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Peloton Tread+ owners told to stop using the treadmill in 'urgent warning'(CNN) -- A US government agency issued an "urgent warning" for users of <a href="" target="_blank">Peloton's Tread+</a> following multiple dangerous incidents with the machine, <a href="" target="_blank">including a child's death.</a> In a <a href="" target="_blank">news release</a> Saturday, the Consumer Product Safety Commission said it has become aware of 39 accidents involving the treadmill, including "multiple reports of children becoming entrapped, pinned, and pulled under" the $4,295 device. The CPSC said it's urging customers with small children and pets to stop using the machine immediately. The statement comes after a March incident with the machine that involved a child's death. Peloton CEO John Foley sent a letter to Tread+ owners at the time, saying the warning comes after a "tragic accident involving a child and the Tread+, resulting in, unthinkably, a death." The CPSC released a video showing a small child playing with a powered-on treadmill while it lifts off the ground and the child becomes pinned under it. The agency released details of other incidents, including a child being injured when an adult was using it and "pets and objects" also being sucked beneath it suggesting "possible harm to the user if the user loses balance as a result." Peloton blasted the CPSC in a release Saturday, calling its warning "inaccurate and misleading." Peloton said there's "no reason" to stop using the machine if safety instructions, such as correctly using its safety key, are followed. It also said that the Tread+ should be kept away from children under 16 years old and pets "at all times." Specifically, Peloton took issue with the video released by the CPSC. The company said that if the treadmill's safety key had been used properly, that could have avoided the "kind of incident that this video depicts." "The Tread+ includes safety warnings and instructions in several places, including in the user manual, in a safety card left on top of the Tread+ tray on delivery, and on the product itself," Peloton said. The CPSC said it's continuing to investigate "all known incidents" with the machine. It suggests owners stop using the machine if they have small children or pets are at home. If customers want to continue to use it, the unit should be kept in a locked room away from children and pets, and it should be unplugged when not in use. The commission requests people to report incidents on its <a href="" target="_blank">website</a> or on its hotline at 800-638-2772. A voluntary recall wasn't issued by the agency because Peloton hasn't agreed to a corrective action, such as a repair or replacement, nor is it stopping the sale of the Tread+, according to a person familiar with the situation. The Peloton Tread+ is the most expensive treadmill in the company's hardware lineup. It recently <a href="" target="_blank">released a cheaper treadmill,</a> which doesn't appear to be affected by this warning.
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CHC set to vaccinate dozens of parents, Middletown high school students this weekendMIDDLETOWN, CT (WFSB) - A Connecticut healthcare organization is making a push to get more eligible teens vaccinated. This weekend, Community Health Center, Inc. will be vaccinating hundreds of students in Middletown. Community Health Center plans on administering nearly 1,000 vaccines this weekend for Middletown high school students and their parents. They say they want to make sure young adults are protected, especially as they end the school year and spread out into their communities. "Last year, their school year was flipped upside down," Yvette Highsmith-Francis, regional vice president for Community Health Center, Inc., tells us. Yvette says her youngest son is a high school senior so she knows how vital it is for students to experience those special school moments. "Being able to have a physically distant prom, be able to have some type of graduation celebration, that’s a little bit more than a drive-by. If we can help facilitate that, we want to," explained Highsmith-Francis. It's one of several reasons why Community Health Center, Inc. is partnering with school districts across the state to get 16 to 18 year olds vaccinated. <a href="" target="_blank">RELATED: CT Vaccine Rollout: 16 and up now eligible to register</a> This weekend, they'll be giving the first dose of the Pfizer vaccine to high school students in Middletown. They'll be hosting a drive-thru clinic at Wesleyan University. On Saturday, about 400 Xavier and Mercy High School students will get vaccinated. On Sunday, about 600 Middletown High School students and their parents will get the chance. "We don’t want our young people to get sick and we don’t want them to spread it," continued Highsmith-Francis. Clinic hours are for those with appointments from 8:30 to 4 p.m. on both days. Highsmith-Francis says they've already partnered with Stamford and Danbury school districts. They're hoping to get as many young people vaccinated as possible. "As the weather gets warm and, again, as we talked about these celebratory moments, we want them to be able to share them with grandparents and aunts, and uncles," added Highsmith-Francis. Community Health Center, Inc. will also be partnering with New Britain, Manchester, and East Hartford school districts in the upcoming weeks to get their students vaccinated as well.
CT Vaccine Rollout: 16 and up now eligible to registerHARTFORD, CT (WFSB) - The coronavirus vaccine rollout is well underway in Connecticut. As of March 19, people aged 45 and up became eligible.Priority access was granted to those with certain medical conditions and intellectual disabilities on April 1.All other adults were also able to make appointments on April 1. People aged 16 and up were able to create a Vaccine Administration Management System, or VAMS, accounts on March 31. Getting in the VAMS system is the first step to registering for a vaccine appointment through the state. A link to the VAMS site can be found <a href="" target="_blank">here</a>. In addition to an <a href="" target="_blank">online appointment system</a>, there is a telephone appointment system for people who don't have computer access to schedule an appointment. The number is 877-918-2224. Healthcare providers reminded the public to be patient, as scheduling an appointment may take time. The age-based schedule is as follows: March 1, 2021: Expanded to age group 55 to 64March 19, 2021: Expands to age group 45 to 54April 1, 2021: Priority access for certain high risk patients and those with intellectual disabilitiesApril 1, 2021: Expanded to age group 16 to 44 State officials said residents with comorbidities and intellectual and developmental disabilities will have priority access to the vaccines as of April 1. Teachers and staff, pre-K through grade 12, along with childcare professionals were eligible to receive the vaccine at the beginning of March at special clinics. The information was available through school administrators and employers. Phase 1A, which included healthcare personnel, first responders and long term care residents, began in mid-December and was mostly completed. Phase 1B began in January, first with people 75 and up, then later included those 65 and up and people in congregant settings. On Feb. 22, the governor announced a switch in eligibility which expanded the rollout to include teachers and a more age-based schedule. SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT TO BE VACCINATED (45 and older) Vaccine Administration Management System (VAMS) Schedule an appointment online by <a href="" target="_blank">clicking here</a> or call the Connecticut COVID Vaccine Appointment Assist Line at 877-918-2224.The line is available seven days a week, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Beginning Feb. 8, the state increased its capability of taking phone calls to schedule appointments, with 125 trained contact specialists being added to the team. Many providers can be accessed through the <a href="" target="_blank">VAMS scheduling system</a> including:Trinity Health of New England (hospitals and other locations)Griffin HospitalNuvance HealthStamford HospitalBristol HospitalCharlotte Hungerford HospitalMidstate Medical CenterMeriden Health ClinicLocal Health DepartmentsFederally Qualified Health Centers All information submitted through VAMS or the assist line will be kept private and will only be used to schedule vaccinations. The link also contains a detailed and extensive list of frequently asked questions about the vaccine, helping to ease any concerns members of the public may have. UConn Health: To schedule a vaccine appointment at UConn Health in Farmington, you must be registered in advance with <a href="" target="_blank">UConn Health MyChart</a>. Once registered, individuals can self-schedule a date and time through MyChart to receive the first dose of the vaccine. Second dose appointments are made when the individual receives their first dose.Detailed instructions to follow for online scheduling can be found by <a href="" target="_blank">clicking here</a>.UConn Health phone scheduling: 860-679-5589 (Choose option 2). The program’s general line is 860-679-8888 for general questions or vaccine issues. Hartford HealthCare: To register online go to <a href="" target="_blank"></a> In early March, Hartford HealthCare announced patients can choose <a href=";publicId=395" target="_blank">which vaccine they would like to receive</a>.To register by phone, Hartford HealthCare Access Center at 860.827.7690 or toll-free at 833.943.5721.Patients can also use <a href="" target="_blank">MyChartPlus</a>. Yale New Haven Health Yale New Haven Health is vaccinating individuals who are 65 and older. Appointments will be on a first-come, first-serve basis. Schedule your appointment online by <a href="" target="_blank">clicking here</a>.More sites will be added as they are approved. Trinity Health of New England Trinity Health Of New England is offering those eligible, who would like to be vaccinated, several options for an appointment, which is is mandatory, as the clinics are not able to take walk-ins.Patients may schedule their own appointment using a valid email address via the state's <a href="" target="_blank">Vaccine Administration Management System (VAMS) online Enrollment Portal</a>, through their primary care provider, or eventually through MyCare.For more information on these options, please visit Trinity Health Of New England’s Schedule Your Vaccine webpage: <a href="" target="_blank"></a> Community Health Center, Inc. Community Health Center, Inc. is providing vaccines to those eligible.Locations are available in Clinton, East Hartford, Hartford, Middletown, New Britain, New London and Stamford.More information can be found on the CHC's website <a href="" target="_blank">here</a>. Walgreens Schedule your appointment online by <a href="" target="_blank">clicking here</a>. Walmart Participating Walmart Pharmacies are in communities throughout Connecticut, including: Torrington, West Haven, North Windham, New Haven, Waterbury, Hartford, and Norwalk. To schedule an appointment, click <a href="" target="_blank">here</a>. Waterbury Health Post University will open a drive-thru vaccination site at its 800 Country Club Rd. address on Jan. 25.Another site will be behind Naugatuck's parks and recreation building, next to Naugatuck High School. This will also on Jan. 25.Registration is required and done through Waterbury Hospital.Residents can register online <a href="" target="_blank">here</a> or call 203-575-5250, extension 4 Monday – Friday from 9 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. CVS Pharmacy CVS will start administering vaccines on Feb. 11, but appointments will become available as early as Feb. 9.Participating CVS Pharmacies are in communities throughout Connecticut, including: Avon, Bristol, Coventry, Glastonbury, Guilford, Hamden, Middletown, North Haven, UncasvilleTo scheduled an appointment, <a href="" target="_blank">click here</a>. Stop &amp; Shop <a href="" target="_blank">Stop &amp; Shop stores in CT</a> are currently offering the Johnson &amp; Johnson vaccineIf you are a CT resident who is part of the groups eligible for a vaccine, <a href="" target="_blank">click here</a> to schedule a vaccine appointment Find additional pharmacies by <a href="" target="_blank">clicking here</a>. For more questions about the vaccine, <a href="" target="_blank">click here</a>.
Police ID gunman who killed 8 people at an Indianapolis FedEx facility as 19-year-old former employeePolice arrived "to a very chaotic scene, with victims and witnesses running everywhere" at a FedEx Ground facility near Indianapolis' main airport late Thursday night, where a former employee shot and <a href="" target="_blank">killed eight people</a> and wounded several others, an Indianapolis police official told CNN. Deputy Chief Craig McCartt on Friday afternoon identified the gunman as 19-year-old Brandon Hole, who was last employed by FedEx in 2020. Hole was found dead of a gunshot wound that appeared to be self-inflicted, McCartt said. In March 2020, Hole's mother told law enforcement that he might attempt "suicide by cop," the FBI's Indianapolis office said in a statement. Special Agent in Charge Paul Keenan said Hole was placed on an immediate mental health temporary hold by the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department. He also said a shotgun was seized at Hole's residence. "Based on items observed in the suspect's bedroom at that time, he was interviewed by the FBI in April 2020," the statement said. "No Racially Motivated Violent Extremism (RMVE) ideology was identified during the course of the assessment and no criminal violation was found. The shotgun was not returned to the suspect." McCartt told reporters that Indianapolis police found Hole's name in two past incident reports. The deputy chief didn't have information about the first report. The details he described from a 2020 report align with the FBI statement. Investigators are trying to determine motive and were searching what they believe is the suspected gunman's home, Keenan told reporters late Friday morning. When asked what brought the suspected gunman to the FedEx facility Thursday around 11 p.m., McCartt said: "I wish we could answer that." On Friday evening, Indianapolis police released the names of the eight deceased victims. They are: Matthew R. Alexander, 32; Samaria Blackwell, 19; Amarjeet Johal, 66; Jaswinder Kaur, 64; Jaswinder Singh, 68; Amarjit Skhon, 48; Karlie Smith, 19; and John Weisert, 74. A statement by IMPD said the next of kin has been notified by the Marion County Coroner's Office. The cause of death will be determined after autopsies are complete, according to the statement. IMPD said the names of those injured are not being released. The mass shooting is the country's deadliest since 10 people were killed March 22 at a <a href="" target="_blank">grocery store in Boulder, Colorado</a>. <a href="" target="_blank">FOLLOW LIVE UPDATES</a> Thursday night's killings began when a gunman "got out of his car, and pretty quickly started some random shooting outside the facility," McCartt said. The gunman then "went inside and did not get very far into the facility at all," while shooting others there, McCartt told CNN earlier Friday. Two employees inside the building at the time heard as many as 10 gunshots, they told <a href="" target="_blank">CNN affiliate WISH</a>. The men left the building and watched as about 30 police cars responded, they said. "Thank God for being here because I thought I was going to get shot," one of them, Jeremiah Miller, told WISH. Investigators have heard the shooting lasted "just a couple minutes -- that it did not last very long," McCartt said. "My understanding is, by the time that officers entered ... the situation was over -- that the suspect took his life very shortly before officers entered the facility," McCartt told reporters. There were at least 100 people in the facility when the shooting began, he said. Many were on their dinner break or changing shifts. Four people were found dead outside and four others, not counting the shooter, were dead inside, McCartt said. The incident marks at least the <a href="" target="_blank">45th mass shooting in the United States</a> since the <a href="" target="_blank">Atlanta-area spa shootings</a> on March 16. CNN considers an incident to be a mass shooting if four or more people, excluding the gunman, are wounded or killed by gunfire. President Joe Biden ordered flags at federal facilities to be lowered to half-staff and urged Congress to act on firearm legislation, <a href="" target="_blank">calling gun violence an "epidemic."</a> Several people wounded McCartt said four survivors were taken to a hospital with gunshot wounds and a fifth person sought treatment in another county for a gunshot wound. Two people were treated at the scene, he said. The gunman had at least one weapon, which investigators believe was a rifle, McCartt told reporters. Police early Friday were trying to make sense of the crime scene while relatives of FedEx employees gathered at a nearby hotel, which officials offered as a place where they could await news, reunite with the workers and meet with police chaplains. "Many of the employees did not have cell phones on them in the facility," and so many survivors were not immediately able to contact their families, McCartt told CNN. Several people tearfully embraced as they reunited Friday morning at the hotel, video from CNN affiliate <a href="" target="_blank">WISH</a> showed. When asked Friday morning whether witnesses indicated that FedEx or security personnel had any indication that something like Friday's shooting would happen, McCartt said no. "We're still working with FedEx security for anything that might have been an indication this was going to happen right now," McCartt said at the Friday morning news conference. 'They didn't sound like gunshots at first' FedEx worker Timothy Boillat and his coworker heard what they thought initially were "two loud metal clangs" when the shooting started, he told <a href="" target="_blank">CNN affiliate WRTV</a>. "They didn't sound like gunshots at first ... Then, we heard three more shots, and then my buddy ... saw someone running out of the building." Boillat said. "And then more shots went off. Somebody went behind their car to the trunk and got another gun," Boillat said, without saying whether that person was the shooter. "And then I saw one body on the floor," Boillat told WRTV. Police are asking anyone who was at the scene and may have left for safety or for medical treatment to contact them to provide information on the shooting. Governor and other officials offer condolences Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett said the process of healing will be impacted in part by what conversations the nation has about cycles of violence "driven by readily accessible guns." "We must guard against resignation or even despair -- the assumption that this is simply how it must be and that we might as well get used to it. We need the courage that compels courageous acts that push past weariness," Hogsett said. FedEx released a statement saying it was "deeply shocked and saddened by the loss of our team members." "Our most heartfelt sympathies are with all those affected by this senseless act of violence. The safety of our team members is our top priority, and we are fully cooperating with investigating authorities," FedEx <a href="" target="_blank">said</a>. Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb said Friday is "another heartbreaking day and I'm shaken by the mass shooting at the FedEx Ground facility in Indianapolis." "In times like this, words like justice and sorrow fall short in response for those senselessly taken. Our thoughts are with the families, friends, coworkers and all those affected by this terrible situation," Holcomb said. Flags will be lowered to half-staff from Friday until sunset Tuesday "in remembrance of those we've lost," Holcomb said. "Nothing we learn can heal the wounds of those who escaped with their lives, but who will now ... endure the memories of this horrific crime," Hogsett said. US Rep. Andre Carson, whose district includes Indianapolis, <a href="" target="_blank">tweeted that he was heartbroken</a> by the mass shooting. "I am communicating with local authorities to get all details of the attack and my office stands ready to help everyone affected any way we can," he said. CNN's Shimon Prokupecz, Kay Jones, Alta Spells, Meredith Edwards, Jason Carroll, Melissa Alonso, Madeline Holcombe, Joe Sutton and Keith Allen contributed to this report.
Woodbridge Police searching for men involved in armed carjackingWOODBRIDGE, CT (WFSB) - Police in Woodbridge are turning to the public for assistance as they continue to search for four armed carjacking suspects. According to Woodbridge Police, a man was refueling his vehicle at a gas station this past Monday when two men got out of a vehicle that was parked at a neighboring pump and approached him. A firearm was displayed by one of the suspects. Police say the two suspects then hopped into the man's vehicle and took off. The vehicle that the two suspects had originally gotten out of subsequently followed. It was later determined that the vehicle the suspects were originally in had been reported stolen out of Hamden. Police are looking for a total of four men. Surveillance footage from a related incident shows the men entering unlocked vehicles at a Woodbridge home. Anyone that recognizes these men or may have any information is asked to contact Woodbridge Police at 203-387-2511.
Bloomfield woman charged in deadly shooting arraigned in hospitalBLOMFIELD, CT (WFSB) -- A Bloomfield woman was charged after police said she shot a killed a 39-year-old man. Police responded to a home on Filley Street a little after 10:30 on the night of April 9. When officers arrived, 37-year-old Marvyann Duncan told them she had just shot her gun. The victim was found inside the home, suffering from a gunshot wound to the head. He was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead. The man has not yet been identified. Police said it appears the man and Duncan were involved in a domestic dispute before the shooting. The Bloomfield Police Department’s Detective Unit responded to the scene and assumed the investigation with assist from the CT State’s Attorney’s Office. On April 16, Bloomfield Police announced that Duncan was arraigned at St. Francis Hospital by the Hartford Superior Court on a count of murder. Her bond has been set at $1 million. Duncan still hasn't been released from the hospital and remains in the custody of the Judicial Marshals.
The Hartford reaches multi-million dollar settlement with Boy Scouts of AmericaHARTFORD, CT (WFSB) - Insurance company The Hartford settled several sexual abuse claims with the Boy Scouts of America Friday. The agreement was reached after "extensive negotiations". The Hartford says these claims were associated with an unspecified number of policies, most of which were filed in the 1970s. Under the agreement, The Hartford will have to pay $650 million to the Boy Scouts of America and also be released from any obligation under policies it issued to the organization and its local councils. The agreement will be effective on certain conditions, including confirmation of the Boy Scouts of America's global resolution plan, executed released from the local councils, and approval from the abuse claimants and bankruptcy court. Both the Boy Scouts of America and The Hartford hope to receive approval from court by the summer time. Approval could be delayed due to, as The Hartford described it, various procedural reasons.
Couple starts pick-your-own daffodil farm in HigganumHIGGANUM, CT (WFSB) – Now that spring is well underway, more families are looking for fun activities that can be done outside. Connecticut’s only “Pick Your Own” daffodil farm is open for business this season. On a rainy Friday, the bright yellow glow of the daffodils are radiant like the sun. “There’s something about the brightness of the yellows and the colors that they’re in and the shapes, it just really makes you feel so good,” said Jen Halfinger, Dancing Daffodils Farm. Jen Halfinger and her husband, John, purchased the 12-acre Higganum property in 2017. The land had been dormant for about 30 years. Two years ago, the couple planted 8,000 daffodils and transformed the property into a daffodil destination. “Daffodils, we love daffodils. We planted them around our house for years,” John said. “I just like daffodils because they represent renewal and new beginnings and they uplift your spirit.” It’s the only Pick Your Own daffodil farm in the state, and so far, it’s been a hit. “They really like it. It’s something that you can do, it’s not expensive. It’s outside,” Jen said. Right now, there are about 30,000 daffodils spread across the Dancing Daffodils Farm. By next year, the Halfingers hope that number grows to about 75,000. The Halfingers want to make it a tradition for people to go to the daffodil farm each spring. “It’s really a back to basics type of simple pleasure activity to just come in and walk among the daffodils,” Jen said. This year’s daffodil season is expected to last until the beginning of May. The farm provides the baskets and then folks get to pick as many or as few daffodils as they’d like. “I hope that it mean that they’ve removed themselves from the stresses of everyday life for just a few minutes or a moment or a moment in time,” John said. The Halfingers say people should call ahead before visiting the farm. If you want to visit the farm, you can call them at 860-345-4609 or click <a href="" target="_blank">here</a>.
Vaccine Authority: Learning more about booster shots and how they workDr. Scott Roberts from Yale New Haven Hospital discussed booster shots for the COVID-19 vaccine and how they work.