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82-Year-Old Man in Old Saybrook Conned Out of $500


An Old Saybrook man was scammed after accepting an offer to have his car repaired at his home.

The man, who asked to remain anonymous, said he turned down scams before. But when these men started doing the work, and one showed his driver's license, he was fooled.

"I never fell victim to a scam I can spot them a mile away," he said.

While most of the rust on his car is gone, it's still covered in compound.

The scammers followed him home from the Shop Rite in Clinton and started to work on the man's car immediately. Then they offered to fix the hood and fender the man's truck and asked for $500 cash.

"He says $500 for both cars. That was an extraordinary price for that kind of work," the 82-year-old veteran said.

"(The scammer) gave me his drivers license, he took his wallet out and said, 'here's who I am.' He was so forceful on my knowing who he was that I said this guy could not be crooked."

But they preyed on his vulnerability. The cons said they'd be back the next day to finish the work and never returned.

"I said to myself, 'Dummy, stupid, you've been scammed!"

The man called 911.

That same week, an elderly woman called Old Saybrook Police after she was approached with the same kind of offer.

"Obviously it makes us sad because our job is to serve and protect and make sure that no one is taking advantage of anyone who is vulnerable. In this case, our elderly population," said Police Chief Michael Spera.

Police are still actively investigating and believe they know who these scammers are. They'll be charged with larceny and performing vehicle repairs without a license, Spera said.

According to Old Saybrook Police, if you want to make sure services are legitimate, call police. It'll either scare them away, or confirm it's the real deal.

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Veterans Honored Across Connecticut


From the shoreline to the Capital City, and towns and cities in between, the service and bravery of Connecticut’s military men and women were remembered Friday. For a brief moment everyone seemed to be united, singing, praying, and giving thanks to the veterans who kept us free.

Dozens of veterans gathered in Glastonbury’s Green Park surrounded by family, friends, and school children who all came to honor them on Veterans Day.

“Some of them did amazing things and we really wouldn’t be safe if it weren’t for them,” said fourth grader, Maggie Twardowski, of Sudbury, Massachusetts.

Her mother, an Enfield native, served in the Air Force in the late 80’s.

While we take time each Memorial Day to honor those who paid the ultimate sacrifice, and honor all veterans on Veterans Day, retired Army Police Officer Arnie Higgins says attends the Glastonbury Veterans Day ceremony to remember those we’ve lost.

“To remember all of our fellas who gave their lives,” he said.

Unveiled during the ceremony, Avery Motycka’s Eagle Scout project to honor the heroes of the first war on American soil, the American Revolution.

“The Revolutionary War was pretty important to our country because without it we wouldn’t be where we are today,” explained Motycka.

The monument is high tech. On the back will sit a plaque. You can use your smart phone to actually scan the QR code and pull up the names of the 400 people from Glastonbury who participated in the Revolutionary War.

In New Haven, the Unity Boys Choir sang, “My Country Tis of the Thee,” as a twice deployed Marine who served in Operation Iraqi Freedom spoke about his military experiences.

"I can honestly say that this generation has not only answered our call to arms but also they've never forgotten their oath of service and love of service to others,” said SGT James Namnoun of the U.S. Marines.

In Hartford, 50-years after he finished fighting in the Korean War, 99-year-old veteran Restituto Oyola-Alvarez, who first served in World War II, received the long-overdue medals he earned for that service.

“He was always a very proud soldier,” said daughter Sara Olyola-Bowman.

Oyola-Alvarez served as a member of the Puerto Rican regiment the Borinqueneers, recently honored with the Congressional Gold Medal.

“I’m very emotional and very touched. My fathered served well in the army for 20-years,” added Olyola-Bowman.

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4 Americans Killed in Attack at US Airfield in Afghanistan


Four Americans are dead after a man detonated a "suicide vest" early Saturday morning at Bagram Airfield, the largest U.S. military base in Afghanistan, a senior U.S. military official confirmed to NBC News.

Two U.S. service members and two American contractors were killed in the attack, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said in a statement. 

Aside from the victims who were killed, an estimated 14 others were injured in the attack, which occurred around 5:30 a.m. local time, as people were gathering for a post-Veterans Day event.

"I want to express my sincere condolences to the families of the fallen, and I want to reassure the loved ones of those injured that they are getting the best possible care," Carter said. 

There was no immediate word on the identities of the victims.

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Man Shot at Anti-Trump Protest in Portland


A man was shot during the latest protest against President-elect Donald Trump in Portland, Oregon, early Saturday, NBC News reported.

A gunman was being hunted following the incident on the Morrison Bridge.

"Preliminary information indicates that a suspect was in a vehicle on the bridge and there was a confrontation with someone in the protest," Portland Police said in a statement. "The suspect got out of the vehicle and fired multiple shots injuring the victim."

Authorities said his wounds are not thought to be life-threatening.

The suspect was descried as an African American male aged in his late teens. He is believed to have fled in a gray or silver sedan.

Earlier, police reported that "burning projectiles" were being thrown at officers during one of three demonstrations that occurred simultaneously in the city.

'Magic Food Bus' Provides Food to MxCC Students and Staff


At Middlesex Community College food relief is parked on the lower level lot and seats nearly 50.

"I would walk by and see it and wonder what it was," said freshman Selena Rivera.

The freshman's curiosity turned to generosity after professor Judith Felton explained how the bus is helping students and staff in need.

"Many of our students is part of the ALICE population. And ALICE stands for Asset Limited Income Constrained and Employed," said Professor Felton.

Through grants and college funding, the former party bus has been transformed in to a food pantry. Goods ranging from tomato sauce to cereal, line the shelves just below the would-be window seats.

Volunteers said each shopper gets 20 items per month and all the food free.

The bus is open for visitors five hours a day Monday through Friday.

"It's a really admirable thing," said Sophomore Talon Menard.

You do need a student ID to climb aboard. But much like the song goes -- relief from the bus goes round and round.

"You're not just helping one person you are helping a whole household," said Rivera.

Volunteers said they have helped more than 150 students since the bus opened in September.

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Volunteers Donate New Roof to World War II Veteran


Christmas came early to the home of a Westport veteran Saturday. An army of volunteers rolled up their sleeves to put a new roof over the head of World War II veteran, Clayton Chalfant.

“I couldn’t believe it. Unbelievable how they do this. No words to describe it,” said Chalfant.

An Army veteran who served in Europe during the war, the 92-year-old was left temporarily speechless by the generosity of a stranger.

“Marvelous. Give me some adjectives. It’s just wonderful. It’s just amazing, I’m so grateful,” he added.

Hebron Roofer Klaus Larsen started the “Santa Klaus” project to help our military men and women. He gives a free roof to a veteran each a month.

“What an opportunity on Veterans Day to give a roof away to a WWII veteran. It’s just absolutely awesome and a great way to give back for what he’s done for us,” said Larsen, owner of Klaus Larsen Roofing.

The project brought Larsen full circle. A native of Denmark, he’s thankful to America’s military for liberating and rebuilding his home country after World War II.

“The Danes never, never forgotten that. So, for me coming over here and being able to give back to a WWII veteran is just very special to me and my family,” Larsen explained.

“My dad has been so involved in this town for many many years and it’s such an honor to have him recognized,” added his daughter Daun Van Sant.

Chalfant’s in-laws actually built their home back in the 50’s. The family had tried to patch up the roof, but they needed a new one and couldn’t afford it.

“I’d have to take a loan, an equity loan, which we were gonna do,” Chalfant explained.

“Times were tough, you know. And, it’s been a blessing, such a blessing for us,” added Van Sant.

Members of the Westport fire and police departments volunteered to help with the project. Seeing the community’s effort, this unexpected but much needed helping hand, brought tears to his daughter’s eyes.

“He deserves every bit of it. He’s a strong, wonderful father. I couldn’t ask for a better father,” she said.

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No Injuries Reported After Minivan Strikes Hartford House


Some Hartford residents got an unpleasant wake up call when a minivan crashed into their home Saturday morning.

The incident happened around 4:15 a.m. at 141 Edgewood Street.

The minivan struck the home’s exterior wall, damaging some bricks and the front stoop.

Sherrie Allen, who lives in the home with her daughter and parents, was asleep on the third floor when she was jolted awake. At first, she through it was an earthquake.

“I heard the crash and then I felt the house jerked. I jumped out of my sleep, looked out the window. I didn’t see anything except my gate missing, ran downstairs and looked out my porch window… see a minivan in my house,” she said.

Allen told NBC Connecticut the driver said a tire blew out, causing him to lose control. No one was injured.

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Two Bank Robberies Reported in Enfield


Enfield police are investigating two attempted bank robberies Saturday morning.

Police said just before 11 a.m. robberies were reported at the Peoples United Bank on Hazard Avenue and the Webster Bank on Freshwater Boulevard.

Enfield Police Chief Carl Sferrazza said one of the robberies was successful and the other was not, but he could not immediately offer details.

No injuries have been reported in either incident. It is not clear at this point if the robberies are connected.

Police are searching for suspects.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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Crews Battle Brush Fire in Cornwall, Warren


Crews continue to battle a brush fire that has been burning on the Warren/Cornwall line.

Litchfield County dispatch said Saturday that at least three companies were on scene near 184 Flat Rock Road in Warren knocking down hot spots. The area has been burning on and off for an extended period of time.

The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection is monitoring the situation. DEEP officials said the residents in the area should expect to see considerable smoke over the next few days while the fire smolders.

No injuries were reported.

Photo Credit: Merkushev Vasiliy, Shutterstock

Connecting You to Joy: 2016 Food Drive


It’s a troubling statistic – one in eight Connecticut residents does not have enough food on a daily basis.

It’s why NBC Connecticut and Comcast teamed up today for our annual food drive. It’s all part of our “Connecting You to Joy” campaign.

The NBC Connecticut team split up to hit two locations in the state – the Big Y in Manchester, and the XFINITY store in Groton.

Manchester efforts supported Foodshare, the regional food bank for Tolland and Hartford County.

“So the turkeys that come in today are going to go straight to back to Foodshare. We’ve had requests from 15,871 local friends and neighbors across Greater Hartford so starting next week we have appointments set up with all our partners in the community and we’re going to start distributing them to families,” explained Foodshare’s Communications Manager Amanda Renna, Communications Manager.

Many people donated to the cause, including Aiello Home Services, which donated 100 turkeys and dozens of boxes of non-perishable food items.

Over in Groton NBC Connecticut teamed up with the United Way of Southeastern Connecticut and efforts supported the Connecticut Food Bank, which serves New Haven, Litchfield, Middlesex, New London, Windham and Fairfield counties.

Food and monetary donations were collected for both Connecticut Foodshare and Connecticut Food Bank. Frozen turkeys, non-perishable food items, and monetary donations were all accepted.

Every $10 can provide 25 meals to a neighbor in need.

Thanks to all of your donations today, many families across the region will be able to have a full holiday meal this year. 

For more information on Foodshare, click here. For more information on the Connecticut Food Bank, click here.

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ISIS Attack at Muslim Shrine in Pakistan Kills Over 45


A suicide bombing claimed by ISIS rocked a Muslim shrine in a remote part of southwestern Pakistan just before sunset Saturday, killing more than 45 people, officials told NBC News.

The attack, which also injured dozens, happened while hundreds of people were gathered for worship at Dargah Shah Noorani, a shrine in Balochistan province.

Many of the killed and injured were women and children, ambulance dispatch operator Ghulam Ali told NBC News, adding that medics were struggling to reach victims.

"The area is isolated and dark, and it is not even reachable by car but only by foot, so we are expecting higher casualties," he said.

Photo Credit: EFE

Massive Anti-Trump Protest Floods NYC Streets


Protesters flooded Manhattan's Union Square Saturday in a fourth straight day of rallies against the election of Donald Trump.

Thousands of protesters marched at Union Square Saturday afternoon to vocalize their objection to the president-elect and his policies. Police estimate the number of protesters to be over 5,000 people. None have been arrested.

Homemade picket signs bobbed throughout the sea of protesters, several of which read "love trumps hate" in black block letters. 

"We reject the president-elect!" the crowd chanted as protesters started marching up Fifth Avenue. Some climbed the poles of scaffolding and stood on them, holding protest signs while pumping their firsts in the air.

Traffic delays and intermittent street closures were present throughout Manhattan on Saturday afternoon, including the Union Square area and East 57th Street and Fifth Avenue. 

Meanwhile, protests continued Saturday in Chicago, where demonstrations have also formed every day since the election.

The Chicago protest began at 10 a.m. at Millennium Park. The crowd of about one thousand people then marched down Michigan Avenue, chanting things like "the people united will never be divided," and "we reject the president-elect."

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West Hartford Homes Burglarized While Residents Slept: PD


Police are investigating two home burglaries and a car theft that happened in West Hartford overnight. 

On Friday, police responded to two different homes, one of Barton Street and the other on Brian Road, about reports of burglaries. In both cases the residents were asleep in the home.

Both homeowners said flat screen TVs, cash and other electronic items were taken from the home while the residents were asleep, West Hartford Police said. 

Police believe the doors were left unlocked, as there was no evidence of force entry.

The same night, a car was stolen from Grennan Road. A few days prior, a car was also taken from West Hartford. Both drivers had left the car's unlocked with the keys inside, police said. 

West Hartford Police said they are adding extra patrols to the area and encourages residents to secure their homes and cars.

Anyone with information on these crimes or has seen suspicious activity in the area they are encouraged to call the WHPD at (860) 523-5203. 

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State Police Investigate Homicide in Willimantic


Connecticut State Police Eastern District Major Crime detectives are investigating a homicide in Willimantic, officials said.

Willimantic police responded to a call at 38 Pulaski Court around 3 a.m. for a reported disturbance, When they arrived they found a male victim suffering life threatening injuries. The victim died on scene. He has not been identified.

Willimantic police and state police searched the area for other victims and suspects but none were located.

State police are handling the investigation at the request of the Willimantic Police Chief and the State’s Attorney office. The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner will determine the cause and manner of death.

Police are looking for two male suspects who were reported running from the scene. One of them may have been injured and bleeding, police said.

More information was not immediately available.

Anyone with information on this case is asked to contact Eastern District Major Crime at 860-896-3200 or text TIP711 with any information to 274637. All tips will remain confidential.

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Clinton Blames Comey For Stopping Campaign Momentum: Source


Hillary Clinton told donors on a conference call Saturday that she blames FBI Director James Comey for stopping her campaign's momentum in the final stretch, a source on the call told NBC News. 

“There are lots of reasons why an election like this is not successful," Clinton said on the call, according to the source. "But our analysis is that Comey’s letter raising doubts that were groundless, baseless, proven to be, stopped our momentum,” she said.

Just weeks before the election, Comey sent a letter to congress that said the FBI found additional emails pertinent to the investigation into Clinton's use of a private server while secretary of state. 

The emails were later determined to not warrant further action by the FBI. 

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'Hear! Hear!': United Pilot Bans Political Discussions On-Board After 'Scuffle'


A United Airlines captain warned passengers to keep politics off his plane or face removal after a politically-charged "scuffle" broke out aboard a flight from San Francisco to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, late this week.

A passenger recorded cellphone video of the captain’s brief sermon on United flight 1212 and it was posted on Jon Bauer's YouTube account Friday.

"On my friends@wirelessness flight from SFO to Mexico, some kinda scuffle broke out where an individual with a ‘plaid shirt and a camo cap’ said something racist (about being ‘glad to have kept his guns’) to an African American lady, and she began to cry and freak out,” Bauer explained in the caption.

Bauer said crew members “separated the two of them" before the captain of the flight got on the intercom system to deliver a heartfelt plea to his passengers, discouraging further political discussion.

The captain reminded passengers that they were clashing over politics while “in a metal tube at 35,000 feet.”

“I understand that everybody has their opinions. That’s fine. If you support him, great. If you don’t, I understand,” he said about president-elect Donald Trump’s victory.

The captain asked passengers to bear in mind that the trip to Mexico was so people could “have a good time.”

“And what I do ask is that as people we have the common decency to respect each other’s decisions and to get along,” the captain urged.

He continued, "Nobody is going to change their minds by arguing. And let's keep our opinions to ourselves, on this particular matter, at this particular time. When cooler heads prevail and we can talk and realize we're all human beings and we call can stick together and we can all pull for this country in our own way, then that's what we should do."

If passengers want to “rant” and “rave,” however, the captain insinuated that they would be removed from his plane. "There's another flight tomorrow. You're not going to be on this one," he warned.

His broadcast was met with cheers and applause, and someone can be heard saying, “Hear! Hear!”

United Airlines spokeswoman Megan McCarthy confirmed that an incident occured on the flight, but didn't comment on the specific nature of the disagreement.

"Our pilot worked to diffuse an argument between customers and worked to get the flight safely to its destination," McCarthy said in a statement to NBC. 

Photo Credit: Jon Bauer via YouTube

Norwalk Police Seek Suspect in October Car Break-Ins


Norwalk police are searching for a suspect accused of breaking into two cars in the Maritime Parking Garage on Oct. 25.

Police said the suspect, described as thin male with dreadlocks, was seen on surveillance footage wandering the parking lot located at 11 North Street. The suspect then smashed the rear passenger window of an Acura and stole a backpack and a jacket from the car. The suspect also broke the window of a Honda CRV, but did not take anything from the car.

The suspect was wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt, jeans, and black sneakers at the time of the incident.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Norwalk police at 203-854-3039.

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2 Men Attack Trump Supporter in Meriden: Police


Two men were arrested after they allegedly attacked a man who was waving an American flag and holding a Trump election sign, police said.

According to Meriden police, the victim was standing on the traffic island at the intersection of Hanover Street and Colony Street around noon Saturday when the assault occurred.

Police said the two male suspects stopped their car, got out of the vehicle, and began punching and kicking the man, forcing the victim into the street. Meriden Police Lt. Lawrence Guidobono, who was parked nearby and witnessed the incident, stepped in to stop the attack.

The victim reported to police that the two men gave him the finger and he responded “same to you,” right before the attack started. The victim refused medical attention.

Wilson Eschevarria, 32, of Meriden, was charged with third-degree assault. His bond was set at $500 and he is expected in court on Nov. 23.

The second suspect, Anthony Hobdy, 36, of Meriden, was wanted on several arrest warrants and found with 54 bags of heroin packed for sale, according to police. He was charged with third-degree assault, possession narcotics, and second-degree failure to appear.

His bond was set at $540,000.

Photo Credit: Meriden Police Department

Trump Says He'll be 'Restrained' on Twitter, Then Slams NYT


President-elect Donald Trump said in an interview that will air Sunday that he will be "restrained" with the use of social media as president, NBC News reported.

"I'm going to be very restrained, if I use it at all, I'm going to be very restrained," Trump said in an interview with CBS' "60 Minutes" that will air Sunday night.

But by Sunday morning, Trump had already contradicted himself. He lashed out at the New York Times on Twitter, complaining about "very poor" coverage and claiming without evidence the paper is "losing thousands of subscribers."

Trump then followed up with a tweet referring to himself in the third person and slamming the Times as "dishonest" for saying that he believes "more countries should acquire nuclear weapons." In his tweet, Trump falsely claimed he never said that.

But in interviews with the Times, CNN and Fox News, Trump did say that more countries, including Japan and South Korea, should have nuclear weapons.

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A Not So Funny Night at TD Garden


One of the comics apparently turned the crowd off at TD Garden Saturday when the subject turned to Donald Trump.

Wanda Sykes, a comedian from Los Angeles, called the president-elect a racist and a homophobe, among other things. She was booed and eventually gave the finger to the crowd as she left the stage - never to return.

Sam Degreen and Kelsey Mollergren, students at Berklee College of Music were at the show. They're Trump supporters, and while they say some of the other comedians did make jokes about Donald Trump, Sykes in particular was not funny.

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