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Route 20 in Granby Reopens After Tractor-Trailer Accident


The eastbound side of Route 20 in Granby is has reopened after a jackknifed tractor-trailer forced its closure for part of the morning commute, police said.

The road was closed just west of Route 189 around 6 a.m. Wednesday morning. Traffic was detoured down Day Street to Route 189.

It took roughly an hour to clear the accident.

It is unclear if there were any injuries.


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3 Hartford Bodegas Closed After Illegal Pill Sale Bust: PD


Three bodegas were closed after Hartford police cracked down on the sales of illegal pills, including Viagra, anxiety medication, opioids and more, throughout the city.

Deputy Police Chief Brian Foley said the Hartford Police Vice and Narcotics unit raided several bodegas around the city as part of the operation Tuesday morning and the Los Cubanitos Market, at 206 Park St., Salcedo Grocery, at 1022 Broad St., and Jordi Grocery, at 1053 Capitol Ave., were selling prescription pills during their regular business hours.

Detectives executed search warrants at each location and seized a total of 647 prescription pills and $1,743 in cash. Three people were arrested, police said.

Police seized 156 Viagra pills, Ampitrex, Alprazolam, which is used to treat anxiety; Zolpidem, a sedative that is used to treat insomnia; Acetaminophen and oxycodone, a pain medication; Mintazapine, an antidepressant; Clonazepam, an anti-epileptic drug; Roxicet, an opioid pain medication made with acetaminophen and oxycodone; and Acetaminophen and Tramadol, a potent pain reliever. 

Henry Depena, 49, was charged with possession of prescription, possession of narcotics, possession with intent to sell narcotics, possession of a controlled substance, possession with intent to sell controlled substance and failure to keep prescription drugs in container.

Carmen Villa, 24, of Hartford, and Pablo Evangelista, 53, of Hartford, were charged with possession of prescription.

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2 CT Coffee Shops Transform into Luke's from 'Gilmore Girls'


Two Hartford coffee shops are participating in a "Gilmore Girls" celebration by transforming into the show’s iconic Luke’s Diner for a day on Wednesday.

Metro Café on Farmington Avenue and Peter B’s Espresso on Summit Street are two of 200 independent coffee shops nationwide partnering with Netflix for Luke’s Coffee Day, in honor of the 16th anniversary of the show’s first episode.

Netflix announced earlier this year that "Gilmore Girls" would be revived with the show's original cast.

As fans know, coffee was a central part of the lives of Lorelai and Rory Gilmore, and rarely an episode went by without a visit to Luke's Diner in the center of town.

Each temporary Luke’s will include décor from the show. Both Connecticut locations will open at 7 a.m. and offer "Gilmore Girls" goodies to customers who show up between opening and noon.

The "Gilmore Girls" show was set in Stars Hollow, Connecticut, a fictional town show creator Amy-Sherman Palladino has said is based off the real-world Washington Depot in northwestern Connecticut.

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Over 4650 People Saved, 28 Drown in 1 Day Off Libya


In a single day, more than 4,650 migrants were rescued off the Libyan coast, after using the relatively calm weather to head toward the Italian coast, Italy's coast guard said Wednesday, Reuters reported.

The rescue missions, which took place on Tuesday, bring the total number of migrants to reach Italy since the start of the year to approximately 142,000. Around 3,100 have died trying to reach Europe this year, including 28 people on Tuesday.

The majority of people fleeing are from Africa, including Nigeria, Eritrea, Guinea, Gambia, Sudan, Ivory Coast and Somalia. European law states that migrants must stay in the country that they initially arrive in and Italy has been struggling to manage the growing numbers.

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Millions of Craft Paints Recalled


About 2.8 million units of craft paints have been recalled due to risk of exposure to harmful bacteria.

Sargent Art recalled 13 types of arts and crafts tempera and finger paints sold nationwide at Hobby Lobby, Wal-Mart, Amazon.com and their website, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.

The affected bottles were produced between May of 2015 and June of 2016. Click here for a full list of colors and sizes of paints included in the recall.

Exposure to certain bacteria can have adverse health effects on those with compromised immune systems. Those with healthy immune systems are typically not affected by the bacteria.

Anyone with the recalled supplies should contact Sargent Art for a full refund.

For more information, visit www.recallrtr.com/pidilite or call Sargent Art at 800-827-8081 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays.

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Complaints of Clowns in Van in Rocky Hill Unfounded: Police


A prank about clowns going in and out of a van in Rocky Hill led to police investigating on Tuesday night and coming to the conclusion that there were no clowns and the van people were concerned about was legally registered and parked. 

Police responded to Boulder Drive just after 7 p.m. when someone reported a suspicious van on the street and spoke with the owner, who said he parked the van on the road while borrowing a vehicle belonging to a friend on the street. Then, he picked up his van and left the area. 

Soon after, police started getting calls about comments on social media about clowns seen entering and exiting said van. 

Police investigated further and determined the information was false and appears to be a prank that extended into the Whitewood Drive area as well. 

Police said there is no information to support these concerns, which were raised amid a creepy clown social media fury that has gained steam since August, when children in South Carolina reported seeing several clowns lurking in the woods. 

Broadbridge Avenue in Stratford Closed After Serious Crash


Broadbridge Avenue in Stratford is closed because of a serious accident, police said.

Police confirmed the road was closed between Yukon Street and London Terrace and is expected to remain closed for several hours.

Details of the accident were not immediately available.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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Teen Charged in Connection With Shooting Outside Restaurant


Groton police have arrested a 17-year-old boy accused in the shooting of another teen outside a restaurant Sunday.

The suspect, who has not been identified due to his age, is charged with first-degree assault, first-degree robbery, and carrying a pistol without a permit.

Police said that on Sunday around 4:30 p.m. they received a reports of a shooting from employees at the 99 Restaurant at 117 Long Hill Road. When officers arrived at the scene they found a 17-year-old boy with a gunshot wound to the abdomen.

The victim was taken to Lawrence and Memorial Hospital, then transported to Yale-New Haven Hospital for emergency surgery. His current condition is unclear.

Police said this was not a random act of violence and those involved were not connected to the restaurant.

More arrests are expected in this case, police said.

Anyone with information on this crime is encouraged to call the Groton Police Department at (860) 441-6712.

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Suspect Arrested in Connection with Norwich Armed Robbery


Norwich police have arrested a man in connection with an armed robbery at a local gas station back in September.

Jordan Kondratowicz, 34, of Norwich, was arrested on warrant and charged with conspiracy to commit robbery and conspiracy to commit larceny.

Police said that on September 5 around 9:50 p.m. officers responded to a panic alarm at the Shell Gas Station at 170 Taftville Occum Road. The clerks reported they had been robbed of several hundred dollars.

Kondratowicz was held on a $150,000 bond and is expected in Norwich Superior Court Wednesday.

Another man, Eric Begin, 41, or Norwich, has already been charged in the case.

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3 Charged in Creepy Clown Threats in Ansonia


The day after increasing police presence at Ansonia schools over threatening creepy clown messages on Instagram, police have arrested two 13-year-old girls. Police said they also made a third arrest in an unrelated, but similar case.

On Tuesday, Ansonia police started investigating posts that were directed at the Ansonia School system on Tuesday and threatened to shoot up the middle school, then go shoot up the high school.

Investigators identified two suspects and took them into custody.

The two girls have been charged with first-degree threatening, breach of peace in the second degree, conspiracy to commit threatening in the first degree and breach of peace in the second degree.

Police said they did not believe the threats were credible, but they added extra police presence at the schools today. 

On Tuesday, Naugatuck police arrested two teenage girls in connection with threatening clown social media posts and Ansonia polices said these are not the same girls charged in their incident.

Various U.S. towns have been stepping up patrols as the creepy clown craze stays steady, but Ansonia police are not associating the local case with what’s happening nationally. 

In August, children in South Carolina reported seeing multiple clowns lurking in the woods and showing them money. 

Twelve people were arrested across Georgia, Alabama and Virginia in the past two weeks for making false reports of clown threats or chasing people while costumed, authorities said on various county police Facebook posts, NBC News reports. 

In Connecticut, new laws make it a class C felony to make threats with the intent to cause an evacuation of a school and a conviction could lead to a prison sentence of one to 10 years and a $10,000 fine. 

Sightings and hoaxes have spread to more than a dozen states, including New York, Maryland and Pennsylvania in September and have led to elementary, middle schools and high schools being shut down in Ohio and added police patrols in Alabama, Florida and Georgia, according to NBC News. 

On Monday, two teens in New Jersey were arrested for allegedly making threatening social media posts about clown attacks at students and residents in the town. Another 13-year-old girl, on the same day, was posting threatening comment with a clown account.

The in the Ansonia incident have been referred to juvenile court.

Southwest Airlines Flight Evacuated


A Southwest Airlines passenger says a flight was evacuated Wednesday morning after the crew reported smoke in the cabin coming from a mobile phone.

The crew on-board the Boeing 737 noticed the smoke while parked at a gate Louisville International Airport at about 9:20 a.m., about 10 minutes before they were to depart for Baltimore, the FAA confirms.

WAVE 3 News in Louisville reported a passenger said the smoke came from a Samsung Galaxy device.

"I was sitting at the front of the plane and I noticed a flight attendant coming quickly down the aisle saying, 'There's smoke on the plane," said passenger Misty Whitaker. "'Leave all of your bags on the plane and come forward in an orderly fashion.' They said it was a Samsung Galaxy. The last they told us while we were waiting was that the fire had burned through the carpet."

WAVE 3 reported all 75 passengers and crew of SWA Flight 994 to Baltimore were evacuated without incident.

A statement from Dallas-based Southwest Airlines confirmed the smoke came from a passenger's electronic device, which they elieved to be a Samsung.

Southwest said all passengers were being rebooked on other flights.

In September, the U.S Consumer Product Safety Commission urged all consumers who own a Samsung Galaxy Note7 to power them down and stop charging or using the device after a number of the devices caught fire during charging or normal use.

In a statement Wednesday, Southwest encouraged all travelers to comply with the FAA Pack Safe guidelines -- which stipulate a product subject to a safety recall related to a hazardous material (battery) must not be carried aboard an aircraft or in baggage unless the recalled product/component has been replaced or repaired or otherwise made safe per manufacturer/vendor instructions.

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Extended Period of Dry, Sunny Weather Ahead


High pressure will dominate Connecticut's weather for days to come, with the only exception being a cold front on Saturday.

Full sunshine will couple with temperatures in the lower and middle 70s through Friday.

The cold front will come through later on Saturday, but it should be a mainly dry passage. As a result, expect a blend of clouds and sunshine with perhaps a stray shower.

Sunshine returns in force Sunday and sticks around through early next week, with high temperatures in the middle 60s.

US Welcomed Record Number of Muslim Refugees in 2016


In the fiscal year 2016, from Oct. 1, 2015 to Sept. 30, 2016, the U.S. welcomed a record number of Muslim refugees, according to a Pew Research Center analysis of data from the State Department's Refugee Processing Center, NBC News reported.

Of the 85,000 refugees who entered the country, 38,901, or 46 percent, were Muslim, Pew found. Similarly, 44 percent of refugees were Christian. This was the first time in a decade that there was a larger percentage of Muslim refugees than Christian. More than half of the refugees originated from Syria and Somalia.

The Obama administration set the goal of admitting 10,000 Syrian refugees by the end of the fiscal year, and its goal was met by the end of August. The administration has faced opposition from a number of states that fear the admittance of refugees could spur terroristic ties.

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Wearing Clown Costumes to Cause Alarm is Illegal: State Police


With the bizarre clown trend creeping people out across the nation and here in Connecticut, state police are issuing a warning about the consequences of actions perceived to be threatening.

“Individuals dressing as clowns and engaging in threatening or alarming behavior will be immediately addressed by law enforcement,” state police said in a Facebook post. 

Sightings of clowns creeping in the woods were first reported in South Carolina back in August and children reported that the clowns showed them money and tried to lure them in to the woods. 

Then, reports spread to North Carolina and began to make rounds in other states.

This week, New Haven schools announced that they have banned clown costumes after several Instagram posts from people posing as clowns and making threats and at least one other school district is considering banning them.

In the last few days, there have been several reports of clown sightings in Connecticut, state police said. While it isn’t illegal to dress as a clown, they said it is illegal to do so with the intent of causing alarm and law enforcement.

They said they won’t tolerate people inciting violence through social media or alluding to creating fear in local communities and any such case will be handled as criminal matters. They compared these incidents to swatting cases in which police are being misdirected to investigate pranks.

“We want to remind everyone that your online actions are not anonymous; we will continue working with social media companies to identify those inappropriately using social media to cause panic,” state police posted on Facebook.

They said at least five people have already been taken into custody.

“Situations such as these waste valuable resources and can lead to injuries to both first responders and members of the public,” state police on Facebook. “These clown pranks can cause major disruptions leading to schools, businesses and neighborhoods being placed into lockdown unnecessarily.”

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Masked Men Rob Ohio Gas Station


A man in a clown mask and his two accomplices, and two accomplices, who were wearing a surgical mask and a Guy Fawkes mask, rob a Dayton, Ohio gas station.

Police Investigate Wrong-Way Crash on Route 25 in Bridgeport


State police are investigating a wrong-way crash on Route 25 in Bridgeport Tuesday night that sent three people to the hospital.

The crash happened on Route 25 North near exit 5 at 8:43 p.m., according to state police.

The driver who was going south on the northbound side of the road hit one car, causing the victim to spin and hit another driver, police said.

All three drivers were taken to the hospital and their injuries are not life-threatening, state police said.

State troopers are investigating.

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Amtrak Service Resumes After Train Derailment in NYC


Several Amtrak trains bound for New York City were held in New Haven after a freight train derailment in New York, according to the Department of Transportation. Amtrak service has been partially restored, but the rail service warned of residual delays as of 12:30 p.m.

New York fire officials said several train cars came off the tracks at Longwood Avenue and Bruckner Boulevard in Hunts Point, Bronx, Wednesday morning.

Company officials from railroad CSX confirmed the freight train belonged to them. Company officials said that eight cars derailed in the Oak Point rail yard in the Bronx. No injuries were reported and the cars were not carrying hazardous materials.

The company said it was still assessing the situation and working on plans to right the derailed cars.

DOT spokesman Kevin Nursick said he was alerted to the derailment and that Amtrak trains were being held in New Haven.

Amtrak said Northeast Regional and Acela Express services were suspended between New York and New Rochelle and service has been partially restored.

Travelers in the area should continue to expect delays. The company apologized for the inconvenience.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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Student Brings Clown Costume to McGee Middle School


A student in Berlin brought a clown costume to school and changed into it. 

McGee Middle School said the student brought a clown suit and wig in a bag to the school on Wednesday morning. 

The student went into the bathroom, change into the costume and walked into the hallway, where he was directed by several staff members to take it off, the school said. 

"The student was referred to administration and actions were taken in align with Board of Education policy/school rules," principal Salvatore Urso, said.

The school's resource officer explained laws related to incidents like this to students during lunch periods. 

No one was harassed, threatened or intimidated at any time. 

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Darien Man Sentenced for Stealing $1.2M From Elderly Client


A financial adviser formerly from Darien has been sentenced to federal prison for stealing more than a million dollars from an elderly client, state prosecutors said. 

Robert N. Tricarico, 60, was sentenced to 41 months for stealing more than $1.1 million from his elderly victim by misappropriating checks and liquidating assets, the U.S. attorney's office said. 

Tricarico is a registered securities broker who has worked for RNT Wealth Management, Northstar Wealth Partners, LPL Financial and Wells Fargo Advisors Financial Network. 

Prosecutors said Tricarico would write numberous checks to himself or for his benefit without the victim's authorization and misappropriated checks made payable to the elderly client. 

On one occasion, Tricarico liquidated the client's entire coin collection.

In addition to the elderly victim, Tricarico defrauded two other people for $20,000 by promising them to use the funds to invest in a business venture that would produce a rate of return, the prosecutors said. 

The judge ordered Tricarico to pay $1,220,763 in restitution.

Tricarico, who was released on bond, was taken into custody on Wednesday. 

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Juvenile Arrested for Allegedly Producing Explosives in Cheshire


One juvenile turned himself into police for allegedly researching and producing explosive devices in a wooded Cheshire area.

On Sept. 26, the juvenile was arrested for an arrest warrant that stemmed from a Cheshire Police Department investigation, who were assisted by state police's bomb squad and the New Haven FBI bureau. 

In January, the investigation found that the juvenile suspect and co-conspirator were actively producing explosive devices in a wooded area between Highland Avenue and Academy Road, police said. 

The juvenile suspect was remanded into custody and charged with manufacturing a bomb, conspiracy to manufacture a bomb and reckless endangerment. 

A warrant for the second suspect is still pending. 

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