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Man Accused of Stun Gun Threat at Super Cuts


A 46-year-old Wethersfield man is accused of threatening and attempting to assault his girlfriend with a stun gun at Super Cuts in Glastonbury.

Police responded to a disturbance at Fox Run Mall just after 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday and determined that Salvatore P. Amatore, 46, of S. Pembroke Street in Wethersfield, was responsible, police said.

Police said Amatore went to the shop because he thought a contractor working there was flirting with his girlfriend, police said.

Armatore ran from the scene and officers apprehended him at his house, police said.

He was charged with second-degree breach of peace, second-degree threatening, criminal possession electronic defense weapon and second-degree criminal attempted assault, police said.

Bond was set at $50,000 and Amatore is due in court on Feb. 5.

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Chaplain Injured in Gas Station Explosion Has Died


A Danbury man who was critically burned while pumping gas in December has died.

Rev. David Wentroble, a chaplain at Nyack Hospital in Nyack, New York was pumping gas at Wheels Citgo Station on Tamarack Avenue on Dec. 20 when there was an explosion.  

He was taken to Bridgeport Hospital's burn unit.

Hospital officials said he died on Tuesday night. 

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Police Identify People Involved in Fiery Newington Crash


One person was killed and three people were injured in a fiery two-car crash in Newington on Jan. 19.

The crash happened just before 10:30 p.m. at Willard Avenue, Route 173, and Veterans Drive and shut down Willard Avenue, in front of Newington High School.

Police said one person died at the scene. She has been identified as Sonia Evans, 56, of New Britain.

Police said she was a passenger in a 1997 Nissan Quest driven by Hugh Storey, 64, of New Britain. He remains at Hartford Hospital in serious condition.

Another passenger, Theresa Gunn, 44, of Hartford, remains at Hartford Hospital in serious condition, according to police.

Damian Camponella, 22, of Newington, was driving the other vehicle, a 1993 Honda Accord, police said. He remains at St. Francis Hospital in serious condition.

The Mid-State Accident Investigation Team is investigating. Anyone who witnessed the crash is asked to call the Newington Police Department at (860) 666-8445.


Photo Credit: Submitted by Matt Cox

Ramp from Route 34 East to I-91 North in New Haven Closed


The ramp from Route 34 East to  I-91 North is New Haven is closed after 3-car crash.

State police said the crash is minor and the ramp is closed as they wait for wreckers.

Police said it should not be closed long.

Police Search for Hartford Municipal Credit Union Robbery Suspect


Police are investigating after the Hartford Municipal Employees Federal Credit Union was robbed Wednesday afternoon.

According to police, a suspect entered the bank at at 523 Main Street in Hartford just before 1 p.m. Wednesday. He ordered two tellers to "get back," then checked the register drawers and stole $1,830 in cash.

He fled north on Main Street and is still on the run, police said. The suspect is described as a black man who is about 40 years old standing about 5-foot-8 with an average build. 

He was wearing a gray knit cap with a light-colored stripe, a gray hooded sweatshirt with black patches on the elbows and "1972" printed on the sleeve, black pants, black shoes and a black ski mask with sunglasses.

No weapon was implied and no one was injured during the robbery, police said.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Hartford police.

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Jelly Belly Debuts Beer Flavor


Candy company Jelly Belly unveiled a beer-flavored jelly bean on Saturday, which they appropriately named Draft Beer.

Jelly Belly, which is famous for fun flavors like Buttered Popcorn and Toasted Marshmallow, took three years to make Draft Beer a reality.

“Our fans have been asking for a beer Jelly Bean for years,” Rob Swaigen, Jelly Belly’s vice president of marketing, told Today.com. “It took a few years to perfect, but we think we got it right.”

The Draft Beer flavor, with its top secret ingredients, matches the taste of a Hefeweizen ale, but contains no alcohol. It joins other alcohol-inspired Jelly Belly flavors like Mai Tai and Pina Colada, which the company developed in the 1980s.



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Crews Battle Naugatuck House Fire


A home at 100 Conrad Street in Naugatuck caught fire Wednesday afternoon, and firefighters are at the scene working to douse the flames.

Fire officials from Beacon Falls, Oxford and Bethany are providing mutual aid. Authorities said no one was home when the fire broke out, but officials rescued a dog from inside the house.

No additional information was immediately available.

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Smoldering Ashes Spark Kitchen Fire in Norwalk


The Red Cross is helping a Norwalk family after a bag of ashes caught fire and damaged their kitchen this afternoon, according to the fire department.

The fire broke out just before 1 p.m. Wednesday at 18 Red Oak Lane in Norwalk. Firefighters said smoke was pouring from the chimney of the two-story home, and the resident who called 911 initially thought the fire had started there.

Investigators later learned that the fire began in the kitchen, where a bag of smoldering fireplace ashes had been stored. The fire burned 100 sq. ft. of plywood and hardwood flooring, causing heavy damage to the kitchen area, firefighters said.

Officials said a resident had bagged the ashes and placed them under a desk in the kitchen around 9 a.m.

No one was injured in the blaze. The Red Cross is providing the family with temporary housing until the heat and electricity can be turned back on, firefighters said.

The fire department advises residents against storing ashes in combustible containers.

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Girl's Viral Note to Deaf NFLer


A New Jersey girl's touching letter to a deaf Super Bowl-bound NFL player is going viral.

Nine-year-old Riley Kovalcik of Roxbury, N.J. wrote a letter to Seattle Seahawks fullback Derrick Coleman, who's gained attention for a Duracell commercial showing how he persevered to break into pro football, despite being deaf since he was a child. 

The letter, posted on Twitter by her father, read: "Dear, my insperation Derrick Coleman, I know how you feel. I also have hearing aids. Just try your best. I have faif in you Derrick good job on January 20th game. Go seattle seahawks! Here are things we have in comen. I where two hearing aids. I love sports." 


Riley added that she has an identical twin sister who also wears a hearing aid.

Coleman responded with his own handwritten letter and posted it on Twitter: "I want you to know that I always try my best in everything I do and have faith in you and your twin sister too.

"Even though we wear hearing aids, we can still accomplish our goals & dreams! If you or your family ever in Seattle, I hope we can all get together and play some sports or games!"

Riley's father Jake Kovalcik told The Daily News that he's tried to teach his twin daughters they were "unique," not disabled, for losing their hearing early in life. 

He said of Riley, "She's a really a confident little kid -- this is a peek into what she's thinking on a daily basis. It kind of broke my heart, really." 

Coleman and the Seahawks are headed to Riley's home state for the Super Bowl on Feb. 2: they play the Broncos at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, about 40 miles from Roxbury. 


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Snow Totals in Your Neighborhood


Snow totals are coming in to the National Weather Service for our area and they range from a couple inches to close to a foot in some areas.

Here are the totals, in alphabetical order, by county:

Fairfield County
Bridgeport 6.7
Brookfield 3.8
Danbury 5.1
Darien 10.0
Fairfield 9.3
Greenwich 10.5
New Canaan 10.3
North Stamford 9.5
Norwalk 10.0
Old Greenwich 9.5
Shelton 9.5
Stamford 10.3
Weston 10.2
Hartford County
Berlin 5.3
Burlington 2.0
Newington 3.8
North Granby 1.0
Southington 5.8
Middlesex County
Clinton 6.7
Durham 9.0
Haddam 8.5
Old Saybrook 5.5
New Haven County
Beacon Falls 5.0
Branford 8.5
Guilford 8.1
Madison 6.0
Meriden 6.5
New Haven 8.0
North Branford 9.0
North Haven 9.5
Southbury 4.0
Waterbury 4.0
West Haven 8.0
Wolcott 5.8
New London County
Colchester 7.5
Gales Ferry 6.4
Groton 6.0
Ledyard Center 6.5
Lisbon 7.5
Norwich 7.0
Stonington 5.0
Tolland County
Andover 5.0
Columbia 10.0
Coventry 5.3
Somers 1.6
Stafford Springs 3.8
Staffordville 3.8
Tolland 4.0
Windham County
Ashford 5.5
Moosup 11.5
North Grosvenordale 4.2
Scotland 8.0

(If you don't see your town on the list let us know how much you see in the comments below.)

New Haven Digs Out After Snowstorm


When the snow stopped, cleanup began for people in New Haven, who broke out their shovels today to clear off driveways and sidewalks.

Thankfully, it wasn't a difficult task.

“The snow is really light which is nice. We've had many worse snow storms in the past,” said Asher Brandt, a student at Southern Connecticut State University.

What made this storm difficult were bitter cold temperatures. Road treatment chemicals don't work such intense cold, so public works crews made spent the day plowing to clear out as much snow as possible.

“They actually did a much better job getting to our inlet roads, that are not our major roads,” said New Haven Mayor Toni Harp.

Crews from the New Haven Parks Department supplemented the Dept. of Public Works and hit all the major public sidewalks.

City officials said their main concern is keeping people warm. Warming stations at the libraries will stay open through Saturday, and Union Station is also being used as a warming center.

“We're actually going to see if we can get the state to keep it open 24 hours a day," said Harp. "All our homeless shelters are open all day long. Normally, they are only open at night, so we're going to continue to have them open all day as well, so that people can stay warm."

The snow storms have also been costly for New Haven. Prior to yesterday's storm, the city used up 56 percent of its overtime budget and its entire budget for private contractors and materials.

New Haven is now in the process of transferring money to cover this latest storm and those to come.

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Snow Cancels Shoreline Schools


With many schools along the Connecticut shoreline either delayed or canceled because of the snow, parents and children found different ways to keep busy Wednesday.

Some spent time at the ice rink in New Haven.

“We bought hockey skates for him, so we're going to try them out. He's been skating, but first time with new skates,” said Kendra Martin, who brought her 3-year-old son to the rink.

The children didn't seem to mind swapping a normal school day for one they could spend with their friends.

“It's really fun…because we get to come here and ice skate,” said Teagan Ariyan, who goes to school in New Haven.

But with cancellations come make up days, and school districts are trying to plan ahead.

In Milford, students will now be in school until June 11 to account for three snow days. The last day of school was originally scheduled for June 6.

The New Haven school system built two snow days into the schedule, so now students will only have to make up one day. The district is still working to determine when that will be.

Parents said they aren't worried about their children having an extended school year just yet.

“The schools are working really hard to do early dismissals or late arrivals instead of canceling full days,” said Claire Kilmer, who is Teagan’s mom.

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Clinton Search Turns up Cocaine, Thousands in Cash


A Brazilian native living in Clinton is facing drug charges after police found cocaine at his home on Liberty Lane and said he tried to hide the drugs on his person and was carrying two different IDs, authorities said.

Rogerio Martins, 26, of 15 Liberty Lane in Clinton, was arrested Wednesday after police searched his home and found cocaine packaged for sale, additional drug packaging, cutting agents, drug paraphernalia and $18,000 in cash, according to Clinton police.

Authorities said that when police entered the home, Martins tried to hide illegal drugs he was carrying on his person.

He was also found in possession of two different IDs – one under the name Roger Martins and another for Sandro Dias Bimini. Fingerprinting revealed the suspect had been arrested several years ago for assault with a firearm under the name Allen Almedia, according to police.

He was deported to Brazil following that arrest. Police said it’s unclear how Martins ended up back in the country, but said he told officers his real name was Rogerio Martins and that the two other names were aliases he had previously used.

He’s charged with possession of cocaine, possession with intent to sell, operating a drug factory, possession of drug paraphernalia and interfering with a search warrant.

The U.S. Department of Immigration has issued an immigration detainer on Martins, who is being held on a $250,000 bond at the Clinton Police Department.

Martins is due in court tomorrow.

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Orange Elementary School to Remain Closed Through End of Year


The Orange elementary school plagued by flooding and asbestos problems will remain closed for the rest of the year, according to school superintendent Lynn K. McMullin.

The announcement came in the form of a letter to parents dated Jan. 21. In the letter, McMullin writes that school will be held at Yale’s West Campus for the rest of the school year.

Problems arose in early January when a custodian arrived at school to find the building had flooded. That water caused floor tiles to pop, releasing asbestos from the mastic used to adhere the tiles to the floor.

Teachers and students were temporarily moved to the Race Brook and Turkey Hill schools and will be transferred to Yale’s West Campus on the Orange/West Haven town line.

Fire marshals checked the building last week and are working to make the area safe for young children.

“This move is so much more complicated than just packing up the curriculum and furniture,” McMullin wrote in the letter. “Exit signs need to be lowered; we needed to bring in bottled water and a PA system; the doors all needed panic bar installations. There are more permits than anyone ever imagined.”

McMullin said an official move-in date will be announced Friday afternoon, but that school equipment and supplies will be moved over Thursday through Saturday of this week. On Monday, teachers will unpack and organize their classrooms, and the school will bring in substitute teachers to help out at Race Brook and Turkey Hill.

“The Peck facility is still completely closed and off-limits,” McMullin wrote. “Please don’t visit. One section of the building is abated and was being air-quality tested today.”

McMullin said the move will allow crews to get a head start on a Peck school roof project planned for the summer.

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Man Burned in Shelton House Fire


One person is in the hospital after being injured in a house fire in Shelton this evening, according to fire officials at the scene.

Firefighters said an unconscious man was pulled from the first floor of the home at 593 Howe Avenue/Route 110 in Shelton and was transported to the Bridgeport Hospital for treatment of burns. His condition is unknown.

Four other residents were taken out of the top floor of the two-story home and were treated for minor injuries, according to fire officials.

Authorities said the fire was fully involved, but firefighters were nearby when the flames broke out and managed to knock it down within 10 minutes.

Firefighters are investigating to determine the cause of the fire.

Howe Avenue/Route 110 was closed while crews responded to the scene.

An NBC Connecticut crew is at the scene.

Check back for updates.

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Man Lights Cigarette on Stove, Dies


A Maryland man died after setting his clothes on fire while trying to light a cigarette from the stove Wednesday morning.

Montgomery County Fire and Rescue received a report of a kitchen fire in the 3900 block of Decatur Avenue in Kensington about 4:30 a.m. Firefighters found a severely burned man in the kitchen area. They took him to an area hospital where he later died.

Thomas Dolan Geoghegan, 70, set his clothes on fire while attempted to light a cigarette on the stove, fire investigators said.

Smoke alarms sounded, and Geoghegan’s wife doused her husband with water and called 911.

The medical examiner will determine the official cause of death.

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Accused Heroin Dealer Facing Drug, Weapons Charges


A Bridgeport man is facing drug and weapons charges stemming a three-month-long investigation into drug sales in Stratford, according to police.

Suspected heroin dealer Carlos Seda, 45, of Fifth Street in Bridgeport, was arrested Jan. 7 after police searched his home and discovered a handgun and illegal prescription drugs, authorities said.

He was charged with the sale of narcotics, criminal possession of a pistol, illegal manufacturing of drugs, selling prescription medication and criminal possession of a firearm.

Seda was held on a $100,000 bond.

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Police Investigate Possible Delayed Response to Home Invasion


State police are investigating a home invasion in Windham and are working to determine whether there was a delayed police response after the residents called 911, according to State Police Master Sgt. Donna Tadiello.

The home invasion was reported to police around 4:30 p.m. Monday. State police said two residents of 232 Back Road in Windham hid in a bathroom and told police they thought someone was trying to break into the home.

Troopers arrived and confirmed that a break-in and robbery had occurred. State Police Major Crimes detectives are investigating the home invasion.

State police have also launched a separate investigation to determine whether there was a delay in trooper response and why a delay might have occurred.

The length of the response time is unclear.

No additional information was immediately available.

Brutal Cold, Gusty Wind Lingering Through the Weekend


As the snowstorm wrapped up this morning, gusty winds and bitter cold moved in, bringing chilly temperatures that are expected to linger throughout the rest of the week.

Tonight, expect sub-zero temperatures statewide, with predicted highs ranging from -8 to 0 degrees in most of interior Conecticut and between 0 and 2 degrees on the shoreline, according to Chief Meteorologist Brad Field.

Winds will pick back up tomorrow and Friday, and wind chill advisories have been issued for northern Middlesex, New Haven, New London and Fairfield counties from 2 to 8 a.m. Thursday. A wind chill advisory for Litchfield County is also in effect until 11 a.m. Thursday.

Temperatures are only expected to reach the mid- to upper-teens tomorrow afternoon.

Towns lifted parking banks and snow emergencies this afternoon in the wake of yesterday's storm. Metro-North returned to a regular schedule, but officials advised commuters to be prepared for delays due to the lingering effects of yesterday's storm. Check for service updates here.

Amtrak's Keystone Line and Northeast Corridor will remain on a reduced schedule Thursday. All other lines will operate normally.

The next couple days will be cold and breezy to windy, with some mixed clouds and sunshine. High temperatures will remain in the teens throughout the weekend and into next week. This is unusually cold for this time of year; we typically see high temperatures in the 30s, according to Brad Field.

We could also see some more snow this weekend – both Saturday during the day and Sunday night into Monday. Neither storm is expected to bring more than a couple inches of accumulation.

Track the snow using our interactive radar.

Send your weather photos to shareit@nbcconnecticut.com.

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Newtown Gunman's Father Meets With Conn. Official


The father of the gunman in the Sandy Hook Elementary School killings has met with a Connecticut official and agreed to help find missing school and medical records that could shed more light on the tragedy.

Peter Lanza met for about an hour on Thursday with the leader of a state panel that is investigating the massacre of 20 first-graders and six educators in Newtown in December 2012 by Lanza's son, Adam.

Hamden Mayor Scott Jackson, chairman of the Sandy Hook Advisory Commission, told the Connecticut Post that he met with Lanza in Stamford. The commission is meeting Friday.

A spokesman for Peter Lanza said he had no comment.

Commission members have said they need more information about Adam Lanza's mental state before making recommendations to change mental health policy.

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