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Teen Battling Life-Threatening Disease Gets Dream Prom


A Sheehan High School student had the prom she never could have imagined this weekend. She can't go to her high school prom because she is sick with cystic fibrosis. The prom she got was even better.

Nurses at Gaylord Hospital in Wallingford, knew Brianna Dragunoff will be missing her high school prom, so they pulled together to help create a special night for Brianna.

"We were in her room nine days ago, and just threw the idea out there, messaged our manager, she got back to us that night, and it just took off from there," said Nurses Margarita Norris and Courtney Fletcher.

Norris and Fletcher are Brianna's nurses and have known her as she's been in and out of Gaylord Hospital fighting against the slow progression of cystic fibrosis. Although the illness is keeping her from her high prom, Brianna got one of her own in the hospital.

"It's hard not going to your prom, but I mean, it makes it 10 times better being with people you love," Brianna said.

The photographer, DJ, and catering all came together within hours after Brianna's nurses came up with the idea, but the guest list was left to her. Her friends, family, and people who have become like family to her were invited

"Staff that she specifically invited, her Gaylord guest list," Norris and Fletcher said.

This night to remember comes at a time when Brianna's health has been as challenging as ever.

"Her's has progressed very quickly and badly, and she's been critically ill since January," said, Cheryl Dragunoff, Brianna' mother.

Brianna has had multiple surgeries and she's facing another one later this month.

For her prom, Brianna chose masquerade as the theme. A chance to be someone else for a night with the room covered in purple, the color of cystic fibrosis month.

"Obviously it's important to remember what I have and what I have to deal with, but being here and getting a break from being sick- it's amazing," Brianna said.


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Car Fire Sparks Panic at NJ Mall


A car fire in the parking lot of New Jersey's largest mall terrified shoppers who thought they'd heard gunshots, sparking a scare that brought a massive police presence to the scene and forcing an evacuation of the building.

Panicked shoppers, diners and moviegoers at the Garden State Plaza mall in Paramus, N.J. began running and calling 911 after hearing loud noises that sounded like gunfire, according to multiple law enforcement officials.

Police and federal agents swarmed the mall and evacuated the building. They found no evidence of a shooting, and after an investigation officials determined that evacuees knocked over two large metal display stanchions, creating loud noises, which may have sounded similar to gunshots.

The Garden State Plaza was the site of a shooting last November in which the mall was locked down as a 20-year-old gunman prowled the building, firing his gun into the air. He was later found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound; no one else was hurt.

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Two Men Shot in New Haven


Police are searching for the people who shot two men on the streets of New Haven last night.

According to police, the victims were walking on Daisy Street near Gem Street when they were reportedly confronted by a group of three men, at least one of whom opened fire.

Frager Thomas, 35, was shot in the face. Police said a bullet punctured his cheek. His 21-year-old cousin, Damar Thomas, was shot in the abdomen.

Both men received non-life threatening injuries and were taken to Yale-New Haven Hospital for treatment, where they’re listed in stable condition, according to police.

The shooting happened shortly before 8 p.m. Saturday. Police said they do not believe it was a robbery attempt.

Detectives are interviewing witnesses and working to identify suspects.

Anyone with information is urged to call New Haven police at 203-946-6304. Callers may remain anonymous.

Shooting Leaves Bridgeport Man in Critical Condition


A 26-year-old Bridgeport man is in crtical condition after he was shot in the chest Sunday morning on Logon Street.

Police said the victim, Jamal Wiggins, was with a group of people outside 423 Logon Street when gunfire erupted from across the street and Wiggins was struck in the chest.

Witnesses said two people across the street opened fire and one person in Wiggins' group shot back, according to police.

Wiggins is in critical condition at Bridgeport Hospital.

Anyone with information about the shooting is urged to contact Bridgeport police at 203-581-5250.

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Fairfield Fire Chief to Retire After 56 Years


Fairfield's fire chief says he'll retire after 56 years on the job.

The Connecticut Post reports that Richard Felner informed the Fire Commission on Thursday he'll retire when his contract expires in June 2015.

The 76-year-old Felner says he had a rewarding career serving in every capacity from rookie firefighter to chief. His first day was Feb. 2, 1959.

First Selectman Michael Tetreau says he believes Felner is Fairfield's longest-serving public employee.

His work has not been without controversy.

Assistant Chief George Gomola accused Felner two years ago of slapping him. An investigation concluded that Felner "more likely than not" slapped Gomola, but the commission did not take disciplinary action.

More recently, Felner was criticized when firefighters were promoted shortly before retirement, raising their pension payouts.

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Teen Charged With Recklessly Driving ATV at Track Meet


An 18-year-old is facing charges after driving his ATV during a track meet at East Haven High School and forcing spectators to jump out of the way, according to police.

Police said Nicholas Arcand was riding his quad at the high school around 5:20 p.m. May 9 and covering his face with a piece of clothing in an apparent effort to hide his identity.

When an on-duty officer approached, Arcand headed toward the west end of the school and began driving so recklessly, people in the area had to duck out of the way, according to police.

Officers at the scene said the area was crowded with cars and spectators.

Police said Arcand left the area and continued onto Route 80/Foxon Road, where he sped up and passed several cars before crossing into North Branford.

Officers found Arcand at his home. He initially lied to police about his involvement in the incident, then admitted to driving the ATV and directed officers to the vehicle hidden in his backyard, police said.

Police arrested Arcand and confiscated the ATV.

Arcand is charged with second-degree reckless endangerment, reckless driving, operating with a suspended license and operating an unregistered motor vehicle.

He was released on $1,500 bond and is due in court May 21.

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Motorcyclist Dies in Crash on Foxon Road in North Branford


A motorcyclist has died after colliding with a car on Foxon Road/Route 80 in North Branford.

The crash happened around 10:15 a.m. Sunday. Foxon Road was closed for hours at Totoket Road while authorities investigated.

Police said the victim was pronounced dead at Yale-New Haven Hospital. No one else was injured in the crash.

No additional information was immediately available.

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Yale Grad Takes Vow of Silence, Makes Cross-Country Trek


A former Ivy League student who was once so dedicated to academics he’d fall asleep on the floor with his homework is now funneling that commitment into something else – walking. In silence.

He's been doing it for 10 months and he isn't done yet.

Greg Hindy grew up in Nashua, New Hampshire, where he was high school valedictorian and went on to enter the pre-med program at Yale.

In his last year of college, Hindy enrolled in a photography class, unaware that it would change his life. Now he's on a cross-country journey with a large-format film camera, and he hasn't breathed a word since before he left after graduation last July.

“It’s his reaction against all of the 24-hour news cycle and reign of fear, and all the things that we live with,” said his father, Carl Hindy, explaining that Greg Hindy’s mission is one of mindfulness and meditation.

It all started with a class project. The assignment was to capture a community in pictures, and Greg Hindy planned to photograph a church in New Haven. He stopped at a flea market to pick up some camera equipment – and never made it to the church.

He instead became immersed in the market culture and returned week after week. There, he completed his project and went on to display the photos at the New Haven Free Public Library.

Carl Hindy said his son’s pictures capture the pride and passion of ordinary people.

Before long, Greg Hindy traded his dreams of medical school for the life of an artist.

"Most of us are identity adopters, but Greg is an identity former," said Carl Hindy, a psychologist.

Funded by a Kick Starter project and grant from the Chase Coggins Memorial Fund at Yale, Greg Hindy set out to create his artistic identity on a walking trip from New Hampshire to Los Angeles.

"I am abstaining from just about all forms of entertainment other than the thoughts inside my head," Greg Hindy wrote on his Web site. "I hope to better understand the endurance-performance works of artists who came before me."

He's completely unplugged – no technology, no media, just Greg Hindy and his camera.

And a debit card. It's how Carl Hindy tracks his son’s progress across the nation – by monitoring debit card transactions and tracing his route on an interactive map.

Friends, family and everyone else can follow along on Facebook. Greg Hindy’s group is growing daily as the people he encounters log on to learn more about the silent young man on a cross-country quest.

Carl Hindy said his son travels about 25 miles per day and survives on convenience store snacks and the kindness of strangers.

That kindness came into play when Greg Hindy lost a notebook in Florida and a resident of St. Augustine found Carl Hindy's number and called to return it.

It was also evident as Greg Hindy made his way through Utah. Dehydration or food poisoning made him weak, and he collapsed at a gas station. Concerned bystanders found Carl Hindy on Facebook and sent a message to let him know.

A week later, Greg Hindy had Easter dinner near Salt Lake City with a family he'd just met.

"Everybody has gotten involved in different ways," Carl Hindy explained. He said it wasn't intended to be a "hands-across-America" project but no one could have predicted its unifying effect.

"It's sort of the wishes and dreams of America, I think, projected onto him," Carl Hindy added.

Greg Hindy set off on July 9, just before his 22nd birthday, and should arrive in LA around the same time this year. He'll break his year of silence by finishing the video essay he began before he left. Right now he’s in Idaho, trekking the same trail as Lewis and Clark.

It's not clear what the future holds, but Carl Hindy said his son plans to attend graduate school and will make his way back to Yale to share what he learned on the road.

In the meantime, Greg Hindy remains "totally committed to something that most people would think of as not an accomplishment – walking."

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4 Dead, 18 Hurt in Chicago Violence


At least four people have been killed, including a mother who was shot at a family gathering, and 18 others wounded in shootings over Mother’s Day weekend.

The weekend’s latest fatality took place around 3:40 p.m. Sunday when a teen was shot in the left side of his chest in the 200 block of West 116th Street. The man, whose exact age was not immediately known, was transported to Advocate Christ Medical Center in grave condition, but he was later pronounced dead according to the Cook County Medical Examiner's office. Details surrounding the shooting were not immediately available.

Around 1:40 p.m. Saturday a 25-year-old man was killed in the 4100 block of West Adams Street.

Police said a dark-colored minivan pulled alongside the victim and two people exited the car and opened fire. The suspects then jumped back in their van and fled the scene.

The victim suffered multiple gunshot wounds and was pronounced dead at John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County.

The incident is believed to have been gang related, authorities said.

Another fatality took place just before 3:30 a.m. Saturday in the Little Village neighborhood.

Police said a 34-year-old man was found with multiple gunshot wounds in the 4100 block of West 28th Street. He was pronounced dead at the scene and police are conducting a homicide investigation.

On Friday, a 37-year-old woman was shot in the chest while at a family gathering in a front yard in the Morgan Park neighborhood, police said.

The woman was sitting in a front yard just before 8 p.m. in the 11400 block of South Aberdeen Street after sending her niece off to prom, when gunshots rang out and the family began to run, according to authorities.

Summer Moore, a single mother of three, was shot in the chest and later pronounced dead at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn.

Police are conducting a homicide investigation.

Fourteen people were wounded in shootings since Saturday afternoon.

  • Less than 30 minutes earlier, a teen girl was standing outside of a store in the 4800 block of South Loomis Boulevard with her headphones in when she felt pain and realized she had been shot in her left foot. The teen took herself to Mercy Hospital in good condition, police said.
  • Around 1:15 p.m., a man in his 20s was shot in both legs in the 4200 block of West Augusta Boulevard. The man was transported to Mount Sinai Hospital in good condition, but details surrounding the shooting were not immediately available.
  • A 34-year-old woman was shot in the side around 4:30 a.m. in the 200 block of West Garfield. The woman was exiting a business on the block when an armed offender approached her and shot her in the lower left side. The woman was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital in critical condition. Area Central detectives are investigating.
  • About an hour earlier, a 26-year-old man was shot in the eye in the 3600 block of North Ashland Avenue, in the North Side's Lakeview neighborhood. The man was standing in line outside of a club in the neighborhood when someone fired shots from across the street. The man was taken to Illinois Masonic Medical Center in stable condition.
  • Around 2:30 a.m., police shot a teen while responding to a disturbance call in the 5400 block of West Madison Avenue. According to a statement from police, a group was gathered on the block and when officers arrived they saw a 17-year-old man put a handgun in his waistband and flee the scene. Police attempted to apprehend the teen when they claim he turned and pointed the firearm in their direction, forcing them to fire. He was taken to an area hospital and a weapon was recovered from the scene. The shooting is under review by the Independent Police Review Authority.
  • Thirty minutes earlier, a 27-year-old woman was shot while standing in a parking lot in the 12200 block of South Halsted Street in the West Pullman neighborhood. The woman was transported in stable condition to Advocate Christ Medical Center. Police said preliminary investigations indicate the woman was not the intended target.
  • Around 1:40 a.m. a 21-year-old man was shot in an apparent drive-by shooting in the 1700 block of West 85th Street in the Gresham neighborhood. The man was walking when a dark-colored sedan pulled up and someone in the vehicle opened fire, striking him in the groin and lower back. The man was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in critical condition.
  • Ten minutes earlier, a 24-year-old man was shot in the ankle in the 9800 block of South Halsted Street in the Longwood Manor neighborhood. He was taken to Little Company of Mary Hospital in good condition, but details surrounding the shooting were not immediately available.
  • Around 11:45 p.m. Saturday a 15-year-old boy was shot in near South Dorchester Avenue and East 75th Street. He was shot underneath the left armpit and taken to Stroger Hospital in fair condition.
  • At 11 p.m. two people were shot while waiting at a bus stop in the 500 block of South Cicero Avenue, in the South Austin neighborhood. A 32-year-old man was taken to Stroger Hospital in stable condition with a wound to the leg and a 22-year-old woman, who was also shot in the leg, was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital in good condition. Police said the shooting may have been gang-related.
  • Around 9:30 p.m., a 20-year-old man was treated for a gunshot wound to the hand at Roseland Hospital. Police said the wound appeared to be self-inflicted.
  • Just after 6:45 p.m. an 18-year-old man was shot in the 6200 block of South Stoney Island Avenue. The teen was standing with friends when shots were fired from someone in a passing black vehicle. The teen suffered a graze wound to the leg and was in good condition at Jackson Park Hospital.
  • Around 1:30 p.m. a 16-year-old boy was shot in the 7800 block of South Drexel Avenue. The teen suffered what appeared to be a self-inflicted wound to the leg and was transported to Jackson Park Hospital in good condition.

At least four others have been shot since Friday and two people stabbed.

Sterling Asks for Forgiveness


Embattled Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling says he is sorry and emotionally distraught nearly two weeks after being banned for life from the NBA over racist comments that surfaced in a recorded conversation.

In a yet-to-air interview with CNN's Anderson Cooper, the 80-year-old billionaire said he was not a racist, calling the remarks a "terrible mistake."

"I'm a good member who made a mistake and I'm apologizing and I'm asking for forgiveness," he told Cooper, as reported on CNN's website Sunday. "Am I entitled to one mistake, am I after 35 years? I mean, I love my league, I love my partners. Am I entitled to one mistake? It's a terrible mistake, and I'll never do it again."

The interview marked the first time Sterling has spoken publicly since TMZ Sports released the audio recordings on April 25.

"When I listen to that tape, I don't even know how I can say words like that," Sterling said, according to CNN's report.

When Cooper asked if he was set up, Sterling replied, "Well yes, I was baited," according to CNN.

The audio tape has not been authenticated by NBC News.

Recordings of Sterling telling a woman named V. Stiviano he didn't appreciate her publicly associating with blacks or bringing them to Clippers games surfaced amid a lawsuit in which Sterling's wife, Shelly, is demanding Stiviano turn over several fancy cars and a duplex the billionaire gave her.

Sterling's wife also gave her first interview since the NBA banned her estranged husband, saying she doesn't think her husband is a racist, but believes he is in the "onset of dementia" because he could not remember making the remarks.

Shelly Sterling also said she would fight to keep her share of the Clippers and plans one day to divorce Sterling.

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver banned Sterling, fined him $2.5 million and urged owners to force him to sell the team. Silver added that no decisions had been made about the rest of Sterling's family.

"I will fight that decision," Shelly Sterling said, according to a story ABC News posted Sunday with excerpts from her conversation with Barbara Walters. "To be honest with you, I'm wondering if a wife of one of the owners, and there's 30 owners, did something like that, said those racial slurs, would they oust the husband? Or would they leave the husband in?

"I don't know why I should be punished for what his actions were."

Shelly Sterling's attorney, Pierce O'Donnell, has said she will fight to retain her 50 percent ownership stake in the team.

In response to Shelly Sterling's comments, NBA spokesman Mike Bass released a statement saying, "Under the NBA Constitution, if a controlling owner's interest is terminated by a 3/4 vote, all other team owners' interests are automatically terminated as well. It doesn't matter whether the owners are related as is the case here. These are the rules to which all NBA owners agreed to as a condition of owning their team."

Sterling also said that she "eventually" will divorce her husband, and that she hadn't yet done so due to financial considerations.

"For the last 20 years, I've been seeing attorneys for a divorce," she said. "In fact, I have here — I just filed — I was going to file the petition. I signed the petition for a divorce. And it came to almost being filed. And then, my financial adviser and my attorney said to me, 'Not now.'"

The Associated Press contributed to this report

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Boy Scouts Rescue Injured Ann Curry


A group of New Jersey Boy Scouts visiting an upstate New York park rescued NBC News journalist Ann Curry after she broke her leg on a hike, making a splint and carrying the Emmy-winning broadcaster down a steep trail in a makeshift stretcher.

The Scouts, from Troop 368 in Berkeley Heights, were hiking on a rocky trail in Harriman State Park on April 4 when they came across Curry, who was sitting on the ground with one leg out and appeared to be in pain, according to Scouting magazine.

They didn’t initially recognize the former “Today” anchor, but asked if she needed help.

“She said, ‘No, not really. I think I broke my ankle,’” said scouter Rick Jurgens. “She told us to keep going, but the guys refused.”

The Scouts splinted Curry’s leg and tried to carry her down the steep incline. When they realized that wouldn’t work, they made a makeshift stretcher out of sticks and a tarp and tested it to make sure it could bear weight.

Then, according to Scouting, they picked up Curry, put her in the stretcher and carried her to the trail head, where her husband was waiting.

The boys didn’t realize who they had helped until after Curry left, when Jurgens told them that it was the famous journalist.

A couple of weeks later, Curry sent a letter to each of the Scouts thanking them, saying they went “above the call of duty.” In the letter, she said her leg was broken so severely that it would take 10 to 12 weeks to heal.

“I feel enormously lucky you came along at just the right moment, and were so willing to help a stranger in need,” Curry wrote.

On Friday, she thanked the troop again in a tweet.

“If you break a leg on a mountain, I hope Boy Scout Troop 368 finds you,” she said. “Boy am I glad they found me.” 

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Q-Poll: Voters Back Metal Detectors, Armed Guards in Schools


Most Connecticut voters support using metal detectors at schools, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released on Monday. A smaller percent were in support of having armed guards on duty.

Towns and cities across the state have heightened safety at local schools after the tragic school shooting in Newtown that claimed the lives of 20 first graders and six staff members in December 2012.

The most recent Quinnipiac poll found that 82 percent of the voters who participated said they support using metal detectors at school entrances, while 15 percent are opposed.

A smaller percentage – 49  percent – said they support having armed guards in schools, while 44 percent are opposed.

The state enacted stricter gun legislation after the school shooting and 56 percent of Connecticut voters who took part in the poll support the new gun control laws.

Support was greater among Democrats, at 81 percent, while 69 percent of Republicans opposed it. Among independent voters, 54 percent supported the new laws.

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Most Support Death Penalty in Connecticut: Poll


Most Connecticut voters support the death penalty and are divided on the state’s decision to replace it with life without the chance of parole, a new Quinnipiac University poll finds

In 2012, Connecticut lawmakers abolished the death penalty.

"Despite the botched execution in Oklahoma, we haven't seen any change in support for the death penalty in Connecticut: 58 percent still support the death penalty, but are divided when given a choice between the death penalty and life without parole," Douglas Schwartz, director of the Quinnipiac University poll said.

That legislation was put into effect for future sentencing, not for the men who were already on death row, officials said in 2012.

“(T)he people of this state pay for appeal after appeal, and then watch time and again as defendants are marched in front of the cameras, giving them a platform of public attention they don’t deserve. It is sordid attention that rips open never-quite-healed wounds.  The 11 men currently on death row in Connecticut are far more likely to die of old age than they are to be put to death,” Malloy said in a statement at the time.

Fifty-eight percent of people who took part in the poll said they support the death penalty while 36 percent opposed.

They are divided in their opinion of the 2012 bill that replaced the death penalty with life in prison without the chance of parole, with 47 percent approving it and 49 percent disapproving.

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Fire Causes Delays on Metro-North


There are delays on Metro-North’s New Haven line after a fire destroyed a switching control house near Cos Cob on Saturday.

Metro-North is warning that there are 5- to 10-minute delays.

The railroad is using two of the four tracks “in the peak direction through a nine-mile area,” according to Metro-North’s Web site.

The fire also eliminated the railroad’s ability to operate trains around problems in this area.

This is also affecting Metro-North's ability to provide timely updates to the communication systems for trains between Cos Cob and Harrison. 

They are warning that station signage and the TrainTime Mobile App might display incorrect train status and urge commuters to listen for announcements at your station.

Netflix Hikes Price $1 More a Month


Netflix will raise its monthly subscription rate $1 to $8.99, but current subscribers will get a two-year reprieve, according to reports.

Netflix sent its subscribers an email about the price hike which will  affect new subscribers, according to CNET. After 24 months, current subscribers who now pay $7.99 a month will also have to pay the $8.99 price. Netflix said the price hike is necessary to expand its offerings.

New pricing will also take effect in the United Kingdom where monthly rates will also go up £1 per month, as well as €1 more in the rest of Europe. The lower price for current subscribers is likely to prevent its users from jumping ship. From the Netflix letter, "As a thank you for being a member of Netflix already, we guarantee that your plan and price will not change for two years."

The streaming service has previously created its own content, including the critically-acclaimed  Kevin Spacey vehicle, "House of Cards" and women's prison dramedy "Orange is the New Black.."
The company had talked about raising rates last month, mainly to pay for its new content. 

When Netflix last raised rates in 2011, customers revolted and quit the service. Netflix took a more measured approach in 2014 to not alienate its current customer base..

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Texas Pols Woo Sriracha Plant


The maker of the popular Sriracha hot sauce says he has no intention of moving his embattled factory out of Irwindale, California, but he has told two visiting Texas lawmakers he might consider expanding into The Lone Star State.

A Texas delegation of politicians, including Rep. Jason Villalba (R), hoping to lure the next hot deal out of California visited with David Tran, owner of Huy Fong Foods.

David Tran spoke to reporters on Monday after giving the politicians a tour of the factory, which some neighbors claim emits offensive odors. Irwindale city leaders have tentatively declared the plant a public nuisance, leading numerous other cities and states to urge Tran to relocate his business and jobs.

The Irwindale City Council is scheduled to vote on finalizing the nuisance declaration on Wednesday, but there's a staff recommendation to delay the vote another two weeks.

Tran believes he'll have the odor issue resolved by June 1.

Tran has said publicly he will not be pushed out of business. "Why [do] you hate me? Why [do] you want to shut me down?" he asked Irwindale's city council last month, at a meeting on the plant's future. "Tell me what I need to correct," he said afterward, speaking with reporters.

The plant employs up to 1,000 people, according to Villalba – jobs he hoped to bring to North Texas.  The delegation also involves a contingent from South Texas, a location politicians said would be an ideal climate to grow the sauce’s spicy peppers.

Texas is not the only state that has expressed interest in wooing Huy Fong Foods.  It is believed that some in Pennsylvania are also interested in the hot sauce maker.

19-Year-Old Man Killed in Vernon Moped Crash


A 19-year-old Vernon man has died after his moped struck a parked car in Vernon on Sunday night, according to police.

Police said they responded to Mountain Street near Prospect Street in Vernon just after 10 p.m. and found the moped driver, Everett Cramer, unresponsive.

Officers attempted to resuscitate him and the Vernon Fire Department EMS transported him to Rockville Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Based on the investigation, police believe Cramer hit a parked Subaru Impreza that was unoccupied.

Anyone who saw the crash is asked to call Officer Bryan Sembersky at 860-872-9126.

Danbury Police Make Murder Arrest


Danbury police have arrested a suspect in the murder outside a nighclub earlier  this month.

Members of the Danbury Police Detective Division, Patrol Division, U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force and Danbury Police apprehended Garfield Sanderson this morning at 955 Main Street and seized two handguns from the apartment. He is suspected in the shooting death of Jeliel Kingston.

The Connecticut Hearst newspapers report that Kingston was shot outside a nightclub on White Street early on the morning of Saturday, May 3.

Earlier this month, police said the found the victim after responding to a large fight at Elm and Main Streets around 2 a.m. on that morning. Soon after, police were called to the area of 301 Main Street after shots were fired. 

Police told Hearst this case seems to be connected to shots being fired at a home in Bridgeport after that shooting.

"I will say this. This was cooperation between law enforcement agencies at its best. Our detectives were assisting Danbury investigators within hours of the shooting and Danbury investigators spent much of the last week in Bridgeport," Bridgeport Captain James Viadero, the head of detectives, said in a statement. "Danbury detectives are top notch. There was never a question of jurisdiction. The only goal was to take a very, very dangerous person off the street."

He referred questions about the homicide to Danbury police.

Sanderson has been charged with murder and is being held on $750,000 bond.


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Life Star Responds to Enfield Crash


Life Star, a critical care helicopter, has responded to a serious two-car crash on North Maple Street in Enfield, near Armstrong Road.

Route 220 is closed from Whitewood to North Maple streets.

No other information is available. It is not clear if the road is closed.

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Firefighters Battle Scrap Metal in New Haven


New Haven firefighters have been battling a fire in a scrapyard on Chapel Street this morning. A pile of scrap metal is on fire, according to Tweets from the New Haven Fire Department.

It appears that crews have knocked down the fire that was visible, but crews are expected to remain at the scene for a while.


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