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Fotis Dulos ordered to appear in court on MondaySTAMFORD, CT (WFSB) – A judge has ordered Fotis Dulos to appear in Stamford Superior Court on Monday. According to Dulos’ attorney Norm Pattis, Dulos’ GPD tracking device needs to be looked at. Pattis released a statement saying, “Apparently a man presumed innocent needs the battery on his GPS monitor adjusted. We expect no drama and no controversy.” <a href="" target="_blank">Dulos’ next scheduled court appearance</a> was for October 4 in connection to the disappearance of his estranged wife Jennifer Farber Dulos. Jennifer, a mother of five, went missing over three months ago. <a href="" target="_blank">TIMELINE: Events surrounding New Canaan mom's disappearance</a> Fotis and his girlfriend, Michelle Troconis, were charged with tampering with evidence and hindering the prosecution.
Local racing legend dies in Norwich crash(WFSB) – The racing community is mourning the deaths of two local legends over the span of just three days. Former race car champion Bob Potter died after a crash in Norwich on Tuesday. His death comes on the heels of a <a href="" target="_blank">plane crash that killed Michael Stefanik</a> in Sterling. Stefanik made a name in Connecticut before becoming a NASCAR champion. Channel 3 spoke with a friend of both racers who also happened to be a fierce rival. Jerry Pearl and Potter burst into the Connecticut stock car racing scene in the 60s. For decades, they’d tear up the tracks, competing for championships until one day they decided to be partners. “I drove his backup car. We went to Poconos and we had a lot of good memories together,” Pearl said. Potter finished his career with 11 championships. He and Pearl remained friends through retirement. “I talked to him on the phone not too long ago and I wanted to get over to see him, I just haven’t had the chance,” Pearl said. Pearl agonizes knowing he’ll never get that opportunity again. Norwich police confirmed the 78-year-old died after having a <a href="" target="_blank">medical emergency while driving in Norwich</a> on Tuesday. Potter’s death was the second in just days for the racing community. On Sunday, 61-year-old NASCAR champion, Michael Stefanik died when his ultralight plane crashed in Sterling. “[Stefanik] won a lot of championships. I raced him on the tour, I raced him years ago on Thompson, Stafford,” Pearl said. Stefanik won nine NASCAR championships in his 30-year career. The passing of the two local legends was the talk of the Colchester car show and not many knew Stefanik was an avid flier. “When I heard that happen, I just couldn’t imagine it,” Pearl said. Fans and fellow races mourn the deaths of the legends and are grateful they got to see them in action. “You don’t want to see anyone you’re fond of leave or pass. Now, you only get the memories. You don’t get to talk to them again,” said Mark Maikshilo. Potter is in the New England Auto Racers Hall of Fame. Stefanik was a six-time NASCAR Hall of Fame nominee. “All of us at Stafford Speedway are saddened by the loss of a great friend and mentor, Bob Potter. For over 6 decades Bob has been a true representative of the sport,” explained Mark Arute, Stafford Speedway GM. “The Stafford Speedway racing community has lost a great hero. A 5-time SK Modified® Champion, with 24 overall wins at Stafford, his passion for racing is unsurpassed. In his retirement from competitive racing, Bob gave back to the racing community as he continued as the driver of the 2-seater modified at Stafford, always looking to give the fans a good ride. Bob was always looking at the big picture and enjoyed sharing ideas. It is without a doubt that we will miss Bob but his legacy as a champion and love for racing and life will serve as an inspiration. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Dale, son Bob, Jr., daughters Debbie and Ginny, and all his family and friends.”
Dr. Oz to talk about case of missing New Canaan mom(WFSB) – On Thursday, the investigation into the disappearance of Jennifer Dulos will take center stage on Doctor Oz. Dr. Oz will be speaking with legal journalist Nancy Grace, the spokesperson for the family of Jennifer Dulos, and other people who knew her and her husband well. It’s been <a href="" target="_blank">more than three months since Jennifer</a> went missing. The story has garnered interest around Connecticut but has since gained international attention. <a href="" target="_blank">TIMELINE: Events surrounding New Canaan mom's disappearance</a> Now, Dr. Oz, as part of his true crime reports, will talk to the people who knew Jennifer and her estranged husband, Fotis, best and ask them to weigh in on the case. Dr. Oz will be speaking to the spokesperson for Jennifer Dulos’ family and it’s pretty clear from the preview her family thinks Fotis knows much more than he’s letting on. Fotis and his estranged girlfriend, Michelle Troconis, have both been arrested in connection to her disappearance. The report, which will air on Channel 3 at 3 p.m., reveals the emotional toll Jennifer’s disappearance has taken on the people closest to her. Nancy Grace will also weigh in about the case. “He owes her parents $1.2 million dollars. His construction company wasn’t all that apparently. So, you put in the money, the divorce, the children, and its part of a controlling behavior,” Grace said in a preview. The report will also look at the various theories Fotis’ attorney has put forth regarding where Jennifer might be, which have included that they think she is still alive. They’ve also asserted that she wrote a “Gone Girl” type novel and that is now living out that life.
Early Warning Weather ForecastFrom Chief Meteorologist Bruce DePrest in the Channel 3 Early Warning Forecast Center… Tonight: Clear and quite chilly. Low: 35-45. Thursday: Mostly sunny and pleasant. High: 72 inland, 72 shore. Friday: Mostly sunny and warmer. Low: 45. High: 80 inland, 76 shore. Saturday: Mostly sunny and warm. Low: 55. High: 84 inland, 80 shore. Sunday: Partly to mostly sunny and warm. Low: 60. High: 85 inland, 80 shore. Monday (Autumn arrives 3:50 am): Partly sunny and warm, a chance for a shower. Low: 62. High: 82 inland, 80 shore. Tuesday: Mostly sunny and mild. Low: 55. High: 75 inland, 76 shore. Wednesday: Becoming cloudy with a chance for rain. Low: 50. High: 68 inland, 70 shore.
Six students hospitalized following New Haven bus crashNEW HAVEN, CT (WFSB) – Six students were brought to the hospital following a bus crash in New Haven on Wednesday afternoon. A bus taking students home from Ross Woodward School was involved in the crash with another vehicle. The crash occurred on Middletown Avenue around 3:45 p.m. According to officials, 17 students were on the bus at the time of the crash. All students were evaluated by emergency crews. Six of the students were brought to Yale New Haven Hospital by ambulance to be evaluated. Eleven other students who were on the bus were released to their parents. The crash is under investigation by the New Haven Police Department.
Big E elephant dies at 54 of natural causesSPRINGFIELD, MA (WFSB) -- The Big E confirmed on Wednesday that an elephant that had been at the annual event in the past has passed away. Beulah, Commerford and Sons’ Asian elephant, died of natural causes at the age of 54, The Big E said on Wednesday in a press release. It is unclear if the elephant died at the Big E or elsewhere. She was known as a member of the Commerford family, and 47-year-old Tim Commerford has never known life without her. “We are broken hearted,” said Gene Cassidy, Eastern States Exposition president. He asks for the public’s understanding and compassion during this difficult time. “If you truly loved Beulah, kindly remember her and the Commerford family in your thoughts and prayers,” he said, “They have lost a loved one.” PETA released a statement on Wednesday saying "Beulah should have been left to enjoy family, home, and freedom in the wild—but instead, R.W. Commerford &amp; Sons put her in chains and made money off her until the day she died. Her death should be a wake-up call, and PETA is calling on Commerford to give its remaining elephants the desperately needed retirement that Beulah never got—and on The Big E to end its exploitative wild-animal exhibits."
Shelton man arrested after boarding a school bus, causing a disturbanceSHELTON, CT (WFSB) – A Shelton man was arrested after getting onto school bus and causing a disturbance. On Wednesday, police were called to Indian Wells Road for the man, identified as 74-year-old Donald Hutchinson, causing a disturbance on the bus. Hutchinson stopped the bus with his personal car by stopping in front of the bus. He then boarded the bus and got into an argument with the female bus driver. There were three small children on the bus at the time of the incident. Police said Hutchinson did this because he was upset over an argument that occurred between him and the bus driver on Tuesday. He was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct and three counts of risk of injury to a child. He was released on a $2,500 bond and will be in court on Thursday.
Wellness Wednesday: Sound therapy is gaining popularityCHESTER, CT (WFSB) -- We all live busy lives, and finding quiet moments and time to relax is critical to our well-being. Sound meditation offers just that and is gaining in popularity in Connecticut and across the country. Nestled in a quiet, wooded area of Chester, sweet music echoes. “I really started this place to be somewhat of a doorway for people to start to pursue their spirituality. Learn to slow their life down a little bit and enjoy more important aspects of it,” said Tracey Kroll, of The Sound Retreat. He discovered sound meditation years ago while going through a tense divorce and balancing his family and a busy job. He had never even heard of sound meditation, but said it helped him heal. “I did find it later in life, probably out of desperation,” Kroll said. “It’s very hard for the brain to decipher all of these unusual sounds that’s it’s not familiar with. Over tones, under tones, harmonics, frequencies, multiple instruments playing at the same time. And your brain eventually just gives up on trying to decipher all of this and just says I give up, and that’s when you start to drift into the meditative state.” This soon became his calling, and then The Sound Retreat was born. That’s where he runs group and couple classes, and he’s now one of a handful of people in the state that offers therapy like this. He tells people who struggle to meditate to just focus on breathing. “When you go into a meditative state it’s somewhat like a dream state, so you do see things and feel things and you also have the ability to get some sort of a message about yourself, your life or the people around you and if that happens that’s wonderful,” he said. He also says this is a critical part of self-care. “I think meditation should be mandatory at this point. I think it should be taught in school,” he said. For more information on classes and tickets to The Sound Retreat, <a href="" target="_blank">click here</a>.
Colchester postpones fireworks display due to threat of EEECOLCHESTER, CT (WFSB) -- Cities and towns across the state have been altering events and activities due to the threat of Eastern Equine Encephalitis, or EEE. Colchester is postponing a fireworks display that was set to be held during its annual 57 Fest on Saturday. In a <a href="[0]=68.ARDCtdOsdeOEiuCSUTkJcvZb9pESMvEiqbqROAzGW1_uzBxHBoGf75HkCbzaPjyudm7BLde_DkphlJYzFazI_ku85vPe6o1Y6CHW-3CqbU7ToyQLysUQAnRVqqO0-xZFIQddhcHAU5PefmbeajIIJiyUsRJlOHI3jOpo5Vorxccmv1N56YdojvUFcf37bb0icxA_JYOJ3l46dWUNWcM4dhI7SX5pe5OzeYGZeHVrr5vFoSfYRiBPfcOCJiIiDnBJE2fxHH0mD5PywVDUw43moiww0WEbnQJQBeAKTNwSUlzM2nZJOGuZVJyVuboz91w_a-RNFCjFfvgxnA&amp;__tn__=-R" target="_blank">post on Facebook</a>, Colchester Parks &amp; Recreation said due to the increased risk of EEE in the area “we are taking a conservative approach to protecting the well-being of the Colchester community. Mosquitoes are most active during the hour before dusk, so we have decided to postpone the fireworks to a later date.” On Monday, the Dept. of Public Health announced the <a href="" target="_blank">first human case of EEE</a> in the state after an adult from East Lyme tested positive. While the person is from East Lyme, it is unclear at this time where EEE was contracted. East Lyme, Norwich, and New London also announced <a href="" target="_blank">outdoor community-run activities</a> would end by dusk going forward while the threat of EEE exists. The Colchester festival will still go on, but the fireworks will be postponed to a later date. EEE has not been detected in Colchester, but the town is simply taking precautions. However, EEE has been detected in 12 towns already this year. Peak times for exposure are at dusk and dawn. EEE is still a mysterious deadly virus, and doctors said some people infected may not have any symptoms, but others can die if the virus spreads to the brain. Doctors say that can happen in 4 or 5 percent of cases. "Some people are infected and have no symptoms. Other patients who are infected will have a viral like illness, fevers, chills, bones and joints may ache and they’ll feel tired," said Dr. Virginia Bieluch, chief of Infectious Diseases at the Hospital of Central Connecticut. Doctors said if the virus spreads to the brain, a third of those patients will die. Those who survive can have serious brain complications for the rest of their lives. Since there’s no treatment or vaccination for EEE, the best prevention is avoiding the mosquitoes. While EEE can affect anyone, doctors say the most at-risk age group are those under 15 and those older than 50. For more information on EEE, <a href="" target="_blank">click here</a>.
Hard seltzers spike in popularity, even in CTSOUTH WINDSOR, CT (WFSB) -- For those who drink hard seltzers may have noticed that they are flying off liquor store shelves. The nation’s top hard seltzer brand White Claw is even going as far to say that there is a shortage. The hard seltzers are appealing because they are low calorie, and on a local level, Connecticut Valley Brewing Company produces hard seltzers that are 100 calories per can. Lemon-lime, galaxy peach, and Stella cherry are the three hard seltzer flavors that Connecticut Valley Brewing Company released this summer. “It's been something we have been working on. Due to responses of ‘what else do you guys have besides beer?’ And found something else no one was doing yet,” said Jason Desroches, head brewer. After a few short months, the South Windsor brewery is already increasing demand. “We just packaged our second 120 barrel tank due to the increase in sales of seltzer and we have other tanks coming in, 120 barrel tanks, just to help increase our capacity,” Desroches said. Some customers say it’s a good option when visiting a brewery. “They're pretty light, carbonation is good and they're pretty popular,” said customer Christopher Shropshire. “People are more health conscious now so it's a good option. It's 100 calories and it's a great option for people who don't like beer,” Desroches said. When it comes to the White Claw shortage, they said they feel the demand took off faster than they expected. White Claw sales spiked by almost 300 percent in July, and they said the shortage might not end until next year. At Connecticut Valley, they’ll keep cranking out the hard seltzers. “It's a great time to be in it. And if they have a shortage, bad for them, but great for us. So hopefully we will keep pushing forward with it, and go into their market a bit more,” Desroches said. In fact, the lemon-lime was released for the first time on Wednesday, and it won’t end there.