<![CDATA[NBC Connecticut - Top Stories]]>Copyright 2017http://www.nbcconnecticut.com/news/top-stories http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC_Connecticut.png NBC Connecticut http://www.nbcconnecticut.comen-usMon, 20 Feb 2017 12:54:59 -0500Mon, 20 Feb 2017 12:54:59 -0500NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Kayak Found, Montville Man Still Missing]]> Mon, 20 Feb 2017 12:42:05 -0500 //media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Kayak+recovered+Lyle+D.jpg

Emergency crews searching for a Montville man who has been missing since going kayaking on the Thames River in the Montvlle and Ledyard area Sunday morning have found the missing man's kayak.

Connecticut state police said family members reported Lyle Dagenais, 31, missing to Montville police around 11:30 p.m. Sunday when he didn’t return from a fishing trip. When state police determined there was a missing person on the water, they alerted the Coast Guard around 1:30 a.m., according to Patrick White, assistant operations officer at the U.S. Coast Guard New London, said. 

The family told police Dagenais left home around 11 a.m. with three fishing poles, a tackle box and a gray and orange 11-foot kayak.

Dagenais’ vehicle was found at a boat launch in Montville without the kayak or the fishing poles.

Around 11 a.m. Monday search crews pulled the kayak from the river and said it had a fishing rod in it.  A spokesperson for the state Environmental Conservation Police said the kayak was the one Dagenais was using.

Officials said people saw the boat floating, carried it to shore at the Yale boat house and reported it to the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.

Multiple agencies, including Ledyard and Montville police, the United States Coast Guard, Navy Police, Connecticut State Police and Gales Ferry and Montville fire crews have been searching the river and surrounding area for Dagenais. The command post is on Dock Street in Montville.

The U.S. Coast Guard said they had a helicopter involved in the search. Connecticut state police said Trooper 1 is also flying to assist in the search.

White said there has been no sign on the water of Dagenais yet, but he could be on land somewhere.

Dagenais is 5-foot-8, 140 pounds, clean-shaven with brown hair. He was last seen wearing a gray “I love NY” hooded sweatshirt, dark pants and hiking boots. He might also be wearing a hat.

White urges anyone who goes out on the water in these conditions, including to have the proper equipment, including a personal locator beacon, which can help in a search like this.

"Not saying he wasn't prepared but when you go out on the water, for future reference, make sure you're prepared with the right equipment. ... Making sure you have all your distress signals," White said.

Anyone with information or who thinks they spot Dagenais is asked to call state police Troop E at 860-848-6500.



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<![CDATA[Hartford Car Fire Appears to Be Intentional: Police]]> Mon, 20 Feb 2017 12:25:28 -0500 //media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/hartford+fire+generic+2.jpg

Police responded to a car fire in Hartford and said it appears the fire was intentionally set.

Officers responded to Bartholomew Avenue just 12:30 a.m. Monday and found a charred vehicle.

Police said crews from the Hartford Fire Department and the fire marshal’s office responded and are investigating.



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<![CDATA[Benny's in Waterford to Close at the End of the Month]]> Mon, 20 Feb 2017 11:30:40 -0500 //media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Bennys-Waterford.jpg

Neighborhood retailer Benny’s is closing its location in Waterford, according to a sign posted on the store’s door.

According to the notice, the store located at 40 Boston Post Road will permanently close its doors on Feb. 28 at 5 p.m.

“We would like to thank you for being a loyal customer. It has been our pleasure serving this community for over 80 years,” the sign read.

Benny's began as a tire stand in Providence Rhode Island and expanded into a chain retailer with over 30 stores in three states. It sells a variety of merchandise, from toys to housewares to electronics.

Other Connecticut locations, including the ones in nearby Groton, Norwich and Old Saybrook, remain open.



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<![CDATA[Gov. Proposes Bill to Eliminate Alcohol Pricing Regulations]]> Mon, 20 Feb 2017 11:07:24 -0500 //media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/liquor_bottles_alcohol_generic.jpg

Gov. Dannel Malloy has submitted a proposal to eliminate minimum price laws on alcohol.

Under the current law, which was adopted in 1981, retail stores must sell alcohol at prices set by liquor wholesalers.

The governor said this law results in unnecessarily high prices for consumers. According to the governor’s office, Connecticut is the only state in the country with such a law and it forces prices higher than prices for the same products in other states, which means Connecticut residents are either paying more or traveling out to state to make purchases.

“Because of this law, business owners have fewer rights in determining the operations of their businesses, and consumers are forced to pay artificially inflated, high prices for products that are sold at a substantially lower price nearly everywhere else. Let the businesses determine the prices for these products, not the government,” the governor said in a statement.

The governor also pointed to a report that a Massachusetts store chain used the price discrepancy in advertising to draw Connecticut residents to their locations across the border.

This is not the first time the governor has pushed to change the regulations - he proposed a similar bill last year.

Independent liquor stores have opposed repealing the law in the past, saying they need the minimum pricing laws so they can compete with big box stores and stay in business.

The legislation is Senate Bill 789 An Act Concerning the Regional Competitiveness of Connecticut’s Alcoholic Liquor Prices. And has been referred to the General Law Committee for consideration. Click here to read the full text of the bill.



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<![CDATA[Car Hits Pedestrian in Hartford]]> Mon, 20 Feb 2017 10:15:19 -0500 //media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Hartford00000000.jpg

A car hit a pedestrian at Park and Hungerford streets in Hartford on Monday morning and minor injuries are reported.

Police said the streets remain open.



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<![CDATA[Old Lyme Pens Letter Asking Government to Abandon Rail Plan]]> Mon, 20 Feb 2017 07:18:17 -0500 //media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/OLD-LYME-TRAIN.jpg

Leaders of Old Lyme want the federal government to give up on building a new high-speed rail line through their town.

Their opposition has already prompted a major change to the plan.

“I think a lot of people in town historically want to keep the buildings and neighborhoods the way they are,” Tonja Houle of Old Lyme, said.

And that’s part of why town leaders recently fired off an 82-page letter to the Federal Railroad Administration.

It says “irreparable harm” could be done if a new bypass is constructed through the town as part of improvements to the Northeast Corridor line.

“What it would gain to me doesn’t seem worth all the construction projects,” John Turick of Old Lyme, said.

After local and state backlash, the Tier 1 Final Environmental Impact Statement calls for building a tunnel from Old Saybrook to East Lyme near Interstate 95, instead of an above-ground track right through Old Lyme’s historic district.

But the new idea has only unearthed more concerns.

“We have the beautiful Connecticut River estuary between us and Old Saybrook on the other side. That’s one major concern. Plus going underneath the town is not always a simple fix. You have to worry about noise and vibration,” Bonnie Reemsnyder, Old Lyme First Selectwoman, said.

The town said the uncertainty over a potential new rail line has sent shudders through its real estate market.

Last year sales were down nearly a third and prices were off 13 percent.

That’s despite New London County overall seeing increases.

“Many realtors have told us they aren’t able to sell homes in the village area for months now,” Reemsnyder said.

The Railroad Administration says improvements to the 457-mile long line will increase capacity, improve reliability and performance, and reduce travel times.

But it comes at a cost of upwards of $128 billion.

The town believes money would be better spent on improving the current line.

“I think the bypass going through southeastern Connecticut is very difficult for all of the communities along the shore,” Reemsnyder said.

The Railroad Administration is expected to make its decision sometime after March 1.

Approving this conceptual plan is just the first step in a long process which could take several decades before the project is finished.



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<![CDATA[Drug Dealer Comes Calling to Collect, Winds up Arrested: PD]]> Mon, 20 Feb 2017 09:08:17 -0500 //media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Steven-Morello.jpg

Connecticut state police have arrested a man accused of dealing drugs after a report of two unwanted men at a property in Stafford.

Police said around 5:40 p.m. Sunday they responded to a caller who said there were two unwanted men on his property and he was concerned about his safety. According to police, troopers discovered that one of the men was the victim’s drug dealer and he was there to collect money he was owed.

Police located the suspect, Steven Morello, 36, ina vehicle on Route 30 near Route 140. In the vehicle police found several grams of crack cocaine, an expandable baton and ash.

Morello was charged with distribution of controlled substances less than 1500 feet from a school, weapons in a vehicle, carrying and sale of dangerous weapons, breach of peace and use of drug paraphernalia. He was held on a $10,000 bond and scheduled to appear in court on March 7.



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<![CDATA[Russia Compiling Dossier on Trump's Mind: Former Official]]> Mon, 20 Feb 2017 08:11:42 -0500 //media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/vladimir-putin-donald-trump.jpg

A dossier profiling the mind of President Donald Trump is being prepared for Russian President Vladimir Putin, a former senior Kremlin adviser tells NBC News.

Among the report's preliminary conclusions is that Trump takes risks but can be naive, the adviser said.

"Very serious preparatory work is going on in the Kremlin, including a paper — seven pages — describing a psychological portrait of Trump, especially based on this last two to three months, and the last weeks," said former Deputy Foreign Minister Andrei Fedorov, who says he has known Trump since 2000.

It's part of Putin's planning for his first meeting with Trump, the date for which has yet to be decided.



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<![CDATA[Drought Conditions Persist Despite Several Winter Storms]]> Mon, 20 Feb 2017 11:19:03 -0500 //media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/US-DROUGHT-MONITOR-214.jpg

Most of northwestern Connecticut remains in extreme drought, despite several recent storms that brought significant precipitation to the state.

According to the latest US Drought Monitor report, released Feb. 16, 28.39 percent of the state remains in extreme drought. That’s down from the numbers reported at the start of the year, but shows no change from the week before, even after heavy snowfall during a storm on Feb. 9 and two smaller storms shortly after.

More than two thirds of the state remain under severe or extreme drought.

Drought conditions in the state forced several areas to institute mandatory water restrictions. Though some cities and towns have lifted restrictions, the state’s reservoirs are still low.

Water companies are requesting that customers conserve by doing things like taking shorter showers, only running washing machines and dishwashers when they’re full, and turning off the water while doing things like brushing your teeth or shaving.

Fixing any leaky plumbing can also reduce water waste.



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<![CDATA[One Taken to Hospital After Crash on I-95 North in Guilford]]> Mon, 20 Feb 2017 05:33:56 -0500 //media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/I95-closure2.jpg

One person was taken to the hospital after a crash that closed Interstate 95 north in Guilford early Monday morning.

Connecticut state police said the highway was shut down between exits 59 and 61 because of a one-car crash around 1 a.m. Monday. One person, who was not identified, was taken Yale-New Haven Hospital with undisclosed injuries.

The highway was shut down following the crash but has since reopened.



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<![CDATA[Woman Dies in Norwalk House Fire]]> Mon, 20 Feb 2017 09:35:19 -0500 //media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Fatal+fire+on+Bettswood+Road+in+Norwalk.jpg

A woman is dead after a house fire in Norwalk Sunday morning and fire officials said hoarding conditions in the home made it difficult for firefighters to reach her.

Officials said the fire broke out on Bettswood Road around 7 a.m.

Crews had trouble reaching the woman because of "extreme hoarding conditions" in the home. Officials said every room was filled with junk and, in some rooms, the debris almost reached the ceiling. Firefighters crawled on top of the trash to find the woman, according to fire officials.

When firefighters found the victim, they started CPR and she was taken to Norwalk Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

Officials have not released the victim's name.

No one else was inside at the time of the fire and no firefighters reported any injuries.

State fire marshals were called in to investigate the cause of the fire.



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<![CDATA[Man Arrested After Striking State Police Cruiser on I-95: PD]]> Mon, 20 Feb 2017 05:20:01 -0500 //media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/trooperhitmug.jpg

The Connecticut State Police have made an arrest after a vehicle struck a cruiser on I-95 North in Guilford Saturday night.

According to police, troopers from Troop-F Westbrook were assisting with a disabled tour bus.

The bus had broken down in the median on I-95 North in the area of exits 56 and 57 in Guilford around 9:18 p.m. Saturday.

While assisting, troopers shut down the left lane of traffic, positioning their cruisers in the lane with their emergency lights on.

The accused vehicle traveled towards troopers in the left lane and failed to stop, yield or move over for the emergency vehicles before striking an unoccupied cruiser.

The vehicle briefly stopped before accelerating away down I-95 North. Troopers located the vehicle a brief time later on the highway.

The driver, Genaro Claussels, 49 of Hamden, was arrested and charged with operating under the influence, evading responsibility and failure to reduce speed/move over for emergency vehicles.

He is being held on a $10,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in New Haven court on February 21.

No injuries were reported.



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<![CDATA[Emails Show Kushner's Stricter Approach on Ethics Than Trump]]> Sun, 19 Feb 2017 21:25:58 -0500 //media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/AP_17023542554197.jpg

The Trump administration has struggled with ethics vetting for Cabinet nominees and faced criticism for the president's decision to remain invested in his business empire. When Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump's son-in-law, prepared to enter the White House, however, the administration sought to do it by the book.

That is the picture established by new emails, obtained by MSNBC, showing how Kushner's lawyers worked on a divestment plan to avoid conflicts by conferring with the Office of Government Ethics.

"The process was good here," said Norm Eisen, an ethics expert who is suing the Trump administration, saying the emails show Kushner and his wife divested themselves from any holdings that presented conflicts.

"Although the Trump transition team apparently was not particularly cooperative with the Office of Government Ethics," said Kathleen Clark, an ethics expert at Washington University Law School, "Kushner and his lawyers seem to have taken a different approach."



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<![CDATA[Employees Fired After Joining Day Without Immigrants Protest]]> Sun, 19 Feb 2017 19:35:05 -0500 //media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/AP_1704764688735216x9.jpg

More than 100 employees across the country were fired from their jobs after skipping work to take part in last week's "Day Without Immigrants" demonstrations, which were aimed at showcasing the impact immigrants have on the U.S. economy.

As NBC News reported, restaurants and day cares were among the businesses in states like Florida, Tennessee, Oklahoma and New York where bosses fired workers after they didn't show up for work in order to protest.

A company in Tennessee laid off 18 employees after they participated in the nationwide demonstration on Thursday, NBC4 reported. The company's attorney said in a statement obtained by the news station that all employees were told they risked termination if they skipped work.

Two employees in Florida claimed they were fired from their positions at Grace Community School, according to NBC2, though the head of the school insists no one was terminated. While 25 workers were fired from Ben's Kosher Delicatessen Restaurant & Caterers in Long Island, New York, on Friday, according to Telemundo 47.



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<![CDATA[Dog Left at Shelter Comes With Heartbreaking Letter From Kid]]> Sun, 19 Feb 2017 15:47:35 -0500 //media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/humanesocietyfeuerherd.jpg

Rhino Lightning arrived at the Humane Society of Utah last week, with a spiral notebook filled back to front with a child's notes about the dog — a "striped dream," as the adoring author put it, the "Today" show reported.

Addressed to Rhino's new family, the letter says the animal's "cheeks make a lot of slobber." He is "a good dog and he loves cuddles," and is a "very amazing puppy." Rhino "hates snow & swimming," but he "loves to run around" and to sleep under the blankets.

"The family told our receiving staff the notebook was written by one of their kids," Humane Society of Utah spokesperson Guinnevere Shuster told TODAY in an email. "It was​ filled with information about Rhino for his new​ ​family​."



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<![CDATA[DA: Investigators at 'Messy' Scene Where 2 Found Slain]]> Sun, 19 Feb 2017 23:29:53 -0500 //media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Peabody+death+investigation1.jpg

Authorities are still investigating the "messy" scene where a man and a woman were found slain inside a home in Peabody, Massachusetts, according to the Essex County District Attorney's Office.

Law enforcement has been at the home at 19 Farm Ave. since Saturday night when a resident who lives there flagged down a motorist to ask for help. Police said the motorist took the resident to state police barracks then authorities returned to the home where they discovered the gruesome scene.

Officials say one body was found in the cellar and another was found in the main part of the house. Jonathan Blodgett, the Essex County District Attorney, says they are waiting to notify family members before identifying the victims. The scene is described as "messy" and an x-ray machine was brought in to help assist with the investigation.

A medical examiner also arrived at the scene to help determine what kind of trauma the victims underwent.

Peabody police say they believe all parties knew one another and it was not a random act. Authorities also said they have been called to the home multiple times over the years, but would not specify as to why. Neighbors say the troubles at the home were well-known.

“It’s actually very sad, but I’m just really not surprised,” said Peabody resident Rachel Hrubes.

No one is in custody but the district attorney’s office confirms there is an active search for multiple suspects.

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<![CDATA['Not My Presidents Day': Thousands to Protest Trump ]]> Sun, 19 Feb 2017 06:08:11 -0500 //media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-642648382.jpg

From coast to coast, thousands of people across the United States have spent their Presidents Day holiday weekend protesting Donald Trump's anti-immigration policies, and even more demonstrations are planned for Monday, NBC News reported.

Protesters wielding signs in Dallas, Los Angeles and New York poured into the streets on Saturday calling for the establishment of sanctuary cities in order to end ICE raids. On Sunday, more than a thousand people rallied in New York City in support of Muslim Americans.

Meanwhile, hundreds of scientists took to the streets of Boston urging Trump to recognize climate change and tackle environmental issues. Protesters held signs in the shape of telescopes and beakers that read, for example, "Scientists Serving the Common Good." The rally was taking place at the same time as the American Association for the Advancement of Science conference in the city.

And on Monday, even more rallies are expected in at least 20 cities across the U.S., including in Los Angeles; New York; Washington, D.C., and Chicago.



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<![CDATA[Aircraft Incident Reported at Ellington Airport]]> Sun, 19 Feb 2017 17:37:03 -0500 //media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/connecticut+state+police+cruiser+lights.jpg

Emergency crews responded to the Ellington Airport Sunday morning after a pilot reported a landing incident Sunday morning.

According to Connecticut State police, they were called to the airport at 360 Somers Road around 11 a.m. the pilot of a Mooney single-engine plane reported he had an issue with his landing gear. The pilot told police he landed his plane on its belly on the runway. The plane slid about 183 yards along the paved runway then stopped.

No injuries were reported and the aircraft had only minor damage, police said. There was no fuel spilled or damage to the runway.

The plane was removed from the runway and the FAA was called in for further investigation.



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<![CDATA[East Windsor Police Seek Suspected Car Thief]]> Sun, 19 Feb 2017 12:03:54 -0500 //media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/East-Windsor-wanted-man.jpg

East Windsor police are searching for a man accused of stealing a car from the Mercury Fuel on South Main Street Friday.

According to police, the owner of the car left it running when he went into the store and the suspect hopped in and drove away. The car has Connecticut plate # AF66578 and is a red 2006 Ford Taurus. Police believe the suspect was heading to Enfield.

The same man is a suspect in the theft of a coin jar from the 7-11 at 183 South Main Street and police think he frequents the area. Anyone who recognizes the suspect is asked to contact East Windsor police at 860-292-8240.



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<![CDATA[Racial Slur Found on Granby Memorial Schools Sign]]> Mon, 20 Feb 2017 05:50:16 -0500 //media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Granby-school-sign1.jpg

Granby police are investigating after someone rearranged the letters on a Granby school sign into a racist message.

Someone rearranged a message on a sign at the Granby Memorial School campus off Route 10 to include the racial slur which was spotted by Anna Rogers, of Middletown, who driving through town around noon Saturday. Rogers snapped a photo and called police. Rog told NBC Connecticut when she drove by again about a half hour later, the slur had been removed.

Capt. William Tyler confirmed that police were informed of the message and that the situation is under “active and vigorous investigation.”

Residents were surprised by the news and said hateful speech isn't what they expect from their town.

“I think Granby is a welcoming town and a very tight town. So I don’t know if it’s some kind of prank. But I think it’s concerning the rise of racist things we’ve seen across the United States,” said Granby resident Katie Dunnington.

“I usually think of Granby like nothing bad ever happens here,” said Hannah Council, who is a sixth-grader in Granby.

Granby Superintendent of Schools Alan Addley released the following statement:

“This is certainly disturbing and disappointing for many reasons, but most importantly because it doesn’t represent the values of the school community or the values of the town of Granby.”

Anyone with information on this should contact Granby police at 860-844-5335.



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<![CDATA[Suffield Police Corral Runaway Cows]]> Mon, 20 Feb 2017 12:26:09 -0500 //media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Suffield-runaway-cows.jpg

Suffield police know how to see the humor in a situation.

The department took to Facebook after they corralled some runaway cows Sunday morning.

“Early this morning officers responded to a complaint of 2 suspicious males going door to door trying to sell dairy products. Officers determined that the 2 individuals did not have a solicitors permit and were apprehended after a short foot pursuit. We would like to remind everyone to NEVER open your doors to any unfamiliar cattle,” wrote Sgt. Geoffrey Minor on the department's Facebook page read.

Police said the offending cows were spotted by a resident on North Street around 8:25 a.m. Officers responded and located the livestock on the front porch of 680 North Street. Police discovered that the cows had escaped from a farm at 714 North Street through a broken fence. They were safely returned home by 9:06 a.m.

For more news from Suffield police, visit their page. 



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<![CDATA[Thousands Dance it Out for UConn's HuskyTHON Fundraiser]]> Sun, 19 Feb 2017 13:12:01 -0500 //media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Huskython-7.jpg

UConn students pulled an all-nighter as they hit the dance floor and rack up serious cash.

This was the 13th annual HuskyTHON Dance Marathon, a major fundraiser for the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center.

The event started at 6 p.m. on Saturday, went until noon on Sunday, and when all was said and done the students raised a little over $836,000.

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HuskyTHON is the largest student-run philanthropy event in New England and in 2016 it was named the 11th top collegiate fundraiser in the nation by Children’s Miracle network Hospitals. Student teams organize year-long fundraising events leading up to the dance marathon.

“It’s good. Already feeling hyped up,” Hope McMoran, a UConn junior, said.

Year after year the fundraiser breaks records as it raises money for the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center.

Thousands of dancers raised about $716,000 for the hospital last year.

“Like we say, it’s all for the kids,” Cara Geary, a UConn sophomore, said.

Students say this fundraiser is unique because teams sponsor a child who shows up for the party.

“This is amazing what they’re doing and I’m so proud of them. And it’s just great,” Ally Klinkowsky, a patient at CCMC, said.

“The stuff that they do for our kids it carries them through their hardest days throughout the whole year. I mean our kids literally count down every moment to get here,” Heather Klinkosky said.

“Last year’s event, the success of it, they were able to name the newest addition to the hospital in HuskyTHON’s honor,” Eliza Kanner, HuskyTHON’s vice president of communications, explained. “It helps kids pre-operation, comfort them.” 



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<![CDATA[Several Mailboxes Set on Fire in North Stonington]]> Sat, 18 Feb 2017 15:17:47 -0500 //media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/160*120/STATE+POLICE+LIGHT.jpg

Connecticut state police are investigating after several mailboxes were set on fire in North Stonington early Saturday morning.

Police said the incidents occurred on Wintechog Hill Road and were reported to police around 10 a.m. Anyone with information on this crime is asked to contact Trooper Abely at Troop E in Montville at 860-848-6500, or the North Stonington Resident State Trooper’s Office at 860-535-1451.



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<![CDATA[Iraq Launches Push to Reclaim Western Mosul From ISIS]]> Sun, 19 Feb 2017 00:47:09 -0500 //media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/AP_Al-Abadi.jpg

Iraq's prime minister on Sunday announced an offensive to seize control of the western coast of the city of Mosul from the terror group ISIS, NBC News reports.

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said on state television Sunday morning that the new push has begun. Hours earlier, Iraq's military said planes dropped leaflets into the area, urging those who joined ISIS to surrender and warning that the military would move into the western coast of the city, which straddles the Tigris River. 

"I announce today the start of military offensive to liberate the western coast of Mosul," al-Abadi said. He added, "our mission is to liberate people before land."



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<![CDATA[Powerball Jackpot Climbs to $403 Million]]> Sun, 19 Feb 2017 05:31:20 -0500 //media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/POWERBALL_AP_16125444929602.jpg

The numbers for the Powerball jackpot that topped $349 million were drawn Saturday night, but the drawing yielded no big winners. That bumps the jackpot prize up to an estimated $403 million for this Wednesday's drawing.

The numbers called Saturday night were: 9, 3, 33, 7, 31; the Powerball number was 20, and the Power Play was 3X.

The current jackpot is the largest since 20 coworkers in Tennessee took home a combined $420.9 million right after Thanksgiving.

There hasn't been a jackpot winner in 2017, according to a list maintained on the game's website. It's been a year and a month since three winning tickets were sold for a $1.59 billion jackpot.

The odds of winning the grand prize are pretty slim, according to the game's website: 1 in 292,201,338.

Saturday's pot had a cash value of $213.1 million. The $349 million would be paid out over an annuity.



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