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Minor Injury Reported After School Bus Gets Stuck on Downed Tree


One child suffered a minor injury after a school bus carrying middle school students hit a tree that came down in Wallingford, drove over it and got stuck.

Police said there were heavy rains and strong winds as a Durham school bus was traveling east on Laurelwood Drive and a tree fell directly in front of it, causing the bus to strike it around 7:21 a.m.

Twenty students were on the bus and the Wallingford Fire Department transported one student who received a very minor injury to Midstate Medical Center in Meriden by  for evaluation.

Another bus brought the children to school because the bus, which has front end and undercarriage damage, was inoperable.

A wrecker removed the bus from the scene and crews from the Department of Public Works responded and cut up the tree. 

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Route 101 Closed on Killingly-Pomfret Line


Route 101 on the Killingly-Pomfret line is closed after a crash.

Use Route 6 or Route 44 to avoid the closure.

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Pouring Rain, Downed Trees & Power Outages


Rain has been coming down on Monday morning, heavily at times, several trees have come down and there have been several crashes.

A school bus hit a downed tree in Wallingford this morning, got stuck and a minor injury is reported

A tree fell on power lines ar Warner Road and Middletown Avenue in North Haven and the intersection is closed, according to the North Haven Police Department.

In Farmington, a tree branch hit another tree, causing part of it to come down on Talcott Notch and Mountain Spring Road.

A tree is also down at Clark Gates Road and Apple Lane in Moodus.

There are also several power outages. Eversource is reporting more than 2,600 power outages across the state, including for 84 percent of Eastford, 31 percent of Ashford and 12 percent of Woodstock.

Traffic was particularly bad in the New Haven area earlier this morning and state police shut Interstate 95 South down temporarily to remove a truck that hit a guardrail between exits 44 and 43.

Avoid the I-91 and I-95 interchange if possible because of several crashes.

There are also several crashes on I-91 South, including one near exit 5, as well as a car that went off the road at exit 8. The highway is also jammed from North Haven and traffic is at a standstill over the Q Bridge coming in from Branford and East Haven.

A crash on I-95 South near exit 60 in Madison is causing heavy delays.

There is also a crash on Interstate 91 South in Hartford, between exits 33 and 32.

For traffic updates, follow Heidi Voight on Twitter.

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Fire Ravages Berlin Nightclub


Part of the Berlin Turnpike was shut down for hours early Monday morning as firefighters battled an early-morning fire in Berlin that heavily damaged a nightclub that recently opened.

Fire officials said a 911 call reporting a fire at Synn Lounge at 1427 Berlin Turnpike came in just after midnight.

The club, which only opened in April, is usually only open on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights and the owner said he has no idea how the fire started.

When first responders arrived, they found heavy flames and were initially concerned some employees might still be in the building. Firefighters searched the bar, which was closed for the night, and found no one inside and said no one was injured.

The fire was so heavy at times that crews had no choice but to fight it from the outside.

"Once the fire broke through the roof area, it’s a wood truss roof, it quickly involved the whole roof and when that happened, the roof failed and collapsed into what is the dance floor in there or the dining area," Fire Chief James Simon said.

The fire is out and the Berlin Turnpike has reopened.

Caution tape remains up at the bar and the cause of the fire is under investigation.

Where to Celebrate National Lobster Day in CT


It might not be the ideal day to head to the beach and enjoy a lobster roll, but today is National Lobster Day, so you have an excuse to enjoy the tasty crustacean.

Whether you like your lobster with nothing on it, served with a side of melted butter, cut up and served in a lobster roll or turned into a bisque, today’s the day to indulge.

Here are just some places to enjoy lobster in Connecticut:

Abbott’s Lobster, on the Mystic River in Noank, has been serving lobster since 1947 and the web site has a countdown to when they will serve the last lobster.

Abbott’s Lobster in the Rough is located at 117 Pearl Street in Noank: 860-536-7719.

If you’re in New London, head to Captain Scott’s Lobster Dock, at 80 Hamilton St., in New London: 860-439-1741

The Guilford Lobster Pound sells freshly caught lobster and boasts the freshest lobster rolls around. It is located at 5054 Whitfield Street in Guilford. (203) 245-7208

The Lazy Lobster, located at 6 Broadway in Milford, also caters off-premise lobster bakes and barbecues all year long. Call them at 203-283-1864

Lenny and Joe’s serves lobster in several forms: lobster rolls, lobster casserole, lobster and crab casserole, lobster and shrimp casserole and the super lobster mac & cheese.

Lenny & Joe’s is located in Westbrook, Madison and New Haven.

If you’re near Branford, head to the Lobster Shack for a lobster roll.  It’s located at 7 Indian Neck Ave. in Branford. (203) 483-8414

The Place in Guilford is a one-of-a-kind place to enjoy lobster. Their motto is “Put Your Rump on a Stump,” and you sit outside on seats made of tree stumps. Choose from the 1-1/8-pound, 1-¼-pound or 1-1/2-pound lobster. We recommend the roasted corn with it.

The Place is located at 901 Boston Post Road in Guilford. 203-453-9276

If you live near Rocky Hill, head to Shad Row at Ferry Landing and enjoy a hot or cold lobster roll. Shad Row is located at 277 Meadow Road in Rock Hill: 860-571-0535

If you don’t have a favorite place for lobster rolls, Sally Lerman, of Hartford, can help you.

Her “Lobster Gal” blog gives a thorough review of lobster rolls around New England. She is also the author of “Lobster Rolls of New England.”

Comment below and let us know your favorite place for lobster in Connecticut.

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New London Man Killed in Motorcycle Crash


A 24-year-old New London man was killed in a motorcycle crash on Saturday night, according to police.

Police identified the victim as Bladimir "Leo" Concepcion-Gil and said he was traveling north on Colman Street, just north of Cedar Grove Ave., when he lost control of the 2008 Kawasaki ZX6R Ninja 600cc motorcycle around 7:42 p.m., went off the road and hit a utility pole.

Concepcion-Gil was transported to Lawrence and Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Police said it does not appear that any other vehicles were involved in the crash and they are asking any witnesses to call Officer Zelinski, of the New London Police Department, at 860-447-5269 or submit a tip online through the New London Tips 411 system.


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New Haven Man Drowned in Watertown: Police


A 20-year-old New Haven man drowned after jumping off a rock at Slades Pond in Watertown on Sunday night, according to police.

Police responded to Sylvan Lake Park at 7 p.m. after receiving a report of a man in distress in the water and witnesses told officers that a man jumped off the large rock on the north side of the pond, went underwater and did not come up.

Despite several rescue attempts, police couldn’t locate the man, later identified as Jabree Bryant , 20, of New Haven.

Fire Department personnel, as well as the Region Five Dive Team responded and the dive team went into the water and found Bryant, who was not breathing.

First responders started CPR and AMR Ambulance brought the man to Waterbury Hospital, where he was pronounced dead soon after arrival.

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Cop Saves Tiny Kitten From Engine


A tiny kitten is on its second life after being saved from a car hood by an NYPD officer in Brooklyn.

The department’s 60th precinct tweeted an aww-worthy photo of the fearless officer nuzzling the tiny tabby after the heroic rescue.

The New York Post reports the 27-year-old Officer John Passarella pulled the kitten out of the engine block of a white minivan Friday afternoon in Brighton Beach.

Another officer adopted the little feline and named it “Pazzy” after Officer Passarella, according to the Post.

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Threat Reported at Newark Airport: Sources


Authorities responded to a telephone threat at Newark-Liberty International Airport Monday morning, sources tell NBC 4 New York.

The threat to Delta flight 69, which was bound for New Jersey from London, was called in sometime before noon, sources say. Heavy police presence can be seen at the airport.

A source told NBC 4 New York that the plane was taken to a remote area, where 191 passengers and 11 crew members were taken off the plane.

The threat comes just a day after a authorities responded to a bomb threat at John F. Kennedy Airport.

Authorities say the passengers were taken off a plane returning to JFK from Milan without their bags as police searched it. They didn't find any threat.

That threat remains under investigation.

Police Respond to Fight on Avon School Bus in Simsbury


Police responded to a school bus on Route 185 east in Simsbury after a fight broke out on board.

The bus was transporting students from Avon Public Schools, police said.

Police said two students under 18 were involved in a shoving match on the bus, but no information was available on injuries.

No arrests have been made.

Girl Airlifted From Six Flags Dies


A 10-year-old girl airlifted Friday afternoon from Six Flags Magic Mountain amusement park in Valencia, California, died Saturday, according to the coroner's office.

The Ventura County girl had just exited the Revolution ride and returned to the ride station when she collapsed at the park in northern Los Angeles County. She was described as breathing, but unconscious, when she was airlifted from the Valencia theme park and later died at a hospital.

Details regarding why the girl, identified by the coroner as Jasmine Martinez, collapsed were not immediately available. An autopsy will determine the cause of death.

The ride has been temporarily closed, pending a review, according to Magic Mountain.

The ride was cleared to reopen shortly after the airlift, and there was no evidence to suggest "this was in any way ride related," according to Magic Mountain. It was not immediately determined whether the girl suffered from a pre-existing condition.

"We were deeply saddened to learn that Jasmine Martinez, who was transported to the hospital after riding Revolution on June 12 has died, " a Magic Mountain spokeswoman said in a statement. "Our thoughts and prayers are with Jasmine’s family and friends during this difficult time."

Revolution is a roller coaster that features a 90-foot tall vertical loop. The ride reaches speeds up to 55 mph.

More than 45 million visitors have "safely ridden" Revolution since it opened in 1976, according to a spokeswoman for Magic Mountain.

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Contractor Was Not Licensed: Police


Naugatuck police have arrested a man accused of doing home repairs and electrical work without a license or the required permits.

Police started investigating on Dec. 5, 2014, when the Naugatuck Building called police because he thought kitchen renovations were being done at a Scott Street home without the proper permits.

The building inspector told police he spoke with the contractor, who admitted he hadn’t pulled a permit and that he had done several building and electrical projects on the home for which he did not have a license, police said.

Authorities then notified the homeowner and contractor that a permit had to be pulled to complete the work and a licensed contractor and electrician would have to repair the work.

The contractor, identified as Jose Canto, 55, of Waterbury, then used someone else’s name to apply for a permit, according to police.

The homeowners told authorities they didn’t know the contractor was not licensed and said they were told he was.

When they did learn he was not licensed and that he applied for the permit under a false name, they hired another contractor and electrician to perform the renovations, according to police. The building inspector confirmed that those people were properly licensed and had proper permits, according to police.

Canto was arrested and charged with one count each of failure to have a home improvement contractor’s license, willful performance of craftsman’s work without a license, failure to obtain a building permit and reckless endangerment.

Police served the warrant on Canto at 7:16 a.m. on June 10. He was released on bond and is scheduled to appear in Waterbury Superior Court on June 24.

To check a contactor's license, use the State of Connecticut eLicensing Website.

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Man Leaves Dad's Body at Morgue


A Queens man who left his father's body at a morgue for more than a year so he could continue to collect his pension and social security payments will be sentenced this week.

Christopher Bunn, 49, is scheduled to be sentenced Tuesday in a Queens court. He pleaded guilty in October to grand larceny and petit larceny and has already served six months in federal prison.

Investigators say his father, James Bunn, collected retirement benefits that were not transferable upon his death. The funds were deposited into his checking account from February 2010 through April 2011. He died on February 24, 2010.

In May 2011, the Social Security Inspector General alerted the New York State and Local Retirement System that Bunn's body remained unclaimed at the Nassau County morgue.

Further investigation revealed that Bunn had withdrawn the money from his father's account. He unlawfully collected pension payments of $7,542 and social security payments of $17,790, according to New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli.

Bunn is expected to pay full restitution.

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Norwalk Man Charged in Burglary Spree


Westport police have arrested a Norwalk man accused of several thefts over a four-month span.

Daniel Lewis, 28, of Norwalk, is accused of stealing a purse from a car in January and using the woman’s credit cards.

Police said they took a complaint on Jan. 12 from a woman who reported her purse was stolen from her vehicle and her credit cards were taken and used to make fraudulent purchases at various locations. Police identified Lewis as a suspect and he turned himself in to police on June 12.

On Feb. 19, police received a complaint from someone who said someone rummaged through his unlocked vehicle. Police also identified Lewis as a suspect in that case.

On May 5, a neighboring police department reached out to Westport police to report that vehicles were broken into and the stolen credit cards were being used in Westport.

Police identified Lewis as a conspirator and a warrant was issued for his arrest.

He is being held pending an arraignment in court in Norwalk.

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PD Gets Arrest Warrant for Suspect in Officer-Involved Shooting


Police have obtained an arrest warrant for a man brandishing a knife and exhibiting signs of mental illness who was shot by a Hartford police officer last week in an incident that sent both the man and an officer to the hospital, authorities said.

Hartford police have also sent a preliminary investigative report on the officer-involved shooting to the Firearms Discharge Board of Inquiry's civilian members to review, police said. 

Tyrinde Mason Thompson, 22, of Hartford, is suspected of coming at Hartford Police Officer Tyrell Jenkins with at least two knives during a foot chase last Tuesday night that resulted in Jenkins shooting Thompson, police said.

The warrant charges Thompson with first-degree assault and carrying a dangerous weapon. Police haven't arrested Thompson yet because he is in the hospital recovering and they don't want to "interfere with his ongoing recovery," so the Warrant will be served when it is appropriate to do so, Hartford Deputy Chief Brian Foley said.

Police responded to a 7:52 p.m. call on Tuesday from the city's Mobile Crisis Unit of the Department of Mental Health Services about a reported emotionally disturbed person with a mental illness who was acting up, police said at a news conference Wednesday. Thompson was last listed in critical but stable condition, police said.

Officers responded to the call at 102 Andover Street, police said. Officers got there a couple minutes later. Officer Gary Benway, Officer Hector Morales and Officer Jenkins were among the responding officers. A woman at the home identified Thompson as the person who needed help.

Police confronted Thompson in his front yard and said he was "aggressive before fleeing to the back yard and running through other yards on Westminster Street and Palm Street, according to the preliminary report. A foot chase ensued and three police officers cornered him on the driveway of 119 Palm Street, displaying a knife in each hand.

Police asked him to drop the knives, but he scaled a fence to 144 Westminster Street instead, according to the report. Officers followed him and continued to ask him to drop the weapons, but he grabbed a large blue recycling bin and put it between him and Officer Jenkins as he held onto the knives, the report said. Witnesses described one of the knives as a butcher knife.

Officer Jenkins deployed a stun gun, but it didn't work and Thompson pushed the recycling bin at Jenkins and lunged at him wielding the knives.

Officer Jenkins fired at Thompson about three times, hitting him once in the left side of his torso and once in his right arm, according to the report. He was the only officer who fired. The other shot flew past Thompson and hit the back of the garage at 144 Westminster Street, police said.

Officers treated Thompson with first aid at the scene before he was taken to St. Francis Hospital to be treated for the gunshot wound.

Jenkins was transported to St. Francis Hospital to be treated for a broken bone in his left wrist and hand. Police previously said Jenkins may have gotten the injuries from falling during the incident. Jenkins is currently out on injury, but when he returns to duty, he will be placed on administrative leave, as is protocol in Hartford for any officer involved in a shooting.

Hartford Police Chief James Rovella said Jenkins has been on the job at the department for about three years and has had no citizen complaints against him or any administrative disciplinary history. Officers had a matter of minutes to decide how to act in the incident.

Police recovered at least three knives, including one that was concealed and found with his belongings at the hospital.

The crisis center employee who called 911 told police that they received a call from Thompson's mother and that he had a history of running away when crisis center staff had gone to his home in the past for other incidents. They requested a police escort.

There was a large police presence at St. Francis Hospital outside the emergency department on last Tuesday night, where there were at least 15 police cars visible. It's unknown whether they were there because of the shooting incident.

Police said there are three separate investigations. State police major crimes detectives from the western division are handling the investigation into the officer discharging his gun. Hartford Police Department's internal affairs division is also doing an internal investigation and the department is determining whether to take any criminal action against Thompson for coming after the police officers, police said.

Thompson has no criminal history, police said.

Hartford police have also asked the Hartford state's attorneys office to investigate the non-fatal shooting involving a police officer firing a gun to avoid the appearance of conflict of interest, Rovella said.

Police will send a final report to the Firearms Discharge Board of Inquiry to review once the investigation is completed per the department's protocol.

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Traffic Being Diverted in Southington Crash


Southington police are on scene at a crash at the intersection of South Main and Buckland streets Monday afternoon.

The road remains open, but officers are diverting traffic.

There is no word on injuries.

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SpaceX Announces Hyperloop Pod Competition


Calling all pod racers: Aerospace manufacturer SpaceX has announced its Hyperloop pod competition.

The privately funded transportation project aims to transport passengers in pods that travel up to 750 miles per hour, nearly the speed of sound. With a functional Hyperloop, passengers could travel from San Francisco to Los Angeles in just a half hour.

Last month, Hyperloop CEO Dirk Ahlborn speculated to Wired that the project may be free of charge or close to it and that the Hyperloop could make money through means other than ticketing, such as selling off excess energy.

SpaceX itself is not developing a commercial Hyperloop. Instead, the company announced “an open competition, geared towards university students and independent engineering teams” to design and build a prototype.

But SpaceX said it would construct a one-mile test track near its Hawthorne, California, headquarters so that teams can test their human-scale pods on it. In addition to its formal competition announcement, SpaceX also launched its @Hyperloop Twitter account on Monday.

The competition is currently scheduled for a weekend in June 2016. Submissions to the contest must be received by 5 p.m. PDT on Sept. 15, 2015.

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Florida Man Killed in Brookfield Motorcycle Crash


A 55-year-old Florida man was killed in a motorcycle crash in Brookfield on Sunday night.

The motorcycle went off Route 25, near the West Whisconier Road intersection, at 6:51 p.m. on Sunday, according to police, and hit a utility pole.

William F. Clark, 55, of Tavernier, Florida, was pronounced dead at the scene. Police said they do not believe he was wearing a helmut.

Route 25, or Whisconer Road, was closed for around four hours as police investigated. 

Anyone with information about the crash is asked to call Cpl Brooks at 203-775-2575.

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Remains of Manchester Woman Found in Vernon


DNA has revealed that person whose remains were found in the woods of Rockville in March 2013 were those of Carol Shapiro, a 43-year-old Manchester woman who disappeared almost six years earlier.

Shapiro disappeared on Aug. 31, 2007from her North Main Street apartment in Manchester and a local man searching for scrap metal stumbled upon her remains on March 13, 2013, police said.

The Connecticut Forensic Laboratory extracted a DNA profile from the remains months after the discovery and entered it into state and nationwid databases, but found no matches, police said. As Vernon police continued to investigate, Manchester police contacted them about the missing person's investigation from 2007 for Shapiro.

Police obtained her immediate family's DNA and sent it to the University of North Texas Health Science Center, which operates the Department of Justice's National Institute of Justice NamUs program, police said. DNA analysis confirmed the identity of the remains as Shapiro. Looking back into the 2007 investigation into Shapiro's disapearance, no new information was found on the case.

The chief medical examiner's office said the cause of Shapiro's death is undetermined and police said her death is considered untimely. Shapiro had a history or mental illness and there are no indications of foul play, police said.

"On behalf of the police department, we extend our condolences to Carol's family and they have requested their privacy during this time," Vernon police said in a news release.

Police then responded to the area of 126 West Street on land that once served as the Rockville landfill.

At the time, residents in the area said they feared the remains could be one of three girls who disappeared in the 1960s and 1970s and were never found, but police determined that the remains were not those of Lisa White, Janice Pockett or Deborah Spickler.

Police said this case is closed and is not linked to the disappearance of White, Pockett or Spickler.

Retired state archeologist Nicholas Bellatoni, state police, the Tolland state's attorney's office and Quinnipiac University Professor Dr. Richard Gonzalez and Katelyn Norman also assisted with the investigation.

In September 2014, police released a sketch of the victim in the hopes that her family would recognize features. The remains are likely those of a white woman between 40 and 50 years old, but she could have been slightly older or younger, police said last year.

In September 2014, a man's remains were found near a middle school in Vernon. He was identified as an adult man.

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Thinking Motorcycle Safety After 5 Fatal Crashes


Five motorcycle accidents across the state left five people dead over the weekend.

A motorcyclist in Vernon lost control on Valley Falls Road when he went off the road. Another accident in Suffield left a man dead on Route 159.

A motorcyclist in New London died after crashing into a utility pole on Coleman Street. The same happened in Brookfield on Route 25.

The fifth fatal accident happened in Harwinton on Scoville Hill Road.

“It saddens me because we spend a lot of time here trying to help people ride their motorcycles here successfully for a very long time,” said Howard Fuller, an instructor with the Motorcycle State Rider Program.

Anyone getting a motorcycle license in Connecticut is required to take the course.

Fuller hopes the number of fatal motorcycle accidents don’t continue to go up. He said it’s important riders evaluate their surroundings to prevent an accident from happening.

“Adjusting your entry speed into turns: A lot of folks realize they’re coming in too fast for the turn and they just kind of give up in the middle of the turn and that’s where a lot of accidents happen,” said Fuller.

Connecticut is one of the few states that does not require motorcyclists to use a helmet. Police say the cyclist in Vernon was not wearing one.

Brad Mills, who is taking the motorcycle course, says while it is not state law to wear a helmet, he says the risks aren’t worth it.

“[There are] too many things that can go wrong too fast. I’d rather have my head at least kept intact if I happen to go down,” Said Mills.

Police have not released whether the people in the other four accidents were wearing a helmet.

Instructors say people driving in cars play a big role in motorcycle safety, as well. They’re asking drivers to refrain from distracted driving.

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