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    A prisoner who escaped from the Cheshire Correctional Institution in Cheshire Wednesday evening has been found, according to police.

    Department of Correction officials said the inmate, 25-year-old Luis Clarke, was discovered missing around 6:30 p.m., after outdoor recreation. He was taken into custody Wednesday night in the Meriden area after a facility lockdown and search of the surrounding areas.

    Clarke was serving an 18-month sentence for violation of probation and was classified as a low-risk offender. The DOC said Clarke escaped from a minimum security housing unit called the Cheshire Annex.

    Clarke will face escape charges and will be reviewed for placement as a high-security prisoner at Northern Correctional Institution. 



    Photo Credit: NBC Connecticut/Cheshire Police Department

    Authorities are searching for Luis Clarke (inset) who escaped from Cheshire Correctional Institution Wednesday.Authorities are searching for Luis Clarke (inset) who escaped from Cheshire Correctional Institution Wednesday.

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    Hundreds of Google employees from the main campus and the Google X lab in Mountain View are expected to walk out Thursday because they’re not happy with the way the company has handled sexual misconduct in the workplace.

    The employees say it's a protest and a push for change.

    "We’re here. We’re all here together," Google employee Amy Vernetti said. "We can fix this. We’re Google. If we can’t fix this, who can?"

    The planned walkout comes after bombshell allegations published in The New York Times last week, accusing Google of protecting certain executives and paying them millions as an exit package after they were accused of sexual misconduct.

    "We think there’s a layer of transparency that can go on while protecting privacy," Vernetti said.

    In an email to employees after the Times article was published, Google CEO Sundar Pichai said the company has fired 48 people in the past two years for sexual misconduct.

    But Meghna Virick, who has a background in human resources and is San Jose State’s associate dean of the School of Business, told NBC Bay Area it can be tricky to balance employee privacy and transparency.

    "We have to protect the privacy not just of the victims but of other people who may be involved," Virick said. "And they have to do it out of respect."

    Vernetti and her colleagues think the company can definitely do better.

    "Our aspiration is that they will go above and beyond, be as transparent as they possibly can to protect us," she said.

    In Pichai's message to employees, he said, "We are dead serious about making sure we provide a safe and inclusive workplace."

    The walkout is slated for Thursday morning and could involve other Google offices across the country.



    Photo Credit: NBC Bay Area

    Hundreds of Google employees are expected to walk out in protest Thursday at the company's main campus in Mountain View. (Oct. 31, 2018)Hundreds of Google employees are expected to walk out in protest Thursday at the company's main campus in Mountain View. (Oct. 31, 2018)

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    Three people were stabbed during a Halloween party in Farmington early Thursday morning and police said information about the party was posted on Snapchat, which led to as many as 300 people showing up.

    Farmington police received a 911 call about a loud party outside a home on Talcott Notch Road at 12:40 a.m., responded and 100 to 300 people inside and outside the house.

    Officers found two stabbing victims at the scene. One was in critical condition and went to UConn Health and West Hartford Police were called in to assist Farmington Police with crowd control at UConn Health after the stabbing, officials said.

    Another victim was in serious condition. Both victims are in stable condition Thursday morning, officials said.

    A third victim was found in a Hartford area hospital with superficial stab wounds and has been released.

    Police have not identified the victims but said they are 19-, 26- and 27-years-old and were not from Farmington.

    Police are asking that anyone with information call Farmington Police.



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    A 41-year-old woman is dead after a shooting in Bridgeport late Wednesday night and her death is being investigated as a homicide, according to Bridgeport officials.

    The 41-year-old woman and a 28-year-old man were shot on Maplewood Avenue around 11 p.m. and both were taken to St. Vincent's Medical Center, where the woman died soon after arriving, officials said.

    The 28-year-old man had been shot several times and remains in surgery, officials said.

    Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call Detective Cintron at 203-581-5227or call the Bridgeport Police Department Tips Line at 203-576-TIPS (8477).



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    Democrats looking to win over the U.S. House of Representatives in November have a keen eye on Florida's 26th Congressional District, where a well-liked Republican who agrees with Democrats on plenty of issues is struggling not to be defined by two positions where the parties dramatically disagree: health care and taxes.

    Republican Rep. Carlos Curbelo is seeking a third term in a district that runs from Miami's Hispanic southern suburbs down to the Florida Keys. He's out in front on some progressive issues not typically embraced by his fellow Republicans, like climate change and protecting "Dreamers," young immigrants brought to the U.S. as children without documentation.

    "These are local issues for us in South Florida. We don't debate these issues in theory, we see them," Curbelo said.

    Curbelo's a political rarity: a moderate Republican in the middle of a district that heavily supported Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election. She beat President Donald Trump by 16 percentage points but Curbelo won by 12 points.

    "This is a community that I think wants representatives to get things done," said Curbelo, who has regularly distanced himself from Trump on issues from immigration to trade and said he did not vote to elect him.

    But the congressman has real opposition in the election. Democrat Debbie Mucarsel-Powell, an immigrant and former medical school administrator who lost her bid to win a seat in Florida's Senate in 2016, is making another run at politics, ready to jump into the partisan divide that is Washington, D.C.

    This article, part 7 in a series, examines one of the key battleground races for control of the House of Representatives in the Nov. 6 midterm elections. Carried by grassroots momentum, Democrats must take 23 seats from Republicans to win the balance of power. They are contending with Republicans' experience, organization and an outspoken but polarizing president.

    Health care, including Curbelo's position on "Obamacare," is the main reason Mucarsel-Powell is running for Congress, she said.

    "When I saw that Congressman Curbelo took that vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act in a district that has the second largest number of people that get their health care through the ACA ... I knew that at that moment I had to step in," she said.

    Health care is a prominent issue for tens of thousands of people in the district, which did have the second-most enrollees in "Obamacare" as repeal was being debated, according to data compiled by the nonprofit health policy anaylsis and news outlet Kaiser Family Foundation. (It has since dropped to third, behind two other Miami-area districts.)

    "Mucarsel-Powell trying to hit him on the health care issue is probably a smart idea ... probably the one issue that might resonate with those Democratic voters," Florida International University political science professor Kathryn DePalo said.

    While Curbelo's vote helped the House pass the Affordable Care Act repeal effort, which was narrowly defeated in the Senate, the congressman did see positive aspects to the law, like keeping young people on their parents' plan until they're 26 and guaranteeing coverage for people with pre-existing conditions.

    Many Democrats in tough races across the country are campaigning on Republicans' attempted health care repeal, and many are also campaigning on the Republicans' successful tax reform bill, including Mucarsel-Powell.

    Curbelo and other Republicans argued it would boost the economy and help the middle class but Democrats said it would help the rich more than the middle class or the poor.

    "There is nothing moderate about being on the Ways and Means Committee and writing a tax bill that benefits the wealthiest Americans in this country while leaving middle-class families behind," Mucarsel-Powell said.

    Democrat Maria Luisa Castellanos, who lives in Kendall, said Curbelo's vote for the tax cut made her so mad she volunteered for Mucarsel-Powell's campaign.

    "I called his office and I told him that if he voted for that bill that I would make it my purpose to help whatever opponent he was up against when the elections came because I thought it was so outrageous,” she said, adding that she was equally outraged over his vote on the Affordable Care Act.

    "He doesn't really care about his constituents, he only cares about big business and the people that contribute to his campaign," Castellanos said.

    Curbelo defends his votes on both taxes and health care.

    "Shame on anyone who defends the status quo on health care in this country," he said, adding his vote was part of a bipartisan push to build a more accessible, more sustainable health care system.

    And Curbelo insisted his challenger is out of touch when it comes to tax reform, because members of the community appreciate keeping more of their money in their pockets.

    "I understand if you are wealthy, if you live in a mansion like my opponent does, all this tax relief may not be that important to you," he said.

    West Kendall resident Tony Figueroa said that Curbelo's bipartisanship is what he likes most about him. 

    "He understands his district, so he really makes an effort to listen to all sides," he said.

    A publicist and board member of the Miami Young Republicans, Figueroa said Curbelo's first term in office helped him show voters "how he was just that much different from Trump."

    The voters of the 26th District are almost evenly split between Democrats, Republicans and independents, and the nonpartisan Cook Political Report rates the race as a toss-up.

    DePalo sees it as the Democrats' best opportunity to pick up a seat in the area, more so than neighboring District 27, where Republican Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen is vacating her seat, leaving a free-for all between Democrat Donna Shalala and Republican Maria Elvira Salazar.

    But Curbelo is likable, DePalo noted. "When you have somebody who is trying to paint him as this 'Trump-light,' or doesn't care about the folks in the district, it doesn't really ring true."

    Unlike most Republicans in tough races this year, Curbelo has held himself at arm's length from Trump. Nov. 6 will determine whether that's enough to keep him in Congress.

    NBC's Asher Klein and Gavrielle Jacobovitz contributed to this report.


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    The mother of three children who died while crossing a busy street to get to their school bus had complained to her kids' school district about the hazard years before her children were tragically killed, her friend and neighbor told NBC 5.

    Tippecanoe Valley School Corporation said in a statement that beginning Thursday, the bus stop on State Road 25 will be relocated into Meiser Park following the death of twin 6-year-old boys and their 9-year-old sister. 

    In addition, school Superintendent Blaine Conley said a transportation safety review committee will examine all bus stop locations "to ensure our children are transported safely." 

    But some residents say the change came too late. 

    Heather Crispen said her family friend, the mother of the children fatally struck Tuesday while boarding their school bus, had fought for years with their school district to have the bus pull into the trailer park where they lived. Instead, the children were forced to cross a busy stretch of road. 

    "They told us because they were not a special needs child, they were not going to pull into the park," Crispen said, noting that her own children were just steps ahead of the four children hit by a pickup truck on North State Road 25 in Rochester, Indiana. "It could have been prevented a long time ago... shouldn't have to come to her losing half her family for the school to do something about it." 

    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 their bus stop, crossing the street with the stop-arm on the bus out when a vehicle hit the kids.

    Nine-year-old Alivia Stahl and 6-year-old twins Xavier and Mason Ingle were killed. 

    "The parents are destroyed. They're never going to see their kids again," said Elgin Ingle, the uncle of the three children killed. "The surviving daughter has no siblings anymore and mother had to run to the aid of children as they lay there lifeless on the concrete. They're doing as bad as you'd expect a parent to be doing." 

    Eleven-year-old Maverick Lowe was also injured in the crash and airlifted to a hospital in Fort Wayne. 

    “We would like to thank those who have prayed for our family and the families of those involved in yesterday’s tragedy," the boy's parents wrote in a statement released by Indiana State Police. "Maverik is currently in stable condition. Our family is focused on his recovery at this time and requests privacy as we heal together.”

    It was a crash state police said was unlike any other they'd seen.

    A 24-year-old woman has been charged in the deaths of the three children.  Alyssa Shepherd was charged with three counts of reckless homicide and one count of passing a school bus and resulting in bodily injury.

    She was reportedly cooperative with police, picked up at her place of employment and later released on $15,000 bond. It was unclear if she had an attorney. 

    "I just can't imagine the pain that family is going through," Sgt. Tony Slocum with the Indiana State Police's Peru District. "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."

    There were no children on the school bus at the time of the crash. 

    The accident happened near Rochester, about 92 miles southeast of downtown Chicago. 


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    Fire damaged Scribner’s Restaurant in Milford late Wednesday evening. 

    The fire alarm at Scribner’s Restaurant, which is located at 31 Village Road in the Woodmont section of the city, went off around 11:13 p.m., then a 911 call reporting smoke from the building was made, according to Milford Fire Rescue. 

    Firefighters were able to prevent the fire from spreading into three apartments on the second floor of the building. Officials said alarms went off, alerting the residents, and they were able to get out before emergency crews arrived. 

    Two adjacent apartment buildings were evacuated as a precaution during the fire and the residents were later allowed back into their homes. 

    Fire officials said most of the building has smoke damage.

    The owner of Scribner’s Restaurant said the insurance company will respond to assess the damage. 

    The Milford fire marshal’s division is investigating the cause of the fire. 



    Photo Credit: NBC Connecticut

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    A 21-year-old woman was killed Wednesday night when a robber jumped in a car, demanded to be driven and then - in front of two children - shot her twice in the head before fleeing with cash, according to Chicago police.

    The incident took place at around 9:22 p.m. in the 2200 block of North Long Avenue in the Belmont Cragin neighborhood on the city's Northwest Side, officials said.

    Authorities said Maria Coronel was a passenger in a parked vehicle, with another woman in the driver's seat and two children in the back, when an unknown male jumped in the backseat of the car and ordered the driver to begin driving.

    They traveled a few blocks east, stopping near the intersection of West Belden and North Lawler avenues, where officials said the suspect shot Coronel twice in the head before exiting the car and running away with an unknown amount of cash he took from her.

    Coronel was pronounced dead at the scene, according to police and the Cook County Medical Examiner's office.

    No one was in custody as of Thursday morning in connection with the shooting, according to police, who continue to investigate.



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    Activist and writer Shaun King announced Thursday that he is bringing back Frederick Douglass' 19th-century abolitionist newspaper — with the blessing of Douglass' family.

    The North Star, started by Douglass and Martin Delany in 1847, will be resurrected online, with a news app, a website, podcasts, and a nightly news broadcast, King wrote in a Medium blog post. He added that he received the "blessing and permission of the family of Frederick Douglass."

    "We’re not just here to change the news — we aim to change the world," King said.

    King and friend Ben Dixon are first building a launch team at BuildingTheNorthStar.com and hope to have 100,000 people on board by Nov. 15. The team then plans to start a public membership drive with the goal of having 25,000 members by the end of 2018.

    The North Star became "one of the most influential African American anti-slavery publications of the pre-Civil War era," according to Britannica. The paper was named for the star that escaping slaves used at night as a guide to freedom. Its motto read: “Right is of no sex—Truth is of no color—God is the Father of us all, and we are brethren.”

    In his blog post, King honored the way Douglass and Delany utilized The North Star, writing, "they knew they needed a newspaper that represented the cause of liberation with urgency, clarity, heart, and soul."

    "We need that right now," King wrote. "This past week proved that to me. And we’re going to build it together."

    King is a civil rights activist known for his work on social media. Earlier this year, he founded the Real Justice PAC, which aims to help fill district attorney positions with "reform-minded prosecutors" who are "committed to using the powers of their office to fight structural racism and defend our communities from abuse by state power."



    Photo Credit: Getty Images

    Activist Shaun King, left; abolitionist Frederick Douglass, right.Activist Shaun King, left; abolitionist Frederick Douglass, right.

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    The driver of a dump truck is dead after hitting a highway overpass on Interstate 95 North in Milford Thursday morning, according to fire officials.

    Officials from Milford Fire Rescue said the driver of a dump truck was thrown from his vehicle on the northbound side of I- 95 between exits 40 and 41 around 7:45 a.m. and sustained extensive traumatic injuries.

    A physician and an EMT who came upon the crash provided medical assistance until emergency crews arrived and the driver was transported to Yale Trauma Center, but died at the hospital, according to fire officials.

    Another vehicle was also involved in the crash, but the driver was not seriously injured.

    The highway remains closed where the crash happened. State police said they expect the highway to be closed for hours. 

    The crash was at the Quarry Road overpass and it was also shut down. The state Department of Transportation will inspect it for safety and crews from the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection responded to the scene to handle hazardous fluids.



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    Police are questioning four New Britain High School students and the school will be dismissing early Thursday amid an investigation into rumors of violence planned at the school today and reports that a student claimed to have brought a weapon to school in case anything happened.

    Supt. Nancy Sarra released a statement Thursday morning that said school officials learned Wednesday of a rumor that an act of violence was being planned for today at New Britain High School and school administrators notified New Britain police, who started investigating immediately.

    They spoke with students and staff and learned that a student made “an offhand remark” in a classroom and students who overheard it shared it with others, according to the superintendent.

    Police and school officials didn’t find the rumor to be credible, but they took the report seriously and called for extra police presence at the school throughout the day today and beyond, Sarra said in a statement about the incident.

    New Britain Mayor Erin Stewart said Thursday that three students at the high school heard another student in a bathroom say something to the effect that he or she brought a weapon to school “in case anything happens and I can protect myself.”

    The mayor said no weapons have been found.

    Police are speaking with the four students.

    Parents said they received calls from their nervous children this morning and didn’t hear from the school. Police at the scene said they spoke to parents who arrived at the school to tell them there was no credible threat.



    Photo Credit: NBC Connecticut

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    A son of a Long Island man who vanished in 1961, leaving his wife and children alone to grapple with the mystery of his disappearance for decades, says he feels relieved by the discovery of bones in the same home this Halloween.

    "We felt abandoned as kids but he was here the whole time," Steven Carroll, who was just 5 when his father George disappeared, told News 4 Thursday. 

    Steven Carroll and his brother Michael stumbled upon a skeleton in their basement Wednesday; bones they believe belong to their long missing father. 

    Steven Carroll says his mother told him and his siblings very little about what had happened until just before her death in 1998. The family never filed any missing persons report and there is "no record" of police involvements in his disappearance, Suffolk County police say.

    He and his siblings all have different theories about their father's disappearance, Carroll said, though he declined to share some of the differences in speculation.

    Though they never knew what happened to their father, police say that for reasons that remain unclear the family had always thought he might be buried in the home he lived in on Olive Street in Lake Grove. That home is now owned by Michael Carroll, Steven's brother. And it was that bizarre hunch that prompted the next generation -- George Carroll's grandsons -- to start digging in the basement. It was an excavation project that tooks months -- and they hit the remains, which sat below concrete, on the spookiest day of the year.

    Police say a DNA test will need to be performed to confirm the body in the basement is George Carroll, but they suspect foul play in the death of whoever was found in that cellar after so many years.

    The family believes it is George Carroll for sure. If that turns out to be the case, his sons want to give their father, a Korean War veteran, a proper burial at Calverton National Cemetery, Steven Carroll said.  


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    Staff at Margaritaville at Mohegan Sun will soon be filling their last shakers of salt.

    Staff from Mohegan Sun said the Jimmy Buffett-inspired restaurant will be closing on Jan. 1.

    “We can confirm that the last day of operation for Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville at Mohegan Sun will be January 1, 2019. We have enjoyed a ten year relationship with Margaritaville, and while we don’t have specifics to share at this time, we continuously explore fresh and exciting offerings to enhance our guests’ experience and will provide details as soon as we are ready to announce,” Ray Pineault, president and general manager of Mohegan Sun, said in a statement.



    Photo Credit: Rich Polk/Getty Images for NBC Universal

    LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 30: Universal Studios Hollywood toasted the arrival of Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville restaurant to Universal CityWalk, with an exciting performance by Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band on March 30, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Rich Polk/Getty Images for NBC Universal)LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 30: Universal Studios Hollywood toasted the arrival of Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville restaurant to Universal CityWalk, with an exciting performance by Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band on March 30, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Rich Polk/Getty Images for NBC Universal)

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    An HIV-positive man accused of having sex with a 14-year-old girl was arrested Wednesday in Davie, Florida, police said.

    William Charles Bell, 55, was charged with three counts of lewd and lascivious acts on a child between 12 and 16 years old, one count of using or allowing a child to engage in sex and one count of causing or allowing the use of computer pornography by a minor, jail records showed.

    Police said Bell had unprotected sex with the underage girl, and that there could be more victims.

    "This animal victimized a 14-year-old girl that he was having sex with over the course of a few months," Davie Police Sgt. Mark Leone told reporters Thursday morning.

    An arrest report said the sexual encounters took place at Bell's trailer in Davie between August and October 2018.

    The report said Bell admitted to having sex with the girl on several occasions and to photographing the victim in the nude.

    Leone said that when Bell was arrested officers found multiple images of child pornography on his phone, including some showing him sexually battering the young girl.

    The girl was being tested to see whether she had contracted HIV, Leone said.

    Bell was being held without bond Thursday, jail records showed. Attorney information wasn't available.

    Anyone with information is asked to call Broward Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS.



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    William Charles BellWilliam Charles Bell

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    Police in Danbury are trying to identify a woman who was struck and killed by a car on Thursday morning and they are asking for help from the public to identify her.

    The woman, who appeared to be in her 50s, was struck by a 2006 Honda Civic on Franklin Street around 6:30 a.m., police said.

    She was transported to Danbury Hospital, where she died from her injuries.

    The woman was around 5-feet-tall and had short black hair.

    When she was struck, she was wearing a black knit hat, blue slip-on sneakers, blue fleece-lined leggings with patterns on the pockets, a DKNY gray hooded fleece-lined coat and a white T-shirt. 

    She was also wearing gold and silver dangling rope earrings, a gold ring with clear baguette cornerstones and purple center stone and a gold Timex watch with a white face. 

    Anyone who witnessed the incident or has information on who the woman is should call Officer Keith Leggiadro or Officer Matthew Malone at (203) 797-2157. 



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    A 61-year-old worker was killed when a tree fell at Natchaug State Forest in Chaplin Thursday.

    The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection said the man was a tree contractor. He was working in the area of Pumpkin Hill Road clearing trees that were damaged by gypsy moths when he was struck and killed by a tree.

    The victim has not been publicly identified.

    State Environmental Conservation Police are investigating.



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    Furry slap bracelets sold exclusively at Target stores were recalled due to a laceration hazard following reports of injuries, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.

    About 22,500 bracelets were recalled Wednesday over concerns that the bracelet’s metal wristband could "pierce the fabric around it, exposing sharp edges and posing a laceration hazard to young children." Five injuries of minor cuts to hands or wrists have been reported.

    The bracelet, distributed by Fantasia Accessories, sold for about $5 each at Target stores nationwide and Target’s website.

    The bracelets are geared toward children and feature furry critter, such as a panda, unicorn and heart, on a slap bracelet design.

    The CPSC is asking consumers to “immediately stop” using the bracelets, take them away from young children and contact Fantasia Accessories via 800-624-4826 to receive a free replacement product.

    For more information on this recall, click here.



    Photo Credit: U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

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    A suspect on the run from police crashed into an East Hartford police cruiser Thursday, authorities said.

    East Hartford police said the pursuit started when officers pulled over a vehicle on Main and Wells streets for a motor vehicle violation. The driver took off and crashed into a cruiser, causing minor damage.

    Officers pursued the suspect vehicle until it reached the highway. A BOLO was put out and the pursuit was picked up in Hartford. The vehicle and its occupants were located on Broad Street in Hartford.


    State police are assisting in an investigation into a shooting at the East Hartford police station.State police are assisting in an investigation into a shooting at the East Hartford police station.

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