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Abundant Sunshine Saturday, Shower Possible Sunday


High pressure will provide lots of sunshine to start the weekend but changes move in on Sunday.

Clear and chilly weather is anticipated overnight with low temperatures in the middle 20s to lower 30s.

Tomorrow is dry with mostly sunny skies, thought it will be cool. High temperatures will be in the upper 40s.

A cold front brings isolated showers Sunday morning, and there can be some snow flakes in the hill towns. Surface temperatures will be above freezing so roads will just be wet where showers move through.

There will be more clouds than sunshine and temperatures will rise into the lower 50s.

Next week is exceptionally quiet but unseasonably warm.

Unlimited sunshine will be the rule on Monday and Tuesday, with high temperatures in the lower and middle 40s.

Mostly sunny skies stick around for Wednesday, and temperatures in the afternoon will range from the lower 40s to upper 40s.

The average high temperature on Thanksgiving is 47 degrees in the Hartford area. This year, the forecast is for lower and middle 50s!

Dry weather stays put Friday with much above average temperatures. High temperatures are expected to be in the upper 50s!

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Newington Man Found


A 55-year-old Newington man who was reported missing has been found in New York and is safe, according to police. 

Boguslaw “Bugs” Koniarz had been missing since Nov. 11 and  the Silver Alert issued for him said his family told police he might be a danger to himself and have a .22 caliber rifle.

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Warren Man Killed in Crash


A 55-year-old Warren man was killed in a crash on Route 341 on Thursday night.

State police said John Woznicki, 55, of Warren, was driving on Route 341, just south of Town Hill Road, at 5:10 p.m. when he hit a guardrail and a telephone pole, police said.

His car flipped over and landed on its roof around 15 feet down the embankment.

Woznicki was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police are investigating.

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Sketch of Man Who Groped Young Jogger Released


Police continue to investigate after two girls were groped as they were jogging in Milford and they have released a sketch of the man they are looking for in at least one of those incidents. 

One of the girls was jogging at Beach Avenue and Chapel Street in Milford around 6 p.m. on Sunday when a man touched her, police said. He was thin, appeared to be in his 20s and was wearing a leather jacket.

Then, a man ran up behind a different girl as she was jogging in the area of Grant Street in Milford around 4 p.m. on Monday and inappropriately touched her, police said.

He has brown hair, was described as thin, in his 20s, around 5-feet-10 and was wearing sunglasses. 

The girl saw him in an older four-door black vehicle just before the incident, according to police.

It's not clear if the same man inappropriately touched both girls. 

On Friday, police said are looking for a thin man, between 25 and 35 years old, who stands between 5-feet-6 and 6-feet tall. He weighs between 150 and 175 pounds.

After the two incidents, police put out a reminder to parents to talk to their children about reporting suspicious or uncomfortable incidents to police.

Milford police ask anyone with information to contact them at 203-878-6551 or Detective Haas at 203 783-4771. Mention Case 6867-15.

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Suspect in West Hartford Car Thefts, Break-Ins Arrested


Police have arrested a man accused of being involved in the thefts of cars and break-ins into dozens of unlocked vehicles in West Hartford earlier this week.

On Wednesday, police received reports of three car thefts and break-ins of around 27 unlocked vehicles and began investigating.

On Thursday, police saw one of the stolen vehicles at Dan's Shell, located at 457 New Park Avenue, and made an arrest.

At that same time, police said other suspects were seen entering a Volvo that had been stolen during several car burglaries in Bloomfield on Nov. 19.

West Hartford police said they found the three cars stolen in West Hartford, as well as the Bloomfield car.

They also found property that had been stolen during the West Hartford and Bloomfield car burglaries.

Jose Monge, 19, of Hartford, was arrested and charged with third-degree larceny and third-degree conspiracy to commit larceny.

Police are working with Bloomfield Police to identify four to five other people who might be involved with crimes in both towns and more arrests are pending further investigation.

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Police Find Person Who Abandoned Sick Pit Bull in Woods


Police said social media led them to the person who abandoned a sick pit bull that had to be euthanized, and the dog's owner was not the one to leave her.

The female gray pit bull found lying on a pink blanket in a wooded area of East Road in East Windsor had a tumor, internal injuries and her health had been deteriorating for awhile, according to police. 

The dog was rushed to the Enfield Animal Hospital, but had to be put to sleep because of the severity of her problems, according to police.

While police said they are investigating, based on the cruelty to animals laws, they do not plan to charge the owner, who is cooperating with police. 

"Our message is the same whether it be an owner or a person in custody of a pet. We will do our absolute best so a dog doesn't end up on the side of the road," East Windsor Police said on Facebook.

They said it would not have been possible to find the person who last had the dog without help from people who shared the post.

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GOP Candidates Pan Trump's Call for Muslim Database


Republican presidential candidates swiftly condemned Donald Trump's call for requiring Muslims in the United States to register in a national database, drawing a sharp distinction Friday with the GOP front-runner.

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush called Trump's proposal "abhorrent." Ohio Gov. John Kasich said Trump was trying to "divide people." And Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, who has largely avoided criticizing Trump throughout the 2016 campaign, said that while he was a fan of the billionaire businessman, "I'm not a fan of government registries of American citizens."

"The First Amendment protects religious liberty, and I've spent the past several decades defending the religious liberty of every American," Cruz told reporters in Sioux City, Iowa.

The rebuke followed Trump's call Thursday for a mandatory database to track Muslims in the U.S. In a video posted on MSNBC.com, Trump was asked whether Muslims would be required to register. He replied, "They have to be."

On Friday, Trump said on Twitter that he didn't suggest creating such a database but instead was answering a question from a reporter about the idea. However, he did not disavow the prospect of a database on social media or at an event Friday morning.

Civil liberties experts said a database for Muslims would be unconstitutional on several counts, while the libertarian Cato Institute's Ilya Shapiro said the idea also violates basic privacy and liberty rights.

Marci Hamilton, a Yeshiva University legal expert on religious liberty, said requiring Muslims to register appears to be a clear violation of the Constitution's protection of religious freedom.

"What the First Amendment does and what it should do is drive the government to use neutral criteria," Hamilton said. "You can use neutral criteria to identify terrorists. What it can't do is engage in one-religion bashing. That won't fly in any court."

Meanwhile, the Anti-Defamation League in New York called Trump's proposal "deeply troubling and reminiscent of darker days in American history when others were singled out for scapegoating."

The Council on American-Islamic Relations condemned as "Islamophobic" comments from both Trump and fellow GOP candidate Ben Carson, who on Thursday compared blocking potential terrorists posing as Syrian refugees from entering the U.S. to handling a rabid dog.

"If there's a rabid dog running around in your neighborhood, you're probably not going to assume something good about that dog," Carson told in Alabama. "It doesn't mean you hate all dogs, but you're putting your intellect into motion."

Said CAIR's Robert McCaw said in a statement, "Donald Trump and Ben Carson are contributing to an already toxic environment that may be difficult to correct once their political ambitions have been satisfied."

In New Hampshire on Friday, Carson said the U.S. should have a database on "every foreigner who comes into this country," but he rejected the idea of tracking U.S. citizens based on their religion.

"One of the hallmarks of America is that we treat everybody the same," he said. "If we're just going to pick out a particular group of people based on their religion, based on their race, based on some other thing, that's setting a pretty dangerous precedent."

The controversy followed the attacks in Paris that killed 130 people and wounded hundreds more. The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility, elevating fears of attacks in the U.S. and prompting calls for new restrictions on refugees fleeing war-torn Syria.

Democratic front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton took to Twitter Friday and challenged all Republican candidates to disavow Trump's comments. Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders called Trump's words "outrageous and bigoted."

"This is shocking rhetoric," Clinton wrote. "It should be denounced by all seeking to lead this country."

Several did just that.

"You're talking about internment, you're talking about closing mosques, you're talking about registering people, and that's just wrong," Bush said Friday on CNBC.

A spokesman for Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., said the candidate "does not support databases based on one's religion."

Kasich, the Ohio governor, said requiring people to register with the federal government because of their religion "strikes against all that we have believed in our nation's history." Kasich had faced criticism following the Paris shooting for saying he would set up an agency with a mandate to promote what he called "Judeo-Christian values" overseas to counter Islamist propaganda.

Trump spoke Thursday a few hours after the House passed legislation essentially barring Syrian and Iraqi refugees from the United States. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., has slotted the bill for possible Senate consideration, though it's unclear whether the chamber could get enough votes to override a veto by President Barack Obama, who opposes the measure.

The unified pushback against Trump was rare. Republicans have vacillated in their handling of other inflammatory comments from him, wary of alienating his supporters but also increasingly concerned that he's managed to maintain his grip on the GOP race deep into the fall.

The first reference to a database for Muslims came in Trump's interview with Yahoo News published Thursday in which the billionaire real estate mogul did not reject the idea of requiring Muslims to register in a database or giving them special identification cards noting their religion.

"We're going to have to look at a lot of things very closely," Trump told Yahoo News.

According to Yahoo, he also suggested he would consider warrantless searches, saying, "We're going to have to do things that we never did before."

Asked by reporters Thursday night to explain his Yahoo comments, Trump suggested his response had been misconstrued. "I never responded to that question," he said.

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Man Collapses, Dies in Cheshire


Police responded to Summit Road in Cheshire for what they called an "unknown medical emergency" on Friday.

When they arrived, they found 52-year-old Jay Garrity, of Prospect, collapsed in the yard of a home.  Garrity was partially in a small pond, according to police.

He was rushed to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

It has not yet been determined how Garrity died.

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2 Charged in Aldi Robbery


Police have arrested two men accused of robbing an East Hartford supermarket with a fake gun.

Police responded to Aldi Supermarket in East Hartford on Thursday to investigate a report of an armed robbery and learned that the robber threatened store staff with what appeared to be a black gun, then took money from several cash registers before leaving the scene in a light blue Acura.

Police said the car was stopped on Interstate 84 near Roberts Street and the driver, Jesus Feliciano-Flores, 34, of Hartford, admitted to having just come from the area of 775 Silver Lane and said his passenger, Jonathan Guzman, 28, of Hartford, had gone into Aldi Supermarket and said people in the store, as well as security cameras, confirmed that the men were involved.

East Hartford police seized the vehicle and found a plastic bag filled with cash and a fake semi-automatic gun hidden behind the radio in a hidden compartment inside the vehicle.

Jonathan Guzman, 28, of Hartford, was charged with first-degree robbery and first-degree conspiracy to commit robbery. Bond was set at $250,000.

Jesus Feliciano-Flores, 34, of Hartford, was arrested and charged with second-degree robbery and second-degree conspiracy to commit robbery. Bond was set at $50,000.

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School Bus Involved in Derby Crash


A school bus has been involved in a crash on Route 8 South in Derby, but no children were onboard at the time of the crash, according to state police.

The crash happened near exit 15 and the driver is the only person on the bus.

Minor injuries are reported. No lanes are closed.

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Arrest Made in Death of 7-Year-Old Kentucky Girl


A man has been arrested in the death of Gabriella Doolin, a 7-year-old girl whose body was found 25 minutes after she was reported missing. 

On Friday, Timothy Madden, 38, was arrested in the girl's death which was ruled a homicide, Kentucky State Police announced. 

Doolin went missing in the crowd during a peewee football game at Allen County High School in Scottsville, Kentucky, on Saturday night. Her parents asked officials to announce her name over the loudspeakers and the school was locked down during the search. 

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Milford Bomb Threat Was to Delay Woman Losing Job: Police


A man accused of calling a bomb threat into Colonial Coatings in Milford was trying to delay a woman from losing her job, police said.

Wilfredo Garcia, 22, of Bridgeport, called 911 from 66 Erna Ave. on Thursday, said, “Bomb, first floor,” then hung up the phone, police said.

Milford Police and the Connecticut State Police Bomb Squad secured the building, checked for explosive devices and found nothing, police said.

Police identified Garcia as the suspect and said he made the bomb threat in an attempt to delay a female acquaintance from losing her job at the business.

He was charged with falsely reporting an incident to police and breach of peace.

Garcia was able to post a $5,000 bond and is due in Milford Superior Court on Dec. 15.

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Teen Charged in Calif. Cop Murder


A 16-year-old boy was charged with murder Friday in the slaying of a Downey, California, police officer who was shot to death as he sat in his car, prosecutors said.

The teen, identified as Abel Diaz, was charged with one count of murder, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office.

Diaz was set to be arraigned Friday afternoon. Prosecutors will ask that his bail be set at $1 million.

If convicted, Diaz faces up to life in state prison, prosecutors said.

On Wednesday night, 29-year-old Officer Ricky Galvez was shot and killed as he sat in his personal car in the Downey Police Department parking lot in what investigators described as a botched robbery attempt.

Two adults and a juvenile were arrested in connection with the slaying after a pursuit and manhunt in the nearby community of Montebello.

Galvez was a five-year veteran of the Downey Police Department.

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School Fights 'White Student Union'


University of Illinois officials are fighting a new social media group that declares itself the "Illini White Student Union" and has called for the monitoring of African American students, saying it planned to organize against the "terrorism" of Black Lives Matter activists.

The Facebook group, created Wednesday, called itself a "page for white students of University of Illinois students (sic) to be able to form a community and discuss our own issues as well as be able to organize against the terrorism we have been facing from Black Lives Matter activists on campus."

The page, which the school said was removed within hours but has since resurfaced, also called on members to share photos of black protesters in the campus quad "so we know who antiwhites are."

"That anyone on our campus would think it’s appropriate to create such a site is extremely disturbing," Interim Chancellor Barbara Wilson said in a message to students Thursday. "We recognize the right to free speech, and we encourage you to exercise that right when you see examples of racism, discrimination or intimidation on our campus."

Wilson added that the site’s call for monitoring of African American students has some on campus feeling "unsafe."

In a separate message to students, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Renee Romano said the school notified Facebook of the page and asked for its removal, noting that it violated the company’s own standards. She also said school officials reached out directly to those responsible for the posting as the group’s name is "in violation of (the university’s) trademark rights" and the school has ordered them to cease and desist.

"Posts and pages such as these stand in complete opposition to the values of mutual respect and community that define the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign," the message read. "While they may be protected exercises of free speech, they are offensive, divisive and stunningly narrow-minded expressions. Just because someone has the power to make a statement does not mean that we should give those words weight or value."

In an anonymous message to the News-Gazette, the original page’s administrator said Black Lives Matter protests "disrupt student daily life and activity far too much," adding, "We are in the United States and not Africa and we don’t desire to have an African flag on campus."

A similar page bearing the group's name has garnered more than 780 likes since it resurfaced.

Posts on the latest version of the group have included one saying, "Inclusiveness and cultural diversity is when every race has their organization on campus. Racism is when white people have one."

Commenters on the page have voiced messages of both support and disappointment.

One commenter wrote, "you have every right to say what you feel is right without being labeled."

Another said, "By grouping people into white or black groups we are digressing back to segregated ways and days but black lives do matter just as well as latino and aglo saxon (sic)."

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Rabid Skunk in Cheshire


Cheshire police are issuing a warning for residents to vaccinate pets for rabies after a dog had an encounter with a rabid skunk last Saturday.

It happened in the family’s yard on Mixville Road on Nov. 14, according to police.

The dog, which was current with its rabies vaccination, was boostered against rabies and placed on a strict home confinement for 45 days, according to state mandate.

Police ask anyone with information to call the animal control office at (203) 271-5590.

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U.N. Official: Initial Reports Indicate 27 Killed in Mali


Gunmen stormed a hotel packed with foreigners in the former French colony of Mali on Friday, killing more than two dozen people and taking dozens of guests and workers hostage, NBC News reported. 

A U.N. official, speaking on condition of anonymity because the operation is still ongoing, told The Associated Press that initial reports from the field indicate that 27 people were killed in the attack. Another U.N. official said two attackers have been killed. 

Six Americans staying in the Radisson Blu in the capital Bamako got out alive, U.S. defense officials told NBC News.

A hotel receptionist working the front desk at the hotel told NBC News the siege appeared to be over. But a U.N. official said the hotel "hasn't been cleared yet" and officials warned the death toll could rise.  

Mali army commander Modibo Nama Traore told the AP that the gunmen had shouted "Allahu Akbar," or "God is great," in Arabic before firing on the guards and taking hostages. 

An al Qaeda-affiliated terrorist group claimed responsibility for the hotel attack, Reuters reported. NBC News could not immediately confirm that.

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Connecticut Salmonella Case Linked to Imported Cucumbers: CDC


The multistate salmonella outbreak linked to imported cucumbers has extended to Connecticut after one person became sick.

The Centers for Disease Control, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and several states have been investigating the multistate outbreak of Salmonella Poona infections since September and said the cases are believed to be linked to imported cucumbers from Mexico and distributed by Andrew & Williamson Fresh Produce

People started getting since between July 3 and Aug. 26 and Connecticut and New Hampshire were recently added to the list of states with people becoming ill, bringing the total number of states affected to 38.

Six cases have been reported in New York, but there have been no reported cases in Massachusetts or Rhode Island.

On Sept. 11, voluntarily recalled all cucumbers sold under the Fat Boy label starting August 1. Unlabeled cucumbers packed into a black reusable plastic container, and sold in Nevada since August 1 were also covered by this recall..

Seventy one people have become sick since the last update from the Centers for Disease Control on Oct. 14, bringing the total to 838 infected.

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Some Remains Recovered After Danbury-Bound Plane Crashes


Crews have recovered some remains of the people who were in a plane that vanished while on approach to Danbury Airport, officials said.

A wheel and part of a seat from the plane were also retrieved from a New York reservoir, which was covered in oily sheen from the aircraft.

A New York City Department of Environmental Protection spokesman said divers and helicopters spotted the plane's debris on Friday in the Titicus Reservoir in North Salem, New York, in Westchester County, which is around a 20-minute drive from the airport.

Adam Bosch said the 1971 Cessna was on a landing approach when it lost radar contact with Danbury Airport late Thursday afternoon. He said the single-engine aircraft originated in Danbury, flew to Mississippi and was returning when it vanished.

The number of people on board wasn't immediately known and officials have not yet released the names of the victims.

The remains will be turned over to the Westchester County Medical Examiner for identification, officials said.

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Israeli Spy Released From US Prison After 30 Years


Former U.S. Navy analyst turned Israeli spy, Jonathan Pollard, was released on parole in the United States after 30 years in prison. 

"The people of Israel welcome the release of Jonathan Pollard," Israel's Prime Minister Ben Netanyahu said in a statement. "After three long and difficult decades, Jonathan has been reunited with his family." 

Pollard was sentenced to life in prison after being convicted in 1987 of passing reams of classified information to Israel. Now 61, he wants to move to Israel and receive substantial Israeli government back-pay. 

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'Shelter in Place' Order Lifted at Woodbridge Schools


A hunt for a suspect tied to a homicide prompted a "shelter in place" situation for several schools in Woodbridge on Friday.

Woodbridge officers were alerted by New Haven police around 11:30 a.m. that a vehicle carrying the suspect was seen heading north on Amity Road into Woodbridge, according to police.

Officers found the car in a parking lot of a deli on Amity Road. There was a woman in the car, but the male suspect was nowhere to be found.

Police began a search of the area and advised nearby schools and the Jewish Community Center to "shelter in place," according to police.

At 12:30 p.m., a police dog tracked the suspect to a wooded area off Litchfield Turnpike near Bishop Drive.

The "shelter in place" situations were lifted at the schools and the Jewish Community Center once the suspect was in custody, police said.

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