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2 Park Rangers Stabbed in Boston


A suspect is in custody after two park rangers were stabbed inside Boston Common, the nation's oldest park, late Tuesday afternoon, Boston Police confirmed.

One of the rangers, a 46-year-old sergeant with 20 years on the force, was transported to Massachusetts General Hospital with life-threatening injuries for stab wounds to the abdomen, and the other ranger, a 23 year old who just joined the force, was taken to Tufts Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries and was in stable condition, according to police.

The sergeant got out of surgery at about 7:30 Tuesday night and is in serious, but stable condition.

The ranger who went to Tufts is expected to be released Wednesday.

Thirty-four-year-old Bodio Hutchinson, a homeless man with several warrants for his arrest, including drugs and assault on a police officer, is in custody for the stabbing, police said. Boston Police Commissioner William Evans said Hutchinson lunged at the park rangers when they approached him, stabbing them multiple times.

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh said the park rangers, who do not carry firearms, have had issues with homelessness in the past. Walsh said two to four rangers patrol the Common and Public Garden at any given time.

"We'll go back and talk with the rangers and see what they need for more equipment and increase in park rangers so we make sure the park system is safe," Walsh said.

Commissioner Evans said both of the park rangers were talking when they were taken to their hospitals. Authorities say the knife used in the attack was found in the Public Garden Pond.

There were many witnesses to the late afternoon attack.

"I saw him run, a shadowy figure, booking it as fast as he could down to the Gardens," Jackson Marchant, who saw the stabbing victims, said.

"I was just watching the ducks, and this guy ran and he was being chased by two cops, I think. And then he stopped and said, like, 'Shoot me, shoot me,' and then they kind of tackled him to the ground," Nick Rusk, who saw the arrest, said.

Hutchinson faces several charges, including two counts of attempted murder.

Stay with NECN as this story develops. 

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New Haven Police Investigate Incident on Columbus Avenue


Police are investigating an incident near the intersection of Columbus Avenue and Salem Street in New Haven.

Officers left the scene just before 6 p.m. Police are not releasing information at this time about what they are investigating.

One witness said that a young kid was hit in the road and taken to the hospital, but police have not confirmed that information at this time.

More information will be provided when it becomes available.

Police Seek Bank Robber Caught on Surveillance Camera: Cops


Woodbridge police are seeking the public's help in finding a suspect caught on surveillance camera who they say robbed a First Niagara bank Tuesday, police said.

A man came into the bank at 211 Amity Road at about 11:53 a.m. on Tuesday and demanded money from one of the bank tellers, police said. The robber fled the scene after the teller gave him money and was last seen running in the eastbound direction on Mettler Street, according to police.

Police said the suspect, shown in surveillance photos released by the department, is described as "a stocky white male" who is in his mid-30s and has a "scruffy beard and goatee. He was seen wearing a dark long-sleeve shirt, dark pants, a white Nautica baseball hat and dark sunglasses with a white frame.

Woodbridge police ask anyone who recognizes the suspect or who has any information to call the department at 203-387-2512.

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Couple Found Dead in Running Car


Police found a couple dead in a running car in a New Haven parking garage due to possible carbon monoxide poisoning on Sunday morning.

New Haven police discovered Michael Long, 28, of Monroe, and Amy Nicole Nickerson, 20, of New Fairfield, unresponsive in a black VW Jetta with the engine running in the 200 Orchard Street parking garage during a routine check of the garage at about 10:06 a.m. on Oct. 12. Long was in the front seat and Nickerson was found in a back seat.

Medical crews were called to the scene, but they couldn't revive Long or Nickerson, police said.

A death investigator from the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Farmington responded and determined in a preliminary evaluation that it "appears the deaths were accidental" and most likely caused by carbon monoxide poisoning, police said in a news release. Neither body showed signs of trauma.

Detectives discovered that one of the tires was "blown out" and a line connecting the engine to the exhaust system was damaged, police said.

Police are waiting for the final report from the Medical Examiner's Office and the case remains under investigation.

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Girl, 5, Finds Gun Under Her Pillow: Cops


A 5-year-old girl told her mom she found a gun under her pillow when she was visiting her dad in New Haven.

Shaquan Hayes, 32, of New Haven, the girl's father, is a convicted felon on probation, police said. Police arrested him on multiple charges including risk of injury to a child and criminal possession of a firearm after responding to a gun complaint at a Hamden home at 7:36 p.m. on Oct. 6, police said.

The 5-year-old girl's mother told police that her daughter said that she found a handgun under her pillow while she was visiting Hayes that weekend in New Haven. The mother confirmed to police that the girl's father had a handgun and that she had seen it before.

Police obtained a search and seizure warrant later that day and found a loaded Colt "Detective Special" .38-caliber revolver in a bedroom in his New Haven home, police said. Detectives also discovered drugs and drug packing materials mixed in with children's toys and clothes.

Hayes is on probation for a drug crime conviction.

Police charged him with criminal possession of a firearm, multiple counts of risk of injury to a child and probation violations, escaping from custody and several narcotics crimes.

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Residents Voice Concerns About Cell Tower Proposal


A public hearing was held in Glastonbury Tuesday night to field opposition calls regarding a proposed cell phone tower at the Seven J’s farm.

The serene setting is why Mary Diloreto moved her family to Candlewood Road more than 12 years ago and now she like many on the street fear that setting will be compromised.

“It just doesn’t seem like the right place to put it,” said Diloreto.

Seven J’s is owned by John and Joyce Vullo and offers both horseback lessons and boarding. Message Center Management is proposing the 120 foot “monopine” tower be built on the private property.

“It’s a residential neighborhood were all worried about our property values and possible health effects,” said Michael Sadlon.

According to Town Council Vice Chairman Whit Osgood, once residents “got wind” of the idea, they came to the town and asked for the public hearing

“One thing we’ve learned our experience in town is people don’t like cell towers,” said Osgood. “Of course on the other hand, residents do like their cell phones.”

Christopher Bird went door to door Tuesday collecting signatures against the tower. He argued there are alternatives that will reserve the residential area.

“There are plenty of alternative sites within a half a mile of here that would solve the reception problem,” Bird said.

According to Osgood, the Town Council does not have the final say. If Message Center Management chooses to bring it to the Connecticut Siting Council, they too will hold a public hearing before making a final decision.

“The town does have the ability to get an intervener status which means in essence we have the opportunity to make comments during the citing council’s public hearing,” said Osgood.

NBC Connecticut did reach out to Seven J’s for comment but our calls were not returned.

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Student Battling Cancer Chooses Education for Her Make-a-Wish


With a hug and an overwhelming show of support, Anabel Gosseline got the wish she was hoping for.

"Just wow. I can't believe everyone came together for me. It was just so surprising,” said Gosseline.

Anabel Gosseline, who is fighting a malignant tumor in her head, asked Make-A-Wish Connecticut to help her attend Southern Connecticut State University.

On Tuesday, she was awarded about $7,500 toward her tuition, along with other university necessities like a new computer, an iPad mini donated by Covidien, an agenda book from one of the campus sororities, and a debit card to get books and Southern gear. Make-A-Wish said SCSU was a big help.

“When she decided on her wish, it was August and she wanted to get going in September, so they really opened some doors. They immediately got her in touch with an adviser,” said Michael Dominick from Make-A-Wish Connecticut.

SCSU officials said they were just honored to be involved in the process and honored that Anabel chose Southern.

“This is a woman who was willing to put her big wish in something like this. Not to meet the famous entertainers or to travel to Las Vegas, but to really see a future for herself and to recognize that that future is in coming to the university,” said SCSU President Dr. Mary Papazian.

Gosseline said the choice was easy, and she is looking at majoring in oncology pharmacy.

“To me, I just feel like school is a big part of being successful in life, and what I want to do, is I want to help people just like me. Maybe I'm not going to be a nurse, but it's still oncology pharmacy, so I'm still helping people that were in my situation,” said Gosseline.

Gosseline has a lot to celebrate. Her birthday is Wednesday.

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Malloy Answers Questions About Rental Income


As the campaign for governor heats up, Republican candidate Tom Foley is criticizing Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy for taxes he paid in rental income on his former home in Stamford, which was valued at around $200,000.

According to his tax filings, Malloy only paid $1,795 on the taxable income.

On the seemingly small amount, Malloy said, “These are the same deductions that you claim on your own home when you live in it, for instance, property taxes or a mortgage as well as other expenses that go into the base of your house.”

Foley started laughing when he was asked about the tax issue during an event in Rocky Hill on Tuesday.

“I at least included everything in my summary on my income" Foley told reporters. "He apparently failed to include income on a summary he provided. $180,000.”

Foley released three years worth of tax filings to the press last month, but reporters were only allowed to view the documents and take notes, but were prohibited from making copies.

The Republican said he filed for an extension on his 2013 tax filings and when he was asked about whether he would release them soon he said, "I haven't thought about it."

As for Malloy's rental income, he said he did what any homeowner would have done to limit his tax liability.

“We paid the mortgage. We paid the taxes. The depreciation was a little, and maintenance was the rest of it and that’s what it is" Malloy said.

Why Cheap Gas Could Signal Economic Woes


Signs outside more and more gas stations nationwide are broadcasting gas for under $3 a gallon.

In Connecticut, the Citgo station at 407 Berlin Turnpike in Newington dropped its price to $2.96 a gallon on Tuesday. That is $.03 lower than the station was selling gas on Monday.  The Citgo station at 107 Berlin Turnpike in Berlin also dropped its price to $2.96 on Tuesday.

Whatever relief the price drop spells for drivers, it could also signal economic troubles ahead.

The nationwide average for a gallon of regular was just under $3.19 on Tuesday, down 9 cents from a week earlier, according to AAA.

It's much lower than that in many places. A full 30 percent of gas stations nationwide are selling gas for less than $3 a gallon, and prices are still falling, the motor club says.

But the plunge reflects ongoing weakness in the global economy, and some of the factors behind the drop could affect the U.S. economy beyond Big Oil's bottom line, experts told The Associated Press.

Prices are dropping just as demand drops, and production booms, worldwide, and as the robust U.S. dollar remains at a four-year high against other currencies, the AP reported.

In the U.S., domestic oil production is higher than it's been in decades. The boom, bolstered by drilling in North Dakota, has been encouraged by high prices thus far. Too steep of a price drop could discourage it if production ceases to be profitable.

Prices haven't fallen that far yet, but they're expected to keep dropping, barring a global economic turnaround or a production cut by OPEC.

It's unclear what OPEC might do next to reverse the trend. Leaders of the group of oil-producing nations are split, the New York Times reported on Monday. Venezuela and Iran are calling for action to reverse the drop, while some Gulf states, notably Saudi Arabia, are choosing to allow prices to fall while they work to shore up their market share in the face of ramped-up U.S. production, according to the Times.

And while the domestic production boom can help insulate the U.S. economy against the vagaries of the global markets, especially given instability in the Middle East, the U.S. could have a hard time exporting its oil products.

That's because the relative strength of the dollar makes U.S. oil costlier than oil from elsewhere. The dollar's strength could in turn threaten export levels, suppress the domestic oil economy and job growth and even tamp down global oil demand.

What that means for gas prices is unclear, at least until OPEC takes action. In the meantime, analysts say the average U.S. price for a gallon of regular could fall below $3 by the end of the year — potentially making for a relatively inexpensive holiday travel season.

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Shelton Police Arrest Third Hotel Burglary Suspect


Shelton police arrested a third suspect Friday in a hotel robbery from the end of June.

Derrick Gilliam, 28, of Bridgeport, was involved with a robbery at The Residence Inn at 1001 Bridgeport Avenue in Shelton on June 26, police said. His suspected accomplices Lancelot Supersad Jr., 19, of Bridgeport, and Anthony Santiago, 20, of Bridgeport were arrested in July.

Two employees told police that two men demanded money at gunpoint from the hotel and escaped in a vehicle with a driver waiting for them. 

It's unclear what role they each played in the robbery.

Gilliam was held on a $75,000 bond and arraigned in Derby court Friday.

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Crews Put Out Garage Fire in Oxford


Firefighters responded to a garage fire at a house in Oxford on Tuesday.

Seymour firefighters were also on scene, the fire department tweeted.

More information will be provided when it becomes available.

Man Critically Hurt in Hartford Shooting


A man is in critical but stable condition at Hartford Hospital after he was shot in the abdomen at the intersection of Franklin Avenue and Barker Street, according to Hartford police.

It's not clear if police have identified a suspect or are following leads.

The victim has not been publicly identified.

No additional information was immediately available.

Check back for updates.

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AFL-CIO Stumps for Malloy


The National President of the AFL-CIO, one of the largest organized groups in the United States, visited Connecticut Tuesday to campaign for the state's Democratic Governor in his bid for reelection.

"For working families of Connecticut, Dan Malloy has the agenda" Richard Trumka said before a group of union members, organizers, and members of the press.

Trumka used the open microphone to criticize Republican Tom Foley in much the same ways Democrats in the state have throughout the campaign.

“Losing looks exactly like Tom Foley" Trumka said. "Tom Foley is the personification of the corporate agenda and that is frankly the last thing the working people of Connecticut need.”

Trumka said Foley's record working with TB Woods in Pennsylvania is something that should concern Connecticut voters.

During a campaign stop just minutes from the AFL-CIO event in Rocky Hill, Tom Foley and Lieutenant Governor candidate Heather Somers toured Fair Weather Acres, a farm and store. Foley defended his record with unions and TB Woods to reporters. He repeatedly said, "We covered this last month" and reiterated that employees at the company received bad advice from their union, which led to some of their dismissals."

Foley said, "Some chose to return to work and some didn’t." He added, "Others lost their jobs and that’s unfortunate but when a union puts their employees at risk by recommending a strike to them, they’re at risk and if things don’t work out for them that’s the union’s fault, not the employer’s fault.”

The Republican candidate for governor reiterated a point he's made throughout the campaign when it comes to unions. "I'm not pro union or anti-union" Foley said. "I'm pro worker."
Trumka with the AFL-CIO said Foley will take his business practices with him if he becomes governor.

“He’s a CEO who sinks companies, destroys jobs, makes war on his employees and walks away with his arms full of money” Trumka said.

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Bridgeport Police Investigate Shooting


Bridgeport police are investigating a drive-by shooting that wounded a teenager on Stratford Avenue on Tuesday.

Kyran Dangerfield, 18, was with a group of people near Stratford and Union avenues in Bridgeport at 5:15 p.m. on Tuesday when a car drove by and someone fired shots out the window, police said.

Dangerfield was hit, ran across the street and waited for emergency crews in a chair.

Crews transported him to Bridgeport Hospital for surgery, police said.

No arrests have been made and the case remains under investigation.

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Second Child Dies in Fatal Waterford Crash


A second child in a car involved in a fatal four-vehicle crash on Interstate 95 South in Waterford Sunday night has died.

Sanaa Reynolds, 9, of Meriden, has been pronounced dead after the crash that also claimed the life of  Dacari Robinson, 2, and seriously  injured driver Baughnita Leary, 25, of Meriden, and Darin Robinson, 26, of Meriden.

A Gold Medal Bakery truck from Fall River, Massachusetts crashed into their car at about 7 p.m. on Sunday while traffic was slowed in the area due to previous crashes.

Leary and Darin Robinson are being treated for their injuries in Yale-New Haven Hospital.

Driver Peter Driscoll 21, and his passenger Bradley Brown, 21, of New London, from another car involved in the crash were also injured, as well as driver Steven Loller in another car.

More information will be provided when it becomes available.

Swastikas Drawn on Yale College Steps


Yale is cleaning up after some anti-Semitic drawings were found on campus on Sunday.

Three swastikas were found drawn in chalk outside Durfee Hall at Yale College, a part of Yale University, on the Old Campus, Yale College Dean Jonathan Holloway, a professor of African-American studies, history and American studies, said he was "saddened to report" in an email to the college community.

While "attempts were made to remove these troubling images," Holloway said that some "faint impressions" remain.

"I condemn this shameful defacement, perpetrated anonymously under cover of night. The swastika, appropriated by the Nazis in the last century as an emblem of anti-Semitism, is particularly offensive and disrespectful toward the Jewish members of our community, but, in truth, it insults us all," Holloway said in his email. "The use of the swastika violates our values of respect, thoughtfulness, generosity, and goodwill. I will not stand idly by when this or other symbols of hate are used on this campus. It is my hope that you will join me in taking a similar stand."

In response to the offensive drawings, some members of the Yale community wrote anti-hate messages. One drawing on the stairs says "no hate zone" and has hearts drawn in chalk around it.

Holloway said that Yale College is committed to "welcoming views from all walks of life, embracing diversity, and promoting openness," he said.

"These efforts go to the core of our mission as an academic community, which thrives only insofar as it is inclusive toward everyone," Halloway said. "Even more, these efforts go to the core of what it means to a community that values decency and civility. Let's work together to make sure that we respect these bedrock principles."

Yale asks anyone who knows drew the swastikas to call campus police at 203-432-4400.

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Rabbi Taped Women Showering: Police


A rabbi at a prominent Washington, D.C., synagogue has been arrested on accusations he secretly recorded women in showers there.

A witness said Dr. Barry Freundel installed a hidden camera inside the women's showers at the Kesher Israel Orthodox synagogue in Georgetown, according to a police report. A camera and recorder were disguised as a clock radio in the showers, which are used as part of a ritual cleansing process.

"To hear that about a rabbi that people trust is very disturbing and concerning," congregant Michael Uhr said.

Police arrested Freundel, 62, at his Georgetown home Tuesday morning after raiding it and seizing computer equipment. He is charged with voyeurism.

The synagogue's board of directors suspended him without pay after his arrest.

"Upon receiving information regarding potentially inappropriate activity, the board of directors quickly alerted the appropriate officials," the board said in a statement. "Throughout the investigation, we cooperated fully with law enforcement and will continue to do so."

They said the synagogue will remain open.

Freundel has been the spiritual leader of the synagogue for 25 years. He is also an adjunct instructor at the University of Maryland and an adjunct professor at Georgetown Law School. He is also teaching as an associate professor in the philosophy and religious studies department at Towson University this semester.

According to a bio published on Towson's website, Freundel has taught seminars on government ethics on Capitol Hill and medical ethics at the NIH, and is the author of the book "Contemporary Orthodox Judaism's Response to Modernity."

School Bus Driver Charged in Attack


A former Fairfax County School bus driver has been charged with assault after a bus attendant told authorities the driver appeared to be fondling a student who has special needs.

Johnnie Miller, 66, retired May 30, according to Fairfax County Public Schools.

The allegation against him came earlier that month. Search warrant documents reveal that the attendant on Miller's bus contacted authorities to report a possible sexual abuse of a 13-year-old girl.

The attendant said the victim, who attended the Key Center School, needed to be strapped into a special seat. The attendant believed that on May 6, Miller touched the child inappropriately as he strapped her in.

Transportation supervisors tried to review the video from the bus camera on the date the attendant observed the incident, but that video had been recorded over.

The search warrant document says they checked the video from May 8, and were able to see Miller "rubbing his hand back and forth" while strapping the girl into her seat. The supervisors who viewed the video say the student was yelling, and that when the attendant went to confront Miller, he drew his hand away.

When confronted by supervisors, Miller said it was "just a little tickle game."

School officials placed Miller on administrative leave, contacted Child Protective Services and a police investigation soon began.

"We're always concerned about the safety and well-being of our students, and we are thankful that the attendant brought this alleged iniciden to our attention," schools spokesperson John Torre said.

Parents at Key Center School said they learned of the allegations through the media. They were not notified by the school when allegations surfaced last year.

School district officials say parents were not notified because a decision was made to handle it internally, but parents now will be informed about the alleged incident.

Miller, who lives in Fredericksburg, had been a driver for the county since 1991. He could not be reached for comment Tuesday.

He was charged Sept. 11 with simple assault and battery in connection with the incident. He is due in court Oct. 29.

Prospect Avenue Reopens Near Elizabeth Park in Hartford


Part of Prospect Avenue in Hartford ws closed near Elizabeth Park, according to police, but has since reopened.

No additional information has been released.

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Police Activity Near Danbury Hospital Over


Locust Avenue was closed in front of Danbury Hospital because of police activity this morning, but it has since reopened.

Danbury police said there was no danger to the general public.

Locust Avenue in Danbury was closed from Osborne Street to Hospital Avenue.

No additional information was immediately available on what police responded to. Check back for updates.

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