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Missing New Haven 11-Year-Old Found


New Haven police have located an 11-year-old reported missing on Saturday  after issuing a Silver Alert earlier in the day.

Lazarus Hilton, 11, was reported missing on the morning of Sept. 6, police said.

Police described him as a black male with black hair and brown eyes and classified him as an endangered runaway.

19-Year-Old Shot in New Haven


A 19-year-old is in the hospital after he was shot multiple times in New Haven and police are looking for the shooter.

New Haven police and EMTs responded just before 11:30 p.m. Friday to 42 Lombard Street after people called 911 to report that a person was shot, according to police.

Officers found Tyrese Little, 19, with multiple gunshot wounds and an ambulance rushed him to Yale-New Haven Hospital, police said. The shooting took place in the back yard of the home, according to police.

Little is listed in stable condition, police said. His address is unlisted, so it is unclear whether he lived in the area.

Police said the shooter was wearing a white ski mask and fled on foot after firing multiple shots, police said. No further description of the shooter was available.

Police have not determined a motive for the shooting.

No one has been arrested at this time.

New Haven police ask any witnesses to contact detectives investigating the case at 203-946-6304.

NBC Connecticut Stuffs 500 Backpacks with School Supplies


NBC Connecticut thanks all the donors and volunteers to our sixth annual school supply drive!
Our team can proudly say it exceeded its goal of 500 backpacks stuffed with pencils, rulers and notebooks kids need to be good students.

The plan was to fill a Connecticut Fastrak bus with all the supplies, a lot of heavy lifting for volunteers from organizations including Target, The Boys and Girls Club of Hartford, The Urban League of Greater Hartford, NBC Connecticut and Travelers Insurance.

“Education is our number one focus area, and we just want to make sure that our students are ready for the school year,"  Rita Ortiz, Travelers Director of Community Relations, said

NBC Connecticut and its partners had been collecting school supplies for weeks, culminating today with this drop off at the New Britain Target.  A last minute donation of several dozen boxes of supplies by an anonymous donor gave a great last minute boost. 

“When you think about back to school making sure academically our kids are all on the same playing field so to speak, this helps all kids," Sam Gray, the CEO of the Boys and Girls Club of Hartford, said.

Many of the backpacks full of school supplies were given out Saturday afternoon at an Urban League of Greater Hartford event.  And the students were thrilled. 

“I got paper, binders, folders, notebooks," Nicole Wolyniec, a local 8th grader, said.

The rest of the backpacks will be delivered to students at the Asian Studies Academy at the Bellizzi School in Hartford next week.

Tree Kills "Chicago Fire" Actress


A Chicago actress who performed in some of the city's most renowned theaters and appeared in hit TV shows like NBC's "Chicago Fire" has died after she was hit by a falling tree during Friday afternoon's storms.

Molly Glynn, 46, was riding her bike with her husband in the Forest Preserve Trail in Erickson Woods when she was hit by the tree.

Glynn was transported to Evanston Hospital in critical condition.

A post on Glynn's husband's Facebook page Friday said Glynn's outlook was "grim." A second post early Saturday morning claimed "she's gone."

"I couldn't save her," her husband wrote.

The Cook County Medical Examiner's office confirmed Saturday afternoon that Glynn died.

Glynn, a longtime actress in Chicago theater, has appeared in television shows like Starz' "Boss" and NBC's "Chicago Fire," where she played a recurring role as an ER doctor.

She was also featured in performances at several city theaters, including the Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Northlight Theatre, Writers Threatre, the Chicago Shakespeare Theater, the Goodman Theatre and several others.

Members of the city's theater community were mourning the death of the local actress.

“Molly was a marvelous actress and a completely warm hearted and generous human being," Michael Halberstam, artistic director at Writers Theatre, said in a statement. "She had grace, sophistication and a sparkling, sexy, sassy stage presence. She could transform from a princess to a flower girl in the twinkling of an eye. She was a loving mother and wife and everyone who met her fell in love with her. It is an incalculable loss to the Chicago Theatre community, particularly as she was in the process of emerging as one of the city’s major Players. She possessed a rare combination of talent, heart and beauty in all aspects of her life.”

Halberstam said Glynn was most recently featured as an understudy in "The Dance of Death" at Writers and received standing ovations for her performances.

Glynn was one of the two city performers to die Saturday.

Fifty-year-old Bernie Yvon was killed in a car crash while reportedly on his way to rehearsal in Northwest Indiana.

A fundraising page was set up Saturday in hopes of raising money for a "Molly Glynn Memorial Trust."

"I was devastated," said Jean Gottlieb, who started the fundraising page. "The first reaction is tears and hurt and heartbreak over what [her husband] and his family are going through, but when you come up for air the next thing you think is 'What can I do?"

By 2:30 p.m. Saturday the page had already raised more than $27,000.

"The world just dimmed a bit," the page reads. "Again."

Photo Credit: Michael Brosilow

Fan Falls From Wrigley Roof


A 27-year-old woman was injured Friday after falling from a Wrigleyville rooftop during a Cubs game, police said.

The woman fell from the rooftop around 4:45 p.m. in the 1000 block of West Waveland Avenue, according to Chicago Police News Affairs Officer Bari Lemmon.

She suffered a broken hip and was taken to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center where she was listed in stable condition, Lemmon said.

Anne Fosnacht witnessed the fall and later posted about the incident on Reddit.

"I was sitting on the deck right below her and was sitting pretty close to the edge when I saw this girl like passing down throught the gangway," she said. "I stood up and looked over and saw her fall the rest of the way. A whole bunch of people said 'Oh my God was that a person' because it happened so fast. Everyone just started screaming to call an ambulance."

Fosnacht said the woman fell about four stories.

"Her girlfriends said they didn't realize there was a gap [in between the buildings] and she tried to just hop over and missed," she said. "They were just hysterical. It was pretty scary."

Police could not confirm details surrounding the fall.

Friday’s Cubs game against the Pittsburgh Pirates was suspended with the game tied at 3 due to heavy rain in the seventh inning. The game was scheduled to resume Saturday.

Crews Respond to House Fire in New Haven


New Haven firefighters responded to a house fire Saturday afternoon before 3 p.m.

Crews responded to 161 Cedar Hill Avenue and found fire in the first and second floor walls o fthe home, the fire department tweeted from its department Twitter account.

More information will be provided when it becomes available.

Police Arrest Suspect in March Shooting


Hartford police took a East Hartford man into custody just before midnight late Friday in connection to a March shooting in the capital city.

Police arrested Brandon Henry, 31, on multiple charges connected to the shooting that happened on March 26.

Officers responded that evening at 11:36 p.m. to 30 Hughes Street to investigate a report that someone had been shot. Police found a victim who was seriously injured and suffering from two gunshot wounds in his abdomen.

Responding officers collected "valuable information" at the scene and then the case was turned over to the department's Shooting Task Force.

Detectives identified Henry as a suspect and obtained an arrest warrant on Sept. 5.

Police charged Henry  with possession of a pistol without a permit, criminal possession of a firearm and first-degree assault.

Police sources also confirmed that Henry is the same man who was driving when a Hartford police officer reportedly shot and killed a teenager who was a passenger in Henry's car in a separate 2005 incident. The officer, Robert Lawlor, was working with an agent from the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives at the time when he saw Bryant get into a friend's car with a gun, the Hartford Courant previously reported. The officers approached the car and Lawlor fired five shots, killing Bryant.  Henry was also shot once in the chest, according to news reports at the time. Lawlor was charged with manslaughter.

During Lawlor's trial in 2009, Henry testified in front of a jury that he had crack in the car door by his side and didn't want police to arrest him, so he attempted to flee in his car when he saw an opportunity. He told the jury that he heard and felt a gunshot.

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Fire Sparked at Norwalk Church After Lightning Strike


Lightning struck a church steeple before it caught fire Saturday evening, according to Norwalk Deputy Director of Emergency Management Michele DeLuca.

Norwalk firefighters responded to the church fire on Martin Luther King Drive just after 5 p.m. Saturday. The church fire was near the corner of North Main Street, according to tweets from the Norwalk Police Department's Twitter account. The Little Zion Church of Christ is located at 6 Martin Luther King Drive at the North Main Street intersection.

A photo shared by the police department shows flames coming from the church steeple.

Firefighters quickly worked to extinguish flames, the police department said on Twitter.

More information will be provided when it becomes available.

Photo Credit: Norwalk Police Department

11-Year-Old Boy in Critical Condition After Bike Crash


An 11-year-old boy is in critical condition in a hospital intensive care unit after injuring his head in a bicycle accident in Greenwich on Saturday morning.

Three youths from the Cos Cob section of Greenwich were riding their bicycles in Montgomery Pinetum Park, a 91-acre public park in that part of town, at about 8:30 a.m. when the 11-year-old boy lost control of his bike, veered off the trail he was riding on and fell, Greenwich police said. His head struck a rock.

One of the boy's friends called 911 on his cell phone and Greenwich police and Emergency Medical Service personnel responded, police said. It didn't take emergency responders long to find the injured boy in the park and he was transported to Stamford Hospital Emergency to be treated for a severe head injury. He wasn't wearing a helmet at the time of the crash, police said.

The boy was later transferred to Yale-New Haven Hospital and was still listed in critical condition in the intensive care unti at 3:45 p.m.

Police are not releasing the name of the juveniles and police said that "a parent and/or guardian of the three involved youths have been notified."

Greenwich Police Department's traffic division is investigating the accident.

Photo Credit: Shutterstock

Actor Killed on Way to Rehearsal


The Chicago acting community is mourning the loss of a second city performer Saturday after Bernard Yvon was killed in a crash in Northwest Indiana.

Yvon, 50, of the 4400 block of North Troy Street in Chicago, was killed in a crash just after 10 a.m. near Calumet and Broadmoor Avenues in Munster, Indiana.

Police said officers arrived at the scene to find a white 2007 freightliner semi-tractor trailer sitting on top of Yvon's gray Toyota four-door vehicle. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

General Manager of Theatre at the Center, Richard Friedman, said Yvon was on his way to rehearsal at the theater in Munster, Ind., where he was scheduled to perform in the "Women On The Verge of a Nervous Breakdown" musical, set to open next week.

"This is a tremendous loss of a fantastic performer and treasured colleague," he said. "Bernie made everyone he met feel better about life and every audience member who saw Bernie's work was fortunate to be entertained by a masterful artist."

Police said an investigation into the crash is ongoing, but preliminary information indicates Yvon was attempting to make a left-hand turn when he was struck by the semi.

“Bernie Yvon was a triple threat – an immensely talented singer, dancer, and actor – who solidly delivered in any production that I ever cast him in through the years," Artistic Director at the Center, William Pullinsi, said in a statement. "Audiences just loved him. He was always upbeat, positive and kind and the Chicagoland theater community is in deep mourning of a great man.”

Yvon's death marks the second death of a Chicago performer Saturday after 46-year-old actress Molly Glynn died after being struck by a falling tree during Friday storms.

According to a bio on the Marriott Theater's website, Yvon appeared in dozens of productions at the theater, including leading roles in Mary Poppins, Alice in Wonderland, Aladdin, Pinocchio, the Wizard of Oz and more.

He appeared on Broadway as Houdini in the original production of Ragtime, in the First National Tours of The Producers, Cabaret, Ragtime and Joseph and received the After Dark Award, a Wilde Award nomination and several Jeff Award nominations.

Photo Credit: Stephanie Dowell/NWI Times

Banner Plane Crashes Into Ocean


A banner plane has crashed into the water off Miami Beach.

The accident happened Saturday afternoon around 2:30 p.m. A witness tells NBC 6 that the Cessna plane was advertising LIV Night Club before it crashed. The Coast Guard said the plane went down approximately 200 yards from the intersection of 45th Street and Collins Avenue.

Miami Beach Fire Rescue said the pilot was the only person on board. Witnesses say the pilot was pulled out of the water by good Samaritans on jetskis. Ocean Rescue crewmembers then transported him to awaiting emergency medical services.

Miami Beach Police said the pilot only suffered a laceration and was transported to Mount Sinai Hospital.

According to the Coast Guard, the plane is fully submerged and crews are continuing to work off the coast.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC Connecticut

Photo Credit: NBC 6 Viewer

New Drug Fights Melanoma


The FDA approved a new drug Thursday that could change the way melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, is treated.

The drug, Keytruda, was considered a breakthrough and approved after it was tested on more than 600 patients who had melanoma spread throughout their bodies.

"I was on oxygen. I was in a wheel chair. I couldn't walk. I didn't eat. I was thinking, I didn't have much longer to go," said melanoma patient Tom Stutz of Sherman Oaks, who was part of a clinical trial at UCLA.

According to the American Cancer Society, although melanoma only accounts for less than 2 percent of all skin cancer cases, it causes the majority of skin cancer deaths.

Melanoma cells protect themselves with a special protein called PD-1. This protein prevents the immune system from recognizing and killing the cancer cells.

The Keytruda drug is an antibody that targets the proteins. Without being guarded by the protein, the immune system has a greater chance of attacking the cancer cells.

"It's important because it's a new tool that is going to be very powerful in designing future regiments for melanoma," said Dr. John Glaspy of the UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center.

The drug uses the body’s own immune system which means it likely has fewer side effects and more benefits than some regular chemotherapy.

"We have long believed that harnessing the power of our own immune systems would dramatically alter cancer treatment," said Judith Gasson of the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.

Seventy-two percent of patients involved in the study responded to the drug and experienced tumor shrinkage. More than one-third of the patients had tumors that shrunk more than 30 percent and did not re-grow.

The treatment is given intravenously every three weeks. It is unclear how long patients have to stay on the medicine.

Stutz, who in June 2011 had melanoma that had spread to his lung, liver and other parts of his body, currently experiences no signs of the cancer.

"The bottom line is it saved my life. I would not have been here were it not for that drug," Stutz said.

Statistics show approximately 76,100 new cases of melanoma will be diagnosed in the U.S. in 2014 and nearly 10,000 Americans will die from the disease this year.

36 Pound Cat Loses Weight


A morbidly obese rescue cat named Little Dude is eating healthy and working on his fitness in preparation of being put up for adoption, said shelter officials in Orange County.

Handlers said the 10-year-old short-haired feline arrived to WAGS Pet Adoption in Westminster in August weighing a hulking 36 pounds - roughly three times what his normal weight should be.

"He is the equivalent of the news stories that you see of humans that are being forklifted outside of their houses," said Cortney Dorney, the shelter manager. "I can tell you that in my 20 years of doing this I've never seen a cat this size."

Little Dude's owner turned him over to WAGS because he said he couldn't pay an added charge at his apartment complex for renters who owned pets.

When the cat arrived, the shelter staff said he needed immediate medical attention - Little Dude's weight problem likely stemmed from eating too many treats and human food, and not enough physical activity, officials said.

"His sheer size was detrimental to his health," Dorney said.

Little Dude, who has put on a strict diet, was down to 33 pounds at his last weigh-in, but he's shedding pounds too quickly due to stress, so he's being fed with a tube to stabilize his weight loss, Dorney said.

It could be weeks before he's ready to be put up for adoption.

"He's fabulous," Dorney said. "He's very laid back and easy going - because of his size he doesn't have a choice. He's a lap cat. He just wants to hang out and be brushed."

Anyone interested in adopting Little Dude can begin the process by filling out an application at the WAGS website at wagspetadoption.org or by calling the shelter at 714-887-6156.

Photo Credit: Courtesy of WAGS Pet Adoption via Facebook

Community Raises Money for Delaney's Fire Victims


The New Haven community came together Saturday to help raise money for Delaney's Restaurant and Tap Room.

The popular Westville restaurant was destroyed by fire, in late August.

The Broken Umbrella Theater Company collected furniture, food and money for the tenants, who once lived in the apartments above the restaurant.

"People from throughout New Haven and the entire community are reaching out and helping. We're trying to collect things to get them on their feet and get them going again," said Marc Wortman of New Haven.

At Anna Liffey's on Whitney Avenue, an all night fundraiser, featuring live music and food, is being held.

The goal is to help the dozens of Delaney workers, left without jobs, due to the devastating fire.

The owner of Delaney's Restaurant told NBC Connecticut, he hopes to rebuild and is grateful for the community support.

Photo Credit: NBCConnecticut.com

Man Catches Massive Shrimp


There’s nothing small about what fisherman Steve Bargeron caught when he was fishing from a deck in Fort Pierce, Florida.

Bargeron caught a shrimp that was far from its name. The giant shrimp was around 18 inches long and Bargeron said he had to grab it from its tail like a lobster.

According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission, scientists said the giant catch could have been a form of mantis shrimp. However, a mantis shrimp isn’t actually related to shrimp; it’s actually a type of crustacean called a stomatopod.

Scientists haven’t been able to identify the exact species yet.

Photo Credit: FWC

Norwalk Oyster Festival Due to Weather


Wicked weather forced the cancellation of The Norwalk Oyster Festival on Saturday.

The rain and wind swept through the area, knocking over tents and scattering anything not tied down.

"All hell started breaking loose and the winds started picking up. We saw tents flying by. The flags were going crazy," Daniel DeVos of Stamford said.

"Even our tent started breaking, the main corners were bulging and cracking loose. Three men were trying to hold each corner. People were screaming, running towards the center. It was pretty nuts,” he added.

Organizer Irene Dixon said the threat of more bad weather made her decide to cancel the event.

"Rain and wind for about 20 minutes and it created havoc on the field," Dixon said.

Last year, more than a dozen people were injured at the festival when a ride suddenly lost power.
This year’s cancellation left both festival-goers and organizers beyond disappointed.

"The Norwalk Seaport Association worked so hard to put this together and to have something like this, is completely devastating," Dixon said.

NBC Connecticut is told one was injured at the festival.

The Norwalk Oyster Festival will open its gates at 11 a.m. on Sunday. Guests can use their unused tickets or receipts from Saturday for entry on Sunday.

Photo Credit: Daniel Devos

2 Women Struck by Lightning


Two women are in critical condition after being struck by lightning at Crane Beach in Ipswich, Massachusetts, Saturday.

Officials say both victims were swimming at the time. They were found with entrance and exit wounds consistent with lightning strikes.

Lifeguards and responders performed CPR on the victims for about 20 minutes, both of whom were in cardiac arrest and had no pulse.

By the time the women arrived at Beverly Hospital, they had heartbeats.

The women, who police say are in their 60s or 70s, were later transported to Massachusetts General Hospital.

Ipswich Police said that the women were struck during the first of three major storms that passed through the community Saturday evening.

According to police, 2,000 customers of Ipswich Electrick Light Department had lost power, About 1,200 remained without power at 9 p.m.

Photo Credit: Shutterstock

Van Filled With 16 People Overturns


Police said two drivers will be ticketed after a car and van filled with 16 people collided in Grand Prairie on Saturday afternoon.

Emergency crews took ten of the van's passengers to the hospital. The ages of the transported range from an infant to 14-years-old. Police said none of the injuries are life threatening.

Officers said it happened when a sedan ran a red light on Polo Road and struck a van traveling northbound on Lake Ridge Parkway. The impact of the collision knocked the van onto its side.

Police will ticketed the driver of the sedan. 

The driver of the van also faces a ticket because there were only two seat belts in the van. 

Photo Credit: Noe Cumplido, Telemundo 39

Thunderstorms Cause Damage in Fairfield, Litchfield Counties


Thunderstorms have caused damaged in select parts of the state, particularly Fairfield County.

Severe thunderstorm warnings Litchfield and Fairfield counties expired at 3:45 p.m. and 5 p.m., respectively.

There are also severe thunderstorm watches statewide untill 9 p.m.

Lightning struck a church steeple on Martin Luther King Drive in Norwalk before it caught fire. Norwalk firefighters responded to extinguish the flames coming from the steeple.

Norwalk also canceled its Oyster Festival scheduled for Saturday night due to the storms.People who bought a ticket for Saturday can use them for entry to the festival on Sunday, according to the Norwalk  Seaport Association.

Trees and wires are down throughout town in Fairfield, all railroad underpasses have flooded and several roads are closed, the Fairfield Police Department tweeted just after 4 p.m. Saturday. The department cautions motorists to drive carefully and to avoid crossing the flooded railroad underpasses.

About 2,343 people in Torrington were without power as of 4:31 p.m. and by 6:11 p.m. it was down to 91, according to the Connecticut Light & Power outage map. CL&P said that the power outages and downed wires in the area are likely weather-related.

The mixture of the present heat and humidity and a cold front moving in could create stronger storms in western Connecticut up to 8 p.m., according to NBC Connecticut First Alert Meteorologist Monica Cryan.

The thunderstorm threat will last through the evening,  NBC Connecticut First Alert Meteorologist Darren Sweeney said. Storms could bring heavy rain, posing a flooding risk, as well as small hail and damaging winds, he said.

Hot weather is also expected on Sunday, between 75 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit, but the humidity will likely drop.

Tune into NBC Connecticut, track the storm on our interactive radar and/or download our weather app for the latest forecast updates.

Photo Credit: NBCConnecticut.com

Decision 2014: The Fighting 5th


On this week’s episode of "Decision 2014," the focus turns to the 5th Congressional District.

Stretching from Farmington west to New York and north to Massachusetts, the district has been the race to watch over the last few election cycles, and this year is no different.

First-term Democratic Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty is being challenged by Litchfield businessman and Republican Mark Greenberg.

This is Greenberg’s third attempt at becoming the congressional representative from northwestern Connecticut.

He speaks with George Colli about what’s different this time around, the impact of being the first witness called in the federal trial of former Gov. John Rowland and how he would describe his position on guns to families in Newtown.

Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty sits down with Max Reiss and discusses the impact the tragedy in Newtown had on her first term and whether she will take a pledge against accepting the help of outside money.

Reiss will also wrap up the week that was in the Connecticut governor’s race, including the visit by former President Bill Clinton to New Haven.

And before his exclusive interview with President Barack Obama, we talk with the new moderator and host of “Meet the Press,” Chuck Todd, about how he feels going into his first show.

He talks with our own Todd Piro about his vision for the longest-running show on television and how it will remain relevant in era of Twitter.

NBC Connecticut’s "Decision 2014" airs every Sunday at 10 a.m., just before “Meet the Press.”

Episode 9 – The Fighting 5th

  • WATCH: Republican 5th Congressional district challenger Mark Greenberg talks with George Colli.
  • WATCH: 5th District Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty sits down with Max Reiss.
  • WATCH: Moderator and host of "Meet the Press," Chuck Todd, discusses the future of the longest-running show on television with Todd Piro, then turns his attention to the Connecticut governor's race.
  • WATCH: Max Reiss wraps up this week's developments in the Connecticut governor’s race.

Web Extras

  • WATCH: Mark Greenberg talks faith, the pledge and charity with George Colli.
  • WATCH: Todd Piro talks sports with "Meet The Press" moderator and host Chuck Todd.

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