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Police Release New Photos from Norwalk Bank Robbery


Police are still searching for the woman who robbed a Norwalk bank on May 12 and they have enhanced the surveillance photos.

A stocky woman in a blue Walmart employee vest robbed the First County Bank on Connecticut Avenue at 11:30 a.m. May, 12, according to police.

The woman, who appears to be in the late 20s or early 30s handed the teller a note, implying that she had a gun, according to Norwalk Police.

She is around 5-feet-4 and had short black hair pulled behind her neck in a bun or ponytail.

She was also wearing black framed glasses.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Norwalk Detective Bureau at 203-854-3011 or Detective Serio at 203-854-3188.

Anonymous tips can be left on the Norwalk Police Tip Line at (203) 854-3111, sent to the Norwalk police website or texted by typing "NPD" into the text field, followed by the message and sending it to CRIMES (274637).

Photo Credit: Norwalk Police

Warriors' Game 3 Win Earns America a Free Taco Tuesday


Whether you were rooting for the Golden State Warriors or the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 2017 NBA Finals, everyone wins Tuesday with free food from Taco Bell.

The taco franchise challenged the Eastern and Western Conference winners to "steal a road game" during the tournament and offered to give free Doritos Locos Tacos to everyone in return.  

Thanks to the Warriors' 118-113 victory over the Cavaliers in Game 3 in Cleveland, taco fans everywhere can now claim their prize.

The "Steal a Game, Steal a Taco" giveaway is from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Taco Bell locations nationwide, while supplies last. Customers are limited to one taco and there is no purchase necessary.

Taco Bell held a similar promotion during the 2016 World Series.

Golden State defeated Cleveland on Monday to win their second NBA title in the last three seasons.

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Motorcyclist Seriously Hurt in Willimantic Crash


A motorcyclist suffered life-threatening injuries in a crash on Main Street in Willimantic Tuesday morning.

Police said a car collided with the motorcycle around 5:30 a.m. near the Frog Bridge.

LifeStar was called to airlift the motorcycle operator to the hospital.

Police did not release the names of the motorcyclist or the car driver.

The crash is under investigation by the Willimantic Police Department Accident Reconstruction Team.

Main Street between the Frog Bridge and Church Street and the southbound lane of the Frog Bridge are both closed and expected to remain closed for several hours, police said.

Drivers should expect delays in the area.

Anyone who witnessed the crash is asked to contact Lt. Glode at 860-465-3135.

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Person Transported After Chemical Burn at New Haven Company


One person was transported to the hospital to be treated for chemical burns sustained at a lock manufacturing company in New Haven. 

Officials said less than a gallon of sulfuric acid spilled at Assa Abloy, a lock manufacturer, and one person had a burn on his arm. 

He was decontaminated before firefighters arrived and was transported to Yale-New Haven Hospital. 

Crews from the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection are at the scene. 

Officials said the firefighters are taking the opportunity to use the incident as a training event.

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Proposed Middle School in Cheshire Would Have HVAC System


With a third day of temps well into the 90s, it’s tough for schools that have little to no air conditioning, but a proposal in Cheshire to build a new school could fix that problem in the future.

Dodd Middle School does not have an HVAC system. Of about 60 classrooms, eight have air conditioning units. The classrooms that do not have one are filled with fans.

On Tuesday, when temps reached at least 90 degrees, even the hallways were lined with large fans to circulate the air.

“On very hot days, we put our heat contingency plan into place which is rotating the classes that don’t have air conditioning. We try to get them into air conditioning spaces as much as possible,” said Michael Woods, principal of Dodd Middle School.

Other than the eight classrooms, the only other places with air conditioning are the library, computer labs, and some administrative offices.

It’s not enough for Woods on days with extreme heat. He believes a $106 million dollar plan to build a new middle school behind Cheshire Park, with an HVAC system throughout the building, is the right move.

For now, some parents say their children are struggling to deal with the heat.

“He says it was really hot and he prefer to stay at home,” said Rajesh Pundir or Cheshire, whose son is a student at DMS.

Others say the cost is too much.

“It’s a lot of money I would think. And the fact that they’re not in school all summer,” said Maddie Trasacco of Cheshire.

Town Council member Thomas Ruocco agrees.

“If you implement the debt service from the school and you have a reduction of $2.5 million in state aid, where are you going to get the money?” Ruocco said.

Ruocco said that the dollar cost for the average tax payer, assuming the reduction in state aid, current projected budget increases and the approval of the new school plans, would be an additional $2,175 over five years.

A public meeting will be held at town hall at 7 p.m. Tuesday to discuss the project.

The council will have to vote whether the project goes to referendum by June 30.

On top of an HVAC system, the proposed middle school would have more parking, a bigger cafeteria and larger classroom space.

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3 Milford Schools Will Not Be Released Until Incident in Park Is Under Control


Students at Matthewson School and Orange Avenue School in Milford will not be released until police said it is safe to do so as officers deal with an emotionally disturbed person in Eisenhower Park.

Matthewson School, Orange Avenue School and Platt Technical High School are all on lockdown because of the incident in the park, according to police.

Milford Public School officials said there is no threat to Matthewson School or Orange Avenue School and are urging parents not to go and get their children.

Police said they have the park surrounded and the person said he is armed and is threatening to harm himself or police. 

Police said the park and the attached facilities, including the dog park and trails off West River Street, are all closed. 

School officials said there is n 

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Body Found of Teen Who Was Missing in Connecticut River


State officials said they have found the body of a 17-year-old Meriden boy who had been missing since being swept into the Connecticut River Sunday.

Jay Agli was swept into the Connecticut River in Haddam when he jumped in to save his 19-year-old sister, according to officials from the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, and police said state troopers responded to the Haddam Meadows boat launch a little after 5 p.m. Sunday to begin the search.

On Tuesday afternoon, officials from DEEP said Agli‘s body was found at 11:46 a.m. south of Haddam Island – off Haddam Meadows State Park – near where he went into the water on Sunday.

EnCon Police are continuing to investigate and the State Medical Examiner will determine the cause of death.

DEEP officials said Agli and another family member jumped into the river to save his sister and all three were swept away by the current. Authorities said it is likely that a wake swept the sister off a sandbar.

A boater picker up the sister and the other family member.

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All Clear After White Powder Was Found at Department of Social Services


A Department of Social Services office on Humphrey Street in New Haven and offices of the United Way of Greater New Haven were evacuated Tuesday morning after an employee found a package with white powder, but the scene is now clear.

New Haven officials said there was a package with white powder.

Crews determined the substance was not threatening and everyone has been allowed back into the building.

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Route 9 Closed in Old Saybrook


Route 9 South in Old Saybrook is closed at exit 3 and Route 9 North is closed at the junction of Interstate 95 because wires are across the roadway, according to state police.

Police urge drivers to seek alternate routes.

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I-84 East in Waterbury Closed After Tractor Trailer Fire

Dog Left Outside With No Water Dies: Animal Control


A dog left outside for several hours in the heat on Monday died from heat stroke, Wallingford Animal Control said. 

"You always hear warnings of not leaving dogs in cars on hot days. We are sharing this story so that you will not leave your dogs outside in this heat for any length of time either," the animal control wrote on its Facebook page on Tuesday.

The dog was left outside by the family's nanny for several hours on Monday, when temperatures were well into the 90s, without any water, according to the post. 

Officials said the dog was "lifeless" when the owners got home. The owners immediately brought the pet to the veterinarian, who confirmed that the dog had suffered and died from heat stroke. 

"This dog was loved very much by her family. She was extremely well cared for and adored. We do not blame the adopters for this tragic event. However, the bottom line is that this pup lost her life, and it was 110 percent preventable," Wallingford Animal Control said.

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Key Moments From Sessions' Testimony


Attorney General Jeff Sessions appeared before the Senate Intelligence committee on June 13. Here are some key moments from his testimony.

New Britain HS Grads Get Huge Billboard Congratulations


Drivers on Route 9 in New Britain will likely find it difficult to miss one particular billboard alongside the southbound lanes.

There is a heartwarming message behind the towering sign high above the highway.

On the 14’ by 48’ billboard are large, older photographs of two young children, Seirra Prisco and Jacob Levesque, who are both now 18 years old.

“I took a ride with my friend down the highway and there it was,” said Prisco, who lives in New Britain. “Everybody keeps texting me about saying ‘I see your face up there’. I just think it’s really cool,” she said.

Prisco and Levesque are cousins and they are both part New Britain High School’s class of 2017.

“Huge milestone. They deserve this,” said Judy Prisco, who is Sierra’s mother and Jacob’s aunt. She admits she went to the extreme with her boyfriend, Peter, in planning the billboard’s huge congratulations. 

Luckily for the couple, Peter is the owner of the billboard, so they were able to get the graphic up for a low cost.

“I was just so proud of them,” the mother said. “I just didn’t know how else to show it but the biggest way possible.”

“I was like ‘oh my God, my face is on a billboard on Route 9’. I was like ‘this is the coolest thing ever’,” said Levesque.

Levesque and Prisco graduate with the rest of the New Britain High School class of 2017.

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Artist Seeks Reimbursement from USPS After Item Lost


A Clinton woman is frustrated with the United States Postal Service (USPS) after her spinning wheel, worth $1,000, was lost in the mail and her insurance claim was denied.

Crafts enthusiast Taylor Chona, who is an avid knitter, funneled her passion for spinning yarn from wool, silk and banana fibers, into refinishing spinning wheels themselves.

Over the years, Chona purchased, refinished and sold several wheels painted with different designs. She found a buyer for her latest work online at Ravelry.com, a web forum for knitting, weaving and crochet aficionados.

Her buyer agreed to pay $1,000 for the spinning wheel, plus the cost of shipping and insurance through USPS. A few days after mailing the package, Chona checked the tracking information online and was surprised to see it stopped in Tennessee, short of its destination in New Orleans.

Chona said she called USPS and was informed the package had been lost. She filed an insurance claim but said her claim and subsequent appeal were both denied almost immediately.

"They said I needed to submit more proof of value," Chona said. 

She filed a second appeal, but she said, "It didn’t go anywhere. I waited two to three weeks and nothing happened with the claim."

After NBC Connecticut Responds reached out to the postal service, they reviewed the case and approved her claim for $1,042.

A spokesperson for USPS provided this statement advising those who buy insurance for valuable items they want to mail that, “it is important for the mailers to remember that they must be able to prove the value of the items mailed with appropriate documentation of their value.”

The spinning wheel, featuring Chona's irreplaceable artwork, remains missing, though she said the USPS informed her they are looking for the package. In the meantime, Taylor is moving forward and already started painting her latest design on a new wheel. She told us she might sell when she’s finished, but said, “ I don’t think I’d put it through the mail again. I think I’d sell it locally.”

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Woman Stabbed After Meeting With Online Date in Torrington


A woman was stabbed after meeting up with a man she met online in Torrington, police said.

Police were called at 1:28 a.m. for a stabbing in Torrington on Tuesday. 

Officers responded to High Street in the area of Funstone Avenue and transported the woman to Hartford Hospital where she remains in stable condition, Torrington police said. 

The woman told police she had arranged a date with a man she met online and met him at 11 Culvert Street.

The man, identified as William Hill, got into a verbal argument with the victim before it got physical, the woman told police. 

The 21-year-old stabbed the woman in her abdomen. She was able to get away from Hill and run down the street where she called for help. 

Hill, of 11 Culvert Street, was charged with first-degree sexual assault, first-degree assault and tampering with evidence. 

His bond was set at $150,000.

Photo Credit: Torrington Police Department

Man Trapped Under Tree in Burlington


A man suffered a traumatic head injury after a tree fell on top of him. 

LifeStar was called for the 29-year-old man trapped under a tree in Burlington on Lake Street.

The victim was immediately transported to St. Francis Hospital, the Burlington Fire Department said. 

The homeowner told NBC Connecticut that there was a landscaper at the house all day cutting down trees. It is not clear if it was the landscaper who was struck. 

State police said they are on the scene of the accident.

LifeStar said they landed at the Lake Garda School.

No other information was immediately available. 

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Democrats Fuming Over Sessions' Refusal to Answer Questions


Attorney General Jeff Sessions didn't answer a number of questions from senators during his testimony on Tuesday — but he didn't invoke executive privilege to avoid doing so.

Sessions told the Senate Intelligence Committee he had a different reason for not answering certain questions: It's how such matters have been handled in the Justice Department for years.

That led to a series of frustrated and sometimes tense exchanges with critics of President Donald Trump on the panel, NBC News reported.

Sen. Mark Warner, D., Va., asked the attorney general if he had confidence in former FBI Director Robert Mueller's appointment as special counsel to probe whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russia. Warner cited reports that a friend of Trump's suggested that he was considering removing Mueller from the investigation.

Sessions responded that he had confidence in Mueller. But he refused to discuss the reports "because I know nothing about the investigation."

Warner asked Sessions if he was evoking executive privilege. Sessions said no.

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Man Hospitalized With Rare Condition After Eating Fish


A man was hospitalized from a condition caused by a rare disease after eating fried red snapper at a Connecticut shoreline restaurant, an official with Ledge Light Health District said.

The 36-year-old man was admitted to Lawrence + Memorial Hospital in New London for about three weeks after consuming the contaminated fish in April, said Russ Melmed, epidemiologist and supervisor of health education and community outreach for Ledge Light.

Melmed said two day after eating the red snapper, the man suffered from Rhabdomyolysis, a condition that can be caused by Haff disease. The condition causes a breakdown of skeletal muscle and can damage the kidneys, Melmed said.

Haff disease is so rare, that Melmed said experts are still trying to identify the specific toxin that's suspected of causing Haff disease.

“It’s believed that it's a toxin because the cases of Haff disease are always associated with somebody who's eaten cooked fish. So, the cooking process kills bacteria, kills viruses — the things that normally cause you to become ill," Melmed said. 

Melmed would not identify the restaurant nor the man, who was on dialysis at Lawrence + Memorial Hospital, according to Melmed. That patient is no longer at the hospital, confirmed hospital spokesperson Michael O’Farrell.

O'Farrell said seeing cases linked to Haff disease are "incredibly rare".

Maura Downes, director of communications for the Connecticut Department of Public Health (DPH), said there have only been around 30 cases of Haff disease in the United States.

The DPH communications director would not comment on the recent case in Connecticut but said Haff disease is believed to occur when fish is not stored at the proper temperature on the boat or on the dock. The restaurant would not be at the fault for Haff disease.

Ledge Light Health District is the local health department for East Lyme, Groton, New London, Old Lyme, Stonington, Ledyard and Waterford.

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State Budget Talks Grow Tense


Lawmakers met with Governor Dan Malloy Tuesday for the first time since the Regular Legislative Session ended.

Rep. Themis Klarides, the top Republican in the House of Representatives, said no new progress had made, just that the sides have continued to talk, but it appeared to be a veil for some of the growing tensions inside the negotiating room.

When Sen. Cathy Osten, the Democratic Chair of Appropriations Committee, made glowing remarks about the proposed union concessions deal with state employees, the top Republican in the Senate quickly rebutted those comments, calling them "union talking points".

Osten countered later, criticizing GOP claims that they’ve provided a balanced budget. Osten said flatly that she believes the GOP House and Senate proposals, "do not balance".

Sen. Len Fasano said he’s already prepared not to have a budget to conclude the 2017 fiscal year that ends on June 30.

"My gut is we are going to get past July first even if we have conversations," Fasano told reporters.

Malloy said he remains hopeful, but once again acknowledged that the two sides remain far apart. The biggest difference is the savings targets for union pension and benefit concessions. The governor has already provided a negotiated framework with state unions that comes up with $1.3 billion in combined savings over the next two years while Republicans want to see closer to $2 billion in savings.

Republicans said a bigger deficit requires more savings.

Union executive boards need to approve opening up their contracts for renegotiation, and then rank and file members must approve the changes.

As for entering the 2018 fiscal year without a budget, Malloy said his administration is still working on a plan for that scenario, which he said could be released next week.

"There are thousands of decisions that are made in a budgetary document," Malloy said. "I will speak to how we make those decisions without such a document."

The governor also hinted that some policy changes could be in that plan.

"What I want to do is protect the state from expending too much money with the appreciation that this is a very tight budget, so I will speak to that issue," Malloy said. 

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New Licenses To Be Required For Hartford Nail Salons


A trip to the nail salon is a ritual for many people.

Bianca Santos has been getting her nails done for years.

“I go every two weeks. It’s something I’ve been doing forever-- my treat,” Santos said.

Beginning in January 2018 in Hartford, there will be new licensing requirements for nail salons like this, aiming to better protect clients and employees from the strong and potent chemicals used. Proper ventilation systems would be a must. The city council voted 7 to 1 in favor of the new rules Monday night.

"I’m surprised it took this long for it to even pass," Santos said. "As far as nail salons, hair salons, I think it’s a great thing."

With the change, barbershops, hair salons and soon nail salons would all be charged a fee of between $150 to $200 per year for that new licensing. The city’s health department would oversee enforcement.

"I think it will be better for everyone’s health: The customers and the people who are working to help us do our nails," Kamilah Jarvis, of Hartford, said. "I think it’s a good idea."

Hartford City Councilman Larry Deutsch, who spearheaded the changes, said this will bring nail salons under the same kind of regulation that hair styling businesses are already dealing with. Deutsch said businesses will be able to appeal if they are denied a license or fined.

Though some Hartford nail salon owners are not happy about paying a new fee, customers think it could be worth it.

"Just relaxing for like half an hour. I think it’s great. You should treat yourself," Santos said. "I think every girl should do it."

Businesses must obtain their new licenses by January of next year. The city’s health department is already getting the word out about the changes.

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