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Oklahoma Man Proposes To Girlfriend During Arrest


An Oklahoma man was set on proposing to his girlfriend on the Fourth of July, and nothing, not even a set of handcuffs, was going to derail those plans.

Brandon Thompson was celebrating his 35th birthday, which happens to fall on July 4, when Muskogee police officers arrived to arrest him on six felony warrants.

Police bodycam video of the arrest shows Thompson walking out of a house with his hands in the air, followed by several family members and kids. After an officer handcuffs him, Thompson asks the officer if he could have a moment to propose to his girlfriend before he is taken to jail.

"When the other officer told me he was gonna propose I think my initial response was, are you kidding me?" Muskogee Police Department spokesman Lincoln Anderson told NewsOn6.com.

The Muskogee officers agreed and Thomas, while in handcuffs, asked Leandria Keith for her hand in marriage.

"Oh my gosh is he serious? But I knew I was gonna say yes. Like I love him a lot. We go through our ups and downs. I guess it's like an unconditional love, you know?" the bride-to-be told NewsOn6.com.

Bodycam video of the proposal was posted to the Muskogee Police Department Facebook page late July 4, and by Friday morning had been viewed over 11,000 times.

"It's not everyday you get asked to let a marriage proposal happen after making an arrest on the soon-to-be groom. But it happened!" the Muskogee Police Department wrote on Facebook.

Anderson said he hopes the officers' actions demonstrate that police aren’t uncaring and just out to make arrests.

Thompson's arrest is related to charges including possession of a firearm after a felony conviction, possession of a controlled dangerous substance and failure to appear in court, according to court documents.

Photo Credit: Muskogee Police Department

Camp No Limits Inspires and Empowers Young People


The Fitzpatrick family is just one of dozens of families that have come to Camp No Limits this year, a nonprofit camp that caters specifically to children with limb loss.

Peter Fitzpatrick is happy to see the positive impact the camp is having on his son, Ryan, as well as the rest of his family

“It’s great for Ryan to be with others who have limb differences,” said Fitzpatrick, “It really has empowered Ryan and even us as a family. 

A physical therapist started the camp in Maine back in 2004 and for the past three years the camp has been at Quinnipiac University. Students like Emily Ampel have the opportunity to organize and run the camp.

“It’s so amazing to see these kids just get to be themselves in an environment that’s safe and supportive and loving, “ said Ampel, “These kids in my eyes are superheroes. There’s no challenge that they can’t overcome.”

Campgoers like Ryan get to participate in sports that they traditionally would not be able to participate in. Ryan favorites at the camp include basketball and sled hockey.

And it’s not just the kids that feel empowered.  The entire family is inspired to see how much the kids grow throughout their time at the camp.

“He’s capable of anything and this camp reinforces that, that they are really capable of anything. It’s been a great experience.” said Peter Fitzpatrick.

28 kids and their families have come to the camp this year in Connecticut. This camp is just one of 10 other Camp No Limits across the country.

This Friday night there will be a free sled hockey game at the TD Bank Sports Center that is open for the public to attend.

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2 State Swimming Areas Closed After Testing Reveals Bacteria


Two state swimming areas are shut down after testing high for bacteria, according to the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.

The swimming areas at Gardner Lake State Park in Salem and Squantz Pond State Park in New Fairfield are both closed after routine testing revealed the presence of certain indicator bacteria.

Burr Pond State Park in Torrington, which had been closed, came back with improved test results and has reopened.

The bacteria does not necessarily cause disease, but it is used as an indicator to test for possible contamination in bodies of water.

DEEP will retest both areas on July 13 to see if they can be safely reopened. DEEP tests water quality at state swimming areas routinely during the season.

The agency only tests state bodies of water. Testing for local swimming areas is the responsibility of the respective municipalities.

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Target Dropping 2 of Its Famous Brands, Adding 12 Others


Target lovers soon will have to say goodbye to two of the chain's famous brands.

As part of a partial overhaul of its apparel, accessories and home departments, Target will phase out its well-know Merona line for women and men, as well as the men’s line of Mossimo, according to The Wall Street Journal.

The move is meant to make room for multiple new brands heading to Target in the next 18 months.

The Wall Street Journal reports that Target executives felt Merona and Mossimo have "grown too big and homogenized to garner shoppers’ affection." They will be replaced by brands with "defined personality and purpose," they said.

Mark Tritton, Target’s chief merchandising officer, told the publication he hopes two brands in particular -- A New Day clothing line for women and Goodfellow & Co menswear -- will "make an emotional connection with shoppers, something Merona never was able to do."

Other examples of the more than 12 new brands include the athleisure-inspired JoyLab and home brand Project 62.

The display of these items will be different too, The Wall Street Journal reports, with more lighting and displays of clothes on mannequins.

Target gave The Wall Street Journal a peek into what the new brands look like.

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Emergency Crews Searching Branford River for Missing Child


Emergency crews are searching the Branford River for a child in the water, according to Branford police.

Captain Geoff Morgan of the Branford Police Department tweeted that rescuers were searching for a missing boy in the river. Crews can be seen searching an area off Tabor Drive and Montwese Street (Route 146).

More details were not immediately available.

NBC Connecticut has a crew on scene and will provide updates on this breaking news as they come into the newsroom.

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Hartford Terminates Firefighter Shot in Alleged Drug Deal


The Hartford Fire Department has terminated Firefighter Jimmy Ngo following an internal investigation.

The announcement comes just days after an arrest warrant was released detailing an incident where Ngo was shot several times last April. Investigators allege it was a drug deal gone wrong.

Ngo was fired after a special hearing where city leaders met on Thursday. He spent six years employed as a Hartford firefighter, most recently working out of Engine One, Ladder Six on Main Street.

According to court documents, Ngo’s alleged shooter, Jesus Perez, told Connecticut State Police it was a botched drug deal to help pay off Perez’s debts that led to Ngo’s shooting.

The shooting itself happened at the Rocky Hill industrial park back in April. Ngo was off-duty at the time and was hit four to five times in the face and back by a barrage of bullets.

Investigators said Perez told them he planned to sell $35,000-worth of drugs with Ngo. Instead, police said Perez shot and beat Ngo and took off with the drugs. Ngo fought back and investigators later found the alleged shooter’s blood in an abandoned car in New Britain.

Perez told troopers Ngo was shot by the alleged buyer.

The Hartford Fire Department released the following statement on the termination:

"On Wednesday, July 05, 2017, the Hartford fire department conducted an internal investigation pertaining to one of its members (Jimmy Ngo) that was allegedly involved in activity that is in violation of city and department policy. The facts obtained from this internal investigation warranted disciplinary action from the fire department’s administration. As a result of the findings, the member’s employment with the City of Hartford has been terminated, effective immediately. The City of Hartford and Hartford Fire Department has a zero tolerance for violation of its said policies that are counterintuitive to the hard work, dedication and sacrifices made by the greater body."

NBC Connecticut has reached out to Ngo’s union for comment but have not heard back.

Ngo told NBC Connecticut that he has no comment. 

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Driver Flees Dramatic Crash Scene on Main Street in Hartford


Fire officials say a driver took off after a crash and car fire in Hartford early Friday morning.

Officials said that around 4:07 a.m. the fire department was called to the area of Main Street by Trumbull Street, near Dunkin’ Donuts Park, for a crash. When firefighters arrived they found the car on fire.

Fire officials said the car appears to have been traveling north on Main Street when it hit and took down a pole, then knocked down a barricade around a parking lot and flipped onto its roof.

The driver fled the scene. No one else was found inside the vehicle.

The car has been towed from the scene. The crash remains under investigation.

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Rain Gradually Tapers off Through the Afternoon


Some parts of Connecticut woke up to heavy rains Friday morning, but things will start drying out as the day goes on.

Areas of light to moderate rain will continue through the morning hours. Here's a look at Live Interactive Radar:

Moderate rain will continue into the early afternoon hours before tapering off later today. Here's a look at First Alert Future Radar at 1 p.m.

Heading out later this evening? Most of the rain will be out of the state by 4 p.m. 

There is a slight chance that a scattered shower will move across the state later tonight. Here's a look at First Alert Future Radar which shows a few scattered showers moving through the western portion of the state. 

The weekend features afternoon showers and thunderstorms with beautiful weather arriving by Sunday. Take a look at the Inland and Shoreline 3 Day Forecast. 



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2 People Hospitalized Following Colchester Tractor Trailer Crash


Two people were transported to the hospital following a crash in Colchester, Quinebaug Valley Emergency Communications (QVEC) said. 

A red pick up truck was involved in the crash with a tractor trailor on Route 2 westbound near Exit 17. 

No other information was immediately available. 

Photo Credit: Quinebaug Valley Emergency Communications

Man Stole $14K from Boss for Food, Plane Tickets: Police


A Bridgeport man was arrested for using his employer's credit card for food, gift cards and trips to Florida, Westport Police said. 

Police arrested Donald Luciana, 46, on charges of identity theft and larceny after a complaint of embezzlement was filed against him by his employer in Westport.

Luciano was given his employer's credit card for business needs, such as mailing packages or purchasing items, but in January 2016, the employer began to notice irregularities in the card transactions, according to Westport Police. 

The employer found that Luciano was using the credit card at restaurants, gift cards and even round-trip tickets to Florida, police said. 

It was also discovered that Luciano was falsifying checks meant to be delivered to his employer’s clients.

In total, Luciano is accused of embezzling around $14,000 from his boss.

Luciano turned himself in on Friday after an arrest warrant was submitted to the Norwalk Court.

He was arrested on charges of identity theft in the first degree and Larceny in the second degree. His bond was set at 50,000 and his court date will be July 13 in Norwalk.

Ghost Town Johnsonville in East Haddam Off the Market


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Police: Williams Legally Entered Intersection Before Crash


Police released a surveillance video Friday which shows the collision involving tennis star Venus Williams and an elderly couple in Palm Beach Gardens. Police also released a statement Friday saying Williams “lawfully entered” the intersection when Linda Barson’s car collided into Williams’ SUV on June 9.

Barson’s car approached the intersection westbound after a green light, at which point the vehicle collided with the right front of Williams’ SUV, police said in a statement. It was previously reported by police that the tennis star caused the crash. She has not been cited or charged.

Jerome Barson, 78, succumbed to his injuries two weeks after the crash. His estate filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the tennis star, seeking damages in excess of $15,000. Attorneys for Barson’s estate accused Williams of running a red light, failing to yield the right of way, inattentive driving and negligent operation of a motor vehicle.

A judge ruled at a protective order hearing Friday that both parties should have their vehicles examined by August 2. Williams’ attorney filed the emergency protective order one day before to ensure that the data from both vehicles are collected and preserved consistently.

Photo Credit: Palm Beach Gardens Police Dept.

Nearly a Dozen Car Break-Ins at Waterbury Train Station


Thieves are responsible for smashing the windows of at least 10 cars at the Waterbury Train Station this week, the three latest happening on Thursday.

"If that's happening then I have to think about if this is going to be a safe spot," Pricilla Castro said.

Castro, who picks up her father from the train station twice a month, said she no longer feels safe waiting in the car by herself.

"Maybe coming with someone else– not alone because usually I just come up with the kids and pick up my dad," Castro said.

"This is kind of a ridiculous crime. We're not even quite sure why someone would take the time to break a window,” Chief Deputy Fernando Spagnolo with Waterbury Police said.

Spagnolo said the city recently removed an abandoned building that blocked the view of the parking lot, along with cutting grass in the area, for better visibility.

"We find in cases like this that normally the same person is responsible for a string of criminal mischief," Spagnolo said.

Police said at least one criminal was caught on MTA and city surveillance cameras breaking into cars and they have identified several suspects.

Those who stop at the station will warn others about the car break-ins until the criminals are caught.

"I'll definitely tell him just leave your car at home, take the city bus down here he definitely doesn't want his car broken into," Alejandro Aquino said.

Photo Credit: NBCConnecticut.com

Connecticut Tesla Customers Eagerly Await New, Affordable Model


Tesla has started production on its eagerly-awaited Model 3, which has a much more affordable price tag, at just $35,000.

Experts call this a make-or-break moment for Tesla, noting the company's disappointing sales, safety concerns and declining stock price. However, critics say a successful rollout of the Tesla Model 3 can seriously disrupt the affordable car-buying industry.

It all depends on how customers, such as Alex Poulos, like it.

Poulos, from Plainville, preordered his Tesla Model 3 the day it became available and has spent the time since waiting for news on his new ride.

“I knew they were going to sell out pretty quickly,” Poulos said. “And they did.”

Poulos drives a 2001 Toyota Highlander. It’s good for outdoor adventures, he said, but not so much for maintenance, at least, when stacked up against an electric vehicle.

"A lot less moving parts, no oil changes, no spark plugs, better for the environment and they’re offering a performance model that’s pretty quick," Poulos said.

Before the Model 3, most Teslas cost customer upwards of $90,000. The newest model brings that price down by more than half, gives customers eligibility on federal and state rebates, has the same super-fast acceleration and aims to become the first mass-market autonomous vehicle.

But the attractive price tag will cost in other ways.

Tesla isn’t allowed to sell in Connecticut, so Poulos needs to pick his up in New York or Massachusetts. Should his new car need maintenance, he’ll have to drive to the state’s only service center in Milford.

He also has to install a charging panel in his house and, at 215 miles per charge, it’s not quite equipped to handle Poulos’ bigger travels.

“I’m probably going to keep the Highlander just for towing the jet ski, but my day-to-day is obviously going to be the Tesla,” said Poulos. “The cost in fuel savings and the technology is just too attractive.”

He doesn’t know when he’ll get his Model 3. The company likely won’t deliver to most New England customers until at least December 2017.

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East Lyme Woman Accused of Writing Fake Prescriptions: PD


An East Lyme woman is accused of stealing a doctor's prescription pad to write fake prescriptions for drugs, police said. 

Jessica Burnette, 35, was arrested on Friday following an investigation into a stolen prescription pad, East Lyme Police said. 

Burnette is accused of writing 11 fraudulent prescriptions between October 2014 to June 2015. She would bring the prescription to a local CVS Pharmacy, according to police.

The suspect was charged with forgery of prescriptions, obtaining controlled substance on fraudulent prescriptions, possession of narcotics, possession of narcotics with intent to sell.

Her bond was set at $50,000. 

Photo Credit: East Lyme Police

Scotland Vineyard Reopens After Fire


When flames destroyed part of a barn in Scotland on the Fourth of July, it also came close to wiping out a family-run business.

Lost in the fire were thousands of gallons of wine and equipment for The Vineyard of Hillyland.

“It’s such a shame to see it like this, you know. Yeah, we’ve been coming here helping them pick grapes like for four or five years,” Cheri Majnich, of Windham Center, said.

After years of preparation and harvests, the winery had officially launched earlier this year.

“I knew I had to be here tonight. This has been the biggest tragedy that our family has suffered,” Bailey Stearns, the daughter of the owners, said.

With the barn now taped off, the vineyard threw open its doors for a wine tasting on Friday in a nearby building that was spared any damage.

Bottles of wine had been saved from the destruction, including by firefighters.

“We just concentrated on getting open for Friday because I said I would do it and we’re doing it,” Geri Stearns, co-owner of The Vineyard at Hillyland, said.

The family said they have been overwhelmed by the outpouring of support since the fire, including the large turnout for the tasting.

“We have to come celebrate. They were opening up today after this tragedy and they were opening up, we were coming,” Lisa Giroux, of Hanover, said.

The owners said they are figuring out the plan for the next harvest in a couple months.

And they said the historic dairy barn will rise again.

“They will rebound. They will rebuild,” Leo Majnich, of Windham Center, said.

The tastings will now take place every Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

As for the cause of the fire, the family said it was undetermined.

US Bombers Conduct Exercise Near N. Korea in Show of Force


Two U.S. B-1 bombers and American and South Korean fighter jets on Friday conducted an exercise near the demilitarized zone separating North and South Korea, in a show of force days after the North tested an intercontinental ballistic missile.

The Lancer bombers took off from an air base in Guam and "practiced attack capabilities by releasing inert weapons at the Pilsung Range" near the DMZ, U.S. Pacific Command told NBC News.

"North Korea's actions are a threat to our allies, partners and homeland," Pacific Air Forces Commander Gen. Terrence O’ Shaughnessy said in a statement. "Let me be clear, if called upon we are trained, equipped and ready to unleash the full lethal capability of our allied air forces."

Two U.S. officials told NBC News the show of force was intended to "send a clear message" to North Korea, ruled by the dictator Kim Jong Un.

Photo Credit: U.S. Air Force/Jacob Skovo

NASA Says Pence Was OK to Touch Hardware Despite Sign


A photo of Vice President Mike Pence touching NASA hardware clearly marked "Do Not Touch" took off on social media Friday, inspiring scores of gags and memes.

The "Do Not Touch" signs in the vicinity at the Kennedy Space Flight Center "are there as a day-to-day reminder," but the "Critical Space Flight Hardware" in question was "absolutely okay" to touch, NASA told NBC News.

"Procedures require the hardware to be cleaned before tiles are bonded to the spacecraft, so touching the surface is absolutely okay," said NASA spokeswoman Jen Rae Wang. "Otherwise, the hardware would have had a protective cover over it like the thermal heat shield, which was nearby."

Pence played along with the viral moment, joking on Twitter that Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, "dared" him to do it.

Photo Credit: Red Huber/Orlando Sentinel/TNS via Getty Images

Police Investigate Accident in Vernon


Vernon police are investigating an accident after a pedestrian was hit by a car on Saturday morning.

It happened in the area of 550 Hartford Turnpike.

Police said this area of the Hartford Turnpike will be closed for several hours while they investigate the crash.

Lifestar was called but were unable to fly because of the weather.

Injuries have been reported.

DC Metro Removes Milo Yiannopoulos Ads After Complaints


The Washington D.C. Metro has taken down advertisements for an alt-right provocateur's new book after receiving numerous complaints from riders.

Ads for Milo Yiannopoulos' book "Dangerous" went up in Metro stations within the last few days. The ads featured his photo with the words "The Most Hated Man On The Internet," or "The Kanye West Of Journalism."

Yiannopoulos was an editor at Breitbart News before he resigned in February over comments he made suggesting he condoned sex with boys as young as 13. He is also known for getting banned from Twitter after helping to lead an online harassment campaign against comedian and "SNL" star Leslie Jones.

The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority responded to multiple tweets on Friday calling for the ads to be taken down. Metro said it has removed the ads from all stations because they "violate" the Metro's guidelines for advertising.

Metro said the ad violated the following guidelines:

  • "Advertisements intended to influence members of the public regarding an issue on which there are varying opinions are prohibited"
  • "Advertisements that are intended to influence public policy are prohibited"

"Is my face a hate crime? We didn't have anything to say about issues or policy, unless you consider my face to be a political statement," Yiannopoulos said in a statement to News4. "So I have a simple question for the D.C. Metro. What advertisement could we have posted that *did not* break those policies?"

Protesters crowded Sixth Avenue in Manhattan Friday morning for a free-speech rally in support of Yiannopoulos. He said he is planning an "unavoidable" comeback.

"We believe that the removal of our billboards constitutes unconstitutional viewpoint discrimination by a government regulator in violation of the First Amendment and are preparing our response now," a spokesperson for Milo, Inc. said in a statement.

In 2015, an anti-Muslim group sued Metro after the agency refused to post ads showing the Prophet Muhammed, saying Metro violated the group's First Amendment rights.

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