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    Scientists say an impact crater bigger than Washington, D.C. is hiding beneath more than a half-mile of ice in Greenland, NBC News reported. The crater, which would be the first ever discovered under a continental ice sheet, is more than 19 miles wide and 1,000 feet deep.

    Researchers believe it formed "after ice began to cover Greenland, so younger than three million years old and possibly as recently as 12,000 years ago," Kurt Kjaer, a professor at the Center for GeoGenetics at the Natural History Museum of Denmark in Copenhagen, said in a statement.

    The researchers first spotted evidence of the crater in 2015 when they noticed an unusual feature on a topographical map made from data obtained by NASA aircraft that had surveyed the area with ice-penetrating radar. They spent the next three years confirming the discovery.

    Some scientists want more evidence to be convinced the feature is an impact crater from a meteorite.



    Photo Credit: Natural History Museum of Denmark

    A close-up of the northwestern ice-sheet margin in Inglefield Land.A close-up of the northwestern ice-sheet margin in Inglefield Land.

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    The Governor’s Residence in Hartford will be decorated for the holidays and the governor is inviting Connecticut residents to attend the open house and take a tour.

    The mansion at 990 Prospect Ave. will open to the public for tours during an open house.

    The dates and hours of the open house are: Friday, Dec. 7, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.;  Saturday, Dec. 8, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; and  Sunday, Dec. 9, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

    “The Christmas season is one of my favorite times of the year, and Cathy and I love having everyone over for this longstanding Connecticut tradition,” Gov. Dannel Malloy said in a statement. “Not only does this give us an opportunity to share our own family’s personal collection of Christmas decorations, but a number of Connecticut growers and small businesses are also generously donating seasonal trimmings for us to share. We look forward to having everyone join us in the holiday spirit.”

    This is Malloy's final holiday season as governor after deciding not to run for re-election.

    Jones Family Farms in Shelton and the Connecticut Greenhouse Growers Association made donations for the event.

     Santa will also be at the governor’s residence throughout the weekend.

    The governor said the residence is ADA accessible.

    There is no admittance fee and tickets are not needed, but donations will be accepted on behalf of Operation E.L.F., an annual initiative of the Connecticut Military Department that assists military families in need.

    Suggested donations include:

    • Financial contributions through checks that can be made payable to the Connecticut National Guard Foundation, Inc. (in the memo field please write “Operation E.L.F.”)
    • Gift cards for grocery stores, department/home goods stores, pharmacies, and gas stations
    • Contribution of services such as fuel oil, snow removal, and home maintenance services

    Live entertainment will be performed by the following:

    Friday, Dec. 7:

    • 10 a.m. – Plainfield High School Chamber Choir
    • 11 a.m. – The Woodstock Academy Hill Singers
    • Noon – Hawkapella (University of Hartford a capella group)
    • 1 p.m. – TBA
    • 2 p.m. – The Ethel Walker School music program (Simsbury)

    Saturday, Dec. 8:

    • 10 a.m. – Extreme Measures (UConn a capella group)
    • 11 a.m. – Conard High School Choir (West Hartford)
    • Noon – Emmanuel Christian Academy Choir (Newington)
    • 1 p.m. – Opus 4 String Quartet (South Windsor)
    • 2 p.m. – Conn-Men (UConn a capella group)

    Sunday, Dec. 9

    • 10 a.m. – Trintones (Trinity College a capella group)
    • 11 a.m. – Newington High School Choir
    • Noon – Hall High School Choraliers (West Hartford)
    • 1 p.m. – Vocaholix

    Information about the history of the Governor’s Residence can be found on the governor’s website.



    Photo Credit: State of Connecticut

    The Gov. Dannel Malloy administration has spend $250,000 on security upgrades to the governor's mansion and grounds.The Gov. Dannel Malloy administration has spend $250,000 on security upgrades to the governor's mansion and grounds.

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    Several flights are canceled Monday after the Thanksgiving holiday weekend because of a snowstorm that brought six inches to a foot of snow in the Chicago area.

    Officials from Bradley Airport said Southwest Airlines, American Airlines and United Airlines fly nonstop to Chicago and cancelations Monday morning are due to weather.

    Bradley officials said airlines determine any delays or cancellations and passengers traveling to and from Chicago are encouraged to contact the airline to check on flight status and potential rebooking options.



    Photo Credit: NBC Connecticut

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    A dump truck hit a tree in Beacon Falls Monday and officials said the road will be closed for at least two to three hours.

    The crash was reported on Blackberry Hill Road the road is closed.

    No additional information was immediately available.



    Photo Credit: NBC Connecticut

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    A 13-year-old middle school student was assaulted and robbed while waiting for the school bus in Wethersfield Monday morning.

    The boy was at a bus stop at the corner of Yale Street and Amherst Street around 7:30 a.m. when two cars pulled up alongside him and demanded his belongings, according to police.

    When the boy refused to hand over his stuff, he told police two young men got out of one of the cars, pushed him to the ground, and began punching and kicking him.

    They grabbed his belongings and took off on Yale Street, police said.

    The victim told police there were a total of seven people involved and all were believed to be males, roughly 16 years old. The two cars they were driving were described as a silver or white Honda CRV and a smaller blue Honda.

    The teen suffered minor injuries but was not taken to the hospital.

    Anyone with information about the attack is asked to call Officer Kevin Lawless at (860) 721-2901.



    Photo Credit: NBCConnecticut.com

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    Democrats gained 39 seats in the House of Representatives in this year's midterm elections, NBC News concluded Monday, after Ben McAdams defeated Republican Rep. Mia Love in Utah's Fourth Congressional District.

    It was NBC News' final uncalled contest, though the Republican incumbent's lead in California's 21st Congressional District is smaller than 500 votes despite NBC News and other outlets calling the race.

    Democrats' gains in the House were propelled by the largest vote margin for one party ever seen in a midterm election year, beating Democrats' previous record from the Watergate era.

    Love conceded her race Monday, tearing into President Donald Trump for having "no real relationships, just convenient transactions."



    Photo Credit: Alex Goodlett/AP, File

    In this Nov. 6, 2018, file photo Salt Lake Mayor Ben McAdams, Democratic candidate for Utah's 4th Congressional District, speaks to supporters during an election night party, in Salt Lake City.In this Nov. 6, 2018, file photo Salt Lake Mayor Ben McAdams, Democratic candidate for Utah's 4th Congressional District, speaks to supporters during an election night party, in Salt Lake City.

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    A new partnership between healthcare providers and law enforcement in New Britain and Berlin was announced on Monday to help people suffering from opioid addiction get into treatment.

    Through the program, H.O.P.E. (Heroin, Opioid Prevention and Education), police officers will have the option to bring people suffering from heroin or opioid abuse to area hospitals instead of arrest them.

    Rachel Collins, director of Behavioral Health Services for the Hospital of Central Connecticut and Midstate Medical Center, explained that many of the resources they will offer addicts, such as Suboxone treatment and connection to recovery coaches, are already available.

    Brian Preleski, the State’s Attorney for New Britain, said connecting addicts to those resources is the primary goal of the program.

    “We can get you into treatment, not tomorrow, not next week, no waiting list,” he said.

    Getting people who are ready for help into treatment, rather than prolonging the process in the criminal justice system, can be critical to getting them on the road to recovery, he said.

    “Quite frankly they may be less motivated in two weeks when they come to court to get that assistance,” he said.

    Steven Mikkanen, 34, of Shelton said he had no idea what treatment options were available when he was suffering from a decade-long opioid dependency.

    “I had no idea what addiction was or what I was up against,” he said.

    He was caught in a cycle of arrest, release and relapse, he said. “They released me and I went back to the streets and still nowhere to go, no money.”

    Mikkanen is now a homeowner, engaged to be married and is also studying to become a drug counselor at Gateway Community College. He believes giving people the option to get treatment instead of arresting them will help counter the feelings of guilt and shame that perpetuate their addictions.

    Reducing time spent in the criminal justice system could also help recovering addicts continue moving forward. Mikkanen’s past continues to be a barrier to his goal of becoming a counselor, he said.

    “It’s disheartening to say the least,” he said.

    With the launch of the H.O.P.E. initiative, New Britain and Berlin police departments join Manchester and Enfield in saying they will not arrest anyone suffering from opioid addiction who asks for help.



    Photo Credit: NBC Connecticut

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    Hartford police arrested an 18-year-old man who is accused of crashing a stolen car into two state-owned vehicles Monday.

    Dispatchers received a call at 11:56 a.m. Monday from someone who said she had been warming up her 2004 BMW X3 in her driveway when it was stolen at 6:06 a.m. and she was following the vehicle.

    A patrol officer who spotted the stolen car started to walk up to it when it was stopped in traffic in the area of Washington and Russ streets and the driver took off after seeing the officer, then went toward Clinton Street, according to police.

    A Hartford police traffic officer in the area used stop sticks, but the driver kept going and hit two state-owned unoccupied parked vehicles at 75 Elm St. before running off, according to police.

    Officers found the driver hiding behind a parked vehicle in the area of 166 Capitol Ave.

    They identified him as 18-year-old Johnny Castro and said there was a warrant from another town charging him with carrying a dangerous weapon and failure to appear.

    He was charged with larceny in the third degree, criminal trover in the second degree, evading responsibility, reckless driving, failure to obey an officer signal, interfering with police and operating a motor vehicle without a license.



    Photo Credit: Hartford Police and submitted

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    Guilford police have arrested a juvenile in connection with the January shooting death of 15-year-old Ethan Song.

    The juvenile was charged Monday with second-degree manslaughter, according to Guilford police. The suspect's identity will not be released due to the juvenile's age, police said.

    On January 31, police were called to 104 Seaside Ave. for reports of a gunshot victim and found 15-year-old Ethan Song. He was taken to Yale-New Haven Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

    In a report released last week, the Waterbury State's Attorney's office said its investigation determined Song accidentally shot himself in the head with a .357 magnum handgun and called the death a "horrific and preventable tragedy."

    At the time, police said Song was with another teen and no adults were home at the time of the shooting. Song did not live in the home, police said.

    The same juvenile was charged with first-degree reckless endangerment in connection with an earlier incident before Song's death, police said.

    The state's attorney's report revealed the juveniles had played with guns they found stored in a closet in the home several times, then returned the guns to their original hiding place to avoid detection.

    According to the report, the weapon was stored with two others in a cardboard box inside large Tupperware in a master bedroom closet of the home. Each weapon had a gun lock and there was no evidence that the weapons were loaded, but investigators determined that the keys to those locks and ammunition for the guns were also hidden in the closet.

    The state’s attorney’s report said the circumstances of the case do not support prosecution of the gun owner. The storage of the weapons did not violate Connecticut law, nor is there any evidence that the gun owner knew or should have known that juveniles could access the guns without permission.



    Photo Credit: NBC Connecticut

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    Wildfires have burned across California, hurricanes leveled homes in Florida and the Carolinas, and recovery is uneven across Puerto Rico a year after Hurricane Maria. On #GivingTuesday, thousands of residents remain displaced while others are struggling to rebuild.

    #GivingTuesday, set for Nov. 27, is in its seventh year. Created at the 92nd Street Y in New York City, its purpose is to encourage giving. Check a charity’s reputation before you donate. Here’s one place to start: Charity Navigator.

    Below are some organizations offering immediate and long-term assistance for communities hit by natural disasters.

    CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES

    The Camp Fire in Northern California, the state’s deadliest fire, was contained over the weekend after burning for more than two weeks. The fire killed at least 85 people and destroyed most of the community of Paradise. Meanwhile two other fires -- the Woolsey and Hill fires -- burned in Southern California, killing at least three people.

    California Community Foundation’s Wildfire Relief Fund

    The fund supports intermediate and longterm recovery, with grants going to residents who lost homes, belongings or jobs with rebuilding and other assistance.

    California Fire Foundation

    The foundation’s Supplying Aid to Victims of Emergency or SAVE program provides short-term financial help to victims of natural disasters in California.

    Direct Relief

    The organization works with partners in the area, whether health departments or clinics, to get medical resources where they are needed.

    Entertainment Industry Foundation

    The foundation’s Fire Relief Fund is supporting the Los Angeles Fire Department Foundation, the L.A. Kitchen, which provided food for first responders and people in shelters, and the Humane Society of Ventura County, which has helped with more than 300 animals displaced by the fires.

    Humane Society of Ventura County

    The animal shelter offered help with animals displaced by the fires

    Los Angeles Fire Department Foundation

    The foundation provides equipment and other support to firefighters, including brush helmets and now hydration backpacks for every firefighter.

    North Valley Animal Disaster Group

    The group is caring for animals evacuated because of the Camp Fire.

    North Valley Community Foundation

    The foundation’s Camp Fire Evacuation Relief Fund is supporting evacuation centers to make sure they have portable toilets and showers, blankets and other needs and is offering grants of up to $25,000 to organizations providing short-term direct services to evacuees.

     Venture County Community Foundation

    The foundation created the Hill Fire/Woolsey Fire Sudden and Urgent Needs Effort Fund for those affected by the fire.

    THE CAROLINAS

    Hurricane Florence hit North and South Carolina in September, drenching the area and causing serious damage from flooding.

    Foundation for the Carolinas

    The foundation’s Hurricane Florence Response Fund is directing donations to non-profits in North and South Carolina to provide immediate and long-term help to victims of the storm.

    A GoFundMe page for Hurricane Florence relief is being managed by the Direct Impact Fund, a nonprofit.

    FLORIDA

    Hurricane Michael was the most powerful hurricane to hit the Florida Panhandle, killing 43, and leaving thousands homeless.

    Florida Disaster Fund

    The Florida Disaster Fund assists the state’s communities to recover from disasters.

    A GoFundMe page for Hurricane Michael relief is being managed by the Direct Impact Fund, a nonprofit.

    PUERTO RICO

    Hurricane Maria killed nearly 3,000 people on Puerto Rico in September 2017 in the deadliest natual disaster in the United States in 100 years. A year later, the island is still rebuilding

    Global Giving Foundation

    The Disaster Recovery Network at Global Giving emphasizes community-led relief and recovery. FORWARD/ADELANTE Puerto Rico is a fund created by a network of Puerto Rican foundations providing longterm support for local grassroots organizations.



    Photo Credit: Getty Images

    A view of home destroyed by the Camp Fire on Nov. 22, 2018 in Paradise, California.A view of home destroyed by the Camp Fire on Nov. 22, 2018 in Paradise, California.

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    NBC Connecticut and Telemundo Connecticut are Connecting You to Joy with coverage of the New Haven Tree lighting.

    Come join us on Thursday, Nov. 29th 4 to 8 p.m. as Santa flips the switch to activate thousands of lights on the massive tree at the New Haven Green - 250 Temple St. in New Haven.

    The East Windsor Middle School Chorus won this year's "Choral Contest," sponsored by NBC CT and will be performing on the Green and live on television!

    Kick off the holiday season with this free festival with a petting zoo, carnival rides, Santa visits, refreshments, live entertainment and more!

    NBC Connecticut will also present our special at the New Haven tree lighting! If you cannot join us in person, tune in at 7 p.m. and watch it on NBC Connecticut.  You can also watch it live on our free mobile app.

    The show will be hosted by Keisha Grant, Mike Hydeck, Kerri-Lee Mayland and Kevin Nathan.

    See the event Facebook invite here.

    Here is a look at the beginning of last year's tree lighting broadcast and the moment the tree was lit last year.


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    NASA's InSight lander safely touched down on Mars Monday with the help of a South Windsor company.

    Pioneer Aerospace designed and manufactured the parachute that slowed the spacecraft as it entered the Martian atmosphere, according to a release from the company.

    The lander completed its six-month, 300 million-mile journey with a dangerous six-minute descent to the red planet.

    The spacecraft was traveling at Mach 1.66, a supersonic speed, as it entered Mars's atmosphere just before 3 p.m. on Monday when the parachute was deployed. The parachute slowed the InSight lander to just 218 kilometers per hour while still 1 kilometer above the Martian surface, and allowed it to land with an assist from retrorockets on the vehicle, according to the company.

    The NASA spacecraft is the first to land on the red planet in six years. It is designed to burrow beneath the surface to study the planet's crust, mantle, and core.



    Photo Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Lockheed Martin

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    A proposed site for a grocery store between downtown Hartford and the city’s North End, is facing some push-back from a magnet school, a city councilwoman, and neighborhood organizers.

    “You can’t always make things happen when it’s going to impact so many children,” said rJo Winch, a Democrat on the Hartford City Council.

    The proposed grocery store site would be built behind Capital Preparatory Magnet School on Main Street in Hartford.

    The school currently uses a fenced-in field that is on the proposed property for activities like recess and practices. That parcel, however, is technically part of the Downtown North development (DoNo), which includes Dunkin' Donuts Park and other parcels of land.

    Opponents of that location want to ensure students keep their access to the field, and they’re worried about having a larger grocery store so close to the school.

    “We don’t know what time it’s going to open,” Winch asked. “We don’t know how it’s going to impede on fire drills. On buses? Where are the buses going to park? A lot of things have not been considered.”

    The other two locations under consideration for the grocery store are across the street from Dunkin Donuts’ Park, still within the immediate vicinity of Capital Prep.

    A spokesman for Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin told NBC Connecticut that the Mayor does not have a preference on the location. Bronin, he said, wants the store to be developed.

    The state of Connecticut provided more than $8 million toward landing a grocery store on the foot of the North End.

    The Capital Region Development Authority’s Executive Director Michael Freimuth told NBC Connecticut that the group is already in discussions with potential grocers to run the store.

    Janelle Thomas, who was picking up her niece from Capital Prep on Monday, said she would love for a grocery store to be located in the neighborhood.

    “I think it’s a good idea. At least it’s more closer than going to Bloomfield or West Hartford or anything,” she said.

    Winch is not convinced a grocery store would be successful, referring to the most recent failed effort, the Market at Hartford 21, which closed nearly seven years ago.

    “We’ve had new grocery stores and they’ve gone out of business. I think this one, too, in my personal opinion, I don’t think it will last a year.”


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    Lawmakers from around the world questioned a top Facebook executive over "fake news" on Tuesday at a hearing that CEO Mark Zuckerberg refused to attend, NBC News reported

    Politicians and other top officials from nine countries were questioning Richard Allan, the company's vice president of policy solutions in London. Representatives from the U.K., Canada, Australia, Ireland, Argentina, Brazil, Singapore and Latvia invited Zuckerberg to give evidence, even by video link, but he declined. France and Belgium also attended the hearing.

    The event was billed as the inaugural "Grand Committee on Disinformation.” Organizer Damian Collins, the British lawmaker who chairs a parliamentary committee investigating disinformation and the use of people's data, said he was "deeply disappointed by Zuckerberg's decision to ignore summons from so many nations."

    The committee turned up the heat by seizing confidential Facebook documents from the developer of a now-defunct bikini photo-searching app.



    Photo Credit: U.K. Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee

    A chair was left empty for Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg at a multinational hearing billed as the A chair was left empty for Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg at a multinational hearing billed as the "Grand Committee on Disinformation" on Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2018. The hearing, at which nine nations were represented, was part of the British Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee's investigation into disinformation and fake news.

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    A Guilford family is calling for change after their teenage son was killed in what police are calling an accidental shooting. 

    Guilford police have finished the investigation into the death of 15-year-old Ethan Song that ended with the arrest of a juvenile who was charged with second-degree manslaughter

    Because of the suspect’s age, very little information is being released. 

    A report the Waterbury State's Attorney's office released last week says its investigation determined Song accidentally shot himself in the head with a .357 magnum handgun and called the death a “horrific and preventable tragedy.”

    In January, police said Song was with another teen and no adults were home on Seaside Avenue at the time of the shooting. 

    Song’s family and others hope to prevent something like this tragedy from happening again. 

    “We can’t bring Ethan back. This was a great tragedy, but we can make sure other children aren’t lost to gun violence in the state of Connecticut,” State Rep. Sean Scanlon, D – 98th District said. 

    Scanlon is working with the Song family to try to find a way to toughen Connecticut’s gun laws. 

    In a video posted on social media last week, Ethan’s father, Mike, blasted the decision not to prosecute the gun owner. 

    “It’s time that when someone is reckless, negligent, when someone endangers children that they be held accountable,” Song said. 

    The Waterbury State’s Attorney’s Office report revealed the gun had been stored with other guns in a cardboard box inside Tupperware in the master bedroom closet. 

    There were gun locks and no signs the firearms were loaded, but investigators discovered the keys and ammunition were also hidden in the closet. 

    In the end, the report concluded the storage of the weapons did not break the law and it’s led some to believe the law has a loophole that needs to be closed. 

    “We can reduce gun violence in the state of Connecticut. And one of the ways I think we can really do that is to make sure every single gun in the state of Connecticut is properly stored, whether it’s loaded or unloaded,” Scanlon said. 

    The Song family has started a foundation to honor Ethan and the next step is turning their loss into political action. 

    “I’m going to tell you one thing -- I’m going to see this through. We’re going to achieve something for Ethan that’s really going to be a miracle,” Mike Song said. 

    The family plans to hold a news conference Tuesday. 

    Police added the juvenile who was arrested on Monday also faces a reckless endangerment charge for an event before Song’s death. 



    Photo Credit: Song Family

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    The United Nations' Office on Drugs and Crime says about 50,000 women around the world were killed last year by their "intimate partner" or a member of their family, NBC News reported.

    That means nearly six women were killed every hour, according to the UNODC report released Sunday, the U.N.'s International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. Partners or family members were responsible for more than half of all the killings of women in 2017.

    The findings didn't surprise Rachel Goldsmith, an official at U.S. victim's assistance organization Safe Horzion. She pointed to last week's shooting at a hospital in Chicago, in which a man fatally shot his former fiancee and two bystanders.

    "This is happening all across the country where women who have made the decision to leave a relationship and their partners have decided to respond with firearms or violence," she said.



    Photo Credit: Christian Palma/AP

    Women dressed as brides attend a march marking the International Day for the elimination of violence against women in Mexico City, Sunday, Nov. 25, 2018.Women dressed as brides attend a march marking the International Day for the elimination of violence against women in Mexico City, Sunday, Nov. 25, 2018.

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    Despite the rain Monday night, there was still a line outside Cultivate in Leicester, Massachusetts.

    “We’ve been waiting two hours in the car,” said Chris Mankoschewski. “Then you have to wait another hour just to get on the shuttle, and I don’t even know how long we’re going to wait in this line.”

    All that waiting is leading to frustration for people who live nearby with so many cars clogging up the neighborhood.

    Cultivate, one of the state’s two new pot shops selling recreational marijuana, is going through about a thousand customers a day.

    “It’s just a pain...in the neck,” said neighbor Mark Castonguay. “Good word.”

    Castonguay says it’s been nearly impossible to get in and out of his driveway with so many cars on Main Street.

    “Where are all these people coming from? I mean, you’re talking hundreds of cars for the last seven days,” said Castonguay. "What, they've never had this stuff before? Go to your regular dealer."

    At an emergency town hall meeting Monday night to discuss all the congestion, some residents say there's been public urination, and others say they’ve lost their privacy.

    “We have cars outside of our house seven days a week,” said neighbor Dawn Gauthier. “We have no life, it’s like living in a fishbowl.”

    Town officials say the interest is much more than they anticipated, and they’re working on short term solutions, like more parking, and improved signage to make it easier for drivers to move around.

    “People have to understand this is something new in this state,” said Leicester Town Administrator David Genereux. “Nobody had any idea it was going to be this big or this popular.”

    Town officials are hoping the novelty dies down and the crowds subside, especially as more pot shops open up around the state in the weeks and months ahead.


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    CORRECTION (November 27, 2018, 1:00 p.m.): An earlier version of this article stated that police had made an arrest in the case.  There is only an arrest warrant pending.  

    Hartford Police statement: "For clarification, Mr. Mejias has NOT been arrested in this case. A warrant has been applied for, but the charges may be altered, or may not even be granted. In regards to the relationship with the child, he was dating the child’s mother, and was not the father."

    Hartford police are investigating the assault of a 7-month-old baby and said an arrest warrant is pending. 

    Police said they developed probable cause on Aug. 25 and an arrest warrant was drafted for 30-year-old Roberto Mejias. They notified Mejias’ parole officer and his parole was immediately revoked. 

    Police said they were able to determine that Mejias was on Maple Street in New Britain this weekend and took him into custody at 3:43 p.m. on Sunday. 

    A pending arrest warrant includes the charges of third-degree risk of injury to a minor and third-degree assault, but police said the charges might be altered or might not even be granted. 



    Photo Credit: Hartford Police

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  • 11/27/18--06:55: Griswold Man Killed in Crash

  • A 48-year-old man has died after a crash in Griswold Monday night.

    State police said the driver of a Hyundai Access crossed from the westbound side of Voluntown Road to the eastbound side around 7 p.m. and collided with a Toyota Prius.

    Kenneth Fitzgerald, 48, of Griswold, was a passenger in the Hyundai and suffered fatal injuries, according to state police.

    Both drivers were taken to Backus Hospital to be treated for minor injuries.

    Anyone with information is asked to call State Police Troop E at 860-848-6500.


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    Christine Blasey Ford has closed donations on her crowdfunding page and is hoping that things will go back to normal for her and her family two months after she testified at Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court confirmation hearing that he sexually assaulted her when they were in high school.

    Ford's neighbors in Palo Alto, California, say they still haven't seen the psychologist and professor at Palo Alto University since before the extraordinary Senate hearing in September. Threats forced Ford from her home, but she said last week in an update on the GoFundMe page set up for her that the crowdfunded donations were a "godsend" that helped her and her family cope.

    The GoFundMe page raised about $650,000 from nearly 14,000 people over two months. Ford said the money has been used to pay for security to deal with the "frightening threats" she received since reluctantly coming forward with her allegation. She added that she'll donate whatever is leftover to trauma survivor support groups.

    "Your tremendous outpouring of support and kind letters have made it possible for us to cope with the immeasurable stress, particularly the disruption to our safety and privacy," Ford said in an update posted the day before Thanksgiving.

    The hearing pitched Ford's word against Kavanaugh's and nearly prevented his confirmation to the Supreme Court. But Kavanaugh forcefully denied that he ever sexually assaulted Ford or anyone else and he was narrowly confirmed to the Supreme Court in a vote that polarized the country.

    Ford told the Senate in September that she'd always lived in fear of what would happen if she spoke out against Kavanaugh, who was a White House lawyer before becoming a federal judge. Coming forward brought out "constant harassment and death threats" that was worse than what she'd expected and left her terrified, she said. 

    She also said in the GoFundMe update last week that the donations went toward a new home security system, housing costs while she and her family have been displaced and a security service that is beginning to taper off. The support has left her hopeful that "our lives will return to normal," she wrote.

    "Although coming forward was terrifying, and caused disruption to our lives, I am grateful to have had the opportunity to fulfill my civic duty," Ford wrote, adding that she sends love and support to others who have shared their experiences of sexual assault with Ford and the world.

    Neighbor Kristen Podulka, who hasn't seen Ford since September, said, "my number-one hope is that she can move home."

    Palo Alto Mayor Liz Kniss said she hopes to welcome Ford home with a proclamation, when Ford is ready.

    "Everything she has done is brave and courageous that certainly is a brand-new path for women to follow," Kniss said.



    Photo Credit: Andrew Harnik-Pool/Getty Images, File

    This Sept. 27, 2018, file photo shows Christine Blasey Ford be sworn in prior to giving testimony before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee at the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.This Sept. 27, 2018, file photo shows Christine Blasey Ford be sworn in prior to giving testimony before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee at the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.

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