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FARMINGTON, Conn. (AP) Two cars were engulfed in flames and several others were damaged after a 70-year-old motorist crashed into a pump at a Farmington gas station.

The fire was reported around 6:45 p.m. Monday at the Food Bag/Citgo station on Main Street.

Police say the driver backed into the pump after accidentally hitting the gas instead of the brake. The impact tipped the pump onto another car and ignited the blaze.

In all, two cars were left completely burnt and three others were damaged. The flames also charred the canopy above the pumps.

Police say everyone had time to evacuate following the crash. No injuries were reported.

It's unclear if the motorist will face any charges. An investigation is ongoing.

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WATERBURY, Conn. (AP) A Connecticut woman who ran from the scene of a crash that left a young mother of two dead has been sentenced to four years in prison.

The Republican-American reports that Clara Hinton was sentenced Monday after pleading no contest to evading responsibility in which there was a death. She has been in jail since her arrest in January shortly following the accident.

Prosecutors say the 24-year-old Hinton was in a car that wasn't registered or insured and had a license plate that belonged to a camping trailer.

They say she struck a parked car and the woman standing next to it. That woman, Genesis Baez, died, leaving behind two children.

Hinton, meanwhile, crawled from the wreckage, and ran away on foot.

Hinton apologized in court.

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Police say a 27-year-old man was seriously injured after he was struck several times in the upper body during a nighttime shooting in Hartford's north end.

Officers were dispatched to the scene near the intersection of Magnolia and Mather streets following reports of the shooting around 10 p.m. Monday.

The victim, who wasn't identified, was found suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. He transported to St. Francis Hospital in critical condition.

The circumstances of the shooting remain unclear. It's unknown if police have any suspects in custody.

Hartford police's Major Crimes Division is handling the investigation.

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Gene Wilder, the star of such comedy classics as ``Young Frankenstein'' and ``Blazing Saddles,'' has died. He was 83.

Wilder's nephew said Monday that the actor and writer died late Sunday in Stamford, Connecticut from complications from Alzheimer's disease.

The frizzy-haired actor was a master at playing panicked characters caught up in schemes that only a madman such as Mel Brooks could devise, whether reviving a monster in ``Young Frankenstein'' or bilking Broadway in ``The Producers.''

But he also knew how to keep it cool as the boozy sheriff in ``Blazing Saddles'' and as the charming candy man in the children's favorite ``Willy Wonka the Chocolate Factory.''

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A Connecticut company has delivered to the U.S. Navy an attack submarine that is sponsored by first lady Michelle Obama and will be named for her home state.

General Dynamics Electric Boat delivered the submarine that will become the USS Illinois on Saturday after more than five years of construction.

The first lady will be involved in the life of the submarine and the lives of its sailors and their families.

The submarine will begin its active service at a commissioning ceremony on Oct. 29.

It took thousands of shipyard employees in Connecticut, Rhode Island and Virginia and submarine supply businesses nationwide to build the $2.7 billion submarine.

Electric Boat is based in Groton and has been designing and building submarines since 1900.

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CHESHIRE, Conn. (AP) - Authorities say a Connecticut man wanted as a fugitive from justice after he skipped town following a domestic dispute last week has been apprehended in Delaware.

Police say Bradley Michaels was taken into custody Saturday afternoon in Wilmington, Delaware. The Cheshire man was wanted on charges of second-degree assault and second-degree strangulation stemming from an Aug. 23 incident in the town.

A warrant for Michaels' arrest was issued on Wednesday following his disappearance. He remains held in Delaware while awaiting extradition to Connecticut.

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BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) - Police have identified a Stamford teen who was fatally shot in what investigators believe may have been a drug deal gone bad in Bridgeport this past weekend.

Officials confirmed Sunday that 18-year-old Shane Slinsky was killed at a home on Wood Terrace around 4:30 p.m. Saturday. Slinsky was found shot twice in the head and was rushed to St. Vincent's Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Police say Slinsky had no apparent ties to Bridgeport and it's unclear what he was doing in town.

The incident is being investigated as the city's sixth homicide this year. No shell casings were found in the area.

Detectives have not identified a suspect or clear motive for the shooting.

An investigation is ongoing.

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WATERBURY, Conn. (AP) - Gov. Dannel P. Malloy says the widening of Interstate 84 in Waterbury is ahead of schedule.

The Democratic governor announced Friday the plan to expand the highway with an additional travel lane in each direction is currently 10 months ahead of schedule. The project started in March 2015 and is scheduled for completion in June 2020.

The wide-ranging project includes 20 retaining walls, realigning the roadway to eliminate the exiting "S'' curve, reconfiguring interchange ramps, relocating a sanitary sewer, a river and a brook.

John Dunham, the I-84 Waterbury district engineer, says the Department of Transportation is "seeing real progress every day."

State officials expect the project will remain ahead of schedule and on budget by sustaining the same pace of work and continued good weather.

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The latest plan to build the first public pool in the wealthy Connecticut town of Darien is making waves.

The turbulence developed over the past several months after a consultant recommended an outdoor, seasonal pool at the town-owned Weed Beach Park, which sits on Long Island Sound next to multimillion-dollar houses.

Nearby property owners are voicing concerns over security, traffic, noise, cost, and building in a wetlands area vulnerable to damage from storm surges.

But a survey of 2,100 residents shows 66 percent support building a pool at the park.

The town's Parks and Recreation Commission has decided to go back to the drawing board and evaluate several possible locations, including Weed Beach, as part of Darien's master park plan.

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Connecticut officials are still awaiting the results of water and soil sediment tests taken after an estimated 300 gallons of chemicals spilled into the Quinnipiac River in Southington.

Department of Energy and Environmental Protection spokesman Dennis Schain said Friday the agency expects to receive the results over the weekend. Staff will review them on Monday and make a decision about whether the continuing environmental cleanup has been sufficient or whether more work needs to be done.

In the meantime, Schain says people still should not eat fish taken from the river between West Queen Street and downstream to Route 10 in Southington.

DEEP is also still advising the public to stay away from the river banks in the area where chemicals were released from a metal plating company.

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - A man convicted in the slayings of a mother and her two daughters during a home invasion in a wealthy Connecticut suburb has tried to kill himself in prison.

Department of Correction spokeswoman Karen Martucci says Joshua Komisarjevsky tried to hang himself Aug. 18. She says it happened shortly after Komisarjevsky and accomplice Steven Hayes were transferred to the SCI Camp Hill Correctional Institution in Pennsylvania.

The men recently had their death sentences changed to life without parole.

Martucci says Komisarjevsky didn't require medical attention outside the prison and is receiving mental health treatment.

The men were convicted of the 2007 murders of Jennifer Hawke-Petit and her daughters at their Cheshire home, which was set on fire. They blamed each other. Husband and father William Petit survived.

Komisarjevsky's lawyer hasn't returned a message left Thursday seeking comment.

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WATERBURY, Conn. (AP) A civilian employee of the Waterbury Police Department has been placed on leave while the way she handled a 911 call about the shooting of a food delivery driver is investigated.

Police on Thursday said seven-year department employee Nicole Scarino is on leave.

Two people who worked for a Chinese restaurant were ambushed Tuesday night while making a delivery. Fifty-nine-year-old Helena Vargas was shot in the neck and killed. Her male companion was beaten. Four teenagers face murder charges.

In the 911 call, there appears to be a frustrating language barrier between the caller and the person handling the call. The person handling the call shouts and groans.

Mayor Neil O'Leary tells The Republican-American the person who took the call showed ``a lack of compassion and a lack of professionalism.''

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) A New Haven man has pleaded guilty to strangling an acquaintance and setting fire to his apartment.

The New Haven Register reports that Demetrius Robinson on Thursday pleaded guilty to reduced charges of first-degree manslaughter and second-degree arson in exchange for a 25-year prison sentence.

He had originally faced a murder charge in connection with the May 2015 death of 56-year-old Willie Evans.

Police say Robinson killed his friend then set fire to his public housing apartment to cover up the crime. Investigators initially thought Evans died from smoke inhalation, but the medical examiner determined Evans died from ``neck compression homicide.''

Prosecutors say the men knew each other and records show multiple phone calls between the two.

Formal sentencing was scheduled for Nov. 3.

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) -- Police in Connecticut say a 13-year-old boy driving a stolen car has died in a fiery early morning crash.

 

Hartford Deputy Chief Brian Foley tells the Hartford Courant the crash was reported at about 3 a.m. Thursday.

The severely burned driver was pronounced dead at the scene.

 

Foley says a 15-year-old passenger was taken by a private vehicle to St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center, then transferred to the burns unit at Bridgeport Hospital where he was "alert and conscious."

 

Both the car that crashed and the vehicle that dropped the other victim at the hospital were reported stolen from an apartment complex in Middletown.

 

No names were released.

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) -- Hartford could lose its minor league baseball team if there isn't immediate action to resume completion of its ballpark.

 

Eastern League President Joe McEacham issued the ultimatum Thursday during a news conference outside Dunkin' Donuts Park. He says construction delays have already forced the Hartford Yard Goats play the entire 2016 season on the road and the league won't risk that for 2017. He didn't announce specific deadlines.

 

The Yard Goats are the Double-A affiliate of the Colorado Rockies. They were supposed to open play in the new $60 million stadium in April after moving from New Britain. Construction delays pushed back the opening date and the city eventually fired the developer.

 

Construction has been suspended amid an insurance investigation and lawsuit by the developer.

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NORTH BERWICK, Maine (AP) - Maine Gov. Paul LePage is in hot water once again for comments about drug dealers arrested in the state, saying photos he's collected show more than 90 percent of them are black or Hispanic.

The Portland Press Herald reports the Republican governor made the reference Wednesday at a town hall in North Berwick. A businessman asked how he could bring a company to Maine, "given the rhetoric you put out there about people of color."

LePage says he keeps a three-ringed binder of photos from drug busts and most "are black and Hispanic people from Waterbury, Connecticut; the Bronx; and Brooklyn."

Some called his comments racially charged. LePage, who's white, says he's not racist.

In January, LePage said drug dealers with names like "D-Money, Smoothie, Shifty" are getting Maine's white girls pregnant.

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WATERBURY, Conn. (AP) -- Police say a woman delivering Chinese food in Connecticut has been shot and killed during a robbery.

 

Waterbury police say the attack was reported at around 9:30 p.m. Tuesday.

 

Responding officers found a man and a woman injured. Police say the two worked for a Chinese restaurant and had been robbed while making a delivery.

 

The man had been assaulted, and the woman had been shot in the neck.

 

The woman was identified as 59-year-old Helena Vargas. She died at a hospital.

 

Police made four arrests Wednesday morning on murder charges. The suspects are 19-year-old Anthony Wright, a 16-year-old boy, a 16-year-old girl and a 17-year-old girl.

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PLAINVILLE, Conn. (AP) - With the help of two bystanders, a Connecticut State Police trooper successfully freed a man trapped inside a burning car in Plainville.

State police say 58-year-old David Bartlett was traveling east along state Route 72 when he lost control of his Pontiac Grand Prix and struck a metal guard rail before slamming into a bridge.

The impact of the collision caused Bartlett's car to burst into flames with him still inside.

 

 

Working a construction detail nearby, Trooper Thomas Karanda responded immediately. Karanda smashed the driver's side window of Bartlett's vehicle, and he was able to pull him from the fiery wreck with help from a construction worker and a passing motorist.

Bartlett was transported to Hartford Hospital for evaluation of his injuries.

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WESTPORT, Conn. (AP) Police say a 69-year-old construction worker has died from injuries sustained in an accident at a work site in Westport.

Lt. Eric Woods says Westport officers were dispatched to the scene at around 12:20 p.m. Tuesday.

The man, identified on Wednesday as Herbert Grant, of Stratford, was supervising the pouring of concrete at a Country Lane home when he was fatally struck in the upper body by the boom extending off of the front of a concrete truck.

He was taken to Norwalk Hospital, where he later died.

Grant was an employee of Suzio-York Hill Asphalt and Concrete Suppliers of Meriden.

Police say the investigation is ongoing with help from the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

This story has been corrected to change the name of the street on which the accident occurred, per police.

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STORRS, Conn. (AP) - The University of Connecticut's incoming freshman class is the most diverse in school history.

UConn released its annual enrollment figures Tuesday morning.

The freshman class includes 5,100 students, 3,800 of whom will attend the main campus in Storrs. A record 37 percent of those come from minority backgrounds.

The percentage of minority students continues an upward trend from 14 percent in 1996, with the biggest growth coming in the school's Hispanic population.

The freshman class also is among the most accomplished in school history with 181 valedictorians or salutatorians, up from 42 students 20 years ago.

Classes begin next Monday.

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