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    A 23-year-old Florida woman was captured on police body camera video dropping a baby on its head, fracturing the infant's skull, while running away from police.

    Kayla Morgan was arrested Monday and charged with aggravated child abuse and resisting arrest. 

    Marion County Sheriff’s deputies were called after witnesses reported seeing a woman darting in and out of traffic near Silver Springs while holding an infant, according to NBC affiliate WESH-TV.

    When deputies approached Morgan, she could be seen running away before dropping the infant head first on the ground. Video shows a bystander rushing to help the child and handing the baby over to officers.  

    The baby was taken to the hospital with a fractured skull, deputies said. It was not immeditaley clear if Morgan was the baby's mother. Officials said the baby is expected to recover. 

    Morgan was taken to an area hospital after telling deputies she had been taking psychoactive drugs, including methamphetamine and the street drug "Molly," over the last three days.

    She told investigators she thought "a monster was trying to suck her blood," according to WESH.



    Photo Credit: Marion County Sheriff's Office

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    Jose Feliciano, a singer known for the Christmas classic “Feliz Navidad,” will be at the Westfield Trumbull Mall on Friday.

    Feliciano, who lives in Fairfield County, Connecticut, will be one of many special guests stopping by the shopping center for WEBE108's annual Black Friday live broadcast outside of the Target store on the upper level. The station said Feliciano will join the broadcast at 1:08 p.m. for a special announcement. 

    Born blind in Lares, Puerto Rico, the 73-year-old singer was raised in New York City and wrote' Feliz Navidad" in 1970, according to his biography. 

    Feliciano’s storied career also includes many other hits such as “Light My Fire” and “California Dreamin.’” 



    Photo Credit: Clemens Bilan/Getty Images

    Jose Feliciano performs at Velodrom on Sept. 13, 2014, in Berlin, Germany.Jose Feliciano performs at Velodrom on Sept. 13, 2014, in Berlin, Germany.

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    Part of Enders State Forest in Granby is closed to allow for construction activity in the area around the waterfalls, according to the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.

    The closure will impact the area around the waterfalls south of Route 219, according to DEEP, but the rest of Enders State Forest will remain open for recreational purposes.

    DEEP said an enhanced trail will take visitors along a series of stone steps and platforms to view the gorge and the work is expected to be done in mid-2019.


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    A Hamden man was injured in a street robbery stabbing Tuesday and police are searching for a suspect.

    Police said the 67-year-old was walking to work on Goodrich Street around 4:15 a.m. when he was approached by two men in their 20s. The suspects asked the victim for money, then attacked, making off with $4.

    The victim realized he’d been stabbed when he felt a “tingling” in his hand, police said. A co-worker took the victim to the hospital.

    Anyone with information on this crime should contact the Hamden Police Department Detective Division at 203-230-4000.


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    Police have canceled a Silver Alert for a 1-year-old girl missing from Clinton.

    Authorities issued a Silver Alert for 1-year-old Ivy Andrews Wednesday afternoon and said she may be with her father.  

    The Silver Alert was canceled Wednesday evening. No other details were immediately available.



    Photo Credit: Clinton Police

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    Crews have responded to repair a water main break on Raynal Road in Newington.

    The Metropolitan District said the 8-inch main was installed in 1964 and was shut down around 2:45 p.m. Crews are on scene making repairs.

    There are 17 homes affected by the shutdown, and repairs are expected to be complete between 6:45 and 8:45 p.m.



    Photo Credit: NBC Connecticut

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    Hartford police were called to the McDonough School Wednesday after school staff found a BB gun in an abandoned backpack.

    Police said the BB gun was a replica of a Glock 19 and the backpack belonged to an 11-year-old student.

    “This facsimile BB gun is not a toy, and is very difficult to distinguish from the real firearm to which it was made to represent,” Lt. Paul Cicero wrote in a media release.

    Charges are pending against at least one student. The case remains under investigation.



    Photo Credit: Hartford Police Department

    A BB gun (top) found in a Hartford student's backpack pictured next to a Hartford Police Department issued Glock handgun.A BB gun (top) found in a Hartford student's backpack pictured next to a Hartford Police Department issued Glock handgun.

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    Around 500 people walked through the doors of Hurley Hall at Eastern Connecticut State University Wednesday for the 12th annual Day of Giving.

    More than 50 volunteers served a Thanksgiving meal to the community.

    "Without this we don’t know what a lot of people would do for a meal," said Willimantic resident Darlene Spinnato.

    Spinnato met up with friends who she said wouldn’t have had a holiday meal otherwise.

    "It made me feel good inside to see that they did make it here. At least I know they’ve had a warm meal," Spinnato said.

    Food drives at local grocery stores collected the donations. Eastern volunteers collected more than 1,500 items and almost $1,600.

    "I think they serve the best meal without having to do any work," said 92-year-old World War II veteran Leonard Caya. He’s attended the Day of Giving before.

    "To be one with the community. You get to see a lot of people here," said Tanya Parra Sanchez about the event.

    Staff from Eastern’s Chartwells Food Service prepared the meal that consisted of turkey, corn, mashed potatoes, stuffing, cranberry sauce, pie and more.

    Volunteers consisted of Eastern students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends of the university. Many said on this Day of Giving, they were thankful to give back.

    "Why not do it? My school’s giving me the opportunity," said volunteer Carly Weston.

    "I feel like a lot of people don’t have the opportunity to have a good Thanksgiving meal. Maybe they’re short on money. Maybe they just don’t have anything to do fancy, but it’s nice to feel included in the holiday," Zaira Hernandez, a student volunteer said.



    Photo Credit: NBC Connecticut

    More than 50 volunteers served a Thanksgiving meal to the community at Hurley Hall at Eastern Connecticut State University Wednesday.More than 50 volunteers served a Thanksgiving meal to the community at Hurley Hall at Eastern Connecticut State University Wednesday.

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    A once homeless man from New Haven whose act of kindness went viral a year ago now has a new story to tell and a plan to pay it forward. 

    That man returned a lost $10,000 thousand check to a real estate agent.

    Elmer Alvarez has since turned his life around with some help from the check’s owner.

    “My vision is I said I want to make a difference,” Alvarez said.

    Together, Alvarez and Hoskie are now planning to pay it forward.

    “I expected to see someone in a suit and tie,” Roberta Hoskie said Wednesday morning, recalling when she learned someone picked up the check she dropped in downtown New Haven.

    Instead in the meeting she shared on Facebook Live, Hoskie found out the Good Samaritan Alvarez was homeless.

    “That really shattered a lot of stereotypes,” she said.

    One year later, Alvarez is no longer homeless.

    Hoskie provided Alvarez with housing and job training at her real estate school.

    “I didn’t want to continue living the way I was,” he said.

    Before running her real estate company, Hoskie was once a homeless high school dropout and a teenage mother.

    “I have been very transparent with my story from poverty to prosperity, from welfare to wealth, from homeless to owning homes,” she said.

    Alvarez sits on the Board of Directors for Hoskie’s Outreach Foundation, a non-profit organization.

    “Together, we are working to create opportunities and solutions for people who are facing homelessness right now,” Hoskie said during a news conference.

    They plan to rehabilitate a distressed New Haven property into transitional housing for 15 teens and young adults.

    “I feel good, I feel great and I just want to keep helping others,” Alvarez said. “There was a purpose behind that check like Roberta says, I believe there’s more to it.”

    Alvarez said he has the vision for the transitional home to offer services like help finding jobs and substance abuse treatment.



    Photo Credit: NBC Connecticut

    A year ago, Elmer Alvarez was homeless, but his own act of kindness connected him with people that would help him turn things around.A year ago, Elmer Alvarez was homeless, but his own act of kindness connected him with people that would help him turn things around.

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    Guilford police have arrested a man accused of making threats to a family because of their race.

    Brendan Garvey, 55, was arrested by warrant Wednesday. According to police, on Nov. 18 Garvey approached a family with children at an establishment in town, made comments that implied they didn’t belong in Guilford due to their race, and made threatening hand gestures.

    The victims reported the incident to police.

    Garvey was charged with intimidation based on bigotry or bias, threatening, and breach of peace. He was held on a $10,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in court on Nov. 23.

    “This will never be tolerated in Guilford. We appreciate the courage and willingness of the victims in this case to come forward and help ensure that no one else will be victimized by such hateful and ignorant behavior,” Guilford police wrote in a media release.



    Photo Credit: NBCConnecticut.com

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    Groton teens often overestimate their peers’ drug and alcohol use, according to a recent survey that also reveals a majority of those teens said they don’t drink or use marijuana.

    The results of the 2018 Groton Youth Survey are posted around Groton schools to start a conversation among students and with their parents about substance use and peer pressure.

    One poster reads, “88 percent of Fitch High School students don’t drink alcohol.” Another has the text, “99% of Groton teens don’t abuse prescription medication.”

    The statistics from the anonymous survey, conducted by the Groton Alliance for Substance Abuse Prevention (GASP), also show many students overestimate how much their classmates drink or do drugs.

    “If teens think most of their peers are using drugs, they may be more likely to just go ahead and do it. That may be the easier choice for them,” said GASP coordinator Carolyn Wilson. “If they know that that’s not true, and most kids are making healthy choices, they’re less likely to participate.”

    Wilson said the survey is given to students from seventh through 12th grades and has been conducted every two years since 2000. The results show alcohol, cigarette and marijuana use are down.

    This prompted a new social norms poster campaign, which had input from students, as a way to start a conversation between peers or with student and their parents.

    “You can say ‘Hey, I saw a poster as I walked into the school picking you up and there’s something I wanted to talk to you about,’” Wilson said.

    More than 1,300 Groton students participated including Groton-resident students from Grasso Technical High School and the Marine Science Magnet High School.

    Esther Pendola has a 6th grader at Cutler Middle School who was too young to take the survey. But she starts the conversation about drug use with her children early.

    “We actually do foster care. So for us our kids get to see first-hand what drugs and alcohol can ultimately do to a family,” Pendola said.

    She applauds the Groton School District for engaging in more frequent and open conversations. But she’s also surprised by the survey statistics.

    “I don’t know if the interventions have been super effective, or maybe (students are) not being totally transparent,” Pendola said.

    According to Wilson, students are told the survey is completely anonymous and can’t be traced back to them, plus it’s not sponsored by the school districts. Surveys where students were believed to be dishonest were excluded. 



    Photo Credit: NBC Connecticut

    The results of the 2018 Groton Youth Survey are posted around Groton schools to start a conversation among students and with their parents about substance use and peer pressure.The results of the 2018 Groton Youth Survey are posted around Groton schools to start a conversation among students and with their parents about substance use and peer pressure.

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    Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev wanted to plead guilty and help the prosecution in exchange for life imprisonment, court documents unsealed Wednesday reveal.

    But prosecutors did not make a deal, and Tsarnaev was convicted at trial and sentenced to death for the 2013 bombing, which killed three people and injured hundreds.

    According to a document released Wednesday, Tsarnaev "offered to provide certain kinds of cooperation and assistance, in the course of plea negotiations."

    But the filing then says, "The government has consistently rejected Tsarnaev's conditional offers" NBC News reports.



    Photo Credit: Boston Globe via Getty Images

    An artist's sketch of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev hangs on the wall outside the Moakley courthouse for videographers to record during the Marathon bombing trial.An artist's sketch of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev hangs on the wall outside the Moakley courthouse for videographers to record during the Marathon bombing trial.

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    The NBC Connecticut meteorologists are tracking some snow squalls that could cause some travel issues Wednesday afternoon.

    An arctic front will bring snow squalls this afternoon that could cause some travel issues, especially in the northwest hills.

    The squalls will move through between 3 and 6 p.m. and bring brief periods of heavy snowfall that could result in icy roads.

    Wind gusts over 30 mph are also possible.

    The snow squalls usher in a much colder air mass and we can expect record cold by morning. The governor has activated the severe cold weather protocol, and some high schools moved Thanksgiving Day football games to avoid the worst of the cold.

    For more on the forecast, click here.



    Photo Credit: NBC Connecticut

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    Immigration and Customs Enforcement has denied a stay request for a father facing deportation to his native Ecuador, according to an immigration advocacy group.

    Nelson Pinos sought sanctuary at a New Haven church to avoid deportation to his native Ecuador nearly a year ago.

    Last month Pinos’ attorney submitted an appeal for a stay of deportation – citing the psychological harm this ordeal is causing his children. However, according to a press release from CT Shoreline Indivisible, ICE has denied that request.

    Supporters had been hoping Pinos would be granted a stay ahead of the holidays so he could spend them with his partner and three children. Supporters said the stay was requested because the family's separation has caused "urgent and documented" psychological harm to his two teenage daughters and 6-year-old son.

    Pinos came to the US in 1992 for a better life and has lived in Connecticut for nearly 20 years.

    Supporters say he’s been paying taxes with a social security number issued to him by the government more than 20 years ago.

     

     

    ICE says Pinos continues to evade immigration enforcement by staying at the church, which is considered a sensitive location and a place the agency will not enter to enforce deportation. The agency says while Pinos has a legal appeal pending in court, there is no change in his status as of this point.



    Photo Credit: NBCConnecticut.com

    Nelson Pinos with his family in Nov. 2017.Nelson Pinos with his family in Nov. 2017.

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    Connecticut State Police and local departments will be keeping a close eye on the roads over the holiday.

    Beginning Wednesday and running through Sunday night, State Police will have extra patrols looking out for aggressive, unsafe or drunk drivers. The state Department of Transportation and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration will also be out working a Seatbelt Enforcement Wave that begins Monday and also runs through Sunday.

    Police will be out in traditional and unmarked patrol vehicles.

    Local departments also plan to have extra patrols.

    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says this is one of the deadliest holidays on the roads. More than 800 people died in alcohol-impaired crashes across the country between 2013 and 2017 during the Thanksgiving holiday period.

    If you spot an unsafe driver, contact 911.



    Photo Credit: NBCConnecticut.com

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    Police arrested a man at an Atlanta airport Wednesday after he allegedly went on an anti-Semitic rant on an evening flight, NBC News reported

    The suspect was seen on a cellphone video struggling with three officers at the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport and yelling, "I'm not doing anything!" and "White guy with blue eyes and he was just like Trump — he's a Nazi!"

    David Toaf of Washington, D.C., was arrested at 7:57 p.m. local time on suspicion of disorderly conduct and obstructing or hindering an officer, according to police and inmate records. NBC News affiliate WXIA reported that the flight began in Washington.

    "Preliminary information indicates that while in flight to Atlanta a male began uttering anti-Semitic words to passengers aboard the aircraft," Atlanta police said in their statement. "When the flight arrived at the gate the male continued the disturbance and refused to provide officers with identification."



    Photo Credit: Getty Images/Cultura RF

    A man was arrested Wednesday at an Atlanta airport after he allegedly went on an anti-Semitic rant on an evening flight, police said.A man was arrested Wednesday at an Atlanta airport after he allegedly went on an anti-Semitic rant on an evening flight, police said.

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    Firefighters rescued a stranded duck hunter when a boat got stuck on the Connecticut River in the Hartford area Thursday.

    Fire officials said a father, his 13-year-old son and their dog were duck hunting when their boat got stuck on some brush. The father was able to get off the boat to call for help while the son and dog waited on the boat.

    East Hartford and Hartford firefighters responded and were able to tow the boat to safety. No one was hurt.



    Photo Credit: NBC Connecticut

    A father and son had to be rescued when their boat got stuck on the Connecticut River Thursday.A father and son had to be rescued when their boat got stuck on the Connecticut River Thursday.

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    When a 9-year-old boy with a fast-growing tumor needed help immediately, and a group of Good Samaritans stepped in to provide life-saving surgery.

    Jean Olivier needed help he couldn't get in his native Haiti, and his father was at the end of his bank account.

    “Because the work that you've done I don't have enough money to pay for it, because I've been spending since 2013 to help him and nothing worked,” his father explained through a translator.

    The aggressive tumor that plagued the 9-year-old was not cancerous, but grew so quickly it was about to cause life-threatening problems.

    "As it grows it expands in the bone, it erodes the structures and actually starts to block off the airway, down the roads he would not be able to eat drink or even breathe so it was becoming a very dire situation,” explained Dr. Stewart Lieblich of Connecticut Children’s Medical Center.

    A group from the Calvary Chapel Church in Colorado heard of his plight, and raised the money to get him to the United States. Then Lieblich, an oral surgeon at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, took over.

    "The surgery took about eight hours we did a resectioning or cutting of the jaw on either side to remove the mass or the tumor, it weighed about two and a half pounds," Lieblich explained.

    Now Jean is resting comfortably. It will take the bone grafts in his jaw about two months to heal, then he’ll be back on the soccer field.

    "Sometimes the surgical part gets the most attention but it's not just this one person that can do something like this, it's definitely a Thanksgiving that's come through the work of many people,” Liebluch.

    “To give thanks is not enough, it's only God that can really thank you guys," Jean’s father said through a translator.

    The whole procedure will not cost the Olivier family anything thanks to the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center Compassionate Care Fund.


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    One person was killed and four seriously hurt in a crash on the Wilbur Cross Parkway (Route 15) in North Haven Thursday.

    Connecticut State Police said the crash happened on Route 15 north near exit 63 just after 2:30 a.m. One person was killed and four others suffered critical injuries, fire officials said.

    The cause of the crash is under investigation.

    The highway was backed up for hours.

    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says Thanksgiving is one of the deadliest holidays on the roads. Between 2013 and 2017, more than 800 people died in alcohol-impaired crashes across the country during the Thanksgiving holiday period.



    Photo Credit: NBC Connecticut

    One person was killed in a crash on Route 15 in North Haven Thursday.One person was killed in a crash on Route 15 in North Haven Thursday.

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    Thursday was one of the coldest Thanksgivings on record, but it did not stop thousands of runners braving the elements at the Manchester Road Race.

    “It’s cold out, but I feel great. This is going to be my 38th time,” said Vernon resident Dick Stroiney.

    “I’m just going to see how I feel as I go, how fast I decide to go,” his daughter Karen Herman said.

    The father-daughter duo are two of more than 12,000 runners determined to finish the race before finishing their Thanksgiving meal, but it’s at a freezing price

    “I have 3 on my legs and 4 on my upper body,” Stroiney said.

    “Basically I put on everything that I own to run in cold weather, and I’ll strip it off as we get closer to race time,” said Tom Brubaker, who came down from Brunswick, Maine.

    Plenty of runners kept their cars running to spare their skin a little bit longer.

    “We got here at like 7:30, so we have a long, long wait. But this is spot to be,” said Chris Pagliuco of Ivoryton.

    This is Pagliuco’s 29th Manchester Road Race, and he dressed for comfort, while his wife had to make adjustments to her costume.

    There were also three warming centers nearby for those without the comfort of a car.

    “My fingertips are numb. My nose feels like it’s about to fall off,” said Kevin Dawiczyk of Burlington. “It’s good to stay warm before I go out and pull something.”

    Despite the cold, runners counted on the warmth of others to keep them going.

    “With the number of people out here, there will be enough body heat from the 15,000 other runners that will keep us warm.”



    Photo Credit: NBC Connecticut

    Thousands of runners bundled up for the Manchester Road Race on the coldest Thanksgiving in Connecticut on record.Thousands of runners bundled up for the Manchester Road Race on the coldest Thanksgiving in Connecticut on record.

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