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Man Dropped Cocaine While Checking into Hotel: Ledyard PD


Ledyard police arrested a man after cocaine fell out of his pocket while he was checking in to a hotel, according to police.

Ryan Laplante, 21, of South Attleboro, Mass. was arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance and possession of less than a half ounce of marijuana.

Police said Foxwoods security was called to the Fox Tower Saturday night for reports of an intoxicated person, later identified as Laplante, on the property. Security drove Laplante to the Two Trees hotel to get a room. Security reported that while Laplante was paying for his room, a baggie of cocaine fell out of his pocket, at which point security called Ledyard police.

Laplante was released on bond and is scheduled to appear in court on Nov. 15

Wethersfield Police Seek Bank Robbery Suspect


Wethersfield police are asking for the public’s help to identify the suspect in a bank robbery.

Police said the subject pictured above entered the TD Bank at 25 Wells Road around 11 a.m. Saturday and showed a note demanding money. The teller cooperated and the suspect fled on foot.

No injuries were reported and no weapon was shown.

The suspect is described as male, in his late 20s or 30s, 5-foot-5, clean-shaven, with a medium build. He was wearing a gray baseball cap and a red and black or blue jacket.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Wethersfield Police Department at (860) 721-2900

Photo Credit: Wethersfield Police Department

Hamden High Being Dismissed Due to Bomb Threat


Hamden High School was evacuated and students have been dismissed early because of a bomb threat, according to the superintendent’s office and police.

Hamden Police received a phone call about the bomb threat at 10:15 a.m.

No additional information was immediately available.

Dry Early Week, Warmer Weather Ahead


High pressure will make for clear sky for Halloween, but it will turn chilly late.

Temperatures will fall into the 40s after sunset.

Tuesday will be a bright day with temperatures in the upper 50s.

Even though it turns cloudy Wednesday, temperatures will soar into the 60s.

A cold front comes through the state on Thursday, and with it will come showers.

Temperatures will still manage to make it into the 60s Thursday.

Behind the front, dry weather returns for the weekend. 

First Alert forecasters are watching a storm that will dive out of Canada over the weekend.

The most likely result is a blend of clouds and sun, with perhaps a shower, but a mainly dry weekend.

Temperatures will fall after the weekend storm moves to the southeast of New England.

Monks Were Brewing Beer to Rebuild 'Flattened' Basilica


Monks who were raising money to repair an ancient basilica in central Italy by brewing beer destroyed there found the structure "flattened" in last week's earthquake, NBC News reported.

The Basilica of St. Benedict in Norcia was destroyed in the strongest earthquake to hit the country in over three decades, said the Monks of Norcia Sunday.

"The entire monastic community is together again at our mountain monastery which overlooks a now fractured Norcia," said a statement signed by Fr. Benedict on their monastery's website. "Messages are pouring in from all over the world."

The monks weren't available for comment when NBC News reached out on Monday. Three American monks took over the monastery in 2000, starting a brewing business to raise funds for repairs for the facility.

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2 Types of Oreo Fudge Cremes Recalled Nationwide


An Illinois-based company has issued a nationwide recall of two kinds of its Oreo Fudge Cremes products because the snacks contain milk, an item not included among the ingredients that can cause serious or life-threatening reactions in people who are allergic to it. 

Mondelez Global LLC said it is recalling original and mint varieties of its Oreo Fudge Cremes sold in the United States and U.S. territories of Puerto Rico, St. Croix and St. Thomas. The company said it has received one report of an allergic reaction to date. 

An advisory statement on the label says the snacks have been "manufactured on equipment that processes milk," but milk is not listed among the ingredients.

Click here for specific products affected by the recall.

Consumers who have this product should not eat it and should discard any products they may have, the company says. Customers can contact the company at 1-855-535-5948, 24 hours a day to get more information about the recall, and Consumer Relations specialists are available Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET.

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Fire Damages Norwich Auto Shop


A raging fire destroyed part of a Norwich business Sunday evening.

The flames tore through a service bay at the Kleemann Service Center. Everyone escaped the car repair shop unharmed.

Stunned onlookers snapped cellphone pictures which captured the blaze and the billowing smoke that could be seen for miles.

Firefighters fought the flames at the car repair shop for hours. They faced challenges including the roof collapsing and what was stored inside.

“We knew that we had gasoline, propane cylinders that were filled, and 500 gallons of wastewater that did catch fire. So that was a bit tricky to put out,” Norwich Fire Chief Kenneth Scandariato, said.

Three people had been working inside at the time doing grinding work, which had created sparks.

No one was hurt in the fire and besides the one service bay with six cars inside, the rest of the business was saved.

The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection was called in to handle some potentially hazardous runoff into the Shetucket River and a nearby train track was also affected.

“What you see in terms of building damage was where the fire was upon arrival and that’s where we stopped it,” Scandariato, said.

The owner of the business told NBC Connecticut Monday morning he did not have a full estimate of the damage or how long it would take to rebuild, but that the office was not damaged at all, just the garage area. 

According to the company’s website, the family-run shop has been here for more than 10 years and the business has been part of the community for about a half-century.

“Hard, hard working people and this is setback to say the least,” Raymond Allain of Norwich, said.

The fire chief says hopefully they’ll be back in business quickly.

While they’re still investigating the cause, firefighters said this appears to be an accident and does not appear linked to the series of suspicious fires in town.

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Groton Considers Doubling Parking Ticket Fines


Town Council members in Groton are considering a proposal to double parking ticket fees and increase animal control fees as well. 

The fee for a parking ticket could increase from $10 to $20. The fine for parking in a fire lane could increase from $25 to $50 and the rate would double if it is not paid within 14 days.

“Some of our fines and fees were established a couple decades ago so this is really an attempt to get them in line with what’s practical and consistent with other communities in southeastern Connecticut,” Town of Groton Police Chief L.J. Fusaro said.

Groton police patrol the area of West Main Street before the drawbridge in Mystic, a popular tourist destination with a range of parking limits from 15 minutes to two hours.

A parking ticket in Stonington, on the other side of the drawbridge, is $25. 

In Groton city, parking tickets are $25 and increase to $40 if not paid in five days, according to Chief Fusaro.

People who live in Mystic have mixed feelings about the proposed increases. 

“I think it makes sense. I do think people come in and park for a long time, knowing it’s only $10. That’s easier than going in the parking lot. Twenty dollars may make them think about it,” Joanna Case, of Mystic, said. 

“If they were going to double the parking, you could raise the rates. But unless they’re adding parking, that’s ridiculous,” Keith Eaton, of Mystic, said. 

Groton town council members are also considering a proposal to raise animal control fees. The cost would increase from $15 to $50 to surrender an animal, storage fees for animals would go from $10 to $15 and quarantine fees could go from $5 to $10. 

The town council would need to change the ordinance and have a public hearing before making a final decision.

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White House Press Briefing


Spokesman Josh Earnest conducts the daily White House press briefing, beginning at 12:45 p.m. ET. 

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4 Arrested After Shots Are Fired at Pedestrian: Police


Police arrested four men after investigating reports of someone shooting at a pedestrian in Hamden on Sunday night. 

Police responded to the 1700 block of Dixwell Avenue at 9:45 p.m. Sunday to investigate the report of someone shooting from inside of a moving car and determined that the shooter fired around three times at a pedestrian at Dixwell Avenue and Woodin Street, but the pedestrian was not hurt, police said. 

Soon after, police and a concerned resident found a vehicle on Dixwell Avenue with four people inside. Police arrested all four and found a BB gun, pellets and two masks inside the vehicle and one of the people had a box cutter, police said. 

Jamal Bynum, 19, of Hamden, was charged with second-degree conspiracy to commit reckless endangerment, criminal attempt to commit reckless endangerment and weapons in a motor vehicle. He is scheduled to appear in court in Meriden on Tuesday. 

Carlton White, 20, of New Haven, Tymar Cooper, 21, of Hamden, and Javon Johnson, 20, of West Haven, were charged with conspiracy to commit reckless endangerment in the second degree and are due in court in Meriden on Nov 14.

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3 Lose Consciousness After Taking ‘Xanax’ at House Party


Three people who lost consciousness after taking what they thought was Xanax at a house party were revived with an opiod antidote and had to be taken to the hospital, according to police.

Police responded to the Dunkin’ Donuts at 293 Elm St. in West Haven at 12:08 a.m. because two people were unconscious in a vehicle and one person was unconscious inside the doughnut shop, police said.

Paramedics administered Narcan, an antidote to heroin, and all three people told first responders they took what they thought was the anti-anxiety drug Xanax at a house party.

All three were sent to hospital for evaluation.

At 2:30 a.m., police responded to a home on Brown Street address for a crash and found two people unconscious in a vehicle. Paramedics revived these people with Narcan as well and both were sent to a hospital to be evaluated.

Both said they bought heroin in New Haven.

Detectives are investigating in both cases.

New Haven Welcomes 65-Foot Holiday Tree


It may be Halloween, but the people at New Haven’s Department of Parks, Recreation and Trees are focusing on the holiday season. The city’s official holiday tree will take its rightful spot on the New Haven Green Monday.

“It’s really a highlight for the city and it draws people down to gather and we’ll expect thousands and thousands of people on Dec 1 for the tree lighting,” said Department of Parks, Recreation and Trees Director Rebecca Bombero.

On Monday, Mayor Toni Harp and various sponsors and representatives from community groups and the city will host "Christmas on Halloween" to formally welcome the tree.

The 65-foot Norway Spruce will be the centerpiece of the Elm City’s holiday festivities on the New Haven Green.

Picked for its soaring height, color and fullness, the tree was cut Monday morning at the Alling Memorial Golf Course and then hoisted onto a flatbed for its trip to the green.

The city said it will take a team of people several weeks to get the tree fully decorated and ready to go when its lights are switched on in about a month.

“ It takes about a day or two for it to unfold after we untie everything. Then that’s time when we’ll start looking at it and seeing where we need to add branches,” said Fernando Lage, an urban forester in the Department of Parks, Recreation and Tress . “It’ll look great when we’re done,” he added.

The tree lighting will take place on Dec. 1

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3 Killed in Halloween Hayride Wreck in Mississippi


Two children and one adult were killed and several people were injured when a truck struck a Halloween hayride in a small town in eastern Mississippi on Monday, authorities told NBC News. 

The victims were all on a trailer which was being towed by another vehicle near Chunky in Newton County, according to Capt. John Poulos of the Mississippi Highway Patrol.

"It was just chaos," said Newton County Coroner Danny Shoemaker, The Associated Press reported. 

Three helicopters and multiple ambulances transported injured people to three hospitals. Some had life-threatening injuries, Poulos said.

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Clinton Ahead by 6 Points Going Into Final Stretch: Poll


With a little over a week left before the general election, Hillary Clinton is leading Donald Trump 47-41 in a four-way general match-up among likely voters, according to a new NBC NewsSurveymonkey weekly tracking poll. 

Clinton's lead stretches to seven, 51 to 44, if Gary Johnson and Jill Stein are left out of the polling, NBC News reported Monday.

The results are nearly identical from the prior week, before FBI Director James Comey announced the discovery of emails that could be "pertinent" to the department's investigation of Clinton's private email server.

While the poll was conducted from Oct. 24-30, the data for Saturday and Sunday only — when questions about Comey's announcement were included — still showed Clinton with the same lead.

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No Injuries After Train Strikes Car on Tracks in Darien


No one was injured when a train struck a car on the tracks in Darien early Tuesday morning.

Metro-North officials confirm a train traveling to New Canaan struck a car that was on the tracks in the area of Greenwood Avenue in Darien around 1:15 a.m. It was not clear why the car was on the tracks.

There were two people in the car and four people on the train at the time of the incident. No one was injured.

Officials said the accident should not impact morning train service.

Man Crushed by Own Car in Hartford Dies: Police


An 88-year-old Hartford man was killed when his car rolled back on him and pinned him under the back tire as he was unloading groceries on Monday afternoon, according to police. 

Police responded to 35-37 Merrill St, at 1:03 p.m. after learning a man was hit by a car and they found Esebio Coutinho in his driveway.

Police said his 1978 Ford Fairmont was still running when Coutinho was unloading groceries and he was pinned under a tire of the unoccupied vehicle in the driveway of his multi-family home.

Coutinho was rushed to Hartford Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Hospital staff contacted Coutinho's family. 

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Police Investigating New Haven Homicide Need Help to ID


Police investigating the homicide of a 21-year-old man are asking the public to help identify a man seen on surveillance tapes. 

Muhanad Jawad was killed in New Haven on Oct. 18. 

The man seen on several surveillance cameras where the murder took place has not been identified. Police said he is not a suspect, but they would like to question him. 

Based on evidence, police said Jawad was targeted by his murderer and robbery was not a motive.

At the time of his death, Jawad had several criminal cases pending, including firearm theft, assault on an officer and drug dealing, New Haven police said. 

Anyone who witnessed the crime or who has information valuable to investigators is urged to phone detectives at (203) 946-6304. Calls may be made anonymously.

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Crash Victim Sexually Assaulted


A woman involved in a car crash in Fredericksburg, Virginia, was pulled from her car, dragged into a ditch and sexually assaulted over a period of two hours, and the assailant remains on the loose, police say. 

A young woman was driving east near Kings Highway (Route 3) and Sherwood Forest Farm Road between 2:45 and 3:15 a.m. Monday when an SUV hit her car, the Stafford County Sheriff's Office said.

Information was not available immediately on whether the crash was intentional.

After the crash, a man the woman did not know forced her out of her car and sexually assaulted her for the next two hours, police said. 

The victim was able to call for help when the suspect fled east on Kings Highway.

Police described the suspect as a Hispanic man about 30 years old who stood about 5-foot-8 or 5-foot-9, weighed 170 to 180 pounds and had black hair and a short black beard.

He was wearing light-colored blue jeans and a sleeveless white tank top under an orange, blue and white plaid long-sleeved shirt. He spoke Spanish and was not fluent in English, police said.

The attacker drove a dark SUV, police said. It may have orange paint marks on the front end or passenger-side front quarter panel. 

Anyone who saw anything suspicious Monday between 2:30 and 5 a.m. along Kings Highway between Forest Lane Road and Michael Scott Lane, or by the entrance road to the water treatment plant, is asked to call police immediately at 540-658-4400.

Anyone wishing to remain anonymous can text "Stafford" plus their information to 274637 (CRIMES), or submit a tip online at www.StaffordCrimeSolvers.com.

Photo Credit: Stafford County Sheriff's Office
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High Road School in Hartford Damaged When Sprinkler Goes Off


The High Road School in Hartford was damaged Monday when a student set off the building’s sprinkler system, according to police.

Police said the incident happened around 12:30 p.m. when a student who had been placed in an isolation room for “acting out” hit a sprinkler head in the room with her shoe.

The sprinkler system activated, causing water damage.

Police said the initial damage estimate was between $50,000 and $100,000, but a representative for the High Road School said the cost of the damage was lower. She could not give an exact estimate. 

The student, who was not identified, was arrested.

The High Road School representative said the building, located at 245 Locust St., would be closed Tuesday but they were hoping to reopen Wednesday.

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Tuesday is Deadline for Voters to Register in Advance


This year will be the first presidential election where the state of Connecticut will offer same-day registration. But Tuesday is the deadline to register in advance – and leaders across the state are urging residents to take advantage so they won’t risk waiting in long lines - or worse – losing the chance to vote on election day.

As of Monday, the state reported 2,115,434 registered voters in Connecticut. The Secretary of the State is still expecting more to get their names on the rolls to cast ballots next week.

Residents can register online or at the town or city clerk’s office through Tuesday. Mailed registrations must be postmarked Tuesday to be eligible.

The state allows same-day registration at designated locations, not necessarily a voter’s normal polling place.

Mayor Toni Harp of New Haven doesn’t want a repeat of 2014, when about 100 people, mostly college students, were not able to cast ballots because they wanted to register on election day and were still in line when the polls closed.

Those who are pre-registered can still cast a ballot if they’re in line when polls close, but those who are waiting in line to register won’t have that option.

To register online visit the Secretary of the State’s website by clicking here.

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