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    Norwalk Police arrested a man who is accused of sexually assaulting someone and then photographing them earlier this year.

    Police said detectives arrested 32-year-old Thom Nikas at his home on Friday.

    According to police, Nikas had an active arrest warrant that stemmed from a sexual assault that happened in September.

    Detectives executed a search warrant at Nikas's residence and found images that they said he had taken of the victim after the sexual assault.

    Detectives said they also found images of unknown women that appear to have been taken in Nikas's bedroom. Police are attempting to identify the women in the images to determine if they knew they were being filmed.

    Nikas is facing charges including sexual assault and voyeurism. His bond is $750,000 and he is expected in court on Friday.

    Anyone with information is asked to contact the Detective Bureau at (203) 854-3111.



    Photo Credit: Norwalk Police

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    For Stanley Gryskiewicz and his family, avoiding the flu bug is a big deal.

    “We’ve been getting the flu shot since we had kids. It’s just one of those important things that you should do,” said Stanley Gryskiewicz.

    The Windsor residents took advantage of the free clinic offered in the town of Windsor. Both of his kids were brave enough to do it with no issues.

    “It felt like I had a little pressure, but it didn’t hurt that much,” said Stanley Gryskiewicz.

    “I would rather get the flu shot than to get the flu. I think it’s definitely worth it,” said Abigail Gryskiewicz.

    But according to researchers at the University of Chicago who surveyed 1,200 people nationwide, they found 41 percent had no intentions of getting the flu vaccine this year because of the side effects.

    Windsor’s Public Health nurse Sharon Enot disagrees.

    “The vaccine that we give is a non-live virus vaccine. So, it can not give you the flu,” said Enot. “If someone does get the flu after getting the flu shot shortly after, most likely were exposed to it out in the community.”

    Enot is the town’s public health nurse. She said it’s risky to go without a flu shot when you look at the number of people who died from flu-related complications last season. The Centers for Disease Control says 80,000 people across the country died, including 154 of those right here in Connecticut,

    In addition to getting the flu shot, Enot encourages everyone to be active, exercise, eat well, get plenty of rest and wash your hands.

    The CDC recommends that anyone over the age of six months receive a flu shot sooner than later because it takes two weeks for the flu shot to take effect.

    You can find more details about flu shot clinics across the state here.


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    Hartford Police are investigating after three shootings within 12 hours on Friday night and early Saturday morning.

    Police said the first shooting happened around 3:15 p.m. on Friday. Officers responded to 180 Franklin Avenue after getting a Shot Spotter activation.

    Patrol officers said they discovered evidence of gunfire and later learned that Hartford Hospital had admitted a 22-year-old Hartford resident who had arrived from a private vehicle.

    Officers said the victim was suffering from a single non life-threatening gunshot wound to the lower back.

    The victim told police that he was shot while standing outside on Franklin Avenue.

    C4 cameras helped officers determine that the incident was a drive-by shooting and the vehicle used was stolen from Canton on Wednesday.

    Around 10:15 p.m., a second victim arrived at St. Francis Hospital with a graze wound to the left heal. Officers said the victim attempted to self treat his injuries, but decided to seek professional help later in the evening. Police determined his injury was also a result of the drive-by shooting.

    The second shooting happened shortly before 7 p.m. Officers were called to the area of Wethersfield Avenue and East Elliott Street after a Shot Spotter activation of five rounds.

    When police arrived, they said they found evidence of gunfire.

    While investigating the incident, Hartford Hospital said a victim had arrived from a private vehicle that was parked outside of the building.

    Police learned the vehicle the victim used to drive himself to the hospital was listed as recently stolen from Franklin Avenue. The victim was uncooperative during the investigation.

    The victim, 30-year-old Jose Rivera, was treated for non life-threatening gunshot wounds to his shoulder and neck, officials said.

    After getting discharged from the hospital, Rivera was transported to the Hartford Police Booking Division and was processed.

    He is facing charges including larceny, tampering with a motor vehicle and operating a motor vehicle without a license. His bond is set at $25,000.

    Shortly before 3 a.m. on Saturday, officers were called to 15 East Elliott Street after getting a report of a person who was shot.

    When police arrived, they said they found 31-year-old Joshua Ramos suffering from a single gunshot wound to his foot.

    Officers said they determined that Ramos had unintentionally discharged a gun and wounded himself.

    According to police, Ramos initially gave officers a fake name, but investigators discovered his real name. They learned that Ramos had several active warrants and the recovered .44 caliber handgun was reported as stolen from Wethersfield.

    Ramos is facing charges including theft of a firearm, unlawful discharge, reckless endangerment and interfering with police. His bond is set at $250,000.



    Photo Credit: Hartford Police

    Joshua Ramos (left) and Jose Rivera (right).Joshua Ramos (left) and Jose Rivera (right).

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    Thousands of toys were donated during this year's NBC Connecticut / Telemundo Connecticut Toy Drive. In just three hours, we collected more than 4,600 toys at Westfarms, which are now in the hands of Toys for Tots. Thank you for your donations!

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    Emergency crews are responding to the area of Route 5 and Quinnipiac Street after a car struck a pedestrian Saturday night. 

    According to police, the pedestrian has non-life threatening injuries. 

    The driver of the vehicle remained on scene and is cooperating with police. 

    No other information was made immediately available. 

    NBC Connecticut has a crew headed to the scene and will update this story as more information becomes available. 



    Photo Credit: NBC Connecticut

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    A person is in serious condition after a shooting in Hartford Saturday night. 

    Police responded to the area of 627 Blue Hills Avenue around 9 p.m. 

    According to officers, Blue Hills Avenue is closed to traffic until further notice. 

    No other information was made immediately available.

    This story is developing, check back for details. 



    Photo Credit: NBC Connecticut

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    Firefighters extricated one person after a vehicle crashed down an embankment on Interstate 95 in Westport on Sunday morning.

    According to Westport Fire Department, firefighters were called to a crash on I-95 northbound around 6 a.m.

    When crews got to the scene, they found a single-car crash with the vehicle down an embankment and one occupant trapped inside of the car, just north of exit 18.

    Firefighters extricated the person from the vehicle and brought him or her up the embankment with a rope system.

    All four of the people that were in the car at the time of the crash were taken to a local hospital.

    Connecticut State Police are investigating the accident.



    Photo Credit: NBC

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    A candlelight vigil was held Saturday night for Karlonzo Taylor, the teenager shot and killed in Hartford.

    Family and friends of the 17-year-old joined with community group Mothers United Against Violence to call for an end to the cycle of violence in the Capitol City.

    The gathering was held in front of 898 Park Street, the apartment building where the shooting took place on Wednesday afternoon.

    Inside the building’s entryway, mourner’s placed lit candles around pictures of Taylor, three floors beneath the landing, where the accused gunman opened fire.

    Outside, Taylor’s mother, Marvella Williams, delivered a moving tribute to her son, with a photograph of him hanging around her neck. “The people that he was around looked up to him. They cherished him and he was the one that lit up the room,” Williams said.

    Taylor may have been an unintended victim. He was shot alongside another teen while visiting the building with a larger group, according to police. Court documents show the alleged shooter told police he was targeting people who lived there.

    Dotted amongst the crowd on Saturday were some of Taylor’s former teachers and administrators from Hartford’s Impact Academy and the CREC Academy of Aerospace & Engineering. Lori Sindland, who works in the library at the latter, led the group in several songs. “I think we always knew it, but in light of this tragedy, we’re hearing more and more stories of how he touched people’s hearts,” Sindland said.

    Williams said a stop to senseless acts of violence is what her son would have wanted. “You have to change and you have to make his death be a lesson,” she said.



    Photo Credit: NBC Connecticut

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    It was another successful year for New Haven’s Christmas Run for Children. In its 34th year, the 5K has led to the donation of more than 60,000 toys to underprivileged children in the New Haven area. Christopher Martins Pub on State Street has been organizing the run since its inception.

    “From a humble beginning in 1985, we had 200 runners and now we’re over 2,000,” pub co-owner Chris Vigilante said.

    Vigilante said the event is a show of appreciation to the Elm City for its support through the years.

    “A thank you from us to the community and a thank you from our customers and people who support us throughout the year to come out this special day.”

    The toys were loaded onto a New Haven Police van. Sergeant Lucille Roach, who has been with the department for 21 years, said it’s a pleasure to serve her city in this way.

    “It really hits me to my heart because I know that there’s a lot of unfortunate kids out there who are in need of toys.”

    A long-standing tradition that continues to run on people’s generous spirit.

    “What’s really nice is that my husband and I now bring our kids who are seeing the tradition and seeing how wonderful it is to give back to the community,” said Christine Asaro of Trumbull.



    Photo Credit: NBC Connecticut

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    Friendly's in North Haven is closed for the rest of the day after a small fire on Sunday.

    Fire officials said a small fire started due to the improper disposal of cigarettes outside of the Friendly's on Universal Drive and then spread inside of the restaurant.

    Employees said they called 911 to report smoke in the building and an active fire alarm.

    The Health Department is at the restaurant.

    Officials said the restaurant will remain closed for the rest of the day.

    There were no injuries reported.



    Photo Credit: NBC Connecticut

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    A firefighter died after battling a five-alarm fire in Worcester Sunday morning, officials confirm.

    Christopher Roy, 36, died following the fire that broke out on Lowell Street around 4 a.m., according to Worcester fire officials.

    "Fire crews were heroic in their efforts to rescue their colleagues under extreme conditions," said Chief Michael Lavoie of the Worcester Fire Department. "Every person on the fire ground gave 110 percent to try and rescue the firefighters who were in danger."

    Roy was assigned to the Webster Square Fire Station and served with the department for two and a half years, according to the department.

    Roy, who lived in Shrewsbury, leaves behind a 9-year-old daughter, his parents and a brother, according to Worcester fire officials.

    An eyewitness told NBC10 Boston that he remembered seeing two firefighters who appeared to be trapped inside. He said that they broke a window and got out of the building and were using oxygen masks.

    "Conditions deteriorated rapidly, with heavy fire forcing several firefighters on the second floor to evacuate," Lavoie said. "With the assistance of other crews and the rapid intervention team, five firefighters escaped over ladders."

    Roy and another firefighter were transported to a local hospital where Roy succumbed to his injuries. The other firefighter is in stable condition.

    "Firefighter Roy paid the ultimate sacrifice last night doing what he always wanted to do, helping people and saving lives," said Worcester Mayor Joseph Petty.

    Residents of the building told NBC10 Boston that there was a party in the residence last night, though the cause of the fire is still under investigation.

    The owner of the burned home, Richard Rawson, said there are six units in the building and about 20 residents. Many of the residents, he said, are now without a home.

    "I'll take care of these people the best I can," Rawson said. "They're all very nice people. All my tenants are so nice."

    December has proven to be an especially tragic time for Worcester firefighters.

    Roy's death comes a day after the seven-year anniversary of the death of firefighter Jon Davies, who was killed in the line of duty on Dec. 8, 2011.

    On Dec. 3, 1999, six firefighters were killed battling the Worcester Cold Storage Warehouse fire.

    “This is a difficult day for the Worcester Fire Department and particularly painful as this is the week we remember and mourn the passing of Worcester firefighter Jon Davies and the six who perished in the Cold Storage Warehouse fire,” Lavoie said Sunday.

    The Greg Will Foundation will hold an on air fundraiser for Roy on Monday. The foundation says it will match all donations up to $10,000.

    Officials say Roy will be transported to the medical examiner's office on Monday.


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    An 84-year-old woman with Alzheimer's who was reported missing from Hartford on Sunday has been found.

    Police said Caristina Garcia was found safe on a Connecticut Transit bus in Hartford and is being evaluated.

    A Silver Alert was issued after she was last seen at her home on McKinley Street by her adult daughter. She left the home without relaying any information about where she was going and her leaving was unknown to her daughter.



    Photo Credit: Hartford Police

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    A disturbing video shows a group of police officers trying to pull a 1-year-old child from the arms of his mother, who is lying on the floor of a social services office in Brooklyn. 

    The NYPD called the video "troubling" and said the encounter was under review. 

    "No mother should have to experience the trauma and humiliation we all witnessed in this video,” Public Advocate and Attorney General-elect Letitia James said. 

    The video shows 23-year-old Jazmine Headley laying on the floor of the Human Resources Administration office on Bergen Street on Friday with a group of police officers surrounding her.

    She clutches her year-old son to her chest and shouts, "They're hurting my son! They're hurting my son!" 

    At one point, an officer is seen forcibly ripping the child from the mother's arms, but Headley doesn't let go. Other people in the crowded office screamed, "Oh my God!" and "Look what they're doing to her!" 

    At least one officer brandished a stun gun. 

    The NYPD said they were called after HRA officers and staff were unsuccessful in removing her from the facility. They cited disorderly conduct and said she was blocking the hallway. 

    Nyashia Ferguson, who shot the video, said on Facebook that Headley was asked to leave when she sat down on the floor because all of the chairs were full. 

    “Being poor is not a crime," Letitia James said. "The actions of the NYPD in this video are appalling and contemptible."

    She called for an investigation and a "transparent accounting of how this horrific situation occurred." 

    City Council Speaker Corey Johnson called the video "unacceptable, appalling and heart breaking [sic]."

    Headley, of Brooklyn, was charged with resisting arrest, acting in a manner injurious to a child, obstructing governmental administration and criminal trespass, the NYPD said. It's not clear whether she has an attorney. 

    Police said there was also a warrant for her from Mercer County, New Jersey. The details of that case weren't immediately known.  

    She refused medical treatment for both herself and her son, police said. A family member took custody of the child. 

    No officers were harmed. 


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    The conservative writer and conspiracy theorist Jerome Corsi filed a lawsuit on Sunday accusing special counsel Robert Mueller of blackmailing him to lie about President Donald Trump in the investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election, NBC News reported

    The suit, which seeks $350 million in actual and punitive damages in U.S. District Court in Washington, was filed six days after Corsi entered a formal complaint with the Justice Department alleging prosecutorial misconduct by Mueller.

    Corsi, 72, the former Washington bureau chief of the conspiracy website InfoWars, accuses Mueller's office of having illegally leaked secret information from the grand jury investigating Russian election interference.

    The lawsuit also names the FBI, CIA and National Security Agency as co-respondents. 



    Photo Credit: Charles Sykes/AP, File

    In this Wednesday, May 25, 2011, file photo, Jerome Corsi is shown at the Book Expo America in New York.In this Wednesday, May 25, 2011, file photo, Jerome Corsi is shown at the Book Expo America in New York.

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    Police are trying to identify a gunshot victim found dead near the launch ramp at Seaview and Newfield avenues in Bridgeport Sunday.

    Police said the victim was a heavyset woman who appeared to be between 25 and 40, has short cropped hair, multiple tattoos and body and facial piercings.

    She was wearing blue jeans, a brown sweater with white print, short black boots and a blond braided wig with a scarf attached.

    Anyone who knows who is she is is asked to call Detective Heanue at 203-581-5242 or call the Bridgeport Police Tips Line at 203-576-TIPS (8477).



    Photo Credit: NBCConnecticut.com

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    One person is dead after a crash on Route 10 in Granby, according to police. 

    Three cars were involved in the crash, which happened north of Floydville, police said.



    Photo Credit: NBC Connecticut

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    Enfield High School was evacuated Monday morning because of a suspicious odor and school officials expect students and staff to be able to return soon. 

    A post on the Enfield Public Schools Facebook page says emergency services responded and parts of the building were determined to be safe for students and staff to return. They expect the whole building to be cleared for occupancy shortly. 

    All students and staff are safe, according to school officials.


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    President Donald Trump made the shortlist again for Time Magazine's Person of the Year, which includes two other world leaders, a university professor, families torn apart and American royalty.

    Trump was named Time's Person of the Year in 2016 and a runner-up in 2017. Each year, Time picks the person, group or concept that has most influenced the news and the world "for better or worse.”

    The 10 finalists announced Monday on the "Today" show are Trump, Duchess of Sussex, the former Meghan Markle, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, President Donald Trump, families separated at the U.S.-Mexico border, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Special Counsel Robert Mueller, "Black Panther" director Ryan Coogler, slain journalist Jamal Khashoggi, the "March for our Lives" activists and South Korean President Moon Jae-In.

    The magazine will reveal its Person of the Year live Tuesday on NBC's “Today” show.



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    From top-left, clockwise: Dr. Christine Blasey Ford; Emma Gonzalez, a survivor of the Parkland High School shooting; a 2-year-old Honduras asylum seeker; Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, Duke and Duchess of Sussex.From top-left, clockwise: Dr. Christine Blasey Ford; Emma Gonzalez, a survivor of the Parkland High School shooting; a 2-year-old Honduras asylum seeker; Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

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    Two lanes of Interstate 95 South were closed in Westport after a crash involving a tractor-trailer, but traffic is moving again. 

    The delays were backing up through Bridgeport at one point.

    The morning commute from New Haven to Greenwich, which is normally around 70 minutes, was around two hours.



    Photo Credit: Connecticut Department of Transportation

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    Two crashes caused major issues on I-84 East between 32 and 33 in Southington, but the scene is now clear. 

    Police said there were at least two crashes, six cars were involved and minor injuries were reported. 

    No additional information was immediately available.



    Photo Credit: Connecticut Department of Transportation

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