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Wet Evening Ahead


Showers will make for wet evenings both tonight and Saturday night.

Most of the daylight hours tomorrow will be dry, with highs in the mid 70s inland but near 70 along the shoreline.

It's in the evening when a gusty shower or thunderstorm will roll through.

Sunday will be cooler. Sun will fade to clouds and a sprinkle is possible. Highs will only be near 60.

Early next week looks bright and dry, with temperatures in the 60s.

After the weekend, the next shower chance is Wednesday.

Temperatures will remain below average early next week, as the average high then is in the 70s.

Trailer Destroyed in Fire at Campground in Woodstock


One person escaped a fire in a trailer at Meadowside of Woodstock Campground in Woodstock Friday morning.

Eleven fire departments from Connecticut and Massachusetts responded to the fire, officials from Quinebaug Valley Emergency Communications said. 

The fire was reported at 6:51 a.m.

The trailer and a structure built around it were destroyed, according to fire officials.

Meadowside of Woodstock Campground is a seasonal facility and the owner of the trailer was up from Florida for the season, fire officials said.

Both the owner and a pet got out of the trailer and neither was injured.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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Daycare Closed at Hamden High School After Fire


The daycare at Hamden High School will be closed today after fire broke out this morning.

The fire was reported at 7:41 a.m. and officials said it started at the stove.

Staff members were there when the fire started, but a teacher said no children were there because they do not arrive until 9 a.m.

One staff member was injured while trying to open a heavy window near the fire to clear smoke suffered a hand injury, but refused a ride in the ambulance to the hospital. 

Students were evacuated and brought to the football field until it was safe to return, but were allowed back in just before 9 a.m.

While firefighters were responding to the fire, there was an unrelated fire in an electrical shed next to Louis Astorino Skating Rink that controls the outdoor lighting. 

Firefighters got that fire under control in a short time an no injuries are reported. 

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Truck Fire Closes Part of Northwest Drive in Plainville


Part of Northwest Drive in Plainville is closed because of a truck fire. 

Northwest Drive is closed at Unionville Avenue, near Wheeler Clinic. 

A viewer said the vehicle is a garbage truck and the smoke and fire were heavy.

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Auschwitz Survivor Denied Voice at Nazi Guard Trial


A German court denied an 88-year-old Holocaust survivor the opportunity to testify at a former Nazi SS guard's trial Friday, NBC News reported.  

Joshua Kaufman, who traveled from Los Angeles to Germany, planned to talk about how he removed bodies from gas chambers at Auschwitz death camp. Around 1.2 million people — most of them Jews — were killed at the site. 

Reinhold Hanning, 94, is on trial accused of being accessory to the murder of at least 170,000 people. Although Hanning was not directly involved in any killings at Auschwitz, prosecutors accuse him of facilitating the slaughter in his capacity as a guard at the camp.

Judge Anke Grudda stressed that the decision was based entirely on German law and was not out of "reasons of respect or disrespect."

"It is not fair," Kaufman told NBC News. "They know who I am. I lost my whole family, I survived five concentration camps and I represent the dead people. They should at least respect me."

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After Calling It Corrupt, Trump Turns to Fundraising


Turning to the general election, Donald Trump said he will be raising hundreds of millions of dollars, NBC News reported.

Up until now, Trump has loaned around $35.9 million to his own campaign and with a new source of money coming in, he will be able to repay his own private loans.

Trump aides say that option is not currently under discussion, NBC News has learned, but they also decline to rule out the possibility entirely.

The main reason candidates use loans to fund their campaigns, election law experts tell MSNBC, is to maintain an option to pay themselves back later.

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Woman Punched Over 'Free Hug': PD


In a violent example of false advertising, a man in Times Square offering "free hugs" is accused of punching a Canadian woman who refused to give him a tip.

The 22-year-old woman, an Ottawa resident, had her picture taken with the man, who was holding a "free hugs" sign, at about 10:40 a.m. Thursday, police said.

The man, identified as Jermaine Himmselstein, demanded a tip and she refused. He then slugged her in the face and ran away, according to police. The woman was able to show police the picture of the hugger, who was taken into custody.

"I was aggressively asking for tips," he told reporters while being escorted out of a police station after his arrest. Himmelstein did not deny hitting the woman.

The woman suffered blackened eyes and cuts and bruises, investigators said. She was taken to a local hospital for evaluation.

Investigators said Himmselstein has a long history of similar arrests dating back to 2013 and has targeted women in the past.

The most recent incident happened April 29, when he allegedly assaulted a woman waiting for the train at the 49th Street N/R subway station, reportedly screaming, "You will respect me when I knock you out," then running from the scene. He was charged in that incident after his arrest Thursday in the Times Square assault. 

Before that, Himmselstein was arrested April 17 on a criminal mischief charge, accused of assaulting a 25-year-old woman. 

In April 2013, Himmelstein threw a can of soda at a 20-year-old woman in Washington Square Park and threw water on her when she repeatedly refused his offers to hug her, according to police.

Himmelstein was arrested two more times later that month, once for allegedly sending threatening text messages, and the other in connection with another assault on a woman who allegedly refused his hugs in Washington Square Park. In that case, he allegedly told the victim, "You're pissing me off, and I assault people when I'm mad." 

In August 2015, he allegedly followed a 26-year-old woman and struck her in the back of the head near University Place and 13th Street, police said.

Then in October 2015, he punched a woman in the face, knocking her to the ground in midtown, police said.

A 2013 New York Times article documenting the Washington Square Park incidents cited Himmelstein's parents, who said he had autism. His mother said at the time she had no idea how he came to the idea of offering free hugs, and that "Jermaine comes from a home where we give him hugs."

A Brooklyn woman contacted NBC 4 New York Thursday to say she watched "the Free Hugs guy" punch a woman on the Coney Island boardwalk last April.

Lemonia Sitaras said the man, whom she believes is Himmelstein, punched a woman who did not tip him. Sitaras rushed to the woman's aid until police arrived. 

"It was all swollen, her face," she said. 

She said by the time police officers arrived the man had gotten away. 

For Sitaras, it's obvious he needs more than hugs. 

"He needs help, he's hurting people," said Sitaras.

It's not clear if Himmelstein was convicted on any of the charges since 2013. A message seeking information on whether he ever served jail time in the cases  was left with the Department of Corrections. 

Information on an attorneyf or Himmelstein was not immediately available.

Himmelstein likely would have been subject to a city law passed earlier this year regulating costumed characters, desnudas and other street performers in the Crossroads of the World and other public spaces. The regulation is expected to go into effect this summer.

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Ex-Executive Charged With Stealing From Derby Senior Center


A former executive director for the Derby Senior Center is accused of stealing money from the center and has been arrested.

Sarah Muoio, 30, of Milford, has been charged with one count of first-degree larceny and turned herself in to police on Friday morning.

Mayor Anita Dugatto fired Muoio in January and said in a statement on Friday that she is "deeply troubled by the magnitude of the allegations."

In the days leading up to the termination, a senior administrative assistant said Muoio had missed work for personal reasons and told police that the executive director gave her three file folders and told her to “hide them and then asked her to “shred” them, but she reported it to the mayor’s office instead.

Then an audit discovered discrepancies in the center’s financial records dating back to 2011 and city officials contacted police in February, according to court documents.

"As Director of the Senior Center, Sara was responsible for managing the daily operation of the facility and its programs. She was also entrusted with the well-being of our elderly community members. Her actions exploited our most vulnerable citizens and betrayed the trust and confidence of our City. I am appalled by the fact that these actions took place repeatedly over her tenure as a City official," Dugatto said in a statement.

The treasurer of the senior center told police they should have $28,000 in a savings account, but the detective wrote the, “account shows an actual balance of $15,559.44.”

One detective wrote he received, “information that Sarah Muoio had used the DSC Webster Bank accounts to purchase personal items on numerous occasions” and court documents said there were more than “200 questionable transactions” from the DCS account for more than $21,700.

A search warrant connected to the case listed the items police seized from Muoio's home, including a Baxton white queen-size bed, a carpet sample and eight used paint cans.

Detectives also searched two of Muoio’s computers and a bank account.

Muoio posted a $10,000 court-set bond and has been released. She is due in Derby Superior Court on May 25.

NBC Connecticut knocked on Muoio's door earlier this month when the allegations surfaced to see if she had any comment, but nobody answered. Her attorney had no comment, other than that they will proceed through the court system. 

Mayor Dugatto said she will take whatever action is necessary to seek full restitution to make the Senior Center whole again.

Photo Credit: NBCConnecticut.com and Derby Police

London's Muslim Mayor Wants to 'Educate' Trump on Islam


London's new mayor Sadiq Khan wants Donald Trump to go to the British capital so that the presumptive Republican presidential nominee can meet a "mainstream Muslim" and "educate" him about Islam and its compatibility with "Western liberal values."

Khan, the son of a Pakistani immigrant bus driver, said in an interview with NBC News Friday that Trump's "ignorant" views on Islam were "inadvertently playing into the hands of extremists" who prey on young Muslims.

"To suggest that it's incompatible to be Western and to be Muslim is, I think, really, really risky," Khan said.

The real-estate businessman suggested a temporary ban on all Muslims entering the U.S. after a deadly mass shooting in San Bernardino, California, by alleged ISIS sympathizers in December.

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Police ID 5-Year-Old Boy Struck and Killed by Car in Norwalk


A 5-year-old boy died from injuries he sustained after he was hit by a car in Norwalk on Thursday, police said. 

Police said Peter Tinnen-Strmiska, of Norwalk, was hit by a vehicle on Wood Acre Road around 5:10 p.m.

A preliminary investigation indicated he was standing in the driveway when a vehicle pulled in and accidentally hit him, according to Norwalk Police. 

It is not clear if there is any relationship between the driver and the boy.

Tinnen-Strmiska was declared dead after being transported to the Norwalk Hospital, police said. 

There were no other details immediately available. 

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83-Year-Old Man Killed in Westport Crash


An 83-year-old Westport man was killed in a crash on Post Road East in Westport on Friday morning.

Police have identified the man as Harry Engle and said he was transported from the crash scene to Norwalk Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The preliminary investigation indicates that a vehicle heading westbound on the Post Road crossed into the eastbound lane and was involved in a head-on collision with two vehicles around 10 a.m., police said.  

The drivers of the eastbound vehicles were not injured in the crash.

The Westport Police Department Accident Investigation Unit is investigating and police said no charges have been filed.

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Man Fires Rifle at Deputies


Dramatic dashcam video posted online Wednesday shows a man opening fire on deputies responding to a call in Southern California last month.

On April 27, three deputies responded to reports of a suicidal man armed with a gun in San Juan Capistrano, according to the Orange County Sheriff's Department.

The video, posted on YouTube, shows the man coming out of his garage and firing several rounds with an automatic rifle at deputies standing by their patrol cars.

As deputies run to take cover, gunfire blows out the back window of a patrol car but no deputies are struck.

After firing dozens of rounds, the suspect came out of his garage, dropped his weapon and was taken into custody, authorities said.

Deputies did not return fire because they didn't have a clear view and were concerned someone else may have been inside the garage.

No one else was injured during the incident.

The video was posted to show the dangerous and unpredictable job deputies encounter, the Sheriff's Department stated.

Photo Credit: Orange County Sheriff''s Department

UK Man Jailed for ISIS-Inspired Plot to Attack US Troops


A British delivery driver has been sentenced to at least 12 years in prison for a jihadi-inspired plot to attack American military personnel in England.

A judge said Junead Khan was a "committed supporter" of the Islamic State group and planned to kill air force personnel using a knife.

The 25-year-old's work for a pharmaceutical firm took him past U.S. air bases in eastern England, and prosecutors said he discussed ways of targeting them with an ISIS militant in Syria.

A jury convicted Khan last month. Passing sentence Friday at Kingston Crown Court, Judge Andrew Edis said Khan planned a "horrifying" murder "in order to create terror and terrorist propaganda in this country."

Photo Credit: Crown Prosecution Service via AP

Meriden Teacher’s Car Was Stolen During School Day


Police are investigating after someone stole a teacher’s car from the parking lot of athe O.H. Platt School in Meriden during the school day on Wednesday. 

Someone stole the teacher’s keys from a jacket pocket on Wednesday and then took the car, according to police. 

Authorities said the car was found and the school resource officer is investigating.

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Man Shot at Bridgeport Market


A man is in stable condition after he was shot in the neck at a Bridgeport market on Thursday night and police are searching for the shooter.

The victim was walking into Sunshine Market, at Stratford and Union avenues, around midnight when a bullet went into his neck, breaking his jaw, according to police. 

The victim was taken to Bridgeport Hospital. 

Police are trying to identify the shooter.

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Trump Denies Posing as Spokesman in 1991 Recording


Donald Trump on Friday denied posing as his own spokesman to conduct a phone interview with a reporter who covered him in 1991.

"No, I don't know anything about it. You're telling me about it for the first time and it doesn't sound like my voice at all," Trump said in a phone interview on NBC's "Today" show after a clip of the 1991 interview was played.

"I have many, many people that are trying to imitate my voice and you can imagine that. This sounds like one of these scams, one of the many scams. It doesn't sound like me," he said.

A Washington Post article said Trump gave interviews while posing as his own publicist, sometimes named John Miller or John Barron. In an audio recording of a phone conversation, obtained by the Post, a man claiming to be a spokesman for Trump called a reporter at People magazine, who was covering the real-estate businessman's public divorce from Ivana Trump. The Post claims Trump posed as his own publicist for the interview.

The alleged publicist, John Miller, said he's handling PR for Trump, "because he gets so much of it." The People reporter, Sue Carswell, asked "Miller" why Trump ended his relationship with model Marla Maples for France's future first lady, Carla Bruni.

Miller explained that "[Trump] really didn't want to make a commitment" because "he's coming out of a marriage, and he's starting to do tremendously well financially."

Miller boasted in the call about actresses like Madonna calling Trump "just to see if they can go out with him." He also said Trump had "three other girlfriends" while he was living with Maples.

In 1991, Maples identified Trump as the voice in the audio recordings during an interview with People, the "Today" show reported. At the time, Trump told People the John Miller call was a "joke gone awry."

According to the Post, Trump routinely called reporters and gossip columnists for decades pretending to be someone else in order to plant stories about himself in order to boost his image.

Asked about his comments to People, Trump said Friday: "I don't think it was me, it doesn't sounds like me. I don't know what they are talking about. I have no idea."

Trump also addressed his meeting with House Speaker Paul Ryan, saying he was "a little bit surprised" he didn't endorse him on Thursday, but said "it's a process."

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Woman Blind for 23 Years Regains Sight


For a 70-year-old Florida woman, seeing came after believing.

Mary Ann Franco was blind for 23 years. The former nurse lost her vision in 1993 after she was involved in a car crash and suffered a stroke.

"Nothing. I couldn't see anything. However Hell felt, I felt like I was there," Franco said.

Franco, however, didn't allow blindness to stop her. For two decades, she took up hobbies like painting, drawing and even skydiving.

"So you can't see, so what? Get up and get moving and stuff, and I did," Franco said.

But after falling on uneven tiles in her home, Franco needed spinal realignment surgery. She woke up in the hospital and noticed something different — she could see.

Dr. John Afshar, Franco's neurosurgeon, was shocked by the outcome.

Afshar, whose procedure was not meant to help Franco's vision, believes blood flow may have been restored to an area in Franco's spine where nerve cells were dormant.

"She's my miracle patient. She basically amazed me," he said.

With her newly regained vision, Franco is working toward her driver's license and plans to visit family in Michigan, including grandchildren who she hasn't been able to look at since they were babies.

"Everything comes back so nice and easy," she said from behind the wheel.

Franco said she never gave up believing her eyesight would be restored.

"I always knew in my heart that God was going to let me have my eyesight back. I knew it," she said.

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Warm Air Temperatures Don’t Mean It’s Safe to Swim


While air temperatures might be climbing, water temperatures are still dangerously cold and doctors are encouraging you to be safe. 

"When water gets to 60 degrees or below, it can be very dangerous and even life-threatening," Kevin Borrup, associate director of the Injury Prevention Center at Connecticut Children's Medical Center, said. 

Four weeks ago, a water rescue was made in the Connecticut River and units from Weathersfield, Glastonbury, and Rocky Hill all responded. It was their quick response that was critical to the victim’s survival from the cold waters. 

"In temperatures around 58 degrees, you're really only talking about 10 minutes before people start to lose functionality in their extremities," James Ritter, the public information officer of the Wethersfield Fire Department, said. 

"When you're emerged in cold water, your body will continue to cool off until it meets the temperature of the water," Borrup said. "Granted, this does happen slowly and you have more time, but the colder the water the more dangerous it is." 

This is something that can be difficult for children to understand because the air is hot and they want to swim. 

"My children will go right in," Signe Damdar, of Newington, said, who added that it wise to take precautions and teach them. 

Children are much more vulnerable than adults when exposed to cold water because much of their body can be submerged so quickly. Officials encourage parents to always have a personal flotation device and always make sure your children are within arm’s reach. 

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Video Shows Tourist Get Slugged in "Free Hugs" Attack


One of the hundreds of cameras mounted throughout Times Square captured a man offering "free hugs" apparently punching a woman in the face Thursday morning, video obtained by NBC 4 New York shows. 

An EarthCam camera above the Crossroads of the World captured the man, later identified as Jermaine Himmelstein, approaching a 22-year-old Canadian woman as she walks with a friend.

The man can be seen in the footage dropping what appears to be his "free hugs" sign before punching the woman, who drops to the ground after the impact. 

Her companion briefly chases after the attacker before turning back to tend to her friend. Several other people come to the woman's aid, and after a few moments, several police officers and first responders are seen crowding around the woman, who suffered a black eye, cuts and bruises.

Photos taken after the attack show officers holding the "free hugs" sign at the site of the attack.

Himmelstein was arrested not long after and was charged with robbery and fraudulent accosting. As he was being escorted from a police precinct Thursday night he told reporters "I was aggressively asking for tips."

He'd been arrested at least seven times in the past three years for punching women, some of whom allegedly refused to give him hugs. In one attack in Washington Square Park, he allegedly told the victim "you're pissing me off, and I assault people when I'm mad." 

His parents told the New York Times in 2013 that Himmelstein had autism. A woman at his address said Friday that Himmelstein didn't take his medicine and that she was "truly sorry" for Thursday's alleged attack. 

Himmelstein was arraigned Friday on the charge. Attorney information for the man wasn't immediately available.

Himmelstein likely would have been subject to a city law passed earlier this year regulating costumed characters, desnudas and other street performers in Times Square and other public spaces. The regulation is expected to go into effect this summer.

Photo Credit: EarthCam/NBC 4 New York
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Killingly Pedestrian Fatally Hit by Car


A Killingly man succumbed to his injuries when he was hit by a car on Thursday night, police said.

State police said Timothy Spaulding, 52, was walking on the southbound shoulder of Wauregan Road around 1:50 p.m.

Gary Baker, 62, of Dayville, was also driving southbound near Taos Drive when he struck Spaulding with his car. 

Spaulding was pronounced dead at the scene, police said. 

The accident is still under investigation. 

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