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Hartford Police Investigating Shooting


Hartford police are investigating a shooting on Martin Street.

Police located a 28-year-old male victim with a gunshot wound to the back in the area of 15 Martin St.
The victim was transported to St. Francis. He is listed in stable condition.
Two men were shot dead in front of 18 Martin St. on Saturday morning. It is unclear if the two shootings are related.
We have a crew on the scene and will bring you more details as they become available.

Woman Dies After Being Struck by Lightning in La.


One woman was killed and two others were hospitalized after getting struck by lightning at a Louisiana music festival over the weekend, NBC News reported.

The three women huddled in their tent during a Friday storm drenching the T-Bois Blues Festival, a three-day camp-out in Larose, Louisiana, according to the Lafourche Parish Sheriff's Office.

Jacqui Stavis, 28, was knocked unresponsive when the tent was hit by lightning. She was hospitalized and died Saturday morning, authorities said.

Two other women, aged 24 and 30, were struck by the bolt and taken to hospital with injuries stemming from electric shock, according to a statement from the sheriff's office. 

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Ind. Deputy Killed While Serving Warrant


A sheriff’s deputy was fatally shot and another was injured while serving a warrant in Indiana Sunday, NBC News reported.

The shooting took place after midnight in a trailer park in Russiaville, about 60 miles north of Indianapolis, according to the Howard County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputy Carl Koontz died from his wounds. The injured officer, Sgt. Jordan Buckley, was in hospital in stable condition, officials said.

Both officers, who were serving a warrant for possession of a syringe, were able to return fire, and the suspect was later found dead. An autopsy will determine if the gunshot was self-inflicted. 


Photo Credit: Indiana State Police via AP

Tenn. Police Investigate Photo of Duct-Taped Kids


Tennessee police are investigating a photo posted on Facebook that appeared to show two young children whose hands and mouths were bound and covered with duct tape, authorities told NBC News Sunday.

The kids appeared to be in a car, and the photo was published last week under a caption that read, "Kids for Sale 45% Off because they bad." The profile of the user has been deleted. NBC News is not identifying the user to protect the identity of the victims.

Memphis Police spokesman Louis Brownlee said the photo was sent to the police by "a few sources" on Thursday. He declined to provide additional details because of an ongoing investigation.  

Kasich Walks Back Comments on Garland's Nomination


Republican presidential candidate and Ohio Gov. John Kasich walked back from comments he made during an interview on "Meet The Press," saying if he becomes president, he would not consider Merrick Garland to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia, NBC News reported.

NBC's Chuck Todd asked Kasich about whether the Senate should hold hearings on President Obama’s nominee.

Kasich said while he doesn't think Obama should have named a replacement, he stated members of the Senate should show Garland "respect" by granting him a meeting, and that he could possibly consider putting him under consideration as his own nominee.

The governor stepped back from his comments while speaking to reporters in Utah later Saturday, calling his earlier remarks an attempt at being "polite."

"In an effort to be polite today, I've created little bit of a situation," Kasich said after a campaign event in St. George. "Look, you know, Garland is — I'm gonna have my own picks for the Supreme Court.”

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Marine Killed in Iraq Identified


An American Marine from Temecula in Southern California was killed in Iraq by indirect fire, defense officials announced Sunday.

Staff Sgt. Louis F. Cardin died Saturday in northern Iraq from wounds suffered when his unit was attacked with rocket fire, according to a news release by the Department of Defense. He was serving in Operation Inherent Resolve, which is the military's campaign against the Islamic State.

ISIS fired a rocket at a small outpost near Mahmour, south of Mosul, where U.S. military service members are advising Iraqi security forces, U.S. military officials told NBC News. Three others were also injured in the attack.

Cardin was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.

Cardin enlisted in 2006, just two days after his high school graduation, his mother told NBC4. He comes from a military family; both of his grandfathers served and one of his brothers was in the Army.

He was awarded several medals and citations during his 10 years of service. This was his fourth deployment.

The last U.S. service member killed in Iraq was in October 2015.

The incident was under investigation.

Photo Credit: Courtesy of the Cardin family.

Fugitive Cop-Killer Fled to, Living in Cuba


White House officials would not tell NBC News Friday whether President Obama will raise the issue of 70 fugitives from U.S. justice who are hiding in Cuba when he meets with Cuban officials.

An official said the "United States continued to seek the return from Cuba of fugitives from U.S. justice and has repeatedly raised those cases with the Cuban government."

Among them is convicted cop-killer JoAnne Chesimard, who fled to Cuba in 1984 after escaping from a New Jersey prison in 1979. She was convicted of the 1973 murder of New Jersey State Trooper Werner Foerster.

The Cuban Embassy in Washington, D.C., did not immediately respond to a request for comment on her whereabouts. Chesimard's long-time lawyer, Lennox Hinds, also did not respond to requests for comment.  

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'¡Muchas Gracias!': 'Yes We Did!' Obama Declares in Cuba


President Barack Obama spoke on Sunday with U.S. Embassy staff in rainy Havana. He hoped that the sight of a U.S. president in Cuba would quickly become something Cubans are used to seeing.

"¡Muchas gracias!" the president said. He was there on what he called a mission to "forge new agreements and commercial deals and build new ties, and for me to lay out vision for a future brighter than our past."

U.S. Ambassador Jeffrey DeLaurentis introduced the president by reminding staffers that Obama had promised "Yes, we can," and he said that with the opening of Cuba, "Yes, we did."

Obama interrupted to declare, "Yes, we did!" to applause.

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Migrants Toil on Land Taken From Mafia in Sicily


Some of the 400,000 migrants who washed up on Sicily's shores over the past two years, were hired from refugee camps to cultivate vineyards taken from Corleone's most feared Mafia bosses, NBC News reported. 

The migrants are employed by Sicilian organization Girasoli to train vines, harvest grapes and sell their own-labelled wine. All the men, who asked not to be identified for fear it would imperil their asylum applications, got nervous when they realized they were working the land that for decades was the Mafia's capital and killing ground.

The mafia bosses were jailed for dozens of murders stretching back decades. But the mafia is not dead. Leoluca Orlando, mayor of Sicily's capital Palermo, said the Sicilian Mafia is like Sicilian ISIS. "They pervert identity and then they kill in the name of this identity," he said. 

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US Sending More Troops to Iraq After Marine Killed


The United States will send more Marines to Iraq after an ISIS rocket killed a U.S. Marine and injured several others, NBC News reported.

The U.S.-led coalition, which made the announcement in a brief statement, said a detachment from the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit, based at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, was being sent after "consultation with the government of Iraq."

The number of Marines being sent wasn’t disclosed.  

The announcement comes after officials confirmed Staff Sgt. Louis F. Cardin, 27, of Temecula, California, died Saturday. His unit was attacked by an ISIS rocket at a small outpost near Mahmour, south of Mosul.

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UConn Delays Start of Classes Monday Morning


UConn has announced it will delay classes until noon on Monday due to the impending weather.

Classes at all campuses are delayed, according to a message posted on the school's website.

Snow is expected to cause travel troubles on Monday morning, especially in eastern Connecticut. The storm is expected to wind down by late morning on Monday.

All essential employees should report as scheduled.  Non-essential workers should report at noon, according to the message.

See a full list of closings and delays here.

Bristol Restaurant Delivery Driver Robbed at Gunpoint


Two men robbed a delivery driver for a Bristol restaurant at gunpoint on Friday night and police are searching for the robbers.

The robbery was reported at 10:14 p.m. near 427 North Main Street.

The driver was not harmed and told police that he was making a delivery when two men approached him in an alley, pulled a gun on him and demanded his money.

The driver handed over the cash and his cell phone, police said. The cell phone was found later.

Anyone with information about the robbery should call 860-584-3011.

Route 101 Was Closed in Killingly After Plow Truck, Vehicle Collided


Part of Route 101 in Killingly was closed after a serious crash involving a plow truck and another vehicle, according to state police.

The crash happened at Pettingill Road.

No information was immediately available on injuries.

Check back for updates.

Check the interactive traffic map to check your commute. 

Follow Heidi Voight for traffic updates. 

New Suspect Hunted Over Links to Paris Attacks


Authorities on Monday named another suspect with alleged ties to the Paris terror attacks and appealed for the public's help in tracking him down, NBC News reported.

Last week's arrest of Salah Abdeslam — suspected plotter and aborted suicide attacker — in Brussels, Belgium, was viewed as a potentially massive intelligence opportunity to glean insight into ISIS.

Abdeslam spent four months on-the-run as authorities across Europe sought his capture — along with a man who went under the alias of Soufiane Kayal and was traveling with him on a fake Belgian identity card.

Belgium's federal prosecutor said Monday that Kayal's real identity had been established as Najim Laachraoui, 24.

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Spring Snow Totals


It might be spring, but the wintry weather did not follow the calendar.

Snow totals are not yet available for all counties, but check the town closest to you. If your town is missing, comment below the story and let us know how much snow you have.

Fairfield County:

  • Bridgeport: 2 inches
  • Danbury: 2.5 inches
  • Fairfield: 3.1 inches
  • New Canaan: 2.9 inches
  • Norwalk: 2.2 inches as of 5:45 a.m.
  • Wilton: 2 inches as of 3:45 a.m.

Hartford County:

  • Bristol: 3 inches as of 8:20 a.m.
  • Burlington: 3.5 inches as of 6:35 a.m.
  • East Farmington Heights: 3.4 inches as of 6:12 a.m.
  • Enfield: 2.6 inch as of 9:25 a.m.
  • Manchester: 4.5 inches as of 5:33 a.m.
  • Newington: 4 inches as of 9:30 a.m.
  • Wethersfiled: 2 inches as of 9:22 a.m.
  • Windsor Locks: 2.5 inches as of 8 a.m. 

Litchfield County:

  • New Hartford: 2.5 inches as of 7 a.m.

Middlesex County:

  • Haddam: 1.5 inches as of 7 a.m.
  • Old Saybrook: 1.5 inches as of 7 a.m.

New Haven County:

  • Beacon Falls: 2 inches
  • Hamden: 4.8 inches
  • Meriden: 1.3 inches as of 7 a.m.
  • Milford: 2.8 inches
  • New Haven: 4.2 inches as of 9 a.m.
  • Southbury: 2 inches

New London County:

  • Colchester: 3 inches as of 7 a.m.
  • Groton: 1.5 inches as of 7 a.m.
  • Ledyard Center: 5 inches, as of 8:15 a.m.
  • Norwich: 2.5 inches as of 7 a.m.
  • Stonington: 3 inches as of 8:45 a.m.

Tolland County

  • Columbia: 3.5 inches as of 7:35 a.m.
  • Coventry: 5.5 inches as of 8:01 a.m.
  • Somers: 4.2 inches as of 5:53 a.m.
  • Stafford Springs: 5.9 inches as of 7:34 a.m.
  • Staffordville: 4 inches as of 5:02 a.m.
  • Storrs: 4 inches as of 8:55 a.m.
  • Tolland: 6.5 inches as of 8:51 a.m.
  • Vernon: 6 inches as of 8:30 a.m.

Windham County

  • East Killingly: 2.7 inches as of 7:09 a.m.
  • Hampton: 2 inches as of 8:25 a.m.
  • Pomfret: 2.2 inches as of 7:35 a.m.
  • Woodstock: 3.7 inches as of 8:05 a.m.

Photo Credit: Matt from Waterbury

Man Robbed Enfield Sunoco Gas Station

It Was a Slow Commute on a Snowy Monday


It was a slow commute for people who needed to drive on snow-covered roads on Monday morning.

There were several crashes, including a couple of tractor-trailer crashes on both sides of Interstate 84 in Tolland.

One truck that crashed was carrying frozen meat and the state Department of Consumer Protection was called to respond to the scene.

There were also delays on Interstate 95 South from Fairfield into Westport after the brakes of a tractor-trailer carrying potatoes caught fire.

The delays were back to exit 25 at the Bridgeport line. Officials from consumer protection were called out to this scene as well.

Metro-North urged commuters to allow for additional travel time and use caution when entering and exiting trains and on platforms and staircases.

Follow Heidi Voight on Twitter for updates. 

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Easter Bunny Involved in Brawl


A man dressed as the Easter Bunny got into a fight with a father after the dad's 1-year-old child slipped from the costumed man's chair following a photo, authorities said.

Jersey City spokeswoman Jennifer Morrill said the fight at the Newport Centre Mall broke out at about 5 p.m. Sunday when authorities said the father harassed, then attacked the costumed character after his child fell from the man's lap.

Video posted to Twitter by user @kevinp461 shows a man partially dressed in a bunny costume brawling with mall shoppers in a chaotic scene at Newport Centre in Jersey City.

The footage shows several people throwing punches as mall security officers try to intervene. A large crowd looks on as the fight continues. 

The man in the costume, 22,  disappears behind a holiday display, but comes back moments later, rips off his white bunny paws and starts "throwin' hands," someone says in the video.

"He curb-stomped him," the narrator says. "The Easter Bunny got in a fight."

Mall security and bystanders then appear to take the costumed man into custody.

After the fight, the man dressed as the bunny and the father were both taken to Jersey City Medical Center for minor injuries.

No charges have been filed at the case, and Jersey City police are continuing to investigate the brawl.

The mall's management told the Associated Press on Monday that it would have comment later in the day. 

Photo Credit: @kevinp461 / Twitter
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Student Falls to Death From Roof


A 20-year-old freshman at Skidmore College died after falling from a third-story rooftop near the University of Delaware on Saturday afternoon, according to campus police and college officials.

Willem Golden, of Cohassett, Massachusetts, was a first-year student and hockey player at Skidmore, according to the college.

"Will had been a member of the Skidmore community for less than a year but had already made many connections with students, faculty, staff, and teammates who will grieve his loss very deeply," Skidmore President Philip A. Glotzbach wrote in a letter to the school community Sunday.

Police in Newark, Delaware, said the man — identified by Skidmore as Golden — fell from a third-story roof on the 100 block of West Main Street shortly before 4 p.m. Saturday. He was unresponsive at the scene and died at the hospital.

According to the University of Delaware, the residence housed fraternity members but is not sanctioned by the fraternity. Online documents reveal the Sigma Pi fraternity hosts events at the house, The Patriot Ledger reports.

Golden was a member of the Skidmore Hockey team and previously played lacrosse and ice hockey at Cohasset High School.

Newark police and University of Delaware police are investigating. It's unclear why Golden was on the roof.

Photo Credit: Skidmore College

Congolese Ex-Vice President Convicted of War Crimes


The International Criminal Court convicted a former Congolese vice president Monday of war crimes and crimes against humanity in a landmark case at the Hague, NBC News reported. 

The charges against Jean-Pierre Bemba — a former rebel leader and vice president in the Democratic Republic of Congo — related to rapes, murders and pillaging allegedly carried out by his fighters between 2002 and 2003 in neighboring Central African Republic's Civil War. 

Bemba, 53, is the highest-ranking person yet convicted by the court. He had pleaded not guilty to all charges; his defense had argued that he didn't have command and control over Movement for the Liberation of Congo (MLC) fighters.

He will be sentenced following a separate hearing. 

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