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  • New Haven woman saws handgun in two

    02/20/2018 6:01:34 AM PST · by Puppage · 92 replies
    WTNH.COM ^ | 2/20/2018 | WTNH.com Staff
    NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — A New Haven woman, determined to keep her own gun from getting into the wrong hands, sawed her weapon in two. Former School Teacher Amanda Meyer told News 8 via Skype that she was moved to take action in the wake of the Florida school massacre. “I had decided to do it before the Parkland shooting happened but I couldn’t bring myself to do it. And it was after that and reading the negativity on social media and realizing that I didn’t want to be part of that club anymore that finally drove me to...
  • High school student arrested for gun comment

    02/16/2018 12:18:18 PM PST · by Puppage · 23 replies
    New Haven Register ^ | 02/16/2018 | New Haven Register
    LEDYARD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut officials say a 17-year-old high school student has been arrested for commenting, "I could buy an AR-15," the day after the same gun model was used in a high school shooting that killed 17 and injured others in Florida.
  • Tweet From US Speedskater Shani Davis' Account Rips Flagbearer Coin Toss

    02/08/2018 6:54:04 AM PST · by Puppage · 51 replies
    NBCConnecticut.com ^ | 02/08/2018 | Tim Reynolds
    It was a feel-good story for a few hours: Luge veteran Erin Hamlin gets the chance to enter her last Olympics carrying the U.S. flag into the opening ceremony of the Pyeongchang Games, winning that distinction after a vote by some of her fellow athletes. And then Shani Davis tweeted. With that, the entire process was called into controversy. The tweet posted to Davis' account said the process by which Hamlin won was executed "dishonorably," and included a reference to Black History Month — raising the question of whether the speedskater was suggesting that race played a role in the...
  • Climate change diet: Arctic sea ice thins, so do polar bears

    02/02/2018 7:07:13 AM PST · by Puppage · 19 replies
    AP via WTNH.COM ^ | 02/02/2018 | AP
    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Some polar bears in the Arctic are shedding pounds during the time they should be beefing up, a new study shows. It’s the climate change diet and scientists say it’s not good.
  • PD: Customer with gun chases away armed robbers in Milford restaurant

    01/22/2018 11:28:25 AM PST · by Puppage · 41 replies
    WTNH.COM ^ | 1/22/2018 | Alex Ceneviva
    MILFORD, Conn. (WTNH)– Two New Haven men were arrested Friday after allegedly robbing a Milford restaurant at gunpoint before being chased away by an armed customer. Police say 21-year-old Royshon Ferguson and 22-year-old Gregory McLaurin were arrested after an armed robbery was reported at the Smashburger, at 1590 Boston Post Road. According to police, Ferguson and McLaurin entered the restaurant armed with a .22 caliber handgun and ordered all workers and customers into the kitchen. While in the kitchen, McLaurin allegedly told the manager to open the safe or he would shoot her in the head. The manager then opened...
  • Social media executives testify about fighting extremist propaganda

    01/17/2018 12:43:44 PM PST · by Puppage · 5 replies
    WTNH.COM ^ | 01/17/2018 | WTNH.com Staff
    WASHINGTON (WTNH) — Social media executives testified on Capitol Hill on Wednesday about the steps the industry is taking to fight extremist propaganda online. Witnesses included representatives from Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter. Lawmakers presses the executives on measure they are taking to ban extremist content. Executives at the hearing discussed a range of topics, including getting rid of instructional videos on the internet that explain how to launch a terrorist attack.
  • Connecticut Dreamers head to Washington to urge Congress to pass Dream Act

    01/16/2018 6:22:21 AM PST · by Puppage · 31 replies
    WTNH.COM ^ | 01/16/2018 | WTNH.com Staff
    HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH)– Congress has until midnight Friday, to strike a deal on a host of issues before government funding is set to run out. At the heart of it, nearly 800,000 undocumented young immigrants. That’s why dozens of Connecticut Dreamers are on their way to the nation’s capitol Tuesday morning. They’re message to Congress is to pass the Dream Act. Republicans and Democrats both want to lift spending caps, which limit the amount of money the government can spend without adding to the deficit. Democrats say in order for them to support the republicans’ spending plan, they must include...
  • Army vet sues VA over scalpel left in body after surgery

    01/15/2018 10:22:02 AM PST · by Puppage · 13 replies
    NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — An Army veteran is suing a Veterans Administration hospital in Connecticut after he says someone left a scalpel inside him after surgery, and it was only discovered years later, after he suffered from long-term abdominal pain.
  • Bank employee writes “HELP” on fogged glass, triggers police response

    01/12/2018 11:40:34 AM PST · by Puppage · 20 replies
    WTNH.COM ^ | 01/12/2018 | Jesse Gosselin
    NEWTOWN, Conn. (WTNH) — A joke by a bank employee in Newtown triggered a police response Friday morning. According to Newtown police, officers responded to the Wells Fargo bank, located at 22 Church Hill Road, on a report of suspicious activity. A bank customer noticed that someone had written the word “HELP” on fogged up glass. Fearing that an emergency situation was taking place, the concerned customer called 9-1-1 for help. Responding officers saw several vehicles and people at the bank, in what they said appeared to be business as usual. Officers entered the bank, and advised the bank manager...
  • Father stabs family dog to death to save one-year-old child

    01/08/2018 7:43:31 AM PST · by Puppage · 43 replies
    AP via WTNH.COM ^ | 01/08/2018 | AP
    Police say a father stabbed his family’s dog to death after it started mauling his one-year-old daughter.
  • 9-year-old boy with pellet gun stops man from stealing truck on Christmas

    12/28/2017 5:25:56 AM PST · by Puppage · 46 replies
    WFSB.COM ^ | 12/28/2017 | Meredith Digital Staff
    (Meredith) -- A man who allegedly tried to steal a pickup truck on Christmas day didn't get very far, thanks to a 9-year-old boy. Police said 32-year-old Ollie Dunn attempted to steal a 2009 Dodge Ram in Kokomo on Monday, according to WTHR. Little did he know, a 9-year-old boy named Larry Larimore was inside the truck. Despite being afraid, Larrimore pulled out a pellet gun and confronted the suspect. “As soon as he opened the door, I got scared,” Larimore told WTHR. “So I pulled out the pellet gun and pointed it at his head.” The suspect took off...
  • Inmates to Turn Guns from Buyback Program Into Gardening Tools

    12/12/2017 11:30:30 AM PST · by Puppage · 40 replies
    The New Haven Police Department will be buying back guns Saturday and those guns will be transformed into gardening tools, with help from inmates, and provided to schools to harvest vegetables. Once people turn guns in for gift cards, officers will destroy those guns “under the tutelage of a local and renowned sculptor,” Gar Waterman, police said. Volunteer members of Connecticut’s prison inmate population will receive the destroyed weapons and Warden Jose Feliciano and staff from the Connecticut Department of Corrections will oversee them as inmates forge the pieces into gardening tools. Some of the tools will then be donated...
  • Outrage as Philly pushes through ban on bulletproof glass in crime-plagued neighborhood shops

    12/07/2017 7:02:25 AM PST · by Puppage · 54 replies
    Fox News ^ | 12/07/2017 | Frank Miles, Greg Norman
    Democratic councilwoman says the safety measure relied on in low-income neighborhoods hurts shoppers' feelings. Philadelphia is one step closer to getting rid of bulletproof glass in many of its small businesses as part of a larger effort to crack down on loitering, public urination and potential drug sales -- but it's triggered backlash from the shopkeepers.
  • Judge declares mistrial in Menendez prosecution

    11/16/2017 10:22:34 AM PST · by Puppage · 43 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 11/16/2017 | Alan Maimon and Devlin Barrett
    NEWARK —The bribery trial of Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) ended in a mistrial Thursday after jurors said they were hopelessly deadlocked on corruption charges against the lawmaker and a wealthy Florida eye doctor. “We cannot reach a unanimous decision,’’ the jury said in a note just before lunch on Thursday. “Nor are we willing to move away from our strong convictions.”
  • Barclays Center Locks Out Fans After Stampede Outside Hip-Hop Concert

    10/27/2017 6:00:34 AM PDT · by Puppage · 13 replies
    NBC New York ^ | 10/27/2017 | NBC NEW YORK
    Fans without tickets to a show at Brooklyn's Barclays Center tried to storm the venue Thursday night, forcing security workers and police to lock the doors. A representative for the arena said that no one else was permitted into the sold-out Power 105.1 Powerhouse concert after the kerfuffle, and no one -- including actual ticketholders -- was allowed inside afterward. The representative said that ticketholders who couldn't get into the concert could get refunds where they bought them.
  • Passenger says Delta crew stopped her from singing anthem

    10/17/2017 8:24:01 AM PDT · by Puppage · 34 replies
    WTNH Television ^ | 10/16/2017 | CNN
    (AP) — A Georgia physician said her plan to honor a fallen soldier by singing the U.S. national anthem aboard a Delta Air Lines plane carrying the soldier’s casket was stopped by a flight attendant who told her it would violate company policy. Dr. Pamela Gaudry of Savannah said she and fellow passengers were told “to stay quietly in our seats” as an honor guard escorted the casket from the plane Saturday at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. A flight attendant told her that singing “The Star Spangled Banner” would make passengers from other countries uncomfortable, she said.
  • Handgun waiting period laws save lives, study says

    10/17/2017 5:08:28 AM PDT · by Puppage · 35 replies
    WTNH Television ^ | 10/17/2017 | CNN
    (CNN)– Over 33,000 people in the United States die each year from firearm injuries, according to the most recent data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. However, delaying the purchase of guns by a couple of days could save nearly 1,700 lives a year, according to a study released Monday. Researchers at Harvard Business School analyzed waiting period laws for handguns in 43 states and the District of Columbia from 1970 to 2014. Their results showed that waiting periods were associated with a 17% decrease in gun homicides and a 7% to 11% decrease in gun suicides per...
  • In historic change, Boy Scouts to let girls in some programs

    10/11/2017 11:16:21 AM PDT · by Puppage · 52 replies
    WTNH Television ^ | 10/10/2017 | AP
    NEW YORK (AP) — In a historic change, the Boy Scouts are announcing plans to admit girls into the Cub Scouts starting next year and to establish a new program for older girls using the same curriculum as the Boy Scouts.
  • AP-NORC Poll: Most don’t want young immigrants deported

    10/11/2017 7:01:21 AM PDT · by Puppage · 42 replies
    WTNH Television ^ | 10/11/2017 | AP
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Just 1 in 5 Americans want to deport young immigrants brought to the United States as children and now here illegally, the focus of a politically fraught debate between the White House and Congress
  • Mom charged in daughter's death didn’t call 911 because she was ‘low on minutes,' report says

    09/29/2017 11:15:24 AM PDT · by Puppage · 35 replies
    WFSB3.COM ^ | 09/29/2017 | Ashleigh Jackson
    (Meredith) – A 4-year-old Texas girl named Olivia died after her mother allegedly failed to call 911 because her cellphone was “low on minutes.” Jessica Briones, who is suspected of causing her daughter’s fatal injuries, carried the unconscious girl to a San Antonio police substation on Sept. 5, the San Antonio Express reports. Briones allegedly admitted to slamming the door on Olivia’s arm but claimed it was an accident. She reportedly told police that her daughter falls often, and had recently hit her head on the floor on Sept. 1. Briones said she took her daughter to police rather than...