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Roof Collapses at Former SHW Building in Ansonia


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Water Main Break on Bridge Street in East Windsor


A water main break on Bridge Street in East Windsor is expected to cause traffic issues for several hours Friday evening, according to the police department.

Police said the break occurred on Bridge Street near the intersection with Main Street. The Connecticut Water Company is on scene working on repairs.

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Drivers are encouraged to avoid the area.

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Robbery Suspect Arrested After Crashing Car in Milford


Stratford police said they arrested a robbery suspect after he crashed a stolen car in Milford.

Stratford police said the suspect, identified as Keith Abel, 55, of Florida, robbed Webster Bank of $1,200 and tried to rob a Walgreens Pharmacy in Stratford. No weapons were shown in either incident and no injuries were reported.

Police found Abel and arrested him after he crashed the car he was driving in Milford.

According to police, the car had been stolen in South Carolina. Charges are pending.

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3 Pulled from Working With Kids After YMCA Daycare Incident


Three employees at a YMCA Learning Center in Wallingford will no longer be working with children after parents of a 3-year-old girl said they daughter was alone and locked inside the daycare, according to the center's executive director.

Sean Doherty, the executive director of the Wallingford YMCA, told NBC Connecticut Friday that while he could not go into detail, the three employees involved in the incident will not be working with children.

“We are committed to ensuring that our parent community is comfortable with the handling of this situation and have informed them that the three individuals primarily involved in Tuesday’s incident will not be working with their children at any of our sites,” Doherty wrote in an email.

Friday the daycare will be holding a meeting for parents to discuss what happened Tuesday.

Bernadette Sorbo, the mother of 3-year-old Aubrie, said her daughter is picked up at 6 p.m. every day, but the doors were locked and the building appeared to be closed when Aubrie’s dad went to pick her up at YMCA's Learning Community at Choate Rosemary Hall Tuesday, so he called Sorbo to get a code to enter the building.

Sorbo said she was only a few minutes away when she received the calls so she drove to the daycare and the pair found their daughter in the bathroom, covered in feces.

The father said no employees were at the daycare when he arrived, but the lights were on and he saw his daughter's coat and lunch bag inside. The couple called police.

The daycare reported the incident to the Connecticut Office of Early Childhood a day later and the agency is investigating.

Police have said the situation, while alarming, is not criminal in nature.

The meeting for parents will be held at 6 p.m. Friday at the daycare, located at 333 Christian St., and parents are invited to discuss this, or any other concerns they have. 

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House Overturns Rule Protecting Planned Parenthood


The Republican-led House this week overturned a regulation then-President Barack Obama put in place to protect Title X funding, prompting criticism from Democrats and others over the move's impact on women's health care.

The House on Thursday scrapped a rule that barred state and local governments from withholding federal funds from family planning providers that offered full reproductive services, including abortion.

“With this bill, Republicans are demonstrating that they will stop at nothing to limit women’s access to health care,” a spokeswoman for House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi told NBC.

The Republican-sponsored H.J. Res. 43 passed in a 230-188 vote, largely along party lines. 

Obama had finalized the regulation on Jan. 18 -- two days before leaving office -- in an attempt to enforce pre-existing Title X laws after states had tried to circumnavigate them during his presidency. Implemented under Richard Nixon, Title X provides federal funding to the United States’ most qualified family planning providers.

Federal funds are not used to perform abortions, and Title X is a reimbursement program, requiring beneficiaries to report how they use grants.

When Rep. Diane Black defended her resolution on the House floor, she said, “while I am unapologetically pro-life, you don’t have to be in order to support this resolution.” She cited the 10th Amendment and claimed that Obama had violated states’ rights.

“Despite the histrionics you may hear on the other side of the aisle today, with this resolution we are not voting to defund Planned Parenthood, voting to cut Title X funding, or voting to restrict abortion rights,” Black continued.

But for many, H.J. Res. 43 was a move toward an abortion-less America.

“We are very pleased with the House vote today on H.J. Res. 43,” Carol Tobias, President of National Right to Life, told NBC. “This 11th-hour rule, promulgated by the Obama administration, was a last-minute gift to Planned Parenthood, the nation's largest abortion provider.”

Of the four million Americans who benefit from the Title X program, 1.5 million are patients at Planned Parenthood. According to Monica McLemore, assistant professor at University of California -- San Francisco, the House measure was “a thinly veiled campaign to start to defund Planned Parenthood." 

For Rep. Julia Brownley from California’s 26th congressional district, “it was a very easy choice” to vote “no.”

“The resolution is obviously deeply disturbing and morally corrupt,” Brownley told NBC.

She said that even before she took office in 2013, conservatives had targeted “health benefits for women, and particularly women who need it the most.”

According to a Department of Health and Human Services annual report, at least 30 percent of Americans who benefited from Title X services identified as nonwhite, and 32 percent said they were Hispanic or Latino in 2015. Two-thirds had a family income below the poverty level.

There’s also a “geography issue” when it comes to women’s health care, according to McLemore. As a certified nurse, she travels around California. In rural areas, she said, patients sometimes have to drive for an hour or two to find a clinic.

According to the Guttmacher Institute, a center for reproductive health research, 39 percent of American women ages 15-44 lived in counties without abortion clinics in 2014. That doesn't necessarily mean that residents in those areas didn’t have access to reproductive care, but it might limit their contraceptive options.

A 2017 report from Guttmacher found that Planned Parenthood locations are far more likely than health departments or federally qualified health centers to provide same-day IUD insertions, which are more effective than other forms of birth control. For those in need of pill packs, 83 percent of Planned Parenthood clinics offer on-site distribution, compared to 34 percent of federally qualified health centers.

“Cutting out a provider that sees nearly a third of patients in the Title X program will mean that more women will go without services, have to pay out of pocket for care, or travel farther for services,” said Audrey Sandusky, director of advocacy and communications at the National Family Planning and Reproductive Health Association. “You can’t simply shift providers overnight.”

The New England Journal of Medicine published a study detailing how since 2011, anti-abortion initiatives in Texas have resulted in a 27 percent increase in childbirth among women who had previously taken injectable contraception through publicly funded programs. The state itself has reported that there was over a 25 percent decrease in clients from the Texas Women’s Health Program between 2011 and 2013.

"For many people, not being able to get care at their trusted health care provider means that they don’t get care at all,” Danielle Wells, a spokesperson for Planned Parenthood, told NBC. “Those hurt the most would be people who already face barriers to accessing health care — especially people of color, those who live in rural areas, and people with low incomes.”

Attempts to defund Planned Parenthood don’t only affect reproductive health. The clinic is known for its wide-ranging care, including treatment for STIs and breast and cervical cancer screenings. Title X funding doesn’t exclusively benefit women, either: in 2015, one out of 10 patients were male. Planned Parenthood serves both genders.

Proponents of H.J. Res. 43 believe other health service providers are poised to take Planned Parenthood’s place if it loses its Title X grants.

“It’s not about defunding women’s health care or trying to take away access to people getting the care that they need,” said Melanie Israel, research associate at the The Heritage Foundation’s DeVos Center for Religion and Civil Society.

Israel said that for every Planned Parenthood facility, there are 20 other federal community health centers that could provide services for women. She pulled this tally from analysis by anti-abortion organizations Charlotte Lozier Institute and the Alliance Defending Freedom; House Speaker Paul Ryan cited the same number at a CNN town hall in January. 

“That’s just a false statistic,” Brownley said.

As the Washington Post reported, the ratio may indeed be misleading. A little over 4,000 of the 13,000 facilities included in the study are part of the Rural Health Clinic program, which does not require its providers to accept low-income clients. This means that some of the centers could turn away the most vulnerable demographics represented under Title X. 

The Congressional Budget Office found that at least in the short-term, 5- to 25 percent of Planned Parenthood patients would have reduced health care access if the reproductive health organization were defunded. Experts said they don’t know of any existing medical resources that could fill Planned Parenthood’s shoes.

“There is no health care service provider that currently exists that could absorb the volume of patients across the country that Planned Parenthood sees,” McLemore said.

“If services are lost in a community, there is a significant lag in terms of another service provider or another health care system being able to adjust,” she added. “We’re not that nimble.”

In January, the House passed H.R. 7, another attempt to prohibit abortions by dissuading insurance companies from covering the procedure. Both H.R. 7 and H.J. Res 43 will be kicked to the Senate, where a Republican majority will decide their fate. 

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Fairfield Doctor Sentenced for Illegally Prescribing Oxycodone


A Fairfield physician was sentenced to two years of probation and issued 200 hours of community service for illegally prescribing oxycodone, according to the U.S. Attorney’s office.

Prosecutors said that 56-year-old Paul Bellofiore, M.D., who lived in Trumbull and practiced in Fairfield, had been prescribing the controlled substance to a married couple who used to live in Connecticut.

The patients moved to Florida in 2011, but still made yearly visits to Connecticut where they had scheduled appointments with Bellofiore. When the couple was unable to travel back to Connecticut, Bellofiore would leave predated prescriptions for a friend or relative of the couple to pick up.

After each appointment, the physician prescribed the couple with up to six months’ worth of predated prescriptions including oxycodone and Percocet. Prescriptions of a Schedule II controlled substance cannot exceed a 90-day supply, as stated in the Controlled Substances Act. The prescriptions must be dated as of and signed on the day when issued and bear the full name and address of the patient. However, Bellofiore did not include the couples’ most current Florida address on the oxycodone and Percocet prescriptions.

The prescriptions Bellofiore wrote were improperly dated to make it appear like they were issued monthly, investigators said.

The former Connecticut couple then sold their medications through a middleman involved in Waterbury, according to the U.S. attorney’s office.

Prosecutors said that Bellofiore should have been aware of the possibility that the couple was abusing or selling their forged prescriptions.

On Oct. 13, 2016 Bellofiore pleaded guilty to one count of issuing unlawful prescriptions for oxycodone.

DEA’s New Haven Tactical Diversion Squad is responsible for conducting this investigation.

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2 in Custody After Pursuit Spanning Multiple Towns: Police


Two Farmington armed robbery suspects are in custody after a police pursuit that spanned multiple towns Friday afternoon, according to Farmington police.

Farmington police said they responded to a report of an armed robbery at the Sunoco at 989 Farmington Avenue around 3:45 p.m. No injuries were reported. According to police, the suspect left in an awaiting vehicle driven by a second suspect.

Farmington police shared a description of the vehicle with other departments and Avon police spotted it a short time later. Avon pursued the vehicle but ended the pursuit without the suspect vehicle stopping.

Hartford police then spotted the vehicle and pursued until it was eventually stopped on Sigourney Street in Hartford. Both suspects were taken into custody, police said.

The suspects have not been publicly identified at this time.

Farmington police are currently investigating and Hartford police are assisting. Anyone with information should contact Farmington police at 860-675-2400.

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Sailor Proposes to Girlfriend at USS Pittsburgh Homecoming


Dozens of sailors serving on the USS Pittsburgh are back home tonight after months at sea and one sailor had a special surprise in store for his girlfriend.

The sub returned to the sub base in Groton Friday afternoon where sailors walked straight into the arms of loved ones.

That was when one of the sailors dropped down on one knee as he saw his girlfriend.

I'm like what is going on? But I'm very grateful he's home. I'm very happy,” said Carly Loichinger, who traveled from Michigan to greet her boyfriend Zac Noble.

“I've been waiting a long time to do this now, so you know, it’s a great feeling,” Noble said.

The Pittsburgh traveled 39,000 nautical miles during its deployment.

Ski Report: Ski Sundown Senior Winter Games


Proof that you're only as old as you feel - skiers and snowboarders alike were gunning for the gold at the Ski Sundown Senior Winter Games.

"I'm sure I'll get a gold medal," exclaimed Joe Carey. "I'm the only one in my age category!"

Joe Carey is 93 years young, and still racing down the slopes.

"The thrill when you're going fast it gives to quite the thrill. It gives you the need for speed," said Carey.

But for Carey, and many skiers at the Senior Winter Games, it's about more than just a medal, it's about the camaraderie. And that's what keeps Carey competing year after year.

"If it wasn't like," Carey said, "then I wouldn't be motivated to keep coming out here after all these years."

"It’s more than just skiing a sport," said Rob Dexter. "It's skiing a passionate lifetime event and so we see people that we've seen for years and years and we have a great time with it."

The games include a downhill race, a slalom race, and even a snowshoe portion, and it's all in friendly competition.

"It's fun and it's challenging," said Carol Sweeney, "It's the whole bowl of wax."

"When you're over the hill, you pick up speed," explained Pat Moore. "And I figure if you're not living on the edge you're taking up too much room."

So get out this weekend, and enjoy the slopes! Northern New England will have spring-like conditions with sunshine and temperatures in the 40s, Southern New England will be colder in the 30s. 

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Safety Concerns Surround Decision to Close UConn Health Center FD


After the announcement that UConn Health Center was shutting down its fire department, some are raising concerns about whether the Town of Farmington’s fire department can pick up the slack.

In a press release, Town Manager Kathleen Eagen stated the town did not initiate nor does it encourage the idea of shutting UConn’s department down, though she said the town is committed to providing the same high level of service to the UConn Health Center as it does to the rest of the town.

A retired UCHC Fire Department chief tells NBC Connecticut the eight full time Farmington firefighters and 140 volunteer firefighters aren't equipped to handle the UCHC.

"They're good people but right now they don't have the training or equipment in order to effectively respond," retired Chief Carmine Centrella said.

According to a letter from the UCONN Health Center CEO, the Fire Dept. is shutting down June 1st due to "ongoing fiscal pressure."

"There's always been this belief of people wanting to save money off the backs of public safety," Centrella added.

The NBC Connecticut Troubleshooters dug up old public safety reports from 2002 and 2013.

In one, Kathy Eagen told investigators if this department were eliminated it'd be impossible for the volunteer fire department to handle every emergency at the Health Center.

The campus is complex, Carmine explained, with anywhere from 5,000 to 10,000 people here at any given time, the campus should remain 24/7 with first responders.

"Unless you have certain skills and training you're waiting for a crew to show up and then you have to make the drive and get into the building. That's not something a volunteer. We're on duty 10 Hours a day - /14 at night."

In another public safety report, Farmington's Director of Fire and Rescue Services Mary Ellen Harper stated "we are in no way capable of handling the health center the way it needs to be handled."

Another in a different report it said the fire companies that service Farmington “ill prepared to provide primary fire services to the campus."

Despite being named in the CEO's letter, West Hartford fire, which provides mutual aid to Farmington and UCONN Health, their Chief had not seen a copy of the letter and also voiced concerns.

"We've had no discussions or meetings of what this means. I haven't received a copy of the letter," West Hartford Fire Chief Gary Allyn told NBC Connecticut.

Allyn added, "the people there are trained to be in that particular environment and how they chose to address that going forward there's got to be a plan, and I don’t know what that is or when being released."

UCHC firefighters said they are just hoping for the best regarding their future.

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Community Group Gets $5K for New London Sober House Project


An opioid crisis is plaguing southeastern Connecticut and the New London community wants to make sure people battling addiction have a safe place to live.

Lawrence and Memorial Hospital, through its affiliation with Yale New Haven Health, donated $5,000 to Community Speaks Out to start a voluntary certification program for sober houses in the city.

Sober houses are transitional, safe homes for people recovering from addiction.

Volunteers from Community Speaks Out will use the money for training to certify the houses and make sure they uphold the quality and standards of a place of recovery.

“Integrating back into the community, getting a job, being able to contribute, all start with having a place where you don’t have triggers, where somebody is there to help you and point you in the right direction shout you stumble and fall,” said Ken Edwards, of Community Speaks Out.

Edwards also mentioned offering incentives for sober houses that register, like putting them at the top of a list for sober home referrals.

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Hartford BOE to Discuss Abuse Reporting at Upcoming Meeting


The Hartford Board of Education will discuss and plan ways to address systematic faults at a meeting on Feb. 21 after the Office of the Child Advocate found the district mishandled cases of child abuse claims for years.

In a statement released Friday, the board said it was “shocked, dismayed, and angry” over the report’s findings and supported the actions of Acting Superintendent Leslie Torres- Rodriguez in immediately addressing the issue with a proposed Student Safety Action Plan. 

Hartford requested the OCA review its system after the resignation and arrest of former school administrator Eduardo Genao.

The OCA found the district didn't regularly review its mandated reporting policy as required by law, and sometimes failed to complete a paper trail of suspected abuse among school staffers. The report stated that training wasn't up to speed and punishment was lacking.

The board said it was planning to making changes in policies and procedures to ensure a culture where student safety comes first.

The meeting will take place on Feb. 21 at 5:30 p.m. at the Journalism and Media Magnet Academy, 150 Tower Avenue.


Walkers Concerned About Icy Sidewalks in New London


People taking to the streets in New London said they’re concerned they might slip and fall since parts of the sidewalks are still covered in ice.

New London Mayor Michael Passero said it’s up to the building owner to clean up their walkway since the city doesn’t have the manpower to pick up the slack.

“The sidewalk’s clear halfway up the road here and then almost half the way down here. But over here, it’s nothing but ice,” said Dustin Tantaquidgeon, of Uncasville, about the sidewalk on State Street in downtown New London.

“If it snows and then if it’s also been where it’s melted, it rains again and it gets super slick,” said Joel Ryan, of Groton.

“I slipped not too long ago,” said New London’s Joseph Peterson.

The problem mainly exists in front of vacant buildings. One on State Street was still causing a problem for walkers Friday.

“If you got stuff in your hands and you’re just walking, you can just easily slide and fall,” Tantaquidgeon said, while catching himself after slipping.

“At this point in my life I’m scared to death because it just takes one slip on the ice and I’m out of work,” said Charlotte Hennegan, who owns Thames River Greenery and Thames River Wine and Spirits on State Street.

A city ordinance mandates building owners to clean the sidewalk in from of their properties.

Hennegan said she’s lost business because of her neighbor, an absentee landlord.

“I have customers that pull up and say, ‘Charlotte, I couldn’t get in, the ice was too much,’” she said.

Mayor Passero said the city simply does not have the funds, resources nor staffing to clear all city sidewalks. He’s said he’s been calling landlords personally, asking them to clean up the ice.

Friday afternoon, Public Works employees sanded and shoveled in front of the vacant State Street Property.

The city will bill the landlord for labor and resources, Passero said. Police said they will also dole out $100 fines to landlords and homeowners who don’t comply.

A representative for the City of New London said already they’ve handed out 10 written warnings. No one has been fined, yet.

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Malloy Tours XL Center; Renews Call for $250M Investment


Governor Dannel Malloy got a good look Friday afternoon the problems with the XL Center after proposing a $250 million investment into renovating the arena.

Hartford's lone major sports venue has been repaired with a patchwork of fixes over the past four decades, but major problems still remain. There are issues with the ice cooling system, the air conditioning and heating system, seats are installed that are long past their usable life, and the overall dated look of the arena hasn't even been addressed, yet.

Malloy said the time is fast approaching where major decisions and conclusions have to be made on the future of the arena.

"This is a long thought out process, and one that we think that leads to the logical conclusion that we close this facility in the not-too-distant future or we rebuild it,” he said from the open air bar behind one of the goals.

The governor has said on numerous occasions that he can't imagine a successful Hartford without such a venue.

The issue he will be up against is lawmakers fearful of such a large investment and an uncertain return on that investment.

The $250 million ask comes as the state grapples with deficits greater than $1.5 billion for each of the next two fiscal years.

Some lawmakers have even said they would block a budget with funding included, when that money could be used elsewhere.

“I think he’s going to have a very hard time selling it to the legislature because people know we don’t have money to spend on it," said Sen. Joe Markley, (R - Southington). Markley's comments are particularly notable because the Connecticut Senate is evenly split between Democrats and Republicans.

Talk of improving the XL Center has picked up in the past two weeks, since Malloy and Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin sent a letter to the ownership group of the New York Islanders, after it was made public that their arrangement with the Barclays Center in Brooklyn had gone sour.

The governor insists, however, that XL Center improvements are not just about getting a professional team. He says the real goal is to get bigger concerts and events to the Capital City.

“This is not a wing and a prayer with respect to NHL hockey," he said.

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Man Sexually Assaulted Girlfriend's 11-Year-Old Daughter: PD


Connecticut state police have arrested a Lisbon man accused of having a sexual relationship with his girlfriend’s 11-year-old daughter while living in their Stafford apartment.

Timothy A Miceli, 27, was arrested Friday and faces charges of first-degree sex assault and risk of injury to a minor.

According to the arrest warrant, the investigation began on Feb. 10 when the victim reported to her therapist that she was having a sexual relationship with her mother’s live-in boyfriend that had been going on since around August 2016.

After telling her therapist of the relationship, the victim was taken to Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, where a sexual assault evidence collection kit was completed and she was evaluated. Police also interviewed her mother, who told them she’d been dating Miceli since August 2016 and after two weeks of dating he moved in with her and her daughter. She also told police when she was at work Miceli would watch the victim.

The victim’s mother also noted that her daughter had been too the pediatrician several times over complaints that her private area was itchy, but nothing came of those visits.

The warrant states that the victim told investigators that the relationship started when she asked Miceli how to kiss. The victim said that Miceli first told her verbally, but eventually showed her physically. The victim said it happened when her mother wasn’t around and developed into sex. The victim reported that she and Miceli had been having sex for about three weeks and that he told her not to tell anyone because he could “get his private part chopped off going to jail” and that he would kill himself.

When officers first met with Miceli he denied knowing anything about a sexual assault and agreed to leave the apartment and move back in with his mother so police and the Department of Children and Families could conduct their investigation.

Investigators said that when they interviewed Miceli a week later, he admitted to having sex with the victim in the apartment multiple times . He told police the victim pressured him into showing her how to kiss and that he ended up kissing her. He said the victim then began asking him to have sex.

Miceli was issued a $750,000 bond and is expected to appear in court on Feb. 21.

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Father Accused of Throwing Son off Bridge Testifies at Trial


It was an emotional day in court in the trial of a Middletown father accused of throwing his son off the Arrigoni Bridge.

Tony Moreno took the stand for the second time Friday.

During Friday's testimony, prosecutors displayed text messages between Moreno and his ex-girlfriend, the child’s mother. They were exchanged the night their 7-month-old Aaden died after falling from the bridge.

Moreno said he planned to kill himself and not his son. He said he texted his son’s mother to upset her, including texts saying things like.

"You tried to keep him away from me you failed. I didn't,” and "He's dead." "And soon I will be too."

Attorneys said Moreno also wrote a suicide letter in an email addressed to “Everyone” with the subject line “I’m sorry.”

The prosecution alleges that Moreno threw Aaden from the Arrigoni Bridge into the Connecticut River 90 feet below while Aaden’s mother, unaware, continued to plead for their son’s safety.

"You made Aaden disappear didn't you?” Moreno was asked.

“Inadvertently yes,” he replied.

Moreno claims Aaden slipped from his arms but prosecutors said the text messages tell a different story.

Moreno jumped from the bridge in a suicide attempt when approached by police that night and was pulled out of the river by rescuers. The trial continues on Tuesday. 

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First Cubans Deported After End to 'Wet Foot, Dry Foot'


Two woman boarded a flight to Havana with U.S. Immigration and Customs officials Friday, becoming the first Cuban nationals to be deported immigration policy known as ' "wet foot, dry foot" ended last month.

ICE officials told NBC 6 the women, who were seeking asylum in the U.S., were placed on a morning flight back to the communist island nation Friday morning. Their identities were unknown.

The Obama administration announced the end to the 'wet foot, dry foot' policy, which grants residency to Cubans who make it onto U.S., just days before President Donald Trump took office.

Wilfredo Allen, an attorney for one of the women, says they had arrived at Miami International Airport with European passports. The women requested asylum and were detained.

"They asked for political asylum as Cubans, what happens is the world has changed," Allen said.

Allen asked for them to be released so they could return to Cuba on their own, but the U.S. government denied the request and said they would be deported, sources said.

"I think part of the reason why they're being deported is to send a message that they will enforce the law, they will enforce it severely," Allen said.

President Trump has not established what, if anything, will change regarding Cuba policy. Press secretary Sean Spicer told NBC 6's Jackie Nespral earlier this month that the administration is reviewing its position with Havana.

"There will be no more paroles issued at the airport for people who seek asylum with a Cuban passport or with a European passport," Allen said.

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Moped Driver Hurt After Being Hit by Car in Stratford


The driver of a moped was rushed to the hospital after being struck by a car in Stratford Friday night.

Canaan Road in Stratford was shut down while police investigated the accident. Police said the accident happened around 8 p.m. and the driver of the moped, who was not identified, was taken to the hospital with serious injuries.

“We’re on Canaan road which is a cut through from Broadbridge Avenue to Success Avenue,” said Stratford Police Lt. David Gugliotti. “We do not have a lot of problems here at all, so right now we are just in the process of trying to figure out what happened.”

The driver of the car did remain on scene and is cooperating with investigators, police said.

Police said mopeds are pretty popular in the area and they will look into whether the victim was following all the rules regarding their use.

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Here’s How Congress Is Handling Russia Investigations


At the end of a week's worth of new revelations and a resignation, FBI Director James Comey held a closed-door meeting with the Senate Intelligence Committee Friday, NBC News reports.

Members who emerged refused to say what the meeting was about or even to acknowledge that a meeting was happening — though reporters saw Comey enter the same room as the senators.

Republican Sen. Marco Rubio did send out a tweet that hinted at Russia:

"I am now very confident Senate Intel Comm I serve on will conduct thorough bipartisan investigation of #Putin interference and influence," the Florida senator said.

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One Dead in Hartford Homicide


A man was found shot to death in a car early Saturday morning in Hartford.

According to Hartford Deputy Chief Brian Foley, police were dispatched to the area of Winchester St. at Auburn St. around 12:05 a.m.

There they discovered a car in a snow bank with the driver slumped over the wheel suffering from multiple gun shot wounds to the neck and torso.

The driver, 27-year-old Chace Hernandez of Hartford, was transported to St. Francis hospital where he was pronounced dead at 12:35 a.m.

The Hartford Major Crimes division is investigating. A suspect has not been apprehended at this time.

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