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Voters Don't Care About Trump's Controversies: Priebus


Republican National Committee Chair Reince Priebus defended Donald Trump on morning shows Sunday, saying campaign traditions don’t apply to the presumptive nominee because Trump is an "outsider," NBC News reported. 

When asked on ABC Sunday about Trump’s refusal to release his tax returns, Priebus said that would be up to the American people to decide.

Fox News host Chris Wallace pressed Priebus about Trump’s truthfulness about whether he posed as his own publicist in 1991 and about a New York Times report published Saturday on how Trump treats women.

"I've got to tell you, I think that all these stories that come out — and they come out every couple weeks — people just don't care," Priebus said, adding that voters aren’t judging Trump based on his personal life or his past.

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Kayak Washed Ashore in New Haven Prompts Water Search


The United State Coast Guard and several local agencies are looking for a possible missing person after a kayak washed ashore at Lighthouse Point in New Haven Sunday.

 USCG officials say a good Samaritan reported an unmanned green kayak drifting onto the rocks at Lighthouse Point around 12:30 p.m. Crews from USCG Station New Haven responded and located the kayak, along with a fishing pole, bait and a catch onboard. Crews began searching for a possible missing person in the water.

 An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter and HC-144 Ocean Sentry aircraft crew from USGC Station Cape Cod were launched to assist but did not locate anyone. The New Haven Fire Department and West Haven Police Department marine units also responded to assist in the search.

 At this point local police say it is unclear that anyone is actually missing in the water, but crews continue to search as a precaution.

 Anyone who may know the owner of the kayak and their possible location is asked to contact Coast Guard Sector Long Island Sound at (203) 468-4421

Photo Credit: USCG/NBCConnecticut.com

15 Americans Who Left US to Join ISIS


American law enforcement officials believe roughly 250 Americans have tried to join ISIS, NBC News reported. 

Assistant Attorney General John Carlin from the Justice Department told NBC News that his agency has investigations open in all 50 states. 

While many of these Americans never leave the United States, a few dozen recruits have made the trip to join ISIS in Syria and Iraq. 

Documents obtained by NBC News from a man claiming to be an ISIS defector identified at least 15 American citizens or residents who joined the terror group overseas — and they fit no particular pattern. Some are from poor Muslim immigrant families, while others come from what can be described as privileged backgrounds.

NBC News has a full list of names and background on the 15 Americans identified. 

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Dog Stolen from Dayville Animal Shelter


NECCOG Animal Services is asking the public to keep an eye out for a dog that was stolen from their shelter.

 According to the organization Diesel, a male pit, was stolen from NECCOG’s facility at 125 Putnam Pike in Dayville sometime Saturday night during a break-in. The post expressed concerns that the perpetrators may have intentions to breed Diesel or use him in dogfights, which is typical for the breed.

 Animal Services asks the public to be on the lookout for Diesel. They are hoping for his safe return, no questions asked.

 Anyone with information should contact their office at (860) 774-1234 or Connecticut State Police Troop D at (860) 779-4900.

Photo Credit: NECCOG Animal Services

Man Arrested for DWI Picking up Brother at State Police Barracks


A man was arrested for a DWI after arriving at a state police barrack to pick up his brother while intoxicated.

According to state police, Michael Bourgoin, 44 of Colchester, drove a VW Jetta to Troop H in Hartford to pick up his brother who was currently under arrest.

State Troopers suspected that Bourgoin may be under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs. 

Bourgoin was given a Field Sobriety Test, whcih he failed.

Bourgoin was taken into custody and charged with Operating a motor vehicle under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol.

Bourgoin is scheduled to appear in Hartford Superior Court on June 2, 2016

1 Dead in Calif. Plane Crash


One person was confirmed to be dead after a plane went down near Mount Wilson in the Angeles National Forest on Sunday, officials said. 

A Cessna 182 single-engine light plane with white and blue stripes was spotted near Angeles Crest Highway and Mt. Wilson Red Box Road about 9:10 a.m., according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department. 

The wreckage was near Mount Wilson Road at the Angeles Crest Highway, state Route 2, in steep mountain wilderness.

The plane was traveling from Montgomery Field Airport in San Diego to Santa Monica Municipal Airport when it lost contact 17 miles east of Van Nuys, according to a Federal Aviation Authority spokesman. 

Search and rescue teams were searching for the aircraft but had low visibility due to fog, fire officials said.

Hours later at 4:30 p.m., the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said preliminary information indicated that they found the aircraft in the Brown Mountain area above Altadena. 

Deputies confirmed that one person was dead in the crash.

The San Diego-based plane is owned by Tom Reid, who leases it to experienced pilots.

The FAA reported that the pilot had indicated a flight from San Diego to Santa Monica, west of Los Angeles.

The crash site was not on a direct route, as Mount Wilson is about 90 miles northwest of San Diego and 35 miles northeast of Santa Monica.

City News Service contributed to this report.

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Shark Attached to Woman's Arm


A 23-year-old woman who was bitten by a small nurse shark Sunday in Boca Raton, Florida, and hospitalized with the shark still attached to her arm has been released. 

Crews arrived at Boca Raton Beach in Red Reef Park to find the 23-year-old female with a 2-foot nurse shark still attached to her right forearm, according to Boca Raton Fire Rescue Services.

The shark had been killed prior to the Fire Department's arrival at 1400 N. Ocean Boulevard, but it was still attached to her arm.

The woman, Shaylen Borkowski, was transported to Boca Raton Regional Hospital in stable condition. Borkowski has since been released from the hospital.

In a post on social media, Borkowski showed off the shark's body in a plastic bag while still at the hospital. The post said the shark was being taken home for a proper burial.

It's not immediately known how the woman came into contact with the shark, but some beachgoers told the Sun-Sentinel that several people were antagonizing the shark and holding it by the tail.

Officials have not confirmed these reports. A friend of Borkowski told NBC 6 through a Facebook message Monday that Borkowski didn't provoke the shark.

Shark expert and conservationist Jim Abernethy tells NBC affiliate WPTV in West Palm Beach that nurse sharks are extremely common in Florida and are very docile.

According to Abernathy, "nearly 100 percent" of so-called attacks by nurse sharks happen due to the animal being provoked.

A full grown nurse shark can grow as long as 14-feet, Abernathy says.

Photo Credit: Boca Raton Fire Rescue Services

Route 149 Closed in East Haddam


Route 149 in East Haddam is closed due to an accident involving a car and a motorcycle, according to state police.

 Police say the crash occurred around 7 p.m. near the intersection of Route 149 and William F. Palmer Road. There are injuries but the extent is unknown at this time.

 The road will remain closed while police investigate.

 This is a developing story. Check back for updates.


Tourists 'Rescue' Bison Calf From the Cold


Tourists were ticketed and forced to release a baby bison from the back of their SUV at Yellowstone National Park, NBC News reported. 

Two foreign tourists, a father and son duo, were worried that the calf was too cold, according to a witness who snapped a photo of the bison in their vehicle.

Rob Heusevelet, the father of a student on a field trip, told the East Idaho News of nearby Idaho Falls that rangers ordered the men to remove the bison and warned them that they could be in trouble for having the animal. The National Park Service forbids visitors from approaching within 25 feet from large animals. 

"They didn't care," Heusevelet told the news site. "They sincerely thought they were doing a service and helping that calf by trying to save it from the cold."

Photo Credit: Karen Olsen Richardson

Bank Robbery Suspect Found Hiding in Bristol Attic


A man suspected in a bank robbery in Brookfield was found hiding in an attic in Bristol early Monday morning.

Police said they responded to a home on Beacon Street at 2:45 a.m. to investigate a felon hiding in the attic of a garage and found Daniel A. Rodriguez, 25, whose last known address was in Bethel.

They took him into custody on two outstanding arrest warrants for failure to appear in the first degree and violation of probation.

Police said Rodriguez was charged in a bank robbery in Brookfield in February and posted bond, but didn’t show up for a court appearance, so the failure to appear charge was added.

He is also accused of failed to follow terms of his probation, which prompting his probation officer to get a warrant.

Rodriguez was held on a $75,000 bond for the failure to appear charge and a $25,000 bond for the violation of probation charge.

He is due in Bristol Superior Court this morning.

Photo Credit: Bristol Police

Meteorologist Asked to Cover up Dress on Live TV


KTLA meteorologist who was asked to cover up her dress while live on air after viewers' comments that it was too revealing, said the station didn't force her to put on the cardigan and that it was all part of a joke, Today.com reported.

In the middle of the forecast, Liberté Chan's co-anchor dangled a gray cardigan in her direction.

"What's going on?" she asked. "You want me to put this on? Why? 'Cause it's cold?"

The reason, according to her co-anchor, was that they were "getting a lot of emails" about her sparkling black dress being inappropriate for morning TV.

But many on social media didn't like the co-anchor's move, with one user calling it "deplorable."

Chan said Sunday in a blog post she "was simply playing along with my co-anchor's joke, and if you've ever watched the morning show, you know we poke fun at each other all the time."

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Isolated Shower Tomorrow Afternoon and Evening


Mostly clear skies are expected overnight as temperatures fall back into the lower 40s.

While tomorrow starts out dry, a few showers will dot the landscape by afternoon. Highs will by near 70 degrees.

A mix of sun and clouds is expected Wednesday as rain passes by to the south, though it should be dry here in Connecticut. Temperatures will be near 70.

A large area of high pressure finally builds in late week, yielding abundant sunshine, especially Friday.

Temperatures soar to near 70 Thursday, then lower 70s come Friday.

The weekend looks mainly dry, but a coastal storm will be too close for comfort.

Saturday will be mostly cloudy with a shower possible at night. The clouds likely stick around Sunday.

Temperatures will be in the upper 60s Saturday, then lower 70s Sunday.

Small Plane Crashes Near Tupelo Airport, 4 Dead


A small plane crashed less than a mile away from a Mississippi airport on Monday, killing the plane's pilot and three passengers, according to authorities.

The Beech BE36 crashed at 8:32 a.m. a half mile away from a runway at Tupelo Regional Airport, according to the FAA. The pilot had reported smoke in the cockpit.

Four people on board the plane were deceased, the Tupelo police chief said.

Federal officials were on their way. 

Photo Credit: Twitter/Tyler Hill

Teen Shot in Buttocks in Hartford

Board of Education to Consider Closing Glastonbury School


The board of education in Glastonbury is considering closing Eastbury Elementary School at the end of the 2017 school year and a meeting will be held tonight at town hall.

Eastbury is Glastonbury’s smallest elementary school and leaders said 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 previously said.

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.

An online petition to keep Eastbury open has more than 700 signatures.

The meeting will begin at 7:30 p.m. There will be no public comment section.

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American ISIS Cell: The Story of 3 US Recruits


With his wife and 18-year-old brother-in-law in tow, Jaffrey Khan left behind the moneyed, manicured precincts of his Bay Area home and offered his services to ISIS, NBC News learned from a thumb-drive it received from an ISIS defector.

Jaffrey Khan's father, Salem Khan, suggested his son was a lost soul and an mark for bloodthirsty fanatics selling the fantasy of an Islamic caliphate.

"He was gullible," said Salem Khan, who lives in a $2 million house and runs a medical marketing company in Palo Alto. "You know the people looking to scam you out of money or something? They're looking for people like him."

Through the documents on the thumb-drive NBC News pieced together the story of a single cell with three members. Jaffrey Khan and Rasel Raihan enlisted with ISIS on July 11, 2014, the documents show. Though she is not in the files, they were joined by Zakia Nasrin, now 24, who is Rasel's older sister and Jaffrey's wife. 

It's the story of two immigrant families who built new lives in America only to have the heirs to their dream join an organization hell-bent on destroying it.

Photo Credit: AP

New Tower at John Dempsey Hospital in Farmington Opens


Work is complete on the $318 million new patient care tower at John Dempsey Hospital in Farmington and the facility is opening today.

The tower has 11 floors, 169 private inpatient rooms, staff offices, emergency services, an intensive care unit, orthopedic and general surgery, a bone marrow transplant unit and respiratory therapy.

Patients were taken from the existing Connecticut Tower into the brand new state of the art University Tower on Friday morning with help from doctors, nurses and volunteers.

“We have even noticed the patients have asked to have their beds turned so they can now look out at the beautiful view they have from the patient room,” Anne Diamond, CEO if John Dempsey Hospital, said.

Construction at the hospital is far from over, however. Crews still have about a year left of work left on the academic entrance and renovations to the old hospital.

Photo Credit: NBCConnecticut.com

Crews Battle Porch Fire in Bristol

Part of Route 21 in Putnam Closed


Part of Route 21 in Putnam is closed because a pole is down.

Route 21 is closed between Ware and Aspinock roads.

Use Route 12 or Pineville Road as a detour.

Photo Credit: NBCConnecticut.com

Woman in NYTimes' Trump Story Disputes Portrayal


A woman featured in a New York Times report that casts Donald Trump as sexist and inappropriate with women disputed the newspaper's characterization of her in an interview on Monday.

Rowanne Brewer Lane told Fox News the Times' portrayal of her experience with Trump was "very upsetting" and dishonest.

While Brewer Lane did not dispute the details of the story — that shortly after meeting her, Trump gave her a bikini to wear at a pool party he was hosting and commented on her appearance in it — she depicted the interaction as flattering, not demeaning as the Times wrote she felt it was.

The Times responded to Brewer Lane's criticism on Monday, saying she was quoted "fairly, accurately and at length."

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