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Police Identify Driver in Fatal Pedestrian Crash


Police have identified the driver involved in a fatal crash that killed a pedestrian in North Haven in March.

Terrell Rose, 30, called 911 at about 10:45 p.m. on March 10 to report that he struck something in the area of Clintonville Road near Pool Road in North Haven, police said.

Officers responded but didn't find anything, so they had let him go. But hours later, a neighbor called to say he found a body lying on the side of the road in the same area as the reported crash. Police identified the person killed as Michael Jung, 50, of North Haven.

The caller told emergency dispatchers Jung was not breathing and didn't appear to have a pulse.

Officers again drove to the scene, and this time, found Jung's body. Police said Jung suffered traumatic injuries. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

No charges have been filed in connection to the fatal crash at this time.

The South Central Regional Traffic Unit is investigating the crash and anyone who witnessed the crash is asked to call the department at 203-239-5321. Police are not releasing further information at this time.

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Railroad Workers Involved in Crash in Lisbon


Railroad workers suffered minor injuries in Lisbon after two vehicles  collided this morning, according to State Police, who responded to River Road to assist in the incident.

State police said railroad workers were in the two cars that collided and no roads have been closed.

A photo from the scene shows a pickup with front-end damage after a minor crash with a train. 

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Teens Suspected in Car Burglaries Found With Stolen Wine, Purse: PD


Two teenagers have been arrested in connection to reported car break-ins and the theft of a purse and wine in Hamden, police said.

Police responded to the area of Greenway and Woodlawn streets to investigate suspicious activity reported. Three teenagers were looking through parked cars and trespassing through yards in the area, police said they learned in the investigation. One of the vehicles had signs of forced entry.

Police found two suspects walking close by and one of them had a woman's purse with several bottles of wine inside, police said.

Police arrested two Hamden teens, 16 and 17, charging them with third-degree burglary, third-degree criminal trespass and interfering with a police officer. It's unclear whether there are any other suspects.

The teens will appear in New Haven Juvenile Court, but the court date has not been released.

The burglaries remain under investigation.

Teen Rushed to ER After Mom Gave Him Booze: Cops


A 43-year-old Middletown mother was arrested after her 18-year-old son had to be rushed to the emergency room after drinking alcohol police said his mother gave him.

Police responded to a home on Maynard Street early Tuesday morning to investigate a domestic disturbance and determined that Briana DeKorte, 43, gave her 18-year-old son Dubra vodka and Budweiser beer, according to the arraignment report.

Her older son, Jordan Clark, 24, called the charges unfair "because she is the mother of the child who was drinking and it was under her own supervision, so I don't see why she had to get arrested." DeKorte was the one who called 911.

Clark said his "brother had a little bit to drink" and vomited and that their "mom kind of thought we were arguing, me and my brother, so she called the cops and then so she kind of brought it upon herself for the whole thing."

"She ended up getting arrested for giving him alcohol," Clark said, but he said that it happened in their own house under her supervision, "so I didn't see why that was a problem."

An ambulance was called to bring the teen to the hospital because he was ill and vomiting, according to police.

DeKorte, who was also intoxicated, resisted arrest, police said.

Clark said "usually I'm the one to get arrested, so it's kind of hard seeing her get arrested" and that it was "hard seeing him (his brother) dry heaving, too."

She was charged with second-degree reckless endangerment and interfering with officer.

DeKorte was held on a $5,000 bond and is due in court on June 16.

Her son has since been released from the hospital.

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Police Arrest Meriden Apartment Shooting Suspect


Police have arrested a male suspect in the shooting of a 32-year-old man killed in his apartment building in Meriden back in April

Esteban Jimenez, 68, of 32 Cook Avenue, apartment 204, in Meriden, is facing multiple charges including manslaughter in the April 4 shooting death of Victor Nina, 32, who was shot once in the chest in Jimenez's building. Police believe he was shot in a second floor apartment at 32 Cook Ave. and made his way to the first floor landing where he collapsed and died.

Firefighters were first to respond to the apartment building because the call first came in as a fire alarm. Numerous other 911 calls followed from neighbors reporting hearing a commotion upstairs at the Huntington Place apartment building. Police encountered a chaotic scene around 4:45 a.m. when they arrived, observing people upstairs and in the parking lot.

Police investigated two crime scenes, the apartment where they believe the man was shot and the parking lot behind the building.

Neighbor Walter McGrath heard a gunshot fired close to 5 a.m. that morning and said police were quick to arrive. .

Officers interviewed about a half dozen witnesses.

Police obtained a warrant for Jimenez and he turned himself into police on Monday. He was charged with first-degree manslaughter with a firearm, tampering with physical evidence, reckless endangerment, unlawful discharge and carrying a pistol without a permit.

His bond was set at $100,000 and Jimenez is due in court on June 9.

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Car Strikes Pedestrian in Crosswalk in Vernon: Police


Dobson Road in Vernon has reopened after a car hit and seriously injured a 77-year-old pedestrian late Tuesday morning, according to police.

Police responded to the Dobson Road and Route 30 (Hartford Turnpike) intersection on Tuesday at 11:47 a.m. after receiving numerous 911 calls reporting a crash involving a car and a pedestrian in the area. A female driver traveling northbound struck Richard Blake, 77, of Hartford Turnpike, Vernon, while he was walking westbound across the crosswalk on Route 30 at the Dobson road intersection. 

Blake was seriously injured and treated on scene before Vernon Ambulance transported him to Hartford Hospital. Police said he was in "guarded condition."

The driver of the car that hit him was not injured, police said.

Dobson Road was shut down for several hours between Route 30 and Miriam Drive  and the scene cleared at 3 p.m.

The regional accident reconstruction team was called to the scene.

The driver is cooperating with the investigation, which remains active. No charges have been filed at this time.

Police ask any witnesses to contact Officer David Provencher at 860-872-9126, extension 239.

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Calif. Woman Makes "Angel Gowns" From Donated Wedding Dresses


A retired accountant with a passion for sewing is helping in her own way to ease the inconceivable pain experienced by parents who lose an infant.

By refashioning satin, lace, and beads of donated wedding gowns into infant-sized dresses, Susan Linder of Bakersfield, California, has turned a sewing hobby into small and yet moving gesture to help grieving parents, according to NBC affiliate KGET. Her first “angel gown” was made from her own wedding dress.

Upon learning of an organization last year that donates gowns to grieving families, Linder set out to create her own in order to help families in her community.

She has since made 150 dresses, and spends six days a week weaving the satin and lace used to make the “angel gowns,” KGET reported. From one wedding dress she can make around 20 to 30 infant gowns. A small team of volunteers helps make the gowns. 

Each “angel gown” is posted to the group’s Facebook page, Angel Gowns for Dignity, where those who donate can see the repurposed dresses. 

Another California woman, Allison Hampton, runs a nonprofit, Angel Gown Project of California. Most of the gowns sown by Hampton are donated to hospitals to be used when needed. 

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Prospect Crash Causes Delays


A crash at the Cook Road and Route 68 intersection in Prospect has caused lane closures Tuesday evening.

Route 68 is down to one lane with traffic alternating, state police said. Police are there to direct traffic.

Both lanes will reopen when a tow truck arrives to clear the vehicle from the scene.

No one was injured.

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Boy Run Over on Sidewalk Recovers


When an out-of-control vehicle barreled onto a sidewalk in Brooklyn, mowing down a small boy in a horrifying scene captured on surveillance video, everyone feared the worst. 

The 3-year-old boy, Oscar Chen, was walking on the sidewalk in Sunset Park Monday afternoon when a car ran onto the sidewalk and hit some sort of small tree that knocked over Oscar, then ran over both the tree and the boy.

Twenty-four hours later, Oscar was back on the same sidewalk, running in circles and giggling as he flashed a toothy grin at reporters. 

"Thank God. Thank God, he's fine," said Cindy Chen, Oscar's mother. 

The Chens have lived above the Sunset Brooklyn stores on Seventh Avenue for 15 years, and Oscar is loved on the block, neighbors say. Several people rushed to help him when the car ran over him, and some even tried to lift up the car, video shows. 

The boy's mother was hysterical.

"The car, it was so fast. It hit a tree, and the tree fell down and then my son was under the car," said Cindy Chen. 

Ultimately, emergency responders were able to get the boy out from underneath the car, and he was seen being taken away in a stretcher. He was taken to Lutheran Hospital. 

"I didn't see obvious injuries," one neighbor told NBC 4 New York Monday. "He didn't appear to be in distress. I had someone call 911."

"Everything happened so fast," the bystander continued. "My main concern was getting to the child." 

Chen said she was praying for a miraculous recovery but never dreamed her young son would walk out of the hospital just hours later with no medical issues. 

"He's fine today, so appreciate it," she said. 

The driver remained on the scene and had minor injuries, authorities said. Police said no criminality is suspected at this point, though the cause of the crash remains unclear. 

Palace Theater Could Lose $250,000 In Funding


The Waterbury Board of Education contributes $250,000 a year to the Palace Theater, which is used by one of its magnet schools next door. Now, that funding could be in jeopardy.

Waterbury's Palace Theater operates on about $2 million a year.

The Waterbury Board of Education contributes $250,000. Now that funding may no longer be coming.

"I’m surprised that we’re having this conversation right now," Said Frank Tavera, CEO of the Palace Theater.

Tavera said the theater has kept to its agreements with the city of Waterbury, which says they’d provide the space and resources for the Waterbury Arts Magnet School, located right next door.

"The school utilizes the theater 30 times out of the year in the event that funding goes away, the school will be unable to graduate from our stage,offer their Christmas dance performances, their spring concerts, they'd no longer have usage for the space," Said Tavera.

In a statement, Mayor Neil O'Leary said:

"Among the budget options, the board is considering cutting its funding to the Palace Theater in order to fund part time library pages. I believe this is wrong and loses sight of the bigger picture."

He further said, "While library pages are important, I am hoping the Board of Education can consider cutting something else."

Tavera says if they lose money from the Board of Education, they'd have to somehow raise the money.

"We’d have to look at the impact of the $250,000, the impact it'll have on the school but financially may have an impact the way we operate the building," Said Tavera.

NBC Connecticut reached out to the Board of Education. Our call has not been returned.

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Tenants Being Evicted Upset With City Of Bristol


Some Bristol tenants are upset because the city is evicting them from their home in two days and they believe it’s because of their landlord's history with the city.

One of the homes in question is located at 56 Ingraham Place and has five apartments. It's owned by Anthony Cammererie, who is facing criminal charges because the city said he is not fixing up his properties to code. The city has told everyone but the first floor tenants, they must be evicted by Thursday because the officials deemed the back porch unsafe.

“This is two days that we got to rush and we got to do this and we got to do that," tenant Daisy Dejesus said in tears.

It's why she went to city hall to speak personally with Mayor Ken Cockayne.

"He told me, 'you guys got two days because Anthony has two days to fix this fixture over here and if he don’t do it, if he don’t start doing anything we will condemn this place and after we condemn it, we’re going to tear down this house,'" Dejesus said.

When we brought the comment to the mayor, he said he never told Dejesus he'd have the building torn down.

“That’s interesting. I never said I would tear down the house. She called me to see if we were condemning the house and I told her, 'yes, today the house is going to be condemned' and we were going to give them two days to relocate or we were going to help them relocate. Never once did we talk about tearing down the house," Cockayne said.

Cammererie said the city told him if an architect inspected the property and deems it safe for tenants to stay during construction, the tenants could stay. But the city needed a letter from the architect.

"And both letters were rejected. And now here we stand today. And now the city wants to have these tenants re located while I make repairs to the decks," Said Cammererie.


Dejesus believes the situation has now become a personal issue with the tenants caught in the middle.

"I’m saying that they are after Anthony and what they want to do with Anthony is run him out. They want to run him out," Dejesus said.

When they can no longer live in the building, tenants will be staying in hotels or with family. The mayor said its all for their safety.

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Companies' Threats to Leave Connecticut Stall State Budget


With General Electric and Aetna releasing statements Monday that their respective companies would consider looking elsewhere for their corporate headquarters, top Democrats members of Governor Dannel Malloy's staff scrambled Tuesday to rework the proposed two year spending plan.

The statements came in response to proposed tax hikes that would charge higher rates for data processing, reporting and taxing the location of headquarters, and even for some internet downloads. House and Senate Democratic leadership announced the framework of the budget over the weekend and had intended to approve it today.

However, the threats from corporate giants GE and Aetna led to a slamming of the brakes by negotiators after the budget never made it to the House floor Monday night, just two days before the end of the legislative session.

“They were serious in what they said yesterday" said Joe Brennan, the President of the Connecticut Business and Industry Association. "You don’t get statements like that out of the highest level of these global corporations, these idle threats. They’re really really concerned about the direction of the state of Connecticut and they just want to underscore their seriousness.”

A spokesman for Aetna declined an interview request to elaborate further on the possibility of leaving the state. Travelers Insurance also released a statement expressing frustration with the proposals moments after Aetna and GE, but stopped short of threatening to leave citing concerns from employees who live and work in Connecticut.

GE has come under fire in recent years for its tax-paying record. According to the New York Times, in 2010 the company made $14.2 billion and even claimed a tax benefit of more than $3 billion. GE, one of America's largest companies with nearly 6,000 employees in Connecticut, didn't pay any taxes in the United States in 2010 according to the report.

Business professor Daniel Cadden with Quinnipiac University says the threats from Aetna and GE are real.

“GE and Aetna have complained about this because it’s going to affect the tax on corporate headquarters and there additional taxes on higher income individuals and many of the people who make the decisions on whether a company stays or leaves are high income individuals" Cadden said.

He points out that Connecticut lawmakers are also mulling a proposed tax hike on individuals with more than $500,000 in income and families with incomes of more than $1,000,000 which will also lead to decisions from executives.

Republicans in the legislature who have been shut out from negotiations piled on the budget mess, criticizing Democrats for crafting the budget in secret.

“You know four years ago we had this very same debate in front of us" said Sen. Rob Kane, (R - Watertown), the Ranking Republican on the Appropriations Committee. "We ended up in a deficit. Here we are again: more taxes, more deficits, and it just doesn’t work.”

Democrats in the Connecticut House are responsible for the hold up as well, at least in part. A faction of them are holding back support with concerns over property tax changes that they say will adversely affect middle-income families.

The budget agreement included a reduction to the homeowner property tax deduction from $300 to $200, as well as property tax relief from the car tax by instituting a statewide cap for all cities and towns.

Supporters say what residents save in car tax payments is more than the change in the deduction that they will still qualify for."

“The tax relief for middle tax earners is not going to be there" said Rep. David Alexander, (D - Enfield). "I don’t believe the car tax is really going to pay dividends and in the end I worry about the middle income tax earner in Enfield having a tax hike, unfairly due to a lot of spending and it worries me.”

Alexander is one of about a dozen moderate Democrats who share the same sentiment.
House and Senate leaders weren't available for comment Tuesday.

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Alpacas Break Loose From Coventry Farm


A group of alpacas got loose from a farm in Coventry Tuesday afternoon.

Fifteen alpacas broke through a fence at Round Hill Alpacas, according to the owner. The animals hung out in a yard at the end of Round Hill Road before they could be rounded up, he said.

All of the alpacas were back in their pen Tuesday evening. The owner said it's the first "field trip" for his alpacas.

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1 Killed, 8 Hurt in Chicago Crash


One person was killed and eight others injured in a serious crash involving a Chicago Transit Authority bus during the Tuesday evening rush hour, officials said.

The fatality was a 51-year-old woman who died at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Her name was not publicly released as of 9 p.m. Eight others, including the bus driver, were hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries. 

The Route 148 Clarendon/Michigan Express bus was eastbound on Lake Street just before 6 p.m. when it collided with several other vehicles at North Michigan Avenue and East Lake Street. 

"[The bus] hit the curb and went up on the curb and slammed into a concrete wall," said witness Robert Kudd. "People were screaming and running towards the bus. The bus driver was hurt. The windshield of the bus was out."

At least 10 ambulances were called to the scene.

Kudd said one person who was pinned under the bus was removed with a white sheet covering them.

"It was a bad scene. Several cars were smashed," he said.

Evanston resident Julie Larkin works in the Michigan Plaza building near the site of the crash. She said she was in a first-floor CVS store when she heard a scream and then "horrible thuddy crash."

She ran outside to see the bus driver with his eyes closed, apparently unconscious. No one except for the driver was on the CTA bus at the time of the crash, according to fire officials and the CTA. Several people boarded the bus to check on the driver while Larkin called 911.

"I'll never forget that scream," she said.

The articulated bus came to rest on the sidewalk adjacent to a plaza at 205 N. Michigan Ave. The bus was removed from the scene shortly before 8:30 p.m.

Investigators were looking into what caused the crash, and were analyzing video footage from a camera on board that shows the interior of the bus, CTA spokesman Brian Steele said.

Parts of Michigan Avenue and Lake Street were closed to traffic for several hours. The CTA rerouted several buses around the crash scene.

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I-95 Reopens in Old Saybrook After Vehicle Fire


Part of Interstate 95 northbound in Old Lyme was closed Tuesday night due to a vehicle fire.

The highway was closed between exits 70 and 71, but it has since reopened.

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Crews Put Out Fairfield Warehouse Fire


Fairfield firefighters responded to a warehouse fire on Thorpe Street Tuesday night.

The department received a call reporting visible smoke rising from the southernmost warehouse on the former Fairfield Lumber site, fire officials said. Firefighters arrived to find a structure fire, which spread to the center and northern-most warehouse.

Southport Tactical 14, Stratfield Rescue 15, Fairfield police, AMR, American Red Cross,  United Illuminating and Aquarion also responded.

By 9:55 p.m., firefighters had the blaze under control and Fairfield and Bridgeport crews extinguished any hot spots.

Area departments, including Southport, Westport, Norwalk, Easton and Stratford covered the Fairfield station in case any other calls came in while they were responding.

The cause of the fire is unknown.

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Man Arrested After Confessing to Bank Robbery: Police


Bristol police arrested a man suspected of robbing a bank in town and implying he had a gun.

Jordan Cistulli, 30, of Bristol, is accused of handing a Santander Bank teller a note demanding money that indicated he had a gun and fleeing with an unknown about of cash after the teller complied, police said. The robbery happened at about 3:27 p.m. Tuesday at the 6 North Street bank.

No gun was shown or found, police said. A portion of the stolen money was recovered.

Police charged Cistulli with first-degree robbery and third-degree larceny after he confessed to it, police said. He was held in custody on a $150,00 bond.

Bradley Airport Travelers React to TSA Failures


The TSA says it will be revising its security procedures at Bradley International Airport and other airports as a result of its failure to detect internal inspectors' mock explosives and weapons.

Since Sept. 11, airline passengers who approach TSA lines know what to expect.

"A pat-down, regular security standards, mainly," said Daniel Savarese. "I get through it."

What got through TSA around the country in 67 of 70 attempts was the contraband inspectors used in tests meant to find the security agency's weak spots.

As Almida Ramos leaves her family, heading off for basic training in the army, the TSA failure just adds to her relatives' worry.

"Very sad, it happens, in any particular line it can happen," said her uncle, Miguel Ruiz, "but you have to take the choice."

At $7 billion a year to the taxpayer, TSA agents have made their mark.

Florine Dombroski of Tampa summed up her thoughts on the TSA. "They're very rude to you, and yet they're not completely checking sufficiently for our safety. Traveling is hard enough."

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Does El Niño Mean More Snow for Connecticut?


El Niño – it sounds like a big, bad and scary weather phenomenon, but it’s not. While it may enhance problematic weather in some parts of the country, it also provides beneficial effects to others.

El Niño and La Niña, both of which fall under the umbrella of something called El Niño Southern Oscillation (ENSO), have to do with sea surface temperatures in the eastern equatorial Pacific Ocean. El Niño is the above average phase of ENSO, while La Niña is the below average phase of ENSO.

Regional impacts from El Niño are most noticeable in the wintertime, though some weather events during the spring, summer and fall can be attributed to what’s going on in the Pacific Ocean.

In recent weeks, parts of Oklahoma and Texas received historic amounts of rain. Oklahoma City, Oklahoma set the wettest May on record, with 19.48 inches falling. Dallas-Fort Worth,

Texas also experienced the wettest May on record, with 16.96 inches.

Those are examples of disruptive weather enhanced by El Niño, as intense flooding turned deadly and destructive. But El Niño may help southwest portions of the United States.

California and Nevada have been in a drought for years, now the Drought Center classifies it as an exceptional drought. During an El Niño winter, rainfall has historically been well above average on the Pacific coast, particularly in California.

New England can see an above average amount of precipitation during an El Niño winter.

That begs the question, does it mean more snow? Looking at the average snowfall seen during El Niño years, the simple answer appears to be yes.

But according to longtime meteorologist Fred Gadomski, there is little value in analyzing all
El Nino years lumped together, when it comes to the above average snowfall result. “Through the magic of what we call arithmetic, it ends up above. But I think’s it’s a tenuous, tenuous relationship that we’re dealing with here, this El Niño business.”

Gadomski has worked in the Department of Meteorology at The Pennsylvania State University since the early 1980s. Before that, he worked in New England and even rode out the Blizzard of 1978 in Bedford, MA.

“I think we’ve come to understand El Niño is a big thing when it comes to global weather patterns, but it’s not the only thing. Therefore, knowing about El Niño is not going to give us the answer to whether, particularly in places that are a long distance away from where El Niño does its business, which is in the equatorial eastern and central Pacific Ocean,” says Gadomski.

“Generally speaking, there is not a strong correlation between snow in the northeast and the presence of an El Niño.” Gadomski says. According to him, a juiced-up southern jet stream is an important factor to get big snows in the northeast, but beyond that, “it’s a crapshoot on storm tracks and things like that, so this is where the statistics of this just, I think, fall apart.”

One or two big storms can define a season, especially in places like New York, Boston or Hartford where blockbuster snow isn’t typical. That means El Niño winters with little snow get dwarfed by the blockbuster El Niño snowfall seasons, and the averaged snowfall signal is muddled or perhaps even misleading. The strength and trend of an El Niño can also have big implications.

And what if El Niño goes away? Government forecasters don’t think it will. The start of the current El Nino can be traced back to early last fall, and is projected by weather models to either sustain its current weak to moderate ranking or even strengthen into a strong El Nino for the duration of 2015.

Orange Police Seek Home Burglary Suspect


Orange police are looking for the public's help in locating a suspect in a forced residential burglary that happened last Tuesday.

A man parked a grey 2004 Audi A6 Avant station waggon at a rest stop and then hopped a fence before breaking into an Arrowhead Drive home.

The burglar stole a jewelry box and jumped over the fence again before fleeing in the station wagon in the northbound direction on Route 15 at about 4:30 p.m. on May 26.

His image was captured on security footage at the rest stop where the suspected getaway vehicle was parked.

Police ask anyone with information to contact the department at 203-891-2138.

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