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    An employee of New Haven Fire Department is on paid administrative leave after an incident on Friday, New Haven Fire Department Chief John Alston said on Saturday.

    Chief Alston said he received a complaint from a civilian about an incident that happened at the fire department's clothing supply store in West Haven on Friday.

    Officials have not released details about the incident or the identity of the New Haven Fire Department employee who was involved.

    He said the employee is currently on paid administrative leave, pending the outcome of the investigation.



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    NBC Connecticut was Connecting You to a flu shot clinic put on by ProHealth Physicians.

    Best of all: people did not have to leave their car or have insurance to get the vaccine.

    “It’s quick, easy and it’s free,” said Matthew Ruchwa, of Newington.

    Hundreds of people headed over for a drive-thru flu shot clinic at ProHealth Physicians in Farmington.

    “I came out here today to bring my elderly mom to get her flu shot. Sometimes she has a hard time walking around. And this is the perfect idea when you just drive through,” said Laurie Ann Ferreira, of Newington.

    And no better time to do it with the CDC reporting that October is usually when flu activity picks up.

    “It’s important that everyone gets their flu vaccines ever year,” said Dr. Morris Papernik, ProHealth Physicians.

    Papernik tells us that is especially true for children, those over 65 years old and people with certain medical conditions.

    As for the vaccine’s effectiveness this year?

    “The CDC says seems to be more on target than they were last year. So we’re hoping to have much better control of the flu this year than last year,” said Papernik.

    That’s good news for those who got their shots, especially as peak flu season approaches, which is usually sometime between December and February.

    “I work in a school system and I’m around tons of people all the time. And I want to be healthy,” said Ferreira.

    Because of Saturday’s success ProHealth plans to hold this drive-thru event again next year.



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    Hartford Police have arrested four men after they were found with an assault weapon inside of a vehicle in Hartford on Saturday.

    Officers received a call from a concerned citizen about multiple men with guns inside of a vehicle in front of 1786 Broad Street.

    An investigation led to the apprehension of four male suspects in a vehicle.

    Police recovered two Glock nine millimeter pistols. Officers said one of the guns was stolen out of Bristol and had been converted into a fully automatic pistol. It contained a 50-round capacity ammo drum with 27 live nine millimeter rounds.

    All four men were arrested and charged. Police said two of the men are convicted felons.

    Officers said 22-year-old Nelson Caqvias and 25-year-old Luis Morales-Reyes are facing charges including pistol without a permit, theft of a firearm, possession of an assault weapon and high capacity magazines.

    Police said 35-year-old David Fernandez and 21-year-old Roberto Delgado are facing charges including criminal possession of a firearm, theft of a firearm, possession of an assault weapon and high capacity magazines.



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    The Cove Center for Grieving Children held its 21st annual Run for The Cove 5K Sunday morning. The organization offers free services for children ages six to 17 years old to help them grieve the loss of a parent or a sibling.

    Christina Herrick and her daughter, Phoebe Schechner, walked in honor of two family members. “We’re walking not only in memory of my husband who passed 14 years ago, but now [my son] Evan,” says Herrick.

    Evan Herrick Shechner died one month ago at 18 years old. Evan and Phoebe lost their father as toddlers and used services through The Cove to help them grieve. “Even though I don’t remember in the moment,” says Phoebe, “I still have so many people here that come and say hi to me and are always there for me.”

    Herrick adds, “It’s not easy to come year after year and feel the loss again, but I do it because I feel really strongly about this organization.”

    They’ve walked the 5K over the last 14 years. Co-founder Renee McIntyre says The Cove’s services stand out because they are neither therapy nor lessons. McIntyre says, they are opportunities – like weekend camps – for children to bond with each other and understand they are not alone.

    “It’s a way to acknowledge that they’ve had a significant loss in their life,” says McIntyre. “It doesn’t have to define them and it gives them an opportunity to really process, acknowledge.”

    Every dollar from the Fun Run, 5K, and Memorial Walk goes to support The Cove’s services. Families receive them for free, but the fee to support a single child, McIntyre says, costs about $1,000. The goal is to create a community for the children, and help them hold onto positive memories of their loved ones.

    When it comes to her brother Evan, Phoebe says she will remember his smile. “It’s the same thing when my dad died. They say they always see his smile and his laugh,” says Schechner.

    “Yeah,” Herrick adds, “they had the same smile.”



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    Stratford Police have arrested a 19-year-old after a shooting on Saturday night.

    Officers responded to a report of an assault and shots fired on Wiklund Avenue around 10:45 p.m. The caller told police that someone had been shot at the residence.

    Investigators said 19-year-old Davonte Whitehurst, of Bridgeport, shot a man in the leg after a brief verbal argument. The man received non-life threatening injuries and was transported to a local hospital for treatment.

    According to police, the victim is the ex-boyfriend of the girl that Whitehurst was visiting. The victim showed up at the residence uninvited and possibly started the confrontation.

    Whitehurst fled the scene on foot before officers arrived.

    While en route, police spotted him running on Wiklund Avenue near Canaan Road. He was stopped by officers, where the gun was recovered. He was detained before being arrested.

    Whitehurst is facing charges including criminal attempt at murder, assault, breach of peace, unlawful discharge of a firearm, reckless endangerment and carrying a pistol without a permit. His bond was set at $250,000 and he is scheduled to appear in court on October 31.



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    More than 2.4 million pounds of ready-to-eat taquitos have been recalled due to possible contamination with salmonella and listeria, the Food Safety and Inspection Service announced.

    The recall includes meat and poultry taquitos produced between July 1 and Oct. 10, 2018, by Ruiz Food Products, according to a Friday press release from the FSIS. The affected products are 4.5-pound cases of Go-Go Taquitos in “Beef Taco & Cheese Taquitos," “Buffalo Style Cooked Glazed Chicken Taquitos" and “Chipotle Chicken Wrapped in A Battered Flour Tortilla." The items were shipped nationwide.

    There have been no confirmed reports of illness from customers eating the food. But the FSIS said people should not eat taquitos already purchased and to throw them away. The agency encouraged people to contact their healthcare providers if they are concerned.

    Ruiz Food was notified on Oct. 16, 2018, that the diced onions used in the taquitos were being recalled by their supplier because of possible contamination.

    Salmonella can cause diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps. Diagnosing the illness requires a blood or stool sample, as other illnesses cause similar symptoms.

    Listeria can cause diarrhea, fever and other similar foodborne illness symptoms.



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    Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister on Sunday called the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi at a consulate in Istanbul “a rogue operation” and denied that the kingdom’s crown prince or intelligence service had any prior knowledge of the operation, NBC News reported.

    “This was an operation that was a rogue operation,” Adel al-Jubeir told Fox News on Sunday. “This was an operation where individuals ended up exceeding the authorities and responsibilities they had."

    Jubeir said neither the Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman nor “the senior leadership of our intelligence service” was aware of what had happened to Khashoggi.

    “There obviously was a tremendous mistake made, and what compounded the mistake was the attempt to try to cover up,” he said, adding, “That is unacceptable in any government.”



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    In this April 10, 2018, file photo, Saudi Arabia Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman appears in Paris.In this April 10, 2018, file photo, Saudi Arabia Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman appears in Paris.

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    The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office is searching for a suspect who shot at six people near Florida's TIAA Bank Field football stadium on Sunday.

    JSO said three of those injured are in critical condition.

    The shooting occurred at about 12:30 p.m. outside of a laundromat at A. Philip Randolph Boulevard and Pippin Street about half a mile from the stadium. The Jacksonville Jaguars game was not affected.

    During a press conference, JSO director Ron Lendvay said investigators believe the shots came from the passenger side of a vehicle. The victims – five males and one female – are aged from their 20s to their 70s.

    "At this time we believe the suspect was in a vehicle described as a grey/silver four-door vehicle," JSO said in a statement, adding that is was possibly a Nissan Altima or Nissan Maxima.

    Lendvay said investigators are working to determine the reason for the shooting, which is possibly gang-related. The area surrounding the shooting is closed as the investigation continues – not because of an ongoing threat, Lendvay added.



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    Check your tickets! One Powerball ticket sold in Connecticut for Saturday's drawing is worth one million dollars.

    According to the Connecticut Lottery, the ticket matched all five numbers. The numbers that were drawn were 16, 54, 57, 62 and 69.

    Another Powerball ticket from the same drawing is worth $100,000 after matching all five numbers and the Powerball, which was 23.

    The Connecticut Lottery says in total there were 50,090 winners from the drawing.



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    Plainfield Police are searching for the vehicle that hit a pedestrian and left the scene on Saturday night.

    Officers were called to Norwich Road around 7:30 p.m. after getting a report of a pedestrian that was hit by a vehicle.

    Police said 27-year-old Christina Godbout, of Plainfield, was walking her bicycle southbound on the east side of Norwich Road when she was hit by a vehicle traveling northbound.

    The vehicle that hit Godbout is believed to be a 2007 to 2013 GMC Sierra 1500 or Chevrolet Silverado 1500 with damage to the passenger side of the vehicle including on the headlight assembly and passenger side mirror.

    Godbout was transported to the Backus Emergency Care Center in Plainfield to be treated for her injuries.

    Anyone with any information on the crash is encouraged to contact Plainfield Police at (860) 564-0804.

    The crash remains under investigation.


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    A man has died after a boating accident on Candlewood Lake in Brookfield on Sunday afternoon.

    EnCon Police responded to Candlewood Lake around 12:30 p.m. after getting a report of a capsized 17-foot motorboat.

    Police said two men were recovered from the boat. One man is safe and unharmed. The other man was transported to Danbury Hospital, where he later died.

    Officials have not released the man's identity.

    EnCon Police are investigating the accident.



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    Monday marks one week since a Wisconsin teenager vanished.

    Despite more than 1,000 tips, there’s still no sign of Jayme Closs, whose parents were found dead.

    Now people across the nation, including in our state, are being asked to help find her.

    Drivers on I-84 west in Waterbury can now spot a picture of the 13-year-old who has disappeared.

    Now on digital billboards here and across the nation, Jayme Closs’ case now tops the FBI’s Missing Persons list.

    "I never give up hope. But with each passing day, it seems no new clues. No new leads. So it's hard to have that hope. But we pray," said Mary Jean Smith of Barron, Wisconsin.

    This is a difficult time for people in the Closs’ hometown in Wisconsin.

    It was about a week ago 911 records reveal someone kicked down the family’s front door and shot and killed Jayme’s parents.

    "We prayed for the parents who are deceased that they are in the hands of God. And for the little girl, that she comes home safe," said Smith.

    No major clues in Jayme’s disappearance have been shared publicly.

    Now this local search has gone nationwide for the girl who many fear is in danger and is not suspected in her parents’ death.

    She is described as being five-feet tall, one hundred pounds, with blonde hair and green eyes.

    “It's been very hard, because with a death, there's finality. But there is no finality right now. Everybody's just wondering what-ifs and what where can she be and how do we move forward?" said Kim Frandsen of Barron, Wisconsin.

    If you can help, give the FBI a call.

    Another update from law enforcement is planned for Monday afternoon.



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    More than a million Flushmate pressure-assisted toilet flushing systems have been recalled because they can burst powerfully enough to cause the toilet to shatter, causing injuries and property damage.

    Nearly 1,500 incidents have been reported in the United States in connection with the Flushmate II 501-B pressure-assisted flushing system. At least 23 people have been hurt, one of whom needed foot surgery, and the incidents caused about $710,000 in damage, according to a recall notice posted Thursday by the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

    When pressure causes the system to burst at or near a weld seam, it can lift the lid of the toilet tank or shatter it completely, the agency said. Another version of the Flushmate product, the Series 503 Flushmate III, was subject to three recalls since 2012.

    The recall affects about 1.4 million units across the country along with nearly 17,500 in Canada. The units were sold widely for nearly two decades, including at Home Depot and Lowe's stores, and are identifiable by looking on the label for series number 501-B, a model number beginning in M and ending in F and a serial number that begins with date codes between 090396 and 120713, indicating the dates between Sept. 3, 1996, and Dec. 7, 2013.

    Anyone with a recalled unit is advised to turn off its water and flush the toilet to release the pressure inside.

    Flushmate will replace and install the recalled units for free. Contact the company at 844-621-7538 between 8 a.m. and 10 p.m. ET on weekdays or between 8 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. ET Saturday, or visit this page.



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    North Haven Police are investigating after a stabbing on Sunday night.

    Police said they were called to the Rosewood Condominiums on Hartford Turnpike around 7:30 p.m. after getting a report of a stabbing.

    The person who was injured was taken to an area hospital to be treated.

    Officers said residents should not be alarmed and that the stabbing was an isolated family violence incident.

    The investigation is ongoing.



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    Greenwich Police have arrested a teenager who is accused of stealing a luxury vehicle earlier this year.

    Officers said they responded to Waterbury Juvenile Court on Friday to issue the 14-year-old a juvenile summons as part of an arrest warrant.

    According to police, a 2017 Maserati Levante was taken from River Road in the Cos Cob neighborhood of Greenwich on April 1. The 14-year-old boy was developed as a suspect by police.

    The teen was charged with larceny and burglary and was in court on Friday.


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    The cause of a Hartford house fire is under investigation on Monday morning.

    Fire officials said they received a call about a fire on Hartland Street around 8:30 a.m.

    According to firefighters, there was a fire in the basement of the home. It caused smoke damage in the basement and inside the home.

    In total, seven people live in the home. The four people who were home at the time of the fire made it out safely, firefighters said.

    It is unclear if the residents will be allowed back in the home.

    Investigators are working to determine the cause of the fire.



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    Consolidating the Ansonia and Derby school districts has been an idea for quite some time now. On Monday, a consultant will be selected at Ansonia High School to study the process.

    The study will last for two years.

    Both cities said they're looking to improve education including having more AP courses while saving money.

    In June, NBC Investigates found that plenty of people still aren't in favor of consolidation, while others are more open-minded.

    "There's a big rivalry between Ansonia and Derby. And I don't think that's such a great idea," said Lisa Lewis-Hoxha, of Ansonia.

    "Maybe they should help each other, maybe they could work out a deal with helping each other," added Richard Tracy, of Ansonia.

    The consultant to study this possible merger will be picked at 7 p.m.



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    The suspect in two Milford robberies that happened earlier this month has been arrested.

    Officers said they were actively investigating two separate robberies with a firearm that happened on October 8 and October 10 in the downtown Milford area. Both were believed to be committed by the same suspect.

    According to police, the robbery on October 8 was committed at the People's United Bank drive-up ATM on South Broad Street. The suspect walked up to a vehicle while it was in the drive-thru, pointed a gun at the driver and demanded he take money out of his account and hand it to him. The robbery on October 10 was committed at the Taste of Thai Restaurant, also on South Broad Street. In both incidents, the suspect pointed a black handgun at the victims.

    Detectives used surveillance camera footage and were able to identify the suspect as 25-year-old Tasmine Shannonhouse, of Hamden. Officers said they obtained a search warrant and the firearm used in the robberies, later determined to be a BB gun, was found inside of his apartment when he was arrested.

    Shannonhouse was charged with two counts of robbery, two counts of larceny and two counts of illegal possession of a firearm. Police also learned that Shannonhouse had an active warrant for his arrest, accusing him of failing to pay a marijuana infraction that he received in Norwalk on February 1, 2014.

    He was held on a $200,250 bond for both cases and the warrant. He is scheduled to appear in court in Milford on Monday.



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    Connecticut's first flu-related death of the season has been reported.

    According to the Connecticut Department of Public Health, it was a patient over the age of 65.

    The agency reported 41 confirmed cases of the flu across the state and said 22 people have been hospitalized so far this season.

    The flu season officially started August 26.

    Last fall and winter, the U.S. went through one of the most severe flu seasons in recent memory. 

    The Center for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 80,000 Americans died of flu and its complications last winter - the disease's highest death toll in at least four decades. 

    It was driven by a kind of flu that tends to put more people in the hospital and cause more deaths, particularly among young children and the elderly.

    In recent years, flu-related deaths have ranged from about 12,000 to — in the worst year — 56,000, according to the CDC.

    CDC officials do not have exact counts of how many people die from flu each year. Flu is so common that not all flu cases are reported, and flu is not always listed on death certificates. So the CDC uses statistical models, which are periodically revised, to make estimates.

    Last winter was not the worst flu season on record, however. The 1918 flu pandemic, which lasted nearly two years, killed more than 500,000 Americans, historians estimate.


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    NBC stations around the country asked voters why they are or aren’t inspired to vote in the 2018 midterm elections. We received scores of responses from viewers who said they were of voting age and identified as Democrats, Republicans, Independents, or who preferred not to disclose their party affiliation. Check out an interactive display of the answers below. Responses, which were submitted beginning Oct. 5, 2018, were edited only in obvious cases of typos.

    If you have not yet participated in the survey and would like to do so, go here.


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