Channel: NBC Connecticut
Browsing All 57608 Browse Latest View Live
Mark channel Not-Safe-For-Work? cancel confirm NSFW Votes: (0 votes)
Are you the publisher? Claim or contact us about this channel.

Injured Woman Flown from Scene of Lebanon Crash

Abedin to Separate From Weiner


Longtime Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin announced Monday that she was separating from her husband, former congressman and onetime New York City mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner.

"After long and painful consideration and work on my marriage, I have made the decision to separate from my husband," Abedin said. "Anthony and I remain devoted to doing what is best for our son, who is the light of our life. During this difficult time, I ask for respect for our privacy."

The announcement by Abedin, who currently serves as the vice chairwoman of Clinton's presidential campaign, comes hours after a New York Post report that Weiner was again sending sexually suggestive messages with at least one woman.

The photos and messages were published in the Post late Sunday and showed shots of Weiner either shirtless or in his underwear. One photo shows a child that the Post reports was his toddler son. NBC 4 New York has not been able to independently confirm the photos.

Weiner told the Post he had been "friends for some time" with the woman and that the conversations were private. He deleted his Twitter account hours after the Post hit newsstands on Monday.

NBC 4 New York has reached out to Weiner for comment. 

Abedin and Weiner have been living separate lives for some time, a close friend of hers told NBC News. 

“This did not happen overnight. This has been brewing,” the friend said. 

Notably, in recent months, Abedin has not been seen wearing a wedding ring. 

A second friend told NBC News that Abedin, who has been in the Hamptons for several days already, will likely lay low and focus on spending time with her family. 

Weiner's congressional career was derailed when he tweeted an explicit photo of himself to a woman in 2011. He initially denied he had posted the image but later admitted to sexting with "about six women over the last three years" before resigning from Congress.

Weiner attempted to re-enter the political fray in 2013 as a candidate for New York City mayor and briefly polled as the leading Democratic candidate that summer. But Weiner revealed that he had sent explicit photos and messages to three more women since 2012, some under the alias "Carlos Danger," and his candidacy floundered. He lost the Democratic mayoral primary with less than 5 percent of the vote.

Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton's opponent in the presidential election, praised Abedin's decision to separation on Monday, calling it a "very wise decision" in a statement to The New York Times

"I only worry for the country in that Hillary Clinton was careless and negligent in allowing Weiner to have such close proximity to highly classified information," the statement reportedly said.

Photo Credit: AP / File

Gene Wilder: Comedy Genius of the Silver Screen


Gene Wilder was best known for his roles in the movies "Young Frankenstein," "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory" and "Blazing Saddles," among other classics. He died on Aug. 29, 2016. Here are a few highlights from his career.

Photo Credit: Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation

PA Flood Leaves House Teetering, Family Stuck on Roof


Homeowners spend hours on roof waiting for rescue after floodwaters wash away home's foundation.

Route 6 in Bristol Opens Following Accident


Route 6 in Bristol was shut down following a motor vehicle accident on Monday, police said. 

An accident happened on Route 6 near the intersection on Farmington Avenue. 

The road was closed in both directions between Collier Avenue and Missal Avenue but has since reopened. 

The number of vehicles and passengers involved in the accident have not been released. 

There were no other details immediately available. 

Please check back for updates. 

Photo Credit: Michael Casey

Police Arrest Suspect in Wallingford Double Stabbing


Police arrested the man they said stabbed two residents at a Wallingford apartment complex in July.

Edward Hoffman Jr., 64, had been a guest to residents of the Judd Square Condominiums, where the stabbing took place, police said. 

The victims told Wallingford police that Hoffman was visiting for the holiday weekend from Massachusetts. When the victims went to sleep, they were awakened by Hoffman stabbing them in the buttocks, police said. 

While they tried to get away, the victims sustained additional stabbing wounds in the abdomen, legs and buttocks. Hoffman was eventually stabbed by one of the victims, police said. 

East Longmeadow Police Department in Massachusetts arrested Hoffman on Aug. 25 and he was extradited on Aug. 29 to the Wallingford Police Department. 

Hoffman was charged with first-degree criminal attempt to commit assault, second-degree assault. His bond was set at $50,000. 

Photo Credit: Wallingford Police

Widow of Slain Oregon Occupier Files Lawsuit


The widow of an anti-government activist who helped take over an Oregon wildlife refuge and was later killed in a confrontation with law enforcement says her husband's civil rights were violated and she intends to sue, her lawyer confirmed Monday.

Robert Lavoy Finicum's pursuers were "motivated by political reasons" when they fatally shot him on Jan. 26, attorney Brian Claypool said in a statement.

Two of the FBI agents involved in the fatal confrontation on a snowy stretch of Highway 395 north of remote Burns, Oregon are now under investigation for allegedly lying about firing shots at the truck Finicum was driving, Claypool added, NBC News reported.

Both the FBI and the Oregon State Police declined to comment on the threatened lawsuit. A 54-year-old Arizona rancher, Finicum was part of a militia group led by Ammon Bundy that occupied the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge on Jan. 2.

Photo Credit: AP

Program Allows 16 Inmates to Take Classes at Enfield College


Nearing the end of their sentences, 16 prison inmates will be taking a course in manufacturing technology at Asnuntuck Community College in Enfield.

"These are low level offenders who have been assessed as low-risk and we believe they will do well in the education programs there," said Scott Semple, the state correction commissioner.

Pell grants from the federal government pay for the inmates' class in Asnuntuck's advanced manufacturing technology center, where they will learn to program precision tools. The pilot program allows inmats to learn how to use the the proper equipment, like drill presses, lathes and 3-D printers.

"They'll get the hands-on training that they need to become successful. We have a relationship with employers that ex-offenders have been landing jobs with, so it's critical to give them the skills they need," James Lombella, the president of Asnuntuck Community College, said. 

While, Asnuntuck instructors have taught courses to hundreds of inmates for years, sending inmates to the college campus, poses danger, according to Sen. John Kissel.

"I disagree with the philosophy that now we're going to take inmates who are so dangerous that they're still living behind bars in a secure facility yet we're going to allow them to go outside and take classes," Kissel said.

Lombella said when the inmates leave the Cybulski rehabilitation center that they will be escorted into the classroom at Asnuntuck. Inmates will not be permitted to leave the classroom, which has attached bathrooms.

"They're not gonna be with any of our other students - it's late afternoon after our regular day classes are over," Lombella said.

The college president said the campus security guards are all former correction officers and at least two of them will be in that classroom with the inmates as well as the instructors and one parole officer.

Photo Credit: NBC Connecticut

Inmates Escape From Detention Center in Louisiana


A manhunt was underway in northwestern Louisiana early Monday for three "dangerous" inmates who scaled razor-wire fences to escape prison over the weekend.

The trio escaped from the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center on Saturday night, jumping over two rolls of razor-wire, NBC News reported.

The Natchitoches Parish Sheriff's Office identified the inmates as Michael Elliot, a 24-year-old convicted of theft; Walshea Mitchell, 35, in prison for armed robbery; and Willie Ethridge, 34, serving time for murder and armed robbery.

While the men were not armed at the time of their escape they should be considered dangerous and "extreme caution should be used if seen," the sheriff's office said in a statement.

Photo Credit: Natchitoches Parish Sheriff's Office

Fox News Calls Tantaros an 'Opportunist' in Lawsuit Response


Fox News Channel says Andrea Tantaros is not a "victim" but "an opportunist" in its response to the sexual-harassment lawsuit filed last week by the former Fox News host.

In that response, filed Monday in New York, the network is calling for arbitration which it says is in accordance with her employment agreement. The network notes that she is already a party to pending arbitration after having been suspended by Fox, which has accused her of breaching her employment agreement by writing a book without prior authorization by the network.

Fox News claims it learned of Tantaros' book, "Tied Up in Knots ... How Getting What We Wanted Made Women Miserable" in March, a few weeks before it was published.

"This Court should compel Tantaros to proceed in the arbitration proceeding that is already underway," Fox News contends.

Tantaros last week sued the network, its ousted chairman and other top executives, claiming they retaliated after she detailed unwanted sexual advances made by her onetime boss, Roger Ailes. Tantaros, who described Fox in her lawsuit as a "sex-fueled, Playboy Mansion-like cult," said after she complained last spring about Ailes, one of his top deputies, William Shine, warned her that Ailes was a "very powerful man" and that she "needed to let this one go."

Shine was promoted to co-president of Fox News after Ailes resigned last month amid sexual harassment complaints by another former anchor, Gretchen Carlson, who claimed in a lawsuit of her own that she was fired for refusing his sexual advances. He has denied those accusations.

Commenting on Fox's filing, Tantaros' lawyer, Judd Burstein, said, "Fox's right to arbitrate is a legal issue on which I am confident Ms. Tantaros will prevail." He added, "If Mr. Shine and his minions are innocent, why do they want this dispute to be resolved in the shadows (with arbitration)?"

Tantaros, a former panelist on "The Five" who was moved to co-host the lesser-viewed "Outnumbered," was pulled off the air a few weeks ago. She claimed that Fox executives used the dispute about her book to try to silence her.

While she claims the network has retaliated against her, "she concedes that she has not been terminated and remains on Fox News' payroll," the network says.

Tantaros says she was subjected to "demeaning conduct," as when Ailes allegedly asked her twice to "turn around so I can get a good look at you," adding, on one occasion, "Come over here so I can give you a hug."

But when she complained, network executives retaliated by cutting her air time and planting news stories meant to tarnish her image, her lawsuit claims.

The Fox News response says her "unverified complaint ... bears all the hallmarks of the 'wannabe'...."

Photo Credit: Getty Images

Babysitter Charged After 2-Year-Old Is Found Outside Alone


A Willimantic babysitter has been charged with risk of injury to a child after the 2-year-old boy she was babysitting was found riding his tricycle alone on Monday morning. 

A resident noticed the boy on Gem Drive at 8:45 a.m. and flagged down a patrol officer who was passing by.

The child was not injured and police said the babysitter, 60-year-old Maria Torres, of Willimantic, showed up at police headquarters about 40 minutes after she realized the child left the home when she was in the shower, police said. 

Torres was released on a $1,000 bond and is due in Danielson Superior Court on Sept. 8.

Police said the state Department of Children and Families was notified and arrived at the Willimantic Police Department around 9:15 a.m. and will investigate. 

The child was reunited with his mother at the police station around 9:45 a.m. 

Photo Credit: Willimantic Police

Two Allegedly Drunk US Pilots Free on Bail in Scotland


Two U.S. pilots were freed on bail Monday in a Scottish court after they were arrested as they were preparing to fly from Scotland to New Jersey while allegedly under the influence of alcohol, court officials told NBC News.

The men — identified in court documents as United Airlines pilots Carlos Roberto Licona, 46, of Humble, Texas, and Paul Brady Grebenc, 35, of Columbus, Miss. — appeared in Paisley Sheriff Court on charges that they violated a section of Britain's Railways and Transport Safety Act that says pilot can't exceed a blood-alcohol level of .02.

The pilots were arrested Saturday morning as they tried to check in at Glasgow Airport. Authorities wouldn't say exactly how much alcohol was registered in their systems.

The flight, destined for Newark International Airport with 141 passengers aboard, was supposed to have departed at 9 a.m. (4 a.m. ET) Saturday, but it didn't take off until 6:45 p.m. after the airline secured a replacement crew, Erin Benson, a spokeswoman for United Airlines, told NBC News.

Photo Credit: Getty Images

Silver Alert Canceled for 11-Year-Old in Manchester


A silver alert was issued for an 11-year-old boy from Manchester but has since been canceled, police said.

Javier Gonzalez had been missing since Sunday. Police said the boy's mother found him on one of the local streets.

Gonzalez was brought to the hospital to be checked out but no injuries were reported, Manchester Police said. 

No other details were provided by police.

Photo Credit: Manchester Police

False Alarms Expose Danger of Panicked Evacuations


Recent false alarm scares in US airports have exposed the lack of training and preparation for large evacuations of people in public areas, travel experts told NBC News.

It has happened three times at major airports this summer, the latest at Los Angeles International on Sunday, when rumors of gunfire sent thousands of people fleeing from terminals and onto airfields and roads, forcing authorities to stop flights and send all travelers back through security checkpoints.

Similar panics unfolded at New York City's John F. Kennedy International Airport: a mistaken report of shots fired on Aug. 14 and a false bomb scare on June 29.

Anthony Roman, who runs a security consulting firm in New York said having people in an active tarmac, an environment they're absolutely unfamiliar with, and allow them to go on open roadways while traffic is still moving, is obscene.

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which runs and polices JFK, did not return messages seeking comment on Monday. Neither did the Los Angeles Airport Police Division.

Photo Credit: KNBC-TV

Bankruptcy for Hartford Considered Final Option


Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin wouldn't rule out the possibility of the City of Hartford filing for a municipal bankruptcy, but did say he's trying to stave off such a possibility.

"(In Connecticut) we ask a city like Hartford which has real city problems to run itself on a property tax base which actually has less taxable property than the town of Glastonbury or the town of West Hartford or the Town of Manchester. That’s a system that’s fundamentally broken.”

NBC Connecticut asked Bronin earlier in the year about the prospect of a bankruptcy earlier in 2016 when he released his city budget proposal for the 2017 fiscal year.

The Hartford Courant raised the question Monday morning in an editorial about the city's dragging finances, especially in light of a city report detailing how the $56 million stadium and neighborhood development has ballooned into a $102 million taxpayer funded debacle. The stadium alone will cost taxpayers more than $71 million, if it evers gets completed.

UConn Law Professor Dalie Jimenez teaches classes about contracts and bankruptcy. She wouldn't speak specifically about Hartford's finances but did say that filing for what's known as Chapter 9, is a drastic step for a city to take.

“You’re in so deep that you need outside help," she said. The filing would protect the city from creditors looking to collect on the debt they had purchased from the city.

"They bought it because they thought you were a good bet that you would be able to get what you told them you would be able to get.”

Bronin has previously advocated for labor concessions, city service and staffing cuts, and more recently help from Hartford's neighbors in rescuing it from fiscal ruin.

"We’re willing to make the hard decisions we have to make. We have no lack of political will and we’re willing to go after even the most sacred cows but when you’ve got a system like ours that’s just broken, where you have gaps of $50 and $120 million looming in the future, you’ve got to change things now if we’re going to succeed as a state and as a region by having a city that is the center for energy and for economic growth," he said.

Bronin said raising taxes isn't a possibility because the taxes in Hartford are already the highest in the state.

“On the tax front I think taxes have been raised so much over the past years that we’re probably past that point and that’s why this conversation is so urgent, it’s so immediate that if we as a state and as a region want to have a strong Capital City, we’ve got to come together in a different way."

Jimenez, with UConn Law, explained that legally the city could only file for bankruptcy with permission from the state of Connecticut.

She said it would truly be viewed as the final option in order to save the city's finances, but she did warn that it's only a first step toward a path to fiscal sustainability.

"Just because you file for bankruptcy that doesn't make you more profitable or run better," Jimenez said. "All you get is temporary protection from those who own your debt."

Photo Credit: Getty Images

Sixers Increase Reward for Shooting


The FBI and the Philadelphia 76ers gave money to increase the reward for information on the death of a young girl who was shot and killed in Camden last week.

Camden County Police announced Monday the reward for information in the case of 8-year-old Gabby Hill-Carter increased to $76,000 after contributions were made by the FBI and the Sixers. The reward had previously increased from $24,000 to $50,000 Sunday after philanthropist and Democratic Party leader George E. Norcross contributed $26,000.

Hill-Carter, an 8-year-old who lived in Camden, was shot in the head after being caught in a crossfire, police said.

She died Friday when her family chose to remove her from life support, officials told NBC10. Hill-Carter was in extremely critical condition since Wednesday night when she was caught in the middle of a gang shooting at S. 8th and Spruce streets.

She suffered a gunshot wound to the head and was rushed to Cooper University Trauma Center for treatment.

But Friday afternoon, Hill-Carter's family said their goodbyes to the girl. They sat by her side as she drew her last breath.

Camden County Police, state prosecutors and federal agents have been searching for four men believed to be involved in the shooting.

Hundreds of loved ones gathered on the same block where the girl was killed Saturday night for a candlelight vigil.

"I love my baby so much and I wish she was still here," said the girl's mother Marissa.

Anyone with information on the shooting should call the Camden tip line at (856) 757-7042 or the Citizen's Crime Commission at (215) 546-TIPS.

"Feel the pain that the family is feeling and then come forward," said Darryl Mack, the girl's uncle. "See the visuals. Hear our voices."

Photo Credit: Family Photo
This story uses functionality that may not work in our app. Click here to open the story in your web browser.

I-95 Closed in East Lyme Following Multi-Car Crash


Police said I-95 is closed going southbound after five cars and one tractor trailer crashed on Monday night. 

The crash happened around 8:50 p.m. near exit 73, police said. 

One car reportedly rolled over and one person was trapped. 

At least one person has been transported to the hospital for evaluation. 

The highway is closed at exit 74 and cars are being detoured off I-95 and back on at exit 71. 

There were no other details immediately available. 

Photo Credit: Shutterstock

CT Election Officials Say a Hack Nearly Pointless


After the FBI notified election officials nationwide of a hack on election databases in Arizona and Illinois, many went on alert, on the lookout for specific IP addresses.

In Connecticut, state election officials said the IP addresses in question haven't yet shown up on state servers, but added that the information obtained in Illinois, a list of more than 200,000 and their voting data like addresses and phone numbers, are already publicly available in Connecticut.

"I think someone said it was like hacking the phone book," quipped Secretary of the State Denise Merrill.

She explained that Connecticut has perhaps the most decentralized voting and registration system in the country with 169 cities and towns that act as their own districts. Built into that system is an entirely paper based trove of voter cards, ballots, and backups.

“When you go into vote and you go to register on the list, it’s all still on paper so there is no simple database that’s containing all of the information," Merrill said.

Voter lists themselves are already public records and campaigns purchase lists from the Secretary of the State every year.

Local registrars, like Jim Stevenson and Tim Becker in Manchester, wonder what a hacker could really get from a hack of even a local election computer.

"They would get, you know, name, address, phone number, DMV information such as license number, which is already made available if someone wanted to come in through Freedom of Information,” said Stevenson, the Democratic Registrar of Voters.

Even the machines used to digitally tabulate election results aren't connected to the internet in cities and towns.

Melissa Russell, a Bethlehem Registrar of Voters, with the Registrars of Voters Association of Connecticut reiterated the point that physical record keeping in Connecticut places the state at an advantage.

We also have the advantage of a paper ballot system, where we can look at every vote cast in the case of any discrepancy to make sure our elections equipment has performed accurately.

Becker, the GOP registrar in Manchester, explained how state law mandates that each town keep individual paper records for voters, meaning altering results or hacking, would be a tall task.

“They would have to destroy the fire proof cabinets in 169 cities and towns to actually mess with our voter list.”

Photo Credit: NBC Connecticut

Couple Moves to East Haven 5 Years After Hurricane Irene


Five years ago, only emergency crews were allowed into the Cosey Beach neighborhood in East Haven the day after Tropical Storm Irene hammered the Connecticut coast.

“It looked like almost a tidal wave came and hit from the town beach down to Morgan Point,” East Haven Mayor Joseph Maturo said. “You had houses on top of houses, you had cars on top of cars, wires down, there was no communications, no electricity. It really was a mess.”

Anthony Maresca and Jane Dziemit are both from the Connecticut shoreline, but five years ago they lived together in California.

“Did you have any reservation about wanting to move back here and be by the water?” NBC Connecticut asked.

“No, not at all,” Dziemit said.

The couple now lives where one of the more than two dozen Cosey Beach homes destroyed by Irene once stood.

“The existing house went into the water somehow,” Dziemit said.

Before their house went up on a raised foundation in May, the couple said they had to meet strict DEEP regulations.

“And it actually had to be built where if the water was to come up it could surge all the way through,” Dziemit said.

A few doors down, another house is still in the process of being raised.

“Of course, we’re cautious you know because of what happened in the past,” Maresca said. “But what they tell me is by raising it ten feet we should be really certain that we’re going to be safe at this point.”

Mayor Maturo said the residents on Cosey Beach Avenue have been resilient during the rebuilding process.

“We knew what we had to do down here,” Maturo said. “The state helped us, the federal government helped us and I think it’s a much safer place that it was five and ten years ago.”

Lessons learned during Irene made East Haven more prepared for Superstorm Sandy the following year, Maturo said. Another key improvement is the state’s reverse 911 system that alerts residents when they need to evacuate.

Photo Credit: NBC Connecticut

Shooting Reported in Hartford


Police responded to a shooting in Hartford on Monday night. 

One person was transported to St. Francis Hospital. 

There were no other details immediately available. 

Please check back for updates on this developing story. 

Photo Credit: NBC Connecticut
Browsing All 57608 Browse Latest View Live