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    Plainfield police stopped a woman accused of a traffic violation on Saturday night and said they found dozens of bags of heroin.

    Police stopped Jocelyn Magalis, 33, of Danielson, on Old Norwich Road in Plainfield just before midnight for failure to obey a stop signal and found her with 52 bags of heroin, police said.

    Magalis was arrested and charged with failure to obey a stop signal, possession of narcotics and possession of drug paraphernalia.

    She was released on a $10,000.00 bond and is scheduled to be arraigned at Danielson Superior Court on May 9.



    Photo Credit: Plainfield Police

    Jocelyn Magalis mug shotJocelyn Magalis mug shot

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    A family in Enfield is on edge after stray bullets have become a chronic problem on their property.

    It is happening so often near their Shaker Road home that police are now investigating and the Pavlakis family is trying to get town officials to help them address it.

    The family has owned the 26-acre property in Enfield for generations, but said the stray bullets have just recently become a problem.

    “It’s like living at a gun range,” Cheryle Pavlakis said. “You can hear the bullets going over your head.”

    The property does include a lot of the woods, which Cheryle Pavlakis said are easily accessible. She does not know where the bullets are coming from or who is pulling the trigger, but said it sounds like target shooting.

    In one instance, the bullets hit her husband’s truck. On another, they interrupted her grandchildren’s Easter egg hunt.

    She heard it again Sunday afternoon when she was out walking her dogs.

    “It made me so afraid that I hunkered down on the ground,” Pavlakis said. “You could feel it go by you. It was so distinct. It’s a sickening feeling.”

    Enfield Police have been to the property at least twice in the last few weeks, including on Sunday.

    It is illegal to be firing so close to an occupied home or building, but sometimes people forget how far a bullet can travel, police said.

    “I have a right to be here and not have to worry that I’m going to be shot accidentally by somebody who doesn’t even know that it’s happening,” Pavlakis said.

    Officials from the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection said there is no state law that defines a target range in a residential area. It is up to the town.

    Enfield town officials said they were just made aware of the issue and they are looking into it.



    Photo Credit: NBCConnecticut.com

    Police are investigating after stray bullets turn up in Enfield yard.Police are investigating after stray bullets turn up in Enfield yard.

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    Route 44 is shut down in Pomfret after a rollover and state police said extrication is underway.

    Route 44 is closed at Murdock Road and the detour is Route 97 and West Road.

    No additional information was immediately available.



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    Route 44 is closed in Pomfret.Route 44 is closed in Pomfret.

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    Police are trying to identify a man who was found dead in a wooded area of Norwich in early April and they are reaching out to the public.

    The man was found off of Norwich Avenue, near the Hunters Road intersection, and police said he might have been dead for about six months.

    He was Caucasian, between 30 and 45 years old, 5-feet-8 to 6-feet tall and had a surgical screw in his right ankle.

    When police found the man, he was dressed in a long-sleeved white T-shirt, Wrangler jeans believed to be a 32 or 34 waist, a dark cloth belt and size 10-and-a-half black Avia sneakers with white soles.

    Police do not know how the man died, but said they are considering it suspicious.

    The Norwich Police Department and the State of Connecticut, Division of Scientific Services are investigating and anyone with information is asked to call the Norwich Police Detective Division and speak with Investigator Maldonado or Officer Barber at 860-886-5561, extension 156 or 157.


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    A sexual assault was reported on the campus of Fairfield University on Monday night and the school is urging students to be cautious and use the buddy system.

    The student reported that a man who was around 40 years old lured her from a path and into woods, then attacked her, according to a statement from the school.

    School officials are working with the Fairfield Police Department to confirm the details.

    They have also notified the school community and are urging students to exercise caution and use the buddy system when walking at night.

    University counselors have been with the victim and her family since last night, the school said.



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    Route 32 is closed in Uncasville after a crash that took a pole and wires down.

    The crash is at Gallivan Lane.

    No information was available on injuries.

    The detour is Mohegan Sun Boulevard or Interstate 395.



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    Humans, it turns out, pose a bigger threat to animals than radiation. The Chernobyl nuclear reactor blew up 30 years ago on Tuesday, sending a radioactive cloud over much of Europe and prompting the resettlement of 350,000 people from the area around the plant. 

    But animals thrive there, NBC News reported. 

    The wolf population is actually seven times bigger than in Ukraine's official nature reserves, which indicates that the predators have plenty to feed on, said the study's coauthor Jim Beasley of the University of the Georgia's Savannah River Ecology Laboratory. 

    Some European bison, blissfully unaware of national borders after having been reintroduced in neighboring Belarus after a century of extinction in the wild, have also crossed into Ukraine.



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    In this photo made in April 2012, a wolf in a wild wood in Ukraine's Chernobyl, where nearly 30-years after a nuclear reactor caught fire and spewed a lethal cloud of radiation, some species of mammals are found to be thriving without the effect of human contact in the area.In this photo made in April 2012, a wolf in a wild wood in Ukraine's Chernobyl, where nearly 30-years after a nuclear reactor caught fire and spewed a lethal cloud of radiation, some species of mammals are found to be thriving without the effect of human contact in the area.

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    Keno is now available statewide at 2,900 Connecticut Lottery retailers.

    Just like other lottery games, players can have numbers generated automatically through Quick Pick or they can test their luck by picking their own 10 numbers.

    “You can play every 4 minutes, so you don’t have to wait with like Powerball, Lotto, Mega Millions for a nighttime draw,” Dawn Sperling said.

    Sperling works at Daybreak Doughnuts and Coffee Shop in Bridgeport. It is one of about 300 locations with a monitor to view the results.

    “I tried it a few times, unfortunately I haven’t won yet,” Bruce Nelson said. “It’s a nice game, I like it.”

    Nelson has played a couple times since Keno debuted at Daybreak last week.

    “Twenty numbers come out,” Nelson said. “If you get 10 of the 20 numbers you win a big prize. If you have no numbers, you can win $4.”

    Proceeds from Keno give the state’s General Fund another revenue source, according to Anne Noble, President and CEO of the Connecticut Lottery.

    “The Lottery’s success in recent years is attributable to paying careful attention to what our players want when they choose to gamble,” Noble said in a statement. “In Connecticut, people like and play a variety of lottery games, with scratch and traditional draw games enjoying many years of success and popularity throughout the state. Keno is an entirely new way to play the lottery, and is a more social way to enjoy lottery games.”

    Sperling said she expects Keno will provide a boost to Daybreak’s business, especially when it’s cold out.

    “When the winter comes, I’m looking forward to all the guys and customers playing Keno,” Sperling said.

    You can find locations offering Keno here.


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    A boy who found his young cousin face down in a San Diego pool said he will never forget his attempts to save the 8-year-old's life.

    "I remember how I picked him up out of the water," said Juan Galindo, who was swimming with his cousin, Brandon Reynoso, at a family party over the weekend. "He was dying in my hands and I couldn't do nothing."

    The family had gathered Saturday at the Del Rio Apartments on Fenton Parkway near Rio San Diego Drive in Mission Valley.

    Juan said he saw his cousin motionless in the water and thought at first Brandon was playing a joke, then realized the seriousness of the situation.

    "I got so scared, I didn't know what to do," said Juan. "So I just brought him over there where everybody was."

    Brandon was not a strong swimmer, according to Juan, and was wearing a dive mask over his face. The snorkel was not attached.

    Emergency crews tried unsuccessfully to revive Brandon, who did not regain consciousness or take another breath on his own, authorities said.

    "I was crying a lot, because I was scared," said Brandon's sister, Jennifer Reynoso. "I had hoped that he would be safe because it was just water."

    Family members raised money at a food sale Monday to help cover the cost of Brandon's funeral. They remembered him as a happy child who loved to swim.

    "We never thought that the water would take his life away, what he loved so much," said Jennifer.

    "He was the only little brother I have," she added. "We used to call him Baby Brandon, in a nice way."

    She was grateful to the 50 people who turned out Monday to buy food and raise money. 

    "They show that they care about him, even if they only knew him a little bit, or they only saw him once," Reynoso said. 

    The family has set up a GoFundMe to help cover funeral costs.

    SDPD's Child Abuse Unit is investigating the drowning, as is the protocol in all sudden child deaths.

    Irvine Company owns the property but declined to comment out of respect for the family.



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    Brandon Reynoso, 8, drowned in a pool at a family party over the weekend.Brandon Reynoso, 8, drowned in a pool at a family party over the weekend.

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    The rain has moved out and a frosty night is ahead.

    Temperatures will fall to the freezing mark in many inland locations.

    Tomorrow will be a world's better than today. Full sunshine with highs near 60.

    The late-week period of Thursday into Friday looks primarily dry, though First Alert forecasters are watching a disturbance that will be just southwest of the region.

    A few showers are possible Thursday afternoon and evening, especially in southwest Connecticut. Temperatures will be close to 60 degrees.

    An early look at the weekend shows dry weather with high temperatures in the middle 60s – seasonable for the time of year!

    There will be low-level moisture around the region, so it won't be completely sunny.

    A blend of clouds and sunshine is expected Saturday, while Sunday could very well end up mostly cloudy but dry.

    The next organized batch of rain is poised to impact Connecticut on Monday, and it may last into Tuesday.

    High temperatures early next week will be below average, in the upper 50s.


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    A West Haven man is dead after hitting a tree in New Haven on Monday night.

    Police found Alberto Baez, 52, of West Haven, in a 2012 Nissan Versa on Columbus Avenue, between Davenport Avenue and Downes Street, after someone called 911 at 10:32 p.m. to report that a driver hit a tree and was likely injured, police said.

    Baez was unresponsive and trapped under the steering wheel, according to police, and he was pronounced dead at 10:50 p.m.

    Police are investigating and said at the scene that they are looking into whether a medical issue contributed to the crash.



    Photo Credit: NBCConnecticut.com

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    Berlin Police are continuing their voting day practice of dispatching officers to town schools that double as polling sites today.

    Berlin schools are in session on this primary day and police said they want to make sure that children are safe while people from outside the school community enter their buildings to vote.

    “There’s a lot of people walking in to vote today that we don’t know who they are and they’re not parents, they’re not faculty. On a normal day, you wouldn’t let those people in. So just to be safe we elected to put officers in schools that are used as polling places. We’ve done that for years,” Deputy Chief John Klett said.

    The department began the practice following the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School and Klett said there was no specific threat against any schools in town, but his department wanted to make sure that they were prepared in the event something was to occur inside of a school on a voting day.

    Berlin Police officers already do random patrols at every school daily.



    Photo Credit: NBCConnecticut.com

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    Four decades have passed since three girls were reported missing in Tolland County and members of a cold case squad recently gathered and said they are still searching for answers.

    The Tolland County Cold Case Squad, made up of members of several local law enforcement entities, was created in late 2014 to concentrate the efforts of investigators into solving old cases and three cold cases of significance in the county are the disappearances of Lisa White Debra Spickler and Janice Pockett, who have never been found.

    Debra Spickler, 13, of Mystic, was last seen walking alone in the area of the Henry Park swimming pool in Vernon on July 24, 1968. She had been staying with relatives when she disappeared.

    Lisa White, of Vernon, was 13 years old and was last seen walking on Prospect Street in Rockville on Nov. 1, 1974 after visiting a friend.

    Janice Pockett, of Tolland, disappeared on July 26, 1973 at the age of 7. She was last seen riding her bicycle in the area of Anthony Road and Rhodes Road.

    “It was a nightmare. She went to a friend’s house and never came home” Aprille Falletti, Lisa’s sister, said.

    “There was a lot of good police work that went into these cases back then, 40 years ago, but police work has evolved and we’re trying to put modern police practices to work on these cold cases,” Tolland State’s Attorney Matthew Gedansky said.

    There’s now a dedicated tip line and police continue to circulate missing person postcards and water bottles with the girls’ pictures.

    They’re also reminding everyone they’re still looking for answers.

    “There are people that maybe over the years hadn’t thought of stuff that they realize now might’ve been important. We take anything and follow up on all leads,” Detective Bob Given said.



    Photo Credit: NBCConnecticut.com

    A cold case unit is investigating the disappearance of three girls who disappeared 40 years ago.A cold case unit is investigating the disappearance of three girls who disappeared 40 years ago.

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    The Rio Olympics are only 100 days away, and the buzz is all about who will represent Team USA.

    While many athletes have earned their spots and a chance to bring home the gold, others will be vying for a place on the team over the coming weeks when swimming, gymnastics and other sports hold trials.

    Golf returns to the Olympics after an absence of more than a century, and the sports world is full of predictions about who will be teeing off for the United States. But with each team limited to four players, many favorites will be staying home.

    Then there is the Zika virus, which the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention just concluded is causing microcephaly and other birth defects. Brazil’s health ministry has been working to ease visitors’ fears, but some athletes are weighing whether to give the Rio Games a pass.

    As 10,500 athletes from across the globe prepare to compete in the first Olympics to be held in South America, here are some ways to follow along now:

    Watch America's best earn a trip to Rio

    Many spots on Team USA won't be finalized until just before before the Opening Ceremony. Trials for some of the most popular events — including swimming and diving, track and field and gymnastics — have yet to be held. 

    That means you can watch your favorite athletes battle for a trip to Rio de Janeiro. On the calendar in June: diving in Indianapolis from June 18-26, men’s gymnastics in St. Louis from June 24-26, and swimming in Omaha, Nebraska, from June 26 to July 3.

    On the calendar in July: track and field in Eugene, Oregon, from July 1-10, and women’s gymnastics in San Jose, California, from July 8-10.

    So far, about 100 athletes have qualified in sports from boxing to wrestling. By the time August arrives, more than 500 athletes will have made the team. NBC Olympics is keeping track of the competitors here.

    Pentathlete Nathan Schrimsher became the first official member of the U.S. Olympic team last July when he finished third in the 2015 Pan American Games. The 23-year-old will compete in the Olympics for the first time. The modern Olympic pentathlon consists of swimming, fencing, riding and a combination of running and shooting.

    In the qualifying marathon in Los Angeles in February, Galen Rupp, Meb Keflezighi and Jared Ward won the top three places for the men, and Amy Cragg, Desi Linden and Shalane Flanagan for the women.

    Triathletes Gwen Jorgensen and Sarah True have snagged spots, as have Yue Jennifer Wu, a table tennis competitor, and Jordan Wilimovsky, Sean Ryan and Haley Anderson, all open water swimmers.

    At the London 2012 Games, American women outnumbered American men in total medals and gold medals, and they are expected to dominate again in Rio. The U.S. women’s teams are world champions in basketball, gymnastics, soccer, volleyball and water polo, and all eyes are on Claressa Shields, the first American woman to win Olympic gold in boxing at the London Games; gymnast Simone Biles, three-time world all-around champion; swimmer Katie Ledecky, an Olympic gold medalist at 15; and tennis star Serena Williams. 

    In basketball, the final names for men’s and women’s teams will be announced by July 18. Among the finalists are LeBron James — though he says he is undecided about Rio — and Carmelo Anthony for the men’s team, and Diana Taurasi and Sue Bird, both three-time gold medalists, for the women’s.

    The U.S. women’s soccer team qualified for the Games, though the men’s team failed to, and its roster also must be announced by July 18.

    And U.S. women’s water polo team goes to the Games as the reigning Olympic gold medalists. The team qualified by finishing in the top four in a tournament in March in the Netherlands, where it went undefeated and outscored opponents 123-35.

    Who won’t be going?

    Some of the country’s top stars will not be making the trip, sidelined by injuries and for other reasons.

    Kobe Bryant announced he would not play in Rio after retiring from the Los Angeles Lakers because he thought it was a younger man’s turn to play. Chris Paul of the Los Angeles Clippers also withdrew from consideration, while New Orleans Pelicans star Anthony Davis was forced out by knee and shoulder injuries.

    In soccer, Sydney Leroux and Megan Rapinoe were both on the U.S. women’s World Cup team, but they will not be in Rio. Leroux is pregnant and Rapinoe is injured. Goalkeeper Hope Solo said in February that she would skip Rio if the games were being held then because of her fears of Zika.

    Zika virus continues to be a worry

    The CDC released travel guidelines that urge talking to your health provider about recommended vaccines and medicines, packing a health kit and monitoring travel warnings from the U.S. Department of State. Women who are pregnant or trying to become pregnant should take special precautions.

    Much is still being learned about the virus, which has been linked to birth defects and which researchers have discovered can be transmitted sexually, not just through mosquito bites.

    In February, the head of the World Health Organization praised the Brazilian government for its handling of the outbreak, but warned the situation could get worse before it gets better. Brazil has stressed that the mosquito population is much lower in August, the country’s winter.

    Golf's Olympic comeback

    Golf returns for the first time since 1904, when only the United States and Canada competed — and a Canadian won the individual gold.

    Among the United States’ best prospects: Jordan Spieth, Bubba Watson, Dustin Johnson and Rickie Fowler.

    But some of the world's top players have said they will be giving the Games a pass. Vijay Singh, from Fiji, was the first to say he would not play. South Africa’s Louis Oosthuizen last week pulled out, citing family and scheduling issues. Adam Scott of Australia earlier said he would skip Rio, also citing a busy schedule.

    Golf’s crowded schedule of championships has been a concern for players, but golf legend Jack Nicklaus is worried about the message they send by withdrawing.

    “If the guys don't want to participate, then we might not be in the Olympics after this,” he told Golf Digest. “They vote next year. And if they vote to keep golf in, then that's great, but if not then we lose that momentum with growing the game.”

    Before the vote to reinstate golf — 72 holes of stroke play for 60 men and 60 women — superstar Michelle Wie and champion Padraig Harrington urged their sport’s inclusion before the International Olympic Committee. But the vote covered only 2016 and 2020; another vote will be held next year to decide if it will be back in 2024.

    Michael Phelps will swim for the USA for the last time

    In his final Games, Phelps will become the first U.S. male swimmer to compete in five Olympics. The most decorated Olympic competitor ever, he has won 18 gold medals, plus two silver and two bronze.

    His return follows his second drunk driving arrest two years ago and a stint in rehab. He was suspended for six months from USA Swimming but returned to the pool last spring.



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    Gymnasts Gabby Douglas and Simone Biles on November 20, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.Gymnasts Gabby Douglas and Simone Biles on November 20, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.

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    An Ansonia police officer has been put on administrative leave after he was accused of disorderly conduct this week.

    During the early hours on Sunday, police were informed that Officer Christopher Kelley was involved in a "domestic incident" in Milford, Ansonia Police said.

    Kelley turned himself into police on Monday and was charged with one count of disorderly conduct. He is expected to appear in court on Tuesday.

    Police said Kelley, who has been with the department since 2013, will be placed on administrative leave until the outcome of the case is clear. 

    There was no other details available. 


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    A nurse's aide, who was hired to take care of an elderly couple in Hamden, was making fraudulent charges with their credit and debit cards, police said. 

    Moneek Grant, 38, of Norwalk, was arrested on April 25 and is accused of second degree identity theft, second degree conspiracy to commit identity theft, fraudulent use of an ATM, third degree larceny and third degree conspiracy to commit larceny. 

    Police said they met with the daughter of an elderly couple with serious medical issues in 2012. The daughter had been concerned about a number of unauthorized debit card purchases and cash withdrawals from the couple's account. 

    The parents resided at Atria Larson Place at 1450 Whitney Avenue. The daughter had hired Elite Homecare to provide nurses' aides for her parents, police said. 

    An investigation led police to determine that Grant, an Elite Homecare employee working at the couple's residence, had stolen a total of $3,846 from the pair's bank account.

    Grant is expected to appear in court on May 9. 



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    Costco has withdrawn its application to build a store in Branford.

    "We remain concerned that the important issues Costco has raised have no been fully resolved," Thomas P. Cody, one of Costco's attorneys, wrote in a letter to the Branford Inland Wetlands Commissions. 

    Cody said that Costco had engaged in a "good faith effort" to answer all questions over the last 18 months of the planning process. 

    Costco concluded its letter to the town that it had expressed "specific" concerns about the manner in which the application was being reviewed and process by the wetlands commission, Cody said.  

    The Costco was expected to be built on a 44-acre lot across from exit 56 off I-95 in Branford. 

    First Selectman James Cosgrove said the news was "disappointing." 

    "I remain committed to bringing Costco to Branford," Cosgrove said. "As we embark on a variety of major investments to improve the quality of life in our town, we need corporate citizens who can significantly and responsibly expand our tax base." 

    The Brandford Inland Wetlands Commission said they have no comment on the application withdrawal. 



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    You've received a letter from the IRS regarding an audit. Stay calm and assess the situation.

    The letter you receive may be one of three types:

    Adjustment Letter – This notifies you of a change in your taxes owed, or the refund amount. In this case, it is generally from an obvious wrong number entry or miscalculation on your form.

    Correspondence Audit – This letter asks for further information to verify your tax return; such as a W-2 form that does not match the amount reported by your employer. The letter will tell you exactly what information is needed and how to respond. It is possible that your entire audit can be dealt with via correspondence. This is the most common form of audit.

    Examination Audit – This in-person audit is what most people envision... and fear. The letter will let you know the nature of the audit, what information is needed, and how to schedule an in-person appointment. The appointment may take place in your home, place of business, or at an IRS office. You generally have ten days to schedule an appointment.

    There is a comprehensive list of notices and letters at the IRS website, along with links for further explanation. All letters and notices will contain the reason for the letter, its purpose, and how to respond.

    Once you have read your letter and understand the issue, what's next?

    Step 1. Don't Ignore the Issue – Ignoring the problem will not make it go away. The issue may be simple, such as acknowledging a math error, and may only require sending a check. In any case, you have a set amount of time to reply. This varies depending on the type of notice, but it is typically 30 or 60 days. If you have to pay interest, the more you delay, the more you will have to pay.

    Step 2. Do you Need Representation? – You probably need representation by a CPA or attorney if you disagree with their findings, cannot find the documentation the IRS requested, or have a more complex tax issue.

    You are still responsible for your return even if you had a third party prepare it for you. Take advantage of whatever audit defense is included with your contract. Professional tax-preparation does not guarantee freedom from an audit.

    Step 3. Audit Preparation – Gather all the information requested, and have it organized. Make sure you have the correct year – IRS audits can involve returns from up to three years prior, and two years is not uncommon. It is wise to keep records for up to six years.

    Step 4. The Audit – Bring all the requested information with you, and answer the auditor's questions to the best of your ability. Do not bring extra information, or discuss other issues – stick to the focus of the audit. You may have your representative with you during the audit, and you may make an audio recording as long as you provide advance notice.

    Step 5. The Conclusion – The auditor will either agree with you and resolve the matter, or rule against you and require you to pay some additional taxes. There may be penalties and interest charges that you are liable for as well. You can choose to pay, or fight in court if you think your chances of success are good and the amount at stake is much greater than the legal fees.

    The good news is, if you filed your return honestly -- and maintained thorough documentation and proof of your deductions – any additional taxes due are likely to be manageable. Consequently, keep your records in order, follow the IRS instructions, and get representation as needed. Your audit experience should be less painful than you fear it will be. And if you do assume the fetal position, snap out of it long enough to take care of business.

    This story first appeared on Moneytips.com. More from Moneytips:

     



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    A woman drops her federal tax return in the mail slot at a post office in this file photo. A tax audit letter may be one of three types.A woman drops her federal tax return in the mail slot at a post office in this file photo. A tax audit letter may be one of three types.

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  • 04/26/16--20:45: White House Lockdown Lifted

  • The White House was briefly placed on lockdown Tuesday afternoon after a man who was fleeing from a nearby robbery jumped over a fence at the complex, according to the Secret Service.

    Members of the press were not being allowed in or out of the building about 4:10 p.m. The Secret Service said the White House was under a "condition yellow," a lockdown state.

    The lockdown was lifted shortly after 4:30 p.m., but press members were still restricted and Lafayette Park was closed to pedestrian traffic.

    A D.C. Fire and EMS spokesman said a man jumped the fence in the area of 17th and G streets, Northwest, at the Eisenhower Building, also known as the Old Executive Office Building. There is a separate fence between the grounds of the Old EOB and the White House, but the man did not get close to the second fence.

    The man suffered a cut on his hand and was being treated at the scene, according to the fire department. Investigators with the Secret Service said the man was fleeing the scene of a nearby robbery when he jumped the fence.

    The jumper was in custody of the Secret Service. President Barack Obama was at the White House after returning late Monday from an international trip.



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    Fire and rescue personnel take away a man who jumped over a fence at the White House complex. He was taken into custody, then sent for treatment.Fire and rescue personnel take away a man who jumped over a fence at the White House complex. He was taken into custody, then sent for treatment.

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    Apple says quarterly revenue fell for the first time in more than a decade, as iPhone sales fell compared with a year ago. That's putting more pressure on the world's most valuable public company to come up with its next big product.

    Apple sold more than 51.2 million iPhones in the first three months of 2016 — while racking up $10.5 billion in quarterly profit. That was more than many analysts expected, but still fewer than the 61 million iPhones sold a year earlier.

    The company is battling perceptions that its latest iPhones aren't dramatically different from previous models, as overall smartphone sales are slowing around the world. Apple also sells iPads, Mac computers and other gadgets, but nearly two-thirds of its $50.6 billion in quarterly revenue came from iPhones.

    Revenue was down 13 percent from the January-March quarter of 2015. And the company surprised analysts by forecasting another revenue drop of 13 percent or more in the current quarter. The forecast drove Apple's stock price down more than 5 percent in extended trading Tuesday, after closing at $104.35.

    Despite the decline, Chief Financial Officer Luca Maestri said in an interview, "we continue to believe the iPhone business is very strong." But he added that Apple is expanding its other businesses. The January-March quarter includes $6 billion in revenue from online services, apps and other software, which was up 20 percent from a year earlier, but just 10 percent of overall revenue. 

    Many were hoping the Apple Watch would be the company's next big hit when it went on sale one year ago. Apple hasn't revealed sales figures for the watch, but most analysts estimate the company has sold 12 million or more, producing well over $5 billion in revenue. That's more than twice the number of iPhones sold in the first year after the company introduced its signature smartphone in 2007.

    But even as some owners say they're delighted with the Apple Watch, others have voiced disappointment that it doesn't do more. And critics say it hasn't ignited consumer passions, in the way the iPhone became a "must-have" product.

     "They need to come out with that next great product," Angelo Zino, a financial analyst with S&P Global Market Intelligence, said in an interview before Apple released its earnings report Thursday. While he's optimistic about the company's future, Zino added, "Apple absolutely needs to start diversifying their revenue base."



    Photo Credit: Getty Images, file

    An Apple phone is seen at a shop after Apple launched iPhone SE in Moscow, Russia on April 5, 2016.An Apple phone is seen at a shop after Apple launched iPhone SE in Moscow, Russia on April 5, 2016.

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