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Emily Blunt discusses her starring role in the new thriller "The Girl On The Train."

2 Hospitalized After House Fire in Plainville


Two people have been taken to the hospital to be treated for smoke inhalation after fire broke out at 31 Betsy Road in Plainville.

Firefighters believe the fire started in a bedroom just after 9 a.m. 

The residents managed to escape and firefighters rescued a pet dog and bird.

"We saw the man come out of the house and he said everything was OK, but evidently it wasn't," Susie Woerz said. 

The fire is under investigation and officials said the residents will have to relocate for the time being.

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Lisbon Teen Accused of Instagram Threat Arrested


State police have arrested a 14-year-old Lisbon boy who is accused of an Instagram threat. 

Administrators from the Marine Science School in the city of Groton contacted state police just after 9 p.m. on Wednesday and said one student made a threatening statement to another student. According to state police, the threat implied harm would come to others. 

State Police, U.S. Coast Guard Police and Groton City Police investigated, identified a 14-year-old Lisbon boy as the suspect and determined he did not have the means to carry out the threat that was reported, according to state police. 

The teen was issued a summons and charged with second-degree threatening and second-degree harassment.

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Henkel Moving Headquarters to Connecticut


Henkel Corporation, which is based in Germany, will relocate its Laundry & Home Care and Beauty Care headquarters from Scottsdale, Arizona to Stamford, Connecticut, according to Gov. Dannel Malloy.

The company plans on a $50 million expansion project that will create up to 266 new jobs in Connecticut, according to the governor’s office.

“This is just another example of the positive business environment found here in the state of Connecticut and is reflective of Henkel’s confidence in Connecticut’s workforce talent,” Stamford Mayor David Martin said in a statement. “The City of Stamford has taken steps over the last few years to create a business climate that attracts companies like Henkel. I look forward to working with them as a corporate citizen for years to come.”

Henkel offers beauty and personal care, laundry and home care, adhesives, sealants and surface treatments for consumer and industrial use.

Earlier this year, the company announced it would acquire Wilton-based The Sun Products Corporation, making Henkel is the number two laundry and home care products company in North America.

“When an international company of Henkel's stature decides to relocate to our state, expand its operations, and create hundreds of new jobs, it sends a message to the rest of the world that Connecticut is serious about working with companies to grow, generate capital investment, and strengthen our economy for the residents of our state,” Malloy said in a statement. “Henkel is a valued member of the business community – we are proud of their decision to relocate and expand in Connecticut and we welcome the company to our state.”

It’s not yet clear where in Stamford the company will move, but relocation is expected to begin in the second quarter of 2017.

Henkel’s Adhesive Technologies General Industries division will remain in Rocky Hill, the statement from the governor’s office said.

“Henkel and Connecticut have been partners in economic development since 1997, when Henkel acquired Loctite Corporation,” Jens-Martin Schwaerzler, president of Henkel Consumer Goods Inc. North America, said in a statement. “The expansion of our operations and footprint in Connecticut is a testament to this partnership and to the great economic climate, making it attractive to any growing business.”

The company will also participate in the state’s First Five Plus program, in which the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development provides a 10-year, $20 million low-interest loan to support the project.

The company might also be eligible for up to $5 million in tax credits through the Urban and Industrial Sites Reinvestment Tax Credit program.

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Enfield Police Investigate Report of Clown Sighting


Enfield police investigated a clown sighting on Thursday morning, but said they did not find anyone dressed as a clown and there is no indication the person was committing a crime. 

Reports of creepy clown sightings have been on the rise since August, when children in South Carolina reported seeing clowns in the woods trying to lure youngsters.  

In addition to reports of clown sightings, there is also a disturbing trend in which juveniles have used social media, like Instagram, to post threats of clowns carrying out violence. 

Enfield police said someone reported seeing a clown at 7:45 a.m. standing in the area of 151 Hazard Ave. The person was not acting in a threatening manner and didn’t approach anyone, according to police.

An officer responded, but didn’t find anyone in a clown costume. 

This report comes days after reports in Michigan that a clown with a knife grabbed a boy’s arm and scratched him with it and another report less than two miles away from two women said three men dressed as clowns had bats and lunged at them. 

Stray Shower Saturday, Sunshine Sunday


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 an abundance of clouds with perhaps a stray shower.

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

The drought is bound to get worse in Connecticut, given that no beneficial rain is in sight over the next 10 days.

CT Travelers Anxious as Matthew Forces Flight Cancelations


Several travelers at Bradley Airport on Thursday are a bit anxious about how Hurricane Matthew is affecting travel plans.

Several flights to Florida were canceled this morning and airline staff have been trying to accommodate passengers and help them reschedule flights.

Melvin Guzman, of Stuart, Florida, was in Hartford for a kidney transplant program and is trying to catch a Southwest flight to West Palm Beach, where his family lives within walking distance to the beach. He missed the flight when it boarded 45 minutes early.

“It hurts because you know, that’s my family that’s there. I know it’s going to be a bad storm,” Guzman said. “I went from airline to airline to airline and United wanted $1,600. I can’t do that.”

Hurricane Matthew has brought high winds and flooding to Jamaica and Haiti and Guzman’s main concern is flying debris.

“No windows are boarded up at my house, nothing. I know there’s going to be flying debris. I just have to wish for the best right now,” he said.

Other passengers are anxious to get to Florida for other reasons. The Mozzicato family is heading to Tampa for a family reunion and they’ve been watching the weather for days.

“Up to last night we almost thought of changing our flights and cancelling, but we said no, we have to. It’s a family reunion, our family is down there, it’s more important, who cares about a hurricane,” Larry Mozzicato, of Broad Brook, said.

The family is hoping for the best and they have indoor activities planned in the event the weather is bad.

Peter and Brenda Marchese, of East Hartford, are just trying to get away.

“It’s good to get out of Connecticut. It really is. Just to get away,” they said, even if the weather is bad where they are going.

”We’ll make it good. We’ll have a great time no doubt,” they said.

All five airlines at Bradley are offering to reschedule flights for free.

Travelers are urged to keep check the status of your flight.

American Airlines is allowing customers to change their trips with no chance fee if they are traveling to or through several airports in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and the Bahamas and the Central Caribbean.  

Delta waived change fees on flights to, from and through the Caribbean between Oct. 2 and Oct. 6 that may have been impacted by Matthew. Flights Thursday and Friday in or out of eight Florida cities as well as to and from several airports in the Carolinas and Georgia can also be changed without incurring a fee. Customers who wish to cancel a trip as a result of a flight cancellation are entitled to a refund. 

JetBlue Airways said passengers flying Thursday through Sunday to or from eight cities in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina can change planes without a fee or additional fare. A similar offer covers Caribbean travel through Thursday. 

Southwest Airlines will allow customers with flight reservations scheduled to arrive or depart cities that have been affected by or will be in the storm's path between Oct. 2 and Oct. 7, to re-book a new trip or travel standby within 14 days of their original travel date.  

United Airlines said it would waive change fees and any difference in fare for customers scheduled to fly Wednesday through Friday to, from or through five airports in Florida. The waiver has also been extended to several airports in the Carolinas and Georgia. 

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Rollover Snarled Traffic on I-95 South in New Haven


There were heavy delays on Interstate 95 South in New Haven after a car rolled over between exits 44 and 43, but the scene has cleared.

One lane is barely getting by earlier today.

State police said minor injuries were reported.

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Reports of Clown Near School Prompted Shelter in Place


A shelter-in-place was issued for a Waterbury school Thursday afternoon after reports of a clown nearby. 

Officials from Waterbury Public Schools said a group of fourth graders at Carrington Elementary School reported seeing a clown nearby at 12:15 p.m., while they were at recess. 

Teachers brought students into the building for a shelter in place and Waterbury Police searched the area, but didn’t see anyone dressed as a clown. 

The shelter in place was lifted at 1 p.m.

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Police Added in New Britain Neighborhoods to Ensure Students Feel Safe Amid Creepy Clown Craze


School officials in New Britain are in contact with police over creepy clown social media posts and said there will be an extra police presence in all neighborhoods to ensure students feel safe walking to and from school.

“Our staff is responding quickly to all possible threats that are brought forward,” Supt. Nancy Sarra said in a statement.

She urged that students intending to bring weapons to school to protect themselves need to understand that it is a violation of the school district’s rules to bringing weapons to school.

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30 Ex-Members of Congress Denounce Trump


Thirty former Republican members of Congress have published a letter against Donald Trump, NBC News reported.

"Sadly, our party's nominee this year is a man who makes a mockery of the principles and values we have cherished and which we sought to represent in Congress," they wrote.

Their letter constitutes the largest public announcement against Trump by previously elected officials from the Republican party.

Some of the members had previously announced their displeasure with the candidate, including Rep. Tom Coleman of Missouri, but nearly half of the signatories are doing so for the first time.

Norwich Man Charged in Decade Old Ledyard Murder


A Norwich man has been charged in the 2006 murder of the man found dead in a Ledyard field.

Timothy Johnson, who is now 32, is accused of killing Anthony Hamlin, 41, of Groton, and was charged Wednesday with felony murder. 

A driver traveling on Shewville Road in Ledyard called 911 around 8:20 a.m. on Jan. 28, 2006 to report that there was a body in the field next to 448 Shewville Road, according to police. Investigators responded and found Hamlin’s naked body in a vacant field. 

The last time anyone had seen Hamlin alive was around 10:30 p.m. on Jan. 27, 2006 in the area of the New London Transportation Center, police said.

The father of five and member of the Eastern Pequot Tribe told his family he'd grab something at Subway before catching a late train to head to Virginia for a new job, but early the next morning his body was found in a Ledyard field eight miles away.

Johnson, who was 21 years old at the time of the murder, was charged and held on $1 million bond. He is expected in court on Oct. 7.

The state was offering a $50,000 reward for information to solve the 2006 murder of Hamlin.

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Small Plane Crashes at Boy Scouts' Camp in Plymouth


The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating after a small plane crashed near a pond at the Boy Scouts' Camp Mattatuck in Plymouth on Thursday. 

A small, single-engine experimental plane crashed near Waterbury Airport off Mt. Tobe Road, the Terryville fire chief said. 

One person was extricated from the wreckage and transported to a nearby hospital via LifeStar. 

The fire chief said the plane might have been trying to land at a private airstrip nearby. 

"We had a plane coming in from the north and his engine quit. He landed over the other side of the pond here in the trees and the plane collapsed around him," chief Mark Sekorski of the Terryville Fire Department said.

Greg Gubitosi, who had been fishing at the pond where he also works, raced to help the pilot after the plane crashed.

"I ran over, went through typical, 'Are you OK? Can you hear me? What’s your name? Do you know where you are?' There’s no response. Called 911," Gubitosi said.

Gubitosi had noticed the engine kept restarting while the plane was flying. When he saw the plane flying really low, he knew something was happening. 

No other information about the pilot has been released, including his name or where he and the plane are from.

Crash on I-84 in Danbury, Right Lane Closed


Crews are responding to a crash on I-84 in Danbury.

The crash happened going eastbound between exits 4 and 5. 

The right lane is closed on I-84 going eastbound. 

Police did not say how many cars were involved or if there are any injuries.

No other details were immediately available. 

Please check back for details on this developing story. 

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Minn. Mall Stabber Was Likely Radicalized, FBI Says


Authorities on Thursday released surveillance video that shows the September stabbing rampage at a mall in St. Cloud, Minnesota, that left 10 people injured before the attacker was fatally shot by police, NBC News reported. 

FBI investigators now say the suspect, 20-year-old Dahir Ahmed Adan, was likely radicalized in the months before the attack.

He "went from being an excellent student with a GPA to flunking out of college almost overnight," FBI Special Agent Rick Thornton said, adding that witnesses said they heard Adan ask victims if they were Muslim.

The video released Thursday shows Adan with a knife stabbing a clerk, who runs away, and an officer confronting and shooting Adan.

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Wethersfield Cop Saves Heart Attack Victim at Football Game


A Wethersfield police officer saved a heart attack victim at a football game thanks to the help of some kids. 

During the Wethersfield High School last Friday,  Detective James Darby was working private duty when a "concerned youth" approached him about a man in distress.

Darby discovered a man had grasped his chest, then collapsed. He was unconscious, not breathing and had no pulse before Darby started initiating CPR.

The detective was joined by the school's resource officer, Eric Knapp, and another person. The three got the man to start breathing again but since he still had no pulse, the trio kept applying chest compressions until the ambulance arrived. 

Using an AED, the man's heartbeat was brought back into rhythm.

"Thank you to the youths that informed Detective Darby. They allowed Detective Darby, Officer Knapp, the unknown helper and WVAA to save a person's life last Friday," police said on Thursday.

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Failure to Use Turn Signal Leads to Stratford Weapons Arrest


Two Stratford men were arrested and charged with illegally transferring of a firearm following a routine traffic stop, police said. 

On Wednesday, police stopped a driver on Boston Avenue that failed to use a turn signal while driving on Peace Street at 9:44 p.m.

An investigation at the stop revealed that a gun was hidden underneath one of the seats of the car, police said. 

Christian Kennedy, 24, and Hasani Dixon, 21, were arrested at the scene. After the arrest, the 24-year-old directed racial slurs towards one of the officers and spit on him, Stratford police said.

Both men were charged with illegal transfer of a firearm, carrying a pistol without a permit and for having a weapon in a motor vehicle.

In addition, Kennedy was charged with interfering with an officer and assault on a police officer. 

Their bonds were set at $100,000 each and they are expected to appear in court on Oct. 13.

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Two Vocational High Schools Could Fall Victim to Budget Cuts


Two of the state's vocational schools could face closure if budget cuts come to the Department of Education during the next legislative session.

The proposal was approved by the State Board of Education Wednesday, and was harshly criticized by House Democrats Thursday.

“I literally read the first headline and I was shocked, outraged, and disgusted all at once," said Rep. Joe Aresimowicz, House Majority Leader.

The 20 technical high schools serve approximately 11,000 students and they focus on skills that could be easily translated to the workforce. That's the reason Democrats pounced on the proposal, saying it comes off as "tone-deaf" just a week after they approved an incentive package to keep Sikorsky in Connecticut, and two weeks after Pratt and Whitney announced it would expand with 8,000 new hires in Connecticut.

"That is the key to our future, so I know the governor and the governor’s office and it’s time for them to stand up and stand with us and fight for the vo-tech schools.”

Governor Dannel Malloy attempted to throw cold water on what became a controversy, saying the proposed closure is nothing more than an idea at this early stage.

“There is no plan to close schools. No one has said to close schools," Malloy told members of the press at an event at Yale School of Medicine.

“This is not a plan, this is not a recommendation, it’s not built into any budget, on the other hand we’re going to have a tough budget. We’re going to have to make changes. Asking my departments and my department heads what they would do and what some of their ideas are I think is good government, not bad government.”

Lawmakers will have to make difficult budget choices no matter what when the legislative session starts because nonpartisan budget analysts have projected a $1 billion budget hole.

Aresimowicz said he is ruling out such cuts to technical schools.

"This is about priorities," he said. "And these schools are a priority."

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DCF Commissioner: 'I Have No Plans to Resign'


The Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Children and Families vowed Thursday to stay on in her current role, and not give in to criticism coming from the political right.

"I have no plans," to resign, Joette Katz told NBC Connecticut during an interview following an event the Yale School of Medicine.

The calls for her resignation come after an Office of the Child Advocate Report that detailed the circumstances surrounding the near-death of "Baby D," a Groton 2-year-old who was starved nearly death, suffered from a brain hemorrhage and had broken bones.

Katz said the Baby D case happened on her watch and at the end of the day she is responsible, but added that such cases are the very nature of her job.

“Will there be tragedies? It breaks my heart to say, yes there will be mistakes made. Are they excuses? Absolutely not. But are they indicative of a system or a trend or systemic failure? Absolutely not,” she said.

The report details how DCF workers disregarded questions from the child's legal guardian. Three employees have been disciplined and another was allowed to retire as a result of the case.

Gov. Dannel Malloy also stood by Katz Thursday. He said the department is in a much better place than when she arrived and is  likely in a better place than it's ever been before. His justification for those statements is that a federal court monitor has eased its oversight of the department, though it is still keeping a close eye on how it operates.

"If you look at what we’ve accomplished in Connecticut over the last six years, it is remarkable," Malloy said. He added that the job is difficult and that tragedies come with the territory.

"There are going to be mistakes and there’s going to be malfeasance and misfeasance. That’s the reality. We have to hold people accountable to that and we need that to happen less and less and less often and hopefully never but having a strong leadership team is part of getting that done."

"I hold Commissioner Katz accountable," he added.

The family of Baby D is suing the Department of Children and Families, as well.

Katz said the OCA report is valid and accurate, but adds that the fact there have been fewer of these kinds of incidents shows how the department is better off.

"It’s my responsibility to ensure that we don’t just react to the issues, but that we respond to the issues and that we really keep on path," Katz said.

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Vanilla Ice Rides Out Hurricane


Vanilla Ice is back with a brand new invention: extreme weather live-tweeting.

The rapper famous for the 1990 hit single "Ice Ice Baby" said on Twitter Thursday that he rode out Hurricane Matthew at his home in Palm Beach. The onetime "Dancing With the Stars" contestant also used the opportunity to tweet out live updates on what he saw as the Category 4 storm swirled through The Sunshine State.

"This hurricane is going to be serious, and it's coming right at me," he said in one tweet before Matthew passed through. "I am going to ride it out."

The rapper, whose real name is Robert Matthew Van Winkle, later tweeted Friday morning that "It looks like a mess with debris and some flooding, but overall Palm Beach handled it very well."

Vanilla Ice's decision was in direct opposition to Florida Governor Rick Scott's call for residents to evacuate parts of the state. 

"We can rebuild homes, we can rebuild businesses … we can't rebuild a life," Scott said.

Officials in Palm Beach County also urged residents on barrier islands including Palm Beach to evacuate before Matthew hit.

It's the most powerful storm to threaten the U.S. Atlantic coast in more than a decade, and had already left more than 280 dead in its wake across the Caribbean. The National Weather Service warned it could have "potentially disastrous impacts for Florida."

The rapper has spent most of his life in South Florida. His home is about 72 miles north of Miami and was under hurricane warning from Thursday to Friday. Most of the storm was north of the county by  Friday morning.

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