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Water main break affecting homes in BerlinBERLIN, CT (WFSB) - Berlin's water department said it is working on a water main break. The break was reported on Worthington Ridge between Hudson Street and Farmington Avenue. The department said homes in the area would not have water for a few hours on Wednesday morning. Crews had to dig in the roadway to make the repairs. Officials advised drivers to avoid the area. For real-time traffic updates, check the Channel 3 traffic map <a href="https://www.wfsb.com/traffic/" target="_blank">here</a>.
States with the most at-risk youth: Where CT ranksHARTFORD, CT (WFSB) - Connecticut is among the states with the least at-risk youth in terms of poverty and violence. The personal finance website WalletHub.com released its list of 2019's States with the Most At-Risk Youth. Connecticut was toward the bottom, but was the 9th state with the least at-risk youth. WalletHub said it looked at all 50 states and the District of Columbia in terms of 15 key indicators. The data analyzed included share of disconnected youth, labor force participation rate among youth and youth poverty rate. Source: <a href="https://wallethub.com/edu/states-with-the-most-at-risk-youth/37280/">WalletHub</a> Louisiana, the District of Columbia and Mississippi were the states with the most at-risk youth. Minnesota, Massachusetts and New Jersey were the states with the least at-risk youth. For more on the study, check out WalletHub's website <a href="https://wallethub.com/edu/states-with-the-most-at-risk-youth/37280/" target="_blank">here</a>.
Deputies: Florida man tied up wife's lover, cut off penisBELL, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say a Florida man held his wife's lover at gunpoint, cut off the man's penis and fled with it. News outlets report 49-year-old Alex Bonilla was arrested hours later on charges including aggravated assault. The Gilchrist County Sheriff's Office released a statement Tuesday that said Bonilla broke into his neighbor's home Sunday, tied the neighbor up and mutilated his genitals with scissors. Deputies say the victim told authorities that Bonilla then took the severed penis and fled across the street to his own house. An arrest report says Bonilla caught his wife and the victim having sex in May. The victim was hospitalized.
TRENDING NOW: 6-year-old ejected from game, gator captured, upset rabbit, penguins at sushi standA 6-year-old coach didn't like an umpire's call, a gator is captured in Chicago, a rabbit wants its dinner and penguins hang out at a sushi truck. Those are the stories trending on July 17.
EARLY WARNING WEATHER ALERT: Potential storms today, intense heat laterHARTFORD, CT (WFSB) - Some storms may precede what could be the state's most intense heat wave of the year so far. Channel 3 issued an Early Warning Weather Alert for the late-week heat. On Wednesday, the humidity will be noticeably higher as high pressure moves offshore allowing a warm front to pass through the region. "Temperatures peak will be a product of sunshine, likely topping out between 85 and 90," said meteorologist Scot Haney. A disturbance arrives during the afternoon and evening and will mix with the remnants of what was once storm Barry. Haney said that will lead to the potential for thunderstorms and torrential rain. "The threat for heavy rain and thunderstorms continues [Wednesday night,]" Haney said. "In fact, the wet and somewhat stormy weather actually lasts through [Thursday.]" One to 2 inches of rain is possible. Some parts of the state could see more. Temps will be held near 80 degrees for Thursday. The big-time heat comes Friday. 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>. "We’ll end the week with a surge of heat and humidity," Haney said. "After morning fog burns off Friday, a partly-to-mostly sunny sky will help to boost temperatures into the 90s." Saturday looks to be even hotter, perhaps close to 100 degrees away from Long Island Sound. Sunday will again be hot, with highs in the mid to upper 90s. "Over the three-day period, the heat combined with high humidity will lead to dangerous conditions as heat index values could go as high as 110 degrees," Haney said. At the beaches, highs should be in the upper 80s to near 90. "The brutal heat and humidity will last into Monday, then end with the passage of a cold front that will likely produce scattered thunderstorms," Haney said. 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.
Firefighters hurt battling sushi restaurant fireNEW HAVEN, CT (WFSB) - Crews battled a restaurant fire in New Haven that led to two firefighters being hurt. The fire broke out in the basement of a four story brick building on Elm Street just before 5:45 a.m. Wednesday. The address is for the Kumo Sushi Bar. Crews said Elm Street was closed off to Court Street. Firefighters called a second alarm around 6:10 a.m. However, they said the fire did not spread past the first floor. Firefighters were seen on the top of the building while some smoke billowed. Here’s a look at the scene in <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/NewHaven?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#NewHaven</a> .Tune into <a href="https://twitter.com/WFSBMorningTeam?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@WFSBMorningTeam</a> for more updates! <a href="https://twitter.com/WFSBnews?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@WFSBnews</a> <a href="https://t.co/A1w8NfK1PA">https://t.co/A1w8NfK1PA</a> <a href="https://t.co/zo7wfPapms">pic.twitter.com/zo7wfPapms</a>&mdash; Carolina Cruz (@CCruzNews) <a href="https://twitter.com/CCruzNews/status/1151434585080836096?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">July 17, 2019</a> Apartments are on the floors above the restaurant. Four people self-evacuated from the fourth floor, firefighters said. The third floor houses two adults and a child, but they were not home. No tenants were injured; however, two firefighters needed treatment. One suffered a laceration from broken glass. The other suffered heat exhaustion. The cause is under investigation.
Crews respond to 2nd alarm fire in MeridenMERIDEN, CT (WFSB) - Crews responded to a 2-alarm fire at a home in Meriden, a fire official said. The fire happened on Miller Street Wednesday morning around 5 a.m. Crews arrived on scene and reported heavy fire throughout the building. Everyone was able to make it out of the multi-family home safely, according to the fire official. A small dog was also rescued. “The Broad Street Station saw a large column of smoke and knew that they were going to work," said Chief Kenneth Morgan, Meriden Fire Department. "When the chief turned the corner, he saw the flames and it was exposing the building next to it.” No injuries were reported. However, firefighters said they had to contend with the increasing humidity and heat. Meriden's fire marshal was called to the scene and spoke with the people who live in the home. Investigators are trying to figure out how it started. They said they expect to be there through the afternoon hours.
State leaders to celebrate hemp-growing programSOUTH WINDSOR, CT (WFSB) - As the growing season continues, Connecticut's Department of Agriculture has been processing applications from dozens of farmers interested in growing hemp. Wednesday, local, state and business leaders said they'll be coming together to applaud the state's hemp-growing pilot program. They also said they'll highlight the program's impact on the state. Earlier this year, Gov. Ned Lamont signed legislation to create the program. The Department of Agriculture said it already approved more than 30 licenses for prospective growers. More applications are under review. In South Windsor, officials said the Incredible Edibles company will be allowed to grow almost 20 acres of hemp products. The farm bureau estimated an acre of hemp could generate profits ranging from about $37,000 to $150,000. Experts said that while hemp and marijuana are grown the same way and look and smell similar, marijuana has THC and hemp has CBD and can produce CBD oil. They said CBD is a non-intoxicating substance that can be useful in treating everything from anxiety to acne. Wednesday, the coalition of state, local and business leaders will gather on Main Street in South Windsor at 3 p.m. to talk about the program.
New Haven opening its cooling centers todayNEW HAVEN, CT (WFSB) - Cooling centers in New Haven opened their doors on Wednesday to give families some relief from the growing humidity, and later the heat. Mayor Toni Harp warned residents about the high temperatures expected at the end of this week. She issued an excessive heat alert, which goes into effect at noon on Wednesday. Channel 3 has been alerting viewers about the heat since earlier this week. The city also warned people to think twice about opening a fire hydrant. It called it dangerous and illegal. "Also when people start to tamper with hydrants, there is an issue too," said Chief John Alston, New Haven Fire Department. "They mess up the threads, they corrupt the threads, so now when we do connect to them, we can’t get a secure connection." The cooling centers opening as part of New Haven's alert will be open as long as the heat and humidity stick around. The centers include certain libraries, senior centers, city parks and splash pads. Officials also urged people to check on their neighbors. For the latest on the forecast, read <a href="https://www.wfsb.com/news/early-warning-weather-alert-intense-heat-wave-to-follow-potential/article_ac0287bc-a71b-11e9-918d-eb3553eb4338.html" target="_blank">here</a>.
Motorcycle crash closes Route 16 in ColchesterCOLCHESTER, CT (WFSB) – A motorcycle crash has closed a section of Route 16 in Colchester. The road is closed between Cabin Road and Gillettes Lane. A truck and motorcycle were involved in the crash. According to state police, the road will be closed until the investigation is complete, but did not provide a timeline. The crash was reported just after 9:45 p.m. There is no word on any injuries in the crash. Check for traffic updates <a href="https://www.wfsb.com/traffic/" target="_blank">here</a>. Refresh this page and stay tuned to Channel 3 for updates on this story.