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North Korea Could Be Trump's First 'Real Test': McCain


Amid evidence of a failed missile test in North Korea, Sen. John McCain said Sunday morning that "this could be the first test, real test, of the Trump presidency," NBC News reported.

McCain, R-Ariz., said on "Meet the Press" that China's "control over the North Korean economy" will be key in how the world addresses rising tensions with the dictatorship.

"It may be part of the overall new relationship, but China is the key," McCain told Chuck Todd.

North Korea's attempted missile launch failed "almost immediately, U.S military officials told NBC News, but McCain said tensions with the country are nevertheless "very serious."

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'A Single DUI' Could Now Spark Deportation: Kelly


A conviction for driving under the influence may start an undocumented immigrant on the path toward deportation, part of the Trump administration's new approach to immigration enforcement, Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly said on Sunday's "Meet The Press."

"Even a single DUI, depending on other aspects, would get you into the system," he said, illustrating how someone who would not be deported before could be deported under the Trump administration's new approach to criminality.

Kelly has pushed back on President Donald Trump's description of a "deportation force," and he told Chuck Todd Sunday about reports of plans to hire thousands more Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents that they would "do their jobs in the future as they've done them in the past."

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Cops Hunt Man Suspected of Broadcasting Cleveland Killing


Police in Cleveland are searching for a man they said broadcast a killing on Facebook Live and who claims to have killed other people, police said Sunday.

The man, named Steve Stephens, is considered armed and dangerous, according to a Cleveland Police Department statement. He was last seen wearing a dark, striped polo shirt.

Stephens is believed to be driving a recently purchased white Ford Fusion with a temporary tag that may have been switched out, Cleveland police chief Calvin WIlliams said at a news conference Sunday afternoon.

The suspect has be described as a black male with medium complexion, 6"1' in height, 240 lbs in weight and he is currently bald with a beard.

The homicide that's been confirmed took place at 635 E. 93, police said.

A video posted Sunday to a Facebook account apparently belonging to Stephens — the user's name is listed as Stevie Steve, and a city representative confirmed it belongs to him — shows the man filming walk up to an older man and, after asking him a question, shooting him. The video, which was posted about 2 p.m. ET and was later taken down, is captioned, in part, "Easter day slaughter."

The victim has been identified as Mr. Goodwin but police say they don't know the suspect's motive in choosing the victim.

Other videos posted to the page showed the man filming discussing the killings. In one, he tells someone over the phone that "I'm at the point where I snapped" and says he's killed 13 people.

"And I'm about to keep killing until they catch me," he adds.

He says in comments that he's killed 15 people in the area of 105 freeway. The account was last active about 3:30 p.m. ET.

Police have yet to confirm more than one homicide.

The FBI has joined Cleveland police in search for Stephens, NBC News reports.

Facebook has issued a statement stating: “This is a horrific crime and we do not allow this kind of content on Facebook. We work hard to keep a safe environment on Facebook, and are in touch with law enforcement in emergencies when there are direct threats to physical safety.”

Chief Williams said anyone with information is asked to call 911.

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Boater Dies After Falling Into Long Island Sound in Milford


One person has died after he fell into Long Island Sound in Milford Saturday night, according to fire department officials.

Fire department dispatchers said they were called to Silver Sands State Park around 6 p.m. Saturday for reports of a man that fell off of a boat somewhere in the area of Charles Island. 

Authorities said that the man's wife watched him go over and tried to throw him a life ring, but was not successful. She called police and said he was struggling to stay above the water south of Charles Island.

According to officials, Milford Fire Department Marine unit and dive team as well as the U.S. Coast guard, and marine units from West Haven and Stratford immediately responded.

“Water conditions were rough. Three to four seas out there. Water temperature in the 40’s. Cold and difficult conditions for the search,” said Capt. Keith Williams of the Environmental Conservation Police.

The man, later identified as Richard Melucci, 43, was discovered about 55 minutes into the search. Despite life saving efforts by Milford paramedics, the Melucci died from his injuries at Milford Hospital. Authorities said he was not wearing a life jacket.

Melucci's wife was also taken to Milford Hospital for evaluation. 

The boat was towed to Milford Landing and Milford Police are conducting a full investigation. 

Officials warned that despite the warm weather, the water is still cool and falling in can be deadly.

“If you’re going out in these conditions, yeah it’s warm, the weather is great but the water temperature is 40 degrees. You don’t have much time for survival in those conditions. So lifejacket will definitely increase your odds if you do fall in," Williams warned.

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Thunderstorms Roll in Sunday Night, Rain Clears for Monday


Scattered showers and thunderstorms will roll through Sunday evening following a day of summer-like warmth in parts of the state.

Easter Sunday saw temperatures into the 80s for inland areas of the state and into the 70s for coastal areas.

Gusty showers and storms will ramp up after dark, with wind gusts reaching around 30 miles per hour. There will be pockets of thunder and lightning popping up across the state, with the storms coming from the northwest and moving southeast.

The rains will clear up overnight, and Monday will be partly cloudy and windy. Temperatures are expected in the middle 60s. Tuesday will see mostly sunny skies but with high temperatures only expected to reach the middle to upper 50s.

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Renewables on the Rise Amid Trump's Mooted Coal Comeback


President Donald Trump's push to lift the coal industry to a new heyday is likely to flounder, according to environmentalists and even some in the coal industry who think the fossil fuel is irreversibly on its way out as renewable fuels get more efficient.

As the government focuses on boosting the coal industry, looking to bolster blue collar jobs, renewable energy is providing the fastest-growing jobs in the country, particularly wind and solar, far surpassing the coal industry.

Renewables today produce a slim percentage of the total energy produced in the U.S., but the infrastructure behind it is rapidly expanding. In fact, wind and solar industries are already building new facilities at a pace similar to natural gas, which has long been the leading energy source in the country, according to environmental groups tracking their rise.

Last month, Trump reversed an Obama-era rule to allow the leasing of federal land to private coal mining companies, beginning to deliver for the coal industry as he frequently promised during the presidential campaign.

But's not clear how much he can do for the industry. Even Robert Murray, CEO of coal mining company Murray Energy who supports the effort to help, is warning that many of the mining jobs lost in recent years were the result of technological advances, not government regulations.

“I suggested that he temper his expectations. Those are my exact words,” Murray said to the Guardian in March. “He can’t bring [jobs] back.”

Jobs have been Trump's priority, but the renewable energy is generating many more of them than coal is, according to Stanford professor and climate change expert Rob Jackson.

There are now 475,000 jobs in solar and wind energy, compared to 175,000 in coal across the United States, Jackson said. A hundred thousand new solar and wind jobs were added last year alone. 

The revival of the coal industry is "just not going to happen," said John Coequyt, global climate policy director for environmental group Sierra Club.

In fact, the rise of renewable energy is directly correlated to the demise of coal, Coequyt said. Last year was the first time that wind and solar energy infrastructure construction surpassed fossil fuels in U.S., according to the Department of Energy. That's a necessary step before green energy production can eclipse fossil fuel production.

"With solar and wind, there is very little risk at this point," he said. "People know exactly what they're going to get from these facilities. Many other energy investments come with all kinds of crazy risks," like unintended overhead costs.

"There is an energy revolution brewing that is going much faster than people realize," said Jules Kortenhorst, CEO of the Rocky Mountain Institute, an organization that researches energy sustainability and resource efficiency. "The reality is that the wind industry and the solar industry are driving forward at an unrelenting pace."

But Terry Headley, communications director for the American Coal Council, takes issue with much of this assesment. There are more jobs associated with coal than miners, he said, and they are high-paying and already starting to come back after it was handicapped by the Obama administration's policies.

"Mr. Murray is right, we may never see the coal industry return to pre-2009 levels. If we do, it will take some time, but we believe we can compete on a level playing field," he said in an email.

There are five types of renewable energy. As Trump turns the federal government's focus back to coal, here's a look at the progress renewables are making:

Dams and other hydropower generators are the leading producer of renewable energy in the U.S., generating a steady 7 percent of the country's total energy each year. However, growth in the industry has mostly stopped because of the difficulty involved in building new dams, Jackson said.

The best hydropower sites have already been built and the next-best places for dams, like the Grand Canyon and some national parks, are off limits, he said. 

And there may no longer be enough appetite in America for such large infrastructure projects.

"It is hard to imagine in the U.S. we could build another Hoover Dam because of the social cost and impact on people associated with large dam projects," Kortenhorst said. "Hydro will grow, but it will grow modestly." 

Wind energy is leading the country in building new energy infrastructure, Kortenhorst said, and it is only a matter of time before wind surpasses hydropower as the leading source of renewable energy, according to Jackson.

Wind turbine service technician is the fastest growing job in America, with the workforce more than doubling between 2014 to 2024, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

This industry has grown so rapidly because it is extremely cost effective, Kortenhorst said. Wind energy harnessed in the western United States costs about 3 cents per kilowatt-hour. Coal, by comparison, is about 5-6 cents per kWh, according to Kortenhorst's estimates based on government data and third-party predictors.

Taken together, wind turbines across the country have the capacity to power about 24 million homes, according to the American Wind Energy Association. 

Energy from the sun makes up a tiny portion of the total energy generated in the U.S. today, but it's one of the fastest-growing sources. While solar only generated 1 percent of all the country's electricity last year, production has doubled in the last two years, according to the Energy Information Administration. 

In 2016, a new solar installation was completed every 84 seconds, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA). And the industry more than doubled its workforce from 2012 to 2016, employing 260,000 Americans across 9,000 companies.

The increased prevalence of solar power is correlated with a drop in cost for solar panels and upkeep, Coequyt said. Most solar power comes from utility-scale projects, which took off last year. The SEIA estimated that solar has seen a 60 percent decrease in overhead costs in the last decade.  

"As [solar and wind] continue to grow around the world, there is an unrelenting cost pressure that brings these prices down," Kortenhorst said.

Biomass still represents a small fraction of renewable energy production, Jackson said. The process of producing oils for fuel from living creatures like algae and soybeans is not remotely comparable to the progress that wind and solar power have made, operating on a small scale similar to geothermal energy. 

Biomass has stayed extremely consistent in its energy output over the last decade, according to the Energy Information Association. It it simply not financially competitive yet, Jackson said.

Electricity generated by the Earth's heat is a smaller player in the field of renewable energy because it is still a costly option. Geothermal energy provides merely 0.2 percent of all energy consumed in the country, according to the Energy Information Administration. 

Coequyt said geothermal leaves "too much uncertainty" because drilling does not guarantee finding sufficient temperatures to make electricity.

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Call Raised for 'Airline Passenger Bill of Rights'


Some are calling for major changes that put passengers first after video surfaced of a man dragged off of a United flight last week.

On Monday, Senator Richard Blumenthal is expected to announce a proposal for an “Airline Passenger Bill of Rights.”

He calls what happened on United Airlines Flight 3411 last week brutal and shocking.

Videos captured police hauling away a passenger after he was involuntarily bumped and refused to get off of the sold-out flight to make room for an airline crew.

“I think it was outrageous. I can’t believe in this 2017 people are being treated like that,” Georgia Cunningham of New York, NY, said.

“I think there should have been some consideration for age and his profession. He was a doctor for god sake!” Rose Morrow, of Bolton, said.

Blumenthal calls the United fiasco a disturbing reminder of why passengers need more protections.

His so-called “Bill of rights:"


  • Includes a minimum payment for involuntary bumping
  • Limits police forcibly removing passengers
  • And puts in place restrictions on bumping flyers for reasons such as making room for crew members and premium passengers.


The proposal would also allow you to sue airlines for delays, price gouging, and chronically late flights.

Travelers that spoke with NBC Connecticut say passengers need more safeguards, especially after what unfolded recently.

“Sometimes I think, yeah I do something. I mean knock on wood we haven’t had any issues. But I do because that was too forceful,” Linda Ingalls of Springfield, Mass., said.

“I think it would be good to have some legislation because the one place you don’t seemed to be protected is when you fly,” Morrow said.

Blumenthal is expected to unveil the legislation Monday morning.

In response to the video’s fallout, airlines, and not just United, have already started making changes to how they deal with sold-out flights and forcing passengers off.

United's CEO has apologized to the doctor who was dragged off the flight and offered compensation to the other passengers on the plane.

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Granby Man Dies in Tractor Accident


An 88-year-old Granby man was killed when he was struck by a tractor Sunday evening, according to police.

The victim, identified as Gilbert Hale, was working with a small agricultural tractor on his property on Hale View Drive. According to police, when Hale turned off the machine and got off the tractor rolled, hitting him. He was pronounced dead on scene.

Police said the accident was reported to them around 7:30 p.m.

More details were not immediately available.

Shelton Man Accused of Setting House on Fire


Shelton police have arrested a man accused of setting a house on fire while people were inside.

Michael Karolkowski, 51, of Shelton, faces charges of first-degree arson, first-degree reckless endangerment, second-degree breach of peace, and interfering with an officer.

The charges stem from an investigation into a basement fire at a downtown home Sunday afternoon. The occupants of the home all escaped without injury, police said.

According to police, while crews were responding to the fire scene, they were informed by a resident that there was a man in the area who claimed to have lit the house on fire.

That man, identified as Karolkowski, was found walking on Howe Avenue.

Shelton police, the Shelton Fire Marshall’s Office, and the Connecticut State Police Fire Investigation Unit all investigated the fire.

Karolkowski was held on a $250,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in Derby Superior Court Monday.

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Experts Warn Boaters to Consider Safety as Season Kicks Off


Experts have a warning for boaters taking advantage of the latest string of warm weather.

Boating season is gearing up, and with warm weather cropping up, some boaters are ready to hit the water. But experts caution that this early stage of the season can be a dangerous time of the year, with water temperatures still chilly.

“The biggest concern we have is the temperature of the water. Your survival rate in water right now: 15 to 30 minutes depending on your body composition,” said Chris Kuebler, a boating instructor based out of Danbury.

Kuebler says one of the most important things boaters can bring is a lifejacket – which can run anywhere from $10 to several hundred dollars.

“It will help you a small amount against hypothermia, but more importantly it’s going to keep you afloat in the event you do fall out of the vessel,” Kuebler said.

Saturday night a boating trip turned deadly on the Long Island Sound off of Milford.

Police say Richard Melucci of Mt. Sinai, NY, died after falling off of this boat near Charles Island, with the water temperature in the 40’s. Searchers found the 43-year-old less than an hour later, but it was too late and he was later pronounced dead. Authorities said Melucci was not wearing a lifejacket.

State law requires that vessels carry lifejackets on board for everyone, and that lifejackets be worn by children under 13 years old, unless they are below deck or in a cabin.

“All the statistics show that it will save you. You don’t need a law to tell you it’s going to do its job,” Kuebler stressed.

From October 1 through May 31, anyone in manually propelled crafts – such as kayaks – needs to wear a lifejacket. For more information on the rules and regulations, visit the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection website. 

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IRS Opting to Use Private Debt Collection Agencies


The Internal Revenue Service is getting some outside help collecting unpaid taxes, opting to use private companies to tackle a growing backlog of debt, NBC News reported.

Four debt collection agencies are being used to round up outstanding payments from taxpayers who have been contacted numerous times, according to an announcement made this month.

The agencies won't use robocalls to contact taxpayers, the IRS told NBC News, and they must follow the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act.

The IRS is "taking steps throughout this effort to ensure that the private collection firms work responsibly," IRS Commissioner John Koskinen said in a statement. But consumer groups and the National Treasury Employees Union are worried about harassment and other forms of abuse.

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'Chaos': Massive Brawl Shuts Down Chicago Carnival


A massive brawl erupted at a carnival on Chicago's Far South Side Saturday night, shutting down the event and leaving at least one person injured.

The incident began around 7:30 p.m. at a carnival set up in the parking lot of the Marshfield Plaza shopping center in the city's Morgan Park neighborhood.

Officers responded to a "large disturbance" in the 11700 block of S. Marshfield Ave., according to Chicago police, who shut the carnival down.

At least 100 people were involved in the melee, which witnesses said involved mostly teenagers and spilled into nearby stores.

Fire officials said a 14-year-old boy was trampled and knocked unconscious during the brawl. He was taken to Comer Children's Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.  Some people reported minor injuries but refused treatment at the scene, according to the Chicago Fire Department. 

The cause of the fight remains unknown, though witnesses said several groups got involved after a man flashed a gun.

"Chaos, I mean, some people just don't know how to act," said Kiki Shaheed. "It was just belligerent everywhere, people were running everywhere, some people was grabbing stuff and running out of stores and stuff."

Chicago police said Sunday that no arrests were made as they continue to investigate. 

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Farmington Bar Employee Charged with Assaulting Customer


An employee at a Farmington bar was arrested on assault charges after allegedly attacking a customer, according to police.

Cullen Casey, 24, of Bristol, faces charges of second-degree assault, breach of peace, and first-degree reckless endangerment.

Police said Casey attacked a patron at The Tavern at the Exchange on Farmington Avenue, where Casey works, early Sunday morning. The victim was hospitalized due to his injuries.

Casey was released on a $5,000 bond.

Bicyclist Hurt in Crash with New London Police Cruiser


A bicyclist suffered a serious injury after being hit by a New London police cruiser Sunday afternoon, according to Connecticut State Police.

State police confirmed the accident happened on Hempstead Street near the intersection of Thompson Court shortly before 4 p.m. Investigators said that the cruiser was traveling north on Hempstead Street while the bicycle was traveling south, and the vehicles collided as they came around a curve.

The bicyclist, identified as 41-year-old Christopher Petteway of New London, was taken to L&M Hospital with life-threatening injuries and later airlifted to Yale-New Haven Hospital.

State police have identified the officer involved as Officer Jeffrey Nichols, 35, of New London. Nichols was responding to a domestic disturbance at the time of the crash, according to state police.

New London Police Department Acting Chief Peter Reichard said that Nichols and witnesses all reported that the emergency lights were activated at the time of the crash. Investigators have downloaded the cruiser camera data for analysis.

The police cruiser had to be towed from the scene because of extensive windshield damage and damage to the turn signal and left headlight.

Reichard said that Nichols has been with the department since 2007, and is currently on paid injury leave, at a doctor’s orders. Nichols will return to duty when cleared by a doctor, Reichard said.

Because of the seriousness of the crash, New London police contacted the New London State's Attorney's Office, which called in Connecticut State Police to investigate the incident. Anyone who witnessed the crash or the moments leading up to it is asked to contact TFC John Wilson at 203-630-8085.

Police ID Suspect Killed in Officer-Involved Shooting in Suffield


Connecticut State Police have identified the suspect shot and killed by a Suffield police officer after an interaction during a motor vehicle stop on Thursday, according to state police.

The suspect has been identified as Thomas Gezotis, 57, of West Springfield, Mass.

The incident took place near East Street around 12:30 p.m. Thursday.

The officer fired at least one round, striking the man. The man was taken to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Suffield police initially said officers in the area responded to the report of a stolen car, but state police would not speculate on what led to the incident.

The officer involved in the incident was not injured, but was taken to the hospital to be evaluated.

The State Police Central District Major Crimes unit has taken over the investigation.

The name of the officer involved has not been released.

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Wadsworth's 36th Annual Fine Art & Flowers


Spring has sprung, and you can see it up close at the Wadsworth Atheneum’s 36th Annual Fine Art & Flowers Exhibition.

Florists, garden clubs, and interior designers from all over New England are showcasing their work from April 28-30 at the museum.

Celebrate the season by viewing up to 60 floral arrangements and garden designs inspired by these talented artists.

A variety of activities will take place at the Wadsworth during Fine Art & Flowers, including a floral demonstrations session at 2 p.m on Saturday, April 28 in Morgan Great Hall. On Sunday, April 30 at 1 p.m., there will be a meet and greet with the floral arrangers of the Fine Art & Flowers exhibit.

Exhibitors this year include Dancing Bear Tassels, ladeDAH Jewelry, The Bag Lady’s handmade artisan bags, The Burnt Shop, Wood By Forrest, Colored Girl ART, Blessed Creek, Debbye Rosen Pottery, Liena Dieck Fine Art & Art Couture, and Ren’s Designs in Glass.

Prices for admission to the Fine Art & Flowers are $3 for Wadsworth members, $3 for Hartford Residents, $18 for adults, $15 for seniors, $8 for students, and $3 for those ages 17 and under. Groups of 10 or more will receive a discount by reservation only.

For more information, visit the Wadsworth Atheneum website. To make a group reservation, call (860) 838-4046.

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Customatic Recalls Adjustable Beds Due to Shock Hazard


Customatic Beds has recalled its adjustable beds due to an electric shock hazard.

The bed’s side-mounted AC outlets can pose an electric shock hazard to consumers, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

The recall involves the bases of Customatic adjustable beds. The beds were sold at Sleepy’s and other mattress stores nationwide from June 2012 through January 2017 for about $1,500.

The powered adjustable sleep system was offered in all bed sizes and sold with handheld remote controls, allowing the head and/or the foot of the bed mattress to be moved up and down.

No injuries have been reported. CPSC urges consumers to immediately stop using the AC plug on the side of the bed and contact Customatic Beds at 844-815-9023 from 9 a.m. through 9 p.m. ET Monday through Saturday to schedule a free inspection and repair.

For more information on the recall, visit www.customaticbeds.com and click on Recall Notice.

Model Numbers:







Reflexion 7








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Newtown Police Mourn Death of K9 After Cancer Diagnosis


The Newtown Police Department is mourning the death of their beloved K9, Saint Michael, who died Sunday evening.

Saint Michael had recently been diagnosed with a rare form of cancer, however he was still “playful and in great spirits,” Newtown police said in a Facebook post.

Along with his handler, Officer Felicia Figol, Saint Michael had been serving the Newtown community since 2014. Officer Figol and other officers who worked with Saint Michael grew to love him.

Just under two weeks ago, a GoFundMe page was set up to raise money for K9 Saint Michael’s medical costs after the news of his cancer diagnosis. The police department raised $8,793 by 138 people in 12 days.

"We sincerely believed with the right treatment plan and with his great physical condition, his life could have been extended for at least a year if not more, so with that said, today was not expected," police said.

They also thanked the medical staff at NVS Animal Hospital of Newtown, for giving K9 “a fighting chance.”

The Newtown Police Department has said that it never easy to say goodbye, but Saint “served and protected our town well, now it’s time to rest in peace.”

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Lawmakers Continue Debate on Tolls on Connecticut Roads


A second committee in the state General Assembly is taking a look at putting tolls on state highways.

The proposal would allow the Department of Transportation to design and put in place electronic tolling systems, though it’s not yet clear where they would be installed.

The Finance, Revenue and Bonding Committee heard from opponents and supporters today.

The state’s transportation committee approved a similar toll plan last month.

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Stafford Springs Subway Burglarized Overnight: Police


The Stafford Resident State Trooper’s office is trying to identify the suspect, or suspects, in an overnight burglary.

According to state police, Monday morning store employees at the Subway at 88 West Stafford Road in Stafford Springs arrived to find the business’s front door open and an undisclosed amount of money missing.

Anyone with any information on this incident is asked to contact Trooper M. Buck at 860-684-3777. Tips will remain confidential.

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