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4 Found Dead in Texas Home: Police


Police in Crowley, Texas said four people were found dead inside of a home on Sunday. It appears a 9-year-old boy is the lone survivor.

Officers stressed there is not an immediate danger to the community.

At a late evening press conference, Crowley police chief Luis Soler said a 9-year-old boy called a relative in reference to a male who attempted suicide. That relative called police to a home in the 200 block of Kennedy Drive around 4:15 p.m. Sunday. 

“Initially the 9-year-old was at the residence when all this went down,” said Chief Soler. “That’s how the child knew about it and that’s how they made contact with the relative. That child is fine and in protective custody with us. And of course we’re talking with the child and doing forensic evidence to determine what exactly happened. Because at this point it seems he was the only witness.”

When officers arrived they found a man, two women and a child dead. The names of the deceased have not been released. The department would not give the exact age of the child that was killed.

Police believe all five people lived in the home.

Chief Soler would not say how the people inside the home died.

He said there was no previous criminal history at the residence.

Crowley police expect to investigate the scene well into Monday morning.

Chief Soler said the situation at the home is not related to the arrest of a murder suspect on December 19, 2014.

The department said anyone with information on this case should call 817.297.2276.

"Fast-and-Furious" Freeway Takeover


An early-morning, "Fast and Furious"-style highway takeover in Hawthorne was stymied Sunday by a multi-agency reckless driving crackdown, authorities said.

The California Highway Patrol and two other agencies shut the eastbound 105 for over an hour at Crenshaw Boulevard after people who posted to social media planned to do the same thing, a CHP spokesman said.

Law enforcement agents arrested several people, who were booked on charges of DUIs, stolen firearms and vehicles and narcotics possession in the bid to squash their plans, the spokesman said.

"Crimes and acts of violence have been committed against innocent motorists and vehicles attempting to pass through these illegal events, as well as random acts of vandalism by spectators," CHP spokesman Tony Polizzi said.

The Los Angeles Police Department and LA County Sheriff's Department took part in the sweep, which resulted in several high-speed chases, Polizzi said.

A group of between 50 and 60 cars were gathered at a bus parking lot near the 105 Freeway and Crenshaw at around 3 a.m., the CHP said. Videos posted to social media showed cars doing tricks at the intersection.

An Instagram video posted by @alexander_sangria showed a man saying that parking lot was the meeting point for people "planning to take over the 105 Freeway." The user's page was later deleted.

The CHP isssed a Sig Alert at about 3:30 a.m. that it shut down the eastbound freeway. Footage of the freeway showed it backed up as patrolmen questioned people on the side of the highway, frisking some and searching cars.

Polizzi said several people were arrested, but didn't give an exact number. No one was injured in the sweep, he said.

It was reopened just before 5 a.m., the CHP said.

"Being inconsiderate for other people's families to go out there and do that, that's not right," said Donald Galaz, who identified himself as a street racer.

More information will be released at a Monday morning press conference, Polizzi said.

The City News Service contributed to this report.

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Driver Killed in I-95 Westport Rollover Crash


A driver was killed after his car struck another vehicle on Interstate 95 north in Westport and then flipped over a couple times.

Alan J. Alexis, 22, was driving fast in a Nissan Xtera in the rightmost lane of three when he swerved to avoid an Infiniti G37X in front of him at about 2:32 a.m. on Sunday, hitting the back left side of the vehicle driven by Dekera E. Lewis, 23, of Norwalk. Then Alexis veered right, causing the car to roll over twice and land in the left and center lanes.

He was thrown from the car, landing in the center lane. Westport EMS rushed him to Norwalk Hospital to be treated for serious injuries, but doctors later pronounced him dead.

Another car hit the Nissan Alexis was driving and kept going, but state police said that wasn't a factor in his death.

Alexis wasn't wearing a seatbelt during the crash, state police said. The car Alexis was driving was registered to Juliette Dominique and it was towed.

Lewis and her two passengers Lacorrah Dlayne, 23, and Ashley Lyons, 23, both of Bridgeport, were unscathed in the accident and were all wearing seatbelts, according to state police. That car was owned by Charles D. Lyons, who is related to passenger Ashley Lyons.

No charges have been filed.

The accident remains under investigation.

I-95 westbound in Westport was closed for a few hours near exit 17 as state police investigated.

The crash remains under investigation.

Suspicious Package Found at Greenwich Station


A police investigation into a suspicious package found at the Greenwich Metro-North station prompted evacuations and caused major delays on the New Haven Metro-North line.

A suspicious package was found on the platform at the Greenwich station and police responded, Greenwich police tweeted. A bomb squad out of Stamford also went to the scene to assess the situation, Greenwich police said.

Police determined that the package was "non-hazardous" and "either abandoned or forgotten by a traveler" and the scene has since been cleared, Greenwich police said on Twitter.

The station and area buildings were evacuated as a precaution, according to police, and Metro-North said in a statement that the station was closed to customers as police investigated.

The police activity in Greenwich caused delays as long as an hour at stops on the New Haven Metro-North line, according to Sal Arena, a spokesperson for Metro-North.

Trains moved through the Greenwich station at a greatly reduced speed without stopping during the investigation, Arena said.

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Boy Struck, Killed by Police Car


A 10-year-old boy who was walking to a friend's home for a sleepover was struck and killed by a police cruiser Sunday night in Franklin Township, Gloucester County, New Jersey.

The child's family told NBC10 the boy was walking with two of his friends on Delsea Drive and Paul Street. The boy was crossing the street to attend a sleepover when he was suddenly struck by a Franklin Township Police cruiser passing by. Police told NBC10 the officer was responding to a call.

The boy later died from his injuries. The boy's two friends were not hurt and are currently being interviewed by detectives.

Family members and a witness claimed the police cruiser was traveling fast and did not have on any lights or a siren at the time of the accident. Investigators did not confirm nor deny that the use of the vehicle's lights and siren.

The police officer was taken to Kennedy Hospital though officials have not yet revealed whether he was injured.

"The matter is currently under investigation," said Gloucester County Chief of Detectives John Porter. "We offer our deepest condolences to the family of that child."

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Pilot Voices Concerns About Proposed Power Plant


New concerns are being raised about a proposed power plant in Oxford.

Neighbors have previously worried about Competitive Power Ventures Towantic Energy Center's potential impact on people's health and property values. Now we’re hearing about worries for planes at the Waterbury-Oxford airport.

The Waterbury-Oxford Airport is a place for recreational pilots. Now one of them who’s been flying for more than 40-years says he’s concerned for planes landing here if the plant is built.

“I’m very concerned as pilot but I’m more concerned as a flight instructor,” said Burt Stevens, who is both a pilot and an experienced flight instructor.

“As a 23-year old, I decided that flying looked like fun. So, I went to Oxford. That’s where I started flying.”

Now just about a half-mile from the airport on this land in a rural business park, Competitive Power Ventures wants to build an 800 megawatt, natural gas powered plant.

Stevens says the plant would be right underneath an approach route for planes about to land.

According to Stevens, plumes from the plant’s stacks could shoot up at 40-miles an hour and create a danger for small planes crossing potentially just a few hundred feet above.

“If an inexperienced pilot is thrust into this type of severe turbulence that could occur and will occur if this plant is built ….he could be thrown into a greater than 45 degree bank and not be able to recover before he hits the ground.”

After all these years flying, Stevens says the approach over the proposed plant site is the best for small planes. He says any other route could compromise safety.

Plant opponents say the FAA is still looking into the plume issue.  On Monday, opponents are expected to react to reported FAA’s concerns about the height of the plant stacks.

Tonight we reached out to the plant developers, Competitive Power Ventures. They have not responded to the flight concerns. Previously, they have said all concerns about the plant have been addressed and looks forward to presenting its position to the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority.

East Hartford Police Investigate Carjacking, Shooting


East Hartford police are investigating a carjacking that left one man suffering from a gunshot wound.

The incident occurred on Simmons Road near the Interstate 84 overpass around 6 p.m. Saturday, according to police. The victim, identified only as a male from Florida, reported he was carjacked and shot. Police say his injuries were not life-threatening.

The stolen car is described as a black 4-door Volvo with Florida dealer plates. Anyone with information should contact East Hartford police at 860 528 4401.

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Silver Alert Canceled for Maryland Teen


Norwalk police have canceled a Silver Alert for an 18-year-old who went missing after an argument with a family member.

Cullen Ringstad, 18, went missing from the McDonalds at 726 Connecticut Avenue in Norwalk around 1 p.m. on Sunday. He's since been found.

He had left without taking his medication for a psychiatric issue and does not have his medicine with him, Norwalk police said. He went missing after he had a disagreement with a family member during a trip home to Maryland, his homestate.

Ringstad "tends to be aggressive towards authority figures and has had dealings with police in Maryland," Norwalk police said the family told them.

He wants to live with other family members in Mystic, his family told police.

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Crash Closes Route 32 in Willington


Route 32 is closed in Willington at Old River Road after a car crashed into a pole.

Wires were knocked onto the road. The road was closed between Interstate 84 and the Stafford Springs town line.

State troopers responded to investigate. Motorists can detour on Village Hill Road.

No one was injured.

More information was not immediately available. Check back for updates.

Hiker Dies of Apparent Heart Attack at Sleeping Giant: DEEP


State Department of Energy and Environmental Protection environmental conservation police are investigating the untimely death of a 62-year-old hiker at Sleeping Giant State Park in Hamden on Sunday afternoon.

The preliminary investigation indicates that the man likely died of a heart attack, collapsing during a hike.

Hamden firefighters and EMS personnel and state police responded just before 3:30 p.m.

Environmental conservation police are investigating the death.

Window Washer's Family Raises $70K


The family of a window washer who fell 11 stories from the top of a San Francisco building has raised more than $70,000 in just 17 days, nearly four times what they had hoped.

"I just wanted to thank everyone from the bottom of our hearts on behalf of my father," 19-year-old Monica Perez wrote on the family's fundraising page for her father, Pedro Perez, 58, of San Leandro. "It means a lot to us to know that we're not alone and that people are willing to give us what little they may have just to help us in this time of need."

As of Monday morning, a total of 1,155 people had raised $72,670, far surpassing the $20,000 goal the family had set.

Three days before Christmas, Perez's family spoke publicly for the first time since Perez fell 130 feet from the top of the Sterling Bank and Trust Building on Montgomery Street on Nov. 21, landing on a Toyota Camry. Ever since the fall, money has been tight for his wife and three daughters as Perez is the main breadwinner of the family.

While Perez has moved out of San Francisco General Hospital to a rehab in Pleasanton, he is still not able to walk after multiple surgeries, his family said. They said he also suffered extensive brain trauma.

Perez and his co-worker, who work for Century Window Cleaning in Concord, were helping other workers on a window washing scaffold by moving power cords on the roof, Cal-OSHA spokesman Peter Melton said. He fell, Melton said, while handling the power cords near the edge of the roof.

The "investigation is ongoing" and no fines have been issued at this point.

And while he has insurance, Perez's lost income from working is a huge blow. His wife, Marciela Perez, works in a plastics factory, and his daughter quit her college studies to become a home care worker to help support the family. The couple's other daughters, ages 16 and 11, are still in school.

Monica Perez said the money means she'll be able to go back to school in the summer.

Not only that, she wrote,"It also gives my father peace of mind to know that we won't have to struggle any longer with the bills and that we are going to be OK."

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1 Dead, 1 Injured in Palm Beach Helicopter Crash


One person is dead and another is critically injured after a helicopter crashed Monday morning near Lantana Airport in Palm Beach County.

The crash happened just north of the airport around 10:30 a.m., according to NBC affiliate WPTV. Officials say the chopper crashed to the ground just over the perimeter fence into John Prince Park.

The Federal Aviation Administration confirmed that the downed helicopter was a Robinson R22.

Jerry Campbell was walking in the park when he saw it fly above. Seconds later, he heard a crash.

"I just thought it was weird, I heard the noise, the trees, and thought about it for a couple of seconds, then thought 'Probably not,'" Campbell recalled. "Then I thought, 'There is nothing around these trees that could make that noise.'"

The survivor in the crash was transported to a nearby hospital, according to Palm Beach County Fire Rescue. The identities of the victims have not yet been released.

The FAA and National Transportation Safety Board are investigating.

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Firefighter Injured, Residents Displaced in Torrington Fire


A firefighter suffered a minor injury in a Torrington fire on Monday and multiple people are displaced temporarily.

Torrington firefighters responded to a two-alarm fire in town after receiving multiple 911 calls about a fire at 23 Albert Street.

The blaze started on the third floor, causing heavy smoke, fire and water damage. A resident was able to self-evacuate. The fire also spread to the second floor, which sustained moderate smoke and fire damage and minimal water damage. The first floor also had water damage.

Firefighters had a harder time ventilating the home because it had a metal roof.

It took firefighters about an hour to get it under control. Residents are displaced from the home for now, but Torrington fire officials think the house can be salvaged.

A firefighter had minor injuries and was cut battling the fire.

The last fire at that address was eight years ago.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

2 People Jump From Building During Fire


Two people are in the hospital after jumping from the third story of a Hartford building during a fire that ripped through a multi-family home on Albany Avenue (Route 44)  Monday morning, displacing residents.

Arthur Belton was sleeping in his second floor unit when a fire started in his kitchen.

"My girlfriend woke me up. I was in the bed. She said there was fire in the kitchen. So I went in there," Belton said. "I seen a big blaze coming out between the sink and the refrigerator so I ran on downstairs."

The flames were so intense that two tenants jumped out windows onto the roof of a restaurant addition at the front of the home, sending them to the hospital with minor injuries.

About eight people live in units at the building and all made it out and are accounted for, according to resident Kimberly Byrd, 17, who was not home at the time of the fire. But firefighters have deemed the building too dangerous, taping off the front door, so the families have been displaced.

Byrd's 17-year-old daughter was was in the shower when she heard neighbors banging on her door and she ran outside.

"this is the second fire I've been in and I don't know," Byrd said. "Stuff happens. I'm just glad nobody got hurt. It's materialistic stuff. It's just a bad time of year."

Route 44 was shut down in both directions between Sigourney and Woodland streets as crews fought the fire and investigated. Firefighters and police responded.

The cause of the fire is unknown, but firefighters are not deeming it suspicious.

The fire remains under investigation.

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State Police Seek "Armed and Dangerous" Stabbing Suspects


State police have arrest warrants for two men wanted in a stabbing that seriously injured a man at a multi-family home in Danielson last week.

Joshua Whittington, 21, and Michael Papineau, 27, are wanted on first-degree assault and first-degree reckless endangerment charges. State police said they should be considered "armed and dangerous" and that police should be cautious if they encounter either of them.

The warrants come after troopers responded to a home near the intersection of Route 6 and Maple Street at about 8:09 p.m. on Dec. 22 after receiving reports that a man bleeding from the head was asking for help, state police said.

The man was seriously injured in an assault and stabbing incident, state police said.

It's possible Whittington and Papineau plan to flee to Cape Code, somewhere in Massachusetts or Ohio, by bus and that they may be trying to get money for tickets, state police said based on tips about comments the suspects have made.

The Eastern District Major Crime Squad was called to the scene to lead the investigation and detective are investigating.

State police ask anyone with information on the suspects to call Troop D state police barracks in Danielson at 860-779-4900.

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Driver Killed, 2 Juveniles Injured in ATV Crash


A Bridgeport man was killed in an all-terrain vehicle crash in Monroe that threw he and young girls onto the roadway Saturday night.

John Compton, 29, was driving an ATV in the dark with two girls, 2 and 6, when he hit a curb, causing the vehicle to flip and flinging all occupants onto the pavement on the 200 block of Turkey Roost Road.

Police responded at 6:01 p.m.on Saturday and found Compton lying unresponsive on the roadway. Officers tried to revive him with CPR while they waited for medical personnel to get to the scene.

The two girls were found injured and officers reunited them with their parents, police said. Compton was a friend of the family, police said.

Compton and his two passengers were rushed to Bridgeport hospital to be treated for their injuries, but Compton later died at St. Vincent's Hospital in Bridgeport.

It's illegal for anyone to drive ATVs on streets and public property in Connecticut, but they are popular on private country lots with the owner's permission.

Retired 8th grade teacher Nancy Boccuzzi can remember not one, but two students killed in ATV crashes.

"There were many lectures about that, but I would say it's a very popular winter sport," she said.

Monroe resident Lisa Santiana said she never drove an ATV when she was young, "but they did sound like they'd be a lot of fun."

"Were they popular? Yes, they were very popular," she said.

In Shelton, resident Vicky Dempkowski said that the "ATV people in our neighborhood drive at about 10 at night."

"They make a lot of noise and they're a nuisance," she said.

But Monroe mother Jennifer Hughes said that ATVs won't be a problem for her family if everyone is wearing helmets and driving safely.

"No, I think they're fun for the kids and adults," she said, adding that she's driven one herself.

Meanwhile, the Monroe Police Department's accident reconstruction team responded to the crash Saturday and continue to investigate what happened.

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Man Tries to Fight Elbow Room Patrons: Cops


A Hartford man who tried to incite a brawl inside the Elbow Room in West Hartford Center is under arrest after continuing to be disruptive outside as he fought police trying to take him into custody and smashing a police cruiser window, police said.

Edward Miller, 21, was "trying to fight with everyone inside" the upscale restaurant in the Center before police responded to the call and found him lying on the sidewalk outside at about 1:45 a.m. Saturday morning, West Hartford police said.

When police tried to take him into custody, he continued to be disruptive and fought with officers to resist arrest, police said. They detained him and put him in CIT cruiser parked nearby, but he kicked out the back right window, shattering the glass, police said.

West Hartford police drove him back to the police station for booking in a prisoner van.

Police charged Miller with first-degree criminal mischief, breach of peace and interfering with a police officer.

The tan CIT car will remain out of service until the window is fixed.

The Elbow Room is known as a destination for fine dining  and upscale comfort food that has a rooftop bar and indoor connecting doorway to the adjoining Tap Room bar that shares an owner.

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Man Sexually Assaults Woman at West Haven Motel: Cops


A 48-year-old woman was hospitalized for injuries after a man sexually assaulted her Saturday morning in a West Haven motel room, police said.

Jerome Davis, 32, of New Haven, was arrested at 11:59 a.m. Saturday after officers responded to a report that someone's sister was being sexually assaulted at the Econo Lodge at 370 Highland Street and found Davis trying to get into a locked room, police said.

When police gained access to the room, they found a woman with injuries to her arm, legs and face who had been "severely assaulted," police said. She told police she was punched, kicked, thrown to the ground and choked to the point that she lost consciousness.

An ambulance transported her to the hospital to be treated for her injuries.

Police charged Davis with second-degree assault, strangulation and disorderly conduct.

He was scheduled to appear in Milford Superior Court on Monday.

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Boater Rescued After Falling Overboard in Housatonic River


Firefighters rescued a boater who fell overboard on the Housatonic River in Stratford on Monday afternoon.

According to fire officials, the man ended up in a marshy area of the water in the area of River Road and Main Street. His boat was still circling in the river when emergency crews arrived, its motor running.

Rescuers helped pull him ashore and said he was cold and wet but uninjured. The boater refused medical treatment, according to the fire department.

Firefighters towed his boat to Brewers Marina on Broad Street.

It's not clear what caused the man to fall.

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Cat Rescued After Being Tossed From Truck Window


Cats really do have nine lives.

At least, that's the case for a cat named Charlie, who is miraculously OK after being tossed from the window of a truck in the East Haven area.

According to the East Haven Animal Shelter, a passerby spotted Charlie and helped rescue him. The cat, who is 5 or 6 years old, is now at the animal shelter and in need of a good home.

"Charlie is friendly and affectionate and full of personality, and did we mention how good looking he is too?" the animal shelter wrote on Facebook on Monday.

Learn more about adopting from the shelter.

Photo Credit: East Lyme Animal Shelter
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