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Silver Alert issued for missing 2-year-old boy from MeridenMERIDEN, CT (WFSB) – A Silver Alert has been issued for a 2-year-old boy from Meriden on Friday evening. Jaxon Flematti was last seen on Friday in the company of his biological mother, Aimee Flematti. Police said Aimee could be driving a 2005 black Mitsubishi Galant with CT registration AS11177. Jaxon was last seen wearing a striped shirt, green vest, and Sesame Street sneakers. He is described as a while male with brown hair and brown eyes, standing 2’08” tall and weighing 25 pounds. Anyone with information is asked to call Meriden Police.
Several inches of rain possible in parts of the stateHARTFORD, CT (WFSB) - Showers, some of which will produce heavy rain, are expected to arrive Friday night. A flood watch was issued for all of Connecticut from Friday night through Saturday night. Track the rain with Early Warning Pinpoint Doppler <a href="https://www.wfsb.com/weather/pinpoint_doppler_livestream/" target="_blank">here</a>. There could be a few scattered showers Friday evening, but the showers ramp up overnight. "Some showers will produce heavy rain and thunder is possible in some communities," said Chief Meteorologist Bruce DePrest. A cold front also arrives on Saturday. Throughout the day, periods of rain are likely and it could be heavy at times. There could also be some thunderstorms embedded. The rain is not expected to end until much later in the day on Saturday. While there could be poor drainage and nuisance flooding Saturday, there is still ongoing flooding along the Connecticut River as it remains above flood stage from prior rounds of rain, combined with snowmelt upstream. Temperatures for Saturday may rise to near 70 degrees. Easter Sunday isn't expected to be as wet, but a few showers are likely. The sky will be mostly cloudy with temps in the 60s to near 70. "Rainfall totals between now and Sunday evening will range from 1-2” in parts of the state," DePrest said, adding that there could be locally higher amounts between 2-3 inches. Monday could be wet too. Conditions are expected to improve by Tuesday. 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.
3 taken to hospital following hit-and-run crash in ManchesterMANCHESTER, CT (WFSB) -- Emergency crews were called to a hit-and-run crash in Manchester Friday afternoon. The crash happened in the area of Spruce Street between Bissell and Florence streets, around 4:30 p.m. Police said three people were taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. A person who fled the scene of the crash has been apprehended by police. No further details were immediately available. Stay with Ch. 3 for updates.
Officer struck in the face, another bit while responding to call for serviceWESTPORT, CT (WFSB) – Two Westport officers were assaulted while responding to a call for service on Friday. According to police, officers were dispatched to a male in his underwear without shoes walking on Post Road East. One of the callers reported the man had defecated on the sidewalk by Winslow Park. When officers found the man on Myrtle Avenue, the officer approached the man and was struck in the face. Police said a struggle ensued. Additional officers arrived on the scene and attempted to subdue the suspect, who resisted arrest. Another officer was bitten during the incident. The suspect was taken into custody and brought to the hospital. Police said the two injured officers were brought to Norwalk Hospital for treatment. The unidentified suspect remains in custody and will be charged with assault of public safety personnel and breach of peace. The incident remains under investigation.
Famed paranormal investigator Lorraine Warren dies at 92(WFSB) -- Paranormal investigator Lorraine Warren passed away Thursday night at the age of 92. Lorraine and her husband Ed have been “considered America’s preeminent experts on the subject of spirits and demonology,” for over 50 years. Her husband died in 2006. The New England Society for Psychic Research (NESPR), founded by the Warrens in 1952, <a href="https://www.facebook.com/warrens.net/posts/2145045622240321?__tn__=-R" target="_blank">announced Lorraine's death on their Facebook page</a>. The group the oldest ghost-hunting organization in New England. In Facebook post, her son-in-law said Lorraine died peacefully in her home. “Lorraine touched many lives and was loved by so many. She was a remarkable, loving, compassionate and giving soul. To quote Will Rogers, she never met a person she didn’t like,” the post said. The couple investigated thousands of hauntings, many of which were inspiration for movies, like the Amityville and Conjuring film series, and The Haunting in Connecticut. In the 1970s, the Warrens visited "The Stonehouse," the old building where the I-95 rock radio station broadcasted. It was there she found a ghost named "Lester." Lorraine believed not all ghostly encounters need to be frightening, rather she coached people on what to do and what not to do. "Getting involved with spells and witchcraft, that is the thing that I warn against. Above all, Ouija boards," she said in a past interview with Channel 3. The Warrens lived in Monroe, CT.
With heavy rain on the way, river flooding remains a concernROCKY HILL, CT (WFSB) -- River flooding has been an issue this week, from prior rain and snowmelt upstream, but with more rain on the way, concerns are being raised. At Ferry Park in Rocky Hill on Friday, the entire parking lot was flooded under at least 3 inches of water. This flooding is from the Connecticut River, and water was seen well over the boat launch and picnic area. The boardwalk at Harbor Park in Middletown is gone due to the flooding. People were going there on Friday to take pictures of the swollen Connecticut River. "We see all this water all around the grass and around the trees and around the slide, and we're like, 'wow,'" said Aysegul Celik. Also in East Hartford, people are seeing flooding issues. "We were hoping to have a picnic table down there, but because of the water here we are. We used to do it when we were growing up. We'd get a hot dog and there'd be boats and we used to do that with our families, so it's a nice tradition," said Becky and Michael Nadeau. The parking lot at Great River Park in East Hartford looked more like a shoreline with small wave pushing up against the driveway. Barriers blocked the way to get in, and fire officials remind everyone to stay out of flood waters. The Rocky Hill Fire Dept. deputy chief is telling folks to keep their distance from any flood waters. “It’s a nice day out there right now, but stay out of the water. It’s very important. It’ll take you away very quickly and when the rain comes tonight, and the water becomes turbulent don’t drive into it, whatever you do just stay out of it,” Deputy Fire Chief Mark Gentile. Also, keep your pets away from the flood waters. More rain is on the way <a href="https://www.wfsb.com/news/several-inches-of-rain-possible-in-parts-of-the-state/article_0c4578d6-628a-11e9-b844-23aca88ef05e.html" target="_blank">Friday night into Saturday</a>. A flood watch was issued for all of Connecticut from Friday night through Saturday night. A cold front also arrives on Saturday. Showers with the potential for heavy rain continue on Saturday, this time with a slight chance for thunderstorms. The rain is not expected to end until much later in the day on Saturday. Generally, 1 to 2 inches will be common across Connecticut with locally higher amounts up to perhaps 3 inches, Ch. 3 meteorologists said. For weather updates on smartphones and tablets, <a href="https://www.wfsb.com/site/station_info/apps/" target="_blank">head here</a> or text "WFSB" to 23765 to download the Channel 3 app.
As negotiations continue, so does Stop & Shop strike(WFSB) -- It’s been more than a week now since the Stop &amp; Shop strike began. The unions and Stop &amp; Shop are still at the negotiating table, as more than 30,000 workers continue to hit the picket line. The sticking points continue to be health benefits and pensions. Channel 3 was <a href="https://www.wfsb.com/news/stop-shop-workers-walk-off-job-over-failure-to-reach/article_1aae7c1c-5c7a-11e9-8a91-5bec1fb903e1.html" target="_blank">the first station to break the story one week ago</a>. Stop &amp; Shop's most recent offer involved healthcare premiums it said were still below the national average, a pay increase for associates and continued pension benefits. Employees say this Easter could be tough for some. "The community support in this town has been amazing, especially in this day and age,"said Chris Morgan, striking worker. On Good Friday, supermarkets are usually busy with shoppers getting ready to make their Easter meals, but the parking lot outside the Manchester Stop &amp; Shop is pretty empty. Many shoppers don't want to cross the picket line and are hoping both sides can reach an agreement. "They say the last time they did this was in 1988 and it was only for, wasn't even a day. So yeah, I am shocked it's gone this long," said Olive Jackson. On it’s website, <a href="https://stopandshop.com/labor/2019/#/labor/latest-news" target="_blank">the latest wage proposal</a> from Stop &amp; Shop stated: In their first year, future part-time associates would receive Sunday premiums of the greater of $1/hour or the minimum required by law and, after that, the greater of $2/hour or the minimum required by law.There are fewer than 100 associates (out of 31,000 in New England) who would receive bonuses annually rather than an hourly wage increase. The union also posted an update on Thursday, saying “very minimal progress was made” The <a href="http://ufcw919.org/negotiations-update/" target="_blank">union posted on its website</a>: Stop &amp; Shop claims there will be pay increases for all associates.FACT: Their proposal increases many full and part-time workers’ weekly health care premiums by hundreds of dollars; phases out time-and-a-half pay on Sundays and holidays for current part-time workers; and eliminates premium pay entirely for new part-time workers.Stop &amp; Shop claims that health care with deductibles that wouldn’t change.FACT: Their proposal doubles many of your out-of-pocket maximums; kicks off approximately 1,000 spouses currently covered by their family healthcare plan; increases many prescription copays; and increases out-of-pocket costs for ancillary dental and vision coverage. Stay with Channel 3 for the latest info as it becomes available.
Clergy members, leaders meet amid protests following officer-involved shootingNEW HAVEN, CT (WFSB) - Activists planned more protests in the wake of an officer-involved shooting that left a 22-year-old woman with a bullet wound. They told Channel 3 their plan is to march to the Hamden Police Department at 5:30 p.m. They'll be starting at the Hamden Plaza on Dixwell Avenue. The Hamden and Yale University officer involved in the incident, which happened in New Haven, remain on administrative leave. In the meantime, protestors are demanding justice for injured 22-year-old Stephanie Washington. They said they want answers from police and will continue to march until they get them. <a href="https://www.wfsb.com/news/protests-continue-for-third-day-following-officer-involved-shooting-in/article_87fa93da-61c2-11e9-869d-eb0bd036fb2d.html" target="_blank">They were on the move on Thursday night</a>. They went from Elm Street to College Street to the intersection with Martin Luther King Junior Boulevard in New Haven. Washington was shot in the Newhallville section of the city, according to state police. A Channel 3 viewer sent in <a href="https://www.wfsb.com/eyewitness-video-surveillance-video-shows-officer-involved-shooting-in-new/video_93bf9884-6589-51b1-aec5-163a17095b01.html" target="_blank">surveillance video of the incident</a>, which happened on Dixwell Avenue on Tuesday. It captured the moment the two officers, Hamden officer Devin Eaton and Yale officer Terrance Pollack, fired on a car they believed was involved in an armed robbery. Washington was hit, but the driver, identified as Paul Witherspoon, was not hurt. Pollack was also hurt at some point over the course of the incident, according to state police. However, the details have not yet been made available. Both the Hamden and Yale police departments said they plan to release more information once the investigation by the state's attorney's office is complete. According to Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection Commissioner James Rovella, the body camera footage will be released next week. Rovella released a statement saying: “On 4-16-19, at the request of the New Haven State’s Attorney, the Connecticut State Police Major Crime Squad was designated the lead investigating Agency for the Officer Involved Shooting. This is common practice to avoid conflict of interest.The investigation includes but is not limited to the accumulation of all public and private video camera data available. As of 4-18-19, Hamden Police Body Camera footage became available to analyze and evaluate.We support everyone’s rights to free speech. We thank the New Haven Police Department’s efforts to keep everyone safe. We ask for a little patience but we expect to release to the public details of the investigation including Body Camera video next week. The integrity of the investigation, fair treatment for the individuals in the vehicle, Officers involved and Transparency is paramount in these types of investigations.” On Friday morning, a reverend from New Haven met with the Hamden mayor and police leadership. A major talking point centered on what's on the books for Hamden officers when entering other towns. A pastor told Channel 3 that what happened on Tuesday morning can't happen again. According to the pastor, he spoke to New Haven's police chief. Together they agree neighboring police departments will need to radio call any activity spilling into New Haven. "All of their officers will go through urban trauma training. We have the person we recommend with urban training, then they will go through escalation training," said Reverend Boise Kimber. This training could take place as early as this summer. In addition to the topic of training, the private meeting covered more diversity on the police board as well. But family members of Witherspoon are asking why they weren't included. "I just felt like to me it was a little wrong," said Rodney Williams, a relative. When asked if either shooting victims or their families were included in the recommendations, Kimber said "We have not talked directly to the family but we’ll talk to relatives of the family." Williams said he is urging for advocates to rally around a bigger issue than this isolated event, saying "It’s about the community, it’s about the issues going on in this community for a long time."
Community members put Easter packages together for troops overseasNEWINGTON, CT (WFSB) -- With Easter just two days away, a local community is coming together to help families that won’t be able to spend the holiday together. A number of people gathered at the Stew Leonard’s in Newington on Friday to help make Easter care packages for families of United States troops. It was all hands on deck for the launch of Operation Basket, and the community members volunteering said this is their way of saying thank you to all the troops who won’t be able to spend Easter with their families. “It’s just something from our hearts that we felt would be a nice thing to help those families,” said Stew Leonard Jr., CEO of Stew Leonard’s. Each package contains Stew Leonard’s Easter dinner best sellers. Everything from mashed potatoes to roasted vegetables, and pie. “And just put it all together and deliver it to 25 families whose kids, husbands, wives, are fighting for this great freedom that we have in America,” Leonard Jr. said. Each care package also has a handwritten note to the families of American service members. “It’s always important to remember and to give thanks to those people who are serving in harm’s way right now who can’t be with their families who are keeping us safe right here in Connecticut,” said Democratic State Senator Matthew Lesser. Marines will surprise military families with the packages this weekend. “I feel like this is a very important thing for us. Giving back to those that have given to this country,” said U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Nick Robinson. He has been with the Marine Corps for six years, and said this kind of support is so important. “It’s a really big thing. I like seeing community projects and I know when the community comes together, it’s great,” Robinson said. After seeing the outpouring of community support, the CEO of Stew Leonard’s says the chain will do it all again next year, in order to help even more families of troops deployed overseas.
Weather impacting some Easter weekend events(WFSB) -- There are Easter weekend events happening all over the state. While some are still on scheduled, others are being impacted by the rain. Saturday Bristol: Liberty Baptist Church Easter egg hunt, rain or shine Durham: Easter egg hunt, Allyn Brook Park, 9am Enfield: Annual egg hunt, Enrico Fermi High School 11:30-3p Farmington: Farmington Miniature Golf Easter Egg Hunt cancelled Hartford: Breakfast with the Easter Bunny, William O’Neill Armory, 9:30am Mystic: Egg hunt, Olde Mistick Village West Haven: Easter Egg Scramble postponed to April 22 Sunday West Hartford: Easter egg hunt, Conard High School, 830-11am Looking to add/adjust your event? Send an email to WFSBContentProducer@meredith.com