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State parks full to capacity on SaturdayState parks around the state have started to fill up and close to additional vehicles Saturday. Here is a list of what has closed so far: Squantz Pond State Park in New Fairfield as of 9:45 a.m. Wadsworth Falls State Park in Middletown as of 10:30 a.m. Pattaconk recreation area in Cockaponset State Forest as of 11:15 a.m. Miller's Pond State Park in Durham as of 11:15 a.m. Gardner Lake State Park in Salem as of 12 p.m. Bigelow Hollow State Park in Union as of 12 p.m. Burr Pond State Park in Torrington as of 1:05 p.m. Check this list throughout the day for updates. Click <a href="https://www.wfsb.com/weather/" target="_blank">here</a> for the latest forecast.
Most extreme heat wave of the year has begunHARTFORD, CT (WFSB) - What's expected to be the most extreme heat wave of 2019 continues on Saturday. Meteorologist Mike Cameron said temperatures will steadily climb as the day progresses. "Temperatures will climb during the day and we could even reach 100 degrees. Mixed with high humidity, the heat index could reach upwards of 110 degrees or higher!," said Cameron. The National Weather Service has already issued an excessive heat warning for the state starting Friday and lasting through Sunday. A Channel 3 Early Warning Weather Alert remains in effect because of the predicted heat. “Along with high temperatures, unfortunately, we’re also expecting to see high levels of air pollution and it is important to take appropriate precautions when ozone levels are elevated, especially during a major heat wave,” said Commissioner Katie Dykes. “Residents planning to spend time outdoors this weekend working or exercising should be mindful of air quality and consider limiting strenuous outdoor activity.” DEEP said strong sunshine and high temperatures support high levels of tropospheric ozone, also called smog. It said most of the state could see unhealthy levels of ozone this weekend. For a list of cooling centers, head <a href="https://www.wfsb.com/news/cooling-centers-open-as-state-braces-for-several-days-of/article_4a05efc4-a70f-11e9-a94e-3b18fe576c2a.html" target="_blank">here</a>. There is a chance for isolated storms around the state starting Saturday afternoon. "In the heat of the day we could see some very brief relief in the wind that comes down with the rain from these storms," Cameron said. "We don't expect anything severe with this though." If 100 is achieved at Bradley International Airport, the record for July 20 will be tied. It’s from 1991. The last time it reached 100 degrees in Hartford was 2012. The July 20 record for Bridgeport is 95, which was also set it 1991. The heat continues on Sunday. For July 21, the records are 101 for Hartford and 98 for Bridgeport. "Factoring in the high humidity, it will feel more like 105-110 both days," Meteorologist Mark Dixon said. Combining the heat with humidity will lead to dangerous conditions over the next three days. "Then there is a better chance [for storms] late Sunday, but more so Monday as a cold front approaches and moves into the region," Dixon said. By Monday, highs look to scale back to the 80s. Read the complete technical discussion <a href="https://www.wfsb.com/weather/technical_discussion/" target="_blank">here</a>. For weather updates on smartphones and tablets, head <a href="https://www.wfsb.com/site/station_info/apps" target="_blank">here</a> or text "WFSB" to 23765 to download the Channel 3 app.
Connecticut K-9 Olympics set for SaturdayENFIELD, CT (WFSB) – Saturday is Connecticut K-9 Olympics Day. Competitions will get underway this morning at 8 a.m. Due to the extreme heat, several precautions will be taken to keep the animals, their handlers, and the spectators safe. The competition will be held at 285 Shaker Road in Enfield. The event is a day-long competition with K-9 Units from local police, Connecticut State Police, and the Department of Corrections. Organizers were proactive with setting up the event regarding the heat. They set up two tents to cover bleachers for spectators. There is also a cooling tent available for everyone to use. Officials also say the K-9s will be in air conditioning and in pools when they are not competing. Some areas of competition for Saturday’s Olympics include obedience, obstacles, and a K-9 alert search. The competition should end by 2:00 p.m. and an awards ceremony will follow. The event is free to attend and watch. Purchases of t-shirts, food, and water will go to charity. For more information on the event, click <a href="https://workingdogmagazine.com/event/2019-connecticut-k9-olympics/" target="_blank">here</a>.
Beat the heat at local pools, splash pads(WFSB) - Cities and towns across the state offer pools and splash pads for residents to enjoy during the summer heat. Bristol Page Park pool and splash pad, King Street Rockwell Park pool and splash pad, Jacob Street Stocks Playground splash pad, Middle Street East Hartford Martin Pool, Martin Park (open 1-7 July 20 and 21) Terry Pool, Hockanum Park (open 1-7pm July 20 and 21) Drennan Pool at McAuliffe Park (30 Remington Road) Lord Pool at Gorman Park (258 May Road) Goldstar Pool at Goodwin Park (1235 Forbes Street) -- Splash Party at Lord Pool, Sunday July 21 from 1-4pm East Haven Cosey Beach, Cosey Beach Avenue Hartford Colt Park Pool, splash pad, Wethersfield Avenue Goodwin Park Pool, South Street Pope Park Pool, Pope Park Highway Parker Memorial Community Center indoor pool, Main Street Keney Park splash pad, Tower Avenue Killingly Owen Bell Park splash pad, Town Farm Road Middletown Veteran’s Memorial Park pool and splash pad, Walnut Grove Road McCutcheon Park at Crystal Lake, Livingston Road New Britain A.W. Stanley Park pool, Stanley Street Chelsey Park splash pad, Wildwood Drive Willow Brook Park pool, South Main Street Willow Street Park splash pad, Willow Street New Haven Ann Street splash pad, between Kossuth and West Streets Dover Street splash pad, Front Street near John Williamson Drive Edgewood Park splash pad, Edgewood Avenue Galvin Park splash pad, Greenwich Avenue and First Street South Genesee Park splash pad, South Genesee Street Jocelyn Square Park splash pad, Humphrey and East Streets Kensington Street splash pad, between Edgewood Ave &amp; Chapel St Lewis Street Park splash pad, Front Street and Pine Street Lighthouse Point Park splash pad, Lighthouse Road Lincoln-Bassett School splash pad, 130 Bassett Street Scantlebury Park splash pad, 139 Ashmun Street Trowbridge Square Park splash pad, Cedar Street and Portsea Street View Street Park splash pad, View Street and Rock Street Plainville Norton Park pool, South Washington Park Paderewski Park splash pad, Cooke Street Southington Recreation Park pool, Maxwell Noble Drive Veterans Memorial Park pool and splash pad, Woodruff Street Torrington William L. Besse Municipal pool, Winthrop Street Waterbury Fulton Park pool, Cooke Street Hamilton Park pool, Hamilton Park Road Washington Park pool, Sylvan Avenue West Hartford Beachland Park pool, South Quaker Lane Eisenhower Park pool, Sheep Hill Drive Fernridge Park pool, Fern Street Kennedy Park pool, Oakwood Avenue Wolcott Park splash pad, New Britain Avenue Cornerstone indoor pool, Buena Vista Road Wallingford Wallingford Community Pool, North Main Street Ext Don't see your town pool or splash pad listed? Email us the details at WFSBContentProducer@meredith.com.
One killed in head-on crash on Route 4 in GoshenGOSHEN, CT (WFSB) – State police are investigating a deadly head-on crash that happened on Route 4 in Goshen on Friday, officials said. Police say around 4:08 p.m. the driver of a Honda CR-V was traveling eastbound near the intersection of East Street South and Torrington Road and crossed over the double yellow line striking a Honda CR-V that was traveling westbound. The operator of the vehicle that was driving westbound was injured in the crash and taken to Hartford Hospital, said police. Their condition is unknown at this time. Officials say the driver of the eastbound vehicle was pronounced dead on scene. They have been identified as Diana Ghi, 51, of North Canaan. The crash is currently under investigation. Anyone with information on this crash is asked to contact Trooper Martin with State Police Troop B at 860-626-1820.
Outdoor activity times adjusted due to heatNEWINGTON, CT (WFSB) – Outdoor activities throughout the state have been impacted by the temperatures and humidity. Some events were pushed back and even canceled due to the weather. People all over the state, from the shoreline to the interior, are staying hydrated. The large Friday night crowd was perfect evidence that Newington made the right call by pushing festivity times at the Newington Extravaganza. The hours were moved due to the heat and humidity. On Wednesday, <a href="https://www.wfsb.com/news/several-children-taken-to-hospital-for-heat-exhaustion-at-newington/article_2e0cc4de-a8bb-11e9-b500-9bda43b72c9b.html" target="_blank">several children were hospitalized</a> at a summer camp in Newington due to heat exhaustion. Saturday’s temperature and humidity are supposed to be greater than Friday, so the Parks and Recreation Department in Newington made some contingency plans. “We decided to delay the 10 a.m. stuff to 5 p.m. Keep people in the house for a little bit and let them hydrate at home, so if we have intense heat, we will have intense entertainment. We are putting everything compacted from 5 o’clock until 11 o’clock at night right here at Mill Pond Park. Everyone’s invited,” an official from the Newington Parks and Rec Department said. Everyone is encouraged to stay hydrated over the weekend.
Man suffering from mental health issues reported missing in HartfordHARTFORD, CT (WFSB) – A man suffering from mental health issues has been reported missing in Hartford. On Friday, Skyler I. Edwards was reported missing by his family. Edwards reportedly takes daily medications and has not bee seen since Friday at 5 a.m. He is described as a 22-year-old black male, 5’4” tall, 180 pounds with black hair and brown eyes. No clothing description was provided.
Little league teams gear up for games in the heatNORWICH, CT (WFSB) -- Recreational activities all around Connecticut this weekend are being impacted by the extreme heat. On Friday in Norwich, little league baseball teams were gearing up for the first game of the sectional tournament. Game time between Suffield and Brooklyn/Pomfret isn’t until 7 p.m., so folks expect weather conditions to improve as the game goes on and the sun goes down. The maintenance crew has been preparing the Norwich Little League complex for a couple of weeks. The town has long known it would host this event, so a fresh coat of paint was put on to help the dugout shine. Meanwhile, the teams that will play Friday night also have plans to provide for the players and staff members. “We talked to the kids on Monday when we knew we were coming. We wanted them to start hydrating early. It’s not a one-day thing, it’s an ongoing thing. We also have multiple coolers full of ice and water, face cloths, waters, Gatorades, stuff to put on the kids heads in between innings to stay hydrated during the game,” said Bill Baril, president of Suffield Little League. There will be plenty of liquids in the complex’s snack shack. The field is in the sun, but the 7 p.m. start time will minimize the glare and the heat.
Ride held to celebrate grand opening of Willimantic bike storeWILLIMANTIC, CT (WFSB) – It may be a hot day, but that didn’t stop a group of cyclists from turning out in Willimantic. It wasn’t just any ride, it was to celebrate the opening of a bike store. These people ride a lot and they love it. “It really changes your perspective on life, has a spillover effect, a positive experience,” said Ellie Lowell. Saul Nesselroth started a racing club in his 70s. “It keeps me young and I feel like a kid again,” Nesselroth said. The new owners of the Willimantic bike shop kicked off their grand opening with a 15-mile ride. Their story is unique; Gary Nicol and Bill Mcenery worked at the same shop in the 90s. They liked it so much, they opened up their own stores, four of them to be exact. Now, the one in Willimantic where they met is their fifth store. “The cycling community understands the value of the relationship and understands how personal a bike can be to them,” said Gary Nicol, Pedal Power owner. After 45 years, Scott Johnson is ready to pass the torch to Nicol and Mcenery. Internet sales hurt bike stores, but Nicol and Mcenery have brought back new life, selling bikes to just about everyone. They went from two employees to 45. In many ways this is more than a story about selling bikes, it’s about bringing people together who really like to ride.
Bloomfield butcher shut down after employee kills calf in Home Depot parking lotBLOOMFIELD, CT (WFSB) -- A Bloomfield butcher was shut down by the state after investigators spotted one of its employees chasing a calf into a public parking lot, and killing it. The incident, which was captured on police dash and body cam video, began Saturday morning when the calf escaped from Saba Live Poultry, running across Route 218, and into the Home Depot parking lot. Police assisted in chasing the cow, using vehicles to help corner it behind the store, but instead of trying to corral the calf, the butcher employees killed it behind the store. During the encounter, a man is seen in the video firing a crossbow, missing the calf and hitting the wall. Then, three men wrestle it to the ground and cut its throat with a knife. Officers on scene were not pleased with that decision. “You know this is a big, this is a problem, this is not something that can be done,” an officer is heard saying in the body cam video. An employee tried to defend the action, but the officer points out the entire incident played out in public view. Channel 3 stopped by and called Saba Live Poultry on Friday but nobody answered. Officials with the state Department of Agriculture went to Saba’s Wednesday after receiving a complaint about the incident. Once there, investigators found unsafe conditions for chickens, rabbits, sheep, goats and other animals. Saba advertises itself as a “halal butcher” because it adheres to Islamic law. Because of violations, including, no fans or air conditioning, closed windows and overcrowded conditions, Saba Live Poultry was given a cease and desist order. An inspector also prevented the shop from receiving a load of roughly 100 goats and calves from Massachusetts. A spokesman for the Department of Agriculture said the investigation also involves the local health department and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.