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Breaking News
6:10 pm - March 29, 2017

Incident at UConn resolved, no threat found

STORRS — An overheard conversation that concerned an individual a the University of Connecticut late this afternoon ultimately resulted in a search of Oak Hall, but no danger discovered.

UConn Police have resolved the incident at Oak Hall and put out the “all clear” message to indicate that regular university operations are resuming there, according to a statement from UConn.

According to a release from UConn, police received a call around 4:15 p.m. from a person in the building who said he overheard a conversation that concerned him.

Police and emergency crews conducted a “thorough search of Oak Hall and found nothing to indicate any danger to students, employees or the campus community as a whole,” reads the release.

Classes starting before 6 p.m. in Oak Hall were canceled, but classes starting at 6 p.m. and later were to take place.

No other buildings or class schedules were affected.

The request to the building’s occupants to “shelter in place” (remain where they are) during the search has been canceled.

“We appreciate everyone’s cooperation during the police response,” wrote UConn spokeswoman Stephanie Reitz. “Officers will remain near Oak Hall to provide assistance or answer questions, but all indications at this time are that the incident is a result of a misunderstanding or other circumstance, and not a threat or imminent danger.”

Breaking News
10:40 am - March 29, 2017

Pomfret woman killed in Ashford collision

ASHFORD — A Pomfret Center woman was killed this morning in a brutal, head-on collision on Route 44 involving a Toyota Prius and a large, commercial truck.

Emergency medical personnel pronounced 24-year-old Ashley L. Ryba, of Abington Road in Pomfret Center, dead at the scene.

According to state police, the 2010 Prius driven by Ryba left the travel portion of Ashford Center Road (Route 44) while traveling west, where it struck a metal beam guardrail on the right shoulder of the road.

Police said the Prius then traveled back into the roadway and into the eastbound lane of Route 44, where it struck a commercial truck head-on.

The truck was owned by Stavens Brothers Inc. of Willington, a water drilling and well pumping company.

Police said the truck was being operated by 53-year-old Joel D. Stavens of Tolland.

The accident is still under investigation and witnesses are encouraged to call State Police Trooper Justin Loftis at 860-896-3200 or email him at justin.loftis@ct.gov.

Breaking News
4:25 pm - March 29, 2017

Willimantic police warn of ATM skimming

WILLIMANTIC — The Willimantic Police Department is investigating after several city residents have reported funds being stolen from their bank accounts after their use of an ATM or debit card within the city.

Members of the Criminal Investigation Division were able to seize an actual “skimming device” from a local ATM and that device is now being analyzed.

The device is placed over the card insert and a new keyboard is also placed over the existing one.

The would-be user then inserts their card and completes their transaction.

The skimming device is later removed and the information gathered is then utilized fraudulently.

In most instances the consumer is notified by their bank of the unauthorized use and their funds are reimbursed.

The consumer then fails to notify their local police department because restitution has been made by the bank and a new card has been issued.

The city police department is warning consumers that even if they are reimbursed by their financial institution they should notify their local police department so the incident can be tracked and properly investigated.

Should a consumer have questions about the legitimacy of an ATM, they should notify their local police department.

Anyone with questions or information surrounding these incidents, are being asked to contact Willimantic Police Det. Eric Dean at 860-465-3135, ext. 324.

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