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Bode Miller Overcome With Emotion


After winning the super-G bronze and breaking his own record as the most decorated American Alpine skier in Olympic history, Bode Miller broke down in a post-race interview that has gone viral.

The 36-year-old Olympian, who had also just become his sport's oldest medal winner, told reporters that his late brother was on his mind and later said that he had experienced "one of the most emotional days of my life."

Miller's brother Chelone, known as "Chilly," died in April at the age of 29 from an apparent seizure.

"With my brother passing away, I really wanted to come back here and race the way he sends it," Miller said. "So this was a little different."

He added that it was a tough year and that he just wanted make himself "proud."

As Miller wiped away tears, NBC reporter Christin Cooper asked him to explain what it was he was doing at the start of the race when he could be seen looking up at the sky. "It just looks like you're talking to somebody. What's going on there?" Cooper asked, drawing some criticism for pushing the subject after Miller was already crying.

Overcome with emotion, he dropped his head. The reporter touched his arm, whispered "I'm sorry," and backed away, giving him space to walk away and isolate himself near a section of orange fencing where he crouched down until his wife arrived. 

Later, in an interview with E!  Miller explained that his brother was a competitive snowboarder aiming for his own spot at in the Olympics. "He was coming into his own...it was a tough hit. For myself too. When you connect that emotion and doing it on honor of them, you deal with consequences. It was such a raw emotion, I collapsed."

In a December interview with The Associated Press, Miller said that he and his brother were very close. "There are parts of his life, or his attitude, that I just naturally integrate maybe more into my life, which affects the way I do everything — ski, training and everything else," he said.

Besides dealing with the loss of his brother, Miller has spent the last year in a custody dispute over an infant son. He was also coming back to skiing after a knee injury sidelined him for a season.

But there were positive developments as well. Miller recently married volleyball player Morgan Beck, who was at the finishline, hugging him and consoling him after he broke down.

In December the coach of the U.S. ski team, Sasha Rearick, credited Beck with bringing out a more mellow side of Miller. 

"She's a great team player for both Bode and also the U.S. Ski Team," Rearick said. "A tremendous support for him."

Miller's emotional victory also drew a flood of support from fans on Twitter. Some offered kind words while others lashed out at NBC's Cooper for pushing the subject of his brother's death. Several TV critics also questioned NBC's coverage. Miller responded to both. "Thanks for all the support, today was one of the most emotional days of my life," he first tweeted. "I miss my brother."

Then, he took to Cooper's defense, asking fans, again via Twitter, to be "gentle" with her. "I appreciate everyone sticking up for me," he wrote. "...it was crazy emotional and not all her fault. #heatofthemoment"

He continued the message in a second tweet: "My emotions were very raw, she asked the questions that every interviewer would have. Pushing is part of it, she wasn't trying to cause pain."

In a follow-up interview on Today on Monday, Miller called Cooper a "sweetheart." He said he has known her a long time and doesn't "blame her at all."

After noting that he didn't think she "anticipated the reaction," Miller said that he felt "terrible she's taking the heat."

"It was just a lot of emotion for me," he said. "Sometimes the dam breaks."

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Meet Ice Dancing's Other Big Winner


The biggest winner of Monday night's ice dancing competition never even laced up her skates for the event.

But viewers may recognize her face. She was the brunette with bangs who greeted America's first gold medal winners in the event, Meryl Davis and Charlie White, the moment they stepped off the ice. She sat with them as they awaited their scores, alternatively squeezing their hands and waving at the camera. 

She did the same with Canadian silver medal winners Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir, and again with 9th place American siblings Maia and Alex Shibutani. 

It's not just that she's friendly. Marina Zoueva coaches them all.

The 57-year-old, who runs an elite Michigan skating school, could bask in the triumphs of each medal winner of the night — even those of Russian ice dancers Elena Ilinykh and Nikita Katsalapo, who clinched the bronze.

Born in St. Petersburg, Zoueva once competed on the Soviet ice dancing team before eventually relocating to Canada and later the U.S. In preparation for her homecoming of sorts, Zoueva planned each routine with Russia in mind. 

"It was important for me to do a special programme for my mother land country," Zoueva said, according to Reuters."I chose a Russian story for each programme. I wanted to touch the heart of the people."

Davis and White, you may recall, skated to the Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherazade, the story of a sultan's clever wife. Virtue and Moir skated to music by Alexander Glazunov, while the "Shib Sibs" skated to another artist beloved in Russia — Michael Jackson.

"He's really, really popular for Russians, as well. I learned myself the Thriller movements," Zoueva told USA Today. "All my skaters in Russia, they learned Thriller."

The results couldn't have been better for Zoueva, who never made it to the Olympics during her own competitive skating career. Before a home crowd, her carefully constructed routines and trained skaters rose to the top of the podium with fellow Russians coming in third. 

Still, she admitted on the eve of competition, that even the best case scenario — one of her teams place first, another second — she would feel some sorrow for the silver medal-winning pair.

“I always so much enjoy for the team that wins and am very sorry – sometimes cry – for the team that lost,” Zoueva said, according to NBC Olympics. “For me they are individuals, I keep in my heart both of them.” 

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"Quickwich" Honors Hamden Hockey Hero


As Hamden native and Olympic hockey goalie Jonathan Quick prepares for Wednesday’s quarterfinal game in Sochi, people back home are cheering him on – by eating the sandwich that bears his namesake.

The Quickwich, a specialty sandwich filled with steak, cheddar and mac and cheese, is a top seller at Ray & Mike’s Deli on Whitney Avenue in Hamden.

Restaurant owner Raymond George said Quick used to frequent the deli when he was a teenager. The sandwich was introduced in 2012 after Quick helped the Los Angeles Kings bring home the Stanley Cup.

After the game, “a customer yelled out over at the line during lunch hour one day, ‘Name something after him called the Quickwich,’” said George.

So they did.

The Quickwich is now a top-three bestseller and “regular customer favorite,” one that Quick has personally sampled and approved, George said.

He added that the community is proud to have a hometown hero.

Quick and his teammates head to the quarterfinals after clinching the win in a nail-biter against Russia and breezing past Slovenia over the weekend.

They'll face Slovakia or the Czech Republic on Wednesday.

Tina Maze Amazes with Second Gold Medal


In foggy, rain-soaked conditions, Slovenia's Tina Maze won the women's giant slalom on Tuesday, narrowly defeating Austria's Anna Fenninger. It's 30-year old Maze's second gold of these Games, having already netted an historic first place tie in the downhill last week. 

Competing in her first Olympics, America's Mikaela Shiffrin looked poised for the podium after finishing fifth in the opening leg. But the 18-year old phenom failed to make up ground on the leaders in run two and was forced to settle for a top five finish. With her inaugural Olympic event now out of the way, look for Shiffrin to shake any Sochi jitters and come up big in Friday's slalom, an event in which she's the overwhelming favorite. 
Shiffrin's teammate Julia Mancuso — the surprise 2006 giant slalom gold medalist — struggled in the poor visibility and didn't finish her first run. Still, the American walks away from these Games with a bronze from the super combined, the fourth Olympic medal of her storied career, and leaves Sochi with no regrets. 
“I learned especially from the super-G that’s it’s the Olympics and you have to go for it,” said the always upbeat Mancuso.
In what seems to be the only consistent Alpine story line during these Olympics, weather again played a major role in determining the medals. Heavy snow hammered the top of the course, while racers were greeted by rain and fog 1,300 vertical feet below at the finish. As a result, the course deteriorated quickly, giving a distinct advantage to any racers lucky enough to draw early bibs. 
No one benefited more than Maze. Running bib number one, the Slovenian set the early mark and no racer came within half a second of her first run time. Results from the opening leg more or less reflected the start order, with bib number two Jessica Lindell-Vikarby of Sweden sitting in second, bib number five Anna Fenninger (fresh off her stunning win in the super-G) sitting in fourth and bib number six Shiffrin sitting in fifth. Italy's Nadia Fanchini was the only surprise, skiing to third from the tenth start position. 
Time gaps told the real story, however, with sixth place and higher sitting well over a second behind Maze. The Slovenian would need the buffer if she hoped to hold on for the win, as the top 30 finishers would be reversed in the second run (always the rule in any two-run Alpine event), meaning she'd be running last of the contenders and forced to ski a chewed up course. 
Set by the Italian coach (course setters are randomly selected from a pool of national team coaches), the second run featured tight, rhythmic turns that took skiers down a rolling upper section, over a difficult steep pitch and finally across a fast flat through the finish. To make matters more difficult, a thick fog rolled across the mid section of the slope, minimizing visibility, while intermittent snow squalls and a deluge of ice hampered some racers' runs. 
Inclement weather made conditions inconsistent, and second run times reflected a battle with the elements. But one thing was certain: Soft snow conditions meant a light touch (rather than digging in one's edges as is typical in ski racing) and a savvy line were required to win. Of the early starters, only Switzerland's Lara Gut — arguably this season's most exciting skier on the Alpine World Cup Tour — laid down a near perfect run, rallying from an uncharacteristic 16th place in the opening leg to set the provisional best time, well over a second ahead.
It held, until the final nine skiers, each carrying a big lead over Gut from the first run. Charging from sixth position, defending giant slalom gold medalist Viktoria Rebensburg of Germany blitzed the course, recording the fastest second run time and taking the lead. Rebensburg would hold on for a well-earned bronze medal. 
Next up was Shiffrin, who'd simply said between runs that she'd need to "ski faster" if she hoped to take a medal home. Carrying a 0.45 second lead over Rebensburg, the American looked unfazed in the start house, but once on course it was quickly evident that she lacked that extra edge to vie for a medal. Typically a clutch skier when the pressure mounts, Shiffrin hung on her edges a split second too long in each turn, skiing a conservative line over the critical steep pitch and bleeding precious hundredths of a second to Rebensburg at every split. She hit the line with the second fastest combined time. But with four more skiers still standing in the start house, Shiffrin's deflated look spoke volumes — she'd missed her shot at a first Olympic medal. 
The American was quick to dissect her second run. "It boiled down to a couple turns, mostly on the pitch I think where I just slid my skis a little bit more and other girls arced it.”
Austria's Fenninger ended Rebensburg's short-lived lead, sneaking past the German with a smart, smooth second run. And after Fanchini and Lindell-Vikarby failed to hold onto their first run leads (they'd eventually finish fourth and seventh, respectively), it appeared as if the super-G champ would notch a second gold in these Games.
But ultimately, a second Gold would go to Maze. After lighting up the 2012-13 Alpine World Cup season with a bevy of record-shattering performances (leading to the overall title and a World Championship gold in super-G), the redoubtable Slovenian has had a relatively quiet season, netting only one win prior to Sochi. But just as she did in the downhill, Maze didn't let that dry spell hold her back in the second run of the giant slalom. Contending with a rough course, Maze — a five-event skier who doesn't train giant slalom as much as specialists like Rebensburg — put together a scrappy second run, losing time at every split but narrowly holding on to win by 0.07 seconds. 
Maze, never one to be shy (she moonlights as a mediocre pop singer with a penchant for preforming in lederhosen, after all), screamed in delight, throwing herself on the snow and pretending to do the breaststroke across its slick, water-logged surface. It's not only Maze's second gold medal, but also the small nation of Slovenia's in Winter Olympic competition. 
“It’s a great day for me, but not an easy day. As you can see, the weather is playing games with us,” a jubilant Maze told reporters in the rainy finish arena. “I don’t care if it’s raining, if it’s sunny. The slope was really good. In the first run, I knew I had to risk everything and then just fight to come down as fast as I could in the second.”


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Funeral Today to Honor Doc Hurley


Perhaps no one man did more to improve lives of young men in Hartford than Walter "Doc" Hurley Sr. He passed away at the age of 91 on Feb. 9 and a funeral service will be held this morning in the city that he did so much for.

Calling hours will be held at Faith Congregational Church, at 2030 Main Street in Hartford, today from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. The funeral will begin at 11 a.m. 

"Doc" Hurley was the husband of the late Gwendolyn (Bannister) Hurley.

He was born in Albany, Georgia, but was  raised in Hartford and graduated from Weaver High School.

During his college years, he joined the U.S. Marine Corp and served during World War II.

He began his teaching and coaching career at I.C.Norcom High School in Virginia, but moved back to Hartford in 1959 to teach physical education at Northeast Jones School.

After the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Doc was asked to come to Weaver High School to work with the students and retired in 1984 as assistant principal.

At Weaver, he inspired countless teens through his calming influence and ability to motivate encouragement through sports.

The Doc Hurley Foundation, created in 1975, has helped hundreds of young people continue their education and sports careers.

Doc Hurley will be buried with military honors at Mount St. Benedict Cemetery, Bloomfield.

Contributions may be made to the Faith Congregational Church, 2030 Main Street, Hartford, CT 06120.


Ice Melt’s in Short Supply


More snow is falling this morning and one important ingredient of snow removal is in short supply -- ice melt.

In some stores, the pallets are empty and store owners said the warehouses they order from are out.
One store in Glastonbury ordered 800 bags from out of state and sold out in a day.

And they don’t think they’ll have any more to sell this season.

“We’re out. So my son-in-law is shoveling a ton. And the kids are helping out. It’s good -- good muscle building,” Anne Schoff, of Fernandina, Florida, said.

If you find yourself in a pinch without salt, you can use water softener, but it won’t melt the ice as quickly.


Man Accused of Sex Assault Held on Immigration Detainer


A 54-year-old man accused of sexually assaulting someone at a Watertown apartment building has been arrested and is being held on an immigration detainer.

Police said Carlos (Perez) Deosa, 54, of 1800 Baldwin Street in Waterbury, did “odd jobs” in the apartment building.

On Feb. 8, a female resident reported being sexually assault at her apartment and said Deosa did work at the building.

As police investigated, they identified Deosa as a suspect and determined that he had several aliases and had been deported from the United States on three occasions.

On Feb. 14, police tracked Deosa down to a residence on Baldwin Street in Waterbury, where he was found hiding in a basement area of the address, police said.

Deosa is being held on a $500,000 bond and has been charged with first-degree sexual assault, first-degree unlawful restraint and third-degree assault  on a disabled person.

Deosa is being held on an Immigration Detainer issued by the Department of Homeland Security, according to police.

He will being arraigned today in Waterbury Superior Court on 2/18/14.

Photo Credit: Watertown Police

Teens Accused of Attacking School Administrator


Police have arrested three Stamford Academy students accused of attacking a 64-year-old Stamford High School administrator on the morning of Tuesday, Feb. 11.

Police said the unprovoked and brutal attack happened in the area of 125 Prospect St. just before noon as the victim was on his lunch break.

As police investigated, they learned that the victim had been at the For Your Convenience Store on Prospect Street at the same time as three of the suspects.

As three teenage boys were leaving the store, another teen joined them and they followed the victim.

One of the youths coerced a 275-pound 15-year-old boy to slam the victim to the ground, threatening to reveal unflattering information about the teen, police said.

The teen picked the victim up, slammed him to the ground and the other teens punched the victim in the face several times, police said.

The victim sustained multiple fractures to his neck, back and left arm. He was taken to Stamford Hospital, where he was admitted. On Feb. 13 he underwent surgery and was released on Feb. 17.

The Stamford Detective Bureau was notified, immediately started canvassing the area, secured several surveillance tapes of the area and found one showing the four suspects running west on North Street and into the side entrance of Stamford Academy, police said.

On Feb. 13, a witness provided detectives with a statement and officers identified a 15-year-old Bridgeport boy suspected in the attack. He was arrested on Feb. 13.

Over the weekend, police obtained more information and identified the other teens suspected as a 15-year-old Stamford boy and a 16-year-old Port Chester, New York boy. All three are students at Stamford Academy.

All three were charged with first-degree assault on an elderly person, conspiracy and breach of peace.

Police also arrest charged the 16-year-old Port Chester teen with coercion.

All three were taken to the Bridgeport Detention Center. This investigation is open and more arrests are possible.

Police said this is a different group of students who were involved in a separate attack in December.

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Heavy Snow Caused Problems on I-84 and Cedar Mountain


The snow is coming down quickly and that caused problems on Cedar Mountain in Newington as well as Interstate 84 in Manchester today.

Route 175 in Newington The road was impassable and cars were stuck, officials said, so police had to close part of the road so plows could get in.

The road has since reopened.

People were also stopped on Interstate 84 in Manchester because of white-out conditions. The snow has since moved east.


Crown Market in West Hartford Likely Closing


Crown Market, a kosher grocery store, has served West Hartford for more than 70 years, but it appears it will be closing its doors.

A supervisor said the closing id definite unless "some millionaire decides on the ninth hour to bail us out for whatever reason."

Store executives declined to say more until issuing a news release.

The market was established in 1940 by Sam Smith, Sam Sowalsky, and Jack Sloat and it has been known as “The Good Food” store.

In 2009, the third generation of family ownership sold the Crown Market to Marc Bokoff.

There have been several messages on the market’s Facebook page from customers upset about the closing.

“I hope The Crown Market never closes,” Robert J Zinkerman posted.

“Say it isn't so?,” Julie Miles Pinsky wrote.

Photo Credit: NBCConnecticut.com

Snow Totals By Town on Feb. 18


The snow has been falling since this morning and here are the new snow accumulations so far:

  • North Somers - 7.8"
  • Hazardville - 7.0"
  • Wallingford - 6.5"
  • Meriden - 6.0"
  • Portland - 6.0"
  • Middletown - 6.0"
  • West Hartford - 6.0"
  • Suffield - 5.5"
  • North Haven - 5.3"
  • Rocky Hill - 5.0"
  • Southington - 5.0"
  • Tolland - 5.0"
  • New Haven - 4.1"
  • Salem - 4.0"
  • Clinton - 4.0"
  • Norwich - 4.0"
  • Old Saybrook - 3.5"
  • Burlington - 3.0"
  • Prospect - 3.0"
  • Bridgeport - 2.7"
  • Ridgefield - 2.0"
  • West Granby - 2.0"
  • New Hartford - 1.2"
  • Warren - 1.0"
  • Bridgewater - 1.0"

How much new snow do you have? Comment below.

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New Haven Market Robbed at Gunpoint


New Haven police are searching for the men who robbed a market on George Street at gunpoint Saturday.

The robbery occurred around 5:30 p.m. Feb. 15 at the Deli Haven Market at 794 George Street. A store customer told police she walked in and found the clerk visibly shaken. The employee told her he had been robbed at gunpoint, and the customer called police.

She told officers that moments earlier, as many as five young men were pacing outside the door. She said they may have been gang members and believed had been involved in the robbery, police said.

Several of the young men then entered the market, the store clerk told police. One approached the counter and another went behind it, pulling out a black gun and holding it to the clerk’s back, according to police.

The suspect ordered the clerk to get down, then grabbed a pack of cigarettes and about $100 from the cash registered. He also searched the clerk’s pockets, but they were empty, police said.

The gunman is described as dark skinned, stands 6 feet tall and has a thick build. Police said he was wearing a navy jacket with the word “Bulldogs” written on the front and a white circular symbol on the back. His jeans were light blue, and he wore black-and-white sneakers and a black face mask.

Police describe the second suspect as a medium-skinned black man in his 20s with a mustache. Police said he’s about 5 feet 10 inches tall and was wearing a gray jacket with black sleeves and a hood.

Authorities are working to identify the suspects and are checking surveillance footage as part of the investigation.

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NSA Official Charged in Son's Death


A Maryland man has been charged with the murder of his adopted 3-year-old son, Montgomery County police said Tuesday.

Brian Patrick O'Callaghan, 36, of Damascus has been charged with first degree murder and child abuse.

In court, O'Callaghan's lawyer said the suspect worked for the National Security Agency as chief of its Korea division; the boy had been adopted from Korea in October.

Police say O'Callaghan told investigators he was caring 3-year-old Hyunsu for two days, adding he hadn't bonded much with his new son. O'Callaghan said he helped give Hyusnu a shower Jan. 31, during which he said the 3-year-old had slipped in the bathtub, falling backward and hitting his shoulder.

O'Callaghan told police the next afternoon, Hyunsu was unresponsive following a nap and had mucus coming from his nose. O'Callaghan said he took Hyusnu to a Germantown emergency room several hours later, where he was deemed to be in critical condition, possibly brain dead. 

Hyunsu was pronounced dead two days later. Investigators say he had impact trauma on his body, as well is internal bleeding. 

O'Callaghan was arrested Feb. 16 and is being held without bond.

At his hearing Tuesday, O'Callaghan's attorney also said O'Callaghan was a Marine veteran who had been involved in the rescue of Army POW Jessica Lynch. O'Callaghan served in the Marine Corps from 1997 through 2004 as sergeant.

According to his service record, O'Callaghan was deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom for nine months in 2003 and served in Al-Wasit Province, An Nasiriyah and Al Kut. During the An Nasiriyah deployment, O'Callaghan worked with the Civil Affairs Group -- he was tasked with keeping civilians away from battle. 

His awards include: Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with Combat "V," Combat Action Ribbon, Navy Unit Commendation, Selected Marine Corps Reserve Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Kosovo Campaign Medal with 1 star, Iraq Campaign Medal with 2 stars, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon with 1 star and Armed Forces Reserve Medal.

An obituary posted on the web site of the Frederick News-Post gave the child's full name as Madoc Hyeonsu O'Callaghan and said he was born in South Korea. He was described in the obituary as a "smiling, content, and loving son and brother.''

"He loved his dogs, his big brother Aidan, and anything his parents made for him to eat. He wasn't dealt the simplest hand in life, but he found something to love in it every day,'' the obituary said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Man Accused of Raping and Killing Woman, Setting Apartment on Fire


The 21-year-old Manchester man accused of setting a Park Street apartment on fire after raping and fatally beating a woman who lived there appeared in court.

Steven Durdek, Jr., of Manchester, was arrested Feb. 14 and faced a judge Tuesday. Durdek is a convicted burglar and is charged with felony murder, murder, arson, burglary and tampering with evidence.

Police said they believe Durdek raped and killed 56-year-old Sarah "Jackie" Kelloway in her third-floor apartment at 52 Park Street on Jan. 18, then set her body on fire in a burglary gone wrong.

Kelloway's son and his girlfriend were apparently visiting her until around 3:30 a.m., at which point Durdek, who had been waiting outside, entered the apartment, court documents show.

Police believe Durdek raped Kelloway and beat her to death following a struggle. The two did not know each other, according to police.

The fire was reported around 5 a.m. and most of the damage was contained to Kelloway's bedroom.

Investigators have interviewed a number of people in connection with the case, and said Durdek's DNA was found on the victim and at the scene, accoridng to court documents.

Police believe Durdek also posted Facebook photo of the victim and the crime scene.

Durdek has been convicted on prior burglary charges and was out on probation, according to police.

At least a dozen of Kelloway's friends and family members appeared and court and were angry and emotional following Durdek's arraignment.

Durdek's friends and family members also attended.

Bond was initially set at $1 million but increased to $2 million following his court appearance.

Durdek is due back in cout March 4.

Photo Credit: Manchester Police

Fatal Crash Closes Route 12 in Plainfield


A 22-year-old Plainfield man has died after his car struck a snow bank and utility pole Tuesday morning, and part of Putnam Road/Route 12 is closed while authorities investigate and crews work to make repairs.

According to police, Robert Perry, Jr., died after losing control of his Saturn Ion in the area of 387 Putnam Road/Route 12 in Wauregan just after 7:15 a.m. Feb. 18. The car went off the right side of the road, plowed into a snow bank and hit a pole.

Putnam Road/Route 12 remains closed while workers replace the utility pole.

Anyone with information or who may have witnessed the crash is asked to contact Plainfield police at 860-564-0804.

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East Haven Man Accused of Raping 13-Year-Old


East Haven police have arrested a 23-year-old man accused of raping a 13-year-old girl. Now they said they believe there might be more victims and are reaching out to the public.

Police arrested Joseph Hutchinson on Sunday after the teen’s parents contacted authorities to report that he had sexually assaulted the girl, police said.

Police obtained a warrant charging Hutchinson with first-degree sexual assault and risk of injury to a minor following the Saturday incident.

Hutchinson has been previously convicted on drug charges and also faces three active arrest warrants charging him with violation of probation.

Hutchinson was arraigned Feb. 18. He's due back in court March 4.

Anyone with information about the case should call the East Haven Police Department at 203-468-3820 or the Detective Division at 203-468-3827.

You can also leave an anonymous tip on the East Haven Police Department Web site.

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4-Month-Old Burned by Baseboard Heater: Police


A baby girl whose face, chest and hand were apparently burned by a baseboard heater was rushed to the hospital early Monday morning and later transferred to Shriner’s Hospital in Boston for further treatment, according to New Haven police.

The child, who lives in New Haven’s Fair Haven neighborhood, was treated at Yale-New Haven Hospital’s pediatric emergency department. She was stabilized and taken to Shriner’s, police said.

The investigation is ongoing, but police said they believe the injuries to be accidental and think the child came into contact with a baseboard heater.

No additional information was immediately available.

US Women's Top Rival Figure Skaters


The trio competing for the U.S. in women's figure skating -- the crown jewel of the Olympic Games -- each has a legitimate shot at making it to the medal podium. But to get there, American skaters Ashley Wagner, Gracie Gold and Polina Edmunds first must outdo an accomplished and hungry roster of competitors.

Thirty women compete in the individual event Wednesday and Thursday, including a 15-year-old Russian figure skating phenom, an Italian late bloomer and the reigning Olympic gold and silver medalists.

Here's your guide to some of the best of their competition: 

Lipnitskaia is the youngest skater in the competition but also one of the favorites. She dominated the women's individual portion of last week's team event, helping Russia to its first gold medal of the Sochi Games (and earning an approving pat on the head from President Vladimir Putin). She was the top scorer in both parts of the event, beating Wagner in the short program and Gold in the free skate.

Since those performances, she has ducked out of the spotlight, heading back to her home gym in Moscow to finish polishing her routines. Meanwhile, her name has been on everyone's lips, with skating analysts Scott Hamilton, Tara Lipinski and teammate Evgeny Plushenko calling her everything from "special" to "genius."

What she's got: The home crowd advantage.

Gold medal motivation: If Lipnitskaia clinches the gold, she will be the first Russian to do so in the history of the women's individual Olympic skating event. (No pressure.)

Kim stunned pretty much everyone who watched her 2010 Olympic performance, including the judges. Her programs were flawless and earned her the highest score ever given out in a women's Olympic figure skating contest. After clinching the gold, she moved back home to South Korea from her training base in Canada and scaled back her competition schedule for two full years. When she returned to the ice full time, however, it was apparent that the period of rest hadn't slowed her down. She took the gold at the 2013 world championships in a performance sure to send shivers down the spines of other Sochi medal hopefuls. 

What she's got: Lots of experience handling Olympic pressure and massive fame back home.

Gold medal motivation: Kim has announced that she is retiring after the Sochi Games. If she defends her title, she'll become just the third woman in Olympic history to notch two individual figure skating golds. 

Asada has been competing against Kim for years, trading victories with her at a long list of competitions, including the 2010 Games. There, she took the silver, a good distance behind Kim, but has vowed to set things right at Sochi. “In Vancouver, I had the gold medal as my goal,” Asada said in an interview last year, according to Olympic.org. “I'd worked for it since I was a child, and afterwards I really regretted my mistakes. In Sochi, I'd like to erase those memories by doing everything perfectly. That’s what I've been working for these last three years.” 

What she's got: Asada can do what no other female figure skater has ever managed to do: land a triple axel in competition. This is among the hardest jumps in the sport, requiring enough power, height and fearlessness for a skater to complete three and a half rotations in the air. She failed to land the jump in the Sochi team event but has had time to regroup since then.

Gold medal motivation: Like Kim, Asada has announced that she will retire from competitive skating after the Sochi Games. 

Kostner has had the longest career of any of the top contenders and has developed slowly over time. It took her 10 tries before she won her first world championship title, but she eventually did in 2012, when she was already in her late 20s. Now, at 27, she's competing in her third Olympic Games, and anyalysts say this could finally be her year to reach the medal podium. She's already off to a good start, having finished third in the women's individual portion of the Sochi team event.

What she's got: Zen. Kostner is older, has been through many competitions -- including two Olympics -- and is under less pressure than some of her competitors to win the gold. While the other top contenders talk in interviews about winning that title, Kostner talks more about enjoying the experience.

Gold medal motivation: Just as it is for Kim and Asada, this is also Kostner's last chance for the gold -- or medal of any color.

Route 87 Reopens in Columbia


Route 87 in Columbia has reopened after an accident involving a car and a pedestrian.

The accident happened around 4:30 p.m. at the Lebanon town line, according to state police.

The pedestrian suffered minor injuries, police said.

The road reopened around 5:30 p.m.

State Supplies Towns With Extra Road Salt


Towns desperately short on salt to spread on snowy roads now have a replenished supply of it, thanks to the Department of Transportation.

As of Tuesday morning, the state DOT has delivered nearly 5,000 tons of road salt to 42 Connecticut cities and towns, according to the Office of Gov. Dannel Malloy.

The state has not had a shortage of salt this season, though its stockpile has been lower than in past years. The DOT worked out a plan last week to deliver additional salt to cities and towns that needed it.

"Our municipalities have turned to us for help and ConnDOT has done a great job of stepping up and getting salt to the cities and towns that were facing shortages," Malloy said in a statement.

The DOT is expecting a delivery of an additional 45,000 tons of salt to the Port of New Haven this weekend.

Department of Transportation commissioner James Redeker said the state and municipalities should have an adequate supply of road salt to last through the end of the winter season.

Here is a look at which municipalities received salt and how much they received:

  • Municipality              Tons Received
  • Weston                              65
  • Monroe                              97
  • Branford                            101
  • North Haven                     100
  • Bethany                             101
  • Haddam                            103
  • Meriden                             200
  • Berlin                                 179
  • Canton                              174
  • East Haddam                  95
  • Marlborough                    100
  • Burlington                        100
  • East Hartford                   400
  • New Britain                      200
  • Somers                            100
  • Suffield                             100
  • Avon                                  99
  • Farmington                      100
  • Granby                              60
  • Wethersfield                    100
  • Vernon                              70
  • East Granby                    100
  • New Britain                     200
  • Hartford                           200
  • Bloomfield                      25
  • Mansfield                        50
  • Bozrah                             48
  • Thompson                     94
  • Colchester                     80
  • New London                 200
  • Mashantucket Nation 100
  • Litchfield                       100
  • Redding                        100
  • Torrington                      57
  • Washington                  100
  • Winsted                         99
  • Danbury                        200
  • Wolcott                          100
  • Beacon Falls               100
  • Middlebury                   100
  • Sharon                         54
  • Roxbury                       100
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