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    Granby police have issued a silver alert for a woman with severe medical and cognitive issues. 

    Clara Hurley, 48, was last seen at her home in Granby at 2 p.m. on Tuesday. 

    She is believed to be driving a black 2005 Toyota Camry with CT plates: 971-WGE.

    Anyone with information is urged to call Granby police at (860) 844-5335.



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    Bridgeport Mayor Joe Ganim intends to sue the State Elections Enforcement Commission (SEEC) and the state’s Attorney General over a state law that bars him from accessing funds intended for statewide candidates.

    Ganim said all candidates for all statewide seats should be afforded the same advantages.

    "What really this is about, it's about constitutional rights," Ganim said, following a public appearance in New Haven. "It's the ability of people to have the free right vote for who they want to in a candidate, not just me, but anybody similarly situated to me, I don't mean being mayor, I mean with a felony conviction, to be able to run and get the money like everyone else, the public money, to have an opportunity."

    State law prohibits individuals convicted of felonies from being provided with funds for their election campaigns. Ganim was convicted on 16 corruption charges in 2003 that were all linked to kickbacks and bribes, all while he was the popular mayor of Connecticut’s largest city.

    The State Elections Enforcement Commission ruled earlier this year that Ganim was ineligible for accessing the Citizens’ Election Program (CEP).

    The CEP provides grants worth millions of dollars to candidates that raise money through small, qualifying amounts of less than $100. Once a candidate reaches a certain threshold, they can see their campaign chests fill with taxpayer money in the millions all for their election effort.

    The point of the program is to eliminate money from special interest groups and state contractors and encourage a "clean" election.

    The lawsuit has not yet filed, and both the attorney general’s and SEEC’s offices declined to comment on the yet-to-be-filed lawsuit Tuesday.

    Ganim said he has a right to that program just like every other candidate. He said the fact that Connecticut allows former felons to both vote and run for office after a certain amount of time, anyone running for office should have the same opportunities as non-former felons.

    "It's like saying to me, as a potential candidate, you've got to run or fight with one hand tied behind your back," Ganim said. "It creates an unlevel playing field for the opportunity for the candidate and for people to have a fair view of everyone that's running."



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    Seven customers pumped the wrong gas into their cars after a delivery driver accidentally switched the regular unleaded gasoline with the diesel in two 1,000-gallon gasoline compartments at the Valero in Plainville.

    "I even thought to myself, 'There's no way I put diesel into my car'. I specifically look at the pump and I take good care of my car," Michelle Rusgrove told NBC Connecticut. "I left the gas station and my car was acting funny and I said, 'That's funny, I have a brand new car'."

    The pumping problems at the Valero gas station have motorists revved up over repair bills. The company, Lee Transport Systems LLC, is accepting full responsibility, telling NBC Connecticut they'll pay for repairs, rentals and any other related issues after switching the gasoline and diesel at the gas station on East Main Street. 

    Rusgrove, a Southington mother, is driving a rental, after falling victim to what's called a "cross drop" at Valero where she accidentally put diesel in her Audi A3.

    Turns out, six other drivers are in the same boat, including someone who drives a Maserati. On Tuesday, NBC Connecticut tracked down the gas station owner who told us it wasn't his fault and he's facing a big hit in business.

    Lee Transport Systems, LLC, in New Jersey, fired the delivery driver who was responsible for accidentally switching the diesel and regular gasoline compartments.

    On Tuesday, Lee Transport Systems LLC sent a repair person to pump out and vacuum both tanks before fresh fuel was added and the station reopened.

    NBC Connecticut Troubleshooters reached out to the general manager of operations at Lee Transport Systems LLC for some answers.

    "This was complete human error, the driver did not follow proper procedure in making her fuel delivery and that is unacceptable. She was terminated. We take this very seriously. We spend a lot of money on training, re-training and proper procedures. Every validated driver will be reimbursed by our company in full," Fred Terpolilli, with Lee Transport Systems LLC, said.

    This is not the first time this has happened at the Valero on East Main Street.

    Five years ago, Lee Transport Systems LLC called the 2012 incident a terminal issue. The Department of Consumer Protection (DCP) spokeswoman said the drivers did the right thing contacting the gas station owner who contacted the transport company and gas provider company. If the owner, hadn't acted as quickly as he did, a DCP spokesman said drivers could have contacted their office, to file a complaint and they would investigate.


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    There might be even tighter rules in place when it comes to lobster fishing that could hurt the bottom line for the lobstermen in Connecticut.

    Lobsterman Michael Grimshaw is the president of the Southern New England Fishermen’s and Lobstermen’s Association. He said he's a little crusty there might be even stricter regulations on fishing these crustaceans.

    On Tuesday, the Atlantic State Marine Fisheries Commission is considering new restrictions on lobster fishing in Southern New England. These restrictions could include changes to the legal harvesting size, even longer seasonal closures to the fishing areas and reductions to the number of traps.

    Grimshaw said he’s already been asked to reduce his traps from 800 to 400 over five years.

    "Realistically, I’ll probably have to consider some other employment to get through this," Grimshaw said.

    The focus is to help rebuild the lobster population in southern New England and boost egg production. Experts said the population has declined off Connecticut, Rhode Island and southern Massachusetts as the water warmed in those areas.

    As an alternative solution, Grimshaw and other lobstermen came to the table offering to not fish on Sundays in July and August to let the lobsters breed.

    Grimshaw said the real issue is predators because he and other lobstermen don’t fish to capacity. 

    “The seas bass, the black fish are like piranhas, if you will. They eat the legs off the lobster,” Grimshaw said.



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    After two successful holiday seasons selling paper gift certificates, Wallingford spa owner Rita Cheng Hogan decided last December to offer gift cards for purchase online.

    She said she signed on with Paypal to sell gift cards to her business, the Silk Cotton Spa, through a link on the spa website. Though she continued to sell paper gift certificates in person, just one gift card for $100 was purchased online.

    Paypal’s policy is to hold proceeds from sales of gift cards for eighteen months, or until the customer redeems their card for services. Rita said she was delighted when her client finally came in after five months for a massage because she believed she would be able to access the funds.

    After trying online and over the phone to complete the redemption process, she said she could not move the money from her Paypal reserve balance to her available balance. Eventually, Rita said a customer service representative told her she would have to wait the full eighteen months from the date the gift was purchased for the funds to be released, telling us they said, “you already waited six months, so you just need to wait twelve more.”

    Rita said, as a small business owner, she can’t afford to wait for payment and that the hundred dollars represents a full day’s pay for one of her employees, so she contacted our Consumer Investigative Center for help. After our Responds team reached out to Paypal, they explained a recent change in policy caused the problem. They credited $100 to Rita’s available balance and apologized for the confusion.

    In the meantime, Rita said she has already returned to face-to-face sales of gift cards. This holiday seasons, she plans to upgrade from paper certificates to custom plastic cards offered through her credit card provider.


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    The last of 12 inmates who escaped from an Alabama prison Sunday was captured near Jupiter, Florida, Tuesday evening, police said. Brady Kilpatrick, 24, was nabbed at a home around 7 p.m. by a team of law enforcement.

    The Martin County Sheriff’s Office, Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Tactical Unit and the FBI Violent Crimes Task Force worked together to capture Kilpatrick.

    The inmate had been jailed on charges of possessing marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

    He was the only escaped prisoner to make it out of the Walker County, Alabama, area. On Sunday, Kilpatrick and 11 other inmates went off in every direction after breaking out of the facility, officials said. Within eight hours, all of the inmates, except for Kilpatrick, were caught.


    “Kilpatrick had no idea that a team of law enforcement was surrounding the community where he was trying to hide out,” said Martin County Sheriff’s Office. 

    The Walker County Sheriff said the inmates used peanut butter to switch the numbers above a cell door and an exit door. They tricked a new employee into opening the exit door for the inmates



    Photo Credit: Martin County Sheriff's Office
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    New Haven Police and the city’s school system are investigating following an apparent break in and vandalism at James Hillhouse High School earlier this week.

    New Haven Public Schools officials tell NBC Connecticut on Monday custodians entered the Sherman Parkway school building to find signs of an apparent break-in as well as vandalism to office spaces and classrooms.

    An alarm in the building did not sound, apparently due to an apparent wiring issue. The school’s video system was operational and could help police identify a suspect.

    In the neighborhood surrounding the school, community members were shocked and disappointed about the still unsolved incident.

    “They should respect what the school stands for. Hillhouse has come such a long way. It’s such a productive school now” Lotheria Nelson, who went to Hillhouse, said.

    Hillhouse parent, Patrice Smith, shared similar feelings.

    “That’s sad that someone would do that to a school” she said.

    Some in the community, including Philip Bynum who mentored at Hillhouse in 2016 said that the incident is an indicator of the need for more opportunity in the community.

    “There’s a lot of young kids out there with nothing to do. We’ve got to find some kind of purpose, reason, some kind of thing to get them more occupied in the summer,” Bynum said.

    New Haven School officials are working with police to assess the total damage and cost of the incident.

    Anyone with information should call New Haven Police.



    Photo Credit: NBC Connecticut

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    A person was shot and killed in New Britain on Tuesday night.

    Police said the shooting happened on Park Street near Stanley Street. 

    The city's alderman said the shooting originated at a party and people were being questioned but are not cooperating with investigators.

    The victim had not been identified. 

    There were no other details immediately available.



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    An online prankster showed emails to CNN alleging that he was able to trick top White House officials into thinking they were chatting with other members of the administration, NBC News reported.

    The U.K.-based man, who goes by @SINON_REBORN on Twitter, tweeted screenshots of some of the correspondence that he claims he had with former communications director Anthony Scaramucci. The prankster said he was pretending to be ousted White House chief of staff Reince Priebus.

    Scaramucci did not immediately respond to NBC News' request for comment.

    CNN also reports that the prankster pretended to be President Donald Trump's senior adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner while talking with Homeland Security Adviser Tom Bossert, who provided his personal email in the messages.




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    NEW YORK, NY - MAY 2: A view of the new Microsoft Surface Laptop following a Microsoft launch event, May 2, 2017 in New York City. The Windows 10 S operating system is geared toward the education market and is Microsoft's answer to Google's Chrome OS. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)NEW YORK, NY - MAY 2: A view of the new Microsoft Surface Laptop following a Microsoft launch event, May 2, 2017 in New York City. The Windows 10 S operating system is geared toward the education market and is Microsoft's answer to Google's Chrome OS. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

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    A North Texas wedding photographer has been awarded a $1.08 million defamation verdict against a married couple who the jury found posted false statements in a social media campaign after being unhappy about a surprise fee.

    A Dallas County jury found Friday that social media posts made by Neely and Andrew Moldovan against photographer Andrea Polito amounted to
    defamation.

    Polito, according to a lawsuit filed in March 2015, said the couple engaged in a "smear campaign," used negative publicity to "destroy" her business and even bragged online "they were, 'pretty sure her business is done.'"

    The Moldovans were upset over a required $125 fee for a cover for their wedding album -- an item they said was not on their contract and should have been included in the cost of their wedding album.

    In an interview with NBC 5 in January 2015, the Moldovans said that Polito's office manager told them unless they paid the fee for a cover their photo album would be forfeited. In the 2015 interview with NBC 5, Moldovan argued "An album comes with a cover. It’s a component of an album. It’s a book.”

    In January 2015, Polito didn't want to go on camera, but said she'd "be more than happy to address any inquiries in writing via email." In an email to NBC 5 at that time, Polito said, “While they have already paid for the cost of the album, they did not pay for the cost of the cover, which is an a la carte item due to the variation of covers available." Polito added that her order form “clearly states that the cover is not included in the wedding package and is an additional charge.”

    After NBC 5's story aired, both Polito and the Moldovans were bombarded with criticism on social media. The Moldovans said in 2015 some of the social media comments, or "likes," attributed to them were actually coming from fake profiles.

    “Neither of us ever hoped her business is ruined, nor do we even want that,” Andrew Moldovan said in 2015. “We came to NBC just to get our photos and album. Nothing more.”

    The couple did admit in 2015, however, to posting messages on Instagram before and after the interview that said, “Excited to be on NBC” and “justice is served.”

    On Friday, more than two years after the story ran, a Dallas County jury found the couple's social media posts were done out of malice and that Polito followed the terms of her contract with the newlyweds.

    Jurors found the Moldovans liable for defamation, disparagement, and civil conspiracy, and awarded punitive damages.

    "Ms. Polito hopes this verdict will reinforce her attempts to repair her reputation, while also sending a message that freedom of speech does not mean freedom from consequences," said Dave Wishnew, Polito's lawyer. "Texas has one of the strongest laws in the nation to protect individuals who air legitimate grievances and opinions. But those protections don't extend to a concerted campaign designed to defame and destroy someone's hard-earned business."

    Following the decision, Polito told The Dallas Morning News she's determined to rebuild her company.

    "I’m emotionally exhausted. This has been a very long battle," she said. "Last Friday when the verdict was read I felt a little bit relieved, but most importantly I feel my reputation was restored to myself. What’s been so hard the past couple of years has been feeling so ashamed of this story."

    She told DallasNews.com she hopes that others who may be in a similar situation take away that they have to "fight for what's right and fight for your passion."

    "No one is safe from this," she said. "I wasn’t a new business, I was an established business with a reputation that was well-respected in the Dallas community."

    The Moldovans' attorney, T. Chase Garrett of Frisco, did not immediately return an email seeking comment. His office telephone went to voicemail and said it was full and not accepting new messages. 

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    Dallas newlyweds Andrew and Neely Moldovan claim that their wedding photographer is holding their pictures hostage unless they pay an extra fee for a “cover” for their photo album – even though they already paid for the book itself.Dallas newlyweds Andrew and Neely Moldovan claim that their wedding photographer is holding their pictures hostage unless they pay an extra fee for a “cover” for their photo album – even though they already paid for the book itself.

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    Sometimes you just gotta sing like nobody's watching.

    Dane Miller, from Prosper, Texas, didn't hold back when belting out Whitney Houston's 1993 hit "I Have Nothing" in the backseat of his dad's car.

    Darren, Dane's father, said that's just the kind of person Dane is.

    His clip on Facebook has reached 20 million views so far.

    "Of course, Dane's all the time trying to do things like this, whether it's singing or playing basketball or soccer he's all the time creating a show wherever he goes and he's love an audience, he loves bringing smiles to people's face."

    The 9-year-old has Down syndrome, but that doesn't stop him from dreaming big.

    "His pure JOY and beauty brings tears to my eyes. Thank you GOD for giving this beautiful soul to this world," one person commented on the family's YouTube page.

    The YouTube video, titled "Amazing Dane singin' with Whitney Houston," has been viewed over 100,000 times since July 27.

    "Love love love!! Singing Whitney at the top of your lungs is good for the soul!" said another YouTube user.



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    The acting administrator of the Drug Enforcement Administration said in a memo to his agency's employees that President Donald Trump's remarks about the treatment of suspects "condoned police misconduct,” NBC News reported. 

    Trump, during a speech Friday before law enforcement officers on New York's Long Island, appeared to encourage officers to treat suspects roughly.

    "When you guys put somebody in the car and you're protecting their head, you know, the way you put their hand over?" Trump said. "Like, don't hit their head, and they just killed somebody — don't hit their head, I said, you can take the hand away, okay?"

    In a July 29 email to the DEA workforce obtained by NBC News, Acting Administrator Chuck Rosenberg said he was writing because "we have an obligation to speak out when something is wrong."

    He then listed "core values" that he said were "clear and applicable," including "Rule of Law, Respect and Compassion, Service, Devotion, Integrity, [and] Accountability."



    Photo Credit: AP Photo/Alex Brandon

    This April 18, 2017, file photo shows Chuck Rosenberg, acting head of the Drug Enforcement Administration, seated before a meeting of the attorney general's Organized Crime Council and Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces Executive Committee at the Department of Justice in Washington, D.C.This April 18, 2017, file photo shows Chuck Rosenberg, acting head of the Drug Enforcement Administration, seated before a meeting of the attorney general's Organized Crime Council and Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces Executive Committee at the Department of Justice in Washington, D.C.

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    An armed man wearing a scary Halloween mask robbed a Chinese restaurant in Somers on the Sunday night of Nov. 20, 2016 and state police have arrested a suspect.

    Zachary Brennon Smith, 20, of Somers, was arrested on July 31 and charged in connection with the armed robbery at China City Restaurant.

    Police said he was wearing a scary dark green Halloween mask, had a green hood on, pointed a fake gun at the victim and stole around $200.

    One witness told police that Smith said he was hurting for money, according to the arrest warrant application, and Smith told officers he was addicted to heroin and has a habit of using three to four bags a day, but makes enough money to support his drug habit.

    When police confronted Smith about details on the robbery, he became upset and ended the interview, according to police. 

    Smith has been charged with first-degree robbery and sixth-degree larceny and bond was set at $50,000.

    Police said more arrests are expected.  



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    Neighbors living in front of a construction site in Middletown have had enough of what they are calling a huge mess of dirt and dust on the street coming from the site.

    The mess is spreading to homes and cars on Middle Street.

    The site is the future home of the FedEx Ground Distribution Hub. It was formerly an Aetna campus and the new facility is scheduled to open in 2018.

    While it will bring in hundreds of jobs to the City, the building project is bringing headaches for those who live nearby.

    NBC Connecticut spent the day on Middle Street to try and get answers for aggravated residents. The layer of dirt on Middle Street is enough to make a dust cloud as cars and trucks drive over it.

    “It’s the dust. It’s trying to keep the dust out,” Bob Dezi, who lives near the site, said.

    While Dezi is not against the project, he told NBC Connecticut that he just wants it to be done right.

    “All you have to do is look at my car, my flowers, look at the flower out here – dust is loaded on all of these flowers,” Dezi said.

    For Lisa Zona, it goes beyond the cleanliness. The amount of dust has become a health concern for her family.

    “We have to keep our AC’s in back windows of the house. I have asthma. My daughter has asthma,” Zona said.

    She also has concerns about her son's bedroom.

    “We don’t even open the windows because it’s not worth it to come in on his bed and for them to be breathing it in,” Zona said.

    Dezi is also concerned about the noise from trucks and construction equipment in the early morning hours.

    “The trucks started rolling at 5, 5:30, quarter to 6 in the morning. And behind it are the shovels and bulldozers and the removal of dirt,” Dezi said.

    According to a city ordinance, noise from construction activity cannot begin before 7 a.m.

    The neighborhood is part of the Westfield Residents Association.

    Jennifer Mahr, the chair of the association, asks that the construction company follows the ordinance.

    There are trucks that wet down the road and street sweepers that come through several times a day.

    Mahr wants more of that to cut down on the dust.

    “That they just put water down. So there is a street sweeper that works almost continuously but his little streams of water don’t keep down the big huge dust clouds,” Mahr said.

    In a statement, Middletown Mayor Dan Drew addressed residents’ concerns.

    "We've asked for additional street sweeping. We also don't want residents disturbed so early in the morning and both our Planning Department and Public Works Department are working with the company on their hours. This project will be very good for the community and we certainly want to limit the impact to the public during construction," Drew said.

    NBC Connecticut reached out to the construction company, Barton Malow, and FedEx.

    FedEx company spokesperson, David Westrick, responded with a statement.

    "Safety is our top priority in all of our operations at FedEx Ground, including during the construction of our package sortation hub in Middletown. Our construction partner is working directly with the city and neighbors on daily efforts to mitigate any construction effects including ensuring that all construction work is done between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m., and daily maintenance of roadways. We are aware of the feedback from the local community and are working with the appropriate contacts to acknowledge these concerns and maintain a safe construction site."

    Barton Malow has not responded.



    Photo Credit: NBC Connecticut

    Neighbors living in front of a construction site on Middle Street in Middletown have had enough of what they are calling a huge mess of dirt and dust on the street coming from the site.Neighbors living in front of a construction site on Middle Street in Middletown have had enough of what they are calling a huge mess of dirt and dust on the street coming from the site.

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    An 18-year-old woman was grazed by a bullet while walking outside a house in Hartford early Wednesday morning. 

    Police said the victim was on West Morningside Street just before 1 a.m. when a bullet grazed her forearm. 

    She said she was walking out of the house and someone fired from a small dark vehicle. 

    She was treated and has been released. 

    Police said they did not find casings or other victims.



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    Newly released video shows the moment lightning struck a Florida airport ground worker, severely burning the 21-year-old who was hospitalized for nearly two weeks, according to NBC affiliate WBBH.

    Video of the July 22 incident shows a Sun Country plane on the tarmac preparing for take off at Southwest Florida International Airport. In the video, Austin Dunn can be seen walking under the nose of the plane when lightning strikes the tail.

    The bolt traveled through the fuselage and then struck Dunn, who collapsed from the shock, according WBBH.

    There were at least three workers in the area during the time of the incident.

    “We knew he wouldn’t give up,” said Autumn Dunn, Austin's sister. “Once we knew he was alive. It was a relief but it was definitely the scariest thing, you don’t expect it…you don’t expect it.”

    Dunn suffered third degree burns on his hands, feet and chest, bleeding in his brain and severe muscle damage, according to his family. He was released from Tampa General Hospital Tuesday.

    Southwest Florida International Airport officials tell WBBH the airport’s lightning warning system was activated at the time Dunn was hit. Dunn is employed by Navstar, a company contracted by Sun Country Airlines.


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    "The “Drive-By Dunk" is the latest challenge that children and adults are taking part in across the country and it's happening in a Connecticut town. 

    While it might seem like fun and games, it involves trespassing and in one instance, neighbors said the game caused significant property damage. 

    The Drive-By Dunk Challenge involves someone driving around in search of a basketball hoop on a stranger's property, then jumping out of the car with a basketball and attempting to dunk. 

    In Newington, drive-by-dunking has caused damage to a car and startled several neighbors. 

    In one instance, a resident said his whole basketball setup came crashing down onto his car over the weekend, cracked his windshield and dented part of the hood. 

    The owner said he plans to file a report with police but he didn't know what happened with the hoop until he heard about what other neighbors witnessed about a mile away. 

    "I heard these people playing basketball down the street. I could hear where it was coming from. I couldn't see from my porch," Sarah Jorgensen, a Newington resident, said. 

    Jorgensen said she saw four or five adults with a late-model silver Honda or Toyota near her neighbor's basketball hoop Monday night. They were dunking and quickly drove away when they saw her. She then informed her neighbor, who called police. 

    "Because I didn't know about it, it was kind of scary at first," Jorgensen said. 

    Lisa Mooney and her daughter also said dunking drivers hit their hoop on Monday night. 

    "Came outside, the hoop was down," Mooney said. "Someone physically moved the bricks [that keep the basketball setup upright], and [the hoop] was a couple inches away from another car." 

    While there was no damage this time, Mooney said she's not going to let there be a next time. 

    "I'm going to start sitting outside starting tonight, I think, in the dark on the deck and keep an eye out," Mooney said. 

    At the very least, the challenge includes trespassing. 

    NBC Connecticut reached out to Newington police several times to try and find out how many complaints they've received as well as what charges there could be if anyone was caught doing the challenge, but we have not yet heard back.




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    Police are investigating a sexual assault that happened on a walking path at Jennings Beach in Fairfield and they are looking for the man who committed it. 

    Police said the sexual assault happened around 11:45 a.m. Tuesday in one of the walking paths leading from the beach to the parking lot. The pathway was on the east side of the lot, according to police. 

    Authorities are looking for a man with an average build who appeared to be around 19 years old and around 5-feet-10. 

    He was wearing a bright red T-shirt, zip-fly shorts and beige sandals. Minutes before the assault, the teen was seen with two other men who appeared to be around his age, according to a news release from police. 

    Anyone with information about the sexual assault or the suspect should call the Fairfield Police Detective Bureau at (203)254-4840 or Text-A-Tip to CRIMES (274637).



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    The head of the Coast Guard expressed strong support for transgender service members despite President Donald Trump's tweets last week that transgender individuals would not be allowed to serve in "any capacity." 

    Commandant Adm. Paul Zukunft said that his office contacted 13 members of the Coast Guard who self-identify as transgender in a show of solidarity in response to the ban. The comments came in a speech to a Center for Strategic and International Studies forum in Washington, D.C., The Hill reported. 

    "That was the commitment to our people right now," Zukunft said. "Very small numbers, but all of them are doing meaningful Coast Guard work today."

    Among the transgender Coast Guard personnel who were contacted was Lt. Taylor Miller, the Coast Guard's first openly transitioning officer. Miller was profiled in a Washington Post article.

    "If you read that story, Taylor's family has disowned her," Zukunft said. "And I told Taylor, I will not turn my back. We have made an investment in you and you have made an investment in the Coast Guard and I will not break faith."

    A spokesperson for the Coast Guard told NBC they will "follow the [Department of Defense] closely on human resource policies" and will be in contact about future changes in policy.

    The Coast Guard falls under the jurisdiction of the Department of Homeland Security but would be subject to the transgender ban as a branch of the U.S. Armed Forces.

    President Trump's three tweets announing that the military "will not accept or allow Transgender individuals to serve in any capacity" reportedly came as a surprise to leaders at the Pentagon.

    Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Joseph Dunford said in a memo to military leaders that the current policy regarding transgender individuals in the military will not change until the president issues an official directive.

    The top Air Force officer, Gen. David Goldfein, said in another note that he and Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson "emphasize that all airmen will be treated with dignity and respect as we work through the potential policy changes" of the ban.

    Attorneys general in 18 states and the District of Columbia, meanwhile, called for Congress to protect transgender service members from discrimination. 



    Photo Credit: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images, File

    In this Oct. 5, 2015, file photo, Coast Guard Commandant Admiral Paul Zukunft speaks at the Robert F. Kennedy building in Washington, D.C.In this Oct. 5, 2015, file photo, Coast Guard Commandant Admiral Paul Zukunft speaks at the Robert F. Kennedy building in Washington, D.C.

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    NBC Connecticut Meteorologist are tracking thunderstorms for the afternoon. 

    Thunderstorms will move into the state during the early afternoon hours.

    Take a look at First Alert Future Radar at 2 p.m. You can see thunderstorms moving through Litchfield and Fairfield counties. The storms will be capable of producing heavy rain, frequent lightning, small hail, and gusty winds.

     

    Storms will progress into central portions of the state by 3 to 4 p.m.

    The scattered thunderstorms will track into eastern portions of the state during the late afternoon hour before coming to an end by the early evening.

    The greatest threats with these storms will be damaging winds and localized flooding.



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