and said he'd hit "something" near Connecticut College on his way home and thought it was a deer, so he slowed down to look, but did not see anything and went home, according to the arrest warrant application.

As police continued to investigate, a witness reported seeing Sposito check the Internet on his phone and say, "I think I hit a person," according to the court documents. 

Then he told a witness he found a backpack strap on his window, the court documents said.

Ashraf had gone back to his classmate's house to get a backpack and court records note the strap was ripped and detached.

Sposito was released from custody after being charged and was due in court on Thursday. 

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Power Restored at Lebanon Schools


Power was out at Lebanon schools after a vehicle hit a pole on Waterman Road on Thursday morning, but is has since been restored.

Officials from the superintendent's office said schools remained in session during the power outage. 

State police originally said a school bus hit the pole, but officials later said the bus was not involved in the crash. It was behind the scene of the crash.

Arrest in Wealthy Couple's Slaying


A transient was charged Wednesday with capital murder for the bludgeoning deaths of an 89-year-old man and his 74-year-old wife at their multimillion-dollar Southern California home the day after Christmas in 2014.

Luke Mathew Fabela, 23, is charged with two counts of murder and one count each of second-degree robbery and first-degree residential burglary in the deaths of Armie "Troy" Isom and his wife, Shirley.

Shirley Isom died of blunt force injuries and her husband died later in the day. He had been beaten and stabbed, authorities said.

A groundskeeper found their bodies Dec. 26 at the couple's mansion above the Pomona Valley east of Los Angeles. The isolated multimillion-dollar home abuts open land in an unincorporated area near La Verne.

Authorities said DNA linked Fabela to to the killings last year while he was serving a jail term in San Bernardino for auto theft. A sample of Fabela's DNA had been placed in a state database after a previous felony arrest.

By the time the comparison results came back, Fabela was already in custody in the San Bernardino County case, according to Los Angeles County Sheriff's Homicide Lt. David Coleman.

Before his arrest, Fabela had been living as a transient, staying with different friends and relatives around the San Gabriel Valley.

The murder charges against Fabela include the special circumstance allegation of multiple murders during the commission of a robbery — the only item taken was Shirley Isom's cellphone, according to the prosecution.

In February, deputies asked drivers in Pomona whether they recognized the man depicted in a composite sketch of the killer. The sketch was believed to show a hooded man who was seen on surveillance video at an intersection near the home on the night of the slayings.

Fabela is the man described by those witnesses and depicted in the composite, detectives believe.

Some witnesses identified Fabela in a jail lineup, Coleman said.

Information on an attorney for Fabela was not immediately available.

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Lunchbox Prompted Evacuation of Derby Court


The courthouse in Derby was evacuated on Thursday morning after a lunchbox or a container was mistaken for a suspicious package. 

State troopers responded at 8:05 a.m. and the state police bomb squad came and determined there was no threat. 

No one was injured. 

Check back for updates on the developing story.

Clinton Struggles to Explain $600K in Speaking Fees


Hillary Clinton had a difficult time Wednesday night explaining why she accepted more than $600,000 in speaking fees from Goldman Sachs in one year, NBC News reported. 

"Well, I don't know. That's what they offered," she said when asked about the fees by CNN host Anderson Cooper in a forum televised by the network with less than a week away from New Hampshire's first-in-the-nation primary.

Bernie Sanders has used Clinton's lucrative turn on the paid speaking circuit to attack her.

"I wasn't committed to running. I didn't know whether I would or not," she added when asked why she took the money knowing it would look bad if she ran. She said she did not regret taking the money, noting that other former secretaries of states have given paid speeches and saying that no one can influence her.

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Route 1 in Waterford Reopens


Part of Route 1 was shut down in Waterford this morning after a crash. 
Police said the crash was in the area of 368 Boston Post Road and the street was closed between Stoneheights Drive and Spithead Road, which is about a third of a mile.
The road has reopened.

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Oregon Occupation: Federal Grand Jury Indicts Ammon Bundy, Followers


A federal grand jury has indicted several people involved in the anti-government protest at an Oregon wildlife sanctuary, where a handful of holdouts continued to occupy the site overnight Wednesday, NBC News reported.

The armed occupation, which began Jan. 2 at the Malheur National Wildlife Center, lost its momentum last week after its leaders, brothers Ammon and Ryan Bundy, were arrested along with 9 others during a traffic stop. Another occupier, Robert LaVoy Finicum, was fatally shot by authorities in the same incident.

Federal prosecutor Geoff Barrow told the AP on Wednesday that the indictment involves the people arrested so far "and others," perhaps a reference to the four people who have stayed put at the federal refuge — despite Ammon Bundy's calls for them to leave. 

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Police Seize 1,800 Bags of Heroin in Hartford


Police investigating heroin sales in Hartford seized 1,800 bags of heroin as well as several guns, found a stash house at a hotel in Windsor and arrested two people.

Police said detectives from the Hartford Police Department Vice and Narcotics unit were trying to execute a search and seizure warrant at a home on the second floor of 112 Ward Street after learning that the person they were looking for, Abdul Callwood, 41, of Hartford, was on Buckingham Street with a large amount of heroin. Police found him and seized 1,497 bags of heroin.

Police also arrested the woman he was with, Kristine Thompson, 23, of Windsor, on several drug charges.

As police continued to investigate, they learned that Thompson was stashing and packaging heroin at the Flamingo Inn in Windsor, police said, so officers went there, where they searched a room and found 18 grams of "raw" heroin, police said.

Windsor police seized the drugs and will be applying for an arrest warrant for Thompson, according to Hartford police.

Along with the Windsor hotel, police searched Callwood’s home on Ward Street and found a loaded .40 caliber firearm; a loaded .25 caliber firearm; a loaded SKS assault rifle, which police said was stolen out of Oregon; several rounds of ammunition; 64 grams of raw heroin; and packaging material, police said.

Police said Callwood has previous convictions and he was charged with possession of an assault weapon, three counts of criminal possession of a firearm, possession of a high-capacity magazine, possession of a stolen firearm, possession of narcotics and possession of narcotics with intent to sell.

Thompson was charged with possession of narcotics, conspiracy sale of narcotics and possession of narcotics with intent to sell.

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'Batman' Robs Fla. Dollar Stores


Sheriff's deputies in Florida are searching for a man they said dressed up as Batman and robbed two Orlando dollar stores Tuesday night.

The Orange County Sheriff's Office said the man entered the 123 Dollar Store around 8 p.m. Tuesday and demanded money from the clerk. About 90 minutes later, the same man robbed a Dollar General.

The clerks at both stores were unharmed.

Deputies describe the suspect as a white or Hispanic male with a thin build. He was last seen wearing blue jeans and, of course, a Batman mask and costume.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Orange County Crimeline at 800-423-8477.

In November, a man attempted to rob a Jacksonville convenience store while wearing a Darth Vader mask. It's not clear wwhether the cases are related.

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Va. Woman Gets Zika on Mission Trip


A Virginia mother of three has been diagnosed with the first known case of the Zika virus in the state after traveling to Guatemala on a mission trip.

Longtime missionary Heather Baker, who lives in Harrisonburg, Virginia, was confirmed last week to have contracted the virus. She told News4 she knew something was wrong starting in late November, when she returned from a trip to Guatemala, her fourth such trip in the past year and a half.

"It began with just a swollen lymph node, which definitely tipped me off that something was coming, and then progressed to some body aches and a really weird rash and joint pain," Baker said.

She initially was tested for another illness, but those results came back negative. After talking with friends in Guatemala, she decided to get tested for Zika. State Department of Health officials told her last week she has the virus.

Zika is transmitted from infected mosquitoes to people, from infected pregnant mothers to babies and possibly through sexual activity, according to ongoing research. Babies born to mothers with the virus can have microcephaly, a condition associated with small, undeveloped brains.

Although Zika is not airborne or easily spread, Baker said she's being extra cautious. She said she stopped sharing drinks or food with her children, and canceled a massage and nail salon appointments.

"We're just being very careful because there are so many unknowns," she said.

Baker advised women who are pregnant or hope to get pregnant to avoid travel to affected regions, echoing experts' advice.

"If you have a trip planned to one of these area, just postpone it," she said. "Find something to do local."

The Centers for Disease Control plans to release guidance soon on how to prevent sexual transmission of Zika.

"We have to have a healthy respect for this virus, but I don't think we have to be unduly alarmed just yet," Georgetown University infectious disease expert Paul Rope said.

Baker likely contracted Zika in Central America, but she said when she is fully recovered, she plans to return there to continue her missionary work.

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Boy Restrained With Zip Ties: PD


A Clarksburg, Maryland, couple is facing child abuse charges after police say they restrained their 7-year-old son with plastic wrap and zip ties.

Craig and Nicole Williams were charged with first-degree child abuse on Dec. 2, 2015 after their son was treated at a local hospital for "multiple abrasions, blisters and bruises over his entire body," court documents state. 

Police said the victim told medical staff he was frequently restrained with plastic wrap and zip ties. When asked about the blisters on his hands, the boy said his hands had been stuck in hot water. According to court documents, the victim also revealed he sometimes thinks about not wanting to live anymore.  

Nicole Williams, the victim's stepmother, told police she had helped wrap her stepson in plastic wrap that is typically used for moving. She said the boy was wrapped from his shoulder to his knees, and a cloth belt or rope was then tied around him.

According to police, Nicole Williams told investigators her husband used zip ties to restrain the boy Dec. 1. Authorities said Craig Williams admitted to restraining his son, adding that the boy had been restrained that way for 30 days in the home. 

Police said Craig Williams told a nurse at the hospital he had been wrapping his son in plastic at bedtime for the past seven months. 

Neighbors told News4 they saw no sign of mistreatment of any of the couple's six children, who range in age from 1 to 17. 

In a statement to NBC4, David Driscoll, the attorney representing Craig Williams said, "I don't believe police looked as deeply as they could or should have into the back story of this case."

He went on to say, "Right now, what's out there for public consumption is nowhere near the full story."

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U.K. Stands Firm, Says Assange Will Be Arrested


The British government said it will continue to seek the arrest of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange if he leaves the embassy where he's spent years holed up to avoid extradition to Sweden in a sex-assault investigation, NBC News reported. 

Officials responded Thursday to a U.N. advisory panel, which concluded that Assange has been a victim of "arbitrary" detention at the Ecuadorean Embassy in London.

The U.N. panel declined to comment on it's findings before Friday, but Sweden's foreign ministry said Thursday that the working group had deemed Assange "arbitrarily detained in contravention of international commitments."

The investigation into allegations of sexual assault was dropped in August 2015 because prosecutors ran out of time to bring charges against Assange, but prosecutors said they would continue investigation a further allegation of rape.

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Top Airlines Offer to Re-Assign Crew From Zika-Hit Routes


United, Delta, Lufthansa and Air France are offering to re-assign certain flight crew concerned about going to Zika-affected countries, Reuters reported. 

The mosquito-borne virus for which there is no treatment or vaccine, has been linked to thousands of birth defects in Brazil.

In an internal memo on Jan. 28, seen by Reuters, United said expectant flight attendants as well as those seeking to become pregnant could switch routes to avoid Zika-affected regions without repercussions. The airline has similar options available for pilots, according to United spokesman. 

Delta Air Lines Inc has also let flight attendants and pilots switch assignments since Jan. 17, and "a small number of crew members have swapped trips to date," spokesman Morgan Durrant said.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said pregnant women should consider delaying trips to Latin American and Caribbean countries newly affected by Zika. 

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