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Meriden Police Search for Suspect After TD Bank Robbery


Meriden police are asking for the public's assistance in identifying a man they said robbed a TD Bank on Friday. 

Police said they responded to TD Bank at 733 East Main Street around 4:30 p.m. on Friday for a report of a robbery. 

According to authorities, the male suspect implied he had a weapon and demanded money from a bank teller. 

The suspect then fled the bank with an undisclosed amount of cash in an unknown direction, police said. 

Police are asking anyone with information about this incident to contact Detective Wagner at 203-630-6334.

Arrrgh! Pirate Party Could Win This Country's Election


The Pirate Party may sound like a novelty political outfit, but this former ragtag bunch of internet activists may be on the verge of winning Iceland's parliamentary elections Saturday, NBC News reported.

The party was founded less than four years ago and promises a radical platform. Its members want to legalize drugs, crowd-source their policies using online referendums, and grant citizenship to National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden. 

The majority of polls over the past 18 months have predicted the party will win the most votes on Saturday — a radical pirate victory in the land of the Vikings.

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Runners Lace Up for Milford Trick or Trot Fundraiser


Saturday, runners got into the Halloween spirit in Milford.

They tied up their laces and put on costumes for the 5th annual Trick or Trot 5K, a fundraiser that emphasizes fun.

“We wanted to dress up for Halloween so that definitely made this unique,” said Jackie Collins

“I’m not a runner so I feel like this is a good starting point,” added Steve Miller of Orange.

Collins and Miller were part of a group costume with six of their friends. Collins was Snow White and Millers was Sleepy, one of her seven dwarfs.

They were among a cast of characters who signed up for the fun run to benefit the Beth-El Center of Milford, which operates several shelters and a soup kitchen.

“We run a no freeze shelter during the winter where folks can come in at least for the night, so even when the shelter is filled we can keep them warm overnight. That’s an additional expense; it’s not in the budget. We prepare for that,” explained Beth-El Board President Ed Davies.

From Minions to mice, everyone was ready to run, or in the case of one woman wearing butterfly wings, flutter through the heart of town.

Inside a goldfish costume was NBC Connecticut’s Heidi Voight, who emceed the race before swimming down the course herself.

Fourteen-year-old Lillia Downing of Milford dressed up as a life-sized version of the Tickle Me Pink crayon and held matching crayon in her hand.

“I like to see all the people in their costumes and I like how we’re raising money for a good cause,” she said.

Though some had their eyes on the prize, for most the race was about more than crossing the finish line first.

“I like helping out with just any kind of benefits,” Miller said.


For more information on the Beth-El center, visit their website.

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More Migrants on Paris Streets After 'Jungle' Dismantled


The number of migrants sleeping rough on the streets of Paris has risen by at least a third since the start of the week when the "Jungle" shanty town in Calais was evacuated, NBC News reported. 

Along the bustling boulevards and a canal in a northeastern corner of Paris, hundreds of tents have been pitched by migrants — mostly Africans who say they are from Sudan — with cardboard on the ground to try and insulate them from the cold.

While the presence of migrants there is not new, it has grown substantially this week, Colombe Brossel, Paris deputy mayor in charge of security issues, told Reuters.

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Suspect Shoplifted 2 Leaf Blowers: Waterford Police


Waterford police are looking to identify the suspect in a shoplifting incident on Oct. 12.

Police said the suspect pictured above stole two leaf blowers from the Sears on the Hartford Turnpike around 1:14 p.m. on Oct. 12.

The suspect reportedly fled in a green BMW 328IS with Connecticut plates 1AUVP9.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Officer Fredricks at (860) 442-9451.

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Meriden Police Seek Bank Robber


Police in Meriden are investigating a bank robbery at the Liberty Bank on Main Street.

Police said around 9:48 a.m. Saturday a male suspect entered the bank and wrote a note on the back of a deposit slip claiming he had a weapon. A teller handed an undetermined amount of money over to the suspect, who then escaped on foot.

No weapon was shown and no injuries were reported.

It was reported that the suspect could have fled in a red vehicle. No make or model is available.

According to police, this suspect is not connected to Friday’s robbery at the TD Bank. Anyone with information on this crime is asked to contact Detective Joe Robison at (203) 630-6267.

Who Is James Comey? FBI Director Known to Buck the Trend


The man behind one of the biggest bombshells of the presidential election has never been one to follow tradition, NBC News reported. 

Politically, FBI Director James Comey has been a registered Republican for most of his life. Personally and professionally, he is fiercely independent — so much so that President Barack Obama didn't hesitate to appoint him to his current position, despite Comey's history of donating to Republican presidential campaigns.

A career prosecutor, 55-year-old Comey has a history of defying both political parties. 

But no past action has thrust him into the cross hairs quite like his announcement Friday — a mere week and a half before voters go to the polls — that a newly discovered batch of emails had prompted him to take another look at the email investigation that has dogged Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton throughout her candidacy.

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Meriden Police Investigate Shooting Outside Local Bar


Meriden police are investigating after a 33-year-old man was shot in the chest outside a local bar Saturday morning.

Police said they responded around 1:37 a.m. to the Sunset Café at 278 West Main Street for reports of a shooting. When officers arrived they found the victim, who has not been identified, suffering one gunshot wound to the chest.

The victim was transported to the hospital for treatment. His condition was not released.

Meriden police believe a fight that started inside the bar between the victim and the suspect went outside, at which point the suspect showed a handgun and shot the victim once.

Police did not release a description of the suspect.

Police said the shooting was an isolated incident and stressed that it was not random and does not appear linked to gang violence.

Anyone with information on this incident is asked to contact Detective Erik Simonson at (203) 630-6318. The investigation is ongoing.

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Danbury Man Accused of Shooting Neighbor with BB Gun


A Danbury man is accused of shooting his neighbor with a BB gun, according to police.

Jonathan Santana, 21, faces charges of breach of peace and reckless endangerment. Police allege that Santana shot his neighbor with a BB gun on Wednesday.

Police said the 66-year-old victim reported he was doing yard work when he felt a sharp sting in his temple. At first he assumed it was an acorn, but realized he was nowhere near the tree.

The victim told police he noticed his neighbor’s bathroom window open, turned to rub his head, and when he turned back the window was closed.

Police approached the neighbor and a search of the house turned up a small hole in a window screen. According to police, Santana admitted he was using a BB gun but claimed he was only shooting at birds and that if he hit anyone, it was an accident.

Santana was released on a promise to appear and is scheduled for arraignment on Nov. 3.

US Orders Families of Consulate Workers in Istanbul to Leave


The State Department is ordering family members of employees posted to the U.S. Consulate General in Istanbul to leave because of security concerns.

In a statement issued Saturday, the State Department says the decision is based on security information indicating extremist groups are continuing aggressive efforts to attack U.S. citizens in areas of Istanbul where they reside or frequent. 

The Consulate General remains open and fully staffed. The order applies only to the U.S. Consulate General in Istanbul, not to other U.S. diplomatic posts in Turkey.

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Katy Perry Transforms Into Hillary Clinton For Halloween


Forget the polls, we're calling this one early: Katy Perry and Orlando Bloom just won Halloween.

With the help of wigs, prosthetics and even a faux-secret service detail, the A-list couple fully transformed into Hillary Clinton and a Donald Trump caricature for Kate Hudson's Halloween party Friday night in Los Angeles. Katy (as Hillary) even had a pal dressed up as Bill Clinton but she and Orlando opted out of the traditional couples costume shtick by having him do a take on the Republican presidential nominee.

Katy, who has actively campaigned for the Democratic presidential nominee, Instagrammed a photo showing a team of professionals getting her into character. "Having a little pre party before I take office," she quipped. "#IMWITHME Cheers to @svedkavodka #howtosvedka @hillaryclinton."

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1 Killed in Crash After Police Pursuit in Norwich


One person is dead after a vehicle fleeing from police crashed head-on with another vehicle, according to Norwich police.

Norwich police said around 2:17 a.m. Sunday an officer tried to stop a suspected intoxicated driver on West Thames Street.

Police said the driver, identified as Cory Long, 35, of Hartford did not stop and the officer began to pursue the vehicle through downtown Norwich.

According to Connecticut state police, the crash occurred when the fleeing vehicle was traveling eastbound on Route 2 near the intersection of Route 12 and the driver struck a curb and lost control. The vehicle swerved into the westbound side of Route 2 and collided head-on with another car that was stopped at a traffic signal.

Two occupants of the westbound vehicle were taken to William W. Backus Hospital for treatment. The passenger  later died at the hospital. The victim has been identified as Thomas Richter, 74, of Southbury. The driver, Carol Richter, 73, of New Milford, sustained non-life threatening injuries.

Long and his passenger, identified as Isaiah Lee, 35, of Groton, were also transported to William Backus Hospital for treatment. 

The Connecticut State Police Collision and Analysis & Reconstruction Squad is investigating the crash. Norwich police are leading the criminal investigation of the people in the fleeing vehicle.

Route 2 was closed for the investigation but has since reopened.

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One Dead After Overnight Hit-and-Run in West Haven: Police


West Haven Police are investigating an overnight hit-and-run crash which has left one person dead.

Police said they responded to the area of Boston Post Road and Barbara Street just after 2 a.m. on Sunday for a car crash involving a pedestrian who was fatally struck by a fleeing vehicle.

The Police Department's Major Accident Squad is investigating this incident.

Anyone with information regarding this event or who may have witnessed it is asked to contact West Haven police at 203-937-3925.

Police Offer Halloween Safety Tips


Police around the state are preparing to be out-in-force on Halloween.

But some people got a jump start on the festivities.

At the 6th annual Seymour Trunk or Treat, kids and parents could walk from car to car, picking up sweets, without some of the usual Halloween worries.

“It’s a good, safe event for all the kids,” P.J. Bridge of Seymour, said.

“They get to walk around and get candy without being out in the dark on streets,” Terri Ames of Seymour, said.

Earlier in the day in Cromwell, the 5th annual Halloween on Main Street also offered a more carefree celebration.

“We’re just getting in the spirit on Halloween, passing out candy. Lots of fun,” Taylor Midgley of Cromwell, said.

“They have that sense of community that they like to come and see other people,” Rodney Bitgood, president of the Cromwell Merchants Association, said.

For those who plan to head out on Halloween, police remind trick-or-treaters to stay in groups and be careful.

That includes wearing bright or reflective costumes and making sure drivers can see you.

Officers say drivers should slow down and be on the lookout for quick moving ghosts and goblins.

“It’s going to get darker earlier. Hopefully they’re going to pay attention and hopefully these kids will be out there having a safe time,” Officer John Harkins, Seymour Police Department, said.

Police are also reminding trick-or-treaters and drivers to put the cellphone down and watch where you’re going, especially on Halloween night. 

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Polls: Clinton Ahead in North Carolina; Dead Heat in Florida


With nine days until Election Day, Democrat Hillary Clinton holds a six-point advantage over Republican Donald Trump in the battleground state of North Carolina, while the candidates are essentially deadlocked in Florida, according to two new NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Marist polls.

In Florida, Clinton gets the support of 45 percent of likely voters, while Trump gets 44 percent. Libertarian Gary Johnson gets 5 percent and the Green Party’s Jill Stein is at 2 percent.

In an earlier NBC/WSJ/Marist poll this month, Clinton was ahead by three points in this four-person race in the Sunshine State, 45 percent to 42 percent.

When the contest is reduced to two candidates, Clinton and Trump are tied in the new poll at 46 percent.

In North Carolina, meanwhile, Clinton enjoys a six-point lead over Trump among likely voters, 47 percent to 41 percent, with Johnson at 8 percent. (Stein isn’t on the ballot in the Tar Heel State.) Earlier this month in the poll, Clinton was ahead by four points, 45 percent to 41 percent.

In a two-person race in North Carolina, Clinton’s lead in this new poll is an equal six points, 50 percent to 44 percent.

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Tampered Candy Box Found at Clinton Halloween Event: Police


Clinton police are urging parents to check children's Halloween candy after a box of DOTS candy was tampered with then handed out at a Halloween event Saturday night.

Police said it appeared the box was previously opened and re-glued shut, then handed out at the “Monster Mash” Halloween event at the Joel School. There was a glob of glue under the flap that tipped off the resident that there was something wrong with the box.

DOTS candy comes in a variety of colors. The box in question only had red-colored candies inside. It is unknown if the candy was tampered with or not, police said.

Police are encouraging parents to examine any candy children brought home from the Monster Mash Saturday. If parents are unsure whether the candy was tampered with, police ask that they err on the side of caution.

Anyone with information or who finds any more tampered candy should contact Clinton police at (860) 669-0451.

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Man Critically Injured in Bristol Stabbing


A 30-year-old Bristol man was found seriously injured on the side of the road early Sunday morning and police are investigating.

Bristol police said that the man was assaulted at around 3:30 a.m. this morning in the area of 361 King Street.

Police said the unidentified victim was found by a passersby and taken to Bristol Hospital with life-threatening stab wounds. He was airlifted to Hartford Hospital for further treatment and remains in critical condition, police said.

Police say the people who drove the victim to the hospital reported they found the man lying in the roadway in front of a house on 361 King Street. Those who live in that home told NBC Connecticut they slept through the incident.

Some neighbors were surprised to see crime tape and police cars outside their windows when they woke up.

“I’m very surprised because this is a good town and this area is great. We don’t have anything like this happen,” said neighbor Ann Conroy.

“Very surprised. You know this is a real quiet neighborhood. We’re all in cahoots with each other, so stuff like this, it shakes the neighborhood up. It scares people,” added Antwain Berry.

King Street from Stonecrest Drive to Holt Street was closed off for hours while police investigated.

No arrests have been made at this time.

Anyone with information on this incident is asked to contact the Bristol Police Department at 860-584-3011.

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Hundreds Attend Connecticut Law Enforcement Memorial Run


Over 500 people participated in the seventh annual Connecticut Law Enforcement Memorial Run in Middletown Sunday morning.

A slew of runners from across the state turned out for the run, which raises funds for a national law enforcement memorial in Washington, DC. NBC Connecticut’s Len Besthoff joined in as the celebrity host.

Fifty-five law enforcement agencies participated including large showings from New Haven police and Glastonbury police.

This year’s 5K was held at the Wadsworth Mansion and the challenging course ends uphill.

For more information, visit the Connecticut Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Run website.

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Old Saybrook Police Increase Patrols for 'Mischief Night'


Old Saybrook police are upping patrols Sunday night to keep any “mischief night” activities from getting out of hand.

The night before Halloween is sometimes referred to as mischief night, a night where some, typically teens, play pranks and get into mischief.

Police said the patrols are primarily to discourage any damage or theft of property.

Police also suggested residents to think carefully before pranking friends and neighbors to avoid injuries or unnecessary police responses.

Residents can report any suspicious activity to the police department by calling (860) 395-3142.

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