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Early morning shooting under investigationHARTFORD (WFSB) - Police are investigating a shooting early Wednesday morning in the South End. According to police, officers responded to Hartford Hospital on the report of a gunshot victim arriving. Police said a man in his 30s was suffering from a non life-threatening gunshot wound. He is currently listed in stable condition. Through the investigation, police discovered the incident occurred in the area of 675 Wethersfield Ave. The Major Crimes and Crime Scene Divisions responded and assumed the investigation.
Technical Discussion: Temps will trend cooler today!YESTERDAY'S RECAP… The high temperature Tuesday afternoon was 91 degrees at Bradley International Airport (which represents the Greater Hartford Area), marking the 16th day this year with a high of at least 90 degrees. Through the 27th of July last year, there were 22 days with a high of at least 90 degrees. That total increased to a record 39 days before that summer came to an end! COOLER DAYS AHEAD... The jet stream will dip over the Northeastern States and this will carve out a deepening trough of low pressure. That means we can expect a lengthy spell of cooler than normal weather during the final days of July and the beginning of August! Today will be about 10 degrees cooler than yesterday. Highs will be the 70s to near 80, and the humidity will be comfortably low. There will be a mix of sun and clouds, and while a brief shower is possible, most of the day will be rain-free. Tonight will be partly cloudy and pleasant with lows 60-65. An area of low pressure will approach New England from the west tomorrow, and a frontal boundary will stall to our south. Therefore, we can expect plenty of clouds and there will be the risk of a shower throughout the day. Thunder is also possible during the afternoon and evening. Temperatures will likely remain in the 70s since Connecticut will be on the cooler side of the frontal boundary. A cold front will pass through the state Thursday night with more showers and potentially a few thunderstorms. Lows will be in the 60s. A northwesterly flow of drier air will take over by dawn Friday. That means the week will end on a pleasant note! Friday will feature partly sunny skies, a nice breeze, and lower humidity. Highs will be in the lower 80s. The mercury with then dip into the 50s Friday night with some upper 40s possible in the normally cooler locations! THE WEEKEND… Saturday, the last day of July, is shaping up to be a gorgeous day with mostly sunny skies and low humidity. Highs will range from the upper 70s at the coast to the lower 80s over interior portions of the state. Another cold front will move into New England on Sunday, but showers and thunderstorms should hold off until the late afternoon or evening. Most of the day will be dry with partly sunny skies, and highs 80-85. The last time we had a dry, sunny weekend (Saturday & Sunday) was over the first weekend of June (the 5th and 6th). EARLY NEXT WEEK… Temperatures will be at least 5 degrees cooler than normal Monday and Tuesday. Highs will in the mid to upper 70s on Monday, and 75-80 on Tuesday. Nighttime lows will be in the 50s, perhaps the 40s in the normally cooler spots by early Tuesday morning. The humidity will be nice and low. Both days will be partly to mostly sunny. Meteorologists Bruce DePrest and Mark Dixon with Scot Haney ---------------------------------------- JULY RAIN… So far, at Bradley Airport (where the official records are maintained for the Hartford Area), there has been measurable rain on 18 of the 27 days this month. The total, to date, stands at 9.95” …making July of 2021 the 3rd wettest July on record (and they date back to 1905). If an additional 1.30” falls over the next 4 days, the month would go into the books as the wettest July on record! SOMERS TORNADO… On Sunday evening (July 18th), a tornado traveled through the town of Somers. The National Weather Service estimated the wind to have reached 80 mph, classifying it as an EF-0 tornado. It was on the ground from 6:11 to 6:18pm and covered a distance of 1.9 miles (at a point, was 75 yards wide). There was damage, but fortunately no injuries. JUNE 2021… June went into the record books as a very warm month with below average rainfall. The average temperature for the Greater Hartford Area was 72.2 degrees, which is 3.3 degrees above normal. Total rainfall was 2.74”, which is 1.54” below normal. There were 2 heat waves. The first heat wave lasted 5 days, from June 5th through the 9th. The second heat wave lasted 4 days, from the 27th through the 30th. There was a total of 9 days with a high of at least 90 degrees. The hottest temperature for the month was a record breaking 99 degrees, set on the 29th. Bridgeport had 2 record highs to end the month. It was 94 degrees on the 29th, and 96 degrees on the 30th. “Copyright 2021 WFSB (Meredith Corporation). All rights reserved”
Watertown Police looking to identify two men posing as utility workersWATERTOWN, CT (WFSB) - Police in Watertown are looking to identify two men that gained access to a home by posing as utility workers. Officials said the two men spoke to the occupants at a home on Westgate Road, saying they were from the power company and showed them a round black and gold badge. The occupants were later informed that the two men were going to show them "how to turn on the power at the house" and later asked the occupants about their low water pressure. The men tried separating themselves from the occupants. That's when one of the occupants took out their phone and called the police. The two men fled in a white pickup truck as the occupant began to contact authorities. One of the men was described as a white man in his forties with a beard, while the other was described as a white-Hispanic man also in his forties. Both were wearing surgical masks. Police said the pickup truck the two men drove away in had a white cover on the bed. Anyone with any information is asked to contact Watertown Police at 860-945-9940.
96-year-old involved in deadly 2020 crash in East Haven turns himself in to policeEAST HAVEN, CT (WFSB) - Police have made an arrest in connection with a crash back in 2020 that left a man dead. Peter Acampora, 96, turned himself in on charges of negligent homicide with a motor vehicle and failure to grant the right of way at an intersection Monday. The incident all unfolded back on July 18 of last year at the corner of Hemmingway Avenue and Tyler Street. Investigators say a 1996 Oldsmobile Ciera was traveling west along the Tyler Street Extension when it tried to cross all four lanes on Hemingway Avenue to get to Tyler Street. As the Ciera was doing so, it struck a motorcycle that was traveling down Hemingway Avenue. Both drivers were taken to Yale New Haven Hospital for treatment. The driver of the motorcycle, identified as 29-year-old Bruce Esposito, later died from his injuries. Police later determined that Acampora was at fault and issued a warrant for his arrest. Acampora was released on a $2,500 bond and is scheduled to be arraigned in New Haven Superior Court in mid-August.
Local gymnasts, doctors react to Simone Biles Olympic withdrawal(WFSB) - Simone Biles stepped away from her Olympic competition on July 27. The 35 time medalist stated that she needed time to focus on her mental health. Local gymnasts and and doctors agree, this was a step in the right direction. Kevin Portofee is an elite gymnasts and head coach, he agreed that this is a big step for the sport. "Seeing Simone Biles be able to say, ‘woah, I’m not mentally ready for this right now,’ is a really big step in our sport," he continued, stating how it helps young athletes. "The best gymnast ever had to deal with this same issue, so if we have a gymnast, young or old, dealing with this, you can say hey, you’re not the only one." Portofee highlighted how personal and important health issues are, "If somebody were to break their leg at a competition, you wouldn’t say they’re weak in any way. Where I think in the same way with mental health, if somebody was starting to have issues it shouldn’t be a weakness thing. " Dr. James O’Dea of Hartford HealthCare, Behavioral Health said Biles set a good example, "I think of her now as a superhero. For her to come on that stage knowing it will come to this kind of scrutiny, but still be able to stand back and say I need to take a minute to collect myself and make sure I’m well."
Body pulled from Naugatuck RiverNAUGATUCK, CT (WFSB) - A body was pulled from the Naugatuck River Tuesday. Police said the discovery was made during the early evening hours on Platts Mill Road near Radner Avenue. Investigators were seen walking back and forth from the wooded area near the river tonight. Detectives have been out here for several hours trying to determine who this person is and how he or she got here. Police aren't commenting on the gender, age, or manner of death. Platts Mill Road remains closed while police investigate. Refresh this page and stay with Eyewitness News for updates.
SUBASE youth programs re-implement mask mandateGROTON, Ct. (WFSB) - The Naval Submarine Base New London (SUBASE) re-implemented their mask mandate, starting on July 28, The mandate applies to all child and youth program team members, families, children and visitors. Children at the Child Development Center are exempted from the requirement. “We appreciate your support and understanding as we implement enhanced virus mitigation measures at our facilities,” said Cathy Terrall, Director of SUBASE Child and Youth Programs. “Our focus remains on the safety and health of our Children, Families, Sailors, and Staff.”
Bear struck by hit-and-run driver in Easton forced to be put downEASTON, CT (WFSB) - A bear has died after it was struck by a vehicle in Easton. Officials say it happened around 6:20 Monday evening on the westbound side of Rt. 136. The bear was found to have been suffering from serious injuries and needed to be put down. The vehicle that struck the bear was nowhere to be found when investigators arrived on scene. Easton Police said the bear weighed approximately 125 pounds.
Derby man killed in Shelton motorcycle crashSHELTON, CT (WFSB) - A man has died following a crash Tuesday afternoon. It happened around 2:20 on the Derby-Shelton Bridge. Police say a motorcycle was traveling into downtown Shelton when it was struck by a vehicle that was coming out of Riverside Drive. The motorcyclist, identified as 60-year-old David Guliuzza of Derby, was taken to an area hospital, where he later died. The driver of the vehicle was not injured. No charges have been filed at this time. Witnesses to the crash are asked to contact Shelton Police at 203-924-1544.
Karen Dubois-Walton drops out of race for New Haven mayorNEW HAVEN, CT (WFSB) - Karen Dubois-Walton announced Tuesday she is ending her campaign for mayor of New Haven. Her campaign said they will not be making an official statement today. Dubois-Walton sought to challenge incumbent Justin Elicker for the Democratic party's nomination for mayor. Later that day, the New Haven Democrats announced their endorsement for Elicker for reelection. New Haven Republicans have not announced their endorsement for mayor yet. Right now, it is between Mayse Torres and John Carlson.