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Man Accused of Lewd Act at Hartford Police Station


Hartford police have arrested a man accused of a lewd act in the lobby of the Hartford police department on Monday morning.

Police said Ruham Karjohn, 21, of Hartford, went to the police station on Monday morning and asked if there were any warrants for his arrest, police said. After police said there were not, he left, only to return moments later and tell police he wanted to go to jail, police said.

Then, he lowered his pants, exposed himself and began masturbating, police said.

Other people were in the lobby at the time and left because of the man’s antics, police said.

Karjohn was arrested just before 9 a.m. and charged with second-degree breach of peace and public indecency.

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Officials Push to Add 3 Conditions to Medical Marijuana


The state Department of Consumer Protections is drafting new regulations that would allow three more conditions to qualify for medical marijuana treatment.

Commissioner Jonathan A. Harris said in a news release he agrees with the Medical Marijuana Board of Physicians' Jan. 14 recommendation that sickle cell disease, severe psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis, and post-laminectomy syndrome with chronic radiculopathy, also known as recurring back pain after surgery, should be approved conditions for the state's medical marijuana program.

“In light of the Board members’ careful review and deliberation of the evidence involving the potential for marijuana to alleviate the pain, symptoms and complications of these debilitating conditions, as well as the benefit of avoiding the negative effects associated with opioids, I have concluded that these medical conditions should be added to the list of debilitating medical conditions under the Act,” Harris said in a statement Monday. “Accordingly, we will move forward immediately to promulgate a regulation to that effect.”

The board also unanimously voted against adding Tourette's Syndrome to the approved conditions list at that meeting.

Those are the only four conditions that have been brought forward to be considered as additions to the original list of approved conditions in medical marijuana laws signed on May 31, 2012, according to a news release. The proposals required "supporting evidence from professionally recognized sources," as well as letters supporting the petition from physicians and health professionals, the news release said.

Once the regulation is drafted, there will be a hearing and public comment window and then the proposal will be sent to the attorney general for review. The General Assembly's Regulation Review Committee is required to vote on the regulations before they can officially be added.

If approved, patients with those conditions who are registered through the state will qualify to "possess a one-month supply of marijuana," amounting to 2.5 ounces, according to the new release.

Cancer, glaucoma, Parkinson's disease, multiple schlerosis, epilepsy, cachexia, "damage to the nervous tissue of the spinal cord with objective neurological indication of intractable spasticity," Chrohn's disease, human immuno deficiency virus or acquired immune deficiency syndrome, wasting syndrome and post traumatic stress disorder are conditions already approved for medical marijuana treatment, according to the state law.

A patient's regular certified Connecticut physician has to sign off on medical marijuana as a treatment for those conditions and the patient must be registered with the state program.

The state currently has six medical marijuana dispensaries and more than 2,600 patients benefit from it.

“This program, which is regulated similar to that for pharmaceuticals, is improving the daily lives of Connecticut residents who have long suffered with chronic and debilitating illnesses,” Harris said. “Its positive impact on the lives of patients and their loved ones is something Connecticut can be proud of.”

Fla. Boy, 3, Shoots Mom: Police


A 3-year-old boy shot his mother in the leg early Monday in Davie, police said.

The shooting happened shortly before 4 a.m. at a home in the 4800 block of Southwest 59th Terrace.

Police said the toddler somehow got a hold of the gun and shot his mother in the leg. The family was taking the woman to the hospital when they flagged down an officer who called fire rescue.

She was taken to Memorial East Hospital in Hollywood with non-life threatening injuries.

Officers with the Broward County Sheriff's Office child protective team were at the house Monday afternoon interviewing family members in order to determine how the child got a hold of the gun. It is believed that multiple generations of a family reside in the home together.

"From what I am gathering the weapon is not usually stored where the weapon was. It was in a position or a place where the child could gain access to it easily," Davie Police spokesman Capt. Dale Engle said.

The child is expected to stay with the relatives in that house.

It is possible that charges could be brought against an adult in the home for not securing the gun properly, police said.

"It is definitely something we are looking at and I do anticipate at some point that charges may be brought forth towards the parents once we determine who actually owns the weapon," Engle said.

Engle also added that is is a "myth" that a small child is not strong enough to pull the trigger of a gun.

"If you can squeeze your hand then you can discharge a weapon, and there is an obvious fascination with weapons with all kids," he said.

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Man Arrested After Pulling Gun During Super Bowl Argument


New Haven police arrested a man accused of pulling a gun on someone during an argument at a Super Bowl party, then barricading himself inside a home during a standoff with responding officers.

Police received a 911 call at 6:55 p.m. from a man saying Tyrice Streater, 36, of New Haven, pulled a gun on him and held it to his head during a football-game related argument at a Super Bowl party.

The victim said he ran to call 911 and Streater was still armed and pacing in front of the house at 156 Cedar Hill Avenue in New Haven.

When police showed up, Streater ran inside the home, closed the door behind him and wouldn’t come out, police said.

Unsure whether anyone else was inside, police called in SWAT officers as well as a hostage negotiator as blocked the scene.

When Streater did come out of the house, he was taken into custody and transported to Yale-New Haven hospital for a psychological evaluation. Police said they believe he was under the influence of drugs.

After an evaluation, hospital staff released Streater into police custody and he was charged with threatening in the second degree, breach of peace in the second degree, criminal possession of body-armor and criminal possession of a firearm.

Police said they did not find anyone else in the house and no one was injured. They did, however, find the gun the victim described, police said.

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123-Ton Boulder Hits SoCal Building


A more than 100-ton boulder smashed into the side of an Alpine business complex Sunday, rupturing a gas line and inflicting serious damage on the building.

Owners Kelli and Scott Thomas got a call from a friend Sunday saying there was something odd about their equipment rental business on Alpine Boulevard.

A boulder, estimated to weigh in at 247,000 pounds, had rolled down the hillside and crashed into the two-story building.

“It looks like it’s melting,” Kelli Thomas said of the building.

The boulder stands 11 feet wide and is taller than a single story home, repair crews say.

“It’s a huge, huge boulder,” Kelli said.

Heartland Fire officials responded to the gas line break and secured the area just after 10 a.m. Officials say there hasn't been significant rainfall so they're not sure what caused the rock to slide. 

When the Thomases built the business 15 years ago, they never considered the potential of a boulder rolling down the hill behind them.

“It was always, ‘They might come down,’” Scott said of a rockslide or mudslide. “Slow slide, or mud trickling, or something like that — but that’s more like a ‘boom’ than a slip.”

A crane operator told the owners that he can’t get the rock out of there until it’s pared down to 8.5 feet wide and 8.5 feet tall.

So for now, they’re making do – working out of a motorhome on the property.

The owners say they're just glad the business was closed at the time so no one was hurt.

“This we can fix,” Kelli said of the damage.

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Super Bowl 2015: Top Moments on Twitter, Facebook


Sunday’s Super Bowl battle between the New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks was the most-talked about NFL championship ever on Twitter and Facebook, the social media giants said Monday.

There were more than 28.4 million global tweets about the game and halftime show, surpassing last year’s 24.9 million tweets during the Super Bowl, Twitter said.

For Facebook, 65 million people wrote some 265 million Super Bowl-related posts, comments and likes.

Some of the game's highlights generated more buzz than Katy Perry's halftime performance and dozens of commercials.

The most popular moment on Facebook was the Patriots' win (1.36 million people-per-minute). This had the second highest volume on Twitter with 379,000 tweets per minute. Katy Perry’s “Firework” finale at halftime was the second most talked-about moment on Facebook (1.02 million people-per-minute); Perry's halftime show was third on Twitter with 284,000 tweets per minute.

When Malcolm Butler intercepted a pass by Russell Wilson one yard from the goal line with 20 seconds left in the game, Twitter exploded with 395,000 tweets per minute to become the top moment of the night. Butler’s move was the third most popular moment on Facebook, which sparked some 676,000 conversations per-minute.

Women between ages 25 to 34 were the most represented demographic in the conversation about the game on Facebook. The social media platform added that Tom Brady was the most-discussed New England Patriots player, and Marshawn Lynch from the Seahawks.


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Swastikas Painted on Jewish Frat


When they woke up on the Jewish Sabbath, students at a Jewish fraternity at UC Davis found two red swastikas spray painted on their house and on the ground behind a door nearby.

Nathaniel Bernhard, vice president of Alpha Epsilon Pi's Davis chapter, told the Sacramento Bee the vandalism took place between 3 and 9 a.m. Saturday. The fraternity house is located off campus.

One swastika was spray painted on the wall of the yellow two-story building, and the other was on the ground outside a back door. After the swastikas were found, NBC affiliate KCRA spotted students waving Israeli flags to combat the hateful icons.

Davis Police Sgt. Trevor Edens told KCRA that police will be monitoring social media to see if anyone starts bragging about what they did.

In a written statement, UC Davis Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi called the behavior “repugnant and a gross violation of the values our university holds dear.”

“Nothing rivals a swastika as a more potent or offensive symbol of hatred and violence toward our Jewish community members,” Katehi said.

The Jewish Federation, the Anti-Defamation League and the Jewish Community Relations Council condemned the graffiti.

ADL Central Pacific Regional Director Seth Brysk, Pacific regional director for the ADL said in a statement that his orgnanization "denounces this heinous expression of hatred. It is deeply shocking and thoroughly repugnant any time a swastika is employed against the Jewish community.  It is even more offensive that this act of anti-Semitism was committed during the same week the world commemorated International Holocaust Remembrance Day and the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz from the Nazis."

The vandalism comes after the Associated Students of UC Davis passed an advisory resolution asking the UC regents to divest from businesses with connections to Israel, the Bee reported.

Brysk noted the timing of the swastikas, as well.

"We are extremely concerned that this hate crime occurred directly on the heels of a UC  Davis student senate vote supporting the boycott, divestment, and sanctions movement," he said "BDS activists have been known to employ Holocaust imagery and themes in an attempt to garner support for their cause."

As of Monday, no arrests have been made.

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Find Towed Cars in Hartford


If you live in Hartford and your car has been towed during the storm, fear not – there's a way to track it down online.

The city's parking ban has been extended from 6 p.m. Monday through 9 a.m. Tuesday and all public schools will be closed. Off-street parking is available at all Hartford public schools and nine authorized lots. Residents are required to move their cars from school lots after 9 a.m. Tuesday.

If your car is one of hundreds that have been towed in violation of the city parking ban, you can track it down here.

The cost for retrieving a towed vehicle is $93.59. An additional $99 ticket will be issued, which owners are responsible for paying before the answer date.

“The snow storm is tapering off, but we need residents to comply with the Parking Ban until 6 p.m. to give DPW crews time to finish clearing streets. Once the Parking Ban is lifted residents need to begin the process of removing their vehicles from school lots. We want to have the school lots cleaned by midnight,” Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra said in a statement Monday. “Again, I want to thank DPW, Hartford Fire and Hartford Police for all their hard work overnight."

Anyone with questions on the parking ban or car retrieval should call Hartford police at 860-757-4000.

Convicted Murderer Collapses, Dies in Prison


Authorities are investigating after an inmate serving a 60-year sentence for the murder of a pregnant woman died in prison Monday morning, according to the Department of Correction.

Robert Courchesne, 57, collapsed at the Garner Correctional Center in Newtown around 10:30 a.m. Monday. He was rushed to Danbury Hospital and pronounced dead less than an hour later, the DOC said.

Courchesne was convicted in 2004 and sentenced to death for the deadly stabbing of a pregnant woman in 1998. Antonia Rodgers' baby was delivered prematurely in an emergency Cesarean and died 42 days later, when Rodgers was taken off life support, according to the DOC.

Courchesne was granted a new trial in 2010 and was spared the death penalty, sentenced instead to 60 years behind bars on a murder conviction.

The DOC and Connecticut State Police are investigating Courchesne's death, although no foul play is suspected.

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Manhole Blast Flings NYer Into Air


A man was flung into the air by the force of a weather-related manhole explosion in Brooklyn Monday, according to Consolidated Edison and fire officials. A second person was also injured. 

The man, who had been walking on the street at the time of the explosion on Prospect Park West between Fourth and Fifth streets shortly before noon, apparently was hit in the head by the flying manhole as he was flung into the air, utility and city fire officials said. He was taken to a hospital.

It wasn't clear if the second injured person also went to a hospital. The conditions of the victims weren't immediately available. 

Con Edison said that ice-melting road salt seeped under the manhole cover causing the blast. It shattered windows and could be heard and felt from as far as 10 blocks away, according to witnesses.

Utility workers were assessing the damage at the scene. No widespread power outages were reported.

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Warren Sapp Arrested: Police


Warren Sapp was arrested after police say he solicited and assaulted at least one prostitute early Monday morning at a hotel in downtown Phoenix, where he had been covering the Super Bowl for the NFL Network hours earlier.

The former All-Pro defensive tackle for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Oakland Raiders had begun arguing over money with two women in a hotel room, and the argument soon spilled into the hallway and turned physical, police said.

Sapp, 42, admitted to having hired a prostitute but denied assaulting the women, police said. Both women had minor injuries that appeared to have resulted from a struggle, according to investigators.

Sapp was booked into the Maricopa County Jail on misdemeanor charges of soliciting prostitution and two counts of assault.

It was not immediately clear whether he had a lawyer.

“Warren Sapp has been suspended indefinitely without pay from NFL Network pending the outcome of ongoing police investigation,'' Alex Riethmiller, a spokesman for the network, said in a statement Monday.

One of the women was cited for prostitution and released, and the other was cited for violating the city's escort permit requirements and released, police said.

Sapp, who played for the Raiders from 2004 until 2008, now works as an analyst for the NFL Network. He was in Arizona over the weekend to cover Sunday's Super Bowl.

Sapp played college football for the University of Miami until he was drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 1995. Prior to the 2004 season, Sapp signed with the Raiders, the same team he had helped defeat in Super Bowl XXXVII.

Sapp has had a history with legal troubles around the Super Bowl. He was arrested the day before the Super Bowl in 2010 on a domestic battery charge, but prosecutors later dropped the case because of inconsistences between the victim's statements and evidence, including surveillance video.

Despite making millions in his playing career, Sapp filed for bankruptcy in 2012 in Florida after owing more than $6.7 million to creditors and back child support and alimony.

In Monday's incident, Phoenix police officers working security at a downtown hotel were investigating a noise disturbance about 2:30 a.m. when they were contacted by a woman alleging she had been assaulted.

"The incident was alleged to have occurred in a guest room, after meeting in the lobby while she and another female were there as escorts,'' said Sgt. Trent Crump, a police spokesman. ``During a meeting in the room, an argument ensued, allegedly over money and the altercation turned physical, spilling out into the hallway. During the investigation, detectives were able to establish that an act of prostitution occurred in the room by at least one of the females.''

Crump said Sapp was taken to police headquarters and questioned ``and admitted involvement in the act of prostitution, but denied assaulting the females. Minor injuries consistent with a struggle were observed by investigators on both females.''

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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New Haven Plows Hit the Roads for Round Two


New Haven's plow trucks were out in force Monday, pairing up with independent contractors to go over the streets early as another round of snow blanketed the state.

Amado's Landscaping wasn't waiting for the snow and sleet to move out to start tackling parking lots on Monday. Instead, the plow truck hit the pavement and the shovels hit the sidewalks, trying to keep on top of the snow and ahead of the ice.

“When the sleet came – when we see water coming down – there wasn't a lot of it, but you put the plows up, because you don't want bare pavement and then you get that ice that occurs underneath and it's treacherous to drive on,” said New Haven’s Deputy Emergency Management Director Rick Fontana.

The plows will be putting salt and sand down overnight Monday into Tuesday.

However, just like during the last storm, New Haven officials said residents need to do their part by obeying the parking ban that was put into effect early Monday morning. As of noon Monday, the city had already towed more than 300 cars.

“Can't get the streets clear with people on them,” said Fontana.

New Haven Mayor Toni Harp said it's imperative to clear the roads as quickly as possible, especially with temperatures expected to drop Monday night.

“I'm hoping that when people get home, they stay home, and they really stay off the streets until this storm passes,” said Harp.

New Haven’s parking ban is in effect until further notice. The downtown portion of the parking ban will expire at 6 a.m. on Tuesday.

The city says it is monitoring the situation, and New Haven Public Schools will make a decision about school closures or delays Tuesday morning at 5 a.m.

Greater New Haven Deals With Messy Roads, Long Cleanup


A tractor-trailer hanging off the side of I-95 southbound in West Haven was only one of many accidents along the Connecticut shoreline Monday.

Fortunately, no one was hurt, and the truck was pulled up without any fuel spilling.

Drivers said the roads were bad.

“I think since crossing the New York line, it's gotten worse. I think what we're doing running at 40-45 mph, we're staying just ahead of it, and it's only going to get worse because it's coming that direction,” said Joe Migliaro, who was driving to Madison from Newark, New Jersey.

State plow trucks tried to stay ahead of the snow on I-95 by teaming up to clear off the highway. Plows also hit some roads in West Haven, where crews spent the day moving snow but also looking out for future problems.

“The temperatures aren't as cold as they are in the north, so we're getting the snow off the road, and once it freezes this afternoon, we're going to have some big issues with black ice and everything freezing up,” said West Haven Deputy Fire Chief Scott Schwartz, who also serves as the city’s Emergency Management director.

Another big issue is the parking ban in West Haven, which Mayor Ed O’Brien extended through 5 p.m. Tuesday.

“The police department is out there enforcing it, they're towing cars, but people need to realize they need to stay on the proper side of the street at this time,” said Schwartz.

Residents also need to make sure when they're digging themselves out, they keep the snow off the streets.

Michael Mazzacane is a teacher in New Haven. Since had the day off from school, he got out his snow blower to help his neighbors out.

“This has been very easy to clean up, so I've been going to my house, my neighbors' house, getting everything cleaned up, so it will be easy to move out later on,” said Mazzacane.

Bullet Pierces Bedroom Wall, Almost Hitting Resident: Police


Police are investigating after a gun battle in Watertown sent a bullet through the bedroom wall of a nearby house, nearly striking a resident early Saturday morning.

According to police, the occupants of two cars traded gunfire on Buckingham Street around 2 a.m. Saturday. The first 911 call came from someone on the 500 block, who reported hearing gunshots moments before a pullet pierced the resident's home.

Seconds later, residents of the 700 block reported hearing three more gunshots and cars speeding away. Police said the gun battle took place over the course of about 15 seconds.

Investigators believe the home was struck by accident. Two vehicles were involved, including possibly a silver sedan, according to police.

More gunfire was reported in the area of Claxton Avenue around 4 a.m. Officers searched the neighborhood but could not find any evidence of gunshots, police said.

No one was hurt in either incident. Anyone with information is urged to call Watertown police at 860-945-5200 or submit a tip to Crimestoppers at 860-945-9940. Tips may remain anonymous.

Patriots' Victory Parade Postponed


A snowstorm that dropped another foot of snow on Boston on Monday has forced the city to postpone its scheduled New England Patriots victory parade.

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh initially announced at noon Monday that the parade would be held on Tuesday at 11 a.m. But after being forced to cancel school on Tuesday due to the snowstorm, the mayor decided to change course.

In a release sent out at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, Walsh's office announced that the city and the team had mutually decided to postpone the parade until Wednesday at 11 a.m. The parade will start at the Prudential Tower and end at City Hall.

"We thank everyone for their flexibility and patience during the planning of this parade and we look forward to celebrating with Patriots fans during better weather on Wednesday," the statement said.

The Patriots are expected to return home on Monday night, landing at Logan Airport around 6:45 p.m. From there, they'll proceed to Gillette Stadium to clear out their lockers. Because of the weather, no crowds are expected to welcome the team home.

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Governor Grants Property Tax Extension Due to Storms


Residents who owed property taxes on Feb. 1 just received an extension.

Gov. Dannel Malloy has issued an executive order, extending the deadline for people who pay property taxes on a semi-annual or quarterly basis because of snow that has impacted the state over the last week.

“Between the significant snow we received last week, and now with today’s winter weather, extending this deadline will allow some additional time to help residents avoid accumulating interest fees,” Malloy said in a statement.

Under the order, the deadline will be extended from Feb. 1 to Feb. 3.

The Governor also authorized the Commissioner of the Department of Revenue Services to grant a similar extension for several other filings, a list of which can be found on that agency’s website.

Malloy Says Travel Ban Unnecessary


Gov. Dannel Malloy stands by his decision not to issue a travel ban during the storm that hit Connecticut on Monday, dropping more than a foot of snow across parts of the state and creating what state police called "treacherous" driving conditions.

The governor said this week's storm fell short of the size and scope of the Blizzard of 2015.

“Those are very different circumstances than the ones being presented in this storm, which is a long duration storm but not snowfall at a 4-inch clip,” Malloy said during a news conference Monday.

Last week’s blizzard brought upwards of two feet of snow to eastern Connecticut and even more along the Rhode Island and Massachusetts borders.

"This is New England," Malloy said, adding that residents should be used to snow storms taking a toll on the work and school day.

Malloy said he wanted to be careful about instituting a travel ban, even with whiteout conditions on the roads, because he didn’t want to alarm the entire state. He said other officials deemed this storm less serious than last week’s blizzard.

“It’s kind of a bond with the people of Connecticut that when I say, 'Get the heck off the highways and I’m going to close the highway,' it’s because we’re being threatened with extraordinary circumstances,” Malloy said.

The governor added that this storm has unfolded precisely as expected when it comes to power outages, which have been minimal across the entire state.

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Charles Manson's Marriage License to Expire Before Wedding


A 26-year-old woman with the nickname Star who says she is going to marry 80-year-old mass murderer Charles Manson will have to wait a while longer.

Afton Elaine Burton and Manson got a marriage license last year to stage a wedding inside a visiting room at California State Prison, Corcoran.

However, it expires Thursday, meaning they missed their chance to tie the knot over the weekend, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation spokesman Jeffrey Callison said Monday.

Wedding are not held through the week at the prison.

If the wedding is ever going to happen, the couple must register for a new Kings County marriage license.

Burton, who says she loves Manson, left her home In Illinois and has spent the last nine years living near the Central California prison.

Manson was convicted of killing seven people, including pregnant actress Sharon Tate, the wife of director Roman Polanski.

Burton, who maintains websites espousing Manson's innocence, has not responded to recent requests seeking comment on the relationship. Shortly after obtaining the license, she told The Associated Press the nuptials were imminent: "Y'all can know that it's true," she said in November. "It's going to happen."

The expiring license indicates that Burton intends to take Manson's last name, if they are married.

James McGrath, a New York City photo agency editor, said he maintains contact with Burton and she intends to obtain another 90-day license and go ahead with the marriage.

Manson became notorious in 1969 as the leader of a "family" of young killers.

Manson follower Susan Atkins died of cancer behind bars, but Leslie Van Houten and Patricia Krenwinkel remain imprisoned. So do Charles "Tex" Watson, Bruce Davis and Robert Beausoleil, who is expected to have a parole hearing Feb. 19. Manson is eligible for parole next in 2027.

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Tips for Safe Driving in the Snow


As heavy snowfall impacts the state, AAA is offering tips for safe and smart driving.

Clear all snow and ice from your car. State law requires cars to be completely clear of snow and ice before driving after a snowstorm. Snow left on the top of your car can fly off and smash into the windshield of another vehicle on the road. Drivers who violate the "ice missile" law will be subject to a fine.

Use major routes such as highways and streets that are well traveled whenever possible. Roads that see less traffic will be snowier and more dangerous.

Avoid passing plows unless absolutely necessary.

Leave a following distance of 8-10 seconds between you and the car in front of you. This will give you more time to react and stop in case one of you slips, skids or spins out.

Accelerate and brake slowly to maintain as much traction on the road as possible. Starting, stopping and turning take longer on snowy roads.

Do not use cruise control on slick roads. This can cause you to slip.

In an emergency, pull off to the side away from traffic as safely as you can. Turn on your hazard lights and stay in the car while calling for help, unless you're worried your car might be struck from behind.

Call 911 in an emergency situation, or AAA roadside assistance (1-800-AAA-HELP) during non-emergencies.

Simsbury Among Towns Hardest Hit by Snow


Towns in Hartford County were among the hardest hit by Monday's storm, with 13 inches of snow reported in Avon, 10 inches in North Granby, and 16 inches in Simsbury.

At times, heavy, blowing created nearly whiteout conditions.

“It was pretty bad but hopefully it stopped now so we should be done,” said Simsbury resident Smita Arora.

Public works crews in Simsbury sent out a 19-member crew with a fleet of 14 trucks.

“It’s been a long day. The guys came in at midnight last night and we’ve essentially worked non-stop until now,” said Public Works Director Tom Roy.

The crew will recuperate before getting back to work early Tuesday morning.

“We’re really going to have to keep an eye on the roadways and temperature to make sure we have the right amount of product down to keep the roads safe and passable,” said Roy.

Town officials are asking residents to do their part.

“It is crucial that residents go around to fire hydrants and clear them so if there is an emergency our fire trucks can get to them,” said Simsbury First Selectman Lisa Heavner.

The town is also concerned about predicted cold temperatures and has opened up warming centers at the Simsbury Public Library and Eno Memorial Hall.

“Right now we have them scheduled to stay open until Feb. 9,” said Heavner.

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