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    Chances are high that the tomb of Ancient Egypt's boy-king Tutankhamun has passages to a hidden chamber, which may be the last resting place of the lost Queen Nefertiti, experts said on Saturday.

    There is huge international interest in Nefertiti, who died in the 14th century B.C. and is thought to be Tutankhamun's stepmother, and confirmation of her final resting place would be the most remarkable Egyptian archaeological find this century.

    New evidence from the radar imaging taken so far is to be sent to a team in Japan for analysis. The results are expected to be announced in a month. 



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    In this file photo, the tomb of King Tut is displayed in a glass case at the Valley of the Kings in Luxor, Egypt, Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2015.In this file photo, the tomb of King Tut is displayed in a glass case at the Valley of the Kings in Luxor, Egypt, Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2015.

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    A newborn girl was found buried alive near a riverbed in Compton, California, Friday and now officials are seeking the public's help for information on her abandonment.

    Sheriff's deputies responded to reports of a baby heard crying near the riverbed located between 136th Street and Slater Avenue at 4 p.m. Friday, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

    As deputies canvassed the area, they heard a baby's "muffled cry" and discovered a newborn girl buried alive under pieces of asphalt and rubble inside a crevice located along the bike path, LASD said.

    Deputies had to remove pieces of asphalt and debris to rescue the baby, who was wrapped in a blanket and cold to the touch, officials said.

    The newborn was treated at the scene and transported to a hospital. She is in stable condition and will remain at the hospital for observation.

    The newborn is believed to have been born within the last 36 to 48 hours.

    Anyone with information about this crime is asked to contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department - Special Victims Bureau at (877) 710-LASD (5273).



    Photo Credit: Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department

    Deputies rescued a baby girl that was found near a riverbed in Compton on Friday, Nov. 27, 2015.Deputies rescued a baby girl that was found near a riverbed in Compton on Friday, Nov. 27, 2015.

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    Two Canadian brothers who rescued a bald eagle from a trap took the rare chance to snap a selfie with the stately creature before setting it free.

    Michael Fletcher, 29, said he was hunting with his brother, Neil, near Ontario's Windy Lake on Tuesday, when they stumbled upon the majestic bird caught in a hunting trap.

    They knew they had to do something, but freeing the animal was no easy task. "When we got close to the bird, it tried to fly away. So I took my hoodie off and put it around its head, it calmed it right down," Fletcher told NBC News on Saturday. 



    Photo Credit: Michael Fletcher via Facebook

    Michael and Neil Fletcher, of Sudbury, Ontario, took a selfie with a bald eagle they rescued from a hunting trap in Canada.Michael and Neil Fletcher, of Sudbury, Ontario, took a selfie with a bald eagle they rescued from a hunting trap in Canada.

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    Police are investigating a shooting that happened in the area of Garden and Barbour streets in Hartford early Saturday morning before another shooting in the capital city.

    Officers responded at 2:42 a.m. to the area of 892 Garden Street after receiving reports of shots fired. Police didn't find anything.

    But after 3 a.m., St. Francis Hospital officials called police to say they treated a man who suffered a gunshot wound to his left pinky toe. A bullet also grazed the man's thigh.

    The 29-year-old gunshot victim told police he was walking through the 383 Barbour Street parking lot, which is behind the original address police responded to earlier on Saturday morning. A group of men told him to leave before one pulled a gun out and shot him, he told police.

    His identity hasn't been released.

    The shooting scene has been cleared.

    Just before 4 a.m. police responded to another shooting at 156 Homestead Avenue that injured at least one person.

    Both shootings happened outside, but police don't believe they're  connected.



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    A 24-year-old man was critically injured in one of two overnight shootings in Hartford early Saturday morning.

    Police were called to 160 Homestead Ave. at about 3:52 a.m. after a shooting outside the home.

    Police found a man in a parked car with gunshot wounds to the chest.

    He was transported to St. Francis and is in critical but stable condition.

    Police haven't been able to talk to him yet because he's still recovering from surgery. It's unknown what led up to the shooting.

    There was a party happening near the shooting, but people who spoke to NBC Connecticut as they came out of the party said they didn't hear gunfire. It's unclear whether the victim and shooter were at the party.

    Earlier in the morning, police responded at 2:42 a.m. to the area of 892 Garden Street after receiving reports of shots fired. St. Francis Hospital treated a man who suffered a gunshot wound to his left pinky toe. A bullet also grazed the man's thigh. He told police he was walking through the 383 Barbour Street parking lot, which is behind the original address police responded to, and a group of men told him to leave before one pulled a gun out and shot him, police said.

    Both shootings happened outside, but police dont' believe they were connected.

    An ambulance transported one person to the hospital. The condition of the individual is unknown.

    Police have been canvassing the area and knocking on doors to talk to neighbors as they investigate what happened.

    A block of Homestead Avenue was closed at Edgewood Street as police investigated.

    Police ask anyone who witnessed what happened or who has information to contact the Hartford Police Department.

    No suspects have been identified at this time and no arrests have been made.



    Photo Credit: NBCConnecticut.com

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    Vernon police are investigating a rollover crash on Prospect Street in Vernon.

    A car ended up ramming into a house at 115 Prospect Street.

    The call came in at about 8:40 p.m. on Saturday.

    Police and firefighters responded.



    Photo Credit: Vernon Police

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  • 11/28/15--18:59: 1 Shot Near Hamden Bar

  • Hamden police are investigating after a New Haven male was shot on Dixwell Avenue outside a bar.

    The shooting happened in the 900 block of Dixwell Avenue outside Highwood Bar & Grill in Hamden at about 7:35 p.m.

    A male in his 20s was shot and sustained non-life-threatening injuries.

    Police ask that anyone with information contat them at 203-230-4000.


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    The death of University of Colorado police officer Garrett Swasey is hitting hard for many not just in the world of law enforcement, but also competitive ice skating.

    Friend and fellow skater Nancy Kerrigan tweeted out "my prayers and love go out to Garretts entire family. Remembering a wonderful friend and person whom will be greatly missed!"

    While skater Michelle Kwan tweeted "my heart breaks for #GarrettSwasey - father, police officer, Pastor, skating champ. Pray for his family & end of senseless violence in #USA."

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    Melrose, Massachusetts, is where Swasey grew up. The Mayor of Melrose, Rob Dolan, graduated with Swasey in 1989. Back then, if you knew Garrett Swasey, you knew he was big in to ice skating.

    "He trained, he was tired and he wanted to be in the Olympics and make a big mark," said Dolan.

    Even in the yearbook he said "watch 96 Olympics, see you there."

    He chased his Olympic dream to Colorado Springs Colorado where US figure skating is headquartered.

    U.S. Figure Skating released a statement saying in part, "the figure skating community mourns the tragic loss of Officer Garrett Swasey, a former U.S. junior ice dance champion. Garrett is remembered as a kind and selfless man who was well liked by friends and competitors alike."

    Sawsey even competed at nationals in the early 90s, but like for so many, the Olympic dream faded though a love for skating remained. Swasey became a police officer and a leader at his church. It was in those roles at the age of 44 he died a son, husband and a father to two.

    Melrose is working to send a few police officers to Swasey's funeral.

    In a late 1980s Melrose High yearbook you'll find Garrett Swasey with a quintessential 80s haircut and a nice smile. Swasey is someone remembered fondly in Melrose.

    "He made a real mark on the people he met here in the small town," said Melrose Massachusetts Mayor Robert Dolan.

    Dolan graduated with Swasey in 1989 and back then, if you knew Garrett Swasey, you knew he was big in to ice skating.

    "He trained, he was tired and he wanted to be in the Olympics and make a big mark," said Dolan.

    Even in the yearbook he said "watch 96 Olympics, see you there."

    He chased his Olympic dream to Colorado Springs, Colorado, where U.S. Figure Skating is headquartered.

    U.S. Figure Skating released a statement saying in part, "the figure skating community mourns the tragic loss of Officer Garrett Swasey, a former U.S. junior ice dance champion. Garrett is remembered as a kind and selfless man who was well liked by friends and competitors alike."

    Sawsey even competed at nationals in the early 90s, but like for so many, the Olympic dream faded though a love for skating remained. Swasey became a police officer and a leader at his church. It was in those roles at the age of 44 he died a son, husband and a father to two.

    "Not only did you lose a son, You lost a dad here. And I see this is devastating to anyone, Anyone in law-enforcement," said Chief Michael Lyle.

    Melrose is working to send a few police officers to Swasey's funeral. 



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    Police in Connecticut and Florida have been inundated with messages of outrage and concern over a Facebook post showing a dog muzzled with duct tape that has gone viral on social media.

    A Facebook account under a woman's name posted a photograph Friday of a dog that looks like a chocolate lab with duct table wrapped around its mouth and the message, "This is what happens when you dont (sic) shut up!!!"

    The post was shared 286,359 times, as of 5:36 p.m. on Saturday and has sparked an outcry from animal lovers, including ones in Connecticut, criticizing the Facebook user who posted the image. The post and photo have not been authenticated.

    A minute later, the user posted, "Don't panic everyone it was only for a minute but hasnt barked since...POINT MADE!!! (sic)"

    South Daytona Beach police initially told NBC Connecticut that the alleged incident was believed to have happened in Florida. Earlier on they posted that she wasn't believed to be at her local residence in Florida. They said they believed she lived in Torrington.

    South Daytona Police Lt. Dan Dietrich later said they made contact with the woman's adult son, who lives in Florida and confirmed that she is en route there and was passing through the Carolinas Saturday morning. Her son told police he hasn't heard from her since and believes she may have shut her cell phone off after getting threatening calls when her phone number began circulating online in connection to the Facebook post.

    Dietrich said the woman's son told police she moved to Connecticut over a year ago and has been living in Avon with a boyfriend, possibly a fiancé. She doesn't own any vehicles registered in Florida but does have rental properties in the state, Dietrich said. The legal name of the woman they are looking to speak with is different than the one listed on the Facebook account.

    South Daytona police don't plan on taking any further action until they can speak with the woman believed to be behind the Facebook post and check on her dog's well-being, as well as any other animals she may have.

    Daytona animal control officials reported receiving tens of thousands of calls about the Facebook post, including calls from Canada and Australia.

    South Daytona police, a department that covers a jurisdiction of four square miles, had to bring in 20 percent of their off-duty workforce to handle the high volume of calls about the Facebook photo of the dog. The volume of calls about the alleged incident crashed their entire switchboard at one point.

    "Please help us out by not flooding our emergency phone numbers, which may impact other emergency calls. We appreciate your concerns," city of South Daytona officials said.

    Most recently, city of South Daytona officials posted on Facebook that the woman in question hasn't lived there for about one and a half years despite the fact that the Facebook page under her name says she lives there.

    Avon police dispatchers have been bombarded with numerous calls about animal abuse over the holiday weekend as messages circulate on social media saying the Facebook user lives in Avon. They were still receiving so many calls about it in the evening that they had to call in an extra dispatcher. 

    Avon Police Chief Mark Rinaldo said the "report of the abuse has been distributed via Facebook."

    However, police responded to the "home of the alleged abuse and determined that the case did not occur in Avon" They also said that the woman in question no longer lives in Avon and hasn't for awhile. It's unclear if that just pertains to legal residences. Many of the callers informed police that they were told to contact them.

    "While we share your concern with the abuse of animals we want to assure all concerned individuals that we have fully investigated this case," Rinaldo said.

    Avon police said they are done investigating at this time and have contacted Florida authorities about the case because they believe she lives there.

    Meanwhile, the Volusia County Sheriff's Office in Florida reported being "inundated with hundreds of Facebook messages" from across the country and world at its communications center.

    "Please rest assured that we're aware of the photo and, as the dispatch center for all of Volusia County, have notified the appropriate local police department of the incident," the sheriff's office said. "We appreciate your concern for the welfare of all the members of our community! We've attempted to respond to as many individual messages as we can, but we hope this post will help put minds at ease in case we didn't reply to every last one. Have a great night and rest of your Thanksgiving weekend!"

    The Facebook post has also been brought to the attention of Torrington Animal Control officials in Connecticut, who said there is an animal cruelty investigation underway after being inundated with messages about the situation.

    "Be assured that there is an active animal cruelty investigation in progress. We are taking this very seriously. Please don’t send further emails or messages as our email system is overwhelmed. We thank you for your help," Torrington Animal Control officials said on Facebook. ".... Thank you everyone for sending us info and links to help the Chocolate Lab. We are actively investigating this case and searching for the individual involved."

    Just before 3 p.m., Torrington Animal Control posted an update on Facebook, stating, "At this time our inbox is not currently working so please bear with us as we try to read through all of your messages. We are still diligently working on tracking down the owner who posted that dreadful picture to Facebook earlier this morning but it appears that she is no longer residing in Avon ... or Connecticut for that matter. All new, and pertinent information that we get is being immediately forward to Daytona PD as that is where the suspect is believed to be living/heading.
    Thank you all for your concern for this animal."

    The Facebook account lists the woman as self-employed and a former Central Connecticut State University student, but that has not been confirmed.

    A www.change.org petition is circulating, asking Torrington, Avon and South Daytona police to charge the woman with animal abuse. It has garnered 12,687 supporters since its creation early Saturday morning.

    South Daytona police said that if they verify the duct-tape incident with the dog occurred, then they would contact the police in the town where it occurred.

    "We just want to get eyes on her first and figure this whole situation out," Dietrich said.

    NBC Connecticut is not currently naming the woman in question because there are no charges against her at this time and the Facebook account and photo haven't been independently authenticated.



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    A Facebook account under a woman's name posted a photograph Friday of a dog that looks like a chocolate lab with duct table wrapped around its mouth and the message, A Facebook account under a woman's name posted a photograph Friday of a dog that looks like a chocolate lab with duct table wrapped around its mouth and the message, "This is what happens when you dont (sic) shut up!!!" It's causing outrage and some Connecticut police departments launched investigations.

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    A driver was killed in a crash on Interstate 91 south in Windsor Locks early Saturday morning.

    Reynol Roblero Orozco, 27, of Hartford, lost control just before the exit 44 on-ramp and struck the jersey barrier on the left shoulder, state police said. The car then careened across the highway to the right and continued through a grassy area, across an on-ramp and into a wooded area, ultimately striking a tree.

    Orozco died at the scene.

    East Windsor firefighters and Emergency Medical Services and Windsor Locks firefighters responded.

    A state police accident reconstruction team is assisting with the investigation of the crash.

    State police ask witnesses to contact Trooper First Class S. Menard at Troop H in Hartford at 860-534-1062.



    Photo Credit: NBCConnecticut.com

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    The day after a gunman killed three people and shot nine others at a Colorado Planned Parenthood office, officials tell NBC News a motive remains unclear, but say the suspect talked about politics and abortion.

    Robert Lewis Dear, a North Carolina native who was living in a trailer in Colorado, made statements to police Friday at the scene of the Colorado Springs clinic and in interviews that law enforcement sources described as rantings.

    In one statement, made after the suspect was taken in for questioning, Dear said "no more baby parts" in reference to Planned Parenthood, according to two law enforcement sources with knowledge of the case.

    But the sources stressed that Dear said many things to law enforcement and the extent to which the "baby parts" remark played into any decision to target the Planned Parenthood office was not yet clear. He also mentioned President Barack Obama in statements.



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    Colorado Springs Shooting Suspect Robert Dear.Colorado Springs Shooting Suspect Robert Dear.

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    A state police investigation is under way at Flatrock Road in Colchester near the Air Line State Park Trail.

    No further information was immediately available.

    The nature of the investigation is unknown.



    Photo Credit: NBCConnecticut.com

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    One person was killed in a structure fire on Schultz Street in New Britain Saturday evening.

    The blaze broke out at 50 Schultz Street, a one-and-a-half story building. The fire was confined to the front porch and firefighters knocked it down quickly, New Britain Fire Chief Thomas Ronalter said.

    "Unfortunately that was where the occupant was located, on the front porch," he said.

    There was smoke damage to other parts of the home.

    No firefighters were injured and no one else was home at the time of the fire.

    New Britain's police chief, fire chief and Mayor Erin Stewart are on scene, as well as state police.

    “Our New Britain fire marshal’s office is working with the New Britain Police Department in conjunction with the Connecticut State Police Fire Marshal’s Office because it is a fatality involved to find out the cause," Ronalter said.

    Investigators will notify the family once the body is properly identified.

    The fire doesn't appear to be suspicious or criminal, but it remains under investigation.



    Photo Credit: NBCConnecticut.com

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    At least fourteen deaths have been blamed on a series of storms that brought freezing conditions across the nation's midsection since Thursday, and despite an increase in temperatures on Sunday, the relief was not expected to last long, forecasters said, NBC News reported.

    Nebraska, South Dakota, Iowa and Minnesota could see solid swaths of snow, according to Michael Palmer, lead meteorologist at the Weather Channel. Some areas in southern Minnesota could see a foot of snow, Palmer said.

    Meanwhile, up to four inches of rain was forecast for Northeastern Texas and central Arkansas Sunday, adding to the threat of flooding in those states.

    In Oklahoma, authorities were working to restore power to more than 91,000 after broken, ice-covered tree limbs downed power lines.



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    City of Denver road trucks spread deicer on the roads late Thursday, Nov. 26, 2015, in northeast Denver. A storm dropping freezing rain and light snow has enveloped the intermountain West on Thanksgiving Day and forecasters predict the cold weather will linger into the weekend ahead.City of Denver road trucks spread deicer on the roads late Thursday, Nov. 26, 2015, in northeast Denver. A storm dropping freezing rain and light snow has enveloped the intermountain West on Thanksgiving Day and forecasters predict the cold weather will linger into the weekend ahead.

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    Fresh off of a visit to the Syrian refugee camps in Jordan, GOP presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson came away thinking the United States needs to do more to support the country that is housing thousands of refugees.

    "The facilities that have been offered to them [refugees] here in Jordan are very satisfactory. And when I asked them what Americans could do, they said, 'If Americans could support those facilities to a greater degree,' because they have much more capacity here in Jordan," Carson said in an interview via satellite on NBC's "Meet The Press" Sunday.

    As for defeating ISIS, he repeated his calls for removing their oil revenue and their ability to move money. 


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    Despite a lack of evidence, GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump on Sunday kept pushing the claim that he saw cheering from Muslims in New Jersey on September 11, 2001.

    Appearing on NBC's "Meet the Press", the Republican frontrunner said, "I saw it. So many people saw it ... So, why would I take it back? I'm not going to take it back."

    Asked where he witnessed this, Trump replied, "I saw it on television. I saw clips."

    While citing the Washington Post for his assertion there were "tailgate parties" following 9/11, Trump conceded, "We're looking for other articles. And we're looking for other clips. And I wouldn't be surprised if we found them…but for some reason, they're not that easy to come by."



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    Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks to supporters at a campaign rally Saturday, Nov. 28, 2015 at Robarts Arena in Sarasota, Fla.Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks to supporters at a campaign rally Saturday, Nov. 28, 2015 at Robarts Arena in Sarasota, Fla.

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    Upset over a series of experts' reports commissioned by Cleveland prosecutors that conclude the police shooting of 12-year-old Tamir Rice was justified, attorneys for the boy's family released reports from its own experts that say deadly force shouldn't have been used, NBC News reported.

    "We think it is important that the grand jury be given the opportunity to consider the testimony and findings of true experts to explain why this killing was unjustified," attorneys for the Rice family say in a letter to Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Timothy McGinty dated Friday.

    The attorneys want their experts to testify before a grand jury deciding whether to bring charges against the officer who shot Tamir. They called the reports that found the shooting justified "utterly biased and deeply flawed" and object to the use of experts' reports in the grand jury proceedings.



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    This combination of still images taken from a surveillance video and released Saturday, Nov. 28, 2015, by the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's Office, shows Cleveland police officers arriving at Cudell Park on a report of a man with a gun. Twelve-year-old Tamir Rice was fatally shot by Cleveland police officer Timothy Loehmann, Nov. 22, 2014, after he reportedly pulled a replica gun at the city park. The enhancement by a California video expert will be presented to a grand jury that will decide if then-rookie patrolman Loehmann or his training officer should be charged criminally for Loehmann killing Rice. (Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's Office via AP)This combination of still images taken from a surveillance video and released Saturday, Nov. 28, 2015, by the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's Office, shows Cleveland police officers arriving at Cudell Park on a report of a man with a gun. Twelve-year-old Tamir Rice was fatally shot by Cleveland police officer Timothy Loehmann, Nov. 22, 2014, after he reportedly pulled a replica gun at the city park. The enhancement by a California video expert will be presented to a grand jury that will decide if then-rookie patrolman Loehmann or his training officer should be charged criminally for Loehmann killing Rice. (Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's Office via AP)

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    A historic home in Monroe caught fire early Sunday morning.

    The blaze broke out at 181 Hammertown Road at about 5 a.m. The home was built in 1770.

    No one was injured.


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    Police around the state increased patrols and set up DUI checkpoints over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.

    Bars in Hartford were busy as friends reunited over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend and more police were out, concerned about celebrations going too far and possible drunken driving.

    From Wednesday morning through Sunday morning, state police arrested 42 people on charges of driving under the influence, ticketed 980 for speeding citations, and handed out 2,639 moving violation tickets for things such as unsafe lane changes, failure to signal,  tailgating, cell phone usage or texting.

    State police also investigated 389 accidents up to Sunday morning, including one fatality and 45  crashes that caused injuries.

    By comparison, last Thanksgiving weekend, state police made 52 DUI arrests and doled out 1,106 speeding tickets, 314 tickets for seatbelt violations and 3,538 tickets for hazardous moving violations. During the holiday last year, they investigated 934 crashes, including 97 with injury and one fatality.

    On Friday, state police stopped drivers in Hartford getting onto I-91 southbound from Jennings Road starting from about 7:00pm. The checkpoint operated until about 1:30am on Saturday.

    Not everyone thought the checkpoint was a good idea.

    Michael Picard said he and others have recently been protesting these types of checkpoints.

    As people drove by Picard held signs which read, “COPS AHEAD. KEEP CALM AND REMAIN SILENT.”

    “I’m not against catching drunk drivers. I’m against the method doing that,” says Picard.

    Picard says there are better and fairer ways to catch drunk drivers rather than stopping everyone.

    But police say a checkpoint is a good tool as part of their holiday enforcement crackdown which also includes increased patrols.

    Authorities say checkpoints usually catch several drunken drivers.

    “This is a way to prevent them from entering the highway and causing accidents and hurting themselves or other members of the public,” Trooper Robert Zdojeski said.

    The Thanksgiving Holiday weekend traffic enforcement campaign ends at 11:59 p.m. on Sunday.



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    West Haven police are investigating a hotel robbery that happened early Sunday morning.

    A woman who may have been using a Hampton Inn Hotel room for business was robbed at gunpoint "by a patronizing client," police said. It happened at about 6:30 a.m. at the hotel on Sawmill Road.

    Detectives responded soon after to investigate.

    No more information was immediately available.


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