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Federal authorities arrested a man in Vernon Friday morning who is accused of kidnapping his 1-year-old son in Canada 31 years ago.
Investigators tracked Allan Mann, Jr. to U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Section 8 housing in Vernon.
Mann is accused of kidnapping his son, Jermaine, in June 1987 during a court-ordered visit in Toronto.
Authorities believe Mann took Jermaine and made his way into the U.S. He changed his name to Hailee Randolph DeSouza, changed his son's name, and got them both fake birth certificates, according to federal prosecutors.
The U.S. Marshals Service is working with Canadian authorities on the case and Jermaine's mother was notified that her son was found.
It is not clear what Jermaine knew about his mother for the past 31 years or if he was also living in Vernon.
During the application process for HUD's Section 8 program, Mann, a citizen of both Canada and Ghana, provided a birth certificate that stated he was born in Houston, Texas in 1957. The State of Texas determined the birth certificate was counterfeit, according to prosecutors.
Mann also lied on his Section 8 application and claimed he was a U.S. citizen, according to the arrest warrant affidavit.
"This is one of those rare cases that tugs at your heartstrings," said Special Agent in Charge Christina Scaringi, of the Office of Inspector General, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. "Not only did we, working collectively, get this alleged bad actor off the streets, but we played a role in reuniting an unjustly separated family."
Mann is charged with making false statements and making false statements in HUD transactions.
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Jermaine Mann (left) and Allan Mann, Jr. as seen in photos distributed by authorities when the pair went missing in 1987.
An 8th child has died at a medical center hit by a viral outbreak, the New Jersey Department of Health says.
Seven other children at the Wanaque Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation in Passaic County have died recently after being exposed to an adenovirus outbreak at the center, however, the virus was not yet confirmed in the eighth child on Friday evening.
The news comes after four additional cases of adenovirus at the pediatric long-term care medical facility in Passaic County was confirmed, bringing the total number of young patients infected to 23, health officials revealed Friday.
The New Jersey Department of Health said additional laboratory tests confirmed the additional cases. The medical institution houses the Pediatric Center; the eight deaths have taken place up to date, with the latest being announced Wednesday.
The medical center has been grappling with a “severe outbreak” of adenovirus, a family of viruses that can otherwise cause mild illness, according to the state's Department of Health.
The facility has been instructed not to admit any new patients until the outbreak ends and they are in full compliance.
On Thursday, the Wanaque Center established a 24/7 hotline for families impacted by the outbreak, which has already claimed the lives of seven children.
“This is an active investigation of an outbreak of adenovirus so it is possible that lab tests will confirm additional cases. A Department of Health Communicable Disease Service staff member is on site at the facility and monitoring the outbreak. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is assisting with lab testing and expertise,” the state’s Department of Health says.
Adenoviruses are common viruses that can cause a range of illnesses, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The viruses cause cold-like symptoms, sore throat, bronchitis, pneumonia, diarrhea, and pink eye. Adenoviruses can pose serious complications to certain people, particularly those with weakened immune systems, respiratory issues and cardiac disease.
That is the case at the Wanaque Center, health officials said.
"Unfortunately, the particular strain of adenovirus (#7) in this outbreak is affecting medically fragile children with severely compromised immune systems," the New Jersey Department of Health in a statement Tuesday. "This strain has been particularly associated with disease in communal living facilities."
According to the CDC, adenoviruses are typically spread from an infected person to others through close personal contact such touching or shaking hands; through the air by coughing and sneezing; or by touching an object or surface with adenoviruses on it, then touching your mouth, nose, or eyes before washing your hands.
The state’s Department of Health said they were informed of the outbreak on Oct. 9. On Sunday, state health officials found handwashing discrepancies.
The I-Team has uncovered inspection reports for the center dating back to 2015. During that time the facility was cited for 14 violations, including infection control.
The state Department of Health is monitoring the situation “very closely” and has been in contact with the staff at the center “providing guidance on infection control and cleaning procedures.”
The Wanaque Center is a for-profit facility that, according to its website, works with "with medically fragile children" from newborn to 22 years of age. The center also serves as an adult nursing home and rehabilitation center for short- and long-term care.
More than 900 complaints have been filed with the State of Connecticut about the driving habits of government employees operating state-issued vehicles. NBC Connecticut Investigates recently obtained the complaints filed between 2016 and 2018.
"I feel like anyone who's driving on the clock, especially, should be paying attention," said Sarah Scully of Groton.
Scully said she was driving on a busy street in New London last summer when a state worker cut her off - twice. Scully was one of the many Connecticut motorists who have complained about the driving habits of someone behind the wheel of a state-issued vehicle.
"I noticed that it was like a state licensed plate, so I was like 'they should be paying attention to the signs,'" said Scully, who later wrote down the license plate number of the silver Chevrolet and reported it to the state.
Since January 2016, there have been 915 complaints filed with the state about its drivers. The complaints included incidents of texting while driving, speeding, parking illegally and using a vehicle for non-work related activity.
"It's not appropriate for any driver to be texting or parking illegally or even speeding or doing any of those things," said Toni Fatone, deputy commissioner of the Department of Administrative Services, which maintains the state's 3,570 vehicle fleet.
"We're investigating every single complaint to ensure that what we're doing what we can so that it doesn't happen again," she said.
Fatone said not every complaint can be verified by the state, and some state agencies received more complaints than others.
The Department of Correction (DOC) had 48 complaints. The Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS) received 72. The Department of Developmental Services (DDS) received 102 complaints. The Department of Children and Families (DCF) had 424 complaints about employees in state-issued vehicles.
Fatone said the number of DCF-related complaints is in direct correlation to the number of vehicles that the agency has in service, which is 688.
"They are on the road all hours of the day and night going out to investigate abusive situation in communities throughout the state," said Fatone.
Chris Blanch of Montville said he was traveling on Route 9 south and saw a state-issued vehicle that would not leave the passing lane. He said the driver was also using his phone and speeding.
"How ignorant or foolish do you have to be in a state vehicle 'parked' in the left lane, which is typical New England, texting and driving at 85 with a bumper sticker that says 'hey, how's my driving?'," Blanch said.
When he returned home, Chris went online (HYPERLINE: Fleet.CT.gov ) to report what he said he saw.
According to state policy (HYPERLINK: https://portal.ct.gov/-/media/DAS/Fleet-Operations/DAS-GL-115.pdf?la=enemployees ), state government employees who are the subject of two or more valid complaints in six months can face disciplinary action up to and including termination. The policy was last updated in April 2012.
In the four years Fatone has been at the Department of Administrative Services, she said no one lost their job because of a violation of the policy for motor vehicles used for state business
"We want the public to be our partner in insuring everyone is being a safe driver," said Fatone. She added that agencies that received the most driver complaints, such as DCF, have become more proactive with employee training and have seen a decline in the number of complaints this year compared to 2016 and 2017.
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The Dodgers beat the Red Sox 3-2 on an 18th-inning walk-off home run by first baseman Max Muncy in Game 3 of the World Series — the longest in the history of the fall classic.
It was a pitchers' duel as the World Series headed to the National League park, but not a conventional one. The starters combined to pitch about a third of the game.
Rick Porcello of the Red Sox and Walker Buehler of the Dodgers were both effective and efficient, though Buehler lasted longer — but he still exited 11 innings before Muncy's homer gave Los Angeles its first win of the World Series, cutting Boston's lead to 2-1.
The Dodgers got on the board first when outfielder Joc Pederson hit a solo shot off Porcello in the third inning. That homer was one of just three hits Porcello gave up before manager Alex Cora pulled him with two outs in the fifth. He struck out five batters and walked one. He had thrown just 61 pitches. Cora may have stayed with him longer if he knew what was to come — formerly-projected Game 4 starter Nathan Eovaldi ended up throwing nearly 100 pitches over the last six innings of Game 3.
On the Dodgers' side, Buehler was near immaculate, giving up two hits and no walks, striking out seven through seven scoreless innings. But after Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen took the ball in the eighth for a two-inning save attempt, Red Sox outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. tied the game with a solo home run of his own.
Game 2 starter David Price came out to open the ninth inning, giving up a single to outfielder Cody Bellinger, who was then thrown out when he left first base too early on a full count to catcher Yasmani Grandal. Price walked Grandal before being lifted with two outs in favor of closer Craig Kimbrel. Kimbrel walked Chris Taylor before getting second baseman Brian Dozier to pop out to send it to the extra innings that would become the equivalent of an entire extra game.
Boston had a chance in the 10th, with J.D. Martinez, who played the outfield with no designated hitter allowed, reaching on a walk. Ian Kinsler pinch ran for him and made it to third on a single by Brock Holt. Pinch hitter Eduardo Nunez flew out to center field and Kinsler went for it, but was thrown out at the plate to end the inning.
Kimbrel went back out for the 10th and got two quick outs, then gave up a ground-rule double to Muncy. Shortstop Manny Machado popped out to end the inning.
When Eovaldi went out to pitch a 1-2-3 inning in the 12th, catcher Christian Vazquez shifted to first base and Sandy Leon was called on to catch. That left the Sox bench empty, with only Drew Pomeranz, who has not pitched since Sept. 30, left in the bullpen.
In the 13th inning, Boston finally scored another run. Holt walked, then got to second on a pitch in the dirt from Dodgers lefty Scott Alexander to Nunez. Barnes and Nunez got tangled up on the play, and Nunez fell to the ground, hurt. After he got back up, he singled on the ground and Holt scored on an error by Alexander.
But the Dodgers didn't let it end. Eovaldi walked Muncy, then got Machado out. Bellinger popped it up to foul territory, and a battered Nunez went into the stands after sprinting to make the catch, allowing Muncy to get to second with two outs. Rather than intentionally walking outfielder Yasiel Puig, Eovaldi pitched to him. He grounded to Kinsler, who made an error throwing to first and let Muncy score the tying run. Barnes flew out to keep the game going into the 14th.
In the 15th, Boston had another chance when Nunez singled off Kenta Maeda and Bradley walked. Christian Vazquez laid a bunt down, but Maeda fired to third to get Nunez. Leon and Betts both struck out.
The 18th inning gave the top of Boston's batting order a crack at Alex Wood after the lefty walked Leon. Betts grounded into a force out before shortstop Xander Bogaerts grounded into a double play. Combined, the top two hitters in the lineup went 0-15. With Martinez and third baseman Rafael Devers long since out of the game, and with outfielder Andrew Benintendi getting one at-bat at the pitcher's spot before being removed, that goose egg atop the order was a major factor in the loss.
And then, nearly seven and a half hours after it began, it was over. Eovaldi, who was fantastic in six tense relief innings, let Muncy go to a full count and, on his 97th pitch, let him knock one over the left center field wall.
Whether Game 3 was lost in nine innings or 18, the series standings remain the same. Boston still leads two games to one. But the Red Sox enter Game 4 having burned the arm that was supposed to start it. Both teams will feel the effect of this epic game, but a Dodgers team that could have been down 3-0 now has all the momentum and a rested Rich Hill to take the mound Saturday.
The Red Sox starter? TBA.
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LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 26: Max Muncy #13 of the Los Angeles Dodgers celebrates his eighteenth inning walk-off home run to defeat the the Boston Red Sox 3-2 in Game Three of the 2018 World Series at Dodger Stadium on October 26, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
Baseball is unpredictable.
With the Dodgers backs against the wall, they somehow fought back.
Max Muncy hit a walk-off home run in the bottom of the 18th inning and the Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the Boston Red Sox, 3-2, in the longest game in World Series history.
"This was a gut-wrenching game for both sides," said Muncy following the win. "This is one of those games that whoever came out on top is going to have a lot of momentum going into tomorrow. This was an extremely long game, 18 innings. A lot of pitchers were used. Every position player was used. Injuries on both sides. Their guys are banged up, our guys are banged up. It's one of those things when you're able to come out on top from a game like this, you have to feel it gives you a little momentum going to the next one."
Boston still leads the series, two games to one.
Muncy took a 90MPH cutter from Nathan Eovaldi to opposite field in left-center to end a marathon game that saw both teams burn through 18 pitchers and 27 position players (both postseason records), in a seven-hour and 20-minute affair.
"I fell behind 3-0 and just wasn’t able to execute my pitch," Eovaldi said of the homer to Muncy. "It’s difficult. When you go that far, you want to come out on top. He was clutch right there. It’s frustrating."
Before that, Eovaldi pitched six innings of relief, allowing no runs, while throwing 97pitches. Oh yeah, and he pitched in Game 1 and Game 2 in Boston.
"When he came in, I asked him, 'How do you feel?' He's like, 'Let me finish it,'" said Red Sox manager Alex Cora of Eovaldi after the 17th inning. "So his stuff was still good. The last out, Turner, that was good. And then Muncy put a good swing on it, and hit it out of the ballpark."
The exhausting and exhilarating game began as a pitcher's duel between former Cy Young Award winner Rick Porcello and rookie Walker Buehler.
With Sandy Koufax watching from behind home plate, Buehler, the 24-year-old rookie, became just the second youngest Dodgers pitcher in postseason history to have a scoreless start since Johnny Podres threw a complete game shutout in Game 7 of the 1955 World Series at 23 years old.
"It's pretty cool, but at the same time, this is something I've probably pictured for a long time," said Buehler of his start. "I'm just glad it worked out the way it did. It's a pretty special moment for me."
The Dodgers took the lead in the third inning when Joc Pederson crushed a first pitch changeup from Rick Porcello into the Boston bullpen.
The longball snapped an 0-for-24 slump by Dodgers hitters against the Red Sox dating back to the fourth inning of Game 2.
The story before Game 1 was all about All-Star pitchers in Clayton Kershaw and Chris Sale. In Game 2 it was all about Cy Young Award winner David Price dominating the Dodgers lineup. Yet in a series that has featured three different Cy Young Award winners, and a seven-time All-Star, it was the unassuming rookie with the famous last name that became the first to pitch into the seventh inning.
Against the best team in baseball, on the biggest stage the sport offers, Buehler surrendered just two hits, and retired the last 14 batters he faced as he struck out seven over seven scoreless innings.
"I think that certain people can handle a moment like this and understand what was at stake tonight," said Roberts of Buehler. "We needed his best effort. And we needed him to go deeper than their starter, log some innings. And some guys run from it. Some guys can't answer the bell. But this guy, he's got an overt confidence, a quiet confidence, a little combo. But he's got tremendous stuff. And he lives for moments like this."
If writing his name in Dodgers history wasn't enough for Buehler, he also joined elite company as he became the second pitcher to have at least seven strikeouts, two or fewer base runners and not allow a run over seven innings since Don Larsen's perfect game in the 1956 World Series.
"His stuff is amazing," Cora said of Buehler. "We were putting good at-bats early on, and all of a sudden he started throwing cutters and changeups, and he was able to keep us off balance. For him to go seven at this stage, they needed it and he did an outstanding job."
After Buehler's dominant performance, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts wanted just one man to pitch the final two innings of the game: All-Star closer Kenley Jansen.
"We felt that in a must-win game to go to Kenley for two innings, we liked that," said Roberts of his decision. "That was the plan."
Maybe he should have rethought that decision.
Jackie Bradley Jr. took Jansen deep with two outs in the eighth inning for the game-tying homer.
"It didn't work out," admitted Roberts of the blown save by Jansen.
Bradley Jr.'s homer was the 14th allowed by Jansen during the 2018 season, he had never allowed more than six in any previous season.
The game would head to extra innings where the Red Sox threatened to take the lead in the top of the 10th.
Pedro Baez walked J.D. Martinez, and Ian Kinsler entered the game to pinch-run for him. After a single by Brock Holt put runners at the corners with out one, Eduardo Nuñez hit a fly ball to centerfield that appeared to be deep enough to score the tying run.
But Cody Bellinger had other ideas as the center fielder threw a cannon to catcher Austin Barnes who tagged out Kinsler just before the plate, keeping the score tied at 1-1.
"I thought for sure that game wasn’t going to end," Bellinger said after the threw out Kinsler at home. "I thought we’d have to wake up in the morning to finish it. I'm just glad Max Muncy hit that home run so we can go home and sleep."
Both bullpens continued to throw lights out, but with two of the best teams in baseball battling head-to-head, a game with a razor-thin margin of error was bound to come down to one fatal mistake.
Ironically, it came down to two, as both teams scored on bizarre errors in the 13th inning.
Brock Holt led off the inning with a walk. One pitch later, Holt stole second on a ball in the dirt, and he scored on dribbler back to the pitcher that turned into disaster for the Dodgers.
Nuñez, who broke Game 1 open with a three-run homer, hit a little nubber back to reliever Scott Alexander, but first baseman Max Muncy was charging in on the play, so second baseman Kiké Hernandez had to hustle to cover first base.
Alexander threw underhand to Hernandez, but he slipped on the base and the ball flew over his head, allowing Holt to score from third and the Red Sox to finally take their first lead of the game, more than five hours after the first pitch had been thrown.
"It was a flukey thing," Clayton Kershaw who had to enter the game as a pinch-hitter in the 17th inning said of the 13th. "It was in no-man's land with that grounder. It seems fitting for this game. Both were just really weird plays."
Less than a week away from Halloween, it's fitting that the 13th inning proved to be the most bizzare for both teams. In fact, it's a surprise a black cat didn't run onto the field or a witch fly overhead on her broomstick.
The Dodgers half of the unlucky 13th inning began with Muncy staring at 101MPH fastballs from Eovaldi. Eventually, he worked a walk, putting the tying run on base.
After a flyout from Machado, Bellinger hit a fly ball in foul territory down the third base line that Nuñez dove into the seats to catch. Muncy wisely tagged on the play, and found himself in scoring position with two outs.
Yasiel Puig followed with a groundball up the middle that Ian Kinsler backhanded for what appeared to be the final out of the game. But Kinsler's throw went wide at first base, allowing Muncy to score on the error and tie the game.
Both teams squandered numerous chances with the former Dodger, Eovaldi, holding the team that drafted him back in 2008 in check for seven innings until Muncy's big blast in the bottom of the 18th.
Muncy's walk-off homer was his first career walk-off hit of any kind, and the first walk-off home run in the World Series for the Dodgers since Kirk Gibson's legendary longball in Game 1 of the 1988 Fall Classic.
"Obviously there's not many words I can use to describe that," Muncy said of his walk-off homer. "The feeling was just pure joy and incredible excitement. That's about all I can think of because it's hard to describe how good a feeling it is."
Boston's loss snapped a five-game road winning streak dating back to the AL Division Series against the New York Yankees.
Rich Hill will get the ball in Game 4 as the Dodgers look to even the series, with the Red Sox starter still to be determined. First pitch is scheduled for 5:09 p.m. PT.
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Max Muncy #13 of the Los Angeles Dodgers celebrates his eighteenth inning walk-off home run to defeat the Boston Red Sox 3-2 in Game Three of the 2018 World Series at Dodger Stadium on Oct. 26, 2018, in Los Angeles, California.
Part of Interstate 91 south in Enfield is closed after a multi-vehicle crash early Saturday morning.
According to the Connecticut Department of Transportation, the three vehicle crash happened around 2:20 a.m. It has closed the exit 47E off ramp and the right lane of the highway.
There is no word if anyone was injured in the crash.
Officials do not have an estimate for when the highway may reopen.
The cause of the crash is under investigation.
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At least 8 people have been reported dead in the Saturday shooting.
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A SWAT team arrives at the Tree of Life Synagogue where a shooter opened fire injuring multiple people, Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018.
One person has died after a three car crash in West Haven early Saturday morning.
West Haven Police said they were called to a three car crash on Elm Street near First Avenue around 6:30 a.m.
Officers said a van hit two parked vehicles and then caught on fire. The van was on fire when police and fire personnel arrived.
An occupant in the van, who police believe was the driver, has died. Police said the person's identity and cause and manner of death are unknown.
The cause of the car fire is being investigated.
Members of the West Haven Police Department Major Accident Squad and Detective Division are on scene with the West Haven Fire Marshal and members of the State Police Fire Marshal to assist with the investigation.
Motorists are asked to avoid the area on Elm Street between First Avenue and Second Avenue. The roadway will be closed to traffic until the investigation is complete. Police said the investigation is expected to be lengthy so the road may remain closed until Saturday afternoon.
A 46-year-old man armed with an AR-15 rifle opened fire in a synagogue in Pittsburgh's Squirrel Hill neighborhood on Saturday morning, the Jewish Sabbath, killing multiple people and shooting three police officers, according to officials and law enforcement sources. A suspect was in custody, police said.
Pittsburgh Police Commander Jason Lando told reporters that police responded to an active shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue at Wilkins Avenue and Shady Avenue in Squirrel Hill. He said there were "multiple casualties."
Preliminary details from multiple senior law enforcement officials briefed on the incident say 12 people were shot, including the officers, and at least eight people have died, WNBC’s Jonathan Dienst reported.
Several law enforcement officials say the suspected gunman is 46-year-old Rob Bowers of Pittsburgh, NBC News reported. Bowers' social media included anti-Semitic comments. Sources say the suspect was armed with an AR-15-style rifle and multiple handguns.
Congregants told MSNBC that a circumcision celebration, known as a bris, was taking place in the synagogue at the time.
President Donald Trump addressed the shooting while boarding Air Force One and called it "absolutely a shame."
"Terrible, terrible thing that's going on with hate in our country and all over the world," Trump said. "The world is a violent world."
He praised law enforcement for its quick response to the incident and said Pittsburgh is a "great community" with "incredible people."
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf, on the scene with Pennsylvania Sen. Bob Casey, described the incident "an absolute tragedy," saying, "These senseless acts of violence are not who we are as Americans."
He called for action to "prevent these tragedies in the future" and said, "Dangerous weapons are putting our citizens in harm’s way."
Jeff Finkelstein of the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh told WPXI that the organization’s security officer has notified all JCC synagogues and that they are on modified lockdown.
One man who spoke to WPXI said his father-in-law was inside the Tree of Life synagogue at the time. He called the incident "unbelievable" and said "people have to stop hating."
The tree-lined residential neighborhood of Squirrel Hill, about 10 minutes from downtown Pittsburgh, is the hub of Pittsburgh’s Jewish community. More than a quarter of the Jewish households in the Pittsburgh area are in Squirrel Hill, according to a Brandeis University study of the Greater Pittsburgh Jewish community.
More than 80 percent of Squirrel Hill residents said they had some concern or were very concerned about the rise of anti-Semitism, the study said. And many also said they experienced incidents of anti-Semitism in the past year, including insults, stereotypes, physical threats and attacks.
The Anti-Defamation League, which tracks anti-Semitism in the United States, warned earlier this year that 2017 saw the largest single-year increase on record of anti-Semitic incidents, a spike of 57 percent from the previous year. The 1,986 incidents included physical assaults, vandalism and attacks on Jewish institutions.
“We are devastated,” ADL Director and CEO Jonathan Greenblatt said Saturday on Twitter. “Jews targeted on Shabbat morning at synagogue, a holy place of worship, is unconscionable. Our hearts break for the victims, their families, and the entire Jewish community.”
In 2010, Tree of Life Congregation — founded more than 150 years ago — merged with Or L’Simcha to form Tree of Life*Or L’Simcha.
The synagogue is a fortress-like concrete building, its facade punctuated by rows of swirling, modernistic stained-glass windows illustrating the story of creation, the acceptance of God’s law, the “life cycle” and “how human-beings should care for the earth and one another,” according to its website. Among its treasures is a “Holocaust Torah,” rescued from Czechoslovakia.
Its sanctuary can hold up to 1,250 guests.
Finkelstein, of the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh, said local synagogues have done “lots of training on things like active shooters, and we’ve looked at hardening facilities as much as possible.”
“This should not be happening, period,” he told reporters at the scene. “This should not be happening in a synagogue.”
Just three days before the shooting, Rabbi Jeffrey Myers posted a column on the congregation’s website, noting that people make time to attend funerals, but not for life’s happy occasions.
“There is a story told in the Talmud of a wedding procession and a funeral procession heading along parallel roads, with the roads intersecting,” Myers wrote on Wednesday. “The question asked is: when they meet at the fork, which procession goes first, funeral or wedding? The correct answer is wedding, as the joy of the couple takes precedence. In fact, the funeral procession is to move out of sight so that their joy is not lessened.”
Myers ended his column with words that now seem all too prescient.
“We value joy so much in Judaism that upon taking our leave from a funeral or a shiva house, the customary statement one makes (in Yiddish) is ‘nor oyf simches’ - only for s’machot,” Myers wrote. “While death is inevitable and a part of life, we still take our leave with the best possible blessing, to meet at joyous events. And so I say to you: nor oyf simches!”
Cathie Mayers, who lives in the Point Breeze neighborhood next to Squirrel Hill, said Tree of Life is a well-known place in the area.
"If you mention Tree of Life to people in Pittsburgh, they know what you’re talking about," she told NBC. "If you drive around Squirrel Hill on a Saturday, or Friday night, you’re going to see people attending service."
Mayers called the shooting "surprising" and "very, very saddening," saying that "it’s unusual for Squirrel Hill, but this is a very, very surprising incident for Pittsburgh, especially at a place of worship."
"We are incredibly saddened to hear of this morning's tragedy at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh. We send our thoughts and prayers to all those affected," the Pittsburgh Penguins tweeted.
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First responders surround the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pa., where a shooter opened fire Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018.
Saturday's Nor'easter brought heavy rain and strong winds to the state and coastal flooding to the shoreline.
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Saturday's Nor'easter brought heavy rain and strong winds to the state and coastal flooding to the shoreline.
Four people are injured after a crash on Route 15 southbound in Orange on Saturday morning.
Police said a 42-year-old man from Edison, New Jersey, was driving along Route 15 southbound in the left lane when he lost control of the vehicle shortly before 10:30 a.m.
The driver went to the right, across the right lane and onto the grass shoulder where he hit a tree with the passenger side of his vehicle.
According to police, the driver and a ten-year-old and an eight-year-old who were inside of the vehicle sustained minor injuries. A 39-year-old woman who was in the passenger seat sustained serious injuries. All four people were transported to the hospital.
Anyone who witnessed the accident is encouraged to call Connecticut State Police at (203) 393-4200.
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An attack on a Pittsburgh synagogue Saturday in which multiple people were shot to death comes amid a sharp rise in anti-Semitism reported by a Jewish civil rights organization, particularly before the mid-term elections.
Far-right extremists have rallied before the elections next month to spread hate online, according to one report released on Friday by the Anti-Defamation League. There is a consistent pattern of harassment of Jewish Americans by white supremacists and neo-Nazis — much of it based on hateful stereotypes and conspiracies — and some of it is bleeding into more mainstream U.S. conservatism, it found.
George Soros, a billionaire, philanthropist and a Hungarian-born Jew, was one of the most frequent online targets by white nationalists. Soros — who received one of the pipe bombs that were sent over the past week to prominent Democrats and CNN — has been falsely accused of funding, among other things, the caravan of Central American migrants heading for the U.S. border, and of paying the women who confronted Republican senators about Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court. Those charges and others, some spread by mainstream politicians, have been debunked.
And Jewish journalists faced an onslaught of online persecution and overtly anti-Semitic tweets between 2015 and 2016, the Anti-Defamation League found. The five most common words in the account bios of those sending the harassing tweets were Trump, conservative, white, nationalist and America, according to the report. Reporters received threatening messages that included references to concentration camps, gas chambers and Hitler.
"Prior to the election of President Donald Trump, anti-Semitic harassment and attacks were rare and unexpected, even for Jewish Americans who were prominently situated in the public eye," the report said. "Following his election, anti-Semitism has become normalized and harassment is a daily occurrence."
The shooting Saturday morning took place near the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh while a circumcision celebration, known as a bris, was taking place, congregants told MSNBC. In addition to the fatalities, two other victims had critical injuries and four police officers, three of whom were shot, had non-life-threatening injuries, according to the Pittsburgh public safety director.
The suspect, 46-year-old Robert Bowers of Pittsburgh, who is in custody, was armed with an AR-15-style rifle and multiple handguns, NBC News reported. What appeared to be his account on a social media site called Gab, contained multiple anti-Semitic messages, including ones aimed at a Jewish-American organization that helps refugees, as well as comments critical of Trump.
The shooting will be prosecuted as a hate crime, according to a tweet from the Pittsburgh Department of Public Safety.
"A staggering expansion of online harassment coincided with, and arguably fomented, the increase in offline anti-Semitism," the ADL report said. "Fringe Internet communities, such as 4chan, 8chan, and Gab allowed for the propagation of such ideas, which quickly spread to Twitter, Reddit, and other mainstream online communities."
Gab said in a statement that it contacted law enforcement quickly with the information from Bowers account.
Jonathan Greenblatt, the CEO of the ADL, tweeted that the organization was working "to push back on prejudice."
"We are devastated," he wrote. "Jews targeted on Shabbat morning at synagogue, a holy place of worship, is unconscionable."
Trump tweeted, "God Bless All!," and later said: "It's a terrible, terrible thing what's going on with hate in our country, frankly, and all over the world," the president said. "It's a violent world. You think when you're over it, it just goes away but then it comes back in the form of a madman, a wacko."
Later, during a previously scheduled event in Indiana, Trump said that anti-Semitism "represents one of the ugliest and darkest features of human history. The vile hate-filled poison of anti-Semitism must be condemned and confronted."
A 2017 study of the Greater Pittsburgh Jewish community released by Brandeis University found that more than two-thirds of the community had some concern about local anti-Semitism.
Another report from the ADL in May found that about 3 million Twitter users posted or reposted at least 4.2 million anti-Semitic tweets over a 12-month period ending Jan. 28, according to The Associated Press.
And in February, the ADL reported that the number of anti-Semitic incidents — harassment, vandalism, desecration of Jewish graves, physical assaults and bomb threats against Jewish institutions — rose nearly 60 percent last year over 2016, the largest single-year increase on record.
There were 1,986 incidents reported across the United States. For the first time since 2010, an incident had occurred in every state in the country.
The sharp rise was in part due to an increase in incidents in schools and on college campuses, it wrote.
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First responders surround the Tree of Life Synagogue, rear center, in Pittsburgh, where a shooter opened fire Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018, wounding four police officers and causing "multiple casualties" according to police.
Synagogues in New Haven have extra security following a shooting in Pittsburgh on Saturday morning.
New Haven Police said they have added extra patrols to all of the synagogues in the city.
Police in New Britain are also staying extra vigilant around local synagogues.
Officials said there were multiple casualties and six injuries. Four of the people who are injured are police officers, three of whom were shot. According to preliminary details from law enforcement officials, at least eight people have died.
Several law enforcement officials have identified the suspected gunman as 46-year-old Rob Bowers, of Pittsburgh.
Witnesses said he shouted anti-Semitic comments as he was being taken into custody.
Police departments across the country said security was being increased at local synagogues in response to the attack.
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Robert Bowers, the Pennsylvania man accused of fatally shooting 11 people at a Pittsburgh synagogue Saturday morning, posted frequently online about conspiracy theories and made repeated threats to Jews.
He made a specific threat against Jews on the social network, Gab, just hours before allegedly conducting the attack.
In the post, Bowers said that the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, a humanitarian aid nonprofit group that provides assistance to refugees, brought immigrants to the United States to do violence against others.
“Screw your optics, I'm going in," he wrote.
Bowers also frequently posted about the migrant caravan, a group of several thousand refugees walking to the U.S.-Mexico border from Honduras to seek asylum.
Bowers anti-semitic posts and apparent contempt for the caravan are tied to a viral photo depicting refugees hopping onto the bed of a truck with a Star of David visible on the side.
Conspiracy theories about the image of the truck and anti-semitic comments from other users reposted by Bowers, are still visible on Gab.
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People watch as first responders move through the Squirrel Hill neighborhood of Pittsburgh where a shooter opened fire during services at the Tree of Life Synagogue on Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018.
Members of the Jewish community in Connecticut reacted with shock and disbelief following the mass shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue on Saturday that claimed eleven lives.
The attack at the Tree of Life synagogue took place in Pittsburgh’s Squirrel Hill neighborhood, a historically Jewish neighborhood considered one of the largest in the country. On Saturday night, Lea Schmerler, of Manchester, had yet to reach relatives living there. Her concern for them was amplified by fear that Saturday’s act of violence is just the beginning. “My parents were survivors of the Holocaust, so my feeling is, ‘here we go again,’” Schmerler said.
Howard Sovronsky, the President and CEO of the Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford, was shocked to see his friend and counterpart Jeff Finkelstein, of the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh, on national television in the aftermath of the attack. The pair were together in Israel days earlier. “I turned on the TV this morning and there he was consoling his community after eleven people have been killed,” Sovronsky said.
As a precaution, Sovronsky said he is working with local police departments to add security to Jewish day schools in the area when school is in session on Monday.
Sovronsky said Jewish community leaders throughout the country are aware of a rise in anti-Semitic incidents, but that tensions nationwide should worry everyone. “Certainly the whole tone of hatred that is permeating our society now is something that we all should be concerned about,” he said.
For Maxine Lerman, of Manchester, the connections to family and friends in Pittsburgh hammered home the feeling that what happened in Pittsburgh could happen anywhere.
“You go to the synagogue to pray and pray for peace and to have something like that happen. You hear it happens other places. You don’t think it happens in your synagogue and it’s fairly close,” Lerman said.
The Jewish Federation is planning a vigil to stand in solidarity with victims of the shooting on Sunday afternoon at 4 p.m. on the steps of Congregation Beth Israel in West Hartford.
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Interstate 84 west in Waterbury has reopened after a multi-vehicle crash closed part of it on Sunday.
The multi-vehicle crash closed the three left lanes of the highway between exits 20 and 18 shortly before 11:30 a.m., according to the Connecticut Department of Transportation.
Officials expected the highway to be closed for an hour or less. It has since reopened.
It is unclear how many vehicles were involved in the crash.
There is no word if anyone was injured.
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About 4,000 people took part in the American Cancer Society’s 24th Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk in Hartford on Sunday morning. NBC Connecticut and Telemundo Connecticut were proud to connect the community with the inspiring event as official sponsors.
While the walk was moved last minute from Bushnell Park to the XL Center, it didn’t stop survivors and their families from uniting with others in the same fight.
“It’s inspiring for them to see the numbers of people that either have been touched by the disease and are engaged in the same type of fight or that are just out supporting,” Executive Director of the American Cancer Society, Wendy Matthews, said.
The 5K walk raises funds for breast cancer research and early detection, something 39-year-old Cynthia Lopez is passionate about after she found a lump during a self-breast exam last year.
“If you feel a little lump, a big lump, any type of lump, go and get checked because you just never ever know,” Lopez said.
Shirrie Henry cared for her mother as she battled the disease for years. She said losing her two years ago was devastating. Now, she volunteers in her memory.
“I just want to get out here and support those who are survivors, their family members, the caregivers,” Henry said. “So, just to walk with everybody and show support.”
Both women said they are finding comfort in new and unexpected ways.
“It’s like we’re all in it together like a big old family,” Lopez said.
“It just touches my heart to be here,” Henry said. “I’m honored.”
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A goat that was injured in a bear attack in Wolcott on Friday has died.
Wolcott Police said Karl the Goat succumbed to his injuries and passed away Saturday morning.
Andrews's wife woke him up after hearing a commotion coming from the couple's goat pen.
When Andrews ran outside, he saw a bear attacking his goats.
"I got gun, came outside, could see the bear kinda had the goat pinned down. The goat was squealing or screaming. I actually shot into the ground, hoping to scare it away. When it heard, that bear got up, bit the back of the goat, picked it up in its mouth and carried across the pen," Andrews said.
He said he didn't think he had any other choice but to shoot at the bear.
The bear was found dead a few hours later, the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection said.
Karl the Goat was rushed to the emergency vet with deep wounds and passed away on Saturday.
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Communities across the state are coming together at vigils on Sunday for the eleven people who were killed at a Pittsburgh synagogue on Saturday.
The Jewish Federation of Greater New Haven is holding a community vigil with community clergy and representatives of the Anti-Defamation League at the Beckerman/Lender Jewish Community Building (JCC) in Woodbridge. The vigil starts at 5 p.m.
“We are stronger than hate. Coming together as a united community and praying for peace is our statement of resilience and strength,” said Judy Alperin, CEO of the Jewish Federation of Greater New Haven.
Congregation Beth Israel in West Hartford is having a community candlelight vigil of mourning and prayer for the 11 people who were killed and the 6 others that were wounded at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh. It will take place on the steps of the synagogue and starts at 4 p.m.
Adath Israel in Middletown will be holding a vigil on the South Green at 7 p.m. Participants are asked to bring candles to the vigil.
"We will stand together against hate and violence and for the victims," said Mayor Dan Drew in a Facebook post.
Pittsburgh Police responded to a shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood on Saturday morning.
Officials said eleven people were killed and six others were injured. Four of the people who were injured are police officers, three of whom were shot.
Several law enforcement officials have identified the suspected gunman as 46-year-old Robert Bowers, of Pittsburgh. He is being charged with 29 federal counts including hate crimes and weapons offenses.