Interstate 95 North in Stonington is closed after a three-car crash at exit 90.
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Interstate 95 North in Stonington is closed after a three-car crash at exit 90.
No additional information was immediately available.
The exit 45 offramp of Interstate 95 in West Haven is closed after an oil truck rolled over off the Kimberly Avenue ramp.
A Tweet from the New Haven Fire Department says West Haven requested mutual aid and referred to it as a "hazmat situation."
This is one of several crashes to cause delays in the New Haven area on Wednesday morning.
More information will be provided when it becomes available.
Precious items are lost in Times Square each day, but there may be one still out there that's particularly special to a British woman who lost her teenage daughter to cancer two years ago.
Before Vicky Pyne's 17-year-old daughter Alice died of cancer, Alice gave her a necklace that contained her fingerprint.
"The necklace was something Alice had made for me when she found out she was terminal," said Pyne. "She had put it on a chain and gave it to me before she died."
Pyne was visiting from England when she went to the Applebee's restaurant in Times Square on Saturday, and that's where she last remembered touching the fingerprint, as she often did to remember her daughter. She continued shopping and didn't notice it missing until she got to the hotel.
"I was absolutely horrified when I realized it was missing," she said.
The necklace could be anywhere in Times Square -- under the hundreds of thousands of feet that have walked by, or perhaps under the fresh coat of Tuesday's snow.
The other fingerprint strung on the necklace belongs to Milly Pyne, Alice Pyne's sister. She was by her sister's side as she captured her country's attention fighting the blood cancer that would claim her life.
In 2012, Alice Pyne was awarded the prestigious British Empire Medal.
"Cancer is gaining on me," Alice Pyne had written. She put together a bucket list and left the necklace for her mother.
"I desperately want this necklace back," her mother said. "She left me a few things, but this is the most precious thing she left for me. I can never get Alice back, but I'm hoping I can get my necklace back."
A car is on fire on Interstate 91 South between exits 47 and 46 in Enfield and there is a multi-vehicle crash on the northbound side of the highway.
Firefighters are heading to the scene of the car fire. Expect lane closures.
One person has been extricated after a car rolled over on Interstate 91 South in Windsor and caught fire.
An ambulance is at the scene, but no additional information was immediately available.
A father defended his son as a "hero" for bringing his gun on a hunt with his mother for a driver in an apparent road rage incident that turned deadly.
Tammy Meyers, originally from Glendora, California, ended up being gunned down outside her family's house in Las Vegas last Thursday after she and her son, Brandon, attempted to track down a man who was involved in an earlier altercation.
"My son is not an animal, my son is a hero in my book," Tammy's husband, Robert Meyers, said at a vigil Tuesday. "There were mistakes made like every one of us have made in our life, but this particular mistake was made to keep a bigger mistake from happening."
Before the fatal shooting, Tammy had been teaching her 15-year-old daughter how to drive in a nearby school parking lot, Las Vegas police Lt. Ray Steiber told reporters Tuesday. The girl didn't have a learner's permit.
The 44-year-old had been behind the wheel and driving slowly when she was involved in a near-collision with a vehicle that led to a verbal confrontation between her and the other male driver, police said in a statement.
In a change from earlier accounts, Steiber said Tammy Meyers had her teenage daughter run into their house to get her armed son, who then drove with her in the back seat to find the car involved in the near-collision. It was initially reported the victim had been followed after the initial road rage incident.
They tailed the car for 10 minutes before deciding to head home, though they ended up being followed and "there was a volley of rounds fired from that vehicle," Steiber said. Brandon shot back and after the gunfire was over he discovered his mother had been shot.
Police said they believe she was struck by a gunman in the other car, which had three occupants total, according to NBC affiliate KSNV.
Brandon insisted he had only gone along on the trip to make sure his mother would be safe.
"I did what I had to do to protect my family. Everyone can think what they have to think; I did it for a reason. And I'd do it for anyone I love," Brandon said.
At a candlelight memorial for the nurse, mother and grandmother, relatives said the new information does not change the important facts of the case.
"She didn't go out on a hunt like they said. She took her daughter home to safety, she got her son, she took the chaos away from her home like any mother would," her cousin Susan Ramos said.
The family of Tammy Meyers is now offering a 1965 Chevrolet El Camino to anyone provides information that leads to an arrest, according to KSNV.
Tammy Meyers lived in the San Gabriel Valley and then Victorville before she and her family moved to Vegas.
Most of Connecticut is waking up to single digit temperatures Wednesday morning and more snow is on the way that could affect the Thursday morning commute.
It will get a little bit warmer by noon with sunny weather and temperatures rising to the low 20s and by 5 p.m. inland Connecticut could reach 28 degrees and the shoreline could hit 30.
Flurries are possible Wednesday.
More snow is expected Thursday and inland termperatures will drop into the teens. The cold snap will likely continue through Friday night ahead of a possible wintry mix over the weekend.
Winds are expected to sweep the state at the end of the week.
Several crashes are causing delays on Interstate 91 and Interstate 95 in New Haven this morning. There is a tractor-trailer crash at exit 45 of Interstate 95 South and the exit 44 ramp is closed.
There is also an oil truck rollover off the Kimberly Avenue ramp to I-95 in West Haven and police might have to close the ramps.
A Tweet from the New Haven Fire Department says West Haven has requested mutual aid for the Kimberly Avenue crash and referred to it as a "hazmat situation."
There are also delays on I-91 South, where traffic is stop and go between exits 8 and 9 after an earlier crash.
One of the other crashes includes a pickup that landed on a guardrail near exit 44 of I-95 South and another is at exit 46.
More information will be provided when it becomes available.
Gov. Dannel Malloy said unequivocally on Tuesday that the state budget will be whittled down significantly from last year's numbers.
“There’s more than enough pain to go around, and they are serious cuts. There’s no way around it," Malloy said.
He didn't offer up details on what those cuts will look like or which agencies will see the biggest reductions but did say he doesn't have a choice given the state's current revenue situation.
Nonpartisan budget analysts have projected an operating deficit of over $1 billion next fiscal year and an even greater deficit in the following year.
The governor will present his two-year budget proposal to a joint session of the Connecticut General Assembly on Wednesday.
“Obviously, I have to present what I believe is a balanced budget and by the time we’re done in June, we have to have a balanced budget, and so we will," he said.
Cuts could have an impact on state funds for municipalities, funds they rely on during brutal winters like the one Connecticut is experiencing now.
"Right now I have this year in public works the same people that I had in 1989 but I have 100 more miles of road," South Windsor Town Manager Matthew Galligan said. "I have more parks to take care of more streets to clean and we’ve used all the technology so any cut to our staff or our services would devastate our local government."
The governor has used the weeks since his inauguration to drum up support for several proposals, including a transportation overhaul, criminal justice reforms aimed at non-violent offenders, and more recently, a cut to the state's sales tax rate.
Malloy used the sales tax issue as a way to start the conversation about what he referred to as "re-stacking the tax code."
“The budget is a tough document. It cuts hundreds of millions from a same service budget comparison," he said. "On the other hand, I like to get a lot of things done at the same time and re-stacking our tax system to be fairer to the middle class seems to be fairer to the middle class right now.”
The governor said there would be "some surprises" but didn't allude to specifics such as potential tax hikes for wealthier individuals, which have been proposed in other Democratic-controlled states as well as by the president.
He said sales tax cut over the next two years would put more money in people's pockets while simultaneously adding more revenue to the state's coffers by virtue of increased spending in-state, and by urging more out-of-state shoppers to stop in Connecticut.
A cornerstone of the budget address will be the governor's multi-billion-dollar plan to overhaul all elements of transportation in Connecticut. He has spoken about the need for an "adult conversation" on the topic since the middle of January.
“I think they’re going to look at what we’re saying about transportation [and] take a deep breath because our under-investment in transportation has been staggering over the long term over the past 50 years," Malloy said, "and I’m actually going to show you what you need to spend if we’re going to straighten this mess out.”
The governor is expected to provide details on how to pay for the overhaul as well as what his proposed constitutional amendment will look like.
On education, the governor said his budget proposal will "stay the course" on reforms he supported during his first term.
Students from St. John Paul II school in New Britain were dismissed at noon today due to a boiler problem at the school, according to a statement from the Archdiocese of Hartford.
This is the parish school of Holy Cross Parish in New Britain and parents and guardians were notified through the school’s electronic communication process called, “School Reach.”
Principal Mr. Bohdan Cuprak will supervise students whose parents could not be reached immediately in a warm area of the school by the until parents are available to take them home.
Mechanical crews are already at the school, which is expected to resume on Thursday.
Minor injuries were reported after an explosion ripped apart structures at an oil refinery in southern Los Angeles County Wednesday morning and shook homes for miles around the blast site.
Aerial video showed smoke coming from a damaged portion of the Torrance ExxonMobil Refinery, located south of the 405 Freeway. The blast twisted metal and sent ash raining down on vehicles parked at and near the site.
"I thought it was an earthquake, like someone hit the back of my car," said resident Drew Magtoto. "There's still smoke coming out, but it wasn't as bad as earlier."
Several Twitter users reported shaking and the sound of an explosion coming from the ExxonMobil refinery. One user posted a picture of an ash-covered vehicle.
Another resident told NBC4 he could feel shaking from about seven miles away and noticed a large flare-up from the plant's burnoff stack.
"All of our windows started rattling," a Redondo Beach resident told NBC4. "It rattled all the windows in our house. It was kind of crazy."
Authorities received reports of minor injuries.
In a statement, a public affairs official with the ExxonMobil Torrance Refinery said the plant "experienced an incident" at 8:50 a.m.
"Emergency procedures have been activated to address the incident, and employees are working with the appropriate agencies," according to the statement. "Our main concern is for the safety of our employees and our neighbors. We are accounting for all personnel and still evaluating the cause of the incident, or the occurrence or amount on any damages."
Torrance school officials confirmed that staff and students are sheltering in place.
The Southern California Air Quality Management District sent personnel to the location to assess air quality.
NBC4 is attempting to confirm details regarding the reported explosion. It was not immediately clear whether the reported explosion was related to a drill at the 750-acre site, where about 155,000 barrels of crude oil are processed each day.
Weird ash like substance falling in Torrance! What's up?? pic.twitter.com/UjVcvDnhEA
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Bridgeport city officials are taking a close look at a racist memo printed on official letterhead and placed in mailboxes at police headquarters, slandering minority officers and singling out one who was recently cleared of police brutality charges.
The Bridgeport Guardians, a minority officers' organization, addressed the letter in a news conference on Wednesday morning at the law offices of Willinger, Willinger & Bucci on Main Street in Bridgeport. Det. Harold Dimbo, vice president of the group and a member of the department, said that this is the most recent of at least three hateful letters to circulate in the department in the past year.
"Something like this coming through the police department, it just never should have happened," Bridgeport police Det. Harold Dimbo, vice president of the group, said, "This type of behavior affects a minority and spreads racism and hatred throughout the Bridgeport Police Department as well as the community."
Dimbo said copies of the letter were discovered in multiple officers' mailboxes and the principal internal mailbox in the department day room, an area limited to police, and he believes a caucasian member of the department generated the memo and that it ended up in the main mailbox by mistake. Dimbo called the letter "racial, insensitive and threatening" and said it targeted a black police officer within the Bridgeport Police Department.
The letter, on paper marked with the department's official letterhead, is addressed to Bridgeport Police Chief Joseph Gaudett and starts off with "WHITE POWER." It goes on to say "Officer Clive Higgins doesn't belong here in this Police Department" and "These Black Officers belong in the toilet."
Higgins was recently acquitted in a 2011 police brutality case in which officers were caught on camera beating a suspect at Beardsley Park and shooting him with a stun gun. Two other officers were convicted, but a federal jury found Higgins not guilty last month.
"He's not getting his gun or his badge back. He didn't even support his fellow Officers in Court," the letter continues. "Where were you Higgins ?? You better watch your back.. We know where you live."
The letter alleges both the chief and assistant chief want Higgins out of the department.
This isn't the first controversial racial issue the department has faced. In the 1980s, the Bridgeport Police Department was placed under a "federal remedy order as a result of being found guilty of discriminatory practice," Dimbo said. The order was in affect for almost 30 years and lifted in 2012, he said.
"With the recent surge of these hate letters that individuals hiding behind anonymity creating a hostile work environment for black officers, as the vice president representing the Bridgeport Guardians, our mission is to work closely with the administration."
Chief Gaudett is investigating the incident, according to Dimbo.
"We will support Chief Gaudett and find out who this person is or individuals and we would love to see them out of the police department because this does not just hurt the police department's image, it's also going to the community that we have to worry about," Dimbo said.
He added that "if a person is walking around in the police department with this type of hatred in them," it poses a concern for the safety of black youth and minorities in the community. Dimbo has received hundreds of calls with concerns from the community about the incident.
Attorney Tom Bucci, who's representing the Bridgeport Guardians, said that the organization will be monitoring any investigation into the issue.
"These letters were abhorrent and intolerable, especially in 2015 in an urban police department," Bucci said. "The Guardians want to acknowledge that the majority of the Bridgeport police officers find this intolerable... it's the few that spew this hateful language that must be isolated because they have no place in a police organization."
Brett Broesder, communications director for the city of Bridgeport, said officials are prepared to take action against whoever is behind the derogatory note.
"Bottom line is that any discussion of discrimination within any part of the city is something we have a zero-tolerance policy on," Broesder said. "If there is any wrongdoing found in the situation, swift, fair, immediate action will be taken."
Bucci said that if the Guardians don't believe the issue is being properly investigated, the organization will seek legal "remedies."
Dimbo, a 27-year veteran of the department who also serves as vice president of the Bridgeport Guardians, a minority officers' organization, said in a statement on Tuesday that the letter is "creating a hostile work environment."
"As the Vice-President of the Bridgeport Guardians, I would like to work with the administration and the community to resolve and eliminate this behavior and fire those that stand behind it," Dimbo said in a statement on Tuesday.
The law offices of Willinger, Willinger & Bucci on Main Street in Bridgeport is representing the Bridgeport Guardians.
The National Association of Black Law Enforcement Officers is also supporting the Bridgeport Guardians on the issue. National organization President Hubert Smith called for an investigation into the incident by an outside party like the state police and demanded the "immediate termination" of all involved in "purpetrating these acts of domestic, racial terrorism and violence."
Gov. Dannel Malloy delivered his budget proposal on Wednesday morning, which includes more than $590 million in cuts, cutting the sales tax and sheds more light on his 30-year transportation plan.
Malloy’s budget, a 3.1 percent increase from the last fiscal year, cuts the sales tax to less than 6 percent for the first time since 1971, which the governor plans to fund by “simplifying our tax code, removing some exemptions, and by reigning in loopholes and corporate tax credits.“
The proposed budget maintains current Educational Cost Sharing funding aid to cities in towns, and he is proposing that every child in Connecticut will receive full-day kindergarten by the fall of 2017.
“Over the next two years, we’ll work with towns that don’t yet offer full day Kindergarten. We'll make sure all our youngsters receive the time they need to learn and reach their full potential – right from the moment they enter elementary school, Malloy said.
He is also proposing enabling Connecticut’s Higher Education Student Loan Authority to refinance the loans of state residents.
Malloy has already released some plans for criminal just reform, http://www.nbcconnecticut.com/news/local/Malloy-Proposes-Criminal-Justice-Reform--290867951.html and touched upon that proposal during his speech on Wednesday, saying his bill reduces penalties “for simple drug possession to a misdemeanor,” eliminates mandatory minimums judges much sentence offenders to and “streamlines our pardon and paroles process for non-violent offenders.”
“Now, I know some will be critical of these proposals. But the truth is, these aren’t Democratic ideas or Republican ideas. These ideas are part of a growing national conversation on how to end a generational cycle of poverty, addiction, and crime. The kind of reforms I’m proposing are already happening – from Texas to California, and from Mississippi to Washington D.C.,” Malloy said.
Malloy has also said a large-scale transportation plan is coming and said the state’s economic future and ability to grow jobs is tied directly to the condition of our roads, bridges, ports, buses, rails, as well as walkways and bikeways.
Part of the 30-year transportation plan includes fixing Hartford’s I-84 Viaduct to reduce congestion on I-84 and reshape Hartford neighborhoods. Malloy also said the state needs to fix the Charter Oak Bridge over the Connecticut River.
“Because of its deficiencies, cars and trucks routinely back up into travel lanes, posing a safety concern and causing more than 85 accidents every year,” Malloy said.
• He also proposed upgrades to Route 9 in Middletown to eliminate crashes and congestion; replacing the “Mixmaster” in Waterbury; building new ramps to the Charter Oak Bridge in Hartford to eliminate accidents and traffic delays; widening the five-mile, two-lane stretch of I-84 in Danbury between exits 3 and 8 to alleviate congestion; widening I-95 between Bridgeport and Greenwich; completing the Merritt Parkway interchange on Route 7 in Norwalk; widening I-95 from Old Saybrook to New London, including the interchange with I-395; completing Route 11; upgrading the Gold Star Bridge on I-95 between Groton and New London; boosting funding to cities and towns by doubling the Local Transportation Improvement Program, increasing local bridge funding, and creating a new state-funded traffic signalization program.
• Malloy is also proposing several rail projects, including expanding the capacity and improving the infrastructure of the New Haven Line; building train stations up and down the New Haven-Hartford-Springfield Line, bringing commuter rail service to Enfield, West Hartford, Newington, North Haven and Hamden; double-tracking the entire Hartford Line from New Haven to Springfield; constructing new stations along the New Haven Line, including the new Barnum Station in Bridgeport, reconstruction of the Merritt 7 station in Norwalk on the Danbury Branch, and a new station in Orange; completing a new parking garage at Union station in New Haven to expand ridership; replacing the Walk Bridge in Norwalk, as well as rehabilitating or replacing the Devon, SAGA and Cos Cob moveable bridges on the New Haven Line; making improvements to the Waterbury Branch, including a new signal system, sidings and equipment to allow for increased capacity and more frequent service; and expanding local and express bus service as well as paratransit across the state to reach unserved urban areas and markets.
The plan also takes into account walkways and bikeways, including creating a new program to help cities and towns install bike and pedestrian safety improvements, repairing existing trails that have fallen into disrepair and completing new bike and pedestrian trails across the state.
The SEIU union released a statement, saying the budget introduces some “revenue side corrections,” but it seeks to balance Connecticut's budget primarily through reliance on cuts that will cost jobs, slow economic growth, and devastate the vital public services we all care about.”
Police have arrested a passenger who robbed a taxi driver at knifepoint about two months ago.
Aaron Johnson, 39, of New Haven, is accused of holding a knife to the cab driver's chest and demanding money while as the taxi approached Newhall Street and Mill Rock Road in New Have, police said. The taxi driver had picked him up at the train station in New Haven.
Johnson ran away with the stolen cash.
The taxi driver had minor hand injuries as a result.
After a lengthy police investigation, officers identified Johnson as the suspect and arrested him on a warrant. Police charged him with first-degree robbery, second-degree larceny and second-degree assault.
He is being held in custody on a $150,000 court-set bond.
Firefighters are battling a two-alarm fire at the A-1 Self Storage facility at 990 Meriden Road in Waterbury and flames are shooting from the building.
Firefighters responded just after noon on Wednesday and there are no reports of injuries.
Building 3 at the storage facility is on fire, according to NBC Connecticut's Doug Greene. Buildings 1 and 2 are not affected.
An Enfield dentist has been arrested and charged with criminally negligent homicide in connection with the death of a patient in 2014.
Dr. Rashmi Patel was arrested in Enfield on Tuesday and charged with criminally negligent homicide and tampering with physical evidence in connection with the death of his patient, Judith Gan, 64, of Ellington.
Patel was extracting 20 of Gan's teeth in his Enfield office on Feb. 17, 2014 when the patient became unresponsive. She was then transported to Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, Massachusetts, where she was pronounced dead.
In May, the state suspended Patel's license and the State Dental Commission held several days of hearings to determine whether the dentist's license should be re-instated and members found that Patel failed to respond appropriately when Gan's oxygen levels dropped.
In December, he was placed on five years of monitored probation, but the move to revoke his license altogether was denied.
The dentist has denied wrongdoing in the death.
More information will be posted once it becomes available.
The operator of a "revenge porn" website who posted stolen nude photos online has agreed to plead guilty, federal prosecutors in Los Angeles say.
Court papers filed Wednesday show Hunter Moore agreed to plead guilty to charges of hacking and identity theft.
Moore was dubbed the "most hated man on the Internet" for running a website that posted explicit photos, including some submitted by former lovers and spouses.
Photos included an "American Idol" finalist, the daughter of a major Republican donor and a woman in a wheelchair.
The 28-year-old signed court papers saying he had paid Charles Evens to hack computers and steal photos. Evens pleaded not guilty and is scheduled for trial next month.
Moore faces at least a two-year prison sentence.
Moore's lawyer did not immediately return a call for comment.
The University of Connecticut is preparing to make "deep and significant cuts" in response to the governor's 2016-2017 budget, which slashes funding to the university by $10 million and deals a similar blow to other state schools.
“We will need to take the time to determine what the specific impacts may be, but managing a reduction of that size will necessitate deep and significant cuts throughout the university. Any cost-cutting will be guided by one key principle: protecting teaching quality, research advances, and overall academic excellence,” UConn President Susan Herbst said in a statement Wednesday after the governor unveiled his biennial budget.
University spokesperson Stephanie Reitz said the school has been allocated $219 million, $10 million less than for the current fiscal year and "$40 million less than the amount of state funding necessary to operate the University in the coming year."
Connecticut State Colleges and Universities President Gregory Gray called Malloy's budget "a tough one" and said the Board of Regents for Higher Education will be taking a close look at the numbers.
"We don’t yet know its full impact, and we are in the process of reviewing options to develop our plans going forward. However, throughout this process all of our efforts will be focused on minimizing the impact of this reduction on students as well as on the instructional process," Gray said in a statement Wednesday.
He added that the board aims to maintain a "higher education system that is accessible and affordable" and will work closely with the legislature to develop a plan.
A full copy of the governor's budget is available online.
Police have arrested the man accused of shooting two people, one fatally, near Hartford's Colt Park in December.
Tyrone Rosa was arraigned on murder charges Wednesday. He's accused of shooting and killing Hiram Martinez, 23, of Hartford while he sat in a car on Hendricxsen Avenue early the morning of Dec. 21.
Dedrick Jimenez, 24, also of Hartford, was shot in the shoulder and was listed in stable condition following the shooting.
Three men, including one convicted on manslaughter charges in a deadly 2005 shooting, are facing charges after officers pulled over their car in New London and found nearly three pounds of marijuana and $13,000 in cash, according to police.
Police said officers stopped the car on a motor vehicle violation in the area of 430 Vauxhall Street shortly after 10 a.m. Wednesday. They searched the Acura and found money and drugs, with help from a Groton Town Police K-9 and members of the state parole office.
Alberto Santana, 30, of New London, Miguel Hernandez, 29, of New London, and Danny Vega, 30, of Montville, were arrested.
They were each charged with possession of over four ounces of marijuana and possession with intent to sell.
Vega was additionally charged with tampering with evidence and failure to display license plates. Police said he was on parole for manslaughter charges in a fatal 2005 shooting at a New London barber shop and was turned over to the State Department of Corrections.
Santana and Hernandez were each held on $50,000 bond.