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WATCH: Tornado Rips Roof Off Fort Worth Building


A confirmed tornado ripped the roof off of a building in North Fort Worth Thursday afternoon.

The National Weather Service said Friday morning that a "high-end EF0" tornado damaged Mercantile Plaza, which is part of a business park off Interstate 35W, near the 4500 block of North Sylvania Avenue, just north of the Coors Distributing Company.

It happened at about 4:15 p.m. as wind gusts up to 90 mph tore the roof from the building with people inside.

"At first, it was nothing," witness Julie Swift said. "Then the windows started to pop and within seconds, it was just roaring wind. Then we heard the roof come off."

The roof tore into several large pieces, flying into the air before landing in nearby a parking lot. Several vehicles were damaged.

"It had rained prior and then it had stopped raining," storm victim Gary Cox said. "Then shortly thereafter, you know, the wind picked up, there was stuff smacking against the windows. There was rotation outside, all kinds of debris everywhere."

There were no reports of injuries.

NBC 5's Ken Kalthoff contributed to this report.

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East Hartford Submits Casino Plan


East Hartford officials are hoping to build a casino on vacant land that used to house a movie theater and said they have submitted a proposal

The Mashantucket Pequot Tribe and Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority are working together as MMCT Venture in the hopes of opening another casino in the state and East Hartford Mayor Marcia A. Leclerc said the town and developer Anthony J. Ravosa and Silver Lane Partners, LLC, have submitted a plan, which would place a casino in the area of the former Showcase Cinema on Silver Lane.

“The RFP submitted today represents a fully compliant package of municipal support, quick time to market, extremely high visibility from the highway and easy access from the Greater Hartford region,” Mayor Leclerc said. “I think it is clear that our proposal stands out as the most viable and complete option being submitted to MMCT Venture.”

In September, the town planning commission approved plans for the casino, as well as a shopping center, called The Outlet Shoppes at Rentschler Field.

The site is on 25 acres of land and crossroads of I-84, I-91, I-384, I-291, Route 2, Route 15 and Route 5.

Today was the deadline for the mayor to act on the proposal and the tribes said they are planning to make a decision on a site in December.

The proposal is posted online here.

The operators of Enfield Square Mall have also expressed interest in submitting a plan and said they would make a decision during a conference call on Friday

Officials from the mayor's office in New Britain said they would not be submitting a request for proposal.

For a third casino to open in Connecticut, the General Assembly would have to pass legislation.

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TSA Seizes Record Number of Firearms in Carry-On Bags During 1 Week


The U.S. Transportation Security Administration seized a record number of firearms in travelers’ carry-on bags during the last week of October, the agency reported.

In it’s weekly blog post, the TSA said agents discovered 68 guns in baggages that passengers were bringing on board flights, breaking the prior high-water mark of 67 firearms intercepted at airport security checkpoints set a month earlier.

The TSA takes inventory of the prohibited items confiscated at airport checkpoints and publishes a weekly tally in the agency’s blog. The TSA’s “Week in Review” published October 31 reports that of the 68 guns found, 61 were loaded and 25 of them had a round in the chamber.

Passengers aren’t prohibited from traveling with firearms as long as they are “properly stored” in checked baggage and declared, the TSA said. Failure to do so can result in a penalty fine as high as $11,000.

“Firearms must be unloaded, packed in a hard-side case and locked. Ammunition can not be loose or in a zip-top bag. Ammunition must be in its original container/box, even if the box is partially full, and the ammunition should be placed inside the hard-side case next to the unloaded firearm,” the blog post states, citing TSA laws.

The agency also noted that firearm possession laws vary from state to state so travelers should familiarize themselves with local firearm laws for each point of travel prior to departure.

But guns weren’t the only thing passengers attempted to bring on board flights in the U.S. during the last week of October. TSA agents seized brass knuckles, ninja stars, stun guns, knives and hatchets, among other banned items.

“If an item looks like a real bomb, grenade, mine, etc., it is prohibited,” says Bob Burns, TSA's social media team lead, in the agency’s blog post. “Even if they are novelty items, you are prohibited from bringing them on board the aircraft.”

The TSA has experienced a growing number of firearm discoveries at security checkpoints since 2008. In 2014, 2,212 guns were seized from passengers' carry-on bags, a 22 percent increase from 2013 when 1,813 guns were discovered, the TSA reported. Of the guns discovered in 2014, 83 percent were loaded.

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Inmates Charged in Brutal Slashing


Two inmates have been charged with slashing a Rikers Island correction officer in the face and wrist, leaving him with more than two dozen stitches and glaring lacerations across his head.

William Whitfield, 18, and Darnell Green, 19, did not enter pleas at their arraignment Friday in Bronx Criminal Court. They were ordered held on $500,000 bail on assault and other charges stemming from the attack Thursday evening on officer Ray Calderon.

An attorney for Whitfield, who is being held at Rikers on an attempted murder charge, said his client was presumed innocent and planned to contest the charges. A lawyer for Green, who is being detained at Rikers in a murder case, did not immediately return a message seeking comment.

Green approached Calderon from behind and wrapped both arms around his neck, choking him as Whitfield advanced with a sharp object, according to a criminal complaint. Calderon then kicked Whitfield, fell to the ground with Green and was slashed on the left side of his face along his forehead, cheek and ear, as well as his right wrist, the court papers show.

"A correction officer was doing his job conducting his inspection the way he is supposed to when an inmate emerged, grabbed him around his neck, put him in a chokehold and another inmate commenced slashing his face repeatedly with what we believe was a scalpel or a razor, missing his jugular vein," Norman Seabrook, president of the Correction Officers' Benevolent Association, said. "This would have been a different story had he hit the officer's jugular vein." 

Photos obtained by NBC 4 New York show nearly half a dozen bloody cuts streaking across the left side of Calderon's face. One jagged mark stretches from the corner of his left eye up beyond his hairline; another reaches from his left ear down to his neck.

He was hospitalized for treatment but was discharged Thursday night, authorities said.

Department of Correction Commissioner Joseph Ponte said he was "outraged by this horrific assault." He said he visited the injured officer in the hospital and pledged to support him and his family.

"Attacks against the hardworking men and women who serve in our department are unacceptable and will not be tolerated," Ponte said in a statement.

Seabrook said the two inmates "brazenly attempted to murder" the officer.

"Correction officers have the right to return home to their families safely every night," Seabrook said. "This violence is unacceptable."

Exactly what type of sharp object was used in the attack wasn't immediately clear, and officials said investigators are examining how the inmates obtained it. City officials have moved to restrict visitors to Rikers, arguing those visits are an entry point for weapons. But a report earlier this year found that nearly 80 percent of the 2,100 weapons recovered in city jails in 2014 were shivs and shanks made out of materials found inside the jails.

Ponte said DOC has already tightened entrance procedures to keep weapons and contraband out of jails, bolstered security camera coverage and redesigned emergency response teams to get to officers faster when they are in dangerous situations. The DOCs facilities are on lockdown as the agency conducts searches to root out contraband, authorities said.

Ponte said the DOC will also issue a new use-of-force policy that will give officers more guidance when placed in "situations where force may be necessary for the safety and security of staff and inmates."

Seabrook said the DOC shouldn't issue new guidelines without consulting the union.

"We demand action and a seat at the table from the leadership of the department," Seabrook said.

Men Shoot Uber Driver With Stun Gun, Steal Cell Phone


Four men shot an Uber driver with a stun gun in Hartford on Thursday night and stole his iPhone, according to Hartford police.

The Uber driver told police that he had picked four men up in the 200 block of Westland Street at 9:15 p.m. on Thursday.

When they arrived on Holcomb Street, the men shot the driver with a stun gun, stole his iPhone 6, and ran away, heading north, police said.

The victim said he wasn’t injured and declined medical attention.

Police searched for the men and could not find them.

While there were no witnesses or surveillance, the driver said he can identify the men, according to police, and they are looking for three men between 20 and 25 years old.

One was not wearing a shirt, another was wearing a red hooded sweatshirt and jeans and another was wearing a black jacket and had a black backpack.

No description was given of the fourth man.

A spokesperson for Uber said the company is looking into the incident and is the process of contacting the driver.

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50 Arrested at Violent 'Million Mask March' Protest in London


Four police officers were injured and over 50 people were arrested in London on Thursday night during a Million Mask March coordinated by hacking collective Anonymous. 

The protests coincided with the country's annual Guy Fawkes celebrations—a night of bonfires to rejoice the fact that the Catholic activist, Fawkes, failed to assassinate the Protestant King James I in 1605 with 36 barrels of gunpowder in the British Parliaments' cellar.

The global event was organized to demonstrate against austerity measures and inequality.

Many protesters work Guy Gawks masks which is Anonymous' trademark.

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Man Offered Liquor to 14-Year-Old: Police


Police arrested a Willimantic man who they said offered hard alcohol a 14-year-old.

The teen’s mother called police after she confronted Ramon Gonzalez Rivera, 31, and he admitted to offering hard alcohol to the child, police said.

When officers responded to investigate, they found Rivera, who appeared drunk and was slurring as he spoke, police said.

Officers seized a bottle of tequila they said Rivera was drinking from and charged him with risk of injury to a minor.

They also charged him with breach of peace and said he’s been charged with breach of peace 10 times in 10 years.

Police held Rivera overnight on a $25,000 bond and he was due in court on Friday.

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Four Towns Submit Casino Applications


Friday was the deadline for proposals to build the third casino in Connecticut.

East Hartford, East Windsor, Hartford and Windsor Locks all submitted plans, but the developer of the Enfield Square Mall pulled out.

Town officials in Enfield struck down the plan for a casino, citing lack of support and officials said the owner of the mall did not want to jeopardize relationship with city.

"They determined that that good relationship was more important than moving forward with a casino in an uncertain environment," said Enfield Town Manager Lee Erdmann.

Mall managers had hoped to renovate the mall into a casino and planned to have a conference call on Friday to come up with a decision on whether to pursue the plan.

Enfield was one of several communities that planned to submit a proposal to MMCT Venture, which is a combined endeavor of the Mashantucket Pequot Tribe, which operates Foxwoods casino, and Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority, which operates Mohegan Sun.

The East Hartford proposal is on 25 acres of land home to the old Showcase Cinemas. The city’s finance director says a casino would bring a lot of money in, but there are other issues to consider.

"There's certain things that come with the casino everyone should rightly be worried about from traffic to other things, but on the flip side it represents a real opportunity to grow our grant list and stabilize our taxes," said East Hartford Finance Director Michael Walsh.

In Hartford, officials say the application is a way to keep options open for the city.

Mayor Segarra released the following statement on the matter:

“My administration has sought to attract businesses that create jobs and generate needed revenue for the City of Hartford. Any opportunities for significant capital investments in the City of Hartford should be reviewed and analyzed to determine what, if any, detriments or benefits could impact the City.

It is our understanding that gaming is a probability for the Greater Hartford region and regardless of the location, the Capital City will feel its impact. For this reason, we have responded with our own proposal to keep that door open so that the next administration and the residents of Hartford will have the opportunity to weigh in on the process and make a final determination of what is in the best interest of our city.”

Windsor Locks submitted two proposals despite a lack of support from the board of selectman, and East Windsor also submitted an application with hopes of bringing casino revenue into their town.

The tribes plan to make a decision by Dec. 15.

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Parade Honoring Veterans Steps Off in Hartford Sunday


Approximately 3,000 people will march in the 16th annual Connecticut Veterans Parade in Hartford on Sunday.

The parade will be the largest in New England to honor veterans and the family-friendly event provides an opportunity to teach children about the impact veterans have had on American history.

"It's important that the people in this country don't just take all this for granted. We got our freedoms and a lot of people died for them," Howard Miner, a veteran, said.

Early in the afternoon, parade marchers will stop and pause to remember those who died while serving our country.

To cap off the moment of silence, a military aircraft will soar over the procession, for the first time since 2008. Bloomfield resident Anthony Harrington will sing the national anthem and the Downtown Hartford church bells will toll.

"This is a statewide parade. There are people from all different conflicts, all ages, from all over Connecticut, all coming together," Laura Soll, the communications director for the event, said.

The parade is the only event honoring veterans in Connecticut that the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Veterans Day Committee recognizes.

Thomas Whitmore, another veteran, said events like the parade on Sunday mean so much to those who have served our country.

"One of the greatest human needs is to feel appreciated and it lets the guys know that they're appreciated, they're remembered, their sacrifice meant something," he said.

Get more information on the parade, including the parade route, at CTVeteransParade.org

Obama Administration Rejects Keystone XL Pipeline


President Barack Obama announced Friday morning that he is rejecting the Keystone XL pipeline proposal, NBC News reported.

The president, citing concerns about the impact on the environment and a political climate that overly-hyped the pipeline's benefit, said the effort "would not serve the interests of the United States."

"While our politics have been consumed with whether this pipeline would increase jobs and lower gas prices, we have increased jobs and lowered gas prices," Obama said.

The pipeline would transport oil from heavy tar sands in Alberta, Canada to the Gulf Coast. The 875-mile northern portion has been projected to cost an estimated $8 billion to build and has faced serious contention from the likes of environmentalists, Democrats and landowners in its path. 

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Father Who Said Neighbor Put Razor in Halloween Treat Lied: Police


A Fort Worth father who filed a police report claiming a neighbor placed a razor in a Halloween treat made up the story and put the razor in the candy himself, police say.

An arrest warrant affidavit for Charles Pruitt was released Friday detailing the investigation and the charge of filing a false police report.

Pruitt told police he was going through his children's Halloween candy when something cut his finger. Upon closer examination, Pruitt said, he discovered a razor blade had been inserted into a Rice Krispy treat.

Pruitt then notified the police department and, retracing his family's steps on Halloween night, said the treat came from a neighbor's home.

Detectives later executed a search warrant on the neighbor’s house “following investigative leads developed from the father’s statement,” said Fort Worth police Sgt. Steve Enright said in an email Thursday.

The resident denied knowing anything about the incident and “provided evidence contrary to what detectives were told by the child’s father,” Enright said. The resident also told police he purchased candy at Wal-Mart and had never before handed out Rice Krispy treats.

Investigators returned to Pruitt and his wife and asked to see his razor blades. The couple allowed the search and police said they found a Gillette Pro Fusion razor with a missing "Precision Trimmer" blade. Police said the blade found in the treat was a match for the missing blade on Pruitt's razor.

The neighbor was questioned again, who told police he used a Gillette swivel razor -- which was not a match for the one found in the treat.

During a subsequent interview, police said Pruitt began crying as he confessed to putting the razor in the treat and said he'd even cut his finger in the process.

No other arrests are expected, police said. A motive for the report against the neighbor has not been released.

It is not known if Pruitt has obtained a lawyer.

Charles Pruitt Arrest Warrant Affidavit

The case was one of several across the U.S. where authorities said reports of dangerous Halloween treats turned out to be unfounded.

In Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, the families of an 11-year-old and 12-year-old apologized after the children recanted stories about needles discovered in Twix bars. Elsewhere in the state, a girl who cut her mouth with a razor blade admitted making up a story about finding the blade in her candy, NBC10 reported.

Police in Salisbury, Maryland, said a teenager admitted making up a claim that he found a sewing needle in a piece of Twizzlers candy, NBC Washington reported.

NBC 5's Frank Heinz contributed to this report.

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Senator Blumenthal Wants CPSC to Weigh in On Artificial Turf Safety


Amid conflicting research questioning whether artificial turf exposes athletes to harmful carcinogens, Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) has called on the Consumer Product Safety Commission to conduct an independent study verifying the safety of artificial turf fields.

The fields are often padded with roughly 40,000 shredded tires, each of which contain as many as 20 known carcinogens, a Yale study found. Schools and towns typically install turf fields because they are a low-maintenance, low-cost alternative to grass.

“They may be cheaper in the short run,” said Blumenthal. “But the question is, what are the hidden health costs?”

Health experts disagree on those potential health costs. Some researchers, like Nancy Alderman, president of the non-profit group Environmental Human Health, Inc., say the fields are too dangerous to play on. Her study found 30 percent of each waste tire contains carbon black, a known carcinogen.

In our initial Troubleshooters investigation, Alderman also pointed to an anecdotal list of athletes who, after years of playing on turf fields, developed cancer.

That list has since grown to almost 200 athletes, including 63 soccer goalkeepers.

“They are the most heavily exposed,” Alderman said. “[That] is why we see the most cancers in the soccer goalies.”

Meanwhile, in a study conducted in 2010, the State Department of Public Health found the fields are safe. In February 2015, state toxicologist Gary Ginsberg explained the study’s methodology.

“We looked at all the carcinogens in these fields from an inhalation perspective and we don’t see an increased cancer risk,” said Ginsberg. “We specifically looked for that.”

Alderman calls the state’s study very limited, criticizing its decision to test players on one turf field for one hour on one day.

According to Ginsberg, the department used algorithms to match a more realistic scenario.

Blumenthal said he won’t jump to conclusions until agencies like the CPSC speak up.

“It’s no knock on the state to say that this agency, which has responsibility to protect the nation’s consumers, ought to do an independent study that can’t be challenged on special interest grounds,” said Blumenthal.

He is not alone. On October 26, Congress called on the Environmental Protection Agency to also conduct an unbiased study.

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Police Investigating Sex Assault in New Britain


A woman was sexually assaulted in downtown New Britain in October and police have released images of the suspected attacker in the hopes that someone can identify him.

The woman was assaulted on Lafayette Street, near main Street, just before 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 21, according to police. She did not know the man, police said.

“She went to the hospital that evening. She was very distraught about what occurred. Obviously, it’s a very unfortunate incident,” Lt. Jeanette Portalatin, of the New Britain Police Department, said.

As officers have investigated, they have obtained video surveillance from several businesses.

“He was right here, touching her, and after that they disappear so I don’t know what happened,” Geovany Ruiz, of New Britain, said. 

According to police, the man suspected is skinny and has a goatee and short dark hair with a receding hair line.

He is between 5-feet-7 and 5-feet-10 tall and was wearing baggy clothing, including a light colored coat over a hooded sweatshirt, dark colored pants and what appeared to be hiking type sneakers.

Police said he also appeared to be pushing a mountain bike with rear pegs.

Detectives are following up on all possible leads, said they have been working closely with the Connecticut Forensics Laboratory and ask anyone who can help identify the man to call Detective Kevin Artruc at 860-826-3149.


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Photos of NFL Player's Bruised Ex-Girlfriend Emerge: Report


A day after a domestic violence charge against Dallas Cowboys defensive end Greg Hardy was expunged, photos that appear to show his bruised ex-girlfriend on the night of the alleged attack emerged. 

In 2014, Hardy was convicted for threatening and assaulting his then-girlfriend Nicole Holder in Charlotte, North CarolinaNBC Sports reported. About a month after the alleged attack, the NFL suspended him with no pay for 10 games, according to a press release put out by the league's Vice President of Communications, Brian McCarthy. The suspension was later reduced to four games.

The charges against Hardy have been dropped and expunged, which means they were erased from the eyes of the law.

The charges were dismissed in February 2015 after Holder did not appear in court. The Mecklenburg County district attorney's office said it had "reliable information" that the pair had reached a civil settlement, according to ESPN.

But the case came back into the public eye on Friday when Deadspin published photos that it claims were taken on the night of the alleged attack. The photos released show a woman, identified as Holder, with bruises on her back, arms, legs, neck and face and two photos of what appears to be Hardy's scratched face. 

“I’m not going to make any comments about the case whatsoever, ”Hardy's attorney, Chris Fialko, told Deadspin. The attorney didn't return NBC Owned Television's message requesting a comment.

Mecklenburg County Court tells NBC News that "we did not release the photographs in the Greg Hardy case."

According to police documents that detail the alleged May 13, 2014 attack, Hardy and Holder came home from a night of drinking when they began to fight in the football player's bedroom.

When Holder tried to get up, Hardy pushed her and then threw her into the bathroom where she hit the wall and fell into the bathtub, she told police. Holder said that bruises on her back were from Hardy throwing her onto a futon full of guns. 

"He told me he should kill me," Holder said, according to the report. "I said go ahead ... just do it so I don't have to."

Holder said Hardy gave her time to leave the apartment, but later called police to tell them she had been stalking him.

Deadspin said it received hundreds of pages of records, some already reported, including police reports, interview transcripts and photos. The publication released over 40 photos that appear to show Holder with bruises on her arms, legs, chin, neck and foot. 

In March 2015, the former Carolina Panthers' star signed with the Dallas Cowboys. Since starting, the team's owner Jerry Jones has called Hardy a "real leader" who inspires the team, even after video showed him shoving a coach during a game.

“While we did not have access to the photos that became public today, we were and are aware of the serious nature of this incident. We as an organization take very this seriously. We do not condone domestic violence. We entered into the agreement with Greg fully understanding that there would be scrutiny and criticism. We have given Greg a second chance. He is a member of our team and someone who is grateful for the opportunity he has been given to move forward with his life and his career,” Jerry Jones wrote in a public statement through his public relationships representative. 

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Bus Stopped in Madison Investigated in New York Hit-and Run


Connecticut state police are working with police in New York to determine whether a bus spotted in Madison overnight was involved in a fatal hit-and-run in Queens on Thursday night.

A woman was struck and killed in a busy Queens intersection in Flushing around 8:30 p.m.  and police in New York asked nearby jurisdictions to be on the lookout.

Now the investigation has moved to Madison, where police are looking into whether the Skyliner bus stopped along the northbound side of Interstate 95 was involved. A sign on that bus said it was headed to the Foxwoods casino.

Connecticut state police were at the scene for hours with officials from New York.

The company that owns the bus said they are cooperating with the investigation and the bus is now in New York. 

No additional information was immediately available.

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Part of I-84 to Close in Waterbury Sunday Morning


Interstate 84 will be closed at exit 25 in both directions early Sunday morning to replace utility lines across the highway, according to state police.

The highway will be closed at exit 25 between midnight and 5 a.m. to put overhead lines up just west of the Scott Road Bridge. 

This is part of the I-84 Waterbury Project, which is widening the road to add a third travel lane and full-width shoulders in each direction.

The rain date for the overhead line installation is Monday, Nov. 9.

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Berlin Football Coach Hires Attorney Amid CIAC Investigation


Berlin High School’s football coach, John Capodice, has now hired an attorney in response to allegations that he let ineligible players onto his team.

The Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference (CIAC), which oversees high school sports, is investigating the allegations.

Attorney Viral Keshwala is now representing Coach Capodice. He said the coach is currently not facing any consequences from the school district or the CIAC.

"Coach came to me stressed out with the situation, being attacked from all sides. He wasn't really being given due process and he's allowed to have outside counsel in the CIAC investigation," Said Keshwala.

The allegations against some members of the Berlin High School football team involve residency issues.

“The allegation is that they’re somehow claiming to be residents and playing on the football team so that’s what we hope to resolve its either true or untrue in the course of this investigation,” said William Connon, attorney for the Berlin Board of Education.

Keshwala said he and Coach Capodice plan to meet with the CIAC next week.

Sources close to the team tell NBC Connecticut some of the football players moved from the New Britain school system.

"The allegations have been coming from New Britain and there was an internal investigation from the Berlin school," Said Keshwala.

New Britain Superintendent, Kelt Cooper, tells NBC Connecticut the school district is ”cooperating with Berlin and the CIAC.”

"We have not received anything, we do not know what the exact issues are," Said Keshwala. "The only fact that we do know is that every Berlin athlete on the Berlin football team is a legal resident on the that roster."

NBC Connecticut asked if Coach Capodice has been helping with any illegal recruiting. Keshwala said, "I cant make any comment to that. my client is a by the rules guy."

Berlin superintendent, David Erwin, said students can be ineligible to play if they have poor grades, play while suspended or don’t live in a residence in the same area where they play sports.

"We really want to put this behind us. This thing has been blown out of proportion. The kids are suffering we want the kids on the team, the kids in the school, the students, we want everything to go back to normal," Said Keshwala.

"I hope nothing happens I mean he’s a pretty good coach. I'd like to see him stay," Said student, Mike Patterson.

"I know that some of the kids do live in Berlin so some of it is just speculation," Said another student Mike Calafiore.

Berlin will play Tolland High School at 6:30 PM in Sage Park.

NBC Connecticut spoke with Tolland High School’s Athletic Director Patrick Cox, who said he was aware of the controversy, but that the team plans for a normal game tonight.

Ganim Addresses Need for More Police Officers


After an election that has attracted national attention, Joe Ganim (D) will be returning to the mayor’s office.

The mayor-elect reaffirmed his commitment to public safety in a press conference Friday morning, a day after the city’s 16th homicide of the year.

“We will try different things, being more visible, in order to address what I think has become too many shootings and as recently as last night, too many homicides,” Ganim said.

The Bridgeport Police Officer’s Union Local 1159 was among the groups that backed Ganim to victory in the election. Officers are hoping he’ll fulfill his promises to improve both staffing levels and the morale in the department.

“I do know they need the manning levels to get the job done,” Ganim said.

The union president Sgt. Chuck Paris said the department is down about 100 officers, while responding to 400 calls a day.

“The problem is our officers are chasing calls at an unbelievable rate,” Sgt. Paris said.

Ganim said he’s exploring ways to accelerate the hiring of more officers.

“Whether we look at the status of the class, do we double up can we actively recruit from other departments, not necessarily steal their officers, retired officers,” he said.

A factor contributing to low morale is not one, but two racist memos printed on official police letterhead in the past year. Sgt. Paris said officers are still waiting for the findings from the investigation into the letters.

“Our officers have been accused of being a racist department, which is totally untrue,” Sgt. Paris said. “We have hardworking men and women in our department and it’s about time we find out what’s going on with this investigation.”

As he assembles his transition team, Ganim said he spoke on the phone Friday with Governor Dannel Malloy and met with leaders of Bridgeport’s business community. He moves back into the mayor’s office on Dec. 1.

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Police Investigate Drowning in Beacon Falls


State police are investigating a drowning in Beacon Falls.

Police say they were called to a home on Burton Road Friday afternoon for the incident.

Details about the incident and the victim are not being released at this time. An NBC Connecticut crew on scene noted multiple cruisers on scene and saw troopers searching the inside of the home.

We will provide updates as they become available.

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Suspect Accelerates Car Towards Cop


A California couple was arrested after getting caught having sex in the back seat of a parked car on a busy San Bernardino County street - but officials say that was only the beginning of an incident that left a sheriff's deputy in need of stitches.

Grand Terrace residents, including a middle school student, reported seeing a couple having sex in the 22000 block of Newport Avenue about 3:45 p.m. Thursday, when children were walking home from school, according to the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department.

A responding deputy found a couple in their 20s in the back seat. He asked them to get dressed, and when they got out of the car he handcuffed them.

The woman, identified as 23-year-old Cristi Caraveo, allegedly slipped the handcuffs from behind to in front of her, jumped in the car and accelerated toward the deputy, sheriff's officials said.

The deputy suffered a cut to his left hand that required several stitches.

Caraveo was later found at her home about 10 miles away in Bloomington and taken into custody without incident.

She faces charges of assault on a police officer with a weapon, escape and indecent exposure, sheriff's officials said. She was in jail on a no-bail hold.

Caraveo's mother said her daughter had moved back home recently and was unaware of what her daughter was accused of.

The man she was with, identified as 24-year-old Emanuel Olivares of Grand Terrace, faces charges of indecent exposure and obstructing an officer, sheriff's officials said. As of Friday, he was not in custody.

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