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Merrit Parkway North Reopens in New Canaan


The Merrit Parkway has reopened after a minor crash at exit 37 in New Canaan, but there are residual delays.

Police said officials from the fire department chose to block both lanes.

No additional information has been released.

Man Says He Was Stabbed During Home Invasion


Police are investigating after a man said he was stabbed during a home invasion in West Haven on Tuesday night.

Police responded to the 100 block of Main Street in West Haven at 11 p.m. to investigate a report of a home invasion and the victim said the intruder forced his way into the home, asked "Where's the money?" and stabbed the resident in the leg, police said.

The intruder ran off and police brought in a K-9 unit to try to find him, but the intruder remains at large. police said.

The victim went to the hospital to be treated for two minor stab wounds to the leg.

Little information has been released on the intruder other than that he was wearing a do-rag.

Police do not know whether anything was taken and they said they are trying to determine the validity of the report.

Police ask anyone with information to call detectives at 203-937-3905.

Route 800 Closed in Torrington


Winsted Road, or Route 800, in Torrington is closed from West Chapel Street to College Avenue because wires are down, according to dispatchers.

Connecticut Light & Power is assessing the scene. A detour is set up at Route 8 or Northside Drive to Spruce Drive to Northridge Avenue.

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Man Stole Employer’s Welding Supplies: Cops


South Windsor police have arrested a man accused of trying to sell his employer’s welding supplies and keeping the money for himself.

Police arrested Michael Engleman, 30, of Enfield, after an investigation that started in August.

His employer went to police after learning he’d tried try to sell $11,000 in company-owned welding supplies for his own profit, police said.

Police recovered the welding wire and obtained an arrest warrant for Engleman. It was served on Tuesday.

Engleman has been charged with criminal impersonation and larceny in the second degree.

He was released on a $35,000 surety bond and is due in Manchester Superior Court on October 2.

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Man Charged in Murder at Hartford Barbecue


Hartford police have arrested a man suspected of shooting and killing another man during a cookout in June

Tayshawn “Kanye” Simms, 23, of Hartford, has been charged in the murder of Jose Torres, 33, of Hartford, and his bond was set at $2 million.

Torres was shot once in the chest at close range during a barbecue at 154 Adams Street while several adults and children were present, according to police.

Police responded to the home around 9 p.m. on Tuesday, June 24 to investigate the shooting and Torres was transported to St. Francis Hospital, where he was pronounced dead a short time later.

After interviews, police identified Simms as the suspected shooter and obtained an arrest warrant for him.

Hartford police said they have arrested Simms several times in the past.

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Injured Former USC Player Sues


Former USC football cornerback Brian Baucham is suing the college and ex-coach Lane Kiffin, alleging he was forced to play despite having had a concussion and being told by doctors that he was in no condition to play.

Baucham, 24, a high school standout in Torrance, suffered a concussion during a game in July 2012.

Two months later, during a game against California, he collapsed and was taken to a hospital where he was put on a ventilator, according to the suit. A CT scan revealed bleeding on the brain. Baucham has no memory of the second half of the game, according to his lawsuit.

"They played him in the third quarter. They played him in the fourth quarter," Bruce M. Brusavich, Baucham's attorney, said. "When he got to the sidelines, he just collapsed.

"He just never fully recovered."

Baucham, a fifth-year senior in 2012, didn't play for the Trojans again and will never be able to pursue a career in the NFL, he alleges.

The lawsuit also claims USC tried to revoke his scholarship after his injury, but Baucham and his family fought the school until he graduated.

USC athletic director Pat Haden declined to comment about the case, but said in a statement: "I will say that I am confident that we provide excellent medical treatment to our student-athletes and that their health is our primary concern ahead of any athletic competition."

Kiffin declined to comment.

Kiffin was fired early on Sept. 29, 2013, hours after a 62-41 loss to Arizona State dropped the Trojans' record to 3-2. He is now Alabama's offensive coordinator.

Former USC tailback Stafon Johnson sued the school and a former assistant strength coach for negligence in 2011, 16 months after Johnson's throat was crushed in a weightlifting accident. The suit was settled in January 2012.

NBC4 Wire Services contributed to this report.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC Connecticut

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Man Robs First & Last Tavern Employee


Police are looking for a man who robbed a Plainville restaurant employee at gunpoint and fled on Tuesday night.

A man brandishing a firearm "unlawfully entered" First & Last Tavern at 32 Cooke Street in Plainville at about 10:15 p.m. and demanded that a female employee give him money, police said. He ran from the scene with an undetermined amount of cash and possibly escaped in a car waiting for him, police said.

He was carrying a black and silver semi-automatic pistol, likely a .380-caliber weapon, police said.

Police and a State Police K-9 unit searched the area near the restaurant, but could not find the armed robber, police said.

Police described the victim as a man in his late 20s to early 30s who is 6 feet tall and thin. He was last seen wearing a dark zip-up hooded sweatshirt, black gloves and dark pants and concealed his face during the robbery with a blue and white bandana and hood, police said.

Police ask anyone with information to contact Det. Mark Rivard or Det. Sgt. Nicholas Mullins at 860-747-1616.

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Man Charged in May Shooting in Hartford


Hartford police have identified a man suspected of shooting a man in the chest in May.

Officers arrested Cleveland Brown, 21, of Hartford, on Tuesday.

An officer working on private duty heard gunshots in the area of 388 Garden Street just after 12:30 p.m. on May 27 and alerted other officers, who responded and found a 22-year-old man with a gunshot wound to the chest.

The car brought the victim to St. Francis Hospital, where he went through surgery and was listed as being in critical condition. He has since recovered. 

Witnesses provided police with information that led them to identify Brown as the suspect.

Police obtained an arrest warrant for Brown and took him into custody on Tuesday.

Brown was booked, arrested and charged with assault in the first degree and carrying a pistol without a permit.

Bond was set at $500,000.

West Haven Police Investigate Assault


West Haven police are investigating an assault in town.

Police said the victim assaulted was taken to an area hospital and is being treated and New Haven police found a car believed to be connected to the assault.

A police car was stationed near the car in question on Blatchley Avenue and Exchange Street in New Haven on Wednesday morning.

Police Find Marijuana Plants While Investigating Complaint in Milford


Police stumbled upon marijuana plants while investigating a domestic disturbance in Milford in July and they have made an arrest.

Police responded to a home on Field Court on July 20 to investigate a complaint and found several marijuana plants, cultivation equipment and drug paraphernalia, police said.

Timothy Yankee, 33, 30 ½ Field Court, was arrested just after 8 a.m. on Wednesday and has been charged with operating a drug factory, cultivation of marijuana, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

He was released on a promise to appear and is due in court on Oct. 21.

'Many Unanswered Questions' About Ballpark: Official


Hartford's Planning and Zoning Commission opted not to move forward with an application for baseball park proposal at a meeting Tuesday night.

The commission has criticized the way the City Council has handled the proposed baseball park that would house the Rock Cats. On Tuesday, the commission voted to give an "unfavorable recommendation" of the proposal to the council, city officials said.

While the Hartford Mayor's Office said after midnight on Wednesday that the commission also voted to allow the "building of the ballpark in the Downtown North area," City Council member Larry Deutsch said that is not true and called that information a "distortion" or "mistake."

Instead, he said that the commission voted and gave approval "to formulate a process and criteria to evaluate any future proposals for a future stadium permit."

"There are still many unanswered questions," Deutsch said.

Last week, the Minnesota Twins ended their 20-year partnership with the Rock Cats and the Colorado Rockies signed an agreement with the team for a new partnership.

More information on the ballpark proposal will be provided when it becomes available.

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Police Investigate Home Burglary in Milford


Milford Police are investigating a burglary at a River Street home earlier this month.

Someone broke into a home on Sept. 13, stole the victim’s wallet and cash and used her bank debit card at two stores in Milford and Stratford, according to police.

The victim’s wallet had been tossed in a garbage can at the bus stop on North Broad Street near River Street in Milford and police are searching for the man responsible.

He is thin, around 5-feet-5, and in his 40s, police said. He was seen wearing glasses, a black baseball hat, a gray and black long-sleeve shirt and jeans. He was carrying a black backpack.

If you have information about the burglary or the man who committed it, call Detective Lacey at (203) 783-4756, email him at clacey@ci.milford.ct.us or submit a tip online.


Man Charged in Milford Car Break-In


Milford police have arrested a New Haven man accused of smashing a car window and stealing a purse.

The car break-in happened at Westfield Connecticut Post Mall, at 1201 Boston Post Road in Milford, on Sept. 18.

Police said the victim’s car window was damaged and her purse, several debit and credit cards and a checkbook were taken.

Police said Elvis Lopez, 38, of New Haven, tried to cash one of the stolen checks at a bank in New Haven on the same day.

Police obtained an arrest warrant for him, charging him with sixth-degree larceny and criminal attempt at sixth-degree larceny.

Bond was set at $25,000.

Metro-North Adds Service on New Haven, Waterbury Lines


Metro-North is adding service on the New Haven line as of Nov. 9, with trains leaving each half hour, and more trains, and also adding trains to the Waterbury line for commuters who need to travel later.

Off-peak weekday and weekend trains on the New Haven Line will begin running every half-hour between New Haven and New York City.


  • Three new midday trains will leave from New Haven on weekdays at 11:25 a.m., 12:25 p.m. and 1:25 p.m.
  • Four new trains will leave from Grand Central Terminal at 9:34 a.m., 10:34 a.m., 11:34 a.m. (which will replace the 11:34 a.m. express to Stamford), and 12:34 p.m.
  • On Saturdays, new trains will leave New Haven at 2:25 p.m., 3:25 p.m., and 6:25 p.m.; new trains will leave New York at 10:34 a.m., 11:34 a.m. 12:34 p.m., 1:34 p.m., 2:34 p.m., and 10:34 p.m.
  • On Sundays, new trains will leave New Haven at 2:25 p.m., 3:25 p.m., and 7:25 p.m.
  • New trains will also leave New York at 11:34 a.m., 12:34 p.m., 1:34 p.m., 2:34 p.m., and 10:34 p.m.

Metro-North operates the New Haven Line and its three branches – to New Canaan, Danbury and Waterbury.
On Saturday and Sunday nights, a new 10:10 p.m. train will leave Waterbury, which is two hours later than the current last train.

A new train will also leave Grand Central at 10:04 p.m. and Bridgeport at 11:41 p.m., which is one hour later than the current last train headed to Waterbury.

The trains preceding the last train are rescheduled, cutting the current four-hour intervals between trains to three-hour intervals.

"The Governor deserves credit for pushing Metro-North to expand service. With the delivery of the last of the new M8 cars, we clearly will have the needed equipment for more service. And I think the ridership demand is there: 'If you offer it, they will ride,'" said Commuter Action Group founder Jim Cameron, in a statement.

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Possible Pot-Laced Lollipop Sickens Student


Enfield police are investigating a report of a cannabis-laced lollipop incident at Enfield High School.

The school resource officer became aware of an incident involving a female student going to the hospital.

Detectives investigated the incident. Enfield Police Chief Carl Sferrazza said that another female student confessed to officers that she obtained "marijuana-laced lollipops from California and distributed them to certain people in the school but not to the victim."

Chris Drezek, deputy superintendent of Enfield Public Schools, said that a student went to the nurse's office and that the school nurse, without knowing what was wrong with the student, treated the situation as an allergic reaction. Then the girl went to the hospital.

The department has not released the identities of the victim or suspect. Police have referred the suspect to juvenile court on pending drug-related charges.

The case remains under investigation.

1 Killed in Stonington Crash


One person was killed in a one-car crash on Al Harvey Road in Stonington early Wednesday morning. 

The crash happened around 5:45 a.m. and police said the car was off the road and damaged, police said.

The operator was declared dead at the scene.

Police have not identified the victim.

Police are investigating.

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Police Investigate 2 Armed Robberies in Vernon


Vernon police are investigating two armed robberies at convenience stores in town on Tuesday.

The first robbery happened at Rubia Food Mart, at 70 Windsor Avenue in Vernon, just before 8 p.m. on Tuesday, police said.

A clerk called 911 and told police that a man with a knife demanded money and ran away with cash.

Several Vernon police officers responded and searched the area, but were not able to find him.

The robber was described as a 6-foot-tall thin, muscular man in his mid-20s.  He was wearing a dark colored hooded sweatshirt and blue jeans.

Just after 11:30 p.m., Vernon police received another report of an armed robbery less than half a mile away, at the 7-Eleven at 180 Union Street in Vernon.

The clerk told police the robber implied he had a gun, demanded money and stole cash and two cartons of cigarettes. 

The robber was described as a 5-feet-10-inch-tall man in his mid-20s with a medium build and dark hair. A black cloth covered part of his face and he was wearing a dark zip-up puffy jacket, a gray hooded sweatshirt underneath, black jeans, white sneakers and a black "Chicago Bulls" baseball cap with a "winter camouflage" colored brim.

Police were not able to find the robber in this case either.

Vernon police are investigating the robberies and ask anyone with information to call Detective Charles Hicking at 860-872-9126 Ext 224 or the Anonymous Crime Tip hotline at 860-872-9126 ext.7301.

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Man Charged in Hartford Murder


Hartford police have arrested a suspect in a murder in Hartford in August.

Police said they received three 911 calls just before 11:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 12 reporting a person being shot in the area of 363 Sigourney Street.

Police said four to six gunshots were reported and police found the victim, Deon Palmer, 18, lying face down, police said. He’d been shot in the right thigh and chest.

EMS transported Palmer to Saint Francis Hospital, where he went through surgery, succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased at 2:36 a.m.

On Sept. 17, police obtained an arrest warrant for Brandon Henry, 31, of Hartford.

He’s been charged with felony murder, first-degree reckless endangerment and criminal possession of a firearm.

Bond was set at $2.5 million.

Henry is in prison for a separate Hartford incident, police said. He’s expected to be served the warrant on Friday.

Plumber's Torch Started Waterbury Fire: Officials


A plumber's torch started the fire that displaced six families from their apartment at the Deerfield Gardens and Sunset Gardens complex in Waterbury on Tuesday afternoon, according to officials.

The flames sparked around 1 p.m., Sandra Sattler, the director of property management for Carabetta Management, which owns the complexes on Midfield Drive, said on Tuesday.

"I've never been through anything like this," said Jeannette Santiago, who had just settled into her new place. "It's brand new in there, and it's gone."

She and other residents stood in shock and watched their homes burn.

"I was washing a coffee pot getting ready to go to work," said Lori Salvatore, another resident. "It's unbelievable. Just unbelievable."

Six two-bedroom units were ravaged by heavy fire and smoke.

Residents filtered back into their burned-out apartments late Tuesday evenings to salvage whatever belongings they could.Sattler said the complex will be able to house the families in other apartments.

On Wednesday, some families returned and there was a moment of celebration when Harley, a pet cat, was found alive and hiding behind a couch in an apartment.

"He's alive. We found the cat," one of the residents yelled. "The kids are going to be so happy. They were crying all night."

Working smoke detectors and firewalls were in place, according to officials. Fortunately, no one was injured.

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Gallon of Oil Spills Into Trout Brook in West Hartford


A gallon of oil spilled into Trout Brook in West Hartford after a tractor tipped while trimming brush Tuesday afternoon, according to police at the scene.

Police said a contractor driving the tractor was mowing along the brook when the tractor tipped and dumped oil into the water.

Authorities responded quickly and managed to clean out the oil before it dispersed. A hazmat boon was placed in the water to contain the spill.

No one was injured.

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