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3-Car Crash Closed Lanes on I-395 South in Montville


Interstate 395 South was partly closed in Montville after a three-car crash that knocked one vehicle on its side, according to state police.

No serious injuries were reported, but lanes on the southbound side of the highway were closed near exit 6. 

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Reckless Rider Reported Near South Windsor High School


South Windsor police are asking for the public’s help finding a motorcyclist accused of driving recklessly around the high school.

Police said they’ve received several complaints that the subject pictured above was operating recklessly around the high school and the Buckland Road and Sullivan Avenue areas of town.

Anyone with information on the rider or who recognizes the bike is asked to contact police at (860) 644-2551.

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Cheshire Officials Find Source of CO That Sickened Students


A Cheshire elementary school dismissed early Wednesday morning after several students that fell ill tested high for carbon monoxide.

School officials said they learned Tuesday that several students from Highland Elementary School fell ill on a field trip. Some students had elevated levels of carbon monoxide in their systems. Some also reported diarrhea, which is not a symptom of carbon monoxide exposure.

The Cheshire fire department, police department, Cheshire Public Schools and Cheshire's school transportation company Chesprocott all began working to find the source of the carbon monoxide.

The school building tested safe for occupancy with no carbon monoxide detected but as a precaution and to continue testing, the school dismissed students early Wednesday

Officials determined that a malfunctioning boiler was releasing carbon monoxide through a chimney, which was then drawn into the building through rooftop air handling units. The boiler was shut down so it can be repaired. School officials said the boiler undergoes regular routine maintenance and was last serviced in November 2015.

According to school officials, some of the students reported viral symptoms, so the school will also disinfect rooms those students were in to prevent the spread of any illness.

The students that fell ill had been on a field trip around the time the symptoms began. The Institute for American Indian Studies in Washington, Conn. confirmed that Highland students visited their facility and that there were no reported issues during the trip. They had no further comment.

“Every member of our team is confident that the situation has been fully remedied and that the school is now safe for occupancy. Therefore, Highland School will be in session tomorrow. Moreover, we have inspected the bus which transported students and are certain that neither thebus, nor the location of the trip had anything to do with this outbreak. We have sent students to The Institute for American Indian Studies on school trips many times and fully intend to continue to do so. This includes the field trip we have scheduled to return there tomorrow,” wrote Superintendent Jeff Solan in an email to parents.

Students were dismissed at 10:55 a.m. Students that parents could not pick up were taken to the Dodd Middle School so officials can continue to test the Highland Elementary building.

New Haven Schools Help Students With College Applications


The New Haven Public Schools administration is preparing seniors for college by helping them with the college application and financial aid process.

It is part of the “American College Application Campaign,” a national program aimed at increasing applications from first-generation, low-income high school seniors.

The workshop began Wednesday at James Hillhouse High School.

“We are just excited for our students. We have a large senior class this year. Our graduation rate is going up, but we want to make sure our post-secondary enrollment rate is consistent with our graduation rate as well,” said Dr. Chaka Felder-McEntire, the district’s lead school counselor.

The first step in the workshop is helping students choose several potential colleges, at least one reach school and one safety school.

Some students are just beginning the process, while others, like Jailen Booker, have already identified colleges they aspire to attend.

Booker wants to major in biomedical engineering. She said this campaign is very helpful.

“There’s a lot of anxiety in the beginning of senior year because everybody is so scared of all the stress and all the work they have to do. But I feel like after the work, you’re going to feel like it’s really worth it,” said Booker, a senior from New Haven.

All of the students are encouraged to have their college applications submitted by December 15.

Superintendent Garth Harries, who plans on leaving the district, told the students how hard transition can be. But he encouraged them to look forward to the future, saying high school graduation is not the end, it is the start.

“You want a big windshield and a small rearview mirror and these students need to be focused out the windshield right now. They need to be focused on finishing their senior year and making a plan,” said Harries.

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Melania's Defense of Donald Trump: Sound Familiar?


Melania Trump recently defended her husband's lewd comments in an interview with CNN. Watch how similar they are to Hillary Clinton's defense of Bill Clinton in the past.

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2 Americans Killed in Kabul Attack


Two Americans — a service member and a civilian — were killed in a attack near a coalition base in the Afghan capital Kabul on Wednesday, the U.S. military said, NBC News reported.

A U.S. service member and two American civilians were also wounded and in a stable condition, according to a statement by U.S. Forces-Afghanistan.

The attack was carried out by an "unknown assailant who was later killed," the statement said. It did not offer any more details about the nature of the attack.

The Americans were conducting duties as part of NATO's wider mission to "train, advise and assist" the Afghan security forces in their ongoing fight against the Taliban and other groups.

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California Owner Reunites With Lost Terrier 'Scruffy,' 371 Days Later


Michael Greer had been marking down on his calendar all the days his dog had been missing.

During that 371-day period, Greer, of Palm Springs, frequently checked the area where his 6-year-old terrier disappeared, and visited the Coachella Valley Animal Campus so many times that employees recognized him when he finally reunited with "Scruffy" at the shelter on Tuesday.

"When he saw his dog, he wanted to jump into the kennel," said Marisa Sanabria, a supervising animal care technician. "He couldn't believe his dog was here."

In October 2015, Greer asked a friend to keep an eye on Scruffy when he went out of town for work — but somehow the dog escaped or disappeared near Bermuda Dunes.

Animal control officer Paul Villanueva discovered the pooch more than a year later Monday on Patrick Drive in Indio and took him to the Thousand Palms shelter. Thankfully, Scruffy was microchipped. 

"(Greer) was crying when he found out his dog was with us," Sanabria said. "He had given up, because he had been to our shelter many times."

Sanabria and other employees were very excited to see that Greer finally reunited with his long-lost pup.

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Glastonbury Police Investigate Car Thefts, Burglaries Overnight


Glastonbury police are reminding residents to lock their vehicles after a series of car burglaries and car thefts Monday and Tuesday overnight.

Police said overnight Monday and Tuesday they received reports of four stolen cars from neighborhoods on Old Farms Road, Coldbrook Road, Bidwell Street and Farmstead Lane. The vehicles were left unlocked with the keys inside.

Police are also investigating thefts from unlocked vehicles in the areas of Georgetown Drive, Wood Pond Road, Riverview Road and Red Hill Drive that occurred in the same timeframe.

Residents are encouraged to report any suspicious activity to Glastonbury police. Police also encourage residents to lock garage doors and store keys away from corresponding vehicles to reduce the chance of becoming a victim.

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ConnectiCare Opens First Retail Store


Open enrollment for health-care is about to begin, and sorting through insurance benefits can be downright confusing with all those plans and options.

“It has gotten more complicated," said ConnectiCare Retail Operations Director Laurie Blier.

Not everyone is comfortable getting answers over the phone or online, she added.

“It’s very personal. If someone’s sick in your family, it’s your spouse, it’s your child, it’s yourself. So, you want to make sure you understand and you can make the right decisions," said Blier.

That’s why the Connecticut-based insurance company ConnectiCare has opened up its first retail store, in Manchester.

“They really want to be able to have a face-to-face relationship with us," said ConnectiCare Senior Vice President David Gordon.

However, it’s more than just a place to shop for health insurance. There's a multi-purpose room for meetings and group activities.

“We can have yoga classes, Tai Chi classes, sessions on how to eat healthy, how to cook healthy," explained ConnectiCare Retail Operations VP Gary Wolters.

A sign saying "Be well," hangs on a wall near a health hallway, where starting next March a nurse will give voluntary personal health assessments to customers.

“She’ll also get information from our equipment that shows their body mass index, blood pressure, cholesterol, and advise them if there’s an issue and get them to make an appointment with their provide," Wolters explained.

The store has gotten positive feedback since it opened last Friday.

“We had one customer that came in when we first opened that said I could hug you and cry right now," Blier said.

"This is much easier because they understand the question you're asking and then they'll look it up for you," added new customer Doug Gravelle of South Windsor.

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Wrong-Way Crash on I-84 Sends Nine To The Hospital


Nine people were sent to the hospital early Wednesday morning, following a wrong-way car crash on I-84 in West Hartford.

According to State Police, at around 1:15 a.m. a Toyota Corolla was travelling north in the southbound lanes of Route 9 from Kensington to I-84.

Police say the car continued on to travel east in the westbound lanes of I-84 in West Hartford where it struck three vehicles near Exit 40.

Nine people were involved in the crash and were sent to the hospital for evaluation, with some reporting minor injuries, according to Police.

All four involved vehicles were towed away from the scene due to disabling damage.

As a result of the crash, the area around Exit 40 was closed for about one hour with West Hartford Fire and Police assisting Connecticut State Police.

The highway has since re-opened.

Police say the accident remains under investigation.


Trump Stokes Fears of Voter Fraud: Checking the Claims


Donald Trump isn’t letting up on his claims that a rigged system threatens his victory on Election Day, although repeated investigations have found no evidence of widespread fraud at the polls.

As he and Hillary Clinton prepare for their last debate of the presidential race, he continues to tweet about fraud at polling places and about "a dishonest and distorted media pushing Crooked Hillary." At a rally on Tuesday in Colorado, he again urged his supporters to watch the polls closely.

"They even want to try and rig the election at the polling booths, where so many cities are corrupt, and voter fraud is all too common," Trump said. "And then they say, oh there's no voter fraud in our country, there's no voter fraud, no, no, there's no voter fraud. Take a look at St. Louis, take a look at Philadelphia, take a look at Chicago."

The Brennan Center for Justice at the New York University School of Law — the publisher of Justin Levitt’s widely quoted study, "The Truth About Voter Fraud" — calls fraud at the polls "vanishingly rare," so unusual that it does not come close to what would be needed to rig an election.

Levitt wrote in The Washington Post two years ago that he had found 31 allegations since 2000 of someone pretending to be someone else at the polls. More than 1 billion ballots were cast in that period in general and primary elections.

The Carnegie-Knight News21 program -- made up of journalism students and graduates -- analyzed 2,068 alleged cases in 50 states in the decade before 2012 and could document only 10 instances of in-person voter impersonation. There were 491 cases of absentee ballot fraud and 400 cases of registration fraud —out of 146 million registered voters.

Another investigator, Lorraine Minnite, the author of the book "The Myth of Voter Fraud" and a professor of political science at Rutgers University in Camden, New Jersey, says the claim that voter fraud threatens American elections is "itself a fraud." 

"It’s a rare occurrence," said Minnite, who has been studying voter fraud for 15 years. "I'm talking specifically about the kind of fraud that voters might commit, which really is mostly limited to misrepresenting their identity or misrepresenting their eligibility."

President Barack Obama on Tuesday called Trump's attempt to discredit the election irresponsible. No serious person would suggest it was possible to rig U.S. presidential elections because they involve too many votes and are so decentralized, he said.

"So I'd invite Mr. Trump to stop whining and go make his case to get votes," Obama said.

Although Trump's running mate, Mike Pence, said on Tuesday that voter fraud was real in pockets of the country, other Republicans are refuting claims of a rigged election. U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, a former Trump rival, said that there was no evidence for Trump's statements.

"We have 67 counties in this state, each of which conduct their own elections," he said. "I promise you there is not a 67-county conspiracy to rig this election."

Another Trump rival for the GOP nomination, Ohio Gov. John Kasich, strongly disagreed with Trump's claims.

"To say that elections are rigged and all these votes are stolen, that's like saying we never landed on the moon, frankly, that's how silly it is," Kasich told CBS Wednesday. "No, I just, I don't think that's good for our country, for our democracy, and I don't believe that we have any massive fraud."

Even Trump surrogate New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie pushed back, telling NBC News, "I'm convinced that the election will be a fair one and that the process will be one that will accepted by the American people."

Here's a closer look at some allegations of voter fraud:

Dead Man Voting
Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, another Trump surrogate, said on CNN over the weekend that, "Dead people generally vote for Democrats rather than Republicans."

In New York in 2002 and 2004, 2,600 dead voters were alleged to have cast ballots, based on a match of voter rolls to death records. No cases of fraud were substantiated, the Brennan Center says. Seven were found to be a result of a database mismatch or an accounting error. Even if all of the 2,593 remaining cases involved fraud, the rate would be 0.02 percent, the Brennan Center said.

In New Jersey, Republican officials compared voter registration lists, Social Security death records and other public information to allege that 4,755 dead people had voted. "No follow-up investigation appears to document any substantiated cases, and no allegedly deceased voter voted in 2005," the Brennan Center says.

And in Michigan, allegations of votes cast by 132 dead people in Detroit were challenged by the state's Republican secretary of state in 2006. The office said that 132 absentee ballots were mailed to voters who died in the weeks before Election Day, Minnite wrote in a 2007 study, "The Politics of Voter Fraud." Ninety-seven were never returned, 27 were returned before the voters' deaths — a correction ignored by activists, Minnite said.

Double Voting
Allegations of double voting in New York can be found from elections in 1996, 1998, 2000, 2002 and possibly others, according to the Brennan Center. In 2004, between 400 and 1,000 voters were alleged to have voted both in New York and Florida, according to matches between New York and Florida voting rolls. The Brennan Center said it as aware of only two cases being substantiated.

However, a 2013 New York City investigation of the city's Board of Election found systemic problems with accountability, transparency and dysfunction, including defects in the voters rolls, improper instructions that voters should "vote down the line" and a persistent failure to address ballot design issues.

In New Jersey, 4,397 people were alleged to have voted twice and 6,572 who were registered in New Jersey and five other states: New York, Florida, Pennsylvania, North Carolina and South Carolina. The Brennan Center found that only eight cases were actually documented through signatures on poll books with at least five signatures appeared to match. If all eight cases were proved, the double voting rate would be 0.0002 percent, according to the Brennan Center.

Other cases were alleged in New Hampshire in 2004 — of voters listed multiple times on city rolls or of people voting from improper addresses. The Brennan Center says that of the 676,227 ballots cast in 2004 general election in New Hampshire, two invalid cases were substantiated and two others were still under investigation. Even of all four were substantiated, the rate would be 0.0006 percent.

Voting by Non-citizens
The Brennan Center says it found no documented cases in which non citizens intentionally registered to vote or voted knowing they were ineligible. In Washington state in 2004, documentation appears to show that two votes were cast by non citizens in King County, the center says. The rate: 0.0002 percent.

Another example: In Hawaii in 2000, 553 apparent non citizens were alleged to have registered. Of those 144 documented that they had become citizens and at least 61 asked to cancel their registration. Others were stopped at the polls.

The students participating in the Carnegie-Knight News21 program found 56 cases of non-citizens voting.

Voter Impersonation
The Carnegie-Knight News21 program, as part of an investigation into the need for photo IDs, found 10 cases of voter impersonations -- in Alabama, California, Colorado, Kansas, New Hampshire and Texas. There were 146 million registered voters in the United States at the time.

"All were isolated and showed no coordinated efforts to change election results," the students wrote in 2012.

Dogs at the polls
The Brennan Center found two cases of ballots submitted in the name of a dog -- one from "Duncan MacDonald" in 2006 and 2007, although it notes that the ballot was labeled VOID and signed with a paw print; and one from "Raku Bowman" in 2003. The second was counted by volunteers in local elections in Venice, California.

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Man Chokes 4-Month-Old Infant at Kansas Walmart: Police


A young mother says a stranger walked up to her inside the Overland Park, Kansas, Walmart and attempted to steal her baby before he started choking her four-month-old.

Overland Park Police said the woman stopped by the Walmart on Wednesday morning to pick up a few items when she was approached by an unidentified man at checkout, NBC affiliate KSHB reported. 

The stranger then attempted to grab the infant out of a cart and flee. He began choking the baby until it turned red, police said. The mother screamed for help and other shoppers tackled the man and subdued him until police arrived. The suspect remains in police custody.

The mother told police she did not know the man. Authorities said the man may have been under the influence.

The child was treated at the scene and was not seriously injured in the attack, KSHB reported. 

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Man Videotaped Women in Bathroom Stalls at UConn Library: PD


UConn police have arrested a man accused of videotaping unknowing women while the victims were using the bathroom in the UConn Law School library.

Yiyan Wang, 30, of Hartford, is charged with 15 counts of voyeurism, 1 count of disorderly conduct and 1 count of attempt to commit voyeurism.

Police said on May 13, 2016 they received a complaint from a female who was using a unisex bathroom on the fourth floor of the Thomas J. Meskill Law Library on Elizabeth Street in Hartford. The woman said while she was using the bathroom someone in the stall next to her stuck an iPhone under the stall and either took a picture or video of her.

According to the arrest warrant application, during the investigation police identified Wang through surveillance video as a person of interest in the case. On July 6, 2016, police approached Wang. Wang initially denied the allegations but eventually admitted to police that he recorded videos of females in the restroom.

Police seized Wang’s phone and laptop. On the phone they discovered thirteen videos of females undressing and using the toilet in the unisex bathroom in the law library, dated between June and July 2016.

Police also found clips of a male and female having sexual intercourse. That video appeared to have been shot through a small opening and the couple did not seem to know they were being recorded, according to the application.

Police found similar video’s on Wang’s laptop. Some videos dated back to May 2013.

On October 12 around 6 a.m., Wang turned himself in after learning of a warrant for his arrest. He was held on a $250,000 bond, which was later reduced in court. He is next scheduled to appear in court on November 4, 2016.

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Shop Owner Shot and Killed in New Haven Was Targeted: Cops


The owner of a New Haven smoke shop who was shot and killed on Tuesday afternoon and police said they belive he was targeted.  

New Haven police are investigating a fatal shooting Tuesday afternoon at the .

The shooting happened around 1:36 p.m. E&M Smoke Shop, at 545 Ferry St. in the Fair Haven section of New Haven.

The owner of the store, 21-year-old Muhanad Jawad, of New Haven, was pronounced dead just before 2 p.m. at the hospital. 

After looking at evidence and surveillance video, police said the motive was not robbery. Jawad has several pending criminal cases for charges including gun theft, drug dealing and assault on a police officer.

Police said the gunman is a male who was wearing a black shirt or hooded sweatshirt and dark pants.

Police looked into the possibility that four people taken into custody after a police pursuit of a stolen vehicle were connected with the incident, but police said Tuesday evening that the cases were not connected.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call detectives at 203-946-6304. 

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Fiat Chrysler Recalls 250K Vehicles


Fiat Chrysler is recalling more than 250,000 vehicles because of a variety of issues, including air bags not inflating during a crash.

The recall covers over 180,000 Jeep Wrangler SUV’s from the 2016 and 2017 model years with air bag issues - all in the US and Canada.

In government documents, Fiat Chrysler says wiring to a sensor can come loose, cutting off signals to an air bag computer. If that happens, the seat belt pretensionsers won't work and the air bag won't deploy.

The problem was discovered during company crash tests. Fiat Chrysler recalled nearly 1.9 million vehicles worldwide last month for the same problem.

Also recalled were nearly 75,000 Dodge vehicles that have a potential fire risk after tests were conducted. Those models include: Ram 2500 and 3500 pickups, 3500, 4500 and 5500 chassis cabs from the model years 2007 to 2013 as well as Dodge Charger Pursuits from the model years 2011 to 2014.

Owners will be notified when to bring in their cars for service.

Man Sentenced to 30 Years for 2000 Murder on I-84 in Danbury


A 38-year-old gang member has been sentenced to 30 years in prison in connection with the murder of a Newtown man who was shot and killed on Interstate 84 in Danbury 16 years ago as he was heading to work.

Alex Garcia, 38, of Danbury, was accused of killing Mark Rebong on Jan. 17, 2000 and federal officials called this a case of mistaken identity.

Rebong was the night manager of the Hilton Hotel in Danbury and was heading to work when he shot in the head between 10:30 p.m. and 11:15 p.m. that night, according to police.

He was found at 11:02 p.m. on Jan. 17, 2000 in the driver’s seat of an idling vehicle near exit 2 off of I-84 in Danbury and later died as a result of his injuries.

At the time of the murder, Garcia was a member of the Latin Kings and murdered Rebong to maintain or increase his position in the gang, as well as for money, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

“In a tragic case of mistaken identity, Mark Rebong, who was neither a member of a gang nor engaged in any criminal activity, was shot and killed as he drove to work,” U.S. Attorney Deidre Daly said. “I want to commend the dedicated law enforcement investigators for their relentless search for those responsible for this senseless murder. Although over 15 years have passed, the law enforcement team never forgot Mark. We hope that this indictment brings his family some small measure of solace.”

Garcia pleaded guilty on June 15 to one count of use of a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence.

He was sentenced Wednesday to 30 years in prison, followed by five years of supervised release, and a  judge ordered the sentence to run concurrently with an unrelated 40-year sentence he is serving.

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Comedian Brings 'Personal Internet Service' to Assange


Julian Assange can’t access his internet after the service was cut off by the Ecuadorian embassy, so a Canadian comedian is bringing it to him. Bobby Mair has begun to stand outside the Ecuadorian embassy in London where Assange is, shouting the days news to the WikiLeaks founder, NBC News reported.

Mair uses a bullhorn and holds up a sign, reading "Julian Assange’s Personal Internet Service." "In your hometown right now of Townsville, it's like 32 degrees [Celsius, 90 Fahrenheit]. Maybe some of your childhood friends are having a nice day." Mair shouted. "Maybe you could write them a letter."

NBC News said it’s unclear whether Assange was listening or appreciative of the comedian's efforts.

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Police Identify Woman Hit and Killed by Car in Orange


Police have identified the woman hit and killed by a car in Orange on Friday night.

Charlotte Fox, 35, was walking across the Boston Post Road around 9:45 p.m. when she was hit, according to police.

The driver stayed at the scene and is cooperating with the investigation, according to police.

Anyone who witnessed the incident should call Detective Harry Burke at (860) 891-2131.

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DSL Service Restored for Frontier Communications in Connecticut


Service was out for several Frontier Communications DSL customers in Connecticut for several hours, but a spokesperson for the company said engineers worked on the problem and service was restored as of 1:40 p.m.

Service went out statewide around 10:30 a.m. 

While service is restored, customers who are still experiencing problems might have to reboot 

The map of Frontier Communications coverage on Downdetector.com, which monitors technology failures, showed Connecticut in the red this afternoon.

Berlin Issues Voluntary Water Conservation Notice


The town of Berlin is asking residents to conserve water as the state continues to suffer drought conditions.

On Wednesday Berlin released a notice requesting residents hold off on outdoor water use, such as using sprinklers, irrigation systems, or washing cars, until further notice. The town also encouraged residents to shorten showers, run full loads for laundry and dish washing, and turn off water while brushing teeth.

Berlin Water Control, the Kensington Fire District and Worthington Fire District all purchase water from the New Britain Water Department, and the announcement is in line with that department’s conservation request.

Anyone with questions can contact Berlin Water Control at (860) 828-7065, the Kensington Fire District at (860) 828-1782, or the Worthington Fire District at (860) 828-5630.

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