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West Haven Police Investigating Shooting on Ridge Court West


West Haven police are investigating a shooting in the area of Ridge Court West near Meloy Road Sunday afternoon.

Police said they found evidence of a shooting outside of 30 Court West, and a victim was found at Yale-New Haven Hospital with gunshot wounds. Investigators believe the incident happened around 2 p.m.

The condition of the victim was not immediately clear.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

Minor Injuries Reported After Small Plane Crash in Salisbury


Two people suffered minor injuries in a plane crash in Salisbury Sunday.

According to Connecticut State Police, a single-engine plane crashed into a tree on Mount Riga Road in Salisbury around 5 p.m. The occupants were able to escape and were found on the ground. They were transported to Sharon Hospital for evaluation.

Lakeville Hose Company Fire Chief Jason Wilson tells NBC CT two men were on board at the time of the crash. According to the men the men said they lost their engine and were looking for an open spot to land the plain. The men said the missed a field and crashed into a cherry tree. 

According to the chief, the men were able to exit the plane with help from a neighbor. They were reported to have cuts and bruises, but no serious injuries. 

Information on the plane's make or model have not been released yet.

The crash is being investigated by the F.A.A. 

Sunday’s crash is the eighth airplane crash in Connecticut this year. While only minor injuries were reported Sunday, five of the crashes were fatal.

On Friday, a Cessna C-172 that left Danbury Municipal Airport crashed at the end of runway 17-35 at Candlelight Farms Airport in New Milford. A 57-year-old flight instructor, Anthony Morasco, was killed and two other people were seriously injured.

On July 30, a small plane crashed while taking off from the Danbury Airport. The 63-year-old pilot, Mark Stern, died. 

Dr. Joseph Tomanelli, a Cheshire doctor, was killed in a plane crash at Meriden Markham Airport on April 24 and his son, 21-year-old Daniel Tomanelli, was seriously injured. 

A student pilot, 31-year-old Pablo Campos Isona, of East Haven, was killed in a plane crash in East Haven on Feb. 22.  

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

Amazon Recalls Counterfeit Solar Eclipse Glasses


Amazon has recalled counterfeit solar eclipse glasses, saying they may not meet ISO standards to protect your eyes while looking at the eclipse.

Amazon says it has emailed anyone that purchased the glasses in question.

Amazon is not releasing a specific brand name for the glasses because the ones in question were counterfeit, meaning there are plenty of glasses sold under that same name that do in fact meet ISO standards for the eclipse, according to the company's spokesperson.

A statement from Amazon about the recall said: "Safety is among our highest priorities. Out of an abundance of caution, we have proactively reached out to customers and provided refunds for eclipse glasses that may not comply with industry standards. We want customers to buy with confidence anytime they make a purchase on Amazon.com and eclipse glasses sold on Amazon.com are required to comply with the relevant ISO standard."

Amazon also said some customers did not receive a message because they purchased a product that was confirmed by the supplier to be ISO compliant.

Customers who did not receive an email from Amazon, but are concerned about their eclipse glasses, can reach out to customer service for a refund under the A-to-Z Guarantee.

The American Astronomical Society also has a website to help determine if your eclipse glasses are safe.

The total eclipse is set to appear on Aug. 21, 2017.

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Firefighters Respond to 2-Alarm Fire in Norwich


An investigation is underway after a two-alarm fire in Norwich Sunday night.

The fire was at a home on Orchard Street. It’s unclear if anyone was home at the time or what may have caused the fire.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

CT Stands in Solidarity Against Violence at Virginia Rally


People across the country gathered at rallies and vigils Sunday in response to the violence that broke out between white nationalists and counter-protesters at a rally in Charlottesville, Va. on Saturday.

Organizers, including those in Connecticut, are calling for emergency action in response to that violence.

More than 100 people showed solidarity with Charlottesville at one of those vigils Sunday in West Hartford.

"You're motivated to stand up to anti-Semitism, to racism, to terrorism of all kinds," one attendee said.

"I came out today because it's the right thing to do," Nicole Fromson of West Hartford said.

People wore signs with anti-hate messages, including one that read “STAND AGAINST RACISM.”

Many were outraged having watched the deadly violence between white nationalists and counter-protesters. A 32-year-old woman was killed when a man drove a car into a crowd, and dozens of others were injured in that incident and other skirmishes throughout the day.

"I'm doing my part, doing my part to stand up against hate," said Rebecca Mallett of Uncasville.

State leaders expressed disappointment with President Trump’s initial response.

"It's abhorrent. It's a tragedy. And it's an embarrassment. The embarrassment mostly comes from the president of the United States who equivocates on this kind of violence on an on-going basis," Gov. Dannel Malloy (D) said.

Vigils also took place in Danbury, Bridgeport, and on the New Haven Green.

Many are concerned by what seems like rising levels of hate.

"I think America's a lot better than all of this. It breaks my heart to see people still feeling this way even after we've struggled against these fascists' thoughts for almost a century," said Abbie Saccary of New Haven.

Authorities in Virginia have arrested the man accused of intentionally driving his car into the crowd.

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High Bacteria Levels Found at Rogers Lake in Old Lyme


Public health officials are advising against getting in the water at Rogers Lake in Old Lyme after samples collected at the swimming area showed high levels of bacteria.

The town posted a warning on its website Friday afternoon, discouraging swimming or wading in the lake until further notice.

No other information was immediately available.

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Warning Issued After Car Thefts, Break-Ins in Southington


Police are issuing a warning to residents of Southington after several car thefts and break-ins over the weekend.

Police said the incidents were mainly in the southwest part of Southington and they are reminding residents to lock their vehicles and be vigilant about anything or anyone suspicious.

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Suspect Crashed Into Another Car While Fleeing Troopers: CSP


A Waterbury man is accused of fleeing police and causing an accident that sent one person to the hospital.

According to Connecticut State Police, troopers attempted to stop a vehicle driven by the suspect, 26-year-old Jeffrey Brown, on Pearl Lake Road in Waterbury for a motor vehicle violation around 9:20 p.m. Sunday. Police said that Brown drove off and police pursued him for almost 4 miles before the suspect hit another car on Southmayd Road.

He tried to escape on foot, but he was captured, police said.

A passenger in the vehicle that was hit was taken to St. Mary’s Hospital for observation. The driver of that vehicle and Brown were not hurt.

Brown was arrested and charged with first-degree reckless endangerment, engaging police in pursuit, interfering with an officer, theft and misuse of plates, and other motor vehicle violations.

Police said Brown also had an active warrant for his arrest on a failure to appear charge.

Brown was held on a $10,000 and is due in court on Monday. 

Photo Credit: Connecticut State Police

New York Man Accused of Stealing from Cars in Westport


A New York man was arrested on burglary charges after police say he was breaking into cars early Friday morning.

Police said around 4:30 a.m. Friday they responded to a report on Woodside Avenue that someone was breaking into a resident’s car. The homeowner confronted the suspect, who fled on foot, police said.

Officers searched the area and eventually spotted a suspect in a driveway. The suspect ran from police, but he was eventually located hiding in a common laundry area at 35 Kings Highway North.

According to police, officers also found a backpack in the area full of what appeared to be items stole from motor vehicles. The items were later linked to another vehicle burglary in the area.

The suspect, identified as 32-year-old Darius McCallop, was arrested and faces charges including burglary, criminal mischief, interfering with an officer, and larceny. He was also wanted on an extraditable violation of parole warrant out of New York City, police said.

Photo Credit: Westport Police Department

Man Pleads Guilty to Supplying Heroin in Fatal Overdose Case


A Bridgeport man has pleaded guilty charges he supplied heroin to a man who fatally overdosed at a Monroe home in November 2016. 

Thirty-four-year-old Careem “C-Lows” Bentley pleaded guilty to distribution of heroin in New Haven federal court Monday, according to the US Attorney’s office.

Authorities said that on Nov. 23, 2016, Monroe police and emergency medical personnel responded to a suspected drug overdose at a home in Monroe. When they arrived first responders found a 37-year-old man unresponsive lying on the floor. He was pronounced dead.

Investigators determined that the man had purchased heroin from Bentley the night before.

Bentley was arrested on Apr. 26, 2017 and remains in custody. He is scheduled for sentencing on Nov. 3, 2017 and faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison.

BBB Offers Tips to Help Block Robocalls


The Federal Trade Commission launched a new program earlier this month to cut down on the number of illegal robocalls that go out and the Connecticut Better Business Bureau is sharing tips on how you can help reduce these types of calls.

When people report Do Not Call or robocall violations to the FTC, the commission releases those numbers to telecommunications carriers and other industry partners that are implementing call-blocking solutions. 

"There are few issues that anger consumers as much as these unwanted calls," Connecticut BBB spokesman Howard Schwartz said in a statement. "Robocalls are more than irritating. They are also at the heart of a huge percentage of attempts to deceive consumers into disclosing personal and financial information."

Blacklisting robocall telephone numbers is the most effective method of blocking them as researchers continue their work on new technology to stop them, according to the local Better Business Bureau.

To help reduce the frequency of unwanted calls, the Connecticut BBB recommends:

Get onto the Do Not Call Registry - Help populate the FTC robocall initiative database by calling 888-382-1222, or registering online at donotcall.gov. You will receive fewer marketing calls and make it easier to identify the fraudulent ones. 

Don't press any digits on your keypad - Ignore recorded prompts to press digits on your telephone keypad to be taken off their calling list. If you press any keys, it tells the scammers you have an active number, that you are amenable to picking up calls from unknown numbers and willing to following a call to action.

Your number will then be sold to other telemarketers and the frequency of calls will increase.

Beware of corporate ID fraud - Callers may use the name of a legitimate company to lend credibility to their pitches. Hang up, and if it differs from the number of the legitimate company, report the number to the Do Not Call Registry.

Watch out for "bait and switch" - Some callers will ask something such as "Is Jane there?" When you tell them they have the wrong number, they change the subject and may ask a question such as "While you're on the phone, have you thought about installing new carpets in your home?"

Don't pick up the phone - If you don't know the incoming number, let it ring. If the call goes to voicemail you may be able to discern what sort of a call it is.

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Man Comes to Rescue After Salisbury Plane Crash


Charles Collin helped save two people who were inside a plane that crashed in Salisbury Sunday afternoon and while his family considers what he did to be a heroic act, Collins said he was just doing the right thing. 

“You’d do the same thing,” Collin said.” So would I. So would anybody else, I’m sure. That’s just how it goes. When folks need help, you go help them.” 

Collin’s first reaction to seeing the crashed plane right outside his summer home was to run over with a ladder to help get people out. 

He said he, “got the ladder up there and just sort of held it steady while the pilot and passenger climbed out.” 

The rescue was a family effort. 

Collin’s daughter, Gabriella, called 911 and instructed emergency services how to get to the crash site. 

“We’re up here,” she told them, “We’re on this road at the top of this mountain, and we’re like we need emergency services as soon as possible.” 

Because of the ladder, the pilot and the passenger made it out before emergency crews arrived and had only cuts and bruises as wounds. 

Lakeville fire Chief Jason Wilson said the plane took off 20 miles north of the crash site in Great Barrington, Massachusetts and an instructor and student were flying when the engine apparently gave out. 

While looking at the crash site Monday morning, Charles Collin said he’s thankful no one was hurt. 

“Pretty lucky that it didn’t hit the house. Pretty lucky that they’re safe and sound, and it’s just absolutely amazing,” he said. 

Investigators from the FAA and NTSB are evaluating what went wrong and are working on removing the plane from the tree. 

Photo Credit: NBCConnecticut.com

Officials Consider Adding Warnings at Silver Sands


The signs warning of danger at the Silver Sands State Park sandbar could change. 

Officials with the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection are considering making changes after a meeting with Milford representatives last week. 

The sandbar that connects the beach at Silver Sands to Charles Island gets covered with water during high tide and a 28-year-old man drowned last month after a strong current swept him off the sandbar.  

Changes DEEP officials are considering include strengthening the language to warn of danger, adding more signs and posting signs in multiple languages. 

Local representatives, including State Rep. Kim Rose, have also been pushing for more lifeguards. 

Lifeguards are only at Silver Sands State Park from Thursday through Sunday. DEEP officials said they have a tough time recruiting qualified candidates and would need more funding from the state to provide lifeguards seven days a week. 

DEEP officials said there’s no timetable on when a decision will be made, however they do not expect to implement any changes until next year.

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Foxwoods to Add Thrill Rides


Two thrill rides are coming to Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashanutucket. 

The casino announced Monday that it will open the Thrill Tower at Foxwoods, which will include the Sky Drop and Sky Launch.

The Sky Drop will take four riders at a time who will be lifted to the top of Thrill Tower before free-falling 120 feet to the bottom.

Sky Launch will propel two riders sitting back-to-back from the ground to the top of Thrill Tower and back again.

“At Foxwoods, our mission is to reimagine the modern resort casino,” Jason Guyot, vice president of resort operations and development at Foxwoods Resort Casino, said. “Thrill Tower at Foxwoods offers guests the chance to experience an unforgettable and truly unique moment, which is exactly what guests expect when they walk through our doors. The addition of these outdoor adventure attractions represent a significant development in a larger strategy to separate from the competition with bold, innovative property offerings.”

Foxwoods previously announced the opening of the HighFlyer Zipline, a 33-story high adventure that launches guests from the top of the Fox Tower to the Mashantucket Pequot Museum & Research Center at a top speed of 60 miles per hour.

Thrill Tower at Foxwoods will be open later this summer from 10 a.m. to midnight, Monday through Sunday.

Boston Bruins to Visit Hartford During Inaugural Summer Fan Fest Tour


The Boston Bruins plan on giving back to their supporters here in Connecticut, as well the other five New England states, this summer.  The team is taking its first ”Summer Fan Fest Tour” and will make a stop at Bushnell Park in Hartford on Wednesday, Aug. 30. 

From 2 p.m. to 7 p.m., fans will be able to participate in various events alongside Bruins players, coaches, executives, and broadcasters for free, including Q&A sessions, taking photos and more. 

This initiative is in conjunction with the Bruins Academy’s “Learn to Play” program, which gives new equipment to youth players from local communities, as the organization expects to provide more than 4,000 children between 4 and 9 with gear prior to the season. 

Youth hockey players will also be able to participate in drills and kid-friendly fitness activities. 

In addition, sponsors will be giving away tickets to various home games for the 2017-18 season. 

More information regarding the tour can be found on the Bruins’ website

Additional information about the Bruins Academy Learn to Play program can be found here. 

Following is the full tour schedule:  

Saturday, Aug. 26: Portland, Maine at Monument Square, noon to 6 p.m., 456 Congress St., Portland

Sunday, Aug. 27: Manchester, New Hampshire at Arms Park, noon to 6 p.m. at 0 Arms St., Manchester

Monday, Aug. 28: Burlington, Vermont at Burlington International Airport, 2 p.m. to 7 p.m., 1200 Airport Dr, South Burlington

Tuesday, Aug. 29: Springfield, Massachusetts at Forest Park, 2 p.m. to 7 p.m., 200 Trafton Road.

Wednesday, Aug. 30: Hartford, Connecticut at Bushnell Park, 2 p.m. to 7 p.m., 60 Elm St.

Thursday, Aug. 31: Providence, RI at ALEX AND ANI City Center, 2 p.m. to 7 p.m., 2 Kennedy Plaza. 

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New Canaan Mother Left 11-Week-Old Alone in Hot Car: Police


A New Canaan mother was arrested after she allegedly left her 11-week-old baby inside a hot car for near 50 minutes while she ran errands, according to police.

According to the arrest warrant, 34-year-old Kathryn Ferguson called 911 on July 18 reporting that she’d left her child inside the car for about 10 minutes while she ran errands, and now the child was crying.

Police and an EMT responded to 81 Elm Street and found Ferguson sitting in her car holding the child in her arms. According to the warrant, Ferguson told police that she had left the child alone in the car for around 10 minutes while she purchased shoes and a drink from two nearby businesses. Later at the hospital, Ferguson told a social worker that she forgot the child because the baby had been asleep and quiet in the back seat, the warrant states.

The child was evaluated at Norwalk Hospital and medically cleared, and hospital staff notified the Department of Children and Families of the incident.

Through review of surveillance video and based on time-stamped receipts, police determined that the child had actually been alone inside the car from around 3:18 p.m. to around 4:06 p.m. – around 48 minutes. The temperature outside that day was about 85 degrees.

Police obtained an arrest warrant charging Ferguson with risk of injury to a child. She turned herself into police on Friday.

Ferguson was released on a $20,000 bond and is due in court on Aug. 22, 2017.

Photo Credit: New Canaan Police Department

Apple, Aetna Meeting to Bring Apple Watch to Aetna: Sources


Apple and Aetna held secret meetings last week to bring Apple's health- and fitness-tracking device, Apple Watch, to Aetna customers, according to three sources who spoke with CNBC. 

Aetna, which covers an estimated 23 million people, is negotiating a deal with Apple to either provide the smartwatch for free or at a discounted rate to its members. 

Recently, Apple has focused on developing new health sensors for people with chronic disease, according to a CNBC report in April.

Apple Watch recently surpassed Fitbit as the top-selling health-tracking device, after shipments reached an estimated 22 million in early 2017. 

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Powerball Jackpot Grows to $430 Million


The jackpot for Powerball continues to grow and the estimate for Wednesday’s drawing is $430 million. 

This is the third time this year that the Powerball jackpot has exceeded $400 million. 

A man in California won a jackpot worth $447.8 million in June, which amounted to $279 million in cash. In February, an anonymous winner in Indiana hit a $435.3 million jackpot and collected $263.5 million in cash. 

In 2016, three winners in California, Florida and Tennessee hit the whopping $1.5 billion jackpot. See the full list of winners here.   

The last Powerball drawing was Saturday and the winning numbers were 20-24-26-35-49 and Powerball was 19.  

In Connecticut, there were 33,665 winners Wednesday and one person got four numbers, plus Powerball to win $50,0000. The other prizes ranged from $4 to $200. 

The next drawing will be at 10:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time Wednesday. 

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Norwalk Police Warn of Scam Targeting Landscapers


Scammers have been targeting landscapers out of money and Norwalk police are issuing a warning to help landscapers spot the scam.

The scammer contacts a landscaping company, requests services and agrees to pay for services but also asks if he can pay additional money, police said.

Then, the caller asks that the landscaper pay the additional funds to a subcontractor, such as a plumber or an electrician, who will also be doing work at the location.

After the landscaper pays the alleged subcontractor he or she discovers the check or credit card are fraudulent and the landscaper loses money and never gets paid for the services rendered, police said.

The people running the scam typically choose houses that are for sale as the locations for the alleged project.

Police said the type of fraud has been attempted on several landscaping companies recently and they are warning all landscapers to be aware and to meet with their customers face to face before starting work.

They advise that landscapers avoid accepting work by text message only.

Anyone with any information about the scam is asked to call detectives at 203-854-3011 or leave a tip on the Norwalk Police Tip Line at 203-854-3111.

You can also leave anonymous Internet tips or text tips by typing "NPD" into the text field, followed by the message, and sending it to CRIMES (274637).

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Plainfield Fire Dept. Employee Accused of Sexual Misconduct


A member of the Plainfield Fire Department has been accused of sexual misconduct at the department, according to Plainfield Police, and officers are investigating.

Police said they executed a search and seizure warrant at the Plainfield Fire Department at 620 Norwich Road around 5:30 p.m. Thursday.

During the search, other departments were put on notice with help from the Quinebaug Valley Emergency Communications to provide coverage to the Plainfield Fire District area and public safety was a priority and was not at risk, police said.

Authorities said there is an active investigation, but no additional information has been released.

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