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Amber Alert for Toddler Canceled


Police have canceled an Amber Alert for Madison Wilson and the 1-year-old-girl was reunited with her mother.

Police said her biological father, Robert Williamson, 46, kidnapped her in New Haven on Wednesday and family helped convince him to turn himself in to police. 

Police said Williamson, 46, called Madison's mother and threatened to kill himself and the child. A family friend called police. 

Police were looking for a teal Dodge Intrepid with Connecticut license plate 431-YTD and took Williamson into custody on West River Street.

He was thought to be in possession of a firearm and is bipolar, according to New Haven police. No gun has been found in his possession.

Police initially reported Madison's age as 2, but the Madison's mother told NBC Connecticut her daughter just turned one. 

Man Injured in Four-Story Fall


A man was critically injured after apparently falling from a fourth-floor window in Naugatuck Wednesday.

According to police, a 24-year-old man was found laying on the ground next to a multi-family home at 8 Pond Street early Wednesday morning. The man was suffering from serious injuries to his head and body.

Investigators believe the victim fell from a window on the fourth floor of the home and landed on the sidewalk below. He was rushed to the hospital with what police called life-threatening injuries..

Naugatuck police and the Connecticut State Police Major Crime Unit.

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Priest Indicted in Federal Crystal Meth Case


A federal grand jury has indicted three men from Connecticut—including a priest—and two individuals from California with conspiring to distribute methamphetamine, the U.S. Attorney's office said Wednesday.

Msgr. Kevin Wallin, who resigned as pastor of Bridgeport's St. Augustine Parish in June 2011, was arrested Jan. 3 and charged with six counts of possession with intent to distribute crystal meth. 

According to the U.S. Attorney's office, Wallin is accused of receiving shipments of crystal meth from a California distributor and selling it to an undercover officer six times between September 2012 and January 2013.

If convicted, he faces up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $2 million.

According to the Diocese of Bridgeport, Wallin, 61, resigned from his post after nine years, telling parishioners "that he was struggling with a number of health and personal issues" and he was granted a sabbatical.

"During his sabbatical, the Diocese became concerned about Msgr. Wallin's wellbeing and have continued to reach out to him," the Diocese wrote in a statement. "To date, he has not spoken directly with diocesan officials."

Still, the statement said many people in Fairfield County have known Wallin as "a gifted, accomplished and compassionate priest," and that his arrest, therefore comes with "a sense of shock and concern."

Kenneth Devries, a 52-year-old from Waterbury; Michael Neslon, 40, from Manchester; Chad McCluskey, 43, from San Clemente, Calif.; and Kristen Laschober, 47 from Laguna Niguel, Calif. were also arrested in connection to the alleged drug ring.

The arrests were the result of a joint effort between the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Connecticut State Police's Statewide Narcotics Task Force.

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Professor to Be Freed 5 Years After Conviction for Wife's Murder


Ellen Gregory Robb was murdered by her husband — beaten to death as she wrapped Christmas gifts in December of 2006. Dr. Rafael Robb, once a highly-regarded professor at the University of Pennsylvania, did it to avoid a costly divorce. Now, after spending just five years in prison, Robb, 61, is about to be paroled.

The victim's family is making a public plea in an interview with NBC 10 Philadelphia's Deanna Durante, saying the Pennsylvania Parole board is making a huge mistake by setting Dr. Robb free.

The victim's brother, Gary Gregory, remembers arriving at the crime scene. It was the day his sister was supposed to start a fresh life, he says, because she was leaving her husband.

"I drove up to the house, I saw them loading her body in the ambulance." Gregory said he had no idea the abuse his sister suffered until she was killed. The family is appalled that the first time Dr. Robb was eligible for parole, it was granted.

"The judge said this is the most horrific crime ever in Montgomery County. Now he's being set free," Gregory said.

The attorney who represented Dr. Robb said he has served his time and now it's time for release.

The parole board will not comment on the case, aside from a written notice sent to Dr. Robb which outlines the reasons he's being freed. The statement says he's taken responsibility for his crime and has shown good behavior.

That's not good enough for Gregory, who says his sister is gone. He and his brothers are now raising Ellen's daughter. They want Dr. Robb to remain behind bars.

"This isn't a shoplifting case. He took someone's life. That's wrong."

Robb's release is schedule for Jan. 28. Gregory says he plans to give the parole board new information and has been working since his sister's death to educate others on the issue of domestic violence, and to keep his sister's memory alive.

"Aaron's Law" Would Tweak Hacking Law for Late Reddit Activist


A Silicon Valley congresswoman took to Reddit this week to propose tweaking a computer fraud law used to prosecute Aaron Swartz, the Internet activist who committed suicide last week and had faced federal hacking charges.

Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) not only posted a draft of "Aaron's Law" on her website. She also posted a link on Reddit's blog about her proposal to change the 1984 Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (PDF) by excluding terms of service violations.

The legislation aims at helping "prevent what happened to Aaron from happening to other Internet users" by seeking to limit the "broad scope" of the act and the wire fraud statute, Lofgren wrote.

Lofgren argues the government inappropriately used vague language in the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act to apply Swartz's alleged actions to wire fraud.

"Using the law in this way could criminalize many everyday activities and allow for outlandishly severe penalties," she wrote in the Reddit post.

Her proposal is a narrow one: It would amend the CFAA to exclude terms of service violations, so that it would no longer be a crime to violate a term of service by, for instance, using a fake name on Facebook or downloading more material than is allowed.

"His family’s statement about this speaks volumes about the inappropriate efforts undertaken by the U.S. government," Lofgren wrote on the Reddit post.

Swartz's father on Tuesday blamed the government for his son's death, arguing the feds "hounded" him.

"He was killed by the government, and MIT betrayed all of its basic principles," Robert Swartz said Tuesday in Highland Park, Ill., as his son was laid to rest at the family's suburban Chicago synagogue.

"There’s no way to reverse the tragedy of Aaron’s death, but we can work to prevent a repeat of the abuses of power he experienced," Lofgren said in her Reddit post.

Swartz, who help create Reddit and RSS, the technology behind blogs, podcasts and other web-based subscription services, was found dead on Friday in his Brooklyn, N.Y., apartment.

He faced decades in prison amid federal charges he illegally gained access to articles from a Massachusetts Institute of Technology computer archive. His family blamed his death on "prosecutorial overreach."

Prosecutors alleged that he had violated JSTOR's terms of service by using automated programs and downloaded more articles than allowed. Lofgren's bill, if it passes, would forbid these allegations from being criminal charges.

In fact, JSTOR had urged federal prosecutors to drop their case, which hinged on Swartz violating the terms of service agreement with JSTOR for downloading too many articles at once.

Swartz had contended that JSTOR's fees limited access to academic work produced at American schools.

JSTOR announced this week that it would make more than 4.5 million articles publicly available for free.

Students Fall Through Ice in Torrington


Two Torrington High School students were taken to a local hospital as a precaution after falling through ice on Besse Pond, right near Torrington High School, around 7 a.m. on Thursday.

Fire officials said the teens were walking on the ice, trying to take a shortcut to school, when they went through.

"They got too close to an open part of the pond and fell in. One fell in to his knees. One fell in to his chest," Fire Chief Gary Brunoli, of the Torrington Fire Department, said.

The teens were able to get themselves out and were treated at the scene, then brought to a local hospital as a precaution.

"They were already out on the edge of the ice or on the bank and we just took them in, put them in the fire department apparatus to keep them warm because they were shivering a bit," Brunoli said.

Torrington High School Principal Joanne Creedon said the students are OK.

"I’m relieved that both students are in good shape," she said.

Fire officials warn people to be extra cautious at ponds during the winter.

"I would advise people that, before they go on, it they should make sure that whatever they’re going to do on it is appropriate for their activity," Brunoli said.

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Anti-Doping Experts: Culture Must Change


Anti-doping pioneer Don Catlin spent a quarter century trying to catch athletes using performance-enhancing drugs, snaring many of the world's biggest cheaters — but he never caught Lance Armstrong.

Catlin figures he must have analyzed about 50 of Armstrong's urine samples at his UCLA lab over the years, and the seven-time Tour de France winner, the most scrutinized athlete on Earth, always turned up clean.

"That’s fairly disturbing," Catlin said a couple of days before Armstrong’s doping confession was to air on prime-time television. "We thought we had a good program."

Going after dopers is an exercise in endless frustration, because unscrupulous athletes will always find new drugs and new methods to beat tests, and sports organizations have too much to lose by allowing stringent inspections. That is why Catlin, a chemist, has moved beyond the endless game of cat-and-mouse, and thinks the rest of the world should, too.

Testing holds a necessary place in anti-doping efforts, he says, but science alone can’t solve sports' problems. The chase will never be won — and sports will never really be cleansed — unless the focus shifts toward a voluntary system that rewards honest athletes while pressuring the dirty ones to change their ways.

Kind of like peer pressure for jocks.

"That’s what it’s been criticized for, and to that I say, 'Nothing much works these days,'" Catlin said.

Case in point is Armstrong, who fooled authorities for a decade before the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency released a mountain of evidence against him last year and accused him of running "the most sophisticated, professionalized and successful doping program that sport has ever seen." A month earlier, his former U.S. Postal Service teammate, Tyler Hamilton, published a book about how they got away with it.

"Very scary stuff," Catlin said.

Catlin got out of the testing business six years ago, ending a 25-year career at UCLA’s Olympic Analytical Lab, which he built into one of the world’s premier testing facilities. The lab broke open the Bay Area Laboratory Cooperative, which was linked to many elite athletes, including track star Marion Jones and San Francisco Giants slugger Barry Bonds, by discovering the designer steroid THG. Catlin later developed a test that was used to catch Olympic gold medal sprinter Justin Gatlin with unnatural levels of testosterone.

His lab also specialized in detecting the blood-oxygen booster EPO, which Armstrong is accused of using.

Catlin left his lab in 2007 to develop the nonprofit Anti-Doping Research Institute in Los Angeles.

"The cause is good, but after 25 years you know everything about the field, and you don’t see it going away," Catlin said. "You see doping staying forever and that’s frustrating. You try to figure out, as I’m doing now, better approaches to take the problem from very different ways."

University of Texas doping historian John Hoberman doesn’t know Catlin, but, he, too, believes that the only way to save sport from doping is to reform its culture. He advocates for a refocusing on "the human chemistry" of the scourge.

The most formidable obstacle to clean competition, Hoberman says, is a kind of institutional corruption in which members of groups that profit from the "sports entertainment industry" are implicitly or explicitly allowing doping to happen. To these organizations, the "appearance of compliance" with World Anti-Doping Agency codes is enough.

"The other aspect of this is the many national and international sports officials who should be good guys, and aren’t," Hoberman said.

That is why Hoberman hopes that Armstrong — who arguably knows more about doping than any of his accusers — will implicate top cycling officials in his confession. That could help spark an unprecedented reform effort.

“If you can get everything out of him, you can make extraordinary inroads in improving the culture,” Hoberman said.

But even with Armstrong’s confession, neither Hoberman nor Catlin is idealistic enough to believe that doping is ever going to end.

"This is not the last they’re going to see of (someone like) Armstrong," Catlin said. "Look at his story and ask: Could this (still) be going on today? The answer is yes."

Cops, Firefighters Compete to Help Newtown Fund


Police officers and firefighters in Newtown will be using their brawn to raise money for the Sandy Hook School Memorial Scholarship Fund, which was set up in the days following the school shooting in Newtown.

At 4 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 2, the New Britain Police Department and New Britain Fire Department will compete against each other in “New Britain’s Finest vs. Bravest Fitness Challenge,” a combination of CrossFit exercises, StrongMan, powerlifting lifts and endurance workout.

The final event of the competition pits both teams head to head. 

All proceeds will go to the University of Connecticut Foundation, Inc. to benefit the Sandy Hook School Memorial Scholarship Fund at the University of Connecticut to help support the college costs for any siblings of those killed in the assault, the dependents of the adults who also lost their lives, as well as students currently enrolled at the elementary school, who are accepted to attend the university.
All competitors will “pay to play,” as will volunteers for the event. 

The cost is $5, but additional donations are also welcome. 

The Fitness Challenge will take place at Roosevelt Middle School, 40 Goodwin St. in New Britain.
The doors open to the public at 3:45 p.m.

Refreshments will also be available for sale.

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Drugs, Guns and 164 Rounds of Ammo Seized in Hartford


State police seized five guns, more than 150 rounds of ammunition and drugs from a Hartford home during a drug sweep.

State Police detectives, Hartford police and local officers from the Statewide Narcotics Task Force-North Central Field Office went to apartment 5 of 19 Norwich Street in Hartford at 5:40 p.m. on Wednesday with a search and seizure warrant.

When they arrived, they found two juveniles in the residence and soon after found two adults outside. 

Investigators said they seized 2 grams of pure heroin, drug scales, strainer, a pestle grinder, cutting agents, a packaging stamp, four handguns, one shot gun, extra gun magazines, 164 rounds of ammunition and $900 in cash. 

The state Department of Children and Families was notified, responded and is conducting its own independent investigation. 

Juan C. Rodriguez, 30, was charged with operating a drug factory, possession of narcotics, possession of narcotics with intent to sell, possession of narcotics with 1,500 feet of a school, altering firearm ID and two counts of risk of injury to a minor.

He is being held on a $500,000 bond and he is due in court on Jan. 17. 


Aquarium Gets Adorable, Blind Baby Sea Lion

A 1-year-old sea lion named Cruz lost his eyesight after suffering a gunshot wound to the face. He and another sea lion, Tanner, made their public debut recently at Chicago's Shedd Aquarium. NBC Chicago's Rob Stafford reports.

Health Club Membership Warnings

This is the time of year many join new gyms or expensive health clubs. Here are a few tips to help you avoid getting sucked into costly commitments.

Manti Te'o Must Answer Questions


Hours after Notre Dame officials held a strange press conference about their star linebacker Manti Te'o and an Internet hoax, someone tweeted fuel to the fire. 

The tweet -- announcing new information at noon Pacific Time -- came from an account originally believed to be associated with the fake, dead girlfriend, Lennay Kekua. That account was later discovered to have been created on January 16, and has since been verified as a hoax in itself.

It was just one of the many twists in the bizarre story.

Throughout Te'o's season - one that ended with him placing second in Heisman trophy voting, and playing in the BCS National Championship game -- the story of his ill girlfriend provided a tragic back story to his triumphs on the field.

The tale of that girlfriend quickly unraveled Wednesday in a long, detailed report in Deadspin.

Following the report, the university discussed the matter in a hastily-called press conference. Te'o wasn't there and as of Thursday afternoon hadn't faced the media to answer myriad questions about the timeline of his alleged fake Internet romance, and whether he ever met in person with the girl. 

It's unclear when he will.

"This is incredibly embarrassing to talk about," Te'o said in a written statement released Wednesday in response to the article. "Over an extended period of time, I developed an emotional relationship with a woman I met online. We maintained what I thought to be an authentic relationship by communicating frequently online and on the phone, and I grew to care deeply about her."

Notre Dame, for its part, is trying to remove itself from the story. 

A Notre Dame official says Te'o is in Florida at the IMG combine camp, a renowned operation at the Nick Bollatteri tennis camp in Bradenton that tries to prepare college players for life in the NFL--handling finances and the media.

The official says Te'o has hired Tom Condon of CAA as his agent. As such, he has turned professional and Notre Dame will no longer assist him with such things as media relations. That is up to Condon now, the official says.

Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick said he'd have no further comment on the matter beyond his news conference last night.

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Not Quite Foot-Long Subway Sandwich Buzzes Online


A photo an Australian man posted of a Subway foot-long sandwich that was actually 11 inches earlier this week is getting a lot of attention online and prompting a lot of people to question whether the name truly reflects the sandwich.

The $5 Footlong fallout began on Tuesday, when a man in Australia posted a photo of the sandwich next to measuring tape. It was 11-inches long and the man asked: “subway pls respond.”

In just two days, that one post has generate almost 6,000 comments, with varying response.

Gawker apparently saw the post and posted the article “Angry Sandwich Lovers Demand to Know Why Subway’s Footlong is Shorter Than Advertised.”

NBC Connecticut reached out to the Milford-Connecticut-based company on Wednesday and received the following response.

“As you know, all of our sandwiches are made to order, and our bread is baked daily in every one of our more than 38,000 restaurants in 100 countries worldwide.  We have policies and procedures in place to ensure that our products are consistent and have the same great taste no matter which Subway restaurant you visit.

“We have seen the photo you referenced of a Subway sandwich that looks like it doesn’t meet our standards. We always strive for our customers to have the most positive experience possible, and we believe this was an isolated case in which the bread preparation procedures were unfortunately not followed.”

The company said its social media team has responded to the customer and the company is taking steps to remind franchisees and staff of “the importance of serving beautiful bread.”


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Dramatic Surveillance Video Shows Gas Station Shootout

The video shows shows a homeless man, Hasib Kuric, giving the clerk, identified as 45-year-old Leonard Carr, a critical warning of trouble outside. Kuric and gas station owner Bhagwanath Ramnarine spoke about the incident.

Campus Sexual Assault Response Report Card Released


A report was released this morning on how private and public Connecticut colleges and universities address sexual violence.

The schools received high grades for the policies they have in place, but the lowest grades were for sexual assault education for members of Greek Life and for campus response teams, who respond to claims of sexual violence on campus.

Research indicates that up to one in four women will be sexually assaulted during their college career and students who experience sexual victimization are more likely than their peers to miss class, perform poorly academically and withdraw from school altogether, according to the Connecticut Sexual Assault Crisis Services.

Grades have been issued collectively and schools received high marks for their written policies on sexual violence and their post-assault response efforts, including referrals to local sexual assault crisis services programs and interim sanctions before and during campus judicial proceedings.

The grades have improved over the years, according to the Connecticut Sexual Assault Crisis Services.

“Institutions of higher education are becoming much more savvy about the dynamics of sexual violence, what perpetration looks like, and how to provide support to survivors,” said Beth Hamilton, CONNSACS’ Director of Prevention and Programs and the author of the report. “While we are encouraged by the progress we’ve seen in recent years, we need to see improvement in education and training for the entire campus community, especially those people who will be responding to or working with survivors.” 

The group also gave credit to lawmakers, who passed An Act Concerning Sexual Violence on College Campuses, which provides guidelines for campuses to follow regarding sexual violence prevention and response. It also requires all Connecticut campuses to provide students with prevention and awareness training related to sexual assault and intimate partner violence.

You can review the report here.

Munchies Run Ends in Arrest


A 23-year-old Vernon man was arrested early Thursday morning after smashing a sandwich shop window and grabbing a late-night snack, according to police.

Police said they found Michael Anthony Smith standing by a smashed window at the Subway sandwich shop at 69 Windsor Ave. just after midnight and grab snack-sized bags of chips, according to police. He also had marijuana in his possession, according to police. 

The Vernon Patch reports that Smith used firewood to break the window and took Sun Chips and Baked Lays potato chips. 

Smith was charged with burglary; two counts of larceny; possession of drug paraphernalia, with less than 4 ounces of marijuana; and criminal mischief.

Bond was set at $7,500. Smith was held and is due in court on Thursday. 

On a "Budget," Tickets and Yankee Haters


President Barack Obama's second inauguration takes place Monday, and there's a lot going on. In an effort to keep you up to date, we'll be bringing you a daily round-up of interesting news, notes and stories — like how to do the weekend on a "budget" and the favorite baseball team of the guy giving the benediction.

  • Hoping to attend the inauguration in style, but on a budget of less than $500,000? The $250,000 “Washington Premium Partner Access” from the Inaugural Committee and the Ritz-Carlton Georgetown’s $201,300 “West Wing” package will leave you for enough money to buy tickets and some new threads.
  • But be careful about where you get your tickets, because while they're selling all over the Internet, they're supposed to be free. Sen. Chuck Schumer has been shutting down on-line sales.
  • For the second inauguration in a row, President Obama has had to find a replacement pastor to give the benediction after his first choice was found to be politically unsuitable. But what do we know about Rev. Luis Leon? Other than the fact that he hates the Yankees?
  • Curious about all the musicians playing throughout the weekend's festivities? Want a playlist of some of their biggest hits? Here you go, thanks to the Today Show.
  • Obama rose through the ranks thanks in large part to his gifts as a public speaker, and he'll be on the mic again come Monday, but he'll be facing a huge challenge: "Second inaugurals are generally little remembered and long forgotten," Yahoo News says.

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By the Numbers: Gun Violence in America


Mass shootings have a way of focusing the nation's attention to the scourge of gun violence, but those events are relatively infrequent.

In some parts of the country, gunfire is a part of everyday life.

Despite overall drops in the crime rate, America still has one of the highest rates of gun violence in the world.

Data collected by government agencies show how deeply this plague impacts the country, particularly children.

More victims live than die

289: The number of people, on average, who are shot every day in America as the result of murders, assaults, suicides, suicide attempts, accidents and police actions. (1)

202: The number of those average daily victims who survive their injuries. (1)

32,163: The number of people shot to death in 2011. (2)

73,883: The number of people who survived gunshot wounds in 2011 (3)

Weapons of choice

67.8Percentage of 2011 murders in which a gun was used. (5)

72.5Percentage of 2011 gun murders in which handguns were used. (5)

3.8: Percentage of 2011 gun murders in which rifles were used. (5)

Children as victims

18,287: The number of children aged 0 to 19 shot in 2010. (4)

15,576: The number of those young 2010 victims who survived their injuries. (3)

5,247: By comparison, the number of U.S. soldiers wounded in action in 2010 in the war in Afghanistan. (6)

119,079The number of children and teens who were killed by firearms between 1979 and 2010. (7)

86,405: By comparison, the combined number of U.S. soldiers killed in action in the Vietnam, Korean, Afghanistan and Iraq wars. (6)

82The number of children under the age of 5 who died from firearms in 2010 (4)

58: By comparison, the number of law enforcement officers killed by firearms in the line of duty in 2010. (8)


(1) 2010 fatal and 2011 non-fatal injury data from The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Web-based Injury Statistics Query and Reporting System

(2) CDC’s National Vital Statistics Reports Vol. 61, No. 6 - Deaths: Preliminary Data for 2011

(3) CDC’s WISQARS Nonfatal Injury Reports

(4) CDC’s WISQARS Fatal Injury Reports

(5) The FBI’s Crime in the United States 2011

(6) The Children's Defense Fund, The Department of Defense's Defense Casualty Analysis System: Conflict Casualties (as of Jan. 4, 2012)

(7) The Children's Defense Fund, The CDC's WONDER Online Database

(8) The Children's Defense Fund, The FBI's Law enforcement deaths (includes felonious and accidental deaths by firearms)

Ice Caused Rollover in North Haven


Route 5 in North Haven has reopened after a truck apparently slid on black ice and rolled over.

A truck from Diesel Direct, based in Stoughton Massachusetts, rolled over on Washington Avenue at Defco Park Road after traveling over an icy bridge at 2:40 a.m., according to fire officials. The driver was not hurt, but the road was closed.

The truck was carrying around 2,500 gallons of diesel fuel and the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection responded.

The fuel traveled down a hill approximately 1/8 mile and reached storm water catch basins along Route 5, according to DEEP. They believe all the fuel was contained before reaching the Quinnipiac River.

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State GOP Outraged by Martha Dean's Sandy Hook Post


Republican leaders in Connecticut are outraged at former GOP Attorney General candidate Martha Dean for posting a link on her Facebook page to a video that promotes conspiracy theories about the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

Senate Republican Leader Larry Cafero and House Republican Leader John McKinney released a statement Thursday denouncing Dean and calling the conspiracy theories "vile."

"The victims and families of Newtown and Connecticut as a whole have been devastated by this horrible tragedy, many of whom may never recover," Cafero said. "We do not need to hear these vile conspiracy claims."

The video claims the mass shooting on Dec. 14 may have been orchestrated by government officials and that it was staged by actors.

Cafero and McKinney called on Dean to remove the video from her Facebook page.

"The information put out by so-called "Newtown Truthers" and other conspiracy theorists is disgusting and despicable," McKinney said. "Their conduct and actions are not only an insult to our intelligence, but also hurtful to the people of Newtown and disrespectful to the families of the victims and the memories of their children. Reposting, or in any way furthering the legitimacy of these groups, is grossly irresponsible and equally wrong. Anyone who engages in such behavior owes the families of the victims and the people of Newtown an apology," he said.

Dean, who ran for the office of Connecticut Attorney General in 2010, advocated for gun training for children in schools, scout groups and at summer camps. She lost the election to Democrat George Jepsen.

The Facebook post was first reported by blogger Kevin Rennie, who called on Republican leaders to denounce Dean.

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