<![CDATA[NECN - ]]>Copyright 2018https://www.necn.com/feature/connecticuthttp://media.necn.com/designimages/clear.gifNECNhttps://www.necn.comen-usSat, 20 Jan 2018 10:23:15 -0500Sat, 20 Jan 2018 10:23:15 -0500NBC Owned Television Stations<![CDATA[Bank Manager Sentenced for Stealing More Than $500K]]>Thu, 18 Jan 2018 23:19:08 -0500https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/webster+bank+sign.jpg

A Webster Bank manager has been sentenced for stealing more than $500,000 from customer accounts. 

Carrie Caesar, 47, of New Britain was sentenced to 12 months and one day in prison following four years of supervised release for embezzling, prosecutors said. 

According to court documents, Caesar was the manager of a Webster Bank in Avon and between 2003 and 2016, she withdrew at least $535,600 from account holders' certified deposit (CD) accounts. 

Caesar targeted six customers who were at least 79 years old and who she developed a relationship with. 

The judge ordered Caesar to pay $535,600 in restitution to the bank. 

In February, Caesar pleaded guilty to one count of theft, embezzlement and misapplication by a bank officer and employee. 

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<![CDATA[VA Apologizes for Leaving Scalpel in Veteran's Abdomen]]>Wed, 17 Jan 2018 23:16:49 -0500https://media.necn.com/images/214*120/Scalpel+in+veterans+pelvis.JPG

During a Senate hearing on Wednesday, Senator Richard Blumenthal had many questions for the VA secretary that led the department's first public acknowledgment of wrongdoing after a scalpel was found in a veteran's abdomen following surgery nearly four years ago

"I’ve seen the X-ray of the scalpel and frankly, I was appalled," Blumenthal said during the Washington hearing.

In response, VA Secreaty David Shulkin admitted the incident shouldn’t have happened and apologized. 

"We do acknowledge responsibility for this. This veteran has suffered enough," Shulkin said.

That acknowledgment is the first the VA has made since the story was first reported when the Army veteran, Glenford Turner, filed a lawsuit against the agency on Tuesday. Turner's lawyer said they are suing the VA after the agency previously failed to respond to his administrative claim for medical negligence. 

The 61-year-old was suffering from dizziness and abdominal pain after a prostate cancer procedure was performed on him nearly four years ago. He went to the West Haven campus of the VA Connecticut Healthcare System on March 29, 2017, for an MRI, and doctors determined a scalpel was left in his abdomen, according to Faxon Law Group, who represent Turner.

"Over six months later, the VA has still not responded incredibly to the claim beyond a simple acknowledgment of its receipt," Blumenthal said while questioning Shulkin.

"It’s an event that should never happen and I am deeply sorry that any veteran should have to undergo this," Shulkin said.

The VA said the doctor involved has apologized to the veteran and the agency is looking into what happened. They said they're making sure something like this never happens again.

NBC Connecticut reached out to the West Haven VA and has yet to hear back.



Photo Credit: Faxon Law Group]]>
<![CDATA[Conn. Town Declares State of Emergency Over Ice Jam Flooding]]>Fri, 19 Jan 2018 07:40:36 -0500https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Ice+jams+on+Connecticut+River+in+Haddam.jpg

The Town of Haddam remains in a state of emergency because of the danger flooding and a massive ice jam along the Connecticut River pose to homes in town and the people who live in them.

A proclamation the First Selectman signed Wednesday says “a condition of danger to life and property exists in the Town of Haddam.”

On Thursday night, First Selectman Lizz Milardo said no one has been forced to evacuate yet. One family on Rock Landing left their home on Tuesday but they might be back already.

The water has receded since Wednesday night, Milardo said. 

Milardo said safety is her primary concern and wants to ensure that emergency crews can get to families in affected areas if necessary.

She signed a proclamation to be forwarded to Gov. Dannel Malloy, asking that he proclaim the town is in a state of emergency.

The U.S. Coast Guard was brought in to loosen up ice jams on the Connecticut River, which they said is about three-feet thick in spots. 

The Coast Guard said they are making progress, especially with two boats out on the river breaking the ice on Thursday. They expect to be back in Haddam on Saturday. 

Milardo's biggest concerns is the rain coming on Tuesday and said the areas with the most concerning the potential for flooding is Little Meadow and Landing Road. 

Connecticut residents have been heading to the water's edge to take a glimpse of the natural phenomenon, but officials in affected towns have been concerned about the dangers and Haddam is the second Connecticut town to issue a state of emergency because of ice jam flooding.

Kent has also issued one because of flooding along the Housatonic River, which forced evacuations and road closures.



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<![CDATA[Dozens of Medical Records Found in Conn. Dumpster]]>Wed, 17 Jan 2018 05:19:28 -0500https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/allied+medical+associates+waterbury.JPG

Stacks of medical records were tossed in a public dumpster for anyone to access and the Connecticut State Department of Health is investigating.

Dozens of medical records were found buried in a dumpster behind Allied Medical Associates in Waterbury on Tuesday. The records contain sensitive and confidential medical information.

“I’m afraid that my medical records can be there and that’s not a good thing,” Yasmeen Burgos, of Waterbury, told NBC Connecticut Troubleshooters.

Burgos was treated by Allied Medical Associates’ sole physician Dr. Stephen P. Harris two years ago and worries her information could be compromised.

Harris told NBC Connecticut the medical office shut down two days after Christmas because bills hadn’t been paid.

“I can’t treat my patients and also stand over people watching what’s going on, so suddenly, I found out we were deeply in debt because a lot of our bills hadn’t been paid,” Harris said.

A note on the front door of Allied Medical Associates said the office is permanently closed and for patients to contact their attorney.

A state health employee arrived a short time after the NBC Connecticut Troubleshooters to investigate the records in the Waterbury dumpster on Tuesday.

Harris showed the NBC Connecticut Troubleshooters that his house and car were filled with patient records saved from his practice, however, he admits the others that were found were authorized to go in the garbage.

“There were two boxes of files that were labeled or I thought labeled 2010 and there’s only a seven-year period you have to maintain records, so we put them in the dumpster. You know, I’m responsible for it, I have talked to the state. We’re going to retrieve those and destroy them but it was not intentional- it was a bad decision, but it was a decision made because we had so little time to get out,” Harris said.

NBC Connecticut Troubleshooters asked Harris why the documents weren’t shredded in the first place.

“I know they needed to be shredded, but I felt that, you know, once the dumpster people came and put them in a dump covered up and chewed them up, there wouldn’t be anybody crawling through there to get those,” Harris said. “We had our own shredder and it takes forever to shred those and we didn’t have time to do it.”

State health officials secured the records on Tuesday afternoon. They said they cannot comment on an ongoing investigation, but they provided NBC Connecticut an outline of the state’s law regarding medical records.

According to state statute 19a-14-44 Discontinuance of Practice, patients must be informed.

“This must be done by placing a notice in a daily local newspaper published in the community, which is the prime locus of the practice. The notice shall appear twice, seven days apart. In addition, an individual letter is to be sent to each patient seen within the three years preceding the date of discontinuance of the practice. Medical records of all patients must be retained for at least sixty days following both the public and private notice to patients,” the law reads in part.



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<![CDATA[Coast Guard Breaking Up Ice Along Connecticut River]]>Tue, 16 Jan 2018 23:26:49 -0500https://media.necn.com/images/214*120/Coast+Guard+cutting+ice+on+Connecticut+River.jpg

The U.S. Coast Guard has been called in to help break up ice jams along the Connecticut River and they are out on the water this morning.

A large ice jam formed along the river in Haddam Sunday afternoon, with many others also are appearing in other areas of the river. The sheets of ice then stuck together, creating a flood risk.

The ice sheets are about 4 to 10 feet in diameter, and there are hundreds of them out on the water.


The ice ruined docks and more than 26 pilings at Andrew’s Marina – damage that’ll cost more than $16,000 to repair.

The Coast Guard is using its ice cutter to break up the ice jam, so the water can continue flowing south without gushing all at once.

Coast Guard officials are working their way from New London County to Middletown.

There’s been flooding at Haddam Meadows State Park, a popular location for locals.

"We stopped up at Haddam Meadows to look and it's all flooded and you can't get down to the river everybody stopping to look at the ice and it's level with the ground at the park it's amazing,” said Middletown resident Julie Isidro.

A flood warning remains in effect for the Connecticut River in both Hartford and Middlesex counties. 



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<![CDATA[Norwegian Airlines to Discontinue Nonstop Flight to Scotland]]>Tue, 16 Jan 2018 12:04:47 -0500https://media.necn.com/images/214*120/More_Flights_At_Bradley_Airport_Canceled.jpg

Norwegian Airlines will discontinue its nonstop service from Bradley Airport to Edinburgh, Scotland, the Connecticut Airport Authority (CAA) said. 

A tax called the United Kingdon's Air Passenger Duty (APD) is levied on passengers who use Edinburgh Airport and "has had a debilitating effect on Norwegian’s business model," CAA Executive Director Kevin A. Dillon said in a statement.

"Indeed, Norwegian [Airline]’s decision to discontinue the Bradley route has not been made in isolation. Bradley is not the only airport with Norwegian service to Edinburgh that is being impacted by these dynamics," Dillon said.

While Norwegian Airlines prides itself on serving "ultra-low" cost options, according to Dillon, the ADP doubles the passenger's total flight costs.

"We knew from the start that the lack of connecting options at Edinburgh Airport would make the Norwegian service a challenge to maintain. However, we were pleased to see that Norwegian’s performance was in line with expectations for a new airline entrant starting operations at Bradley. This, unfortunately, was not enough to mitigate the financial pressure that the airline has experienced on the UK side," Dillon said.

The airline released a statement confirming that they were cutting service to Hartford and reducing the number of flights from other US airports.

"We are urging the Scottish Government to quickly resurrect plans for a reduction in air passenger taxes, which would re-open the door for more flights and lower fares for American passengers," a spokesman for the airline wrote in a statement released to the media.

The nonstop flight from Bradley Aiport to Scotland began in June 2017. The airline said they still see potential in the Hartford market and will look into future opportunities.

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<![CDATA[Army Vet Sues VA Over Scalpel Left in Body After Surgery]]>Tue, 16 Jan 2018 07:50:21 -0500https://media.necn.com/images/214*120/Scalpel+in+veterans+pelvis.JPG

An Army veteran who lived with a scalpel in his abdomen for four years after it was left inside him during surgery at the VA Hospital in West Haven, Connecticut has filed a malpractice lawsuit against the United States, Connecticut, according to the man's attorney.

Glenford Turner filed the lawsuit on Friday, months after an X-ray revealed a scalpel in his abdomen.

The 61-year-old Iraq war veteran, who lives in Bridgeport, was suffering from dizziness and abdominal pains, according to Faxon Law Group, the group that filed the malpractice lawsuit.

"Any one of those organs could have been pierced by this and he could have been killed," attorney Joel Faxon said.

Turner went to the West Haven campus of the VA Connecticut Healthcare System on March 29, 2017, for an MRI, but his pain got worse and the process was abruptly stopped, according to Faxon Law Group.

X-rays revealed that a scalpel had been left inside the veteran’s body, near his stomach and intestines. Doctors determined it was left from a prostate cancer procedure performed on Aug. 30, 2013, at the West Haven VA, according to Faxon Law Group.

"In my judgment, it’s clearly a seven-figure case when somebody leaves a scalpel like this in you and you have the future risk of having infections or adhesions or other problems that could necessitate additional surgery," Faxon said in an interview.

In April 2017, Turner went through surgery to remove the scalpel.

Faxon said he filed a claim with the Department of Veterans Affairs on Turner's behalf with the West Haven VA under the Federal Torts Claims Act a few months later in June, but the issue was not resolved, which is why they filed the federal lawsuit last week.

The lawyer calls it "an incomprehensible level of incompetence."

U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal responded to the lawsuit with a statement, saying he was "appalled and stunned" by the "egregious" malpractice.

"While the court determines liability, I have asked for a detailed explanation from VA of this deeply troubling report," Blumenthal said in the statement. "I am demanding also full accountability so this kind of horrific negligence never happens again. America owes our veterans the world’s best medical care, nothing less."

The West Haven VA spokesperson said they haven't had a chance to review the lawsuit since they were closed on Monday for the holiday. They said they hope to provide a response to NBC Connecticut later in the week.

A federal judge in Bridgeport has been assigned to the case.




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<![CDATA[Wrong-Way Driver Charged with DUI After Hitting Cruiser]]>Mon, 15 Jan 2018 10:57:27 -0500https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Ashton-Steen.JPG

A wrong-way driver has been charged with DUI after hitting a Connecticut State Police cruiser on Interstate 95 south in Darien early Monday, according to state police.

State police said Troop G received multiple calls for a driver traveling north on I-95 south around 12:48 a.m. Trooper Eduardo Santiago responded to the scene and spotted the 2016 Audi driving the wrong way near the exit 12 on-ramp. As the vehicle came toward Santiago he was able to avoid a head-on crash, but the Audi side-swept his cruiser, causing serious damage to both vehicles.

Santiago and the driver of the Audi, identified as 26-year-old Ashton Steen of Darien, were not injured.

According to police, Steen admitted to drinking and told troopers she thought she was in New Jersey.

She failed field sobriety tests and was arrested. She faces charges of reckless endangerment, reckless driving, driving the wrong way and DUI. She was released on a $10,000 bond and is due in court on Feb. 20.



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<![CDATA[Local Boxer Killed, 2 Critically Injured in Conn. Crash]]>Tue, 16 Jan 2018 07:55:55 -0500https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/LUIS-ROSA-BOXING.jpg

A local boxer was killed and two other people critically injured in a crash on Meloy Road in West Haven Sunday.

Police said around 2:13 a.m. officers responded to the intersection of Meloy Road and Baker Street for a serious crash. Investigators said a Honda traveling south on Meloy crossed over into the northbound lane, hitting an Acura that was driving north.

One person was killed and two others critically injured. The person who was killed has been identified as 26-year-old Luis Rosa of New Haven.

Promoter Lou DiBella confirmed that Rosa was well-known New Haven boxer. In a tweet, Dibella described Rosa as a "fighter" and "a good kid."

Joseph Rodriguez, president of the Puerto Rican Festival of New Haven, released a statement on his Facebook page:

"Today, we are a community in mourning. We have lost a talented young man, un orgullo boricua, Luis 'KO' Rosa. Luis was a rising star who was often seen jogging with pride on Grand Avenue or standing tall in the middle of the ring. He was a familiar face to so many in our New Haven community and beyond. On behalf of our PRU Board of Directors and larger community, I extend our deepest sympathy and support to the family."

The crash remains under investigation.





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<![CDATA[Horse Dies After Becoming Stuck in Mud]]>Sun, 14 Jan 2018 17:10:48 -0500https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/KILLNGLY-HORSE-RESCUE.jpg

A horse died after being stuck in deep mud in Killingly Sunday afternoon, despite the efforts of first responders.

According to the South Killingly Fire Department, multiple departments responded when the animal became stuck in mud and water on Geer Road.

Crews were able to rescue the horse from the mud, but the animal died of its injuries.

Rescuers from South Killingly, Danielson, Sterling, Williamsville and KB Ambulance all responded to assist.

No other details were immediately available.



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<![CDATA[17-Year-Old Charged With Murder in Brother's Stabbing Death]]>Sat, 13 Jan 2018 12:58:50 -0500https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/MAIN-ST-STABBING-HARTFORD.jpg

Hartford police say a 17-year-old faces a charge of murder for stabbing his older brother to death outside their apartment building overnight.

Police are calling the stabbing at 2006 Main Street a “domestic violence homicide.”

According to police, an argument broke out between the pair just before 1 a.m. inside the apartment they share and spilled outside onto the sidewalk. Detectives said the 17-year-old stabbed his 22-year-old brother in the heart with a 4-inch steak knife.

The victim has been identified as Jiram Ortiz.

The family had just moved to Hartford from New Bedford, Mass. last week. They say the teen was taken into custody and is cooperating with police.

“It’s a domestic violence, heat of the moment type thing. I guess the juvenile was trying to assist his brother after he realized what he did. So, it’s a difficult situation for his family,” said Hartford Police Deputy Chief Brian Foley.

The victim was pronounced dead at the hospital.

Police said several family members who witnessed the stabbing were also hospitalized for anxiety and stress.



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<![CDATA[Teens Wanted in Texas Murder Arrested in Conn.]]>Fri, 12 Jan 2018 19:04:06 -0500https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Giuseppe+Briguglio+Ansonia+mug+shot.jpg

Two teens who were wanted for a murder on New Year’s Day in Texas were arrested in Ansonia last night.

Police said they took 19-year-old Giuseppe Briguglio, of Katy, Texas, and his 17-year-old female companion into custody on Beverly Drive at 9:52 p.m. as fugitives from justice.

The Stafford, Texas Police Department has arrest warrants for Briguglio and the juvenile, charging each of them with murder and said the girl had been reported missing.

A post on the Stafford Police Department Facebook page said officers responded to a report of shots fired at the Estates at Fountain Lake apartment complex in Stafford, Texas, at 1:48 a.m. Jan. 1 and found 22-year-old James Outlaw II, 22, of Missouri City, Texas, dead in a breezeway at the complex.

Briguglio was charged with being a fugitive from justice and held on a $250,000 bond. He will be arraigned in court in Derby today.

The 17-year-old female girl was taken to juvenile detention to be held for extradition to Texas.





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<![CDATA[Man Charged With Animal Cruelty Over Care of Horses]]>Fri, 12 Jan 2018 14:42:19 -0500https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Robert+Sumner+Suffield+mug+shot.jpg

Suffield police have arrested a local man after an investigation into the care of three horses on his property. 

Police said they started investigating 56-year-old Robert Sumner, whose last known address was on South Street in Suffield, after receiving complaints and Suffield animal control officers conducted 22 spot check inspections. 

During those inspections, they found the three horses did not have sufficient, if any, food and water was either not provided to the horses or it was frozen over, police said. 

After a month-long investigation, police arrested Sumner around 6 p.m. on Jan. 4. He has been charged with animal cruelty and was released on a promise to appear in court on Jan. 16. 

Animal control officers are monitoring the horses’ well-being.




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<![CDATA[Truck Carrying 45,000 Pounds of Raw Fish Rolls Over in Conn.]]>Fri, 12 Jan 2018 07:19:57 -0500https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Raw+fish+truck+rollover+on+Interstate+95+Stonington.jpg

Part of Interstate 95 North is closed in Stonington after a tractor-trailer carrying 45,000 pounds of raw fish flipped over near exit 91.

Minor injuries are reported.

All lanes are closed, but traffic is using the shoulder. Expect delays.



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<![CDATA[Mom of Murder Victim Calls for Witnesses to Come Forward]]>Wed, 10 Jan 2018 18:42:26 -0500https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Ricardo+Rivera+and+Maria+Rodriguez+photo.jpg

The state is offering a reward of up to $50,000 for information on the death of a man who was shot and killed in Hartford in October 2015 and the man’s mother is making a plea for anyone with information to come forward.

On Oct. 21, 2015, Police responded to 7 Cherry St. at 10:16 p.m. and found 19-year-old Ricardo Rivera lying near the entrance of the home with a gunshot wound in his head. Medics rushed him to St. Francis, where he was placed on life support. He died of his injuries.

“Ricardo was my baby. I have three kids. Ricardo was the baby and you took my son away from me,” Ricardo Rivera’s mother, Maria Rodriguez, of Manchester, said

At the time of the shooting, the family lived in West Hartford and Ricardo Rivera was hanging out with friends, according to his mother. He was also a father and left behind a son who is now 3 years old.

A second man was also shot three times, but survived.

To date, no witnesses have come forward and there was only minimal evidence recovered.

“It’s not right that the people who were there with him don’t want to say anything or speak up or say what happened. It’s not right,” Maria Rodriguez said.

The state is offering up to $50,000 for information that leads to an arrest and conviction in the case.

“We do realize that there was a lot of witnesses on scene and we do want those witnesses to come forward,” Lt. Paul Cicero, of Hartford Police Department, said. “Thankfully in cooperation with the state of Connecticut, we recovered a $50,000 reward and that will be presented to the person that leads us to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the death of Mr. Ricardo Rivera.”

Anyone with information can contact the Hartford police Major Crimes Division Lt. Paul Cicero at 860-757-4179 or the anonymous tips line at 860-722-8477.





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<![CDATA[Family Reunites With Cat They Thought Was Dead]]>Wed, 10 Jan 2018 20:06:35 -0500https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Johnson+Family+with+Gunther.jpg

It was an emotional reunion for a Stonington family after the cat they thought was dead showed up on their doorstep on Tuesday.

The happiest moment of 9-year-old Nicholas Johnson’s life was caught on camera in tears, holding onto his best friend and pet cat Gunther. His parents surprised him and his 5-year-old sister, Aubrey, when they came home from school.

Gunther went missing while the Johnson family was on vacation over the holidays. The children's mother, Samantha, posted all over Facebook, asking if anyone in town saw him.

On Sunday, Stonington Animal Control called the family and said they might have found their cat. The Johnsons were devasted when they were told the cat with similar markings to Gunther died after being hit by a car. 

The next day, a man gave the Johnsons a kitten that the family named Lucky, who looks like Gunther, to help ease some of the pain.

On Tuesday, when Samantha was sitting down for breakfast, she heard a screeching meow.

"I went to the door and he was just standing there looking at me and I was like, 'Gunther! Hello'," Samantha said.

Samantha posted a video of the heartwarming reunion that was shared hundreds of times. The children can be seen crying and hugging their missing furry friend. 

Now the family has two cats to love. 

"Sometimes when (I'm having a) hard time, (I) go over to him (and) he talks to me. I feel like he answers me when I talk to him. It’s like he’s a person, but he’s not," Johnson said, petting Gunther, his best friend.



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<![CDATA[Prisoner Escapes From Conn. Correctional Institution]]>Tue, 16 Jan 2018 15:45:51 -0500https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/MERCADO.jpg

U.S. Marshals are joining the hunt for a prisoner who escaped from the Carl Robinson Correctional Institution in Enfield on Sunday.

Police said 25-year-old Jerry Mercado might have gotten away by stowing away under a vehicle and the search for him continues.

Mercado was last seen at the medium-security facility at 10:20 a.m. Sunday. Officials from the state Department of Correction (DOC) said they placed the prison on lockdown around 3:15 p.m. when they realized Mercado was missing during a routine check of the prison.

During a news conference Monday, DOC Commissioner Scott Semple said investigators believe a vehicle was involved in the escape because there were no breaches to the outer fence.

Semple said there were two vehicles on the property Sunday - a state police van and a garbage truck - and investigators are looking into whether Mercado stowed away under one of the vehicles to escape.

Authorities are reviewing security protocols at Carl Robinson and at all 15 DOC facilities across the state, Semple said.

Mercado, who is from Hartford, was serving a three-year sentence for third-degree burglary charges at the time of the escape. Officials from the DOC said he is classified as a "low risk" offender, but police are asking people to be on alert.

He is 5-feet-4, and weighs 137 pounds and might be wearing a combination of a tan jumpsuit, white T-shirt and gray sweatshirt.

The mayor said Enfield police have doubled their patrols. Investigators believe Mercado may be in the Hartford area.

The U.S. Marshals Violent Fugitive Task Force is offering a reward of up to $1,500 for information leading to the arrest of Mercado.

Anyone who thinks they’ve seen Mercado should call 911 immediately, call the U.S. Marshals at (800) 336-0202 or email them here. Police stress that he should not be approached. 

Carl Robinson is primarily a dormitory-style facility that houses around 1,500 inmates.



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<![CDATA[Search Resumes for Conn. Snowmobiler Missing Since Dec.]]>Wed, 10 Jan 2018 09:35:16 -0500https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/snowmobiler+missing+in+Griswold.jpg

Crews once again resumed the search for a 56-year-old snowmobiler who has been missing since December, then they pulled the units from the area because of a lack of visibility on Tuesday.

The search for John Dubois started around 6 p.m. on Dec. 16 after a snowmobile was found with no operator near the Pachaug Pond boat launch on Voluntown Road.

Officials believe Dubois went through the ice and officials said the search was deemed a recovery mission.

Tuesday DEEP EnCon and Connecticut State Police went back to Pachaug Pond and drilled a hole in the ice. State police have deployed a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) that goes underwater to assist with the search.

Sgt. Jim Kane with EnCon Police said crews were waiting until the ice was at least six inches thick to resume their search. The last time crews were out was on Christmas Eve, he said.

But eventually, with so much snow cover, the area being too dark and covered in weeds, searchers called off their efforts on Tuesday because Kane said searchers only had about six inches of visibility.

"We had some still pictures taken from a drone the evening of the incident. We also had some still pictures of the next morning and we triangulated it in there and got the highest probability of where the hole in the ice was relative to where we found the machine," Kane said.

Dubois’ daughter, Jaqueline, said she just wants some closure. While she is glad police are searching for her dad, she’d love them to be out every week trying to find him.

Dubois did get to meet his first grandson, Bennett, who was born in November before he disappeared in December.

Jacqueline described her father as an "adrenaline junky." She said Dubois had just gotten that snowmobile and he had to try it out.

"I just want them to find him because everything is in limbo until then. It’s a really hard limbo. I grew up in this house, my parents got married in this house, and it’s really hard just staying here and looking out on the water knowing that he’s there," Jaqueline said.



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<![CDATA[Julia Marino Wants to Reach New Heights]]>Thu, 18 Jan 2018 08:07:59 -0500https://media.necn.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-854839118.jpg

Olympics hopeful from Connecticut Julia Marino is "itching" to get on the snow and show the world what she's got.



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<![CDATA[1 Dead After Fire at Conn. Home]]>Thu, 11 Jan 2018 10:49:47 -0500https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/East+Haddam+Ackley+Cemetery+Road.JPG

A man who was reported missing in a fire at an East Haddam home on Monday was found dead, according to officials.

Firefighters reported to the home at 51 Ackley Cemetery Road for a structure fire around 3 p.m. and found heavy fire at the 2-and-a-half story wooden home. 

The family told firefighters that one person who lives at the home was unaccounted for Monday and firefighters found a victim, 53-year-old Thomas Rasimas, dead inside the home hours later.

Multiple fire departments responded to the scene. State police are handling the investigation. 

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.



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<![CDATA[Documents Reveal More Information on Dog Found Frozen]]>Mon, 08 Jan 2018 17:39:20 -0500https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Michelle+Bennett+Hartford+mug+shot.jpeg

A dog found frozen and dead in a backyard in Hartford on New Year’s Day was emaciated and had been left out in frigid temperature for days, according to court records on the arrest in the case, and the woman who has been arrested told police that the dog wasn't her responsibility.

Michelle Bennett, 50, of Adams Street in Hartford, was arrested after an anonymous call on Jan. 1 from someone who reported that the dog had been left outside in the freezing cold weather for several days and was possibly dead led to an investigation.

Bennett appeared in court Monday on an animal cruelty charge and prosecutors and advocates for animals want to elevate the charge from a misdemeanor to a felony.

Officers then responded to the Adams Street address, saw a plastic dog house and then noticed a dead, emaciated pit bull mix lying on the ground, with a chain around its neck that was secured to a nearby fence, according to police.

The dog’s ribs and bones were protruding and a dog dish was upside down, around 15 feet away, police said.

The temperature that day was 11 degrees, the yard around the dog was covered in snow and ice and the temperatures in the days leading up to Jan. 1 were in the single digits and sometimes dropped below zero at night, according to police.

The 3- to 4-year-old dog did not have any protection against the cold – there was only a red sweatshirt covered in ice on the ground near the dog, according to police.

When Bennett saw the officer, she approached him and asked ‘Can I help you?”

The officer told her there was a dead dog in her backyard and Bennett’s response was, “Yea I know,” according to the arrest warrant application.

Bennett told police the dog belonged to a family member who was in prison and she’d had the dog, BJ, for around six months.

Police said the family member who Bennett said owned the dog had been in prison since the end of November.

Bennett also said she moved the dog outside after the basement flooded from a burst water pipe and the officer saw that the unfinished basement was covered in ice.

When asked if the dog was ever allowed inside the house, Bennett said no, police said.

Police said there were no signs of food or water for the dog in the basement and Bennett told authorities that the dog was not her responsibility and someone was supposed to come feed the animal every day.

Police noted that Bennett showed no remorse for the death of the dog and said she had not heard it bark “in a few days.”

A veterinarian determined that the dog was underweight, that there were signs of hypothermia burns and the dog had been lying in feces.

Bennett was charged with one count of animal cruelty and the judge has ordered her not to director or indirectly possess any animals.

A friend speaking in her defense said Bennett did not own the dog or the property where it died.

Bennett is due back in court on Feb. 5. 



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<![CDATA[Conn. Police Detective Fired After DUI Arrest]]>Tue, 09 Jan 2018 08:16:47 -0500https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Robert+Lanza+Plainville+mug+shot.jpg

A Hartford police detective who was accused of driving under the influence in Plainville in August and using several racial slurs during that arrest has been fired.

Plainville police arrested 44-year–old Robert Lanza on Aug. 27 and he was charged with driving under the influence and interfering with an officer.

Police said Lanza refused to obey orders from Plainville police during the arrest, used racial slurs and tried to intimidate Plainville officers into giving him special treatment because he was a member of the Hartford Police Department.

Police said Lanza also “showed evidence of animus towards individuals based on race, suggested that individuals of certain races are treated less favorably by law enforcement due to their race” and “attempted to intimidate Plainville Police by advising them to never come to Hartford.”

In dashcam video Plainville police released, Lanza swore at the officers and could be heard using a racial slur.

The Hartford Police Department opened its own internal investigation after learning of the arrest and concluded that Lanza violated the Hartford Police Department Code of Conduct. He was terminated, effective Monday.

“These actions were egregious, deplorable and completely unacceptable for a Hartford Police Officer and are grounds for termination even before considering their present and future detrimental effect upon the operations of the Hartford Police Department. This causes concerns over Detective Lanza’s ability to perform the functions of a police officer, as well as the public trust and legitimacy in his ability to enforce the laws equitably without regard to race or ethnicity. His behavior discredited the Hartford Police Department, undermined the good order and discipline of the Department, and damaged working relationships with other law enforcement agencies,” Hartford police officials said in a statement.

Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin released a statement Monday in support of the decision to fire Lanza.

“I fully support Chief Rovella’s decision to terminate Detective Robert Lanza’s employment as a Hartford Police Officer. Detective Lanza’s actions during and after his arrest by the Plainville Police Department in August 2017 were wholly unacceptable and fell far short of the Hartford Police Department’s high standard of conduct,” Bronin said in a statement. “Today’s termination sends a strong message that the use of racial slurs will not be tolerated, and that racism has no place in the City of Hartford.”

Lanza was an 11-year veteran of the force and was placed on administrative duty during the investigation.



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<![CDATA[Police Seek Suspect in Possible Kidnapping]]>Sun, 07 Jan 2018 16:47:07 -0500https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Shaquille-Marquez.jpg

New Britain police are searching for a suspect accused of assaulting a woman and forcing her into a car.

Police said that around 10:41 a.m. they received multiple 911 calls for a possible kidnapping. Witnesses reported that a man, later identified as 21-year-old Shaquille Marquez, had grabbed a woman at 194 East Street and forced her into a car, then drove off.

The victim was later found safe in New Britain.

Police are searching for Marquez, who was last seen driving a black Honda with Connecticut license plate AF37072. Witnesses said the car had dark tinted windows, chrome rims and “V-Tech” written in red on the doors. The car has been spotted in West Hartford and East Hartford, but did not stop for police.

There is an active arrest warrant with a $50,000 bond for Marquez charging him with violation of conditions of release, police said.

Anyone with information on the incident or the suspect’s whereabouts should contact New Britain Police at 860-826-3000. Anonymous messages can be left on the tip line at 860-826-3199 or online at NewBritaniPolice.org.

Hartford Police, West Hartford Police, East Hartford Police, Connecticut State Police and the New Britain States Attorney’s Office are all assisting with this investigation.



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<![CDATA['Our Hearts Are Broken': 24 Horses Die in Conn. Barn Fire]]>Mon, 08 Jan 2018 05:43:03 -0500https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/FOLLY-FARM-MEMORIAL.jpg

Sunday was a day of mourning for many in Connecticut's equestrian community. A group gathered at Hop Meadow Country Club to celebrate the two dozen horses that were lost in a fire at Folly Farm in Simsbury last month.

"He was tough on the outside, soft on the inside," said Natalie Nordyke of West Hartford about the horse she became close with.

At the center of the memorial service were photographs of 24 horses lost in the fire on December 28.

"He was a beautiful thoroughbred. It was a shame to lose him," said Catherine Carter in West Hartford, who was remembering a horse named Buddy. Over the years, Carter said, her daughter developed a special bond with the horse.

"He would be the one horse to find me at a show, put his head over my shoulder," said Carter.

Buddy was among the two dozen horses that died after a fire. Investigators believe the flames were an accident, sparked by an electrical problem.

"It's obviously been difficult but having the other nineteen horses on property has certainly been helpful in terms of there's always work to do," said Alison Patricelli, General Manager of Folly Farm.

"I'm touched by how many people cared. It just speaks to how many lives these horses touched," said Nordyke. "Everybody that met them loved them," she said.

Managers at Folly Farm said they are raising money to help pay some of the staff and to purchase new horses in the future.

Folly Farm is a 175-acre, family-owned farm about 10 miles northwest of Hartford that offers horse riding and competition lessons, boarding and polo instruction.



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<![CDATA[Prisoner Escapes From Conn. Correctional Institution]]>Mon, 08 Jan 2018 14:54:43 -0500https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/MERCADO.jpg

A prisoner who escaped from the Carl Robinson Correctional Institution in Enfield Sunday might have gotten away by stowing away under a vehicle and the search for him continues.

Police said 25-year-old Jerry Mercado was last seen at the medium-security facility at 10:20 a.m. Sunday. Officials from the state Department of Correction (DOC) said they placed the prison on lockdown around 3:15 p.m. when they realized Mercado was missing during a routine check of the prison.

During a news conference Monday, DOC Commissioner Scott Semple said investigators believe a vehicle was involved in the escape because there were no breaches to the outer fence.

Semple said there were two vehicles on the property Sunday - a state police van and a garbage truck - and investigators are looking into whether Mercado stowed away under one of the vehicles to escape.

"We acknowledge vulnerabilities that have been identified within our security practices," he said.

Authorities are reviewing security protocols at Carl Robinson and at all 15 DOC facilities across the state, Semple said.

"Public safety is at the very root of our mission and will continue to take precedence," he said.

Mercado, who is from Hartford, was serving a three-year sentence for third-degree burglary charges at the time of the escape. Officials from the DOC said he is classified as a "low risk" offender, but police are asking people to be on alert.

He is 5-feet-4, and weighs 137 pounds and might be wearing a combination of a tan jumpsuit, white T-shirt and gray sweatshirt.

The mayor said Enfield police have doubled their patrols. Investigators believe Mercado may be in the Hartford area.

Anyone who thinks they’ve seen Mercado should call 911 immediately. Police stress that he should not be approached.

Carl Robinson is primarily a dormitory-style facility that houses around 1,500 inmates.



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<![CDATA[Cold Causes Water Main Problems in West Hartford]]>Sat, 06 Jan 2018 17:42:57 -0500https://media.necn.com/images/236*120/water+ct.jpg

19 homes were left without water in West Hartford after a water main break on Saturday. It has since been repaired. 

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<![CDATA[PD: Men Killed 20 Chickens With Their Bare Hands]]>Mon, 08 Jan 2018 09:48:31 -0500https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Gregory+Ulrich+and+John+Budnovitch.jpg

‏Milford police have arrested two men, with one accused of killing 20 chickens with his bare hands at different locations early on the morning of Christmas Day while his friend drove the car. Police said the arrests come after a “gruesome animal cruelty investigation.”

Gregory Ulrich, 28, is accused of first smashing the windows of several cars in the Devon area of Milford after leaving a local establishment with 21-year-old John Budnovitch IV, also of Milford, who drove the car. The pair are also accused of going to two different locations, with Ulrich stealing 20 chickens and killing them with his bare hands, according to police. Several of the chickens were found in adjacent yards. 

Officer Michael DeVito told the Hartford Courant that Ulrich was intoxicated and upset about pictures on social media that showed his wife hanging out with other people.

Ulrich has been charged with larceny in the fifth degree, three counts of criminal mischief in the first degree, 10 counts of criminal mischief in the second degree, 20 counts of animal cruelty and interfering with a police officer. 

Bond was set at $15,000. 

Budnovitch has been charged with larceny in the sixth degree, two counts of conspiracy to commit criminal mischief in the first degree, six counts of conspiracy to commit criminal mischief in the second degree, 20 counts of conspiracy to commit animal cruelty, evading responsibility, operating a motor vehicle under suspension and using a motor vehicle without the owner’s permission. 

Bond was set at $5,000.

A Milford police press release on Jan. 4 prepared by Officer DeVito alleged that both suspects had "killed the chickens with their bare hands." But DeVito clarified Monday that the listed charge for Budnovitch, 20 counts of animal cruelty, was incorrect. It should have said "conspiracy" to commit animal cruelty. 

Still, DeVito argued that "he was just as culpable."



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<![CDATA[Patrick Stewart Enjoys White Clam Pizza at Pepe's in Conn.]]>Wed, 03 Jan 2018 11:34:31 -0500https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Patrick+Stewart+at+Pepes.jpg

Patrick Stewart walked into the famous Frank Pepe's pizzeria in New Haven on Tuesday. 

The owner, Gary Bimonte, said Stewart was "passing through" and decided to get a bite to eat in New Haven. 

Stewart ordered the renowned white claim pie and took the time to take pictures with staff members. 

Bimonte said the employees were excited to meet the celebrity. 



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<![CDATA[One Dead, One Critically Injured in New Haven Shooting]]>Wed, 03 Jan 2018 11:18:06 -0500https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Shooting+on+Wadley+Street+in+New+Haven.JPG

One man is dead and another is in critical condition after a shooting in New Haven Tuesday night. 

The shooting happened on Wadley Street and it's the first homicide of the year in the city. 

It was reported at 10:44 p.m. and officers found the two men at a parked car.  The driver, 37-year-old Ronald Wayne Matheney, of Hamden, was shot multiple times, according to police.  He was rushed to Yale-New Haven Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The passenger, 34-year-old Corey Bland, of Hamden, was shot in the arm and is in stable condition at Yale-New Haven Hospital, police said.

Police do not have any information on who shot the men or a getaway car. 

Officers and detectives have been at the scene to collect evidence and interview residents.

Investigators are asking for the public’s help. Anyone who has information that could help solve this case should call detectives at 203-946-6304.



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<![CDATA[Suspects in Fatal Conn. Restaurant Shooting in Custody]]>Wed, 03 Jan 2018 14:18:37 -0500https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Norris+Jackson+Bonchon.jpg

The 36-year-old father who was shot at a restaurant near Buckland Hills in Manchester on Saturday has died and two of his former coworkers are in police custody.

The victim, Norris Jackson, of Hartford, was shot at Bonchon Restaurant on Pleasant Valley Road and was transported to Hartford Hospital in critical condition, where he died on Sunday night, according to Manchester Police.

Officers were searching for 28-year-old James Goolsby and his 23-year-old girlfriend, Leanne Robitaille, both of Manchester, in connection with the shooting. They were brought into custody on Tuesday night.

Goolsby was taken into custody on Wethersfield Avenue in Hartford, charged with murder and his bond was set at $1 million, while Robitaille was found at Main and Bond streets in Hartford. She has been charged with hindering prosecution and her bond was set at $100,000.

Both are due back in court on Jan. 18. 

The victim's mother, Barbara Turner, said the two people worked with her son.

"I’m not a hater, my son didn’t hate, but they need to turn themselves in," Turner told NBC Connecticut before the two suspects turned themselves in.

Jackson was the father of four sons and three daughters and he was like a stepfather to his girlfriend's three sons, Turner said.

Police continue to investigate what led up to the shooting.

The restaurant franchise released the following statement after the shooting:

"We at Bonchon Franchise are deeply saddened by the tragic shooting in Manchester, CT today, and are deeply concerned about the family and friends who are suffering. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victim and their family as we also respect their privacy during this ordeal."





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<![CDATA[Dog Found Dead After Being Left Outside in Bitter Cold: PD]]>Tue, 02 Jan 2018 19:52:32 -0500https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/dog-freezes-to-death-hartford.jpg

A Hartford resident faces animal cruelty charges after a dog was found frozen to death on Adams Street, according to Hartford police.

Hartford police said that on New Year’s Day a concerned neighbor reported that a pit bull mix had been left outside during the bitter cold weather. Officers responded to the home on Adams Street and found the dead dog chained inside his doghouse behind the home.

Police said the dog did not have any protection against the cold. The dog was about 3 or 4 years old and showed signs of hypothermia and other signs of neglect.

The owner, who is incarcerated, is cooperating with police and said they had made arrangement for people to take care of the dog while he was away.

It is not clear but police said the dog may have been outside for a month. The dog was being kept in the basement before a pipe bust and then was moved outside.

Police said animal cruelty charges are pending and the investigation is ongoing. 



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<![CDATA[Police: Man Shot at Conn. Restaurant Dies]]>Mon, 01 Jan 2018 18:42:23 -0500https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Norris+Jackson+Bonchon.jpg

The 36-year-old father who was shot at a restaurant near Buckland Hills in Manchester on Saturday has died.

The victim, Norris Jackson, of Hartford, was shot at Bonchon Restaurant on Pleasant Valley Road and was transported to Hartford Hospital in critical condition before he died on Sunday night, according to Manchester Police.

On Monday, police said they are searching for a man and a woman linked to the shooting and should be considered armed and dangerous. The victim's mother, Barbara Turner, said the two people worked with her son. 

"I’m not a hater, my son didn’t hate, but they need to turn themselves in,"  Turner told NBC Connecticut about the two suspects in her son’s shooting.

Turner said she has donated her son's organs after making the gut-wrenching decision to take him off life support late New Year’s Eve. He was the father of four sons and three daughters and he was like a stepfather to his girlfriend's three sons, she said.

"He was awesome, just awesome. A great son, father, uncle, a wonderful person," Turner said.

Officers are searching for 28-year-old James Goolsby and 23-year-old Leanne Robitaille, both of Manchester, in connection with the shooting and said both should be considered armed and dangerous.

Anyone with information on their whereabouts should call Manchester police at (860) 645-5561 and anyone who spots the suspects should contact local law enforcement immediately.

Police continue to investigate what led up to the shooting.

The restaurant franchise released the following statement after the shooting:

"We at Bonchon Franchise are deeply saddened by the tragic shooting in Manchester, CT today, and are deeply concerned about the family and friends who are suffering. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victim and their family as we also respect their privacy during this ordeal."



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<![CDATA[Woman Battling Cancer Gets Wedding Wish Before Dying]]>Wed, 03 Jan 2018 08:51:56 -0500https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/dying+wish.jpg

David Mosher of East Windsor, Conn., knows timing is everything; after all, he is an avid swing dancer.

It was in swing dance class he met Heather Lindsay after she caught his attention from across the room.

"There was one night she was wearing these killer red pants and I told the two guys sitting next to me I’m going to ask that girl out tonight," Mosher said.

But, the timing just wasn’t right because Lindsay was seeing someone else. Mosher told her to let him know if anything changed.

Four months later, Lindsay agreed to a date with Mosher, and over the next year and a half, the two wrote their love story.

On Dec. 23, 2015, Mosher decided to propose. But before he could, Lindsay got an unexpected diagnosis. A lump in her breast that doctors had previously dismissed turned out to be much more. 

"[The doctor] said, 'I'm so sorry to tell you this, it's cancer,'" Mosher explained.

The couple was confident it was something they would overcome, and Mosher decided to move forward with his horse-drawn carriage proposal plans.

"I went down on one knee, she said 'yes'," Mosher said.

Lindsay shared the day's news, both the good and the bad, with her friend Christina Karas. Over the next year, Karas helped Lindsay navigate her triple negative breast cancer diagnosis along with her hopes and her concerns.

"She was so hopeful," Karas said. "The way we would talk about it, you always kind of felt this isn't it."

Lindsay told Karas her biggest fear was not living to enjoy Mosher, the beautiful person who had just come into her life.

When her health took a turn for the worst, her friends, family and doctors at St. Francis Hospital in Hartford knew the wedding, originally planned for Dec. 30, 2017, had to happen fast and moved up the date.

"[We thought] we should just lay the dress on top of her because the energy we thought it would take to get her in would kill her," Karas said.

Together, they worked to get a weak Lindsay into her gown and into the hospital’s chapel where she met Mosher to exchange vows.

"She was gorgeous and she just felt like home to me," Mosher said.

Barely able to speak, Lindsay murmured her vows, and just when those gathered thought she had exerted her last bit of energy, she raised her arms in celebration. The photo has been seen and shared thousands of times on social media. 

"That moment right there was like, 'Death, I’m not afraid of you! I am so in love and I am going to celebrate that love right now,'" she said.

Eighteen hours after saying 'I do,' Lindsay died. 

"I saw her sick. I saw her in a lot of pain and she didn’t give up until she married me. It is so humbling that someone could love me like that," Mosher said. 

It was not the wedding the couple had planned, but it was one no one in the room will ever forget.



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<![CDATA[Former Car Salesman Accused of Stealing Cash From Customer]]>Fri, 29 Dec 2017 14:36:16 -0500https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Frank+Hewitt+Norwich+mug+shot.jpg

Norwich police have arrested a car salesman who is accused of stealing cash that was supposed to go toward paying off a car.

Norwich detectives arrested 48-year-old Frank Hewitt, of Norwich, Thursday and said he was the subject of four outstanding arrest warrants charging him with two counts of failure to appear in the first degree, failure to appear in the second degree and larceny in the second degree.

The arrest comes after a local automobile dealership lodged a larceny complaint involving Hewitt in June.

Police said Hewitt was a car salesman at the automobile dealership when he sold a car to the victim who financed the vehicle through a bank and then, several days later, decided he wanted to pay the balance off.

The victim contacted Hewitt, who said he would facilitate the pay-off, police said.

The victim gave Hewitt a total of $10,431 in cash on two separate occasions to pay the bank loan off in full and Hewitt gave the victim two fraudulent dealership receipts and never deposited the money with his employer, police said.

The victim learned the loan for his vehicle was not paid off after receiving monthly bills from the bank, which included late fees. Police said the dealership was not aware of Hewitt’s actions until the victim notified them and the business immediately reimbursed the victim and files the complaint.

Police said Hewitt also failed to appear for a scheduled court appearance at New London Superior Court on Dec. 12 so re-arrest warrants were issued.

Hewitt was transported to Norwich police headquarters, where he was held on a total of $51,000 cash/surety bonds.



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<![CDATA[Conn. Smokehouse Recalling Smoked Salmon]]>Thu, 28 Dec 2017 15:06:18 -0500https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-78073823.jpg

A smokehouse in Torrington is recalling smoked salmon due to a potential contamination risk, the company said. 

Nodine's Smokehouse is recalling its Smoked Salmon in 1.5 pound and 8 oz packages because of the chance they are contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

The lot numbers for the products are 40173 and 33173.

Nodine's is distributed nationwide in retail stores and through mail orders.

Customers with the 1.5 pound or 8 oz smoked salmon should return these items for a full refund, according to Nodine's Smokehouse's website. 

Consumers with questions may contact Nodine's Smokehouse, Inc. at (800) 222-2059




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<![CDATA[Husband and Wife Killed in Conn. Fire Identified]]>Thu, 28 Dec 2017 23:02:57 -0500https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Matthew-Lindquist.jpeg

The son of a couple killed in a Griswold house fire last week has been identified as a person of interest. 

Police said they are seeking the whereabouts of Matthew Lindquist. 

The victims of the fire were identified as Janet Lindquist, 61, and Kenneth Lindquist, 56, who both lived in the home. The cause and manner of their death have not been determined.

Officials were investigating a house fire on Dec. 21 said the fire was connected to a car fire 40 miles away in Glastonbury.

Firefighters responded to 70 Kenwood Estates in Griswold around 5:15 a.m. Wednesday after a neighbor called 911 to report a fire and crews found two bodies in the charred remains of the home.  

Griswold Volunteer Fire Chief Tom Holowaty said three adults lived in the house.

Police said there was a link between the house fire and the abandoned car found in flames at the Glastonbury Luxury Apartments in Glastonbury Wednesday morning. State police said the car’s VIN number was connected to the Griswold home, but did not provide any details of how they were linked.



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<![CDATA[Husband and Wife Killed in Conn. Fire Identified]]>Wed, 27 Dec 2017 23:33:25 -0500https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Fire+at+Kenwood+Estates+in+Griswold.JPG

The husband and wife killed in a Griswold house fire last week have been identified. 

The victims of the fire were identified as Janet Lindquist, 61, and Kenneth Lindquist, 56, who both lived in the home. The cause and manner of their death have not been determined.

Officials were investigating a house fire on Dec. 21 said the fire was connected to a car fire 40 miles away in Glastonbury.

Firefighters responded to 70 Kenwood Estates in Griswold around 5:15 a.m. Wednesday after a neighbor called 911 to report a fire and crews found two bodies in the charred remains of the home.  

Griswold Volunteer Fire Chief Tom Holowaty said three adults lived in the house.

Police said there was a link between the house fire and the abandoned car found in flames at the Glastonbury Luxury Apartments in Glastonbury Wednesday morning. State police said the car’s VIN number was connected to the Griswold home, but did not provide any details of how they were linked.

State police said they have identified a person of interest in the Griswold house fire, but they are withholding the person’s name as detectives continue their investigation.



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<![CDATA[PD: Woman Tried to Snort Cocaine While in Police Custody]]>Wed, 27 Dec 2017 11:08:25 -0500https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Nicole-Hunter.jpg

Ledyard police have arrested a woman accused of trying to snort cocaine while in police custody.

Ledyard police arrested 25-year-old Nicole Hunter on Christmas day.

Police said the incident started when they received a BOLO for a black Kia SUV with New Hampshire plates because of erratic driving. Police located the vehicle with Hunter in the driver’s seat. According to police, Hunter was belligerent and uncooperative, screaming in a residential neighborhood and charging at officers.

She was arrested and taken to the police department. While at the department, Hunter allegedly pulled a powdery substance wrapped in paper out of her pocket and tried to snort it. The substance tested positive for cocaine, police said.

Hunter was charged with possession of narcotics, interfering with an officer and disorderly conduct. She was released on bond and is due in court on Jan. 8.



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<![CDATA[1 Dead After Truck Crashes Into House in Hampton, Conn.]]>Wed, 27 Dec 2017 12:07:11 -0500https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/HAMPTON-PICKUP-INTO-HOUSE.jpg

A New London man was killed when a pickup crashed into a house in Hampton Tuesday.

State police confirmed the crash happened around 12:40 p.m. in the area of 465 Hartford Turnpike (Route 6).

Police said that 32-year-old Patrick Dunn was driving on Route 6 when he went off the right shoulder and crashed into a house. He suffered fatal injuries.

One neighbor who lives diagonally across the street said her child was home at the time of the crash and said their entire house shook so hard that a cup on the counter toppled over. They said it sounded like an explosion. 

Route 6 was closed in the area and traffic was being diverted onto South Brook Road for hours. The road reopened around 4:30 p.m.




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<![CDATA[Police Pursuit Ends in Crash; Suspect Still Sought]]>Tue, 26 Dec 2017 22:20:58 -0500https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/NEW-HAVEN-CRASH.jpg

A police pursuit that began in West Haven has ended in a serious crash in New Haven.

West Haven police said officers were attempting to pull over a 1998 Honda Civic with three occupants in the car around 12:19 p.m. and led police in a pursuit into the City of New Haven.

The Honda Civic, driven by Christopher Villot, was traveling northbound on Ella Grasso Boulevard near its intersection with Derby Avenue (Route 34) when it struck a 2005 Volvo S40. 

Villot drove away from the intersection after hitting the Volo and hit a metal beam guardrail before stopping, getting out of the Honda Civic and running away from the scene. 

The 21-year-old driver was located and treated at Yale-New Haven Hospital for non-life threatening injuries. The other two people in the Honda Civic were also treated at Yale-New Haven for minor injuries.

The driver of the Volvo was treated for serious but non-life threatening injuries. 

The road reopened at 5:10 p.m. after being shut down for more than four hours. 





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<![CDATA[Conn. Community Holds Forum on Violence After 3 Homicides]]>Sun, 24 Dec 2017 10:51:21 -0500https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/New+London+violence.jpg

There are concerns about the outbreak of violence in New London after police responded to three homicides in less than 10 days.

The people who live in the small city and run the city were behind the doors of Trinity Missionary Baptist Church Friday night to help come up with a solution. 

Travon Brown, 27, was the victim of the fatal stabbing Sunday on Grand Street.

“We all know each other. This is a ripple effect. Everyone’s going to feel this. Whether it’s the other side, or my side, my brother’s side, it’s felt. And even if you didn’t know him, it’s felt. It’s a small community,” his brother, Curtis Goodwin, said. 

Goodwin said he buried Brown Friday.

Goodwin has been a longtime anti-violence advocate and organizes the New London Youth Talent Show, which gives kids an outlet through art. He also runs a production company geared at combatting stereotypes and violence, and works for a technology company called Community Brands, where he helps to get people of color and women jobs on a global scale.

Goodwin said it’s time for this community to actually be a community.

“Nothing’s worth this. Nothing adds up to this,” he said.

New London Police feel it, too.

“Victims have been former students of mine. So I see it. I take it personal,” said New London Police Capt. Brian Wright.

Wright knew Brown when he was a D.A.R.E. and youth officer in schools.

The only way to stop the violence, according to Wright, is if the public and police work together.

There will be more patrols on Blackhall and Prest Streets because members of the community voiced concerns, but there also needs to be more programs for the city’s youth.

“I don’t know if there could necessarily be ever enough programs for young people. Which goes back to what my parents used to say to me, ‘Idle time is the devil’s time,’” Wright said.

New London Mayor Michael Passero said the city is going to be working with the social service system and faith community to address that.

“How our youth are managing their anger. Managing their response to interpersonal disputes,” Passero said.

Like Friday night at Trinity Missionary Baptist Church. At 6 p.m. members of the community had a chance to grieve and a chance to change the climate.

“How do we look at is as being an opportunity for New London to be all that it can be,” Rev. Wade Hyslop said.

He also believes there needs to be more for the kids in the community.

“We have schools that are vacant, so to speak, after-school hours. I know they have some teams that play in school, but what happens to the kid that doesn’t make the team? Does he have an outlet? That would help. We have parks around the city. Once again, you have to be a part of a team,” Hyslop said.



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<![CDATA[Abandoned Chickens Found Behind Dumpster]]>Sat, 23 Dec 2017 10:57:00 -0500https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/BRISTOL-CHICKENS-SUSPECT.jpg

Bristol police are searching for a suspect who abandoned three chickens behind a dumpster earlier this month.

Police said on Dec. 13 the animal control officer was called to Superior Pizza at 274 Middle Street for a report of chickens abandoned behind a dumpster. The ACO found three chickens in a box, all apparently in good health.

Investigators have released surveillance footage of a suspect and suspect vehicle. Anyone with information should contact ACO Brian Skinner at 860-584-3087.

The chickens were turned over to the Friends of Bristol, CT Animal Shelter.



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