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LifeStar Airlifts Person to Hospital After Motorcycle Crash


Life Star airlifted a person to the hospital after a motorcycle crash in Old Lyme on Route 1 near Whippoorwill Road.

State police initially told NBC Connecticut that the crash was on Whippoorwill Road and that the road is closed, but later clarified that it happened on Route 1, which was closed for several hours. The road has since reopened. There is no word on injuries.

State police have not released the name of the person injured.


Firefighters Rescue Fallen Hiker in Guilford


Guilford firefighters rescued a female hiker who fell off a cliff on trails near Route 77 and she was transported by LifeStar to Yale-New Haven Hospital with extensive injuries.

A rope rescue team responded and rescued her from the mountain where she was stuck. The fire department responded after getting a call at 12:07 p.m. reporting someone screaming for help.

There is no further information on the nature of her injuries and her condition.

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Suspect Charged in Officer Shooting


The plainclothes police officer who was shot in the head by a man who fired into his unmarked police car Saturday in Queens was out of surgery Sunday and remained in critical but stable condition, as the suspect faced charges, NYPD officials said. 

The suspected gunman, who police identified as 35-year-old Demitrius Blackwell of Queens, was apprehended after an intensive 90-minute search of the neighborhood. Charges against him include attempted murder, criminal possession of a weapon and assault. He is expected to be arraigned Sunday night, Queens County District Attorney's Office said.

The wounded officer, Brian Moore, 25, was rushed to Jamaica Hospital Medical Center in a patrol car and taken into surgery Saturday night. He was recovering from surgery Sunday morning.

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 as helicopters flew overhead.

Blackwell was arrested about 90 minutes later near the crime scene in a house on the block where he lives, according to officials.

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

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. "Our hearts are with his family, his loved ones." 

Moore is a member of a "police family," Bratton said. His father and uncle are retired officers. He lives on Long Island and joined the NYPD in 2010.

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.

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Merritt Parkway Reopens After Stratford Crash


The Merritt Parkway (Route 15) has reopened after a crash in Stratford.

The accident happened at exit 53, causing minor injuries.

The highway was closed as crews responded and has since reopened.

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Crash Closes Route 10 in Southington


Route 10 is closed in Southington after a car hit a pole and snapped it in half.

The road is closed from Darling Street to Curtiss Street.

It is expected to be closed for a couple hours.

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Two Injured in Head-On Plainfield Crash


One person was airlifted to the hospital and another transported for treatment with injuries in Plainfield late Saturday night.

Plainfield police received a 911 call about a two-car crash near 468 Norwich Road at about 10:22 p.m. on Saturday.

Daniel Duprey, 25, of Pomfret Center, lost control of his 1997 GMC K1500 Pickup while traveling in the southbound direction and struck a telephone pole, spinning his car 180 degrees, police said. An oncoming 2010 black Subaru Outback driven by Kelly Alimandi, 46, of Pomfret Center, collided head-on with Duprey's car, according to police.

Both Duprey and Alimandi were transported to William W. Backus Hospital in Norwich. Duprey was initially taken to the emergency room there, but then a LifeStar helicopter transferred him to Hartford Hospital.

Both are listed in stable condition.

The crash remains under investigation.

Drunken Driver Arrested After Crashing Into 3 Cars, Fleeing: PD


Police arrested a drunken driver after a hit-and-run crash involving multiple vehicles  in Stratford Saturday night, police said.

Bertrand Tremel Jr., 44, of Stratford, is accused of crashing into at least three vehicles on the Devon/Washington Bridge while intoxicated and then fleeing the scene at about 7 p.m. on Saturday.

Police found his GMC pickup truck abandoned on Sheriden Street in Stratford. A K-9 unit tracked Tremel down at his home and witnesses identified him as the driver, police said.

There were multiple injuries reported. Police did not release information on who was injured and how many people.

Police charged Tremel with operating while under the influence of alcohol, evading responsibility, following too close, driving with a suspended license, driving an uninsured motor vehicle, misuse of a marker plate, operating an unregistered motor vehicle and interfering with an officer.

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Police Investigate Possible Enfield Home Invasion, Abduction


Police from two towns are investigating a possible home invasion and abduction early morning in Enfield.

Enfield police were called to 34 Spring Street at 2:30 a.m., following an initial report indicating that a woman was abducted by her own husband or boyfriend. However, police are still working to confirm whether the incident was a domestic issue.

The call came from a third party.

Police said they found the woman alone at a South Windsor home at 4:30 a.m. and that the vehicle she was reported missing in was there.

Enfield police said they're trying to determine whether the woman was kidnapped or whether this was just a big misunderstanding.

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Murder Suspect Shot Two Brothers, Killing One: PD


A Bridgeport man is facing murder charges after shooting two brothers early Sunday morning and killing one of them.

Police arrested Efrain Rivera, of 723 Ogden Street, after brothers Miguel and Jose Martinez, of Bridgeport, confronted him at his home about reported threats he made against them, police said. There was an altercation between them while the brothers were at Rivera's home at about 1 a.m. on Sunday, so he shot both of them, police said.

An ambulance took Miguel Rivera, 34, to Bridgeport Hospital, where he later died. Jose Martinez, 32, was transported to Saint Vincent's Hospital with injuries and is expected to survive, police said.

Police arrested Rivera on charges of murder, criminal attempt at murder and first-degree assault and he confessed to shooting the brothers.

“Thanks to the prompt attention of both our patrol unit and our detective bureau, we were able to quickly apprehend the suspect,” Bridgeport Assistant Chief James Nardozzi said. “This is a tragic result from a personal dispute.”

He was held in police custody in lieu of a $1 million bond.

Bridgeport police aid that despite the recent shooting, violence and property crime are reducing overall in the city. There was a 3.6 percent decrease in violent crim and a 4.9 percent plunge in property crime in 2014 in comparison to the previous year, according to the FBI's Uniform Crime Report statistics, Bridgeport police said.

"In all, violent crime in Bridgeport is down by 30 percent since 2001," Bridgeport police said in a news release. "And, so far in 2015, violent crime has gone down by almost 16 percent compared to the first three months of 2014."

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State Troopers Rescue Sleeping Man From Fire


State troopers are credited with saving a middle-aged New Britain man from a burning house after a fire broke out while he was sleeping, but two family pets didn't survive the blaze.

Crews responded to a single family home at 20 Wilson Street around 1:30 a.m. on Sunday after two state troopers noticed flames and called to report a fire.

“There was someone sleeping on the second floor," Eddie Irizarry, New Britain fire inspector, said. "A trooper noticed the fire, went inside, banged on the door, was able to pull that person out of the building.”

Two family pets, a dog and cat, were killed in the fire.

A fire that likely started on the porch quickly spread to the kitchen, sending smoke and flames throughout the first and second floors, fire officials said.

While firefighters were able to get the fire under control fairly quickly, hot spots rekindled about two hours later.

The home has been deemed a total loss.

"There is significant fire damage throughout the first floor, and high heat and smoke damage throughout the second floor as well," Irizarry said.

Irizarry said the man rescued from the fire spoke with investigators and that he appeared to be alright.

Jay Golab lives down the street and said flashing lights and sirens in front of 20 Wilson Street woke him up. He saw flames running up the side of the house.

“Totaled, totaled. I mean there was smoke everywhere," Golab said. "You just couldn’t fathom it being right across the street from your home.”

He said the man lives there with his wife and 10-year-old son. No one else was inside at the time.

An arson dog was on scene and investigators spent the morning collecting small pieces of evidence. Fire officials said they are using process of elimination to determine how this fire started. They are testing some debris for the presence of excellerents, which will determine whether the fire was intentionally set.

Investigators had cleared the scene by 8:40 a.m.

Police are conducting interviews with unknown parties.

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Person Hospitalized in Chaplin Crash


One person was hospitalized after a crash on Route 6 in Chaplin Saturday night.

Chaplin firefighters and Hampton Chaplin ambulance responded to the motor vehicle accident. One person was taken to Windham Hospital, according to a dispatcher.

There is no word on how serious the injuries were.

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Two Hospitalized After Head-On Crash


Two people were hospitalized after a serious crash in Middletown early Sunday morning.

A 2009 Nissan Altima Reynaldo Ruiz, 38, of Middletown, was driving southbound on Westlake Drive collided head-on with the 2002 Toyota Camry Valeriana Debrito, 53, of Rocky Hill, was operating as she got onto Westlake Drive from Rising Trail Drive, police said. The crash happened at about 3:16 a.m. Sunday.

Debrito wasn't injured, but Ruiz and his passenger were taken to Hartford Hospital to be treated for injuries.

The passenger was seriously injured, but police are not releasing her name until her family is notified.

Police ask anyone with information to call Middletown Police Department's traffic unit at 860-638-4060.

Priest Removed For Relationship


A well-known Catholic priest in the Pilsen neighborhood of Chicago has been removed from the ministry following allegations of an inappropriate relationship with an adult woman.

The Rev. Brendan Curran, the pastor of St. Pius V Catholic Church since 2006, issued an apology Sunday for the relationship that he said occurred several years ago, according to the Chicago Tribune, who first reported the story.

"I deeply regret not self-identifying sooner about my immoral behavior: that was a mistake," Curran said in the statement, according to the Tribune. "I failed to remember my ministry and my commitment as a priest."

The Archdiocese found out about the relationship after the woman involved came forward, the Tribune reports.

Curran is known for his role in immigration activism in Chicago as he served a primarily Hispanic community in the Pilsen church.

"It is inherently problematic when clergy have any sexual contact with congregants," officials at SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, said in a statement following Curran's removal. "There can be no true 'consent' given the power difference between the individuals."

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80-Year-Old Florida Woman Graduates


Rosa Salgado proudly walked across the stage Saturday to accept her diploma along with 14,000 other graduates from Miami-Dade College in Florida. For the 80-year-old grandmother, it was the culmination of nearly 20 years of hard work and determination.

"I'm very happy," Salgado said with a big smile as she donned her cap and gown.

She arrived in Miami 20 years ago with her husband and three children.

Salgado learned English, enrolled in school, and got a job as a paraprofessional at Miami-Dade College's child care center.

When the center changed locations, Salgado relied on public transportation, taking five bus routes to class and to work.

Then in 2005, her youngest daughter was involved in an accident that left her in a coma for an extended period of time. So Salgado reduced her class load from full-time to part-time.

But despite the hardships, Salgado finally graduated with honors. She says she is grateful for her family's support along the way.

"Thanks to everybody who helped me," she said.

The ceremony was a family celebration, as her two grandsons graduated alongside her.

David Salgado, who graduated with the same Associate of Arts degree as his grandmother, says she is an inspiration.

"For me and my family, for her to take this one step graduating, it fills my heart," he said.

Rosa Salgado said she plans to go right back to work... this time, writing children's books.

Mom Throws Baby, Self Off Bridge


A young mother was charged with attempted homicide after she threw her baby boy from an Allentown bridge 52-feet above the banks of the Lehigh River and then jumped into the shallow water, police said.

Witnesses told police the 19-year-old mother, identified as Johnesha Perry, was pushing the baby across the Hamilton Street Bridge in a stroller around 1:45 p.m. Sunday when she stopped mid-span, took the child from the carriage and tossed him into the water, investigators said.

She then climbed over the rail and jumped in after him, officials said.

Police arrived moments later. They found Perry —conscious —on the river bank, according to reports.

Two officers — identified as Joseph Iannetta and John Leonard — spotted the baby about 700 yards downstream, pulled him from the river and performed CPR.

Their efforts revived the boy, who was rushed to Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest in critical condition. Perry was also rushed to the same hospital with minor injuries. She's being guarded by Lehigh County Sheriffs, police confirmed.

Attempted homicide charges against the young mom were filed late Sunday night. She was also charged with two counts of aggravated assault and reckless endangerment, officials said.

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Crews Respond to Fire in Newington


 Newington police and fire are responding to a fire in the parking lot of the Twin City Shopping Plaza, according to police.

Additional information wasn't immediately available. Check for updates.

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Prison on Lockdown After Correction Officer Assaulted


The MacDougall-Walker Correctional Institute in Suffield is on lockdown after an inmate assaulted a correction officer, according to the Department of Correction.

DOC spokeswoman Karen Martucci says an inmate, identified as 23-year-old Terrill Edge, reportedly assaulted the correction officer around 9:30 p.m. on Saturday. The correction officer was transported to the hospital where he was treated for non life-threatening injuries. He has since been released and is recovering.

Edge was transported to Northern Correctional Institution in Somers, which is a higher security facility, according to Martucci. Edge is in administrative segregation, which means he is separated from the general population. He is being reviewed for placement.

Edge was admitted on Oct 2, 2013 and is serving a three-year sentence for violation of a protective order.

Martucci says MacDougall-Walker remains on lockdown Sunday. It has yet to be determined when the lockdown will be lifted.

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Search Resumes in Watergate Rubble


The collapsed parking garage at the Watergate hotel in Washington, D.C., was stabilized Sunday, allowing searchers back inside. Searchers did not find any sign that there was anyone trapped inside.

Also, a search dog did not indicate the presence of anyone in the rubble Sunday.

Crews have been working to clear the debris and search the scene since the collapse at the famed hotel‘s parking garage Friday morning. The garage floors pancaked, injuring two workers and crushing at least one vehicle.

Because it is a public garage, officials say that it was impossible to know if anyone else may have been inside.

Search and recovery teams from Montgomery County, Maryland, have been helping construction crews, including using dogs trained to indicate cadavers. One of those dogs had a possible hit Friday, but that was not repeated Sunday, Montgomery County fire officials said.

Many vehicles remain in the garage. D.C. fire officials will let drivers know when they can pick up those vehicles.

Police and fire officials said they didn't know yet what caused the collapse.

I-95 South Reopens in Greenwich After Crash


Interstate 95 south has reopened in Greenwich after a crash in a center lane.

The accident happened near exit 3.

No further information was immediately available.

Police Continue Investigating Human Remains Found in New Britain


The investigation continues Monday after police found more human remains last week in the woods behind a Hartford Road stopping plaza in New Britain nearly a decade since discovering the remains of three women there.

It's been eight years since the remains of three women -- Diane Cusak, Mary Jane Menard and Joyvaline Martinez -- were found near 593 Hartford Road in New Britain in 2007. Their deaths were ruled a homicide, but their killer was never caught.

Police search the area every year hoping to find more evidence and about a week ago they found additional remains. They have been guarding the wooded area behind the shopping center for days and will continue searching on Monday and throughout the week.

 It's unknown whether the remains found belong to additional bodies.

"It's unknown at this time if they're identified from the previous identified three victims," New Britain police spokesman Cpt. Thomas Steck previously said.

Police noted that they have only recovered partial remains of the three murdered women.

The medical examiner is evaluating the remains in an effort to identify them.

The Greater New Britain Serial Killer Task Force continues to investigate the deaths of the three women.

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