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New Haven dedicates sign in memory of teen murderedNEW HAVEN, CT (WFSB) -- The city of New Haven is honoring a teen who had his life cut short. In the summer of 2017, Tyrick Keyes was shot and killed in his own neighborhood. Now his legacy is living on, right where his life was taken. The city put up a sign renaming the corner of Newhall and Bassett streets in honor of Keyes. The area brings back a lot of pain for Keyes’ mother Demethra Telford, but now there’s a sense of pride. “I’m just grateful that my son lived the life he lived and he deserved that corner in his name,” Telford said. She added that the sign went up a couple of days ago and she hopes the sign and his story will help others in their continued quest to stop the violence. “He did a lot for his young age, as far as helping the homeless, autistic children, older people at church, he did a lot. I’m proud of him. He was in a program, he didn’t like any violence. I’m proud of what he became,” Telford said. In July of 2017, Keyes was walking on Bassett Street, just a few blocks from his home, when he was shot. The teen, who loved dancing and playing football, died from his injuries a few days later. Witnesses told police the shooter wore a black face mask, white shirt, jeans, and Jordan sneakers and that he was a passenger in a white crossover type vehicle. While police originally said Keyes was targeted, New Haven’s police chief has stressed the teen was not in a gang or someone who ran with the wrong crowd. “Whoever did this, I hope they come forward. Ease my pain, ease my heart and if you have a heart, you’ll come forward,” Telford said. She added that she collected signatures to make the corner tribute happen, thanking the alderwoman, the mayor and its police chief for their support. She’s hopeful her son’s story and naming the corner after him will keep pushing people in their fight to end gun violence. “I promised him, his legacy would go on and that street corner means a lot to me and it makes me happy,” Telford said. A $50,000 dollar reward is still on the table for anyone with information that leads to an arrest and conviction.
Experts advise cleaning gutters before Tuesday's rainWALLINGFORD, CT (WFSB) - With Tuesday’s rain, comes flooding concerns. Falling leaves could clog storm drains and gutters, creating an expensive clean-up. There are certain things you can do to protect your house before the first raindrops fall. Leaves were falling all weekend long, they’ve piled up by curbs, so even if you have recently cleaned your gutters, they easily could get clogged by tomorrow. Tomorrow’s soaker is expected to bring inches of rain to some spots, while gusts of wind could rip remaining leaves off trees, combining to create flooding conditions. “It blocks the downspouts and it could start backing up and overflowing,” said Kevin O’Rourke, Fish Window Cleaning. Kevin O’Rourke is the owner of Fish Window Cleaning out in Wallingford, and his day is being spent cleaning out gutters. “We’ll be cleaning gutters each day for the next month,” said O’Rourke. O’Rourke shows us the process of setting up the ladder and using a tool to extract leaves from gutters. “If the gutters get clogged up with leaves, you get ice dams, it’ll cause damage to the roof and damage to the house,” O’Rourke said. It takes just minutes, but cleaning today could save headaches tomorrow. O’Rourke says if downspouts get clogged, the water can easily start getting into your home. “It could go over the side, so you could have water going into your basement,” said O’Rourke. The cost of the damage varies from home to home, but O’Rourke says you don’t need to be a professional to do some simple checks right now, before the rain. “If they have the ability to throw a ladder up, check the downspouts to see if they’re clear. Downspouts are key, that’s huge,” O’Rourke said. Keep an eye on your gutters, but also nearby storm drains. We’re not advising anyone to attempt to go out into the road and clean them yourself, but be ready to alert your local Department of Public Works. To prevent ice from forming in a gutter, experts say try putting calcium chloride by the spouts while laying nylon into the gutters.
Route 8 north in Naugatuck reopens after serious crashNAUGATUCK, CT (WFSB) -- A serious multi-car crash closed part of Route 8 north in Naugatuck Monday afternoon. The crash was reported just before 2 p.m. on Monday, between exits 25 and 26. The highway was reopened as of 3 p.m. A serious injury was reported. Follow traffic updates in your area <a href="" target="_blank">here</a>. Stay with Channel 3 as more information becomes available.
Surveillance video shows bus slamming into West Haven businessWEST HAVEN, CT (WFSB) -- A bus crash in West Haven was caught on camera over the weekend. The surveillance video shows it barreling down a highway exit ramp and crashing into a local business. The coach bus, packed with about 50 Princeton students, was heading to the Yale Bowl when it <a href="" target="_blank">blew right through an intersection and slammed into</a> Anderson Glass. “They were inside the shop area, it was a loud bang, went outside and saw the bus in there, called me up and said, ‘hey John, there’s a bus in the chop shop’,” said John Anderson, of Anderson Glass. Officials who are investigating the crash said it appears mechanical failure may be to blame, with the bus picking up speed while coming down the exit ramp and plowing through the shop. Because of the short steep ramp, exit 43 northbound off I-95 has been off limits to trucks for years. There are a number of signs up along I-95 warning drivers, including one with flashing lights. West Haven police said it’s accident reconstruction team is looking into whether or not the bus should have been taking that exit. “There have been a couple of incidents, I think he came off the ramp because he was having trouble with his breaks, the traffic was stopped up and he had no place to go,” Anderson said. He added that he’s just glad no one was seriously hurt, he can’t say the same for his business. “Slowed us down a little bit, but we’ll clean it all up. We’re in construction, we know what to do, so we’ll be back. We’re working today and will continue to work,” Anderson said. There’s no word just yet on whether or not the bus driver will be facing charges. West Haven police said that will be determined once their investigation wraps up.
Veterans Day deals available(WFSB) - A number of businesses offered both freebies and deals to honor veterans on Veterans Day. The following places are offering deals to veterans on Monday, Veterans Day observed. Most of them require a military I.D. Bertucci's: Free small cheese pizzaBoston Market: Buy one individual meal and a drink, get one free with a coupon posted at <a href="" target="_blank"></a>. It's not just for veterans.Bruegger’s Bagels: Free drip coffee.Buffalo Wild Wings: Free small wings and fries for veterans, in-store only.Carbone's Kitchen: 50 percent off meals for veteransChipotle: BOGO free burritos for veterans. In-store only.The Cook and the Bear: 10 percent off for veterans and first respondersDenny's: From 5 a.m. to noon, active, inactive and retired military personnel get a free 'Build Your Own Grand Slam.'Golden Corral: Free dinner buffet with beverage from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. past and current service members.Harry's Pizza (West Hartford): Free cheese or pepperoni slide from 5-7pm for veterans and first respondersIHOP: Free Red, White and Blue pancakes from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. or a free patriotic pancake combo.Max Restaurant Group: 25 percent off all entrees for veterans at all restaurants.P.F. Chang's: Free entree with purchase of another entree, proof of service and coupon. The coupon is at <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.Red Lobster: Free appetizer or dessert.Sliders: Six free wings to all veterans, eat-in only.Stony Creek Beer: 50 percent discount at both brewery locationsSwell's Car Wash in Winsted: Free car wash for veterans and active military personnel
Rain, some of it heavy, expected for most of tomorrowHARTFORD, CT (WFSB) - A rainy Tuesday is on tap for the state. It's the reason Channel 3 declared an Early Warning Weather Alert. "As a storm system approaches, clouds increase [Friday] evening," said meteorologist Mark Dixon. "Then rain becomes likely after midnight." Most of Tuesday will feature rain. "Tuesday morning’s commute will be wet," Dixon said. "Rain could be heavy at times." Since this storm could bring that heavy rain, flooding is possible because the water table and rivers are already high. "Rainfall totals should range from 1 to 2 inches," Dixon said. High temperatures for the day will range from the 40s inland to the low-50s along the coast. A wind will also get stronger as the day continues. Gusts of between 30 and 40 mph are possible. "[The storm] winds down during the afternoon hours," Dixon said. The wind will eventually depart with it. Cold air moves in for Wednesday and wind gusts of 40 mph or higher are possible once again. "Wednesday, we’re in-between systems with a sunny sky, but temperatures will be cold, highs only in the 30s!" Dixon said. The wind will only make it feel worse. Lows for Wednesday night will be in the upper teens and 20s. "Thursday, clouds increase and rain or even a wintry mix will be possible by the evening hours," Dixon said. "It continues into Thursday night." Friday morning could feature a continuance of wintry precipitation or a transition to plain rain. It all depends on how an area of low pressure tracks. Stay tuned. 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.
Victim identified in deadly East Lyme crashEAST LYME, CT (WFSB) - One person was killed and two others were hurt after a head-on crash in East Lyme on Saturday night. Police identified the man who died as 35-year-old Chad Ebersole of Niantic. His passenger, 21-year-old Lily Chalifour, was flown to Hartford Hospital. East Lyme Police and multiple crews responded to a two-car crash on Flanders Road at around 11 p.m. They said upon arrival, crews determined one of the drivers, Ebersole, was pronounced dead on scene. The driver of the other involved vehicle was identified as 29-year-old Travis Gauvin of Norwich. He was also flown to Hartford Hospital. However, information about his injuries was not released. Police are encouraging those who witnessed this crash to contact the East Lyme Police Department at 860-739-5900.
CT Red Cross volunteers trek out west to help with wildfiresFARMINGTON, CT (WFSB) - American Red Cross volunteers from Connecticut have made their way west to help with the devastating wildfires. Stefanie Arcangelo, chief communications officer of the Connecticut chapter of the Red Cross, said five people from the state are providing assistance in California. Arcangelo said she'll provide more details on their visit later in the day on Monday. The fires <a href="" target="_blank">forced hundreds of thousands of people to flee</a>. Thirty-one people have died and some 228 are unaccounted for. The Woolsey fire is one of three major blazes burning across the state. It spread to 85,500 acres and was 15 percent contained at last check. The others are the Hill and Camp fires. So far, 179 structures have been destroyed and another 57,000 are threatened.
Firefighters called to scene in StaffordSTAFFORD, CT (WFSB) - Firefighters are on the scene of a fire in Stafford. Dispatchers said crews were sent to an address on West Stafford Road on Monday morning. There's no word on damage or injuries. Channel 3 has a crew on the way to the scene. Refresh this page and watch Channel 3 for updates.
CT Rail now offers 24 weekday tripsHARTFORD, CT (WFSB) - Starting Monday, there are some changes to the train schedule that could affect the commutes of riders. The CT Rail Hartford Line changes to the schedules came as a result of the completed installation of a second track between Hartford and Windsor as well as scheduled adjustments by Metro-North and Amtrak. It offers 24 daily weekday trips. “It’s long overdue, and they should have gotten it a long time ago so it’s perfect timing," said Arun Nair of New York. “Instead of just taking the Metro-North halfway to New Haven, I can finally come all the way here now. So instead of taking the bus and relying on that I’m here.” Rail officials said the changes allow for more service between Hartford and Springfield, MA and a weekday connecting service arriving in New York City before 9 a.m. It also covers operation during the upcoming holidays. Two sets of track now run the length of the Hartford Line corridor from New Haven to Windsor, except for a portion near Hartford's Union Station, which will be completed through its I-84 project. The state Department of Transportation said the hope is that by 2030, the Hartford Line includes 50 trains per day between New Haven and Springfield, as well as new stations in North Haven, Newington, West Hartford, Windsor, Windsor Locks and Enfield. Take a look at the new schedule <a href="" target="_blank">here</a>.