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Mom Left 3-Year-Old in Car on Hot Day: Cops


Orange police have arrested a Shelton woman accused of leaving her 3-year-old child in the car on a hot day while she went grocery shopping.

Police responded to Trader Joe’s, at 550 Boston Post Road, at 11:17 a.m. on Thursday after receiving a 911 call from someone who said a woman walked away from what she believed to be a young child alone in a car the parking lot. 

When police arrived, they found a 3-year-old child alone in the car, police said.

The mother, identified as Nathalie Stonier, came out of the store when she saw police arrive and told authorities she was going grocery shopping and left the child in the car, police said. 

Police noted that temperatures were high, but said the child was not hurt and credited this to the person who called police quickly.

The child's father now has the child, police said.

Stonier was charged with risk of injury to a minor and leaving a child under 12 unsupervised in a motor vehicle. 

She was released on a written promise to appear and is scheduled to appear in Derby Superior Court on Monday.

Police said the state Department of Children and Families was notified and will be following up.  

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Car Hits House, Severs Gas Line in Hartford


Some buildings were evacuated and Hartford police were asking people to avoid the area of Capen and Martin streets after a car hit a house and a gas line was severed, according to the Hartford Police Department.

The driver of the car, a 59-year-old man, is in critical condition at Saint Francis Hospital, according to police.

Police said crews from Connecticut Natural Gas had stopped the leak by 7 p.m. and authorities are continuing to investigate.

The Hartford fire and police departments are at the scene

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Two Arrested in Separate Sex Assault Investigations


Vernon police have arrested two people following separate sexual assault investigations.

Twenty-seven-year-old Jessica Wine of Rau St. in Vernon was arrested in connection to an investigation into her husband, Daniel Wine, who was previously arrested.

Police say the investigation began in the spring of 2013 when police received reports that Daniel was allegedly sexually assaulting minor children during sleepovers at his home. Police believe Jessica also had sexual contact with one of these children. The alleged assaults occurred when the victim was between the ages of 7-12 years old.

Jessica is charged with conspiracy to commit fourth-degree sex assault, conspiracy to commit illegal sexual contact with a minor, conspiracy for first-degree sex assault, fourth-degree sex assault and risk of injury to a minor. She was arrested Wednesday and presented to a judge Thursday in Rockville Superior Court, according to police.

In an unrelated case, 37-year-old JeanPaul Porlier of Eastview Drive in Vernon was arrested Thursday as a result of an investigation that began in April 2014.

Police say they received a report of a possible sexual assault involving a 13-year-old female. Working with the Department of Children and Families, police determined that Porlier allegedly inappropriately touched the victim.

Porlier is charged with fourth-degree sex assault and risk of injury to a minor. He was presented in Rockville Superior Court Thursday.

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Man Found Dead at Branford Motel


Authorities are investigating a suspicious death at the Branford Motel.

Motel staff called police when a guest in room 323 failed to check out when he was supposed to. A housekeeper knocked on the door and entered to find him face down on the floor.

Police said the housekeeper could tell he was dead.

Investigators responded to the motel, located at 470 East Main Street, around 2 p.m.

The man’s name has not been released, but police said he is middle-aged.

The circumstances surrounding his death are unclear. Police could only say something unusual happened on the first floor of the hotel.

The Connecticut State Police Major Crime Squad and the New Haven State’s Attorney have been notified and will assist in the investigation.

“Our investigators will work closely with the CSP and the State’s Attorney’s Office to determine all of the facts and circumstances that surround this untimely death and determine a cause," said Det. Lt. Arthur Kohloff, in a statement.


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LifeStar Airlifts Motorcyclist After Vernon Crash


LifeStar is responding to a motorcycle crash at East Street/Route 74 and Tolland Avenue in Vernon, according to the helicopter service and Tolland County Dispatch.

Route 74 was closed between East Street and the Tolland town line after the crash, according to Vernon police.

The crash happened just before 6:30 p.m. Police said a woman was airlifted to Hartford Hospital and the road was expected to reopen in within the hour.

No additional information is immediately available.

Check back for updates.

Wire Damage Delays Metro-North New Haven Line


Trains on the Metro-North New Haven Line are delayed up to 30 minutes after an Amtrak train caused wire damage on one of the tracks just before 6 p.m. Thursday, according to a spokesperson for the MTA.

The disabled train is still on the tracks near Rye and a diesel locomotive is en route to tow it away, the MTA said.

In the meantime, New Haven Line trains heading outbound from New York are being detoured onto track 1, which is usually used as an inbound local track.

There is currently no local service from New York to Rye, Port Chester or Greenwich. To get to these stations, commuters will need to take trains to Stamford, then backtrack, the MTA said.

"Customers wishing to access those stations must travel to Stamford for Westbound local service. Customers at these stations wishing to go Eastbound should take a Westbound train to New Rochelle for Eastbound service to your destination," Metro-North officials said in a statement Thursday evening.

It's not clear how long repairs will take.

Expect delays on both inbound and outbound trains.

Vernon Amber Alert Mom Facing New Charges


The mother of three boys from Vernon who were at the center of an Amber Alert in May is facing new charges after violating a protective order that prevented her from seeing them, according to police.

Jackie Morris, 32, has been charged with three counts of violating a protective order and stalking after police were called to a home on Talcotville Road on Thursday.

Police said Morris tried to find her children there and was waiting outside their apartment in her car when officers arrived.

She did not make contact with the children and they were not harmed, according to police.

Morris is being held on $50,000 bond and is due in court July 6.

She was the subject of a regionwide Amber Alert issued May 13 after driving up to Maine with her children, 9-year-old Ryan Lewis and 7-year-old twins Brandon and Dylan Lewis, instead of returning them to their father after a weekend visit.

Crews Battle Massive Mansion Fire in Middlebury


Firefighters have already spent two hours on the scene of a massive house fire in Middlebury and are still struggling to keep the flames at bay.

The fire broke out Thursday evening at 725 Breakneck Hill Road. Mutual aid has been called in from surrounding towns, according to the fire department.

The Stony Hill Fire Department in Bethel is responding, according to the department's Twitter account.

No injuries were reported.

No additional information was immediately available.

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Migrants' Arrival Expected in SoCal


Five people were arrested Friday as crowds of protesters and immigrant rights supporters gathered outside a Southern California Border Patrol facility where another convoy of buses carrying undocumented immigrants was expected to arrive.

Tensions were running high as three women and two men were arrested after scuffles broke out about 4 p.m. between demonstrators in Murrieta. Police said the altercation began when a woman on one side of the crowd pushed a person from the other side. An officer who witnessed the shoving stepped in to make an arrest.

"At one point in time, at least one of the females jumped on the back of the officer," said Murrieta Police Cpt. Dennis Vrooman.

Four people were taken into custody for allegedly trying to remove someone from the custody of a police officer, Vrooman said.

Border patrol agents set up cones and a stop sign along a road in Murrieta, a community of about 106,000 people about 80 miles southeast of downtown Los Angeles, as a crowd camped out in anticipation of the buses. One person was detained early Friday for interfering with a police officer after refusing to stay behind a line of yellow police tape, according to authorities.

Many of those opposed to the transfer of the undocumented immigrants to California from Texas carried anti-immigration signs and American flags. Other members of the crowd voiced support for the immigrant families, whose transfer and release created a strong divide between those who want to help and those who don't want them here at all.

"I just want the buses to come through and these women and children taken car of," one woman said.

The gathering comes three days after protesters blocked buses that were supposed to arrive at a Murrieta border patrol center on Tuesday, forcing federal authorities to process the passengers at other Southern California locations. As of Friday morning, it remained unclear what time the immigrants would arrive.

Protesters said they plan a repeat of Tuesday's events.

"When the buses come, you are going to see Americans that are willing to throw themselves under the bus, that's what you are going to see," demostrator Greg Allison said ahead of the migrants' arrival. "I don't care if I lose a limb. Even if the buses get past me and I lose a limb, guess what? The rest of the country is going to take notice."

Among the protesters was a lone pro-immigrant sign written in Spanish that read, "No tengan miedo," which translates to "don't be scared."

"I hope they know that there are people supporting them," demonstrator Briana Trejo said.

A line of people waited, meanwhile, with bags filled with clothes and other necessities to help the hundreds of mostly women and children from Central America who are being transferred from Texas to Southern California. Some members of the crowd said they wanted to stop the buses from entering the station because they feared the detainees would be subjected to crowded conditions.

In a letter to President Barack Obama Thursday, Murrieta Mayor Alan Long said the "facility is not appropriate for" processing migrants.

"It is essentially a jail, designed to hold drug runners and criminals caught at the Border Patrol checkpoint on I-15 just south of Temecula," Long wrote.

Long, who has said Murrieta is dealing with the "failure of the U.S. immigration policy and process, and other city officials met with residents about the issue earlier this week at City Council and town hall meetings. Residents expressed health and safety concerns about upcoming migrant arrivals planned for the border patrol station.

"I understand that as a city we do not have a role in immigration policies, but we are certainly being affected by it," Long wrote in the letter.

Since the federal government isn't providing any funding, non-profits and community-based groups, will bear the financial burden of transitioning the migrants into American society, said Luz Gallegos, of the Training Occupational Development Educating Communities Legal Center in Perris.

"Organizations across the Inland Empire, even cities, are coming forward and saying, 'We're here to help,'" she said.

After being released from the Border Patrol, the migrants will most likely need food, shelter and clothing as they make their way to family and friends who will take care of them until their court date.

However, tensions are so high in the city that many organizations are not releasing information on where the migrants will be temporarily housed. And organizers don't know how much it will cost to care for them.

"We don't know exactly how much time they'll be spending," said Luis Nolasco, with the Justice for Immigrants Coalition. "It could be a couple of days, a few hours."

The fear is, without any help, they'll likely end up on the streets.

"It's not about the federal government dumping these people or not," Nolasco said. "But rather how we can as a community from the Inland Empire better assist all these people and make sure that all of them get here to their families and are safe."

NBC4's Gadi Schwartz, Lolita Lopez and Samia Khan contributed to this report.

Photo Credit: Scott Meadows

Husband Defends Mom Accused of Killing Three Kids


The husband of a Southern California mom accused of fatally stabbing her three small children then trying to kill herself said he believes postpartum depression turned his wife into someone unrecognizable and he regrets having failed to read warning signs of the disease.

"I'm not a doctor but I know for a fact that was that disease, and it wasn't my wife,” Rudy Coronado said of his wife Carol on Thursday.

Carol Coronado, 30, has pleaded not guilty to murder charges in connection with the deaths of her young daughters in her Torrence home on May 20. Coronado also faces an attempted murder charge for allegedly trying to kill her mother at the time of the slayings. She was hospitalized after she tried to commit suicide by stabbing herself in the chest following the killings, police said.

Carol Coronado’s lawyer has now hired a psychologist to evaluate Carol Coronado for any signs of postpartum depression.

Her husband, who spoke Thursday after Coronado was back in court, said there were “a lot of signs that I didn’t know how to read.”

"That's the reason why we need to bring awareness to (postpartum depression) because I was never educated on nothing like this," Rudy Coronado said. "I didn't have a clue. And I know, I know Carol, and she would never ever in a million years do anything like that to no one."

A witness told NBC4 that Carol Coronado was naked, covered in blood and "zoned out," when she was escorted out of the home the day the children -- 2-year-old Sophia, 1-year-old Yazmine and 3-month old Xenia — were killed.

"It's just hard you know? It's my, my daughters. It's just, just difficult you know," Rudy Coronado said. "It doesn't get easier by the day, it gets a little more harder."

Still, he defended his wife.

"Anything you can think of, of a great woman. That's Carol," Coronado said. "She doesn't deserve to be where she's at."

Though Carol Coronado has not been officially diagnosed, the family has set up the Coronado Angel Fund to help bring awareness to postpartum depression.

"We wanted to draw attention to the issue of postpartum depression and psychosis," family attorney Stephen Allen said during Carol's court appearance on May 29. "I think that more needs to be done to diagnose this type of disorder."

Anyone who wants to contribute can donate to the Coronado Angel Fund with Wells Fargo account number 3842930731.


American Apparel Sorry for Challenger Photo Post


A social media post by Los Angeles-based American Apparel that used an image of the space shuttle Challenger explosion was "re-blogged in error" by an employee born after the 1986 tragedy that killed seven astronauts, the company said.

The Tumblr post Thursday used a stylized picture of the shuttle breaking apart in a plume of smoke about one minute after launch from Cape Canaveral, Florida on Jan. 28, 1986. The post tagged as "clouds" was deleted Thursday night.

American Apparel tweeted the following apology Thursday night:

"We deeply apologize for today's Tumblr post of the Space Shuttle Challenger. The image was re-blogged in error by one of our international social media employees who was born after the tragedy and was unaware of the event. We sincerely regret the insensitivity of that selection and the post has been deleted."

Challenger's seven crew members were killed in the disaster that put the shuttle program on hold and led to a lengthy investigation. The victims included Christa McAuliffe, a teacher selected to participate in a NASA space project.

The post comes about a month after the American Apparel's board moved to oust founder Dov Charney over sexual misconduct allegations involving employees. Charney has acknowledged the sexual relationships, but said they were consensual.

He said in a regulatory filing last month that he would fight the proposed firing.

The company, founded by Charney in 1998, manufactures clothes and sells them in its own 249 retail stores in 20 countries and has about 10,000 employees in 20 countries.

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July 4th Pride: Fireworks Across the Nation


Check out photos of fireworks displays across the nation in celebration of July 4, our Independence Day.

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Hebron Avenue Reopens in Glastonbury


Hebron Avenue (Route 94) in Glastonbury has reopened after a tree fell on power lines.

The road was closed most of Friday in both directions at Weir Street near the Hebron line.

More information will be provided when it becomes available.



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Flash Flood Warning for New London County Expires


The flood warning issued for New London County expired at 1:15 p.m. on the 4th of July.

Heavy rain is expected in the area and runoff could cause small creeks and streams to flood, the National Weather Service reported.

The flash flood warning was issued just after 11 a.m.

Click here for more updates on the 4th of July weather and storms.

New London's Ocean Beach Park announced on its Facebook page that its closing due to lightning and strong currents.

 Published by Ocean Beach Park.

Suspicious Flyers Circulate in Guilford: Police


Police have received numerous complaints about suspicious flyers being placed in Guilford mailboxes that reference "gang stalking" in the area and advise residents to throw them out.

The flyers have the header, "Public Safety Notice: Gang Stalking" and warn readers of "illegal surveillance and harassment of targeted individuals" and say "often the stalking is done for vengeance or to silence potential whistle blowers."

The flyer identifies its author as Shoreline Real Estate Company and the operation coordinator as Tony Fappiano, also referring people to call police for more information. But police said Fappiano filed a complaint with police stating that he is not associated with the flyers and police said the department isn't involved either.

"This flyer is not endorsed by the Guilford Police Department and there have been no reports of stalking similar to this in the town of Guilford," police said in a news release.

Police advised residents to throw the flyers out and contact police if they have questions. Anyone who can identify the sender is asked to contact police at 203-453-8061 or call the anonymous tip line at 203-453-8240. 






15 Shot, 2 Fatally, in Chicago


The long Fourth of July weekend got off to a violent start in Chicago as at least 15 people were shot, including two young teens, across the city since Thursday.

The weekend’s first homicide took place shortly after 4 p.m. Thursday in the 3800 block of West Monroe Street when two women were shot in the East Garfield Park neighborhood on the city’s West Side.

Police believe a botched drug deal may have been the cause of the shooting. Four masked men were seen firing guns, and stray bullets struck the women sitting on a porch nearby.

One woman, 21, was shot in the head and pronounced dead at the scene, police said. The second person, also 21, was shot in the arm, police said.

On Friday, a man was killed and another man was wounded in a shooting at a strip mall at 63rd Street and Damen Avenue.

Police said the men were standing outside a building when a black vehicle pulled up and someone inside the vehicle opened fire, striking both men.

A 34-year-old man was taken to Holy Cross Hospital and later pronounced dead. A 35-year-old man was taken to John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County in critical condition, according to Chicago Police News Affairs Officer Janel Sedevic.

Area South detectives are investigating the shooting, police said.

The weekend’s first shooting involved a 14-year-old boy and 13-year-old girl, who were walking in the 4100 block of South Dearborn Street just after 3 p.m., police said.

The teens were walking southbound on Dearborn Street when someone in a vehicle heading northbound opened fire at them, according to authorities.

The 14-year-old boy was shot in the thigh and the 13-year-old girl suffered a graze wound to the thigh, officials said. Both teens were taken to Comer Children’s Hospital in stable condition and the girl has since been released.

Police said the boy is a documented gang member.

At least eight other people were shot in Chicago overnight.

  • A man was seriously wounded after he was shot by police in the city's Rogers Park neighborhood around 11:20 a.m., according to authorities. Chicago police said officers were at the scene Friday afternoon and observed the man drinking on the sidewalk. He fled the officers on foot and led them on a chase through an apartment complex where he forced his way into an occupied residence, according to a police statement. The officers confronted the man in a backyard gangway area and the man told them he had a gun and reached for his waistband. Officers then shot them man, wounding him. The Chicago Fire Department said the man was transported to Presence Saint Francis Hospital in Evanston in serious-to-critical condition.
  • Around 5:20 a.m., a 21-year-old man walked into Mercy Hospital and Medical Center with a gunshot wound to the thigh. The man told police he was shot at 47th and Ada streets.
  • Around the same time, an 18-year-old man was shot in the 4300 block of South Wood Street. The man told officers he was standing on the block when someone got out of a vehicle and fired at him. He was shot in the upper left leg and took himself to University of Illinois Chicago Hospital. He was later transferred to Stroger Hospital where he was treated and released, police said.
  • About an hour earlier, police shot a man in the 7400 block of South Vincennes Avenue. Officers responding to a call about a person with a gun saw a man at the mouth of an alley and approached him to “conduct a field interview,” police said in a statement. The man fled on foot and while officers chased him he allegedly pointed his weapon at the officers, according to authorities. Officers shot the man, 23, in the chest and he was transported to Stroger Hospital in serious condition.
  • Around 3:45 a.m. an 18-year-old woman was shot in the buttocks in the 2400 block of Homan Avenue in the Little Village neighborhood Homan Avenue. Details surrounding the shooting were not immediately available.
  • Around 2:30 a.m., a 29-year-old man walked into Stroger Hospital with a gunshot wound to the calf. The man told police he was walking eastbound in the 3500 block of West Lake Street in the East Garfield Park neighborhood when he overheard a loud verbal altercation across the street between a group of men, police said. The man then said he heard shots and felt pain, according to authorities. He was transported by someone at the scene and was expected to be treated and released.
  • Just before 3 a.m., someone walked into Saint Bernard Hospital in Healthcare Center and told police they were shot in the leg around 3 p.m. Thursday in the 8600 block of South Racine Avenue.
  • Two hours earlier, a 56-year-old man was shot in the leg in the 7400 block of South Winchester Avenue. The man was taken to University of Chicago Hospital in good condition. Police said the man was highly intoxicated and unable to tell them what happened. Area Central detectives are investigating.
  • Around 9:45 p.m. Thursday, a 21-year-old man was shot in the 600 block of North Ridgeway Avenue in the East Garfield Park neighborhood. Police said the man was shot in the stomach and arm and suffered a graze wound to the face. He was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital in critical condition.

Man Arrested on Child Pornography Charges


Police have arrested a Naugatuck man on charges of downloading child pornography images while he lived in Hamden.

After an investigation into Karl Kiesinger, 34, that began in October of 2013, police searched the Piper Road home in Hamden he was living in at the time on a warrant and did a forensic examination, finding several images of child pornography.

Kiesinger, who now lives on Spring Street in Naugatuck, turned himself into police and police arrested him on a warrant on June 26.

Police charged him with first-degree possession of child pornography. He was released after he posted a $100,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in court in Meriden on July 10.


30 Md. Cab Companies Suing Uber


More than 30 Maryland cab companies are suing Uber, saying the company is hampering their ability to do business.

The lawsuit was filed Thursday in Baltimore Circuit Court, reported the Baltimore Sun. The lawsuit claims Uber's surge-pricing model is similar to price fixing, and the car service is creating an unfair marketplace.

Taxi companies have begun to fight Uber, a popular ride-sharing company that uses an app to summon rides. In D.C., taxis affiliated with the D.C. Taxi Operators Association closed down Pennsylvania Avenue last month in a protest against Uber that gridlocked traffic.

Virginia has barred Uber from operating in the state, and in San Francisco, the head of one of the oldest cab companies in the city has said that traditional taxis may not survive 18 months in the face of competition from Uber.

Maryland has become a new battlefront for the dispute, with cab companies lobbying against proposals to regulate Uber differently than cab companies.

The cab companies claim that services like Uber aren't regulated the same way that taxis are. Uber has countered that the ride-sharing model isn't a taxi service, and pointed to the consumer demand for the product.

Two of the companies that sued in Maryland -- Barwood Tax and Sun Cab -- are based in Montgomery County.

An Uber spokesperson says it's too early to comment on this lawsuit, but the company will defend itself if it has to.

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Big Y Announces Recall


Big Y announced Thursday that it has recalled some Just Like Mom's products sold July 2 and 3.

"We have just been notified by our wholesaler that our Just Like Mom's deli salads as well as macaroni and beef sold in our deli and food service departments on a trailer with unacceptable temperature levels," Big Y said on its website.

The recall includes:

  • Macaroni and beef sold in the deli or food service department
  • All varieties of Just Like Mom's bulk salads
  • Vinegar cole slaw
  • Tuna salad
  • Egg salad
  • Chicken salad
  • Ham salad
  • Just Like Mom's Red Bliss potato salad
  • Just Like Mom's loaded baked potato salad
  • Just Like Mom's potato and egg salad
  • Just Like Mom's potato salad
  • Just Like Mom's macaroni salad
  • Just Like Mom's cole slaw

Big Y is offering full refunds for customers who purchased that item who show their Big Y Express Savings cards at the customer service desk at their local Big Y.

"For over 75 years, the quality of our products has always been extremely important at Big Y," Big Y said in a statement on its website. "We thank you for your assistance in this recall."

On June 13, Big Y also issued a releasing stating that Fish Family Farm, Inc., of Bolton, voluntarily recalled milk from Shadow Valley Farms, also sold at retail stores in Connecticut and Massachusetts, because of reports "they may be adulterated with peanut and tree nut (pistachio) allergens," according to Big Y's website.

That included whole Grade A pasteurized homogenized milk, half-gallon two-percent Grade A pasteurized homogenized milk, fat free Grade A pasteurized homogenized milk and Grade A pasteurized and homogenized chocolate milk in half-gallon glass containers with a "sell by" date of June 23, according to Big Y. No complaints or illnesses were reported.

For more information, visit www.bigy.com/FoodSafety/Notices.


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