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83-Year-Old Coventry Man Who Left for Store Never Returns Home


A Silver Alert has been issued for an 83-year-old man in Coventry, police said. 

Don Minton left his residence on South Street at 11:30 a.m. to go to a store in Bolton, but did not return, his wife told police. 

Minton has early-onset Alzheimer's and a heart condition that he takes medication for, police said. 

The 83-year-old was driving a dark blue Hyundai Santa Fe bearing a Connecticut registration #ARBITO. 

Anyone with informaiton is asked to call Coventry Police at (860) 742-7331. 

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Obamacare Beneficiaries Warn of Healthcare System Collapse if Repeal


More than 300,000 people in Connecticut are directly benefiting from coverage through the Affordable Care Act.

One third of those people are covered through what are known as, Qualifying Health Plans, sold through Access Health Connecticut, and the rest are covered through Medicaid expansion.

Another group of people are those covered by other regulations contained in the 2010 landmark legislation, like those who cannot be barred from purchasing insurance because a of preexisting condition.

One of those people is Colleen Brunetti of West Hartford. Brunetti lives with a condition called Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension, and was diagnosed before Obamacare became the law of the land.

“I don’t think anyone knows what that might look like if the current rules and regulations that protect people like me get thrown out," Brunetti said, Monday.

She receives medications each month that are valued at more than $250,000 and are covered by insurance for now. She describes the possibility of losing coverage as a result of having a preexisting condition, "terrifying."

"There would be absolutely no guarantee that the medications that I rely on every month to keep me alive would be accessible any more, or care with my doctor.”

The state of Connecticut also has a lot at stake. The state relies on more than $1.36 billion in federal funds to pay for the Medicaid expansion population. That's money that pays for hospitals to care for those patients.

Programs like Medicaid and Medicare are the financial backbones of the federal healthcare system, and a repeal could remove millions across the country from those covered.

Republicans have said they are working on a replacement for Obamacare, but it's unclear what that would look like. Some have even said they would want to keep provisions like allowing young people to stay on their parents coverage up to age 26, and ensuring that people like Colleen with preexisting conditions can get covered.

Sen. Richard Blumenthal, who's vowed to work to keep the law intact, said if it gets repealed without a replacement, it could throw the entire healthcare economy into a tailspin.

“Just completely decimating it or destroying it without replacing it is a recipe for catastrophe," Blumenthal said. "It would be catastrophic chaos and cost for millions of Americans and for thousands of people here in Connecticut.”

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Business Community Welcomes Malloy Message of Less Government


Governor Dan Malloy addressed hundreds of business owners and leaders from across the Hartford area Monday morning.

The address was part of his post-week push to rein in spending on pensions and benefits in the wake of his seventh State of the State Address.

The governor said at times he's confused by lawmakers from both the Democrat and Republican parties who claim they're in favor of a more efficient state government in Connecticut.

“When I have a leader of the legislature tells me we need smaller government but he doesn’t believe in laying people off, and somehow I should force an agreement to be reached without having the tools to allow that to happen, you’re speaking out of both sides of your mouth," he told the group at the event sponsored by the MetroHartford Alliance and the Connecticut Business and Industry Association.

Joe Brennan, President and CEO of CBIA, said he was happy to hear the governor focus on reining in spending for state employees, because that could lead to a smart spending of state funds, as well as fend off the possibility of tax increases for businesses and individuals. He says the opposite is not what residents and employers want.

“So what happens is, you squeeze out funding for needed human service programs or for transportation infrastructure improvements and the things we really need that will continue to grow our economy so the fact that the governor is trying to tackle that head on I think is the most promising thing.”

One person who liked what she heard was Capri Frank, who handles marketing and sales for Miller Foods, a food manufacturer and distributor based in Avon.

A family business, Miller employs 25 people and manufactures both pet and human food products. She says as a small business, it's harder to deal with major state policy changes than people may realize.

"It trickles down and larger business has the ability to manage it a little bit better but those type of things make it hard. Those kinds of things make it harder."

She says she likes what the governor has had to say so far because he sounds like he is trying to run a business with the way he's discussing labor, benefit, and other state obligations that cost taxpayers billions. She says if small businesses can take those steps, then so can the state.

“When you’re in small business you have to buckle down, you have to renegotiate," Frank said. "You have to find ways."

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Search for Girl's Stuffed Animal Lost in Airport Rampage


A little girl who is searching for her beloved stuffed animal that was lost during Friday's Ft. Lauderdale airport mass shooting is getting some help from Broward Sheriff's Office.

BSO's Twitter page sent out a tweet Monday with a picture of the missing teddy bear named Rufus, asking the public to be on the lookout for the stuffed animal.

Deputies received a request from a page presumably created by the girl's family asking the police department to help them find the lost toy. The Twitter page @klariviere3 tweeted out "Looking for Rufus from Terminal 2 D8. Crying daughter cannot sleep. #FLLshooting help!"

Tens of thousands of items were left behind by panicked travelers Friday when accused lone gunman, Esteban Santiago, opened fire in the baggage claim area in Terminal 2. Apparently, Rufus, who's donning a red onesie, was one of those prized possessions that got lost during the deadly rampage.

Hopefully, the family's public plea will help get Rufus back to his sleepless owner.

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Hartford Police Seize Pistol from 17-Year-Old Suspect


Hartford police seized a 9mm pistol from a 17-year-old suspect during patrol Monday evening.

Police said officers conducting directed patrols on Center Street noticed a car parked illegally in front of 8 Center Street, When they approached the car they saw a teen in the rear seat hiding what appeared to be a firearm in his pocket.

Officers asked the teen to get out of the car and when they searched him they discovered a Jiminez Arms 9mm pistol, $395 in cash, and 12 bags filled of a “green leafy substance” believed to be marijuana.

The teen, who was not identified due to his age, was charged with carrying a pistol without a permit, high capacity magazine, possession of a controlled substance, possession with intent to sell, and weapons in a motor vehicle.

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Where Rex Tillerson's Millions Are Invested


Donald Trump's pick for secretary of state boasts investments in Chinese and Russian firms among his almost $500 million in total assets, documents show.

NBC News obtained a copy of Rex Tillerson's Public Financial Disclosure Report that was submitted as part of the vetting process for the ExxonMobil CEO and chairman's nomination to the role.

It details Tillerson's financial holdings — including numerous stock holdings in U.S., European and Asian companies.

He holds from $109,000 to $361,000 worth of stock in Chinese companies, such as telecommunications, shipping firms and household names like Alibaba. He aso has a small stake — from $1-$15,000 worth of stock — in the Russian internet company Yandex. His largest holdings overall are in Exxon stock and financial instruments.

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3 Charged, Drugs and Weapons Seized in Hartford Narcotics Op


Hartford police arrested three people Monday during a narcotics operation aimed at reducing gun violence and drug trafficking in the city.

According to police, detectives executed a search and seizure warrant at 133 Hungerford Street which turned up various drugs, weapons and cash.

Police seized a .380 caliber semi-automatic pistol previously reported stolen from Mancheseter, a .38 special revolver with 193 rounds of ammo, two ballistic vets, 410 bags of fentanyl-based heroin, 18.5 grams of crack cocaine, 3.3 grams powdered heroin, $1849 in cash and drug packaging equipment.

Khadafi Castro, 38, of Hartford, was charged with possession of narcotics, possession of a controlled substance, possession with intent to sell, and operating without a license.

Herbert Alonso, 41, of New Britain, was charged with possession of narcotics, possession of drug paraphernalia and operating with a suspended license.

Cynthia Jordan, 45, of New Britain, was charged with possession of narcotics.

Police said the investigation is ongoing and more arrests are expected.

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Authorities Regain Control of Prison Where Hernandez Is Being Held


Authorities have regained control of a Massachusetts prison after inmates allegedly refused to return to their cells Monday, prompting the evacuation of corrections officers.

Police responded to Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center in Shirley after the incident involving dozens of inmates in the P-1 housing unit.

State Department of Correction spokesman Christopher Fallon said the altercation started between two suspected gang members when the maximum-security prison crisis management team went into to a housing unit to try and diffuse the situation, another situation occurred and escalated into a riot.

Fallon said inmates started to create weapons and destroy property including fire extinguishers, computers and cameras used to monitor the inmates. He said the entire housing unit was completely damaged and calls it a total loss.

Personnel from the prison's special operations unit took control of the situation just after 8 p.m., according to the Massachusetts Department of Corrections.

The DOC said there were about 88 inmates in the housing unit during the time with 46 of them taking part in the riot.

Authorities said all the inmates will be taken into the general prison to be medically and psychologically evaluated. They will then be separated into different areas of the prison.

There were no serious injuries to staff members or inmates.

The prison is the same one where former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez is being held. It isn't clear whether his unit is the one affected.

Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center is a maximum-security prison with about 1,000 inmates. It is the newest state correctional facility in Massachusetts, having opened in 1998.

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2 Dead After Crash on Route 69 Closed at Prospect-Waterbury Line


Two people are dead after a head-on crash that has closed Route 69 at the Prospect-Waterbury line, according to Prospect police.

A van and a small SUV collided in the crash, which is on the Waterbury side of the border.

One victim was pronounced dead on scene and another was pronounced at the hospital, police said. Police told NBC Connecticut that both victims were in the same vehicle, but did not specify which one.

Police have not identified the victims, pending family notification.

Traffic is being diverted over Murphy Road at the scene, or drivers can use Scott Road to reach Waterbury.

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

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East Windsor Officer Uses Narcan to Revive Overdose Victim


East Windsor police used Narcan to revive a man suffering a heroin overdose, police said.

Monday around 7 p.m. officers were called to a home on Santic Road for a reported heroin overdose. When they arrived they found a male lying in the kitchen floor unresponsive. His breathing was labored and his hands had turned blue, police said.

The male was revived when an officer gave him two doses of Narcan. He was taken to the hospital for further treatment.

The patient was not identified.

East Windsor police said their officers have been carrying Narcan since 2014 after training by the East Windsor Ambulance Association. This is the fifth incident where an officer has used Narcan to reverse an overdose.

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Penguins Parade Through Zoo to Delight of Visitors


It was the real life "March of the Penguins" at the Kansas City Zoo Saturday morning. The cold weather birds were seen parading around the zoo's Helzberg Penguin Plaza, enjoying the fresh outdoor air. Penguin marches at the Kansas City Zoo take place every weekend in January and February.

BackPage.com Shuts Adult Ads


The controversial adult services section on a popular classified ad website has shut down after years of public and government pressure, and on the same day that a Senate report alleged it masked child sex trafficking and prostitution.

Backpage.com's "adult" listing pages now show the word "censored" in prominent red lettering at the top of the page. There are also prompts that take to you the website's response to eliminating the adult services ads and for websites encouraging free speech.

In September 2016, NBC 7 San Diego told the story of a young single mother who said she was marketed and sold as a prostitute on the website.

Backpage claims the government is unconstitutionally censoring the site — the result of "extra-legal tactics" from the Senate investigations subcommittee and others, according to a news release, though the release also said removing the pages was Backpage's own decision. 

San Diego Chief Deputy District Attorney Summer Stephan sent a statement to NBC 7 in response, saying, "Their claim of government censorship is bogus. Shutdown of their site will result in much fewer victims whose enslavement is hidden by the social media platform of Backpage."

Stephan calls Backpage the largest internet brothel, responsible for the purchase and sale of minors for sex.

Backpage claims the pressure "undermines efforts by Backpage.com to cooperate with law enforcement and provide information to identify, arrest and prosecute those who engage in human trafficking," according to its statement.

The crackdown on the website Monday comes hours after the release of a U.S. Senate report that accused Backpage of editing some of the ads to help disguise content that indicated sex for sale.

NBC News reported that the Senate committee's inquiry found evidence that Backpage knowingly facilitated prostitution and child sex trafficking.

The company's CEO was arrested in October on felony pimping charges. An attorney for Backpage called the arrest "an election year stunt" at the time. 

NBC 7 previously interviewed sex trafficking survivor Jaimee Johnson.

Johnson said she was sold into prostitution and for five years amassed customers in several southern California cities by placing ads on Backpage.

Johnson is now an advocate, working to expose the horrors of sex trafficking for the last two-and-a-half years.

“These people need to look at their daughters and look at their sisters and their wives and mothers and remember that these women are no different than that and they definitely shouldn't be used as sexual commodities or expendable products," Johnson said.

The shutdown also comes one day before Backpage's founders, Michael Lacey and James Larkin and the site's CEO, Carl Ferrer, were expected to testify before the Senate's Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations.

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Crews Battle Car on Route 8 South in Waterbury


Crews are working to put out a car fire on Route 8 South in Waterbury and the highway was shut down for a short time.

The car on fire is pulled over the breakdown lane in the area of exit 34 and traffic is getting by.

No one is injured.

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Fire Reported at Construction Company in North Canaan


Multiple departments are responding to a fire at Segalla Construction Company on Allyndale Road in North Canaan Tuesday morning, according to state police.

Several volunteer fire departments and state police have been called to the scene.

More information was not immediately available. Check back for updates.

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No Injuries Reported in Hamden House Fire


A family was displaced after a house fire on Wilson Lane in Hamden Monday night.

Firefighters were called to the home at 6 Wilson Lane around 5:30 p.m. Monday. When they arrived there was heavy fire in the garage area, fire officials said.

Crews set to work and got the fire under control in about 20 minutes. The garage sustained heavy damage and the living area sustained heat and smoke damage.

No one was home at the time and no injuries were reported, officials said.

Hamden building officials worked with the homeowners to ensure the home would remain heated overnight so the pipes wouldn’t freeze.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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AAA Sees High Call Volume for Dead Car Batteries in Cold


It happens every year, but it’s worth repeating. As temperatures drop, AAA wants drivers to get their car batteries checked.

On Monday when below-freezing temperatures hovered throughout the region, the motor club responded to nearly 1,900 calls for assistance in the Greater Hartford area, about half of which were for dead batteries. AAA spokeswoman Amy Parmenter said this was the highest call volume since February 2016’s deep freeze.

While drivers may know cold weather takes a toll on car batteries and prevent the car from starting, AAA says many people don’t release that just because the car starts doesn’t mean the battery is in good shape.

“Sometimes the car starts to act up with the cold only a lot of us feel when you start the car up, we’re good. And yes the car started up and you can drive away, but if the car’s already old when it comes to the battery life and things like that, you want to get the battery checked out. All because it turned on for you doesn’t mean that it’s a good battery,” said Jerry Jurado, a AAA fleet driver.

AAA recommends having car batteries tested, especially if it’s over three years old. If the battery is weak, the cold can zap it down to nothing, potentially leaving a driver stranded.

Common signs that a battery are at risk for failure are if the car makes a slow cranking noise when started, or if the car makes buzzing or grinding sounds as the ignition key turns.

AAA also recommends having a winter emergency kit in case of breakdown in the cold or snowy weather. That kit should include a fully charged cellphone and charger, a snow/ice scraper, a blanket and extra gloves and hats, flares or brightly colored hazard triangle, a shovel, a de-icer, an abrasive material like kitty litter (for traction in snow and ice) and any medications or snacks that may be needed by riders.

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Suspect in Bristol Homicide Dead of Apparent Suicide


The death of a Bristol woman found in her home Monday is being investigated as a homicide and a suspect in the case has been found dead in Hartford of an apparent suicide, according to police.

Bristol police officers responded to 66 Timber Lane Monday where they found the homeowner, 59-year-old Gale McIntyre, dead. 

Preliminary investigation indicated that McIntyre’s death was suspicious, police said.

Hours later, around 11 p.m., Hartford police responded to a motel at 100 Weston St. in their city to help Bristol detectives find the suspect in the case, who was considered suicidal.

The male suspect, who was not identified, was found unresponsive in room 133 and medical personnel presumed him dead on scene, according to police.

Hartford police said there were no signs of foul play and the death is believed to be a suicide. Bristol police and Connecticut state police both responded to the scene to continue the investigation.

It's not clear what connection there was between McIntyre and the man. 

Anyone with information is asked to call Bristol Police at 860-314-4566.

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Man Recorded Woman Using Bathroom at Milford Taco Bell: PD


A Milford man faces a voyeurism charge after recording a female coworker using the bathroom at Taco Bell, police said.

Milford police were called to the restaurant at 543 Bridgeport Avenue Monday around 11:45 p.m. to investigate possible voyeurism.

According to Milford police, Nathan Kogut, 24, admitted he put his cell phone in the women’s bathroom while the camera was recording with the intention of shooting video of a female employee using the bathroom.

The phone was recording for over and hour and hidden by paper towels, police said.

Police said Kogut was also an employee at the restaurant and that the incident occured when only the drive-thru was open so there were no customers inside. Police do not think there were any other victims.

Kogut was charged with voyeurism and breach of peace. He was issued a $1,000 bond and scheduled to appear in court on Feb. 2.

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Trooper Describes Scene of Massive Pileup on I-91


Some of the cars involved in the massive 25-vehicle pileup on Interstate 91 in Middletown Saturday were badly damaged and a Cromwell body shop is busy working on repairing several of them.

Several of the cars towed to Bishop’s Automotive in Cromwell are missing bumpers and have shattered windows and dented wheels.

“Heavy front end damage, you know side damage all over here. You got the whole other side of all the vehicles as well,” Jason Hickton, the first tow truck driver on the scene, said. “The whole part quarter here was basically all gone as well.”

“[It] was like from a movie, you know just coming up over the on ramp on the hill and just seeing all the truck sideways, cars sideways,” he said. “It was pretty intense.”

Before Hickton arrived at the pileup on the southbound lanes near exit 21, first class trooper Vincent Gogluicci, of Connecticut State Police, was the first of the first responders there.

“Conditions were awful. Driving down there was very treacherous. At some points I was going 3 miles per hour just to make it safely to the scene. Visibility was poor -- maybe 50 feet or so,” Trooper Gogluicci said.

In his 16 years with State Police, he has never seen anything like it.

“People were walking around dazed, obviously confused, cold, unsure of what just happened,” he said.

Thirty people were taken to the hospital and Gogluicci is thankful none of them had serious injuries.

“When you get there it’s just hope that you can help tend to the injured, let the fire department, the paramedics, the EMTs start doing their jobs because the patient care and tending to the injured are our number one concern,” Gogluicci said.

He believes the icy roadways caused the 25-vehicle pileup and recommends to try not to drive when you have snowy and icy conditions like those on Saturday.

If you decide to drive, police recommend you keep plenty of space between you and the car in front of you and to take it slow.

Light Icing Could Glaze Over Roads This Evening


Light precipitation this evening could create slick roads in a few northern Connecticut towns.

Warmer air will be moving in aloft, but since it's been so cold recently, it will take a while for the ground to respond.

As a result, liquid rain that falls before 9 p.m. this evening could create a glaze of ice on frozen, untreated surfaces.

Eventually, late this evening, any freezing rain will turn into a steady rain overnight.

Wednesday morning's commute will be wet, even though the rain will move out before the sun comes up.

High temperatures will be in the upper 40s on Wednesday, which is more than 10 degrees above average.

Thursday and Friday will be mostly cloudy, and each day features at least a small chance for a rain shower.

Yet another storm approaches Saturday night. High pressure will be in prime position for that system to be snow, but it shouldn't be a "blockbuster" storm.

So, when does winter return, consistently?

Even next week, models are showing a very unfavorable pattern for big snowstorms in Connecticut.

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