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Friday, August 12, 2022

Burned body found in New Canaan park: Police

The death of a person in a New Canaan park has been called a likely suicide after emergency crews found a body on fire Wednesday evening. Around 8:45 p.m. Wednesday, emergency crews were called to a fire at the town mulch pile on Lapham Road, which is across the street from the entrance to Waveny Park. When officers approached the site of the fire, they saw it was a body on fire. Fire crews put out the fire. The New Canaan Fire Marshal's office was on the scene as well, said police. The New Canaan Police said they were investigating along with the Connecticut State Police Western District Major Crime Squad and Office of the Chief Medical Examiner. Police said in a press release, "It appears that this incident is isolated is not at all connected to the Jennifer Dulos case. Preliminary evidence does support that this incident is most likely a suicide." Jennifer Dulos' Chevy Suburban was found in Waveny Park the day she was last seen alive, May 24, 2019.
WTIC-TV FOX 61 Hartford

Person killed in fiery Middlefield crash

State police are investigating a deadly crash off Miller Road in Middlefield. Emergency crews and state police responded to a report of a vehicle fire off Miller Road, next to the Apple Nine golf course, around 11:15 p.m. Wednesday. Firefighters found the car engulfed in flames about 20 feet off the road, Middletown Volunteer Fire Company Deputy Chief Steven Tyc said. A person was found dead inside the vehicle and no other people were located in the area, Tyc said. There were no witnesses to the crash. According to Tyc, it is believed the vehicle was in a crash, veered off the road, and struck a tree. Investigators have not yet released the name of the victim.
WTNH-TV ABC 8 New Haven

Man injured after rope towing motorcycle snaps in Plainfield: Police

A man was injured after falling off of a motorcycle that was being towed in Plainfield, police said. The Plainfield Police Department, Moosup Fire Department, and KB Ambulance responded to a report of a crash on Allen Street in the area of Prospect Street in Moosup just before 3:30 p.m. According to police, 59-year-old Adam Kovarovics was driving a 2005 Honda VT750 motorcycle northbound on Allen Street while being towed by a piece of rope attached to a 1998 Ford Ranger that was driven by 75-year-old Charles Nelson. Police said that while the motorcycle was being towed, the rope snapped, causing Kovarovics to lose balance and fall over. The motorcycle fell to the right side onto the ground, landing on his right leg. Kovarovics suffered injuries and was transported to the Plainfield Backus Emergency Care Center.
WTNH-TV ABC 8 New Haven

First responders called to Gillette Castle State Park for fallen hiker rescue

First responders have been dispatched to Gillette Castle State Park in East Haddam for a report of a fallen hiker Thursday afternoon, Valley Shore Dispatch confirmed to FOX61. Connecticut state police are responding to assist. Chester Hose Co. responded with a boat to assist. East Haddam and Lyme fire departments were also on scene. The fall victim was conscious and alert and taken to a nearby hospital by Lyme ambulance, according to Chester Hose Co. The extent of their injuries is not known at this time. FOX61 has reached out to the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) for more information. A 17-year-old also fell from a cliff at Gillette Castle this past Memorial Day weekend, leaving them with injuries.
WTIC-TV FOX 61 Hartford

Thursday, August 11, 2022

Building collapses in Meriden

An apartment building on Broad Street was reduced to rubble after it partially collapsed on Wednesday night, according to fire crews. The roof of the building partially caved in around 6:30 p.m. The fire department was only two buildings away from the collapsed residence, so officials were at the scene in a matter of minutes. Once at the scene, officials confirmed the top floor and/or roof had collapsed onto the second floor. Residents were evacuated on either side of the building as a precaution. The process started at 7:30 p.m. and lasted about an hour and ten minutes, at which point the building was down and rendered safe, officials said. An inspector arrived shortly after and decided the whole building needed to be torn down for safety.
WTNH-TV ABC 8 New Haven

Several People Hospitalized After Tree Falls Down in Thompson

Six people have been taken to the hospital after a tree split in half and pinned multiple individuals in West Thompson Wednesday night. Fire officials said they were called to Norman Hill Road after hearing there were people pinned under a downed tree. A nearby fire department was called in to assist with the rescue. Responding crews found a large tree that had split in half, pinning what was initially reported as three people. A total of six people were transported to a nearby hospital for evaluation of non-life threatening injuries, officials said. No first responders were injured during the incident. No power lines came down and no damage was reported to the home, authorities said. It's unknown what caused the tree to split. Several nearby departments provided mutual aid. No additional information was immediately available.
WVIT-TV NBC 30 New Britain

Bristol Receives Donation From New Canine-Supporting Nonprofit

When a community's heroes and afflicted are unable to turn to therapy, friends or family for comfort in their trauma, who can they turn to? Okee, a shepherd and hound mix, is Bristol's – and Connecticut's – first fire peer support dog. "Her training, besides your basic sit, stay and lie down; her job is to go around, if we're in a room and we're there for an emotional support reason, her job is to go around and make friends," said Okee's main handler, Bristol Firefighter Chris Hayden. "She has a command where she'll get up on your lap and let you pet her. She doesn't put any pressure on your legs. She takes that pressure and puts it all on her back legs." Hayden's stepson is a master sergeant at Southington Police Department and a canine handler. He heard about the idea of peer support animals from a local resident whose child had passed from suicide.
Southington Patch

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