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Greenwich Preps for Prince and Polo Match


Connecticut's Gold Coast is preparing for this week's royal visit.

Great Britain's Prince Harry wraps up his U.S. Tour with a celebrity polo match on Wednesday at the Greenwich Polo Club.

The Greenwich Time reports the guest list will include many of the top names in the fashion industry, many of whom are connected to Stephanie Seymour, the former model who is married to Peter Brant, the billionaire founder of the Greenwich club.

Brant will join the prince in playing in the Sentebale Royal Salute Polo Cup, a charity event.  The Sentebale charity was set up by Harry and Prince Seeiso of Lesotho in memory of their mothers, to aid needy children in that Africa country.

There are only 400 tickets to the invitation-only event.

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Newtown Sends Hearts of Hope to Boston


Volunteers are meeting in Newtown today to package Hearts of Hope, keepsake hearts with messages of hope, to be delivered to Boston.

The event is intended to be in show of solidarity with Boston one month after the Boston Marathon bombings and support families affected by the bombings at the Boston Marathon.

Hearts of Hope is a “Pay it Forward” community service program based in Cooperstown, New York. Since May 7, it has created 35,887 hearts.

The volunteers are meeting at the Newtown Senior Center, 14 Riverside Road, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and again from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

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University of Hartford Student Accused of Running Drug Factory


Hartford police have arrested a University of Hartford student after marijuana, packaging materials, three safes, and BB guns were found in his on-campus housing, according to Hartford police.

Public safety officers on campus were investigating vandalism when they found the safes, which contained more than $9,000 in cash, marijuana and drug packaging materials, according to the Hartford Courant.
Tonia Wonde, 21, of Lynn, Massachusetts, was charged with second-degree breach of peace, second-degree reckless endangerment, second-degree criminal mischief, possession of marijuana, possession with intent to sell, possession of drug paraphernalia, operating a drug factory and sale within 1,500 feet of a school, according to Hartford police.

When Wonde returned to the university public safety complex to meet police and public safety for an interview, he had additional marijuana in his backpack, according to police.

Police seized three ounces of marijuana in 14 individual bags, three Sentry safes, two electronic scales, 9,725 in cash, one Black arms BB gun, one Daisy Power Line 201 BB Gun, one gray tube, one clear glass pipe, one metal grinding instrument and one barbers razor.

Bond was set at $125,000.

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Frost Could Affect Your Plantings


A free warning is in place for Litchfield County and frost advisories have been issued until Tuesday morning for the state of Connecticut.

A freeze warning is in place for Litchfield County and frost advisories have been issued until Tuesday morning for the state of Connecticut.

The advisory, in effect until 8 a.m. on Tuesday, could pose some problems for flowers and other outdoors plants in the area.

"It'll set them back so much, you'll be buying new plants next week," said Anne Tessitore, who plans to bring her potted plants inside on Monday night.

"I have six big pots of tomato plants that are definitely coming in. I have a hanging basket that might do OK. It might not," she said.

Experts at Amity Gardens Center in Bethany said that, with temperatures expected to dip into the mid-30s overnight, crops and sensitive vegetation could get damaged or worse.

"In a light frost, they would be severely set back and in a heavy frost, they will be killed,” Richard Tessitore, of Amity Gardens Center in Bethany, said. "You can cover them with burlap an old blanket, drop cloth, things of that nature."

Tessitore plans to take the advice.

"I've been taking care of them outside for two weeks and I'm definitely bringing it in tonight,” she said.

"It'll set them back so much, you'll be buying new plants next week," said Anne Tessitore, who plans to bring her potted plants inside on Monday night.

"I have six big pots of tomato plants that are definitely coming in. I have a hanging basket that might do OK. It might not," she said.

Experts at Amity Gardens Center in Bethany said that, with temperatures expected to dip into the mid-30s overnight, crops and sensitive vegetation could get damaged or worse.

"In a light frost, they would be severely set back and in a heavy frost, they will be killed,” Richard Tessitore, of Amity Gardens Center in Bethany, said. "You can cover them with burlap an old blanket, drop cloth, things of that nature."

Tessitore plans to take the advice.

"I've been taking care of them outside for two weeks and I'm definitely bringing it in tonight,” she said.


Man Found In Car with Missing Teen: Police


Hartford police have arrested a 36-year-old Bloomfield man after he was found with a missing 13-year-old Bloomfield man, police said.

Hartford police were patrolling Keney Park on Tower Avenue around 7:30 a.m. on Sunday and found Andre Nelson, 36, of Bloomfield smoking marijuana in a car with a girl who disappeared from West Hartford two weeks ago, police said.

Police said the girl didn't appear to be injured, but she was taken to St. Francis Hospital to be evaluated and then into custody of the state Department of Children and Families.

Nelson was charged with risk of injury and possession of a controlled substance.


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New Orleans Authorities Discuss Mother's Day Shooting


New Orleans authorities are holding a news conference on Sunday's shootings at a local Mother's Day parade. The shootings wounded 19 people injured, the Times-Picayune reported, and on Monday three of them were in critical condition.

New Haven Woman Killed in New York Crash


A 23-year-old Bridgeport, Connecticut woman has been arrested, accused of drunken driving after she lost control of her car approaching the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway early Monday, ejecting her 21-year-old passenger, who was killed. The victim a 21-year-old New Haven woman, police said.

Four other people, including the driver, were taken to the hospital, emergency and police officials said.

Police say the driver of the 2003 silver Nissan Altima, identified as Ayisha Dobson, was speeding eastbound on the Williamsburg Bridge in the outer traffic lane and overcompensated a turn at the BQE interchange, striking a metal divider on the passenger side, which ejected the woman who was sitting in the rear passenger side.

The car spun into oncoming traffic, coming to rest facing the other way. The driver decided it was not safe to stay there, and drove off the Roebling Street exit, police said.

The victim, meanwhile, was lying on the roadway and was pronounced dead at the scene.

She has been identified by police as Janice Brown, 21, of New Haven. 

Police say the ramp to the Williamsburg Bridge off the BQE was closed for a time to assist in the investigation, and traffic was tied up for much of the morning.

The four surviving victims are listed in stable condition.

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Neighbor's Dad Charged in 6-Year-Old's Shooting Death


The New Jersey father of a 4-year-old boy who accidentally shot and killed his 6-year-old neighbor has been arrested, accused of having multiple unsecured weapons accessible to children, officials said.

The Atlantic County prosecutor's office announced Monday that Anthony Senatore, 33, has been charged with six counts of child endangerment and a disorderly person's offense for enabling access by minors to a loaded firearm. 

Senatore's son and 6-year-old Brandon Holt were playing in their neighborhood April 8 when the 4-year-old got a loaded .22-caliber rifle from his family's home and shot Brandon in the head, authorities said. The boys were about 15 yards apart.

Brandon died at a hospital a day later.

Police were seen carrying multiple firearms out of the Senatores' home after the shooting. Anthony Senatore was known to be an avid hunter, and his three children have names associated with hunting terms, according to law enforcement sources and neighbors. 

Brandon's grandmother told NBC 4 New York at the time she was angry the family failed to take enough caution in locking up their guns. 

"I can't believe that they found 11 guns in that house," said Donna Elefante. "I mean, with three kids? Give me a break." 

Attorney information for Senatore was not immediately available, and a phone number was not listed. 

The Atlantic County prosecutor's office took over investigation of the case early on because the Senatores have relatives who worked in law enforcement in Ocean County, where Toms River is located.  

One resident said the two families had not lived in the neighborhood for long and she did not know them well. 

“I'm sad for the children involved and their families, but I'm angry with whoever owns that gun and allowed a little child to get hold of it,” Debi Coto, who lives a few doors down, said after the shooting. 

Five Different Radio Shacks Robbed


Several police departments are working together to track down the people responsible for a spree of robberies at several Radio Shack locations.

Police said a man and woman entered the Radio Shack at 50 Boston Post Road in Orange on Saturday and stole at least 50 iPhones from a storage locker.

The is the just the latest location struck and police believe the same robbers struck at  Radio Shacks in Wallingford, East Haven, Hamden and Trumbull.

Each time, two to three people wearing masks and hooded sweatshirts entered the stores and stole iPhones, police said.

Anyone with any information is asked to call your local police department.





Local Officers Rescued Boston Marathon Victim


As many people ran away from the bombs near the finish line of the Boston Marathon om April, two Connecticut officers ran toward them and rescued one of the many victims. 

Montville officer Karen Moorehead and State Trooper Jeff Meninno had just arrived near the finish line after watching the Red Sox game at Fenway Park that Monday.  

Standing across the street from the Forum restaurant, they were only yards from site the second blast. Once the smoke cleared, Moorehead noticed a man on fire walking in the middle of the street.

“His clothes were smoldering. He had shrapnel injuries to his lower extremities,” said Moorehead, who has been an officer in Montville since 1999. “He was hurting real bad.”

The two sprang into action., jumped the barrier and identified themselves to Boston police as fellow law enforcement. 

“He was burnt up pretty bad. His legs were destroyed,” Meninno recalled. “I didn’t want to tell him how he looked to us, but it was like nothing I’d ever seen before.”

At first, all they knew was the man was named Jarrod.

They began talking to him about everything from his friends to the Patriots. Meninno even promising to bring him to a game next season.

There was a lot of just chatting, story telling,” said Moorehead, who later learned the Jarrod’s last name was Clowery. “ He kept asking if he was gonna die.”

Just moments prior to the blast, Clowery was enjoying the race in front of the Forum restaurant with eight friends. In a picture, you can see them and just to their left, the suspected bomber, wearing the white hat.  Five of Clowery’s friends were severely injured.

While a picture of Moorehead and Meninno helping Clowery has become famous, he was not the only person they helped that day.  

“We had police officers dragging people over to where we were. So we were actually the first people treating people,” says Meninno, who grew up in the Boston area. “Jared was actually in the best shape of anyone we treated.”

They stayed with Clowery until the ambulance got there. They next saw him on the news when he was released from the hospital last week. While they have not met yet, Moorehead did speak with him on the phone.

“He was so upbeat. He was just talking about what he remembered. He said, ‘I don’t really know you girl, but I love ya,” Moorehead said.

Meninno said the two just did what they were trained to do. 

“I don’t think we did anything heroic. We were just there. Jarrod was on fire. People were hurt that needed help. I was able to provide it,” he said.

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School Bus Involved in I-95 Crash


A crash on Interstate 95 North in West Haven involves a school bus.

The crash is between exits 42 and 44 in West Haven and the right lane is closed.

Police did not immediately know if there are any injuries.

Photo Credit: Connecticut Department of Transportation Camera

Missing West Hartford Child Found


A search for a missing toddler on Auburn Road in West Hartford is over. He has been found.

The child was missing for about an hour. He was in the bushes. 

N. Miami Mayoral Candidate Claims Endorsement From Jesus


A North Miami mayoral candidate who earlier claimed she was being intimidated with voodoo tactics now says she's secured an endorsement from on high.

Anna Pierre, a registered nurse and one of seven candidates looking to become the city's mayor during Tuesday's election, is claiming she is being endorsed by Jesus Christ.

"Yes, Jesus endorsed me!" Pierre said during a stop at the Gwen Margolis Community Center Tuesday morning as the polls opened. "I'm not nuts, if I'm a freak and nuts for Jesus, let it be! Let the world know that Jesus is it and when you have Jesus on your side you can go on."

The claim was made on a campaign flyer posted to Pierre's Facebook page that reads "Anna Pierre, RN, is endorsed by Jesus Christ" and features a photo of the savior.

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Pierre said the endorsement came to her in a revelation while on the campaign trail as she's been competing against six other candidates.

"I don't know about if he likes me more, but what I can tell you, I know he loves me very much," Pierre said. "If it wasnt for the love of Jesus I wouldn't be standing here today."

Last month, Pierre, a Haitian native who recorded a hit pop song before coming to America, claimed someone had placed voodoo artifacts outside the door of her campaign office.

The items included candles, food and dolls with pins stuck in them, said Pierre, who believes one of her opponents may have been behind the intimidation.

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"The voodoo stuff, I don't know who's doing it, but I'm not afraid," she said at the time. "It's just intimidation to ... slow me down. But you know what? I'm not going to slow down until the finish line."

Voters Tuesday remained slightly skeptical of the Jesus endorsement.

"Well, I thought 'I wonder if I ought to vote for this person to maintain the cosmic balance,'" Grover Rawlings said. "I mean, I want to stay on the good side, it's a pretty powerful endorsement if it's true."

Others took the self-proclaimed revelation sincerely.

"Well, like I said, I'm Christian and if she believes it, I've never heard it before, but you know, she could've been," Ann Simpson said.

Pierre is going up against fellow candidates Gwendolyn V. Boyd, Kevin Burns, Modira Escarment, Smith Joseph, Jean Rodrigue Marcellus and Lucie M. Tondreau.

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Cancer Survivors Commend Jolie on Preventative Mastectomy


Cancer survivors and fellow celebrities are praising Angelina Jolie's decision to undergo—and share the deeply personal details about— a preventative double mastectomy.

The surgery was completed last month after Jolie discovered that she carried the "faulty" BRCA1 gene and her doctors estimated that she had an 87 percent chance of developing breast cancer.

In a widely shared op-ed published in The New York Times Tuesday, Jolie explains that her mother had died of breast cancer and she wanted to take a proactive role to avoid the same fate.

She explained that she decided to share the details of her medical decision to inspire other women to be proactive about their health.

"I hope that other women can benefit from my experience," she wrote. "Cancer is still a word that strikes fear into people's hearts, producing a deep sense of powerlessness. But today it is possible to find out through a blood test whether you are highly susceptible to breast and ovarian cancer, and then take action."

The first to weigh in was her longtime partner, Brad Pitt, who said in a statement to London's Evening Standard that all he wants is for Angelina to have a long and healthy life with him and their children. "Having witnessed this decision firsthand, I find Angie's choice, as well as many others like her, absolutely heroic," he added.


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WATCH: Evidentiary Hearing in O.J. Simpson Case


Hearing in the O.J. Simpson robbery case that could determine whether the former star football player and actor gets a new trial.

WATCH: Prince Harry Tours N.J. Sandy Area


Prince Harry visits the New Jersey areas hit by Superstorm Sandy.

WATCH: Holder, Sebelius on Medicare Fraud

Attorney General Eric Holder speaks at the Justice Department in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013. The U.S. government accused Standard & Poor's of inflating ratings on mortgage investments to boost its bottom line, taking aim at a key player in the run-up to the financial crisis. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Indictment in Newtown Fundraising Case


A grand jury in New York has indicted a 37-year-old Bronx woman accused of pretending to be a family member of a young child killed in the massacre at The Sandy Hook Elementary School last December and soliciting donations.

On Tuesday, the grand jury indicted Nouel Alba on one count each of scheme to defraud in the first degree and identity theft in the second degree, according to the Office of the Bronx District Attorney.

Alba was arrested at her residence on Tuesday morning after a five-month long investigation that began based on information that she was the subject of reports on CNN, according to the Office of the Bronx District Attorney.

Officials said Alba posted information on Facebook right after the school shootings in which she falsely claimed to be an aunt of the deceased 6-year-old victim Noah Pozner, solicited donations to help pay for his funeral expenses and included instructions that the donations be sent to a specific Paypal account.

Days after the shooting, one of Pozner’s family members met with NBC’s Jeff Rosen and said Alba was not related to them.

When investigators learned that Alba was not related to the Pozners, the investigation began.

Investigators from the Office of the Bronx District Attorney and the United States Secret Service executed a search warrant at her residence recovered her computer.

Between December 14 and 20, 2012, four donations totaling $240 were sent to Alba’s Paypal account, according to officials.

Alba denied to Rossen sending any message through Facebook, claimed that someone else posted it and said she refunded the money.

A federal indictment also charges Alba with making false statements to the federal government about the alleged scam.

Alba was arraigned on Tuesday and bail was set at $10,000 bond or $1,000 cash.

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WATCH: White House Press Briefing


White House spokesman Jay Carney holds a Washington, D.C., press briefing.


Police Investigate 3rd Shooting in 3 Days


Hartford police are investigating the third shooting in three days in the state’s capital city after a 23-year-old man died of a gunshot wound to the head.

The shooting happened on Blue Hills Avenue around 7:30 p.m. on Monday, according to police.

Investigators sealed off the area near Blue Hills Avenue and Euclid Street as they investigated and witnesses reporting hearing several gunshots. The motive of the shooting remains unclear.

When Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra delivered his state of the city address in March, he said that the city, for the first time in decades, entered mid-March without a homicide.

“This is the first time in decades that we have made it this far into the year without a single homicide,” Segarra said at the time. “It is not a coincidence. It is a consequence of the good work that our police chief, our shooting task force, our police, our communities, our faith communities. Everyone involved has achieved.”

On Sunday morning, there was a double shooting on Lawrence Street and one man was injured in a shooting near Albany Avenue and Sigourney Street on Sunday night.

The shootings come after a homicide last week.

On Wednesday, Felix DeJesus III, 40, of Cromwell, was killed in a shooting in Hartford. His father said he was meeting someone he connected with through Craigslist to sell an electronic tablet.

City councilwoman Cynthia Jennings said something needs to be done to stop the violence.

“Three in three days; it is much too much. It is very disheartening. We have to come up with a solution,” she said.

Gov. Dannel Malloy and Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra will meet this morning to discuss violence in Connecticut cities and what can be done to tackle the problem.

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