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Stabbing Reported on Pearl Street in Enfield


Authorities are responding to the report of a stabbing on Pearl Street in Enfield, according to police.

Police have not released any details of the incident or information on injuries.

Law enforcement is still at the scene investigating the incident.

Check back for updates.

Ferguson Protesters Block Major Roads


One night after a grand jury in Ferguson, Missouri, decided not to indict a police officer in the shooting death of an unarmed black teen, protests are taking place across the country.

In Boston, groups of people blocked major roadways Tuesday night after learning Darren Wilson would not be charged in the killing of Michael Brown.

A ramp of I-93 was shut down by Massachusetts State Police as protesters walked with their hands up. A human chain on Tremont Street, blocking the road as Boston Police looked on.

Later, a group tried to make its way onto the Massachusetts Turnpike at Clarendon Street, but was held off by police.

Boston Police told NECN approximately 45 arrests had been made. Half of those arrested were female. Still, however, Superintendent in Chief William Gross thanked protesters for remaining peaceful, adding that he is proud of the city.

Even though there were arrests, Gross said, there were no fires or incidents of looting.

Hundreds of protesters were taking part in the march, with many chanting "Hands up, don't shoot."

Similarly, in Providence, Rhode Island, about 150 protesters sat on I-95, blocking both lanes of the highway for a time, according to NECN affiliate WJAR.

Police in Providence are making arrests and attempting to clear the road.

NECN will have more as this story develops.

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Airport Gets Ready for Snowy Holiday Travel


As the last flight departed from Bradley International Airport and the terminals emptied Tuesday night, it truly was the calm before the storm.

AAA predicts 3.5 million Americans will take to the skies between Wednesday and Sunday, the same time Old Man Winter plans on dumping its first snow storm across Connecticut.

“We are certainly monitoring the storm that is expected tomorrow, but we plan on keeping Bradley open and operational for the duration of the storm,” said Kevin Dillon, executive director of the Connecticut Airport Authority.

To help curb travel issues, some airlines offered the option of a quick switch free of charge before the snow started.

Jonann Lemoine made the change to guarantee a smooth trip to Lexington, South Carolina.

“We took advantage of that because we didn’t want to miss our flight tomorrow and then possibly miss Thanksgiving with our family,” said Lemoine.

However, as the hours wore on, the flights filled and empty seats were harder to come by.

“Folks should really stay with the flight they are on right now because there is not a lot of capacity to rebook,” said Dillon.

According to Dillion, individual carriers have the final say on cancellations and delays. His responsibility is to keep the airport ready to accept and send out all that is scheduled.

“We have some of the best snow removal crews in the country so we are not anticipating any problems in that regard,” said Dillon.

His recommendations for the busiest travel day of the year are simple: arrive early and pack your patience.

“We are going to work very hard tomorrow to make sure it’s an enjoyable day for folks traversing through the airport,” Dillon said.

Hillhouse Football Team Gives Back


The football team at James Hillhouse Comprehensive High School in New Haven is showing Connecticut it’s never too early to start the season of giving.

Players gave away 45 turkeys to members of the community by handing out turkeys to the needy, according to Hillhouse football coach Reggie Lytle.

The event took place at the Floyd Little Athletic Center at in New Haven at 6 p.m. on Tuesday.

“Giving out turkeys to the community,” said Lytle. “Teaching boys to be men, giving back to the community.”

Photo Credit: Reggie Lytle

Norwalk Gas Station Robbed at Gunpoint


Police are asking for the public's help in identifying two men who robbed a Norwalk gas station at gunpoint early Tuesday morning.

According to Norwalk police, two masked men dressed in dark clothing walked into the Sunoco gas station at 126 Connecticut Avenue just before 3:30 a.m.

One robber was armed with a dark-colored revolver, according to police. He walked into the store and took a clerk's cellphone, then forced him behind the counter.

Surveillance footage shows a clerk handing over money from the cash register. It's not clear how much money they took, but police said the suspects robbed both employees.

Police said no shots were fired and no one was hurt.

Anyone with information on the robbery is urged to call Norwalk police at 203-854-3111.

Photo Credit: Norwalk Police Department

Man Arrested After Carrying Baton in Carry-On at Bradley


A North Carolina man was charged with circumventing airport security after bringing a collapsible baton in his carry-on luggage yesterday, according to state police.

Police said Freddy Detres, 44, of Jacksonville, North Carolina, tried to go through security with the baton in his bag and state police from Troop H and Bradley Airport security staff members took him into custody.

Detres was released yesterday in a $5,000 surety bond.

He is due in court on Dec. 8 in Enfield.

Photo Credit: WVIT

Storm Causes Flight Delays, Cancellations at Bradley Airport


Two dozen flights in and out of Bradley International Airport have been canceled this evening as winter weather continues to pummel the state on what is typically the busiest travel day of the year.

About 3.5 million people are expected to fly between now and Sunday, about 17,000 of which will be traveling through Bradley.

A few flights to Denver and Baltimore have already been pushed back and six flights scheduled for later in the day are canceled.

"They said they’ll let us know if there was gonna be a delay or anything so we called back the next day and they said our flight was pushed to Saturday and we said whats the sense in going Saturday so we ended up calling and booking a flight for tonight, so we got a little bit of sleep," Eddie Connor, of Bridgeport, said.

Many people scrambled to book an earlier flight in light of the snow forecast to make sure they make it to their destination in time for Thanksgiving dinner.

"Well, we were supposed to leave at 1:14 we changed our flight to the 5:15 flight and we’re exhausted," Michael Piscatelli said.

If you are flying from JFK, Newark or LaGuardia, you can sign up to receive Airport Info-Alerts.

Several airlines were waiving re-booking fees in light of the storm so that passengers changing their tickets didn't get charged.

Check the status of your flight with your airline before you head to the airport and leave extra time for the long security lines even if your flight is on time.

Photo Credit: NBCConnecticut.com

Police Seize Kilo of Heroin in Wolcott


State police seized a kilo of heroin during a drug bust at a home in Wolcott on Monday afternoon.

Members of the Northwest Office of the Statewide Narcotics Task Force raided 31 Chesterfield Ave. in Wolcott around 2:30 p.m. on Monday and seized the heroin, as well as $4,000 in cash, heroin packaging materials, cutting agent and scales, according to state police.

The resident, Thomas Allergini, 51, was charged with possession of narcotics, possession of narcotics with intent to sell, possession of drug paraphernalia and operating a drug factory.

He is due in court in Waterbury on Jan. 26.

Photo Credit: Connecticut State Police

Man Killed in Norwalk Crash


A 29-year-old Norwalk man died after a crashing into a guard rail on Route 7 in town on Tuesday night.

Luis M. Contreras was driving southbound in the center lane on Route 7 in his 2000 black Lexus sedan when he swerved to the right and crashed into a metal guardrail on the right shoulder that separates the West Avenue and Interstate 95 ramps, according to state police. The crash happened at 8:17 p.m.

Contreras was ejected when the car spun and hit the guardrail again, police said, and Norwalk EMS pronounced him dead at the scene.

Police said the front and rear sides of Contreras' car were damaged. No other vehicles or people were involved in the crash.

The cause of the crash is unknown and state police are investigating.

Photo Credit: NBCConnecticut.com

Holiday Traffic Enforcement Begins


State police have issued hundreds of tickets and charged three people with driving under the influence as they crackdown on dangerous driving over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.

Since Tuesday morning, state police have responded to 161 crashes, including one fatal crash and 23 where people were injured.

State police said Luis Contreras, 29, of Norwalk, was killed in a crash on Route 7 in town on Tuesday.

Police, who are cracking down on drunken driving and aggressive drivers, have made four drunk driving arrests and have cited 252 people for speeding, issued 135 tickets for seatbelt violations and handed out another 792 tickets for violations, including unsafe lane changes, following too closely, using a cell phone while driving, texting and failure to signal.

State police have added patrols through Sunday.

During the holiday weekend in 2013, state police arrested 143 people on driving under the influence charges and cited 1,134 people for speeding and 170 for seatbelt violations.

They responded to 562 crashes, including 92 with injuries and one fatal crash.

Photo Credit: NBCConnecticut.com

Silver Alert Canceled for 85-Year-Old North Canaan Man


State police have canceled a Silver Alert for a missing 85-year-old North Canaan man.

Alden Ringklib had been missing since Tuesday, according to the silver alert, and might have left Connecticut in a blue 1990 Lexus with Connecticut license plate 132-XFJ and headed toward Philadelphia.

Police did not release details surrounding the cancellation of the silver alert.

Photo Credit: Silver Alert

Stripping Robbers Hit Again


A group of armed robbers who make their victims take off their clothes hit again over the weekend, the latest in a string of robberies all with a similar modus operandi.

In the latest robbery, which targeted a Broward County, Florida, Subway restaurant Monday night, the robbers’ victim was a woman who is eight months pregnant. The robbery was the fifth such crime that had similar circumstances in the last two months. All of the robberies have been caught on camera.

“It seems to be that is their strategy, to take their clothes off,” said Keyla Concepcion of the Broward Sheriff’s Office.

On November 9th at the Rite Way Food Market in Pompano Beach, a customer and clerk were ordered to the back of the store, at gunpoint, where they were both forced to take off their pants. On October 31, a victim at a Pompano Beach convenience store was hit with a gun and shot in the leg.

October 28th, a Tamarac Subway was hit around 10:30 p.m. where employees were robbed at gunpoint before being dragged to the back of the store and ordered to strip. On October 7th, an employee of a GameStop in Plantation was ordered to drive the robbers around before dropping them off in Lauderhill.

Investigators haven’t said if all of the crimes are related, but said all of them are similar in their actions during the robberies.

If you have any information about the string of robberies, call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS (8477).

Photo Credit: NBC 6

Police Investigate Clothing Store Robbery


Police are investigating a robbery at a New Britain clothing store on Wednesday morning.

Two people robbed the Rainbow clothing store at 218-220 East Main Street and fled the scene, but were caught outside the business, police said.

No one was injured during the robbery.

Police have not released information on the gender of the suspects or their names.

A portion of New Brite Plaza, the shopping strip where Rainbow is located, was blocked off while police investigate.

The plaza is located near the corner of Routes 9 and 72.

Photo Credit: NBCConnecticut.com

Crash Causes Delays on I-84 East


Traffic is down to one lane on Interstate 84 east in East Hartford due to a two-car crash.

The accident happened near the exit 55 ramp to Route 2.

Check back for updates.

Photo Credit: DOT

Fire Truck Gets Stuck in Torrington


A fire truck got stuck on Burr Mountain Road in Torrington, according to Litchfield County dispatchers.

The area the truck got stuck in is not far from exit 46 off Route 8 as snow and a wintry mix move through Connecticut.

Dispatchers said sanders were sent to the scene.

Route 4 Closed in Cornwall


Route 4 in Cornwall is closed near Route 7 because of a jackknifed tractor-trailer, according to state police.

No additional information is available.

Check back for updates.

Serious Crash Closes Route 79 in Durham


A portion of Route 79 is closed in Durham due to a serious crash.

The road is closed between Sand Hill and Shunpike road. 

Check back for updates.

Truckers Seek Exceptions to New York I-84 Travel Ban


Connecticut grocery and fuel distributors and truckers are asking for New York's governor to relax Interstate 84 travel restrictions over the Connecticut border in New York to allow the transport of food, fuel and emergency supplies or equipment.

The Motor Transport Association of Connecticut wrote to New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo Wednesday afternoon to ask for an exception to the ban for food, fuel and emergency transports.

In New York, Gov. Andrew Cuomo closed I-84 to commercial vehicles between the Connecticut border and the Pennsylvania state line. He also banned long tandem vehicles from parts of the New York State Thruway on I-90 from Interchange 32 to Interchange 24 and I-87 from Interchange 24 to the New York City line at 7 a.m.

The association complained that New York's ban on commercial vehicle travel on I-84 has "had a serious impact upon interstate commerce in the Northeast" during a storm when items like perishable foods, heating oil, diesel fuel, gasoline, medicine and sand and salt to treat roads are needed.

"Trucks have been described as the circulatory system of the economy. A truck ban on I-84 is akin to applying a tourniquet to a major artery which supplies a large organ or limb," the association wrote to Cuomo. "The longer it lasts, the worse the impact. Trucks are currently on their way to supply businesses and the citizens in the three states impacted by this ban. Shutting down a critically important corridor of commerce requires that those trucks either search for alternative routes, including local roads, or find safe areas to wait out the storm and the ban."

The association also expressed concerns about truckers finding places for the trucks to go if they are not allowed to drive on I-84 through New York.

"On a normal night, every available truck public or private parking space in Connecticut is filled," the letter to Cuomo states. "...Shutting down I-84 creates a desperate need on the part of thousands of truckers to find refuge until the ban is lifted. We don't have any place to put them and neither does the State of New York. If your state implements a ban, then it is morally and logistically imperative that safe parking for stranded trucks be provided."

As of 2:30 p.m. the commercial vehicle ban was still in effect in New York.

Photo Credit: Getty Images

Scene Cleared After Major Gas Leak in Portland


The scene of a gas leak in Portland has been cleared.

The gas leak was caused when a car hit a gas line at Appletree Lane, or Route 17, and Glastonbury Turnpike, officials said.

Residents in the immediate area were asked to stay in their homes as crews responded and police asked others to avoid the area at that time.

No injuries are reported.

Photo Credit: NBCConnecticut.com

Suspected Thief At Large Who Stole $50K in Furs


Police are searching for a fugitive suspected of stealing thousands of dolars in expensive furs from Saks Fifth Avenue in Greenwich on Wednesday morning.

Someone stole several fur coats from the Saks store on Greenwich Avenue about 11:15 a.m. on Wednesday and fled in a waiting sedan with another person inside, Greenwich Officer Robert Berry said in a statement. The stolen coats were worth more than $50,000.

After broadcasting an alert to surrounding police departments about the search for the suspect(s), New York State Police spotted a vehicle matching the same description on Interstate 95 in New Rochelle and stopped the car, Berry said.

As the driver got out of the car per police instructions, the passenger raced into the driver's seat and drove off in the car, according to Berry. After crashing a short time later, the suspect ran from the vehicle.

New York State Police are still looking for that suspect and have taken the first driver into custody.

Greenwich and New York police are investigating the larceny case and charges are pending in both Connecticut and New York.

No injuries have been reported in the Connecticut incident, Berry said.

Police have not released the identity or gender of either suspect.

Photo Credit: NBCConnecticut.com
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