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Police: Waterbury Man Stabs Elderly Man


A Waterbury man is facing charges for stabbing another man in Bristol Saturday night.

Eric Bowden, 20, stabbed Gary McCarthy, 80, at 115 Stearns Street around 8 p.m. according to police.

Police say McCarthy suffered multiple stab wounds to his leg and upper torso.

He was transported to St. Francis hospital in Hartford, where he underwent surgery. His condition remains unclear.

Police say McCarthy and Bowden were acquaintances.

Bowden is charged with criminal attempt to commit murder, assault of an elderly person and home invasion.

He is scheduled to appear in court on Monday, March 28 and is being held on $750,000 surety bond.

NYPD Chief Slams Cruz Over Muslim Surveillance Comments


New York City's police commissioner slammed Ted Cruz Saturday for suggesting police step up patrols of "Muslim neighborhoods" after the terror attacks in Brussels, and accused the Republican presidential hopeful of exploiting the tragedy, NBC News reported.

"We already patrol and secure Muslim neighborhoods, the same way we patrol and secure other neighborhoods," Commissioner William Bratton wrote in an op-ed in the New York Daily News. "But no, we do not single out any populace, black, white, yellow or brown for selective enforcement."

"We do not 'patrol and secure' neighborhoods based on selective enforcement because of race or religion, nor will we use the police and an occupying force to intimidate a populace or a religion to appease the provocative chatter of politicians seeking to exploit fear," Bratton continued.

Bratton, along with President Barack Obama, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and the Council on American-Islamic Relations all condemned Cruz' proposal shortly after he made it Tuesday.

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Mexicans Burn Donald Trump Effigies in Easter Ritual


Mexicans celebrating an Easter ritual late Saturday burnt effigies of Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump, whose anti-immigrant views have sparked outrage south of the American border, NBC News reported.

In Mexico City's poor La Merced neighborhood, hundreds of cheering residents yelled "death" and various insults as they watched the explosion of the grinning papier-mâché mock-up of the real estate tycoon, replete with blue blazer, red tie and his trademark tuft of blond hair.

Media reported that Trump effigies burned across Mexico, from Puebla to Mexico's industrial hub Monterrey.

The burning is part of a widespread Mexican Holy Week tradition where neighborhoods burn effigies to represent Judas Iscariot, who betrayed Jesus Christ according to the Bible. The effigies are often modeled on unpopular political figures.

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No Foul Play Suspected in Plymouth Death

Deep River First Selectman Dies Suddenly


The First Selectman of Deep River passed away suddenly in his home on Friday.

Richard "Smitty" Smith, 65, held the position of First Selectman in the town for  the past 26 years. He took the position after graduating from the Municipal Police Training  Academy in 1973 and serving as a member of the town Democratic Committee, according to his obituary. 

In a statement issued by the Town Hall, " the Town of Deep River has suffered a terrible loss in the passing of First Selectman Dick Smith. The town has lost a leader of over 26 years, the community has lost a friend and we are saddened beyond words..."

The city will hold a candlelight vigil in Smith's memory on Monday, March 28 at 7:30 p.m. at Town Hall.

Calling house will be held at the Town Hall on Tuesday, March 29 from 5-8 p.m. The funeral will be held on Wednesday at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Chester at 11 a.m.

The Deep River Town Hall will be closed from noon on Tuesday until 8 a.m. Thursday.

Smith was predeceased by his wife Carol Smith.

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Kasich Says Families Are 'Off Limits' in Campaign


The tone of Donald Trump’s campaign seems to be rubbing Ohio Gov. John Kasich the wrong way, especially since it began to focus on the candidates’ wives this week.

"Families have to be off limits," Kasich said in an interview on NBC’s “Meet the Press” Sunday. "I mean, you cannot get these attacks on families. And if this becomes the order of the day, what kind of people are we going to have in the future that are going to run for public office? There's got to be some rules, and there's got to be something that gets set there. Some decency."

Kasich also resisted calls to get out of the race. He also told host Chuck Todd he is reviewing whether he could support Trump as the nominee.

"We're going to look at it every single day, and we'll see what happens. We've got a long way to go,” he said.  

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Sanders Wants More Democratic Debates


Bernie Sanders echoed his previous concerns Sunday, saying he wants more Democratic debates.

In an appearance on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” he affirmed his concern that Hillary Clinton would not debate him anymore. There are no debates scheduled before the April 19th New York Democratic primary.

"I do have a little bit of concern about that. But I certainly would like to see a debate in New York State,” he told host Chuck Todd.

The DNC, however, lists tentative debates in April and May on their website and Clinton's campaign specifically agreed to debating in New York.  

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Suicide Bomber Kills Dozens in Pakistan Park


At least 63 people were killed and more than 300 others were injured when a suicide bomber blew himself up in a children's park in Lahore, the capital of Pakistan's Punjab province on Sunday evening, officials said, NBC News reported.

Lahore Police Chief Dr. Haider Ashraf said a large number of Christians were at the Gulshan-e-Iqbal Park in Lahore celebrating Easter at the time of the blast. The victims were mostly women and children, he said.

A splinter group of the Pakistani Taliban, Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan Jamaatul Ahrar (TTP-JA) claimed responsibility for the suicide attack.

"We didn't want to kill women and children. Our targets were male members of the Christian community," the group spokesman, Ehsanullah Ehsan, told NBC News.

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Young Cheerleader Hospitalized with Sudden Illness


A vigil was held in Naugatuck Sunday for an 11-year-old girl fighting for her life.

Teagan Hawkins of Cheshire fell ill suddenly and is currently being treated at Yale-New Haven Hospital, according to her family. The 6th grader is a competitive cheerleader, and on Sunday night members of her team, USA Wildcats, organized a vigil at the cheering gym in Naugatuck to offer support and prayers for Teagan and her family. About 100 people attended.

“Teagan has been in our gym since I think she was four-years-old and she’s just a great kid,” said USA Wildcats owner Cheryl Thomes. “She’s like magical and she like brightens the place up when she walks in.”

Teagan’s family says she loves competitive cheerleading, and her teammates say she is an inspiration.

“She was always there to brighten my day. Whenever I had a bad day or was feeling down, she was there to lift me up,” said Madison Boylan of Ansonia.

Many began posting on social media with the tag #PrayforTeagan in support of Teagan, spreading word of her struggle throughout the state.

“She would always say to like never give up and I think she will never give up either because she’s a strong fighter,” said Kaitlyn Fernandes of Wolcott.

Her family says they are hopeful she will make a full recovery and that they appreciate the prayers.

Wealthy Women Drive Wave of Luxe Travel


Rising numbers of female millionaires and billionaires throughout the world may be contributing to a rise in luxury health and wellness holidays and women-only hotel services, NBC News.

The number of females with ultra-high net worth — those with net assets of $30 million or more, excluding their primary residences (aka, really rich people) — is increasing faster than their male counterparts, encouraging travel agencies, hotels and tour operators to focus on their interests. These include holidays that focus on "wellness" and can be combined with business or voluntary work, according to data provider, WealthInsight.

"Interviews and secondary research show that spas, yoga, meditation, health and wellness are appealing to female UHNWI," Roselyn Lekdee, economist at WealthInsight, told CNBC.

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Firefighters Protest Hartford Oversight Bill


Dozens of firefighters are protesting a Hartford oversight bill today that is meant to help the city out financially because unions are concerned it would take away their collective bargaining rights.

The city of Hartford is dealing with a $10 million shortfall to end the current fiscal year and a projected shortfall of more than $30 million next year, which is expected to grow. 

The proposal before the General Assembly would create Hartford Financial Sustainability Commission to oversee the sustainability of Hartford's finances and unions are concerned about how it would affect the rights they currently have. 

When the city and union cannot come to an agreement, the typical process is arbitration. However, the commission the proposal creates would have the right to nix any agreements unions make with the city and set new terms that would be binding.

This would affect several unions in the city.

“Why do we need to suspend the process that’s already in place when if you truly lack the ability to pay as he says, arbitration is going to take care of that anyways,” Vincent Fusco, president of the Hartford Firefighters Association, said.

The hearing began at 11 a.m.

Dozens of Animals Killed in Woodstock Fire


Dozens of goats, lambs, chickens and rabbits were killed in a fire in Woodstock on Saturday.

The Woodstock fire marshal said 40 to 50 animals died in the fire at 124 Redhead Hill Road.

A post on the Muddy Brook Fire Department Facebook page says the house is unoccupied, but farming equipment was also destroyed.

The cause of the fire is not known.

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NYC Man Killed in Brussels Was Married to Ex-Diplomat's Daughter


One of the two New York City-based siblings who died in last Tuesday's terror attacks in Brussels was married to the daughter of a former U.S. ambassador, it was revealed Monday.

Alexander Pinczowski was married to Cameron Cain, daughter of Jim Cain, the former U.S. ambassador to Denmark, Ambassador Cain said in an interview with Savannah Guthrie on NBC's "Today" Monday morning. Cain did not know until Tuesday that Pinczowski and his daughter had indeed been married.

"The bright spot of the week was that Cameron told us Tuesday night, as she was huddled with us in her apartment in New York, that, in fact, two years ago she and Alex...had gotten married actually in New York," he said.

Thirty-five people were killed in twin bombings at the airport and in another blast at a subway station. ISIS claimed responsibility for the attacks.    

Alexander Pinczowski had traveled to Brussels airport on Tuesday and was about to check in for a flight back to New York with his sister, Sascha, around the time the two blasts went off, officials said.

Relatives told a Dutch newspaper that the Dutch siblings called them around the time of the attack and that they heard a blast and shattering glass before the line went dead. They said they have been unable to reach the siblings since then.

Pinczowski had traveled to Holland to work on a craft-related business that he and Cameron were going to start together, Cain told NBC News.

The couple met six years ago while taking summer courses in Durham, North Carolina, Cain said.

He called Alexander "intimidatingly smart, a brilliant young man."

Sascha Pinczowski, 26, was a 2015 graduate of Marymount Manhattan College in New York with a degree in business. She spent last summer as an intern at a catering company, Shiraz Events.

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Greyhound Bus Heading to Casino Hit Car in North Stonington: Police


State police are investigating after a Greyhound bus sideswiped a Chevy Malibu on Route 2 in North Stonington just after 8 p.m. on Sunday.

Police said the Malibu was stopped and pulling into a driveway when the bus hit the car near the Wheeler Middle and High School, according to Chief Charles Steinhart, of the North Stonington Fire Company.  

Fire officials said the woman in the Malibu, 41-year-old Kimberly Ann Messinger, was trapped in the car and had to be extricated. She was transported to Backus Hospital.

Officials said her passenger was also transported, but state police reports do not mention a passenger. 

The bus was taking 38 people to Foxwoods casino and those passengers had to go through an emergency door to get off the bus.

“Once we got in there, we got them all out by a ladder, relocated them up the street to the firehouse, which was only 100 yards up the road, to evaluate everybody there,” Steinhart said.

Five passengers who complained of neck pain, back pain and a hand injury were taken to local hospitals, officials at the scene said.

The remaining passengers were picked up by other buses from Foxwoods and transported to the casino.

State police are investigating the crash. 

Route 2 was closed from the intersection of Norwich-Westerly Road/Route 2 and the New London Turnpike/Route 184 from 8 p.m. to about 11:15 p.m.

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Drunken Man Kept Calling 911 Because Bar Kicked Him Out: Police


A drunken 50-year-old Naugatuck man was arrested over the weekend after calling 911 over and over again to complain that he was kicked out of a local bar because he was drunk, according to police. 

Domingos Teixeira, 50, of Naugatuck, placed the first 911 call at 9:26 p.m. on Saturday, but hung up and didn’t answer when dispatchers kept trying to call back, police said.

When officers went to Teixeira’s house, he was drunk and upset about being kicked out of Sullivan’s Café, police said. Then, he asked the officers to arrest the owner for kicking him out.

The officers explained that they couldn’t arrest the owner for kicking Teixeira out the bar and told him that calling 911 was not the way to file a complaint.

Teixeira apparently did not listen because he called 911 at 9:41 p.m. to complain about being kicked out of the bar and again ask police to arrest the owner, according to police.

At 10:10 p.m., he called 911 again to complain that he’d been kicked out of the bar and alleged that the bar owner was harassing him, police said.

When police checked Teixeira’s phone records, they saw that he had called the bar several times, then the bar returned one of the calls, police said.

Police then reached out to the bar owner, who said Teixeira was kicked out for being intoxicated and then called several times to complain he was going to have them arrested, police said.

Police took Teixeira into custody and charged him with falsely reporting an incident.

He was released on $1,000 non-surety bond and is due in court on April 6.

It's not clear if he has an attorney and no phone number is listed for Teixeira's address.

Brussels Attacks: New Appeal for 'Man in White'


Belgian authorities issued a new appeal for information on Monday about the mysterious "man in white" pictured in surveillance footage alongside the Brussels airport suicide bombers, NBC News reported.

Police posted a new statement with video and photos of the "man in white" which said authorities are seeking to identify the man — who is suspected of committing Tuesday's attack at Brussels airport.

Only one person — Faycal Cheffou — has been charged directly in relation to the Brussels attacks, but was released on Monday due to lack of evidence, Belgium's federal prosecutor said.

Belgian media had cited police sources in saying Cheffou was the "man in white" on the right in airport surveillance footage. NBC News has been unable to confirm that information.

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Wind Gusts Could Cause Isolated Outages Tonight


The steady rain has ended, though a few more showers are possible this evening before gusty winds become the story overnight.

Wind gusts will hit 40 mph across much of the state after midnight, perhaps hitting 45 mph in the higher terrain.

A wind advisory is posted statewide through tomorrow evening.

The wind may take down small tree limbs and cause flickering lights or even isolated power outages.

Abundant sunshine is the call for tomorrow, with strong wind gusts. Wind gusts will be over 40 mph during the commute to work and school in the morning.

The good news is the wind will diminish through the day, though it will be a slow process.

High pressure builds into the region for midweek and the weather will be delightful.

Sunshine will dominate on Wednesday, when high temperatures will be in the 50s with little wind at all.

It turns breezy and warmer on Thursday as a warm front approaches the southwest. Temperatures will soar into the 60s with a murky look to the sky as warmer air surges northward.

Showers arrive later on Thursday and continue on-and-off through midday Friday.

It looks like it will still be warm Friday morning, in the 60s, before temperatures tumble throughout the day behind a potent cold front.

An early glance at the upcoming weekend shows much colder air, a blend of clouds and sunshine, and the potential for snow showers.

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Rabbit Lit on Fire Before Easter


A Southern California man suspected of being under the influence of drugs was arrested after allegedly swinging a rabbit by its ears and lighting it on fire the day before Easter, Santa Paula police said Saturday.

Juan Lemus, 29, of Ventura, was arrested on suspicion of animal cruelty, arson, burglary, and for being under the influence of a controlled substance, police said.

Police went to investigate in the 200 block of March Street in Santa Paula after someone called and said a man swung a rabbit by its ears, then set it on fire.

Officers found the rabbit lying in a lot next to a pile of smoldering paper. After veterinarians examined and X-rayed the rabbit, authorities determined the animal had died of blunt force trauma to the head. 

Officers found Lemus, who matched the suspect description, in the 300 block of Steckel Street.

Lemus was taken into custody and allegedly told officers he found the animal lying dead in the street. He also said he lit a piece of paper on fire, not the rabbit, police said.

When officers arrested Lemus, they found a methamphetamine pipe on him, according to police. Officers evaluated him and determined he was under the influence.

Lemus was taken to the Ventura County Main Jail and held on $50,000 bail, according to online records from the sheriff's office. Attorney information was not listed.

Anyone looking for the missing rabbit was asked to contact police at 805-525-4474 ext. 220.

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Vandalism, Anti-Gay Graffiti Found at Hartford Stage


Hartford police are investigating a break-in at Hartford Stage offices in Hartford and anti-gay graffiti.

Police responded to the Hartford Stage offices on Main Street in Hartford just after 8 a.m. to investigate a burglary and the general manager said the doors were tampered with and there was graffiti on the walls.

Photos from the scene show a broken table, paint all over and graffiti on a whiteboard that have prompted police to consider this a possible hate crime.

"Obviously offensive to many on the walls as well, certainly that'd be something our investigators will look at," Deputy Chief Brian Foley, of Hartford Police, said.

A spokesman for Hartford Stage did not want to talk about the break-in and vandalism at the offices and classrooms. 

Police said nothing was taken.

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