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    A Dayville man is facing drug charges after police found him slumped over the steering wheel of a vehicle parked in front of McDonald's in Plainfield after he used heroin, police said.

    Plainfield police responded to the McDonald's in town at about 11:23 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 31 after receiving a report of a suspicious man slumped over a steering wheel in a car there, police said.

    As investigators spoke with David A. Demuth Jr., 23, of Dayville, they said he appeared drunk, but he told police had had just been using heroin in his car. Police found 40 glassine baggies containing  a tan powder-like substance that tested positive as heroin and drug paraphernalia items, police said.

    Police charged Demuth with possession of narcotics and possession of drug paraphernalia. Officers released Demuth from custody after he posted a $5,000 non-surety bond. He is scheduled to appear in Danielson Superior Court on Nov. 16.


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    Open enrollment at Access Health CT begins today online for the third year of it under the Affordable Care Act.

    “Thanks to the ACA, almost 18 million people have gained access to health coverage. The law is working, and American families of all incomes are back in charge of their health care. Federal and state exchanges are now operating better than ever, and there are affordable plans available for everyone," U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Connecticut) said. "For Connecticut residents, Access Health CT offers in-person assistance and online tools to make enrolling in health insurance easy. This is about the real lives of moms and dads who, before the ACA, lived every day with the burden of knowing they were one accident or illness away from total financial ruin.”

    If you don’t have coverage, you’ll have to pay about $700 for yourself and anyone else in your household, or 2 percent of your household income, whichever is greater. Kids without coverage are another $350. If you want to avoid the fine, you can sign up for health insurance.

    "We're really basing it on your income and your household size and bring a document that shows you're a citizen or you're lawfully present, we need your social, your annual income, and just with that basic information we can give you a rough estimation of what you qualify for," Marlude Pierre-Louis, a manager for Access Health, said.

    Online enrollment starts Sunday and the offices will open monday for it. Open enrollment ends Jan. 31.

    Access Heath's outreach team has been hard at work in recent weeks getting the word out about the benefits of coverage and the financial penalties connected to being without coverage.

    “They’re definitely ramping up the business, they’re giving out flyers, they’re hosting some community chats" said Marlue Pierre-Louis, who manages the New Haven storefront for Access Health CT.

    Connecticut's healthcare exchange runs storefronts, known as "enrollment centers" in New Britain and New Haven for people to meet with someone in person to review their coverage options.

    Penalties for not signing up are higher than they were last year. For each person in a household, the financial penalty is $695 per person per household and $347.50 for each child, or the total penalty could be 2.5 percent of the household's total income, whichever is greater.

    During tax season, filers must provide proof of insurance and if someone doesn't provide proof of coverage, the penalties are applied.

    Four providers are available to individual customers looking for what are known as "qualifying health plans" or QHPs.

    United, Anthem, HealthyCT and Connecticare all offer plans during open enrollment.

    Pierre-Louis with Access Health CT says customers are advised to speak with enrollment specialists to ensure that they're getting all of the right information when it comes federal subsidies that could drastically trim the costs of premiums.

    “We’re really basing it on your income and your household size and bring a document that shows you’re a citizen or you’re lawfully present, we need your social, your annual income, and just with that basic information we can give you a rough estimation of what you qualify for," she said.

    Connecticut has one of the lowest rates of uninsured people in the country at about 4 percent. That equates to just more than 140,000 people. That's a drop from 12 percent when Access Health CT first opened in 2013, Murphy's office said.

    The goal this year, for Access Health CT, is to keep searching for people who have fallen through the cracks, while also retaining the people who have purchased qualifying health plans in the past.

    Click here for the Access Health CT locations.



    Photo Credit: NBCConnecticut.com

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    The 10-year-old trick-or-treater and her grandfather who were killed by a careening car on Halloween in the Bronx, New York, were remembered Sunday by their devastated family.

    "She was the perfect child. She never gave me any problems. She was like an angel," Natalia Perez said of her daughter Nyanna Aquil, who was struck shortly before 5 p.m. when the vehicle plowed into a small group of Halloween trick-or-treaters at the intersection of Morris Park and Radcliff avenues.

    Nyanna was in the group with her two sisters and her grandfather, 65-year-old Louis Perez, who had taken the girls out near their home for a second round of trick-or-treating while their mother, a makeup artist, was at work.

    When the car came speeding onto the sidewalk, Natalia Perez said, her father pushed 8-year-old Sanaya Aquil out of harm's way. The youngest sister, 3-year-old Yasmina Aquil, was thrown from her stroller and suffered a minor neck injury along with bumps and bruises.

    Nyanna was not able to escape the path of the car, which bumped the rear of another vehicle and crossed into the oncoming lane before launching onto the sidewalk. The 10-year-old was rushed to the hospital, where doctors operated on her, and she died of internal bleeding, her mother said. Another person caught up in the crash, 24-year-old Kristian Leka, also died at Jacobi Medical Center. Yasmina, the driver and two others were taken to the hospital with injuries not believed to be life threatening, authorities said.

    Investigators were looking into the possibility that the car's driver had suffered a seizure, police said Sunday.

    Perez, who took care of the girls full-time while their single mother was at work, was a Vietnam veteran and recipient of a Purple Heart. "Papa," as the girls called him, picked them up from school, cooked their dinner, gave them baths, helped with homework, and made popcorn for movie nights, his daughter said. He was completely devoted to them, she said.

    When they left to go trick-or-treating, Nyanna was dressed as a cat and had a nose and whiskers painted on her face. Not long after, Natalia Perez received a phone call from police telling her she needed to go to the hospital.

    "Nyanna was a diamond," her mother said, adding that she was a straight-A student who loved school and was always helping with her sisters. She was kind, generous and good-natured, her mother said.

    "I had a lot of dreams for Nyanna. I had so many plans for her," her mother said. Now, instead, she is planning a funeral for both her daughter and father.

    "I'm at peace that they are in Heaven together," she said.


    Nyanna Aquil, 10, and her grandfather, Louis Perez, died in the crash.Nyanna Aquil, 10, and her grandfather, Louis Perez, died in the crash.

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    Local authorities are urging parents to carefully check their children's Halloween candy after what appear to be sewing needles were found in a half-dozen chocolate bars given out to trick-or-treating children in Chester County, Pennsylvania.

    Police in Kennett Square said they were notified about midnight Sunday that Halloween candy handed out in the borough's Stenning Hills section had been tampered with. Needles were discovered inside five wrapped Twix bars handed out to four different children in the area, police said.

    Sunday afternoon, a 12-year-old turned in sixth candy bar — a Snickers — with a needle in it, police said.

    Police believe the tampered-with candy was given out in the area of South Union Street and West South Street. They said the original parent who reported finding the needles checked his kids' candy after seeing a Facebook post about someone else finding needles in Snickers candy. It's not clear if that post was about the Snickers the 12-year-old turned in Sunday afternoon.

    The Kennett Square Police Department first alerted the community via its Facebook page on Sunday morning to the candy that had apparently been tampered with, saying that a "needle-type item was found inside five wrapped Twix bars given to four different children the evening of Oct. 31, 2015 in the Stenning Hills area of the borough."

    Police said they immediately began investigating and that the candy and wrappers have been submitted for extra examination. They later released photos of the candy in question showing needles sticking out of the chocolate bars.

    "The police department continues to urge parents to check all candy received prior to ingestion, and people with candy leftover that was not distributed to check it for tampering," the post on the police department's Facebook page read.

    Police said they were unsure whether the problems with the candy originated at the manufacturer or if someone giving candy out inserted the needles.

    Police asked that anyone with information about candy tampering contact them at 610-268-3171 or 610-444-0501.



    Photo Credit: Kennett Square Police
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    Police are investigating after what appear to be sewing needles were found in Twix bars handed out during Halloween in Kennett Square.Police are investigating after what appear to be sewing needles were found in Twix bars handed out during Halloween in Kennett Square.

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    A passenger was injured after being thrown from a car in a rollover crash on Interstate 84 west in Southbury that also caused the driver minor injuries, state police said.

    Craig A. Templeton, 57, of Wells, Maine, was driving westbound in the left lane on I-84 when his 2002 GMC Yukon veered off the roadway into the grass median and flipped across the highway, coming to "final uncontrolled rest" in the grass off to the right of the highway, state police said.

    He sustained minor injuries, but his passenger, Karen J. Templeton, 51, of Kennebunk, Maine, was ejected from the car and seriously injured, state police said.

    Campion Ambulance took the driver to Waterbury Hospital and Middlebury Ambulance took the driver to Waterbury Hospital. Then, Karen Templeton was airlifted to Hartford Hospital.

    State police ask anyone with information to contact Trooper Sovia at Troop A in Southbury at 203-267-2200.



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    An elderly female driver crashed into a stairwell at the entryway to a Wethersfield church Sunday, police said.

    Police responded to the crash outside the Corpus Christie Church in Wethersfield  just after 11 a.m. An elderly woman mistook the gas pedal for the brake pedal and then crashed into an outdoor stairwell, damaging it, Wethersfield Lt. Andy Power said.

    There was another woman in the car with her at the time, but no one was injured. There were no pedestrians in the area at the time.

    There was no damage to the church structure.

    All parties refused medical treatment.



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    An elderly female driver was hospitalized with minor injuries after crashing into an entryway wall outside a Wethersfield church.An elderly female driver was hospitalized with minor injuries after crashing into an entryway wall outside a Wethersfield church.

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    Sixty-five Connecticut soldiers are deploying to Fort Hood in Texas Sunday for a month of training before heading to Kuwait and Afghanistan for nearly a year.

    The 1109th Theatre Aviation Sustainment Maintenance Group (TASMG) is based out of Groton and they're headed overseas to provide rotary wing maintenance for Blackhawk helicopters damaged in battle.

    “We are the folks who get there and do the heavy maintenance, the heavy sheet metal," Col. Vincent Vannoorbeck, unit commander, said.

    About a third of the troops are deploying for the first time and many members have done so before.

    "We bring in a lot of different experience levels and that's how you get experience. you have to go out there and put boots on the ground," Vannoorbeck said. "I think it's going to be good for them. We've got some really dynamic leaders. I think it's going to be a good deployment."

    Emotions ran high for the troops and their families.

    "It's sad," SSG Jayme Holt, of Waterford, said.

    Some have been through this before three or four times.

    SSG Travis Troop, of Clinton, said "I don't think there's nearly the amount of heartache."

    But Sgt. Alexander Robinson hasn't deployed before, so he said, "I'm nervous. I'm excited."

    The Plainfield resident said goodbye to his mom, dad girlfriend and children, but he's brought back-up. His brother, PFC Justin Wolkowsky will join him in this deployment.

    “We’re nervous as can be," their father, George Robinson, of Plainfield, said. "It’s our only two kids so it’s kind of nerve-wracking.”

    Their mother, Laura Robinson said "it's been a hard thing to deal with, knowing that they're both going to be gone. It's comforting knowing they'll both be together."

    SSG Jaimie Troop, of Clinton, knows what it's like to serve with family. She was deployed with her mother and husband in 2012. This time, her family is holding down the fort back home.

    "It's good to know that my daughter will have my husband and my mom at home still," she said.

    Their experience in the military may be different, but both soldiers share a common goal.

    "Coming home," Troop said.

    Sgt. Alexander Robinson is looking forward to "getting home, seeing my kids."

    Troop said "hopefully we'll be very busy and the time will go by fast."

    Their deployment is expected to last nine months.

    The same unit was sent to Afghanistan back in 2012.  Many of them say it's tough, especially if they're leaving behind young children.

    Family members are in Windsor Locks Sunday to see them off.

    They will be the fourth Connecticut Army National Guard unit deployed so far this year. This year, 240 Army National Guard troops from Connecticut have been deployed, 100 of those to Afghanistan.



    Photo Credit: NBCConnecticut.com

    These are the last few days 65 Connecticut soldiers will get to spend with their families before they deploy to Kuwait and Afghanistan for at least a year.These are the last few days 65 Connecticut soldiers will get to spend with their families before they deploy to Kuwait and Afghanistan for at least a year.

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    About 44 gravestones were vandalized in the Old Burying Ground in Westbrook and it will cost about $10,000 to repair the damage, according to the Westbrook Resident Troopers Office.

    The cemetery on Old Clinton Road in the center of town is the oldest in Westbrook, with monuments dating back to the 1730s, according to Catherine Neidlinger Doane, who posted photos of the vandalism on the Westbrook Historical Society's Facebook page.

    The vandalism likely happened between late Friday, the night before Halloween that is also known as Mischief Night, and early morning on Halloween, police said.

    “That’s terrible. I can’t believe someone could come along and do something so sacrilegious. It’s hurtful. I just don’t understand it," Mary Jackson, of Westbrook, said.

    About 44 headstones were vandalized, causing $10,000 in damage, police said.

    “This is a little more than kids having fun. This is vandalism. You know, criminal. This is part of Westbrook’s history," Jonathan Hallisey, of Westbrook, said.

    The headstone for a man named Nathan Post is missing, she said, and it's unclear if the vandals took it from the cemetery. She is working to find a specialist who works with older headstones and plans to head to the cemetery to take further inventory of the damage.

    Other headstones vandalized include those of Jedediah Kelsey and Rev. James Murdock, Doane said on the historical society's Facebook page.

    “It’s a shame what happened but let’s try to do what we can to put it back to the fine shape it deserves to be in," Kirk Jackson,

    State police were called to the cemetery on Friday, but further information on the incident was not immediately available.

    The Westbrook Resident's Troopers Office is investigating and asks the public to contact State Police Troop F in Westbrook with any information at 860-399-2100.


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    The co-owners of a religious store in Monroe pleaded last week for the return of their Jesus statue after it was stolen Tuesday night. Now their call has been answered. Jesus is apparently back -- and with a makeover.

    Angels & Company co-owner Linda Schirillo wrote to NBC Connecticut on Sunday to say that on "today of all days," All Saints' Day, the stolen statue "was not only returned to his rightful place, but he was freshly painted."

    The 5-foot Jesus statue was stolen from the Angels & Company religious store on Main Street. Police said the $600 statue was taken between 6:45 p.m. on Tuesday and 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday.  The statue was visible from Route 25 and people love it, Midge Saglimbene, store co-owner, previously said.

    Saglimbene said they notified police, not knowing if it was a prank.

    “I was in shock. How do you steal Jesus?,” she said.  “I just want my statue. I want Jesus back."

    Days later, on Sunday, a customer saw the statue while passing by the store and called Saglimbene to let her know the Jesus statue was back, according to Schirillo. The customer took a photograph and sent it to the store owners.

    The Jesus statue's robe and heart were pained with a red color in comparison to the more faded hues of the original statue stolen and the hair is touched up with a darker brown paint, as shown in photos of the stature before and after the theft.

    It's unclear who put the statue there and whether it's definitely the same one, but Schirillo said the customer is convinced it is.

    For now, whoever is responsible remains anonymous.



    Photo Credit: Angels & Company

    A stolen Jesus statue was returned repainted to religious store Angels & Company on All Saint's Day. Take a look at the before (left) and after (right) comparison.A stolen Jesus statue was returned repainted to religious store Angels & Company on All Saint's Day. Take a look at the before (left) and after (right) comparison.

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    A teenage boy went to a Halloween party at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Connecticut, dressed up as a police officer and he ended up getting arrested on sexual assault charges after making unwanted advances on a female student, police said.

    The student reported to Sacred Heart University Public Safety that a male donning a police officer costume kissed and groped her at a Halloween party on the Fairfield college campus, persisting despite several commands from her to stop, police said. The party started Saturday evening and the incident happened just after midnight early Sunday morning.

    Police identified the man as Frank Anthony Sapienza, 19, of Bronx, New York.  The suspect isn't a Sacred Heart student, but he was a guest at a party there Saturday night, police said.

    He admitted to police that he didn't stop when the victim told him to do so. Several witness accounts also corroborate the victim's story, police said.

    Sacred Heart University officials released the following statement about the incident.

    "A guest of a Sacred Heart University student was arrested last night for an alleged sexual assault in the 4th degree on one of our students. This is an ongoing investigation, and the University is working directly with the Fairfield Police on this matter, and we must refer all specific questions to them. Due to federal privacy law and University policy, we are not able to disclose any details related to specific incidents involving students. However, our University sexual assault team was immediately called into duty and were on the scene last night to offer counseling and any other assistance needed. The safety and well-being of our students is our highest priority. Sacred Heart University takes allegations of sexual assault very seriously. We will continue our efforts to ensure an atmosphere that is both safe and secure."

    Police arrested Sapienza, charging him with fourth-degree sexual assault. Officers initially held him in custody on a $1,000 bond and released him Sunday morning after he posted his bail.

    Sapienza is scheduled to appear in Bridgeport Superior Court on Nov. 9.

    It's unknown if Sapienza has an attorney.



    Photo Credit: Fairfield Police Department

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    A small faction of the Afghan Taliban announced its own leader Monday, NBC News reported.

    The faction announced it was splitting from the Taliban and named Mullah Mohammad Rasool Akhund as its leader.

    The group’s announcement is believed to be the first public and official split of the Afghan Taliban since the group formed in the 1990s.

    A battle over the group’s leadership began after longtime leader Mullah Omar died. His deputy, Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansoor, claimed power.



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    FILE - In this Saturday, Aug. 1, 2015 file photo, an Afghan newspaper headlines pictures of the new leader of the Afghan Taliban, Mullah Akhtar Mansoor, left, and former leader Mullah Mohammad Omar, in Kabul, Afghanistan.FILE - In this Saturday, Aug. 1, 2015 file photo, an Afghan newspaper headlines pictures of the new leader of the Afghan Taliban, Mullah Akhtar Mansoor, left, and former leader Mullah Mohammad Omar, in Kabul, Afghanistan.

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    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday will consider whether Georgia prosecutors based their jury selection choices on race, ending up with an all-white jury in the murder trial of a black man, NBC News reported. 

    Prosecutors used green highlighters to mark the names of black people on a list of potential jurors. Five black panelists qualified to serve were the first five on a government list of "definite NO's." And prospective black jurors were noted as "B#1, B#2, and B#3."

    The jury was chosen for the death penalty trial of Timothy Tyrone Foster, 18, charged with sexually molesting then killing a 79-year-old widow in Rome, Georgia. He was sentenced to death.

    The lead prosecutor urged the jury to impose the death sentence "to deter other people out there in the projects." Stephen Bright of the Southern Center for Human Rights in Atlanta, who represents Foster, said the local housing projects were 90 percent black.

    The Supreme Court will issue a decision by late June.



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    The exterior view of the U.S. Supreme Court is seen June 25, 2007 in Washington, DC.The exterior view of the U.S. Supreme Court is seen June 25, 2007 in Washington, DC.

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    The bodies of two anti-ISIS activists, 22-year-old Ibrahim Abdel Qader and 20-year-old Fares Hammadi, were found Friday in an apartment in the Turkish town of Sanliurfa. Both men were beheaded.

    The deaths of the two young Syrians, both members of a citizen-journalist group called "Raqqa Is Being Slaughtered Silently," sent shockwaves through the exile Syrian community in Turkey, NBC News reported.

    Ibrahim's brother, Ahmed, told NBC News an acquaintance of theirs from Raqqa, Tlas Surur, who arrived in Sanliurfa about a month and a half ago, killed both men. Surur claimed he had defected from ISIS and wanted to help the movement against them. 

    A Turkish police source told NBC News that evidence links Surur to the killings.

    Ibrahim's brother believes that Surur managed to slip back to Syria and rejoined ISIS. But he hasn't remained silent. During the interview with NBC News Ahmed received what he said was a threatening text message from Surur.


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    Fares Hammadi, left, and the alleged perpetrator of the double murder, Tlas Surur, when he was spending time with the two activists as an ISIS defector.Fares Hammadi, left, and the alleged perpetrator of the double murder, Tlas Surur, when he was spending time with the two activists as an ISIS defector.

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    Police in the East Rock section of New Haven are trying to send a strong message to residents to lock their doors amid several car break-ins and they are doing it an a rather unconventional way.

    Starting today, police who notice valuables left in plain view inside unlocked cars will take them to keep them safe from would-be burglars, according to the New Haven Register.

    There have been eight car break-ins in one week alone and Lt. Herbert Sharp told the Register that this strategy will prevent burglars from getting expensive items from cars, while forcing residents to make a trip to the police station to pick up belongings.

    After taking the valuables, police will either leave a note or call the resident.

    The hope is that this will send the message to hide valuables and lock car doors.

    Residents have a mixed reaction.

    “I think that’s kind of a different way of looking at it. I don’t know how I’d feel about that,” Darin Curts, of New Haven, said.

    “I think if it’s something really valuable, if they see something, like a wallet maybe or cell phone or camera, and it’s something that should be protected, it could be a good idea,” Allison Khoe, of New Haven, said. 

    George Critides, of New Haven, said he does not know if that would solve the break-ins.

    "I think there should be more foot patrols and more bicycle police in the neighborhood,” he said.



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    Police are taking things from unlocked cars to send a message to residents to lock their cars.Police are taking things from unlocked cars to send a message to residents to lock their cars.

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    Police have arrested a 22-year-old Norwalk man accused of running from police and tossing a loaded gun into trash behind a church.

    Police responded to a store at 90 South Main Street in Norwalk just before 10 p.m. on Sunday to investigate reports of people loitering and said Joseph Ray took off running. As he ran, he held his waistband with his right hand.

    When officers chased Ray behind St. Joseph’s Church, he pulled his right hand from his waistband and reached into a garbage can, police said.

    Officers captured Ray in a yard at 74 South Main Street and an officer who checked the garbage can found a loaded .22 caliber handgun, police said.

    Ray was previously arrested near 261 Ely Avenue on July 17 for carrying a pistol without a permit, police said.

    He has been charged with carrying a pistol without a permit, interfering with an officer, loitering about school grounds, possession of a weapon on school grounds and simple trespass.

    Bond was set at $75,000.
     



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    Joseph Ray is accused of throwing a loaded gun into trash behind a church on Sunday night.Joseph Ray is accused of throwing a loaded gun into trash behind a church on Sunday night.

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    Students at University of Detroit Jesuit High School are encouraged to become "men for others."

    Some who attend the all-boys Catholic prep school are taking that tenet to heart and putting it into action by taking on a volunteer experience that has them serving as pallbearers at the funerals of homeless men and women.

    More than 50 signed up to be pallbearers. The students named their effort after Joseph of Arimathea, the wealthy biblical figure many Christians see as the most important pallbearer in history, having cared for Jesus Christ's body after his crucifixion.

    Six students recently kicked off the Arimathean pallbearer ministry by carrying the caskets of three homeless military veterans during services at Great Lakes National Cemetery, an hour's drive north of Detroit.

    The men, whose bodies went unclaimed at the county morgue, had served in the Army, Air Force and Marines.

    Senior Lenny Froehlich was among the students wearing white gloves and matching school ties who toted the flag-draped caskets at the Veterans Affairs cemetery in Holly Township.

    "We kind of represent the family that is not here to be with them. And that is, I think, a privilege," he said after the first of the funerals.

    Three weeks earlier, Froehlich and the other two students heading up the ministry led a training session in the school's chapel, outlining the program for students and faculty members.

    The ministry was conceived by students in the school's Ignatian Service Corps, or service team, as a way to better serve the community. It is similar to a program at another Jesuit high school, St. Ignatius, in Cleveland.

    "I think for the young men here at U of D, it teaches them the value and dignity of life at all levels," said Todd Wilson, the school's director of service.

    Kevin Desmond, a funeral director at A.J. Desmond & Sons, said additional staff members typically are brought in to serve as pallbearers at services for the homeless — a duty University of Detroit Jesuit students now can fulfill.

    "To be able to recognize that need, to offer this respect, is really a testament to these gentlemen and also just the community and spirit here at U of D Jesuit," Desmond said.
     



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    Detroit Jesuit High School volunteers serve as pallbearers at a funeral of a homeless military veteran at Great Lakes National Cemetery in Holly, Michigan, Oct. 20, 2015.Detroit Jesuit High School volunteers serve as pallbearers at a funeral of a homeless military veteran at Great Lakes National Cemetery in Holly, Michigan, Oct. 20, 2015.

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    Willimantic police arrested three Eastern Connecticut State University students on Saturday night after getting complaints that their Halloween party had gotten out of control.

    Police responded to the house on Ash Street after a neighbor complained that the party had been going on all night and was out of control, police said.

    When officers arrived, they found around 50 people in costume outside the house and said some were in the road.

    While clearing the scene, police found another 100 to 150 people inside.

    Police arrested three ECSU students for hosting the party and charged them with second-degree breach of peace.

    A fourth male who was also at the house was arrested after a brief encounter with a female patrol officer and charged with interfering with police.
     



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    An Uber driver was forced to spray Mace in a customer's face after the rider apparently began beating him over the head in an attack caught on camera in Newport Beach, California. The customer was later arrested. 

    Driver Edward Caban posted the dashcam video on YouTube after Friday’s alleged attack.

    "He was grabbing my head and was trying to smash it against the window," Caban told NBC4 in an interview.

    Costa Mesa police responded within minutes to the scene of the fight in the 1800 block of Newport Beach Boulevard.

    The customer, 32-year-old Benjamin Golden, of Newport Beach, was still vomiting from the Mace when officers arrived, according to police.

    "I wanted to make sure he didn't get away," Caban said. "I have lost so much money on people like him and I'm done dealing with it. They take the food right out of my mouth."

    Caban said it all started when he went to pick up an "incredibly intoxicated" man near Baja Sharkeez on the Balboa Peninsula.

    Caban said the passenger did not give him an address, and said he would direct him to the destination.

    He said the man faded in and out of consciousness, and refused to wear a seat belt. Video shows Caban making a turn and the customer falling flat in the back seat.

    In the footage, Caban tells the man the ride is over, and grabs a can of Mace concealed near his thigh. After Caban pulls into a well-lit shopping center and tells the man to get out, the customer insists Caban continue driving.

    Caban can be heard on video saying he will call the police if the man does not exit the car. The customer then begins beating Caban over the head and pulling his hair while cursing at him.

    Caban reacts, spraying Mace in the man's face.

    Uber said it has banned the rider from ever using the ride-sharing platform again.

    Caban said Uber offered to reimburse him for cleaning the pepper spray from his car. Nonetheless, he said his days as an Uber driver are over.

    "I don't feel safe driving for Uber any more," Caban said. "The quality of the passengers has gone down over the last couple of weeks and I know a lot of drivers will agree with me."

    Golden was arrested on public intoxication and assault charges, Costa Mesa police said Sunday. He could not immediately be reached for comment.



    Photo Credit: Edward Caban/YouTube

    An Uber driver attacked on the job fought back, spraying Mace in a customer's face in a Friday brawl that was caught on dashcam.An Uber driver attacked on the job fought back, spraying Mace in a customer's face in a Friday brawl that was caught on dashcam.

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    Over the next week, the weather will be primarily dry with few chances for rain. It's all thanks to an area of high pressure parked over New England.

    Mostly clear skies are expected tonight, and low temperatures will range from the upper 30s to middle 40s.

    Election Day will be sunny with temperatures in the middle and upper 60s.

    Wednesday's also a quiet day, with abundant sunshine and temperatures more than 10 degrees above the average of 56 degrees.

    A blend of clouds and sunshine is expected Thursday as a cold front approaches. Temperatures will be in the lower 70s inland, upper 60s elsewhere!

    The timing of the front is uncertain. Right now, it looks like a few showers are possible Friday. Temperatures will be in the upper 60s to lower 70s.

    After Friday, dry weather returns.

    At this early stage the weekend looks dry with plenty of sunshine, though it will be cooler.

    No freezes are in the forecast.


    Much above average temperatures are forecast this week.Much above average temperatures are forecast this week.

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    The mansion where three family members and their housekeeper were brutally killed in Washington, D.C., is on the market for $3.25 million.

    The real estate listing describes the manor home on 3/10 of an acre in upper northwest Washington and says the house will be sold "as-is."

    It is clear there's been a fire. There's also a red crime scene seal on the door.

    Crews uncovered a grisly scene while responding to the fire on May 14. They discovered the bodies of Savvas and Amy Savopoulos, their son, Phillip, and their housekeeper, Vera Figueroa.

    Police said Daron Wint, 34, held the four victims captive for roughly 18 hours on May 13 and 14 inside their multimillion-dollar mansion. Wint was allegedly paid a $40,000 ransom, then killed the family and Figueroa before setting the house on fire, authorities said. Wint's attorney, who was later fired, said he believed his client had been set up.

    The case is still winding through the courts and the investigation continues. The marketplace, however, has gotten ahead of investigators.

    The house itself is still a focal point in the affluent upper-northwest neighborhood. When houses with a history go on the market, they're often referred to as "stigmatized" properties.

    D.C. law says if a potential buyer asks if anyone died in that home, the realtor has to be truthful. But realtors don't have to volunteer the information if they're not asked.

    The five-bedroom, seven-bath home is being sold for $3,250,000. According to a "Zestimate" on Zillow.com, the mansion is worth over $5.5 million.

    The real estate website says its Zestimate is based on public and user-submitted data, and also takes into "account special features, location and market conditions."


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