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Candidates Shift Focus to Plans for Their First 100 Days


In the final days of their Presidential campaigns, Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump have been offering voters their road maps for their first 100 days as president.

Clinton spent the last week urging supporters to get out and vote to ensure that she can follow through on her promises to make college more affordable and create more jobs.

The Democratic candidate has been spending a lot of time in Florida, a swing state that is a must-win for Trump.

The GOP candidate has focused on laying out his “contract with the American voter,” and on the Clinton email server issue. Trump has said, in speeches focused on his first 100 days, that he would repeal Obamacare and sue the women who have accused him of sexual misconduct.

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State Police Urge Drivers to 'Move Over' After Rash of Crashes


On Friday a Connecticut State Police Trooper was recovering after police said a drunk driver hit his cruiser and a department of transportation vehicle in Wethersfield; the third crash in the last three days where the Connecticut Move Over law has been broken.

In a world full of distracted driving, not knowing the laws can be just as dangerous.

“Being on the road working is scary,” said Stephen Rice, a highway maintenance crew leader with the Connecticut Department of Transportation.

Rice and thousands of other people rely on drivers to follow the Connecticut Move Over Law.

"The law says you're supposed to slow down and move over a full lane if it's safe to do so, for any stopped emergency vehicles which includes highway maintenance vehicles, DOT, tow trucks, police fire and EMS," said Connecticut State Police Trooper Tyler Weerden.

"I have unfortunately known many people who have been seriously injured and can't work anymore, and a friend was killed a few years ago in Waterbury," said Rice.

Late Thursday night Connecticut State Police said it was a close call for one of their own troopers. A cruiser was hit in a construction zone on Route 3 in Wethersfield.

"You look at the pictures and if someone was standing there we would be dealing with a fatal accident," said Weerden.

State police said 43-year-old Michael Gauvin was drunk driving at around 11 p.m. on Thursday when he lost control, side-swiped a 'crash truck' and ended up on top of a police cruiser. Thankfully, the trooper only had minor injuries.

"It's definitely scare for everyone that's out there working, we try to remind people that the side of the road is our office," said Weerden.

That office had already been crashed into earlier on Thursday. State Police said a construction vehicle was hit in Bridgeport on the Route 8 / Route 25 Connector on Thursday. On Wednesday, officials said a driver with a suspended license hit a DOT 'crash truck' on I-95 in Milford.

"In the last few days we have unfortunately seen a big increase in move over violations," said Weerden.

Police said breaking the law could land drivers with a ticket. However, what really matters is saving lives. Drivers said they’re now taking the law to heart.

"Protect the state workers. Police officers, and anybody else on the sides of the road because their lives matter just as much as ours do," said Connecticut driver, Robert Duprey.

State Police and the Connecticut Department of Transportation said if people cannot safely move over, they must slow down when approaching any vehicles with flashing lights on the roads.

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Waterbury Daycare Submits to Voluntarily Surrender License


The Waterbury daycare where a 3-year-old's arm was broken by an employee has submitted to voluntarily surrender its license, according to the Office of Early Childhood. 

On Thursday, police 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.

Court documents say Moipard grabbed the child after the little girl shook a bookcase a couple of times and threw books around the room and at other children. 

She is accused of pulling the girl by her right arm, near her wrist and forearm. When the child dropped to her knees, Moipard pulled her off the floor by the right arm and dragged her to a chair, according to the arrest warrant application. 

The child was then seen wiping her eyes with her left sleeve and did not use her right arm for the rest of the day, according to police paperwork.

Moipard denied grabbing the child by her arm.

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. 

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Simsbury Teen Makes First Touchdown Since Heart Transplant


A Simsbury high school football player is back in the game after recovering from a heart transplant.

Eighteen-year-old Danny Dietz suffered from an enlarged heart - a condition called Cardiomyopathy – and underwent a heart transplant on Sept. 11, 2015.

NBC Connecticut spoke to Dietz last year when he was supporting his Simsbury High School teammates from the sidelines, and again this year after doctors cleared him to return to football.

Dietz told NBC Connecticut he was just happy to be back on the field. And on Friday night, when Simsbury played Enfield, Dietz scored his very first varsity touchdown, to the delight of his coach and teammates.

Simsbury ultimately won the game 52-51.

For more stories about Dietz, click here.

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ECSU Mourns Loss of Student


Eastern Connecticut State University is mourning the loss of a student from Glastonbury.

School officials said Elizabeth Hadfield passed away suddenly this week. Hadfield was a dean’s list student with a double major in elementary education and visual arts, and would have graduated in May.

“The University community is deeply saddened by this tragic loss. Elizabeth will be greatly missed by her friends and faculty here at Eastern. Our prayers go out to her family and friends during this difficult time,” Vice President for Student Affairs Ken Bedini wrote in a letter to students.

No other information was available.

Mother Found Burglar Walking Out of House with Xbox: Police


East Haven police are looking to identify the suspect in a home burglary after the homeowner came home and found the suspect outside with her son’s Xbox.

East Haven police said the incident occurred on Prospect Place on Thursday.

Anyone with information or who recognizes the subject pictured above is asked to contact East Haven police at 203-468-3820.

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Volunteers Honor Veterans by Placing Flags at Cemeteries


As America gets set to honor all veterans for their service on Veterans Day November 11, some in Connecticut took time out Saturday to remember the military men and women who are no longer with us.

Volunteers knelt down to perfectly place a small American flag next to the headstones of the 10,000 veterans buried in the state’s veterans’ cemetery.

Many taking time out to blanket the cemetery with the red, white, and blue were veterans themselves.

“This is an honor especially to be able to put flags on these cemeteries because I’m so grateful I made and survived to be able to do this,” said former SGT Glenn Johnson, who served in the Vietnam War.

He was joined by five others from the VFW in Hamden.

“Need to remember that these people put their lives on the line and we honor them by putting the flags out,” added fellow member SSG Loreen Lawrence, a veteran of the Gulf War.

“We need many many hands to make light work and I’m very well pleased to see the turnout that we have this morning. It’s very gratifying to know we have so many people here honoring our veterans,” said SFC Ronald Christopher, a Korean War veteran who helped organize the volunteers.

When he started there were just 1,500 veterans buried at the cemetery. As the number of flags needed grows, so does the amount of people willing to lend a helping hand. Cub Scout troops joined in, and what was supposed to last six hours took just one. Their troop leader, Stacy Caserta, told us she hoped the scouts learned the importance of giving back. Her son said he also learned more about his family's history.

“I saw my Uncle Buddy, my Aunt Jean. They were in war. The US Army. Uncle Buddy fought in World War II,” said Wethersfield Fourth Grader Alex Caserta.

“They’ve served our country and this is our way to say thank you,” added his mother.

This easy and important act of kindness is one that Glenn Johnson said he hoped someone would do for him one day.

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High School Student Dies After Being Hit by Van in Stamford


An 18-year-old Stamford High School student who was struck by a van while crossing the street in front of the high school has died.

Police said the teen was crossing Strawberry Hill Avenue in front of Stamford High School around 7:29 a.m. when she was hit by a 2000 Chevrolet Express van. She was transported to Stamford Hospital with severe injuries and later died, according to police. She has not been identified.

The 37-year-old driver of the van did stop and is cooperating with the investigation. The driver has not been identified.

Police said the victim was not in a crosswalk at the time of the accident. 

No charges have been filed and the Stamford Police CARS unit is investigating.

Anyone who witnessed the incident is asked to contact police at 203-977-4712.

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Fearing Election Chaos, 'Preppers' Stockpile Food


In case of an election night Doomsday, preppers are running up sales of emergency survival food, NBC News reported.

While sales for "long term food" typically see an increase around natural disasters and elections, "this is more intense than what we saw in 2012," said Keith Bansemer, VP of marketing for My Patriot Supply, a manufacturer and seller of survival food. During the previous election his company saw sales double. This time it's triple.

"We have everyone we can on the phones," he said. "We are overwhelmed."

Purchases at other long term food supply companies are up as well. Emergency preparedness online store TheEpicenter reports a 6 percent uptick in year over year sales.

Another company, Legacy Foods, predicts they'll see a 1-2 week spike in sales after the election -- if Hillary Clinton wins, said owner Phil Cox.

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Trump, Pence to Campaign in Traditionally Blue Minnesota


Donald Trump and Mike Pence will both be spending time in traditionally blue Minnesota during the closing days of the campaign, NBC News reported.

Minnesota, which President Obama won by eight points in 2012, has not seen much action this campaign and is considered by NBC News as leaning Democrat. A Star Tribune Minnesota Poll released last week showed Clinton with an eight-point lead.

"We're going up to Minnesota which, traditionally has not been Republican at all. And we're doing phenomenally. We just saw a poll," Trump announced during a rally in Florida on Saturday.

The campaign stop would be Trump's first public appearance in the Gopher State during the general election. He finished a distant third behind Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz during the GOP primary.

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National Wildlife Federation Says Leave Your Leaves


Raking leaves the fall chore we love to hate, but now the National Wildlife Federation said there are plenty of reasons to give your rake a rest.

Besides time and money saved, the NWF said a leaf layer can provide many benefits for wildlife and your garden.

According to the NWF, leaves can act as their own “mini ecosystem,” and many wildlife species use the leaves to find food. They also say fallen leaves form a natural mulch that helps to suppress weeds and fertilizes soil.

West Hartford residents aren’t sold on stopping. Neil Toland said he understands the NWF’s worries but loves the work.

“I can’t get away from raking leaves,” said Toland. “There is no way I could do it.”

Toland said he appreciated the exercise raking leaves provides and also likes the look of a clean lawn. 

“I like to have it clean, but it doesn’t last,” Lucy Szkods agreed.

The National Wildlife Federation said if you must rake, don’t throw them in the trash. The recommend dropping them off at a municipal recycling center so they can be turned into compost for the spring.

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Meriden Police Release Information in Meriden Hit-and-Run


Meriden Police are hoping newly released information can help find the person responsible for a deadly hit and run.

Investigators have released pictures of a driver side mirror belongs to the vehicle that struck and killed a mother as she pushed her child out of the way.

"Everybody in our department is working on this, but this one really bothers us, especially knowing a 7-year-old girl no longer has her mom as a result of this," said Lt. Thomas Cossette, Accident Reconstruction Unit Commander with Meriden Police.

The hit and run happened back on October 7 while Dania Cedeno Del Rosario and her daughter were crossing Springdale Avenue.

Authorities took apart the sheared-off driver side mirror left behind and discovered it came from a 2002 to 2006 Nissan Altima.

They believe a specific part of the vehicle may also be dented.

"We believe she hit the ‘a pillar,’ which is that little piece of metal between the windshield and the door. We don't believe there's going to be too much windshield damage because there was no glass found in her clothing. We believe the ‘a pillar’ may be dented," said Cossette.

Meriden police are asking the public to pay close attention to the side mirrors. The driver side mirror may now be replaced but police say it would look new while the passenger side mirror would look faded and older.

"We hope the public notices something different like that and can come forward and help us," said Cossette.

As police continue their investigation, on Friday night they and the community also took the time to attend a pasta dinner for the family. Hundreds showed up to show their support and love.

"I'm sure the family knew they weren't alone, that a lot of people are out there back them and helping them, doing whatever they can. Meriden is a great town like that," said Cossette.

Now authorities are hoping the public can give what the family needs most of all: closure and justice.

"Somebody out there knows something, and we need the public's help. We need them to step up and help us," said Cossette.

Police say they tracked down 2002 to 2006 Nissan Altimas in Meriden and were unable to locate the vehicle. They're now reaching out to other towns for help.

If you have any information on this case, call Meriden Police. You can reach them at 203-630-6256 or 203-630-6215.

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2 Injured in East Haddam Crash


A 21-year-old Salem woman was seriously injured in a crash in East Haddam Saturday.

The crash happened at the intersection of Hopyard Road and Route 82.

State police said a Dodge Charger was moving too fast while traveling south on Hopyard Road. THe car went airborne, the driver lost control and struck a tree, according tp police.

The front seat passenger, identified as Bryanna Goodwin, was airlifted via LifeStar to Hartford Hospital with serious injuries. The driver, identified as Alexander Ferguson, 21, of Salem, was transported to Middlesex Marlborough Clinic with minor injuries.

Connecticut state police are investigating.

Hopyard Road was closed in the area but has since reopened.

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South Windsor Condo Building Severely Damaged by Fire


Crews in South Windsor battled a fire in a condominium building Saturday afternoon.

Firefighters said they were called to the scene at 949 Pleasant Valley Street around 3 p.m. 

Officials said one resident of a unit where the fire appears to have started was taken to the hospital, but the injuries are not life-threatening. Four firefighters were also injured while fighting the fire and two were taken to the hospital for treatment.

Neighbors rushed outside when they saw the smoke.

“The flames on this side were through the roof. It was so intense it was like standing in front of a fire place,” said Bill Stewart.

The building sustained severe damage. Fire officials said the damage is contained to a part of the building that holds 12 units, some of which are completely destroyed.

The South Windsor Fire Marshal is investigating the cause.

FBI Bldg., Trump Hotel Vandalized


Two men participating in the Million Mask March in Washington, D.C., have been arrested for vandalizing federal property and the Trump International Hotel, police said.

D.C. police officers found several buildings and sidewalks in the area had been vandalized with spray paint, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation at 935 Pennsylvania Avenue, Northwest, and the Trump hotel at 1100 Pennsylvania Avenue, Northwest, about 11:15 a.m. Saturday.

A neon green "X" covered the FBI emblem, and the word "corrupt" and images of masks were spray-painted on sidewalks and a column at the FBI building. At the hotel, someone spray-painted the steps and the message, "We Suck," near the entrance. The front doors of the hotel also have scratch marks, according to the police.

A Metropolitan Police Department cruiser was also damaged by demonstrators, police said.

Thousands were protesting capitalism in the Million Mask March in cities throughout the world, according to activist network Anonymous. Marchers are wearing maskes "to protest corruption, censorship, inequality and war," Anonymous said on Twitter.

Eric Roberts, 27, of Florida, has been arrested and charged with defacing government property and resisting arrest. Police said they confiscated several cans of spray paint and stencils from Roberts.

Police also arrested Danny Hamilton, 35, of Louisiana, and charged him with destruction of D.C. government property and resisting arrest.

It wasn't immediately clear if they had attorneys to represent them.

Video from one demonstrator shows D.C. police and protesters clashing:

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Facebook Brings Dakota Access Pipeline Fight Worldwide


The nearest WiFi to the prairie north of the Standing Rock Sioux Indian Reservation is miles away, and phone service is unreliable.

Nevertheless, thousands of Native Americans, environmentalists and others are broadcasting fight against the Dakota Access Pipeline to the world on social media, NBC News reports.

"I was just another protector with a camera, my video camera and my smart phone. And technology has been very vital in our fight here," said E'sha Hoferer, a 27-year-old member of the Walker River Paiute Tribe who is documenting the struggle.

Videos recording clashes between police and protesters been viewed more than 4 million times on Facebook alone. Hoferer says he's receiving support from across the globe.

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3 Potential Paths to Victory for Clinton and Trump


Both of the major-party presidential candidates are ramping up their campaigns as they try to lock down enough states to add up to the 270 electoral votes they need to win the race.

According to NBC News’ battleground state map, Hillary Clinton appears to have a lock on 182 electoral votes with an additional 92 leaning in her favor. That makes a total of 274.

As for Donald Trump, NBC News estimates that 71 electoral votes are a lock, with an additional 109 leaning Republican, meaning a total of 180.

There are several ways in which the race could play out in either candidate’s favor.

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Police Investigate Waterbury Homicide


A section of Porter Street in Waterbury was closed off while police investigated a shooting Saturday evening.

Police told NBC Connecticut the victim was a 17 year old male and was taken to Waterbury Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead. 

Crime scene tape blocked off a portion of the road near Charles Street around 5 p.m.

Police said the investigation remains on going and ask anyone with any information to contact the Waterbury Police Department. 

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Vernon Police Officer Responding to Call Injured in Accident


A Vernon police officer is recovering after being involved in an accident while responding to a call early Sunday morning.

Police said the officer was responding to a reported fight around 1:55 a.m. when the cruiser collided with another vehicle at the intersection of Route 83 and Hockanum Boulevard.

The officer was taken to St. Francis Medical Center for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. The driver of the other vehicle refused treatment on scene. Neither has been identified.

The Metro Traffic Accident Reconstruction Team is investigating. No charges have been filed.

The road was closed but has since reopened.

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Final NBC/WSJ Poll: Clinton Holds a Four-Point National Lead


Democrat Hillary Clinton holds a four-point lead over Republican Donald Trump in the final national NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll of the 2016 presidential race. 

Clinton gets support from 44 percent of likely voters, while Trump gets 40 percent. Libertarian nominee Gary Johnson is at 6 percent, and the Green Party's Jill Stein is at 2 percent.

In a two-way contest without Johnson and Stein, Clinton's advantage over Trump expands to five points, 48 percent to 43 percent.

Clinton's current lead over Trump is down from the 11-point edge she enjoyed in the four-way horserace in the previous NBC/WSJ poll in mid-October, 48 percent to 37 percent.

That poll was conducted after 2005 video of Trump surfaced with him saying that "you can do anything" to women when you are a star like he is. "Grab them by the p****. You can do anything."

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