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1 Dead After SUV Crashes into Building in Enfield


One person was killed after his white SUV crashed into a business in Enfield on Sunday night.

The crash happened at Al's Carpet One, near the intersection of Hazard Avenue and Broadbrook Road around 9:15 p.m., and the driver was transported to Baystate Medical Center, where he died, police said.

Police have not released the name of the person who was killed. 

There is considerable damage to the building and Hazard Avenue was closed for several hours while the traffic squad investigated.

Police are continuing to investigate and ask anyone with information to call the Enfield Police Department Traffic Division at 860-763-8920.

Family of Man Shot by NYPD Rallies


Brooklyn District Attorney Kenneth Thompson is launching an investigation into the death of Akai Gurley, the young man shot by a rookie NYPD officer in an East New York public housing complex.

The move was commended by Rep. Hakeem Jeffries and Rep. Nydia Velazquez, who met Sunday with the D.A. to discuss the shooting.

"His death appears to be unprovoked, unnecessary and unjust," Jeffries said after meeting with the D.A. "And the community, of course, is sick and tired of being sick and tired of these types of instances of police violence."

Gurley, 28, was unarmed when probationary officer Peter Liang accidentally discharged his weapon in the stairwell Thursday night, according to the NYPD.

Liang has been placed on modified duty. He and another officer, both with less than 18 months on the force, were part of a violence reduction overtime detail on vertical patrol, conducting floor-by-floor sweeps of the Louis H. Pink Houses in East New York at around 11 p.m.

As the officers entered the eighth-floor landing on the day of the shooting, Gurley emerged on the seventh-floor landing. He heard a noise and turned to look up at the two officers a floor above him, a law enforcement source said. That's when Liang, who had his gun in his left hand and his flashlight in his right, fired accidentally, hitting Gurley 11 feet below.

Amber Alert for 3-Month-Old New York Baby Canceled


A 3-month-old baby boy has been found, hours after police said his father assaulted a family member and abducted the baby boy.

Police said Jonathan J. Lawrence. 21,of Union City, New Jersey, went to Greenport, New York to confront the mother of his children and assaulted the woman's grandfather before taking one of his twin children, , who was identified as Steven Ristick.

Lawrence fled in a 2001 blue Chrysler minivan with Connecticut  plates and state police in New York and New Jersey, as well as the Hudson County prosecutor and Union City Police began working on the case.

Officials also reached out to Lawrence's family members, who convinced him to turn himself in, police said. 

Around 6 a.m., Lawrence brought the baby to Union City, New Jersey police and turned himself in.


The baby is healthy, safe and has been reunited with his mother. 

Police said the mother has been cooperating with the Union City police investigation and Lawrence is being held at the in Hudson County Correctional Facility in Kearny, awaiting extradition for a fugitive from justice warrant.

Rain and Wind Caused Problems for Morning Commute


Heavy downpours and strong winds caused several problems for the commute on Monday until transforming into scattered showers.

A trailer carrying leaves crashed on Route 6 in Farmington near Fairlawn Street ond flipped over this morning, according to police. Crews from the state Department of Transportation are responding to clean up the leaves.

A tractor-trailer crash and fuel spill on Interstate 91 North in Hartford caused problems all morning.

A fallen tree is still causing problems on Metro-North's New Canaan line and the train service is providing substitute bus service because of a downed tree and wire damage in the area of Talmadge Hill.

Crashes also caused problems on Interstate 84 In Southington, a crash caused problems from Cheshire to Southington.

The northbound side of the Merritt Parkway in Greenwich was briefly closed near exit 27 because a tree fell across the highway, according to state police. The road has since reopened.

There were also problems on Interstate 84 near the New York line after a tree came down in a crash.

Trees and wires came down in several towns and Connecticut Light and Power was reporting around 2,500 power outages scattered across the state, including hundreds in Middlefield and Middletown

The rain also caused flooding, which prompted school officials to close Derby High School for the day, according to the superintendent’s office. (You can sign up for school closing alerts here.)

The pouring rain has moved through, but some scattered showers will continue into the mid-day

Skies will be clear on Tuesday, with mostly sunny skies and temperatures in the mid-50s.

However, a winter storm watch is in effect for most of Connecticut for Wednesday.

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Water Main Break in Old Saybrook


There is a water main break at Maple Avenue and Main Street in Old Saybrook and the water could be off until around 5 p.m., according to police.

The break has resulted in water being shut off along Main Street, between Maple Avenue and Saybrook Point, including in the North Cove section of town.

Connecticut Water, which supplies water to 56 Connecticut towns, including Old Saybrook, is working on repairing the main.

Police warn that there might be some traffic delays in the area of Maple Avenue and Main Street during the repairs.

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Simsbury Police Increase Patrols Amid Investigation Into Woman's Death


Simsbury police have increased patrols in the center of town after a 54-year-old insurance executive was stabbed in the chest and killed last week.

Melissa Millan, of Simsbury, was found lying on Iron Horse Boulevard, between Phelps Lane and Pent Road around 8 p.m. on Thursday, police said. An ambulance rushed her to Saint Francis Hospital, where she died a short time later.

Millan's death has been ruled a homicide, the first in town since  a murder-suicide in 2012.

The crime scene was in the center of the suburban community, near a highly frequented bike trail, several  restaurants and the Performing Arts Center at Simsbury Meadows and police said it's not clear if the stabbing was random.

As the investigation continues, Simsbury Police Department will increase patrols and police presence on Iron Horse Boulevard "for an undetermined amount of time."

Police said they have not found the weapon , nor have they identified a suspect, but they said they have leads.

Anyone with information to call detectives at 860-658-3145.

Police initially considered the possibility that Millan was injured in a hit-and-run, but found no evidence to prove that theory. 

There will be a vigil for Millan on Sunday at 3:30 p.m. near the area where she was found injured on Iron Horse Boulevard.

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Death of Man in NYPD Stairwell Shooting Ruled Homicide: ME


The death of the unarmed man shot by a probationary NYPD officer in a Brooklyn stairwell last week has been ruled a homicide, the medical examiner’s office said Monday.

Akai Gurley was shot and killed in a stairwell at the Louis H. Pink Houses in East New York late Thursday by officer Peter Liang, who was assigned to the public housing complex as part of a violence reduction overtime detail.

Police Commissioner Bill Bratton has called the shooting an accident and said Gurley was a "total innocent."

Liang and his partner, both of whom have less than 18 months on the force, were conducting a floor-by-floor sweep of the building and had gone to the roof when they noticed there were no lights in the stairwell leading up to it. Given the location and lack of light, Liang drew his weapon and a flashlight for safety reasons, police have said. The other officer kept his service weapon holstered.

As the officers were entering the eighth-floor landing, Gurley emerged on the seventh-floor landing. He heard a noise and turned to look up at the two officers a floor above him, a law enforcement source said. Then Liang, who had his gun in his left hand and his flashlight in his right, fired accidentally, hitting Gurley 11 feet below him, according to Bratton.

Gurley was shot in the chest. He stumbled down to his girlfriend, who was by that point on the fifth floor, and she tried to administer first aid, authorities said. Liang and his partner found the couple on the fifth floor; 911 had already been called. Gurley was pronounced dead at a hospital.

The medical examiner's ruling came shortly after Brooklyn District Attorney Kenneth Thompson announced he would launch an investigation into Gurley's death. Thompson met with community leaders on Sunday, a day after more than 250 people marched in protest outside Liang's 75th Precinct, chanting and holding signs calling for justice.

The NYPD's Internal Affairs Bureau is investigating along with the district attorney's office. Liang has been placed on modified duty pending the outcome of the investigation.

The police union has called for a thorough investigation. Neither the union nor the NYPD could immediately be reached for comment on the medical examiner's ruling. 

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Mother and Son Shoplifted in South Windsor: Cops


South Windsor Police have arrested a mother and son who are accused of stealing games and a vacuum from a Target store in South Windsor.

Police said Pamela Meyer, 57, of Agawam, Massachusetts, and her son, Douglas Walters, 29, of East Longmeadow, Massachusetts, stole several video games, Lego sets and a Dyson vacuum from the store on Buckland Road on Saturday.

Store security officers saw the man and woman place the items in a shopping cart and try to leave without paying, so they approached the pair and Walters ran into the parking lot, police said.

Police were able to detain Meyer, who police said lied to officers about being involved in the shoplifting.

Police later found Walters several miles away and both were charged with conspiracy to commit larceny in the fifth degree and interfering with an officer and later released on a $5,000 non-surety bond.

They are scheduled to appear at Manchester Superior Court on Dec. 4.

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Derby High School Closed for Flooding


 Derby High School is closed on Monday because of flooding, according to the superintendent's office.

All other schools in Derby will be open today.

The mayor said rain water came through the school roof and into the kitchen, so no food can be served. Tiles were also damaged.

School should reopen tomorrow, according to local officials.

No additional information was available.

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Glastonbury High Wins 100K For Safe Driving Initiative


Hundreds of students packed the auditorium at Glastonbury High School on Monday morning for the surprise announcement that the school took home the top prize in a national contest.

The school was rewarded with a $100,000 grant from State Farm for an initiative a group of students came up with to promote safe teen driving.

The “Be the Key” club was created as a way to raise awareness about the dangers of drunken and distracted driving.

Audrey Apanovitch, a student, came up with the idea in a research class and encouraged the entire community to take the pledge.

“It’s for passengers and drivers and you just agree that you’re not going to be a distracted driver, that you’re going to be a safe driver,” Apanovitch said.

The students entered the initiative in the State Farm “Celebrate my Drive” contest. They were among 3,300 schools and, thanks to millions of votes through social media, Glastonbury was one of five schools to take home the top prize of $100,000.

“I was definitely in shock. I still am,” Apanovitch said. “It’s so exciting because there’s so much we can do with this money for the school and my initiative.”

With the excitement, there is also quiet reflection because the club was created after Jane Modlesky, a student, was killed in a drunken driving crash in 2013.

The school is now in the process of creating a curriculum to promote safe teen driving with the hopes of expanding it to schools across the state.

Now that they won the money, the students are forming a committee to decide what to do with it all. They said it will be used to make improvements to Glastonbury High School for years to come.

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Man Charged in Attack at Navy Base Indicted


The Norwich man accused of "swinging a knife" and assaulting two officers at the Groton submarine base earlier this month has been indicted on federal charges.

According to a spokesperson for the Navy, Gary Ray Brunache, 35, of Norwich, showed up to the base armed with a knife on the night of Thursday, Nov. 13, prompting an officer to open fire. One Department of Defense officer was caught in the crossfire and a second was stabbed in the leg.

Brunache, who said he went to the base to see his brother, walked from Norwich to the Navy base, officials said.

While there, he became frustrated when officers at the main gate on Crystal Lake Road wouldn't let him in and began "swinging a knife" at Officer Brian McCarthy, according to the NCIS officer who filed a complaint against him.

Officer William Kephart fired pepper spray at Brunache, who stabbed Kephart in the leg, NCIS officials said. McCarthy fired three rounds and missed, but officers "eventually subdued" Brunache.

Kephart suffered a stab wound to the leg and McCarthy, who was caught in a spray of bullets, were taken to the hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. Both officers were released from the hospital that night.

Groton Town Police apprehended Brunache, who was not injured, and brought him to a local hospital for a medical evaluation. He was arrested Nov. 13.

Brunache has been charged with assault on a federal officer and assault with a dangerous weapon on a Navy base. Brunache remains in the custody of the Naval Criminal Investigative Service until a detention hearing is held.

He was indicted Nov. 24 on federal charges of assaulting a federal officer. He could face up to 40 years in prison if convicted, according to the U.S. attorney's office.

Brunache worked at the Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville in 2002, according to a casino spokesperson.

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Nurse’s Aide Used Sick Client’s Home for Drug Deliveries: Cops


A nurse’s aide was arrested in Fairfield after having marijuana shipped to the Fairfield home of an unsuspecting elderly person receiving hospice care, according to police.

Police arrested Joan M. Mitchell, 45, of the Bronx New York, after FedEx employees called authorities about a suspicious package at their Norwalk facility during the early morning hours of November 19.

Fairfield Police said one package addressed to the home on Main Street in Southport contained about 14 pounds of marijuana and the other held about 10 pounds of marijuana.

The elderly resident of the home is in hospice care and had no knowledge of the drugs being shipped to the house, according to police.

Mitchell had been the resident’s live-in nurses’ aide for about two years and had been receiving packages at the home for months, according to police.

Other employees also worked at the home, but Mitchell was the only one who would inspect the packages delivered and she was spotted removing the marijuana deliveries from the porch and bringing them inside, police said.

Mitchell was charged with possession with intent to sell over 1 kilo of marijuana, possession of marijuana and possession of marijuana within 1,500 feet of a school..

She was released after posting a $10,000 bond and is due in court in Bridgeport on Dec. 1.

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Police ID Man Struck and Killed in Cheshire


Police have identified the 67-year-old man who was struck while trying to cross Route 10 in Cheshire on Thursday evening as Ji Zheng Cai, 67, of Brooklyn, New York.

Cai the man was crossing Route 10/South Main Street from the Dragon Buffet restaurant to get to a strip mall on the other side when a car traveling southbound hit him around 6:30 p.m., police said.

He was taken to St. Mary's Hospital in Waterbury in critical condition and pronounced dead at the hospital on Thursday night.

Police said the car that struck Cai stopped immediately and the driver, Bonnie Winter, of Cheshire, has been cooperating with police.

The driver of the car has been identified as Bonnie Winer. of Cheshire.

The crash is still under investigation by members of the Cheshire Police Traffic Divison

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Missing Southington Man Considered Endangered


Police have issued a Silver Alert for 48-year-old Charles "Chuck" Bridda, who was last seen leaving a home in Southington on Sunday and is considered endangered due to a medical concerns.

He was last seen leaving 40 North Summit Street in Southington around 12:30 p.m. Sunday, according to Southington police.

Bridda, who lives on Muir Terrace in Southington, was wearing blue jeans, New Balance sneakers and a blue hooded sweatshirt with "Pepsi" written across the front.

He stands 5 feet 9 inches tall and has brown hair and brown eyes.

Southington police said Bridda is considered endangered because of a recent medical issue.

Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to call Southington police at 860-621-0101.

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Torrington Teen Charged in Mom's Murder to Face Judge Tuesday


The Torrington teen accused of killing his mother at their home on Forest Street earlier this month has been extradited to Connecticut following his arrest in New York and will face a judge on murder charges Tuesday morning.

Police said Nicholas Hulme, 18, is back in the custody of Torrington police. He was arrested 80 miles from the crime scene in Sleepy Hollow, New York, following the Nov. 6 murder.

Hulme was charged as a fugitive from justice and will be arraigned in court tomorrow on murder and larceny charges, according to police.

He's suspected of killing his mother, 49-year-old Wendy Hulme, whom the medical examiner said died of neck compression.

Hulme was already on juvenile parole at the time of the murder, according to law enforcement and state government sources.

Police said they are still investigating the case. Anyone with information is asked to call Torrington police Det. Jim Crean at 860-489-2061 or Lt. Bart Barown at 860-489-2036.

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Man Steals From Middletown Home, Pushes Resident: Cops


Police are searching for the man who broke into a Middletown home Monday afternoon and stole a TV, then went back in a second time and pushed a female resident who confronted him.

According to police, the intruder entered a home on Grand Street around 12:45 p.m. Monday. He toook a TV while a woman was home, loaded it into his pink-striped sedan, then went back into the house.

Police said the resident heard a noise and confronted the man, wo pushed her and took off in his car.

The suspect is described as a muscular, light-skinned black man in his 20s with brown hair in braids parted down the middle. Police said he stands 6 feet tall and was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt at the time of the burglary.

He got away in a black four-door sedan with tinted windows and a pink stripe down the side. Police said the car is possibly a Nissan or Toyota.

Anyone with information about the burglary is urged to call Middletown police at 560-347-6941.

Dog Left in NY Park Bathroom


Authorities are searching for the person who left a small white dog in the women's bathroom at a New York state park over the weekend.

The Putnam County SPCA says the pooch, possibly a Maltese mix, was found in a plastic crate in the ladies' restroom at Pelton Pond off Route 301 in Kent's Fahnestock State Park Saturday morning.

The dog was taken to an animal hospital, where it was found to be in a severe state of neglect. Both of its ears were infected and its fur was so heavily matted that it couldn't relieve itself, the SPCA said.

The pup, believed to be 3 or 4 years old, was also underweight.

Anyone with information about the dog is asked to call the Putnam County SPCA at 845-520-6915. 

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Sandoval to Sign With Red Sox, Ramirez Reportedly to Follow


It seems the Red Sox have wasted no time this offseason, as two big bats are apparently on the way to Boston.

Pablo Sandoval told his former team, the San Francisco Giants, that he would join the Red Sox, according to Comcast SportsNet Bay Area.

A deal with shortstop Hanley Ramirez, meanwhile, is expected to be announced, as well. Jon Heyman of CBS Sports tweeted Monday that an agreement had been reached pending a physical.

Late Sunday night, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reported that Ramirez would travel to Boston Monday to finalize a deal. Initially reported to be worth $90 million over five years, Rosenthal tweeted Monday that it was a four-year deal worth $88 million with a vesting option for a fifth year at another $22 million.

Red Sox writer Ian Browne of MLB.com reports that Sandoval will be unveiled at a press conference Tuesday. He adds that Ramirez is likely to be unveiled Tuesday, too.

The shortstop started his career with the Red Sox before being traded to the Miami Marlins for Josh Beckett and Mike Lowell, both of whom were major factors in the team's 2007 World Series run.

Sandoval had been weighing offers from his former club as well as the Red Sox and San Diego Padres.

Heyman reports that Sandoval, also known as Kung Fu Panda, will earn close to $100 million over five years.

The Giants, with whom Sandoval has spent his entire career, released the following statement:

Ramirez and Sandoval represent a potentially major offensive boost for Boston, but both come with question marks.

The shortstop, who just played two and a half seasons with the Los Angeles Dodgers and turns 31 in December, batted .283/.369/.448 with 13 homers last season, but was an MVP candidate just a year earlier, batting .345/.402/.638 with 20 homers. He is a career .300 hitter with an OPS of .873.

Sandoval, meanwhile, hits free agency at the young age of 28. He batted .279/.324/.415 last year, hitting 16 home runs. He made two All-Star teams as a member of the Giants and has a career line of .294/.346/.465.

Ramirez has a history of health problems, appearing in just 86 games during his excellent 2013 campaign and 92 back in 2011. While young and known as a solid defender, has had ongoing weight issues. He is listed at 245 pounds, but his weight has fluctuated throughout his time in the big leagues.

A move to the American League could benefit Sandoval, as he could ultimately play as a designated hitter, eventually replacing 39-year-old David Ortiz.

The Red Sox adding both players is surprising and their intentions are not entirely clear. The team was in need of a third baseman, with Will Middlebrooks hitting below the Mendoza line last year with an abysmal .191/.256/.265 line last season. But shortstop Xander Bogaerts was one of the top prospects in baseball going into his rookie season last year.

In addition to creating an infield logjam, the signings are surprising because the team's greatest need is its starting rotation. Boston traded away Jon Lester, John Lackey and Jake Peavy before the trade deadline, and Clay Buchholz has been wildly inconsistent.

Lester, now a free agent after a brief tenure with the Oakland Athletics, has been in talks to return to Boston. But Heyman and Rosenthal both report that that the Giants, on the verge of losing Sandoval, are now showing interest in the lefty.

Should the Sox finalize deals with both hitters, they have a few options to solve the logjam. They could play Ramirez in the outfield and trade a player like Yoenis Cespedes or Shane Victorino. Bogaerts, while a superior defender to Ramirez, could also move to the outfield. They could play Ramirez at third base and Sandoval at first if they trade Mike Napoli.

Additionally, they could deal Bogaerts, though Boston is highly unlikely to move the young stud unless the return is heavy.

As Comcast SportsNet New England's Sean McAdam notes, adding both players will make the Sox' offense "lethal." In one projected 2015 lineup, McAdam did not include Cespedes, Victorino or Allen Craig, a testament to the depth, particularly in the outfield if Ramirez is moved out of the infield.

Late Monday night, Red Sox officials announced they will hold a press conference on Tuesday afternoon. Stay with NECN as this story develops.

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Gas Station Robbery Suspect Evaluated at Hospital


Police have captured the man accused of robbing a gas station in Southington and have taken him to the hospital for a medical evaluation.

Travis Gornto, who has also been linked to an incident in Bristol this morning, is accused of stealing from the Sunoco Gas Station at 957 West Street in Southington around 11:30 a.m. Sunday. Police said he did not show a weapon but implied that he had one.

Gornto got away with an unknown amount of money. Police said he was spotted driving in New Haven and was taken into custody in Derby. Gornto is currently at the hospital undergoing a medical evaluation and has not been formally charged.

Police said the arrest warrant for Gornto is sealed and the investigation is ongoing.

The details of the Bristol incident are unclear.

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Groomers Shave 7.6 Pounds of Hair Off Badly Neglected Pup


Groomers shaved more than 7 pounds of dirty matted hair off a neglected Cocker Spaniel who was abandoned outside the Connecticut Humane Society sometime between Friday night and Saturday morning.

Officials are trying to figure out who is reponsible for the deplorable condition of the dog, who's been dubbed "Pilgrim" in honor of the holidays this week.

The dog, covered in filthy matted hair soiled with urine and feces, was left outside Waterford shelter at some point between the time staff members left for the day Friday night and returned at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, according to officials from the Humane Society.

Staff members took the dog in, gave him food and water, then called animal control, in compliance with state law.

The dog was in such bad condition he could barely walk, according to the Waterford-East Lyme Animal Control, which put out a plea on Facebook asking a groomer to help clean up the pup.

The Diesel Dog from Hamden and Oliver's Tails from Old Lyme came forward and spent nearly three hours shaving 7.6 pounds of matted hair off the dog.

"Like the original pilgrim, he is now searching for a new home!" Animal Control wrote on Facebook.

Now the animal control officer is trying to find the person who neglected the dog.

Photo Credit: Waterford-East Lyme Animal Control
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