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Fire Departments Warn Residents of Fundraising Phone Scam


Fire departments in Connecticut are warning residents of a phone call scam happening in the area. 

Fire departments in Lebanon, Columbia and Windham have all asked residents to not give personal information to people calling on the phone saying they are firefighters.

Residents said the caller said they were raising money for a local fire department. Lebanon, Columbia and Windham have all stated they are not having fundraisers at this time.

Officials urge residents to not give money or sensitive information to these callers. 

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For Rubio Campaign, 3rd Place Could Really Be Victory


Sen. Marco Rubio's campaign is preparing to finish third in South Carolina, saying that it’s still a six-person face, NBC News reported.

But his critics, especially the Ted Cruz campaign, say that a third-place victory is questionable, especially after Rubio earned endorsements from Gov. Nikki Haley, Sen. Tim Scott and U.S. Rep. Trey Gowdy.

"He's got the top three endorsements in the state," said Alice Stewart, a Cruz spokeswoman. "If he can't win here, the question is: how can he win anywhere else?"

After leaving South Carolina late Saturday, Rubio will arrive in Tennessee overnight. His campaign will plan events in Nashville and then Little Rock, Arkansas, two key states for him on Super Tuesday.  

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Nevada Win Offers Clinton a Sigh of Relief: Analysis


Hillary Clinton’s win in Nevada on Saturday is significant, despite how close the race is with rival Sen. Bernie Sanders, NBC News reported.

Sanders has gained momentum after his 22-point New Hampshire primary win. He also has a recent fundraising advantage over Clinton, as well as the negative headlines for the former secretary of state.

Clinton won the popular vote in Nevada in 2008, where the electorate is more diverse.

Nevada's win comes after she told supporters she was breathing a "big sigh of relief" after narrowly winning the Iowa caucus. 

She holds an advantage with delegates and superdelegates over Sanders, as the Democratic race moves to a more favorable area for Clinton — South Carolina and other southern states — which possibly sets her up for a winning streak. 

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Election 2016: Scenes From Saturday's Voting in Nevada and South Carolina


Voters in South Carolina and Nevada headed for their local polling places and caucus locations on Saturday, February 20, 2016 to cast their ballots. Scroll down to see photos from Nevada and South Carolina.

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Waterbury Firefighters Gift Coat to Young Accident Victim


Waterbury firefighters jumped in to help out a little girl after a terrifying accident with a school bus.

Ganiah was struck by a Waterbury School bus last Friday and dragged 200 feet down the street. She escaped without injury, but her brand new coat ripped.

Waterbury firefighters knew something had to be done. They replaced Ganiah’s damaged coat with a new one.

“We are so grateful this story had a happy ending” the Waterbury Fire Fighters Association wrote on its Facebook page.

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2 Injured in Ski Lift Malfunction at West Virginia Resort


Authorities said two people were injured Saturday morning after a ski lift malfunctioned at a resort in West Virginia, NBC News reported.

The two injured were taken to hospital with minor injuries. They were among 25 people who fell 30 feet from the ski lift at Timberline Resort in Davis, West Virginia, when it was halted by a mechanical failure, according to a spokesman for the West Virginia Ski Areas Association.

About 100 more people were stranded on the lift for nearly two hours before they were rescued.

The broken lift was shut down for the day, but the resort remained open. The cause of the lift failure is under investigation.

Beloved Torrington Bowling Center to Close in May


A beloved Torrington bowling center is closing its doors.

Now the community is remembering decades of memories at Sky Top Lanes.

“It’s more than a sport. It’s for us to get together. We hang out. We have a bite to eat together,” says Art Osanitsch of Torrington.

The future of this classic center was posted on Facebook on Saturday. The managers wrote they “have made the toughest decision of our forty-nine years of operating the bowling center.”

They explained it was time to leave the business and had hoped someone would take it over.

But with no one stepping up, they sold the property to a developer and the lanes will go dark in about three months.

“I’m kind of disappointed. You know, thinking about all the people I get to see when I come here,” says John Manning of Torrington.


The news prompted a flood of comments online.

One person wrote: “That was where I met my husband.” Another: “Torrington won’t be the same” And so many posted simply, “Thank you for a lifetime of memories.”

The managers returned the well-wishes to their legion of fans and say the friends they’ve made will truly be missed.

“They’ve put in their time. They’ve been here for 49, 50 years. They’re going to get to retire. So, I wish all the best to them,” says Osanitsch.

Right now the developer who purchased the property hasn’t said what they’re going to do with it.

The last day for Sky Top Lanes is May 3rd.

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Thousands Turn out for UConn's HuskyTHON Dance Marathon


A major dance marathon is underway at the University of Connecticut.

Thousands of students turned out for the HuskyTHON Dance Marathon, UConn’s annual fundraiser for Connecticut Children’s Medical Center. The students will dance for 18 hours straight, from 6 p.m. Saturday to 12 p.m. Sunday.

“I’m really excited,” said UConn sophomore Kelly Rose Yaeger. “It’s going to be a long night but I’m excited for it. It’s going to be fun.”

HuskyTHON is the largest student-run philanthropy event in New England and this year it was named the 11th top collegiate fundraiser in the nation by Children’s Miracle network Hospitals. Student teams organize year-long fundraising events leading up to the Dance Marathon. Each team also sponsors a child throughout the year who also attends the marathon.

Every year students hope to break the donation record. Last year students raised $560,104.55. The money goes toward research and to the families who need treatment.

“About two years ago we built a whole new cardio, cardiology center so when I got to visit we got to see the whole section of it and it’s a good feeling to know where your money is going,” said UConn junior Kayla Michelson.

Students have been hitting the dance floor for over 15 years. For more information, check out the HuskyTHON website.

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Images Show Sanders' 1963 Arrest


A decades-old photo showing the arrest of Democratic presidential candidate and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders during a 1963 protest on the South Side of Chicago surfaced Saturday, according to several reports.

The Chicago Tribune released the photo from its archives Saturday morning. Sanders’ campaign confirmed the imaged showed the candidate as a 21-year-old student at the University of Chicago — then a civil rights activist — being taken by Chicago officers toward a police wagon in the Englewood neighborhood.

"Bernie identified it himself," senior campaign adviser Tad Devine told the Tribune. "He looked at it — he actually has his student ID from the University of Chicago in his wallet — and he said, 'Yes, that indeed is (me).'"

Also on Saturday, the campaign confirmed a video uploaded earlier in the week by a film company shows Sanders' arrest, The New York Times reported.

Devine told the Times the candidate identified himself in the video, shared by Kartemquin Films, by the watch he is seen wearing.

The footage also shows the Jan. 14, 1964 edition of the Chicago Tribune. The line, "Sanders was arrested Aug. 12 at 74th and Lowe and charged with resisting arrest" is highlighted in an article titled "Race Protest Cases of 159 are decided."

According to both outlets, the protest was over segregation in Chicago Public Schools. Sanders was found guilty of resisting arrest and fined $25, the Tribune reports.

He was a leader of the Congress of Racial Equality, a civil rights group, during his time at the University of Chicago, according to the Tribune.

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Man, Grandson Rescued From Frozen Lake in Granby


Two people were rescued after falling through the ice on Manitook Lake in Granby.

Police responded to a call around 12:10 pm that two fishermen have fallen through the ice about 50' from the shore. Granby Police Department said. 

The men were pulled with a rope by police officers and residents. Police said they were in the water for about 19 minutes.

The victims were an elderly man and his teenage grandson--neither from Granby. 

Both victims were conscious, treated for hypothermia and transported to Saint Francis Hospital. 

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Police Investigating Homicide of Woman Found Dead


Police discovered the body of a woman with "significant injuries" in a West Haven apartment on Saturday and deemed her death a homicide. 

West Haven Police said they are currently on the scene of 89 Coleman Street address apartment. They found the body of a woman between the ages of 25 and 30 deceased,  police said. Police told NBC Connecticut news that the woman had severe lacerations consistent with a knife or edge type weapon.

Patricia Folson said she knew something was wrong when she came to her adopted daughter’s door Saturday morning and tried multiple times to ring the doorbell with no response. Folson said it is her only daughter, 26-year-old Keneata Nicholas. Police have confirmed the identity.

"Her neighbor came down and asked me was I doing it for her, for Keneata, and I said yes. She said, ‘the baby’s screaming and I heard big loud thump like somebody fell,’" Folson recalled.

Folson said she had just talked to her daughter on the phone at 7:05 Saturday morning. Folson said she arrived outside her daughter’s home twenty minutes later. She planned to drop Nicholas off at her housekeeping job at the nearby Hampton Inn and babysit her son while she worked. When Nicholas didn't answer her calls, Folson alerted police.

"We found her on the ground, on the floor, in the living room. She was on the coffee table with glass and stuff all over the floor," Folson said.

Her 7-month-old son sat crying nearby. All day, police could be seen combing the Mallard Crossings Condominium Complex for clues. West Haven police said the victim’s death was ruled suspicious and was being investigated as a homicide.

"She definitely did not deserve to be murdered. She didn’t deserve anything. She was just a good girl. She was a good girl," said Antonio Chamblee, a friend and father of Nicholas’s 5-year-old daughter.

Chamblee said he was struggling to figure out how to tell his little girl that her mother is gone.

"Ask the Lord the words to tell her, because I have no idea what to tell her," added Chamblee.

Those closest to Nicholas said they believed they knew who killed her.

"I begged her to change the locks, I asked her so we did everything to get her to stop this," Folson said.

Police confirmed that this was a domestic situation and that the public is not in danger.

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Taylor Swift Makes Donation to HuskyTHON


Taylor Swift is helping UConn students reach their fundraising goal at this year's HuskyTHON.

The pop star donated $1,989 to support students participating in the dance marathon. Students will dance all night to help raise money for the Children's Miracle Network and Connecticut Children's Medical Center.

According to a tweet from the HuskyTHON's Twitter account, Swift made the donation to UConn student Igor Lekontsev, who also got to Facetime with Swift Saturday morning. Lekontsev, an accounting major, posted the image on his social media page.

Lekontsev told The Daily Campus that he is a huge Swift fan and that it had been a longtime goal of his to get in contact with her. They finally connected on Saturday when Swift surprised him with the donation.

Swift $1,989 donation is in honor of her latest album "1989," which just won Album of the Year at this year's Grammy Award.

HuskyTHON members hope that Swift's donation will help them to meet their goal of $700,000. Last year, they raised $560,000.

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Love for Luke Pays it Forward at Local Restaurant


A woman entered a local restaurant on Saturday with the sole purpose of paying for another family's meal.

According to First and Last Restaurant in Glastonbury, the woman told managers that today would have been her son Luke's second birthday. Luke had passed away after losing his battle with cancer when he was just 17 months old.

That woman is MaryJo Dunn of Glastonbury. She and husband Shane Dunn told NBC Connecticut the last few months have been the toughest of their lives. So they decided to celebrate what would have been Luke’s second birthday they would perform an act of kindness to keep their son’s spirit alive. They decided to call it “Love 4 Luke.”

“He was nothing but pure joy and love and we wanted to pass that feeling along,” MaryJo said.

The Dunns wanted to choose a random family that was dining and give them a $50.00 gift card. They picked out a family who was dining with a little boy who looked to be around the age of Luke.

They left exited the restaurant before the family could thank them for the generosity and read the card they left behind.

In the card, the Dunns told the family about Luke and asked them to pay the kindness forward.

The family was left nearly in tears, as they were out that night to celebrate the third birthday of their son-the same day Luke would have turned two.

“It makes you think that there truly is a connection that none of us can comprehend,” Shane said.

Max Rickis, the restaurant’s manager, said the saga didn’t end there. After the Dunns left, the family purchased another gift card, to purchase dinner for another family.

“I just kind of hope that more people take a chapter out of her book and look at things in a bigger light and just want to do better for people that they don’t even know,” Rickis said.

MaryJo and Shane said that while they will always miss Luke’s big blue eyes and personality, seeing people perform these small gestures for strangers really does make a difference.

“We always will for the rest of our lives do things to honor Luke,” MaryJo said.

'El Chapo's' Wife Breaks Silence in Telemundo Exclusive


The third wife of notorious Sinaloa Cartel boss Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán says she fears for her husband's life in jail after the drug lord's lawyers reported harsh treatment by prison guards.

Speaking out for the first time in an exclusive interview with Telemundo, Emma Coronel Aispuro, says “El Chapo’s” health is suffering greatly due to the living conditions at the prison. The 26-year-old former beauty queen says Guzman has not been seen by a physician and contends that the Mexican government is ultimately responsible for her husband’s health and well-being.

“I am afraid for his life. We don’t know if he is eating well. We don’t know about his well being because we haven’t seen him,” Aispuro says, claiming that prison guards "want to make him pay for his escape."

Aispuro's controversial interview with Mexican journalist Anabel Hernández comes days after Guzman's lawyers allege guards at Mexico's Altiplano prison won't let him sleep and wake him up every two hours at night — a practice his attorney likened to "torture."

"He said 'what I want is for them to let me sleep. They are making me into a Zombie," Juan Pablo Badillo quoted Guzman as saying. Guzman is currently behind bars at the Altiplano prison — the same jail he escaped from seven months ago — while waiting for the possible extradition solicited by the U.S. government.

According to Hernandez, Aispuro described Guzman's treatment as "slow torture."

"Apparently there's abuse, there's violations of human rights against him," Hernandez says. "They are not allowing him to sleep."

Aispure gives insight into the private life of "El Chapo," revealing when and where they got married, what life was like as the wife of the most wanted fugitive in the world, and what his relationship with their twin daughters is like.

She also details the circumstances around the deadly raid by the Mexican navy in which Guzman was recaptured as well as his relationship with Mexican actress Kate del Castillo.

The interview will air Sunday, Feb. 21 at 7 p.m. EST on Telemundo.

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Hartford Police Searching for Armed Robbers


Hartford Police are looking for two teenagers they say robbed a man at gunpoint Saturday afternoon.

According to police, a man called 9-1-1 to report that he was robbed at gun point by two teenagers in the area of 239 Capen St. around 3:30 p.m.

The victim said that one of the suspects brandished a handgun while the other was armed with a black folding knife. They demanded money and his cell phone. 

The victim was punched and suffered a minor injury. The suspects told him to run or they would shot him.

The suspects are described as two black teenagers of average weight and height.



Trump Dismisses Talk of Brokered Convention


The chances of Trump winning the nomination or the GOP’s having a brokered convention could increase dramatically if the GOP field does not consolidate behind one or two alternatives in the coming weeks, NBC News reported.

A brokered convention would occur if no candidate has the required amount of delegates to secure the nomination, leading to a battle on the convention floor in July to choose a nominee.

Trump dismissed that notion, calling it “unlikely.” Marco Rubio also dismissed talk of a brokered convention.

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus said the party would support any nominee, but would be prepared for anything.

"Planning can mean a lot of things. We're prepared for anything," Priebus told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos on “This Week.” 

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Cruz Says He's the Only Republican to Beat Trump


Sen. Ted Cruz said he’s the only Republican who can beat rival Donald Trump, despite placing a disappointing third place in South Carolina, NBC News reported.

During his appearance on NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sunday, Cruz said Trump doesn’t attack any other candidate except him, “because his campaign views us as the only real threat to him.”

Cruz finished just one point behind Marco Rubio in South Carolina, which Cruz called a tie for second.

His home state of Texas is one of the states voting on March 1, also known as Super Tuesday.  

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Michigan Gunman's Fare: 'You're Not the Shooter, Are You?'


The Uber driver accused of killing six people and injuring two others in a Saturday evening rampage in Kalamazoo, Michigan, picked up and dropped off passengers between shootings, NBC affiliate WOOD reported.

The suspected gunman, identified by police as 45-year-old Jason Dalton, was arrested following a massive manhunt in Kalamazoo. He was expected to be arraigned Monday on murder charges.

An Indianapolis-area man, who went to the southern Michigan city with his family Saturday night for a show, told WOOD that he ordered an Uber ride after someone warned him to be careful because there was a gunman shooting people randomly around town.

The man, identified only as Derek, told the station that he was at Bell's Eccentric Cafe on Porter St. with his wife, mother- and father-in-law, and hailed a car from the ride-sharing app to return to their hotel, deciding it was safer than walking.

Derek's driver, Jason, arrived in a dark-colored Chevy HHR. According to Derek's digital receipt, shared with WOOD, Dalton arrived at Bell's at 12:12 a.m.

"My father-in-law mentioned from the back seat, you know, the situation with the shooter,” Derek told WOOD in a phone interview. “I kind of jokingly said to the driver, ‘You’re not the shooter, are you?’

Derek said the driver shook his head and gave him a "sort of 'no' response."

“I said, ‘Are you sure?’ And he said, ‘No, I’m not, I’m just tired,'” Derek continued. “And we proceeded to have a pretty normal conversation after that.”

Derek told WOOD that Dalton appeared to be calm and he did not smell gunpowder or notice any weapons in the car. The family of four arrived at the Radisson Hotel where they were staying, seven minutes from the cafe, at 12:19 a.m. The fare cost $5.23, the invoice shows.

Dalton was arrested less than 20 minutes later near Porter St., according to WOOD. Derek awoke on Sunday to discover that his Uber driver was in fact the suspected gunman.

“It’s a little jarring. I don’t think that it’s really set in yet,” Derek told WOOD.

The ride-sharing company confirmed that Dalton, 45, was an Uber driver and said he had passed a background check.

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Voter Turnout Wasn't as High in Nevada: Sanders


Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders admitted he may have been right, saying that voter turnout wasn’t as high as he had wanted in Nevada during an appearance on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

Turnout for Saturday’s caucus contest in Nevada was estimated at about 80,000 people. That’s a drop from the 120,000 who came to caucus in 2008.

“What I've said over and over again, is we will do well when young people when working class people come out, we do not do well when voter turnout is not large."

Clinton sat at 53 percent with nearly all precincts reporting Sunday, while Sanders trailed at 47 percent.  

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Kasich Signs Ohio Bill to Cut Planned Parenthood Funding


Republican presidential candidate and Ohio Gov. John Kasich signed a bill that aims to strip Planned Parenthood of funding in the state, NBC News reported.

Kasich, who was expected to sign the bill before the South Carolina primary, signed it a day after finishing with about 8 percent, near the bottom of the pack, in the state.

The bill does not name the organization specifically, instead, citing “any entity that performs or promotes nontherapeutic abortions.” It’s expected that Planned Parenthood would be the most affected.

Planned Parenthood fired back after the news, saying the move would have dire consequences “for women across Ohio.” 

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