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Hartford Farmer's Market Opens for the Season


This weekend is considered the busiest for Hartford’s Regional Farmer’s Market on Reserve Road.

People line up looking for flowers for mom or plants for their gardens.

There’s one vendor that’s been on a first-name basis with his customers for decades. Joe Diglio, Sr. is the owner of Country Farm, out of Northford and North Branford. Before dawn, his family is up, helping him unload his truck.

Like many vendors, flowers are a family affair for the Diglios. A fixture at the farmer’s market, three generations work to keep the business blossoming.

“This business means everything to me,” said Diglio in a thick Italian accent.

When Country Farm started coming to the Hartford Regional Farmers Market 43 years ago they had just a small stall of flowers. Since then, the business has grown, and so has the family.

“I learned a lot of math from doing it, because I’ve been doing it a few years now,” said his grandson, Joe Diglio, Jr.

“You get to be with your family all the time. You get to learn from generations before you,” added another grandson, also named Joe Diglio, Jr.

Customers come back to the market week after week, to see what Joe's growing.

“Everybody knows him. He’s like a celebrity,” said the elder grandson.

“They’ve always taken care of me and he’s the nicest guy,” explained Tom Hamed who buys plants from Diglio for his own stand in New Fairfield.

“I love it here because the quality of the products are really good. The prices are really good, and the people are knowledgeable in what they do. They’re very friendly,” added Dawn Garcia of Hebron.

“They call me ‘Big Mouth,’” said Joe Sr. of his customers.

His son, daughter, and grandsons all there to help. If you’re not sure who to ask for, just ask for Joe.

Bank Robbery Suspect Wanted in Southbury


State police are searching for a man who attempted to rob a bank in Southbury Sunday afternoon.

According to state police, the man entered the Stop & Shop at 100 Main St. in Southbury around 12:15 p.m.

The suspect entered the People's Bank located inside the store, implied that he had a weapon and demanded money from the bank teller.

The suspect is described as a white male, 5'5"-5'8" tall wearing a read sweatshirt with a grey and white checkered shirt, a white baseball hat and light colored pants.

The suspect was unshaven and had light brown hair.

Anyone with information is asked to call Troop A at 203-267-2200.

Palin: 'Paul Ryan Is Soon to Be Cantored'


Former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin said House Speaker Paul Ryan could be ousted for his hesitancy to back Donald Trump, and suggested his reluctance was fueled by aspirations to run for president in 2020, NBC News reported.

"I think Paul Ryan is soon to be 'Cantored,' as in Eric Cantor," Palin told CNN's Jake Tapper, referring to the former Republican House majority leader who was ousted by a Tea Party challenger in a shocking upset in the 2014 Virginia primary.

"His political career is over but for a miracle because he has so disrespected the will of the people, and as the leader of the GOP, the convention, certainly he is to remain neutral, and for him to already come out and say who he will not support was not a wise decision of his," Palin said.

The former Alaskan governor also said she will "do whatever she can" to support Ryan's opponent, Paul Nehlen, for his congressional seat in Wisconsin's August primary.

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Accidental Fatal Hit and Run in Hartford


One person is dead after they were struck by a car while changing a tire early Sunday morning in Hartford.

According to police, Luis Maldonado, 34, was changing a tire near the intersection of Preston St. and Campfield Ave. just after 5 a.m. when he was struck in the roadway and thrown.

He was pronounced dead on the scene.

Police say the car was travelling at a high rate of speed and fled the scene, turning in an unknown direction on Maple Ave.

Police are looking for a 2000-2003 black Nissan Maxima with significant damage to the front end, specifically the front passenger side.

The fog light and running light lenses on the evading car are amber in color.

College Student Attacks Pastor


A University of California, Santa Barbara student was behind bars Saturday after being accused of throwing his half-naked body on a pastor’s door in the middle of the night and then hitting the victim more than 30 times in the face in a random attack, the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department said.

At 2:15 a.m., deputies said Paul Gusman, naked from the waist down, went to the home of an Isla Vista pastor named Father Jon-Stephen Hedges in the 6800 block of Fortuna Road.

The man, known as Pastor Jon in the community, heard a man yelling for help and banging on his door, deputies said.

The 22-year-old began throwing his body on the front door, and Father Jon believed someone was in trouble, so he answered, deputies said.

Gusman was accused of then forcing himself into the home and punching Father Jon in the face repeatedly. He was also accused of striking father Jon’s wife on her hand.

Father Jon’s wife called 911 amid the chaos.

When deputies arrived they found Gusman in the front yard of the pastor’s home, and said he appeared intoxicated or under of the influence of drugs.

He was arrested on suspicion of assault on a person with force likely to produce great bodily injury, residential burglary, elder abuse and dissuading a witness or victim. He was held on $500,000 bail.

Gusman was treated at the hospital for injuries to his hand.

He is expected to be arraigned on May 10.

Hedges was released from the hospital to recover from his major injuries with his family, deputies said. Hedges is a longtime resident of Isla Vista.

Deputies also noted that Hedges and Gusman did not know each other before the attack.

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Trump Says Romney Was 'Ungrateful' for His Support


Donald Trump called Mitt Romney “ungrateful” for his support during the 2012 Republican primary during an interview with NBC News’ Chuck Todd on Sunday. 

"I believe I won him, or helped him win five states that he was going to lose in the primaries," Trump said, addressing “every single robocall” he made for the former Republican presidential nominee and Massachusetts governor. 

Romney has been an outspoken critic of Trump. His name is being floated as a possible third-party candidate. 

Pressed on if he believed Romney was "ungrateful" for his support, Trump replied, "He was. He was ungrateful. Which is okay. A lot of people are ungrateful. But he was ungrateful. They did not respond accordingly."

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Small Plane Crash Lands on Roof


A 61-year-old pilot was airlifted to the hospital Sunday after the small four-seater plane he was piloting crash-landed onto a roof near the 10 and 57 Freeways in Pomona Sunday.

"Like a plane just came super low!" Anthony Moreno, witness, said.

The man was airlifted to the hospital following the crash with moderate injuries, LA County Fire officials said.

Reports came in to just before 4:45 p.m. of a plane crashing onto a roof near 971 West Corporate Drive.

Drivers on the freeway began calling 911 when they saw the plane going down.

"Then a few minutes later, cars were going by really fast, then we heard sirens and a helicopter flying really low too," Moreno said.

The California Highway Patrol and the Los Angeles County Fire Department were en route to the scene Sunday afternoon after the small Piper Aircraft, on its way to Brackett Airfield, crash-landed onto a roof.

"We saw it hit. We saw the impact. We figured it was a roof and it bounced a bit," Kelly Vella said. "We started going, 'Oh my gosh’,' and I called 911."

The plane was slightly wedged into the roof after the landing. No fire or smoke was observed.

The pilot told LA County Fire officials that the plane "lost power," and he went down. He suffered a broken leg, and head injuries.

LA County Fire officials originally said one person was evaluated at the crash site while another was airlifted to the hospital. 

The FAA could not comment on how many total were aboard, but LA County Fire officials later said that there was only one person, the pilot, on the small Piper PA 28.

Firefighters said he missed crashing through the building by 50 feet.

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W. Va. State Senate Candidate Brutally Beaten


West Virginia state Senate candidate Richard Ojeda was brutally beaten during a cookout Sunday — just two days before his primary — Ojeda told NBC News.

The Democrat and military veteran said he suffered eight bone fractures and three lacerations to his face in an attack by Jonathan Stuart Porter, a local Ojeda had known since childhood.

Ojeda's primary opponent, state Sen. Art Kirkendoll, said in a statement that he was praying for Ojeda and wished him a full recovery. 

Porter peacefully turned himself in after hiding out in the mountains for six hours, State Trooper Zachary Holden said.

A motive for the assault remained unclear, though Ojeda says it was clearly political.

"I'm challenging the powers that be," he said.

Photo Credit: Richard Ojeda

Plains States Brace for Twisters, Large Hail


A sprawling weather system threatened to spin off tornadoes and dump large hail in its march across the Plains states on Monday, NBC News reported.

The National Weather Service warned of "strong to severe" thunderstorms across the southern and central Plains and advised that tornadoes and "very large hail" were possible from eastern Oklahoma and northeastern Texas into central Arkansas and northern Louisiana.

Missouri and Nebraska also were at risk, while forecasters warned of possible flash flooding in Kansas where rain was falling at up to 1.5 inches an hour and quarter-sized hail was reported.

The same storm system brought a spate of severe weather to the Plains states over the weekend, spawning several tornadoes and massive hail from Kansas to Oklahoma and Colorado.

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Al Qaeda Chief Zawahiri Slams ISIS


Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri urged rival jihadist fighters in Syria to unite but again decried fellow Sunni Muslim group ISIS as "extremists" in an audio recording posted online on Sunday, NBC News reported.

"My brothers...the matter of unity is a matter of life or death for you," Zawahiri said.

Zawahiri also emphasized once again the ideological divide between al Qaeda and ISIS, describing ISIS as "extremists and renegades" whose followers would eventually disavow their beliefs and methods.

The authenticity of the recording, the first since January, could not be immediately verified, but it had the hallmarks of previous Zawahiri tapes.

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State Troopers Rescue Dog from I-95


State troopers rescued a dog from Interstate 95 in Fairfield this morning and now the pup's at animal control, waiting for his owner to come forward or for someone to adopt him.

The dog was running in and out of lanes on the northbound side of highway, between exit 23 and 24, just after 7 a.m. 

“We had several 911 calls come in about a roaming K9 on 95 northbound in the area of exit 25,” Trooper Michael Spry, of Connecticut State Police Troop G, said.

When Spry arrived, the dog was in the median, and started running toward police, so troopers shut down the highway for a brief time.

“The dog was running back towards me. I got out of my cruiser, it got a little scared, started out going toward some of the lanes,” Spry said.

Once traffic was stopped, the dog tried hiding under a pickup, but Spry got him and traffic cameras captured the trooper carrying the pooch across the road and into the safety of a cruiser.

“I was just glad to get it off the highway so it didn’t get hurt,” Spry said.

The dog was taken to the barracks and then Fairfield Animal Control got the dog, who they think is 1 to 3 years old.

“Fortunately for this guy, he was seen before he was hit,” Officer Joe Felner, of Fairfield Animal Control, said.

If you recognize the dog, call Fairfield Animal Control at 203-254-4857.

If the dog's owner does not come forward in eight days, he will be put up for adoption.

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Letter to Daughter-in-Law's Killer


The mother-in-law of a fitness instructor slain inside a North Texas church penned her second open letter to Missy Bevers' killer over Mother's Day weekend, urging the person to surrender.

Marsha Tucker, Bevers' mother-in-law, posted the letter on Facebook Saturday, two weeks after her first public message to the perpetrator.

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Missy Bevers, 45, a mother to three daughters, was attacked and killed early last month at Creekside Church in Midlothian while getting ready to teach a Camp Gladiator fitness class.

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Surveillance video from inside the church shows someone dressed in tactical gear walking around the facility prior to Bevers' arrival. Police believe that person killed her, then fled. He or she has not been located.

In her latest letter, Tucker again urges the killer to come forward, telling the person "it's just a matter of time" before police close in.

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My 2nd Letter to the Murderer of Missy Bevers: 5/7/16

It has been 2 weeks since I wrote the 1st letter to you. Almost 3 weeks since you murdered Missy.

I would guarantee your life has been more miserable than ours! Our life has been filled with peace that you wouldn't understand. Something only a God-fearing, saved by Jesus, person truly understands! We have been blessed by so many wonderful people, willing to share our grief, by praying with us, preparing meals for her family and just blessing us with all of their actions in so many ways!

How about you? Are you feeling all the love from your family and friends? Or do they suspect you, thinking something is not right with you?

How did it make you feel when so many people all over this nation, said such glowing things about Missy? You probably sat back and thought, "how little do they really know her." I assume you were jumping up and down when the news about her life was not as perfect as a lot of people thought.

Well, let me tell you a little secret you may not comprehend. No, she wasn't perfect and she never claimed to be. But, the secret is, there is something called "agape" love. Meaning, there really is a love you have, that no matter what you have done in the past or present, you still love them! I know her husband does, her 3 girls, her mom, brothers, all her family and friends.

Sorry, there is nothing that can ever change that! I'm sure that disappoints you. But, it's the truth!!

Are you getting a bit nervous, shaking in your "boots that look too big?" You should be! It's just a matter of time now.

Things would be a lot easier on you to just go ahead and turn yourself in. I'm sure the officials will take that into account.

Go ahead and clear your conscience, you will feel better. No sense in having your family witness you being picked up by the police and leaving that lasting vision on their minds forever! We are all waiting! It's one way or the other!!"

Police have asked the public to closely watch the surveillance video released. They believe someone may recognize the killer’s walk and mannerisms.

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Anyone with information is asked to contact the department's tip line at 972-775-7624. Tipsters may be eligible for a cash reward and can also remain anonymous by contacting Ellis County Crime Stoppers at 972-937-PAYS (7297).

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Debate Over Baby Swimming Video


Captioned "So hard to watch but every kid should learn this young," a viral video of a baby who appears to be struggling to swim is stirring up mixed reactions from viewers.

Uploaded to Facebook on May 2 by user "DOV," the roughly two-minute clip shows a baby girl being lured into a pool, then falling face-first into the water.

The baby appears to struggle to keep her head up and is heard making soft, muffled cries as adults off-camera encourage her, repeating "Good girl!" She eventually flips onto her back and floats. The adults still do not pick her up.

After roughly 90 seconds, a woman lifts the baby out of the water and is heard saying "I've got you, baby."

Keri Morrison, the Palm Beach County, Florida mom behind the viral video, swears by the method known as Infant Swimming Resource. The baby in the video is her daughter.

The ISR method starts with babies as young as 6 months. Infants are taught to roll onto their backs to float, rest and breathe, and maintain that position until help arrives.

"You're seeing a 6-month-old sitting on the steps playing, which can be a real-life situation, she falls in and she turns over and saves herself and floats for over a minute and a half," Morrison told NBC's "Today" show about the video. "I don't see how there could be anything negative about that."

Morrison lost her son three years ago in a drowning accident in Orlando. She started the Live Like Jake Foundation to promote drowning prevention and awareness, as well as to provide scholarships for swimming lessons. 

She and the organization strongly support the ISR method, providing videos and information on ISR on the Live Like Jake website.

"Children are curious, capable, and have an uncanny ability to overcome obstacles like pool fences," ISR says on its website. "At ISR we take that ability and teach them skills to potentially save themselves if they find themselves in the water alone." 

The Facebook video is triggering mixed emotions from viewers who have commented on the post more than 1,500 times. Some are praising the parents' methods, while others express discomfort at seeing the baby appear to struggle to swim.

"Child was not in any danger," one comment reads, going on to say, "Great parenting. Showing others how this teaching can save lives."

Another reads, "Why do people think this is good? The child needs the comfort of a parent."

As of Monday morning, the video has been viewed more than 600,000 times and shared 10,000 times with nearly 4,000 reactions.

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Counselors Available After Death of CCSU Student


A Connecticut State University student died over the weekend and counselors will be available on campus on Monday to help students who are grieving.

A statement CCSU president Jack Miller sent to the school community said administrators learned of the student’s death on Saturday morning and the student’s parents and immediate friends were notified.

“Our heartfelt sympathies go out to the student’s family and friends,” Miller said in the statement.

The student’s name has not been released and school officials said on Monday morning that they are “extremely saddened.”

“Because the death of one of our students is a terrible tragedy that affects us all, I want to say that especially at this stressful time of the academic year, it is all the more necessary to keep watch over each other and to support each other. Your compassion and understanding can make an important difference,” Miller said in the message to the school community.

Counselors will be available, beginning this morning.

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Dry, Sunny Most of This Week


After days upon days of gloomy weather, a solid stretch of sunshine is ahead.

Today, highs will approach 70 degrees with a breeze from the west.

Tomorrow, Wednesday and Thursday will be sunny with highs in the lower and middle 70s – above average!

The next chance for rain comes as a series of fronts approach Connecticut.

A period of rain is likely in the second half of Friday, and as a result, temperatures will drop from previous days to the 60s.

Another shower is possible Saturday, but the follow-up cold fronts over the weekend should be weak.

That would tend to favor mainly dry but breezy weather, with large, puffy clouds mixing with sunshine.

High temperatures over the weekend will be in the middle 60s.

Cell Phone Battery Explosion Causes Small Fire at Canton Middle School


Firefighters responded to Canton Middle School this morning after a cell phone battery exploded and caused a small fire, according to Canton Police.

The carpet was damaged, but no one was hurt.

The fire department responded at 9:47 a.m. and the scene is now clear.

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Christie to Lead Trump Transition


New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie will help Donald Trump prepare for the White House should he win the general election this November, the presumptive Republican nominee’s campaign announced Monday.

Christie has been named the chairman of Trump’s transition team and will oversee efforts to transition from a campaign to the Oval Office if Trump beats out out the Democratic nominee, according to a statement from the businessman.

"Governor Christie is an extremely knowledgeable and loyal person with the tools and resources to put together an unparalleled Transition Team, one that will be prepared to take over the White House when we win in November," Trump said in the statement.

Christie, who ran for the GOP nomination and dropped out after a defeat in New Hampshire, was among the first mainstream Republican politicians to endorse Trump. Trump and Christie have said they were longtime friends.

"I am honored by the confidence being place in me by Mr. Trump and look forward to putting together a first-rate team to assemble an administration to best serve the President-elect and the nation," Christie said in a statement.

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Cromwell High Student Charged in UHart Attempted Robbery


Hartford Police have arrested a Cromwell High School student in connection with an attempted armed robbery and home invasion that forced the University of Hartford into lockdown last month.

Mayze James, 18, of Hartford, was arrested in connection with the incident on April 28, and police said marijuana and money appear to be the motives.

The victim told police James was wearing a mask and carrying a gun when he broke into the dorm room in B Complex April. The victim fended off the suspect, who fled from the scene.

When describing James, the victim included very distinctive details about his footwear, police said.

After reviewing surveillance footage, investigators determined that the descriptions of the robber and James matched.

Police obtained a warrant for him on Friday, charging him first-degree robbery and second-degree assault, according to the Hartford Police logs.

He posted bond and is due in court on May 19.

Cromwell Public Schools released a statement on Sunday and said Hartford Police notified them of the arrest and it was not a school-related event.

"The district will continue to work with the Cromwell and Hartford Police Departments as their investigation continues.  In addition to criminal charges the student will also face appropriate disciplinary action pending the district’s investigation," the statement from the school department says. "Cromwell Public Schools takes this situation very seriously and are taking precautions to ensure the continued safety of our students and staff which is always the district’s main priority."

Man Charged in North Haven Burglaries


North Haven police have arrested a man accused of burglarizing several apartments in March.

Police said Thomas Dowsett, 32, of North Haven, is suspected of burglarizing several apartments in a multi-family home on Mount Carmel Road in March.

Residents of three of the four apartments said someone broke in and stole computers, a television, cash, jewelry, video games and other items.

Police suspect Dowsett of stealing $4,000 worth of items.

Detectives arrested him on Sunday. He was released after posting a $7,500 bond and he is scheduled to appear in Meriden Superior Court on May 19.

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Parents Fight Plan to Close Glastonbury School


Some parents in Glastonbury are pushing back against a proposal that could close the doors of Eastbury Elementary school for good.

The Board of Education could vote as soon as Monday evening on whether to close the school at the end of the 2017 school year.

Eastbury is Glastonbury’s smallest elementary school and leaders say closing the school could create a dramatic savings in the long term.

“It is the smallest school that we have. It’s now down to about 250 students. It’s now less efficient to run the school than our larger schools,” Supt. Dr. Alan Bookman.

The move to close the school comes in part because it’s projected that the population that could be served by Eastbury has plateaued, theoretically leaving the school underutilized.

Some parents who spoke with NBC Connecticut said they disagree with the population projections.

“Every classroom is full. There are not 15 kids in a classroom. There are 20 and over in every classroom. When they move all these kids, they are going to crowd other schools,” Erika Schwartz, of Glastonbury, said.

“I think this is such a nice size and such a comfortable atmosphere that it would be nice if they could keep this school going,” Erin Kelley, a parent, said.

“I know it means a lot to the families here. I’d love to see more students be able to come to this school,” said Sarah Blake, one of hundreds who has signed the petition to keep the school open.

The superintendent said if the school closure is approved, students and as much staff as possible would be assigned to the district’s remaining schools.

You can find the petition to keep Eastbury open here. http://www.thepetitionsite.com/521/333/091/glastonbury-tax-payers-against-the-closing-of-eastbury-school/?taf_id=24927815&cid=fb_na#

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