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    A police investigation is underway at a West Hartford cafe on Wednesday morning.

    Officers could be seen at Goldberg's Bagel Cafe on New Britain Avenue around 5 a.m.

    The cafe is set to open at 6 a.m., but there's no word if it will open on time.

    Police have not released details about what they are investigating.

    This is a developing story. Check back for details.

    Photo Credit: NBC Connecticut

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    After a devastating fire, a Plainfield school is getting a fresh start.

    Plainfield Memorial School opened its doors for the first time on Wednesday since August.

    For the last four months, the fourth and fifth-grade students have made the old Killingly High School their home.

    The superintendent said Plainfield Memorial School has been completely renovated after the fire.

    Every wall, ceiling tile and damaged flooring has been replaced, cleaned or painted at an estimated $1 million price tag.

    "It was cleaned from up into the ceiling tiles, down to the floor, so this is essentially a new, clean, healthy environment for the kids, so that's exciting," Principal Natasha Hutchinson said.

    Teachers decorated each of their spaces over Christmas break, filled with donated books and school supplies.

    “This is my home away from home. I’ve spent 19 years teaching for Plainfield, and it is just a feeling of relief to be back in my space," said fourth grade teacher Jennifer Howe.

    According to the principal, there are still odds and ends that need to be taken care of, like getting the internet up and running and books for the library won't arrive until the end of the month.

    In August, firefighters said the fire was located in several administrative rooms on the second floor. The point of origin is believed to be a teacher's lounge.

    The superintendent said it damaged around 12 to 15 rooms, including the cafeteria and the library.

    Photo Credit: NBC Connecticut

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    Connecticut State Police responded to over 300 crashes during New Year's weekend this year.

    Troopers began their holiday enforcement with extra patrols on December 28, 2018 at 12:01 a.m. and finished it at 11:59 p.m. on January 1, 2019.

    During that time period, police said they responded to 339 accidents, 54 of which had injuries. None were fatal. There were also 36 DUI arrests.

    Police responded to assist motorists 286 times.

    In total, troopers reported 1,516 moving violations including 480 for speeding and 14 for seat belt violations. There were 7,657 total calls for service.

    Last year during New Year's weekend, police responded to 494 accidents including 54 with injuries and two with fatalities.

    Troopers responded to 6,885 total calls for service last year including 28 DUI arrests, 1,410 moving violations and 270 motorist assists.

    According to Connecticut State Police, troopers enforced all motor vehicle laws and focused on reducing the number of DUI crashes and injury-producing accidents on the interstates, state roads and local roadways.

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    The Smithsonian National Zoo's beloved live panda camera was turned off on Wednesday amid the ongoing partial government shutdown, NBC News reported

    The National Zoo stayed open during the first 11 days of the shutdown, which began on Dec. 22, by tapping into unused dollars from the previous year, but closed its doors to the public on Tuesday night. The camera was shut down by Wednesday morning. 

    The funding feud leaves giant panda bears Tian Tian, Mei Xiang, and Bei Bei — whose days spent tumbling in their enclosure and chomping on bamboo have been broadcast to tens of thousands of fans 24/7 for years — without an audience.

    "The Smithsonian's National Zoo is closed due to a federal government shutdown. The Zoo's live animal cams require federal resources, primarily staff, to run and broadcast. They are deemed non-essential and will not stream live until the federal government reopens," the zoo wrote online. "All the animals continue to be fed and cared for."

    Photo Credit: AP, File

    This Jan. 16, 2016, file photo, shows giant panda Bei Bei in his pen at the National Zoo, in Washington.This Jan. 16, 2016, file photo, shows giant panda Bei Bei in his pen at the National Zoo, in Washington.

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    A man is recovering after he fell and was impaled on the antlers of a deer sculpture at the base of a monument to George Washington in Philadelphia’s Eakins Oval.

    The unidentified 21-year-old man climbed the Eakins Oval statue along the 2600 block of Benjamin Franklin Parkway late Tuesday afternoon while trying to take pictures.

    The man then slipped and fell on the antlers of a deer sculpture, impaling the left side of his body.

    He was taken to Hahnemann Hospital where he was treated for a laceration. He is currently in stable condition.

    The Washington Monument features a statue of George Washington mounted on a horse atop a pedestal base adorned with allegorical figures. The lower level of the monument is surrounded by "flora and fauna" of the United States, according to the Association of Public Art.

    Editor's Note: NBC10 was initially told that the man was taking photos of the Mummers Parade when he fell. Police later said however they were unsure what the man was taking pictures of. The article has been updated.

    Photo Credit: NBC10

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    Allegations of child abuse and assault at a since-suspended Arizona shelter for migrant children have been referred to prosecutors for review, NBC News reported.

    The three incidents investigated by the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office took place over three days at the Hacienda del Sol facility in Youngtown, officials said in a statement. They were referred to the county attorney's office, which can bring criminal charges.

    Videos published by the Arizona Republic last week appear to show staff shoving and dragging children. The newspaper reported that the sheriff's office initially found that the "actions did not rise to the level of criminal charges."

    The sheriff's statement to NBC News on Monday did not address why the department reversed its stance on the actions.

    A representative of the company that owned the now-shuttered facility provided a statement from October that welcomed the decision to suspend operations there and said it was participating in an independent review.

    Photo Credit: Arizona Department of Health Services
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    A blurred, still image from a video provided by the Arizona Department of Health Services shows an incident at a Youngtown facility that was investigated for several alleged incidents of child abuse.A blurred, still image from a video provided by the Arizona Department of Health Services shows an incident at a Youngtown facility that was investigated for several alleged incidents of child abuse.

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    A Bristol man is accused of trying to take photos of a woman in the dressing room of an Old Navy store in South Windsor over the summer and has been arrested. 

    The investigation started in August when staff of the Old Navy store on Buckland Road reported that a man was trying to take pictures of a woman in a changing room and ran into nearby woods when he was confronted. 

    Officers could not find the man when they searched for him but identified 24-year-old Rick Martin, of Bristol, from surveillance video and obtained an arrest warrant for him, according to police. 

    Police arrested Martin Friday and he was charged with risk of injury, breach of peace in the second degree and voyeurism. 

    He was released on $35,000 bond and is scheduled to appear at Manchester Superior Court on Jan. 10. 

    Photo Credit: NBC Connecticut

    South Windsor policeSouth Windsor police

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    Three people were stabbed during a fight at Foxwoods early on New Year’s morning. 

    Chief William Dittman, of the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Police Department, said a fight broke out at the Fox Tower garage around 1:10 a.m. Tuesday and continued into the casino area. 

    Three people were stabbed during the fight and two of the victims were transported to the hospital. The other refused medical treatment, police said. 

    The incident is under investigation.

    Photo Credit: NBC Connecticut

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    Ansonia police have arrested a Hamden man in connection with a crash that killed another man in September

    Zachary Mercer, 24, of Hamden, was arrested Monday and has been charged in connection with the crash at Main and Bridge streets on Sept. 23 that killed 78-year-old Garrett Dalton, according to police. 

    Police said three vehicles were involved in the crash and one hit a building.  

    Dalton was taken to a hospital and later died from his injuries, according to police. 

    Ansonia police, along with the Orange and Woodbridge Police Department Accident Reconstruction Teams and the Connecticut State Police Crash Analysis and Reconstruction Squad investigated and detectives learned that Mercer’s vehicle had been previously listed as a salvage vehicle and did not pass an inspection to be registered in the State of Connecticut, so Mercer registered the vehicle in Texas, according to police. 

    He has been charged with misconduct with a motor vehicle, reckless driving, operating a motor vehicle with out of state plates, violation of totaled vehicle regulations, and failure to obey traffic control. 

    Mercer posted a $10,000 bond and is due in Derby Superior Court on Jan. 14. 

    Photo Credit: Ansonia Police and Ansonia Rescue and Medical Services

    Ansonia Rescue and Medical Services provided the photo from the crash and Ansonia police released the photo of Zachary MercerAnsonia Rescue and Medical Services provided the photo from the crash and Ansonia police released the photo of Zachary Mercer

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    A bicyclist has been taken to the hospital after colliding with a car in Glastonbury Wednesday afternoon, according to police.

    Police said the crash happened on Naubuc Avenue, near Glastonbury Boulevard, around 12:30 p.m. and the 67-year-old man who was on the bicycle was taken to the hospital.

    No additional information was immediately available. Police have since left the scene.

    Photo Credit: NBC Connecticut

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    A man accused of posing as an interested home buyer at open houses, then returning to steal items in a series of burglaries at celebrity and high-end homes for sale in Los Angeles, has been arrested, police said Wednesday.

    An estimated 2,000 items, including jewelry and artwork, worth millions of dollars were seized during the investigation involving break-ins at luxury homes in the Hollywood area. The burglaries occurred in 2017 and 2018.

    Victims included celebrity homes belonging to singers Usher, Jason Derulo, Adam Lambert and others, LAPD Detective Jared Timmons said at a news conference on Wednesday.

    Detectives received a break in the case when they noticed the same person signing in to multiple open houses where the burglaries occurred. The suspect was identified as Benjamin Eitan Ackerman, 32, of Los Angeles. 

    A search warrant was executed in September at the suspect's home in connection with the case. He was arrested at that time and released on bond. 

    The suspect used the open houses as an opportunity to case his targets, posing as a potential buyer or realtor, police said.

    "They believed that he was a buyer," said Timmons. "When he showed up, he was dressed to the nines. He acted the part. He was very slick."

    Police said the suspect was likely working with others and called the operation "sophisticated." Police posted images of the some of the stolen items here

    It was not immediately clear whether the suspect has an attorney.

    Photo Credit: LAPD

    Los Angeles police announced the arrest of Benjamin Eitan Ackerman in a series of celebrity home burglaries.Los Angeles police announced the arrest of Benjamin Eitan Ackerman in a series of celebrity home burglaries.

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    A North Branford police sergeant has been charged with possession of child pornography in Hamden.

    Hamden police arrested 58-year-old Anthony DeLuise, of Hamden, on Monday and he has been charged with possession of child pornography.

    DeLuise is a sergeant in the patrol division of the North Branford, according to North Branford police. They said he has been absent from his position since Feb. 14, 2018 and has not been on the active roster since.

    According to Hamden police, the Computer Crimes Unit launched an investigation in January 2018 into child pornography, which led them to search DeLuise’s home on Sebec Street and officers seized multiple devices, including electronics.

    A search of those items turned up more than 1,400 images and movie files of suspected child pornography, according to Hamden police.

    “The charges against Mr. DeLuise are disturbing and troublesome, however, they are the actions of a single person and do not reflect the behavior of the dedicated men and women of the NBPD,” a statement from North Branford police says.

    North Branford police said an internal affairs investigation has begun.

    DeLuise was released on a $25,000 bond and is due in court on Jan. 8.

    Photo Credit: Hamden Police

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    The Connecticut Bankers Reward Association is offering a reward for information on a suspect wanted in at least five bank robberies across the state.

    Richard Cable, 37, is wanted in connection with a December 1 robbery at the People’s United Bank at 240 Chase Ave. in Waterbury, according to Waterbury police. He is also a suspect in four other robberies in Bridgeport, New Haven, Bristol and Farmington, police said.

    Anyone with information on his whereabouts should contact police. The Connecticut Bankers Reward Association is offering a $5,000 reward for information that leads to his capture and arrest.

    Photo Credit: Waterbury Police Department

    Richard CableRichard Cable

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    A Shelton man is accused of sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl.

    Police said the 14-year-old victim reported she was sexually assaulted near the Riverwalk on Canal Street in Shelton in August. The victim said she did not know the man’s real name, and claimed he got her intoxicated before the assault.

    The suspect, identified as 18-year-old Alexander Liebhart, was arrested Wednesday and charged with second-degree sexual assault and risk of injury to a child. He was held on a $75,000 bond.

    Photo Credit: Shelton Police Department

    Alexander LiebhartAlexander Liebhart

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    There were rush-hour delays on Route 9 southbound in Cromwell due to a rollover crash Wednesday afternoon, according to the state Department of Transportation.

    The highway was initially closed between exits 19 and 16 due to the crash. As of 6:30 p.m. traffic was getting by but there were some residual delays.

    Connecticut State Police said minor injuries were reported in the crash.

    No other information was immediately available.

    Check back for updates.

    Photo Credit: Connecticut Department of Transportation

    Traffic backup on Route 9 southbound in Cromwell after a crash Wednesday.Traffic backup on Route 9 southbound in Cromwell after a crash Wednesday.

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    Connecticut’s U.S. Senators are in agreement that President Donald Trump’s demand for a wall along the southern border is what will keep the government closed indefinitely.

    Sen. Richard Blumenthal, during a press conference Wednesday, said the framework of an agreement to reopen the government with the exception of the Department of Homeland Security, was agreed to in December, but the president scuttled those talks.

    He said, “There’s a clear path forward. Border security has to be a priority but not a concrete physical wall from sea to shining sea which my Republican colleagues have abandoned.”

    The president had been demanding $5 billion in the next budget agreement to pay for the wall, but he’s since lowered that demand to $2.5 billion as of Wednesday.

    Blumenthal and Sen. Chris Murphy both agree that there needs to be beefed up security at the southern border, but not with a wall.

    “I’m just not going to ask taxpayers in Connecticut to pay for a medieval defense system that is a total waste of money. We should be building 21st century security on the border not fifth century,” Murphy told NBC Connecticut in a statement. “That’s where most Republicans and Democrats are. We’ve shown the ability as Republicans and Democrats to find more border money. We’re just not going to ask our taxpayers to pay for something that Donald Trump saw a cartoon of and now wants to build on the Mexican border.”

    There are 1,483 federal workers in Connecticut directly impacted by the shutdown.

    Photo Credit: File

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    A West Hartford mother allegedly stabbed by her son is out of intensive care and is expected to head to a rehabilitation facility, a family friend confirmed Wednesday.

    Jane Murphy has been recovering from multiple stab wounds, allegedly at the hands of her 12-year-old son. Her daughter was also stabbed during the attack at the family’s home on Stoner Drive. The girl died of her injuries.

    "The family is so grateful for the outpouring of kindness and support they’ve received. Jane has been moved out of the Intensive Care Unit and it is expected that she will be moved to a rehabilitation facility shortly where she will begin the long and difficult process of healing. The family asks for continued prayers and privacy,” said Chuck Coursey, a family spokesperson.

    The community has rallied behind the family, holding prayer services and creating memorials around town. On Stoner Drive, a memorial and white ribbons on wooden sticks line the entrance to the neighborhood. 

    The boy has been charged as a juvenile with murder with special circumstances and first-degree assault. 

    Photo Credit: NBC Connecticut

    White ribbons stand at a small memorial on Stoner Drive in West Hartford in honor of a girl killed in a domestic stabbingWhite ribbons stand at a small memorial on Stoner Drive in West Hartford in honor of a girl killed in a domestic stabbing

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    Two people were taken to the hospital after elevated levels of carbon monoxide were found in a home in Avon Wednesday.

    Avon Volunteer Fire Department Captain Aaron Gelber confirmed the department responded to a home in Saddle Crossing just before 2:30 p.m. and detected the issue. Two people were taken to the hospital with symptoms of CO poisoning.

    A neighboring home also had elevated CO readings, but not as high as the first home.

    CO gas is colorless and odorless and can be produced by basic household appliances like stoves or furnaces. Signs of CO poisoning include headache, dizziness, weakness, upset stomach, chest pain and confusion, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

    Gelber stressed that it is important to have CO alarms and smoke alarms in your home, and that all alarms should have battery backups.

    Photo Credit: Consumer Reports

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    A close call in West Haven has the city stepping up to prevent something worse.

    Photos show the aftermath after a tree limb fell onto a vehicle just seconds after a driver parked on Third Avenue.

    That driver said he was still sitting in the truck, and while no one was hurt, he contacted city officials.

    West Haven Commissioner of Public Works Tom McCarthy said what happened was a bit of a shock.

    “A three-inch diameter branch about 12-15 feet long came off the tree during the high winds, not unexpected, the fact that there was a truck under it is what was the shock,” he said.

    McCarthy said residents concerned about rotting city-owned trees by their homes should call his department.

    Less than 24 hours after that close call on New Year’s Day, the city’s tree contractor had already cut down the dead tree that dropped the branch, and the tree next to it.

    A neighbor said she had a dying tree removed from the sidewalk in front of her home in August.

    “It does not surprise me given the state of these trees on this street as you can see there used to be trees up and down the block,” Victoria Bernardo said.

    She said she called several times before the city removed her tree.

    The owner of the damaged truck thanked the city on Facebook for its quick response. He said within an hour of sending photos of the aftermath and damage to City Hall, he got a response that they’d send something for an inspection.

    “We are responsible for proven damage he will make a claim through PMA, our insurance carrier, to be reviewed by corporation counsel and should he meet the criteria it will then be paid out by the city,” explained West Haven Commissioner of Public Works Tom McCarthy.

    After NBC Connecticut took the concerns of another neighbor to city officials, a tree contractor returned to Third Avenue Wednesday to inspect another tree. That tree was alive, so it will be up to the West Haven tree warden to decide whether it comes down.

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    Right now the flu is sweeping across Connecticut.

    The latest numbers from the state health department reveal three people have died in connection with the flu and more than 500 have fallen sick this season.

    An updated report should be released on Friday.

    “Influenza activity has picked up in both our emergency room, as well as the inpatient setting,” said Dr. Virginia Bieluch, the chief of infectious diseases at The Hospital of Central Connecticut in New Britain.

    She tells us the flu can peak anytime between November and March.

    “As people go back to school and work, we may see even more influenza,” Bieluch said.

    Right now Bieluch says it’s too early to know how bad this year will be or the effectiveness of this year’s vaccine.

    “I’ve had the flu and it was horrible. It was very horrible. Nowadays the vaccines are awesome,” said Casey Roy of New Britain.

    That’s why Roy got her daughter, Londyn, vaccinated.

    While the vaccine is not 100 percent effective, experts tell us it does lessen your chance of having severe symptoms if you catch the flu.

    Once you get the shot, it does take a couple of weeks for the vaccine to reach full strength.

    Photo Credit: NBC Connecticut

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