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Cargo Train Derailed in New Milford


A cargo train derailed in New Milford on Monday night and Rooster Tail Hollow is closed until the tracks are clear. 

Police said five train cars derailed at River Road and Rooster Tail Hollow just before 10 p.m. 

One car partially tipped over near the edge of River Road, which is closed in both directions near the Rooster Tail Hollow, and will remain closed until the road and tracks are cleared, police said. 

The train was not hauling any hazardous materials and no cargo came off the rail cars, according to police. The rear car did remain on the tracks. 

Housatonic Railroad was called to respond with heavy equipment to clear the tracks. 

No one was injured and no injuries are reported.

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Hearing Tonight on Food Trucks for West Hartford


A public hearing will be held in West Hartford tonight on allowing food trucks and food truck parks for some industrial districts in West Hartford.  

The proposed town ordinance would allow food trucks on certain streets in industrial districts and require them to adhere to health codes, just like brick and mortar restaurants. 

The planning and zoning commission wrote a letter to the town council on March 10 recommending approval of the ordinance.

"Overall, the Commission finds the proposed ordinance to be well thought out and a potentially innovative new use for the Town," Chairman Kevin Ahern wrote.

The Capitol Region Council of Governments said they found no "apparent conflict with regional plans and policies of the concerns of neighboring towns."  

Town council will hold public hearing at 6:30 p.m. in Room 314, according to the agenda posted on the town website.

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Petition: Melania Trump Must Move or Foot Security Bill


A petition quickly amassing signatures online calls for members of the Senate to force first lady Melania Trump to move into the White House or pay for the security required to protect her in New York City.

The petition says U.S. taxpayers are paying an “exorbitant amount of money” to protect the first lady and her 11-year-old son Barron in Trump Tower and that funding should be cut.

By 10 p.m. Monday the petition on change.org had garnered just over 80,000 signatures of its 150,000 goal. If the goal is reached, the petition will be delivered to senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren.

A proposed letter to senators Sanders and Warren reads: “Make Melania Trump stay in the White House or pay for the expenses herself.”

The NYPD estimates that it costs $127,000 to $146,000 a day to protect the first lady and her 10-year-old son Barron when President Trump is not in the city, The New York Times reported. When the president is in the city, it costs about $308,000 a day. That’s about $50 million a year to protect Melania and Barron, according to the Times.

While President Donald Trump moved into the White House after he was inaugurated in January, his wife and youngest son have stayed in Manhattan. The president has said the two of them will move to Washington, D.C., with him when Barron finishes his school year. 

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Man Drove Over 130 Miles Per Hour on I-84: State Police


Connecticut State Police have arrested a man accused of driving over 100 miles per hour on Interstate 84 Monday night.

Khalid Rajab, 21, of Manchester, NH faces charges of reckless driving, operation of a motor vehicle without a license, and failure to have lights lit.

Police said that around 11:15 p.m. troopers saw a Dodge Challenger speeding on I-84 east near exit 62 in Manchester. The trooper tried to pull over the vehicle, but the car hit speeds over 125 miles per hour and the trooper pulled back.

According to police, a short time later another trooper on speed enforcement in Vernon clocked the charger driving 136 miles per hour. The trooper radioed in a description to other troopers in the area.

Police said they caught up with the Challenger when the driver, later identified as Rajab, pulled into the Willington rest area and tried to flee on foot.

Rajab was held on a $5,000 bond and is expected to appear in court on April 10.

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Mom 'Livid' After Son's 'Horrifying' Pat-Down at Dallas Airport


A mother is "livid" after she said her young son was detained for more than an hour at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport Sunday morning.

Jennifer Williamson posted a video on Facebook Sunday that shows her son, Aaron, being patted down by a TSA agent in the security line.

In the post, Williamson writes that she asked TSA agents to screen her son in "other ways" because he has Sensory Processing Disorder. Those who suffer from the condition can be overly sensitive to environmental stimuli, such as sounds, lights and textures.

The video shows the TSA agent patting Aaron down thoroughly along his back from his neck to his knees. The agent then pats down the front of Aaron's body, including the front of his shorts, his waistband and in between his thighs. The agent is then seen checking the boy's waistband again and patting down the front of his shorts for a second time. 

Williamson said that two DFW Airport police officers were also called in to pat down her son, "flanking him on each side."

"He set off NO alarms. He physically did not alarm at all during screening, he passed through the detector just fine," she said, adding that several hours later her son is still saying "I don't know what I did. What did I do?"

Williamson said her family was "treated like dogs" and that "these power tripping TSA agents who are traumatizing children and doing whatever they feel like without any cause, need to be reined in."

She noted that the video only shows a portion of the interaction with TSA agents, and wished she had recorded it from the beginning "because it was horrifying." The incident also caused them to miss their flight.

The TSA released the following statement in response:

"TSA allows for a pat-down of a teenage passenger, and in this case, all approved procedures were followed to resolve an alarm of the passenger’s laptop.
"The video shows a male TSA officer explaining the procedure to the passenger, who fully cooperates. Afterward, the TSA officer was instructed by his supervisor, who was observing, to complete the final step of the screening process.
"In total, the pat-down took approximately two minutes, and was observed by the mother and two police officers who were called to mitigate the concerns of the mother.
"The passengers were at the checkpoint for approximately 45 minutes, which included the time it took to discuss screening procedures with the mother and to screen three carry-on items that required further inspection."

After a former Dallas radio host criticized D/FW Airport and TSA on Twitter, calling the pat down "pedophilia not security," the airport wrote: "@CarlaMarionNews @TSA We understand your concerns and we have notified @AskTSA. To file a formal complaint, visit: https://www.tsa.gov/contact/customer-service"

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Manchester Man Arrested on Child Porn Charges


A Manchester man was arrested on child pornography charges Monday.

Police said that James Hall, 50, turned himself in on an arrest warrant for two counts of possessing child pornography and one count of promoting a minor in an obscene performance.

The arrest was prompted by an investigation by the Center for Digital Investigations and the Connecticut State Police & Computer Crimes & Electronic Evidence Laboratory. No other details were immediately released.

Hall was held on a $500,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in court on April 11.

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Trump Appears to Take Credit for 2015 Ford Investment


Ford on Tuesday outlined new details for a planned $9-billion investment in the United States.

The automaker's investment push was first announced in 2015, but President Donald Trump suggested on Twitter that the "big announcement" was related to his effort to grow jobs in the U.S., CNBC reported.

Ford said Tuesday it would invest $1.2 billion into three Michigan plants. General Motors and Fiat-Chrysler have also made U.S. jobs announcements since Trump won the presidential election, though many projects had already been in the works.

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Outpouring of Support After Bob Maxon’s Health Scare


There has been a tremendous outpouring of love and support for NBC Connecticut meteorologist Bob Maxon after he suffered a mild heart attack Tuesday. 

Bob called in to NBC Connecticut Monday morning and shared the personal story about what happened last week, when he started feeling ill and learned upon seeking medical treatment that he had a minor heart attack.  

In response, thousands of people have responded through social media, wishing Bob well and for a quick recovery. 

“Best wishes for a very successful and speedy recovery. I watch you faithfully every week morning and will look forward to seeing you back in action,” Barbara Molusis, of Old Saybrook, wrote.

Bob has been thanking people for their kind words and says he’ll back and “better than ever,” but it’s going to take some time.

He said he felt like he was coming down with the flu and encourages everyone to educate themselves on the possible signs of a heart attack.

“Get better soon Bob! I was a cardiac nurse and can tell you that you are spot on when you say that the signs and symptoms of a heart attack are not always classic. Saw that first hand on the unit I worked on. Follow the cardiac rehab plan and you will be stronger than ever,” Carrie Surdell Hastings wrote. 

As Carrie Surdell Hastings wrote, there are several warning signs of a heart attack.

They can include chest discomfort or discomfort in other areas of the upper body, a shortness of breath, and other signs, which could include breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or lightheadedness.

Symptoms also vary between men and women.

If you experience these symptoms, get it checked out and quickly because minutes matter, the American Heart Association urges. Call 911.

For more information about heart health and to learn the warning signs of a heart attack, visit the American Heart Association website.

Words of support and encouragement have been coming in on Twitter from local organizations, colleagues and others from Connecticut and beyond. 


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Newtown Schools Host Program on Opioid Abuse


Students and parents in Newtown schools are getting an education this week about the perils of abusing synthetic drugs.

Students in middle school and high school are learning from the former undercover DEA agent and former criminal prosecutor and judge who make up the Stutman Switalski Group and travel the country to give communities straight talk about the new drug issue plaguing the nation and Connecticut unlike anything before.

“Our kids are dying. Our families are dying. Our elderly populations are all suffering from a real epidemic,” Judge Jodi Debbrecht Switalski said.

Stutman and Switalski take the approach that children today already know more about drugs than students of the “Just say no" generation, so they talk to the middle and high school students in real terms about what to do when they're confronted with drugs because for most of them it will happen and for many, it already has.

"'Just Say No' didn’t work. They said 'no' when I grew up, when you grew up. It’s just not the truth about drugs and we have to give kids the truth, otherwise they’re never going believe anything we ever say,” Switalski said.

“You cannot pick out an opioid addict, Makes it very dangerous because your kid will continue to get 'A's until the day  he goes over the cliff, which makes it a very dangerous drug,” Stutman said.

A note sent home to parents about this week's assemblies included the African proverb "it takes a village to raise a child." School leaders said that this village needs to get serious about the issue of drug use.

“We just want people to have the right information so that we can protect children,” Jean Evans Davila, an assistant superintendent for Newtown Public Schools, said.

The week’s events will culminate with a parent community forum meant to empower moms and dads to protect their children from this growing epidemic. They say it’s something every parent needs to face before the issue claims their child.

“You can’t love your kids enough to survive this kind of epidemic,” Judge Switalski said.

The program was sponsored by the Newtown Parent Connection.

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Milford Robbery Suspect Barricades Himself in Hotel Room: PD


A Milford robbery suspect barricaded himself in a hotel room when police arrived to arrest him, according to Milford police.

Robert Doyle, 32, of Bridgeport, was identified as a suspect in a March 23 robbery at the Webster Bank on Merwin Avenue in Milford through surveillance video.

Police said they found Doyle at a Stratford hotel. But when they attempted to confront him, he and an accomplice barricaded themselves inside the room. The accomplice then tried to flee by jumping off a balcony, police said.

Doyle was arrested and charged with second-degree robbery and third-degree larceny. He was held on a $150,000 bond and is next scheduled for court on April 10.

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3 Seriously Injured After 'Major Accident' in Cromwell


Three people were taken to the hospital with serious injuries after a crash on Route 372 in Cromwell Tuesday afternoon, according to police.

The accident happened on Route 372 near Willowbrook Road. 

Police confirmed that three people suffered serious injuries but could not provide further details.

The westbound lanes of Route 372 are currently closed and traffic is being detoured up Willowbrook Road, police said. One lane of traffic is getting by on the eastbound side.

The Mid-state Accident Reconstruction Team has been called in to investigate. The road is expected to be closed for several hours.

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Man Charged in Milford Bank Robbery


A 32-year-old Bridgeport man has been charged in a bank robbery in Milford on March 23.

Police said Robert Doyle, 32, of Bridgeport, robbed the Webster Bank on 314 Merwin Avenue at 3:15 p.m. on March 23. 

He handed over a note and indicated that he had a bomb. After he was given money, he left in a waiting older model green or gray pickup driven by another person, Milford Police said. 

Police said Doyle was staying in a hotel in Stratford and he barricaded himself in a room with an accomplice who tried fleeing by jumping from a second-floor. Police apprehended the alleged accomplice and talked Doyle out of the hotel room and apprehended him, police said. 

Doyle was charged with second-degree robbery and third-degree larceny.

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King Arthur Uther Pendragon Holds Court at Stonehenge


Britain's King Arthur is a 62-year-old former soldier and biker gang member who leads a religious order of warrior-druids, NBC News reported.

Thirty years ago, John Timothy Rothwell became convinced he was the king from the myth and changed his name to King Arthur Uther Pendragon. Now he wears a sword and preaches to fellow pagans.

"Every day, I wake up Arthur, I go to sleep Arthur. I wake up a druid, I go to sleep a druid," he said.

About 4,000 Britons identify as druids. NBC News visited Arthur at Stonehenge for a gathering marking the spring equinox last week, where he was declaring war — over parking.

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WATCH LIVE: Testimony Continues in Aaron Hernandez Trial


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Testimony in the double murder trial of former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez continued Tuesday as jurors heard from a man who was with Hernandez on the night that he allegedly shot another man to keep him quiet about a double murder.

Hernandez is on trial for killing Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado after one of them accidentally spilled his drink at a Boston nightclub in July 2012. 

On Monday, friends and a former teammate of Hernandez testified, along with Tyrone Crawford, who was allegedly with Hernandez in Florida when Hernandez shot former friend turned star witness Alexander Bradley in the face, severely injuring him.

Crawford was back on the stand on Tuesday. He described drinking, partying and doing drugs with Hernandez, but said he did not see any shooting.

Prosecutors tried to show that Crawford was harassed into not remembering the night in question. But the defense argued that Crawford felt pressured by police when asked about what he remembered.

Also testifying Tuesday was Je'rrelle Pierre, who was said to have been driving the vehicle when Hernandez allegedly shot Bradley. But he said he did not recall even being in the vehicle.

Hernandez's brother, Jonathan "DJ" Hernandez, was originally expected to testify Tuesday. The state has announced that it will not call him to the stand, but Aaron Hernandez's fiancee, Shayanna Jenkins, may testify.

Hernandez is already serving a life sentence in the 2013 fatal shooting of Odin Lloyd, a semi-professional football player who was dating the sister of Hernandez's fiancée.

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Former Member of Navy Sentenced on Child Porn Charge


A former member of the U.S. Navy, and a Windsor native, has been sentenced to nine years in prison for distributing pornography of children between 4 and 10 years old, according to the United States Attorney. 

Jonathan Rhoades, 32, pleaded guilty in January to one count of distribution of child pornography and was sentenced on Tuesday, according to federal officials. 

The investigation began in December 2014 when a member of the Connecticut State Police’s Computer Crimes squad who was working undercover gained access to what police called a peer-to-peer file sharing network and downloaded six sexually explicit videos of minors. 

Federal officials said the Internet Protocol address led them to Rhoades’ Windsor home, where officers seized a desktop computer, laptop computer and other items, which revealed at least 1,533 images and 49 videos of child pornography, most of which included children under 5 years old, federal officials said. 

Officials said they also found girls' underwear, a training bra and sex dolls that looked like young girls.  

Rhoades has been detained since March 18, 2015 and pleaded guilty on Jan. 3 he pleaded guilty to one count of distribution of child pornography. 

In 2005, Rhoades, who was serving in the U.S. Navy in Jacksonville, Florida, was convicted through a Special Court Martial in connection with his receipt of 98 images of child pornography, according to federal officials, and sentenced to 12 months in prison. He also received a “bad conduct” discharge from the military.

Rhoades was sentenced Tuesday to 9 years in prison, followed by a lifetime of supervised release.

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Gas Prices to Creep Up for Summer Driving Season: AAA


A new AAA study says that gas prices are headed up for the summer driving season and people around the country may look to change driving habits to cover the costs.

AAA predicts average gas prices will increase by about 40 cents per gallon by the time summer hits. The national prices are expected to peak around $2.70, up from the current national average of $2.29. But prices in Connecticut already average out to about $2.38 per gallon, so it’s likely gas will cost state residents even more.

According to AAA, around 70 percent of drivers will look for ways to cut back by carpooling, taking fewer trips, and reducing how much they shop of eat out to cover the costs. However, AAA says the youngest drivers are less likely to switch up the way they do things.

“People who are 35 and older they say yes we're going to adjust our driving habits. But the younger drivers not so much, 18-34, they're just going to jump in their cars. They're less concerned about the increase in gas prices than the older drivers,” said AAA spokesperson Amy Parmenter.

AAA found that about a quarter of drivers already think gas prices are too high. The motor club predicts that comsumers will start seeing increases during April.

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Driver Fatigue a Factor in Yale Shuttle Bus Crash: Police


A Yale shuttle bus hit three parked and unoccupied vehicles in New Haven on Tuesday morning and police said driver fatigue was likely a factor.

Officials from the New Haven Fire Department said the shuttle hit a parked Toyota Camry at Whitney Avenue and Linden Street, sending the Camry underneath an SUV, which was partly in the air, sandwiched between the Camry and another vehicle. 

No students were on the shuttle bus. The only person on it was the driver, a 51-year-old New Haven man, who said he was at the end of his shift when veered into a line of parked vehicles, according to police.

The driver was  taken to the hospital to be evaluated and he was cited for failing to driver in proper lane, police said.

The scene is now clear and the road is open, but the cars the shuttle hit sustained a lot of damage. 

A Toyota Camry was totaled. The driver said police told him the shuttle bus driver fell asleep.

A Yale spokesperson said the university is thankful there are no serious injuries.

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Dunkin' Donuts Stadium Won't Break Even For at Least 2 Years


Hartford Stadium Authority meeting about Dunkin' Donuts stadium meeting at City Hall said the ballpark will be ready for opening day, but they don't expect to break even financially for another two years. 

Patrick Nails, from Arch Insurance, said all major construction is complete and now, it is merely finalizing a punch list while working with city inspectors.

Already, Hartford has accepted and signed off on 60 percent of the ballpark.

"I don't foresee anything at this point that will prevent opening day from going forward," said Nails, who added, "We now believe we will be in position for full acceptance and a permanent certificate of occupancy prior to April 13, not an absolute certainty but we think we can get there and that's what we are working toward now."

Mayor Luke Bronin praised Nails and his team, along with construction company Whiting-Turner, for their work on the stadium and commitment to having it ready by opening day on April 13.

But, officials noted the realization that the stadium, and its surrounding environs, won't make money for the first two years.

Anne Goshdigian, who spoke during the public comments portion of the meeting, said, "We will be operating at a loss for the first two years and I'm going to add to that and say at least the first two years unless something happens with that ancillary development. That is our only hope for realizing any sort of financial gain from this project."

In response, Bronin stated, "Anyone who said that this was going to make money for the city of Hartford was lying to the people of Hartford or wasn't paying attention. But we inherited this. And we are going to make the best of it. And the way we make the best of it first of all is getting this done and protecting taxpayers at the same time by getting the insurance company to come in. And then next turning our attention to the development of the surrounding lots."

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DNC Asks All Staffers For Resignation Letters: Sources


Democratic National Committee has requested the resignation letters of all current staffers be submitted by next month, according to multiple sources familiar with the party's internal working, NBC News reported.

Party staffs typically sees major turnover with a new boss, but the mass resignation letters will give new chairman Tom Perez a chance to completely remake the DNC's headquarters from scratch after staffing had already reached unusual low following a round of layoffs in December.

Immediately after Perez' election in late February, an adviser to outgoing DNC Interim Chair Donna Brazile, Leah Daughtry, asked every employee to submit a letter of resignation dated April 15, several sources tell NBC News.

The DNC has declined to comment.

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