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Missing N.H. Teen May Have Been Swept Into Drain by Storm


Police in New Hampshire are asking for the public's help with finding a missing 16-year-old Nashua boy who may have been swept into a storm drain during heavy rains over the weekend.

Jacob Goulet was reported missing Saturday morning by his father, and Nashua police say officers responded to a call late Friday evening for a report of a person who may have fallen down a storm drain on the north side of Water Street. When officers went to the scene Friday evening, they found personal items that didn't have any personal information.

When his father reported him missing the next day, he reportedly told police this behavior wasn't normal for his son, and police connected some of the items found near the storm drain to Jacob based on his parents' description.

Police are currently searching parts of the Nashua and Merrimack rivers and the entire storm drain system nort of Water Street and south to Sawmill Drive.

Jacob, currently a student at Nashua North High School, is described as about 5-feet 8-inches tall, about 200 pounds, with a black mowhawk and blue eyes. He was last seen wearing a denim vest with medal studs on it, a gray t-shirt, black shorts and black Converse All-Star sneakers.

Meanwhile, video surveillance viewed by Nashua police confirmed Jacob was on foot in the area during the storm Friday evening.

Authorities are expected to speak on this missing person case Sunday afternoon.

Anyone with information about Jacob's whereabouts is asked to call Nashua police at 603-594-3500.

Photo Credit: Nashua Police Department

Weather Dampens Enfield Halloween Fundraiser


The wet and chilly weather Saturday was frightening news for Halloween attractions. Some say the wind and rain has scared off crowds, which is hurting an important fundraiser.

On Sun Street in Enfield there are two homes that take Halloween to the next level. One has transformed its front yard with holiday decorations. The other home has created its own haunted house.

Together they’re known as the “Terror on Sun Street.”

“We just have fun doing it. We like creating and we like people to come and enjoy it,” Joanne LaRocque, said.

There are plenty of ghoulish delights in this tradition since 1993. This year’s clown theme in the haunted house was picked and ready to go before the strange clown sightings popped up around the country.

But so far this season something is missing at the “Terror on Sun Street.”

“We were expecting a lot more people than what we have,” LaRocque, said.

Organizers blame the lack of crowds on the weather this weekend and last week. Saturday’s rain and wind kept the spectators away and played havoc with the outdoor displays.

“We’re out here picking up stuff all the time. Our living room and dining room is filled with all the animatronics that can’t get wet,” Laurie Thibodeau, said.

It’s not just that they want more people to check out the handmade haunts. This is also a fundraiser and the suggested admission is a donation of food.

“We do this for the Enfield Food Shelf every year. It’s our fifth year doing it,” LaRocque, said.

“Last year we collected over 2,000 pounds of food. So anything anyone could bring would be awesome because we’re really down this year and we know they need all the food they can get,” Thibodeau, said.

The two spots on Sun Street are open on Sunday 7:00-9:00pm and the same time next weekend, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday.

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Wind Advisories Issued for Central, Eastern Connecticut


The National Weather Service has issued wind advisories for central and eastern Connecticut starting Saturday evening through Sunday morning.

Hartford, Litchfield, Middlesex, New London, Tolland and Windham counties. Gusts could reach over 40 miles per hour bringing the possibility of downed trees and power outages.

Rain totals today will be on the order of one quarter to one half inch. Temperatures will fall into the 40s this evening, and with the wind, the wind chill will be in the 30s.

The rain pulls out of the state tonight, but the gusty winds remain. In fact, the best chance for a gust to 50 mph is tomorrow morning.

It will be mostly sunny tomorrow as temperatures rise to seasonable levels, in the lower 60s.

Monday finally brings a relief from the wind, and the dry weather sticks around. It will be slightly cooler, with high temperatures in the upper 50s.

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Manchester Police Officer Struck by Car


A Manchester police officer is in the hospital after been struck by a car Saturday night. 

Police said the officer was conducting a traffic stop around 8:00 p.m. on Main Street when he was hit by a car near the intersection of Wells Street. 

The officer was taken to Hartford Hospital for non-life threatening injuries and is listed in stable condition, according to police.

There were no other details on the extent of his injuries, authorities said.

Officials said the driver of the car that hit the officer stopped and the is cooperating. Speed or impairment do not appear to be factors in the crash.

The road was closed in the area while investigators processed the scene.

The Metro Traffic Accident Reconstruction Team is investigating. Anyone who may have witnessed the accident is asked to call them at (860) 643-3325.

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Saturday Night Live: Tom Hanks Hosts, Lady Gaga Performs


With Halloween around the corner, it’s fitting that “Saturday Night Live” would open this week’s episode with something unsettling, like the latest presidential debate. Alec Baldwin’s Donald Trump returned to go hair-to-head with Kate McKinnon’s Hillary Clinton in this sendup, moderated by the night’s guest host, Tom Hanks, as Fox News’ Chris Wallace.

The unprecedented discourse in this election cycle, particularly from the GOP candidate, allows a mean-mugging Baldwin to draw laughs by simply repeating some of the real Trump’s words verbatim.

For instance, Trump dropped two new terms at the debate this week: “bad hombres” and “nasty woman,” the latter of which was directed specifically at Clinton. In the sketch, Baldwin pulls out a notecard to make sure he'd said everything he'd intended; one side of the card reads in large handwriting, "Nasty woman" and the other, "Bad hombres." 

And, as McKinnon illustrated by playing a self-congratulating, sometimes smug Clinton, Trump’s consistent choice to cross such lines of generally acceptable social conduct might give Clinton the feeling that she’s got the election on lock.

Baldwin’s Trump did point out, though, that he’s ahead in every poll (well, every poll that’s conducted at a Cracker Barrel restaurant), and that, anyway, the election system is rigged against him. The media are to blame for much of that, he said.

Hanks’ Wallace asked Trump how it is that the media are making him look bad.

“By taking everything I say, and everything I do, and putting it on television,” he replied.

When McKinnon’s Clinton was asked about Wikileaks and the emails from her private server, she masterfully dodged the question and pivoted right to Trump’s treatment of women.

“Nobody has more respect for women than I do,” Baldwin’s Trump said, at which point cameras panned out to the SNL audience to show everyone laughing, hard, at the claim, which real Trump has made on more than one occasion. As Michael Che said later on the Weekend Update segment, “Nobody has more respect for women than you do? What about other women? What about RuPaul?”

The debate cold open ended with the Democratic candidate pledging to be a “stone-cold B” if elected, while Trump promoted the probably-not-real Nov. 9, 2016, launch of Trump TV.

Nine-time host Tom Hanks ("Inferno," “Sully”) performed a monologue in a cardigan as “America’s dad,” gently coaching the country through difficult times as one might an adolescent daughter or son (“Sure, China might be popular right now, but you, you are so dang creative!”) and lamely offering up cautionary advice (“You’ve got a lotta guns, kiddo — do you need all those guns?”) that will likely go unheeded.

Kenan Thompson hosted "Black Jeopardy!" in the episode’s first post-opening sketch. Cast members Sasheer Zamata and Leslie Jones took two of the contestant spots, while Hanks' character Doug, a stereotypical "blue collar" Trump supporter, took the third. Despite all low expectations, white contestant Doug performed competitively, impressing the host and other contestants with his distrust of the government and his appreciation for sturdily built females and Tyler Perry films. But just as everyone was feeling like maybe they weren’t so different from one another after all, it was time for Final Jeopardy. The category? “Lives That Matter.”

“Well, it was fun while it lasted, Doug,” Thompson said, closing out the sketch.

As Saturday saw the 11th in a series of women come out to publicly accuse Donald Trump of sexual misconduct, the Weekend Update segment went for the GOP candidate right away.

On Trump alleging that his women accusers are just looking for their "ten minutes of fame”: “He’s so cheap, he’s lowballing them on their minutes of fame.”

Mocking the GOP candidate’s seeming inability to keep from behaving like a reality show personality: “‘I’ll tell if you if I’m going to tear apart the fabric of our democracy…right after this break.”

Cast member Leslie Jones guested on Weekend Update, addressing cybersecurity in the wake of this week’s massive DDoS attacks on a DNS company in New Hampshire. Major sites from Twitter to Netflix to Soundcloud were all taken down Friday in a highly coordinated attack.

Jones was personally the victim of hackers earlier this year, and on Saturday’s show she called out trolls for sitting behind their screens rather than confronting people in real life. Also, she said, she’s not trying to hide anything, so why bother hacking her? “If you want to see Leslie Jones naked — just ask!” she said.

Cecily Strong appeared as her “Girl You Wish You Hadn’t Started a Conversation With at a Party” character, sloshing white wine and passionately mispronouncing hot takes on the election.

Alec Baldwin joined Tom Hanks for a Sully-related sketch.

Several other sketches were Halloween-themed, including one featuring Hanks debuting a character, David Pumpkins, who may or may not be the scariest Halloween character of all time.

Lady Gaga performed two songs from her new album “Joanne”: “A-Yo” and “Million Reasons.”

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Loredana Nesci Memorial 5K Honors Domestic Violence Victim


A Meriden native turned reality TV star was remembered Sunday in her hometown. Led by the local police department, they held the second annual Loredana Nesci Memorial 5K in Hubbard Park.

Among the 150 runners were her brothers, nieces, and nephews. Her father, John, cheered from the sideline.

“She was funny, she was loving, she was very very close to the family, she loved people and she was a good mother, and she was everything a father can ask for a child,” Nesci said of his daughter.

The Meriden native, a graduate of UConn and Quinnipiac Law School spent years as a Los Angeles police officer, which is why Nesci’s friends were stunned by her sudden death.

“You think that kind of thing doesn’t happen like this but it can happen to anybody anywhere,” said Captain Pat Gaynor, who has served on the Meriden Police Department with Loredana’s two brothers.

Police said the 47-year-old was stabbed by her boyfriend in their California home in 2014. Robert Reagan has pled not guilty and is awaiting trial.

Nesci herself spent years in the courtroom, as a criminal defense attorney Soon, Hollywood came calling and Nesci got her own reality show focused on her life as a lawyer.

“In life she defended the weak and in death she continues to do that as well,” said her brother Sal Nesci.

Even though Nesci had moved to California in the 90's, her family says people in Connecticut rallied around them in their time of grief.

“We could not have done without the support. So, this was very important to us,” said the elder Nesci.

“Sixteen-months ago we lost my sister to a tragedy, since then there has been thousands and thousands of victims of domestic violence and we really want to reduce those numbers of domestic violence and if we can prevent it, that’s something we’d like to do,” added his son.

Sunday, runners and walkers raised more than $5,000 for Chrysalis Domestic Violence Services, money that will be spent in the community.

“We’re there truly to support the victim and survivor and any children or other family members. We also do have a 24 hour safe house and a transitional housing program for folks who are fleeing and need a place to stay,” said Executive Director Sharlene Kerelejza.

Kerelejza added that the money would also support the organizations 24-hour hotline and court services for victims.

Hundreds Turn Out 2016 Health and Wellness Festival


The tenth edition of the NBC Connecticut Health and Wellness Festival at the XL Center brought out hundreds of residents Sunday morning.

There was a line through the lobby of people waiting to get their free flu shots from ProHealth Physicians. The first 500 adults over the age of 18 received them, and they were once again one of the most popular elements of the festival.

The Family 5K, in its second year, brought out more than a hundred runners in a pair of heats to the concourse of the XL Center for the 16 lap race.

Participants like Landon Mansfield, who's nine, said the race was his favorite part of the festival. "It's really fun," he said, with his medal hanging around his neck.

Saint Francis provided examples of its Integrated Medicine Techniques like acupuncture and hand massages.

Access Health Connecticut met with prospective health insurance customers, and let them know the online marketplace is a good place to start looking for coverage when open enrollment starts next month under the Federal Healthcare law.

The NBC Connecticut Clear the Shelters initiative was also on full display with about 15 dogs up for adoption.

The festival kicked off at 10 a.m. and ran until 5 p.m. 

Photo Credit: NBC Connecticut

Celebrity Chicago Cubs Fans Celebrate Historic Win


Bob Newhart, a native Chicagoan and infamous Cubs fan, may have forgotten his "W" flag at home, but that didn't stop him or his grandkids from taking a DIY approach to properly celebrate their team's historic NLCS win Saturday night.

"I'm in Seattle with my grandkids," Newhart tweeted. "I forgot my W flag, so my grandkids made me one. Isn't it beautiful! #GoCubsGo #FlyTheW."

Newhart was one of multiple famous, die-hard Cubs fans who took to Twitter after the win.

Actor John Cusack simply tweeted, "It's. Done."

He followed up with a photo of himself and Kerry Wood "moments before it happened- and IT happened."

“New Girl” actor and Evanston native Jake Johnson tweeted, "They did it!!!!! #FlyTheW @Cubs."

Actor Joe Mantegna and Fall Out Boy and Wilmette native Pete Wentz were succinct in their tweets. "CUBS WIN! CUBS WIN!," Mantegna wrote. "Yessss!!!!! CUBS!!!!" Wentz said.

Then there was the moment Hillary Clinton found out the Cubs won.

Clinton's press secretary Nick Merrill tweeted a photo of the Democratic presidential candidate looking at her phone totally shocked when she learned the Cubs were headed to the World Series.

"That look when you cap off a day on the trail by watching the @Cubs cement their trip to the #WorldSeries. #FlyTheW."

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ISIS Working to Establish Afghanistan Caliphate: U.S. Gen.


ISIS is trying to establish a caliphate inside Afghanistan, the country's top U.S. commander said. 

"Right now we see them very focused on trying to establish their caliphate, the Khorasan caliphate, inside Afghanistan," General John Nicholson said in an exclusive interview with NBC News. 

The push is "principally a non-Afghan movement," Nicholson said. 

According to Nicholson, the U.S. has seen foreign fighters, particularly Uzbeks from the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan, joining the Islamic State Khorasan, or IS-K. The U.S. also sees many Pakistani Pashtun from the Pakistani Taliban who joined IS-K moving into Afghanistan to fight, he said.

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Downed Tree Closes Wahackme Road in New Canaan


Wahackme Road in New Canaan is closed after a large tree fell down onto power lines Sunday afternoon.

Police said the road is closed between Wahackme Lane and Chichester Road. It’s expected to take several hours to clear the tree and make repairs.

Drivers should avoid the area if possible.

Photo Credit: New Canaan Police Department

Obama Tweets Cubs Congrats


Chicago Cubs fans are still in a state of gleeful delirium after the team advanced to the World Series on Saturday night, and even some Chicago White Sox fans were willing to offer congratulations to their North Side rivals.

Perhaps the most famous White Sox fan in America was one of those that congratulated the Cubs on getting to the World Series, as President Barack Obama offered his congratulations on Twitter Sunday morning:

President Obama isn’t the only famous White Sox fan to lend his support, as others like Chance the Rapper have also been adamant about supporting the Cubs during their current playoff run, which will continue on Tuesday night in Game 1 of the World Series against the Cleveland Indians.

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Donald Trump To Accept Election Result 'If It's Fair': Son


As the presidential election heads into the final two weeks, Donald Trump's son Eric Trump clarified his father's position on the forthcoming election results and allegations of sexual assault by more than a dozen women. 

"I think what my father is saying is 'I want a fair election,'" Trump told ABC's "This Week," reiterating his belief that the election could be "rigged." "If it's a fair outcome he will absolutely accept it, there's no question about it."

Eric Trump also said he believes that the women who have accused his father of sexual misconduct are part of a coordinated attack by Democrats.

"The day the Hillary WikiLeaks comes out, all of a sudden people start coming forward. I think you have to be really naïve to think that one and the other weren't coordinated together," Trump said.

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Trump Makes Push for Down-Ballot Republicans


While Hillary Clinton is making an explicit push for Democratic down-ballot candidates, Donald Trump is taking a more subtle approach, NBC News reported.

Sunday evening in Florida, Trump repeatedly pushed his supporters to help keep Republicans in control of Congress.

Asking voters to cast their votes for him in 16 days, Trump said, "That includes helping me re-elect Republicans all over the place," adding that it would be "nice if they helped us, too, right? To enact my first 100 days."

At three other points in the speech, Trump slipped in mentions of a Republican House and Senate as essential to enacting his agenda.

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13 Killed, 31 Injured in Tour Bus Crash in California


In a horrific early morning crash, a tour bus slammed into the back of a truck on Interstate 10 north of Palm Springs before sunrise Sunday, killing 13 and injuring 31, authorities said.

The Riverside County Coroner's office confirmed 13 people aboard the bus were killed, including the driver, in the disastrous crash that shut down the entire westbound 10 Freeway west of Indian Canyon Road. Traffic was being diverted off the freeway at the Indian Avenue offramp. The freeway reopened around 4:30 p.m., according to the California Highway Patrol.

Rescuers continued to search the wreckage for more victims in the early stages of the crash. The first images from the scene showed firefighters using ladders to get into the passenger compartment of the bus, which had been peeled back from the vehicle's undercarriage about one third of its length. 

The front of the bus was demolished as the back of the semi was shredded from the monstrous force of the crash.

It wasn't immediately clear what caused the collision, but the tour bus was traveling much faster than the semi, CHP Chief Jim Abele said at a news conference.

The trailer of the semi was lodged 15 feet into the front of the bus, Abele said.

The bus, owned by LA-based USA Holliday Bus, had departed the Red Earth Casino in Salton City and was en route to a location in Los Angeles when the crash was reported to CHP at 5:17 a.m.

The CHP said there was no indication that the bus slammed on the brakes before plowing into the back of the semi-truck, leading investigators to believe fatigue may have been a factor. They were not ruling out some type of medical emergency on the driver's behalf, such as a heart attack.

The driver, along with the deceased passengers, were not yet identified to the public.

It appeared that all passengers aboard had been asleep at the time of impact. While they had likely all been seated properly, many ended up in the front end of the bus due to the force of impact, Abele said.

Abele said it was not likely that the bus had seat belts.

"In almost 35 years, I've never been to a crash where there's been 13 confirmed fatal accidents," Abele said. "It's tough for all of us," he added. 

CHP reported that 31 people had been injured. Desert Regional Medical Center, Eisenhower Medical Center and JFK Memorial Hospital all received and treated patients from the crash, ranging from five critical patients to others with minor injuries.

A trauma surgeon said the injuries included facial trauma but few broken bones, which is unusual for a high-speed vehicle wreck.

Dr. Ricard Townsend of Desert Regional Medical Center in Palm Springs told reporters Sunday that the bus struck the collapsible trailer of a semi-truck, sending many of the likely unrestrained passengers flying through the air.

He called the widespread facial injuries a hallmark of those not wearing seat belts. He says the injuries indicate the bus was slowing down at the point of impact.

Crews used tow trucks to pry the bus from the back of the semi-truck before clearing the bus from the area. 

The semi-truck driver also suffered injuries and was taken to the hospital for treatment. 

He told CHP he wasn't sure at first what had happened, and that he felt a "thump" in the back of the trailer, which was hauling food products. 

The bus had been inspected as recently as April 2016, in addition to being inspected in 2014 and 2015, and did not have mechanical issues, CHP said.

Because the investigation was still in its early stages, not all of the victims had been identified. CHP encouraged family members to reach out if they had not heard from their loved ones. 

Family members were directed to the Riverside County Fire Department facility at 800 S. Redlands Ave. in Perris, or to call (951) 443-2300. The fire department was setting up a crisis response center there.

NBC4's I-Team has investigated tour bus companies in 2014, and Hollywood tour bus companies in 2016. 

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Tribe Asks DOJ to Intervene in Dakota Access Pipeline


The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe has asked the U.S. Department of Justice to immediately intervene in the escalating situation between protesters and law enforcement over construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline, the tribe's chairman told NBC News on Sunday night.

"The DOJ should be enlisted and expected to investigate the overwhelming reports and videos demonstrating clear strong-arm tactics, abuses and unlawful arrests by law enforcement," Chairman Dave Archambault II told NBC News.

The tribe's request comes after a weekend in which the months-long protest entered a new and more chaotic phase. On Saturday, 127 protesters were arrested on suspicion of criminal trespassing on private property, according to new figures released Sunday by the Morton County Sheriff's Office.

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1 Dead, 5 Injured After Car Hits Motorcyclists in Litchfield


One person is dead and five others injured after a passenger car crashed into a group of 18 motorcycles in Litchfield on Sunday afternoon.

State police said the crash happened on Route 63 around 1:30 p.m. near the intersection of Norfolk Road, near the Forman School.

Life-threatening injuries were initially reported and LifeStar was requested to transport two patients, police said.

The passenger of one motorcycle was killed and the driver was critically injured.

Two other motorcyclists also suffered serious injuries and are being treated at Hartford Hospital.

Two others were treated for minor injuries at Charlotte Hungerford Hospital.

State police have not released the names of anyone who was involved.

The road was closed for several hours reopened around 6:20 p.m. Sunday.

The crash remains under investigation. There is no word on whether the driver of the passenger car faces any charges.


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Route 156 in Lyme Closed Due to Fire


Route 156 in Lyme is closed while crews battle a fire on the sides of an underground communications vault, according to officials.

A small branch took out two 23,000 primary wires, officials said.

Dispatchers said the road was closed near Joshuatown Road. The Lyme Fire Department said there are low hanging wires as a result of the fire and the road will be closed for several hours.

Eversource crews are on scene and other utility companies have also been called.

Eversource is reporting more than 300 outages in Lyme, which is about 25 percent of Eversource customers in town. 

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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Washington Street in Norwich Partially Closed


Part of Washington Street (Route 2) in Norwich is closed due to a downed utility pole, according to police.

Police said southbound traffic on Washington Street near Backus Hospital is being detoured down Lafayette Street. Northbound traffic is flowing normally.

The pole was damaged when it was struck by a car late Sunday night. There were no reported injuries or outages in that accident.

Check back for updates.

Man Found Dead in Drainage Ravine in Shelton


Shelton police are investigating after a 56-year-old man was found dead in a drainage ravine.

Police said the victim, Theodore Bortnick, was found dead near his mother's house on Longfellow Road Sunday.

Police said Bortnick’s mother reported him missing Sunday morning around 11:45 a.m. When police searched the area around the home, they found Bortnick dead in a drainage ravine on the property.

Police said there does not appear to be any foul play, but the case is still under investigation. The Connecticut State Police Major Crimes team is assisting.

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AAA Reminds Drivers to Prepare for Winter


AAA is reminding drivers to prepare vehicles for winter with proper tire care.

The motor club said that worn tires increase a driver’s risk for skidding or spinning out, particularly on wet and icy winter roads.

AAA recommends drivers check the tread and pressure of tires to see if they need replacing. Experts also recommend checking the vehicles alignment and getting tires rotated after every 6,000 miles.

For more information, visit AAA’s website.

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