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Loved Ones Raise Money for Southington Teen in ATV Accident


Those who know and love 15-year-old Ryan Catlin are stepping up to help support his recovery less than two months since a life-changing accident.

“Ever since then it's touched us the whole town has come through,” Catlin's great aunt, Diana Beaudoin, said.

Beaudoin is blown away by the outpouring of support since the teen was paralyzed in an ATV accident in late July.

Jodie Derwin, a family friend, jumped in to help organize a fundraiser to help with the family’s medical expenses. Catlin is still recovering at an Atlanta hospital, Derwin said his family will face even more expenses when they return home.

"Not only does he need a cost for the everyday care, he's going to need his house addition built on because he's going to have a wheelchair that he needs five-foot radius to be able to move around," Derwin said.

Derwin helped organize the pasta dinner for Catlin. Money from the ticket sales will go to the family, along with about $14,000 from raffle prize bids.

"It's not an accident where you break your arm and you're going to be better in six to eight weeks this is a lifelong thing that's going to be for this family this is their life now," Derwin said.

Beaudoin confident her great nephew will make a full recovery with the support that’s already pouring in.

"Everybody's rooting for him because he's going to do it he is," Beaudoin said.

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Local and Federal Agencies Raise Concerns Amid Equifax Breach


The Federal Trade Commission announced it will launch an investigation into the details that led to 143 million stolen identities from an Equifax database.

In Connecticut, U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal proposed new legislation that emphasizes stronger security measures and would give consumers more rights regarding who gets access to their information.

Consumer options for the hack are simple: Set up fraud alerts or request a credit freeze. However several people have reported problems trying to do either, mostly due to the magnitude of this breach.

Consumers who wish to freeze their credit need to call Equifax, Transunion and Experian. Reported problems include the bureaus being so inundated with calls that they are unable to process the request or the call drops.

Also, in Connecticut, credit freezes come with fees. Experian and Transunion will each charge $10 for every freeze or removal of a freeze. Equifax will waive theirs.

In a USA Today editorial, the company’s CEO Rick Smith wrote, “We are devoting extraordinary resources to make sure this kind of incident doesn’t happen again.”

But for almost half of the US adult population, the damage is already done.

“It needs to be a wakeup call,” cybersecurity analyst Theresa Payton told NBC News. “We’ve had repeatedly year after year had these wake up calls. And we hit the snooze button. There’s no more snooze buttons.”

Experts recommend those who do not freeze their credit do, at the very least, initiate a fraud alert.

Consumers only have to do so with one bureau, and it’s free. However, it does expire every 90 days.

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Trump Signs Resolution Condemning White Supremacists


President Donald Trump on Thursday signed a resolution passed by Congress condemning white supremacists, Neo-Nazis and other hate groups.

"As Americans, we condemn the recent violence in Charlottesville and oppose hatred, bigotry, and racism in all forms," Trump said in a statement. "No matter the color of our skin or our ethnic heritage, we all live under the same laws, we all salute the same great flag, and we are all made by the same almighty God."

The resolution, which Congress overwhelmingly approved this week, honors Heather Heyer, who was killed Aug. 12 when a car was driven into a group of counter-demonstrators protesting against a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Trump was criticized for his response to that deadly act of violence, in which he condemned bigotry and violence "on many sides."

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Man Shot in Both Arms in Danbury


A man was shot in both of his arms in Danbury on Thursday, police said.

Police, EMS and firefighters responded to a residence on Church Hill Road for a reported shooting at 1:21 p.m.

Responders found a 20-year-old man with two gunshot wounds: one in each arm, police said.

Police said the gun shots were "bird-shot style ammo."

The victim was transported to the hospital for non-life threatening injuries. 

The Westside Middle School Academy and the Mill Ridge Primary School were placed on a temporary lockdown as a precaution.

The investigation is active and ongoing by the Danbury Police Detective Bureau. Anyone with information is asked to call the Danbury Police TIPS Line (203) 790-8477. All calls will remain confidential.

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Democrats' Budget Plan Collapses in Connecticut House


In the waning hours of Thursday, into early Friday, the negotiated Democrat budget fell apart inside the State Capitol.

The collapse of the budget crafted by House and Senate leaders along with Gov. Dannel Malloy’s administration, came roughly five hours after pledges from both chambers to debate and pass a budget over the next day.

Speaker of the House Joe Aresimowicz said the issues were related to the drafting of the budget, and not support.

“The paperwork itself, the document is going to be 1200 pages is not going to be ready until five in the morning,” he told reporters shortly before 1AM.

That explanation may be true, but support was just as much of an issue.

It became clear in the late evening that support for the Democratic budget was dropping. Whispers made their way through the halls of the Capitol that Democrats were not falling in line with the hastily assembled and negotiated two-year spending plan.

Some of more notable aspects of the budget were met with hesitation from some members, and legal hurdles with at least one proposal.

Democrats had planned on charging all cell phone users in the state a monthly charge on their bills, and they wanted to start taxing the second or “seasonal” homes of in-state residents.

Multiple sources in the House and Senate confirmed to NBC Connecticut that Democrats learned of major legal challenges to the proposal and wondered if it would pass muster. Removing such a proposal led to a more than $60 million hole in the biennium budget.

Rep. Aresimowicz insisted that time was the issue, and not support in the budget for any particular item. He said members of his caucus wanted more time to review the bill known as the “implementer,” which contains the policy that enacts the budget.

“It was becoming abundantly obvious that the implementer, the budget bill wasn’t going to arrive on our desk until some of them as late as five or six o’clock in the morning,” Aresimowicz said. “I don’t want to beat my members up the whole night. Some of my members they want to read the implementer, they want to read the whole implementer.”

Republicans were frustrated the entire day because they didn’t like the process of a late night budget session, and a speedy vote.

Sen. Len Fasano, the Republican leader in the Senate, called the day’s events earlier Thursday, “outrageous, dishonest, and disrespectful.”

Rep. Themis Klarides, the GOP leader in the House, said taxpayers and lawmakers had a right to have more time to review any budget documents, long before the delay that eventually led to no vote late in the evening.

“What happens today or tomorrow is going to change Connecticut for the good or the bad,” Klarides proclaimed. “We should at least be able to know what it is.

Late Thursday, Senate Democrats announced they planned to vote Friday on a two-year spending plan, which is anticipated to be very similar to the one the House never took up for debate.

Two sources told NBC Connecticut after midnight that House leadership was planning on a 5PM convening time to be ready to approve a Senate-passed budget on Friday.

Aresimowicz told reporters, “If it leaves the Senate and it comes down here we will vote on it tomorrow.”

Rep. Themis Klarides, when reached early Friday, said she was told by the Speaker that there would not be a vote Thursday, adding that she had already told her entire caucus, 72 members total, that they would not need to be in Hartford Friday or Monday. Aresimowicz said if that was Klarides’ interpretation then that was a communication error on his part.

On whether she could get Republicans to Hartford for a possible 5pm session, Klarides said, “That would take a Herculean effort.”

Firefighters Battling 2-Alarm Fire in Hartford


Hartford firefighters are battling a two-alarm fire at a three-story vacant building on Gillett Street in Hartford. 

Officials said the fire started around 4:20 a.m. on the third floor, near the back of the building, which is under construction. 

The apartment building next door was evacuated as a safety precaution and no one has been hurt. 

The office of the state fire marshal is investigating how the fire started, but officials said it doesn't appear suspicious.

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Trump Lashes Out at ESPN After Anchor's Criticism


President Donald Trump lashed out at ESPN on Twitter Friday after "Sportscenter" host Jemele Hill tweeted earlier this week that Trump was a "white supremacist" and "bigot."

Hill later apologized for her tweets and ESPN said Thursday it has accepted the apology.

Trump on Friday tweeted: "ESPN is paying a really big price for its politics (and bad programming). People are dumping it in RECORD numbers. Apologize for untruth!"

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Wednesday also called Hill's comments outrageous. She added the comments could be considered a fire-able offense.

ESPN said in a statement that Hill has a right to her personal beliefs, but not to share them on a public platform that implies she is speaking for the network. ESPN said she's acknowledged that her tweets crossed the line.

In her own tweet, Hill said she regretted that her comments painted her company in an unfair light.

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1 Dead, 4 Injured in Head-On Crash in Farmington


One man is dead and four other people have serious injuries after a head-on crash on Route 6 in Farmington late Thursday night. 

Police officers responded to a two-vehicle head-on crash on Colt Highway, near Reservoir Road, at 11:45 p.m. and found five injured adults. 

All five people were transported by ambulance to three area hospitals and one man was pronounced dead at John Dempsey Hospital shortly after being transported from the scene, police said. 

No information was immediately available on the other people who were hurt and police have not released their names because they are notifying family members. 

Anyone who has information about the crash or who witnessed it should call Detective Jason Hughes at 860-675-2461 or FPD Dispatch at 860-675-2400.

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West Haven to Crack Down on Dangerous Stunts by Seizing Bikes


The West Haven City Council has approved an ordinance aimed at curtailing dangerous bike riding by youth in the city.

After complaints about teens doing dangerous bike stunts on city streets, the council’s new ordinance is meant to curb that kind of behavior by seizing the bicycles of teenagers who behave badly.

The ordinance states that minors under the age of 18 who are caught doing things like popping wheelies and trick riding in traffic might have their bike’s “seized by any member of The West Haven Police Department and impounded. A bicycle or motorized bicycle so impounded shall be surrendered to the owner, or if the owner is a minor, to the parents or guardians of such minor….There shall be a storage charge of twenty five dollars $25.00 per day for each impounded bicycle or motorized bicycle.”

West Haven residents tell NBC Connecticut they support the city doing something to stop kids from endangering their lives and the lives of others on city streets.

West Haven resident Lorraine Davis hopes that teens who are issued fines will learn a lesson on their first offense. She also believes the city should offer classes to teens who are caught riding dangerously.

“To them, a bicycle is like owning a car. So they get out in the street and try to act like they’re driving a car. They just need to be taught some safety classes,” she said.

Levi Jordan, a stylist at Golden Bladez barbershop on Campbell Avenue, sometimes sees the dangerous bike riding that’s the subject of the new ordinance.

He said that while the new fines could work, he’d rather see more places for youth to ride their bikes safely without endangering themselves or impeding traffic.

“Kids are kids and they love to ride. f they don’t got a place, then they’re going to find a place. Create more environments for them to ride up and down in West Haven” he said.

Under the terms of the ordinance, the police department can hold seized bicycles for 30 days. If the bikes are not claimed within that period, they become property of the city.

Police Investigating Fatal Crash in Bristol

22 Hurt After Improvised Bomb Blast on London Subway


An explosion at a train station sent commuters stampeding in panic on Friday at the height of London's morning rush hour, sending 22 people to London hospitals — though none were seriously hurt — as police said they were investigating the incident as a terrorist attack.

Photos taken inside a District Line train show a white plastic bucket inside a supermarket shopping bag. Flames and what appear to be wires can be seen. London ambulance services said they had sent multiple crews to the Parsons Green station. Police advised people to avoid the area in southwest London, and later confirmed that an improvised bomb exploded on the train. 

The Twitter user who posted the image, @rrigs, said an "explosion" occurred and that a "fireball flew down carriage and we just jumped out open door," NBC News reported.

"We now assess that this was a detonation of an improvised explosive device," said assistant police commissioner Mark Rowley, who noted that most of the injuries were from flash burns. 

A commuter whose train had just stopped at the station, Richard Aylmer-Hall, said he saw several people injured, apparently trampled as they fled what he described as a packed train. At capacity, the train could hold more than 800 people.

"There was a woman on the platform who said she had seen a bag, a flash and a bang, so obviously something had gone off," he said. "I saw crying women, there was lots of shouting and screaming, there was a bit of a crush on the stairs going down to the streets."

Aerial footage later showed other commuters being evacuated along the elevated track.

The London Ambulance Service said 18 people were hospitalized but none had serious or life-threatening injuries. Four more people arrived at hospitals on their own, Britain's National Health Service said. All of the injured are being treated at four hospitals and clinics in London. 

Multiple crews were dispatched to the above-ground subway station.

London's Metropolitan Police said counterterrorism investigators were at the Parsons Green subway station in the southwest of the capital and that "a number" of people were injured in what they described as a fire. Several people appeared to have burn injuries.

Police say it's "too early to confirm the cause of the fire, which will be subject to the investigation that is now underway by the Met's Counter Terrorism Command."

Deputy Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu, the senior national coordinator for counterterrorism policing, confirmed it was being treated as a "terrorist incident," according to NBC News.

The underground operator said services have been cut along the line.

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said people should "keep calm and go about their normal lives."

President Donald Trump took to Twitter to decry "another attack in London by a loser terrorist."

He also tweeted that London police had the "sick and demented people" behind the attack "in their sights," though police had given no public indication of that.

London has been struck repeatedly by extremist attacks this year, and the risk of new attack is considered high.

The London Underground has been targeted several times, notably in July 2005, when suicide bombers blew themselves up on three subway trains and a bus, killing 52 people and themselves. Four more bombers tried a similar attack two weeks later, but their devices failed to fully explode.

Last year Damon Smith, a student with an interest in weapons and Islamic extremism, left a knapsack filled with explosives and ball bearings on a London subway train. It failed to explode.

In its recent issue of Inspire magazine, al Qaeda urged supporters to target trains.

Photo Credit: @RRIGS/Twitter via AP

'Free' Promotional Devices Doesn’t Mean Free Data


When it comes to cell phone promotional offers, free doesn’t always mean free.

Avon resident Norm Keeney learned that the hard way, when he started noticing changes on his cell phone statement for his new, free, iPad.

He got the iPad as an add-on to the phone he bought for his wife’s birthday.

“She’s a school teacher and her phone is more out of date than any of her seventh graders,” said Keeney.

AT&T said he would only have to pay for the data he used, which, it turned out, wasn’t much data at all.

“We brought it home, looked at it, did a couple of things with it and it went in a drawer from that point on,” said Keeney.

A few months later, Keeney started noticing charges on his bill for the new device: $79 to activate and $12 for every month after that.

“It’s not free,” he said.

AT&T, along with other major carriers, have a minimum data plan charge even if customers don’t use any data. Keeney said no one explained that to him, but AT&T says it’s in the terms he agreed to in his contract.

Regardless, Keeney wanted out.

He called customer service and says he got different answers from everyone he spoke with, but an agent eventually told him he could cancel for a 110 dollar fee, plus a restocking fee.

He felt stuck. Those two fees would cost him just as much as it would to pay the data plan through the rest of his contract.

“So I said, that’s enough. I’m going to call NBC Connecticut Responds, which I did,” said Keeney.

Technically, he was bound to the terms of his contract, but out of good faith, AT&T immediately canceled the rest of his bill and waived the cancellation and restocking fees, saving him $156 dollars.

“I’m very happy with (NBC Connecticut Responds) for getting in and getting this taken care of so I don’t have an extra $156 I have to shell out for something I’m not even using,” said Keeney.

AT&T told NBC Connecticut it believes the concerns have been addressed and this issue has been resolved to (Keeney’s) satisfaction.

A good lesson for any consumer: Before signing the dotted line for any contract, ask questions regarding added costs and cancellation rights.

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CT Now in Possible Path of Jose


UPDATE: The National Hurricane Center this morning put Connecticut in the possible path of Tropical Storm Jose. The NBC Connecticut meteorologists have issued a First Alert for Tuesday and Wednesday of next week. 

Below is the original story from Thursday: 

Tropical Storm Jose became a whole lot more interesting Thursday as our suite of computer models brought the storm much closer to Connecticut by Tuesday of next week.

The storm is moving west and by the weekend will begin a turn north along the east coast of the United States. What's unclear is how far west Jose will get and how strong Jose will be. The current forecast from the National Hurricane Center has Jose in a somewhat precarious position east of Norfolk, Virginia by 5 p.m. Tuesday.

Jose is essentially blocked from curving out into the Atlantic Ocean by a strong ridge of high pressure that stretches from Bermuda through the Canadian Maritimes. A blocking high to the east of New England is the single most important piece of the puzzle historically for landfalling northeast hurricanes.

The second piece of the puzzle is a trough of low pressure over the Great Lakes and Ohio River River Valley to "capture" the hurricane and pull it west while accelerating the storm north. We are missing this ingredient.

Only having one of the two ingredients likely rules out a landfalling hurricane in New England. The odds of this happening are extremely low. However, with the blocking ridge to the east Jose may be able to meander off the coast of the Mid Atlantic and bring us a period of wind and rain. 

How close to Connecticut depends on how strong the west Atlantic ridge is (stronger would push Jose farther west) and how sharp the Great Lakes ridge is (oriented southwest to northeast would prevent Jose from getting too far north). With ridges all around Jose will be trapped for a period of time with nowhere to go and may slow to a crawl. 

Where this crawl happens is uncertain. The GFS and Euro ensembles show significant spread but show about 25 percent of solutions close enough to southern New England for concern. 

This setup reminds me a bit of Hurricane Edouard in 1996 that menaced New England Labor Day weekend. The storm slowly drifted north (blocked by a strong downstream ridge) and then scooted east at the last minute.

Without the capture and acceleration north (ingredient number 2 mentioned above) - Jose is likely to weaken gradually. A direct hurricane hit remains extremely unlikely and a moderate or strong tropical storm is a reasonable worst case scenario. Some wind and some rain.

How significant the storm is locally remains quite unclear but it's certainly worth watching. 

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Naugatuck Man Accused of Sexually Assaulting Young Child


A Naugatuck man is accused of sexually assaulting a child who is under the age of 6.

Police said the child’s parents took the victim to the hospital and police started investigating on Aug. 9, looking into reports of a sexual assault.

Travis Tilley, 33, of Naugatuck, has been charged with first-degree sexual assault and illegal sexual contact with a victim who is under the age of 16.

Police said the warrant was served Wednesday.

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Hostage Situation Report Was to Get Husband Arrested: Police


Trumbull police have arrested a woman who is accused of falsely reporting that a woman was being held captive at gunpoint and they said she did it to try and get police officers to arrest her estranged husband.

The call came in around 1:30 p.m. Wednesday and a woman claimed her boyfriend had a weapon and was holding her captive at an apartment at the Royce Complex on Old Town Road, police said.

The Southwest Regional Emergency Response Team and several other law enforcement agencies responded, schools were locked down and several residents were evacuated.

When police went into the unit, it was empty and there was no sign of a struggle, police said.

Police have arrested 31-year-old Lauren Pines, of Monroe, and said she claimed to be someone else during the initial call and falsely reported the incident to have her estranged husband arrested.

A warrant was served and Pines has been charged with falsely reporting an incident, breach of peace and interfering with police.

She was released on a $25,000 bond and is due in court on Sept. 25.

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Proposed State Budget Provides Millions for Help Hartford


The proposed state budget could be a game changer for Hartford because it calls for the state to provide more than tens of millions of dollars to the cash-strapped city. 

While it could save Hartford from having to file for bankruptcy, there are strings attached. 

Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin struck a cautious, but hopeful, tone at the State Capitol on Thursday. 

“Adopting a budget would be an important step, a necessary step. The work is far from done,” Bronin said. 

For months, Bronin has been sounding the alarm about Hartford’s budget woes as it veers toward possible bankruptcy. 

Now legislators say they have heard the city’s concerns and are ready to act. 

House Majority Leader Matt Ritter said they’ve earmarked roughly $40-million in the proposed budget to shore up Hartford’s bottom line. 

However, there will be supervision with the addition of an oversight board and a year to fix the city’s finances. 

The mayor welcomes the support. 

“We’re going to have a lot of work to do in restructuring our city to get on a long-term path. We’ve said our goal is not a Band Aid or a bailout. Our goal is to have a framework in place that will allow us to work with all of our stakeholders to get a long-term sustainable solution,” Bronin said. 

Recently city leaders said if there was no state budget, Hartford would run out of cash to pay its bills in about two months.

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Marinas Warn Boat Owners Ahead of Tropical Storm Jose


Residents of Connecticut’s shoreline are keeping a close eye on the path of Tropical Storm Jose, which now could include Connecticut, according to the National Hurricane Center

Marinas are already warning people to take precautions before it’s too late. 

AW Marina and Bait in New London was flooded when Superstorm Sandy came through. 

New London is susceptible to storm surge and big waves because there aren’t any breakwaters. 

“Because of the wave action, with the wind and the waves, it’s bring in big rollers into the Thames River. We don’t want any of the boats to be damaged,” Karen Westerberg, the owner of AW, said. 

Last week, the business prepared for the possibility of Hurricane Irma hitting Connecticut. 

Although it never came close, Westerberg feels that preparation put them ahead for what Jose might bring. 

The marina has advised people who dock their boats there to double tie the vessels or move them out of the water beginning Sunday and Monday.

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Shelton Police Investigate Serious Motorcycle Crash


Shelton police are investigating a crash involving a motorcycle and a motor vehicle on Thursday night. 

Police responded to Howe Avenue and Grove Street at 7:15 p.m. to investigate and said the operator of the motorcycle, 53-year-old Robert Freiler, of Shelton, was transported to Bridgeport Hospital with life-threatening injuries. 

This was the second serious crash involving a motorcycle within a half-mile stretch. The other was in the area of 122 River Road Thursday. 

Anyone who witnessed the crash is asked to call the Shelton Police Department Traffic Division.

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American ISIS Fighter in US Custody After Surrender in Syria


The United States military has in its custody an American person who surrendered to Syrian Democratic Forces after fighting for ISIS in Syria, NBC News reported.

U.S. officials have previously said that roughly 250 people left the U.S. to join ISIS. It's not clear how many remain.

The American who surrendered Tuesday hasn't been publicly identified. He was taken into custody during a battle in the Deir-al-Zour region, which the Daily Beast first reported.

"The U.S. citizen is being legally detained by Department of Defense personnel as a known enemy combatant," Pentagon spokesman Maj. Adrian J.T. Rankine-Galloway said.

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Fingerprints Lead Police to Norwich Burglary Suspect


Police have arrested a man suspected in a burglary at a Norwich home in July when a woman and two children were home and said they identified him through fingerprints on an air conditioner he allegedly removed from the window.

Police arrested 29-year-old Devan Jarmon, of Norwich, Thursday and charged him with first-degree burglary.

They said he is a convicted felon who has been arrested 14 times since 2005.

Jarmon is accused of burglarizing a home on Shipping Street on July 22, 2016. 

Police responded to a 911 call about a burglary in progress at an apartment in which a woman and her 11-year-old and 12-year-old children were home.

Police arrived and learned that a burglar had gone in through an apartment window and fled before police arrived.

A K-9 was able to find the burglar, but police said they were able to obtain fingerprint evidence from an air conditioner that police believe the man removed to get in. They said they also received additional information implicating him.


The State of Connecticut Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection Forensic Laboratory determined the fingerprints from the air conditioner were Jarmon’s.

Jarmon was held on $150,000 court-set bond and he was left in the custody of the Department of Corrections.

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