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911 System Shuts Down Again For Part of Connecticut State Police


Wednesday was a tough morning for call takers at one Connecticut 911 dispatch center.

Around 10 a.m., the new Next Generation 911 system shut down at Troop E in Montville, after a power failure. The state said the calls were rerouted to Troop K in Colchester without incident.

This comes less than a week after the NBC Connecticut Troubleshooters reported on how first responders have concerns about Connecticut’s new 911 system following shutdowns.

Halfway through its deployment, the Next Generation 911 system - designed to bring 911 text messages - has had some major hiccups. The last issue came July 15 when almost all the dispatch centers in the state shut down, alarming people like Allison Kizis, who tried to call in a motorcycle crash.

“I kept my phone on speaker phone the whole time. You know screaming like please pick up and just wanted somebody to answer."

All the dispatch centers are now using voice over the internet telephones and software.

AT&T, overseeing Next Generation 911 in Connecticut, tells the NBC Connecticut Troubleshooters the shutdown was caused by a system computer memory issue, not call volume.

Even though state adds no critical incidents took place because people had trouble getting through, Berlin dispatcher Tammy Wright told the NBC Connecticut Troubleshooters, "It's a scary feeling for all dispatchers because when you can see calls coming in and you can't answer them that there's nothing to do to help those people."

Legislators believe we need stronger measures in case Next Generation 911 goes down again.Both Representative Steve Dargan and Senate Minority Leader Tony Hwang said having 911 roll over to a dispatch center’s routine numbers, which are landlines, is one idea.

Dargan said, "I think it’s something we should look at to have a backup system in place.”  

“If that means we have to move away from this you know sophisticated technology and use land based legacy lines as a failsafe, let's do it," Hwang added.

 At least one dispatch center has already set up something like this and others are pushing for the state to provide similar solutions.

Rio Day 12: Lochte Probe, US Sweep and Other Moments


A Brazilian judge ordered American swimmers to stay in Rio while their robbery account is probed, the sailing tournament fizzled and records were set in wrestling and soccer. Here are some of the memorable moments from Day 12 of the Rio Games.

Lochte Decamps As Judge Doubts Robbery

U.S. Olympic swimmers Ryan Lochte and Jimmy Feigen were ordered by a Brazilian judge on Wednesday to remain in the country while authorities investigated their report of being robbed at gunpoint in Rio — but Lochte already was back in the United States. Feigen remains in Brazil, according to his lawyer, though he and the rest of the U.S. swim team had left the Olympic Village.

Two other swimmers who were with them -- Gunnar Bentz and Jack Conger -- were removed from a plane in Rio by Brazilian authorities Wednesday night and were being questioned.

Judge Keyla Blanc De Cnop, who authorized the swimmers’ passports be seized, said the swimmers had given police contradictory accounts of what had happened. Lochte said there was one robber, while Feigen said there were several, though only one with a gun, the judge said.

Blanc De Cnop also questioned their demeanor on security video obtained by the DailyMail.com as they returned to the Olympic Village passing through detectors.

"You can see the supposed victims arriving without signs of being physically or psychologically shaken, even joking amongst themselves," the judge said.

The men could be liable for punishment if they filed a false police report.

Lochte's lawyer, Jeff Ostrow, told NBC News that Lochte had always said that there were a number of thieves.

"This is a complete circus, and shame on Brazilian authorities for trying to flip the script and make it sound like Ryan isn’t telling the truth," Ostrow said. "They have a dark cloud around these Olympics, and they're trying to get out from under it and trying to use Ryan as a pawn."

Lochte, a 12-time Olympic medalist, told NBC News that he, Feigen and the other swimmers, Bentz and Conger, were returning from a night of partying early Sunday when their taxi was pulled over by men who appeared to be police officers. They ordered the swimmers to the ground, and when Lochte refused — he said he told them they'd done nothing wrong — one of the assailants aimed a pistol at him.

Bentz and Conger were not named by Blanc De Cnop.

Wind Knocked From Their Sails

It was a beautiful 79-degree day on Guanabara Bay but for one thing.

No wind.

In the end, Olympic officials had to cancel the men's and women's 470 medal race.

The uncooperative weather put an end to some races on Monday too — first because of too little wind and then too much. When wind speed reached 38 knots, races were canceled because of unsafe conditions.

The wind is predicted to pick up again Thursday and the sailing to resume.

Before the Rio Games began, the concern was pollution in Guanabara Bay, into which the city still pours untreated sewage. An independent study by The Associated Press showed high levels of viruses and sometimes bacteria from human sewage in the waters where hundreds of sailors are competing

Swift feet on the soccer pitch

Brazil's Neymar scored in the first 15 seconds of a match against Honduras for the fastest goal in men's Olympic history, then scored again in the final minutes in Brazil's 6-0 win.

The victory at Rio's historic Maracana Stadium moves the host nation into the   gold medal match against Germany. 

Brazil has never won an Olympic gold in soccer. Germany dealt Brazil an embarrassing defeat during World Cup play in 2014 in Brazil and went on to win the competition.

An American Sweep

U.S. women swept the 100-meter hurdles at the Rio Games on Wednesday, the first time one country has taken the top spots in the event.

American Brianna Rollins started out fast and won gold in 12.48 seconds. Nia Ali won silver with 12.59 and Kristi Castlin won 12.61 for bronze.

A Historic Win in Wrestling

Japan swept the first day of women’s wresting, winning three medals and setting a record.

Kaori Icho became the first wrestler to ever win four gold medals on Wednesday. She is also the first woman in any sport to win gold in individual events at four Olympics.

Icho trailed late in the 58 kilogram match against Russia's Valeria Koblova, but ended with a dramatic 3-2 win.

Eri Tosaka won in the 48 kilogram match, while Sara Dosho rallied to take the 69 kilograms.

Another teammate, Saori Yoshida, will try to match Icho's four consecutive medals on Thursday.

Boxing Judges Sent Home

An undisclosed number of referees and judges were removed from the Olympics after the International Boxing Association determined they had not met the organization's standards, The Associated Press reported.

The association did not disclose the judges' names or which fights they officiated at but the results of all bouts will stand.

The banished judges apparently didn't include some of those involved in the two most prominent disputed decisions: Russian heavyweight Evgeny Tishchenko's victory over Kazakh power-puncher Vassiliy Levit and Russia's Vladimir Nikitin win over Irish bantamweight world champion Michael Conlan.

Judges in both of those fights were on the organization's list of working officials on Wednesday.

Bronze in Beach Volleyball

The U.S. volleyball team, Kerri Walsh Jennings and April Ross, on Wednesday won the bronze medal in women's beach volleyball.

They defeated a tough Brazilian team for the medal.

Walsh Jennings described her Tuesday night loss, which ended the team’s dream of gold, as "a terrible feeling."

Some Lighters Moments 

With the final Olympic gymnastics event behind him and two Rio silver medals to his name, American Danell Leyva let loose on the parallel bars during the gymnastics gala.

Meanwhile out on the golf course, the wildlife ruled.

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Lake Waramaug, Squantz Pond Swimming Areas Closed


Two state swimming areas are closed after routine testing revealed high bacteria levels, according to the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.

Swimming areas at Lake Waramaug State Park in Kent and Squantz Pond State Park in New Fairfield were both closed Wednesday after testing showed high levels of indicator bacteria, DEEP officials said. The indicator bacteria does necessarily cause disease, but they are used as a way to measure potential contamination in the water.

DEEP tests all state-run swimming areas weekly to make sure they are safe.

The areas will be retested and DEEP will advise when they reopen.

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EpiPen's 400 Percent Price Hike Has Parents Scrambling


Doctors and patients say the pharmaceutical company Mylan has increased the prices for an EpiPen — the portable device that can stop a potentially life-threatening allergic reaction — from around $100 in 2008 to $500 or more today, NBC News reports.

Following a recall by Mylan's chief competitor last year, the company now enjoys a near monopoly.

EpiPens have a stated expiration date of one year, meaning there is an additional co-pay to refill them annually.

In a statement, Mylan said that the prices have "changed over time to better reflect important product features and the value the product provides."

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders said "there's no reason an EpiPen, which costs Mylan just a few dollars to make, should cost families more than $600. The only explanation for Mylan raising the price by six times since 2009 is that the company values profits more than the lives of millions of Americans."

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Hartford Police Teach Children How to Fish Through New Community Program


Hartford police officers are trying to improve relations with the community by teaching youth how to fish. 

The brand new program is called Cops and Bobbers, Hooks and Ladder and the Hartford Police Department teamed up with the Hartford Fire Department, the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, Riverfront Recapture and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for the event. 

Hartford youth, ages 6 to 18, were taught about the different kinds of fish, how to tie a knot, bait a hook and cast a line. 

“We wanted to put something together for the kids in Hartford where they could come out here and experience police officers in a different light,” Doug Antuna, the faith based community service officer in Hartford, said. 

At the end of the day, kids got to keep their fishing rods, which were all donated by Bass Pro Shop. 

“I think it is really cool because you get to keep your rod and have it as your own,” T.J. Brooks, of East Hartford, said. 

Police officers said they hope the kids walk away with an appreciation of the outdoors and of police. 

They plan to continue this event next year. 

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NY Jewelers Get Ivanka Trump Order, Donate to Clinton


A small New York jewelry operation received a surprise order for one of its pieces from Ivanka Trump - and promptly donated the proceeds to Hillary Clinton.

Lady Grey Jewelry posted a copy of a handwritten note to its Instagram account on Wednesday, thanking GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump's daughter for her order.

"We're happy to let you know that the proceeds of your sale have been generously donated to The American Immigration Council, the Everytown for Gun Safety organization, and the Hillary Clinton Campaign," said the note, which was posted with the hashtag #thanksbutnothanks. 

The note suggests that Trump bought an item known as a "Helix Ear Cuff," which sells for $84 on the Lady Grey website. 

It was signed by co-founders Jill Martinelli and Sabine Le Guyader. The pair, with a background in dental prosthetics, launched their first collection in 2009. 

Martinelli told New York magazine that they were "flattered" to receive the order, which shipped last week, but felt the need to donate the sale given their own views. 

It was not clear whether Ivanka Trump herself had placed the order, or had seen the note; her staff could not be immediately reached for comment. 

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Police ID Officer Who Shot Man Who Rushed Him With Knife in New Haven


State police have identified the New Haven police officer who shot the man police said rushed him with a knife.

Officers and paramedic responded to an apartment complex at Ferry and Grafton streets around 10:30 a.m. Tuesday to investigate a report of a mentally disturbed man who was threatening suicide and a man with a knife rushed a police officer, according to Laurence Grotheer, New Haven's director of communications.

Officials identified the knife-wielding man as 38-year-old Roberto Orsini-Rodriguez.

Authorities said Officer Brian Jackson, a four-year member of the department,  acted in self-defense and Orsini-Rodriguez, who was alert and conscious when he was transported to Yale-New Haven Hospital. He remains in stable condition.

No emergency responders were injured. State police said the Jackson was transported to the hospital as a precaution. 

Connecticut State police detectives from Central District Major Crimes have responded to investigate the incident.

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Saturday the Brighter Weekend Day


The weekend won't be perfect, but Saturday should feature more sunshine than Sunday.

An isolated shower is possible tonight.

A mix of sun and clouds is expected tomorrow with highs in the middle 80s.

Both weekend days will start with fog and low clouds, then some sun breaks through, especially on Saturday.

Temperatures will be in the upper 80s on Saturday.

More clouds on Sunday will result in a slightly cooler day, with highs in the low 80s.

The next chance for thunderstorm activity comes Monday with a cold front, especially early on, before clearing sets in. Highs will be near 80.

The rain cloud be heavy at times early Monday. After the front moves through, a sprawling area of high pressure builds in for next week.

Temperatures will be closer to 80 degrees and it will be mostly dry starting on Tuesday.

Police Find Untaxed Cigarettes at New London Convenience Store


The owner of a convenience store in New London has been arrested after investigators learned the store was buying tobacco from out of state and getting around using the state tax stamp, according to police.

Police said they were investigating an unrelated incident when they learned the Quick Shop Mini Mart at 61 Walden Ave. appeared to be selling cigarettes without the State of Connecticut tax stamp. 

The Department of Revenue Services then looked into it and investigators performed a surprise inspection.

That led to the discovery of 194 cartons of untaxed cigarettes, approximately $3,000 worth of other untaxed tobacco products, more than $22,000 in cash and approximately $100,000 worth of fraudulent Connecticut tobacco tax stamps, police said.

The store owner, Mehulkumar Patel, 37, of Waterford, is accused of buying tobacco products from out of state, reusing discarded tax stamps and printing his own tax stamps that he would then tape onto the tobacco products.

Patel was charged with second-degree forgery, possession of unstamped cigarettes, possession of fraudulent tax stamps and possession of untaxed tobacco.

Patel was released on a $10,000 bond and he’s due in court on Aug. 31.

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Rocky Hill Police Investigate Allegations of Drinking at Police Station


The Rocky Hill police department is investigating allegations of drinking at the police station several months ago. 

Sources told the NBC Connecticut Troubleshooters that three police officers and a civilian employee drank from an 18-pack of beer while cleaning out an evidence vault inside the police station several months ago after their shifts ended. 

An employee brought the beer into the department , according to sources. 

Police chief Michael Custer said in an email that the department is looking into the matter and an investigator has been assigned the case. 

Custer said he will contact NBC Connecticut as soon as the investigation is complete. 

Outgoing town manager Guy Scaife said he has no further comment than what the chief sent. 

The Troubleshooters have also requested all investigative materials related to the matter.

Man With Gun Robbed Manchester Store, Ordered Customers Into Back Room


Police are searching for the man with a gun who robbed a clothing store in Manchester on Wednesday night, ordered employees and customers to hand over their cell phones then ordered them into a back room. 

Police said the armed robbery happened around 9 p.m. at the Rainbow Clothing Store at 360 West Middle Turnpike and the man appeared to be communication have a female accomplice. 

When all of the workers and customers were in a back room of the store, the man and woman stole money from the cash register and safe then fled in a dark colored vehicle, police said. 

Police are looking for a skinny man in his early 20s with hickeys on his neck and tattoos on both forearms who was wearing big sunglasses, and a black hat. 

The woman was around 5-feet-2 and stocky. She was wearing black clothing and glasses. 

Anyone with information should call the Detective Division at 860-645-5510.

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AAA Call Center in Hamden Closing


The AAA call center on Worth Avenue in Hamden will be closing next month and 50 employees will be affected. 

Officials from AAA Northeast said calls from members will be routed to Providence, Rhode Island as of Sept 14 and they will continue to dispatch the fleet and contract garages from the location in Hamden. 

Employees who currently work in the Hamden location will be given top priority for any job openings throughout the company in the eight branches, insurance, travel and the driving school, according to AAA. 

AAA said officials did not take the decision to close the call center lightly and job placement services, classes in resume writing and more will be offered. 

Employees who are not moving to another location will receive severance packages.

When asked about the call center job losses Thursday, Gov. Dannel Malloy said he thinks the move has nothing to do with Connecticut's policies, as much as it has to do with changes to the way companies like AAA conduct business.

“Listen, I don’t know the intricacies of AAA’s needs. AAA does a bunch of businesses. One of which is the insurance business and I can tell you having a brother who’s in the insurance business, folks are doing a lot more online than ever before," he said during a news conference at New Haven's Union Station.

The most recent jobs report from the Labor Department showed a Connecticut employment picture that is steadily improving. For the month of July 1,300 people found work, and that brought the figure of jobs created to date to 13,000. Over the past year more than 20,000 jobs have been created, which was a point that Malloy was quick to point out.

"People are coming back into the job market even faster than we’ve experienced in the past so I think on the overall side of that equation, it’s good news.”

Republican Leader Len Fasano in the Connecticut sent out a statement saying the jobs news hides how the state's growth lags behind nearby states. Fasano also focused on the 83 percent figure that represents how Connecticut hasn't yet recovered all lost jobs from the Great Recession in 2008. Even though 20,000 jobs have been created in the last year, to make up that 17 percent, more than 20,000 new jobs are still needed.

Fasano, said, "While I sincerely applaud the businesses that were able to rise above and grow jobs, we cannot ignore the fact that the unemployment rate today is higher than it was at the same time last year."

Manchester Asks Residents to Conserve Water


The lack of precipitation the past few months has led to Manchester’s reservoirs dropping to only 80 percent of capacity, but the rainfall deficit dates back to May 2015. 

As of Jan. 1, 2015, the state has only received a little over 60 inches of rain, leaving us more than 14 inches below where we should be. To help the town of Manchester get back on track, the water department has issued a water conservation alert and is asking residents and businesses to be aware of their water use. 

“We’re not asking anyone to stop doing anything at this point,” Scott Shanley, general manager of Manchester, said. “But just to be thoughtful of -- how long is your shower? Do you have the water on when you’re shaving? Do you have to water the lawn today? Those kinds of things.” 

Asia Boutot, a Manchester resident who has three children, said being mindful of water usage is second nature. 

“You have to. You have to help the community and this town and we all should conserve water,” Buotot said. 

Tony Falcetta is always cautious, having seen what extreme drought can lead to. 

“I can think back to the days when water shortages put us on odd and even days, or odd and even dates. That wasn’t much fun,” Falcetta said. “You couldn’t use water when you wanted to use it.” 

This is what the town of Manchester is trying to avoid. 

“We are at 80 percent, so therefore we need to start thinking about it,” Shanley said. “I will be quite concerned if we get to 70, and then more concerned if we get to 60. But I’m hopeful we don’t get there.” 

It's not just Manchester. 

Aquarion Water Company is urging customers in Greenwich, Stamford, New Canaan and Darien not to water their lawns this week and to limit lawn irrigation for the remainder of the season. 

Shanley said all it will take is a good inch or two of rain to get them back on track. 

In the meantime, the water department will continue to monitor the level of the reservoirs and will lift the alert once the reservoirs have returned to normal capacity. That being said, if the drought continues and conditions become worse, the town will reassess the conservation efforts. 

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Naked Trump Statues Around USA


Unflattering, flesh-toned statues of naked Donald Trumps popped up in San Francisco, New York, Los Angeles, Cleveland and Seattle on Thursday morning, a sight that had many gawking and talking about the political art titled “The Emperor Has No Balls.”

The looming, painted clay statues placed in traditionally liberal cities drew many laughs, especially over Trump's protruding gut, and miniscule you-know-what.

"I think it's brilliant," Curtis Jensen said taking a picture of said private part in San Francisco's predominantly gay Castro district on Thursday alongside his partner. "He needs to be brought down a peg."

And while many real-life Trump critics were nary to be found, at least in the San Francisco Bay Area, some jumped on social media in the Republican's defense. They wondered aloud what the Left would say if the same type of mockery had been made of Hillary Clinton.

"Again the Leftists are showing how low class they are...wonder how well this would go over if conservatives did something similar too Hillary," Facebook user Christina Anderson wrote. 

The same sentiment was echoed elsewhere, too.

"I do kind of wish whoever did it would do Hillary as well," said Ken Warchol of New Haven, Connecticut.

A self-described anarchist group called INDECLINE was the mastermind behind the painted statues, first reported by the Washington Post. Six people helped the group set up the statues in each of the five cities Thursday morning.

The group posted a well-produced video of the creation of the statues. A soundtrack peppered with Trump's voice saying things like "You want some?" "The American dream is dead" and "I will build a great wall" bleats to a mashup of the national anthem.

The Post reported that the group asked an artist called Ginger to create the statues, based on his past designs of monsters for haunted houses and horror movies. Ginger's signature was on the base of the statue in San Francisco.

"When the guys approached me, it was all because of my monster-making abilities," Ginger said in an interview with the Post about how INDECLINE reached out to him for the four-month project. "Trump is just yet another monster, so it was absolutely in my wheelhouse to be able to create these monstrosities."

A spokesman for INDECLINE asked for anonymity in the article and could not be immediately tracked down on Thursday. An email sent to INDECLINE's website was not immediately returned. The group's website showed an image of a roadside sign showing Interstate Highway 880 in Oakland as its main art, indicating its headquarters may have ties to the Bay Area.

Trump also had not tweeted about the display as of Thursday evening. 

People across the country had plenty to say about their feelings regarding the Trump statues that showed off the billionaire and his bottom.

In San Francisco, a permit has not been issued for the artistic installation so the Dept. of Public Works reserves the right to remove the statue at any time. It was expected that it would be taken away on Thursday night because it was encouraging rubber-neckers and posing a threat to public safety, city officials said.

On Thursday, onlookers stopped at the corner of Castro and Market streets to snap pictures of the statue, which also featured a second, tiny Donald Trump, wearing a suit and red tie, placed curiously underneath the ominous larger Trump.

Passersby chortled about the Trump statue’s orange-hued, but “lifelike” pallor, quipping that the figurine had “better hair” than the man in question. The creation was also deemed "creative," "impactful" and "misdirected."

But some described feeling torn because such a stunt could drive a deeper wedge between already polarized voters. Others disagreed, saying all public figures are fair game.

Tourists from Los Angeles whipped out cell phones to document the odd sight. One man with curly hair smiled as he tried to see if he was taller than the eight- or nine-foot statue.

Like others, Myces Garcia said the statue was perfect. "He's the guy with the biggest ego, an idiot." He said the city of San Francisco "should keep it. It looks great."

When Dylan Higgins-Kiang of Alameda was asked what he might change about the Trump statue, the 9-year-old replied: "I think it’s fine, but just make the head a lot bigger.”


“Because he’s all about himself. I’m number one. I love myself. I’m great," came the reply.

In Central Los Angeles, the statue of Trump, who has repeatedly said he would build a wall to prevent Mexicans from entering the United States, was placed in the Los Feliz neighborhood. The statue stood directly in front of the La Luz Jesus Gallery, showing the naked figure angrily looking out against a backdrop of colorful, Mexican designs.

In New York’s Union Square, the statue drew crowds before it was ultimately taken down by the Dept. of Parks and Recreation.

Marcos Alvarado, 10, of Queens passed by with his mother, pointing out the irony: "It's funny because he's being mean to everybody that is not from this country. It's funny because they're making fun of him."

INDECLINE, the Post reported, was also behind covering up the stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame with the names of African Americans who have been killed by police.

In the past, the collective has also claimed responsibility for an anti-Trump “Rape” mural on the U.S.-Mexico border and a massive piece of graffiti art in California’s Mojave Desert.

NBC Bay Area's Pete Suratos contributed to this report.

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India's Most Famous Tiger Machli, 'Queen of Ranthambore', Dies at 19


India's Ranthambore National Park announced that the country's famed tiger, Machli, died Thursday at the age of 19, NBC News reported.

Also known as the "Queen of Ranthambore," Machli was described as one of the world's most photographed tigers and the oldest female tiger living in the wild.

She had not eaten for five days and had been unwell, the park said in a statement announcing her death.

Machli's name — sometimes spelled Machhli or Machali — came from the Hindu word for fish because of a fish-shaped mark on her face.

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Pain Rules on Olympic BMX Course


The BMX course at the 2016 Summer Olympics has proved to be treacherous for many riders. The Rio course has led to several brutal crashes. Check out the aftermath of some of the worst.

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Waterbury Parent Seeks Reimbursement for Canceled Europe Trip


Four months after the City of Waterbury canceled all school-related trips to other countries in light of recent terror attacks, one parent said she’s still fighting to get her $504 deposit back.

"I feel like enough time has gone by where they should have resolved this already," said Jessica Irizarry, a Wilby High School parent who had hoped to give her son a unique learning experience by sending him to London with his class.

She tried for months to get a refund after the city’s announcement, both through Wilby High School and EF Tours, the company in charge of the program. Irizarry said an EF Tours agent told her she couldn’t cancel without paying a $550 fee, and Waterbury schools, she said, couldn’t help until classes start in two weeks.

"I’m kind of stuck because there’s no other parents I can connect with and find out, you know, if they’re having the same experience," said Irizarry. "Have they gotten their money back? I don’t know."

That’s when she called NBC Connecticut Responds.

The school district referred us to the mayor’s office, saying the city is in charge of issuing the refunds. A city spokesperson told us Irizarry misunderstood—she shouldn’t have signed up for the trip until the school gave her the green light.

Regardless, Waterbury officials notified EF Tours of the mix-up, and Irizarry can expect to receive a full refund.

"Hopefully getting the money back, he’ll be able to travel someplace else," said Irizarry. "It might not be out of this country, but it might be some place where I feel safer sending him."

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Driver Who Fatally Struck 72-Year-Old Bicyclist in Stamford Charged


The driver who fatally struck a 72-year-old Stamford man months ago has been charged, police said. 

On May 9, Abdul Aziz was on a bicycle in the crosswalk of Tresser Boulevard, approaching Edith Sherman Drive, at 9:39 a.m. when he was hit by a 2004 Toyota Sienna, police said.

Aziz, who was not wearing a helmet, was brought to Stamford Hospital where succumbed to his injuries a day later.

An investigation determined that the driver, Jerry Bastien, was on his cellphone at the time of the collision, Stamford Police said. 

Bastien was charged with one count of using a handheld mobile phone by motor vehicle operator. 

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