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Mosquitoes in Voluntown Test Positive for EEE


Mosquitoes trapped in Voluntown have tested positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis Virus, according to the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station.

The station confirmed that mosquitoes trapped on Sept. 6 came back positive for the virus. This is the first time mosquitoes have been found carrying EEE in the state this season.

Officials said EEE is a rare but serious disease in humans. The United States typically sees an average of six human cases a year. One third of hospitalized patients die from the virus and approximately half of those who survive suffer permanent neurological damage.

Dr. Philip Armstrong, Medical Entomologist at the CAES, said that this is the first time EEE has been detected in mosquitoes in the state since 2013, when there was a fatal human case.

CAES said West Nile Virus, a more common mosquito-borne disease, has been found in 20 Connecticut towns so far this season.Those towns are Bridgeport, Cromwell, Darien, East Hartford, Easton, Fairfield, Hartford, Manchester, Milford, New Haven, Newington, Stamford, Stratford, Waterford, West Hartford, West Haven, Westport and Wethersfield.

Patrick McCormack, director of health for the Uncas Health District said there are no restrictions on outdoor activities at this time and no plans for additional spraying.

Residents can protect themselves by wearing insect repellant, covering bare skin with long sleeves and pants, and removing standing water on their property. Mosquitoes are most active at dawn and dusk.

For more information on EEE, visit the state’s Department of Health website. For information on protecting against mosquito-borne disease, visit the Connecticut Mosquito Management Program website.

Hartford Firefighters Deliver Second Baby in 5 Days


Members of the Hartford Fire Department delivered a baby this morning and it’s the second time they have helped deliver a baby in five days.

Members of Engine Company 10 responded to Bushnell Street in Hartford this morning after receiving reports that a woman was in labor and found mom in the back seat of a car.

The lieutenant reached out to fire dispatch for an ambulance, but the baby’s head started to crown and Hartford firefighters knew there wasn’t enough time to wait for medics. 

The infant’s umbilical cord was around her neck and Hartford firefighters quickly fixed the situation and helped deliver a healthy baby girl.

The ambulance then brought the mother and daughter to the hospital. 

“We at the Hartford Fire Department are very proud of the fact that we are able to provide exceptional service to the citizens and visitors of our great city; however, we also would like to remind everyone to dial 911 as early as possible during emergency situations,” Hartford Fire Chief and Emergency Management Director Reginald Freeman said in a statement. “I applaud the professionalism and exceptional actions that were executed by our Engine Company 10 personnel.” 

This is the fourth baby Hartford Fire Department personnel have delivered this year.

Photo Credit: Hartford Fire Department

Terence Crutcher's Twin: 'He Didn't Have A Chance To Live'


The twin sister of Terence Crutcher, an unarmed black man shot and killed by a white police officer last week in Tulsa, said Wednesday that officer must be prosecuted aggressively, NBC News reported.

Tiffany Crutcher slammed the officers present at the time of her brother's death on MSNBC today, saying he never had a chance in his encounter with police. The shooting sparked outrage in Tulsa and around the country after video footage were released Monday showing Crutcher with his hands in the air as one officer used a Taser on him and another fired her gun at him.

Crutcher's sister said her brother was "prejudged," as an officer flying a helicopter overhead can be heard on video saying, "That looks like a bad dude, too."

While a lawyer for Betty Shelby, the officer who shot Crutcher, has maintained that she believed him to be under the influence of a narcotic, his family says he was waiting for help for his car, and that shooting Crutcher was not an appropriate response to intoxication.

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Project Painting Traffic Boxes in Bristol Gets Red Light


Painted traffic boxes in are causing a stir-up between artists and the police commission who approved the project.

Almost as vibrant as the lights they control, painted traffic boxes can be seen all over Bristol. They're part of Operation Traffic Box Art, a project dreamed up by the organization Art Squad.

"Each traffic box has to do with a history of Bristol or the neighborhood it's in," said Art Squad Captain Lindsay Vigue.

Tuesday night the Bristol Police Commission Board voted 4-3 to give the project the red light.

"A number of us on the police board, myself included, received a number of complaints that people did not like the boxes painted. They feel looks like graffiti," said Bristol mayor Ken Cockayne.

Project members said fundraising pays for the supplies for local artist to paint their hearts out. They’ve done nine so far and say each box costs roughly $100-$200.

With 70 boxes in Bristol, and only about half belonging to the city, the Art Squad plans to paint at least 10 more.

But, since the drawings have to be approved by a subcommittee of the police commission, the mayor said before they consider allowing the group to transform the normally gray boxes, some things have to change between the artists and police. 

"When the drawings came to the art committee that was looking at them, if the subcommittee didn't like them or wanted a change, that person couldn't take no for an answer," said Cockayne.

John Letizia works across from a painted traffic box and he joined others voicing their opposition to the commission’s decision to stop the project after its first year.

"It just spruces it up. Makes the neighborhood nice," said Letizia.

The mayor is holding a special meeting next week to re-sketch the artworks future, something artists said is a stroke of genius.

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Suspect Arrest Suspect Who Robbed TD Bank in New Britain


Police have arrested the man they say robbed a bank in New Britain last week.

Shortly after noon, New Britain Police were dispatched to the TD Bank on 178 Main Street on the report of a hold up alarm on Sept. 13.

Investigators found that the bank was robbed by a male suspect who fled prior to their arrival. Police said the suspect claimed to have a firearm but it was never displayed. 

On Wednesday, police identified and arrested John Darby, 52, of Windsor for robbing the bank. 

Darby is charged with first-degree robbery, second-degree larceny and breach of peace. His bond was set at $350,000. 

Photo Credit: New Britain Police

Evenflo Recalls Some Models of Evolve Booster Seats


Evenflo has issued a recall for some models of its Evolve booster seat over an issue that could allow children to loosen the harness. 

The car seat company said its voluntary recall affected 32,000 seats across the U.S. and Canada. 

Evenflo said it would provide owners with a new harness adjustment button to stop the possibility of a child loosening the harness without an adult's help. 

The recall affects model numbers 34411700, 34411741 and 34411700C for seats that were made before Feb. 9, 2016. 

For questions, or to receive a kit to fix the issue, call 1-800-233-5921 on weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET. or click here.

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Video of Alleged NYC Luggage Bomb


Surveillance video obtained exclusively by NBC 4 New York shows the moments before suspected New York and New Jersey bomber Ahmad Rahami dumped luggage containing a pressure-cooker bomb on a Manhattan street Saturday night, authorities say. 

Rahami is seen walking down West 27th Street in Chelsea at about 8:30 p.m. Saturday, around the time another device allegedly planted by Rahami exploded on West 23rd Street. 

Rahami appears calm as he wheels the piece of luggage behind him. He stops, appears to unzip and fidget with something inside the bag -- a pressure-cooker bomb, according to authorities. He gets back up and continues walking down the street.

Moments later, two men who happened to be walking on the same side of the street behind Rahami find the suitcase. It's not seen in the video obtained by NBC 4, but police said they opened the suitcase, removed the pressure cooker and walked off. Those men are not considered suspects, only witnesses, and police want to speak to them and recover the bag. 

The bomb that exploded on 23rd Street injured 31 people. Rahami has been charged in federal court with planting those devices and several more in two locations in New Jersey.

He is still recovering from gunshot wounds he received in a Linden, New Jersey shootout when he was arrested Monday, and faces more charges for allegedly wounding two officers.

Photo Credit: Obtained by NBC 4 NY
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Sikorsky Deal Requires Approval from General Assembly, Union


The only step left to ensure that Sikorsky remains in Connecticut through 2032 is approval from both the Connecticut General Assembly and the Teamsters Union, which represents thousands of the company's employees. 

Sikorsky did not release details of what union members would vote on and Gov. Dannel Malloy said lawmakers don't have much wiggle room when it comes to changing the deal his administration struck with the helicopter maker.

"The agreement that we’ve reached with Sikorsky assumes that the agreement we’ve reached with Sikorsky will be approved," he said during a news conference at Sikorsky's world headquarters in Stratford on Wednesday.

The deal ensures that Sikorsky will build the CH53 King Stallion Helicopter in Stratford. The Navy has already submitted orders for the Marines to use the helicopters.

CEO Dan Schultz said the commitment from Sikorsky is meant to show it values Connecticut as a destination, but did concede that it was not necessarily the most ideal destination from a dollars and cents perspective.

"Connecticut was not the cheapest state when we went through (our search process)," he said.

Schultz said the company started searching for a location for a new headquarters in November 2015, before Lockheed Martin purchased Sikorsky from United Technologies.

The $220 million incentive package the state agreed to with Sikorsky will be paid out over the life of the agreement. In return, Sikorsky will commit to $1 billion in new capital expenditures to upgrade its facility, maintain $11 billion in payroll and commit $6 billion to suppliers that are located in Connecticut.

Sen. Len Fasano, the minority leader in the Connecticut Senate, who has been very critical of Malloy and the state's business climate, said he thinks the agreement with Sikorsky is important and worth completing, despite the state's issues.

"It is too expensive to do business in this state and if it wasn’t as expensive we wouldn’t have to make these deals. That being said, we are where we are and we’re at a unique period in time where they have an accelerated schedule to build these helicopters so we have to react to the moment," he said. 

Malloy described the commitment from the state as, "an investment."

Fred Carstensen, an economist at UConn who helped the governor's administration craft its deal with United Technologies to stay in Connecticut, said the deal is a very good one for taxpayers.

"I think it’s an extremely good deal. It’s a 15-year keep them anchored in CT. That should generate well over $10 billion in economic activity over the 15 years, probably a good deal more than that,” he said.

The state still has work to do when it comes to creating an environment where more companies can use tax credits and grow without specific assistance from the state of Connecticut, Carstensen said.

“These are really good deals but I would like to see more of a commitment to a general policy that says anybody who is sitting on these tax credits," Carstensen said.

The Sikorsky plant is scheduled to be built by 2019 and the first delivery is expected by 2020.

Photo Credit: NBC Connecticut

Video Shows Apparent OD


Shocking video emerged Wednesday of a mother passed out from an apparent overdose as her young daughter watched in horror.

Police in Lawrence, Massachusetts, released the video, which shows the mother on the floor of a Family Dollar as her daughter desperately tries to wake her up.

"It's heartbreaking. This is definitely evidence that shows what addiction can do to someone and what happens when they use these types of narcotics," Lawrence Police Chief James Fitzpatrick said. 

Officers found residue and paraphernalia consistent with either fentanyl or heroin in the mother's bag, according to Fitzpatrick. She was revived with Narcan and then transported to Lawrence General Hospital. Police said she will be charged with child endangerment.

"You see someone in the throes of addiction like that, what they're willing to sacrifice," Fitzpatrick said. "I don't know if they have that thought process about what they're sacrificing to feed their addiction."

Overdose cases involving children only account for about 10 percent of the overdoses police respond to in Lawrence. However, it's become part of a much bigger problem.

"I think it's indicative of so many things going on in our society now," said Deanna Cruz, who helps run an opioid prevention program for Merrimack Valley.

Cruz did not watch the video out of respect for the family involved. She also questioned why someone would film the incident, rather than step in to assist.

"Why not help a crying child whose mother is laying there? I like to see her as a person who happens to have an addiction issue," she explained.

Through her work, she hopes to create better collaboration between police, health officials and the public when it comes to addressing addiction.

"We know in order to get addiction under control people need resources. People need long term sustained resources to get their addiction under control," Cruz said. "And that's what we don't have."

Following Sunday's incident, the 2-year-old was taken into "emergency custody" by the Department of Children and Families.

Although necn reached out to the mother involved, she had no comment on the incident.

"We are all impacted by this epidemic. If not personally, you or a loved one," Cruz said. "If you are out in society today, you are potentially going to be exposed to an overdose."

Photo Credit: Lawrence Police Department
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99-Year-Old Man Reported Missing in Sound Died Years Ago: Officials


A search for a person overboard in the waters off Milford, Connecticut was called off Wesnesday night after rescue crews learned the man reported missing actually died seven years ago.

Milford police, firefighters and the U.S. Coast Guard were all searching for a man in the Long Island Sound off of Merwin Avenue on Wednesday night after a 70-year-old man claimed he was onboard with his 99-year-old father when the elderly father fell off.

A bystander on shore said there was a boater in distress on the Sound around 6:15 p.m., officials said.

Shortly after the rescue was launched, authorities found out the man's father had died seven years ago and determined the man who called in the report has an undisclosed medical issue.

The search was called off at 8:45 p.m. and the man was taken by ambulance to a local hospital for evaluation.

Police did not say whether they will file charges.

No injuries were reported and the boat did not have any issues.

Photo Credit: NBC Connecticut

Naugatuck Police Trying to Identify People Illegally Operating ATVs


Naugatuck Police are on the lookout for people illegally operating ATVs.

There has been an uptick of residents reporting people riding all-terrain vehicles in places they are banned in recent weeks, Lt. Bryan Cammarata said.

"Like a lot of other communities, because we have extensive woods and trails, we also have issues with ATVs," Cammarata said.

ATVs are only allowed on property where the owner gives permission in Naugatuck.

"They're never allowed on a public road and outside of regular trails," Cammarata said. "There’s nowhere where ATVs are specifically allowed in town."

Police are sharing with NBC Connecticut and on social media photos of two ATVs caught on camera where they should not have gone.

A town worker spotted a man going for a ride Tuesday on the fields off of Country Hollow Road. 

"When he confronted him, he purposely did donuts on the field doing considerable damage there and the employee was able to snap off some pictures that we had posted also trying to identify that individual," Cammarata said.

Police also want the public’s help to identify the man seen in photos operating an ATV with a young boy in front of him at Naugatuck’s new dog park on Saturday.

"Particularly, when it comes to an adult riding with a small child riding in front of him, neither one of them with a helmet on, that’s concerning," Cammarata said.

It is the department’s policy to not chase after ATV riders.

"We encourage people that if they can get pictures and good descriptions that’s what really helps us," Cammarata said.

The ATV operator who damaged the field could be charged with criminal mischief. The adult caught riding with the young child could be arrested for risk of injury to a minor.

If you recognize either of the ATV riders, you can call Naugatuck PD at 203-729-5221 or the NPD Confidential Tip Line at 203-720-1010.

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Band's Instruments Made of Trash


One man's trash is another man's trombone. 

An internationally-renowned orchestra from Cateura, Paraguay, that has played with the likes of Metallica brought the sweet sound of music to East Los Angeles using instruments entirely made of garbage.

The "Landfill Orchestra" featured in a documentary of the same name straight from a slum in Paraguay are bringing the message to LA that you can achieve great things even when you start with nothing.

"Who would have ever thought you could make music from recycled items?" said LAUSD music student Kaelee Aguilar.

LAUSD students, many members of their school's music programs, filled Torres High School in East LA to hear a once-in-a-lifetime performance from the unique youth orchestra.

The band used oil cans, pots, and old utensils collected from the Cateura landfill to make the instruments. Three million pounds of solid waste are dumped each day at the landfill.

Cynthia Serbin in the orchestra says she has always loved music.

"My instrument is made out of pan, to cook bread," she said.

She plays a violin with a front made out of an old paint can. The back, a baking pan. Wood from pallets form the rest with a fork stabilizing where the strings end.

It is, to say the least, inspirational.

The thought of rebirthing the trash into musical treasure caught the attention documentary filmmakers.

"I love the topic of 'Landfill Harmonic' because it was discovering magic in the most unexpected place, which is a landfill, Julian Penaranda-Loftus, the producer and co-director of the documentary said. "This is the reason a lot of people want to play the violin. This is the reason music should stay alive."

It is the reason a student from South America can form a bond with a student from East LA, and without speaking a single word, they understand each other perfectly as they play "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star" together.

The documentary "Landfill Harmonic" premieres Friday at the Laemmle Theatre in Santa Monica.

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Police Investigating New Haven Homicide


Police in New Haven, Connecticut, are investigating a homicide after a 31-year-old man was killed in an overnight shooting. 

Officers responded to 38 Dorman St. around 10 p.m. for a report of a person shot and found the victim, 31-year-old Levern Bellamy, of 38 Dorman St., in the back yard. 

He was taken to Yale-New Haven Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. 

Police do not have a suspect in the shooting. 

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 203-946-6304.

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Sacramento Mayor Attacks Protester


Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson scuffled with a protester armed with a pie Wednesday night, according to a spokeswoman for the mayor's office.

"He was defending himself," said spokeswoman Crystal Strait, who was attending the same dinner event where the attack occurred. "The man came up to him and grabbed his arm and basically punched him with a pie. The mayor was defending himself and his family. He felt threatened."

After the protester, identified as 32-year-old Sean Thompson, threw a store-bought pie in the mayor's face, he said something to Johnson, which prompted the mayor to tackle Thompson and strike him, Strait said.

The incident prompted calls for ambulances and the fire department to the scene.

A Sacramento police officer assigned to the mayor’s security detail called for additional assistance and was able to restrain the assailant without incident, according to the Sacramento Police Department.

Thompson sustained a minor injury and was transported by the Sacramento Fire Department to a local hospital for treatment, police said.

Johnson sent a tweet at 10:12 p.m. saying, "Appreciate everyone. I'm doing fine. Thank you to Sac PD for being there. Be safe everyone."

Thompson was arrested on a felony charge of assaulting a public official and will be booked into the Sacramento County Jail.

He was not immediately available for comment and it was not clear if he had a lawyer.

There were nearly 200 people, including high school students, attending the  event.

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Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease Reported at Derby High School


School officials are cleaning Derby High School after several cases of hand, foot and mouth disease and they are urging parents to check their children for signs of a blister rash on their palms, the soles of their feet and inside their mouths. 

"We took immediate action disinfecting the entire school as well as the field house, locker rooms, football equipment, water bottles, you name it anything that they touched was disinfected twice so far now and we have a crew in the field house doing it for a third time just to ensure we get everything," said Matthew Conway, the superintendent of Derby Public Schools.

A letter posted on the Derby public schools site says several cases of the coxsackie virus were reported on Sept. 19.

“As a safety precaution, Derby High School will be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected by the facilities management team. In addition, parents are encouraged to check your child/children for signs of a blister rash on the palms of their hands, soles of their feet and inside their mouths. Symptoms may also include a fever,” the letter to parents says.

The varsity football game scheduled for Friday has also been postponed, according to the Derby High School Athletics Twitter account

All classrooms and the bus the football team used on Friday have been disinfected, Conway said. The team's game against Seymour on Friday has been postponed. 

The soccer team's practices remain as scheduled. 

The virus is spread through close personal contact, including direct contact with nose and throat.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, symptoms of the virus usually start with a fever, reduced appetite, sore throat, and a feeling of being unwell.

"One or two days after the fever starts, painful sores can develop in the mouth. They begin, often in the back of the mouth, as small red spots that blister and can become ulcers. A skin rash with red spots, and sometimes with blisters, may also develop over one or two days on the palms of the hands and soles of the feet; it may also appear on the knees, elbows, buttocks or genital area," according to the CDC.

Not everyone will get all of these symptoms. Some people, especially adults, may show no symptoms at all, but they can still pass the virus to others.

The Connecticut Children's Medical Center website says there is no vaccine to prevent the virus, but hand washing is the best prevention.

"Remind everyone in your family to wash their hands often, especially after using the toilet or changing a diaper, and before preparing or eating food. Shared toys in childcare centers should be cleaned often with a disinfectant because many viruses can live on objects for a few days," the website for Connecticut Children's Medical Center says. 

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Blue Bell Recalls Ice Cream


Blue Bell Creamery has issued a voluntary recall on some of its ice cream products.

The selected recalled products were produced in its Sylacauga, Alabama, plant because they were made with a chocolate chip cookie dough ingredient supplied by a third party supplier Aspen Hills, Inc., due to the potential for it to contain Listeria monocytogenes, the creamery stated on its website.

This recall covers the following products:

Blue Bell Ice Cream Half Gallons:

  • Blue Bell Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough - Code Dates: 082618226
  • Blue Bell Cookie Two Step - Code Dates: 080418222, 081818224


  • Blue Bell Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough - Code Dates: 081518242, 082418242

The products can be identified by the code date found on the bottom of the carton.

The products produced with the chocolate chip cookie dough pieces were distributed in the following ten states Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia.

No illnesses have been reported.

Although Blue Bell's products in the marketplace have passed their test and hold program, which requires that finished product samples test negative for Listeria monocytogenes, Blue Bell is initiating this recall out of an abundance of caution.

This recall is being conducted in cooperation with the FDA.

Listeria which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.

For more information, consumers with questions may call 979-836-7977, Monday – Friday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. CST.

Last year, Blue Bell halted sales and issued a voluntarily recall of all of its products due to bacteria contamination that was linked 10 listeria cases in four states, including three deaths, drawing regulatory scrutiny from federal and state officials.

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Update on QU Student Who Posted 'Racially Offensive' Pic


The Quinnipiac student who posted a photo of another student wearing a black cosmetic face bask with the caption "Black Lives Matter" is not longer a "member of the university community."

On Tuesday, Quinnipiac University condemned the "racially offensive" photo shared on social media. 

"The university takes this matter very seriously and acted swiftly to discipline those responsible for the offensive photo," the university said in a statement.  "This incident does not reflect the true nature of our university, where we have a long history of zero tolerance for any acts of racism, hatred or bigotry."

The school said the student shown in the photo was not deemed responsible for posting the photo or its content. However, the student who took the photograph and added the "racially offensive remark" as the caption is not longer a student at the school. 

"I ask that all members of our community learn from this experience and work together in ways to enhance our understanding and appreciation for one another. I also encourage your participation in various programming and opportunities that support our values associated with diversity and inclusion," Executive vice president and provost Mark A. Thompson said on Wednesday.

On Monday, someone who identified themselves as a Quinnipiac student shared a photo of a girl with a black substance smeared on her face, captioned with the phrase "Black Lives Matter."

"I'm livid, I'm hurt and more importantly, I'm empowered to do something," the student wrote about the posted photo. "I am a black student and I should feel comfortable on my own campus."

A source with knowledge of the incident said the person in the photo's roommate took the picture, wrote the caption and posted the photo to social media. 

The provost met with the students on Tuesday night to discuss the incident. 

An email sent to Quinnipiac students read: 

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff,

I am deeply troubled to learn of a recent incident in which a racially offensive photo of one of our students was posted on social media. This incident is clearly not reflective of our values as a university community. Please know the university has acted swiftly to discipline the individual responsible for this action.

I believe this is an opportunity for all of us to reaffirm our long standing commitment to diversity, inclusion and creating an environment that is supportive and respectful of all of its members.

I want to thank the students, faculty and staff for continuing to support and participate in our various efforts around diversity and inclusion on our three campuses.

Mark Thompson

Executive Vice President and Provost

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Fire Breaks Out at Milford Recycling Facility


Crews are bringing in heavy equipment to move burned debris after fire at a recycling facility in Milford on Wednesday night and investigators are working to determine what caused the business to go up in flames.

Firefighters responded to City Carting & Recycling Co. at 221 Old Gate Lane at 10:15 a.m., found a large waste pile inside of the building on fire and extinguished the blaze.

They said the metal structure was also damaged because of intense heat from the fire

No one was injured and firefighters from Stratford and West Haven provided mutual aid coverage to the City of Milford during the blaze.

Photo Credit: MIlford Fire Rescue

American Airlines Flight Diverted After Passenger Bangs on Cockpit Door


American Airlines officials confirmed that a flight headed to North Texas was diverted to Lubbock due to a disruptive passenger Thursday morning.

Authorities said American Airlines Flight 2542 from Ontario, California, to Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport was diverted after the man was banging on the cockpit door.

Another passenger on the plane told NBC 5 the man was acting strange and suddenly got out of his seat, went to the cockpit and began yelling. Flight attendants tried to calm the man, but then several nearby passengers forced the man to the ground and held him.

The Boeing 737 landed in Lubbock at 5:17 a.m. Passengers said police escorted the man off the plane.

Airline officials said the remaining 142 passengers and one infant departed on a flight from Lubbock about an hour later. The flight arrived at D/FW Airport at 7:12 a.m.

No further details have been released.

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