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Quinnipiac Medical School Opens Today


The next generation of doctors began its training today at the state’s brand new $100 million medical school – the Frank H. Netter School of Medicine at Quinnipiac University.

The school received 2,000 applications for this year’s 60 students, including Erin White, who wasn’t worried about the school’s lack of a track record.

“The faculty here were hired for their teaching skills, whereas at most medical schools they’re hired to do research,” said White.

Casey Rosenthal, like White, moved from California to be part of the inaugural class.

“There was no other school like this. Just the energy of the faculty and the staff,” said Rosenthal.

The students in the first class will attend medical school in a state-of-the-art facility with simulation laboratories, examination and patient assessment rooms, high-tech classrooms, operating rooms, and electronic resources that enable them to access the information they’ll need around the clock.

“We had a clean slate. We had no traditions, no silos. We could build whatever we wanted,” said Dr. Bruce Koeppen, the school’s Founding Dean.

The goal is to train the next generation of doctors to collaborate with each other more than physicians in the past.

“When they get into the workforce, they’re ready to work as a team for the care of the patients,” said Dr. Koeppen.

Dr. Koeppen says the new medical school is necessary, both for a state and a nation facing millions of new baby boomers needing more medical care, combined with a wave of retiring baby boomer doctors.

“There’s something really exciting about being in on the ground floor,” said Koeppen.

The medical school is named after Frank Netter, a renowned illustrator of medical texts known as the Michelangelo of his profession.

The school has formed clinical partnerships with Waterbury Hospital, St. Vincent's Medical Center in Bridgeport, Middlesex Hospital, MidState Medical Center in Meriden and Jewish Senior Services in Fairfield. Hartford Hospital is a research partner.

The school received 1,000 applications for its 22 full-time faculty spots.

Next year’s student applications are already up to 3,500.

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Police: Don’t Call 911 to Report Cable Outage


When the cable went out in Southern Connecticut last night, frantic residents called 911. Police in Fairfield were not happy about it.

The police department put the word out on Facebook that residents should call the cable company, not law enforcement's emergency line.

Fairfield Police Chief Gary MacNamara said he could not provide the exact number of calls received, but there were "a few."

"Hi, I am just trying to figure out what’s going on. We have no TV," one caller told the 911 dispatcher.

"Ma’am, 911 is for life-threatening emergencies," the dispatcher reminded the woman.

The woman said she knew that and was just trying to find out what’s going on.

"I suggest you call Cablevision, or whoever your cable provider is," the dispatcher said.

In the Facebook post, police warned that misuse of 911 could result in an arrest. 

“This is neither an emergency or a police related concern. Please direct your inquiries to Cablevision,” they wrote. “911 should only be called for Life Threatening Emergencies ONLY.”

Among those who lost cable were customers from Stamford to Milford, according to the Connecticut Post. Cablevision released a statement Sunday night saying a power outage in Norwalk had caused the problem.

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Hamden Teen Reported Missing


Police have issued a missing child alert for a Hamden teen who left her residence around midnight, police said.

Hamden police responded to a Circular Avenue when they received a report that Emma Tobin, 14, was missing, police said.

Officers learned that Tobin had left her residence around midnight and members of the Community Emergency Response Team began searching for her in the area of Lake Wintergreen.

Police said Emma is 5-feet-6, 130 pounds and has dirty blonde hair and hazel eyes.

She might have been wearing an orange and black-colored shirt, blue jeans and black high-top sneakers when she left.

Anyone who has seen Tobin or has information is asked to call Hamden Police at (203) 230-4000.

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Bristol Man Arrested for Assault is Wanted for Deportation


A Bristol man who is wanted for deportation was arrested Sunday after hitting a car on Riverside Avenue and then trying to run over the occupants who got out, police said.

According to police, Roman Jimenez, 45, of 41 Peck Lane in Bristol, was driving southbound on Riverside Avenue when he struck the car in front of him, which was stopped in traffic.

Driver Jesse Evans and passenger Austin Billings got out to check for damage, and Jimenez hit the gas, accelerating toward them, police said.

Evans and Billings dove out of the way, but Billings was struck in the leg. He was taken to the Bristol Hospital Emergency Room for an evaluation, police said.

Witnesses got Jimenez out of the car to keep him from driving off, according to police.

Jimenez was arrested and charged with second-degree assault, second-degree criminal mischief, second-degree breach of peace, operating under the influence, failure to drive at a reasonable distance, operating without a license and failure to maintain auto insurance.

After his arrest, police learned that Jimenez was wanted by the Department of Homeland Security Immigrations and Customs Enforcement. ICE officials faxed police an order to detain Jimenez for deportation, authorities said.

Jimenez was held on a $15,000 bond.

Drunken Man Had Drugs, Guns and Ammo in Car: Police


A Glastonbury man has been charged with driving under the influence and drug and weapons possession charges after his wife called police to  report that he threatened her, then left the house.

Police began investigating when they received the call on Thursday and learned that Timothy Gilchrist, 47, of Glastonbury, had been drinking and was in possession of several firearms, police said.

When Glastonbury police stopped Gilchrist’s car, they determined that he was intoxicated and had several firearms, several hundred rounds of ammunition, Oxycodone and marijuana, according to police

Gilchrist was charged with disorderly conduct, two counts of weapons in a motor vehicle, possession of narcotics, narcotics not in the original container, possession of less than 5 ounces of marijuana, driving under the influence and failure to drive upon the right.

Court records state Gilchrist was released from custody and is due in court on Sept. 17. http://www.jud2.ct.gov/crdockets/CaseDetail.aspx?source=Pending&Key=9afc6dae-ad74-4918-abea-ff9aa7cea1d0

Two New Schools Opening Next Week in Waterbury


As the new school year rolls around, many students in Waterbury can look forward to brand-new facilities.

The Waterbury Career Academy High School and Carrington Elementary School are preparing to open their doors for the first time.

At the Career Academy, students will rotate through introductory sessions in computer systems, engineering technology, human services and health services. After their first year, students will choose a track and narrow their focus, according to Waterbury Public Schools.

The school features new technology and is designed to prepare students for the working world.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held Aug. 21 at 11 a.m. at 175 Birch Street. The school will be dedicated Sept. 15 at 2 p.m.

Waterbury's other new school, the Carrington Elementary School will replace an older building scheduled for demolition.

This year, students in Pre-K through sixth grade will attend Carrington Elementary. Seventh- and eighth-graders will be phased in over the next two years.

The Carrington Elementary School ribbon-cutting ceremony will take place Aug. 22 at 11 a.m. at 24 Kenmore Avenue. The dedication ceremony will be held Sept. 29 at 2 p.m.

Waterbury's first day of school is Aug. 27.

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Filner Is More Than Sloppy Kisses: Supporters


Mayor Filner was expected to return to work Monday after several weeks away for what his staff described as therapy and personal time.

NBC 7 News has learned the mayor was meeting with attorney Gloria Allred, City Council President Todd Gloria, City Councilmember Kevin Faulconer at a location near City Hall.

While the subject of the meeting was not revealed, it's expected to last much of the day.

Dozens of San Diegans stood up for San Diego Mayor Bob Filner Monday, speaking on behalf of a man they hailed as a leader and supporter of civil rights, veterans and environmental issues.

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The Facebook group "San Diegans for Mayor Bob Filner," held a rally welcoming the mayor back to City Hall.

The gathering featured a number of female community leaders including one who maintained that Mayor Filner was “far more than sloppy kisses.”

Filner, 70, faces a recall effort, a sexual harassment lawsuit filed by a former employee and investigations by federal and local authorities on allegations ranging from unwanted sexual advances to “pay to play” schemes.

The entire San Diego City Council has demanded he resign. The City Attorney claims his investigators have found that Filner has misused city funds which could lead to his removal of office under a rarely-used section of the City Charter.

Singing “We Shall Overcome,” the group of Mayor Filner’s supporters gathered on the Civic Center Plaza at noon holding signs of “Cease Fire” and “Due Process.”

“Let’s get back to business of moving the region forward with Mayor Bob Filner,” said organizer and human activist Enrique Morones.

One of the speakers addressed the allegations of inappropriate behavior directly.

“I have not been the recipient of sloppy kisses. And I have met Mr. Filner on many occasions,” said Maxine Sherard, PhD, a former candidate for state assembly. “He’s more than the sum total of one experience.”

Community activist David Valladolid spoke of Filner's work with veterans groups.

“He’s brought all of us into the process to be active in the city San Diego for the future direction the city will take and that threatens a lot of people,” said Valladolid.

Former campaign volunteer Kathleen Harmon questioned the motivation behind the recall effort.

“What is the real reason,” asked Harmon. “Is it because he’s standing up for everybody, not just special interests?”

She was followed by a series of women who all demanded due process for the mayor.

“It’s time for the city to move forward and allow our legally-elected mayor to resume his position in city government,” said Suzie Ditmars, lifelong Democrat and local activist.

Anita Hill was irate over what she considers the “flagrant disregard for the Constitutional rights of Mayor Bob Filner.”  Hill made comparisons between the current political atmosphere in San Diego and the McCarthy era of the 1950s.

“I still support Bob Filner and I trust Bob Filner to run our city in a Democratic, sustainable, environmentally sustainable way,” said Helen Bournes with the Women’s International League of Peace and Freedom.

On Sunday, the recall effort officially kicked off with volunteers collected signatures in Balboa Park and Mission Valley.

Recall organizers have until Sept. 26 to collect and turn in more than 101,000 valid signatures to qualify for the ballot.

Attorney Bryan Pease spoke Monday about his concern over City Attorney Jan Goldsmith’s plan to use a section of the City Charter to remove Filner from office.

“Nobody’s perfect. Bob has taken responsibility for his actions and I think he should be given credit for that,” Pease said.

“We should not allow the City Attorney and political factions to essentially hijack this process and allow our mayor to be removed.”

Mayor Filner released a statement one week ago in response to the recall effort that gave his constituents the impression he was not considering resignation but instead was looking forward to finishing out his term.

Car Burglary Suspect Arrested in New London


New London police arrested the suspect in a car burglary early Saturday morning after finding him rummaging through a car with a broken window, authorities said.

According to police, 24-year-old Victor Rivera was searching car parked in a municipal lot near Pearl Street when a nearby officer heard the sound of footsteps on broken glass. He went over to investigate and confronted Rivera. Police said Rivera could not provide proof of ownership or evidence to suggest he had a reason for being there.

One of the windows was broken, police said.

The car’s owner arrived at the scene and pressed charges against Rivera. Police discovered that Rivera was wanted on two outstanding PRAWN warrants for failure to pay infractions.

He was held on a bond totaling $1,853.

New London and other towns have been targeted recently in a string of car burglaries.

Another suspect was arrested last week in the area of Riverview Avenue following a police investigation.

Anyone with information should contact New London police at 860-447-5269.

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Fire Out in Apartment Over Eli Cannon


Some residents of apartments over Eli Cannon’s Tap Room in Middletown got a rude wake-up call on Monday morning when fire forced them from their homes on 695 Main St.

“The fire department was banging on my door … this morning, and said there was a fire,” said Christopher Russell.

Russell, along with at least nine other residents, was evacuated from the building after 6 a.m. when a passerby noticed smoke coming from two windows on the third floor and called for help, according to the Middletown Fire Department.

“The fire was confined to one room on the third floor. The occupant of the room was out of the room at the time, so there’s no injuries,” Fire Chief Gary Ouellette, of the Middletown Fire Department, said.

No one was hurt during the fire, but the building, which houses Eli Cannon’s Tap Room, is hurting.

“We have a little bit of water damage down through the  building and through the restaurant,” Chief Ouellette said.

That’s bad news to people including Paul James, who said he visits the bar at least three times a week.

“This would be a loss. If anything happened to Eli’s, where would I go?” James asked.

For now, James will have to go someplace else while the building gets cleaned up.

Meantime, Russell is wondering whether the fire and subsequent water damage ruined any of his possessions.

“I’ll find out when I get in there,” he said.

The cause of the fire is believed to be accidental.

Residents will be able to return to their apartments on Tuesday and Eli Cannon's is expected to reopen on Wednesday.

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Suspected Burglar Pushed, Spat on Officers


West Hartford police arrested a local man accused of robbing his neighbor's house, then pushing and spitting bloody saliva on officers.

Police responded to a home burglary on the 300 block of Bloomfield Avenue around 3:15 a.m. Sunday.  Residents said they were woken by the sound of an air conditioner being pushed through a back window, according to police.

The window screen had been raised, a patio chair and a potted plant were knocked over and items were stolen from the garage, police said.

A police dog started following the suspect's trail. Officers noticed footprints in the wet grass, which led them to stolen property dumped near the suspect's home at 420 Bloomfield Ave.

The supsect, 19-year-old Samatar Elmi, was intoxicated and belligerent. When police confronted Elmi, he pushed one officer and spat blood on two of them, authorities said.

Elmi was arrested and charged with two counts of assault on a police officer, second-degree burglary, two counts of third-degree criminal mischief, fifth-degree larceny, disorderly conduct and Interfering with police.

He was held on a $150,000 bond and is due in court Aug. 29

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Restaurant Owner Scares Off Robbery Suspects


Two New Haven men were arrested Friday night after allegedly robbing a pizza restaurant at gunpoint.

According to police, Carmine Watkins, 18, and his 17-year-old accomplice, both of Rock Creek Road, entered Pizza Heaven II at 410 Blake Street around 11:45 p.m. Friday. They were wearing masks and wielding a pellet rifle.

The suspects took money from the cash register and from the pocket of restaurant owner Erdol Sahin. One suspect took Sahin into his office and asked for more money, at which point Sahin took out a gun of his own. The suspect seemed surprised and dropped his rifle, police said.

Sahin picked up the rifle and chased the suspects out of the restaurant and down the street. He lost their trail, but police apprehended the suspect outside one of their homes on Rock Creek Road, authorities said.

The suspects were arrested and charged with first-degree robbery, second-degree larceny and conspiracy to commit first-degree robbery and second-degree larceny.

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Suspects Held Down, Fatally Stabbed Good Samaritan: Police


Dallas police said they have two suspects in custody who allegedly held, beat and then fatally stabbed a good Samaritan who was trying to break up a fight along Greenville Avenue.

Dallas police said Terrell Cowherd, 26, was trying to break up a fight that was taking place in the middle of the street at about 1:30 a.m. Saturday morning on the 2000 block of Greenville Ave. Cowherd was at a hookah bar called Kush with his girlfriend and a fraternity brother.

"Mr. Cowherd took it upon himself to intervene and try to break up the fight," said Maj. Jeff Kotner, with the Dallas Police Department. "He is de-escalating the fight. He is a good Samaritan, he is trying to get everyone to rationalize and go about their business."

Police said 23-year-old Julian Terence Martin, Jr. first hit Cowherd, then pulled a knife out of his pocket and began stabbing Cowherd repeatedly. Dallas police said Martin turned himself in Sunday after a family friend recognized his picture from television news reports on Saturday evening. He is being held on $250,000 bond.

Police said another man, Jerry Brown, Jr., held Cowherd from behind and punched him while he was stabbed. Brown was found a block away from the scene and had to be treated for a lacerated hand at Baylor Medical Center in Dallas. In an arrest warrant affidavit, police said he admitted that he struck Cowherd and knew the complainant was dying.

Cowherd was taken to Baylor Medical Center in Dallas, where he was pronounced deceased Saturday. 

Many witnesses to the stabbing recorded the incident on cell phone cameras.

"We have video of the event we can’t show, but certainly it's compelling and certainly it's graphic," Kotner said. Dallas police released video of the incident on YouTube.

Family Mourns Death of Stabbing Victim

The father of Terrell Cowherd said his son was a man who loved God, cared about humanity and loved people.

Cowherd’s family arrived in Dallas Sunday afternoon to claim his body and take care of his affairs. At his son's apartment, Terrence Cowherd, Sr., said he's never been tested like this. With a tattered Bible on the table in front of him, Terrence Cowherd, Sr., spoke of a son who was about to make a difference in the world.

Terrell Cowherd was on the Dean's List at Prairie View A&M, where he earned his engineering degree. He was now working for an energy company in Dallas and was engaged to be married.

"He always said, 'Dad and Mom, thank you for everything,'” recalled Cowherd. “'Thank you for all you've given me, thank you for all you've done.'  And you know what I would say to him? 'Thank you, son.'"

Cowherd said on the top of his mind is how his son died so pointlessly. He said he'll have a tough time forgiving the two men charged with his son's murder.

"There is no way they should ever, ever see the light of day again,” said Cowherd. “This could be your brother, your sister, your mother, your daughter. You're just going to come out and snuff somebody's life out who's never done anything to anybody in his life."

Cowherd said he feels some comfort knowing his son is at peace and even though he only lived 26 years, he lived them to the fullest.

Luminant Releases Statement on Cowherd's Death

As an engineer for Luminant, Cowherd prepared mine permits for the Texas Railroad Commission. On Sunday evening, the Dallas-based company issued this statement:

We are extremely saddened by the tragic death this weekend of Luminant employee Terrell Cowherd.


The Dallas Police Department reports Cowherd, age 26, was stabbed to death early Saturday morning while trying to defuse a street altercation in Dallas.  Police made one arrest Saturday and on Sunday announced a second arrest of the man they believe did the stabbing and charged him with murder.

Kim Mireles, vice president of environmental services at Luminant, worked with Cowherd and said she was shocked at learning of the death of one of her team members, “He was known as one of the kindest and friendliest people on our staff, always smiling and cordial, “ she said. “It is not surprising that Terrell interceded in an altercation to calm the situation. Terrell exuded leadership qualities at a very young age,” she added.

“He’ll be missed by everyone who knew him, particularly his Luminant family,” Mireles said.

Cowherd began what would have been a long and fruitful career with Luminant on November 5, 2012. A graduate in civil engineering from Prairie View A&M University, he came to Luminant after being employed with the Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department. He was employed with Luminant as an associate engineer for environmental services in the mining department and had the lead for preparing and submitting mine permits to the Railroad Commission of Texas for the company’s Monticello and Thermo Mines.

In learning of the death of Cowherd, Luminant chief executive officer Mac McFarland said, “Although we’re a company of 4,400 employees doing many different jobs at our plants and mines across the state as we provide electric power for Texas, we’re still a family and feel a deep sense of loss from Terrell’s death. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family,” said McFarland.

“As we all grieve, I also want express my thanks on behalf of all Luminant employees to Chief David Brown and the Dallas Police Department for their fine work in quickly making arrests,” added McFarland.

NBC 5's Mark Schnyder and Chris Van Horne contributed to this report.

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Planned Power Outage in West Haven on Sunday


Power will be out for about 700 United Illuminating customers in West Haven during a planned power outage on Sunday morning.

The United Illuminating Company is sending out advanced warning about a planned outage from 6 a.m. until 10 a.m. on Sunday and said the customers who will be affected have been notified by direct mail and other means.

UI officials said the outage is needed to upgrade a substation.

If weather is inclement on Aug. 25, UI will postpone the outage and announce a future date for the system upgrades.

Customers with questions, including those with medical conditions or generators, should call UI’s scheduled outage hotline at 877-491-9533.

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Falling Pipe on I-84 May Not Have Been Inspected


The metal pipe that came crashing down a couple weeks ago on Interstate 84 westbound in Hartford was not in active use, according to the state Department of Transportation.

"I understand that as far as we know, it's an obsolete piece of equipment and as a result, probably had not been inspected recently," said DOT Deputy Commissioner Anna Barry.

Three vehicles were damaged after the pipe fell in the Hartford Tunnel on Aug. 8, either from running over the pipe or crashing into it. No one was hurt.

Barry said the DOT is responsible for maintenance of all equipment on its structures and bridges, whether or not the equipment is being used.

"Most of the systems that are attached to a structure are doing something active in the system, so they're frequently looked at," she said. "In this case, here it wasn't."

She said the DOT has regular inspection schedules in place but may need to expand them.

"What we need to do is make sure we're aware of everything that's there and we're taking a look at it even if no one else is," Barry said.

The pipe came down around 12:30 p.m. Aug. 8 in the area of exit 50, briefly closing the highway. It was holding an electrical wire, according to the DOT.

The investigation is ongoing.

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Old Saybrook Residents Receive False Terror Warning


Residents of Old Saybrook received quite a shock after hearing the area was under a terrorist attack over the Connecticut town's public address system on Sunday afternoon.

The Office of Emergency Management said a dispatcher accidentally made a series of errors, which caused the message to play over speakers placed around town. The message also warned residents to seek shelter.

"It's concerning that there was somebody making that sort of mistake," said Old Saybrook resident David Olsen.

Olsen was home at the time of the broadcast, but said he couldn't make out any of the words.

"I said, 'That's odd,' and I heard it again maybe 30 seconds or a minute later. I came to the door, opened up the door and didn't hear anything at all," said Olsen.

Reverse 911 calls were made through the Everbridge Emergency Notification System apologizing for the error and saying in part, "There is no emergency, and there is no homeland security crisis in or near the Town of Old Saybrook."

Old Saybrook Police said in a statement Monday afternoon:

"The Town of Old Saybrook takes emergency preparedness and communication with the public during times of crisis very seriously.   We have years of success using mass alerting systems to properly inform the public during emergencies and will continue that practice.   Yesterday’s incident was an extremely unfortunate and localized event."

The Office of Emergency Management said it takes the matter very seriously and have begun an internal investigation into the dispatcher's actions.

The Old Saybrook police chief is also available to answer questions from 3 to 3:30 this afternoon at the Department of Police Services, 6 Custom Drive in Old Saybrook.

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Person of Interest Questioned in 7-Year-Old's Shooting


Police are questioning a "person of interest" in connection with the shooting of a 7-year-old boy in Chicago Sunday.

Tavion Jackson was released from Mt. Sinai Hospital after being struck while walking a bicycle up the front steps of his home around 9 p.m. on the 4200 block of West 5th Avenue in the West Garfield neighborhood, police said.

The boy's mother told NBC 5 Chicago Monday that her son is "traumatized and afraid to come outside."

Shots rang out at a car on the street in front of the boy's home, police said, and Jackson was hit twice, in the arm and under the arm. The shooting happened right outside Charles Sumner Math & Science Academy, where school starts in a week.

"He just raised his arm and said that he had been shot," Tavion's mother, Tasha McDuffie, told reporters.

They had just come back from a picnic, McDuffie said, and Tavion was helping his cousin bring her bike into the house while the rest of the family brought other children inside.

"He's a kid," McDuffie said. "He's supposed to be able to play outdoors. ... You should be able to go into the house and get ready for bed and go to school like normal kids, but instead he gets shot going inside the house."

Neighbors said they heard two shots, then saw two men running through the school courtyard afterward. Police scoured the school grounds, looking for a weapon. 

Residents who live in the area said the neighborhood is normally considered a safe haven for kids.

"This is the safest part of the neighborhood for them to play," resident Lavell Tubbs said, "so all the kids come out and play right here by the school, so I really didn't expect anything like this to happen."

"Nothing like this ever happened here," neighbor Jeanette Pruitt said. "This is the first time."

This was one of 28 shootings in Chicago since 6 p.m. Friday. Six people were killed. Police said shootings were down slightly from this same weekend in 2012, when there were 34 shootings and seven murders.

Police haven't yet made any arrests in the shooting that injured the 7-year-old.

"People have to wake up and be aware of what is going on around you," McDuffie said. "People need to be aware of where their kids are. ... What you do affects other families and their kids."

McDuffie said she plans to move from the block.

Milford Massage Establishments Shut Down


Several Milford massage establishments shut their doors today after failing to comply with laws and regulations that took effect last October.

According to Milford police, each local business received information about the new laws in June.

Three months later, Milford police, along with the town Health Department and a representative from State Police, visited six massage establishments to check for violations.

Of the six, only one remains open.

Four businesses were found to have multiple violations and were shuttered today. They are:

  • Ginko Beauty Spa, 554 Boston Post Road
  • Body Relax Palace, 365 New Haven Ave.
  • Kung-Fu Massage, 1201 Boston Post Road
  • Great Massage, 365 Boston Post Road

Merritt Massage, at 465 Bridgeport Avenue, was found to be in minor violation of the law and was allowed to stay open, according to police.

A sixth business, VIP Spa, at 232 Boston Post Road, had already closed, police said.

The new regulations state that all practicing massage therapists must have graduated from a massage therapy school and must be nationally certified.

The law also requires massage therapists to renew their licenses every two years and holds employers accountable for their therapists' qualifications.

The operation is ongoing and more local businesses will be inspected, police said.

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CHP Officer Killed in Vegas Was Groom-to-Be


A CHP officer set to get married next month was killed when he and a friend were thrown from his pickup truck in a brazen carjacking on the Las Vegas Strip, officials said.

California Highway Patrol Officer Jesus Manuel Magdaleno Jr., an 8-year veteran of the force who worked out of the Central California city of Visalia, died before noon Sunday, police said. He was 33.

James Robert Montgomery, 29, of Tustin was jailed in connection with the death, Las Vegas Metropolitan police Lt. Ray Steiber told the Associated Press.

Magdaleno was killed while he and his friend tried to stop a man from stealing his pickup truck at a valet stand on the Vegas Strip. The two were trying to stop the theft when they were thrown out of the bed of the pickup when it crashed. Magdaleno died at the scene. His friend, Felix Brandon Cruz, was hospitalized with a critical head injury.

The two were loading luggage into the pickup at the Flamingo Las Vegas Hotel and Casino when a man jumped into the driver's seat, The Fresno Bee reported.

Scott Harris, a CHP spokesman, said in a press statement that Magdaleno was in Vegas for his bachelor’s party and planned to get married in September.

Magdaleno most recently worked out of the CHP’s office in Visalia, about 230 miles southeast of San Francisco.

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Malloy Visits New Haven to Address Gun Violence


Gun violence in New Haven is on the decline, but there's still more to be done. That's why Gov. Dannel Malloy visited the city today to address violence and how to keep the community safe.

New Haven resident Sierra Taylor said she has seen firsthand what it's doing to her community.

“I'm losing kids that I grew up with in elementary school. You sit in the classroom with them as a memory and never think you'd see them die to gun violence,” said Taylor.

Malloy wanted to hear from residents like Taylor when he made his visit today. He walked the beat with police officers, who pointed out improvements to the city's Newhallville neighborhood, which traditionally has been plagued with crime.

After the walk, police and community members gathered at the Lincoln-Bassett School to go over what has been working and where improvements need to be made.

“Things don't get bad overnight, they don't get good overnight. But I think the chief here, who used to be my chief in Stamford, has the right approach, and that's to get back to relationships,” Malloy said.

He said community policing is the only way to keep the area safe. In Newhallville, police are forming relationships with the people who live there, and the culture is changing.

“The community itself is just tired; they're not scared anymore. They're stepping up now; they're helping the police department; they're helping themselves which is a big thing, because that's where it all starts,” said New Haven Police Lt. Kenneth Blanchard.

It's a step in the right direction, and the governor said what proves to be working here in the Elm City can translate to other urban areas, and vice versa.

“I think some of the lessons we've learned in New Haven, we're implementing. Some of the lessons I learned as Mayor of Stamford 14 years ago, lowering crime by 60 percent, we're doing,” Malloy said.

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Three Arrested After Fight at Bridgeport Apartment


Three women were arrested early this morning after an argument turned physical at a Bridgeport apartment, police said.

Kiiarah Sharpe, 20 and Octavia Jordan, 23, both of Waterbury, and Taquana Hendricks, 20, of Bridgeport, were arrested around 2:30 a.m. Monday following a violent encounter at an apartment on the 300 block of Remington Street, police said.

According to police, the victim had invited the three into her apartment, but asked them to leave after an argument flared up. The suspects refused to go, and Sharpe said she’d leave when she felt like it, police said.

Sharpe attacked when the victim tried to push her out the door. Hearing the commotion, the victim’s brother woke up and rushed to help his sister. According to police, Sharpe then said to another suspect, “go get your gun.” Jordan retrieved a handgun and pointed it at the victims, police said.

The victims ran back inside and no shots were fired, authorities said.

Police tracked down the suspect’s car on Boston Avenue. They recovered the gun and a bag of ammunition.

Sharpe was charged with third-degree assault, third-degree strangulation and disorderly conduct. Her bond was set at $5,000.

Jordan was charged with second-degree threatening, reckless endangerment and disorderly conduct and is being held on $10,000 bond.

Hendricks was charged with disorderly conduct. Her bond was set at $500.

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