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Police Investigate Suspicious Death in Rocky Hill


Police are investigating after a woman was found dead in a car in Rocky Hill.

Authorities have deemed the woman's death suspicious. Police said she was found in the driver's seat of a car parked in a School Street garage.

Paramedics pronounced her dead at the scene.

The Rocky Hill Police Department's Criminal Investigations Unit is investigating, along with the chief medical examiner's office.

Police said an autopsy will be performed.

Authorities said there is "no reason to believe that the public is in danger" or at risk.

No additional information was immediately available.

Check back for updates on this developing story.

It's a Girl! Royal Baby Finally Arrives


The royal baby has finally arrived.

"It's a girl, it's a girl!" announced a royal crier outside the Lindo Wing of St. Mary's Hospital in London, where Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, safely delivered the princess on Saturday.

Her Royal Highness delivered her second child at 8:34 a.m. local time (3:34 a.m. ET), at a healthy weight of 8 pounds, 3 ounces, Kensington Palace officials announced on social media.

Kate and her newborn daughter are both doing well, officials said. Her husband, Prince William, was by her side for the birth.

The Duke drove the Duchess by car from Kensington Palace to the hospital at 6 a.m. local time (1 a.m. ET) when she started going into labor, the palace said.

A growing crowd of well-wishers and media had gathered around the hospital in recent days, eagerly awaiting the new royal baby in what U.K. tabloids dubbed "The Great Kate Wait." That crowd swelled with the royal pronouncement in Saturday's early hours, as media and royal family fans gathered outside the Lindo Wing in eager anticipation of the royal baby's delivery.

The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall were "absolutely delighted" at the birth of the new princess, Clarence House said.

The celebration also spread worldwide where the announcement began: on social media. #RoyalBaby trended worldwide on Twitter Saturday, while both #RoyalBaby and "Duchess of Cambridge" were top trends in the United States.

The Royal Navy tweeted a picture of sailors above the H.M.S. Lancaster, also known as the "Queen's Frigate," in a formation spelling out the word "sister."

London landmarks were set to join in the celebration: The Tower Bridge, the London Eye and the iconic fountain at Trafalgar Square are all set to be lit pink tonight. The Union Jack flying above Buckingham Palace is larger than usuall, and London's BT Tower emblazoned its screen with "It's a girl" backed in pink.

Monday will see even more official celebrations. The bells of Westminster Abbey will toll. In keeping with British tradition, two simultaneous Royal Army gun salutes will herald the new princess.

The baby's gender had remained a mystery, even to the Duke and Duchess, according to royal officials. That mystery — and debate over the baby's name — fueled avid speculation among media and bookmakers. (Florence was a among the early favorites, but Charlotte and Alice have made a surge among the betting public.) The palace has not yet announced the newborn princess's name.

The new baby is fourth in line to the throne, after his or her older brother, and bear the title of Princess of Cambridge. The newborn's older brother was born on July 22, 2013.

Guy Thorpe Beeston, the doctor who oversaw the young prince's birth, also delivered the new royal baby, a palace spokesperson said.

Prince William and the Duchess marked their fourth wedding anniversary at Kensington Palace on Wednesday while waiting for the birth.

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Hartford Officials to Address Fire Fears at Public Meetings


A rash of fires breaking out around the city of Hartford have raised concerns among neighbors and officials alike.

Firefighters are dealing with about one large fire a day, which is above average for the city, and some of those have been deliberate.

Among the fires labeled as suspicious is the one that filled a boarded-up building on Cleveland Avenue with flames and smoke on Thursday.

The day before, crews responded to a case of arson at an apartment complex on Sigourney Street. A mother, infant, blind man, and his service dog had to be rescued.

Investigators don't believe the two fires are related, but they're worried about the frequency of the flames.

The two cases come less than two weeks after fire forced dozens from their apartments on Main Street. At the beginning of April, another Main Street building was destroyed after authorities say a squatter burned a paper bag and had to be rescued.

"It's scary," said Howard Simms, who lives near the Cleveland Avenue fire. "Makes you think. Just about all you can do about it right now until they find out who the hell it is setting them on fire."

Due to the rash of fires and growing concerns, officials announced they're making themselves available to residents during several scheduled community meetings. The first of at least four meeting is slated for Saturday.

"We thought it would be a great opportunity to make ourselves available to answer any questions, hear their comments, their concerns," said Hartford Fire Department spokesperson Capt. Helene Lynch.

Fire officials will also offer up tips for fire prevention and are asking neighbors to keep an eye out to help stop arsonists.

"We need their help that if they see anything suspicious or see anything that doesn't seem quite right they should call us," said Lynch.

The first community meeting will take place at the Willie Ware Community Center on Windsor Street at 10:30 a.m. Saturday.

Residents who attend can also sign up for the city's free smoke alarm program.

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Family Will Finish Stabbing Victim's Bike Ride


Farmington native Kevin Adorno's bike ride to Florida to propose to his girlfriend was cut short when a homeless man stabbed him to death, but his family and hometown community is remembering him in a positive light with bike rides, a 5-kilometer run and festival Saturday to raise money to finish his ride and make Farmington safer for cyclists.

“Kevin was just a part of everything in town," Tanya Adorno, Kevin's sister, said. "Everything he could be a part of… adult leagues, he obviously frequented a lot of the restaurants here, and a lot of our friends still live here. So, just really embedded in the community.”

And it shows, with more than 500 people signed up to ride and run in the event in his memory Saturday at Winding Trails in Farmington, a lake and outdoor recreation facility where Adorno spent a lot of time growing up.

“He was just a really outstanding soul," Ralph Allen, Kevin's friend, said. "He supported all of his friends. He was just an easy guy to get along with.”

The first group of bikers left Winding Trails at about 8 a.m. to ride to New Hartford and there will be a shorter distance ride later in the day. Rides are 50 and 25 miles long. A 5-kilometer run is also planned. A festival will take place at Winding Trails from noon to 9 p.m. with a lot of food and family activities.

Adorno went to Noah Wallace School and Irving A. Robbins Middle School in Farmington and graduated from Farmington High School in 2004, according to Bicycle Friendly Farmington, the event sponsor. He majored in graphic design at Central Connecticut State University and took classes before that at Tunxis Community College, going on to own two businesses, Bevy Productions and Media and My Pencil Portraits, according to the event notice on the organization's website. He also played soccer, football and lacrosse in Farmington. His experiences stretched further than his hometown, as he loved to travel, from backpacking through Europe to driving on a trip touring the country

Organizers have been planning the event for about three months.

"The people who knew Kevin and know the family. It’s a tremendous outpouring, and I think it’s a tremendous tribute to him," CJ Thomas, of Bicycle Friendly Farmington, said.

Back in September, Kevin's girlfriend at the time was going to fly out to Ft. Lauderdale to meet up with him, where he had rented a tandem bike to finish the last leg of the journey. Kevin had another surprise journey planned for her. He was going to have the boardwalk decorated and propose to her.

But the trip ended in tragedy before Adorno was able to propose. Police say a homeless man stabbed the 28-year-old outside a Vero Beach, Florida McDonalds when he went outside to make a phone call after stopping for food.

“He was looking forward to spending the rest of his life with his beautiful girlfriend, should have been fiancé," Allen said.

So, his family is on a mission to finish the last leg of his planned ride from Maryland to Miami, Florida to finish his east coast bike tour. Kevin rode on his first big bike trip with his sister from Maine to Maryland in summer of 2013. Saturday's ride, 5K and festival will raise money for his friends and family to complete his bike trip to Miami and to build funds for a scholarship in Kevin's name.

“There’s lots of low moments that we have just missing him, and so something like this, to be able to come out, and channel all of our energy into something so beautiful," Tanya Adorno said. "It’s the best thing we can do.”

The Adornos plan on making it an annual event.

In addition to benefitting the Kevin Adorno Memorial Fund, proceeds will also be donated to Bike Friendly Farmington to help fund the purchase of road signs to make Farmington roads safer for bicyclists.

Winding Trails is located at 50 Winding Trails Drive in Farmington, near Route 4.

More information on the event is available on Bike Friendly Farmington's website.

Power Restored at Yale After Transformer Issue


Power has been restored at Yale after an United Illuminating electrical transformer issue caused outages at many buildings on the central and science campuses Saturday.

The grid serviced by the electrical transformer lost electricity, but other Yale buildings outside that grid did not lose power, according to Yale officials.

The Yale Facilities Operations staff is working with the power company to restore power. United Illuminating was "rerouting power from other feeders to restore the electrical power for buildings effected by the service interruption," according to Yale officials.

The university said in an email sent to the school community at 12:37 p.m. that the university's Central Power Plant worked to restore the power at the university buildings in the afternoon. The United Illuminating outage map on its website indicated that there were no power outages in New Haven as of 2:12 p.m. and Yale officials confirmed that power has been restored.

"Chilled water and steam will be restored on a building by building case within approximately two hours," the message from Yale at 12:37 p.m. to the school community said.

Anyone with questions can contact the university's Facilities Operations Service Center at 203-432-6888.

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Crash Closes Bradley International Airport Connector in Windsor Locks


The Bradley International Airport Connector (Route 20) is closed in the eastbound direction in Windsor Locks due to a crash.

The road closure is near the Hamilton Road exit.

There was no information immediately available on the circumstances of the crash and there is no word on injuries.

Police expect the road to reopen by 2 p.m.

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Crews Respond to Brush Fire in Ledyard


Firefighters from multiple towns responded to a brush fire in Ledyard that spanned about 7 to 8 acres.

The fire broke out off Avery Hill Road Saturday afternoon, the fire department tweeted. Crews responded just after 1 p.m.

The fire is under control and crews have cleared the scene.

Area fire departments responded for mutual aid.

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Crews Responding to Fire in Branford


Firefighters are responding to a structure fire in Branford.

A fire broke out at 156 Watch Hill Road near Hemlock Road, the fire department tweeted just before 4:30 p.m. Saturday.

No further information was immediately available.

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Brush Fire Extinguished in Granby


Firefighters responded to a brush fire in Granby near Hungary Road and Route 20 at about 2:03 p.m.

The road was closed while crews extinguished the fire.

The fire is out and the scene has cleared.

It's unknown how many crews burned or whether anyone was injured.

Groups Holds Freddie Gray Vigil at Hartford Police Station


About 20 to 25 people gathered outside the Hartford Police Department for a vigil in memory of Freddie Gray, whose death in Baltimore police custody caused riots.

The police department accommodated the Light of Hope Vigil for Freddie Gray on the department's front steps, Hartford Deputy Chief Brian Foley tweeted just after 3:30 p.m. with the hashtag, #BuildingTrust.

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North Haven Horse to Race in Kentucky Derby


Connecticut racehorse owners Ralph Durante and John Buckley are at the Kentucky this weekend to watch one of their own run for the roses.

Durante said he knows it's a long shot, but it's one he's been waiting for since he and Buckley started Durante-Buckley Stable in North Haven 17 years ago.

"For me, to even be in the race is great. To finish four, five, I'd be delighted," Durante said.

Keen Ice is the 3-year-old horse that's making the dream come true. He's number 20 of 20 selected to run in the Derby.

"He was 22 about two weeks ago. Last week he dropped down to 21 because somebody backed out, and then last Friday, was when we finally got somebody else to drop, so he's the 20th horse. He's the last one in," Durante said.

As of Thursday, Keen Ice is also the longest shot on the board.

"We're 50-1 right now," Durante said.

But it doesn't matter to Durante, who has box seats at Churchill Downs to watch Keen Ice run on Saturday.

"I just hope the horse runs good, and I hope we have a great time, and you know, I manage my expectations," he said. "I want him to run good. I want him to give it his best."

He's also keeping an eye on his filly Puca, who is competing in the Kentucky Oaks on Friday. The Kentucky Oaks is considered the Derby for mares.

You can watch the 141st running of the Kentucky Derby starting at 4 p.m. Saturday on NBC or streaming here

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NY Police Officer Shot: Sources


A plainclothes police officer suffered a gunshot wound to the head by a man who fired into his unmarked police car Saturday in Queens, New York Police Department officials said.

The suspected gunman, whom police identified as Demitrius Blackwell, was apprehended after an intensive 90-minute search of the neighborhood.

The wounded officer, Brian Moore, 25, was taken to Jamaica Hospital Medical Center and rushed into surgery. He was said to be in critical, but stable condition, according to police sources

The shooting occurred at about 6:15 p.m. when Moore and his partner, Officer Erik Jansen, approached a "person of interest" near the intersection of 212th Street and 104th Road in the Queens Village neighborhood, investigators said.

Police Commissioner William Bratton said during a news conference that the man the officers approached was "adjusting an object in his waistband." He then turned and fired several times into the unmarked car, he said.

Only Moore was struck by gunfire. Neither officer had time to return fire as the gunman fled on foot, Bratton said. Jansen immediately radioed for assistance, he said.

Police scoured the area and were seen walking on roofs and looking under parked cars.

Mayor Bill de Blasio, who had rushed to the hospital where the officer was being treated, said during the news conference that he was pleased that members of the community helped police locate the gunman.

"It's a painful day for all of us," he said.

More is a member of a "police family," Bratton said. His father and uncle are retired officers.

Blackwell has an extensive arrest record, the commissioner added. "He also has done time (in prison)," he said.

The shooting comes less than six months after two NYPD officers were shot and killed in the wake of a grand jury's decision not to indict a police officer in the chokehold death of Eric Garner.

Crews Respond to Fire in Brooklyn


Firefighters in Brooklyn are responding to a fire on Church Street.

Quinebaug Valley Emergency Communications dispatchers say the initial call reported some kind of loud noise. Upon arrival firefighters found a pile of debris burning in the area of 221 Church Street.

Mortlake Fire Company and East Brooklyn fire both responded.

More information wasn’t readily available. Check back for updates.

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Crash Closes Route 6 in Chaplin


Route 6 in Chaplin is closed while crews respond to a rollover crash, according to state police.

Police say they responded around 9:30 p.m. Sunday to a rollover crash on Route 6 in Chaplin. The road is shut down between Old Willimantic Road and Lynch Road. There is no word on when it will reopen.

More information wasn’t immediately available. Check back for updates.

Woman Shot Dead in Front of Cop


A 27-year-old teacher at a New Jersey charter school was shot dead in front of her home late Friday in front of a police officer she had flagged over as she argued with the father of her child, authorities said.

Prosecutors say Latrena May, who lived in East Orange and taught at the city's Pride Academy, was arguing with the father of her child, Andre Higgs, in front of her home on Tremont Avenue around 10 p.m. when she saw an officer on patrol and waved the cop over.

When the police officer approached May and Higgs, Higgs allegedly shot May. The officer then shot Higgs.

Higgs was taken to a hospital, where he was arrested and charged with murder and weapons offenses in May's death. The officer was not injured.

The age of May's child wasn't clear, and it wasn't known what she and Higgs were arguing about at the time of the shooting.

It wasn't clear Saturday if Higgs had retained an attorney.  

Mayweather-Pacquiao Fight Causes "Electronic Overload"


Cable providers of one of the biggest television events, the much talked about Mayweather versus Pacquaio boxing match, is having some problems.

Boxing fans went to Twitter to express frustration when they weren't able to get the $100 pay-per-view on their television.

Time Warner Cable and Charter both tweeted that they were addressing the problem immediately.

HBO's Jim Lampley announced that the much anticipated boxing match is being delayed due to an "electronic overload," according to the New York Times.

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Everest Avalanche Survivor Returns


After a week-long journey from Mount Everest, an Allen,Texas, woman is home.

Danielle Banks, 22, was greeted by family and friends at DFW Airport on Saturday afternoon.

She was with a group climbing to the base camp of the mountain last weekend, when an earthquake triggered an avalanche.

Banks says she was “lucky” to be further down the peak than most climbers, but in seconds, saw the lodge where she was staying covered in snow.

“Once everyone realized what was happening, we just ran for open area and open cover,” she said.

“Not even seconds later, the avalanche fell from the mountains.”

Banks was able to tell her family she was safe by text message, but her mother Sharon says communication was spotty. She spent days wondering if her daughter was alive, eventually arranging for an airlift to take Danielle off the mountain.

After Banks reached the US Embassy, her mother insisted she return home.

“I moved Mount Everest and I got her off that mountain!” said Sharon Banks.

Danielle Banks had been in Nepal for two months doing humanitarian work to prevent human trafficking. She says she would like to return to help rebuild the country, but right now, staying in Nepal would mean taking meals and an available bed away from someone with nowhere else to go.

“I think that’s a lesson I’ll carry close to my heart forever, how privileged we are,” she said.

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Neighbors Shaken After Attempted Home Invasions


Police say a man who walked out of group home in Salem has been arrested after terrifying a neighborhood.

Nicholas Benner, 21, is accused of trying to break into four homes about a half-mile from the group home where he was a resident.

Police say the group home is located at 296 Witch Meadow Road in Salem.

It’s under the state Department of Developmental Services and property records show it’s owned by Key Human Services based in Wethersfield.

Police say around 11:00pm on Friday the home manager reported Benner had walked out.

The manager says Benner requires multiple medications and had not taken them.

Troopers started searching for him and almost were going to end it when there was a 911 call from a home on West Road.

That’s where Linda Motyl and her husband had woken up to a man banging on their front door and glass breaking.

“Every time he hit it it was louder and louder like he just wanted to get into the house and I was just like so scared because I thought he was going to get in,” says Linda Motyl. “If he got into the house, I thought he was going to kill us because I could just, I could feel the rage. I mean every time he hit that door you could just feel that rage. It just felt evil outside.”

Motyl says her husband grabbed his gun and told Benner to leave. That’s when they say Benner started banging on another door.

“He wanted to get into the house. He wasn’t leaving,” says Motyl.

After the Motyls called 911, police quickly arrived and Linda Motyl says the man took off.

Before police could find him, they say Benner tried to break into three other nearby homes. They say they found broken windows and damage to several vehicles at each home. Finally, in front of one of them police say they caught up to Benner and he confronted them with a five-foot long tree branch.

Police say they decided to deploy a taser on Benner and then he was taken to a hospital. He was later charged with four counts of criminal attempt to commit home invasion, three counts of criminal mischief, one count of criminal attempt to commit assault on a public safety personnel, and one count of interfering with an officer. Benner is being held on $100,000 bond and is due in court in Norwich Monday.

Many neighbors say they were unaware of the group home so close by.

“I don’t know why they had someone who was just so unstable there. He was a very dangerous person last night,” says Motyl.
The Department of Developmental Services says it does not comment on police investigations. Key Human Services did not return a request for comment Saturday night.

The events have left neighbors feeling uneasy.

“I haven’t slept. I haven’t eaten. I’m just like I’ve never experienced anything like this,” says Motyl. “We moved out to Salem. It’s a quiet town. It’s a beautiful town. We just felt safe here and yeah, that was shattered last night. I don’t feel safe here anymore.”

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Police Bust N.J. Dog-Fighting Ring


Police in New Jersey broke up a dog-fighting ring and charged four men in connection with its operation, authorities said Saturday.

Paterson police and animal control officers rescued three pit bulls from the dogfight, said the city's Chief Animal Control Officer John DeCando. One dog was severely injured, he said.

Responding to a complaint, officers raided a building at 198 E. 16th Street at about 10:30 p.m. Friday, investigators said.

Occupants fled as police entered the building, but police detained two and found a third hiding in a closet, DeCando said.

Two pit bulls in cages appeared undernourished but uninjured. Syringes and what appeared to be steroids were found near the fighting pen, investigators said.

Michael Coleman, 34, of Paterson, was charged with animal fighting, animal cruelty and maintaining a premise for unlawful conduct, police said.

Michael Rochelin and Jerry Mosquea, whose addresses were unavailable, were charged with animal cruelty, police said.

The owner of a business at the location of the dogfight, Erasmo Rosado, who arrived after the raid, told officers that he rented the space to Coleman to be used as a car wash, investigators said. He was charged with animal fighting, police said. 

Missing SoCal Student Found Safe


A missing Loyola Marymount University freshman who was reported missing Friday night after an argument with his father was found safe Saturday night, a school spokeswoman said.

Austin Bruns, 19, was found safe, LMU spokeswoman Celeste Durante said.

Bruns was found in Santa Monica and was in good health, according to a watch commander at LAPD's Pacific Division. It's not clear where he was during the time he was missing.

Bruns was last seen at around 5:30 p.m. Friday night, and left all of his essential belongings, including his wallet and phone, in his dorm room, a Los Angeles Police Department spokesman said.

His father Scott Bruns said they had argued during a phone conversation Thursday, and after not hearing back from his son, he flew down from their home city of Sacramento.

"I was on the phone talking to him about the year, finals ... internships and summer activities, and I was expressing some frustration with him," Scott Bruns said. "He hung up and hasn't been seen since."

He said his said son had apologized at least once during the conversation before hanging up, and despite attempting to call Bruns back numerous times, he did not pick up. Scott Bruns said his son is "a great kid," and he wants to get in touch with him as soon as possible.

"He's never acted like this before," Scott Bruns added. "He's always called back. I was scared."

Bruns, a keen actor who is a film student at the university, was reported missing at around 11 p.m. Friday, and the search for him was treated as a critical missing persons case.

A critically missing person is one at an elevated risk of danger if not located as soon as possible due to the circumstances surrounding the disappearance.

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