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Teens Accused of Attacking Disabled Man With Ice Scraper


Winchester police have arrested three teens accused of attacking a man with disabilities with an ice scraper.

Police said the attack happened on Jan. 18 after the 53-year-old victim shopped at CVS on Main Street. According to police, when the victim came out of the store he was attacked by several males who beat him with an ice scraper and robbed him of around $70 in cash.

The victim had a concussion and multiple cuts to his head and needed 22 stitches.

On Feb. 2, police arrested two 16-year-old suspects and 19-year-old Anthony Pasquariello.

The juvenile suspects are charged with assault of a disabled person with an intellectual disability, first-degree robbery, second-degree larceny, second-degree assault and breach of peace. Pasquariello is charged with assault of a disabled person with an intellectual disability, first-degree robbery, second-degree larceny, conspiracy to commit first-degree assault and breach of peace.

According to the judicial branch, Pasquariello was held on a $120,000 bond is next scheduled to appear in court on Feb. 17.

Enfield Police Seek Bank Robbery Suspect


Enfield police are searching for a suspect accused of robbing the Santander Bank on Enfield Street Friday afternoon.

Police said the suspect pictured above robbed the bank at 800 Enfield Street around 1:40 p.m. He is described as around 5-foot-10 and was wearing a ski hat, glasses, a dark jacket and jeans.

Anyone with information is asked to call Det. Timothy Lewis at 860-763-8939.

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Man and 10-Year-Old Child Fall Through Ice at Milford Pond


A 10-year-old child and a man had to pulled from the water at a pond in Milford after falling through the ice Sunday afternoon, according to fire officials.

Milford Fire Battalion Chief Anthony Fabrizi said the child was playing on the ice at Mondo Pond off West Avenue around 4 p.m. when the ice broke and the child fell through. An adult saw it happened and rushed to rescue the child, and fell through himself.

The fire department responded and rescued both victims. Fabrizi said neither one of them was completely submerged and while both victims were taken to the hospital to be evaluated, they are expected to be okay.

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Nearly 600 Eversource Customers Without Power in Middletown


Hundreds of Eversource customers are without power in Middletown, according to the company’s website.

The company tweeted that they expect to have power back up by 7 p.m., but some customers expressed frustration with the restoration time on Super Bowl Sunday.

Eversource spokesman Mitch Gross confirmed that the outage was caused by an issue with underground equipment and crews are on scene making repairs.

No other information was immediately available.

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Woman Bitten by Raccoon in Rocky Hill


Rocky Hill police are warning residents to be careful and look out for wildlife after a woman was bitten Saturday.

Police said the victim was standing near her vehicle on Valley Brook Road when the animal approached her and bit her unprovoked. She suffered minor injuries, police said.

Animal Control is trying to locate and catch the animal. Anyone who sees a raccoon acting strangely or wandering around during daylight is encouraged to contact police.

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Super Bowl LI in Photos


See photos from big game between the Patriots and Falcons.

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Syrians Denied Entry to Philadelphia Are Set to Return: Lawyers


A Syrian family denied entry into Philadelphia last week — under President Donald Trump’s executive order suspending America’s refugee program and halting immigration to the U.S. — started their journey to the United States Sunday after a federal judge temporarily blocked Trump’s executive order.

Lawyers representing the six Asali family members confirmed to NBC Philadelphia that they left Syria and passed through preclearance in Abu Dhabi Sunday and are scheduled to land at JFK International Airport at 9:25 a.m. Monday. They are hopeful that the family will cross onto U.S. soil without problems.

“Of all the times I have negotiated to return people to the United States, this is the most optimistic I have felt,” said Joseph Hohenstein, an attorney for the Asali family.

A spokesperson for the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) said Congressman Charlie Dent (R-PA) helped with the negotiations that allowed the family to leave.

“We are grateful for Congressman Dent’s leadership and his efforts to right this wrong for the Asalis,” said Reggie Shuford, executive director of the ACLU of Pennsylvania. “The executive order is illegal, and its implementation was botched from the start. The ACLU will continue to challenge this order until it is ultimately overturned.”

The Asalis, a Christian family with relatives in Allentown, have waited more than a week to leave Damascus for Pennsylvania. Despite having obtained visas and passports prior to their departure, the six relatives were deported upon arriving in Philadelphia International Airport just hours after Trump issued the travel ban.

Almost immediately, the Asalis became entangled in a messy legal battle between the White House and its opponents. On Saturday, the government officially suspended the ban's enforcement in compliance with the order of U.S. District Judge James Robart.

After the temporary block was issued, visa holders from the countries impacted by Trump’s order hurried to board U.S.-bound flights, fearing they might have only a slim window through which to enter the country.

The legal battle continues as the Department of Justice filed a notice of appeal in an attempt to immediately reinstate Trump’s order.

Despite the legal quagmire, lawyers for the Asali family do not anticipate the appeal will directly impact travel arrangements.
“You never want to say for sure, but I think we should be fine,” Hohenstein said.

Despite the legal quagmire, lawyers for the Asali family did not anticipate the appeal will directly impact travel arrangements.

“You never want to say for sure, but I think we should be fine,” Hohenstein said.

A federal appeals court denied the request to reinstate Trump’s order early Sunday.

The Asalis' relatives in Allentown described long days filled with uncertainty, confusion and heartache. The last names of the family members living in Allentown are spelled differently due to a name change at the time of their immigration into the U.S., a spokesman for the ACLU said.

“We are very excited, but very nervous at the same time,” Sarmad Assali said. “Until we have them in our arms, I’m a little on edge.”

"We can hear it in their voice that they're so afraid that something might go wrong."

The relatives — including four adults and two children — planned to settle 60 miles outside of Philadelphia in Allentown where family members who are U.S. citizens had purchased a home for them. It took the family 13 years to secure visas and passports to relocate to the U.S.

After arriving at the Philadelphia International Airport last Saturday, the Asali family was met by two U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials. The six were removed from the plane, detained and told they could either leave the U.S. on the same plane or stay and be arrested, according to court documents.

Their legal paperwork was physically revoked, they were denied phone calls and they were prevented from speaking to relatives waiting at the airport. They were sent back to Syria that same day.

Immigration lawyers representing the family filed a lawsuit in federal court Tuesday, accusing the Trump administration of violating several constitutional guarantees, including those belonging to members of a protected class and the right to due process.

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf said he and his wife are "thrilled and relieved" the family will be able to return to the United States.

"The federal government barring these legal immigrants from living in Pennsylvania, despite doing everything the right way, was short-sighted and unfair," he wrote.

"We look forward to welcoming these families back to Pennsylvania. Our commonwealth, which was founded by immigrants escaping persecution, has always welcomed people from all over the world to share in realizing the American dream.”

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Asali Family

Brady Leads Comeback, Patriots Win Fifth Super Bowl


Even when they trailed by four scores, even when so many things all needed to go right for the Patriots, it seemed plausible to think Tom Brady would bring them back one more time in a Super Bowl.

And so he did, leading New England to the tying score just inside the final minute to force overtime and erase the big lead the Falcons got out to with a scorching first half.

That the Patriots scored on their first possession in overtime only felt like a last bit of paperwork before someone handed Brady a Lombardi Trophy for the fifth time in his career.

No other quarterback in NFL history has more than four.

Now Brady truly has no peer.

From his first Super Bowl win following the 2001 season, which he capped with a field goal drive, to the one that tied him with Joe Montana and Terry Bradshaw that required a memorable defensive stop to ratify the go ahead touchdown pass he threw with two minutes left, Brady has always seemed to deliver late when the pressure was highest.

As if there had been any doubt, Brady was even handed the trophy from Bradshaw, who happily declared the quarterback drafted in the sixth round from Michigan to be the greatest.

“We all brought each other back, Brady said. "I think this team resembled a lot of teams from the past."

One new twist this year was that Brady was suspended for four games to begin the season. It was for his role in a scheme to deflate game balls below the legal pressure in an AFC title game. But with a chip on his shoulder (and some added rest), the 39-year-old Brady only seemed to thrive.

The scandal was called Deflategate, and it never seemed to leave the headlines. The whole affair turned New England fans against NFL commissioner Roger Goodell. But if Brady had any animosity toward the commissioner, though, he didn’t show it. Cameras showed the two shaking hands before the trophy was presented.

Patriots fans booed and jeered over Goodell’s short presentation speech. And owner Robert Kraft acknowledged the fans' ire, saying this win was the sweetest.

Brady didn’t want to get into it, saying only: “This is all positive man, it’s unbelievable.”

Perhaps especially hard to comprehend for the Falcons, who seemed on their way when they scored early in the third quarter to make it 28-3. They never scored again.

In overtime, they never even touched the ball.

James White wound up scoring the touchdowns that broke Atlanta’s heart.

The running back punched it in with 57 seconds left in regulation, then just barely got the ball over the line to win it. 

"We knew we had a shot the whole game," White said. "It was an amazing comeback by our team. It's surreal right now. You couldn't write this script."

The Patriots turned the game around after Ryan fumbled on a blindside sack by Dont’a Hightower. Brady led the Patriots down the field for a score and they converted the 2-point conversion with six minutes to go to make it 28-20.

The Falcons nearly kicked a field goal to ice it, but a sack and a penalty pushed them back out of field goal range and they had to punt.

"There's nothing you can really say," Ryan said. "That's a tough loss, obviously very disappointing, very close to getting done what we wanted to get done."

After the Falcons got out to a 21-0 lead on Alford’s stunning 82-yard interception return for a touchdown, the Patriots got on the board with a late field goal before halftime. Then the Falcons took a 25-point lead on Ryan’s second TD pass of the game and a rout suddenly looked possible.

To everyone but the Patriots, maybe.

“Down 28-3 they never looked back. They just keep competing,” Patriots coach Bill Belichick said. “We’ve got great players and they just keep competing for 60 minutes — or longer.”

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NATO Critic Trump Agrees to Attend Brussels Summit in May


President Donald Trump spoke with the secretary general of NATO on Sunday and agreed to join a meeting of NATO leaders in Europe later this year, after having repeatedly criticized the alliance and having called it "obsolete" as late as last month, NBC News reported.

Trump spoke with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg on Sunday evening regarding the United States' "strong support for NATO," according to the White House press office.

The two leaders discussed "how to encourage all NATO allies to meet their defense spending commitments" and the potential for a peaceful resolution of the conflict along the Ukrainian border, according to the White House.

The president then agreed to join at the summit of NATO leaders in Brussels, the alliance's headquarters, in late May.

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Tech Companies to File Amicus Brief in Immigration Case


Twitter and other major technology companies planned to file a friend-of-the-court brief Sunday night with a federal appeals court hearing challenges to President Donald Trump's executive order on immigration, NBC News reported.

A spokesperson for Twitter told NBC News that the final language of the filing, known in legalese as an amicus curiae brief, was being finished with plans to file it later in the evening in the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco.

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The appeals court earlier Sunday rejected the Trump administration's request to reinstate the president's order restricting entry into the United States by travelers from seven majority Muslim countries. A federal district judge in Seattle halted implementation of the order on Friday.

Some tech giants, including Amazon.com Inc. and Expedia Inc., filed briefs in connection with that case early last week, arguing that Trump's order negatively affects their businesses.

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Queen Elizabeth II Marks 65 Years on Britain’s Throne


Princess Elizabeth was never meant to become queen, let alone the longest-serving monarch in the storied history of British royalty.

Her father, in fact, was never meant to become king.

But on Monday, after nearly a lifetime of service to country and crown, Elizabeth II will commemorate her 65th anniversary as queen. She will become the only British monarch ever to celebrate her Sapphire Jubilee, NBC News reported.

It is a role that most Britons — whether royalist or republican — would agree that she has fulfilled with caution, dignity and an unending sense of duty.

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No Injuries Reported After East Hartford Shed Fire


Several East Hartford residents were evacuated from their home overnight due to a garage fire, according to police.

Police said a shed at 52 Phelps St. caught fire early Monday and it spread to a garage. The residents of the home were evacuated as a precaution, but the fire did not extend to the house.

No injuries were reported. Investigators are working to determine the cause of the fire.

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Travel Ban Makes US Less Safe: Former Senior Officials


Ten former senior U.S. diplomats and security officials planned to file an affidavit in a federal appeals court arguing that President Donald Trump's executive order curtailing immigration would actually make America less safe, NBC News reported.

In a brief scheduled to be filed at 3 a.m. ET on Monday the officials slammed Trump's order as "ill-conceived, poorly implemented and ill-explained."

The brief obtained by NBC News was written jointly by two former heads of the CIA, two former Secretaries of State, a former Secretary of Defense, a former Secretary of Homeland Security, and senior officials of the National Security Council.

"This order cannot be justified on national security or foreign policy grounds. It does not perform its declared task of 'protecting the nation from foreign terrorist entry into the United States.'" the co-authors — Madeleine Albright, John Kerry, Janet Napolitano, Susan Rice, Leon Panetta, John McLaughlin, Avril Haines, Michael Hayden, Lisa Monaco, Michael Morell — wrote in the filing. The list was largely made up of prominent Democrats.

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Mountain Road in Suffield Closed After Car Hits Pole


Mountain Road in Suffield is closed after a car crashed into a utility pole and took down wires early Monday morning.

Police said the accident happened between Phelps Road and North/South Stone Street. No injuries were reported, but police said it will take several hours to make repairs.

Drivers can use North Stone Road and Warnertown Road to get around the closure.

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Water Main Break Closes Fern Street in West Hartford


There is a water main break on Fern Street in West Hartford and the road is shot down from 392 Fern St. to Ballard Drive. 

The 8-inch main, which was installed in 1928, was shut off around 7 a.m. 

Eight properties are affected and crews from MDC expect repairs to take six to eight hours, or between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.  

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Connecticut Patriots Fans React to Super Bowl Win


It was a stressful game for Patriots fans Sunday night, but at Buffalo Wild Wings in Wethersfield fans kept the faith and were rewarded for it as their team took home a Super Bowl win.

Early on Falcons fans watched their team swoop in with a dominating opening performance and it seemed like they would be the ones to take the trophy.

“You must have heard me screaming at the top of my lungs. I don’t mind,” said Rosaline Long of New Britain.

Patriots fans said they took a lot of heat the first half of the game and many were frustrated with the team’s performance.

“They are not playing their game. The offensive line is letting them get to Brady too quickly. They are a young team. Atlanta has some great players,” said Marilyn Tilley of Manchester.

But Patriots fans who stood by their team told NBC Connecticut they got a satisfying conclusion to a nail-biter of a game.

“I was in a room full of Giants fans, Pittsburgh fans, couple Dolphin fans taking a lot of flak during the course of the game. I got a little bit worried but I was still tweeting out and texting out a lot of greatest comeback memes for Brady. I stuck to my guns and it paid off,” said Daniel Delaney of Groton.

Fans said it was a stunning season, overcoming Deflategate and a massive deficit in the Super Bowl to come back and win in overtime.

“As long as you got Tom Brady, the best quarterback of all time, no discussion now. No one can say anybody else. No Joe Montana. Tom Brady, Bill Belichick all day,” said James Rivera of Wethersfield.

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Super Bowl LI Ads Worth a Replay


Super Bowl ads usually offer brief opportunities for escapism – from both reality and the big game.

This year’s commercial crop did an OK job of entertaining between plays. But some of the most memorable spots touched on current events in both serious (84 Lumber’s Mexican mother-and-daughter immigration story) and comedic ways (Melissa McCarthy’s painful world-saving adventures). Other standout ads focused on football (injured Patriots tight end Ron Gronkowski and quarterback Tom Brady earned chuckles, before they went home thrilled).

No matter what the type of commercial, the test is, to paraphrase the refs, whether the spots warrant further review after the final whistle. The stakes are high: Advertisers reportedly gave Fox $5 million per 30 seconds to broadcast productions that, in many cases, hit the Internet days before kickoff.

Here are some Super Bowl LI commercials worthy of a replay:

Melissa McCarthy Saves Comedy

Forget Super Bowl mania: The weekend belonged to Melissa McCarthy. Her surprise performance on “Saturday Night Live” as presidential spokesman Sean Spicer proved an instant classic. She also stole the show on Super Sunday with her slapstick Kia commercial, which shows her trying to save the world – and suffering grievous bodily harm in the process.

Immigration Stories

The 84 Lumber tale of a mother and her young daughter leaving Mexico (go here to see how their story ends) represented a pure heart-tugger – and a potential political button-pusher. Ditto for Budweiser’s movie trailer-like rendering of German-born co-founder Adolphus Busch’s 19th century American odyssey.

Gronkowski Floods the Field

The injured Patriot didn’t stalk the gridiron, but he put on a small-screen performance for T-Mobile (sharing camera time with Justin Bieber and Terrell Owens) and Tide, even if he ceded the starring role to Terry Bradshaw.

Bathroom Humor

Gronkowski’s teammate Brady didn’t do much scrambling in Intel’s 360-video spot, which captured his mundane morning routine – until he drew the line at the bathroom door. Febreze didn’t display near as much modesty in its Super Bowl-themed toilet extravaganza.

Sprint for Customers

A dad fakes his death – complete with pushing his car off a cliff ­– to get out of his Verizon contract. The mercilessly funny execution scored for Sprint.

Something the Air

All Airbnb sold was harmony in its stark and effective “We all belong” ad, which featured a multicultural collection of faces and a hashtag: #weaccept. The commercial’s biggest asset – and jumping-off point for controversy – was its timeliness, coming in the wake of President Trump’s travel ban order. 

Women March On

Controversy also seems likely to trail Audi’s ad, showing a grade-school-aged girl competing in a downhill cart race as her dad wonders, in a voiceover, how he’ll explain gender inequality to her.

High School Heroes

Yearbook photos of stars-to-be – among them Tina Fey, Missy Elliot, Robert Redford and Stan Lee – come to life, courtesy of Honda, offering a sweet mix of humor and inspiration.

Cam-eo Newton

Carolina Panthers quarterback turns up – along with model Miranda Kerr – in this Buick commercial where a kiddie football game suddenly gets very adult (but in a wholesome way). Other notable celebrity pitch-teams included Justin Timberlake and Christopher Walken – and old pals Snoop Dogg and Martha Stewart.

When You Say Spuds

The ghost of beer spokesdog Spuds McKenzie casts a comic specter in this Bud Light laugher that evokes Dickens – and made veteran big-game ad fans nostalgic for Super Sunday commercials that better lived up to the billing.

Jere Hester is Director of News Products and Projects at the City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism. He is also the author of "Raising a Beatle Baby: How John, Paul, George and Ringo Helped us Come Together as a Family." Follow him on Twitter.

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Chick-fil-A Opens in West Hartford Thursday


Chick-fil-A is opening in West Hartford next week.

A Chick-fil-A restaurant will open Thursday, Feb. 9 at 509 New Park Ave. and the owner will offer the first 100 guests the chance to win free Chick-fi-A for a year.

The “First 100” celebration will be in the restaurant parking lot from 6 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 8 to 6 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 9.

Daryl Jackson, who is originally from Naugatuck, owns the restaurant and this is his first Chick-fil-A.

Participants in the First 100 will have the opportunity to win a digital offer card loaded with a one-year supply of free Chick-fil-A meals -- 52 meals total.

To be eligible, you must be at least 18 years old, live in one of the zip codes listed below and have identification while you’re and in line and when the doors open at 6 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 8.

If you plan to camp out, see the campout rules here

If more than 100 people are there when the line officially forms at 6 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 8, then all 100 spots will be determined by a drawing held that morning with those selected needing to camp out for 24 hours to secure their spot.

The First 100 event is open to residents of the following zip codes.

  • 06001
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Wilbur Cross Parkway Reopen After Serious Crash in New Haven


The Wilbur Cross Parkway (Route 15) southbound has reopened near exit 59 in New Haven after a serious accident, according to state police.

The accident happened around 1:30 a.m. Monday and the road was closed until shortly before 5:30 a.m. Police said two vehicles were involved.

More details were not immediately available.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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Guilford Company Churns Out Super Bowl Shirts After Pats Win


The Patriots did their job Sunday night and then the team at Zuse Inc. in Guilford set to work.

The company, which makes embroidered and printed apparel, began printing t-shirts celebrating the Patriots victim within an hour of the game’s end. Employees have been working nonstop overnight to produce thousands of official Patriots Super Bowl t-shirts that will end up on retail shelves all over.

It was the first Super Bowl won in overtime, and one employee said it wasn't until Julian Edelman's unbelievable catch late in the fourth quarter that she knew she was coming to work.

"I thought I'd be, well, sleeping in," said Hope Citrin, who was on the 4 a.m. shift.

The Zuse team works in two shifts of about 20 people each to print the shirts. The first crew comes in at 11 p.m. and the second around 4 a.m., according to owner Ted Zuse.

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