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Willimantic firefighters respond to house fireWILLIMANTIC, CT (WFSB) - Firefighters in Willimantic responded to a house fire early Tuesday morning. According to dispatchers, the fire was reported on Winter Street around 2 a.m. It was put out by 3 a.m. No injuries were reported. The fire marshal is investigating the cause.
PD: Man stabbed multiple times at Rocky Hill apartmentRocky Hill (WFSB) - A man was stabbed multiple times at an apartment complex in Rocky Hill late Monday night, police said. The stabbing was reported at the Century Hills Apartment Complex, which is located at 100 Cold Spring Rd., around 11 p.m. Upon arrival, officers located a man who was suffering from several stab wounds and was rushed to Hartford Hospital. He was on the third floor of the complex. The condition of the victim was not released by police. Police have detained a "person of interest," whom they said is cooperating with the investigation. The area was deemed safe by authorities. The Rocky Hill Police Department is working with the Connecticut States Attorney’s Office and the Connecticut State Police Major Crime Division as part of the investigation. The names of the victim and the person of interest have not been released.
Rep. Johana Hayes reflects on 100 days in CongressLITCHFIELD, CT (WFSB) - Representative Jahana Hayes is celebrating her first 100 days in Congress. Hayes is the first African American woman to ever represent the state of Connecticut in Congress. Monday night, she spoke at the Litchfield Community Center to update people on what she’s done in office so far. Hayes says she did this because she feels she has a level of accountability to the people in her district. She also wanted to reconnect with those who supported her during her campaign and answer questions voters in her district had. The congresswoman serves on two committees, the Committee of Education and Labor, as well as the Committee of Agriculture. She’s participated in seven committee hearings and voted on 12 education related bills. Hayes is also working on legislation that would keep guns out of classrooms. This is in response to reports from last year indicating that Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos would consider allowing schools to use federal money to arm teachers. Hayes says this is important to her because she was an educator before she was a congresswoman. “But I think more importantly, the idea that we would divert federal funds that were meant to improve student outcomes, that were meant to keep students safe, to training and arming teachers, just distorts the spirit of the law,” Hayes said. Hayes says the duty of a teacher is very different from the duty of a police officer. On Tuesday in Waterbury, Hayes will hold a press conference on that resolution which seeks to keep guns out of classrooms. She’ll be joined by Senator Richard Blumenthal and Representative Rosa DeLauro.
PD: Manchester shooting suspect had a hit listMANCHESTER, CT (WFSB) - A 28-year-old man has been arrested in connection with several shootings. According to police, the shootings happened in the Oxford Street area and had been happening since last Thursday. Police arrested Matthew Cardell of Manchester in connection to three shooting incidents. Cardell was arrested on Monday morning just after 2 a.m. after officers spotted a suspicious vehicle in the area of Oxford Street. Police questioned Cardell and he admitted that he had been involved in all of the shootings. When police took him into custody, they found his gun, ammunition, and a long list of names he says have wronged him in the past. The first shooting took placed on Mar. 14. A homeowner told police he discovered bullet holes in the front of his home. On Mar. 16 just before 4 a.m., police were called to Oxford Street for the report of gunfire in the area. No damage was found to any homes or vehicles. On Mar. 17, around 10:46 p.m., officers were called to the report of gunfire in the area of Oxford Street. One home had been hit and numerous shell casings were found. No one was hurt in any of the incidents. Channel 3 <a href="" target="_blank">spoke with a Manchester family</a> after their home was riddled with bullet holes. They said they had no idea why they were targeted. On Sunday night, Cardell targeted Andrew Iriondo's next door neighbor. Caleigh Riewe was trying to fall asleep when the shooting started. "Last night when I heard it, I was like what the heck," said Riewe. Iriondo's surveillance video showed Cardell returned early Monday morning. "The officers, when they called me last night, said they had a suspect in custody. They asked me if I recognized the name, never even heard of him in my entire life," said Iriondo. Iriondo said investigators told him three police officers are on the list, which has about 30 total names. Iriondo was included because Cardell claims he towed his car about 4 years ago. "He said he had a good experience with me, so it wouldn't make any sense why I would make his list," Iriondo said. Iriondo told Channel 3 Cardell shot at Riewe's home because he wanted his neighbor to turn against him. "It's just scary that a stranger just comes into the neighborhood and just does this and disrupts our whole little society," Riewe said. Cardell is charged with unlawful discharge of firearms, reckless endangerment, stalking, criminal mischief, and breach of peace. He is being held of a $200,000 bond and will appear in Manchester court on Tuesday. Police said Cardell has a valid CT pistol permit.
Police release 911 calls of former Hamden Schools employee using n-word at storeEAST HAVEN, CT (WFSB) - It’s a vile video of a woman spitting at and hurling a racial slur towards a black family quickly went viral. The disturbing incident happened Friday at a supermarket in East Haven. This woman who worked for the Hamden school district resigned shortly after the incident. Meanwhile, the head of the local NAACP says charges should be filed. In front of her stunned children and other shoppers, the woman identified as Corinne Terrone used the “n-word” and then appears to spit at black family. “It was stomach turning, it was vile,” said Mayor Curt Balzano Leng. The video started popping up on social media over the weekend and word spread that Terrone worked at Hamden Public Schools as a clerk at central office. That is, until the superintendent revealed she resigned, once the district’s human resources department asked her to come in for a meeting. “It showed that there is no tolerance for that kind of behavior in this town and that’s something can take a horrible situation and hopefully turn it into a teachable moment, because seeing this is not something that our kids should see,” Leng said. After leaving the store, East Haven Police said Teronne called police to complaint, first mistakenly calling Easton Police. "He said, 'Are you talking to me [expletive]' and I said, 'no I'm not [n-word]' and now they're telling me I'm racially profiling," Terrone told the dispatcher. After that she called East Haven Police a number of times saying she wanted to make a statement, but only if police went to her house in New Haven. "Ma'am, I'm not going to sit here and argue with you. If you want to make a complaint, you come to the station or go back to Shop Rite, other than that I have nothing to say to you," the dispatcher told Terrone. Terrone laughed at the dispatcher in which he responded, "Alright ma'am, I'm not laughing, have a good night." There was no answer at a Quinnipiac Avenue address listed for Terrone. But Saturday morning, New Haven Police said they responded to a Quinnipiac address for a welfare check of a 40-year-old woman. “Based on the information provided, the woman’s history, and the woman’s interaction with police on scene, new haven police sent the woman via ambulance to the hospital for a mental health evaluation,” New Haven Police said in a statement. Police said no arrests were made and they stress that investigation is separate from any investigation of the videoed incident that occurred in East Haven. Meanwhile the head of the NAACP Greater New Haven branch hopes the family goes to police, saying charges should be filed. “The level of just disgusting language she used and the manor which she behaved, I personally do, and I would like to see that happen. I think that would send a strong message, that this is not tolerated, this won’t be accepted,” said Dori Dumas, NAACP Greater New Haven branch. East Haven police said they can't file charges because so far, no one has made a complaint. "I think that she should be held accountable and we would like for the family to make a formal complaint. We think that would bring more attention to it, so we can address it," Dumas said. After the video surfaced, the Department of Children and Families became involved as well. In a statement DCF said: “The Department does investigate reports that a parent or other person responsible for a child's care is acting erratically or in an impaired fashion that puts a child's safety at risk or is injurious to their well-being. Under CT law, we are unable to disclose child protection records publicly.” Shop Rite in East Haven released a statement on the incident saying: "We can confirm that this incident took place at the ShopRite of East Haven in Connecticut on Friday evening. We are cooperating fully with the police and have provided store video footage for their investigation. We encourage anyone with additional information about the incident to contact the East Haven police. We are saddened and deeply disturbed that this occurred in our store and affected our customers." East Haven Police said they are asking anyone who witnessed the incident to come forward so they can learn more about what happened.
Report shows third CCSU professor violated student sexual misconduct policyNEW BRITAIN, CT (WFSB) – A third Central Connecticut State University professor is accused of violating student sexual misconduct policy. An investigation was started after a female student claimed a mathematics professor made “unwelcome romantic and sexual advances” towards her. The report identifies the man as Mihai Bailesteanu, a Mathematical Science Associate Professor at CCSU. The student stated that Bailesteanu subjected her to “unwelcome romantic advances and inappropriate physical contact including, but not limited to, kissing her on the cheek and forehead and hugging her on numerous occasions.” She also alleged that Bailesteanu asked her questions about her sexual experiences, including whether or not she was a virgin, and if she used birth control. The student reported incidents to the chief diversity officer at CCSU. The first incident of sexual misconduct was reported in Oct. 2017. There are reports of incidents from Oct. 2017 until Apr. 2018 In the report, Bailesteanu, originally from Romania, claims that that kissing women on the cheek and forehead are culture norms for him. It was found that both the CCSU non-discrimination in Education &amp; Employment and the BOR/CCSU Sexual Misconduct policies had been violated. The university issued a written reprimand and a notice of non-renewal to Bailesteanu. According to CCSU President Dr. Zulma L. Toro, the non-renewal of Bailesteanu was overturned by the Grievance Arbitration Committee. The grievance process related to the reprimand is still ongoing. Bailesteanu was a finalist for Central Connecticut’s Excellence in Teaching Award, but that has been rescinded. Toro said the school is taking steps to make changes in the process to ensure this is not repeated. She said the faculty members who evaluate nominations were not aware of Bailesteau’s situation. This is the third professor at CCSU accused of sexual misconduct. The first professor, <a href="" target="_blank">Joshua Perlstein, was a theater professor</a>. The <a href="" target="_blank">second was Thomas Delventhal</a>, also a theater professor. Toro has released a statement on Bailesteau, which reads: "Dear Central Family,There are media reports today that would lead you to believe that this University did not take seriously a student’s complaint of sexual assault by Mathematics professor Mihai Bailesteanu. This is wholly untrue.We aggressively investigated the claims, found that both the CCSU Non-discrimination in Education &amp; Employment and the BOR/CSCU Sexual Misconduct policies had been violated, and issued a written reprimand and a notice of non-renewal to the professor. Professor Bailesteanu grieved our actions.The non-renewal of Professor Bailesteanu was overturned by the Grievance Arbitration Committee (see attachment), which is comprised of the Connecticut State Colleges &amp; Universities Vice President for Human Resources Steven Weinberger, who serves as the BOR president’s designee, and Gregg D. Adler, the CSU-AAUP president’s designee.The grievance process related to the written reprimand is still ongoing.Concerns raised that the professor was a finalist (although briefly) for a teaching award are understandable, and we have already made changes in the process to ensure this is not repeated. The faculty members who evaluate the Excellence in Teaching nominations were not aware of Professor Bailesteanu’s situation. As soon as the details were made known to them, they swiftly reevaluated the list of finalists and, this morning, announced a revised list of finalists. In the future, the list of award candidates will undergo scrutiny by the Provost before being announced to the campus.My team and I took the appropriate actions related to Professor Bailesteanu’s violations. The decision by the Grievance Arbitration Committee is extremely frustrating to me, but I pledge to you that I will continue to do what is right to protect our students, our faculty, and the entire Central family." To read the full report, click <a href="" target="_blank">here</a>.
Silver Alert cancelled for missing Norwalk manNORWALK (WFSB) - Police in Norwalk said a missing man was been found in Stamford, and a silver alert cancelled According to police, 52-year-old Herman Lee Colter was last seen at Flax Hill Park at 4:45 p.m. Monday. Police said Colter was found in Stamford around 10 p.m. Monday.
Legislators discuss taxing home heating oilHARTFORD, CT (WFSB) - Gas and oil prices are already high, but now some lawmakers are talking about a tax. The tax would be added to fossil fuels, such as heating oil. On its face ---this legislation would tax fossil fuels in an effort to get more people to use greener and cleaner energy, such as solar. But not everyone can afford to switch over. This was a pretty cold winter and heating bills were expensive. Legislation before the Environment Committee could make those bills even higher. "It’s another attempt at grabbing money out of everyone's pocket in Connecticut to prop up our general fund,” said Senator Eric Berthel. Republican Senator Eric Berthel is skeptical, if a tax were to be used to help pay or even push people away from fossil fuels that would be one thing. But he feels a tax would do nothing more than hurt consumers. The tax, if passed on from the dealer to the consumer, would be 14 cents a gallon. On a fill up of 150 gallons, that's $20 dollars more. The tax would be on home heating oil as well as natural gas and propane. Representative Ed Vargas, a Democrat from Hartford says he's heard from many constituents telling him to vote no. "People feel this is such a vital part of people's lives, home heating oil, propane for cooking. That any burden on them and the distributors and the business people whose lively hoods depend on this are very concerned about this,” said Vargas. Vargas and others feel taxing sugary drinks is one thing but a necessity like heating oil is another. If the bill passes the Environment Committee, it will go to the House for a full vote.
Woman dies after fire in SheltonSHELTON, CT (WFSB) – A woman died during a fire in Shelton on Sunday afternoon. Crews responded to a fire on Florence Drive around 3:30 p.m. Firefighters heard that a woman was inside the residence. The woman, identified as 67-year-old Barbara Curley, was found in the bathroom. Curley was brought to Bridgeport Hospital. She died from her injuries on Monday. The Shelton Fire Department said foul play is not suspected in this fire. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.
Millions expected to bet on brackets for March MadnessNEW BRITAIN, CT (WFSB) -- Millions of brackets are being filled out for March Madness as the competition is a way fans can participate with their favorite teams. Although Central Connecticut State University didn’t make it to the tournament this year, Channel 3 chatted with some university students who are getting in the game. “I don’t care what sport it is, I’m watching it and I get extremely competitive,” said CCSU student, Stephanie Cooper. Building the best bracket is an annual ritual across America as more than 70 million people are expected to fill one out this year. The odds of a perfect one, however, is 1 in 9.2 quintillion. “It’s like the best of the best playing against each other, so it’s fun to watch,” said CCSU student, Andrew Stennett. Last year, we saw a one seed team, for the first time ever, lose to a 16 seed team. While that probability is nearly unattainable, a popular upset is witnessed in the 12 and 5 seeds, or 75% of all tournaments. Should that outcome happen again, Liberty, Oregon, New Mexico State, or Murray State could get a foothold. Some students at CCSU are setting their sights on Duke University, they said. “As a team, they’ve been able to be clutch so far, so they’ll be able to finish it off,” said CCSU student, Andrew Stennett. While it’s still illegal in Connecticut, sports betting is a big part of March Madness, too. The American Gaming Association said more than $10 billion was wagered on last year’s tournament. “I wouldn’t bet too much, but I would bet a few bucks, make it more entertaining,” said CCSU student, Nicholas Johnston. But other students Channel 3 spoke with at CCSU said they always know the house always wins, so they said they won’t blow their tuition money. The Blue Devils of CCSU said they love CCSU Blue Devils of Duke University. They are the odds-on favorite to win it all at 2:1 odds, meaning we’d net two times our wager if Duke wins the Championship.