<![CDATA[NBC Connecticut - Top Stories]]>Copyright 2018 https://www.nbcconnecticut.com/news/top-stories http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC_Connecticut.png NBC Connecticut https://www.nbcconnecticut.com en-usMon, 22 Oct 2018 18:38:59 -0400Mon, 22 Oct 2018 18:38:59 -0400NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[White Powder Prompts Emergency Response at Hartford School]]> Mon, 22 Oct 2018 18:13:19 -0400 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/BURNS-ELEMENTARY.jpg

Emergency crews responded to Burns Elementary School in Hartford Monday after several people were exposed to a white powder.

Hartford Public Schools spokesman John Fergus said a balloon with a white substance was found outside and brought into the building.

Fire officials said students playing outside found the balloon, which burst. Two children and two adults were exposed, fire officials said. Police said 14 students and two teachers who were in the area were quarantined.  No one was hospitalized and no one showed any signs of illness, officials said.

Fire officials said testing determined the substance was not hazardous or drugs, but it was not immediately clear what the substance was.

The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection is investigating.

Fergus said as a precaution the school called a Code Yellow, which means students were held inside the building. Anxious parents gathered around outside the school Monday afternoon awaiting an update.

Sulaica Berrios said her 6-year-old daughter was exposed.

"I hope so, that’s what they say but we don’t know for sure what it is. We are going to take her to the emergency room to double check everything is fine," she told NBC Connecticut.

Police do not believe there is any criminal aspect to the incident.

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<![CDATA[Connecticut's First Flu-Related Death of the Season Reported]]> Mon, 22 Oct 2018 18:35:53 -0400 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Flu_Deaths_Climb_in_Connecticut_Again.jpg

Connecticut's first flu-related death of the season has been reported.

According to the Connecticut Department of Public Health, it was a patient over the age of 65.

The agency reported 41 confirmed cases of the flu across the state and said 22 people have been hospitalized so far this season.

The flu season officially started August 26.

Last fall and winter, the U.S. went through one of the most severe flu seasons in recent memory. 

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 80,000 Americans died of flu and its complications last winter - the disease's highest death toll in at least four decades. 

It was driven by a kind of flu that tends to put more people in the hospital and cause more deaths, particularly among young children and the elderly.

In recent years, flu-related deaths have ranged from about 12,000 to — in the worst year — 56,000, according to the CDC.

CDC officials do not have exact counts of how many people die from flu each year. Flu is so common that not all flu cases are reported, and flu is not always listed on death certificates. So the CDC uses statistical models, which are periodically revised, to make estimates.

Last winter was not the worst flu season on record, however. The 1918 flu pandemic, which lasted nearly two years, killed more than 500,000 Americans, historians estimate.

<![CDATA[Ashford Students Talk With ISS Astronauts ]]> Mon, 22 Oct 2018 18:37:59 -0400 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Ashford_Students_Talk_With_ISS_Astronauts.jpg

A group of Ashford students had the unique experience to make contact with astronauts in space with help from an amateur radio.

Students were encouraged to ask questions, and received answers from astronauts aboard the International Space Station Monday.

“What is the strangest thing you have ever seen in space?”

“I think the strangest thing has probably been the aurora.”

A dozen students participated in the event, which was made possible by Amateur Radio International Space Station, or ARISS. The hope is to inspire students to explore science, technology, engineering and math.

“When the first transmission went through and it was all static I was like yay…but then it actually came through and you're talking to that person it was really cool,” said student Abby Robinson.

Eighth-grader Anna Dietz said the astronauts gave her a new perspective.

“What does it feel like emotionally to be in space and to see the world from such a unique perspective?” students asked.

“It makes you pause but you also realize that we live very close together. The world is also a very small place sometimes,” the astronauts answered.

“I really liked how she said it makes the world feel big and small…because I'm always thinking about like we're just on this planet spinning around,” Dietz said.

Students also learned about life on board the ISS, all while the ISS passed overhead.

“What is the hardest thing about having zero gravity?”

“The hardest thing is you can't turn your back for a second when you let something go. I've lost about three forks, four spoons."

It was a rare opportunity few schools experience.

“I don't know the exact number but there was maybe 10 to 20 schools that get to do this this year...and that's globally,” explained science teacher Carly Imhoff.

<![CDATA[Dog Left Tied to Door at Audubon Society in Glastonbury]]> Mon, 22 Oct 2018 17:45:53 -0400 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/GLASTONBURY-DUMPED-DOG.jpg

Glastonbury police are investigating after someone left a dog at the Connecticut Audubon Society over the weekend.

Police said the female dog was found tied up to the door at the Audubon Society on Main Street.

Audubon society officials said they closed at 3 p.m. on Saturday and when staff arrived at 8:30 a.m. Sunday, the dog was there. Someone had already called police and staff arrived at the same time as animal control officials.

The Audubon Society does not offer services for abandoned pets, officials said.

Anyone who recognizes the dog should contact Glastonbury Animal Control at 860-633-7227.

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<![CDATA[Stefanowski Campaign Clarifies Comments on Immunization Laws]]> Mon, 22 Oct 2018 18:32:50 -0400 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/BOB-STEFANOWSKI1.jpg

In a grainy video recorded over the summer at a campaign event, Bob Stefanowski, the Republican candidate for governor, shared some of his thoughts on childhood immunization laws.

NBC Connecticut obtained the video of Stefanowski from a source working for Democratic campaigns in Connecticut. The video is two minutes long, and it is unknown what is said before or after the two-minute portion on immunization policy.

Stefanowski was asked by an audience member at the event, which appears to have been hosted by the Quiet Corner Tea Party, about the state mandating certain immunizations in order for students to attend public school.

The member of the audience, who is off camera and cannot be identified, asked, “Do you think the state should dictate [immunizations] or should local [Boards of Education] handle that?”

Stefanowski responded by saying, “I think it depends on the vaccination. We shouldn’t be dumping a lot of drugs into kids for no reason.”

Connecticut mandates that students receive certain vaccinations at different points in their education. When students are entering pre-kindergarten, kindergarten, and seventh grade, immunizations for ailments like hepatitis, pertussis, tetanus, and meningitis must be completed before the students start classes.

There other requirements for different schools and programs. For instance, a flu shot is required for children in daycare facilities and at youth camps, and state colleges require certain immunizations for students planning to live in on-campus housing.

Stefanowski told the group that he and his wife had all of three of their daughters vaccinated, which he described as, “a choice my wife and I made.”

The candidate would not commit to any kind of legislation that would change current state immunization policy when he was pressed by the person asking questions about his position.

“I’d want to see it,” Stefanowski told the room. “I’m really not dodging your question. A hypothetical bill that I’ve never seen, it’s hard for me to say.”

Then Stefanowski said, “I would look at it. I don’t think we should be forcing people to inject a ton of chemicals into their kids but I would want to see more about it.”

When reached for comment, Monday, his spokesman Kendall Marr told NBC Connecticut in a statement:

“Bob's position here is in line with the law. While he believes that the best practice is to vaccinate your children, he does not believe that the government should be able to legally force you to do so.”

He added, “However, not vaccinating your children does mean you will likely not be able to enroll your children in public schools or daycares, so as not to put others at risk. Aside from affirming what the current law is, Bob does not advocate for any policy changes in this video. ”

Jerold Duquette, an associate professor of Political Science at Central Connecticut State University, said the existence of the video will not lead to any meaningful conversations about vaccination policy among the candidates running for governor.

"This reinforces the difference between someone who believes in vaccines and someone who doesn't,” he said. “You can't develop an issue in two weeks and that's not the point of using an October surprise. You're not trying to develop an issue. You're just trying to reinforce an existing cleavage.”

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<![CDATA[Police Investigate Threat About High School in New Haven]]> Mon, 22 Oct 2018 13:30:59 -0400 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/WILBUR-CROSS-HIGH-SCHOOL.jpg

Police are investigating after a threat was made about a high school in New Haven on Monday.

According to officers, an overnight threat was made using social media about Wilbur Cross High School. The origin and credibility of the message have not been determined.

Police did not release details about what the threat specifically said.

The school and its security team are being provided with police and other support in order to maintain a safe environment for all students and staff, school officials said. Wilbur Cross remains in session and is on a regularly scheduled half-day on Monday.

“Student safety is the top priority for New Haven Public Schools. The collaboration and planning with the New Haven Police Department, school security, Central Office and Wilbur Cross Administration allows for us to respond to security issues quickly and proactively as we work diligently to maintain safe and healthy learning environments for all New Haven Public School students," Superintendent Dr. Carol D. Birks said.

The threat remains under investigation.

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<![CDATA[Suffield Police Seek Information on Deadly Crash]]> Mon, 22 Oct 2018 15:43:03 -0400 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Police+Lights+Generic+NBC4_16.jpg

Suffield police are looking for witnesses to a deadly crash on Boston Neck Road Friday.

Police said the one-car crash happened around 9 p.m. near the one-lane bridge over Stony Brook, in the 500-block of Boston Neck Road. The female driver, identified as 21-year-old East Granby resident Nina Adasiewicz, was killed. A male passenger was also injured.

Investigators are looking to speak with anyone who was in the area of the crash between 8 and 9:09 p.m. Friday who may have seen the vehicle involved, a blue 2000 Honda.

Anyone with information on the crash can contact police at 860-668-3870.

<![CDATA[Myths About the Honduran Caravan Debunked]]> Mon, 22 Oct 2018 15:38:49 -0400 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/AP_18295085910904-migrant-caravan-mexico.jpg

NBC News has debunked a handful of allegations that President Donald Trump and others have spread about the caravan of thousands of Honduran migrants that is headed north in the hopes of crossing the U.S. border.

There is no evidence the caravan is being led by anyone other than Hondurans, despite Trump alleging that "a lot of money has been passing to people."

A former senior intelligence official who continues to be briefed on current intelligence told NBC News that there is also no evidence that any Middle Eastern terrorists are hiding in the caravan. That's in contrast to a tweet from the president implying the opposite. The Department of Homeland Security, meanwhile, is able to gather biometric data as migrants pass between the borders of Central American countries. 

Click here for more by NBC News on five myths about the caravan that are disputed by the facts.

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<![CDATA[Lyme Man Charged in Fatal Hit and Run]]> Mon, 22 Oct 2018 14:36:57 -0400 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/daniel-coffee-old-lyme-arrest.jpg

State police have arrested a man in connection with an October 2017 fatal hit-and-run in Old Lyme.

Daniel Coffee, 36, of Lyme, turned himself in to troopers in Westbrook Monday morning.

Coffee is accused of hitting 19-year-old Yeison Gomez Cruz as Gomez-Cruz walked along Boston Post Road near Sill Lane in the early morning hours of October 30, 2017.

Coffee left the scene of the incident but was found a short time later, according to state police.

Gomez-Cruz was rushed to the hospital but died several days later.

Coffee is charged with misconduct with a motor vehicle, evading responsibility (death), and possession of less than 1/2 ounce of cannabis.

He was scheduled to appear in court on Monday.

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<![CDATA[Video: Bystanders Help Thwart Robbery at Drive-Thru ATM]]> Mon, 22 Oct 2018 14:40:38 -0400 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Good+Samaritans+Stop+Florida+Robber.png

Two bystanders stopped an armed robber who attacked a couple while they were trying to make a deposit at a central Florida ATM.

The Orange County Sheriff's Office said the couple was sitting in their car at the drive-thru of the Chase Bank on South Orange Blossom Trail when the robber "came out of nowhere" and tried to take the woman's purse.

Police said the 55-year-old woman and her husband tried to fight off the attacker.

Surveillance video shows the suspect reaching inside the driver side window and getting dragged by the moving car as the driver attempts to break free.

Police said the suspect then pulled out a box cutter knife and grabbed the woman by the neck as she honked her horn. That's when two good Samaritans noticed something was going on ran to get the attacker away from the car, police said.

The suspect fled the scene in an unknown direction. Police said they believe he may still be in the area. 

Police is asking anyone with information to call the Crimeline at 800-423-8477.

Photo Credit: Orange County Sheriff's Office]]>
<![CDATA[$1M Powerball Ticket Sold in Connecticut]]> Mon, 22 Oct 2018 12:30:11 -0400 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/mega-and-powerball.jpg

Check your tickets! One Powerball ticket sold in Connecticut for Saturday's drawing is worth one million dollars.

According to the Connecticut Lottery, the ticket matched all five numbers. The numbers that were drawn were 16, 54, 57, 62 and 69.

The ticket was sold at the Prospect Smoke Shop on Waterbury Road in Prospect, according to the Connecticut Lottery.

Another Powerball ticket from the same drawing is worth $100,000 after matching four numbers and the Powerball, which was 23.

The Connecticut Lottery says in total there were 50,090 winners from the drawing.

Correction: An earlier version of this story said a Powerball ticket was worth $100,000 after matching five numbers and the Powerball. 

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<![CDATA[Suspect in Downtown Milford Robberies Arrested]]> Mon, 22 Oct 2018 11:20:54 -0400 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/tasmineshannonhouse.JPG

The suspect in two Milford robberies that happened earlier this month has been arrested.

Officers said they were actively investigating two separate robberies with a firearm that happened on October 8 and October 10 in the downtown Milford area. Both were believed to be committed by the same suspect.

According to police, the robbery on October 8 was committed at the People's United Bank drive-up ATM on South Broad Street. The suspect walked up to a vehicle while it was in the drive-thru, pointed a gun at the driver and demanded he take money out of his account and hand it to him. The robbery on October 10 was committed at the Taste of Thai Restaurant, also on South Broad Street. In both incidents, the suspect pointed a black handgun at the victims.

Detectives used surveillance camera footage and were able to identify the suspect as 25-year-old Tasmine Shannonhouse, of Hamden. Officers said they obtained a search warrant and the firearm used in the robberies, later determined to be a BB gun, was found inside of his apartment when he was arrested.

Shannonhouse was charged with two counts of robbery, two counts of larceny and two counts of illegal possession of a firearm. Police also learned that Shannonhouse had an active warrant for his arrest, accusing him of failing to pay a marijuana infraction that he received in Norwalk on February 1, 2014.

He was held on a $200,250 bond for both cases and the warrant. He is scheduled to appear in court in Milford on Monday.

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<![CDATA[Second Disaster Loan Outreach Center Opens in Hamden]]> Mon, 22 Oct 2018 11:52:36 -0400 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/disasterloansinhamden.jpg

The Small Business Administration has opened a second Disaster Loan Outreach Center in Hamden for the week of October 22 to assist people impacted by the May 15 tornadoes and severe storms.

According to the SBA, businesses and non-profits can borrow up to $2 million and loans between $40,000 and $200,000 are available for renters and homeowners to cover damage that was not covered by insurance.

“Any businesses that might have some economic injury as a result of the storms or any kind of physical or structural damage,” explained Victoria Munoz, who is with SBA. “The same thing for homeowners that might have suffered any personal property losses.”

SBA officials said they will assist people with their applications. The process takes about 20 minutes.

The Hamden location is at the Miller Memorial Center on Dixwell Avenue. It will be open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. during the week and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday. It closes permanently, Monday, October 29.

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<![CDATA[Why We Vote: Viewers Weigh In On The Midterms]]> Mon, 22 Oct 2018 12:05:26 -0400 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/why-we-vote-thumb.gif

NBC stations around the country asked voters why they are or aren’t inspired to vote in the 2018 midterm elections. We received scores of responses from viewers who said they were of voting age and identified as Democrats, Republicans, Independents, or who preferred not to disclose their party affiliation. Check out an interactive display of the answers below. Responses, which were submitted beginning Oct. 5, 2018, were edited only in obvious cases of typos.

If you have not yet participated in the survey and would like to do so, go here.

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<![CDATA[Consultant to Study Possible Merger for Ansonia, Derby School Districts]]> Mon, 22 Oct 2018 10:02:05 -0400 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/ansoniaderby2.JPG

Consolidating the Ansonia and Derby school districts has been an idea for quite some time now. On Monday, a consultant will be selected at Ansonia High School to study the process.

The study will last for two years.

Both cities said they're looking to improve education including having more AP courses while saving money.

In June, NBC Investigates found that plenty of people still aren't in favor of consolidation, while others are more open-minded.

"There's a big rivalry between Ansonia and Derby. And I don't think that's such a great idea," said Lisa Lewis-Hoxha, of Ansonia.

"Maybe they should help each other, maybe they could work out a deal with helping each other," added Richard Tracy, of Ansonia.

The consultant to study this possible merger will be picked at 7 p.m.

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<![CDATA[Cause of Hartford House Fire Under Investigation]]> Mon, 22 Oct 2018 10:25:29 -0400 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/hartlandstreetfire.jpg

The cause of a Hartford house fire is under investigation on Monday morning.

Fire officials said they received a call about a fire on Hartland Street around 8:30 a.m.

According to firefighters, there was a fire in the basement of the home. It caused smoke damage in the basement and inside the home.

In total, seven people live in the home. The four people who were home at the time of the fire made it out safely, firefighters said.

It is unclear if the residents will be allowed back in the home.

Investigators are working to determine the cause of the fire.

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<![CDATA[Police ID Man Who Died in Boating Accident on Candlewood Lake]]> Mon, 22 Oct 2018 09:42:15 -0400 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/160*120/candlewoodlakeboatax.jpg

Police have identified the man who died after a boating accident on Candlewood Lake in Brookfield on Sunday afternoon.

EnCon Police responded to Candlewood Lake around 12:30 p.m. after getting a report of a capsized motorboat with two adult men aboard.

Police said 29-year-old Joseph Miranda, of Manchester, swam to the shore and refused medical treatment. A second man, 48-year-old Gary Hayes, of East Hartford, was found in the water and was transported to Danbury Hospital, where he later died.

EnCon Police are investigating the accident.

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<![CDATA[Charges Expected in Plainfield Pedestrian Hit-and-Run]]> Mon, 22 Oct 2018 09:35:13 -0400 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Police+lights+generic7.jpg

A man who believes he was the driver who hit a pedestrian in Plainfield on Saturday night has come forward to police.

Officers said a man came to the Plainfield Police Department around 8 a.m. on Monday to report that he believed he was the driver who struck 27-year-old Christina Godbout on Saturday. The man provided a detailed statement of what he said occurred, along with evidence from the incident. Charges are expected.

Police said Godbout, of Plainfield, was walking her bicycle southbound on the east side of Norwich Road when she was hit by a vehicle traveling northbound.

The vehicle that hit Godbout is believed to be a 2007 to 2013 GMC Sierra 1500 or Chevrolet Silverado 1500 with damage to the passenger side of the vehicle including on the headlight assembly and passenger side mirror.

Godbout was transported to the Backus Emergency Care Center in Plainfield to be treated for non-life threatening injuries. She was later released.

The crash remains under investigation.

<![CDATA[14-Year-Old Stole Maserati in Greenwich: Police]]> Mon, 22 Oct 2018 09:18:17 -0400 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Police+Lights+Generic+NBC4_16.jpg

Greenwich Police have arrested a teenager who is accused of stealing a luxury vehicle earlier this year.

Officers said they responded to Waterbury Juvenile Court on Friday to issue the 14-year-old a juvenile summons as part of an arrest warrant.

According to police, a 2017 Maserati Levante was taken from River Road in the Cos Cob neighborhood of Greenwich on April 1. The 14-year-old boy was developed as a suspect by police.

The teen was charged with larceny and burglary and was in court on Friday.

<![CDATA[Officers Investigate Stabbing in North Haven]]> Mon, 22 Oct 2018 07:16:22 -0400 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/160*120/North+Haven+police+generic.JPG

North Haven Police are investigating after a stabbing on Sunday night.

Police said they were called to the Rosewood Condominiums on Hartford Turnpike around 7:30 p.m. after getting a report of a stabbing.

The person who was injured was taken to an area hospital to be treated.

Officers said residents should not be alarmed and that the stabbing was an isolated family violence incident.

The investigation is ongoing.

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<![CDATA[Toilet Flushing System Burst Danger Prompts Massive Recall]]> Mon, 22 Oct 2018 10:00:42 -0400 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/flushmate-toilet-recall1.jpg

More than a million Flushmate pressure-assisted toilet flushing systems have been recalled because they can burst powerfully enough to cause the toilet to shatter, causing injuries and property damage.

Nearly 1,500 incidents have been reported in the United States in connection with the Flushmate II 501-B pressure-assisted flushing system. At least 23 people have been hurt, one of whom needed foot surgery, and the incidents caused about $710,000 in damage, according to a recall notice posted Thursday by the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

When pressure causes the system to burst at or near a weld seam, it can lift the lid of the toilet tank or shatter it completely, the agency said. Another version of the Flushmate product, the Series 503 Flushmate III, was subject to three recalls since 2012.

The recall affects about 1.4 million units across the country along with nearly 17,500 in Canada. The units were sold widely for nearly two decades, including at Home Depot and Lowe's stores, and are identifiable by looking on the label for series number 501-B, a model number beginning in M and ending in F and a serial number that begins with date codes between 090396 and 120713, indicating the dates between Sept. 3, 1996, and Dec. 7, 2013.

Anyone with a recalled unit is advised to turn off its water and flush the toilet to release the pressure inside.

Flushmate will replace and install the recalled units for free. Contact the company at 844-621-7538 between 8 a.m. and 10 p.m. ET on weekdays or between 8 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. ET Saturday, or visit this page.

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<![CDATA[Missing Wisconsin Teen's Picture on Billboard on I-84 in Waterbury]]> Mon, 22 Oct 2018 07:56:13 -0400 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/jaymeclossbillboard.jpg

Monday marks one week since a Wisconsin teenager vanished.

Despite more than 1,000 tips, there’s still no sign of Jayme Closs, whose parents were found dead.

Now people across the nation, including in our state, are being asked to help find her.

Drivers on I-84 west in Waterbury can now spot a picture of the 13-year-old who has disappeared.

Now on digital billboards here and across the nation, Jayme Closs’ case now tops the FBI’s Missing Persons list.

"I never give up hope. But with each passing day, it seems no new clues. No new leads. So it's hard to have that hope. But we pray," said Mary Jean Smith of Barron, Wisconsin.

This is a difficult time for people in the Closs’ hometown in Wisconsin.

It was about a week ago 911 records reveal someone kicked down the family’s front door and shot and killed Jayme’s parents.

"We prayed for the parents who are deceased that they are in the hands of God. And for the little girl, that she comes home safe," said Smith.

No major clues in Jayme’s disappearance have been shared publicly.

Now this local search has gone nationwide for the girl who many fear is in danger and is not suspected in her parents’ death.

She is described as being five-feet tall, one hundred pounds, with blonde hair and green eyes.

“It's been very hard, because with a death, there's finality. But there is no finality right now. Everybody's just wondering what-ifs and what where can she be and how do we move forward?" said Kim Frandsen of Barron, Wisconsin.

If you can help, give the FBI a call.

Another update from law enforcement is planned for Monday afternoon.

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<![CDATA[19-Year-Old Shot Man in Leg After Argument in Stratford: Police]]> Mon, 22 Oct 2018 08:26:21 -0400 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/davontewhitehurst.JPG

Stratford Police have arrested a 19-year-old after a shooting on Saturday night.

Officers responded to a report of an assault and shots fired on Wiklund Avenue around 10:45 p.m. The caller told police that someone had been shot at the residence.

Investigators said 19-year-old Davonte Whitehurst, of Bridgeport, shot a man in the leg after a brief verbal argument. The man received non-life threatening injuries and was transported to a local hospital for treatment.

According to police, the victim is the ex-boyfriend of the girl that Whitehurst was visiting. The victim showed up at the residence uninvited and possibly started the confrontation.

Whitehurst fled the scene on foot before officers arrived.

While en route, police spotted him running on Wiklund Avenue near Canaan Road. He was stopped by officers, where the gun was recovered. He was detained before being arrested.

Whitehurst is facing charges including criminal attempt at murder, assault, breach of peace, unlawful discharge of a firearm, reckless endangerment and carrying a pistol without a permit. His bond was set at $250,000 and he is scheduled to appear in court on October 31.

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<![CDATA[Saudi Official: Crown Prince Was Not Aware of Writer's Death]]> Sun, 21 Oct 2018 15:05:58 -0400 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/mbs.jpg

Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister on Sunday called the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi at a consulate in Istanbul “a rogue operation” and denied that the kingdom’s crown prince or intelligence service had any prior knowledge of the operation, NBC News reported.

“This was an operation that was a rogue operation,” Adel al-Jubeir told Fox News on Sunday. “This was an operation where individuals ended up exceeding the authorities and responsibilities they had."

Jubeir said neither the Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman nor “the senior leadership of our intelligence service” was aware of what had happened to Khashoggi.

“There obviously was a tremendous mistake made, and what compounded the mistake was the attempt to try to cover up,” he said, adding, “That is unacceptable in any government.”

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<![CDATA[2.4M Pounds of Taquitos Recalled Over Salmonella Concern]]> Sun, 21 Oct 2018 17:46:23 -0400 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-1005726022.jpg

More than 2.4 million pounds of ready-to-eat taquitos have been recalled due to possible contamination with salmonella and listeria, the Food Safety and Inspection Service announced.

The recall includes meat and poultry taquitos produced between July 1 and Oct. 10, 2018, by Ruiz Food Products, according to a Friday press release from the FSIS. The affected products are 4.5-pound cases of Go-Go Taquitos in “Beef Taco & Cheese Taquitos," “Buffalo Style Cooked Glazed Chicken Taquitos" and “Chipotle Chicken Wrapped in A Battered Flour Tortilla." The items were shipped nationwide.

There have been no confirmed reports of illness from customers eating the food. But the FSIS said people should not eat taquitos already purchased and to throw them away. The agency encouraged people to contact their healthcare providers if they are concerned.

Ruiz Food was notified on Oct. 16, 2018, that the diced onions used in the taquitos were being recalled by their supplier because of possible contamination.

Salmonella can cause diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps. Diagnosing the illness requires a blood or stool sample, as other illnesses cause similar symptoms.

Listeria can cause diarrhea, fever and other similar foodborne illness symptoms.

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<![CDATA[The Cove Helps Grieving Children Seek Help]]> Mon, 22 Oct 2018 08:27:39 -0400 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/runforthecove.JPG

The Cove Center for Grieving Children held its 21st annual Run for The Cove 5K Sunday morning. The organization offers free services for children ages six to 17 years old to help them grieve the loss of a parent or a sibling.

Christina Herrick and her daughter, Phoebe Schechner, walked in honor of two family members. “We’re walking not only in memory of my husband who passed 14 years ago, but now [my son] Evan,” says Herrick.

Evan Herrick Shechner died one month ago at 18 years old. Evan and Phoebe lost their father as toddlers and used services through The Cove to help them grieve. “Even though I don’t remember in the moment,” says Phoebe, “I still have so many people here that come and say hi to me and are always there for me.”

Herrick adds, “It’s not easy to come year after year and feel the loss again, but I do it because I feel really strongly about this organization.”

They’ve walked the 5K over the last 14 years. Co-founder Renee McIntyre says The Cove’s services stand out because they are neither therapy nor lessons. McIntyre says, they are opportunities – like weekend camps – for children to bond with each other and understand they are not alone.

“It’s a way to acknowledge that they’ve had a significant loss in their life,” says McIntyre. “It doesn’t have to define them and it gives them an opportunity to really process, acknowledge.”

Every dollar from the Fun Run, 5K, and Memorial Walk goes to support The Cove’s services. Families receive them for free, but the fee to support a single child, McIntyre says, costs about $1,000. The goal is to create a community for the children, and help them hold onto positive memories of their loved ones.

When it comes to her brother Evan, Phoebe says she will remember his smile. “It’s the same thing when my dad died. They say they always see his smile and his laugh,” says Schechner.

“Yeah,” Herrick adds, “they had the same smile.”

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<![CDATA[4 Men Found With Assault Weapon in Vehicle in Hartford: Police]]> Sun, 21 Oct 2018 10:39:19 -0400 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/hartfordassaultweaponarrest.jpg

Hartford Police have arrested four men after they were found with an assault weapon inside of a vehicle in Hartford on Saturday.

Officers received a call from a concerned citizen about multiple men with guns inside of a vehicle in front of 1786 Broad Street.

An investigation led to the apprehension of four male suspects in a vehicle.

Police recovered two Glock nine millimeter pistols. Officers said one of the guns was stolen out of Bristol and had been converted into a fully automatic pistol. It contained a 50-round capacity ammo drum with 27 live nine millimeter rounds.

All four men were arrested and charged. Police said two of the men are convicted felons.

Officers said 22-year-old Nelson Caqvias and 25-year-old Luis Morales-Reyes are facing charges including pistol without a permit, theft of a firearm, possession of an assault weapon and high capacity magazines.

Police said 35-year-old David Fernandez and 21-year-old Roberto Delgado are facing charges including criminal possession of a firearm, theft of a firearm, possession of an assault weapon and high capacity magazines.

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<![CDATA[Hundreds of People Line Up for Drive-Thru Flu Shot Clinic in Farmington]]> Sun, 21 Oct 2018 10:25:51 -0400 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/drivethruflushot.jpg

NBC Connecticut was Connecting You to a flu shot clinic put on by ProHealth Physicians.

Best of all: people did not have to leave their car or have insurance to get the vaccine.

“It’s quick, easy and it’s free,” said Matthew Ruchwa, of Newington.

Hundreds of people headed over for a drive-thru flu shot clinic at ProHealth Physicians in Farmington.

“I came out here today to bring my elderly mom to get her flu shot. Sometimes she has a hard time walking around. And this is the perfect idea when you just drive through,” said Laurie Ann Ferreira, of Newington.

And no better time to do it with the CDC reporting that October is usually when flu activity picks up.

“It’s important that everyone gets their flu vaccines ever year,” said Dr. Morris Papernik, ProHealth Physicians.

Papernik tells us that is especially true for children, those over 65 years old and people with certain medical conditions.

As for the vaccine’s effectiveness this year?

“The CDC says seems to be more on target than they were last year. So we’re hoping to have much better control of the flu this year than last year,” said Papernik.

That’s good news for those who got their shots, especially as peak flu season approaches, which is usually sometime between December and February.

“I work in a school system and I’m around tons of people all the time. And I want to be healthy,” said Ferreira.

Because of Saturday’s success ProHealth plans to hold this drive-thru event again next year.

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