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I-395 in Putnam Clear After Truck Rollover


Interstate 395 North in Putnam was closed for several hours after a tractor-trailer rolled over. 

Crews from the Department of Transportation said the tractor-trailer that rolled over near exit 46 was carrying 3,000 to 4,000 pound rolls of paper, which needed to be removed from the truck before it was moved back on its wheels.

The driver was able to get out of the truck without assistance, officials said. 

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Life-Threatening Injuries Reported in Somers Crash


One person has life-threatening injuries after a crash on 9th District Road in Somers this morning and police said the road will be closed for a while and school buses are affected. 

The driver hit a pole between Pinney and Hutton road, police said and the street will be closed for an extended period, according to state police. 

One person was in the vehicle and was transported to a hospital.

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What Happened Last Time Hackers Targeted an Election


Russia is accused of organizing political cyberattacks in the United States ahead of Election Day, but Kremlin-linked hackers have been accused before of trying to influence voters in other countries, NBC News reports.

Hackers attempted to hijack an election in Ukraine in 2014, shutting down its Central Election Commission just before the vote. Pro-Russian hacktivist group CyberBerkut claimed responsibility.

A Ukrainian official investigating the incident told NBC News on condition of anonymity that more malware was found in the election commission's system, and it was traced to a group linked to the recent hacks in the U.S, known as APT28 or Fancy Bears.

U.S. officials have said a cache of stolen emails later released by WikiLeaks is an unprecedented attempt by the Russian government to undermine trust in the election.

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Police Investigate 5th Groping in Cheshire


Police are searching for a teen who grabbed a woman from behind in Cheshire on Wednesday night and they are looking into four other similar assaults on women in town since May.

A 46-year-old woman said she was walking on Strathmore Drive around 4:40 p.m. when the teen grabbed her by the shoulders and reached his other hand between her legs, Cheshire police said.

After letting go of the woman, the teen ran toward Newbridge Circle, police said.

He has short black hair and an athletic build, appeared to be in his late teens and was wearing red shorts and a gray T-shirt.

Police are investigating at least four other similar assaults.

They are not sure if one person is responsible, if there are copycat assailants or whether a group is working together, but police have increased patrols.

The first assault was reported in May. The victim said she was walking in the Strathmore Drive area when a young man ran up behind her and grabbed her buttocks, then fled on a bicycle and rode into the woods, according to police.

The second victim said she was walking on the Linear Trail in the area of Lock 12 on June 2 when a young man on a bicycle pushed her to the ground, grabbed her buttocks, smiled and road away.

Police received another complaint in early June from a woman who was grabbed as she walked in the Strathmore Drive area.

She said a young man walked up behind her, grabbed her buttocks, smirked and walked back toward two other young men who were standing down the road.

In August, another victim said she was walking in the Strathmore Drive area when she walked past a young man who was pacing.

The woman and the teen said “hello” to each other and she continued on her way, but the teen grabbed her in a bear hug, threw her to the ground, grabbed her buttocks and pulled her shorts before the woman pushed the teen off of her, police said. 

"Please turn yourself in. We're going to find you one way or another," Detective Lt. Frederick Jortner, of the Cheshire Police Department, said. "It's not a laughing matter. It's not a joke."

Police ask residents to remain vigilant and report any unusual or suspicious behaviors.

Anyone with information should call Cheshire Police at (203) 271-5500.

Subway Offering Free Subs for National Sandwich Day


Today is National Sandwich Day, and Connecticut-based Subway is celebrating what it calls #GoodDeedFeed. 

Guests who purchase any sub and beverage today will get a free sub and Subway will donate a meal to Feeding America. 

Subway says it's striving to make National Sandwich Day the single largest meal donation day in Feeding America's history. 

Find the closes Subway location to you. 

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UConn Student Died of Drug Overdose: Medical Examiner


A UConn student who died early last month died of a drug overdose, according to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner. 

Sean Sullivan, a first semester economics major who attended the Storrs campus, had five different drugs in his system, according to the office of the medical examiner. 

He died of acute intoxication from the combined effects fentanyl, diphenhydramine, doxylamine, alprazolam and amphetamine, according to the medical examiner’s office. 

Of all the drugs he took, officials said fentanyl was the most dangerous. 

The Daily Campus reports that Sullivan had gone to Norwalk High School.  

Officials from UConn said the investigation is still open.

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Police Search for Car Belonging to Meriden Homicide Victim


Police are investigating the death of an elderly man found decomposing in an apartment in Meriden Wednesday night and they are searching for his Nissan Sentra, which is missing from the home.

Police responded to an apartment at 657 East Main St. at 6:30 p.m. after someone found the body of the man, who appeared to have been dead for some time, and investigators said they are considering the case a homicide.

Police have not released the man’s name, but said they believe they know who he is.

As they investigate, police are asking for help from the public to find a 2014 four-door Nissan Sentra with Connecticut license plate 642-YVE. They said it belonged to the victim and anyone who sees it should call police at 203-630-6201.

An autopsy will be performed to determine the cause of the man's death and police said they will not release the man's name until the medical examiner confirms who he is and authorities notify his family.

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Daycare Worker Accused of Dragging 3-Year-Old, Breaking Arm


Police have arrested a daycare worker at Kids Town in Waterbury who is accused of dragging a 3-year-old child in her care and breaking the child’s arm. 

According to police, the incident was recorded on videotape and the daycare worker was charged with cruelty and assault. 

Adnelly Moipard was arrested on Monday and has been charged with third-degree assault, risk of injury to a child and intentional cruelty to a child, according to the online docket.

Officials from the Office of Early Childhood said they are investigating Kids Town LLL, at 835 Wolcott St. in Waterbury, after an employee was charged with child cruelty. 

"The Office of Early Childhood Licensing Division is investigating the incident that occurred at the Kids Town early childhood program, in which a young child was injured," a statement from the Office of Early Childhood says. "We take this incident very seriously. In cases where a child is alleged to have been abused or neglected, the OEC coordinates with DCF and law enforcement officials."

No additional information is available.

Check back for updates.

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CT House Democrats: Outside Money Has Gone Too Far


House Democrats said they want to put new limits on the way money is spent in state elections.

The calls for renewed reforms come as the Super PAC, Grow Connecticut, has spent more than $300,000 on digital and cable ads attacking Democrats and their connections to Governor Dannel Malloy.

Democrats also unveiled their own ad saying Republicans’ budget proposals would be bad for Connecticut.

"The amount of money that's pouring into the state of Connecticut is drowing out the voices of the voters and that's not what we want here in the State of Connecticut,” said Rep. Joe Aresimowicz, the current Majority Leader of the Connecticut House.

In particular, Democrats want those spending on political ads to disclose even more information about who is providing funding for their activities.

Republicans responded by saying Democrats are trying to change the conversation regarding the election’s narrative with only days to go before voters hit the polls.

"To stand up here and said there's a problem, it's not right,” said Rep. Themis Klarides. “Why, because you're scared? Because you're desperate six days before the election?”

Klarides said Democrats have had years to make changes to the campaign finance laws and they haven’t acted.

Democrats said they know the legal ground they’re treading could be tenuous because of the existing US Supreme Court precedent of Citizens United that allows for what amounts to unlimited campaign spending by individuals and corporations.

Rep. Matt Ritter said that’s a challenge he thinks is worth taking on.

"The the extent that some of the things we may propose some lawyers may said they're not sure how that squares with Citizens United, maybe we'll give the Supreme Court another chance."

New London NAACP Working to Get Out the Vote on Tuesday


The New London NAACP is working to make sure the community gets out the vote, no matter race, religion nor gender.

Sunday, Monday and Election Day the local chapter will be making calls, knocking on doors and helping to get out the vote. Tuesday, they're even giving rides to the polls.

"We want people to know their vote counts, their vote matters," said Tamara Lanier, the vice president of the New London NAACP.

The NAACP is targeting 17 states, one of them Connecticut. These are states that have had low turnout last general election and have a high population density.

"People are concerned about the potential of intimidation at the polls," Lanier said.

The New London NAACP wants to know if something is going wrong Tuesday, she added.

The New London Registrar of Voters expects a 60 to 70 percent turnout on Election Day. The higher number of voters is attributed to the fact people could register at the DMV and online this election cycle.

Voter turnout was at 64% for the 2012 general election. During a non-presidential election, voter turnout averages between 30 to 40 percent, said the registrar.

Lanier said social media plays a big roll in elections. She's trying to rally younger voters by encouraging them to go to the polls together, post selfie's, and use Facebook to mobilize.

The New London NAACP is setting up an office at the OIC facility at 106 Truman Street, New London on Sunday, Nov. 6 from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m., Monday Nov. 7 from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m., and Tuesday Nov. 8 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Anyone in need of a ride to cast a vote is encouraged to call (860) 439-1423. 

The local NAACP is also teaming up with area churches to get out the word about voting.

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Electric Rate Hikes Set to Begin in January


Connecticut’s Public Utilities Regulatory Authority approved the new winter rates, which will affect Eversource and United Illuminating customers.

The change comes every six months, with the price typically increasing as companies move from summer to winter.

“The cost of electricity is typically higher in the winter primarily because of the demand in natural gas, and the constraints in the pipeline that delivers the natural gas here to those generators,” Eversource spokesperson Tricia Modifica said.

Eversource customers will go from paying 6.6 cents/kWh to 7.8 cents/kWh. UI will charge 9.2 cents/kWh, up from 8.02 cents/kWh.

The silver lining, as both companies point out, is that the rates are both down from last winter.

UI will charge 15 percent less this year compared to last. Eversource cut their price by 18 percent, which will save the average household $12 per month.

“We’re thrilled to pass these savings along to our customers, especially this time of year when it is starting to get colder and the nights are getting longer,” Modifica said.

The new rates will be in effect from Jan. 1 to until June 20.

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Rusty Freezer Door Leads to Months of Frustration


A South Windsor woman has turned to NBC Connecticut Responds after waiting months for a new freezer door.

Brenda Koboski said she had good experiences with PC Richard & Son in the past, so she went back in May when she needed a new refrigerator.

A few weeks after it was installed, she noticed brown spots on the freezer door. She worried it was rust and contacted the company.

"They sent a technician out who confirmed that it was not normal," Koboski said. "He took pictures and sent it back to the home office, I guess." 

A spokesman for PC Richard & Son tells NBC Connecticut rust isn't covered under the manufacturer's warranty. The company offered to replace the door at its own expense, nearly $700, because Koboski hadn't owned the refrigerator for very long.

According to Koboski, PC Richard & Son told her the order would take several weeks. When she called for an update, the salesperson said she could not find the order in the system. Koboski said she was assured a new door would be ordered right away.

“And this kept going on for months where they would say it was on order and then they would check a little while later and it never made it to customer service or whoever,” she said.

The company admitted there was a lapse and said a new door was ordered on September 13th. Delivery was scheduled for October 20th. Koboski said she asked the technicians to call her cell phone when they were on their way so she could leave work.

A spokesman for PC Richard & Son told NBC Connecticut the company sent Koboski an email at 2:52 p.m. alerting her that the technicians were en route and even included a link to track their progress. But, Koboski said her husband received a call three minutes later that the technicians were already at the house.

Koboski said she rushed home from work, only to find the technicians were gone by the time she arrived. The freezer door was left on the back porch.

Unsure what else to do, Koboski said she reached out to NBC Connecticut Responds.

After contacting the company and explaining Koboski's frustrations, she said she received a phone call and a promise that they would make things right.

"They came a couple of days later," she said. "Somebody called 30 minutes ahead of time and they showed up with a door." 

The company said they were unaware the previous technician had left the door on the porch. 

Koboski said in addition to the new door,  she also received an apology for the inconvenience .

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Kaine Makes History With Speech in Spanish


Democratic vice presidential nominee Tim Kaine made history Thursday as he delivered what was called the first speech completely in Spanish by a candidate at an organized campaign rally during a presidential election, NBC News reported.

"Latinos will have a very important voice in this election and the option is crystal clear," the senator from Virginia said in Spanish to a crowd of roughly 360 people gathered at the Phoenix rally, which was punctuated by a mariachi band and signs like "Bienvenidos a Arizona."

"By 2050, communities of color will constitute the majority of our population. So of course Latinos will help shape the future of America because you folks are the future of the United States," he said.

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White House Readies to Fight Election Day Cyber Chaos


The U.S. government believes hackers from Russia or elsewhere may try to undermine next week's presidential election and is mounting an unprecedented effort to counter their meddling, American officials told NBC News.

The effort is being coordinated by the White House and the Department of Homeland Security, but reaches across the government to include the CIA, the National Security Agency and other elements of the Defense Department, current and former officials say.

Russia has been warned that any effort to manipulate the actual voting or vote counting would be viewed as a serious breach, intelligence officials say.

"The Russians are in an offensive mode and [the U.S. is] working on strategies to respond to that, and at the highest levels," said Michael McFaul, the U.S. ambassador to Russia from 2012 to 2014.

Officials are alert for any attempts to create Election Day chaos, and say steps are being taken to prepare for worst-case scenarios, including a cyber-attack that shuts down part of the power grid or the internet.

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Tesla Sues Oil Exec


Tesla Motors has filed a suit against an oil industry executive, claiming the man impersonated the company's CEO Elon Musk in an email message, according to a report by Forbes.

The complaint was filed Wednesday in Santa Clara County Superior Court against Todd Katz, CEO for Quest Integrity Group, a Seattle-based company that provides services for oil and gas companies, Forbes reported.

Palo Alto-based Tesla claims Katz was trying to gain non-public financial information from the electric-car maker after its most recent earnings report, Forbes said.

The lawsuit seeks unspecified damages, Forbes said.

According to the suit, on Aug. 3, Tesla CFO Jason Wheeler received an email from elontesla@yahoo.com seeking confidential financial projections and car pre-order numbers beyond what was provided earlier that day during the company's earnings call with analysts, Forbes said. Wheeler did not provide the information.

The complaint says the email address is similar to one Musk has used in the past.

According to Forbes, the suit says the company's review determined that Katz was the author. Along with Katz, the complaint says as many as 10 others were involved. They were not identified.

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City Seeking Approval to Relocate Tenants at Housing Complex


The City of New London is seeking approval to relocate tenants living with mold, cracked foundations and roach infestations at the Thames River Apartments.

"The Mayor has asked the Chairperson of the Housing Authority Board to seek the Board’s approval to immediately begin the process of relocating the tenants of the complex," according to a press release put out by New London.

"The City is committed to working with the New London Housing Authority, the tenants, the tenants’ association, and counsel for the tenants’ class action lawsuit, to ensure that every resident and every family finds safe, sanitary, and suitable replacement housing."

In October, tenants said they were fed up with the living conditions at the subsidized housing complex. 

On Thursday the City of New London said it is working closely with the Housing Authority throughout the Department of Housing and Urban Development property disposition application process. 

The process could take more than six motnhs to complete. 

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Eric Trump Says David Duke 'Deserves a Bullet'


Donald Trump's son Eric took a verbal shot at David Duke and his white nationalists supporters Thursday, saying the former Ku Klux Klan leader "deserves a bullet." 

Eric Trump told conservative radio host Ross Kaminsky, of Denver's 630 KHOW, that Duke and his supporters are "horrible people," and praised his father for his attempts at outreach to the black community.

"Ross, it's disgusting, and by the way, if I said exactly what you said, I'd get killed for it, but I think I'll say it anyway, the guy does deserve a bullet," Trump said of Duke.

"In fact, I commend my father. My father is the first Republican who's gone out and said, 'Listen, what's happened to the African-American community is horrible and I'm going to take care of it.'"

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Vigil Held for Saudi Student Killed in Wis. Attack


Hundreds gathered on Thursday at the University of Wisconsin-Stout to pay their last respects to classmate Hussain Saeed Alnahdi, NBC News reported.

The 24-year-old Saudi student was assaulted and left bloodied outside a pizzeria on a crowded street Sunday morning. He later died from the assault. Authorities are not dismissing the possibility that the attack was a hate crime. It is likely that many also witnessed the beating on Sunday, though there is only one viable witness.

More than 20 of Alnahdi’s closes friends shared their memories of him Thursday while holding candles. He was described as a man who “bridged the gap between the Saudi and local community.”

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Recall: 2.8M Top-Load Samsung Washers Pose Injury Risk


Nearly three million Samsung washing machines are being recalled because the top of the machines can unexpectedly detach during use, causing a broken jaw and other injuries, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.

Thirty-four washing machine models are subject to the recall, which affects 2.8 million machines sold since March 2011, the agency said Friday. 

Nine injuries have been reported, including a broken jaw, as a result of machine tops coming off, among 733 reports of excessive vibration on the machines or the top detaching. Anyone with one of the machines is recommended to use use delicate or waterproof cycles for bedding, water-resistant or bulky items.

Consumers can get a free repair in their home, a rebate toward a new washing machine with free installation or a refund for anyone who purchased one of the recalled machines in the last 30 days.

Samsung is sending out a kit with instructions for safe washing machine use to all known consumers.

Consumers with questions can call Samsung toll-free at 866-264-5636 from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. ET. Read more about the recall at the CPSC website.

The following models are affected by the recall:

WA40J3000AW/A2 WA45H7000AP/A2 WA45H7000AW/A2 WA45H7200AW/A2 WA45K7600AW/A2 WA45K7100AW/A2 WA48H7400AW/A2 WA48J7700AW/A2 WA48J7770AP/A2 WA48J7770AW/A2 WA50K8600AV/A2 WA50K8600AW/A2 WA52J8700AP/A2 WA52J8700AW/A2 WA400PJHDWR/AA WA422PRHDWR/AA WA456DRHDSU/AA WA456DRHDWR/AA WA476DSHASU/A1 WA476DSHAWR/A1 WA484DSHASU/A1 WA484DSHAWR/A1 WA48H7400AP/A2 WA50F9A6DSW/A2 WA50F9A7DSP/A2 WA50F9A7DSW/A2 WA50F9A8DSP/A2 WA50F9A8DSW/A2 WA52J8060AW/A2 WA5451ANW/XAA WA5471ABP/XAA WA5471ABW/XAA WA56H9000AP/A2 WA56H9000AW/A2

It's the third massive recall for Samsung in as many months. Two versions of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphone were recalled over the risk of overheating batteries causing burns.

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Woman Runs Over Vet's Dog, Sues Vet For Damages to Car


A driver files a lawsuit for damages to her car after running over a Kentucky veteran's dog. The Marine veteran is upset he's being sued over damages.

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