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Car Catches Fire in Southington Garage


A car caught fire in a garage attached to a Southington home Saturday afternoon.

Southington firefighters arrived at 345 Winding Ridge Road at 3:45 p.m. and discovered smoke and flames coming from a closed garage door.

The fire was contained to the car and didn't spread to the home, fire officials said.

The home had smoke damage, but none of the residents were displaced and no one was injured.

Men Rob Marlborough 7-11 At Gunpoint


State police are seeking the public's help in identifying two men shown in surveillance video who are suspected of involvement in an armed robbery at a Marlborough 7-11 store early Saturday morning.

State police described the suspects as a 5-foot-7, heavy-set men. One has "clean facial hair" and was wearing a black, hooded jacket, red gloves and faded blue jeans held up by a "decorative belt," state police said. The other was wearing a mask, black hooded coat, green gloves and dark jeans.

The man with the red gloves pointed a silver pistol with a black side at the store clerk upon entering the front of the store with his accomplice, state police said. The men demanded money at gunpoint and the store clerk gave the man with the gun the cash drawer from the register.

The men ran from the store in an unknown direction and investigators and a K-9 unit searching were unable to find them.

The armed robbery remains under investigation.

If you recognize either of the men in the surveillance photo or know any information, state police ask you to contact the Troop K barracks at 860-465-5400.

Photo Credit: State Police

Man Steals Safe From Terryville's Lucky Cup Restaurant


Plymouth police are looking for a man who burglarized a popular breakfast joint in the Terryville section of town early Saturday morning.

A man smashed the front window of the Lucky Cup Restaurant at 18 Main Street with a "'Dead On' anihilator demo hammer" at about 2 a.m. on Saturday, police said.

He stole a small, grey Honeywell safe with cash inside, police said. Before he fled, he tried to break into an ATM inside the diner.

Police said he was wearing a light-colored jacket and pants, black shoes and gloves, a baseball hat, "stripped bennie, a mask and dark Under Armour hoodie.

Police ask anyone with information to contact Plymouth police at 860-589-7779.

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Man Shot in Struggle With Burglar: Cops


A man accidentally shot himself in the abdomen during a struggle with a burglar in Plainfield Friday night.

Plainfield police responded to the Plainfield Shell on 600 Norwich Road to investigate a report of someone shot.

They found Troy A. Burek, 27, of Plainfield, injured with a gunshot wound. He told police that he interrupted an apparent burglary at the house of a family member when he arrived to car for the person, so he pulled out his gun, police said. In the process, he told police he was attacked and that his gun fired accidentally, hitting him in the abdomen.

The burglar ran toward the Plainfield emergency room for William W. Backus Hospital and Burek drove to the Plainfield Shell, where he called police, according to police. Plainfield firefighters and an American Legion Ambulance took him to Backus Hospital in Norwich for treatment and he has since been released.

Plainfield police recovered his gun, which he had a permit for, according to police.

Police described Burek's attacker as a 5-foot-8 slim man between 14 and 18 years old. he was wearing a black sweatshirt, blue jeans, a winter hat and bright blue sneakers, police said.

There was also a second burglar in the home, Burek told police, but he was unable to provide a description.

The state police major crime unit is assisting Plainfield police in the investigation.

Palmer Lane was closed down and limited to local resident access only during the investigation.

Photo Credit: Shutterstock

Limo Driver Killed in Philly


A limo driver was shot and killed during a robbery in West Philadelphia Saturday night, according to a local limo service.

The unidentified 24-year-old driver, who just started working for La Primera Car Inc. a week ago, picked up two passengers on the 3200 block of 7th Street in North Philadelphia, the company's co-owner told NBC10.

The driver dropped one passenger off in North Philly and then took the second to the 5400 block of Delancey Street in West Philly around 7:10 p.m.

Without warning, the second passenger pulled out a gun and opened fire, striking the driver in the face, according to the co-owner. The passenger then stole a cell phone as well as cash before fleeing the scene.

The co-owner told NBC10 the driver's girlfriend was in the passenger seat and witnessed the shooting but was not harmed. She is currently being interviewed by detectives.

The co-owner said the company realized something was wrong when the driver no longer responded to any calls and his GPS location remained the same. They then called police who responded to the scene.

Officials have not yet released a description of the suspect or confirmed the reports from the limo service.

La Primera Car Inc. is based in North Philadelphia and is made up of about 90 drivers and vehicles, mostly Chrysler 300s and Lincoln Town cars. The victim in Saturday's shooting drove a Chrysler, according to the co-owner.

The man's death marks the third homicide in Philadelphia in 2015.

Photo Credit: Randy Gyllenhaal

1 Killed, 1 Hurt by SUV in NYC


A man was killed and a woman injured when they were struck by an SUV livery cab Saturday in Manhattan, police said.

Investigators haven't released the identities of the two pedestrians.

They were taken to New York-Presbyterian Hospital. The male pedestrian was pronounced dead at the hospital. The woman sustained a head injury. Her condition was not disclosed.

The accident occurred at the intersection of Lexington Avenue and East 62nd Street. 

Pedestrian Struck By Snow Plow in Torrington


A pedestrian has been struck by a snow plow in Torrington, according to police.

It occurred in the area of 95 South Main St around 5:15 a.m.

The male victim sustained serious injuries after being struck.

He was transported to Charlotte Hungerford Hospital.

The road remains closed in the area while police investigate.

2 People Seriously Injured in Crash


Two people were critically injured in a crash involving multiple vehicles, according to Southington police.

The accident happened on Laning Street west of Doral Lane Saturday afternoon, according to police.

Police say the operator of a 2010 Honda Civic traveling westbound on Laning Street lost control of the vehicle and struck a male pedestrian, identified as Garrett Costello.

The Honda also struck a 2007 Dodge Caliber that was stopped in the right shoulder of the eastbound lane of Laning Street, then continued westbound where it struck the rear end of a 2008 Ford Fusion that was traveling westbound on Laning Street, according to police.

Costello was transported to Hartford Hospital with serious injuries. The driver of the Dodge Caliber, identified as Cindy Costello, was treated at the scene for serious leg injuries and was also transported to Hartford Hospital. The operators of the other two vehicles were not injured.

The Southington Police Accident Investigation Team responded to the scene. Anyone with information is asked to contact Officer Tom Atterrato by phone at (860) 621-0101 or email at tatterrato@southingtonpolice.org.

Photo Credit: NBCConnecticut.com

Crash on Rt. 185 in Simsbury Causes Delays


A crash on Route 185 (Hartford Road) near the East Weatogue section of Simsbury is causing delays Sunday morning.

More information was not immediately available.

Photo Credit: NBC Connecticut

Child Nearly Drowns on Cruise Ship


A four-year-old boy is in critical condition after nearly drowning in a cruise ship pool, according to the Broward Sheriff's Office.

Royal Caribbean's Oasis of the Seas had just left Port Everglades in Broward County, Florida, Saturday afternoon when BSO detectives said the child wandered away from his mother on the 15th deck. The mother searched for her child but did not see him enter the ship's wave pool, where he was swept under water.

A passenger spotted the child submerged in the pool. BSO spokesman Mike Jachles said bystanders pulled the unconcious boy from the pool and began CPR.

"Somehow he was swept under and was in the water anywhere from five to ten minutes," Jachles said. "He was not breathing, did not have a pulse."

Jachles also said the boy was in full cardiac arrest. The on-board medical team revived the boy and determined that he required additional medical attention.  The ship altered its course and returned to Fort Lauderdale.

The child was transported to Broward Health Medical Center, where he is in intensive care. Officials said he is in a medically-induced coma.

Authorities have not identified the child. A spokesperson with Royal Caribbean said the family was on vacation from Italy.

"Royal Caribbean's Care Team is providing support to the guest's family and our thoughts and prayers are with them," the company said in a statement.

Oasis of the Seas was cleared to once again leave Port Everglades after the on-board investigation was finished Saturday night.

Rollover Crash on Rt. 15 in Meriden


A rollover crash on Route 15 north in Meriden may cause delays.

The crash happened near exit 68W to I-691 west.

Photo Credit: NBCConnecticut.com

GOP Senator on Scalise Controversy: 'Grave Mistake'

Silver Alert Canceled for Middletown Woman


Authorities have canceled a Silver Alert for 32-year-old Sang Pak, who was reported missing from Middletown on Dec. 15.

She has mental health concerns that required medication, police said in the previous Silver Alert notification.

South Windsor Roads Reopen, Power Restored


Power has been restored after a broken utility pole caused outages in the area of Nevers and Ayers roads.

Several homes experienced power outages, South Windsor police said. The roads were closed for several hours, but have since reopened.

Photo Credit: South Windsor Police Department

Baseball Parking Lot Proposal on Meeting Agenda


Wallingford's mayor will address a parking lot proposal near a baseball park in town and the possibility the town will purchase land in that area on Tuesday.

The Wallingford Town Council is holding a special meeting Tuesday that includes discussion of a public parking lot design being considered for Pat Wall Field on South Elm Street. The council will also hear from the mayor about "possible action regarding the purchase of South Elm Street," according to the agenda.

The special meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. on Jan. 6 in Town Council Chambers. The full agenda is available online.

Photo Credit: NBC 5 News

Driver Dies in I-395 Crash


A driver was killed in a crash on Interstate 395 north in Killingly on Saturday night as snow fell statewide creating slippery roads.

Kathleen Jackson, 19, of Rogers, was driving on the southbound side of the highway when she struck another car and then veered onto the northbound side, hitting two oncoming cars.

She died of fatal injuries sustained in the crash.

I-395 was closed between exits 90 and 91 for several hours.

Photo Credit: NBCConnecticut.com

LA Sheriff's Shotgun Lost


Two sheriff's deputies lost a yellow bean bag shotgun from the trunk of their car Saturday morning, authorities said.

The Los Angeles Sheriff's Department's gun was not recovered, despite an extensive search involving the a sheriff's department helicopter and search-and-rescue team. The department issued a public safety alert over the firearm.

Deputies had the weapon, used to subdue people by hitting them with bean bag rounds but able to be loaded with lethal shotgun shells, in a black canvas bag when they left the Lost Hills Sheriff's station in Agoura Hills at about 7:30 a.m., according to a department statement.

They put the bag in a patrol car's trunk and left the station to handle a child abuse call at a hospital in Hollywood, deputies said.

Someone on the street in Hollywood flagged the cruiser down to tell them the trunk was open, deputies said. The shotgun was the only item missing.

There are four bean bag shells in the shotgun, deputies said, which would would likely have fallen out of the trunk along the route the car took, given in the press release:

"The deputies drove eastbound from the sheriff's station at 27050 Agoura Road, turned northbound onto Las Virgenes Road and entered the eastbound 101 freeway in Calabasas. They continued eastbound on the 101 freeway and entered the southbound 405 freeway. They exited Skirball Center Drive on the 405 freeway and re-entered the northbound 405 freeway. From the northbound 405 freeway, they drove onto the southbound 101 freeway until at about 8:30 a.m. when they exited at Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood."

The department is "very concerned about finding this missing shotgun" and investigating why the gun might have been able to fall out of the trunk, according to the statement.

Photo Credit: Courtesy Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department

Water Main Break Repaired


Crews responded to a break in an old water main in Bloomfield Sunday afternoon.

The water main break happened on Jerome Avenue near Park Avenue at about 2 p.m.

A new water main was recently installed as a scheduled upgrade to the infrastructure, so no water service was affected, according to the Metropolitan District Commission.

Crews responded to repair the damage and the scene has since cleared.

Photo Credit: Getty Images

Man Tries to Save Dog From Blaze


A Chicago man has been charged with aggravated battery and resisting a peace officer after he tried to save his dog from his burning home Friday night. The incident left his dog dead and three firefighters injured.

Samuel Lee Bassett, 48, of the 11300 block of South Elizabeth, reportedly got into an altercation with police when he tried to run into the burning house to save his dog, who died, neighbors said. Bassett was charged with two felony counts of aggravated battery to a peace officer and two misdemeanor counts of resisting a peace officer.

Bassett works as a lighting designer and is an Air Force veteran, according to the Chicago Tribune, who spoke to Bassett's attorney.

Three Chicago firefighters were taken to area hospitals after suffering minor injuries battling the fire at 113th Place and Elzabeth Avenue on Chicago's South Side.

The fire broke out when combustible material in an enclosed area ignited simultaneously. 

The fire was extinguished and the firefighters were taken to area hospitals -- one to Metro South and two to Roseland -- in good condition. A spokesman said the three firefighters were transported as a precautionary measure. 

Underground Explosions Rock NJ Town


Underground explosions rocked a New Jersey town Sunday, prompting officials to evacuate downtown buildings.

The fiery explosions occurred in two underground vaults housing electrical transformers in Red Bank, causing bricks from the sidewalk to fly into the air, police said.

No one was injured in the afternoon blasts, which were visible at manholes near Peters Place on Broad Street.

Police evacuated three downtown buildings, including a church and salon. About 260 homes and businesses in the vicinity of the explosions lost power. As of 10 p.m. Sunday, only two businesses remained without power.

Utility company crews were at the scene, and said they would work through Monday morning to restore power to the remaining businesses and repair any remaining damage.

Red Bank Catholic School will be closed Monday morning so as to not impede repair crews. Broad Street will remain open to vehicle and pedestrian traffic.

Red Bank is located about 24 miles south of the tip of Manhattan.

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