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Norwich Police Seek Burglary Suspect


Norwich police are searching for the suspect in a residential burglary.

Police said the person pictured above is a suspect in a burglary at the Thamesview Apartments on Laurel Hill Avenue. The crime occurred around 8 a.m. Monday and the pictures were captured by a home surveillance system.

Anyone who recognizes the suspect is asked to call Norwich police at (860) 886-5561.

Photo Credit: Norwich Police Department

No Swimming at Lake Pocotopaug in East Hampton


There is no swimming at Lake Pocotopaug in East Hampton after routine testing showed an algae bloom, according to the town’s website.

According to the Chatham Health District, blue-green algae is not harmful in normal circumstances. An algae bloom is a rapid increase in the amount of algae and can be caused by a combination of warmer water temperatures and high nutrient concentrations that allows the algae to spread.

As of August 8 the health district determined the water at Lake Pocotopaug was unsafe and officials closed the public swimming areas. Officials will retest the water and advise residents when it is safe to swim again.

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Danbury Man Charged in Connection With Shooting Death of Daughter


A Connecticut man has been arrested in connection with the shooting death of his 19-year-old daughter, who was found shot in a parking lot in Massachusetts in July. 

Walter DaSilva, 45, of Danbury, was arrested for being a fugitive from justice in connection with the death of Sabrina DaSilva, according to the Connecticut Post. 

Sabrina DaSilva was found lying in a parking lot on Bedford Street in New Bedford, Massachusetts, on July 3 and was taken to St. Luke's Hospital, where she was pronounced dead shortly after arrival. 

Police said Walter DaSilva is a suspect in the shooting, but that he evaded officers. 

He was held on $500,000 bond and is due back in court for an extradition hearing Monday.

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Hamden Police Seek Break-In Suspect


Hamden police are investigating after a break-in at the Highwood Bar and Grill on Dixwell Avenue Saturday morning.

Police said they responded around 6:30 a.m. for a burglar alarm at the Highwood Bar and Grill. When they arrived they found the front window shattered.

According to police, a male suspect threw a rock through the window then stole three bottles of liquor.

The suspect was wearing blue shirt with an American flag on the right sleeve.

Anyone who recognizes the suspect pictured above is asked to call Hamden police at (203) 230-4040.

Photo Credit: Hamden Police Department

Unfortunate Truck Spills: Budweiser Suds up Highway


The fear of overloaded trucks crashing on the highway and spilling their contents might not be so irrational at all. Click here to see some unfortunate truck spills around the nation.

Suspect Stole $4,000 Worth of Items from Westport Home: PD


Westport police arrested a man accused of stealing thousands of dollars worth of electronics and jewelry from a home.

Sherman Miles, 58, of New Haven, was charged with third-degree burglary and third-degree larceny. Police said the arrest stems from a daytime burglary in October 2015.

In that incident, officers responded to a home on Main Street for reports of a burglary. According to police, a suspect smashed a window to enter the home and stole electronics and jewelry valued around $4,000.

Police said the suspect, later identified as Miles, sold the stolen items to a Stratford pawn shop. Police identified Miles through the pawn shop's surveillance system and by identification he gave during the sale of the items.

Miles was arrested on August 2 and held on a $175,000 warrant. He is expected in court Aug. 12.

Glastonbury Daycare Director Denied Accelerated Rehab Program


A Glastonbury daycare director accused of not reporting several instances of child abuse at her facility has been denied entry to the accelerated rehabilitation program, which could have led to dismissal of the charges.  

Meegan Beach, 40, of Hebron, was charged with failing to report child abuse after her employees at the Stork Club daycare brought it to her attention that another employee, Nicole Mayo, was allegedly abusing children.  

Mayo is accused of eating food the children’s parents sent for the youngsters, including pasta, vegetables, chicken nuggets, macaroni and cheese and granola bars. One employee reported seeing Mayo do that 10 to 15 times, according to the arrest warrant application. 

She’s also accused of force feeding children until they vomited, slamming a child to the floor, smacking a child in the back of the head, yelling and calling the children names, including disgusting and stupid. 

A mother reported to police that Mayo kissed her son on the lips and said, “Tell me you love me.” 

Several employees told police they reported the incidents to Beach and that she had been retaliating since the Department of Children and Families started investigating. 

“Because (of) all of you reporting this, my job is on the line. I’ve done nothing but cry myself to sleep each night,” Beach said to an employee, according to court records. 

Beach did not comment outside of court on Monday, but her attorney's brought nearly five recommendation letters to court that praised her service in her 21-year career. 

The judge says the seriousness of this case affected his decision not to grant her ARD. 

Beach is due in court in September. 

Mayo has pleaded not guilty to three counts of risk of injury to a minor and disorderly conduct 

Photo Credit: Glastonbury Police

US Men Stumble to Fifth in Gymnastics


The United States men’s gymnastics team was sunk by a shaky start and -- despite a strong rally on parallel bars -- missed a medal, finishing fifth for the second straight Olympics on Monday.

Japan won gold by finishing with a spectacular performance on the floor, highlighted by Kenzo Shirai’s bouncing, soaring 16.133 en route to a total of 274.094.

Despite having the day’s top rotation score of 47.866, on parallel bars, China was edged out for silver by Russia. Britain was fourth.

Alexander Naddour’s stumble on floor earned him a 13.566, the USA’s lowest score of the day, though its total there was was slightly better than than the 43.699 on pommel horse, a familiar villain for the US men, who were undone by the horse four years ago in London, where they also finished fifth.

The United States, which missed a medal by 1.438 points, expected better after finishing second in qualifying with room for improvement. Instead, the team of Naddour, Dan Leyva, Sam Mikulak, Jake Dalton and Chris Brooks regressed.

They finished with a 268.560, nearly two points worse than in qualifying.

Four years ago in London, the Americans dominated qualifying only to slide to fifth with a medal on the line, a fall kickstarted by a forgettable set on pommels.

On Monday night, the horse was a problem again, but so was the floor. 

The U.S. finished ahead of Brazil, Germany and Ukraine. Japan was led by Shirai's astonishing floor routine, but Kohei Uchimura led the team, competing on each apparatus two days after he fell on the bar, where he is the world champion. 

The U.S. rallied on rings and especially on vault after the slow start, but couldn't catch Japan, Russia or defending champ China.

A fall by Britain's Louis Smith on its last apparatus, the horse, may have cost his team a chance to repeat as bronze medalists.  

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Clinton Talks Jobs and Tours Brewery


Hillary Clinton will focus on the economy this week as she lays out plans for what her campaign describes as "the biggest investment in good-paying jobs since World War II."

On Monday, Clinton will visit the battleground state of Florida, where she will tour a small brewery and hold two rallies. On Thursday, she is set to deliver her own economic speech in Detroit, a city that has symbolized the nation's manufacturing plight.

Clinton has argued that Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump is focused only on the wealthiest Americans. She has questioned his commitment to creating U.S. jobs, given the history of outsourcing at his companies.

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Hamden Police Arrest Suspect in Home Invasion


Hamden police have arrested a man accused of breaking into a home and assaulting two people.

Police said Reggie Ulmer, 26, of New Haven, forced his way into a home on Carleton Street on Friday around 11:30 p.m. The mother of Ulmer’s child lives in the home, police said.

According to police, Ulmer tried to attack the mother of his child, but a male relative intervened. Ulmer struck him several times and tried to stab him. Ulmer also punched a female relative that was in the house before fleeing.

Police located Ulmer on Barraclough Road where he was arrested. He was charged with home invasion, criminal attempt to commit assault, third-degree assault, second-degree threatening, disorderly conduct and criminal trespass. 

Photo Credit: Hamden Police Department

Women's Volleyball: US Holds Off Netherlands


Team USA dug deep for a hard-fought victory in five sets over the Netherlands on Monday in the preliminary stage of the women's indoor volleyball tournament.

The Dutch team pulled off a surprising upset of gold-medal challenger China on the first day of volleyball action Saturday, beating the No. 3-ranked team in the world in five sets.

A day off didn't halt Netherlands' momentum, with the Dutch players coming out firing on all cylinders against the American squad.

The U.S. team got out to a flat start, losing the first set 25-18 and helping the Dutch team along with a slew of service faults.

The Americans responded with a 25-18 victory in the second set. At one spot in the middle of the set, USA recorded seven of eight points.

It looked as if the U.S. team - which entered Rio as the No. 1 squad in the world - had settled in, but Netherlands wouldn't allow it for long.

In the third set, the Dutch team jumped out to 24-17 lead. USA rattled off four straight points, but they couldn't complete the comeback, leading to a 25-21 loss in the third set.

The two teams traded points in the fourth set before USA pulled away and sent the match into five sets with a 25-20 victory in the fourth set.

In the deciding set, a series of three consecutive blocks led to points for USA as they jumped out to a 7-3 lead. They went on to win the fifth set 15-8.

Since the match went to five sets, both teams retained a point for pool play and USA collected two points for the victory. The top four teams from each group advance to the quarterfinals, which begin Tuesday, Aug. 16.

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AT&T to Pay $7.75M for Sham Directory Assistance Calls


AT&T will pay $7.75 million after a federal investigation found it allowed unauthorized third-party charges on its customers' telephone bills, the U.S. Federal Communications Commission said Monday.

The company allowed "scammers to charge customers approximately $9 per month for a sham directory assistance service," the FCC said Monday. The fraud was uncovered by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration while investigating two Ohio companies for drug-related crimes and money laundering, the FCC said.

The settlement includes $6.8 million in refunds and a $950,000 federal fine. AT&T did not immediately respond to a request for comment, Reuters reported.

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Evan McMullin Launches Independent White House Bid


The chief policy director for the House GOP, is launching an independent bid for the White House, NBC News reported.

Evan McMullin's conservative candidacy could revive the opposition that anti-Trump Republicans have expressed toward their party's nominee.

In a statement explaining why he decided to pursue the presidency, McMullin on Monday wrote that Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton is a "corrupt career politician" while Republican contender Donald Trump "appeals to the worst fears of Americans at a time we need unity."

He maintained that with the high stakes of this election, he could not afford to be a bystander.

"Our country needs leaders who are in it for the right reasons and who actually understand what makes this country the greatest on earth," McMullin said in the statement.

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Police Investigating After Man Was Shot in Thigh


Hartford Police are investigating a shooting on Sunday night. 

The shot spotter gunshot detection system recorded three gunshots in the area of 45 Johnson Terrace just before 10 p.m. and police found a man with a gunshot wound in his left thigh sitting in his vehicle at Taylor Drive and Johnson Terrace, police said. 

The victim was taken to St. Francis Hospital and is listed in stable condition. 

Police said two cars also damaged and the major crimes division taking over. 

No additional information was released.

Hotline Set Up for Tuesday Primaries


Several cities and towns in Connecticut are holding primaries on Tuesday and state officials have set up a hotline for people to report issues at the polls should they occur. 

Voters are asked to call the hotline at 866-SEEC-INFO or email elections@ct.gov if they have something to report and the State Elections Enforcement Commission and staff from the Secretary of the State’s office will monitor the hotline and email address throughout the day. 

“We count on the public as much as we do election workers to report problems,” Michael J. Brandi, executive director and general counsel of the State Elections Enforcement Commission, said in a statement. 

You can report concerns anonymously, but you’re asked to identify the town and polling place where problems occurred and as many details as possible. 

“If you see something, say something. We can only respond to issues if you let us know us they are happening. If you have any problems on primary day, please don’t stay silent. Give us a call or send an email.” Secretary of the State Denise Merrill said in a statement.  

Polls are open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. in several towns and cities for registered Republicans and Democrats. 

Voters should go to myvote.ct.gov to confirm that they are registered to vote, locate their polling places and check what type of identification to bring with them to the polls. 

The following primaries were reported to the Secretary of the State’s Office:

  • Bethel/Ridgefield: Judge of Probate to Fill Vacancy 45. Republicans Patrick J. Walsh and Daniel O'Grady 
  • Bridgeport: State Senate 22. Democrats Thomas C. McCarthy and Marilyn V. Moore. 
  • Bridgeport: State Senate 23. Democrats Dennis Bradley and Ed Gomes 
  • Bridgeport: Assembly District 124. Democrats Andre F. Baker Jr. and Charles J. Coviello Jr. 
  • Bridgeport: Assembly District 126. Democrats Charlie Stallworth and Maria H. Pereira 
  • Bristol: Assembly District 77. Democrats Laura Bartok and Christy Matthews 
  • Hamden: Assembly District 88. Democrats James Pascarella and Joshua Elliott 
  • New Britain: State Senate 6. Democrats Terry Bielinski Gerratana and Sharon Beloin-Saavedra 
  • New Britain: Registrar of Voters, Democrats Michael W. Trueworthy and Lucian J. Pawlak 
  • New London: Assembly District 39. Democrats Ernest Hewett and Chris Soto 
  • Shelton: Assembly District 113. Republicans Jason Perillo and Ruth Parkins 
  • Stamford: Assembly District 146. Democrats Terry B. Adams and Dan Dauplaise 
  • West Hartford: Judge of Probate to Fill Vacancy 2. Democrats Owen Eagan and Michael J. Croll 
  • West Haven: Registrar of Voters. Democrats Sherri Lepper and Patricia Horvath 
  • West Haven: Assembly District 116. Democrats Michael A. DiMassa and Louis P. Esposito Jr. 
  • Winchester, Colebrook, Goshen, Torrington: Assembly District 63. Republicans Jay M. Case and David LaPointe 

Top GOP Officials: Trump Would Be 'Reckless' President


A blistering letter signed by 50 Republican national security officials states that not one of them will vote for Donald Trump come November, declaring the GOP nominee "lacks the character, values, and experience to be President."

The letter describes Trump's lack of knowledge of the Constitution and U.S. laws and lambastes the candidate for appearing to have "no interest in educating himself."

Among those who signed the letter are former Deputy Attorney General Donald Ayer, former Deputy National Security Adviser for Strategic Planning Robert Blackwill and former Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff, NBC News reported.

"A president must be disciplined, control emotions, and act only after reflection and careful deliberation," the letter states. "In our judgment, Mr. Trump has none of these critical qualities ... We are convinced that in the Oval Office, he would be the most reckless President in American history."

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New Haven Police Investigate Suspicious Fire, Graffiti


Detectives in New Haven are investigating a suspicious fire Monday.

Police said firefighters responded to 138 Frank Street around 2:54 a.m. to a fire in an abandoned home. Police believe someone broke a window to enter the building and lit a pile of trash on fire.

Next to the broken window police found graffiti that read “(Name) did this” and a design in fresh spray paint.

When the police supervisor on scene returned to his cruiser, he found it vandalized with anti-police expletives in spray paint.

Police are investigating both crimes.

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Southington Man Dies After Bristol Motorcycle Crash


A Southington man died after being seriously injured in a Bristol motorcycle crash early Saturday morning.

Bristol police said they responded to the area of 647 Willis Street around 12:50 a.m. When they arrived they found Kevin Trask, 51, suffering life-threatening injuries. Trask was transported to a nearby trauma center for treatment. He was pronounced dead Sunday.

The Serious Traffic Accident Reconstruction team was called to investigate. Preliminary findings suggest the motorcycle was traveling north on Willis Street, lost control as it came around a curve, left the roadway and struck a utility police. No other vehicles were involved.

The crash remains under investigation. Anyone who witnessed the accident is asked to contact Bristol police at (860) 584-3032.

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Trooper Injured in Crash on Route 8 in Waterbury


A Connecticut State police trooper was taken to the hospital after being rear-ended on Route 8 in Waterbury Monday.

State police said the trooper, who has not been identified, was stopped in a cruiser conducting traffic enforcement on the soutbound side of Route 8 near exit 34 when the accident occurred. The trooper was transported to the hospital for evaluation of minor injuries.

More information was not immediately available.

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Man Arrested for Fatal Stabbing in New Haven


A suspect has been arrested for stabbing a 50-year-old New Haven on Sunday morning, police said. 

Carlos Berrios, 42, was arrested for the murder of James Edward Foley, who was found with stab wounds in an apartment on Saltonstall Avenue around 5:36 p.m., police said. 

New Haven Police said the Berrios is the boyfriend of Foley's estranged wife and the stabbing happened at the woman's apartment. 

Inconsistencies in witnesses' stories and undisclosed evidence from the scen led police to Berrios' arrest. 

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