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Attorney of missing mother's estranged husband fights gag orderHARTFORD, CT (WFSB) - An attorney for the estranged husband of a missing woman asked the Supreme Court to overturn a gag order on Thursday. Attorney Norm Pattis said the gag order is making it hard to defend his client, Fotis Dulos. A hearing was held on Thursday morning. Fotis Dulos was charged with tampering with evidence and hindering prosecution in connection with the disappearance of his estranged wife, Jennifer Farber Dulos of New Canaan. Pattis said <a href="" target="_blank">the gag order restricts him</a> or anyone else connected to the case, including lawyers, from publicly saying anything about the credibility of the victim, witnesses or any other trial participants. Pattis also said the order is unfair because the public can only hear one side of the story. Jennifer Dulos disappeared back in May. She was last seen dropping her children off at school in New Canaan. Police arrested Fotis Dulos and his girlfriend at the time, Michelle Troconis, in connection with the case. State police officials <a href="" target="_blank">told Channel 3 back in September</a> that a lot of evidence in the case has yet to be presented.
Family of woman fatally attacked by Suffield dog files lawsuitSUFFIELD, CT (WFSB) -- The family of a 95-year-old woman who died after being attacked by a dog in Suffield has filed a lawsuit against the dog’s owner. The executor of the estate of Janet D’Aleo, John D’Aleo, has filed a lawsuit seeking $15,000. The attack happened in November at a home on Thrall Avenue in Suffield. Janet D’Aleo, of Enfield, suffered life-threatening injuries after the attack. She died at Baystate Medical Center in Massachusetts. She had been a visitor at the Suffield home when she was bitten by the dog, owned by Annie Hornish. <a href="" target="_blank">RELATED: Woman attacked by dog in Suffield sustained massive injuries</a> The male pit bull pointer mix, named Dexter, was quarantined after the attack. No criminal charges have been filed following the attack, but police said Dexter was not properly licensed, therefore Annie Hornish received a citation. <a href="" target="_blank">RELATED: No criminal charges filed in deadly dog attack</a> According to Hornish, Dexter went to greet D'Aleo and knocked her over, saying it was the fall that killed her. Hornish admits the dog bit D'Aleo, but said it happened when a nurses aid in the house thought the dog was attacking their friend and was trying to get him away from her. The office of the Chief Medical Examiner said Janet D’Aleo died as a direct result of coming in contact with the dog. An investigation has also revealed that D’Aleo was alive and attempting to communicate after the attack. Police went on to say she sustained “massive injuries including flesh, muscle and tendon loss to the lower extremities”
Authorities tie killers in New Jersey attack to fringe groupJERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) — The two killers who stormed a kosher market in Jersey City had apparently been followers of the Black Hebrew Israelites — a fringe group whose members have been known to rail against whites and Jews — and one of them had made anti-Semitic posts online, according to a law enforcement official briefed on the investigation. The findings stoked suspicions that the rampage Tuesday that left the killers and four victims dead was not a random crime but an anti-Semitic attack, even as state and federal authorities cautioned that the motive was still under investigation. The law enforcement official was not authorized to discuss the case publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity. “The why and the ideology and the motivation — that's what we're investigating,” New Jersey Attorney General Grewal said Wednesday, adding that authorities are trying to determine whether anyone else was involved. Others, including Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop, pronounced the bloodshed a hate crime against Jews, with Fulop saying surveillance video made it clear that the attackers targeted the Jewish market, slowly and deliberately driving up the grocery in a stolen rental van and immediately opening fire. The attackers were identified as David N. Anderson, 47, and Francine Graham, 50 — both of them also prime suspects in the slaying of a livery driver found dead in a car trunk in nearby Bayonne over the weekend, Grewal said. Anderson used a rifle in the grocery attack.. The attorney general wouldn't confirm if Graham also had a weapon when she followed Anderson into the market. Several weapons were recovered from the store. The victims killed in the store were: Mindel Ferencz, 31, who with her husband owned the grocery; 24-year-old Moshe Deutsch, a rabbinical student from Brooklyn who was shopping there; and store employee Douglas Miguel Rodriguez, 49. Members of New York's ultra-Orthodox Jewish community gathered Wednesday night for funerals for Ferencz and Deutsch. Thousands of people, mostly men, followed Ferencz's casket through the streets of Brooklyn, hugging and crying. The bloodshed in the city of 270,000 people across the Hudson River from New York City began at a graveyard, where Detective Joseph Seals, a 40-year-old member of a unit devoted to taking illegal weapons off the street, was gunned down by the assailants, authorities said. They then drove the van about a mile to the kosher market. The drawn-out gunbattle with police filled the streets with the sound of high-powered rifle fire, as SWAT officers in full tactical gear swarmed the neighborhood. During the shootout, police used an armored vehicle to ram the store entrance. The prospect of attacks against Jews weighed heavily on the more than 300 people who attended a vigil Wednesday night at a synagogue about a mile from where the shootings took place. In the deadliest attack on Jews in U.S. history, 11 people were killed in an October 2018 shooting at a synagogue in Pittsburgh. Last April, a gunman opened fire at a synagogue near San Diego, killing a woman and wounding a rabbi and two others. The kosher grocery is a central fixture in a growing community of Orthodox Jews who have been moving to Jersey City in recent years and settling in what was a mostly black section of Jersey City, causing some resentment. ——— Sisak reported from New York. Associated Press writers Jim Mustian in New York and Mike Catalini in Trenton, New Jersey, contributed.
Articles of impeachment must run gauntlet of amendments Thursday before heading to House floor(CNN) - The House Judiciary Committee on Thursday is taking a major step forward to impeaching President Donald Trump as it works to approve <a href="" target="_blank">the articles of impeachment</a> and send them to the House floor for a full chamber vote expected next week. The messy legislative sausage-making is expected to see scores of amendments from Republicans to poke holes, change or altogether do away with the impeachment articles against the President, but the 24-17 Democratic majority in the committee can vote down every amendment. The committee process for debating and approving the articles is used for hundreds of pieces of legislation on Capitol Hill each year, but Thursday's debate is likely to be as contentious as ever with a vote by the full House to remove the President from office potentially less than a week away. The committee debate follows the Democratic <a href="" target="_blank">introduction of two articles of impeachment</a> against the President, charging him with abuse of power for pressuring Ukraine to investigate his political rivals while withholding US security aid and a White House meeting, and obstruction of Congress for refusing to cooperate in any manner with the impeachment inquiry into his conduct. The committee debate, known as a mark-up, began on Wednesday evening with every committee member delivering a five-minute speech. Not surprisingly, every Democrat spoke in support of impeaching the President and every Republican against it. Thursday's debate will be free-wheeling, as any committee member can offer an amendment to the impeachment articles. Georgia Rep. Doug Collins, the top Republican on the committee, said there were only so many amendments the Republicans can offer, because they don't want to make the articles better — they just want to kill them — which means they likely will try to strike sections of the articles. Republicans have no ability to change the text of the articles or stop them without Democratic support. But for each amendment, every member has the opportunity to speak for five minutes -- meaning Republicans can extend the committee meeting as long as they want to keep talking. Republicans are also likely to protest the process of the impeachment proceedings at Thursday's meeting. They have demanded witnesses that were rejected by the Democrats and are likely once again to request on Thursday a hearing day for Republican witnesses. House Democratic leaders have not said yet when the impeachment articles will go to the floor, but a vote is expected next week, along with votes to fund the government and hand the President a significant win by approving the new US trade deal.
Apartment fire reported in New HavenNEW HAVEN, CT (WFSB) - Firefighters have responded to reports of an apartment fire in New Haven. According to the New Haven Fire Department, the fire was reported on Sylvan Avenue on Thursday morning. It said several companies responded. Channel 3 has a crew headed to the scene. Refresh this page and watch Eyewitness News for updates.
Killingly High School is mascot-less following meetingKILLINGLY, CT (WFSB) – A debate over a controversial mascot at Killingly High School came to a head on Wednesday. Killingly’s Board of Education ultimately decided to have no mascot after a heated 5 hour debate. The decision was made around 11:45 p.m. What do you think Killingly High School's mascot should be? Vote in our poll <a href="" target="_blank">here</a>. The debate centered around reinstating a Native American-themed mascot, the "redmen." Two votes were held. In the first, the board rescinded the recently-approved "red hawk" mascot. In the second, it voted down the reinstatement of the redmen. "I'm a little shocked," said Kevin Kerttula of Killingly. "I thought they were going to go and bring back the redmen name and I guess it's sort of on hold until they're going to make subcommittee and look for other options." The board expected the large crowd, which provided public commentary for nearly 4 hours. Not only were families there, but also Native American tribes. The question surrounding the mascot was whether it was tradition or offensive. It's been an ongoing debate in the town. In October, the Board of Education approved replacing "redmen" with "red hawks." In November, newly-elected candidates vowed to bring back the former mascot. It’s a move not commonly seen in an era where schools have been removing Native American-based mascots and symbols. This decision divided the town. “A decision was made. I think it’s just time to move on,” said Jan Blanchette of Killingly. Some supporters of the former mascot said it’s respectful and countered arguments made by area Native American tribes. “They basically desecrated their land to build casinos and gamble and raise all sorts of millions of dollars and money. So, for them to come in and say we’re bad because we have this mascot, to me, doesn’t make a lot of sense,” said Jason Kirkconnell of Killingly. Meanwhile, Killingly’s football team heads to a state championship over the weekend with no mascot. Channel 3 reached out to the superintendent, but hasn’t heard back. Another meeting on the topic will happen, the board said. However, a date has not been set.
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TRENDING NOW: Photographer purposely takes crying photos, a laughing baby, dad becomes part of cartoon, cat makes biscuitsA photographer purposely takes crying photos with Santa, a laughing baby, a dad becomes part of cartoon and a cat makes biscuits. Those are the stories trending on Dec. 12.
EYE OPENER: No Killingly mascot, committee to take up impeachment articles, New Zealand volcanoKillingly has no mascot, a House committee will take up two articles of impeachment against the president and the death toll in New Zealand climbs following a volcanic eruption. That's your Eye Opener for the morning of Dec. 12.
Boston Marathon bomber begins appeal to overturn his death sentence(CNN) - The surviving Boston Marathon bomber who's been convicted and sentenced to death for his role in the terror plot that killed four, injured hundreds and left the city under siege during a five-day manhunt in April 2013, is hoping his <a href="" target="_blank">legal team's appeal</a> will give him his life back. Lawyers representing Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 26, will make opening statements on Thursday morning to the 1st US Circuit Court of Appeals in hopes of overturning his <a href="" target="_blank">death sentence</a>, arguing that the bombing co-conspirator did not get a fair trial because Boston was the scene of the mayhem. They will argue the jury pool was tainted because they were directly affected by the bombing. The team is also expected to argue that jurors lied to hide their bias. In a 206-page motion, Tsarnaev's attorneys highlighted a juror who referred to Tsarnaev as a "piece of garbage" in a Twitter post and lied about having to shelter in place during the manhunt, and another who started a Facebook group to discuss the jury selection process. "Fresh proceedings - in an unaffected community, before honest and unbiased jurors, who know that the bombings were [Dzhokar's] first violent crimes but not Tamerlan's - present a real prospect of a different outcome," according to the motion. "This verdict is unworthy of confidence and this Court should reverse." Dzhokar was 19 years old when he and his brother, Tamerlan, who was 26 years old at the time, went to Boston's Boylston Street shortly before 3 p.m. on April 15, 2013, to carry out <a href="" target="_blank">their plot</a>. Surveillance video showed the brothers carrying the pressure cooker bombs in backpacks and moving through the crowd near the marathon finish line in what federal prosecutors called a coordinated attack. Tamerlan Tsarnaev set off the first bomb, a 6-quart pressure cooker that contained gunpowder, nails and BBs, prosecutors said. The bomb killed Krystle Campbell, a 29-year-old restaurant manager, and permanently injured several other people who lost their legs. The second pressure cooker bomb, carried in by Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, went off 12 seconds later and killed two people -- Martin Richard, 8, and Lingzi Lu, 23, a graduate student from China. The bombings sparked a manhunt for days that shut down the city. The brothers, while on the run, killed a Massachusetts Institute of Technology police officer, Sean Collier. After they stole an SUV, the two were chased by police. Tamerlan Tsarnaev died in an explosive firefight with police in nearby Watertown. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was arrested a day later and convicted for his role in the bombings. He was sentenced to death in 2015. Prosecutors have argued previously that Tsarnaev's right to an impartial jury wasn't violated because his trial was held in Boston, highlighting that the heartbreaking testimony during the trial would not have outweighed any media consumption about the terror plot. They also previously argued that the postings do not suggest that either of the jurors were dishonest during the jury selection process, or that they harbored biases against Tsarnaev that they were unable to set aside. The government said in a previous filing that the jurors swore under oath that they could put their views on Tsarnaev aside and weigh the evidence. CNN reached out to prosecutors and Tsarnaev's defense attorney, but they declined to comment on the appeal. Tsarnaev is currently being held in federal prison in Florence, Colorado, and is not expected to be in the courtroom when lawyers make their opening statements. He was convicted in 2015 of all 30 counts he faced, which included all four deaths.