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Harwinton Bull Back Home After Four Days on the Run


A young bull is back home after four days of wild adventures in Harwinton, according to animal control.

Harwinton Animal Control said the animal got loose Sunday afternoon and took off into the woods. After several sightings over four days, animal control caught up with the bull after receiving a report that he was on Meadowview Drive heading into the land trust on Wednesday morning.

The owner showed up with the bull’s mother, and with some good old-fashioned cow herding skills the bull made it back home safely.

Photo Credit: Harwinton Animal Control
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Greenwich High School on Lockdown Due to Threat


Greenwich High School is on lockdown due to some kind of threat, according to Greenwich police.

Police said officers are on scene and that there are no injuries. More details were not immediately available.

Parents are asked to not go to the school and residents are asked to avoid the area while police investigate. No other schools are affected, police said.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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State Offers Guide for Planning in Event of Deportation


The state of Connecticut is providing a guide for parents to come up with a plan that includes “standby parents” in the event that a mother father gets deported or is detained.

The governor on Wednesday released the “Family Preparedness Plan,” which includes steps people can take on their own – without the help of an attorney – to develop a child care plan. The guide is available in English and Spanish

“We want to make sure that people have a plan in place should immigration action separate their families,” Gov. Dannel Malloy said in a statement.

He said estimates are that around 22,000 U.S. citizens who are children of undocumented immigrant parents live in the state of Connecticut.

This is the English version of the guide.


This is the Spanish version of the guide.


“I strongly encourage anyone with these kinds of concerns to utilize this toolkit, fill out the forms, and have a plan in place,” Malloy said in a statement.

The guide from the state has been released at a time when immigration authorities have detaining people across the country, or attempting to.

Last week, Hartford officials condemned U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents who they said posed as police officers to try to detain an undocumented woman earlier this month. 

An ICE spokesman for New England responded to what local officials said about that case.

"ICE agents and officers identify themselves as 'police' during an encounter because it is the universally recognized term for law enforcement and our personnel routinely interact with individuals from around the world. In the often dangerous law enforcement arena, being able to immediately identify yourself as 'law enforcement,' may be a life-or-death issue," the statement said. 

In Texas, federal immigration agents rounded up around 26 undocumented people who are on probation when they showed up to perform community service. 

Gov. Malloy's office said the toolkit is to help address “concerns parents have about what might happen to their children if they are deported or detained, and to ensure that the children, who might be United States citizens, will remain safe with a ‘standby guardian’ of their parents’ choosing."

It would also help prevent children from being placed in state care, according to state officials.

“If even just some of the children of undocumented immigrants are forced into state care as a result of being deprived of their parents or caretakers, the emotional toll on the children will be egregious,” Connecticut Department of Children and Families Commissioner Joette Katz said in a statement. “The most important thing for a parent to do right now is to identify whom they want to care for their children and to talk to their children to ensure them they will be taken care of well.”

State officials said that if undocumented parents are deported and the 22,000 children enter foster care, the cost to the state is estimated to be in excess of $630 million.

The plan, which is included above, also has information on where to find immigration legal assistance and guidance on how to avoid immigration scams.

Find more on plan online here.

Hoofs Crossed: April the Pregnant Giraffe Is Soooooooo Close


Cross those fingers, or hoofs, April is getting close, Animal Adventure Park says. 

"April continues to progress in front of our eyes," the upstate New York zoo live-streaming the giraffe's world-famous pregnancy wrote on Facebook late Tuesday. "Mammary development has increased again." 

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Predictions by the zoo had April finally giving birth Tuesday, but like many others, that was thrown out the window. 

"And away we go," the zoo said. 

Tuesday turned into Wednesday morning and the calf was still yet to be born. However, the zoo said to keep watching the live stream because "all can change in a few minutes." 

Watch the live stream below.

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All eyes lately have been on April's udders, with keepers and vets saying we are now seeing progression, despite the fact no baby giraffe had presented itself to the world just yet.

"The udder continues to fill," Animal Adventure Park said. "The development occurs, generally, just prior to birthing."

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This is a very promising sign of progress, the zoo said, as April and the world continues to wait patiently for the arrival of the giraffe's newest calf. 

"We do not expect any additional back end swell," the zoo said. "So all judging is now done based on udder changes."

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When April goes into labor, the baby's front hoofs will be the first to come out, followed by the snout, the zoo says.

Mom will naturally raise the calf on her own, and weaning could take between six to 10 months, maybe even longer -- the zoo says it won't rush the process. Once weaning is over, the baby giraffe will move on to another facility to start a breeding program there.

"We cannot retain offspring, as it would lead to incestuous mating and undermine the genetics of the program and species," the zoo says on its YouTube page.

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This is 15-year-old April's fourth calf. Her younger, 5-year-old mate Oliver, however, is about to welcome his very first. He won't take any part in rearing the calf, though. Male giraffes, called bulls, really only care about two things, the zoo says: "fighting and the unmentionable."

"He is a bull -- and a bull is a bull is a bull!" the zoo says.

April's pregnancy was catapulted into global headlines late last month after YouTube briefly yanked the zoo's stream following complaints by animal activists that it violated the site's policies concerning "nudity and sexual content." Thousands upon thousands of commenters voiced their frustration on Facebook and YouTube, and the stream was restored within an hour or so.

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Jordan Patch, owner of the Animal Adventure Park, says the natural curiosity surrounding giraffes and their birthing process has been a huge factor in drawing crowds.

"I think the fact that she's a giraffe and she's a neat species that people are interested in, that's fostered a lot of the attention," he said. "The fact that you're gonna get to witness the miracle of birth from an animal that you really don't get to see give birth — that's neat."

He added that April's pregnancy is not just live entertainment, but a teachable moment and source for education. This is the zoo's first giraffe calf.

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Giraffe pregnancies last up to 15 months. Labor lasts anywhere from a few hours to a few days. The calf, which will be the first born at Animal Adventure Park, will be about 150 pounds and 6 feet tall at birth and up and walking in about an hour.

The zoo said it will hold an online competition to name the baby giraffe once it's born.

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Photo Credit: Animal Adventure Park YouTube
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Suspect Sought After Triple Shooting in New Britain


New Britain police said they are looking for a 36-year-old man in connection to a triple shooting that prompted a modified lockdown at a near an elementary school.

Jermaine Tyane Scott should be considered armed and dangerous, police warned.

Police responded to a home on Newington Avenue just before 7 a.m. Wednesday and found two women and a child suffering from apparent gunshot wounds. Another child in the home was not hurt, police said.

The victims were taken to area trauma hospitals with non life-threatening injuries. Officials from Hartford Hospital said they received one victim. It's not clear if the victim at Hartford Hospital is one of the adults or the child.

Police said the shooting was not a “random incident” and it appears that “Scott and the victims have a domestic relationship.” 

A source earlier told NBC Connecticut the three shooting victims were a mother and her two children, with one being an adult child.

The names of the shooting victims have not been released. 

The incident prompted a modified lockdown to be placed on Chamberlain Elementary School, located nearby at 120 Newington Ave., because of the proximity to the police investigation at the home. During modified lockdown, students can move about freely inside the building but are barred from going outside for recess or gym class until police says its safe to do so.

"We have full confidence in our police department and in just talking with them this morning, their assurance that it was the safe and right thing to do to open our buildings today," Supt. Nancy Sarra said. 

A New Britain public school spokesman said no children were at the school when the shooting happened because the school day had not begun.

School officials said they brought social workers and school psychologists to Chamberlain Elementary to help students and assist teachers with questions.

In addition to officers providing response to Chamberlain Elementary, there was also added police presence at the CCMC School, which is an affiliate of Connecticut Children's Medical Center and provides special education to students between the ages of 5 and 21, as a precaution.

Police said it appears Scott has a violent criminal history and urged anyone who sees him not to approach him but to call New Britain police at 860-826-3000.

The emergency department at Saint Francis Hospital was placed on lockdown after police "pinged" the suspect's cell phone in the area of the hospital, but the lockdown has since been lifted.

Police also said bloodhounds found Scott's car on Olive Street, near the hospital, but they did not recover the weapon they are looking for. 

Newington Avenue has reopened after the shooting.

Photo Credit: New Britain Police and NBCConnecticut.com
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First Alert: Wintry Mix Expected Friday


NBC Connecticut Meteorologists have issued a 'First Alert' for a wintry mix that will impact the state on Friday.

A mixture of snow, sleet, freezing rain, and plain rain will move into the state on Friday and Friday night.

Here's a look at future radar which shows snow and sleet falling throughout northern Connecticut.

We anticipate the precipitation to start out as snow and sleet for most of the state with the exception of areas right along the coast. 

As Friday progresses we expect the snow and sleet to continue in the northwest hills. A prolonged period of sleet and freezing rain is possible Friday night into the first part of Saturday.

We continue to look over new information and will have updates throughout the day.

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1 Hospitalized After Bridgeport Police Officer-Involved Shooting


A Bridgeport police officer shot an 18-year-old suspected in an attempted robbery Wednesday night, police said.

State police said the Bridgeport State’s Attorney’s Office contacted them on Wednesday night to investigate an officer-involved shooting.

Police said Bridgeport detectives were “interacting” with an armed 18-year-old and an armed 16-year-old at 7:10 p.m. and there was an altercation. One detective fired at least one round, which hit an 18-year-old.

The teen was transported to St. Vincent’s Medical Center and transferred to Yale-New Haven. His injuries are not life-threatening.

Police said the 16-year-old was not injured.

Both suspects were charged with criminal attempt at robbery and weapon offenses.

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Attorney for Flight School Owner Says Parts of East Hartford Crash Report 'False'


An attorney representing the surviving pilot in that deadly plane crash in East Hartford believes police violated department policy when they released a report on Tuesday

NBC Connecticut has repeatedly reached out to American Flight Academy owner and flight instructor, Arian Prevalla and his attorney, New Haven-based Kevin Deghani.

On Tuesday, a report revealed that Prevalla and student, Feras Freitekh, struggled over the controls before the crash in East Hartford last fall.

Prevalla suffered serious burns after the plane came crashing down near Pratt and Whitney on October 11, 2016. Early on federal investigators called the crash “intentional.” 

Freitekh did not survive, and according to East Hartford police reports, Prevalla told police police Freitekh was doing everything "wrong" the day of the crash, laughing and joking, which made Prevalla feel uncomfortable.

Prevalla said he had to scream at his student and even hit his left hand, to give him the controls, as Freitekh fought with him.

A doctor at the hospital told East Hartford police that according to Prevalla, the Freitekh was, "making mistakes and may have done this on purpose."

An e-mail from attorney Kevin Deghani said police releasing this report seems to be a violation of department policy.

Deghani further said they have no comment on the investigation but going on to point out that,  "some of the contents of the documents you forwarded me contain false and defamatory statements against Mr. Prevalla, which we are very disturbed about,” Deghani stated.

NBC Connecticut has asked East Hartford police to respond to Deghani's allegations.

The FBI calls this an open-classified investigation. The NTSB had no conclusion on their report, and placed it in the hands of the FBI. NBC Connecticut reached out on Wednesday. 

On Feb. 22, 2017 another student pilot was killed in a plane crash at the American Flight Academy in East Haven

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New Arrest Warrant For Accused Jewelry Thief


There are new details on a Woodbridge couple set to go to trial for allegedly stealing more than a $1,000,000 in money, diamonds and identities in Georgia.

Seymour police said a local business owner contacted them earlier this month, claiming Eli Shetrit passed a half dozen bad checks at his store, worth more than $8,300.

Investigators tell NBC Connecticut they have an active arrest warrant for Shetrit and they're hoping to serve it in the future.

For now, a motion to reconsider bond was denied and the couple will stay locked up until their trial.

No bond was issued inside a Georgia courtroom Tuesday afternoon for the Woodbridge husband and wife who are suspected in identity thefts around Atlanta.

The Georgia judge in the case of Ayelet Ellituv and Eliahu "Eli" Shetrit is learning from Fulton County District Attorney Brad Malkin of a new investigation back here in Connecticut, involving Shetrit, only.

That police department informed the state that they have received a complaint by a business there, the Seymour food mart, saying that they have received six bad checks from  Shetrit for a total of over $8,000. 

Over a ten-day time frame, Seymour police said Shetrit wrote six bad checks that were returned for insufficient funds.

Detectives also confirming to the NBC Connecticut Troubleshooters they had been used to purchase gas, food and money orders at the store.

Over the phone, the store owner told us, he’s been working closely with Seymour police.

“There appears that those money gram orders were purchased, and are as good as cash, but the checks to the store for the purchase of them bounced,” Malkin added

The store owner expressed relief learning, just yesterday the husband and wife were denied bond down south. Authorities in Georgia reached out to Woodbridge, Connecticut Police last month,

With active criminal arrest warrants for the couple.

The mother and father of three are accused of more than 50 counts of identity theft and fraud-type charges there.

“I can tell the court that they will probably be seeking warrants in the near future,” Prosecutor Malkin stated in open court.

Seymour police say Shetrit will be charged with 6 counts of passing a bad check, six counts of issuing a bad check and larceny in the third degree.

We also reached out to the suspects' attorney for comments – Eli Shetrit’s attorney had no comment. We did not hear back from his wife’s attorney.

The couple is set to go on trial later this year. Dontaye Carter the Director of Public Affairs for the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office released this statement to the Troubleshooters.

“On February 22, 2017, defendants Eliahu Shetrit and Ayelet Ellituv were arrested. During a bond hearing six days later, Fulton county superior court judge John Goger decided to not grant bond to both defendants. The couple faces a 58-count indictment which includes charges of 1- count of rico, 36-counts of theft by taking, 7-counts of violation Georgia securities act of 2008, 8-counts of forgery in the 3rd degree, 2-counts of computer theft, 4-counts of identity fraud. Following that bond hearing, the defense attorneys representing Shetrit and Ellituv filed a motion for reconsideration of bond. On March 28, 2017, judge Goger considered the motion for reconsideration of bond. Attorneys with our office argued the defendants represented a flight risk based upon the couple attempting to flee prosecution in the past. Prosecutors also argued the release of the two defendants could place other innocent victims at-risk. Our office cited a 2017 Connecticut case as an example of what might happen to other victims if the couple was released. While the defendants were out on bond from their 2015 arrest on deposit account fraud and forgery, Shetrit scammed a store in Connecticut of at least $8,400.00. Between February 1, 2017, and February 11, 2017, Shetrit wrote (6) six bad checks to Seymour food mart for money orders. The Seymour police department has informed our office the defendants will likely be charged with felony larceny in the 3rd degree for that crime. Judge Goger ended the hearing by affirming his previous decision of no bond.”

Mexican State Prosecutor Charged With Drug Trafficking in US


An attorney general from a Mexican state was arrested at the U.S.-Mexico border south of San Diego for allegedly smuggling and trying to distribute drugs over a period of years, according to charges filed by the state of New York in early March.

The State of New York filed drug trafficking charges against Edgar Veytia, Nayarit's state prosecutor, on March 2, which led to his arrest on Monday, according to the indictment and authorities.

Veytia was taken into custody Monday at the Cross Border Xpress bridge, which links Tijuana Airport to the United States, U.S. Customs and Border Protection representative Ralph Desio confirmed.

Veytia, also known as “Diablo,” “Eepp,” and “Lic Veytia,” was indicted on charges including international conspiracy to illegally import, manufacture and distribute heroin, methamphetamine, marijuana and cocaine. 

A lawyer for Veytia told NBC News he was just learning about the case and couldn't comment. Law enforcement sources told NBC News that Veytia was on their radar for some time and he was arrested as soon as possible.

Veytia allegedly smuggled the drugs between January 2013 and February 2017. The indictment, filed in the U.S. District Court of Eastern New York, links Veytia with at least one kilogram of heroin, five kilograms of cocaine, 500 grams of methamphetamine and 1,000 kilograms of marijuana smuggled into the country.

During that same, Veytia allegedly knew of and would attempt illegal importation of those drugs outside the U.S. as well.

Federal prison records show Veytia remains in a San Diego lock-up, with a hearing scheduled Aprill 11 for removal to New York.

If convicted, the U.S. would seek at least $250 million from Veytia in property linked to drug manufacturing and distributing, according to the indictment.

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Italian Cops Foil Plot to Steal Enzo Ferrari’s Corpse


After many months plotting, an Italian drug gang was finally ready to dig up the body of the founder of automaker Ferrari and hold it for ransom, NBC News reported.

But police swooped in Tuesday, arresting 34 people before they could raid the ornate tomb of Enzo Ferrari at San Cataldo cemetery in central Italy, the Italian carabinieri announced.

Officers were staking out Ferrari's tomb when the bandits arrived, after learning about the plot from an investigation of a legendary Italian kidnapper, police said.

"The gang had prepared everything in detail," said Col. Saverio Ceglie.

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Police Investigating Armed Robbery at Newington 7-Eleven


Police are investigating an armed robbery at a 7-Eleven in Newington. 

A man with a gun robbed the 7-Eleven at 461 New Britain Ave. at 5:35 a.m. and he's on the loose, according to police. 

Police said the man demanded money from the clerk and left on foot. It's not clean how much money he stole.

No injuries are reports.

The robber was wearing a black hoodie, a dark mask, blue jeans, sneaker and gloves, police said. 

Anyone with information about the robbery should call 860-66-8445.

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GOP, Dems Agree — Their Parties Are Deeply Divided: Poll


Democrats and Republicans agree on at least one thing: both parties say in a new poll that they are deeply divided, NBC News reported. 

About three-quarters of Republican and Republican-leaning Americans say their party is split, according to an NBC NewsSurveyMonkey poll conducted Friday. A majority of their counterparts on the left see the same division in the Democratic party, NBC News reported. 

Just 24 percent of Republicans view the GOP as united, the poll found. 

The poll was conducted just after congressional Republicans failed to whip up the votes needed to pass their health care bill in the House. The bill would have repealed former President Barack Obama's signature health care law, a campaign promise made by President Donald Trump. 

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Crash Causes Massive Delays on Route 9 South in Middletown


There are massive delays on Route 9 South in Middletown because of a crash involving two tractor-trailers. 

No information was available on whether anyone was injured. 

The crash is just north of the Arrigoni Bridge. 

Check on traffic issues along your commute with our interactive traffic map.

Follow NBC Connecticut traffic reporter Hannah Mordoh on Twitter for updates as they happen.

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19-Year-Old Motorcyclist Killed in Southington Crash


A 19-year-old Plymouth man was killed when his motorcycle crashed into a pickup in Southington just before 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, according to police. 

Police said David Spinnanger, 19, of Plymouth, was going south on Marion Avenue, driving a 2006 Honda CBR 1000 motorcycle, and started passing other vehicles on their left. Then he hit the back of a 2007 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 that was going northbound near Tunxis Path, police said. 

An ambulance brought Spinnanger to St. Mary’s Hospital and he was later pronounced dead. 

The 72-year-old pickup driver was not hurt, police said. 

Anyone with information about the crash should call Officer Justin Burke at (860) 621-0101 or email at jburke@southingtonpolice.org.

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One Person Burned in East Haven Fire


One person was taken to the hospital to be treated for burns after a fire in East Haven on Thursday morning.

The fire started in the lower unit of a two-family house at 54 Hemmingway Ave.

It was reported at 8:06 a.m. and the fire was under control by 8:20 a.m., officials said.

The person who was injured was in the unit where the fire started, officials said.

The person who was inside the other unit got out on his or her own and was not uninjured.

"I woke up to my smoke alarms going off. I ran downstairs with no shoes on," John Vitelli, of East Haven, said.

"The gentleman on the first floor was throwing stuff out the door, I guess to get the fire out," he said.

Vitelli called 911 and got out of the house. 

"Downstairs, they had to cut the back of the house open," he said. "It's just an old house. It gets inside the walls and that's it." 

Officials believe the fire started in the back of the house. The fire department had to turn off power to the home.

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Why Today’s Historic SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket Launch Matters


SpaceX is launching a reused rocket for the first time Thursday, and if it's successful, it could drastically reduce the cost of getting to space, NBC News reported.

The Falcon 9 rocket is flight proven and is making the trip back to space nearly one year after it was used to launch a cargo resupply to the International Space Station. 

SpaceX recycled the 14-story main body of the rocket and is trying to land the booster for a second time so it can, in the future, continue the cycle of reuse.

"Flight-proven" rockets have the potential to give customers up to a 30 percent discount in the future, according to the company’s Chief Operation Officer Gwynne Shotwell.

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Tillerson Likely to Face Tough Questions at NATO: Experts


At his first NATO meeting on Friday, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will be tasked with reassuring the organization’s member-nations that the United States remains committed to them, NBC News reported.

Tillerson initially planned to skip the summit and has done little to calm fears stirred by President Donald Trump having labeled NATO as “obsolete” and suggesting that the U.S. wouldn't protect its members against Russian aggression unless they increased their military spending.

Members are concerned about whether the Trump administration understands how NATO works, as well as what type of implications could arise if the U.S. doesn’t fulfill its role, said Keir Giles, an associate fellow at the London-based think tank Chatham House.

The U.S. is considered the de facto head of NATO, as it holds the world’s most powerful military. Its members pledge to defend each other in case of an attack, but most countries now spend less than suggested two percent of GDP.

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Silver Alert Canceled for Guilford Man


The Silver Alert issued for a 28-year-old Guilford man who had been missing since Wednesday night has been canceled.

Randall Scott Bova Jr. was in an altered mental state when he left home without his cell phone just before 8:30 p.m. and family members are concerned about his safety, according to police.

He left in a white four-door 2014 Kia Forte with Connecticut plate AA-65651.

The Silver Alert issued on Wednesday night was canceled on Thursday.

No additional information was available. 

3 Men Arrested in Connection With Sex-for-Money Ring


An investigation into a sex for money human trafficking ring in which men with mental health issues were allegedly delivered to wealthy people throughout the state has led to the arrests of a Danbury man, a Glastonbury man and a Westport man.

Detectives and special agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s New Haven Office arrested Bruce J. Bemer, 63, of Glastonbury, and William Trefzger, 71, of Westport, according to police.

Police said the investigation was into a human trafficking ring out of Danbury that reached other cities. Police said they started investigating in January 2016, but said the ring might have been operating for decades.

Bemer and Trefzger were both charged with patronizing a trafficked person and bond was set at $500,000.

Police previously arrested Robert King, of Danbury, and charged him with promoting prostitution and witness tampering.

Police are still investigating and said more arrests are expected.

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