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Plane diverted to Bradley after being struck by lightningWINDSOR LOCKS, CT (WFSB) – A plane was diverted to Bradley International Airport after being struck by lightning. The flight was heading to Orlando when it was diverted. According to the FAA, Southwest Airlines Flight 2515, a Boeing 737, landed just before 7 p.m. at Bradley. The crew declared an emergency and reported a gear indicator issue after a possible lightning strike. The flight departed from Manchester-Boston Regional Airport. The FAA will continue the investigation. No further information was available. Stay tuned to Channel 3 for updates on this story.
Three men arrested for illegally hunting deerROXBURY, CT (WFSB) -- Three men have been arrested for illegally hunting deer. Connecticut State Environmental Conservation Police say the three were found hunting after sunset near the Roxbury airport. The suspects were identified as Eftihios Marnelakis, 22, Mihali Marnelakis, 20, and Jacob Parcell, 21, all of Southbury. They were pulled over on Route 317 and a recent deer kill was found in the bed of the truck. Flashlights, ammunition, and multiple guns were also found in the truck. They were charged with hunting from a public roadway, possession of loaded weapon in motor vehicle, jacklighting deer, and second-degree negligent hunting.
Newborn boy's body found at Stamford recycling centerSTAMFORD, CT (WFSB) -- Stamford police are investigating after the body of a newborn baby boy was found at a recycling center. The baby's body was found on Tuesday morning, by workers at the City Carting and Recycling Facility. The baby was found mixed in with recyclables. Investigators are focusing their efforts on the matrial that was delivered by a company that services Westchester Count, NY, including Danbury and Ridgefield, CT, and from local material delivered from lower Fairfield county, to include Stamford, Westport, and Norwalk. The areas of Nassau County, NY and Andover, MA have been ruled out as possible areas that the material could have originated from. The majority of the material that was process on the morning of October 16 is known to have come from commercial properties/dumpsters. Officials said the baby appeared to be full term. Anyone with information should contact police at 203-977-4420. An autopsy will be performed to determine the cause and manner of the child’s death. The state of Connecticut has a Safe Haven law, that <a href="https://portal.ct.gov/DCF/1-DCF/SAFE-Havens-Act-for-Newborns" target="_blank">allows a parent to voluntarily give up custody of an infant</a> age 30 days or younger, to the nursing staff of an emergency room. Stay with Channel 3 as more information becomes available.
Former Vice President Joe Biden to visit CT FridayHARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -- On Friday, former Vice President Joe Biden will be coming to Connecticut. Biden will join Democratic nominee for governor Ned Lamont, along with Democratic nominee for the 5th congressional district Jahana Hayes, for a campaign rally. The rally will be held Friday afternoon at Hartford Magnet Trinity College Academy at 3:30 p.m. Doors open at 3 p.m. According to a press release, Biden “has spent his decades-long career fighting for America’s middle class and pursuing policies that create equal opportunity for all. He is well-known for his bipartisanship and willingness to work with both parties to create an America that works for everyone.” Members of the public can RSVP to the event <a href="https://events.mobilizeamerica.io/nedlamont/event/79874/" target="_blank">here</a>.
Pumpkins pilfered from Glastonbury farmGLASTONBURY, CT (WFSB) - A thief pilfered pumpkins from a farm in Glastonbury early Tuesday morning. It happened at the Old Cider Mill on Main Street. The farm said it was notified around 7:20 a.m. According to the farm, a middle-aged man in a gray hatchback, possibly a Subaru, toweled off 20 or more pumpkins before putting them in the back of the car. A black SUV was also spotted on the site. Police were called. The farm asked anyone who may have seen a man at the farm early Tuesday morning to give Glastonbury police a call. "It's very disappointing for the kids and the families. This is one of our biggest weekends for sales and now we're very short on carving pumpkins with Halloween just a few days away," said Beth Couture, The Old Cider Mill. Beth Couture runs The Old Cider Mill and for her, this is a double disappointment. It's bad enough that it was a rough season weather-wise for growing pumpkins, but then a thief stole around 20 of their best ones. "I got a call from a farmer friend of ours who was going into work and he said someone was loading a car full of pumpkins at 7:30 and he asked if we had given him permission for that and what threw him off was that the man was wiping them off with a towel before putting them in his car," said Couture. Another neighbor saw the man too, but someone that neat a to wipe them down and so out in the open, people assumed he had permission to be there. "I figured that's somebody picking up apples or sometimes we donate a lot of produce, pumpkins, and apples, so I thought it was someone picking up something," said Bonnie Hale, a neighbor. Channel 3 will have more on this story starting at 5 p.m.
Elderly man rescued from fire in New BritainNEW BRITAIN, CT (WFSB) – Crews are working to put out a fire in New Britain Tuesday afternoon. Fire Chief Raul Ortiz said the fire was happening at 38 Broad Street. An elderly man was rescued from the fourth floor of the building. He was trapped on the porch of the top floor. "Getting reports of people trapped in the building, we'll obviously elevate our ladders, so he was out on the porch and we were able to see him right away and rescue him," said Ortiz. No injuries were reported. Investigators are still working to determine what caused the fire. We have a crew heading to the scene and will provide updates as they become available.
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="https://www.wfsb.com/news/million-powerball-ticket-sold-in-prospect/article_39bedc4a-d5f8-11e8-812e-e74400fd3a71.html" 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. While lottery fever is in full swing, you do not want to get caught up in the craze and become a victim to a scam. The Better Business Bureau is warning people about a rise in lottery fraud. Here are three tips to keep in mind. Do not pay up to claim your prize. You should never have to pay to receive your winnings.You cannot win a contest you did not enter. You need to buy a ticker or file out an application to participate in a contest or lottery.Verify the offer is real. Do not call the phone number in the email or website you suspect may be a scam. Instead call the lottery or sweepstakes company to see if you won. 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.
Hartford leaders vote to raise minimum age of nicotine purchasesHARTFORD, CT (WFSB) - The city of Hartford has approved to raise the minimum age to purchase nicotine products. 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="https://www.wfsb.com/should-ct-raise-the-age-to-buy-tobacco-to/poll_8a9f9a44-d6e0-11e8-8be3-33a572988d5b.html" 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 of her grandfather 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. More cities could be following suit. The city of Bloomfield is also looking into this change. The mayor said they could vote on this issue as early as next month. 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.
Fans trek to Boston for tickets to World Series gamesBOSTON, MA (WFSB) -- Fans trekked up to Boston as the first game of the World Series gets underway. On Tuesday, fans were waiting in line in Boston, hoping to get a voucher for a game day ticket. Ben Ockert from South Windsor is going to school in Boston at Northeastern. He got in line at 8 a.m. to make sure he was in time for when they started handing out game day ticket vouchers. “I’m saving this voucher for a very die hard Red Sox fan who’s a friend and he assured me we’ll get in with this voucher and I’ll trust him,” Ockert said. Also in line was Nick Dougherty, from Berwick, Maine. He got in line at 4 p.m. Monday. “I slept, watched some football film, watched Netflix and YouTube, and hung out with some friends who I just met,” Dougherty said. The gates for the ticket holders don’t open until 6:30 p.m. The first game of the Boston Red Sox and Los Angeles Dodgers will be held on Tuesday night at 8 p.m.
White powder substance confirmed as corn starch at Torrington schoolTORRINGTON, CT (WFSB) – A white powder substance was found Torrington High School on Tuesday. Just after noon, the Torrington Fire Department responded to the high school after a small bag containing an unknown white powder found in the school. When emergency crews arrived on the scene, the substance was isolated from students, faculty, and staff. All students and faculty were held in their locations while the incident was investigated. The substance was determined to be corn starch and posed no health hazard. Normal activities and regular dismissal occurred.