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'Still Strong': Jerry Remy Says Cancer Has Returned


Boston Red Sox broadcaster Jerry Remy announced Monday that he is once again battling cancer.

"I have been diagnosed with cancer again," he said on Twitter. "Treatment starts in 2 weeks. Still strong. Please see your doctor."

This is Remy's fifth cancer relapse.

He previously missed much of the 2009 season as he recovered from lung cancer. In 2013, cancer returned to his lungs. In February, he again announced that he was battling lung cancer but was able to return to work for the start of the 2017 baseball season.

Remy has provided color commentary during Red Sox games since 1988. He played second base for the team from 1978 through 1984.

Just last week, he came under fire and later apologized for his on-air remarks that pitchers such as New York Yankees star Masahiro Tanaka shouldn't be allowed to have translators on the mound.

During the NESN broadcast of the Boston-New York game at Yankee Stadium on June 6, Remy said pitchers such as the Japanese-born Tanaka should "learn baseball language." His comments quickly drew sharp criticism on social media, with some saying there isn't one universal language for baseball.

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Scooter Operator Dies After Crash with Pickup Truck


A man operating a motor scooter over the weekend died following a collision with a pickup truck in Hamden, police said. 

Police and fire crews responded to the intersection of Davis Street and Hartford Turnpike for a reported crash with serious injuries at 3:45 p.m. on Saturday.

The pickup truck was traveling north on Hartford Turnpike and collided with the scooter while turning onto Davis Street. The impact of the truck ejected both people on the scooter, Hamden Police said. 

The 38-year-old operator of the scooter, David Troiano, of Hamden, was pronounced dead upon arriving to Yale-New Haven Hospital, police said.

The passenger on the scooter, a 32-year-old woman, sustained non-life threatening injuries. 

The pickup truck driver was not injured. 

Hamden Police Department’s Traffic Division continue to investigate. Anyone with information is asked to contact Officer Kevin Hall at (203) 230-4000.

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Feds Reopen Asylum Petition From Derby Dad Fighting Deportation: Senator


A Derby father who has been fighting deportation to his native Guatemala will have another chance to remain in the U.S.

The Board of Immigration Appeals has agreed to re-open the asylum petition for Luis Barrios, according to U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal.

This comes after Barrios was granted a two-year stay of removal.

Barrios said he had been on the radar of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, since police pulled him over in 2011 because a taillight on his truck was out. He explained that he had been authorized to work in the country over the years, but recently had been labeled as a threat. 

According to the New Haven Register, Barrios fears going back to Guatemala since his father and brother were killed in the country. 

Blumenthal’s office said they asked the BIA re-open Barrios’ case to give him the opportunity to present his case for asylum before a judge and to seek permanent legal status in the United States.

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New Warning for People Who May Have Contacted Rabid Kitten


A rabid kitten was found in Waterbury at the end of May and anyone who may have come in contact with the animal is asked to seek medical advice, the Connecticut Department of Public Health (DPH) said on Monday. 

The kitten was found in the area of the Wal-Mart off of Route 68 in Waterbury in May. Anyone who may have handled the kitten between May 15 and May 29 is asked to seek medical advice. 

DPH is also asking anyone who may have handled the 5-week-old, black and white kitten with a damaged nose, at the Southbury town-wide tag sale on June 3 to seek medical advice. 

The tag sale was at the Southbury Green at ShopRite located on 775 Main Street South in Southbury. 

DPH said it is believed that the kitten was located near the Whiskers Pet Rescue Booth.

The kitten died on June 8 and tested positive for rabies on June 9. 

"While rabies is a fatal disease once clinical signs appear, it can be prevented by thorough wound cleaning and timely medical treatment that includes administration of one dose of immune globulin (antibodies) and four doses of vaccine over two weeks," DPH said.

For questions regarding human rabies exposures contact the DPH Epidemiology and Emerging Infections Program at (860) 509-7994.

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Fan Shells Out Record Amount for NBA Finals Tickets: Report


What would you buy with $133,000?

One fan with deep pockets decided on two courtside tickets to Game 5 of the NBA Finals in Oakland Monday night. That astronomical amount marks the most expensive seats ever purchased in NBA history, according to ESPN.

Broken down, that's $66,500 per seat. If the game lasts a traditional 48 minutes, that buyer is shelling out about $1,385 per minute for just one seat. For both seats, that's roughly $2,771.

The eye-popping tickets were sold Sunday by a season-ticket holder to the buyer using the team's resale site, according to ESPN. The $133,000 price tag also included $17,000 worth of buyer fees.

Early Monday, two floor seats were still available for a cool $48,725.50 each, but they have since been nabbed, according to StubHub. Say the game lasts two hours and 30 minutes, the buyer is forking over about $325 per minute. Double that number to $650 per minute if they bring a friend.

For those not wishing to completely break the bank, the cheapest seat in the house as of Monday morning was hovering just above $600 for a spot in the upper deck behind the baskets, according to StubHub.

Game 5 is scheduled to tip at 6 p.m. PST. Golden State can close out the series and capture its second title in three years with a victory.

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Cabinet Members Take Turns Praising Trump at Unusual Meeting


President Donald Trump opened his Cabinet meeting Monday the way many might expect him to: listing the administration's accomplishments and criticizing Democratic "obstructionists" for hindering his agenda.

But CNBC reports that the meeting took an unexpected turn when Trump asked Cabinet members to name their positions and give their thoughts on the administration one-by-one.

"Start with Mike," Trump said, referring to Vice President Mike Pence. The vice president's introduction began a succession of praise and gratitude for the president, which included comments from Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Chief of Staff Reince Priebus.

Senate Democratic leader Charles Schumer and his aides mocked the meeting's unusual format in a parody video posted on the senator's Twitter account captioned "GREAT meeting today with the best staff in the history of the world!!!"

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No Injuries Reported Following East Hartford Fire


No injuries were reported following an East Hartford fire on Monday. 

The fire started in an apartment on the third floor of 516 Burnside Avenue, according to the East Hartford fire chief.

No one was inside the apartment at the time firefighters arrived. Everyone who was in the building, which also houses two businesses on the ground floor, go out safely.

There were no injuries reported from tenants or firefighters. 

The fire marshal is on the scene looking into the cause of the fire. 

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Calif. Couple Accused of Hoarding 180 Yorkies Pleads Guilty


A Poway couple, accused of hoarding more than a hundred Yorkie dogs inside their homes and a restaurant pleaded guilty Monday, confirmed prosecutors.

Christine Calvert, 62, and Matt Vattimo, 73, will be placed on three years of probation at their sentencing on July 11, said prosecutors.

Calvert and Vattimo previously pleaded not guilty in March.

Deputy District Attorney Karra Reedy said it's most important that the defendants get help, in order to make sure this never happens again.

The defendants must undergo counseling and are not allowed to own any pets, as part of their plea agreement. They also will transfer the ownership of a 31-foot motorhome to the Humane Society as restitution in the case, said prosecutors.

After 18 months of probation, Vattimo and Calvert may apply to have their felony convictions reduced to misdemeanors, according to Superior Court Judge Kathleen Lewis.

Back in January, the Humane Society received a report from a concerned veterinarian that suggested the Poway couple was keeping 180 dogs in deplorable conditions. The dogs were kept in dark, unsanitary rooms filled with feces, urine, and mice at the defendants' home.

When Humane Society officials went to the scene, they were prevented from entering the home, said Reedy. After a few days, they were able to come in and 94 dogs were removed from the defendants' home within the next eight hours.

Later, 29 dogs were also seized from a restaurant the couple owned and nearly 50 dogs were taken from a motor home when Calvert was arrested last February in Primm, Nevada, according to prosecutors.

It was unclear why the couple kept so many dogs in terrible conditions, Reedy said. All the animals had health problems, ranging from ear infections to severe matting.

The couple was charged with 10 felony counts, including animal abuse and neglect, and one count of resisting an officer.

The dogs were placed in the care of the San Diego Humane Society. 

More than 1,500 adoption applications were submitted for the Yorkies, prompting the organization to close the adoption process earlier than planned.

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Traffic Lights Malfunctioning in Fairfield


Traffic lights are malfunctioning in Fairfield on Monday, the police department said. 

Police are asking drivers to be mindful because traffic lights are flashing in all directions. 

If a portable "stop" sign has been placed in the roadway, Fairfield police say drivers much stop and proceed only when traffic is clear. 

Police are reminding drivers if the light is flashing red, they must treat the intersection like a stop sign. If the lights are flashing yellow, a driver must proceed through the intersection with caution. 

If there is no light and no stop sign, drivers coming from all directions must stop and only proceed after yielding the right of way. 

Police said the state department of transportation has been notified but it is not clear when repairs will be made. 

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Strong to Severe Thunderstorms Tuesday Afternoon


NBC Connecticut Meteorologists have issued a 'First Alert' for strong to severe thunderstorms Tuesday afternoon.

High temperatures Tuesday will once again reach the low 90s for inland areas of Connecticut. This will mark the third consecutive day with temperatures in the 90s making it an official heat wave. 

Scattered thunderstorms will develop after 12 p.m. Take a look at First Alert Future Radar at 3 p.m. Scattered thunderstorms will move from north to south. 

Thunderstorms will continue into the early evening hours. Most of the thunderstorm activity should come to an end by 7 p.m.

Some thunderstorms could be strong to even severe. The main threat with the storms are hail, damaging winds, and frequent lightning. There is also a small threat for minor flooding in a few cities and towns.

Click here if you're looking for a more in-depth and scientific explanation of Tuesday's thunderstorm threat. Ryan Hanrahan has a look at meteorological conditions.

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2 Watches Stolen From Waterford Jewelry Store


Two watches were stolen from a Waterford jewelry store and police are looking for the suspects involved. 

Police are searching for the two men who robbed Mallove's Jewelers on 262 Boston Post Road on Friday at approximately 2:45 p.m.

First, one man walked into the store and went to the men's watch display. Next, the second man met with the other suspect briefly before standing in the center of the store, presumably acting as a lookout, Waterford Police said. 

The man at the watch display then leaned over, took two watches and put them in his pants pocket, police said. 

Both men left the store and it is believed they got into a black four-door sedan.

One of the stolen watches was a Movado Bold Connected II, constructed of a 44 mm stainless steel case with a black ion bezel, a round black dial, a black silicone strap and a stainless steel buckle, valued at $695. The second stolen watch was not immediately identified.

Anyone with any information please contact Waterford Police at (860) 442-9451 ext. 2338 or email

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DEA Warns Parents About Online Sales of Fatal Fentanyl Drugs


As the country's opioid crisis worsens, the internet is playing a large role in the trade of deadly drugs with sales of fentanyl growing at an alarming rate.

Drug dealers in Southeast Asia are using the dark web to sell fentanyl and synthetic opioids to U.S. drug users, sometimes in the form of a dangerous nasal spray, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).

Law enforcement officials have noticed a rising trend of arrests and overdoses from drugs being bought online from dealers in China. The shipments arrive on the doorsteps of drug users across the country via the U.S. Postal Service.

In San Diego, California, the biggest threat continues to be opioids coming across the U.S.-Mexico border, but synthetics are being sold to kids over the dark web, according to DEA spokesperson Amy L. Roderick.

"A lot of these drugs are being seized, and they're actually a nasal spray," Roderick said. "So, if you're a parent here in San Diego County, you should be opening any mail that your child gets, and if it's nasal spray that could be something really bad and parents need to be concerned about that."

Utah teenagers Grant Seaver and Ryan Ainsworth, both 13-year-olds, died last fall after buying a synthetic opioid called U-47700 or "Pinky" from another teenager who bought it on the dark web. The kids used Bitcoin to make the purchases from a dealer in China.

Bitcoin is an online currency children can access by winning online video games, among other ways.

Deadly dosages of fentanyl can come in the form of a nasal spray, but the drug is also sold as powder, pills and even counterfeit pills fraudulently marketed as prescription Xanax or Oxycontin.

"So, they will take the fentanyl, press it into a pill press and make fraudulent Xanax, hydrocodone and oxycodone, and then sell those on the street to pill seekers who believe they're getting an oxycodone or hydrocodone product. In reality, they're getting a pill that has fentanyl in it," Roderick said.

"The cartels do not care about the fact that they put a lethal dose into one of these pills," added Roderick.

Just a few flakes of fentanyl can be deadly. Their potency makes them perfect for online sales.

Enough fentanyl to get nearly 50,000 people high can be delivered to a person's doorstep in a standard size first-class envelope.

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This is What a Lethal Dose of Carfentanil Looks Like


A synthetic opioid being found by state police is said to extremely more potent than heroin.

Connecticut State Police has recently had one case where two samples tested positive for carfentanil. 

Carfentanil is approximately 100 times more potent than fentanyl, which is 50 times more potent than heroin, state police said. 

Carfentanil and fentanyl can come in the form of powder or tablets, often presented as heroin. 

Two milligrams of carfentanil powder, which is a fraction of a penny in size, is a lethal dose, police said.

"Naloxone is an antidote for opioid overdose and immediately administering naloxone can reverse an overdose of carfentanil, fentanyl or other opioids. All Connecticut State Troopers carry and are trained in the administration of naloxone," state police said.

Synthetic opioids can resemble heroin or cocaine.

The federal Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) told NBC News that they have been focusing on "gray death", a mixture of heroin, fentanyl and a dash of carfentanil.

NBC News reports that carfentanil is an animal tranquilizer used on tigers and elephants. 

In addition, drug dealers in Southeast Asia are using the dark web to sell fentanyl and synthetic opioids to U.S. drug users, sometimes in the form of a dangerous nasal spray

For more information, please go to the DEA's website.

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Simsbury Residents Oppose Solar Farm Coming to Town


Homeowners in Simsbury hope to prevent a solar farm from putting down roots in town. 

"I believe we are losing Simsbury in this battle," said Simsbury resident Laura Nigro.

It all centers around a 280-acre site in northern Simsbury where green energy company Deepwater Wind want to create a solar farm.

"The town citizens who would be left with this in their backyard receive no benefit in terms of utility rates," Simsbury resident, Michael Flammini, said

On Monday, night neighbors urged the Board of Selectmen to do what it can to stop it, but it's an issue that doesn't fall into the decision-making hands of the town. It falls to the state's siting council.

That's why the board voted unanimously to seek status that would give them a voice with the Siting Council.

"What we heard from the public are reasonable concerns. They're concerned about property values. They're concerned about how it looks. They're concerned about safety. They're concerned about environmental issues," said Simsbury First Selectwoman Lisa Heavner.

In a statement, Deepwater Wind said it is committed to being a good neighbor and that, "our new Tobacco Valley Solar Farm will power 5,000 New England homes with clean, renewable energy, will preserve important farmland for future use, and will be a major new taxpayer for the Town of Simsbury. We appreciate the feedback and open dialogue we've had with town officials and residents and look forward to building a solar farm that everyone can be proud of."

"I am all for green energy. What I am not for is trading green for green," said Nigro.

Homeowners said solar power should land on places like old industrial sites and landfills, not on usable farmland.

No final proposal has been submitted by Deepwater Wind for the site yet, so the Board of Selectmen aren't giving an opinion for or against it until they’re able to see it.

A public meeting with Deepwater Wind and residents is scheduled for next week.

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Senate Republicans, Democrats Agree on New Russia Sanctions


The Senate reached a bipartisan agreement Monday night on a new round of sanctions against Russia, which would prevent President Donald Trump from lifting the rules without Congressional approval, NBC News reported.

In addition to removing the power to lift the sanctions from Trump, the measure would codify existing sanctions and place new economic restrictions on Russians who violate human rights, supply weapons to the Assad regime in Syria or who are involved in the Russian defense or intelligence industry.

The deal, which Trump has not supported, would also place more sanctions on industries, including Russia's mining, shipping and railway industries.

The measure will be attached to a larger bill to impose sanctions on Iran, which Trump has supported. If it passes a procedural vote Wednesday, the Senate could vote on it Thursday. The House would then have to approve it before it goes to Trump.

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Police Investigate Smash-and-Grab at House of Tobacco


Police are investigating a smash-and-grab burglary at House of Tobacco in West Hartford.

Police said they responded to the business at the corner of New Britain Avenue and South Main Street at 4:39 a.m., after the alarm went off and saw the front door had been smashed.

Police requested state police for a K9 track, but they did not find anything.

The business was ransacked, but it's not clear how much merchandise was taken.

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Police Investigating Serious Motorcycle Crash in Hebron

Suffield Police Officer Rescues Turtle Crossing Road


Why did the turtle cross the road?

We may not have an answer to that question, but the story has a happy ending thanks to a Good Samaritan who spotted a turtle trying to cross Bridge Street in Suffield Monday.

That person was concerned the turtle would get run over and called police. Enter Officer Rob Dabkowski, who responded to rescue the reptile.

Police said turtles tend to be active this time of year and with a lot of wetlands in town, sightings are not unusual.

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