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    After a couple of dry, chilly days, the First Alert forecast team is tracking a developing storm that will impact the morning commute on Tuesday.

    What to expect:

    Monday will feature a dry day with highs in the 40s.  Clouds will increase late day with rain developing after midnight.  Rain could be mixed with sleet or wet snow briefly before going to all rain.

    We expect a rainy commute for Tuesday morning.  Rain will be heavy at times during the day.  

    As the storm approaches, the wind will pick up across the state.  Gusts 20-30 mph are possible.  While widespread flooding isn't expected, over 1 inch of rain could cause already swollen rivers and streams to get close to flood stage.

    Once the storm passes we expect some of the coldest air of the season to arrive from Canada.  High temperatures on Wednesday and Thursday will struggle through the 30s.  Another potential storm could bring another round of rain or a wintry mix by Friday morning.

    Track the storms on our interactive radar.



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    Wind gusts Saturday will generally top out 30-40 mph out of the west.Wind gusts Saturday will generally top out 30-40 mph out of the west.

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    The NBC Connecticut meteorologists have issued a First Alert for snow, sleet, and rain moving through Thursday evening.

    Snow will develop across the state Thursday afternoon and evening, then change to a sleety mix then rain. Accumulation is possible in some areas before the changeover, and a glaze of ice is possible Thursday night before the change to rain.

    We’re tracking the system and will provide updates as we go through the week.

    For your current forecast anytime, click here.



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    Hartford police are trying to locate a man who suffers from severe dementia.

    Police said 67-year-old Mario Sementilli was reported missing around 1 p.m., after he left the Immanuel House at 15 Woodland St. Sementilli is 5-foot-11, 210 pounds, with brown eyes and salt-and-pepper hair. He was last seen wearing a brown coat, white t-shirt, brown sneakers and a black skull cap with two gray stripes.

    A Silver Alert has been issued.

    Anyone with information on his whereabouts should contact Hartford police.



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    Mario SementilliMario Sementilli

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    Monday was a proud day for the LGBT community in Connecticut.

    The Pride Flag was flying high in West Hartford center as people celebrated the 10th anniversary of the day same-sex couples were able to start marrying in the state.

    “Absolutely, it is very much a day of celebration,” said Robin Levine-Ritterman.

    Robin and Barb Levine-Ritterman chatted with us at their home in New Haven about the dramatic events from a decade ago.

    “It was a long journey,” said Barb.

    They were one of eight same-sex couples who fought for the right to marry in the state.

    “I think one thing that really drove me was having kids and having a family,” said Robin.

    In 2008, the couples were victorious when the Connecticut Supreme Court struck down the law that created civil unions.

    The court ruled gay couples could legally marry starting Nov. 12, 2008. For Robin and Barb, it was a life-changing moment.

    “Knowing that the world sees us as in a lifelong commitment with each other,” said Barb.

    The New York Times’ front page featured a picture of the couple picking up their marriage certificate on that first day, though they waited six months to be officially wed.

    Now all of these years later, Barb and Robin believe there’s still work to be done to secure more rights for the LGBT community.

    “We still very much need work place equality and equality in housing,” said Robin.

    “I see the struggle for trans rights being similar to where the lesbian and gay struggle was 10 or 20 years ago,” said Barb.

    Because of the Supreme Court ruling, Connecticut became one of the first states to legalize same-sex marriage.

    It would take another seven years for the U.S. Supreme Court to do the same for the nation.



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    The Pride Flag was flying high in West Hartford center as people celebrated the 10th anniversary of the day same-sex couples were able to start marrying in the state.The Pride Flag was flying high in West Hartford center as people celebrated the 10th anniversary of the day same-sex couples were able to start marrying in the state.

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    Jerome Corsi, an associate of Roger Stone, says he expects to be indicted for perjury as part of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation of Russian election meddling, NBC News reported

    Corsi, who has been questioned over his knowledge of WikiLeaks obtaining hacked emails from Hillary Clinton's campaign chairman, said Mueller's team delivered the news at a meeting about a week ago.

    "They told me they were going to indict me," he told NBC News in a phone interview Monday.

    Mueller's spokesman, Peter Carr, declined to comment. 



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    In this Wednesday, May 25, 2011, file photo, Jerome Corsi signs copies of his books at the Book Expo America in New York. Corsi, an associate of Roger Stone's, said Monday he expects to be indicted by special counsel Robert Mueller.In this Wednesday, May 25, 2011, file photo, Jerome Corsi signs copies of his books at the Book Expo America in New York. Corsi, an associate of Roger Stone's, said Monday he expects to be indicted by special counsel Robert Mueller.

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    The state of Maryland plans to ask a federal judge on Tuesday for an order declaring that Rod Rosenstein is the acting attorney general — not Matt Whitaker, who was appointed to that position last week after the forced resignation of Jeff Sessions, NBC News reported.

    Ruling that Whitaker cannot serve as attorney general would be a blow to President Donald Trump, who bypassed Rosenstein in favor of someone who has repeatedly criticized Robert Mueller's investigation of Russian election meddling. 

    The Justice Department would immediately appeal any such ruling, and the case could be on a fast track to the Supreme Court.



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    Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein waits for his car as he departs the West Wing of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018.Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein waits for his car as he departs the West Wing of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018.

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    Hartford Police are investigating two separate shootings that happened within about an hour of each other on Monday night.

    Officers said the first shooting happened at 6:59 p.m. on Pliny Street.

    According to police, a 17-year-old was transported by a private vehicle to Connecticut Children's Medical Center with a gunshot wound to the abdomen. The teenager is currently in stable condition.

    Detectives are currently investigating that shooting.

    Approximately an hour later, around 8 p.m., officers responded to St. Francis Hospital after getting a report of a gunshot victim being transported there by a private vehicle.

    Investigators determined the shooting happened on Wethersfield Avenue.

    Officials said a 23-year-old man suffered a non life-threatening gunshot wound to the upper arm and was in stable condition. He was expected to be discharged on Monday night.

    Police said the 23-year-old man had two outstanding warrants and was taken into custody after treatment.

    Officers have determined the two shootings are not related.



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    Foodshare is collecting turkeys and other non-perishable food items for families in need for "Turkey Tuesday" on Tuesday morning.

    Their goal is to collect thousands of items for about 16,000 families.

    Donations can be dropped off at City Place in Hartford until 10 a.m.

    Foodshare's hope through the holiday season is to continue to feed the more than 120,000 people in Hartford and Tolland counties who struggle with hunger.

    Foodshare is partnering with Bank of America and United Healthcare for this giving event.



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    A photo has gone viral showing about 50 students, most of them white, from a Wisconsin high school appearing to give a Nazi salute, prompting their school district to investigate, NBC News reported.

    The photo is from last spring and was not taken on Baraboo High School property or at an event sponsored by the school, according to the superintendent of the Baraboo School District. It originally appeared on a photographer's website along with photos from the school's junior prom.

    "If the gesture is what it appears to be, the District will pursue any and all available and appropriate actions, including legal, to address the issue," superintendent Lori Mueller told parents in a letter Monday.

    The apparent Sieg Heil gesture brought condemnation from the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum, which said on Twitter that the concentration camp "with its gas chambers was at the very end of the long process of normalizing and accommodating hatred."



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    Baraboo High School in Wisconsin.Baraboo High School in Wisconsin.

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    A 33-year-old Uncasville man was shot and stabbed at the Briarwood Apartments on Bricktop Road in Windham on Oct. 16 and Connecticut State Police said they arrested the suspected shooter over the weekend.

    Connecticut State Police troopers responded to reports of an altercation in an apartment around 8:30 p.m. that Tuesday night and found a victim in the stairwell with both a gunshot wound and a stab wound.

    He was transported to Hartford Hospital, the flown to Windham Hospital, according to state police. No additional information was released on his condition.

    The arrest warrant application says the victim identified 20-year-old Alexander Santana, of Montville, as the suspect. Early Saturday morning, police served two search warrants and arrested him.

    Santana has been charged with criminal attempt to commit murder, assault in the first degree, threatening in the second degree, robbery in the first degree, carrying a firearm without a permit, criminal use of a firearm, assault on a peace officer and resisting arrest.

    Bond was set at $300,000.



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    Connecticut State Police on scene of an incident on Brick Top Road in Windham Tuesday night.Connecticut State Police on scene of an incident on Brick Top Road in Windham Tuesday night.

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    The driver of a tractor-trailer has died after a crash on Interstate 95 South in Groton on Tuesday morning.  

    According to the Connecticut Department of Transportation, a tractor-trailer went down an embankment on I-95 South between exits 90 and 89.

    Fire officials said the tractor-trailer went off of the highway and landed in an embankment on Cow Hill Road in Mystic around 4:45 a.m.

    The driver was pronounced dead at the scene. His name has not been released.

    Cow Hill Road is closed between Bindloss Road and Oral School Road. It is unclear when it will reopen. 



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  • 11/13/18--10:31: Crash Closed Arrigoni Bridge

  • The Arrigoni Bridge was closed after a crash Tuesday afternoon.

    No additional information was immediately available.



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    The merchandise manager for a band is accused of stealing around $18,000 from a box on a tour bus in Hartford. 

    Police said officers responded to 31 Webster St. in Hartford at 1:15 a.m. Monday when band members reported that $18,000 they had in a cardboard box on their tour bus had been stolen. They said they suspected the merchandise dealer took it and told police he was acting suspiciously when questioned. 

    The merchandise dealer initially denied having anything to do with the missing money, police said. 

    A couple hours later, band members asked for police help and had additional questions. 

    The band members had searched their trailer and found the cardboard box with the money wrapped up in the suspect's sweater with other merchandise boxes, according to police. 

    The merchandise dealer continued to deny being involved, but eventually admitted to taking the money once he realized the band was firing him and he wouldn’t be allowed back on the tour bus, according to police. 

    Police identified the suspect as 32-year-old David Chapman, of Tempe, Arizona. They said he told them he was tired of seeing the band members leaving money all over the bus, wanted to prove a point and was going to return the money later in the day. 

    Chapman was charged with larceny in the first degree and interfering with police. 


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    A 93-year-old woman who was stranded in her Magalia, California, home as a raging wildfire spread through the county was rescued by her longtime sanitation worker on the last stop of his shift.

    NBC affiliate KCRA reports Margaret Newsum feared for her life after hearing news on TV Thursday morning about the Camp Fire threatening the town of Paradise, about 180 miles northeast of San Francisco. Magalia is a suburb of Paradise.

    Residents in the area were ordered to evacuate on Thursday as the wildfire quickly turned into an inferno, setting off a desperate exodus in which many motorists got stuck in gridlocked traffic and abandoned their vehicles to flee on foot.

    With no family in the area and her caregiver gone for the day, Newsum stepped out on her front porch hoping someone would drive by and see her. That’s when her garbageman Dane Ray Cummings arrived.

    "I went out and was standing on the front porch when this great, big, green monster drove up, and my dear friend was emptying the garbage," Newsum recalled to the station. "He said, 'You’re not staying here. You've got to get out of here. Why are you still here?'"

    The Waste Management driver told KCRA his supervisor had earlier advised him to cut his route short and go home because of the fast-moving fire. But Cummings said he wanted to check on Newsum’s neighborhood in Magalia where “dozens of older residents” live.

    "I been on that route eight years, and I just picked the people that I knew were older, and I tried to stop and help them and let them know that they were coming and make sure they were getting out," he said. "She was my last stop. I probably went to 45 or 50 people to see if I could help them."

    In the five-hour drive down the hill to safety, Cummings learned his "friend" had lived quite the life. Newsum survived the attack on Pearl Harbor and overcame cancer three times. She was also a one-time backup singer for the Rat Pack.

    "Wonderful, wonderful men," Newsum said. "The singers did the picking out. So, the next thing I know, I was in an interviewing room, and here sits Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr. and Dean Martin. All three of them were sitting there, and they said, 'We are so thrilled to have you working for us.'"

    According to KCRA, the fire never reached Newsum’s home, but it did help establish a stronger bond between the soon-to-be 94-year-old and Cummings.

    "Today" reports Newsum is staying with Cummings' childhood best friend, Brian Harrison, who is a mechanic at North Valley Waste Management — where Cummings also works.

    "I have felt so welcome in this house," Newsum told "Today." "Things may not work in the way you want, but you have to have faith, and get good friends. They're such wonderful people."


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    White House chief of staff John Kelly may soon depart the Trump administration amid an array of conflicts, seven people familiar with the discussions told NBC News.

    Among those being considered to replace Kelly is Nick Ayers, chief of staff for Vice President Mike Pence, three of the people said. Kelly is Trump's second chief of staff, joining the White House after serving as secretary of Homeland Security.

    Kelly's tenure has been clouded in controversy and disagreements with Trump and aides. He recently clashed with national security adviser John Bolton over how Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen is doing on border security. Nielsen, a close confidante of Kelly's, is expected to leave her job as soon as this week, two sources told The Associated Press.

    Kelly has also gotten into disputes with first lady Melania Trump over staffing issues and travel requests. The first lady raised concerns about Kelly denying her staff promotions with her husband during the height of the controversy over his alleged affair with porn actress Stormy Daniels, according to two White House officials.

    The White House declined to comment for this story.



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    This Oct. 11, 2018, file photos shows White House chief of staff John Kelly attend a human trafficking meeting in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building in Washington, D.C.This Oct. 11, 2018, file photos shows White House chief of staff John Kelly attend a human trafficking meeting in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building in Washington, D.C.

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    The death of a beloved Cheshire High School English teacher last month has been ruled an accident and the cause of her death was a combination of drug intoxication and drowning in a creek, according to the office of the chief medical examiner. 

    Police found the body of 48-year-old Megumi Yamamoto, of Cheshire, soon after getting a report at 5:17 p.m. on Oct. 3 that she was missing.

    The autopsy was done on Oct. 5 and the office of the chief medical examiner said Tuesday that the cause of her death was acute intoxication with dextrorphan/levorphanol, dextro/levo methorphan, and tramadol with immersion in water.

    Yamamoto, the mother of two, was a Cheshire High School English teacher and parents who spoke with NBC Connecticut said she was well-liked by her students.



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    Megumi Yamamoto was found dead along Mixville Road near Marion Road in Cheshire Wednesday afternoon.Megumi Yamamoto was found dead along Mixville Road near Marion Road in Cheshire Wednesday afternoon.

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    A seventh person has been arrested in connection with a home invasion in Vernon last year that investigators said started over the sale of a car.

    The home invasion happened on Spring Street on the night of Nov. 5, 2017. Police said the person who called 911 said two men were trying to enter a first-floor apartment through a window.

    Officers responded and spotted two cars leaving the area. When the officer tried to stop one of the vehicles, the driver took off and crashed into a utility box at the intersection of West Main and West Streets. The occupants ran off, but police were able to capture the driver who told authorities the resident of the Spring Street address sold him and several others a “lemon” of a car on social media, so they’d gone to the home to get their money back.

    On Monday, police arrested 23-year-old Abner Orlando Ortiz, reportedly of New Britain.

    He has been shot in the shoulder in Hartford Monday night and officers took him into custody when he was released from the hospital. 

    Ortiz was the last suspect police were looking for.

    He was charged with conspiracy to commit home invasion, conspiracy to commit robbery second degree, conspiracy to commit larceny in the fifth degree, attempt to commit home invasion, attempt to commit robbery second degree and attempt to commit larceny in the fifth degree.



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    A 23-year-old Trinity College student who was found unresponsive Monday has died, according to police. 

    Police said officers, firefighters and an ambulance responded to Crescent Street Monday after receiving reports that a 23-year-old man was unresponsive and first responders found him with a weak pulse. 

    Police said they learned the student, Chase Hyde, had become ill Sunday afternoon and was found unresponsive Monday morning. 

    Hyde was pronounced dead Monday evening, police said. 

    The office of the chief medical examiner performed an autopsy and police said the results of a toxicology screening are pending further studies. 

    Police said there was no evidence to indicate an overdose, suicide or anything nefarious. 

    Hyde was a member of the Class of 2019. 



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    Four family members were arrested Wednesday in the execution-style killings of eight people, members of another family, on an Ohio pot farm in April 2016, NBC News reported.

    The Pike County Sheriff's Office, which has been investigating the massacre, announced the arrests of George "Billy" Wagner III, Angela Wagner, George Wagner IV and Edward "Jake" Wagner.

    The Rhodens were found dead from gunshot wounds in four separate homes on the farm. They ranged from 16 years old to 44; two infants and a toddler survived.

    Authorities have yet to explain what they suspect was the motive for the killings. It wasn't immediately clear if the suspects had attorneys.



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    A home in Pike County, Ohio, after eight members of a family were killed in April 2016.A home in Pike County, Ohio, after eight members of a family were killed in April 2016.

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    In an extraordinary move for a first lady, Melania Trump’s office on Tuesday publicly called for the firing of a senior National Security Council official.

    Stephanie Grisham, the first lady’s communications director issued a statement  saying the official, Mira Ricardel, should no longer serve as the NSC’s No. 2, NBC News reported.

    "It is the position of the Office of the First Lady that she no longer deserves the honor of serving in this White House," Grisham said.



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    Deputy national security adviser Mira Ricardel (left) and first lady Melania Trump (right).Deputy national security adviser Mira Ricardel (left) and first lady Melania Trump (right).

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    Interstate 91 North was closed in Cromwell after a rollover crash and one lane is now getting by.

    The crash happened between exits 21 and 22 and police said Lifestar medical transport helicopter has been called to land on the highway. 

    State police urge drivers to avoid the area.



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    A week after voters cast their ballots, mostly for Democrats in Connecticut’s elections, Republicans are looking at what went wrong, and who to blame for the losses.

    Republicans were hoping to capture at least some control of state government on November 6. Instead, Republicans lost 18 total seats in the General Assembly, 12 in the House, six in the Senate, and were shut out of all statewide offices.

    "We allowed the national narrative in those wealthier communities to dominate," said JR Romano, chairman of the Connecticut Republican Party. "This is one of these clouded elections where we really have to drill down into each individual campaign, what their strategy, what their message was."

    Romano says voters made a mistake in voting for Democrats, saying that the party has abandoned working-class voters. He says suburban voters in lower Fairfield County abandoned the Republican economic message, and instead bought into the Democrats’ message against Donald Trump.

    Former Trumbull First Selectman Tim Herbst, who finished fourth in the GOP gubernatorial primary over the summer, said Republicans were caught flat-footed certain parts of the state.

    "These Democrats in Greenwich, in Westport, they were energized and I know the Republicans in these towns and they were not as energized and this is where it was critical to the party to pay, and make the investment in a real, solid field program," Herbst said.

    Herbst says the blame lies with the entire Republican Party, not just the chairman. He said the GOP State Central Committee was nonexistent for most of the year when it came to logistics and rallying the base. He believes that led to the sweeping losses in different parts of Connecticut.

    Democrats, in contrast, had a field organization that worked incredibly well in the lead up to election day. Funded in part by U.S. Senator Chris Murphy’s campaign, thousands of volunteers made phone calls and knocked on doors, identifying and communicating with voters all over the state.

    Herbst says the operations run by House and Senate Republicans to reach out to voters were not coordinated, and the party did not provide additional support.

    "[Democrats] do a better job of planning coordinating early, working together than we do," said Herbst.

    Republican Bob Stefanowski lost to Ned Lamont by about 40,000 votes. He collected the most votes of any Republican who ran statewide last week.

    Herbst says the result of a bruising five-way primary did Stefanowski no favors, and Herbst says the party is to blame for not coalescing immediately following the August primary.

    "The fact that we waited two months to have any semblance of a public display of unity, I think that placed Bob at a very competitive disadvantage because we were still trying to pull the base together when we should have been going after the unaffiliated voters and the disenfranchised Democrats," Herbst said.

    Democrats, in contrast, started working as a ticket in the days immediately following the primary.

    Romano says the criticism of the party’s operation is unfounded and represents a misunderstanding of the party’s role.

    "The state party doesn’t run the campaign. It doesn’t run the Senate races, it doesn’t run the House races, they don’t run the governor’s race,” Romano said. “Our focus here is to focus on infrastructure, so I can tell you from our perspective, Max, is we did half a million voter contacts."



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    Republicans in Connecticut were hoping to capture at least some control of state government on November 6. Instead, Republicans lost 18 total seats in the General Assembly, 12 in the House, six in the Senate, and were shut out of all statewide offices.Republicans in Connecticut were hoping to capture at least some control of state government on November 6. Instead, Republicans lost 18 total seats in the General Assembly, 12 in the House, six in the Senate, and were shut out of all statewide offices.

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    Supporters of a father facing deportation rallied outside the federal building that houses the Immigration and Customs Enforcement office in Hartford Tuesday.

    They are asking for the agency to allow Nelson Pinos to stay in the U.S. and be with his family for the holidays.

    Pinos sought sanctuary at a New Haven church to avoid deportation to his native Ecuador over a year ago.

    He told NBC Connecticut he came to the US in 1992 for a better life and has lived in Connecticut for nearly 20 years.

    Supporters say he’s been paying taxes with a social security number issued to him by the government more than 20 years ago.

    Last month Pinos’ attorney submitted an appeal for a stay of deportation – citing the psychological harm this ordeal is causing his children.

    U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) met with the family this past weekend.

    Supporters say the situation has been emotional for Pinos’ family.

    “The children have been suffering tremendously by being separated from their family their father so we're here to celebrate the children and to let ICE know that it's really important. We're coming up on the holidays and families belong together and we're here to hopefully let them hear our message,” said Charla Nich, a member of CT Shoreline Indivisible.

    ICE says Pinos continues to evade immigration enforcement by staying at the church, which is considered a sensitive location and a place the agency will not enter to enforce deportation. The agency says while Pinos has a legal appeal pending in court, there is no change in his status as of this point.



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    Supporters of Nelson Pinos, a father facing deportation to Ecuador, rallied outside the ICE building in Hartford asking the agency to allow Pinos to be with his family for the holidays.Supporters of Nelson Pinos, a father facing deportation to Ecuador, rallied outside the ICE building in Hartford asking the agency to allow Pinos to be with his family for the holidays.

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    A state trooper was arrested in Norwich, suspected of driving under the influence, and she has been suspended.

    Norwich police said they received a call reporting an erratic driver on West Main Street at 5:20 p.m. on Sunday, found the car and arrested 34-year-old Sarah Starkey.

    State police said Starkey is a trooper at Troop E, which is based in Montville, and she has been with the department since 2013. She has been suspended until further notice.

    Starkey was in her own vehicle when officers stopped her, according to Norwich police. 

    She was charged with operation of a motor vehicle under the influence of liquor or drugs, evading responsibility, failure to drive right and unsafe movement from a stopped/standing position.

    Starkey was released on a $250 non-surety bond and is due in court on Nov. 20.

    No additional information has been released.



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    The Amity Regional School District is responding to complaints of anti-Semitism and intolerant behavior after high school students and parents expressed outrage at school officials for not doing enough to address these issues during Monday night’s Board of Education meeting in Woodbridge.

    "I’m here because I feel there is a rising undertone of hatred, anti-Semitism, anti-gay, racism and bigotry in our community that has not been properly addressed or stamped out," parent Paul Schatz said.

    Students that spoke up told NBC Connecticut they could not remain silent, especially after the deadliest anti-Semitic attack in U.S. history last month at Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life synagogue.

    Each student that addressed Board members ended their statement by saying "I do not feel safe here."

    "The students do not feel safe," Amity senior Ally Grubman said Tuesday, "and it’s gotten to a point where it’s affected our education. We can’t concentrate, we can’t walk the halls without feeling unsafe, we are afraid to walk with other Jewish teens because we feel that we are being targeted."

    Grubman and several of her classmates are part of the Jewish youth group, BBYO.

    "I’m not interested in anybody sending us thoughts and prayers," Amity senior Jonathan Schachter said. "I’m interested in our administration and community around us providing action against this anti-Semitism and intolerance in our community."

    The students said they have faced anti-Semitism in the form of social media posts, public intimidation in the hallways from students saying "kill the Jews," and swastikas drawn on bathroom stalls.

    "Honestly, it’s kind of horrifying the fact that some of my relatives have survived and not survived the Holocaust," Grubman said, "and just seeing the swastikas around the school, we found one today while we were having a meeting with administration in the lecture hall."

    NBC Connecticut obtained a copy of the email Amity High School principal Anna Mahon sent out after the meeting.

    "Students are asked to sign up to meet with members of the administration and counseling to address the anti-Semitic sentiments along with other intolerant behaviors students have witnessed at the high school," Mahon writes.

    The letter said there will be an increased police presence in the school’s parking lot and more faculty supervision in hallways in between classes. The district also plans to work with local clergy, the Anti-Defamation League and Jewish Federation of Greater New Haven to address anti-Semitic and intolerant behavior.

    The local chapter of the ADL confirms a staff member was at the school campus Tuesday afternoon for meetings with students and faculty.

    "Today it felt like everyone in the school, except for few bad apples that are in our community, everyone was supporting us," Schachter said.

    Interim Superintendent of Schools James A. Connelly sent a letter to the school community saying the Board of Education and school officials were "shocked and saddened by fears and concerns reported by students and community members about anti-Semitic behaviors they have experienced in both school and the community."

    "The Amity School District will not tolerate this type of harassment and will investigate and take disciplinary action against students who demonstrate unacceptable behavior," Connelly writes. "We will also cooperate and coordinate with the local police departments in some of these investigations."

    Woodbridge Police said Tuesday they are investigating recent acts of vandalism with local, state and federal partners.

    Some Jewish families in the community told NBC Connecticut their homes were targeted.

    Grubman said she is hopeful Monday’s emotional meeting will be a turning point.

    "It might get worse before it gets better, but I definitely feel we are moving in a positive direction," she said.



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    Amity High School students said they have faced anti-Semitism in the form of social media posts, public intimidation in the hallways from students saying Amity High School students said they have faced anti-Semitism in the form of social media posts, public intimidation in the hallways from students saying "kill the Jews," and swastikas drawn on bathroom stalls.