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Meriden police nab two illegal ATV/dirt bike ridersMERIDEN, CT (WFSB) – Meriden police arrested two men who were illegally riding an ATV and dirt bike on Thursday through city streets. Officers were called to Colony Street after a 4-wheel ATV and dirt bike were traveling recklessly. When officers arrived, the two suspects fled. They were then spotted stopped at the intersection of Lewis Avenue and Springdale Avenue. Detectives in an unmarked cruiser pulled in front of the individuals to conduct a traffic stop. The two suspects, later identified as 28-year-old Omar Vega and 26-year-old Justin Potts, again tried to speed away. Potts, who was operating the ATV, sped up toward the cruiser and hit it. His ATV then got stuck on the cruiser. As detectives got out of the car, Potts started to run away. When the detectives ran after him, Vega placed his dirt bike in the way, hitting one of the officers. Vega was ultimately taken into custody. Potts was then found hiding behind a home on Lewis Avenue. He was also taken into custody. Vega was charged with operating an unregistered motor vehicle, reckless driving, interfering with police, assault on a public safety officer, and first-degree reckless endangerment. He was held on a $150,000 bond. Potts, who also had an active arrest warrant out of West Haven for domestic related charges, was a charged with operating an unregistered motor vehicle, reckless driving, interfering with police, first-degree reckless endangerment, and evading responsibility. He was held on a $50,000 bond.
New Haven officer killed in Las Vegas crash laid to rest todayNEW HAVEN, CT (WFSB) – A New Haven police officer was laid to rest on Friday. Joshua Castellano was killed in a crash one week ago in Las Vegas. His fellow officer, Robert Ferraro, is accused of driving under the influence resulting in death and reckless driving. The Clark County Coroner's Office said Monday that Castellano, a 7-year veteran of the department, died of multiple blunt force trauma. His death was ruled an accident. Castellano's body was brought back to the state on Tuesday. It was escorted from Bradley International Airport in Windsor Locks down to New Haven. On Thursday, New Haven’s police chief said it has been a long week for her department, dealing with the loss of a beloved officer. “They’re mourning, they’re grieving, some days are better than others. We’re trying to keep a handle on everybody, trying to say what do you need, are you okay, everyone is stepping up,” said Chief Renee Dominguez. Castellano’s funeral was held at St. Mary’s Church in New Haven, where officers from all over the state attended. "There is always a connection. The type of work that we do. We are all out here trying to do the same thing. We are trying protect our community. And try do the best job we can do," said Norwalk Officer Carl Williams. Hartford Sgt. Daniel Zarebski was one of the first responders leading the motorcade into the church on Friday morning. "It’s a show of respect, whether they are in the same town it’s still blue. We are still together. This is the worst thing about the job. Doing funerals for other cops and retirees; it’s the final piece of respect to give them," he said. Castellano and three other officers and two women from Texas were in the Rolls Royce when it crashed last Friday. The car hit utility poles and a fire hydrant. Ferraro posted a $100,000 bond on Thursday and the judge said he could travel back to Connecticut. He's not allowed to drive. The judge also ordered an alcohol/drug monitoring device to be worn by Ferraro. He remains on administrative leave.
Technical Discussion: Partial clearing later today****A FLOOD WARNING is in effect for The Still River at Brookfield through tonight**** The threat for severe weather is just about over here in Connecticut. While we still have some lingering showers in parts of SE and NE portions of the state, the heaviest of the rain has made its way out to the Northeast. We've seen some pretty impressive rainfall totals since this latest round of rain began late last night. Over 4 inches fell in parts of Fairfield County! That's a lot of rain! While the clouds are hanging tough in Eastern CT, we're already starting to see some clearing in Western CT. Temps have dipped into the 60s right now, but we're hopeful that with some limited sunshine this afternoon, the numbers will recover to 70-75 degrees. At least the front is bringing relief from the high humidity. Dew point values will continue to drop into the 50s in many parts of the state by this afternoon. Tonight will be partly cloudy, cooler and drier. Temperatures will dip to 50-55 by dawn. THE FIRST WEEKEND OF FALL… The front bringing our wet/stormy weather will stall to our east, over Cape Cod by tomorrow morning. If a wave of low pressure develops on the front, showers could overspread Connecticut during the afternoon. How much rain we’ll get will ultimately depend on where low pressure forms and how strong it will get. Highs should be in the low and mid-70s. If showers develop, they could linger into Saturday night but should be on their way out by early Sunday morning. Therefore, the second half of the weekend is looking good. Sunday should be partly sunny and seasonably mild with highs in the 70s. There may be a slight chance for a shower in the afternoon. NEXT WEEK… Another disturbance will swing through New England early next week. It could bring another round of showers from Monday afternoon through Tuesday morning. Temperatures will be in the 70s both days. High pressure in Central Canada could deliver a shot of very cool air by Wednesday and Thursday. High temperatures could be held to the 60s both days, and the nights could be quite chilly with lows in the 40s. At least we’re expecting dry weather with a partly to mostly sunny sky. Chief Meteorologist Bruce DePrest, updated by Mark Dixon with Scot Haney “Copyright 2021 WFSB (Meredith Corporation). All rights reserved”
Woman seriously injured in Mystic fireMYSTIC (WFSB) - A woman was seriously injured in a house fire Thursday night. According to Groton Town Police, members of the police department responded to a residence on Somersett Drive in the Mystic section of Groton for the report of a structure fire with a person trapped inside. Officers arrived to discover a two-story home fully engulfed in flames. One occupant was able to safely evacuate; however, officers reported a second occupant was trapped in the upstairs bedroom. Responding firefighters rescued the trapped occupant who was subsequently life starred to Bridgeport Hospital with life-threatening injuries. The other occupant was transported to L&M Hospital for non-life-threatening injuries. Multiple Fire Companies responded to the fire including Mystic, Noank, Poquonnock Bridge, and Sub Base Fire Departments. Mystic River and Groton Ambulance crews along with Lawrence & Memorial Medics also responded to the scene. A Salvation Army Mobile Canteen arrived on scene to assist first responders with food and beverages. Fire Investigators from the Town of Groton Police Department and members of the Connecticut State Police Fire and Explosion Investigation Unit remained on scene investigating the cause and origin of the fire. Anyone who may have information regarding this fire investigation is asked to contact the Groton Town Police Department at (860) 441-6712.
A list of country fairs being held this year(WFSB) -- The end of summer is approaching and that means we're getting closer to fair season. Around the country and right here in Connecticut, many annual fairs were either canceled or modified due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, things are looking much brighter this year. Below are a list of fairs that are being held in and around the state this year: Berlin Fair - <a href="" target="_blank">September 17 - 19</a> Bethlehem Fair - <a href="" target="_blank">September 10-12</a> The Big E - <a href="" target="_blank">September 17 - October 3</a> Brooklyn Fair - <a href="" target="_blank">August 26 - 29</a> CT Garlic &amp; Harvest Festival - <a href="" target="_blank">October 9 -10</a> CT Potato &amp; Corn Festival - <a href="" target="_blank">August 14 - 15</a> Centennial Savin Rock Festival - <a href="" target="_blank">July 30, 31</a> Durham Fair - <a href="" target="_blank">September 23 - 26</a> Goshen Fair - <a href="" target="_blank">September 4, 5, 6</a> Guilford Fair - <a href="" target="_blank">September 17 - 19</a> Haddam Neck Fair - <a href="" target="_blank">September 3 - 6</a> Harwinton Fair - <a href="" target="_blank">October 1 -3</a> Hebron Harvest Fair - <a href="" target="_blank">September 9 - 12</a> Lebanon Country Fair - <a href="" target="_blank">Aug. 6, 7, 8</a> Monroe Apple Festival - <a href="" target="_blank">September 11 - 12</a> North Haven Fair - <a href="" target="_blank">September 9, 10, 11, 12</a> Orange County Fair - <a href="" target="_blank">September 18 - 19</a> Portland Fair -CANCELLED Riverton Fair - <a href="" target="_blank">October 8-10</a> Southington Apple Harvest Festival - <a href="" target="_blank">October 1-3 and October 8-10</a> South Windsor Wapping Fair - <a href="" target="_blank">September 9 - 12</a> Terryville Lion's County Fair - <a href="" target="_blank">August 27 - 29</a> Wolcott Country Fair - <a href="" target="_blank">Aug. 20, 21, 22</a> Woodstock Fair - <a href="" target="_blank">September 3 - 6</a> If you'd like your country fair added to the list, email the details to
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Ch. 3's 'Game of the Week' will be St. Joseph @ WindsorWINDSOR, CT (WFSB) – Channel 3’s high school football Game of the Week crew will head to Windsor this week. The game on Friday night is between number one in the state St. Joseph and Windsor. The Channel 3 poll, which ended Wednesday evening, turned out to be a two-game race, with the game between Newington and Farmington coming in a close second. Stream the game live Friday night on the Channel 3 Streaming News App, found on Amazon Fire, Roku, and Apple TV. A new poll with our next match-ups will begin on Saturday.
CDC leader adds people with risky jobs to COVID booster listThe Centers for Disease Control and Prevention endorsed booster shots for millions of older or otherwise vulnerable Americans, opening a major new phase in the U.S vaccination drive against COVID-19. CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky signed off on a series of recommendations from a panel of advisers late Thursday. The advisers said boosters should be offered to people 65 and older, nursing home residents and those ages 50 to 64 who have risky underlying health problems. The extra dose would be given once they are at least six months past their last Pfizer shot. However, Walensky decided to make one recommendation that the panel had rejected. The panel on Thursday voted against saying that people can get a booster if they are ages 18 to 64 years and are health-care workers or have another job that puts them at increased risk of being exposed to the virus. But Walensky disagreed and put that recommendation back in, noting that such a move aligns with an FDA booster authorization decision earlier this week. The category she included covers people who live in institutional settings that increase their risk of exposure, such as prisons or homeless shelters, as well as health care workers. The panel had offered the option of a booster for those ages 18 to 49 who have chronic health problems and want one. But the advisers refused to go further and open boosters to otherwise healthy front-line health care workers who aren't at risk of severe illness but want to avoid even a mild infection. The panel voted 9 to 6 to reject that proposal. But Walensky decided to disregard the advisory committee's counsel on that issue. In a decision several hours after the panel adjourned, Walensky issued a statement saying she had restored the recommendation. “As CDC Director, it is my job to recognize where our actions can have the greatest impact,” Walensky said in a statement late Thursday night. “At CDC, we are tasked with analyzing complex, often imperfect data to make concrete recommendations that optimize health. In a pandemic, even with uncertainty, we must take actions that we anticipate will do the greatest good.” Experts say getting the unvaccinated their first shots remains the top priority, and the panel wrestled with whether the booster debate was distracting from that goal. All three of the COVID-19 vaccines used in the U.S. are still highly protective against severe illness, hospitalization and death, even with the spread of the extra-contagious delta variant. But only about 182 million Americans are fully vaccinated, or just 55% of the population. “We can give boosters to people, but that’s not really the answer to this pandemic,” said Dr. Helen Keipp Talbot of Vanderbilt University. “Hospitals are full because people are not vaccinated. We are declining care to people who deserve care because we are full of unvaccinated COVID-positive patients.” Thursday's decision represented a dramatic scaling back of the Biden administration plan announced last month to dispense boosters to nearly everyone to shore up their protection. Late Wednesday, the Food and Drug Administration, like the CDC panel, signed off on Pfizer boosters for a much narrower slice of the population than the White House envisioned. The booster plan marks an important shift in the nation's vaccination drive. Britain and Israel are already giving a third round of shots over strong objections from the World Health Organization that poor countries don't have enough for their initial doses. Walensky opened Thursday's meeting by stressing that vaccinating the unvaccinated remains the top goal “here in America and around the world.” Walensky acknowledged that the data on who really needs a booster right away “are not perfect.” “Yet collectively they form a picture for us,” she said, "and they are what we have in this moment to make a decision about the next stage in this pandemic.” The CDC panel stressed that its recommendations will be changed if new evidence shows more people need a booster. The CDC advisers expressed concern over the millions of Americans who received Moderna or Johnson &amp; Johnson shots early in the vaccine rollout. The government still hasn’t considered boosters for those brands and has no data on whether it is safe or effective to mix-and-match and give those people a Pfizer shot. “I just don’t understand how later this afternoon we can say to people 65 and older, ‘You’re at risk for severe illness and death, but only half of you can protect yourselves right now,’” said Dr. Sarah Long of Drexel University. About 26 million Americans got their last Pfizer dose at least six months ago, about half of whom are 65 or older. It's not clear how many more would meet the CDC panel's booster qualifications. CDC data show the vaccines still offer strong protection against serious illness for all ages, but there is a slight drop among the oldest adults. And immunity against milder infection appears to be waning months after people's initial immunization. For most people, if you’re not in a group recommended for a booster, “it’s really because we think you’re well-protected,” said Dr. Matthew Daley of Kaiser Permanente Colorado. Public health experts not involved in Thursday’s decision said it is unlikely people seeking third doses at a drugstore or other site will be required to prove they qualify. Even with the introduction of boosters, someone who has gotten just the first two doses would still be considered fully vaccinated, according to the CDC's Dr. Kathleen Dooling. That is an important question to people in parts of the country where you need to show proof of vaccination to eat in a restaurant or enter other places of business. Among people who stand to benefit from a booster, there are few risks, the CDC concluded. Serious side effects from the first two Pfizer doses are exceedingly rare, including heart inflammation that sometimes occurs in younger men. Data from Israel, which has given nearly 3 million people — mostly 60 and older — a third Pfizer dose, has uncovered no red flags. The U.S. has already authorized third doses of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines for certain people with weakened immune systems, such as cancer patients and transplant recipients. Other Americans, healthy or not, have managed to get boosters, in some cases simply by asking. ——— The Associated Press Health and Science Department receives support from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s Department of Science Education. The AP is solely responsible for all content.
Police searching for suspects after child and man found shotWATERBURY, CT (WFSB) - Police are investigating after child and a man were found shot Thursday night. According to police, a 10 year-old and a 20 year-old man were shot in the area of Congress Street. When officers arrived, they found evidence of a shooting in the street, but could not find any victims. They later learned that the man and the child went to a nearby hospital. The man had a gunshot wound to his leg, and the child had a non-life-threatening gunshot wound to his rib area. No suspect information is available at this time. This incident is actively being investigated by Waterbury Police Department’s Detective Bureau. Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact the Detective Bureau at (203) 574-6911 or Crime Stoppers at (203) 755-1234.
Costco is limiting how much toilet paper you can buy again(CNN) -- Costco is once again placing limits on purchases of toilet paper, paper towels and cleaning supplies. The Delta variant continues to spread across the globe, sending demand for those items higher. But that's not the only reason why Costco is limiting purchases. The warehouse store is also having trouble finding trucks, drivers and shipping containers to get the items to its stores. "The factors pressuring supply chains and inflation include <a href="" target="_blank">port delays</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">container shortages</a>, COVID disruptions, shortages on various components, raw materials and ingredients, labor cost pressures and <a href="" target="_blank">truck and driver shortages</a>," said Costco CFO Richard Galanti, speaking to investors after reporting quarterly results Thursday evening. "Various major brands are requesting longer lead times, and in some cases, difficulty in finding drivers and trucks on short notice." Last year, Costco and other retailers were having trouble <a href="" target="_blank">keeping those products on their shelves</a> because of <a href="" target="_blank">panic buying</a> by customers worried that they wouldn't be able to buy them in the future. Manufacturers were also unable <a href="" target="_blank">to keep up with the surge in demand</a>. Although the increase in COVID cases may be causing an increase in demand for some items, Galanti's comments focused more on problems getting the products to the stores. He said the problems with the company's supply chain is causing it to order items earlier than it might otherwise. Rather than just pay to move containers of freight from Asia to North America, Costco has chartered three container ships, with each ship able to carry 800 to 1,000 containers at a time. Costco anticipates it can make ten cross-Pacific trips a year with the ships. The shipping costs are making some items more expensive, adding to other inflationary pressures. "Price increases of pulp and paper goods, some items [are] up 4% to 8%," he said. Plastic items, such as trash bags, Ziploc bags, disposable cups and plates are up in the 5% to 11% range. Non-durable metal items, such as aluminum foil and beverage cans are up in the mid-single-digit range. Costco reported slightly better than forecast earnings for the fiscal fourth quarter that ended August 29. Its shares were narrowly higher in pre-market trading Friday on the report, and are up 20% so far this year. The-CNN-Wire ™ &amp; © 2021 Cable News Network, Inc., a WarnerMedia Company. All rights reserved.