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Motorcycle Crashes Snarls Traffic in New Haven


Route 34 is closed at Church Street in New Haven while police respond to a motorcycle crash.

The exit ramp for North Frontage Road is blocked off while authorities investigate. Traffic is being diverted off Route 34 at exit 1into downtown.

An ambulance and accident reconstruction team are at the scene.

There has been no word on injuries.

Check back for updates on this developing story.

Thousands Lose Power in Tex. Storms


Strong thunderstorms packing powerful winds carved a trail of damage across North Texas Friday evening, causing widespread power outages and downing numerous trees down in southern Tarrant County.

Wind gusts of 70 to 90 mph were reported in the storms, with the most wind damage reported in Comanche, Erath, Johnson and Tarrant counties.

Oncor reported more than 25,000 customers without electricity early Saturday morning, down from their initial report of 52,000. Power companies across Texas reported that over 48,00 people across the state were without power.

Travelers huddled in a storm shelter at Dallas Love Field as severe storms flights grounded. Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport also reported hundreds of flights delayed or canceled by the storms.

No tornadoes have been confirmed by the National Weather Service, but straight-line winds toppled trees and power lines in several communities.

A large, mature tree was no match for the winds that hit Lipscomb Street in Fort Worth.

Haven Zametz said she was inside her house when the storm's winds began to howl, and she said her house began to shake as if it was in an earthquake.

She didn't realize it was because the tree fell on top of her home until her neighbor called.

"My neighbor called and said, 'Are you OK?' And I said, 'Yeah, I'm fine.' And he said, 'No, a tree has fallen on your house!' So I walked out onto the porch and this is what I saw," said Zametz.

The tree smashed the roof of the front porch, but did not damage the home. No one was hurt.

Areas of flash flooding were also reported, with at least one water rescue from a vehicle in Irving.

The American Red Cross said the damage in the Metroplex appeared to be minor, and no shelters would be needed. Still, teams would remain on call to assist families in need.

The NBC 5 Weather Experts say Saturday will be sunny and warm, and a chance of thunderstorms returns to the forecast for Sunday afternoon and evening.

NBC 5's Bianca Castro contributed to this report.

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Stamford BOE Employee Sexually Assaulted Coworker: Police


A Stamford Board of Education employee has been placed on leave and charged with sexual assault after groping a female coworker and trying to kiss her in the stairwell of the office building, according to police.

Police said Diego Norena, 41, approached the victim while she was walking up the stairs on April 16 and made "sexually unwanted comments" and tried to kiss her. Police said he then pushed her against the wall and groped her.

The victim reported the incident to a supervisor and coworker immediately, who in turn contacted the police. She said it was the second time Norena made unwanted advances, although she never reported the first incident, which allegedly occurred in October, according to police.

Norena admitted his involvement in the incident and turned himself in to police on April 24. He was arrested and charged with third-degree sexual assault and second-degree unlawful restraint.

Police said Norena was placed on administrative leave at the Board of Education and ordered to have no contact with the victim.

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Hartford Firefighter Shoots Man in Abdomen: Cops


Authorities are investigating after a 25-year veteran of the Hartford Fire Department shot another man in the stomach late Friday afternoon in the city's North End, according to police.

Hartford police spokesman Deputy Chief Brian Foley said firefighter Donald Brown, 54, was involved in an altercation with Lascelles Reid, 31, of Simsbury, at 131 Hebron Street shortly before 4 p.m. Friday.

Brown is accused of shooting Reid in the abdomen in the driveway of the single-family home. Police said the two knew one another but haven't released the details of their relationship.

"We heard a pop... and my mother looked at me and said, 'That sounded like a gunshot,'" said witness Marcia Clark. "I walked up the street as far as I could go because you had to stay behind the yellow tape and I saw a guy lying on the ground, and he seemed to be moving."

Brown called 911 to report the shooting, according to Foley. Police said Brown was legally carrying the gun he used, a 9mm Sig Sauer pistol. He was taken in custody for questioning and is cooperating with detectives. Police said he has since been released.

Reid is in serious condition at St. Francis Hospital, but police said his injuries do not appear to be life threatening.

A source within the fire department said up until recently, Brown was a member of Engine 10 on Franklin Avenue. He has been transferred to Engine 14 at the corner of Blue Hills and Albany avenues but has not yet reported to the station because he's on workman's compensation.

"I was just surprised it was a firefighter, someone that takes care of us and protects us," said Clark. "Unbelievable."

No charges have been filed in connection with the case. Hartford police said the state's attorney will have a hand in the investigation.

Check back for updates on this developing story.

Plane With Reported Electrical Problems Lands Safely: Danbury Mayor


A plane with reported electrical problems headed to Danbury Airport landed safely, according to Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton.

Boughton tweeted Saturday just before 1 p.m., "Currently tracking a plane having electrical problems headed towards Danbury Airport. Few details at this point. #Danbury."

Then, just after 1 p.m., he tweeted, "Plane lands fine - a little long, but everyone ok. #Danbury."

No further details were immediately available.

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Felon Hid Gun From Police in Pants: PD


Hartford police arrested a felon armed with a gun on Friday.

Christopher Gilliard, 27, of Hartford, is facing multiple weapons charges.

Police stopped a car he was believed to be traveling in at 11:15 p.m. on Friday in the area of 59 Beldon Street after officers launched an investigation into a felon with a gun in his possession, police said.

A passenger in the back seat tried to hide an item in his pants as police approached and officers discovered a gun concealed in his waistband during a pat down after they had him get out of the car.

Police seized the firearm, a Hi-Point 9-millimeter Model C gun with four live rounds, and handcuffed the passenger, who was Gilliard.

He was charged with carrying a pistol without a permit, having a weapon in a motor vehicle and criminal possession of a firearm.

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Quassy Amusement Park Opens for 107th Season


Thrill seekers and ride and game lovers celebrated the opening of the amusement park portion of Quassy Amusement & Waterpark for the season Saturday.

The Middlebury park kicked off its 107th season, inviting guests to try its newest thrill ride called Frantic, which spins guests 360 degrees and flips them high above the ground. The new bumper cars for kids were also revealed to the public.

The family-friendly amusement park promises fun for all ages. According to the Quassy website, “The park features more than two-dozen rides and attractions, setting the stage for an interactive day of family fun.”

The Splash Away Bay waterpark and Quassy Beach are scheduled to open on May 23. 


Photo Credit: Quassy Amusement & Waterpark

High Turnout for Comcast Cares Day Electronics Recycling Drive


Comcast and NBC Universal employees spent their day volunteering in Connecticut and across the country as part of Comcast Cares Day.

In West Hartford, NBC Connecticut hosted an electronic recycling drive in the Corbin’s Corner shopping plaza.

Turnout exceeded expectations.

People drove from near and far to donate their unwanted televisions, laptops, monitors and much more. Volunteers filled boxes and trailers as a steady stream of cars turned out for the event.

“I said, ‘Oh my Gosh. This is the best opportunity.’ It was great. It was quick. Everybody was friendly,” said Amy Beup of Burlington.

“I’ve been holding on to this stuff for five years. This is great. I can get rid of it. They’re taking it for free,” said Doug Shumski of Newington.

Besides the electronic recycling drive, there were eight other community service events around Connecticut and many more around the country.

“This year we’re expecting to do about 700 projects, have 95,000 Comcast/NBC Universal employees not only in the United States but around the world do special projects,” said Janet Uthman, vice president of marketing for Comcast.

The West Hartford company Green Monster e-Cycling is hauling away all the outdated electronics and will break them all down to recycle the parts so nothing ends up in a landfill.

“We’re looking for people to get rid of their old stuff the right way and do an environmentally responsible way and not just throw it on the side of the road,” said Joe Galiatsatos, the owner of Green Monster e-Cycling.

Comcast Cares Day started back in 2001 with about 40 projects around the country.

LifeStar Airlifts Person Injured in ATV Crash


One person was injured in an all-terrain vehicle crash near 589 West Main Street in Hebron Saturday night, according to Tolland County dispatch.

The person was transported to a clinic in Marlborough for treatment after a crash at 5:06 p.m. on Saturday and LifeStar airlifted the individual from there to Hartford Hospital.

The extent of the injuries and the patient's condition are unknown and the identity of the person hasn't been released.

Hebron firefighters and state police responded.

Fisherman's Fire Spreads Over Half Acre in Haddam


Haddam firefighters responded to a half-acre brush fire Saturday afternoon on Saybrook Road.

The small fire a fisherman built near the shoreline sparked leaves in the area and the fire spread up the hill to the road, Haddam firefighters said. He noticed the blaze as he was fishing.

The brush fire spread about an acre.

Haddam Fire Chief Sam Baber saw the smoke as he was driving in the area and called Valley Shore Dispatch Center to report it.

It required two hose lines and rakes for firefighters to put out the flames, but only took about 20 minutes to extinguish the fire.

Sleeping Giant at Full Capacity in Hamden


Sleeping Giant State Park in Hamden is at full-capacity Saturday.

The parking lot was full as of 2 p.m., according to the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.

How to Help Victims of the Nepal Earthquake


Survivors of the 7.8-magnitude earthquake that hit Nepal and neighboring countries were still picking up the pieces Sunday after the disaster that left more than 2,200 people dead. Those living in the Kathmandu area were also hit with major aftershock that registered an initial 6.7 magnitude.

World leaders and global charities offered emergency aid as hospitals in the poverty-stricken Himalayan nation were overflowing with injured people, NBC News reported. The United States is sending a disaster response team and $1 million to help the people of Nepal, The Associated Press reported.

The U.S. Geological Survey said that the estimated damage from the quake could cost between $100 million and $10 billion.

As the world continues to learn the scope of the disaster, here are ways you can donate:


The humanitarian aid group had staff on the ground when the earthquake hit. Members of the organization said survivors need food, water and shelter, spokeswoman Laura Blank told NBC News.

“Infrastructure is down all over the city,” World Vision’s operations director in Kathmandu Philip Ewert also said. “Power is out with limited internet access. Walls and water tanks are damaged. We are also getting reports that people are trapped in temples and other public buildings as there was a large festival here Saturday.”

To make a donation to the organization to address these needs, you can visit their Nepal page or text NEPAL to 777444 to donate $10.


Volunteers and staff at the Nepal Red Cross Society are providing aid, but they have limited stocks of emergency relief items available in the country, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) said in a statement.

"We are extremely concerned about the fate of communities in towns and villages in rural areas closer to the epicenter," said Jagan Chapagain, the IFRC's Director for Asia Pacific. “We anticipate that there will be considerable destruction and loss of life.”

For information on how to donate, visit the IFRC website.


The organization hopes to raise 1 million dollars and has created a Nepal-specific page outlining specific issues they hope to address with the funds.

“Initially, the fund will help first responders meet survivors' immediate needs for food, fuel, clean water, hygiene products, and shelter,” the organization said on its page. “Once initial relief work is complete, this fund will transition to support longer-term recovery efforts run by local, vetted local organizations.”

GlobalGiving says it will provide updates about how the funds are being used. You can donate here.


An emergency team from the AmeriCares India office is preparing shipments of medical aid and relief supplies for survivors. The organization stocks emergency medicine and relieft supplies in its warehouses in the U.S., Europe and India that can be delivered quickly in time of crisis, and launches comprehensive recovery programs.

"Our emergency response team is en route to Nepal and we are prepared to help any way that we can," AmeriCares President and CEO Michael J. Nyenhuis said in a statement. "This is a terrible tragedy and our hearts go out to the families suffereing."

To donate to AmeriCares International Disaster Relief Fund, you can click here.


UNICEF is currently on the ground in Nepal providing critical emergency aid to children and families.

"UNICEF expects children, an estimated 40 percent of Nepal's poplulation, to be among the worst affected by the earthquake. The first priorities are lifesaving interventions—getting essential medicines, nutrition, and safe water to children and families in immediate need," the organization's website said.

To support the UNICEF relief efforts in Nepal, you can donate here.


Mercy Corps' team is on the ground in Nepal working to get a better understanding of the conditions. The team is focused on delivering lifesaving aid to hard-hit communities. Mercy Corps will be helping communities immediately start to rebuild homes, schools, help people return to work and process the trauma.

To support Mercy Corps' earthquake response team, you can donate here.

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Google Exec ID'd in Deadly Mt. Everest Avalanche


A Google executive has been confirmed dead in an avalanche at Mount Everest triggered by a massive magnitude-7.8 earthquake in Nepal, the Mountain View internet company said.

Google issued a statement Saturday confirming the death of Google "X" privacy executive Dan Fredinburg.

"Sadly, we lost one of our own in this tragedy," the statement said in part. "Dan Fredinburg a long-time member of the Privacy organization in Mountain View, was in Nepal with three other Googlers, hiking Mount Everest. He has passed away. The other three Googlers with him are safe and we are working to get them home quickly."

Fredinburg's sister had posted on his Instagram Saturday that the 33-year-old had died.

Actress Sophia Bush dated the exec from 2013 to 2014. She posted on instagram that the loss has left her with "no adequate words."

According to the San Jose Mercury News, Fredinburg was climbing with three other Google employees. The three were found safe, according to Google.

An official with Nepal's mountaineering department, Gyanendra Shretha, said the bodies of eight people had been recovered and an unknown number remain missing or injured. An army spokesman said 18 bodies had been found by an Indian army mountaineering team, according to Reuters. NBC News has not immediately confirmed this number.

According to the Associated Press, nearly 1,400 people have died as a result of the Nepal quake.

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Local Nepalese React to Deadly Earthquake


The Nepalese Association of Connecticut is figuring out how to help after a destructive earthquake hit Nepal.

This as many of its members and the Nepalese community in the state try frantically to make sure their family members in Nepal are okay.

The association says several loved ones of Connecticut families were killed.

“It’s kind of hard because I want to go there and help out but there’s nothing we can do about it here just support them from our hearts,” says Sanskriti Pandey of West Hartford.

The Pandey family of West Hartford heard devastating news about their grandmother in Nepal Saturday.

When a deadly 7.8-magnitude earthquake struck the country, Kathmandu was hard hit. Sanskriti and Suraj Pandey’s grandmother was home with relatives there.

“She told all the family to run because they can run easily because she was like I’m going to go inside and try to get under my bed. She tried to do that. Half the body went in but she couldn’t make it in time and the whole roof just collapsed on her,” says Suraj Pandey of West Hartford.

The 85-year old was one of at least 1,800 who were killed.

“I tried to call my parents and the line is not working,” says Madhav Atreya of West Hartford.

Atreya says he was finally able to confirm his family in Nepal was okay after Saturday’s disaster.

After a 7.8- magnitude earthquake, ancient temples have been destroyed and an avalanche was triggered on Mt. Everest, which killed an American.

There are about 1,500 people in Connecticut from Nepal and some say this earthquake, which is the strongest in nearly a century, was always a fear.

“Everybody say some time it’s going to happen. Our country is very danger zone for the earthquake,” says Atreya.

As the search for survivors continue, the country was rattled by nearly two dozen aftershocks.

A magnitude-6.6 aftershock hit an hour after.

Hospitals are packed with injured people, homes are damaged, and phone lines are jammed, making it hard for people in Connecticut to connect with their loved ones in Nepal.

The U.S. has already pledged $1 million to help and is preparing to send a disaster response team.

“Everybody needs to pray for the Nepalese people,” says Atreya.

East Haven Police Investigate Untimely Death


East Haven police are investigating after a body was found in the woods Saturday evening.

Police say a deceased person was found in the woods off Main Street around 4:55 p.m. Saturday. The case is being investigated as an untimely death. Police are not saying whether the death is suspicious at this time.

No other information about the deceased individual was immediately available. Police say more information will be released after next of kin is notified.

Check back for updates.

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NY Officer Fatally Shoots Suspect


A 24-year-old robbery suspect was fatally shot Saturday during a "violent physical struggle" with two detectives in a Manhattan apartment building, police said.

Authorities withheld the name of the suspect pending notification of his family.

As two detectives approached the sixth-floor apartment in the East Village, where the suspect was believed to be, the suspect bolted out a window and down a fire escape, said New York City Police Department Chief Jim O'Neill. The detectives caught up with him in a hallway and a "violent physical struggle" ensued, the chief said during a news conference.

During the struggle, the suspect grabbed a hand-held radio from one detective and struck him in the head with it, O'Neill said. The fight continued for about five minutes before one detective drew his weapon and fired a single shot, hitting the suspect in the torso, he said.

The suspect, who was wanted in connection with the robbery of a woman on Thursday, died at Mount Sinai Beth Israel hospital, O'Neill said.

The incident occurred at 1:45 p.m. at a halfway house at 538 E. Sixth St.

The two detectives, who were not identified, were taken to a hospital, where one was treated for injuries to the head and shoulder.

The suspect was accused of confronting a 21-year-old woman on Thursday as she was giving a presentation at City College, according to the NYPD. The two then argued in a hallway and the suspect repeatedly punched the woman and stole her purse, which contained her keys, cash, credit cards and identification, investigators said. He fled the scene and eluded a police search.

NJ Football Star Shot, Killed


Jesse Kato wore his son's varsity letter jacket as he asked the public to help find the person responsible for his death. 

"As a son he's a good person," Kato said. "Anybody, any help. If you know who did this to my son bring him to justice."

Kato's son, 18-year-old Ja'Meer Bullard, was a local high school football star who was shot and killed overnight in Camden, only a block away from his home. 

Bullard's family said he was walking to a nearby store with his younger cousin on Green and Mechanic streets shortly after midnight Saturday when a gunman suddenly opened fire. 

"I just opened the door for him," said Bullard's grandmother. "I opened the door for my grandson and I heard the gunshots."

Bullard was struck by the gunfire but managed to get his cousin to safety. He was taken to Cooper University Hospital where he died from his injuries at 1:11 a.m.

"He shouldn't have to die like that," his grandmother said. "He didn't do nothing to nobody. He always was a good kid. He was going places. They just took him out." 

Bullard was a Junior at Woodrow Wilson High School and a star running back and linebacker for the school's football team. He also received a recruitment offer from Temple University and was set to showcase his talent at a Nike invitational next week. 

"From the moment he touched the football, everyone knew he was going to be a special player some day," said Bullard's coach Preston Brown. 

Brown told NBC10 Bullard was excited to play college football and use his skills to get off the streets of Camden and start a new life. 

"Right now my heart is real heavy having lost Ja'Meer to senseless gun violence in the city of Camden," Brown said. 

No arrests have been made. Police continue to investigate.

If you have any information on the shooting, please call Camden County Prosecutor’s Office Detective Anthony Roccia at (856) 365-3122 or Camden County Police Detective Mark Lee at (856) 757-7420.

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Newborn's Remains Found in Ca. Yard


The remains of a newborn were found in a Westmont backyard Saturday, sheriff's deputies said.

A homeowner in the 1500 block of West 104th Street, an unincorporated area east of Inglewood, reported finding the remains just after 10 a.m., Los Angeles County sheriff's officials said in a statement.

The 1- to 3-days-old baby was apparently dismembered, deputies said. "Significant portions" of the infant's body were missing.

Neighbors were asked to look in their yards and trash cans for "suspicious items that have been discarded," deputies said.

"Detectives would like to speak with any females who were recently pregnant, are no longer pregnant, and the baby is absent," deputies said.

Britany Placencia, 9, said she found a body part while playing with her dog in her backyard, then ran to tell her mother.

"The dog was sniffing the ball... so I was going to get the ball and I got it. I saw the leg," the girl said.

The girl's mother came out, saw the leg near a bicycle and called 911. Then she found a baby's head in her side yard.

"This was kind of shocking to me, when you hear anything about an infant," said neighbor Lawrence Alston.

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Merritt Parkway in Trumbull Reopened after Crash


The Merritt Parkway in Trumbull was closed for over sx hourse after an early morning crash.

According to state police, multiple people were injured in the two-car crash around 1:45 Sunday morning at exit 52 on the southbound side of the highway.

Following the crash, police began diverting traffic off the highway at exit 53. A pedestrian was struck by the diverted traffic and taken to the hospital.

State Police ID Man Killed in Shelton Crash


A person was killed in a one-car crash on Route 8 north in Shelton on Saturday morning.

Thomas Sulier, 31, of Naugatuck, was driving northbound on Route 8 when he veered off the state highway and crashed into trees on the grass median between exits 12 and 13. He was pronounced dead at the scene. The crash happened at 7:45 a.m. on Saturday.

His airbag was deployed and he was wearing a seatbelt, state police said.

Route 8 north was closed temporarily, but as of 11:02 a.m. just the left lane remains closed as crews work to move the car away from a tree.

Shelton firefighters and police responded to assist state police.

The crash remains under investigation.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Trooper Kores at the Troop I barracks in Bethany at 203-393-4200.

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