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Suspects Shoplifted $3K in Items from Clinton Crossings: PD


Clinton police are looking to identify four people believed to be involved in shoplifting thousands of dollars’ worth of merchandise from Clinton Crossings.

Police said the suspects pictured above all worked together filling bags then left without paying for approximately $3,000 in merchandise on Sunday.

Anyone with information on this crime is asked to contact Clinton police at 860-669-0451.

Photo Credit: Clinton Police Department

Wallingford Salon Raises More Than $5,500 To Help Young Boy


A visit to a Wallingford hair salon on Sunday left a lot of customers not only looking good, but also feeling great. Every haircut had an impact on the life of a local little boy.

Collin Reilly, 7, loves to dance, he loves music and he loves to sing. Those who know this boy - and what he has been through - believe he is a miracle.

"I'm so blessed that the community is behind him and so supportive of him," said Jennifer Reilly, Collin's mother.

Collin has been battling brain tumors since he was a baby. A procedure to help him years ago actually left him blind. He also has not been able to eat solid food since he was about six months old.

"I had to force-feed him to try to get him to eat anything so it's really difficult for me even now to try to give him any food," said his mother.

Teaching Collin to eat will take a special feeding therapist. The therapist services can be expensive. Collin's family said that the services would not all be covered by their health insurance.

That is where the staff at Serenity Salon & Day Spa comes in.

"We're here today to help raise that money so that Collin sit at a table with his family and have a nice meal with his whole family together," said Karen Poltronieri, who helps manage the salon.

With every cut, blow dry or massage on Sunday, funds were being raised to help get Collin the help he needs. The ultimate goal of this 'cut-a-thon' is for Collin to no longer depend on a feeding tube for nourishment.

"It's always nice to be a small part of something bigger than yourself,” said Connie Bickford, a Wallingford resident who also works at Collin's school.

All of the donated time and money is helping the little boy in a big way.

"I'm so thankful for everyone who's contributed their time and money to come here and do their thing," said Collin's mother.

The salon did more than fifty haircuts on Sunday, raising more than $5,500. Collin's family hopes to have him working with a special therapist by this summer.

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East Windsor Police Seek Armed Robbery Suspect


East Windsor police are searching for a suspect who robbed a 7-Eleven at gunpoint overnight.

Police said around 2 a.m. Monday a suspect entered the store at 183 South Main Street and pointed a gun at the cashier, demanding cash. The clerk complied and the suspect escaped with around $300 on foot down Stoughton Road.

The suspect is described as around 6-foot and was wearing a black mask, black hooded sweatshirt, black jacket, gloves and blue jeans. He appears to be left-handed, police said.

Anyone with information is asked to contact East Windsor police at 860-292-8240.

Photo Credit: East Windsor Police Department

Fire Crews on Scene at Shelton Condominium Complex


Crews responding to a fire at a condominium complex in Shelton and smoking might have caused the fire, officials said.

Firefighters responded to the Tamarac Ridge condo complex on Acorn Hollow.

One woman was taken to the hospital and officials said her injuries are medical and not connected to the fire. 

One unit was damaged.  

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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NFL Player Testifies About Partying With Aaron Hernandez


Chicago Bears wide receiver Deonte Thompson testified Monday about partying and visiting strip clubs with former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez back in 2013.

Thompson, 28, played with Hernandez at the University of Florida and said the two were like brothers. Hernandez is on trial for killing two men in Boston in 2012.

"We came in together, so our whole class was pretty much tight," he said. "That's my guy. I mean, we played ball together. We were in the war together. He was like a brother."

Hernandez showed a brief smile when Thompson first pointed him out in court.

Thompson said he and Hernandez spent a lot of time hanging out during their three years together at Florida, and they remained friendly but rarely saw each other once they were both in the NFL.

In court Monday, Thompson recounted hosting a party on Feb. 8, 2013, five days after his former team, the Baltimore Ravens, won the Super Bowl. He said Hernandez attended the party, at Club 21 in Thompson's hometown of Belle Glade, Florida.

In the days after the party, Thompson said he went to Miami "every night," and Hernandez was one of the people who often went with him. On one occasion, he said he went to Tootsie's Cabaret, a South Beach strip club, with Hernandez and a group of several other friends.

"It's kind of blurry," he said. "Those days kind of stack up. Every day we partied."

Thompson said he met Hernandez's former best friend, Alexander Bradley, on at least two occasions during that time period, but did not have any close interaction with him.

"I don't remember seeing the guy that much that week," he said. "I was intoxicated too, so my judgment may not be the best."

Thompson is one of several NFL players or coaches on the witness list. Others who could be called to testify are Patriots coach Bill Belichick, offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels and former Florida teammates Mike and Maurkice Pouncey.

The jury also heard testimony Monday from club promoter Jeff London, who said that he saw Hernandez slap another club promoter over comments about a loss to the Ravens.

London said he knew Hernandez through his work and would see him frequently at clubs around Boston. He testified about Hernandez's interactions with club-goers, saying, "He didn't like to be approached." He described two incidents where Hernandez got hostile with him. In one case, he said Hernandez called him a "fed" and a "snitch."

Hernandez's brother, Jonathan "DJ" Hernandez, was expected to testify for the prosecution on Monday, but Judge Jeffrey Locke pushed that testimony to Tuesday.

Testimony resumed Monday after a long weekend for the jury. They were given Friday off because of an illness going around the courtroom.

During that time, they were asked to read through some-400 text messages between Hernandez and Bradley, the prosecution's star witness.

Bradley said he was in the driver's seat when Hernandez allegedly shot and killed Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado after one of them accidentally spilled his drink at a Boston nightclub in July 2012. 

Defense lawyers say Bradley killed the men over a drug deal. 

Hernandez is already serving a life sentence in the 2013 fatal shooting of Odin Lloyd, a semi-professional football player who was dating the sister of Hernandez's fiancée.

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Gator Gobbles Down Golf Ball at Florida Golf Course


Watch out for the gator hazard on the third hole. A golfer at Long Marsh golf course on Florida's west coast near Port Charlotte hit a ball toward a lake where an alligator was waiting on March 25. The ball struck the gator and the reptile retaliated, NBC affiliate WPTV reported.  

Rogue East Cleveland Cops Framed Dozens of Drug Suspects


Three police officers are in prison after robbing and framing drug suspects in East Cleveland, Ohio, but authorities are still unwinding the damage this rogue street-crimes unit brought, NBC News reported.

They were busted after raiding the home of a Cleveland drug dealer and saying in a search warrant that an informant had recently bought crack cocaine there. But the man had surveillance cameras that proved the officers were lying, which the FBI used to uncover a scandal that has led to 22 drug cases being dismissed — so far.

"I always took it on the chin when I got arrested for something I know I did. But when a cop lies to get you in prison, that's a different story," said Kenneth Blackshaw, one of the people who had a conviction overturned.

The Cleveland-area victims are among thousands of people cleared in group exonerations involving police graft in the last three decades nationwide, from California to Texas to New Jersey.

Photo Credit: Cuyahoga County Sheriff; East Cleveland Police; FBI

Funeral Today for Avon School Bus Driver Killed in Accident


A funeral will be held this morning for an Avon Public Schools bus driver who was killed in a tragic accident last week.

Steve Roussel, 52, of Unionville, died Wednesday when a tree fell on the school bus he was driving and he then hit a utility pole on Country Club Road around. 

Roussel was on his way back to the bus station, about a mile and a half away, and was the only person on the bus when the accident happened. 

Roussel was born in Bristol, according to the obituary. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1983 to 1993, He graduated from Lincoln Technical Culinary Institute and spent several years cooking at J Timothy's, 99, and ESPN before beginning to drive for Specialty Transportation, of Avon.

A funeral service will be today at 10 a.m. at Carmon's in Avon.

The obituary says contributions can be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS, 66675-8517 or the ALS Association, Ct Chapter, 4 Oxford Rd., Unit D 4, Milford, CT 06460.

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Man Charged in South Windsor Church Burglary


A 30-year-old Tariffville man is accused of burglaries at a South Windsor church. 

Police were called to Truth Baptist Church on Burnham Street around 8 a.m. Saturday to investigate a burglary that happened around 4 a.m. 

Surveillance video captured images of a person in the building and officers found a suspicious person sleeping in a car behind a John Fitch Boulevard business and identified him as the suspect, police said. 

The man, 30-year-old Christopher Purdie, of Tariffville, later admitted to the burglary that morning and others at the church, police said. 

Purdie was charged with burglary in the third degree, criminal attempt to commit larceny in the sixth degree and possession of burglar’s tools. 

He was held on $10,000 surety bond and will appear in Manchester Superior Court today.

Photo Credit: South Windsor Police

Transformer Failure Knocked Out Power in Southington


A transformer failure knocked out power to hundreds of residents in Southington Monday morning, according to Southington police.

Police said the transformer is in the area of 221 Burritt Street. Power crews are on scene making repairs and the road was closed in the area for several hours but has reopened.

At 6 a.m., Eversource was reporting 599 customers without power in Southington, but power gas been restored.

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Second Hill Lane School in Stratford Evacuated


The students and staff at Second Hill Lane Elementary School in Stratford have been evacuated because of a gas leak and moved to Our Lady of Grace Church, according to the superintendent’s office. 

Crews from the gas company and firefighters have responded. 

Officials from the superintendent’s office said everyone is OK and arrangements are being made to send the students home from school.

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Dow Takes Dip as Optimism on Trump Agenda Diminishes


United States markets opened down sharply on Monday, as enthusiasm about President Donald Trump's agenda dwindled, CNBC reported.

The Dow Jones industrial average fell more than 150 points at the open; Goldman Sachs contributed the most losses. The S&P 500 and Nasdaq each fell about 1 percent.

Monday brought the first opening bell since the Trump administration suffered a body-blow in the form of a dropped House bill to replace the Affordable Care Act that did not have enough support to pass. It was seen as crucial for a deregulating White House agenda that had stocks rallying significantly since the election.

"I am really disappointed that the ACA is not going to change for the better (for now) and am really [mad] that tax reform now may get all chopped up with potentially only modest changes," said Peter Boockvar, chief market analyst at The Lindsey Group, in a note.

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Man Pointed Assault Rifle at Woman in North Haven: Police


A North Haven man faces criminal charges after pointing an assault rifle at a woman sitting in her car because he thought she was watching him, according to North Haven police.

Richard Avino faces charges of possession of a prohibited assault weapon, reckless endangerment, threatening, risk of injury and breach of peace.

Police said they received a report from the female victim around 12:45 a.m. Sunday. She said she was parked at a North Haven medical center when the suspect, later identified as Avino, approached her with the rifle, which had its red laser sight on and pointed at her.

When police spoke to Avino he said he approached the victim because he believed she was watching him. He grabbed the weapon and went to confront her, but as he approached he realized she was not watching him.

According to police, the rifle was a banned assault weapon and Avino did not have proper permits for it. Police also seized a second assault weapon and four other firearms from Avino’s home.

Avino was released on a $10,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in court on April 6.

Photo Credit: North Haven Police Department

Kushner to Appear Before Senate Intel Committee on Russia


The Senate Intelligence Committee plans to question Jared Kushner, a key adviser to President Donald Trump and his son-in-law, two sources confirmed to NBC News Monday.

Kushner will be interviewed as part of an ongoing Senate inquiry into possible ties between associates of Trump and Russian operatives.

Trump spokeswoman Hope Hicks told NBC that Kushner, who is married to Trump's eldest daughter, Ivanka, volunteered to talk to the Senate committee.

"He doesn't have anything to hide," she said.

During the presidential transition, Kushner acted as a liaison between foreign governments and Trump officials. It is not unusual for presidential transitions to meet with foreign officials.

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Easter Egg Hunts In Connecticut


Bolton: The 9th Annual Egg Hunt will take place on Saturday, April 15 at 12 p.m. at Herrick Park.

Bristol: The Harry C. Barnes Memorial Nature Center will host their annual Easter Egg Hunt on April 14 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Brookfield: the 21st Annual Egg Hunt will take place at the Town Hall on Saturday, April 8 at 12 p.m. There will also be a Flashlight Egg Hunt on Friday, April 7 at 8 p.m. for students in grades 3-5.

Danbury: Stew Leonard’s will be hosting an Easter Eggs-Travaganza Egg Hunt on Thursday, April 6 at 4 p.m. Then, on Saturday, April 8 at 9 a.m.; Stew Leonard’s will also hold a Bunny Breakfast for children of all ages; The Danbury Railway Museum will host Easter Bunny Trains on April 8, 9, 14 & 15 from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Darien: The Annual Easter Egg Hunt on the Great Lawn will take place on Friday, April 14 at 10 a.m., hosted by the Darien Community Association.

East Haven: The Shore Line Trolley Museum will have an Easter Bunny Trolley on April 8, 9, 14 & 15 from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

East Windsor: The Connecticut Trolley Museum will have Easter Bunny Fun Days on April 8, 9, 14 & 15 from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Fairfield: The Connecticut Audubon Society Fairfield will host an Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 15 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; The Fairfield Parks and Recreation Department will host an Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 1 at 1 p.m.

Farmington: Farmington Miniature Golf will host the 21st annual Egg Hunt and Ice Cream Parlor on Saturday, April 15 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Glastonbury: The EXIT Realty Black Rock will host their first annual Easter Egg Hunt for free on Sunday, April 9 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Hartford: The Annual Easter Egg Hunt will take place on Woodlawn Park on Saturday, April 15, starting at 8:30 a.m.

Kensington: The New Britain Youth Museum Hungerford Park will have an Easter Eggstravaganza on Saturday, April 15 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Kent: The Kent Easter Egg Hunt will take place on the lawn outside the Kent Town Hall on April 8 at 10 a.m.

Litchfield: The Litchfield Community Field will host an Easter Egg Hunt beginning at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 8.

Middlefield: There will be a Spring Apple Hunt at Lyman Orchards on Saturday, April 22 at 10:30 a.m.

Monroe: The Webb Mountain Discovery Zone will host the 8th Annual Spring Egg Hunt on Sunday, April 2 with sessions starting at 9 a.m.

Montville: The Dinosaur Place in Montville will have a Dino Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 8 at 10 a.m.

Mystic: On Saturday, April 15 at 12 p.m., Olde Mystick Village will host an Easter Egg Hunt, and children are invited to meet Mr. Bunny in the Gazebo; The Mystic Aquarium will host a Breakfast with the Easter Bunny on Saturday, April 15 from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.

New Canaan: The Young Women’s League of New Canaan will host an Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 1 at 9 a.m. This egg hunt will include a bake sale, bounce houses, bunny ears, and face paintings.

Newington: On Saturday, April 8 and Sunday, April 9 at 9 a.m. & 10:30 a.m. Stew Leonard’s will also hold a Bunny Breakfast for children of all ages.

Newtown: The EverWonder Children’s Museum will hold EverWonder’s Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 15 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Norwalk: Stew Leonard’s will be hosting an Easter Eggs-Travaganza Egg Hunt on Tuesday, April 4 at 4 p.m.; The Stepping Stones Museum will have an Eggs-traordinary Egg-stravaganza on Saturday, April 15 from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m.; The Rowayton Community Center will host an Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 15 at 10 a.m.; The Silvermine Community Association will have an Annual Pancake Breakfast on Saturday, April 1 at 8 a.m.

Orange: The PEZ Visitor Center will host a visit with the Easter Bunny on Sunday, April 9 from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Southington: The YMCA will host an Easter Bunny Breakfast with arts and crafts projects on Saturday, April 8 from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Southport: The Pequot Library will host the Annual Easter Egg Roll on Saturday, April 15 at 10 a.m.

Stamford: The 13th Annual Heckscher Farm Egg Hunt will take place on Saturday, April 8 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Stamford Museum and Nature Center.

Thomaston: The Naugatuck Railroad will have an Easter Bunny Express, taking place on April 9 and 15 at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m.

Vernon: The Town of Vernon will host an Easter Egg Hunt on Friday, April 14 from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at Henry Park’s Softball Field.

Wallingford: The town’s Parks and Recreation will hold an Easter Egg Hunt with craft stations, music, and Easter candy for children ages 3-10. This will take place in the Wallingford Parks and Recreation Dept. Gymnasium from 6:30 p.m. until 8 p.m.

West Hartford: Elmwood Community Center will host a “Hop To It – Jumbo Egg Hunt” with live animals, balloons, and snacks on April 8 from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Westbrook: The Tanger Outlets will host their 20th Annual Spring Egg Hunt on April 15 at 3 p.m.

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5 Displaced After New Britain House Fire


A dryer is to blame for a fire that displaced a family of five in New Britain Sunday night.

Fire officials said crews responded around 9:30 p.m. to a building at 2056 Stanley Street. The building is a single-family home with an auto repair shop on the ground level.

When firefighters arrived all of the occupants were out of the building. No one was hurt.

The home was damaged and the family has been displaced. The American Red Cross responded to provide temporary assistance.

Fire officials said the fire was accidental and caused by a dryer.

Lane Closures to Begin for Widening of Route 6 in Bristol, Farmington


A year-and-a-half-long project to widen part of Route 6 in Bristol and Farmington begins on April 1. 

The state Department of Transportation will be widening Route 6 from Carol Drive in Bristol to Peggy Lane in Farmington and adding a second eastbound lane to address congestion and safety. 

There will be lane closures on Route 6between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m., Monday through Friday, and from 8 p.m. to 7 a.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. 

When the contractor is actively working, flaggers will be alternating one-way traffic. 

There will be lane closured on all other roads from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 6 a.m., Monday through Friday. 

There will also be upgrades and modifications to the traffic signals. 

The nearly $12.9 million project, awarded to Empire Paving, is scheduled to be completed Nov. 30, 2018.

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Sessions: 'Sanctuary Cities' Won't Get Certain Federal Funds


American municipalities that refuse to help with federal immigration enforcement, known as "sanctuary cities," are at risk of losing some funding from the Justice Department, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said told reporters Monday.

Many cities across the United States, including New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago and many other major population centers, consider themselves sanctuary cities.

"Public safety as well as national security are at stake and put them at risk of losing federal dollars," Sessions said, in a surprise appearance at Monday's White House briefing.

Sessions said that some states and cities have "adopted policies designed to frustrate" the enforcement of immigration laws by refusing requests to honor Immigration and Customs Enforcement detainer requests for undocumented immigrants charged or convicted of serious crimes.  

"Such policies cannot continue," Session said. "They make our nation less safe by putting dangerous criminals back on the streets."

Sessions said that the Department of Justice would require cities or states that apply for Office of Justice Programs grants to certify compliance with the section of U.S. code that calls for cooperation between government agencies and the Immigration and Naturalization Service. 

The Obama administration had a similar policy in place.

President Trump had said during the campaign that he would "defund" sanctuary cities by taking away their federal funding. But legal precedent suggests that would have been difficult to do.

Check back for more on this developing story. 

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Nunes Met Source for Trump Monitoring Claim at WH Grounds


Before Rep. Devin Nunes claimed Trump Tower may have been caught up in United States surveillance efforts during the transition period, the House Intelligence Committee chairman was on White House grounds meeting with a source, Nunes' spokesman confirmed in a statement to NBC News. 

The California Republican hasn't revealed who his source was for the explosive claim, made Wednesday, that private communications of President Donald Trump and his presidential transition team may have been scooped up by American intelligence officials monitoring other targets and improperly distributed throughout spy agencies. Nunes later took the information directly to Trump before briefing other members of the committee, drawing a rebuke from other members.

The ranking Democrat on the committee, Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., declared Wednesday he has "profound doubt" about the integrity and independence of the committee's probe, and has pushed for an independent commission to look into alleged ties between Trump's team and Russia, which is suspected of interfering with the election.

Nunes, who served on Trump's transition, later apologized to members of the committee for briefing the president first. He also clarified that he can't be sure whether conversations among Trump or his aides were captured in the surveillance.

Schiff has not immediately responded to the new revelation, first reported by CNN, that Nunes met his source on White House grounds. 

"Chairman Nunes met with his source at the White House grounds in order to have proximity to a secure location where he could view the information provided by the source," a spokesman said in a statement. "The Chairman is extremely concerned by the possible improper unmasking of names of U.S. citizens, and he began looking into this issue even before President Trump tweeted his assertion that Trump Tower had been wiretapped."

Classified information must be viewed in secure enclosures called sensitive compartmented information facilities, or SCIFs.

After the statement was released Monday, Nunes told Bloomberg View columnist Eli Lake Monday that his source was an intelligence official, not a White House staffer, whom he met on White House grounds because it was the most convenient secure location with "networked access" to the reports he viewed.

He also revealed that the reports were sent to executive branch agencies including the Obama White House, Lake reported.

Nunes' committee is looking into a claim made without evidence by the president that the Obama administration wiretapped Trump Tower. Nunes and other officials, including FBI Director James Comey, have said there is no evidence the administration did so, but Trump said he felt "somewhat" vindicated by the briefing Nunes gave him. 

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Hartford Police Investigate Another OfferUp Robbery


Hartford police are searching for a suspect in another OfferUp app transaction gone bad.

Hartford police said over the last few months the Hartford Police Major Crimes Division has investigated multiple incidents of social-media related robberies and carjackings. Victims in these cases were lured to the location through the app OfferUp, which is an online auction site visitors can use to buy and sell items.

According to police on Saturday around 9:20 p.m., a mother and daughter from Meriden came to the area of 466 Edgewood St. in Hartford to buy an iPhone 7 they saw advertised on OfferUp. When the victims arrived, a suspect approached them and pulled a gun out, demanding money.

The victim reported she was robbed of $400 and she drove off, dragging the suspect with the car until he fell off on Enfield Street. The victim and her daughter were not hurt.

The suspect in this crime is described as a male around 19 years old with a medium build. He was wearing a compression shirt with a hood at the time of the crime.

The Major Crimes Division has investigated eight other cases of this nature and have identified and arrested suspects in four of them.

Police encourage buyers and sellers to use the Hartford Police Department parking lot for online transactions. The area is a designated “safe lot” that is under constant surveillance.

Authorities offered the following tips to stay safe when conducting business online:


  • Insist to meet at a very public place such as the Hartford Police Department.
  • Don't go alone.
  • Trust your instincts.
  • Do not meet in a secluded area.
  • Do not invite strangers into your home, and do not go to theirs.
  • Be cautious when buying/selling high value items.
  • Perform the transaction during daylight hours.
  • If it sounds too good to be true, it normally is.
  • Tell a friend or family member about your intentions.
  • Meet in location where video surveillance is likely (or bring your own)
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