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Hartford Police Investigate Sunday Morning Shooting


Hartford police are investigating a shooting that occurred on Blue Hills Avenue Sunday morning.

Police said around 11:35 a.m. they responded to the area of 679 Blue Hills Avenue for reports of a shooting and found a male victim lying on the sidewalk in the area. The victim was transported to Saint Francis Hospital for treatment of a non-life threatening gunshot wound to the lower leg.

Witnesses reported a young male suspect may have fled the area on a moped. Windsor police and Bloomfield police located the moped driver and a passenger on Route 218 in Bloomfield after a pursuit. Both were taken into custody.

None of the involved parties have been identified at this time.

Suspect Stole Cash Register from Putnam Business: Police


State police are investigating after a suspect in a mask robbed the Empire Buffet in Putnam Sunday afternoon.

Police said a male suspect entered the business located at 62 Providence Turnpike around 3:45 p.m. and stole cash and the cash register. The suspect then reportedly fled in a 2013 Toyota Venza with Massachusetts plates 3LHH986. The car was reported stolen from Massachusetts.

No injuries were reported.

Anyone with information on this incident or who spots that vehicle is asked to contact state police at (860) 779-4900.

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DOT Begins Improvements on Bridgeport Avenue in Milford


The Department of Transportation is making changes to a stretch of Bridgeport Avenue in Milford after years of people saying the street was too dangerous for pedestrians.

The DOT pledged to make a series of changes to make the road safer, starting by repainting crosswalks and reconfiguring lanes. The office of State Rep. Kim Rose , who championed the changes, said there are also plans to change the timing and brightness of traffic lights in the area. 

The move comes after it came to light that in the last 10 years there were 17 pedestrian-involved accidents with four fatalities. Earlier this year two people were hit in 48 hours – a 34-year-old woman leaving a restaurant after work and a 14-year-old boy. 

The DOT has started work on some of the improvements and more are expected to be completed soon.

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Route 44 in Mansfield Reopened


Route 44 in Mansfield was closed for about a half hour Monday morning after a railroad safety gate became stuck in the closed position, according to the Department of Transportation.

The road was closed between Depot Road and Route 32. State police said repairs were made to the gate and the road has since reopened.

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Analysis: The Vengeful World of Trump, and Why It Matters


Summarizing Donald Trump's worldview isn't easy, but this may come close: The world is a violent place, and it demands a violent response, according to NBC News' analysis. 

He's made news by giving out a Republican rival's phone number, tweeting about a "sex tape" and even accusing his opponent, Hillary Clinton, of possibly taking drugs.

Trump's emphasis on violence and retaliation, especially outside the confines of the law, is unique among modern nominees and is rooted in a set of guiding principles. In his eyes, the world is an unforgiving place where cities are "war zones," where "rapists" are streaming across the border and where jealous rivals are hatching plots to humiliate America and Trump personally. To prevail in such an environment, he suggests, the response to any slight must be swift and overwhelming. Dwelling on limits imposed by law or tradition is usually a secondary concern.

The Trump campaign did not respond to requests for comment for this story. With Trump's language heating up in the final days and his list of enemies growing fast, some civil rights groups and law enforcement officials are raising fears that things could get out of hand.

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FBI Gets Warrant for Emails Related to Clinton Probe


The FBI obtained a warrant to search emails related to the Hillary Clinton private server probe that were discovered on ex-congressman Anthony Weiner's laptop, law enforcement officials confirmed to NBC News on Sunday.

The warrant came two days after FBI director James Comey revealed that the emails were linked to Weiner's estranged wife, top Clinton aide Huma Abedin.

The FBI already had a warrant to search Weiner's laptop, but that only applied to evidence of his allegedly illicit communications with an underage girl.

Comey's disclosure of the emails ignited fierce criticism, particularly from Clinton, who called the move an "unprecedented" departure from FBI policy.

Democratic Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid meanwhile accused Comey of a "disturbing double standard" and said Comey may have violated the Hatch Act.

The FBI did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

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Top Google Doodles


Since 1998, Google has created more than 1,000 colorful and imaginative doodles to commemorate important holidays and people. Take a look back at some of the most iconic designs from around the world.

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Man Admitted to Robberies at 2 Plainfield Gas Stations: Police


A Chaplin man charged in a robbery at one Plainfield gas station confessed to two robberies, according to police. 

Police arrested 21-year-old Cody Lester on Saturday after receiving a 911 call around 5:45 p.m. reporting an armed robbery at Best Way Gas Station, at 2 Prospect St. in Moosup Village. 

Police said Lester had a knife, demanded the store clerk give him money and then fled. 

Police identified Lester as the suspect and said he confessed to another robbery, one at the Valero Gas Station on East Main Street in the Central Village section of Plainfield on Oct. 12. 

Then, he confessed to the robbery of the Best Way Gas Station, police said. 

Lester was charged with first-degree robbery, first-degree reckless endangerment and sixth-degree larceny in connection with the burglary at Best Way Gas Station. 

He is being held on a $100,000 bond and is scheduled to be arraigned in Windham today. 

Police said they are also applying for a warrant charging Lester in the Valero gas station robbery. 

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Woman Rescued After 5 Days in SUV


A woman was trapped in her Hummer for five days after it rolled off a cliff in the mountains in Southern California, but was rescued alive by firefighters on Saturday, authorities said.

Barbara McPheron, 69, was reported missing on Oct. 23 around 1 p.m., according to the Ridgecrest Police Department. 

McPheron had used the OnStar feature of her Hummer to contact 911, stating "ditch on Highway 395, Stater Bros and Kashmir St," authorities said. Crews searched by ground and air in the Adelanto area of San Bernardino County, but could not find the woman. 

Five days later, the San Bernardino County Fire Department received reports of a vehicle rollover in a desert area off Torosa Road west of Highway 395, north of Adelanto, from off-road drivers in the area, fire officials said.

Firefighters found McPherson trapped inside her rolled over SUV around 6 p.m. Saturday. It took them an hour to safely rescue her, according to the fire department.

During the rescue, officials discovered that the 69-year-old was reported missing several days earlier. 

She was taken to a hospital by helicopter, fire officials said. Her condition was described as serious, but non-life threatening. 

NBC4's Joe Studley contributed to this report. 

Photo Credit: San Bernardino County Fire Department
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Norwich Man Badly Injured in Montville Crash


A 50-year-old Norwich man sustained serious injuries in a crash on Interstate 395 South in Montville on Saturday night. 

Police said Justin Labriola, 50, of Norwich, was thrown from his Volkswagen GTI when he went off the road, hit a pole and a sign and flipped over. 

He was originally transported to William W. Backus Hospital, then flown to Hartford Hospital. 

Police are investigating the crash and ask witnesses to call state police Troop E at 860-848-6500.

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Biker Gangs Hells Angels, Pagans Brawl in NY Parking Lot


Up to 70 bikers were involved in a melee that broke out between two rival gangs in a parking lot on Long Island, Suffolk County police said.

A fight broke out between the Pagans and Hells Angels members in the parking lot of the Pennysaver Amphitheater in Farmingville at about noon on Sunday, police said. Officers were able to break up the brawl and disperse the groups.

Two people were hurt, but neither of them filed complaints to press charges. Authorities said both individuals were taken to local hospitals for treatment.

There were no arrests.

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CVS Shoplifter Hit Clerk in Face: Police


A New London man has been arrested in connection with a shoplifting at a CVS Saturday and police said he hit an employee and tried to hide from police on a third-floor deck.

Police responded to the CVS at 817 Bank St. at 3:40 p.m. Saturday and searched the surrounding area, but 26-year-old Dereck Bonaparte, of New London, ran, police said.

Officers found him on the back deck of a third-floor apartment of a nearby residence and located the items stolen from CVS, police said.

Bonaparte was charged with third-degree robbery, interfering with police, third-degree assault, third-degree trespass, sixth-degree larceny and possession of drug paraphernalia.

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Pumpkins Get Political With Trump, Clinton, Putin Faces


Ohio artist Jeanette Paras created pumpkins faces of Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, and even Vladimir Putin for her porch. She's "pumpkinized" dozens of other celebrities and personalities in the past, including Kim Jung Un, Lady Gaga and Steve Jobs. The "Putkin" pumpkin weighs 341 pounds, more than the Trump (133 pounds) and Clinton (145 pounds) pumpkins combined.

Resident Jumps from Burning Building in New Britain


One resident jumped from a burning building after fire broke out at an apartment building in New Britain on Friday night.

Firefighters responded to 18 Farmington Ave. at 10:14 p.m. and found fire on the first floor of the multi-unit apartment complex.

All residents of the 12-unit building were out when firefighters responded and they said one adult jumped from a window and was later treated at a local hospital.

Ten adults and four children were and have received assistance from the American Red Cross.

The New Britain fire marshal’s office is investigating the cause of the fire.

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Elephants Stomp on 1,000-Pound Pumpkins for Halloween Fun


A family of elephants at the Oregon Zoo got to stomp on 1,000-pound pumpkins on Oct. 28, in advance of Halloween in an event the zoo calls the Squishing of the Squash. A young elephant even rolled around in the pieces, munching on pumpkin fragments.

Cop Pulls 87-Year-Old Woman From Fiery Car


A New Mexico police officer's body camera recently captured an amazing rescue. The video shows the Santa Fe, New Mexico, police officer coming to the aid of the 87-year-old woman, who had been driving on a flat tire when the vehicle caught fire. The officer was able to get the woman out of the car in time and even rescued her cane before putting out the fire himself.

Meriden Church Needs Donations to Pay for Repairs


The moment Pastor Joseph Sessions stepped inside the historic building on Norwood Street in Meriden, he knew it was the perfect place. From the stained glass windows to the century-old pipe organ, the church shined, but there was a lot of work that needed to be done. 

"We remodeled the whole place, painted. There were holes in the walls," Pastor Sessions said. 

After nine years and hundreds of thousands in renovations, the Holy Word Foundation Ministries brought life to the building. 

His wife, Dr. Annette Sessions, said it's been great for them and the area. 

"We do a lot of things in this community for Meriden," said Dr. Sessions, who added that the church gives out clothes and food to those in need, and hands out Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners. 

But now another problem is invading the structure. 

"Looking up, you can see the water coming down," Pastor Sessions said. 

What looks like something you'd see from old, weathered walls outside, is actually taking place inside. Water damage crumbles the surface of the walls throughout the sanctuary. 

"It breaks my heart just like it does my husband because he loves the House of God," Dr. Sessions said. 

Pastor Sessions expects the cost to fix just the steeple will be $75,000 and he expects it will cost another $175,000 to fix the rest. 

They've poured all they can into the historic church and now hope the community they've helped can lend a hand in return, he said. 

"I feel that God is going to help us fix it eventually. I believe that. I believe that from the bottom of my heart," Pastor Sessions said. 

Pastor Sessions said they plan to hold fundraisers. 

Donations can be sent to Holy Word Foundation Ministries, PO BOX 5010, Meriden, CT 06450. 

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Middletown Man Attacked Neighbor Over Parking Space: Police


Middletown police arrested a man accused of attacking a neighbor over a parking space.

Joseph Imme, 58, of Middletown, faces charges of third-degree assault and breach of peace following an incident on Oct. 24.

Police allege that Imme was upset when another tenant parked in his regular parking spot at the Rivers Edge Apartments on DeKoven Drive because of paving work. According to police, Imme left a note asking the vehicle’s owner to meet him in the lobby.

Imme arrived in the lobby and began attacking his neighbor. According to the arraignment report, the victim suffered cuts, contusions and abrasions to his face and had to be taken to the hospital for treatment. Police said Imme punched the victim more than 15 times.

Imme was issued a summons, scheduled for court on Nov. 7 and told not to have any contact with the victim. He agreed to leave the River Edge Apartments for the evening and stay with his daughter, police said.

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Groton Police Arrest Armed Robbery Suspect


Groton police have arrested a suspect accused of robbing a local convenience store in May.

Brandon Billian, 35, turned himself in to Groton police Sunday. He is charged with first-degree robbery with a deadly weapon.

Police allege that on May 25 Billian entered the Henny Penny at the corner of Route 184 and Route 117, brandished a knife and stole cash from the register.

Billian is being held on a $150,000 bond and is expected in court Monday.

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Delays Expected on Mass Pike After New Electronic Tolls


Monday morning's commute was the big test when it comes to electronic tolling in Massachusetts.

State leaders had warned drivers last week they should be prepared for winter storm-like delays when it comes to traffic on the Mass. Pike.

MassDOT says it looked like their warnings worked, because ridership along the Pike was down between six to 10 percent Monday morning.

"This morning went really well," MassDOT Highway Administrator Tom Tinlin said. "I do believe that credit goes to months of planning, coordination and execution, but the real credit goes to the traveling public."

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Electronic tolling has been in effect since Friday night, making nearly 3 million transactions without issue.

Drivers were urged to take public transportation, to give themselves more time on the road and to obey the 15 mile per hour speed limit passing through toll plazas, which are starting to be demolished.

These recommendations are still in place by the state's transportation agency and state police, since Monday morning's commute is but one part in a "much larger journey" as crews remove the old tolling booths during the first phase of construction.

"They don't give trophies out after a first game," Tinlin said.

MassDOT says drivers will be pushed to the outside lanes as crews remove the old tolling booths during this first phase of construction.

State police say there will be extra patrols and tow trucks in case problems arise. All work removing the toll plazas is scheduled to be finished by the end of next year.

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