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Cat Shot in Leg, Bristol Police Look for Suspect


A cat is bouncing back after someone shot him in the leg in Bristol.

An x-ray showed that Buddy's leg had been broken after a bullet snapped the bone and went through the other side. 

“Quite shocking, especially it was very close to home,” said Lisa Karwowski of Fur-Gotten Tails Animal Rescue.

Buddy is on cage rest for the next week after he underwent surgery on Tuesday.

Now, shaved and bandaged after surgery, Buddy is slowly springing back to life at his foster home.

“This morning he woke up at the vet and our vet was completely amazed. He was up walking around, purring,” said Karwowski.

The Fur-Gotten Tails Animal Rescue said Buddy was found late last week in the area of Topview Terrace in Bristol.

His owner had let him out and he came back limping.

They worried he had a broken leg but were not sure why.

“He went in for surgery when they found out it was not a car or wildlife, but a bullet wound,” said Karwowski.

At one point, it was feared the leg would need to be amputated.

While, surgery was a success, it’s still a long road to recovery.

“We’re hoping that his leg will be saved and he’ll be as good as new in a few weeks,” said Karwowski.

Eventually it’s hoped he will be available for adoption.

His medical bills are estimated to be around $1,200.

Fur-Gotten Tails Animal Rescue said you can donate by calling the vet at 203-727-8600, mail a donation to P.O. Box 778, Plainville, CT 06062, or click here.

Anyone with information about the gunshot is asked to call Bristol police.

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Hacked Docs Allege DNC's Donald Trump Attack Plan


A hacker has leaked a trove of documents purportedly stolen from the Democratic National Committee, including a 200-page opposition research book detailing aspects of the party's battle plan against Donald Trump, NBC News reported.

The dossier is mostly filled with previously reported-on public comments and biographical information about the presumptive GOP presidential nominee. But it also provides insights into where Democrats may view Trump most vulnerable, including the possibility of reviving his ex-wife's rape allegation.

The DNC confirmed Tuesday that its computer networks had been breached by hackers apparently working for the Russian government; the DNC did not respond to a request for comment. The Republican National Committee has also declined to state if it was targeted. 

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Orlando Gay Clubs Come Together to Support Pulse Staff


The Orlando LGBT community is pulling together to support the staff of Pulse, who have found themselves without a way to pay bills as the nightclub sits shuttered in the wake of Sunday's bloody rampage, NBC News reports.

Parliament House, a stronghold of the local LGBT scene, is coordinating with other clubs and working with the owners of Pulse to find ways to support the now unemployed staff, among other efforts to help the overall community.

"We're going to be setting up a Pulse bar here Friday, Saturday and Sunday," Parliament House Manager Tim Evanicki said. "We want to make it available for the Pulse bartenders to work in so they have a place to work."

The 41-year-old resort has been collecting funds since the attack, and two other gay clubs in the area, Hammered Lamb and Southern Nights, were holding fundraisers Wednesday evening.

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Bridgeport Contractor Accused of Taking $38,000 from Brooklyn Couple


Michele and Eric Penkauskas hired Michael Benjamin, a Bridgeport based contractor, to rebuild their family home in Brooklyn after it burned down on Thanksgiving of 2014.

“He seemed like such a nice gentleman,” said consumer Michele Penkauskas.

Michele said finding a local contractor was difficult and her public adjuster recommended Benjamin after the fire burned their home down.

“He gave us his license, his insurance,” said Michele.

Michele said they gave Benjamin $68,000 from the insurance payment, and said he used $30,000 for demolition.

Soon after, she said she learned that his license expired back in 2010. The Department of Consumer Protection confirms that to NBC Connecticut, adding the work would not have been legal.

“We almost texted every single day, text or talk every single day and he gave us every bit of hope that the $38,000 would be returned,” said Michele.

They've spent 17 months in a 700 square foot trailer. Their insurance company has covered that cost, but it expires in November.

I called Benjamin several times and went to his home with no luck.

After digging through his record, we learned Benjamin has three misdemeanor convictions over the past 20 years for failure to pay wages, bad checks and violating a contract related to home improvement.

He was also arrested in February for suspicion of issuing a bad check. According to an affidavit we obtained, he wrote a $5,000 to a subcontractor that bounced. Benjamin’s public defender for this case says he has already paid back $4,600.

The Penkauskas family says after NBC Connecticut Responds got involved, they heard from Benjamin’s attorney and they are working out an agreement for him to pay them back.

The attorney declined to comment to NBC Connecticut. In the meantime, the Department of Consumer Protection continues to investigate the Brooklyn family's complaint.

Connecticut Boat Registrations on the Decline Since 2008 Recession


Paul Cusson has been in the boating industry for nearly three decades.

“Fishing, being on the water,” he said, “that’s what drew me into this business.”

Six years ago, Paul and his wife Tasha purchased the Westbrook Marine Center next to their dealership, Atlantic Outboard.

“It allows us to give the customer a year round service,” Cusson said, “We can berth them in the summer, take care of the boat for them in the winter.”

Since the economic recession in 2008, Connecticut Marine Trades Association Executive Director Kathleen Burns said boat registrations in the state have been on a steady decline.

“It was followed by Irene and Sandy which certainly had its impact in the sense a number of boats were destroyed or damaged,” Burns said. “T

hey were never replaced.”

The number of registered boats in the state has dropped from more than 112,000 in 2007 to under 99 thousand in 2015, according to DEEP data.

“Due in part to people retiring and getting out of the industry,” Tasha Cusson said.

While registrations are down, Governor Malloy’s press secretary points out boat sales were at their highest level last year since before the recession, according to Department of Revenue Service data.

From gas to insurance to slips, it is expensive to own and maintain a boat.

“Now we see it’s hard for young families and young people to get into boating,” Paul Cusson said.

Connecticut should consider polices that are more friendly to the marine industry like in neighboring states, Burns suggested to NBC Connecticut.

“Right now we are being squeezed a little bit from other states that have looked to their assist marine industries by providing some tax incentives,” she said.

In 2013, the state eliminated a luxury tax on boats.

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Father of Paris Attack Victim Sues


The father of a Cal State Long Beach student who was gunned down during the November terrorist attacks in Paris filed a lawsuit against Twitter, Facebook and Google, alleging the social media sites have allowed terror groups to use their technology to spread propaganda and recruit members.

Nohemi Gonzalez, 23, of El Monte, was the only American killed in the November shootings that left 130 people dead.

Gonzalez, a CSULB senior majoring in industrial design, was one of 17 students attending Strate College of Design in Paris as part of a semester-abroad program.

She was killed while eating with friends at a popular bistro in Paris called La Belle Equipe. There was no immediate response to requests for comment from Twitter, Facebook and Google.

The lawsuit, filed Tuesday in federal court in Northern California, alleges the social media sites have allowed the terrorist group ISIS to use their networks to spread extremist propaganda, raise money and attract recruits.

"This material support has been instrumental to the rise of ISIS and has enabled it to carry out numerous terrorist attacks, including the Nov. 13, 2015, attacks in Paris where more than 125 were killed, including Nohemi Gonzalez," according to the lawsuit.

"Without defendants Twitter, Facebook and Google (YouTube), the explosive growth of ISIS over the last few years into the most-feared terrorist group in the world would not have been possible," the lawsuit states.

The suit notes that as of December 2014, ISIS had about 70,000 Twitter accounts, at least 79 of which were "official," and it posted "at least 90 tweets every minute."

"As with Twitter, ISIS has used Google (YouTube) and Facebook in a similar manner," according to the court document. The lawsuit seeks unspecified damages.

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Swimmer Rescued in Thames River After Lengthy Search


The U.S. Coast Guard rescued a swimmer who was missing for several hours in the Thames River on Wednesday night.

Officials from the Coast Guard said they located the 21-year-old woman in the water near the New London Harbor Lighthouse around 12:30 a.m. on Thursday.

The woman, who was wearing a wetsuit, was alert, but cold and tired when they found her and she was taken to Lawrence & Memorial Hospital in New London for evaluation.

Officials believe the woman was swimming in the water for more than four hours before being rescued.

Her family called authorities when she did not return from a swim and they found her clothing on Mitchell Beach.

Several fire departments assisted the Coast Guard and New London Police and Fire in the search.

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Silver Alert Canceled for Colchester Man


Police have canceled a Silver Alert issued for a 77-year-old Colchester man who disappeared on Saturday.

Police canceled the alert for Philip Guarnaccia on Wednesday, but no additional information was available.

Police said Guarnaccia might have been driving a 2012 blue Toyota Tacoma with Connecticut license plate 460 CFW.

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British Lawmaker Dies After Shooting Attack: Police


British lawmaker Jo Cox has died after being shot and stabbed in her constituency of West Yorkshire Thursday, local police said.

A man was arrested and police said they are not seeking any other suspects in relation to the attack. Weapons, including a gun, were recovered at the scene, but police have not provided a motive. 

Eyewitnesses suggested the 41-year-old Labour Party member of the Parliament may have been caught up in a scuffle between two men at the Birstall Library, where Cox was scheduled to hold office hours with constituents.

"The gun went off twice and then she fell between two cars and I came and saw her bleeding on the floor," shop owner Hichem Ben Abdallah told ITV News.

Police said a man was also injured but is expected to survive.

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Box Truck Rollover Causes Delays on I-91 North in Cromwell

Bridgeport Man Arrested After Woman ODs on Heroin in Monroe


Federal officials have arrested a Bridgeport man on drug charges after a 30-year-old woman died of a laced heroin overdose.

The woman was found unresponsive in a Monroe home on May 9 and police and medical personnel administered several doses of Narcan, but the victim was pronounced dead at the hospital.

Inside the woman’s pockets, police found unopened heroin folds and tests later revealed the heroin was laced with fentanyl, a powerful opiate, and the medical examiner has determined the woman died of acute heroin and fentanyl toxicity.

After speaking with witnesses and analyzing calls and text messages to and from the victim’s phone, police determined she ordered heroin from Daquone Johnson, 24, of Bridgeport, the day she died, police said.

On Monday, authorities arrested Johnson on heroin distribution offenses, including possession with intent to distribute, distribution of, heroin and conspiracy to distribute heroin.

He has been released on a $125,000 bond.

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Middletown Man Sold Heroin to Users Afraid to Buy in Hartford: Police


A Middletown man arrested during a drug raid on Wednesday told police he sold heroin to people who are too afraid to go into Hartford to buy it, according to police.

Detectives and SWAT officers raided a home on Burgundy Hill Lane around 8:45 a.m. on Thursday and found the person they were looking for, Alan Kelley, 53.

As they searched the home, police found 12 wax paper folds of heroin stamped with a bear paw and Kelley originally told police he was a drug user, police said.

Then officers told him they obtained a search warrant through purchasing narcotics from him and Kelley admitted to occasionally selling to people who were scared of going into Hartford to buy heroin, according to the arraignment.

Kelley was charged with possession of a controlled substance, possession with intent to sell and use of drug paraphernalia.

He was held on $50,000 bond and is due in court today.

It’s not clear if he has an attorney.

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Majority of Brits Want to Leave EU, New Poll Finds


As Britain gears up for a historic referendum next week on the country's membership in the European Union, a new poll shows that public opinion has sharply turned in favor of a "Brexit," according to NBC News.

London's Evening Standard newspaper published an Ipsos MORI poll in its Thursday paper that found 53 percent of Brits want to leave the EU, with 47 percent wanting to remain in the economic and political union.

The British newspaper The Times published a similar poll two days ago with comparable results.

The shift in public opinion toward "Leave" has Prime Minister David Cameron very concerned. The referendum has proven to be very contentious in the British Parliament, with some Conservative MPs speaking out in favor of a "Leave" vote, against Cameron's efforts to keep the country in the EU.

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Driver in Critical Condition After Route 8 Crash


A driver is in critical condition after hitting a pole on Route 8 in Winsted.

The 1997 Honda Civic hit the pole around 1 a.m. and the road is shut down between Route 20 and Deer Hill Road, but police have reopened it.

Police said the driver was going north on Route 8, or Colebrook River Road, went off the road and hit a telephone pole on the southbound side of the road.

A person who was passing by pulled the driver from the car just before it burst into flames.

An ambulance then responded and brought the injured driver to Charlotte Hungerford Hospital, then LifeStar transported the patient to Hartford Hospital.

Winchester Police and the state police accident investigation team are investigating.

Family of AR-15 Creator: Gun Wasn't Meant for Civilians


The family of the AR-15's creator said he never used his invention for sport, never kept one in the house and, in fact, never owned one.

"Our father, Eugene Stoner, designed the AR-15 and subsequent M-16 as a military weapon to give our soldiers an advantage over the AK-47," the Stoner family told NBC News late Wednesday. "He died long before any mass shootings occurred. But, we do think he would have been horrified and sickened as anyone, if not more by these events."

The comments from Stoner's surviving child and adult grandchildren, the first on their family's legacy, could bolster a groundbreaking new lawsuit that argues the weapon is a tool of war, never intended for civilians.

Eugene Stoner would have agreed, his family said.

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Dry, Sunny for Father's Day Weekend


Mainly dry weather continues and a major-warm up is expected early next week.

The lack of humidity continues, making for great sleeping weather as temperatures fall back into the 50s at night.

An mix of sunshine and clouds is expected Friday but it should be dry, with rain off to the southwest.

The weekend looks beautiful, with sunny skies both days and temperatures in the lower and middle 80s.

Temperatures will push 90 degrees come early next week, as the dry weather continues.

Route 1 Reopens in Old Saybrook After Crash


Route 1 in Old Saybrook was closed at the Westbrook town line after a two-car crash, but it has reopened.

Police said a pole was broken and one minor injury is reported.

There will be sporadic road closures as crews repair the pole.

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Police Investigate Armed Robbery at Milford Wal-Mart


Police are investigating an armed robbery at the Wal-Mart on Boston Post Road in Milford around 7:40 a.m. on Thursday.

The man went to the service deask and implied he had a gun in his waistband, demanded money and left before police arrived.

Police said part of the scene was sectioned off, but the store was not locked.

Authorities are searching for the robber and said he had a light four-door vehicle waiting in the area.

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Student Charged in Threat at Prince Tech in Hartford


A 17-year-old boy accused of posting a gun threat on social media that led to the lockdown of Prince Technical High School in Hartford last week has been arrested.

The teen is a student at A.I. Prince Technical High School, according to state police.

The school was locked down and several troopers, detectives, SWAT officers and Hartford police officers responded to the school at 8:50 a.m. on June 9 to investigate a report that a student had a gun and was threatening to harm others.

Police at the scene determined there was no immediate threat and that the threat was posted anonymously to social media.

On Wednesday, police identified a 17-year-old student as the suspect and charged him with first-degree threatening, second-degree breach of peace and falsely reporting an incident.

He was issued a juvenile summons to court and released to his parents.

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