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8 Injured When Elderly Woman Drives Into Ohio Dance Floor


An elderly woman hit the gas instead of her brakes and plowed into an outdoor dance floor Sunday night near Cleveland, injuring herself and eight other people, two of them seriously, police told NBC News.

The 74-year-old woman, who wasn't identified, could face charges including reckless driving, vehicular assault and vehicular homicide, Parma Heights police Sgt. Steve Scharschmidt said.

The accident happened about 7 p.m. ET at a "Rat Pack"-themed summer concert for about 100 elderly residents at Greenbriar Commons in Parma Heights, about 10 miles south of Cleveland, police said. All of the victims are in their 60s and 70s, police said.

Photo Credit: Carly Flynn Morgan/WKYC-TV

Thirteen People Shot at Bridgeport House Party


Thirteen people were shot while they were attending a house party in Bridgeport, Connecticut, early Sunday morning.

Police responded to a report of shots fire at 19 Plymouth St. at 1:27 a.m. Sunday.

When they arrived, 13 people, 11 males and two females, were located with gunshot wounds.

Ten victims were treated at Bridgeport Hospital and three were treated at St. Vincent's Hospital.

Eleven of the victims sustained non-life threatening wounds to the lower extremities.

One male sustained a gunshot wound to the face. One female is in critical condition with a gunshot wound to the face.

Eight of the victims have been released from the hospital, Bridgeport Police Chief “AJ” Perez confirmed at a press briefing Sunday. Four remain under observation and one remains critical. Most of the victims are between 18 and 24. None of them have been publicly identified at this time.

According to police, and party-throwers attempted to apply for a permit for the event but it was denied.

“It was denied because they wanted to sell alcohol and charge for the party. So we frown upon that and did not allow this party to go on,” Perez said.

Investigators believe the party appears to have been for profit and there may be charges against the people who threw it.

The party went on without a permit, and the 13 victims were injured when at least two shooters fired through the hedges from the backyard at 31/33 Plymouth St. and struck the victims at 19 Plymouth St. Police said it was a confusing scene and witnesses said at first they didn’t realize what was happening.

“We had what we believe in excess of 100 party goers,” said Bridgeport police Capt. Brian Fitzgerald. “So people initially thought was fireworks. By some accounts even the DJ said don’t worry about it, it’s fireworks until people started realizing they were shot.”

Police recovered 10 shell casings from a large-size caliber handgun, and it’s possible other weapons without casings were also used. Right now police are still looking for a motive.

Perez said the department has stepped up patrols in the area while detectives investigate.

“I am very confident and I say this with full confidence because I believe in the Bridgeport police department, the men and women that work here, we’re going to have an arrest in this matter in the very near future,” Perez said.

Anyone with information should contact the police at (203) 576-8477.

Bridgeport Mayor Joseph Ganim and US Senator Richard Blumenthal, who both also attended the media briefing, praised police efforts. Blumenthal said he had a meeting with ATF earlier Sunday afternoon and promised federal assistance in the case if needed.

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State Police Arrest Man on Domestic Violence Charges


A Bristol man faces domestic violence charges after state police said he assaulted a woman in a car.

Police said on Saturday around 5:30 p.m., a trooper noticed a car pulled over in the shoulder on Route 2 west near exit 8 in Glastonbury. When the trooper stopped to offer help, he found two people in the middle of a physical fight.

The trooper ordered a male passenger, later identified as Wilfredo Rodriguez, 39, out of the car.

According to police, the female driver was bleeding and had cuts on her hands, and a knife was found on scene.

Rodriguez was arrested and charged with second-degree assault and second-degree threatening. He was held on a $250,000 bond and is expected in court Monday.

Photo Credit: Connecticut State Police

Family Dog Dies Shielding Baby From Flames, Officials Say


Baltimore firefighters say a beloved family pet gave its own life to protect an 8-month-old child trapped in a house fire.

One Lane to Be Closed on I-95 North In Waterford


Driving on Interstate 95 passing through Waterford this week might be a major headache as construction on a bridge replacement could cause a major traffic.

Department of Transportation crews will replace the north and southbound bridges at the junction with Interstate 395, starting today.

The project is going to be done in four separate phases, where one of two lanes will be closed for a 34-hour period.

Crews will first start work on the northbound bridge in Waterford beginning today, followed by construction on the southbound bridge in the fall.

Northbound lane closures:

  • Monday, Aug. 22 at 8 p.m. - Wednesday, Aug. 24 at 6  a.m.
  • Monday, Aug. 29 at 8 p.m. - Wednesday, Aug. 31 at 6  a,.m. 

Southbound lane closures:

  • October, but dates have not been scheduled

DOT officials recommend commuters who drive this stretch of road find an alternate route.

Waterford and East Lyme Police officers will also help reroute traffic during construction.

"They’re going to be available to intervene in very short order. If there are any traffic back ups at traffic signals etc. they’ll be able to jump right in and supersede those signals just start directing traffic, waving it through keeping the traffic flowing," said DOT Spokesperson Kevin Nursic, who added that several state troopers will be on I-95 in case there are any incidents on the interstate.

Nursic said the bridges are being replaced because they are in poor condition.

"They are structurally deficient they are at the end of their useful life so we need to maintain the infrastructure. This work has to be done if we want to keep these critical highways open and safe for everybody," said Nursic.

The project is an Accelarated Bridge Construction operation in which a bridge section is built in an off-site location, then moved to it's final location.

If the project was done onsite and there weren't any lane closures, Nursic estimates project completion could have taken up to two years.

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Bus Drivers Get Ready for Students By Brushing Up on Skills


As children across Connecticut get ready to go back to school, the state’s school bus drivers are preparing too.

The bus operators of All-Star Transportation, who take around 40,000 students across the state to and from school every day, are brushing up on the skills they use to keep their children safe.

“If the drivers can drive their buses safely, it lets them focus on those kids like they’re supposed to,” Brenda Bass, a safety supervisor for All-Star Transportation, said.

Drivers are brushing up on mirror use, driving in adverse conditions, checking to make sure their busses are equipped with necessary equipment and more.

Mayra Alejandro, a bus driver who also instructs fellow drivers, said courses like these are important.

“This is to refresh so we can get them in the habit of scanning their mirrors and be prepared to encounter unsafe drivers out there,” she said.

Instructors said mirror use and the ability to see everything around the school bus — including students and other vehicles -- is a critical skill for drivers to have.

“It requires the drivers to have special skills. They really need to use their mirrors. They need to know the size of their bus so they can get through these narrow situations,” Bass said.

And as much as driver safety is important, bus operators said it’s key that other drivers help to keep the roads safe for children as well.

All-Star’s tips for drivers and parents to review before heading back to school:

Watch for children waiting or walking to their bus stops.

When you see a bus with its amber lights activated, slow down and prepare to stop.

Never try to pass a bus when its red SOS lights are activated.

Slow down and use caution near school zones.

Have your children ready and waiting at their bus stops five minutes prior to their scheduled pick up times.

Children should wait 10 feet back from the edge of the road at their bus stops.

Children should not go toward the stopped bus until the driver signals it is safe with a head nod. This gives the driver time to check that ALL traffic has stopped.

Remind your children to stay out of the bus danger zones. If they can touch the bus they are too close!

Students should walk 10 big steps straight off the bus before turning in either direction to exit.

Students should never run back to the bus or try to bend down and pick up something they’ve dropped.

Giuliani Continues to Fuel Clinton Health Rumors


Rudy Giuliani, former New York City mayor and now Donald Trump's adviser, continued to insist Monday that Hillary Clinton's physical and mental health is failing, citing debunked theories on the Internet, NBC News reported.

While on Fox News over the weekend, he urged people to look for videos on the Internet that support such theories. He continued the attack on Monday, saying on Fox News that the Democratic presidential candidate is "tired" and recently "looked sick."

Conservative media outlets have fueled speculation about Clinton's health in recent weeks, showing old photos and debunked reports, such as Clinton faking medical records or false accusations that she uses a defibrillator. Trump himself said last week that Clinton "lacks the mental and physical stamina to take on ISIS."

In response to the rumors, Clinton's physician, Lisa Bardack, said the candidate "is in excellent health and fit to serve as President of the United States."

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Video Shows Teen Stripped of Suicide Belt in Iraq


In a chilling moment captured on video Sunday night, a would-be suicide bomber, just 14 years old, is stripped of his explosive belt in front of a crowd, NBC News reports.

Officials say the teen tried and failed to detonate explosives in northern Iraq's city of Kirkuk. Video shows the teenager quivering as Kurdish security forces hold his arms and carefully lower what appears to be an explosives belt from his waist. The boy's shirt lies discarded on the road nearby.

The dramatic video was first aired by local television channel Kurdistan24. Military officials in Iraq told NBC News the boy in Kirkuk was 14.

Two other attacks hit the same city that evening, and a child suicide bomber was initially blamed for killing more than 50 at a wedding in Turkey the day before, though Turkey's prime minister said Monday it isn't known if the bomber was a child or an adult.

Photo Credit: Kurdistan 24 TV news via AP
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Gas Leak at ESPN Contained


Part of the ESPN campus on Middle Street in Bristol was evacuated on Monday morning after crew hit a gas line, but employees have been allowed back inside.

“During outdoor construction on our main campus, a gas line was hit. Three buildings close to the leak were evacuated as a precaution. The leak was quickly contained and employees have returned to work,” a statement from ESPN says.

Officials from Eversource said there was a report of a third party hitting a gas line.

Emergency crews were leaving ESPN as of 9:50 a.m.

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Deerfield Road in Windsor Closed After Crash


Deerfield Road in Windsor is shut down after a car struck a utility police Monday morning.

Windsor police said the road was closed between Highland Avenue and Lovell Avenue. The crash seriously damaged the pole and pole was seriously damaged and it is unknown how long the repairs may take.

There is no word on injuries at this time.

A detour is in place. Drivers should avoid the area if possible.

Photo Credit: Windsor Police Department
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North Haven Business Damaged by Bullets


North Haven police are investigating after a local business owner found several bullet holes in his building Monday morning.

Police said the building, located on Quinnipiac Avenue near Middletown Avenue, had multiple holes in the in a window facing Quinnipiac Avenue. Investigators believe the incident happened sometime over the weekend.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the North Haven police at (203) 239-1616.

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Watertown Police Arrest Burglary Suspect


Watertown police have arrested a man accused of breaking into a local business and stealing cash and a laptop computer.

Christopher Gurtowski, 40, of Watertown faces charges of third-degree burglary, second-degree criminal mischief, and 5th-degree larceny.

According to police, on Friday around 6:10 a.m. they received a report of a burglary at the Hello Sweetie Bakeshop at 51 Depot Road. The suspect broke a window to get in, then made off with cash from the register and a laptop computer.

Police said they identified the suspect as Gurtowski using surveillance footage from various businesses in the area. He was arrested later the same day on Greenwood Street after a citizen recognized him and called police.

According to police, Gurtowski admitted to committing the crime and said he threw the laptop into a dumpster after he realized it was locked.

Gurtowski was issued a $10,000 bond and is expected in Waterbury Superior Court on August 30.

Photo Credit: Watertown Police Department

Death of Baby in Old Lyme Does Not Appear to Be Criminal


Connecticut state police continue to investigate the death of a 6-month-old baby in Old Lyme earlier this month, but said the case does not appear to be criminal.

State police and medical personnel responded to a home on Portland Avenue around 9:45 a.m. on Sunday, Aug. 14 for a report of an unresponsive child and attempted rescue measures, but the child was pronounced dead at Middlesex Shoreline Clinic.

While the case does not appear to be criminal, state police said they cannot rule it out completely until all results are back.

No other details were released.

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Crews Rescue Stranded Kayaker from Red Rock in Greenwich


The Greenwich Marine division was called out to save a stranded kayaker over the weekend.

Greenwich police said they received a call from a Good Samaritan reporting a person stranded on Red Rock. Emergency crews arriving on scene found a man standing on Red Rock and a second man in a kayak floating next to him. They reported they had been in kayaks fishing when the victim as swamped by a passing boat wake. His vessel took on too much water and sank.

The victim them swam to Red Rock and awaited help.

Police said the water in the area was too shallow for rescue boats so the second kayaker paddled his friend over. The stranded kayaker was not injured. He was transported to Grass Island and reunited with friends.

Greenwich police remind power boaters to be aware of other watercraft. They also remind all boaters to carry waterproof communication devices in case of emergency.

Photo Credit: Greenwich Police Department

Fire Broke Out at Waste Water Treatment Facility in Cromwell This Morning


No one was hurt and damage is minimal after an early-morning fire at the Mattabasset District wastewater treatment plant in Cromwell on Monday. 

Arthur Simonian, the executive director, said they noticed unusual temperatures in the incinerator area around 3 a.m. and found part of the system was smoking. 

As a safety precaution, employees called the fire department and firefighters from Cromwell and Middletown responded and got the situation under control quickly. 

"Our incinerator system is a system that processes our sludges, both from our plant and other plants. So, we're down for preventative maintenance this week anyway. So those sludges are being diverted to another facility and that’s again planned for this week anyway,” Simonian said. 

No one was hurt and the damage to the incinerator is minimal, but crews will assess what repairs need to be made.

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J. Timothy’s to Close for 2 Weeks for Renovations


If you're planning a night out at J. Timothy’s Taverne, or to order take out, act quickly or you'll have to wait for two weeks.

The Plainville restaurant known for its famous "dirt style" chicken wings will close on Saturday for major kitchen renovation and expansion work that is expected to take about two weeks.

The building that houses the restaurant went up in 1789 as a large house and tavern.

The current owners bought it in 1979 and reopened it as Cooke's Tavern in 1980. It was reborn as J. Timothy's in 1988. 

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New Haven Man Stabbed in Neck Suspected of Robbery: Police


A New Haven man found with a stab wound on his neck was charged with robbery, larceny and assault on Friday, police said. 

At 7:43 a.m., police responded to Burwell Street a woman called police to report that her brother, Randy Lee Sullivan, had been stabbed in the neck, New Haven Police said. 

The 26-year-old was transported to Yale-New Haven Hospital for the lacerations on his neck and torso, police said. 

The man was uncooperative with police trying to ask him questions about the alleged attacked, according to law enforcement. 

Police said hospital workers told them about another stabbing victim who was being treated at the same time as Sullivan. 

When police questioned the other victim, he said a man grabbed him around 6:45 a.m. and ripped his wallet from his pants. The victim explained that while fighting, a chair was broken on him and he used the leg of the chair to fend off his attackers, according to police. 

Police said when they showed the victim a photo of Sullivan, he identified the New Haven man as the alleged robber. 

The suspect later told police he had been in a fight but denied the robbery, police said. 

Sullivan, a convicted felon, was charged with first-degree robbery, second-degree larceny, second-degree assault and conspiracy for each charge. He was released from the hospital and brought to the New Haven Police Department detention facility. 

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Old Lyme to Spray for Mosquitoes Tuesday Night


Old Lyme is asking residents to head inside while the town sprays for mosquitoes Tuesday night.

The mosquito spraying will be between 6 to 11 p.m. on Tuesday, Innovative Mosquito Management told NBC Connecticut.  

Spraying will be happening in the Mile Creek Beach Club and Hawks Nest Beach areas. There will be signs posted on the specifically affected streets.

The spraying is in response to issues reported in those areas. Residents are encouraged to close windows and stay inside. Officials also advise residents to bring in any children or pets toys.

For more information residents can contact Innovative Mosquito Management at (203) 245-7015.

Editor's Note: Old Lyme Emergency Management's Facebook said the spraying will be on Monday but Innovative Mosquito Management told NBC Connecticut they are spraying on Tuesday. 

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New Haven Officer's Use of Force Justified: State's Attorney


The New Haven State’s Attorney has concluded the New Haven officer who shot a man police said rushed him with a knife was justified in his use of force.

The Connecticut State Police Central Division Major Crime Unit, at the direction of New Haven State’s Attorney Patrick Griffin, investigated the case.

On August 16, police, firefighters and EMS responded to 480 Ferry Street after receiving a 911 call. According to the report released by the state’s attorney, the caller, identified as Paula Rodriquez, told police her son was acting strangely and saying he wanted to be killed by police. She said her son was in possession of a knife and that he suffered from a history of mental illness.

The report noted that Rodriquez did not speak English so she communicated with dispatch through an interpreter.

When firefighters arrived they met Rodriquez and she reiterated the same information she told dispatch through a bilingual security guard, the report stated. She told them her son told her he wanted to commit “suicide by cop.”

New Haven Officer Brian Jackson entered the lobby to get an update from firefighters when Rodriquez’s son, Roberto Orsini-Rodriguez, came out of an elevator with a knife. There were other people in the lobby.

Witnesses reported Orsini-Rodriguez started coming toward Jackson and ignored commands to drop the knife at least twice, the report said. Witnesses also reported that Jackson was moving backward, away from Orsini-Rodriguez.

The report said that Orsini-Rodriguez continued holding the knife “in an aggressive manner as through he was going to lunge forward.” Witnesses said Jackson fired twice when the distance between the two was between two and eight feet.

Orsini-Rodriguez fell to the ground, received medical treatment at the scene, and was transported to Yale-New Haven Hospital for further treatment. He will survive.

The State’s Attorney concluded that Jackson’s use of force was both reasonable and justifiable to protect himself and others at the scene.

2 Bridgeport Residents Charged With Sex Trafficking of Minor


Two Bridgeport residents have been charged with sex trafficking of a minor, the U.S. attorney's office said. 

Darryl Morris, also known as 'King Sincere', and Neshaya Dozier were arrested last week after officials said they allegedly conspired to harbor and transport a minor to engage in commercial sexual acts between November 2014 and May 2016, prosecutors said. 

Morris and Dozier are charged with one count of conspiracy to commit sex trafficking of a minor and one count of sex trafficking a minor. In addition, Morris is also charged with one count of sex trafficking by force, fraud and coercion.

The matter continues to be investigated. 

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