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Silver Alert Issued for Missing Prospect Teen


Police have issued a Silver Alert for a missing 16-year-old from Prospect.

Brandon Filippone has been missing since Thursday, according to police.

He is 6-feet 2-inches tall, 240 pounds, with blond hair and blue eyes.

Anyone with information on Filippone's whereabouts should call state police Troop I at 203-393-4200.

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ICE Detainee with Tumor Removed from Texas Hospital: Lawyer


An undocumented woman in need of surgery to remove a brain tumor is being held at a North Texas Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention center, Attorney Chris Hamilton said.

Sara Beltran Hernandez has been held at the Prairie Land Detention Center in Alvarado since November 2015. 

She collapsed at the detention center this month after complaining of headaches, nosebleeds and memory loss, according to Hamilton. She was then transported to Texas Health Huguley Hospital in Burleson, where she was diagnosed with a brain tumor that requires surgery.

Hamilton claims his client was denied access to her other attorney and to vital medical attention while in ICE custody. 

Paralegal Melissa Zuniga says Beltran Hernandez has waited 13 days to have surgery and the lawyers in her asylum case are asking for a humane release to receive that care, The Associated Press reported.

According to AP, Zuniga says the woman's condition is worsening with nosebleeds, loss of memory and other symptoms increasing.

The 26-year-old fled her native El Salvador because of the violence there, Hamilton said. She came to the United States illegally but immediately sought asylum and surrendered to authorities.

Hamilton believes Beltran Hernandez was detained for not having proper documentation when she tried to go to New York City to be with family. Family members have also reportedly been trying to petition for her asylum.

A spokesperson for ICE said Beltran Hernandez was discharged from the hospital on Wednesday and was returned to the detention center.

In a statement to NBC Dallas-Fort Worth the agency said:

"ICE takes very seriously the health, safety and welfare of those in our care ... During [Beltran Hernandez's] stay at the hospital, ICE ensured that she was able to speak to her family and to her attorney by phone. Like all detainees in our care, Ms. Beltran will continue to have access to 24-hour emergency medical care and to any required specialized treatment at an outside facility."

Hamilton claims Beltran Hernandez was forcibly removed from the hospital and that she was bound somehow.

"She's in a lot of pain," Hamilton told NBC-DFW.

He also said a brain surgeon offered Wednesday night to help care for the woman.

Check back and refresh this page for the latest update. As this story is developing, elements may change.

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Pfizer Scientists Attend Norwich Tech Science Fair


Students at Norwich Technical High School had a chance to have their science fair projects critiqued by the pros Thursday.

The group of sophomores, juniors and seniors met with Pfizer scientists and staff at a mock science fair at CURE Innovation Commons in Groton to get tricks and tips on their presentation skills and how to make their projects better.

Students said it was a great opportunity for feedback from the people in fields they want jobs in one day.

"It makes me feel cool to be able to see people that are really high up, and then I'm just kinda down here. But I'm trying to get to that point," said sophomore Gabrielle Martin.

The students will present their revised work at The Connecticut Science & Engineering Fair at Quinnipiac University this March.

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Malloy, Spicer Trade Barbs Over President Trump's Immigration Orders


President Trump's press secretary had some strong words for Gov. Dannel Malloy and the governor's guidance to Connecticut law enforcement about the president's immigration executive order.

Malloy issued the guidance on Wednesday, telling police chiefs across they state that their departments should not take action that is solely to enforce federal immigration law.

On Thursday, White House press secretary Sean Spicer called Malloy out.

"The idea that Governor Malloy would not want to follow the law as enacted by Congress or by the Connecticut legislature, in any fashion, seems to be concerning," Spicer said during his daily briefing. "Whether you're a governor or a mayor or the president, laws are passed in this country and we expect people and our law enforcement agencies to follow and adhere to the laws passed by the appropriate level of government."

Gov. Malloy issued a statement Thursday afternoon about Spicer's comments.

“We agree with one thing Mr. Spicer said - it is important to adhere to the ‘laws passed by the appropriate level of government.’ However, it would seem that Mr. Spicer and the administration would benefit from a Civics 101 refresher. Not only does the U.S. Constitution provide explicit protections for both individual rights, but it also provides clear guidance on the rights of states—specifically in the tenth amendment," Malloy's statement said.

Gov. Malloy is in Washington, D.C. for the Governors Association Conference where he will attend a dinner with President Trump and Vice President Pence.

Rent-to-Own Contract Creates Confusion for Fairfield Man


Rent-to-own is a common practice when it comes to cars and big ticket items for your home. But before you sign a contract, take a closer look.

Bill Waskiewicz reached out to NBC Connecticut Responds for help making sense of his agreement with AcceptanceNOW.

Waskiewicz purchased a couch, loveseat, ottoman and twin mattress from Bob’s Discount Furniture in October. Instead of paying up front, he signed a contract with AcceptanceNOW, which is set up inside the furniture store, but operates independently from Bob's.

"At first when we did it, I didn't really know that it was like a rental. I just figured somewhere along, it was just kind of financing," Waskiewicz said.

It was actually a rent-to-own agreement, which allowed him to return the furniture at any time without penalty. That worked out to his advantage when he decided to send back everything except the mattress.

AcceptanceNOW drew up a new payment contract, which Waskiewicz found confusing. The new price included a $159 delivery fee. Since the mattress was already in his house, Waskiewicz asked AcceptanceNOW to refund that charge.

Waskiewicz made multiple calls to customer service, all with the same answer. His wife suggested calling NBC Connecticut Responds.

Our consumer team asked the company why Waskiewicz was charged twice for delivery.

A spokesperson told us, "While the delivery in question was provided by the host retailer, AcceptanceNOW has agreed to incur the delivery charge on Mr. Waskiewicz's behalf and refund the full amount to him."

AcceptanceNOW actually wiped out his remaining balance of $230.

A spokesman for Bob's Discount Furniture said the company wasn't aware of this situation but is pleased it was resolved to the customer's satisfaction.

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Third Casino Location Announcement Imminent


Connecticut lawmakers heard from those in favor of and against opening a third casino in the state.

During that forum, representatives from the Mohegan and Mashantucket Pequot Tribes said they could make public very soon their preferred location for the state's first casino off of tribal land. Windsor Locks and East Windsor are the two finalists selected by the tribes.

“We’re days, we’re not weeks or months, we’re days from announcing a decision about the ultimate location of this third casino," said Kevin Brown, Mohegan Tribal Chairman.

Brown said he believes the state has had a transparent process going back two years when they initially announced their plan to jointly run a casino in order to compete against MGM as it opens a casino in Springfield, Massachusetts.

Brown and casino allies have said the issue is all about economic growth, and maintaining critical employment in the state, along with crucial state tax dollars that come from the casinos.

He said the state sat back for too long as New York and Rhode Island legalized commercial gambling, and that led to serious losses on the Southeast Connecticut facilities.

“When we stood still last time, each of our facilities lost upwards of 2,000 jobs each. If we stand still this time, the same thing will happen.”

For its part, MGM provided testimony against opening a commercial casino in the proposed locations, and argued the process was closed from the start.

Uri Clinton with MGM Internation told lawmakers, "the residents of Connecticut deserve an open and transparent process." Clinton argued that the very fact that no other gaming operator was allowed to compete for a casino license made the process an opaque one from the beginning.

Richard Velky, the Chief of the Schagticoke Tribal Nation, which has not been recognized by the federal government, said he's bothered by the same fact. He says the tribes' compact with the state could and should be in jeopardy if they open a casino off either reservation.

“Look, if they were to do something on their reservation I’m in full support of it. They have that right. They’re a sovereign nation, but once they leave the reservation that should be open for anybody and everybody who can show that they can start and finish the project.”

Lawmakers would have to approve a third casino, and the governor would have to sign off on any bill that made it to his desk.

Sen. Tony Hwang, a long time gambling opponent, said he thinks lawmakers may change their minds once more pitfalls of gambling come to light, as a result of the casino process currently underway.

“Let us not dismiss that these are lives affected by gambling addiction that are not being addressed. When it’s a public forum and it’s a stacked deck against the people that are going to be impacted, I don’t think it’s fair," Hwang said.

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Enfield Board of Education Chairman Controversial Facebook Posts


A photo posted on Facebook by Republican and Enfield Board of Education Chairman Tom Sirard shows Abraham Lincoln with text that reads:

"Haven't seen the democrats this mad since we took away their slaves."

The photo published last week on Sirard’s personal Facebook page sparked a petition calling for his resignation. While, his posts can’t be seen publicly, they can be seen by his more than 1,600 Facebook friends and the post has now been made public in this petition.

The petition states in part, "His comments are offensive and should not to be brushed off lightly as frivolous behavior."

"I feel it is offensive," said petition organizer John Foxx.

Foxx said he helped organize the nearly 100 signature petition. Two years ago, Foxx also ran for the 7th district state senate as a democrat.

"If the teachers and educators in our town have to respect a certain level of decorum it should be the same for elected officials," said Foxx.

"It's political grandstanding at it's worse case," said J.R. Romano, who is head of CT Republican Party.

Romano spoke on behalf of Sirard because the Sirard said he could not meet with us. Romano feels this petition is politically charged.

"They are just trying some form of chaos or political controversy where there is none," said Romano.

Although unhappy, both some feel the post does not warrant Sirard’s resignation from the school board.

"I wouldn't ask for his resignation on something like this but he needs to be more careful on the stuff that he posts," said Marvin Vincent.

The Enfield Superintendent said the policies in order for BOE members does not call for what he said is "board member policing."

There will likely be no action taken action Sirard. Petition organizers think otherwise, and said the will attend the BOE meeting next Tuesday to voice their concerns.

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Couple Living Lavish in Connecticut Arrested, Wanted in Georgia


A couple accused of stealing more than a million dollars in money and diamonds, plus multiple identities, have turned themselves in to police.

According to police in Georgia, Eeliahu Shetrit and his wife Ayelet Ellituv have been living a life of luxury in Connecticut after running into trouble in Atlanta. Now, the pair face dozens of charges, including being fugitives from justice. 

On Valentine's Day, a Connecticut judge advised the couple they "better" get themselves to Georgia and on Wednesday, they turned themselves in.

Woodbridge police found Eli Shetrit and wife, Ayelet Ellituv, living a lavish life renting this mansion owned by former Connecticut politician Alan Schlesinger. That was after Georgia authorities contacted Woodbridge for help two weeks ago.

Neighbors had no clue the couple, who only moved in last July, was wanted by police in Atlanta.

Arrested two years ago, and indicted earlier this month by a grand jury, the couple was charged with stealing dozens of identities and taking more than a million dollars of peoples' hard earned money and jewelry.

Authorities said it was all part of an elaborate Ponzi scheme involving gold and diamonds.

"This is a classic con artist couple. this is the story of them going around and hurting people," Bobbi Livnat, a diamond dealer and one of the victims outlined in the indictment. 

Livnat calls the couple former friends-turned-business partners.

She accused Eli of stealing more than $200,000 in diamonds from her, promising to sell them, but never giving her the cash.

And now the couple's been caught, she hopes to be made whole again, but isn't counting on it.

"Hurting people financially, hurting people emotionally, it really messes with you, when your friend cons you," Bobbi Livnat

Sandy Springs, Georgia police first arrested the pair two years ago on some of the charges in this case. They were later released on bond.

It's been this long for the indictment to come through on those original charges.. And additional ones.

Georgia authorities say the couple violated conditions of their release. Not updating authorities on where they're living.

Just last year, a reporter in Atlanta found the couple, who has three young children , living in new york city.

In this $1.4million dollar apartment.

The Big Apple, is also where there's a civil judgement against Eli for $8 million dollars owed to diamond dealers.

"I'd like to see them in jail, they should not be able to enjoy the luxuries of free people,” Bobbi added.

Last week labeled fugitives from justice, when they went before a judge here in Connecticut.

Told if they bonded out, they had to report to Georgia within 30 days.

Ayelet asked for house arrest, so she could stay home with her baby girl.

Her counsel also expressing concern to the court for her 8-year-old son and his disabled older brother too. According to a transcript of the hearing – the judge here reprimanded ayelet for the couple not turning themselves in on their own. And said if she granted them bond.. Which she did.. They better report to georgia. They did Wednesday. We've asked local police and have learned - there are no known allegation against this couple here in Connecticut. With the NBC Troubleshooters.

Poll: More Than Half Disapprove of Trump's Job Performance


Fifty-four percent of Americans somewhat or strongly disapprove of the way Donald Trump is handling the presidency after a month in office, while 43 percent approve somewhat or strongly, according to the latest NBC NewsSurveyMonkey poll.

NBC News reported that Trump enjoys broad support from within his party, but few outside of it, with evident divisions along gender and racial lines as well.

Nine of 10 Republicans or people who lean Republican approve of Trump's performance as president, with the same percentage of Democrats and those who lean Democrat disapproving. 

But independents split two to one against Trump. His aggregate low approval rating is below any other newly elected president since pollsters began tracking presidential job approval.

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Amber Alert Issued for 6-Year-Old Bridgeport Girl


Police have issued an Amber Alert for 6-year-old Aylin Sofia Hernandez, of Bridgeport.

They said she might be with her father, Oscar Hernandez, who police said is a suspect in a homicide. 

Police said the landlord of the building at 69 Greenwood St. called authorities about a stabbing around 2:45 a.m. When police arrived, they found two stabbing victims.

At least one person is dead, and police are calling Oscar Hernandez a suspect in the killing.

Aylin Hernandez was gone, and police believe her father took her.

Aylin is 4-feet tall and 55 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes.  There is no word on what she was wearing when she was taken.

Oscar Hernandez might be driving a rented gray Hyundai Elantra with New York license plates, according to police.

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Trump Wants to Make US Nuclear Arsenal 'Top of the Pack'


President Donald Trump on Thursday again expressed a desire for America to be an unparalleled military power, saying he wants to build up the U.S. nuclear arsenal to make it "top of the pack," NBC News reported.  

In an interview with Reuters, the president stated that the United States had fallen behind on atomic weapons but did not detail what kind of expansion, if any, the military would pursue. 

"A dream would be that no country would have nukes," Trump told Reuters. "But if countries are going to have nukes, we're going to be at the top of the pack."


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LA DACA Recipient, 22, Accused of Smuggling, Held in Ga.


The plea from the family and girlfriend of 22-year-old Jesus Alonso Arreola Robles paints a picture of a young man who came to the United States from Mexico with his parents when he was just 18 months old.

He graduated high school, applied for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program initiated by the Obama Administration and was granted temporary legal status. He worked in a North Hollywood hotel with his dad and allegedly as a driver for either Lyft or Uber.

But NBC4 Southern California has learned that Robles is under investigation by the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol for allegedly smuggling into the country another man who didn't have the legal right to be here.

Border Patrol says they arrested Robles on Feb. 12 on State Route 94 near Campo, California. In a statement to NBC4 radio partner KPCC, Robles' attorney, Joseph Porta, falsely claimed local police had arrested his client for a minor traffic violation and handed him over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

"I'm a little at odds as to why he's actually being detained right now," Porta said in a Thursday morning news conference at the headquarters of CHIRLA, the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights in Los Angeles. Porta claims ICE had since moved his client from San Diego to Arizona and ultimately to Georgia where is currently being detained.

"It's very troublesome because it's prevented me from speaking to my client, having access to my client and mounting a defense," he said.

ICE says detainees are often moved around when there's an overcrowding issue and San Diego is a location that often sees cases like that. But they add that Robles has access to a phone 24/7 even though Porta claims he has yet to speak with his client.

In Thursday's public news conference, Porta claimed he didn't know why Robles was arrested and Robles' mother also denied know the details. But NBC4 has learned that in an interview with KMEX in Los Angeles, Rosa Robles admitted that her son had unknowingly picked up a passenger near the U.S.-Mexico border that night. Neither she nor the family attorney have responded to requests for comment.

Meantime, a spokesman for CHILRA says Robles was near the border because he was working at the time as a driver for a ride share app, claiming it was either Lyft or Uber. NBC4 and our partners at Telemundo 52 have confirmed that is also false, with both companies denying Robles was a registered driver at the time of the arrest.

But the fact remains that Robles is in federal immigration custody and faces deportation to a country he's never been to since he left at such a young age, and he faces losing his DACA status. ICE says that since DACA went into effect in 2012, they have deported 1,500 recipients who "pose a threat" to national security.

In a statement to NBC4, ICE says undocumented immigrants granted deferred action from deportation who are subsequently found to pose a threat to national security or public safety may have their deferred action terminated at any time. According to the statement, "this includes those who have been arrested or convicted of certain crimes, or those who are associated with criminal gangs."

Border Patrol would not go into specifics into Robles' arrest but say he was subsequently transferred to ICE custody on Feb. 15 pending a hearing before an immigration judge. It will be up to the judge to determine if he has a legal basis to remain in the U.S.

The question as to his defense lies with his attorney, who says he's not sure about why his client was arrested in the first place.

"I haven't been able to verify that with my client and I need to maintain that silence until I know what's going on," Porta said.

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DC-Area Riddled With Old 'Spy Sites': Ex-CIA Employee


The chances you live within walking distance to a spy site are 100 percent for those living in the D.C. area, according to a former CIA official.

Robert Wallace, who spent 40 years in the CIA, wrote the book “Spy Sites of Washington, D.C., A Guide to the Capital Region's Secret History,” which details hundreds of locations in D.C., Maryland and Virginia with connections to espionage.

Walking the streets of D.C., Wallace said locations where spies lived, worked, held secret meetings and conducted dead drops are all around.

“I think it's about 100 percent certain that there is a spy site in your neighborhood, somewhere in your neighborhood,” he said. “I assure you, you can walk to it.”

In December 1976, retired CIA employee Edwin Moore lived in a home on Fort Sumner Drive in Bethesda, Maryland.

“He decided to go to the other side,” Wallace said.

Moore stole enough classified documents to fill several boxes and tried to sell them to the Soviet Union. He wrapped up a sample of the secret documents with a note and threw the bundle over the fence of the Soviet Embassy, which is now the Russian ambassador’s home. A security guard at the embassy found the package and called D.C. police, fearing it was a bomb.

“They come, retrieve the package, determine it isn't a bomb,” Wallace said. “They open the package, and some very alert police officer in Washington says, ‘Hmm, I think the FBI might be interested in this, and in fact, they were.”

Moore’s note instructed the Soviets to deliver $3,000 in cash to a dead drop location by a fire hydrant right across the street from his house, which undercover FBI agents did.

“He's arrested, he's tried, he's convicted, he's sentenced to 15 years in prison and then subsequently paroled after about three years,” Wallace said.

From the Soviet Union to the United States and Back
The security guard who found the package at the embassy was KGB.

Eight years after turning over Moore’s package of secrets to police, Vitaly Yurchenko returned to the Soviet Union.

“He was a fast-rising officer of the KGB,” Wallace said.

In 1985 after being diagnosed with cancer Yurchenko returned to the United States as a defector.

“He had knowledge of a lot of KGB operations in the United States, so of course we were interested, from a counterintelligence perspective, to debrief him thoroughly, and we did,” Wallace said.

Yurchenko’s defection didn’t last long. One night while having dinner at a Georgetown restaurant that is now the location of an &pizza restaurant, Yurchenko told his CIA security officer he was stepping outside for some fresh air.

“When he walked down the street maybe a block or so he was likely picked up by the KGB at that point,” Wallace said. “We saw him a day or so later on TV announcing that he had been drugged by the CIA for the last three months and he was very happy to be back in friendly hands.”

Spy Tactics Used for a Political Purpose
In his book, Wallace recounts hundreds of spy stories from locations across the area, including the famous garage in Rosslyn where Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward held secret meetings with his Watergate source Deep Throat.

“The Watergate story is in fact an adaptation of espionage techniques for a political purpose,” Wallace said.

“Spy Sites” includes maps of neighborhoods in D.C., Maryland and Virginia.

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Status Check: 'April' the Giraffe Doing Well, Still Pregnant


The 15-year-old giraffe named "April," who has captivated millions of people across the world as they watch a live stream in anxious anticipation of the birth of her fourth calf at an upstate New York zoo, is still pregnant and doing well. 

Veterinarians with the Animal Adventure Park in Harpursville, outside Binghamton, said April's progression continues, but giraffes tend to hide signs of labor as a natural instinct, so they can't confirm active labor.

That said, vets checked in on her twice overnight and "physical posturing and other activity observed would suggest we are close," the group wrote on Facebook Friday morning. Around 8:30 a.m., the live stream actually showed significant movement in April's belly as the long-necked beauty began to walk outside.

Another update was expected Friday evening. 

April's pregnancy was catapulted into global headlines earlier Thursday after YouTube briefly yanked the zoo's live stream following complaints by animal activists that it violated the site's policies concerning "nudity and sexual content." Thousands upon thousands of commenters voiced their frustration on Facebook and YouTube, and the stream was restored within an hour or so. 

More than 30 million people across the globe have tuned in over the last few days to watch it. You can check out the live stream above.

April was seen slinking gracefully around her hay-laden home Friday morning in no apparent distress. Once she goes into active labor, zoo officials say the keepers will go in to help her but first-time dad, 5-year-old Oliver, will be held out of the pen. The dad-to-be will get to go outside with his mate for some exercise Friday, zoo officials said, but they have to be kept apart.

"Her and Oliver will both enjoy yard time today, but are kept separate due to April's condition," the group wrote on Facebook. "His rambunctious play for an extended period could have negative effects. Boys will be boys."

Giraffe pregnancies last for 15 months. Labor lasts anywhere from a few hours to a few days. The calf will be about 150 pounds and 6 feet tall at birth and up and walking in about an hour. The zoo says it will hold a contest to name it.

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Gabby Giffords to GOP: 'Face Your Constituents'


With loud protests roiling congressional town halls this week, Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, decided not to hold one in person, citing the shooting of former Democratic Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords.

NBC News reported that his excuse drew Giffords' ire. She was shot in the head during an event in January 2011, and noted Thursday on Twitter that, despite the shooting on a Saturday, her offices were open for business the following Monday.

"To the politicians who have abandoned their civic obligations, I say this: Have some courage. Face your constituents," Giffords said. "Hold town halls."

She added that town halls and constituent meetings were a hallmark of her tenure, and that representatives who aren't holding town halls also "have opposed commonsense gun violence prevention policies."

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Rory McIlroy Commits to 2017 Travelers Championship


Reigning FedExCup champion Rory McIlroy will be playing in the 2017 Travelers Championship.

It will be his first time teeing it up for the tournament at the TPC River Highlands in Cromwell.

“I’m delighted that the Travelers Championship is part of my schedule this year. It’ll be such a great experience,” McIlroy said in a news release. “The course should really set up well for my game and I’m really looking forward to teeing it up there in June against some of the TOUR’s best players.”

McIlroy, 27, is a four-time major winner and is the number 3 player in the Official World Golf Rankings.

“We’re thrilled that fans throughout the region will have the opportunity to see one of golf’s brightest stars,” Nathan Grube, Travelers Championship Tournament Director, said. “It’s always our goal to bring the best players in the world, like Rory, to Connecticut. He has accomplished a great deal in a short amount of time, and we are all looking forward to seeing Rory in June."

Travelers Championship tournament week is June 19-25.

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New Haven Man Shot Estranged Wife as Baby Slept: Police


A New Haven man is accused of shooting his estranged wife and police took him into custody two and a half hours later. 

Police were responding to an apartment in the 700 block of Dixwell Avenue just before 1:30 a.m. to investigate a domestic dispute when it turned into a shooting. 

When police arrived at the apartment, the victim said her estranged husband, 31-year-old Tyrell L Brown, of New Haven, who’d shot her during an argument. 

She said Brown took the victim’s cell phone, fled the apartment after the shooting and left in her car. 

The victim’s mother and 3-month-old daughter were home at the time of the shooting, according to police. 

An ambulance responded and took the victim to Yale-New Haven Hospital. Her injury was not life-threatening, police said. 

Officers then spotted the victim’s car at 4:20 a.m. at Fitch and Crescent streets and took Brown into custody. 

He has been charged with assault in the first degree, reckless endangerment in the first degree, risk of injury to a child, criminal possession of a firearm and unlawful discharge of a firearm. 

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Record Breaking Warmth Today


Temperatures have surged into the upper 60s and low 70s through areas of inland Connecticut.

The high temperature record for inland Connecticut stands at 73 degrees which was set in 1985. Records for interior Connecticut are recorded at Bradley International Airport. 

Temperatures are also mild along the shoreline where records have already been broken. A record high temperature of 61 degrees was recorded just prior to noon. The official records for the shoreline are recorded in Bridgeport. 

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Warm weather is forecasted again for tomorrow with high temperatures in the upper 50s at the shore and low to middle 60s inland. 

The unseasonably warm weather will come to an end tomorrow evening as a cold front moves through the area. The front will bring with it rain showers with scattered thunderstorms.

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Don't Get Used to the Record Warmth


Today was the second warmest February day on record for inland Connecticut. Absolutely remarkable warmth today! The question so many are asking is whether or not we're done with winter. 


Today's warmth is being driven by an unusually powerful "Bermuda High" type pattern - pumping unseasonable warmth to the north. Full sunshine managed allowed temperatures to soar across the state - and even the shoreline managed to see temperatures around or just over 60F. With an onshore wind and water temperatures in the 30s this is a real testament to how anomalous the airmass was.


But - don't be fooled. The calendar is still in February and the long range computer model projections do not look particularly warm beyond day 7. Is it possible we won't get another inch of snow? Sure, but I wouldn't count on it.


Both the GFS and European computer models show a virtual flip to the jet stream pattern over North America. The persistent trough over the western U.S. responsible for the record snow and rain in California will be replaced by a ridge of high pressure. That teleconnects to a trough over the eastern half of the U.S. which will allow some Canadian cold to move south into New England. While the pattern doesn't look particularly cold - even a seasonable pattern is cold enough to produce snow in early March. 


With cold air nearby and a relatively active storm track some of our computer models are starting to show a few snow threats starting Friday of next week and lasting through March 10 or so. While we can't lock any of these in just yet I wouldn't put the shovels away for good.

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Man Shot at Waterbury City Employees: Police


Waterbury police have arrested a man who is accused of shooting at city employees and damaging the lawn at the Fulton Park Pool House, as well as city vehicle.

Police officers responded to the Fulton Park Pool House on Greenwood Avenue just after 9 a.m. on Friday to investigate a report of gunshots. Two city workers said 20-year-old Joshua Thompson had been parked on the lawn in front of the pool house in a blue Nissan Altima, so the city employees told him he could not park there and asked him to move the vehicle, police said.

When Thompson started to move the car, the city employees noticed fresh damage to the front of the car, as well as damage to the lawn, so they took a photo of the registration plate because they thought he caused damaged to city property, police said.

Thompson then fired one round toward the city employees and hit the front right fender of a city work truck, police said.

Minutes later, police found Thompson on Platt Street, about a mile from the location of the Pool House, and found him with a .38 special revolver and a large amount of heroin, police said.

Police took Thompson into custody and he was charged with two counts of criminal attempt at Assault in the first degree, various weaponscharges and narcotics charges.

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