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9-Year-Old Girl in Charlotte Makes Plea For Peace


One of the biggest voices heard following the fatal police shooting of Keith Lamont Scott was from a 9-year-old during Monday's Charlotte City Council meeting. Zianna Oliphant's message about protests in Charlotte has spread, capturing the hearts and attention world-wide. "We are black people, and we shouldn't have to feel like this," she said. "We shouldn't have to protest because y'all are treating us wrong."

Father of Man Who Was Lost at Sea Thankful Son Is OK


The father of the 22-year-old Connecticut native who was lost at sea for a week said he’s thankful his son is doing OK and said he now needs some time alone.

Nathan Carman left Rhode Island on Sept. 18 with his 54-year-old mother, Linda, to go fishing, but something happened along that trip and a Chinese freighter found Nathan a week later, floating in a life raft.

However, there has been no sign of his mother and officials from the Coast Guard said she is presumed dead. 

Nathan Carman told authorities that he looked for his mother and called for her after getting to the life raft, but could not find her. 

"I would just like to thank the public for their prayers and for their concern for both my mother and for myself and I would lke to thank the crew of the ship that rescued me," Nathan Carman told Boston-based WHDH in an interview.

The 22-year-old is also a person of interst in his wealthy grandfather's death from 2013. He told the Associated Press on Wednesday that he had nothing to do with his grandfather's unsolved slaying and didn't harm his missing mother. 

Nathan’s father, Clark Carman, who now lives in California, made the trip to Middletown this week and said he was thrilled to get the news that his son is OK.

“I was thrilled to death when I got the news,” he said. “Oh yes, after seven days at sea, I don’t know how anybody made it.”

But, he added that this is a difficult situation.

“None of us really know what he went through and I’m sure it was traumatic and so we have to bear with that. He’s been debriefed by the Coast Guard, police,” Clark Carman said.

Nathan told WHDH that he feels healthy, but has been though a “huge amount” emotionally.

“My request is just to be allowed to mourn naturally,” he said.

Outside the Middletown house Linda Carman called home, there are signs saying “Never give up” and “Please pray.”

Nathan Carman now lives in Vermont and authorities have searched his home there for evidence connected to the fishing trip he went on with his mother and seized a modem with cable, SIM card and a letter written by Carman, according to police documents.

The search warrant affidavit reads that police "believe that evidence relating to the crime of RIGL 46-22-9.3 {Operating so as to endanger, resulting in the death} will be located inside Nathan's residence located at 3034 Fort Bridgemon Road in Vernon, Vermont."

Nathan’s father said his son was not involved with his grandfather’s death and what happened to his mother was a pure accident.

“They were the two most important people in his life,” Clark Harman said.

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Protesters Demand Justice After San Diego-Area Police Shooting


Demonstrators protesting the shooting death of an unarmed black man said to be "mentally perturbed" gathered in El Cajun for a second night of mostly peaceful protests, chanting slogans and holding signs.

Several hundred people took to the streets of the San Diego suburb, marching from the shooting scene to City Hall and back, shouting Alfred Okwera Olango's name, taunting police and periodically blocking traffic.

The 28-year-old refugee from the Uganda was fatally shot by police after allegedly taking a "shooting stance" while holding an object during a confrontation with officers in shopping center's parking lot, El Cajon police said. Police later confirmed Olango was holding a vape smoking device.  

The crowd staged a boisterous but peaceful rally near the site of Olango's death at the Broadway Plaza Shopping Center on Broadway, chanting "No justice, no peace," and holding "Black Lives Matter" signs. 


A tense situation unfolded earlier Wednesday evening after some sort of scuffle prompted the crowd to scatter, and forced police to call in back up. 

Officers in riot gear could be seen forming lines and blocking off streets, but mostly kept their distance. Demonstrators milled about the streets, but the mood grew more relaxed and the crowds gradually diminished.


Protests against the police shooting began earlier in the day, when crowds gathered and walked in between cars traveling in the opposite direction along Broadway.

Some protesters cursed as they marched while others screamed, "No violence! No violence!"

A dozen San Diego County Sheriff's deputies stood in a line across Broadway between Ballantyne Street and Mollison Avenue, in an apparent attempt to block protesters from getting on to State Route 67.

One woman, who was protesting with her son, told NBC 7 that she worries about him because he's black and she's white.

"It's just to bring attention to what's going on," Sara Bennett said. "I worry about him every day because of what's going on and how is it, they see me as a white woman and him as a black man. Its not fair, we need to be together."

Her son, Josiah, said he was out in the streets because he was tired of his mom worrying about him whenever he left the house.

"I shouldn't have to worry if I'm white, brown, black, purple, green," he said. "Doesn't matter. I want to feel safe and hang out and do what I want without police looking at me because I'm a certain color."

Protesters also held a candlelight memorial for Olango at the shooting scene on Broadway. They said his name multiple times and held a moment of silence before heading to the street for a sit-in.



Parkway Plaza in El Cajon, on the 400 block of Fletcher Parkway off Interstate 8, temporarily closed their doors Wednesday because of the protesters. 

"By request of local authorities and out of an abundance of caution, Parkway Plaza will be temporarily closed due to demonstrations in the area. We will let you know when we are scheduled to reopen," the Plaza said in a statement on their Facebook page.

El Cajon Police said the mall chose to close on its own.

On Tuesday, officers with the El Cajon Police Department (ECPD) shot and killed Alfred Olango, a Ugandan refugee, during an encounter in the parking lot of a shopping center in the 800 block of Broadway. Police said Olango was reported to be "acting erratically" and did not follow orders to remove his hands from the pockets of his pants.

Police said at one point he pulled an object from his pants and pointed it at officers in a "shooting stance." Authorities later revealed the object was a vaping device.

The killing of Olango sparked outrage in the community amid racial tensions nationwide stemming from deadly police shootings of unarmed black men.

An NBC 7 news crew captured one confrontation between a protester and a sheriff's deputy.


“Pigs! Be scared! [You’re all] in riot gear because you’re all f---ing cowards!” the protester said.

Suddenly a woman nearby chimed in, directing her comment to the deputy, “No, you guys aren’t. You guys are doing your jobs."

"You may not be part of it, but your buddies are," another man shouted at law enforcement officers. "It's time to expose everybody."

A man wearing a shirt with the words #BlackLives tried to walk across the line formed by law enforcement but was quickly stopped by a deputy.

The man shouted that he was trying to get to his son on the other side of the line.

“Stop! Go back!” the deputy told the man.

“Are you kidding me?” the man asked the deputy. “You wonder why we gotta problem with you all? Are you serious?”

"Is not following police orders a justification for killing? This is Murder," said Christopher Rice-Wilson, the Associate Director at Alliance San Diego who was one of the protesters. 

Olango emigrated to the U.S. in 1991 when he was 12 years old.






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OPEC Reaches Preliminary Accord to Curb Oil Production


OPEC nations reached a preliminary agreement Wednesday to curb oil production for the first time since the global financial crisis eight years ago, pushing up prices that had sunk over the past two years and weakened the economies of oil-producing nations.

Mohammed Bin Saleh Al-Sada, Qatar's energy minister and current president of OPEC, announced the deal after several hours of talks in the Algerian capital. The levels must still be finalized at an OPEC meeting in Vienna in November.

The preliminary deal will limit output from the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries to between 32.5 million and 33 million barrels per day, he said. Current output is estimated at 33.2 million barrels per day.

Benchmark U.S. crude jumped $2.38, or 5.3 percent, to $47.05 a barrel in New York. Brent crude, the international standard, was up $2.72, or 5.9 percent, to $48.69 a barrel in London.

Long-running disagreements between regional rivals Saudi Arabia and Iran had dimmed hopes for a deal at Wednesday's talks.

Iran had been resistant to cutting production, as it's trying to restore its oil industry since emerging from international sanctions over its nuclear program earlier this year. According to Wednesday's deal, Iran exceptionally will be allowed to increase production to 3.7 million barrels a day, according to Algerian participants at the meeting. It is currently estimated to be pumping around 3.6 million.

The OPEC officials met informally on the sidelines of an energy conference in Algiers to try to find common ground on how to support oil markets.

"We reached a very positive deal," said Nigerian Oil Minister Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu. He said all countries will reduce output but the specific quotas will be set in Vienna in November.

Earlier, Iranian Petroleum Minister Bijan Namdar Zanganeh had played down the OPEC gathering, calling it "just a consultation meeting."

The price of crude oil has fallen sharply since mid-2014, when it was over $100 a barrel, dropping below $30 at the start of this year.

Saudi Arabia, the world's biggest oil producer and Iran's rival for power in the Middle East, appeared to be more amenable to some sort of production limit, certainly more so than in April when OPEC failed to agree on measures to curb supplies.

Saudi Energy Minister Khalid Al-Falih this week promised to "support any decision aimed at stabilizing the market."

Over the past couple of years, OPEC countries, led by Saudi Arabia, had been willing to let the oil price drop as a means of driving some U.S. shale oil and gas producers out of business. Shale oil and gas requires a higher price to break even.

Those lower prices have hurt many oil-producing nations hard, particularly OPEC members Venezuela and Nigeria, but also Russia and Brazil.

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First Connecticut Case of Domestically Acquired Zika: DPH


State officials have announced the first Connecticut case of Zika acquired within the United States and officials from the state Department of Public Health said the patient had recently traveled to Florida.

This was the first case of Zika reported in the state that was acquired within the Untied States. Other cases reported in Connecticut were residents who became sick after traveling outside the country. 

But Summer McGee, of the University of New Haven, said there is no reason to panic.

"The likelihood of acquiring Zika for Connecticut residents is approximately the same as dying by a lightning strike," McGee said.

The people with the most reason for concern are pregnant women because of the birth defects associated with the virus, but it is not likely to contract the virus in Connecticut.

"While the risk is real and serious, it's also very remote," McGee said.

To date, 85 patients have tested positive for the Zika virus in Connecticut, five of whom who were pregnant.

If mosquitoes carrying Zika did make their way into Connecticut, it should not raise too much of a concern, officials said.

"Winter is coming, so mosquitoes are not going to be living as long and spreading around the country," McGee said.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 3,358 cases of Zika have been reported in the United States. 

How Trump Fared With Women After the Debate


Donald Trump's debate performance did not help his standing among among women likely to vote in the election in November, according to a new NBC NewsSurveyMoney poll taken after Monday’s debate.

NBC News reported that 27 percent of likely female voters said the debate caused them to think worse of Trump, while just 12 percent said their views on Clinton worsened. Eleven percent of women voters said their views on Trump improved while 30 percent said their views on Hillary Clinton improved.

The poll found that overall, 52 percent of likely voters who watched the debate or followed coverage on it thought Hillary Clinton won, and women named Clinton the winner of the debate by a 10-point margin over men.

"I'm undecided, but I'm leaning more towards Hillary than I ever have before because of the debate," said Joan Hume, a 71-year-old retiree from Ohio who said she voted for Trump in the primary.

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Trail of Terror Set to Scare Crowds This Weekend


One of the state’s premiere Halloween attractions will come alive this weekend when the Trail of Terror in Wallingford opens Saturday.

It has frightened crowds for about 20 years and includes a greenhouse where anything seems to grow, creepy clowns jump out from every side and visitors are met by ghouls around every turn.

“We’ve been here all the time, constantly. Every waking hour, we’re here. We’re working on it,” said Wayne Barneschi, the event’s founder and coordinator.

Planning and preparation has taken almost a year and it’s all done by around 400 volunteers.

On Wednesday, they were putting final touches on the crematorium, which is among the new frights this year.

“It’s a ton of fun. The adrenaline rush is something you can’t explain,” Tori Lycke said.

Once the attraction opens volunteers transform into actors and some come back year after year for what could be their favorite holiday.

“Halloween was the one you get to dress up as somebody else and they never know who you are,” said Jarrod Rowen.

Nearly 20,000 people from 20 states are expected to wind their way through these horrors, which are built from scratch.

For about an hour they can lose themselves in a frightening fantasy, which is all the reward needed for the cast.

“People get scared, they scream. They whatever and then next thing you know they’re laughing at themselves for doing it because they’re having such a good time,” said Barneschi.

This is also a fundraiser and has generated more than $1.3 million for charities.

A reserved ticket online costs $20.

Trail of Terror runs Oct. 1 through Oct. 30.

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New Contractor Chosen to Complete Hartford Ballpark


A new contractor has been chosen to complete Dunkin Donuts stadium in Hartford, city officials said. 

Arch Insurance has selected Whiting Turner as the completion contractor for Dunkin Donuts Park.

According to Whiting Turner's website it has extensive experience building and renovating major sports venues including work done at M&T Bank Stadium where the Baltimore Ravens play and at the Navy-Marine Corps Stadium where Navy plays its home football games.

The mayor of Hartford said there was an agreement with Arch Insurance to complete Dunkin’ Donuts Park in time for the beginning of the Hartford Yard Goats' next season in April 2017.

The park was supposed to be finished by the beginning of the 2016 baseball stadium, in time for the beginning of the Yard Goats inaugural season, but there were delays and the city ultimately fired the developer.    

The city of Hartford's investment in the stadium to date is $102 million, according to an internal audit, but the city had not paid the former developer's final invoice at that point and auditors said they could not estimate what the final cost to finish the project will be.

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Community Leaders, Police Chief Urge State To Not Renew Hamden Pizza Bar's Liquor Permit


Hamden Police Chief Thomas Wydra sent a letter Wednesday to the state’s Department of Consumer Protection urging the liquor commission not to extend the permit for the Slyce Pizza Bar on Arch Street.

More than 200 residents who signed a petition and community leaders are protesting violence they say is connected to the restaurant.

But the owner, Fazlay Rabbi, told NBC Connecticut making his business suffer is not the solution.

Odell Cooper lost her 25-year-old son, Jonathan Cooper, in a shooting she said was perpetrated by a patron of the Slyce Pizza Bar in April.

“My son’s dream is gone,” she said. “I will not have the opportunity of having his dream live, but I have a death certificate.”

Cooper joined other leaders from Congregations Organized for a New Connecticut (CONECT), Hamden Mayor Curt Leng and Chief Wydra for a demonstration Wednesday afternoon outside the pizza bar.

“We’re not talking about an anomaly,” Wydra said. “We are talking about many, many incidents. More than at least five shootings, other assaults, robberies.”

Hamden police said the three shootings they responded to this year took place after 11:30 p.m. when there was a crowd outside the bar.

“We’re tired of the noise. We’re tired of the sirens,” Hamden resident Darlene Butler said. “We’re tired of the violence.”

The owner said his restaurant is not responsible for criminal activity in the area.

“It’s nothing happened in my business,” Rabbi said. “The shooting happened the other side in the parking lot.”

Rabbi said his business, which offers a $5 pizza deal, would not be viable without a license to serve.

“I cannot afford my business without sell the liquor because my food I’m selling very cheap,” he said.

Mike Smith, a regular customer, said he’d rather see an increased police presence in the neighborhood.

“This is the spot,” Smith said. “I know people getting shot, killed, but let’s be real, people get shot, killed everywhere. How are you going to blame it on the pizza spot?”

Rabbi told NBC Connecticut he has never had liquor license violations and he already employs a security guard for late nights. The current liquor license expires next month.

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New Flooring Causes Headache for Dayville Couple


When Pat and Bruce Till bought their home at the end of July, they knew it needed work. They decided to start from the bottom up and hired National Floors Direct to install hardwood floors in six rooms, a hallway and entryway.

The salesman told the Tills he could fit them in right away. That was perfect for the couple, who wanted to have the floors finished before their furniture arrived.

The job took four days. The Tills said everything looked good at first. But soon, one of the floorboards popped up.

"And then we started looking around the rest of the house and it seems like every couple of days we would notice something else," Pat Till said.

Customer service told Pat to e-mail photos of the problem. The Tills tried to explain a photo wouldn't tell the whole story.

"You really can't see it until you walk on it and you move things around," Bruce Till said.

The Till's salesperson went to their home on his day off to see the floors, take photos and start a claim.

The company said it would send the same crew back out to do the repairs and to return a ladder that had unintentionally been taken from the home.

"And I said, 'Well I don't want them.' They made a lot of errors with the floors and they walked away with something that belonged to us and I don't feel comfortable with them coming back to the house," Pat said.

She said the company offered to send a manager along with the crew to supervise the work. But Pat still wanted a different installation team. So she called NBC Connecticut Responds. After we explained the Till’s concerns, National Floors Direct agreed to send out a different crew.

A manager also visited the Till’s home to view the problems for himself. The new installation crew is scheduled to begin work on Thursday.

"That's all we want. We just want our floors, what we paid for. We're not looking for anything else," Pat said.

National Floors Direct provided NBC Connecticut Responds with the following statement:

"Our company undertakes many thousands of custom carpet and flooring installations each year. In the rare instance of a warranty claim, the company does everything it can to work with clients and manufacturing partners to resolve any and all issues as quickly as possible with the unwavering focus on providing excellent service to our customers. Independently of any outside inquiry, we have actively addressed Mrs. Till's flooring warranty claim expeditiously and in a manner consistent with both company practice and standards in our industry."

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Majority of Voters Say Clinton Won the Debate: Poll


A majority (52 percent) of voters who followed the first presidential debate said Hillary Clinton won, according to an NBC News/Survey Monkey post-debate poll.

Twenty-one percent of those polled thought Trump was the winner, while 26 percent said neither candidate emerged victorious.

Fifty percent of Democrats said their impression of Clinton changed for the better after watching the debate. About a quarter of Republicans polled said their impression of Trump changed positively.

Thirty percent of women polled, regardless of party affiliation, said their opinion of Clinton improved after the debate, while just 11 percent of women overall said their opinion of Trump changed for the better.

The first face-off of the 2016 presidential election cycle broke debate viewership records and about three-quarters of respondents said they watched the debate live.

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Sudan Used Chemical Weapons on Civilians in Darfur: Report


Amnesty International released a chilling report on Sudan's repeated use of chemical weapons on civilians in a remote and inaccessible part of Darfur, NBC News reported.

The 103-page report — "Scorched Earth, Poisoned Air" — features satellite images, survivor testimonies and photographs to corroborate what it says are war crimes in Darfur's Jebel Marra region.

"When the bomb exploded I inhaled the poisonous air, which I am smelling even now," one survivor said — cutting an interview short because he was in too much pain to speak.

According to Amnesty the evidence indicates at least 30 likely chemical attacks have hit the area since the start of the year. The most recent was Sept. 9.

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Joyrider Vandalizes Death Valley


Miles of tire tracks left behind by someone out for a joyride mark the latest act of vandalism in California's Death Valley National Park.

The tracks in the hottest, driest place on earth extend for about 10 miles, including looping patterns likely created by doughnuts from the sport utility vehicle's tires, on the fragile surface of the park's "Racetrack Playa." The scars will likely remain on the surface for years because exposed loose silt can be blown away by strong winds, causing a depression in the dry soil.

The remote dry lake is known for unusual tracks, but not the man-made kind.

In 2014, scientists unraveled the mystery behind the Playa's "moving rocks," which appeared to leave jagged trails in the surface. The researchers found that large sheets of ice were pushed by winds into the rocks, acting as a sail that moved the rocks across the lake bed.

But there was no mystery behind the SUV tire tracks, discovered in August by a park ranger. A GPS rendering of the route shows the SUV driver traveled erratically back and forth along the lake bed, made several sharp turns and turned a few doughnuts.

"We are hopeful that someone will be charged in this case," Abby Wines, a park spokeswoman, told the Los Angeles Times, adding that investigators have a "strong lead."

Federal investigators told the Times they have identified a suspect believed responsible for the vandalism.

Authorities did not release the suspect's name.

The destructive driving case comes after three men were charged in May in connection with damage to a Death Valley National Park rock tub. A federally endangered Devil's Hole Pupfish was found dead at the site. 

The suspects in that case were identified through DNA left at the crime scene. The park service also released surveillance video of the shotgun-wielding men as they broke into Devil's Hole.

In June, a San Diego woman pleaded guilty to misdemeanor counts of defiling rocks formations at Death Valley and other national parks.

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India Strikes Militants in Nuke-Armed Pakistan


India said Thursday it has launched "surgical strikes" in Pakistan on suspected militants they thought were preparing to infiltrate the country from Pakistan-ruled Kashmir, NBC News reported.

The move raised raising tensions between India and Pakistan, both nuclear-armed countries that have clashed over ownership over the Kashmir region in the Himalayas.

They have fought three wars since independence from Britain in 1947, two of them over Kashmir.

The Indian action represents a departure from a traditional policy of strategic restraint in the face of what New Delhi sees as cross-border terrorist acts that it believes are sponsored by the Pakistani state.

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Cancer Survivor Becomes a Nurse Children's Hospital


A West Michigan oncology nurse was inspired by her own battle with childhood cancer to help kids fighting similar diseases. Read more on WOOD.

Brewer Wants to Sell Weed-Infused Beer Nationwide


A Colorado based brewery plans to market their cannabis-infused beer across the country. One question: does it get you high?

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Man Killed by El Cajon Police Held Vaping Device: PD


The object held by a black man shot and killed by El Cajon police officers Tuesday was a type of vaping device, two police sources have confirmed to NBC7.

Alfred Olango, a 38-year-old Ugandan refugee who friends say came to the U.S. over 20 years ago, was killed following a confrontation with police officers in the middle of the day in a public parking lot along a busy street.

El Cajon Police Chief Jeff Davis, whose officers are not outfitted with body-worn cameras, released a still image from video captured by a witness while promising transparency and asking the community to be patient as the investigation unfolds.

Members of the community held a rally early Wednesday to call for a federal investigation. Several hundred protesters took to the streets later in the evening, with many chanting "no justice, no peace."

Olango pulled an object from his pants and held it out “like he would be firing a gun,” El Cajon police said. The object was a vaping smoking device with an all-silver cylinder measuring approximately 1 inch in diameter and 3 inches long. The vape had a box attached; it was collected as evidence on scene.

"The two officers that were involved, the one that deployed the Taser and the one that fired his weapon, both have over 21 years of service as police officers," Davis said Tuesday night.

El Cajon police said the dispatch receiving calls beginning at 1 p.m. of a man who was “not acting like himself.”

Chief Davis said it took approximately 50 minutes for his officers to arrive at the scene. The shooting happened one to two minutes after officers arrived on scene, police told NBC 7.

Witnesses offered conflicting accounts as to what happened. Some told NBC 7 Olango had his arms stretched out to his side. Some said he refused to raise his arms.

According to police, Olango refused multiple instructions to remove his hand from in his pocket. This was confirmed by the manager of a nearby fast-food restaurant where a drive-through employee recorded the only video believed to have captured the entire incident.

At the time, there was a Psychiatric Emergency Response Team (PERT) clinician with a police officer in the area, but they were responding to another call of a reported man darting in and out of traffic. They were not available. 

The community of El Cajon, California is approximately 30 miles east of downtown San Diego.

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Minnesota Sisters Found Dead in Luxury Resort


Two sisters from Minnesota were found dead in their hotel room on a paradise island in the Indian Ocean last week, NBC News reported. 

Annie Korkki, 37 and Robin Korkki, 42, were vacationing at a $2,000-a-night luxury resort on the Seychelles island of Mahé.

They were found dead on Sept. 22 after an employee at the Maia Luxury Resort and Spa tried to wake them, according to the hotel and local officials.

"There were no marks on them whatsoever," Seychelles Tourism Minister Alain St Ange told NBC News. "They had a good time in the day and then they went to their room."

The sisters' brother and mother have traveled to the island to look for answers, St Ange said. 

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Former Manager Accused of Embezzling $400,000 from Non-Profit


A former manager for a Connecticut-based non-profit that helps the elderly, as well as people with developmental, intellectual and physical disabilities, is accused of embezzling more than $400,000 from the organization.

Michelle Labrec, 52, of Ronkonkoma, New York, was the manager of accounts payable at Allied Community Resources in East Windsor and police said she embezzled funds the State Department of Social Services allocated to the non-profit, according to police.

Coventry police arrested Labrec Wednesday after a 10-month investigation and charged her with first-degree larceny, first-degree identity theft and 114 counts of second-degree forgery. They said she was a Coventry resident at the time of the alleged crime. 

Labrec was released from custody on a non-surety bond and is scheduled to appear in Rockville Court on Oct. 6.

Police said the case was referred to the state Department of Revenue Services to investigate further.

Allied Community Resources provides financial management services for several state funded programs, as well as those funded through Medicaid waiver.

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Over 600K Vets May Be Uninsured in 2017


More than 600,000 U.S. military veterans will go without health insurance in 2017 if 19 states fail to expand their Medicaid programs, according to the Urban Institute.

The report found that many veterans fall into the “Medicaid gap” -- not poor enough to qualify for Medicaid, but making too much to qualify for federal subsidies stipulated in the Affordable Care Act. Some uninsured veterans may be able to obtain VA care, but not all of them choose it or meet the eligibility requirements. 

Thirty-two states have expanded their Medicaid programs since Obamacare passed in 2010, and 20 million more Americans have health insurance than did six years ago. Many Republican-controlled states refused to do it, leaving many of their residents in what's now called the "Medicaid gap."

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