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Terence Crutcher, Shot by Tulsa PD, Was Family Man


The death of Terence Crutcher, the unarmed Tulsa man shot dead by police on Friday, sparked outrage in the community and around the country, especially after authorities released dashcam and helicopter footage of his death on Monday.

But to Arlando Jasper, he was the man who 15 years ago pulled up to a bus stop and said, at random, "God told me to take you wherever you want to go," NBC News reported.

Just like that, Crutcher drove him to his job, and they've been friends ever since. Crutcher was studying music appreciation at Tusla Community College, and Jasper remembered him as a family man who frequently went to church — so he was shocked at Crutcher's death.

"He just wanted to be a good father for his children, his four children, he wanted to do something life," his twin sister, Tiffany Crutcher, said at a news conference on Monday.

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Tribe Takes Pipeline Fight to UN Human Rights Council


The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe took its fight to halt construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline to the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland, on Tuesday in a bid to gather international opposition to the project, NBC News reported.

Standing Rock Chairman Dave Archambault II addressed the 49-member Council in a brief two-minute testimony where he called "upon all parties to stop the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline."

Archambault said the U.S. government had failed to abide by signed treaties with the tribe — referring to the 1851 Treaty of Traverse de Sioux and 1868 Treaty of Fort Laramie, two legally-binding treaties ratified by the U.S. Senate that recognize the Sioux's national sovereignty.

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Clinton, Trump Report Largest Fundraising Month Yet


August was a good month for Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, both of whom reported reported their best fundraising yet,NBC News reported.

Clinton Brought in $59.5 million and Trump $41 million, according to new Federal Election Commission filings released Tuesday.

While Clinton raised more than her Republican rival, she also spent more than him. Clinton spent $49.6 million in August compared to Trump's $29.9 million.

The fundraising totals are less than the amounts the campaigns announced earlier this month as those sums included money raised for their joint fundraising committees to help their respective parties and down-ticket candidates. Those fundraising numbers won't be released until October.

West Bristol School Inform Parents of Student's Threatening Comment


A letter sent out to parents of West Bristol students said one of the children made a comment that was threatening in nature. 

On Monday, a student was heard making a comment to another student that threatening, the school said in the letter.

The school said the situation was handled in a timely manner by following all of the school and district's safety protocols. 

After conducting a thorough investigation, our administrative team worked with our Director of Safety, Deputy Superintendent and School Resource Officer to evaluate the level of threat and determine next steps," Principal Michelle LeVasseur wrote in the letter to parents. "At no time were any members of our school community in danger."

LeVasseur said she was available to speak with parents about any concerns on Tuesday night following a parent-teacher meeting. 

School will begin at normal times on Wednesday. 

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Pedestrian Struck by Car in Meriden

Route 72 East Clear After Crashes in Plainville


Part of Route 72 East was closed in Plainville after two crashes, but the scene is now clear.

The road was closed near Route 372 after one one-car crash and a two-car crash.

Everyone involved in the crashes was taken to the hospital, according to police.

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East Windsor Police Increase Traffic Enforcement on Route 5


East Windsor police are stepping up traffic enforcement on Route 5 at the request of the public, police said.

In a post on their Facebook page, East Windsor police confirmed they have increased traffic control assignments in the area.

Police said there have been two significant crashes that forced road closures recently. In the most recent, on Tuesday, four people were transported to the hospital. The road was closed for about two hours while police investigated.

Earlier in the month there was a series of accidents on Route 5 near the intersection with Tromley Road.

Photo Credit: East Windsor Police Department
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Evacuation Over at Tolland High School


Tolland High School was evacuated after staff members smelled a faint odor of gas in the kitchen area, but students have been allowed back into school.

Staff members kept students outside as fire responders and the gas company investigated and a culinary arts class, which meets in the kitchen area, has been postponed.

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Rash of Tire Thefts Reported at Middletown Apartment Complex


An apartment community in Middletown is dealing with string of tire thefts that occurred overnight on Tuesday.

In a letter to residents, the management team at Middletown Brooke apartments, located on Town Brooke Road, on said that several vehicles were found left on blocks with their tires removed.

According to Middletown Brooke, Middletown police have advised them that tire thefts are a widespread issue in both the city and throughout Connecticut this year.

Middletown Brooke management said that police are encouraging concerned residents to consider purchasing tire/wheel locks for their vehicles.

Additionally, management said that they have formally requested private police patrols through the community as often as possible.

Residents should immediately contact the police and their insurance carriers in the event any similar incident occurs and to report any suspicious activity.

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D&D Market Closes Hartford Location


A popular Hartford mainstay has moved out of the city.

D&D Market, purveyor of custom meats and all foods Italian, on Franklin Avenue was last open Saturday. Signs on the door direct customers to the Wethersfield location, which opened in 2014.

Patrons said it’s a sign of how much the neighborhood as changed.

“He is gonna lose a lot of clientele from the Hartford area but he gained from Wethersfield. That's my feeling on it. But to close this landmark? If I was the owner I would have never closed it,” said Giuseppe Marotta of Hartford.

In 1932 D&D opened on Windsor Street in Hartford. Amid urban renewal there it moved to the Franklin Avenue location.

“I used to live in Hartford on Wethersfield Avenue and I've been coming here for 30 years,” said Steve Reade, who now lives in Florida.

Shoppers said they came to D&D for food they couldn't find elsewhere.

“They want pork chops and pickled peppers. I live in Ellington. I go to South Windsor, Ellington, all of them I can't get pickled peppers. I know I can get pickled peppers here. I'm coming down here and they're closed!” said Jack Giordano from Ellington.

The owner of the market was not available to comment further. The Wethersfield store is located at 675 Wolcott Hill Road.

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2 Arrested on Heroin Charges After Pomfret Traffic Stop


Connecticut State Police have arrested two men on heroin charges after  police said the pair admitting to having heroin during a traffic stop.

Police said the Troop D Quality of Life Task Force stopped a vehicle for failing to drive right. The driver, David Hetu, 25, of Thompson, was known to police from previous incidents.

According to police, Hetu seemed nervous during his conversation with police and admitted he had heroin hidden in his boot. The passenger, Gregory Raymond, 31, of Putnam, also admitted to having heroin, police said.

According to police, troopers seized 19.1 grams of heroin from the pair.

Hetu was charged with possession of heroin and possession of heroin with intent to sell. He was released on a $5,000 surety bond. Raymond was charged with possession of heroin. He was released on a $1,000 surety bond. Both are scheduled to appear in court on Oct. 4.

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Ohio Police Chief Outraged Over Tulsa Fatal Shooting


An police chief in Ohio voiced his anger after the recent shooting of unarmed black man Terence Crutcher in Oklahoma, NBC News reported.

Rodney Muterspaw took to Twitter on Tuesday afternoon and wrote, “As an officer I am so sick and drained of some cops doing things like this. You are making us all look bad. STOP."

The 26-year veteran of the Middletown, Ohio, police force told his local paper that he could not longer stay silent following the “questionable” shooting of Crutcher in Tulsa.

These types of incidents, Muterspaw told his local newspaper, “set us back every time and it’s hard to get a grip on what we are trying to do.”

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Trump Says Afghanistan Safer Than US Inner Cities


Donald Trump promised to "rebuild our inner cities" at a rally on Tuesday, telling a North Carolina crowd that “places like Afghanistan are safer than some of our inner cities.”

Violent crime in American cities is expected to rise by 5.5 percent in 2016, according to New York University's Brennan Center. According to the United Nations, 5,166 civilians were killed or maimed in Afghanistan during the first six months of the year. Trump did not back up his comparison with statistics. 

In an effort to win African American communities, Trump has recently pitched himself as the candidate to vote for those who have nothing to lose, NBC News reported.

Despite exaggerating disparities in black communities  -- lack of quality education, safety concerns, absence of jobs -- Trump has made minor gains. An ABC/Washington Post poll average from August to September showed Trump polling at five percent with African Americans, compared to previous zero or one percent.

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3 Accused of Breaking into Cars in West Hartford


West Hartford police have arrested three men for allegedly burglarizing multiple vehicles overnight on Wednesday.

According to police, officers responded to the area of 63 Walbridge Road for a report of three men walking through a yard.

Police said when they arrived they found three men, one of whom was wearing latex gloves.

Police searched the suspects and found stolen property from multiple vehicles in the area of Walbridge Road, police said.

The only item of significant value recovered was an iPod, according to police. A key to an unknown Acura vehicle was also found. 

According to police, the suspects also had rubber gloves and other burglary tools in their possession.

The same three suspects had fled from an officer earlier in the evening in the area of Boulevard and South Highland Street, police said.

The three suspects, Damian Brito, 28, of Hartford, Angel Cabrera, 22, of Hartford, and Marcus Gonzalez, 18, of Hartford were all arrested and charged with burglary, possession of burglary tools, trespassing and larceny.

Police say the greater West Hartford region continues to experience vehicle burglaries and auto thefts often as a result of unlocked vehicles.

They are crediting these three arrests to a citizen that called in to report suspicious activity.

Police are asking all residents to report any suspicious activity immediately to authorities.

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Hamden Police Charge Suspect in Quadruple Shooting


Hamden police have charged a man in a quadruple shooting last month.

Heshimu Barker, 44, of New Haven, is accused of shooting four people outside the Highwood Bar and Grill on Dixwell Avenue on Aug. 20.

None of the victims received life-threatening injuries.

Hamden Police Chief Thoma Wydra said the arrest is significant because this crime had more gunshot victims than any other shooting in town history.

“I can tell you that social media played a role in our investigation and so did visual evidence, video evidence. It was important for us to piece that together and ultimately lead to an arrest,” Wydra said.

Barker was arrested Tuesday and is charged with first-degree assault, carrying a pistol without a permit and criminal possession of a firearm. He was held on a $500,000 bond.

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Wallingford Police Seek Dog Stolen from Car at Staples Plaza


Wallingford police are trying to track down a dog that was reported stolen from a car that was parked at the Staples Plaza Tuesday.

Police said the 12-year-old Pomeranian, named Casper, was stolen from a blue Audi Quattro parked in the parking lot at 1145 North Colony Road sometime between 8 p.m. and 8:45 p.m. while his owner was in a restaurant.

Casper weighs six to seven pounds, has a “bent cotton ball like tail,” wheezes when he breathes, has anxiety and sometimes shakes and has seizures. He is not neutered. He was wearing dark blue sleeveless hooded vest and camouflage harness when he was last seen.

Casper's owner is concerned about his health and asks for his speedy return.

Wallingford police ask anyone who may have seen the incident or with information on Casper’s whereabouts to contact them at (203) 294-2805.

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Police Investigating Unconfirmed Threat to Hartford Schools


Hartford police said they are investigating an unconfirmed threat to Hartford Public Schools. It appears to be consistent with "swatting" and to have originated internationally.

"Swatting" is the term for a false emergency call meant to prompt a police response. Police have warned that these types of incidents use up valuable police response and pose a threat to public safety. 

“We do not consider any of HPS student or staff to be in danger. Investigation ongoing,” a Tweet from Hartford police says.

School officials said the schools are operating normally.

Police said they don't believe the threat is credible for several reasons and are working with school security.

This is at least the eighth similar incident nationwide between yesterday and today, according to police, who said they are in communication with the other affected districts.

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Victim Turns Robber's Own Gun Against Him: Police


A delivery man turned the tables on a robber when the victim wrestled the suspect’s gun out of his hands, according to New Haven police.

Shawn Pauls, 23, faces charges of criminal possession of a firearm, first-degree robbery, second-degree larceny and first-degree threatening in connection with the incident.

According to police, the victim, who was not publicly identified, works as a delivery man for a local take-out restaurant and was delivering pizza to 147 Colony Road just before 3 a.m. Wednesday when the incident occurred.

According to the victim, when he arrived at the address he called the number provided in the order and was approached by a man. When the victim told the man he owed him $37, the man allegedly pulled a gun from his pocket and demanded money. The victim reported that the suspect threatened to shoot him multiple times during the encounter, police said.

Police said the victim handed the man cash and soft drinks from the car. The suspect then demanded the suspect’s wallet. When the victim said he didn’t have one, the suspect went through his pockets and demanded the victim open his vehicle’s glove box.

At this point, the victim prepared for a struggle, wrestled the gun out of the suspect’s hands and fired at the suspect. The suspect fled and the victim flagged down an officer for help, police said.

The victim explained the situation to police and pointed them to the gun, which was underneath the pizzas on his passenger seat. Police said they found several bullet casings at the scene.

Later that morning, police responded to Yale-New Haven Hospital for a reported gunshot victim. According to police the patient was dropped off in a vehicle that matched the description of a car a witness reported seeing leave the Colony Road scene.

The patient, who was suffering minor injury, was identified as Pauls, a previously convicted felon. Pauls claimed he was shot in Hamden, but police said the victim identified Pauls as the man who robbed him.

Pauls was arrested and police said he later confessed to the Colony Road robbery.

The investigation is ongoing and more charges are possible.

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Man Shot in Leg in New Haven


Police are investigating after a 50-year-old man was shot in the leg in his New Haven apartment during an altercation on Wednesday morning.

Police said they received a report of a shooting in the 400 block of George Street at 11:19 a.m. and the victim told investigators he was shot in the leg during an altercation and said he knows the shooter.

The injury is not life-threatening and the victim is being treated at a local hospital.

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7 in 10 Have Concerns About Trump's Comments: Poll


In a new national NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll, 69 percent of registered voters said they are concerned by Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's comments and language in regard to women, immigrants and Muslims, NBC News reported.

More than half of that group said they have "major" concerns about those issues, according to NBC News.

By comparison, nearly as many — 64 percent of registered voters — said they have concerns about Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server while she was secretary of state.

Thirty-three percent of those polled said that Trump's temperament concerns them the most about him; 36 percent said that the issue about Clinton that concerns them the most is her judgment when it comes to dealing with Syria, Iraq and Libya.

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