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Hunter Finds Missing Girl Clinging to Tree


A hunter finds a missing 12-year-old developmentally disabled girl clinging to a tree in the Minnesota River. He leaped into action to help the girl.

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Man Dies After Falling from I-84 Onto Railroad Tracks


A 20-year-old New Britain man is dead after falling over a concrete barrier on Interstate 84 East in Hartford Tuesday night and onto the railroad tracks below, according to state police.

Police said the 2007 Chevy Aveo that Mark Anthony Lopez had been driving was stopped in the left lane of I-84 near exit 49 and Lopez was standing outside the vehicle when another driver hit the back of the car just after 9:30 p.m.

Lopez fell over the barrier, onto the railroad tracks, and died from his injuries, according to state police.

Anyone with information is asked to call Troop H at 860-534-1000.

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Man Charged in Willimantic Armed Robbery


Willimantic police are searching for a suspect that robbed a Subway store at gunpoint Tuesday evening.

Police said the incident happened around 7 p.m. According to police, a male suspect, later identified as Luis Francisco Davilla, 37, entered the Subway on High Street and showed a handgun. After he left employees called 911 and gave a description to police.

The employees were not injured during the robbery.

Officers located Davilla a short time later and took him into custody. He was charged with first-degree robbery, breach of peace, and sixth degree larceny. He was held on a $100,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in court Wednesday.

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Trump Requests Security Clearance for Son-in-Law Kushner


Donald Trump has taken the unprecedented step of requesting that his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, receive top-secret clearance to join him for his Presidential Daily Briefings, which began Tuesday.

Multiple sources tell NBC News Trump received his first briefing on Tuesday and designated both Kushner and Ret. Gen. Michael Flynn as his staff-level companions for the briefings going forward.

Flynn has the necessary security clearance, Kushner does not, and it could take weeks — or even longer — for him to receive it. The legality of such a move is murky as well, as it raises questions about whether Trump is contravening the anti-nepotism law that bars presidents from appointing family members to cabinet positions or formal government jobs.

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Mild Weather Lasts Through the End of the Week


Most of the state picked up between a half inch and one and a half inches of rain on Tuesday.

Dry, mild weather has taken hold and will last through the end of the week.

Increasing sunshine is antipicated today, with highs up near 60. Keep in mind, the average high temperature this time of year is 52 degrees!

That mild weather will continue through Saturday, with lots of sunshine.

A cold front blows through Saturday night, leading to showers on Sunday. It will be much cooler with a gusty wind. Temperatures won't get out of the 40s.

By Monday, highs will again be stuck in the 40s and some wet snowflakes may mix in with the rain showers.

Tuesday and Wednesday should be dry.

Thanksgiving Day, while a long ways out, doesn't look completely dry at this early stage. A few showers are possible, with seasonable temperatures near 50 degrees.

Lanes Closed on I-91 in North Haven After Trailer Rollover


A trailer rollover is causing lane closures and delays on I-91 in North Haven Wednesday morning.

Connecticut State police said a boat and trailer being towed by a truck rolled over and wound up in the median near exit 10. The left lanes on the northbound and southbound sides of the highway are closed while crews work to clear up the accident. No one was injured.

Drivers should expect delays in the area.

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Man Tried to Abduct Ex-Girlfriend, Set Fire to Car: Police


A Darien man is accused of trying to abduct his ex-girlfriend in Stratford and setting fire to her car, which was next to the house, according to police. 

Officers responded to Kings College Place Tuesday to investigate a domestic violence incident and police said 29-year-old Pedro Oristanio, of Darien, tried to abduct the victim and set fire to her car. 

Police then launched a search for Oristanio and police took him into custody in New Canaan. 

Oristanio was charged with second-degree arson, attempted kidnapping, unlawful restraint, first-degree criminal mischief and second-degree threatening. 

He is being held in lieu of a $250,000 bond. It's not clear if he has an attorney.

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Trump Name Removed From Manhattan Condo Complex


Gold capital letters spelling the president-elect's last name were removed from a high-rise condominium complex in Manhattan Wednesday after hundreds of people signed a petition to have the building drop the moniker.

Crews were seen removing the gold-blazoned name on the facade of the building near Lincoln Square formerly known as Trump Place.

The three buildings dropped the name of President-elect Donald Trump in favor of their street addresses, 140, 160 and 180 Riverside Boulevard, a spokesman for complex manager and owner Equity Residential said Tuesday.

"We are assuming a more neutral building identity that will appeal to all current and future residents," spokesman Marty McKenna said.

A spokeswoman for The Trump Organization, the company that manages Trump's business interests, said in a statement that the change is "simply the enforcement of a pre-existing agreement which has been in place for years."

"It was mutually agreed upon," the spokeswoman said. 

The name change came after nearly 600 people signed a Change.org petition created by three residents to have the building drop the name.

"Our home is our most personal private space, a building we should feel proud of and happy to walk into every day... so... THE TIME HAS COME TO DUMP TRUMP," said Linda Gottlieb, Robert Tessler and Brian Dumont. 

The petition cited Trump's "appalling treatment of women, his history of racism, his attacks on immigrants, his mockery of the disabled, his tax avoidance (and) his outright lies" in calling for the change.

The petition also noted that while Trump's name is on the building, he doesn't actually own the property.

Trump Place was one of several buildings to bear the president-elect's name in Manhattan. Despite the exposure, Trump only garnered 10 percent of the popular vote in the borough. 

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Boat Rollover Causing Delays on I-91 in North Haven


A boat has rolled over on Interstate 91 in North Haven and the left lanes are closed on both sides of the highway.

State police said the driver of the SUV hauling the boat was going north and the boat came loose and roloed over.

They are asking drivers to slow down and move over for crews at the scene.

No additional information was immediately available.

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NYC Mayor Meets With Trump, Talks About ‘How Much Fear There Is'


Mayor Bill de Blasio met President-elect Donald Trump Wednesday at Trump Tower and afterward said he "tried to express how much fear there is" over several of the incoming commander-in-chief's campaign promises. 

De Blasio said that "nothing about our fundamental beliefs was changed" during the 62-minute meeting in Trump's midtown tower, but that he "raised a number of substantive issues" about a number of Trump's campaign promises.

"I tried to express to him how much fear there is," he said.

He added, "We need to give assurance that the rights of all New Yorkers and all Americans will be respected."

De Blasio refused to characterize anything Trump said in their conversation. But he said that he expressed concern over Trump's promises to repeal the Dodd-Frank act that reformed Wall Street after the 2007 financial crisis, to pass tax cuts for individuals and corporations, to institute a nationwide stop-and-frisk policy, and to deport millions of undocumented immigrants. De Blasio said he also reminded Trump that 900 NYPD officers were Muslim. He said also he shared "deep concerns" about Stephen Bannon, the former Breitbart News executive who is now Trump's chief strategist.

"This was a respectful meeting and a substantive meeting and a very candid meeting," de Blasio said. 

But he dismissed a reporter's notion that he was "lecturing" the president-elect and said that "there was give and take" between the two.

"I made clear that sending a message of unity is crucial," he said. 

De Blasio said that Trump "loves this city" and added that he urged the Republican president-elect to send a "sign of unity" to his hometown, which overwhelmingly voted for Democrat Hillary Clinton in every borough except Staten Island. 

The meeting comes a week after an impromptu news briefing a day after the election. De Blasio, who had endorsed Hillary Clinton, said that he was "deeply disappointed" by the results but pledged to work with Trump on job creation and city infrastructure.

De Blasio's meeting also comes one day after sources familiar with security plans told NBC 4 New York officials are considering shutting down parts of Fifth Avenue near the building during the president-elect's visits once he's inaugurated.

Sources say the Secret Service and the NYPD are expected to meet at some point this week to hammer out the details. De Blasio said that he and NYPD Commissioner James O'Neill will outline those plans on Friday. 

Aside from managing access to Fifth Avenue, the groups are weighing protocol for the other three streets -- Madison Avenue, East 56th and East 57th streets -- that form a ring around the skyscraper where Trump lives and works. 

Traffic changes could come often, too. Trump has said that he and his wife Melania will move into the White House after inauguration day, but The New York Times reports that the president-elect has considered spending weekends back at Trump Tower, the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey, or the Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Florida. 

Currently, there are no standing road closures outside the president-elect's midtown home and office. But authorities have placed barriers and metal gates around the building since the election, and road closures outside the building have been a near-nightly occurrence as protesters picket on Fifth Avenue.

De Blasio last week downplayed the current traffic situation outside the building, noting that "the holidays are coming anyway. Midtown is going to be all messed up anyway."

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Wolcott Contractor Faces $185K in OSHA Fines


A Wolcott contractor is facing over $185,000-worth of OSHA fines after an inspection found that employees were at risk for dangerous falls while performing roof work, according to the US Department of Labor.

Officials said that inspectors driving by 55 Rodgers Lane in Middletown noticed M&M Roofing workers without adequate fall protection while working on a roof in May 4, 2016. Specifically, investigators said the employees were wearing harnesses that were not connected to anything to keep the workers from falling off the roof.

According to DOL, the inspectors told the foreman to have the workers anchor their harnesses, which they did. But when inspectors returned on May 6 and May 12, they found the harnesses unattached again.

OSHA cited M&M Roofing for one willful violation for inadequate fall protection, three repeat violations for not training employees about fall hazards; ladders that did not extend at least 3 feet above the next level for required stability; and unguarded open holes in the roof, and two serious violations for inadequate ladder safety training for employees and lack of eye or face protection for employees working with pneumatic nail guns and a leaf blower used for cleaning debris.

In total, these fines come to $185,194.

OSHA cited M&M Roofing in 2013 and 2014 for similar violations at work sites in Manchester and Watertown.

According to Patrick Griffin, OSHA’s Rhode Island area director, falls are the leading cause of death in construction work. The DOL said that in 2014 there were 345 fatal falls out of 899 total fatalities in construction across the country.

Dancing Mom Becomes a Hit at Warriors Games


The Golden State Warriors are stocked with eye-popping talent on the hardwood. But "Dub Nation" can't seem to take its eyes off of the organization's most popular star: a former middle school teacher with tortoise-shell glasses who is also a San Francisco Peninsula mother with hips that swivel like nobody's business.

Without a care in the world, Robin Schreiber has seized the dance cam spotlight on the Oracle Arena Jumbotron more than 20 times since the beginning of last season. Clad in her coveted Warriors-themed Christmas sweater, she flaps her arms, pumps her hands into the air and preserves a calm game face all the while delighting raucous "Warriors Ground" crowds. People can’t help but gawk at her gyrating gestures.

"Right before I stand up, I feel — this is the honest-to-God truth — I feel like, 'Oh my God, I am so ridiculously stupid, I should not do this," Schreiber admitted to NBC Bay Area. "And I just shoot up and then kind of like get into it. It's really like nobody's watching me."

Schreiber's infectious dance moves recently flooded social media, transforming her into a viral sensation in a matter of no time.

Her son, JP Schreiber, says he's not one bit surprised.

"I think she's always had it in her personality to do this," he said. "She's had a tendency to break it down in the past."

Robin Schreiber, an Oakland native, is relishing her moment of stardom. She even jokingly believes that her skills are compatible to a beloved Golden State star's sharp-shooting prowess on the court.

"When (Steph Curry) makes a 3-pointer, the crowd cheers, but I think I'm giving him a run for his money," Robin Schreiber quipped.

The Redwood City resident has been showered with praise by several admiring fans. She is especially tickled to know that she is bringing a smile to baby boomers like herself.

"In the hallways of Oracle Arena and in the women's restrooms, people come up to me and say, 'You stand for us mothers. The Warrior Girls, you know, everybody that dances is always beautiful and young and you're just not afraid to stand up there and do it and we know you're a mom," people tell Robin Schreiber.

The one-time teacher, who called the classroom her home for 35 years, has also generated quite the buzz among her former students on Reddit.

"A lot of them were saying, 'Oh my God, I think that's my teacher! Yes it is, I know that's Mrs. Schreiber. I'm glad to see she's still kicking it,'" Robin Schreiber said.

JP Schreiber appreciates that wild and wacky side that his free-spirited mom flashes, especially when complete strangers are watching.

"She sets a good example that, at the end of the day, you just got to try to make (life) the best you can and have fun," he said.

That now-famous Christmas sweater, by the way, was supposed to be gifted to JP Schreiber after the Warriors were crowned NBA champions in 2015, but Robin Schreiber commandeered it when her husband mistakenly bought it in a women's size. 

Not only is it a "lucky" garment (just look at Golden State’s record since its title run), the "threadbare" piece of wool happens to give Robin Schreiber a boost of confidence.

"When we put the sweater on, it kind of gave her that last extra push to really just kind of get up and be ridiculous," JP Schreiber said.

As for Robin Schreiber's arsenal of hula-dancer moves (think: those little dolls wiggling on your dashboard), she concedes that she may not know what she's doing all the time when the camera pans her way.

"I'm not a professional," she laughed. "I've never had any lessons. That's obvious I think."

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Authorities Warn of 'Aggressive' Eversource Impostor Scam


People posing as Eversource representatives are becoming more aggressive in their tactics to obtain money from unsuspecting customers, the company said. In many cases, the tactics have been successful.

Those posing as company representatives have been making telephone calls and going door to door with "aggressive" and "deceptive" marketing tactics to sell "discounted power," according to a news release from Eversource.

In some cases, those posing as Eversource representatives have even threatened to cut the power to the customer's home unless an immediate payment was made.

“That’s terrible that someone would try to trick another person into giving them money," said Robin Bristol, an Eversource customer from Naugatuck.

The warning has gone out to Eversource customers in Connecticut and throughout New England.

“We’re hearing from thousands of our customers who continue to be negatively impacted by these dishonest solicitations," wrote Penni Conner, Eversource senior vice president and chief customer pfficer.

“To prey on the helpless is sad," said Charlene Peyre, an Eversource customer from Naugatuck. "It’s very sad.”

Naugatuck Police posted a warning on its department Facebook page on Tuesday, warning about the strong-minded scammers.

“When they start getting aggressive like that, it should be a huge red flag that something’s not right," said Lt. Bryan Cammarata, of the Naugatuck Police Department.

Eversource reminds customers to never give out personal or utility bill information until it can be verified that the person soliciting is an actual company representative. If something strikes the customer as suspicious, hang up the telephone or close the door, then call the company and law enforcement.

“This can happen anywhere and, obviously, these scams keep coming up because people are falling for them, they’re doing them," Lt. Cammarata said.

Eversource said it takes each concern, documents it and then sends it on to state regulators to look into. Any customer with concerns can call 1(800)-286-2000.

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Remington Rifle Documents Detail Safety Concern


Public Justice, an advocacy group that battles secrecy in the courts, just assembled a searchable online database with more than 13,000 files on internal company documents that have led critics to conclude Remington's Model 700 rife is unsafe, CNBC reported.

The group won the rights to make the documents public domain last year. Gun owners can now see the millions of pages of court documents. 

Lawsuits alleged that Remington knowingly covered up a design flaw that allowed the guns to fire without the trigger being pulled. The company has denied this allegation.

The design first went on the market in the 1940s. The documents show that as early as 1947, before the Model 700 even went on sale, the company’s engineers found themselves in a “very dangerous” situation when the company decided altering the design was not worth the added cost.

Remington attorneys did not immediately respond to CNBC's request for comment about the new database.

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Police Warn of Thieves Stealing Packages from Doorsteps


Police in Vernon are issuing a warning about thieves who want to steal packages off your doorstep. 

On Saturday, a man was captured on surveillance video stealing a package from a home on Village Street in Vernon. 

Police said they’ve seen an increase in package thefts in recent years and encourage residents to have packages delivered to a workplace, if allowed, or to a trusted family member or friend. 

Lt. William Meier said you can also choose in-store pickup and pick-up your item at the store, as many retailers are now offering. 

Meier said, if you choose to purchase surveillance cameras, do your research and make sure the video quality is good enough to capture the bandits. 

“We also ask that folks keep an eye out, that they be alert. If they see something suspicious in their neighborhood, something that doesn’t look right, please give us a call so it can be investigated,” Meier said. 

People who live along Village Street were shocked by the theft and have some words for the thief. 

“It doesn’t belong to them. You know, if you want something you should work for it and respect other people’s privilege to work,” said Cheryl Tigno, who lives on Village Street. 

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Groton Town Police Seek Bank Robbery Suspect


Groton police are searching for a man who robbed the Chelsea Groton Bank Tuesday morning.

According to police, the suspect seen above entered the bank at 1319 Gold Star Highway around 11:32 a.m. and demanded money be placed in a bag. The employee complied and the suspect fled with an unknown amount of cash. No weapon was used or implied.

Anyone who recognizes the suspect or has information on the crime is asked to contact Groton Town police at 860-441-6712.

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I-84 Waterbury: Ramp Closure, New Traffic Formation Thursday


The drive on I-84 in Waterbury will soon change. Crews are opening new Exit 23 on and off ramps on each side of the highway.

For drivers on or near I-84 in Waterbury, major construction has turned miles of roads into a maze.

“It’s just hectic now with all the traffic. It’s like gridlock there now,” Luis Pumarejo of Naugatuck, said.

“It’s looking like a puzzle. You’re getting new changes every week,” George Engratt of Waterbury, said.

Now the overhaul of 84 has prompted redoing Exit 23 on both the westbound and eastbound sides near Hamilton Avenue.

“It’s very confusing for me because I remember it the old way. So when they’re making all these changes I don’t know where I’m going to go, how I’m going to get there,” Barabara Larrivee of Waterbury, said.

Starting Thursday night, the westbound Exit 23 off ramp will close. Drivers will have to detour until the next exit.

On Saturday a new Exit 23 off ramp will open. Then on the eastbound side, a new Exit 23 on ramp will open, replacing the current one.

That will allow crews to work on the Hamilton Avenue Bridge.

It means some lane changes in the area and what drivers say is the end to a shortcut around traffic.

“Now they’re trying to jump off and get back on the entrance ramp by Hamilton Avenue and they won’t be able to do that as easily anymore,” Engratt said.

In August the state announced the revamping of this nearly three-mile stretch was ahead of schedule.

The aim is to widen the highway, making three lanes in each direction, and straightening the road’s curves.

It’s expected to be done in the summer of 2019.

“I hope they finish even sooner. The construction is making a big pileup every day,” Pumarejo said.

“Life is a lot of changes. Right?” Larrivee said. “You just got to go with the flow. It will be great.”

For more information on the project click here.

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Major Grated Cheese Brands Hit by Nationwide Recall


Fears of salmonella contamination have led to the recall of major grated cheese brands nationwide. 

4C Food Corp. has voluntarily recalled its 4C Grated Cheese, Homestyle Grated Cheese and Cento Grated Cheese brands over concern the cheeses may contain Salmonella.

4C Food Corp. said that none of the other food or cheese products it produces are affected by the recall.

No illnesses have been reported but 4C Food Corp. is voluntarily recalling the products out of an abundance of caution after FDA testing revealed the cheeses may be at risk.

The recall includes the following products, which were packed in 6-ounce vacuum-sealed glass jars with “best by” dates between November 12, 2016 and November 12, 2018.

4C All Natural Parmesan Grated Cheese (UPC 41387-33126) 
4C All Natural Parmesan/Romano Grated Cheese (UPC 41387-37126) 
4C All Natural 100% Imported Italian Pecorino Romano Cheese (UPC 41387-77126) 
4C HomeStyle All Natural Parmesan Grated Cheese (UPC 41387-32790) 
4C HomeStyle All Natural Parmesan/Romano Grated Cheese (UPC 41387-11627) 
4C HomeStyle All Natural 100% Imported Italian Pecorino Romano Cheese (UPC 41387-12302)  
Cento Parmesan Grated Cheese (UPC 70796-90502) 
Cento Romano Grated Cheese (UPC 70796-90501)  

Consumers with questions can contact 4C Foods Corp. at 866-969-1920.

Salmonella is an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems.

Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses.

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MTA Approves 60 New M8 Cars on Metro-North New Haven Line


The board of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority has approved between 60 and 94 new M8 rail cars on Metro-North Railroad’s New Haven Line.

The first of the cars should come in three years and will allow Metro-North to lengthen rush-hour trains, retire its last 36 older M2 cars and have flexibility to increase train service in the future.

There are already 405 M8 cars in use on the New Haven Line and New Canaan Branch and the order approved today allows a base order of 60 cars and an option for an additional 34 cars. The base order is expected to include the retrofit of 10 existing M8 cars into café cars, according to the MTA.

“The approval of these additional railcars will improve service for commuters throughout the region on the nation’s busiest commuter rail line,” said Gov. Dannel Malloy said in a statement. “For decades, we as a state and nation have failed to make investments in transportation a top priority – and we have witnessed the results with failing roadways and aging public transportation systems.”

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