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    Police are searching for the car that struck a man on Maple Street in Wethersfield, then left the scene Monday night.

    Wethersfield police said the victim was taken to the hospital for treatment. His condition is unknown.

    The car that struck him was a Chrysler, according to police.

    Police said the crash happened around 10:15 p.m. Monday.

    No additional information was immediately available.

    Check back for updates on this developing story.



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    The Justice Department filed motions Monday calling bribery charges against Senator Robert Menendez "clear and unmistakable."

    Prosecutors detailed additional information, provided by several current and former leading officials about the Senator’s efforts to help a Florida eye doctor who is accused of stealing millions from Medicare. In exchange, the FBI has said, the senator accepted numerous private jet trips from Dr. Salomon Melgen and then lied about having taken many of them.

    In motions that pushed back against defense efforts to get the case dismissed, prosecutors detailed some statements given to the FBI by Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV), former Iowa Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) and former Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.

    All three told the FBI they believed Menendez was contacting them to try and help the eye doctor with his Medicare problems.

    "It was all about Dr. Melgen, the meeting," Sebelius told an FBI agent about why Menendez specifically met with her, according to Monday’s court filing.

    And investigators said it was Reid who set up that meeting between Menendez and Sebelius "so that Senator Menendez would have the opportunity to advocate on behalf of Dr. Melgen," the agent told the grand jury.

    Then-senator Harkin took a meeting with Menedez about Melgen but prosecutors said he told FBI agents "he felt that Dr. Melgen was, in fact, cheating Medicare."

    But the Menendez team said grand jurors never heard from the officials directly, only from the FBI interview summaries. "The grand jury never heard from the Cabinet officials or senators that attended key meetings at issue in this case," said Menendez spokesman Steve Sandberg.

    In earlier motions, Menendez and his legal team accused prosecutors and the FBI of misconduct, including misleading the grand jury. Prosecutors issued a lengthy rebuttal to those allegations and called Menendez’s allegations "naked rhetoric."

    Part of the debate centers on how unsubstantiated prostitution charges involving the senator and Melgen were the initial tip that led to the FBI investigation. The criminal charges are only bribery-related. Menendez has called the underage prostitution allegation part of an unfair smear campaign, and defense motions alleged the government was out to find "something, anything" to charge him.

    But in its filing Monday, prosecutors said the FBI acted properly in opening the investigation. They said the FBI received "specific and corroborated allegations" about "sex with underage prostitutes," but it was unclear if the cited corroboration went beyond the fact that the senator had traveled to the Dominican Republic.

    Prosecutors also included claims from two women who made sex allegations in the "Daily Caller," claims which were later retracted.

    Prosecutors also said early information included evidence that Melgen allegedly paid young women to fly with him to the Dominican Republic, and his own pilots told investigators how women who "looked like escorts" had traveled on the jet. Prosecutors said opening a case into allegations of human trafficking and underage prostitution was appropriate, even if later "unproven," and the bribery allegations later found would be part of any "normal course" of investigation.

    Prosecutors Monday detailed how 36 witnesses and 300 exhibits were presented to the grand jury, and insisted the process was professional and fair. Several women who were girlfriends of Melgen and Menendez, who was divorced at the time, were called to testify. Prosecutors said the women helped substantiate the private jet trips Menendez received to the luxury resort in the Dominican Republic as well as a vacation at a leading hotel in Paris.

    In a filing regarding Melgen, prosecutors said a search of his office by FBI agents turned up a black book that they said "appeared to be a ledge of prostitution activities." 

    Melgen has denied wrongdoing.

    Sandberg said the grand jury heard prejudicial information from the women: "The motions show how DOJ tried to make up for weak allegations about public corruption by soliciting allegations about sex. Today's filings continue that refrain, now with new salacious, baseless allegations, again having nothing to do with the actual charges in this case.”

    Prosecutors were expected to file additional motions overnight. 

    Judge William Walls is expected to rule sometime this fall on the senator’s motions to dismiss the case.



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    GEICO has agreed to pay $6 million dollars for giving misleading and discriminatory quotes to consumers as part of a settlement with the California Department of Insurance

    The Consumer Federation of California filed a petition against the insurance giant alleging it violated civil rights and insurance laws by targeting unmarried, low- and moderate-income motorists with higher lowest-limit quotes.

    According to the CDI, Geico's website misrepresented bodily injury liability limits of $100,000/$300,000 as being as the lowest-limits quote to some customers when in fact they were not. California law requires insurers to offer a minimum limits policy of $15,000/$30,000.

    The federations also alleges GEICO only gave these incorrect quotes to certain customers based on education, occupation and gender.

    “Consumers are entitled to a fair estimate that does not misrepresent material information, and discloses fully what they are getting for their money,” said Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones. “Insurers must adhere to the letter of law when developing quotes, whether in person or through an online system.”

    The settlement also requires that GEICO stop discriminatory quoting, offer a quote for a $15,000/$30,000 policy to certain consumers for the next three years, and submit audits of their website every six months for the next three years. If Geico fails to comply with the agreement, they will have to pay an additional $6 million. 

    NBC7 reached out to GEICO for comment, but calls were not immediately returned.
     



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    Gov. Malloy is trying to reduce the number of rejections for insurance claims for mental health services.Gov. Malloy is trying to reduce the number of rejections for insurance claims for mental health services.

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    Family and friends of a home health-care worker mauled by dogs while on the job in Plainfield last December are protesting the town’s decision to return four of the dogs to their owners.

    In the eight months since, Lynne Denning has undergone more than a dozen surgeries and is taking legal action against the town.

    Plainfield officials returned four of the six dogs in question to their owners last week. Denning’s supporters say the decision violates her rights – and the law – since the state Department of Agriculture has not held a hearing on the case.

    "(It's) heart wrenching because you don't want something to happen to somebody else," said Denning's daughter, Bridgett Labrecque. "You know, this is tragic enough, and I think it needed to end here and not go any further."

    Protesters gathered at Plainfield Town Hall for Monday night’s board of selectman meeting and vented their frustrations.

    "The dogs literally tore Lynne’s face off and ripped chunks of her body off all over her entire body," said Liz Marsden of Connecticut Residents Opposing Unsafe Dogs. "This is not a little garden variety bite."

    First Selectman Paul Sweet addressed the crowd at Monday’s meeting, limiting public comment on the decision to send the dogs home. He pointed out that the town sought legal advice before releasing the dogs and said the owners agreed to unspecified stipulations.

    "If the state Department of Agriculture would have had this hearing sooner, most likely these four dogs would have been released a lot sooner,” Sweet said. “Because this has been going on with the sideshow with the state, we’re in the position that we’re in, but what we’re doing, we believe is 100 percent lawful."

    Officials with the Department of Agriculture declined to comment Monday, only saying they’re finalizing a hearing date.

    "We cannot comment on this case because we are the adjudicating agency in the appeal of the order," said department spokesman Ray Connors.

    In the past, the department has said it’s not uncommon for hearings to be held more than a year later.



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    Three of these Rottweilers, and a Labrador Retriever, have returned home eight months after a vicious attack on a home health-care worker in Plainfield.Three of these Rottweilers, and a Labrador Retriever, have returned home eight months after a vicious attack on a home health-care worker in Plainfield.

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    A cold front moving in is ushering in the threat of strong to severe storms Tuesday, and NBC Connecticut has declared a First Alert Weather Day.

    The humidity will continue overnight and a few thunderstorms are possible in the morning. Another round is possible in the afternoon.

    There is a threat of small hail, gusty winds, heavy rain and an isolated tornado.

    Much less humid air filters in by Wednesday and there will be plenty of sunshine.

    If you spot severe weather and can safely take photos, share them by emailing shareit@nbcconnecticut, upload them here or tweet us @NBCConnecticut.


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    A 10-year-old boy was reunited with his family after being found alive and healthy 30 hours after wandering off in Utah's High Uintas Wilderness.

    Malachi Bradley hid among rocks so "the wind wouldn't hit me too much," he told reporters on Monday.

    Bradley had separated from his family while trying to forage for wild mushrooms.



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    In this file photo, volunteers with horses make their way into the search area where Brennan Hawkins, 11 years old, went missing on June 20, 2005 in the High Uintas. A 10-year-old boy was recently reunited with his family after being found alive and healthy 30 hours after wandering off in Utah's High Uintas Wilderness.In this file photo, volunteers with horses make their way into the search area where Brennan Hawkins, 11 years old, went missing on June 20, 2005 in the High Uintas. A 10-year-old boy was recently reunited with his family after being found alive and healthy 30 hours after wandering off in Utah's High Uintas Wilderness.

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    Big Ben had to slow down.

    London's iconic clock tower has been running by much as six seconds too fast recently, BBC Radio 4's "PM" show reported.

    "We do carry out regular checks, as you can imagine, because this is a mechanical clock. It's not digital, it's not electronic, it does take a lot of love and care," said Steven Jaggs, who is known as "Keeper of the Great Clock."

    The clock's maintenance team has had to climb the tower's 344 steps each day to remove or add coins that change the weight of the 156-year-old clock's pendulum.



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    In this file photo, workers hang outside the clock face as they clean the Big Ben clock-tower of the Houses of Parliament in London, Monday, Aug. 18, 2014.In this file photo, workers hang outside the clock face as they clean the Big Ben clock-tower of the Houses of Parliament in London, Monday, Aug. 18, 2014.

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    Shelton police have arrested a man accused of stealing a gun from a car, then selling it to a local gun store.

    Police arrested Jonathan Rodriguez, 22, of Derby, on Monday and charged him with theft of a firearm.

    Police said the gun was stolen from a locked vehicle on Canal Street in Shelton in the spring of 2014. When investigators learned the gun was sold to a local gun store, they traced it back to Rodriguez, police said.

    Rodriguez posted a $25,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in Derby Superior Court on Sept. 3.
     



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    Jonathan Rodriguez is accused of stealing a gun from a car and selling it to a gun shop.Jonathan Rodriguez is accused of stealing a gun from a car and selling it to a gun shop.

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    Authorities are investigating a bank robbery in Hamden.

    Police are searching for a person wearing a dark-colored wig who entered the Webster Bank at 5 Helen Street around 9:20 a.m. Tuesday. The robber handed over a note threatening the teller with a firearm and demanded money.

    Police said it's unclear whether the perpetrator, who stands about 5 feet 7 inches tall, is a man or a woman. The person was wearing dark clothes and had a brace on his or her wrist.

    Police ask anyone with information to call 203-230-4040.



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    Police are investigating a bank robbery in Hamden.Police are investigating a bank robbery in Hamden.

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    Police have arrested a man accused of robbing a Groton Dunkin’ Donuts at gunpoint early Tuesday morning.

    Police responded to the Dunkin’ Donuts, at 1064 Poquonnock Road in Groton around 4:10 a.m. on Tuesday, after a man approached the employees as they were preparing to open, pulled a handgun on them and demanded money, police said.

    The robber ran off with the cash and witnesses were able to give officers a description of him and information on which way he ran.

    Soon after, police saw a man matching the description in the area of Thomas and Shennecossett roads, but he continued to run from authorities.

    Officers from Groton City Police, Town Police, and State Police set up a perimeter and started searching for the robber. During the search, they found evidence from the robbery.

    Police identified the suspect as Melvin Hooks Jr., 29, of Groton, and charged him with first-degree robbery, sixth-degree larceny, criminal use of a firearm and criminal possession of a firearm.

    The investigation led police and detectives to 130 Branford Avenue, where they found Hooks and took him into custody.

    Police said they recovered the stolen money, as well as the gun used in the robbery.

    Hooks is being held on $250,000 bond and will be appear later today at GA-10, in New London.

    Police said this is an ongoing investigation, and they ask anyone with information about the robbery to call Det. Donald Rankin or Officer Marvel Bennett at 860-441-6712.
     


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    A popular Connecticut radio station is renaming itself after a 9-year-old boy battling brain cancer.

    For the day on Tuesday, 104.1 WMRQ is changing its name to Anthony FM in honor of Anthony Longley, 9, of North Haven.

    Anthony has been fighting anaplastic ependymoma, a type of brain cancer, for the past six years, according to a GoFundMe page raising money for his family. He has had five major brain surgeries since 2009 on top of other medical procedures.

    Anthony is a big brother who loves football and professional wrestling.When DJ David Fisch, host of Fish in the Morning on 104.1 WMRQ, asked him how it felt to have a radio station named after him, his reply was simple.

    "Good," Anthony said.

    Fish came up with the idea to rename the locally owned radio station after he received a call from Anthony's mom. The radio station's website has linked to a GoFundMe page for the family.

    "I'm a dad myself and I couldn't imagine going through this with one of my children or one of my sons," Fish said. "When his mom reached out to me for help, I could only say yes."

    Fish broadcasted Anthony FM out of North Haven, Anthony's hometown, in the green with Anthony Tuesday morning. His teacher stopped by and he made her promise on the radio not to give them homework for the first week of school.

    "I got an email last night about it and I woke up this morning at 4 o'clock and I was like 'oh my gosh, I have to go out," Donna Gawrowski, of North Haven, said.

    Many people stopped by to say hi to the 9-year-old and drop off donations. The money will go toward sending him and his family to Disney.

    It's a welcomed break for Anthony and his North Haven family.

    "It makes me feel good," Anthony said.

    His parents have stayed by his side during his treatment at Yale-New Haven Hospital and now Boston Children's Hospital, meaning a lot of time away from work. A GoFundMe page supporting them said they have "exhausted all funds" and asks people to help them help Anthony fight his brain cancer and to "find a cure for this demon." Anthony is going through his second round of radiation treatment through the month, according to the GoFundMe page.

    So far, $3,440 of the $10,000 goal has been raised. 



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    A popular Connecticut radio station is renaming itself after a 9-year-old boy battling brain cancer.A popular Connecticut radio station is renaming itself after a 9-year-old boy battling brain cancer.

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    The back door of the DSW in Danbury is gone and there is a massive hole in its place after a truck crashed into the building on Tuesday afternoon, causing the wall to collapse.

    The man driving the tractor-trailer was actually heading for the delivery door at Staples in the Danbury Green, at 113 Mill Plain Road in Danbury, but decided to turn the rig around and back up to in, officials said.

    After hitting the building, the driver started pulling away, taking big chunks of cinderblock with him, police said. The truck driver then backed up, pushing what was left of the wall into the building.

    Police said the driver,  who has one year of experience, should have known he did not have enough room for the maneuver.

    Fortunately, no one was injured and DSW reopened after closing its doors for around two hours.

    Danbury's fire chief, the fire marshal and building inspector all responded.



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    One of the Americans credited with thwarting the Paris-bound train gunman was invited to the French premiere of "Straight Outta Compton."

    Anthony Sadler, 23, said he was invited by Ice Cube, one of the founding members of N.W.A., hours after he was awarded France's highest honor for his role in disarming the suspected attacker. 

    "It was a great honor to meet the French president, I never thought that I would be in that position," Sadler said. "He's a really nice man and I appreciate everything he did for us. It's a great honor bestowed upon us and I appreciate that."

    Sadler is due to fly home to California on Tuesday in time for school next week at Sacramento State University.



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    Anthony Sadler, a senior at Sacramento State University in California and one of the three US heroes who subdued the gunman on a French train, poses for the media during the French premiere of  Straight Outta Compton, in Paris, Monday Aug, 24, 2015.Anthony Sadler, a senior at Sacramento State University in California and one of the three US heroes who subdued the gunman on a French train, poses for the media during the French premiere of Straight Outta Compton, in Paris, Monday Aug, 24, 2015.

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    A local fallen hero was honored on the court at the Connecticut Open on Monday night as part of the tournament’s Military Appreciation Night. An Honor & Remember flag was presented to the family of Norwalk native Army Specialist David R. Fahey, Jr.

    Honor & Remember is a national nonprofit working to establish an official flag honoring fallen American service members – and to place one in the hands of each fallen hero’s family.

    Long before he saw combat in a war zone, Nowalk-born Spc. Fahey had already fought some battles in life. He lost his father at a young age. Despite some turbulent years in his youth, he remained optimistic and focused on his future.

    “He could have been very cynical,” said Fahey’s aunt Cari Ettinger of Milford, who helped raise him. “He could have been mad at the world and why me, why me - no. Never.”

    Fahey dreamed of becoming a police officer, and enlisted in the Army in August of 2007 to get military police training. After a one year tour in Korea, his unit deployed to Kandahar Province in June of 2010 – an assignment he volunteered for.

    “He actually asked for Afghanistan,” Ettinger recalled. “Even though we were like no, no…. he wanted to make a difference.”

    Even in an active combat zone, home was never far away from Fahey’s mind, as evidenced by the numerous phone calls, letters and cards sent home.

    “He would call and talk to me, tell me how he just wanted to come home and have a normal life,” Ettinger said tearfully. “He wanted to buy a house, and start a family.”

    Those dreams were cut short on Feb. 28, 2011. An improvised explosive device exploded under the MRAP vehicle Fahey was driving. He was killed instantly, just three months before he was set to come home. He was just 23 years old. Fahey was buried in New York state next to his father, and was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star, Purple Heart and Combat Action Badge.

    Nearly four years later, Ettinger says she finds comfort in precious memories. Her most treasured possession is a teddy bear Fahey sent her for Valentine’s Day two weeks before his death. She brings it to ceremonies honoring Fahey and other veterans around the state.

    Plans are underway at the State Capitol to dedicate the Richards Avenue I-95 overpass in Norwalk in Fahey’s name. Staffers for Senator Bob Duff told NBC Connecticut the ceremony is planned for mid-September – a lasting tribute to a native son who paid the ultimate sacrifice.

    “He can’t be here,” said Ettinger. “But he can be remembered for being here. I’m not going to let him just fade to black. It’s not going to happen.”


    A local fallen hero was honored on the court at the Connecticut Open on Monday night as part of the tournament’s Military Appreciation Night. An Honor & Remember flag was presented to the family of Norwalk native Army Specialist David R. Fahey, Jr.A local fallen hero was honored on the court at the Connecticut Open on Monday night as part of the tournament’s Military Appreciation Night. An Honor & Remember flag was presented to the family of Norwalk native Army Specialist David R. Fahey, Jr.

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    Whoops! A 12-year-old who was visiting a Taiwanese museum accidentally put his fist through a 350-year-old Italian painting worth $1.5 million while trying to break a fall, according to reports.

    Video released by organizers of the "Face of Leonardo: Images of a Genius" exhibition showed the priceless stumble.

    Insurance is likely to reimburse the owner of Italian master Paolo Porpora's "Flowers," according to Focus Taiwan News.

    The museum will not ask the boy's family to cover restoration costs.



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  • 08/25/15--11:32: Putnam Bridge Reopens

  • The Putnam Bridge was closed so that a truck carrying an oversized load could be moved backward off the ramp that leads onto the bridge From Route 2 West.

    The truck has been moved and all lanes have reopened.



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    The Putnam Bridge is closed so that a truck carrying an oversized load can be moved backward off the ramp that leads onto the bridge From Route 2 West.The Putnam Bridge is closed so that a truck carrying an oversized load can be moved backward off the ramp that leads onto the bridge From Route 2 West.

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    State police are back at a landfill in Putnam as they continue to search for an Easton couple who disappeared in early August.

    The Putnam Ash Residue Landfill, a 186-acre site operated by Wheelabrator Technologies, is used to dump ash from all the state's waste-to-energy plants.

    State police have been searching it in connection to the case of Jeffrey and Jeanette Navin, who disappeared from their Easton home on Aug. 4, shortly after moving from Westport, state police said.

    On Friday, State police spokesman Trooper First Class Kelly Grant said detectives have been searching the landfill, but would not elaborate on the details of the probe.

    Search warrants NBC Connecicut obtained on Friday revealed some new details in the case, including that no phone calls have been made from the couple's cell phones since the day they disappeared, and those phones have since been turned off.

    As of last week, state police said they had not found any human remains at the landfill, which they said they were searching "in an effort to rule it out as a possible location."

    Five days after the couple disappeared, a state trooper found the couple's pickup in a Westport commuter lot, according to authorities.

    It had a broken window and investigators have taken more than a dozen swab samples from the vehicle, according to the warrants.

    Sources also told NBC Connecticut the couple's son, Kyle Navin, has been named a person of interest in his parents' disappearance.

    Kyle Navin told police that his parents visited him in Bridgeport the morning they vanished and asked to take him to dinner. according to warrants, but Kyle said he had a broken back and declined. That was the last anyone heard from Jeffrey and Jeanette Navin.

    Jeffrey Navin serves as president of the J&J Refuse waste management company in Westport, while Jeanette works as a school library aide in Weston.

    Kyle Navin, who is listed online as operations manager of J&J Refuse, told police the family was in the process of selling the company, according to warrants obtained by NBC Connecticut.

    About a week before the Navins vanished, a judge denied Jeffrey Navin's motion to reopen a case appealing more than $2.2 million in debt on a $900,000 Guilford home. Other relatives have said they don't believe the couple's finances factored into their disappearance.

    Police have also searched the couple's current and former homes and one of their bank accounts. 

    State police ask anyone who knows where Jeffrey and Jeanette Navins are or who has any information to call state police at 860-685-8190. All calls will remain confidential.


    Police continue to search for missing Easton couple.Police continue to search for missing Easton couple.

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    Police arrested a Stamford woman who they think was seeking revenge on her ex-boyfriend and a former female friend over suspicions they were hooking up when she vandalized their cars. But she apparently misspelled "whore" in key marks on her ex-friend's car, police said.

    Someone keyed the cars and punctured the tires of the ex-boyfriend and ex-friend of Shannon Csapilla, 20, of Stamford, early morning on Aug. 7, police said. She is the suspected culprit, according to police. "Wore" was scratched into her female friend's car and police presumed "h" was missing after the "w," which gave police a hint at a possible motive, police said.

    Csapilla sent text messages of a harassing nature to her ex, admitting to him that she vandalized the cars at one point, police said.

    She denied keying the cars and puncturing the tires when called into the police department for questioning, police said.

    After meeting with police, she Snapchatted a photo of the police department with the message "Stamford police have nothing on me," according to police. Pictures disappear after a matter of seconds on the social media app, but someone who received her message told police about it.

    "Unbeknownst to her, we did have enough and we obtained two arrest warrants from a judge and took her into custody at her home," Stamford Police Lt. Diedrich Hohn told the Stamford Advocate.

    Stamford police charged Csapilla with two counts of first-degree criminal mischief.

    Csapilla is not allowed to have contact with her ex-boyfriend or former friend while the case ongoing.

    She was released after posting a $10,000 bond.



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    Police arrested a Stamford woman suspected of vandalizing the cars of her ex-boyfriend and a former female friend with whom she believed her ex was hooking up.Police arrested a Stamford woman suspected of vandalizing the cars of her ex-boyfriend and a former female friend with whom she believed her ex was hooking up.

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    Fox News chief Roger Ailes said Tuesday that Donald Trump owes the network's Megyn Kelly an apology for an unprovoked Twitter attack that "is as unacceptable as it is disturbing," but Trump isn't backing down.

    The Republican presidential front-runner-turned-TV-critic had welcomed Kelly back from a vacation Monday night by tweeting that he liked her show better while she was away. Trump said Kelly "must have had a terrible vacation" because "she's really off her game." He retweeted a message that referred to her as a bimbo.

    "Megyn Kelly represents the very best of American journalism and all of us at Fox News Channel reject the crude and irresponsible attempts to suggest otherwise," said Ailes, the Fox News Channel chairman. "I could not be more proud of Megyn for her professionalism and class in the face of all of Mr. Trump's verbal assaults."

    Trump, in a statement, said he disagreed with Ailes and that he doesn't think Kelly is a quality journalist. "Hopefully in the future I will be proven wrong and she will be able to elevate her standards to a level of professionalism that a network such as Fox deserves."

    In a news conference later Tuesday in Dubuque, Iowa, Trump again refused to apologize to Kelly, saying, "She should probably apologize to me, but I just don't care."

    Trump has been attacking Kelly ever since her tough questioning of him during the first GOP presidential debate, seen by 24 million people on Fox on Aug. 6. A day after the debate, he said Kelly had "blood coming out of her eyes, blood coming out of her wherever."

    That led to a private, clear-the-air conversation between Ailes and Trump two weeks ago, but that clearly hasn't led to peace.

    In his tweets, Trump repeated his contention that Kelly, host of a prime-time Fox News show and one of the network's biggest stars, was sent on an unplanned vacation that ended Monday. Fox said her time off had been scheduled long before the debate. Trump also tweeted that Kelly was afraid to confront a guest, Dr. Cornel West, and that she had "no clue" on immigration.

    Ailes again backed Kelly for her questioning during the debate, which he said was tough but fair.

    "Donald Trump rarely apologizes, although in this case, he should," Ailes said. "We have never been deterred by politicians or anyone else attacking us for doing our job, much less allowed ourselves to be bullied by anyone and we're certainly not going to start now."

    Some of Kelly's Fox colleagues also came to her defense. Bret Baier, who moderated the debate with Kelly and Chris Wallace, tweeted that "this needs to stop." Brian Kilmeade said on "Fox & Friends" that Trump's comments bothered him personally.

    "We are all friends with Donald Trump, but he is totally out of bounds reigniting that fight," Kilmeade said. "I don't know if he's trying to get ratings out of that or poll numbers, but he's not going to be successful."



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    This file photo combination made from Aug. 6, 2015, photos shows Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, left, and Fox News Channel host and moderator Megyn Kelly during the first Republican presidential debate at the Quicken Loans Arena, in Cleveland.This file photo combination made from Aug. 6, 2015, photos shows Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, left, and Fox News Channel host and moderator Megyn Kelly during the first Republican presidential debate at the Quicken Loans Arena, in Cleveland.

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