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    A father is dead and his wife and three children were stabbed and slashed after a violent domestic dispute that escalated to a police-involved shooting Tuesday morning in Fairfield, Connecticut, according to police.

    Authorities said they were called to a home at 22 Mountain Laurel Road around 6 a.m. because of an assault.

    The man, Christopher Andrews, came out of the house with a weapon and confronted police. 

    Police said Andrews refused orders to drop the weapon. An officer opened fire, shooting and killing him. It's not clear what kind of weapon Andrews' had.

    "During the response of officers, our officer did discharge his weapon," said Fairfield Police Chief Gary MacNamara. "There is one fatality involved in the incident as a result of the officer discharging his weapon and that's being investigated."

    Police who rushed into the house found the Andrews' wife and three children — ages 12, 13 and 15 — suffering from cuts and blunt force injuries, some of which were described as serious, authorities said.

    "With regards to weapons involved, there were some slice wounds, some stab wounds on the victims. At this point, we’re not aware of any firearms in the residence. We’re still investigating," MacNamara said.

    LifeStar airlifted one of the children to Yale-New Haven Hospital. The other two were taken to Saint Vincent’s Medical Center in Fairfield

    The adults were transported to Bridgeport Hospital, where Andrews was pronounced dead.

    The police officer involved in the shooting was also brought to St. Vincent's to be evaluated.

    The officer has been with the Fairfield Police Department for more than 20 years and is on administrative leave, which is standard procedure.

    Mountain Laurel Road is closed and traffic is being diverted onto Brookside Drive.

    Fairfield police said there is no threat to the public and the scene is secure. State police and the Stamford state's attorney have taken over the investigation.

    Police have not released the names of anyone involved because they are notifying family.

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    A father is dead and his wife and children are injured after a domestic incident in Fairfield.A father is dead and his wife and children are injured after a domestic incident in Fairfield.

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    Heavy rain has moved east of Connecticut, now the concern is for icy spots overnight.

    Winds gusted over 50 mph in many spots this afternoon, downing tree limb.

    Eversource was reporting 23,062 power outages earlier on Tuesday, including more than 2,557 in Brooklyn, 4,219 in Killingly, more than 1,734 in Lisbon, more than 2,007 in Waterford, more than 1,000 in Thomaston and scattered outages in other communities the utility company serves. 

    By the evening, Eversource said over 5,000 people were still without power. 

    United Illuminating has more than 650.

    The National Weather Service has issued a wind advisory exclusively for Windham County, though First Alert forecasters say the entire state has the potential for strong winds.

    Bridgeport gusted to 51 mph and Bradley International had a wind gust to 49 mph earlier this afternoon.

    Winds will settle down this evening behind the cold front.

    State police said they have received some phone calls about debris in the roads and wires down, but they did not have any information on where.

    Tolland Alert Tweeted that trees and wires are down and advised people using Route 74 into Willington and Ashford to take Interstate 84 to exit 70, and take Route 32 South to Route 74 East. A train crossing is stuck and there is no access from South River Road.

    Several severe thunderstorm warnings were issued for the line of heavy rain as it moved through New Jersey and New York.

    Moving beyond tonight, tomorrow will feature a blend of clouds and sunshine with highs in the 40s.

    Thursday should be the pick of the rest of the week with sunny skies and highs in the 30s.

    Rain and snow showers are possible Friday night and Saturday, but no major weather events are expected this weekend. Highs will be in the 40s.

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    A light pole came crashing down onto a car in the parking lot at Westfarms mall in West Hartford during a line of strong storms on Tuesday.A light pole came crashing down onto a car in the parking lot at Westfarms mall in West Hartford during a line of strong storms on Tuesday.

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    Police are searching for the driver who hit a pedestrian in Norwalk on Tuesday night and fled the scene.

    The victim, a man, was struck near 5 Senga Road around 7 p.m. and Norwalk Emergency Medical Service brought him to Norwalk Hospital.

    The vehicle that hit him was gone by the time police arrived, police said, and it was described as a newer gray Jeep, possibly a Cherokee, with right front-end damage.

    The driver was described as short and witnesses also saw a female passenger.

    Anyone who witnessed the incident or has any information should call Officer Wasilewski at 203-854-3035 or

    You can leave an anonymous tip on the Norwalk Police Tip Line at 203-854-3111, you can text tips by typing "NPD" into the text field, followed by the message, and sending it to CRIMES (274637) or you can submit a tip online at

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    After more than a week of active weather, a break has finally arrived and it was last several days with little exception.

    High pressure dominants Connecticut's weather tomorrow and Friday.

    Unlimited sunshine is the forecast for tomorrow, but temperatures will remain in the 30s.

    A few more clouds are expected Friday, but there will still be plenty of sunshine with highs near 40. A shower is possible late.

    Isolated rain showers are in the forecast for Saturday, but they are nothing to be concerned about. It may turn out to be a dry afternoon with highs soaring to near 50 degrees despite an abundance of clouds.

    Sunday is also mostly cloudy, with highs well into the 40s. It will feel like a spring weekend – perfect for skiing, snowboarding and tubing at the local ski areas! A few rain and snow showers are possible at night.

    A blend of clouds and sunshine is expected Monday, but a storm threatens come later Tuesday and especially Wednesday.

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    A total of 17 children have now come forward as the alleged victims of a youth choir director accused of making child pornography at a Maryland elementary school, according to Prince George's County police.

    Deonte Carraway, 22, of Glenarden, is accused of filming "vile sexual acts" between children ages 9 to 13 while working as a school aide and youth choir director at Judge Sylvania Woods Elementary.

    According to court documents, the FBI discovered dozens of videos depicting child pornography, some of which appeared to have been recorded in a school restroom. Carraway can be seen in one video molesting a child, according to the documents. In other videos, he can be heard directing the victims.

    Police said Carraway victimized children at school, the Zion Praise Tabernacle Lutheran Church, Glenarden Municipal Center, Theresa Banks Memorial Aquatic Center and in private homes.

    He was arrested Feb. 5 after after the uncle of a 9-year-old boy saw a nude image on the child's phone, according to police, who said Carraway admitted his role in producing child pornography.

    The number of alleged victims climbed to 17 on Wednesday.

    "We're conducting forensic interviews in Deonte Carraway case. Our concern is providing support to victims," said Police Chief Hank Stawinski.

    Carraway was a volunteer teacher's assistant at the school this year and the director of the Glenarden Voices of Youth Choir at the municipal center, police said. He was a paid assistant at the school during the 2014-15 school year.

    Nothing criminal was found in Carraway's background check before he started working for the school in November 2014, officials have said.

    A lawsuit filed in connection with the case alleges the principal knew about Carraway's misconduct and failed to act. Prince George's County Public Schools CEO Dr. Kevin Maxwell said Princial Michelle Williams has been placed on leave out of "an abundance of caution."

    It wasn't immediately clear if Carraway had an attorney.

    Photo Credit: Prince George's County Police

    Deonte Carraway is accused of recording videos of child pornography at the Maryland elementary school where he worked as an aide and choir director.Deonte Carraway is accused of recording videos of child pornography at the Maryland elementary school where he worked as an aide and choir director.

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    A man suspected of trying to steal bags full of frozen shrimp was arrested after witnesses identified him through a photo lineup.

    Police said Anthony Grillo, 33, of Hartford, tried to shoplift two large shopping bags of frozen shrimp from a South Windsor store in 2015 and fled when store employees confronted him.

    Grillo was identified as a suspect based on the vehicle he was driving and witness photo lineup identification, according to a news release from police.

    He was charged with criminal attempt to commit larceny in the sixth degree, five counts of failure to appear in the second degree and failure to pay or plead an infraction ticket.

    As police were arresting him, they learned he was wanted on five failure to appear warrants for other agencies, which we also served.

    Bond was set at $25,000 surety and Grillo, who was held, will appear in Manchester Superior Court on Wednesday.

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    Anthony Grillo is accused of trying to steal frozen shrimp.Anthony Grillo is accused of trying to steal frozen shrimp.

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    A Texas man says he was arrested and imprisoned by U.S. Marshals over a $1,500 student loan he received in 1987, Today reported.

    With interest over a 28-year period, Paul Aker's initial loan of $1,500 is now $5,700.

    U.S. Marshals say they attempted to seek repayment, sending Aker letters, certified mail and taping notices to his door. Aker said he only received a post card that he thought was "bogus" and didn't respond. NBC's Janet Shamlian reports.

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    A Quinnipiac University poll released on Wednesday gives Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump a 2 to 1 lead among Republican voters nationwide, with 39 percent.

    The is Trump’s highest total so far and he’s followed by Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida with 19 percent and Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas with 18 percent.

    Ohio Gov. John Kasich has 6 percent with former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and Dr. Ben Carson at 4 percent each and 9 percent of voters undecided.

    A survey on Feb. 5 showed Trump with 31 percent, Cruz with 22 percent and Rubio with 19 percent.

    In the Democratic race nationwide, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has 44 percent, with Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont at 42 percent, and 11 percent undecided. This is unchanged from Feb. 5.

    The top three Republicans are closely matched in terms of voter opinion as Trump gets a 62 - 31 percent favorability among Republicans, with 64 - 17 percent for Rubio and 62 - 23 percent for Cruz.

    "Reports of Donald Trump's imminent demise as a candidate are clearly and greatly exaggerated. Like a freight train barreling through signals with his horn on full blast, Trump heads down the track towards a possible nomination," Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll, said in a statement.

    "There is a 'but.' Trump's raw numbers are formidable, but he trails the pack on some 'from the gut' character measurements. And the kind of bright spot that Jeb Bush supporters, few as they be, may grab ahold of. The former Florida governor polls best in the pack on 'experience.'"

    "Sen. Bernie Sanders and Secretary Hillary Clinton are neck and neck. But while Bernie has the trust, Hillary has the experience. Two different measurements of two dissimilar candidates," Malloy added.


    Photo Credit: AP for Donald Trump Photo, Getty Images for Hillary Clinton

    Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign stop Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2016, in Beaufort, S.C. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign stop Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2016, in Beaufort, S.C. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

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    Airlines now get one-fourth of their revenue from fees, and one of the biggest is a charge of up to $200 to change or cancel a ticket.

    The fee galls consumers who find themselves with an unexpected need to change their travel plans. In some cases, the fee is more than the price they paid for the ticket.

    When all the receipts are counted, it is likely that consumers paid the airlines more than $3 billion in fees to cancel or change a flight in 2015. That is triple what they paid in change fees in 2007.

    Avoiding these hefty fees will take a bit of planning before you book your flight. Once you pay for the ticket, you're at the mercy of the airline. Experts have some tips:


    If your flight is at least seven days away, federal regulations require airlines to give passengers 24 hours to change their mind at no cost.

    Airlines can let passengers hold a reservation at the quoted price for 24 hours before paying, as American Airlines does, or let them cancel without penalty for 24 hours, as most other carriers do.


    Southwest Airlines doesn't charge change fees. If you cancel at least 10 minutes before the flight you can use the ticket's value for another flight, but you could owe more money if the new flight has a higher fare.

    Alaska Airlines lets passengers change or cancel for no fee if the flight is at least 60 days away.


    Refundable tickets cost more — sometimes substantially more — but they might pay off if you have any doubts about your ability to make the trip.

    Also, some airlines offer bundled fares that include a free ticket change. "The Works" from Frontier Airlines costs more than a basic ticket, but includes a free change. You also get free bags and priority boarding. And it is refundable.

    "Refundability is better than (a free) change because you get to say, 'I don't want to go.'" says George Hobica, founder of

    Some experienced fliers suggest that you buy two one-way tickets if you can replace either one for less than the change fee on a round-trip ticket. Here's why:

    Most airlines now sell one-way tickets for half the price of a round trip. Adam Goldstein, the co-founder and CEO of Hipmunk, a travel site-comparison firm, says he recently did this for a San Francisco-Los Angeles round trip. When he needed to change the first leg, he threw away his $80 ticket but was able to buy another for about the same price instead of paying the higher change fee.


    If you book your flight many months in advance there is a greater chance that a crisis at work or an illness could cause you to miss the trip. Goldstein says you should book ahead of time because fares do rise closer to the flight, "but wait until you are as confident as possible that you're actually going to make the trip."


    Finally, "You hope and pray your flight is severely delayed or canceled," Hobica says, because you are entitled to a refund if the airline can't honor your ticket. He says you should demand a refund even if the flight's schedule has changed significantly — if the departure time changes by several hours or a nonstop becomes a one-stop.

    There are also outfits that will help travelers avoid hefty change fees by locking in a fare for several days without buying the ticket. It is like buying an option — you can walk away if your plans change, and it protects you from a sharp rise in the fare.

    A start-up called Flyr lets you lock in a fare for up to seven days for a fee of $5 to $35 depending on the flight without buying the ticket, says the firm's product manager, Andrew Jing. There are limits to its service — American Airlines doesn't allow its fares to be displayed on Flyr or a similar service offered on Hipmunk. Some airlines including United offer their own versions of locking in a quoted fare for a fee.

    U.S. airlines raised $2.98 billion from change fees in 2014, the latest full year for which government figures are available. Through the first nine months of 2015, revenue from the fee was up more than 2 percent, putting the airlines on a path toward raising about $3.05 billion from the charge in all of 2015. That's up from $915 million in 2007, and as extra charges on airline travelers go it is second only to baggage fees. 

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    In this file photo, passengers wait in line to go through security screening at O'Hare International Airport's Terminal 1 shortly after the terminal was reopened on September 24, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois.In this file photo, passengers wait in line to go through security screening at O'Hare International Airport's Terminal 1 shortly after the terminal was reopened on September 24, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois.

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    The World Health Organization, which declared the spread of the Zika virus a global health emergency, said it needs $56 million from donors to kickstart the response against it.

    WHO doesn't have a lot of money itself to pour into fighting outbreaks and has to raise the cash from member nations and from other donors, including large nonprofits.

    Some experts say the expensive undertaking might be too little too late. Global health law expert Lawrence Gostin, also the director of the O'Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law at Georgetown University said the $56 million "is far less than is required to stem the Zika epidemic in the Americas. The urgent need for aggressive mosquito control, surveillance, and research will require major global funding."

    Gostin said $4.5 billion was a more realistic figure to fight pandemics.

    Zika is carried by the Aedes aegypti and related species of mosquitoes, and WHO has said the best way to quickly fight Zika is to get rid of the pests. Companies are also working on vaccines. Inovio Pharmaceuticals Inc. said Wednesday it had already made an experimental Zika vaccine and tests in mice looked positive.

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    A biologist works on putting blood on iron plates to feed the females of the nursery that produces genetically modified mosquitoes on February 11, 2016 in Campinas, Brazil.A biologist works on putting blood on iron plates to feed the females of the nursery that produces genetically modified mosquitoes on February 11, 2016 in Campinas, Brazil.

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    Pope Francis' plane landed safely in Mexico City on Friday despite apparently being targeted by a laser from the ground, Alitalia Airlines said.

    The crew "noticed a laser light from the ground, as did other aircraft flying towards Mexico City," the airline said in a statement Tuesday. "The aircraft Captain, Massimiliano Marselli, promptly reported to the control tower what the cockpit crew had witnessed, which is standard procedure with these type of matters."

    The papal plane, Alitalia flight AZ4000, had flown from Havana, Cuba, and was on its final approach to the Mexican capital when it was struck. The wildly popular pontiff is now in the midst of a visit to Mexico. 

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    Pope Francis talks to faithful inside the Cathedral in Morelia, Mexico, Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2016.Pope Francis talks to faithful inside the Cathedral in Morelia, Mexico, Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2016.

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    A Massachusetts man accused of hacking into a hospital computer system in 2014 was arrested in Miami after being rescued by a Disney cruise ship, authorities said.

    Martin Gottesfeld, 31, of Somerville, has been charged with conspiracy for allegedly coordinating a cyberattack on Boston Children's Hospital as part of the hacker group Anonymous, the U.S. Department of Justice said Wednesday.

    Gottesfeld was arrested Wednesday morning in Miami. He and his wife were picked up by a Disney cruise ship near Cuba on Tuesday when the couple's sailboat became disabled, according to the affidavit.

    The pair, traveling with three laptops and luggage, had been missing for at least a week, the affidavit said. The couple had apparently vanished with no explanation, prompting Gottesfeld's employer and concerned relatives to call the police, according to the Department of Justice.

    The FBI began investigating Gottesfeld in 2014 over his alleged involvement in an Anonymous attack on Boston Children's. The attack took down the hospital's network, including its website, for at least a week and cost the hospital more than $300,000, the affidavit said.

    According to the Department of Justice, Gottesfeld posted a YouTube video in March 2014 on behalf of Anonymous, threatening the hospital in response to its treatment of a teenage girl "who was the subject of a high-profile custody battle between her parents and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts."

    The video warned that Anonymous would "punish all those held accountable and will not relent until [Patient A] is free," according to the affidavit.

    Authorities said Gottesfeld was aware he was the subject of a federal investigation. Information on an attorney for Gottesfeld was not immediately available.

    The custody case behind the cyberattack has not been named.

    "Boston Children’s Hospital is grateful to the FBI and the U.S. Attorney’s office for investigating the cyber-attack launched on the hospital in April 2014 and for apprehending the hacker who led the attack and holding him accountable," the hospital said in a statement Wednesday, adding that it has added safeguards in the wake of the attack.

    Ari Mason contributed to this report.

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    Guy Fawkes masks, often worn by supporters of the hacker group Anonymous, are pictured in this file photo.Guy Fawkes masks, often worn by supporters of the hacker group Anonymous, are pictured in this file photo.

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    The Home Depot on Buckland Hills Drive in Manchester is evacuated after a gas leak.

    Officials said they responded to the store at 80 Buckland Hills Drive at 10:51 a.m. after receiving reports of a gas leak.

    No information was available on injuries.

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    Jamaican health officials have only confirmed one case of the Zika virus in the country, but the Caribbean nation's Health Ministry isn't taking any chances on the possibility of more.

    Using the power of song, the government released a public service announcement in the form of a reggae dancehall jam to increase awareness of the mosquito-borne virus and inform Jamaican's on way to combat it.

    The accompanying video titled "We Nuh Want Zik V,' features Dr. Michael Abrahams, an obstetrician and gynecologist dubbed "the funniest ladies' doctor" by The Jamaica Observer.

    Abrahams warns to throw away stagnant water, dispose of garbage properly, and turn over "drum pan for prevention." Zika is carried by the Aedes aegypti and related species of mosquitoes, which lay eggs near stagnant water.

    "And special shout out to pregnant ladies: protect yourself and protect your babies," Abrahams sings, encouraging them to use mosquito repellents and citronella candles to ward off bites. 

    Mounting evidence from Brazil suggests that infection in pregnant women is linked to abnormally small heads in their babies — a birth defect called microcephaly. According to WHO, cases of Guillain-Barre syndrome, the Western world's most common form of paralysis, is also on the rise in Brazil, Colombia, El Salvador, Suriname and Venezuela — all hit hard by Zika.

    Though a link remains unproven, frontline physicians believe the surge in Guillain-Barre cases may also be related.

    The World Health Organization declared the spread of the Zika Virus a global health emergency earlier this month. On Wednesday the U.N. health agency said it needs $56 million from member nations and donors to kickstart a response, NBC News reported.

    Inovio Pharmaceuticals Inc. said Wednesday it had made an experimental Zika vaccine and tests in mice looked positive. According to NBC News, the company said it will test the vaccine in non-human primates and initiate clinical product manufacturing.

    The Pan American Health Organization reports 26 countries and territories in the Americas with local Zika transmission. To date, there has not been transmission of the Zika virus by mosquitoes within the U.S., but some Americans have returned to the U.S. with Zika infections from affected countries in South America, Central America, the Caribbean and the Pacific Islands.

    Photo Credit: Ministry of Health, Jamaica
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    Dr. Michael Abrahams is pictured in a video to raise awareness about the Zika virus.Dr. Michael Abrahams is pictured in a video to raise awareness about the Zika virus.

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    A person was hit by a school bus on Route 5 in Enfield and has died, according to police.

    Police said the person, an adult, was struck in front of King Street Cemetery, an area with no sidewalks.

    "We have a long standing service history with the community without incident and our thoughts go out to all those affected by this  morning's accident," a statement from Smyth Bus Inc. said "Our company strives for the highest degree of safety and professionalism among our drivers, and continues our commitment to full compliance with all safety regulations."

    No children were on the bus.

    The bus company is cooperating with the investigation.

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    A person who was hit by a school bus in Enfield has died.A person who was hit by a school bus in Enfield has died.

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    A man and a woman are facing charges for allegedly attacking an Arkansas tourist Monday when he refused to buy tickets to the Statue of Liberty, knocking him unconscious and fracturing his skull, police said.

    Robert Andersen, 25, was arrested Wednesday afternoon on felony assault charges in connection with the attack on Monday afternoon on South Street near Whitehall Street, police said. 

    His alleged accomplice, 19-year-old Teresa Thorson of Brooklyn, was also arrested. 

    Authorities allege Thorson approached the tourist and tried to sell him fake tickets to the landmark. When the victim refused, police say Andersen punched the man in the face.

    The blow knocked the tourist unconscious, police said. The man was taken to Bellevue Hospital, where he was treated for a fractured skull.

    He was in fair condition Wednesday, authorities say. 

    Andersen was silent as he was led from a police station Wednesday night. 

    Thorson told NBC 4 New York, "The tourist assaulted me," but declined to elaborate. 

    Attorney information for the suspects wasn't immediately clear. 

    Photo Credit: NBC 4 New York

    Robert Andersen and Teresa ThorsonRobert Andersen and Teresa Thorson

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    State Senator Andrew Maynard will not run for reelection in November, according to a statement from the Senate Democrats.

    Maynard was badly hurt in July 2014 when he fell from an outdoor staircase at his home in Stonington, hitting his head.

    Maynard underwent physical and occupational therapy to work on his balance, strengthen his right arm and improve the use of his right hand, according to a statement that came out at the time of the incident. He returned to the senate chambers in January 2015.

    In January of this year, he was involved in a crash on Route 32 in Waterford after driving on the wrong side of the road and suffered a concussion.

    His attorney says there's no reason to believe his injuries, from which she says he's recovered, played any role in the accident.

    He is serving his fifth term in the Connecticut General Assembly, representing the 18th Senatorial District. He was first elected in November 2006 and he is currently the Senate Chair of the legislature’s Transportation Committee.

    “It has been an honor to serve in the Senate on behalf of my neighbors and the people of the 18th District,” Senator Maynard said in a statement. “I want to thank everyone for their prayers and well wishes, and I am grateful to live in such a beautiful and supportive community. I have made the decision to not seek reelection. There is much work to do this legislative session, and I am committed to continuing to work to create jobs, grow the economy and balance our budget.”

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    A New York man who was part of a group called the "Jedi Knights" that committed several crimes together has been sentenced to more than three years in prison for selling jewelry his friends stole from a Salisbury, Connecticut home, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

    In February 2012, two associates of 33-year-old Miguel Mead, of Schenectady, New York, broke into a Salisbury home and stole around 250 pieces of high-end jewelry worth more than $2.5 million, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

    The jewelry included several rare and signed pieces from Cartier, Van Cleef and Arpels, Bulgari, Buccallati, Boucheron, David Webb, Sterle, Tiffany, among others that the victim inherited and planned to pass them on to her children, according to court documents.

    However, the people who stole the jewelry did not realize their value right away and threw some of the jewelry out the car window as they made their way to a hotel in Newburgh, New York, according to court records.

    State police did locate some of the discarded jewelry.

    When they got to the hotel, they met up with a third accomplice who told them the jewelry was very valuable, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

    With the new knowledge the jewelry was valuable, the group called Mead as they headed to North Carolina and bought an airline ticket so he could meet them there.

    In North Carolina, Mead sold some of the stolen jewelry in exchange for $11,543.44 and the business melted the pieces down, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

    One of the items Mead sold was a gold snail pendant the victim had an appraised for $65,000. He received $1,800 for it and the accomplices sold the other remaining pieces

    Mead, who had been detained since he was arrested on June 4, claimed “the drink made me do it,” according to court documents.

    On Oct. 13, he pleaded guilty to one count of sale or receipt of stolen goods.

    Officials said Mean has several prior convictions for assault and unlawful possession of firearms.

    He and his friends are suspected in 300 to 400 burglaries along the eastern seaboard between February 2012 and November 2013 in which money, jewelry and firearms were stolen, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

    Photo Credit: Getty Images

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    An Indiana college employee believed to be behind the "horrific" slayings of his niece and her 4-year-old son was found dead of an apparent suicide, authorities said. 

    Lucius "Lu" Oliver Hamilton III was found at the Hilton Garden Inn in downtown Indianapolis Wednesday afternoon. Police attempted to make contact with Hamilton in his room, but he was found dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to the Boone County Sheriff's office. 

    Authorities believe Hamilton is connected to the killings of his 31-year-old niece, Katherine Janet Giehll, and her 4-year-old son, Raymond Peter Giehll IV, according to police. 

    Both victims were found shot to death inside a Zionsville home just before 9 a.m., police said. Authorities believe the motive for the murders was "strictly for financial gain from a family trust."

    "Through many investigative techniques, we were able track Hamilton down to a specific location in downtown Indianapolis where he cowardly took his life instead of choosing to face justice for his actions," Sheriff Michael Nielsen said. "My heart goes out to the Giehll family and to the first responders that witnessed this horrific scene.”

    The murders prompted a multi-agency hunt for Hamilton, who was last known to be driving a van checked out from Wabash College, where Hamilton worked, according to authorities. He was last seen on campus that same morning.

    “In my 32 years of law enforcement I have never witnessed a crime so heinous and heartbreaking," Nielsen said in an earlier statement. 

    Students and faculty at the school were ordered to shelter in place and classes were canceled as police scoured the campus earlier Wednesday. Hamilton is listed as a senior major gifts officer on the school's faculty website.

    The university urged Wabash College students and staff to stay indoors around noon Wednesday at the request of Crawfordsville police, who began raiding all buildings on campus. Multiple officers could be seen canvassing the area. The shelter in place warning was lifted shortly before 2:30 p.m.

    "It became apparent this was serious when the dean addressed the students," said freshman Kaleb Hobgood.

    Daniel Craig, a senior at the school, told NBC 5 he had been huddled in the school's library for more than two hours with hundreds of other students.

    "The cops are going around evacuating each building, going into search and then clearing it and making sure Lou Hamilton is not there," Craig said.

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    Crawfordsville is about 50 miles northwest of Indianapolis.

    "It’s disappointing," Hobgood said. "You see this stuff on the news all the time but you never really think it can happen to people close to the facility... It just makes it a little more close to home to know that it’s somebody we’ve been around every day."

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    Photo Credit: Boone County Sheriff's Office / WTHR
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    A winter storm will impact the East Coast next week, but it remains to be seen where the swath of heavy snow will fall.

    First Alert forecasters can say with high confidence that the storm will form over the southern states, but the track is uncertain this far out.

    Plan on impactful weather – either snow, an icy mix or rain – on Wednesday. The storm could begin as early as Tuesday and end as late as Thursday.

    Whichever type of precipitation falls, it will be a hefty amount. With high pressure initially in place to the north, several hours of icing are possible if in fact the changeover from snow to ice occurs.

    The last storm to impact the region took a track well inland, over Pennsylvania, and resulted in heavy rain over Connecticut. While this storm has a better chance of dumping heavy snow over northern New England than in Connecticut, it wouldn't take much for it to be more wintry than the last one.

    Stay with the First Weather team as this storm threat develops.

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