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    A Ridgefield teenager is the driving force behind a proposed nationwide walkout of high school students planned for April of this year.

    Lane Murdock started organizing the event in the days following the shooting in Parkland, Florida.

    Murdock said the first 48 hours were some of the busiest of her young life.

    "I was hearing from people all over the country that they wanted to participate," Murdock said. 

    The 15-year-old's response to the most recent mass shooting could be the start of a new activism among teenagers, as witnessed by students from Florida speaking out for stricter gun laws.

    She said her generation has lived with gun violence and mass shootings in ways that no other has in history.

    "In the short time I've been in high school, we've had The Pulse [Orlando], Las Vegas, and Florida shooting so of course kids are getting into action," Murdock told reporters and gun rights supporters during a press conference on Friday. "This surrounds us every day."

    Joining Murdock and her peers are nearly all of Connecticut’s members of Congress and families affected by the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary.

    Mark Barden, the father of Daniel Barden who was killed by a lone gunman in Newtown more than five years ago, spoke up in support of the movement aimed at reducing gun violence not just in schools but in all public places where shootings have occurred.

    Barden recently returned from a visit to the White House where he was invited, along with fellow Sandy Hook parent Nicole Hockley, to meet with President Donald Trump, for a listening session on gun violence.

    "Let's give him credit because he asked for advice on what to do about this," Barden said of the president.

    Barden said he advised, "I've been working this and I've come up with a really good model that works. Where arming teachers and students with the tools on how to recognize people and to spot them and to get them help before they pick up an AR-15 and wreak havoc at a school or at a concert or at a movie theater or at a shopping mall."

    Trump told the Conservative Political Action Committee’s annual meeting that he is a still a staunch supporter of the NRA but said he wanted to strengthen the background check system. For the second time this week, he also proposed arming teachers, saying the shooting in Florida could have been stopped by a teacher.

    "A teacher would've shot the hell out of him before he knew what happened," Trump said.

    On background checks, the president would find common ground with about 97 percent of Americans, according to a recent Quinnipiac University poll. Sen. Chris Murphy told the group in Hartford on Friday,

    "Apple pie doesn’t poll that well," Sen. Chris Murphy quipped in Hartford on Friday.

    Murdock said she only expects the walkout movement to grow over the next two months and said she also expects her generation to take the lead when it comes to guns and other issues.

    "Most of us can’t vote yet," she said. 



    Photo Credit: NBC Connecticut

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    Berlin High School is mourning the death of its longtime wrestling coach James Day.

    The 64-year-old died on Thursday.

    According to the school principal, Day was hospitalized earlier in the week due to complication from flu and pneumonia but an exact cause of death remains unclear.

    Day gave decades of service to the high school as a special educator, athletic director and wrestling coach. Berlin Schools Superintendent Brian Benigni said the coach lead his team to consecutive state titles for many years.

    "You had a man that was committed to the community and the students," Benigi said.

    On Friday, Day’s fellow coaches, along with wrestlers past and present, shared memories of a man they considered a mentor and a friend.

    "He was the type of guy that would lean over on any given occasion and would just say something that would stick with you for a lifetime," Berlin soccer coach, Katie Amenta, said.

    "He didn’t coach a team, he coached a family," varsity wrestler Matt Pampuro said.

    Several members of that wrestling family are competing in a tournament at Hillhouse High School this weekend.


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    Three local firefighters are talking about battling PTSD, depression and anxiety because they hope no other first responder has to suffer.

    For Atwood Hose Deputy Chief Andrew Duval, even odors bring back the trauma he’s experienced on the job.

    "The smell of antifreeze triggers it from a previous car accident I've been to," Duval said. 

    Colchester Firefighter Dave Barnes said just being at home reminds him of a severe burn victim he met during a call down the block.

    "I remember hearing the screaming," Barnes said.

    After Stamford Fire Captain Jaques Roy helped recover two bodies in an infamous Christmas day fire five years ago, all it takes to remind him of that horrific day is a certain whitish-pink color, the color he saw one of the fire's young victims wearing.

    "I would drive my kids to school and I would drop them off and every little girl with a backpack would have that color on it," said Roy.

    The triggers may be different but what most firefighters have in common is the long journey they had to realize they had a problem and then admitting they needed to find the help.

    NBC Connecticut teamed up with other NBC stations and The International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) to examine the issue of firefighter mental health nationwide. NBC Owned Stations sent surveys to first responders and got almost 7000 responses, including 124 from those working in Connecticut.

    Three out of four surveyed said they have lingering or unresolved emotional issues due to stressful experiences as a firefighter.

    That includes Manchester Fire Chief David Billings.

    After a 2010 workplace shooting that left eight dead, he sought help but found that help to be lacking.

    "I feel like I feel like we're doing a good job based on what we have at the moment. But I do absolutely feel like there is more to do," Billings said.

    NBC Owned Station's survey results show that appears to be true.


    • Four out of five Connecticut firefighters said employee assistance programs don't work in addressing their mental health issues
    • Just 40 percent of Connecticut firefighters said they were helped from critical incident stress debriefings, where a team meets with firefighters and reviews a stressful event step by step

    According to our survey, 70 percent of Connecticut firefighters found peer-to-peer counseling helpful.

    "You trust your peer, you know they understand," Roy said.

    Firefighters surveyed said there needs to be more discussions or training about mental health. Some said their departments address it once a year at most.

    Billings has researched something called "resiliency training" which teachers firefighters to develop emotional strength before a stressful incident, so the effects don't linger as long afterward.

    But the hardest part in getting firefighters the assistance they need may be in ending the stigma of coming forward and admitting you need help.

    In Connecticut, more than 80 percent of those surveyed said there's a stigma about mental health issues and that makes them reluctant to seek out the assistance they need;

    The firefighters NBC Connecticut spoke with believing over time, things will change, because Duval said, it has to.

    "We need to start taking care of ourselves and the service because if we kept going we were going twenty years ago, thirty years from now there'd be no fire service," Duval said. 



    Photo Credit: NBC Connecticut

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    Just over a week after one of the worst days in their professional lives, first responders from Coral Springs met with the media on Friday to recount the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School that left 17 people dead.

    Officers from the neighboring city to the Parkland campus were among the first to arrive on Feb. 14, a scene that hit close to home for some of the first responders who have ties to the school.

    Sgt. Jeff Heinrich had to fight back tears when describing the reaction he had dealing with his job and the knowledge that both his wife, a teacher at Douglas, and son were in the school.

    “By the grace of God, my wife and my son who are at opposite ends of the school, [..] they both heard the fire alarm and decided to evacuate," Heinrich said.

    Heinrich said when he heard the first gunshots being fired, the sounds didn't immediately register.

    "At first I honestly thought they were fireworks," he said. "I thought the kids were screwing around. I thought maybe someone let off some fireworks in the school, set off the fire alarm, that's what I was thinking."

    But all of a sudden, the situation changed, Heinrich said.

    "Kids started to run, kids started to scream, at that time, I heard a round of probably another five or six shots," he said.

    Heinrich said he immediately started sprinting into the parking lot where all the kids were gathered. He ran into a student with a massive gunshot wound on his ankle, named Kyle, and used a compression bandage to treat the injury. By that time, the fire department was on the scene, and Kyle was taken by paramedics for further treatment.

    When Heinrich was bandaging Kyle, the student was able to give him a detailed description of what was happening inside and what the shooter was wearing. Heinrich immediately relayed that information to dispatch officers. 

    "He was spot on," Heinrich said.

    In the flurry of commotion, Heinrich was able to put on a SWAT vest and respond to the location of the incident: The freshman building. Officers were inside the building at that point, clearing it out and running the perimeter. 

    Through choked tears, Heinrich recalled clearing the building and surrounding areas with other officers -- in an effort to protect his family.

    "They're my family. Not only my family, my personal family, but the Douglas people," he said. "Those are kids that you know, teachers and staff that I've known for years."

    "My wife is the assistant athletic director who works hand-in-hand with Chris Hixon who lost his life." 

    Chris Crawford, a patrol officer and former Marine, also recounted the harrowing moments of the shooting when he was called onto the scene.

    “It’s awful. It’s as bad as you can imagine times 10,” he said.

    Crawford said he arrived at the school, grabbed his rifle, and started running toward the freshman building. After being instructed to clear the parking lot and search for injured victims, Crawford went to the front of the freshman building where he was met with a sergeant carrying out an injured 14-year-old boy. Moments later, another student approached Crawford and said she had been shot also. 

    Crawford detailed using combat gauze to treat the boy's wounds on his lower back, shoulder, thigh and arm, all of which were severe. He also used gauze to treat the girl's injuries.  

    Crawford helped the hurt students until the fire department arrived. After that, he rushed to the freshman building, where he met with other Coral Springs officers. The officers split up and Crawford went to the 500 building to survey the area.

    Once there, he went to classrooms and made sure everyone was safe. 

    When asked whether the classrooms were relieved to see an officer in the building, Crawford said:

    “The first two classes were [relieved], the third class...I knocked on the door and told them I’m Coral Springs Police. They said they couldn’t open the door. I had to negotiate with them. I even had to slide my ID under the door."

    Crawford said the teacher and students had to confirm that he was who he claimed to be.

    "They started asking me questions like what my ID number was.”

    Crawford said the injured boy and girl are expected to be okay. 

    “For me, I’m glad I could help just one kid. Or two kids. I wish I could have helped them all.”

    “What bothers me is that I wish I had gotten there sooner,” Crawford said.

    Coral Springs Fire Department Lt. Rohan Neita also detailed the fire department’s response to the shooting.

    “My brain really couldn’t process what was really happening. I couldn’t believe what I was seeing,” Neita said.

    Neita said it was a normal day at the fire station when the 2 p.m. call went out.

    “I remember hearing one of my shift supervisors asking dispatch if it was correct what he heard, that there was an active shooter at the school,” he said. “That’s when the hair starts standing on the back of your neck.”

    Neita said when the department arrived, kids were streaming out of the school, running toward a set up triage area. They started looking at students, finding who was injured the most, and transporting them to the hospital accordingly.

    For Neita, the incident was difficult because of his connection to the area.

    “I grew up here. I went to high school at Taravella. It’s been tough.”


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    Two people suffered minor injuries in a machete attach in Waterbury Friday night.

    It happened at 436 Baldwin Street around 7:30 p.m. Police said the suspect knocked on the back door of an apartment, and when the victims answered the door, the suspect attacked.

    The victims suffered cuts to their wrists and fingers and were taken to St. Mary’s Hospital for treatment.

    Police did not immediately release a description of the suspect.

    The incident remains under investigation.


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    Students in Newtown know all too well the pain caused by a school shooting, and that’s why Friday they held a candlelight vigil for the victims of the nation’s latest school shooting in Parkland, Florida.

    In addition to remembering the 17 lives lost when a gunman entered Stoneman Douglas High School, students who organized the event say this shooting is a call to action to bring about and end to gun violence in American schools.

    At the vigil the names of people killed in mass shootings since the Sandy Hook massacre were read as students, teachers and members of the Newtown community lit candles in their honor.

    The event was organized by the Junior Newtown Action Alliance. Organizer Jackson Mittleman, a junior at Newtown High School, says he and many of his peers feel galvanized by the activism being shown by the students in Parkland.

    “You’ve inspired so many people around this country to make this kind of change. We’re not going to stop. We understand what you’re doing,” he said about the group’s efforts to call for reform in gun laws and school safety.



    Photo Credit: NBC Connecticut

    The Junior Newtown Action Alliance organized a vigil to stand in solidarity with the school shooting victims in Parkland, Florida.The Junior Newtown Action Alliance organized a vigil to stand in solidarity with the school shooting victims in Parkland, Florida.

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    Engineers from Pratt and Whitney are working to inspire local middle school students to pursue careers in science.

    At East Granby Middle School, sixth graders built hovercrafts using balloons and discs.

    "We’re basically going to make this float," said sixth-grader Sara Moore. "This is a cool day because our whole morning is about learning and experimenting."

    It’s part of National Engineers Week. There’s specifically a push to get young girls interested in math and science.

    “We find that in middle school many students turn away from STEM career thoughts because they don’t think that they’re good at math or science or it’s not cool to be an engineer so we try to provide role models to the students,” said Pratt and Whitney engineer, Jonna Gerken.

    "I think that girls and boys do like science," said Victoria Damato, a sixth-grader. "Not just boys, it’s for girls and boys. I think girls can be engineers too."

    For more information on National Engineers Week and the National Society of Professional Engineers, click here. 


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    With her children in tow, Dahemia Douet lined up with dozens of others at the Hartford library Saturday to get her taxes prepared by the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program or VITA.

    The volunteer organization sets up across the state during tax season to help those making under $54,000 per year file for free by appointment. Saturday, they accepted walk-ins for their VITA Dollars and Sense Day.

    “I paid the year before but once I discovered Vita I decided I’m not gonna pay again, why should I,” said Douet. “It’s very important. It saves us money where we could spend on groceries.”

    The program is sponsored by the United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut. Laura O’Keefe, the financial stability director for the Village for Families and Children, a key partner in the program, said she hopes to do more than just save families money.

    “Help them to understand what their tax return is really about,” said O’Keefe. “It’s also an opportunity to help people think about their finances in a broader sense.”

    The program helped more than 12,000 people in central and northeast Connecticut get back about $28 million in refunds last year alone.

    “You know, those without the internet and knowledge of a computer, you know you need places like this for people to go to,” said Dawn Rioux.

    The Hartford resident said she usually files on her own, filling out the paperwork by hand, but technology has taken over the tax business.

    “Tax preparation is somewhat complicated, a little intimidating, so we’re able to help with that,” added O’Keefe.

    VITA volunteers will continue to provide the free tax filing service through April 17, in the hopes of helping people move ahead and build a solid financial future.

    Find the full list of locations here. To make an appointment, dial 211.


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    The team of “rejects” made curling history for the United States, a surprise win in big air’s Olympic debut, and a squirrel flirted with death on the slopes. Here are the Pyeongchang Games by the numbers:

    5 The American men’s curling team, once known as “The Rejects,” celebrated its first gold medal after defeating Sweden, the top ranked team in the world. The captain, or skip, John Shuster scored an exceedingly rare five points in a period with his final rock in the eighth end — making the score 10-5 and assuring an almost certain win. Shuster had come back from such a dreadful performance at the Sochi Games that he was cut from the U.S.’s national high-performance program. The four-time Olympian returned to the Olympics with a new team — Tyler George, Matt Hamilton, John Landsteiner and alternate Joe Polo — and after they squeaked through the early games, defeated Sweden 10-7 in the fifth straight win over the best curlers in the world.

    Shuster was a member of the only other U.S. curling team to win a medal, a bronze in Turin in 2006. Before the match, Mr. T made a good luck call and Diddy posted a good luck message online. President Trump’s daughter, Ivanka Trump, was in the audience along with the king of Sweden.

    10 — A Canadian won the men’s big air in the event’s Olympic debut, just not the one everyone was expecting. Sebastien Toutant took the first-ever gold while teammates, Max Parrot and Mark McMorris, the event’s favorites, failed to medal after several falls. Toutant was ranked 10th at the end of the last World Cup season and had had back problems in the months before the Winter Games. He won with a combined score of 174.25 from his two best runs. “A couple of months ago I couldn’t even snowboard so it definitely feels great that I‘m able to ride at my best and to put the tricks down,” he told Reuters.

    American Kyle Mack took the silver medal, a stunning comeback after a 10th-place finish in the qualifying. “The whole reason I wanted to do snowboarding is to bring style into snowboarding,” Mack said. “It's the main thing I've always worked at.” Great Britain’s Billy Morgan won the bronze. The U.S.'s Chris Corning finished fourth, and Red Gerard, the gold medal winner in the earlier slopestyle event, was right in fifth. Norway's Marcus Kleveland had already been eliminated in the qualifying round.

    2 Ester Ledecka pulled off a rare Olympic double on Saturday, becoming the first woman to win gold in two sports at the same Winter Olympics. Ledecka returned to her best known sport, snowboarding, and won the parallel giant slalom to go with her shocking skiing victory in the Alpine super-G earlier in the Winter Games.


    The Czech star, top-ranked on the snowboarding circuit but never a threat until now in skiing, outraced Selina Joerg of Germany to the line in the final and won by 0.46 seconds. Compare that to 0.01-second edge in the super-G race that left her and the rest of the field in shock.

    She is the third athlete to win gold in two winter sports at the same Games, according to Gracenote Olympic, a company providing Olympic sports statistics. The last time was in 1928 in St. Moritz, when Norway’s Johan Groettumsbraaten won gold in both cross-country skiing and the Nordic combined. Four years earlier Thorleif Haug accomplished the same.

    15 Japan’s Nana Takagi blasted past her opposition to win the first women’s mass start speedskating gold medal, ahead of Kim Bo-reum of South Korea. This is Takagi’s second gold medal of the Pyeongchang Olympics.

    Irene Schouten of the Netherlands won bronze after skating too wide on the final corner and had to settle for bronze Saturday.

    In the men’s event, top favorite Lee Seung-hoon skated unleashed a final sprint that no one could match to take gold for South Korea. He has now won five Olympic medals from 2010 through 2018.

    This was South Korea’s first speedskating gold of the Pyeongchang Games, and its 15th medal overall, a new record. It won 14 medals in Vancouver in 2010, according to Gracenote Olympic.

    Belgian inline skater Bart Swings took silver ahead of Koen Verweij of the Netherlands on Saturday.

    5-3 Japan's women's curling team captured the country's first Olympic medal in the sport, a bronze. The match at Gangneung Curling Centre pit Japan against 2014 bronze medalist Great Britain. Japan won 5-3 in a tight game. 

    No Japanese team, men, women or mixed doubles, had until now won an Olympic medal in curling. Great Britain's women's team took gold at the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics. 

    Going for the gold are South Korea's "Garlic Girls," named for the garlic grown in their hometown. They've become a global sensation with their success though they likely don't know it. They've turned off their phones to keep distractions away. They will play Sweden tonight at 7:05 p.m. Watch live on NBCSN at 7:05 p.m. ET or on digital platforms.

    2-1 Switzerland beat the top-seeded Austria in the Alpine team skiing event in its Olympic debut. With the Swiss leading 2-1, they locked up the win when Austrian Marco Schwarz skied out along the side-by-side parallel slalom course.

    6-4 Canada took the bronze medal in hockey Saturday, beating the Czech Republic 6-4 for what would be an accomplishment for many players. But for the country said to have originated the modern-day sport and which already has nine hockey golds, it was a sore disappointment. Its defeat to the Russian team was described in the national media as a crushing loss and a dark day for Canadian hockey.

    The gold medal match up between the Russian team and Germany will be played tonight at 11 p.m. ET. Because of a doping scandal that affected the country’s entire Olympic program, the Russian national team has been banned from these Olympics — and the competitors are called the Olympic Athletes from Russia name. Watch live on NBCSN beginning at 10:30 p.m. ET Saturday or on digital platforms.

    7 Snowboarder Austria’s Daniela Ulbing just managed to dodge a grey squirrel that darted onto the slope during the heats for the women’s parallel giant slalom. Ulbing won her heat, and went on to finish 7th in the race. The squirrel ran free of the course. “When you think you’ve seen everything at the Olympic Winter Games...,” the announcer said. 

    38 Norway leads the medals table with 13 gold, 14 silver and 11 bronze. That breaks the record set at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics by the Americans, who won 37 medals.



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    United States's skip John Shuster, center, makes a call during the men's final curling match against Sweden at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung, South Korea, Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018.United States's skip John Shuster, center, makes a call during the men's final curling match against Sweden at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung, South Korea, Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018.

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  • 02/24/18--07:03: Griswold Man Killed in Crash

  • A Griswold man is dead after a crash on Stone Hill Road early Saturday morning.

    Connecticut State Police said 27-year-old Kyle Emmerthal was driving near 270 Stone Hill Road around 12:30 a.m. when he went off the road and hit a stone wall and a tree.

    Emmerthal was ejected from the vehicle. He was rushed to Backus Hospital where he died of his injuries.

    No one else was in the vehicle at the time, police said.

    Debris from the crash caused minor property damage.

    The crash remains under investigation.



    Photo Credit: NBC Connecticut

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    A 37-year-old man was killed in a shooting in Hartford Saturday.

    Police said the victim, who was not publicly identified, was found in his home on Henry Street around noon, suffering a gunshot wound to the neck. He was rushed to Hartford Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

    According to police, there was some kind of scuffle outside the home that led up to the shooting. The victim returned to his home when he was shot.

    Officers have recovered evidence on scene and have several suspects. Investigators believe the victim was known to the suspect. It is unclear if the incident was premeditated.

    A family member of the victim was also taken to the hospital after punching a window and causing damage.

    The Hartford Police Department Major Crimes unit and Crime Scene Division are investigating. Henry Street remains closed near Grandview Terrace.



    Photo Credit: NBC Connecticut

    A police investigation underway on Henry Street in Hartford.A police investigation underway on Henry Street in Hartford.

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    A Meriden man is accused of trying to run over a police officer and fleeing from police after an incident at Mohegan Sun Saturday.

    Connecticut State Police said they arrested 22-year-old Justin Eccleston after a high-speed car chase.

    State police said their involvement began when Mohegan Tribal Police reported that a suspect, later identified as Eccleston, in an assault investigation attempted to run over one of their officers with an SUV.

    State police spotted the suspect’s vehicle on I-395 and followed it down Route 2 west. Police said the vehicle reached speeds over 100 mph while driving in a posted 55, and ran stop signs during the pursuit.

    The suspect eventually exited the highways and crashed into a tree on Waterman Road in Lebanon. According to police, officers found a large amount of marijuana in the vehicle.

    Eccleston was taken to the local hospital for possible injuries from the crash and arrested upon his release. He was charged with reckless endangerment, reckless driving, engaging in pursuit, and drug charges. He was held on a $25,000 bond.



    Photo Credit: Connecticut State Police

    Justin EcclestonJustin Eccleston

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    The Democrat's House Intelligence Committee memo, drafted to counter GOP allegations about abuse of government surveillance powers in the FBI's Russia probe, has been released. Read the full document below.



    Photo Credit: Aaron P. Bernstein/Getty Images, File

    Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), ranking member on the House Intelligence Committee, speaks with reporters on Capitol Hill on Feb. 15, 2018, in Washington, DC. The Committee is considering holding former Trump advisor Steve Bannon in contempt of Congress.Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), ranking member on the House Intelligence Committee, speaks with reporters on Capitol Hill on Feb. 15, 2018, in Washington, DC. The Committee is considering holding former Trump advisor Steve Bannon in contempt of Congress.

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    Special Olympics Connecticut is celebrating its 50th anniversary with almost 1,000 athletes and partners competing in the annual Winter Games.

    This year’s games are being held at multiple locations across Hartford County on February 24 and February 25.

    Floor hockey will take place at the Pratt and Whitney hanger on Saturday and Sunday.

    There's also ice skating and speed skating in Simsbury and gymnastics in Plainville.

    The public is encouraged to attend and cheer the athletes on throughout the weekend.

    With temperatures expected to hit the 50s in the Hartford area Saturday, organizers struggled with the lack of snow and were forced to cancel the Alpine skiing and snowboarding events, and shorten the cross-country skiing. But that didn’t dampen the excitement at the Opening Ceremony in East Hartford.

    Months of hard work and dedication went into organizing the games for the Special Olympics athletes. The annual Winter Games gives athletes of all abilities the chance to play sports and compete with their peers.

    For more information and specific event information, click here. 



    Photo Credit: NBC Connecticut

    SOCT is celebrating its 50th anniversary at its annual Winter Games this year.SOCT is celebrating its 50th anniversary at its annual Winter Games this year.

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    One person was killed Saturday after a double stabbing in a public library in Winchester, Massachusetts.

    The victim, a 22-year-old woman, has not been identified by police, and a man is in custody in connection with the stabbing.

    Fire officials said the stabbing happened at the Winchester Public Library on Main Street around 10:30 a.m.

    The second victim, identified only as a 77-year-old man, remains hospitalized. Police are saying the man suffered non-life-threatening injuries while attempting to help the woman.

    The man taken into custody has been identified as Jeffrey Yao, 23, of Winchester. According to police, Yao stabbed both victims with a 10-inch hunting blade. He was previously known to police.

    Both victims were transported to an area hospital, said police. The 77-year-old victim was treated for a stab wound to his arm. The 22-year-old victim suffered numerous stab wounds to her head and upper torso, police said. She subsequently died from her injuries.

    Investigators said the female victim had been sitting at a table when the suspect allegedly approached her unprovoked and stabbed her multiple times. According to the police, she tried to make her way to the front lobby to escape. A number of patrons came to her aid, at which point the 77-year-old victim was also stabbed, police said.

    Yao is charged with murder and assault with attempt to murder. He is being held without bail pending his arraignment on Monday. It’s unclear if he has an attorney.

    Police are investigating possible motives for the attack.


    Jeffrey Yao, 23, is in custody after a double stabbing at the Winchester Public Library on Saturday that left one 22-year-old woman dead and a 77-year-old man injured.Jeffrey Yao, 23, is in custody after a double stabbing at the Winchester Public Library on Saturday that left one 22-year-old woman dead and a 77-year-old man injured.

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    Hartford firefighters are battling two fires in the capital city Saturday evening, and authorities are looking into whether one of the incidents is arson.

    Crews responded to a house fire near the intersection of Brook Street and Albany Avenue, as well as a fire at 363 Zion Street. Resources are strained and mutual aid has been requested, fire officials said.

    Hartford Police Deputy Chief Brian Foley tweeted that detectives are looking into whether the Brook Street fire is arson.

    Details were not immediately available.



    Photo Credit: Randolph Calloway

    Firefighters battle a fire on Brook Street, near Albany Avenue, in Hartford. Police are looking into whether the incident is arson.Firefighters battle a fire on Brook Street, near Albany Avenue, in Hartford. Police are looking into whether the incident is arson.

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    For a heterosexual couple having a baby can be expensive but for gay couples having a baby means more than just hospital bills, NBC News reported. 

    The average US hospital baby delivery can costs up to $3,800 according to a 2011 Agency for Healthcare Research report. But fertitlity treatments, surrogacy, legal fees and hospital care can costs more than 10 times the average delivery costs.

    The Family Equality Council, an advocacy organization for LGBTQ families, said for gay couples the cost easily exceeds $100,000, NBC News reported. Legals fees are an additional costs depending on state laws. 



    Photo Credit: Getty Images/Christopher Furlong

    File - A two week old baby's feet in England.File - A two week old baby's feet in England.

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    Three Broward sheriff's deputies remained outside of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School when they could have gone inside the freshman building, where 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz killed 17 people and wounded six others, two law enforcement sources told NBC News.

    The reason the deputies stayed outside is currently unclear. 

    Scot Peterson, the school’s resource officer, allegedly waited outside while havoc erupted within. According to Brandon Huff, a student at Stoneman Douglas, Peterson “was just standing there,” pointing his firearm toward the building where Cruz was committing mass murder.

    Huff said he sprinted to the freshman building after receiving a text message from his girlfriend, who told him there was a shooter in the building. When he got there, he saw Peterson with his gun.

    “I thought he was aiming it at somebody and you could hear gunshots going off in the building, the freshman building, over and over,” he said.

    Peterson resigned Thursday after Sheriff Scott Israel suspended him without pay. Israel also launched an internal affairs investigation into why Peterson did not do what he was trained to do: enter the building and confront an active school shooter.

    The Sheriff’s Office has not yet confirmed or denied whether the allegations against the three officers are true, but Sheriff Scott Israel said they are currently investigating the claims, according to the South Florida Sun Sentinel.

    In a statement, the Coral Springs Police Department said they have yet to officially comment on the allegations.

    “The Coral Springs Police Department is aware of media reports published regarding Broward Sheriff’s Deputies who responded to the tragic shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on February 14, 2018,” the statement read. “The Coral Springs Police Department has not made any official statements to media regarding these allegations as it is still an open and active investigation being handled by the Broward Sheriff’s Office.”

    The department continued to say there were numerous deputies and officers who responded to the incident, “whose actions were nothing short of heroic.”



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    The Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School is seen after a shooting at the school that reportedly killed and injured multiple people on Feb. 14, 2018, in Parkland, Florida.The Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School is seen after a shooting at the school that reportedly killed and injured multiple people on Feb. 14, 2018, in Parkland, Florida.

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    A strong nor'easter could bring rain, snow, high winds and flooding to Connecticut by the end of the week.

    NBC Connecticut's meteorologists have issued a First Alert for the storm, which is forecasted to begin Thursday.

    Current models show Thursday starting off as gloomy and rainy, with the heavier rain and wind picking up on Thursday night and into Friday.

    There is a threat of flooding along the shoreline as the storm moves through Connecticut.

    The track of the storm will be key as to what parts of the state see some snow.



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    Food burned inside a microwave in a break room at the San Diego International Airport prompted evacuations at Terminal 1 Saturday, fire officials confirmed.

    The San Diego Fire-Rescue Department (SDFD) said the microwave mishap happened around 1:30 p.m. and led officials to evacuate travelers from the terminal in case of a fire emergency.

    No one was hurt.

    Some travelers posted about the evacuation on Twitter, with one woman adding, “Good thing it’s nice out.”

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    Further details were not immediately released.



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    Dean DeLisle recorded a short video during the evacuation Saturday at the San Diego International Airport.Dean DeLisle recorded a short video during the evacuation Saturday at the San Diego International Airport.

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    Former Department of Consumer Protection Commissioner Jonathan Harris has announced he is running for governor.

    The Democrat launched an exploratory campaign last April. On Saturday he declared his run with a video announcement on his campaign website, followed by a press conference in West Hartford.

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    Harris told supporters he will focus on job creation, economic development and education as the cornerstones of his campaign.

    “Economic development will not only create jobs in our state, it will build the vibrant neighborhoods where millennials, who will build our future, want to live and work. We will create jobs in all of our communities, large and small, urban, suburban and rural, whose futures are now more intertwined and interdependent than ever,” Harris said.

    Harris stepped down as DCP commissioner in April. He is also a former mayor of West Hartford and state senator. He said his previous experience proves he has a track record of working on these issues.

    In addition to public service, Harris practiced law for 20 years. He also formed and operated a real estate and economic development business.

    Other Democrats running include Ned Lamont, Bridgeport Mayor Joseph Ganim and former Veterans Affairs Commissioner Sean Connolly. Middletown Mayor Dan Drew ended his run in January after struggling to raise money.



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    Former Department of Consumer Protection Commissioner Jonathan Harris announces a run for governor.Former Department of Consumer Protection Commissioner Jonathan Harris announces a run for governor.

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    Family members have identified the kindergartener from Colchester who passed away this week and said he died of complications from the flu.

    Morgan Katzman Pappa, the child’s godmother, told NBC Connecticut that 6-year-old DeMarcus White tested positive and was diagnosed with the flu before his death. He died from complications Wednesday.

    White was a student at Colchester Elementary School. School officials said school psychologists and social workers will be on hand at the school to provide support to students and staff for as long as needed.

    Calling hours for White will be 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday night at the Aurora McCarthy Funeral Home in Colchester. The funeral will be private.

    White's death comes in addition to the 97 deaths related to the flu reported in Connecticut between Aug. 27 and Feb. 17.




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    Family members say 6-year-old DeMarcus White died of complications from the flu.Family members say 6-year-old DeMarcus White died of complications from the flu.

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    Winter weather advisories have been issued for parts of northern Connecticut ahead of a wintry mix moving in Sunday morning.

    Sunday morning rain develops, moving in from the west in the early morning hours. Areas north of Hartford will see more of a wintry mix with some icing possible in the hills. It changes over to a cold rain, though there could be some stubborn spots of ice up north. The rest of the state should see a quick changeover to rain.

    Winter weather advisories have been issued for Hartford, Litchfield, Tolland and Windham counties for 1 a.m. through 1 p.m. Sunday.

    Temperatures are expected in the mid-30s inland and into the 40s along the shoreline.

    On Monday temperatures creep back up into the 50s.



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