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Police Investigate Drive-By Shooting in Meriden


Meriden Police are investigating a drive by shooting they say occurred overnight.

Police say two men were shot inside a car outside 27 Randolph Avenue around 12:45 a.m. They say someone inside another vehicle shot multiple rounds at the car before speeding away.

Both victims were transported to the hospital with serious injuries.

The victims names have not yet been released. 

The shooting remains under investigation. If you have any information you are asked to call Meriden Police at (203) 630-6215.

Obama in Saudi Arabia: Chilly Reception Looms


President Barack Obama arrives in Saudi Arabia on Wednesday to meet with King Salman, amid one of the most public rifts between the two countries in their 83-year-old alliance.
The United States' rapprochement with Iran and refusal to become more involved in Syria's civil war have strained relations between the allies, as has legislation that would allow relatives of 9/11 victims to sue the Kingdom over its perceived complicity in the attacks.
Saudi Arabia’s government has threatened to sell $750 billion in U.S. assets should the bill pass.

President Barack Obama arrives in Saudi Arabia on Wednesday to meet with King Salman, amid one of the most public rifts between the two countries in their 83-year-old alliance.

The United States' rapprochement with Iran and refusal to become more involved in Syria's civil war have strained relations between the allies, as has legislation that would allow relatives of 9/11 victims to sue the Kingdom over its perceived complicity in the attacks.

Saudi Arabia’s government has threatened to sell $750 billion in U.S. assets should the bill pass.

Photo Credit: AP

Hartford Firefighter Choked, Struck Child With Belt: Police


A child was allegedly struck and choked by their mother, a Hartford firefighter, over the last two years, police said.

Aarvah Quinonez, 34, who has been with the Hartford Fire Department since 2011, was arrested on Tuesday morning for the alleged incidents, the fire department said. 

On Feb. 4, Hartford Police said they began an investigation after they were informed of a possible assault of a minor by their mother, Quinonez. 

Multiple serious allegations stemmed from the investigation, including alleged incidents that Quinonez may have struck her child with a belt and choked the minor in 2015 and 2016, police said 

Police were able to obtain an arrest warrant for Quinonez on April 19.

In 2006, Hartford police searched for Quinonez after they say she went missing from her three children for more than two weeks. A judge temporarily relinquished Quinonez's custody of the three children, aged between 1 and 5 years old at the time. 

Quinonez is accused of second-degree assault, third degree strangulation, risk of injury to a minor.

Her bond was set at $150,000.

Photo Credit: Hartford Police Department

DMV Urges Residents to Delay Visits on Wednesday


There were intermittent computer outages at the state Department of Motor Vehicles on Tuesday afternoon and a spokesperson said the agency is urging people to delay their Wednesday visits.

"The Department of Motor Vehicles is advising customers tonight that they face the possibility of longer waits Wednesday as officials work to resolve a problem with intermittent computer outages in branches statewide," spokesperson Bill Seymour for the DMV said.

The DMV's onling registration-related web services will also be down overnight as a part of system-issue assessments, Seymor said. 

The nature of the outages stems from suddent outages of computer processing or a dramatic slowdown of processes during customer transactions, according to a news release from the DMV.

The department advised anyone who needed to renew a license or ID card to visit an AAA office instead of going to the DMV and AAA officials said they became extremely busy because of it.

Anyone whose registration expiration date or license expiration date is today will have the date extended until midnight on Wednesday, according to the DMV.

“We know this is an inconvenience to our customers and we are working around the clock to resolve this matter. We also want customers who have expiring credentials to know that they will be given a grace period to get their renewals done,” said DMV Commissioner Michael Bzdyra.

The DMV has been plagued by computer problems since switching to a new system last year.

Last week, the state announced it was ending an agreement with 3M, the company hired to handle the computer system modernization overhaul.

Dispute Over Airplane in Driveway


A 70-year-old Long Island man who allegedly ignored 17 summonses calling for him to remove a plane parked in his driveway threatened to use a crossbow on town officials who dismantled it.

Crews spent most of the day Thursday disassembling the single-engine Cessna parked outside Harold Guretzky's home in Oceanside, ending a 1½-year saga that pitted Guretzky against his neighbors and the town.

"We gave him a deadline of yesterday to move the plane and he did not do so," said town supervisor Anthony Santino.

Guretzky, who is outside the country, said by phone Thursday he plans to sue the town for $5 million.

"They have no right to take property licensed by the federal government," he said. 

He also threatened to use a crossbow on anyone who touched the aircraft.

"I'm glad I'm not there. If I would be there — I have a crossbow — anybody who comes near that airplane, I'd shoot right through their [expletive] chest," he said.

The plane, dubbed the "Spirit of Oceanside," was removed from Guretzky's driveway piece by piece before being loaded onto a flatbed and carted to a Hempstead park for storage. 

Town officials said housing the aircraft in Guretzky's driveway violates building safety codes.

"It's a relief to the entire area," said one neighbor. "It's very dangerous."

Last year, Guretzky likened it to parking a boat in a driveway and has said he didn't have money to house the plane in a hangar. Some neighbors, however, said there's no comparison.

"There's just no reason for it to be here," said Vincent Labruzzi. "It's not a boat you can put in the water. You can't go down the street and take off, so what's the point?"

Others sympathized with Guretzky.

"He did everything the town asked him to do, and they're still taking it away," one woman said.

Town officials said they plan to bill Guretzky for the cost of removing the plane.

Photo Credit: NBC 4 New York

Shoplifting Suspect Says She Was Playing Robin Hood: Police


A woman suspected of shoplifting in Middletown admitted to stealing more than $300 worth of items, but said she had good intentions -- she said she was stealing to help the homeless, according to police.

Corine Malack, 61, was at the RiteAid on Main Street for several hours on April 12 and filled her shopping cart with a variety items, according to police.

When she went to the register, she told the cashier that the items were paid for and tried to leave, according to police, but the employees told her to stop and called police.

As police were booking Malack, she confessed to stealing, but told the booking officer she was going to give the stolen items to the homeless people in town as a good deed, according to the arraignment report.

Malack had $365.02 worth of items in her cart, according to the arraignment report. It’s not clear what they were.

Malack was charged with criminal attempt to commit larceny in the sixth degree.

She was released on a $5,000 bond and is due in court on April 26.

It's not clear if she has an attorney and no phone number is listed for Malack.

UK Warns LGBT Tourists About NC, Miss.


Britain has advised gay tourists on travel to North Carolina and Mississippi, states that have recently passed laws deemed as discriminatory, NBC News reported.  

The legislation in North Carolina banns anti-discrimination protections for gay and transgender people and Mississippi's law allows businesses to deny service based on their belief on marriage.

"The U.S, is an extremely diverse society and attitudes towards [lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender] people differ hugely across the country," the U.K.'s Foreign Office said in a statement on its website. "LGBT travelers may be affected by legislation passed recently in the states of North Carolina and Mississippi."

This international notice comes after national backlash against the North Carolina laws, including musicians Bruce Springsteen and rock band Pearl Jam canceling their performances in the state.

Photo Credit: AP

Cracker Jack Replacing Toy Prize With Digital Codes for Mobile Games


It's the end of era.

The iconic prize found in a bag of Cracker Jacks will be replaced with stickers containing digital codes for mobile games, the company announced Thursday.

Cracker Jack, which is owned by the Frito-Lay division of PepsiCo, said the company is taking a new approach to their prizes with "baseball-inspired mobile digital experiences directly from the sticker inside."

"The new Prize Inside allows families to enjoy their favorite baseball moments through a new one-of-a-kind mobile experience, leveraging digital technology to bring the iconic Prize Inside to life," Cracker Jack said in a statement.

The new prizes will require fans of the caramel-coated popcorn and peanuts snack to down the Blippar app, available for iOS and Android, and will come in four themes: Dot Dash, Dance Cam, Get Carded and Baseball Star. Cracker Jack will also debut restyled logo and packaging.

The announcement comes as baseball season gets into full swing.

Photo Credit: Cracker Jack

Clerk, Customer Hurt in Robbery Turned Hostage Situation


Two Hartford men are in custody after a robbery turned into a hostage situation at the 7-Eleven on Willard Avenue in Newington, according to police.

Police said Albert Gonzalez, 21, and Guillermo Casada, 18, were armed when they walked into the 7-Eleven around 2 a.m. and assaulted a clerk and a customer during the robbery.

One suspect had a handgun and the other had a shotgun, according to police.

The injured clerk was able to set off a panic alarm to alert police before Gonzalez and Casada held him and a customer hostage inside the store, according to police.

Newington Police and State Police blocked off several roads in the area and the suspects held up a white towel and surrendered about 40 minutes later.

The clerk was bleeding from the head after one of the robbers hit him in the head with a shotgun, police said.The customer was also assaulted and sustained a minor injury.

He taken to Hartford Hospital to be treated for non-life threatening injuries.

Albert Gonzalez, 21, of Hartford, and Casada, Guillermo, 18, of Hartford, have been charged with first-degree robbery, first-degree conspiracy to commit robbery, second-degree assault, two counts of first-degree kidnapping, first-degree reckless endangerment, first-degree threatening, criminal use of a firearm or electric defense weapon and criminal possession of a firearm or electric defense weapon.

Gonzalez was held on $750,000 bond and Casada was held on $500,00. Both are due in court on April 25.

The 7-Eleven remains closed while police continue their investigation.

Photo Credit: NBCConnecticut.com

Truck Rollover on Route 8 in Waterbury Causes Heavy Delays


Two tractor-trailers crashed on Route 8 in Waterbury near exit 30 this morning, causing havy delays during the morning commute.

Both trucks were going north and police said the one driver hit a guardrail and rolled over into the road just after 4 a.m. Then the other truck hit it and also flipped over onto its side.

Both truck drivers were brought to Saint Mary’s Hospital to be treated for minor injuries. The passenger in the truck that hit the first truck was not wearing a seatbelt and was brought to Waterbury Hospital. No information

One of the trucks is carrying heavy workout equipment, including workout benches, and the truck was falling apart.

Both sides of the highway were closed for much of the morning commute and traffic was only squeezing by on the shoulders.

As emergency crews responded, drivers were stuck.

“You just sit there and there’s nothing you can do,” Robert Brush, of Waterbury, said.

“It was a lot of traffic. It was all the way down past (Interstate) 84,” Carrie Janeiro, of Waterbury, said.

Photo Credit: NBCConnecticut.com

Showers, Thunder Tonight Before Dry Weekend


Unsettled weather surrounds the weekend but both Saturday and Sunday will be dry.

A few showers and thunderstorms will linger into this evening.

While it will be a cloudy start for some tomorrow, those clouds will burn off.

Tomorrow looks awesome with lots of sunshine and highs in the upper 60s.

It's also a dry day Sunday, when sunshine will blend with thin clouds. However, it will be cooler, with highs only near 60.

A pattern change puts an active storm track over Connecticut next week.

It's never easy to forecast when a front is hung up overhead. That's the case early next week.

Temperatures could easily vary by 10 or 20 degrees across the state, with southern reaches being the warmest. Hartford could be 55 degrees while Stamford is 65 degrees.

Showers are likely both Monday and Tuesday, with a batch of steady rain possible Tuesday.

Temperatures will be stuck in the 40s on Tuesday!

High pressure should nose itself into the region to provide a dry day on Wednesday, even though it will still be on the cool side.

Meriden Man Was on Puerto Rico’s Most-Wanted List: Police


A Meriden man who is on the most-wanted list in Puerto Rico was apprehended in Meriden on Tuesday.

Meriden police said Roberto Omar Carbonell-Rosado, 39, was number 13 on Puerto Rico’s most-wanted list and he was wanted on sexual misconduct against a minor charges.

Members of the Meriden Police detective division apprehended him near his East Main Street home on Tuesday.

As detectives approached Caronell-Rosado, he ran, but police quickly caught him and took him into custody in front of his home, according to police.

Caronell-Rosado was charged with being a fugitive from justice and will remain in custody pending extradition to Puerto Rico.

Bond was set at $500,000.

Photo Credit: Meriden Police

Suspect in Bridgeport Murder in Custody


The suspect in the death of a 28-year-old Bridgeport man in February is in police custody.

Police took Bernard Brandon, 32, into custody at a house in the westside of the city at 10 a.m. on Friday.

Brandon is suspected of killing 28-year-old Javoni Patton, of Bridgeport, on Feb. 11, according to Bridgeport police.

Police said they found Patton suffering from several gunshot wounds when they responded to Stratford and Connecticut avenues just after 8:30 p.m. on Feb. 11 and he died at Bridgeport Hospital soon after arriving.

Patton had been shot several times and investigators found his car a short distance away, with the driver’s door open and personal items strewn about.

Brandon has been charged with murder, criminal possession of a pistol or revolver, carrying pistol without a permit and a weapon in a motor vehicle and bond will be set at $1 million.

Bond was set at $1 million.

Photo Credit: Bridgeport Police

Man Suspected of Kidnapping Girlfriend Extradited to CT


A man suspected of abducting his ex-girlfriend in West Hartford before she was able to escape at a gas station in Milford has been extradited from New Jersey to Connecticut to face charges.

John Robinson, 46, of West Hartford, is accused of kidnapping his ex-girlfriend while the pair was at a home on Woodlawn Street in West Hartford just after midnight on Tuesday, April 12.

Robinson showed up at the woman's home, despite a restraining order and took her and her car after what appeared to be a violent, physical encounter, police said.

After "a lengthy period of time," police said the victim was able to get away while Robinson was getting gas at a rest stop along Interstate 95 South in Milford on Tuesday afternoon. 

Robinson later turned himself into Newark, New Jersey. Police said he was driving the victim's vehicle.

Robinson has been charged with second-degree kidnapping, first-degree unlawful restraint, violating a restraining order, second-degree strangulation, third-degree larceny and third-degree criminal mischief. 

He is being held on $450,000.

Photo Credit: West Hartford Police

Crews Battle House Fire in Southington


Firefighters have responded to a fire at a house in Southington and said it is under control.

Fire broke out in a bonus room above garage at 298 Deerbrook Circle.

No additional information was immediately available.

Photo Credit: NBCConnecticut.com

11-Year-Old Dies After Choking


An 11-year-old girl from Somerset, Massachusetts, has died after choking on a marshmallow at a birthday party last Saturday.

Azriel Estabrooks, a student at Somerset's North Elementary School, was found unconscious at the party and hospitalized for almost a week in critical condition, according to NBC affiliate WJAR in Rhode Island.

She died Friday morning, the school principal told WJAR.

Azriel's mother, Iris, said she dropped her daughter off at the party and received a call about an hour later from the mother who was hosting.

"[She said] that I need to hurry up because something happened to my daughter," Estabrooks told WJAR. "She doesn't know what happened."

The fire department responded to the scene, authorities said.

Estabrooks said rescuers found a marshmallow lodged in her daughter's throat. She believes Azriel was unconscious for some time without oxygen to her brain before someone found her and called for help.

Estabrooks accused the host family of negligence. WJAR could not reach the family for comment at the time of the initial report.

Photo Credit: WJAR

Psychiatrist Arrested After Sexual Relationship With Patient: Police


A former Brookfield psychiatrist is accused of having a sexual relationship with an adult patient and has been arrested.

Paul L. Fox, 64, who now lives in Peaks Island, Maine, was arrested on Wednesday and charged with three counts of second-degree sexual assault.

Police said he is accused of committing the crimes between October 2010 and October 2011, while he was a practicing psychiatrist in Brookfield.

Department of Public Health documents posted online say a doctor by the name of Paul L. Fox, who practiced in Brookfield, voluntarily surrendered his license to practice medicine in Connecticut in July 2012.

Fox waived extradition from Maine and posted a $100,000 bond.

He is due in Danbury Superior Court on May 3.

Photo Credit: Branford Police

Wallingford Man Killed in Branford Crash


A Wallingford man was killed in a single-car crash in Branford on Friday.

Michael Deliberto, 32, was driving southbound on Leetes Island Road around 12:45 p.m. when he lost control of his car and crashed into a tree, according to police.

Passing motorists pulled Deliberto from the car before the vehicle caught fire, police said.

Deliberto died at the scene.

The road was closed for several hours while police investigated the accident.

Anyone who witnessed the crash is asked to call Branford police at 203-481-4241.

Photo Credit: NBCConnecticut.com

Teen Charged in Darien Brush Fire


Darien police have charged a teenage boy who is accused of setting a brush fire in Darien on Wednesday.

Darien Police and the Noroton Heights, Darien and Noroton Fire Departments responded to the Woodland Park Nature Preserve on West Avenue at 3:18 p.m. on Wednesday and found around five acres of the park on fire.

Around 60 firefighters spent the next two hours battling the fire and the Glenbrook Fire Department in Stamford provided mutual aid.

A resident who lives near the park reported seeing a teenage boy set the fire and gave a description of him. At least one witness was able to identify the boy seen running from Woodland Park around the time the fire was reported, police said.

Police said they went to the boy’s Darien home and found evidence linking him to the fire.

He was issued a juvenile summons charging him with first-degree criminal mischief and he is due in court in May.

No one was injured during the fire.

Photo Credit: NBC 7

HS Student Dies in Bathroom Fight


The sophomore who died shortly after a confrontation inside a bathroom at her Wilmington, Delaware, high school has been identified as Amy Joyner-Francis, police said Friday.

Police have not said what caused the 16-year-old’s death, but school and city officials said Thursday she died shortly after a "physical altercation" with two students at Howard High School of Technology.

Students who knew about the fight said they believe it stemmed from a dispute over a boy. 

Police did say a school resource officer called EMS at 8:18 a.m. Thursday for a student complaining of head and chest pain, and that the call quickly escalated to a report of CPR in progress. Joyner-Francis died a short time later at a nearby hospital.

Students at the school, which is part of the New Castle County Vocational Technical School District, returned to class Friday. An autopsy was expected the same day.

"Several female students were involved in a physical altercation at approximately 8:15 a.m. this morning, in a main floor girls bathroom, just at the time classes began for the day," the school district said in a statement.

Shauntea Bellamy cried as he sat outside the school after learning of the student's death. He worked with her as part of youth outreach programs and said she was set to volunteer in a summer program he organizes.

"It hurts when you know her personally and she's not one of my students who are out there in the streets like that," he said. 

Wilmington Mayor Dennis Williams said police were interviewing suspects Thursday evening, but didn't elaborate about whether arrests would be made.

State agencies will help provide support for those affected by the tragedy, Gov. Jack Markell said in a statement. 

Wilmington City Councilman Darius Brown is holding a town hall meeting for the community at 6 p.m. Monday, at Stubbs Elementary School. He said the governor, state attorney general and mayor will speak.

Students were surprised to hear about the girl's death, saying the school is not known for being a trouble spot. Records show there have been 14 reported fights there last school year. Williams called the fight an isolated incident.

Friends of the girl held a vigil in her memory outside the school Thursday night, and another vigil was expected at 6 p.m. Friday. 

"A lot of families were destroyed today," Williams said.

Photo Credit: NBC10/Family Photo
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