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- 06/21/16--01:52: New Haven Woman Stabbed, Struck by Car
- 06/21/16--01:34: Scattered Thunderstorms Moving Though the State
- 06/20/16--09:11: 3 Arrested in Hamden Prostitution Investigation
- 06/20/16--09:44: Man Fled Traffic Stop and Assaulted Officer: Milford Police
- 06/20/16--11:39: New Britain Wins All-America City Award
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- 06/20/16--13:03: Simsbury High Student Brought Stun Gun to School:Police
- 06/20/16--14:23: Deadly Heat Wave Adds Misery to Fire-Ravaged West
- 06/20/16--13:20: Sandwiches Distributed to School Food Services Recalled
- 06/21/16--01:50: Former State Rep Admits to Mortgage Fraud Scheme
- 06/20/16--13:36: Power Restored After Major Outage in Waterbury
- 06/20/16--20:51: Fires Scorch Calif. Mountains
- 06/20/16--15:29: Ceremony Honors Organ Donor, Family
- 06/20/16--15:44: State Police Bolster Courthouse Security
- 06/20/16--15:30: Enfield Fights Back Against Heroin Epidemic
- 06/20/16--20:49: Hastert's Last Hours of Freedom
- 06/20/16--17:12: Senate to Vote on Gun Control Measures
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Rocky Hill police are looking for man who robbed a Shell gas station late Sunday night.
The man robbed the Shell station at 1380 Silas Deane Highway just before midnight, according to police. He did not use a weapon, police said.
Officers responded to the scene and began a search for the man, but were not able to locate him.
He is described as 5 feet 8 inches tall, wearing a white T-shirt and blue jeans.
No one was injured during the robbery.
Anyone with information is asked to call Rocky Hill police at 860-258-7640.
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Rocky Hill police are looking for man who robbed a Shell gas station late Sunday night.
Authorities have released 911 calls from the day an alligator dragged a 2-year-old boy into a lake at a Disney resort in Orlando, Florida.
Lane Graves was pulled into the lake while standing nearby with his father, who tried unsuccessfully to rescue the child. The boy's body was found nearly a day later following a massive search of the area.
Officials released two 911 calls Monday morning, hours before a vigil service was set to be held in Graves' home state of Nebraska.
In the first call, a dispatcher answers and is met with silence. In the second, a female bystander tells the dispatcher to send a crew to the Grand Floridian, saying someone had drowned in the lake. The woman, who was calling from a nearby pool, said she couldn't see much.
An autopsy showed the boy died from drowning and traumatic injuries.
The beach at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort and Spa is across a lake from the Magic Kingdom. It had "no swimming" signs but no warning about alligators. The company added alligator warning signs on Friday.
The vigil for Graves will take place at 3 p.m. Monday at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Omaha. A funeral will be held at the church Tuesday morning.
Photo Credit: Graves Family
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The Orange County Sheriff's Office released a photo of 2-year-old Lane Graves on behalf of his family. Lane died after being pulled under the water by an alligator in Orlando, deputies confirmed.
Hamden police have arrested a woman accused of stabbing another woman and striking her with a car.
Police say Jenisse Pierre-Louis, 28, of New Haven, followed a 28-year-old New Haven resident down Whitney Avenue in Hamden after the victim left Pierre-Louis’s ex-boyfriend's job Friday. At around 12:30 p.m. the victim stopped at the Whitneyville Church of Christ at 1253 Whitney Avenue to confront Pierre-Louis.
According to police, Pierre-Louis then stabbed the victim multiple times in the arm and shoulder, then struck the victim twice with her car, knocking the victim to the ground. She fled the area before police arrived. Pierre-Louis’s young child was inside her vehicle at the time of the assault, according to police.
The victim was transported to Yale-New Haven Hospital for treatment of her injuries. She has not been identified.
Pierre-Louis was located at her home in New Haven and arrested. She is charged with two counts of first-degree assault and risk of injury to a minor. She was released after posting a $25,000 bond and scheduled to appear in Meriden Superior Court on June 30.
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A cold front will swing a broken line of rain and some thunder and lightning through the state early Tuesday morning.
The severe weather threat is very low. Once the cold front moves through, the humidity will vanish.
Increasing sunshine is expected with temperatures in the 80s.
Sunshine returns Wednesday along with cooler weather and no humidity.
Another chance for rain exists Thursday as a storm passes by to the southwest. Just how close it comes remains to be seen.
Hamden police have arrested three people following a prostitution investigation Friday.
Police say the undercover sting operator by the Hamden Police Department Street Interdiction Team occurred at 112 Park Avenue. Dante Franchi, 55, of Hamden was charged with permitting prostitution. He was released on a $10,000 bond.
Angelica McLaughlin, 25, of Hamden was charged with prostitution. She also had two additional arrest warrants. She was held on a $12,500 bond.
Brittany St. Vincent, 22, of Hamden was charged with prostitution. She was released on a written promise to appear.
All three are expected in Meriden Superior Court on June 30.
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Dante Franchi, 55 (left) Angelica McLaughlin, 25 (middle) and Brittany St. Vincent, 22 (right) were arrested following an undercover sting operation in Hamden.
Milford police have arrested a man accused to trying to flee police during a traffic stop and assaulting an officer.
Police say on Sunday officers stopped a vehicle for running a red light in the area of Old Gate Lane and Woodmont Road. The driver, identified as Frank Bontempo, 25, of Currier Drive in Orange, initially stopped and spoke with officers but then took off in his vehicle. Bontempo eventually stopped when he struck a police vehicle.
While officers were trying to take Bontempo into custody, he punched an officer in the face. The officer was not injured.
Bontempo was transported to a local hospital for evaluation following the accident. He is charged with reckless driving, failure to obey traffic signal, engaging police in pursuit, failure to have vehicle insurance, second-degree breach of peace, assault on a police officer and interfering with arrest. He was held on a $15,000 bond.
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Frank Bontempo, 25, of Orange is accused of fleeing from police during a traffic stop in Milford and assaulting an officer.
The city of New Britain has been designated a 2016 All-America City by the National Civic League, one of 10 in the nation.
The All-America City Award recognizes communities that engage residents in “ trail-blazing efforts to bring all aspects of the community together to tackle the most pressing local issues,” according to the National Civic League website. A team of New Britain community leaders had been preparing for the past month to complete against the 19 other AAC finalists and presented before a jury of community leaders from across the nation at a 3-day event this weekend.
National Civic League evaluators pointed to New Britain’s approach to creating child-friendly environments and focus on solving community-wide challenges as reasons for the award.
“This is another major feather in New Britain’s cap and representative of so many wonderful things happening here in our community,” Mayor Erin Stewart said of the award.
For more information and for a full list of winners visit the National Civic League website.
Photo Credit: Coalition for New Britain's Youth
Interstate 91 southbound in North Haven has reopened after a tractor trailer accident that closed lanes, according to state police.
Police say the accident occured around 12:30 p.m. in the area of Exit 11. No injuries were reported, but there was a fuel spill that required cleanup. State police and the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection responded. Around 2 p.m. the road reopened.
A Simsbury high school student was arrested on June 13 after bringing a stun gun to school, according to Simsbury police.
Police say they were called to Simsbury High School on May 13 after a student was found in possession of the weapon. That student was identified by police as Oneisha Williams, 19.
Police say the school immediately began disciplinary action when the weapon was discovered and called police to assist. School personnel told police another student anonymously reported that Williams may have a weapon at school based on an image Williams posted of the stun gun on social media during school hours. School officials found the weapon in Williams’s bag on campus.
Simsbury police say there is no indication that Williams brought the weapon to school for criminal activity. It is believed she purchased it online for self-defense purposes.
Simsbury Superintendent of Schools Matt Curtis says no students or staff were at rick at any time.
Williams was arrested by warrant on June 13 and charged with possession of a dangerous weapon. No other charges are expected.
Temperatures in the Southwest are expected to reach 120 to 125 degrees this week in states already struggling with multiple wildfires that have scorched tens of thousands of acres, NBC News reported.
Excessive heat warnings and heat advisories were in effect across southern California, Nevada and Arizona, affecting some 25 million Americans, the National Weather Service reported.
So far four people have died in heat-related deaths in Arizona, and a fifth was reported missing over the weekend.
It was hot enough in Arizona to fry eggs on the sidewalk, the Arizona Republic reported.
The deadly heat was also hastening separate blazes across the region. A fire in Arizona had consumed 12,140 acres by Sunday night, the United States Forest Service's information service reported. While a 7,890-acre fire in Santa Barbara, California, was 51 percent contained on Sunday night, officials said.
A new fire in San Gabriel, Calif., on Monday rapidly grew from 5 to 300 acres.
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A firefighting helicopter makes a water drop to help combat a wildfire near Santa Barbara, Calif., on Friday, June 17, 2016. Stoked by winds, a wildfire burning west of Santa Barbara roared down mountain slopes toward the Pacific Ocean, shutting down California's major coastal highway and forcing a group of firefighters to seek shelter behind a fire engine as flames licked at them.
A food service company that distributes to several Connecticut school districts is recalling certain ready-to-eat sandwiches over contamination concerns.
Let’s Do Lunch, Inc., dba Integrated Food Service (IFS) has issued a voluntary recall of the sandwiches after a routine FDA sampling found Listeria monocytogenes on surfaces that come into contact with the food. Listeria monocytogenes is an organism that can cause serious and possibly fatal infections in young children and older adults, and people with weakened immune systems. Healthy adults may suffer short-term symptoms like high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea. The organism can also cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.
The recalled products were distributed to school districts and food service distributors that serve school districts. The company is working to notify customers so products can be returned to the company. No retail products were affected by the recall.
Bridgeport Food & Nutrition Services and Waterbury Public Schools are both customers of IFS. The recall is believed to affect school districts in 29 states.
Any school district that believes it may have the affected products should contact the IFS recall coordinator at (800) 560 9999 or at email@example.com for return instructions.
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A school cafeteria is pictured in this file photo.
A former state representative admitted to a mortgage fraud scheme in court Monday.
In a press release, the Department of Justice says that Victor Cuevas, 52, of Bristol, waived his right to indictment and pleaded guilty to conspiring with others to commit bank fraud in a home mortgage loan scheme.
The charges stem from an incident that began in 2013 when Cuevas applied for a loan from the Federal Housing Administration Loan (FHA) to purchase a resident in Bristol. The FHA program various restrictions on the types of funds that can be used to purchase properties. According to court documents, Cuevas claimed he was using funds gifted to him by family to purchase the property.
At the time, Cuevas was an employee of the City of Waterbury and the state representative for the 75th District. It was determined that the funds he used to purchase the Bristol property were actually a loan from another City of Waterbury employee, whom Cuevas repaid $7,000 after the mortgage closed.
Cuevas pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit bank fraud. He is scheduled for sentencing September 21, 2016. He resigned from the Connecticut General Assembly in March 2016.
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Rep. Victor Cuevas in a Connecticut State Police booking photo from an October 2015 arrest.
Thousands of Eversource customers in Waterbury were without power Monday afternoon due to a major outage in the city.
Eversource spokesman Mitch Gross says the outage happened around 2:30 p.m. It was in the downtown area and affected Town Hall and surrounding buildings from Bank Street west past Meadow Street. According to the Eversource outage map at the height of the outage 6,801 customers were affected. Power was restored to all customers as of 3:35 p.m.
Eversource crews are making repairs to an underground cable that appears to have been the source of the outage.
Evacuations were ordered Monday afternoon as firefighters battled two brush fires burning in the Angeles National Forest above Azusa and Duarte, amid a record-setting heat wave, fire officials said.
The first fire erupted around 11:15 a.m. on Highway 39 near the Morris Reservoir dam north of Azusa, according to the U.S. Forest Service. The fire is believed to have been started by a vehicle that went off the road.
The blaze, dubbed the Reservoir Fire, was first reported at 5 acres and rapidly spread to 1,200 acres, the Los Angeles County Fire Department said. No structures were threatened.
Mandatory evacuations were ordered for residents in the Mountain Cove, Rainbow Ranch, and El Encanto neighborhoods along Highway 39 in Azusa, according to the Azusa Police Department. Voluntary evacuations were recommended for the Mirador and Crystal Canyon neighborhoods. An evacuation center was set up at Memorial Park at 320 N. Orange Ave.
The second fire broke out about four miles away, near Opal Canyon and Brookridge roads, bordering a neighborhood on the foothills near Duarte. Fire officials said the so-called Fish Fire had scorched more than 2,000 acres and was moving north, away from homes.
Fire crews were attacking the flames by air and ground.
The fires erupted on the hottest day of a Southern California heat wave, as red flag warnings were in effect in the region through Tuesday.
Residents near to the Duarte Mesa fire were under mandatory evacuation orders from Markwood Street between Westvale Road and Tocino Drive, and above Conata between Tocino Drive and Mountain Crest Road. Mandatory evacuation orders were issued earlier for residents on Brookridge Road, with voluntary evacuations in effect for residents north of Fish Canyon Road from Greenbank Avenue to Encanto Parkway.
An evacuation shelter was set up at 1600 Huntington Drive in Duarte. Police said water and meals would be available, and service animals were welcome. Pet owners can take their small animals to Wonder Dog Ranch at 220 Taylor St. in Monrovia.
Large animals, such as horses, should be taken to the Pomona Fairplex at 1101 W. McKinley Ave, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.
By 9 p.m. Monday evening, the fires had not yet merged, and were 1.5 miles apart, according to the LA County Fire Department.
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In the midst of incredible sorrow over the loss of her son, a New Hartford mother recently made the difficult decision to donate his organs.
Monday, she and her family were honored by Hartford Hospital for that donation and for the first time she shared how she came to that decision with NBC Connecticut.
Zachary Dube was just 23-years old when he was killed in a hit-and-run crash in May. Authorities say he was struck by a pickup truck on Rt. 44 in Barkhamsted as he was riding his dirt bike.
“The person who hit him had left him there. They left him there," said Zak's mother, Beth Mehmel-Dube.
State Police say they've found the vehicle involved, but not the driver. They say the case is still under investigation.
Taken from this world too soon, a decision by Zak’s family kept a part of him here on Earth.
“He just was a gift to me and everybody that he came in contact with. He was special," said his mom.
That's why Zak’s mom says it was only fitting that they donate his organs, giving four other people the gift of life. She says it wasn’t an easy decision but it was the right one.
“People who are out there waiting for a second chance at life because they’re hanging on by a thread, and then something like this happens, and that’s something that you can do to make a little bit of sense on this earth about this," she said through tears.
Monday, the family celebrated that gift at Hartford Hospital. Zak's sister raised the "Give Life" flag, while a friend sang Hallelujah. A letter from the family of a patient who received Zak's kidney was read. The hospital says a man in his 30's received one of Zak's kidney's while a woman in her 40's received the other. His liver went to a woman in her 60's and his heart saved the life of man in his 50's. Four lives saved. The hospital hopes will bring more attention to the need for organ donation.
"About 20 people die every day in the United States waiting for an organ donation to save their life,” Heather Paquin, Organ Donation Coordinator, LifeChoice Donor Services
She added that only one-percent of people die in a manner that will allow organ donation.
“For the most part that you need to be fairly healthy prior to your death," Paquin explained.
Zak’s family wasn't done giving. Through the sale of inspirational stickers, they donated $1,000 to the cause, keeping their son’s spirit alive as well.
State police cruisers were parked outside four criminal court buildings Monday, after gang-related violence at the courthouse in Bridgeport last Thursday.
The Hartford, New Haven, Bridgeport, and Waterbury courthouses all had troopers on hand. But the extra security has raised questions from some about the need for those extra bodies.
This coming Thursday, the Judicial Branch is laying off 123 judicial marshals, cadets, and security officers, and their IBPO local union leader wonders why.
"We understand that the Branch is in tough times and they need to cut their budget. But I think cutting the frontline security is a bad choice," said Joe Gaetano.
According to the Judicial Branch, the state police are not coming in to make up for lost marshals.
In a statement, Judicial Branch spokeswoman Melissa Farley said, "No, It is not related. In the 90’s there was gang activity at a courthouse and the same security measures were put in place for a period of time."
But Gaetano said the laid off marshals are at the low end of the pay scale. Farley said state troopers who cover the courthouses are being paid $60-75 an hour.
"I think it's a waste in resources. These people are being paid overtime and we're having 101 marshals being laid off as of Thursday," he said.
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Police say the heroin and opioid problem has reached epidemic proportions across Connecticut.
Now, towns like Enfield are fighting back. Chief Carl Sferrazza says there have been 17 heroin deaths in the past 18 months here in Enfield. That’s about one a month.
"Just as terrible are the near deaths we've had. We've had 65 more individuals that were able to survive through Narcan," he says of the drug used to save the lives of those who overdose on heroin.
He added that the problem is pervasive, touching every age, income, and education level.
"The heroin problem in our community is not isolated to one part of town versus another. We've seen it throughout the town," Sferrazza explained.
This year, Enfield joined a regional task force to tackle a problem that crosses town lines. The police department handles enforcement, social services works on prevention.
"We can't arrest our way out of this problem. True prevention is getting people who are using the drugs to be in recovery so they are not buying the drugs anymore," said Jean Haughey, Director of Enfield's Youth Services.
She tries to educate families about the dangers of relapse, saying that days after they rehab are the most dangerous. Both Houghey and Sferrazza point out that the typical heroin addict is not who people think.
"They think they're people who have been in and out of jail their whole life," said Sferrazza.
He added that addiction doesn't discriminate and often takes hold of people who had been prescribed opiod pain medication by a doctor.
"They want that same feeling. They can't get the prescription," Sferrazza said.
It's a cheap habit just three to six dollars a bag, he explained. Soon, addicts are hooked on heroin laced with the highly addictive prescription pills.
"Now you need two bags and three bags and when it gets unaffordable you see these crazy violent crimes," said Sferrazza.
By tackling the drug problem Enfield police hope they'll also cut down on other crimes. They say they’ve arrested 50 dealers in the past 24 months.
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Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert is enjoying his last 48 hours of freedom.
Hastert has until 2 p.m. Wednesday, to surrender to the Federal Medical Center prison in Rochester, Minnesota, where he will begin serving a 15-month sentence.
While the former Speaker’s jail term is technically a financial crime, he admitted in court that the hush-money case stemmed from the sexual abuse of athletes in his care, when he was wrestling coach at Yorkville High School.
“I am deeply ashamed,” Hastert told Judge Thomas Durkin. “I mistreated some of the athletes that I coached.”
With credit for good behavior, he will be released from custody in about 12 and a half months.
Upon arrival in Rochester, Hastert will be required to submit a DNA sample, and will be required to attend a mandatory admission session, where his physical and psychological needs will be assessed. The disgraced Speaker’s incoming and outgoing mail and parcels will be opened, read, and examined. His movements around the facility will be strictly controlled in various ten minute periods throughout the day. If he is deemed medically fit, he will be given a job shortly after arrival, which he will hold for at least three months.
Upon rising every day, Hastert will be expected to have his bed made by 7:30, according to the prison’s inmate handbook, and he is to sweep and wet mop his cell daily. He will be allowed to post photos of immediate family, but outside clothing is strictly prohibited. If he wants to watch television in any of the facility’s common areas, he will be required to bring his own chair.
The halls at Rochester have been walked by familiar and notorious names. Former Chicago congressman Dan Rostenkowski did his time there, as did televangelist Jim Bakker, mob boss Joey Aiuppa, and County Commissioner Bill Beavers. Disgraced Chicago detective chief William Hanhardt also served at Rochester, and Jared Loughner, the assailant of congresswoman Gabby Giffords is housed there now serving a life sentence.
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A divided Senate hurtled Monday toward an election-year stalemate over curbing guns, eight days after Orlando's mass shooting horror intensified pressure on lawmakers to act but left them gridlocked anyway — even over restricting firearms for terrorists.
Each party was offering one plan it said would keep terrorists from obtaining firearms and a second bolstering the existing system of background checks for gun purchases. Democrats said the GOP proposals were unacceptably weak, Republicans faulted the Democrats' plans as overly restrictive and all four proposals faced likely defeat in largely party-line votes.
The expected rejection of the proposals underscored the pressure on each party to give little ground on the emotional gun issue going into November's presidential and congressional elections. It also highlighted the potency of the National Rifle Association, which was urging its huge and fiercely loyal membership to lobby senators to oppose the Democratic bills.
"Republicans should be embarrassed, but they're not," said Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., who accused Republican of "political stunts" as debate began. "Republicans need to put the lives of innocent Americans ahead of the NRA."
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said the Orlando shootings — in which the FBI says the American-born gunman swore allegiance to a leader of the Islamic State extremist group — show the best way to prevent attacks by extremists is to defeat such groups overseas.
"Look, no one wants terrorists to be able to buy guns or explosives," McConnell said. He suggested that Democrats were using the day's votes "as an opportunity to push a partisan agenda or craft the next 30-second campaign ad," while Republicans wanted "real solutions."
That Monday's four roll-call votes were occurring at all was testament to the powerful political currents buffeting lawmakers after gunman Omar Mateen's June 12 attack on a gay nightclub. The 49 victims who died made it the largest mass shooting in recent U.S. history, topping the string of such incidents that have punctuated recent years.
The FBI said Matteen — a focus of two terror investigations that were dropped — described himself as an Islamic soldier in a 911 call during the shootings. That let gun control advocates add national security and the specter of terrorism to their arguments for firearms curbs.
Gun control groups were also working Capitol Hill, with relatives of victims of past mass shootings and others visiting lawmakers and planning to watch the day's debate from the Senate visitors' gallery.
Under extraordinary pressure were GOP senators facing re-election this fall from swing states.
One, Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., said Monday she would vote for the Democratic measure to block gun sales to terrorists, a switch from when she joined most Republicans in killing a similar plan last December. She said that vote — plus her support for a rival GOP measure — would help move lawmakers toward approving a narrower bipartisan plan, like one being crafted by Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine.
Monday's votes were coming after Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., led a near 15-hour filibuster last week demanding a Senate response to the Orlando killings. Murphy entered the Senate shortly after the December 2012 massacre of 20 first-graders and six educators in Newtown, Connecticut, but that slaughter and others in San Bernardino, California, and Charleston, South Carolina, have failed to spur Congress to approve gun curbs. The last were enacted in 2007, when the background check system was strengthened after that year's mass shooting at Virginia Tech.
Because of Mateen's self-professed loyalty to extremist groups and his 10-month inclusion on a federal terrorism watch list, proposals aimed at blocking terrorists from getting guns were in the spotlight. One proposal by Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., would let the government block many gun sales to known or suspected terrorists.
People buying firearms from federally licensed gun dealers can currently be denied for several reasons, chiefly for serious crimes or mental problems. There is no specific prohibition for those on the terrorist watch list, which the FBI said in 2014 had 800,000 names on it, and no background checks are required for anyone buying guns privately online or at a gun show.
The GOP response to Feinstein was an NRA-backed plan by Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas. It would let the government deny a sale to a known or suspected terrorist — but only if prosecutors could convince a judge within three days that the would-be buyer was involved in terrorism.
The Feinstein and Cornyn amendments would require notification of law enforcement officials if people, like Mateen, who'd been under a terrorism investigation within the past five years were seeking to buy firearms.
Republicans said Feinstein's proposal gave the government too much unfettered power to deny people's constitutional right to own a gun. They also noted that the terrorist watch list has historically mistakenly included people. Democrats said the three-day window that Cornyn's measure gave prosecutors to prove their case made his plan ineffective.
The Senate rejected similar plans Feinstein and Cornyn proposed last December, a day after the San Bernardino attack killed 14 people.
Murphy's proposal would widely expand the requirement for background checks, even to many private gun transactions, leaving few loopholes.
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, would increase money for the background check system. Like Murphy's measure, it would prod states to send more records to the FBI, which operates the background check system, of felons and others barred from buying guns.
Grassley's proposal would also revamp language prohibiting some people with mental health issues from buying a gun. Democrats claimed that language would roll back current protections.
Separately, Collins was laboring to fashion a bipartisan bill that would prevent people on the no-fly list — with just 64,000 names in 2014 — from getting guns. There were no signs Monday that it was getting wide support or would receive a vote.
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This frame grab provided by Senate Television shows Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., speaking on the floor of the Senate Wednesday, June 15, 2016, where he launched a filibuster demanding a vote on gun control measures. The move comes three days after people were killed in a mass shooting in Orlando.
Authorities said a Wallingford man has painted a swastika on his fence because of a dispute with a housing developer.
A white swastika now sits on the back of a New Cheshire Road homeowner’s fence facing the housing development.
According to police, the homeowner got in to a dispute with developers and warned he would do something to sabotage sales. Police said the infamous Nazi symbol is legal in this case, because it’s on the own homeowner's property.
“We have to be careful not to be encroaching on someone's first amendment rights. So they have the right to display on this on their own property and this fence is on their own property,” said Wallingford Police Lt. Cheryl Bradley.
Developers said they are hoping the homeowner takes down the symbol which he has done before. The New Haven Register reports the homeowner, identified as Steven Yost, says he does not plan to take the swastika down and that he is exercising his right to free speech.
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