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Crews brace for slick conditions in Litchfield CountySALISBURY, CT (WFSB) - Slicks spots were reported on roads in Litchfield County on Monday morning. Temps in the 30s were reported in towns like Salisbury while rain with possible snow fell. Department of Transportation crews told Channel 3 that they were on standby along Route 44. State police in Canaan said they did not hear of any problems. They have normal operations underway on Monday morning. Channel 3 also spoke with Torrington police. They too reported no problems on the roads. However, they urged drivers to be mindful of some safety precautions: Be sure to slow down in the areaKeep some distance between vehiclesPlan for extra time to get to a destination Stay with Channel 3 for continuing coverage of the weather. For real-time traffic updates, check the Channel 3 traffic map <a href="https://www.wfsb.com/traffic/" target="_blank">here</a>.
Record number of people expected to travel for ThanksgivingWINDSOR LOCKS, CT (WFSB) - Thanksgiving is only a few days away and this week, millions of people are expected to be traveling to get to their turkey day destinations. Officials at Bradley International Airport in Windsor Locks urged travelers to leave during off-peak times and early, like on Monday. Channel 3 saw a number of people getting that early start on Monday morning. <a href="https://www.wfsb.com/record-number-of-travelers-expected-for-holiday/article_32dd8fb0-ebb1-11e8-9c12-6f560f5cca8d.html" target="_blank">AAA said the upcoming holiday span</a>, which starts on Wednesday and ends on Sunday, will see the highest travel volume since 2005. The auto club said 2.5 million more people will be hitting the roads, flying, riding the rails and going by boat for Thanksgiving. AAA said a record number of New Englanders will be driving to their holiday destinations. Most of them will be heading out on Wednesday and coming back late Sunday afternoon. More than 270,000 New Englanders will be flying over the Thanksgiving holiday. That includes 5-year-old Claire from Massachusetts. Monday was her birthday and she received a big surprise. "And when my mom came up and when my dad came up, they were both waking me. I couldn’t hear them," Claire told Channel 3. "But when they said out loud I heard them. 'Claire, we’re going to Disney!'” AAA also said travel on the actual Thanksgiving holiday Thursday is typically slow. That's good news for drivers just hitting the road for the day or leaving a little later. Stay with Channel 3 for updates on the holiday travel situation. For real-time traffic updates, check the Channel 3 traffic map <a href="https://www.wfsb.com/traffic/" target="_blank">here</a>.
PD: 2 men injured in Waterbury shootingWATERBURY, CT (WFSB) – Two men were injured in a shooting on Sunday in Waterbury, according to Police. The shooting happened in the evening at 1058 Bank Street, which is near St. Blaise Parish. Chief Fernando Spagnolo said the two victims were both shot one time, but the wounds are non-life threatening. “This is very active and early on in the investigation,” Spagnolo said. Stay with Eyewitness News for the latest updates.
Milford Police investigate burglary at marijuana dispensaryPolice in Milford are investigating the burglary of a safe in a marijuana dispensary on New Haven Avenue. Milford Police Officer Michael DeVito said the dispensary reported a burglary of a safe which contained “a substantial amount of cash.” Detectives are working to determine if there were witnesses or surveillance video.
Police investigate man’s death in East Hartford on SundayPolice are investigating a man’s death in East Hartford on Sunday evening. Channel 3 spotted several police cars and officers working inside a home on Suffolk Drive. Police said detectives are working to determine the cause of the man’s death. Police said there is no danger to the public at this time.
Vigil held at New Haven church to denounce sexual abuseSaint Mary’s Parish in New Haven held a vigil in the wake of sexual abuse scandals around the country involving clergy on Sunday night. Members of the church and the Knights of Columbus allowed parishioners to view and pay their respects to a relic of the world famous, French Saint Jean Vianney who Catholics believe symbolizes love, courage, and commitment. The relic is the 159-year-old heart of Saint Vianney and is on display after Sunday’s mass from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. A pastor from France led the vigil that followed mass and reflected on personal holiness. “A transformed heart is able to transform the relations around and to transform society, so we need such people and such priests,” said Successor to St. Jean Vianney, Father Patrice Chocholski. Father John Paul Walker of saint Mary’s said the Catholic Church is going through a crisis with recent news of sexual abuse allegations involving clergy. Father Walker said St. Mary’s will dedicate three days of prayer for complete healing of the victims, asking for forgiveness, and purification. “Some of the crimes have been so horrific and stories have been terrible to hear, and yet, it’s important for the truth to come out,” said Father Walker. “It’s important for everything to be revealed and it’s important for us to face honestly what has happened and to move forward from that point.” The relic will be on display at Saint Mary’s Church on Monday and at the Knights of Columbus until next Sunday.
Wintry weather expected before Thanksgiving’s arrivalWintry weather consisting of light snow, sleet, and rain is expected to develop on Sunday night into Monday morning. Meteorologist Mike Cameron said a weak, low pressure system will form after midnight over Connecticut and southern New England. Cameron said the result will be wet roads by the Monday morning commute. Later in the afternoon, Cameron expects the storm system to dissipate by the afternoon and temps to rise to the 40s. Tuesday morning, however, could see wintry weather with a storm system bringing a very light coating of snow and sleet, with rain. But, by Tuesday afternoon, Cameron is expecting a brief, and short-lived rise in temps to the 40s as Cameron said by Tuesday evening, temps will drop into the teens and 20s. Looking ahead to Wednesday, Cameron is expecting a cold front to lower temps to the upper 30s and will bring a consistent, blustery wind, and a possibility for snow squalls. “There may be a few areas that receive a coating of snow on the ground, but we do not think it will be a widespread problem at this time,” said Cameron. Thanksgiving Day is looking to be very cold, said Cameron, with highs ranging from 27 to 34 degrees, but expect lots of sunshine. Read the Technical Discussion, <a href="https://www.wfsb.com/weather/technical_discussion/" target="_blank">here</a>.
Crews respond to fire in West HavenWEST HAVEN, CT (WFSB)- Fire crews in West Haven are currently responding to a fire at an apartment building on 4th Avenue. According to the West Haven Fire Department crews have the fire under control. The fire was reported to officials at 12:21 p.m. Elm Street is currently blocked off from Union Avenue to 3rd Avenue. There is no word on injuries at this time. Stay with Channel 3 for more updates.
PD: One person dead following crash in PutnamPUTNAM, CT (WFSB)- A man is dead following a crash yesterday afternoon in Putnam. Roland Marois, 70, of Rhode Island, died at UMass Hospital yesterday following injuries sustained from the crash. The two-vehicle crash occurred on Route 44 near Tucker Hill Road. The road has reopened since the crash. Raymond Breault, 94, of Rhode Island, was operating the other car involved. Breault is currently being treated for serious injuries at the hospital. Police say Breault was driving east on Route 44 when he crossed the center line and struck Marois, who was driving west. The crash blocked both lanes. Police are still investigating. Any witnesses are asked to contact State Police Troop D at 860-779-4900.
Crews respond to fire on Tremont St. in Hartford on SaturdayHartford firefighters responded to an apartment fire on Tremont Street on Saturday night. Crews were called to Tremont Street just after 9 p.m. for a fire in a first-floor apartment, said Hartford Fire Department Deputy Chief Alvaro Cucuta told Channel 3. Deputy Chief Cucuta said the fire was contained to the apartment of origin and was knocked down by 9:30 p.m. One person was treated on scene by personnel for chest pains, Deputy Chief Cucuta said. Three people were displaced, Cucuta said. The Fire Marshal is investigating.