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Life Star Called to Crash in Barkhamsted


Life Star medical helicopter has been called to a car accident involving a motorcycle in Barkhamsted Sunday afternoon.

Officials said the crash happened on Route 44 and Old North Road at around 3:35 p.m.

One man was airlifted to Hartford Hospital. His injuries are unknown at this time.

Police are investigating the cause of the crash.


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Golden Globes: Old Guard vs. New


It's the upstarts versus the established Sunday night when the 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards air on NBC.

Little known names will compete with legends of the screen in the acting categories as binged-upon streaming series face-off against outgoing broadcast TV favorites. Think David and Goliath, or in this case Chiwetel (Ejiofor) and Robert (Redford), Greta (Gerwig) and Meryl (Streep).

Leading the charge of the unexpected - though not unknown - are Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, who return to host the ceremony put on by the Hollywood Foreign Press after proving a ratings- and audience-winning combo when they first took the reins a year ago.

Fey and Poehler have emerged as a new breed of emcee: Their barbs are caustic, yet never mean-spirited; viewers both at home and in the audience embrace them equally; their ability to move the proceedings along with lightness and humor makes the (usually) three hour show appear to fly by; and most importantly, they appear happiest when poking fun at themselves.

2014 Golden Globes: Full List of Nominees

They're currently the hosts with mosts, and along with Ellen DeGeneres who will helm the Oscars telecast in March, have raised the bar on what viewers now expect from an award show format that had become stale.

Vying for Golden Globe top honors Sunday are "12 Year a Slave" and "American Hustle" with seven nominations apiece.

"Hustle's" haul includes nominations for Amy Adams (best actress musical or comedy), Christian Bale (best actor), Jennifer Lawrence (best supporting actress), Bradley Cooper (best supporting actor), David O'Russell (best director) and a nod for best picture, musical or comedy.

"Hustle" will have its comedic clout tested by fellow best picture nominees "Her," "Inside Llewyn Davis," "Nebraska" and "Wolf of Wall Street." In the best picture drama category, "12 Years" is joined by "Captain Phillips," "Gravity," "Philomena" and "Rush."

Based on the memoir by Soloman Northup, the gritty, pre-Civil War epic "12 Years a Slave" received nominations for best picture, lead actor Ejiofor, director Steve McQueen, screenplay, original score and supporting actors Lupita Nyong'o and Michael Fassbender.

Ejiofor has been catapulted in the Hollywood elite thanks to his career-defining turn in "12 Years." A favorite to take the award Sunday night, he faces strong competition in the form of established actors Hanks ("Captain Phillips"), Robert Redford ("All Is Lost"), Matthew McConaughey ("Dallas Buyers Club") and Idris Elba ("Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom").

Ejiofor told "Today" the recognition of his work so far has been "absolutely thrilling" and "most surreal."

Oscar Isaac has also gone from complete unknown to award contender with his turn in the Coen brothers' folk music tale "Inside Llewyn Davis." Completing the best actor, musical or comedy field are Bale ("American Hustle"), Leonardo DiCaprio ("The Wolf of Wall Street"), Joaquin Phoenix ("Her") and Bruce Dern ("Nebraska").

Breaking through after almost a decade of small but well-received roles is Greta Gerwig, whose work in "Frances Ha" sees the California native up against Adams ("American Hustle"), Julie Delpy ("Before Midnight"), Julia Louis-Dreyfus ("Enough Said") and Meryl Streep (August: Osage County") for best actress in a motion picture, musical or comedy.

Golden Globes: Nominees React

The supporting actor races also feature surging newcomers mixing it up with cinema stalwarts. Nyong'o's harrowing portrayal of plantation slave Patsey in "12 Years" pits her against Julia Roberts ("August: Osage County"), Lawrence ("American Hustle") and established character actors Sally Hawkins ("Blue Jasmine") and June Squibb (Nebraska") for the best supporting actress motion picture award.

Born in Somalia, Barkhad Abdi worked as a limousine driver and disc jockey in Minnesota before rising to international acclaim, and best supporting actor contender, with his role as the lead pirate Muse in "Captain Phillips." Abdi must beat Daniel Bruhl ("Rush") , Cooper ("American Hustle"), Fassbender ("12 Years a Slave") and hotly-favored Jared Leto ("Dallas Buyers Club").

Unlike the majority of awards up for grabs, the Golden Globes supporting acting categories lump together both drama and comedy genres.

A Globe race made up entirely of the known and respected is for best actress in a motion picture, drama. Cate Blanchett's critically-adored role in "Blue Jasmine" pits the Australian thespian against crowd favorite Sandra Bullock ("Gravity"), Judi Dench ("Philomena"), Emma Thompson ("Saving Mr. Banks") and Kate Winslet ("Labor Day").

Netflix streaming upstart "House of Cards" smashed through the broadcast barrier when it landed - all 13 episodes at once - in February. Lauded by critics and viewers alike, the Beltway-based drama will have to stare down recently departed juggernaut "Breaking Bad" to take the Globe for best TV series, drama. Rounding out the category are "Downton Abbey," "The Good Wife" and fellow newcomer "Masters of Sex."

Fox's freshman comedy series "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" will have to overcome returning regulars "The Big Bang Theory," "Modern Family," "Parks and Recreation" and last year's upstart winner "Girls" when the winner of the best TV series, musical or comedy is announced Sunday.

The 71st Annual Golden Globe pre-show begins at 6:00 p.m. ET/3:00 p.m. on Jan. 12 on NBC


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Community Comes Together to Help Firefighters Battling Cancer


A community in New Haven is coming together to help two firefighters battling cancer.

Firefighters Jaime Polite and Mike Carrano have been in public service for the last 15 years. However, their careers were cut short after they were diagnosed with cancer.

Polite is battling pancreatic cancer, and Carrano is about to begin treatment for brain cancer. Because of their illnesses, neither is able to work.

“It’s just like one of our brothers getting sick. It was hard. We’re like a family here,” said Gary Cole, with the New Haven Fire Dept.

Cole and other firefighters have been working together to collect donations from the community, and going to social media to raise funds for both men.

Michael Carrano, son of Mike Carrano, said the money will greatly help his family.

“My father, unfortunately, was forced to retire…[we’re] living well under the means that we were before. The money is going to help tremendously between the hospital bills and just trying to continue.”

So far, $10,000 has been raised to help Polite and Carrano. Organizers said it’s a great start, but hope to raise more.

“The positive in all this…is that…they're getting the help that they need, and…these guys are out there serving the community every day and the community appreciates it, and they gave back,” said Danny Coughlin, with the New Haven Fire Dept.

A fundraiser for Polite and Carrano will be held on February 28th at the Knights of Patrick in New Haven.

If you would like to help, you can still contribute by going to www.nhfflocal825.org

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Pit Bull Attacks at Mystic Hotel


A woman is recovering after she was attacked by a pit bull inside a Mystic, Conn., hotel on Sunday afternoon.

According to Stonington police, dispatchers received a call about a woman being attacked by a dog inside the hallway of the Residence Inn by Marriott on Whitehall Avenue.

Responding officers found a woman severely injured and a caretaker struggling to control the pit bull.

One officer stepped in to help and was also attacked by the dog, authorities said. The officer shot the dog in the leg, authorities said.

The victim and officer were taken to a hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.

The wounded pit bull was taken to a veterinarian for treatment.

Stonington police are investigating the incident.

Mystic, the setting for the popular 1980s movie "Mystic Pizza," is a popular tourist destination.

The hotel has not released an official statement. Their website says they allow pets.



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Fire Crews Respond to East Haddam House Fire


Firefighters from four towns helped battle flames at a home in East Haddam Sunday night.

The fire broke out at 15 Long Pasture Lane at around 8:00 p.m.

Fire officials said the family made it out safely and firefighters were able to rescue their cat.

"There's heavy damage to the attic and the second floor. I'm not sure if its salvageable at this time, but the house is still standing in relatively sound condition," said Fire Chief Shawn Daigle.

The cause of the fire is being investigated.

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Windham Tech Dismissing at 10 a.m.


Windham Technical High School is dismissing at 10 a.m. because of a technical issue in the kitchen that prevents them from serving lunch today.

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Woman Falls to Death Off Cliffs


A Chicago woman posing for a picture fell to her death at a popular tourist destination along the coast of San Diego Sunday evening, according to police.

Police say 25-year-old Anna Bachman fell between 40 and 50 feet down the coastal cliffs known as Sunset Cliffs west of downtown.

Police, firefighters and lifeguards responded to a cliff rescue on Ladera Street and Sunset Cliffs Boulevard around 5:30 p.m.

Bystanders, including two nurses, rushed down the cliffs and performed CPR, but were unable to revive Bachman.

The graduate student was visiting her sister, who witnessed the accident.

At this time, police do not believe alcohol was involved.

"All indications are this was just a terrible, tragic accident," San Diego Police Lt. Paul Phillips said.

Police shut down streets in the area as crews retrieved the body. Crisis counselors were also called for the victim's sister and for people who witnessed the horrific accident.

Sunset Cliffs is a dangerous stretch of jagged coastline known to attract tourists and locals alike.

The stretch of cliffs bordering the ocean in San Diego's Point Loma neighborhood is a popular spot for recreation and watching the sunset.

Resident Alycia Van Dover says people don't understand how dangerous the cliffs can be.

"I haven't see anyone fall off a cliff, but I have seen people get way too close," Van Dover said.

"My worry is they're ignorant about how the cliffs work. Some of them are overhangs and if you get too close, you don't want it to erode underneath you," she added.

Phillips emphasized the need for caution when visiting the cliffs.

"You never know if there is some moisture on the rocks or what the case may be, but you've got to be careful," he said.

Bachman was seeking a Masters Degree in Urban Planning at University of Illinois at Chicago, according to school officials.

Check back for updates.

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Fire Destroys East Hartford Auto Body Business


Fire destroyed an auto body business in East Hartford early this morning and caused a roof collapse.

Two people were in the shop at 9 Spencer Court and working on a car when it caught fire around 1 a.m., officials said. The flames extended to another car and then to the garage itself.

The employees were able to get on their own and were not hurt, but firefighters had to evacuate a residential building because of the flammable materials inside the business.

“Whenever you have places where you’re working on vehicles, you have tools, you have a lot of stuff there, so that makes it more challenging. The fire was pretty big. There (were) gas tanks, propane tanks and so on.” Assistant Fire Chief William Perez said. “Then, having two vehicles catch on fire, both of them have gas tanks that made it a little bit more difficult. The roof has collapsed. If you look at the right side of the structure, the roof gave way, which can become a difficult thing for firefighters.”

Crews were able to save about six cars in the parking lot, but the building has been deemed a total loss.

The state fire marshal is at the scene and investigating the cause.

Photo Credit: NBCConnecticut.com

MTV Helped Reduce Teen Births?


Births by teenage mothers are on the decline and it could be thanks to an unlikely source: MTV.

A new study released on Monday from the National Bureau of Economic Research found that the show "16 and Pregnant" and its spinoff "Teen Mom" might have helped prevent more than 20,000 births by teenage mothers in 2010, The New York Times reported.

Each episode of "16 and Pregnant" follows a different teenager through her pregnancy, childbirth and first weeks of motherhood. "Teen Mom" follows the young mothers through their early months and years of parenthood.

By documenting the consequences of unprotected sex and the challenges of being a young parent, the show played a role in reducing the rate of teenage births, according to the researchers Melissa Kearney of the Hamilton Project and Phillip Levine of Wellesley College. They say the programs reduced the teenage birthrate by almost 6 percent. Their research also found that social media posts and online searches related to contraception increased when the show was on.

Teen pregnancy fell faster in areas where teenagers were watching more MTV programming, they said. Kearney and Levine used birth records and Nielsen television ratings for their research and focused on the period after 2009, when "16 and Pregnant" debuted on MTV.


Intruders Steal Marijuana and More in New Haven


Police are investigating a home invasion in New Haven on Saturday afternoon in which the intruders stole a safe containing marijuana and cash

Police responded to a James Street home at 4:44 p.m. on Saturday and a resident told them two men barged in when he answered a knock at the door.

They were wearing all-black clothing and had ski-masks on, police said.

One had a gun and made it clear they intended to rob the victim, according to police.

The intruders took the victim's cell phone, a watch and a safe containing cash and his three bags of marijuana.

The victim's brother was in the driveway working on his truck during the robbery, police said and said he saw the perpetrators but didn't realize they were perpetrating anything

An uncle was also home but was on the computer and didn't hear anything, according to police.

The two robbers are described as tall and thin. One was about 6-feet-1. The other was about 6-feet-tall.

Earthquake in Puerto Rico Hits Home in Hartford


When a 6.5 magnitude earthquake rattled the northern coast of Puerto Rico on Sunday night, Hartford resident were concerned for their family members on the island.

Hartford is home to the country’s fifth largest Puerto Rican population and local residents were filled with fear.

“I have a lot of family over there from my father’s side” Carlos Ortiz said. “So I’m just waiting to see if someone calls over here to tell me what happened and if they are OK.”

Ortiz runs a Puerto Rican bakery on Park Street, but he was born on the island. Even after hearing reports of no injuries and only minor damage, he is worried.

“My family lives pretty far from the ocean, but still I have fear because houses over there are made up of bricks and they crack easily,” Ortiz said.

Many Hartford residents said they did not find out about the earthquake until they checked Facebook and saw their newsfeeds were filled with posts from relatives.

“Everyone is posting to make sure that everybody is fine,” Sergio Valentin said. “Everybody is just trying to get in touch with everyone from the island.”

Even though they are far from Puerto Rico, they are hoping the earthquake does not trigger something worse.

“I would say my biggest concern is the tsunamis,” Ortiz said. “Like if what happened in other places happened there, then a lot of people would be affected. It’s a small island.”

So far no tsunami warning has been issued.

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Police Investigate Gunpoint Carjacking in New Haven


Police are investigating after a car was stolen at gunpoint in New Haven on Saturday.

According to police, 39-year-old Jeffrey Crewe of Hamden had just pulled up outside his girlfriend’s house on Greenwich Avenue in New Haven when a strange man opened the back door, got in and threatened him a gun. The car he was driving, a 1999 Lexus RX300, belonged to Crewe’s aunt.

Moments later, a second man approached the driver’s side door, pointed a gun at Crewe and demanded his keys and phone. Police said Crewe got out of the car to find two other accomplices and handed over his keys, at which point the group got into the car and drove off.

Crewe told police he and his girlfriend got into her car and drove around the neighborhood to search for the stolen vehicle.

Not long after, police found the stolen car “banged up, but operable” on Long Wharf near the New Haven harbor parking lot. It was impounded at the police yard, according to police.

The first two suspects are described as Hispanic males. It’s not clear if police have identified any suspects or are following any leads.

Anyone with information is asked to contact New Haven police at 203-946-6316.

Photo Credit: NBCConnecticut.com

West Haven Police Warn of iPhone Thefts


West Haven police are warning residents of an iPhone thief who approaches victims on the street and asks for directions.

According to police, the suspect, described as a black woman between the ages of 20 and 25, has approached two individuals in the area of Terrace Avenue and asked them to check Google Maps to help her find an address.

Police said the suspect then snatched the phones from the victims’ hands, got into a blue four-door Volkswagon and fled.

West Haven police are advising residents to be careful. Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 203-937-3900.

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Officials: Take Advantage of Target's Free Credit Monitoring


In the wake of the massive Target data breach last month, Attorney General George Jepsen and state Department of Consumer Protection Commissioner William Rubenstein are urging all Connecticut residents who shop at Target stores to take advantage of one year of free credit monitoring the company is offering.

“I would strongly encourage all Target customers to take advantage of this offer,” Jepsen said in a statement. “Additionally, consumers who have not done so already should take the proactive steps of changing their PIN numbers, if possible, and changing all passwords, and should be vigilant when it comes to unsolicited emails and phone calls seeking personal information. I will continue to work on behalf of Connecticut consumers to ensure that they receive all the protections they deserve in the wake of this nationwide breach.”

Rubenstein said the only “silver lining” to the incident is the possible heightened awareness of security gaps, insights into hacker methods, and improvements in security protocols that could come out of it.
“Business must do a better job at data security,” Rubenstein said.


Target is offering one year of free credit monitoring not only to those customers who had information compromised in the data breach but to all Target customers. Beginning today, consumers can register for free credit monitoring at creditmonitoring.target.com.  Target’s website provides answers to frequently asked questions concerning the credit monitoring online here.

The free credit monitoring will be offered through Experian’s ProtectMyID, and the service provides a copy of a credit report, daily credit monitoring, identity theft insurance (except where prohibited by law) and access to personalized assistance from a fraud resolution agent.

Target has provided the following information for consumers looking to take advantage of this program:

Consumers who shopped in U.S. stores may request an activation code by entering their name and email address at creditmonitoring.target.com before April 23, 2014.

Consumers will then receive an email from Target within one to five days that will include the unique activation code and instructions on how to register the code with ProtectMyID.

Consumers will have until April 30, 2014, to register their code with ProtectMyID.

Emails collected during the process of creating activation codes will only be used for the purpose of sending an activation code to enroll in free credit monitoring.

Consumers with questions are encouraged to visit target.com/databreach or to contact Target directly at 866-852-8680.

Groton Naval Base Welcomes New Attack Submarine


A brand new attack submarine is joining the ranks of the fleet at Groton’s Naval Submarine Base New London and among its crew are female officers, according to the U.S. Navy.

The USS Minnesota, a 377-foot-long Virginia-class attack submarine, departed from Virginia on Wednesday and arrived in Groton this past Friday, bringing the total number of submarines there to 16.

More than 130 sailors, including two female officers, will comprise the submarine’s crew. Missions will include missile attacks on targets on land and delivering special forces.

It was built by Electric Boat and Newport News Shipbuilding.

Photo Credit: U.S. Navy

Man Tries to Rob Liquor Store, Steals From Passerby


West Haven police are searching for the young man who they say tried to rob a liquor store, then stole cash and a cellphone from a passerby on Saturday.

According to police, a light-skinned black or Hispanic male between 17 and 20 years old entered Ye Old Liquor Shoppe at 174 Main Street in West Haven around 8:45 p.m. Saturday.

The suspect pointed a black handgun at the clerk and demanded money, but ended up fleeing the store without taking anything. A few minutes later, the same suspect robbed a man walking the area of Third Avenue and Treadwell Street, stealing cash and a cellphone, police said.

No one was injured during either incident.

Police said the suspect has a thin build and stands around 5 feet 8 inches tall. He was wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt, black jeans and work boots.

Anyone with information is asked to contact West Haven police at 203-937-3900 or text an anonymous tip to 847-411.

Woman Pleads Guilty After Pouring Hot Oil on Boyfriend


A 47-year-old woman has pleaded guilty first-degree assault after pouring hot cooking oil on her boyfriend in September, according to the Hartford Superior Court.

Julia Rivera called police Sept. 6 and said she had burned her boyfriend to death. The victim did not die but suffered second-degree burns over 70 percent of his body. He was taken to the hospital in critical condition, where he remained until November, according to a state prosecutor.

“Arrest me,” Rivera told the officers who showed up at her home. “I did it. I burned him alive.”

The victim ran from the apartment at 116 South Street and officers found him down the street, police said.

Rivera was charged with first-degree assault, reckless endangerment, violation of a protective order and disorderly conduct following the incident.

Mutual protective orders are in effect, according to Hartford Superior Court.

Rivera will be sentenced March 20.

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O'Garro Arrested, Charged With Failing to Pay Wages


Earl O’Garro, Jr., the president and CEO of Hartford’s Hybrid Insurance Group who is the subject of a federal investigation after $670,000 in insurance premiums went unaccounted for, is facing charges for allegedly failing to pay his employees.

O’Garro was arrested Jan. 13 and is charged with five counts of failure to pay wages. Police said he turned himself in at the Troop H barracks in Hartford and was released on a $1,500 bond.

Hybrid Insurance began working as a broker for the city of Hartford at the end of Feb. 2012. According to an Audit Committee review, in July, O’Garro received a call from Hartford City Treasurer Adam Cloud telling him two insurance payments were late and about to default.

The state Insurance Department has filed an 11-count complaint against O’Garro.

Hybrid also defaulted on more than $350,000 in state loans. In November, the company was evicted from its office at 30 Lewis Street in Hartford.

O’Garro, a Wesleyan graduate, told the NBC Connecticut Troubleshooters in November that he knows where the money ended up and will be able to show investigators if and when he is asked.

This summer, the Hartford Mayor’s Office, City Council and Board of Education were subpoenaed for all records pertaining to dealings with O’Garro and Hybrid Insurance.

O’Garro was arrested following domestic disputes in November and charged with two counts of disorderly conduct, third-degree assault and second-degree threatening.

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Bridgeport Police Make Prostitution Arrests


A West Haven man and woman are facing prostitution charges after Bridgeport police found them in a car with fogged-up windows on Sunday.

According to police, 47-year-old Darrell Baskin and 43-year-old Maria Rosa Franco were parked behind a business on Benham Avenue in Bridgeport on Sunday evening.

They initially said they had known each other for months, but couldn’t tell officers each other’s names.

Baskin eventually told police he had picked up Franco on Washington Avenue to have a $20 sexual encounter.

Franco was charged with prostitution and Baskin was charged with patronizing a prostitute.

Photo Credit: Bridgeport Police Department

Man Stabbed During Robbery Attempt in Bridgeport


Bridgeport police are investigating after a 34-year-old man was stabbed in the leg during a robbery attempt Sunday night.

According to police, the victim was confronted by two masked men while walking on Pembroke Street in Bridgeport. The men demanded money, and stabbed the victim in the thigh when he told them he didn’t have any.

The victim ran to a friend’s house and was taken to the hospital.

It’s not clear if police are following leads or have identified any suspects.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Bridgeport police.

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