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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="" 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.
Memorial established to honor fallen heroes, families in East HartfordDozens gathered to see plans for a new memorial dedicated to honor the lives of fallen heroes and their families on Saturday in East Hartford. Unveiled on Saturday afternoon, volunteers and families who helped foster the project attended a showing of plans on how to best honor Connecticut’s 30,000 men and women who have given their lives in services to our nation. The Fallen Star Memorial, which will consist of three bronze statues, will be located on the campus of Goodwin College. "I think it’s very fitting,” said Vietnam Veteran, Dale Snellenberger. “There are a lot of people behind the scenes, they pay the ultimate price. I think it’s a very nice design.” Money is being raised to support the project. Volunteers told Channel 3 they are planning a star in the center of the design and the imagery of a seated woman holding a photo and dog tags of her beloved hero, contemplating the fallen star. The design will also feature a man and a child paying their respect to their fallen heroes. For more information, <a href="http://www.Goodwin.EDU/CTfallenstar" target="_blank">click here</a>.
Hartford community leaders launch safety initiative on SaturdayHartford community and city leaders gathered in Hartford on Saturday to launch new initiatives aimed at curbing violence in the city. Channel 3 spoke with representatives from 5 local non-profits in the city who said they have a vested interest in supporting the community and strengthening youth. They said, by doing so, they hope this will have a stronger impact on reducing violence. The organizations in attendance of the coalition included COMPASS Youth Collaborative, Hartford Communities That Care, United Against Violence, Peace Center of Connecticut and the Wilson-Gray YMCA. Inside the gym at the Wilson-Gray YMCA on Saturday afternoon, the Community Safety Coalition brought together leaders with a public safety fair to support families. “Every time that a gun rings out in our street, every time that there is an incidence of violence in our community, it impacts not only those that are involved. It impacts everyone. All of us,” said COMPASS Youth Collaborative representative, Jacquelyn Santiago. Over the last five years, there have been more than 600 shootings in Hartford, and the number of shootings increased by more than 20 percent in the last year. “We are in the lives of young people every day. Extending the gaps. We are at schools, courts, prisons in the streets embedded into their homes,” said Director of COMPASS Peace Builders, Dean Jones. After years of working alongside each other, the non-profits are working together. “Making sure the community sees that solidarity makes a difference, but it's the quiet work that this team is doing behind the scenes that I think has the potential to change and save lives,” said Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin. Executive Director of the Wilson Gray YMCA on Albany Ave, Anthony Barrett said he would like to see more youth turn to their campsites for safe havens. “When you can take them out of an environment that they only know and put them in a new environment and you can provide them an opportunity to teach and mentor and build fellowship,” said Barrett. “I think those are the kind of transformative opportunities kids are really looking for and that's what a YMCA can truly bring to this coalition.” The Hartford Community Safety Coalition is planning a wide variety of initiatives for next year to support parents and their kids.
PD: Man injured after fall from a bucket truck in TollandState Police said a man is in critical condition after police said he fell from a bucket truck on Saturday afternoon. Police, Tolland Fire, and EMS responded to an incident in which a 45-year-old man fell from a bucket truck while conducting maintenance to an overhead canopy on Merrow Rd. just before 4:30 p.m. Life Star responded and took the man to Hartford Hospital where he is recovering. Troopers from the Troop C barracks are asking for witnesses to this incident to contact the barracks at 860-896-3200.