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    Trees are down in North Stonington after thunderstorms moved through New London County Monday morning, bringing winds in excess of 60 miles per hour, and part of Route 184 is closed. 

    State police said Route 184 is closed between Route 2 and Route 49 in North Stonington because several trees and wires are down after the storm. They are asking people to avoid the area if possible.

    A rare tornado warning was issued earlier today on Block Island however, there is no confirmation a tornado actually occurred. 

    Photo Credit: NBC Connecticut
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    Hamden Police have arrested a 17-year-old after police said he crashed a stolen vehicle while trying to flee from police early Saturday morning.

    Officers responded to Paradise Avenue and West Woods Road after getting a report of suspicious activity around 4:00 a.m. A concerned citizen told police that they saw a man "leaning into a vehicle with his feet hanging out of the vehicle," officers said.

    When officers arrived, they conducted a motor vehicle stop. The vehicle fled from the scene and hit a utility pole at the corner of Shepard Avenue and West Woods Road. The two people who were in the vehicle then fled on foot, according to police.

    Officers were able to apprehend the driver of the vehicle, later identified as a 17-year-old Hamden resident, on West Woods Road.

    Investigators later learned the vehicle was stolen from a house on Hill Street earlier.

    The 17-year-old is facing charges including larceny, interfering with an officer, evading responsibility, engaging an officer in pursuit, operating a motor vehicle without a license and reckless driving. He is scheduled to appear in Juvenile Court in New Haven on November 7.

    The investigation is ongoing.

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    An East Haven man is accused of going doctor shopping along the shoreline to get prescription pain medication to treat suspicious injuries to his dogs, but police said he took the pain medication himself instead. 

    Guilford police said 33-year-old James Cunnington, of East Haven, got prescription pain drugs from veterinary offices in Guilford and the shoreline area to treat what they called ”suspicious reoccurring injuries” to his two dogs, but instead he used the drugs himself. 

    After an investigation by Guilford Police, animal control offices in Guilford and East Haven, and East Haven Police, Cunnington was arrested and charged with four counts of cruelty to animals, six counts of illegally obtaining drugs and four counts of doctor shopping. 

    Guilford Animal Control took custody of Cunnington’s two dogs and had them examined and treated for their injuries.

    Both dogs remain in the care of the Guilford Animal Control, police said.

    It’s not clear if Cunnington has an attorney.

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    One person is dead after a crash on Park Avenue in East Hartford, according to fire officials.

    No additional information was immediately available.

    Photo Credit: NBC Connecticut

    Fire officials say one person is dead after an accident on Park Avenue in East Hartford Monday.Fire officials say one person is dead after an accident on Park Avenue in East Hartford Monday.

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    The mother of a man abducted by his father in 1987 were reunited for the first time in 31 years Saturday after authorities found the father and son in Connecticut, officials said in a press conference Monday.

    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. Jermaine's mother, Lyneth Mann-Lewis, worked with the Missing Children Society of Canada for decades hoping for news of her son. On Saturday, she was reunited with him.

    Canadian authorities said that Jermaine believed his mother had died after giving birth to him.

    Mann-Lewis described the emotional meeting at a press conference Monday.

    “I grabbed him and I squeezed his head - I wanted to see if he was real,” she said. “I touched him and said ‘oh my God, my baby.’”

    Mann-Lewis said words couldn’t adequately express how she felt when she got the news that Jermaine had been found.

    “For all the inspiration I received, it encouraged me to maintain hope and believe that I was able to meet my son once again. I am at a loss for words when it comes to describing how much I’m thankful to the Canadian and US agencies involved in making this happen and solving a crime that was committed,” she said.

    Mann-Lewis asked for privacy as her family navigates the situation. 

    Allan Mann is charged with making false statements and making false statements in HUD transactions. After facing his charges in the US, he will be extradited to Canada to face charges there.

    Photo Credit: Missing Children Society of Canada

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    The West Haven community quickly rallied to replace inflatable Halloween decorations stolen from a family’s front lawn just days before the holiday.

    “For what he goes through, for any kid with a disability what they go through, he’s a very happy kid,” Paul Faulkner said of his son with autism.

    Brett Faulkner, 16, loves rain, trick-or-treating and the band KISS.

    “I want to rock and roll all night and party every day,” sang Brett, quoting his favorite KISS song.

    For years, an inflatable train has been his favorite Halloween decoration.

    “And you can ask even the neighbors he’s out there every day look at it, touching it, smiling at it,” his mom Robyn Faulkner said.

    But when she woke up Saturday morning, she noticed it was missing.

    “I looked out the window and I was like hmm, our train was gone,” she said.

    Paul said he tends to stay off social media, but he shared that someone swiped the family’s Halloween display on the “West Haven – The Way It Is” Facebook page.

    “Other than venting it was mostly me just letting people know what had happened just to keep a look out for their own inflatables or other decorations they have,” he said. “A lot of people took it very personal, especially cause our son is autistic and a lot of people on there also have family members with autism, they took it to heart pretty much, they really wanted to help my son make him happy again.”

    Kevin Morse is one of the many “westies” who commented on the post.

    “It was sad,” Morse said. “It just didn’t make any sense to steal an inflatable.”

    Within 24 hours, he collected about $250 for a shopping spree at Home Depot.

    “Here and there people are stopping by and dropping off a few things,” Robyn said, “but there was a pile in front of our door and my son was so excited.”

    Now, two days before Halloween, the Faulkner’s front law is decorated with new spooky decorations.

    “Thank you, West Haven,” Brett said.

    While the stolen train was not replaced, Morse purchased something similar.

    “We saw the Christmas sled (inflatable) and to me that was the closest thing the lights and everything, so made the most sense,” Morse said.

    Morse said his father inspired this act of kindness.

    “He’s a really giving person my whole life and it didn’t matter who it was if somebody needed help,” he said, “we showed up and helped.”

    Seeing how overjoyed his son is now, Brett’s father can’t say thank you enough.

    “Very overwhelming to see just total strangers come together to donate and to chip in for somebody they’d never even met before,” Paul said.

    Morse has started a “West Haven Love” Facebook page. He said the purpose is to mobilize members of the community to collect toys or clothes for families in need during the holiday season.

    The West Haven community rallied to replace inflatable Halloween decorations stolen from a family’s front lawn - this is the result.The West Haven community rallied to replace inflatable Halloween decorations stolen from a family’s front lawn - this is the result.

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    Gunshot wounds put an average of 8,300 kids into the hospital every year, according to an analysis released Monday.

    Close to half of them were shot on purpose and another 40 percent were shot accidentally, the researchers reported. Six percent of those who made it to the hospital died, the team at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine reported.

    They said while mass school shootings get the headlines, there’s a day-in, day-out toll that adds up to even more, NBC News reported.

    Photo Credit: AP

    Patricia Padauy, right, passes a handwritten note to her friend Sharamy Angarita, as they clean and sort out items at the memorial site of Padauy's son Joaquin Oliver in Parkland, Fla., Wednesday, March 28, 2018.Patricia Padauy, right, passes a handwritten note to her friend Sharamy Angarita, as they clean and sort out items at the memorial site of Padauy's son Joaquin Oliver in Parkland, Fla., Wednesday, March 28, 2018.

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    Eva Schloss, the stepsister of Anne Frank, captivated thousands of people at The Bushnell in Hartford on Monday.

    She has endured so much and now spreads a message of tolerance.

    “We should really try to get a safer world for everybody. It’s still too much difference,” said Schloss.

    She shared her powerful story which included growing up with Anne Frank and the discovery of the well-known diary.

    Schloss vividly described how she hid from the Nazis, was shipped to a concentration camp and then eventually was set free.

    “Particularly this week because of what happened at the Tree of Life synagogue it’s an even more amazing tale of survival,” said Sheila Diamond of Avon.

    The deadly attack in Pittsburgh was weighing heavily on the crowd.

    A moment of silence was held for the eleven victims.

    “I’m not surprised that has happened, you know. There are so many people who are dissatisfied and do things, they become evil because they’re dissatisfied,” said Schloss.

    Now Schloss travels the globe to inspire others to value kindness and our common humanity.

    Her goal is a world free from hate and fighting.

    “She’s very personable and really gives you a feeling of hope,” said Donna Plen of Manchester.

    Schloss says she has a lot of faith in young people, including her grandchildren, who she thinks are trying to change things for the better.

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    Kids and teens speak their own language. That’s always been true. But when you add today’s tech to the ever-changing nature of teen talk, it can feel like they’re speaking a foreign language. So what’s a parent to do?

    Internet linguist Gretchen McCulloch suggests asking your teen for a language lesson to get caught up on the latest trends in slang words and emoji-use. She says be patient with what can look and sound like the improper use of the language.

    “They’re doing something that’s very different from English class, but it’s really clever, it’s very sophisticated and it’s effective for communication,” McCulloch said.

    To help you get started, we put together a list of ten common teen slang words you should know in 2018 with help from a panel of teens, tweens, and the people behind the Oxford English Dictionary.

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    1. LIT

    In decades past, “lit” meant “mildly intoxicated.” Now, it’s used to describe something exciting. Ex: The party last night was lit.

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    2. GUCCI

    The Italian luxury-brand may be the first thing that comes to mind for many people, but “gucci” is now a frequent substitute for the words, “good,” “cool,” and, “popular.” Ex: Are you still angry with me? No, we’re gucci.

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    3. FINSTA

    “Finsta” is a made-up word that combines “fake” and “Instagram.” Some Instagram users hope to gain as many followers as possible on their public-facing accounts, but maintain a private Finsta account to post rants and pictures to a smaller number of approved followers. Your kids may have an account you know about and an account they only share with friends.

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    4. FIRE

    “Fire” can refer to objects that are amazing. Although both “lit” and “fire” refer to things that are cool, be careful – they are not interchangeable. Even the teens we talked to had trouble defining the fine line between the two, but essentially we learned they reserve “lit” for people and places, and “fire” for things. Ex: Those kicks you’re wearing are straight fire.

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    5. GLOW UP

    Puberty is a rough time for everyone, but today’s teens have coined a term for that shocking moment someone suddenly blossoms into young adulthood. These days, instead of “growing up,” you can “glow up.”

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    6. SHOOK

    Teens are getting straight to the point when expressing shock and surprise these days, and use “shook” to encapsulate that feeling. Ex: That picture on their Finsta had me shook!

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    7. GOAT

    Sports fans know the acronym G.O.A.T. has long stood for Greatest of All Time, but kids these days just say, “goat” to refer to anything they deem worthy of the title. (Yes, like the animal.) Ex: You may have an opinion as to whether Tom Brady is or is not the GOAT.

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    8. TEA

    Far from referring to the beverage, this kind of “tea” is hot gossip, and in order for someone to “sip the tea,” someone else has to “spill the tea.”

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    9. SNACK

    Like “tea,” this “snack” has nothing to do with actual food. In 2018, kids and adults in-the-know use “snack” to refer to an attractive person.

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    10. YEET

    Slang words often evolve from existing words, but “yeet” is an exception. The exclamation owes its popularity to several viral videos on the now-defunct Vine and is commonly shouted when throwing something, or to express happiness.

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    A water main break has closed part of Mohegan Drive in West Hartford on Tuesday morning.

    According to the MDC, the 12 inch water main break is at 198 Mohegan Drive.

    The main was shut down at 5:40 a.m. to facilitate a repair. Ten homes are affected by the shutdown.

    Police said Mohegan Drive is closed between Carlyle Road and Simsbury Road.

    Repairs are expected to take between eight and ten hours and should be completed between 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday.

    Photo Credit: NBC Connecticut

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  • 10/30/18--03:58: Patriots Win Ugly in Buffalo

  • Ugly wins nevertheless show up in the win column all the same.

    Which is fortunate for the New England Patriots after an 25-6 road victory over the Buffalo Bills on Monday night, because Bill Belichick is going to want to burn the game tape from this one.

    The Patriots didn’t score a touchdown until the 9:58 to go mark of the fourth quarter, when James White ran in behind a James Develin block to end what had been a kicking duel between Stephen Gostkowski and Bills’ kicker Steven Hauschka. It was the first time New England didn’t score a touchdown until the fourth quarter of a game since Sept. 16, 2012, when the Patriots lost to the Arizona Cardinals.

    New England's offense, which was averaging over 39 points per game over the last four weeks, never fully hit its stride with Sony Michel out of the lineup. Marcus Cannon was inactive at right tackle and Shaq Mason missed snaps for the first time all season, leaving Tom Brady behind a makeshift offensive line. Buffalo's sneaky-not-terrible defense sacked Brady twice, but he was still able to throw for 324 yards through the air while completing 29 of his 45 passes.

    Devin McCourty put the game on ice with an 84-yard interception return for a touchdown off Derek Anderson with 5:54 left. It was the first defensive touchdown for McCourty in the NFL, now in his ninth season. He had a kick return for a score in 2012.

    Anderson, somehow the best option available for the Bills with rookie Josh Allen out with an elbow injury, completed 22 of 39 passes for 290 yards -- many of his numbers coming in garbage time. He turned the ball over twice, losing a fumble after Kyle Van Noy knocked the ball out of Anderson’s grasp and Patrick Chung swooped in to fall on it. Anderson was knocked out of the game on the final drive after Van Noy got to him for a sack.

    At the end of the night, it’s the fifth win in a row for New England, now 6-2 at the halfway mark of the season for the second year in a row. As expected, the rest of the AFC East is fading fast into the rearview mirror, with only the 4-4 Dolphins even at .500.

    Reports surfaced late this afternoon that Josh Gordon would be disciplined by New England for tardiness, perhaps in the form of a benching to begin the game. He was on the field for the first play and remained in action throughout the contest, however, hauling in four catches for 42 yards.

    Julian Edelman had nine catches for 104 yards while James White finished with 10 catches for 79 yards. White is now on pace to finish the season with 110 catches; the NFL record for most receptions in a season by a running back is 102.

    Cordarrelle Patterson was unleashed as a threat in the running game for the Patriots, carrying the ball 10 times for 38 yards with a long run of 22 yards.

    The Patriots welcome in Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers to Gillette Stadium this week for Sunday Night Football at 8:20 p.m. on NBC10 Boston. It will be the first career start for Rodgers in Foxboro.

    Photo Credit: Getty Images

    BUFFALO, NY - OCTOBER 29: Head coach Bill Belichick of the New England Patriots looks on during pre-game warmups prior to the start of NFL game action against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field on October 29, 2018 in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)BUFFALO, NY - OCTOBER 29: Head coach Bill Belichick of the New England Patriots looks on during pre-game warmups prior to the start of NFL game action against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field on October 29, 2018 in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)

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    President Donald Trump is planning to attempt to end birthright citizenship by executive order, Trump told news outlet Axios, which reported the move would apply to children of non-citizens and unauthorized immigrants born in the United States.

    It's his latest appeal to anti-immigration supporters in the country and comes on the eve of the midterm elections. But such an order may violate the Constitution.

    The 14th Amendment grants citizenship to "All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof," as well as to the children of citizens. The Supreme Court ruled in 1898 in the case of a child born to Chinese parents in the U.S. that the amendment "includes the children born, within the territory of the United States, of all other persons, of whatever race or color, domiciled within the United States."

    But Trump insisted to Axios, in an interview clip released Tuesday morning, that both he and Congress have the power to revoke that right when a reporter mentioned some legal scholars who believe that birthright citizenship is not enshrined in the Constitution.

    "It was always told to me that you needed a constitutional amendment. Guess what? You don't," Trump said, adding when challenged, that "you can definitely do it with an act of Congress" but that he's been told it's possible through executive order.

    "It's in the process, it'll happen. With an executive order," Trump said.

    There are legal scholars who have said that the 1898 ruling only applies to children of people living in the U.S. legally, but many say that it, like all U.S. law, applies to anyone in the country who's not a diplomat of another nation.

    An executive order ending birthright citizenship would almost certainly face a lawsuit and could affect a large number of people living in the U.S. Hundreds of thousands of people were born to undocumented immigrants each year for decades, according to a 2014 Pew study.

    In the interview, Trump falsely claimed that the U.S. is the only country to grant citizenship to anyone born there, a right he called "ridiculous." According to the CIA World Factbook, the U.S. is one of more than 30 countries that offer citizenship by birth, many of them in the Western Hemisphere, including Canada, Mexico, Brazil and Argentina.

    Ending citizenship by birth for some people would be the Trump administration's most dramatic attempt to limit immigration so far.

    The Pentagon is sending troops to the Mexican border in an attempt to discourage Central Americans fleeing violence from legally seeking asylum in the U.S., the order coming just a week before Tuesday's vote. Trump has lately been campaigning against the caravan of migrants traveling by foot through southern Mexico that is still hundreds of miles away from U.S. soil. 

    The administration is also seeking to make it harder for legal immigrants to become citizens or get green cards if they've ever used welfare programs like "Obamacare" or food stamps.

    In a Fox News interview that aired Monday night, Trump expanded on what he means when he calls himself a "nationalist."

    "I want to help people around the world, but we have to take care of our country, or we won't have a country, including — we have to take care of our country at the border," he said.

    Photo Credit: Evan Vucci/AP, File

    This Oct. 16, 2018, file photo shows President Donald Trump speak during an interview with The Associated Press in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington.This Oct. 16, 2018, file photo shows President Donald Trump speak during an interview with The Associated Press in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington.

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    The Mercy Learning Center in Bridgeport is closed for the week because of a plumbing issue. 

    School officials said the issue started on Friday night but was not discovered until Monday morning and there is water damage.

    Photo Credit: NBC Connecticut

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    Police are crediting social media with helping them identify a suspect in a theft from a store in North Haven in August.

    Officers said a woman stole over $1,000 worth of merchandise from DSW Designer Shoe Warehouse on Universal Drive on August 30.

    After North Haven Police posted a surveillance photo on their social media platforms, police said several anonymous tips led to identifying 39-year-old Atavia Wilson, of New Haven, as the suspect.

    Officers arrested Wilson by warrant and charged her with larceny on Monday.

    Photo Credit: North Haven Police

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    A crash on Interstate 84 West in Manchester is causing delays.

    The CT Travel Smart website says the left lane is closed between exits 59 and 58 and the backup extends for almost two miles.

    Photo Credit: Connecticut Department of Transportation

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    Tuesday is the last day eligible Connecticut residents can register to vote and there are several ways to do it.

    Residents can head to their town hall, the Department of Motor Vehicles, do it online or even by mail.

    The deadline to register in person is by the close of business and online is 11:59 p.m. Registrations done by mail must be postmarked by midnight on Tuesday.

    Residents can also register in person on Election Day, but the Secretary of State's Office encourages voters to register in advance.

    We are one week away from selecting a new governor.

    There is a governor's debate on Tuesday night.

    Last week, a Hearst Connecticut Media poll found Democrat Ned Lamont and Republican Bob Stefanowski in a statistical tie.

    The Quinnipiac poll on the governor and senate race is expected to come out Tuesday morning.

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    The Connecticut gubernatorial race is considered too close to call, according to a poll released by Quinnipiac University on Tuesday.

    The poll found Democrat Ned Lamont has a four-point lead over Republican Bob Stefanowski with 47 percent of likely voters to Stefanowski's 43 percent. Unaffiliated candidate Oz Griebel has fallen to 7 percent of likely voters. 

    Earlier this month, Lamont had a 47-39 percent lead over Stefanowski among likely voters with 11 percent for Griebel, a QU poll showed.

    Lamont tops Stefanowski 90-4 percent among Democrats with 5 percent for Griebel, while Stefanowski leads Lamont 93-5 percent among Republicans with 2 percent for Griebel.

    Independent voters went 43 percent for Stefanowski while 38 percent went for Lamont and 13 percent went for Griebel.

    Women back Lamont over Stefanowski 55-34 percent with 7 percent for Griebel, while men back Stefanowski over Lamont 51-38 percent with 7 percent for Griebel.

    Only 4 percent of Connecticut likely voters remain undecided and 13 percent of those who name a candidate for governor say they may change their mind within the next week, the QU poll found.

    The poll has a margin of error of +/- 4 percent. 

    See the full poll results here.

    Photo Credit: NBC Connecticut

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    For the first time ever, the Keller High School Marching band will be in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade and they'll be the only high school from Texas there in 2018.

    Freshman member Drew Bell is "very excited, like very excited" to be taking part. He's been playing the trumpet for four years, but how much has he practiced?

    "Not as much as I should," he said with a laugh.

    Right by his side will be senior and section leader Kailey Summons, and she has practiced as much as she should — not to play, but to serve as Bell's legs during their big performance, all because of a birth defect that left him in a wheelchair. And she's one of Bell's biggest fans.

    "Oh he's great, very positive attitude. He's so funny," Summons said. I mean he makes the best out of every situation. So, he's a good, he's a good kid."

    On a Thursday afternoon at Keller High School, the two are getting ready to perform before the football game in the band’s "Spirit Show."

    "There's Drew!" she yells as he comes into the cafeteria where the band is gathering. "You're just gonna be right here," Summons says to Bell.

    She looks after him, and he often needs it.

    “Wait, where's your gloves and gauntlets ... do you have your jug?" Summons asks through the course of getting ready.

    "I make sure he's ready for everything, so then it's just not me focused on me, it's me and him,” Summons says.

    For Bell, becoming a member of this marching band is a big deal. With its 400 members, it's one of the best in the country.

    "When did you know you wanted to be on the marching band at Keller?" he was asked.

    "For as long as I can remember. I just like this band," Bell said.

    Before becoming a member of this prestigious group, Bell faced challenges greater than most, including seven surgeries. He has spina bifida, meaning his spine didn't fully develop in the womb.

    "So I was born like this. So, I'm stuck with it and going to be stuck with it forever, till I die,” Bell said.

    Are there ever times when it frustrates him? 

    "No ... because I know that there's people way worse than me,” Bell said.

    And he doesn't let it get in his way of anything — including the biggest obstacle when it came to being on a marching band. Bell can't play his instrument and push his wheelchair at the same time. Someone needed to step up.

    "And then my private teacher and my band directors were kind of like, 'Well, if we can just get someone to be his feet and he can be the trumpet player,' and I was like, 'I'll do it!’" Summons said with enthusiasm.

    She didn't hesitate, and the entire band welcomed him with enthusiasm.

    "I wasn't expecting it,” Bell said. “I would think that they would like, maybe not like me, but now I know that they do. So it's really, it's really good."

    "You know, you just worry that he's going to be over on the side or something, you know what I mean?” said Bryan Bell, Drew’s father. “But since the first day I called Mr. McGahey [the Keller High School director of bands], I expressed those concerns and he said, 'Bryan, no. He's going to be a part of the band and we're excited about it.’"

    Bell is the first student on the Keller Marching Band to perform in a wheelchair. As a freshman, he'll play alongside the band in New York City in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, which is also a first for the school.

    "It's very exciting,” Summons said. “I never thought that I would be in any parade, let alone the Macy's Day Parade."

    Summons still gets to perform with the varsity marching band in competitions and at halftime of football games, but for the "Spirit Show," which is sometimes before a game, she skips playing her trumpet so Bell can be the one to shine.

    When they perform together, Summons is the one who has to memorize all of their movements, and she takes Bell where he needs to be on the field.

    She doesn't play so he can. And she means a lot to Bell.

    "Well, I wouldn't be able to march without her," he said. "She didn't have to do it, she wanted to—and that means a lot to me, and she doesn't get to play because of it."

    “I mean, it’s not really a sacrifice when you like doing it,” Summons said. “I just did it to make sure he knew that he always had a place in the band, and he always will.”

    Each choreographed step is a symbol of the day-to-day partnership between Summons and Bell, because their individual actions give way to a bigger message.

    When asked what Summons has learned from this experience, she said, "Just because someone is different from you, doesn't mean you have to treat them differently."

    Summons said no matter what field they play on, there are usually obstacles that take them a little longer, but they always find their way together.

    "You're still strapped in," Summons said to Bell as they waited at the bottom of the stadium’s stairs. "I know," he answered.

    She took his hand and together they climbed the stadium steps together to their seats with the rest of the band.

    "She's doing it because she felt it in her heart that she wanted to do it, and I think it's blessing her too,” said Bryan Bell. "A lesson is when you give of yourself and sacrifice, it blesses you and it makes you happy, more than it's helping — more than the other person is happy."

    It's a friendship that began with a selfless act of service and because the Keller marching band welcomes every student.

    Even though Summons is a senior this year, McGahey said he has no doubt that someone else will step up next year to help Bell as he continues his dream with the Keller High School Band.

    Photo Credit: NBC 5 News

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    Three children, believed to be all from the same family, were struck and killed at a school bus stop in Indiana Tuesday morning, police said.

    The crash happened around 7:30 a.m. in Fulton County near 4600 N. State Road 25, according to Indiana State Police. 

    Authorities said the children were at the bus stop on the west side of the road and the stop-arm on the bus was out when a pickup truck hit and killed the kids. 

    There were no children on the schools bus at the time of the crash. One other injury was also reported and that child was airlifted to Fort Wayne Hospital. Their condition were not immediately known. 

    Police said they believe the children killed were all from the same family. NBC affiliate WNDU reported the children were identified as two twin 6-year-old boys and their 9-year-old sister. 

    "Obviously that compounds this situation even more," said Sgt. Tony Slocum with the Indiana State Police's Peru District. "I just can't imagine the pain that family is going through. The one thing I'd like to tell people - we all have a responsibility to share the road in a safe manner. I don't know why this crash - why this person did not see the stop arm extended but we all need to pay a little more attention because it's all our responsibility to make sure our children get to and from school safely."

    Tippecanoe Valley School Corporation said all four children struck were students. 

    "Our school corporation has suffered a tragedy this morning," the group said in a statement. "We have learned of three student fatalities and one student seriously injured and airlifted to a Fort Wayne hospital as they were hit by a vehicle while boarding their bus. We have deployed all school counselors to meet the emotional needs of our staff, students and parents. We are awaiting to learn more confirmed details but wish to ask the community to come together to pray for the families, our students and our staff."

    One witness said her grandchildren were supposed to be at the bus stop as well but a last-minute change of plans kept them from being at the scene. 

    "I knew something bad happened," she said. 

    Police are interviewing the woman who was driving the pickup, according to the Associated Press. The accident happened near Rochester, about 100 miles north of Indianapolis. 

    Check back for more on this developing story. 

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    The world's vertebrate population has dropped by an average of 60 percent since 1970, according to a new report from the conservation group WWF.

    NBC News reported that the decline was most stark in South and Central America, where the population of vertebrates has dropped nearly 90 percent, with freshwater species falling nearly as much over the same period.

    "There cannot be a healthy, happy and prosperous future for people on a planet with a destabilized climate, depleted oceans and rivers, degraded land and empty forests, all stripped of biodiversity, the web of life that sustains us all," WWF Director General Marco Lambertin wrote in the report.

    It also detailed how humans have hurt the health of the planet, including that 90 percent of the world's seabirds are estimated to have plastic in their stomachs, up from 5 percent six decades ago.

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