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    West Haven police have arrested a Brother with the Holy Cross Brotherhood and former IT director at Holy Cross High School in Waterbury on child pornography charges.

    Police said they started investigating after receiving a complaint when Brother Thomas Sawyer, 73, was living at the residence hall of Saint John Vianney Church in West Haven.

    When another brother working at the church reported spotting images of naked children on computers Sawyer was using in July 2015, police launched a lengthy investigation and said they found 426 images of child pornography.

    Police said they have not identified any of the children in the images.

    Sawyer, who now lives in Valatie, New York, has been charged with first-degree child pornography and was held on $100,000.

    When police interviewed him, Sawyer said he was homosexual and enjoyed looking at photos of prepubescent boys, according to the arrest warrant application.

    Sawyer was an IT director at Holy Cross High School in Waterbury, the principal said, but Sawyer has not worked at the school since June 2015.

    It's not clear if he has an attorney.



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    Brother Thomas Sawyer has been arrested on child pornography charges.Brother Thomas Sawyer has been arrested on child pornography charges.

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    State Democrats held a press conference denouncing Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's visit to Hartford on Friday. 

    "Donald Trump is unfit to be President of the United States," Senator Beth Bye said at the conference on Thursday afternoon. "A state like Connecticut prides itself for accepting all."

    Trump is expected to be at the Connecticut Convention Center at 7 p.m. on Friday, Annika Deming, the communications manager at the venue said.

    "(Trump's) message that we are weak as a country is inaccurate," the former mayor of South Windsor Saud Anwar said on Thursday. "Our diversity is what makes us great."

    With Connecticut primaries approaching on April 26, political candidates are spending their time and money to get the attention of the state's voters while delegates are still up for grabs.

    "Every vote will count because there are delegates up for grabs," JR Romano, the Connecticut Republican spokesperson said on Wednesday after Trump's visit was announced. 

    Democrats also denounced other Republican candidates' "extreme" policies, especially Cruz and Kaish supporting the defunding of planned parenthood. Bye said while she couldn't believe that Trump could possibly be the Republican's nominee for the 2016 election, he is not too far off from his running mates. 

    "As a Democrat, I can tell you, it is so unsettling to see what is happening in the Republican party-- a race to the bottom," Bye said. 

    Bye said Trump "preys" on people's fears and doesn't respect the rights of women or immigrants. 

    "Tomorrow when Donald Trump comes to Connecticut, it will be a sad day," the senator said.



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    Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump filming a town hall meeting for MSNBC with Chris Matthews on the University of Wisconsin Green Bay campus on March 30, 2016, in Green Bay, Wisconsin. Asked about his stance on abortion, Trump said Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump filming a town hall meeting for MSNBC with Chris Matthews on the University of Wisconsin Green Bay campus on March 30, 2016, in Green Bay, Wisconsin. Asked about his stance on abortion, Trump said "you have to ban" it in comments his campaign later walked back.

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    Four people were taken to the hospital as a precaution after their canoe capsized in the chilly waters of the Connecticut River on Thursday afternoon.

    James Ritter, captain of the Wethersfield Volunteer Fire Department, said the four people fell out of a canoe, which is still missing.

    When emergency crews arrived, they found three of the people along the shore on the Glastonbury side of the river and they pulled a female from the water.

    The three people who were on shore were brought taken to Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, while the female was brought to another area hospital to be evaluated for potential hypothermia.

    “Even though spring is coming, the water is still cold,” Ritter said. “Hypothermia is a very real possibility here, that’s why quick and immediate response in getting the people out of the water and into a warm environment is very important.”

    Emergency crews from Wethersfield, Rocky Hill and Glastonbury responded.

    This incident happened days after the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection warned residents and boaters that waters remain cold and dangerous despite spring's warmer weather.

    DEEP officials advise boaters to dress for water temperatures in spring months, not the air temperature.



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    Four people fell out of a canoe in the Connecticut River.Four people fell out of a canoe in the Connecticut River.

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    Four soldiers were hurt Thursday afternoon when a U.S. Army Reserve Humvee overturned on a New Jersey highway, state police said.

    The military vehicle was traveling south on the New Jersey Turnpike when it flipped near mile marker 75 in East Brunswick.

    Witnesses said they saw the right tire flip off the Humvee, causing it to flip over. Officials haven't confirmed that's what caused the crash, but photos at the scene corroborate the missing tire.

    An Army spokesman says the soldiers were traveling from their 533rd Brigade support battalion base at Fort Totten in Bayside, Queens. 

    A woman and a man were critically injured, one man was in serious condition and the condition of the fourth person was unknown, according to state police, who initially said six people were injured. 

    At least one of the injured soldiers needed to be airlifted to Robert Wood Johnson Medical Center about 10 miles north, state police said.

    A witness said the female soldier's leg had to be amputated at the scene as emergency responders worked to remove the soldiers. 

    State police spokesman Lawrence Peele only said the woman has a severe leg injury.

    Another witness snapped a photo of a fellow comrade traveling in another military vehicle trying to help a trapped reservist. Soldiers used a jack to lift the Humvee off the trapped passengers.

    Chopper 4 footage from the scene shows a crumpled military vehicle on the shoulder of the six-lane roadway. Traffic was stopped on the southbound lanes as authorities responded. Roads were reopened after medical personnel cleared the scene. 



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    A military vehicle overturned on the New Jersey Turnpike, hurting at least six people. (Photo courtesy Twitter user @WatseymWatsey)A military vehicle overturned on the New Jersey Turnpike, hurting at least six people. (Photo courtesy Twitter user @WatseymWatsey)

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    A man in a pickup truck apparently lost control of his vehicle and smashed into a school bus stop in Washington on Thursday, injuring six children, NBC News reported. 

    Kent Regional Fire Authority Spokesman Capt. Kyle Ohashi told NBC News the truck struck a mailbox before crashing into the bus stop, hitting four boys — critically injuring two. Ohashi said two others were injured by debris from the mailbox. 

    The truck’s driver hit a tree after hitting the boys and was found unconscious at the wheel. His foot was still on the gas, the sheriff’s office said in a statement. 

    The 19-year-old driver, who was driving with a suspended license, was arrested for multiple counts and is believed to have suffered a medical issue prior to the crash, according to the statement.



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    Six children were injured when a pickup truck hit a mailbox before crashing into a school bus stop in Maple Valley, Washington, on April 14, 2016.Six children were injured when a pickup truck hit a mailbox before crashing into a school bus stop in Maple Valley, Washington, on April 14, 2016.

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    Republican presidential candidate John Kasich told MSNBC’s Chris Matthews he would not advocate for a ban on same-sex marriage, despite his traditional beliefs, NBC News reported.

    "There could be an effort to pass a Constitutional Amendment. I'm not for doing it. I'm for moving on," the Republican presidential hopeful said Thursday in a town hall airing on MSNBC at 7 p.m. ET.

    Kasich told Matthews even though he believes marriage should remain between a man and a woman, everyone should be “a little more tolerant.”

    The Supreme Court ruled same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marry last year.



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    Republican presidential candidate, Ohio Gov. John Kasich dances after being introduced at a town hall at Savage Mill in Savage, Md., Wednesday, April 13, 2016.Republican presidential candidate, Ohio Gov. John Kasich dances after being introduced at a town hall at Savage Mill in Savage, Md., Wednesday, April 13, 2016.

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    The owner of a herd of cattle in Bloomfield is facing 15 counts of animal cruelty charges and an additional 60 violations for state statutes not meeting disease testing requirements.

    The Department of Agriculture lauched an investigation after receiving a tip that Kelly Baker was not properly feeding her cattle at the Wintonbury Land Trust at 27 Duncaster Rd.

    Baker told NBC Connecticut, "Any allegations of animal cruelty are not only false but we find them to be beyond insulting to our endeavor to raise 100% grass fed beef in a sustainable and natural way."

    The agency issued a quarantine order of the entire herd after it learned that Baker had not provided the required proof of vaccines for the herd and suspected that she had not complied with having the herd vaccinated, Bloomfield Police said. 

    Over the last six months, police and the department observed that metal feeders had been repeatedly pushed and knocked over by the cattle, which usualy indicates that the animals have not been fed, animal control officers said.

    Baker had been reached a number of times to ask about feed and the animals vaccinations, police said. Baker told them she had been feeding the animals more than three times a day with hay provided to her by Auer Farm.

    Animal control soon learned that the only agreement between Baker and Auer Farm for hay was for goats that lived on the land but not cattle. The property manager at Auer Farm told officials that in the last three weeks, Baker had "doubled" the amount of hay she had previously taken. 

    Upon visiting, animal control officers said cattle looked too thin compared to well-fed cattle. The officer also said on several occasions feed was not in the metal grower, police said.

    During one of the visits, the animal control officer saw a baby calf, who they believe was only a few days old, lying on the ground with no hay and parts of the umbilical cord still attached, according to Bloomfield Police. 

    The cattle will remain quarantined until Baker can provide the Department of Agriculture with proper vaccination and permit documents.

    Below is Baker's full statement: 

    I am the farmer who has been charged with animal cruelty. Our cows are at 26 Doncaster Rd in Bloomfield. I would certainly appreciate if people knew my take on the situation.

    We take great pride in raising Scottish Highland cattle and provide them with the utmost care and respect. We offer our animals ample hay during the winter months and during the growing season they graze on pasture. They have a constant supply of fresh, clean water and access to shelter if they choose to use it. We raise the animals for beef; they provide us with our livelihood. Treating them humanely and respectfully is certainly a foundation of our business. We have very healthy animals. Our veteranarian rarely needs to be called but due to allegations of animal cruelty, we invited him to come out to provide his professional opinion. As anticipated, he agreed that our 2 bulls, 9 cows and 4 new calves looked to be very healthy and well within the range of what might be expected at this time of year.

    Any allegations of animal cruelty are not only false but we find them to be beyond insulting to our endeavor to raise 100% grass fed beef in a sustainable and natural way. We can only assume that these allegations were brought forth by a concerned but very uninformed individual.



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    State and city officials have responded to complaints about a Waterbury dog video that has been circling on Facebook. 

    A video floating online proportedly shows a Waterbury home and while the owner or the dog cannot be seen, an expletive can be heard before a dog could be heard yelping. 

    Many concerned neighbors sent videos to police, animal control and NBC Connecticut airing their concerns for the animal. 

    Deputy Chief of Waterbury Police Fred Spagnolo told NBC Connecticut that Waterbury Animal Control and the State Animal Control reviewed the video and went to the address on Gail Drive. 

    Officials said the owner got the dog earlier this week. 

    Both officer said they did not see any signs of animal cruelty or abuse. No violations were cited but agencies plan to follow up within the next few months, the deputy chief said. 

    Spagnolo said the dog appeared very nervous when officers were at the home and the dog yelped in the same manner of the video when the owner picked him up. 

    The 5-year-old dog is a rescue and appears to be skittish but his history is not known, Spagnolo said. 



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    A Dallas man who contracted Zika in Venezuela transferred it to a male sexual partner after returning home in January, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed Thursday.

    The case was identified by a local health care provider earlier this year and investigated by Dallas County Health and Human Services before being referred to the CDC.

    "At this time, there had been one prior case report of sexual transmission of Zika virus. The present case report indicates Zika virus can be transmitted through anal sex, as well as vaginal sex," the CDC said in a statement Thursday.

    Two days after the man returned to Dallas from a one-week trip abroad, he began to show symptoms consistent with Zika infection — subjective fever, pruritic rash on his upper body and face, and conjunctivitis lasting three days, the CDC said.

    During the investigation into the infection, officials learned the man had unprotected anal sex one day before and one day after the onset of symptoms. Seven days after first showing symptoms, the man's partner began to show symptoms of Zika infection as well.

    "On Day 7, patient B developed a subjective fever, myalgia, headache, lethargy, and malaise; a few days later, he developed a slightly pruritic rash on his torso and arms, small joint arthritis of his hands and feet, and conjunctivitis," the CDC said.

    After a week, all of the symptoms had subsided.

    The man who traveled to Venezuela said multiple people living in the area he visited were experiencing symptoms of Zika infections. The man's monogamous partner in Dallas had never traveled to Venezuela and has not traveled to any area with known cases of Zika.

    Dallas County health officials sent specimen samples to the CDC for analysis, and it later confirmed the man who traveled to Venezuela had contracted both Zika and dengue, while his partner had only contracted Zika.

    The department's director called the developments a game changer.

    "Surveillance is going to be on two fronts - one in terms of individuals who travel...and get a mosquito bite and those who travel and engage in sexual activity," said Dallas County health director Zach Thompson.

    Thompson said confirmation that Zika can be sexually transmitted should put pressure on federal lawmakers to approve emergency funding for accine research.

    "We need a vaccine," Thompson said. "The funding that's being held up in congress is going to hold up whether or not you can do the research. Right now, unless congress kind of moves on giving President Obama what he asks for, there may be some delay in seeing Zika funding."

    Further information about the patients is not yet known and is not expected to be released, citing privacy concerns.

    Zika virus infection has been linked to increased risk for Guillain-Barré syndrome and adverse fetal outcomes, including congenital microcephaly.



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    Former New York Republican Gov. George Pataki endorsed John Kasich for president on Thursday, saying he was the best candidate for the general election, NBC News reported. 

    "We need to win this race," Pataki said, adding that Kasich is the "only" candidate in the GOP race that "not just beats Hillary Clinton, he trounces Hillary Clinton. And he will win this race if he gets the nomination of the Republican party." 

    Pataki, who dropped out of the race for the Republican presidential nomination in December, formerly endorsed Marco Rubio. 

    The endorsement comes just five days before the New York primary.



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    George Pataki makes a point during the CNN Republican presidential debate at the Venetian Hotel & Casino on Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2015, in Las Vegas.George Pataki makes a point during the CNN Republican presidential debate at the Venetian Hotel & Casino on Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2015, in Las Vegas.

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    Deepening their increasingly bitter feud, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders aggressively challenged each other's judgment to be president in Thursday night's Democratic debate, sparring over Wall Street banks, how high to raise the minimum wage and gun control. 

    The showdown in Brooklyn came at a pivotal moment in the party's primary campaign, with Clinton leading in the delegate count but Sanders generating huge enthusiasm for his surprising candidacy. The debate also left no doubt that a rivalry that once centered on wonkish policy disagreements has turned strikingly personal. 

    The Vermont senator took a biting and often sarcastic tone as he sought to chip away at Clinton's credibility on issue after issue. He went as far as to suggest that her labeling of certain criminals as "superpredators" when she was first lady was "a racist term and everybody knew it was a racist term." 

    Sanders also cited Clinton's support for the unpopular Iraq war and for free trade agreements, as well as her willingness to accept money through a super PAC, as evidence that she lacks the needed judgment to lead the nation. Still, he backed away from previous statements questioning Clinton's qualifications, saying the former secretary of state does have the "experience and intelligence" to be president. 

    Clinton made little effort to hide her irritation with Sanders' implication that she is unqualified, saying that while she has been "called a lot of things in my life, that was a first." She repeatedly linked herself to President Barack Obama, who remains popular among Democrats, suggesting Sanders' criticism of her amounted to condemnation of the president. 

    Clinton also cast Sanders as a policy lightweight who is unprepared to implement even his signature proposals, including breaking up big banks. And she chided Sanders for chuckling during an exchange on gun control, an area where she has painted him as cozy with gun dealers and manufacturers.

    "It's not a laughing matter," she said. "I take it really seriously because I have spent more time than I care to remember being with people who have lost their loved ones." 

    The debate was the first for the Democratic candidates in five weeks. It came ahead of Tuesday's primary in New York, a high-stakes contest with a huge cache of delegates at stake. 

    For Clinton, a win in a state that twice elected her senator would blunt Sanders' recent momentum and put his pursuit of the nomination further out of reach. A Sanders upset over Clinton would shake up the race, raising fresh concerns about her candidacy and breathing new life into the Vermont senator's campaign. 

    The Democratic primary has been fought for months on familiar terrain. Clinton has cast Sanders' proposals for breaking up banks and offering free tuition at public colleges and universities as unrealistic. Sanders has accused Clinton of being part of a rigged economic and political system, hammering her repeatedly for giving paid speeches to Wall Street banks and refusing to release the transcripts. 

    Clinton continued to struggle to explain why she has not released the transcripts, saying only that she'll do so when other candidates are required to do the same. She tried to raise questions about Sanders' own openness for not releasing his income taxes.

    The senator pledged to release his most recent tax returns on Friday, and said there would be "no big money from speeches, no major investments" in the disclosures. 

    The candidates also sparred over raising the federal minimum wage, with Sanders expressing surprise as Clinton voiced support for efforts to set the hourly pay rate at $15, the level he has long backed. 

    "I don't know how you're there for the fight for 15 when you say you want a $12 minimum wage," he said. Clinton then clarified that while she does support a $12 per hour federal minimum wage, she would sign legislation raising that level to $15. 

    Sanders, whose campaign has focused squarely on economic issues, showed more fluency on foreign policy than in previous debates, particularly during an extended exchange on the intractable conflict between Israel and the Palestinians. He urged the U.S. to be "even-handed" in dealing with both sides and said Washington must acknowledge that Israel isn't right all of the time. 

    Clinton highlighted her involvement with Mideast peace efforts as Obama's secretary of state, saying pointedly, "Describing the problem is a lot easier than trying to solve it." 

    Sanders has won a string of recent primary contests. But because Democrats award their delegates proportionally, he's struggled to cut into the lead Clinton took earlier in the voting. He's also failed to persuade superdelegates — the party insiders who can back the candidate of their choice regardless of how their states vote — to switch their loyalties from Clinton. 

    Clinton has accumulated 1,289 pledged delegates from primaries and caucuses while Sanders has 1,038. Her lead grows significantly when the superdelegates are added in: 1,758 for Clinton and 1,069 for Sanders. 

    It takes 2,383 to clinch the Democratic nomination. Sanders would need to win 68 percent of the remaining delegates and uncommitted superdelegates to reach that figure. 

    Despite his long mathematical odds, Sanders has vowed to stay in the race through the party's convention in July. Backed by legions of loyal supporters, he's amassed impressive fundraising totals that give him the financial wherewithal to do just that.

    AP writers Laurie Kellman and Ken Thomas contributed to this report.



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    Democratic presidential candidates Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., right, and Hillary Clinton speak during the CNN Democratic Presidential Primary Debate at the Brooklyn Navy Yard on Thursday, April 14, 2016 in New York.Democratic presidential candidates Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., right, and Hillary Clinton speak during the CNN Democratic Presidential Primary Debate at the Brooklyn Navy Yard on Thursday, April 14, 2016 in New York.

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    State police have issued silver alerts for two missing teenagers from Pomfret.

    Police said in a phone call to residents that Eli Swan, 14, and Alina Grace-Newsome, 14, went missing from the Rectory School Thursday.

     Swan is described as 5-foot-2, 105 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing tan pants, a green shirt with a red tie, and a blue vest.

    Newsome is described as 5-foot-6, 116 pounds with brown hair and green eyes. She was last seen wearing a purple striped sweater.

     Police believe the teens are together. Anyone with information should contact police.


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    A former Klingberg employee was arrested after being accused of sending sexual messages to a 15-year-old student from a New Britain school.

    Police said 24-year-old Damon Sumter is accused of sending inappropriate Facebook messages to an underage student when he worked at the Raymond Hill School, a school for elementary, middle and high school students.

    Police said Sumter was charged with enticing a minor and risk of injury to a child.

    Klingberg Family Centers runs the schools and issued a statement.

    “We are aware that a former Klingberg employee was arrested yesterday on charges of enticing a minor and risk of injury to a minor. The alleged activity was unrelated to the person’s employment at Klingberg and did not involve any of our clients or students. In fact, Klingberg goes to great lengths to ensure the safety of our children and youth, including careful screening of candidates for employment, clear policies and procedures regarding employee interactions with clients and students, and ongoing and in-depth training about acceptable employee-client boundaries that begins with new employee orientation,” the statement from Klingberg Family Centers says.

    Bond was set at $50,000 and he has been released.

    Sumter, who is being represented by a public defender, is due back in court on May 2, according to online court records.



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    With so much uncertainty surrounding the state’s financial future, the Connecticut State Colleges and University System is already coming up with cost-saving measures.

    Without the recently approved tuition hikes for colleges and universities, CSCU System President Mark Ojakian said next year’s deficit from funding cuts could have exceed $30 million.

    “Right now, under best case scenario we’re looking at 18 million dollars,” Ojakian told NBC Connecticut.

    Ojakian sent a letter asking school presidents to let employees know about voluntary furlough programs. He would also like employees planning to retire next year to let their colleges and universities know now.

    “Given our current fiscal reality and the uncertainty around a final Fiscal Year 2017 budget, we must explore all conceivable strategies for increasing revenue and decreasing expenditures,” Ojakian said. “I am hopeful that these steps will identify volunteer opportunities to save resources while at the same time we explore other cost saving measures.”

    Taha Shabazz is about to graduate from Southern Connecticut State University.

    “It’s kind of crazy,” he said, “How these budget cuts are affecting me as a student.”

    Shabazz said he supports cost saving measures to minimize cuts that could impact future students.

    “Library staffing is shorter and they’re shorter hours,” he said, “Less resources to go around for all the students.”

    Despite the difficult financial situation, Ojakian said the goal is to continue providing quality, accessible and affordable education for more than 88 thousand students in the system.

    “We are doing everything we can to prepare for some very hard discussion on around how we address our deficit for next year,” he said.

    A spokesperson for Southern Connecticut State University said 250 faculty and staff are eligible for normal retirement by July 1, 2017.


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    Roughly 8,000 people will swarm the Connecticut Convention center Friday night as Donald Trump makes a campaign stop in the state. The rally has supporters excited, but commuters concerned with the event kicking off right after rush hour.

    Many say Friday night traffic in Hartford is already gridlock, and a visit from a presidential candidate might be enough for some to call it an early weekend.

    “It’s a nightmare,” Shawntell Layaw said, who works in Hartford. “It’s going to be mayhem. I think I’ll take a half-day.”

    Police say expect delays near the State Street area, American Row and the Founder Bridge. Detours will also be set up and the entire traffic division will be on duty.

    Police are asking anyone who has to be in Hartford to give themselves plenty of extra time. Some who live downtown say the crowds are enough to make them cancel their Friday night plans.

    “I’m just going to stay in. It will be safer that way,” Drew Lancaster of Hartford said.

    Security will be tight with local police officers are working hand in hand with federal law enforcement. The Hartford Police Department is spending more than $40,000 to try and keep the event safe.

    “Our bomb squad, those types of units, we’re all going to be out there,” Deputy Chief Brian Foley said. “We will be working closely with the secret service. It’s a massive undertaking.”

    Doors to the event open at 4 p.m. and the event starts at 7 p.m.

    Police are advising anyone who plans on attending to arrive early. Protests are already planned.



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    Middletown police are putting out a warning after four people were reported to have overdosed on drugs on Wednesday, including one person who died.

    At this point, it’s not clear which drug or drugs were involved.

    Police said it appears the cases are not linked to one drug source.

    “The only thing I can do is offer up my prayers which I’ll be doing,” said David, a Middletown man who only wanted to give his first name.

    Police said previous overdoses have been linked to heroin. David said a friend of his recently overdosed.

    “A lot of people need help. That’s what it is. Maybe help they’re not getting,” said David.

    On the streets of Middletown you can find many people whose lives have been impacted by the heroin epidemic.

    “I’m not sure what we need to do but what we’re doing right now is not working and people are dying and I think it’s scary,” said Jean Ann Wertz of Middletown.

    Wertz said her daughter works at a clinic to help people with heroin addictions.

    Centers are trying to keep up with growing demand but it’s not easy with money being tight.

    Just this week amid the state budget cuts, 59 jobs were slashed from the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services.

    It’s a mission that Wertz said is badly needed to help so many.

    “They don’t want to die from a heroin overdose but the resources aren’t always there to actually help them,” said Wertz.

    People who need immediate help can call 911 or can call 211 if they need help with addiction services.


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    New England has officially opened its first Amazon fulfillment center, located in Windsor, five miles south of Bradley International Airport.

    The facility is a testament to its time: half manual labor, half mechanics.

    Robots do most of the heavy lifting by locating items ordered online in the 1 million square foot facility. An employee will then make sure each order matches up before shipping it off.

    “Each new fulfillment center has its improvements for efficiency as we go,” said Amazon spokesperson Aaron Toso. “From the things we’ve learned, we have made our robots help us use this facility more efficiently.”

    Toso says just about every package assembled here will serve customers in New England.

    “We want to get as close to our customers to reduce those shipping times, because we don’t want you to have to wait for your package,” said Toso.

    From an economic development perspective, Gov. Dannel Malloy sees this as a big win for Connecticut. Amazon received a 3.9 million dollar tax abatement from the town of Windsor over five years, plus tax breaks to build the facility. In exchange, Amazon brought in 800 full-time jobs and started collecting sales tax late last year.

    “We’re happy that we were actually the first location chosen in New England for a facility such as this one,” said Malloy. “We must be doing something right, and I appreciate the relationship we have of Amazon in all regards.”

    When asked whether the use of drones have been discussed, Toso said Amazon does not have any such plans for Connecticut.



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    Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles announced that it will not be moving ahead with 3M for the next phase in its system overhaul.

    The NBC Connecticut Troulbeshooters have investigated problems with the modernization of the DMV's system since it was put online in August. 

    Documents reveal that the DMV and 3M will dissolve the agreement between the two after Phase 2 is complete.

    The DMV modernization came in three phases but after trouble with registration in the second phase, the agency decided to end its contract with the corporation early. 

    Phase 3 of the process involves licensing.

    According to the documents, 3M must address any and all concerns the DMV may still have involving Phase 2 but after this is complete, the agency will sever its ties. 

    The modernization would have overhauled the way Connecticut processes drivers' licenses.

    In January, the DMV commissioner, Andes Ayala, resigned days after promising to fix a computer glitch in its new computer system that caused police to wrongly pull over drivers for having suspended registrations. 



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    Glastonbury police are searching for the driver who hit a 9-year-old child on a bicycle in a crosswalk in Glastonbury on Thursday evening and fled.

    Police said a woman driving a tan SUV with Connecticut license plates hit the child at the intersection of Griswold Street and Milestone Drive at 5:55 p.m. and went west on Griswold Street, police said.

    Police said the child was not seriously injured.

    The vehicle might be a Chevrolet and the front bumper or fender on the driver’s side should have minor damage, according to police.

    The driver was described as a middle-age blond woman.

    Anyone who witnessed the crash should call Sergey Sharov at 860-633-8301.



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    Interstate 95 North in Waterford was closed for around an hour on Thursday night after a driver went off the road and hit a guardrail.

    The crash happened just after 11 p.m. between exits 81 and 82 and police had to extricate a 56-year-old New London man from the car, according to a news release from police.

    The car was heavily damaged, but the man was conscious and alert and sustained minor injuries.

    He was cited for a failure to maintain a lane violation.



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