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Family Dead After SUV Plunges Into Arizona Lake


Three young children and their parents died after their SUV plunged into a lake overnight in Arizona, police said.

The circumstance surrounding the incident are unclear, but police are calling them “horrific.”

Police believe the father was driving when, just after midnight, the SUV drove into a reservoir in the middle of the city.

One of the children, a 2-year-old, was the only family member to survive, but died Sunday afternoon.

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Car Veers into Motorcycle


Authorities are investigating after a car veered into a motorcycle on a rural North Texas road in an incident that left two people injured and was captured on video.

Eric Sanders, the driver of the motorcycle, contends the car's driver swerved intentionally. He suffered abrasions in the collision that left his girlfriend in a Fort Worth hospital with a broken wrist and deep arm lacerations.

Sanders said the crash happened Saturday afternoon on a county road about 5 miles north of Granbury. A video captured the motorcycle passing a car on the two-lane road. The car veered left over a double yellow center lane, upsetting the motorcycle and sending the riders into the roadway.

Dub Gillum, a senior trooper and spokesman for the Texas Highway Patrol, said the agency has seen the video and that the car's driver may face felony charges.

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Car Hits & Kills 3-Month-Old


A 3-month-old girl was tragically killed when she was struck by a car after her mother lost hold of the baby and the car rolled backward, police said Sunday.

The baby's family was set to eat at a fast-food restaurant in the 11200 block of Fourth Street in Rancho Cucamonga, east of Los Angeles, just before noon.

The father of the child went in to place an order as the mother was helping her children get out of the car.

The family was borrowing a car, and the child's mother was unfamiliar with the operation of the vehicle, police said in a preliminary investigation.

The mother believed she had turned it off and was unloading the three-month-old from her car seat, as well as helping her three-year-old son get out.

After removing the baby from her car seat, the baby’s mother realized the car was still running, police said.

She was holding the child as she walked around to the driver’s side, police said.

The mother reached in to turn off the vehicle, and somehow the car rolled backward, police said.

She tried to apply the brakes, but lost hold of her baby, police said.

The baby fell and was struck as the car rolled backward. After stopping the car, the mother was able to rush to her daughter.

The 3-month-old was transported to the San Antonio Community hospital in Upland where she died, police said.

The mother of the child was devastated, but cooperative, so she was released from the scene.

Authorities are still investigating.

Typhoon Koppu Kills 9; Officials Fear Mudslides


Nine people are dead from Typhoon Koppu, which has been moving slowly over the Philippines, NBC News reported.

Emergency officials are warning that entire communities are at risk of being swept away in mudslides.

The typhoon knocked out power to entire provinces and has left roads impassable.

Even though Koppu is less powerful than originally thought, but parts of the country were under three feet of water early Monday.

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Connecticut Sees First Snow Flurries of Year


Many Connecticut towns saw the first snow flurries of the season.

The northern hill towns saw the most snow. Viewers reported seeing flurries in Farmington, Canton, Torrington, Terryville, Plymouth, Orange, Monroe, Manchester and New Hartford.

After cold temperatures in the 20s Sunday night with decreasing chances of more snow flurries, Monday is expected to be cool and breezy, with the temperature getting slightly warmer mid-week.

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Sanders After 'SNL' Skit: I Have 'Ample' Underwear


Bernie Sanders joked about Larry David's "Saturday Night Live" impersonation of him, pointing out on the campaign trail Sunday that he has "an ample supply of underwear," NBC News reported. 

The Vermont senator told supporters in Iowa, "In terms of Larry David, I think we're going to put him up on the stage at our next rally — let him do it rather than me. He does it better than I do."

Mimicking Sanders, David said: "I'm the only candidate up here who's not a billionaire. I don't have a Super PAC, I don't have a backpack. I carry my stuff around loose in my arms like a professor between classes … I own one pair of underwear — that's it."

Real-life Sanders responded: "Last week, I bought my second pair of underwear," adding: "Please don't write it down. That was a joke."

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Man Stabbed After Inviting Woman Over in Hartford


A man was stabbed in Hartford on Sunday night after inviting a woman to his home and police are looking for the man and woman responsible for the assault.

Police responded to 162 Ward Street at 10:31 p.m. to investigate a stabbing and found a man with stab wounds on the left side of his chest and his left arm.

The victim told officers he had invited a woman over and she brought another man, who stabbed the victim several times and fled, police said.

The victim told police he did not know the man, and would not describe him or tell him who the woman he invited over is.

He went though surgery and is in guarded condition.

Officers searched the scene and did not find any witnesses.

Mayor crimes is investigating.

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Newington Offices Closed Because They Cannot Turn on Heat


Several Newington town offices are closed on Monday because town officials cannot turn on the heat until crews finish cleaning up after a sewer pipe ruptured last week.

Newington Town Hall, the Board of Education administrative offices, the Board of Education Transition Academy and the local offices of the Central Connecticut Health District, at 131 Cedar Street, are closed today.

They said temperatures inside are too cold for staff and members of the public.

Town Hall employees who work directly out of town hall should not to report to work.

Board of Education employees and Central Connecticut Health District employees should check with their immediate supervisor or their office for further information.

Officials said the town’s heating system is fine, but the sewer lateral rupture last week is in an area that also houses the town’s steam heating lines, so they cannot fire up the boilers until crews finish cleaning up.

Crews were able to repair the ruptured pipe over the weekend, but still need to remove solid waste from the site and officials said turning on the heating system would put the workers at risk and cause an unsafe working environment.

Town employees plan to turn the boilers on after the cleanup is completed.

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Kerry to Talk 'Tangible' Syria Solutions With Russia


Secretary of State John Kerry said Monday he will meet with leaders from Russia, Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Jordan to discuss "real and tangible options" for a political solution to the Syria's civil war.

He told reporters in Spain that there's no realistic military solution to the conflict and that "propping up [President Bashar] Assad will ultimately fail and also unfortunately lead to more bloodshed, more refugees, more extremism and more jihadis." Kerry said he would travel to the Middle East "in a few days" for more talks on Syria. 

He also called on Israeli and Palestinian leaders to take urgent action to end the "senseless" violence in Israel and the West Bank.

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Police ID Middletown Man Killed in Bristol Motorcycle Crash


A 56-year-old motorcyclist from Middletown is dead after a crash at Willis Street and East Road in Bristol on Friday morning.

Police said Matthew J. Cote, 56, of Middletown was driving a 2013 Harley-Davidson Street Glide southbound on Willis Street,  and approaching East Road at 11:52 a.m., when the crash happened. 

An 81-year-old Bristol woman driving a Buick Century was stopped at a stop sign, then drove into the intersection and hit him, according to police. 

Cote, who was not wearing a helmet, sustained a serious head injury and later died at Saint Francis Hospital, according to police.

The woman was not injured.

Traffic officers are investigating and ask anyone with information about the crash to call the traffic division at 860-584-3035.

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Halloween Safety Program Sued


"Operation Boo," a yearly program run by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation to to protect children from predators during Halloween, is scheduled to go into in full effect later this month, but an attorney and activist wants to change that. 

The CDCR is being hit with a federal lawsuit filed by the president and founder of California Reform Sex Offender Laws organization. Janice Bellucci is challenging what her organization calls an unconstitutional Halloween sign requirement that's part of "Operation Boo."

Bellucci filed the suit after she says her client, a registered sex offender in Chula Vista, was told to post a flier on his home on Halloween saying, "We Do Not Participate in Trick or Treating."

"All we’re challenging is the sign requirement," explained Bellucci. "We believe this both violates the United States Constitution and places in significant danger all sex offender parolees."

A registered sex offender, who spoke to NBC7 anonymously, felt the sign is appropriate because it doesn't mention any charges.

"I kind of understand where they're coming from," he said. "It helps keep them away so there's less chance of children saying something happened."

Concerned parent Amanda Misiano said she thinks the signs are a good idea.

"I think it’s good because it will protect the kids," Misiano said.

According to the "Operation Boo" website, requirements for sex offender parolees include a 5 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew on Halloween. Their lights must also be off so they don't attract children, but there's no mention of having to post the sign.

A spokeswoman from the CDCR would only say, "We were just served the lawsuit and are reviewing it."

12-Year-Old Killed by Stray Bullet


A 12-year-old girl who was struck by a stray bullet inside her Long Island home has died and authorities said they're working around the clock to find the shooter.

"Dejah Joyner's life was violently cut short before she even had a chance to live it – this is a heartbreaking tragedy and we will do everything in our power to make sure that the gunman is brought to justice," acting Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas said Sunday.

Authorities are offering a $75,000 reward for any information leading to an arrest.

Dejah was shot Friday evening as she stood in the living room of her home in Hempstead, investigators said. A single bullet shot from the street crashed through a plate glass window, striking her in the head.

The girl's mother and father were home in another room at the time, police said.

Neighbors told NBC 4 New York that shots have been fired at the girl's house in the past.

The girl was rushed to Winthrop University Hospital, where she remained in critical condition until she died Saturday evening.

Authorities are asking anyone with information to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-244-TIPS (8477) or the Nassau County Homicide Squad at 516-573-7788. 

Hartford Road in Manchester Closed After Rollover

Firefighters Battle Scrapyard Fire in Hartford


Firefighters battled a large fire at an automotive parts facility on Fish Fry Street in Hartford on Monday morning. 

A firefighter who was driving by as, well as an employee at City Auto Parts reported the fire. 

The fire department received the original reports of heavy black smoke at 10:56 a.m. and learned that workers were moving recycled materials in the scrap metal area of the yard and noticed that a small fire had started in a pile of metals, plastics and rubber.

The fire quickly spread through the 30 foot perimeter of the pile, but did not threaten structures or equipment. 

Officials from City Auto Parts said oil and fuel are drained from cars when they arrive at the facility, so firefighters do not believe any hazardous materials were released during the fire.

No on was injured.

Heavy smoke was visible from sky cameras until firefighters got the blaze under control.

The investigation into the cause of the fire continues.

Teacher’s Aide Accused of Sexually Assaulting Student Fired


A Stratford teacher who is accused of sexually assaulting a boy over a two-year-span has been fired.

Stratford police arrested Michelle Sulzicki, 28, on Oct. 14, weeks after a teenage boy came forward with details about more than a dozen alleged sexual encounters and said he feared he might be the father of her baby, according to police.

On Sept. 24, the student, who is now in high school, sought out help and said he had sexual intercourse, as well as oral sex and anal sex, between 15 and 20 times, when she tutored him at home in sixth and seventh grade, according to court records.

The teen said he was 12 when the sex started and Sulzicki sometimes brought condoms for him to wear, but not always, according to the affidavit.

Soon after the last sexual encounter, learned Sulzicki was pregnant and he was not sure if he was the father, according to court documents.

When police questioned Sulzicki, she first denied having a sexual relationship with the victim, then admitted to having sex with him once in his bedroom when he was in sixth grade, the affidavit says.

She went on to tell police that she did not charge the boy's family for the tutoring sessions and admitted to buying him gifts and clothing, according to police.

Sulzicki was placed on administrative leave when the allegations surfaced, and Supt. Dr. Janet Robinson said last week that she was moving toward terminating Sulzicki's employment.

A spokesperson said on Monday that school officials sent Sulzicki a termination letter on Friday. 

Sulzicki had been with the school district since 2010, first as a teacher's aide, then as a teacher for the last three years, most recently, at Chapel Street Elementary School.

Sulzicki was charged with first-degree sexual assault, second-degree sexual assault, illegal sexual contact with a minor and risk of injury to a minor.

She is due in court on Nov. 3, according to online court records.

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Shots Fired Outside Willimantic Night Club


Willimantic police are investigating after gunshots were fired outside a night club early Sunday morning.

Police responded to the Abracadabra night club on Main Street around 2 a.m. and witnesses reported hearing an argument outside the club as it was closing and said it escalated.

One man pulled a knife, then the other pulled a gun and fired several shots, police said. No was injured and both men drove off separately.

Officers found several shell casings in the parking lot and Willimantic detectives from the criminal investigation division are investigating.

Police ask anyone who witnessed the incident to call the Willimantic Police Department Criminal Investigation Division.

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Man Stabbed and Killed in Bridgeport


A 28-year-old man was stabbed and killed in Bridgeport on Sunday night and police are asking for anyone with information about the homicide to come forward and report it.

Police officers responded to Goldenrod Avenue, near the corner of Madison Avenue, at 11:05 p.m. to investigate a report of an assault with a firearm and found a 28-year-old male who had been stabbed several times in the chest, side and stomach.

An ambulance brought the victim to St. Vincent’s Hospital and he died soon after.

Police are investigating the homicide and said it’s the 14th this year.

Anyone with information about the fatal stabbing should call Detective Robert Winkler at (203) 581-5224.

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7 Residents Hospitalized After Carbon Monoxide Issue


Seven people have been taken to the hospital after a furnace emitted elevated levels of carbon monoxide in a condominium on Grand Avenue in Vernon.

Emergency crews responded to 104 Grand Ave. at 5:16 a.m. on Monday and found levels of 80 parts per million.

Police said the residents are being taken to the hospital as a precaution and the injuries do not appear to be serious.

Three adults and four children were taken ot the hospital as a precaution and officials said the house did not have carbon monoxide detectors.

At carbon monoxide levels above 70 ppm, residents can experience symptoms, including headache, fatigue and nausea.  Sustained exposure when levels increase above 150 to 200 ppm can lead to disorientation, unconsciousness and even death.

The condo is attached to another condo and one adult and four children from that home were evaluated and did not go to the hospital. 

This issue comes amid the first coldsnap of the season, which prompted many people across the state to turn on the heat for the first time this fall. Freeze warnings are in effect as temperatures plunged below freezing.

Around 170 people in the United States die every year from carbon monioxide produced by products other than vehicles, including malfunctioning furnaces, ranges, water heaters and room heaters; engine-powered equipment such as portable generators; fireplaces; and charcoal that is burned in homes and other enclosed areas, according to the Consumer Product Safety Conmssion.

See the CPSC website here for tips on preventing carbon monoxide poisoning

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Bystander Mistaken for Terrorist Is Shot, Beaten by Israel Mob


An Eritrean man was shot and then beaten by mob that mistook him for an assailant as a terror attack unfolded in southern Israel, officials said Monday, NBC News reported.  

One Israeli soldier was killed and several others were wounded when gunshots broke out late Sunday night in a bus station in the city of Beersheba. Officials initially said there were two gunmen — one had been killed, the other wounded and captured.

Police said Monday that Abtum Zarhum — an Eritrean national in his 20s — was shot by a security guard who mistakenly thought he was a terrorist, then beaten by Israelis in the bus station. Zarhum later succumbed to his wounds, and police said an investigation is underway to bring those who beat him to justice.

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Southington Robber Might Have Struck in East Haven as Well: Police


A man with several tattoos robbed a 7-Eleven store in Southington early Saturday morning and police believe he also committed robberies in East Haven over the weekend.

Police responded to the 7-Eleven, at 777 Queen St., at 2:03 a.m. on Saturday to investigate a robbery and witnesses said the man approached the clerk and demanded money.

When the clerk put the money from the cash register on the counter, the robber took it, threatened the clerk and the left the store, police said.

The robber did not have a weapon and traveled south on Queen Street in a gray or silver four-door sedan.

He was described as around 230 pounds, in his 40s, with tattoos on both arms as well as one above his right eye.

He was wearing a gray U-Mass t-shirt, black shorts and white sneakers.

Police said they believe the suspect was also involved in similar incidents in East Haven.

A man wearing a gray U-Mass T-shirt, dark shorts or pants with white sneakers, robbed the Subway at 199 Main Street in the Trolley Square Shopping Center in East Haven on Saturday.
Then, a man matching the same description robbed Dunkin Donuts at 96 East Frontage Road in East Haven around 6:22 a.m. on Sunday, according to East Haven police.

Southington Police are investigating the case there and anyone with information should call Det. K. Apicella at 860-378-1647 or e-mail at kapicella@southingtonpolice.org.

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