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2 Trapped After Crash Involving Tow Truck on I-95 South


Fairfield firefighters rescued two people who were trapped in vehicles after an accident on Interstate 95 south Friday night.

Fire officials said that they were called to the area of I-95S between exits 19 and 18 around 10:15 p.m. When they arrived they found a multi-vehicle accident. One person was trapped underneath a AAA tow truck and another was stuck inside a commercial truck.

The victims were rescued and taken to the hospital for treatment. Their conditions are unknown, fire officials said.

It appears the tow truck had stopped to help another driver on the side of the highway when the crash occurred. Connecticut State Police are investigating.

Fairfield fire officials remind drivers of the Move Over Law, which requires drivers to slow down and move over if possible for emergency vehicles on the side of the road.

Photo Credit: Fairfield Fire Department

Woman Charged After Hitting People and Cars at Oakdale: PD


One woman was arrested after hitting people and cars at the Toyota Oakdale Theatre in Wallingford Friday night, according to Wallingford police.

Police said 24-year-old Shelby Coughlin, of Milford, hit two people and six cars after a Rick Ross concert around 11:38 p.m.

According to police, officers were running alongside Coughlin’s car and had to break a window to stop it. Coughlin resisted arrested and bit an officer during the incident, police said.

Police said a total of three people were injured including an officer that had injuries to his hand for breaking the car window. They were all transported to the hospital with minor injuries.

Police said Coughlin faces a number of charges including DUI, disobeying an officer’s signal, criminal attempt assault in the second-degree and assault on a police officer.

Coughlin has been released on bond and is scheduled to appear in court on June 30, 2017.

Photo Credit: Wallingford Police Department

Large Propane Leak Reported in Coventry

DUI Driver Crashes into Norwich Police Cruiser: Police


A West Haven woman faces DUI charges after she crashed her car into the back of a Norwich police cruiser that was responding to another accident, according to Norwich police.

Maureen E. Tynes, 61, was charged with operating under the influence of drugs/alcohol, and failure to drive right.

Police said that around 2:30 a.m. Saturday, Tynes crashed into the back of a Norwich police cruiser, which was on scene at an unrelated crash. The cruiser was parked on the shoulder of Town Street, near Butts Lane, with its lights on, when the crash occurred, according to police.

The vehicles sustained moderate damage but no serious injuries were reported.

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Norwalk Man Charged with Sexually Assaulting Juvenile


Norwalk police have arrested a man accused of sexually assaulting a juvenile.

Rafeal Reyes-Santos, 54, of Monterey Place in Norwalk, was charged with first-degree sexual assault and risk of injury to a minor after an investigation into a sexual assault that began earlier this month.

Reyes-Santos was held on a $500,000 bond and is due in court on June 19.

No other information was immediately available.

Photo Credit: Norwalk Police Department

Charleston Church Victims to Be Honored With New Memorial


Famed architect Michael Arad, designer of the National September 11 Memorial in New York, will create a piece to honor the victims of the church shooting in Charleston, South Carolina, NBC News reported.

Rev. Eric Manning, Emanuel AME pastor, said that the memorial will serve as a representation of the historically black church’s strength and called it the oldest African Methodist Episcopal church south of Baltimore.

"I will do my utmost to honor the memory of the deceased and give voice to the injured, the grieving families, and the community," Arad said in a statement.

Exactly two years ago, Dylann Roof sat through a Bible study class and then fired more than 70 shots at attendees.

Photo Credit: AP Photo/Chuck Burton

Florida Man Fights Off 5 Shot-Gun Toting Robbers With Machete


Surveillance video captured the moment when a Sarasota, Florida, homeowner fought off would-be robbers, one of which can be seen carrying a shot-gun, with a machete Thursday morning.

Police responded to a call at 4:45 a.m. about a man with a shotgun showing up at a home. The homeowner had disarmed the suspect and was holding him by the time police arrived.

The homeowner told police two other robbers escaped. The two suspects and two others were eventually found at a nearby gas station.

Suspect Alen Beltran-Vasquez is charged with two counts of armed robbery and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Ronier Jauregi-Lorente and Angel Cabrera-Basulto are charged with two counts each of armed robbery. Jorge Valido-Leyva and Roberto Selcedo-Balanza are each charged with two counts of principal armed robbery.

All five men are being held at the Sarasota County Jail without bond and the investigation is ongoing.

Photo Credit: Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office

Understanding Congressional Confusion on Health Care


It's crunch time for health care in the Senate, where GOP leaders could present a bill that aims to repeal and replace Obamacare, NBC News reported.

The House passed the American Health Care Act in early May in a dramatic and sudden vote after abandoning a similar effort in March. Now it’s in the hands of the Senate, which has been hammering out its own legislation with a small and secretive working group of Republicans.

Since the process is taking place behind closed doors, it's harder to keep track of new developments or what to expect in the Senate's bill.

Here's what you need to know about where things stand, which lawmakers could make or break a deal, and which policies might end up in a final bill.

Photo Credit: AP Photo/Evan Vucci

Norwegian Air Begins Flights From Bradley to Scotland


A new low-cost airline has arrived at Bradley International Airport.

Now you can jet off to Europe on Norwegian Air for as low as $99 one way this summer.

The discount carrier is offering nonstop service between Bradley and Edinburgh, Scotland.

“Both of our families have roots in Scotland, we’ve always wanted to go,” Stephanie Purington of South Deerfield, Mass., said.

On Saturday people checked in for the inaugural flight.

“With food and tax and everything, 505 roundtrip. I can’t even go to Florida in the wintertime for 505,” Tom Evanko of New Britain, said.

Norwegian is quickly expanding at smaller airports in the Northeast. Providence and Hartford came online this week.

The airline hopes to win over customers with its offer of an international destination and prices that are normally found at larger airports.

“It’s really serving a community that really doesn’t have those options,” Danielle Manegio, Norwegian account manager, said.

The launch follows the start of Aer Lingus in September with flights to Dublin, Ireland.

It offered the first trans-Atlantic flight from Bradley in eight years.

Now with a second route underway, the airport is hopeful more international travelers will chose the convenience of Bradley over a major airport.

“It’s a huge time saver particularly for our businesses that are located here in Connecticut,” Kevin Dillon, Connecticut Airport Authority executive director, said.

The airport says airlines throughout the region are looking at their fares with the arrival of Norwegian.

Now the lowest fares at Norwegian do come with a catch.

There are fees for checked luggage, seat assignments, and onboard food and drinks, including non-alcoholic beverages.

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What to Know Before You Go to the Travelers Championship


Headed to the Travelers Championship this year? Here’s what you need to know before hitting the course.

This year's tournament runs June 19-June 25 at the TPC River Highlands in Cromwell. Put 676 Main Street, Cromwell into the GPS to access the main entrance and parking.

There are 156 players expected to attend, including three of the world’s top five-ranked players Rory McIlroy, Jason Day, and Jordan Spieth. Click here for the full list.

Tickets range from $13 to $47 by day, or $145 for a weekly pass. Special upgraded club tickets are also available for an additional cost. Buy your tickets by clicking here.

Regular parking ranges from $8 to $12 in the “Gold Lot,” or Lot B, for the general public. VIP Parking ranges from $18 to $22.

The Gold Lot opens at 6 a.m. and parking is on a first-come, first-serve basis. Early arrivals will have a short walk to the Main Gate, but later arrivals may have a 10-minute walk to the entrance.

The VIP parking areas also fill on a first-come, first-serve basis. Note that VIP parking pass holders will be directed to the Gold Lot once the VIP lots are full.

There are three admissions gates at Travelers – the Main Gate at the Main Entrance, the 9th Hole Fairway, which is accessible from the VIP Parking Lot or on foot via Golf Club Road, and the 6th Hole Green, which is accessible on foot via Field Road. Gates open at 7 a.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Saturday and Sunday, and at 6 a.m. Wednesday through Friday.

There are ADA parking and viewing accommodations available, including a wheelchair accessible shuttle. Parking for those with a valid state permit is available at the Woodside Intermediate School at 30 Woodside Road, Cromwell. For more information, click here. 

Fans will be searched when entering the course, and there are restrictions on the sizes and types of bags allowed. For a detailed list of restricted and permitted items, click here. 

This is an outdoor event. Remember to dress appropriately for the weather and to pack that sunscreen for sunny days and the raincoat for the wet ones!

There is a merchandise tent near the 9th Green where you can buy official Travelers Championship Merchandise

The Travelers Championship isn’t just about the professionals playing their best game. There are special events throughout the Championship, including everything from military appreciation to Pro-Am games to a Family Day.

The Liberty Bank Concert Series this year includes performers like Drake White and The Big Fire, and Gin Blossoms. Or stop by for Women's Day on Thursday, which features and event with Tory Burch. For a full list of special events, click here.

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Father's Day Celebrated at Branford Road Race


Whether walking for two miles or running for five, the 37th annual Branford Road Race drew people of all ages for three different events on Sunday. The kids fun run kicked off the community competition, followed by the health walk, and five-mile road race. For many participants, it’s become a Father’s Day tradition.

“It’s my favorite town, and my favorite race , and it gives me a good excuse to spend an extra day with my daughter as well,” said Pete Stoker, Cromwell.

For seven years and counting, Stoker and his daughter Emma have made a dad and daughter date for this race.

“Good community feel to it, everyone’s out for the day, spend time with their dads and get a little exercise while they’re at it,” Emma added.

The Figlewski family’s history with the event goes back to the beginning. Monica Figlewski’s father founded this road race in 1979, and it is also an important holiday tradition.

“I know it is for me. Everyone in town. It’s a great way. People will run with their sons and daughters and everything. The whole family comes out and there’s an event for everyone,” she said.

Since 2005,her father Ray Figlewsi’s battled Parkinson’s Disease.

“He’s still here on the mic. He now has a co-mic host, but he’s great. He looks forward to this every year,” she said.

“I’m blessed to have so many people here at the race. So many wonderful people helping us in a town as great at Branford,” said Ray.

Since 1979, 76,000 people have participated in the Branford Road Race and it continues to draw a crowd: 3,000 runners and walkers each year.

“You can just tell it’s a really great vibe going around this area, it’s nice,” said Pam Trovato of North Branford, who brought her two sons for the fun run.

“It’s a big family event,” added Blair McKenna of Branford, who ran with her daughter for the first time in the fun run.

The day was about family, fitness, and philanthropy. The proceeds benefited Parkinson’s research, along with three other charities, including Notre Dame High School.

“It’s a great benefit financially, but also for exposure for the school for our admissions efforts,” said Kathy Wielk, a vice-president at the West Haven school.

“The whole thing is about community. The race started for the community and the runners and it continues today,” Ray added.

Photo Credit: NBC Connecticut

Deaths Confirmed as Gunmen Attack Mali Tourist Resort


At least two people are dead after gunmen stormed a Western-friendly Mali resort located just outside the nation’s capital Bamako on Sunday evening, authorities said.

One was identified as French-Gabonese, and the other's nationality had not been confirmed, NBC News reported.

Gunfire could be heard and smoke could be seen rising from Le Campement Kangaba in Dougourakoro, a luxury resort popular with Western tourists on the weekends, according to Diakate Benson, a spokesman for the Malian President of the National Assembly.

"Security forces are in place. Campement Kangaba is blocked off and an operation is under way," Security Ministry spokesman Baba Cisse told Reuters. "The situation is under control."

Photo Credit: AP

Route 15 South Closed in Hamden Due to Crash


The Wilbur Cross Parkway (Route 15) is closed in Hamden due to a crash.

State police said the highway is closed on the southbound side between exits 60 and 59.

No other information was immediately available.

Photo Credit: NBCConnecticut.com

Six Experts Resign From President's HIV/AIDS Advisory Panel


Scott Schoettes, Counsel and HIV Project Director at Lambda Legal, explained in a Newsweek op-ed Friday that he and five colleagues decided to leave their posts on the council in protest of the Trump administration, which they allege "has no strategy to address the on-going HIV/AIDS epidemic."

Schoettes, who is openly HIV positive, added that the White House is also pushing legislation that would harm people with HIV and “reverse gains made in the fight against the disease.”

Lucy Bradley-Springer, Gina Brown, Ulysses W. Burley III, Michelle Ogle and Grissel Granados are the five other members who resigned.

The White House and the Department of Health and Human Services did not immediately respond to multiple requests for comment.

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New Haven to Swear in Anthony Campbell as Police Chief Tues.


Anthony Campbell will be formally sworn in as the Chief of Police in New Haven on Tuesday, after months of serving as acting and interim chief.

Campbell has been acting as chief since September, when former Police Chief Dean Esserman stepped down. Mayor Toni Harp selected Campbell to become the permanent New Haven Chief of Police in May.

Since Esserman’s departure, Campbell said he has focused on improving the morale of the men and women in the New Haven Police Department.

“And I stand behind my cops,” Campbell said in a previous interview. “Cops have to make really difficult decisions sometimes within a split second and you have to support your cops.”

Campbell was born in Harlem, New York, and moved to New Haven to attend Yale University.

A Yale graduate who thought he was going to become a Jesuit priest, Campbell rose within the ranks of the police department since becoming an officer in 1998. During his career he studied and received a Masters of Divinity degree at the Yale Divinity School in 2009. He has had all kinds of positions in the department, but nothing means more to him than serving as an "unofficial" chaplain.

The swearing in ceremony is scheduled to begin Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall. The public is invited to attend.

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Young Child Falls on Train Tracks While Getting off Train


The Milford Fire Department responded after a young child fell onto the railroad tracks Sunday afternoon, but the child was rescued before first responders arrived.

The fire department said the 4-year-old girl fell off the platform onto the tracks in the area of of 1 Railroad Ave.

The girl was quickly freed by witnesses and her parents, police said.

The child was not seriously hurt and did not require a trip to the hospital.

Robbery Suspect Stole Car with Woman and Children Inside: PD


A woman and two children are unharmed after the car they were riding in was carjacked by a robbery suspect in Southington Sunday, but the suspect remains at large.

Police said the incident started around 1:15 p.m. when they were called to the People’s Bank inside Stop & Shop on North Main Street for a reported robbery.

The suspects took off in a red minivan. An officer spotted the vehicle and tried to stop it, but the suspects kept driving, police said.

According to police, the suspect vehicle suffered a flat tire, at which point the suspects pulled over at a gas station. One suspect was captured, but the second suspect got into a Jeep with a woman and two young children in it and took off.

Police said the suspect that was taken into custody had a knife, but did not use it.

The clerk that was working at the gas station told NBC Connecticut that he saw a man get out of a van and jump into a Jeep while the driver was pumping gas. 

The suspect left the woman and children at a commuter lot by exit 26 off Interstate 84. They were not injured and were reunited with the driver, police said.

Police are still looking for the second suspect. Detailed descriptions of the suspect and the vehicle were not immediately available.

Photo Credit: NBC Connecticut

'A Number of Casualties' After Incident in London: UK Police


British police officers are on the scene in Seven Sisters Road in London after receiving reports of a vehicle in collision with pedestrians late Sunday.

There are a number of causalities, according to Metropolitan police, and one person has been arrested.

"We have sent a number of resources to an incident in Seven Sisters Road." London Ambulance Service said on Twitter.

Witnesses say a van drove into a crowd on their way home from a prayer at a mosque near Finsbury Park. The mosque is almost three quarters of a mile away from Seven Sisters Road. There is also a Muslim Welfare House on Seven Sisters Road where police said they were dealing with an incident.

No other information is immediately available. Police have not confirmed witness reports.

This is a developing story, please check back for updates.

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Ohio County's 365 Overdose Deaths Is Most in US


Montgomery County, Ohio, has become America's overdose capital, NBC News reported.

"We're on a pace to have 800 people died this year due to overdose in our county," Sheriff Phil Plummer said. "Per capita, we're no. 1 in the nation in overdose deaths."

According to data from the Mongomery County coroner, 365 people have died of drug overdoses from January through May of this year. In all of the last year, 371 people died of such cases in the county.

Overdoses are the leading cause of death for Americans under 50. They now claim more lives that car crashes, gun deaths and AIDS did at their peaks.

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Crash Takes Down Pole in Ellington


Crews in Ellington are trying to repair a utility pole before the morning commute after a crash Sunday night.

Police said around 10:30 p.m. a car struck a pole on Pinney Street. No one was hurt, but the pole suffered serious damage and needs to be replaced.

The road remains closed while crews make repairs, but officials hope to have the road reopen by the morning commute.

Photo Credit: NBC Connecticut
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