• Governor Lamont, legislators announce plans for special session to address transportation deal

    HARTFORD — Governor Ned Lamont, along with Connecticut’s top politicians, announced Tuesday that they plan to hold a special session next year.
    According to the press release, the legislative session will be held to address a bonding bill and a long-term plan for Connecticut’s transportation infrastructure.
    “We are committed to investing in transportation without recklessly raiding the rainy day fund, which will only lead to increased taxes and drastic cuts to education,
  • Branford Bans All Single-Use Plastic Checkout Bags

    Branford Bans All Single-Use Plastic Checkout Bags
    The push for a more eco-friendly environment has made its way into grocery stores and other major retailers in Connecticut. The town of Branford is taking it one step further by banning all single-use plastic checkout bags. Back in June, the town passed an ordinance prohibiting any plastic bags being used for retail checkout. The purpose of the ordnance is...
  • Nearly 65 years after opening it’s doors, the Tower Grill Restaurant in Waterbury is closing

    WATERBURY -- A well-known diner is shutting its doors after 65 years.
    The Tower Grill has been a staple for the past 65 years; but, now, it’s closing its doors for good on December 24 to make way for new developments.
    For the past 30 years, the Cotsoradis family has been at the helm of the iconic restaurant.
    “My parents were originally diner people from New York and I kind of was born into it,” says current owner, Peter Cotsoradis. “My mom says she used to rock the baby
  • After nearly 65 years, Waterbury’s Tower Grill Restaurant is closing

    WATERBURY -- A well-known diner is shutting its doors after 65 years.
    The Tower Grill has been a staple for the past 65 years, but now, it’s closing its doors for good on December 24 to make way for new developments.
    For the past 30 years, the Cotsoradis family has been at the helm of the iconic restaurant.
    “My parents were originally diner people from New York and I kind of was born into it,” says current owner, Peter Cotsoradis. “My mom says she used to rock the baby c
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  • Meriden Grinch Defeated After Police Recover Stolen Packages

    Meriden Grinch Defeated After Police Recover Stolen Packages
    Doreen Guarino has six grandchildren. Like most grandparents she likes to shower them with gifts during the holidays. This year, though, was almost spoiled, as Grinch-like thieves stole several packages from her front porch last week. “I was thinking, ‘what did I order? I have to reorder everything’ and I had ordered a lot,” said Guarino. Meriden police said they...
  • Former Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital Patient Organizes Toy Drive

    Former Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital Patient Organizes Toy Drive
    Dozens of volunteers stepped up to move precious cargo at Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital Tuesday, unloading toy after toy after toy for young patients here. It’s all organized by a former one: Faith Tremblay. “It’s amazing. It’s magical, this really shows what the holiday is all about,” said Lisa Tremblay, Faith’s mom. She remembers being at the Children’s Hospital...
  • Gov. Lamont Announces Plans for Special Session to Address Transportation Plan

    Gov. Lamont Announces Plans for Special Session to Address Transportation Plan
    Governor Ned Lamont and the Senate and House Democrats have announced a plan for a special session next month. The special legislative session is expected to address a bonding bill and a long-term plan for the state’s transportation infrastructure, according to a statement from Lamont. “We are committed to investing in transportation without recklessly raiding the rainy day fund, which...
  • Police search in Naugatuck for missing 1-year-old Vanessa Morales

    NAUGATUCK -- The search for the missing 1-year-old Vanessa Morales expanded into town of Naugatuck Tuesday.
    Lt. Patrick Lynch of Ansonia confirmed that investigators were our in the town searching that morning.
    Police said that the search there was in connection with the Amber Alert.
    Morales has been missing since December 2.
    FOX61 received new pictures of Morales as her family continues to beg for her return.
    Morales' mother, Christine Holloway, was identified as the victim December 4.
    If you
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  • Police begin search in Naugatuck for missing 1-year-old Vanessa Morales

    NAUGATUCK -- The search for the missing 1-year-old Vanessa Morales expanded into town of Naugatuck Tuesday.
    Lt. Patrick Lynch of Ansonia confirmed that investigators were our in the town searching that morning.
    Police said that the search there was in connection with the Amber Alert.
    Morales has been missing since December 2.
    FOX61 received new pictures of Morales as her family continues to beg for her return.
    Morales' mother, Christine Holloway, was identified as the victim December 4.
    If you
  • Biden leads in Quinnipiac poll of Democratic presidential candidates

    HAMDEN — A new Quinnipiac Poll released Tuesday shows former Vice President Joe Biden with the strongest lead he has had since the end of the summer, with 29 percent of the vote among Democratic voters and independent voters who lean Democratic.
    Polling officials said, “Biden is followed by Sen. Bernie Sanders with 17 percent, Sen. Elizabeth Warren with 15 percent, and South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg with 9 percent. Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has 5 percent, business
  • Diabetes Drug Metformin Investigated For Possible Cancer-Causing Contaminant

    Diabetes Drug Metformin Investigated For Possible Cancer-Causing Contaminant
    (CBS Local) — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration says it is investigating to see if a prescription drug used to treat diabetes is contaminated with traces of a chemical linked to cancer.
    The impacted drug is metformin, which is used to control high blood sugar in patients with Type 2 diabetes.
    Some metformin medicines in other countries have been found to contain the carcinogen N-Nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA), but those levels were in the “naturally occurring in food and water&rdquo
  • Man Accused of Showing Gun, Firing It at Vehicle in Norwich

    Man Accused of Showing Gun, Firing It at Vehicle in Norwich
    Norwich police have arrested a man who is accused of showing a gun and firing it at a vehicle back in October. Officers said they responded to Oakwood Knoll on October 2 around 1:15 a.m. after getting a report of shots fired. Nobody was injured in the incident. After an investigation, police said they determined that 24-year-old Miguel Ocasio, of...
  • Barking Hero Dog Saves Family Of Five From Raging House Fire

    Barking Hero Dog Saves Family Of Five From Raging House Fire
    SAVANNAH, Ga. (CBS Local) — A Georgia family of five credits their dog with saving them from an overnight fire that caused extensive damage to their home.
    Savannah firefighters said the pet’s loud barking alerted the sleeping family members to a raging fire in the rear of the two-story home just after 1 a.m. on Friday.
    “The five residents were able to escape unharmed after their dog, Sammy, alerted them to the blaze,” Savannah Fire Rescue said a statement statement obtain
  • Torrington man says dogs may have caused child’s injuries

    TORRINGTON — A Torrington man charged with injuring an 8-month-old child in his care told investigators the baby was hurt by the family dogs, or in a fall from a couch.
    Austin Higley, of Torrington, was freed on $10,000 bond after pleading not guilty Monday to charges including risk of injury to a child.
    Police started investigating in August when the girl was brought to the hospital with leg and skull fractures.
    The 24-year-old Higley denies causing the girl’s injuries. Under police
  • UConn board set to approve 5 years of tuition hikes

    The University of Connecticut’s Board of Trustees is set to approve a plan that would increase tuition for its undergraduate students by more than $3,200 over the next five years.
    That is an increase of more than 23% for in-state students and just under 9% for out-of-state students.
    Under the plan being voted on Wednesday, the total cost of attending the school in the 2020-21 academic year, including fees, room and board and other costs would come to $31,092 for in-state students and $53,7
  • Metro-North bans alcohol on trains from noon Saturday to noon Sunday

    Alcohol will be banned on Metro-North trains this weekend during the SantaCon event in New York City.
    The 24-hour ban for alcohol on Metro-North trains and at stations will be in effect from 12 Noon, Sat., Dec. 14 to 12 Noon, Sun., Dec. 15 to maintain orderly travel during this weekend’s SantaCon event.
    Officials said, “MTA police officers will be on duty at Grand Central Terminal and stations throughout Metro-North territory, as well as on trains to enforce this 24-hour restriction.
  • Woman fights off attempted carjacker before husband, bystanders hold him down

    STOCKTON, Calif. (KTXL) - A mother fought back Sunday as a man tried to steal her car in Stockton while her three children were inside.
    The attempted carjacking happened on El Dorado Street around 5 p.m., according to police.
    Elijah Cervantes, 22, in a mugshot provided by the Stockton Police Department.
    Stockton Police Officer Joe Silva said Elijah Cervantes got into the back of the car then tried to get to the driver's seat by climbing over the backseat where the woman's children were.
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  • North Carolina man charged with committing 3 murders in Connecticut in 2015

    NEW HAVEN  — A federal grand jury returned an indictment Monday charging a Raleigh, North Carolina man with kidnapping and murdering three individuals in Hamden and New Haven.
    The indictment of 33-year-old Edward Michael Parks, also known as “Lee” and “Trouble” comes after four years of an in-depth homicide investigation and statements made in court, according to the office of U.S. Attorney Durham.
    Parks was in an apartment on Shelton Avenue in New Haven on Nov
  • Westport adds Tesla to police fleet, first fully EV cruiser in state

    WESTPORT — Police have added a Tesla Model 3 to their fleet in hopes of meeting sustainability goals and save the town money.
    Police added the 2020 Tesla to the fleet and are outfitting it with the necessary police equipment – including emergency lights and siren, networked computer, a weapon rack and tires capable of sustained speeds of over 100mph. The department expects it to hit the road next month.
    Police Chief Foti Koskinas said in addition to being green, he was  impresse
  • Milford AT&T store manager facing charges after sending explicit videos to himself from customer phone

     
    MILFORD — A Bridgeport man is facing charges after an incident where he abused his power.
    Milford Police arrested 35-year-old Raymond Small on a warrant Monday after he was accused of sending himself sexually explicit videos via text message from a customer’s phone.
    According to police, Small was working as a manager of the AT&T store at 1319 Boston Post Road in Milford when the incident occurred on July 14.
    Small has been charges with 3rd degree Computer Crimes and f
  • State comptroller says Connecticut saved $1.7 billion through SEBAC negotiations in past two fiscal years

    HARTFORD — State Comptroller Kevin Lembo said Connecticut has saved $1.7 billion over the past two fiscal years through negotiations with the State Employees Bargaining Agent Coalition.
    Lembo issued the state’s first annual SEBAC Savings Analysis Report, detailing how the state has achieved the savings as a result of programs collaboratively established through the 2017 SEBAC agreement.
    Lembo said in a statement, “The 2017 SEBAC agreement included wage concessions, changes to e
  • U of Phoenix agrees to $50M settlement over false ad claims

    PHOENIX — The University of Phoenix for-profit college and its parent company will pay $50 million and cancel $141 million in student debt to settle allegations of deceptive advertisement brought by the Federal Trade Commission.
    The deal announced Tuesday settles a dispute over an ad campaign unrolled in 2012 touting partnerships with companies including Microsoft, Twitter and Adobe and suggesting the school worked with those companies to create job opportunities for students. Investigato
  • Miss USA, Miss America, Miss Teen USA and now Miss Universe are all black women

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    And that’s a big deal if you know pageant history.
    Beauty pageants early in their histories, some dating back to the 1920s, barred women of color from participating. Even after organizations began changing their rules to accept women of all r
  • Gold coins worth $4,000 found in Bristol Salvation Army kettle

    BRISTOL — Someone threw three gold coins worth over $4,000 into a Salvation Army kettle in Bristol last month according to officials.
    The coins were found in a Salvation Army Red Kettle at Price Chopper in Bristol on Wednesday, November 27.  Officers and staff were counting the cash in the kettle when they discovered the South African Kruegerrands.
    “We were so surprised and amazed when we found the coins,” said Captain Sharenna Echavarria, Corps Officer at The Salvation Ar
  • Westport Police Buys First Tesla Squad Car in Conn.

    Westport Police Buys First Tesla Squad Car in Conn.
    Westport Police Department has bought the first Tesla Model 3 squad car in the state. The vehicle is fully electric and has a 310 mile range, police said. It has been delivered and is being outfitted with police equipment including emergency lights, siren, a computer, a weapon rack and tires capable of sustained speeds of over 100 miles per hour,...
  • Report: 2 gunmen open fire Jersey City street

    JERSEY CITY, New Jersey — NJ.com reports that police responded to an active shooter situation in Jersey City.
    There are reports that one officer has been shot.
    This is a developing story.
  • An ‘active shooting situation’ is under way in Jersey City, NJ, sheriff’s office says

    JERSEY CITY, N.J. —  An “active shooting situation” is taking place in Jersey City, New Jersey, according to Jean Jadezaia, a spokeswoman for the Hudson County Sheriff’s Office.
    The ATF office in Newark tweeted Tuesday that it has agents responding to “reports of an active shooter.”
    The New Jersey State PBA also tweeted: “We need a lot of prayers right now for Jersey City officers. Keep all those involved in your thoughts.”
    CNN affiliates repo
  • Active shooter situation reported in Jersey City

    JERSEY CITY, New Jersey — ATF agents out of Newark report they are responding to an active shooter situation in Jersey City.
    There are reports that one officer has been shot. PIX11 reports the shooting happened in the area of Martin Luther King Drive near Bayview Avenue.
    At least one school is on lockdown FOX 5 NY reports.
    This is a developing story.
    Breaking: @ATF_Newark Agents responding to reports of an active shooter in Jersey City, NJ. pic.twitter.com/lC48sne5ov
    — ATF Newark (@A
  • New Haven Police issue Silver Alert for 12-year-old girl

    NEW HAVEN — Police have issued a Silver Alert for a missing 12-year-old girl.
    Taniyla Wells has black hair and brown eyes. She is 5’4 and weighs 100 lbs. It’s not known what clothing she was wearing. She was last seen Tuesday, in New Haven.  Police did not provide a photo of the girl.
    Contact New Haven Police with any information at 203-946-6321. 
    Silver Alerts are issued by law enforcement agencies for missing people of all ages. Amber Alerts are issued for children
  • Coins Worth Thousands of Dollars Placed in Salvation Army Kettle in Bristol

    Coins Worth Thousands of Dollars Placed in Salvation Army Kettle in Bristol
    Three gold coins worth thousands of dollars were left in a Salvation Army kettle in Bristol. Officials from The Salvation Army of Bristol said someone put three gold coins into a kettle at Price Chopper on Farmington Avenue in Bristol on Wednesday before Thanksgiving and they were found on Friday, Nov. 29. The estimated value of the coins is between...
  • A new Nike swimwear line includes a swim hijab

    Nike’s Victory Swim Collection will include a full-coverage swimsuit and a swim hijab.
    The line, announced Tuesday, will be available globally at select retailers and online February 1.
    “The design of the Nike Victory Swim Collection serves a variety of needs from modesty preferences to sun protection and represents Nike’s commitment to inclusive design, providing more women with game-changing innovation to enjoy sport,” the company said.
    The fabric is designed to be ligh
  • ‘Set Your Price For A Slave’: Teacher On Leave For Slave Trade Assignment Question

    ‘Set Your Price For A Slave’: Teacher On Leave For Slave Trade Assignment Question
    ST. LOUIS (CBS Local) — An elementary school teacher in Missouri was placed on administrative leave after asking students to set a price on slaves.
    The question was part of an assignment given to fifth graders Blades Elementary School in St. Louis last week.
    One of the 12 questions read as follows:
    “You own a plantation or farm and therefore need more workers. You begin to get involved in the slave trade industry and have slaves work on your farm. Your product to trade is slaves.
    Set
  • 2-year-old killed in New Canaan crash

    NEW CANAAN — A nearly two-year-old child was killed Tuesday morning after being struck by a car.
    Police said around 8:45 AM, they received a 911 call about a young child that had been struck by a vehicle in the driveway of a residence on North Wilton Road.
    The  child was transported to Norwalk Hospital, where emergency room personnel provided emergency care. Despite the efforts of many first responders, and emergency room personnel, the child succumbed to grave injuries.
    This incident
  • Toddler Hit, Killed in Driveway of New Canaan Home: Police

    Toddler Hit, Killed in Driveway of New Canaan Home: Police
    A toddler has died after he was hit by a vehicle in the driveway of a home in New Canaan on Tuesday morning. Police said they received a 911 call about a nearly 2-year-old boy that had been hit by a vehicle in the driveway of a home on North Wilton Road around 8:45 a.m. Within minutes of the emergency...
  • Police ID Toddler Hit, Killed in Driveway of New Canaan Home: Police

    Police ID Toddler Hit, Killed in Driveway of New Canaan Home: Police
    A toddler has died after he was hit by a vehicle in the driveway of a home in New Canaan on Tuesday morning. Police have identified him as Lucas Richard McGee. Police said they received a 911 call about a nearly 2-year-old boy who had been hit by a vehicle in the driveway of a home on North Wilton Road...
  • WATCH: Man Dumps Woman Out Of Wheelchair Before Stealing It

    WATCH: Man Dumps Woman Out Of Wheelchair Before Stealing It
    PHOENIX (CBS Local) — An Arizona man caught on camera forcing a woman out of her wheelchair and attempting to run away with it is in custody, police said.
    Austin Brett Shurbutt, 26, was arrested after the Phoenix Police Department released surveillance video that allegedly showed him dumping the woman out of her wheelchair and trying to steal it.
    It happened on Friday, Nov. 29, the day after Thanksgiving, on the city’s light rail train near 12th and Jefferson streets, CBS affiliate K
  • Bill Cosby loses appeal of sexual assault conviction

    PHILADELPHIA — A Pennsylvania appeals court has rejected Bill Cosby’s bid to overturn his sexual assault conviction.
    The ruling Tuesday is being closely watched as Cosby was the first celebrity tried and convicted in the #MeToo era.
    Defense lawyers say the trial judge improperly allowed five other accusers to testify.
    But the state Superior Court says the testimony is lawful and shows Cosby had a pattern of drugging and molesting women.
    The 82-year-old Cosby is serving a 3- to 10-yea
  • Suspect in Boston double murder trial dragged out of court after threatening prosecutor

    BOSTON — The man accused of brutally killing two Boston doctors in their penthouse apartment in 2017 was dragged out of court on Tuesday morning after he threatened the prosecutor.
    Bampumim Teixeira, 33, entered the courtroom and began yelling at Suffolk County Assistant District Attorney John Pappas, who has led the prosecution’s double murder case against Teixeira.
    “Yo Pappas, you better hope I never get out of jail,” he said.
    Teixeira also made other derogatory remarks
  • Merriam-Webster declares ‘they’ its 2019 word of the year

    Merriam-Webster has named the pronoun “they” its 2019 word of the year.
    The word and its emergence as a nonbinary alternative to “he” and “she” experienced a 313 percent increase in look-ups on Merriam-Webster.com.
    Editor at large Peter Sokolowski says he was surprised by the data but the word has been the subject of a lot of talk this year.
    Look-ups for “they” spiked in January with the rise of model Oslo Grace on top fashion runways.
    In September
  • Company surprises employees with $10 million in bonuses at holiday party

    BALTIMORE, Maryland (WJW) – One of the largest commercial real estate firms in the Mid-Atlantic will pay a surprise $10 million bonus to all 198 of its employees.
    The announcement was caught on video.
    St. John Properties said the surprise was to celebrate the company’s goal of developing 20 million square feet of office, flex/RD&D, retail and warehouse space in eight states, according to a press release.
    The workers will be paid based a bonus based on their years of service
  • President Trump revives ‘witch hunt’ claim as Democrats unveil articles of impeachment

    Author: TEGNAWASHINGTON — President Donald Trump quickly turned to Twitter in response to Democrats announcing two articles of impeachment against the president.
    Shortly after the announcement, the president fired off a series of four tweets in which he revived his claims of a “WITCH HUNT!” and implored his 67 million Twitter followers to “Read the Transcripts!”
    The president also specifically called out House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler and House Inte
  • CDC investigating E. coli outbreak likely linked to salad kits

    The CDC is warning customers about a multi-state outbreak of E. coli infections linked to Fresh Express Sunflower Crisp chopped salad kits.
    As of December 9, eight people from three states were infected with the strain identified in the outbreak, the CDC said. Three were hospitalized, including one person who developed kidney failure.
    There were no deaths.
    This outbreak is caused by a different strain of E. coli than the other current outbreak linked to romaine lettuce grown in the Salinas, Cali
  • Roxette singer Marie Fredriksson dead at 61

    Singer Marie Fredriksson died Monday after a 17-year battle with cancer, her management company has confirmed.
    The 61-year-old was a successful solo artist in her native Sweden before joining with Per Gessle to form Roxette, the act that went on to achieve global fame.
    The duo’s breakout single was “The Look,” reaching number one on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1989.
    Another single, “It Must Have Been Love,” became a smash hit after featuring in the
  • ICE detained a New Haven student. His teachers tried to send him homework so he wouldn’t fall behind

    NEW HAVEN — The principal’s voice piped through the PA system at Wilbur Cross High School with a startling announcement.
    ICE had detained a student.
    “Everyone was worried and asking around,” says Sandy Martinez-Paz, a 17-year-old junior at the school. “We wanted to know who it was.”
    Students later learned that Mario Aguilar, an 18-year-old who enrolled in the school last year, was arrested by Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers at a nearby courthouse
  • Norwalk police looking to identify 3 male suspects in stolen vehicle incident

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    Police said they are investigating a motor vehicle theft that happened December 2nd on Penny Lane. The vehicle was later found in New Haven.
    Police are looking to identify the three male suspects in the pictures above in connection with their investigation.
    Anyone who recognizes the suspects or has any information is asked t
  • Hamden police investigating after bullet fired into home

    HAMDEN — Police are investigating after a bullet struck a home on Saturday.
    Police said at 7:30p.m. they were called to a home on  Easton Street residence on the report of shots fired.
    A resident told police that she opened her front door to retrieve a food delivery. “While the delivery driver was standing on her front steps, several gunshots were fired in their direction, from an occupant seated inside of a fleeing motor vehicle, said police.
    There were no reported injuries. A
  • Officials Say Pardon for Hartford Woman Facing Deportation Is Valid

    Officials Say Pardon for Hartford Woman Facing Deportation Is Valid
    An appeals board says the pardon for a Connecticut woman facing deportation is valid. Connecticut Attorney General William Tong said the Board of Immigration Appeals terminated 35-year-old Wayzaro Walton’s removal proceedings and have allowed her to remain in the U.S. The Hartford resident was released just before Thanksgiving after nearly eight-months of incarceration. “Connecticut pardons count. This is a tremendous...
  • After losing students and colleagues in Parkland shooting, teacher finds healing in writing

     Author: Andie Judson
    PARKLAND, Fla. — Parkland.
    The simple word represents so much: a town, a tragedy, a mass school shooting, a movement, a group of young changemakers.
    But to Sarah Lerner, Parkland is home.
    Lerner is a mother, wife, teacher and New York native who migrated south to Florida. She has been teaching journalism, English and overseeing the yearbook at Stoneman Douglas High School for six years. Within those years, school shootings have increased dramatically.
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  • Man Accused of Sending Himself Sexual Videos from Customer’s Phone: Police

    Man Accused of Sending Himself Sexual Videos from Customer’s Phone: Police
    Milford police have arrested an employee of an AT&T store who is accused of texting sexually explicit videos to himself from a customer’s phone. Police said 35-year-old Raymond Small, of Bridgeport, is accused of sending himself the videos while working as a manager of the AT&T store at 1319 Boston Post Road, on July 14. He has been charged with...
  • New England Patriots admit to inappropriately filming the sideline and field at their next opponent’s game

    The New England Patriots are once again embroiled in controversy.
    This time, they’ve been accused of recording the Cincinnati Bengals sideline during the team’s game against the Cleveland Browns Sunday. ESPN was first to report on the story. The Bengals are due to play the Patriots Sunday.
    “We are aware of the incident, and we are aware it is being investigated by NFL Security,” the Bengals said in a statement to CNN Sports. “We will have no further comment.”

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