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19-Year-Old Dies in Bristol Stabbing


A young man is dead after being stabbed at a house party in Bristol early Saturday morning.

Just after midnight, Bristol police located a car occupied by three men, one of whom was suffering from multiple stab wounds, police said.

The people in the car told the officer they were en route to Bristol Hospital.

The male victim, who police say is 19 years old, died at the hospital, according to police.

Police said the victim was stabbed during a fight at a home on Irving Street in Bristol.

The name of the victim is being withheld at this time pending notification of his family.

Anyone with information is being asked to call Bristol police at 860-584-3011.



Polar Bears Plunge Canceled


Apparently, it can be too cold even for people who, for some reason, enjoy running into icy water, over and over again.

The 18th annual Maryland State Police Polar Bear Plunge at Sandy Point State Park in Maryland was canceled Saturday morning due to bitter cold and winds that whipped drifts of snow and ice onto the shoreline.

Saturday's plunge was expected to have as many as 7,000 participants. It also features so-called Super Plungers, who dip into the water repeatedly over 24 hours. All the Super Plungers had raised at least $10,000 for charity.

One set of Super Plungers hit the water at 10 a.m. Friday. About 500 law enforcement officers -- including some from Prince George's County -- took a dip at noon to raise money for the Special Olympics.

But even those devoted souls said the conditions were challenging. There was ice in the water, which complicated the start of the plunge.

"There's no running today, because there's ice in the water and the ice will cut your legs," one participant said.

"Last year was cold, but it was nowhere near as cold as this," said another, as he sat in a hot tub to recover from his plunge. Organizers tried to help participants compensate for the bitterly cold temperatures by providing hot tubs and warming tents.

As he sat in the tub, he touched the top of his head: His wet hair had frozen.

Organizers finally gave in to the weather at about 7:40 a.m. Saturday. In a statement, the organizers said, "A combination of high winds gusting up to 25 mph has created three-foot waves. Combined with freezing temperatures, this has created a large build up of snow and ice on the shore resulting in unsafe conditions for Plungers."

The statement said this year's plunge was on track to raise $1.8 million for Special Olympics Maryland, short of its $2.5 million goal.

As you might expect from people who willingly run into the Chesapeake Bay when temperatures are in the single digits, reaction to the news was mixed. "Weak," scoffed one Twitter user.

However, another Polar Bear Plunge is going forward -- so far -- today. At National Harbor, the "Keep Winter Cold" plunge organized to raise awareness of climate change, is still expected to take place.

But ice is an issue there as well; before the planned 11 a.m. plunge, organizers were seen breaking the ice along the shore with pickaxes and sledgehammers.

The D.C. area, like much of the country, has been in the grip of historic cold, with temperatures well under historic averages for a week.

Organs of Beating Victim Save Five


The donated organs of Kim Pham, the 23-year-old woman who was beaten outside of a Santa Ana, Calif., nightclub last Saturday, have saved five lives, officials said.

Pham was declared dead on Sunday, but remained connected to a ventilator until Tuesday to make sure her organs would be available for transplantation, according to a statement issued by OneLegacy, the non-profit handling the donation.

READ: Head Wounds Led to Death in Club Beating: Coroner

Her heart, lungs, kidneys, pancreas, and liver were donated. Pham also donated tissues that could help heal more people.

"We are so blessed to have had Kim in our family because she was truly a one-of-a-kind soul. She always put others' needs before herself and never thought badly of anyone," Pham’s family said in a statement.

WATCH: Vigil Held for Woman Who Died After Beating Outside Nightclub

Pham was punched, kicked and knocked to the ground while she waited to get into the Crosby Restaurant and Nightclub in a beating that some bystanders captured on cellphone cameras, police said.

WATCH: After Deadly Nightclub Beating, Video Analyzed "Frame by Frame"

Police have arrested two women in connection with the beating and have announced they are looking for a third.

WATCH: Police Arrest Second Club Fight Suspect, Seek Third

Pham died of complications from blunt force trauma to the head. A vigil was held to remember Pham on Friday.

Snow Plow Stops Wrong-Way Driver


A snow plow driver stopped an alleged drunk driver who was going the wrong way on the Kennedy Expressway in Chicago early Saturday.

Illinois State Police said reports of a van driving outbound in the inbound Kennedy express lanes near Ohio Street came in just before 3 a.m. Saturday.

A snow plow driver with the Illinois Department of Transportation was in the reversible express lanes when he was notified of the wrong-way driver, officials said.

The snow plow driver got in front of the van, slowed down and made contact with the vehicle, bringing it to a stop, police said.

Police said the driver took out six gates before entering the express lanes and was charged with driving under the influence Saturday morning.

No one was injured in the accident, but the front of the van was damaged.

Icy Conditions in the Wake of Snow Showers


Temperatures are continuing to drop as the snow moves out, creating patchy ice and slippery driving conditions.

Up to 3 to 4 inches fell in areas of the northwest hills, but the rest of Connecticut received a coating to 2 inches, according to Meteorologist Garett Argianas.

Snow activity has been winding down around the state, but a few snow showers are possible around midnight.

The snow also brought colder temperatures, which will continue to drop overnight. Temperatures are now below freezing statewide and will fall into the teens. Some parts of the northeast and northwest hills could see single-digit temperatures later tonight.

Now the primary concern is slick roads.

State police are warning drivers to be careful but said no major accidents have been reported.

About 400 Department of Transporation crews headed out to treat snowy roads this evening. Some crews will remain out to check for ice, according to a department spokesperson.

Temperatures will drop again Sunday, with highs of between 15 and 20 degrees. Argianas said breezy conditions could result in a wind chill of around 0 degrees.

Expect overnight temperatures of about 10 degrees Sunday into Monday.

More snow showers will move in around midnight Sunday and will continue through Monday afternoon. Expect light accumulation. The exact impact on the Monday morning commute is still up in the air.

The cold will persist through Wednesday, and we'll see a return to seasonable temperatures by next weekend, Argianas said.

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Officials: Man Murders New Roommate


A 21-year-old man is accused of strangling his new roommate in their suburban Chicago apartment after the two met through a Craigslist ad this week, prosecutors said.

Prosecutors allege Grant Muren killed 55-year-old Charles Clarke after the two got into an argument following a sexual encounter just eight hours after Muren moved into Clark’s townhouse in Naperville’s Estes Park neighborhood.

During the argument, Muren struck Clarke on the head with a small table and strangled him, authorities said.

The men met after Clarke, a self-employed computer specialist, posted an ad on Craigslist seeking a roommate and Muren moved in, prosecutors said.

Police responded to a call at Clarke's home Wednesday, where responding officers smelled natural gas and found a deceased body in the bedroom area, officials said.

Following the murder, prosecutors allege Muren removed his personal belongings from the home, attempted to burn a lease agreement the two had drafted, turned on the gas to the stove and left the oven door open.

Clarke was discovered in the home with contusions to his face and head and the tips of one of his fingers appeared to have been bitten off, prosecutors said.

“Several days ago, Charles Clarke’s life came to an abrupt and violent end, allegedly at the hands of his new roommate,” DuPage County State's Attorney Robert Berlin said in a statement. "Our thoughts and prayers go out to Mr. Clarke’s family and friends as they try to cope with this senseless tragedy."

Muren was arrested Thursday and charged with first-degree murder and concealing a homicide. His bond was set at $2 million Saturday morning, according to the DuPage County Sheriff’s Office.

A neighbor said Clarke, who was in his 50s, lived alone and was a “nice man.” He said Clarke had a girlfriend, who visited occasionally and that Clarke asked him before if he knew someone looking for a place to rent.

The neighbor said he warned Clarke not to put out the ad.

Woman Assaulted at Restaurant, Threatened With Gun


Patrons at a restaurant in New London got much more than they ordered off the menu last night.

Police responded to a report of a disturbance at 452 Williams Street, the Mr. G’s Restaurant, around 7 p.m. Upon arrival, they learned that Jeffery Evans, had assaulted a woman.

During the assault, Evans suggested and made several motions that made it appear as though he was in possession of a firearm and was threatening to use it. This caused numerous patrons to seek shelter under tables.

Evans chased the woman around the restaurant, knocking over tables and breaking numerous items in the restaurant. At one point, he threw a chair at the female and struck a patron, injuring the customers arm.

An employee was eventually able to remove Evans from the restaurant. After exiting, Evans stole a running vehicle from a delivery person. An officer nearby spotted the stolen vehicle and tried to pull Evans over.

Evans engaged the officers in a pursuit that continued through numerous streets downtown. At one point, Evans was going the wrong way down Eugene O’Neil Dr. Evans struck an occupied unmarked, stopped police car then struck a large cement block near a railroad crossing at the Bank St. Connector.

Evans was taken into custody and charged with Larceny 3rd, Criminal Mischief 2nd, Breach of Peace 2nd (two counts), Threatening 2nd, Assault 3rd, Violation of a Protective Order, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Engaging an officer in Pursuit, Evading Responsibility, Reckless Driving and Driving Under the Influence.


Clinton Robber Steals Ammunition, Credit Cards


The Clinton Police Department is asking for the public’s help in identifying a person robbed a garage and stole multiple items late last night.

According to police, around 11 p.m. the suspect entered a garage and stole items including a compound bow, arrows, assorted ammunition a cell phone, wallet and credit cards.

One of the credit cards was used in Clinton and later in New Haven County.

Police are asking anyone who recognizes the person in the photos to please call Officer Varone at 860-669-0451.

Dramatic Images: Md. Mall Shooting


Take a look at images of the shooting aftermath at Columbia Mall in Howard County, Md., in which three people were killed.

Photo Credit: AFP/Getty Images

New Dad, Retiree Win Big in Lotto


It’s only three weeks into the New Year and extremely good fortune has already visited two California Lottery players.

Daniel Miguel Galeon, 26, recently learned he and his wife are expecting their first child. And then learned he won a whopping $3,167,202 playing Powerball.

His first reaction was to assume the machine was broken and asked the cashier to double check by scanning a non-winning ticket through the machine, the California Lotto said in an announcement Friday.

Man Picks Up Prescription And $1 Million Lottery Ticket

Galeon said he was in shock as he drove home, but when reality finally hit him, he couldn’t stop yelling for joy.

One of the two Quick Pick tickets that Galeon bought at a 7-Eleven located at 1699 W. Carson St. in Torrance matched five of the six numbers in the Jan. 18 draw.

The newly minted millionaire plans to pay off some bills, buy a car and a house, and spoil his growing family. He also plans to donate a portion of his winnings to Shriners Hospital for Children in Los Angeles.

The convenience store that sold Galeon the winning ticket will receive $15,836.01.

Photos: Biggest Lottery Winners

And Galeon wasn’t the only SoCal lotto player to win big bucks in the New Year.

A former grocery store clerk can now add $1 million to her retirement fund, California lotto officials announced Friday.

Patricia Witt purchased a winning lottery ticket at a Thousand Oaks drug store with money she received for pet sitting a friend’s cats – a favor she did, even though she’s allergic to felines.

“I could not believe it at all, it just feels like a Cinderella story,” Witt told the California Lottery.

Witt’s generosity for her friend “who didn’t have anything to help” watch her pets paid off when she bought the $10 California Gold Scratchers ticket at a CVS Pharmacy located at 1382 North Moorpark Road in Thousand Oaks.

The pharmacy will receive $5,000 for selling the winning ticket, lottery officials said.

Photo Credit: Getty Images

Elderly Driver Killed in Fatal Crash in Wolcott


Police are investigating after a car drove straight through an intersection in Wolcott this afternoon, crashing into a tree and killing the driver on impact, authorities said.

According to police, an elderly driver was traveling from Long Swamp Road onto Wolcott Road when he apparently suffered a medical condition and sped straight through the intersection, traveling up the curb and into a residential yard, where he struck a tree.

The crash happened around 1:30 p.m. and the driver was declared dead at the scene. He has not been publicly identified.

A regional accident reconstruction team, comprising crews from Naugatuck, Watertown and Wolcott, is investigating.

The medical examiner is working to determine the official cause of death.

Photo Credit: Ricky Kulmann

Missing 1-Year-Old From Danbury Found Safe


Danbury police have located a 1-year-old who went missing today and are canceling the SIlver Alert issued for him.

Police issued a Silver Alert today for Cameron Laurel, who was last seen today wearing camouflage pants, an orange sweatshirt with a monkey on it, a blue jacket and orange socks.

He stands 3 feet tall, weighs 25 pounds and has brown eyes and brown hair.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Danbury police at 203-797-4611.

Photo Credit: Danbury Police Department

3 Dead in Md. Mall Shooting


Three people were killed in a shooting at Columbia Mall in Howard County, Md. Saturday, and five were injured as crowds of weekend shoppers rushed to find shelter.

The suspect, a man, was among those found dead. His body was found near a shotgun and ammunition, police said.    

Police added that they were "confident" that there was no other shooter involved. 

Police identified the two killed as Brianna Benlolo, 21, of College Park, Md. and Tyler Johnson, 25, of Ellicott City, Md. Both were employees of Zumiez, a store on the upper level of the mall that caters to young shoppers, police said at an afternoon press conference.

Zumiez issued a statement on its Facebook page Saturday evening expressing deep sadness over the shooting: "The Zumiez team is a tight knit community and all of our hearts go out to Brianna and Tyler’s families."

The shooting threw the popular mall into chaos. Witnesses described hearing the shots shortly after 11 a.m., and watching some victims fall, while others fled. 

"They just kept shooting and it didn't stop," said one witness.

She said she heard what sounded like "something being dropped" and then realized the sound was gunshots.

She rescued one child and then ran back to her job at a children's hair salon to secure the others.

"I work in Cartoon Cuts; I was downstairs getting a tea for my boss," she said. "And all of a sudden I heard ... it sounded like someone dropped something. And all of a sudden I see people fall, three people fall to the ground. I don't know what happened to them. And all I see is people going down to the floor and running.

"I just saw everybody run, so I ran."

Another shopper said he was in Sears when the shots rang out. "I heard a bang, and I was like man, that kinda sounds like a gunshot," said the young man.

"Then I see people running, and I hear some people screaming, and I heard it again -- boom, boom, boom. And people just started screaming and running. It was just complete madness."

Law enforcement sources told NBCNews that the shooting appears to have begun with a domestic dispute. However, Howard County Police have not confirmed that report, saying the motive remains unknown and they do not know the identity of the shooter.

None of the shots came from police, said Howard County Police Chief Bill McMahon.

The five people who were injured have been transported to Howard County General Hospital. One victim suffered a gunshot wound to the foot. The other four had medical conditions or minor injuries, possibly related to the rush as shoppers ran for shelter.

The injured have been treated and are in good condition, according to the hospital.

The scene is now secure, and the mall is evacuated.

Another eyewitness, a young woman, said she was in a PacSun store when the shooting happened: "We just heard gunshots, and then this lady came into the store and said there's a guy with a gun ... Me and my friend just ran in the back room.

"We were crying and we were just scared out of our minds, because our thought was that we were going to get shot."

News4 spoke to one man who said he was in phone contact with his daughter, who was taking shelter in a Bank of America inside the mall, along with dozens of others.

"People were panicking," the man said.

Howard County Police said the mall would be closed through "at least" Saturday evening.

The mall, which is officially named "The Mall in Columbia" but is widely known as Columbia Mall, is located in Columbia, Md., between Washington, D.C. and Baltimore.

The shooting was the latest in a series of shootings in public locations. Earlier this week, one person was shot and killed at Purdue University and another was also killed at South Carolina State University.

Photo Credit: Getty Images

State Warns of Problems on Tax Forms for 27K


The state Department of Labor is asking residents who received unemployment compensation payments in 2013 to check tax forms because 27,000 forms mailed out contain another person’s information, including Social Security numbers.

The state sent out a news release on Friday afternoon saying the Labor Department has to report unemployment compensation payments of $10 or more on form UC-1099G and there are errors on 27,000 of the 250,000 tax forms mailed out to people who collected unemployment compensation in 2013.

According to the Dept. of Labor, there was an error in the printing process and the forms contain the correct information on the top portion of the form, but the bottom half of the document contains information pertinent to another individual.

Because the forms are printed in order of zip code, the agency is in the process of determining which towns are associated with the printing error so staff can better identify people potentially affected by the error. 

Annelise Busey of Middletown received one such form today. Her information was printed on the top half of the form and a stranger's was listed on the bottom.

"I was absolutely horrified," Busey said. "First I was kind of confused... Why do I have this information? I couldn't understand, and the more I thought about, the more I started to freak out."

Since the forms contain social security numbers, the agency will also contact claimants that received incorrect forms to offer credit protection.

The Department is re-printing the forms and will mail them out again. 

The new mailing will contain the corrected 1099-G and an addressed, pre-paid envelope so the incorrect form can be mailed back to the Connecticut Department of Labor.

“We apologize for the inconvenience this may cause people who are in the process of filing their tax returns and we want to make sure individuals are aware of a possible error,” said Labor Commissioner Sharon M. Palmer.  “Individuals receiving a 1099-G for unemployment compensation benefits are asked to check their forms for accuracy.  Although the Department will be mailing corrected forms out by the end of the month, claimants needing their corrected form immediately can download a correct 1099-G by going to the Department of Labor website, www.ct.gov/dol and clicking on the blue button on the upper right hand corner labeled Unemployment Tax Form-1099G.”

Busey said she's concerned about the consequences of the privacy breach.

"I have her information. Does she have my information? Or who has my information?" That's my social, my name, my address," Busey said. "It's easy enough to steal my identity."

She said no one has answered her phone calls to the Dept. of Labor.

Another victim of the mix-up, Earl Switzer of Marlborough, echoed Busey's concerns.

"What in the world is going on?" he said. "Why is this here and where's mine? ... I don't see how this can be a printing error. It says Copy B and Copy C, and one copy is for you, and one copy is to send off to the state. So how can that be a printing error? That's programming. Someone didn't do the job."

Switzer said his wife called the state looking for answers and wasn't satisfied with the response.

"It doesn't make me feel as if my information is safe with the state or whoever has this half of my form that's missing," he said.

Claimants who need a corrected form immediately can download a copy of the UC-1099G online.

The Department of Labor can be reached at 860-263-6000.

Photo Credit: Getty Images

Two Chances for Some Snow This Weekend


The arrival of yet another arctic front will bring the chance of snow to Connecticut on Saturday afternoon.

Snow showers are possible throughout the day on Saturday, but heavier snow squalls after 3 p.m. and into the evening could cause slick spots around the state, according to NBC Connecticut meteorologist Garett Argianas.

Temperatures will hover near freezing on Saturday, but gusty winds will make it feel a lot colder.

Sunday won't get much better. Temperatures will stay near 20 degrees, with overnight temperatures dropping to about 10 degrees.

We will see another chance for snow Sunday night into Monday morning. The exact impact on the Monday morning commute is still up in the air.

Photo Credit: NBC Connecticut

Roads Closed After Poles Struck in Ellington, Salem, Durham


Icy conditions have made for dangerous roads, and state police are reporting road closures in Durham, Salem and Ellington after cars struck utility poles.

Route 68 is closed at Dunn Hill Road in Durham after a pole was hit. No one was injured and CL&P is en route to make repairs, police said.

Route 85 is closed at Witch Meadow Road in Salem due to a similar accident. No one was injured. AT&T is working on the pole. It's not clear how long it will take to fix, state police said.

Route 286 is closed at Old Farms Road after a car struck a pole. Five people were in the car but no one was hurt, police said. CL&P is on scene making repairs. The road will remain closed for five or six hours, according to police.

State police are warning drivers to take precautions and be wary of black ice.

Car Drives into House in Southington


Emergency crews are responding to 79 Curtis Street in Southington after a car struck the house there.

It's not clear if anyone was injured. Police are at the scene now.

No additional information was immediately available.

Photo Credit: Shutterstock

Hillary Clinton to Speak at UConn


Hillary Rodham Clinton is visiting UConn in the spring to deliver remarks at a forum designed to bring scholars and leaders to campus.

Clinton is scheduled to speak at the Edmund Fusco Contemporary Issues Forum at the university's Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts on April 23.

The former U.S. secretary of state is often mentioned as a possible candidate for president but says she has not decided whether she will make another run for the White House in 2016. Clinton is also a former U.S. senator for New York.

UConn says the April event will be Clinton's first visit to the university.

Stafford Subway Restaurant Robbed at Gunpoint


State police are asking for the public's help in identifying a man they say robbed a Subway restaurant at gunpoint in Stafford.

According to police, the suspect entered the Subway on Route 190 in Stafford and displayed a gun, then demanded money from the cash register.

He fled in a silver Toyota, police said. It's not clear how much money was stolen.

The suspect is described as a white male in his late 50s. Police said he stands about 5 feet 11 inches tall and weighs between155 and 165 pounds. He has short, slicked backm grayish hair and brown eyes.

Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Crevier at 860-896-3233.

Eyewitnesses to Mall Shooting Speak


Eyewitnesses to Columbia Mall Shooting
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