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Authorities Arrest Man Wanted in New Britain Triple Shooting


Police have arrested a suspect in a New Britain triple shooting that left a woman, a 17-year-old and a 12-year-old injured back in March, according to New Britain police.

Police identified 37-year-old Jermaine Tywane Scott as the suspect shortly after the March 28 shooting. Authorities said the incident was not random and that it appears to have stemmed from a domestic dispute.

On March 28, officers were sent to a home on Newington Avenue to investigate reports of gunshots and found the victims from apparent gunshot wounds. Another child in the home was not hurt, police said.

The victims were taken to area trauma hospitals with non life-threatening injuries.

Scott was arrested by the US Marshals Fugitive Task Force in Middletown Monday morning. He is charged with three counts of criminal attempt to commit murder, one count of criminal possession of a firearm, one count of criminal use of a firearm and one count of criminal possession of a high capacity magazine.

The accused was held on a $2 million bond and is due in court Tuesday.

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Airlines Make Changes Ahead of Hurricane Maria


Major national airlines have warned travelers of possible flight cancellations and delays as Category 5 Hurricane Maria made landfall Monday in the Caribbean. 

DeltaSouthwest and American airlines announced there would be no change fees if a flight was impacted by Hurricane Maria. All three airlines are updating their websites with the latest details on their flights. 

Regional airlines in the Caribbean have also canceled or delayed their flights. 

Maria grew into an "extremely dangerous" Category 5 storm with maximum sustained winds of 160 mph on Monday as it barreled onto the island of Dominica in the eastern Caribbean.

Maria could hit Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands Tuesday night and Wednesday.

President Donald Trump approved an emergency declaration for the island and ordered Federal Emergency Management Agency to assist the commonwealth. The declaration authorizes FEMA to coordinate all disaster relief efforts in Puerto Rico. 

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Southeastern Connecticut Towns Prepare for Possible Effects from Jose


Under a Tropical Storm Watch, communities in Southeastern Connecticut are keeping a close eye on Hurricane Jose’s path.

In Old Saybrook, the police department has a trailer loaded with emergency shelter supplies and palettes of water bottles just in case the town feels the effects of Jose.

“We’re certainly getting things ready if we have to respond to assist our citizens,” said Chief of Police Michael Spera, who is also the town’s Emergency Management Director.

In case the power is knocked out and traffic lights don’t work, Old Saybrook police are prepared to set up stop signs at intersections to free up officers from having to do traffic control.

“Obviously, our largest concern is certainly widespread power outages because for some of our residents no power means no water,” Spera said, pointing out that half of the residents rely on well water that is tied to their power.

At Saybrook Hardware on Main Street, assistant manager Emma Loso said this Monday has been a bit busier than normal.

“I’ve noticed a lot of batteries, people like to stock up on that,” she said, “some like sandbags if people on the shoreline expect the flooding.”

Loso said she thinks the people of Old Saybrook are better prepared for hurricane season after Irene and Sandy.

“It’s scary but I think that people learned from that experience,” Loso said.

In Westbrook, the town’s emergency management director Donald Izzo is organizing preparations for Jose with police, fire, local schools and Eversource.

“We’re only halfway through this hurricane season and we need to watch this season very carefully,” said Izzo, who has been tracking Jose for several days. “By Wednesday, Thursday of last week, this became top of our priority.”

The top concerns for his town are strong winds toppling trees and taking down power lines, Izzo told NBC Connecticut.

“This is probably going to be what we can expect as a nor’easter without the snow, but our concern is the leaves on the trees,” he said.

Westbrook’s emergency management center will be staffed overnight Tuesday into Wednesday when the town expects to feel the effects of Jose.

“By Wednesday morning 6 a.m.,” Izzo said, “we feel we’ll have a nice picture of what happened overnight.”

Another concern in shoreline towns in Southeastern Connecticut is the potential for flooding in low-lying areas, Izzo said.

“I wanted to take her for a walk before you know the winds got too strong,” said Diane Munson Monday afternoon on the Westbrook beach.

Munson now lives in DEEP River, but she grew up in Westbrook.

“When I see what happened in Florida and I said oh my god its going to start coming to the shoreline,” Munson said, “I mean that’s my feeling, that’s how I feel about it.”

Insurance Advice Ahead of Jose


With Jose expected to impact Connecticut this week, chief underwriting officer at Travelers, Elaine Baisden, says there are steps you can take to protect yourself.

"We recommend that you have an emergency preparedness kit, so things like water, make sure you have enough nonperishable items, don’t forget your pets," said Baisden. "We recommend that you actually bring everything in that you can. A lot of items like deck furniture could become projectile items and could do a lot of damage."

She says document what you can before the storm hits, and review your insurance coverage.

"Walk around your house with your mobile phone and take pictures, take inventory of the items that are in there," said Baisden. "We recommend that annually you talk with your insurance provider, or your agent, to understand what coverage you have, and you understand what your deductibles are."

Future of 3 Madison Elementary Schools Uncertain


Facing declining enrollment and aging buildings, the Madison school district is embarking on a plan that would either rebuild, renovate or close three elementary schools.

The proposal is facing backlash from parents concerned about the cost and the prospect of shutting down a school.

On Sept. 26, voters will decide in a referendum whether roughly $34-million should be spent to demolish Ryerson Elementary and then build a new school in its place.

It’s hoped several million dollars in grants could defray the cost.

“I just hope people get the information and get out and vote and think what’s best for our town,” Emily Rosenthal of Madison, said.

Rosenthal was one of dozens of parents who packed a meeting with the superintendent at Island Avenue Elementary on Monday.

At some point after next Tuesday’s referendum school leaders might vote on the future of Island Avenue.

In spring 2019, it’s expected a second referendum will be held on the idea to spend about $34 million to renovate Jeffrey Elementary.

Madison Schools Superintendent Thomas Scarice believes the three-part plan is a wise investment for a district dealing with a drop in the number of students and some outdated facilities.

If it doesn’t happen, he worries about future budget fights over whether to spend money on students or to fix buildings.

“It’s really important that people are aware that a failed referendum will be more disruptive for kids,” Scarice said.

But some parents are pushing back, especially to keep Island Avenue open.

“From our perspective, it doesn’t make any sense to close the best school in town,” Chip Walz of Madison, said.

Walz formed a group which hopes people vote down next Tuesday’s referendum. He argues to instead renovate the schools.

“We are in favor of neighborhood schools and we’re very in favor of saving tax dollars for things that actually educate our children,” Walz said.

Victim in Critical Condition After Stabbing in Hartford


One person is in critical condition after a serious assault with a knife in Hartford on Monday. 

Police said they responded to Evergreen Avenue around 1:34 p.m. and found a victim suffering from puncture wounds on their neck and abdomen.

A witness told Hartford police the victim was stabbed during a physical altercation before the suspect fled on foot. 

Video surveillance cameras were located on Farmington Avenue but were unable to be accessed on Monday night, police said. 

The victim was transported to St. Francis Hospital and is listed in critical condition after undergoing surgery. 

No other details were immediately available.

The investigation is ongoing. 

Leonardo DiCaprio to Speak at Yale Climate Change Conference


Leonardo DiCaprio is expected to speak at a Yale climate change conference hosted by the Kerry Initiative. 

The conference at the Jackson Institute for Global Affairs at Yale University kicked off on Monday.

The conference moderator will be former U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, who graduated from the university in 1966.

Panelists and speakers include former U.S. Secretary of State James Baker, California Governor Jerry Brown, Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo, General Electric Chair of the Board Jeffrey Immelt and actor Leonardo DiCaprio. 

Topics at the conference will range from the future of energy, national and international climate change efforts, bipartisan U.S. leadership and the role of the private sector.

DiCaprio will close the event at 5 p.m. on Tuesday by discussing citizen engagement and activism. 

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Passenger Seriously Injured in Bristol Crash


The passenger in a car that hit a utility pole in Bristol early Tuesday morning suffered serious injuries and has been taken to a trauma hospital, according to police.

The crash was reported on Riverside Avenue near East Street just before 4:30 a.m. and a police officer found a passenger, 22-year-old Philip Bouchard, of Bristol, suffering from serious and potentially life-threatening injuries, police said.

Police said they believe the driver, Philip's twin brother, was traveling east on Riverside Avenue in a 1994 Jeep Grand Cherokee, went off the road on a curve and hit a utility pole.

The driver suffered minor injuries in the crash.

Police are investigating and ask witnesses to call the Bristol Police Department at 860-584-3036.

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Companies Help Schools Teach Students How to Work for Them


Some companies are so set on having workers who know just how their computer systems work that they're partnering with schools to start or invest in job training programs of their own, NBC News reported.

Call it "new collar" jobs, as opposed to white collar and blue collar. They require some specialized education to get the job, but not a four-year degree.

For example, Delta has partnered with 37 aviation maintenance schools to help shed light on the often-technical aviation maintenance technician job. A company executive said that the curriculum required by the Federal Aviation Administration is "very generic" and that it takes at least a year of working at Delta even with certification to be able to sign off on anything as an AMT.

Nationwide, there were 6.2 million job openings at the end of June, a record high, and many of these openings are "new collar jobs that are unfilled as a result of an unskilled and under-skilled workforce," said Eugene Giovannini, chancellor at Tarrant County College in Texas.

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Bridgeport Man Badly Injured in Crash on I-95


A 53-year-old Bridgeport man has serious injuries after being thrown from a car during a crash on Interstate 95 South in Bridgeport, according to state police.

State police said Jose Cupertino Lopez-Siquiej, 53, of Bridgeport, was trying to change lanes on I-95 South, near exit 27A in Bridgeport, at 10:30 p.m. Monday and hit another vehicle. His Toyota Tacoma flipped over, hit a concrete barrier, flipped back over and Lopez-Siquiej was thrown from the vehicle, police said.

He was taken to Saint Vincent’s Hospital.

Police said the crash happened in an area where there is a tapered construction pattern that closes the left and center lanes.

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Wheaton College Football Players Face Felony Charges in Hazing Case


Five football players at a Christian college in suburban Chicago face felony charges over the alleged hazing of a freshman teammate last year, authorities confirmed.

A judge issued arrest warrants Monday for Wheaton College students James Cooksey, Kyler Kregel, Benjamin Pettway, Samuel TeBos and Noah Spielman. Prosecutors charged the five players with aggravated battery, mob action and unlawful restraint.

Spielman is the son of former NFL star Chris Spielman. An attorney for the Ohio State linebacking great said the family is surprised by the charges and called the allegations against his son "inaccurate and sensationalized."

"Chris and his family were shocked to hear of these charges after an investigation by Wheaton College exonerated these gentlemen over one year ago," the statement read. "The initial print reporting has been inaccurate and sensationalized as Noah has, and will, cooperate with authorities moving forward in the legal process."

Attorney information for the other students was not immediately available.

Police said the victim was "taken forcefully from his dorm room, restrained against his will" and left in a baseball field with multiple injuries.

The victim told police he was in his dormitory room in March 2016 when the players tackled and duct taped the freshman, put a pillowcase over his head and threw him in a vehicle, the Chicago Tribune reported, citing court documents describing the victim’s statements to investigators. The student told investigators they attempted to sodomize him with an object and dumped his half-naked and beaten body in an off-campus field.

The freshman ultimately took himself to a hospital with muscle tears in both shoulders and various bruises and scratches, the Tribune reports. Police said the freshman's injuries were "confirmed by medical experts."

The publication said it obtained the records after the Wheaton Police Department declined this year to release the report under the state’s Freedom of Information Act. The Tribune did not say how it obtained the report.

The victim withdrew from the school not long after, according to the publication. 

He told the Tribune in a statement that the incident "has had a devastating effect on my life."

The college said in a statement late Monday night that it conducted its own investigation into the hazing claims, which "resulted in a range of corrective actions," though it could not specify what those actions were. 

"The conduct we discovered as a result of our investigation into this incident was entirely unacceptable and inconsistent with the values we share as human beings and as members of an academic community that espouses to live according to our Community Covenant," the statement read. "We are profoundly saddened that any member of our community could be mistreated in any way."

Wheaton College has one of the top-ranked Division 3 football programs in the nation.

Police said it is the first serious hazing incident that has been reported from the school.

"They're very serious charges," said Chief Jim Volpe. "They'll be answering to felony charges." 

A varsity member of the school's football squad told NBC 5 the team was scheduled to have a meeting to discuss the charges against their teammates after a game Monday night.

Students at the private Christian college told NBC 5 they're disappointed to hear the accusations.

"I was just in the student center and there's a post on the wall that says: 'You know it has been a year since this happened, why haven't we heard about anything?'" said Wheaton College senior Drew English. "There's an anti-hazing policy in the student handbook — that's supposed to protect against things like this."

The DuPage County Prosecutor's Office said the players could turn themselves in as early as Tuesday morning during bond court. Their bond has been set at $50,000. 

"We expect that they will turn themselves in within a very reasonable time, according to our discussions with them," Volpe said. 

Read the college's full statement below:

"Wheaton College aspires to provide an educational environment that is not only free of hazing, but practices our values as a Christian community. As such, we are deeply troubled by the allegations brought by law enforcement against five members of our football team. When this incident was brought to our attention by other members of the football team and coaching staff in March 2016, the College took swift action to initiate a thorough investigation. Our internal investigation into the incident, and our engagement with an independent, third-party investigator retained by the College, resulted in a range of corrective actions. We are unable to share details on these disciplinary measures due to federal student privacy protections.

"The College has fully cooperated with law enforcement in their investigation. To not impede the law enforcement investigation, the College was bound by confidentiality and unable to share more information until now.

"The conduct we discovered as a result of our investigation into this incident was entirely unacceptable and inconsistent with the values we share as human beings and as members of an academic community that espouses to live according to our Community Covenant. We are profoundly saddened that any member of our community could be mistreated in any way. This incident has prompted our Board of Trustees to engage outside experts to lead a campus-wide review of the level of effectiveness of our anti-hazing policy and of the culture around how students treat one another in our campus communities, athletic teams, and organizations. Wheaton remains committed to providing Christ-centered development programs and training to all our students.

"In 2014, we revised our anti-hazing policy and improved our training protocols to include a formal review of our anti-hazing policy with all student athletes every year, with required student signatures; we also require annual training for residence assistants who are responsible for residence hall activities. Despite these deeply troubling charges, we have experienced positive changes on campus, including rapid responses from campus leaders to reports of hazing or other inappropriate behavior and effective disciplinary review."

Photo Credit: Wheaton College

Vernon Police Find Man Who Was Reported Missing


Vernon police have canceled the silver alert for a man who they said threatened to harm himself and was then missing. They said he has been found and is safe.

Vernon police were asked to check on 25-year-old Steven Pinto Jr. just before 11 p.m. Monday and were told he was having a "medical issue," police said. 

When police arrived at an apartment on Highland Avenue, they learned that Pinto had made comments and gestured that he was going to harm himself with a kitchen knife, police said. 

Pinto left the knife at the apartment but ran away before police arrive. 

Officers searched the area with help from the K-9 Unit, Vernon firefighters, thermal imaging cameras and the Vernon Police Drone Unit and the K-9 unit found several of Pinto’s belongings but did not find him initially, police said. 

Pinto has been found and he is safe. He has been taken to a hospital for psychiatric treatment.

Photo Credit: Vernon Police

Pedestrian Struck in Cheshire


A pedestrian was struck by a car on West Main Street, near Ives Row, in Cheshire Tuesday morning and the road was closed briefly.

No information was immediately available on the condition of the victim.

The road has reopened.

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Calif. Woman Fakes Seizure to Prevent Subway Robbery


Surveillance video supports an Oakland woman's report last week that a would-be robber handed her a threatening note, according to BART police.

The woman, Julie Dragland, said she boarded a train in Daly City and was heading home to Dublin when a person in dark clothing climbed onto the train in downtown San Francisco and thrust a note at her. She said she faked a seizure to thwart the would-be robbery. 

The note read: “There are 2 guns pointed at you now. If you want to live, hand back your wallet + phone NOW + do not turn around and be descreet [sic]. Do not turn around until after you have left Civic Center + you will live.”

BART police Deputy Chief Lance Haight said Monday video from the train shows the suspect was seated behind the victim, who was sitting alone. The suspect, who was also alone, is then seen reaching over the victim’s shoulder, which is when the suspect may have dropped the note, Haight said.


Dragland immediately pretended she was having a seizure. In response, the alleged suspect disembarked at the Powell Street BART station.

There is no indication from the video the suspect was armed with any weapons.

The victim said she was shaken up and will no longer sit on a BART seat with its back to other chairs behind it. Dragland, however, won’t let the frightening encounter stop her from riding BART trains altogether.

Dragland doesn’t plan to press charges if the suspect is caught.

BART is investigating the alleged crime and poring over surveillance footage. Although there were roughly 15 people in the BART train car, no one else reported the incident, police say.

Photo Credit: BART PD
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Man Injured During Street Robbery in Hamden


Hamden police are investigating an armed robbery and attack on the street Monday night. 

Police said officers responded to Fairview Avenue and Fitch Street around 9 p.m. and the victim, a 23 year-old man, said he was walking east on Arch Street when a man with a gun pulled a chain off of his neck and stole his cellular telephone. 

During the ensuing altercation, the robber hit the victim’s head with the gun several times and he suffered injuries to his head and eye, police said. 

The robber was last observed running on Arch Street. He is around 5-feet-9, 175 pounds and was wearing in a black hooded sweatshirt. 

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

4 Teens Charged in Brutal Attack of 11-Year-Old in Hamden


Hamden police have arrested four 13-year-olds suspected in the vicious attack of an 11-year-old boy.

Police said they responded to Pine Rock Avenue and Helen Street around 5:30 p.m. Friday after the assault was reported and a witness said four teens threw the 11-year-old victim onto the sidewalk and stomped on his head. 

As the victim was being beaten, two of teens filmed the attack, police said. 

During the assault, the attackers asked the victim if he had a cell phone and his sneaker size, according to a news release from police. 

The victim suffered head and facial injuries and was transported to Yale-New Haven Hospital. 

Police said a sergeant found the four 13-year-olds walking on Elmer Avenue soon after and they were charged with third-degree assault and second-degree breach of peace. 

They are due in juvenile court in New Haven on Sept. 28. 

Shelton Man Dead After Motorcycle Crash: Police


A 53-year-old Shelton man has died after 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. On Monday, police said Freiler died of his 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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Connecticut Ranked Among 10 Richest States


The state of Connecticut is one of the richest in the United States, according to 24/7 Wall St.

Connecticut is ranked as the sixth richest state in America, according to 24/7 Wall St.’s “Richest and Poorest States” report.  

The financial news website says high educational attainment and a large number of advanced, high-paying jobs have likely contributed to a high concentration of wealth in Connecticut.

The report found that 38.6 percent of adults in Connecticut have a bachelor’s degree, which is the fourth highest of any state.

Here is how Connecticut stacks up:

6. Connecticut
Median household income: $73,433
2016 Unemployment rate: 5.1 percent (16th highest)
Poverty rate: 9.8 percent (4th lowest)
24/7 ranks these as the 10 richest states:

  1. Maryland
  2. Alaska
  3. New Jersey
  4. Massachusetts
  5. Hawaii
  6. Connecticut
  7. New Hampshire
  8. Virginia
  9. California
  10. Washington

24/7 ranks these states as the 10 poorest

  1. Mississippi
  2. West Virginia
  3. Arkansas
  4. Louisiana
  5. Alabama
  6. Kentucky
  7. New Mexico
  8. Tennessee
  9. Oklahoma
  10. South Carolina

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Tropical Storm Watch Canceled in Connecticut


Hurricane Jose is limping north, battling dry air and strong wind shear.

The National Hurricane Center dropped all Tropical Storm Watches as of 11 a.m. on Tuesday.

Hurricane Hunters flying through the storm haven't even been able to find hurricane force winds in the system. As the storm moves north, we will see some impact here locally but I'm not expecting much.

The storm will pass a bit east of where I expected it would on Sunday night. That will result in less wind and less rain than previously expected. We anticipated a minor to moderate impact locally and now we are confident in just a "minor" impact. This is why we show the "cone of uncertainty" as Jose will track on the east side of last night's cone, which was always a distinct possibility.

Rain will fall off and on Tuesday as the outer bands of Jose rotate in. Occasional squalls of wind and rain will be common throughout the day and evening. Up to 1 inch of rain is possible in most towns with a bit more in southeastern Connecticut. Winds may gust as high as 30 or 35 mph Tuesday afternoon and night. 

As the storm pulls away Wednesday rainfall will diminish but the winds will pick up. I expect the strongest winds will occur on Wednesday morning and midday as the storm pushes east. Gusts as high as 45 mph are possible in southeastern Connecticut with scattered tree and power line issues possible.

Another piece of good news is that the coastal flood threat remains quite low as winds will be mainly offshore.

While winds remain gusty on Wednesday afternoon, clouds will gradually break and much better weather will move in for the end of the week.

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T-Mobile, Sprint in Talks About a Merger: Sources


T-Mobile and Sprint are in active talks about a merger, though negotiators are still weeks away from finalizing a deal to unite the nation's No. 3 and No. 4 wireless carriers, people close to the situation told CNBC.

T-Mobile parent Deutsche Telekom would emerge as the majority owner in the stock-for-stock merger. Sprint's parent company is Softbank.

The companies declined to comment on the report.

A big factor looming over a possible deal is the risk of rejection by antitrust regulators.

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