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  • 10/20/17--04:16: Fire Damages Deep River Home

  • Fire caused damage to a two-family home at 53 Main St. in Deep River Friday morning. 

    Deep River Fire Chief Tim Lee said the fire started in an apartment and firefighters put out the blaze. 

    State police assisted in finding residents. 

    Officials said there is moderate fire damage inside and smoke damage throughout the residence. 

    The building inspector will be responding and power has been shut off to the building. 

    The Red Cross is assisting as well.



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    A Georgia woman is accused of diverting more than $700,000 from the University of Connecticut to her banking accounts after posing as a representative of Dell Computers, according to paperwork from Connecticut Superior Court.

    UConn police said they were alerted on June 21 that $773,079.35 was stolen from the university and they launched an investigation. That investigation revealed that the University of Connecticut’s routing number was used between April 12 and May 19 and that someone who was not authorized diverted the payments.

    Police have identified the suspect as 39-year-old MuthAini Nzuki, a native of Kenya who is a naturalized United States citizen living in Kennesaw, Georgia.

    UConn realized something was wrong when Dell Computers contacted the school on May 24 asking for payment on invoices that were past due. UConn told the company that most of the past invoices had been paid and reached out to vendor, the supplier information management company the university uses, which allows UConn and vendors to view the status of invoices and remittances and maintain company information.

    According to the arrest warrant application, Nzuki created an account with the vendor company, posing as a Dell employee, and synched up her account and UConn’s account by entering Dell’s federal tax ID and imputing an invoice number and amount owed from any Dell invoice to UConn. Between April 12 and May 19, Nzuki is accused of diverting money from an approved Dell banking account to an account she created 32 separate times.

    Nzuki used an assumed name of a person who turned out not to be an actual Dell employee and used a free email service in Germany to create the email she used to open the account.

    Records from Immigration and Customs Enforcement show that Nzuki has been a naturalized U.S. citizen as of 2010, has a U.S. passport as well as a Kenyan passport. She traveled from Atlanta to Paris on May 25 and returned to Atlanta from Kenya on Aug. 8.

    A judge at Rockville Superior Court signed a warrant for Nzuki on Aug. 16 and UConn police sought help from the Cobb County Sheriff’s Office in Georgia to help find her. UConn police then transported Nzuki from Georgia on Thursday.

    Nzuki has been charged with first-degree larceny and first-degree computer crime and was held on $1 million bond, but it was lowered to $500,000. She is due back in court on Dec. 1 and is being represented by an attorney.

    UConn officials said the university and the state will not be responsible to absorb the financial loss and it will be worked out between the vendor who processed the payments and Dell, which was supposed to receive them.

    No student or employee data was accessed or compromised, according to UConn.



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    While more than 80 percent of Puerto Rico remains without power a month after Hurricane Maria knocked out the island’s power grid, Hector Alejandro Santiago Rodriguez is at work on his nursery in Barranquitas because of the solar panels he installed six years ago.

    Winds destroyed a third of his greenhouses and more than half of his plants and damaged a quarter of the solar panels, but Santiago’s Cali Nurseries never lost electricity after the storm. He has been able to pump water from his wells and operate his irrigation system for poinsettias, orchids and other plants he sells at Costco, Home Depot and other stores.

    "It has been the best investment of my life," said Santiago, the largest grower of poinsettias and orchids in Puerto Rico. “In the past, people had problems with the high cost of electricity and now, with the distribution of fuel, for those who have generators.”


    It cost Santiago $300,000 for 244 solar panels, an expense that might dissuade others, but he said, “Now time has sided with me that the 'expensive part' is not having electricity when you need it the most.”

    The destruction of the island’s power grid has brought new focus on the bankrupt Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority and how the electricity system could be rebuilt in a more resilient way by taking advantage of renewable energy.

    At a meeting with President Donald Trump in the White House on Thursday, Gov. Ricardo Rosselló said Puerto Rico had a chance to become a showcase for a sustainable energy grid with public-private partnerships. 

    "We think there is an opportunity here to leverage growth in the energy sector and to be innovative, not only rebuild what we had in the past, but also with the aid of the federal government and with the private sector, rebuild a much modern, much stronger platform," he said. "And not only have Puerto Rico have energy but actually be a model of sustainable energy and growth toward the future."

    Tesla, the manufacturer of solar panels, the Powerwall battery and the Powerpack commercial battery, and a German competitor, sonnen, are poised to become private partners in that switch to sustainable energy.

    Tesla is snagging most of the attention. Rosselló has already talked with its founder Elon Musk, after Musk tweeted that the company could reconstruct the island's electricity with independent solar and battery systems.

    "The Tesla team has done this for many smaller islands around the world, but there is no scalability limit, so it can be done for Puerto Rico too," Musk wrote on Oct. 5.  "Such a decision would be in the hands of the PR govt, PUC, any commercial stakeholders and, most importantly, the people of PR."

    "Let's talk," Rosselló responded. "Do you want to show the world the power and scalability of your #TeslaTechnologies? PR could be that flagship project."

    Rosselló told USA Today that he and Musk later spoke about running a pilot program on the island of Vieques. The governor and a team from Tesla have since met and Tesla has sent experienced installers to Puerto Rico to train a small Powerwall installation team there, Musk tweeted.

    Tesla declined to comment further but it has already constructed microgrids on Hawaii's Kauai and American Samoa and has said it will work with energy providers around the world to overcome barriers to building sustainable, renewable grids.

    Francis O'Sullivan, the director of research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's MIT Energy Initiative, agreed that there was an opportunity now to integrate newer technologies into Puerto Rico’s power grid.

    Companies like Telsa will be part of the effort, but they will not be able to rebuild Puerto Rico's electricity system in the next six months or even a year, he said. There is a tension between restoring electricity quickly and re-imagining the grid.

    "That’s a really tremendously big job rewiring the entire island and not just a big job but a very expensive undertaking," he said. "And in terms of shorter term delivery or redelivery of electricity services, it is not the solution." 

    For now, work is underway to restore hundreds of miles of transmission lines and thousands of miles of distribution lines. Even this short-term work will require more workers, more equipment and more money.

    "It's too much for us alone," Nelson Velez, a regional director for the Puerto Rican power authority, told The Associated Press as he supervised crews working along a busy street in Isla Verde, just east of San Juan, on a recent afternoon. "We have just so many, so many areas affected."

    But new technologies could be introduced in strategic locations, such as around public safety buildings or hospitals, O'Sullivan said. Micro-grids could incorporate more storage and renewable energy, he said.

    Puerto Rico now produces only about two to three percent of its total electricity from such renewable energy as wind and solar, O’Sullivan said. That share has been growing rapidly but is still not more than 200 or 250 megawatts of a total capacity of 5 to 6 gigawatts. A transition on an island-wide scale would cost about $2 billion and take several years of work, he said.

    "The more extensive redevelopment or rewiring of the system in Puerto Rico to make it more renewably centric and more more reliable, that’s not going to happen by the end of October or November," O'Sullivan said.

    Rauluy Santos, an auditor at PricewaterCoopers in San Juan, took a widely circulated photograph of Tesla Energy cargo at the Air National Guard Base Muñiz at Carolina, near San Juan's Luis Marín Muñoz International Airport on Oct. 14. He spotted the shipment while he was waiting for water, food, medicine and other goods sent from the Hyssop Church in Boston, to be distributed through the non-profit, Mentes Puertorriqueñas en Acción, of which he is a director.

    Santos said it was time to for the island to invest in technologies such as solar energy to provide cheaper, more sustainable energy with lower carbon emissions. He and others are waiting to see if this is a publicity stunt on Musk's part or a true humanitarian effort, he said.

    "However I believe in Elon Musk and have high hopes on his delivery of the promise," he said, "but please let it be with an affordable price tag in which our economy can get at least a bump with a new industry and new job opportunities from all the years in recession we've been."

    He agreed that pilot programs should be tried first, on the islands of either Vieques or Culebra. 

    "Our governor, Ricardo Rosselló, was proactive with Elon Musk's tweet and we're eager to learn what's the plan," he said.

    While Tesla has been getting the publicity, a competing German company, sonnen, has been selling its sonnenBatteries in Puerto Rico for 18 months, according to the company’s U.S. senior vice president, Blake Richetta.

    Sonnen is focused on creating microgrids for shelters, clinics and community centers in areas that lack power and clean water, it said. It is working with a Puerto Rican partner, Pura Energia, which installs solar panels with sonnen batteries, and it expects to have the first five micro-grid locations up and running by the end of October. Five additional micro-grids are to be running in November, and a total of 15 by mid-December.

    Sonnen does not make solar panels but typically provides smart technology and storage while working with regional distributors and installers who bring the solar panels. For this project, the Puerto Rico Energy Security Initiative, it is donating sonnenBatteries and covering the cost of the solar panels and the installation.

    "Sonnen is also unique by virtue of the fact that our factory is shipping a working, proven product, on a daily basis and we can deliver energy security to the people of Puerto Rico, without delay," Richetta said in an email. "For sonnen, this is not 'theory.'"

    Longer term it expects to sell and install more sonnenBatteries in Puerto Rico, as part of systems that increase resiliency and bolster the grid by creating localized power supplies and reducing the effect of a single point of failure -- important in the face of devastating storms.

    "A decentralized electricity grid in Puerto Rico, composed of thousands or even a few million solar arrays, coupled with clean energy storage, would form a 'virtual power plant' for the island," Richetta said. "This distributed 'virtual power plant' would become the most resilient grid infrastructure in the country today, one that is effectively impossible to 'bring down,' via a hurricane."

    Even before Hurricane Maria hit, British billionaire Richard Branson told Reuters that he was setting up a fund to enable Caribbean nations to replace fossil fuel-dependent utilities destroyed in Hurricane Irma with low-carbon renewable energy sources. The Caribbean islands have mostly been generating power by burning diesel. 

    Branson has been approaching governments, financial institutions and philanthropists, Reuters reported last month.

    "As part of that fund we want to make sure that the Caribbean moves from dirty energy to clean energy," Branson, who has lived in the British Virgin Islands for 11 years and weathered Irma on his private island, said.

    In a blog entry this week, the Brookings Institute noted both Tesla and sonnen’s emergency measures and evaluated the likelihood that the grid would be rebuilt with solar and battery storage.

    "That is a hope but there’s no certainty," Lewis M. Milford and Mark Muro wrote.

    "It would take a dedicated group of companies, a local government willing to be creative and strong federal support for rebuilding the power system in a more resilient way," they wrote. "Merely redoing the same diesel-dependent, centralized electric system, the status quo, should not be an option."

    The Tesla project on Kauai consists of a 13-megawatt solar farm and a 52 megawatt-hour battery installation that Tesla and the Kauai Island Utility Cooperative expect will reduce the use of fossil fuel by 1.6 million gallons a year, according to The Verge. The Kauai Island Utility Cooperative has contracted with Telsa to buy the electricity that is produced -- at 13.9 cents per kilowatt hour for 20 years.

    On the island of Ta'u in American Samoa an $8 million solar project funded by the U.S. Department of Interior and the American Samoa Power Authority was completed late last year, according to National Geographic. That project — 1.4 megawatts of electricity that can be stored in 60 Powerbacks — shifted the island's energy generation from 100 percent diesel fuel to entirely solar. It will save about 110,000 gallons of diesel fuel and was built to withstand Category 5 hurricane winds.

    Santiago, the nursery owner, is not sure his business will survive the crisis, but said he had already recovered 70 percent of his poinsettias and is trying to save others. He believes that after the catastrophe brought by Hurricane Maria more people will invest in solar energy. It has helped him protect the Earth and has provided him with clean energy and constant voltage which made his equipment last longer, he said. He sold excess energy to the government.

    "Now, when nobody has electricity, we can pump our own water which makes us self-sufficient," he said.

    "Cali Nurseries will survive Hurricane Maria with the favor of God," he said.



    Photo Credit: Rauluy Santos
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    Testa Energy cargo arrive in Puerto Rico as seen in this Oct. 14, 2017, picture. Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla, had tweeted the possibility of remaking Puerto Rico's energy system after the island's power grid was wiped out by Hurricane Maria.Testa Energy cargo arrive in Puerto Rico as seen in this Oct. 14, 2017, picture. Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla, had tweeted the possibility of remaking Puerto Rico's energy system after the island's power grid was wiped out by Hurricane Maria.

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    Now everyone can get a taste of what scientists see on the red planet.

    NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory collaborated with Google to produce Access Mars, a free immersive experience that be accessed with a computer, mobile device or virtual reality/augmented reality headset.

    Access Mars: Experience access Mars by clicking here and learn about Curiosity’s mission here.

    Using imagery from NASA’s Curiosity rover, users can explore the desert terrain while poking around nooks and crannies. The program features four notable regions: Curiosity's landing site, Murray Buttes, Marias Pass and Pahrump Hills. The rover’s current location on Mt. Sharp will be continually updated as new imagery comes in.

    The software is adapted from a similar program used by NASA scientists to study Martian geology.

    "We've been able to leverage VR and AR technologies to take our scientists to Mars every single day," said Victor Luo, lead project manager at JPL's Ops Lab, which led the collaboration. "With Access Mars, everyone in the world can ride along."

    The experience was crafted by pairing Curiosity's imagery and scientific data with WebVR, an open-source virtual reality software that be accessed by anyone with an internet connection.

    Visitors can learn more details about Curiosity’s experiments such as photos of digging sites, soil mineral compositions and even a selfie the rover took so scientists could monitor wear and tear.

    "Immersive technology has incredible potential as a tool for scientists and engineers," Luo said. "It also lets us inspire and engage the public in new ways."



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    Using imagery from NASA’s Curiosity rover, users can explore Mars.Using imagery from NASA’s Curiosity rover, users can explore Mars.

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    A University of New Haven (UNH) student hoping to join the United States Army is fighting back against President Donald Trump’s proposed ban on transgender individuals.

    Dylan Kohere is a freshman studying criminal justice at the University of New Haven.

    Since middle school, he said he has dreamed of serving in the United States military, but now Trump’s attempt to reinstate a ban might prevent him from fulfilling that dream.

    "People fought for me for 18 years of my life, I always felt like I had my own civil duty to fight," Kohere said. "Give back to the country that always gave to me."

    Kohere was home in New Jersey in late July when a friend sent him a screen shot of the president’s tweets.

    "I felt really, really targeted," he said. "Personally targeted at the fact that you know I was fully capable of serving and I was fully able and my gender identity was the whole reason I wasn’t being allowed."

    Trump later sent a memo to the Pentagon after the tweets that said in part, "Please be advised that the United States government will not accept or allow transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. military."

    "Regardless of how I identify," Kohere said. "If I can meet the standards, I don’t see a reason why I can’t serve."

    Kohere began his gender transition at the end of the 9th grade.

    "It’s made me really a much happier," he explained. "Much more confident person over the years finally being able to physically output how I’ve always felt internally."

    Kohere has joined eight transgender individuals, including several active service members, in a federal lawsuit filed by lawyers from the National Center for Lesbian Rights and GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders to challenge this policy change.

    "It’s not just fighting for me, and my rights, it's fighting for the rights of tens of thousands of people who are currently serving now and thousands of people who are going to want to serve in the future," Kohere said.

    If given the chance, Kohere said he’d accept an invitation to speak with President Trump about his desire to serve in the army.

    "Explain to him, look at him, ask him to look at me as a human being and not as a gender and not as you know anything other than an American citizen who wants to serve his country," he said.



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    More than 60 restaurants across the state start serving Puerto Rican inspired dishes and drinks on Saturday to raise money for the island ravaged by Hurricane Maria.

    In the kitchen at Claire’s Corner Copia in downtown New Haven, Marjorie Cancel can’t wait to prepare a popular Puerto Rican pastry.

    "It’s called qursitos and it’s basically a puff pastry with cream cheese and it goes very well with coffee," she said.

    Claire’s and Geronimo Tequila Bar & Southwest Grill are two New Haven restaurants taking part in the CT Loves Puerto Rico initiative.

    "It’s the perfect vehicle to do so everybody’s going to go out and eat and everybody’s going to realize that there’s somebody out there who’s hungry and a little goes a long way," Timothy Scott, a co-owner and director of operations at Geronimo, said.

    A hundred percent of the proceeds from the special Puerto Rican influenced menu items will be donated to the United for Puerto Rico fund helping the island rebuild and recover.

    "Me being here and not be able to do a lot, this is one thing I can do to give back," Geronimo employee Esteban Gonzalez said.

    Gonzalez is from Puerto Rico and most of his family still lives there.

    "Some people are suffering," he said. "Some people are trying to help the others, we’re fighting to get it back together."

    Geronimo patrons will be able to try Puerto Rican pork roast tacos and a coconut based cocktail.

    "It doesn’t taste like anything else that any other island would do," Gonzalez said.

    The coquito drink is traditionally made with Puerto Rican rum, Geronimo’s staff will be mixing it with tequila instead.

    Back at Claire’s during a busy Friday lunch rush, Cancel told NBC Connecticut she still can’t get in touch with her sister in Puerto Rico.

    "I haven’t heard from her since the hurricane happened," she said. "So you know I just hope that she’s OK and I pray to god every day she’s alright."

    The restaurants statewide will serve their special Puerto Rican menu items starting tomorrow through Saturday Oct. 28.



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    Attorney General Jeff Sessions, in a speech Saturday to police chiefs from across the country gathered in Philadelphia, said forging new relationships between local and federal authorities will help reduce crime in communities across the country.

    It was the first of two speeches Sessions will give this week in a city that his Department of Justice has publicly battled for most of the last nine months over Philadelphia's sanctuary city approach to immigration enforcement. His appearances are part of a weeklong conference of the International Association of Chiefs of Police.

    Sessions spoke about the federal Project Safe Neighborhoods program and other initiatives to reduce violent crime by the Department of Justice, including the use of federal prosecutors to aid in cases by local authorities. 

    "Forging new relationships with local prosecutors and building on existing relationships will ensure that the most violent offenders are prosecuted in the most appropriate jurisdiction," Sessions said. "But our goal is not to fill up the courts or fill up the prisons. Our goal is not to manage crime or merely to punish crime. Our goal is to reduce crime."

    A large group of protesters, describing their demonstration as "Abolition Weekend," will hold a rally outside the Pennsylvania Convention Center at noon.

    Sessions has had a rocky relationship with some of America's large cities during his tenure at the DOJ, with Philadelphia among the most notable.

    He and Mayor Jim Kenney have traded barbs over the city's local immigration enforcement policies. The Trump Administration's DOJ has consistently labeled Philadelphia as in violation of federal requirements for notifying federal immigration officials when city police comes in contact with undocumented immigrants.

    The city has argued that it meets all of demands of the federal statutes and any of the Trump Administration's additional requests are not only not required by law, but would hurt the ability of local police to fight crime.

    The City of Philadelphia is suing the DOJ in federal court over the disagreement.

    In his speech, Sessions talked about local and federal cooperation in crime-fighting efforts.

    "Partnering with community leaders, and taking the time to listen to the people we serve really works. I remember, when I was a U.S. Attorney, my office prosecuted a gang in Mobile. When the case was over, community leaders asked for a community meeting to talk about how we could further improve the neighborhood," he said. "We developed a practical plan based on the requests of the people living in the neighborhood. It was a city, county, state, and federal partnership using existing resources to fix the community."



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    Attorney General Jeff Sessions speaks at the Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday, September 26, 2017. Sessions spoke on the topic of free speech on college campuses and took several questions following his remarks.Attorney General Jeff Sessions speaks at the Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday, September 26, 2017. Sessions spoke on the topic of free speech on college campuses and took several questions following his remarks.

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    Police are investigating a crash involving a scooter and a car on Cambridge Street in Manchester Saturday.

    Police dispatch confirmed the accident was in the area of 87 Cambridge Street. Crews are on scene assessing the situation and more information was not immediately available.

    This is a developing story. Check back for updates.


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    No budget, no meeting. On Friday Governor Malloy made it clear that until there's at least a draft of the bipartisan agreement made earlier this week, it just doesn't make sense to meet with legislative leaders to discuss it.

    On Thursday lawmakers had said Senate President Pro Tempore Martin Looney (D-New Haven) and Speaker of the House Joe Aresimowicz (D-Berlin/Southington) would meet with the governor on Saturday to discuss the budget proposal.

    "I assumed that we were going to go over an actual budget document. I assumed that since they were having an announcement of a budget that they had prepared documents," said Malloy.

    He went on to say, "I know the Democratic leaders still intend to meet and hear my thoughts. I assure you I want to have a meeting as well, and we will have a meeting. But obviously I can't give feedback on a budget I haven't seen and reviewed."

    Lawmakers say they have a framework and that a draft will quickly follow. On Thursday, House leaders caucused with members to go over the details. They're pushing for a budget vote next week.

    Today Speaker Aresimowicz released a statement saying, "I always appreciate the Governor’s input, and a number of his ideas are part of the bipartisan budget that is being finalized. I look forward to meeting with the Governor soon to share details of the agreement, and hopefully secure his support. I also expect to have an overwhelming bipartisan vote in the House next week."

    Senator Looney also released a statement regarding the governor's comments saying, "Legislative leaders are continuing to flesh out the final details of the bipartisan budget agreement reached in principle earlier this week. Once these details of the fully balanced bipartisan budget that represents consensus in the General Assembly are settled, we will share them with our caucus and the governor."

    At this time it's unknown how close lawmakers are to a veto-proof majority.

    The governor appeared skeptical of the bipartisan budget agreement and raised questions regarding the few things that lawmakers have said are in the proposal.

    "We've been told poor towns are getting more aid, but how much? Is it enough to begin addressing the massive inequities in education between wealthy and less affluent towns?" Malloy asked. "We can't repeat the mistakes of the past that got us here. We can't rely on short-sighted gimmicks that only make our problems worse in the coming years. Those are the things I'll be watching for when I get a full budget."

    Malloy also called the proposed $130 million cuts to UConn over two years "pretty outrageous" and questioned the sudden news of a plan to eliminate the car tax in year two.

    "There is some truth that it is the hardest tax to collect. It's the biggest default factor in tax collection, but it represents largely somewhere between six to ten percent of any municipality's revenue. Are there other ways to collect that revenue? I suppose there are, but in the context of this budget it seems to be an unusual discussion to have in the final hour," said Malloy.

    Senate Republican President Pro Tempore Len Fasano (R-North Haven) released a statement in response to the governor's press conference saying, "This is Governor Malloy’s third press conference in a row where he has absolutely nothing helpful to say. This is an irrelevant leader trying to make himself relevant. Instead of being open to a truly bipartisan budget that leaders have worked on day after day together as equals, he continues to make himself an impediment. Governor Malloy has already said that if the state doesn’t adopt a budget, businesses will leave, employers won’t come here, and job losses will grow even more than they already have. If that’s true the governor should be as supportive as possible of lawmakers’ efforts to pass this budget. Instead he appears comfortable sitting on the sidelines lobbing insults and getting nothing done."

    Governor Malloy says what he's asking for is not unreasonable. He says he's never invited a legislative leader to negotiate a budget when there wasn't a draft to put in front of them.

    "How can you tell what's acceptable if you don't have the whole budget? If you're going to make compromises then you want to know what you're compromising on," said Malloy.



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    The recent fall weather has been great for getting outside and it’s been a boost for people who run Halloween attractions across the state.

    Things take a ghoulish turn this time of the year in Enfield. A couple homes transform into what’s known as the "Terror on Sun Street."

    The haunted houses feature creepy creatures. But you did not need to bundle up to check them out, with the temperature in the 50’s Friday evening.

    "It’s beautiful, yeah. Very nice" Barbara Semanie of Enfield, said.


    Previous years found the owners scrambling to cover and store items to protect them from the conditions.

    “Rain does a lot for mine because we have to bring a lot of it in because it’s animatronics,” Al Thibodeau, “Terror on Sun Street” organizer, said.

    So far, so good this year.

    Over in Bristol, screams filled The Haunted Graveyard at Lake Compounce.

    This twisted maze of horrors started 27 years ago.

    "This is our most successful year so far," Ernie Romegialli, managing member of Graveyard Productions, said.

    Staff here credit the weather for drawing the crowds.

    The Haunted Graveyard continues Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through October 29.

    Many hope the only frights are found hiding behind each corner, not in the weekend forecasts.

    "It’s nice. It’s a little warm," Amber Saavedra of New Britain, said.

    The "Terror on Sun Street" is also a fundraiser for the local food shelf.

    You’re suggested to donate a nonperishable food item.

    It runs Saturday and Sunday this weekend and then October 28 to 31.



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    There will be extra security measures in place at Rentschler Field for the UConn homecoming game against Tulsa Saturday.

    There may be a bit of a traffic jam getting into the stadium because the school has added those metal detectors.

    Crews began assembling new metal detectors at Rentschler Field on Tuesday as part of a new safety initiative for the 2017-2018 season of UConn sports.

    The plan has been in the works for more than a year, and each detector is mobile.

    “[We will] be able to adjust based on the inflow of guests,” said Ben Weiss, Assistant General Manager of the XL Center and Rentschler Field. “So we’ll be able to obviously put more detectors and walk-throughs in our areas with greater crowds.”

    Forty metal detectors are being installed between Rentschler Field’s four entrances, each up and running when UConn takes on Tulsa on Saturday. The detectors are an additional safety check for the facility, which currently enforces bag restrictions. According to Weiss, it’ll be another two months before the units are delivered to the XL Center. Once they’re up, they’ll be used for all events.

    “We work with the law enforcement partners to make sure that we’re doing everything every day to make sure that the guests are safe,” Weiss said.

    Newington resident Chris Moertl is one of those guests grateful for the change.

    “I think it’s a great idea. You can’t have too much security these days, and as we know, our world is changing so it’s what it’s come to,” he said.

    Not everyone was so enthusiastic.

    “If somebody wants to try to get something through I think they’re going to do it. Sometimes it’s a false sense of security when we have all these things that are in place. Hopefully they’ll work,” said Suffield resident Larry Myers.

    Those who do not want to go through the metal detectors will be checked with a metal detecting wand instead.



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    Metal detectors were installed at the entrances to Rentschler Field for added security ahead of the 2017-2018 UConn season.Metal detectors were installed at the entrances to Rentschler Field for added security ahead of the 2017-2018 UConn season.

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    Multiple departments are battling a brush fire off Wooding Hill Road in Bethany Sunday.

    The Hamden Community Emergency Response Team tweeted that at least seven departments were working the fire, which was on top of a mountain off Wooding Hill Road. The fire has spread across at least 14 acres, according to Hamden CERT.

    No other information was immediately available.



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    Multiple departments battled a brush fire off Wooding Hill Road in Bethany Saturday.Multiple departments battled a brush fire off Wooding Hill Road in Bethany Saturday.

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    The Wilbur Cross Parkway (Route 15) northbound is closed after two separate accidents near exit 59 in New Haven, according to Connecticut State Police.

    Police said there were minor injuries reported in the accidents, which happened in the tunnel near exit 59. One crash involved two cars and the other involved three.

    The highway is congested between exits 58 and 60.

    State police said crews were working to clear the tunnel and the highway should reopen shortly.



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    Traffic backed up outside the tunnel on Route 15 northbound near exit 59.Traffic backed up outside the tunnel on Route 15 northbound near exit 59.

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    Car thieves rifled through at least six cars in Colchester overnight Saturday.

    Police said the crimes took place around 3:30 a.m. on Bulkeley Hill Road, Falls Circle, Beech Place and Davidson Road. According to police, six of the cars were unlocked, and one car’s window was broken.

    Home surveillance showed a suspect trying to enter a car parked in one resident’s driveway. Police are asking anyone that lives in the area of review any surveillance footage they have to see if the suspects appear.

    The thefts remain under investigation. Any suspicious activity can be reported to the Colchester police non-emergency line at 860-537-7270. After midnight, report issues to Troop K at 860-465-5400. In the event of an emergency or a crime in progress, call 911.

    Drivers are advised to lock their vehicles and store valuables out of sight.



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    A surveillance image of a suspect attempting to enter cars parked in driveways in Colchester overnight.A surveillance image of a suspect attempting to enter cars parked in driveways in Colchester overnight.

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    Emergency crews are responding to a reported gas explosion at a Mansfield restaurant, according to Tolland County Emergency Dispatch.

    The explosion was reported at a restaurant on Storrs Road (Route 195) in Mansfield. Tolland County dispatch tweeted that at least six people were injured and two critical. LifeStar has been requested to the scene.

    No other details were immediately available.

    This is a developing story. Check back for updates.


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    Over 400,000 BSH Home Appliances dishwashers are being recalled after reports of power cords overheating and causing fires, according to a recall notice posted to the US Consumer Product Safety Commission.

    The recall includes 408,000 Bosch, Gaggenau, Jenn-Air and Thermador dishwashers sold nationwide between January 2013 through May 2015. Units could cost anywhere between $850 to $2,600.

    BSH Home Appliances has received five reports of the power cord overheating. No injuries have been reported.

    An additional 149,000 units were previously recalled in October 2015. The full list of serial numbers is available below.


    For more information on recalls, click here. 



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    Over 400,000 BSH Home Appliances dishwashers are being recalled after reports of power cords overheating and causing fires.Over 400,000 BSH Home Appliances dishwashers are being recalled after reports of power cords overheating and causing fires.

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    Emergency Crews are battling a fire at TGI Fridays on South Lambert Road in Orange.

    Orange Police said the fire department as well as several other fire departments from surrounding towns responded to the restaurant around 8:30 p.m. Saturday. 

    No other information was made immediately available. 

    Police are advising people to avoid the area. 

    We will update this story as more information become available. 




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    More than 800 people put on their walking shoes Sunday to show support for juvenile diabetes patients. Among them was a 25 member team called "Zia’s Glitter Gang."

    Zophia "Zia" Phelps of Coventry was diagnosed with the disease, also known as type one diabetes, less than two months ago.

    "It’s been a whirlwind," said her mother Shannon.

    The Phelps family’s lives were turned upside down when nine-year-old Zia received her diagnosis.

    "Before she was diagnosed we didn’t know much about type 1," Shannon added.

    They’re still learning. Every meal is weighed and measured, carbs counted, and Zia’s blood sugar is constantly checked. Though, Zia is pretty excited she still gets to eat dessert.

    "I can still have sugar cause I know one of the big misconceptions is that I just can’t eat sugar," said Zia.

    The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation’s annual walk around Rentschler Field took Zia’s mind off the difficult days she’s had since her diagnosis, and it showed her something else: that she’s not alone.

    "It means a lot. It means the world," said Zia’s father John. "They have this disease that has to be managed but they can live normal lives and they can see other people who are living normal lives."

    More than 800 people walked in East Hartford Sunday and they raised more than $360,000 for JDRF. The organization says nearly a million people take part in events like this nationwide every year.

    "JDRF’s mission is to create a world without type one diabetes," the executive director of the Connecticut JDRF chapter, Jon Muskrat. "Treating the disease has become a lot of easier through technology but there’s still a lot more to be done."

    Despite its name, JDRF affects adults and children. In fact, Muskrat says 80 percent of patients are over the age of 18. There is no cure. For more information, click here.

    There will be another fundraising walk at Brien McMahon High School in Norwalk on Oct. 29. 



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    The JDRF Walk in East Hartford Sunday drew thousands of people to help support research on Type 1 diabetes.The JDRF Walk in East Hartford Sunday drew thousands of people to help support research on Type 1 diabetes.

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    This week, the number of women reportedly accusing producer Harvey Weinstein of sexual harassment and assault grew to more than 60, NBC News reported. Added to that are allegations that the board wrote a weak employment contract, allowing Weinstein to simply pay a fine if the company was forced to settle claims.

    Amid the ongoing scandal, the future of The Weinstein Co. remains uncertain. Two possible options: declaring bankruptcy or being acquired by an outside company.

    Meanwhile, the finger pointing has begun. Those associated with Weinstein are trying to defend themselves against allegations that they knew about his past behavior and did nothing.

    While Weinstein’s lawyers deny any non-consensual relationships, projects have fallen away, staff are exiting, and two thirds of the company's board have quit.



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    FILE - In this Jan. 6, 2016 file photo, producer Harvey Weinstein participates in the FILE - In this Jan. 6, 2016 file photo, producer Harvey Weinstein participates in the "War and Peace" panel at the A&E 2016 Winter TCA in Pasadena, Calif.

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    Injuries were reported when a car crashed into a house on Union Street (Route 74) in Vernon Saturday.

    Tolland County Emergency dispatchers said EMS evaluated at least three patients on scene. The extent of the injuries was not immediately clear.

    Dispatch said there was minor structural damage reported to the porch, but the interior of the house was not damaged.

    Witnesses told NBC Connecticut they saw an out of control car hitting two other vehicles before hitting the house.

    No other details were immediately available.


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    New Britain police are asking the public to help them identify a pedestrian who was critically injured when he was struck by a car early Sunday.

    Police said around 12:20 a.m. they responded to a serious crash in the area of Myrtle Street and Curtis Street. When they arrived they found the pedestrian suffering life-threatening injuries. He was rushed to the hospital for treatment.

    The victim is described as male with dark hair, around 6-foot1, 200 pounds in his late 20s or early 30s. He was wearing a blue shirt, blue and white shorts and size 9.5 black Under Armor sneakers. He does not have any tattoos and was carrying a Samsung Galaxy cell phone.

    Anyone with information on the identity of the victim should contact Sgt. Steven King at 860-826-3071.

    The driver of the car is cooperating with the investigation and no charges have been filed at this stage.




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    Four people were injured in a shooting on Elliott Street in Hartford late Saturday night.

    Police said just before midnight crews responded to the area of 11 Elliott Street to investigate a shooting. Four people were injured, though police said the injuries are not life-threatening.

    The victims have not been publicly identified.

    A witness told NBC Connecticut they hear five shots ring out.

    The Hartford Police Department Major Crimes unit is investigating.

    No other details were immediately available.

    This is a developing story. Check back for updates.




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    Four people were injured in a shooting on Elliott Street in Hartford overnight.Four people were injured in a shooting on Elliott Street in Hartford overnight.