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2 Arrested After Police Seize Drugs From Home Where Kid Resides


Naugatuck police arrested two adults and seized a large amount of drugs from a home where a 9-year-old child with autism also lives, police said.

Brandon and Joy Hornby are facing charges after Naugatuck police and an Orange K9 unit responded to 16 Windsor Place at 11:54 a.m. on Dec. 16 with a search and seizure warrant.

Police seized $3,670 in cash, 29 grams of cocaine, 160.5 grams of marijuana, 90 Xanax pills, 6.5 Oxycontin pills, four tabs of LSD, drug paraphernalia, a facsimile firearm and a machete from a home on Wednesday, Dec. 16 while searching the home on a warrant, police said. They also confiscated a safe used to store many of the items.

The search and seizure warrant stemmed from an ongoing investigation into drug sales at a private residence. Police had received information  that a resident there had been selling prescription and illegal narcotics from and near the home.

Police served the warrant while the 9-year-old child who lives there was not there when officers arrived. A Department of Children and Families representative responded "to manage the situation regarding the juvenile."

Police arrested one of the adults on charges pertaining to suspected drug sales and the other for charges "related to the incident."

Both were scheduled to appear on Waterbury Superior Court Dec. 17. Joy Hornby was held on a $100,000 surety bond and Brandon Hornby was held on a $200,000 bond.

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6 Americans Killed in Afghanistan Suicide Attack


A suicide bomber drove a motorcycle into a convoy of U.S., NATO and Afghan forces on Monday, blowing himself up and killing six Americans, NBC News reported. 

Two other Americans and an interpreter were wounded, U.S. officials said.

The service members were on a routine security patrol around outside Bagram Airfield north of Kabul around 1:30 p.m. local time when they were attacked, the official said.

U.S. officials did not specify the total number of Americans involved in the incident. The Taliban posted a message on Twitter claiming responsibility for the attack.

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Contractor Employee and Friend Burglarized From Home He Worked: Police


Police arrested a contractor working on a home in Shelton and his friend, who are suspected of stealing electronics from the house and obtaining funds with a personal check from the residents, police said.

Kacie Morgan, 25, of Stratford, and March Baillargeon, 29, of Milford, are facing charges of third-degree burglary, conspiracy to commit third-degree burglary, third-degree larceny and conspiracy to commit third-degree larceny.

Shelton police launched an investigation in September after receiving a report of a burglary at a home. The homeowners told police that electronics were missing from their home, but that there was no forced entry and that they suspected one of the people employed to do construction work on their home was responsible for the missing item.

About a week after the homeowners reported the burglary, their bank contacted them to let them know one of their personal checks was deposited in a Norwalk bank account. Police were led to Baillargeon, one of the contractors working on the couple's home, and his friend, Morgan in their investigation and learned they used a third party to deposit the check in their account so they could take out the money, police said.

Officers got warrants for Morgan and Baillargeon. They arrested Morgan on Dec. 17 and Baillargeon turned himself into police on Dec. 19.

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Lock-In Lifted at Orange School After Suspicious Person Report


Orange school officials instituted a lock-in Monday morning at Amity Junior High School due to an investigation into a potentially suspicious person reported to be on school grounds, police said.

A school employee saw someone in dark clothes running on a walkway outside the school during classes and school officials reported it to police.

At 11:18 a.m. the school was put in a "lock-in," meaning no one is permitted in or out of the building but students go about their regular routines and classes continue.

Multiple Orange officers responded and established there was no threat. They quickly learned the person in question was a student at the school running on the walkway as a shortcut to avoid being late for class, police said.

Then, the lock-in was lifted. The scene was cleared within 20 minutes.

Police said there was no threat to anyone at any time and they implemented the security procedures as a precaution.

Baby Dies After Being Found Unresponsive in Hotel


Police are investigating the suspicious death of an infant found unresponsive in a hotel in Old Saybrook.

Officers responded to Econo Lodge Inn and Suites at 1575 Boston Post Road early Saturday afternoon to investigate the report of a 14-month-old child who was unresponsive and not breathing. The infant died Sunday evening of undisclosed injuries.

"This very sad event has been deemed an isolated incident and poses no risk to the public," Old Saybrook police said.

Old Saybrook police searched a room at the hotel late Saturday night on a warrant and seized several items that needed to be forensically examined.

An ambulance transported the infant to Middlesex Medical Center Shoreline and then the child was transferred to Yale-New Haven Hospital.

Old Saybrook police and ambulance association officials and Middlesex Hospital paramedics responded, as well.

Police ask anyone with information to call the Department of Police Services at 8560-395-3142.

No further information was immediately available, but police said more may be provided in the next few days.

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'Hell No' Clinton Won't Apologize to Trump: Spokesman


Donald Trump has been calling for fellow presidential candidate Hillary Clinton to apologize for calling him "ISIS' best recruiter" in Saturday night's debate.

So, will she?

"Hell, no," her spokesman said Monday, NBC News reported.

"Hillary Clinton will not be apologizing to Donald Trump for correctly pointing out how his hateful rhetoric only helps ISIS recruit more terrorists," said spokesman Brian Fallon in a statement.

Trump, who was campaigning in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Monday night, said on the "TODAY Show" earlier in the day that he would demand an apology from Clinton for suggesting ISIS is "showing videos of Donald Trump insulting Islam and Muslims in order to recruit more radical jihadists."

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Man Sentenced to 56 Years for Murder of Norwich Man


The man accused of killing a 28-year-old Norwich man has been sentenced to 56 years in jail for the murder.

Dequan McKethan, 34, of Norwich, was found guilty with the murder of Darius Bishop in September on the third anniversary of the murder, according to the Norwich Bulletin.

Bishop’s body was found at a recreation field at the Charles L. Long Sports Complex in Bozrah around 7 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 25.

He died from what appeared to be a single .22-caliber gunshot wound to the head, police said.

McKethan was also sentenced to five years for possession of narcotics and five years for carrying a pistol without a permit, according to the New London Superior Court. 

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Connecticut Sees Big Gains in Federal Budget Deal


Connecticut defense contractors were among the big winners to emerge from the budget deal that came out of Congress last week.

The new federal budget provided nearly $20 billion in spending that will go directly toward the completion of products made in Connecticut.

One of the biggest committed investments went to Electric Boat, the New London-based submarine-maker. The company received $6.4 billion for the production of two new Virginia Class Submarines, and for the development of a new Ohio Class Submarine.

"These measures will retain and expand the workforces at Electric Boat and they will add immeasurably to our national security," said Sen. Richard Blumenthal.

US Sen. Chris Murphy, had been touting the need for new research and development for Electric Boat for the past few years. He said the deal in Washington could spark a new age of economic success for the region.

"This budget sends a loud clear signal that Electric Boat and all of the partners and suppliers are going to be hard at work this year and next year as we continue to ramp up these programs," Sen. Murphy said.

Sikorsky received more than $2 billion for new helicopters to be built for the Air Force, Navy, Marines, as well as for new Presidential aircraft. The Stratford aerospace company was recently acquired by Lockheed Martin after being a part of the United Technologies family for decades.

Middletown's Pratt and Whitney engine plant received $8.4 billion for the procurement of F-35 aircraft for the Navy, Marines, and Air Force. The engines are produced by Pratt and Whitney and will be installed on the Lockheed made F-35 fighter jets.

In Middletown, Pratt and Whitney are considered to be a stand-up member of the community and people there are thrilled with the result from Washington.

"They're a great corporate citizen with a lot of jobs," Larry McHugh, the President of the Middlesex County Chamber of Commerce said. "That’s why we’re really excited about the defense appropriations means more jobs in Middletown, at least no cuts in Middletown."

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Gas Prices Makes Holiday Travel Easier This Year


There have been mild Christmases before but what makes driving more attractive this holiday season is gasoline prices.

"I think the price of gas is fabulous now but we would go no matter what, we would go visit family no matter what," said Sarah Althen.

Hitting the highways is a lot easier this year for residents. 

"(Gas was) pretty close to four dollars a gallon and when we travelled this weekend and I saw the highest price was $2.19. I breathed a sigh of relief because it was nothing compared to other holidays," Christine Rockledge of Manchester remembered, 

Some stations are selling gas below two dollars a gallon. People travelling to New Jersey will be happy to find gas at least twenty cents less than that.

"Well the gas is cheap, the taxes are a lot better, and the shopping is a lot better," Mary Martinez said.

Air travel is supposed to be up a bit nationwide, according to AAA. The company projects more travelers on the roads in New England than ever before.

"This'll be the first year that Mom and Dad will be going to one of their kids' houses for Christmas. This is one of my grandsons, one of four," Gary Paragon explained, 

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NYPD: Det. Dies in Afghan Attack


One of the six Americans killed in a suicide bomb attack in Afghanistan Monday was an New York police detective serving in the U.S. Air National Guard, NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton said Monday evening.

Det. Joseph Lemm, a 15-year veteran of the department, was on routine security patrol with his convoy around Bagram Airfield north of Kabul around 1:30 p.m. local time when a suicide bomber drove a motorcycle into the convoy and blew himself up, NBC News reported.

The Taliban has claimed responsibility for the attack. 

Gov. Andrew Cuomo released a statement Tuesday morning, saying Lemm and the other five Americans killed will be "greatly missed."

"Staff Sgt. Joe Lemm was committed to his fellow Americans, and embodied the selflessness and bravery of the U.S. Armed Forces and the NYPD. I join all New Yorkers in mourning his loss, as well as the loss of the other victims of this horrific attack," he said in the statement.

Mayor de Blasio echoed the sentiment, noting that Lemm's death comes just a year and a day after the deaths of NYPD officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu, who were both gunned down while sitting in their patrol cars in Brooklyn in 2014.

"There can be no greater sacrifice than the one made by a member of our military or our police force, who put their lives on the line to protect Americans. Detective Joseph Lemm did both for 15 years. He gave his life, yet asked for little in return other than to serve his country and his fellow New Yorkers, who may not have known him in life, but mourn his death nonetheless," de Blasio said.

Six Americans in the convoy of U.S., NATO and Afghan forces were killed, including Lemm, while two other Americans and an interpreter were wounded, according to NBC News. 

Lemm served in the Bronx warrant squad on the NYPD, and during his career on the force, he was also deployed three times, twice to Afghanistan and once to Iraq, Bratton said. He was promoted to NYPD detective in January of 2014.

The Air National Guard didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

Lemm is survived by his wife and two children, Bratton said.

"Detective Joseph Lemm epitomized the selflessness we can only strive for: putting his county and city first," Bratton said in a statement. 

"Tonight, we grieve and we remember this selfless public servant who dedicated his life to protecting others," he said of Lemm. 

Photo Credit: NYPD
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Driving Lesson Ends in Carjacking


What started as a mother's driving lesson for her son ended in a carjacking, kidnapping and shooting near Alligator Alley in Broward County, Florida, Monday, authorities said.

Broward Sheriff's Office officials said the woman told investigators she was teaching her college-aged son how to drive a stick shift in the parking lot of Gator Run Elementary School in Weston when they were approached by 44-year-old Jorge Almeida.

Almeida forced them at gunpoint to drive to U.S. 27 where they stopped at a rest area near Mile Marker 39, officials said. After they got out of the Jeep, he began inquiring about the woman's finances, authorities said

While there, the son got into a struggle with Almeida and Almeida shot him in the leg, officials said.

A witness who was at the rest stop stepped in and helped detain Almeida until deputies arrived shortly before 4:30 p.m. The son was taken to Cleveland Clinic with non-life threatening injuries.

Almeida is expected to face attempted murder, armed carjacking and armed kidnapping charges, officials said. The identities of the mother and son weren't released.

The incident remains under investigation.

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Fla. Man's Toxic 9/11 Shirt Stolen


A toxic shirt that a Miami-Dade man wore while helping with the rescue efforts during the 9/11 attacks was stolen out of his car.

Yehuda Kaploun's shirt has made front page news because it's dirty, toxic and dangerous. It was about to be in the news again before it was stolen out of the backseat of his SUV.

"If that person who had that shirt, or touched that shirt, he'd be very smart in seeking immediate medical attention," Kaploun said.

It was Wednesday night when Kaploun put the shirt in a box and placed it in his SUV parked outside his house in northeast Miami-Dade. On Thursday morning when he came out, the box was gone.

Kaploun lived in Manhattan on 9/11 and volunteered at Ground Zero for hours, helping rescue efforts while wearing the shirt. He threw it in a closet, never washed it, then kept it as a memento, hermetically sealed in a plastic bag.

"The shirt is covered in toxins, the asbestos, the lead, the zinc, whatever was in the air at that time when the buildings came down, the construction material," he said.

In 2006 the New York Post included the shirt in a report about medical benefits for 9/11 first responders.

Last week the debate reignited in Congress, and Kaploun was about to mail it to a reporter who again was going to use it in a story. But then somebody stole it.

"I would have to call it the world's stupidest criminal because he really is putting his life in danger and if he's opened up the bag he definitely exposed himself to tremendous toxins," Kaploun said.

Kaploun contacted the police but doubts he'll ever see the shirt again. His plan was to give it to the 9/11 Memorial and Museum.

"Thanks to a stupid criminal the American public does not get a chance to be able to have that piece of history," he said.

Phila. Man Shot Dead Walking Dog


A man is dead after being shot in the head while walking his dog along a West Philadelphia street, police said.

The unidentified man was hit once along the 300 block of Horton Street, near Vine Street, around 7:25 p.m. Monday, according to police.

The victim was still holding the dog's leash when medics arrived, according to police.

He was taken to nearby Penn Presbyterian Trauma Center and pronounced dead. The dog was not harmed.

Homicide detectives are investigating. A motive and suspect description wasn't immediately available.

The victim is the second man to be killed while walking a dog in West Philadelphia in a week. Last Wednesday, 34-year-old Mark Marshall was shot several times while walking his two Chihuahuas.  No arrests were made in that case.

The shootings were about three miles from each other.

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$95K Coat Stolen From Chicago Shop


Chicago police are searching for two thieves who stole a $95,000 jacket from a Michigan Avenue store last week just minutes after they stole thousands of dollars from another Chicago retailer.

Authorities say a man and a woman entered a store in the 0-100 block of East Oak Street sometime between 2 p.m. and 2:45 p.m. last Monday. The pair stole more than $10,000 worth of items.

Sometime between 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. that same day, the two suspects entered a store in the 700 block of North Michigan Avenue and stole an alligator skin jacket valued at $95,000, police said. 

Detailed descriptions of the suspects were not immediately available, but police are warning businesses in the area to be on alert.

Anyone with information on the thefts is asked to call Area Central Detectives at (312) 742-5778.

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Nun Struck in LA Hit-and-Run Dies


A 70-year-old nun who was struck by a hit-and-run driver a week earlier died Sunday as police continued the search for the driver who took off, the Los Angeles Police Department said.

Sister Raquel Diaz, a nun for 50 years, was on her way back to church for mass around 5:20 p.m. when a car struck her as she walked in a crosswalk at Winter Street and North Evergreen Avenue in Boyle Heights.

The driver did not stop, and kept driving south down North Evergreen Avenue.

Paramedics took Diaz to the hospital where she remained in critical condition until her death.

Police said Monday night they had a different description of the vehicle than previously reported. Police said the suspected vehicle is a white vehicle, possible a Nissan or Toyota.

Diaz was the director of religious education at the Church of Assumption, and a Sister with the Los Angeles Diocese.

Community members said Diaz had been an important figure in their community for more than 30 years and always encouraged children to excel.

No suspect description was available, but police were offering a $50,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction.

Anyone with information on the hit-and-run was encouraged to call authorities at (213) 833-3713, Detective Padilla at (213) 486-0753 or Officer Cortez at (213) 486-0766. 

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Japan Selects Stadium Design for 2020 Tokyo Olympics


A new design from a Japanese architect has been chosen for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic stadium, NBC News reported.

A new competition was organized this month. A design from architect Kengo Kuma won the competition. It’s been deemed a “wonderful design” that embodies a “Japaneseness” through wooden material, according to Toshiaki Endo, the minister in charge of the 2020 games.

The original plan, proposed by an Iraqi-British architect, was praised for its futuristic conception. It was later scrapped due to a ballooning cost estimate and “ridiculous design,” according to the Japan Sports Council.

The cost for the latest design is under the proposed budget of $1.2 billion dollars.  

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Minnesota Man Charged With Killing Mom Over Bedbugs


A man is charged with killing his 89-year-old Minnesota mother all because their home was infested with bedbugs, NBC News reported.

Michael Theodore Gallagher, 62, was being held without bail pending a hearing Tuesday afternoon on one count of second-degree murder. Authorities said he suffocated his mother with a garbage bag after beating her with a sculpture and choking her didn’t work.

Police said Gallagher called 911 to say he killed his mother inside their downtown Minneapolis apartment. According to an affidavit, he tried to get rid of the bedbugs himself, but failed.

Prosecutors said he told investigators he tried a number of methods to try to kill his mother, including first bludgeoning her five times with a sculpture of himself.  

Muslims Protect Christians During al Shabab Bus Attack


A man said he and fellow Muslims defied demands to help identify Christians traveling with them on a bus when Islamist militants opened fire in Kenya, NBC News reported.

Two people were killed in the attack which took place in Mandera, in northeast Kenya, according to Reuters.

A passenger told Reuters more than 10 militants with al Shabab boarded the bus and ordered Muslim passengers to split away from the Christians, but they refused.

The militants fled the scene, officials said. 

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Community Rallies to Replace Gifts Stolen from Toy Drive


Thousands of dollars in donations disappeared from an annual toy drive in New Haven.

There has been a response from the community to make sure this Grinch does not ruin Christmas for hundreds of children.

"We went and looked at the boxes and the boxes were empty," Matashar Dillon, who runs the drive, said. "The ones that were not empty were half empty."

The theft occurred sometime on Saturday, Dillon said.

Pictures Dillon took on Friday and Saturday evenings show the difference in the number of toys stored at the Dixwell police substation community room.

"We had more at the last minute than we normally had, ever," Dillon said about the success of the fundraiser. "It was so many toys and you couldn’t walk through."

New Haven continue to police investigate but Dillon said she is confident she knows who is the culprit.

"It might not be today, it might not be tomorrow, but we know who you are," Dillon said.

After an emergency call for toys went out Monday morning, local organizations are stepping up to replace the stolen toys. In addition to donating bicycles, United Way of Greater New Haven is collecting cash donations on its website.

"We’ll be out there shopping tomorrow," said vice president of development Jim Travers. "We are going to make sure that these kids have something under the tree for Christmas."

By late afternoon, United Way had raised more than $3 thousand for replacement toys.

As more people dropped in to drop off more toys, Dillon was moved to tears.

"God bless you, too, thank you so much, thank you," she said, while she embraced a woman who donated toys.

Toy and coat donations can be dropped off at the Dixwell community center located at 26 Charles St.

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Iraqi Forces Launch Final Push to Retake ISIS-Held Ramadi


Iraqi forces have moved into the center of Ramadi as part of a final push to retake the city from ISIS, the spokesman for Iraq's counterterrorism forces said Tuesday, NBC News reported. 

Sabah Nua'man told NBC News that counterterrorism forces were able to cross the Euphrates River into the center of the city, backed by cover from the air, killing 12 ISIS fighters in the sudden assault.

ISIS took over Ramadi in May in an embarrassing defeat for Iraqi forces which raised questions from Defense Secretary Ashton Carter over whether Iraqis lacked the will to fight.

Iraqi forces launched a push to retake Ramadi earlier this month.

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