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2 Arrested for Involvement in Stamford Drive-By Shooting


Two people have been arrested for their alleged involvement in a drive-by shooting in Stamford last month, police said. 

In the early hours of May 30, police were dispatched to a home on Ranson Street in Stamford after getting many calls about gunfire in the area. 

The shots were fired into the front of a residence and nearly missed several people, including a 5 and 8 year old boy, police said. 

A CCTV video showed a newer model Audi fleeing the scene. 

On June 6, Greenwich Police initiated a traffic stop with a stolen white Audi but the car fled at a high-speed rate and crashed, Stamford Police said. 

A 17-year-old from Stamford was arrested at the scene, while the other operator, stole a Land Rover and drove north of I-95. Police ended the chase due to safety concerns.

Greenwich and Stamford police departments began a joint investigation and identified Shacquine Narine, 20, of Stamford as the other occupant.

On Tuesday, police arrested Narine and located the stolen Land Rover found at the dead end of St. George Street, Stamford Police said.

Police were able to determine that both suspects were involved with the drive-by shooting at a rival neighborhood's residence. They were armed with two handguns and a rifle, police said. 

Both suspects are accused of criminal attempt at first-degree assault, first-degree reckless endangerment, possession of a pistol without a permit, unlawful discharge of a weapon and two counts of risk of injury to a minor.

The 17-year-old was transported to the Bridgeport Juvenile Detention Center while Narine was held on a $20,000 bond. 

DMV Urges Residents to Check Car Tax Bills for Errors


Check your car tax bill to ensure that the information is correct, because changes in the computer system could lead to issues for about 50,000 people, according to the state Department of Motor Vehicles, the Connecticut Association of Assessing Officers and the Connecticut Tax Collectors Association. 

In some cases, residents might receive bills from the wrong town, according to the DMV, and they are urging residents to contact the town that issued the bill to straighten out the situation. 

This comes after the state spent millions of dollars to upgrade the computer system. 

According to a news release from the state DMV, the agency collected registration information for decades in a variety of inconsistent ways. The new computer system attempts to standardize information so that there is consistency in DMV records. as well as those given to towns for tax billing purposes, state officials said. 

“We are advising residents early so that they look immediately at their tax bills and make any necessary changes before paying them. All of us are being pro-consumer in this effort and wanting to prevent inconveniences for taxpayers,” DMV Commissioner Michael Bzdyra said in a statement. 

Officials said the DMV and the towns and cities across the state are also working to resolve inconsistencies in which some residents having one mailing addresses and a separate place where the car is kept or most often used. 

"The Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles, the Connecticut Association of Assessing Offices, and the Connecticut Tax Collectors' Association have worked for several months at addressing these discrepancies. While we have made a great deal of progress in addressing these issues, and have significantly reduced them, there will be some cases where people receive tax bills from the wrong town. It is important that if anyone receives a tax bill from the wrong town, they contact the town that issued the bill as soon as possible so that the bill can be forwarded to the correct town. If anyone receives a tax bill from the wrong town, it is important that they do not ignore the incorrect tax bill," said John Rainaldi, president of the Connecticut Association of Assessing Officers (CAAO) and Launa M. Goslee, president of the Connecticut Tax Collector’s Association. 

If you receive a tax bill from a municipality you do not live in as of Oct. 1, 2015, or did not have a vehicle in, contact the assessor and ask them to transfer the bill to the correct town or city of residency. 

Customers who need information to make a registration address change at the DMV can go to ct.gov/dmv/changeaddress or call DMV at 860-263-5700. 

Sanders Gets Hero's Welcome in Vt


Bernie Sanders was greeted with a hero's welcome when he stepped off the campaign trail to spend a night home in Vermont Wednesday.

A throng of passionate Sanders' constituents was waiting to greet the presidential candidate after his charter jet touched down at the Burlington Airport shortly before 7 p.m. Wednesday.

"Thank you all," Sanders shouted to the crowd, who chanted "Bernie, Bernie!" and "Feel the Bern!" in return.

Many of the supporters snapped selfies and hugged Sanders. The candidate even posed for a photo with a young boy dressed as the senator, with a white wig and glasses.

"We're all so proud of everything Bernie has done," said Emilie Krasnow, a Sanders supporter who waited to welcome him home.

Sanders won two states Tuesday, but lost four. Critical California was in the loss column, despite Sanders' more than two weeks of tireless campaigning there.

Now badly trailing the Democrats' presumptive nominee Hillary Clinton by all key measures, many wonder what's next for Sanders.

Necn wanted to ask him that question, but he rode past reporters, focusing instead on loyal backers like Vivian Jordan.

"It was just very exciting to be that close to him," Jordan said, after receiving a hug from Sanders.

Before leaving California, Sanders said he will fight for votes next week in Washington, D.C.'s primary, then keep pressing his economic justice platform until the party's convention next month.

Jordan said she is not sold on Hillary Clinton but will consider her, if Sanders gives his full support.

"I am going to take Bernie's lead on that," the Shelburne voter told necn. "I trust him."

Sanders' time in Burlington will be short. He's leaving Thursday for Washington D.C. and a meeting at the White House with President Obama. The two are expected to talk about what to do to strengthen the Democratic party before the general election in November.

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Alleged Cannon Thief Arrested


Richmond police said they have arrested a man they say stole a WWI-era cannon outside the Veteran's Memorial Hall.

Lt. Felix Tan said officers took Dezi Adsuara, 44, of Vallejo into custody on Tuesday night, after detectives said they had "compelling evidence" against him. They had been looking for him since the cannon was stolen on May 11, a story first reported by NBC Bay Area.

Adsuara also goes by Roland Joseph Garcia, police said.

The cannon was returned a day after NBC Bay Area aired the story of the stolen cannon by a man who bought the ancient piece and called police to say he saw the story on the news, and realized he had unwittingly bought the stolen merchandise.

Surveillance video at the scene of the crime shows two people in a truck pulling into the lot, cutting the cannon's chain and towing the one-ton brass and iron weapon away. The theft took place in under a minute. Police said that only one suspect sold the cannon, and if he talks, police may get the identity of the second.

Anyone with information should call Richmond Police Property Crimes Detective T. Kaiser at (510) 672-0764.

Photo Credit: NBC Bay Area
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Trump Faces Familiar Hurdles as General Election Begins


Donald Trump reached the presumptive nominee status on May 3, giving him a month ahead of Hillary Clinton to prepare for the general election. 

At that time, he faced two challenges: unifying the GOP and building a campaign and fundraising operation. Both goals are works in progress, according to NBC News. 

Both challenges have prevented the real estate mogul from pivoting to an attack on Clinton, who launched her own last week with a speech going after his temperament and foreign policy instincts. 

Trump plans to deliver what he’s described as a “major speech” Monday, laying out his case against Clinton. He also is working to address his fundraising operation at a meeting with donors in New York on Thursday.

Trump acknowledged he’s unlikely to match Clinton’s fundraising, which is expected to reach $1 billion.

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2 Charged in Fatal Overdose of 17-Year-Old in Groton


Two people were charged for heroin distribution after a 17-year-old girl died of an overdose last month, federal prosecutors said. 

Adele Bouthillier, 42, of Groton and a Uncasville man, Ramon Gomez, 40, were both charged with possession with intent to distribute, distribution and conspiracy to distribute heroin, the U.S. attorney's office said. 

On May 29, Police found the teen suffering from what appeared to be a drug overdose when they responded to a hotel room in the town of Groton just after 2:30 a.m. and she was later pronounced dead at Lawrence & Memorial Hospital, according to police. 

Police allege that Gomez brought the teen to the motel to engage in prostitution the night before and she spent the evening with Bouthillier, who bought heroin that she snorted. When Bouthillier woke up, she found the victim was unresponsive with vomit coming out of her mouth, prosecutors said. 

After the incident last month, Gomez was charged with first-degree prostitution promotion.

Bothillier was arrested and brought into custody on Wednesday, while Gomez was already detained. 

Photo Credit: Groton Police

Aaron Hernandez Hires Casey Anthony's Attorney


For his upcoming murder trial, convicted killer Aaron Hernandez has hired the attorney who represented Casey Anthony.

Jose Baez confirms to necn the former Patriots tight end has retained his firm's services.

"I have fully committed myself to ensuring a fair and just trial for Mr. Hernandez," Baez wrote. "To accomplish this, I have assembled the best legal team in the country to serve as co-counsel."

The team will also include Harvard Law professor Ronald S. Sullivan Jr., Alex Spiro and Linda Kenney Baden.

Baez served as a defense attorney for Anthony, who was found not guilty of the brutal 2008 murder of her 2-year-old daughter in a controversial and highly publicized trial.

Hernandez is currently serving a life sentence for the 2013 murder of Odin Lloyd. Baez will represent him in his upcoming trial for the 2012 killings of Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado.

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Motorcyclist Crashes Into Wall in Hartford


A man has been taken to the hospital after crashing a motorcyclist hit a wall in Hartford on Thursday morning.

Police said the crash was on Zion Street.

No information was available on the motorcyclist’s condition.

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Warren Endorses Clinton Over 'Thin-Skinned' Trump


Sen. Elizabeth Warren, a hero to liberal progressives ideologically aligned with Bernie Sanders' anti-Wall Street rhetoric, endorsed presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton Thursday night on MSNBC's "The Rachel Maddow Show."

"I am ready to get in this fight and work my heart out for Hillary Clinton to become the next president of the United States," Warren told Maddow, saying she wants to prevent Donald Trump, "a genuine threat to this country," from entering the White House.

The endorsement, previewed by NBC News, came during an exclusive live interview beginning at 9 p.m. on the same day President Barack Obama formally backed Clinton in a video lauding her qualifications for the job.

The Massachusetts senator also took aim at Trump over his comments about the judge overseeing a lawsuit against Trump University.

"Donald Trump is a loud, nasty, thin-skinned fraud who has never risked anything for anyone and serves nobody but himself," Warren said in a speech to a progressive legal group Thursday night. "And that is just one of the many reasons why he will never be President of the United States."

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Woman Charged in Fatal Southington Crash


A 26-year-old Southington woman accused of driving under the influence and causing the crash that killed one person and seriously injured another has been charged with second-degree manslaughter, as well as other charges.

Police said Krista Pikora, 26, of Southington, was driving a 2014 Jeep Compass west on Center Street at 12:19 a.m. on Saturday, April 30, crossed the center line and hit another car head-on.

Brandon Caron, 30, of Bristol, was driving the vehicle Pikora hit, police said. He was in critical condition when he was brought to Waterbury Hospital and later died, according to police.

Kelly Brennan, 26, of Southington, was a passenger in Caron’s vehicle and was brought to St. Mary’s Hospital to be treated for serious injuries.

Pikora also suffered serious injuries, according to police, and the medical records officers obtained indicated that she was under the influence of alcohol or drugs at the time of the crash.

Pikora has been charged with second-degree manslaughter with a motor vehicle, second-degree assault with a motor vehicle, driving under the influence, reckless driving and failure to drive right.

She was held on a $150,000 court-set bond and will appear in court on June 9.

Photo Credit: Southington Police

Obama Talks Democratic Party Unity on 'Tonight Show'


President Barack Obama talked about his hope that Democrats will come together over the next couple of weeks to unify the party, speaking about the state of the election during his first appearance on Thursday as president on "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon."

During the interview, which was taped on Wednesday, Obama said that sometimes "what happens during primaries is you get a little ouchy."

"It was a healthy thing for the Democratic party to have a contested primary," Obama said a day after Hillary Clinton became the first woman to become the presumptive nominee of a major political party.

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"I thought that Bernie Sanders brought enormous energy and new ideas and he pushed the party and challenged them," Obama said. "I thought it made Hillary a better candidate. I think she is whip smart. She is tough. And she deeply cares about working people and putting kids through school and making sure we're growing our economy."

Obama, who recently endorsed Clinton, met with Sanders at the White House on Thursday.

Asked whether he thought Sanders would endorse Clinton, Obama said he was sure the former secretary of state and the Vermont senator are "going to have a conversation."

He told Fallon that his main role as president "is to remind the American people that this is a serious job. This is not reality TV."

Asked whether he thought Republicans were happy with selecting Donald Trump, Obama replied, "We are."

Obama took some time to write thank you notes, a reoccuring performance that Fallon usually does.

"Thank you to my 2008 slogan, 'Yes We Can' or, as I like to call you, 'Yes We Did'."

Picking up the pen to write a second note, "Thank you Questlove's hairstylist for helping me bring back the Obama 'fro after I leave the White House." 

Looking back at his two terms, Obama wrote, "Thank you congress for spending eight years for wishing you could replace me with a Republican or, to put it another way, how do you like me now?"

Madonna also appeared on Thursday night's broadcast, performing "Borderline." 

"Where else besides 'The Tonight Show' and New York City can you have the President and the Queen on one show?" Jimmy Fallon had teased in a statement.

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Obama is no stranger to late-night television, having appeared on "Jimmy Kimmel Live," "The Late Show With David Letterman," "The Daily Show" and "The Colbert Report" in his seven years in office.

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The commander-in-chief also appeared six times on "The Tonight Show" when Jay Leno hosted the NBC show. His appearance on March 19, 2009, marked the first time a sitting president appeared on a late-night talk show. 

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Isolated Thunderstorms Likely Late Saturday


The humidity remains low and the weather dry, though a few thunderstorms are possible late Saturday.

Tomorrow will be very bright and still breezy, but the lack of humidity is tough to beat. Temperatures will be slightly higher, in the middle 70s.

A warm front moves overhead Saturday, followed quickly by a cold front Saturday night.

That will result in rapidly increasing clouds Saturday, but the daylight hours should be primarily dry. A few thunderstorms are possible Saturday evening and night.

Temperatures will reach near 80 degrees Saturday.

Sunday's the brighter of the weekend days, with lots of sun. It will be breezy behind the cold front with temperatures in the lower 80s.

Police Tackle Biker Near Obama


NYPD officers tackled a seemingly oblivious Citi Bike rider as he approached a police line set up to protect President Obama’s motorcade in Manhattan Wednesday afternoon, police said.

The biker, who is from New York, approached the police line at the intersection of 50th Street and Park Avenue shortly after 6 p.m., authorities said.

Officers on scene shouted and signaled for him to stop, and eventually tackled him to the ground just before the president’s motorcade rolled through the intersection.

The unidentified cyclist was cuffed and given a summons for disorderly conduct, police said.

Obama was in town for a "Tonight Show" taping with Jimmy Fallon. 

New York's bike share system, Citi Bike, launched in 2013 and is the largest of its kind in the nation.

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Shooting Victim Arranged His Own Shooting: Police


A man who was shot in New Britain, Connecticut, a couple weeks arranged his own shooting in exchange for money, according to police.

The investigation started when police received a report just after 10:30 p.m. on May 31 that a man has been shot in the chest on Farmington Avenue.

When officers arrived, they found a 23-year-old man on the front steps with a gunshot wound to the upper chest.

He originally told police he didn’t know who shot him, but police now say that’s not the case, and that the victim was involved in the shooting.

He was a willing participant in his own assault and arranged to be shot for money, police said. How much money was involved is not clear.

Juan Ortiz, 48, New Britain, was arrested in connection with the shooting and was held on a $350,000 bond. He will be arraigned in court today.

The victim, who was rushed to a trauma hospital, is expected to make a full recovery.

Police said more arrests are coming.

Photo Credit: New Britain Police

SCOTUS Rules Jury Can Be Called Back


The Supreme Court ruled Thursday that judges can call jurors back and tell them to deliberate again if there’s been a mistake, NBC News reported. 

The ruling stems from a jury that awarded a man zero dollars after he sued a driver for physical therapy costs after a car crash. The judge dismissed the jury, but realized the verdict wasn’t legally permissible — it had to be the amount agreed upon by both parties, which was $10,000. The judge recalled the jury, who awarded the plaintiff $15,000 the next day. 

The plaintiff said he should have received a new trial, but in a 7-2 ruling, the Supreme Court says a judge has the power to bring a jury back in the event of a mistaken verdict.

The wait time before the jury is recalled is at the judge’s discretion. The decision says the longer the judge waits, the more likely a jury will become tainted. The Supreme Court ruling doesn’t apply to criminal cases because of double jeopardy. 

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Fed. Court: No Right to Concealed Weapons in Public


In a victory for gun control advocates, a federal appeals court said Thursday people do not have a right to carry concealed weapons in public under the 2nd Amendment.

An 11-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said law enforcement officials can require applicants for a concealed weapons permit to show they are in immediate danger or have another good reason for a permit beyond self-defense.

The decision overturned a 2014 ruling by a smaller 9th Circuit panel and came in a lawsuit over the denial of concealed weapons permits by a sheriff in San Diego County.

The appeals court said it followed the U.S. Supreme Court's method of looking to history to resolve gun rights issues, NBC News reported.

California generally prohibits people from carrying handguns in public without such a permit. State law requires applicants to show good moral character, have good cause and take a training course.

In San Diego County, the sheriff required applicants to show supporting documents such as restraining orders against possible attackers to show good cause for a permit. The requirement prompted a lawsuit by residents who were denied a permit.

During oral arguments before the 11-judge 9th Circuit panel, Paul Clement, an attorney for the residents, argued that the self-defense standard should be sufficient and asking for more violates the 2nd Amendment right to bear arms.

California Solicitor General Edward DuMont countered that there was a long and rich tradition of restricting concealed weapons in cities and towns. California officials sought to intervene in the case after the San Diego sheriff declined to appeal.

California officials said loosening concealed weapons permitting standards and allowing more people to carry guns threatens law enforcement officials and endangers the public.

Clement countered that there was no evidence that crime went up in counties such as Fresno and Sacramento that had more permissive "good cause" standards.

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Man Sexually Assaulted Teen at Riding Stables: Police


A Brooklyn, Connecticut man has been charged with sexually assaulting a teen who worked for him at riding stables in Killingly several years ago.

Police arrested Michael F. Sobieniak, 41, of Brooklyn, after investigating allegations that he sexually assaulted a teen who worked for him at Valley View Riding Stables, at 91 Lake Road in Killingly.

The victim, who is now 22, told police she started taking riding lessons at the stable when she was 13 years-old, She then started working for Sobieniak to pay for riding time and their relationship became sexual, she told police.

She went on to say they had intercourse from when she was living and working at the stables from the time she was 13 to the time she was 15, according to police.

Detectives investigated and have charged Sobieniak with three counts of second-degree sexual assault, three counts of illegal sexual contact with a minor and risk of injury.

He was held on $100,000 bond and brought to Danielson Superior Court to be arraigned today.

It's not clear if he has an attorney.

Photo Credit: Connecticut State Police

UI Makes Upgrades to Restore Power Quicker


Restoring power after a major storm can often be an exhaustive process, but United Illuminating is making some upgrades to get the lights back on faster.

Many residents said they hope that new technology will help with a very old power problem.

“It’s frustrating; a day or two you can take,” Sandy Pandora, of Stratford, said about losing her electricity after strong storms in 2011 and 2012. "You have to get out of your everyday habits."

It can be much worse when the power stays out for a longer period of time, as it did for many people along the shoreline during and after Irene and Sandy.

“I lost power for four weeks," Leo Koutikas, of Milford, said. "It's very difficult. People aren't used to having no power for four weeks."

United Illuminating had to deal with many obstacles in restoring power.

In the last few years, UI has made some upgrades. One was Automated Vehicle Location, which can provide real-time information about each UI and contractor vehicle in the field. Crews will also have mobile data terminals to instantly update job status and to be dispatched to their next assignments more quickly.

“I think it’s all about implementation and good management," Rosabelle Conover, of Milford, said. "The power shouldn’t be off for a week.”

"I hope they get repair people in quicker, even from out-of-state, wherever they can get them," Pandora said.

UI officials said the new AVL tool will offer an up-to-date picture of what is happening in the field, not just during storms but also on any day of the year.

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New Map Shows Where Zika Mosquitoes Live in US


A new map shows mosquitoes that can carry the Zika virus can be found in 40 states and Washington, D.C., NBC News reported. 

Experts from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention compiled the new map by looking at all reports of the two species of mosquito that can transmit the virus: the yellow fever mosquito and the Asian tiger mosquito. 

Public health officials are bracing for local Zika outbreaks across the continental U.S., where 618 cases have already been documented. Thousands of infected people have traveled from Latin America and the Caribbean — and if a mosquito bites someone with an active investigation, it could carry the virus to someone else. 

President Barack Obama asked Congress for $.9 billion to fight Zika. The House and Senate are considering separate bills to provide some of the money.

Photo Credit: CDC/Journal of Medical Entomology
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