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Man seriously hurt in Meriden shootingMERIDEN, CT (WFSB) - A man suffered serious injuries in a shooting that happened in Meriden overnight. The shooting took place on South 1st Street near North 1st Street around 2:30 a.m. Police tape surrounds a home on South 1st Street and officers are canvassing the area. The victim was transported to a local trauma hospital for treatment of serious injuries, police said. Anyone with information is asked to contact Meriden detectives at 203-630-6233. Channel 3 has a crew on scene. Stay with Eyewitness News for updates.
Tractor trailer down embankment snarls commute on I-91 south in MiddletownMIDDLETOWN, CT (WFSB) - A tractor trailer went down an embankment along Interstate 91 south in Middletown. According to state police, the crash forced them to close two lanes just before exit 19. There's no word on injuries or a cause. For real-time traffic updates, check the Channel 3 traffic map <a href="" target="_blank">here</a>.
Police investigating New Haven double shootingNEW HAVEN, CT (WFSB) -- An investigation is underway into a New Haven double shooting late on Thursday, police said. According to police, two people were shot on Willow Street. The victims suffered non-life threatening injuries. Police had no further details. Stay with Eyewitness for updates.
Protests continue for third day following officer-involved shooting in New HavenHAMDEN, CT (WFSB) - Yale police have named the officer who was involved in an officer-involved shooting in New Haven earlier this week. Yale officer Terrance Pollock and Hamden officer Devin Eaton opened fire on a car Tuesday that they believed was involved in an armed robbery in Hamden. The incident on Dixwell Avenue and Argyle Street in New Haven was caught on surveillance camera. Police said the 22-year-old woman passenger who was shot, Stephanie Washington, continues to recover and is expected to survive. Her boyfriend, Paul Witherspoon, was also in the car but was not hurt. Police confirmed that no weapons were in the car. <a href="" target="_blank">The video, which was sent to Channel 3 by a viewer,</a> shows Eaton firing several shots at the car. Pollock was described by the university as a 16 year veteran of the department. Yale said he's on administrative leave. He was also injured during the shooting. He was treated and released. Eaton, who is also on administrative leave, has been an officer for nearly five years but has only been with Hamden police for roughly three years, his department said. <a href="" target="_blank">Protesters continue to to express their anger</a> over the incident and rallied Wednesday night in the streets of New Haven. Another protest was held on Thursday around 5 p.m. on Yale's campus. Hundreds of people gathered at the intersection of College and George Streets, and blocked the intersection for hours. They were chanting and singing, making sure everyone could hear their voices and concerns. New Haven police tracked the protester and have been detouring traffic. No arrests have been made. Protesters said they plan to be there until Friday morning. The protesters gathered to demand justice for Stephanie Washington, and an end to what they call "police brutality." Town and city leaders said one of the things they're looking at is what to do when police activity crosses town lines. "So the issues that are on our borders from both communities can be worked [on] together," said Hamden Mayor Curt Leng. "I think that’s going to have immediate impact starting on day one." All of the surveillance footage was turned over to the state's attorney's office to determine if the shooting was justified. Stay with Channel 3 for the latest.
One week and counting of Stop & Shop strike(WFSB) - Thursday marked day eight of a strike for Stop &amp; Shop employees. Former Vice President Joe Biden said he'll be joining picketers on Thursday. He said he plans to speak outside of a store in Boston's Dorchester neighborhood. <a href="" target="_blank">Wednesday, Sen. Richard Blumenthal joined union workers</a> in Connecticut. "The future of Connecticut and working people in Connecticut is really what is at risk if Stop &amp; Shop fails to do the right thing," Blumenthal said. The union and Stop &amp; Shop are still at the negotiating table. Stop &amp; Shop's most recent offer involved healthcare premiums it said were still below the national average, a pay increase for associates and continued pension benefits. In a recent statement, Stop &amp; Shop's president said "As negotiations on a new contract continue, I know we are all united in our hope that this situation is resolved soon and that we can all get our energies back to being fully focused on our customers." However, the union said the proposal actually increases workers weekly healthcare premiums by hundreds of dollars, phases out time-and-a-half pay on Sundays and holidays and reduces monthly pension benefits for many workers. Channel 3 was <a href="" target="_blank">the first station to break the story</a> one week ago. On Thursday, Stop &amp; Shop workers said they're not going anywhere. “Its been a week and I’m very proud of all my co-workers here," said Pat Valdez, a Stop &amp; Shop employee. While many Stop &amp; Shop locations are open with limited service, for the most part, the parking lots are clear. Not only does it seem, many shoppers are with them, but so are other union members too. For some, desperation is sinking in, and some are looking for other jobs. "Eventually, what do you do if you have money coming in? Bills don't know a strike. Bills will still show up on your front door," said Ismael Roman. That feeling of despair may have played a role when one union worker in Western Massachusetts decided to break off and cross the picket line. Channel 3 spoke with the Northampton Stop &amp; Shop worker over the phone, and through the National Right to Work Foundation, we've learned he was allegedly told by UFCW officials that if he returned to work he'd be fired. The foundation said employees have the right at any time to revoke their union membership and go back to work during a strike and it's now filing a federal unfair labor practice charge against the union. "There are going to be people who say, 'I have to cross, I have no choice, I have to put food on the table for my baby, my wife, kids.' I understand the frustration," Roman said. On Thursday morning, New Haven firefighters stopped by the Whalley Avenue store, offering coffee, doughnuts, and encouragement. “It just keeps us going, knowing we have all that support,” Valdez said. At the Amity Road Stop &amp; Shop, John Lupoli, who’s been with the company for 45 years, says while he’s done okay, it’s the part timers he’s most worried about. “Most of my co-workers are part time and they leave here to get on a bus to go to work at their second job,” he said. Stay with Eyewitness News for updates.
Threat made towards Wethersfield Stop & ShopWETHERSFIELD, CT (WFSB) – A threat was made towards a Wethersfield Stop &amp; Shop on Thursday. According to police, the threat was made to the location located at 1380 Berlin Turnpike. Stop &amp; Shop released a statement about the incident saying, “We closed the store out of an abundance of caution for our customers and associates, and we are co-operating with local police.” Police did say what type of threat was called into the store. <a href="" target="_blank">This comes as day nine of striking</a> is approaching for local Stop &amp; Shops employees across the state. Stay with Eyewitness News for updates.
Car fire closes Route 8 south in WatertownWATERTOWN, CT (WFSB) – Route 8 south is closed in Watertown due to a car fire. The highway is closed between exits 37 and 36. There is no word on any injuries. Click <a href="" target="_blank">here</a> for traffic updates. Stay tuned to Ch. 3 for updates on this story.
Gender reveal video of surprise twins goes viral(WFSB) - This is a story we just can’t get enough of. Do you remember the gender reveal video Channel 3 showed you when a father learned he was expecting not one baby, but twins? It’s gone viral and is blowing up on our Facebook page and social media. “Okay, this is the last Cressotti. Everybody bite in,” Keri Cressotti said. With more than 100,000 views, Keri Cressotti said during a Facetime chat how this gender reveal video almost didn’t see the light of day. See the full video <a href="" target="_blank">here</a>. “My husband didn’t want to post it. He felt terrible. He said, ‘I looked like I’m not excited. I’m so excited.’ But I said, ‘no honey. You’re just shocked,’ but we can’t believe it’s unreal,” Cressotti said. Unreal is the word. It stunned everyone including grandma and grandpa of Somers. The pair visited their daughter’s family, which is on active duty military in Norfolk, Virginia. “I was completely like, ‘what? Why is there blue and pink insider there?’ And then you heard my husband, his classic, ‘it’s twins,’” Karen Hurlburt said. The news, just what the Cressoti kids wanted since each had a demand of their own. “My daughter had told me the night before that if it was a boy that she was going to quit the family,” Cressotti said. And the son planned to stay in his room forever if it was girl. The grandmother sent the video to Channel 3 knowing it was good but underestimated how much people online loved it. Now, we’re learning the family is thinking about naming the twins Anderson and Sophia.
Flood watch issued ahead of heavy, steady rainROCKY HILL, CT (WFSB) - The state is expected to see clouds, showers, and eventually a soaking rain ahead of the weekend. A flood watch will go into effect for the whole state late Friday night through Saturday evening. This alert prompted Ch. 3 to issue an Early Warning Weather Alert. Chief Meteorologist Bruce DePrest said light rain and drizzle will continue overnight. Track it with the Early Warning Weather Doppler <a href="" target="_blank">here</a>. There is a chance for fog Thursday night, which could become dense near the coast. Friday will feature cloudy weather with temps near the 70s. There could be a few showers during the day, but it won't be a washout. The main event will begin Friday night. "Showers will become numerous, and some showers will produce heavy rain," DePrest said. Rain could become heavier Friday night. Saturday will also feature rain, with possible thunderstorms. "Rain is likely, and it could be heavy at times since the front will have plenty of moisture to work with. There may be a few embedded thunderstorms as well," DePrest said. Rainfall totals will likely range from 1-3 inches by Saturday evening. Temps will be near the 70s on Saturday. Easter Sunday won't be as wet as Saturday, but a few showers are likely, with most of the day being rain free. Temperatures will be slightly coolers with highs in the 60s. Read the complete technical discussion <a href="" target="_blank">here</a>. For weather updates on smartphones and tablets, head <a href="" target="_blank">here</a> or text "WFSB" to 23765 to download the Channel 3 app.
PD: Man charged in Hartford triple shootingHARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -- Hartford police arrested a teen charged in connection with a triple shooting that happened earlier this week. <a href="" target="_blank">Three people were shot in Hartford</a> a little before 10:30 p.m. on Tuesday in the area of Bedford and Brook streets. Police said the victims were taken to the hospital for treatment. On Thursday, police said they arrested 18-year-old Mekhi Thompson on an unrelated narcotics investigation. He’s now being charged with first-degree conspiracy to commit assault, first-degree assault, and carrying a pistol without a permit. Thompson is being held on a $750,000 bond.