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Target Fixes Glitch That Caused Delays at Checkout


Target says it has fixed a glitch that caused delays at checkout stands at some of its U.S. stores Sunday.

The company said it identified the source, and that it was not a security-related issue.

“We sincerely apologize to anyone inconvenienced by this issue,” said Molly Snyder, a Target spokeswoman.

One customer told NBC4 on Twitter that a Target store in Tustin was unable to process debit cards. The store handed out coupons for $10 off to customers, she said.

Last December, Target announced it was the victim of a cyber attack that resulted in the theft of at least 40 million payment card numbers and 70 million other pieces of customer data.

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Man Bit Girl’s Ankle: Police


Norwalk police arrested a 21-year-old man who is accused of biting a girl’s ankle during an argument over his drinking.

Police went to Walter Avenue in Norwalk on Saturday to investigate a family disturbance call after Michael Maiorino, 21, of Norwalk, and a girl got into an argument, police said.

When the girl went to leave, Maiorino punched the navigation system in her car, police said.

This was the second violent act in two days, police said.

On Friday, the girl and Maiorino had gotten into an argument over Maiorino’s alcohol consumption, police said. When the girl tried to leave the home, Maiorino bit her ankle, police said.
Maiorino was charged with disorderly conduct for the Saturday incident and third-degree assault for the ankle biting incident.

Travelers Championship Tournament Week Begins


The 2014 Travelers Championship tournament week is officially underway after an opening ceremony in Cromwell on Monday morning.

Last year's winner, Ken Duke, spoke to the crowd that gathered at the first tee at the TPC at River Highlands to kick off the week of festivities and golf.

Among the players making there way to Cromwell is Erik Compton, who finished tied for second at the U.S. Open. Compton, a two-time heart transplant patient, was only appearing in his second major. He finished eight shots behind winner Martin Kaymer.

The 2014 Travelers Championship has an impressive field, including past champions Bubba Watson, Hunter Mahan, Marc Leishman and Duke. Sergio Garcia, Matt Kuchar, Keegan Bradley and Angel Cabrera will also hit the course at the Travelers this week.

Tournament week will be full of activities. Tuesday is Family Day and the Celebrity Pro-Am will be held on Wednesday. Donnie Wahlberg and George Lopez will headline this year's celebrity day. Former Patriots Doug Flutie and Andre Tippet will also play.

Tournament play gets underway on Thursday.

Victim Was Shot in Neck in Hartford


Police are looking for the gunman who shot someone in the neck in Hartford on Sunday night.

The victim, identified only as a male, was found with a gunshot wound to the neck at a friend’s house on Cornwall Street in Hartford at 11:43 p.m.

Police said someone was following the victim’s Infinity north on Cornwall Street when a person who was in the car fired the shots.

Both drivers lost control of their vehicles and crashed on private property at 66-70 Harold Street, police said.

The victim got out of his car and ran to a friend’s house for help.
The people in the shooters’ car ran through the back yards and police were not able to find them, police said.

The victim was taken to Saint Francis Hospital, where he is stable/guarded condition. 

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6 Teens Charged in Random Attacks in New Britain


New Britain police have arrested six teens suspected in random attacks that resemble the so-called “knockout game.”

People have been hit in the head in three random attacks in the same part of the city, just off South Main Street, according to authorities.

The first reported attack happened on Cornelius Way on June 6.

On June 8, there were two attacks on Bassett Street and Franklin Square, police said.

A witness to two of the attacks said she saw a group knock down a man for no reason.  He had been standing by his car when it happened.

Police suspect the same group is responsible. They made 17 separate arrests, charging six juveniles between the ages of 13 and 17 in the attacks.

The teens were charged with third-degree assault, assault of an elderly person in the third degree, conspiracy to assault of an elderly person in the third degree, reckless endangerment in the first degree and breach of peace. 

The teens will appear in Juvenile Court.

Police said the victims’ injuries are not life threatening and they believe one other teen is involved. 

Anyone with information should call the New Britain Police Department at 860-826-3000.  Anonymous tips may also be made on the Community Tip Line at (860) 826-3199. 

60-Year-Old Man Killed in Orange Crash


A 60-year-old man was killed in a two-car crash on Route 34 in Orange on Monday morning. 

Police said the crash happened on Derby Avenue, or Route 34, at Dogwood and Dogburn roads just after 8 a.m. on Monday and Wayne Davis, 60, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The Orange Volunteer Fire Department removed him from the car and the Office of the State Medical Examiner transported him from the scene so an autopsy can be performed.

The driver of the other car, identified as  Lyn Hien Le, 41, sustained minor injuries and was treated at Yale-New Haven Hospital. 

Police are investigating, but said it appears that Davis was traveling south on Dogburn Road and crossing Derby Avenue and Le was traveling west on Derby Avenue when the crash happened.

Any witnesses are asked to call Officer John Reshotnik at 203-891-2130.

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3 Injured in When Car and Dump Truck Collide in Hartford


Three people were injured when a car and a dump truck collided at Coventry Street and Tower Avenue in Hartford just after 6:30 a.m. on Monday, and police said one of the injuries is serious.

The dump truck was traveling eastbound on Tower Avenue and the 1997 Ford Taurus was traveling northbound on Coventry Street at 6:39 a.m. when the vehicles crashed at the four-way intersection, police said.

An elderly man was the most seriously injured. He was transported to Saint Francis Hospital, where he is in critical and guarded condition. 

Two other people were transported to Saint Francis Hospital to be treated for injuries that are not believed to be life-threatening.

The road was closed as Hartford police investigated the serious crash.but it has since reopened.

The crash is under investigation.

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Middletown Man Accused of Assaulting Girlfriend


Middletown police arrested a 41-year-old local man who is accused of assaulting his girlfriend so badly that she was bleeding from the head and her left eye was swollen shut.

Police arrested Steve Davignon, 41, of Middletown, after responding to a home on Thomas Street on Friday night to investigate a case of domestic violence.

The couple had just returned home after a night of drinking at Denny’s and began accusing each other of cheating, the arraignment report said, and Davignon and the woman gave police different accounts of what happened.

The girlfriend said Davignon, a self-confirmed martial artist, punched her in the eye and began stomping on her head when he could not find his keys.

Davignon told officers that the woman began attacking him outside their house and by the time they made it inside, he had been trying to defend himself, pushed her and she fell and hit her head on a table.

The woman had cuts on her face. Her left eye was bruised and swollen shut, and there was blood in her hair from a head injury, police said.

According to police, there were signs of a struggle inside the residence, including blood on the bathroom floor and in the sink, on the bedroom floor and on articles of clothing in the bedroom.

Davignon had swollen lips, cuts on his face, and a bump on his head.

Based on the nature of the woman’s injuries, police arrested Davignon.

After declining medical treatment, he was transported to Middletown Police headquarters, where he was charged with second degree assault and bond was set at $50,000. 

The woman was charged with disorderly conduct.

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Part of Route 6 in Bristol Could Be Closed Until Midnight


Route 6 is closed between Stafford Avenue and Camp Street in Bristol after a one-car crash this morning and could remain closed until midnight.

Police said a car hit a telephone pole around 11:15 a.m. and landed on the roof. Electrical wires are down and blocking the road.

No information was immediately available on whether anyone was injured.

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Pete Rose Manages Bridgeport Bluefish for a Night


Nearly 25 years after being banned from Major League Baseball, Pete Rose stepped onto a baseball diamond as a manager.

The Bridgeport Bluefish of the independent Atlantic League, brought Rose in to manage the team for one night on Monday. He arrived at the stadium Monday afternoon to a throng of media there to cover the event.

Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch was excited to see Rose take the helm for the Bluefish.

"As a baseball fan, I had the fortunate experience of spending my childhood through part of my adult life watching Pete Rose play baseball. He was an incredible player, a fantastic coach, and an asset to the game he loves," Finch said in a statement.

Rose, baseball's all-time hit leader, accepted a lifetime ban from the game in 1989 after allegations he bet on baseball, including games involving his own team, the Cincinnati Reds.

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Motorcycle Crash Closes Route 9 North in Essex


A crash involving a motorcycle closed Route 9 North in Essex on Monday night.

According to state police, the highway was shut down between Exits 2 and 3.

Lifestar helicopter was called to transport a patient to Hartford Hospital, according to Valley Shore Dispatch.

Route 9 North is expected to be closed for sevreal hours, police said.


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Golf Tournament Held for Golfers with Disabilities


Blue skies and great company. It was the perfect combination as the Gaylord Hospital Sports Association Annual Open teed off at the Farms Country Club in Wallingford.

The event is designed for golfers who have a disability due to an injury or illness. They compete in a two-person scramble on a nine-hole course.

“People with disabilities are just like anyone else, they want the same opportunities,” said Katie Joly, Sports Association Program Manager.

The thought was echoed by some of today’s players. Dave Allen underwent a below the knee leg amputation after sustaining a motorcycle injury in 2009. His golf partner, Mark Brengi lost his arm in a 2007 car accident.

“I like meeting a bunch of people that have different disabilities. All of us get together and have a good time,” said Allen. “No one really cares who wins or loses, everyone just goes out and hits the ball.”

It may sound like a simple action, but hitting the ball again is something George Aldridge never thought he would do. After multiple surgeries Aldridge lost his leg. It wasn’t until Gaylord Hospital provided him with an adaptive golf cart that he was able to get back on the links.

“The cart straps you in; it stands you up and takes the majority of the weight off of you so you can swing. It is really impressive,” said Aldridge.

“We don’t focus on the disability,” says Joly. “We show people what everyone can do.”

In total 20 golfers participated in today’s tournament. The winners were Mark Brengi and David Allen.

For more information on their programs visit www.gaylord.org.

Parents of Teen Shot by Pasadena Police Get $1M


The parents of an unarmed 19-year-old man fatally shot by two police officers following a false 911 call of an armed robbery will get $1 million, officials said.

The payments settle a federal wrongful death and civil rights lawsuit brought by the parents of Kendrec McDade against the city.

His mother, Anya Slaughter, will get $850,000 and his father, Kenneth McDade will get $187,500.

The settlement was announced last week on the eve of trial in Los Angeles federal court, but the specific dollar amounts were not revealed until Monday.

Kendrec McDade was shot eight times by Pasadena police officers Mathew Griffin and Jeffrey Newlen in March 2012.

McDade was unarmed and the caller, Oscar Carrillo-Gonzalez, later admitted to lying in order to get a faster police response and was convicted of making a false report, according to court documents.

Carrillo-Gonzalez pleaded guilty in June 2013 to two misdemeanor charges and was sentenced to 180 days split between jail and a Caltrans work crew.

Police said the officers believed McDade had a weapon, because Carrillo-Gonzalez told a 911 dispatcher he had been robbed of his backpack by armed assailants.

Carrillo-Gonzalez later admitted that he never saw a gun and had lied to the 911 operator because he was angry and believed that officers would respond more quickly if they thought a gun was involved.

The police department and the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office determined the shooting justified. The officers said they saw McDade reach into his waistband so they fired in self defense and in defense of others, officials said.

UConn Professor on Leave Accused of Another Drunken Incident


An associate professor at UConn who is on administrative leave and on probation after allegedly getting drunk and vandalizing several high-end cars in Greenwich, was arrested in Vernon, accused of spitting in the face of police officer who went to check on him in May and driving under the influence this past Saturday.

A Vernon police officer stopped Gabriel Fenteany, 47, of Vernon, around 8:30 p.m. on Saturday when he did not signal as he pulled off Route 30 and into the parking lot of his apartment complex on the Hartford Turnpike, police said.

Fenteany failed a field sobriety test and was charged with driving under the influence and failure to signal turn. Bond was set at $2,500 for this charge.

Police said they had an outstanding arrest warrant for him for an incident on May 10, when police went to Fenteany’s apartment to check his welfare.

He refused to open the door for the officers, who used a key to get in, police said. Emergency responders determined that Fenteany should be committed to the hospital for a mental health evaluation and said he kicked an officer and spit in the officer’s face.

He was transported by ambulance to the hospital and police applied for an arrest warrant, which was served on Saturday.

Fenteany was charged with assault on a police officer and his bond was set at $100,000.

He is due in Rockville Court on June 16.

Court records state that probation was ordered for the charges in Greenwich.


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15 Cars Broken Into, 6 Set on Fire in Milford


Milford police are investigating after 15 cars were broken into overnight and six were set on fire.

Police said the incidents happened on Carlson Drive, Breakneck Lane, Mayflower Place and West Mayflower Place and items, including GPS units, money and other personal items, were stolen.

Most of the vehicles had been left unlocked, according to police. 

Milford Police are reaching out to residents in the area and urging them to lock their vehicles when unattended, secure belongings and report any suspicious activity immediately to the police department.

If you have information about the thefts, call Detective Cortes at (203) 783-4731, email jcortes@ci.milford.ct.us or submit a tip online.

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Photos Show Fathers of Isla Vista Gunman, Victim Embrace


Newly released photos of the June 1 private meeting between the fathers of Isla Vista shooter Elliot Rodger and victim Christopher Michaels-Martinez show the two men together in the days after the tragedy that left seven people, including the gunman, dead.

Details about the meeting or its location were not disclosed. The three photos released Monday show the Richard Martinez and Peter Rodger seated together and talking, hugging each other and shaking hands.

UC Santa Barbara student Michaels-Martinez, 20, was the last of three shooting victims to be gunned down by Rodger May 23 in the Southern California college town about 100 miles northwest of Los Angeles. He was shot and killed outside a deli after Rodger fatally stabbed three people at his Isla Vista apartment before the shooting rampage.

The violence ended with a shootout involving deputies and a crash. Rodger, 22, died from a self-inflicted gunshot, according to authorities.

Martinez told reporters in the days after the tragedy that he hoped to meet with Rodger, a film director and photographer. Both families have issued statements in which they expressed sorrow for all the victims. 

Just hours after learning of his son's death, Martinez issued an emotional plea to end gun violence. His son was an English major who was looking forward to spending his junior year in London. The son of a criminal defense attorney and a deputy district attorney in San Luis Obispo, he planned to attend law school after graduation.

He worked hard in school and enjoyed playing several sports, his father said during a campus memorial service last month for the victims.

Rodger family friend Simon Astaire, who provided the photos of the meeting, told NBC's Today Show last month that Peter Rodger and his wife tried to find their son after his social worker contacted them and brought their attention to a YouTube video in which their son talked of "retribution" and threatened students. They were headed toward Isla Vista in separate vehicles when they heard news of the shooting on the radio, Astaire said.

Astair also provided a statement from the Roger family during the interview:

"We're crying in pain for the victims and their families. It breaks out hearts on the level we did not think possible," the statement read. "The feeling of knowing that it was our son's actions that caused the tragedy can only be described as hell on earth. It is now our responsibility to do everything we can to help avoid this from happening to any other family. Not only to avoid any more innocents destroyed but also to identify and deal with mental issues that drove our son to do what he did."


Photo Credit: Simon Astaire

Local Dunkin' Donuts Robbed at Knifepoint


Manchester Police are investigating after a man with a machete robbed a local Dunkin Donuts on Hartford Road.

That same man could be responsible for several other armed robberies, according to police. There have been six in that area on Hartford Road just in the last few months.

Police released pictures of the suspect they are looking for. He was caught on camera just after 5a.m., threatening workers with a machete and demanding money. His entrance shows how brazen he is. According to police, the armed robber initially tried the front door, but it was locked. So he jumped in through the drive-thru window. Minutes later, surveillance from a nearby business shows him taking the same way out, running off with cash from the register.

Customers are on high alert and so are employees at nearby businesses.

“I think I want to be more aware of my surroundings,” said Rosemary Hills.

Investigators told NBC Connecticut it’s possible the same crook targeted the Mobil Station a few feet away that same month. Cameras captured the hooded suspect with a machete during the hold up.

“You hear about a lot of people getting robbed lately,” explained Chris Rouse at Sunoco. This place was robbed in December. Rouse says police made an arrest, but questions if the man with the machete will show up here.

If you have any information call the Manchester Police Department.

Power Restored in Hamden and North Haven


Power has been restored in Hamden and North Haven after an outage that affected traffic lights on Tuesday morning.

There were 1,403 power outages in Hamden, according to the United Illuminating Web site, and this affected traffic lights on main streets.

At the height of the outage, officials from the Hamden Fire Department urged drivers to avoid the area around the Dixwell and Whitney avenue intersection and seek alternate routes.

There were 310 outages in North Haven.

No additional information was immediately available.

Part of Route 63 in Bethany Closed


Part of Route 63 in Bethany is closed after a crash.

The road is closed in both directions between Grant Road and Edwards Road, according to state police.

There are minor injuries and the road will be closed for a while because wires because wires are hanging from the pole.

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When Girl’s Bike Is Stolen, Torrington Officer Gets Her One


When someone stole a 10-year-old Torrington girl’s bicycle last month, the officer who took the report knew the chances of finding it were slim.

He also knew that Emma Mabe would probably go all summer without being able to ride, so he decided to do something  about it. He got her one and surprised the family on Monday.

Emma’s mother, Tabitha Nieves, said the bike that was stolen had been a gift from Emma’s grandmother. They reported it on May 18.

When the officer, who wants to remain anonymous, visited the family to take the report, he said it was unlikely that they would find Emma’s bike.

He told the family that thieves often strip bikes and paint them different colors, according to Nieves.

They didn’t have money to go buy a new bike, Nieves said, but did not think much about it.

But, the officer thought Emma was a sweet young girl and he knew how important the bike was to her, police said.

On Saturday,  the officer stopped by, spoke with Nieves husband and said he had a bike for Emma.

When he dropped it off on Monday, he said no child should go the summer without a bike, according to Nieves.

Nieves said the officer said the bike had been donated, but police said the officer was so bothered about Emma’s bike being stolen that he went out and bought one.

Emma was so surprised when she came home from the school and saw the bike in the backyard, her mother said.

Nieves shared the story on a Torrington Facebook page, according to the Register-Citizen, which first reported the story. She said there are so many negative stories that she wanted to share a positive one.  

Emma’s excited about the gift and thrilled that she will have a bike for the summer, her mother said.

The officer does not want any recognition, according to police, who only released information after receiving inquiries from media outlets.

Photo Credit: Tabitha Nieves
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