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Police Arrest Burlington Man Shot by Troopers


The man state troopers shot while responding to an incident in Burlington on Tuesday afternoon has been arrested. 

State police said troopers responded to Angela’s Way around 1:30 p.m. to investigate a suspicious incident and a person threatening to harm himself and found Maciej Konferowicz, 49, of 29 Angela's Way, with a gun.

He refused orders to drop his weapon and at least one trooper shot at least one round from a duty weapon and hit Konferowicz, police said. 

Konferowicz was transported to St. Francis Hospital has been released from the hospital, police said.

Police took him into custody just before 5:30 p.m. Wednesday and Konferowicz has been charged with interfering with an officer. 

He posted the $50,000 bond and is due in court on Jan. 17.

Two state troopers have been placed on administrative duty during the investigation into the shooting. State police identified them as Sgt. Jack Goncalves a 19-year veteran of the Connecticut State Police and Trooper First Class Laurie Deltorto, a 22-year veteran of the Connecticut State Police.

Placing the troopers on administrative leave is standard procedure, pending the outcome of the investigation.

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Man Tried to Steal Fire Truck in West Haven: Police


A West Haven man tried to steal a fire truck on Wednesday evening and firefighters detained him until police arrived, according to police.

Police officers responded to the 300 block of Main Street at 5:40 p.m. Wednesday and firefighters said they were inside a home for a medical call when they heard the sirens from the parked fire truck.

When they looked at the truck, they saw 63-year-old Wayne Gagne sitting inside the cab of the truck, police said.

Firefighters then went over to the truck and found Gagne trying to move the vehicle, so they pulled him from the vehicle and held him until police arrived, police said.

Gagne had a large hunting knife with an 8-inch blade and was charged with criminal attempt to commit larceny in the first degree and possession of a dangerous weapon. He was held on bond.

It’s not clear if he has an attorney.

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2 Bristol Teens Accused Sexually Assaulting Girl


Two teenage boys from Bristol are accused of sexually assaulting a 16-year-old girl in September and have been arrested. 

The victim went to police on Sept. 29 and reported that 18-year-old Ryan Lane and 19-year-old Robert Jankoski restrained her and sexually assaulted her in a Bristol home the day before, according to police. 

Lane was arrested on Dec. 30 and charged with first-degree sexual assault, conspiracy to commit sexual assault in the first-degree and conspiracy to commit unlawful restraint in the first-degree. It’s not clear if he has an attorney.  

Jankoski was also arrested on Dec. 30 and charged with first-degree unlawful restraint, conspiracy to commit first-degree unlawful restraint and conspiracy to commit first-degree sexual assault. It’s not clear if he has an attorney. 

Both teens have been released and are due in Bristol Superior Court on Monday. 

Police said the arrest warrants have been sealed.

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Hate, Kidnapping Charges Filed in Facebook Live Beating


Hate crime and kidnapping charges were filed Thursday against four people who Chicago police say bound, gagged and violently beat a teenager with special needs while broadcasting the entire attack on social media.

Jordan Hill, 18, of Carpentersville; Tesfaye Cooper, 18, of Chicago; Brittany Covington, 18, of Chicago; and Tanishia Covington, 24, of Chicago, were each charged with aggravated kidnapping, hate crime, aggravated unlawful restraint and aggravated battery with a deadly weapon. Hill, Cooper and Brittany Covington also face charges of residential burglary. Hill was also charged with robbery. 

They are expected to appear in court Friday afternoon, though it is not clear if they have attorneys. 

The two men and two women were taken into custody Wednesday after being seen violently beating a teenager on Facebook Live. The suspects are black and the victim is white, and one of the suspects suspects allegedly yelled profanities about white people and President-elect Donald Trump during the attack.

At the center of the attack was an 18-year-old with "mental health challenges" from Crystal Lake. In the disturbing video, four people are seen cutting the teen’s hair until his scalp bled, all while he was bound and gagged.  

“It’s just sickening, sickening,” Chicago Police Supt. Eddie Johnson said Wednesday in reaction to the video. "It makes you wonder what would make individuals treat somebody like that."

Chicago police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi acknowledged the suspects made "terrible racist statements,” but said that investigators questioned if the victim may have been targeted because he has "special needs," not because of his race.

Police also said they do not "have anything concrete" to suggest the attack was politically motivated.

A Facebook spokesperson confirmed the site removed the original video, saying in a statement, "We do not allow people to celebrate or glorify crimes on Facebook."

"In many instances, though, when people share this type of content, they are doing so to condemn violence or raise awareness about it. In that case, the video would be allowed," the statement read.

Authorities believe the teenager may have gone with one of the attackers willingly at first, police said, after meeting in Chicago’s suburbs, where he lives. The suspects then stole a van and brought the victim to the city, 50 miles from his home, police said.

"I just can't believe anybody would do that to someone, especially a special needs child," the victim's grandmother told NBC 5. 

After the torture, police say the teenager was let go. Officers found the victim walking in the 3400 block of West Lexington on the city’s West Side. He then led the police back to the nearby home where he was tortured.

Police said the suspects had been sending the victim’s parents text messages while holding him hostage.

"This is going to affect him for probably the rest of his life," the teen's grandmother said. 

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Police Investigating Robbery at Vernon Stop & Shop


Police are investigating a robbery at Stop and Shop on 10 Pitkin Road in Vernon. 

Police tape has been set up in front of the People’s United Bank inside the supermarket. 

Police said the robber did not have a weapon, but no additional information was available.

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Hunt for Prison Escapee Pivots to Bank Robbery Attempt


The FBI says a man who generally fits the description of an escaped inmate attempted to rob a bank in Cambridge, Massachusetts on Thursday morning.

The attempted robbery took place at the Bank of America at 727 Massachusetts Ave. around 9:30 a.m.

The suspect is described as a husky, 5'10" man with a mustache and a tattoo on his neck, matching the description of James Walker Morales, who escaped from the high-security Wyatt Detention Center in Central Falls, Rhode Island on New Year's Eve. The suspect was reportedly wearing a black jacket, gray sweatshirt, black knit cap and black sneakers. He reportedly passed a note to a teller but did not get away with any money and fled in the direction of Harvard Square.

An FBI representative said the bureau is running down "every possible lead," working with its federal, state and local partners. A positive definitive identification has not been made at this point.

Morales, 35, broke out of prison during recreation by climbing onto a roof and scaling barbed wire fences, the warden said. U.S. Marshals weren't notified of his escape for another five hours. During that time, Morales allegedly stole a getaway car and ditched it in Framingham, Massachusetts, where his ex-girlfriend lives.

Hospitals in the area had been notified, as officials believed he might have been injured.

Two corrections officers have been placed on paid administrative leave pending an investigation into the escape. The prison board was scheduled to meet to discuss the matter on Thursday.

Morales, a former Army reservist, is accused of stealing six assault rifles and 10 handguns from the Lincoln Stoddard Army Reserve Center in Worcester in 2015. He was arrested in New York days after the theft, and most of the guns were recovered.

He has a long criminal history dating back to 2009, including a child rape charge for allegedly sexually assaulting his friend's young daughter.

The U.S. Attorney's Office in Rhode Island said Morales has also been charged with escape from custody of the attorney general as a result of his prison break.

At the request of police, MBTA service on the Red Line was temporarily held up as police investigated the attempted Thursday's bank robbery, causing minor delays between Alewife and Central stations.

Lee Gianetti, the city of Cambridge's communications director, sent an email to city leaders just before noon informing them of the search and noting that Morales is a former Cambridge resident. The email said that the bank robbery suspect's identity has not been confirmed.

Arlington police also issued an alert on its social media channels telling residents that helicopters are in the area searching for the bank robbery suspect. But they said schools are not in lockdown at this time.

Anyone with information about the bank robber's identity is asked to call 1-800-KAPTURE (1-800-527-8873).

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Parents Sue Greenwich Hospital for Wrongful Death of Baby Girl


The parents of a baby girl who died during labor and delivery at Greenwich Hospital have filed a suit against the hospital.

Lauren E. Sorgen and her husband, Grant D. Gulyassy, filed a wrongful death lawsuit this month, alleging that the hospital and the obstetrician on call at the time failed to appropriately monitor their daughter’s heartbeat and failed to promptly deliver Myriam Grace Gulyassy by emergency C-section, according to a news release from the law firm Silver Golub & Teitell LLP. 

The wrongful death lawsuit alleges that the failure to monitor and promptly deliver Myriam allowed her to die from oxygen deprivation prior to the C-section at Greenwich Hospital.

The couple was expecting twins and the law firm says the family will celebrate the joy of the birth of their son every June 3, but will have to relive the deep sadness from the death of their daughter at the hospital.

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Heavy Town-Owned Machinery Stolen from Beacon Falls


Several pieces of town-owned heavy machinery were stolen from a garage in Beacon Falls and state police are investigating.

The Beacon Falls Resident Trooper Office received a complaint just after 10:30 a.m. Wednesday after thieves forced their way into a four-bay garage at Matthies Park.

A 1992 Woodchuck Chipper Model W/C 17-4B39 with “Town of Beacon Falls” on the chute, a 2008 Scag 52-inch Hydro Walk behind Mower, a 2010 DR Field/Brush Mower and a 1989 John Deere 265 Tractor were taken.

Police think several people were involved in the theft because of the size of the equipment and would have likely used trucks and trailers to move it.

Anyone with any information should call Resident Trooper Henriques at (203) 729-3313 or CSP Troop I at (203) 393-4200.

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Naomi Campbell: 'In 2012, I Was Attacked in Paris'


Supermodel Naomi Campbell said Thursday that she sympathizes with Kim Kardashian West because she was targeted by Paris robbers in a 2012 attack.

Campbell recounted her experience in an appearance on "The Wendy Williams Show."

"In 2012, I was attacked in Paris," Campbell told Williams. "They followed me from the airport. They attacked me. They opened my car door and said, 'Naomi Campbell, we're going to kill you.'"

Campbell said she was just off a flight from Switzerland when she was followed in a car to designer Azzedine Alaïa's home by the robbers.

She said her driver, who was likely in on the robbery plot, rolled down the windows to the car so the thieves could strike in front of Alaïa's home.   

Campbell was able to stave off the robbers, who were after her handbag, she said. 

She did not make the robbery attempt public at the time, she said Thursday. It's unclear if she reported it to French law enforcement. 

But the experience made her sympathize with her friend Kim Kardashian West, who was robbed in a Paris hotel room last fall. 

"I very much sympathize with her," Campbell said. "I felt for her right away."

Campbell's publicist and a representative for Alaïa did not immediately respond to request for comment.  

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Truck Driver Hit Pole, Brought Down Wires in Wallingford: Police


Amtrak held train traffic for hours Wednesday night after the driver of a tractor-trailer hit a pole in Wallingford, brought down wires and left the scene, according to police.

Someone drove up to a police officer who was parked near South Colony Road just after 7:30 p.m. and said wires were down on Toelles Road and the officer found a telephone pole on the northwest corner of the intersection of Toelles and South Colony roads with wires that crossed the train tracks.

The traffic lights at the intersection, as well as those at the Interstate 91 exit ramp with South Colony Road, were out.

Witnesses said a tractor-trailer going south on South Colony Road hit the pole as it was turning right onto Toelles Road and the driver got out of the truck, looked at the damage and drove west on Toelles Road, police said.

Several electrical wires were severed and fell onto a car on South Colony Road that was behind the tractor trailer, causing minor damage but no injuries.

A witness said the tractor-trailer was heading east on Toelles Road and police stopped it, police said.

Police identified the driver as 22-year-old Travis Fahey, of Wallingford, and charged him with evading responsibility and failure to drive in proper lane.

He was released on a $1,000 bond and is due in court on Jan. 17.

Amtrak held all train traffic until midnight and Toelles Road was shut down for through traffic.

Police Identify Suspect in Fatal Bridgeport Shooting


An arrest warrant has been obtained for the suspect in a fatal Bridgeport shooting in Decemberr, police said. 

Police responded to 360 Palisade Ave. and found 32-year-old Noel Esbri with a fatal gunshot wound to his upper body on Dec. 15, 2016. 

On Thursday, police obtained an arrest warrant for Richard Lopez, 25, charging him with murder.

Lopez's bond has been set at $750,000. 

Anyone with information on Lopez's whereabouts is asked to call the Bridgeport Police Department at (203) 576-8477. 

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New Britain Police Seek to Identify Victim Found Near Train Tracks in 1991


New Britain police are seeking to identify the body of a woman found near railroad tracks in 1991. 

The body was found near the railroad tracks in the rear of 200 Myrtle Street in New Britain on Oct. 11, 1991. 

An investigation found that she had been shot and dead for several weeks before being found, police said. 

In 2011, the New Britain Police Department and the FBI completed a facial approximation of the victim. According to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, the woman is believed to be Caucasian, possibly Hispanic, 25 to 30 years old and 5'5" tall at the time of her death. 

She also had a distinct "peg-shaped" tooth on the right side of her  mouth, police said. 

The New Britain Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in identifying the victim. Anyone with information on this case is asked to contact Detective Felix Perez at (860) 826-3134. Information can also be called in anonymously to (860) 826-3199 or emailed to the police department’s website

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Former Waterbury Daycare worker Facing More Assault Charges


A former Waterbury daycare worker who is accused of breaking a 3-year-old child's arm is facing more charges. 

The Kids Town worker, Adnelly Moipard, was charged with third-degree assault, risk of injury to a minor and cruelty to persons on Thursday following an investigation in November.

Moipard was arrested in November for pulling the 3-year-old girl by her right arm, near her wrist and forearm, and dragging her to a chair, according to court documents. Moipard was charged with third-degree assault, risk of injury to a child and intentional cruelty to a child, police said. 

On Thursday, police found Moipard had also assaulted a 5-year-old boy in November and arrested the former daycare worker.

Moipard's bond was set at $10,000. 

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Stonington Prepares for Possible Snow in Southeastern Connecticut


With the southeastern part of the state expecting to get hit by snow Friday, highway departments, hardware stores and parents are gearing up for the winter weather.

“When we know the snow is on our doorstep within an hour or two window, we'll go out and pretreat the road,” said Tom Curioso, highway supervisor for the Town of Stonington.

He said his crews aren’t pretreating the roads yet because Tuesday night’s rush hour traffic will move the material around.

“We want it in the center of the lane. As it works, it becomes wet and creates a brine solution. The brine solution melts everything down,” Curioso said.

For most of the afternoon crews attached snow plows, fueled up and filled their trucks with salt.

Sixteen trucks will be out on the roads Wednesday morning, according to Curioso. That’s all hands on deck, except for a couple of maintenance trucks.

Plow drivers will be following 14 dedicated routes and clearing the roads connecting tow Route 1, I-95, Route 184 and Pequot Trail.

Wednesday morning will be the fifth time Stonington Highway Department plows are out on the roads, Curioso said. Considering this point in the winter it’s a small number, according to Curioso. On average, the plows hit the roads 17 to 22 times a season.

Managers at Cash True Value Home Center in Mystic expect eleventh hour purchases of salt, sand, and shovels.

“(The snow) gets talked down, it gets talked up. So the more that they hear about it at work and from their friends, they'll come in last minute,” said Assistant Manager Jon Daigle.

Moms are already equipped to keep their kids warm at the bus stop.

"We're pulling out snow suits and mittens and hats,” said Libby Cooke of Stonington Borough.

But kids are hoping the weather means school delays.

"Definitely going to have to check and see whether there's a delay for the school busses,” said Ashley Foley of Stonington Borough. “My kids are already excited about the possibility!”

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West Haven Animal Clinic Vandalized with Eggs and Chicken Bones


The West Haven Animal Clinic had quite the mess to clean-up Thursday morning.

Overnight, someone vandalized the front entrance on Campbell Avenue with eggs and chicken bones.

Now, along with clients, the staff is wondering, who would do such a thing?

“I wish they would have left a note explaining the reason,” the clinic’s veterinarian Dr. Ralph Padilla said.

Joe Tomaso, who brings his service dog Ranger to the clinic, is disgusted by the disgusting mess left on the clinic’s front steps.

“I saw it on social media and it kind of got me irked,” he said, “Ralph goes out of his way to help people, to help the residents, help any animal owner, animal lover.”

For more than three decades, Dr. Padilla has owned this clinic and care for animals in the West Haven community.

“To have something like this happen,” he said, “it’s just strange, it’s hurtful.”

After discovering the vandalism upon arriving at work around 8 a.m., the staff quickly cleaned up the mess because Dr. Padilla worried a visiting pet may try biting into one of the bones.

“We had to clean it all up this morning hot water and then we threw some salt down to make sure it wouldn’t get icy,” Dr. Padilla said.

This morning on the clinic’s Facebook page, a receptionist posted: “To the anonymous giver of the present that was found on the front steps this morning, we would like to, in the spirit of charity, return this gift to you. In light of this new year, we wish that you find love, hope, and forgiveness.”

The clinic filed a report with West Haven Police, but unfortunately there are no security cameras by the entrance.

“We’ve been here for 31 years,” Dr. Padilla said. “We’re not here to make enemies. We usually help people all the time so I don’t know where this is coming from, but hopefully it’s a one-time deal and that’s the end of it.”

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Intel Shows Russian Officials Celebrated Trump Win: Source


A report on Russian hacking delivered to President Barack Obama Thursday says American intelligence agencies intercepted communication which shows senior Russian officials celebrating Donald Trump's election victory, a senior U.S. intelligence official with direct knowledge confirmed to NBC News.

The U.S. has also identified Russian actors who turned over stolen Democratic material to WikiLeaks, the official said.

Two top intelligence officials with direct knowledge told NBC News that the report on Russian hacking also details Russian cyberattacks not just against the Democratic National Committee, but the White House, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the State Department and American corporations.

The source described the intelligence about the celebration, first reported by the Washington Post, as a minor part of the overall intelligence report, which makes the case that Russia intervened in the election. However, the source noted that communication intercepts are viewed with caution because they are subject to interpretation.

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Sears, Kmart, Pier 1 Among Retailers Facing Store Closures


At least three major retailers will close stores in Connecticut this year as part of a nationwide shift to cut costs and adapt to online shoppers, on the heels of a record-breaking 2016 Cyber Weekend and disappointing holiday retail sales.

Pier one in West Hartford just started its liquidation process. The company has not yet announced a closing date.

Two Connecticut Sears locations are also on the chopping block. West Hartford’s Sears started liquidating in November and will close its doors for good on January 28. The Sears at Enfield Square will begin liquidation January 6 before closing in April.

Cromwell’s Kmart, also owned by Sears, will also liquidate starting January 6. It will close mid-March.

A few other big-time retailers face nationwide cuts, including Macys, which will close 100 more stores, or 15 percent of its brick-and-mortars. The company has named 68 of those locations, none of which are in Connecticut.

Analysts warn a potential downward spiral for smaller mall stores, as anchor shops shut down some locations. Aeropostale, The Limited and Finish Line are among a few of those companies with plans to downsize in 2017.

And several reports cite CVS executives at a December event, announcing it will close 70 stores as it looks to cut 3 billion dollars in the next four years. No word yet on if any of those stores are in Connecticut.

As shoppers look to take advantage of liquidation sales, NBC Connecticut has previously reported that consumers likely won’t find very many great deals until the last week or two of liquidation.

Also, keep in mind, often times items bought on liquidation are final sale and cannot be returned or exchanged.

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Much of South Warned to Prepare for 'Historic' Weekend Storm


The winter weather system that has buried much of the West under record snow was racing east Thursday — on course to slam Alabama, Georgia and the Carolinas with snow and ice that authorities warned could be historic, NBC News reported. 

The National Weather Service on Thursday issued a winter storm warning of rain, sleet and snow beginning Friday afternoon for the northern two-thirds of Georgia. Michael Thurmond, chief executive of DeKalb County in metro Atlanta, warned residents: "This can potentially be a historic weather event." 

North Carolina also received winter storm warnings in areas where the heaviest snow is expected — from Chatham County through Raleigh and Rocky Mount. A chunk of east-central Alabama was added to the warning area on Thursday night. 

Snow was already falling over Tennessee, Kentucky and parts north, but it's when warm, wet air from the Gulf of Mexico begins moving ashore on Friday that the real chaos is expected to begin, the National Weather Service said.

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