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Motorcycle Crash on Route 32 in Stafford


Emergency crews are responding to the area of Route 32 (Monsoon Road) by Stony Lane in Stafford for reports of a serious motorcycle accident, firefighters confirmed.

LifeStar dispatchers confirmed they were also responding to the incident.

More information was not immediately available. Check back for updates.

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Caught on Camera: SoCal Football Player Punches Referee


A college football player punched a referee during a stoppage in play during a game Saturday night in Ventura, California, sending the unconscious referee crashing to the turf.

The visiting Mt. San Antonio College lineman, Bernard Schirmer, was arrested following the confrontation, accused of punching the unidentified side judge in the middle of the third quarter in a game against Ventura College, college police confirmed.

The referee was seen walking Schirmer back to his huddle during the game after breaking up an argument between players.

As the referee is seen ushering Schirmer along, he is punched and falls to the ground. Schirmer was immediately ejected from the game and arrested on suspicion of felony battery, according to Ventura County Community College District Police Department.

In the video, commentators can be heard reacting in total disbelief after the punch.

"Oh my God, the ref just got punched in the face by a player!" one said. "What?! I’ve never seen anything like that before in my life!"

The Ventura County Star reported California Community College Athletic Association bylaws say hitting an official can be punished by up to a five-year ban.

In a statement to NBC4, Mt. SAC said "the incident is being fully reviewed and addressed by all official parties."

The college said after reviewing video footage and interviewing those involved and outside witnesses, it maintains that Schirmer "unintentionally hit the referee."

"Out of frustration, Mr. Schirmer struck himself on the helmet, a habit he often does to calm himself down ... he inadvertently hit the referee and initially believed someone else had done so," the statement reads. 

Schirmer was released on bail Sunday morning at 7 a.m.

Photo Credit: Michael Zepeda, Jeff Stoyanoff, Allen Squatrito, Matthew Henson, SoCal College Sports

1 Dead, 2 Critical After Shooting at Kansas Walmart


One person died and two others were critically injured after a shooting at a Walmart in Kansas on Sunday, police said.

Shawnee police spokesman Dan Tennis said in a news release that the incident occurred shortly before 1:30 p.m. at a Walmart southwest of Kansas City.

As a woman was placing her infant in a car seat in the store's parking lot, Tennis said, two suspects struck her in the back of the head with an unspecified object.

Tennis said a good Samaritan was shot repeatedly after trying to help her. A second good Samaritan then intervened, Tennis said, shooting and killing one of the suspects.

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Driver Killed, 18 Injured in School Bus Crash in Denver


A school bus carrying members and coaches of a Colorado high school football team crashed into a concrete pillar Sunday at Denver International Airport, killing the driver and injuring 18 passengers, authorities said. 

Joe Ferdani, a spokesman for the Adams 12 Five Star Schools District, said 15 students from Legacy High School in Broomfield, north of Denver, were transported to four hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries. Most have been treated and released, Ferdani said. Three coaches suffered "more serious injuries," he said.

The driver, a woman who wasn't identified, was killed, Denver police Sgt. Michael W. Farr said.

It wasn't immediately clear what caused the crash.

Photo Credit: Denver Police Department

Birmingham Shooting: Six Shot After Alabama Peace Rally


One person was fatally shot and five others were injured after a community peace rally in Alabama, police said.

Police said reports of "multiple people" shot came in around 8:15 p.m. Sunday night in Birmingham.

Responding officers found six people wounded, according to police. All were taken to a local hospital where one victim was pronounced dead.

Birmingham Police Sgt. Bryan Shelton said police would not release the identity of the person killed until their family had been told. He said officers were investigating but there was no suspect or motive.

Syria's Assad Makes Rare Public Appearance to Mark Eid


Syrian President Bashar al-Assad prayed Monday at a mosque in a Damascus suburb that was evacuated by rebels and surrendered to government control last month, state media reported.

Assad visited the city of Daraya, southwest of Damascus, on the occasion of Eid al-Adha. Daraya had been a major symbol of the uprising against Assad, and its surrender to government forces after years of siege marked a big blow to the rebellion.

Assad was pictured kneeling at prayer in a bare hall alongside other worshippers, including the state's grand mufti, in a photo published by state news agency SANA.

Photo Credit: AP

Middletown Residents Support Petition to Change Intersection


Residents in Middletown are calling on the state to do something to improve the safety at the intersection of Newfield Street and Fisher Road.

Neighbors say a deadly crash there on Thursday was the latest in a string of close calls and collisions.

“I hear squeaking and then a bang about every other week,” says Tony Rosa.

“I’m always concerned for my safety just to get home every night,” says Dustin Luangkhot.

For drivers there are tense moments sitting on Newfield Street also known as Route 3 waiting to turn left onto Fisher Road.

Despite a 35-mile an hour speed limit on Route 3, cars go much faster and some don’t always realize quickly enough a car has stopped in the one northbound lane.

“My brother got wrecked up there before. It’s a very dangerous area,” says Jeffrey Barbour.

On Thursday, police say 67-year-old William Fetter was a quick left turn away from heading home.

As he waited a car struck him from behind, sending him spinning into the opposite lane, and then a third car hit and killed him.

“He was a nice guy. He was just a nice guy,” says Norman Bishop. “Two days before that accident happened a guy almost ran into the back of me.”

Some neighbors try to avoid the intersection.

Others have signed a petition which recently started on Change.org, asking the state to add a left turn lane.

“Having my own lane to just go into would definitely make things a lot easier, a lot faster, and overall a lot better for this street,” says Luangkhot.

“Whatever they do it would be a great help. They got to do something,” says Rosa.

The Middletown mayor says he’s aware of the petition and he’s asked the Connecticut Department of Transportation to take a look at the intersection and see what if anything can be done.

Photo Credit: NBC Connecticut

School Bus Van Involved in Accident on I-84 in West Hartford


Emergency crews are responding to a school bus accident on Interstate 84, state police said.

Police confirmed the accident occurred on I-84 east near exit 40 in West Hartford. West Hartford police confirmed two ambulances have been sent to the scene.

State Department of Transportation cameras show a white school bus van pulled over to the side of the road.

It is unclear if any students are on the bus or what school the bus is from.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

Photo Credit: Connecticut Department of Transportation

Oxford English Dictionary Adds 'YOLO,' 'Moobs'


The latest revision of the Oxford English Dictionary consists of 1,000 updates, including words like yolo, splendiferous and moobs.

Splendiferous, meaning full of or abounding in splendor, joins YOLO, an acronym for "you only live once," and moobs, unusually prominent breasts on a man, as new entries to the 150-year-old dictionary's collection of 600,000 words.

The Oxford English Dictionary is updated every three months, and September's revamp marks the centenary of the birth of children's book author Roald Dahl.

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Man Arrested in Connection with Shooting at Veterans Hall


Bristol police have arrested a man accused in a November 2015 shooting at a disabled veterans hall.

Christopher Solis, 28, of Bristol, faces charges of reckless endangerment, unlawful discharge of a firearm, carrying a pistol without a permit, criminal possession of a firearm and breach of peace in connection with an incident at the Disabled American Veterans Club at 191 Riverside Avenue on November 7, 2015.

Police said no one was injured in that shooting.

Solis was arrested Saturday when an officer spotted him in a car on Davis Drive. He also faces narcotics charges after an officer found pills on him during his arrest, according to police.

Solis was released on a $75,000 bond for the shooting and a $5,000 bond for the narcotics charges. He was scheduled a court date of Sept. 19.

Photo Credit: Bristol Police Department

Manchester Police Investigate Bank Robbery


Manchester police are investigating a robbery at a Webster Bank Monday morning.

Police Captain Christopher Davis confirmedthat the department was on scene at the Webster Bank located at 1041 Main St. for the reported robbery.

Around 9:20 a.m. the suspect reportedly handed a teller a note indicating he had a gun. The teller complied and the suspect made off with an undetermined amount of cash.

No gun was actually shown and no injuries were reported.

The suspect is described as male, wearing a grey hoodie and a blue baseball cap.

Anyone with information or who thinks they recognize the suspect pictured above should contact Manchester police.

More information was not immediately available. Check back for updates.

Photo Credit: NBC Connecticut

Nuclear Power Plant for Sale in Alabama for $36.4 Million


After spending more than 40 years and $5 billion on an unfinished nuclear power plant in northeastern Alabama, the nation's largest federal utility is preparing to sell the property at a fraction of its cost.

The Tennessee Valley Authority has set a minimum bid of $36.4 million for its Bellefonte Nuclear Plant and the 1,600 surrounding acres of waterfront property on the Tennessee River. The buyer gets two unfinished nuclear reactors, transmission lines, office and warehouse buildings, eight miles of roads, a 1,000-space parking lot and more.

Initial bids are due Monday, and at least one company has publicly expressed interest in the site with plans to use it for alternative energy production. But TVA says it isn't particular about what the purchaser does — using the site for power production, industrial manufacturing, recreation or even residences would all be fine with the agency, said spokesman Scott Fiedler.

"It's all about jobs and investment, and that's our primary goal for selling this property," said Fielder. TVA hopes to close the deal in October.

The sale is bittersweet for site manager Jim Chardos, who went to work at Bellefonte in 1994 expecting it to be finished as a nuclear power plant. All these years later, he commutes 90 minutes each way to work to oversee a plant that has never been stocked with radioactive fuel or used either of its reactors to generate a single watt of electricity.

Work began at Bellefonte in the mid-'70s on the backside of the nuclear energy boom in the United States, Chardos said. The utility initially planned to construct four reactors at the site, but demand for power in the region never met those early expectations and work halted in 1988. A series of starts and stops preceded TVA's decision earlier this year to sell Bellefonte.

"If you're going to make 1,200 megawatts you need to sell it to somebody, and if there's no need for it you're not going to finish," he said. "And that's really what's happened."

Sales of U.S. nuclear plants aren't all that unusual; the Nuclear Energy Institute, an industry group, says at least 30 units have been sold in part or whole since 1999. The potential sale of Bellefonte is creating hope in a region where residents gave up long ago on the promise of thousands of good-paying, permanent jobs that were once expected at the plant.

"It was a great thing but then they just pulled the plug and left out, you know," said Hollywood Mayor Frank "Buster" Duke, who worked at Bellefonte about a decade before moving on.

Today, he said, the 1,000 or so residents of his town need a place to work whether TVA or some other entity owns the property.

"It would help the area as far as land values go. Population would improve, businesses would come in," he said.

The Nevada-based Phoenix Energy has said it will offer $38 million for Bellefonte in hopes of using it for a new, non-nuclear technology to generate power. The company says its system uses electromagnetic induction energy fields to heat water indirectly and produce steam that would turn turbines and generate electricity at Bellefonte.

Chardos said he would still like to see the site used to generate electricity by nuclear power, but he can't be too picky.

"It's all about the jobs," he said.

Photo Credit: AP

Highway Reopens After Dump Truck Rollover on I-395 South


Interstate 395 south has reopened after a dump truck rollover, state police said.

Police said just after 10 a.m. a dump truck carrying sand rolled over while traveling on I-395 in Norwich.  

Only minor injuries were reported, but the sand that the truck was transporting spilled all over the road and required cleanup.

The highway was closed between exits 13 and 11. The ramp from Route 2 was also closed. Everything has since reopened.

Photo Credit: Connecticut State Police

New London Police Arrest 4 on Narcotics Charges


New London police arrested four people on narcotics charges after a search Sunday evening.

New London police said they executed a search and seizure warrant at 10 Walker St. around 6:23 p.m. Officers found heroin and US currency during the warrants execution.

Mariano Rosado-Rolon, 34, of New London, Frank Badillo, 55, of New London, Alberto Ortiz-Mojica, 36, of New London and Derik Romero-Morales, 27, of Jacksonville, Fla., were all arrested. Each is charged with possession of narcotics, possession of narcotics with intent to sell and possession of narcotics with intent to sell within 1500 feet of a school.

Photo Credit: New London Police Department

Largely Dry Week Ahead


High pressure will be in control for most of this week, meaning no beneficial rain is expected.

In fact, complete sunshine will last through Tuesday with high temperatures in the upper 70s to near 80 degrees.

A cold front approaches on Wednesday, so while clouds increase, most of the day will be dry. An isolated shower is expected at night.

It turns cooler on Thursday and Friday, when highs will only be in the lower and middle 70s. It will feel like fall!

Overnight low temperatures will fall into the 40s late this week.

Clouds will once again increase Saturday, but any shower activity should hold off until Saturday night or Sunday.

Highs temperatures will be in the 70s.

Hamden Police Arrest Burglary Suspect


Hamden police have arrested a man accused of breaking into a car and stealing its license plate.

Jason Garcia, 22, of Hamden, was charged with third-degree burglary and third-degree criminal trespass.

Officers responded to a reported burglary at a home on Highview Terrace around 3:30 a.m.

Police said that Garcia broke into a parked vehicle, then took the license plate. He was arrested on scene.

Garcia was issued a $2,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in court on Sept. 23.

Photo Credit: NBCConnecticut.com

Bristol Police Seek Bank Robbery Suspect


Bristol police are searching for a man who robbed a TD Bank Sunday afternoon.

Police said around 1:08 p.m. the suspect entered the TD Bank at 414 Broad Street and demanded money from one of the tellers. Witnesses reported the suspect did not show any weapons.

The teller complied and the man fled with an undetermined amount of money.

The suspect is described as male, in his mid-30s. He was wearing a gray baseball hat with pin stripes and a cross on it. Anyone who recognizes the man in the picture above is asked to contact Bristol police at (860) 584-3044.

Photo Credit: Bristol Police Department

Elderly Street Vendor Gets Help


After decades of tireless work, an elderly Chicago street vendor will be getting some much-needed financial help all because of a picture posted by a driver passing by.

Joel Cervantes Macias said he was driving in the city’s Little Village neighborhood Thursday when he spotted 89-year-old Fidencio Sanchez hunched over and struggling to push his cart selling paletas, or popsicles, down the side of the road.

“It broke my heart seeing this man that should be enjoying retirement still working at this age,” Macias wrote on GoFundMe.

Macias said that was when he pulled over to snap a photo before stopping to buy 20 paletas, giving Sanchez $50, and continuing on his way.

The street vendor typically only makes about $50 during an average day selling his paletas.

After Macias got home, the image of the hardworking man couldn’t seem to leave his mind.

He posted the photo on his Facebook page, with the caption, “I respect this man to the fullest, but had no idea the image would get such an overwhelming response. It was quickly shared more than 400 times.

That was when Macias’s friend, Joe Loera, came up with the idea to start a GoFundMe campaign in hopes those inspired by Sanchez’s story could band together to make even the smallest of a difference in his family’s life.

The originally fundraising goal was set for $3,000.

It turned out, Sanchez and his wife are still grieving the recent loss of their only daughter.

“His elderly wife was selling paletas also to help pay bills, but she fell ill and can't work anymore,” Macias wrote on GoFundMe. “We're trying to raise money to help him with whatever we can. Anything helps. Let's all pitch in and help make life a little easier and brighten both of their day.”

In less than a day, the page received more than $100,000 in donations.

By Monday afternoon, more than 7,000 people had donated funds to his family, gathering a total of more than $150,000.

Sanchez is expected to be presented with the check this week.

Photo Credit: GoFundMe

Motorcyclist Crashes Through Fence, Lands in River


Bristol police are investigating after a motorcyclist crashed through a fence and into a river.

Police said the female victim, 51-year-old Marie Hoadley, of Bristol,  was riding down School Street around 11:27 a.m. Monday. As she made a right turn near West Street, she lost control of the bike and struck a curb, then continued into a fence and landed in the river, police said.

Police said she fell between 8 to 10 feet.

The woman was conscious and alert after the accident, and was transported to Bristol Hospital for treatment. She was not seriously injured, police said.

The Bristol Police Traffic Division is investigating.

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