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Trump Blasts 'Hamilton' Cast


The cast of Broadway’s “Hamilton” spoke directly to Vice President-elect Mike Pence as he sat in the audience after a show Friday night, saying they hope the production inspired him to govern in a way that protects a diverse America -- a statement President-elect Donald Trump took issue with on Twitter Saturday morning.

"Vice President-elect Pence, we welcome you and truly thank you for joining us here tonight at Hamilton, we really do," said actor Brandon Victor Dixon, who plays Aaron Burr, with the cast assembled behind him.

"We, sir, we are the diverse America who are alarmed and anxious that your new administration will not protect us, our planet, our children, our parents, or defend us and uphold our unalienable rights, sir," said Dixon.

"But we truly hope this show has inspired you to uphold our American values and to work on behalf of all of us," he continued. "We truly thank you for sharing this show, this wonderful American story told by a diverse group of men, women of different colors, creeds and orientation."

The audience clapped and cheered as Dixon spoke. 'Hamilton' creator Lin-Manuel Miranda responded online later in the evening that he was proud of Dixon and the cast.

"Proud of @HamiltonMusical. Proud of @BrandonVDixon, for leading with love. And proud to remind you that ALL are welcome at the theater," he tweeted.

Trump responded to the cast on Twitter Saturday morning, claiming they “harassed” Pence.

In another tweet, Trump demanded the cast apologize for the statement. 

Dixon responded to the President-elect on Twitter, writing he appreciated Mike Pence listening to the cast's message and told Trump that "conversation is not harassment."

Pence also drew boos from the audience before the show as he was taking his seat in the theater.

Video posted to social media shows the audience at the Broadway show reacting boisterously as Pence walked into the theater with Secret Service in tow.

"Here's Pence getting booed as he gets to his seats at Hamilton," tweeted an audience member who captured the loud reaction on video.

Ron Rawlings, who was visiting from Dallas, Texas, later told NBC 4 New York, "Everything was calm, and then we heard almost a hysterical booing, went on for a long time. As my daughter and I stood up to see what was going on, we saw Vice President-elect Pence coming in."

"It was the most gross display of disrespect I've ever seen. It was awful," Rawlings continued.

Rawlings said of Pence's reaction: "He was very dignified, and there were a couple of people that showed support, he acknowledged them. He took his seat, he was very kind, he was very gracious."

Hannah Blau, visiting from Columbus, Ohio, said, "Some people were clapping, but the boos were overwhelming." She added that she thought it was "cool" that "people are still vocalizing their opposition."

"I thought LeBron Game 6 in Boston was the emotionally charged performance until this Hamilton performance with Mike Pence in audience," tweeted Noah Coslov, a digital sports editor.

Photo Credit: Andres Kudacki, AP
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Whitney Avenue in Hamden Closed After Car Strikes Pole


Whitney Avenue in Hamden is closed after a car struck a utility pole Sunday afternoon.

Police confirmed the road was shut down between Sherman Avenue and Mount Carmel Avenue. United Illuminating was called in for repairs.

There was no immediate word on injuries or when the road would reopen.

Photo Credit: Hamden Police Department

Rocky Hill Man Dead of Suspected Overdose: Hartford PD


Hartford police are investigating after one person died of a suspected overdose Friday evening.

Police said that around 6:18 p.m. they responded to a parking lot at 298 Farmington Avenue for reports of an unresponsive person. Officers found a male victim, identified as a 54-year-old from Rocky Hill, seated in the front passenger seat of a vehicle. The Hartford Fire Department also responded and treated the victim on scene. The victim was then taken to Saint Francis Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

According to police, the owner of the vehicle agreed to allow police to search the car. Inside officers found a wave sleeve labeled “Passion” and a small zip lock bag containing a white powder. Major Crimes Detectives, Vice and Narcotics, and the Crime Scene Division were all notified.

Photo Credit: Hartford Police Department

3 Injured in Head-on Crash in Willimantic


Three people have been sent to the hospital following a serious overnight crash in Willimantic near the Capitol Garage on Route 32 at around 2 a.m. Saturday morning, according to police.

Police tell NBC Connecticut that two cars were engaged in a head-on collision that resulted in heavy damage at the intersection of Route 32 (West Main Street) and Capitol Drive.

Route 32 remained closed until just before 8 a.m. according to police.

The Willimantic Police Department accident reconstruction team responded to the scene and are attempting to figure out how the crash happened.

At this point, police investigators believe that one of the cars crossed over into oncoming traffic, hitting the other vehicle head-on.

Police say the driver of that vehicle, an unidentified woman in her 20s, had to be extricated from her car by the jaws of life and sustained a head injury after hitting her windshield.

The woman was flown to Hartford Hospital via Lifestar in serious condition, according to police.

Police say two men were in the other car that was struck and were hospitalized locally via ambulance for non life threatening injuries.

Police say they are working to determine if alcohol, speed and distracted driving may have been factors in causing the accident.

Anyone who may have witnessed this accident is being urged to contact the Willimantic Police Department.

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Pedestrian Struck on I-95 in Greenwich


Interstate 95 south was partially closed in Greenwich because of a crash involving a tractor trailer and a pedestrian, state police said.

Police confirmed the accident occurred around 4:15 p.m. Saturday. Life threatening injuries have been reported and at least one person was transported to Westchester County Hospital in New York for treatment.

The right and center lanes are closed.

No other information was immediately available. Check back for updates.

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Police Investigate Vandalism at Lyme-Old Lyme High School


Connecticut State police are investigating after someone vandalized Lyme-Old Lyme High School sometime overnight Friday into Saturday, according to the superintendent’s office.

District 18 Superintendent Ian Neviaser said the graffiti appeared to be random, though there were references to Donald Trump and to the girls’ soccer state championship game on Saturday. Other homes and businesses in town were also hit.

Staff removed the graffiti Saturday morning.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Connecticut State Police Troop F at 860-399-4200.

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Trump Hints at Cabinet Pick on Twitter


President-elect Donald Trump tweeted about his meeting on Saturday with retired Marine Corps Gen. James Mattis, calling the general "impressive." 

Trump referred to the general by his nickname, "Mad Dog Mattis," and said the four-star was being considered for defense secretary.

Trump first complained Sunday on Twitter about Saturday Night Live and the Broadway play "Hamilton." He then tweeted that Mattis "was very impressive yesterday. A true General's General!"

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No Injuries Reported in Old Saybrook House Fire


A home was severely damaged by a fire in Old Saybrook Sunday morning. 

The Old Saybrook Fire Department said they responded to a home on Denmore Lane Sunday morning after neighbors called 911. Police arrived on scene to wake up and evacuate the homeowners and their pets. No injuries were reported, but the home was severely damaged.

The Old Saybrook Fire Department, Westbrook Fire Department and the Clinton Fire Department’s Rapid Intervention team all responded to fight the blaze.

Photo Credit: Old Saybrook Fire Department

Hamden Man Injured in New Haven Shooting


A 23-year-old Hamden man was injured in a shooting in New Haven Saturday night.

New Haven police said Shane Daquan Dunkley-Rountree was shot in the leg on Blake Street Saturday night just before 10 p.m. He was taken Yale-New Haven Hospital for treatment. Police said his injury was not life threatening.

The shooter is described as heavy-set and is believed to have fled the scene in a 1999 Pontiac Grand Prix.

Anyone who witnessed the shooting or with information is asked to call detectives at 203-946-6304. Callers can remain anonymous.

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Bicyclist Killed in Accident on Route 72 in Bristol


A bicyclist was killed after he was struck by a car on Route 72 in Bristol.

According to authorities, the accident happened between Lois and Emmett Streets around 5 p.m. Saturday. 

Police said the 75-year-old driver of the car was headed westbound on Route 72 when he struck the cyclist. 

The 49-year-old bicyclist was trying to cross several lanes of traffic when he was hit.

The man, who has not been identified by police, was taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries and was later pronounced dead, police said.

The driver was uninjured and remained at the scene.

The crash is still under investigation.  Anyone who witnessed the crash is asked to call Bristol police at 860-584-3033.

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1 Injured in Stabbing at Party in West Haven


West Haven police are investigating after a juvenile was stabbed at a party on York Street Saturday night.

Police said they responded around 10:20 p.m. to a residence on York Street for a reported stabbing. When they arrived they discovered a large party involving underage drinking had taken place.

They found the stabbing victim in the backyard of the home, suffering four or five stab wounds to his chest and rubs. He was transported to the hospital for treatment. His condition was not released.

According to police, they located a juvenile suspect near the intersection of York Street and Collis Street. The suspect was also taken to the hospital due to intoxication.

The investigation is ongoing and charges are pending.

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Crews Knock Down Commercial Fire in Bristol


Firefighters in Bristol knocked down a fire at a commercial building on Farmington Avenue Sunday morning.

Fire officials said first responders found heavy fire upon arrival. Mutual aid was called in from Terryville and Plainville to assist.

The fire was quickly knocked down and no injuries were reported. The Fire Marshal is investigating the cause.

Photo Credit: Bristol Fire Department

Trump Family Has Given Nearly $20,000 to Chuck Schumer


President-elect Donald Trump's most powerful adversary in the Senate will be incoming Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer. Both men appear to have at least one thing in common: they both rooted for the Democrat when he was up for elections from 1996-2010.

According to the Federal Election Commission's filings, Trump has given Schumer about $9,000 in political donations over a 14-year span. Trump's three oldest children, Donald Jr., Eric and Ivanka have also donated a combined $6,800 to Schumer. Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner has given Schumer $4,000. 

“The Trump family campaign contributions to Sen. Schumer – like most sizable campaign contributions – are often intended to curry access if not favor with a sitting lawmaker who has some oversight authority over their business interests,” said Craig Holman, a public affairs lobbyist with the government watchdog group Public Citizen. “Schumer has generally shown an independent streak not easily influenced by such contributions, but he is now in a situation of directly negotiating one-on-one with President-elect Trump and the Trump family.”

Holman said that if Schumer were to compromise with Trump those past contributions could give the appearance of "undue influence," adding that the U.S. senator from New York would do himself a great favor by returning the donations.

Asked if he would give back Trump’s donations, Senator Schumer's Communications Director Matt House said “it’s a ridiculous question."

"Senator Schumer had no problem standing up to Trump during his campaign and will have no problem doing so in the future,” House added.

Sen. Schumer publicly voiced his support for Hillary Clinton leading up to the election and attended a number of the Democratic candidate's campaign events. He called Trump's rhetoric "empty bravado" during his speech at the DNC.

In April 2011, Trump went on Sean Hannity’s Fox News show to talk about his donations to Democrats when he was considering a run for the Oval Office five years ago, Politico reported. Up until that point, Trump had given the majority of his political donations to Democrats.

“I’ve contributed to Schumer ... I’ve known Schumer for many, many years,” Trump said. “And I have a good relationship with him. The fact is, that I think it is time that maybe we do all get along.”

Trump reinforced his cozy relationship with Schumer on Twitter Sunday, writing that he has a "good relationship" with the senator and that he's "far smarter" than Senator Harry Reid.


Starting with the 2012 election cycle, however, Trump exclusively donated to Republicans at the federal level.

Just last month at the Al Smith dinner in New York, Trump jokingly made the remark that Schumer “used to love me when I was a Democrat.”

After Schumer was voted the senate minority leader on Wednesday, he told reporters that he plans to work with Trump when possible.

“When we can agree on issues, then we're going to work with them," Schumer said. "But I've also said to the president-elect on issues where we disagree, you can expect a strong and tough fight."

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2 Charged in Fatal Shooting of Congressman's Grandson


Two teenage suspects have been charged in the fatal shooting of U.S. Rep. Danny Davis' grandson, Chicago police announced Sunday. 

A 16-year-old boy and a 17-year-old girl were each charged with first degree murder, according to a release, in connection with the death of 14-year-old Javon Wilson. 

Wilson was shot and killed Friday evening in a "dispute over gym shoes," according to Chicago police. He was inside his home in the 5600 block of South Princeton Avenue in the Englewood neighborhood on the city's South Side around 6:45 p.m. Friday when two teenagers forced their way inside, authorities said.

During a confrontation that followed, police said one of the teens pulled out a gun and shot Wilson in the head. Officials initially investigated the incident as a home invasion, but CPD spokesperson Anthony Guglielmi tweeted Saturday morning that the shooting was "not random," confirming that it was a dispute over shoes. 

Wilson was a sophmore at Perspectives Charter School whose grades had recently improved, according to his family. 

"I do know that I grieve for my family," Davis said in a news conference after the shooting. "I grieve for the young man who pulled the trigger, I grieve for his family, his parents, his friends, some of whom will never see him again."

Davis said two of Wilson's brothers, ages 14 and 8, a 16-year-old sister and an uncle were all in the home at the time of the shooting, while his mother had left the house to get some food.

"Here he was in the house, in his home, minding his own business and some intruders would come and snuff his life away," Davis said, adding that better education, supervision and parenting might have prevented the killing.

Photo Credit: Wilson Family/WMAQ

Priebus on Muslim List: 'Not Going to Rule Anything Out'


Incoming White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus said Sunday on NBC's "Meet The Press" that President-elect Donald Trump's team is not planning to create a Muslim registry, but would not rule anything out.

"Look I'm not going to rule out anything," Priebus said. "We're not going to have a registry based on a religion. But what I think what we're trying to do is say that there are some people, certainly not all people... there are some people that are radicalized. And there are some people that have to be prevented from coming into this country. And Donald Trump's position, President Trump's position is consistent with bills in the House and the Senate that say the following: If you want to come from a place or an area around the world that harbors and trains terrorists, we have to temporarily suspend that operation until a better vetting system is put in place."

Priebus further maintained that tougher screening was needed before the incoming administration could consider immigration.

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Hamden Firefighters Battle Barn Fire


Firefighters in Hamden are on scene at a fully involved barn fire on Evergreen Avenue.

The fire department tweeted that they were on scene at a barn fire at 680 Evergreen Avenue around 2 p.m. Sunday. No injuries were reported and firefighters quickly got the blaze under control.

The fire marshal is investigating the cause.

Photo Credit: Hamden Fire Department

State Police Investigate Untimely Death in Killingly


Connecticut State police have determined the death of a man whose body was found on a walking trail in Killingly is not criminal in nature.

Police said the victim was found on a walking trail off Route 6 in Killingly around 10 a.m. Detectives responded and determined that the death was not criminal.

The victim has not been identified.

The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner will determine the cause and manner of death.

No other information was immediately available. 

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2 Pedestrians Struck by Hit-and-Run Driver in Stamford


Two pedestrians were injured in a hit-and-run crash in Stamford Saturday evening and now Stamford police are looking for the driver.

Stamford police said the two pedestrians were walking on Tresser Boulevard (Route 1) near Greenwich Avenue around 6:58 p.m. when they were hit by a vehicle that then fled the scene. The victims were both transported to Stamford Hospital – one with serious injuries and the other with minor injuries. They have not been identified at this time.

Investigators said there were pieces of the vehicle left behind and they’re working to identify a suspect vehicle. Witnesses reported seeing a grey work/contractor's van leaving the scene of the accident.

The Stamford Police C.A.R.S. unit is investigating. Anyone who witnessed the crash or who thinks they have information on the case is asked to contact police at 203-977-4712.

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15-Year-Old Injured in Bridgeport Shooting


Bridgeport police are investigating after a 15-year-old was shot in the leg Sunday afternoon.

Bridgeport city spokesman Av Harris confirms the incident happened on Atlantic Avenue around 3:15 p.m. The victim was taken to Bridgeport Hospital for treatment. The victim has not been identified.

Police are searching for a red Santa Fe that the suspects reportedly drove off in after the shooting.

Anyone with information should contact Bridgeport police.

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Silver Alert Issued for Missing 74-Year-Old Bristol Woman


Bristol police have issued a Silver Alert for a missing 74-year-old woman.

Janice M. Bronson is described as female, 5-foot-5, and 185 pounds. She is believed to be driving a 2002 Blue Kia Spectra with Connecticut license plate 137GGT.

A photo of Bronson was not immediately available.

Anyone with information on her whereabouts is asked to contact Bristol police at 860-584-3011.

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