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    One person was hurt in an attack at the Briarwood Apartments off Brick Top Road in Windham Tuesday night, according to Connecticut State Police.

    Connecticut State Police confirmed troopers responded to a reported stabbing and/or shooting incident at the Briarwood Apartments on Brick Top Road.

    One victim was airlifted via LifeStar to the hospital for treatment. Information on the victim’s condition and the circumstances that caused the injuries were not immediately clear.

    State police remain on scene investigating.

    More information was not immediately available.

    Photo Credit: NBC Connecticut

    Connecticut State Police on scene of an incident on Brick Top Road in Windham Tuesday night.Connecticut State Police on scene of an incident on Brick Top Road in Windham Tuesday night.

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    Fluoride prevents cavities and tooth decay, something confirmed by numerous studies, yet a small but vocal minority has gotten dozens of cities to remove the naturally occurring compound from the water supply, NBC News reported.

    "Anti-fluoridationists" blame fluoride for lower IQs and diseases, despite long-established science. The American Dental Association says that 74 cities have voted to remove fluoride from their drinking water in the last five years, and proposed bans are on the ballot in two more cities this November.

    "You cannot tailor public health to the whims of a small group of people," said Dr. Johnny Johnson, a retired pediatric dentist who leads the nonprofit American Fluoridation Society. "If you are doing that, you are harming a large group of people."

    While nearly 75 percent of the United States gets fluoridated water, more than 80 percent of New Jersey residents do not, and the Texas Republican Party now opposes water fluoridation as well.

    Photo Credit: Getty Images/iStockphoto, File

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    An SUV hit a school bus in Hartford that was carrying around six children Wednesday morning and the monitor on the bus sustained minor injuries. 

    The bus was heading to the R.J. Kinsella Magnet School in Hartford and the crash happened at Ledyard Street and Wethersfield Avenue in Hartford. 

    No students were injured, officials said. 

    Officials said the driver of the SUV made a wide turn and sun glare might have contributed to the crash. 

    The driver of the SUV remained at the scene.

    Photo Credit: NBC Connecticut

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    The mother of the 1-year-old boy who was allegedly bitten by a rat in his sleep amid a disgusting infestation inside a New York City public housing building is demanding a complete and thorough fix. 

    "They need to take everybody out of this building and really need to get to this rat problem," said Asia Clemente, a tenant in the Claremont Consolidation Complex in the Bronx. "Don't just cover up the holes and tell us, 'When you see another one, call us back.'" 

    Clemente first told News 4 New York she found a rat biting her toddler son's stomach while he was sleeping Monday morning. She thinks the rat was gnawing at the feeding tube attached to the stomach of baby Daniel, who suffers from chronic lung disease and other health problems. 

    The rats, she believes, are "smelling the milk that comes out when we disconnect [the tube]," said Clemente. 

    She took her son to the hospital and he was put on antibiotics. Returning home Tuesday, "his stomach is very tender due to being bit for the second time, so it's kind of hard feeding him and giving him medicine since he's crying, doesn't want to be touched," she said. 

    Complaints about rats overrunning homes inside NYCHA's Claremont complex have exploded since last week, when a basement garbage compactor was shut down, displacing the rats and driving them upward. One video taken last week shows a group of rats popping out from behind a washing machine and scampering across the kitchen sink, one right after another. The family in that apartment boarded up the kitchen, fearful the rats would attack their dog. 

    "There were as many rats in that apartment as there are in a sewer," said councilman Ritchie Torres. "I don't believe that NYCHA is just now learning it was this bad." 

    "They come out here, run around here. This is their playground," said tenant Jessica de Jesus. 

    Torres is now calling for an investigation into how the rat problem got so bad both inside and outside people's homes in the complex. NYCHA said it shut down the compactor room last week so that it could aggressively fight the existing complaints of infestation. But the basement is important to residents because that's where Con Edison meters are located -- and since the rats prevent workers from going into the basement to read the meters, the utility has been sending estimated bills to customers. 

    One family said they were charged $458 for one month. On one notice, the utility said it will charge an extra $25 if they don't get access to the meter. 

    "I'm not sure what I am paying for is very accurate at all," said Clemente. 

    Clemente said her family arrived at Claremont to escape rats in another NYCHA building. After NYCHA saw her story on News 4 New York Monday night, the agency contacted her on Tuesday in order to schedule a meeting about finding a new place to live. 

    As for Con Edison, the utility said Tuesday it will reimburse any fees that residents incurred because it couldn't read the meters. Con Ed also said it had reached out to NYCHA since the summer saying it needed the problem fixed immediately so that workers could do their job.

    In a statement Monday, NYCHA spokesman Michael Giardina said, "Our residents should not have to live in these conditions. Since this first came to our attention, we have taken aggressive steps to address the current infestation by eliminating rodent access to the building and the apartments, which will also keep future rodents away. We apologize to our residents and will continue to vigilantly monitor this situation."

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    Crews responded to a fire at a Vernon home early Wednesday morning and it is now under control.

    The fire was reported at 6:07 a.m. and reports were that flames were going through the roof of a house on Allison Road.

    Officials said the fire was coming from an in-law type apartment at the house.

    Vernon firefighters and police responded.

    No injuries are reported. The fire marshal is investigating the cause of the fire.

    Photo Credit: Vernon Police

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    The Trump Administration plans to pull out of the United Nations agency that regulates international postal rates, White House officials said Wednesday, claiming the system is unfairly hurting the U.S.

    The Universal Postal Union imposes shipping rates on its 192 member countries, and the U.S. says the system unfairly benefits China and some other nations by allowing them to send packages to the U.S. at cheaper rates than domestic shippers.

    Senior White House officials said the system prevents the U.S. from competing with China on an even playing field.

    The U.S. is notifying the UPU of its intention to withdraw on Wednesday, the officials said in a conference call with reporters.

    The withdrawal process for a country to leave the UPU takes one year, and the White House said the U.S. plans to renegotiate better rates during that time. Rates wouldn't change for at least six months, the officials said.

    Iceland, Denmark, Norway, Ireland and Sweden expressed interest in America's efforts to negotiate new terms, according to the officials.

    The White House said the withdrawal from the UPU is separate from the ongoing trade dispute with China.

    Photo Credit: AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File

    In this July 17, 2018, file photo, a FedEx employee delivers packages in Miami.In this July 17, 2018, file photo, a FedEx employee delivers packages in Miami.

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    A new list ranks the best cities in the United States for getting a job and Hartford ranks fifth, a jobs and recruiting site, posted that it ranked the cities based on how easy it is to get a job, how affordable it is to live there and how satisfied employees are working there.

    The site says there are nearly 41,000 jobs in Hartford and the median base salary is $55,000.

    Pittsburgh came in first, followed by St. Louis, Indianapolis, Cincinnati and Hartford. See the full list.  

    Photo Credit: NBC Connecticut/ DroneRanger

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    Twitter on Wednesday released a massive trove of data associated with foreign influence and misinformation campaigns spanning nearly a decade — just three weeks before the U.S. midterm elections, NBC News reported.

    The social media company said in a Wednesday blog post that the data comes from 3,841 accounts affiliated with the Russian-backed Internet Research Agency and 770 other accounts potentially originating in Iran.

    The data release includes the content of tweets from these accounts and date back to 2009, which provides a richer look at how these accounts operated.

    Twitter said the goal of the release was to make the data available for researchers and academics for investigation. As a result of its investigation into Russian interference around the 2016 presidential election, Twitter said back in January that it had notified around 1.4 million people that they had directly engaged with Russia-linked accounts during the election or had actively followed those accounts at the time they were suspended.

    Photo Credit: Andrew Matthews/PA Images via Getty, File

    The Twitter app as seen on a smart phone.The Twitter app as seen on a smart phone.

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    The U.S. Postal Inspection Service is investigating the armed robbery of a driver in September and they are offering a reward for information to find and convict the robber. 

    Officials from the U.S. Postal Inspection Service said the driver, a Highway Contract Route driver, was getting out of the back of a vehicle at the Cromwell Post Office around 6:15 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 7 when a man with a gun approached him and demanded postal property. 

    The robber was around 5-feet-9 and was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and black face mask that covered the lower part of his face. 

    Postal inspectors believe the robber had a vehicle parked at an adjacent business. 

    No injuries were reported. 

    Anyone with information is encouraged to call the U.S. Postal Inspection Service at 877-876-2455 or the Cromwell Police Department at 860-635-2256. 

    Photo Credit: U.S. Postal Inspection Service

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    Shoreline East riders are becoming increasingly frustrated with train cancellations and delays. On Wednesday, Oct. 17, the Shoreline East Riders Advocacy Group plans to discuss their concerns at the Clinton Police Department at 7 p.m. 

    Department of Transportation representative Judd Everhart said the DOT will be sending a couple people to the meeting. 

    Complaints range from late train service to locomotives breaking down. 

    “Yesterday I was at the train station in New Haven. Train never came, no announcement,” said Patrick Goodale, a Shoreline East rider from Clinton. 

    In April, the DOT began repairing a portion of the tracks and fixing drainage issues. They canceled 15 trains and replaced them with bus service. Those repairs are expected to be complete on Nov. 15 however, John Bernick, the assistant rail administrator for the DOT, said they might not fully restore service. 

    DOT administrators are considering sticking with a mixed train and bus service until they can guarantee the trains will run properly and on time. 

    The DOT is working to restore reliability and confidence in Shoreline East, according to Bernick. 

    Several locomotives have been sent out of state for repair. Four were sent for a top deck overhaul in Illinois and they are back in service. Two more locomotives will be coming back, one in December, the other in January. The DOT is also sending 12 locomotives to Indiana for a full overhaul. They expect the first six to come back within a year. 

    Amtrak contractors are also doing minor maintenance repairs to the trains. 

    If a train does break down, the DOT has buses on standby in New Haven, Old Saybrook and Hartford.

    Photo Credit: NBC Connecticut

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    Three Waterbury police cruisers were damaged while investigating a suspicious vehicle in Waterbury Wednesday morning and police said they have taken two people into custody.

    There have been several narcotics complaints in the area of Fulton Park and park department employees contacted police around 8 a.m. about a suspicious vehicle, police said.

    As officers approached the car, the driver started to flee and damaged one police vehicle in the process, police said.

    Additional officers saw the vehicle in traffic on Chase Avenue and boxed the vehicle in, but the driver again tried to flee and damaged two additional police vehicles, police said.

    Police are working on identifying the driver. They said the passenger was taken in custody for out-of-town warrants.

    Photo Credit: NBC Connecticut

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    Temperatures will dip below or near freezing tonight, depending on where in Connecticut you live, and the wind will make it feel even colder. 

    The low temperatures tonight will be near freezing for much of the interior while they will be below freezing for the hill towns and freeze warnings and watches are in effect. 

    A freeze warning was issued for southern Litchfield County, while freeze watches are posted for the rest of the interior of the state. 

    Temperatures along the shoreline will be in the mid-30s to low-40s, but it will feel colder. 

    With winds sustained between 15 and 25 mph gusting up to 30 if not 40 mph, especially along the shoreline, it will be feeling like the low 20s, and potentially the teens, by Thursday morning. 

    Photo Credit: NBC Connecticut

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    Maren Morris will be performing a free show at the Wolf Den at Mohegan Sun next week to benefit Mothers Against Drunk Driving.

    The country artist who sings “Rich,” “I Could Use a Love Song,” “My Church” and “80s Mercedes,” will perform at the Wolf Den at 8 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 26.

    The show, “MADD About Maren Morris,” is Mothers Against Drunk Driving’s 10th Annual Benefit and all proceeds will benefit the organization.

    There will be a silent auction at the Shops at Mohegan Sun at 5 p.m.

    Donations to MADD will also be accepted at the auction table throughout the night.

    Photo Credit: Getty Images
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    LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 20: Recording artists Zedd (L) and Maren Morris perform onstage during the 2018 Billboard Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 20, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 20: Recording artists Zedd (L) and Maren Morris perform onstage during the 2018 Billboard Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 20, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

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    Naugatuck school officials are warning parents about an increase in cases of the coxsackie virus, also known as hand, foot and mouth disease.

    On Wednesday, Naugatuck school nurses sent a letter to parents warning them to keep children home if they show signs of the disease. Hand, foot and mouth disease usually occurs in children under 5, but can affect older children. Symptoms include a fever, sore throat and a rash that can develop inside the mouth, on hands, on feet and in the diaper area.

    The disease is not generally serious, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and most people recover in seven to 10 days without treatment. However, the disease is easily spread through close personal contact, through the air, through contact with feces, or through contact with contaminated objects. Most people are contagious during the first week of their illness.

    A student should not return to school until they have been fever free for 24 hours without medication and have no open sores, the nurses' letter said. Any students sent home with an undiagnosed rash must provide a note from a medical provider saying their rash is not contagious before returning to school.

    For more information about hand, foot and mouth disease from the CDC, click here.

    Photo Credit: NBC Connecticut

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    The Connecticut Insurance Department has approved the $69 billion merger between CVS Health Corporation and Aetna.

    The agency released their decision approving the merger Wednesday. The Justice Department approved the deal last week on the condition that Aetna moves ahead with its plan to sell its Medicare Part D prescription drug plan business, resolving some anti-monopoly issues.

    CVS announced plans to buy Hartford, Connecticut's Aetna late last year. The deal is expected to give the Woonsocket, Rhode Island, drugstore chain a bigger role in health care, with the companies combining to manage care through CVS stores, clinics and prescription drugs.

    Earlier this month, CVS committed to keeping the Aetna headquarters in Connecticut for at least the next 10 years. Aetna and its subsidiaries employ about 5,200 people in Connecticut as of Oct. 1.

    Gov. Dannel Malloy praised the move as one that is good for Connecticut.

    “Today’s approval means that Aetna will continue to call Connecticut its home for many years to come. CVS Health has an incredible record of corporate stewardship, and we welcome their leadership and commitment to keeping Hartford a center of excellence for the insurance business. The state is committed to continuing to work with CVS Health’s leadership team to facilitate the growth of their presence here and support the thousands of jobs that they bring to our communities. I thank Insurance Commissioner Wade for her steadfast commitment to negotiating the best terms and conditions for the people of Connecticut,” Malloy said in a statement.

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    The gubernatorial election is less than three weeks away and the pressure is mounting within several key races, including the fight for the 5th Congressional District between political newcomer and Democrat Jahana Hayes and former Meriden mayor and Republican Manny Santos.

    Waterbury election officials are expecting more than a 60 percent voter turnout, which would be on par with the 2008 presidential election. They believe Hayes, who is from the Brass City, has inspired people to register. They have seen more than 900 new voters since she won the August primary.

    “It’s created a great deal of enthusiasm among a lot of the citizens in Waterbury and so we’re preparing for a much larger turnout in November than we would be it just a regular governor’s race,” explained Timothy De Carlo, an election official with the Waterbury Registrar of Voters.

    Hayes, the 2016 National Teacher of the Year, will face off with Republican Manny Santos, who is from Meriden, where the Registrar says it has ordered about 22,000 ballots for Election Day. Election officials said they have close to 600 new registered voters since September 1.

    “We have some increase in voter registrations, but I wouldn’t say it’s an enormous increase,” explained

    Catherine Sarault, an election official with the Meriden Registrar of Voters. “What really matters is whether people come out to vote.”

    Voters told NBC Connecticut they believe it is people’s duty to show up at the polls.

    “It’s not something a lot of people can do in other places, so we have this privilege and we really need to take advantage of it,” said Jessica Thomas of Meriden.

    “When the time comes for things to happen and it don’t go the way that you want, you can’t blame no one,” said Lorraine Larkin of Waterbury.

    The deadline to register in-person, online or by mail is October 30.

    To access the state voter registration lookup, click here.

    To register to vote, click here.

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    A staff member at a school for children with special needs in Milford is accused of exposing himself to a female student, according to school officials.

    That staff member at the Boys & Girls Village has been suspended and an investigation is underway.

    According to a statement from Boys & Girls Village President and CEO Dr. Steven Kant, school officials learned of the allegations from a parent. The staff member was immediately suspended and school officials notified the state Department of Children and Families. DCF and the Milford Police Department are investigating.

    “Beyond our cooperation with the investigation, the full focus of our concern and efforts at this time is to take any steps necessary to support the wellbeing of the children involved. Boys & Girls Village conducts a full range of pre-employment background checks that are employed prior to hiring any employee at the agency. Boys & Girls Village will continue to cooperate fully with law enforcement and other appropriate authorities to investigate this matter,” Kant said in a statement.

    NBC Connecticut has reached out to the Milford Police Department for details. No other information was immediately available.

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    A Hamden woman is accused of spitting on a firefighter and smearing feces all over a holding cell at police headquarters Monday.

    Police arrested Dorothy Hart, 72, after a domestic dispute Monday afternoon. According to police, Hart and her boyfriend got into a physical fight. 

    During the investigation of that incident, officers discovered Hart had three arrest warrants, and took her to police headquarters. While at headquarters, police said, Hart spit on a firefighter who was trying to treat her.

    Police said officers put Hart in a cell, where she pooped on the floor and smeared the feces on the floor and window. She also flooded the cellblock area, police said.

    Hart was charged with third-degree assault, disorderly conduct, refusal to be fingerprinted, assault on a public safety, emergency medical, public transit or health care professional, criminal mischief, and three counts of failure to appear in court. She was held on a $15,000 bond and is next due to appear in court on Nov. 6.

    Photo Credit: Hamden Police Department

    Dorothy HartDorothy Hart

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    Several residents in a West Hartford neighborhood are still cleaning up after a sewer liner collapse flooded basements with raw sewage two weeks ago.

    The Metropolitan District Commission and the town are holding a meeting for Linbrook Road residents Thursday night to give information and answer questions.

    Linbrook Road remains shut down and there is a bypass system running around the clock while repairs are underway.

    The sewer liner collapse created a sewage backup that flooded basements causing thousands of dollars in damage and destroying personal items.

    “I think there’s a lot of unknowns at this point and it’s just overwhelming,” said Kelly Proulx said.

    Proulx, whose basement was flooded, said she plans to attend a Thursday’s meeting with MDC.

    "The biggest concern is, are they going to prevent it from happening again?" she said.

    A spokesperson for the MDC said it is working on the issue. Right now, its waiting on results of a strength and durability test of a new sewer liner. If all goes well, installation on a new sewer liner could start this week.

    The MDC said insurance adjusters have made contact with most of the affected homeowners. Homeowners can find more information on the MDC website.

    "It’s just tiring, and we don’t know when it’s all going to end," homeowner Allison Saulsbury said.

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    Losing a child is unthinkable for any parent, but a shoreline family is trying to make something positive come out of a tragedy.

    "When you go through it, it really is kind of a nightmare and we want to push through it," Mike Song told NBC Connecticut. "Be 'Song strong' as we like to say, that’s kind of our motto."

    Mike Song remembers his son Ethan’s sense of humor, love of culture and fascination with his family’s history.

    "He’s truly just an amazing kid and I think of all the people that I know he probably almost better than anyone I knew, he just got my personality and we were very tight so it was tough, very tough to lose him," Song said.

    Police said Ethan died on Jan. 31 after suffering a gunshot wound at a Seaside Avenue home in Guilford. He was with a teenage friend, but no adults were home at the time of the shooting.

    Two days after the 15-year-old Guilford High School student passed away, hundreds attended an emotional vigil on the Town Green.

    "That was I think the turning point for our family," Song said. "We just did not have a way out, we were just in an abyss I’d say."

    "We don’t have a lot of questions," Song said. "We know basically that kids were in a house, it was a loaded gun obviously and that gun obviously went off because there’s no other explanation."

    Almost nine months later, no charges have been filed as Ethan’s death remains under investigation by Waterbury State’s Attorney Maureen Platt. She declined to comment on the active investigation.

    "There’s so many things people can do to secure their weapons to keep them away from children," Song said.

    In memory of Ethan, the Song family has started a foundation focused on keeping children safe.

    "Ethan died tragically and we would love to help prevent that from happening to any other families," Song said.

    The Ethan Miller Song Foundation’s mission is to raise awareness about gun safety and to teach children about the dangers of distracted driving and opioid abuse.

    "We feel safety is a driving force issue that everybody agrees on and everybody agrees that we need more information," Song said. "We need to figure out how kids get into dangerous situations and when tragedies happen we need to have resources for them."

    The foundation has already raised more than $200,000 Song said.

    “The first check that we cut we wanted it to have tremendous meaning and The Cove helps children who have gone through some type family tragedy as our children have,” Song said, “so we certainly can empathize with that.”

    This Sunday he will present a $2,500 check at the Run for the Cove at Hammonasset Beach State Park in Madison. It is the largest annual fundraiser for an organization that provides free services to children and families grieving the death of a loved one.

    “The Cove is safe harbor for children who are grieving, in times of storm that’s what you need and that’s how the name the cove came to be,” race co-chair Bruce McIntyre said.

    Song is planning to run in the 5K race again, except unlike years past, his youngest child won’t be there with him.

    "So I’m running for Ethan and I’m also going to run for a young man named Evan Schechner who recently passed away at a young age in Guilford as well," Song said.

    The Run for the Cove also features a two-mile memorial walk and a kids fun run. It is happening this Sunday from 9 a.m. until noon in Madison.

    Last year’s run raised more than $80,000.

    Photo Credit: NBC Connecticut

    The family of a teen killed in a shooting in Guilford is trying to make something positive out of their tragedy.The family of a teen killed in a shooting in Guilford is trying to make something positive out of their tragedy.

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