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One Person Dead Following Two Car Crash


One person is dead after being involved in a two car crash on the Wilbur Cross Parkway in Orange Saturday afternoon.

Police said there was a rollover crash on the southbound side near exit 56. The right lane is shut down.

Police said a second person has a non life-threatening injury.

Drivers are cautioned to slow down and avoid the area if possible.

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Newark Airport Re-Opens After Suspicious Device Found: Police


A terminal in Newark airport was evacuated for about an hour Saturday after authorities found a pressure cooker, Port Authority police said. 

Police said that no threat was found after the package was discovered at about 6 p.m. Port Authority tweeted that travelers should expect residual delays from the evacuation. 

The suspicious package was discovered at level 3 of Terminal A at Newark Liberty International Airport according to police. 

The Port Authority Police tweeted: "#PAPD evacuating Terminal A, Newark Airport after a pressure cooker was found in the terminal. Awaiting bomb squad."

Law enforcement sources told NBC 4 New York that it was found in an area before passengers are screened. Someone reported a brown shopping bag had been left next to a large garbage can, the sources said. 

A Port Authority police officer looked into the bag and saw that it "looked like a pressure cooker," the source said. 

One traveler said no one panicked during the evacuation.

"No one seemed freaked out, everyone seemed calm," Ryan Lozano, from Astoria, told NBC New York. "It wasn't like they were telling us to run."

K9 units, emergency service units, detectives and the Elizabeth Fire Department were at the scene, police said. The Essex County bomb squad also responded. 

The terminal was evacuated at about 5 p.m. on the first day of the Memorial Day holiday weekend. 

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New Haven Police Officer Killed in Motorcycle Crash


The New Haven Police Department is mourning the loss of one of its own after an officer was killed in a motorcycle accident in South Carolina Saturday.

Officer Edward Douglas was riding a motorcycle when he was involved in a crash in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, around 4:20 a.m. He died of his injuries at 9:25 a.m. He was 31.

Police said no other vehicles were involved.

Douglas began his basic training with New Haven police in January 2013. He was assigned to the Community Patrol Division upon graduation. In 2016, he moved to the Investigate Services Division, where he worked in the Narcotics Unit.

“By everyone’s account who worked with him and supervised him in different roles in the police department, just someone who was constantly smiling, someone who was diligent with his work, left no stones unturned. He was a great police officer,” said New Haven Police Officer David Hartman of Douglas.

Hartman said that Douglas was on vacation at the time of the crash and described him as a motorcycle enthusiast.

“The news of Officer Douglas’ death has shaken New Haven’s 497 member department, of which he was a valuable and highly respected member. There is a great emptiness left by Edward’s passing. Edward’s family must know that the outpouring of love they have and will continue to receive will serve as a reminder to them of how much he was loved by all who knew him,” read a release from the New Haven Police Department.

Douglas is survived by his mother, father and three brothers.

“We are not his immediate family. We are his second family. This is something that has shaken us to the core,” Hartman said.

Counseling services are being offered to officers and to his family.

Photo Credit: New Haven Police Department

Noose Found in Tree Near Smithsonian Museum


A noose was found hanging in a tree near one of the Smithsonian museums on the National Mall in Washington, officials say.

The noose was found Friday evening near the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, U.S. Park Police said in a statement issued Saturday. 

A Smithsonian police officer spotted the symbol of racist violence "inside the dense canopy of a tree" west of the museum. Officials do not know for how long it was there. 

Washington D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser reacted on Twitter. 

Anyone with information for police is asked to call 202-610-7500, or 202-610-8737.

Stay with News4 for more details on this developing story.

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Scandal in the WH? Clinton Aides Know What That’s Like


Life was hell in the White House.

The aides and advisers who endured the last major independent investigation at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue say President Donald Trump and his team are not prepared for how miserable their lives are about to become, NBC News reported.

The investigation into former President Bill Clinton wrought havoc on the lives of the White House staff, brought down a sitting governor, and led to the impeachment of a president for only the second time in American history.

Former FBI Director Robert Mueller's is set with the task of looking into Russian meddling in the election and possible ties of the Trump campaign to Moscow. It begins with the start of Trump's presidency, when he has few accomplishments or good will to fall back on, and when the White House is already riven with internal divisions and leaks.

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North Korea’s Media Says Anti-Aircraft Weapon Tested


North Korean media claimed on Saturday that the country had tested a "a new type of anti-aircraft guided weapon," NBC News reported.

The country's state-run KCNA said that Kim Jong Un watched the test and that defects in the system have been fixed.

Reports of the new test come amid heightened tensions in the Korean peninsula and following international condemnation of several banned ballistic missile tests carried out so far this year.

Experts say some of the North's claims about its anti-aircraft systems are doubtful and that the latest claim may be an exaggeration. 

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Police Crack Down on Traffic Enforcement for Holiday Weekend


Memorial Day Weekend getaways mean millions of people hitting the roads and it’s not always pleasant.

“Bad, it’s a nightmare, bumper to bumper,” Pam Lee of Barre, Vermont, said as she stopped for a break at a rest area on Interstate 91 in Middletown.

Among the holiday travelers on the highways: members of Connecticut State Police.

NBC Connecticut jumped in the cruiser with Trooper Ashley Harkins.

She’s part of the stepped up enforcement from Friday until Monday.

“People are going to be out there unfortunately not making the right or best choices sometimes,” Harkins said.

Harkins is looking for drunk drivers, aggressive drivers, and speeders, among other things.

“Just slow down, be safe, there’s a lot of extra people out there with Memorial Day,” Harkins told a driver she had pulled over.

Since the campaign started, police have already investigated 151 crashes including two deaths as of Saturday morning.

Early Saturday morning police say a car smashed into a cruiser which was stopped on I-395 south in Killingly while helping a DOT crew.

The driver of the car, Stephanie Credit, faces several charges including operating under the influence.

Credit and the trooper who had been in the cruiser were taken to the hospital to be checked out for minor injuries.

A reminder to every one of the dangers on the road and making sure to arrive at their destination safely.

“I’m ready to get home, very ready to get home,” Lee said.

As of 8:30 a.m. Sunday police had handed out 387 speeding tickets and 1542 violations for things like unsafe lane changes, following too close, and texting. Police have also made 17 DUI arrests and investigated 219 accidents, two of which were fatal.

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2 Great White Sharks Surface Near Jersey Shore for Memorial Day Weekend


Two great white sharks are hanging out at the Jersey Shore and Delaware beaches this Memorial Day weekend.

Mary Lee, a 16-foot, 3,456-pound great white shark surfaced in the water near Cape May, New Jersey and Rehoboth Beach, Delaware Saturday and remained in the area Sunday, according to the non-profit shark-tracking group OCEARCH.

The mature predator was about 15 miles east-southeast of Cape May when she last pinged on OCEARCH's radar at 7 a.m. Sunday. Two hours earlier, she pinged near the shore of Lewes and Rehoboth Beach, Delaware.

Researchers have been monitoring the shark’s movements after tagging her off Cape Cod back on September 17, 2012. Since then she’s made several trips to New Jersey.

Mary Lee isn't the only shark in our region. Cisco -- weighing around 362 pounds and measuring 8-feet, 7-inches pinged around 4 a.m. Friday at the mouth of the Delaware Bay, slightly closer to Lewes, Delaware than Cape May. As of Saturday, the shark was in an area between Rehoboth Beach and Cape May.

In the past month the immature shark — one of the few male white sharks tagged by the research group — has made its way up from off the coast of the Outer Banks in North Carolina to the Delaware Bay. He was originally tagged off the coast of Nantucket, Massachusetts in October and named for a nearby beach and brewery, OCEARCH said.

OCEARCH expedition leader Chris Fischer said Cisco is important to the group's mission of gaining data about the white shark population in hopes of protecting fish in the ocean.

"Cisco is a really interesting shark," Fischer said via phone from his home in Park City, Utah. "He's likely just coming in (the Delaware Bay) to forage."

Factors such as fish and water temperature (they like it around 60 to 65 degrees) can draw sharks to the Atlantic Coast this time of year, he said.

"The life of the male white shark was a complete mystery and we really started cracking the code on that just last year," Fischer said, adding that the information gathered on Cisco and two other male sharks have been critical to this new understanding.

He also said people shouldn’t fear a shark being in local waters — rather they should celebrate it because of what a shark means to the ocean ecosystem.

"People should be terrified of an ocean that's not full of sharks, they keep everything in balance," Fischer said. "So, if we want to make sure that our great grandchildren can eat fish sandwiches, we need lots of big sharks."

You can track the movements of Mary Lee and Cisco by clicking HERE or by downloading the Global Shark Tracker app for your iPhone or Android. You can also follow Mary Lee and Cisco on Twitter.

Photo Credit: OCEARCH

Distracted Driver Rams into Vernon Police Cruiser: Police


A distracted driver crashed into a Vernon police cruiser early Sunday morning, according to Vernon police.

Police said a driver that rammed into a cruiser admitted to texting while driving. No one was hurt.

Police remind drivers that distracted driving is dangerous, and that Connecticut has a Move Over Law, which states “any operator of a motor vehicle on a highway when approaching one or more stationary emergency vehicles located on the shoulder, lane or breakdown lane of such highway shall (1) immediately reduce speed to a reasonable level below the posted speed limit, and (2) if traveling in the lane adjacent to the shoulder, lane or breakdown lane containing such emergency vehicle, move such motor vehicle over one lane, unless such movement would be unreasonable or unsafe.”

This was not the first incident this weekend - on Saturday, a state police cruiser that was pulled over to assist a Department of Transportation crew was struck by a suspected intoxicated driver on I-395 in Killingly. 

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Police Seek Car in Connection with Fatal Stratford Shooting


Stratford police are investigating after deadly shooting on Garibaldi Avenue Saturday night, and are looking to identify a vehicle whose occupants may have been involved.

Around 7 p.m. Saturday night police responded to the area. Police confirmed a male victim was shot and killed, but did not identify the victim.

Police said they are looking for a black Hyundai Sonata that may have been involved in the shooting.

More details were not immediately available.

Photo Credit: Stratford Police Department

Towns Cancel Memorial Day Events Amid Rainy Forecast


Some towns are changing Memorial Day plans due to rainy weather in the forecast.

The Town of Windsor has canceled the Memorial Day Parade and outdoor services that were scheduled at Elm Grove and Veterans cemeteries Monday.

There will still be a ceremony inside the Windsor Town Hall Council Chambers. It begins at 10 a.m.

Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton announced on Twitter that the city had decided to cancel its parade. There will still be a memorial mass at St. Joseph's church at 6:30 a.m.

Both Madison and Manchester have also canceled their parades.

The NBC Connecticut meteorologists are forecasting rain across the state tomorrow morning.

For a list of Memorial Day events across the state, click here.

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Bikers Rumble Into DC for 30th Year for Memorial Day


For the 30th year, the annual Rolling Thunder "Ride for Freedom" rumbled into Washington with hundreds of thousands of bikers. The official events started Friday evening, with the "Blessing of the Bikes" at Washington National Cathedral.

Since 1988, thousands of bikers and spectators have converged in Washington to honor military veterans and members of the military missing in action. More than 1 million people are expected to participate. 

Vietnam War-era veteran Bob Atkinson and his wife, Brenda Atkinson, said they were honored to ride in Rolling Thunder for their 17th year. They rode 900 miles to D.C. from their home in Perkins, Illinois.

Bob Atkinson said he rides to "keep people aware that there's still people missing in action."

"Until we get rid of that and treat everybody fairly and right, then the government needs to be aware, and this is one way that they're aware every year -- that people come here for this," he said. 

Being part of the huge wage of bikers approaching the National Mall never fails to make him cry, he said. 

NBC Washington's Chris Gordon rode on the back of retired Navy veteran Ken Gulledge's bike. Gulledge rode to D.C. from South Carolina and will return to Afghanistsn soon following 30 years of service to the Navy.

"This is what I do. I defend freedom. This is the reason I'm on earth," he said. 

Bikers will meet at the Pentagon from 7 a.m. to noon on Sunday, then ride to D.C. at noon. A program will be held on the National Mall, near the Lincoln Memorial, at 1:30 p.m. At 3 p.m., Billy Ray Cyrus, Rockie Lynne and Gordon Painter are set to perform.

There will be a wreath presentation at the World War II Memorial at 9 a.m. on Monday, at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery at 11 a.m. and for Vietnam War veterans at 1 p.m. The National Memorial Day Parade is set to start at 2 p.m.

For the full schedule, see the Rolling Thunder website.

The ride is open to anyone who wishes to show their support. Organizers recommend that all participants be experienced in riding in slow, stop-and-go traffic.

Officials encourage drivers to keep an eye out for motorcyclists even more than usual. “Even the smallest collision between a car and a motorcycle can be deadly for the motorcyclist," Officer Nathan Probus of the Prince William County Police Department told WTOP.

The NBC Washington traffic map will be updated throughout the day as roads open and close.

Go here for the full Memorial Day weekend weather forecast.

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Woman Injured After Fall at Enders State Forest


A 26-year-old woman suffered minor injuries when she fell at the falls at Enders State Forest Sunday, according to officials from the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.

Police said local firefighters and EMS responded and brought her to the parking area. She was evaluated on scene and refused transportation, but told officials a friend would take her to the hospital for treatment.

State Environmental Conservation Police are investigating.

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Person Hurt After Falling from Cliff in Danielson


Serious injuries have been reported after a person fell from Ross’s Cliff in Danielson, according to Quinebaug Valley Emergency Communications.

Dispatch said that the person fell approximately 120 feet and that rescue units have been on scene since around 3 p.m. performing a technical rescue. The patient was airlifted to Rhode Island Hospital.

Ross’s Cliff is part of Old Furnace State Park off Ross Road.

More details were not immediately available. Check back for updates.

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Navy Parachutist Dies in Fleet Week Crash: Officials


A Navy parachutist in Jersey City's Fleet Week crashed into the water and died on Sunday, officials said. 

The member of the Navy Leap Frogs suffered a malfunction with his parachute and it failed to open properly, Cmdr. Jack Scorby said.

He landed in the water near Liberty State Park in Jersey City and was immediately retrieved by the Coast Guard, according to officials. He was taken to Jersey City Medical Center where he was pronounced dead, Scorby said. 

Witnesses saw the person falling in the sky with a parachute on. The person was spiraling and did not appear to be in control of his descent, witnesses said. 

A parachute floated down into a parking lot. 

"Our hearts and prayers go out to his family, and I ask for all of your prayers for the Navy SEAL community who lost a true patriot today," Scorby said.

The victim's name wasn't released, pending notification of his family. The investigation into the cause of the malfunction is ongoing.

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Biden Slams Democrats for Silence on Middle-Class Struggles


Former Vice President Joe Biden questioned Democrats' strategy for representing the middle-class, suggesting Sunday that they "haven't spoken enough to the fears and aspirations to the people we come from," NBC News reported.

"Because of the negative campaign that Trump ran, how much did we hear about that guy making 50,000 bucks on an assembly line, [and] the woman — his wife — making $28,000 as a hostess?" Biden asked a crowd of 1,200 at a campaign rally.

Biden took the train from his home in Delaware on Sunday to campaign alongside Phil Murphy, the front-runner to win the Democratic nomination for the New Jersey governor's race on June 6.

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Hamden Steps Up Traffic Enforcement With New Initiative


Hamden police are increasing traffic patrols in key areas as part of a new initiative to make their roads safer, according to the mayor.

Mayor Curt Leng posted on Facebook about the changes. He said the increased enforcement began in early May in the areas of Ridge Road, Hartford Turnpike, Shepard Avenue, West Todd Street and Evergreen Avenue.

Leng said that in June there will be even more enforcement throughout town, including the areas of West Woods Road, parts of Whitney Avenue and certain sections of Dixwell Avenue.

The increased enforcement is designed to complement physical traffic design and pedestrian safety measures that are also being made.

“Hamden's renewed focus on traffic enforcement is designed to slow down traffic, make Hamden a more pedestrian friendly Town and increase the general safety and wellbeing of our residents, businesses and visitors,” Leng wrote.

Officials said more locations will be announced in June and July based on requests residents have made. Hamden police will be tracking the enforcement effort and make those statistics available for review.

Anyone with questions on the plans can contact the mayor’s office or Hamden Police Chief Thomas Wydra.

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Rain to Make for Wet Memorial Day Morning


The NBC Connecticut meteorologists are forecasting a wet Memorial Day morning as rain moves across the state.

The rain moves in from the west around 9:30 a.m. By 11 a.m. western Connecticut will see heavy rain and most of the remainder of the state will see scattered showers.

The rain will continue to move east and eventually wrap up between 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.

The NBC Connecticut meteorologists are forecasting a high of around 66 degrees and a low of 54 for the inland. Along the shoreline we’ll see a high of around 63 and a low of around 54.

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Protesters Gather Outside 'Alt-Right' Leader's Va. Office


A group of protesters gathered Sunday outside the offices of Richard Spencer, the white nationalist who is credited with coining the term "alt-right."

Protesters have convened outside Spencer's Virginia offices regularly in recent months, but the organizers said Sunday's gathering was larger than usual. The protest came a day after racist fliers with messages including "Stop the blacks" and "You're losing your country, white man" were found in Alexandria, Virginia.

Sunday's protesters held signs saying "White supremacy not welcome" and "Love not hate."

"It’s particularly important that we lead the way for our kids," said one protester, who gave his name only as Allen. "I would like to believe that some of the explicit racism and implicit racism that’s still around here will be a thing of the past in their generation. But if not, we need to teach them to stand up."

Alexandria residents woke up Saturday morning to find racist flyers on poles and car windows. The images on some of the fliers are the same as those on a white supremacist website that endorses "American fascism."

Mayor Allison Silberberg issued a statement, saying the city denounces "hate speech and hate crimes and discrimination in all forms."

Alexandria police are investigating. 

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Sec. Kelly: Intelligence Leaks Are ‘Darn Close to Treason


Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly on Sunday condemned intelligence leaks after the Manchester attack as "darn close to treason," NBC News reported.

The sharing of intelligence related to the case between British counterterrorism police and U.S. officials was briefly paused after pictures from the scene of Monday's deadly Manchester Arena bombing were published by the New York Times - and authenticated to NBC News by a senior U.S. law enforcement official. The name of the suspected attacker was also given to the press.

In a statement Thursday, President Donald Trump called leaks after the attack "deeply troubling" and asked the Department of Justice to investigate.

Kelly defended Kushner from reports that Kushner wanted to set up these "backchannel" communications with Russia.

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