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Reported SWAT Situation at Mass. Home Was Hoax: Police


Police determined that a reported SWAT situation in Woburn, Massachusetts, was a hoax.

Crews responded to an apartment building on Westgate Drive, where a man said he had barricaded himself after telling police he shot his mother Friday.

The caller also told police his brother and another man were injured in the apartment. Police said he disconnected his phone after making the call.

Later in the evening, police confirmed it was a "swatting" incident, but explained that they treat every situation like it's real until they know it's not.

This was not the only such hoax in Massachusetts Friday. Police in Wilmington also confirmed a swatting incident in town.

A hoax threat was also called into the IMAX 3D Theater at Jordan's Furniture in Natick. The building was evacuated after a caller said there was a bomb and an armed gunman inside, but police determined there was no threat to public safety.

The hoaxes all come on the third anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings.

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Photos: Donald Trump Visits Hartford


Donald Trump is coming to Hartford for a campaign rally.

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Kasich Defends Advice to Student to Avoid Parties With 'Lots of Alcohol'


Republican presidential candidate John Kasich advised a young woman asking about sexual assaults on college campuses not to “go to parties where there’s a lot of alcohol,” NBC News reported. 

In his initial response on Friday, the Ohio governor told the St. Lawrence University student that sexual assault survivors should be able to access rape kits and be given a clear reporting process. 

When she said sexual assault was something she had to worry about, Kasich responded: "I'd also give you one bit of advice, don't go to parties where there's a lot of alcohol. OK? Don't do that.” 

Kasich later denied accusations from the Democratic National Committee and Planned Parenthood that he was blaming victims. He said he didn't mean to imply the responsibility lay on victims, but that that alcohol “obscures the ability of people to seek justice" after an attack.

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Dog Walker Allegedly Stole $38K Worth of Jewelry


A dog walker allegedly stole jewelry valued at nearly $38,000 from a West Hartford home, police said. 

On Thursday, Kristina Cable, of East Hartford, turned herself into West Hartford police on a first-degree larceny charge. 

Police said the 33-year-old was hired to walk a family's dog in West Hartford. An investigation was launched when the family realized valuable jewelry had been taken from them. 

The jewelry was worth $37,994, according to police. 

Cable had a multiple customers in West Hartford. Police said they are reviewing a "lengthy" pawn transaction record to see if other families were targets for theft. 

Police said Cable worked for a dog sitting company based in Windsor but did not disclose the name of the business. 

Cable was released on a $25,000 bond and is expected to appear in court on April 28. 

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Hartford Man Shot in Eye: Police

Trump Cost to the City of Hartford


The City of Hartford expects to spend $50,000 on security and traffic control for the Donald Trump event. Officials say the Convention Center and secret service will cover any security costs inside the rally, but the city is on the hook to pay for anything on the exterior of the building, like protester security and traffic control.

“I’m a little shocked. I don’t have any understanding of why he’s not incurring that fee to come here if that’s what he wants to do," said Hartford resident Debra St. Germain.

The idea that the city of Hartford has to pay for anything to do with the billionaire’s visit is not sitting well with some Hartford residents.

“As a teacher who just told that her position is being cut next year, I’d like that money to stay here," Germain added.

It’s a cost Hartford’s mayor says the city can’t afford. He also admits it’s a burden the city will shoulder for any candidate that decides to campaign in Hartford.

“We’re a city that’s in severe budget crisis, we have less than no money and every dollar that we have to spend is a dollar that we miss. We have a responsibility as a city to make sure that we are preparing to keep our residents safe and to keep things calm and peaceful," said Bronin.

The city’s police, fire, and public works are all involved in keeping the event running smoothly and securely.

“You’re going to see a big security footprint down here be it from the police department, secret service, you’re going to see K-9s working the area, that includes the parking garage and the event as well," said Hartford Police Deputy Chief Brian Foley.

The bulk of the expenses, $40,000 to 45,000 will be covered by the police department’s $400,000 special events budget.

'We Harmed Customers': DMV Severs Ties With 3M


What happens next now that the Connecticut DMV will part ways with its software vendor 3M and find another company to complete its $26 million modernization?

3M software already in place has left drivers with long lines and mistakenly revoked registrations. The NBC Connecticut Troubleshooters have been on the leading edge of this story for years.

We warned viewers this software had troubled rollouts in other states before it was ever in use here and last summer in an exclusive interview we learned the state was having second thoughts about having 3M install the third and final licensing phase of DMV modernization.

At the time, former DMV Commissioner Andres Ayala told us, “I think that as a department we need to step back and look and do our due diligence and find out, is the system that we are going to implement for licensing the correct system?”

Almost six months since the DMV rolled out new registration software in phase two of its modernization and customers still have lots of gripes. Felipe Travecir of Hartford said, “Doesn't work. Doesn't work. It used to be better back in the 90's.”

The agency now has a new management team and a new approach announcing DMV software developer 3M will clean up the mess with phase two then part ways with our state.

New DMV Commissioner Michael Bzdyra said it may be a while before it chooses a new software vendor for the drivers licenses, "We want to make things better for our customers, they've been harmed and we're trying to do everything we to improve things, but, I don't think we're pointing any fingers, again, both parties agree, it's an appropriate to not pursue phase three, the licensing side with them, and to have them finish phase two.”

For now Connecticut will forge ahead with an antiquated drivers’ license system that still works off a 40-year-old mainframe. 3M says in a statement, “We value our relationship with the Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles, and 3M is committed to meeting its obligations to the DMV.”

Not moving forward with the 3M drivers’ license software will save the state roughly five million dollars. The jury is still out if this move will save you time at the DMV.

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Donald Trump's Campaign Rally in Hartford


"Who doesn't love Hartford?" presidential candidate Donald Trump said, kicking of his campaign rally in Hartford on Friday night. 

"We need jobs," said Trump, talking about the "devastation" of job loss and companies like GE moving out of the state. The Republican front-runner even took a stab at the state's Democratic governor, Dannel Malloy.

"We lost GE!" Trump said. "I'll tell you what, if I were governor, I would not lose GE."

If he were elected president, Trump would "bring companies back," he promised, discussing manufacturing in the United States. 

The doors of the Connecticut Convention Center opened at 4 p.m. and Trump arrived about 7 p.m., but hundreds of people started lining up earlier on Friday, some as early as 8:30 this morning.

Hartford police said there were up to 7,000 people inside the venue for the rally and more than a thousand still waited on line when the doors closed.

Several people were ejected from the Convention Center for protesting. 

"Get 'em out. Get 'em out but don't hurt 'em," Trump said while the people were being escorted out. 

"Those people impede on the freedom of speech."

Before taking the stage, Donald Trump spoke one on one with NBC Connecticut backstage about why he says the Connecticut race matters.

“You look at Connecticut and they’re being devastated by all of these companies leaving. Losing General Electrics is a disaster” Trump told NBC Connecticut Reporter Abbey Niezgoda. “You’re losing so many companies to Mexico and other countries. It’s not going to happen if I’m president believe me.”

NBC Connecticut also asked him about the criticism from Connecticut democrats that his views don’t line up with the views of voters in the state.

“I’m very accepting and also I want to make the country great for everybody, not for anybody in particular for everybody,” Trump said.

“At the same time we have to be vigilant. We can’t let people into the country where there could be a big problem. We have enough problems.”

Hartford police said they have been preparing for the rally for days. There were no arrests reported on Friday night. 

Police warned people earlier on Friday that if they work in the city, they should leave work early to avoid the congestion.

Some large companies, including Travelers, heeded the warning and advised their employees to leave at noon or work from home, and that’s something other commuters are considering.

At noon, the line for buses was around 100 people deep.

Police said they didn't plan on shutting down any roads, but would have adjusted depending on what happens with visitors and protesters. 

Hartford police said they have been planning security measures all week and visitors should expect to see Secret Service, State police and Hartford police, as well a K-9s and the bomb squad.

“We’re working hand-and-hand with the Secret Service. They’re bringing this show to town every day all around the United States, so they’re very good at planning it and mapping out what we can expect,” Deputy Police Chief Brian Foley said.

With Connecticut primaries looming at the end of the month, political candidates are spending their time and money to get the attention of the state's voters while delegates are still up for grabs.

Republican John Kaisch was the first candidate to make a public appearance in the Nutmeg State last Friday.

As for Democratic candidates, Senator Bernie Sanders' campaign has spent $765,000 on ads for Connecticut TV stations and Hillary Clinton's spent $250,000, according to FCC filings.

It’s not clear if they will be visiting the state in advance of the primaries.

Abbey Niezgoda contributed to this report.

Route 63 in Naugatuck Reopens After Crash


Route 63 in Naugatuck was closed for several hours Friday night into Saturday morning after a motor vehicle accident.

According to police, a car struck a utility pole at the intersection of Route 63 and Buckingham St late Friday.

The road was closed until about 9 a.m. Saturday as crews replaced the pole. 

Traffic was detoured to Porter St. to Spring St. to Bridge St.

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Aftershocks Jolt Japan After Quakes Kill 35


A flurry of aftershocks hit southwestern Japan on Saturday as rescuers scrambled to reach trapped survivors of two big quakes that killed at least 35 people, NBC News reported.

Evacuation orders were issued for areas vulnerable to landslides amid powerful thunderstorms in the area, government spokesman Yoshihide Suga said in an evening press briefing.

Suga said the death toll stood at 26 from Saturday's magnitude-7.3 — upgraded after an initial reading of 7.1 — quake that shook the Kumamoto region on island of Kyushu. The United States Geological Survey, meanwhile, reported it as a magnitude-7.0 earthquake.

On Thursday night, Kyushu was hit by a magnitude-6.5 quake that left nine dead. There were more than 130 aftershocks.

According to the government, about 190 people suffered serious injuries.

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RNC Chair: I'd Rather Face Clinton Than Sanders


The chairman of the Republican National Committee said he is "much more comfortable" with the GOP nominee going up against Hillary Clinton than Bernie Sanders in the November general presidential election, NBC News reported.

In an interview with CNN's Wolf Blitzer Friday, Reince Priebus said the former secretary of state is "in the ditch" and pointed to the ongoing federal probe into Clinton's private email server.

"I'd rather run against Hillary Clinton because she's defined, she's not liked. And you know, in a popular cultural vote in America, that's a really important question, and she doesn't do well on that question. I don't know what's going to happen with the FBI," Priebus said.

Priebus added that he doesn't fear contesting either of the Democratic candidates and said, "After eight years of Obama, I think this is our year."

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New Haven Mayor, Former Philly Mayor Promote Hillary Clinton


With only 11 days until the presidential primary in Connecticut, former Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter joined New Haven Mayor Toni Harp for a day of campaigning for Hillary Clinton.

“She’s ready on day one to be President of the United States of America,” Nutter told reporters.

Mayor Harp called the Yale Law School graduate a “hometown favorite” in New Haven. She said she supports Mrs. Clinton in part because of her stance on reducing gun violence.

“I know that we can do more with gun manufacturers, I know that we can do more as a country and a state to get guns off of our streets,” Mayor Harp said. “She is the only candidate who is talking about that.”

Senator Bernie Sanders does not support Sandy Hook parents suing the manufacturer of the assault rifle that killed their children. At Thursday night’s Democratic Debate in Brooklyn, he defend his record on guns.

“I’ve got a D-minus voting record from the NRA,” he said, during a lively exchange on the issue.

Harp and Nutter began their day of stumping for Clinton at breakfast with New Haven ministers.

“At some point in time it’s not enough just to have ideas,” Nutter said. “At some point it’s not just enough to rail against the establishment, at some point in time you actually have to get stuff done, the person to do that is Hillary Clinton.”

Both mayors praised Clinton for her work supporting families and children, criminal justice reform and correcting sentencing disparities. They say Clinton is much more prepared to become president than GOP frontrunner Donald Trump.

“He doesn’t even have policies, or proposals,” Nutter said, “he is the sound bite king, and then changes his positions two three times a day. I mean it’s like a radio station in Philadelphia.”

“I haven’t heard anything from him that let’s me know he will be good for New Haven,” Mayor Harp said, “but I know Hillary Clinton will be.”

Mayor Harp will be joined by other state leaders Saturday afternoon for the launch of “New Haven for Hillary.”

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Teen Driver Charged in Crash that Killed 2 UConn Students


State police have charged the driver in a crash that killed two UConn sophomores last September with negligent homicide.

 Hannah Marguerite Schmidt, 19, of Hebron, turned herself in to police Saturday. She was wanted for negligent homicide involving a motor vehicle and a stop sign violation.

 Last September Schimdt was driving on West Street in Columbia when her car collided with a tractor-trailer at the intersection of Route 66 and West Street. Her two passengers, Alana Ferrante, 19, of South Windsor, and Ryan Meegan, 19, of Ridgefield, both UConn sophomores, died in accident. Ferrante was a pre-kinesiology major who had just transferred from Central Connecticut State University.

 The tractor-trailer, driven by 48-year-old Adolfo Lopez, of Hartford, was traveling east on Route 66 while a Toyota Camry, driven by Schmidt, was traveling south on West Street.

The tractor-trailer collided with the right side of the Camry as the car entered the intersection. Both vehicles continued across the road and crashed into a utility pole on the right eastbound shoulder of Route 66. Witnesses reported to police that the Camry did not come to a complete stop at a stop sign prior to entering the intersection.

 Ferrante and Meegan died at the scene. Schmidt was transported to Windham hospital by Columbia Fire/EMS, and was later transferred to Hartford Hospital via LifeStar helicopter for treatment of serious injuries. Lopez was transported to Windham Hospital with minor injuries.Police do not believe drugs or alcohol were a factor in the crash.

Schmidt's bond was set at $1,000 and she is expected to appear in court on April 27.

Ohio Teens Arrested After Police Chase in Alabama


Two Ohio teenagers are in custody after leading police on a car chase in Alabama that ended with officers shooting and injuring one of them, NBC News reported.

Cassidy Francis, 17, and Chase McKinney, 19, of Youngstown, Ohio, have been charged with two counts of attempted murder. Francis had been reported missing from Youngstown on Monday, according to NBC affiliate WFMJ. She will be charged as an adult.

The pair was traveling west of Birmingham when police received a call that the driver was drunk. Authorities tried to pull them over, but the car sped away, driving through roadblocks and ramming into police cruisers twice.

Police fired at the car, hitting McKinney in the shoulder. He was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

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Canadian PM Explains Quantum Computing in Viral Video


The internet was abuzz with praise for Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Saturday after clips showing him schooling a reporter on quantum computing went viral.

During a press briefing at the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics in Waterloo, Ontario, a reporter opened his question by joking "I was was going to ask you about quantum computing" but then went on to ask the Prime Minister about Canada's fight against ISIS.

To everyone's surprise, Trudeau decided to answer both, starting with his detailed definition of quantum computing.

"Very simply, normal computers work by ...," he began before he was interrupted by the crowd's laughter and applause.

"No, no, don't interrupt me, when you walk out of here you will know more — well no, some of you will know far less — about quantum computing."

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UConn Women's Head Coach Geno Auriemma Hospitalized


University of Connecticut Women’s Basketball head coach Geno Auriemma was taken to the hospital Saturday morning, according to UConn officials.

University officials confirm that Auriemma decided to deplane a flight at Bradley International Airport because he was not feeling well. Auriemma was transported to the hospital for observation where he is resting. The coach has been ill for several days, according to the university.

No other details about his illness have been released.

Earlier this month Auriemma missed a parade celebrating his team’s fourth consecutive national title due to illness.

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One Transported After Car Goes into Water at Putnam Golf Course


One person was transported to the hospital after a car crashed into the water at a Putnam golf course Saturday.

 The East Putnam Fire Department says crews responded around 10:40 a.m. to the CT National Golf Course on Chase Road for reports of a vehicle into the water. When they arrived they found a car partially submerged in a pond near the entrance to the course.

 Bystanders and a course employee had already removed the driver, who had experienced a medical emergency which caused the crash. The KB medic responded due to the medical nature of the call. The patient was transported to Day Kimball Hospital with minor injuries.

 Crews remained on scene until about 3:15 p.m. to remove the vehicle. No other injuries were reported.

 The East Putnam Fire Department, Putnam EMS and Connecticut State Police all responded.

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9 Gitmo Detainees Transferred to Saudi Arabia: Pentagon


Nine Guantanamo Bay detainees have been transferred to the government of Saudi Arabia, the Pentagon announced Saturday, NBC News reported. 

A “comprehensive review” was conducted, examining “a number of factors, including security issues,” according to a Pentagon news release.

“The United States coordinated with government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to ensure these transfers took place consistent with appropriate security and humane treatment measures,” the release said. 

Tariq Ali Abdullah Ba Odah was one of the nine transferred. He was approved for transfer in 2009 and has been on a hunger strike since 2007. He was regularly force-fed as of July 2015. 

The move takes the total number of detainees at the prison down to 80, with 26 approved to be moved out of the facility. All nine of the detainees are from Yemen, Department of Defense officials told NBC News.

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John Kasich to Visit Glastonbury


Ohio Governor John Kasich is scheduled to attend a town hall even in Glastonbury later this month.

 The event will take place Friday, Aprill 22 at Glastonbury High School, located at 330 Hubbard Street, and runs from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.

 Tickets are free but those interested in attending should RSVP on the Kasich campaign website.

 This will be Kasich’s second public appearance in the state. He visited Sacred Heart University in Fairfield for an event earlier this month.

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Funeral Services Held for Former Saints Player Will Smith


Funeral services were held Saturday for former New Orleans Saints player Will Smith, who was fatally shot last week, NBC News reported.

The private funeral was held at the Saenger Theatre in downtown New Orleans, followed by a private burial service, according to NOLA.com. Fans were invited on Friday to pay their respects at a Saints practice facility.

Smith’s widow, Racquel Smith, attended the viewing in a wheelchair. She was shot in the leg after a car accident on April 9 that police say led to 28-year-old Cardell Hayes opening fire. Smith was shot eight times, authorities said.

A second line parade, a mainstay in the city, in honor of Smith stretched two city blocks, according to NOLA.com.

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