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    Before Rep. Devin Nunes claimed Trump Tower may have been caught up in United States surveillance efforts during the transition period, the House Intelligence Committee chairman was on White House grounds meeting with a source, Nunes' spokesman confirmed in a statement to NBC News. 

    The California Republican hasn't revealed who his source was for the explosive claim, made Wednesday, that private communications of President Donald Trump and his presidential transition team may have been scooped up by American intelligence officials monitoring other targets and improperly distributed throughout spy agencies. Nunes later took the information directly to Trump before briefing other members of the committee, drawing a rebuke from other members.

    The ranking Democrat on the committee, Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., declared Wednesday he has "profound doubt" about the integrity and independence of the committee's probe, and has pushed for an independent commission to look into alleged ties between Trump's team and Russia, which is suspected of interfering with the election.

    Nunes, who served on Trump's transition, later apologized to members of the committee for briefing the president first. He also clarified that he can't be sure whether conversations among Trump or his aides were captured in the surveillance.

    Schiff has not immediately responded to the new revelation, first reported by CNN, that Nunes met his source on White House grounds. 

    "Chairman Nunes met with his source at the White House grounds in order to have proximity to a secure location where he could view the information provided by the source," a spokesman said in a statement. "The Chairman is extremely concerned by the possible improper unmasking of names of U.S. citizens, and he began looking into this issue even before President Trump tweeted his assertion that Trump Tower had been wiretapped."

    Classified information must be viewed in secure enclosures called sensitive compartmented information facilities, or SCIFs.

    After the statement was released Monday, Nunes told Bloomberg View columnist Eli Lake Monday that his source was an intelligence official, not a White House staffer, whom he met on White House grounds because it was the most convenient secure location with "networked access" to the reports he viewed.

    He also revealed that the reports were sent to executive branch agencies including the Obama White House, Lake reported.

    Nunes' committee is looking into a claim made without evidence by the president that the Obama administration wiretapped Trump Tower. Nunes and other officials, including FBI Director James Comey, have said there is no evidence the administration did so, but Trump said he felt "somewhat" vindicated by the briefing Nunes gave him. 

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    House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif., speaks to reporters during a press conference at the U.S. Capitol, March 22, 2017, in Washington, DC.House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif., speaks to reporters during a press conference at the U.S. Capitol, March 22, 2017, in Washington, DC.

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    Rescuers continue to search for a missing Plainville man in the wooded areas off North Mountain Road in New Britain after he did not return home Saturday.

    Authorities believe 64-year-old Arthur Williams went hiking Saturday. They said he was last seen wearing jeans and a camouflage Army-style jacket. He had a black backpack and was holding ski poles or walking sticks. He does not have a cell phone.

    He was seen walking west on North Mountain Road in New Britain in the area of Pinnacle Mountain near the Metacomet Trail around noon Saturday. 

    Williams' family told authorities he has been known to hike in the area, but has not gone this long without coming back before. 

    A Connecticut State Police helicopter was called in to assist Plainville police with the search Sunday afternoon.

    Police suspended the search when it became too dark to search Sunday, but rescue crews are out again and they are dealing with rain and some fog.

    "It's going to make the situation slippery. Visibility is low and we're not able to utilize Trooper One (helicopter) again on a second day because of the conditions," Lt. Eric Peterson, of the Plainville Police Department, said.

    Peterson said Williams knows the area and the trails well. 

    "He grew up in the area and hiked up there since he was a kid, so he knows the whole terrain really well," Peterson said.

    Williams' son said authorities are keeping family members out of the search area for now so K9s can conduct a search, but he is determined to find his father and is hoping to go into the woods today.

    Anyone with information about Williams' whereabouts should call the Plainville Police Department at 860-747-1616. 

    Photo Credit: Plainville Police Department

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    House Democrats want the money pouring in to state races to be traceable, and for the groups spending it to be held accountable. 

    The proposed instituting a cap of $70,000 on groups making independent expenditures, and requiring disclosure of donors.

    “We understand that we are limited in what we can regulate and what you spend and how you spend on elections but there is a story you can tell," said Rep. Matt Ritter, (D - Hartford) the House Majority Leader. "People can at least know where that money is coming from.”

    The proposal stems from the 2014 state election, specifically, when Republican gubernatorial candidate Tom Foley had a PAC supporting him with funds that were untraceable. Even today, it's unknown where the money came from.

    House Democrats say they think voters have a right to know who is funding campaigns, and who paid for particular ads that they may come across.

    Speaker of the House Joe Aresimowicz said, “Their name should be clearly listed whether it’s an internet ad, a TV commercial, or print media and then the voters should be able to go back very easy and look at the reports.”

    Republicans wouldn't rule out backing more accountability in state elections.

    I know there’s good intent in there somewhere," said Rep. Jason Perillo, (R - Shelton). “Anything that provides greater transparency and lets residents of Connecticut know where donations are coming from is absolutely good for the process.”

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    Three Metro-North employees from Connecticut are plaintiffs in a federal lawsuit alleging their employer punished them for raising safety concerns. 

    Two similar lawsuits have also recently been filed in the Southern District of New York.

    Seven months after a Metro-North train struck and killed 52-year-old foreman Robert Luden on the tracks in West Haven, the plaintiffs from the power department claim the railroad company started retaliating against them after they refused to do an assignment they say violated safety regulations.

    A federal lawsuit filed in the Southern District of New York alleges Metro-North reduced overtime pay opportunities and threatened future job prospects for James Linkenhoker of Fairfield, James Provo of Southington and Gary Vaspasiano of East Haven.

    Then in August 2015, the three men and a fourth plaintiff from New Jersey allege they were assigned to a task they did not feel safe performing. The lawsuit states the refusal to do that work resulted in 61 day suspensions without pay for insubordination.

    Each of the Metro-North employees is seeking $450,000 in damages.

    Marc Wietzke, the Long Island-based attorney for the railroad workers, said over the phone there had been “close calls” before they spoke up about the safety concerns.

    "Any retaliation against workers with safety complaints is absolutely abhorrent and unacceptable," Senator Richard Blumenthal said. "I will demand answers from Metro-North."

    A spokesperson told NBC Connecticut Metro-North does not comment on pending litigation.

    Since a critical report from the NTSB was released in 2014, Metro-North has followed through on recommendations to improve safety.

    In January 2016, Metro-North announced the implementation of Confidential Close Call Reporting System (C3RS), an initiative the company says is “industry-leading” in encouraging workers to report potential safety hazards or violations of protocols.

    Photo Credit: NBC Connecticut

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    Two pitbulls with serious skin infections were abandoned in East Hartford over the weekend. 

    The presumed owner of the two dogs was observed leaving Martin Park in East Hartford on Saturday, the Tyler Regional Animal Care Shelter said. 

    The two female dogs were found with serious skin infections from an overgrowth of yeast and bacteria, the animal shelter said. They are currently being treated. 

    Anyone with information on the dogs or their owners is asked to call East Hartford at (860) 291-7572.

    Photo Credit: Tyler Regional Animal Care Shelter

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    The stretch of Interstate 95 between exits 74 and 75 is known by drivers for accidents and congestion. But the state Department of Transportation (DOT) developed a plan to change that.

    Under the proposal, I-95 would be widened, allowing for a potential third lane, in addition to an auxiliary lane connecting Exits 74 and 75 in both northbound and southbound directions, according to Susan Libatique, principal engineer for the DOT’s Division of Highway Design. It would give drivers more space and more time to merge on an off the interstate, she said.

    The project is supposed to ease congestion. Between 2012 and 2014, within the project limits on I-95, there have been 139 crashes, 27 of them had injuries, according to DOT statistics. On Route 161, which would also see improvements, between Industrial Park Road to Route 1, there have been 108 crashes, 16 with injuries.

    Construction is expected to begin in spring 2021. The project is estimated to cost $140 million with 80 percent being funded federally and 20 percent funded through the state, according to a DOT news release.

    Plans are also in the works to replace the I-95 bridge over Route 161 because of its “poor condition,” and to accommodate the widening on Route 161 underneath it, with turning lanes, according to the DOT. Libatique assured that it is currently structurally sound. And said the project would also accommodate bicyclists.

    Exit ramps off the interstate will be made wider, allowing drivers to decelerate easier, according to Libatique. Ramps will also be relocated. The northbound I-95 exit 74 ramp will be moved south to form a new intersection, with traffic signals, with Route 161 and the Burger King Driveway, according to a DOT new release.

    Another ramp will be created for drivers going southbound on Route 161, accessing I-95 northbound. The new entrance ramp will be about 500 feet south of its current location and be in the shape of a loop – to lessen the sharp turns and make it easier for drivers to accelerate onto the interstate.

    The entrance ramp to I-95 northbound for drivers going north on Route 161 will stay where it is, but realigned, according to the DOT.

    “Most of the problems at Exit 74 are the hairpin turns you have to make when you’re getting off the highway or the speed up to reach the speed that that the highway is going. We have a very antiquated on and off ramp there,” said East Lyme First Selectman Mark Nickerson, adding the project will help the town.

    Some people who live in town are concerned about the added congestion with the construction, though.

    The DOT will hold a public information meeting about the changes on Tuesday, April 18, 2017 at the Camp Niantic Army National Guard Base, NETT Hall at 18 Smith Street, Niantic. An open forum begins at 6:30 p.m., followed by a formal presentation at 7 p.m.

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    A mom used her daughter's toy stroller to conceal items she stole from a Macy's in Milford on Saturday, police said. 

    Milford Police were called to the Macy's on Boston Post Road on the report of a shoplifter in custody.

    Colleen Daly, 42, of Shelton, is accused of using her daughter's toy stroller to hide more than $500 items she stole from the department store. 

    An investigation found that Daly gave on-scene officers a fake name, because there is a warrant out for her arrest.

    Daly is also accused of failing to appear in court on Dec. 9, 2016 from a larceny arrest in Shelton. 

    Her bond was set at $500. 

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    Wethersfield Police are teaming up with homeowners who have surveillance cameras in order to have an extra set of eyes to potentially catch thieves in the act.

    "We’re asking people that have home video surveillance systems with recording capabilities to submit their name and contact info to us and that they’d be willing to share that video in the event that there was an incident," said Lt. Andrew Power with the Wethersfield Police Department.

    The information given by residents would go into a private database available to police.

    "Someone has a camera at their home we’re going to reach out to them the next day and say hey we had an incident happen on oxford st last night… can you look at the video or could we look at the video with you," said Power.

    And getting that information could more quickly solve a case.

    The police department said they are aware of about 20 homes with surveillance cameras, but think there could be more out there.

    Contact Wethersfield police if you’re interested in participating in the program.

    Photo Credit: NBC Connecticut

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    Two undercover police officers conducting surveillance outside an apartment complex in northwest Miami-Dade were shot Monday night in an "ambush-style attack" while a suspect in the shooting showed up shot at a nearby hospital, officials said.

    The shooting happened just before 10 p.m. near Northwest 62nd Street and 20th Avenue.

    Miami-Dade police said the two officers were investigating gang activity in the area as part of a multi-agency task force. The detectives were in an unmarked police vehicle when, according to officials, several suspects "ambushed" the car and opened fire.

    "They were ambushed in their vehicle, unprovoked," Miami-Dade Police Maj. Hector Llevat said.

    One of the detectives was able to return fire but it's unknown if any of the suspects were shot, officials said. Hialeah Police said a suspect in the shooting later showed up at Hialeah Hospital with a gunshot wound.

    The wounded officers were rushed to Jackson Memorial Hospital in the bed of a pickup truck and were being helped inside by their colleagues, NBC 6 video shows. 

    The officers, Charles Wood, 37, and Terence White, 47, were reported in stable condition and in good spirits, police said. Wood was treated for his injury and released, police said.

    Wood is an 11-year veteran of the department and White has been on the force for 26 years.

    A search was underway for the "suspect or suspects." Several police helicopters were seen scouring the area during the manhunt. 

    Officials on Tuesday said they had detained several individuals and were interviewing them to determine their possible involvement in the shooting. No arrests have been made. One suspect was detained at the Hyatt Place on Northwest 35th Street across from Miami International Airport.

    Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez and Miami-Dade Police Director Juan Perez arrived at the hospital where the officers were being treated. They asked the public's help in finding the shooters.

    "Our prayers go out to the speedy recovery of our officers and their families that really had the scare of their life tonight," Perez said. 

    Miami Beach Police Chief Daniel Oates offered support to the injured officers on social media, tweeting: "@MiamiDadePD prayers for our partners and ready to offer any needed support from @MiamiBeachPD."

    "We need you to step up to the plate. If you know something, if you saw something then say something. Today is the day to step up," Perez told reporters in pleading for help finding whoever is involved.

    Police asked that anyone with information is urged to call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS.

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    The House is expected to vote on a controversial measure on Tuesday that would allow internet service providers (ISPs) to sell your browsing history and habits without your consent, NBC News reported.

    The Senate narrowly passed the joint resolution Thursday. If the measure passes its second vote in Congress, it would need a signature from President Donald Trump to become law.

    Lawmakers voting in favor of the resolution want to overturn rules the Federal Communications Commission approved last year.

    Those rules, scheduled to go into effect in December, would require ISPs like cable and cellphone companies to explicitly ask you to "opt in" to letting them share your personal information. 

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    A man types on a laptop.A man types on a laptop.

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    An arrest was made in the fatal head-on crash that happened in Milford on Interstate 95 last year. 

    Shivam Patel, 23, of East Haven, turned himself into state police after learning about a warrant out for his arrest. Patel faces charges that include reckless driving, operating under the influence, wrong-way driving, manslaughter and reckless endangerment. 

    Milford Fire Rescue said emergency personnel responded to the two-car crash around 2:20 a.m. on Interstate 95 northbound just before exit 36 on April 16, 2016. 

    Both drivers were trapped inside their vehicles.

    Emergency crews used the Jaws of Life to remove one driver. He suffered life-threatening injuries and was taken to Yale-New Haven Hospital but later died. The other driver was also taken to the hospital for serious injuries. 

    Patel's bond was set at $50,000. 

    Photo Credit: Connecticut State Police

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    The news of potentially dozens of teacher positions cut has Bristol parents concerned about what it could mean for their child's future.

    "It's a lot. It's a lot. It's going to affect a lot of people in Bristol," said Kaylee West, whose child attends South Side School.

    On Wednesday, the Bristol Board of Education will consider sending out notices of non-renewal to 104 teachers and five administrators who have not attained tenure.

    The superintendent calls it a "procedural recommendation" due to state regulations requiring non-tenured teachers to be notified by May 1 of the possibility that they may lose their jobs.

    "That's very disappointing to hear," said Adam Whitlock.

    Two of Whitlock's children attend Edgewood School, and he describes it as a fantastic place to learn. He worries about the impact fewer teachers could have on the quality of education.

    "You don't want to see larger classroom sizes. You want to see as much dedicated attention to your child as possible- 104 jobs, that's a big concern," said Whitlock.

    The district places the blame on the uncertain budget projections on state and local levels but noted that typically some staff is rehired after a budget passes.

    The superintendent and the district's director of human resources plan to meet with non-tenured staff on Tuesday to explain the details of the procedure.

    Parents said they'll fight to try and make sure financial concerns don't end up hurting their children's education.

    "I'm sure that those at the state level have children and would want the very best for them as well. I hope they hear from the parents here in Bristol, Connecticut, that education is something we value very highly," said Whitlock.

    In a statement, Board Chairman Christopher Wilson wrote, "It greatly saddens us to even be considering this. We are in the business of fostering our teachers as professionals. We should not be in the business of having to lay teachers off."

    Photo Credit: NBC Boston

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    A Colchester woman faces DUI and manslaughter charges after being involved in a fatal December car accident in Waterford, according to Waterford police.

    Police said 27-year-old Brianne Colanna turned herself in on Monday. Colonna was involved in a fatal crash on December 26 near the intersection of Boston Post Road and Reynolds Lane, police said.

    Colanna was charged with second-degree manslaughter with a motor vehicle, second-degree assault with a motor vehicle, reckless endangerment, driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs, reckless driving, and failure to drive right in a construction zone.

    Colonna was released on $150,000 bond and is expected in court on April 5.

    Photo Credit: Waterford Police Department

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    The wife of Khalid Masood, the terrorist who attacked Britain's parliament, said she is "saddened and shocked by what Khalid has done," NBC News reported.

    In a statement given to London's Metropolitan Police, Rohey Hydara condemned her husband's actions and expressed her "condolences to the victims that have died." She also wished a "speedy recovery to all the injured."

    "I would like to request privacy for our family, especially the children, at this difficult time," the statement said.

    Masood killed four people in his attack on Parliament and the Westminster Bridge, including a police officer and three civilians, before being shot dead. Though ISIS claimed responsibility for the rampage, there is no evidence Masood acted in the name of the terror group.

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    Flowers are left outside the Houses of Parliament in memory of those who died in last weeks Westminster terror attack on March 27, 2017, in London, England. Five people including the assailant were killed and around 40 people injured following last week's attack outside the Houses of Parliament in Westminster.Flowers are left outside the Houses of Parliament in memory of those who died in last weeks Westminster terror attack on March 27, 2017, in London, England. Five people including the assailant were killed and around 40 people injured following last week's attack outside the Houses of Parliament in Westminster.

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    An abused dog, once pictured with her snout muzzled shut so tightly with electrical tape that she drew national attention, is recovering happily as her abuser was sentenced to the maximum of five years in prison in South Carolina. The judge told the man: "I wish I could give you more."

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    Caitlyn, a dog whose snout was once wrapped with electrical tape captured in gruesome photos, was healing well as her abuser was sentenced to prison in South Carolina Friday. (Published March 27, 2017.)Caitlyn, a dog whose snout was once wrapped with electrical tape captured in gruesome photos, was healing well as her abuser was sentenced to prison in South Carolina Friday. (Published March 27, 2017.)

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    Saint Joseph School in Meriden will close at the end of the school year, according to the Archdiocese of Hartford.

    The archdiocese cited financial issues as the reason for the decision. Officials said the school has relied on school savings and parish support to operate for a number of years now, and those resources have dried up.

    School pastor Rev. Gerald Dziedzic informed teachers, school board members and families at a meeting Monday night.

    It is with sadness in my heart that I have to make this announcement. Saint Joseph School, which is more than 100 years old, has served our community and its students extremely well, but the financial resources to continue are not available,” he said in a statement.

    Saint Joseph has 149 students from pre-k through eighth grade. Students have the option of moving to Our Lady of Mount Carmel School, which is also in Meriden. OLMC currently has 206 students and school officials said they are committed to making the transition as easy as possible for Saint Joseph families.

    Other nearby Catholic schools include Southington Catholic in Southington, Holy Trinity School in Wallingford, Saint Bridget School in Cheshire, and Saint Paul School in Berlin.

    The Archdiocese of Hartford is in the middle of a pastoral planning process which could mean parish closings and reorganizing. Decisions on the future of Meriden parishes are not finalized.

    Photo Credit: NBC Connecticut

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    A child was hit by a car in Hartford Tuesday morning but police said the incident was minor.

    The child was hit in the area of 333 Homestead Ave. and no serious injuries were reported.

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    Rachel Dolezal, the former head of an NAACP chapter who for years passed herself off as black, is giving some context about how her upbringing shaped her search for identity in her new memoir.

    Now identifying as trans-black, Dolezal sat down with NBCBLK to discuss how her identity challenges white supremacy and why she just couldn't be a white ally.

    "I said I tried the 'ally path' in my earlier young adulthood," Dolezal said. "I did a lot of work but it wasn't as much in harmony with me being seen and understood for who I am, and that just kind of all synchronizing, in my life."

    She also wishes she had introduced herself and her identity, rather than have it come out when a reporter asked her, "Are you African American," and she was unable to answer.

    Photo Credit: John Makely / NBC News

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    Ajinomoto Windsor, Inc. is recalling more than 35,000 pounds of frozen "José Olé" taquito products that may be contaminated with rubber and plastic, according to the United States Department of Agriculture. 

    The Lampasas-based company recalled 60-ounce packages of the frozen beef taquitos produced on Dec. 30, 2016. The recalled items include the case codes 3366365A, 3366365B, 3366365C and 3366365D and a "best by" date of Dec. 30, 2017.

    The company initiated the recall after receiving two complaints of foreign material in its ready-to-eat beef products earlier this month. The foreign materials were pieces of rubber with white plastic that originated from the establishments processing equipment.

    According to the USDA, there have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products.

    The items were shipped to retail locations in California, Florida, Illinois, Missouri, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Wyoming and Texas.

    Consumers who have purchased this product are urged to throw it away or return it to the place of purchase.

    Photo Credit: U.S. Department of Agriculture

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    East Hartford police are investigating an armed robbery at a local 7-Eleven early Tuesday morning.

    Police said an armed robber entered the store at 393 Burnside Ave. around 3:15 a.m., demanded money from the clerk and then fled the area.

    The clerk was not hurt.

    A suspect description was not immediately available. Police are investigating.

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    Police are investigating an armed robbery at an Xtra Mart gas station in Manchester on Monday night. 

    Police said a man with a knife robbed the gas station located at 404 Hartford Road around 11 p.m. 

    It’s not clear how much money the man stole. 

    Anyone with information about the robbery should call Manchester police at (860) 645-5510.

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    A cargo train derailed in New Milford on Monday night and Rooster Tail Hollow is closed until the tracks are clear. 

    Police said five train cars derailed at River Road and Rooster Tail Hollow just before 10 p.m. 

    One car partially tipped over near the edge of River Road, which is closed in both directions near the Rooster Tail Hollow, and will remain closed until the road and tracks are cleared, police said. 

    The train was not hauling any hazardous materials and no cargo came off the rail cars, according to police. The rear car did remain on the tracks. 

    Housatonic Railroad was called to respond with heavy equipment to clear the tracks. 

    No one was injured and no injuries are reported.

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    A public hearing will be held in West Hartford tonight on allowing food trucks and food truck parks for some industrial districts in West Hartford.  

    The proposed town ordinance would allow food trucks on certain streets in industrial districts and require them to adhere to health codes, just like brick and mortar restaurants. 

    The planning and zoning commission wrote a letter to the town council on March 10 recommending approval of the ordinance.

    "Overall, the Commission finds the proposed ordinance to be well thought out and a potentially innovative new use for the Town," Chairman Kevin Ahern wrote.

    The Capitol Region Council of Governments said they found no "apparent conflict with regional plans and policies of the concerns of neighboring towns."  

    Town council will hold public hearing at 6:30 p.m. in Room 314, according to the agenda posted on the town website.

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    Food trucks may be coming to some areas of West Hartford if town officials approve a new ordinance.Food trucks may be coming to some areas of West Hartford if town officials approve a new ordinance.

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    A petition quickly amassing signatures online calls for members of the Senate to force first lady Melania Trump to move into the White House or pay for the security required to protect her in New York City.

    The petition says U.S. taxpayers are paying an “exorbitant amount of money” to protect the first lady and her 11-year-old son Barron in Trump Tower and that funding should be cut.

    By 10 p.m. Monday the petition on had garnered just over 80,000 signatures of its 150,000 goal. If the goal is reached, the petition will be delivered to senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren.

    A proposed letter to senators Sanders and Warren reads: “Make Melania Trump stay in the White House or pay for the expenses herself.”

    The NYPD estimates that it costs $127,000 to $146,000 a day to protect the first lady and her 10-year-old son Barron when President Trump is not in the city, The New York Times reported. When the president is in the city, it costs about $308,000 a day. That’s about $50 million a year to protect Melania and Barron, according to the Times.

    While President Donald Trump moved into the White House after he was inaugurated in January, his wife and youngest son have stayed in Manhattan. The president has said the two of them will move to Washington, D.C., with him when Barron finishes his school year. 

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    President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump walk across the South Lawn to depart the White House.President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump walk across the South Lawn to depart the White House.

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    Connecticut State Police have arrested a man accused of driving over 100 miles per hour on Interstate 84 Monday night.

    Khalid Rajab, 21, of Manchester, NH faces charges of reckless driving, operation of a motor vehicle without a license, and failure to have lights lit.

    Police said that around 11:15 p.m. troopers saw a Dodge Challenger speeding on I-84 east near exit 62 in Manchester. The trooper tried to pull over the vehicle, but the car hit speeds over 125 miles per hour and the trooper pulled back.

    According to police, a short time later another trooper on speed enforcement in Vernon clocked the charger driving 136 miles per hour. The trooper radioed in a description to other troopers in the area.

    Police said they caught up with the Challenger when the driver, later identified as Rajab, pulled into the Willington rest area and tried to flee on foot.

    Rajab was held on a $5,000 bond and is expected to appear in court on April 10.

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    A mother is "livid" after she said her young son was detained for more than an hour at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport Sunday morning.

    Jennifer Williamson posted a video on Facebook Sunday that shows her son, Aaron, being patted down by a TSA agent in the security line.

    In the post, Williamson writes that she asked TSA agents to screen her son in "other ways" because he has Sensory Processing Disorder. Those who suffer from the condition can be overly sensitive to environmental stimuli, such as sounds, lights and textures.

    The video shows the TSA agent patting Aaron down thoroughly along his back from his neck to his knees. The agent then pats down the front of Aaron's body, including the front of his shorts, his waistband and in between his thighs. The agent is then seen checking the boy's waistband again and patting down the front of his shorts for a second time. 

    Williamson said that two DFW Airport police officers were also called in to pat down her son, "flanking him on each side."

    "He set off NO alarms. He physically did not alarm at all during screening, he passed through the detector just fine," she said, adding that several hours later her son is still saying "I don't know what I did. What did I do?"

    Williamson said her family was "treated like dogs" and that "these power tripping TSA agents who are traumatizing children and doing whatever they feel like without any cause, need to be reined in."

    She noted that the video only shows a portion of the interaction with TSA agents, and wished she had recorded it from the beginning "because it was horrifying." The incident also caused them to miss their flight.

    The TSA released the following statement in response:

    "TSA allows for a pat-down of a teenage passenger, and in this case, all approved procedures were followed to resolve an alarm of the passenger’s laptop.
    "The video shows a male TSA officer explaining the procedure to the passenger, who fully cooperates. Afterward, the TSA officer was instructed by his supervisor, who was observing, to complete the final step of the screening process.
    "In total, the pat-down took approximately two minutes, and was observed by the mother and two police officers who were called to mitigate the concerns of the mother.
    "The passengers were at the checkpoint for approximately 45 minutes, which included the time it took to discuss screening procedures with the mother and to screen three carry-on items that required further inspection."

    After a former Dallas radio host criticized D/FW Airport and TSA on Twitter, calling the pat down "pedophilia not security," the airport wrote: "@CarlaMarionNews @TSA We understand your concerns and we have notified @AskTSA. To file a formal complaint, visit:"

    Photo Credit: Jennifer Williamson via Facebook
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    Route 49 in Voluntown is closed after a propane truck overturned.

    Officials said Route 49, or Ekonk Hill Road, is closed near Gallup Road.

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    A Manchester man was arrested on child pornography charges Monday.

    Police said that James Hall, 50, turned himself in on an arrest warrant for two counts of possessing child pornography and one count of promoting a minor in an obscene performance.

    The arrest was prompted by an investigation by the Center for Digital Investigations and the Connecticut State Police & Computer Crimes & Electronic Evidence Laboratory. No other details were immediately released.

    Hall was held on a $500,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in court on April 11.

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    Ford on Tuesday outlined new details for a planned $9-billion investment in the United States.

    The automaker's investment push was first announced in 2015, but President Donald Trump suggested on Twitter that the "big announcement" was related to his effort to grow jobs in the U.S., CNBC reported.

    Ford said Tuesday it would invest $1.2 billion into three Michigan plants. General Motors and Fiat-Chrysler have also made U.S. jobs announcements since Trump won the presidential election, though many projects had already been in the works.

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    There has been a tremendous outpouring of love and support for NBC Connecticut meteorologist Bob Maxon after he suffered a mild heart attack Tuesday. 

    Bob called in to NBC Connecticut Monday morning and shared the personal story about what happened last week, when he started feeling ill and learned upon seeking medical treatment that he had a minor heart attack.  

    In response, thousands of people have responded through social media, wishing Bob well and for a quick recovery. 

    “Best wishes for a very successful and speedy recovery. I watch you faithfully every week morning and will look forward to seeing you back in action,” Barbara Molusis, of Old Saybrook, wrote.

    Bob has been thanking people for their kind words and says he’ll back and “better than ever,” but it’s going to take some time.

    He said he felt like he was coming down with the flu and encourages everyone to educate themselves on the possible signs of a heart attack.

    “Get better soon Bob! I was a cardiac nurse and can tell you that you are spot on when you say that the signs and symptoms of a heart attack are not always classic. Saw that first hand on the unit I worked on. Follow the cardiac rehab plan and you will be stronger than ever,” Carrie Surdell Hastings wrote. 

    As Carrie Surdell Hastings wrote, there are several warning signs of a heart attack.

    They can include chest discomfort or discomfort in other areas of the upper body, a shortness of breath, and other signs, which could include breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or lightheadedness.

    Symptoms also vary between men and women.

    If you experience these symptoms, get it checked out and quickly because minutes matter, the American Heart Association urges. Call 911.

    For more information about heart health and to learn the warning signs of a heart attack, visit the American Heart Association website.

    Words of support and encouragement have been coming in on Twitter from local organizations, colleagues and others from Connecticut and beyond. 


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    Students and parents in Newtown schools are getting an education this week about the perils of abusing synthetic drugs.

    Students in middle school and high school are learning from the former undercover DEA agent and former criminal prosecutor and judge who make up the Stutman Switalski Group and travel the country to give communities straight talk about the new drug issue plaguing the nation and Connecticut unlike anything before.

    “Our kids are dying. Our families are dying. Our elderly populations are all suffering from a real epidemic,” Judge Jodi Debbrecht Switalski said.

    Stutman and Switalski take the approach that children today already know more about drugs than students of the “Just say no" generation, so they talk to the middle and high school students in real terms about what to do when they're confronted with drugs because for most of them it will happen and for many, it already has.

    "'Just Say No' didn’t work. They said 'no' when I grew up, when you grew up. It’s just not the truth about drugs and we have to give kids the truth, otherwise they’re never going believe anything we ever say,” Switalski said.

    “You cannot pick out an opioid addict, Makes it very dangerous because your kid will continue to get 'A's until the day  he goes over the cliff, which makes it a very dangerous drug,” Stutman said.

    A note sent home to parents about this week's assemblies included the African proverb "it takes a village to raise a child." School leaders said that this village needs to get serious about the issue of drug use.

    “We just want people to have the right information so that we can protect children,” Jean Evans Davila, an assistant superintendent for Newtown Public Schools, said.

    The week’s events will culminate with a parent community forum meant to empower moms and dads to protect their children from this growing epidemic. They say it’s something every parent needs to face before the issue claims their child.

    “You can’t love your kids enough to survive this kind of epidemic,” Judge Switalski said.

    The program was sponsored by the Newtown Parent Connection.

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    A Milford robbery suspect barricaded himself in a hotel room when police arrived to arrest him, according to Milford police.

    Robert Doyle, 32, of Bridgeport, was identified as a suspect in a March 23 robbery at the Webster Bank on Merwin Avenue in Milford through surveillance video.

    Police said they found Doyle at a Stratford hotel. But when they attempted to confront him, he and an accomplice barricaded themselves inside the room. The accomplice then tried to flee by jumping off a balcony, police said.

    Doyle was arrested and charged with second-degree robbery and third-degree larceny. He was held on a $150,000 bond and is next scheduled for court on April 10.

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    Three people were taken to the hospital with serious injuries after a crash on Route 372 in Cromwell Tuesday afternoon, according to police.

    The accident happened on Route 372 near Willowbrook Road. 

    Police confirmed that three people suffered serious injuries but could not provide further details.

    The westbound lanes of Route 372 are currently closed and traffic is being detoured up Willowbrook Road, police said. One lane of traffic is getting by on the eastbound side.

    The Mid-state Accident Reconstruction Team has been called in to investigate. The road is expected to be closed for several hours.

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    Cromwell police said three people suffered serious injuries in a crash on Route 372 in Cromwell Tuesday afternoon.Cromwell police said three people suffered serious injuries in a crash on Route 372 in Cromwell Tuesday afternoon.

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    A 32-year-old Bridgeport man has been charged in a bank robbery in Milford on March 23.

    Police said Robert Doyle, 32, of Bridgeport, robbed the Webster Bank on 314 Merwin Avenue at 3:15 p.m. on March 23. 

    He handed over a note and indicated that he had a bomb. After he was given money, he left in a waiting older model green or gray pickup driven by another person, Milford Police said. 

    Police said Doyle was staying in a hotel in Stratford and he barricaded himself in a room with an accomplice who tried fleeing by jumping from a second-floor. Police apprehended the alleged accomplice and talked Doyle out of the hotel room and apprehended him, police said. 

    Doyle was charged with second-degree robbery and third-degree larceny.

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    Britain's King Arthur is a 62-year-old former soldier and biker gang member who leads a religious order of warrior-druids, NBC News reported.

    Thirty years ago, John Timothy Rothwell became convinced he was the king from the myth and changed his name to King Arthur Uther Pendragon. Now he wears a sword and preaches to fellow pagans.

    "Every day, I wake up Arthur, I go to sleep Arthur. I wake up a druid, I go to sleep a druid," he said.

    About 4,000 Britons identify as druids. NBC News visited Arthur at Stonehenge for a gathering marking the spring equinox last week, where he was declaring war — over parking.

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    Testimony in the double murder trial of former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez continued Tuesday as jurors heard from a man who was with Hernandez on the night that he allegedly shot another man to keep him quiet about a double murder.

    Hernandez is on trial for killing Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado after one of them accidentally spilled his drink at a Boston nightclub in July 2012. 

    On Monday, friends and a former teammate of Hernandez testified, along with Tyrone Crawford, who was allegedly with Hernandez in Florida when Hernandez shot former friend turned star witness Alexander Bradley in the face, severely injuring him.

    Crawford was back on the stand on Tuesday. He described drinking, partying and doing drugs with Hernandez, but said he did not see any shooting.

    Prosecutors tried to show that Crawford was harassed into not remembering the night in question. But the defense argued that Crawford felt pressured by police when asked about what he remembered.

    Also testifying Tuesday was Je'rrelle Pierre, who was said to have been driving the vehicle when Hernandez allegedly shot Bradley. But he said he did not recall even being in the vehicle.

    Hernandez's brother, Jonathan "DJ" Hernandez, was originally expected to testify Tuesday. The state has announced that it will not call him to the stand, but Aaron Hernandez's fiancee, Shayanna Jenkins, may testify.

    Hernandez is already serving a life sentence in the 2013 fatal shooting of Odin Lloyd, a semi-professional football player who was dating the sister of Hernandez's fiancée.

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    A former member of the U.S. Navy, and a Windsor native, has been sentenced to nine years in prison for distributing pornography of children between 4 and 10 years old, according to the United States Attorney. 

    Jonathan Rhoades, 32, pleaded guilty in January to one count of distribution of child pornography and was sentenced on Tuesday, according to federal officials. 

    The investigation began in December 2014 when a member of the Connecticut State Police’s Computer Crimes squad who was working undercover gained access to what police called a peer-to-peer file sharing network and downloaded six sexually explicit videos of minors. 

    Federal officials said the Internet Protocol address led them to Rhoades’ Windsor home, where officers seized a desktop computer, laptop computer and other items, which revealed at least 1,533 images and 49 videos of child pornography, most of which included children under 5 years old, federal officials said. 

    Officials said they also found girls' underwear, a training bra and sex dolls that looked like young girls.  

    Rhoades has been detained since March 18, 2015 and pleaded guilty on Jan. 3 he pleaded guilty to one count of distribution of child pornography. 

    In 2005, Rhoades, who was serving in the U.S. Navy in Jacksonville, Florida, was convicted through a Special Court Martial in connection with his receipt of 98 images of child pornography, according to federal officials, and sentenced to 12 months in prison. He also received a “bad conduct” discharge from the military.

    Rhoades was sentenced Tuesday to 9 years in prison, followed by a lifetime of supervised release.

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    A new AAA study says that gas prices are headed up for the summer driving season and people around the country may look to change driving habits to cover the costs.

    AAA predicts average gas prices will increase by about 40 cents per gallon by the time summer hits. The national prices are expected to peak around $2.70, up from the current national average of $2.29. But prices in Connecticut already average out to about $2.38 per gallon, so it’s likely gas will cost state residents even more.

    According to AAA, around 70 percent of drivers will look for ways to cut back by carpooling, taking fewer trips, and reducing how much they shop of eat out to cover the costs. However, AAA says the youngest drivers are less likely to switch up the way they do things.

    “People who are 35 and older they say yes we're going to adjust our driving habits. But the younger drivers not so much, 18-34, they're just going to jump in their cars. They're less concerned about the increase in gas prices than the older drivers,” said AAA spokesperson Amy Parmenter.

    AAA found that about a quarter of drivers already think gas prices are too high. The motor club predicts that comsumers will start seeing increases during April.

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    A Yale shuttle bus hit three parked and unoccupied vehicles in New Haven on Tuesday morning and police said driver fatigue was likely a factor.

    Officials from the New Haven Fire Department said the shuttle hit a parked Toyota Camry at Whitney Avenue and Linden Street, sending the Camry underneath an SUV, which was partly in the air, sandwiched between the Camry and another vehicle. 

    No students were on the shuttle bus. The only person on it was the driver, a 51-year-old New Haven man, who said he was at the end of his shift when veered into a line of parked vehicles, according to police.

    The driver was  taken to the hospital to be evaluated and he was cited for failing to driver in proper lane, police said.

    The scene is now clear and the road is open, but the cars the shuttle hit sustained a lot of damage. 

    A Toyota Camry was totaled. The driver said police told him the shuttle bus driver fell asleep.

    A Yale spokesperson said the university is thankful there are no serious injuries.

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