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West Haven Police Seek Missing Woman with Alzheimer’s


West Haven police are trying to locate a missing 82-year-old woman with Alzheimer’s.

Jane Hayden left the Seacrest Retirement Center facility on Ocean Avenue around 11:30 a.m. Sunday. She suffers from dementia and Alzheimer’s.

Hayden is around 5-foot-9 and 160 pounds. She was last seen wearing blue jeans, a green sweater, and a tan pocketbook.

Anyone with information on her whereabouts is asked to contact West Haven police at 203-937-3900.

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Family Remembers Mother Killed in Hartford Hit-and-Run


The family of a Hartford woman who died of injuries sustained in a hit-and-run in Hartford is speaking out.

Fifty-six-year-old Rosella Shuler was lost both of her legs when she was hit by Toyota Highlander full of teenagers while she was standing on the sidewalk on Ashley Street on July 18. A man who was standing on the sidewalk was also hurt. She died at the hospital on July 29. 

Eighteen-year-old Deykevious Russaw has been identified as the driver and faces charges in the case.

Her son and daughter spoke with NBC Connecticut about their mother and their thoughts on the arrest.

Jessica Vazquez, Shuler’s daughter, said that it seemed like her mother’s condition was improving at the hospital, despite having lost both of her legs.

“I felt that she was recovering. That she was showing me that she would be strong,” Vazquez said.

“When I left last week she was doing ok and then all of a sudden I come back, not even a day get home and I had turn around get on a plane to come back,” added Christopher Walker, Shuler’s son.

By the end of last week she’d grown weaker and Saturday night Shuler’s four children said goodbye.

“She said I love you, that’s it. That’s all I heard from her,” Walker said.

Shuler died 11 days after the crash.

“I cannot say hi to my mom anymore, I can’t call her on the phone. That just hurts me,” Vazquez said.

Shuler’s daughter says she was relieved to hear that police had identified the driver, but she thinks all six of the teens who fled the stolen SUV that day should be charged.

“She was a good person and she didn’t deserve this,” Vazquez said.

A mother that she talked to every day, now gone.

“I don’t like goodbyes at all and that really hurt me really bad. There’s always a time to say goodbye for right now, but for later you see them later. That hurts to not see her later,” Vazquez said.

Photo Credit: Jessica Vazquez

2 Rescued After Boat Capsizes Near New Haven Harbor


The US Coast Guard rescued two boaters near New Haven Harbor Saturday night after their vessel crashed into a buoy.

USCG said that around 10:30 p.m. they received a distress call from a person on a 22-foot boat saying they collided with a buoy in the harbor, were injured, and that another passenger had been thrown into the water.

Coast guard crews rescued the ejected boater and performed CPR until the victim regained a pulse. Both boaters were taken back to shore for further treatment.

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Tolland Fire Responds to Accident Involving Car and Bicycle

Putin Ordering 755 American Diplomats Out of Russia


Russian President Vladimir Putin said Sunday the United States would have to cut its embassy and consulate staff in Russia by 755 under new sanctions from Moscow.

Russian's Foreign Ministry on Friday ordered a reduction by Sept. 1 in the number of U.S. diplomats in Russia. It said it is ordering the U.S. Embassy to limit the number of embassy and consular employees in the country to 455 in response to the U.S. Senate's approval of a new package of sanctions.

"We had hoped that the situation will somehow change, but apparently if it changes, it won't be soon," Putin said in an interview televised on Rossiya 1, explaining why Moscow decided to retaliate. "I thought it was the time to show that we're not going to leave it without an answer."

Putin said more than 1,000 people are currently employed at the Moscow embassy and three U.S. consulates in Russia. They include both Americans and Russians hired to work in the diplomatic offices.

Russia is open to cooperating with the U.S. on various issues including terrorism and cybercrime but instead it "only hears unfounded accusations of meddling in U.S. domestic affairs," the Russian leader said.

Asked about the potential for additional sanctions against Washington, Putin described the reduction in diplomatic staff as "painful" and said he currently opposes further measures.

"We certainly have something to respond with and restrict those areas of joint cooperation that will be painful for the American side but I don't think we need to do it," he said, adding that such steps could also harm Russian interests.

Putin mentioned space and energy as the main areas where Russia and the United States have successfully pursued projects together.

Along with the cap on the size of its diplomatic corps in Russia, the Russian foreign ministry on Friday said it also was closing down a U.S. recreational retreat on the outskirts of Moscow as well as warehouse facilities.

The diplomatic tit-for-tat started under former U.S. President Barack Obama. In response to reports of Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election, Obama ordered the expulsion of 35 Russian diplomats and shut down two Russian recreational retreats in the U.S.

AP Diplomatic Writer Matthew Lee in Washington contributed.

Photo Credit: AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky

Watertown High School Mourns Loss of Teen Killed in Crash


School officials in Watertown acknowledged the passing of a high school student who was killed in a crash in Plymouth on Saturday morning.

Dr. Bridget Carnemolla, Superintendent of Watertown Public Schools, said in a statement on Sunday, that Vincent Cammarata, 17, of Watertown died from injuries he sustained in the crash on Town Hill Road in Plymouth.

“All of us in the Watertown Public Schools community are deeply saddened by the loss of one of our Watertown students in the early morning hours on Saturday, July 29. Vincent Cammarata, or Vinny as most of us knew him, age 17, passed away from the injuries he suffered from a tragic automobile accident in Plymouth.”

Police said that there were eight male occupants in the Chevrolet Cobalt, ranging in age from 16 to 18 years old.  School officials confirmed that all eight were either current or former Watertown students, four of which suffered serious injuries.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the Cammarata family, Vinny’s friends, and the entire Oakville/Watertown community during this most difficult time,” said Carnemolla.

Counseling and grief support will be available for students and staff members at Watertown High School on Monday, July 31st, from Noon to 2:00 PM in the high school's Media Center, where members of the Student Services department will be present. Students and staff were encouraged to drop in at any point during that time.

“Vinny was highly intelligent with an engaging personality, and he was definitely filled with great potential,” said Paul Jones, principal of Watertown High School.  “He was interested in Science courses, and planned to study a Science-related field in college. He will certainly be missed by all who knew him.”

Cammarata would have been a senior at Watertown High School in the fall.  A funeral mass will be held for him on Thursday, August 3rd at Our Lady of Loreto Church in Waterbury.

“My heart aches for Vinny’s family and friends, and for all of us, really,” said Carnemolla. “We will do all that we can to support everyone who has been impacted by this tragic loss.”

Japan Backs Trump's Pressure on China Over N. Korea


Japan's prime minister said he "fully agreed" with President Donald Trump that China should do more to curb threats from North Korea, NBC News reported.

Japanese leader Shinzo Abe said he spoke "in depth" with Trump and agreed to take "concrete steps to do our utmost in ensuring the public's safety."

Abe's comments come after Trump tweeted early Sunday that he was "very disappointed" in China's response, or lack thereof, to North Korea's missile tests.

North Korea's latest test happened on Friday when Pyongyang launched an intercontinental ballistic missile that landed in the sea off the coast of Japan. It was the country's second test this month.

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West Hartford Police Seek Driver Who Fled Crash Scene


West Hartford police are searching for a driver who fled the scene of a crash on Park Road overnight.

Around midnight Monday police responded to the area of 214 Park Road and found a car on its side, in front of Lane & Lenge Florists.. The driver fled the scene.

Anyone with information should contact West Hartford police.

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Neighbors Save Man from House Fire in South Windsor


South Windsor fire officials say quick-thinking neighbors saved a man from a house fire Sunday evening.

Police said that neighbors spotted smoke coming from a home on Scantic Meadow Drive around 8:15 p.m. After calling 911, the couple and their adult daughter went into the home and found a man unconscious in a chair, and a small fire in the kitchen.

The neighbors turned off the stove, took the burning pan outside, and tried to assist the unconscious occupant.

When firefighters arrived they checked for any extension of the fire and provided medical care to the victim.

Officials said the man suffered a medical incident unrelated to the fire. He was taken to the hospital for treatment of the non-life threatening condition.

Fire officials praised the brave actions of the neighbors.

“The actions of these three neighbors without a doubt reduced the amount of fire damage and most likely saved the occupant from a more serious, if not life threatening situation,” wrote Fire Chief Kevin Cooney in a release.

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Stamford Police Increase Patrols at Beaches after Complaints


Stamford police are cracking down at Cummings Beach and other beaches and parks throughout the city after receiving numerous complaints about excessive drinking, drug use, loud music and unsafe driving.

According to police, they've received numerous complaints, mostly from families with children or seniors, about behavior at the park.

On Sunday, police enacted a Quality of Life Enforcement detail to curb the behavior. Police issued 38 infraction summons in six hours for things like possession of hard alcohol, possession of marijuana, creating a public disturbance, and urinating in public.

Police also enforced traffic laws in the park and issued violations for failing to obey the stop signs and using cell phones while driving.

The Quality of Life patrols will continue in all parks and beaches for the rest of the summer.

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East Hampton High School Principal Passes Away


The East Hampton school community is grieving after the principal of East Hampton High School passed away suddenly Sunday.

John Fidler has been the principal of East Hampton High School since 2011 and involved in the district for many years.

“The news is hard for our teachers, staff, students, and families because John has been well-loved by the East Hampton Community for years,” wrote Superintendent Paul K. Smith in a statement posted on Facebook.

The community is invited to visit the high school Monday between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. to leave cards, flowers and other tributes to Fidler.

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Connecticut Senate to Vote on Union Concessions Deal


Today the Connecticut Senate is expected to vote on a union concessions deal that would save the state billions of dollars over the next few years.

It may be a close vote in the Senate. It’s tied 18-18 Democrat and Republican.

Last week the House passed the concessions package by only six votes.

Republicans have been arguing that this deal doesn’t’ save enough money and could tie the hands of future legislators.

The deal is projected to save $1.5 billion over the next two fiscal years at a time when the state is facing a $5 billion deficit.

The state has gone without a two-year budget the entire month of July. It’s led to cuts to nonprofits, force several towns to implement spending freezes, and forced the governor to run the state with his limited executive authority.

If it comes down to a tie, Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman can break it.

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Wallingford Police Arrest 3 Teens Found With Stolen Car: PD


Three teenagers face charges after being found driving a stolen car, according to Wallingford police.

Eighteen-year-old Gregory Pena, of Hartford, was charged with third-degree larceny by possession and weapons in a motor vehicle. A 15-year-old juvenile from Hartford, who was driving the car, and a 17-year-old from Hartford also face charges.

Police said they spotted the car driving the wrong way with its lights off shortly after midnight Monday. The vehicle fled police and officers determined it was reported stolen from Rocky Hill.

Officers pursued the vehicles until the driver lost control and crashed on Route 15 north near the Miller Avenue exit in Meriden. The driver took off, but the passengers remained at the scene and cooperated with officers.

The driver was later located.

Police said they found a black pellet gun that looked like a real handgun in the back seat of the vehicle.

The juveniles were released to the custody of their parents. Pena was issued a court date of Aug. 14 and was released on a $25,000 bond.

Young Girl, Man Struck by Stray Bullets in Bridgeport


A young girl and a man were both struck by stray bullets in Bridgeport Sunday night, city officials confirmed Monday.

Officials said that around 11 p.m. Sunday gunfire rang out in the area of Colorado Avenue and Maplewood Avenue. The child, who was inside a home on Colorado Avenue, was struck in her hand. The man was grazed on the head. The injuries are not life threatening.

It appears that neither victim was a target and that they were struck by stray bullets. The shooting is under investigation.

No other details were immediately available.

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Video Shows Burglary of Illinois Home as Girl Hides in Bedroom


Video of a frightening home burglary in a northwest Chicago suburb shows a man breaking into a home while a child hides inside.

The break-in happened on July 23 in the 300 block of North William Street in Mount Prospect, police said, and was captured on home surveillance cameras.

Video released Sunday shows a man kicking in the door to a home around noon that day, all while a young girl hid inside a bedroom.

The girl told police she heard knocking at the front door while she was upstairs, but when she looked down the stairs and saw a man she didn’t know looking into the window she didn’t answer.

The man knocked several times before he kicked open the front door and went upstairs, footage shows.

The young girl ran into a bedroom and locked the door as the man came up the stairs, authorities said. The man tried to open the door but the girl began screaming, causing him to flee the scene.

The suspect is described as a white man between 55 and 65 years old with white hair. He was wearing a black baseball-style hat, sunglasses, a black T-shirt, black shorts and black shoes.

Police are looking for help identifying the man in the video.

Anyone who recognizes him or has information on the home burglary is asked to call the Mount Prospect Police Department’s Investigations section at (847) 879- 5654. Anonymous tips can be made to Crime Stoppers of Mount Prospect at (847) 590-7867 or by texting MPPD and a tip to 274637. Tips made through Crime Stoppers of Mount Prospect that lead to the arrest and prosecution of a suspect could be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000, police said. 

Photo Credit: Mount Prospect Police

Former West Thompson Firefighter Charged With Sexual Assault


A former lieutenant with the West Thompson Fire Department has been arrested on accusations he sexually assaulted 17-year-old member of the department.

Connecticut State Police said that 21-year-old Dylan Hamill of Woodstock is accused of having sexual contact with a 17-year-old junior member of the fire department multiple times.

The West Thompson Fire Department said that Hamill resigned from the department in May, and had not been an active member since December 2016.

The department did conduct its own internal investigation of the sexual assault accusations but said the claims were unfounded.

“I can confirm at no point were any Officers aware of any sexual assaults as alleged. An Official Complaint has been filed with the State Police regarding the investigating Troopers’ conduct during the investigation,” wrote West Thompson Fire Chief Mike Rivers.

Hamill turned himself into police on July 28. He was charged with second-degree sexual assault and was released on a $25,000 bond. He is due in court Monday.

Photo Credit: Connecticut State Police

Trump Vote Fraud Commission Could Not Be More Divided


The members of President Donald Trump's bipartisan vote fraud commission appear to differ on the issues they believe the group should focus on, according to NBC News.

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, the commission's vice chairman, said the group needs to investigate claims of widespread voter fraud. Others on the panel, which includes seven Republicans and five Democrats, argue that the commission should focus on issues like updating voter systems and encouraging registration.

Vice President Mike Pence, the group's chairman, said the commission was formed to study voting issues without "preconceived notions or preordained results."

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East Haven Police Seek Attempted Bank Robbery Suspect


East Haven police are looking for a suspect accused of trying to rob the Key Bank on Main Street Monday.

Police said that around 9 a.m. a man in his 40s walked into the bank at 245 Main Street and asked a teller for “all the money.”

The suspect did not make any threats or show a weapon.

The suspect fled on foot empty-handed. He is described as tall, unshaven, in his 40s, and was wearing a green baseball cap, black sunglasses with red on the sides, and a blue T-shirt with the words “No Delay in My Game” in white lettering.

Anyone with information on this crime is asked to contact East Haven police at 203-468-3820.

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After-School Program Closing in Middletown


An after-school program serving approximately 70 children in the north end of Middletown will close at the end of the fall semester.

The Green Street Teaching and Learning Center has served the community the past 12 years, providing an after-school program, enrichment classes in arts and sciences and private music lessons.

Wesleyan University runs the program and said the closure was necessary for financial reasons. In a statement university officials said:

“The plan was that over time the programs would become self-sustaining through private and foundation support. Despite the best efforts of the University and the Green Street staff, sustainability has proven elusive. Wesleyan has spent more than $4 million on these programs, a significant percentage of which has gone to overhead expenses. While Green Street contributes to the community in many important ways, we believe we need a new model for supporting the community engagement of our students.”

But several community members say they are devastated hearing about the impending closure.

“It’s really bad because it’s a great program. It keeps kids out of trouble. And they help mad families, like a lot of families with their after school childcare,” said Iris De la Cruz, a Middletown mother whose daughter went to the after-school program.

The North End Action Team has been started hosting community meetings to discuss the closure. The next meeting is Wednesday August 16, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. at the Green Street Teaching and Learning Center. Childcare and food will be provided.

“I think this is an opportunity for the community to come together and say what do we want this space to now be,” said Precious Price, the community director of North End Action Team.

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Wallingford Police Warn Drivers to Lock Their Cars


Wallingford police are joining the chorus of local police departments warning drivers to lock their vehicles due to ongoing thefts throughout the state.

Wallingford police said they’ve received numerous complaints of thefts from and thefts of vehicles throughout town. Most thefts occur in the late evening or overnight. Suspects target vehicles that are unlocked and have keys inside.

Most stolen vehicles are located in Hamden, Hartford, or New Haven, police said. In some cases arrests were made. The accused are usually male teenagers ranging in age of 15 to 18, according to police.

Police said Sunday evening two juveniles and an 18-year-old suspect were arrested at the Oakdale Theatre for entering unlocked cars. The group waited until visitors were inside the theatre then hit the parking lot.

Just after midnight Monday, two juveniles and an 18-year-old from Hartford were arrested after being found in a car stolen from Rocky Hill.

Wallingford police have increased patrols in neighborhoods and stress how important it is to lock cars and secure valuables out of sight. Suspicious activity should be reported to police.

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