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Man Admits to Role in Shooting: Hartford Police


Hartford police have arrested a man in connection with a shooting on Acton Street Friday night.

Randy Herbert, of Hartford, faces charges of reckless endangerment and unlawful discharge of a firearm.

Police said patrol division officers responded around 5 p.m. Friday to the intersection of Action Street and Westland Street because of a ShotSpotter activation. Witnesses reported that people in two vehicles were shooting at each other. The vehicles were described as a white work van and black sedan which fled before police arrived.

Police also found eight spent shell casings on scene.

The Shooting Task Force was called in to assist and police developed a possible suspect and suspect vehicle, a 1999 Chevrolet Astro van. The van was found empty on Nelton Way and seized as evidence.

Police made contact with Herbert and he agreed to meet police at his home on Acton Street where he was taken into custody. Herbert had a Ruger Model SR-40 handgun with three live 40 caliber rounds on him at the time. The gun was properly registered and Herbert does have a valid pistol permit, police said.

Police said that after an interview Herbert provided a written confession admitting his involvement in the incident.

The incident is still under investigation and police are looking for a second shooter.

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Suspect in Farmington Subway Robbery Arrested After Crash


The suspect in a robbery at a Subway restaurant in Farmington has been arrested after crashing in New Britain, according to police. 

Farmington police said there was a robbery at the Subway on Route 4 at 9:12 a.m. and the robber implied there was a weapon, but did not show one.

The robber fled and officers tried to stop the vehicle, a green Honda, as it was leaving the parking lot of the Dunkin' Donuts on the same road, but the driver fled again, police said.

Officers chased the car through Farmington and Plainville and into New Britain, where the car crashed in the 400 block of Slater Road. Another vehicle was damaged during the crash and one person was injured, police said.

Police identified the suspect as 27-year-old Kevin Colon, of New Britain. 

Anyone with information about the case should call Farmington police detective Sergeant Tim McKenzie at 860-675-2411 or leave an anonymous tip on the tip-line 860-675-2483.

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Thick Morning Frost: What's Behind It?


One sign that winter is approaching is thick morning frost.

Frost is simply the result of saturated air.

First Alert meteorologists always emphasize that dew point is important.

In the summer, dew point reaches its highest levels of the year, and that's when people can feel moisture in the air.

But dew point is also a direct measure of the amount of moisture in the air, year-round.

At night, with a clear view of the stars, energy escapes from earth and the temperature falls.

Often times, dew point doesn't change that much while the temperatures is plummeting at night.

Since the temperature cannot fall below the dew point, water vapor in the air condenses out into liquid when the two meet.

This time of year, that occurs frequently when the air is below freezing.

Thus, instead of liquid dew, frost forms on exposed surfaces. The water vapor in the air goes directly into the solid phase, which is called deposition.

Many things can disrupt the process that leads to frost, including wind, clouds and a changing dew point.

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Supermarket Sushi Dinner Leads to Shoplifting Arrest: Police


Connecticut State police arrested a Mansfield man accused of trying to dine and dash from a grocery store.

State police said a trooper near the Big Y at 141 Storrs Road spotted a man running from the parking lot toward Route 195 while being chased by Big Y loss prevention personnel. The trooper jumped in and took the suspect into custody.

Loss prevention reported that the suspect, identified as Mark Gabriel Dorgan, 19, had eaten two servings of sushi in the store, then grabbed a 12-pack of Bud Light Raz-Ber-Rita and left without paying. When confronted, Dorgan took off.

Dorgan was charged with 6th-degree larceny. He was issued a $2,500 bond and is expected to appear in Rockville Superior Court on Dec. 7.

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Thursday Night Football: Cowboys Go for 11th Straight Win


Dak Prescott will face as good a pass defense as he has seen all year when the rookie quarterback tries to run the Dallas Cowboys’ winning streak to 11 in-a-row on Thursday Night Football against the Minnesota Vikings.

Minnesota is coming off a loss to Detroit in the last seconds that was their fifth in six games following a 5-0 start. Prescott, a fourth-round draft pick who has supplanted Tony Romo, threw for a TD and ran for another on Thanksgiving Day.

The Vikings’ defense has allowed 13 TDs through the air and picked off passes 12 times. Against the comparably dangerous Philadelphia defense, Prescott made a couple of shaky throws, including an interception in the end zone. But he also led Dallas back from a late 10-point hole and threw a winning TD pass in overtime.

Minnesota QB Sam Bradford should have an easier time against the Cowboys’ secondary. The sixth-year-player is on pace to blow away his previous best in completion percentage. A 31-for-37 game against Detroit bumped him up to 71.3 on the year and he’s at nearly 80 percent in November.

Players to watch:

Dallas RB Zeke Elliott. Another rookie enjoying a breakout year for the Cowboys; he’ll be leaned on heavily. His next yard will be 1,200 for the season and 200 ahead of the nearest competitor.

Dallas CB Anthony Brown. The rookie cornerback had a howler against Washington, and figures to be targeted heavily by Bradford and top Vikings WR Stefon Diggs. 

Minnesota CB Xavier Rhodes. Leads the Vikings with four interceptions this season, all in the last eight games, including one he took back for a touchdown.

Minnesota DE Danielle Hunter. Has 3.5 of his 7.5 sacks this season in the last three games. He’ll go up against a line that has allowed 15 all year.

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Shopping Smart on Cyber Monday


It’s Cyber Monday and millions are expected to log on in search of deals.

Top retailers said they’re ready for the biggest online shopping day of the year. But there are also people out there waiting to use the shopping holiday to steal your hard-earned money.

The Connecticut Better Business Bureau advises shoppers use a separate credit card or prepaid card for online shopping rather than a debit card. That way if that card’s information gets stolen, the rest of your accounts are safe.

The Department of Homeland Security says shoppers should do business with reputable vendors, and to make sure websites are secure. You should also check to see if your payment information is being encrypted. A quick way to check this is to look for "https." instead of "http." at the beginning of the URL, and a padlock icon. If the padlock is closed, the information is being encrypted.

Experts also advise keeping a close eye on statements this time of year to make sure there aren’t any unexplained charges. Sometimes hackers will charge small amounts hoping the victim won’t notice. Any unauthorized charges should be reported immediately.

Law enforcement also remind online shoppers to be wary of package thieves. If possible, schedule a delivery time when someone is home, or have packages delivered to a store or secure pickup location.

Experts want shoppers to be aware of the risks, but that doesn't mean missing out on some great deals. Electronics are expected to be a major seller Monday.

According to Forbes, the best deals on electronics will be found at Amazon, Best Buy, Target and Walmart.

Target has the Samsung 43-inch 2160 pixel flat panel TV for $399, plus a $50 gift card - which equals savings of $200.

And the Vizio D-Series 65 Inch LED Smart TV for $899 plus 15 percent off at checkout, also a $200 savings.

At Walmart Samsung's HDTVs are over 50 percent of MSRP.

The Vizio SmartCast 50-inch 4K Ultra HD Smart TV is $379, a savings of $148.

Toys 'R' Us has been advertising Cyber Week in anticipation of their biggest Cyber Monday to date. Companies like Lego and Hasbro are also offering big discounts.

Online sales already hit a new high over Black Friday with one tracking company estimating that consumers spent $3.34 billion online, a 21.6 percent increase from the same day last year.

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Stein Defends Recount Efforts


Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein is defending her decision to ask for recounts in three states that helped give President-elect Donald Trump his victory, arguing there could have been issues with how the votes were counted.

"Tampering is not done in a way that declares itself. You have to actually go in and count the paper ballots," she said Sunday evening in an interview with necn.

Stein's push for the recount gained new momentum Saturday when Hillary Clinton's campaign broke its silence to say it would join the recount in Wisconsin and possible recounts in Pennsylvania and Michigan. Trump's margin of victory in each state was slim, while Clinton won the popular vote by over 2 million votes, according to one tracker.

The Clinton campaign's support for the recount drew harsh criticism from Trump, who took to Twitter to call the effort a scam and suggested, without evidence, that he would have won the popular vote after deducting "millions of people who voted illegally." 

"There is no evidence of illegal voters," Stein said in respose. "You're entitled to your own opinions but you can't have your own facts."

The Clinton campaign also found no "actionable evidence" of hacking or machine manipulation, but joined the ongoing effort to make sure the recount process is fair to all parties, a campaign lawyer wrote online Saturday. He added that the campaign is aware that the margin of victory in Michigan exceeds "well exceeds the largest margin ever overcome in a recount."

Stein took just 1 percent of the vote in the election, but says she does not believe her candidacy would have affected the election results, nor is recount being done "for one candidate or against another."

"Sixty-one percent of Green voters would not have cast a vote for either Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump," she said.

Stein has raised more than $6 million to pay for these recounts. Wisconsin's recount is scheduled to start this weekend, pending approval from the Elections commission, and the deadline to file for recounts in Pennsylvania and Michigan are Monday and Wednesday, respectively.

Stein said the party plans to file for recounts in each of those states on their deadline days.

"We need peace of mind about our voting system in this election and going forward," Stein said.

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Heavy Rain Tuesday Afternoon


Two batches of rain will move through Connecticut between Tuesday and Thursday.

Some light rain is possble Tuesday morning, but it won't be until the afternoon that the heaviest falls.

A lull is expected Wednesday morning, when it will be dry with temperatures in the 50s.

By Wednesday afternoon, the rain moves back in and falls hard Wednesday night into Thursday morning.

Rain totals will be between one and three inches of rain – and it's badly needed.

While this rain will help reservoir levels, it won't end the drought or completely erase that state's water problems.

Branford Residents Fall Victim to Cyber Monday Scam: Police


Branford police are warning residents to be aware of phone and computer scams after multiple residents reported becoming victims of a Cyber Monday scam.

Police said the scammer calls up and tells the victims their computer is compromised and asks for the victim’s personal information to fix the issue.

Several people, primarily senior citizens, fell for the scam and had funds removed from their bank accounts, police said.

Police remind residents to never give out banking information or computer logins to a stranger over the phone or through email.

Anyone who thinks they’ve been scammed should contact Branford police.

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Man Accused of Vandalizing 300-Year-Old Wallingford Graveyard Said He Was Drunk: Police


A 29-year-old man accused of causing more than $1,000 of damage at a 300-year-old burial ground in Wallingford told police he was drunk when he damaged the headstones, but he could not recall all the details of the night because he was so drunk, according to police.

Police started investigating the vandalism after the caretaker of the Center Street Cemetery contacted them on Nov. 6 and reported that two gravestones, a memorial post and a larger gravestone were damaged the previous evening.

One of the gravestones had been knocked over and the second was broken in half, police said. The memorial post was broken and the larger gravestone had been displaced from its original position.

Investigators found personal items near the damaged gravestones and said they belonged to 29- year-old Joel Herrle.

When officers found him at his home, Herrle told police he’d been drunk, got into a fight outside the walls of the cemetery after leaving a bar, then ran into the cemetery, where he stepped on one gravestone, then leaned on a second gravestone, which gave way, police said.

Herrle went on to say he could not recall the complete details of the night before because of his level of intoxication.

He turned himself in on Monday after learning there was a warrant for his arrest. He has been charged with charged with third-degree criminal mischief and simple trespass. He was released on a $1,000 bond and is scheduled to appear at Meriden Superior Court on Dec. 12.

The burial ground is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and includes remains of many people prominent in Connecticut history, including Lyman Hall, a signer of the Declaration of Independence.

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Rain This Week Will Help, But Won’t Be Enough


While rain in the forecast this week will help, it will really only scratch the surface of getting the state back to where it should be during this drought. But after months of conserving water, residents in Bristol will take what they can get. 

"Our reservoirs are half empty, you know. It's pathetic," Jerry Peatmen, of Bristol, said. 

Reservoirs are below 45 percent capacity and the lack of rain altered Thanksgiving tradition for Peatmen family. They used paper plates to avoid using water to clean dishes. 

"Definitely conserve it. I always did that anyway, I think we should all do that," Linda Romanaukas, of Bristol, said. "You know, turn the water off when you're brushing your teeth and all that stuff." 

Bristol is under Phase 2 drought conditions and if there is not enough rain for reservoirs to climb above 55 percent through December, the city will move into Phase 3.

In a statement, the Superintendent for the Water Department, Robert Longo said, “If we don’t see beneficial rainfall and further reduction from customers soon, we will have to enact Phase III restrictions which include possibly reducing pressures in some areas of the City, so other areas such as the hospital will have the water needed for emergencies. We want the public to understand just how bad this Statewide Drought is (a)ffecting our levels and we are looking for the City’s residents to help us get through it.” 

While we are forecasting up to 3 inches of rain from Tuesday through Thursday, the climate prediction center says Connecticut requires 6 inches to a foot of rain to get us out of the drought. 

"We need it," Romanaukas said. "Anytime we can get it, we need to take it." 

While the drought is wreaking havoc on much of the state, residents are encouraged to truly take into account water conservation efforts. 

Find tips to save water here. 

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Motorcycle Hits Police Officer in New Haven


A New Haven police officer was taken to the hospital after being hit by a motorcycle on Monday. 

Police said the officer, Detective Juan Ingles, was directing traffic on Kimberly Avenue and Ella Grasso Boulevard near the I-95 under pass when he was hit by a motorcyclist.

People at the scene helped Ingles when he was pinned under the motorcycle, police said. 

The officer was seriously injured but was conscious when he was taken to Yale-New Haven Hospital, police said.

The identity of the motorcycle operator is being withheld until it is determined what, if any, charges will be filed, New Haven police said. 

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Old State House in Hartford Reopens


The Old State House in Hartford reopened its doors on Monday after being closed for nearly five months. 

It follows a tumultuous time for the former seat of our state's government, after it was placed under the control of the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, only to return to the Office Of Legislative Management (OLM) which had controlled it for years.

"Everybody agrees that it's important that this building be preserved and that it continue to have a purpose that connects people both to the history of our state and to the process of being an engaged citizen," said William Bevacqua of the Connecticut Public Affairs Network, which will help run the Old State House for OLM.

The short term plan is for OLM to run the Old State House through June 30, 2017, with a pared down budget of $400,000, much less than the $900,000 it takes to run it at full capacity. There will also be fewer services, as OLM works toward a sustainable business model.

"We are going to actually seek advice from other non profits and people that are in the business. We are really not in the business of running an historic building with a museum," said John Harnick of OLM.

The long term plan for the Old State House is still in flux. It's going to be worked on over the next couple of months. But, for kids, it should be the same place to learn and have fun.

"I think even when kids come in here, they can feel the importance of the building and they can feel that important things happened here and I think that has an effect on their learning," said Sally Whipple, the Old State House executive director.

Where the money for that learning comes from in the future, whether private versus public or some form of partnership, remains to be seen.

"There needs to be a way to spread the responsibility to keep this building preserved and to keep it important, where everybody has a stake in it," said Bevacqua.

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Hartford Police Giving Out Gun Locks to Permit Holders


Hartford Police said when guns are stolen from their rightful owners, the potential safety risks affect us all.

This year 21 guns were stolen from rightful owners in Hartford, surpassing last year's number of guns stolen by 25 percent. 

Last week, police said three guns were stolen from a Hartford home Garden Street. 

"I can't tell you how often we have guns stolen in burglaries and used in (other) crimes in the City of Hartford," said Hartford Deputy Chief Lt. Brian Foley.

The most recent crime with a stolen gun injured a child.

"The 10-year-old girl who was shot in the face. That gun was stolen in a burglary, I believe out of Glastonbury." said Foley.

Gun sales increase during the holiday shopping season according to police, which prompts the Hartford Police Department to give out gifts of their own.

A letter signed by Chief Rovella is sent to pistol permit holders, reminding them the importance of securing their weapon.

Police also have free gun locks available for Hartford residents, as long as they come to the police headquarters with their permits.

"This is not about taking people's guns away, the safe storage of your firearm in your home keeps us safer here," said Foley.

Hartford Police are holding an event Dec. 17 where gun owners who want to turn in their guns can do so by stopping by the police station and receiving gift cards for their weapons.

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Trump Infrastructure Overhaul Needs More than Tolls: CT Dems


Some of Connecticut's members of Congress made it a point Monday to call on the incoming Trump administration for more details on what its infrastructure plan looks like.

"The devil is in the details," said Sen. Richard Blumenthal.

The President-elect discussed during the campaign the need for a $1 trillion package aimed at spurring investment in road, bridge, and public transit projects which he said would lead to economic growth.

The issue for Connecticut elected leaders is that the bulk of the plan considered private funds as the way forward, rather than the federal government borrowing money to pay for projects.

"You cannot rebuild Connecticut’s infrastructure based on private financing alone," said Sen. Chris Murphy. "You simply cannot toll the thousands of roads and bridges that need work."

One of the projects that has received the most urgent calls for replacement from Gov. Dannel Malloy and Congressman John Larson has been to re-engineer I-84 through Hartford and East Hartford.

The plans in the works recently have been to change some of the routing of the highway, while placing what amounts to a cap above the roadway, creating new commercial and greenspace at street level.

Larson's plan would create a new tunnel entirely that would take the interstate below ground, beneath the Connecticut River and resurfacing near East Hartford. It's estimated the tunnel plan could cost as much as $10 billion while the covered alternative would cost less than half that.

Blumenthal said of the project, "I'm in favor of any project that reduces congestion, improves infrastructure, and keeps jobs in Connecticut and I commend Rep. Larson for this effort."

Murphy also voiced support for the project, but said it's hard to start planning for anything unless and until Congress acts.

"Absent a major new investment in infrastructure, those kinds of big projects can’t get done."

Murphy said he and Blumenthal want to see a public-private partnership where investors back major road and bridge projects, while the federal government uses its clout to borrow money.

He said if the government doesn't act soon, it could get even more expensive for taxpayers.

"If you’re going to be borrowing money, do it now because rates are going and if you don’t start borrowing money today to pay for infrastructure it’s going to get a whole lot more expensive once these bridges do start falling down."

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CT Politicians Respond to Trump's Carrier Pitch


President-elect Donald Trump declared on Twitter last week that he had reached out to executives with Carrier to discuss its decision to move a factory and thousands of jobs from Indiana to Mexico.

Trump then said, "will know soon," regarding progress on his talks.

Then, over the weekend, Independent U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders from Vermont, whose presidential bid for the Democratic nomination fell short, said he wants Trump to make good on his word.

"I call on Mr. Trump to make it clear to the CEO of United Technologies that if his firm wants to receive another defense contract from the taxpayers of this country, it must not move these plants to Mexico," he wrote in a statement on his website.

United Technologies, the parent company of Carrier, declined to comment Monday.

Carrier told employees last February it had planned to move the facility to Mexico. Economic observers opined that the decision had everything to do with cost. There were some estimates that one day of work per employee in a Mexican plant would equal an hour of work per employee in the United States.

Sen. Chris Murphy disagreed with linking federal defense spending to an individual company's other business interests.

"You can’t approach this on a company by company basis in which you bully companies or threaten them into staying here. You have to look at the policies that cause these companies to go overseas," he said.

Murphy said the President-elect would find common ground with Democrats when it comes to rolling back trade deals like NAFTA, which allowed for good to be made cheaper in other countries to then be imported to the United States at lower costs.

Sen. Richard Blumenthal concurred, saying, "We need to change the laws so that there are no rewards for companies who offshore jobs."

Murphy said the notion of hurting a major defense contractor like UTC, would do far more harm than good not just to the company, but for the country.

Murphy said, "The idea that you’re going to stop buying jet engines from Pratt and Whitney in order to punish Carrier for moving jobs, it’s just ridiculous."

He added, "You would compromise our country’s national security if you started holding back money for jet engines if you wanted to send a message to some other wing of the company."

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Texas Has Its First Local Zika Case


The first case of locally transmitted Zika virus in Texas has been reported in the Rio Grande Valley, the Texas Department of State Health Services reports.

“We knew it was only a matter of time before we saw a Zika case spread by a mosquito in Texas,” said Dr. John Hellerstedt, DSHS commissioner. “We still don’t believe the virus will become widespread in Texas, but there could be more cases, so people need to protect themselves from mosquito bites, especially in parts of the state that stay relatively warm in the fall and winter.”

The patient is a Cameron County resident who is not pregnant and who was confirmed last week by lab test to have been infected. She reported no recent travel to Mexico or anywhere else with ongoing Zika virus transmission and no other risk factors.

Laboratory testing found genetic material from the Zika virus in the patient’s urine, but a blood test was negative, indicating that the virus can no longer be spread from her by a mosquito.

Through last week, Texas has had 257 confirmed cases of Zika virus disease. Until now, all cases in the state had been associated with travel, including two infants born to women who had traveled during their pregnancy and two people who had sexual contact with infected travelers.

There are no other cases of suspected local transmission at this time, but health officials continue to conduct disease surveillance activities as part of the state's ongoing Zika response.

Cameron County, DSHS and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are working together to investigate and respond to the case. Further investigation will be necessary to attempt to pinpoint how and where the infection occurred, and health officials are also responding in a number of other ways.

DSHS has activated the State Medical Operations Center to support the response and is providing expertise, personnel and equipment for activities from disease investigation to mosquito surveillance to public education.

Cameron County and the City of Brownsville, with help from DSHS, have conducted an environmental assessment at the patient’s home and have been trapping and testing mosquitoes to learn more about activity in the area.

The samples collected will be tested at the DSHS laboratory in Austin.

Brownsville has recently sprayed for mosquitoes in the area and will continue to take action to reduce the mosquito population.

Health workers from Cameron County and DSHS will be going door to door in the area around where the case lived beginning this evening to educate the public about Zika, help people reduce potential mosquito breeding habitat on their property, and collect voluntary urine samples to determine whether other infections are present.

Zika virus is transmitted to people primarily through the bite of an infected mosquito, though sexual transmission can occur.

The four most common symptoms are fever, itchy rash, joint pain and eye redness.

While symptoms are usually minor, Zika can also cause severe birth defects, including microcephaly, and other poor birth outcomes in some women infected during pregnancy.

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Police Arrest Driver in Crash That Killed 4-Year-Old


A 4-year-old Hamden boy who was in the front seat of a stolen car when it crashed on Route 1 in Branford Sunday has died, according to state police.

Police identified the child as Jairus Benjamin and said he was not in a car seat.

He was injured in a crash on Route 1, near the Interstate 95 exit 55 off-ramp Sunday evening, according to state police.

State police said East Haven police officers were trying to stop a Toyota Corolla that was operating erratically and did not have headlights on around 6:30 p.m.

The Toyota, reported stolen from New Haven, had six people in it and the driver fled, tried to get away and got onto I-95 North. 

East Haven police called off the chase before exit 55 and the Toyota hit a 2004 Honda Element soon after, a mile and a half away from where police called off the chase, according to police.

"East Haven chased the vehicle for a period of time. It was a couple minutes when they decided that it was too dangerous of a situation," Trooper Kelly Grant, of Connecticut State Police, said. "They called the pursuit off and shortly thereafter, the vehicle crashed."

Moments later, surveillance video at a Mobil gas station showed a man carrying a young boy to the parking lot.

Six minutes later, an ambulance transported him to Yale-New Haven Hospital, where he later died.

Benjamin was related to one of the five other people who were in the car, according to police. 

The driver, identified as 18-year-old Tyler Carey, of East Haven, and two other passengers fled the scene before police arrived, leaving behind the 4-year-old, a 15-year-old boy and a 25-year-old man, according to police. 

Carey has been charged with reckless driving, engaging in a pursuit, misuse of plates, second-degree larceny, first-degree reckless endangerment, risk of injury to a minor, failure to have headlights illuminated and driving in an improper lane. 

State police said they have identified the other two people who fled the scene.

The one person who was in the Honda Element was not hurt, according to state police.

The State police CARS Unit was called in to investigate the crash.

The off-ramp was closed for several hours but has since reopened.

Witnesses are asked to call state police at 203-630-8086.

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Bristol Girl OK After Attack at Ohio State


Morgan Ouellette, of Bristol, was sheltered in place during an attack at Ohio State University of Monday morning and she is OK.

The junior was at work at the bookstore in Wexner Center when the alert went out.

The first alert posted on the university’s Department of Public Safety website said, "Run Hide Fight" and that the shooter was at Watts Hall on College Road.

Later, a law enforcement official said some of the students injured were cut with a large knife or hit with a car and it's not clear if any were shot. Hospital officials said none of the eight people injured in the attack have life-threatening injuries. 

In all, nine people were injured in the attack on the campus in Columbus, Ohio, according to police. Hospital officials said none of the victims have life-threatening injuries.

After being moved to another room, Oulette and the other people she was with stayed in a basement, listening to sirens and watching news reports of what was happening on the campus in Columbus, Ohio.

“For 10 minutes straight, all we heard was sirens,” she said. “We’re all kind of just like sitting around this movie theater, just watching the news, seeing how things are going right now.”

Morgan's mother, Francine Mayo, said she cannot recall being as terrified as she was this morning. 

Mayo said she dropped her daughter off at campus this morning after the long Thanksgiving weekend and was on her way back to Connecticut when the shooting happened and her daughter called her to tell her what was going on. 

"My heart just sank because I was already over 250 miles away and no way of getting to my daughter. It's terrifying," Mayo said.  

After learning that her daughter was OK, she is relieved but still shaking.

"I'm thanking God, I am thanking everyone who's been messaging me and saying that they're praying for Morgan and the safety of everyone else on campus," Mayo said. 

The school has lifted the lockdown, but has canceled classes for the rest of the day.

Check for updates on the story here. http://www.nbcconnecticut.com/news/national-international/Ohio-State-University-Active-Shooter-Report-403387996.html?abc=2333

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11 Displaced After Waterbury House Fire


Eleven people, including three children, are displaced after a fire at a multi-family home on Robbins Street Tuesday morning.

Firefighters were called to the scene around 12:30 a.m. When they arrived, the all three levels of the house were burning, officials said.

Everyone who was inside at the time made it out safely with the help of bystanders from a nearby hospital. No injuries were reported.

There is major damage to the home, which is now unlivable, and the Red Cross has responded to assist the residents.

Firefighters said the flames were so intense there was concern fire could damage neighboring homes. The did cause the siding of a neighboring home to buckle.

"We had to call extra companies because we were all-hands early on in order to get the fire contained and then extinguished," Deputy Fire Chief Stephen Ayotte said.

Officials said they do not believe there were working smoke detectors in the house. 

The Waterbury fire marshal's office is investigating the cause of the fire.

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