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Another Person Arrested Amid New Brussels Raid


A sixth person has been detained over suspected links to the March 22 Brussels bombings, one day after a series of raids netted five arrests, including the last known fugitive of last year's Paris attacks, NBC News reported.

A spokesman for Belgium's federal prosecutor's office says the person is under arrest but has refused to give any further details ahead of an official announcement due later Saturday. 

An apartment complex with a shop on the ground floor in the Brussels suburb of Etterbeek was cordoned off by police, and forensics experts were seen entering the building.

The series of arrests marks a big potential break in the Paris investigation and the search for those responsible for the Brussels bombings in which 32 people were killed.

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Sanders, Clinton Battle for Wyoming Delegates Saturday


Democratic rivals Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders are battling for 14 pledged delgates in Wyoming at the state's county caucuses Saturday, NBC News reported.

The Vermont senator is fresh off a string of recent wins and looking to continue chipping away at Clinton's sizeable lead in the number of delegates needed to secure the party's nomination.

Sanders performs well in states that hold caucuses rather than primaries, in part because the former typically highlights a higher level of engagement by progressive activists. If Clinton falls short in Wyoming, she will have lost seven of the last eight nominating contests.

Both candidates are also now fully engaged in barnstorming New York, where a huge pool of 247 pledged delegates are up for grabs in the state's primary on April 19.

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Waterbury Police Investigating Murder at Bar


Waterbury Police are investigating the murder of a man at a local bar on Saturday. 

Harry Mendoza, 35, was involved in an altercation with a group of men at Bobby's D bar on Whitewood Road at approximately 2 in the morning. 

Some point during the fight, Mendoza was shot in his chest and thigh. He was transported to Waterbury Hospital where he was prounouced dead at 6:30 a.m.

The investigtaion is on-going, police said. 

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Stuff a Cruiser: Police Help Collect Shoes for The Homeless


Hartford Police partnered with a nonprofit organization in order to "fill a cruiser" with shoes for homeless adults and children.

On Saturday, Harford Police brought a cruiser to Fleet Feet in West Hartford between 9:30 a.m. and noon to set up "Footwear with Care". 

Teaming up with Community Partners in Action and the Connecticut Podiatric Medical Association, Fleet Feet said it would donate a new pair of shoes for every $25 donated to the program. "Footwear with Care" also accepted "like new" shoe donations for kids and adults. 

Community Partners said while decent clothing is often available through chartiable donations, footwear is not and when it is, they're in poor condition. 

"Footwear with Care" was inspired by Hartford police officer, Jim Barrett, an Iraqi War veteran and advocate for the city's homeless. Moved by a homeless vet, whose only shoes were a pair of disintegrating flips-flops, Barrett bought him some new sneakers.

While the launch for "Footwear with Care" was on Saturday, the program has already collected more than 80 pairs of shoes for those who need it the most.

Missing Wolcott Man Suspected of Pizzeria Arson Found


A 23-year-old Wolcott man believed to have gone into hiding in New York after learning he is suspected of setting fires at a pizza shop while angry about an order has been found, authorities said.

Scott Basile, 23, of Wolcott, had been missing since early January, just a couple days after he was last in touch with Waterbury police, ​who were investigating several reports of arson, attempted arson and criminal mischief at Fratelli’s Pizzeria at 689 Hill Street in the north end of Waterbury.

Basile was arrested by Fort Lee New Jersey Police on Saturday for hindering after giving false information about his identity. Wolcott Police removed Basile as a missing person.

Pizzeria staff said the fired caused around $25,000 worth of damage.

Waterbury deputy police chief Fernando Spagnolo said they identified Basile as a suspect and obtained a warrant charging him with criminal attempt at arson in the first degree and manufacturing of bombs in connection with an incident on Christmas Day.  

Francisco Avendano, the manager of Fratelli's Pizzeria, said something from the cooler must have gone in the pizza and that it was not intentional.

"I said that didn’t happen on purpose. I guess something got loose in my covers, my cooler covers something," Avendano said

Spagnolo said police had surveillance set up at the business because of all the incidents and Basile showed up on Christmas Day with ​what police believe is evidence he was about to cause damage.

It is not clear if Basile has an attorney. 

West Haven Police Investigating Homicide


Police are investigating the homicide of a woman in West Haven. 

West Haven Police are currently at the scene of 1014 Campbell Avenue.

The woman was approximately 35 years old and was the victim of a domestic dispute, police said.

There is one person in custody but police did not disclose who they were. 

Police said there is no danger to the public.

This is a developing story. Please check back for updates. 

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Dunkin' Donuts Sign to Be Raised at Yard Goat's New Stadium


The Yard Goat's stadium in Hartford will get its newest edition on Sunday: an iconic Dunkin' Donuts entrance sign.

The raising of the Dunkin' Donuts sign will put the stadium one step closer to being completed. 

The sign will be raised at 7:30 a.m. and is expected to take about three hours to get up. 

The minor-league baseball team began their inaugural season on Thursday, winning its first game ever against the Richmond Flying Squirrels. 

Despite Harford's full-blown budget crisis, the city said it will finance $5.5 million of the $10 million shortfall to complete the Yard Goat's new stadium by May 17.

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Carly Heads to Airport For Her Make-A-Wish Dream Trip to Europe


Carly was sent off to Europe today as part of her Make-a-Wish dream. 

Carly, who has cancer, said she wants to go to London to ride on the London Eye by the Thames River and then take the channel to Paris to "eat fancy chocolates."

Her whole family gets to join her. Carly's mother said it's great to have something positive to look forward to after a tough year. 

We hope Carly has the best trip!

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Airmen Killed at Texas Air Force Base Identified


Air Force officials on Saturday identified the two airmen killed in an apparent murder-suicide at a U.S. air base in San Antonio Texas.

Tech. Sgt. Steven D. Bellino, 41, and Lt. Col. William A. Schroeder, 39, were found dead Friday around 8:50 a.m. inside an office of the 342nd Training Squadron Headquarters at the Medina Training Annex of Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Brig. Gen. Robert LaBrutta said in a statement.

LaBrutta called the death of the airman and his commanding officer a "workplace violence incident." According to a senior U.S. official, who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity, Bellino targeted Schroeder before turning the gun on himself.

"The 37th Training Wing mourns the loss of our Airmen and family members," said Brig. Gen. Trent H. Edwards, the Commander of the 37th Training Wing where both members were assigned. "Our primary focus at this time is to take care of the family and the men and women who are grieving our losses. A tragedy of this type is felt by each and every member, but we will pull together to help our own."

The FBI said Saturday Bellino was a Special Agent for the agency and resigned in May 2013 after less than two years. It did not say why Bellino resigned and added that "because this is an ongoing investigation, please direct further inquiries to the Air Force Office of Special Investigations (AFOSI).”

Meanwhile, investigators from the Air Force and FBI are tracing two Glock firearms found near the bodies of the two men inside a building that holds classrooms and offices.

Military-issued and personal firearms are heavily restricted on the base and it's not clear whether the gunman was authorized to have a weapon or how he managed to get inside while armed, according to Dan Hawkins, a spokesman for the base. 

"Allowing everyone to carry personal firearms would make the job of our security professionals much more difficult," Hawkins said. He also said security officers must be notified if a personal weapon is being brought onto the installation and the firearm must be registered, in addition to other requirements.

The shooting prompted a lockdown of Lackland and surrounding schools for more than an hour.

Friday's shooting is the latest to occur at a military facility in Texas in the last several years.

In January 2015, an Army veteran and former clerk at the veterans' clinic at Fort Bliss in El Paso shot and killed a psychologist, then killed himself. About a year earlier, three soldiers were killed and 16 wounded in an attack at Fort Hood near Killeen by Army Spc. Ivan A. Lopez, who also killed himself.

And in the deadliest attack to occur at a U.S. military installation, 13 people were killed and 31 were wounded in a mass shooting in 2009 at Fort Hood. Nidal Hasan, a former U.S. Army major, was convicted and sentenced to death in that shooting.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Police Arrest Tx. Teacher for Slapping Student


A Texas high school teacher was arrested Friday after video showed her slapping a student repeatedly in the back of the head, NBC News reported.

The video, posted on Twitter, appears to show Mary Hastings, a teacher at Ozen High School in Beaumont, hitting a student five times while yelling at him. It was not clear what happened before her actions. 

Hastings was arrested on one charge of assault and released on bail, according to the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office. The school said it placed her on administrative leave.

NBC News tried, but could not reach Hastings for comment.

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Norwich Police Warn of Tainted Heroin After Fatal Overdose


Norwich police are warning residents to be on the lookoutfor a deadly strain of heroin after a fatal overdose Saturday morning and a secondoverdose later in the day.

Police say around 7:47 a.m. they responded to reports of anunresponsive 18-year-old man. He was later pronounced dead. Policedetermined the victim had recently used heroin laced with the compoundFentanyl.

Around 4:20 p.m. officers responded to another overdosecall. A 21-year-old female victim was transported to William W. Backus Hospitalfor treatment and is expected to survive.

Neither victim has been identified at this time.

Police say in both instances the victims used heroin packagedin white glassine bags with a red ladybug marking stamp. The heroin from bothincidents tested positive for Fentanyl. Police caution the community to be onthe lookout for these marked bags as Fentanyl is a dangerous compound and thedrugs marked with the ladybugs are lethal. Police stress that heroin laced withFentanyl is being distributed in other packaging as well and has contributed toan increase in fatal overdoses in the region.

Police also remind residents that using any illegal drugor controlled substance can result in death.

Anyone with information about these bags, or any illegaldrugs or narcotics is encouraged to call the Norwich Police Departmentanonymous tip line at (860) 886-5561 ext. 500.

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Trump Donates $100K to 9/11 Museum


An official from the National September 11 Memorial Museum said Donald Trump donated $100,000 to the site, NBC News reported

Trump and his wife, Melania, were given a tour of the museum Saturday afternoon by its president and CEO, Joe Daniels, according to the Republican presidential candidate’s campaign.

Trump’s campaign released a statement, saying Trump and his wife were “impressed with the museum.” The statement also took a shot at rival Ted Cruz, saying: “This is what ‘New York Values’ is all about.” Cruz used the term earlier in the primary process to question Trump’s conservatism.

Trump’s visit comes after a few quiet days on the campaign trail, with no public events since his rally on Long Island Wednesday night.

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Police Surround Home After Domestic Incident in Ledyard


A standoff between police in Ledyard and a man who barricaded himself inside his home has ended. 

Ledyard Police say they have resolved the incident on Stonybrook Road peacefully Saturday night. 

Ledyard Police Lt. Kenneth Creutz says it started Saturday afternoon when police were called to the residence for a domestic incident after a female fled the home. She called police and said the male suspect was still inside the home. She reported he was mentally unstable and possibly suicidal. 

Police set up a perimeter began negotiating with the man inside. Officers made contact with the man by phone, who threatened to attempt "suicide by cop" and initially refused to come outside. Around 10:30 p.m. police confirmed the standoff ended without violence. More details were not immediately available.

Police say no neighbors were evacuated from their homes, but a phone call did go out to residents in the area informing them of the situation. There was no danger to the public. Stonybrook Road was closed for several hours but has since reopened. 

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

Snow, Spring Freeze Hit Midwest, Northeast


Winter weather descended over the Midwest and Northeast Saturday, bringing with it frigid temperatures and sparking freeze warnings from New York City to North Carolina, according to forecasters, NBC News reported. 

Toledo, Ohio, got nearly 8 inches of snow and Cleveland had more than 4 inches on the ground by Saturday afternoon, the National Weather Service said. The town of Oakland in western Maryland had almost 10 inches of snow. 

New York City and Washington D.C., can expect to see temperatures hit 27 degrees Sunday morning, while temperatures in Pittsburgh and Detroit will fall in the low 20s. 

Warmer temperatures are expected to sweep the north and turn snow into rain by Sunday night, forecasters said.

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Obama Praises Calif. Dems


President Barack Obama praised Democratic lawmakers for supporting him through some politically tough votes during a two-day visit to California's Bay Area. 

"A Democratic Congress is good for America,'' he said.

Obama attended two Democratic fundraisers Friday, played a round of Golf on Saturday and left the Bay Area shortly after. Accompanied by his daughter, Malia, Obama boarded Air Force One at around 2:30 p.m. to return to Washington D.C. 

During his Friday fundraisers, Obama criticized Senate Republicans for refusing to consider his Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland and said GOP presidential candidates Donald Trump and Ted Cruz aren't "outliers'' but are simply parroting what some congressional Republicans have said for years.

Obama remarked that the Republicans' refusal to cooperate "threatens how our democracy works," and then added that "things are even more messed up in the house" 

Obama didn't mention that votes taken by House Democrats, led by then-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California, to muscle his economic recovery plan and health care law through Congress early in his first term ended up souring the public and costing Democrats the House majority.

"I've done a lot of tough stuff since I've been president,'' Obama told about 100 supporters who rose to their feet and chanted his "Yes We Can'' campaign slogan at the Pacific Heights home of businessman and philanthropist Gordon Getty.

"But I couldn't do it unless I had outstanding legislators who had my back, even when it wasn't politically convenient,'' he said, praising Pelosi for her "idealism and just tough as nails conviction and savvy.'' 

"I could not have had a better partner than Nancy Pelosi.'' The California Democrat holds the fundraiser annually at the Getty home. Couples paid $33,400.

Turning to the presidential race, Obama said Republicans shouldn't feel embarrassed by the comments from Trump and Cruz, the Texas senator. He said the GOP rivals are saying what some Republican members of Congress have said about immigration and other issues for years.

"In fact, that's where Trump got it,'' Obama said. "He said, 'You know what, I can deliver this message with more flair.'''

Obama said he wants a Republican Party that is "rational and well-functioning, but that's not what we have right now. And that's why this election is so important.''

Outside a fundraiser in Potrero Hill, the president shook hands with neighbors and locals. 

Obama also praised House Democrats at a fundraiser late Thursday in Los Angeles.

Pool reporters inside the fundraisers heard the president say the two leading Republicans running for president, Trump and Cruz, had "lifted the veil" off Republican sentiment on such things as "building walls, blocking Muslims and surveiling neighborhoods." 

Democrats have a good chance to add at least a handful of House seats in November's election. The number could grow if the Republican presidential nominee is Trump, who has alienated large numbers of women, Hispanics and others with his biting rhetoric and issue positions.

But to regain control of the 435-seat chamber, Democrats would need to pick up 30 seats, which would be an uphill climb.

Obama's remarks late Thursday opened a two-day fundraising swing through Los Angeles and San Francisco.

Friday brought three more events, including a roundtable for Senate Democratic candidates at the Brentwood home of "Spiderman'' actor Tobey Maguire that was closed to news media coverage. Tickets cost $33,400, officials said.

Obama also attended a closed Democratic Party event Friday at the San Francisco home of activists Steve Phillips and Susan Sandler.

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Opening Day for Trout Fishing Season


Saturday marked opening day for trout fishing season in Connecticut. 

Connecticut's Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) has stocked the state's rivers, lakes and ponds with approximately 371,000 trout.

DEEP said the stocking of fish started in February and will continue until mid-May with 600,000 trout in total. 

Four designated Trout Parks will be stocked again on Opening Day, and families are invited to assist DEEP staff in putting the trout in the water. The four areas and approximate stocking times Saturday are:

• Wharton Brook State Park, Wallingford, 8 a.m.

• Black Rock State Park, Watertown, 8:30 a.m.

• Chatfield Hollow State Park, Killingworth, 10:30 a.m.

• Southford Falls State Park, Oxford, 10:30 a.m.

The best places for families to fish on Opening Day are the designated Trout Parks.

“Trout Parks are easily accessible, have picnic areas and other amenities nearby, and are stocked frequently so that there are plenty of trout for children, families, and novice anglers to catch,” said Bill Hyatt, Chief of DEEP’s Bureau of Natural Resources. 

There are 11 Trout Parks in the state:

  • Black Rock State Park, Watertown; Watertown
  • Chatfield Hollow State Park, Killingworth
  • Southford Falls State Park, Oxford
  • Stratton Brook State Park, Simsbury
  • Wharton Brook State Park, Wallingford
  • Wolfe Park, Monroe
  • Day Pond, Colchester
  • Kent Falls State Park, Kent
  • Natchaug River, Eastford
  • Spaulding Pond, Norwich
  • Valley Falls Pond, Vernon

To obtain your trout fishing license, go here.

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Man Had More Than a Pound of Marijuana in Truck: Police


A West Springfield, Massachusetts man was arrested in Wallingford after police said they found him with more than a pound of marijuana in his car.

Matthew Giaquinto, 28, was sleeping behind the wheel of his Dodge pickup at the Cook Hill Road exit of the Oakdale Theater parking lot when police approached him at 1:53 a.m. on Sunday, police said, and the officers smelled marijuana inside the truck.

As police searched Giaquinto's truck, they found more than a pound of marijuana, $1,200, several scales, drug paraphernalia and approximately 24 grams of hash oil, according to a news release from police.

Giaquinto was arrested and charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of more than four ounces of marijuana, possession of marijuana with intent to sell and operating a drug factory. 

Giaquinto is being held on a $50,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in Meriden Superior Court on April 22.

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Case Continued for Father Who Prompted Amber Alert


The father who is accused of abducting his 7-year-old son in Trumbull and prompting an Amber Alert is due back in court on April 26.

Rodolfo Revello, 43, pleased not guilty. During a recent court appearance, a judge issued a protective order for him to stay 2,500 feet away from his son and ex-wife.

U.S. Marshals arrested Revello in the Bronx, New York, around a week and a half after he allegedly beat his ex-wife at her Trumbull home, then took his son, Ariel.

According to police, Rodolfo Revello forced his way into his son's mother's home early on the morning of Saturday, March 12.

The woman said she woke to find him near her bed and he began choking and biting her.

The assault felt like it "lasted forever," she said, and Revello grabbed a knife from the kitchen at one point, but his 18-year-old stepson.disarmed him.

The mother said Revello came back at her once again and she jumped out a second-floor bedroom window to the hard ground below to escape.

Revello is accused of then taking jewelry and several thousand dollars in cash, then driving away with his 7-year-old son.

That prompted an Amber Alert in Connecticut and New York and Ariel was found safe in Queens later that night, police said.

According to police, Revello, who has a criminal record, did have visitation rights with his son while the mother would be at work.

He has been charged with second-degree kidnapping, second-degree larceny, criminal violation of a restraining order, second-degree strangulation, second-degree assault, second-degree threatening, second-degree criminal mischief and disorderly conduct.

A judge ordered protective orders for the two victims, which require Revello to stay 2,500 feet away from them.

Photo Credit: Trumbull Police

Sanders Says Clinton is Qualified, But Lacks 'Judgment'


After a week in which the two Democratic candidates questioned each other’s presidential qualifications, Bernie Sanders on Sunday took aim at Hillary Clinton’s judgment, saying "something is clearly lacking."

The Vermont senator continued to zero in on Clinton’s acceptance of donations from Wall Street, her voting for the Iraq War and her past backing of international trade agreements.

"In many respects, she may have the experience to be president of the United States. No one can argue that," Sanders said during an appearance on NBC’s "Meet the Press." "But in terms of her judgment, something is clearly lacking."

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