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Suspects Stole TV, Threatened Walmart Worker: Manchester PD


Manchester police are looking for two suspects accused of stealing a TV from Walmart and threatening an employee who tried to stop them, according to police.

Police said around 4 a.m. Thursday the people pictured above left the store at 420 Buckland Hills Road with a 50-inch flat screen TV without paying for it. When an employee tried to stop them, one of the suspects pulled a knife, police said.

The suspects left the area in a 2002-2004 model purple or burgundy Jeep Cherokee. The vehicle had silver alloy rims, except for the back passenger rim which was black metal, according to witnesses.

Anyone with information or who recognizes the suspects is asked to contact Manchester Off. Rago at (860) 645-5500 ext. 15308.

Photo Credit: Manchester Police Department

JCC of Greater New Haven Evacuated After Bomb Threat


The JCC of Greater New Haven in Woodbridge has been evacuated due to a bomb threat, according to JCC officials.

Judy Diamondstein of the JCC/Jewish Federation confirmed the building had been evacuated shortly before noon Tuesday.

Emergency crews are responding. No other information was immediately available.

This is the second time a bomb threat forced an evacuation of the community center this month – on Jan. 18 the center was one of many Jewish community centers in 17 states received bomb threats. In that case emergency responders found no real threat to the Woodbridge location.

Danbury Police Officer Accused of Using Unnecessary Force


A 15-year veteran of the Danbury Police Department was arrested on accusations he used unnecessary force on a handcuffed suspect in July, according to Danbury police.

Police said 43-year-old Officer David Williams, of New Milford, turned himself after learning of a warrant for his arrest. According to investigators from the Connecticut State Police and Danbury States Attorney’s Office, video shows Williams using excessive force against a handcuffed suspect on July 30, 2016. The suspect was in custody on accusations he assaulted a different Danbury police officer, police said.

Williams is charged with breach of peace.

Danbury Police Internal Affairs also conducted an investigation and concluded that Williams was in violation of several department policies. A disciplinary hearing is planned, police said. Departmental charges are possible.

Williams is due in Danbury Superior Court on Feb. 9.  

Photo Credit: Connecticut State Police

Crashes Close I-95 South in Madison, I-91 North in North Haven


There are several issues on the roads as snow falls across the state and Interstate 95 South in Madison and Old Lyme and Interstate 91 North in North Haven are closed.

State police said the crash that closed I-95 South is near exits 61 and 60 in Madison.

I-95 South in Old Lyme is closed between exits 70 and 71 after a crash.

I-91 North in North Haven is closed at exit 9 after a multi-vehicle crash that is blocking all lanes.

There have also been issues on Route 15 South in Hamden.

Check the new state Department of Transportation Web site, CT Travel Smart, for updates on traffic conditions. 

Photo Credit: Connecticut DOT

Police ID Person Who Died After Police-Involved Shooting in Montville


State police are investigating an officer-involved shooting in Montville that left a 53-year-old Norwich resident dead Sunday afternoon, police said.

State police said the Montville Police Department first responded to the Chesterfield Lodge near the corner of Route 85 and Grassy Hill Road around 2:30 p.m. for a report of an unwanted person on the property.

When officers arrived they asked the man to leave but the suspect engaged officers in a violent struggle, police said. On Tuesday, state police identified the man as Val Thomas.

According to police, Thomas grabbed a stun gun from one of the officers during the struggle and began beating an officer on the head with it. That officer drew a firearm and shot Thomas, according to police.

Thomas was taken to Backus Hospital and later died of his injuries.

The Montville officer was taken to L&M hospital and received multiple staples to close a cut on the head.

State Police Eastern District Major Crime and the Windham County State Attorney’s Office is investigating.

Editor's note: Police initially said that there were two gunshot wounds but later corrected that to say there was just one. The story above has been corrected to reflect that information.

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21-Year-Old Charged in Multiple West Hartford Package Thefts


A 21-year-old has been charged in a series of package thefts in West Hartford, according to police.

West Hartford police said they received multiple reports of package thefts in December. Many of the crimes were reported in the area of Farmington Avenue and Prospect Avenue, police said.

Working together West Hartford police and Hartford police identified a suspect using a surveillance image provided by a resident. 

The suspect, identified as Isaiah Riggins, was charged in January with five counts of sixth-degree larceny, third-degree criminal trespass, and simple trespass.

According to police, Riggins was identified when they found him wearing the same clothing he wore in the surveillance photo.

Riggins is scheduled to appear in court on Feb. 1.

Photo Credit: West Hartford Police Department

Police Arrest Suspect in Armed Robbery in North Haven


Police are investigating an armed robbery at a North Haven gas station on Tuesday morning. 

Police said the robbery happened around 8 p.m. at the Shell gas station on State Street. 

The robber had a gun, pointed it at the gas station employee, demanded money and fled in a stolen Subaru SUV, police said. 

The person police identified as the suspect is also wanted for similar incidents, according to police. 

With help from New Haven Police Department, investigators found the stolen Subaru in a driveway in New Haven and the suspect tried to flee just before 11:30 a.m. 

He was taken into custody, but police have not identified the suspect.

Police continue to investigate and said he will be charged with first-degree robbery and larceny as well as for crimes in other towns. 

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Car Slid Off Road Into Hamden Lake

Your Photos from Today's Winter Storm


See It Share It Photos from around the state.

Photo Credit: Jeffrey

Slick Roads Expected Wednesday Morning


One to three inches of snow fell throughout the state which led to numerous issues on the roads Tuesday afternoon.

NBC Connecticut Meteorologists are forecasting scattered snow showers to continue through the nighttime hours especially for northern Connecticut. This will lead to some slick roadways tomorrow morning. 

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Make sure to check with NBC Connecticut tomorrow morning for the latest on any school delays.

Many people enjoyed the day off from school Tuesday. Check out this gallery of photos that our viewers sent in. If you have photos of Tuesday's snow we would love to see them, send it to Photos@nbcconnecticut.com.

The weather on Wednesday improves drastically with mostly cloudy skies and temperatures near 40 degrees. 

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1 Hospitalized Following Ansonia Shooting


One person was transported to the hospital after a shooting in Ansonia on Tuesday night. 

Ansonia Police responded to shots fired at Union Street and State Street near the YMCA at 8:38 p.m. 

A dark colored car fled the scene before officers got there, but police were still able to determine that a shooting took place. Police were eventually notified that a gunshot victim had arrived at Griffin Hospital by a private car, Ansonia Police said. 

The 27-year-old victim was then transferred to Yale-New Haven Hospital for further treatment. 

Detectives are looking for witnesses. Anyone with information is asked the contact the Ansonia Police Department at (203) 735-1885.

Photo Credit: NBC Connecticut

Democrats Vow Resistance to Trump’s SCOTUS Pick


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As soon as President Donald Trump announced Tuesday that he was selecting federal appeals Judge Neil Gorsuch for the Supreme Court, the battle over his confirmation was well underway, with Democrats questioning his record on women's issues and corporate interests, NBC News reported.

But Republicans praised the pick as "an outstanding choice" and confidently predicted victory.

The battle will be waged in the Senate, where Republicans have the majority needed to confirm Gorsuch but are short of the 60 votes needed to break a filibuster should Democrats mount one. At least one senator, Democrat Jeff Merkley of Oregon, indicated even before the announcement that he would seek to filibuster any selection. 

The Senate Democratic leader, Chuck Schumer of New York, did not go that far after the announcement, saying, "The Senate must insist upon 60 votes for any Supreme Court nominee."

Photo Credit: AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster

1 in Custody Following Armed Robbery at Portland Grocery Store


One person is in custody after an armed robbery happened at a Portland grocery store on Tuesday night. 

The armed robbery reportedly happened at Tri-Town Foods on Marlborough street as the store was closing at 9:30 p.m., police on the scene said. 

Employees were still inside during the robbery and were ordered to stand in one area of the store. No injuries were reported and while employees were scared, everyone is unharmed, police said. 

Police continue to investigate. 

Photo Credit: NBC Connecticut

Jerry Falwell Jr. Asked to Lead Trump Higher Ed. Task Force


Liberty University President Jerry Falwell Jr., one of the nation's most prominent evangelical Christian leaders, has been asked to head a White House task force on reforming the U.S. higher education system, the Virginia college told NBC News on Tuesday night.

Len Stevens, the university's chief spokesman, told NBC News that Falwell would bring a focus on "overregulation and micromanagement of higher education" to the task force.

Falwell wasn't immediately available for comment Tuesday evening. In the past, he has argued that the federal government imposes too many regulations governing accreditation and financing of U.S. colleges and universities.

Falwell is a lawyer and the son of the private evangelical college's founder, the Rev. Jerry Falwell, co-founder of the Moral Majority and an architect of the conservative Christian political movement that helped propel Ronald Reagan to the presidency in 1980.

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Photo Credit: AP Photo/Steve Helber

3 Taken to Hospital After West Hartford Crash

Road Closed After Plow Truck Collides With Car in Stafford


State police are investigating after a Stafford plow truck collided with a passenger car Wednesday.

Police said the accident happened on Furnace Avenue and that no serious injuries were reported. The road was been shut down while crews work to clear up the mess.

No other information was immediately available. Check back for updates.

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2 Chair Models Pulled in Massive Recalls


Two separate furniture recalls announced Tuesday pull a vast number of chairs over the risk of them breaking and causing falls. 

About two million patio chairs sold at Home Depot and about 315,000 bar chairs sold at Lowe's are involved in the recall, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announced.

Casual Living Worldwide manufactured the two million chairs sold at Home Depot stores in the U.S., Mexico and Canada. The recall includes Hampton Bay Anselmo, Calabria, Dana Point chairs as well as Martha Stewart Living-branded Cardona, Grand Bank and Wellington swivel patio chairs, the safety commission announced.

There have been 25 reports of the chairs breaking, causing injuries from falls. 

The chair set was sold from January 2007 to February 2016 for about $190 for two-piece patio set and $500 for a seven-piece patio set.

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled chairs and contact Casual Living Worldwide for a free repair kit.

Separately, 3i corporation manufactured 315,000 swivel chairs sold at Lowe's department stores that are now being recalled. 

Allen + roth-brand Safford model and Garden Treasures-brand Lakeview model bar chairs are affected by the recall, according to the safety commission.

The company has received 457 reports of the bar chairs breaking, resulting in broken ribs, head injuries and scrapes and bruises. 

The chairs were sold through Lowe's from November 2008 to August 2016 and cost approximately $700 for the set.

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled chairs and contact 3i Corporation for a free replacement base and a repair kit.

Photo Credit: U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

Second Teen Accused of Attacking Chinese Food Delivery Driver, Stealing Car and Phone


Milford police have arrested a second juvenile from Bridgeport in connection with the carjacking and assault of a Chinese food delivery person last Thursday.

Police said they charged another Bridgeport boy and took him into custody. 

Police previously arrested a 14-year-old Bridgeport boy who they said is suspected of hitting the delivery driver in the head and stealing his car and cell phone.

Police received a report of a fight on Noble Avenue, near Broad Street, at 9:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 26 and learned that a juvenile hit the delivery driver in the head with a blunt object and robbed him. The delivery driver needed to be taken to the hospital to treat his injuries, according to police.

Police then tried to stop a car at Meadowside Road and Seaside Avenue. Two people ran from the scene and the car rolled into a utility pole, police said.

During a search, police found the 14-year-old. Both juveniles have been charged with carjacking, first-degree larceny, second-degree assault, second-degree robbery, interfering with arrest and conspiracy to commit. 

The second person police took into custody is also accused of kicking out a rear window of a Milford police vehicle when he was arrested in Stamford.

Photo Credit: NBCConnecticut.com

Are You Entitled to Money the State Is Holding Onto?


Nearly 60,000 people have filed claims to collect unclaimed cash the state of Connecticut is holding on to and that is the most ever during the first month of the CT Big List Unclaimed Property outreach campaign in the program’s 83-year history. 

The CT Big List includes the names of 1.4 million people, businesses and organizations that might be entitled to $771 million in unclaimed property and it’s updated weekly. 

Check the list online here to see if you, a family member or friend is on it. 

The more than 59,600 inquiries and claims during the first four weeks of the campaign are for assets valued in excess of $48 million. 

“Our mission is to return unclaimed property to rightful owners. The incredible response to our latest web-based outreach campaign speaks to the growing appeal of the internet as an effective way to increase public awareness of the CT Big List,” State Treasurer Denise Nappier said in a statement. 

During the first four weeks of the CT Big List campaign, the Treasury received 2.2 million inquiries on the Treasury’s website and 10,351 telephone calls to the toll-free number. In all, 59,691 claims have been initiated. 

For the fiscal year ended June 30 2016, the Treasury collected $111 million in unclaimed property, which was $8 million more than projected. During that same year, the Treasury returned $58 million to 15,758 rightful owners. 

“Every dollar in unclaimed property that we receive is held in custody until the rightful owner steps forward. Until that happens, the money is deposited into the State’s General Fund and put to good use on behalf of Connecticut’s taxpayers,” Treasurer Nappier said in a statement. 

There are two ways to find out whether you may be entitled to unclaimed property. Go to www.ctbiglist.com to search for a name. Download a claim form and follow the instructions or call 1-800-833-7318, weekdays between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. 

Malloy on Aetna to Boston Talk: We Poach, Too


Gov. Dannel Malloy didn't quite brush aside talk that the Hartford-based insurance company, Aetna, is considering a move to Boston and has already initiated talks with the governor of Massachusetts.

“We seek to poach from other states and other states seek to poach from us," the governor said during a news conference Tuesday.

Aetna has been a stalwart of the Connecticut business community since its founding in 1853. It was founded in Hartford and employs thousands of people in the Greater Hartford metro area.

However, Aetna was one of several companies that publicly criticized the Democratic-controlled General Assembly two years ago when it approved a corporate data tax that was aimed at drawing millions from the Connecticut insurance industry.

When reached for comment, a spokesman for Aetna said the company would not comment on speculation, and said it remains committed to Hartford.

A spokesman for Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker responded in a similar tone, saying, "We are committed to maintaining a pro-growth environment, and creating jobs across the Commonwealth. However, we do not comment on potential business development projects."

Losing Aetna would be a colossal blow to the state of Connecticut, especially after losing General Electric last year.

Joe Brennan, the CEO of the Connecticut Business and Industry Association, describes Aetna as an "anchor tenant of the Connecticut economy."

He said the state has done well in the past year to ease concerns from business owners and major employers because of the change of policy course, opting not to raise taxes to fill budget gaps.

Brennan said the advantage for cities like Boston and New York is that they're urban centers with more talent than places like Connecticut.

“It’s not something we can’t overcome, we just have to make sure we have the environment here that’s conducive for these companies and the talent” he said.

Malloy said the state has secured multiple economic development victories, including the production of a Sikorsky helicopter in Stratford. The governor said Connecticut remains in the hunt for company commitments and to maintain existing corporate footprints.

“We’re going to compete," Malloy said. "We do compete and we have a lot of advantages.”

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