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One Injured in Bristol Armed Robbery


One person was taken to the hospital after being injured in an armed robbery late Sunday night.

Bristol police said that shortly before midnight, two victims reported a shot fired during an armed robbery on Prospect Street. The victims told police multiple suspects left the area in a vehicle.

One victim was taken to the hospital with minor injuries.

Officers searched the area for suspects but found no one.

Police are investigating this case. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Bristol Police Department at 860-584-3011.

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Caught on Video: Bounce House Blows Across the Road in SC


Five children were injured when a bounce house was caught by a wind gust in Greenville County, South Carolina, during a church carnival on Saturday. 

"It just took off like a kite into the sky," parent Alyssa Wentzel told NBC News. "All I could do was yell and pray 'God, please keep those kids inside!' Thank God no one died, no one fell out, it was a miracle, it could've been much worse."

No charges were expected.

Coventry Police Seek Suspect in Armed Robbery


Coventry police are looking for a suspect accused of robbing a convenience store at knifepoint.

Police said a male suspect armed with a folding knife robbed the Coventry Food Mart on Daly Road Sunday around 8:45 p.m. No one was hurt.

The suspect is described as wearing all black clothing and wearing glasses.

Anyone with information on this crime is asked to contact the Coventry Police Department 860-742-7331 or the anonymous TIPS line at 860-742-2400.

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Russian Navy Activity in Europe Now at Cold-War Levels: Adm.


The American warships that launched missiles into Syria last week were sailing in waters that a top military official said haven't seen such high levels of Russian naval activity since the Cold War, NBC News reported.

Navy Admiral Michelle Howard said seas around Europe, like the Mediterranean Sea where the U.S. launched 59 Tomahawk missiles, are seeing a spike in Russian presence.

"We're now seeing activity that we didn't even see when it was the Soviet Union," Howard told Reuters.

The increased naval activity coincides with the deterioration of the relationship between Russia and the United States. Russia's navy is smaller than it was during the Soviet era, but they have increased patrols in the north Atlantic and Arctic regions.

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4 Taken to Hospital After Fire in New Haven


Four people, including one firefighter, were taken to the hospital after a fire in an apartment building on West Hazel Street in New Haven prompted a large emergency response Sunday night. 

Firefighters battled a fire that tore through the multi family home shortly after 7:30 p.m and left adjoining homes damaged as well. 

According to officials, six people lived in the two apartments inside the home. 

Three of those people were taken to the hospital for smoke inhalation. 

According to the New Haven Fire Department chief, one firefighter was also taken to the hospital for a leg injury. 

Officials said it appears the fire started on the first floor, but the cause is still being investigated. 

The Red Cross is helping the residents impacted by the fire. 

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Bob Maxon Returns to Work After Suffering Heart Attack


NBC Connecticut First Alert meteorologist Bob Maxon returned to work Monday after suffering a mild heart attack. He made his return debut on NBC Connecticut News at 6 a.m.

Bob began to feel ill while at work on March 21 and thought he was coming down with the flu. He went to a walk-in clinic where he was immediately diagnosed as having a heart attack.

Bob shared his personal story with his viewers in hopes that he could raise awareness about heart attacks and heart health. He has received thousands of messages of support from viewers across the country.

Over the past few weeks Bob has been at home recovering and undergoing cardiac rehabilitation, something he said he never thought he would have to deal with.

He said his story should be warning that not everyone experiences the symptoms of a heart attack the same way.

For more information on heart health and to learn the warning signs of a heart attack, visit the American Heart Association website.

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Police Investigate Robbery at Plainville Bank


Police are investigating a bank robbery in Plainville and they are searching for the robber.

Police responded to Key Bank, at 133 East Main St., in Plainville around 3:43 p.m. Friday and learned that a man handed a note that said he had a gun and demanded money to a teller, but the man never showed a gun or weapon. Police have not released the amount of money the robber stole. 

The robber appears to be between 20 and 30 years old. He is between 5-feet-9 and 5-feet-11 and has a medium build, police said. 

He was wearing a light blue baseball cap, black sunglasses, a black coat, blue jeans and dark sneakers. 

Anyone with information is asked to call the Plainville Police at 860-747-1616.

The Connecticut Bankers Reward Association is offering a $500 reward for information leading to an arrest.

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Wilton Loop Closed Due to Coyotes


The Wilton Loop of the Norwalk River Valley Trail has been closed due to coyote activity, Wilton police said.

Wilton Police Department received a report regarding an encounter between a dog and a coyote on the Wilton Loop, south of Sharp Hill Road. Though the dog was on a leash, it ran from its owner when the coyote appeared. The dog was not injured.

The Animal Control Officer has been notified and is working with representatives of the Norwalk River Valley Trail to ensure a safe re-opening of the trail, according to Wilton police.

For updates on the Wilton Loop, check the Norwalk River Valley Trail Facebook page.

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One Taken to Hospital After Crash on Route 30 in Vernon


One person was taken to the hospital after a crash on Route 30 in Vernon, according to Vernon police.

Police said that three vehicles were involved in a crash near the Vernon Center Middle School. One person was taken to the hospital with non life-threatening.

Initial investigation shows that one vehicle crossed the center line, side-swiped one vehicle, then kept driving in the opposite lane and side-swiped a second car.

Police said that it appears that the driver of one vehicle may have been impaired, but that is under investigation. None of the drivers have been identified.

“Just prior to the accident our dispatch center received several 911 calls reporting erratic operation. It’s believed to be the operator of one of the vehicles that was involved in the collision," said Lt. William Meier of the Vernon Police Department.

That stretch of Route 30 is generally busy, but because students are off for spring break there was less traffic than usual, police said.

The road was closed for about an hour and a half but has since reopened.

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Tesla Becomes Most Valuable US Automaker


Tesla overtook General Motors during trading Monday to become the most valuable automaker in the United States, CNBC reported.

The electric car company sold about 76,000 vehicles last year, a fraction of the 10 million sold the same year by GM.

But Tesla's market capitalization, which is calculated by multiplying the total number of shares by the present stock price, hit about $51 billion, Bloomberg reported. That was about $1.7 billion more than GM, as of 9:35 a.m. ET.

PiperJaffray analyst Alexander Potter said in a note that Tesla has a "captivating impact on consumers and shareholders alike" that will be difficult for competitors to replicate.

Tesla shares rose more than 3 percent to reach a fresh all-time high of $313.73 in midafternoon trading Monday, after receiving the highest price forecast ever issued for the stock by an analyst at a major firm.

The stock closed up over 3 percent at $312.39 per share.

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Police Find Molotov Cocktails During Hartford Investigation


Hartford police responded to Cornwall Street on Monday morning to investigate after a man with a history of mental illness barricaded himself in a bedroom and they learned he'd been making Molotov cocktails, according to police.

Police said the suspect surrendered peacefully and was taken to Saint Francis Hospital.

Authorities said an arrest warrant is pending.

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Warm Today, Record Breaking Warmth Tomorrow


Warm air has moved into the state and we're expecting summer like temperatures by Tuesday afternoon.

Temperatures today will climb into the middle to upper 70s for much of inland Connecticut. Temperatures along the coast will be a little cooler with a southerly wind off of the cold Long Island Sound water.We're forecasting high temperatures in the middle 60s for coastal areas of the state.

If today isn't warm enough just wait until tomorrow. We're forecasting temperatures to reach the 80s in parts of the state.

Here's a look at our high temperature forecast for tomorrow.

Temperatures will be warm enough to break the high temperature record for the day. The current record is 79 degrees which was set back in 1955. We're forecasting a high temperatures of 83 degrees for the Hartford area.

Please share with us how you're enjoying the warm weather. Send us a photo to ShareIt@nbcconnecticut.com

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Man Accused of Groping Teen in Middletown


Police arrested a 27-year-old New Haven man who is accused of groping a 13-year-old girl in Middletown.

Police responded to Ferry Street at 8:16 p.m. Sunday after receiving a report of a man grabbing or trying to take a girl.

When officers responded, the victim’s father said a man grabbed his daughter and tried to assault her or take her while she was getting out of a vehicle, according to police.

Police have identified the suspect as 27-year-old Danny Raul Baker, of New Haven.

The victim’s father said he confronted Baker and Baker started yelling, “Don’t call the police,” according to the arraignment report.

The father told authorities he’d gone to his parents’ house with his 13-year-old daughter and a man walked up to the teen and started groping her from behind, according to police.

Baker was charged with third-degree sexual assault and held on $100,000 bond.

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Man Shot in the Leg in New Haven Drive-By Shooting


A man was injured in a drive-by shooting on Vernon Street in New Haven Monday morning, according to New Haven police.

Police responded around 8:40 a.m. to reports of gunfire on Vernon Street near Congress Avenue. Witnesses reported seeing a man limping away from the scene.

A short time later, police were notified that a gunshot wound victim had walked in to the emergency room at Yale-New Haven Hospital.

The victim was shot in the leg, according to police. It appears the victim was shot by someone driving by in a car on Vernon Street. No description of the suspect or the vehicle were immediately available.

Police are investigating. Anyone with information is asked to contact New Haven police at 203-946-6304. Tips can remain anonymous.

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Parking Reaches Capacity at Sleeping Giant State Park in Hamden


Sleeping Giant State Park in Hamden has reached parking capacity as people head to the beach to enjoy the warm weather as temperatures approach 80 degrees today.

The Twitter account for Connecticut state parks said the parking is closed after reaching capacity at 2 p.m. 

The main gate at Hammonasset Beach State Park will be closed for a few hours Tuesday morning to pave the entrance and exit roads. The gates will be closed until noon, but the Shoreline Greenway parking lot on Route 1 will remain available for visitors to use in the morning.

Are you out and enjoying the nice weather? Send a photo to shareit@nbcconnecticut.com or upload them here. 

Release of Steam at Power Plant Caused Loud Sound in Dayville


People in the Dayville area were awakened Monday morning by a high-pitched screeching around 5:15 a.m.

It happened in the area of the Lake Road Energy Facility, a natural gas-fueled power plant located at 56 Alexander Park Way.

The sound was caused when a valve malfunctioned and pressure began to build at the plant, triggering a safety measure to release steam, according to David Onufer, a spokesperson for Dynegy, which owns the facility.

The steam is nothing more than water vapor and the safety feature worked as it was supposed to, Onufer said.  The sound lasted for about 15 minutes.

No one was in danger and there was no harm done to the environment, he said.

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Bridgeport Teen Has Been Missing for 2 Weeks


Police have issued a Silver Alert for a 16-year-old Bridgeport boy who has been missing for two weeks.

Dijon Waiters has been missing since Monday, March 27, according to the Silver Alert.

He is 6-feet-tall and has black hair and brown eyes. He weighs around 140 pounds.

Anyone with information on where he is should call Bridgeport police at 203-576-7671.

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Drug Operation Discovered Following Watertown Fire


A drug operation in Watertown was discovered after firefighters put out a fire at the home on Friday, police said. 

Crews responded to a fire at the multi-family home on 429 Main Street at approximately 10:39 p.m. The people inside the building had been evacuated but police found one man with burn on his face and hands in the parking lot, Watertown Police said. 

When investigators entered the building, they found a "highly sophisticated, elaborate set-up" for manufacturing marijuana butane extract, also known as "dab", the police department said. 

Watertown police worked with the Connecticut State Police Drug Enforcement Agency and the Connecticut Environment Emergency Response Coordinator on how to enter the building that contained hazardous chemicals. 

A search and seizure warrant linked to the fire investigation was executed for the second floor rear apartment by Watertown officers. Investigators have not determined the origin or cause of the fire and the investigation is on-going, police said. 

No other details were immediately available. 

As Temps Rise, Police Urge Drivers, Motorcyclists to Be Safe


With warmer weather now here, more motorcyclists will be on Connecticut’s roads and highways and state police are issuing a warning in the hopes that people will stay safe. 

“Unfortunately with more motorcycles come more accidents,” Trooper Kelly Grant, of the Connecticut State Police, said.

Recently, a motorcycle rider in Torrington was killed after colliding with another vehicle. This weekend, a car struck a motorcycle in West Haven and the motorcyclist was killed while the passenger was seriously injured.

State police say it’s important for motorcyclists to follow the same rules as drivers of cars to avoid danger and possibly death.

“It’s the responsibility of both the motorcycle operator and the motor vehicle motorist to keep motorcycle operators safe. Driving in the shoulder, driving in the median, weaving in and out between traffic is very dangerous,” Trooper Grant said.

On Sunday, State Police found themselves in a chase after 911 calls came from up and down Interstate 95 about a pack of bikes riding dangerously on the highway.


Jakob Ruminski and Evron Trim were the only two riders troopers could catch up with and they’re now facing charges of reckless driving, reckless endangerment and disobeying the signal of an officer.


One driver with experience driving both cars and motorcycles, Tyrell Brazier, of Meriden, said it’s time for the people driving on four wheels to do more to protect the people riding on two.

“They just don’t have any courtesy for the common motorcycle rider,” Brazier said.

He said drivers need more training in sharing the roads with motorcycles.

“I think everyone needs a refresher because they seem to forget the rules that they learned when they got their first license,” he said.

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