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Water Bottling Restrictions Take Center Stage at Capitol


Opponents to a Niagara Bottling facility in Bloomfield took to the State Capitol today to support legislation that could trim the profits of the company that struck deals with the town and the water company to bottle millions of gallons of water per day. 

The deal Niagara struck with the Metropolitan District Commission and the Town of Bloomfield, cleared the way for the company to collect about two million gallons of water per day, bottle it, and then sell it on the commercial market.

The company received discounts on sewer rates and the cost of the water itself, which are what the bill in the General Assembly would outlaw.

“Jacking up the residents’ rates while offering discounts to Niagara for them to make a profit is unacceptable and outrageous" said Kim Green, a West Hartford resident who has been very involved in the organizing effort against the plant.

Sen. Beth Bye, (D - West Hartford), represents Bloomfield, and says the issue goes far beyond the secrecy of the deal. She says it's an issue of fairness to the residents and customers of the quasi-public MDC.

“I’m all for jobs, I’m all for industry, but people need to pay their fair share of the cost of that water" Bye said during a press conference before the public hearing.

In a statement, Niagara officials say such discount restrictions on the sewer and water rates are bad for business. The company argues it has the same rights to business incentives the way every company does that's looking to do business in the state.

Niagara will hire 38 people to work at the plant.

Bill DiBella with the MDC, told NBC Connecticut he believes the cries coming from opponents of the plant more have to do with environmental issues than the business issues.

"What it really comes down to is these people are against plastic bottles" DiBella said. "If that’s the reason then have the legislature do away with plastic bottles even though they meet the recyclable standards.”

DiBella added that at the end of the day, the restrictions being discussed in the General Assembly will only hurt the state's business reputation.

“To do away with our ability to discount puts in jeopardy our ability for economic development.”
Green, the West Hartford resident, says such arguments are baseless. She contends the jobs being created by the plant are hardly ideal.

“In November there will be 38 for between $11 and $15 per hour. Actually, a typical McDonald’s employs more and they offer advancement as well," she said.

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Scam Targeting Employee W-2s a Growing Threat


 The FBI has a warning about a new scam they say uses names of the CEO of companies to get employee information.

Crooks send an encrypted email to the human resources person at a company to make it look like an official company email from the CEO. Because the employee believes it’s an in-house email, the HR person or manager of payroll hands over employee W-2s without question.

This scam, also called the “CEO fraud” scam, is dangerous because if just one person falls for it, thousands of other people are at risk.

“The other people that it's affecting had nothing to do with giving up their information,” said FBI Special Agent Martin McBride. “So you got one person in a company that is giving up the information for everybody in the company, it's a huge risk.”

Earlier this week, the personal information of about 3,000 current and former employees of Affinion, which is based in Stamford, was exposed to the public because of this scam.

McBride said overall tens of thousands of people through out the U.S. have had their W-2 exposed by it and he thinks this is just the beginning .

Although cyber-scammers have been around for years, they are more sophisticated today, which makes them harder to catch. “They're harder to detect. They’re being more effective, you're no longer going for $10 or $20 at a pop they're going for the $100,000.00 bankroll.

“It's just gone to a new level.”

The FBI, IRS and Secret Service are working together to combat the “CEO fraud” scam. They believe stolen information will eventually be used to try to file fraudulent tax returns.

Experts say companies should educate all employees about the scam in hopes to prevent new victims. McBride also suggests employees make a phone call within the company and speak with an actual person to verify the request for W-2 before handing them over, no matter who has sent the request.

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Marijuana Grow House Found After Fire in Cromwell


Police said they found a marijuana grow house after a fire in Cromwell last month and they have arrested two of the residents.

Officers responded to 2 Robin Lane in Cromwell just after 11:30 p.m. on Feb. 13 to help the Cromwell Fire Department after a structure fire was reported and investigators came upon some information that led them to believe the basement was being used as a marijuana grow room, police said.

After getting a search warrant, authorities found around 100 marijuana plants, growing materials, scales and other evidence, police said.

Police seized around six pounds of marijuana, worth an estimated $21,000 on the street.

The homeowners, 45-year-old Giovanni Imme and 43-year-old Linda Imme were arrested.

They have been charged with use and possession of drug paraphernalia, possession with intent to sell, cultivation of marijuana, operation of a drug factory, illegal possession of more than 4 ounces of marijuana, conspiracy to commit use and possession of drug paraphernalia, conspiracy to commit possession with intent to sell, conspiracy to commit cultivation of marijuana, conspiracy to commit operation of a drug factory, conspiracy to commit illegal possession of more than 4 ounces of marijuana, reckless endangerment and risk of injury to a minor.

They turned themselves in to the Cromwell Police Department on Friday.

Giovanni Imme was released after posting $10,000 cash bond and Linda Imme was released on a $10,000 surety bond.

Both are due in court on March 22.

Photo Credit: Cromwell Police

Cruz, Sanders Slam Trump After Postponed Chicago Rally


Two presidential candidates criticized Donald Trump Friday, hours after the billionaire presidential candidate postponed a rally at the University of Illinois-Chicago that had drawn thousands of vocal protesters.

Ted Cruz said violent protests are "the predictable consequence" of the atmoshere Trump's campaign has created, while Bernie Sanders had his own strong words for the Republican presidential candidate. Both spoke at previously scheduled engagements in the Chicago area, with the Illinois primary set to play a pivotal role in both parties' nominations on Tuesday.

Cruz, speaking at a dinner for Illinois Republicans, told a gaggle of reporters that the scenes at the UIC Pavilion are likely to be repeated, given the environment the Trump campaign fosters.

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"I think the campaign bears responsibility for creating an environment – when the candidate urges supporters to engage in physical violence, to punch people in the face, the predictable consequence of that is that it escalates," Cruz said. "And today is unlikely to be the last such instance."

Sanders didn’t address the postponement of Trump’s rally directly, but did tell the crowd in south suburban Summit that a recent national poll "had me beating him by 18 points."

Sanders began his speech by saying his campaign is about “bringing our people together, not letting Donald Trump or anyone else divide us up.

“No we’re not going to hate Mexicans, we’re not going to hate Muslims, we’re not going to insult women, we’re not going to insult veterans, we’re not going to insult African Americans, we are going to bring our people together,” the Democratic presidential candidate said.

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The crowd at the postponed Trump rally was divided between supporters of Trump and protesters – an increasingly common occurrence at Trump rallies. 

After the announcement postponing the Chicago rally, the crowd burst into shouts and cheers, and some scuffles broke out. Some people could be seen yelling at each other or making vulgar gestures; multiple punches were thrown. Chicago activist Jedidiah Brown took the podium and was escorted away by officers.

At a Friday evening press conference, Chicago Police said five people were arrested amid the chaos. Additionally, two CPD officers were injured – both non life-threatening -- though one officer was struck on the head by a bottle.

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Trump told MSNBC shortly after the announcement that he thought it was the "right thing to do under the circumstances."

"My decision is: I just don’t want to see people hurt… We can come back and do it another time," he said.

Kasich released a statement on the protests: "Tonight the seeds of division that Donald Trump has been sowing this whole campaign finally bore fruit, and it was ugly. Some let their opposition to his views slip beyond protest into violence, but we can never let that happen."

President Obama, at a Democratic fundraiser in Austin, Texas, also mocked Trump and Republicans on Friday, although his comments came about an hour before the rally was supposed to begin. 

Obama joked about the Republican establishment being shocked that Trump would be "fanning anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-Muslim sentiment."

"How can you be shocked?" Obama continued. "This is the guy, remember, who was sure that I was born in Kenya."

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Trump Postpones Chicago Rally


A crowd waiting for Donald Trump to speak Friday erupted after the presidential front-runner postponed his rally at the University of Illinois-Chicago Pavilion over safety concerns.

"Mr. Trump just arrived in Chicago and after meeting with law enforcement has determined that for the safety of tens of thousands of people that have gathered in and around the arena, tonight's rally will be postponed until another date," an announcer said. "Thank you very much for your attendance and please go in peace." 

The crowd burst into shouts and cheers, and some scuffles broke out in the minutes after the announcement was made. Some people could be seen yelling at each other or making vulgar gestures; multiple punches were thrown. A man who took the podium was escorted away by officers.

People could be heard chanting "Trump" shortly after. The protests spread to the streets around the University of Illinois-Chicago Pavilion, where a group of people were seen stopping cars.

At a Friday evening press conference, Chicago Police said five people were arrested amid the chaos. Additionally, two CPD officers were injured – both non life-threatening -- though one officer was struck on the head by a bottle.

Trump told MSNBC shortly after the announcement that he thought it was the "right thing to do under the circumstances."

"My decision is: I just don’t want to see people hurt… We can come back and do it another time," he said.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel released a statement thanking police for their work during the protests.

“For all of us who cherish the ideals upon which our country was founded, the hateful, divisive rhetoric that pits Americans against each other demeans our democratic values and diminishes our democratic process," Emanuel said. "I want to thank the men and women of the Chicago Police Department for their hard work tonight in unexpected circumstances, and their continued commitment to protecting people’s first amendment rights.”

The scenes brought reproach from Trump's presidential rival, Sen. Ted Cruz. Outside a dinner for Illinois Republicans, Cruz said Trump "bears a responsibility for creating" the kind of environment seen at the rally, and that its escalating is "the predictable consequence."

Tensions were high even before the rally began.

Protesters were already being escorted out of the UIC Pavilion an hour before the rally was scheduled to begin. Three attendees wearing shirts that read "Muslims United Against Trump" and "Make America Hate Again" were removed from the venue as protesters gathered inside and outside the pavilion. 

Crowds shouted as the protesters were escorted out before several people in the audience began repeatedly chanting "U-S-A." It was not immediately clear why the three were removed from the event. 

Another man was seen being taken out of the venue as some chanted "let him stay." 

Inside the rally, an announcement could be heard telling the crowd to "not touch or harm the protesters."

"Mr. Trump will continue his right of free speech in America," the announcer said. "As a matter of fact, he supports the First Amendment just as much as he supports the Second Amendment. However, some people have taken advantage of Mr. Trump’s hospitality by choosing to disrupt his rallies by using them as an opportunity to promote their own political messages. While they certainly have their right to free speech, this is a private rally paid for by Mr. Trump."

The announcer also told supporters at the rally if they see a protester, they can notify law enforcement by placing a rally sign over their head and chanting "Trump, Trump, Trump."

Supporters of Trump began lining up at the building before sunrise Friday. 

The GOP front-runner was scheduled to speak at the school’s pavilion at 6 p.m., with doors opening at 3 p.m. The first person in line to wait for a spot at the free event arrived at 3 a.m. The arena seats 9,500, though it's not clear how many are set to attend the rally.

More than 10,000 officially RSVP’d that they will be going to the university to protest the event.

Ahead of Trump’s Chicago campaign stop, more than 50,000 people signed a moveon.org petition in an attempt to get the event canceled, saying it has no place in Chicago, “especially not at an institution of higher learning." Protesters cited the Republican’s stance on immigration, his calls to bring back torture tactics on alleged terrorists, and a recent endorsement from white supremacist David Duke.

Trump is known for drawing large rallies where protesters frequently clash with supporters and security, but during Thursday night’s GOP debate he argued that he was not responsible for the incidents.

“I hope not. I truly hope not,” he said. "People come with tremendous passion and love for the country. When they see what's going on in this country, they have anger that's unbelievable."

As fury over Trump’s appearance grew, the school's chancellor, Michael Amiridis addressed the students' concerns, clarifying that the school was "not endorsing, sponsoring or supporting any candidate for political office." Rather, it was continuing its tradition of hosting campaign events on campus, and candidates could not be excluded "because of the views he or she expresses."

Local politicians have also pledged to protest the rally, including Ald. Ray Lopez (15th Ward) and Congressman Luis Guitierrez.

Illinois’ presidential primary will be held March 15.

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East Hartford Man Enticed Illinois Girl for Nudes: Police


An East Hartford man allegedly enticed a young girl into sending him naked photos of herself through the internet, police said.

Michael F. Siggia, 40, was arrested in connection to a child exploitation investigation that developed at the Knox County Sheriff's Office in Illinois.

Through the investigation, police said Siggia was having inappropriate sexual conversations with a juvenile from Illinois. Siggia allegedly convinced the girl to send nude photos of herself, police said. 

It is unclear how Siggia made contact with the girl over the internet.

Police seized several electronic devices and computers from Siggia's home on 247 Chester Street in East Hartford. 

Siggia is currently being held on a $375,000.00 court set bond and he is accused of third degree possession of child pornography, importing child pornography, use of a computer to entice a minor to engage in sexual activity and risk of injury.

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Satanic Graffiti Discovered at Bridgeport Catholic School


Bridgeport police are searching for the person responsible for vandalizing St. Andrew Academy Thursday night, spray painting messages of hate and satanic symbols on religious statues and their outdoor chapel.

The graffiti was discovered Friday morning by staff at St. Andrew. Principal Maria O’Neill scrambled to divert buses around it to try and shield the children from it.

“It’s really difficult to understand where this kind of hate comes from,” O’Neill said.

As teachers tried to answer questions from students about why it happened, the city stepped up to help clean it up.

“Now is the time that we pull together, that we work together and show that we have the faith to get us through this,” Councilwoman Michelle Lyons said.

Crews from Bridgeport were called in to remove the graffiti and most of it was gone by the time school was dismissed. However, they say the vandals used several cans of red spray paint, the hardest color to remove.

“Hate is always a concern and if hate is not taken care of immediately, it has a tendency to grow,” State Representative Charlie Stallworth said.

Bridgeport police went door to door Friday asking neighbors if they had any surveillance video that might help with the investigation. St. Andrew does not have video currently, but O’Neill says they plan on getting cameras installed as soon as possible.

“If anyone knows anything, please come forward. We would like to help whoever did this,” O’Neill said.

St. Andrew Academy is a Pre-K through 8 catholic school located in Bridgeport.

Photo Credit: NBC Connecticut

Fake Walmart Employee Steals Cash


A man posing as a Walmart employee took over a cash register at a Fairfax County store and stole money after checking out a customer, police say.

The man, who was wearing a Walmart employee vest, entered the store in the 13000 block of Fair Lakes Shopping Center in Fairfax, Virginia, at around 4 p.m. on Dec. 15 and told a cashier that he was needed in the office.

Fairfax County Police say the man then took over the register and even checked out a customer before stealing an undisclosed amount of cash. He then left the store and drove away in a silver Honda.

Officials released details of the incident Wednesday, including surveillance images of the suspect. Police say the suspect may have also stolen from Walmart stores in Farmville, Virginia, and in Maryland.

The suspect is described as a black male between 5 feet 9 inches and 6 feet 1 inch tall, and weighing 170 to 180 pounds. He was wearing a white T-shirt and a Walmart employee vest.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Solvers online at http://www.fairfaxcrimesolvers.org, text "TIP187" plus your message to CRIMES (274637), or call 866-411-TIPS (8477), or call Fairfax County Police at 703-691-2131.

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Secret Service Rushes to Protect Trump at Ohio Rally


A Donald Trump rally took a dramatic turn Saturday when a disturbance broke out behind the GOP front-runner — causing Secret Service agents to jump on stage and form a wall around the candidate amid the commotion, NBC News reported.

A campaign spokeswoman said that a man at the Dayton, Ohio, event "attempted to breach the secure buffer and was removed rapidly and professionally."

The suspect, identified as 32-year-old Thomas Dimassimo, was charged with disorderly conduct and inducing panic — both misdemeanors, Chief Mike Etter of the Dayton Airport Police Department told NBC News.

The incident happened a day after Trump canceled a rally in Chicago where supporters and protesters broke into fights even before the controversial candidate took the stage.

Photo Credit: AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato
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Warm Weather Almost Derails Special Ski Fundraiser


The unusual winter and sudden shut down of ski areas almost derailed a special fundraiser organized by two girls.

Julia Redfield and Madeline Moore are ambitious teenagers.

“We started out with just lemonade stands and once it started to get colder we started to do hot chocolate stands,” says Moore.

The best friends from East Granby were not going to let a major challenge stop their fundraiser for Make-a-Wish this weekend.

“I really think that it’s important that we help these kids’ wishes come true,” says Redfield.

Last year the pair launched the ski-a-thon, a competition on the slopes.
“It’s a really fun event,” says Redfield.

It raised more than $2,600 for Make-a-Wish and shattered expectations.

“We’re very proud. They have big hearts,” says Melissa Redfield, the mother of Julia.

The girls, both 13-years-old, hoped for even greater success for this year’s fundraiser planned at Ski Sundown.

The event relies on generosity and also the weather.

“After months of work Mother Nature kind of made things difficult for us,” says Jessica Moore, the mother of Madeline.

On Friday, the girls received the bad news.

Just two days before their event, Ski Sundown decided to end its season because of the poor snow conditions.

The future of the girls’ fundraiser was in limbo.

“We started scrambling,” says Jessica Moore.

A dad of one of the girls thankfully knew people connected to another ski area. After all the uncertainty, he let the girls know Mohawk Mountain had agreed to host the event.

“We’re really, really thankful that they pulled it together for us and still made it happen,” says Madeline Moore.

Now the event will take place the same day, on Sunday, at Mohawk. Mohawk is offering discounted lift tickets at $35 for skiers participating in the ski-a-thon

Registration begins at 7:30 that morning.

Photo Credit: NBC Connecticut

Two Officials Stabbed Amid Unrest at Alabama Prison


Inmates set a fire, seized control of a dormitory and stabbed two corrections officials during a violent uprising at a prison in southern Alabama, authorities said Saturday, NBC News reported.

The William C. Holman Correctional Facility, which serves as the state's only execution facility, was on lockdown hours after a riot erupted late Friday.

The prison warden, identified as Carter Davenport, and a corrections officer were stabbed at one of the dormitories at the prison, Alabama Department of Corrections said in a statement. Both the officer and Davenport's injuries were non-life-threatening.

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Truck Rolls Over in East Windsor Accident


 A truck rolled over after a crash in East Windsor, police said.

Officers responded at 7:30 a.m. to a report that two cars were involved in an accident on Broad Road just north of the intersection with Melrose Road.

The crash occurred after two cars traveling north attempted to pass a vehicle at the same time, also traveling north, East Windsore police said.

There were no reported injuries. 

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Southern U.S. Hit by Torrential Rains, Flooding


Residents in Louisiana and Mississippi are taking stock of damage Saturday after a massive deluge of rain submerged roads and cars, washed out bridges and forced residents to flee homes.

The rain and flooding is part of a weather system that has affected Louisiana, Mississippi, Arkansas, Tennessee and Alabama. At least three people have died in Louisiana alone, and more than 2,000 have been rescued.

In Mississippi, officials said as many as 1,000 residents could see their homes flooded by the rising Leaf River in Hattiesburg, Petal and surrounding areas.

The Louisiana National Guard rescued 2,114 citizens and 186 pets from the rising waters, according to a statement.

Photo Credit: Louisiana Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management

Police Search for Orange Ice Cream Shop Burglar


Police said they are looking for the suspect who robbed an ice cream shop in Orange on Friday night. 

At 9:13 p.m. a man dressed in black with a white bandana covering half his face came into the Dip Top store on 263 Boston Road.

The suspect brandished a knife and demanded money from employees in the story. There were no customers at the time of the robbery. 

Employees told police they backed away while the suspect took money from the cash register before he left on foot. No body was harm during the robbery, police said.

The Orange Police Department is asking anyone who recognizes the perpetrator from the photos or video below to contact police headquarters at 203-891-2130.

Photo Credit: Orange Police Department

St. Patrick's Day Parade in Hartford


The city of Hartford had the luck of the Irish on its side Saturday, for the 45th annual Saint Patrick’s Day Parade.

A sea of green could be seen, as an estimated 30,000 people filled the streets and sidewalks in Downtown Hartford. Many left their winter coats at home.

“Much better than last year, for sure,” said Joe Beaudoin of Woodstock.

Last year, people had to shovel out a spot to tailgate. With a picture perfect day set for this year’s Saint Patrick’s Day Parade, people picked their parking spots early, and lined up their lawn chairs.

“My favorite part is the Irish step dancers going by and hearing the music and the bagpipes and all of that. It’s just wonderful,” Mary Beth Syme of Glastonbury said.

Syme pulled into the parking lot four hours before the parade stepped off. She spent the time setting up a big breakfast buffet. Her family’s tailgate started 14 year ago, with just a table and grill.

"And now we’ve gone from tables, chafing dishes, burners, grills, and a bathroom,” she added.
From hats and shirts to boas and even umbrellas, some people were dressed head to toe in green.
“You got to dress up for the holiday. You gotta play the part,” Beaudoin, who was wearing a green wig, said.

One vendor said he’s been helping parade goers get their green on for 18 years.

“We bring the fun to the parade,” said Pasquale Pedicine, owner of P Novelties.

Irish bands kept the festively dressed crowd entertained from the State Capitol to the Memorial Arch. A parade that’s become a family tradition.

“We do this every year. Crazy shenanigans here for the St. Patrick’s Day parade,” said Erin Ruff of Windsor.

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2nd N.M. Escaped Inmate Arrested in Albuquerue


The second of two inmates who escaped from a prison van in New Mexico on Wednesday was captured in Albuquerque, according to police, NBC News reported.

Lionel Clah, 29, was arrested on Saturday, police said. The other inmate, Joseph Cruz, 32, was apprehended on Friday near the University of New Mexico campus.

Clah and Cruz escaped while being transported from Roswell to Las Cruces by the state corrections department. Their escape led to a multi-state manhunt that involved the U.S. Marshals.  

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24 Arrested in Massachusetts Cockfighting Ring


Police arrested 24 people after a large cockfighting ring was discovered in Tewksbury, Massachusetts, according to officials.

The suspects, all from New Hampshire and Massachusetts, were allegedly pitting birds to fight each other while wearing "spurs."

Several of the animals were severely injured, police said in a release Saturday.

Neighbors say they were unaware the alleged cruelty was happening in the home.

"You think Chicago, LA, out that way," said Wayne Shea. "Not quiet little Tewksbury."

When police arrived, they found the home was rigged on the outside with motion sensors and vidoe surveillance.

"There were like seven police cars and a big wagon showed up," said neighbor Debbie Bennett.

Authorities recovered 18 "game cocks" of unknown origins. Five of the animals appeared severely injured.

Police also confiscated more than $13,000.

The following suspects were charged with cruelty to animals and being present during an illegal animal fight:

  • Vicente Sanchez, 31, Lawrence, Massachusetts
  • Cynthia Gonzalez, 41, Lawrence, Massachusetts
  • Armando Maciel, 55, Merrimack, New Hampshire
  • Naury Rojas, 28, Lawrence, Massachusetts
  • Itari Ribeiro Jr., 40, Boylston, Massachusetts
  • Luis Castillo, 27, Lawrence, Massachusetts
  • Ismeal Ortiz, 30, Lawrence, Massachusetts
  • Felix Maldonado, 40, Salem, New Hamsphire
  • Angel Chinea, 32, Lowell Massachusetts
  • Carlos Castillo, 30, Lawrence, Massachusetts
  • Angel Renta, 25, Brookline, Massachusetts
  • Joan Mireles, 36, Lowell Massachusetts
  • Rafael Cardoso, 25, Dracut, Msasachusetts
  • Yan Ramirez, 25, Lawrence, Massachusetts
  • Victor Rolon-Hernandez, 26, Fitchburg, Massachusetts
  • Jorge Martinez, 43, Fitchburg, Massachusetts
  • Juan Estevez, 47, Lawrence, Massachusetts
  • Victor De Los Santos, 50, Lawrence, Massachusetts
  • Richard Ramirez, 24, Lawrence, Massachusetts
  • Deyvi Martinez, 36, Lawrence, Massachusetts
  • Carlos De La Cruz, 30, Lawrence, Massachusetts
  • Daury Medina, 30, Methuen, Massachusetts
  • Frank Castro, 41, Boston
  • Janet Montanes, 40, Tewksbury, Massachusetts

In addition, Castro and Montanes face charges of keeping or promoting an animal fight.

Stay with necn as the story develops.

Photo Credit: Tewksbury Police

Sanders Takes Aim at Chicago Mayor


After a surprise upset in Michigan, Illinois is more in play than ever in the Democratic presidential primary.

Bernie Sanders is among the candidates turning their attention to Illinois, and in his efforts to take the state, Sanders is taking on a new adversary: Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

At a rally in suburban Summit Friday, he criticized the embattled mayor, thanking him for endorsing Hillary Clinton over him.

"I don't want the endorsement of a mayor who is shutting down school after school and firing teachers," Sanders said, to cheers from the crowd.

He elaborated on his statements at a press conference Saturday, flanked by community members including Jesus 'Chuy' Garcia, who challenged Emanuel in his 2015 re-election bid.

"As you know, Hillary Clinton proudly lists Mayor Rahm Emanuel as one of her leading mayoral endorsers, I believe he is at the top of the list of mayors who are endorsing her," Sanders said.

"Based on his disastrous record as mayor of the City of Chicago, I do not want Mayor Emanuel’s endorsement if I win the Democratic nomination. That is not the kind of support that I want to take," he continued. "We want the endorsement of people who are fighting for social and racial justice, we do not want the support of people who are indebted to Wall Street and the big money interests."
Sanders addressed the budget shortfall at both the local and state level, attributing both to "toxic swaps" with Wall Street banks.

"Mayor Emanuel had a choice: He could stand with the children or he could stand with Wall Street," Sanders said. "He made the wrong choice."

"The mayor has no problem putting pressure on teachers when he wants concession from them. He has no problem arm twisting parents on the South Side or the West Side when he wants to close down their schools. He is really tough isn’t he, taking on the children and the parents?," he asked. "But he ain’t so tough taking on the big money interests on Wall Street."

This rhetoric comes just days after Sanders launched three television ads in Illinois, featuring Garcia, as well as Chicago School Principal Troy LaRaviere, all critical of Emanuel.

"The chief politician standing in the way of us getting good schools is our mayor," LaRaviere says in the ad. "If you have a presidential candidate that supports someone like our mayor, you have a candidate who is not willing to take on the establishment. Bernie Sanders is definitely not afraid to take on the system."

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Oakville Man Killed in Crash


An Oakville man is dead after his motorcycle collided with a tractor trailer in Watertown Friday afternoon.

Watertown police say they responded to the area of 900 Echo Lake Road Extension around 3:23 p.m. Friday for an accident involving an Old Dominion Freight tractor trailer and a motorcycle.

The driver of the motorcycle, Ronald Fayer, 40, was transported to Waterbury Hospital where he died of his injuries.

The operator of the truck was not injured and is not being identified.

The Watertown Police Department and Central Naugatuck Valley Regional Accident Investigation Team are investigating the crash. Police say speed and alcohol do not appear to be factors. At this point, police do not expect charges to be filed.

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2 Firefighters Injured Battling Bridgeport Fire


Two Bridgeport firefighters were injured during a fire call Saturday night.

City officials say the fire department responded to a fully involved fire at a vacant house at 65 Goodsell Street around 8 p.m. 

Two firefighters were injured during the response and transported to the hospital. The extent of their injuries is not known at this time.

 This is developing story. Check back for updates.

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