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Feeling the Pain of Lightning Strikes, Again and Again


Jeryll Hadley and a friend were trying to set up a tent over a campfire along California’s Gualala River 25 years ago, their hands on the metal center pole, when lightning struck the tree next to them, throwing them about 30 feet apart.

Both still standing, they looked at each other and he said, “’I think we’ve been zapped,’” she said. “The only thing I remembered during the event was my left hand, the one on the pole, was neon blue.”

“Of course I heard the loud noise, but it just felt like an implosion, very strange,” she said. “But other than that I didn’t feel anything and we went on through our camping trip.” 

Hadley, 67, of Ukiah, California, was left with burn marks on her throat and forehead, she said. Only later did she start having terrible pains in her shoulders, short-term memory loss, and a new anger that once led her to throw a wooden salt shaker at her first husband.

“That is not me,” she said.

On Sunday, a 20-year-old man from Los Angeles, Nick Fagnano, was killed and eight others hospitalized after a rare lightning storm on the beach in Venice.

“Those people that got hit, their life is going to be much different, I hate to say,” said Sandra Hardy, another California woman who survived a lightning strike. “It isn’t a one-time event.”

Sixteen people have been killed by lightning across the United States this year, according to the National Weather Service. Six of the deaths were in Florida, two in Colorado, and the others in Texas, New Mexico, Michigan, Wisconsin, Arkansas, Mississippi and Georgia.

About 10 percent of those who are struck die. Survivors, who primarily suffer from an injury to the nervous system, can have symptoms ranging from mild confusion and dizziness to long-term problems processing new information, chronic pain form nerve damage and depression.

Hadley did not start attributing her symptoms to the lightning strike until attending a conference with survivors. She is now on medication for her anger, sometimes garbles her speech and said that a doctor once compared her experience to an electric lobotomy. On the other hand, all symptoms of polycystic kidney disease that she had have disappeared, she said.

“For the most part I’m living a normal life,” she said.

Last year was a record low for lightning fatalities. Twenty-three people died, fewer than in any other year on record, data from the National Weather Service showed. That contrasted with the 432 people killed in 1943, the deadliest year.

Officials attribute the drop to a variety of factors, from better lightning protection to fewer corded phones to more awareness among emergency medical providers and advances in medical treatment. CPR and defibrillators are keeping people alive, said John Jensenius, a lightning safety specialist with the National Weather Service.

"We feel very glad that we've brought the number down but there's still many people out there that are unnecessarily either killed or injured by lightning," Jensenius said. "If they would just simply follow the simple guidelines, if you hear thunder you need to be inside, the simple saying, 'When thunder roars, go indoors,' there would be many more lives that would be saved and fewer injuries."

More than 9,200 people have been killed by lightning in the United States since 1940, when the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration began keeping records. In the last 30 years, there have been 51 deaths on average each year.

The ground current is what kills or injures most people,Jensenius said.

"When lightning strikes a point, it doesn't disappear deep into the ground, it spreads out along the ground surface," he said.

That compares with about 7,400 deaths from tornadoes, 7,500 from floods and 3,300 from hurricanes.

Hardy, now 70, was driving home from California’s Mammoth Mountain in June 1998, when she got caught in a heavy rainstorm in Owens Valley.

“I could see the lightning strikes coming down on the ground, coming straight down, it was a heavy, heavy rainstorm, so I took off my watch, took off my glasses, I took the collar off my dog,” she said.

A lightning strike hit power lines at the side of the road and her car, she said.

“It just paralyzed me,” she said. “It killed the engine to the car and the car just rolled off to the side and I couldn’t really move or anything and a motorist came up behind me right away and he’s pounding on my door to open up the door.”

Hardy, who was a facilities manager for the Los Angeles County schools, could barely talk or remember how to get home and her kidneys were hurting her, she said.

“From that day on my body started to deteriorate,” she said.

Hardy, of Manhattan Beach, developed problems with her hearing, her vision, her bladder, her memory and by October of 2002, had acute symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome.

Her dog survived a year, but died after developing tumors, she said.

“The myth that you’re safe in a car, it should be corrected,” she said. “It’s not going to kill you but you’re not safe.”

The conference that Hadley attended was organized by Steve Marshburn, who was himself struck in 1969 in Swansboro, North Carolina, when lightning hit the drive-through window of the bank where he worked. He was sitting inside and it broke his back, he said. Other injuries became evident over the years, he said.

At the time there was little information for lightning strike survivors, but since then he has formed a group, Lightning Strike and Electric Shock Survivors.

“There is help out there,” he said.


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Elderly Man Killed in Prospect Crash


An 84-year-old man has died of injuries sustained during a crash in Prospect Saturday afternoon.

According to police, Michael Carmen Santoro, 84, of Prospect, was stopped at the intersection of Porter Hill Road and Straitsville Road around 2:40 p.m. Saturday when he pulled forward for better visibility was struck by oncoming traffic.

Santoro was taken to Saint Mary's Hospital in Waterbury, where he later died, police said.

The other driver, 19-year-old Corey Robert Lister, of Prospect, and Santoro's passenger, 83-year-old Dorathy Santoro, also of Prospect, were treated for minor injuries at the hospital.

Police are investigating the crash.

Anyone with information is asked to call Connecticut State Police Trooper Richman at 203-393-4200.

North Haven Police Warn of Overnight Car Break-Ins


North Haven residents are urged to lock their cars after thieves stole from vehicles around town in a spree of overnight break-ins.

According to police, suspects are targeting unlocked cars on Livingston Drive, Blue Hills Road, Ridgewood Avenue and Highland Park Road.

Residents reported seeing two men wearing dark clothing running from Ridgewood Avenue to Whitney Avenue in Hamden after a car alarm went off around 5 a.m. Friday. Police said one of the suspects was carrying a backpack.

Residents are advised to lock their cars and use lights with motion sensors to deter thieves. Police are working to identify suspects and are increasing patrols in the area.

If you see anything suspicious, call police at 203-239-1618.

NYC Mom: Cops Used Chokehold on Me


An expectant mom enjoying a front stoop barbecue with her family says a cop placed her in a chokehold outside her Brooklyn home.

Rosan Miller, 27, of East New York, made her accusation just nine days after the death of Eric Garner, who died after an apparent chokehold following an altercation with police.

Miller says officers from the 75th Precinct confronted her and husband Moses Miller on Saturday afternoon about their grill. Police said they would have to move the barbecue to the backyard. When she asked why, her attorney says one officer placed her in a chokehold.

"Right now I'm in pain, a lot of pain," she told reporters in front of the precinct station house on Sutter Avenue.

Her husband said one officer used a racial epithet while arresting him.

Former city council member Charles Barron, who is serving as a spokesman for the family, would not allow reporters to ask specific questions about the alleged incident, citing pending litigation.

But Barron blamed Police Commissioner Bill Bratton's "broken windows" philosophy of targeting lesser crimes to keep major crimes down.

"Nobody on the block complained about loud music or barbecuing at all," said Barron. "This is disgusting. Despicable."

A spokesman for the NYPD said the incident is under review by the Internal Affairs Bureau.

Asked about the alleged incident, Mayor Bill de Blasio said he'd been briefed on the accusation but hadn't seen the still photographs or video circulated by the family.

"We have made clear what our view is on the use of chokeholds," said the mayor. "It is not acceptable under any normal circumstances, but I don't want to rush to judgment."

The couple is due back in court in September on charges of obstructing governmental administration and disorderly conduct.


Barkley to Pay for 3 Kids' Funeral


NBA legend and former Philadelphia 76er Charles Barkley has offered to pay for the funerals of three young siblings killed after a carjacking went awry in the city last week, according to District Attorney Seth Williams.

Ten-year-old Thomas Reed, his 15-year-old sister Keiearra Williams and their 7-year-old brother Terrence Moore were struck and killed Friday when a carjacked SUV plowed into the church-run fruit stand where they were volunteering on a street corner in the Tioga section of the city.

The children's mother, 34-year-old Keisha Williams, was critically injured, and their 65-year-old neighbor Thelma Brown broke an ankle.

The children had all been selling fruit as church volunteers to raise money for a community park at the corner of Germantown and Allegheny Avenues. Eagles Wings Evangelistic Church used the fruit stand on that corner to raise money for the park.

The image of the children's bodies flying into the air scarred witnesses.

"I heard the bang," said church member Jesse Bridges, who described just barely escaping being hit and seeing the three children lying on the ground. "I was spared, but I'm still affected by it. I'm just broken up by it."

At the time of the crash, Bridges swept sidewalk garbage just feet away from the impact.

The Eagles Wings church has just 12 members, but Pastor Lola Blount considers the deceased children members of the congregation because they are regular volunteers, according to Bridges.

The close-knit church family, which worships out of a row home in the 3400 block of 17th Street, plans to open a bank account later this week to help the family.

"People are afraid to collect money in this neighborhood. They are afraid they may get robbed if the word gets out -- that's how the neighborhood is," said Bridges.

Funeral arrangements have not been set. Bridges says the church is focused on Williams' recovery first.

The two suspects in the deadly carjacking and crash – Cornelius Crawford, 23, and Jonathan Rosa, 19 – were charged Monday with second-degree murder, robbery, carjacking, sexual assault and other counts.

Williams praised Philadelphia police for bringing "these bastards to justice" in the deadly carjacking.

Both suspects lived in the same neighborhood where they are accused of tragically plowing into the crowd, and they had met just a week before the carjacking.

An attorney for Rosa said his teen client wanted to atone for his involvement.

Contact Sarah Glover at 610-668-5580, sarah.glover@nbcuni.com or follow @skyphoto on Twitter.

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SoCal Island Off-Limits Over Bombs


An island off the Southern California coast could be closed for a year as the U.S. Navy investigates whether unexploded bombs remain on the the island.

The island, owned by the U.S. Department of Defense, has been closed to the public since April.

The last record of unexploded ordnance found on the island was in the 1980s, but recent discoveries of metal objects in public areas were a concern, Kimberly Gearhart, a spokeswoman for Naval Base Ventura County.

"We don’t know exactly what things were done over there and we don’t know what was cleaned up," Gearhart said. "The responsible thing to do is to asses the risk before we let the public enjoy the island."

San Miguel was in an active bomb testing range from World War II through to the 1970s, and officials are concerned that unexploded ordnance still remains on some parts of the island.

Gearhart said the island’s closure was prompted by incomplete records indicating clean-up efforts after weapons testing ended.

Officials started looking into the records after a request by the National Park Service to expand recreational opportunities on the island.

Gearhart said the Navy is currently securing funds for the first phase of risk assessment, which involves going through archival records and photography. This $400,000 effort will be funded through the Navy, Gearhart said.

This initial overview will take up to 15 months. If no live ordnance is found, Gearhart said the Navy will reopen the island for limited public use. San Miguel is part of the Channel Island chain about 70 miles west of Ventura.

If officials find dangerous material, the island could be closed for another year.

"The Navy is dedicated to the conservation of our national resources, of which the Channel Islands are a unique and critical piece," said Capt. Larry Vasquez, the base’s commanding officer, in a statement. "But the safety and wellbeing of (park service) personnel and those who visit San Miguel Island are our highest concern."

The news comes as at least two politicians are pushing for the Navy to complete their review quickly.

"The anticipated 1,500 visitors and 500 campers who visit the island each year are losing out on a cherished experience of the natural and cultural beauty unique to our National Park system," said Congresswomen Lois Capps, D-Santa Barbara, and Julia Brownley, D-Oak Park, sent a letter to Vasquez. "Reduced visitation to (San Miguel) is also harming our local economy by taking away business from local touring companies."

Photo Credit: Kevin Moore/National Park Service

Calif. Gives Prizes for Dirty Cars


Ventura County water officials may have a prize for drivers who skip the car wash this month.

Over the month of July, Ventura County water is hosting a dirty car contest to send a messy message about water usage across the state.

California is currently in the midst of a withering drought, resulting in state officials urging citizens to cut back on their water usage. But in May, water usage actually went up by one percent, prompting state water officials to approve fines of up to $500 a day for people who waste water on landscaping, washing vehicles and other outdoor uses.

Drivers are encouraged to post a picture of their car on Ventura Water's Facebook page, and the three vehicles with the most dirt, and the most likes, at the end of the month will be rewarded by a complete car detail.

A free car wash is also being offered to the top two dirty car pictures every week.

Water conservation officials in the county have branded July "Don’'t Wash Your Car" month to educate car owners on the way to save water while keeping your car clean.

Officials say taking a car to a professional car washing operation can save up to 100 gallons of water over home washing.

Additionally, officials say commercial car washers often recycle the water they use.

While spring rains helped increase water levels, those gains have been limited by some of the warmest summer months on record, officials said.

Ventura Mayor Cheryl Heitmann has gotten into her ride grimy, she said she hasn't washed her car since June.

"Here in Ventura this is exactly the right kind of community to do this, people get engaged in what we're doing and really want to help," she said.

The dirty car contest ends on July 30, the same night as a planned community forum to teach residents how they can better conserve.

John Cádiz Klemack contributed to this report.

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Burglars Steal Guitars Worth Thousands


Hamden police are searching for the masked men who broke into a guitar store early Monday morning and stole instruments worth thousands of dollars.

Police responded to Brian’s Guitars at 3000 Whitney Avenue after the building’s security alarm went off around 3 a.m. Monday. Officers arrived to find that the glass front door had been shattered, according to police.

Surveillance footage shows at least three people burglarizing the store. Police said they took guitars worth thousands of dollars.

The first suspect is described as a white man with red or brown hair. The second suspect is a black man wearing dark clothing, and the third is a white man with black or brown hair. All three suspects were wearing masks, according to police.

Anyone with information is urged to call Hamden police detectives at 203-230-4040.

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State Steps Up Storm Protection for Shoreline Residents


In the wake of Superstorm Sandy and Hurricane Irene, the state is stepping up measures to protect shoreline residents and businesses from the next big weather event.

Property owners living in parts of Greenwich, Stamford, Darien, Norwalk, Westport, Fairfield, Bridgeport, Stratford, Milford, West Haven, New Haven, East Haven, Branford, Guilford, Madison, Clinton, Westbrook, Old Saybrook, Old Lyme, East Lyme, Waterford, New London Groton and Stonington can apply for low-interest loans of up to $30,000 as part of “Shore Up CT.”

The program, initially dubbed the “Shoreline Resiliency Fund,” has received $5 million in bonds, along with an additional $25 million approved by the state legislature earlier this year, according to a release from the governor's office.

It was originally created to help shoreline residents who don’t qualify for federal disaster aid and would have to pay out of pocket to upgrade their homes and businesses.

Residents can borrow between $10,000 and $30,000 over a 15-year period with no monthly principal or interest for the first year. They’re required to have property, hazard and flood insurance for the duration of the loan, the release says.

Eligible properties include single-family homes occupied at least 14 days out of the year, owner-occupied rental properties containing up to four units and businesses in good standing with the state that employ fewer than 100 workers. Residents and business owners must not have any outstanding taxes.

Homes and businesses being elevated to avoid flood damage should be raised at least a foot above flood height, which can be calculated online at the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Web site.

You can learn more about Shore Up CT and apply online at www.shoreupct.org.

State Doles Out $6.6M to Boost Struggling Schools


The hallways are now being painted at New Haven’s Lincoln Basset School, and additional improvements are in the works thanks to a grant from the state Bond Commission, which is handing out more than $6 million to troubled schools in 10 districts around the state.

“Some of it will go for capital improvement, some of it will go for technology,” explained Lincoln Basset School Principal Janet Brown-Clayton. “We’re woefully underserved in terms of technological advancements in the school.”

Schools in New Haven, New Britain, Derby, New London, Bloomfield, Bridgeport, East Hartford, Hartford, Middletown and Meriden will receive government grants in an effort to improve academic performance.

Parents and grandparents welcome the help.

“I certainly hope that some children that would not be able to do or get some advantages will then be able to be taken care of,” said Elizabeth Roy of New Britain.

The grants are designed to help troubled schools improve their academic performance. Of the 82 that were eligible to receive grants, 47 applied and 28 received money for the 2014-2015 school year, according to the state.

“We’ve known where the schools are that are struggling,” explained state Education Commissioner Stefan Pryor. “In some instances, schools have been struggling for years, even decades. The state has been on the sidelines of the process of turning schools around.”

The money is funded by federal and state resources through the School Improvement Grant, Competitive Grant and the High School Redesign Grant, according to a release from the state Department of Education. The grants were announced Monday at the Lincoln-Basset School in New Haven.

“This money speaks to what is necessary [for students] to feel that they’re cared about, that the community is cared about,” Brown-Clayton said.

Couple Accused of Leaving 8-Year-Old in Hot Car for 45 Minutes


A New London couple is facing charges after allegedly leaving an 8-year-old in a hot car in Groton, according to police.

Officers responded to a shopping plaza at 664 Long Hill Road in Groton on Monday after receiving the report of a child left in the car.

Police said the 8-year-old had been in the car for 45 minutes. Two of the windows had been left partially open, but the temperature inside the car could have reached 103-114 degrees, according to police.

Officers at the scene said the child felt hot but was conscious and alert.

A husband and wife from New London, 61-year-old Ambiorix Rondon and 53-year-old Maria Rondon, were charged with risk of injury to a minor and leaving a child unattended in a motor vehicle.

Polic said the Rondons are related to the 8-year-old but are not the child's parents.

They were released on $2,500 bonds and are due in court Aug. 11.

Police said the child was not injured and didn’t need medical treatment.

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Severe Thunderstorms Bring Wind, Lightning


Severe thunderstorms brought gusty winds, heavy rain and lots of lightning to parts of northern and central Connecticut, leaving thousands without power around the state.

A severe thunderstorm watch issued for Tolland and Windham counties expired at 8 p.m., and severe thunderstorm warnings were issued for parts of the state earlier this evening as storms moved northeast along Interstate 91 in Enfield and into Massachusetts.

At the height of the storm, Connecticut Light & Power reported more than 700 outages in Ellington and 500 in Enfield, along with 200 outages in Suffield, nearly 300 in Simsbury and scattered outages in Canton, Bloomfield, Windsor Locks, Tolland and other areas.

Route 83/Somers Road was closed for hours north of Strawberry Road in Ellington near the Somers town line following reports of trees and wires down.

The storms came as several towns, including Enfield and Wolcott, were still cleaning up from severe weather on Sunday.

Nick Amato, of Wolcott, and his family spent Monday cleaning up after a large tree came down on their house and camper.

"It sounded like a freight train. Everybody says when you hear the freight train, head to the basement, but it happened so quickly, we didn't have any reaction time. It just came through and then it took off again," he said.

The National Weather Service determined that an EF-0 tornado touched down on Sunday. As of Monday morning, several roads remained closed.

Interstate 95 northbound in Old Saybrook was closed in the right-most lane between exits 66 and 67 after a rollover tractor trailer crash early Monday morning.

There is a potential for scattered thunderstorms across the state in the afternoon and early evening, according to NBC Connecticut Meteorologist Darren Sweeney, who has declared a First Alert Weather Day.

There is a small risk of tornadoes, he said, following Sunday's weak tornado in Wolcott. The storms could bring downpours and possible flash flooding to parts of the state.

The storms are expected to lull this afternoon, possibly flaring up again at 3 or 4 p.m. with scattered storms and affecting the evening commute.

Temperatures will likely be in the 80s.

Woman Left Child in 140-Degree Car: Police


East Hartford police arrested a woman who is accused of leaving a child in a 140-degree car for hours while she was getting her nails done.

Police said Rasheena Francis, 28, of Hartford, left a 6-year-old child in the car for an hour or two on Friday while getting her nails done at Lena’s Nails II 205 Burnside Ave.

The car was off and the windows were rolled up when police arrived, police said. It was not immediately clear if Francis is the child's mother.


The child was taken to Connecticut Children’s Medical Center and is expected to be fine, according to police.

Francis was charged with one count risk of injury and one count of reckless endangerment.

She posted $75,000 bond and is due in court on Aug. 13.

The arrest is not listed on the online court docket and it's not clear if she has an attorney.

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Alderman Admits to Drunken Outburst at Mayor's Office


The chair of the New Britain Board of Aldermen has stepped down after an alleged drunken outburst at Mayor Erin Stewart's office last week during which he called her vulgar names and told her not to run for reelection, according to a police report filed after the incident.

According to police, Michael Trueworthy called and emailed Mayor Erin Stewart several times during the work day July 22. Stewart told police Trueworthy’s emails had been “out of character” and that he sounded drunk on the phone.

“She stated he was slurring his words and was unable to have a coherent conversation,” the police report says. Stewart told police Trueworthy was upset with the way she had “handled recent city business and called her an inappropriate name three or four times.”

According to the incident report, not long after Stewart hung up the phone with Trueworthy, she heard a loud banging coming from the emergency entrance to her office in City Hall. Stewart’s Chief of Staff John Healey opened the door to find Trueworthy standing there and let him in “to avoid a commotion in the lobby.”

Police said Trueworthy “barged into [Stewart’s] office, was being belligerent and appeared to be under the influence of alcohol.” According to police, he asked Stewart for a drink, then continued calling her names and threatened to search her office for alcohol when she told him she didn’t have any.

At that point, Stewart asked Healey to call the police chief, the report says.

Trueworthy allegedly told Stewart not to run for mayor again and to leave office saying she had helped the city in a time of financial crisis and would be “moving on to other opportunities,” according to the police report. He then told her he would run for mayor instead.

Police arrived as Trueworthy’s friends were leading him out of City Hall to take him home. According to the police report, officers saw Trueworthy stumbling and leaning on his friends’ shoulders as they walked him to the car. Police said he was unsteady on his feet and smelled strongly of alcohol.

Stewart told police Trueworthy had had problems with alcohol in the past, but said she didn’t feel threatened or want to press charges, according to the report.

Trueworthy also apparently had problems at a local bar later that night. According to the owner of the West Side Tavern just down the street from City Hall, Trueworthy showed up drunk and was thrown out of the bar after demanding alcohol and making homophobic comments.

Trueworthy admitted that he was asked to leave the bar.

After the incidents came to light Monday, Trueworthy stepped down as the president of the Board of Aldermen. He confirmed the accuracy of the police report and said he's taking responsibility for the incident.

"I made a bad decision and thought I could simply drink a beer," Trueworthy explained. "That was clearly not the case."

Trueworthy will remain an alderman and said is he's getting help for his alcohol problems.

"The best I can do is apologize and make myself better," he said.

The New Britain city Web site lists Trueworthy as mayor pro-tempore, or deputy mayor, and alderman at large.

He was appointed to the administration, finance and law, bonding capital equipment reserve, planning, zoning and housing subcommittees and serves as liaison to Central Connecticut State University, the Department of Property Management, Mattabassett District in Cromwell and the Veterans Commission, according to the site.

New Britain alderman and minority leader Wilfredo Pabon is concerned that the incident will hurt the public's trust in elected officials and is urging Trueworthy to relinquish his position on the board.

"He should step down from the Council completely," Pabon said. "It doesn't look good for the city."

Trueworthy called it a mistake and said he's only human.

No criminal charges will be filed, police said.

Photo Credit: NBCConnecticut.com/City of New Britain

Tractor Trailer Crash Cleared from I-84 East


Lanes closed due to a tractor trailer crash in Danbury on Interstate 84 on Monday have reopened.

Two lanes were closed earlier in the morning between Exits 8 and 9 in the eastbound direction, but the accident has been cleared.

More information will be provided when it becomes available.

Traffic Moving Again After I-95 Crash in Branford


Traffic was congested on Interstate 95 in the southbound direction in Branford on Tuesday morning after  a one-vehicle crash, but the scene has now cleared.

The crash was between exits 57 and 56 and the road was down to one lane.  The state Department of Transportation received reports of the crash at 6:12 a.m. The scene was cleared as of 7:06 a.m.

There is no word on whether there were any injuries.

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West Haven Dad Delivers Baby in Bathroom


A West Haven mother who went into labor shortly after being sent home from the hospital because she was told she wasn't ready to deliver, ended up giving birth at home.

Lillie Davis told her husband, David, she wasn't going to make it back to the hospital, so Dad did what he could: he delivered the baby in the bathroom.

Not long after a visit to Lillie's doctor at Griffin Hospital in Derby on Friday, after a nurse evaluated her and told her the baby wasn't ready yet, Lillie began to feel labor pains in the bathroom, so Davis called 911.

"Once I got off the phone with them, she said she had the feel...felt the need to push," David Davis said.

So, that meant it was up to David to deliver the baby in the bathroom.

"And thank God we were near the toilet because she slid...the baby slipped through my hands and actually went into the water...crying like that," he said. "So, when I heard those sounds, I knew that was like the best sounds I ever heard in my life."

It happened fast and David had to act quickly, but all ended well and his wife and newborn baby, Livia are doing well. Livia, weighs 7 pounds and 6 ounces.

Photo Credit: NBCConnecticut.com

Metro-North Train Car Out of Service After Fire


A Metro-North train was evacuated in Fairfield after a fire this morning and a train car has been taken out of service.

The Fairfield police and fire departments responded to the Fairfield Metro Station at 7:19 a.m. for a fire on the top of Car# 8912 in the high-voltage area.

The fire is now out and delays were reported for around 30 minutes, according to the fire department.

The Fairfield Fire Department Incident Commander worked with MTA to transfer passengers to another train.

The affected train was taken out of service and brought to the Stamford Rail Station to be inspected and repaired.

No injuries were reported and no damage estimates were available as of Tuesday morning.

Erin Sullivan, a passenger, said through Twitter that the 7:15 a.m. local train to Grand Central Terminal was held in Fairfield because of the report of fire.

Metro-North was also experiencing 15-to-20 minute delays on the Waterbury Branch because of a late connection.

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Repairs Continue, But Traffic's Getting By on Route 79 in Madison


One lane of traffic is getting by at a time on Route 79 in Madison, hours after a car hit a telephone pole on Tuesday morning.

Route 79, which is also Durham Road, was closed for about a mile from 1482 Durham Road to Route 80 for much of the day and repairs are expected to continue for hours.

Police urge drivers to watch for a police officer's instructions at the scene.

Police were re-routing traffic to Route 81 in Clinton and Route 77 in Guilford

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Idea to Improve Airport Security Could Pay $15,000


Got an idea on how to speed up security checkpoints at U.S. airports?  If so, that idea could be worth as much as $15,000.

The Transportation Security Administration is offering an award for the best plan to improve the TSA's PreCheck program.

Due to the expanding roster of approved passengers, a new plan is needed to expedite the screening process for low-risk passengers.

The challenge is to create a modeling concept that can form the basis of a plan and design by the deadline, Aug. 15.  The best submission is guaranteed at least $2,500 but could be worth as much as $15,000.

So far, 441 people have already submitted ideas.

Current employees of the TSA are prohibited from taking part.

Read more here.

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