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    If you follow politics at all, you have likely heard about the now-famous photo of President Barack Obama skeet shooting at the presidential retreat, Camp David.

    If not, here is some background. As the president was touring the country promoting his gun control plans, The New Republic asked Obama if he’d ever shot a gun. The president, to the surprise of many, said yes.

    "Yes, in fact, up at Camp David, we do skeet shooting all the time," Obama told the magazine

    That prompted questions to the White House of whether photos existed. Five days later, the White House released one that has now been seen all over the world.

    Well, Herobuilders, an action figure company based in Oxford, did not wait long before creating an action figure of it -- the Obama Skeet Shooting President Action Figure.

    The figure comes with a hunting shotgun. It went on sale on Monday and sells for  $19.95 each.

    This is just one of several Obama action figures that HeroBuilders has released.

    HeroBuilders has also created the Anthony Weiner doll, one of the “Rent  Is Too Damn High” candidate in New York, the Balloon Boy’s dad and the Bernie Madoff action figure.

     



    Photo Credit: HeroBuilders

    Days after the White House released a photo of President Barack Obama skeet shooting, a Connecticut-based action figure company released this action figure.Days after the White House released a photo of President Barack Obama skeet shooting, a Connecticut-based action figure company released this action figure.

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    Someone stole thousands of dollars worth of tires and rims from a car that is rare in the state and Hamden police are investigating.

    Hamden Police said someone entered the rear parking lot of Partyka Chevrolet, at 200 Skiff Street, placed a jack underneath a 2013 Mazda 3 “Speed” model car and removed all four stock wheels and tires.

    Police took the report on Friday and said they have learned that the “Speed” model of the Mazda 3 is unique in that there are minimal models in the State of Connecticut.

    According to Mazda’s Web site
    , the MazdaSpeed3 is a “wicked, speed-craving hot rod” and the price range is around $25,000 to nearly $28,000.


    The four stolen tires and rims are worth an estimated $2,500 and fit on a Mazda 3 base model.

    Anyone with information is asked to contact Officer Joseph Liguori at (203) 230-4000.
     



    Photo Credit: Getty Images

    DETROIT, MI - JANUARY 15:   The Mazda exhibit is displayed at the 2013 North American International Auto Show media preview January 15, 2013 in Detroit, Michigan. Approximately 6000 members of the media from 68 countries are attending the show this year. The 2013 NAIAS opens to the public  January 19th. (Photo by Bill Pugliano/Getty Images)DETROIT, MI - JANUARY 15: The Mazda exhibit is displayed at the 2013 North American International Auto Show media preview January 15, 2013 in Detroit, Michigan. Approximately 6000 members of the media from 68 countries are attending the show this year. The 2013 NAIAS opens to the public January 19th. (Photo by Bill Pugliano/Getty Images)

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    On Jan. 23, two bodies were found inside the house at 27 Cedar Drive in Southington.

    On Tuesday, police said the office of the chief medical examiner has identified the deceased were mother and son and identified them as Mildred Gillan, 86,  and her 60-year-old son, William Gillan.

    Both of them lived at the residence, according to police. 

    Mildred's death has been determined to be natural causes and there has been no official ruling on the cause of William’s death, pending further forensic studies. 

    There are no further details at this time.
     


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    After a year and a half without a contract, New Haven's finest could soon be seeing a new 5-year deal. A vote on the New Haven police contract is planned for Wednesday night.

    The contract has been a hot button issue with New Haven's police officers and even led to some expedited retirements because of the threat of what could happen. 

    The officers have been worried about their wages, health care and pension, while the city has been worried about burdening the taxpayers with too large of a police budget.

    “It's a fair contract in the sense that it preserves what's important to the union in terms of wages and benefits, and I think for us what it does it delivers to taxpayers an affordable agreement,” Mayor John DeStefano said last month.

    However, not all the rank and file believe it's fair, and they're worried about their livelihood.

    Police Union President Lou Cavalier Jr. said last month that the contract keeps things pretty much status quo. 

    It provides a 9 percent wage increase over the entire contract, only a small increase in benefit payments and keeps a pension for veteran officers after 20 years on the force.  New officers coming onto the job wouldn't see the same benefits, but would have that information ahead of time.

    If the police officers approve the new deal, the Board of Aldermen will have to approve it. 

    The contract would run through 2016.
     


    A vote will take place on the police union contract tomorrow.A vote will take place on the police union contract tomorrow.

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    In the days and weeks after the tragic school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, donations by the box load came into Newtown.

    People from all over just wanted to do something in attempt to help to ease the pain after 20 first graders and six staff members were killed and the items they sent have been filling an old warehouse in town.

    On  Feb. 24, the town will hold a “Community Giveaway” to distribute those items to the people of Newtown.

    “Our goal is distribute items such as toys, stuffed animals, school supplies, blankets, bikes, etc. to our community as was intended by their donors,” a message on the town of Newtown Web site states

    The community giveaway will be at Reed Intermediate School in the cafetorium. 

    It will be open to Sandy Hook Elementary School families from noon to 3 p.m. and for the remaining Newtown families from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
     



    Photo Credit: Jeff Saperstone, NBC Connecticut

    Newtown will hold a giveaway to distribute the items send into to town after the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary school.Newtown will hold a giveaway to distribute the items send into to town after the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary school.

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    The Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics will be held in Sochi, Russia on Feb 7-23, 2014. Ninety-eight events in fifteen winter sports will be held during the games. Russia is spending around $11 billion to prepare. Here. Magnus Krog of Norway makes a jump in Sochi. Take a look at great photos of the preparation and athletes who may participate.

    The Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics will be held in Sochi, Russia on Feb 7-23, 2014. Ninety-eight events in fifteen winter sports will be held during the games. Russia is spending around $11 billion to prepare. Here. Magnus Krog of Norway makes a jump in Sochi. Take a look at great photos of the preparation and athletes who may participate.The Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics will be held in Sochi, Russia on Feb 7-23, 2014. Ninety-eight events in fifteen winter sports will be held during the games. Russia is spending around $11 billion to prepare. Here. Magnus Krog of Norway makes a jump in Sochi. Take a look at great photos of the preparation and athletes who may participate.

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    Police said the car brakes failed and the driver knew the equipment was defective.

    A Cheshire woman was charged with criminal negligence in connection with a crash in November that killed a 90-year-old woman.

    Wanda Belisle, 90,  was struck on Nov. 30 at Willis and South streets in Bristol and died from the injuries sustained in the crash, according to police.

    Police said Melissa Maddaloni, 23, of Cheshire, had been traveling north on Willis Street and the brakes on her vehicle failed as she traveled down the steep hill at 66 miles per hour.

    She entered the intersection of South Street without stopping for the stop sign and hit a vehicle that Belisle's nephew, Gerard Nadeau, 66, of Terryville, was driving, police said.

    Belisle was in the front passenger seat of the car the area she was sitting in was severely crushed from the impact, according to police.

    Belisle swam everyday at the Bristol Family Center, and later at the Y in Plainville, according to her obituary.

    Nadeau was driving his aunt to Plainville so she could go swimming when the crash happened. 

    "I never would have thought a car could come out of nowhere," Nadeau said.

    He suffered eight broken ribs and a broken shoulder blade in the crash and said he hopes to return to work as a school bus driver next month.

    Police said Maddaloni failed to maintain her vehicles’ brakes so they were in good working order, knowingly operated her vehicle with defective equipment and she failed to perceive the risk of traveling down a steep hill without a proper braking system on her vehicle.

    At the time of the crash, Maddaloni’s operators’ license was suspended and she should not have been operating her vehicle, police said.

    She was booked on the arrest warrant at 9:19 a.m. on Tuesday, released on a court set $50,000surety bond and is scheduled to appear in Bristol Superior Court on Feb. 19.

    Maddaloni was charged with manslaughter in the second degree, misconduct with a motor vehicle, operating with a suspended operator’s license, defective brakes and failure to obey a stop sign.
     


    Bristol police have charged Melissa.Maddaloni, a Cheshire woman, in connection with a crash that killed a 90-year-old woman.Bristol police have charged Melissa.Maddaloni, a Cheshire woman, in connection with a crash that killed a 90-year-old woman.

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    Three stores in Manchester were evacuated due to possibly elevated levels of carbon monoxide Tuesday afternoon.

    Firefighters responded to the Big Lots at 1470 Pleasant Valley Road shortly before 3:30 p.m. The store was evacuated as a precaution.  An iParty store and a Dollar Tree store nearby were also evacuated as a precaution.

    Firefighters determined the carbon monoxide was coming from the heating system at Big Lots.

    Dollar Tree and iParty were allowed to reopen around 5 p.m.  It was not clear when Big Lots would reopen.



    Photo Credit: NBC Connecticut/Ilana Gold

    Firefighters responded to the Big Lots at 1470 Pleasant Valley Road in Manchester Tuesday after elevated levels of carbon monoxide were detected.  The store was evacuated.Firefighters responded to the Big Lots at 1470 Pleasant Valley Road in Manchester Tuesday after elevated levels of carbon monoxide were detected. The store was evacuated.

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    The movie “Lincoln” is up for an Oscar for best picture later this month, as well as several other awards, and a local Congress member is calling on director Steven Spielberg and DreamWorks to correct an historical inaccuracy in the film that he said places Connecticut on the wrong side of the slavery debate and ratification of the 13th Amendment.

    U.S. Rep. Joe Courtney is asking Spielberg  to acknowledge the inaccuracy and, if possible, correct it before releasing Lincoln on DVD.
     
    In the film’s climactic scene, two of Connecticut’s three members of Congress vote against the 13th Amendment outlawing slavery.

    However, the congressional record from Jan. 31, 1865 shows all four of Connecticut’s House Members — Augustus Brandegee, Henry Deming, James English and John Hubbard --  men from New London, Colchester, New Haven and Salisbury — voted in favor of the Amendment and against slavery, Courtney said, citing the Congressional Globe. The Globe contains the congressional debates of the 23rd through 42nd Congresses (1833-73).

    Courtney sent a letter to Spielberg.

    “As a Member of Congress from Connecticut, I was on the edge of my seat during the roll call vote on the ratification of the 13th Amendment outlawing slavery. But when two of three members of the Nutmeg State’s House delegation voted to uphold slavery, I could not believe my own eyes and ears. How could Congressmen from Connecticut—a state that supported President Lincoln and lost thousands of her sons fighting against slavery on the Union side of the Civil War—have been on the wrong side of history?” Courtney wrote to the Hollywood director.

    So, Courtney consulted congressional records from the date of the historic vote.

    “After some digging and a check of the Congressional Record from January 31, 1865, I learned that in fact, Connecticut’s entire Congressional delegation, including four members of the House of Representatives—Augustus Brandegee of New London, James English of New Haven, Henry Deming of Colchester and John Henry Hubbard of Salisbury—all voted to abolish slavery. Even in a delegation that included both Democrats and Republicans, Connecticut provided a unified front against slavery,” Courtney wrote.

    Courtney said he understands taking artistic license and suspending disbelief for movies like E.T. and Gremlins, but "accuracy is paramount" for a film based on history.

    “I understand that artistic license will be taken and that some facts may be blurred to make a story more compelling on the big screen, but placing the State of Connecticut on the wrong side of the historic and divisive fight over slavery is a distortion of easily verifiable facts and an inaccuracy that should be acknowledged, and if possible, corrected before Lincoln is released on DVD,” Courtney wrote.

    Daniel Day-Lewis and Sally Field are up for awards for their portrayal of the first couple. The film is also up for Oscars for cinematography, costume design, directing, film editing, music, production design, sound mixing and writing for an adapted screenplay. 
     



    Photo Credit: Getty Images for Walt Disney Stu

    NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 10:  Steven Spielberg and Daniel Day-Lewis participate in a live conversation to packed houses following a special screening of Steven Spielberg's NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 10: Steven Spielberg and Daniel Day-Lewis participate in a live conversation to packed houses following a special screening of Steven Spielberg's "Lincolin" in cities across the country at AMC Loews Lincoln Square 13 on October 10, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)

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    The sister of the Iraq War veteran charged with killing a former Navy SEAL sniper and his friend told a 911 operator that her brother was "psychotic."

    Midlothian police released the 911 call Tuesday. In it, Eddie Ray Routh's sister says her brother came to her house and told her that he killed two people at a shooting range.

    The woman, Laura Blevins, told the 911 operator that she wasn't sure if her brother was being honest with her, but that she was scared he may return to the house.

     "My brother just came by here ... he told me that he's committed a murder.  I'm terrified for my life because I don't know if he's going to come back here," Blevins said in the call.

    Routh is charged with gunning down former Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle and his friend Chad Littlefield at a gun range Saturday.

    Routh's brother-in-law told the 911 operator that Routh was recently diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder and was released from a mental hospital about a week ago.

    His actual mental health condition remains unclear and while Routh has been charged with the killing, he has not yet entered a plea.

    Routh is jailed in Erath County on $3 million bail.


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    Middletown police arrested a man suspected in a rash of burglaries in several towns.

    Officers arrested Dane Tilley, 30, of Middletown, on Monday. They identified Tilley as a suspect in several residential burglaries in and around the Middletown area. Most of the burglaries took place during the day when residents were not at home, police said.

    The Middletown Police Department Investigative Services Division worked with officers from surrounding towns and State Police to identify Tilley as the suspect. Tilley is charged with three counts of burglary, three counts of larceny and criminal mischief.

    Middletown police have obtained six additional arrest warrants for Tilley and expect to serve him with those warrants soon. He is scheduled to be in court Feb. 14.



    Photo Credit: Middletown Police

    Dane Tilley, 30, is charged in connection with several burglaries in and around Middletown.Dane Tilley, 30, is charged in connection with several burglaries in and around Middletown.

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    Last week, cops surrounded Atlantic Condominiums in Bridgeport during a chase of suspect Michael Stinson who allegedly tried to break into an unmarked police car.

    Police chased him right into the front doorway of the complex where they say Stinson, 36, tried to hold off officers with a knife.

    “He was trying to get in through this door. My mom told me he was ringing like crazy,” said Katisha Ortega, who lives in the building.

    Tenants watched as police used a stun-gun on Stinson and yelled at him to drop the knife. When he lunged at officers, police say they opened fire.

    “He kept yelling and yelling and yelling, and there was no response” said Ortega.

    When police opened fire, there was a spray of bullets. The bullets went through the walls and into an apartment next door where a mother and child were. The bullet holes are still present.

    “For that lady, if you were here, you could imagine, mothers, fathers, you know how it feels. Just sitting at home, watching TV and for that to happen. Then to come outside. It was crazy!” said Ortega.

    Steffany Johnson lives across the hall from the mother and tried to keep her own child safe while the bullets were flying.

    “I was shocked. I was surprised and scared,” said Johnson.

    She says she hasn't spoken to her neighbor, but knows she is very shaken up.

    “They haven't been back ever since,” said Johnson.

    The incident is being investigated by Connecticut State Police.

    "We certainly understand her feelings. Police officers made every effort to subdue this armed suspect without resorting to using firearms," said Bridgeport Police spokesman Bill Kaempffer in a statement.

     

     

     


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    State Police have arrested several people accused of computer crimes, including possession and distribution of child pornography.

    The Computer Crimes Investigation Unit made six arrests during the first week of February alone.

    Police arrested the six men, between 26 and 61 years old, after targeting people who raised red flags online, according to police.

    Joesph DosSantos, 41, of New Milford, admitted to using a fake profile on the internet to arrange a meeting for sex with a girl perceived to be a minor and of using pictures of a friend to share with young girl,s according to police. He is scheduled to appear in court on Monday, Feb.18.

    Brian Hague, 32, of East Lyme, was charged with possession and distribution of child pornography in the first degree after using Internet file sharing networks. Hauge turned himself in and was arrested.  He is scheduled to be in superior court on Wednesday Fed.2.

    James Scott Bacon, 62, of Ledyard, was charged with possession of child pornography and was held on a court-set $100,000 bond.
     
    Mathew Vicente, 27, of Simsbury and Frank Caciopoli, 52, of West Haven, were charged with possession of child pornography and promoting a minor in an obscene performance.
     
    Steven Anthony Cerasoli, 57, of Manchester, was charged with importation of child pornography and promoting a minor in an obscene performance. As police were executing a search and seizure warrant, Cerasoli admitted to using Internet file sharing networks and searching for pornography, as well as keeping handwritten logs and notes of websites that ch contained child pornographic images, according to police.
     
    Troopers with the computer crimes unit started some of the investigations as early as July 2011 and continued to follow the suspects online activity until their arrests.
     
    They then submitted arrest warrants in each separate case. All are scheduled to appear in superior court.

     



    Photo Credit: Getty Images

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    Police are looking for the robbers who forced employees at the East Haven Radio Shack on Foxon Road to the ground on Tuesday night and stole several electronic devices.

    Three to five robbers wearing hoods entered the store a little after 8 p.m., according to police, told the two Radio Shack employees to lie on the ground and then stole money and electronics, including TVs, according to police.

    No one was hurt during the robbery. 

    East Haven Police said they've been in contact with Trumbull Police after a recent Radio Shack robbery there.


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    A Middletown mother is explaining why she called the police on a 71-year-old woman who kicked her son and his friend out of a sleepover and said the woman should have made sure the boys made it home safely.

    "Furious isnt even the word, I was past furious," said Lynette Wiggins, who spoke exclusively to NBC Connecticut. "Something bad really could have happened."

    Around 4 a.m. on Sunday, Barbara Aiello forced Wiggins' 11-year-old son and his friend to leave her grandson's sleepover at the Beacon Hills Condos, according to Middletown police.

    "I can't see any reason why you would kick a 10- and 11-year-old out at 4 a.m. in the snow without even caring if they made it home," Wiggins said.

    She claims the children wandered around the complex in 20-degree temperatures for an hour-and-a-half, trying to get back into their homes, but no one heard them knocking and they had no keys or cell phones.

    "They went through woods. It's a busy street on the other side. Someone could have snatched these kids up," Wiggins said.

    She said her niece eventually heard the kids at the front door around 5:30 a.m.

    "He had pants tied to his head and a shirt tied to his face they were trying to stay warm."

    NBC Connecticut spoke to Aiello on Monday and she said the boys were being too rowdy.

    "I opened the door, not thinking, not realizing. I was angry and said, 'Go home,' and that was the last I had seen of them," Aiello said.

    Now, Wiggins wants to know why Aiello never followed up to see if the children made it home safely.

    "She could have put them in a vehicle and brought them home. She could have called me but she didn't."

    Aiello is charged with two counts of risk of injury to a minor. She is scheduled to appear in court next week.


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    One person was killed and another hospitalized after the box truck they were in crashed and was left dangling off the side of a South Florida highway overpass early Wednesday.

    The incident occurred at5:25 a.m. on the State Road 84 westbound on-ramp from Interstate 95 in Fort Lauderdale.

    WATCH: Video of the Dangling Truck

    Two people were in the 2001 Isuzu Tracy Bakery truck when exited I-95 northbound and tried to make a left turn and head west on State Road 84, Fort Lauderdale Police Det. DeAnna Garcia said. It struck a barrier wall along the State Road 84 overpass, authorities said.

    "As a result, the truck was suspended over the side of the overpass, partially off of the roadway," police said in a statement.

    Somehow, the truck's front end was leaning against a pillar.

    Congestion on South Florida's Roads 11th Worst in Nation: Report

    Fire Rescue workers responded and secured the truck before sending up a ladder. Firefighters were able to pull the driver from the truck and walk him down the ladder, Garcia said.

    The driver was transported to Broward Health Medical Center where he was in stable condition, Garcia said.

    Hospital officials identified the driver as 43-year-old Buenaventura rernandez, Jr., from Miami. He was treated for a small knee laceration and later released.

    The passenger remained inside the truck and had been unresponsive, Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue spokesman Matt Little said.

    VIDEO: Watch as the Driver is Pulled From the Truck

    Three tow trucks were brought to the scene and were able to pull the truck back onto the overpass about an hour and a half after the crash.

    The truck's passenger, who was not immediately identified, was later pronounced dead at the scene, officials said.

    Garcia said the driver showed bravery in escaping the dangling truck.

    "It appears that he's a very strong-willed and a very strong person mentally and physically to be able to overcome such a tragic accident and then to be able to walk himself down a very high ladder to safety," Garcia said.

    Debris from the truck fell onto a car that was driving on I-95 below, but no one was injured, officials said.

    A woman who answered the phone at Tracy Bakery said she doesn't know the people who were inside the truck or where they were going to or from when the crash happened.

    The crash left the two right lanes to the State Road 84 on-ramp blocked and two northbound lanes of I-95 just south of State Road 84 closed and caused traffic delays in the area.

    Florida Department of Transportation officials said the bridge was being inspected and the ramp would be closed periodically throughout Wednesday and Thursday as crews clean up the debris and repair the 10 feet of concrete barrier wall that was damaged.

    Engineers are also inspecting the pavement and the column that was struck by the truck.

    Police are investigating the cause of the crash, Garcia said. Anyone with information is asked to call Fort Lauderdale Police at 954-828-5754.

    Check back with NBC6.com for updates.

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    Fire Rescue workers responded after a person was trapped in a box truck that was left dangling off the side of a South Florida highway overpass early Wednesday.Fire Rescue workers responded after a person was trapped in a box truck that was left dangling off the side of a South Florida highway overpass early Wednesday.

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    On the afternoon of Thursday, March 8, 2012, a man and woman robbed the TD Bank at 466 Foxon Boulevard in New Haven.

    On Aug. 6, Douglas Hutchings, 40, of New Haven, pleaded guilty to robbing the bank, according to the U.S. Attorney's office, and he was sentenced on Tuesday to nine years in prison, followed by three years of supervised release.

    According to court documents and statements made in court,  Hutchings handed the teller a note stating “Please just the money No gets hurt (sic).”

    After the teller gave him $7,444, Hutchings ran out of the bank and entered the driver’s side of a minivan, sped off and engaged New Haven Police officers in a chase that ended when the minivan crashed in the vicinity of Hallock Street and Colombus Avenue in New Haven and burst into flames, according to police and the U.S. Attorney's office.

    Hutchins and the woman were apprehended within minutes and police said they found a money bag and money in the van, according to authorities.

    Hutchings and the woman were transported to Yale-New Haven Hospital, where they were under police guard, evaluated and treated for injuries resulting from the crash.

    Hutchings has been detained since his arrest.

    He has an extensive criminal history, according to the U.S. Attorney's office, including convictions for manslaughter, assault, larceny and arson.


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    An argument between two women at Chuck E Cheese in Newington, a restaurant that caters to children, ended in an arrest on Monday night after a woman allegedly pulled a loaded semi-automatic handgun out in front of another woman who was there with a child, according to Newington police.

    Police said Tawana Bourne, 30, of Middletown, was at the restaurant with her child around 8 p.m. and got into an argument with another woman, who was also with a child, police said. 

    During the argument, Bourne allegedly brandished a .380 semi-automatic handgun and chambered a round.

    Chuck E Cheese staff quickly contacted the Newington Police Department.

    Police said the women had been separated and Bourne was in possession of a .380 caliber handgun.

    Bourne, who has a valid State of Connecticut pistol permit, was charged with breach of peace, three counts of risk of injury to a minor, threatening in the second degree and reckless endangerment in the first degree.

    Her firearm and permit were seized, police said.

    Chuck E. Cheese issued the following statement, saying that signs are posted prohibiting weapons or firearms and the company will be evaluating security.

    "We are aware of an incident that occurred in our Newington, Conn., store on the evening of Monday, Feb. 4, in which a patron threatened another patron with a handgun. The store manager and staff acted immediately, followed proper safety procedures and contained the incident until local police officers arrived. As a result, there are no injuries to report and we are thankful for the dedicated service of community law enforcement and the swift actions of our alert staff members. 
     
    "At Chuck E. Cheese’s, providing wholesome entertainment to families with young children and maintaining a safe experience for our guests and staff is a primary concern for us just as it is top-of-mind for the families and parents who visit us. We want to assure parents and caregivers that we take great measures to protect the experience children and families have in our stores.  Many of the measures we have in place – such as our Kid Check program, employment of security guards, active security camera systems and additional safety precautions – are transparent to our guests to encourage an environment Where a Kid Can Be a Kid. In all of our stores around the country we display very visible signs prohibiting entry with weapons or firearms without exception. While the patron in question has a valid State of Connecticut pistol permit, she was in clear violation of this order on private property and our staff acted accordingly.
     
    "We will continue to evaluate the security of each location in the coming hours, days and weeks and will react swiftly should we feel more stringent measures become necessary. The safety of our guests and staff is a primary concern for us just as it is top-of-mind for the families and parents who visit us.
     
    "In the interest of our patrons, Chuck E. Cheese’s will work with the police fully during their ongoing investigation and therefore cannot offer more detail at this time."
     
    Bourne was released after posting a $50,000 surety bond and is scheduled to appear at New Britain Superior Court on Feb. 19.

     


    Tawana Bourne is accused of brandishing a handgun at Chuck E. Cheese.Tawana Bourne is accused of brandishing a handgun at Chuck E. Cheese.

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    Pool Table Magic in Windsor Locks calls itself a place for 'Billiards, Cocktails and Food,' but the pool hall could soon be home to a strip club.

    Mark Kulungian, the owner, is requesting permission from the town to convert the pool hall on Route 75 into a place for 'live entertainment, including sexually explicit dance routines."

    Neighbors are now working together to stop those plans and have formed a group called Windsor Locks Citizens for a Safe Community.

    "We don't want to see Route 75 start up like a Berlin Turnpike," said Father Robert O'Grady, of St. Mary's Church, and a member of the group.

    "We don't need this in our town. Windsor Locks is a wonderful little blue collar town. Good family values. People are close together," O'Grady said. "You get more drinking, you possibly get more drugs coming into the area, you get prostitution."

    Representatives of hotels on Route 75 also said they're worried about the kind of crowd this new business would bring.

    But, Tom Neal, of Windsor, thinks it might give people a different perspective on the town.

    "A lot of people might leave here saying they had a more exciting experience," he said. 

    Kulungian did not return NBC Connecticut's calls for comment.

    His plan will go before a public hearing at Windsor Locks Town Hall on February 11.


    The owner of this pool hall wants to turn it into a strip club.The owner of this pool hall wants to turn it into a strip club.

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    A woman slammed with a 30-day sentence after she flipped the bird at a Miami-Dade judge earlier this week was back in court on Wednesday.

    Penelope Soto, 18, appeared more composed at Wednesday's hearing, which was related to her arrest for possession of Xanax.

    Soto didn't laugh or smile during the appearance before Judge Jeffrey Rosinek, who had to ask her several times to repeat herself because she was so quiet.

    Rosinek set her bond at $5,000, but she'll still have to serve the 30-day sentence.

    Soto, who told Rosinek she lives with her mother, will have her case thrown out if she completes a drug program, the judge ruled.

    Soto's appearance in court on Monday made national news after her profane encounter with Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Jorge Rodriguez-Chomat earned her a month behind bars.

    Things got off to a bad start when Soto, who was sporting orange jail clothes and smiled and stroked her hair through the proceeding, laughed when she was asked a question about her jewelry and other assets for posting bond.

    "It's not a joke, you know, we're not in a club now," Rodriguez-Chomat told her. "We are not in a club, be serious about it."

    "I'm serious about it, you just made me laugh," Soto replied. "You just made me laugh, I apologize. It's worth a lot of money."

    Rodriguez-Chomat set her bond at $5,000 and said "bye,bye," and Soto laughed and replied "Adios."

    Annoyed, Rodriguez-Chomat summoned her back and reset her bond at $10,000, shocking Soto.

    "Are you serious," she asked.

    "I am serious. Adios," he replied.

    Soto started to walk away when she flipped Rodriguez-Chomat her middle finger and blurted "[expletive] you."

    She was called back again and Rodriguez-Chomat gave her a 30-day sentence for contempt of court.



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