WFSB - Eyewitness News

Windsor Locks murder believed to have been crime of passionWINDSOR LOCKS, CT (WFSB) - A suspected love triangle that turned deadly has led to a murder charge for a man in Windsor Locks. According to police on Wednesday, 38-year-old Antwon Barnes was charged with murder, criminal attempt at murder and first-degree larceny. He was charged at his bedside in the hospital on Wednesday. Barnes is accused of killing <a href="" target="_blank">35-year-old Leroy Jefferson on Tuesday</a>. His bond was set at $2 million. Read the arrest warrant <a href="" target="_blank">here</a>. Barnes was already in custody on Tuesday as a "person of interest" in the case, but had been admitted to a local hospital for a health issue. The scene unfolded at the Bradley House Apartments in Windsor Locks earlier in the day on Tuesday. About 90 minutes after the deadly shooting, Barnes eventually surrendered to police in Hartford Tuesday. They believe his crime was a crime of passion with a woman at the center. According to police, the woman who saw the shooting has a child with Barnes. They had dated for nine years, according to the arrest warrant, but broke up five months ago. They both still lived in the same complex, but different apartment units. The woman was dating the victim. Police said she was almost hurt after Barnes pointed his gun at her but it didn't fire. Eyewitnesses said they heard more than a dozen shots fired at the apartments. They also said Barnes had gotten into a fight with Jefferson. Jefferson was shot nearly a dozen times, including once in the head, police said. The search for Barnes put Windsor Locks schools into a soft lockdown until he later turned himself in at the Hartford Police Dept. Before he turned himself in, he took off in a Pathfinder and went to his work. That's when he stole another vehicle and drove away. The warrant said Barnes then called his ex-girlfriend, who was with police at the time. That's when an officer got on the phone and told him he should turn himself in to police. "People turn themselves in on a variety of charges everyday, warrants or otherwise," explained Lt. Paul Cicero, Hartford police. "For a homicide it doesn’t happen too much, but we certainly recommend that the way he did it was very proper, he surrendered peacefully, and that’s the way we would like it."
Lawmakers react to President's ceasefire planA deal has been struck that will stop the bloodshed in northern Syria.
Something's Good: Yale New Haven Hospital holds wedding for patient's daugtherStaff at Yale New Haven Hospital organized a wedding so a father could see his daughter walk down the aisle.
Man dies in Norwich house fireNORWICH, CT (WFSB) -- A man died in a Norwich house fire on Wednesday afternoon. The fire broke out at a home on Bentley Avenue. Family members say 46-year-old Michael Smith Jr., who is partially handicapped, died in the fire. He was found on the first floor of the three-family home, and was the only one home at the time. It is unclear at this time what sparked the blaze, but authorities are investigating.
Lawsuit filed against state police, brewery after trooper involved in crashSOUTHBURY, CT (WFSB) – A State Police sergeant is under investigation after leaving a brewery and crashing his cruiser into another car. The mother and daughter, who were hit by the sergeant, are now suing saying that he was drunk. Due to the extent of Sergeant John Arthur McDonald’s injuries, he was never given a sobriety test. He was taken to the hospital, but once he got there, he refused treatment, which includes a blood test. <a href="" target="_blank">The crash happened on Sept. 25</a> when McDonalds ran through a stop sign on Airport Road in Southbury and crashed into a car drive by Lisa Conroy. Conroy’s 19-year-old daughter was also inside the car and both say they’ve been left with serious and lingering injuries from head to toe. On Wednesday, the Conroy’s filed a lawsuit against the state, McDonald, and Black Hog Brewery. They said McDonald left that brewery a few moments before the crash. To read the full lawsuit, click <a href="" target="_blank">here</a>. According to the lawsuit, Black Hog, “… chose not to cut off John Arthur McDonald when they knew he was intoxicated and likely to drive a motor vehicle on the roads of this State with other drivers.” After the crash, McDonald’s sobriety was never tested. That’s because he refused treatment at the hospital. “Someone with visible injury or complaining of injury, that takes precedent to a field sobriety test. At that point, and as an investigating officer, you would hope to get the medical records at the hospital. He refused treatment at that point when he got to the hospital,” said Brian Foley, executive aide to the Commissioner of the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection. The state has a zero-tolerance policy that says employees can’t consume drugs or alcohol prior to driving a state vehicle. Right now, police say there’s a three-level motor vehicle, criminal and internal affairs investigation into what happened that night. As the investigation continues, McDonald is allowed to stay on the job and get a new cruiser. Channel 3 reached out to State Police and Black Hog Brewery for comment regarding the lawsuit, but haven’t heard back.
Law enforcement officials recognized for courageous effortsState troopers, police officers, and firefighters were recognized for their courageous efforts during an awards ceremony.
Simsbury looks to manage coyote populationSIMSBURY, CT (WFSB) -- The town of Simsbury is working to manage its coyote population. Residents and environmental officials are gathering on Wednesday. The Dept. of Energy and Environmental Protection is expected to discuss ways to keep family pets safe, while encouraging residents to not feed wild animals. Simsbury resident Tara Olszewski doesn’t take chances with her precious dog at night. “Pretty much, always making sure I have a flashlight when I go outside and kind of banging it around a little bit as I go around in the dark area,” she said. She knows her dog would make the perfect snack for a coyote, and the animal control officer in town hears those kinds of stories all too often. “They are getting a little more brazen, a little more human habituated and food conditioned,” said Simsbury Animal Control Officer Mark Rudewicz. He said it’s important to highlight issues that come with feeding wildlife, saying it’s bad all around. “I always say this -- a fed animal, is a dead animal, as far as wildlife,” Rudewicz said. Right now, there is no ordinance on the books when it comes to feeding wild animals. The meeting starts at 7 p.m. on Wednesday at the Simsbury Public Library.
Wellness Wednesday: Are your child's headphones too loud?HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -- It’s a noisy world we live in, and the Centers for Disease Control estimates 12 percent of children have suffered hearing loss because of excessive exposure to noise. If a child or adult always has earphones on, they could be at risk too. “We see kids all the time with concerns about their hearing,” said Dr. Christopher Grindle, of Connecticut Children’s Medical Center. So parents, listen up. “Sound is measured in what is called decibels and it’s a measure of sound intensity. Normal conversational speech is around 60 to 70 decibels, whispers are 30 decibels. Sound can start to get dangerous actually causing a problem with hearing at levels greater than 85 decibels,” Grindle said. There are a few things parents need to know to protect their child’s hearing. First, turn the volume down. “Turn that down to about 60 percent max volume and only be exposed to it for 60 minutes. So, by doing that, you are both reducing the intensity of the sound so turning the volume down and reducing the tie you are you exposed to the sound,” Grindle said. He adds that listening to a device at its max can damage hearing in just two minutes. Parents can also go into the settings on a device and set the noise max at 60 percent. Therefore, they may think their blasting the music, but they are still at a safe level. “So, you are doing things to help them without them even knowing,” Grindle said. Parents should also get the right headphones that fit properly. “Probably the best combination are those isolating headphones, or the headphones that block out ambient sound at a lower volume, that way you get to enjoy the music you don’t have to hear the background noise and you’re not putting yourself at any risk,” Grindle said. Also, be a good role model, because even if it doesn’t seem like they’re listening, they’re watching. “Modeling those behaviors for your kids so if you model good ear health for your kids they’ll model that and continue to pass that on,” Grindle said. He goes on to say “Noise induced hearing loss unfortunately is often permanent so there is no way to go back and reverse that it is however very preventable.” For those concerned about a child’s hearing, be sure to schedule a hearing test with a doctor.
Report: Hartford detective hit handcuffed suspect during drug arrestHARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -- A Hartford police detective has been placed on administrative duty as a ‘use of force’ report is being investigated by the State's Attorney's office. The report was filed in May following a drug arrest. The detective who filed the report said he struck an individual in the shoulder with his radio “because he feared the individual was attempting to stand up and flee.” The detective said the individual was in handcuffs at the time and was seated on the ground. After reviewing body camera footage, it was determined the report be investigated by the State’s Attorney’s office. “We are now waiting to hear from the State’s Attorney’s office whether any State statute was violated, and we have also begun an internal investigation that will commence once we hear from the State’s Attorney’s office,” said a letter from Hartford’s Interim Police Chief Jason Thody. Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin released a statement on Wednesday saying "The Police Department did the right thing by referring this use of force incident to the State’s Attorney’s office when they determined it warranted further investigation. This is why we have body cameras, and why the Department reviews use of force reports filed by officers."
Early Warning Weather ForecastFrom Chief Meteorologist Bruce DePrest in the Channel 3 Early Warning Forecast Center… Tonight: Clear and cooler, a diminishing wind. Low: 35-45. Thursday: Mostly sunny and pleasant. High: 66 inland, 64 shore. Friday: Partly sunny, then increasing cloudiness during the afternoon. A chance for light rain showers at night. Low: 44. High: 63 inland, 62 shore. Saturday: Mostly sunny, then increasing cloudiness during the afternoon. Rain developing at night. Low: 40. High: 60 inland, 60 shore. Sunday: Cloudy with rain likely. Low: 47. High: 56 inland, 59 shore. Monday: Mostly sunny, then increasing cloudiness during the afternoon. Low: 45. High: 68 inland, 63 shore. Tuesday: Mostly cloudy and mild, a chance for showers. Low: 50. High: 68 inland, 69 shore. Wednesday: Partly sunny, windy and much cooler. Low: 40. High: 53 inland, 55 shore.