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Waterbury Officials Comment on Mandatory Water Restrictions


A mandatory outdoor water restriction is in place in Waterbury following plummeting reservoir water levels, officials said.

"We are going the next stage, mandatory conservation," Waterbury Water Superintendent Chris Bogucki said.

With little rain over the past several months, followed by a mild winter, reservoir levels are less than half.

The mandatory restriction means no home car washing, lawn watering or any other outside water use.

Authorities said the restriction should reduce usage by 20 percent a day. That reduction saves 3 million gallons of water each day. Which helps with the 15 million gallons of water needed daily for more than 27,000 Waterbury customers.

"That would include households, businesses, municipal offices, commercial everything," Bogucki said.

Violators of the restriction could pay up to a $200 fine.

"First time we find it, we will have our people go over and remind them. Most people are cooperative," said Bogucki. "Give us a normal rainfall and we'll be Waterbury again"

Residents are asked to check their homes for water leaks in places like sinks and toilets, which plays a large factor in conserving.

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Speeding Fatal Mistake for US Teens


Speeding was one of the top mistakes made by teen drivers in fatal crashes across the county in the past five years, according to an AAA report.

The report, released on Wednesday, states that teen drivers were involved in approximately 14,000 fatal crashes in the last five years—out of which 4,200 involved speeding.

“Nearly two-thirds of people injured or killed in a crash involving a teen driver are people other than the teen,” said Bill Van Tassel, AAA’s manager of Driver Training Operations.

According to the report, 65 percent of driving instructors responded in a survey that parents are not preparing their kids to be good drivers, compared to 10 years ago. Instructors said teens also picked up certain behaviors from their parents, such as using their cell phones while driving or speeding 15 mph more than the posted limit.

“Most teens are learning important driving skills from watching their parents and they are picking up bad behaviors along with the good ones. So it’s up to today’s parents to set a good example. It may end up saving their children’s lives,” said Jennifer Ryan, Director of State Relations for AAA.

Approximately 77 percent of drivers between the ages of 35 to 55 stated in a recent survey that they talked on the phone while driving. The survey, taken by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, also showed that 68 percent of teen drivers said they were distracted with their phones while driving.

AAA advised parents to set a good example and speak to their teens about the dangers of speeding and distracted driving. The organization also reccommended teaching teens how to drive under various conditions and setting rules to follow while on the road.

Teens should also be enrolled in qualified driver education programs, for which you can find more information here.  

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Nasty Campaign Rhetoric Puts Parents, Teachers in Tough Spot


For many, this presidential election has taken an ugly, dark and virtually unprecedented turn, making the news a PG-13 minefield of lewdness that recalls the coverage of the Monica Lewinsky scandal, NBC News reported.

The tenor of it all is putting millions of parents and teachers in a tough situation — balancing just how much to let their children see and hear while also teaching them about civics and the world around them.

"Parents are at a loss. They don't know how to respond to their kids" said Denise Daniels, a psychologist and child development expert.

For many, that tension came to a head with the release Friday of a recording of Donald Trump bragging about groping women in graphic ways. Some parents said they were dreading the conversation they would have to have when their kids heard the tape, while others lamented that their child had learned the slang term for female genitalia from a presidential candidate.

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Hurricane-Swollen NC Rivers Set to Rise for Days


Hurricane Matthew-bloated rivers in North Carolina will continue to rise this week, threatening to flood parts of the state, NBC News reported. 

"Record flooding is slowly moving down river on Nuese and Tar rivers," NBC meteorologist Bill Karins said. "Crests will occur in the next two days, but even then it will be well into the weekend before these rivers show significant water level drops."

In Greenville, authorities had ordered evacuations for about one-tenth of its 90,000 people. The Tar was expected crest later in the day and officials warned it would overwhelm every bridge in the county, The Associated Press reported.\

Matthew's death toll in the U.S. has climbed to 38, half of them in North Carolina.

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Investigation Annawan Street in Hartford Connected to Plane Crash: Source


An investigation on Annawan Street in Hartford is connected to the fatal plane crash in East Hartford on Tuesday, according to a source close to the investigation. 

Police said on Twitter that the police presence has been going on through the night and that the scene is stable and safe.

No one is at large and no residents are in danger, according to police.

No additional information is immediately available.

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Senator Promises Kool Aid, KFC, Watermelon at Campaign Event


A candidate for New York State Senate has sparked a firestorm in Harlem after telling NBC 4 New York's I-Team he was planning to hand out “Kool Aid, KFC and watermelons” at a campaign event in the primarily black community.

Jon Girodes, the Republican candidate for New York’s 30th District, used the racially stereotypical food reference in an email to the I-Team during an exchange about a disputed real estate deal.

The incumbent, who headlined his campaign website with an image of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., said there was nothing offensive about his planned event.

“What I think is anyone who gives free food to people is doing them a favor,” Girodes told the I-Team. “Get a bunch of people who say it’s offensive and let me go into their neighborhood and give it out for free and see if they take it.”

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Man Injured in Plainfield Crash


A 36-year-old man hit a tree in Plainfield early Wednesday morning and has been brought to the hospital. 

Police said Warren Tate was driving a 2000 Audi A4 on Harris Road, in the Moosup section of Plainfield, went off the road and hit a tree at 12:12 a.m. 

The Moosup Fire Department and American Legion ambulance responded to the crash, removed Tate from his vehicle and transported him to Backus Hospital in Norwich. 

This crash is under investigation.

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Photos of Car That Fatally Struck Mom in Meriden Hit-and-Run


Photos have been released of the car that is believed to have fatally struck a mother in Meriden who was walking with her 7-year-old daughter on Friday night. 

Meriden Police were called to the intersection of Springdale and Lewis avenues at 8:34 p.m. to investigate a serious motor vehicle crash and found 40-year-old Dania Cedeno-Delrosario, of Meriden, suffering from life-threatening injuries.

Her 7-year-old daughter, Denisse, was also injured, police said.

Cedeno-Delrosario was transported to MidState Hospital, then flown to Hartford Hospital.

On Saturday, police said Cedeno-Delrosario died of her injuries.

Police said Denisse was taken to Hartford Hospital and has since been released.

Police said the mother and daughter were trying to cross Springdale Avenue when they were hit by a dark-colored vehicle that fled the scene.

Police said the car was a dark-colored Nissan with damage to its driver’s side quarter panel, hood, bumper and door. A piece of the driver’s side mirror was found at the scene.

Anyone with information is asked to call Meriden police at (203) 630-6215.

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Moms Find Worms in Baby Formula


A first-time mom says she found worms in a bottle of Similac baby formula that she fed her son. "Two ounces down I noticed the worms," said Taylor Seyler from Missouri. "Took it from his mouth, went and put a napkin over the faucet and we poured it down the drain and we saw the maggots on it." Her story isn't a unique one; another mother says she had a similar experience with Nutramigen formula. Manufacturers say contamination likely occurred after the packaging was opened.

Police Investigate Car Break-Ins in East Windsor


East Windsor Police are investigating several car break-ins. 

There have been break-ins on North Main Street, Pleasant Street, Skinner Road, Highland Avenue and Reservoir Avenue and the doors were unlocked on the vehicles from which items were taken, police said. 

Not only did the thieves enter cars, but they also went into garages that were open or unlocked, police said. 

Police are urging residents to lock car doors and remove valuables from your car. Outside lighting will also help to deter thieves.

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Police Arrest Man Accused in New Britain Hit-and-Run That Critically Injured Man


Police have arrested a man suspected of hitting a pedestrian in New Britain Thursday night then leaving the scene, as well as a passenger in the vehicle who is accused of lying to police.

Christopher Myers, 31, of New Britain, is accused of hitting 55-year-old Gerald Aleksiewicz, of New Britain, in a parking lot on Arch Street just before 8 p.m. Thursday and fleeing the scene.

Police said Aleksiewicz was walking in the back parking lot of 75 Arch St. when he was hit and he’s in critical condition.

On Tuesday, police arrested Myers and charged him with felony evading responsibility. He is being held on a $500,000 bond.

Police also arrested 35-year-old Anthony Omar Rios-Ruiz, of New Britain.

Officials said he was a passenger in the car and gave officers a false name and a false account of the accident shortly after Aleksiewicz was hit.

Rios-Ruiz was charged with interfering with police and is being held on a $50,000 bond.

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Puppies Rescued from North Carolina Floods


As people continue to evacuate parts of North Carolina hit by flooding from Hurricane Matthew, a pack of puppies is joining them. A team of firefighters rescued more than a dozen dogs from a Lumberton animal shelter in North Carolina. The dogs were pulled from a truck that was stranded by the floodwaters.

Bill Clinton 'Rape' Hecklers Interrupt Obama


President Barack Obama was interrupted during a rally for Hillary Clinton by hecklers alleging that Bill Clinton is a rapist, NBC News reported.

Pro-Donald Trump radio host and conspiracy theorist Alex Jones offered cash rewards to anyone who carried out the stunt, $1000 for wearing a “Bill Clinton is a rapist” t-shirt on television or $5000 for being heard yelling the slogan, while wearing the t-shirt.

Jones, the founder of the Infowars website, has also said on his radio show that Obama and Hillary Clinton are demons who smell like sulfur. A Clinton campaign spokesperson said that the interruptions on Tuesday were organized by Jones and Infowars.

Obama seemed unfazed by the hecklers and joked, “these folks are auditioning for a reality show,” as they were escorted out of the rally.

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A Few Showers Thursday


A cold front will bring a few showers Thursday, but the rain won't add up to much.

Clouds will blend with sunshine Wednesday. Seasonable high temperatures in the middle 60s are expected.

Noticably warmer air surges in by Thursday ahead of a cold front, when temperatures surge towards 70 degrees with an abundance of clouds.

A shower is possible as the front moves through. The best chance will be during the afternoon.

An early look at Friday and the weekend shows dry weather coupled with seasonable high temperatures, in the lower and middle 60s.

Another frost is possible Saturday morning as a large high pressure center moves overhead.

Donald Trump Holds Rally in Florida


Donald Trump is suggesting Washington politicians in both parties collude to keep themselves out of legal trouble.

Trump at a rally Wednesday in battleground Florida criticized the Department of Justice's refusal to recommend charges against Hillary Clinton for blending personal and official business on a homebrew email server. He's suggesting that both Democrats and Republicans in Congress went along with it.

"Did they make a deal where everybody protects each other in Washington?" Trump asked the crowd in Ocala.

The Republican nominee went on to call the probe "one of the great miscarriages of justice" in United States history.

Trump, increasingly isolated after the revelation of a vulgar 2005 video, has been lashing out at both parties in recent days, targeting both Clinton and House Speaker Paul Ryan, who said he would no longer campaign for the Republican presidential nominee.

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Middletown Man Charged in East Hampton Home Invasion


Police have charged a Middletown man in a home invasion in East Hampton in December.

Steven Maringola, 28, of Middletown, is suspected in a home invasion on Dec. 7, police said. He was taken into custody early Wednesday morning.

He has been charged with home invasion, conspiracy to commit home invasion, first-degree burglary and sixth-degree larceny.

Maringola was held on a $1 million court-set bond and will be arraigned this morning at the Middletown Superior Court.

Man Charged After 224 Animals Are Removed from House


The former owner of a New York pet store has been charged with animal cruelty nearly a month after state and local officials removed 224 animals from his Weston, Connecticut home, where they were found in deplorable conditions, Weston police said.

Westport police and animal control responded to a home on Newtown Turnpike on Sept. 15 after receiving reports of a foul odor and found snakes, birds, turtles and tortoises in the home, as well as in a building next door, police said. Many of the animals were already dead by the time police arrived.

Police said they determined that Daniel Kopulos, of Weston, owned the property and the animals and had a pet business, police said. In September, police said they believed the animals came from his former business, a pet store in New York that is now closed.

Police obtained a warrant charging Kopulos with cruelty to animals and he turned himself in to police and is due in court on Oct. 24.

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Suspicious Item Found in Vehicle in Downtown Milford


Police are asking people to avoid part of downtown Milford after a suspicious item was spotted in a vehicle.

They are asking people to stay away avoid the area of River Street, New Haven Avenue and Daniel Street and the bomb squad is heading to 50 Daniel Street.

Check back for updates.

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Naugatuck Man Has Been Missing for More Than a Week


Naugatuck police are asking for help to find a man who has been missing for a more than a week.

Police said 40-year-old Ryan Havican was last seen on Monday, Oct. 3 and the last time family members were in contact with him was the next day through a text message that said he was heading to see a friend in West Haven, then planned to return to Waterbury.

Havican has a history of substance abuse, but normally contacts family every day, police said, and his loved ones have not been able to find him.

Calls go straight to voicemail, but the mailbox is full, police said.

Havican is 5-feet-2 and weighs 200 pounds. He has a shaved head and blue eyes.

Anyone with information on his whereabouts should call Naugatuck Police at (203) 729-5221.

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Major GOP Donors Asking Trump for Their Money Back


Two generous donors to Donald Trump's campaign are having buyer's remorse and want their money back after a video recording of Trump describing unwanted sexual advances on women, according to emails obtained by NBC News from a bundler raising money for Trump.

"I cannot express my disappointment enough regarding the recent events surrounding Mr. Trump," one donor wrote to a Trump fundraiser in an email with the subject line "Trump support withdrawal."

A second donor also requested his money be returned because he is "mortified" over the leaked videotape, according to another email obtained by NBC News.

Senior Trump spokesman Jason Miller said the campaign is "unaware of any donors making such a request."

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