<![CDATA[NBC Connecticut - Connecticut News]]>Copyright 2016http://www.nbcconnecticut.com/news/local http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC_Connecticut.png NBC Connecticut http://www.nbcconnecticut.comen-usFri, 21 Oct 2016 18:16:24 -0400Fri, 21 Oct 2016 18:16:24 -0400NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[CT Elections Chief: Integrity of Ballot is Near-Certain]]> Fri, 21 Oct 2016 18:14:37 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/tally1.jpg

Secretary of the State Denise Merrill said Friday that the state is taking every precaution possible to ensure that election day goes off without any issues.

Specifically, she said any notion that Connecticut’s elections can somehow be manipulated or altered is a scare tactic because of the mechanics involved.

First of all, local elections in Connecticut use very little modern technology when it comes to actual voting an tabulating.

"We don't use the electronic system on election day,” Merrill said. “So anyone who is worried that the lists are going to be altered or hacked, we're still voting on paper lists. Those lists are printed one week in advance."

Even the vote tabulating machines aren’t connected to the internet and they provide reports on all activity of the machine itself, meaning state election officials could analyze the data and very quickly see whether something has been done to the internal mechanism.

Merrill added, “There are many many checks and balances that ensure that in Connecticut we are using every best practice."

Concerns over the sanctity of the election process have been raised in the last week by GOP Presidential nominee Donald Trump who said he would not accept the results of the election, “unless he won.”

Trump later said he would accept any result and added that he would reserve his right to challenge results in court.

Connecticut GOP Chairman JR Romano said he, too, reserves the right to challenge elections that may have seen issues arise, but said he’s confident in a legitimate outcome.

“I love this country. I love our process. This is how the Republic works.”

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<![CDATA[Showers Continue Into Saturday, Windy Weekend Ahead]]> Fri, 21 Oct 2016 17:41:31 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Model+RPM4+Precip+Cloud+CT+%285%293.png

Frequent showers are expected to last through Saturday as an area of low pressure moves through the region.

Rain totals will vary greatly across the state. Some areas may only get one quarter inch, while others could see over one inch of rain.

There is a small chance that tropical moisture gets drawn into the region. That would be the cause of greater rain totals, and signals are pointing to far eastern Connecticut if it were to occur.

Gusts over 40 mph are expected by Saturday afternoon, when scattered showers remain in the forecast on the back of the storm system. Temperatures will be in the middle and upper 50s.

By Sunday, it will dry out, but turn noticeably cooler! High temperatures will only be near 60 degrees, and the wind will still be quite gusty.

<![CDATA[2 Students Injured After Projectiles Hit Buses in Madison]]> Fri, 21 Oct 2016 18:00:46 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/school-bus-generic2.jpg

Two students have been injured after projectiles hit four school buses leaving Daniel Hand High School on Friday. 

Police said the buses were hit by what appears to be projectiles from a pellet gun around 2:20 p.m.

One window on one of the buses was damaged. Two students sustained minor injuries but did not require medical attention, the school said.

Students were brought home on a different bus, the school said. 

The incident is being investigated by the Madison Police Department. 

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<![CDATA[15-Year-Old Wright Tech Student Dies After Getting Ill at School]]> Fri, 21 Oct 2016 17:20:19 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Breaking-News-Intro-1200x675.jpg

A Wright Tech High School student died in Stamford today after becoming ill at school. 

At 12:30 p.m., state troopers said the 15-year-old girl fell ill at school and was transported to Stamford Hospital. 

She was later pronounced dead at the hospital. 

The untimely death has no criminal aspect but was caused by a medical condition, troopers said. 

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<![CDATA[Health and Wellness Festival 2016]]> Wed, 19 Oct 2016 13:55:15 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/92714+Health+and+Wellness+19+Edited.jpg

It's a day worth at least $250 in free giveaways and screenings for a family of four.

The date has been set for NBC Connecticut's 2016 Health & Wellness Festival! Join NBC Connecticut for the event on Sunday, Oct. 23 at the XL Center in downtown Hartford. The festival will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the XL Center atrium.

This is a great event with fun for the whole family! You can meet many members of the NBC Connecticut team. There will be free giveaways and plenty of free health screenings.

You can also participate in the 2nd Annual Health & Wellness Family 5K around the XL Center concourse.  There will be heats starting at 8am and 9am.  Walkers are welcome.  To sign up for the 5K, visit NBCCTfamily5K.com. There is still plenty of room to sign up for the run.  It is a great family activity.

Some of the free test available include women's heart health risk screenings and BMI calculations.  There will be instructional sessions on how to perform breast self-examinations.  A doctor will also be available to answer your questions.

If you are interested in being a vendor at this year's event, please contact NBC Connecticut at (860) 313-6320 or WVITHWFestival@nbcuni.com

Participating vendors confirmed for this year's event include:

The Hartford Wolfpack will be at the Festival donating free tickets for that night's 5pm game against the St. John's Icecaps for all #HW2016 attendees.  Sonar will also be on hand to take photos!
Live Nation will also be at the Kid's Pavilion at the event doing a ticket giveaway to the Octonauts show in Wallingford.
At the Health & Wellness Festival, you'll be able to receive hand massages and get a chair yoga demo.  We want you to leave feeling relaxed!
Please share your Health and Wellness photos and stories on social media using the hashtag #HW2016.

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<![CDATA[New Haven Police Close to Outfitting Officers With Body Cameras]]> Fri, 21 Oct 2016 17:14:42 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/New-Haven-Body-cams.jpg

Val Jean-Ashe from New Haven is concerned about the number of police shootings making national headlines.

“There’s been too many instances where people have been killed for no reason at all and I think the body camera not only helps the police, but it helps the person that’s involved in the altercation," she said.

Jean-Ashe is pleased to learn the 452 police officers in her city will be outfitted with body cameras in 2017.

“Me personally, I would love it, the earlier the better,” New Haven Police Department interim chief Anthony Campbell said.

Chief Campbell's target date for officers to start wearing body cameras has been pushed back while the city applies for state funding.

“There’s a grant out there that would allow us to buy the cameras and get 100 percent reimbursement," Campbell said, "we want to take advantage of that.”

The city will use the reimbursed money, which is about half a million dollars, to set up a system to store and distribute the video to the public when requested, Campbell said.

New Haven Police Union President Craig Miller said a majority of members support the move to wear body cameras

"You have accusations brought up against you and then when you have something on camera instead of someone else’s cell phone you getting the true story instead of their side of the story which they can manipulate the filming,” Miller said.

The union and police administration are in talks on establishing protocols for how an dwhen officers would be required to use them.

“There’s certain laws and statutes that say can’t use it with children, can’t use it with sexual assault victims, etc.,” Campbell said.

For a department that prides itself on community policing, Campbell said body cameras will improve transparency and build better trust with residents.

“Far too often the civilians or community members feel like well the police officer’s word is going to be taken over mine," he said, "whereas you have a body camera, it levels the playing field."

Mayor Toni Harp said she hope the city sets up a large enough video storage system that other police departments may use it as well.

Neighboring police departments such as Hamden, East Haven and Yale are already utilizing body cameras.

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<![CDATA[Serious Crash Closes I-91 North in Meriden]]> Fri, 21 Oct 2016 18:09:16 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/meriden+91+serious+crash.jpg

Traffic is inching along on I-91 in both directions following a crash in Meriden.

Police said the highway going northbound is completely closed, while only the left lane going southbound is closed. 

The two car crash happened at exit 16 going northbound. 

It is not clear how many people were involved in the incident.

No other details were immediately available for this developing story. 

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<![CDATA[Simsbury TD Bank Suspect May Be Serial Bank Robber]]> Fri, 21 Oct 2016 16:09:04 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/TD-Bank-Serial-Robber.jpg

The man who robbed a bank in Simsbury last Friday may also be the suspect in other robberies in Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

On Oct. 14, a bank robbery happened at TD Bank on 714 Hopmeadow St. at 10:19 a.m., police reported. 

The robber showed a note demanding money and left on foot after getting some, according to police, who said he made no threats of a weapon. 

Simsbury Police said the man appears to be the same suspect at bank robberies in Norwich, Connecticut, Brattleboro, Vermont and Westerly Rhode Island. 

The man police are looking for appears to be in his 30s. He is around 5-feet-6 tall, and has a salt and pepper beard. 

Police said the TD Bank robbery in Brattleboro happened on Oct. 7.

Simsbury Police ask anyone with information or anyone who recognizes the man in the photos to call them at 860-658-3145.

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<![CDATA[2 Hospitalized Following Serious Crash in Mansfield]]> Fri, 21 Oct 2016 16:13:21 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/police-tape-shutterstock_5628043317.jpg

Two pedestrians were struck by a car Mansfield on Friday.

State police said troopers and Mansfield firefighters are responding to the crash on Eagleville Road and Westwood Road. 

Two people were walking on Westwood Road when they were hit by a car, police said. 

Both were transported to Windham Hospital and police reported non-life threatening injuries. 

Eagleville Road was closed but has since been reopened. 

<![CDATA[New App Release Features Apple Watch, Push Alert Customization]]> Fri, 14 Oct 2016 17:20:53 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/appwatcch3a.jpg

Our latest app update provides several key features based on your feedback, including the following:

  • Introducing our first Apple Watch app! Get breaking news alerts, current weather conditions, the extended forecast and news headlines on your wrist!
  • Allowing you to customize what types of push alerts you receive from our app — news alerts, weather alerts or both.
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<![CDATA[LynFit Mixes Exercise and Thermogenic Eating]]> Fri, 21 Oct 2016 18:12:14 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/184*120/Exercise+Bike+Generic+Working+Out.JPG

It’s widely known that eating right and staying fit is a big part of being healthy, however, that’s sometimes easier said than done. 

One Connecticut woman has figured out how to get the figure you want, while still staying full in life. 

“One by one, day by day, is my mission,” Lisa Lynn, the owner of LynFit Nutrition in Norwalk, said. 

For Lynn, the number that counts is the number of people she has helped. The number of pounds those people have lost is just a plus. 

“I want to give that gift of a quick fix to everybody,” Lynn said. 

Some of the lives she has changed include big name clients, like Martha Stewart. 

Lynn said it all started 30 years ago when she battled her own weight and it all changed when she became educated in nutrition and fitness. 

“Learning what I teach now, with putting the exercise together with a specific diet to reach your goals,” Lynn said. 

She calls it “LynFit,” a metabolic boosting method of exercise mixed with thermogenic eating. It sounds complicated, but Lynn said it all starts in the kitchen. 

“Ninety percent is what you eat. So you can be a Cross Fit king or Pilates princess, but if you're not changing your diet … you cannot exercise away a bad diet,” Lynn said. 

Eat clean with lots of fish and vegetables, she said, and emphasized that high protein is a must and people can start their day with one of her protein shakes, rather than a cereal for breakfast. This is all part of thermogenic eating. 

“It's all about eating for your goal. Thermic means creating heat in the metabolism and when we create heat we are burning more calories. 

Lynn said it is also important to work out, but her method only takes 30 minutes three times a week. 

The key is using heavy weights and high intensity. 

Her workouts can all be done at home, which is especially helpful during the holidays when the gym is hard to get to.

“If it's too hard, like schlepping to the gym, get yourself some dumbbells and make it simpler for yourself,” Lynn said. 

In the end, she’s melting away the weight, but gaining so much more. 

“The happiness that comes out -- it's life changing,” Lynn said. 

Lynn will be at the NBC Connecticut Health and Wellness Festival, giving out samples and answering questions about LynFit Nutrition. The festival is on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the XL Center in Hartford. 

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<![CDATA[Masked Men Steal Entire ATM from Mall in Trumbull]]> Fri, 21 Oct 2016 15:02:59 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Westfield+Trumbull+Mall+ATM+theft.jpg

Two men stole an entire ATM from Westfield Trumbull Mall on Thursday morning and police are trying to figure out who did it. 

The two men, cloaked in ski masks and dark clothing, drove a minivan onto the sidewalk of the mall -- near the entrance by Macy’s and JC Penney -- around 9 a.m. yanked the ATM free, put it onto a handcart, wheeled it out into the vehicle and sped away. 

The van appeared to be a dark maroon or burgundy and might have had New York plates. 

Anyone with information should call Trumbull Police at 203-261-3665 or leave anonymous and confidential tip online

Photo Credit: Trumbull Police]]>
<![CDATA[Driver Hospitalized After Hitting House in New Haven]]> Fri, 21 Oct 2016 14:48:25 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/car+into+house+on+Shelton+Avenue+in+New+Haven.JPG

A driver hit a house on Shelton Avenue in New Haven on Friday morning and has been taken to the hospital. 

Officials from the New Haven Fire Department said two cars collided at Shelton Avenue and Bassett Street and one car hit the porch of 323 Shelton Ave., as well as a gas meter in front of the building. 

Gas was shut off and the driver was transported to Yale-New Haven Hospital. 

Officials said there was no major structural damage to the house, but the gas meter will need to be replaced. 

No one was home when the car hit the house.

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<![CDATA[Meriden Asks Residents to Reduce Water Use]]> Fri, 21 Oct 2016 15:05:50 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/water-faucet-generic.jpg

The city of Meriden is asking residents and employees who work in the city to reduce water use because of the drought in the hopes that voluntary measures will prevent mandatory restrictions in the future.

The Department of Public Utilities is asking residents to check your home or business for leaking fixture, including toilets; to dispose of food and solid waste in a trash bin, rather than flushing it down the toilet; and not to leave the water running while brushing teeth.

They are also asking residents to refrain from watering lawns, power washing houses or buildings and washing your car at home. Instead, they recommend using a commercial car wash to clean your vehicle.

They are also asking residents to take showers rather than baths and to avoid using a garden hose or power washing equipment to clean your driveway, sidewalk, deck or patio.

For more tips and to see how much water everyday activities use, click here

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<![CDATA[Willimantic Police Seize Almost a Pound of Marijuana During Traffic Stop]]> Fri, 21 Oct 2016 13:27:38 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Corey+Fowler+drug+arrest.jpg

Willimantic Police seized almost a pound of marijuana when they stopped a Taftville man who was speeding on Route 32, according to police.

Police said they stopped 23-year-old Corey Fowler at 1:45 a.m. Friday because he was going 53 miles per hour in a 35-mile-per-hour zone.

He was held at Willimantic Police Headquarters on a $50,000 bond and charged with possession of more than 4 ounces of marijuana and possession of marijuana with intent to sell.

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<![CDATA[Groton Police Make Third Arrest in Shooting Outside 99 Restaurant]]> Fri, 21 Oct 2016 12:47:52 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/groton2.jpg

Groton police have arrested a third teenage suspect in connection with the shooting of another teen outside a 99 Restaurant on Sunday, Oct. 2.

Timothy McKoy, 18, of New London, has been charged with first-degree conspiracy to commit robbery, first-degree accessory to commit robbery and first-degree accessory to commit assault.

Groton police previously arrested another two 17-year-olds accused in this case.

Police said that they received a reports of a shooting from employees at the 99 Restaurant at 117 Long Hill Road around 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 2 and found a 17-year-old boy with a gunshot wound to the abdomen.

The victim was taken to Lawrence and Memorial Hospital, then transported to Yale-New Haven Hospital for emergency surgery.

Police said this was not a random act of violence and those involved were not connected to the restaurant.

McKoy was arrested while making an appearance on an unrelated charge. 

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<![CDATA[Goodwin College Manufacturing Lab Travels to Schools]]> Fri, 21 Oct 2016 12:34:56 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/11a_P_MANUFACTURING_LAB_1200x675_790868035572.jpg Staff from the Goodwin College manufacturing lab visited Breakthrough Magnet School in Hartford.]]> <![CDATA[Our New Home Page: What You Need to Know]]> Fri, 03 Jun 2016 00:45:10 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/cthomepage1.jpg

Giving you the information you need as fast as possible — that’s the guiding principle for the new NBCConnecticut.com home page, which has been revamped to highlight live video and the news you need to know right now.

The new design on desktop and mobile web highlights all the live video available on the site — everything from newscasts to campaign speeches to the latest episodes of The Voice and Blindspot. A revamped "This Just In" module provides information you need to know from our reporters and social media. And our interactive radar is now available right on the home page.

So what’s new?

  • A sleeker header that follows you across the site. It provides easy access to live video as well as convenient ways to connect with us.

    The header immediately highlights key sections like News and Weather, and when you hover over the “…” you can find all of the depth of coverage that our site provides.

    The “Watch Live TV” nav item serves as a hub for all of our live video, including a 24-hour-a-day stream of what’s on our on-air channel via NBC.com.

    The “Connect” nav item makes it easy to reach us. Use this nav item to submit breaking news tips, photos or videos, connect with us on social media or sign up for one of our newsletters.

  • A live video bar that highlights important live video that is happening right now, including our on-air broadcasts, news conferences and special events. These live video bars will provide a link to the coverage as well as a few bullet points with more information.
  • Interactive radar has been added directly to the homepage, allowing you to zoom in and out to track storms in your neighborhood and across the country. In times of severe weather, look in this area for the latest weather alerts and school closings.
  • A “This Just In” section that is constantly updated with the latest news and views, especially on social media. News updates happen fast, so this will be an area of focus during breaking news situations and severe weather events.

  • A “Quicknav” on mobile web that allows you to easily navigate between sections on your phone’s browser. Swipe left to see the main navigation items on the site. The “Quicknav” will follow you throughout the site for your convenience.

We hope you like the enhancements we’ve made to the site and mobile web experience! Have comments or suggestions for future improvements? Let us know by clicking here.

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<![CDATA[New System Allows People With Disabilities to Vote Independently and Privately]]> Fri, 21 Oct 2016 13:59:53 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/accessible+voter+system.jpg

Voters who have disabilities will now be able to vote independently and privately for the first time in Connecticut. 

A new Accessible Voter System is being offered this year at every polling place and allows voters with disabilities to vote using a touchscreen or by listening to the candidates and punching in their choices. 

The computer system then shows a summary of their selected candidates or it repeats it through the headphones before printing the ballot. 

Once the ballot is printed, the voter can physically feed it into the tabulator, where the ballots are counted. 

In the past, there was an electronic system, but the votes would be counted by hand. 

“It allows them to participate in their democracy just like everyone else and we encourage everyone to vote, that’s the most important part. It’s an important part of everyone’s life and this is them fully participating in their community,” said Kevin Zingler, the executive director of MARC Inc. of Manchester, a non-profit organization that advocates for people with disabilities.

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<![CDATA[Man Shot in Shoulder in Hartford]]> Fri, 21 Oct 2016 11:46:01 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Barbor+Street+Hartford+1200.jpg

Police are investigating a shooting in Hartford early Friday morning after a 27-year-old man was shot in the shoulder. 

Police said the gunshot detection system detected four gunshots in the area of 138 Barbour St. at 12:10 a.m., then police received two 911 calls reporting gun shots a couple minutes later. 

When officers arrived, they found a 27-year-old Hartford man sitting on the front porch of 149 Barbour St. He had a single gunshot wound to the shoulder and was alert and conscious. 

The man, who police said was arrested 27 times in Hartford in the past, gave varying details of the shooting. He was brought to St. Francis Hospital, treated and released. 

Police said they found three .22 caliber casings. 

The major crimes division of Hartford Police is investigating the shooting.

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<![CDATA[Connecticut Is Among 10 States With Lowest Rates of STDs ]]> Fri, 21 Oct 2016 11:04:04 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/cdc+atlanta+sign.jpg

Cases of sexually transmitted diseases, including chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis, are on the rise nationally, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, but the number of cases is down in Connecticut and the state is one of the 10 with the lowest rates of sexually transmitted diseases.  

Officials from the state Department of Health said there were 13,126 cases of chlamydia in the state in 2015, 2,088 cases of gonorrhea and 92 cases of primary and secondary syphilis.  

In 2014, there were 13,590 cases of chlamydia and 2,390 cases of gonorrhea, but an increase in new cases of infectious syphilis, at 84 cases.  

While the CDC report ranks Connecticut in the top 10 of states with the lowest rates of these diseases, DPH Commissioner Dr. Raul Pino warns that STDs remain a significant health challenge in Connecticut. 

“With approximately 20 million new sexually transmitted infections (including HIV) occurring every year nationally, half among our younger population, it is imperative to continue our efforts to increase STD screening and to identify and focus on at-risk populations,” Pino said in a statement. “In addition to the health impacts on those infected with these preventable diseases, STDs inflict significant health care costs on individuals and the community at large.  Last year alone, STDs nationally accounted for $16 billion in health care costs.” 

State public health officials said these diseases impact certain populations disproportionately.  

Nationally, as well as in Connecticut, the majority of people to contract chlamydia and gonorrhea are women and men who are younger than 25 years old.  For syphilis, the main group affected is men who have sex with men.  

“It is important for people to know their risk and to get themselves tested,” Dr. Lynn Sosa, coordinator of the sexually transmitted diseases program at DPH, said in a statement. “All three of these diseases can be asymptomatic but still be transmitted to others and cause long-term health complications. Fortunately, these are all infections that can be treated when caught early.”

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<![CDATA[Crash Closes Part of Route 199 in Washington]]> Fri, 21 Oct 2016 10:38:44 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Police-tape-generic-jpg.jpg

Part of Route 199 is closed in Washington a dump truck crashed into a utility pole and the repairs could take hours. 

Police said the crash is near Frisbie and Davenport roads and local detours in place. 

Police expect repairs to be going on for four to five hours.

<![CDATA[Fairfield School to Address Race After Slur Video Goes Viral]]> Fri, 21 Oct 2016 10:03:53 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/214*120/vlcsnap-2015-10-12-09h17m54s251.png

Video of a student at Fairfield Ludlowe High School, in Fairfield, Connecticut using racial slurs has gone viral, according to the school, and staff members are meeting with students about race, discrimination, the impact hateful language has and the dangers of social media.

News 12 reports that the 10-second video shows a Ludlowe student doing a mock cheer that used a slur for Fairfield Ward High School, a rival school. 

A notice on the school website says one student recorded another who used “hateful language targeting black individuals and Warde students” and posted it on Snapchat. Then another person shared it and yet another posted it on Instagram. From there it went viral. 

“This highlights once again for students the dangers of posting anything online that you wouldn’t want your family, teachers, college admissions officers, or future employers to see,” the statement on the school website says. “Most importantly, we continue to work with our students to address the impact of the hateful language that was expressed.”

The school said it will conduct an advisory session for all grades, asking students to reflect on their own comfort levels in talking about race and discrimination, identify important lessons from what happened and identify ways to improve acceptance in the school community.

“We are asking our students to commit themselves to helping our town and our friends at (Fairfield) Warde know that we don’t want to be defined by this incident, but would rather be known by our words and deeds as a school community that lives by our values of Fellowship and Acceptance,” the statement says.

<![CDATA[Brothers Arrested After Police Find 190 Marijuana Plants]]> Fri, 21 Oct 2016 10:28:13 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Ronald+Rodriguez+and+Maximillian+Rodriguez+mugshots.jpg

State police said they seized almost 200 marijuana plants from a Sharon home after finding a marijuana farm and arrested two brothers.

State troopers and the state police aviation unit investigated and found a large marijuana growing operation at 484 Cornwall Bridge in Sharon, according to state police.

When state troopers searched the property, they found 190 marijuana plants, cultivation equipment and around five pounds of processed marijuana, state police said.

Ronald Rodriguez, a 27-year-old resident of the house, and his 25-year-old brother, Maximillian Rodriguez, of Caroline Drive in Sharon, were arrested and charged with illegal sale of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia in a drug factory, drug paraphernalia, illegal sale of a controlled substance by a non-drug dependent person and tampering with or fabricating evidence.

They were each held on $50,000 and will be arraigned today.

Police said they are still investigating.

Photo Credit: Connecticut State Police]]>
<![CDATA[3-Car Crash Caused Delays on I-95 South in Norwalk and Darien]]> Fri, 21 Oct 2016 12:52:01 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/3+car+crash+on+i95+in+Norwalk+and+Darien.jpg

A three-car crash with a rollover caused heavy delays on Interstate 95 South in Norwalk and Darien.

The crash was between exits 14 and 13.

No additional information was available.

Check the traffic map to see if there are delays along your commute.

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<![CDATA[Crews Battle Fire at New Haven Recycling Facility]]> Fri, 21 Oct 2016 14:02:56 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/nhwaste.jpg

Firefighters battled a fire at a recycling facility on Wheeler Street in New Haven on Friday morning.

Firefighters responded to the 75-foot-by-200-foot building around 12:45 a.m. Friday and found trash burning inside the recycling facility and smoke. 

No injuries have been reported and most of the fire is out, but crews are putting out hotspots and moving materials around with a backhoe.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

<![CDATA[2 Hospitalized Following 4-Car Crash in Farmington]]> Fri, 21 Oct 2016 11:44:23 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/police-tape-shutterstock_5628043315.jpg

Two people were hospitalized following a four-car crash in Farmington on Thursday night.

Just after 6 p.m., officers reponded to the area of Farmington Avenue at Farm Glen Boulevard. 

Responding officers found four cars involved in the crash and identified several injured parties. 

Two people were transported to the hospital for potentially life-threatening injuries. Another person was treated at the scene and refused to be transported, police said. 

Farmington Avenue was closed between South Road and Talcott North Road while the reconstruction squad investigated. 

Anyone with inforamiotn on the crash is asked to call (860) 675-2400. 

Photo Credit: Shutterstock]]>
<![CDATA[Pedestrian Struck by Car in Waterbury]]> Thu, 20 Oct 2016 23:17:12 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/police+car+siren2.jpg

A pedestrian was struck by a car in Waterbury on Thursday night. 

Police said the victim was hit on E. Main Street and Silver Street Expressway.

The incident is still under investigation.

No other details were immediately available on this developing story. 

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<![CDATA[Meriden Shelter Scrambles for New Pet Homes After Eviction]]> Fri, 21 Oct 2016 07:26:46 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/meriden-humane-society.jpg

The City of Meriden has given the Meriden Humane Society 120 days to vacate its spot in the city-owned facility on Murdock Avenue.

That means quickly find new homes for the roughly 100 animals currently there and concerns about the very future of the organization.

“I was very angry and disappointed that is what it had come to,” Kim Sauer a Humane Society Board of Directors member, said.

Mayor Kevin Scarpati praised the Humane Society’s past work in the city, which stretches back more than 100 years.

The city said lease negotiations had lasted several months.

The mayor said there were disagreements over issues including allowing animals to wander freely in the building and cleanliness.

“It’s unfortunate we’ve reached this point where we’ve asked them to fix or change a number of things in how they operate. With refusal to do from their side, we unfortunately had to part ways,” Scarpati said.

Humane Society members said there’s more to the story and also blame personal disputes between the organization and the city.

During all this, the group’s director, Marlena DiBianco, was arrested in September, accused of forging an animal certificate.

Members said the group’s several lease offers were rejected and they were unsure what to expect heading into Thursday’s meeting, which ended with the four-month exit deadline.

“The reasonings that we were given were unfounded and we weren’t really able to say our side of the piece,” Sauer said.

With the shelter ordered to close, the Humane Society is now turning away animals and its focus is on finding spots for about 85 cats and 20 dogs already there.

“It’s going to be very difficult. It’s going to take quite a miracle,” Jason Dunn, a volunteer, said.

The Humane Society will rush to get as many animals adopted as possible, then will find other homes including at sanctuaries for others.

As for the group’s future, that’s unclear, and it would need major donations for it to continue its mission elsewhere.

The city is negotiating with another animal group to take over the spot.

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<![CDATA[Lawsuit Filed Against New Haven Property Manager for Neglect]]> Fri, 21 Oct 2016 08:10:42 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/new+haven+church+street+apartments+1200.jpg

Mold, leaks and broken windows.

Those are just some of the health and safety violations discovered in the neglected Church Street South apartment complex across from New Haven’s Union Station.

An attorney for Church Street South families filed a class-action lawsuit in New Haven Federal Court Thursday morning.

“Even if they rebuilt it, I wouldn’t want to come back,” former resident Personna Noble told NBC Connecticut, looking up at her now boarded up apartment.

Noble is among the many residents seeking damages from the property’s owner, Northland Investment Corp., a real estate company based in Newton, Massachusetts.

“I had mold in my bathroom, and my downstairs closet and I had water damage on my wall and my living room,” Noble said of her old apartment.

Both of her sons have asthma.

“I took them to the doctors and they said we shouldn’t be living in there,” Noble said.

Noble’s apartment is one of the many units at Church Street South deemed uninhabitable by officials.

“Apartments that should be decent, safe and sanitary have been allowed to deteriorate by the landlord,” Attorney David Rosen said. “What we’re seeking for them is money damages for what they’ve lost, everything from illness, to homelessness.”

Before finding a home in New Haven’s tight housing market, Noble and her boys had to stay in three hotels.

“Our clients have for the most part been evacuated like refugees,” Rosen said.

Not having a kitchen while in hotels was difficult for Noble, who works in the food industry.

“Everywhere else was like one microwave, one refrigerator, I couldn’t even go food shopping the way I wanted to go food shopping for my kids. It was a mess,” she said.

Now settled in her new home, Noble said she is pleased residents are taking action in court against the property manager.

“Glad that I’m out of here,” she said. “I’m really glad.”

It will be up to the court to decide how much the Church Street South families should be compensated, Rosen said.

A spokesperson for Northland said in an email the company “does not comment on pending litigation.”

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<![CDATA[New Haven Schools Increasing Minority Teacher Recruitment ]]> Thu, 20 Oct 2016 22:58:26 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/image1265.JPG

On the day Gov. Dannel Malloy signed a bill regarding minority teacher recruitment, New Haven school officials announced they are stepping up their efforts to hire teachers from diverse backgrounds.

"When a student of color walks into a classroom and sees a teacher of color, a connection is likely to be made more readily," Mayor Toni Harp said Thursday at a press conference.

In New Haven Public Schools, only 13 percent of the teachers are African American and seven percent are Hispanic.

"That reflects the challenge, close to 80 percent of our students are of color," Superintendent Garth Harries said.

The NAACP of Connecticut is inviting representatives from 30 historically black colleges with teaching programs to a conference in New Haven. It is scheduled for Dec. 1-2 at Yale University.

"To have a comprehensive conversation, to talk about a plan in reference to bringing a pipeline of minority teachers up to the great state of Connecticut," said Scot X. Esdaile, the president of Connecticut State Conference of NAACP Branches.

Retaining teachers is a challenge because of their salaries, Esdaile said.

"We need to have that conversation about how we redirect our values in reference to paying teachers what they deserve," he told NBC Connecticut.

Since 2013, Harries said the district has filled about 75 percent of its administrator openings with candidates of color, something he hopes will help bring more minority teachers into the classrooms.

"I’m glad the New Haven district has decided to roll up their sleeves and tighten up their boots on this particular issue," Esdaile said. "We need the same type of efforts all across this state and across this nation."

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<![CDATA[Five Years Pass Since the Disappearance of 19-Year-Old in Hartford]]> Fri, 21 Oct 2016 07:53:14 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Angel-Garcia.JPG

Friday will mark the five-year anniversary of the disappearance of Angel Garcia, who was last seen riding his dirt bike in Hartford on Oct. 21, 2010.

Garcia's mother, Laura Otero-Suazo, is praying for a miracle and asking the Connecticut community for help.

"Please help, come forward and don’t let this die," Otero-Suazo said.

Her then 19-year-old son was last spotted on a stolen red dirt bike near Colt Park in Hartford.

"(He) was with his friends, then all of a sudden he left on his own, which is something that he never, never does and that was the last of him," Otero-Suazo said.

It's been 1,825 days since the mother last spoke to her son. 

"Not on Facebook, his bank accounts or social security. Nothing. No activity whatsoever," Otero-Suazo told NBC Connecticut. 

Otero-Suazo said as far as she knows, her son didn't have ongoing problems with anyone. 

Friends and family are still praying for Garcia's safe return.

"I will never - until my last breath - never let go of that hope, never, never. My instinct as a parent tells me he is still alive," Otero-Suazo said.

Describing the mother's shattered heart isn’t easy.

"Sometimes, I fantasize and I live in this make-believe world that is out there, hanging out and he’ll be home later on and I know it’s not real," she said.

Tips to police, Otero-Suazo says, haven’t seen success.

"False leads, that’s all they’ve gotten. I admire Detective Anthony Rykowski. He’s been very good. On case since start. To this day, makes sure he calls me on a monthly basis," she said.

Otero-Suazo has one last plea for the public.

"Please help me. You don’t have to give your name, or your information, just a hint," she said.

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<![CDATA[Lawmakers Aim to Outlaw Online Ticket Bots]]> Thu, 20 Oct 2016 23:20:49 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/ticket-bots.jpg

In an attempt to make popular concerts, plays and sporting events more affordable, lawmakers want to outlaw software designed to buy hundreds or thousands of tickets at a time.

The software, often referred to as bots, allow brokers to get around a portal’s ticket limit—or the maximum tickets available at one purchase.

Brokers who use that software will often sell those tickets at a much higher price than face value. Almost the entire difference goes directly into the seller’s pockets.

"It’s not fair to the ones who actually want to go and enjoy themselves," said Samantha Tome, a frequent concertgoer from West Hartford.

U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal wants congress to stop the excessive profiteering by passing the BOTS bill. If passed, anyone who either used or sold the line-cutting software, or sold tickets from such bot, could face a 5,000 dollar fine from the Federal Trade Commission.

"It’s really simple," said Blumenthal. "Basically, everybody should have a fair chance to buy tickets. No one should be permitted to jump ahead of the line before there is even a line, and then resell those tickets at hugely inflated prices."

The BOTS bill made it through the Senate Commerce Committee in September with bipartisan support.

Blumenthal hopes it will pass by the end of the year.

"When fans go to see their Christmas shows," said Blumenthal. "Perhaps thy can be spared some of the overcharging."

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<![CDATA[Latino Vote Magnified Following Final Presidential Debate]]> Thu, 20 Oct 2016 18:50:27 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/latino-low-vote-turnout.jpg

Connecticut has one of the most robust Latino and Hispanic populations in the United States per capita and it will be a critical voting bloc in the upcoming presidential and General Assembly elections.

One of the most influential writers on issues relating to members of the Latino community and those affecting Connecticut as a whole is Bessy Reyna. For years she was a columnist for the Hartford Courant and now publishes her writing on CTLatinoNews.com.

Reyna said since Donald Trump announced his candidacy at Trump Tower in New York with talk about illegal immigrant Mexicans as "rapists" and similar comments since, Latinos in America have taken notice to a trend never seen before in a presidential race.

"Trump has allowed racism in this country to bloom," Reyna said.

During the most recent debate, Trump described some illegal immigrants as "bad hombres."

Reyna said such comments are par for the course and part of a larger trend when it's come to his rhetoric.

"The issue for me is that Trump has allowed this bigotry to really explode."

There are small pockets of Trump supporters in Connecticut. One of them is Ruben Rodriguez, who is the chair of the Latino National Republican Coalition.

He heard the "hombre" comment differently.

"We take it as a compliment some times because hombre means a man and that’s something that a lot of Latinos won’t take as an offense like another word. But hombre for us is not a big thing," Rodriguez said.

Rodriguez said the issue of immigration is an important one for many members of the community because for the ones who immigrated to the United States legally, he said they feel like they played by the rules and so should everyone else and that's why Trump has resonated with some.

"What he is meaning is that look, every country has their own laws we’ve got to follow. If you go to Mexico, if you go to Canada, you’ve got to follow their own laws and that’s how we want to make it happen here in the United States," Rodriguez said. 

The most critical issues Rodriguez said are not just limited to being important to Latinos. They are jobs, the economy, and education.

Reyna, who holds a Masters and Law degree from UConn and was born in Cuba, said any rational voter, Latino or not, needs to look at Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump through a critical lens. She said her choice is clear.

"If you have a toothache, rather than going to a dentist, you go to an ophthalmologist, Trump is the ophthalmologist and Hillary is the dentist. Would you go to someone who doesn’t know what they’re doing?" Reyna said. 

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<![CDATA[Frequent Showers Friday]]> Thu, 20 Oct 2016 16:45:57 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Model+RPM4+Precip+Cloud+CT+%284%292.png

Frequent showers are expected Friday as an area of low pressure moves over the region.

Friday will be mild for the time of year, with temperatures in the lower 70s.

Rain totals will vary greatly across the state. Some areas may only get one quarter inch, while others could see over one inch of rain.

There is a small chance that tropical moisture gets drawn into the region. That would be the cause of greater rain totals, and signals are pointing to eastern Connecticut if it were to occur.

Gusts up to 40 mph are possible Saturday, when scattered showers remain in the forecast on the back of the storm system. Temperatures will be in the middle and upper 50s.

By Sunday, it will dry out, but turn noticeably cooler! High temperatures will only be in the middle 50s, and the wind will still be quite gusty.

<![CDATA[Torrington Employee Accused of Selling Drugs Near School]]> Thu, 20 Oct 2016 16:39:02 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/david-sarasin.jpg

A Torrington parks and recreation employee is being accused of selling drugs in a school zone, police said.

In August, police received complaints about a Department of Public Works members were stealing city-owned property. 

During the investigation, David Sarasin was found selling prescription drugs during his work hours at the Parks and Recreation town garage and the Besse Pool, which located near the Torrington High School, during swimming hours, police said.

Sarasin, 49, of Torrington, was charged with sale of narcotics and the sale of narcotics in a school zone. He was released on a $25,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in court on Oct. 31.

The investigation is ongoing and additional arrests are expected. 

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<![CDATA[Public Water Supply Emergency Declared for Waterbury]]> Thu, 20 Oct 2016 15:29:16 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/water-faucet-generic.jpg

The Connecticut Department of Public Health declared a public water supply emergency for the City of Waterbury. 

"As our drought conditions persist, we may face the reality of more systems needing emergency assistance to ensure adequate supplies of drinking water," DPH commissioner Dr. Raul Pino said.

On Thursday, Pino signed a temporary 30-deay public water supply emergency for Waterbury after the city informed state officials that its water supply reservoirs are approaching critically low levels. 

The declaration will allow the city to impose water restrictions on residents and businesses in Waterbury. 

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<![CDATA[No Injuries in Milford Rollover Crash on Route 15]]> Thu, 20 Oct 2016 15:01:45 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/route-15-exit-55--rollover.jpg

Police and fire officials responded to a rollover crash on Route 15 in Milford on Thursday. 

The car was flipped on to its roof on Route 15 going southbound near exit 55, state police said. 

No injuries were reported.

Police are asking drivers to reduce their speed approaching the area. 

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<![CDATA[Student Pilot Died of Smoke Inhalation, Thermal Injuries]]> Fri, 21 Oct 2016 12:50:14 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/feras+freitekh_plane+crash.jpg

The student pilot who died in a plane crash in East Hartford on Oct. 11 died of smoke inhalation and heat and fire injuries, according to the office of the chief medical examiner.

Federal investigators have called the crash an "intentional act."

A senior law enforcement official familiar with the investigation previously told NBC News that the student pilot, Feras M. Freitekh, was arguing with his instructor and the crash appears to have been a case of suicide, not terrorism.

Officials indentified him through fingerprints and the manner of his death is pending further investigation of the circumstances, according to the office of the chief medical examiner.

Freitekh was killed and his instructor, Arian Prevalla -- the owner of American Flight Academy in Hartford -- was injured when the twin-engine Piper PA 34 they were in crashed on Main Street, near the Connecticut headquarters of military jet-engine maker Pratt & Whitney, and burst into flames.

The National Transportation Safety Board previously said the crash that killed Freitekh and seriously injured Prevalla appeared to have been the result of an intentional act.

A senior law enforcement official familiar with the investigation told NBC News, Prevalla told investigators that Freitekh, a Jordanian national, was at the controls at the time of the crash. Some kind of argument or struggle for the controls ensued, the official said, and the plane crashed. The instructor did not know why it happened.

Police searched Freitek's Hartford-area home but did not find anything to indicate any terrorist interests or sympathies, a senior federal official told NBC News' Pete Williams.

He was also not on any terrorism watch list, the official added.

Prevalla has undergone surgery and he is recovering in the hospital.

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<![CDATA[Suspects in Georgia Homicide Found in Waterbury]]> Thu, 20 Oct 2016 14:24:24 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Kendra+Tillery+and+Malik+Golden+1200.jpg

Two people wanted for homicide in Georgia were taken into custody in Waterbury this morning. 

Hartford police said the Hartford Fugitive Task Force had received information that 29-year-old Kendra Tillery and 18-year-old Malik Golden might be in hiding in Hartford and driving a 2006 Chevrolet Impala with Georgia license plate RC15118, so they started searching for them. 

After following up on leads in Hartford and East Hartford, police received information this morning that Tillery and Golden had relocated to Waterbury, police said, so the task force and Waterbury police responded to 918 Woodstock Road at 7 a.m. and found the two suspects sleeping in the Impala, police said. 

For the two nights before they were caught, Tillery and Golden had been sleeping in the car in various location in Hartford, police said. 

They were transported to the Waterbury police department and charged as fugitives from justice. 

They will soon be extradited to Georgia to face the homicide charges, according to Hartford Police.

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<![CDATA[Naugatuck Teen With Autism Found]]> Thu, 20 Oct 2016 12:48:34 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/matthew+costa_silver+alert.jpg

Naugatuck police have canceled a Silver Alert for a teen with autism who walked away from school this morning and said he's been found.

Matthew Costa, 17 left Naugatuck High School just after 9:30 a.m., according to police, and did not go home. 

Around 12:45 p.m., police said they found Matthew.

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<![CDATA[Connecticut Post Mall Will Be Closed on Thanksgiving ]]> Fri, 21 Oct 2016 08:15:33 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Save+a+suit.jpg

Connecticut Post Mall in Milford will be closed on Thanksgiving so families can spend the holiday together. 

“Not only does this allow for families to be together on Thanksgiving, but it brings back the excitement that has historically surrounded the busiest shopping day of the year. This decision is an example of our commitment to the communities we serve, and to offer shopping experiences centered on what uniquely matters to them.” Steven Levin, CEO of Centennial Real Estate, the parent company of Connecticut Post Mall, said in a statement. “Family and tradition matter to our customers, and we want to support those values by encouraging our shoppers, employees and communities to celebrate a traditional holiday. Thanksgiving is for sharing. Black Friday is for shopping.” 

The mall will be offering special Black Friday deals and give away a $2,500 Holiday Shopping Spree to one lucky shopper. 

“All holidays are special and each one should be cherished. With Thanksgiving just around the corner, we encourage you to spend as much time as possible with your family and close friends," Danielle Consiglio, marketing manager for Connecticut Post Mall said in a statement. "For our part, we will make sure to provide the most magical holiday shopping experience at our mall, so that you can bring some magic back home! This year, Black Friday will be a color-filled spectacle of great deals and limitless options that will make the holiday shopping season sparkle with excitement.” 

Connecticut Post Mall will officially open at 5 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 25 and will accommodate and support department stores, theater, fitness center and restaurants if they wish to open on Thanksgiving.

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<![CDATA[Community Colleges Closer to Allowing Armed Police on Campus]]> Thu, 20 Oct 2016 13:01:32 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Board+of+Regents+community+college+police+guns.jpg

The Connecticut Board of Regents has approved the process to allow armed police at community colleges in Connecticut. 

The Board of Regents unanimously approved the formal process to allow community colleges to train and authorize their security officers to carry a gun and receive specialized training. 

Any community college interested in establishing an armed police force will have to submit a comprehensive plan to the president of Connecticut State Colleges and Universities that includes a campus security profile and officer requirements, as well as a use of force policy. 

“Providing community colleges the option to have special police forces on campus is driven by the desire consistently expressed by students, faculty and staff to feel safe. It is part of our larger approach including reviewing all of our support services and physical infrastructure to ensure we’re doing everything we can to protect the learning environment on all of our campuses,” CSCU President Mark Ojakian said in a statement.

The approval today comes nearly a year after the Board of Regents approved a resolution in December to have armed officers on campus. 

Then the General Assembly took up the bill to allow special police forces to patrol the state’s 12 community college campuses and passed the legislation in July. 

“Across the country this is happening. We do have issues on campuses often, that even though an armed police force may not avoid them, it certainly would be a deterrent to such activity on campuses,”

Merle Harris, chair of Student and Academic Affairs Committee, said. 

Once a college has submitted its plan, the president will have to approve it. 

Find more details online.

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<![CDATA[76-Year-Old Woman Dies After Newington Crash]]> Thu, 20 Oct 2016 11:50:11 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Crash+at+Webster+Street+and+Webster+Court+in+Newington.JPG

A 76-year-old woman died after a crash in Newington on Wednesday afternoon, according to police. 

Theresa Castagna, 76, of Newington, was injured when a gray Subaru Impreza and a gray Honda Civic crashed head-on at Webster Street and Webster Court around 2:30 p.m. and she was later pronounced dead at Hartford Hospital according to police. 

Castagna was driving one vehicle and police identified the other driver as 25-year-old Rocky Hill resident, Jake Ciccaglione. He was seriously injured, police said. 

No passengers were in either vehicle at the time of the crash. 

The Mid-State Accident Reconstruction Squad is investigating the crash and police ask any witnesses to call Newington Detective Leroy Feeney at 860-594-6208.

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<![CDATA[2 UConn Football Players Suspended After Arrests]]> Fri, 21 Oct 2016 04:54:18 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Nazir+Williams+and+Felton+Blackwell+mug+shots.jpg

Two 19-year-old UConn football players have been suspended from the team after police stopped the car they were in Wednesday night and found marijuana, a BB gun and an open container of vodka in the car, according to UConn police and school officials.

Police arrested 19-year-old Nazir Williams, of Bridgton, New Jersey,  a red-shirt freshman linebacker; and Felton Alfonzo Blackwell III, 19, of Mays Landing, New Jersey, a red-shirt freshman defensive lineman, after stopping the silver Chevy Malibu Williams was driving, according to police.

Police made the traffic stop on Bolton Road, on the edge of campus, after police noticed it had only one working headlight and saw Williams cross the double line, according to reports from police.

When police approached the car, they smelled marijuana, according to a report from UConn police. 

When officers searched the car, they found four grams of marijuana and a loaded BB gun that looked like a real gun, police said. The report says it was within Williams’ reach and police also found an open container of vodka. 

Police said Blackwell was in possession of a loaded BB gun that looked real. 

“University of Connecticut Director of Athletics David Benedict and head football coach Bob Diaco are aware of the incident that took place Wednesday night and take these allegations very seriously," UConn Athletics said in a statement. "The safety of our student-athletes and University community is of the utmost concern for the UConn Division of Athletics. UConn football student-athletes Felton Blackwell and Nazir Williams have been immediately suspended. The UConn Division of Athletics will work with the University during the investigation process until the situation is resolved.”

Williams was arrested at 10:30 p.m. and charged with first-degree possession, weapons in a motor vehicle and possession of alcohol by a minor. Bond was set at $2,000 and he is due in court on Nov. 1. 

Blackwell was charged with weapons in a motor vehicle and bond was set at $1,500. He is due in court on Nov. 1.

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