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South Windsor Man Vandalizes to Relieve Stress, Police Say


South Windsor police said a vandal breaks windows, floods feces and even smears feces as a way to release stress. 

Allen Collins has been linked to nearly a dozen vandalism cases in town.

The incident occurred during the summer of 2016, but the 34-year-old wasn't served the arrest warrants until last week.

Collins was already behind bars on a separate vandalism case from September 2016.

The latest cases he was linked to happened on Sullivan Avenue and Strong Road.

In one case, police told NBC Connecticut Collins caulked the doors shut on a truck.

He is also accused of breaking through windows at the South Windsor Child Development Center and a vacant home nearby.

In both cases, police tell NBC Connecticut he used a hose, turned it on and flooded part of the buildings.

Detectives said he also tampered with the engine of a backhoe on Strong road and ransacked the cabs of trucks at Mitchell Fuel.

Marianne Lassman Fisher's law office was another building police said was vandalized by Collins.

"Went through my office, tore it apart, put hand soap in my computers, so none of my computers were working, my phones weren't working my copiers weren't working," said Fisher.

Police said he wiped human feces on the walls. Fisher said they were in her bathroom.

"It was on the walls, yeah we had to have a professional cleaner come in... and on the floor."

It cost her about $3,000 dollars to repair and replace everything.

Police tell NBC Connecticut they interviewed Collins and he told them he did the acts to release stress.

"It was so random and odd so im glad its over," said Fisher.

Collins is locked up and due back in court next month.

Photo Credit: South Windsor PD

Michelle Obama Says Goodbye to 'People's House' in Video


The boxes are taped, the moving vans are filling up and the staffers have said their goodbyes. On Friday, the first family will move out of the house they’ve called home since 2009. But before they turn over the keys, matriarch Michelle Obama took one last walk through the White House — for the whole world to see.

On Wednesday, the first lady posted a short video of her stroll on Twitter. In the clip, she was accompanied by the beloved family dogs Bo and Sunny.

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Wearing chic black pumps, black pants and a bell sleeve blouse, Obama walks slowly through the halls, no doubt taking in all the memories she’s made during her husband’s two terms. 

The Obamas are headed to a 8,200-square-foot home in the Kalorama neighborhood of Washington, D.C.

But before they settle into their new residence, the soon-to-be-former president is taking his wife and children on a relaxing vacation in warm Palm Springs, California — likely a nice respite from the demands of the last eight years.

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30 Firefighters Killed in Tehran High-Rise Collapse: Reports


Dozens of firefighters were killed when a blazing high-rise building collapsed in Iran's capital, state-run Press TV reported Thursday. 

The broadcaster put the death toll at 30. It gave no source for the information. NBC News could not immediately independently confirm Press TV's report.

Earlier, authorities said at least 25 people had been injured in the fire at Tehran's iconic Plasco building. The tower is attached to a multistory shopping mall and is located just north of the city's sprawling bazaar. 

Local media reported that there were 200 firefighters on the scene at the time of the building collapse.

Photo Credit: AP Photo/Vahid Salemi

Teen Found Dead on Side of I-395


A 15-year-old boy was found dead along Interstate 395 South late Wednesday night and state police are investigating. 

Police said the teen’s death is untimely, but not criminal. 

No additional information was immediately available.

Protesters Hold 'Queer Dance Party' Near Mike Pence's DC Home


Rainbow flags, cut off shorts and music filled the streets near Vice President-elect Mike Pence's Chevy Chase home Wednesday night.

Hundreds met at Friendship Heights Metro station before marching -- and dancing -- their way to Pence's neighborhood for a "Queer Dance Party."

Organizations WERK for Peace and DisruptJ20 held the event to express "that homophobia and transphobia is wrong and should be resisted," Firas Nasr, a founding organizer of WERK for Peace, told DCist.

The protesters went down Western Ave. toward Tennyson St. NW, where Pence is temporarily staying until he moves into the United States Naval Observatory.

In December, several people on Pence's block hung rainbow pride flags to show their displeasure about his positions on LGBT issues.

LGBT activists have criticized Pence for a "religious objections" law he signed as Indiana governor that they said could sanction discrimination against gay people.

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Manchester Community College Police Can Now Carry Guns


On-campus police officers at Manchester Community College can now carry guns. 

Connecticut State Colleges & Universities has approved the school’s proposal, which officials said includes training requirements, a use of force policy, an active shooter policy and campus policing procedures. 

Officials from Connecticut State Colleges & Universities said students will be notified and on-campus police will begin to carry firearms immediately. 

“Manchester has satisfactorily completed the process, addressed all the required elements and demonstrated that they are prepared to maintain a safe campus environment,” CSCU President Mark Ojakian said in a statement. “Having armed security is an option for our community college campuses driven by their expressed desire to feel safe. It is up to each campus community if they wish to go that route.” 

In October 2016, the Connecticut Board of Regents approved the process to allow armed police at community colleges in the state.  

Eastern Connecticut State University, Southern Connecticut State University, Central Connecticut State University and Western Connecticut State University have armed police officers and Capital and Gateway Community College have submitted a proposal, according to CSCU.

"This approval gives our POST-Certified Police Officers the designation of a Special Police Force," Gena Glickman, president of MCC, said. "We are fully supportive of the tools our police force needs to ensure the safety of our campus. The security of our students, staff, faculty and visitors is our priority." 

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Art Thief in Stolen Car to Sought Presidential Pardon: Cops


A convicted art thief recently drove from Florida all the way to Virginia in hopes of receiving a presidential pardon for the past crime. But what he got, instead, was a new charge for driving a stolen vehicle, according to authorities.. 

Marcus Patmon, 45, of Miami, found himself back in custody Sunday after parking his car in Arlington, Virginia. Police said one of their license plate scanners had detected the vehicle had been reported stolen. 

Patmon was there to “meet with Eric Holder,” according to police spokeswoman Ashley Savage. She told NBC Washington Patmon wanted Holder and the Obama administration to pardon him before Donald Trump took office. However, Holder isn’t the U.S. attorney general anymore; Loretta Lynch has held that position since April 2015. 

Patmon made the trip because he wanted to get a clean record. In 2009 he admitted to stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of artwork — including Pablo Picasso pieces.

According to federal documents, after stealing the Picasso etchings, he tried to sell them to an art dealer in California, NBC News reported. Patmon pleaded guilty to wire fraud and interstate transportation of stolen property for trafficking in the Picasso etchings and a Marc Chagall lithograph. He spent almost two years in jail before being released in 2012, according to federal records.

Much of his court record remains sealed, but according to prosecutors, Patmon had been inspired to steal and resell art by an episode of the PBS series "Antiques Roadshow," NBC News reported. He hoped the money would afford him the lifestyle he was used to before he was convicted of assault in 2001.

No attorney of record was listed for Patmon. 

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Route 85 South Closed Near the Crystal Mall


Route 85 South is closed near the Crystal Mall in Waterford after a crash and police are asking people to avoid the area.

Police said traffic is being rerouted on Route 85 South in front of the mall and traffic will go through the mall parking lot and back onto Route 85.

Drivers are asked to avoid the area or seek alternate routes.

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'Pussyhat Project' Founders Talk Pink Hats in Protest of Trump


Activists from Southern California founded what they call the Pussyhat Project – a symbolic rebuke of the infamous remarks made by President-elect Donald Trump. They plan to take their knitted hats on a march in protest of Trump’s inauguration. Michael Brownlee reports for the NBC4 News on Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017.

Iran Says Not Worried, Has Options if Trump Axes Nuke Deal


Iran's foreign minister said Thursday his country isn't worried and has options if U.S. President-elect Donald Trump ditches a nuclear agreement reached between Iran and six world powers.

Despite "grievances" that Iran has over the pact made with the current U.S. government, Mohammad Javad Zarif said Iran still believes it should be honored.

"Whatever he does to the nuclear deal, we are not worried because we have our own options. But we believe it's in the interest of everybody to stick to the deal. Most importantly it's an international agreement. It's not a bilateral agreement between Iran and the United States," he told reporters on the sidelines of a meeting in Kuala Lumpur.

The deal was negotiated by Iran and the U.S., Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany, and enshrined in a legally binding U.N. resolution. It imposed limits on the Iranian nuclear program in exchange for lifting U.N. economic sanctions.

Asked what Iran will do If Trump's government walks away from the deal, Zarif said, "President Trump likes surprises and we will make him surprised." Pressed on what he meant, he laughed and said, "It won't be a surprise anymore if I tell you."

Trump, who will be inaugurated Friday, has strongly criticized the Iran deal, vowing at times during the presidential campaign either to walk away from it or to renegotiate it.

The United Nations, the European Union and other key players in the nuclear deal have supported Iran's position, saying at a U.N. Security Council meeting on Wednesday that the pact is working and must be maintained to keep Tehran from developing nuclear weapons.

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Route 6 Closed in Chaplin After Crash

Police ID Man Found Dead in Glastonbury


A man was found dead in Glastonbury on Saturday, Jan. 14 and police have identified him as 61-year-old Douglas Boston, of Manchester.  

Glastonbury and State Police responded to a home on Candlewood Road at 10:25 a.m. that morning for what they have called an "untimely, suspicious" death.  

Police said the medical examiner has not yet determined the cause or manner of Boston's death.

Police are still investigating Boston's death.  

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'Thanks, Obama': Americans to Applaud Obama on Eve of Inauguration


Attendees of the sold-out "Thanks, Obama" event in Southwest D.C. will stand and applaud outgoing President Barack Obama at 7 p.m. Thursday, and they hope people across the country will do the same.

Bejide Davis, one of the "Thanks, Obama" event organizers, said the idea came to her in May.

"The idea actually came from a conversation with one of my older brothers," Davis said. "...We were just driving around the city, and we were talking about politics... and we were just talking about how, no matter who wins the election, people will miss President Obama."

Davis said she wished there was a way she could thank the president. "I kind of jokingly said, 'Maybe I'll just go outside of the White House and thank him, give him a round of applause.'"

"My brother said, 'Do you really want to give the president of the United States a fifth grade clap-out?' And I said, 'Actually, that doesn't sound like a bad idea; maybe we should.'"

The event will feature a local hula troupe as well as local artists and DJ Olivia Dope from New York. It will be streamed live on Facebook Live and Periscope.

"Thanks, Obama" will take place at the Mead Center for American Theater from 3 to 8 p.m. Davis encourages those who would like to participate but can't make it to the D.C. event to join through social media.

"We're trying to reach everyone," Davis said, "and get that reach out there so people can stand and clap with us at 7 p.m. -- which is going to be the appointed clap-out time."

And Davis isn't the only one. Around the country, people are finding creative ways to express their gratitude for the president. 

Minneapolis-based Surly Brewing Company is releasing a new beer, Thanks Obama, on inauguration day in tribute to the outgoing president.

Surly is hoping the new beer plays a role in healing the nation's partisan divisions. “Reflect on the last eight years, look to the future, and enjoy a pint with your fellow Americans,” the brewery says.

On social media, many are using the hashtag #ThanksObama to share notes of appreciation to the president for saving their lives through the Affordable Care Act, standing up to LGBTQ rights, and for attending to a peaceful transition of power with grace and dignity.  

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Police Chase from Massachusetts to Enfield Ends With Serious Injuries


A police chase that started in Springfield, Massachusetts has ended in a crash on Interstate 91 South in Enfield and serious injuries are reported. 

Massachusetts State Police, as well as Springfield, Massachusetts police followed the vehicle into Connecticut after receiving reports of shots fired in Springfield and the vehicle crashed on I-91 south, near exit 49 in Enfield, according to police. 

Connecticut State Police responded to assist with the crash and two lanes are closed.

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Police Launch Search for Missing UNH Student


Police are searching for a missing University of New Haven student.

Allie McGrory, 18, was last seen on Tuesday at her dorm, according to school officials.

They said a resident assistant became concerned Wednesday that McGrory had not returned to her dorm and contacted school authorities.

West Haven Police, as well as University of New Haven Police, are trying to find McGrory.

School officials said they are aware of some text messages McGrory sent to friends that caused them to believe she is distraught.

She is approximately 5-foot-2 and weighs around 130 pounds.

Anyone with information should call university police at 203-932-7014.

Photo Credit: University of New Haven

'You Made Me a Better President': Obama Pens Goodbye Letter


President Barack Obama offered a final thank you to the American people Thursday in a goodbye letter. 

In the letter published on the White House website, Obama credits U.S. citizens for being a "source of goodness, resilience, and hope" as he faced trying times during his presidency. 

"Throughout these eight years, you have been the source of goodness, resilience, and hope from which I've pulled strength. I've seen neighbors and communities take care of each other during the worst economic crisis of our lifetimes," Obama wrote on the eve of Donald Trump's inauguration. "I have mourned with grieving families searching for answers -- and found grace in a Charleston church."

He continued: 

"I've taken heart from the hope of young graduates and our newest military officers. I've seen our scientists help a paralyzed man regain his sense of touch, and wounded warriors once given up for dead walk again. I've seen Americans whose lives have been saved because they finally have access to medical care, and families whose lives have been changed because their marriages are recognized as equal to our own. I've seen the youngest of children remind us through their actions and through their generosity of our obligations to care for refugees, or work for peace, and, above all, to look out for each other.

I've seen you, the American people, in all your decency, determination, good humor, and kindness. And in your daily acts of citizenship, I've seen our future unfolding."

Looking to the future, Obama pleaded with the American people to join together to achieve "progress."

"And when the arc of progress seems slow, remember: America is not the project of any one person. The single most powerful word in our democracy is the word 'We.' 'We the People.' 'We shall overcome.'

Yes, we can," he wrote. 

Obama's letter comes a day after the first lady posted a short video on Twitter of her stroll through the White House. In the clip, Michelle Obama was accompanied by the beloved family dogs Bo and Sunny.

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Suspect in Fatal Bridgeport Shooting Arrested

Teen Charged With Murder of Woman in Bridgeport


A 16-year-old boy has been charged with the murder of a 25-year-old woman in Bridgeport on the night of Saturday, Jan. 7.

Elianna Cruz was shot in the head in the area of 1001 East Main St. just after 9 p.m. and police said they do not think she was the intended target. 

Two males were walking through the parking lot and one, identified only as a 16-year-old boy, opened fire on a car, striking Cruz, police said.

A private vehicle transported her from the scene, near Compare Foods, and she was admitted to Bridgeport Hospital and died at 3:10 p.m. on Wednesday, police said.

The teenage boy charged in the case was already in juvenile detection on other charges, according to police.

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Car Hits House in Middletown


A car hit a house on East Main Street in Middletown, causing minor injuries. 

Police said the driver pulled out of a driveway, lost control and hit the house. 

Two drivers suffered minor injuries and refused medical treatment.

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Route 25 in Newtown Closed After Motorcycle Crash

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