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Philippine President: Remaining US Troops 'Have to Go'


Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said that U.S. troops currently stationed in the country “have to go," NBC News reported. 

The U.S. has withdrawn much of its military presence in the Philippines, but some special forces remain on a southern island in the archipelago, training Filipino troops to fight against ISIS-linked group Abu Sayyaf.

At a public appearance Monday, Duterte said that the U.S. presence in the country could complicate the Philippines’ offensives against the Islamist militants, who are known for beheading and kidnapping Westerners.

In his speech, the Philippine president echoed comments he’d made last week accusing the U.S. of atrocities against Muslims on Jolo Island more than a century ago.

Duterte was in the U.S. spotlight last week, after using profanity directed toward President Obama in a television interview.

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Man Broke into Home, Stole Car Keys and Vehicle: Police


Hamden police arrested a man accused of breaking into a home while the homeowner slept, stealing car keys, then stealing a vehicle.

Michael Crandell, 27, of Hamden faces charges of second-degree burglary and second-degree larceny.

Police said they responded around 3:45 a.m. Saturday to a home on Burke Street for a reported burglary.

According to police, Crandell entered the home through an unlocked window, stole car keys off a nearby table, and took off with the resident’s car.

Connecticut State Police pulled Crandell over for speeding on I-95 shortly afterward and he was taken into custody.

1 Injured in Enfield Shooting


Enfield police are investigating after one person was injured in a shooting on Green Valley Drive, police said Monday.

Police arruved on scene in the residential neighborhood early Monday morning. Police confirmed that one person was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries that may have been caused by a BB gun.

A 17-year-old suspect was taken into custody, police said.

Green Valley Drive is near Enfield High School, but police said there was no impact to classes. Some buses were asked to reroute but the danger has passed and that order has been lifted.

There is no danger to the public at this time.

More details were not immediately available. Check back for updates.

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Truck Gets Stuck Under Railroad Bridge in West Haven


A tractor trailer got stuck under a railroad bridge in West Haven.

The incident happened at Campbell Avenue and York Street around 10:20 p.m. 

Witnesses said the truck was driving normally when it became wedged underneath the bridge. One witness who called 911 said she’s seen trucks get stuck under the same bridge before.

Traffic was detoured around the scene until the truck could be removed around 1:30 p.m. 

There are height warning signs visible in the area.

There is no word on any injuries.

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Griswold Schools Dismiss Early Due to Water Main Issue


Griswold Public Schools were dismissed early Monday because of a water main break.

In a message posted on the district’s website, officials said a water main was hit, causing limited service to the Griswold schools campus.

The high school and middle school were dismissed at 1 p.m. and the elementary school was around 2 p.m.

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2 Accused in New Haven Home Invasion


New Haven police arrested to New Jersey men accused of forcing their way into a home and attacking the residents.

Jonathan Beltran, 26, of Elizabeth, New Jersey and Reynaldo Roman-Diaz, 43, of Elizabeth, New Jersey, both face multiple charges including home invasion, second-degree assault, first-degree robbery and unlawful restraint.

Police said they responded to the area of Donna Drive and Barnes Avenue around 4:58 p.m. Sunday for reports of a man with a knife. When they arrived on scene they found the subject, armed with a knife, and told him to drop it. The man complied.

While police were talking to the man a woman ran out of a nearby home. Her arms were bound with a heavy-duty zip tie. Both the man and the woman were asking police for help, officers reported.

The pair told police that two armed men had broken into their home. The male victim was pistol-whipped and the female victim was tied up. The male victim was taken to Yale-New Haven Hospital for treatment.

A witness approached police and reported seeing two men trying to cut through his backyard. When he confronted the men they hopped a fence and ran off toward the Ross Woodward School on Barnes Avenue. The witness also reported that one of the men reached into his waistband, took something out, and left it in a tree.

More officers and a K9 responded. Two suspects, later identified as Beltran and Roman-Diaz, were found hiding in a nearby swamp, police said. Police found the men three stolen cell phones, the victim’s car keys and $220 police believe was stolen from the victim.

The female victim identified the suspects as the intruders.

Police also located a loaded .40 caliber handgun in the tree pointed out by the witness, and a black metal police-style baton.

The suspects refused to cooperate, police said. The case remains under investigating.

Photo Credit: New Haven Police Department

Watertown Police Look to Identify Shoplifting Suspect


Watertown police are looking to identify a shoplifting suspect accused of stealing around $500 worth of merchandise from a Marshalls store.

Police said on Aug. 17 they were called to the Marshalls at 1141 Main Street for a report of two females shoplifting. Store security had followed the women to the parking lot but they were uncooperative.

The suspects got into a dark SUV with a male waiting inside and took off.

One of the females has been identified as Shariha Miskin, 24, of Windsor. The second suspect is described as female, heavy-set with long brown hair. She was wearing large gold hoop earrings at a white sweatshirt at the time of the incident.

Anyone with information on the second suspect’s identity is encouraged to call police at (860) 945-5200 or Crimestoppers at (860) 945-9940.

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Police Search for Burglary Attempt Suspect in Norwalk


Police are looking for a man who tried to gain entry into a home in Norwalk.

On Sept. 1, a man was seen trying to get into a home located on North Seir Hill Road around 2 p.m.

Police said the man tried to enter through various sliding doors before he fled in a silver four-door Honda Civic.

The car was missing a front left hubcap and appeared to have a dent on the driver's side door. 

Anyone with information is asked to call Norwalk Police at (203) 854-3039.

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Victims Uncooperative in New Haven Double Shooting Investigation


Police victims have been uncooperative in a New Haven double shooting investigation that started during a vigil.

On Saturday, police were dispatched to the 100-block of Dewitt Street after a report of nine shots being fired around 11:30 p.m. Responding officers began searching the area.

About a half hour later, a Yale-New Haven staff member informed police that a man seeking medical treatment had been shot in his upper arm. The victim told police he had been on Dewitt Street the vigil of Tyree McCrea, who was murdered on the same street Aug. 30.

The victim said he had been drinking and did not see who shot him, according to New Haven police. 

Soon after, police were notified about another gunshot victim in their pelvis at Bridgeport Hospital. The victim told police he was gambling outdoors near a housing complex he wasn't familiar with and was with several people he did not know, police said. He said he was confronted by people in masked who tried to rob him before shooting him, police stated.

While police questioned the victims, investigators located a silver Honda with bullet holes at the scene. 

One lead suggests that the shooting on Saturday is linked to the Aug. 30 homicide, police said.

The investigation remains open. 

Police are asking anyone with information on this case or who may have witnessed the crime to phone investigators at (203) 946-6304.

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10-Year-Old Found After Running from School in Granby


First responders were called to the Wells Road Intermediate School in Granby Monday a 10-year-old boy ran off from school.

Superintendent Alan Addley confirmed that a 5th grade student ran from the Wells Road Intermediate School into the woods nearby. Police said the boy ran off around 12:20 p.m. He was found unharmed around 1:40 p.m.

Granby police, K9 units from Bloomfield police, State police, and the Department of Correction all responded to the scene.

The school was under a shelter-in-place order while the search went on, the superintendent’s office confirmed.

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Woman Murdered, 4-Year-Old Child Found Inside Mass. Home


Authorities are searching for a person of interest after a woman was murdered and her 4-year-old child was found alone inside their home in Methuen, Massachusetts on Monday morning.

The Essex District Attorney's Office said Methuen Police were doing a well-being check at a townhouse on Tudor Street at 5:45 a.m. on Monday. After making a forced entry, they found an unresponsive adult female inside. She was taken to Holy Family Hospital where she was pronounced dead.

The woman's 4-year-old child was found unharmed inside the home and is now staying with a relative.

The woman has been identified as 29-year-old Wanda Rosa. Her cause of death have not been released.

Police are looking for 32-year-old Emilio Delarosa, who was identified as Rosa's ex-boyfriend and the child's father.

Delarosa, who is on the run, is not considered to be a danger to the public, according to the district attorney.

The murder does not appear to be a random act of violence, officials said. Methuen Police and Massachusetts State Police detectives assigned to the district attorney's office are continuing to investigate. 

No further information was immediately available.

Muslim Woman Set on Fire on Fifth Avenue: NYPD


A Muslim woman was set on fire by a stranger on a Midtown street, according to police, prompting an investigation into whether it was a hate crime.

Police released video Tuesday of a suspect in the attack. The video shows a man walking down a street, but it's hard to make out his face. 

The 35-year-old woman was window-shopping on Fifth Avenue near East 54th Street Saturday night when she suddenly felt heat on her arm and noticed her blouse was on fire, police said.

She noticed a man standing next to her with a lighter in his hand, according to police. He ran away eastbound on East 54th Street, not saying a word. 

The victim was able to quickly put out the flames and wasn't hurt. 

The Daily News reports the woman was wearing traditional Muslim garb and the NYPD said its Hate Crimes Task Force is investigating whether the act was motivated by bias. 

Last week, two Muslim women pushing their toddlers in strollers in Brooklyn were attacked by a woman who screamed "get the f--- out of America b-----s, you don't belong here," according to authorities. The suspect punched one of the women in the head and tried to rip her hijab off. 

The suspect was arrested and is facing a number of charges in the alleged hate crime. 

US Confirms It Killed ISIS' Second-in-Command


The Pentagon said Monday it has confirmed that a U.S. airstrike killed ISIS' second-in-command, Abu Muhammad al-Adnani, despite Russia's insistence last month that it was one of its planes that killed him, NBC News reported.

ISIS itself has already said al-Adnani, who also served as the terrorist group's main spokesman, died in the Aug. 30 strike in al-Bab in Syria's devastated Aleppo province.

But the Defense Department said at the time that it hadn't been able to nail that down.

On Monday, Pentagon press secretary Peter Cook said that "the U.S. precision airstrike" specifically targeted al-Adnani and removed ISIS' "chief propagandist, recruiter and architect of external terrorist operations."

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Gunfire Reported at Mil. Academy


Emergency crews responded to a report of a shooting at Valley Forge Military Academy in Pennsylvania Monday evening, but investigators discovered no gunman, but instead say bubble wrap may be to blame.

"The situation appears to be one where a female student in the dorms of Eastern University heard what she thought were shots fired. She diligently called 9-1-1," Jamie Bilella, Vice President Enrollment Management and Marketing Valley Forge Military Academy & College told NBC10. 

Delaware County officials said officers responded to the school after receiving a call reporting a possible shooting about 6 p.m. Police put the school on lockdown while they searched buildings, but found no victims or evidence of the shooting and released the lockdown about 7 p.m.

Police could be seen at the school, some with guns drawn, going building to building as SkyForce10 hovered overhead at 6:20 p.m. Monday.

Valley Forge Military Academy and College is a boarding school with students of middle, high school and college age. Eastern University is a Christian university located less than a mile away from the academy. 

"Further investigation indicated that it was more than likely bubble wrap," Bilella said. "There is no indication of any threat, of any weapon, of shots fired or any injury." 

A statement released by Bilella later clarified that the student may have heard bubble wrap.

Valley Forge Military Academy held its opening ceremony last week, and was back to its normal routine by Monday evening.

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NCAA to Relocate 7 Events Over N. Carolina Restroom Law


The NCAA is relocating all seven championship events that were scheduled to be hosted in North Carolina this academic year over concerns about inclusiveness brought about by a controversial state law that regulates who can use what bathroom, the college sports association announced Monday.

The decision was taken in light of the North Carolina state law known as HB2, which limits civil protections for LGBT individuals. One widely criticized aspect of the law dictates that in government buildings, people must use the restroom that corresponds with the sex on their birth certificates, rather than the one that corresponds with their gender identity.

The NCAA Board of Governors said that, based on the law, they did not feel that the seven scheduled NCAA events would be able to provide an inclusive environment.

“We believe in providing a safe and respectful environment at our events and are committed to providing the best experience possible for college athletes, fans and everyone taking part in our championships,” NCAA President Mark Emmert said in a statement.

It wasn't immediately clear if the governor of North Carolina, who has defended the law in the face of legal challenges, had a comment about the NCAA's decision.

When the NBA moved this year's all-star game from Charlotte in July, Gov. Pat McCrory said in a statement, "Left-wing special interest groups have no moral authority to try and intimidate the large majority of American parents who agree in common-sense bathroom and shower privacy for our children."

The NCAA listed the seven events that will be relocated, but has not yet determined the new locations to host the championship events:

  • 2016 Division I Women’s Soccer Championship, College Cup (Cary), Dec. 2 and 4.   
  • 2016 Division III Men’s and Women’s Soccer Championships (Greensboro), Dec. 2 and 3. 
  • 2017 Division I Men’s Basketball Championship, first/second rounds (Greensboro), March 17 and 19. 
  • 2017 Division I Women’s Golf Championships, regional (Greenville), May 8-10. 
  • 2017 Division III Men’s and Women’s Tennis Championships (Cary), May 22-27.  
  • 2017 Division I Women’s Lacrosse Championship (Cary), May 26 and 28. 
  • 2017 Division II Baseball Championship (Cary), May 27-June 3. 

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911 Calls for Trinity College Deck Collapse Released


Police released the frantic 911 calls after 30 people were hurt in a balcony collapse at Trinity College over the weekend.

Authorities tell NBC Connecticut that it will take weeks, months, maybe even years to vet the situation and determine what caused both second and third floor balconies to collapse.

Police said there were five to ten students on each and, approximately 40 to 50 people total at the off campus trinity party, in a building that Trinity College owns.

Here is one of the phone calls to police:

Caller: “We need help by Trinity College.”

911 Dispatcher: “What’s wrong sir?”

Caller:“The porch just fell.”

Dispatcher:“Is it on Crescent Street?”

Caller:“Crescent Street, yeah,”

911 Dispatcher: “Ok, how many people are hurt?”

Caller:“I think, uh, maybe 6 people. 6 or 7” 6:42

911 Dispatcher:“6 to 7 people hurt, ok, what happened the porch collapsed?”

Caller: “I don’t know. I came out and the porch was on top of people”. 6:48

911 Dispatcher:“Ok, are these people conscious? Can you tell?”

Caller:“They are. They are.”

Caller: “There might be blunt trauma. I can see a lot of bleeding”

911 Dispatcher:“You see a lot of bleeding?”

Trinity senior, 21-year-old Julianna Leone of Chicago fell from that second floor balcony. She was rushed to the hospital to get her scalp stapled shut.

Leone told NBC Connecticut, "I was hit in the back of the head and crushed underneath all the wood. I was trapped for a while."

According to city records the NBC Connecticut Troubleshooters dug up, Trinity owns the house where the balconies collapsed and dozens of other properties in the neighborhood.

But because this home isn't a three-family or larger, city officials don't inspect.

Hartford Fire Chief Reginald Freeman, "The last time the deck was inspected? It's a two family home, so city of hartford doesn't inspect single family or two family homes."

Freeman said they are looking into past records:

"The cursory search we've done in the fm office doesn't come up with any complaints for this two-family home on Broad Street, we will look at data in our records management system or any hard copies on file that may come up."

When asked about the criminal aspect of the incident, Deputy Police Chief Brian Foley responded, "We're investigating that, it will be something we try to determine, whether a criminal investigation."

What Hartford police said is they're in contact with Trinity officials, who won't confirm who the property management company is publicly.

Foley added, "We’re aware of the property, it was a sanctioned event, students were all of age and there was a keg on site."

Karen Leone got a call in the middle of the night from her daughter's phone. She was in Illinois. It was a classmate, who was able to put her daughter, Julianna on the line.

Karen leone told NBC Connecticut, "She said something about the porch collapsing."

The mother said she and her daughter are grateful the balconies collapsing was not a worse situation. 

"The last 24 hours, our focus is on julianna’s condition. The school hopefully, with time, will have some answers for us, as the owners. Circumstances with kids on balcony, it is predictable and you have to make sure structures are sound, but they're old too," Karen Leone added. 

Trinity would not answer questions on camera. They released this statement instead:

Trinity college is continuing to care for students who were affected by the balcony collapse that occurred on saturday, september 10, 2016, especially those students who were injured, students present at the social gathering during the accident, residents of the house where the incident occurred, friends and families, and the staff and other responders at the scene.

Two students who were injured in the accident remain in the hospital with moderate injuries and one is expected to be released within 24 hours. The dean of students is in contact with the students and their families for ongoing support.

Trinity is in the process of investigating the incident and we will be cooperating with any authorities representing the city of hartford in their review of this incident. The property is owned by the college and is managed by an outside property manager. Accommodations have been made for the five student residents of the house. The house cannot be occupied, and the students have been relocated to other campus housing.

The trinity community is continuing to process and recover from the incident, and on sunday at 4:00 p.m., students, support staff, and faculty gathered in the trinity college chapel to reflect and offer care and support to one another.

Trinity counseling center staff and chaplains remain available to students, and urgent requests for assistance should be directed to campus safety at (860) 297-2222.

Man Exposes Himself to High School Student at Waterbury Bus Stop


A man exposed himself to a high school girl waiting for the bus in Waterbury.

Police said the girl was at a bus stop on Walnut Avenue and Wall Street on Monday morning. 

A man in his 30s driving in a green Honda approched the girl and asked if she needed a ride, police said.

After she declined, the man exposed himself. 

There were no other details immediately available. 

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Parents Respond to Granby High School Dress Code Requirements


How short is too short?

That question was on the minds of parents who met with the principal of Granby Memorial High School on Monday night. They said some faculty members are taking enforcement of the school's new dress code too far.

"I had an issue with the attitudes and the way they were treating the kids. I think it was inappropriate," said Liz Bennett, the mother of a sophomore student.

Bennett was one of nearly 100 parents who attended the first Principal's Advisory Committee meeting of the school year. There were a number of items on the agenda, but parents say the new dress code was the hot topic.

"They felt like some of the kids were being picked on," said Sarah Wheeler, who has two daughters at the school.

The news media was not allowed inside the meeting, but those who were said many complained about the lack of communication between the school and parents.

"My parents ultimately have a say in what I’m wearing to school so the fact that they were calling me out on what I was wearing. I would go home and say I got in trouble for this outfit today and they would say why what’s wrong with it?" said Arielle Bocanegra, a senior at Granby Memorial.

The school handbook states that students shall be, "attired in clothing that is appropriate to the school setting."

Students dressed inappropriately will be sent home according to the handbook. Among the items deemed inappropriate are sleepwear, strapless tops, short shorts or skirts, and bare midriffs.

The students said the biggest issue isn't what they're wearing, it's how their teachers are treating them.

Bocanegra and fellow high school senior Erin Stoetzner started a petition to get the policy relaxed. They said they had a productive meeting with principal Mike Dunn on Monday and attended Monday night's meeting as well.

"The faculty in there was saying it was much more about a learning environment, but the students here definitely got the feeling that it had a lot to do with sexist actions towards girl," said Stoetzner.

The pair complained that their female classmates have been embarrassed in front of their peers, picked on by their teachers, and singled out in the school.

"They would stop girls before going into the lunch room and call them down to the office," said Bocanegra.  "Friday was kind of the breaking point for everybody. Everybody was afraid. I didn’t even go to lunch that day because I didn’t want to get in trouble for my spaghetti strap."

With temperatures reaching over 90-degrees on Friday, Stoetnzer said many of her female classmates came to school in short shorts, shorter than the, "no more than six-inch above the knee policy," they said was set by the school. She herself wore jeans because she didn't want to fight with faculty.

"I have so many nice clothing that can still look classy but can be a little bit above the six inch mark but I think we really need to meet in the middle on that," she said.

Still, some said they don’t believe a policy change is needed.

"This is an educational institution. You know it’s not your living room and it’s not your bedroom," said Wheeler.  "We do show the way we feel about where we are by how we dress. So, I think it’s totally appropriate to ask kids to dress respectably."

"I do have concerns about the dress code and that the focus is on education," added Ken Mounting, who's daughter is a ninth-grader at the school.

Students and parents who attended Monday night's meeting say the administration backed off the policy. A statement from the school’s principal doesn’t say what changes will be made, only that the administration is taking the concerns seriously and will make the appropriate adjustments.

Photo Credit: NBC Connecticut

Trump Supporter Strikes Protester as Trump Decries 'Deplorables' Comment


Just as Donald Trump on Monday was decrying Hillary Clinton for having called called "half" of his supporters "a basket of deplorables," an altercation broke out in the stands above him, NBC News reported.

Protesters are nothing new at Trump rallies, but before a group could be escorted out of U.S. Cellular Center here Monday evening, a man from the crowd went over to violently confront them.

NBC News video of the incident shows the man with his hands on a protester's neck. Moments later, his hands furled into fists, the man lobbed a blow at the protester.

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Poll: Clinton's Lead Narrows Among Independents, Voters Nationally


A new poll found that Hillary Clinton's lead over Donald Trump continues to narrow, with 48 percent to 44 percent, a decline of 2 points since last week, NBC News reported.

The latest NBC NewsSurveyMonkey poll was conducted online from September 5 through September 11 among 16,220 registered voters.

About five weeks ago, just after the Democratic convention, Clinton saw a sizable 10-point lead over Trump. In several battleground states, and nationally overall, the race has tightened considerably. One notable area where Trump has made up ground is among independents who do not lean toward the Democratic or Republican Party.

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