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Hunter Wounded After Accidentally Firing Rifle: DEEP


A 65-year-old Old Saybrook hunter was transported by a Life Star helicopter to Hartford Hospital for treatment after he accidentally shot himself in the leg in Haddam Saturday.

The man accidentally fired his rifle while out hunting by himself in the woods behind 76 Weiss Albert Road in Haddam around 10:30 a.m., according to the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP).

Crews had to rescue the hunter from the wooded area. He was flown to Hartford Hospital to be treated for a gunshot wound to the leg.

His name has not been released at this time.

Police reported the incident to DEEP. State police and DEEP Environmental Conservation police also responded.

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Police Investigate Untimely Death


New London police are investigating an untimely death reported Saturday morning at a New London apartment on Blinman Street and are calling it a "suspicious event."

A male resident made a 911 call at 8:44 a.m. to report that his girlfriend was unconscious and not breathing, police said.

There were no overt signs of trauma, police said. The woman was unresponsive when medical personnel arrived.

Police and firefighters responded. An ambulance transported the woman to Lawrence & Memorial Hospital in New London, where she was pronounced dead.

Police aren't releasing the name of the woman until her family is notified.

Detectives and patrol officers are investigating the circumstances that led to the woman's death.

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Man Found in Bed With Child Under 10: Cops


Police arrested a 38-year-old man on sexual assault charges after he was found in bed in Willimantic with a child under 10 years old, police said.

Jose Ingles, of Willimantic, is accused of making the child perform sexual acts with him for about a year, police said. Willimantic police responded to a disturbance call on Nov. 4 reporting he was discovered in bed with the child.

Police arrested Ingles that day on unrelated charges, but after detectives and the Department of Children and Families conducted a month-long investigation, police arrested him on further charges Dec. 12 in the sexual assault case.

Police charged Ingles with first-degree sexual assault, risk of injury to a child and illegal sexual contact with a child under 13 years old and criminal attempt at risk of injury to a child and illegal sexual contact with a child under 13.

It's unclear whether Ingles knew the child before the reported incidents.

Police are holding Ingles in custody on a $300,000 cash/surety bond and he is scheduled to appear in court on Monday, Dec. 15.

Photo Credit: Willimantic Police Department

SoCal Nabs Tons of Water From Storm


While officials continue to warn that a few days of rain won't end California's drought, one local utility was celebrating how much water they collected from Friday's heavy rain.

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Works tweeted the "sunny news" Saturday that it captured 1.8 billion gallons of stormwater, enough to supply 44,000 people for a year.

The county's tweets were a bright spot during the storm, which drenched parts of the area with 5 inches of rain -- at first 390 million gallons were collected at an intake center in Pacoima, they tweeted Friday morning, then 1 billion https://twitter.com/LAPublicWorks/status/543447263775707137.

Dams and water storage basins were used to capture excess water, according to the often-updated Twitter account. 

But it wasn't all drought savings they were reporting. For example, the Department's Twitter account explained as the rain fell that 30,000 cubic yards of debris clogged Lake Hughes Road near Castaic Lake, which wasn't expected to reopen until Wednesday.

Experts warn that California's historic drought will need a lot more rain to replenish depleted aquifers and restore mountain snow packs.

"We're still in a deep drought, and the rains provide a great opportunity to conserve water that we can use later," said Marty Adams, deputy assistant general manager of the water system for the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power.

Feds Want Ex-Gov. to Serve 10 Years


The U.S. Probation Office recommended former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell spend at least a decade in prison for his corruption conviction.

In September, McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, were convicted for accepting more than $175,000 in gifts and loans.

The probation office suggested a range from 10 years and a month to 12 years and seven months.

Sentencing is set for January.

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2 Transported to Hospital After Vernon Crash


Two people were transported to the hospital after a multi-vehicle accident in Vernon, according to police.

Vernon police say they responded to an accident at the intersection of the Hartford Turnpike and Bolton Road around 6 p.m. Saturday. Multiple vehicles were involved, and the intersection was closed for about two hours.

Two people were transported by ambulance to Hartford Hospital. The severity of their injuries was not immediately clear.

Check back for updates.

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Man Arrested on Further Sexual Assault Charges


A former teacher's aide and sports coach at E.O. Smith High School in Storrs, who was previously arrested on sexual assault charges involving three students, was arrested again on Friday on additional sexual assault charges.

State police were dispatched at 8:30 p.m. on Friday to the Mansfield Drive-in Movie Theater at 228 Stafford Road in Mansfield Center to meet a Coventry police officer for a "wanted person relay." State police took Geoffrey Gillette, 22, of Coventry, into custody from there and charged him with two counts of second-degree sexual assault/statutory rape.

He was previously charged with three counts of second-degree sexual assault/statutory rape and three counts of risk of injury to a child on Oct. 28 in reported incidents involving three students while he was working at E.O. Smith as a teacher's aid and coach.

It's unclear if the recent charges involved students from the school or are related.

Gillette was released after posting a $50,000 cash/surety bond and is due in Danielson Superior Court on Dec. 23 at 9 a.m.

Man Stabbed to Death in Hartford Homicide: Police


A 34-year-old man was killed in a stabbing in Hartford Saturday.

The stabbing has been ruled a homicide, according to police. The incident happened at 10:09 a.m. at 164 Benton Street.

The victim was transported to Hartford Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Police have identified him as Jonathan Cox, of Hartford.

Major crimes and homicide teams are investigating.

More information will be provided when it becomes available.

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Man Charged in Missing Woman Case


Plano police say Enrique Gutierrez Arochi, 24, has been charged with aggravated kidnapping in the case of missing woman Christina Morris.

Plano police detectives executed an arrest warrant Saturday just before 8 a.m. at Arochi's home in Allen.

Arochi was later transferred to the Collin County jail and booked on a $1 million bond.

Investigators said the arrest comes after the results of DNA testing earlier in the investigation.

Police said they are still unaware of Morris' location, and their search continues.

Morris was last seen Aug. 30 walking into a parking garage near The Shops at Legacy in Plano.

Surveillance footage from the parking garage showed a man later identified as Arochi accompanying her into the garage.

His vehicle is later seen driving out of the garage, but there was no sign of Morris. Arochi, in a previous interview with NBC 5, said he didn't see where Morris went and had nothing to do with her disappearance.

Photo Credit: NBC 5 News

Hartford Police Investigating Homicide


Hartford police are investigating the city's 17th homicide.

Early Sunday morning, police say a Hispanic male was found face down on a driveway at 35 Bond St. suffering from a gunshot wound to the head.

He was pronounced dead at the scene. Police are not identifying the victim yet, but say he is between 18 and 30 years old.

Police remain on scene investigating. This is the second homicide in the city this weekend.

Surprise for Man With Special Needs


If you spend just a few minutes with Orey Green-Jalal, you’ll quickly learn what his favorite thing is.

“I like basketball,” said Orey, who has developmental disabilities.

The 28-year-old from Arlington, Texas, is a Special Olympics athlete who spends much of his time shooting baskets in his driveway.

“All day,” said Teresa Green, Orey’s mother. “You have to make him stop to take a drink of water or come inside.”

That’s why he was devastated when he came home a few weeks ago and his hoop was gone. A thief stole it while he and his family were out.

“He was hurt,” said Green. “He wanted the person to go to jail.”

Orey later saw Arlington Police Officer Natalia Kuehling at a community meeting and told her what had happened. She says the conversation they had was heartbreaking.

“He seems like such a nice, nice guy,” said Kuehling. “And I just don’t understand why somebody would do that.”

She wanted to help him, so she called a faith-based group the department works with called the Arlington Clergy and Police Partnership.

Members of the group say Orey’s story got to them. They decided to use the money they’d been saving for a Christmas party to instead buy a new basketball hoop for him.

“I think that was really the goal – to be a blessing to him,” said Pastor Renee Hornbuckle, an ACAPP board member. “Just to let him know that somebody cared.”

Members of ACAPP and several police officers surprised Orey by delivering the hoop to his house and assembling it.

“The look on his face and the joy in his eye – it was priceless,” said Charles Richardson, ACAPP Board President.

They also poured a cement base for the hoop and filled the pole with cement to make sure it won’t be stolen again.

Green says she’s overwhelmed by their kindness and still can’t believe this happened. A very appreciative Orey is glad it did.

“I like it,” said Orey.

Photo Credit: NBC 5 News

Woman Sexually Assaulted, Stabbed in Hartford


A woman was sexually assaulted and stabbed on Marshall Street in Hartford overnight.

Police responded to the 27 Marshall Street area in Hartford early Sunday to investigate reports of a stabbing and sexual assault incident.

Officers found a woman bleeding due to a stab wound in her groin area, police said. The woman first told police a man dragged her to the back of the building and into the basement laundry room and sexually assaulted her, police said. Her accounts of the incident have since varied, according to police.

An ambulance took her to St. Francis Hospital for surgery and she is listed in stable condition, police said.

Her assailant was described to police as a man in his 30s with a scruffy beard, blue hat, black jean and black hooded sweatshirt.

The case remains under investigation.

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Missing Woman Found in Sunken Car


Divers recovered the body of a missing 20-year-old woman from a car submerged in a Long Beach, California, drainage channel early Sunday morning, police said.

Ashlee Armond, of Long Beach, is believed to have driven her car into the Los Cerriots Channel accidentally. Her green Honda was spotted late Saturday night in the channel, which leads to Alamitos Bay, said a statement from the Long Beach Police Department.

Armond was pronounced dead at the scene after being taken out of the submerged car by Long Beach Fire Department divers, the statement said.

Family reported Armond missing since just after midnight Saturday, when she left a friend's house near the drainage channel in East Long Beach, police said.

When Armond didn't return home by Saturday morning, her family reported her missing. Detectives believe she was driving down a dead-end street leading to the channel and didn't stop at the end of the road, the statement said. They called the incident accidental.

Armond had never gone missing before, police said, calling her "very dependable."

Mourners were expected to attend a candlelight vigil for Armond near where she was found, at 5th Street and Silvera Avenue at 7 p.m. Sunday.

Detectives are asking anyone who witnessed the collision to call them at 562-570-7132.

Photo Credit: Courtesy Long Beach Police Department

Waterbury Considers Privatized Dispatching


Waterbury officials are looking to outsource emergency dispatching for police and fire calls to a private company as opposed to its current city-run operation.

The city is accepting bids through Jan. 12 to privatize its emergency dispatch center, police confirmed.

In doing so, the city is hoping to save money, potentially as much as $2.9 million, the RepublicanAmerican reported, citing a city report.

There are mixed reviews about the concept. Waterbury Mayor Neil M. O'Leary, who used to serve as Waterbury's police chief, told the newspaper that privatizing the dispatch center could enhance the response to 911 calls and free up police and firefighters for the field.

However Lt. Nick Lukiwsky, police union president, sees it differently, telling the RepublicanAmerican that  staffing the dispatch center with non-city employees who may not be as familiar with Waterbury could put the town at risk.

The change to a private model is not set in stone, O'Leary told the RepublicanAmerican.

Mayflower Replica Ship Sails to Mystic Seaport


Pilgrims sailed to Plymouth, Massachusetts on the Mayflower in 1620 and now a replica of the historic ship has made stops in Connecticut.

Mayflower II was slated to arrive at Mystic Seaport on Sunday afternoon after three days of being towed from Plymouth, Massachusetts. Along the way, the ship also docked overnight in New Bedford, Massachusetts and New London.

The ship, built in the United Kingdom in 1957, was scheduled to reach the mouth of the Mystic River between 1 and 1:30 p.m. and travel for an hour along the river to Mystic Seaport.

Plymouth Plantation owns the ship.

Photo Credit: Mystic Seaport

Meriden School Closes During Asbestos Abatement Prep


Maloney High School in Meriden closed Friday when a sample during preparation for asbestos abatement work came back as "unreadable," according to Bill Gerrish of the Department of Health.

The school closed as a precaution, but there is no known disturbance to the asbestos at this time.

5 People Shot in Miami Drive-by


Five people were reportedly shot in a drive-by shooting Sunday evening in Overtown, according to Miami Fire Rescue.

Officials responded to the scene at 1311 Northwest 2nd Avenue. The victims ages, range from 17 to 54.

Witnesses tell NBC 6 that 20-30 shots were fired.

All five victims were rushed to Ryder Trauma Center. Two of the patients have been listed in serious condition, the other three patient's conditions are unknown at this time.

Police are currently looking for a Black SUV related to the shooting. No other information is available at this time.

This is a developing story, stay with NBC 6 South Florida for updates and watch NBC 6 News after Sunday Night Football for more information.

Deadly Crash Closes I-91 South in Enfield


 At least one person is dead and several others seriously injured after a rollover crash on I-91 southbound in Enfield, according to state police.

According to Connecticut State Police Lt. J. Paul Vance, the crash occured around 7:45 p.m. Sunday. One car rolled over, and three of its occupants were ejected.

Vance confirms that at least one person has died. Information about the victims has not been released at this time.

The highway was closed between exits 49 and 48 and southbound traffic was diverted onto Route 5 while police investigate the crash. The Connecticut state police accident reconstruction team is on scene. Massachusetts state police are also assisting.

Check back for updates.

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Bloomfield Home Damaged by Fire


At least three people are displaced after a house fire in Bloomfield Sunday evening.

Blue Hills Fire Department Chief Robert Farmer says firefighters responded around 6:23 p.m. to a report of a back porch fire at 8 Parents Way. Upon arrival they found fire on the 2nd floor of a two story home inside a chimney casing which spread into the attic.

“We had extensive fire on arrival and for the amount of fire we had on arrival,” Farmer said. “They did a heck of a job knocking down that fire and saving the rest of the structure.”

Farmer said three people were at home at the time but everyone made it out safely. No injuries were reported.

The home sustained extensive damage to the roof and second floor and is currently uninhabitable, according to fire officials.

The fire marshal is investigating the cause of the fire.

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PD Investigates Officer's Tweets


A San Jose police officer is under scrutiny after several controversial tweets in response to Bay Area grand jury protests, according to BuzzFeed News.

In one of the tweets captured by Buzzfeed, Officer Phillip White wrote, “If anyone feels they can’t breathe or their lives matter, I’ll be at the movies tonight, off duty, carrying my gun.”

In another, he vowed to use his “God-given and law-appointed right and duty to kill” if threatened.

Other tweets captured by BuzzFeed showed him ridiculing protesters who shut down the West Oakland BART Station and criticizing members of the UC Berkeley women’s basketball team who took part in protests.

The San Jose Police Department issued this statement:

“We were made aware of the issue and forwarded it up the chain of command for review. We will not have a response until the review process is complete.”

The tweets have since been deleted.

Photo Credit: NBC Bay Area
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