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Drivers Adapting to Bank Street Changes in New London


It's been a week since Bank Street in New London got a makeover.

From Tilley Street to State Street, the city temporarily reduced Bank Street to one lane, added buffers to the parking spaces – to hopefully give drivers more space to park and get out of their cars – and made it more bike friendly.

"I have a three-year-old son and it used to be like a game of Frogger trying to get out of your truck with your kid out of a baby seat. So now it's much easier. It's easier for my customers to cross the street,” Rod Cornish, owner of Hot Rod Cafe on Bank Street, said. 

Cornish was initially skeptical when he heard the plans, but said he’s remaining cautiously optimistic.

"Except at rush hour, it seems to get backed up pretty badly. I think some people are avoiding Bank Street and they're using a lot of side streets, creating different traffic," Cornish said.

"It's going to be a little bit, but I do think it's going to improve businesses,” Eli Shaschauer, of New London Ink, said about the road changes. "I think that it will avoid any through traffic so the people that are just trying to get to (I-95) and get out of town, it's going to eliminate that."

Despite the speed bumps that come with change, parallel parking is easier and there are already more bikers on the road, Shaschauer said.

"It actually has slowed people down quite a bit, which I think is great," Shaschauer said.

People who travel Bank Street said the same.

"It's better for that. Getting out the car and parking and stuff like that,” Chanelle Lumpkin, of New London, said. 

"I just notice that there's more traffic flowing down here, so I think it's great for New London," Elizabeth Hodge, of Waterford, said.

All of these changes are just a test. It'll be in effect for 90 days and if it works out, it could last longer.

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Route 125 in Cornwall Closed Following Heavy Weather Damage


Part of Route 125 in Cornwall is closed until further notice as crew work to repair damages from heavy rains and flash floods on Wednesday. 

Flash flooding washed away part of the road that connects West Cornwall with the Cornwall Bridge.

State Representative Brian Ohler took pictures of the scene between Routes 128 and 4. 

"Over 400 feet of roadway will have to be dug up and replaced. This is not an overnight fix. I must give credit to the members of the local Cornwall Highway Department. Their quick thinking and action, by utilizing their backhoe to open up the blocked culvert, prevented even further damage and destruction," Ohler said.

Drivers are being told to avoid the area. 

Photo Credit: State Rep. Brian M. Ohler

Dogs With Bad Raps Learn to Be Polite in LA Class


While others are eating brunch, running errands or relaxing, a dedicated group of pet owners and volunteers spend Saturdays training "bully breed" dogs at a park in Sherman Oaks.

Troy Smith founded Los Angeles Responsible Pit Bull Owners (LARPBO) six years ago when he couldn't find activities to do with his beloved pit bull, Tito. He said people gave him strange looks for owning one of the controversial breeds.

"A pit bull is a dog. It has four legs, a head, teeth, it likes to run and play and wag its tail. It's the same as any other dog," Smith said.

In six years, LARPBO has grown from a dog-walking group to a nonprofit with more than 1,900 members that train 100 dogs each weekend, according to Smith. The organization hopes to keep dogs out of shelters by building positive behaviors for dogs and owners.

And classes aren't just for pit bulls. LARPBO accepts all breeds, backgrounds and training needs.

"We want people to come and be a part of their dog's life and change their dog's life, rather than putting them in the shelter and giving up on them," Smith said. "We think of our organization as a last resort before people turn their dogs in."

Wendy Williams joined LARPBO four years ago after another organization's trainer said her pit bull wasn't welcome.

"It's hard to find a place for pit bulls. They end up getting turned away because of their breed or their size," she said.

During her first class, she saw a woman with a nine-pound chihuahua and feared her pit bull's small-prey drive would be triggered.

"I remember thinking, 'Why is this woman here? She's going to be the bane of my existence,'" Williams said as she tried to hold back laughter. "We're now best friends...our dogs can go to lunch, sit in harmony and share a water bowl."

Two years after joining the nonprofit, she became a trainer. Now she leads classes on Sundays in Long Beach.

Both Williams and Smith estimate 90 percent of LARPBO dogs come from shelters, adding a second stigma to the already maligned breed.

"A rescue dog is a rescue dog because someone gave it up. That's all it is. It's not because they're a bad dog or from a bad situation necessarily," Smith said.

LARPBO offers $15 training classes on Saturdays in Sherman Oaks and Sundays in Long Beach. The nonprofit allows dogs and their owners to attend classes whenever they want, rather than being tied to a six- or eight-week program. Dogs can enter the program as beginners, pass a "good citizen" test and continue on to advanced training.

Smith said he hopes to open a LARPBO center in L.A. and eventually expand nationwide.

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State Owes Police Departments Body Cam Reimbursements


Connecticut police departments invested in body cameras and equipment with an understanding they'd be reimbursed by the state.

So where's the money?

"We want to be transparent, but we need help sometimes, with the funding-- in which the state promised and did not deliver," Wolcott Police Chief Edward Stephens said. "The state entices you to make these purchases which we want to purchase, but need the money then after you spend your town or city money, we're not getting reimbursement back."

It's a hold up of $1.7 million owed to local police departments in Connecticut. 

The Wolcott Police Department was one of the first in the state to start using body cameras in 2012.

"I wanted to buy them because I knew transparency is the best thing in the police world," Stephens said. "Another reason for these upgraded cameras is officer safety."

The Wolcott police chief got the green light from town officials to upgrade and ordered 14 more cameras late last year because the state started a grant program that would reimburse towns 100 percent of the costs for upgrades and new cameras.

Stephens' grant application was all in by early February and weren't the only police station.

This is the list of all towns currently waiting for a lot of money:

"I'm afraid what's going to happen is they're out of money and the Town of Wolcott is out $32,000 that we thought we were going to get," Stephens said. 

The program notes it could take six months to receive the money. The Office of Policy and Management (OPM) told police that reimbursements were submitted to the bond commission in May but that meeting was canceled.

"If I didn't have this opportunity, if they did not say we'd get 100 percent reimbursement, we'd still have the old cameras we were using because I couldn't afford it. Things were cut in my budget by the town council," Stephens said. 

OPM's Chris McClure told the NBC Connecticut Troubleshooters they are committed to this program in the following statement:

"The state’s commitment to the body camera reimbursement program is steadfast. At this time, 11 applicants have been reimbursed, and the approved applicants and pending applicants who have not yet been reimbursed will continue to be considered, especially once the state budget impasse is resolved, thereby allowing the state to hold bond commission meetings again- the funding mechanism by which the applicants are reimbursed for their body cameras. Unfortunately, at this time, without a state budget, we cannot authorize new state bonds, therefore we cannot reimburse these applicants."

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Woman Being Sentenced in Texting Suicide of Boyfriend


Found guilty of involuntary manslaughter in June, Michelle Carter could now be facing up to 20 years behind bars for the suicide of her boyfriend.

Conrad Roy, 18, poisoned himself with carbon monoxide in 2014. Following a bench trial, a judge ruled that Carter should be held responsible for his death, based on hundreds of text messages she sent urging him to commit suicide.

Judge Lawrence Moniz will have to decide Thursday what sentence to impose on Carter, and it is a question legal analysts say is not easy to answer.

“She's looking at the judge having various options,” explained Michael Coyne, Dean of the Massachusetts School of Law.

Carter was charged as a youthful offender, which gives the judge some latitude in her punishment. According to Coyne, she could face probation, prison or even a combination of sentences. If the latter were to happen, it could mean Carter is sent to juvenile detention until she is 21 years old, followed by probation. Because she is already 20, Coyne does not expect that to happen.

The judge could also combine a juvenile detention commitment with an adult sentence, or can give her an adult sentence of anything from probation to the maximum 20-year term.

“The manslaughter conviction means that her actions resulted in the death of a young man,” Coyne said, “There should be some level of incarceration that attaches to that.”

While the range is lengthy, Coyne believes the sentence could be closer to 2-5 years. Guidelines from the Massachusetts Court System recommend 40-60 months for her conviction.

Carter’s sentencing is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. at Taunton Juvenile Court. NBC Boston will broadcast the proceedings live.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Man Gets $650k After Fighting LA Parking Ticket


The Los Angeles City Council on Wednesday approved a $650,000 payout for a man who successfully fought how the city of Los Angeles processes challenges to parking tickets.

Cody Weiss, who sued the city in 2014 after he received a parking ticket, argued that the city unlawfully allows a private for-profit company to process challenges to tickets. A Los Angeles Superior Court judge ruled in his favor last year, and the decision was upheld by the Second District Court of Appeal.

City Attorney Mike Feuer petitioned the California Supreme Court to review the appellate decision, but the state's high court denied the petition in November and upheld the lower court's decision ordering Los Angeles to change its practice of allowing the Xerox company to handle reviews of challenges to parking tickets.

Caleb Marker, an attorney for Weiss, and the Los Angeles City Attorney's office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Weiss argued that his ticket, which he received for parking longer than the posted time limit, was wrongfully issued. The court found a problem with the fact that the initial review was handled by a company called PRWT, a subcontractor for Xerox. An investigation by NBC4 found that PRWT automatically denied most ticket appeals, even when strong evidence was presented that someone was wrongly ticketed.

In 2014, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge James Chalfant wrote in a tentative ruling, which was eventually upheld, that only the city "as issuing agency" can conduct initial reviews, "and it may not delegate that task to its processing agency, Xerox." Chalfant cited a 1995 change in state law that said only the agency that issues a citation can conduct reviews.

"The judge correctly applied the law," Marker said in 2014 about Chalfant's ruling. "The city and Xerox have been in violation of the law since 1995, when the law changed."

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Kelly Calls Sessions to Assure AG Position Is Safe: Source


New White House chief of staff John Kelly recently called Attorney General Jeff Sessions to assure him that he is safe in his job, a source familiar with the call confirmed to NBC News.

Kelly told Sessions on Saturday that the White House was supportive of his work and wanted him to remain the attorney general. The Associated Press was the first to report the call.

President Donald Trump has publicly criticized Sessions recently over his decision to recuse himself from the Russian election meddling investigation.

In an interview on Fox News, Sessions said the criticism was "kind of hurtful" but that he intends to stay in the job, as desired by Trump.

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Nearly Half Don't Buckle Up in Back Seat of Hired Rides: Survey


A new survey shows more Americans are getting in the back seat of a car without buckling up, especially if those passengers are in an Uber or using other ride-hailing services.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety found just 72 percent of 1,200 adults surveyed buckle up while in the back seat of a car, CNBC reported. By comparison, 91 percent said they use a seat belt while riding in the front seat.

The survey revealed even fewer passengers — just 57 percent — are using seat belts while taking Uber, Lyft or other hired rides.

The Insurance Institute said the main reason people ignore buckling up in the back seat is that they believe it's a safer place to be during an accident. The research found drivers are twice as likely to be killed when someone in the back isn't wearing a seat belt during a crash.

Texas is among the 29 states that requires people in the back seat to wear seat belts. Passengers caught without it can be fined up to $2,000.

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Amrita Protein Bars Recalled for Listeria Risk


A brand of protein bars has been recalled by its manufacturer because it may be contaminated with listeria.

Amrita Health Foods, which is based in Pleasantville, New York, voluntarily recalled a limited number of Amrita Bars after a supplier reported that sunflower seeds and sunflowers seed butter sold to the company could be contaminated.

The recalled Amrita Bar were distributed to retail stores across the country. The following products have been recalled:

  • Amrita Chocolate Maca Bar, 60g (UPC 853009004056) : Best Buy date between 04/24/2018 to 05/31/2018
  • Amrita Dark Chocolate Quinoa, 60g (UPC 853009004438) : Best Buy date between 04/24/2018 to 05/31/2018
  • Amrita Sunflower Seed Butter, 60g (UPC 853009004414) : Best Buy date between 04/24/2018 to 05/31/2018
  • Amrita Chocolate Chip Coconut, 50g (UPC 853009004391) : Best Buy date between 04/24/2018 to 05/31/2018
  • Amrita Mango Coconut, 50g (UPC 853009004018) : Best Buy date between 04/24/2018 to 05/31/2018
  • Amrita Apricot Strawberry, 50g (UPC 853009004056) : Best Buy date between 04/24/2018 to 05/31/2018
  • Amrita Pineapple Chia, 50g (UPC 853009004025) : Best Buy date between 04/24/2018 to 05/31/2018
  • Amrita Apple Cinnamon, 50g (UPC 853009004049) : Best Buy date between 04/24/2018 to 05/31/2018
  • Amrita Cranberry Raisin, 50g (UPC 853009004032): Best Buy date between 04/24/2018 to 05/31/2018

Listeria monocytogenes can cause serious infections in young children, the elderly, and anyone with weakened immune systems. Symptoms include fever, nausea and diarrhea.

Anyone with questions about the recall can call Amrita Health Foods Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. until 4p.m. at 1-888-728-7779. Or click here for more information.  

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'We Cannot Fight Nature': Miami, Miami Beach Mayors Plan for Next Flood


A day after widespread flooding left parts of Miami-Dade inundated with rain water, the mayors of Miami Beach and the City of Miami said they're working to put systems in place to help prevent another potential disaster.

Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado said around five and a half inches of rain fell in a matter of a couple hours in the Brickell City Center area Tuesday afternoon, damaging homes and businesses and leaving cars full of water.

"What we saw yesterday was extraordinary. It took everybody by surprise," Regalado said at a news conference on Wednesday.

Regalado said there was also major flooding in Little Havana and several cars were damaged by flooding in front of AmericanAirlines Arena. He said the Brickell City Center garage was still closed Wednesday, while part of the courthouse was also damaged.

Regalado said there are already several water pumps in Miami but that more construction is underway that will provide better drainage to help with sea level rise. The pump system is scheduled to be fully installed by end of the year.

"This is the consequence of nature. We cannot fight nature but we can do something to remedy the consequences," Regalado said.

Meanwhile, in a statement Wednesday, Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine said he has directed city staff to immediately pursue emergency procurement procedures to install two generators for pump stations to prevent future flooding.

The purchase of the emergency generators was approved in February but Levine said the process to get them has been "bogged down in bureaucratic paralysis."

"As you can understand, this is extremely frustrating and the delay has clearly impacted the progress we've made to address flooding in our city," Levine said.

The heavy rain Tuesday pounded Miami Beach, transforming roads including Collins Avenue into rivers. Levine said the pump system drained the city's flooded streets quickly Wednesday morning. But more needs to be done, he said.

The Miami-Dade Office of Emergency Management is collecting information on the impacts of Tuesday's flooding on the business community.

Business owners who experienced damage or were forced to close their businesses due to flooding were told to report that information through the Business Damage Assessment Survey.

Reports should include insured and uninsured losses to determine if Miami-Dade County meets eligibility requirements for government assistance. When completing the form, owners should select Tropical Storm Emily under the Event/Incident category.

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Minor Injuries in Crash in Bristol


Two people suffered minor injuries in a crash in Bristol Thursday morning. 

A car and pickup crashed at Middle Street and Redstone Hill Road just before 5 a.m., according to police. 

The male drivers of each vehicle were taken to Bristol Hospital to be treated for minor injuries.

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Steamboat Sabino Sets Sail After Restoration


The steamboat Sabino, a national historic landmark, is ready for passenger voyage again. 

“It’s been a very long two and a half years waiting to get her back in the water again, so today is a huge day to start running again,” lead engineer Jason Cabral, said Wednesday. 

Sabino is the oldest wooden, coal-fired steamboat in regular operation in the United States. She was built in East Boothbay, Maine in 1908 and spent most of her life ferrying passengers and cargo between Maine towns and islands. 

"It’s a huge relief, really, because it's an important part of the scene in Mystic. We got a lot of criticism for missing those two operating seasons,” Quentin Snediker, director of the Henry B. duPont Preservation Shipyard at Mystic Seaport, said.  

Snediker helped lead the extensive restoration, which included reframing most of the stern, installing new planking and decking and installing a new boiler. 

For Relief Master John Kihm, captaining the steamboat’s first passenger voyage Wednesday was extra special. 

“This is my first day … the very first day for me,” Kihm said. "It feels great. It's a very, very big day for me." 

Kihm said there is a direct line to the rudder, just by wire, calling it the oldest way to steer a steamboat. He said neither hydraulics nor anything electronic is on the steamboat and pointed out a bell to communicate with the engine room. 

"The captain has no control over backwards or forwards or how fast we go. So that's all my job,” Cabral said. 

For the people on board, it’s an experience like no other. 

“The sounds, the feel, it's just different from anything else. It's really unique,” said Colleen Deboer, who was in from New York. 

"It's awesome. That's what it is,” exclaimed 10-year-old John DiMattio, of Scranton, Penn. 

The entire restoration cost just under $1 million and all of the funding came from private and public grants. 

Sabino will operate six days a week from Mystic Seaport through Columbus Day, Oct. 9. 

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Police Investigating After Man Is Shot in Hamden


A 23-year-old man was shot in Hamden on Wednesday afternoon and police are investigating. 

Officers responded to the area of First Street and Warren Street at 12:15 p.m. to investigate a report of gunshots and realized that a victim had been shot and had left the scene. 

Police said the victim, a 23-year-old Hamden man, had been walking south on Warren Street when a white convertible with tan interior and New York license plates drove toward him and the front passenger fired three shots at the victim, police said. 

Three males were in the car, which fled north on Warren Street. Police said the victim got into another vehicle, left the scene and went to Yale-New Haven Hospital to be treated for a superficial wound to his lower leg. 

A residence on First Street and a vehicle parked on Warren Street were also struck by gunfire, according to police. 

Anyone with information should call Detective William Onofrio of the Hamden Police Department Detective Division at (203) 230-4040. 

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Trump Is Probably Right — the US Is Losing in Afghanistan


President Donald Trump has expressed frustrations regarding the war in Afghanistan, and recently suggested firing the war’s top military commander, NBC News reported.

In a meeting last month, Trump told senior administration officials “we aren’t winning. We are losing.”

By most measures, the president is correct.

The nearly 16 year long war — the longest in US history — has resulted in 2,216 American deaths and cost taxpayers an estimated $714 billion.

Meanwhile, the U.S. backed Afghan government controls less than 60 percent of the country, according to a report from the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan reconstruction, a government watchdog group.

The Taliban maintains a strong hold over much of the other territory.

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Players, Fans, Celebrities Wish Tom Brady a Happy 40th!


New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady turned 40 on Thursday.

Fans, players, and celebrities all took the time to wish the player a Happy Birthday on social media.

"happy birthday to the GOAT, TOM BRADY 40 has never looked so good!!!!!!!!!!!!! @Patriots," @oliviamcdonald_ tweeted.

"'The 40 year Old GOAT'- Starring Tom Brady," @Ebarbz88 added.

Brady's wife, supermodel Gisele Bundchen, posted a photo of the two on her Instagram page and wrote, "Over 10 years ago I fell in love with you because of your beautiful and sensitive heart. I love the sweetness in your essence. Today you are starting a big new chapter and I wish you so much happiness and fulfillment in all aspects of your life. Happy birthday my love! Making 40 feel like 20!!! You go @tombrady !!!!"

The Patriots even honored their QB by bringing a real goat to training camp.

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Maryland Soccer Star, Brother Deported to El Salvador After Check-In Call


Two brothers from the D.C. area were deported to El Salvador Wednesday, the same day the youngest sibling was scheduled to check in to college.

Lizandro Claros-Saravia, 19, and Diego Claros-Saravia, 22, grew up in Maryland and both of them graduated from Quince Orchard High School in Gaithersburg.

Lizandro played soccer for the Bethesda Soccer Club and had received a partial scholarship to attend Louisburg College in North Carolina in the fall. Diego was set to go with him and work to help his brother pay for the rest of his college expenses.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents detained the brothers on Friday after Lizandro called ICE to let them know of the move and to request that his yearly check-ins with the agency be moved to an office in North Carolina, NBC News reported.

They were deported five days later.

"They were trying to get a future of dreams that they had in mind. A future to help my parents to live a better life not just for my parents, but for them too," said Lizandro and Diego's brother, Jonathan Claros-Saravia, at a news conference Wednesday.

ICE says the brothers, who were detained by customs officials in 2009 after trying to enter the U.S. illegally using fraudulent passports, were issued final removal orders by an immigration judge in November 2012. They were released pursuant to an order of supervision, ICE spokesman Matthew Bourke said.

They were both granted a one year stay of removal in 2013. But two subsequent applications for stays were denied, ICE said.

The brothers didn't qualify for President Barack Obama's 2012 deferred action for childhood arrivals (DACA) program, which limited eligibility to individuals who entered before June 15, 2007, and who were born on or after June 16, 1981. They had hoped to get deportation relief under expanded DACA protections in 2014, but that program was stopped in the courts after Republican officials from 26 states file a lawsuit, according to NBC News. Under expanded DACA, individuals would have qualifed if they have lived in the U.S. since Jan. 1, 2010 regardless of their current age.

Sens. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C, and Dick Durbin, D-Ill., have been working on reviving stalled legislation to grant legal status and a path to citizenship for young immigrants like the Claros brothers. But White House officials last month indicated it was unlikely Trump would support it, The Washington Post reported.

Since 2016, Bourke said, ICE deportation officers in Baltimore instructed the Claros brothers to purchase tickets for their departure.

Gustavo Torres, executive director for immigration advocacy group CASA, said the Trump administration has wrongly portrayed its immigration crackdown as focusing on criminals. 

"Together we want to send a very strong message to this administration. You're lying to the American people that you are focusing on criminals," he said. "Lizandro and Diego were not criminals. They were extraordinary human beings who were young." 

Photo Credit: Courtesy of the Claros family

Woman Struck By Car in Wallingford Sustains Serious Injuries


A 35-year-old Meriden woman was hit by a car in Wallingford Wednesday night and suffered serious injuries. 

Police said Michelle M. Scott, 35, of Meriden, was struck on Center Street at the South Orchard Street intersection just before 9 p.m. and transported to Yale-New Haven Hospital to be treated for very serious injuries, including fractures of her right leg, right arm and skull. 

Police said a 19-year-old Wallingford man driving a gray 2002 Hyundai Elantra struck Scott as she was trying to walk across the road near a pedestrian crosswalk. 

Police noted that there is a slight downgrade in the road where the crash happened, that it was well-lit and straight and several businesses are nearby. They also said weather conditions at the time were warm and humid and visibility was good. 

The area around the crash was closed for several hours.

Anyone who witnessed the crash should call Officer Anthony Baur at 203-294-2817 or Lt. Anthony DeMaio at 203-294-2838.

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Man Allegedly Dumps Dead Wife in Pool, Goes to Applebee's


Six weeks after a woman was found in her backyard swimming pool beaten to death, prosecutors in South Jersey charged her husband with "purposely or knowingly" causing her death and trying to cover his tracks.

Norman Long allegedly ordered food at a local restaurant as part of that effort, the Gloucester County Prosecutor's Office said Wednesday.

The death of Michelle Long was ruled a homicide after the county medical examiner determined the 47-year-old woman died of blunt force trauma. Her body was found June 17 at her home, which is located on the cul-de-sac of Forrest Court in Woolwich Township, prosecutors said.

"Mr. Long killed his wife inside their home then placed her fully clothed body in their backyard swimming pool," Dalton alleged.

Long, a self-employed construction contractor, is accused of "using physical force to cause blunt force head and neck trauma," Dalton said.

After placing his wife's body in the pool, Long went to an area Applebee's restaurant to grab food before returning, calling authorities and telling first responders his wife drowned, Dalton alleged.

"The information that he provided was not consistent with the evidence," Dalton said.

In addition to first-degree murder, the 51-year-old suspect also faces a count of concealing evidence and obstruction for placing his wife's body in the pool and "disposing paper towels containing the blood of Michelle Long in the kitchen trash can," Dalton said.

Long "became combative" while CPR was being administered to his wife on June 17 and had to be restrained, according to a police report. A small dog was also found dead in the pool when police arrived around 8:35 p.m.

Family members called Michelle Long a loving person.

"She did not deserve this at all, we are broken without her," Michelle Long's daughter Brittany Maguire said.

"She was known by friends and by family alike as a very caring, happy person, a successful business woman," Dalton said.

Dalton didn't give a motive for the alleged killing.

Long was committed to a state psychiatric hospital for observation following his arrest Tuesday after stating he wanted to kill himself, Dalton said.

An attorney for Long did not immediately respond to a request for comment Thursday.

Long doesn't face any animal cruelty charges in relation to the death of the dog as there is a lack of evidence, prosecutors said.

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Mutual Aid Called in After North Haven Fire

Temporary Alcohol Ban Issued for Gardner Lake State Park


Alcohol consumption is banned at Gardner Lake State Park in Salem for now, according to the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection. 

Local officials reached out to Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Commissioner Robert Klee to ask for a temporary ban on alcohol at the park and the state agency, also known as DEEP, has issued the ban.

Possession and consumption of alcohol are banned, beginning this Saturday, to improve management of that park and address public safety issues there. 

“I have exercised my authority to declare a 90-day ban on alcohol at Gardner Lake State Park because large numbers of people consuming large volumes of alcohol there is not a combination conducive to public safety and enjoyment of our state’s natural resources,” DEEP Commissioner Robert Klee said in a statement. “The ban I have issued means no alcohol at Gardner Lake State Park and State Environmental Conservation (EnCon) Police officers from this agency will enforce this ban. We also appreciate the offer of local law enforcement to support this new policy.” 

Over the past few summers, EnCon Police and DEEP State Parks staff have noticed increased crowds and an increased number of incidents, which disrupt other park visitors and their enjoyment of the park, as well as for DEEP staff as they manage the park on busy summer days, according to DEEP. 

“Given the changing use and recent issues at the park, the time has come for us to take stronger action at Gardner Lake State Park,” Klee said. “The vast majority of visitors to our parks enjoy themselves while following the rules and exhibiting good behavior. Unfortunately, situations do arise – like that at Gardner Lake State Park– where people engage in behavior that negatively affects the experience of others.” 

Alcohol is banned at the following 22 of Connecticut’s 142 state parks and forests: 

  • Bigelow Hollow State Park (entire park) 
  • Black Rock State Park (entire park) 
  • Burr Pond State Park (entire park) 
  • Eagleville Dam (entire state property) 
  • Gardner Lake State Park (entire park) 
  • Hopeville Pond State Park (entire park) 
  • Housatonic Meadows State Park (entire park) 
  • Indian Well State Park (entire park) 
  • Kent Falls State Park (entire park) 
  • Kettletown State Park (entire park) 
  • Macedonia Brook State Park (entire park) 
  • Mansfield Hollow State Park (entire park) 
  • East Killingly Pond area (Mashamoquet Brook management unit) 
  • Miller's Pond State Park (entire park) 
  • Nepaug State Forest (entire forest) 
  • Osbornedale State Park (entire park) 
  • Pachaug State Forest, Mt. Misery and Green Falls campgrounds 
  • Satan's Kingdom State Recreation Area (entire park) 
  • Scantic River State Park (entire park) 
  • Sherwood Island State Park (entire park) 
  • Silver Sands State Park (entire park) 
  • Squantz Pond State Park (entire park)  

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