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Crews responding to fire in MiddletownMIDDLETOWN, CT (WFSB) -- Crews are responding to a working fire in Middletown on Sunday afternoon. The South Fire District confirmed to Channel 3 that crews are responding to reports of a fire on South Main Street. It is unknown the severity of the fire, or the extent of the injuries. This story is developing. Stay with Channel 3 for updates.
New Haven man in critical condition after stabbing on SundayNEW HAVEN, CT (WFSB) -- A New Haven man is in critical condition after police said he was stabbed early Sunday morning. New Haven Police Captain Anthony Duff said a 49-year-old man was stabbed in the stomach after a fight which started in a Fair Haven neighborhood bar on Blatchely Avenue just after 2 a.m. on Sunday. Captain Duff said the fight started in the bar, formerly known as Lou's Lodge, and ended outside the nearby New Haven Police Department substation on Blatchely Avenue. Captain Duff said the victim was taken in a private car to Yale New Haven Hospital where he remains. Witnesses to the incident are urged to call the New Haven Police Department Detective Bureau at 203-946-6304.
Trayvon Martin's mom announces run for office in MiamiMIAMI (AP) — A mother who turned to activism after the slaying of her black teen son Trayvon Martin has announced she is running for office in Miami. <a href="" target="&mdash;blank">The Miami Herald reports</a> Sybrina Fulton will be entering the race to join the 13-member board of Miami-Dade County commissioners. Fulton said in a Saturday statement that she would continue working to end gun violence. She will challenge Miami Gardens Mayor Oliver Gilbert for the seat that is up for grabs in 2020 because of term limits. Trayvon's parents head a foundation and have been recognized for their work on gun reform and social justice. Trayvon was unarmed when shot dead by neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman, who was later acquitted on the grounds of self-defense. His death sparked the Black Lives Matter movement. ——— Information from: The Miami Herald, <a href="" target="&mdash;blank"></a>
Arriving police officer helps family escape burning Shelton home on SundaySHELTON, CT (WFSB) -- An arriving officer woke and alerted a Shelton family to a fire in their home early Sunday morning, officials said. Shelton Police Detective and Public Information Officer, Richard Bango said firefighters were call to a home on Meadow Street for reports of a fire just before 7 a.m. on Sunday. Detective Bango said arriving Officer Kichar woke and alerted the residents of the home and helped them and the family dog escape unhurt. Monroe and Trumbull Fire Departments assisted the Shelton Fire Department in controlling the fire, and knocking it down entirely by 8:23 a.m., said Detective Bango. The cause and origin of the fire is under investigation by the Shelton Fire Marshal’s Office. Fire officials said the home is a total loss.
Billionaire graduation speaker tells class of 2019 he's paying off their student loansATLANTA (AP) — A billionaire technology investor and philanthropist says he will provide grants to wipe out the student debt of the entire graduating class at Morehouse College - an estimated $40 million. Robert F. Smith, this year's commencement speaker, made the announcement Sunday morning while addressing nearly 400 graduating seniors of the all-male historically black college in Atlanta. "On behalf of the eight generations of my family that have been in this country, we're gonna put a little fuel in your bus," Smith told the graduates. "This is my class, 2019. And my family is making a grant to eliminate their student loans." The announcement elicited stunned looks from faculty and students alike, before the graduates broke into the biggest cheers of the morning. Smith, who received an honorary doctorate from Morehouse during the ceremony, had already announced a $1.5 million gift to the school. The pledge to eliminate student debt for the class of 2019 is estimated to be $40 million. Smith said he expected the recipients to "pay it forward" and said he hoped that "every class has the same opportunity going forward." Tonga Releford's son, Charles Releford III, is a member of the Class of 2019. She estimated his student loans are about $70,000, <a href="" target="&mdash;blank">according</a> to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. "I feel like it's Mother's Day all over again," she said. Smith is the Founder and CEO of Vista Equity Partners, a private equity firm that invests in software, data, and technology-driven companies.
Early Warning Weather Alert: Unsettled weather returns tonight, MondayHARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -- After some nice weather this weekend, the rain is making a comeback for the beginning of the work week. First, the rest of Sunday will be mostly cloudy with temperatures expected to reach the mid to upper 70s inland. There will be sunny breaks during the afternoon, along with another chance for more showers and possibly thunderstorms into the evening and overnight hours. Track them with the Early Warning Pinpoint Doppler <a href="" target="_blank">here</a>. “At this point, we are thinking that, given the loss of the sunlight, there will be a decreasing supply of energy that should keep most of the storms below severe limits,” Meteorologist Mike Cameron said. This is why Ch. 3 issued an Early Warning Weather Alert. Cameron said there could be a few showers and thunderstorms overnight into Monday morning. Some showers are possible during the morning hours, but then it’ll turn partly sunny, warm, and humid. Temperatures could exceed 80 degrees for some parts of the state on Monday. “In fact, it could be the warmest day since Oct. 10 of last year when the high was 85 at Bradley International Airport,” Cameron said. As a cold front passes through the state Monday evening, that’s when a few scattered showers and thunderstorms could pop up. “The Storm Prediction Center has highlighted all the state to be within the lowest-grade probability for severe thunderstorms. Gusty wind and a few hailstones would be the primary “severe weather” risks from the storms,” Cameron said. After that, temperatures should drop to between 55 and 60 degrees overnight. Tuesday will be mostly sunny with highs in the low and mid 70s. Wednesday will be sunny and cool in the morning, then clouds spread over the state during the afternoon. A few showers could arrive by the evening. Read the full Technical Discussion <a href="" target="_blank">here</a>. For weather updates on smartphones and tablets, text "WFSB" to 23765 to download the Channel 3 app or <a href="" target="_blank">click here</a>.
'I'm really shaken up': Country star Travis Tritt's tour bus sideswiped in crash that killed 2(CNN) -- A tour bus carrying country musician Travis Tritt was sideswiped during a crash that left two people dead in South Carolina, he said. In a series <a href="" target="_blank">of posts on social media,</a> Tritt said the accident occurred Saturday morning <a href="" target="_blank">in front of his tour bus</a> on Veterans Highway in Myrtle Beach. The bus was sideswiped while trying to avoid the crash after a driver going the wrong way hit another car, he added. "Thank God we are all okay. I feel so bad for those who died needlessly tonight. I’m really shaken up by what I witnessed. God bless those who died," he said. We were just involved in a fatal accident with a driver going the wrong way on Veteran’s Highway as we were leaving Myrtle Beach. Thank God we are all okay. I feel so bad for those who died needlessly tonight. I’m really shaken up by what I witnessed. God bless those who died. <a href=""></a>— Travis Tritt (@Travistritt) <a href="">May 18, 2019</a> The tour bus was slightly damaged as it tried to avoid the crash, he said. "Bus damage can be fixed, but lives cannot be replaced," he tweeted. "It could've been so much worse. God was obviously watching over us tonight." The Grammy-winning musician performed Friday night <a href="" target="_blank">at North Myrtle Beach.</a> The Horry County Fire and Rescue said two people died during a multi-vehicle crash about 3:30 a.m. Saturday, while a third person suffered minor injuries. It did not identify the victims. The accident involved two vehicles and a tour bus, with no reported injuries on the bus, it said.
33 displaced by Hartford apartment fireHARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -- Dozens of people have been displaced from their homes following a fire overnight in Hartford. The fire broke out just after midnight Sunday at an apartment building on Shultas Place. Firefighters were able to keep the flames contained to a first-floor apartment. Two people were taken to the hospital for smoke inhalation. Police said 33 people were displaced and are being helped by the American Red Cross. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.
12-year-old from Hartford hasn't been seen since WednesdayHARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -- Hartford police issued a silver alert for a 12-year-old girl early Sunday morning. The alert was issued for 12-year-old Lexlian Rosa, who was last seen on Wednesday morning just before 7 a.m. boarding the school bus. She was wearing an Achievement First School uniform, with black pants, a purple shirt, black fleece with a school logo, and black and white sneakers. She was carrying a book bag. Anyone with information should contact Hartford police at 860-757-4000.
Man hurt in moped and car crash in ManchesterMANCHESTER, CT (WFSB) -- A man was hurt in a moped and car crash in Manchester on Saturday. Manchester Police Department Sgt. Jamie Taylor said a moped and a car were involved in a crash near the intersection of Maple and Spruce Street just before 9 p.m. on Saturday evening. Police said witnesses told responding officers that the drive on the moped struck a car and then ran into a building. Responding units said the man was located on the ground in front of the building and was in and out of consciousness and bleeding from the head. Sgt. Taylor said the man was taken to St. Francis Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The driver of the car was not injured, is cooperated, and is not a suspect, Sgt. Taylor said. Witnesses of the crash are encouraged to contact the Manchester Police Department at 860-645-5560.