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West Haven Police Arrest Burglary Suspect


West Haven police have arrested a man accused of trying to burglarize a home on Washington Avenue.

Police said around 10:30 a.m. Monday the suspect, later identified as 19-year-old Jaquan Toles, tried to enter a home through a window, but the resident spotted him and chased him off.

Witnesses provided police with a description and officers located Toles nearby.

Toles was charged with burglary. Police said he has prior arrests for burglary and larceny.

Photo Credit: West Haven Police Department

'Bidi Bidi Baby': Meet the World’s Tiniest Selena Fan


This "Bidi Bidi Baby" is going viral after starring in a photo shoot themed around Tejano pop star Selena.

The baby, Natalia Gallegos, is just 15 days old in the photo and dressed up with a sparkly brimmed hat, lipstick-stained microphone and white rose, resembling a miniature version of the late singer.

Texas-based newborn photographer Sofi Guerra said that the baby's mother immediately noticed a tiny replica of Selena's hat among the photo props when she came for the shoot.

That's when Guerra knew that the woman's daughter was the right baby to dress up as Selena. It was a picture she had wanted to take for a while.

"I knew this photo was different," Guerra said. "But I didn't realize the magnitude of how many people would fall in love with it." 

After Guerra shared the post on Facebook, it became a social media sensation. Selena's sister, Suzette Quintanilla, found the photo and posted it to her Facebook page where it got more than 12,000 reactions and hundreds of shares.

Guerra thinks that it's the detail of the photo that made it so popular. When Guerra ordered the microphone, she made sure that it was designed to be stained with red lipstick, just like Selena's microphone often was.

She also made the felt hat by hand, personally attaching more than 200 Swarovski crystals to its brim.

"That's what Selena used to do. She would be finishing her hats before she went onstage," Guerra said.

Both Selena super fans, Guerra and the baby's mother, Helen Gallegos, said that they saw the picture as a sign that the Mexican-American singer's legacy would live on in the next generation.

Helen Gallegos was in the fourth grade and already a huge fan of Selena when the singer was shot and killed in 1995. She recalled crying for a week straight.

"When I see the picture it makes me feel good that after all these years I haven't forgotten about her," Gallegos said. "I'm glad I have daughters that will grow up knowing who she is and listening to her music."

Photo Credit: Sofi Guerra
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A Second Chance: 60 Kittens Saved From Death Row; 13 to CT


Thirteen little kittens have a lot to purr about in Newtown.

They’re the latest arrivals to Kitten Associates, a nonprofit home-based animal rescue. Now in their seventh year running, founder Robin Olson and her network of volunteers have saved nearly 500 cats from Connecticut and beyond.

“We always want to help our local cats first, but if somebody somewhere else needs a hand, I’m going to give it to them,” Olson said.

That’s just what happened when Robin’s phone rang last Sunday. A Tennessee shelter was beyond capacity due to overcrowding, and 60 kittens were scheduled to be euthanized on Monday morning. Olson sprang into action, coordinating with other rescue groups to get all 60 felines off of “death row” and into safe shelters. After receiving veterinary care, 13 of them made the long journey north to Connecticut, arriving Thursday night.


The American Humane Society estimates between 3 and 4 million animals are euthanized in shelters across the country every year. Olson says higher death rates tend to appear in areas of the country with warmer year-round weather and less spay and neuter resources. Many shelters and rescues in the Northeast regularly make room for transports.

“It’s just this humungous never-ending population explosion,” Olson said, “and the resources they have can’t keep up with the demand no matter what they do.”

Outside of larger animal shelters and municipal pounds, Olson estimates there are several hundred animal rescues in Connecticut working together to save lives, “and they all specialize in different things. That person will take special needs cats, that person will take feline leukemia cats, that person knows all this about neonatal kittens. So we all share resources because there’s nobody out there that can do everything.”

The 13 Tennessee kittens are settling in nicely in Newtown, where they’re currently awaiting their spay and neuter surgeries to get them ready to be adopted by Clear The Shelters day on August 19. Their adoption fees will cover the surgeries along with testing, vaccinations, screenings, microchips and two months of pet insurance included.


Kitten Associates’ adoption process includes a pre-adoption application followed by an in-home visit which includes an assessment for hazards like poisonous plants, and a veterinary reference. Click here to learn more and fill out an application ahead of Clear The Shelters day.


If you can’t adopt but would still like to help Kitten Associates, the rescue has several outstanding needs:

  • Cat and kitten food
  • Volunteers to come socialize and play with the kittens
  • Monetary donations to assist with veterinary care


The “Tennessee 13” kittens are called the “Sweet Superheroes” for surviving the odds. NBC Connecticut viewers will have the honor of naming one kitten and following his journey to adoption! To submit your name idea (a superhero theme is encouraged) click here and check back here for progress updates.

Dow Nears 22,000


U.S. stocks kicked off August by opening higher on Tuesday, with the Dow Jones industrial average nearing the 22,000 mark.

The Dow is coming off its strongest monthly performance since February, having risen 2.54 percent, CNBC reported.

Major indexes hit record highs in July as investors shrugged off Washington turmoil and geopolitical tension.

"Stock Market could hit all-time high (again) 22,000 today. Was 18,000 only 6 months ago on Election Day. Mainstream media seldom mentions!" President Donald Trump tweeted.

The gains come with many companies beating expectations for earnings lately. Tech giant Apple is set to report its earnings Tuesday after markets close.

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Chicago Homicides on Pace to Exceed 2016


With 74 people killed in July alone, Chicago has reached more than 400 homicides for the year so far, a number that keeps the city on track to outpace 2016, one of the bloodiest years recorded in decades. 

According to Chicago police, there have been 402 murders in the city so far this year, though the department's statistics don't include killings on area expressways, police-involved shootings, self-defense killings or death investigations. 

Last month saw 74 murders, 321 shootings and 410 shooting victims, police announced Tuesday. 

More than 25 shootings have been reported on Chicago expressways so far this year, according to Illinois State Police, with at least six people wounded on expressways in July alone. 

Despite the high number of fatalities, police said the number of shootings in the city has dropped by 13 percent compared to this time last year. 

"The lethality of the shootings, we can’t really control that," Johnson told NBC 5 as the numbers were released. 

Fueling the latest burst of shootings was a violent weekend that saw four people killed and nearly three dozen others, including a 4-year-old boy, injured. 

The month also recorded one of the city's most violent Fourth of July holidays, with more than 100 people shot over the four-day weekend. That's compared to 66 people shot over the holiday in 2016, though that year the weekend was only three days long. 

Chicago police reported last month that they have removed more than 5,000 guns this year off Chicago streets. The department has also rolled out several initiatives this year, including a high-tech ballistics van that was sent as part of the partnership with the ATF. That same partnership also sent 20 permanent ATF agents to the city, along with federal prosecutors, with the purpose of "prioritizing prosecutions to reduce gun violence, and working with our law enforcement partners to stop the lawlessness.”

"One of the things that I think people miss about this whole violence reduction is the fact that CPD - we’ve recovered over 5,000 guns this year, we’re up 30 percent in overall gun arrests - but the communities being affected, I don’t think they recognize the power that they have in the communities, their voices, to reduce this gun violence," Johnson said. 

He added that he knows trust has noticeably divided communities and police in the city.

"The trust issue was a factor for so long but we’re regaining that trust now," he said. "When the communities finally say enough is enough then we’ll see this reduction go down." 

Last year, the month of August became the deadliest month in two decades with 90 murders in 31 days. By the end of the month, the city had recorded just over 470 homicides for the year. 

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Campaign Launched to Restore NASA's Historic Mission Control Room


Houston, we have a problem.

NASA's Mission Control at the Johnson Space Center in Houston is in desperate need of a restoration after years of neglect has left the Texas nerve center for the United States space program in disrepair and looted by souvenir-seekers who walked off with pieces of space history.

"This is a place where things happened," former NASA Flight Director Gene Kranz, who served during the Gemini and Apollo missions, told NBC's "Today" show.

Kratz is best known for his role in leading the successful Mission Control team efforts to save Apollo 13 astronauts Jim Lovell, Jack Swigert and Fred Haise. The rescue later became the subject story of the film "Apollo 13," in which he was portrayed by actor Ed Harris.

"Every time I enter this room, I can feel the history of this room and feel the timber of the controller's voices and the energy and passion," Kranz told KPRC Houston.

Forty eight years later, there's a new mission to preserve that energy for future generations, beginning on the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 lunar landing.

The total cost: $5 million, according to the Space Center Houston nonprofit group, which launched an online crowd-funding campaign.

The Historic Mission Control project would restore the Mission Control room, including rejuvenating flight control consoles and reactivating wall displays with projections that would recreate what Apollo-era engineers would see during missions.

"This is not only important to the U.S., but to humanity and the entire world," William Harris, president and CEO of Space Center Houston, told KPRC. "The men in this room achieved something that no one else had done before."

"We want of give you a sense of what it was like and what the experience was for the men who worked in this room and all the challenges they face during those missions," Harris said.

The city of Webster, a Houston suburb bordering the Johnson Space Center, has already donated $3.5 million of the $5 million needed for the project.

The Mission Control room at the Johnson Space Center is classified as a National Historic Landmark.

ONLINE: Donate HERE to Restore Historic Mission Control

Photo Credit: NASA

New London Man Arrested in Groton on Drug Charges


Groton police have arrested a man on drug charges as part of an ongoing effort to combat the heroin epidemic in the area.

Rahjon Moses, 28, of New London, was arrested after police found heroin, cocaine, and marijuana during a traffic stop on Long Hill Road Monday. According to police, detectives seized around 5.23 grams of heroin.

Roses was charged with possession of cocaine, possession of cocaine with intent to sell, possession of heroin, possession of heroin with intent to sell, possession of less than ½ ounce of marijuana, and traffic violations.

Anyone with information about drug activity in the area is encouraged to contact local police.

Photo Credit: Groton Town Police Department

Somers Hires First Female Officer


The Town of Somers has hired its first ever female police officer.

Officer Shannon Belcher was sworn in on Monday. She has an extensive 25-year career with the Connecticut State Police where she served in Tolland, Danielson and Meriden. She also spent several years working with the State Police Major Crimes and became a polygraph examiner.

“It was an amazing career, amazing. I learned quite a bit, made a lot of amazing friends, met a lot of people. It’s been very challenging, yet rewarding,” Belcher said.

Over the last 70 years the town of Somers has had resident state troopers police the area. About three years ago, it started transitioning from those state troopers to its own police force. Officer Belcher is the first female to ever police the town over those last 70 years.

“For the town it’s a win-win because Shannon is really not coming to us as a rookie. She’s an experienced former state police trooper supervisor. So she brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the position,” said Lieutenant Jose Claudio, Somers Police Department.

Belcher just retired as a state police trooper on July 1. She said she jumped at the chance to work in Somers, since she started her career in the area, when Troop C was headquartered in nearby Stafford Springs.

“I’m happy to be the first female police officer in the town of Somers. I look forward to it and I hope to bring on additional women,” Belcher said.

Somers has two remaining resident state troopers, three full-time police officers, an administrator and several part-time officers.

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Red Cross Needs Volunteers for Home Fire Safety Event


The American Red Cross is looking for volunteers to participate in their home fire safety event, Sound the Alarm, coming up in New Haven in October.

Volunteers will work to educate the public on home fire safety and install free smoke alarms.

“Sound the Alarm in New Haven and be part of the nationwide Red Cross effort to help reduce the number of deaths and injuries from home fires,” said Mario Bruno, CEO of the American Red Cross Connecticut and Rhode Island Region, in a release.

The Red Cross launched the Home Fire Campaign in 2014 to reduce home fire tragedies and ultimately save lives. The majority of the 64,000 disasters the Red Cross responds to a year are home fires. Installing smoke alarms and having an escape plan both work to increase survival odds.

Since the campaign was launched the Red Cross and its partners have saved at least 260 lives, reached 860,000 through youth preparedness programs, and installed 890,000 free smoke alarms.

If you’d like to volunteer at the event, visit the Sound the Alarm website or visit the Sound the Alarm information page on the American Red Cross website. Sign ups are available for both individuals and teams.

For more information on the Home Fire Campaign, visit the American Red Cross website.

The event will be held Oct. 7, 2017 in New Haven from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Photo Credit: NBC 5 News

Trump Considers War With North Korea, Sen. Graham Says


President Donald Trump has mentioned the possibility of waging war against North Korea if they continue to aim their missiles at the U.S., Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said on NBC's "Today" show on Tuesday.

"If there’s going to be a war to stop [Kim Jong Un], it will be over there. If thousands die, they’re going to die over there. They’re not going to die here. And he has told me that to my face," Graham said.

Graham said he believed Trump and "if I were China, I would believe him, too, and do something about it." 

On July 4, North Korea tested an intercontinental ballistic missile capable of reaching Alaska. The regime fired another ICBM on Friday. 

Military experts say the options for reaching a peaceful resolution with North Korea are scarce. 

"There is a military option to destroy North Korea's program and North Korea itself," Graham said. 

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Mosquitoes in Stamford Test Positive for West Nile Virus


Mosquitoes trapped in Stamford have tested positive for West Nile virus, city officials confirmed Tuesday.

The mosquitoes were trapped at the Interval and Gaxton Road collection site on July 20.

The city’s Department of Health is treating catch basins in the area to control the mosquito population. 

No human cases of West Nile have been reported in Stamford this year.

Mosquitoes trapped in Greenwich, South Windsor, Stratford, Westport and West Haven previously tested positive for West Nile Virus, according to state officials.

Residents should take steps to protect themselves from mosquito bites, such as covering bare skin and wearing insect repellent, especially during dawn and dusk hours.

Most people who are infected with West Nile virus show no symptoms, but less than one percent can develop serious, sometimes fatal neurological illness, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

West Nile virus has been detected in the state every year since 1999. Since 2000, there have been 131 human cases of West Nile in Connecticut and three fatalities.

The state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, the Connecticut Agriculture Station, Department of Public Health, Department of Agriculture, Department of Pathobiology at the University of Connecticut are all involved in the Connecticut Mosquito Management Program. There are 91 mosquito trapping stations across 72 towns throughout the state.

For more information about West Nile virus and other mosquito-borne diseases, visit the Connecticut Mosquito Management Program website here.

Newtown Man Accused of Sexually Assaulting Children


A Newtown man has been charged with four counts of sexual assault on children.

According to Newtown police, 72-year-old Richard Saunders turned himself in on an active arrest warrant on Monday. Saunders is accused of having sexual conduct with children in several incidents over the past several years.

The charges stem from an investigation by Youth Officer William Chapman. No other details were immediately available.

Saunders was charged with four counts of fourth-degree sexual assault, impairing the morals of a child, and risk of injury to a minor. He was released on a $100,000 bond. According to the courts, Saunders plead not guilty to the charges and is next due in court on Aug. 28.

Photo Credit: Newtown Police Department

Family of NJ Girl to Sue School After 'Preventable Tragedy'


The family of a 12-year-old New Jersey girl who took her own life in June is planning to sue the school district she attended, saying she was relentlessly bullied for months before a "preventable tragedy." 

The family announced Tuesday in Roseland, alongside with their attorney, that they’re suing the Rockaway Township school district because they say it did nothing to stop months of bullying that led to Mallory Grossman’s suicide. 

Mallory was an accomplished cheerleader and gymnast who family and friends say was well-liked and sociable. But her family’s attorney says she was tortured for months by several girls online.

Beginning last October, Mallory would come home and tell her mother about "the dirty looks and the constant harassment and the name-calling and the cold shoulder, the exclusion," to the point that the girl suffered chronic headaches and stomaches, and her grades plummeted, her mother says. 

The family repeatedly asked school officials for help to stop the bullying, Nagel said, but the school district did nothing. The day Mallory died by suicide, her mother had gone to the school to complain — yet again — that her daughter was being relentlessly bullied. 

"For months, there were texts, there was Snapchat, there was Instagram. For months she was told she's a loser, she has no friends. And finally, she was even told, 'Why don't you kill yourself?'" said family attorney Bruce Nagel, who said a cellphone could be "a lethal weapon" in the wrong hands. 

The messages were "vile and malicious," Nagel said. Two of the last Snapchats sent to the girl were taken on school grounds, without Mallory's permission, her mother said. 

Mallory's mother, Dianne Grossman, says she believes schools have a responsibility "to look a little below the surface." 

"Dirty looks, snide comments, things like that are important for administrators to pay attention to. It's not enough to say, 'We don't have evidence.' Just because it's not in writing doesn't mean it doesn't hurt," she said. "To a child who's 12, constant dirty looks, it does change the makeup of who you are." 

Nagel said the family will sue the Rockaway Township school district for gross negligence. The family is also considering suing the parents of "three or four" children for allowing the bullying to go on for months. Mallory's mother said the night before her daughter died, she spoke to the mother of one of the alleged bullies, and the mother dismissed it "and said it was just a big joke and defended her daughter." 

It's not clear why Mallory was targeted. Her mother said because Mallory was popular, an athlete, a quiet child and a good student, "she kind of represented what they couldn't be," Dianne said. "She had a target on her back. It really was about the humiliation and the intimidation."

"It's hard to understand that while she had a great circle of friends and she was liked among her peers and active, that still doesn't quiet the noise of the girls that didn't like her and who decided to put a target on her back and constantly taunt her," said Dianne Grossman.  

Though New Jersey has some of the strongest Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying (HIB) laws in the nation, the school district never filed a mandatory HIB report, Dianne Grossman alleges. 

The Rockaway Township school district had no comment, but in a self-assessment last year it gave Copeland Middle School an "A" grade of 94 percent for how it dealt with bullying at the school, including in the areas of curriculum and instruction, investigation procedures, and incident reporting.

A number of families from Morris County told News 4 that cruel comments posted online are a far bigger problem than face-to-face bullying, and that cyberbullying is even an issue with young kids in elementary school. 

"There are a lot of people putting things on Instagram, and other people make mean comments, and I just hate it," said 10-year-old Eric Gjelsvik. 

Morris County Prosecutor’s Office spokesperson Fred Snowflack said that the investigation into Mallory’s suicide is still under investigation.

Mallory’s former gymnastics coach remembered her as a good student and athlete who was popular among her peers.

“Wonderful child – sweet, smart, kind, quiet,” coach Paula Gehman said.

According to her obituary, Mallory loved the outdoors and would often donate her own money and handmade jewelry for sick children.

Her family announced Tuesday they've set up a nonprofit foundation in the girl's name, called Mal's Army, to educate people about bullying and to prevent it. 

A GoFundMe page set up for Mallory’s family has raised more than $75,000 in her memory. 

If you are in crisis, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255 or reach out to the Crisis Text Line by texting ‘Home’ to 741741.

Hartford Police Recover 16 Stolen Vehicles, Arrest 7


Hartford police arrested seven people and recovered 16 vehicles as part of an operation aimed to crack down on car theft in the city.

Police said of the 16 vehicles stolen, 11 were stolen using keys. Only five of the cars recovered were stolen out of Hartford.

The recovered vehicles were all types of makes and models. The list is as follows:

  • 2014 Audi A6, stolen from Farmington
  • 2007 Chevy Equinox, stolen from Hartford
  • 2004 Chevy Malibu, stolen from Wethersfield
  • 2012 Ford Focus, stolen from Hartford
  • 2012 Ford Fusion, stolen from Rocky Hill
  • 2013 Ford Fusion, stolen from South Windsor
  • 2004 Honda Civic, stolen from Hartford
  • 2001 Hyundai Sonata, stolen from West Hartford
  • 2007 Lexus ES350, stolen from Newington
  • 1994 Honda Accord, stolen from Hartford
  • 2011 Kawasaki KX250 Dirt Bike, stolen from East Hartford
  • 2002 Ford Explorer, stolen from Middletown
  • 2004 Ford Taurus, stolen from Hartford
  • 1998 Chevy Prizm, stolen from Manchester
  • 2016 Subaru Forester, stolen from West Hartford
  • 2013 Acura TL, stolen from Farmington

Seven people, including a 17-year-old, were arrested on various larceny and tampering charges.

Police departments across the state have issued reminders to drivers to lock up vehicles and not to leave the keys in the car to reduce the chance of theft.

Photo Credit: NBC Connecticut

Sen. Booker to Introduce Bill to Legalize Marijuana Nationwide


U.S. Senator Cory Booker is introducing a bill to legalize marijuana at a federal level. 

The New Jersey Democrat, and former mayor of Newark, announced in a Facebook Live video his intention to introduce the Marijuana Justice Act of 2017. The legislation seeks to remove the classification of pot as a Schedule I drug, the same category as heroin, with no recognized medical use or value.

The bill would also allow people serving time for marijuana-related offenses to be resentenced and automatically expunge federal marijuana use and possession crimes, according to NorthJersey.com.

Booker says the current federal drug laws "divert critical resources from fighting violent crimes, tear families apart, unfairly impact low-income communities and communities of color and waste billions in taxpayer dollars each year."

Booker said on Facebook the bill is an effort to "remedy many of the failures of the War on Drugs." 

"This is the right thing to do for public safety, and will help reduce our overflowing prison population," he wrote. 

The legislation comes in the face of U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions' stiff opposition to the drug. Sessions has said he wants to crack down on the drug even as a growing number of states legalize it.

Marijuana is legal for medical or adult use in 28 states, accounting for more than 60 percent of the U.S. population, according to the National Cannabis Industry Association (NCIA), an advocacy group that lobbies for federal marijuana reform.

Under President Barack Obama, federal authorities largely took a hands-off approach to state-level legalization efforts. But Trump's Justice Department has started rolling back some of the previous administration's policies aimed at granting more leeway to drug offenders, NorthJersey.com reports.

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Teen Faces Manslaughter Charge in Fatal Hartford Hit-and-Run


A teenager faces a manslaughter charge after a hit-and-run crash on July 18 that killed a Hartford woman.

Family members said 56-year-old Rosella Shuler died Saturday night. Shuler 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 in Hartford. A man who was standing on the sidewalk was also hurt.

Shuler’s death was ruled a homicide by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.

Police believe six teens were in the Toyota, which was stolen out of West Hartford, but they all fled the scene of the crash. Through surveillance video police identified the person behind the wheel as 18-year-old Deykevious Russaw.

Russaw was already behind bars on an unrelated case. Because he was juvenile at the time, police will not release the circumstances surrounding that arrest.

But a source close to the investigation said he was one of two teens arrested for the shooting death of 63-year-old Jeffrey Worrel of Hartford on July 16 in the Westland Street area. He faces a murder charge in that case.

Russaw was originally charged with first-degree assault, second-degree larceny, evading responsibility, reckless driving and operating without a license for the crash. Police said a new arrest warrant was issued Tuesday for charges of second-degree manslaughter, second-degree larceny, evading the scene of an accident, reckless driving, and operating a motor vehicle without a license. He was assigned a $1.5 million bond.

Photo Credit: NBC Connecticut/CT Department of Correction

WATCH: Wethersfield Police Chief Takes Down Shoplifter


Wethersfield's police chief was seen taking down a shoplifter on a cruiser dashcam.

The shoplifting suspect tried to get away when Chief James L. Cetran spotted him along the Silas Dean Highway near Maple Street on Monday. 

Shortly after, backup arrives to help the chief. 

In the video, police said a bag of stolen property was placed next to a planter. 

It is not clear what charges the suspect faces or where the items were stolen from. 

Photo Credit: Wethersfield Police

New Haven Basketball Star to Take Part in Youth Tournament


This weekend New Haven will transform Church Street into several basketball courts for the fourth annual 3-on-3 youth tournament.

At this year’s tournament, the city plans to honor one of its own who is preparing to start his college basketball career.

Tremont Waters is one of the nation’s top rated point guards from the Class of 2017.

"Growing up in New Haven, it humbles you because you don’t have everything so that means you have to work to get everything that you want," Waters told NBC Connecticut.

After playing his senior season in high school at Notre Dame-West Haven, Waters is taking his basketball talents to the SEC where he’ll play for the LSU Tigers. He originally committed to play for Georgetown University.

"It’s just southern hospitality that I’ve never been around it," Waters said of the time he’s spent so far in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. "The whole environment’s different."

But before his college hoops career begins, his hometown is honoring him with Tremont Waters Day in the city of New Haven.

"Words can’t explain how it feels to be able to come back and be in my hometown to give back to the youth," Waters said.

Waters and his dad Ed will lead a training clinic at the CT Big3 Ball Out.

"It’s exciting to know that there’s going to be an abundance of young boys and girls here that are going to get the opportunity to talk to Tremont," Ed said.

The three-on-three youth tournament is formerly known as Hoop It Up (http://www.nbcconnecticut.com/news/local/Youth-From-Connecticuts-Three-Biggest-Cities-to-Hoop-It-Up-387548091.html).

"We started this four years ago because of the violence in our city," New Haven Youth Services Director Jason Bartlett said. "We wanted to have a citywide event where we brought young people together."

New this year, young people from Waterbury are joining in the competition against teams from New Haven, Hartford and Bridgeport.

"It’s so many young people get involved, it’s a great activity," Bridgeport Mayor Joe Ganim said. "It’s become a statewide event here."

There will be sixteen basketball hoops set up on Church Street outside City Hall Saturday morning. Tournament games begin at 11 a.m.

Teams can still sign up to play in the free tournament. Championship rounds will be played on Sunday.

Photo Credit: NBC Connecticut

Budget Bargain Appears Far Off Following SEBAC Vote


Even though about 30 percent of the state’s budget deficit was closed by two votes in the Connecticut General Assembly, Democrats and Republicans remain far apart on a possible final spending plan.

"Maybe they have a plan that we can agree to but the onus is clearly on them," said Sen. Len Fasano, last night after the Senate approved the union concessions agreement 19-18, with the Lieutenant Governor providing the tie-breaking vote.

Even Democrats weren’t certain of where budget talks go from there. Even though proposals, like legalizing the recreational use of marijuana and taxing it, raising the sales tax, and putting tolls on the state's highways, have been discussed in earnest in the House or Senate, Democrats said they’re still searching for ideas and are ready to move forward without Republican votes.

Sen. Bob Duff, the Majority Leader in the Senate, says the comments on the Senate floor from GOP leaders made it sound like they won’t vote for any budget as a result of the State Employee Bargaining Agent Coalition (SEBAC) agreement, because they don’t want to be seen as endorsing it, even as a part of a grand bargain.

"I'm not sure if he meant to tip his hand or not but it sounded like he really tipped his hand and said we're not going to vote for a budget if you voted for this today because you can't split it,"  Duff said.

Connecticut has entered its second month without a budget. The 2018 fiscal year started on July 1.

After Trump Quip, Sessions Tells Police to Be 'Lawful'


Attorney General Jeff Sessions instructed police to conduct themselves "in a lawful way" and promised to prosecute officers who violate use of force laws while speaking at a conference Tuesday.

Sessions' remarks come as President Donald Trump faces continued criticism for encouraging officers to treat suspected criminalsmore roughly, NBC News reported.

“Community-based policing was a big part of reducing crime…in America, we can’t back off that now,” Sessions told attendees of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives’ (NOBLE) annual conference in Atlanta, Georgia.

At an event last Friday meant to highlight the wave of MS-13 gang violence on Long Island, New York, Trump seemed to urge officers to get physical when arresting suspected gang members.

"When you see these thugs being thrown into the back of a paddy wagon — you just see them thrown in, rough," Trump said. "I said, 'Please don't be too nice.'"

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