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Meriden Dentist Arrested on Stalking Charges: Police


A Meriden dentist previously accused of sexually assaulting patients was arrested Friday on a slew of charges following a reported burglary.

Police said around 10 p.m. Friday they responded to a reported burglary in progress. When officers arrived they spoted a vehicle fleeing the area. Police determined the vehicle was registered to Dr. Jeffrey Krahling, of Wallingford.

According to police witnesses identified Krahling as being involved in the incident. Krahling was arrested with help from Wallingford police and state police.

Krahling was charged with risk of injury, criminal mischief, stalking, tampering with a witness, intimidating a witness, breach of peace, reckless endangerment, interfering with police, criminal attempt to commit assault on an officer, violation of a restraining order, and reckless driving.

Meriden police did not release full details on the incident that led to these charges.

Krahling was held on a $1,000,000 bond.

Krahling was arrested back in October on accusations he sexually assaulted patients at his dental office. He is next scheduled to appear in court in that case on Jan. 18.

NBC Connecticut reached out to Krahling's attorney but has yet to hear back.

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Obama Gives Federal Workers Larger-Than-Expected Raise


Many federal employees will get a small Christmas gift from President Barack Obama.

Obama authorized a 2.1 percent pay raise for civilian agency employees so their raise will match that of Defense Department employees. Obama said in August that these workers would get a 1.6 percent raise but opted on Thursday to boost the amount by 0.5 percent.

The president said he reconsidered the raise — which follows a three-year pay freeze — in part due to "current and projected economic conditions."

"In light of the decision of Congress to provide a 2.1 percent pay increase for military personnel in 2017 and reconsideration of current and projected economic conditions, I have concluded it would be appropriate to revise my original alternative plan," he wrote in a letter submitted to the House and Senate and published by Federal News Radio.

An employee making $75,000 will see a $1,575 boost before taxes.

The nation's largest federal employee union, the American Federation of Government Employees, applauded Obama's decision.

“Federal employees certainly deserve this modest boost in their pay, following years of pay freezes and miniscule increases that have left them worse off today than they were at the start of the decade,” union president J. David Cox Sr. said in a statement. “This pay adjustment will help employees pay their bills, reduce their debts, and cover the everyday costs facing working-class Americans.”

The raise will take effect in January.

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Water Main Break Closes Silas Deane Highway in Rocky Hill


Part of the Silas Deane Highway in Rocky Hill is closed after a water main break, police said.

The Metropolitan District confirmed it is investigating a water main break on the Silas Deane Highway near Town Line Road.

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

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2 Dead in Overnight Rocky Hill House Fire


Fire officials say that a man and woman are dead Saturday morning following an overnight fire at 65 Walnut Road in Rocky Hill.

Firefighters first responded to the scene after receiving a 911 call from a neighbor at around 3:15 a.m. where upon arrival they found the home already engulfed by flames, officials said.

The blaze spread quickly through the wood-framed home which has been deemed a total loss due to extensive damage, according to the Assistant Fire Chief.

Officials say it took fire crews approximately 40 minutes to put out the fire.

The two victims were found in each of the home’s two upstairs bedrooms by fire crews, officials say.

One firefighter sustained a heat-related injury during the incident but has since been treated and released, according to Assistant Fire Chief David Kromas.

State Police responded to the scene to assist with the investigation surrounding this fire. A cause has yet to be determined.

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More Than 1,000 Chicago Flights Canceled as Winter Blast Rolls East


More than 1,000 flights were canceled at Chicago's O'Hare airport Sunday as a winter storm swept through the Midwest on its way east, threatening to bring more snow to parts of Ohio, NBC News reported.

The Chicago Department of Aviation said on its website just after midnight Sunday that 955 flights were canceled — about half arrivals and half departures.

The smaller Midway airport announced earlier Saturday afternoon that all Southwest flights would be canceled into Sunday morning due to the winter storm.

Chicago could see a total of 7 to 12 inches of snow, the National Weather Service said. The region was under a winter storm warning through Sunday night.

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No Injuries in Wethersfield Pavilion Fire


Wethersfield firefighters knocked down a fire at a large outside pavilion at a home on Goff Road Saturday night.

Fire officials said they were called to a reported house fire at 199 Goff Road around 9:20 p.m. When they arrived they discovered a large outside pavilion was in flames.

The fire was quickly brought under control and the house was not damaged. No injuries were reported.

The Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating the cause of the fire.

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Pedestrian Struck and Killed in Hamden


A 58-year-old Hamden man was struck and killed by a car early Sunday morning.

Hamden police said that Harris Tendler was crossing Dixwell Avenue near Church Street around 2:15 a.m. when he was hit. Paramedics declared Tendler dead on scene.

The driver of the vehicle that hit him, identified as 70-year-old Piercey Lane of Bridgeport, immediately stopped and called for help, police said.

The front windshield of Lane’s car was shattered during the collision and Lane was taken to Yale-New Haven Hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.

The crash remains under investigation. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Hamden Police Department Traffic Division on 203-230-4036.

12-Year-Old Girl Reported Missing from Hartford


Police have issued a Silver Alert for a 12-year-old girl missing from Hartford.

Police said Destiny Falcon has been missing since Saturday. She is described as 5-foot-2, 100 pounds, with brown hair and hazel eyes.

She was last seen wearing multi-colored flower shirt, blue hooded sweatshirt, blue jeans and brown boots. She may be carrying a green backpack.

Anyone with information is asked to call Hartford police at 860-757-4000.

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Police Seek 'Armed and Dangerous' Suspect in Groton Shooting


A 24-year-old man is dead after a shooting outside Ryan’s Pub in Groton overnight and police have secured an arrest warrant for an "armed and dangerous" suspect in the crime.

Police said they were called to the business at 112 Fort Hill Road around 1:35 a.m. Sunday. When they arrived they found the victim, identified as Joseph Gingerella, of Groton, in the parking lot with multiple gunshot wounds.

Gingerella was taken to L&M Hospital in New London where he was pronounced dead. 

Police have an arrest warrant for a murder charge for Dante Hughes, 30, of Groton, in connection with the case. Hughes is described as 5-foot-11, 150 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. He is considered armed and dangerous. Anyone who spots him is advised not to approach and to call 911.

The Groton Town Police Department, the Connecticut State Police Eastern District Major Crime Squad and the New London County State’s Attorney’s Office are investigating this case. Anyone with information on the shooting or Hughes' whereabouts is asked to call Groton police at 860-441-6712.

Gingerella was known in the community for speaking out about his struggle with addiction. The family released the following statement:

"A light has left our lives. Joey Gingerella brought a surplus of light and love into the world. His infectious joy would fill whatever room he was in. We will miss him terribly.

Joey was dedicated to helping people. He used his life experiences to aid anyone in the community who needed a helping hand.

We are incredibly moved by the outpouring of support from the community. Thank you all for your kind words about Joey."

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Hamden Woman Turns Herself in for 2009 Dine and Dash: PD


A Hamden woman has turned herself in to answer accusations she dined and dashed at an Orange restaurant nearly eight years ago.

Orange police said on Valentine’s Day 2009 four people ate dinner at TGI Friday’s restaurant then left without paying the bill. One of those people left behind their wallet, and police identified the suspects.

On Dec. 9, 2016, Erica Redwood, 27, of Hamden, turned herself in. She was charged with sixth-degree larceny and conspiracy to commit larceny and released on a promise to appear.

Police said Redwood was the last of the four suspects to answer the arrest warrant.

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Northeast Braces for Storm That Pummeled Plains and Midwest


Millions across the Northeast were bracing Sunday night for the snowstorm churning east from the Plains and Great Lakes that canceled more than 1,400 flights in Chicago and sent a plane sliding off an icy Detroit runway.

The storm’s nearly week-long cross-country push is likely to end Monday, as NBC News reports — but not before large swaths of the Northeast are pounded with 3 inches to up to a foot of snow.

The worst is expected to remain north of Interstate 80, according to The Weather Channel, with parts of New York State, New Hampshire and Vermont and much of Maine forecast to be hardest-hit.

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UConn Announces Delayed Openings for Some Locations Monday


The University of Connecticut has announced a delayed opening for several locations Monday morning in anticipation of dangerous road conditions brought on by snow.

The Storrs campus, greater Hartford campus, School of Law and Waterbury campus will all open late at 10 a.m., according to university spokeswoman Stephanie Reitz.

Any final exams scheduled before 10 a.m. will be pushed to Thursday. Non-essential employees are due in to work at 10 a.m. Essential employees such as public safety and dining are still expected in at the regular time.

Avery Point and the Stamford campus will operate on normal schedules.

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ATF Finishes Probe at Warehouse


Federal investigators from the Department of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms announced Sunday they have completed their work at the so-called Ghost Ship warehouse in Oakland, where 36 people died in a fire Dec. 2.

The ATF left the scene of the country's deadliest building fire in more than 13 years, but the agency made a point of saying its investigation is far from over.

Officials will hold a news conference Tuesday to provide updates.

As Oakland police were removing barriers from the site, people continued gathering to mourn.

One group of family and friends moved in to get a closer look, and many who converged along 31st Avenue helped move flowers and candles from a massive makeshift memorial and placed them in front of a fence that surrounds what’s left of the burned building.

Across the bay, at the Mezzanine in San Francisco, family and friends of victims, along with many in the arts communities in Oakland and San Francisco, attended the Oakland Fire Relief benefit concert featuring Moby.

Those in attendance said they're trying to make it to as many victims' benefits as possible. Tayler Williams, who works in music, came early to line up for the show.

"A lot people foster their creativity in this community so it's definitely really important for us to show our support," Williams said.

The parents of victim Joseph Matlock, who goes by Joey Casio, said he had a love of music and a kind heart. He was an electronic musician who was scheduled to perform that night. They remember a song called "Share the Cup."

"This was Joey, that he would share anything and he looked out for others. First others, then himself," John Matlock said about his son. "Spare the sword. Joey was a peacemaker. He would look for consideration instead of hostility in every environment he was in, and that song to us really epitomizes the personality of the son we have left."

The Matlocks hail from Washington state. They said they’re happy to discover a whole new community of people, fabulous artists, who loved their son.

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Emergency Personnel Rescue Deer Stuck on Icy Pond in Durham


Winter is here and local fire departments want to remind residents to stay off ice-covered bodies of water.

Sunday morning the Durham Volunteer Fire Company and state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection were called in to rescue a deer stuck on the ice on a pond off Cherry Lane. The fire department said the call was a good cold water training opportunity.

And good news - despite the scare and the cold weather, the animal survived.

The Colchester fire department wants everyone to exercise caution – even if the water is ice-covered, it doesn’t mean the ice is thick. If a pet or animal is stuck in the water, call 911 and wait for emergency personnel to respond with the appropriate equipment.

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71 Hartford Residents Displaced by Overnight Fire


Seventy-one Hartford residents were forced out of their homes by an overnight fire, officials said Monday afternoon.

Fire broke out at an apartment building on Ward Place early Monday. Firefighters were up against heavy fire and smoke conditions as they worked to rescue occupants from the upper floors.

Fire officials said when firefighters arrived six to eight people were hanging from windows on the upper floors and had to be rescued.

No one was seriously hurt but one person was taken to the hospital as a precaution.

"It could have been much worse...with the weather conditions...with the time of day...most people are sleeping at this time...it could have been tragic," said Hartford Fire Capt. Raul Ortiz.

All of the residents were taken to the McDonough School on Hillside Avenue, which was set up as an emergency shelter. The Red Cross was called in to assist and has opened a shelter at Pope Park. Currently 55 people are staying at the shelter.

The fire appears to have started on the first floor, officials said. Fire officials determined the fire was accidental and due to a faulty electrical issue. 

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Traffic Stop on I-91 in Hartford Leads to Gun Arrest


Connecticut state police recovered a stolen gun and arrested a man on various firearm and drug charges after a traffic stop Friday night.

Police said that around 9:45 p.m. Friday troopers stopped an Acura that was driving on I-91 near exit 32B with no lights on. A search of the vehicle turned up a Ruger .380 handgun with four rounds in the magazine and one in the chamber. Police also found a bag of suspected marijuana.

According to police the handgun was previously reported stolen.

The driver, Naseem Wilson, 18, of Hartford, was arrested and charged with stealing a firearm, weapons in a motor vehicle, possession of a controlled substance, carrying a pistol without a permit, operating a motor vehicle without a license, and operating a motor vehicle without headlights lit. He was held on a $250,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in court Monday.

A 16-year-old passenger was issued an infraction for possession of less than one half ounce of marijuana and released to a guardian.

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East Catholic High in Manchester Closed Over Heating Issue


East Catholic High School in Manchester is closed Monday after staff discovered an issue with the heat in the building.

The school, located on New State Road, originally issued a 90-minute delay Monday morning due to snow but later cancelled school completely. An alert sent to parents said a boiler went offline sometime over the weekend and there is no heat. There is also water leak in the cafeteria.

It is unclear if the school will reopen Tuesday.

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Emergency Crews Respond to Fire in East Hartford

Snow Totals Dec. 12, 2016


Snow fell across the state this morning before temperatures increased and rain washed away much of the white stuff. Here's an interactive look at snow totals as they come in to the NBC Connecticut newsroom. Trained weather spotters with CoCoRaHS contributed to these numbers.

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One Dead After Crash on Route 188 in Southbury


One person is dead after a crash on Route 188 in Southbury Monday morning.

State police said the road was shut down between Route 67 and the Interstate 84 Exit 16 off ramp. According to police a sanitation truck collided with a passenger car.

Police said a driver yawed left while negotiating a left curve and swerved into the southbound lane. The car stopped in the southbound lane and the sanitation truck traveling on Route 188 struck the right side of the car, police said. 

Kim Lesko, who was driving the car, is dead, police said. The driver of the sanitation truck was unharmed, police said. 

The road will be closed for several hours while police investigate. Drivers are advised to seek an alternative route.

No other details were immediately available. Check back for updates.

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