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Young suspects nabbed after burglarizing auto dealershipsOLD SAYBROOK, CT (WFSB) - Two juveniles were arrested after police said they burglarized several auto dealerships. Police in Old Saybrook said the pair stole two Ford SUVs. One of the affected dealerships was Old Saybrook Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram on Middlesex Turnpike. The suspects were caught at a Super 8 motel in town. Their identities have not been released.
Holiday shipping deadlines approaching this week(WFSB) - The deadlines for guaranteed holiday shipping deliveries are fast approaching. The United States Postal Service released the following dates for the remaining services it has available: First-Class Mail Service - Dec. 20Priority Mail Service - Dec. 20Priority Mail Express - Dec. 22 The deadline for USPS retail ground service was Dec. 14. The USPS warned customers that local post office locations may close early on Monday, which is Christmas Eve. Regular mail will not be delivered on Christmas Day. More information from the USPS can be found <a href="https://www.usps.com/holiday/holiday-shipping-dates.htm" target="_blank">here</a>. UPS noted its remaining shipping deadlines as well: UPS 2nd Day Air - Dec. 20 (for delivery by Dec. 24)UPS Next Day Air - Dec. 21 (for delivery by Dec. 24)UPS On-Call Pickup for UPS Next Day Air - Dec. 22 (for delivery by Dec. 24) UPS said peak surcharges may apply to shipments during designated peak shipping periods For more information, head <a href="https://www.ups.com/us/en/help-center/shipping-support/days-of-operation-us/holiday-shipping.page" target="_blank">here</a>. FexEx's holiday deadlines are as follows: FedEx Ground and FedEx Home Delivery - Dec. 17FedEx Express Saver - Dec. 19FedEx 2 day morning and regular 2 day - Dec. 20FedEx standard overnight, priority overnight, first overnight - Dec. 21FedEx home delivery - Dec. 22FedEx SameDay delivery - Dec. 25 ($50 fee per item applies) More information can be read <a href="https://www.fedex.com/en-us/holiday/last-days-to-ship.html" target="_blank">here</a>. For those still browsing Amazon.com, there's also time: Free shipping - Dec. 18Two-day shipping - Dec. 22One-day shipping, free for eligible Prime members - Dec. 23Same-day delivery, free for eligible Prime members, by 9:30 a.m. - Dec. 24 Amazon's holiday deadline calendar can be found <a href="https://www.amazon.com/b?ie=UTF8&amp;node=10184390011" target="_blank">here</a>.
Elderly woman dies after being hit by car in West HartfordWEST HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -- West Hartford police said an 80-year-old woman was struck and killed by a car on Park Road Sunday evening. Crews were called to the scene in the area of 165 Park Rd. on Sunday at 8 p.m. The woman, identified as 80-year-old June Krisch of Storrs, was taken to the hospital where she died. Police said the driver who struck the woman remained on scene and is cooperating with police. The collision remains under investigation.
Hartford school officials work to combat chronic absenteeismHARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -- Hartford Public Schools are joining forces with Attendance Works to combat the city's absentee issues. School officials said the school attendance has reached critical levels. Attendance Works is a national organization that focuses on the issue of chronic absenteeism. The focus will be on planning and implementing new procedures. They'll also spend time looking at why so many students are absent and how they can use available resources to get more students in class. Channel 3 will have more coming up on Eyewitness News starting at 5 p.m.
Enfield teen accused of stabbing friend over weekendENFIELD, CT (WFSB) -- A teen from Enfield is facing several charges after police said he stabbed his friend multiple times in the back. Jason Passalacqua, 19, was arrested for <a href="https://www.wfsb.com/news/enfield-police-arrest-man-for-attempted-murder-on-saturday/article_ca2dad8e-00c2-11e9-b486-fffcf9583b8e.html" target="_blank">attempted murder over the weekend</a>. The 18-year-old victim is in critical condition but is expected to survive. The stabbing happened inside the victim’s home on Robbin Road Saturday around 2:30 p.m. Police said Passalacqua allegedly stabbed the victim at least six times. Passalacqua is being held on a $500,000 bond and is expected to face a judge on Monday.
State police to hone in on drunk drivers during Christmas weekCOLCHESTER, CT (WFSB) - State police announced on Monday that they will be aggressive in their patrols for drunk drivers during the Christmas holiday weekend. Troop K in Colchester said their enforcement will run from Thursday, Dec. 20 through Wednesday, Dec. 26. State police said there will be additional troopers on the roads during that period of time. Troop K said it will be patrolling Route 2 from Marlborough to Bozrah and Routes 66, 85, 11, 6 and 384. In addition to drunk driving, troopers said they'll be on the lookout for seat belt violations, along with texting-while-driving violators and other distracted driving problems. They'll also be monitoring for speeders.
Milford restaurant severely damaged by fireMILFORD, CT (WFSB) - A downtown Milford restaurant was severely damaged by a fire on Sunday night. According to the Milford Fire Department, the fire was reported at the Flames Mediterranean Grill on Daniel Street just before 9 p.m. It was called in by an employee of a neighboring restaurant. The caller noted the smell of smoke in the area. Firefighters arrived to find thick black smoke inside. They said they had to force their way in through the front doors. They brought the fire under control within about 15 minutes. Despite the quick response, firefighters said the business was severely damaged by heat and smoke. A neighboring real estate office and a barber shop were not affected. The restaurant was closed at the time of the fire. Investigators are still working to try and find a cause.
Man dies after being found in Southington hotel roomSOUTHINGTON, CT (WFSB) - A man found unresponsive at a Southington hotel was pronounced dead at the hospital. Police identified the man as Sean Lawlor. They said they responded to the Homewood Suites on West Street on Sunday. Officers and ambulance employees administered first aid and CPR. However, Lawlor was transported to Bradley Hospital where he was pronounced dead. He was then brought to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner. Police said no signs of foul play were found. The cause of Lawlor's death remains under investigation. Police said they are awaiting the report from the medical examiner's office.
Woman killed in late night West Haven crashWEST HAVEN, CT (WFSB) - A woman was killed in a two-vehicle crash in West Haven that happened late Sunday night. According to police, they responded to 530 Boston Post Rd. around 11 p.m. They said the crash involved a male who was driving a Volkswagen and the woman who was behind the wheel of a Ford Tempo. They were driving on opposite sides of the road when they struck each other, head-on. Investigators have yet to determine who crossed the center yellow line or why. Both drivers were taken to the hospital. The man was said to be in stable condition; however, the woman was pronounced dead shortly after she arrived. The identities of the drivers have not yet been released. The Boston Post Road was closed for a brief time overnight, but has since reopened to traffic. Anyone who may have witnessed the crash is asked to contact West Haven police at 203-937-3925.
Left on stove blamed for Hamden apartment fireHAMDEN, CT (WFSB) - A stove that was left on was blamed for an apartment fire in Hamden on Sunday. Firefighters said they responded to The Regency Hills Apartments on Pine Rock Avenue just after 3:30 p.m. When they arrived, they said they found smoke coming from a second floor window. They had to force entry into a locked apartment, in which they encountered heavy smoke in the kitchen area. They said they quickly brought the fire under control. The fire marshal determined that the oven and one stovetop burner had been left on by the resident who left the apartment shortly before the fire. He said the fire spread from the stovetop to the kitchen cabinets immediately above the oven range. No one was hurt.