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Pedestrian Struck and Killed on Route 83 in Manchester


A pedestrian was struck and killed Thursday evening on Route 83/Oakland Street in Manchester, and the road was closed for hours between Sheldon and Rachel roads.

Manchester police said a 53-year-old man died at the hospital after he was hit by a car Thursday evening. His identity has not been released.

The offending car stayed at the scene and was towed around 9:15 p.m.

No additional information was immediately available.

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Route 1 in Milford Reopens


Part of Route 1 in Milford was closed after a two-car crash involving a passenger bus this morning.

Boston Post Road was closed for about half a mile, from Plains Road to Erna Avenue and people were being evaluated for injuries, officials said.

The road has reopened. No further information has been released.

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I-91 South in Enfield Congested


Interstate 91 South in Enfield is congested after a crash earlier.

The highway was closed between Exits 49 and 48 due to crashes this morning. It has reopened, but one lane is blocked.

The crash happened around 7 a.m., according to an alert from the state Department of Transportation.


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Red Sox World Series Trophies Coming to Connecticut


Three Red Sox World Series trophies will be in one place this weekend and Sox fans can see them in Hartford and Waterbury on Sunday morning.

The Boston Red Sox 2004, 2007 and 2013 World Series trophies will be on display at the Waterbury Police Activities League from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. 

Dr. Charles Steinberg, executive vice president and senior advisor to the president and CEO of the Red Sox, Dick Flavin, the public address announcer, and Wally the Green Monster will be there.

The event is free and open to the public.

The Waterbury Police Activities League is located at 64 Division St.

Then, from 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., the trophies will be at the XL Center in Hartford, located at 1 Civic Center Plaza.

Sunday’s trip will be the fourth time the 2013 World Series trophy has been to the Constitution State for both public and private events.


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Opening Ceremony: Athletes React


It's selfie time for Olympic athletes across the world as excitement builds for the Winter Games' Opening Ceremony, which gets underway in Sochi on Friday.

From #teamturtleneck to the #Wolfpack, U.S. athletes across all sports have joined in the fun on social media as they get ready for a special night in Russia. Check out the reactions compiled by Today.com below.




Missing Pennsylvania Children Found Safe


An Amber Alert has issued for two children who were taken at gunpoint last night from Pennsylvania is over and the children were found safe, according to NBC Philadelphia.

A multi-state Amber Alert was issued and police said they believed the car the children were in might be heading through Connecticut to get to Massachusetts.

The children were found safe in Philadelphia at 7:30 a.m., according to NBC Philadelphia.

Pennsylvania State Police said Erielys Ahorrio, 3, and John Ahorrio, 4, a were abducted from a home in Lancaster City, Pennsylvania by their father, Eddie Ahorrio Jr., 23, and grandfather, Eddie Ahoriio. Sr., 47 at 7:30 p.m. after an altercation. 

More information is posted on NBCPhiladelphia.com.

Sochi Olympics: Let the Games Begin


After seven years of preparation, Sochi, Russia presents itself to the world Friday at the kick-off of the XXII Olympic Winter Games. The opening ceremony and lighting of the Olympic cauldron will mark the official start to what has already been a record-setting event.

Over the next 17 days, athletes from 88 nations--more than any other in the history of the Winter Games--will compete across 15 disciplines, including 12 events making their Olympic debut. 

While several events--figure skating, freestyle skiing and snowboarding--got an early start Thursday, the Games won't be fully underway until Saturday. Here's a glimpse at what's ahead:

The pressure's on Shaun White: After dropping out of the new Olympic slopestyle event the day before its first qualifying run, America's most famous snowboarder is facing mounting pressure to defend his halfpipe title. 

Will the women's figure skating team shine again? Until the Vancouver Games, an American figure skater had made it to the Olympic podium in every women's singles event since 1968. This year, all eyes are on Gracie Gold, Ashley Wagner and 15-year-old Polina Edmunds as they attempt to restore glory to the U.S. women's team.

Women's ski jumping debuts: After years of pushing for the inclusion of women's ski jumping to the Olympic Games, its moment has finally arrived. Three women will compete for the U.S.: Jessica Jerome, Sarah Hendrickson and Lindsey Van, one of the leaders of a years-long battle to get the sport onto the most prestigious international stage. 

Glory for the host country: Viktor Ahn, a speed skater who has notched four medals for South Korea, now skates for Russia and could bring a victory to his new home team. Russia is also looking for historic golds from its hockey team, figure skater Yevgeny Plushenko and pairs Tatyana Volosozhar and Maksim Trankov.

"Cool Runnings" 2.0? Jamaica's bobsled team is back for its fifth appearance in the Winter Games and--as in the Disney movie inspired by the team's Oympic debut-- the team got off to a dubious start. After qualifying they lacked the funds to get both themselves and their equipment to Sochi, but managed to raise enough money at the 11th hour. Will they top their respectable 14th place performance at the 1994 Games?

Cross-overs: U.S. track and field stars and sumer Olympians Lolo Jones and Lauryn Williams trade in their shoes for bobsleds, with both Summer Olympians looking for their first winter medals. 

New events, new formats: In addition to women's ski jumping, 12 new events have been added to the Olympic roster. They include team events in figure skating and luge, a biathlon relay, as well as men's and women's contests in halfpipe skiing, slopestyle skiing, slopestyle snowboarding and snowboarding parallel slalom.

New leadership: Sochi is the first Olympics for new International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach. So far he has been tested with a politically charged lead-up to the Games that saw a strong push for sponsors, athletes and leaders to boycott the event over an anti-gay propaganda law recently passed in Russia. How will he do once the Games are underway?

New venues: Just seven years ago, Sochi was a domestic tourist destination known for its Soviet-era spas and Black Sea beaches. After its successful Olympic bid, however, an unprecedented $51 billion infusion helped the mid-sized city shed its old-world skin and get ready for its first international mega event. Everything from roads and buses to the venues at the coastal and mountain "clusters" where the Olympic events will be held, are out-of-the box brand new.  

Unprecedented spectacles:
Dmitry Chernyshenko, the head of Sochi's organizing committee, recently told Olympics.org that the 2014 Games "will really amaze the world." If Sochi's eye-popping price tag and record 40,000-mile long torch relay are any indication of what's to come, these Games certainly will.

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Bridgeport Stabbing Suspect Charged With Assault


A 50-year-old Bridgeport man is facing charges after reportedly stabbing another man in November and asking him for money.

Dwayne Upchurch, was arrested Tuesday and charged with second-degree assault.

Police said Upchurch knew the 39-year-old victim and stabbed him twice after the victim denied Upchurch’s request for money and suggested he get a job.

The victim was treated for minor injuries and released from the hospital shortly after the incident.

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Service Restored After Water Main Break in OId Saybrook


Water service is fully restored and safe for residents to use after a water main break partially shut down Maple Avenue between Tudor Court East and West and Forest Glen Road in Old Saybrook.

The break occurred around 1 p.m. and affected approximately 45 customers on Maple Avenue, according to the Connecticut Water Company.

Maple Avenue was closed while water company workers excavated for several hours to access the water main.

Water was fully restored around 9:00 p.m.


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Ansonia Man Killed in Brookfield Crash


A 44-year-old Ansonia man was killed in a crash on Route 7 North in Brookfield on Thursday night.

Police said Alejandro Miranda, 44, of Ansonia was driving the wrong way on Route 7 at 11:46 p.m.  and Michael Finn, 39, of Brookfield, swerved to avoid a crash, but the cars collided.

Finn’s vehicle went up on Miranda’s car.

Finn and passenger, Meghan Harrison, 29, of New Milford, were transported to Danbury Hospital to be treated for injuries.

Miranda was pronounced dead at the scene.

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Pedestrian Hurt in Bloomfield Hit and Run


Police are searching for the driver whose car struck and injured a pedestrian in Bloomfield last night.

According to police, 28-year-old Tyree Lee, of Bloomfield, was struck by a light- or tan-colored van in the area of Mountain Avenue and Gabb Road.

It happened around 8:20 p.m. Thursday while Lee was walking west on Mountain Avenue, police said.

Lee was transported to St. Francis Hospital for treatment of a fractured arm and leg. Police said Lee was conscious and alert at the scene.

The car left the scene traveling westbound on Mountain Avenue, according to police.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Bloomfield police at 860-242-6060.

Reward Offered for Waterbury Bank Robbery Info


Waterbury police are investigating after a local bank was robbed at gunpoint Thursday evening, and the Crime Stoppers are offering cash rewards in exchange for information leading to an arrest.

Police said the robber entered the Thomaston Savings Bank on Highland Avenue around 4 p.m. Thursday, flashed a handgun and stole an undetermined amount of money.

He was last seen walking south on Highland Avenue through Waterbury’s Town Plot neighborhood, according to police.

No one was injured during the robbery.

The suspect is described as a 6-foot-tall black man with a scruffy beard, wearing white hooded jacket, blue baseball cap and dark jeans.

Police said cash rewards are available in exchange for information leading to an arrest.

Anyone with information is urged to call the Waterbury Crime Stoppers confidential tip line at 203-755-1234.

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Trenton Mayor Found Guilty of Extortion, Bribery


Tony Mack, the mayor of Trenton, N.J., the state's capital city, has been found guilty of extortion, bribery and fraud after a month long federal corruption trial.

On Friday evening, jurors came back with guilty verdicts on all six counts levied against the 48-year-old. The trial started in January. Jurors only deliberated for one full day before delivering the verdict.

Mack didn't say a word as he walked from the federal courthouse in the capital city. His attorney, Mark Davis, said jurors made the wrong decision and that they're looking at an appeal.

"That was the wrong verdict that the jury reached," Davis said. "Clearly they believed testimony that they should have never believed."

Mack and his brother, Raphiel, were nabbed in a government sting where officials said the men conspired to accept $119,000 in cash and valuables in exchange for the development of an automated parking garage.

Prosecutors say the men were planning to direct $100,000 from the sale of a city-owned vacant lot on East State Street into their own cauffers.

Davis, the mayor's lawyer, had argued Mack was the victim of government investigators who used the fake land deal and a slick-talking middleman to ensnare him.

Raphiel Mack was also found guilty on three counts of extortion and accepting bribes.

Joseph Giorgianni, a sandwich shop owner who was also involved in the scheme, pled guilty to two counts of extortion in the months before the trial began. The 64-year-old told authorities he handled the bribes for Mack and gave him about $8,000 in cash.

Mack, a Democrat who was elected in 2010, has remained in office since his arrest more than two years ago.

With the conviction, Mack will be removed from office and Trenton City Council President George Muschal will replace him. He was sworn in on Friday night.

Muschal will remain as mayor for 30 days, but can stay on for the remainder of Mack's term if the city's council votes him into the post.

"This protracted case has resulted in an unfortunate and unfair distraction for the City of Trenton for far too long," Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes said in a statement. "It has put a dark cloud over Trenton, and frankly, the entire region. Justice has been served and now it is time to move on, and to look forward to a brighter future."

Both Tony and Raphiel Mack are currently out on bail. A sentencing hearing is scheduled for May 14. He faces up to 40 years in a federal prison.

Since 2000, mayors of Newark, Camden, Paterson, Perth Amboy, Hoboken, Passaic, Asbury Park, Orange and Hamilton have been convicted or pleaded guilty in corruption cases.

Contact Vince Lattanzio at 610.668.5532, vince.lattanzio@nbcuni.com or follow @VinceLattanzio on Twitter.

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Cal Football Defensive Lineman Dies


California football player Ted Agu died Friday morning at age 21 after collapsing during a training run with his teammates.

“This is a very difficult time for our football family,” head football coach Sonny Dykes said in a statement. “Ted was a remarkable young man and a member of this family who was highly respected and loved by his teammates and coaching staff. He had an incredible passion for life and will be deeply missed.”  

Agu was on a training run near Memorial Stadium with his teammates early Friday morning that was supervised by multiple members of the team's medical staff.

Team physician Dr. Casey Batten said the medical staff saw he had difficulty completing the workout and he was transferred by cart about 150 yards to the stadium. 

He then collapsed when he got to the medical facility at the Simpson Center at the stadium around 7 a.m. and emergency medical personnel were alerted and Agu was given CPR. He was quickly taken to Alta Bates Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

Agu, a defensive lineman listed at 6-foot-1 and 240 pounds, was from Bakersfield, Calif. He was going to be a fifth-year senior next season. He played seven games last season for Cal, recording six tackles. He played five games the previous two seasons.

In high school, Agu earned  All-Southwest Yosemite League honors in his final two prep seasons, according to the Cal Bears website.

Athletics Director Sandy Barbour described Agu’s death as “painful time for the entire Cal family.”

“In the days and weeks ahead, my focus will be on providing every member of our community the support and information they need to get through this time,” Barbour said in a statement. “I would ask that media please respect and understand how this tragedy is impacting Ted’s family, his teammates, friends and the members of our campus community. We will get through this together.”

A medical examiner will determine the cause of death, a process that can take several weeks.
Batten said Agu never had any previous problems with workouts or practice during his time at Cal.

The school said it is providing counseling sessions for the other players.

Freshman defensive back Cameron Walker wrote on his Twitter account that he loved Agu and appreciated all he did to help ease his transition to college.

"You were a blessing to all of us and it hurts so bad to know that I'll never walk next to ur locker again and hear your voice speaking to me,'' Walker wrote. "You left too soon. But ur in a better place now & we all have another guardian angel watching over us. I love you, Ted. I miss you already. I'll never forget you, Pre-Med Ted. You and your family are in my prayers.''


The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Below is an interview with Ted Agu from Cal University’s Cal TV:


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Some Doctors Opting Out of Access Health CT Plans


Some Connecticut residents who had been counting on health care coverage under the Affordable Care Act are shocked to learn that their medical providers have decided not to participate in the Access Health CT plans.

Deanna Larose, who signed up for a new health insurance plan, said she never thought she'd be in this position.

"I'm frustrated," she said. "I feel let down."

The Waterford woman takes medication for psoriatic arthritis. Last week, Larose's doctor told her something she wasn't expecting: that the office would not be participating in the Access Health CT plans.

Larose said she was stunned.

She has a pre-existing condition and signed up for the new health plan hoping it would change everything. Instead it's done the opposite.

"It broke my heart," she said. "I have to say, I've been waiting a year and a half. This is my favorite doctor."

It wasn't just that doctor. Larose said she could only find six orthopedic surgeons in all of New London County who might take her new insurance.

"I'm back at square one," she said. "I don't know who is going to treat me."

In some cases, insurance companies have reduced payments to physicians, which has forced them not to participate in new health plans.

Matthew Katz, the head of the Connecticut State Medical Society said it's put doctors in a difficult position.

"Reimbursement rates are very low with some of the new plans," said Katz.

Larose, who was a supporter of the new health care law, isn't so sure about it now.

"This Obamacare and this insurance was really supposed to change a lot of our lives and for me my stress is going through the roof," she said.

More Arrests in Case of Missing Man


A volunteer police reservist from Virginia, who had been reported missing a week ago, is dead, police said Friday.

Virginia State Police said a body that they found in connection with the case in a remote area along the Fluvanna and Louisa county lines Thursday had not yet been fully identified.

But police had enough information, and enough time had elapsed since his disappearance, to say that 45-year-old Kevin Quick had died, Virginia State Police spokeswoman Corinne Geller said.

Quick was a 25-year veteran of the volunteer reserve officers of Nelson County and had a 4-month-old daughter. Police offered a tribute to him before a news conference Friday and lowered flags to half-staff. His father was also a police officer.

"The Quick family has been an institution here for 30 years," Waynesboro Police Sgt. Brian Edwards said. "Kevin was an amazing, kind individual."

Thursday night, three people were taken into custody in Prince William County in connection with Quick's death, bringing the number of people behind bars in connection with the case to six.

Halisi Uhuru, Leslie Hope Casterlow and Anthony Darnell Stokes have been charged with principle in 2nd degree to the crime of murder. Geller said the suspects have not being charged with murder, "but in association with his death."

Uhuru, Casterlow and Stokes were taken into custody Thursday night after they were identified as persons of interest. They are being held in Henrico County, Va. and State Police say they were members of a street gang.

Quick had been missing since late Friday evening. He was last seen at his mother's Afton, Va. home. Police say Quick left the home around 10:15 p.m., and was reported missing when he never arrived at a friend's house for a surprise party in Albemarle County.

Earlier this week, a brother and sister from Albemarle County were arrested and charged in the theft of Quick’s silver 1999 Toyota 4Runner, which was found Monday.

Mersadies Shelton and Daniel Mathis, who is also known by the last name Shelton, are charged with possession of stolen property and grand larceny.

Another sibling, Shantai M. Shelton, 24, was arrested on an unrelated outstanding arrest warrant from Louisa County. Mathis was also arrested on four felony warrants and three misdemeanor warrants issued by the Louisa County in an on-going shooting investigation.

The three were arrested in a hotel in Alexandria, police said.

Quick’s SUV was recovered outside a home in Monday in Mineral, Va and found rubber gloves, swabs, a wallet and a green, leafy substance inside. 

The homeowner is not believed to be connected. 

All three siblings have been denied bond. 

Stay with NBCWashington on-air and online for more on this developing story.

Waterbury Mayor Plans to Revitalize Downtown District


Downtown Waterbury could get a complete overhaul.

The city been struggling economically for years now, and the mayor is coming up with a plan to make it thrive.

It's a top priority in 2014, and for good reason. Walking through downtown Waterbury, it's to miss all the vacancies.

“There’s no reason to come downtown,” said Waterbury resident Lou Rodriguez. “Downtown isn’t what it used to be."

Mayor Neil O’Leary is working with an urban planning company to revitalize the downtown area.

He admitted he’s hit some roadblocks along the way, and wouldn’t get into specifics as to what the plan will include.

O'Leary, did say, however that he hopes to put apartments in the top level of empty buildings and entice new businesses to move in downstairs.

"It’s very important," said Dorothy Sperry, who owns Dottie's 2 Diner on Grand Street. "The businesses down here could use more help."

Sperry said the downtown area should be a destination for visitors.

“There’s some shopping, but not enough to keep people busy,” she explained, adding that her diner could use some additional business.

Sperry said she'd like to see “little cute places with little boutiques and eateries, something of interest that would bring people down.”

The mayor said change could be coming in a matter of months. 

Suspect in Fatal Bristol Stabbing Charged With Murder


The man accused of stabbing and killing a 19-year-old in Bristol has been extradited to Connecticut following his arrest in North Carolina.

Joshua Daniels, 26, of Conlon Street in Bristol, was arrested in connection with the stabbing death of Joey Klett at a house party on Irving Street late last month.

Daniels was identified as a suspect and taken into custody in North Carolina on Jan. 26, according to police.

He extradited to Connecticut on Friday. Daniels is charged with murder and is being held on a $1 million bond.

Klett's family, friends and community members came together to remember the Bristol teen at a vigil held Jan. 27.

Police found Klett suffering from stab wounds when they stopped a speeding car just after midnight Saturday, Jan. 25. Klett was in the car with three other people, who told police they were heading to Bristol Hospital.

He received emergency treatment but died from his injuries, according to police. Investigators learned that Klett was stabbed at a house party on Irving Street.

"Everybody said it was a shock," said Peter Levery, who attended the vigil at Rockwell Park. "Someone ran in and said someone got stabbed. Another person came in and said there was blood everywhere."

Friends and family members gathered for a candlelight vigil at Rockwell Park in Bristol on Monday, Jan. 27.

"When I got the news, when I woke up, I was just crying," said Joshua Herrera, a friend of Klett's. "I would have never thought he would go so soon."

"It made me really angry," Herrera said. "He's a young kid just learning how to live. Why would you take his life?"

Daniels is due in court Feb. 10.

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Local Teen Seriously Injured in Knockout Game Assault


A local teen is in the hospital Friday night after investigators said he became the victim of the knockout game.

Manchester native Eric Nagle was attending his first year at Endicott College in Massachusetts when prosecutors say he became the victim of the dangerous game.

Neighbors told NBC Connecticut Nagle is a great kid who has played baseball for as long as they can remember. They say he was playing for the Endicott Gulls and that he felt like he'd found a home at the school, but it was when he was walking on campus early Sunday morning that investigators say he was attacked by a classmate.

Sophomore Dillon DeStefano was arraigned in a Salem, Massachusetts court, accused of severely injuring two students. Police say DeStefano broke Nagle's jaw and shattered the eye socket of another victim.

DeStefano pled not guilty to two counts of aggravated assault and battery. His parents had nothing to say outside of court.

Those who know the victims are outraged.

"It's crazy. We don't want to see it," said Endicott College student Nick Roberts. "We love it here. We have a lot of fun here, and we want to make sure it's over with."

Prosecutors say the reason for the attack is a vicious trend called the Knockout Game, which is when an individual attempts to knockout an unsuspecting stranger with one punch.

Authorities say DeStefano bragged about the attacks and that a witness told police DeStefano did it.

Investigators say a third student was attacked but that the victim has not filed charges. DeStefano remains behind bars without bail.

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