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Friday
Apr182014

Norwich Man Arrested, Found with 56 Guns, 209 Bags of Heroin

(NEW LONDON, Conn.) -- Police seized dozens of guns and over 200 bags of heroin from a Norwich man during a traffic stop on Wednesday evening.

According to The Day, James Blacker, 25, was the target of a heroin investigation when he was pulled over on Wednesday. Blacker allegedly had 56  guns and 209 bags of heroin in his vehicle. During the execution of a search and seizure warrant at Blacker's home, officers found 48 long guns, eight hand guns, a number of high-capacity magazines and more heroin.

Blacker faces charges of possession of heroin, possession of heroin with intent to sell, and possession of a high-capacity magazine.

The investigation was led by Norwich police and the Statewide Narcotic Task Force, The Day says.

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Friday
Apr182014

Metro-North Names Three to Leadership Posts

(NEW YORK) -- Metro-North announced Thursday that three people are set to take up new leadership roles at the railroad.

Glen Hayden was named Vice President of Engineering, Michael Yaeger was named Chief Mechanical Officer, and Kevin O’Connor was named Chief Transportation Officer.

"I am confident that this highly experienced team will provide the leadership that Metro-North needs to refocus all its attention on safety, reliability and customer service and in the process rebuild its reputation for excellence," Metro-North President, Joseph Giulietti, said in a statement.

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Friday
Apr182014

Connecticut's Unemployment Rate Holds Steady

(WETHERSFIELD, Conn.) -- Connecticut's unemployment rate held steady from February to March, the state's Department of Labor said Thursday.

According to a department report, Connecticut added 4,900 total non-farm jobs in March, with the unemployment rate holding steady at 7 percent from February to March.

The national unemployment rate held steady at 6.7 percent from February to March.

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Thursday
Apr172014

TSA: Conn. Man Caught with 'Knuckle Knife' at NY Airport

(NEW YORK) -- A Connecticut man was taken into custody after he attempted to bring a "knuckle-knife" through a security checkpoint at LaGuardia Airport on Wednesday.

The Transportation Security Administration said in a statement that the knife was nine inches long.

The weapon was found in the man's belongings as they were being scanned by X-ray machines. A TSA officer who identified the knife as a prohibited item notified a supervisor, who contacted Port Authority Police. The weapon was then confiscated.

The man, an Easton, Conn. resident, faces a state weapons charge. He had been ticketed to fly to Raleigh, N.C.

Approximately 40,000 passengers go through security at LaGuardia Airport each day.

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Thursday
Apr172014

Conn. Adds Nearly 5K Jobs in March, Unemployment Steady

(NEW LONDON, Conn.) -- The state of Connecticut added 4,900 non-farm jobs in March, continuing to restore jobs lost in January's freeze and keep the unemployment rate at seven percent.

While the unemployment rate was unchanged from February, the seven percent figure is down 0.8 percent from March 2013, the Connecticut Department of Labor says. Still, the numbers show March is the first time in seven months that the unemployment rate in Connecticut did not drop.

Connecticut has added 9,400 jobs this year, including a revision to the February figures, where 600 additional jobs were added to the initially reported 1,400 jobs added.

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