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Motorcyclist Seriously Injured in New Britain Crash


A 24-year-old New Britain man was seriously injured in a hit-and-run crash in New Britain Sunday night.

Officers responded to Stanley Street and Park Street at 9:05 p.m. after receiving reports of a serious hit-and-run involving a motor vehicle and a motorcycle.

The 24-year-old man who was driving the motorcycle was not wearing a helmet and sustained serious injuries, police said. He was transported to an area hospital for treatment.

Police said they found the small gray sedan that left the scene and seized it as evidence.

The investigation is ongoing and police have not determined fault in the crash or filed any charges.

Anyone with information is asked to call Sergeant Steven King at (860) 826-3071.

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Teen Arrested After Rabbit Killing Video Is Posted


A 13-year-old boy has been charged with animal cruelty after police started investigating a social media post showing someone killing and mutilating a rabbit in Bristol Sunday.

Police said they started investigating Monday and identified the 13-year-old Bristol boy as a suspect.

He was issued a juvenile summons and charged with cruelty to animals.

Police are continuing to investigate.

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Newington DOT Worker Finds Cocaine While Cleaning Grounds


A Department of Transportation employee who was picking up trash on DOT property in Newington Thursday afternoon found a large package of cocaine, according to police. 

The employee was cleaning the area between Dicks Sporting Goods and the DOT property at 160 Pascone Place just after 1:30 p.m. Thursday when he found a package he suspected was drugs, police said. 

Newington police responded and took the package, which turned out to contain over one kilogram of cocaine, police said. 

A K-9 unit checked the area to ensure there were no other drugs in the area. 

Anyone with information is encouraged to call Detective Rodriguez at (860) 594-6218.

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Amazon Buys Whole Foods: What That Means for Grocery Prices


Analysts predict big changes for grocers following Amazon’s surprise purchase of Whole Foods, NBC News reported.

But they also say there is a clear winner here: Shoppers.

"This was a very exciting announcement because I think consumers will be the ones to benefit," said Lindsay Sakraida, director of content marketing at DealNews.

She predicts competitors will improve pricing, loyalty promotions and other inducements to try to keep customers from defecting to Amazon for pantry staples, dry goods and even fresh food.

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Southington Police Investigate Several Attempted Car Arson Incidents


Southington police are investigating several attempted car arson incidents. 

Four different arson attempts on unoccupied vehicles in Southington were reported during the overnight hours between Sunday night and Monday morning, police said.

All attemps happened at two different apartment buildings; two cars in the lot of 500 Pleasant Street and two cars in the lot of 35 Darling Street.

The cars were found with rags dipped in an accelerant placed in the area of the gas cap and set on fire, however, in each instance, the rag burned but did not ignite the cars or gas tanks, Southington Police said.

The fire marshal and Southington detectives are investigating the incidents. 

"We are asking that anyone who may see any suspicious activity in the overnight hours in and around vehicles located in parking lots, to immediately call 911 and report the activity," Southington Police said.

 Anyone with information on these occurrences are asked to call police at (860) 276-1234.

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2 Tractor Trailers Get in Accident on I-84 East in Tolland


Two tractor trailers were involved in an accident on Interstate 84 east in Tolland on Monday afternoon. 

The accident happened eastbound on I-84 near exit 69 and the right lane between exits 69 and 68 is closed. 

Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection (DEEP) arrived to the scene to supervise the unloading of the tractors' fuel tanks. Both were carrying consumer items, state police said. 

Only minor injuries were reported and no one was transported to the hospital.

No other information was immediately available. 

Photo Credit: Connecticut State Police

I-91 North Reopens After Jackknifed Tractor Trailer Accident

Scattered Thunderstorms and Showers Continue Tonight


The severe weather threat has greatly diminished however scattered showers and thunderstorms will continue through the night. 

Tree damage was reported in Cornwall, Salisbury, and Granby. 

First Alert Future Radar shows scattered showers and thunderstorms this evening at 11 p.m. 


Showers will come to an end early tomorrow morning. We're expecting most of the rain shower activity to be out of the state by 7 a.m.

The weather looks quite pleasant for Tuesday, less humidity and clearer skies. We're forecasting high temperatures to reach the middle 80s for inland Connecticut and near 80 along the shoreline. 

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Waterford Officers Attacked, 2 People Arrested


Waterford police officers were attacked on Monday night after confronting a driver with a suspended license. 

The Waterford Police Department got a call about a disabled vehicle near a highway exit.

Responding officers went to help, but when they learned the driver had a suspended license, a fight ensued. 

One officer had blood coming from his mouth and face and the other had his pants torn up from rolling around with one of the suspect on the street, Lt. Timothy Silva of the Waterford Police Department said. 

There was heavy police presence at an apartment complex in New London following the incident. Police from East Lyme, Groton, New London and Waterford had sealed off the perimeter of an apartment buliding on Michael Road in New London.

A man and woman were arrested, Silva said. 

No other information was immediately available. Please check back for updates. 

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Concerns Over Dangerous ATV Riders in Newington


Police are counting on the public to help catch ATV and dirt bike riders tearing through town roads.

"The problem is they are disregarding all traffic laws, they're unsafe, they're reckless," Newington Police Sgt. Christopher Perry said.

Most complaints come from riders filling Cedar Street, police said. The busy street is where dozens of bikers perform tricks and speed.

"They're standing on the bikes, riding it. They're doing wheelies on ATVs,"a resident, Ken Sheehan, said. 

Police said they're utilizing cruiser dashcams to take video of riders and sharing them on social media sites like Facebook.

Officers hope the public will help identify the riders.

"We don't want to get anybody hurt in these situations," Perry said.

Anyone who sees riders should notify police.

Latest London Attack Causing Worry At Connecticut Mosques


Police in London said they have a man in custody following an apparent terror attack at a mosque.

Officers said the suspect plowed a van into a group of Muslims as they left evening prayers. At least nine people were hurt. British authorities said it was a clearly an attack on Muslims.

Prayer at mosques in Connecticut goes on, despite worry and fear surrounding events that unfolded overseas.

“Hate seems to be winning out almost everywhere," said Dr. Reza Monsoor, president of Islamic Association of Greater Hartford, located in Berlin.

“What's unnerving is when you have something destructive like this happening in London, the whole community gets unnerved," Monsoor said.

June is the holy month of Ramadan, a time when there is simply more people in mosques worldwide. Monsoor said there is also some more anxiety about the dangers that could be lurking outside of the mosque's walls.

“Somebody who wants to do something destructive can and that's the biggest concern," Monsoor said. "It spreads this fear in the whole community.”

Monsoor said this is the first Ramadan where there are uniformed security teams working inside this mosque on the Berlin Turnpike. There are also more surveillance cameras around the property. It is all in relation to recent events where Muslims have become targets in the U.S. and around the world.

“Unfortunately, it's a sad time when you have to fear your neighbor as opposed to love your neighbor," Monsoor said.

As the holy month goes on, worshippers in Connecticut wonder if more violence is around the corner.

“Muslims are trying to be the best examples in this country, but out voices are getting drowned out by the hate," Monsoor said.

'Extreme' Heatwave Blanketing Southwest US


Hot temperatures are forecasted for the Southwest Tuesday, with the National Weather Service describing the heatwave as "extreme even by desert standards," NBC News reported.

The excessive heat warnings are in effect Tuesday, the official start of summer, for all of California and Arizona, as well as parts of Nevada, Utah and New Mexico.

Temperatures are expected to reach a high of 122 degrees in Phoenix, while Las Vegas is expected to reach 17 degrees, according to the weather service.

In California, residents were asked to conserve energy through Wednesday, as the high temperatures are expected to drive up air conditioner use.

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New Haven Board of Alders to Discuss Emergency Response Plan


In the wake of an explosion at a chemical plant last December, the city of New Haven is trying to make sure residents will be notified sooner when an emergency situation develops.

On Dec. 22, 2016 an explosion at New Haven Chlora-Alkali, H. Krevit & Company blew part of the roof off the chemical plant at 73 Welton St. in New Haven and neighbors were evacuated for a couple of hours. Luckily, there were no injuries when that incident happened, but many residents weren’t informed of what happened until hours later.

Now the city wants to keep it that way if there were ever a similar emergency impacting the city.

The Public Safety Committee of the New Haven Board of Alders will hold a public hearing tonight at 6:30 at City Hall to discuss what safety measures can be taken in an emergency situation. They will also discuss how the city can better communicate with the public in such an event, possibly by implementing a new notification system.

To view the meeting agenda, click here.

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Experts: Infection, Blood Clot Could Have Killed Warmbier


Neurologists are lending their expert opinion to help explain what may have led to the death of Otto Warmbier, saying an infection or blood clot could have killed him, NBC News reported.

Warmbier's family said he died Monday just days after returning from North Korea, when doctors described his state as "unresponsive wakefulness," or a persistent vegetative state.

Neurologists suggested that Warmbier could have died so suddenly after returning because he may have had pneumonia or another infection, which could have led his family to focus on quality of life over treatment.

Another expert suggested that his vegetative state would have made it easy for his body to form a blood clot, and that the long flight from North Korea could have made the clot more likely to break off and travel to the lungs.

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New Haven to Swear in Anthony Campbell as Police Chief Today


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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Boston Musician 'Keytar Bear' Attacked; 3 Teens Arrested


Three New Hampshire juveniles could face hate crime charges after an an alleged assault on the Boston musician known as "Keytar Bear."

Keytar Bear is a well-known street musician who dresses in a bear costume and plays music in various places across Boston.

Boston police responded to a call Saturday at 4:40 p.m. in the area of Congress and State streets downtown for an assault and battery in progress.

A responding officer saw the well-known Keytar Bear surrounded by a group of young men in what appeared to be a fight. 

When the officer approached with the lights and sirens activated on his cruiser, the young men fled on foot.

Witnesses were able to point the officer in the direction of the suspects, observing the young men climbing up the scaffolding of a building and laying down on a platform in an attempt to hide.

When the officer ordered the suspects to come down, they complied.

Following an investigation, police learned that Keytar Bear had been attacked by the suspects while he was playing music near Faneuil Hall.

The suspects allegedly ripped off Keytar Bear’s mask before striking him several times in the face and body while using racial slurs.

Police said when witnesses attempted to intervene, the suspects also hurled racial slurs at them before fleeing.

Jessica Baldwin, of Nashville, Tennessee, was in town for Sail Boston with her 10-year-old son, Thompson Fine, when they witnessed the attack.

"Right after I took the picture of the guy with his arm around Keytar Bear, he slammed his face down into the ground, took his bear head off," Baldin recalled. "I didn't see the punching, but you could hear the screaming."

Police said the suspects damaged Keytar Bear's equipment in the attack. The man sustained a facial laceration and swelling to the right eye.

"He later said he felt it was a hate crime. That it was racially driven," Baldwin said.

When the suspects allegedly stole Keytar Bear's tips, that's when Baldwin's son stepped up to the plate.

"I gave him $4," Fine recalled. "And I got a sticker badge."

Since news of the attack broke, there have been numerous online messages to the anonymous bear. A GoFundMe account set up to help him purchase new equipment raised $4,800 as of Monday afternoon.

"I am heartbroken about what happened. We love you and what you give to Boston and we all have your back. You are a treasure," one fan wrote.

Saturday's attack was the fourth on Keytar Bear over the years.

The three juvenile suspects — a 15-year-old from Londonderry, a 16-year-old from Salem and a 17-year-old from Manchester — were arrested and charged with assault and battery and disorderly conduct. The 16-year-old was also charged with possession of alcohol by a minor. 

Prosecutors said they are also reviewing the case for potential hate crime charges.

The three teens were arraigned on Monday and released into their parents' custody with orders to stay away from the victim, witnesses and Faneuil Hall.

Photo Credit: @JessicaJBaldwin
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Man Charged Man with Murder in Hartford Shooting


Hartford police have arrested a suspect in the shooting death of 33-year-old Timothy Burt, who was gunned down on Enfield Street earlier this month.

Twenty-four-year-old Samuel Stevenson has been charged with murder and criminal possession of a firearm.

On June 11, police responded to the area of 69 Enfield Street for a Shot Spotter Alert and found Burt suffering multiple gunshot wounds and unresponsive. He was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.

According to police, through investigation they learned that there had been several altercations between Burt and Stevenson and some of their friends. Two days before the incident, both men were involved in a fight at Greenfield Street and Enfield Street. The initial incident was never reported to authorities, but police believe it was the “boiling point” that led to the shooting.

Police secured an arrest warrant for Stevenson on Monday and arrested him. They also found a gun suspected to have been used in the homicide, police said.

Stevenson was held on a $1.5 million bond. 

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Russian Jet Comes Feet From US Spy Plane Over Baltic


An armed Russian jet came within a few feet of an American reconnaissance aircraft flying in international airspace Monday, three defense officials told NBC News.

The officials characterized the intercept over the Baltic Sea as unsafe and unprofessional, with one saying the Russian pilot had "poor control" of the speeding aircraft.

Also on Tuesday, a U.S. fighter jet shot down a second drone belonging to the Syrian regime in a month.

The Shahed 129 drone was "showing hostile intent" to U.S. coalition forces on the ground, according to a U.S. defense official.

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Officials Warn of Western Union Settlement Email Scam


The Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection (DCP) is warning residents to be on the lookout for the latest email scam, which tries to trick potential victims into sending bank account information under the guise of offering money from government settlement.

In the email, scammers claim to be Maureen Ohlhausen, the acting chairman of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). The email states that if the recipient sends their bank account information they will receive funds from the government settlement with Western Union.

Officials warn that while the FTC is involved in a multi-million dollar settlement with Western Union, the refund process has not begun yet and these emails are a scam.

Consumers are warned that this is a scam and to never send information or click links in an unfamiliar email. If you are unsure if an email is legitimate, call the organization that the email claims to have been sent from to confirm.

DCP offered the following things consumer should look out for in possible email scams.

  • Quick writing with grammatical errors
  • Strange looking links, especially those that don’t start with https://, or don’t end in a familiar way like .com, .org, or .gov
  • With government email scams – an email not from a .gov email address
  • Logos that look similar to a government logo or seal, but a little distorted
  • The use of strong pressure tactics urging you to act now, or face consequences
  • A topic you’re not expecting. Remember, if you don’t think you are owed money – or you don’t think you owe money to someone, you are probably correct.

If you believe you’ve received a scam email, you can forward the email to the FTC at spam@uce.gov, and report it to DCP by emailing dcp.frauds@ct.gov.

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Father and Son Arrested in Spree of Car Battery Thefts


West Haven police arrested two men accused of stealing car batteries from Wal-Mart.

Peter Burwell, Jr., 46, and Peter Burwell III, 25, both face charges of larceny, criminal mischief, criminal trespass, possession of burglary tools, and motor vehicle charges.

West Haven police said they have been working with police in Milford and Rocky Hill investigating the thefts of numerous car batteries from Wal-Mart locations. As part of the investigation, a battery at a Rocky Hill location was outfitted with a tracking device.

According to police, Monday around 11 p.m. the tracked battery was stolen from Rocky Hill and brought to the Wal-Mart in West Haven. Police located the battery, along with many others, inside a U-haul van on Center Street and Union Avenue. Both suspects were in the van when it was located.

Police said in total they recovered 125 car batteries, which were stolen from a container outside the stores where customers can exchange old batteries for new ones.

An auto shop worker told NBC Connecticut that used car batteries still have monetary value and cans sell between $10 to $15 apiece.

The Burwells were both arrested and held on bond.

Photo Credit: West Haven Police Department
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