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Obit: Shimon Perez, Former Israeli Prime Minister, Nobel Pri


A former prime minister of Israel and Nobel prize winner Shimon Peres has died Tuesday at the age of 93.

West Haven Man Arrested with Fake Assault Rifle: Police


West Haven police arrested a man accused of causing a disturbance while carrying a fake rifle Tuesday afternoon.

Pasquale Pilla, 38, of West Haven, faces charges of illegal use of a facsimile firearm, breach of peace, and interfering with police.

Police said around 4:30 p.m. they received multiple 911 calls of a man with an assault rifle on Park Street. Callers reported the man was ripping flowers out of the ground, screaming, and knocked down road sign.

When police arrived they found the suspect, later identified as Pilla, in an apartment holding the rifle, according to police. Officers asked Pilla to leave the apartment but he refused, so police entered and took him into custody.

Police said the reported assault rifle was actually a replica paintball style gun.

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Distracted Driving Blamed for East Windsor Crash


East Windsor police said a crash on Route 5 Wednesday morning was the result of distracted driving.

Police said they responded around 12:40 a.m. to reports that a car crashed into a pole in front of Hot Cakes restaurant. A passenger was taken to the hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

The pole had to be stabilized by the utility company but the repairs should not impact the morning commute, police said.

East Windsor police have increased traffic enforcement on Route 5 after a series of accidents and closures on the road.

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Sharon Schools in Lockout After Suspect Flees Police


Sharon Public Schools are in a precautionary lockout Wednesday after a suspect fled from Connecticut state police Tuesday night, according to the town’s First Selectman Brent Colley. The suspect has yet to be located.

Colley said students will not be allowed outside for recess as a precaution. There is no active situation, Colley said.

Connecticut state police spent hours at the Sharon home of a man who they believe barricaded himself inside as police tried to serve an arrest warrant, but he was not in the home this morning, police said.

State police said troopers tried to serve the arrest warrant on West Meadow Road in Sharon around 11:30 a.m. Tuesday and the suspect was uncooperative and fled from troopers.

Police said they believed he barricaded himself inside his home and refused to surrender, but he was not in the home as of 7:30 a.m. and state police are trying to determine where he is.

Police did not say what the arrest warrant was for, but that the original incident happened Monday night.

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Intervention Likely Prevented Violence at Homicide Vigil: PD


Hartford police officers patrolling near a homicide vigil are being credited with stopping any further violence when they spotted three suspicious people and intervened, police said.

According to police, officers were patrolling the area of Enfield Street and Magnolia Street where a homicide recently occurred. Officers reportedly noticed three male suspects get out of a car and try to hide their faces.

The suspects began fiddling with what officers thought were guns in their hands, according to police. The officers on patrol called for backup.

When police approached the suspects one of the subjects threw a gun into the front seat of the car and all three made a run for it. Police said a second suspect threw a gun into the bushes as he escaped.

Officers called in a K9 to track the suspects but were unable to find them. Both firearms, a smith and Wesson 3904 9mm and a Glock 21 .45 caliber, were recovered. Both guns had live rounds in their clips and chambers. Police also recovered the registration in the car the suspected arrived in and discovered that the owner has an extensive firearms history out of Hartford.

Police said it is likely the suspects intended violence toward some attending the homicide vigil.

The Shooting Task Force and Major Crimes Detectives are investigating.

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Mystery Caller Threatens Clinton Supporter


A caller threatens an Ohio woman for her support of Hillary Clinton, warning that her Social Security number and other personal information have been released.

South Windsor Man Grew Marijuana on Deck: Police


A South Windsor man has been arrested on drug charges after police said they found marijuana plants growing on his back deck.

Police said they learned in June that 57-year-old Michael Wellington, of South Windsor, was growing marijuana on his rear deck, so officers obtained a search warrant and seized four plants that were about 3 feet tall and around two ounces of dried marijuana, police said.

Officers later obtained an arrest warrant charging Wellington with cultivation of marijuana and possession of marijuana and he turned himself in to police on Monday.

Wellington was released on a $5,000 non-surety bond and is scheduled to appear at Manchester Superior Court on Oct. 6.

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School Makes Student Take off Slave Costume


A Texas high school student was forced to change out of a slave costume worn for "Decades Day" during homecoming Spirit Week.

Occasional Showers Through This Weekend


An upper-level low pressure system will impact Connecticut's forecast for several days.

While it won't move directly overhead, it will be close enough to spread in cloud cover and deliver a few showers from time to time.

Wednesday will be mostly cloudy and there will be showers at times.

Thursday could turn out dry before more showers Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

High temperatures will be in the 60s with the cloud cover.

Early next week looks dry with high temperatures returning to 70 degrees.

9 Out of 10 People Breathe Polluted Air: WHO


Nine out of ten people worldwide live in areas where air pollution exceeds guidelines, the World Health Organization said. The pollution puts these people at higher risk for heart disease, strokes and cancer. 

"Air pollution continues take a toll on the health of the most vulnerable populations — women, children and the older adults," Flavia Bustreo, assistant director general at the WHO said in a news release, NBC News reported. 

The new WHO air quality monitor shows that 92 percent of people live in places with dirty air. Approximately three million deaths each year are linked to outdoor air pollution. About 90 percent of those deaths occur in low- and middle-income countries.

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Moving Company Employee Stole Jewelry: Police


Police have arrested an employee for a moving company who they said admitted to stealing jewelry from a customer in South Windsor. 

The victim contacted police in August and said she noticed jewelry was missing after she hired a moving company. 

When police interviewed one of the movers, 21-year-old Austin Martinez, of Manchester, he admitted taking some jewelry and selling it on the street, police said. 

Police obtained a warrant charging Martinez with third-degree larceny and served it on Monday. 

He was then released on $10,000 surety bond and is due in Manchester Superior Court on Oct. 6.

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Frozen Onion Rings Recalled Due to Allergy Risk


McCain Foods USA announced it is voluntarily recalling frozen onion ring products because of mislabeled packaging that poses an allergy risk.

The packaging of frozen onion rings, sold under various brand names, does not declare milk as an ingredient. Those who suffer from milk allergies could accidentally eat the onion rings and suffer potentially life-threatening reactions.

The FDA said there have been no reported illnesses.

The recalled onion rings include 16-ounce bags under the Krasdale brand, 40-ounce bags under Save-A-Lot’s Premium Pick 5 brand, 20-ounce bags under the Spartan brand, and 16-ounce bags under the Shur Fine brand.

The affected frozen onion rings were manufactured between Oct. 20, 2015 and before Sept. 23, 2016. The production date code on the products begins with the letter “V.”

Consumers who are allergic to milk should throw out the unused product or return it to the place of purchase for a full refund.

The FDA website has more information about the recall.

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    Trump Speaks at the Polish Alliance in Chicago


    Donald Trump returns to Illinois Wednesday, campaigning in both Chicago and the city's suburbs.

    Trump's first stop is expected to be at Chicago's Polish National Alliance, a late addition to the schedule ahead of the candidate's planned trip to Bolingbrook later in the afternoon.

    Hours before his planned 9 a.m. arrival, workers were seen frantically trying to remove anti-Trump graffiti that had been sprayed on the entrance of the Polish National Alliance's Northwest Side building. 

    Later in the day, former Chicago Bears coach Mike Ditka and Chicago Cubs co-owner Todd Ricketts are expected to attend a fundraiser for the Republican presidential nominee alongside Trump's daughter, Ivanka Trump, the Chicago Tribune reports.

    The event is being held at the home of Chicago businessman Bill Farley. Tickets range in price from $500 a person to $25,000 per couple, which buys a co-chair of the event and membership into the Republican National Committee's Eagles group of donors. The event will benefit Trump's campaign, the RNC and 11 state Republican Party organizations, not including Illinois.

    The Chicago reception for Ivanka Trump begins at 5 p.m. with a photo opportunity. The reception is slated to run from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.

    Hosts include state GOP Chairman Tim Schneider, state Republican national committeeman Richard Porter and state Republican national committeewoman Demetra Demonte. State Rep. John Cabello, a co-chair of the Illinois Trump Victory fund, is also listed as a host alongside Reps. Darin LaHood and John Shimkus.

    Donald Trump will also attend a big-ticket fundraiser Wednesday at Bolingbrook Golf Club. Tickets for that event, which has been delayed twice, range in price from $1,000 to $250,000 per couple.

    Additionally, Vice President Joe Biden will be in Chicago Wednesday to attend a fundraiser for Rep. Tammy Duckworth's Senate campaign. Tickets for the event range from $12,500, which includes a photo reception and dinner, to $36,100, which adds a VIP reception.


    Cooler Temps to Aid in Fight Against Santa Cruz Mountains Wildfire


    Cooler temperatures this week and possible showers this weekend are expected to give hundreds of Cal Fire firefighters a much-needed boost in fighting the Loma Fire in the Santa Cruz Mountains, which by early Wednesday has scorched 2,250 acres, or 3.5 square miles. 

    "Last night went great," Cal Fire Battalion Chief Scott McLean told reporters early Wednesday. "Granted, the fire did continue to burn. But the lower temperatures are going to be a big help."

    Cal Fire officials even said they could probably contain the fire by Monday.

    For the last several days, temperatures have been in the high 90s and near 100 degrees, and were considered “hazardous,” by the National Weather Service.

    "The fire was burning during the night time as though it were the day time," McLean said.

    But Wednesday’s weather conditions were expected to be substantially cooler and last past the weekend. By the end of the week, temperatures should drop to the 60s and mid-70s, according to the NWS. Meteorologists were even predicting some light rain on Sunday and Monday.

    That should be great news to the nearly 1,100 firefighters who had contained 10 percent of the fire – 5 percent more than the day before – and were working furiously to protect the 300 homes and communication towers that stood in the fire’s path. Mandatory evacuations were still underway for anyone living in the Loma Prieta ridgeline and nearby surrounding areas.

    As of Wednesday, one home was destroyed and one was damaged, according to Cal Fire. Six other outbuildings were also destroyed.

    The fire broke out Monday about 3 p.m. at the southern edge of Santa Clara County off Loma Prieta Road and Loma Chiquita Road, 20 miles northwest of Morgan Hill. The cause is under investigation.

    This is the fourth large wildfire in the area in 14 years: The Croy Fire erupted in 2002, the Summit Fire broke out in 2008, and another Loma Fire burned in 2009.

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    Bradley Airport, Aer Lingus Offer Nonstop Flights to Ireland


    Flights between Bradley International Airport and Ireland launch Wednesday, the first trans-Atlantic flight from the airport since 2008.

    Aer Lingus is offering direct flights to Dublin, Ireland. The flights provide New England customers with a new option for flights to Europe instead of going to John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York or Logan International Airport in Boston to fly overseas. The flight from Bradley to Dublin is expected to be about a six-hour trip.

    Bradley is hosting a celebration Wednesday afternoon to mark the launch of the flights.

    Bringing more international flights back to Bradley has been one of Gov. Dannel Malloy’s priorities and last year the governor, the Connecticut Airport Authority and the Department of Economic and Community Development announced the Air Lingus deal.

    Bradley last offered trans-Atlantic flights through Northwest Airlines from Connecticut to Amsterdam, which the airline grounded in 2008.

    Northwest then merged with Delta. Delta initially agreed to reestablish flights to Amsterdam, but the plan never came to fruition. The airline cited economic reasons.

    For more information or to book a flight, visit the Aer Lingus website.

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    Wethersfield Principal Followed Children at Wal-Mart: Police


    A Wethersfield elementary school principal was placed on leave Monday after he was arrested over the weekend and the incident report from police said he’s accused of following young girls around a Hartford Wal-Mart and sneaking photos of them.

    Police arrested John Bean, the 46-year-old principal of Highcrest Elementary School, on Saturday and Supt. Michael Emmett said he has been placed on administrative leave during the ongoing investigation. 

    Police responded to the Wal-Mart on Flatbush Avenue just after 1 p.m. on Saturday and store staff members said Bean was following children in the store and “attempting to surreptitiously photograph them,” especially when they were not with their parents, the incident report says. 

    One witness said the children were girls between 6 and 8 years old and Wal-Mart staff members said Bean was holding a small toy and using it to hide his iPhone. 

    The police officer who responded to the scene asked Bean what he was doing and he responded that he was shopping, but he did not have a shopping cart, according to police.

    When the officer asked Bean if he’d been taking photos and following children, Bean diverted his eyes, tried to walk away as police said they were detaining him and he tried to resist arrest, according to the incident report.

    The report says Bean never asked what was happening, but asked if he was under arrest and said he did not do anything. 

    During questioning, police asked Bean to unlock his phone so they could clear things up, but Bean refused, according to police, and they seized his SIM card.

    Police also reviewed surveillance from the store and said it appeared Bean was looking more at the aisles and people than the store merchandise.

    The principal was charged with interfering with an officer for resisting arrest and second-degree breach of peace, according to police. 

    “As always, our most important priority is the continuity of high quality instruction for our students, and we are taking steps to ensure that the high level of instruction at Highcrest School will continue during Mr. Bean’s leave,” Emmett said in a statement. 

    Bean was released on a $10,000 bond and was due in court today, but Bean's attorney said he has health issues and is unable to appear.

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    Investigation into Death of Hamden Man Who Fell, Died


    Police are investigating after a 24-year-old Hamden man fell in the parking lot of a Hamden restaurant, hit his head and later died. 

    Police said they responded to Andale Restaurant, at 3307 Whitney Ave., at 11:50 p.m. Sunday when they received a report that someone was unconscious. Minutes later, members of the Hamden Fire Department started treating Lorenzo Cucciniello and he was then transported to Yale-New Haven Hospital. 

    Police said his injuries were life-threatening and he died Tuesday. 

    It appears Cucciniello fell in the parking lot and hit his head, according to police. The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Farmington will do an autopsy to determine how Cucciniello died. 

    Anyone with information should call Detective Jomo Crawford of the Hamden Police Department Major Crimes Division at (203) 230-4040.

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    Trump: I'll Be the Greatest Jobs President God Ever Created


    Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump used a surprise stop in Chicago Wednesday to target Hillary Clinton for failing the bar exam in Washington D.C. years ago and claimed he would be "the greatest president for jobs that God has ever created."

    “Hillary Clinton, who I happen to believe is grossly incompetent, by the way, I just feel she’s grossly incompetent,” Trump said at Chicago’s Polish National Alliance, “Hillary Clinton is going to increase taxes and she didn’t pass her bar exam in Washington, D.C. A lot of people don’t know that.”

    “I happen to believe that she’ll be very, very bad for our country. I think it will be worse than four more years of Obama,” he added.

    He vowed, if elected, he'll be the "greatest president for jobs that God ever created."

    According to NBC News, Clinton failed the bar exam in D.C. in 1973. Trump first admonished Clinton for failing the exam in a tweet last month. In her 2003 autobiography “Living history,” Clinton noted that she failed the D.C. bar exam the same summer she passed the Arkansas bar.

    “Despite the satisfaction of my work, I was lonely and missed Bill more than I could stand,” Clinton told NBC News. “I had taken both the Arkansas and Washington, D.C. bar exams during the summer, but my heart was pulling me toward Arkansas,” she wrote. “When I learned that I passed in Arkansas but failed in D.C., I thought maybe my test scores were telling me something."

    Trump, who was criticized following Monday’s presidential debate for sniffling onstage despite his staff denying reports, sounded a bit nasally during Wednesday’s event. The Republican, who famously called his opponent Jeb Bush “low energy” during the Republican primaries, seemed to lack his typical gusto during the speech.

    The real estate magnate was introduced Wednesday by former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, who thanked Chicago for sending police officers in the wake of the 9/11 attacks and faulted the Obama Administration and former Secretary of State Clinton for resetting the United State’s relationship with Russia and giving up a nuclear defense of the Czech Republic and Poland.

    Giuliani also had some harsh words for Russia, claiming the U.S. needs to bolster its military to defend against Russian President Vladimir Putin, who he called a “bully.”

    “[Trump] doesn’t know Putin, he’s never met Putin,” Giuliani said. “Will he negotiate with Putin? Yes. Did Reagan negotiate with Gorbachev? Yes. But he’s going to negotiate with him from a position of military strength that dwarfs the Soviet... I’m sorry, Russia.”

    Following the introduction, Trump pledged to support the Polish community in America.

    “The Polish people are great people, these are great people, and if I get elected, believe me, we take care of all our people, all of our people,” Trump said. “But we do have a very, very special place because Polish-Americans, what you’ve done for this country, is really incredible and I don’t think frankly that people know the great sacrifices that you’ve gone through,” he added.

    The Republican also boasted about being dubbed “Mr. Brexit” after championing the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the European Union earlier this year, breaking with President Barack Obama, who opposed the move.

    Trump claimed that America would "have a job growth like we’ve never seen” if taxes and regulations could be cut on businesses. He faulted Obama for the national deficit growing to unprecedented levels during his administration and bemoaned the nation's faltering infrastructure, schools, hospitals and airports.

    The Republican nominee is now set to attend a big-ticket fundraiser at Bolingbrook Golf Club Wednesday afternoon.


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    Feds ID Men in NYC Bomb Luggage Vid


    Federal authorities think they've identified the men seen on camera taking luggage allegedly planted on a Manhattan sidewalk by a man accused of terror and other charges in connection with explosions in New York and New Jersey earlier this month, senior law enforcement officials told NBC 4 New York.

    The officials said the two men seen in the video taking the bag — but leaving behind the pressure cooker bomb that was inside — from West 27th Street on Sept. 17 are believed to be airline employees and are now likely overseas.

    One senior official familiar with the investigation said they are thought to be employees who worked as part of a flight crew for an Egyptian airline. They were identified from a security camera at the hotel where they were staying. 

    The men have never been considered suspects; authorities have said they wanted to recover the luggage to assist in their investigation. Officials say the the FBI believes it knows where the men are and is trying to reach them. 

    The FBI's New York office released a photo of the two men on Sept. 21, four days after the bombing. 

    "They are witnesses, we are very interested in talking to them and hearing about how they found the bag," Jim Waters, head of the NYPD's counterterrorism bureau, said last week. "They found the bag, opened it, found the device -- a pressure cooker -- and took the bag. They are witnesses. There are no criminal charges. I want to stress that."

    The pressure cooker bomb inside the suitcase was allegedly planted by Ahmad Rahami, a New Jersey resident who was charged with planting that device and one that exploded on 23rd Street, injuring 31 people, Sept. 17. He is also charged with planting the pipe bomb that exploded in a trash bin along a Marine 5K race in Seaside Park, New Jersey, hours earlier.

    Waters said the men who removed the bomb from the bag were "very lucky" they weren't hurt. He said if the men weren't plugged into news coverage, it was possible they still didn't know they had taken the bag that held the bomb.

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    ADL Declares Pepe The Frog a Hate Symbol


    Internet meme Pepe the Frog has been declared a symbol of hate by the Anti-Defamation League. The green amphibian has been frequently used by alt-right campaigners, Donald Trump supporters and white supremacist groups, NBC News reported.

    While Pepe's origin as the "feels good man" is inoffensive, it has recently been appropriated for bigoted, anti-Semitic themes, according to the ADL.

    "Although Pepe memes have many defenders, the use of racist and bigoted versions of Pepe memes seems to be increasing, not decreasing," ADL announced in their inclusion of the meme into the database of hate symbols.

    The frog has been posted on social media by presidential candidate Donald Trump and his son in various contexts, including a play on a poster of "The Expendables" to "The Deplorables," featuring Donald Trump, Rudy Giuliani, alt-right icon Milo Yiannopoulos and Pepe the Frog.

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