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Body Found Near Quinebaug River in Preston


State police detectives and troopers are investigating after a body was found along the Quinebaug River, near 72 Roosevelt Avenue Extension, in Preston, according to state police. 

Mitch Furber, of First Light Power, noticed a sweatshirt, then realiized it was a body wedged behind a boom while clearing debris. 

"There was a sweatshirt tucked in the corner and I pokes it with one of the pokers, thinking it was log, just trying to push it down the river," he said.

He said there was debris on the body.

"So I couldn't see what it was, who it was," he said.

The workers then called 911. Officials from the Preston Fire Department said they were alerted around 8:40 p.m. The body is a male, but no information was released on his approximate age. 

Police said detectives from Eastern District Major Crime and troopers from Troop E are investigating.

The office of the chief medical examiner will examine the body to determine the cause of death.

Anyone who might have information should call detectives at 860-848-6500 or text TIP711 with information to 274637. 

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Bob Maxon Thankful for Well Wishes Following Heart Attack


NBC Connecticut First Alert meteorologist Bob Maxon on Thursday called in to chat on air with Heidi Voight and Ted Koppy and to thank the thousands of people who have sent their well wishes to him since having a mild heart attack last week.

"I want to take a moment to thank just every person that sent an email, posted some get-well wish or tweeted me on Twitter, or whatever the case may be," Maxon said during the call.

Bob began to feel ill while at work on March 21 and thought he was coming down with the flu. He went to a walk-in clinic where he was immediately diagnosed as having a heart attack.

During a call to NBC Connecticut on Monday, Bob shared his personal story and since then, he has received thousands of messages of support.

"It's absolutely overwhelming. It's been incredible and even last night I should have been in bed earlier, but there I am, you know, flipping through some of the notes and trying to respond to some of them," he said.

Bob said Friday begins his cardiac rehabilitation, something he said he never thought he would have to deal with.

He said his story should be warning that not everyone experiences the symptoms of a heart attack the same way.

For more information on heart health and to learn the warning signs of a heart attack, visit the American Heart Association website.

Pedestrian Struck in New London


A pedestrian has been struck on Montauk Avenue in New London, according to the fire department. 

They said the person was struck in the area of 365 Montauk Ave. Minor injuries are reported. The victim was conscious and alert, according to officials.

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Man Charged in 3 Robberies in Naugatuck, 1 in Shelton


A 29-year-old Ansonia man is suspected in three robberies in Naugatuck and one in Ansonia.

Police said they served warrants on 29-year-old Michael Harris Wednesday. 

He is accused of robbing the Cork n Keg Wine & Liquor, at 430 Rubber Ave. in Naugatuck, on Nov. 29. Police said he had a gun and demanded money from the clerk. 

He was charged with first-degree robbery and fifth-degree larceny in that case. 

He is also suspected of robbing the Subway at 928 Old Waterbury Turnpike in Naugatuck at gunpoint on Dec. 5. He was charged with first-degree robbery and sixth-degree larceny in that case. 

He is also suspected in the robbery of the DP Mart at 1183 New Haven Road in Naugatuck at gunpoint on Dec. 28. 

He was charged with first-degree robbery and fourth-degree larceny in that case.

Harris is also suspected in a robbery at the Mill Variety convenience store at 524 Howe Ave. in Shelton on Dec. 22. The female clerk said the robber had a semi-automatic handgun and demanded cash.

Police said Harris stole $300. 

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Opening of Golden Corral in Milford Delayed


The first Golden Corral in Connecticut was scheduled to open in Milford on Thursday, but inspections were not complete and the opening is delayed.  

The Golden Corral, a buffet restaurant that serves comfort food like pizza, grilled-to-order steaks, rotisserie chicken and more, will be opening at 74 Turnpike Square, but the fire inspector said the inspection started yesterday and a few things need to be fixed to adhere to fire code. 

Contractors are working on the outstanding issues and another inspection is scheduled for tomorrow. 

A health inspector was also at the scene and it’s possible the restaurant could open tomorrow. 

Several customers were there for lunch, but they will have to come back when the restaurant actually opens. 

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White House Officials Aided Nunes in Getting Intel: Report


Two White House official were involved in giving House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes access to intelligence reports that seemed to show that President Donald Trump and his associates were incidentally included in surveillance efforts, the New York Times reported Thursday.

Nunes went on to tell reporters that the president was surveilled in some capacity. He later went to the White House to brief them on his findings, ushering in a wave of criticism from Democrats, including Rep. Adam Schiff, the party's ranking member on the House Intelligence Committee.

The New York Times, citing several American officials, named Ezra Cohen-Watnick, the senior director for intelligence at the National Security Council, and Michael Ellis, a lawyer who works on national security issues at the White House Counsel's Office, as the officials involved in liaising with Nunes.

NBC News has not independently confirmed the report in the New York Times.

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Danielson Woman Accused of Stealing $2,500 MLB Poster


A Danielson woman accused of stealing sports memorabilia from a Sterling home last November has been arrested, state police said. 

Jessica Dessert was charged with stealing a Major League Baseball (MLB) batters hologram-type poster, among other items, from a resident at Snake Meadow Hill Road. 

Police received the complaint on Nov. 21, 2016 when the victim was released from the hospital and found that a number of items had been stolen from her home.

The poster portrayed "Triple Crown" MLB batters and was signed by baseball stars including Mickey Mantel, Ted Williams, Carl Yastrzemski and Frank Robinson. The victim said she bought it 20 years ago for $2,500. 

Law enforcement officials were able to locate the poster, with the help of the New England State Police Information Network's (NESPIN) Pawn Shop database, at the Coins & Collectibles Emporium in Moosup. 

According to the database, the poster was either sold or pawned for $100, and re-sold by the pawn shop for $300. 

Dessert reportedly confessed to taking the poster from the victim's residence while she was visiting a family member.

Police said the victim suspects that Dessert has stolen other items from her residence before, including money, power tools, food, dog treats and soap. 

Dessert is charged with third-degree larceny and her bond was set at $35,000.

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Crews Fill Potholes Ahead of More Wintry Weather


A wintry mix is on the way Friday, but road crews took advantage of the sunshine Thursday to fill potholes. 

“Whenever I drive right here, I am always going in that pothole. It's not a good feeling, not for me, not for my car,” Dominique Ferrerah, of East Hartford, said as she drove on Maple Avenue in Hartford. 

Cities, like Hartford and towns, such as Bloomfield, have crews are on the road to make repairs. 

“Constant freezing and thawing -- the warm weather, then the cold weather and a lot of rain and ice -- are all the ingredients necessary to make a really good pothole. We have had a good supply this year,” said John Lawlor, the director of public works in Bloomfield. 

Bloomfield also has a good tool to combat the pesky potholes. They have a new machine called a hotbox, which was funded by a grant from the state. 

They share the hotbox with Simsbury and use recycled road material to fill the potholes, even in cold temperatures. 

“It's really just a Crockpot on wheels. It's a trailer device that has a fuel source heat that allows the mixture that we put in there to stay warm,” Lawlor said. 

In Hartford the road crews use a temporary cold mix until the warmer months. 

“We have some major, major holes in the South End. The South West side of the city,” Vernon Matthews, the assistant superintendent for Hartford Public Works, said. 

Within the last three years Hartford officials said the city has repaired 800 to 1,500 potholes and mega holes. 

While drivers can't fill the potholes themselves, officials said people can do their part to save their cars and wallets. 

“Pothole season can really be like Christmas season for repair shops because some of the more serious damage can cost thousands of dollars,” Amy Parmenter, the manager of public and government affairs at AAA, said. 

Officials from AAA said Americans spend around $3 billion a year on pothole damage. 

It’s a hole in our checkbooks that can be prevented. 

“How can you avoid the pothole? Well, first off, you can actually look out for it. A lot of times people just aren't paying attention, they are distracted and then slam -- they go right into the pothole,” Parmenter said. 

With more wintry weather on the way, safety is a must. 

“If it is slippery and icy conditions, be courteous to us too because we are just trying to make the roads safe for you guys,” Mike Castonguay, the public works crew chief in Bloomfield, said.  

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Crews Get Busy Repairing Potholes


A wintry mix on the way for Friday means road crews got to work on potholes during the nice weather on Thursday.

“Whenever I drive right here, I am always going in that pothole. It's not a good feeling, not for me, not for my car,” Dominique Ferrerah said as she drove on Maple Avenue in Hartford.

Cities like Hartford and towns Bloomfied, have crews on the road making repairs.

“Constant freezing and thawing, the warm weather, then the cold weather and a lot of rain and ice, are all the ingredients necessary to make a really good pothole," John Lawler, director of public works in Bloomfield, said.

Bloomfield also has a good tool to combat the pesky potholes. They have a new machine called a hotbox, which was funded by a grant from the state. The hotbox is shared with the Simsbury and uses recycled road material to fill the potholes, even in cold temperatures.

“It's really just a crockpot on wheels. It's a trailer device that has a fuel source heat that allows the mixture that we put in there to stay warm,” Lawlor said.

In Hartford the road crews use a temporary cold mix, until the warmer months.

“We have some major, major holes in the South End,” said Vernon Matthews, the Assistant Superintendent for Hartford Public Works.

In fact, within the last three years, Hartford officials said the city has repaired 800 to 1,500 potholes.

While drivers can't fill the potholes themselves, officials said people can do their part to save their cars and wallets.

“Pothole season can really be like Christmas season for repair shops, because some of the more serious damage can cost thousands of dollars,” AAA spokesperson Amy Parmenter said.

AAA says Americans spend around $3 Billion a year on pothole damage.

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Take a Peek Inside Dunkin' Donuts Park in Hartford


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Next Generation 911 System Shuts Down Again


The state's troubled Next Generation 911 system shut down on Thursday morning at three dispatch centers in our state, the NBC Connecticut Troubleshooters found. 

Last year, the NBC Connecticut Troubleshooters aired a series of reports on multiple failures with the older software.

The Connecticut State Department of Emergency Service and Public Protection and AT&T said Connecticut State Police Troop D in Danielson, State Police Troop K in Colchester and the Bristol Police Department all experienced outages on Thursday morning for what they called a "brief" but unspecified time period.

AT&T, the lead contractor of the Next Generation 911 system, has repaired the problem.

“Earlier today there was an incident that affected some non-emergency calls, but it was quickly resolved and did not impact any 911 emergency calls,” At&T said in a statement to NBC Connecticut

Troop K had issues receiving 911 calls and they were re-routed to other dispatch centers. Bristol and Troop D only had problems with non-emergency lines.

The state emphasizes the failures involve the Next Generation 911 software in the process of being replaced later this year.

Niantic Man Asks NBC CT Responds to Resolve Bill From Nine Years Ago


When Michael Liparulo started having technical issues with his previous broadband provider, he decided to shop around for a company that would provide faster Internet speeds at a lower price.

Liparulo decided to go with Atlantic Broadband, in part because they were familiar territory.

“Back in the day, they used to be Metrocast, which was a local cable company which we had,” said Liparulo. “(We) had no issue with them.”

For $187, he made the switch. But at the end of the day—literally—Liparulo changed his mind again.

He realized he was going to save less than two dollars a month, and wanted to give his old provider another shot.

“When I called Atlantic Broadband that same evening, they said they would refund my money the next day,” said Liparulo. “After about a week, nothing. Multiple calls, multiple supervisors, no (resolution).”

Atlantic Broadband did refund him, just not the full amount. Turns out, Liparulo had a back balance of $134 from nine years ago, when he last had a contract with the company.

Liparulo didn’t think that was fair, as he says he didn’t authorize that payment.

He told the agent he never received bills regarding a back balance.

“I finally contacted NBC (Connecticut) Responds,” said Liparulo.

Atlantic Broadband gave him a full refund and Courtney Long, the vice president of customer care, sent us a statement saying:

“After looking into the matter further, Atlantic Broadband has determined to give Mr. Liparulo a full refund, including the installation and service fee along with the back balance originating from MetroCast services. Due to the customer’s cancellation, Atlantic Broadband originally refunded the additional payment minus the back balance. It is typical policy that back balances are only waived if customers install services and pay in full, however in this case, Atlantic Broadband will waive all based on the amount of time of the balance and good faith.” 

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Dunkin' Donuts Park Nearly Complete for Opening Day


There was a time when many in Connecticut's Capital City didn't think baseball would ever be played on Main Street.

After a year of delays, a fired developer, increased costs to city taxpayers, and a legal saga playing out in state courts, baseball is closer than ever to being played in Hartford.

Most parts of the stadium have been turned over to the city, and the Hartford Yard Goats front office has already been at work inside the newest stadium in Minor League Baseball.

Every major issue left behind by the previous developer has been rectified, and merely finishing touches are left on the $70 million taxpayer funded stadium.

"This has been exciting for all of us," said Yard Goats Assistant General Manager Mike Abramson. "We’ve had a great team that’s been here a long time working on this.”

The luxury suites on the second level are complete. Gone are exposed heating and ventilation ducts, plumbing, and drywall. The iconic Yard Goats logo is adorned to just about seemingly every spot possible, from chairs in the players' clubhouse, to fan seats, to signs on the kitchens.

City officials are excited for the stadium to finally become a reality, after the projkect faced delay after delay.

Hartford City Council President TJ Clarke said, “I think it’s great. I think it is a wonderful stadium. It’s state of the art.

When asked about the road to get to the stadium and whether city taxpayers will be happy with the park, he said, "It depends on who you ask. It’s here and we have to make it work.”

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Trump to Take on Trade Abuses, Deficit in New Exec. Order


President Donald Trump is expected to sign a new executive order Friday, top administration officials said. It is intended to identify countries the White House considers to be big cheaters in trade deals with America, NBC News reported.

The order will call on the Commerce Department and the U.S. Trade Representative to determine trade abuses that contribute to the trade deficit.

Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said the administration will use the report when it is finished in 90 days as a "basis for decision making."

The president had made campaign promises to make changes to trading, voicing criticism of the North Atlantic Free Trade Agreement with Mexico and Canada and citing statistics about falling manfucaturing numbers.

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Ex-'Power Rangers' Actor Sentenced in Roommate Killing


A former "Power Rangers" TV actor who pleaded guilty to killing his roommate earlier this month was sentenced Thursday to six years in prison.

Family members of the victim were in court as the sentence was read for thirty-eight-year-old Ricardo Medina, who entered a plea deal on March 16 in Los Angeles County Superior Court to voluntary manslaughter with the use of a sword, the weapon used in the fatal stabbing. Prosecutors said Medina stabbed Joshua Sutter several times in the abdomen two years ago at their house in Green Valley, a mountain town north of Los Angeles.

Several family members, including his mother, father and sister, spoke in court. Medina did not look at them as they spoke about Sutter and the sentence, which they called a slap on the wrist.

"He chose to grab a 3-foot Samurai sword and catapult it into my brother's abdomen, in and out, right to left, making sure to penetrate every vital organ," Sutter's sister said in court. 

The two had argued over Medina's girlfriend, who also was in court for the sentencing.

"You will forever be a violent, sick, disturbed, poor-excuse of a man that no punishment can justify your being," she said.

Medina's attorney said his client never veered from a his claim of self-defense. 

"It would have been better not to have been charged, but given the risks for any criminal trial, in that respect he was indeed very fortunate," said attorney Stanley Friedman.

Medina played the Red Lion Wild Force Ranger on "Power Rangers Wild Force" in 2002. He was the voice of Deker on "Power Rangers Samurai" in 2011 and 2012.

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Driver Who Caused Damage at Thomaston Dealership Might Have Fallen Asleep


At least seven cars were badly damaged at a car dealership in Thomaston after after a 40-year-old Waterbury man lost control of his vehicle, according to police, and they said he might have fallen asleep while driving.

Police identified the driver as 40-year-old David Toro-Garcia, of Waterbury, and said he hit a pole around 4 a.m. The concrete barrier supporting the pole then exploded, hitting two cars at Shaker's Motors Modern Dodge on Waterbury Road, officials said. When the pole fell, it damaged five additional cars.

Toro-Garcia was taken to St. Mary's Hospital and has been released, according to police, and he was cited for not having a license and failure to drive right, police said.

Corey Shaker, one of the owners of the dealership, said the crash could have been mush worse and he's just glad the person who struck the cars is expected to be OK.

"I've been a volunteer fireman since I was about 13 years old and I've seen way worse. That's what insurance is for, so not going to let something like this bother me," he said. "I'm just glad the guy is going to be OK."

Staff at the dealership said seven cars have significant damage and estimate the damage to be more than $100,000.

"Obviously, the cars aren't going to be for sale for a while and probably won't be because they'll probably be totaled," Shaker said.

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Burglar Uses Car to Ram Windsor Restaurant: Police


Someone used a car to ram into the glass doors of a Windsor business Wednesday morning and surveillance cameras captured it.

The driver hit the doors of Nat Hayden’s Barbecue in four separate instances over the course of 15 minutes.

“He kept backing up and turning around and doing it again and again,” Christian Rakyta, the owner of Nat Hayden’s Barbecue, said.

When he arrived at his restaurant later that morning, his heart sank.

Shattered glass was everywhere.

Photos also show a heavy stone planter on the ground and Rakyta said the thief used it to smash his glass door open.

The office door downstairs is broken and the safe that was inside, holding thousands of dollars, is gone.

“To actually see how it went down, I was even more shocked,” Rakyta said. “I couldn’t believe someone rammed the car into the front door.”

The camera y the restaurant next door to Nat Hayden’s captured even more than that. After entering the first set of doors, you can see a man try to enter Peking Chinese Restaurant and unknowingly look straight at the camera before moving on.

Rakyta said the person went into the restaurant after breaking his glass door and eventually stole the safe and took off after a nearly 40-minute ordeal.

“It’s a family-owned business. I work here. My mother works here. We work seven days a week, and to have someone break in and think the easy way is to steal and take, it makes me sad,” said Rakyta.

Since the theft, Rakyta said the outpouring of support has been tremendous and two customers even offered some money to help pay for the insurance deductible.

“It was unexpected, and I really appreciate the support and love,” Rakyta said.

Rakyta said security upgrades are already in the works and he has faith the person responsible will be caught.

If you know the man caught on camera, call Windsor police.

Pit Bulls Attack Labradoodle at Hartford Park


Two pit bulls attack a Labradoodle at Bushnell Park in Hartford on Wednesday evening, according to a police report.

The attack happened near the carousel around 5:30 p.m. Wednesday when a dog walker, Kate Molloy, was walking Ace, a 10-year-old Labradoodle, on a leash.

The police report says two pit bulls were nearby with their owner, playing in the pond, when the dogs suddenly attacked Ace.

Molloy described what happened in a statement.

“To see Ace pinned down by two pit bulls was extremely scary and it was even worse listening to him as he was crying in pain. It was just a very scary situation and I could see blood by his face, on his back, under his jowls and the dogs just kept pulling,” Molloy write.

Ace was taken to a vet to be treated for injuries to his left ear, neck and back.

The police report says the owner of the pit bulls just got the dogs, which are about 2 years old, and didn’t have paperwork for them.

The two pit bulls were released to their owner, who was issued a ticket and $606 fine for allowing his dogs to roam, a rabies vaccination violation and for being unlicensed.

Hartford requires all dogs that are six months or older to be licensed and they cannot run at large without a proper leash or chain.

Ace’s owner said the dog is doing well and has left the vet's office.

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Dog Muzzled With Rubber Band Found Wandering Streets


A Chow Chow mix dog was found wandering the streets of Southern California with its snout tightly bound with a rubber band.

A good Samaritan discovered the dog in the 500 block of Pasadena Avenue in the city of Pomona Tuesday. The pup was brought in to the Inland Valley Humane Society and SPCA for treatment.

Vets at the Inland Valley Human Society say the 3-year-old dog, which staff are calling Caleb, appeared to have been muzzled for a long period of time and was in a lot of pain. 

The rubber band was embedded into the dog’s snout and required immediate surgery. 

Caleb had no collar, no identification tag and no microchip when he was found. The Inland Valley Humane Society and SPCA were searching for the owner or person responsible and considering pursuing animal cruelty charges.

Caleb was in stable condition Thursday.

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