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Man Injured in New Haven Shooting


A 33-year-old New Haven man was injured in a shooting Sunday night, according to New Haven police.

Police said they responded shortly before 7 p.m. to the area of 200 Dixwell Avenue for a reported shooting. The victim was shot in the right forearm and was alert at the scene, police said.

He was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

There is no suspect description at this time. The case is under investigation.

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Three Injured in Norwich Crash Following Pursuit


Three people were hurt Sunday night after a single car vehicle accident in the Yantic section of Norwich.

The crash occurred on the Interstate 395 northbound on-ramp off of West Town Street. 

Norwich police told NBC Connecticut that the vehicle was involved in a pursuit. The pursuit was terminated prior to the vehicle crashing. 

B.J. Herz, Deputy Chief of the Yantic Fire Company, said the department was dispatched to West Town Street near the I-395 on ramp for a single vehicle crash with two people trapped.

Two of the patients were trapped. Herz said it took 35 to 40 minutes to free the patients from the vehicle.  All three victims were transported to a local hospital with serious but non-life threatening injuries, according to police.

The Norwich Police Department has an accident reconstruction team on scene and is investigating. 

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Homeowners, Officials Call for Crumbling Foundations Support


Homeowners and local town officials from Eastern Connecticut are scheduled to come to the Legislative Office Building in Hartford Monday to urge lawmakers to pass a bill addressing the crumbling foundations issue.

In July 2015, the NBC Connecticut Troubleshooters reported what would be the first in a prolonged investigation into crumbling foundations in northeastern Connecticut. Hundreds of homeowners in Hartford, Tolland and Windham counties have been looking for help in the costly process of fixing their homes.

 Senate Bill 806 would establish a “Crumbling Foundation Assistance Fund” that would progivde affected homeowners with $150,000 or 75 percent of the cost to replace their foundation – whichever is less.

The money would come from insurance companies, contributing $12 for each insurance policy they write.

An amendment to the bill was adopted last week by the Senate and referred to the Senate committee on Finance, Revenue, and Bonding.

There’s also a possibility that homeowners could get tax relief from the federal government. That measure would need approval from the Internal Revenue Service.

A press conference is expected to take place in room 1B of the LOB at 10:15 a.m.

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South Main Street in Manchester Closed After Car Hits Pole


Part of South Main Street in Manchester is closed after a car hit a pole Monday morning.

Police said the crash happened in the area of 305 South Main St. No injuries have been reported, but the pole is broken and the road is closed while crews assess the damage.

The driver told police she swerved to avoid a deer when the crash occurred.

No other information was immediately available.

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Racing to Return to New London-Waterford Speedbowl


Racing could return to the New London-Waterford Speedbowl as early as this summer.

The business announced on Facebook that management was working on an agreement to lease the Speedbowl for the 2017. The post didn’t provide many details, but said that racing was expected to begin before the end of June.

The Speedbowl’s future was uncertain after NASCAR terminated its sanction in April amid allegations that the business’s owner was involved in a human trafficking ring.

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Hamden Looking to Pass Regulations on 'BYOB' Businesses


The mayor of Hamden is looking to pass town-wide rules to regulate “Bring Your Own Booze” at commercial establishments.

Mayor Curt Leng posted his intentions on Facebook Sunday.

The move comes not long after Slyce Pizza Bar at 141 Arch Street began encouraging customers to bring their own alcohol. The bar began advertising BYOB after it was denied a liquor permit renewal amid crime concerns.

Police told NBC Connecticut earlier this month that the bar was not violating any local or state laws by advertising BYOB.

The mayor said that if Hamden is able to pass BYOB regulations, it will be the first municipality in the state to do so.

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Bristol Man Killed in Hartford Motorcycle Crash


A 46-year-old Bristol man was killed in a motorcycle accident in Hartford Sunday, according to Hartford police.

Police said around 6:40 p.m. Sunday they responded to the entrance of Keney Park for a reported motorcycle crash.

The operator, identified as Michael Kowalski, was unresponsive on scene. He was initially revived on scene and taken to St. Francis Hospital, but he died of his injuries.

According to police, the motorcycle went off the road and hit a wooden guardrail. The crash remains under investigation.

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'Lock Him Up': Unruly Passenger in Trump Hat Delays United Flight


A United Airlines flight from Shanghai to Newark, New Jersey, was delayed several hours and eventually rerouted to San Francisco International Airport Sunday due to an unruly passenger wearing a "Make America Great Again" hat, authorities said.

United said the unidentified passenger tried to take another passenger’s seat while boarding flight 187 Shanghai Pudong International Airport. The elderly man allegedly refused to move and grew increasingly disruptive after he was asked to exit the aircraft.

Passengers were forced to de-plane at the Shanghai airport while local law enforcement dealt with the matter.

The man "eventually left the aircraft on his own accord" before the flight departed, a spokesman for United said.

Cellphone video captured by a passenger on the flight showed a crowd of travelers shouting  "Lock him up!" as he was escorted off the plane and to the boarding gate.

The flight was forced to make an unscheduled stopover in San Francisco to get a new crew on board after the delay in Shanghai. The flight was scheduled to arrive in Newark at 6:15 p.m. ET on Sunday, but didn't touch down until 2:22 a.m. Monday, adding several hours to the already lengthy flight.

United thanked its customers for their patience and its staff for its professionalism.

UNH Professor Dies in Fire, Son Hospitalized: Officials


A fire on Staten Island killed a University of New Haven professor and injured his 9-year-old son, officials said.

It happened at the home of 62-year-old Anthony Carter, who was killed in the Saturday night blaze on Pembrook Loop.

Carter was a college professor at the University of New Haven, the school confirmed. 

He served as a dedicated member of the facility for more than a decade, joining the university in 2005, the school said in a statement. 

"He had a passion for mentorship and, for nearly the last 10 years, he has hosted a program that paired local youth with University of New Haven students to provide encouragement and advice," the statement said. "The university community expresses its heartfelt condolences during this difficult time to Professor Carter’s three sons, his family, friends, colleagues, and many students."

Police say Carter's son was hospitalized for minor burns and smoke inhalation.

Authorities said candles started the fire. 

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East Hartford Man Killed in Washington Motorcycle Crash


A 25-year-old East Hartford man was killed in a motorcycle crash in Washington Saturday.

Connecticut State Police said Thien Truong was riding his motorcycle on Route 109 in Washington when he lost control coming around a left turn near Popple Swamp Road. Truong was airlifted to Hartford Hospital by LifeStar and later died of his injuries.

A second motorcycle, operated by Michael Masser, 30, of Hartford, was riding behind Truong and also crashed. Masser was taken to Danbury Hospital with minor injuries.

The crash is under investigation.

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Hartford to Offer City IDs to Undocumented Immigrants


The city of Hartford will begin a municipal ID program that will allow residents to obtain identification cards that will allow them access to city services, regardless of their immigration status. 

Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin and city and community leaders will hold a news conference at 11 p.m. to announce the launch of Hartford’s City ID program and release more information about what it entails. 

Hartford is launching the program 10 years after New Haven became the first city in the country to offer ID cards to immigrants who were in the country illegally. When that happened, it set off a firestorm of protest

Then-Mayor John DeStefano, an outspoken advocate for immigration reform, introduced the plan as a way to integrate people who were in the country illegally into the community, and offer them a means to have some type of identification that they could use in places such as banks. 

"We've seen undocumented immigrants and their neighbors become the victims of robbery, assault and in one case even murder because thieves know they often carry large sums of cash in their pockets or store it in their homes," DeStefano said in 2007. "This is the case because undocumented immigrants do not have the identification information necessary to open bank accounts and thereby safeguard their hard-earned money." 

DeStefano also hoped the ID cards would make undocumented immigrants more willing to report crimes to police. 

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Kids Under 1 Shouldn't Drink Fruit Juice: Pediatrician Org.


Fruit juice, long recommended as a source of vitamin C for children, has no nutritional value for kids under 1 year old and isn't as good as fresh fruit for other kids, according to a leading pediatrician group.

The American Academy of Pediatricians recommends that babies not be fed any fruit juice in the first year of their lives, according to a policy statement released Monday. One-hundred percent fresh or reconstituted juice can be gradually introduced into toddlers' diets, but kids up to 18 should drink at most one cup of it per day.

Fruit juice is lacking in the protein and fiber that is found in fruits, according to the recommendations, being published in the June issue of Pediatrics. That can lead to too much or too little weight gain.

"Parents may perceive fruit juice as healthy, but it is not a good substitute for fresh fruit and just packs in more sugar and calories," said Melvin B. Heyman, co-author of the policy, in a statement. "Small amounts in moderation are fine for older kids, but are absolutely unnecessary for children under 1."

It's the first change in the academy's recommendations for 16 years, according to the statement.

Fruit drinks do not have the same value as fruit juice, the pediatricians note, and doctors may prescribe fruit juice in some instances. But 

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Dad of Teen Killed in Times Square Rampage Leaves Letter


The father of the 18-year-old tourist killed in the Times Square car rampage last week has left a touching letter at the makeshift memorial that's sprung up in the days since the horrific incident in Manhattan.

The framed letter sits atop a concrete NYPD barrier, amid flowers and toys honoring Alyssa Elsman of Portage, Michigan, who was killed when 26-year-old driver Richard Rojas zipped down the sidewalk for several blocks last Thursday. 

In the letter, Elsman's father describes his grief and heartache, and expresses gratitude to those who have supported the family. 

"I have met so many people from different countries, religions, creeds, etc... you have shown us that when you remove bias, racism and ignorance, WE ARE ALL ONE," he writes. "Your condolences have been sincere and taken to heart." 

Part of the letter also describes how Elsman loved New York City: "She loved Times Square. She would appreciate all your kind words but would also tell you all to get back up and continue, that's how full of life my daughter was." 

The letter ends, "I have a hole in my heart... I love you kid... Love you, love you, love you." 

Kim Spears, who works nearby, had tears in her eyes after reading the letter. 

"Everyone feels terrible, and everyone feels awful because you hate to know that somebody came to visit New York -- she's young, she just graduated from high school," she said. "It's just terrible."

On the police barrier, others have left messages saying, "Rest easy," "Lots of love," "God bless you" and "Rest in peace." 

Carlos Cardenas, a tourist from San Francisco, said at the site Monday, "It's just very touching. It's just so sad that something like that could happen here." 

Elsman's 13-year-old sister Ava was also critically injured in the accident and had been at Bellevue Hospital with a broken pelvis and a collapsed lung.

Six other victims continue to be treated at Bellevue, one of whom remains in critical condition, a hospital spokeswoman says. 

Rojas was taken into custody after barreling into the lunch-hour crowd on Seventh Avenue shortly before noon Thursday, according to police. Officials and sources say Rojas, who has a history of DWI arrests, made a U-turn on Seventh Avenue at 42nd Street and started speeding down the sidewalk for about 3-and-a-half blocks, mowing down pedestrians before crashing into a traffic pole.

Rojas told New York Post from Rikers Island Saturday that he was "trying to get help."

"I wanted to fix my life."

The former Navy man told police that he smoked marijuana laced with PCP and has a history of DWI arrests, including one where he was driving faster than 99 mph in a 50 mph zone, police said.

He said he remembered eating with his mother at their Highbridge home Thursday morning when he decided to go for a drive. He said he couldn't remember what was going through his mind during the drive.

“The last thing I remember is driving in my car,” he recalled. “Then, I woke up in the precinct ... I was terrified.”

Rojas also told New York Post that he wants to watch the videos of Thursday's rampage to "verify that I'm the person," he said.

Rojas is charged with second-degree murder, 20 counts of second-degree attempted murder and five counts of aggravated vehicular homicide, police said.

One of the other victims has been identified as a New Jersey high school student.

Jessica Williams, a 19-year-old student from Dunellen High School, remains in critical condition, according to a GoFundMe page dedicated to her recovery. She was visiting midtown on Senior Skip Day with a friend when Rojas accelerated and slammed into them and the crowd.

Williams' injuries include a fractured pelvis and broken leg, according to the Daily News.

“Her spleen was removed yesterday and the damage to her face was stitched up today,” her cousin Nicole Guild said on the GoFundMe page. 

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ICE Detains Imam from New Haven Mosque


Agents from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement have detained an imam from a New Haven mosque on a deportation order issued last year. 

Officials from Majid Al-Islam Mosque said Imam Hasiz Hannan was detained and that the members of the mosque are distraught. They added that Hannan is an important member of the New Haven community. 

Hannan, who is from Pakistan, was detained Friday and federal officials said he was previously convicted on federal charges. 

“On May 19, ICE officers arrested Hafiz Abdul Hannan, a citizen of Pakistan, at his residence in New Haven, Connecticut, on an outstanding final order of removal (deportation order) issued by an immigration judge in March 2016. Hannan has a previous federal conviction for committing fraud in his immigration documents. He will remain in ICE custody pending removal from the United States,” Shawn Neudauer, ICE spokesman, New England, said.

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Couple: Bible Note Is Signed by Serial Killer H.H. Holmes


A New Jersey couple is speaking out after they say they found a handwritten note signed by America’s first serial killer inside a family Bible.

Claire Fanelle told NBC10 she was cleaning out her mother’s old books when she stumbled upon a well-worn Bible.

“The Bible was in a box I was going through,” she said. “We just assumed that it was an interesting Bible.”

As Fanelle’s son read the newspapers stuffed inside, she came across an inscription. It was a note signed with the distinctive signature of notorious serial killer H.H. Holmes, a man who admitted to killing at least 27 people in the 19th century but then changed the number of victims to two.

“And the two of us look at each other like, ‘This is weird,’” Fanelle said.

Fanelle had watched NBC10’s recent report on the family members of Holmes who had exhumed his body at the Yeadon cemetery. They’re trying to verify family lore that Holmes somehow swindled out of his own execution at the Moyamensing Prison in South Philadelphia.

The Bible Fanelle found belonged to the first cousin of her great grandfather, Father Patrick J. Dailey, a Catholic priest at the turn of the century.

Church records indicate Dailey worked at the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary church around the corner from the site of the old prison. Fanelle believes Father Dailey ministered to inmates awaiting execution, including Holmes.

“When he came to walk him to the gallows he probably handed him the Bible back with that inscription in it,” Fanelle said.

That inscription, written in the heavy lettering of Holmes, may provide new clues about Holmes.

“It says, ‘Dear Father Dailey, I must write and make you know the kind feelings I have for you,’” Claire's husband Larry Fanelle said.

The middle of the note is indecipherable. It then concludes with, “I need your prayers after my death. With all of my heart – HH Holmes, May 7. 1896.”

May 7, 1896 was the day of Holmes’ execution.

Holmes is best known for his “Murder Castle” in Chicago. He built the hotel equipped with secret rooms, chambers and a spot dissections in the basement. With visitors from around the globe visiting the city’s World’s Fair in 1893, Holmes’ unwitting guests checked in but some never left. 

It’s believed Holmes sold his victims’ bodies, organs and bones. According to Rider University Professor Joe Wojie the going rate was about $8 to $10 a body.

Holmes' story was portrayed in the 2003 book "The Devil in the White City" by Erik Larson.

While Holmes was widely regarded as remorseless, the Fanelle family believes the handwritten letter reveals something unexpected.

“That letter kind of turns around and says, ‘Wait a minute. At the 11th hour he was remorseful,’” Larry Fanelle said. “And he asked for forgiveness.”

Filmmaker and Holmes expert John Borowski told the NBC10 Investigators he’s confident that the inscription was written by Holmes.

“This artifact is definitely an important true crime artifact,” Borowski said.
Borowski doubts Holmes was truly reformed however.

“At that point, on the day of your execution, isn’t it a little too late to ask for forgiveness or your soul to be reprieved from eternal damnation when you’ve basically killed men, women and children?” Borowski asked.

The Fanelles are left with an unexpected artifact from one of the country’s most famous mysteries and a sense that Father Dailey situated them on the right side of history.

“I’ll say I’m glad I’m related on this side,” Claire Fanelle said. “Rather than on the other side.”

Unwelcome Selfie, Melania Hand Slap: Trump Arrives in Israel


The red carpet moments on the tarmac kept coming.

President Donald Trump had a bumpy landing in Israel on Monday with a series of apparent faux pas, from the first lady slapping away his hand to a lawmaker whipping out a cell phone to take a selfie with him.

Trump arrived in Tel Aviv for a two-day visit to Israel and the Palestinian territories and as he tried to take his wife’s hand on a red carpet on the tarmac at Ben-Gurion International Airport, the first lady appeared to push it back. It was unclear what prompted the videotaped moment. 

Oren Hazan, a politician in Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Likud party did take his hand in what The Associated Press described as a characteristically aggressive handshake, then took out his a cell phone for a selfie. Netanyahu tried to swat Hazan’s arm away, unsuccessfully, and Likud politicians later said that not only was Hazan not invited to the ceremony but that he had caused “a great embarrassment” to the prime minister.

Education Minister Naftali Bennett used the welcome ceremony to press Trump to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Trump, who had promised during the campaign to move the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem but has since backed away from the pledge, told Bennett, “That’s a good one,” according to the AP.

Boarding the Marine One helicopter for Jerusalem, Netanyahu’s wife, Sara, was caught on microphone commiserating about media coverage.

“The majority of people in Israel, unlike the media, they love us, so we tell them how you are great, and they love you,” she said, the Washington Post reported.

“We have something very much in common,” Trump replied.

“Very much in common,” said Sara Netanyahu, who has come under media attention as the subject of official investigation over her spending on the couple’s private home.

Trump soon found himself defending an Oval Office meeting on May 10 when he disclosed classified information about an Islamic State threat to the Russian former minister and ambassador to the United States. The information came from Israel, according to officials.

“I never mentioned the word or the name Israel,” he said.

But he never was accused of naming Israel, just of revealing enough details that could lead others to that realization.

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Simsbury Police Investigating Bear Sighting


Bears were spotted on Flintrock Ridge in Simsbury and police are investigating.

Police did not release any additional information, but photos and video Rob Perissi show three bears, including one that climbed up on what appears to be a deck.

No additional information was immediately available.

The state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection keeps track of bear sightings and there have been 280 in Simsbury over the last year and 6,251 statewide over.

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South African Game Hunter Dies After Elephant Falls on Him


A well-known big game hunter died after an elephant ravaged by gunshots collapsed on him on Friday, according to local authorities.

South African hunter Theunis Botha, 51, "unknowingly" came across a herd of breeding elephants near the Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe, park spokesman Simukai Nyasha told the Associated Press.

The group with Botha spooked the herd and three elephants immediately charged at them, so Botha opened fire on the animals, according to South Africa's News24.

A fourth stormed at the group from the side, lifting Botha up with its trunk. Someone fired shots at the elephant, causing the animal to collapse and crushed Botha to death, NBC News reported.

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Vulgar, Obscene Images Painted on Cars in Hamden


Police are investigating after some Hamden residents found “vulgar and obscene” writing and images painted on their vehicle. 

Police said they responded to three locations Monday on East Gate Lane, Paradise Avenue and Skiff Street residence to investigate after vehicles were damaged overnight. 

Police said the vehicles were parked in private driveways and parking lots.

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