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IT Issue Affecting Some Airlines Resolved: American Air


A technical issue at with a computer IT firm briefly caused technical problems for airlines in the United States early Friday afternoon, according to American Airlines.

It was one of several air carriers affected by the outage at Sabre, which tweeted about 12:45 p.m. ET that it was working on recovering from unspecified issues customers were facing.

American didn't provide more details about what systems and airlines were affected. Reports on Twitter indicated outages at American, Alaska Airlines and JetBlue; all three responded to several tweets about saying computers, kiosks or the website not working.

American Air confirmed that the issue was with Sabre, and that it affected more than one airline.

"Earlier today, Sabre had a brief technical issue that impacted multiple carriers, including American. This technical issue has been resolved. We apologize to our customers for the inconvenience," the company said in a statement.

An FAA representative told NBC it was checking on the reports.

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Lanes Closed on I-91 in Middletown After Crash


The left lanes of Interstate 91, both north and south, are closed after a crash near exit 20 in Middletown.

LifeStar was called, but canceles and an ambulance will instead do the transport. 

The crash happened on the northbound side of the highway, according to state police.

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Calls Grow for Trump to Respond to Hate Incidents, KKK Rally


A North Carolina chapter of the Ku Klux Klan announced it will hold a rally in December to celebrate Donald Trump's presidential victory, in what a national hate-tracking group called the latest evidence that white supremacist groups are feeling emboldened since the election. 

Calls are now growing for Trump to speak out against a string of hateful incidents across the country since his election. 

The Loyal White Knights of Pelham, North Carolina, one of the largest Ku Klux Klan groups in the U.S., said on its website it will hold the event on Dec. 3. The time and location of the event were not listed. The group is based in Pelham, a small, unincorporated community in Caswell County near the Virginia border. It organized a rally in South Carolina last year protesting the removal of the Confederate flag from the state Capitol building. 

A phone call to the number on the group's website was not immediately returned. Caswell County Sheriff's Office said Friday it did not have information about the event. 

The official newspaper of the the KKK, The Crusader, endorsed Trump for president days before the presidential election and Trump's campaign was quick to reject the support.

"Mr. Trump and the campaign denounces hate in any form. This publication is repulsive and their views do not represent the tens of millions of Americans who are uniting behind our campaign," the campaign said then in a statement. 

Trump was previously criticized for being slow to condemn former Klan leader David Duke after he gave the candidate his backing. The Republican has also repeatedly retweeted messages from white supremacist sympathizers. 

Duke celebrated Trump's win over Democrat Hillary Clinton, tweeting early Wednesday, "This is one of the most exciting nights of my life. Make no mistake about it, our people have played a HUGE role in electing Trump!"

Ryan Lenz, spokesperson for the Southern Poverty Law Center, which tracks hate groups and crimes, said Trump's election "has ripped opened wounds of racial resentment in this country, wounds we thought were healed or we were working to heal for some time."

The SPLC has received reports of 200 racially-tinged incidents and hate crimes from across the U.S. since the election and it's working to review them and understand what is going on, Lenz said.

He added that the KKK and other white supremacist groups feel legitimized by Trump's victory: "The fact is they are once again going to march on the street and celebrate Trump’s victory is proof positive that Donald Trump's campaign has legitimized extremist ideologies in this country so much that they are no longer relegated to the fringes of American society."

Trump has not commented on the hate crime incidents and his presidential transition team has not responded to NBC's requests for comment on Thursday and Friday.

The president-elect did tweet about protesters who have held demonstrations across the U.S. against his presidency. In one tweet he said the protesters were "incited by the media." In a follow up tweet Friday morning, he struck a more conciliatory tone, saying "Love the fact that the small groups of protesters last night have passion for our great country. We will all come together and be proud!"

While most of the rallies were peaceful, police in Portland, Oregon, said a rally there overnight Thursday turned into a "riot" when some protesters carrying bats smashed car and store windows and lit fires. Early Wednesday, protesters in Oakland, California, smashed windows at the Oakland Tribune newsroom, and set tires, trash and newspaper stands on fire there and in Berkeley. 

Jonathan Greenblatt, CEO of the Anti-Defamation League, said incidents of vandalism from anti-Trump protesters also are a "troubling" trend. 

Greenblatt added he's not surprised by KKK's move and their attempt to gain publicity by exploiting the presidential election. He said other white supremacist groups are also celebrating Trump's victory.

James Edwards, a white supremacist who runs “The Political Cesspool, a radio show based in Tennessee, wrote about Trump’s opponents, “I hope President Trump shows them no mercy. Don’t be magnanimous, Mr. President. Crush the defeated, especially those in the media, and Make America Great Again!”

Lenz said The Daily Stormer, the most influential Neo-Nazi website, put out a call Thursday to harass Hispanic and Muslim immigrants and to make them feel a genuine sense of fear. 

SPLC published a petition Friday morning asking the president-elect to reject hate and bigotry. More than 17,000 people have signed it. 

Human Rights Watch has also called for Trump to speak out against hate-filled violence. The New York Times issued a similar appeal in an editorial. 

President Barack Obama, Clinton and other prominent Democrats have said they wished the billionaire businessman the best as he transitions to the presidency. 

But departing Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid lashed out at Trump, saying in a statement that he has "heard more stories in the past 48 hours of Americans living in fear of their own government and their fellow Americans than I can remember hearing in five decades in politics."

"Watching white nationalists celebrate while innocent Americans cry tears of fear does not feel like America," he said.

He said that if Trump "wants to roll back the tide of hate he unleashed, he has a tremendous amount of work to do and he must begin immediately."

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VP-Elect Mike Pence to Take Over Trump Transition


As the Trump presidency gains momentum, the president-elect's team continues to fill out its list of potential cabinet picks with new names, NBC News reported.

Vice President-elect Mike Pence will spearhead the transition, taking over for New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who will be one of several vice-chairs, the Trump campaign announced Friday.

Pence, as well as Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner and campaign chief Steve Bannon will be leading the charge to whittle down names for cabinet positions. Along with them, the executive committee will include three of his children, Donald Trump Jr., Eric Trump and Ivanka Trump, PayPal founder Peter Thiel, and RNC Chairman Reince Priebus.

But despite Donald Trump's campaign pledge to "drain the swamp" in Washington and his outsider campaign, many of the prospects are clear Washington insiders.

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Veterans Parade Rejects CAIR Float


This year's Veterans Day parade in Tulsa, Oklahoma, will not include the Council on American-Islamic Relations, or CAIR. This year CAIR's application to participate in the 2016 Veterans Day parade was denied.

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Trump Transition Hires Hardline Anti-Immigration Advocates


President-elect Donald Trump's transision team includes some of the most conservative opponents to illegal immigration, NBC News reported. 

Kris Kobach, Kansas' Secretary of State, who is a champion of tough anti-illegal immigration laws and ideas, has been hired as part of the team. According to a document obtained by the New York Times, leading Trump's "Immigration Reform & Building the Wall" component of his transition is Danielle Cutrona. She is Sen. Jeff Sessions' counsel on the Judiciary Committee. Sessions has long opposed illegal — and many forms of legal — immigration.

"There's going to be a lot to do there in part because Mr. Trump and Mr. Obama are diametric opposites when it comes to immigration policy," Kobach told Kansas' KWCH. "So there will be a lot of changes."

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Waterbury Considers Using App That Tracks School Buses


The Board of Education in Waterbury will be voting next week on whether to use an app that would allow parents to track school buses in real time.

Some school districts in the northeast are already using the app, which is called Durham Bus Tracker and parents can access it through a smartphone or computer.

One of the parents in support of using the app is the mother of a 5-year-old boy who was dropped off two miles from home in September and got home thanks to a police officer who noticed and brought the little boy home.

“Anything could have happened. He could have (gotten) kidnapped, hit by a car, anything,” Samantha Paneto said.

Officials from the school district admitted that the app would not have prevented what happened.

There were some concerns about privacy, but others argued that bus routes are already public information and the information could be good for parents to have.

If the board of education approves using the app, the schools could start using it in January.

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Search Underway After Police Pursue 3 Cars on Shoreline


Police are searching for three car thieves who led state troopers on a chase in stolen vehicles along the shoreline early this morning.

Three people in a 2004 Jeep Liberty had been stolen out of Hamden on Nov. 8 went to Clinton overnight and stole a 2008 Mercury Mariner and 2003 Toyota Camry that were unlocked and had keys nearby, according to state police.

They then went to Old Saybrook, where they tried to steal or break in to more cars, but an alarm went off and they fled, police said.

However, a resident saw the cars and called Old Saybrook police and officers responded to Quarry Street just before 2:30 a.m. to investigate suspicious activity.

Within 25 minutes, Old Saybrook police called state police because the people who had been trying to break into cars fled south on Interstate 95.

When state police saw all three vehicles, they tried to stop them, but the drivers kept going and tried to get off the highway at exit 56, state police said.

At that point, the Mercury Mariner hit an embankment, crashed in a Dunkin' Donuts parking lot at East Industrial and Leetes Island roads, and the driver fled, according to state police.

The drivers of the Jeep Liberty and Toyota Camry continued going and fled on Route 1 into East Haven, police said. At that point, state troopers called off the chase.

Minutes later, East Haven police called state police because a Jeep Liberty hit a house on Dodge Road in East Haven. The driver fled after causing damage to the porch. Police said no one was home at the time of the crash.

The driver of the Camry was able to get away in the vehicle and all three drivers remain at large.

Anyone with information should call 860-399-2100 or text TIP711 with any information to 274637.

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FBI Looking Into Norwich Public Utilities


The FBI is looking into Norwich Public Utilities. 

A spokesman for the utility company said FBI agents went to their offices on Golden Street on Friday, Oct. 28 and they are cooperating fully. It’s not clear what the bureau is investigating. 

Norwich city manager John Salamone said the FBI has also reached out for city records, including emails. 

"There has been some contact from the FBI for city records, as well as e-mails," said Salamone, who added he does not know the circumstances behind the FBI inquiry. 

The city owns Norwich Public Utilities, which provides natural gas, electricity, water and sewer services for the community. 

“While we are unable to determine the course of the investigation at this time, the men and women of NPU remain focused on meeting the needs of our customers every single day, just as we have since 1904. We have been asked not to comment any further on this matter," Norwich Public Utility said in a statement.

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Woman Who Played Integral Role in World War II Recalls Experience


Of the more than 16 million Americans who served in World War Two, just a few hundred thousand were women. However, they played an integral part in winning the war. 

“I wanted to fight for my country. I wanted to live in a free country and if I could do anything I was gonna do it,” Constance Collins said. 

The 92-year-old said her sense of patriotism pushed her to join the military during World War II, specifically the bombing of Pearl Harbor. At just 20 years old, she asked her parents for permission to enlist in the Navy, following in her father’s footsteps. 

On the same day, Collins, her older sister and a younger brother all left for war, while another brother joined a monastery. 

“On one day the family went from nine to five,” Collins said. 

However, Collins said her family supported their daughter’s decision. 

“Mother was gung-ho. ‘Constance, if you want to go, you go,’” her mother said, Collins recalled. 

In 1944, women were not allowed to join the full Navy and could only serve stateside. Collins and her sister Shirley went into the reservist program called WAVES or Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service. 

“You felt that you were really helping the war effort,” Collins said. 

She worked as a cartographer in Washington D.C, drawing maps of the Pacific, based on photographs taken from the air. 

“We would place the bridges and places that they were supposed to bomb on the map. Every time I did it, I said a prayer, ‘Please let me put the bridge where it is,’” she recalled. 

With men leaving their jobs in droves to join the fight in World War II, women were also encouraged to enlist. However, not everyone supported their participation. 

“The men were terrible. They didn’t want the women in the service. That was their territory,” Collins said. 

Many women weren't much better. 

Collins remembered drawing the ire of some women for ignoring social norms and wanting a career instead of staying home. 

“Most of them sort of turned their back on you,” she recalled. “Because they were so limited in their thinking and narrow-minded they missed the opportunity to be part of the war effort. I didn’t care how they treated me. I thought they were the losers.” 

When asked if the war could have been won without the help of women like her, Collins said, “Absolutely not,” recalling that even President Dwight Eisenhower said the war couldn’t have been won without their participation. 

“The women ended up doing all the jobs that the men were doing because the men had to go fight,” she added. 

After two years in the service, Collins attended Sargent College of Boston University on the GI Bill. It was located in Cambridge, right next to Harvard Law School, which was experiencing the largest class to date as the war had just ended. 

By that point, Collins said men were less concerned about a women’s role in the war and more worried about finding a wife. 

“Wow what fertile ground, because the men were afraid there weren’t going to be enough women to go around,” she said. “Boy, what a field day. I had at least a half a dozen proposals the first week I was at Sergeant College. I thought, ‘Wow, this is great. I said to one guy, ‘You don’t even know my name!’” 

One young man, a former Army captain attending Harvard Law, did catch her attention. 

“There’s my Jim. The love of my life. We were soul mates,” she said, looking at Jim Collins’ picture on the dining room table. 

The two married and had four kids. 

“There weren’t very many of my friends who had mothers who were telling stories like that, and when she showed excitement about being patriotic, she showed excitement about going out and being part of the world and the adventures she had and the thankfulness she had to the country for being able to get a free education it just made you feel good,” her daughter, Betty Collins, said. 

Jim, a Connecticut judge, ran unsuccessfully for Congress in Harford County twice in the 1960s. 

Still, life seemed pretty rich compared to growing up in the Great Depression. 

Collins said their service during World War II paved the way for those possibilities. 

“I lived in a free country and freedom is priceless,” she said, patriotically. 

Jim died tragically of cancer in 1975, at the age of 56. 

Collins visits his grave every Memorial Day and joins volunteers who put flags out at West Hartford’s Fairview Cemetery, honoring the freedoms they served and fought to protect. 

After the war, Collins and the rest of the women in the Navy Reserves were declared full members of the military.  

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Women Anxious About Future of Contraception Under Trump


More women are asking Planned Parenthood workers about access to birth control and other health care since Donald Trump was elected president, according to the organization's chief medical officer. 

Some women have taken to social media to discuss their concerns about the prospect of affordable access to women’s health care diminishing, with one long-lasting form of birth control called an IUD apparently attracting extra attention. 

Trump has promised to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act as one of his first acts in office, which could mean the end of free, FDA-approved contraception, including birth control pills, diaphragms, IUDs and emergency contraception like Plan B. In an interview with The Wall Street Journal on Friday, Trump said he would consider keeping at least two parts of President Barack Obama's signature health care law: a ban on insurers denying coverage to people with pre-existing conditions and a provision that allows young adults to stay on their parents' plans. 

“Since the election, we have seen an uptick in questions about access to health care, birth control, and the Affordable Care Act,” said Dr. Raegan McDonald-Mosley, the chief medical officer of Planned Parenthood. “While we truly hope that birth control methods will be available, accessible and affordable to all women under the Trump administration, we understand people’s real concerns about losing access to birth control, which is basic health care for women.”

There is a real possibility that health care cuts could come in the months after Trump is inaugurated in January, according to Cindy Pearson, the 19-year executive director of National Women's Health Network.

"It's not an irrational fear," Pearson said. "It's a fear that stems from people who will soon be in charge of Congress and the White House. We're very concerned since Mr. Trump and Mr. Pence have supported policies that would leave women in difficult situations."

NBC has reached out Trump's campaign for comment. 

Trump has expressed different positions on women's health issues. He voiced disapproval for abortions during the campaign, even telling MSNBC’s Chris Matthews in March that women who get abortions should be “punished,” though he later backtracked on that statement. As for birth control, Trump said on "The Dr. Oz Show" in September that women shouldn't need a prescription to have access to it. 

There is one safe and effective form of birth control that can last for four years, when another president may be elected, and some women appear to be discussing it. 

The IUD, short for intrauterine device, is a T-shaped object inserted in a woman's uterus, where it can stay for years. It is 99 percent effective at preventing pregnancies — more than condoms, though IUDs do not prevent sexually transmitted diseases. Hormonal IUDs can last for about 3 to 6 years on average, while non-hormonal IUDs can last for up to 12 years, according to Planned Parenthood.

IUDs have offered a unique appeal for their longevity. Google searches for the term were four times their average on Wednesday night, after Trump was projected to win the presidency.

And women on Twitter have suggested that others get IUDs to last through a Trump presidency.

Kristyn Brandi, MD, OB/GYN and family planning specialist at Boston Medical Center and fellow with Physicians for Reproductive Health called the Affordable Care Act a "game-changer" for helping women afford contraception.

“We don't really know what will happen with the new administration," she said. "I have heard of several women that are concerned about either access to IUDs or replacing existing ones. We have already seen patients who are seeking contraception based on concerns about what will happen to reproductive health and the Affordable Care Act."

The talk of IUDs may have been prompted by an article in The Daily Beast last week. 

"What Donald Trump has promised to do—and what Mike Pence has actually done during his tenure as governor of Indiana—is to make birth control a lot more difficult for women to access,” Erin Gloria Ryan wrote, advocating that women consider getting an IUD in case Trump were elected.

IUDs are the third most popular form of contraception, according to Planned Parenthood, behind condoms and birth control pills, and they were already becoming more popular. The organization has seen a 91 percent increase in IUD users in the last five years alone.

McDonald-Mosley said Planned Parenthood expects that trend to continue in coming years. 

Democrats have long supported Planned Parenthood, but Republicans have fought in recent years to restrict funding to the organization. Since Trump was elected president, the organization has made it clear that they are there to stay. 

"We now face a very different future, and there is uncertainty ahead," their website read after the race was called. "But one thing is for sure: We will never back down, and Planned Parenthood will never stop providing the care patients need."

Pearson and the NWHN are preparing to "fight like crazy" to stop potential health care cuts, she said.

--Suzanne Ciechalski contributed to this story

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Dow Posts Best Week Since 2011 After Trump Election Win


U.S. equities closed mostly higher on Friday, with the three major indexes posting their best weekly gains of the year on the back of a surprise Republican sweep, CNBC reported.

"I think you're seeing a transition from a government that had its thumb on growth to a free economy," said Bruce Bittles, chief investment strategist at Baird. "We're now looking at an economy that can reach its full potential."

The Dow Jones industrial average closed about 37 points higher, with Goldman Sachs contributing the most gains. For the week, the Dow rose around 5.4 percent, marking its best weekly performance since December 2011.

"The Republican sweep across Washington should pave the way for tax reform at both the individual and corporate level. America's largest multinational companies will almost assuredly have the opportunity to repatriate some of its foreign cash holdings for a modest penalty," said Jeremy Klein, chief market strategist at FBN Securities.

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What Hillary Clinton's Decision to Wear Purple Means


During her concession speech to new president elect, Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton and her team's decision to wear purple drew much attention.

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15-Year-Old Missing in Naugatuck Last Seen Getting in Car: Police


Police are looking for a 15-year-old girl from Naugatuck who was last seen getting in a car on Friday afternoon. 

Aliyah Scott is described as being 5'3" tall, weighing approximately 100 pounds and having dark hair with purple highlights. 

Scott was last seen at 12:30 p.m. getting into a white 1994 white Honda Accord, displaying a Connecticut license plate that read 2AKME4 registered on Birch Street, Waterbury.

If anyone has information on the missing teen or car, please call Naugatuck police at (203) 729-5221. 

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Harp Responds to Trump's Proposal to Cut Sanctuary Funding


President-elect Donald Trump’s proposed policy of cutting funding for sanctuary cities is hitting home with the immigrant community in New Haven.

Father James Manship is the pastor at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in the Fair Haven section of the Elm City.

"One can feel the anxiousness and the fear in the community, both here in the parish and in the neighborhood," he told NBC Connecticut Friday afternoon.

Most of the parishioners who worship in his church are immigrant families worried about President-elect Donald Trump’s campaign promises on immigration, Manship said.

Often citing the murder of Kate Steinle in San Francisco by an undocumented immigrant released by police, Trump has pledged to cut federal funding for sanctuary cities like New Haven.

These cities, which include New York and Los Angeles, have policies for police to target undocumented immigrants nor turn them over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

"We are a community that values everyone," New Haven Mayor Toni Harp said.

The mayor offered these words of reassurance to the Elm City’s immigrant population when asked about Trump’s threat to slash funding for sanctuary cities.

"We see them as part of very vibrant community," she said of immigrant families, "That our policies have not changed and will not change and we don’t want them to be afraid here in New Haven. Please don’t be afraid to send your kids to school."

Newly re-elected Sen. Richard Blumenthal said fixing a broken immigration system requires bi-partisan congressional action.

"What’s needed is fundamental, far-reaching immigration reform that will enable the 11 million people who are in the shadows now to come out and have a path to earn citizenship," Blumenthal said.

The idea of splitting up families through deportations to maintain federal funding for things like schools and construction projects does not sit well with Father Manship.

"It’s not just about money," he said. "But it’s about tearing apart the fabric of the community."

If Trump follows through on this campaign promise, New Haven would not be the only affected city in the state. Hartford, Bridgeport and Stamford are also sanctuary cities.

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QU Students Arrested for Possession Large Amounts of Weed


Three Quinnipiac University students have been arrested for possession large amounts of marijuana, Hamden Police said. 

On Nov. 4, Hamden Police responded to the school and learned that Quinnipiac University public safety had located large quantities of marijuana in a dorm room. 

Andrew Stein, 19, Thomas Famulary, 19, and Samuel Belanger, 20, all of New Jersey, were arrested and charged with possessing marijuana with intent to sell, police said. 

More than 300 grams of marijuana and $810, in addition to drug paraphernalia was found in the students' shared dorm room, police said. 

They were each assigned a bond set at $5,000 and are expected to appear in court on Nov. 17. 

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Fire Damages Home in Canton


Crews battled a fire at a home on East Hill Road in Canton Friday.

The fire damaged the second floor, attic and roof, according to fire officials.

Firefighters told NBC Connecticut that the home has solar panels which were a concern while putting out the flames. 

The family won't be able to stay in the home Friday night, fire officials said.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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Trump Open to Keeping Parts of Obamacare: Report


President-elect Donald Trump is open to keeping parts of President Obama's signature health care law, he said in an interview with the Wall Street Journal published Friday.

Trump told the paper, after speaking with Obama at the White House the day before, he was considering keeping the clause that allows children to stay on their parents' insurance policies.

The president-elect also told the Journal that he favors the prohibition on insurers denying coverage to patient with a pre-existing condition.

"I like those very much," Mr. Trump told the paper.

Trump has argued in the past that the pre-existing condition aspect of the law should not be repealed.

During the Republican primary debate that aired on CNN on Feb. 25, Trump said of the prohibition, "I think we need it. I think it's a modern age. And I think we have to have it."

Despite his acceptance of these two aspects of the law, Trump reiterated to the Journal that he will repeal and replace Obamacare when he takes office.

Trump told the paper he would move "quickly" in repealing the law.    

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Fight Over Donald Trump Breaks Out at Old Saybrook Restaurant


A fight over the president-elect Donald Trump at an Old Saybrook restaurant resulted in two arrests. 

At 8:40 p.m., Old Saybrook police responded to complaints of a fight between an employee and patrons at the Cockoo's Nest on Boston Post Road. 

An altercation broke out on the second floor of the restaurant and dishes were being thrown, police said. 

One man was placed under arrest, while another was transported to the Middlesex Medical Center Shoreline Emergency Department for injuries. 

Evan Brown, 34, whose birthday was this Friday, was arrested and charged with breach of peace and third-degree assault. His bond was set at $2,500. 

Douglas Dahlberg, 58, of Clinton, will eventually be processed and charged with breach of peace. His bond will be set at $1,000.

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