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$14K Worth of Items Stolen From U-Haul Storage Unit in Hamden


Thousands of dollars worth of personal possessions were stolen from a storage container at the U-Haul facility in Hamden, police said.

On May 10, Hamden Police were dispatched to the storage facility on 1685 Dixwell Avenue.

The owner of the burglarized storage unit told police electronic and music equipment totaling $14,000 was stolen, according to Hamden Police. 

Police arrested Ryan LeRoy and Michelle Inzero on June 9 in connection to the burgalary. 

Both face third-degree burglary and fourth-degree larceny charges. Both bonds were set at $50,000 each. 

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Kayaker in Norwich Safely Rescued

On Twitter, Clinton Campaign Tells Trump: 'Delete Your Account'


Minutes after getting the endorsement of the president Thursday, Hillary Clinton's Twitter account had a message for Republican Donald Trump: “Delete your account.” 

The tweet was a response to Trump’s reaction to President Barack Obama’s endorsement of the former secretary of state.

“Obama just endorsed Crooked Hillary. He wants four more years of Obama--but nobody else does!” Trump tweeted shortly after Clinton’s campaign released the president’s video endorsement. 

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The tweet from Clinton's account was fired off almost immediately. It is now her most retweeted — with nearly 200,000 retweets. It was also favorited more than 210,000 times. 

According to the account, tweets directly from Clinton are signed "-H." Thursday's tweet was not signed. 

Trump, who uses Twitter to make statements and to attack others, did not take lightly to the directive. 

“How long did it take your staff of 823 people to think that up--and where are your 33,000 emails that you deleted?” he shot back in a response.

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There was no response from Clinton to Trump's latest tweet. 

Clinton's next most retweeted tweet was her announcement for her bid to run for president in April 2015. It was retweeted more than 99,000 times. 

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Truck Gets Stuck on Beach in West Haven


A tractor trailer became stuck on a beach in West Haven on Thursday.

The truck somehow drove onto Grove Street Beach, according to police. It was not clear why the truck ended up there.

The police department found a bit of humor in the situation and posted the photo on its Facebook page.

"Yes there is (a) tractor trailer suck on the Grove Street Beach. Before you say, I have seen it all......a smh moment occurs," the post read.

There is no word if the truck driver was cited.

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Police: 10-Year-Old Girl, Teen Shot


A 10-year-old girl was hit by a stray bullet when a man shot a 19-year-old woman Thursday in Springfield, Massachusetts, police say.

According to Springfield Police, a man got out of a car near the corner of Belmont Avenue and Euclid Avenue. He got into an argument with a group of people and shot the teen in the buttocks.

The child was struck in the leg by a stray bullet.

The girl's mother got to the scene started taking her to Bay State Medical Center, calling 911 on the way. An ambulance met them at the intersection of Chestnut Street and Mattoon Street, and the girl was treated on the scene and taken by the ambulance to the hospital.

Both victims' injuries are described by police as superficial. The teenager, however, is not cooperating, police say.

The suspect is described as a man in his early 30s with a mohawk. He was wearing a neon green traffic vest and his Honda Civic has Massachusetts plates.

Anyone with information is asked to call Springfield Police.

Hundreds Claim Donald Trump Doesn't Pay His Bills


Dozens of lawsuits filed by ordinary Americans claim Trump and his businesses failed to pay them for their work, NBC News reports. 

A USA Today analysis published Thursday uncovered 60 cases filed by plumbers and painters, waiters and bartenders, real estate brokers and even law firms who helped him defend such suits.

The newspaper reviewed more than 200 liens filed by contractors and workers and records released by casino regulators for subcontractors who weren't paid in full or on time. Twenty-four Fair Labor Act violations by the Trump Plaza casino and Trump Mortgage, which were also reviewed, were resolved with an agreement to pay back wages. 

Trump told USA Today that if someone wasn’t paid, it was because their work wasn’t up to par. His daughter Ivanka said the number of disputes is small compared to the amount of business her father does. 

Trump did not respond to NBC News’ request for comment.

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New Haven Receives Nearly Million Dollar Grant From State for Long Wharf Improvements


New Haven’s Long Wharf area is set to get a big boost after the city secured a nearly million dollar grant from the state.

Economic development, better accessibility to the waterfront and improvements to shoreline infrastructure are areas where Mayor Toni Harp said the city plans to invest the $935,000 grant.

“We don’t have county government here in Connecticut, so we look to the state often for things we can’t afford to do ourselves,” Harp told NBC Connecticut.

Interstate-95 sits between downtown New Haven and Long Wharf.

“One of the things we are trying to do is to assure the residents, the people who live here and the people who come here, have access to Long Wharf,” Harp said.

Coastal infrastructure improvements will help protect the highway and Union Station, a major transportation hub for both the state and the region, Harp said.

“It’s really important that it’s protected from any weather events that we have because if we lost any of that track it would impact the whole line going up the entire East Coast,” she said.

The mayor said construction on a new boathouse for New Haven harbor should begin in the fall.

Visit New Haven, the city’s tourism bureau, is excited about the re-opening of a new visitor’s center at Long Wharf.

“Another way for businesses downtown and in the region to get all the information out to the people who are on the highways and need a place to stop,” Visit New Haven director of marketing, Barbara Malmberg said.

Investments from this grant could attract developers to create new homes with waterfront views.

“It’s always been the vision,” Harp said. “We could add a little more height to that area and add an opportunity for people who want to come and live on the sound to come live on Long Wharf.”

Just last weekend, the city hosted its second annual Food Truck Festival at Long Wharf and first Dragon Boat Regatta.

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Help Needed for Dogs Elderly Owner Could Not Care For


Four dogs that arrived at the Westbrook Animal Care and Control Center on Wednesday are in need of new homes and some special tender loving care.

The two female and two male poodle-Shih Tzu mixes came to the shelter as a result of an increasingly common kind of neglect. The elderly owner could not properly care for them because of declining health.

“These guys are a classic case of never (being) vetted, never been groomed -- absolutely covered in fleas. They spent a long time scratching because (of) bacterial infections, eye infections,” Sandra Bannon, of the Westbrook Animal Care and Control, said.

The four dogs are believed to be between 1 and 4 years old and Westbrook’s animal control officer says they are examples of a growing problem.

“The owner was older, got very ill, got hospitalized. These dogs were left in a neglectful situation -- unintentional neglect -- and it happens every day across America,” Bannon said.

“We are finding -- it’s almost academic now -- people that can no longer afford veterinary medicine, so a lot of treatments that should be happening to their pets (are) not happening,” Bannon said.

The dogs aren’t quite ready to be adopted yet, but they will be eventually.

For now, animal control is asking for the community’s help to cover the costs of supplies needed to get the dogs well, including steroids and antibiotics, and services such as grooming assistance.

“My hope is to get them healthy, get them into new homes where they can live healthy lives,” Bannon said.

To make a donation for the care of the four dogs or any of the animals at Westbrook Animal Care and Control, email animal control officer Sandra Bannon at OLwarden44@gmail.com.

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Airbnb To Start Paying Hotel Tax To State of Connecticut


The Connecticut Department of Revenue Services has reached a deal with Airbnb to start collecting and remitting taxes.

Connecticut is the first state in the tri-state region to do so, but joins a growing list of states and cities internationally with similar agreements.

From Wooster Square, to East Rock, to the area around Yale University’s campus, there are more than 300 listings for New Haven on the popular online marketplace for short term home sharing rentals.

“The more visitors we get to the state the better,” Connecticut Lodging Association Director of Marketing Barbara Malmberg said, “we got to make sure that we have everyone playing at the same level.”

The state’s tax agreement with Airbnb helps achieve that goal, Malmberg said.

“We applaud the efforts of the Department of Revenue Services,” she said, “this was a big undertaking.”

Connecticut’s hotel occupancy tax rate of 15 percent is the highest of any state.

“This is a relative very modest impact in terms of additional state revenue,” DRS Director Kevin Sullivan told NBC Connecticut on the phone. “But it’s the principle and it’s the fairness.”

Over the past year, Airbnb says more than 1,800 active hosts in the state earned $3.5 million.

“For people across the state of Connecticut, Airbnb is making it possible to make ends meet, pay the bills and stay in their homes,” Airbnb regional public policy director Josh Meltzer said. "Thanks to the leadership of Connecticut officials, our community can now contribute new tax revenue to their communities and continue to bring new revenue and visitors to hundreds of Connecticut local businesses.”

The new tax plan with Airbnb kicks in on July 1.

“There are more and more examples of folks who do exactly the same business through an online connection as somebody else does down on the street without an online connection,” Sullivan said.

Sullivan added he hopes the deal with Airbnb can serve as a model for taxing other businesses based online.

“We as a department have a particular obligation to be sure that the state is collecting all of the taxes that are due,” Sullivan said.

Sanders-Malloy Dispute Won't Divide Party: CT Democratic Chairman


The Chairman of the Connecticut Democratic Party said Thursday that a disagreement between Governor Dannel Malloy and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders won't have any lasting impact on the party or the fall election.

“Governor Malloy is tough and he’s going to fight for what he believes and he’s going to take into consideration and put a good platform together so we can work together to defeat Donald Trump in November," Connecticut Democratic Party Chairman Nick Balletto told NBC Connecticut.

According to a report in Politico that detailed the past few weeks of the Sanders campaign, the dispute between Sanders and Malloy stems from comments the governor made about the Vermont Independent while he campaigned for Hillary Clinton in New Hampshire.

He remarked that because of Sanders' record on guns and gun control, that he had, "blood on his hands."

Malloy sits on the platform committee for the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia this summer and Sanders wants him removed for his comments, according to the Politico report.

A spokesman said Malloy wouldn't comment on the issue.

Balletto said he sees the dispute fading away as Democrats work to unite ahead of the Fall election against Donald Trump. He said focusing on what Democrats share rather than what they don't isn't helpful.

“There’s no common ground between our party and Donald Trump. He represents everything that’s evil in this country and wrong in this country and the Democrats are fighting hard for people and what they believe in," he said.

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Trump Pitches to GOP Donors


Donald Trump met with more than 60 leading Republicans on Thursday in midtown Manhattan to discuss his fundraising operation going into the general election, NBC News reported. 

A source who spoke to NBC News said Trump spoke about his performance in the primaries, and that Trump made a general election pitch to broaden the electoral map come November. 

Trump Campaign Chairman and Chief Strategist Paul Manafort provided little specifics on what took place in the meeting, except to say the campaign “will raise what we need to raise.” 

Among those in attendance were RNC Finance Chair Lew Eisenberg, Trump Victory Vice Chairs Woody Johnson, Ray Washburne and Mel Sembler, and Trump aide Corey Lewandowski. RNC Chair Reince Priebus and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie also attended the meeting.

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US Weighs Plans to Go After More Targets in Afghanistan


Officials told NBC News Thursday that the Obama administration is considering a plan to allow the U.S. military to strike more targets with fewer restrictions in Afghanistan. 

Strikes may now only be carried out in self-defense to protect Afghan forces believed to be in danger, or to target al-Qaida and ISIS. But active discussions are underway to give forces the authority to strike Taliban fighters simply for being part of the Taliban, according to a senior U.S. official. 

The military has been advocating to expand the mandate, saying the Taliban has made advances in the last year. Striking Taliban assets can help Afghan forces take back territory, according to the official. 

The discussion is related to the pending decision on how many troops the Obama administration will keep in the country after 2016. There are 9,800 U.S. troops there, but that should drop to 5,500 by the end of the year.

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11-Year-Old Riding Bike Hit by Car in Middletown: Police


An 11-year-old riding his bike in Middletown was hit by a car on Thursday, police said.

At 4:15 p.m., the boy was riding his bike on the sidewalk of Vine Street when he attempted to cross the street, police said.

A car collided with the boy riding the bike and he was transported to CCMC for serious injuries, police said. 

Police did not release the medical condition of the boy. 

Anyone with information is asked to call Office Michael Inglis at (860) 638-4063.

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SUV Plows Through Dollar Depot Plus in Niantic


An out-of-control SUV plowed into the Dollar Depot Plus in the Niantic section of East Lyme Thursday afternoon.

Startled customers and a worker inside at the time thankfully were not in the Honda CR-V’s path.

Police said the driver had pulled into a parking spot outside the store and accidentally hit the gas instead of the brake.

The SUV’s impact shattered a glass window, rocked display cases and damaged some items.

“Almost the entire car was in there which is different than the two times that the cars went through before,” said Maureen Brubaker, who works nearby.

In the past six months, three vehicles have now struck stores in this small strip mall.

“I think it’s the wheels on these SUV’s. They jump the curb a lot easier,” said George Mitchell, one of the mall’s owners.

Twice the unintended target has been the Dollar Depot. Both times the same worker was inside and thankfully unharmed.

“She’s very lucky. Somebody is smiling down on her,” said Brubaker.

The brothers who have owned this mall for 40 years said they’re happy no one has been hurt.

And their sense of humor has not been shattered.

“I told him tomorrow morning let’s get a permit and make it a drive-through,” said Terry Mitchell, the other mall owner.

In all seriousness, the owners are thinking about installing posts to prevent this from happening again.

Police said the driver of Thursday’s crash will not face charges and called this an honest mistake.

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William Petit Wants to Focus on Economy in State House Bid


Dr. William Petit, known around Connecticut as the father and husband to a family that was murdered in the Cheshire home invasion in 2007, said he doesn't want that to be what people know most about him.

"They should know I'm a fiscal conservative," Petit said during an interview at his Plainville home. He lives there with his parents, wife and son.

Petit, a retired endocrinologist, is running for the Connecticut House of Representatives. The seat is currently held by Betty Boukus, a Democrat, who's been in office for more than 20 years.

Petit described Boukus as a family-friend and hoped the race for her seat would be more about issues than personalities.

He wants to see state spending reined in and says he agrees with the layoffs issued by Gov. Dannel Malloy, because he said from his point of view, benefits like health insurance and pensions have gotten out of control.

“I think you’ve got to cut further. You’ve got to make a decision, just like you do in your own home" Petit said. "What do we need? What do we think we want? And what’s really a stretch?”

Petit has been an outspoken supporter of the death penalty since those responsible for his family's murders were prosecuted. The two were sentenced to death. Petit was critical of the State Supreme Court's decision last summer to eliminate the death penalty in Connecticut altogether. The court found the punishment to be unconstitutional.

While he wants to see the death penalty reinstated, Petit said there are other issues that are more important to voters.

“I don’t think it’s a priority. I still think it’s an appropriate punishment for certain heinous crimes but I think the economy has to be the priority and trying to cut back on taxes.”

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Requirement Changes for Care 4 Kids Program Leaves Families Scrambling


Thousands of parents in Connecticut are scrambling to find child care after a change to the requirements for federal subsidies for the Care 4 Kids program.

"I don't have any siblings. I don't have any options. I have nothing," said mother of two Brittany Davis.

Davis is worried where her twins.The toddlers are in the program which gives eligible income families federal subsidies for child care.

This week, she and thousands of families received a notice saying the requirements to receive the funding has changed.

"What that means for a family of four is that they will go from earning as much as $53,000 a year and qualify for the program, and it'll drop down to $31,000," said executive director of Connecticut Early Childhood Alliance Merrill Gay.

The change state officials said stems from the re-authorization to the Child Care Development Block Grant.

Which added some positives, according to state officials.

Changes included development for providers, extending job loss security to 90 days instead of 30 and extending the allotted childcare funding cycle to 12 months instead of eight months.

"When they reauthorized it they didn't re-appropriate enough money to pay for all of it. So Connecticut realized this is going to cost about $32 million more. And they don't have that money," said Gay.

"We did not want to close the program all together. We wanted to make sure we kept it open for all those families who are at the lowest income bracket," said Connecticut Commissioner of Office of Early Childhood Myra Jones-Taylor.

"We got 4450 families and that's about 6100 kids who are going to lose their childcare over the course of this year," said Gay.

While the changes take affect in early July, families like Davis's are spending their summer scrambling for care.

"It's scary. Its absolutely terrifying not knowing who is going to watch your kids," said Davis.

After July 1, parents who are over the income allowed will stop seeing funds three by October.

Charges Dropped in Grave Robbery Case


Charges have been dropped against a Bridgeport, Connecticut, man in connection to a grave robbery at a cemetery in Worcester, Massachusetts.

Felix Delgado, who says he is a Santeria priest, was arrested on Feb. 2 as authorities investigated human remains that had been stolen from mausoleums at Hope Cemetery.

Delgado was the second Santeria priest from Connecticut to be arrested in the case - Amador Medina of Hartford has pleaded not guilty after police say he broke into a mausoleum to steal bones.

The bones investigators were examining in the case against Delgado are not consistent with the ones taken from Hope Cemetery, according to the Worcester County District Attorney's Office. Because the source of those bones is still not known, the office says the information learned was passed back to Connecticut authorities.

Delgado has outstanding warrants in Springfield, Massachusetts, and was released into the custody of police in that city, the DA's office said.

Medina remains held on $100,000 bail. He is due back at Worcester Superior Court on June 28.

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Closer Look at School Threats in Connecticut


NBC Connecticut Troubleshooters are examining the number of school threats tracked in recent years throughout the state. 

The state's Department of Education tracks threats that are met with police response. Threats are defined as verbal, written or electronic threats by someone to bomb, shoot or use other substances and devices to explode, burn or cause damage to a school building, property or harm to students and staff.

In this day and age, school threats come in by different ways: spoken, written, texted, phoned in or posted on social media. 

NBC Connecticut Troubleshooters obtained the number of threats tracked at schools over a five year period ending with the most recent numbers available for the 2014-2015 school years.

The trend reveals the amount of school related threats are, for the most part, declining.

Starting in 2010-2011 that school year shows 88 school and bomb threats total.

The next year has the only increase in this period, with 90 reported threats altogether. The third year shows a 20 percent decline of reported threats, capping off at 72 threats. Followed by a significant drop in the 2013-2014 school years, at 39 school threats reported. And the most recent school year, 2014-2015, with just 35 school threats-bomb threats total.

State officials said school districts have not yet reported threat totals for the current academic year, but so far NBC Connecticut has covered at least 17 threats this academic year.

The school district with the highest number of threats in a single year was Shelton with 10 reports in the 2010-2011 year.

A State Department of Education spokeswoman, Abbe Smith tells the NBC Connecticut Troubleshooters, "Student safety and well-being are a top priority for schools and it is critical that districts have strong protocols in place for responding to threats and emergencies. While we are pleased that the number of threats has trended downward in recent years, we must remain vigilant and ready to respond smartly and swiftly when incidents happen."

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Police Investigate Threat Found on App


Police are investigating a threat against Prince Technical High School in Hartford posts on the After School app.

The school was placed in lockdown this morning and state police, a SWAT team and K9 unit swarmed the school after reports of a student with a gun came in around 8:50 a.m.

Part of the first post read, “The Juniors Lunch Wave Third Group Boutta Get Shot Up.”

A post seven minutes later mentioned a student had a gun in a bookbag because of something that was done to the person a few months earlier.

As authorities searched the school, parents who fear for the safety of their children, have been waiting outside and are now being allowed through the front gates.

Yamileth Lisboa, of Hartford, is one of them.

“She said, 'Mommy, I’m going to die. I love you so much,” Lisboa said of the message she received from her daughter.

State police originally said someone was detained, but later said students were questioned, but no one was detained.

Police are investigating and trying to identify whoever is responsible for the post.

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Waterbury Judicial Marshal Accused of Stealing Identity


An 86-year-old Torringtom man allegedly had identity stolen and used to obtain a credit card.

The suspect, Mike Jones, is a judicial marshal, a courthouse security officer in Waterbury, who police said befriended the victim before allegedly getting a credit card in the victim's name.

Jones faces a serious identity theft charge and has been put on administrative leave from his marshal's post.

Torrington police arrested Jones on Tuesday after the victim reported getting a change of address confirmation for a credit card he doesn't use.

Detective Kevin Tieman explained, "This gentleman was on top of it, reported it, and he was taken care of by the credit card company."

Jones allegedly had thousands of dollars worth of purchases on the credit card, including money down on a motorcycle and bunk beds for his daughters.

Tieman said it's a good idea to check bank accounts vigilantly and credit history, even if people try to avoid credit. 

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