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Trump to Meet With Republicans at DC Law Firm


Donald Trump is set to meet with with several prominent Republicans at the offices of a Washington, D.C., law firm on Monday, as the party's establishment continues to grapple with how to manage the real estate mogul's dominance in the GOP primary race, NBC News reported. 

Trump supporter Sen. Jeff Sessions, Arkansas Sen. Tom Cotton and Rep. Renee Ellmers of North Carolina will attend the meeting at the Jones Day law firm. Former Speaker of the House and 2012 presidential candidate Newt Gingrich will also attend, NBC News confirmed.

The meeting is seen by some as the GOP establishment bowing to Trump, who has been the runaway winner during primary season and caused friction within the Republican party. 

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Police Seeking Tips in 1973 Norwalk Cold Case


Forty-two years have passed since an unidentified man was found dead, floating in Charles Creek in Norwalk, near a yacht club, and police are reaching out to the public for tips to solve the cold case.

A boater found the man’s body at 6:50 a.m. on July 27, 1973. Police said he was floating face down next to the docks of the Rex Yacht Club on Beach Road -- Charles Creek -- across from what was then known as the “new” Marvin School.

The man was Caucasian, but his body had been in the water for between four days and a week and facial identification was impossible, according to police.

Not only were police unable to identify him through facial features, but they were also unable to get full fingerprints and DNA was not an option.

The dental record was placed in the file, police said, but that has not led to any identifying information.

In July 2011, Dr. Adam Freeman, a forensic odontologist from Westport, got involved in the investigation, but there was no match in the system for the dental records.

In September 2011, police asked the FBI Latent Print Unit in Quantico, Virginia to run the fingerprints, but there was no match.

In September 2014, police again reached out for help after the FBI later upgraded its system and added 22 million files, but there was no match that time either.

Police have no idea if the man was from Norwalk or a surrounding town and they are still trying to identify him.

They also said the man’s description did not match any missing persons case at the time.

He was believed to be between 30 and 35 years old. He was 5-feet-8 to 5-feet-11 and weighed around 175 pounds.

His hair was reddish brown and collar length, he had a mustache and was wearing gray Levi’s pant; a medium cranberry V-neck pullover shirt with buttons and size 30 Fruit of the Loom underwear.

Police said they found a pair of suede shoes with brown and yellow laces two days later.

Anybody with information is asked to call (203) 854-3028 or email Lt. Art Weisgerber at aweisgerber@norwalkct.org.

You can send an anonymous Internet tips through the Norwalk police website or text “NPD” and the message to CRIMES (274637).

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Nearly 100 Unlocked Cars Ransacked in Litchfield


State police are investigating after nearly 100 unlocked vehicles were ransacked in Litchfield between Saturday night and Sunday morning.

Cars were burglarized on North Lake Street, South Lake Street, Spencer Street, West Street, East Litchfield Road and Naser Road, state police said, while locked cars were not compromised.

State and local police have noticed an increase in vehicle thefts and thefts from cars in recent months, according to state police.

Residents should secure their property and report suspicious activity.

If you have information about the thefts, call state police at 860-626-7900.

Police Investigating a Death in Putnam

Ind. Basketball Team Bus Rolls Over


Eight adults and 21 students were hospitalized after a bus bringing members of a high school basketball team to a state championship tournament rolled over the highway Saturday afternoon, according to Indiana State Police.

The bus carrying Griffith High School's boys basketball team overturned on I-65 near DeMotte, at the 230.5 mile marker, after it was sideswiped by a driver who had spilled her drink, authorities said.

The team was headed to Lafayette to compete in the Class 3A semistate game against Marion High School. The game was postponed until Wednesday, according to the Indiana High School Athletic Association. 

According to Indiana State Police, the bus rolled over after another driver, identified as a 23-year-old woman, "spilled a drink on herself causing her to sideswipe a Griffith School Corporation bus."

The woman was driving southbound in the left lane "when the lid of her drink came off, spilling the contents on her," police said, adding that she tried to grab the cup and lost control of her car.

The bus was carrying six adults and 21 students, including the driver. All suffered non-life threatening injuries. Officials said most were taken to area hospitals by ambulance or on a Kankakee Valley School Corporation bus, but one of the coaches was transferred by helicopter to the University of Chicago in Illinois.

All but one person on the bus — a freshman basketball coach — had been released from the hospital by 9 p.m. Saturday, according to a press release from the school.

"When I saw pictures of the bus, my heart sank," Superintendent Peter Morikis said in a statement Sunday. "We are grateful tonight that, despite a multitude of bumps, bruises, gashes and scrapes, every person in the crash has survived."

The other driver and her passenger were taken to Franciscan Jasper County Hospital, also with non-life threatening injuries, authorities said.

All lanes were reopened at 4 p.m. Sunday and the investigation is ongoing.  

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Glastonbury Daycare Worker Accused of Child Abuse


An employee of a Glastonbury daycare is accused of hitting several 2-year-old children at the daycare and has been arrested.

Police started investigating in December when the state Department of Children and Families reached out to them about alleged child abuse at the Stork Club, at 583 New London Turnpike.

The criminal investigation began and police arrested Nicole Mayo, 22, of Wethersfield, on Friday.

She is accused of hitting, restraining and roughly handling 2-year-olds at the daycare over the last year, police said.

She has been charged with three counts of risk of injury to a minor and disorderly conduct.

Bond was set at $65,000 and Mayo is due in court on April 6.

Mayo is not listed on the online court docket. It's not clear if she has an attorney.

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Clouds Exiting, Bright Afternoon Ahead


The snow has ended across the state and now lots of sunshine is visible statewide. Most of the state saw between two and six inches of fluffy, sticky snow.

Nearly 300 schools and districts, including UConn, made the decision to delay or close schools on Monday as spring snow covered roads in snow.

A pop-up rain shower is possible this afternoon, otherwise it will be bright and windy. Highs will be in the 40s, so melting will occur.

Lots of sunshine will make for a great Tuesday as high pressure builds in. Highs will be well into the 40s.

A few showers come through on Wednesday, but it's a trade-off as temperatures will rise into the upper 50s.

An abundance of clouds sticks around for Thursday, with another chance for showers. Highs will be near 60 degrees.

The warmer than average weather lasts into Friday before a cold front brings showers and a change in temperature in time for the weekend. Highs will be near 60 degrees.

Uncertainty does exist regarding a back-door cold front late week. Should it slip into Connecticut, temperatures would be 10 or 20 degrees lower than the current projection of 60 degrees.

The early call for the weekend is dry, at least to start, though there are conflicting solutions as to where a rain storm will be on Easter Sunday. Highs will be in the 50s.

See the snow totals here and let us know how much you have. 

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Police Investigating After 1-Year-Old is Burned


Hartford Police from the special investigations division are investigating how a 1-year-old Connecticut child suffered scalding burns and a possible head injury.

Police responded to an apartment on Gillette Street on Monday and said the burns are several days old, but were reported today.

The child was alert and conscious and brought to Connecticut Children’s Medical Center. The child might have a head injury as well, police said.

Officers are interviewing the mother’s boyfriend, who had care of the child and they will be searching the apartment at 31 Gillette St.

The investigation is ongoing.

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Milford Police Officer Saves Person With CPR


A Milford police officer saved a person with CPR on Friday and is being recognized for his actions.

Milford Police Officer Zach Milslagle was the first person to arrive at a Hobson Drive home early Friday morning after receiving a report of someone who was unresponsive without a pulse.

Milford Police Officer Zach Milslagle was the first to arrive at the scene, immediately started CPR and continued CPR until the person started breathing again, police said.

The Milford Fire Department and AMR arrived soon after and the person who had been responsive was brought to the emergency room and left in stable condition, police said.

Milford Police are recognizing Officer Milslagle for his heroic efforts.

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Thieves Broke Into 24 Cars in Milford: Police


Police are investigating thefts from 24 vehicles in Milford between Saturday night and Sunday morning. 

Police said they received several reports of vehicle break-ins in the area of Meadowside Road and Seaside Avenue and have determined that burglars went through 24 vehicles and stole various items.

Several home surveillance systems captured images of the people involved, which show three to four boys and men in their late teens to 20s walking from home to home, checking for unlocked vehicle doors.
When they found an unlocked vehicle, one of the perpetrators would rummage through it and take items, police said.

"It makes me sick to my stomach that people were in my personal space in the middle of the night in my driveway,” said Abby, who did not want to use her last name. “I just hope that they get caught so this stops.”

Chris Kiley, of \Milford, is devastated and said the have not been problems in the neighborhood in the past.  

“I work hard for my stuff. I don’t want anyone stealing it,” he said. 

The investigation is active and police ask anyone with information to call Milford Police at (203) 878-6551.
Police are also urging residents to lock their vehicle doors and remove all valuables.

Photo Credit: Milford Police

State Police Cruiser Involved in Crash on Route 15 in Woodbridge

Sylvan Learning Center Reopens Under New Ownership


Two weeks after abruptly closing its doors, the Sylvan Learning Center in West Hartford reopened Monday with a new owner.

The company provides tutoring and college prep for students taking SATs and ACTs.

Earlier this month the NBC Connecticut Troubleshooters received a number of calls following the sudden shutdown of the West Hartford location. Parents were concerned they would be out hundreds of dollars.

The new owner, Peter Bartoli said he will honor existing agreements the prior owner had with parents and said picking up where everyone left off will prove easier than trying to recover money from the prior Sylvan owner.

So far, about 95-percent of the students are coming back, according to Bartoli.

“Everything's computerized in here and we deliver instruction on iPads, so it's really easy to freeze it in time then pick up right where you left off. The students will really see no difference," Bartoli said.

The prior owner had shut down the Sylvan Learning Center suddenly on March 7, due to what he characterized as a dispute with the landlord that owns the shopping center.

Bartoli said he can put parents who do not want to continue with Sylvan in touch with the prior owner, so they can discuss what options are available.

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New Haven Man Holds Ex-Girlfriend Hostage for Hours: Police


 A New Haven man is under arrest after police say he held his ex-girlfriend hostage for over 12 hours in her own apartment.

On Sunday, March 20, New Haven officer Martin Feliciano was approached by a man that claimed his daughter was being held hostage in her State St. apartment.

When officers arrived at the apartment, they spoke with the 26-year-old female victim. She told them that her ex-boyfriend, William "BJ" Brown, held her hostage from 11:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 19th til noon on Sunday.

The victim told police that when she arrived home on Saturday, the dead bolt to her apartment door was locked, even though she does not have a key to it and does not use that lock.

The victim then climbed through a window to enter her apartment. She located Brown inside her son's bedroom. Brown appeared to be intoxicated and agitated.

Brown pinned the victim down on the kitchen floor while holding a knife.

The victim said that she was on the floor for about four hours before Brown allowed her to sit on the couch.

While on the couch, the victim received a phone call from her child's father. This aggravated Brown and he struck the victim in the face several times with a closed fist. The victim was able to defend herself and kick Brown in the stomach, stopping the assault.

The victim was able to get her phone back and text her child's father the word "help."

According to the victim, Brown began to apologize for what he had done around 7 a.m. At about 11:50 a.m. , someone knocked on the door of the apartment.

Brown was scared by the door knock and ran to a bedroom to hide. The victim believed it was her child's father and was able to run outside.

When police searched the victim's apartment, they discovered Brown had trashed it. The victim said that during the incident, Brown had walked around the home, randomly breaking things.

Brown was apprehended after he called 9-1-1 to try to report that he was being harassed by the victim. He was taken into custody at 685 Winchester Ave. Sunday night.

Brown was charged with home invasion, unlawful restraint, reckless endangerment, threatening in the second degree, assault in the third degree and criminal mischief in the second degree.

Brown has previously been arrested 28 times.

Man Accused in Craigslist Sex Assault Faces Judge


The man accused of sexually assaulting a woman during a Craigslist transaction faced a judge Monday.

Joshua Cordero, 26, is forcing himself inside a West Hartford woman’s home near Corbins Corner as she was completing a Craigslist sale of a bicycle.

Court documents released Monday show after the bike transaction was done outside of the home on March 18, the victim went back inside to get change for Cordero.

Cordero allegedly struck her in the back of the head and wrestled her to the ground inside the home and sexually assaulted her for about an hour and a half, according to the arrest affidavit.

Cordero fled on bike the victim sold him, according to police. Several hours later, investigators spotted Cordero riding the bike and arrested him.

According to the arrest affidavit, Cordero admitted his wrongdoing to police when he was handcuffed.

Contained in the affidavit, was Cordero's statement to police:

“I know what I did was totally screwed up…. I didn’t hurt her or nothing man… I just came to get a bike and animalistic instincts kicked in… I swear to God I didn’t mean to hurt her or nothing… I can’t believe I did that [expletive]. She has a garage full of bikes, I was going to buy a bike and leave and it sounds crazy but animalistic instincts kicked in… She was by herself, I wasn’t trying to hurt her… I [expletive] up, I ain’t gonna lie,” Cordero allegedly told officers. “I should have never tried to have sex with her. I totally screwed up. I wish I had just bought the bike and gone.”

A police cruiser camera and audio recorder were on at the time the statements were made.

Outside court Monday, Cordero's family claimed the sex was consensual.

Cordero is now facing charges including sexual assault in the first and second degree, unlawful restraint, home invasion and burglary.

He is being held on $650,000 bond and is scheduled to be back in court on April 5.

The victim was then taken to the hospital shortly after the alleged attack.

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Lawmakers Propose One Week Limit on Opiate Prescriptions


The Public Health Committee of the General Assembly wants to see a one-week limit on all prescriptions that contain opiates.

Opiates, which are in the heroin family of narcotics, and their use have been described as both an epidemic and a crisis by local law enforcement and Gov. Dannel Malloy.

“It’s too late for Nick but something fast and furious needs to be done here" said Sue Kruczek, who lost her son Nick at the age of 21 to a heroin overdose.

She says he took his first dose of oxycodone at the age of 14 before a hockey game and was hooked ever since. He eventually went to rehab but it wasn't enough.

“His very first game, an upper classman tossed him a little white pill to help him relax. Nick must have liked the way it made him feel because he later told us he never skated a high school game sober.”

Lawmakers say a one week limit on opiate prescriptions from doctors will lead to fewer pills in ready supply in medicine cabinets across the state. Refills would have to be filled by a doctor in person.

Members of the public health committee kept pointing to how minor procedures like wisdom teeth removal will lead to prescriptions of up to 30 days of drugs that lead to addiction like oxycodone and percocet.

Rep. Sean Scanlon, (D - Guilford), said, “55% of those last year who misused prescription drug pills got them from a friend or a relative. This starts very innocently and most people who start out taking these probably would tell you today that they wish they hadn’t because they never knew how bad it was going to get from there.”

Dr. Daniel Tobin from the Yale University School of Medicine said such a law could provide doctors with a sort of fall back to tell patients they shouldn't prescribe them more than a few days worth of pain killers.

“We’re under pressure from patients who are suffering to do more and more," Dr. Tobin said."Sometimes even though our better judgment might be to limit what we’re giving a patient, it can be really hard to sit across from a patient who is in pain and say, ‘no, this is not safe for you.’”

Malloy Sends Message to State Employee Unions


Governor Dannel Malloy's budget guru, Benjamin Barnes, responded with frustration to talk from state bargaining units that they will not budge on renegotiating their benefit packages as a way to save taxpayers money.

“We are on the cusp of laying off thousands of state employees and if we can lay off fewer of those state employees and preserve more services and avoid disrupting more lives by making moderate concessions on employee benefits I don’t see why we wouldn’t have those discussions" said Barnes, the appointed Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management.

"That seems like a very reasonable ask" he said.

Gov. Malloy said during his State of the State Address last month that he would seek to reopen negotiations with SEBAC, the State Employee Bargaining Agent Coalition, that works on behalf of the more than 45,000 union state employees working in Connecticut government.

Last week, Gov. Malloy's Undersecretary of Labor Relations sent a letter to SEBAC's legal counsel, asking to reopen negotiations and to meet.

SEBAC's legal counsel then responded with a letter saying they would be open to a meeting, but said any possibility of reopening negotiations is up to rank and file members and union leadership.

In a statement, the Connecticut State Employees Association, in conjunction with the SEIU, sent a statement slamming the process by which the Malloy Administration is attempting to balance the budget which faces a $250 million shortfall this year, and in excess of $900 million next year.

The groups want to see the line held on benefits, and increases on Connecticut's wealthiest residents to close the gap.

"All working families contribute taxes at nearly twice the rate that that millionaires and billionaires do to fund vital services. It’s time to stop using state employees as a punching bag and start pushing for a revenue system that asks our wealthiest and most successful individuals to pay their fair share" the statement read.

Republicans are siding with Governor Malloy.

Rep. Themis Klarides, (R - Derby), the House Minority Leader said she thinks the unions believe the governor is bluffing about the possibility of laying off as many as 3,000 employees, nearly 10% of the state workforce.

She says to avoid such a scenario, SEBAC negotiators have to come to the table.

“This isn’t about bad unions" Rep. Klarides said. "We have a very serious fiscal situation and we need everybody to help. We need all hands on deck.”

Barnes with OPM, speaking on behalf of the Malloy Administration, says when it comes to dollars and cents, it's in SEBAC's best interest to get members to approve a renegotiation, in order to save jobs.

“It is difficult for me to understand that they are not yet ready to come to the table" Barnes said.

Ind. Basketball Team Bus Rolls Over


A high school basketball team in Indiana held its first practice after a school bus accident sent every player to the hospital.

The bus carrying the Griffith High School's boys basketball team overturned on I-65 near DeMotte, at the 230.5 mile marker, after it was sideswiped by a driver who had spilled her drink, authorities said Sunday.

“My back is all messed up. I got cuts everywhere. My elbow hurts,” player Anthony Quintero said.

The team was headed to Lafayette to compete in the Class 3A semistate game against Marion High School. The game was postponed until Wednesday, according to the Indiana High School Athletic Association.

“You know the bus started spinning and spinning and spinning and next thing you know we started flipping,” player Martin Schiele said.

“I accepted death at that time. I thought I was dead, or about to die,” player Kelston Haden said.

The woman was driving southbound in the left lane "when the lid of her drink came off, spilling the contents on her," police said, adding that she tried to grab the cup and lost control of her car.

The bus was carrying six adults and 21 students, including the driver. All suffered non-life threatening injuries.

“Right now I’m just feeling a little sore. I’m getting better by the day,” player Isaiah Martinez said.

The team has received a lot of support since the tragedy. On Monday morning, the school held a prep rally for the players. Dennis Rodman also gave the team a shout-out on Twitter.

“It means the world to us honestly, just having all those people behind us,” Quintero said.

“We’re not gonna make no excuse for everything. Everybody knows what happened but at the end of the day, we gotta just go out there and play and give it our all,” Schiele said.

A team doctor will decide on Wednesday who is healthy enough to play.

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Trump Supporter Who Attacked Arizona Protester Is in Air Force


A Donald Trump supporter accused of kicking and punching an Arizona protester at a rally on Saturday is a 14-year veteran of the Air Force, authorities confirmed Monday.

Staff Sgt. Tony Pettway, who is stationed in Tucson's Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, was arrested and charged with misdemeanor assault with injury, after he attacked Bryan Sanders, who was protesting the event, officials said.

Sanders told NBC News that he was being escorted from the event when Pettway grabbed his sign, depicting Trump with the words, "Bad for America" scrolled across it, and threw it to the ground before unleashing a wave of punches and kicks on him.

"I stumble back, sucker punch.. and then you saw all hell break loose," Sanders said. "He's stomping me."

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Runaway Piglet Gets a Home


This little piggy, who ran wildly among cars and brought traffic to a halt in San Francisco's Mission District earlier this month, has traded in city life for the country.

According to the San Francisco Department of Animal Care and Control, the wayward piglet, who has since been named Janice, was adopted by Al Wolf, the director of Sonoma County Reptile Rescue. The piglet and her new guardian left for Sonoma Monday morning.

Janice drew a crowd of good Samaritans on March 8, leading them on a chase up and down Dolores Street, animal care officials said. Finally, Brother Damian with the Society of Saint Francis was able to scoop her up and get her to safety.

 "Janice has spent her time wisely, bringing good cheer and smiles to shelter visitors," the Department of Animal Care and Control said in a statement.

Although no owner laid claim to Janice, the piglet's story captured the attention of many who asked to adopt her, officials said.

"We've enjoyed having Janice — she’s taught us a lot about pigs, and we’ve loved her good nature and spirit," Animal Care & Control Executive Director Virginia Donohue said.

Photo Credit: San Francisco Department of Animal Care and Control

Correction Officer Accused of Assaulting Mail Carrier


A lieutenant with the state Department of Correction is under arrest, accused of assaulting a mailman, pulling a gun on him and shouting racial slurs at him in Waterbury.

Daniel Alvarado, 42, saw the mailman, 23-year-old Roshane Thompson, urinating in a wooded area near his property on Saturday and confronted him, according to police.

During the altercation, Alvarado pulled a gun and put it against the Thompson's stomach, police said.

Alvarado handed the gun to his girlfriend, who walked away with it, before the correction officer began hitting Thompson in the face several times, slamming his head into the pavement and shouting racial remarks at him, according to police.

Thompson was found lying on the ground next to his mail truck with a large cut above his right eye. He was taken to the hospital to be treated for a broken eye socket.

Alvarado, who has been employed by the Department of Correction since 2000, was charged with second-degree assault with a firearm, reckless endangerment, carrying a firearm while intoxicated and second-degree bigotry.

He was placed on administrative leave from his job at the Bridgeport Correctional Center on Monday, according to a Department of Correction spokesperson.

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