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Boy Hit by Buckshot from Hunter’s Gun at Enfield Dog Park


Police are investigating after a 10-year-old boy was shot in the leg with buckshot at the dog park in Enfield on Saturday night. 

The boy sustained a small welt on his leg, but was not seriously injured and did not need to go to the hospital, according to police. They said they think the shot came from a hunter’s gun. 

The boy was with his mother at the dog park on Ecology Drive when they heard gunshots around 5 p.m. and the boy was struck in the leg, police said. 

Witnesses said they heard gunfire, then the boy moaning with pain.

Investigators said they do not believe the child was targeted or that there was any foul play. 

Officers who responded Saturday were not able to find hunters and police are looking for the people who might have been involved.

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Community Colleges Closer to Allowing Armed Police on Campus


The Connecticut Board of Regents has approved the process to allow armed police at community colleges in Connecticut. 

The Board of Regents unanimously approved the formal process to allow community colleges to train and authorize their security officers to carry a gun and receive specialized training. 

Any community college interested in establishing an armed police force will have to submit a comprehensive plan to the president of Connecticut State Colleges and Universities that includes a campus security profile and officer requirements, as well as a use of force policy. 

“Providing community colleges the option to have special police forces on campus is driven by the desire consistently expressed by students, faculty and staff to feel safe. It is part of our larger approach including reviewing all of our support services and physical infrastructure to ensure we’re doing everything we can to protect the learning environment on all of our campuses,” CSCU President Mark Ojakian said in a statement.

The approval today comes nearly a year after the Board of Regents approved a resolution in December to have armed officers on campus. 

Then the General Assembly took up the bill to allow special police forces to patrol the state’s 12 community college campuses and passed the legislation in July. 

“Across the country this is happening. We do have issues on campuses often, that even though an armed police force may not avoid them, it certainly would be a deterrent to such activity on campuses,”

Merle Harris, chair of Student and Academic Affairs Committee, said. 

Once a college has submitted its plan, the president will have to approve it. 

Find more details online.

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Connecticut Post Mall Will Be Closed on Thanksgiving


Connecticut Post Mall in Milford will be closed on Thanksgiving so families can spend the holiday together. 

“Not only does this allow for families to be together on Thanksgiving, but it brings back the excitement that has historically surrounded the busiest shopping day of the year. This decision is an example of our commitment to the communities we serve, and to offer shopping experiences centered on what uniquely matters to them.” Steven Levin, CEO of Centennial Real Estate, the parent company of Connecticut Post Mall, said in a statement. “Family and tradition matter to our customers, and we want to support those values by encouraging our shoppers, employees and communities to celebrate a traditional holiday. Thanksgiving is for sharing. Black Friday is for shopping.” 

The mall will be offering special Black Friday deals and give away a $2,500 Holiday Shopping Spree to one lucky shopper. 

“All holidays are special and each one should be cherished. With Thanksgiving just around the corner, we encourage you to spend as much time as possible with your family and close friends," Danielle Consiglio, marketing manager for Connecticut Post Mall said in a statement. "For our part, we will make sure to provide the most magical holiday shopping experience at our mall, so that you can bring some magic back home! This year, Black Friday will be a color-filled spectacle of great deals and limitless options that will make the holiday shopping season sparkle with excitement.” 

Connecticut Post Mall will officially open at 5 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 25 and will accommodate and support department stores, theater, fitness center and restaurants if they wish to open on Thanksgiving.

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Naugatuck Teen With Autism Found


Naugatuck police have canceled a Silver Alert for a teen with autism who walked away from school this morning and said he's been found.

Matthew Costa, 17 left Naugatuck High School just after 9:30 a.m., according to police, and did not go home. 

Around 12:45 p.m., police said they found Matthew.

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5th Body Turns Up in Small NY Town in 6 Weeks; No Arrests


Authorities have recovered another set of remains in a small Long Island town plagued by gang violence that has now seen five bodies turn up in a little more than a month. 

The body found in the woods behind a state-run psychiatric hospital in Brentwood Sunday has been identified as Jose Pena-Hernandez, an 18-year-old man who hadn't been seen since June, police said. 

Pena-Hernandez's remains were discovered as police scoured the grounds of the facility near Crooked Hill Road and the Long Island Expressway as part of the ongoing investigation into the series of murders. 

The discovery follows the unearthing of four bodies of Brentwood High School students over the last six weeks. Oscar Acosta, 19, and Miguel Garcia-Moran, 15, were missing for several months before their bodies were found near Long Island Railroad tracks Sept. 26. 

Authorities said that the two were victims of gang violence.

Two young girls, best friends with a passion for basketball, were found dead two weeks before Acosta and Garcia-Moran. On Sept. 13, the day before her 16th birthday, Nisa Mickens' brutally beaten body was found on a tree-lined street in Brentwood. A day later, the beaten body of her lifelong friend, 16-year-old Kayla Cuevas, was discovered in the wooded backyard of a nearby home. Investigators suspect they too were victims of gang violence.

Police said Thursday that Pena-Hernandez was a known MS-13 gang member. An autopsy will be conducted to determine how he died, but police say they are investigating the case as a homicide. 

Suffolk Police said Thursday Pena-Hernandez's remains were not found by accident. They said they've been putting pressure on the more than 25 known MS-13 gang members previously in custody on various charges -- some felonies, some misdemeanors -- as part of a larger gang takedown. None of the dozens of gang members arrested were charged in the murders.  

Anyone with information on the killings of Pena-Hernandez, Garcia-Moran, Acosta, Mickens or Cuevas is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS. A $50,000 reward is being offered for information leading to an arrest in the deaths of Mickens and Cuevas.

Brentwood had a population of 60,664 as of 2010, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. 

Suspects in Georgia Homicide Found in Waterbury


Two people wanted for homicide in Georgia were taken into custody in Waterbury this morning. 

Hartford police said the Hartford Fugitive Task Force had received information that 29-year-old Kendra Tillery and 18-year-old Malik Golden might be in hiding in Hartford and driving a 2006 Chevrolet Impala with Georgia license plate RC15118, so they started searching for them. 

After following up on leads in Hartford and East Hartford, police received information this morning that Tillery and Golden had relocated to Waterbury, police said, so the task force and Waterbury police responded to 918 Woodstock Road at 7 a.m. and found the two suspects sleeping in the Impala, police said. 

For the two nights before they were caught, Tillery and Golden had been sleeping in the car in various location in Hartford, police said. 

They were transported to the Waterbury police department and charged as fugitives from justice. 

They will soon be extradited to Georgia to face the homicide charges, according to Hartford Police.

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No Injuries in Milford Rollover Crash on Route 15

Niantic School Cancels Halloween Parade, Bans Costumes


A Niantic school is canceling its Halloween parade and banning students from wearing costumes in school this year. 

The principal of Lillie B. Haynes in Niantic sent a letter to families on Wednesday with the decision and said school leaders made the decision with input from staff members. 

“This decision was based on many factors including safety and exclusion of students. With increasing societal safety concerns, the number of adults who attend this event, some in costumes, poses a potential safety threat,” Principal Melissa DeLoreto said in a statement. 


School officials said students in past years have been excluded from participating because of religion and cultural beliefs. 

“We believe school day activities must be inclusive for all students and we must be sensitive in regards to holidays and celebrations of religious, cultural or secular nature,” DeLoreto wrote. “Please know classroom celebrations will continue to take place however, they will be Fall themed, not Halloween.” 

The principal said classroom teachers will send home information about the celebration.

NBC Connecticut also reached out to the superintendent, but has not heard back.

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Student Pilot Died of Smoke Inhalation, Thermal Injuries


The student pilot who died in a plane crash in East Hartford on Oct. 11 died of smoke inhalation and thermal injuries, according to the office of the chief medical examiner.

Federal investigators have called the crash an "intentional act."

A senior law enforcement official familiar with the investigation previously told NBC News that the student pilot, Feras M. Freitekh, was arguing with his instructor and the crash appears to have been a case of suicide, not terrorism.

The manner of his death is pending further investigation of the circumstances, according to the office of the chief medical examiner.

Freitekh was killed and his instructor, Arian Prevalla -- the owner of American Flight Academy in Hartford -- was injured when the twin-engine Piper PA 34 they were in crashed on Main Street, near the Connecticut headquarters of military jet-engine maker Pratt & Whitney, and burst into flames.

The National Transportation Safety Board previously said the crash that killed Freitekh and seriously injured Prevalla appeared to have been the result of an intentional act.

A senior law enforcement official familiar with the investigation told NBC News, Prevalla told investigators that Freitekh, a Jordanian national, was at the controls at the time of the crash. Some kind of argument or struggle for the controls ensued, the official said, and the plane crashed. The instructor did not know why it happened.

Police searched Freitek's Hartford-area home but did not find anything to indicate any terrorist interests or sympathies, a senior federal official told NBC News' Pete Williams.

He was also not on any terrorism watch list, the official added.

Prevalla has undergone surgery and he is recovering in the hospital.

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Torrington Employee Accused of Selling Drugs Near School


A Torrington parks and recreation employee is being accused of selling drugs in a school zone, police said.

In August, police received complaints about a Department of Public Works members were stealing city-owned property. 

During the investigation, David Sarasin was found selling prescription drugs during his work hours at the Parks and Recreation town garage and the Besse Pool, which located near the Torrington High School, during swimming hours, police said.

Sarasin, 49, of Torrington, was charged with sale of narcotics and the sale of narcotics in a school zone. He was released on a $25,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in court on Oct. 31.

The investigation is ongoing and additional arrests are expected. 

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2 UConn Football Players Suspended After Arrests


Two 19-year-old UConn football players have been suspended from the team after police stopped the car they were in Wednesday night and found marijuana, a BB gun and an open container of vodka in the car, according to UConn police and school officials.

Police arrested 19-year-old Nazir Williams, of Bridgton, New Jersey,  a red-shirt freshman linebacker; and Felton Alfonzo Blackwell III, 19, of Mays Landing, New Jersey, a red-shirt freshman defensive lineman, after stopping the silver Chevy Malibu Williams was driving, according to police.

Police made the traffic stop on Bolton Road, on the edge of campus, after police noticed it had only one working headlight and saw Williams cross the double line, according to reports from police.

When police approached the car, they smelled marijuana, according to a report from UConn police. 

When officers searched the car, they found four grams of marijuana and a loaded BB gun that looked like a real gun, police said. The report says it was within Williams’ reach and police also found an open container of vodka. 

Police said Blackwell was in possession of a loaded BB gun that looked real. 

“University of Connecticut Director of Athletics David Benedict and head football coach Bob Diaco are aware of the incident that took place Wednesday night and take these allegations very seriously," UConn Athletics said in a statement. "The safety of our student-athletes and University community is of the utmost concern for the UConn Division of Athletics. UConn football student-athletes Felton Blackwell and Nazir Williams have been immediately suspended. The UConn Division of Athletics will work with the University during the investigation process until the situation is resolved.”

Williams was arrested at 10:30 p.m. and charged with first-degree possession, weapons in a motor vehicle and possession of alcohol by a minor. Bond was set at $2,000 and he is due in court on Nov. 1. 

Blackwell was charged with weapons in a motor vehicle and bond was set at $1,500. He is due in court on Nov. 1.

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Public Water Supply Emergency Declared for Waterbury


The Connecticut Department of Public Health declared a public water supply emergency for the City of Waterbury. 

"As our drought conditions persist, we may face the reality of more systems needing emergency assistance to ensure adequate supplies of drinking water," DPH commissioner Dr. Raul Pino said.

On Thursday, Pino signed a temporary 30-deay public water supply emergency for Waterbury after the city informed state officials that its water supply reservoirs are approaching critically low levels. 

The declaration will allow the city to impose water restrictions on residents and businesses in Waterbury. 

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After Major Outages, 3rd Cyberattack 'Has Been Resolved'


A third wave of denial-of-service attacks on a key piece of internet plumbing was resolved by late Friday, said the company that was targeted.

Internet infrastructure company Dyn Inc. told CNBC earlier in the day that the third wave was underway, causing more disruptions after dozens of the world's most popular websites were taken largely offline Friday morning. 

The White House said it was aware of the situation and that the Department of Homeland Security was looking into it; a senior law enforcement official told NBC News that the FBI has been investigating as well. U.S. intelligence officials told NBC News Friday afternoon that they did not know who was responsible for the attacks, though one source said involvement by North Korea had been ruled out.

Dyn, which runs domain name servers, said on its website that it was subject to a distributed denial of service, or DDoS, attack. Domain name servers translate website names to the numeric Internet Protocol addresses behind them. Dyn, headquartered in Manchester, New Hampshire, is one of the larger companies in that business. 

Major internet services including Spotify, Twitter, Paypal, Reddit, the PlayStation Network, Netflix, SoundCloud and a number of media websites were difficult or impossible to reach early Friday.

DownDetector.com, a popular website for checking internet outages, showed a sharp and simultaneous spike in users reporting sites being inaccessible just after 7 a.m. ET and again around noon. 

Service providers including Comcast, Cox, Time Warner Cable and AT&T were also affected. 

Dyn told CNBC that it was being hit by "tens of millions of IP addresses" Friday afternoon, around 4:15 p.m. ET. They said one of the sources of the attack is devices like DVRs, printers, and other appliances that are connected to the internet, collectively known as the "Internet of Things."

Dyn said normal service was restored just over two hours later. But on its website it reported a new attack as of 11:52 a.m. ET that was still underway a half hour later.

"(We) have begun monitoring and mitigating a DDoS attack against our Dyn Managed DNS infrastructure. Our Engineers are continuing to work on mitigating this issue," the company said on its status update page. 

Later Friday, Dyn released a statement saying the third attack "has been resolved."

The extent of the effect was not clear as the attacks unfolded — Twitter experienced partial outages throughout the day. 

"The earlier issues have resurfaced & some people may still be having trouble accessing Twitter," the company wrote on its support account at 12:55 p.m. ET. "We’re working on it!"

After four and a half hours of problems, Twitter reported that Dyn had mitigated the attacks and that Twitter was once again available to all its users. 

Dyn said it was "still investigating and mitigating the attacks on our infrastructure," though a monitoring issue was resolved, it tweeted shortly after 3 p.m. ET.

On social media, people reported renewed difficulty accessing Spotify in Europe, as well as problems with photos and video on Twitter. DownDetector showed fresh spikes in outage reports for sites including PayPal, Netflix and Pinterest. 

The attacks immediately renewed fears about the security of the Internet's core infrastructure, particularly with the presidential election - already the subject of hacking concerns - less than three weeks away.

(Comcast is the owner of NBC parent NBCUniversal.)

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Crews Battle Fire at New Haven Recycling Facility


Firefighters battled a fire at a recycling facility on Wheeler Street in New Haven on Friday morning.

Firefighters responded to the 75-foot-by-200-foot building around 12:45 a.m. Friday and found trash burning inside the recycling facility and smoke. 

No injuries have been reported and most of the fire is out, but crews are putting out hotspots and moving materials around with a backhoe.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Crash Closes Part of Route 199 in Washington


Part of Route 199 is closed in Washington a dump truck crashed into a utility pole and the repairs could take hours. 

Police said the crash is near Frisbie and Davenport roads and local detours in place. 

Police expect repairs to be going on for four to five hours.

New Advice: Parents Should Share Screentime with Kids


Instead of playing a constant game of keep-away, parents are now encouraged to join the fun. Updated guidance from the American Academy of Pediatrics on kids' media usage represents a shift to making moms and dads "media mentors." Previously the influential group of pediatricians suggested no media before age 2. Now they say there's evidence toddlers as young as 18 months could learn and benefit from some forms of technology, as long as parents are there to guide them and the technology is not overly stimulating.

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Man Shot in Shoulder in Hartford


Police are investigating a shooting in Hartford early Friday morning after a 27-year-old man was shot in the shoulder. 

Police said the gunshot detection system detected four gunshots in the area of 138 Barbour St. at 12:10 a.m., then police received two 911 calls reporting gun shots a couple minutes later. 

When officers arrived, they found a 27-year-old Hartford man sitting on the front porch of 149 Barbour St. He had a single gunshot wound to the shoulder and was alert and conscious. 

The man, who police said was arrested 27 times in Hartford in the past, gave varying details of the shooting. He was brought to St. Francis Hospital, treated and released. 

Police said they found three .22 caliber casings. 

The major crimes division of Hartford Police is investigating the shooting.

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Fairfield School to Address Race After Slur Video Goes Viral


Video of a student at Fairfield Ludlowe High School, in Fairfield, Connecticut using racial slurs has gone viral, according to the school, and staff members are meeting with students about race, discrimination, the impact hateful language has and the dangers of social media.

News 12 reports that the 10-second video shows a Ludlowe student doing a mock cheer that used a slur for Fairfield Ward High School, a rival school. 

A notice on the school website says one student recorded another who used “hateful language targeting black individuals and Warde students” and posted it on Snapchat. Then another person shared it and yet another posted it on Instagram. From there it went viral. 

“This highlights once again for students the dangers of posting anything online that you wouldn’t want your family, teachers, college admissions officers, or future employers to see,” the statement on the school website says. “Most importantly, we continue to work with our students to address the impact of the hateful language that was expressed.”

The school said it will conduct an advisory session for all grades, asking students to reflect on their own comfort levels in talking about race and discrimination, identify important lessons from what happened and identify ways to improve acceptance in the school community.

“We are asking our students to commit themselves to helping our town and our friends at (Fairfield) Warde know that we don’t want to be defined by this incident, but would rather be known by our words and deeds as a school community that lives by our values of Fellowship and Acceptance,” the statement says.

Showers Continue Into Saturday, Windy Weekend Ahead


Frequent showers are expected to last through Saturday as an area of low pressure moves through the region.

Rain totals will vary greatly across the state. Some areas may only get one quarter inch, while others could see over one inch of rain.

There is a small chance that tropical moisture gets drawn into the region. That would be the cause of greater rain totals, and signals are pointing to far eastern Connecticut if it were to occur.

Gusts over 40 mph are expected by Saturday afternoon, when scattered showers remain in the forecast on the back of the storm system. Temperatures will be in the middle and upper 50s.

By Sunday, it will dry out, but turn noticeably cooler! High temperatures will only be near 60 degrees, and the wind will still be quite gusty.

Poll: 45 Percent of GOP Might Not Accept Election Results


Among Republican and Republican-leaning likely voters, 45 percent said they might not accept the election as legitimate if their candidate doesn't win, including 18 percent who said they would definitely not accept the outcome, according to the NBC NewsSurveyMonkey Third Debate Reaction Poll conducted on Thursday, Oct. 20. A majority of Republicans—53 percent—said they would accept the results of the election if their candidate loses, NBC News reported.

Voters polled also said Hillary Clinton won the third and final debate of the 2016 Presidential Election cycle by a 9-point margin over Donald Trump. A 46 percent plurality said Clinton won the debate, while 37 percent said Trump won. Another 17 percent said that neither candidate won the debate. Clinton's final victory over the Republican nominee marks a decisive sweep of all three debates.

The debate was most notable for Trump's refusal to say he would accept the outcome of the election—with some GOP leaders joining a backlash.

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