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Man Charged with Driving in Circles on Ex's Lawn in Orange


A Florida man is accused of driving circles on his ex’s lawn because he was upset about his old partner’s new relationship, according to Orange police.

Edward Buffington, 27, was charged with criminal mischief and operating a motor vehicle while under suspension.

Police allege that Buffington drove his pickup in circles on the lawn of a home on Garden Road on Dec. 30. Police found Buffington a short distance from home after they responded to the call around 12:15 p.m.

Buffington had a prior relationship with the resident of the home and he was apparently upset about that person’s new relationship, police said.

Buffington was released on a $500 bond and scheduled to appear in court on Jan. 13.

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Wal-Mart Plans New Round of Job Cuts: Sources


Wal-Mart stores plans to slash the jobs of hundreds of workers, the latest in a series of cuts, sources familiar with the matter told CNBC.

The Wall Street Journal first reported that nearly 1,000 people would lose their jobs before the end of the month, citing an executive familiar with the matter.

The layoffs could affect regional workers and employees at headquarters, with many to impact the retail giant's human resources department.

"As we've previously shared, we are always looking for ways to operate more efficiently and effectively," Wal-Mart said in a statement to CNBC. "While we continually look at our corporate structure, we have not made any announcements."

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Chelsea Manning on 'Short List' For Commutation: Source


President Obama has put Chelsea Manning, the former Army intelligence analyst serving a 35-year sentence for leaking classified material, on his short list for a possible commutation, a Justice Department source told NBC News.

A decision could come as soon as Wednesday for Manning, who has tried to commit suicide twice this year and went on a hunger strike in a bid for gender reassignment surgery.

"I have more hope right now than I have the entire time since she was sentenced," Manning's aunt, Deborah Manning, told NBC News.

Man Charged With Attacking Woman and 8-Year-Old in Chaplin


A man who has been arrested by police in Connecticut multiple times is accused of attacking a woman and her eight-year-old child in her Chaplin home on Monday night, according to Connecticut state police.

Police said that Gregory Bill, 34, forced his way in to the victim’s home and attacked the female resident and her child around 10 p.m. According to police, the victim had a protective order against Bill.

The accused has a criminal history and has been arrested 14 times in Connecticut, including an arrest about four weeks ago for a domestic violence incident, police said.

Bill was not on scene when police arrived but was later found in Plainfield and detained by Plainfield police. Troopers took Bill back to Troop D and charged him with home invasion, burglary, third-degree assault, criminal mischief, risk of injury to a minor, disorderly conduct, interfering with a 911 call and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was held on a $150,000 bond and is next scheduled to appear in court on Feb. 3.

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Police Dog Finds Missing Child in Stamford


A missing child was found in Stamford, thanks to a police K9 unit.

Officer Mark Vitti and his K-9 partner, Badge, responded to the Glenbrook area of Hope Street and Badge was able to find the child within 20 minutes, according to police.

Badge is the department's only bloodhound on the K-9 unit.


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Teddy Bear Lost Amid Shooting Found


A little girl has been reunited with her beloved stuffed animal lost during Friday's Fort Lauderdale airport mass shooting after she got some help from the 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.

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Deputies received a request from a page created by 10-year-old Courtney Gelinas' family asking the 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!"

On Tuesday, @klariviere3 tweeted that the stuffed animal had been found.

"Rufus has been located!! Thx for sharing everyone. One happy kid!" the tweet said.

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.

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Apparently, Rufus, who dons a red onesie, was one of those prized possessions that got lost during the deadly rampage.

NBC 6 South Florida was there when Courtney was reunited with Rufus. She quickly wrapped her arms around the teddy bear.

"It's exciting. I'm happy to have him back," Courtney said. 

The girl's family, who is visiting from Canada, said the stuffed animal was a gift from Courtney's grandfather when he passed away 10 years ago. The toy is a precious companion for the 10-year-old. 

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Courtney usually sleeps with it every night, and on top of all the stress she's been through since the airport rampage, being without the bear wasn't easy.

"Now you can sleep," her mother said at the reunion, hugging the pair.

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7 Poignant Moments From Obama's Farewell Address in Chicago


President Barack Obama gave his farewell address Tuesday night at McCormick Place on Chicago’s South Side to cheers of “four more years” from a crowd of approximately 18,000.

The outgoing commander in chief touted many accomplishments from tracking down Osama bin Laden to rebooting the auto industry—along with a few emotional and personal messages of thanks to the city of Chicago and those he loves.

Here’s a look at some of the poignant moments of his final speech as president.

“My turn to say thanks”: Obama figures out who he is, searches for a purpose in life on the streets of Chicago

Jobs, Cuba, marriage equality and the “mastermind behind 9/11”: Obama touts accomplishments

The imperative peaceful transfer of power “from one freely elected president to the next”

On the changing of hearts, diversity and lessons from Atticus Finch

“Maybe you still can’t believe we pulled this whole thing off”: The first lady’s standing ovation

With pride, Obama thanks his daughters Sasha and Malia

The “best” decision he made as a nominee, Obama thanks Vice President Joe Biden

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Man Arrested After Domestic Incident in Meriden


A Meriden man was arrested after police investigated a domestic incident on Tuesday night.

Police said they responded to Colony Street to investigate a report of someone with a gun and found no gun, but said 45-year-old David Cahill was accused of abusing the person he was dating, according to police.

Cahill had a knife during in the struggle and the victim sustained a “superficial three-inch laceration,” police said.

He was arrested and charged with second-degree assault, second-degree threatening, second-degree unlawful restraint and disorderly conduct. He was held on $2,500 bond.

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Man Sentenced After Promising Veterans Help and Stealing $500,000


A Stafford Springs man who was accused of promising to help more than a dozen veterans, then scamming them out of more than half a million dollars, has been sentenced to a year and a half in prison.

John J. Simon Jr., 69, of Stafford Springs, was accused of defrauding 16 victims of $525,000 under the guise that he was paying a lawyer to help them obtain Social Security benefits and money from Veterans Affairs claims.

The victims told investigators that Simon never got them their money and investigators said they were not able to find the attorney Simon claimed to be working with.

Police said the scam started in June 2011 and several victims gave Simon less than $2,000, so the statute of limitations for those misdemeanor charges expired, but others gave him more than $2,000, according to court paperwork.

Leslie Clark told NBC Connecticut that Simon defrauded her and her husband, Army Vietnam veteran Kenan Clark, for years.

Clark said she and her husband trusted Simon would assist them in getting Veteran’s Administration and social security benefits based on Kenan’s disability, Lymphoma, which claimed his life in April 2015.

“So John said that he could help us and he said that he could not only obtain benefits for now but that my husband was owed money through the Veterans Administration from Agent Orange and his disabilities,” Clark said.

They paid Simon $6,000 for his assistance, but they had never received any correspondence from the social security administration or the VA.

“That’s when we realized that it was a scam,” Clark said. She then went to police with her concerns.

“I just want to see him get what he deserves because he didn’t just hurt us he hurt other people, too. And as I said they were deserving people -- veterans with disabilities,” she said.

Another victim, who served in the military from 1964 to 1967 and has back and hearing issues, told investigators he went to Simon for help in March 2012 at the suggestion of a friend and Simon brought him to the VA Medical Center in Newington to register for services, according to court paperwork.

Later, Simon contacted the veteran and said a lawyer determined that the veteran should have been medically discharged before he even served, court paperwork says.

Simon went on to tell the victim that attorney could get him $1 million in back pay, according to court paperwork.

Between March and October 2012, the veteran gave Simon $19,700 in cash that was supposed to go to the attorney.

At some point, the veteran spoke with a friend who presented the veteran with a letter from the U.S. Attorney’s Office that said Simon was under federal investigation, police said.

Armed with the letter, the veteran confronted Simon.

Simon claimed the charges had been dropped and that people were telling lies about him, according to police paperwork.

When the veteran asked for his money back, Simon said the benefits were coming soon.

The date he provided came and went with no check to the veteran and it was not until the veteran filed his own application that he received benefits, according to police.

Investigators spoke with another victim on April 4, 2012 who met Simon in 2010 and gave him $10,600 in cash between September and December 2011, according to police. The rest of his story was similar to what the first victim told investigators and he said Simon came to him several times, asking for money for the attorney.

When that victim asked about paying the attorney by check, Simon claimed he’d paid the man and the money was for reimbursement for Simon, according to police.

Then, during an event at the American Legion Hall in Stafford Springs, the victim and his wife heard people talking about someone who promised to get benefits for someone and cheated the person out of money.

When the second victim’s wife asked about it, she realized the man who committed the alleged scam was Simon, according to police.

When police spoke with Simon, he told them he was helping veterans who were entitled to benefits because the VA made it difficult for the average person to obtain them.

He also admitted to taking some money for helping veterans, but said it was just a small amount to cover his time end effort.

Court paperwork says Simon worked for veterans, charged them for help, makes phone calls for them and charges $200 to $300 per hour.

Police also claim Simon was structuring bank deposits in a way to hide the fact that he received several hundred thousand dollars.

Simon was arrested on three warrants on May 15, 2013 and charged with two counts of second-degree larceny, and one count of third-degree larceny.

He pleaded guilty to one count of mail fraud and one count of restructuring currency transactions and agreed that $210,085.58 that the IRS seized from his bank account in October 2010 would be used to pay restitution to the victims of his criminal conduct.

He was sentenced on Tuesday to 18 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release.

Dow Nears 20,000 Before Trump News Conference


U.S. stocks advanced Wednesday morning as investors awaited President-elect Donald Trump's first news conference since winning the presidency.

The Dow Jones industrial average surged 100 points, within striking distance of the psychologically significant 20,0000 mark.

"We still need to get a better sense of his priorities," Bruce McCain, chief investment strategist at Key Private Bank, told CNBC. "It's easy to promise the world during a campaign, but we still need more details" about his policies.

U.S. stocks have rallied since Trump's victory.

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Spring-Like Pattern Continues With Rain Tonight


After nearly a quarter inch of rain Wednesday morning, another round of rain is expected tonight.

High temperatures will be in the lower 50s on Wednesday, which is more than 15 degrees above average.

The rain will mostly be centered on the night, not during the day.

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.

Rain showers are possible Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Highs will be in the lower 40s.

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Trump to Give Up Leadership of Trump Organization But Will Not Create Blind Trust


President-elect Donald Trump will relinquish leadership of the Trump Organization to his adult sons and create a trust for his assets, but it will not be the blind trust that his critics and many ethics experts insist is necessary to eliminate concerns about conflicts of interest. 

Trump attorney Sheri A. Dillon said that Trump "should not be expected to destroy the company he built." 

Trump’s attorneys counter that a blind trust, in which Trump's assets would be managed by independent trustees, is not realistic. 

In addition, Trump will donate any profits from foreign governments, such as payments for staying at his hotels, to the Treasury Department to address arguments that he would violate the Emoluments Clause of the U.S. Constitution.

The president is exempt from conflict of interest laws but must answer to the Emoluments Clause of the U.S. Constitution, which refers to salaries, fees or profits from employment or office. 

The clause says that "no Person holding any Office of Profit or Trust under them, shall, without the Consent of the Congress, accept of any present, Emolument, Office, or Title, of any kind whatever, from any King, Prince, or foreign State." 

Trump will place his golf courses, hotels, resorts and hundreds of other assets in the trust by Jan. 20 and he will turn over the management of the Trump Organization to his sons Donald Trump Jr. and Eric Trump and Trump Organization executive Alan Weisselberg. 

They will make all decisions without any involvement from Trump, and they must follow instructions that terminated all pending deals and impose severe restrictions on new deals, according to Trump's attorneys. Those restrictions including a ban on any new deals in foreign jurisdictions while Trump is in office but contracts for weddings or golf tournaments would be permitted. 

The Trump Organization will continue to make new deals in the United States. Trump will know of them only if he reads about them in newspapers or hears about them on television, Dillon said.

Trump's right to information will be sharply limited, according to the attorneys. Reports will only show profits and loss on the company as a whole.

"There will no separate business-by-business accounting," said Dillon, of the Morgan Lewis & Bockius law firm.

Remaining debt will continue to be paid down. 

"He’s voluntarily taken this on," Dillon said during a news conference on Wednesday. "The conflict of interest laws simply do not apply to the president and the vice president."

The Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C. which is in the historic Old Post Office, is leased from the General Services Administration, but Trump's attorneys argued that it does not pose a conflict of interest. The lease was entered into before Trump became president as a result of competitive bidding and the payments are being made as required, they argue. 

Trump's daughter Ivanka, whose husband, Jared Kushner, has been named a White House adviser, will have no further involvement with the Trump Organization. 

"Ivanka will be focused on settling their children in their new home and new schools," Dillon said.

An ethics adviser, whose written approval will be needed for any new deal that could raise questions, will be appointed to the Trump Organization's management team. Interviews are being conducted for the ethics adviser. 

A new position, compliance officer, will be created at the organization.

One ethics expert told NBC News that the plan was inadequate.

"This does not address the emoluments clause concerns, this does not address the conflict concerns," said Kathleen Clark, an ethics specialist at University of Washington law school. "This is using the language of ethics without addressing the actual ethics concerns."

Clark disagreed with interpretation of the Emoluments Clause presented by Trump's attorneys -- that it did not apply to fair market exchanges. She told NBC News that all profits would be covered and that the plan to donate them would be insufficient.

And how would the public evaluate compliance? she asked.

"This really is smoke and mirrors," she said.

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State Police Seek Canterbury Robbery Suspect


Connecticut state police are searching for a suspect accused of robbing the Cumberland Farms store on Westminster Road in Canterbury.

Police said they responded at 11:55 p.m. Tuesday to the store, located at 188 Westminster Road. The clerk reported to police that that the suspect came up from behind and pushed something into his back, demanding money. The clerk gave the suspect money from the register which the suspect placed in a black duffel bag, police said. The suspect also stole cigarettes then fled the scene.

Police described the suspect as male, between 6-foot-1 and 6-foot-4, wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, black jacket, dark colored pants and shoes, with a white ski hat and black scarf covering his face.

Anyone with information should contact state police at 860-779-4900 or text TIP711 with the information to 274637.

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President-elect Trump on Russia and Putin


President-elect Trump discusses his relationship with Russia and Vladimir Putin.

Guns Left Accessible to Child in East Hartford Home: Police


An East Hartford couple is facing charges after their child was found living in terrible conditions with weapons in the home, according to police.

Shakeena Hill, 28, and Camron Hill, 30 both face risk of injury charges after police were called to their home on Plain Drive Sunday and found conditions in the home “unsuitable/unlivable” for the couple and their child.

Police said officers responded to 260 Plain Drive for a reported dispute Sunday afternoon. Officers noted that there were flies, trash and clutter throughout the home, as well as three unsecured guns being stored in the home with a child. The weapons were stored in drawers without any sort of lock at the child’s level, making them easily accessible.

The Department of Children and Families was called and the child is currently staying with relatives, police said.

Camron Hill is charged with risk of injury, altered firearm, and neglectful gun storage. He was issued a $25,000 bond. Shakeena Hill was charged with risk of injury and neglectful gun storage. She was issued a $15,000 bond.

Both are scheduled to appear in court on Jan. 25.

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Gusty Winds Whip the State Wednesday Morning


Wednesday morning will be warmer than earlier in the week but also brings potential for gusty winds.

Rain moved through early in the morning leaving roads wet. That paired with increasing temperatures will melt some of the snow covering the state.

The NBC Connecticut meteorologists said strong winds - around 25 miles per hour with the potential for stronger gusts - could cause issues in the morning.

Several downs did report trees down, causing road closures and delays just in time for the morning commute. Crews in Franklin responded for a tree down on Route 87 by Rindy Road.

The Tolland Fire Department was called for a tree that came down on wires near 96 Metcalf Road, and Andover fire was busy with a tree down on wires in the area of 91 Hickory Drive.

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The winds are expected to die down as the day continues.

By 9 a.m. sunshine will warm the state with temperatures approaching the 50s.

Get the full forecast anytime by clicking here.

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Dog Left in Crate in East Haven


A dog was left in a crate, found with a soaking wet blanket, near a trash bin in East Haven. Now the East Haven Animal Shelter is trying to find out who owns the dog.

The male pit bull was left in a crate with no bottom on Coe Avenue, according to the shelter, and they are not sure how long he was there.

They are asking anyone who recognizes the dog or knows who the owner is to call the shelter at 203-468-3249.

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President-elect Trump on Obamacare


President-elect Trump discusses Obamacare and his plan to replace it.

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State Weighs 7 More Conditions for Medical Marijuana Program


Medical marijuana can already be used to treat 22 debilitating diseases for adults in Connecticut and six for children. On Wednesday, the Department of Consumer Protection Commissioner as well as the State Board of Physicians discussed adding seven more conditions to the list.

This is a list of conditions petitioned by the public for adults and the board’s recommendations:

The board also recommended adding muscular dystrophy to the list for minors.

If the commissioner chooses to agree with the board’s recommendations, each condition will go through a formal regulation process, which includes a period for public comment and review by the legislative regulation review committee.

One of the people asking for consideration was Regina Walsh. Her 95-year-old father George Walsh suffered from shingles a few years ago.

"The blisters resolved, but he's been left with a constant debilitating pain and discomfort from it that is so sensitive that even clothes against his skin is very disruptive to him," Walsh said.

Walsh said her father is willing to try topical cannabis, if it is fully approved for shingles, since all the other treatments he has tried did not work.

“Nothing has helped and they have in fact made conditions worse. Being 95 years old, he is very sensitive to drugs and medication. Some of the drugs caused weakness in his legs and contributed to him falling, which is very dangerous when you’re 95. So we’re looking for some alternatives and he is very game for this.”

There are currently 15,115 medical marijuana patients, 591 physicians registered to certify patients, 22 conditions approved for adults, and six conditions approved for patients under the age of 18.

For adults, debilitating medical conditions include:

  • Cancer
  • Glaucoma
  • Positive Status for Human Immunodeficiency Virus or Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome
  • Parkinson's Disease
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Damage to the Nervous Tissue of the Spinal Cord with Objective Neurological Indication of Intractable Spasticity
  • Epilepsy
  • Cachexia
  • Wasting Syndrome
  • Crohn's Disease
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Sickle Cell Disease
  • Post Laminectomy Syndrome with Chronic Radiculopathy
  • Severe Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis
  • Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis
  • Ulcerative Colitis
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Cystic Fibrosis
  • Irreversible Spinal Cord Injury with Objective Neurological Indication of Intractable Spasticity
  • Terminal Illness Requiring End-Of-Life Care
  • Uncontrolled Intractable Seizure Disorder

For patients under 18, debilitating medical conditions include:

  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Cystic Fibrosis
  • Irreversible Spinal Cord Injury with Objective Neurological Indication of Intractable Spasticity
  • Severe Epilepsy
  • Terminal Illness Requiring End-Of-Life Care
  • Uncontrolled Intractable Seizure Disorder

Those who wish to find more information about the program may visitwww.ct.gov/DCP/mmp, or contact the Drug Control Division atdcp.mmp@ct.gov or (860) 713-6066.

The Board of Physicians meets at least twice a year to consider petitions. Members of the public may petition the board by filling out a form. 

If the board recommends that a condition be added and the commissioner agrees, condition additions will then go through the formal regulation process, which includes a period for public comment and review by the legislative regulation review committee. 

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