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Police Investigate Car Break-Ins


Police are investigating a rash of car break-ins in Wethersfield.

The total amount of cars burglarized is unknown at this time.

Check back for updates.

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Boy, 13, Shot in Face


A 13-year-old boy was shot in the face in Hartford and survived, police said.

Hartford police are investigating the shooting that happened near Blue Hills Avenue.

The teenager is "conscious and alert" and his injuries aren't life-threatening, according to police.

The Major Crimes Division is investigating the incident.

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Fire-Ravaged Building to Be Demolished


Crews wil demolish an apartment building ravaged in a Friday night fire that sent three to the hospital, including an 8-year-old girl, and displaced more than three dozen people.

Flames rapidly ripped through 22-24 Hamilton Street at about 7:30 p.m. Friday and firefighters had to rescue an 8-year-old girl who was inside. On Saturday morning, the structure was showing serious signs of weakness.

Police have blocked off the area because the charred building could collapse at any moment. The back of the building is barely holding up with just one support beat remaining.

“It’s just unbelievable… unbelievable," neighbor Cody Jackson said.

The American Red Cross is helping 39 people displaced from 10 families, including 26 adults and 13 kids, by giving them emergency housing and providing food and warm clothing to brave the cold weather. Volunteers are also giving the children stuffed animals. Another family that lives in the apartment building was not at the scene, but the Red Cross has offered to help them, as well.                                                                                                         

Officials are trying to save a neighboring building damaged in the fire.

There are still hoses running through the building because firefighters had to drop everything and run from the complex.

Police, gas company workers and construction crews are on scene waiting for demolition equipment to arrive. Crews are slated to demolish the building Saturday afternoon.

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Pilot Survives Single-Engine Plane Crash in Clinton


Firefighters rescued a pilot trapped in a single-engine plane that crashed into the woods 100 feet from a house in Clinton on Saturday afternoon, according to Clinton First Selectman William Fritz.

Fritz said the plane, which was attempting to land at Chester Airport, went down around 3 p.m. in the area of Princess Pine Road and Ironworks Road. A homeowner was in the backyard splitting wood when the plane barreled into the trees.

The homeowner brought a ladder up to the crash site and talked to the pilot, who was conscious and alert, but couldn't get the pilot out, Fritz said. Police have identified the pilot as 62-year-old Shirley Onacilla of Jersey City, New Jersey.

According to Fritz, the plane appears to have run out of fuel. Onacilla, who firefighters pulled from the plane, was taken to Middlesex Hospital for treatment of minor bruises and abrasions. She has since been released.

The National Transportation Safety Board is heading to the scene to investigate the crash. Fritz said the plane is still dangling from the trees 8-10 feet from the ground.

Photo Credit: William Fritz

Girl, 9, Shot By Brother, 12


The mother of a 9-year-old girl who was critically wounded by her brother was arrested Saturday on charges accusing her of possessing a stolen weapon and leaving it unsecured in her home, Newark police said.

Catrease Thomas, 33, was being charged with endangering the welfare of a child and possession of a weapon.

Her daughter was shot in the chest by her 12-year-old brother who was playing with the gun inside their home. The girl was taken to a nearby hospital where she remains in critical but stable condition.

The weapon, a 9 mm handgun, was reported stolen out of Alabama and was unsecured in Thomas' home on the 200 block of Renner Avenue in Newark, police said. Police recovered the gun, which was loaded.

Charges are pending against a second adult, police said.

“The city, the police department, the residents, we are all outraged that this senseless shooting has occurred, an incident that could have easily been avoided but for the carelessness of two adults. We have a 9-year-old clinging to her life as a result of that carelessness,” said Newark Police Director Eugene Venable. “My heart goes out to the family of the children although the children’s mother and her boyfriend will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”

Winter Weather Advisory Issued


A storm moving in could bring freezing rain to parts of Connecticut overnight and into Monday morning.

The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory from 9 p.m. on Sunday until 10 a.m. on Monday for Litchfield and northern Fairfield County.

Light rain will begin to fall after midnight, according to NBC Connecticut meteorologist Darren Sweeney, and some icing is possible in the hills and towns north and west of Hartford until temperatures rise from low- to mid-30s.

The icing may lead to a few slippery spots during the morning commute across the Litchfield Hills, particularly for elevations above 1,000 feet. 

Periods of light rain will continue through the day Monday with heavier rain moving in Monday evening.

More than 1 inch of rain might fall in some towns and gusty winds will develop during the afternoon and evening along the shoreline. 

Wind gusts in excess of 45 mph in southeastern Connecticut could result in scattered power outages as some tree limbs and brances might come down.

Behind the storm, much colder weather will move in for Tuesday and Wednesday. 

Man Arrested on Drug Charges After Police Chase


An Ashford man was arrested on drug charges after leading state police on a chase before flipping his car early Sunday morning.

State police said they stopped Kyle Robinshaw, 20, of Ashford, on Route 74 in Ashford just before 12:30 a.m. on Sunday and smelled marijuana as they approached his car.

As another state trooper responded, Robinshaw fled and led police on a chase until he lost control of his car on Route 44, which went off the side of the road and flipped on its roof, according to a news release from police.

As police searched the car, they found 10.07 ounces of what appeared to be marijuana, as well as drug paraphernalia.

Robinshaw, who was not hurt, was taken into police custody and charged him with reckless driving, engaging police in a pursuit, several drug charges, possession of alcohol by a minor and interfering with a police officer.

He was released on a $1,000 bond and is due in court in Danielson on Nov. 24.

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2 Brothers Badly Burned


Two brothers in Fitchburg, Massachusetts, were badly burned in a backyard campfire accident on Saturday, the Fitchburg Fire Chief confirmed.

The brothers, 11 and 13, were injured after squirting gasoline on a burning campfire, according to authorities.

Neighbors say they heard a boom at 83 Walnut Street as a result of the gasoline being dumped on the flames around 5:30 p.m.

Jaxson Carroll, 11, suffered second-degree burns on his face. He was flown to UMass Medical Center for treatment.

Jameson Carroll, 13, suffered second-degree burns on his leg. He was taken to the same hospital via ambulance.

One of the brothers was later transported to Shriners Hospital. 

The mother of the boys was inside the home fetching marshmallows when the mishap took place, neighbors said. She suffered burns as well after coming to their aid. 

Off-Duty Cop Shot Brother: PD


An off-duty San Diego police officer was involved in a deadly fight with his brother, officials in Chula Vista confirmed.

Parents of the two men called 911 for help when the argument broke out at 8:22 a.m. Friday at the Parkwoods Condominium Association on Center Street, just next door to the Chula Vista Police Department.

When one son became violent toward the mother, investigators say the off-duty officer intervened to prevent his parents from being injured.

Homicide investigators say the off-duty officer was stabbed four times and found bleeding in the complex parking lot. The SDPD officer was rushed to UC San Diego Medical Center where he was said to be conscious and talking.

The officer's brother, who is considered the suspect, was found inside the family's home suffering from gunshot wounds. He did not survive his injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene, officials said.

"There was an argument. There's been some mental health history with the suspect. They were attempting to get him some help," CVPD Lt. Fritz Reber said.

The suspect armed himself with knives and stabbed the officer, police say. Reber said it's believed the off-duty officer shot his brother in self-defense.

There is no word if the off-duty officer's service gun was used in the shooting.

Officers shut down Center Street as they collected evidence and removed the brother's body.

SDPD Chief Shelley Zimmerman told NBC 7 she went to visit the officer at the hospital Friday.

"He is recovering from stab wounds. It is a tragedy that this had to happen," Zimmerman said.

Family neighbor Robert Ledesma said he used to see the suspect walking his dog.

"I used to ask him about Padres and Chargers, and he was a pretty nice guy as far as I know," Ledesma said.

"Things like this shouldn't happen," he added.

Man Pushed Onto Subway Tracks


A 61-year-old man standing on a subway platform with his wife was pushed into the path of an oncoming subway train and killed Sunday in the Bronx, officials said.

The engineer on the southbound D train saw Wai Kuen Kwok on the tracks at the 167th Street station shortly before 9 a.m., police said. The conductor tried to stop the train, but it was too late, and the man was hit, police said.

The victim's wife was taken to the hospital but was physically uninjured, police said. She was released and has spoken to police.

Police said the shove appeared to be unprovoked. They are searching for the pusher and are reviewing surveillance footage; a suspect was seen boarding a city bus after the attack, according to the NYPD.  

Norovirus Outbreak Hits Cruise Ship


More than 170 passengers and crew have fallen ill with norovirus on a nearly month-long cruise that docked in San Pedro, California, Sunday morning. 

Princess Cruises confirmed that passengers were ill with the stomach flu in a Nov.13 statement, saying the ship would receive a "deep cleaning" in Los Angeles on Sunday before it embarks on its next voyage.

Out of the 3,009 passengers and 1,160 crew members aboard the ship, 158 passengers and 14 crewmembers took ill with the virus, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

Norovirus, an infectious stomach flu, causes vomiting and diarrhea, according to the CDC.

The Crown Princess docked in the Port of Los Angeles at 6:50 a.m PT (9:50 a.m ET).

The ship's return was delayed by a day because of a separate illness that required the ship to backtrack to an island on Monday, Nov. 10, according to Princess Cruises.

An extremely sick crew member was offloaded on an island in French Polynesia because he required emergency surgery, according to the statement. He was flown to another island and is expected to fully recover.

In April, 129 people on the same ship contracted norovirus during a seven-day cruise off the California coast.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Man Stole Bobcat from East Haven Construction Company: Cops


East Haven police have arrested a man accused of stealing $80,000 in construction equipment from a local company.

Police started investigating in March when a construction company reported that a Bobcat T750, worth about $80,000, had been stolen from a construction site near Tweed-New Haven Airport on Proto Drive, police said.

As police investigated, they learned that the stolen Bobcat was at a residence in North Haven, so police from East Haven and North Haven obtained a search warrant and went to the house, where they found the equipment, police said.

Police identified Armand Amendola, 42, as the suspected thief, arrested him on Friday and charged him with first-degree larceny.

Amendola was released after posting a $50,000 bond. He is due in court in New Haven on Nov. 26.

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Police Respond to Crash in Stratford


Police are investigating after a serious crash at Main Street and Huntington Road in Stratford.

Police say they responded at 12:37 p.m. Sunday for an accident involving a car and a pickup truck. Upon arrival police found that the car, which was occupied by only its driver, struck the pickup truck on the passenger side.  The picktruck was occupied by the driver and one passenger. None of them have been identified at this time.

Main Street between North Avenue and Huntington Road will be closed for several hours while police investigate.

Check back for updates.

Thief Stole $7,000 in Chips from Mohegan Sun: Cops


Police are looking for the man who stole $7,000 in chips from someone gambling at a roulette table at Mohegan Sun on Friday night and his accomplice.

The man, pictured at left, stole the chips around 10 p.m. on Friday, punched a person who confronted him and fled in a maroon vehicle, according to Mohegan Tribal Police Department.

The man, pictured at right, was with an accomplice, according to police.

Anyone with information about the man or the person he was with is asked to call the Mohegan Tribal Police Department at 860-862-7460.

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Pilot Involved in Clinton Crash Suffered Minor Injuries


A 62-year-old New Jersey woman suffered only minor injuries when her single-engine plane crashed into the woods 100 feet from a house in Clinton on Saturday afternoon.

Police said Shirley Onacilla, of  Jersey City, New Jersey, was treated for minor bruises and abrasions at Middlesex Memorial Hospital Shoreline in Westbrook and has been released.

Clinton First Selectman William Fritz said the plane, which was attempting to land at Chester Airport, went down around 3 p.m. in the area of Princess Pine Road and Ironworks Road.

Onacilla was heading for Orange County, New York, but reported engine trouble after taking off from Groton-New London Airport, officials said.

A homeowner who was in the backyard, splitting wood, when the plane barreled into the trees brought a ladder up to the crash site and talked to the pilot, who was conscious and alert, but couldn't get her out.

"I kept asking her, 'Is anything broken?' Rob was trying to get here out. Problem was, plane was upside down. Part of the glass was open and we couldn’t slide her out,” Cathy Wherle said.

Firefighters pulled Onacilla from the plane.

The National Transportation Safety Board and Federal Aviation Administration will be investigating.

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Middletown 12-Year-Old Boy Found Safe


A 12-year-old Middletown boy who was reported missing is safe and back home, according to police. 

Police issued a Silver Alert early Sunday morning for Tyquel Perkins, 12, who left his home at 4:30 p.m. to go to his uncle’s house and was supposed to return at 9 p.m., but did not make it to the uncle's home last night.

A reverse 911 call was sent out to the surrounding area, asking anyone with information on Tyquel’s whereabouts to call police.

Tyquel's family called police and said he returned home at 9:11 a.m.

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New Haven Police Make Arrest in 2012 Murder


New Haven police have arrested a man charged in a 2012 murder case.

Joseph Mirvil, 28, of New Haven, was shot and killed on September 18, 2012. Police say the incident happened in the front vestibule of an apartment in the Malcolm Court section of the Church Street South housing complex.

Two weeks later, then 20-year-old John Claudio was arrested for his involvement in the crime, according to police.

On November 10, 2014 an arrest warrant was signed for Xavier Yancey, 20, of New Haven, who is also believed to be involved. On Friday at 6:30 p.m. officers spotted Yancey on Liberty Street and arrested him without incident.

Yancey is charged with felony murder. Bond was set at $500,000.

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Crews Fight Fire on Falcon Road in Guilford


 Crews responded to a fire on Falcon Road in Guilford Saturday night.

The Guilford fire department says a call came in at approximately 10:12 p.m. for a fire in a residential structure. Mutual aid was called in from Madison and Branford. The bulk of the fire was knocked down by 10:50 p.m.

No injuries have been reported at this time.

Check back for updates.

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1 Dead After Boat Capsizes in Fl.


A 72-year-old man is dead after a boat capsized three miles east of Boca Chita Key in Biscayne Bay Sunday.

Three men were thrown into the water when the 27-foot boat capsized after a wave swamped the back of it, according to Jorge Pino with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. 

The men were able to lie on the overturned boat until help arrived, but 72-year-old Ramiro Rodriguez went into cardiac arrest, officials said.

"They were doing CPR to the elderly gentleman, so we deployed a diver immediately in the water," said Lt. Ernie Capote.

The men were able to call 911 and rescuers soon arrived on scene. Rodriguez was airlifted onto a rescue helicopter and transported to Mercy Hospital, where he later died. The condition of the two other victims, 44-year-old Carlos Manuel Amigo and 16-year-old Carlos Gabriel Amigo, was unknown.

The boat was towed back to Black Point Marina in Southwest Miami-Dade.

Son of Pa. Official Killed in Crash


The son of the chief of staff of a Pennsylvania state senator died in a car accident early Sunday morning.

A spokesperson for the office of Pennsylvania Sen. Vincent Hughes confirmed with NBC10 that 32-year-old Charles Gibson, the son of Marcella Daniels, Hughes’ chief of staff, died in a car crash in South Philadelphia.

The spokesperson described Gibson as a “very popular man,” and “very nice.”

Gibson was driving a silver Toyota Avalon southbound on Columbus Boulevard shortly after 2 a.m. when he lost control of his vehicle and crashed into a pole. He was pronounced dead at the scene at 2:40 a.m. No one else was inside the car at the time.

Police continue to investigate the accident but told NBC10 Gibson was drag racing at the time of the crash.

This story is developing. Stay with NBC10.com for updates.

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