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Police Investigate Possible Pedestrian Accident in Ansonia


Police are investigating in Ansonia, where a pedestrian might have been hit by a car.

Police said they received reports of a vehicle hitting a pedestrian at Bridge Street and West Main Street and a female claimed to be injured, but no injuries were visible, police said.

Officers are investigating.

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Suspect Takes Cash From Bridgeport Church Candle Donation Box


A man took cash and loose change from the candle donation box at a Bridgeport church, the city said. 

On Friday morning, a witness said they saw the suspect take about $20 from the donation box at St. Margaret Shrine on Park Avenue, the city of Bridgeport said,

The donation box is used by people lighting candles, usually as a way to commemorate deceased loved ones or a gesture of solidarity with the faith.

Bridgeport Police are investigating the incident. 

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Students Outfit Ride-on Cars for Students With Special Needs


Seven children with special needs from across Connecticut were gifted brand new ride-on cars on Friday at Plainville High School.

The ride-on cars were designed to fit their specific mobility needs through a program called “Go Baby Go.” The program began at the University of Delaware and expanded to include Central Connecticut State University.

This week, CCSU students joined students from Plainville High School and Plainville Middle School to outfit the cars.

"It is definitely an unbelievable experience. It is so moving to see our kids collaborate together and you know it is kids working for and with kids," Mark Chase, the technology education teacher at Plainville High School, said.

Each car was customized for each child and the modifications included changes to the switches, steering and adding extra support from the child’s neck or body.

Ethan Slappy, a 19-month-old from East Hartford, was one of the recipients and his mother, Margaret Slappy, helped him test drive the car.

"That was beautiful, that was good, saw him excited, pushing. That will be a good thing for him to move from one spot to another," she said.

Students said they enjoyed customizing the cars and watching the children drive them.

“For me, to help a kid who does not have the ability to walk, it is really touching. It is a very heartfelt event,” Kyle Marquez, a junior at Plainville High School, said.

Next year, teachers at Plainville School District plan to raise the money to purchase the cars and continue helping children with special needs.

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Dog Rescued From Floodwaters


A Houston news crew helped rescue a dog left chained to a front porch Tuesday as floodwaters surged to record levels.

The pup was barely able to keep its head above water when a crew from NBC affiliate KPRC spotted it from an airboat manned by two volunteers, the station reported. The group was out surveying a flooded neighborhood in Fort Bend County.

KPRC reporter Phil Archer and volunteer Jeff Shimek jumped into the water to rescue the dog.

"They chained him to the front of the [expletive] house?" one of the men is heard saying on video shot from the boat.

They untie the dog and lift it into the vessel. The animal looks up with imploring eyes that seem to convey gratitude and relief.

The dog was turned over to the Houston Humane Society, according to KPRC, which said the crew later returned to the area and rescued five more abandoned dogs.

Parts of Texas have been inundated with rain over the last week, and more than half the state is under flood watches or warnings.

Several people have died in floods, including five Fort Hood soldiers whose truck overturned Thursday during a training exercise in a creek. Three others were rescued and four remain missing.

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Rally in Support of Dylan Yang, Teen Convicted of Murder


Hundreds rallied in Wassau, Winsconsin, in support of a 16-year-old boy who was found guilty in the 2015 stabbing death of another boy, NBC News reports. 

Organizers of the “Save our Children community peach march” spoke out Tuesday about community violence, school bullying and called for improvements in the city’s schools and courts.

Charged as an adult, Yang was found guilty in March of first-degree reckless homicide of 13-year-old Isaiah Powell. Powell had reportedly gone to Yang’s home with friends and a BB gun after a Facebook argument, according to NBC affiliate WJFW. Yang stabbed Powell twice with a kitchen knife. 

Those attending called for leniency for Yang. 

Yang faces up to 60 years in prison and will be sentenced on July 12.

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Fatal Fire in Meriden Started at Stove: Officials


The fire at 86 Pettit Drive in Meriden that took a woman’s life early Friday morning appears to be cooking related and there were no working smoke detectors in the house, according to the fire chief.

Firefighters responded to the single-family house around 3:30 a.m. after receiving reports of heavy fire and pulled the woman from a back bedroom.

She was then rushed to the hospital, where she was pronounced dead, fire officials said.

The woman and her husband were home when the fire started and he was able to get out of the house.

He and the neighbors fought desperately to get the woman out.

"I yelled at him not to go back inside," Debbie Leaverton, of Meriden, said. "I started banging on the windows on the house, but it was quiet inside. There was no, no sound."

Fire Chief Kenneth Morgan said the couple had been cooking the night before and contents of the stove caught fire, then fire spread through the house.

Neighbors also reported hearing an explosion before seeing flames and officials believe a propane tank on the back deck might have been the source of the explosion.

"We were all in shock. I still can’t believe," Leaverton said of the fire that killed her neighbor.

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Weekend Beach Forecast: Saturday is Best


Heading to the beach this weekend?

Saturday is best with temperatures in the upper 70s at the shoreline. It will be in the middle 80s inland, so relief from the heat will be found near the water.

Expect a blend of sunshine and clouds.

Periods of rain, fog and possibly thunder arrive Sunday, so it won't be a good day to head to the beach. It won't rain the whole time, though.

Temperatures on Sunday will be stuck in the upper 60s – cool for the time of year!

Accident Involving Tractor Trailer, Car on I-84 in Tolland

Trump's Attacks on Judge Rile Latino Legal Experts


Latino lawyers and judges are slamming Donald Trump for his criticism of the judge presiding over a lawsuit against Trump University, NBC News reports.  

Many of them accuse the Republican presumptive nominee for using “bigotry” and of deflecting from issues in the case as he tried to make federal district Judge Gonzalo Curiel appear unqualified. 

Robert Maldonado, president of the Hispanic National Bar Association, called on Trump to apologize to Curiel for his “attacks.” Charlie Gonzalez, a former state district court judge, called the comments “unacceptable.” Tom Saenz, president and general counsel of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, called it "ridiculous" to assert Curiel would be biased because of his heritage.

In his most recent comments, Trump told the Wall Street Journal he defended referring to Curiel as Mexican. He recently adjusted that reference to Mexican heritage. Earlier, he called the judge a "hater."

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Cuba, US Discuss Possible Prisoner Swap


Cuba and the United States are discussing a possible exchange of prisoners, according to U.S. officials who spoke to NBC News. 

The discussions are in the early stages, and are part of an effort by the two countries toward normalizing their diplomatic relations. The State Department didn’t discuss specifics. 

Ana Montes, who was convicted of spying for the Cuban government while working for the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency was one of the names floated by Cuban leaders, the officials said. Montes, who became the top Cuban analyst and passed on classified information to Cuban handlers, was sentenced to 25 years and is to be released in 2023.

U.S. officials say they’re interested in getting back Americans who sought refuge in Cuba from U.S. persecution, including Joanne Chesimard, who escaped a New Jersey prison in 1979, where she was serving a life sentence for killing a state trooper by shooting him with his own gun at a traffic stop.

Muhammad Ali in 'Grave Condition' in Hospital: Source


A well-informed source tells NBC News that Muhammad Ali is in "grave condition" in a Phoenix-area hospital.

The 74-year-old former heavyweight champion's family gathered by his bedside just a day after Ali spokesman Bob Gunnell said Ali was hospitalized in what was to be a brief stay.

Ali has been dealing with advanced Parkinson's disease in recent years — an illness that experts say can lead to complications and can affect patients' breathing. He was previously hospitalized in December 2014 and January 2015 for a severe urinary tract infection.

He has been on the national stage in recent months, calling for more understanding after Donald Trump suggested banning all Muslims from entering the U.S.

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Pregnant Mom Killed in Norwich Had Baby Shower Last Weekend


Last weekend, Margarette Mady, of Norwich, was celebrating with loved ones at a baby shower held in her honor. She was expecting a baby girl next month.

On Thursday, emergency crews found the 37-year-old suffering from several stab wounds in her burning home on Thursday and her husband is set to face a judge on Friday to answer to murder and first-degree arson charges.

The fire broke out in a bedroom of 283-285 Franklin St. at 10:49 a.m. on Thursday, officials said, and authorities found the 37-year-old woman with severe burns and several stab wounds when they responded.

She was unconscious and police said she was pronounced dead at the scene.

Around the same time, her husband, Patrick Antoine, 39, turned himself in to police and told officers he had stabbed his wife to death and then set their apartment ablaze, Norwich Police said.

Relatives on Friday said the couple had been together for around five years and married in Haiti.

Neighbors and friends said Mady, the mother of a son and daughter, was friendly and an active Jehovah’s Witness who went to church when she could.

They described Antoine as quiet, but friendly, and police said there was no history of domestic violence calls to the house.

Antoine is being charged with murder and first-degree arson and bond was set at $1 million.

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Special Forces Team Rescued From Colorado Peak


A Special Forces Troops training exercise turned into a rescue mission after ten military personnel had to be airlifted off a peak in Rocky Mountain National Park Friday, NBC News reported. 

A group of 11 people from Fort Carson planned to climb Kiener’s Route on Colorado's Longs Peak on Thursday, but some had trouble “on the upper part of the route,” a ranger said.

The 11 people had to stay on the mountain overnight, but were able to descend by morning to a summit, the ranger said. A helicopter rescued ten of the climbers Friday afternoon after they called for help. One person hiked down on their own.

Information originally circulated that the group was missing, but they never were. 

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Puerto Ricans May Help Clinton Get Closer to the Nomination


Millions of Puerto Ricans will go to the polls in the U.S. territory’s Democratic primary on Sunday, NBC News reports.

The primary has been overlooked because of a much larger cache of delegates up for grabs in Tuesday’s contests. But it could push Hillary Clinton closer to the 2,383 delegate goal and help her become the party’s Democratic nominee.

Rival Bernie Sanders has made an aggressive push there though, saying Thursday he would introduce his own bill to help the island territory deal with its debt crisis, The Associated Press reported. The House bill approved by a committee has drawn criticism, even though it has bipartisan and administrative support.

Clinton, who has a long history in Puerto Rico, won the primary against Barack Obama in 2008. 

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Malloy Veto Leads to Cuts for Cities and Towns


Following inaction in the Connecticut House of Representative on the governor's priority criminal justice reform, he used the power of the veto to balance the state budget.

The budget was based on the passage of the criminal justice reform known as Second Chance. Eliminating bail for misdemeanors was thought to be a compromise on the bill but Democrats told Speaker of the House Brendan Sharkey they didn't feel comfortable voting on it.

The measure included $15 million to $20 million in annual savings based on the closure of a prison, and without the bill being passed and the governor signing it, the governor said he felt he had to take action.

With the move, cities and towns across Connecticut are bracing for impact. They're not sure which state-funded programs the cuts will come from.

“I know the governor is in a tight spot," said Mayor Robert Chatfield, a Republican from Prospect. "We’re all concerned about our own but the buck stops here to speak and we’ve got to try to find out where we’re going to get the money. We’re getting ready to set our mil rates and it’s very difficult for us.”

Cities and towns' primary sources of revenues are state aid and property tax collections.

Chatfield said he will have to examine the possibility of a tax increase to maintain current services.

“I’m going through line item by line item by line item in last year’s revenue sheet to see if I can pick up a little, say from library fines or whatever lines I have to make up the difference,” Chatfield said. 

Kevin Maloney, spokesman for the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities that lobbies on behalf of cities and towns in the state, wrote in a statement that such cuts are difficult for them to handle because of the timing:

“The vast majority of towns and cities have already set their municipal budget for FY 2016-17, so this cut – which is unspecified at this point regarding the amount town by town and from which state grant -- will especially force local governments to freeze or curtail spending for critical services during the new fiscal year and/or further drain municipal fund balances, which in distressed communities are already dangerously low."

A source in Malloy's office told NBC Connecticut to expect greater detail on the veto next week.

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Man Gets Out of Truck, Chases 12-Year-Old Girl in Bristol: Police


A man got out of his truck after following a 12-year-old walking her dog and chased the girl down the street in Bristol, police said. 

On Friday at about 2 p.m., police were notified about a young girl walking her dog by the intersection of Concord Street and Fairfield Street when she was approached by a man driving a red pickup truck, Bristol Police said. 

The man made a comment, possibly in another language, at the girl that she did not understand. When she ignored him, he continued driving east on Fairfield Street, police said. 

When the girl made her way to Concord Street, the truck appeared again and began to slowly follow her, according to police. 

The girl started to run towards her home when the man got out of his truck and started to chase her. At some point, the man stopped chasing her and got back into his pickup, police said.

The girl was not hurt.

The truck is described as a newer model, full-sized red pickup truck with silver bumpers and side steps.

Police described the suspect as an older white man with brown and gray hair, of average weight and height and small round eyeglasses. 

Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Officer Scott Verillo at (860) 584-3000.

Keno Outpaces Projections


The Connecticut Lottery's newest game, approved by lawmakers last year, is making a lot more money and has a lot more players than most people imagined.

“We think next year is going to be very strong and it might even rival our powerball revenues," said Anne Noble, President & CEO of Connecticut Lottery.

In the first month with the game in more than 350 new retailers and hundreds of other existing CT Lottery retailers, it brought in $7 million in revenue.

It is fat outpacing projected revenues of $10 million in the first year and $17 million in the second year.

Rep. Jeffrey Berger has been the most vocal supporter of approving Keno in Connecticut and was successful in 2015 in bringing the game to Connecticut in his role as chairman of the General Assembly's Finance, Revenue and Bonding Committee.

Berger said he had a feeling the game would be popular because it's done well in neighboring states like Massachusetts and New York. He predicts the state will far surpass the projected revenue for the next fiscal year.

"The state’s take is going to be probably well north of $25 to $30 million and we’re excited about the revenue and people being excited about Keno,” Berger said.

There are retailers that have screens to watch the games happen live every four minutes and there are others that don't.

For retailers with monitors, they're averaging new sales of $2,300 per month from Keno, while those without monitors collect $230 in new lottery sales per month.

Noble, with the CT Lottery expects the game to become even more popular.

“We’re doing exactly what we expected it to which is very well in the State of Connecticut.”

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Narcan Classes in Hartford Saving Lives


Communities across Connecticut are arming families in need with Narcan in an effort to stop opioid addiction from claiming more lives.

Mark Jenkins of Hartford is helping people every single day by teaching them how to save their loved-ones' lives.

Recent statistics from the Office of the Chief State Medical Examiner shows 208 have died from drug overdoses in the first quarter of 2016. If the trend continues, 624 more people will lose their lives these years. 

“The sole purpose of naloxone is to reverse, to knock off," Jenkins said.

Jenkins is the founder and executive director of the Greater Hartford Harm Reduction Coalition which has been in operation since March of 2014.

Jenkins has been helping others battle addiction for almost two decades. These days he’s teaching members of the public how to use Narcan, which is a drug designed to reverse an opioid overdose.

It’s a drug designed to reverse an opioid overdose.

“Recognize, respond and evaluate,” are three simple steps Jenkins informs a small group at narcan training Thursday night.

He’s speaking passionately, from experience and the heart, to everyday people.

Deborah Most and her husband Tim, of Hartford, came Thursday night. She tells the NBC Connecticut Troubleshooters, “I’ve been clean four years. I was on pain medications legally for five years and that is how I ended up with heroin.”

Heroin addicts, survivors, relatives and others now learning how to use Naloxone, better known as Narcan

All are here, training for free, thanks to Jenkins and his team of volunteers with the greater Hartford harm reduction coalition.

Jenkins told NBC Connecituct Troubleshooter, “We have to get this drug, this medicine, into the hands of the people who need it most.”

Most has been in recovery 15 yearsand is now a Narcan administrator.

“I’ve been clean now for four years. There’s hope to see people come here, get kits. Sometimes the ambulances don’t make it on time, my member would’ve died if we didn’t pull her out of it.”

Jenkins demonstrates how different forms of Narcan are used.

“If opioid is present, it’ll work, if not present, completely harmless,” he explained.

“Whether intra-muscular, intra-nasal or evzio all in common in red bag two doses first dose doesn’t work.”

Jenkin's been clean for 19 years.

“For quite a few years, I was lost.”

So far this year, the coalition has handed out 300 Naloxone kits.

Narcan kits including to longtime heroin user 35 year old Annie Plourde.

“That unsympathetic person sitting there, it could be their mother or brother or sister. It could be someone very close to you and you don’t even know they could be using," longtime heroin-user 35-year-old Annie Plourde told the NBC Connecticut Troubleshooters.

Annie is a struggling addict who has used Narcan nine times in the last six months.

“It was the scariest thing I’ve ever done, and the one thing that hits you, this person are dying and either you’re gunna be able to save them or not and thank God they made this available," Annie said.  “I don’t think I could be as honest as I am, about what is going on, if not for this program. It’s not going to do me any good not to tell the truth because maybe someone seeing my story will help that someone to get Narcan if something happens.”

Just recently her husband used Narcan on her.

“It saved my life, and I wouldn’t be here. I never meant to overdose. I did same amount always done and this was cut with fentanyl,” Annie said.

In and out of treatment a half dozen times, Annie will try once again, next week.

“I’m sure there’s someone out there saying you deserve this, did it to yourself and I did. I’m the last person who wouldn’t be held accountable for my actions, but it is the way it is and addiction is an issue and having it out there is saving lives.”

The state too, is working to strengthen opioid laws, and certain pharmacies and pharmacists are now writing narcan prescriptions for anyone who walks in and asks. While Annie tries to battle back, mark knows his fight is far from over

Jenkins stated, “Our obligation is to help people reduce amount of harm causing themselves on all levels. However that may be.”

Jenkins says he networks nationwide to get his hands on those narcan kits, but a lot of the costs, and they can get pricey come right out of pocket, so you can imagine how thrilled he is to recently earn 501-c3 nonprofit status.

Dr. James Gill the Chief Medical Examiner of Connecticut tells the NBC Connecticut Troubleshooters, “There has been a dramatic increase in fentanyl deaths. The vast majority of these fentanyl deaths are due to illicit fentanyl not prescribed fentanyl. Toxicology testing cannot differentiate the illicit from the prescription fentanyl unless an unusual variant of fentanyl (such as acetyl-fentanyl) is detected which would indicate illicit production,” stated Gill.

Man Who Killed Pregnant Wife Said She Was Voodoo Priestess


A Norwich man accused of stabbing his pregnant wife to death before lighting their apartment on fire said he believed the woman was a Voodoo priestess who was casing spells on him, according to police documents. 

Patrick Antoine, 39, turned himself in to police at 10:49 a.m. on Thursday and told officers he had stabbed his wife to death and then set their apartment ablaze, Norwich Police said. He appeared in court on Friday. 

Officials found an unresponsive 8-months-pregnant Margarette Mady, 37, with severe burns and several stab wounds at 283-285 Franklin Street, police said.

According to police court documents, Antoine and Mady were in a verbal argument the morning of the murder and fire. When Mady walked out of the kitchen, Antoine said he grabbed a wooden handle steak knife and put it in his pajama pocket, documents said.

Antoine told police he thought his wife was a Voodoo priestess who had cast several spells on him over the last couple of years. The suspect also said his wife had told him he'd be dead by July as a sacrifice prior to her child being born.

Police said that Antoine did not believe Mady was pregnant with his child. 

As the argument continued, the victim allegedly pushed Antoine and he began stabbing her in the head, face and feet repeatedly, court documents said.

After stabbing his wife multiple times, Antoine used a Bic lighter to light curtains in several room of the apartment on fire, according to police documents.

Antoine, covered in blood, turned himself into Norwich Police at 10:49 a.m., around the same time crews were dispatched to their apartment on Franklin Street for the fire. 

"My wife is dead," Antoine allegedly told police. "I killed my wife."

Mady, who family members said was expecting her third child, was found unconscious in the burning home and police said she was pronounced dead at the scene at 11:10 am. Mady was pregnant with her third child, a baby girl and the other two children were not home during the incident. 

Antoine is being charged with murder and first-degree arson and bond was set at $1 million. 

There's been no charges against Antoine for the death of the fetus. According to the state, the killing of an unborn child is not murder under Connecticut's statutes.  

There was no attorney listed for Antoine.

Ken Buffa contributed to this report.

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New London Man Arrested for Fatal Shooting in December


The suspect who shot and killed a 29-year-old New London man in December has been arrested for murder, police said.

Shaquan Seales, 21, is accused of murder, first-degree reckless endangerment, unlawful discharge of a firearm, carrying a pistol without a permit and first-degree robbery. 

Last December, a New London man who was fatally shot on a porch on Connecticut Avenue near Grand Street. 

Police were responding after receiving a report of several gunshots when 911 calls started coming into report a man was down in the same area.

When police arrived at the scene, they found Gilberto Olivencia, 29, on a porch on Grand Street and said he appeared to have been shot.

An ambulance took Olivencia to the hospital and he was pronounced dead.

Seales is being held on two court set bonds of $2,000,000 cash only and $50,000 cash or surety. 

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