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Rockville Teen In Critical Condition After Saturday Shooting


Vernon police said they are investigating a Saturday night shooting in Rockville which sent one teenager to the hospital in critical condition.

Police said they received a 911 call at around 7:58 p.m. reporting a shooting at 102 Talcott Avenue.

When officers went to the scene they located a 15-year-old male suffering from a gunshot wound to his head, police said.

The victim, whose name has not been released at this time, was brought to Rockville Hospital by Vernon EMS and later transported to Connecticut Children’s Medical Center via Lifestar helicopter where he underwent emergency surgery and remains in critical condition as of Sunday morning, according to police.

In the course of their investigation, the officers learned that several youths were using alcohol and marijuana at the time of the shooting, according to police.

A search warrant was obtained by officials and a firearm was recovered at the scene, police said.

According to police, officers found several people leaving the scene of the shooting, including 19-year-old Joey Maddox of Rockville.

Officers arrested Maddox and charged him with assault, reckless endangerment, criminal possession of a firearm, risk of injury to a minor, possession of a weapon with an altered ID, unlawful discharge of a firearm and possession of marijuana, police said.

According to police, Maddox is being held at Vernon Police Department in lieu of a $400,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in Rockville Superior court on Monday.

No one else was injured, police said.

Vernon police detectives are investigating the shooting with assistance from the Connecticut State Police Eastern District Major Crimes Unit and the Tolland State’s Attorney’s Office, police said.

If you have any information related to this investigation, please contact Vernon police at 860-872-9126.

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Airbnb Offers Stranded Refugees Free Shelter


Airbnb, the company that advertises short-term housing rentals online, announced Saturday that it would give free quarter to travelers barred from boarding U.S. flights who are not in their city of residence. 

The announcement was made the same day protests formed at U.S. airports over an executive order signed by President Trump that shuts U.S. borders to seven Muslim-majority nations for 90 days. The executive order also bans all refugees from entering the United States for four months, and indefinitely halted any from Syria.

The company's co-founder, Brian Chesky, announced the move on Facebook Sunday, calling the order "not right." 

"Not allowing countries or refugees into America is not right, and we must stand with those who are affected," he wrote. 

"Airbnb is providing free housing to refugees and anyone else who needs it in the event they are denied the ability to board a US-bound flight and are not in your city/country of residence. We have 3M homes, so we can definitely find people a place to stay."

The post was "liked" on Facebook more than 28,000 times by Sunday morning, including by Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg. 

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Priebus Muddies the Waters on Trump's Immigration Ban


White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus muddied the waters on President Donald Trump's new executive order barring immigration from select countries, saying Sunday it "doesn't include green card holders going forward" but adding that anyone traveling back and forth from the countries in question will be subject to further screening, including U.S. citizens, NBC News reported.

In an interview on NBC's "Meet the Press," Priebus was asked about reports that the executive order affected green card holders, contrary to recommendations from the Department of Homeland Security.

"We didn't overrule the Department of Homeland Security, as far as green card holders moving forward, it doesn't affect them," Priebus first said. But when pressed by host Chuck Todd on whether it impacts green card holders, Priebus reversed himself, saying, "Well, of course it does. If you're traveling back and forth, you're going to be subjected to further screening."

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Man Seriously Injured in Stamford Hit-and-Run Crash


A man was seriously injured when he was struck by a hit-and-run driver in Stamford Sunday morning and now police are trying to locate the victim’s family.

Police said the victim was trying to cross West Main Street (Route 1) near Richmond Hill Avenue around 2:40 a.m. when he was hit. The driver fled the scene, police said.

The victim has been tentatively identified as Gilberto Monroy and police are trying to locate his family. Anyone who knows Monroy is asked to call police.

Police said the evading vehicle will have windshield, headlight and molding or grill damage. The driver or anyone who spots a vehicle with this type of damage is encouraged to contact Stamford police at 203-977-4712.

The accident remains under investigation.

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Rally at Bradley to Protest President's Actions on Refugees


The Council on American-Islamic-Connecticut, a Muslim civil rights groups, is holding a protest rally at Bradley International Airport Friday in response to President Trump’s Executive Order suspending immigration from seven predominantly Muslim countries.

CAIR-CT referred to the president’s actions as a “Muslim Ban” Executive Orders and condemned the actions as a “religious test” for immigration into the US.

The order signed by the president on Friday put a 120-day hold on entry of refugees to the US, and indefinitely suspends the admission of Syrian refugees until the president is satisfied that changes have been made.

It also suspends entry for 90 days from certain nations based on a statute related to the Visa Waiver Program. Currently those countries are Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia, and Yemen.

A federal judge blocked part of the order, granting an injunction requested by the ACLU and other legal organizations. The stay blocks anyone with a valid visa being held at airports from being deported. 

The president’s actions drew protests at airports around the country Saturday night as some were barred from boarding US flights or detained upon their arrival to the US.

"President Trump says that he wants to protect America but its important to note that no one from any of these countries has committed any act of terrorism on American soil. Similarly Syrian refugees have risked life and limb to gain sanctuary in the United States. To turn them away betrays all that is good about the United States," said CAIR-CT chairperson Farhan Memon.

NBC Connecticut spoke to a traveler born in a foreign country who shared her feelings on the subject.

“It’s a very touchy question because if you really think about it because I came from Germany and I was very happy to come to the US. I was accepted, I liked it here, and I’m a citizen, and I think I and my family are contribution to this country,” said Regina Simon of Avon.

The protest at Bradley starts at 1:30 p.m. in the arrival lobby of the airport.

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State Trooper Injured in Crash on I-91 in New Haven


Connecticut State police are reminding drivers to move over after a trooper was injured when his cruiser was rear-ended on Interstate 91 early Sunday morning.

Police said Trooper John Acampora had responded to I-91 north near exit 3 in New Haven for an accident involving a car fire. According to police, Acampora was sitting in his cruiser with his emergency lights on when a driver crashed into him from behind.

Acampora had to be extricated from the vehicle and was taken to the hospital for treatment of minor injuries, police said. The driver of the vehicle, identified as James A. Graham of New Haven, and his passenger were also taken to the hospital with minor injuries.

Police said Graham was uncooperative and combative after the crash and had to be handcuffed to the gurney. Charges are pending against Graham.

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Some Republicans Question Trump's Immigration Order


President Donald Trump's immigration order is getting pushback from some Republicans in Congress, even as officials from Trump's administration insist it's a small price to pay to keep the nation safe.

Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, said Sunday that it would be best for the new president to "slow down" and work with lawmakers on how best to tighten screening for foreigners who enter the United States.

Portman said everyone should "take a deep breath and come up with something that makes sense for our national security" and reflects the fact that "'America's always been a welcoming home for refugees and immigrants." He said America is "this beacon of hope and opportunity for the rest of the world" and should remain that way.

The comments came the morning after a federal judge issued an emergency order temporarily barring the U.S. from deporting people from seven majority Muslim nations subject to Trump's travel ban. The judge said travelers who had been detained had a strong argument that their legal rights had been violated.

The Department of Homeland Security issued a statement early Sunday that said the court ruling would not affect the overall implementation of the White House order and it affected a relatively small number of travelers who were inconvenienced by security procedures upon their return. Trump's aides insist the judgment has little impact.

Trump's order, which also suspends the U.S. refugee program for 120 days and bars the entry of Syrian refugees indefinitely, has sparked major protests, including at several of the nation's international airports. It also puts Republicans who criticized Trump's initial campaign proposal to block foreign Muslims from entering the country in a tough spot.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said he supports more stringent screening mechanisms, but cautioned that Muslims are some of the country's "best sources in the war against terror."

"I think it's a good idea to tighten the vetting process But I also think it's important to remember that some of our best sources in the war against radical Islamic terrorism are Muslims, both in this country and overseas," he said.

He stressed the need "to be careful as we do this," and said it would be up to the courts to decide "whether or not this has gone too far."

Trump, meanwhile, took to Twitter to defend his actions, and his aides insisted the new measures were a small price to pay to keep the nation safe.

"Our country needs strong borders and extreme vetting, NOW," Trump wrote. "Look what is happening all over Europe and, indeed, the world - a horrible mess!"

The emergency order was issued by U.S. District Judge Ann Donnelly in New York on Saturday night after lawyers for the American Civil Liberties Union filed a court petition on behalf of people from the seven predominantly Muslim nations who were detained at airports across the country as the ban took effect.

The order barred U.S. border agents from removing anyone who arrived in the U.S. with a valid visa from Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia and Yemen. It also covered anyone with an approved refugee application.

It was unclear how quickly the judge's order might affect people in detention, or whether it would allow others to resume flying.

"Realistically, we don't even know if people are going to be allowed onto the planes," ACLU lawyer Lee Gelernt said. "This order would protect people who they allow to come here and reach U.S. soil."

Trump billed his sweeping executive order as a necessary step to stop "radical Islamic terrorists" from coming to the U.S. It included a 90-day ban on travel to the U.S. by citizens of Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia or Yemen and a 120-day suspension of the U.S. refugee program.

The directive did not do anything to prevent attacks from homegrown extremists who were already in America, a primary concern of federal law enforcement officials. It also omitted Saudi Arabia, home to most of the Sept. 11 hijackers.

Trump is scheduled to speak Sunday with King Salman of Saudi Arabia and with the crown prince of the United Arab Emirates, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

Portman was on CNN's "State of the Union," while McConnell appeared on ABC's "This Week."

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Syrian Family Unable to Reunite with Father in Milford


Saturday was a heartbreaking day for a father in Connecticut from Syria who was supposed to reunite with his wife and daughters who he hasn’t seen in more than two years.

Before they could board their flight to the United States, they were turned away – part of the group not allowed entry to the country following orders from President Donald Trump.

“It’s the reaction of every father. Every father wants to see his kids,” Fadi Kassar of Milford, said through a translator.

Kassar’s wife and daughters, ages 5 and 8, had been stranded at an airport in Kiev, Ukraine.

They are refugees originally from Syria. The three were moments from boarding a flight to the U.S. when they were turned away early Saturday morning.

“Now they are back in Jordan. They don’t have luggages. They don’t have clothes to wear. They don’t have anything,” Kassar said.

President Trump’s order blocked all refugees from coming to the U.S. for four months.

But the president suspended Syrian refugees indefinitely.

“I want him to know that in America there are human rights and we are honest and nice people and we love America and we love the American people,” Kassar said.

Kassar says his own journey to join family in the U.S. was difficult.

And he’s spent years earning the money to fly his family here and go through the asylum process.

He hopes the president rethinks the ban.

“I’m not against him looking for things that will protect the United States. But these are innocent kids, innocent families,” Kassar said.

The mother and girls are staying with neighbors in Jordan.

They’re hoping to get an exception from the government to be able to come here.

West Haven Police Investigate Armed Robbery


West Haven police have responded to an armed robbery at the Corner Deli on Campbell Avenue, police said Sunday.

Police said they were called to the business at 995 Campbell Avenue around 11:15 a.m. A male suspect showed a handgun and fled with an unknown amount of cash, according to police.

The investigation is underway and no other details were immediately available. Police said more details will be released at a later time.

Man Charged With Sexually Assaulting Juveniles in Hartford


Hartford police have arrested a man accused of sexually assaulting three juvenile victims, police said Sunday.

Israel Nieves, 46, was charged with three counts of first-degree sex assault and three counts of risk of injury.

Police said they began investigating one sex assault case on Oct. 18, 2016. During that investigation Nieves was identified as a suspect and police also discovered there were additional victims. On Jan. 18 police secured three arrest warrants for Nieves.

Police said that on Thursday Nieves turned himself in to the Hartford Police Department. He is being held on a $1.3 million bond and is scheduled to appear in court on Feb. 10.

No other information was released.

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Protests Erupt Nationwide for Second Day Over Travel Ban


In cities across the U.S., demonstrations formed for a second straight day to protest President Trump's executive order that temporarily restricts entry to the U.S. from seven Muslim-majority countries and indefinitely bans Syrian refugees from crossing into the country.

In New York, thousands of protesters streamed into the city's Battery Park to demand an end to the ban. 

The big crowd gathered Sunday near the ferries that carry tourists to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, the place where 12 million people entered the United States in the golden age of immigration.

U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer addressed the crowd, saying, "We are gonna win this fight everybody!"

People held signs with slogans including "America was built by refugees," and "Muslim ban is un-American."

The rally followed a night of big demonstrations at New York's Kennedy Airport, where thousands of people spontaneously gathered to demand the release of detained travelers.

South of New York in Philadelphia, protesters gathered at Philadelphia International Airport.

The protesters began waving signs and chanting "Let them in!" and other slogans Sunday afternoon. Protesters also gathered Saturday night at the airport.

The American Civil Liberties union earlier said everyone detained at the airport was being released and no one else would be detained following a judge's order.

Deputy legal director Mary Catherine Roper of Pennsylvania ACLU said the decision cleared the way for three people detained overnight to continue to other U.S. destinations Sunday, while another person was allowed to leave Saturday night with relatives who are U.S. citizens.

In Washington, hundreds of demonstrators holding signs with slogans such as "No Ban, No Wall," and "We are all immigrants in America," gathered outside the White House.

Vocal and expressive, the crowd was alternately solemn and warm in expressing peaceful solidarity with refugees affected by Trump's order.

Maryam Kanna, a 24-year-old Iraqi-American who lives in Arlington, Virginia, called the executive order "totally alienating." Kanna said she worries about her uncle, a British citizen, and her cousins in Canada, who may no longer be able to enter the U.S.

The crowd moved to the Trump International Hotel near the White House and chanted "the whole world is watching" from the street. 

Protests were also forming in Miami, Chicago and San Francisco

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Firefighters Battle Blaze at Wethersfield Country Club


Fire broke out at the Pine Acres Swim and Tennis Club in Wethersfield Sunday afternoon.

Fire officials said they responded around 2:19 p.m. for reports of heavy smoke in the area. When crews arrived on scene they found the primary building heavily involved in fire.

Firefighters extinguished the blaze and the Wethersfield Fire Marshal is investigating the cause. No injuries were reported but the structure was heavily damaged.

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Police Investigating Officer-Involved Shooting in Montville


State police are investigating an officer-involved shooting in Montville Sunday, police said.

Police said the incident happened around 2:30 p.m. at the Chesterfield Lodge near the corner of Route 85 and Grassy Hill Road and that one person suffered a gunshot wound.

One Montville police officer is being treated for non-life threatening injuries, state police said.

According to police the threat has been contained and there is no danger to the public.

This is a developing story. NBC Connecticut has a crew on the way and will provide updates as they come into the newsroom.

Editor's note: Police initially said that there were two gunshot wounds but later corrected that to say there was just one. The story above has been corrected to reflect that information.

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Customers Lash Out at Uber Amid Anti-Travel Ban Protests


On Saturday, The New York City Taxi Workers Alliance called for a temporary halt to rides heading to John F. Kennedy airport. Several immigrant detainees were being held at a terminal there before being released when a judge intervened to block parts of Trump's executive order.

Uber continued to carry passengers to the airport. The company announced shortly after 730pm Eastern that it would temporarily suspend surge pricing, but it was too late.

Users—angered by the fact that the company didn't completely halt service in solidarity—lashed out by vowing to delete their Uber applications.

A spokesperson contacted by CNBC said Uber was "sorry for any confusion about our earlier tweet—it was not meant to break up any strike. We wanted people to know they could use Uber to get to and from JFK at normal prices, especially last night."

In response to a growing controversy, Uber announced it would create a $3 million defense fund to help cover the legal expenses associated with the executive order.

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Celebrities, Tech VIPs Drive ACLU's $24M Weekend Surge


The American Civil Liberties Union raised more than $24 million over the weekend in a surge of online donations following President Donald Trump's executive order on immigration, NBC News reported.

The organization typically raises a total of about $4 million online annually. 

Celebrities including singer Sia and actor Kal Penn appealed for donations on Twitter, while Google created a $4 million crisis fund for the ACLU, Immigrant Legal Resource Center, International Rescue Committee and UNHCR, USA Today reported. The tech giant set aside $2 million in donations that can be matched in employee donations totaling $4 million.

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The ACLU also said its membership had doubled since the election and is now at more than 1 million members.

The group's complaint was one of several over the weekend successful in temporarily blocking deportations under Trump's new national security initiative.

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Only Minor Delays at Bradley Airport Following Delta Outage


Bradley International Airport saw minor delays after a Delta systems outage forced the airline to order a ground stop Sunday night.

The ground stop order has been lifted but the outage caused 150 flight cancellations Sunday night and its residual effects caused at least another 80 Monday morning, the airline said.

At Bradley just one departure was delayed – a 9:05 a.m. flight to Detroit delayed until around 10:30 a.m. – but Delta cautioned travelers to check in with them before heading to the airport and that anyone with a connecting flight may see issues. One arrival coming in from Atlanta was also delayed overnight.

Delta is issuing waivers to anyone who was on a canceled flight to rebook by Feb. 3

This is the second outage Delta has experienced in recent months – an outage in August lead to the cancellation of more than 2,000 flights over a three-day period.

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Kaynor Tech in Waterbury Closed Due to Power Outage


Kaynor Technical High School in Waterbury is closed Monday because of a power outage in the area, the school tweeted Monday morning.

Eversource reported 237 outages in Waterbury as of 7:30 a.m. Monday.

More information was not available.

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Car Collides with School Bus in Coventry


Coventry police responded to an accident involving a car and a school bus Monday morning, police said.

Police confirmed the accident occurred on Lake Street near Monument Hill Road. An ambulance was called to the scene for the driver of the car, but police said it appears there are only minor injuries.

Dispatchers said they did not receive reports of children on the bus.

Lake Street is closed while crews work to clear up the wreck.

More details were not immediately available.

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Windham Tech Closed Due to Lack of Heat in Building


Windham Technical High School in Willimantic is closed because of a lack of heat in the building, the school posted Monday morning.

It was not immediately clear what caused the issue.

No other information was immediately available.

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Man Fired Gun at Police Cruiser: State Police


Two men face charges after one of them allegedly firing a handgun toward a state police cruiser on Interstate 395 early Monday morning, state police said.

According to police, Wesley Hine, 23, was a passenger in a car traveling south on I-395 near exit 18 in Norwich when he fired a gun toward a police cruiser.

Police stopped the vehicle and seized a 9mm Glock 19 handgun. Hone was arrested and charged with unlawful discharge of a firearm, illegal carrying of a firearm, and reckless endangerment. The driver, Joshua Richardson, 23, was also arrested and charged with conspiracy.

Hine was released on a $5,000 bond. Richardson was released on a $2,500 bond. Both are scheduled to appear in court on Feb. 9.

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