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Construction work to begin on Arrigoni Bridge in late FebruaryMIDDLETOWN, CT (WFSB) -- A $47 million construction project will get underway in late February on a bridge that spans over the Connecticut River in Middlesex County. The Department of Transportation announced that the Arrigoni Bridge rehabilitation project is expected to begin on Feb. 27. The bridge carries Routes 17 and 66 in Middletown and Portland. Construction on the Arrigoni Bridge will break into three stages. In all of them, Routes 17 and 66 will go down to a single lane in each direction. Repairs will include superstructure steel upgrades, a new 8-12' protective fence, and replacement of the bridge decks. The project is expected to be completed by Feb. 25 of 2022, according to the DOT. Mohawk Northeast, Inc. out of Plantsville won the construction bid on Jan. 13. Traffic will be reduced to one lane in each direction by a temporary concrete barrier. Two lanes will be added at St. John's Square and Main Street. Realignment work will also be done to improve safety and functionality. The following locations will be affected: Route 66 (Main Street): Monday – Friday from 9:00am – 2:00pm and 6:00pm – 6:00am, Saturday and Sunday from 9:00pm – 9:00am Route 66 (Washington Street): Monday – Friday from 9:00am – 3:00pm and 6:00pm – 6:00am, Saturday and Sunday from 9:00pm – 9:00am Route 17 (Hartford Avenue): Monday – Friday 9:00am – 3:00pm and 6:00pm – 6:00am, Saturday and Sunday from 9:00pm – 9:00am Route 17 / 66: Monday – Friday from 8:00pm – 6:00am, Saturday and Sunday from 9:00pm – 9:00am SR 545 (Washington Street): Monday – Friday from 9:00am – 3:00pm and 6:00pm – 6:00am, Saturday and Sunday from 9:00pm – 9:00am
Norwalk Police seek suspects wanted in armed robbery at Chick-fil-ANORWALK, CT (WFSB) - Norwalk Police are asking for the public's help in identifying two suspects wanted in an armed robbery. Officials say two individuals robbed the Chick-fil-A on Connecticut Avenue around 7 a.m. on Friday. Police shared pictures of the individuals. Anyone with information on the individuals or vehicle is asked to contact Detective Courtney Downer at 203-854-3182 or cdowner@norwalkct.org.
Route 4 in Burlington back open following deadly crashBURLINGTON, CT (WFSB) - Route 4 in Burlington has reopened following a deadly crash Saturday night, officials said. State Police say the two-car crash happened at the intersection of Route 4 and Mountain Spring Road around 6:43 p.m. and closed the area for several hours. Police say a Honda was traveling Westbound on Route 4 when it was struck head-on by an Infiniti that was traveling Eastbound. Officials say Denise Decker, 53, of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, was killed in the crash. Two passengers of the Infiniti were transported to Hartford Hospital by LifeStar, police said. The operator and a passenger of the Honda were taken to Hartford Hospital by ambulance. The operator of the Infiniti was taken to the UConn Medical center by ambulance. Anyone with information on the crash is asked to call Trooper Verno at 860-626-7900.
Over 160 weapons dropped off at Hamden gun buybackHAMDEN, CT (WFSB) -- Mayor Curt Leng said over 160 weapons were dropped off at the first Hamden gun buyback on Saturday. The buyback was held to put a dent in gun violence and to promote safe gun storage. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. unwanted guns were handed over to Officers at the Police Department on Dixwell Avenue. Anyone who brought an unwanted or unsecured gun was given a gift card for helping to keep guns from falling into the wrong hands, according to Police. Police said the person dropping off the gun would not be charged with illegal possession. A limited supply of free gun locks and car safes were available for people with valid pistol permits. American Express, Stop &amp; Shop, and Amazon gift cards were given for the following guns: $25 - single and double-shot (Derringer style) handguns$50 - rifles and shotguns$100 - pistols and revolvers $200 assault weapons "The Gun Buyback is a major prevention effort to help keep our community safe," said Mayor Curt Leng. "It will allow for the anonymous and safe disposal of potentially dangerous firearms before they become part of an unexpected tragedy." Click <a href="https://www.hamden.com/678/Hamden-Gun-Buy-Back" target="_blank">here</a> to make a tax deductible donation to the Yale New Haven Hospital Injury and Violence Program.
5 shot, 1 dead, at South End Hartford NightclubHARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -- A 28-year-old year man is dead and four others were shot at a nightclub in the south end of Hartford early Sunday morning, according to Police. Officers were called to the Majestic Lounge on Franklin Avenue around 1:30 a.m. According to Police, two of the surviving victims are in surgery and the other two victims are stable. One of the victims was being driven to the hospital by their brother and the car they were in crashed. However, they did make it to the hospital. Preliminary information from Police indicates there was a disturbance inside the nightclub between two groups of people. It was not a random shooting and it's too early to determine if it's gang related, according to Lt. Paul Cicero. Past problems at the nightclub prompted officers to post outside the nightclub. Cicero said having officers nearby was beneficial because they were able to provide medical aid immediately. Police are reviewing footage to see what led to the shooting. The identity of the victim who was fatally shot has not been released. There are no reports of an arrest and Police have not identified a suspect. Mayor Bronin issued the following statement on the incident: "Last night a dispute at a night club turned deadly because individuals were in possession of illegal hand guns, and tragically four people were injured and one person was killed. Hartford Police Officers who were at the club responded immediately, running in the direction of gunfire, and their heroic efforts may have prevented further loss of life. The Police Department is actively pursuing leads in this investigation. We had officers at the club because we have had concerns about activity there in the past, though there had been no issues in recent weeks. We are now assessing what further steps we can take to prevent another incident at this specific location.” Franklin Avenue was closed to traffic, but has since reopened. This is a developing story. Stay with Eyewitness News for updates.
Reward for Danbury dog killed by ATV increases to $5,000DANBURY, CT (WFSB) -- A pet owner has increased a reward for information leading to the arrest of a person who struck and killed a dog with an ATV in Danbury. The incident happened on Jackson Drive around 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 12. According to Police, the driver hit the dog with an ATV and fled the scene. The dog's owner, Danielle O'Rourke, has increased the reward to $5,000. Det. Lt. Mark Williams said it is believed the driver lives in the general area because residents told Police there are frequented ATV and dirt bike trails that connect to Jackson Drive, Tamanny Trail, and Great Plain Road. Click <a href="https://www.gofundme.com/f/q2m2p-justice-for-dusty" target="_blank">here</a> to donate to the GoFundMe to increase the reward amount. Anyone who knows the identity of the driver, or saw an ATV being driven near Jackson Drive during the time of the incident is asked to call Officer Michael Weaver at m.weaver@danbury-ct.gov.
Man stabbed multiple times at Foxwoods Resort Casino, Tribal Police make arrestMASHANTUCKET, CT (WFSB) -- An arrest was made after a man was stabbed multiple times during a large bar fight at Foxwoods Resort Casino early Saturday, according to Tribal Police. 40-year-old Robert Haines of Chicopee, MA, was arrested in connection with the stabbing and charged with breach of peace and assault. The violence erupted at Centrale Bar in the Fox Tower Casino around 1:15 a.m. According to Chief William Dittman, the victim lost a lot of blood and was taken to Backus Hospital in Norwich. He listed is in stable condition. Tribal Police are reviewing video and conducting interviews to determine what led to the attack. Stay with Eyewitness News for updates.
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EXCLUSIVE: Arrest made in Old Saybrook Fugitive Files caseOLD SAYBROOK, CT (WFSB) -- Saturday, justice is served for a Connecticut family. Channel 3 is partnering with the Connecticut Police Chiefs Association to help bring fugitives to justice. Tips led to the arrest of John Shepard and many came from you, our Eyewitness News viewers. Old Saybrook Police say he left the state after driving drunk and causing a rollover. His girlfriend at the time, Leah Coleman, later died from her injuries. Eyewitness News aired the story 48 hours ago, and now Shepard is in a Florida jail cell. The nearly seven-year manhunt for John Shepard ended after dozens of tips. “I had no idea. I just figured that he was going to say, we got all these tips, we’re getting closer,” said Robert Reynolds and Sharon Tiezzi. Instead, a cold case is now shut. In 2013 49-year-old Leah Coleman died from a rollover crash. Police say her boyfriend at the time, John Shepard, caused it while driving drunk. Arrest reports show he had a run-in with police in New Mexico while unconfirmed reports say he lived in Florida. On Thursday, Channel 3 highlighted the story on Fugitive Files. Dispatchers sat on standby, ready for tips to pour in. “So your newscast was not off the air yet and we began receiving tips. Tips continued to come in at least for 24 hours after the segment aired,” said Old Saybrook Police Chief Michael Spera. Leads mostly pointed to Florida. Police say Shepard quickly learned about the story, the law finally closing in on him as he tried to hide on a boat. Saturday morning, his years-long run ended with him handcuffed, behind a Broward County Sheriff’s vehicle. Until this moment, Coleman’s brother and sister pleaded for tips, even urging Shepard to turn himself in, but he didn’t. “He just proved what a scumbag he is. That’s the only way I can put it nicely,” Robert Reynolds said. Her family says the arrest will never bring this beloved mother of two back. But it did allow them to start the journey towards healing. “Our family can’t be more blessed to have had a department like this behind working on this and thank you,” Sharon Tiezzi said. Old Saybrook Police say Shepard is awaiting extradition. Once in Connecticut, he faces manslaughter charges. Chief Spera released a statement Saturday following Shepard's arrest: Since the airing of fugitive files Thursday night at 11pm on Channel 3, numerous tips on the whereabouts of John Shepard were been received. These credible tips led Old Saybrook Detectives on a path across state lines in an attempt to locate Shepard who is wanted for Manslaughter after causing the death of his girlfriend in an alcohol related accident in 2013. Overnight and during the day Saturday, Old Saybrook Police have been coordinating with the Broward County Sheriff Department’s Fugitive Task Force running down each lead received. With the help of Channel 3 viewers and the people in Florida who they forwarded the fugitive files story to, Shepard’s seven (7) year run for from the law ended Saturday morning when he was taken into custody. Shephard after learning the law was closing in on him, left where he was staying to hide on a boat where he was located. Shepard will be booked in the Broward County Florida Jail and will await extradition proceedings.
One injured in Hartford shootingHARTFORD, CT (WFSB) - Hartford Police are investigating a shooting that left one person injured Saturday night. Police say the shooting happened on New Park Avenue. An adult male suffered a graze wound, police said. The victim is conscious and alert. Police say they will release more information as it comes available.