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    Three Texas fast-food employees are facing charges after a family says their child found an ecstasy pill in a hamburger Thursday night.

    Police in Taylor, located about 30 miles northeast of Austin, said the family went to the Sonic Drive-In to pick-up dinner Thursday night and that their 11-year-old daughter spotted the pill when she unwrapped her 4-year-old brother's hamburger.

    The family took the pill to the Taylor Police Department who performed a field test and concluded it was ecstasy.

    "[The girl] actually asked her parents, 'Is this candy?'" Taylor Police Chief Henry Fluck said. "Of course when they came to the police department they were very upset and we understand why."

    Police went to the Sonic Drive-In and arrested three employees on a variety of charges, KXAN reported.

    The manager, Tanisha Dancer, was arrested on an outstanding felony theft warrant from Guadalupe County and, police said, while being searched at the Williamson County Jail, was found to be in possession of three ecstasy pills.  

    Dancer, whom KXAN reported has been fired, has since been charged with engangering a child, delivering a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance and is being held on $37,500 bond; her outstanding charge of theft has an additional $2,500 bond.

    Jose Molina and Jonathan Roberson were also arrested -- Roberson on four outstanding warrants from Travis and Brown counties and Molina for marijuana possession. Roberson is being held on $29,000 bond after being accused of driving without a license, possessing marijuana, theft and failure to appear.

    "The franchisee takes guest safety and food safety very seriously," a corporate spokesperson for Sonic said in a statement. "Local police are investigating this incident, and the franchisee is cooperating with police in their investigation."

    Police said they do not believe there are any health or safety risks to Sonic customers.



    Photo Credit: NBC 5/Williamson County Sheriff's Office

    Three people were arrested after police in Taylor, Texas say a child found an ecstasy pill in a hamburger from Sonic Drive-In. Those arrested include (L-R) Jose Molina, Tanisha Dancer and Jonathan Roberson.Three people were arrested after police in Taylor, Texas say a child found an ecstasy pill in a hamburger from Sonic Drive-In. Those arrested include (L-R) Jose Molina, Tanisha Dancer and Jonathan Roberson.

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    Tens of thousands of high chairs from a popular baby company have been recalled because the legs can detach from the seat, posing fall and injury hazards. 

    Skip Hop, Inc., of New York announced the recall of its TUO Convertible High Chairs — with charcoal gray or silver/white with clouds fabric — late last week. They have a reversible seat pad, removable tray, 5-point harness, beechwood footrest and legs. The high chairs can be converted into a toddler chair.

    The recalled products have following date codes: HH102016, HH11/2016, HH3/2017, HH4/2017, HH5/2017, HH6/2017, HH7/2017, HH8/2017, HH9/2017, HH092917, HH010518, HH030518, HH05182018, HH092717, HH05312018. This code is located on the back of the chair, above the "WARNING" section.

    In total, about 32,300 high chairs sold between December 2016 and September 2018 at places like Babies "R" Us, Buy Buy Baby, Target, Amazon and other children specialty stores nationwide were called. Roughly a quarter of the recalled chairs were sold in Canada. 

    Skip Hop has received 17 reports of the legs detaching, though no injuries have been reported. 

    Anyone with questions can call Skip Hop at 888-282-4674. The company said customers should stop using the chairs immediately and fill out a form at skiphoprecall.com for a refund.



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    NASA announced on Monday that the Voyager 2 probe has reached interstellar space, making it the second man-made object to do so, NBC News reported.

    Voyager 2 launched a couple weeks before Voyager 1 but its trajectory took it on a longer route through the solar system. NASA said the probe crossed the outer edge of the heliosphere — called the heliopause — on Nov. 5 and was 11 billion miles from Earth.

    "Working on Voyager makes me feel like an explorer, because everything we're seeing is new," said John Richardson, principal investigator for the probe's "Plasma Science Instrument."

    Both Voyager probes are still considered to be in the solar system, which is demarcated as the outer edge of the Oort Cloud.

    CORRECTION (Dec. 10, 2018, 11:31 a.m. ET): An earlier version of this article misstated the progress of the Voyager 2 probe. It has not left the solar system, though it has entered interstellar space.



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    FILE - In this Aug. 26, 1981 file photo, Voyager 2 mission director Dick Laeser looks at a platform on the end of a boom on a mock-up of the Voyager spacecraft during a news briefing at the Jet Propulsion Lab in Pasadena, Calif.FILE - In this Aug. 26, 1981 file photo, Voyager 2 mission director Dick Laeser looks at a platform on the end of a boom on a mock-up of the Voyager spacecraft during a news briefing at the Jet Propulsion Lab in Pasadena, Calif.

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    A man is dead after a motorcycle crash near Hubbard Park in Meriden Sunday evening.

    Police responded at 5:13 p.m. Sunday after a motorcycle and an SUV collided and found 53-year-old Leopold Dishereits lying face down on West Main Street and two off-duty nurses were attending to him, according to police.

    Dishereits suffered from head, neck and chest injuries from the crash and died at Midstate Hospital, according to a news release from police.

    He was going west on West Main Street and hit the passenger side door of a 2012 Nissan Rogue that was turning left into the entrance of Hubbard Park, according to police.

    The driver of the Nissan suffered minor injuries and two passengers in her vehicle were not injured, police said.

    Anyone with information is asked to call Officer Brendan Connelly of the Meriden Police Department at 203 630-6215.



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    A man is accused of stalking his ex-girlfriend and breaking into her Hamden home as she was putting up the Christmas tree with her children.

    The victim, a Hamden woman, contacted police on Dec. 2 and told them that 31-year-old Harold Cole, of West Haven, forced his way into her Franklin Road home through a bathroom window as she and her children were putting up the Christmas tree. She told her children to hide, called police and Cole fled, according to police.

    Police responded to the house two days later when the woman told investigators she saw Cole in a motor vehicle in a nearby parking lot and he followed her as she drove toward Hubbard Place, then fled after he collided with another vehicle, according to police.

    Cole was arrested at police headquarters on Friday and has been charged with criminal attempt to commit burglary in the second degree, stalking in the first degree and three counts of violation of a protective order.

    He was detained on a court-ordered $35,000 bond.



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    The "Fearless Girl" statue has a new home -- directly across from the New York Stock Exchange.

    The "Fearless Girl" statue near Wall Street that became a global symbol of female can-do business spirit was moved Monday from her spot facing the "Charging Bull" to a location across from the NYSE.

    The ponytailed girl in a windblown dress became a tourist magnet last spring when the artwork popped up confronting the famous bull that was a symbol of the American financial resilience in the wake of the 1987 stock market crash.

    State Street Global Advisors, the firm that installed the "Fearless Girl" statue in March 2017, said the "Fearless Girl" was now in an even more important position.

    "The "Fearless Girl" now has a new home on a bigger stage that gives her message even greater impact: successful businesses need women leaders," it said.

    "Fearless Girl" was designed to call attention to a State Street initiative to increase the number of women on corporate boards.



    Photo Credit: State Street Global Advisors

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    Wallingford’s Board of Education tonight will review six recommended options to reconfigure the district’s two middle schools and two high schools. Five of the six options propose closing some schools for good. 

    The idea of reconfiguration is to solve some glaring district issues, like declining school enrollment and aging school buildings. The schools being considered in these changes are Dag Hammarskjold Middle School, James H. Moran Middle School, Lyman Hall High School, and Mark T. Sheehan High School. 

    Kelly Hanson has children in the district and isn’t against consolidation. 

    “The schools definitely need remodeling or to merge and just combine everybody,” Hanson said. “I think if they merged the two high schools, it would be a powerhouse for all sports and marching band competitions. I think the students would interact very well and I think it would be very good for the town.” 

    A majority of parents, however, said consolidation would end years of friendly athletic rivalry and could hinder some students from making the sports teams. 

    Bob Drobish coaches several athletic teams in town and has three children in the district’s schools. 

    “We have an incredible opportunity for kids to play sports,” Drobish said, “and combining two schools would make that a little more difficult for the kids who aren’t as good.” 

    Drobish went on to say all after-school programs could be threatened through reconfiguration. 

    “It’s the ones who are losing the school they’re used to, they’re going to be the ones who aren’t going to like it,” Cheryle Borzillo, a parent, said. 

    The price of ending tradition comes with some other hefty price tags. 

    The most expensive plan, at nearly $200 million, reconfigures schools to be pathway based. Dag Middle School and Lyman Hall High School would focus on STEM subjects, agricultural science and manufacturing, while Moran Middle School and Sheehan High school would offer arts, communications and medical and human service themes. The estimated cost for the town is $117 million. Keeping everything as-is would cost more than $15 million. 

    “It’s going to be a battle at Lyman Hall with the [meeting] tonight,” said Richard Wasilewski, who graduated from Lyman Hall in 1977. 

    Several parents, teachers and students are expected to attend tonight’s meeting at Lyman Hall High School at 6 p.m. 


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    Additional police are stationed in the parking lot of Amity Regional High School in Woodbridge after a student found a bullet Monday morning. 

    School officials said a student found “a single, small-caliber bullet often used to hunt varmints” in the back parking lot while arriving for school Monday and immediately reported it to school personnel. School officials searched vehicles and notified Woodbridge Police. 

    After investigating, police and school administration determined that students were safe and the bullet appeared to have been dropped accidentally, according to school officials. 

    “As a safety precaution, we will have additional police officers stationed in the high school parking lot throughout the day,” a statement from the schools says.



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    An organization created by family members whose loved ones were killed in the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School has released a powerful new public service announcement designed to help identify warning signs of individuals planning mass shootings. 

    Sandy Hook Promise unveiled the nearly two-minute PSA, "Point of View," Monday morning, four days ahead of the sixth anniversary of the massacre at the Newtown elementary school that left 20 children and six staffers dead.

    The video, directed by "Snow White and the Huntsman" director Rupert Sanders, according to Variety, follows a high-school student in the lead-up to a class election. The point of view is from the prospective of the shooter, who is ignored and bullied.

    In the video, the student overhears his peers voice harsh words about their fellow classmates. A campaign poster with the words "Dead Man" scribbled over a fellow student's face is seen being ripped down from a hallway wall. A school staffer then helps the student open his locker, which is covered in violent imagery, including a picture of an automatic assault rifle. In another scene, a girl walks by a student sitting in front of a library computer where a social media post warning "Tomorrow you'll all be sorry" is visible on the screen.

    The student appears to sit alone during lunch and is persecuted by other students. In the end, he bursts into the school auditorium with an automatic weapon and yells, "Look at me!"

    A message at the end of the video reads: "Most people only notice a shooter once it's too late.  See the signs and stop a shooting before it happens."

    “Sometimes you need to see things from a different point of view to understand the problem,” Sandy Hook Promise tweeted in a post sharing the video.

    The PSA is part of Sandy Hook Promise's "Know the Signs" campaign, which looks to educate students, teachers and parents about seeing the signs of a potential school shooter and intervening before it's too late. Since 2014, the organization has trained more than 5.5 million people in 50 states with its “Know the Signs” programs.

    Sandy Hook Promise has also created the "Say Something Anonymous Reporting System," an app that lets students report concerns anonymously in 152 school districts across 25 states. Tips may also be submitted online at saysomething.net or by calling 1-844-5-SAYNOW (1-844-572-9669).



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    A pilot taking a plane out of a hangar at Chester Airport lost control of the aircraft, which rolled down an embankment on Monday morning.

    The plane went through a fence and ended up in the parking lot of Whelen Engineering, on Winthrop Road, according to an airport official.

    The Federal Aviation Administration notified state police about the incident.

    There were no injuries and the airport remained open.



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    A pilot lost control of a plane at Chester Airport and it rolled down an embankment into a neighboring parking lot on Winthrop Road on Monday.A pilot lost control of a plane at Chester Airport and it rolled down an embankment into a neighboring parking lot on Winthrop Road on Monday.

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    A crash closed part of Route 195 in Mansfield on Monday afternoon.

    According to dispatchers, the crash is at the intersection of Storrs Road, also known as Route 195, and Tolland Turnpike.

    Connecticut Department of Transportation said two vehicles are involved in the crash.

    Emergency crews have requested a LifeStar helicopter to the scene.

    There is no estimate for when the road will reopen.



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    Crews are battling a large fire at Northeast Recyclers of Windham in Willimantic on Boston Post Road on Monday afternoon.

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    West Hartford resident Stephanie Clemente said she was home last Friday when says her doorbell security system captured video of a man taking packages from right outside her door on Griswold Street.

    “It’s an invasion of privacy, for sure,” she said. “It’s brazen. I mean, it was broad daylight. It was 11:30 in the morning, just waltzing right up, not a care in the world and picking up the packages and just leaving.”

    Clemente says the packages, coffee pods and a Christmas gift, had just been dropped off minutes before.

    “Unfortunately, I didn’t know the packages were delivered,” she said.

    West Hartford Police are investigating that theft, along with four other package thefts that happened that very same day. Captain Mike Perruccio says police later recovered some of the stolen packages, including one of Clemente’s, opened and dumped in another part of town. He said they’re beefing up patrols, but you should protect your packages.

    “Sometimes they’ll follow around those trucks delivering those packages, go up to your porch and take those packages,” Perruccio said. “Whether its cameras outside, or the new doorbells that have the cameras in them—all those things are things that a thief may potentially look at and say, well I'll go to the next house.”

    If you have any information about the thefts, contact West Hartford Police.

    “The really unfortunate thing is that if it’s something sentimental or something that they can’t resell or use, that might mean a lot to me, but not to them, they just toss it,” Clemente said.



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    Several lanes of Interstate 84 East are closed in East Hartford after a crash. 

    The CT Travel Smart website says a tractor-Trailer and two vehicles are involved in the crash between exits 58 and 59 and the four right lanes are closed. 

    No additional information was immediately available.



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    Crews are battling a large fire at a recycling facility in Willimantic on Monday afternoon.

    Firefighters were called to a fire at Northeast Recyclers of Windham on Boston Post Road around 3:30 p.m.

    Officials said the fire started in a building used to dismantle cars and spread to 27 nearby junk cars. That building has collapsed, firefighters said.

    Crews from Willimantic, North Windham and South Windham are working to put the flames out.

    Fire officials said they are trying to make sure any runoff from the fire does not make its way into the river. The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environment Protection is at the scene monitoring the situation. 

    Investigators are working to determine the cause of the fire.

    Some nearby homes were evacuated due to the heavy smoke, but they have since been allowed back in, the town manager told NBC Connecticut.

    No injuries have been reported.

    Residents are asked to avoid the area.



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    A church is opening up in a vacant, historic building in Norwich and looking to be much more than a place of worship.

    In the heart of downtown, near the Norwich Superior Courthouse and the Department of Children and Families, will be the new, non-denominational Castle Church.

    “It’s the city center. We have access to people we want to reach and be a help to,” said Pastor Adam Bowles.

    The church, located at 4 Broadway, is currently under renovation. The hope is to be done in time to open this spring, Bowles said. The historic building dates back to 1894, but has recently been vacant.

    “We hope to be a light on this corner. There’s a lot of people going in and out of these buildings who feel broken, feel like they could use some hope,” Bowles said, referencing the proximity to court and DCF.

    He’s hoping to represent the diversity that makes up downtown Norwich.

    “All that’s going on in this county about racism and people saying bad stuff to each other. But I think it’s time now to bring the light to them,” said worship leader Robenson Charlotin.

    He’s currently a worship leader at the International Church of Norwich, where Bowles was one of five pastors. That church is closing down soon.

    Castle Church is independent of it, but Bowles said a majority of the congregants are planning to come to his new place of worship. He’s already built-up a congregation of around 200 people.

    Charlotin said he knows several members of the Haitian community that are encouraged to come, especially because of its proximity in the urban center of Norwich.

    There will also be a focus on a younger demographic as well as economic development. Already Castle Church has teamed up with businesses, like Craftsman Cliff Roasters for community events.

    “People looking for things to do, activities—constructive activities—and Adam will certainly provide that to this area,” said Craftsman Cliff Roasters Owner Matthew DuTrumble.

    DuTrumble hosted a “Connect 4” tournament coordinated by the church. There was a turnout of about 30 people at his coffee shop.

    The church is incorporated with the State of Connecticut, so it is tax exempt. Bowles said he will be filing for 501©(3) status, too.

    But the space is being leased, so it’s still on the city of Norwich tax role, according to Mayor Peter Nystrom. He’s also encouraged about the community tie-in.

    “It could also help stimulate additional interest in locating another store front, another retail,” Nystrom said.



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    The U.S. Olympic Committee fired a top official Monday just hours after independent investigators revealed that he and the former CEO of the USOC knew for 14 months that team doctor Larry Nassar had been accused of molesting dozens of young girls — and failed to sound any alarms, NBC News reported.

    Chief of sport performance Alan Ashley was terminated because he and former CEO Scott Blackmun enabled a "wolf in sheep’s clothing" to molest and abuse dozens more girls under the guise of providing them medical treatment, the 233-page report by the law firm Ropes & Gray states.



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    Alan Ashley of USOC addresses the media while attending a closing press conference for Team USA on day sixteen of the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games on Feb. 25, 2018, in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea.Alan Ashley of USOC addresses the media while attending a closing press conference for Team USA on day sixteen of the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games on Feb. 25, 2018, in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea.

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    There are emergency alerts for children, seniors and adults with some disabilities, but for law enforcement, there's a big gap. And now, a North Carolina woman's death has local law makers calling for a new alert system for missing adults.

    If you're 17 years old or 65 years old, go missing and you're possibly in danger, there is some kind of alert that goes out, but if you're 18 or 64, then there is nothing even close to a statewide or regional alert system, but now there's an effort to create one.

    The movement comes from Stamford Representative Patricial Billie Miller. Her cousin, Ashanti, went missing in September of last year and was feared in danger.

    She was found 11 days later in North Carolina.

    "Ashanti will never get married. Her parents will never have grandchildren because she was an only child,” Rep. Patricia Billie Miller said.

    Police say there is a hole in the system. Everything from digital billboards and television, to cell phones and delivery drivers receive notifications for an Amber Alert. And a Silver Alert at least tells local media that a senior or someone with a disability is missing, but for an adult who may have been abducted, there's nothing.

    “I think what we’re talking about here is really bringing that to another level, to the over 18 in those similar situations, which again, I think is a small probably amount of call volume," said Farmington Chief of Police Paul Melanson.

    Connecticut U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal already recieved unanimous passage for the Ashanti Alert Act in the U.S. Senate. He is now lobbying for the House to pass it.

    “The protections for children and seniors are good and we should have it for people who are 18 to 64 years old. That’s the gap in the current law,” Senator Blumenthal said.

    Congress has two weeks to pass the Ashanti Alert Act or else Senator Blumenthal has to start from scratch next year.


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    Confusion has reigned in Washington in recent weeks after the Department of Veterans Affairs provided a series of inconsistent messages about delayed or incorrect payments to veterans covered by the GI Bill.

    As the issue gained steam, lawmakers demanded further answers, introduced a related bill and called for an investigation to find out what went wrong and what VA plans to do to fix the problem, NBC News reported. For many, behind this flurry of sternly worded letters and acts of oversight, however, lies an open question: Who should be held accountable for a series of missteps that left student veterans in dire financial circumstances?

    There’s also an attempt to discern whether this is a systemic issue at a beleaguered federal agency or mismanagement by a new administration.

    “The VA is responsible for executing the handshake that America makes with people in uniform,” Paul Rieckhoff, the founder and executive director of the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, said. “When they screw up, it’s bigger than a bureaucratic issue.”



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    In this Nov. 11, 2016, file photo, veterans and others carry a large American Flag while marching in the nation's largest Veterans Day Parade in New York City.In this Nov. 11, 2016, file photo, veterans and others carry a large American Flag while marching in the nation's largest Veterans Day Parade in New York City.

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    Attention Jimmy Dean sausage lovers: check your freezer because your links might be under recall due to possible metal contamination.

    Kentucky-based CTI Foods LLC has recalled more than 29,000 pounds of frozen, ready-to-eat pork and poultry products that may be contaminated with metal pieces, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) said on Monday. 

    There haven't been any reports of "adverse reactions" thus far, but the government still classified the recall as a high health risk, defined as a "reasonable probability that the use of the product will cause serious, adverse health consequences or death." 

    Under recall are: 23.4-oz. pouches of “Jimmy Dean HEAT ’n SERVE Original SAUSAGE LINKS Made with Pork & Turkey” with a "use by" date of Jan. 31, 2019. The sausages have the case code A6382168, and a time stamp range of 11:58 through 01:49. The back of the packaging also includes the number “EST. 19085.” 

    The government was notified on Dec. 10 of five complaints of metal pieces found in the sausages. 

    Jimmy Dean said in a separate release about the voluntary recall that the consumers who complained had spotted small, string-like fragments of metal in the product.

    About 2,845 cases of the product were made at one plant location on Aug. 4.

    The sausages were shipped to an establishment in Tennessee then distributed to retail stores, the FSIS said. 

    It's not immediately clear how many states and which retailers sold the potentially contaminated product.

    Jimmy Dean spokesman Worth Sparkman said "there's always a little post investigation" and that the FSIS would eventually publish the list of retailers. A USDA spokeswoman confirmed that list will be posted on the FSIS website here when available. 

    Sparkman noted CTI Foods "wanted to get the news out" on the recall so that anybody who might have the product can look for it in their fridge and discard it.

    Consumers should throw away the affected sausages or return them to the store where they were purchased. 

    Those with questions can call the Jimmy Dean customer service line at (855) 382-3101. The toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) is available in English and Spanish from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET on weekdays. 



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    A photo of a Jimmy Dean sausage package under recall.A photo of a Jimmy Dean sausage package under recall.

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