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Hartford Man Arrested on Child Pornography Charges


State police have arrested a 35-year-old Hartford man accused of sharing child pornography.

Heriberto Colon, of Kibbe Street in Hartford, was arrested Feb. 11 and charged with promoting a minor in an obscene performance and first-degree possession of child pornography.

According to state police, investigators learned Colon had been sharing a video depicting child pornography in October 2014 and searched his home in December. Police confiscated his computers and found child pornography files.

Colon's bond was set at $150,000 and he was presented in court the day of his arrest.

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Plainville Mom Charged in Critical Injury of Infant Son


A Plainville mom is facing charges after her 2-month-old son was found unconscious and airlifted to the hospital in critical condition without a pulse in December, according to police.

Caitlin Knight, 27, was arrested Wednesday and charged with first-degree assault and risk of injury to a minor.

Her baby boy remains in critical condition at Connecticut Children's Medical Center with serious head injuries, according to police.

The infant was airlifted to the hospital Dec. 17 after he was found unconscious at Knight's home on Stillwell Drive in Plainville. Police said the baby did not have a pulse when medics arrived, but emergency responders were able to revive him.

Medical personnel took the baby to the Hospital of Central Connecticut in New Britain. From there, LifeStar airlifted him to Connecticut Children's Medical Center, according to police.

"My heart sank. It made me sick to my stomach. I mean, it's a baby," said neighbor Lexi Cheatham.

Investigators were initially told the infant was injured in an accidental fall, but police said Wednesday the "injuries were not consistent with such an accident."

"I can't imagine something that serious being an accident," Cheatham said. "There's nothing in this world a baby can do that would cause anybody to logically want to do that sort of damage to anybody, let alone an infant."

Knight is being held on $250,000 bond and is due in court Friday.

No one answered the door at her home in Plainville on Wednesday evening.

Photo Credit: NBCConnecticut.com/Plainville Police Department

New Haven Enacts Parking Bans for Snow Removal


The city of new Haven will enact emergency parking restrictions on several streets as it works to remove snow banks from the curbs.

Public works crews will begin work on the following streets at 11 p.m. Wednesday and parking is prohibited until 6 a.m. Thursday:

  • College Street between Grove and Elm streets
  • Elm Street between York and College streets
  • Wooster Street between Olive and Franklin streets
  • Jefferson Street between Lyon Street and Grand Avenue

Snow removal will begin in the following areas at 7 a.m. Thursday:

  • West Ivy Street between Sherman Parkway and Dixwell Avenue
  • West Hazel Street between Dixwell Avenue and Sherman Parkway
  • Ford Street between Sherman Parkway and Dixwell Avenue
  • Harding Place between Dixwell Avenue and Sherman Parkway
  • West Division Street between Sherman Parkway and Dixwell Avenue

Parking is prohibited on the above roads while snow removal is underway.

Man Tries to Rob Naugatuck Liquor Store at Knifepoint


Police are investigating the attempted robbery of a Naugatuck liquor store on Wednesday evening.

According to police, a man walked into Paiva's Liquors at 161 Rubber Avenue around 5:50 p.m., brandishing a small, dark object that appeared to be a knife.

Police said the suspect demanded cash but a store clerk refused, at which point the would-be robber ran off. K-9s tried unsuccessfully to track him.

He's described as a heavyset man wearing a hunter green jacket and white baseball cap.

Anyone with information is urged to call Naugatuck police at 203-729-5221 or call the Naugatuck Police Department confidential tip line at 203-720-1010.

Snowy Bus Stops Cause Safety Concerns


Snowy bus stops are creating a major safety concern for passengers now being forced to wait for their ride in the road.

New Britain’s Ashley Domack is one of many who relies on mass transit but says, with the recent weather, it can be tough.

“There is nowhere to stand. Usually anyone who goes on the bus will just literally stand as close to the snow banks as they can,” Domack said.

Her struggle can be seen almost daily up and down New Britain Avenue, and according to the Connecticut Department of Transportation it is something some of their 8,000 or so stops deal with every winter.

“You can’t like stand away from it because then the bus won’t know to come pick you up,” said Domack.

The DOT says bus drivers do that have a little leeway when it comes to pick up and drop off, but that moving a stop completely is not an option. It looks the only way to actually fix the issues, is to clear space for the passengers to stand, but there seems to be some confusion as to whose job that is.

According to the DOT the responsibility usually falls on the city, town or property owner.

Riders we spoke with say they don’t care whose job it is, they just want it done before someone gets hurt.

3 Jackpot Winners in $564M Powerball Drawing


Three tickets in North Carolina, Puerto Rico and Texas matched all six numbers to win the jackpot in Wednesday's Powerball drawing, according to lottery officials.

The jackpot winners will split an estimated $564.1 million, the fifth largest prize in U.S. history, and the third-largest Powerball.

There were also 33 tickets that matched all but the Powerball and will garner an estimated $1 million each, while one ticket matched all but the Powerball and with a Power Play. That winner will earn at an estimated $2 million.

More than two months have passed since someone won the Powerball jackpot, so the prize has been gradually growing from its $40 million starting point.

The last time Powerball grew nearly so large was February 2014.

Because of strong sales, lottery officials Tuesday raised the estimated jackpot from $450 million to $485 million. On Wednesday it jumped to an estimated $564 million, although the take after taxes is much less.

Winners would split $381,138,450.16 before taxes if they take the lump sum payment, The Associated Press reported. Should they choose an annuity, they would receive payments 30 times over 29 years.

Lottery officials are quick to point out that the game is for fun and a chance to dream. They noted the chance of winning a Powerball jackpot is about 1 in 175 million.

Powerball revenue has been down slightly during a drought of jackpots, but officials say this big prize caused sales to surge.

The winning numbers in Wednesday's drawing were: 11, 13, 25, 39, 54 and the Powerball 19.

Next Saturday's drawing will be worth $40 million.

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Fire Breaks Out at Enfield Home


Firefighters responded to a house fire on Spring Garden Road in Enfield on Wednesday night.

Fire broke out at the single-family house around 7 p.m. and it was engulfed in flames when emergency crews arrived.

No injuries are reported.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Photo Credit: Submitted

Drivers Help Police Take Drug Suspect Into Custody


Two people who were passing by as a Norwalk police officer was struggling with a drug suspect stopped to help and they will be honored for helping making the arrest.

The incident happened at South Main and Merritt streets at 5:15 p.m. on Wednesday when Norwalk Police Patrol Officer Kyle Lipeika was investigating suspected drug activity.

When he approached Michael Schanck and another person, Schanck tried to hide drugs in his sweatshirt, and that was just the beginning of his attempt to elude police, police said.

When Lipeika tried to arrest Schanck, the suspect resisted violently, so the officer tackled him in a snow bank, but the 53-year-old Norwalk man continued to resist, police said.

As Lipeika continued to struggle with Schanck, two people, identified only as passing motorists, stopped and helped him take Schanck into custody, police said.

Schanck, who police said has a lengthy criminal record, was in possession of crack cocaine and nine bags of heroin.

Lipeika sustained injuries during the arrest and was evaluated at the Norwalk Hospital, police said.
Chief Thomas Kulhawik praised Officer Lipeika for his action.

He also expressed thanks for the help from the two motorists who assisted the officer and plans to formally recognize them for their selfless action at an upcoming police commission meeting.

Schanck was charged with possession of narcotics, possession of narcotics within 1,500 feet of a school, possession of narcotics with intent to sell, possession of drug paraphernalia, assault on a police officer, interfering with a police officer and additional charges.

He was held on a $20,000 bond and is due in court on Feb. 20.

Photo Credit: Norwalk Police

Several Crashes Cause Delays on the Merritt Parkway


Several crashes are causing delays on the Merritt Parkway in Fairfield County this morning.

There are crashes on the northbound side in Greenwich at exit 27 and in Fairfield at exit 44, where both lanes are blocked.

There is also a crash on the northbound side near exit 48 in Trumbull, near the mall.

Interstate 95 will be a better option through Fairfield County.

There is also a crash on Interstate 84 East at exit 17 at the Middlebury-Waterbury line.

Photo Credit: Alberto Rodriguez

East Windsor Middle School Dismissed After Possible Bomb Threat


Students from East Windsor Middle School have been dismissed, starting at 10:45 a.m. on Thursday, after a possible bomb threat.

The town board of education and police were notified of the possible bomb threat at 7:18 a.m., so officers responded and safety protocols were activated, according to the East Windsor Schools Superintendent’s Office.

Students were moved to the high school and dismissed.

No one was injured. Police said they are and the board of education are investigating this incident, as well as other similar recent incidents at East Windsor Middle School.

Photo Credit: NBCConnecticut.com

Photos: Surveillance Released in Credit Card Theft Case


West Haven police are trying to identify two people believed to be involved in a credit card theft case.

The two people in the photos released on Thursday morning used a stolen Home Depot credit card and charged more than $5,000 at Home Depot stores in Orange, East Haven and Hamden, according to West Haven Police. They might also have attempted similar thefts in West Haven.

The two people were in an older-style maroon, Dodge Durango which had either black rims or no decorative hubcaps, police said.

If you know who they are, call police at 203-937-3903.

Photo Credit: West Haven Police

Truck Crashes Into Wall on I-84 on Waterbury Line


A truck crashed into a stone wall on Interstate 84 East at the Middlebury-Waterbury line on Thursday morning and it might be several hours before police can move it.

The crash happend near exit 17.

Photo Credit: Connecticut Department of Transportation

East Haven Schools to Dismiss Early for Cold


Snow is moving through Connecticut and East Haven public schools are closing early on Thursday, but the superintendent’s office said the early dismissal is actually for the forecast of cold weather.

The high temperature today will be 26 to 32 degrees, but tonight it will drop to between zero and 10 degrees, with wind chills near -15 to -30.

Friday will also be extremely cold and snow is in the forecast for the weekend.


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Ex-Boyfriend Charged with Murder in Killing of Teen


A 20-year-old Massachusetts man has been charged with murder in the stabbing death of his 17-year-old ex-girlfriend.

Nickolas Lacrosse will be arraigned in Springfield District Court.

Kathryn Mauke, a high school senior, was found inside her 136 Prentice St. home Wednesday afternoon, suffering from stab wounds. Authorities pronounced her dead at the scene.

Detectives spoke with relatives and friends of Mauke, and were able to develop leads in the investigation that pointed to Lacrosse as the main suspect.

After questioning, Lacrosse was charged with the murder.

Photo Credit: Springfield Police

Police Investigate Newington Bank Robbery


Newington police are investigating an armed robbery at First New England Federal Credit Union in Newington.

The bank is located at 188 Market Square in Newington and a police dog from New Britain is assisting with the investigation.

Photo Credit: NBCConnecticut.com

Fire Breaks Out at New Britain Condo


The fire department has responded to a fire on Brittany Farms Road in New Britain.

It broke out at 117 Brittany Farms Road, Unit F, but no other information was immediately available.

Check back for updates.

Photo Credit: NBCConnecticut.com

Real-Life Batman Patrols San Diego


You could call Chris Banner’s love of Batman a true passion. Well, it’s actually more of an obsession.

“I’ve got a problem,” he confessed. “Everything I have is a bat. All my tractors have bats; my trucks, bats. Socks, underwear, you name it. I’m bat.”

From the boots to the bat-cave and a custom-built Batmobile, Banner has made his being Batman his third job. He even patrols his hometown of Valley Center, San Diego, as the Caped Crusader.

His ride, he built from scratch, stripping down a 1947 Ford Galaxy and rearranging its engine and radiator. The work took about a year to complete, and it includes a camera to help him back up, a custom-made dashboard, lights and a smoke machine.

“It's all made of fiber glass,” Banner told NBC 7 Wednesday. “It’s 22-feet long, and it’s one heck of a machine to drive, especially when you're Batman."

The batty fanatic started collecting his favorite superhero’s gear after he got his first Robin costume at age 7. Now, he's turned his love toward a good cause. He produces live Batman shows about 40 times a year, sometimes for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

“You know some of these kids only have so much time left, and to put a smile on their face, it makes them happy. It’s worth it to me,” he said. “Makes that whole day better so hopefully I got to a good place."

When he takes off the mask, it’s no Bruce Wayne-style existence for Banner. He instead works in real-estate and weed trimming.

But to neighbors and students, he’ll always be a silent guardian, a watchful protector, a dark knight: the North County Batman.

“I've gone into their classrooms and stuff, and I think I make a positive reaction and hopefully help them out in life and teach them to be good kids,” Banner said. “There's a lot of troubled kids out there, so keeping them safe and on the right path."

It's Official: Philly to Host 2016 Democratic National Convention


The 2016 Democratic National Convention will be held in Philadelphia, party leaders announced Thursday.

Philadelphia beat out two rival cities for the chance to host the party’s nominating convention in July 2016. Both Brooklyn and Columbus, Ohio, were in the running through the final round of the bidding process.

Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz said the city’s “deep rooted place in American history provides a perfect setting for this special gathering.”

“I cannot wait to join Democrats across the country to celebrate our shared values, lay out a Democratic vision for the future, and support our nominee,” she said.

Philadelphia Mayor Michael A. Nutter said the city's "proven track record of hosting big events safely and efficiently with a dynamic team of top-tier professionals to organize and manage a conference of this magnitude, paired with our City's tremendous amenities, its accessible location and historical significance" made it an ideal pick.

"We're all delighted to make history again, here in the City of Brotherly Love and Sisterly Affection," he said.

The final contract between the DNC and Philadelphia was signed Thursday, Wasserman Schultz said. The convention will take place the week of July 25, 2016. The decision was made following a meeting between Wasserman Schultz and President Barack Obama Wednesday night in the Oval Office, a source involved in the selection process confirmed to NBC10.

"The president enthusiastically signed off," said the source.

The meeting of Democratic politicians and delegates will be the second major event for the city in less than a year's time. In September, millions are expected to flock to Philadelphia to see Pope Francis during the 2015 World Meeting of Families.

Philadelphia last hosted a national convention in 2000, when Republicans gathered there. Republicans have already announced plans to hold their 2016 nominating convention in Cleveland.

Tractor-Trailer Crash Scatters Lumber Across I-91 in Hartford


All travel lanes have reopened on Interstate 91 southbound in Hartford after a tractor-trailer rolled over on the highway and lost its entire load of lumber Tuesday afternoon, according to state police.

The highway was closed for more than an hour between exits 27 and 29 while emergency crews worked to remove debris from the road. One lane reopened just prior to 4:30 p.m. and the remaining lanes were cleared by 5:30 p.m.

Police said no other vehicles were involved in the crash. According to state police, the truck overturned when the driver lost control, scattering pieces of lumber across the highway. The driver was not seriously hurt.

The crash has heavily impacted rush hour traffic, and the state Department of Transportation urged drivers to take a different route.

"The Department of Transportation and the State Police are working as quickly as possible to clear the road for safe travel. However, significant delays are expected to continue into the evening rush hour," the DOT said in a statement late Tuesday afternoon. "The DOT urges residents to take alternative roads home and avoid I-91 South – north of exit 27 – for the next several hours."

A spokesperson for the DOT said crews expect to remain at the scene for several hours working to clean up the mess.

Hartford police said city streets adjacent to I-91 were also backed up following the crash. Police encouraged drivers to allow for extra travel time.

Check back for updates on this developing story.

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Police Arrest Madison Teacher Accused of Sexually Assaulting Student-Athlete


Madison police have arrested a teacher at Daniel Hand High School in Madison who is accused of sexually assaulting a student athlete.

Allison J. Marchese, 37, of Madison, turned herself into Madison Police on Thursday. A warrant issued for her arrest charges her with second-degree sexual assault, risk of injury or impairing the morals of a child.

Police said she was arrested after an investigation began at Daniel Hand High School on January 7.

At the time, school officials said a teacher had been placed on leave after allegations surfaced that an employee had sexually assaulted a student-athlete, but they declined to release the person’s name or gender.

Marchese was released after posting the $100,000 court-set bond.

She is scheduled to in court in New Haven on Feb. 24.

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