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Mega Millions $1.6 billion jackpot up for grabs tonightPROSPECT, CT (WFSB) - Millions of people bought tickets last week for the Mega Millions and Powerball, but no one won the big prizes. Now the jackpots for both games <a href="" target="_blank">are even bigger</a>. The $1.6 billion Mega Millions prize would be the largest in U.S. history. The drawing is at 11 p.m. on Tuesday. “You have historical data right, so we have historical data from the perspective of the best we can get," said Gretchen Corbin, CEO, GA Lottery. "So the largest jackpot being last Friday, where were those sales and then where was a large Tuesday sale of the Mega Millions and we look at those. We think that it will be a strong jackpot as we are looking at projected sales." On Tuesday, Channel 3 spoke with folks asking the big question -- what would you do if you won? “Pay off my house, my car, all my families houses and cars," said Robin Lamoureux, of Moosup. Many mentioned vacations, new homes, paying off debt, and sharing with others. Financial experts advise you to stay anonymous, and then decide how you want to get paid-- lump sum cash or annuity. “I’m thinking you could buy pretty much anything. These boats that we see here are often in the million to $4 million range in this part of the world. In Florida they attract the big mega yachts that kind of a win you could be doing some serious shopping," said Bob Jarrett, of Essex Boat Works. Channel 3 spoke with a mathematician last week who said a person has a better chance of getting struck by lightning, but more of a chance than getting hit by lightning twice. While many people have their sights set on the $1.6 billion Mega Millions prize, Powerball ballooned to $620 million. A $1 million Powerball ticket was sold at the Prospect Smoke Shop on Waterbury Road in Prospect. However, no one has claimed the jackpot. The drawing for the ticket was on Oct. 20. Its numbers were 16-54-57-62-69 PB-23 PP-2. It will expire on April 18, 2019. The Powerball jackpot is the 5th largest in the game's history. Its next drawing is Wednesday. A couple who won a $266 million Mega Millions jackpot had some advice for whoever wins it. “My advice is to just take your time," said Jacki and Gil Cisneros, lottery winners. "It’s going to seem like everything is an urgent matter. People are going to come at you with advice and wanting to do business with you or coming up with the next genius idea and you don’t have to jump at that.” Total Connecticut Mega Millions sales reached nearly $22 million. The total prizes, however, were a little more than $4.6 million.
Unaffiliated candidate for gov. pulling ahead in the polls(WFSB) - We’re just two weeks away from Election Day and on Tuesday night, unaffiliated candidate Oz Griebel is gaining enough traction to the point where he’s now the target of an attack ad. You may have received a robocall where Bob Stefanowski is targeting Griebel or may have seen this latest ad. In the race for governor, two tax raising politicians, only one tax cutting outsider. Polls show Griebel is still very far behind in the race for governor, but his numbers are growing. The latest numbers from Hearst Media and Sacred Heart poll show in September, Griebel’s name didn’t even make the poll, he went in the “someone else” category and got 3.8 percent. In October, Griebel rose to 8.4 percent while Lamont went down from 43 to 39.5 percent and Stefanowski went down from 36.9 to 36.1 percent. “Had we been on the first two debates, I don’t think there’s any question, we’d be ahead in the polls right now,” said Griebel. Other candidates are taking notice. An ad from the Stefanowski camp started airing today. “Oz Griebel wants higher taxes, regional taxes and new tolls. He’s Malloy too,” the ad said. At the Retired Teachers Association meeting on Tuesday, we asked the Republican for governor why, two weeks before the election, he’s now paying attention to the unaffiliated candidate. “I think there’s a lot of people who will peel off Lamont as we get closer to this and I’d rather have them peel my way,” said Stefanowski. This morning, Connecticut’s GOP chairman, J.R. Romano said a vote for Griebel is a vote for Lamont, even though in the last election, Griebel ran as a Republican. “I think it’s important to point out that he’s got the same policies as Ned. He wants tolls, he’s a politician, he wants to raise taxes, I think it’s important to let the voters know these guys are the same and I’m for change,” Stefanowski said. Lamont doesn’t want to be associated with the unaffiliated candidate and pushes him back on Stefanowski. “They both say skip payments to the pension fund, shortchange the rainy-day fund and let’s not deal with the pension crisis and the structural deficit and I think they’re both very wrong on that,” said Lamont. Griebel says all this attention means he’s doing something right. “Their internal polling has to be showing them, we all know in the first debate, they both ignored me like I wasn’t on the stage. That wasn’t true in the second debate, so momentum is definitely accelerating and will get us to victory,” said Griebel. Griebel went on to say that as the campaign gets close to the end, expect things to get nastier. He vows to keep it clean.
Students evaluated after pepper spray incident at New Haven schoolNEW HAVEN, CT (WFSB) - An incident involving pepper spray caused some alarm at a school in New Haven. According to school officials, the incident was limited to one classroom at the Edgewood School. School officials said the area was evacuated immediately. On Tuesday afternoon, school officials said all students who were in the area are well. The area within the school where this happened was cleared by fire officials within 30 minutes and the classroom returned back to normal.
Plane makes emergency landing at BradleyWINDSOR LOCKS, CT (WFSB) – An airplane had to make an emergency landing at Bradley International Airport on Tuesday. According to officials, a C130 aircraft reported a problem while in flight. The plane safely laded at the airport and there was no impact to airport operations.
Local refuge weighs in on caravan headed to U.S. borderNEW HAVEN, CT (WFSB) -- With Election Day just two weeks out, President Donald Trump continues to rally his base while blasting a caravan of migrants heading towards the US border. The <a href="" target="_blank">video is startling of the thousands of men, women, and young children</a> fleeing Honduras and making the dangerous trek towards the US, often in 100-degree heat. A local refuge organization said there is a good reason so many are risking their lives to make that trip. “These are families, no one leaves their home, with their children, to travel over 1,600 miles, by foot, not knowing what’s going to happen to them, unless what they’re fleeing is worse than the unknown,” said Ann O’Brien, of Integrated Refugee and Immigrant Services (IRIS) in New Haven. Every year, the organization helps hundreds of asylum seekers fleeing poverty and violence, resettle in Connecticut. “We see these families, whether they come from Honduras, whether El Salvador. It’s not a matter of what we might hear about the things going on around them, we know, these are refugees,” O’Brien said. Out on the campaign trail, President Trump said the caravan is turning out to be a great political issue for Republicans, which is something IRIS has an issue with. “This will be the election of the caravan,” Trump said. “Anybody is going to try to use anything they can, right before an election, to serve their own interest. We here at IRIS are nonpartisan. What we focus on is the well-being of families, particularly, those fleeing persecution,” O’Brien. But at a recent rally, the president went as far as to say that the caravan included gang members and even people from the middle east trying to get into our country, and that if needed, <a href="" target="_blank">he’ll use the military to stop it</a>. “As the caravan, and look, that is an assault on our country. That is an assault. And in that caravan, you have some very bad people. You have some very bad people, and we can’t let that happen to our country,” Trump said. “When we look at this we see families, they may take a different view, whether it’s the administration or otherwise in terms of the context they need to address, but the reality is, no matter which side you’re on, these are families and they need to be treated as such,” O’Brien said. The United Nations Refugee Organization has staffers down in Mexico to help with identification and registration of asylum seekers. The caravan is still about 1,000 miles away from the US border, and at the current pace would reach the us in about a month and a half.
Sandy Hook shooter's belongings ordered released to publicHARTFORD, CT — Police must release disturbing writings and other belongings of the Newtown school shooter to the public because they are not exempt from the state's open record laws, the Connecticut Supreme Court ruled Tuesday. The justices issued a 5-0 decision in favor of The Hartford Courant and state Freedom of Information Commission, whose order to police to release shooter Adam Lanza's belongings had been overturned by a lower court judge. It's not immediately clear when the items will be released. Lanza, 20, fatally shot 20 first-graders and six educators at Sandy Hook Elementary School on Dec. 14, 2012, after killing his mother at their Newtown home. He fatally shot himself as police arrived at the school. The motive for the shooting has never been made clear. A report by the Connecticut Child Advocate said Lanza's severe and deteriorating mental health problems, his preoccupation with violence and access to his mother's legal weapons "proved a recipe for mass murder." State police searched the Lanza home and seized guns, ammunition and his belongings, including his personal journals. Among the belongings were a spreadsheet ranking mass murders and a notebook titled "The Big Book of Granny." The notebook contains a story that Lanza wrote in fifth grade about a woman who uses her "rifle cane" to kill people at a bank, hockey game and Marine boot camp. The book also contains several chapters with the adventures of "Dora the Beserker," influenced by a popular children's television show. When Granny asks Dora to assassinate a soldier, she replies: "I like hurting people ... Especially children." In the same episode, Dora sends "Swiper the Raccoon" into a day care center to distract the children, then enters and says, "Let's hurt children." State police already have released some of Lanza's writings, along with thousands of pages of interviews, documents and other evidence from the investigation. But the full contents of the spreadsheet and the "Granny" notebook have not been released. The Courant requested to view 35 items seized from the Lanza house, but state police rejected the request citing privacy rights under the state's search and seizure law. The newspaper appealed to the Freedom of Information Commission, which ruled the belongings must be released to the public because the search and seizure law doesn't specifically bar documents seized from people's homes — and not used in prosecutions — from being released to the public. State police appealed to Superior Court, where Judge Carl Schuman agreed with state police and overturned the commission's ruling. Andrew Julien, publisher and editor-in-chief of the Courant, said Lanza's belongings are important for understanding mass shootings. "Understanding what a mass killer was thinking not only paints a clearer picture of the individual, it helps us identify and understand red flags that could be part of a prevention formula for future mass shootings," he said Tuesday. The state attorney general's office, which represented state police, declined to comment Tuesday. The office could ask the state Supreme Court to reconsider its decision or possibly appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court. State police officials did not immediately return messages seeking comment. Justice Raheem Mullins wrote in the unanimous decision that the court must "narrowly construe" language in state law that allows exceptions to public disclosure, "otherwise any statute governing an agency's general treatment of records becomes a possible restriction on disclosure." "The trial court pointed to nothing in the express terms of the search and seizure statutes that creates confidentiality in the documents or otherwise limits the disclosure, copying, or distribution of the documents," Mullins wrote. "Indeed, the search and seizure statutes are silent on the issues of confidentiality, copying, or disclosure to the public."
Technical Discussion: Showers are popping up across Eastern CT1PM Update… Showers are beginning to develop, especially across Eastern CT. Some of the showers contain heavier downpours, and there may even be a rumble of thunder. Gusty winds within the storms are possible too. This is the first round of rain. We can expect more showers with embedded thunderstorms as a cold front slides through this evening. Read below for the complete forecast details... TODAY… A storm system will move into New England today, just to the north of Connecticut. The bulk of the rain and snow shower activity will pass through Upstate New York and Northern New England. However, a few rain showers will make their way into Connecticut this afternoon and evening. A rumble of thunder is possible in a few locations. While most of the day will be dry with mostly cloudy skies, the good news comes in the temp department. Our weather will turn briefly milder with highs ranging from the middle 50s to the lower 60s. The mildest weather will likely occur in the southern half of the state. Scattered showers will end tonight as temperatures dip to 35-45 by dawn tomorrow. WEDNESDAY… The storm will intensify as it moves away from coast of New England and into the Canadian Maritimes. This will set the stage for the return of gusty winds and much cooler air. A northwesterly wind will get stronger as the day progresses and gusts to 30-40 mph are likely. Highs will be in the low and middle 50s. We’ll see a mix of clouds and sunshine and a passing shower is possible. The air will continue to turn colder tomorrow night. Temperatures will dip into the 30s and the wind chill will drop into the 20s. There could be a few snow showers in the Litchfield Hills and the Berkshires. THURSDAY AND FRIDAY… Thursday and Friday will be a couple of very chilly days! Despite abundant sunshine, highs Thursday will only be in the middle to upper 40s. Plus, the northwest wind will remain gusty. Like tomorrow, gusts to 30-40 mph can be expected. The wind chill will be in the 30s most of the day! Thursday night will be quite cold and a hard freeze is possible. The sky will be clear and the wind will gradually subside as high pressure moves closer to New England. In many outlying areas, the mercury will dip into the 20s by dawn. Friday will be bright and sunny and the wind will be much lighter since high pressure will drift across New England. However, temperatures will only reach the 40s to near 50 degrees Friday afternoon. THE WEEKEND AND MONDAY… This is where the forecast becomes very complicated. A coastal storm is likely, but the timing and the impact it will have on Connecticut is hard to pin down at this time. The GFS model holds the rain off until late Saturday and Saturday night. Meanwhile, the European Model brings rain and wind into the state by Saturday morning. There is a timing difference of nearly 12 hours. If the European Model is correct, Saturday will be windy and chilly with periods of rain that could become heavy at times. Highs would be in the 40s across much of the state. This model also keeps the unsettled weather in place Sunday and Monday with a series of coastal lows bringing periods of rain. Eventually there may be some wet snow mixing in over the hills. Sunday would be breezy and raw with highs in the 40s and lower 50s. We would probably see similar temperatures on Monday. The European Model is forecasting a track closer to the coast. Meanwhile, the GFS has the initial storm tracking to the east of Cape Cod, which would lessen the impact on Connecticut. We won’t get too specific at this time since this is a complex storm and there is a lot of variability among the models. However, there is the potential for heavy rain, gusty winds, and perhaps even some wet snow in the higher elevations of Southern New England. We will keep you updated throughout the week. Chief Meteorologist Bruce DePrest with Scot Haney “Copyright 2018 WFSB (Meredith Corporation). All rights reserved”
Hazmat situation under investigation in North WindhamNORTH WINDHAM, CT (WFSB) - Firefighters and hazmat crews were on the scene of a chemical leak at an industrial park. The initial call of smoke coming from the building off of Industrial Park Drive came in around 6 a.m., Lt. Cody Lemire of the North Windham Fire Department said. When firefighters arrived, two people inside the building said that there was a leak of hydrosulfuric acid. About 30 gallons of the chemical had spilled but it was contained to the building, Lemire said. “It depends on whether there is water is on it and how it is reacting," Lemire explained. "If you get it on you or breathe in the gases it can be pretty dangerous. Pretty detrimental to your health, but luckily no one came into contact with it today. “ There are a few businesses in the complex but the leak occurred at Fluoropolymer Resources, which is new to the complex. The people inside the building were not in the room where the spill occurred and are okay, and there is no hazard to the public, Lemire said. North Windham, Windham Center, South Windham, Willimantic and a Hazmat team out of UConn responded. Crews had to wait for the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection and a private contractor to come clean up the spill.
Driver who hit bicyclist, struck school bus charged with DUIHARTFORD, CT (WFSB) - A school bus was struck by a driver fleeing a hit-and-run in Hartford on Tuesday morning. Josmary Rodriguez, 38, of New Britain, was charged with DUI, reckless driving, evading responsibility with serious physical injury, operating without a license and interfering with police. It all unfolded along Main Street on Tuesday morning. Police said the car Rodriguez was driving struck a bicyclist and then, while she was trying to flee from the scene, she hit the First Student school bus. The bicyclist, who was only identified as a man, was brought to Hartford Hospital in critical condition. His condition has since been upgraded to "stable." Five students on the bus received minor injuries but are expected to be OK. They were transported to the Connecticut Children's Medical Center. There's no word on how many students were aboard. Main Street was shut down for a while between Gold and Arch streets. After taking a field sobriety following the crash, Rodriguez was taken into custody. As the bike that was hit was sectioned off with police tape Tuesday morning, James Bartels looked on with trepidation. “It scared me and that’s what makes you think all the time,” Bartels said. He explained he too had a close call on his bike at that very intersection. He said the ride on city streets can be precarious. “Especially in the morning, everybody is in a hurry to get to work. They don’t obey the traffic lights or the walk signs. You have to be on your toes when you’re down here first thing in the morning,” Bartels said. Channel 3 reached out to First Student for a comment but hasn't yet heard back.
Hartford leaders vote to raise minimum age of tobacco purchasesHARTFORD, CT (WFSB) - The city of Hartford has approved to raise the minimum age to purchase tobacco. The age was raised from 18 to 21. To buy tobacco products in the city, you will need an ID that proves you are at least 21-years-old. Should the rest of the state follow suit? <a href="" target="_blank">Click here to vote in our poll</a>. On Monday night, the city council voted to pass a proposal that would ban selling or distributing nicotine products to anyone under the age of 21. That includes things like cigarettes, vaping, chewing tobacco, and e-cigs. It was a unanimous vote or 9-0. Last week, the American Lung and Heart Association attended a meeting supporting the plan. Council member Larry Deutch who proposed the bill says the city needs to take steps to protect young people from the dangers of tobacco and nicotine. “I think it’ll make a difference because it will cut down the access that young people have especially between 18 and 21 which is when they’ll likely get addicted,” said Deutsch. Evenly Levesque's loss inspired her to a journey to Hartford's City council meeting. "He started smoking and wasn't able to quit and eventually got lung cancer and couldn't survive and he passed away and it was really, really hard," said Levesque. She and other volunteers had been lobbying leaders to raise Hartford's minimum age to buying nicotine from 18 to 21. "I have seen it first hand, an 18-year-old or a senior in high school buying it and giving it to my friends and that scares me," said Levesque. Mayor Luke Bronin said he will sign the proposal into law within the next week. It will go into effect immediately, but it can't be enforced for 6 months.