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Westport Police Issue Flood Warning Ahead of High Tide


Westport police are warning that there is a risk of flooding on Canal Road this afternoon as high tide moves in.

Police said high tide will be around 3:30 p.m. and could cause flooding on Canal Road. A bridge on Harbor Road is currently being replaced, which means the only way to access the Saugatuck Shores section of town is via Canal Road. Residents and visitors are asked to plan their travel to and from the island accordingly and to avoid driving Canal Road if water is covering the road.

Flood waters can be dangerous. Anyone whose vehicle gets caught up in flood waters should immediately call 911.

Police said their department as well as the fire department have vehicles equipped to travel flooded roadways in the event of an emergency.

Police Search for New Britain Shooting Suspect in New Haven


Police were searching for the suspect in a New Britain triple shooting in New Haven Saturday morning, according to New Britain police.

New Britain police confirm that authorities were at an address on Thompson Street in New Haven searching for 36-year-old Jermaine Tywane Scott, who is accused of shooting a 12-year-old, a 17-year-old and an adult woman in New Britain Wednesday morning. Authorities said the incident was not random and that it appears to have stemmed from a domestic dispute.

New Haven police responded to assist with Saturday’s search and a large police presence could be seen around the home.

Police did not release many details but said that Scott was not in custody.

Scott is wanted on an arrest warrant charging him with three counts of criminal attempt to commit murder, one count of criminal possession of a firearm, one count of criminal use of a firearm and one count of criminal possession of a high capacity magazine. He is considered armed and dangerous and anyone who sees him should contact police immediately.

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Dozens Rally in Support of Transgender Youth in Hartford


Dozens of people gathered outside the Connecticut Supreme Court in Hartford Saturday to rally in support of transgender students.

Organizers said the event was in responsive to the withdrawl of federal guidelines protecting the rights of transgender students in schools, the US Supreme Court’s decision not to hear the Gavin Grimm anti-discrimination case, and the outcome of a recent vote in North Carolina to repeal part of HB2, the controversial "bathroom bill."

The North Carolina vote repealed the widely discussed section of House Bill 2: a requirement that transgender people use the public restrooms that correspond to the sex on their birth certificate. However the vote seemed to do little to appease anyone on either side of the issue.

Organizers said they wanted to show that COnnecticut is committed to making sure transgender, gender non-conforming and queer students feel safe in school and in public.

Participants included transgender students from throughout the state and their parents, and advocates. Sponsoring organizations include the ACLU of Connecticut, GLSEN Connecticut, New Haven Pride Center, OutCT, PFLAG Hartford, PFLAG Hampton, Planned Parenthood of Southern New England, Triangle Community Center, and True Colors, Inc.

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Fire in Norwalk Leaves One Person Dead


One person was killed in a house fire in Norwalk Saturday and firefighters said hoarding conditions in the home prevented firefighters from getting to the victim quickly.

Norwalk firefighters were called to a blaze at 30 West Rocks Road around 1 p.m. on Saturday.

According to fire officials, there was heavy fire coming from the second floor of the three story home when they arrived on scene.

Firefighters said after searching the home they located a man and transported him to the hospital, where he was later pronounced dead. He has not been identified.

No other injuries were reported.

Deputy Chief Stephen Shay said hoarding conditions made it hard to locate the victim. This is the second fire fatality of the year with hording conditions being a factor, officials said.

The fire was brought under control within two hours.

Firefighters from Stamford, New Canaan, Westport, Darien and Rowayton were also called in as mutual aid.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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Flynn Initially Failed to Disclose Russia-Linked Payments


Former national security adviser Michael Flynn initially failed to tell the government ethics office and the White House about speaking fees he recently received from three Russia-connected firms, a new financial disclosure document shows.

As NBC News reports, in an initial filing submitted just days before he left the Trump administration in February, Flynn did not provide an itemized list of the companies that paid him to speak — including RT, the Kremlin-backed television network that U.S. intelligence services have described as a propaganda outlet.

But in the amended disclosure, dated Friday, Flynn names RT and at least two other Russia-linked firms as sources of income in a section for nongovernment earnings that exceed $5,000 in a year.

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East Windsor Police Seek Robbery Suspect


East Windsor police are trying to identify the suspect in a robbery at a local Sunoco Saturday night.

Police said around 8 p.m. a suspect entered the store at 163 Bridge Street and brought 20 packs of Newport 100 cigarettes to the counter. He then grabbed the bagged cigarettes off the counter and ran out of the store.

There was no weapon shown or mentioned and no injuries were reported.

The suspect fled in a blue vehicle, police said.

Anyone who recognizes the suspect is asked to call East Windsor police at 860-292-8240.

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Schumer Says It's Unlikely Gorsuch Will Reach 60 votes


As the Senate prepares to consider President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch, Democratic Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer predicted Sunday that "it looks like Gorsuch will not reach the 60-vote margin" needed to overcome a filibuster, NBC News reported.

If the 60 votes aren't there, Schumer argued during an appearance on "Meet The Press," President Trump should gather with Senate Democrats and Republicans to "try to get a mainstream nominee."

To overcome a filibuster, the Senate needs to scrap together 60 votes for cloture, which allows the Senate to schedule a vote on the nominee.

If there aren't 60 votes, Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell could use the "nuclear option," changing Senate rules so only 51 votes would be necessary to confirm the nominee.

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Joke's on Us: No April Fools' Giraffe Baby


April the giraffe is no fool and neither is her soon-to-be-born calf. 

As hundreds of thousands of people watched, the mama giraffe waited patiently for April Fools' Day to pass without giving birth. 

For those who are worried about missing their chance to witness the miracle of giraffe birth, the upstate New York zoo where April lives created a text alert system to notify fans of active labor. It costs $4.99, plus messaging fees apply.

On Sunday morning, her keepers reported: "increased discharge, continued lack of interest in food, full udders. April also continues to be a bit out of character. We continue to watch and wait."

More than 175,000 people watched her wildly popular livestream at 9:30 a.m. Sunday as April and her beau Oliver chewed on food and rubbed heads. 

The vet is watching for behavior including lifting each leg, pinning her ears, dazing off and raising her tail, the zoo said. 

April already held out longer than her keepers anticipated. The upstate New York zoo had predicted a calf by Friday.

"We would be shocked to get through the weekend without our newest addition," the Animal Adventure Park wrote. "The staff have been onsite with April all morning, Dr Tim was called and onsite within minutes. This is what we have all been waiting for!"

Watch the live stream below.

When April goes into active 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.

This is 15-year-old April's fourth calf. It'll be the first for Oliver. 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.

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.

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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Glastonbury Roundabout Construction Begins This Week


Construction is set to begin this week on a roundabout at the intersection of Hebron Avenue and New London Turnpike in Glastonbury, according to the town’s Department of Physical Services.

Drivers should expect delays in the area.

Phase 1 of the project includes relocating utilities, traffic signals and widening the corners of the intersection. No detours are expected in Phase 1, but there will be shoulder and lane closures as crews work. Phase 2, which is set to start toward the end of April, will include a closure of New London Turnpike on the north side of Hebron Avenue. At that time traffic will be detoured on Welles Street, Main Street, and Hebron Avenue.

Businesses and driveways in the construction area will still be accessible, officials said.

For more information about the project, contact the Glastonbury Department of Physical Services at (860) 652-7736.

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Fisherman Fundraise for National Federation of the Blind


Casting for a good cause, 125 anglers dropped a line in the pond at Sun Valley Beach Resort in Stafford Springs Sunday.

It was a day of fishing fun, all to benefit the Connecticut chapter of the National Federation of the Blind.

After a motorcycle accident left him blind, Paul Duquette of Bristol wanted to do something to help others in a similar situation.

“I didn’t really do much until I went to Louisiana. I spent 10 months in the Louisiana Center for the Blind, and went to school to be blind, and that was eye-opening,” Duquette explained.

The fundraiser created a scholarship fund to send someone else to the same school Duquette attended.  Gary Allen, President of the Connecticut Chapter of the National Federation of the Blind,  said the money will also be used to help connect patients with new technology and important services.

"It just gives people knowledge that there's other people that need help, there's other people out there that are in the same situation that they're in," explained Allen.

Allen was joined by several members of the Connecticut chapter along the shores of Sun Valley Resort, casting a line into the water. The “Fish for a Harley” tournament drew avid anglers and motorcycle enthusiasts, as well. On the shore, more than 100 fishermen were angling to hook one of the five fish specially tagged for prizes.

“Good time to spend outdoors. They enjoy fishing and spending time with the family, and a chance to win a good prize,” said Tom McKinney of Vernon.

Just a half hour into the five hour tournament, Brian Law of West Suffield caught the big prize: a brand new Harley Davidson motorcycle.

“It’s great. I don’t win much,” said Law.

Law said he planned to give the new bike to his father.

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I-95 South Reopen in Old Lyme After Car Carrier Fire


Interstate 95 south has reopened between exits 71 and 70 after a car carrier caught fire, according to the Department of Transportation.

The DOT reported that a car carrier had caught fire around 11:45 a.m. All lanes of the highway were closed while crews worked to extinguish the blaze and clear up the mess.

The right lane of the highway remains closed.

No other details were immediately available. Check back for updates.

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More Arrests Expected in Sexual Assault Streamed on Facebook


More arrests are expected in what Chicago's police chief called the "absolutely horrific" sexual assault of a 15-year-old girl that was streamed last month on Facebook Live.

A 14-year-old boy was arrested and charged this weekend in the assault, Supt. Eddie Johnson said. A second juvenile is expected to be arrested soon, and detectives are working to identify "several other offenders."

Police have said about 40 people viewed the attack on Facebook while it was happening, but none of them reported it to police.

"The young men responsible, they should be ashamed of themselves," Johnson said. "They humiliated themselves, humiliated their families, and now they're going to be held accountable for what they did."

Police said social media search warrants, obtained by working with Facebook, led detectives to identify two offenders and secure arrest warrants.

A day after the March 19 attack, the victim's mother received still shots of her daughter being sexually assaulted, police said.

The woman then reported her daughter missing, and on March 21 she approached Johnson as he was leaving a police station in the Lawndale neighborhood.

"Not only was she upset, I was visibly upset from what I saw," Johnson said.

Since the assault, the victim has been bullied online, police said.

She has since been moved from her home to a "safe place," community activist Andrew Holmes said. She and her mother are receiving counseling.

"As a father of young women myself, I am so inspired by her strength," Johnson said, "and while I know the emotional wounds caused by this savagery will take long to heal, I'm hopeful that her story can be an inspiration to so many other young women who are victimized by bullying and sexual assault,"

The investigation is ongoing, Johnson said.

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19-Year-Old Killed When Car Falls off Lift, Runs Him Over


A 19-year-old Newtown man was killed when a car he was working on in his driveway slipped from a jack lift and rolled over him, according to police.

Police responded to a home on Indian Hill Road in the Sandy Hook section of town around 10:30 a.m. Investigators said it appeared the victim, who was not publicly identified, was working on his vehicle in his driveway when for some reason the vehicle came loose and rolled over the victim.

The vehicle kept rolling down the driveway and crashed into a neighbor’s home across the street.

Family members found the victim and immediately called 911. First responders tried to provide first aid but the injuries were not survivable and the victim was declared dead on scene.

The state Medical Examiner has been called in to assist with the investigation. Authorities said the incident appears to be a tragic accident.

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One Dead After Car Crashes into Water in Deep River


One person is dead after a car crashed into the water in Deep River Saturday afternoon, according to state police.

Police said the accident occurred around 3:15 p.m. on Main Street near Winter Avenue. According to police, the driver of the car was heading southbound on Main Street when it crossed into the northbound lane, hit a curb and landed on its roof in several feet of water.

The victim, later identified as Jennifer Homan, 34,  who was the only person in the vehicle at the time, was taken to Shoreline Medical Center where she was later pronounced dead.

The road was closed while crews investigated but has since reopened. Multiple departments responded, including Deep River Fire and Old Saybrook Fire.

State police said this accident remains under investigation. 

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Bristol Man Killed in Crash on Route 9 North in Essex


A Bristol man is dead after a crash on Route 9 near the Old Saybrook/Essex line Sunday, according to state police.

Police said that the accident occurred on Route 9 northbound between exits 2 and 3 around 6:15 a.m. Investigation found that the vehicle was driving northbound on Route 9 when it went off the road and hit a tree. The driver was trapped and had to be extricated, police said.

According to police, the driver, identified as 38-year-old Keith Engle, was fatally injured and pronounced dead on scene.

The road was closed for several hours while troopers investigated but has since reopened.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Tfc. Pederson at Troop F in Westbrook, 860-399-2100. The accident remains under investigation.

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Authorities Investigate Bomb Threat at Naugatuck Stop & Shop


Authorities are investigating after a bomb threat was phoned in to the Stop & Shop on Rubber Avenue in Naugatuck Sunday evening.

According to authorities, the police and fire departments were dispatched to the store at 727 Rubber Avenue around 5:24 p.m. after a bomb threat that was called into the store.

The building was evacuated while the Connecticut State Police Bomb Squad conducted a sweep of the building.

Nothing was found during the search and the store was re-opened around 7:30 p.m.

Police released no other details Sunday night, but the investigation into the origin of the threat is ongoing.

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Tornado Kills 2 in Louisiana; Storm Sweeps Southeast


A dangerous thunderstorm system brought a tornado to Breaux Bridge, Louisiana, Sunday, killing a mother and her young daughter, NBC News reported.

Francine Gotch, 38, and Neville Alexander, 3, died when a tornado flipped over their trailer Sunday morning, the sheriff's office in St. Martin Parish confirmed.

A second tornado was confirmed later in the afternoon about 30 miles southeast of Monroe, according to the National Weather Service.

NWS issued a "particularly dangerous situation" tornado watch through Sunday evening over a wide area from east Texas through Louisiana and into Mississippi. The storm system is expected to continue moving east through Monday.

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Trump Son-in-Law Kushner Arrives in Iraq on Official Visit


President Donald Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser, Jared Kushner, flew to Iraq with the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman Gen. Joseph Dunford on Monday.

Kushner's travel plans initially were revealed late Sunday by a Trump administration official who said Kushner wanted to see the situation there for himself and show support for Baghdad's government.

The official said Kushner had already arrived. But when presented with information indicating that was not accurate, the official said the timing of his arrival was unclear but confirmed that Kushner was scheduled to be in Iraq Monday. Such visits from high-ranking officials are typically kept secret out of security concerns.

The administration official who provided the information late Sunday wasn't authorized to speak about confidential meetings by name and demanded anonymity.

Kushner's arrival in mid-afternoon Monday, local time, with Dunford and Thomas P. Bossert, a presidential assistant for homeland security and counterterrorism, was announced by Capt. Greg Hicks, a spokesman for Dunford.

The trip begins against a backdrop of an ongoing investigation into civilian deaths in an area of Mosul near the site of an air-strike by U.S.-led coalition forces last month.

"Gen. Dunford invited Mr. Kushner and Mr. Bossert to meet with Iraqi leaders, senior U.S. advisors, and visit with U.S. forces in the field to receive an update on the status of the counter-ISIS (an acronym for the Islamic State group) campaign in Iraq and Syria," Hicks said. The spokesman added that Kushner was "traveling on behalf of the president to express the president's support and commitment to the Government of Iraq and U.S. personnel currently engaged in the campaign."

Kushner's West Wing portfolio is robust. He has been deeply involved with presidential staffing, recently launched a task force meant to modernize government using lessons drawn from the private sector, and has played the role of shadow diplomat, advising on relations with the Middle East, Canada and Mexico.

And though Kushner had no previous diplomatic or government experience, Trump also tasked him with trying to broker a peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians.

"If you can't produce peace in the Middle East, nobody can," Trump told Kushner at a gala a few days before his inauguration.

Kushner was also the latest Trump associate to be swept up into the ongoing probe into contacts with Russian officials. The White House confirmed last week that he had volunteered to be interviewed by the Senate intelligence committee. North Carolina Sen. Richard Burr, the committee's chairman, said that Kushner would likely be under oath and would submit to a "private interview" about arranging meetings with the Russian ambassador and other officials.

Kushner is married to Trump's oldest daughter, Ivanka. He was expected to have a major role in meetings later this week between Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping at Trump's winter retreat in Palm Beach, Florida.

His visit marks an early foray for the Trump administration into the situation in Iraq and came just two weeks after Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said he was assured by the president the U.S. will accelerate its support for his country's struggle against the Islamic State group.

Al-Abadi met with Trump and Kushner in Washington recently and said he had the impression that the United States would take a more aggressive approach, although he did not say what that might entail.

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis recently presented Trump with the outlines of a comprehensive approach to defeating IS and other extremist groups on a global scale, but specifics have yet to be worked out. Officials have indicated that the approach is unlikely to depart radically from the Obama administration's strategy, at least with regard to ongoing efforts in Iraq and Syria.

Iraq was part of the Trump administration's original travel ban but was removed from the revised version after a request from the Pentagon and the State Department highlighting Iraq's key role in fighting the Islamic State. The second travel ban, which restrictions immigration from six Muslim-majority countries, has been halted by a federal court. The U.S. Justice Department has announced an appeal.

Associated Press writers Jonathan Lemire, Lolita C. Baldor, Vivian Salama and Catherine Lucey contributed to this report.

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Robbery Suspect Pistol-Whipped Cashier: West Haven Police


West Haven police are searching for the suspect in an armed robbery who they say pistol-whipped a clerk at Krauszer’s on Elm Street.

Police said that Sunday night a male suspect entered the store at 111 Elm Street and pistol-whipped the cashier before taking cash from the register.

The suspect was wearing gray sweat pants, a black hoodie and a black mask at the time of the crime.

Anyone with information on this crime should contact West Haven police at 203-937-3900.

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