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Crews battle heavy fire in Hartford on SundayCrews are battling a heavy fire in a warehouse building on Ledyard Street in Hartford on Sunday. Deputy Chief Alvaro Cucuta told Channel 3 that all hands are on scene working to extinguish a heavy fire at 225 Ledyard Street. Units were dispatched just before 9 p.m. on Sunday. Deputy Chief Cucuta said the building that is on fire at the Ledyard Street address is located behind and owned by the New Beginning Church on Wethersfield Ave. Officials said the warehouse also housed office space for the church. It is unknown at this time if the church building were damaged as a result of the warehouse fire. Deputy Chief Cucuta said the firefighters evacuated and are going defensive to extinguish the fire from the outside of the building. Crews remain on scene at this time. Stay with Channel 3 for more information as it becomes available.
1 person dead in Granby three-car crash, Route 10 reopenGRANBY, CT (WFSB) - Route 10 in Granby has reopened following a three-car crash that killed one person on Sunday evening. Captain William Tyler said the crash took place in area of Route 10 and Floydville Rd just before 5:30 p.m. Captain Tyler said one of the drivers was killed. Tyler has not publicly identified the driver, but said the driver was not from Granby. Captain Tyler told Channel 3 that five people were involved in the crash. He said the driver was taken to St. Francis Hospital in Hartford, but the others were treated on scene. Route 10 was closed for hours while The North Central Municipal Accident Reconstruction Squad investigated the crash. Stay with Channel 3 for the latest information.
Hartford police locate missing woman safeHartford Police announced on Saturday afternoon they located an 84-year-old woman who went missing this afternoon. Police said Christina Garcia left her home just before noon on Sunday without relaying information about where she was going to her daughter. Police said Garcia was found safe on a CT Transit bus. Garcia is described by police as a Latina woman who stands at 4’11’’ with brown hair and brown eyes. She was last known to be wearing a white floral shirt, black dress pants, and black boots with a pink coat. Those with information concerning Garcia’s whereabouts are encouraged to contact Hartford Police at 860-757-4236.
Police: Intoxicated gunman shoots 2 at Atlanta hotel connected to CNN's headquartersATLANTA (AP) — Authorities say a "highly intoxicated" man shot two people inside a downtown Atlanta hotel that is connected to CNN's headquarters. Atlanta police spokeswoman Officer Stephanie Brown tells the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that the victims had been trying to help 31-year-old Sedarius Dennis back to his room after a party when Dennis shot them early Sunday. The shooting occurred on the 28th floor of the Omni Atlanta Hotel at CNN Center. Authorities say a 31-year-old man and a 37-year-old man were hospitalized and are in stable condition. Police say Dennis was captured by CNN security personnel in a nearby parking deck. He is charged with two counts each of aggravated assault and possession of a weapon during the commission of a felony. It's unclear whether he has an attorney who could comment.
Hartford firefighters share holiday fire safety tipsHARTFORD, CT (WFSB)- Hartford firefighters are going door to door to keep residents safe. During their visit they’re reminding families in the community about fire safety this holiday season. With additional lights illuminating our homes this time of year, the risk of a fire increases. Lights on a real Christmas tree and festive candles can lead to a disaster. Statistics show nearly 20 people are killed every year nationwide due to decoration related fires this holiday season. Hartford firefighters reminded folks of these tips- and more. Keep any holiday candles in a sturdy and safe placeKeep your Christmas trees away from space heaters or anything flammableCheck for frayed wires and loose sockets Hartford residents appreciated the reminder. “It was nice, I actually feel kind of safe they’re actually checking up on everybody,” said Monica Mendez of Hartford. Firefighters encouraged residents to get renters insurance if they didn’t already. About 90 percent of families renting in Hartford do not. The Hartford Fire Department can be reached at 860-757-4500.
Police investigate shooting in Blue Hills Neighborhood of HartfordPolice are investigating a shooting in the Blue Hills section of Hartford on Saturday evening. Police said units are on scene in the area of 627 Blue Hills Ave. Lieutenant Paul Cicero said one victim was struck by gunfire and is in serious condition. The area of Blue Hills Avenue is closed to traffic between Boothbay Street to Morningside Street until further notice. It is unknown if police have identified a suspect.
Hundreds brave the cold for the Niantic Light ParadeHundreds braved the cold to enjoy the fireworks and the parade at the Niantic Light Parade on Saturday night. In its 30th year, the Niantic Light Parade is regarded as one of the largest and longest running light parade in Connecticut. Complete with floats decorated and illuminated with thousands of lights, appearances by Santa and Mr. Claus, and singing and dancing, the holidays are made a lot brighter along the shoreline. Throughout the year, the floats are crafted by teams of builders that spent hours and hours of hard work. East Lyme First Selectman Mark Nickerson said the community atmosphere is what makes the event most special. “People put a lot of energy into the floats it’s homespun too,” said Nickerson. For many along the shoreline, they said it’s a tradition they made for the holidays.
Bristol homeowner on edge after rash of burglariesBRISTOL, CT (WFSB) - Homeowners on one street in Bristol are on edge after a rash of burglaries. One of the victims saud these thieves were willing to steal anything from anyone. One of the targets was an elderly man and the crooks took everything from power tools to Christmas gifts. The walk to his shed is frustrating for Mark Bernaitis. “They broke the latch off right here, broke the latch right off went in took the lawnmower my bike that we use when I go camping,” said Bernaitis. Earlier this week, he says thieves broke into the shed and detached garage behind his home on Field Street in Bristol, and stole basically everything they could get their hands on. “I look down generator's gone, miter saws gone, compressor's gone,” Bernaitis said. Bernaitis says the crooks even nabbed Christmas gifts he'd been hiding in his garage including a new TV for his son in law. Overall, Bernaitis thinks they got away with $3,500 worth of his belongings. “You feel violated stuff you work hard for gone,” said Bernaitis. Bernaitis says the most frustrating thing is he's far from alone. He said two of his neighbors were also robbed this week “I’m not happy with them but people are desperate now a days I guess,” said Bernaitis. Bristol police recently responded to 3 burglaries at local businesses. Surveillance video shows a suspect holding a rock before he broke a smoke shop's window. Bernaitis is frustrated by the crimes but refuses to live in fear “I’m going to secure my garage and my shed a little better but there's nothing else I can do. It happens everywhere no matter where's you are at,” said Bernaitis. Bernaitis said officers told him they are optimistic they can get some of his possessions back if they can catch the robbers quickly. If you have any information about the thefts, you’re asked to contact the Bristol Police Department.
New London firefighters deliver baby outside firehouseNEW LONDON, CT (WFSB) – New London firefighters delivered a baby outside of the firehouse on Friday. According to the fire department, a car arrived at the station with the mother in labor. The baby was delivered in front of the fire department headquarters. No other details were released. Tonight the members working at fire department headquarters delivered a baby in front of the firehouse. A car arrived at the station with a mother in labor. Great job to all. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/staffingmatters?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#staffingmatters</a>— New London Firefighters (@Local1522) <a href="https://twitter.com/Local1522/status/1071235232509190149?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">December 8, 2018</a>
Police investigating stabbing in MeridenMERIDEN, CT (WFSB) – Meriden police are investigating a stabbing on Friday night. The stabbing took place on St. Casimer Drive. There is no word on the extent of the injuries. We have a crew on the scene and will provide more details as they become available.