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Fairfield Teacher Accused of Exposing Himself to Minor


A Fairfield teacher has been charged with risk of injury and public indecency after he allegedly exposed himself to a minor, according to Fairfield police.

Jeff Iwanicki, 44, turned himself in to Fairfield police on Monday. He is accused of exposing himself to a minor twice.

Police did not say where or when the incident happened.

Iwanicki is charged with risk of injury/impairing the morals of a minor, public indecency and breach of peace. He was released on a $50,000 bond.

A Fairfield teacher has been charged with risk of injury and public indecency after he allegedly exposed himself to a minor, according to Fairfield police.

Iwanicki is listed as a tech teacher at Fairfield Warde High School. District

Superintendent Dr. Toni Jones said in a statement that when school officials learned of allegations about one month ago and Iwanicki was immediately placed on administrative leave, and that he has not had any contact with students at the school since then.

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Subway Hiring 150 People at Milford Headquarters


Subway is hiring more than 150 people at the company headquarters in Milford, Connecticut.

Several of those jobs are in digital marketing, technology, restaurant operations, guest care and public relations.

Last June, Subway launched Subway Digital, a team focused on digital tools, like the mobile app and loyalty program, according to a news release from Subway, and 75 of the open jobs are in the digital team.

Subway has been around since August 1965, when the first shop opened in Bridgeport. By 1974, Fred DeLuca and Dr. Peter Buck owned and operated 16 sandwich shops throughout Connecticut and the company has since grown worldwide.

See the Subway web site for job listings www.subway.com/careers.

The company said the Milford world headquarters offers several perks, including on-site yoga and meditation classes. See the company's video here. 

Crews Rescue Deer Stuck on Ice in Canton


Oh deer!

The Canton police and fire departments rescued a deer that was stuck on an icy pond Tuesday morning.

Police said the animal was stuck on a pond behind 121 Dowd Ave. Canton Police Sgt. Penney moved the deer from the ice to the edge of the pond, then the fire department jumped in and moved the deer up onto solid ground.

The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection responded to relocate the deer, police said.

Photo Credit: Canton Police Department
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Crews Responding to Report of Dog Falling Through Ice in Torrington

Man Seriously Injured, Arrest Made in New London Stabbing


New London police arrested a man on assault charges after another man was seriously injured in a stabbing Sunday night.

Police said they received a 911 call reporting a disturbance and stabbing at 200 Montauk Ave. around 7:45 p.m. When officers arrived they found a man, identified as Terry Pipkin, 51, with blood on him. Police detained Pipkin at the scene.

When officers entered an apartment they found a male victim with cuts to his face, neck and stomach. The 48-year-old victim was taken to L&M Hospital for treatment of serious injuries, then transported to Yale-New Haven Hospital for further treatment. As of Tuesday the victim remained hospitalized.

Pipkin was arrested and charged with first-degree assault and carrying a dangerous weapon.

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Crews Responding to Report of Animal Attacking Person in Colchester

Putnam Bank Robbery Suspect Sought


Connecticut State police are trying to identify a suspect in a Putnam bank robbery.

Police said around 10:15 a.m. Tuesday the subject pictured above robbed the People’s United Bank inside the Stop & Shop on the Providence Pike (Route 44) in Putnam.

The suspect was wearing glasses and a gray hooded jacket-sweatshirt. Police believe the suspect fled in a dark colored Jeep Wrangler.

Anyone with information should contact Troop D at 860-779-4900 or text TIP711 with any information to 274637.

Photo Credit: Connecticut State Police

Silver Alert Issued for Missing 11-Month-Old


Police have issued a Silver Alert for a missing 11-month-old from Putnam.

Leah Blanchard was reported missing Tuesday. She is described as having blonde hair and blue eyes, 2-foot-3 and around 18 pounds. She may be with her mother Kylie Blanchard and grandparents Robert and Myriah Blanchard.

A photo was not immediately available.

Anyone with information on their whereabouts is asked to contact state police at 860-779-4900.

Voices From Inauguration Weekend: Who Is Going to DC and Why


Donald Trump will be sworn in as the country's 45th president on Friday and thousands of his supporters from across the country will attend to witness the historic event. They hope his presidency will be the start of an American revival that will bring greater prosperity to the country.

The next day thousands of women, many dismayed by the president-elect's crude references to them and his embrace of policies they believe will hurt them and their families, will march in the capital. Many will wear pink hats with cat ears, in a reference to Trump's now famous statement that he could grab women "by the pussy."

Hear from some of those planning to attend.

Voices of men and women headed to D.C. for Trump's inauguration:

David J. Pelto Jr.

Pelto Jr., 35, will attend the inauguration with his two sons to witness history and what he called the return of "common sense" to the White House. For Pelto, who owns a truck and hauls oil, taxes are an enormous issue. At one point he owned several trucks until a drop in oil prices, and his business was further hurt by employment taxes he had to pay for drivers who worked for him, he said. "It costs on average 15 percent on top of an employee's wage," he said. "Depending on the state it can go much higher." Pelto, who lives in Arkansas, said that he hoped that entrepreneurs would benefit from the $1 trillion that President-elect Donald Trump has proposed spending on infrastructure. Pelto, who describes himself as fiscally conservative and socially liberal, also thinks the country should be less resistant to fracking. The increase in earthquakes in Oklahoma, which has been linked to wastewater disposal wells, do worry him, but he believes fracking is safe elsewhere. As far as green energy, "Why don't we allow what we have now to continue working for us while we grow slowly into green energy?"

John Hikel

Hikel, 58, a former New Hampshire legislator and the longtime owner of an auto-repair business in Manchester, said he had supported Donald Trump since meeting him three months before the president-elect decided to run. "He had never been elected to an elected office before and he wasn't an attorney and that was my minimum," Hikel said. He said he wanted to see fewer regulations from the Environmental Protection Agency and the IRS, among agencies, particularly those governing clean air, which he said he thought were too stringent. "When Mr. Trump talked to me about trimming all of these agencies, I couldn't agree more," he said. Hikel said he was looking forward to a manufacturing revival under Trump, whom he viewed as a strong-willed leader. "More and more (customers) are coming into my shop not being able to spend $100 or $200 or $300 even to fix their vehicles," he said. "People are living paycheck to paycheck. I know they have for a long time but that's a problem that our government has handed down to us."

Erin Sullivan

Sullivan, 20, a junior at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, voted for the first time in November and she picked President-elect Donald Trump. The country needs a revival, and Trump's tax and immigration policies and his ideas for creating more jobs in America will help rebuild the country, Sullivan said. An example: his urging automobile manufacturers to build cars in the United States and not in Mexico or elsewhere, she said. "Trump is really focusing on the American dream, and looking at the people who worked really hard and sometimes don't necessarily have a voice," she said. As a young woman, she found his lewd comment about grabbing women to be disgusting, but thought everyone at some point was bound to say something stupid. In his favor, Trump hired women for spots in his campaign, among them SMU alumna Hope Hicks as his director of strategic communications, she said. Sullivan, who is from Wilton, Connecticut, will attend the inauguration with other students from SMU and will volunteer at the Texas State Society Black Tie and Boots Ball.

Austin Yang

Yang, 14, a student at La Jolla Country Day School in La Jolla, California, will attend the inauguration with a group of schoolmates. "It's such an important event in our American government," he said. Too young to vote, Yang nonetheless had a preferred candidate, Donald Trump. "We thought that Trump would be better toward the Chinese," said Yang, whose mother was born in China. Trump instead threatened a trade war with China over the value of its currency. "The exact opposite of what we thought would happen," Yang said. "I'm not very happy with it but I guess we can only deal with it now since he's our president." Yang, who expects to study medicine, remains hopeful that Trump will moderate his views once he meets with Chinese officials.

Joseph Locke

Locke, 21, works in construction, attends Bridgewater State University in Massachusetts full time and will soon start classes at the Massachusetts state reserve police academy with the goal of joining a town police force. He believes that Trump will ensure the military is better prepared to defend the country and cut back spending to tackle the country's debt. "Seeing it from a businessman's perspective where you can see where you can make cuts and not have detriment to the country," he said. Locke ran a Trump campaign office in his hometown Easton, Massachusetts, where he organized volunteers making phone calls and as part of the Bridgewater State University's College Republicans, he reached out to college students. "He didn't seem just like a regular politician," he said of Trump. "I like that he actually says what he feels and what he thinks."

The day after Trump's inauguration, thousands of women are expected on the Mall for the Women's March on Washington. 

Voices of women headed to D.C. for the women's march:

Kica Matos

Matos, 50, plans join the Women’s March on Washington the day after Donald Trump’s inauguration to show her 11-year-old son what is possible in a democracy. A former deputy mayor in New Haven, Connecticut, she wants to impress on him that he should be an engaged citizen, that he can participate in peaceful protests and fight for what he believes in. Matos, the director of immigration at The Center for Community Change in Washington, D.C.,  said she feared that Trump's election would undermine advances made in racial justice, immigrant rights and women's rights. His campaign, with attacks on immigrants, Muslims and people of color, brought out the worst in many Americans, she said. Of her son, she said, "I want him to believe that we are better as Americans and that we should always strive for a world that respects others, regardless of difference," she said. "And to me this march, the idea of women from all walks of life coming together in solidarity and in support of a better, more just world is incredibly appealing."

Laura Noe

Noe, 50, will participate in the Women's March on Washington, the first she has ever gone to, because she believes the country must re-think its values. Americans are becoming insulated and isolated, mean and judgmental and are losing the ability to empathize with others, she said. "It becomes an us and them, black and white, win lose," she said. After her divorce, she sold her home so that she and her son could travel and see first-hand how other people lived. "We're all about our stuff, buying and buying, consuming and gobbling up," she said. "I decided I wanted to spend my time and money on experiences." Noe, who owns a marketing and communications company in Branford, Connecticut, wrote about their trips to France, the Czech Republic, Morocco and Turkey in "Travels With My Son: Journeys of the Heart." She is now writing about her brother, Ed, who became homeless, was diagnosed with mental illness and after many years is getting treatment. They celebrated Thanksgiving together for the first time in 17 years.

Chloe Wagner, Morenike Fabiyi

Wagner and Fabiyi, both 16 and juniors at Francis W. Parker High School in Chicago, worked with the Illinois chapter of the Women's March on Washington and Chicago Women Take Action to put together a group of teenagers from their school to attend the march. They call their organization the Illinois Youth Chapter. Wagner is particularly concerned with LGBTQ rights and reproductive rights; Fabiyi is focused on immigration rights and education reform. Wagner said that after Trump's win, she at first felt powerless. "There wasn't anything happening for a few days and then all of a sudden we just came back full force and that's when we really starting getting passionate about bringing Illinois Youth to Washington," she said. Fabiyi said that she also felt lost but quickly realized that she needed to do something. "I can't just be mad and sad and complain about it all the time," she said. Wagner said one of the goals of the march was to tell the Trump administration that "we will not be walked over, and we will fight for all rights we are given under the Constitution." Said Fabiyi, "Just because I can't vote yet doesn't mean that my voice shouldn't be heard."

Alexandra Goutnova

Goutnova, 15 and a student at La Jolla Country Day School in California, will be attending both the inauguration and the Women's March on Washington though she does not support President-elect Donald Trump. "I'm very passionate about women's rights," she said. Goutnova, who moved to the United States from Russia three years ago and who plans to attend law school, is bothered by comments Trump has made about women and by his denial of climate change. "It is a proven scientific fact that this is happening and this is happening right now," she said. "So the fact that our president is not willing to deal with it I think is absurd." Americans compared to Russians are more accepting, about LGBTQ rights, for example, she said. She said she is terrified that the United States will change. "Coming from Russia, I've seen the difference of how it can be in a bad way," she said. "And I'm just scared to see that happen to the U.S."

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Plainfield Police Looking to ID Theft Suspects


Plainfield police are trying to identify three people suspected in a theft of several chain saws from a hardware store.

Police said the tools were stolen from the Ace Hardware Store at 20 Excalibur Bvld. Around 3 p.m. Sunday.

Anyone who recognizes the subjects pictured above is asked to contact Plainfield police at 860-564-0804. Callers may remain anonymous.

Photo Credit: Plainfield Police Department

Detectives Raid North Haven Massage Parlor While Investigating Prostitution


Detectives raided a North Haven massage parlor on Tuesday as part of a prostitution investigation. 

Police said detectives executed a search and seizure warrant at the Korean Massage Therapy Spa, at 565 Washington Ave., as part of a month-long investigation and seized all the furniture, equipment, electronic devices and documents in the spa. 

Two women were inside the business, which was open, but have not been charged. 

Police are continuing to investigate.

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Dramatic Photos of California's Drought


Historically dry winters combined with years of below-average rainfall have taken a toll on California. But a wet start to winter has meant improvement for some areas, especially Northern California.

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18M Will Lose Health Insurance With ACA Repeal: Report


About 18 million people would lose or drop their health insurance in the first year after Obamacare is repealed, the Congressional Budget Office reported Tuesday.

The nonpartisan federal agency also found that health insurance premiums would spike another 20 to 25 percent, NBC News reported. Within 10 years, 32 million more people would be without health insurance, the CBO projects.

Without a replacement, health care costs overall would continue to rise every year, as would the number of people going without health insurance.

Premiums would continue to go up, as well.

Photo Credit: Getty Images for Moveon.org

Suspects, 1 in Cookie Monster Sweatshirt, Rob Norwalk Store


Two armed men, including one donning a Cookie Monster sweatshirt, robbed a variety store in Norwalk on Saturday. 

The men walked into Rainbow News and Variety on 205 Main Avenue at 11:30 p.m. brandishing guns and wearing hooded sweatshirts with masks, police said. 

Both men threatened to shoot while pointing their guns at the owner and demanding cash from the register and CT Lotto machine. One suspect had a large silver colored revolver and the other had a black semi-automatic pistol, Norwalk Police said. 

The men fled the scene on foot. 

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Detective Sura at 203-854-3192.

Anonymous tips can be left at any of the below contacts.

Norwalk Police Tip Line at 203-854-3111 Anonymous Internet tips can be sent to Norwalk Police website

Anonymous text tips can be submitted by typing "NPD" into the text field, followed by the message, and sending it to CRIMES (274637). 

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Man Accused of Stealing Police Officer's Weapons In Custody


A man suspected of breaking into a police officer's vehicle and stealing weapons and a bullet-proof vest almost two weeks ago is in police custody, according to Milford police.

Milford police have been looking for Justin Parsell, 26, and apprehended him Tuesday after a short chase.

He is accused of stealing an M4 rifle, a level-three ballistic vest and a pair of night vision goggles from a Bridgeport police officer's unlocked vehicle, which was parked on Boothbay Street in Milford, sometime between 4:30 a.m. and 6:30 a.m. on Jan. 4.

Bridgeport city officials said that officer, a 16-year veteran of the department, was placed on leave pending an investigation by the Office of Internal Affairs.

The stolen items were recovered within around 12 hours.

"The public was in a little bit of danger initially with that kind of rifle out there," Milford Police Officer Mike DeVito said.

Before police found him, Parsell was last known to be with Madison Krieder, 18, of Milford, who had been reported missing. 

Parsell has been charged with first-degree larceny,  third-degree burglary, theft of a firearm, criminal possession of a firearm, possession of an assault rifle, five counts of possession of a high-capacity magazine and possession of a silencer.

He's being held on $150,000 bond.  

Photo Credit: MIlford Police

East Windsor Welcoming Prospect of Casino


East Windsor is one of the last two towns standing for the chance to land what could be Connecticut's third casino, and officials there are welcoming what could come with it.

“We’re open to tax revenue and jobs. I consider it more of an entertainment facility than a casino," said Bob Maynard, the town's First Selectman.

The site under consideration is where there is a vacant Showcase Cinema, as well as a vacant retail store that once housed a Wal-Mart.

Since the site is so close to Interstate 91, and not much closer to the heart of East Windsor, town officials could see how an entertainment complex could fit into the town.

"We pride ourselves on our rural charm," Maynard, a Republican, said. "But we also see the value in it."

Mohegan Tribal Council Chairman Kevin Brown says he's hearing the same kinds of positives from Windsor Locks as well. The Mohegan and Mashantucket Pequot Tribes have been in the process of site selection for over a year, and have been pursuing a third casino for two years. The tribes would jointly run the facility as a commercial venture off reservation lands.

“We feel some momentum of folks recognizing that this is what comes: tax dollars, jobs, local municipal improvements to services and capacity," Brown said Tuesday. "Those are all of the good things that come and we think those two communities see that as a way ahead.”

Brown and Mashantucket Pequot Chairman Rodney Butler will meet with East Windsor residents next Tuesday in a town hall to answer questions they may have about the development of a casino.

Maynard said he thinks elected leaders in East Windsor favor a casino, and said the land is ready to be developed without much intervention from the local government.

“It has to be zoned correctly and if it’s zoned correctly then a business can build what it wants to build," he said.

When asked about his stance on a third casino, Gov. Dannel Malloy maintained his distance from the project, which has left him on the fence.

Malloy said, "That’s a legislative process. The tribal nations have done a nice job of keeping me informed of where they are and the like and this has got a ways to go.”

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Manchester Man Beat Pregnant Woman While Playing Game: Police


A pregnant woman told Manchester police that her boyfriend had punched and thrown her on the floor after playing a game, according to police. 

On Monday, Enrique Valera, 25, was charged with assaulting a pregnant person, interfering with police, unlawful restraint and risk of injury to a minor.

Police got calls about a woman being beaten at a home on Lenox Street around 10:20 p.m. Valera was found hiding in a crawl space behind a bedroom dresser, Manchester Police said. 

The victim told police that Valera become angry while playing a game and punched her in the upper right arm while the woman's child was in the home. Police noted that the victim's arm was red and swollen. 

Valera allegedly followed the victim into the bathroom, where she was putting lotion on her face, and shoved her to the ground. 

Valera said he did not abuse the victim and hasn't in the past, according to police.

His bond was set at $10,000. 

Photo Credit: Manchester Police Department

Pedestrian Fatally Struck by Car Near Yale-New Haven Hospital


A pedestrian was fatally struck by Yale-New Haven Hospital, police said.

A woman was hit by a vehicle at York Street and South Frontage Road.

The driver remained on the scene and is cooperating with police. 

All roads and highways leading to York Street and South Frontage Road are closed and are expected to remain that way for several hours. 

Drivers are asked to avoid Park Street toward Yale-New Haven Hospital, South Frontage Road, east of Howard Avenue and Howe Street, Sylvan and Davenport Avenues, inbound, as well as, York Street and Cedar Street toward the hospital. 

No other details were immediately available for this developing story. 

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Mystery Man Uses Bat to Vandalize Manchester Town Hall: Police


A man walked into Manchester Town Hall on Tuesday afternoon armed with a baseball bat and began smashing glass display cabinets inside, according to police.

Town Hall was placed in lockdown around 3 p.m. during the incident.

Officers arrived and found the suspect sitting on staircase. They were able to arrest him but so far have not been able to identify the man.

Police are asking anyone who recognizes the suspect to call them at 860-645-5500.

Photo Credit: Manchester Police

Top CT Democrats to Attend Trump Inauguration


The highest profile Democrats in Connecticut will all attend the inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump.

Gov. Dannel Malloy had made his intention public last week. He is being invited since he is a sitting governor.

Both U.S. Senators Chris Murphy and Richard Blumenthal said Tuesday they would attend.

Murphy said he wants to be in the audience to send a quiet message of sorts to the Republican.

“I want him to be surrounded by people who are going to fight him tooth and nail as he pursues these damaging and divisive policies that he has previewed during his campaign," Murphy said.

He even said the year ahead will be, "the most important in my career in public office," referring to the upcoming legislative battles over the Affordable Care Act, taxes and Trump's signature campaign promise to build a wall along the American border with Mexico.

Blumenthal echoed those sentiments, and added that the recent attacks by Trump of Rep. John Lewis, a Democrat from Georgia whom was beaten in Selma during civil rights protests, crossed a line for him.

“This is going to be a tough time and I respect the people who will not be at the inaugural.”

Malloy shares that view, and poked fun at Trump's twitter habits when asked about what he hoped to hear in his first address as president.

“I hope we hear better things than we read from his phone messages, his tweets. I’ve said this once, I’ll say it again, ‘For God’s sakes somebody take his phone away.’”

One of the most vocal Trump supporters in Connecticut, Joe Visconti, curried enough favor with the campaign and the transition that he was granted tickets to the inauguration, and one of the official balls.

Visconti says he feels like it's a reward for helping in a state where no one gave him a chance, and said Connecticut will benefit from the GOP victories.

“Everybody knows that he will have to work within the structure of government and he will, but it’s just that the political correctness era will be over.”

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