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    Three Meriden police officers are on what police referred to as administrative assignments after a shooting last week.

    Detectives from Connecticut State Police were requested by the New Haven State's Attorney's Office to assist in the investigation of an officer-involved shooting that happened in Meriden on Thursday.

    Five officers were traveling in an unmarked vehicle when they began to follow a Buick Century on West Main Street shortly before 10:30 p.m.

    The vehicle then traveled onto Interstate 691 eastbound and took exit 10 onto Route 15 southbound. While driving, a gun was discharged from inside of the vehicle, police said.

    Officers continued to follow the vehicle onto East Main Street in Meriden and into the CVS parking lot.

    The driver of the vehicle, later identified as 41-year-old Ryan Holley, of Meriden, exited the vehicle with a gun in his hand, according to police.

    Officers exited their vehicle and as Holley turned towards them, three officers shot their guns and hit him, police said.

    Holley was transported to Hartford Hospital to be treated for non-life threatening injuries. No officers were injured during the incident.

    Police did not release the name of the officers who are on administrative assignments.

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    NBC Connecticut Meteorologists have issued a First Alert ahead of our next weather maker which will come in the form of a Nor'easter.

    Moisture associated with what was once Hurricane Willa will spawn a Nor'easter in the coming days. 

    The storm will bring with it heavy rain, strong winds, and cool temperatures. There is a possibility that some of the moisture could start out in the form of snow before quickly transitioning to a cool rain. The best chance for this will be in the higher elevations of Connecticut. 

    Rain will develop Saturday morning and will pick up in intensity throughout the day. The strongest winds will move in Saturday afternoon and night with gusts over 45 mph possible. 

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    The intensity of the storm is really dependent on how close the low tracks to Connecticut and how deep the center of low pressure becomes.

    We will of course keep a close eye on this system as it moves towards Connecticut. 

    Stay with NBC Connecticut and the First Alert Weather Team for continuous updates both on air and here online. 

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    Top Republicans and political figures from all parties took to social media in a rare moment of solidarity Wednesday to condemn politically driven violence against prominent Democrats. 

    At a campaign rally for a congressional candidate in Scranton, Pennsylvania, Vice President Mike Pence condemned the apparent attempted mail bombings that targeted former Secretary of State and Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, former President Barack Obama, CNN's New York offices, billionaire philanthropist George Soros, and others. 

    “These cowardly acts are despicable and have no place in American society,” Pence said. 

    President Donald Trump retweeted a tweet by Pence where the vice president also thanked law enforcement members for their fast response.

    "I whole heartedly agree!" Trump wrote. 

    “I stand with all Americans in condemning today’s attempted acts of domestic terrorism," Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said. "As we continue to learn more, Americans are united in gratitude for the first responders — the Secret Service, the Postal Service, and other law enforcement — who protect our leaders and public figures from such unconscionable acts.”

    Packages addressed to Clinton's home in a New York City suburb and Obama's in Washington, D.C., were intercepted during mail checks. Authorities said the Clintons and Obamas were not at risk of receiving the packages. 

    Another package sent to CNN offices at Time Warner Center in New York City was addressed to former CIA Director John Brennan, who is now an analyst for MSNBC. The package got as far as the mailroom before CNN employees were evacuated.

    Investigators have concluded that the packages contained homemade explosive devices.

    Another package that was addressed to former Attorney General Eric Holder had the wrong address and was sent to the Florida office of ex-Democratic National Committee chairman Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., which was the return address listed, NBC News reported. 

    New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo also said his Manhattan office received a suspicious package. 

    "Those behind such reprehensible acts must be brought to justice," House Speaker Paul Ryan said. "We cannot tolerate any attempt to terrorize public figures."

    Ted Cruz, Texas’ U.S. Senate candidate, called the possible mail bombs “deeply, deeply disturbing.”

    “Violence is never OK,” Cruz wrote. “America is better than this. Political disagreements are fine, even healthy, but we should always be civil and respect each other’s humanity.”

    The comment came after Cruz joked Tuesday night during a campaign event that his political opponent running for U.S. Senate, Beto O’Rourke, should be in jail with Hillary Clinton.

    House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., called the devices acts of terror.

    Last June, Scalise was among four people shot at the Annual Congressional Baseball Hearing for Charity by a man who specifically targeted Republicans out of hatred for President Donald Trump. 

    “Those responsible for these evil acts of terror must be hunted down and brought to justice, and I have great confidence that our law enforcement officers will succeed in that mission,” Scalise tweeted. “As a nation, we must agree that this is a dangerous path and it cannot become the new normal.”

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    Officers watch over the scene outside the Time Warner Center on Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2018, in New York. Law enforcement officials say a suspicious package that prompted an evacuation of CNN's offices is believed to contain a pipe bomb.Officers watch over the scene outside the Time Warner Center on Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2018, in New York. Law enforcement officials say a suspicious package that prompted an evacuation of CNN's offices is believed to contain a pipe bomb.

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    Connecticut State Police are investigating after shots were possibly fired in Lisbon on Wednesday morning.

    Police said they received a 911 call from someone indicating that shots were fired in his direction near Ross Hill Road around 8:45 a.m.

    The caller described the suspect to officers. While en route, officers said they saw an individual fitting the description of the suspect speeding away from the scene.

    Officers conducted a vehicle stop and detained three suspects.

    Police said they will release more details as they become available.

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    Four "potential explosive devices" sent to Hillary Clinton, former President Obama, billionaire philanthropist George Soros and CNN at Manhattan's Time Warner Center are thought to be linked, law enforcement sources say -- and officials are looking into whether at least one other parcel had a similar signature. 

    News about a similar fifth package -- one addressed to former Attorney General Eric Holder that ended up at the Florida office of ex-Democratic National Committee chairman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, which was the return address listed -- broke hours later. Then, NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo revealed a sixth package had been discovered at his office in Manhattan; a senior law enforcement official tells News 4 that package was not linked to the others. 

    Two of the initial four devices -- one addressed to Clinton's Chappaqua home, one to Obama in Washington, D.C. -- were intercepted by the U.S. Secret Service. Both were discovered at off-site locations and neither the former secretary of state nor former president were ever at risk, officials said. 

    Another of the initial packages -- one addressed to ex-CIA chief John Brennan, now an MSNBC contributor -- that appeared similar to the others forced an evacuation of CNN at the Time Warner Center Wednesday. NYPD Commissioner James O'Neill said the device appeared to be a "live explosive." He also said there was an envelope with white powder in the original packaging; that powder is being tested. Mayor de Blasio said there are no additional credible threats.

    It was at that briefing that Cuomo revealed his Manhattan office had received a similar package. He said, "It is being handled as we speak." A senior law enforcement official later told News 4 the item was a threatening letter, not a device, that referenced the Proud Boys street brawl from earlier this month. 

    There was no explosive, the official said. 

    Law enforcement officials say at least three of the four parcels -- those addressed to Clinton, Obama and Soros -- had a manila outer packaging and the devices had stamps on them. The devices appear to be working explosives, sources say, but final analysis is pending further testing. News 4 obtained an image of one of the devices; it appeared to be crude. 

    The signature is nearly the same on those three packages and all three listed the return address as one belonging to Schultz. There is no suggestion Schultz had any involvement, law enforcement officials say. Investigators believe the package addressed to Holder may have had the wrong address, which is why it was shipped back to the nominal sender (Schultz's return address). 

    At the Manhattan briefing, an FBI representative with the Joint Terrorism Task Force said the devices assessed thus far appeared to be pipe bombs. 

    The Secret Service says it recovered the Clinton package, addressed to her home in Chappaqua, late Tuesday. She was not there at the time, though former President Bill Clinton was in the residence. The parcel addressed to Obama in Washington, D.C., was intercepted early Wednesday. 

    Later Wednesday, at a campaign event in Coral Gables, Florida, Hillary Clinton thanked everyone for their support.

    "We are fine, thanks to the men and women of the Secret Service who intercepted the package addressed to us long before it made its way to our home," Clinton said. "But it is a troubling time, isn’t it, and it’s a time of deep divisions and we have to do everything we can to bring out country together."

    Secret Service says it has initiated a "full scope criminal investigation that will leverage all available federal, state, and local resources to determine the source of the packages and identify those responsible."

    "The packages were immediately identified during routine mail screening procedures as potential explosive devices and were appropriately handled as such," Secret Service said in a statement. "Both packages were intercepted prior to being delivered to their intended location. The protectees did not receive the packages nor were they at risk of receiving them." 

    No one was hurt in the Soros case, which happened at his home in Bedford, about 10 miles away from Chappaqua. 

    A Clinton spokesman referred questions to the Secret Service, but reiterated that, unlike the Soros case, no package actually got to the Clinton home as two senior law enforcement officials initially reported. 

    In Soros' case, an employee noticed the package, put it in a wooded area and called police, who alerted the FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Firearms and Explosives. A law enforcement source told NBC 4 New York that the device contained explosive powder; it was detonated as a precaution. 

    Investigators are reviewing surveillance video to determine whether the package was sent via mail or otherwise delivered.

    The FBI is working with police to figure out who sent the Soros device, which a senior law enforcement official said was similar to a pipe bomb. A law enforcement source says evidence was sent to the FBI lab in Quantico for testing. The FBI's New York office said Wednesday that its Joint Terrorism Task Force was working with federal, state and local partners on the investigation. ATF is also investigating. 

    President Trump was briefed on the situation.

    "We condemn the attempted violent attacks recently made against President Obama, President Clinton, Secretary Clinton, and other public figures. These terrorizing acts are despicable, and anyone responsible will be held accountable to the fullest extent of the law. The United States Secret Service and other law enforcement agencies are investigating and will take all appropriate actions to protect anyone threatened by these cowards," the White House said in a  statement.

    Vice President Mike Pence took to Twitter to condemn the "cowardly" and "despicable" acts and to thank the Secret Service and FBI for their response. President Donald Trump did not issue a statement of his own but did retweet Pence roughly 50 minutes later and added "I agree wholeheartedly!"

    In D.C., the mayor and police chief assured the public that local and federal officials would handle the threats.

    “We will not let this terroristic behavior interrupt our lives,” Police Chief Peter Newsham said at a news conference.

    Mayor Muriel Bowser said in a statement that there was no “additional, credible threat” to the city, and urged tipsters to contact police.


    CNN officials said they checked bureaus around the world "out of a complete abundance of caution and found no additional threats.

    "We are working with authorities to determine the severity of the situation," CNN chief Jeff Zucker said in an email to employees. 

    Law enforcement sources told News 4 that the package addressed to Brennan included a pipe with black tape and wires. 


    Soros, a billionaire who made his fortune in hedge funds, has donated heavily to liberal causes and is vilified on the right. He is also the subject of many unfounded conspiracy theories. Recently, conservative critics have, without evidence, accused him of secretly financing a caravan of Central American migrants to make their way north toward Mexico and the United States. Others have falsely accused him of being a Nazi collaborator during World War II, when he was a child in Hungary. 

    Activists frequently post the addresses of homes he owns in Westchester County on social media, sometimes accompanied by menacing messages.

    Soros' foundation, The Open Society Foundation, released a statement Tuesday condemning "the politics of hate that dominates our discourse today." 

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    A New Haven man has plead guilty to possession with intent to distribute a synthetic cannabinoid known as "K2."

    The U.S. Department of Justice said 47-year-old Quintin Staggers, of New Haven, plead guilty before a judge on Wednesday.

    The plea comes after a joint investigation by multiple law enforcement agencies into the distribution of K2 on the New Haven Green back in July.

    Investigators conducted a trash pull at Staggers's house on Farren Avenue on July 20 and discovered suspected K2 packaging, according to court documents and statements made in court.

    The packaging and residue were submitted to the DEA's forensic laboratory for testing, where they confirmed the presence of AMB-FUBINACA, a synthetic cannabinoid, officials said.

    Staggers was arrested on August 16.

    His sentencing is scheduled for January 16, 2019, where he could face a maximum term of imprisonment of 20 years. Staggers is released on a $100,000 bond pending sentencing.

    The DEA's New Haven Task Force and Branford and New Haven Police Departments are investigating the incident.

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    A victim found with a head injury at a Bolton car wash appears to have suffered a self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to Connecticut State Police.

    Police said they responded to a 911 call reporting a victim with a head injury at Fiano’s E-Z Coin-Op Car Wash on Boston Turnpike around 3:10 p.m. The victim suffered a gunshot wound to the head, and police said it appears to be self-inflicted.

    The victim was rushed to a local hospital for treatment. Their condition was not immediately clear.

    Troopers remain on scene investigating.

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    A 34-year-old New Britain man was seriously injured in a hit-and-run crash in New Britain Wednesday.

    New Britain police said the victim was struck by a car near the intersection of Farmington Avenue and Overlook Avenue around 1:22 p.m. He was taken to the hospital with serious injuries.

    The driver fled the scene, according to police. The suspect’s vehicle is described as a dark-colored full-sized four-door pickup and was last seen traveling north on Farmington Avenue near Blake Road.

    The crash is under investigation. Anyone with information should contact Sgt. Steven King at 860-826-3071.

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    It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in Meriden. Filmmakers were on set on East Main Street Wednesday shooting an upcoming Christmas movie. The old armory was completely transformed into Santa’s workshop for an upcoming film.

    “To have Hollywood movie stars land here in Cromwell and now in Meriden, is unbelievable and I’m so excited and thrilled about it,” said producer David Gere.

    They’re about halfway through production of the movie right now. It’s set to premiere Christmas 2019. The story is about a family and children who help save Christmas.

    “Barbara Eden is so iconic,” said Gere. “Denise Richards and Patrick Muldoon play the parents of the children that are in the film and they’re trying to work out their marital stuff so it’s kind of a contemporary story.”

    “The message is family,” said director Brian Skiba. “At the end of the day it’s about Santa bringing a family back together.”

    They chose Connecticut because New England is the perfect classic Christmas backdrop. Chelsea Vale plays the main “good elf” in the movie.

    “It’s been amazing shooting here,” said Vale. “All of the landscapes and the different architecture here brings a different play to the story than we ever could have had in los Angeles.”

    From Connecticut himself, producer David Gere said it feels good to bring a film close to home.

    “There are so many local people involved whether they’re extras or helping out on the set, or involved in catering,” Gere said. “This is a Connecticut story and it’s about Christmas.”

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    When there is October baseball in Boston, the Red Sox fans come to Fenway Park from near and far.

    NBC Connecticut met fans from New England states like Connecticut and New Hampshire and others that traveled from places as far as Nebraska and Toronto.

    “We come every year and I have a really good friend that me on it early, so we’re just carrying on the tradition,” Lori Stangl from Omaha said. She had tickets for both the Game One 8-4 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers and for Game Two.

    In the long line on Landsdowne Street Wednesday afternoon, Lucy Brainard hoped to get one of the 100 $9 student tickets the team gives out on game day. Lyme is home, but she now goes to college at Northeastern.

    “So I just grew up a Red Sox fan,” Brainard said. “My whole family, my dad is and I’ve grown up going to games, watched the 2004 World Series in my car cause the power went out halfway through, so I’ve been a big fan since I was born basically.”

    John Girardin and his son Max took a flight from Toronto to Boston.

    “Why are you a Red Sox fan?” NBC Connecticut asked Max.

    “Because my godfather is from Boston,” he said.

    His godfather purchased them tickets for Game Two above the first base line.

    “This could be a one in a lifetime chance to see this so this is fantastic,” John said.

    Or maybe they’ll make it back again, like Matt Pettengill from New Hampshire who is attending his fourth World Series at Fenway Park.

    NBC Connecticut asked him whether he’d ever think in his lifetime to see the Red Sox win three World Series titles and be three games away from winning a fourth.

    “No, because went through 75, too, and my father never saw it,” said Pettengill, who went to the World Series when the Red Sox lost to the New York Mets in 1986. “So I thought that was always going to be the way here, but this management group has done a lot with this team.”

    The World Series goes out west to Los Angeles for Games Three through Five.

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    Waterbury synagogue leaders are looking for the man they said walked into their synagogue while kids were in day care inside and stole charity donations.

    Surveillance video from B’nai Shalom Synagogue Tuesday shows a man walk through the doors near the day care, rummage through the donation boxes inside one of the sanctuaries—along with a bag and other parts of the room—and start scoping out other rooms, too.

    “That’s money that’s meant for the poor and for the needy and for someone to commit a crime like that is certainly a sad thing to happen,” Communications Director Shuly Lieber said.

    He has a 2-year-old daughter in the day care and calls the situation extremely unnerving.

    A police report said he got away with about $20 in cash. The man can be seen rummaging through other rooms, including the rabbi’s office, according to Lieber. As he exits, a child from the daycare brushes past him. That’s when a teacher confronts him.

    “He actually claimed he was going to see the rabbi and he seemed very comfortable saying it,” Lieber said, adding the rabbi wasn’t in at the time.

    Based on surveillance video timestamps, the suspect was only inside for about five minutes.

    “We come here to pray every day, we come here to study every day and to have something like this is quite jarring,” said Yitzchak Friedland, a member of the board of directors.

    Members of the synagogue’s board of directors believe this suspect might have been involved in a similar larceny at B’nai Shalom in June. A police report from that incident states that a member of the board believes that person stole from a donation box, too.

    “It’s very possible that he was here. He seemed to know where he was going,” Friedland said.

    Waterbury Police Chief Fernando Spagnolo said his team is looking at whether the incidents are related.

    “All our doors are typically locked. We do have them at time unlocked at times of prayer or at times of dropping off a student,” Lieber said.

    Waterbury police had a squad car outside the synagogue for part of the day and said the area where B’nai Shalom is, is part of their patrol. The chief said officers gave ideas to members of the board to better secure their building at all hours.

    There was a third larceny in April where a man reported that his bag filled with religious items was stolen from the synagogue. The chief said the suspect description is completely different.

    Lieber said that’s when the synagogue first installed security cameras.

    “We feel quite hurt, angry and disgusted by something like this. This should be a very, very safe place,” Friedland said.

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    Emergency crews are responding to a serious crash on Route 2 in Colchester, according to the Colchester Fire Department.

    The fire department confirmed a crash on Route 2 east at the exit 21 off-ramp. Officials confirmed one male driver was airlifted to Hartford Hospital via LifeStar and a female passenger was transported via ambulance.

    No other details were immediately available.

    This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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    A serious crash on Route 2 in Colchester Wednesday afternoon.A serious crash on Route 2 in Colchester Wednesday afternoon.

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    The Federal Trade Commission, which tracks fraud reports nationwide, released data for the third quarter of 2018 and thousands of Connecticut residents have filed complaints.

    The FTC received 2,465 reports of fraud from Connecticut residents during July, August, and September. The median loss reported by consumers was $337.

    So far in 2018, the FTC has received 8,156 fraud reports from our state. That’s a slight increase from 7,945 during the same period in 2017. The total number of frauds reported in 2017 was 10,422.

    Data compiled by the FTC show imposter scams, the IRS Scam and the Grandparent Scam are once again the top-reported fraud in Connecticut.

    According to the FTC, “Imposter scams come in many varieties, but work the same way: a scammer pretends to be someone you trust to convince you to send them money.”

    Connecticut ranks third in the country for scams related to internet service. The FTC received 175 reports per 48.8 million people.

    Connecticut is ninth in the country for fraudulent charitable solicitations, with 11 reports per 3.1 million people.

    The head of Connecticut’s Department of Consumer Protection says the best way consumers can protect themselves from fraud is to avoid falling for it.

    “It's just a really pervasive problem and we're out that all the time trying to encourage consumers to be aware of when someone is trying to defraud them and have some strategies to protect themselves," said Michelle Seagull.

    One of those strategies is to avoid using untraceable payment methods, such as wire transfer or gift cards. The FTC says government agencies and reputable businesses won’t ask you to pay that way.

    Scammers try to pressure you into acting quickly. Before you hand over any money or personal information, take a moment to stop and think. Do some research, and if you are still unsure, run it by someone you trust.

    If you think you’ve been a victim of fraud, file a complaint with the FTC.

    You can also sign up for free fraud alerts to stay on top of the latest schemes.

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    At a campaign-style rally in Mosinee, Wisconsin, on Wednesday, President Donald Trump called on the country to come together after packages containing explosive devices were sent to prominent Democrats and CNN’s NYC offices.

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    Five "potential explosive devices" sent to Hillary Clinton, former President Obama, billionaire George Soros, ex-Attorney General Eric Holder and CNN at NYC's Time Warner Center are thought to be linked, law enforcement sources say -- and officials are looking into whether one addressed to California Rep. Maxine Waters in Washington, D.C., has a similar signature.

    The packages that were addressed to Soros, Clinton, Obama, Brennan (through CNN), and Holder have the same characteristics, three senior law enforcement officials with direct knowledge of the matter tell NBC News.

    The targets of the packages are leading some to speculate on a motive, but experts say it's far too early for that.

    "There's an old saying with investigations, and that's 'assumptions are your enemy.'" said Michael Clark, a retired FBI special agent who now teaches criminal justice at the University of New Haven.

    Law enforcement will start with a clean slate, focusing on the physical evidence in front of them.

    "They'll take a very close look at all the materials. The person who did this has got to be asking themselves, 'Did I make a mistake? Did I touch the envelope? Did I lick a stamp? Did I lick the envelope closed?'" said Clark.

    Clark says the suspicious packages will be looked over by three of the best labs: the Secret Service lab, the FBI lab, and the ATF lab.

    "These bombers leave a signature every time they create one of these bombs. They'll check it against all the different databases they have for these bombing signatures," said Clark.

    Clark says investigators will keep their best leads close to the vest and that the key will be forensics.

    "It's going to come to forensics and shoe leather with the investigators hitting the street with leads. They're going to work around the clock. This is a top priority investigation. Nothing will be more important than this investigation," said Clark.

    Quinnipiac University Political Science Associate Professor Fodei Batty says a lot of people are certainly going to say the mail bombings were due to the partisan divide, but that it's important to see what comes of the investigation.

    "We can't really rush to judgment. We have to wait and see," said Batty.

    He adds that whatever the motive ends up being, it's certainly bringing attention to the tense political polarization in the country, and that everyone should take a step back and evaluate the discourse.

    "I have never seen American politics this divided," said Batty. "There should be more civility injected into public discourse."

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    A member of the FBI Weapons of Mass Destruction team works outside the Time Warner Center, in New York, Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2018.A member of the FBI Weapons of Mass Destruction team works outside the Time Warner Center, in New York, Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2018.

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    Hartford police and federal agents teamed up to track down a suspect who planned more than a dozen armed robberies involving online sites such as Craigslist, and on Wednesday investigators revealed that they believe the mastermind behind many of these crimes was a teenager.

    Hartford police and ATF have been investigating a series of more than a dozen robberies from Sept. 2017 through November 2017. During these crimes, three victims were shot, several victims were pistol-whipped, and cell phones, jewelry and several thousands of dollars in cash were stolen.

    Police say a 17-year-old ringleader set up the victims using OfferUp, Let it Go and Craigslist.

    Officers urge people to head to a safer place such as police headquarters to buy or sell items.

    “It’s very, very scary and nerve-wracking,” said Samantha Rivera of Hartford.

    Rivera is cautious when buying stuff through online sites and then arranging to meet with potential sellers.

    “We would usually meet up in public sites, very public sites where there are cameras,” she said.

    No information about the suspect has been released except that the teen faces charges of conspiracy to commit robbery.

    More arrests are expected.

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    Police encourage everyone to use safe meetup spots like this one when conducting transactions with people you meet online.Police encourage everyone to use safe meetup spots like this one when conducting transactions with people you meet online.

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    Megyn Kelly fired her agent Wednesday after news leaked that the NBC News star might be relinquishing her daytime show, a source directly familiar with the situation told NBC News.

    Kelly parted ways with her agent Matt DelPiano, of Creative Artists Agency, the executive who negotiated her stratospheric $23 million-a-year deal for three years with NBC News. A representative for Kelly, Davidson Goldin, told NBC News Wednesday night that Kelly was switching to UTA. CAA did not immediately return requests for comment. NBC News declined to comment, and Kelly was not immediately reachable.

    Trade magazines The Hollywood Reporter and Variety reported that Kelly was in discussions about a new role at the company and suggested her show “Megyn Kelly Today” would end after its second season.

    Kelly immediately received harsh backlash after her segment Tuesday about Halloween costumes and what people find acceptable in the current cultural climate. She later apologized for the comments. 

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    Megyn Kelly fired her agent Wednesday, a source directly familiar with the situation told NBC.Megyn Kelly fired her agent Wednesday, a source directly familiar with the situation told NBC.

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    Special counsel Robert Mueller's office has obtained communications suggesting that a right-wing conspiracy theorist might have had advance knowledge that the emails of Hillary Clinton's campaign chairman had been stolen and handed to WikiLeaks, a source familiar with the investigation told NBC News

    Mueller's team has spent months investigating whether the conspiracy theorist Jerome Corsi knew WikiLeaks had obtained emails hacked by Russian intelligence officers before the public did and whether he passed information about the stolen emails to Trump associate Roger Stone, multiple sources said. 

    Mueller's investigators have reviewed messages to members of the Trump team in which Stone and Corsi seem to take credit for the release of Democratic emails, said a person with direct knowledge of the emails.

    The source and other people familiar with the matter say they have seen no evidence suggesting either man played any role in the hacking or release of the emails. Stone has denied doing anything besides passing on information already in the public domain.

    Corsi and his lawyer, David Gray, declined to comment. Mueller's spokesman, Peter Carr, said the office had no comment.

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    In this Wednesday, May 25, 2011, file photo, Jerome Corsi signs copies of his books at the Book Expo America in New York.In this Wednesday, May 25, 2011, file photo, Jerome Corsi signs copies of his books at the Book Expo America in New York.

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    New Haven is getting its holiday tree today.

    Work crews are in Prospect this morning to cut down the 65-foot Norway spruce that will be decorated with thousands of lights and stand on the New Haven Green for the holiday season.

    The Miller family is donating the tree this year.

    New Haven Parks Department workers will transport the tree into the city.

    “We cut the tree at the base, the crane lifts it, puts it on a flatbed, we strap it down, drive it all the way to the New Haven Green from Prospect,” said Adam Wambolt, a New Haven tree trimmer last week while the tree was being prepared.

    The tree lighting is set for Thursday, Nov. 29. NBC Connecticut is the proud television sponsor of the event.

    You can watch the lighting that night on NBC Connecticut beginning at 7 p.m.

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    The Metropolitan District Commission began the process of replacing the failed section of a sewer pipe liner on Thursday morning on Linbrook Road in West Hartford.

    MDC anticipates the work will be completed by Thursday night.

    Several homeowners have been dealing with flooded basements after the pipe liner malfunctioned on October 3, causing sewage to backup into their homes.

    ”It’s really exciting to know that they’re finally going to get rid of these pipes on the ground and that they’re going to put the new liner in and try to get us back to some sense of normalcy,” homeowner Rick Bush said.

    In a community meeting on October 18, MDC reassured residents that the malfunction was a fluke. The CEO said they have installed about 200 miles of the liner without any problems. The company estimates the repair will cost about $1 million. Representatives said they intend to hold the contractor responsible.

    MDC is paying some costs to clean up homes affected by the sewage up front, and homeowners are submitting claims for reimbursement for other costs, a spokesperson said.

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    Metropolitan District Commission crews work Thursday morning to install a new sewer pipe liner nearly three weeks after another liner failed, allowing sewage to back up into homes on Linwood Road.Metropolitan District Commission crews work Thursday morning to install a new sewer pipe liner nearly three weeks after another liner failed, allowing sewage to back up into homes on Linwood Road.

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