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Dry, Sunny Through Midweek


Seasonable, dry weather will stick around through the middle part of the week.

Highs tempereratures will be within a few degrees of 80 with abundant sunshine through Thursday.

The lack of humidity will continue, making for great sleeping weather as temperatures fall back into the 50s.

The next chance for rain comes Friday as a storm approaches from the west.

For now, the Friday call is dry with clouds, with a few showers possible by Sunday, which is Father's Day.

Stay tuned to the First Alert weather team as the late-week rain threat comes into better focus.

1.3 Magnitude Quake Detected in Fairfield County


There was a magnitude 1.3 earthquake around three miles from Stamford, Connecticut, according to the U.S. Geologic Survey.

The website says the quake was detected at 10:12 a.m. about three miles west-northwest of Stamford.

A post on the Long Ridge Fire Company's Facebook page said several units responded to the upper Long Ridge Road area after receiving reports of an explosion. When they arrived, they found the commotion was caused by the earthquake.

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Pope Lashes Out Over Guns Moving With 'Absolute Freedom'


Pope Francis has chastised the political decisions and skewed ideologies that make weapons easily accessible, while aid distribution faces numerous obstacles, NBC News reported.

He was speaking at a United Nations World Food program event Monday and told the audience weapons circulate around the world with "brazen" freedom.

The pope's remarks came one day after the Orlando nightclub massacre, the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history.

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Clinton Vows to Find, Prosecute 'Lone Wolves'


Hillary Clinton vowed Monday to make stopping "lone wolf" terrorists a top priority if elected president, saying that while the shooter in the deadly weekend attacks in Orlando may be dead, "the virus that poisoned his mind remains very much alive." 

In a sober national security address in Cleveland, the presumptive Democratic nominee also called for ramping up the U.S. air campaign targeting the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. She pointedly called out U.S. partners in the region by name, saying Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Qatar must stop their citizens from funding terrorism. 

And she vigorously reiterated her call for banning assault weapons, like one of the guns the Orlando shooter used. 

"I believe weapons of war have no place on our streets," she said. 

Clinton's address in Cleveland was supposed to mark the official start of her general election campaign against Republican Donald Trump. But Sunday's shooting altered her plans and she avoided direct attacks on her GOP rival, declaring, "Today is not a day for politics." 

Still, much of Clinton's comments were aimed at drawing policy and temperamental contrasts with Trump. The businessman's initial responses to the Orlando attacks included accepting "congrats" for "being right" about the terror threat facing the U.S. He also redoubled his calls for temporarily banning Muslims from the U.S. and increasing surveillance of mosques — policies that have concerned even some of his fellow Republicans. 

"We have to have a ban on people coming in from Syria and different parts of the world with this philosophy that is so hateful and so horrible," Trump said Monday on ABC's "Good Morning America." 

Because the shooter was American-born and lived in Florida, Trump's ban would not have prevented the shooting. 

The presumptive Republican nominee was to speak on national security later Monday in New Hampshire. He had planned to use the speech to make his case against Clinton, as well as her husband Bill Clinton, but he, too, changed his focused after the shooting. 

Authorities say Omar Mateen, a 29-year-old American-born Muslim, was responsible for the horrific attacks. FBI Director James Comey said that Mateen had "strong indications of radicalization" and was probably inspired by foreign terrorist organizations, though there was no evidence Monday that he had been directed by a network to carry out the attacks. 

These apparent "lone wolf" attackers have deeply worried counterterrorism officials because they often leave fewer intelligence trails to monitor. Clinton said she would put together teams of government and private sector officials to try to identify lone wolf terrorists and ensure law enforcement agencies have the resources they need for such efforts.

In his morning television interviews, Trump redoubled his call for banning Muslims, although Mateen was an American citizen born in New York. While Trump focused in particular on keeping out refugees from Syria, he said a ban should apply to people from "different parts of the world with this philosophy that is so hateful and so horrible." 

The presumptive Republican nominee also appeared to suggest that President Barack Obama may sympathize with Islamic terrorists — a stunning statement about the current commander in chief. 

"He doesn't get it or, or he gets it better than anybody understands," Trump said on Fox News Channel's "Fox and Friends." ''It's one or the other. And either one is unacceptable." 

Trump said there were thousands of people living in the United States "sick with hate" and capable of carrying out the same sort of massacre. 

"The problem is we have thousands of people right now in our country. You have people that were born in this country" who are susceptible to becoming "radicalized," the billionaire real estate mogul said on Fox. He claimed there are Muslims living here who "know who they are" and said it was time to "turn them in." 

Trump's longstanding proposal to temporarily ban foreign-born Muslims from entering the United States has triggered outrage from Democrats and Republicans alike, who see it unconstitutional, un-American and counterproductive. But it has helped him win over many primary voters who fear the rise of Islamic extremism and believe that "political correctness" — the fear of offending Muslims — is damaging national security.

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Mom of Newtown Victim Offers Words of Advice to Orlando


Nelba Márquez-Greene was not aware of the mass shooting at the nightclub Orlando until friends began calling to make sure she was OK, but her life and those of the victims’ families are now forever linked.

Márquez-Greene’ s young daughter, Ana, was also killed in a mass shooting.

Ana was one of the young students killed by a gunman at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown on Dec. 14, 2012.

The Greene family's motto has been "love wins" and that message resonates through Márquez-Greene's Facebook post on Sunday, but she also offers advice that could only come from someone who has been through the worst imaginable tragedy.

“I am sorry. I am so, so sorry. I am sorry that our tragedy here in Sandy Hook wasn't enough to save your loved ones. I tried and I won't stop trying. Don't you dare even listen to even ONE person who may insinuate that somehow this is your loved ones fault because they were gay or any other reason. Nor is it God's wrath,” she wrote.

“They did that to us on Sandy Hook- too. And it broke my heart. You will receive love from a million places. Embrace it. Take good care of yourself. This will be a forever journey. Some ugly will come your way too. Delete. Ignore. Let it go,” the post says.

This is the entire poignant post.

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Man on Dirt Bike Hit Boy and Fled: Police


A man on a dirt bike hit a 4-year-old boy in New Haven and broke his leg on Sunday, then ran off, according to police.

The little boy was with his mother at Criscuolo Park and playing on the sidewalk just after 4 p.m. when a man on a small red- and-black dirt bike hit him, police said.

An ambulance responded to the scene and brought the child to Yale–New Haven Hospital’s pediatric emergency center and doctors said the boy’s lower leg was fractured, but his injuries are not life-threatening.

The man police are looking for is heavyset, has curly hair, a reddish beard and wore a black shirt and black cargo shorts.

Anyone with information on who hit the boy should call police at 203-946-6304 or 203-946-6316.

Westport Mom Picks up Child From School Drunk: Police


A Westport mother went to pick up her child from school while intoxicated, police said. 

On May 5, police followed up with Victoria Lieber after she appeared drunk while picking up her child at a local school. Police did not disclose what school her child attends.

Westport officers said when they went to Lieber's house, she smelled like alcohol. When the 43-year-old mother was administered a field sobriety test, she failed, police said. 

Police also determined that at some point during the drive home, Lieber had threatened her child, but it is not clear how.

A warrant was submitted for Lieber and she turned herself into police on June 9.

Lieber faces one risk of injury to a minor charge and her bond was set at $1,000.

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Teens Rip up Turf, Break Benches at Westport Golf Course


Three teens are accused of damaging a Westport golf course by ripping up grass turf and breaking benches, police said. 

On Sunday, Westport Police responded to a complaint at the Longshore Golf Course at 12:15 a.m. about individuals being destructive and making noise. 

Responding officers saw several polls ripped from the ground, shredded grass turf, smashed garbage cans and broken benches thrown into the water, according to Westport Police. 

The three teen suspects ran away when police identified themselves on the course, but were soon located, police said. 

Benjamin Friedman, Jack Schenck and Colin Hoy, all 18 years old, are accused of second-degree criminal mischief, second-degree trespassing, interfering with an officer and conspiracy to commit criminal mischief. Friedman and Schenck's bonds were set at $500.

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Person Bitten By Rabid Fox in Glastonbury


A person was bitten by a rabid fox in Glastonbury last week and police are warning residents about the dangers of rabid animals.

The person was bitten by a gray fox on Redwood Lane on Thursday, June 9, according to police.

Signs of rabies include staggering, excess salivation, tremors, convulsions, stupors and unprovoked aggression.

Animal Control is reminding residents that all pets must be vaccinated against rabies.


Police said an unvaccinated domestic animal, or one whose vaccination has lapsed, that comes in contact with a rabid animal faces a six-month quarantine or euthanasia.

Police have received reports of foxes all over town and daytime fox activity is not a sign of rabies.

Foxes are being born and raised close to homes and human activity and are becoming accustomed to the presence of humans, according to the Facebook post.

They are curious by nature and a person can often get within 10 to 15 feet of a fox before they scamper off. And if you stop approaching them, they'll settle nearby to watch you some more.

Glastonbury residents with questions or concerns about the health of a wild animal should all Animal Control t 860-633-7227 or the routine police department number, 860-633-8301.

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Stories of Bravery Amid Horror at Pulse Nightclub


Luis Burbano had escaped from the bullets flying across the dance floor at the Pulse nightclub into a narrow alley and through a hole in a fence when he stopped to help a young man who collapsed in front of him.

"I grabbed him not realizing that his forearm was split in two," Burbano told CNN. "Then I realized he had a gash on his side as well."

Burbano quickly took off his shirt to use as a tourniquet and, as he talked to the young man to keep him calm, he realized another man was pacing back and forth. And that man had a bullet in his leg, he said.

"I did a tourniquet really quick on him as well," said Burbano, an employee of Florida International University, according to his Facebook page. "I had them both by my side until the paramedics came."

Stories of bravery like Burbano's are emerging from the terror in Orlando, Florida, that began inside the gay nightclub around 2 a.m. Sunday when 29-year-old Omar Mateen, armed with an AR-15 rifle and a handgun, opened fire. At least 49 people were killed and dozens wounded by the time Mateen was killed by a SWAT team.

His motive for attacking the club is still under investigation, authorities say. In a 911 call immediately before the slaughter, Mateen swore allegiance to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of ISIS. His father told NBC News that Mateen had been infuriated earlier when he saw two men kissing.

Joshua McGill, a nursing student, wrote on his Facebook page that as he hid under a car with a man who had been shot, he tied shirts over the wounds to stop the bleeding.

"[A]nd got him secretly to the nearest officer who then transported us to the ER," he wrote. "Words cannot and will not describe the feeling of that. Being covered in blood.. Trying to save a guy's life that I don't even know regardless that I'm fine..just traumatized."

The man was later identified as Rodney Sumter, a bartender at Pulse who was struck in his arms and back. On Monday morning one of his cousins wrote to McGill to say that Sumter was in good spirits, waiting for surgery.

"Thank you so much for saving his life," Trina Brown Linning wrote. "If you had not stopped to help him, he could have easily bled to death. God bless you and your family."

Christopher Hansen, a newcomer to Orlando, thought at first that the shooting was part of the music.

"I looked over and I saw bodies falling, people screaming," he said. "The person next to me was shot and the blood splattered and then I fell down."

When he got out of the club, he took off his bandanna for a man whose pant leg was drenched in blood, he told NBC News.

A DJ at the club, Ray Rivera or DJ Infinite, mistook the shooting for firecrackers until he turned off the music, he told The Daily Beast. When club-goers began to scream and run, he ducked behind his DJ booth and was quickly joined by a man and a woman. The man made a run for it, but Rivera helped the woman escape.

"I never imagined I would be at anything like this," he told The Daily Beast. "It was so terrible."

Emilie Plesset contributed research for this article.

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Sandy Hook Parents React to Mass Shooting at Orlando Night Club


The managing directors of Sandy Hook Promise reject the narrative that nothing has changed since December 14, 2012.

They say the latest massacre in Orlando is a reminder more people need to mobilize against gun violence.

“I understand what they are going through today and unfortunately understand the road ahead of them and it doesn’t get any easier,” Nicole Hockley, the managing director, said.

Both Hockley and Mark Barden know the pain the parents of the Orlando shooting victims are feeling.

“I’m so sorry because I’ve been in that position of waiting to her if my little Daniel is alive or not,” Barden said. “We are here for you, and we can commiserate, and you can cry on my shoulder any time.”

The shooter at the Pulse nightclub opened fire with an assault style rifle similar to the one the gunman used to murder Daniel Barden, Dylan Hockley, their 18 classmates and six educators at Sandy Hook.

It is “ludicrous” someone on the terrorist watch list can still legally purchase a gun, Hockley said.

Advocating for sensible gun safety laws is only part of the mission of Sandy Hook Promise.

“No one snaps,” Hockley said. “These are events that are planned months or in the case of our shooter over a year in advance.”

That is why they are focused on educating students, teachers and parents to be on the look out for warning signs.

“We’re training people to recognize those signs and signals and then to intervene and get that person the help they need before it turns into a tragedy like this,” Barden said.

As another community and the nation mourn for the victims of the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history, Barden said if you are not addressing the problem, you are part of it.

“When this news cycle ends, these broken shattered families are going to be on this lifelong journey now and we are living examples, they are living examples that this can happen to anyone,” he said.

The Newtown Congregational Church organized an interfaith vigil for Orlando Tuesday night at 7 p.m.

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Route 44 Shut Down in Norfolk Following Accident


Route 44 in Norfolk is shut down following a motor vehicle accident, a public information officer said.

Officials are asking people to use a detour since Route 44 will be shut down for an extended period of time, Jon Barbagallo, a PIO for the Town of Norfolk, tweeted. 

The road is closed at the Colebrook line, he said. 

Two people have been transported to the hospital by LifeStar but no other information was released on the victims.

This is a devleoping story. Please check back for updates.

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Fact-Checking Donald Trump's Orlando Response Speech


In Donald Trump's first formal response Monday to the Orlando massacre, he said that the attack is a result of U.S. immigration policy.

He also attacked presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton for her position on guns, immigration and intelligence gathering. Trump also directed his ire the Obama administration, NBC News reported.

"Even our own FBI director has admitted that we cannot effectively check the backgrounds of the people we are letting into America," he said.

NBC News fact checked many of Trump's claims, including that Clinton plans a "500 percent increase in Syrian refugees," she would abolish the Second Amendment as president and that Trump can suspend immigration from many areas of the world.

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Pulse Nightclub Owner: 'I Will Not Let Hate Win'


Barbara Poma, owner of Pulse nightclub, where 49 people were killed early Sunday morning, promised Monday that the club will "always continue to be the heartbeat of Orlando," NBC News reports.

"I will not let hate win," said Poma, who told NBC News she started the gay nightclub 14 years ago to honor her brother, John, who died of AIDs in 1991.

"For nearly 14 years, Pulse has served as a place of love and acceptance for the LGBTQ community," she said. "It should be the last place for such a tragedy."

Poma said that she learned of the shootings Sunday from the club's manager in what she called "the most surreal phone call I'd ever received."

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Mourners in Newtown Hold Vigil for Orlando Victim


Mourners in Newtown gathered Monday night to pray and share compassion for those affected by the mass shooting in Orlando.

"When this happened it kind of felt like Sandy Hook all over again," said Newtown resident Noelle Veiloette.

Worshipers from all faiths were invited to Newtown Congregational Church for prayer vigil. A lone candle sat near the mantle symbolizing unity.

"We want those in Orlando to know that we are with them and that we support them," said Reverend Matthew Cribbin.

Cribbin said the mass shooting inside the Pulse night club reminds the small Connecticut town of the 2012 attack at Sandy Hook Elementary.

"Instances like this re-traumatize a number of folks, brings them right back to that day," said Cribbin.

As investigators uncover more details about the terrorist who carried out the attack, resident in Newtown said they are extending their hearts to those in a place briefly transformed by terror.

"We belong to a club that no one wants to belong to. Unfortunately folks down in Orlando now belong to that club as well," said Cribbin.

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Amid Efforts to Help Orlando, Beware of Scams


Crowdsourcing website GoFundMe has verified the legitimacy of Equality Florida’s popular campaign and experts suggest consumers do the same for any charitable organization before donating money.

“You don’t need to take a couple (of) days,” said Connecticut’s Department of Consumer Protection spokesperson Lora Rae Anderson. “Take a couple of minutes, maybe an hour, doing a little bit of research on where your money is going, because if you really want to help those involved—if you really want to help those who need it—you want to make sure your money is going to the most efficient place to help them.”

Equality Florida shows it’s registered as a non-profit in Florida and shows donors its registration number with a link to the state’s licensing website.

Donors can hold Equality Florida to its promise to distribute the funds directly to victims’ families, as the LGBT non-profit says it is “working with a team of attorneys and experts, including the National Center for Victims of Crime, which deployed funds in both Chattanooga and Aurora, to ensure funds are distributed correctly.”

That’s not always the case.

In December 2012, Bronx-native Nouel Alba claimed one of the Sandy Hook victims, Noah Pozner, was her nephew. She raised so-called “funeral funds” through a Facebook page linked to a Paypal account. The account ended up being fake.

Officials later sentenced Alba to eight months in prison and two years of probation.

“Unfortunately, after great tragedy there’s typically an opening for scams,” said Anderson.

She suggests potential donors question legitimate charities, too. By the end of 2012, 64 different organizations registered as Sandy Hook charities state-wide, many of which were criticized for not distributing the funds effectively.

Orlando could face a similar dilemma, as their healing process continues.

“Ask them where (the money is) going and when (it is) going there,” said Anderson. “They should be able to answer those questions, and people with their heart in the right place will be able to answer those questions for you.”

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Man Had 50,000 Child Porn Images


A Maryland man whose family operated a home day care pleaded guilty to producing child pornography and sexually exploiting a child.

Steve Baker, 41, admitted having 50,000 images of child pornography and 1,000 videos of it on his computer at a sign shop he ran in Vienna, Virginia, and on his home computer in Kensington, Maryland, where state records show his family once ran a daycare operation through 2012.

Prosecutors didn't go into details about any victims but said a lot of those images were downloaded by Baker onto his computers.

The FBI tracked Baker by connecting online postings to an IP address belonging to a sign shop in Vienna, according to the FBI affidavit.

FBI investigators interviewed Baker at the store, their affidavit said.

“When Baker was asked if he knew why the (FBI) agents were there, Baker stated, ‘I have child porn on my computers,’ and, ‘I have been waiting for someone to come,’” the affidavit said.

The affidavit said, “Baker stated, ‘I’m actually downloading a file right now. Do you want to see? Come on, I’ll show you.”

Baker's attorney declined to comment to News4 after the hearing. Baker faces between 15 and 30 years in prison when he's sentenced in October.

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2 Dead, 2 Injured After Hammonasset Boat Trip


Two men are dead and a woman and her 8-year-old daughter are in the hospital after something went wrong during a boating trip from the Meigs Point area of Hammonasset Beach State Park in Madison.

The four people set out in a kayak and on a paddleboard sometime Sunday evening, according to officials from the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.

The woman and girl were found on a beach in Southold, on Long Island, after a neighbor heard yells for help from the beach at 3:43 a.m. on Monday.

Police from Southold, New York, identified the mother and girl as 26-year-old Delfina Reynoso and her 8-year-old daughter, both of Hartford.

About a quarter mile away, authorities found Abdias Ventura, 30, of Hartford, and pronounced him dead.

Wind and the tide has pushed the kayak and paddleboard offshore around 9 p.m., according to Southold police.

Th other man with the group, Ferdinand Lagos, 39, of Manchester, was missing and officials said they found a body matching his description around noon in Gardiners Bay, a short distance from the Southold, according to DEEP.

Delfina Reynoso and her daughter were taken to Eastern Long Island Hospital, where they are being treated for hypothermia and are in stable condition.

On Monday afternoon, officials said it was too windy on Sunday night to be kayaking.

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Lady Gaga Attends Orlando Vigil


Thousands attended a downtown Los Angeles vigil for those killed in a rampage at a gay club in Orlando, Florida, as singer Lady Gaga read the names of the slain to a hushed crowd.

Los Angeles' lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community chanted loud and proud before Lady Gaga, an advocate for LGBT equality, approached the podium at City Hall Monday night in a surprise appearance.

"Like all prejudicial crimes, this is an attack on humanity itself," Lady Gaga said with tears in her eyes.

She led in reading the names of the 49 victims. Activists also spoke to the crowd, vowing not to give in to terror.

"We have fought for marriage. We have fought for equality. Every step of the way we have been afraid. We have walked forward anyway," West Hollywood councilman John Duran said.

Lady Gaga shed tears as many in the crowd embraced.

"We represent the compassion and loyalty of millions of people that believe in you. You are not alone!" Lady Gaga said.

Vivian Romero, Montebello Mayor pro tempore and a married gay woman, welcomed the words of solidarity after gunman Omar Mateen stormed a crowded nightclub and opened fire on the patrons over the weekend.

"If my wife and I can't live in a country where we are free to be who we are, love who we want, we don't want to live here," Romero said.

Her spouse also attended the vigil, saying love is the answer - not hate.

"We have to come together and understand each other," Shannon Calland said.

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Rollover Closes Route 8 Off-Ramp in Ansonia


A vehicle has rolled over on the exit 19 off-ramp of Route 8 in Ansonia and the ramp is closed, according to state police. 

Police said the crash was on the northbound ramp, but the northbound side of the highway is open and the ramp will open soon.

State police are at the scene. No information was available on any injuries.

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