• Hartford Hospital welcomes Axel, a ‘Sim-Dog’

    HARTFORD – Hartford Healthcare has gone to the dogs, actually the K-9 officers.
    The Center for Education, Simulation and Innovation at Hartford Hospital (CESI), introduced “Axel” on Tuesday, a life sized sim-canine geared to help police officers tend to their K-9 partners if the need arises.
    Steve Donahue, who is the director of operations at CESI said, “this is basically a “stop the bleed” course for the K-9 handlers so they can learn how to take care of the
  • Sunken luxury yacht to be raised out of Connecticut River Wednesday

    LYME -- A 53-foot yacht that sunk in late January in a cove off of the Connecticut River, is finally scheduled to be raised Wednesday morning.
    The Coast Guard will be supervising the recovery operation, which is scheduled to get underway between 8 a.m. and 9 a.m., weather permitting.
    Three weeks ago, suspended only by ice in Lyme's Hamburg Cove, the Mazu was in trouble.
    "Local people came and helped raise it with the help of the local fire department and the harbor Master," said Ron Milardo, of
  • Paid family medical leave supporters take pause after revised bill language

    HARTFORD -- The debate surrounding paid family medical leave got a lot more interesting.
    Last minutes changes to the language of the original bill left some lawmakers with more questions than answers.
    At 9 o’clock Tuesday morning, the Labor Committee was supposed to vote on a bill that would have sent paid family medical leave to the floor for a full vote. But last minute changes to the language caused the committee to hold open the vote until the end of the day.
    The initiative would be 1
  • Homicide investigation underway in Hartford; police investigating a separate shooting

    HARTFORD —  Hartford police have responded to two separate shootings Tuesday evening.
    Police have responded to a shooting on Atwood Street and New Britain Avenue. Police said a person who was shot on New Britain Avenue, has died.
    Police said there is no indication at this time that the incidents are related.
    No other details were released.
    We’ll provide details as soon as they become available.
    HPD investigating a Homicide at 249 New Britain Ave. 2nd in less than 24 hours. And
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  • Dog saved from being euthanized, returned to original rescue shelter after owner sent to jail

    GRANITE CITY, Ill. – A woman in charge of an adoption center saved one of her former canine residents after he was sent to be euthanized.
    Debra Crisswell runs Pound Pets, an adoption center in Illinois near the Missouri border. In 2016, she adopted a dog named Zeke out to a man who had passed reference checks and home visits.
    The owner signed a contract agreeing never to sell, give or transfer Zeke to anybody but Pound Pets. On Sunday, though, Crisswell received a call from the local human
  • Police: Dad Slapped 12-Year-Old Who He Said Bullied His Stepdaughter On Valentine’s Day

    HOUSTON (CBS Local) — A Texas man is under arrest for allegedly slapping a 12-year-old boy who he said bullied his stepdaughter, police said.
    James Peace, 37, was charged with felony injury to a child under 15, CBS affiliate KHOU reported.
    The girl’s mother, who asked that her name not be revealed, said her husband was sticking up for her daughter after she was bullied by the boy and his friend while walking home from school in Deer Park on Valentine’s Day.
    “Saying that h
  • New Haven police link suspect in sexual assault cases after his picture appears on victim’s replacement phone

    NEW HAVEN — Photos in the cloud lead to the arrest of a suspect in one sexual assault case and then linked him to four more, according to New Haven police.
    Navardo Lockhart, 26, of New Haven, has been jailed in connection with two cases of sexual assault and police expect to charge him with three more shortly. So far, Lockhart faces charges of Sexual Assault 1st Degree, Robbery 1st Degree and Unlawful Restraint 1st and 2nd Degree. Three remaining active arrest warrants will be served on hi
  • AP source: Machado, Padres agrees to $300M, 10-year deal

    SAN DIEGO  — With their city’s long-suffering fans desperate for a winner, the rebuilding San Diego Padres delivered their splashiest free agent signing ever by agreeing with All-Star infielder Manny Machado on a $300 million, 10-year deal.
    A person familiar with the negotiations confirmed the deal to The Associated Press on Tuesday, speaking on condition of anonymity because the agreement was subject to a successful physical and had not been announced. Machado can opt out after
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  • Tracking wintry mix Wednesday with temps in the 30s

    WEATHER WATCH: Snow, sleet, freezing rain and rain Wednesday night into Thursday morning. Most of the storm will take place between 8 PM Wednesday night and 8 AM Thursday morning.
    In the meantime, it’s chilly and quiet out there today. Even though the skies are mostly sunny, temperatures will only top out around freezing across CT. A somewhat gusty breeze will battle the warmth of the sun to make it feel chillier during the day as well.
    Wednesday during the day is dry. There is a cha
  • He threw a napkin in the trash. Police used it to arrest him for a 1993 murder.

    MINNEAPOLIS – Police in Minnesota say a napkin discarded at a hockey game helped link a man to a brutal murder committed more than 25 years earlier.
    Investigators say 52-year-old Jerry Westrom was identified as a suspect after a close match to DNA found at the 1993 crime scene was discovered on a genealogy website, the Pioneer Press reports.
    Investigators followed him to a hockey game earlier this year. They watched him eat a hot dog, wipe his mouth with a napkin, and throw
  • California veteran finds lost uniform in antique store three years after losing it

    BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — Three years after losing a green coat and beret that symbolized years of military service, a veteran was reunited with the uniform he thought he would never see again while browsing in an antique shop.
    Xenos Lopez said when he moved from one part of Bakersfield to another in 2016, he lost his Army uniform. He’s not sure how it happened, but he suspects someone may have stolen the garment bag it hung in while he was moving his possessions.
    Lopez served in the Ar
  • ‘Rogue’ email warns about radiation exposure at Grand Canyon museum building

    A whistleblower at Grand Canyon National Park has made a startling disclosure in what the Arizona Republic calls a “rogue” email: Three 5-gallon paint buckets of uranium ore were stored for 18 years in one of the park’s buildings, possibly exposing tourists and workers to radiation.
    In a Feb. 4 message sent to all NPS employees, park safety chief Elston Stephenson says the uranium specimens, previously kept in the cellar at park HQ, were moved to the museum collection
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  • Teen wakes from 4-day coma to find she gave birth to surprise baby

    Ebony Stevenson, 18, was suffering from headaches, then started having seizures on the bathroom floor in early December.
    The UK college student’s mother called emergency services—and within three hours, she had her granddaughter in her arms, despite both herself and her daughter having no idea the teen was pregnant.
    Stevenson was put into an induced coma and woke up after four days, at which point the newborn was placed on her chest.
    “It sounds awful now, but I asked them to ta
  • Police: Razor Blades Found Under Walmart Shopping Cart Handles, Two Injured

    SILER CITY, N.C. (CBS Local) — At least two people were injured after somebody placed razor blades under the handles of shopping carts at a Walmart store in North Carolina, authorities said.
    The blades were found under the right hand side of “several buggy handles” over the weekend at a Walmart in Silver City and could have been part of a plan to shoplift, police said.
    Six blades have been found so far.
    Investigators released images from surveillance video of two men described
  • Cheshire police investigating untimely death on trail

    CHESHIRE  – Police are investigating an untimely death after a body was found on a trail Tuesday.
    At 9:36 a.m., police were called to the Farmington Canal Heritage Trail after receiving a complaint of suspicious items in the area. Investigators were focused on an area between School House Road and West Johnson Avenue.
    The State Police Major Crimes Division was called in to assist in the investigation.
    Police said they would not release any more information at this time.
  • Former NFL player T.J. Cunningham fatally shot over parking spot, authorities say

    AURORA, Colo. – A former professional athlete turned assistant principal has died after being shot during a dispute over a parking spot, according to the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office.
    Anthony “T.J.” Cunningham, 46, was an NFL safety for the Seattle Seahawks during the 1996 season. Cunningham was the assistant principal at Hinkley High School in Colorado at the time of his death.
    According to the sheriff’s office, Cunningham was shot by a neighbor early Sunday an
  • NBA Playoff Picture: Eastern Conference

    By Norm Elrod
    (CBS Philly/CBS Local) — With the NBA All-Star Game fading in the rear-view mirror, and the NBA Playoffs looming in the distance, it’s time to talk contenders and pretenders. The Eastern Conference has four teams with a legitimate shot at making the NBA Finals, where they’ll probably find the Golden State Warriors waiting for them.
    Three of those teams — the Milwaukee Bucks, Toronto Raptors and Philadelphia 76ers — shored up their rosters at the trade
  • Police: Woman Stabbed In Head During Fight Over Place In McDonald’s Drive-Thru Line

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (CBS Local) — A woman was stabbed in the head during a fight in the drive-thru line at a McDonald’s in Tennessee, authorities said.
    The stabbing happened Monday at the restaurant located on Union Avenue in the Medical District of Memphis.
    The victim told police she became involved in a fight with Asalene Branch, 29, over their place in the drive-thru line CBS affiliate WREG reported. She said Branch pulled out a knife and stabbed her in the head.
    Police: Woman stabbed
  • Boy, 7, Called ‘Little Hitler’ For Selling Hot Chocolate To Raise Money For Border Wall

    AUSTIN, Texas (CBS Local) — A 7-year-old Texas boy who started a hot chocolate stand to raise money for President Donald Trump’s proposed border wall is facing backlash, with one man calling him “little Hitler.”
    Shane and Jennifer Stevens say their son, Benton, begged them to set up a hot chocolate stand to raise the money for the wall after watching Trump’s State of the Union address on Feb. 5.
    Benton set up shop this past weekend at a strip mall in Steiner Ranch s
  • Cooking, Cleaning Could Raise Air Pollution Levels In Homes, Study Says

    (WBZ/CBS Local) – Could you be exposed to pollution in your own home?
    Researchers at the University of Colorado say cooking, cleaning, and other household activities generate levels of pollution in the average home similar to that of a polluted major city.
    Shampoos, perfumes, and cleaning products produce airborne chemicals in our houses but at higher concentrations than previously thought.
    Using special sensors and monitors, researchers measured the indoor air quality of a 1,200-square-fo
  • Supreme Court ruling means more information on mystery Mueller grand jury case may become public

    The Supreme Court on Tuesday cleared the way for potentially unsealing more information in the case involving special counsel Robert Mueller’s grand jury.
    The justices, in an unsigned order, granted the administration’s request to file redacted copies of briefs filed under seal at an earlier point in a case concerning a mystery company that is fighting a subpoena related to the grand jury. The ruling gives the potential that more information will eventually become public.
    The case co
  • CIAC captains spotlight: Jared Sharp

    The FOX61 CIAC captains spotlight shines on Suffield track and field standout Jared Sharp. The junior has made all NCCC every season of his career and finished 3rd in the state decathlon last year. Jared has been on foreign service trips to Kenya, China and Ecuador. Congratulations to Jared Sharp.
  • Show Shoutout: Family visit!

    The FOX61 news studio had some small guests yesterday! Some folks from the Keith McGilvery family came to figure out just how we get people into the TV!
    Thanks for visiting!
  • Alabama newspaper editor calls for return of the Ku Klux Klan, lynching

    Alabama lawmakers are calling for the resignation of a small-town newspaper editor who published an editorial calling for the Ku Klux Klan to return and “night ride again.”
    The Feb. 14 editorial in the weekly Democrat-Reporter in the west Alabama town of Linden called for the KKK to act against “Democrats in the Republican Party and Democrats” for “plotting to raise taxes in Alabama.”
    The Democrat-Reporter back at it again with things you’d nev
  • Grill sold at Ocean State Job Lot could catch fire; Manufacturer advises consumers to return it

    Ocean State Job Lot warns that a smokeless grill sold in its stores could catch fire.
    Tekno products, the manufacturer of the grill, said the grill can overheat creating the fire hazard.  Teckno said customers with the grill at home should return it to Ocean State Job Lot  for a full refund.
    The company said all purchasers of the Tuff Smoke-Less Grill stop using the product and return it to the place of purchase. Consumers may also call (888) 298-3566 between 9am and 5pm ET for more in
  • ‘Gust of significant wind’ causes SeaWorld ride to stop, leaves 16 stranded

    SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- A “gust of significant wind” caused a SeaWorld ride to shut down Monday night, trapping 16 people on the ride as temperatures plummeted.
    Rescue crews were called to the Bayside Skyride at the park just before 7:30 p.m. A total of five gondolas became stuck, SeaWorld said in a statement.
    The incident happened as temperatures in San Diego dipped into the low 40s. During the rescue effort, temperatures had dropped into the low 50s. The theme park said in a statement
  • Ask the Attorney: Legal options for hidden medical problems

    Ask the Atty,I was rear-ended by a car during a recent snowstorm, when they where going too fast on the highway and slid on ice. I was taken by ambulance to the ER because I was experiencing neck, back and chest pain. When they did x-rays, my neck and back ones were negative, but they discovered I have Asbestosis in my lungs!!What are my legal options?
    Marcus
  • Successful business owner remembers roots through giving back

    SOUTHINGTON — Curtis D. Robinson is one of the most successful African-American business owners in Connecticut, but these days it’s his work in philanthropy that keep him busy.
    “Everything God has given me is beyond my dream, beyond my imagination. I never thought I would be blessed by the gift God has given me,” Robinson said.
    His story began in the segregated south in the 1940s with his parents and three siblings.
    “I was born in Birmingham Alabama, I’m not
  • Dear Lawmakers: Highway tolls in Connecticut

    Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont, who campaigned saying he would support highway tolls only for tractor-trailers, now says he’s considering a wider tolling option.
    The Democrat, in an op-ed published Saturday in Hearst Connecticut Media newspapers, says attorneys tell him that truck-only tolling likely could only be done on certain bridges to generate revenue for their repair.
    People across the state have been sounding off on the idea as part of our ongoing ‘Dear Lawma
  • WorkinCT #CTConfident: From one car to an international limo business

    When Michael Lindsey was in school, he thought he was going to be a stockbroker. However, just as he passed all his tests, Black Monday hit in 1987.
    “You couldn’t sell a mutual fund to your mother, and it was like, now what am I going to do? I had been driving, and I really enjoyed it, and I thought let’s come back to Manchester, and do, you know, I really thought I could do it and do it better than who was here,” said Michael Lindsey, President and CEO of Lindsey Limous
  • Bernie Sanders launches second presidential campaign

    After months of deliberation, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders announced Tuesday that he is running for president again in 2020. It will be Sanders’ second consecutive bid for the Democratic nomination after losing to Hillary Clinton in 2016.
    Sanders made the announcement in an interview with Vermont Public Radio Tuesday morning.
    Sanders enters the 2020 race as one of the frontrunners — a remarkable turn for the democratic socialist who, three years ago, was viewed as a protest candidate
  • Sunny Tuesday, temps in the 30s

    WEATHER WATCH: Snow, sleet, freezing rain and rain Wednesday night into Thursday morning. Most of the storm will take place between 8 PM Wednesday night and 8 AM Thursday morning.
    It's a chilly morning out there today, and it won't warm up too much. Even though the skies will be mostly sunny, temperatures will only top out around freezing across CT. A somewhat gusty breeze will battle the warmth of the sun to make it feel chillier during the day as well.
    Wednesday during the day is dry. Th
  • Hartford Police investigate overnight homicide

    HARTFORD — Police say they are investigating their third homicide of the year.
    According to police, they were called to the area of 198 Woodland Drive on a ‘suspicious death’. around 1:30 a.m.
    When they arrived at the scene, they found a 26-year-old man from Middletown dead outside.
    Police say the victim appeared to have trauma in his chest area but it wasn’t consistent with a gunshot wound.
    Police also say that there were no shotspotter activations.
    Police have not ident
  • First on FOX 61: Contract disputes lead to lockout for local beer truck drivers

    EAST HARTFORD – Truck drivers at Rogo Distributors in East Hartford were locked out from their jobs at 5 p.m. on Monday.
    Rogo delivers various beer brands in Connecticut including Coors and Guinness.
    Months of contract negotiations between the union, Teamsters Local 1035, and Rogo led to the stalemate. Employees would be looking at nearly a 50 percent cut to the paychecks, according to union representatives.
    This would involve cuts to pensions and wages and increases to medical costs.
    &ld
  • Life Star requested following snowmobile accident in Willington

    WILLINGTON —  Life Star is responding to a snowmobile accident that took place in Willington Monday night.
    According to officials, the accident is in the area of Jared Sparks Road and one male victim was taken to the hospital due to injuries.
    No other details have been released.
    FOX61 will provide updates as soon as it becomes available.
  • Black Wolves roll over Wings 17-11

    UNCASVILLE – Callum Crawford had a career-high 12 points on five goals and seven assists as the New England Black Wolves rolled to a 17-10 victory over the Philadelphia Wings on Sunday afternoon.
    Crawford’s previous career-best was 10 points, done five times. Stephan Leblanc had four goals and three assists for seven points on the night while Tyler Digby had two goals and a season-best six assists. Reilly O’Connor had two goals and four assists for the Black Wolves (5-4).
    The
  • Young scores 55 in Quinnipiac’s 107-100 3OT win over Siena

    LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. (AP) — Cameron Young had a record-setting game in scoring 55 points to lead Quinnipiac to a 107-100 triple-overtime win against Siena on Sunday.
    Young set the NCAA single-game high mark this season, a Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference record and a program high for the Bobcats (14-11, 9-5) at the Division I level. He was 15-of-24 shooting from the field, including 9 of 13 from 3-point range, 16 of 20 from the foul line and collected 10 rebounds. His point total is the th
  • Super snow moon, 2019’s biggest supermoon, lights up the sky

    February’s full moon will brighten the skies as the biggest supermoon of the year.
    The supermoon occurs during this full moon because it will be closest in its orbit to Earth. Technically, the supermoon will reach its peak on Tuesday morning at 10:54 a.m. ET, but it won’t be visible then. Instead, keep an eye out Monday and Tuesday night.
    Moonrise will be the best time for those interested in capturing dramatic supermoon photos because the moon will be closest to the horizon. Ch
  • US Rep. Larson seeks public input about Republican tax law

    HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — U.S. Rep. John Larson is hosting a public forum to talk with residents about the effects of the Republican-written tax law.
    The Connecticut Democrat says as average tax refunds fall, he wants to hear from constituents. The forum is planned for 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, at the Lincoln Center in Manchester, Connecticut.
    IRS data released Thursday showed the average tax refund and the total amount of refunds issued declined for the second straight week. The average
  • 3 children among 4 found dead after west Michigan shooting

    SOLON TOWNSHIP, Mich.  — Authorities say three children and a woman were found dead of apparent gunshot wounds at a home in western Michigan.
    Kent County Sheriff Michelle LaJoye-Young says authorities responded Monday to a property near Cedar Springs, a community about 30 miles (48 kilometers) north of Grand Rapids. She says someone discovered the bodies and called 911.
    LaJoye-Young said the three children were elementary school-aged and younger but declined to provide further informa
  • Wintry Mix Expected Wednesday Night & Thursday Morning

    Our meteorologists are now focusing their attention on the next weather system that moves into the state Wednesday night.This story uses functionality that may not work in our app. Click here to open the story in your web browser.
  • Connecticut Attorney General to sue President Trump over emergency wall declaration

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The office of Connecticut Attorney General William Tong confirmed to FOX61 a lawsuit against President Trump will be filed Monday in response to his national emergency on the southern border.
    Connecticut is joining California’s lawsuit against President Donald Trump’s emergency declaration to fund a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border. At least a dozen states are a part of the lawsuit.
    California Attorney General Xavier Becerra says there is no emergency at the
  • Sunny Tuesday with temps in the 30s; tracking snow later in the week

    WEATHER WATCH: Snow, sleet, freezing rain and rain Wednesday night into Thursday morning. Most of the storm will take place between 8 PM Wednesday night and 8 AM Thursday morning.
    Tonight, the skies gradually clear out and temperatures drop into the teens by the early morning hours.
    Chilly sunshine is on the way for Tuesday with highs near 30 degrees.
    Wednesday during the day is dry. There is a chance for some light snow in the early evening. But most of the snow will hold off until after
  • Drivers With Ties to Conn. Racing Club Top 10 at Daytona 500

    A local youth racing club is celebrating after two alumni finished in the top 10 at the Daytona 500.Photo Credit: NBC ConnecticutThis story uses functionality that may not work in our app. Click here to open the story in your web browser.
  • Sift Bake Shop in Mystic Breaks Ground on Expansion Project

    The owner of Sift Bake Shop in Mystic broke ground Monday on an expansion project for his Water Street bakery.Photo Credit: NBC Connecticut
  • Lamont Tiptoes Campaign Flip Flop on Tolls

    Gov. Ned Lamont’s toes come very close to the line when it comes to going back on a campaign promise only to back tolls for 18-wheeler trucks.
  • A well timed snow treats CT ski area

    NEW HARTFORD - A welcome of a few inches of snow proved to be just the motivation skiers needed to come to Ski Sundown.
    With dozens of skiers and snowboarders making their way down the slopes, Lori Shield, the marketing director at Ski Sundown said “if people don’t have snow in their backyards sometimes they don’t get motivated to come out, and now we have snow.”
    Ski Sundown estimates four to five inches of new snow came down on their trails which are mostly filled with
  • Crash Closes Southbound Side of Charter Oak Bridge

    The southbound side of the Charter Oak Bridge, Route 5 and 15, is closed in East Hartford after a crash, according to state police.Photo Credit: NBC ConnecticutThis story uses functionality that may not work in our app. Click here to open the story in your web browser.
  • Massive Tanker Fire Causes Huge Mess on I-91 in Rocky Hill

    A tanker truck caught fire on I-91 in Rocky Hill Sunday morning, causing a huge inferno and shutting down both sides of the highway for hours.Photo Credit: Connecticut State Police
  • Tractor-Trailer Rollover Causing Delays on I-91N in North Haven

    Emergency crews are on the scene of a tractor-trailer rollover on Interstate 91 northbound in North Haven.Photo Credit: NBC Connecticut

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