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President to sign emergency declarationWASHINGTON (WFSB) - Some federal employees in Connecticut said they're breathing a sigh of relief after a bill was passed to keep the government funding. However, a new point of contention has developed in Washington. Friday morning, President Donald Trump said <a href="https://www.wfsb.com/trump-says-he-s-declaring-national-emergency-to-build-border/article_79504ca6-d152-56a4-9b10-8ccb2bcc2b95.html" target="_blank">he's going to sign a national emergency declaration</a> to get funding for border security. He began making his remarks around 10:30 a.m. "We have an invasion of drugs and criminals coming into this country," Trump said during his news conference. Trump said the declaration papers were ready, he just needed to finish signing them. Congress passed the <a href="https://www.wfsb.com/news/mcconnell-trump-will-sign-funding-bill-declare-a-national-emergency/article_29fc4fea-4c57-504f-971f-670fdd6e0704.html" target="_blank">comprehensive spending and border security bill</a> on Thursday night to avoid another government shutdown. The White House said Trump will sign to the bill into law to ensure <a href="https://www.wfsb.com/news/local-federal-employees-relieved-after-president-trump-signs-funding-bill/article_4b93ef2a-30d2-11e9-bfea-7378a51f5532.html" target="_blank">government emp</a><a href="https://www.wfsb.com/news/local-federal-employees-relieved-after-president-trump-signs-funding-bill/article_4b93ef2a-30d2-11e9-bfea-7378a51f5532.html" target="_blank">loyees get their pay</a>. The bill includes $1.4 billion for border fencing, which is far short of the $5.7 billion the president wanted for a wall. That's why the White House said the president plans to declare the national emergency at the southern border. Trump claims it's a humanitarian crisis. The declaration gives the president the authority to seize property and redirect funding without Congressional approval. "Moving things around and we're doing things that are fantastic and taking from far less, really from far less important areas," Trump explained. Democrats plan to challenge the declaration. It's expected to be immediately contested in federal court. "We will not have an end line run around the Congress of the United States," said Rep. Nancy Pelosi, a Democrat. A recent CBS News poll said two-thirds of Americans think Trump should not declare a national emergency. Both Democrats and Republicans have opposed it. Connecticut lawmakers reacted to the news shortly after the president's news conference. “I strongly oppose [the] president’s announcement that he will misuse emergency powers to divert military construction funding to pay for a border wall," said Rep. Joe Courtney, a Democrat representing Connecticut's 2nd District. "Simply stated, this is not a proper use of the President’s authority and will harm rather than strengthen our national security." The state Senate's president pro tempore called the declaration a dangerous precedent. “Declaring a national emergency for one party’s pet project to satisfy the far right is a dangerous precedent that not only undermines the United States Constitution but also raises serious questions for Connecticut," said Sen. Martin Looney, a Democrat. "The raid of federal funding from the Pentagon and the Treasury Department to pay for the Republican’s wall should have all Connecticut state officials concerned on how this will impact eastern Connecticut and our submarine base, Sikorsky, Pratt &amp; Whitney, and funding for Medicare and Medicaid. President Trump has mortgaged his presidency to his vanity and created peril for our democracy in doing so.” Rep. Jahana Hayes said she voted in favor of Thursday night's bipartisan bill but remains opposed to the declaration. “I am disheartened to hear that President Trump is circumventing this negotiated agreement and would prefer instead to declare a national emergency that will usurp and defy the will of Congress – a coequal branch of government – to fulfill a campaign promise," Hayes said. "It is the job of Congress to allocate funding and President Trump should not initiate this power grab of declaring an emergency where one does not actually exist.” Stay with Channel 3 for updates.
Judge: Hernandez's child can't sue NFL over brain diseasePHILADELPHIA (AP) — The 6-year-old daughter of the late NFL player Aaron Hernandez missed a 2014 deadline to opt out of the league's concussion settlement and can't separately pursue a $20 million suit over his diagnosis of a degenerative brain disease, a judge ruled. Yet Hernandez's death in 2017 came too late for his family to seek up to $4 million in compensation for suicides related to chronic traumatic encephalopathy under the class action settlement. Hernandez spent three years with the New England Patriots before his 2013 arrest on the first of three homicide charges. The Patriots terminated his $40 million contract, and he never returned to the NFL. U.S. District Judge Anita Brody in Philadelphia — where lawsuits were consolidated alleging the NFL hid what it knew about the risks of concussion injuries — ruled Thursday that he was effectively retired and therefore, along with his family, bound by the class action settlement for NFL retirees. Under terms of the concussion settlement, the judge said, "The crux of the issue is whether Hernandez was 'seeking active employment' as an NFL football player as of July 7, 2014. He was not. On this date, Hernandez had been imprisoned — without bail — for nearly a year." Family lawyer Brad Sohn argued that Hernandez had not retired but hoped to be exonerated and return to the league. His daughter, Sohn said, should therefore be able to pursue her "loss of consortium" lawsuit in her home state of Massachusetts. "No matter what anybody wants to say about Aaron Hernandez . she will have to live with the fact that she doesn't have a parent for the rest of her life," Sohn said Friday. "It remains our position that the NFL is responsible for the damages that she has because of his CTE." Hernandez was convicted in the first homicide case in 2015 but acquitted of an unrelated double homicide in April 2017. He took his life days later in prison. His conviction was later overturned because he died before exhausting his appeals. Doctors later found the 27-year-old Hernandez had advanced CTE on a level not previously seen in someone that young. Sohn, in a brief in the case, called Hernandez "a generational talent" but said he "entered the NFL in 2010, even though (and amidst everyone's full knowledge that) he had been investigated for ties to a brutal 2007 shooting. The NFL paid no mind to this and let him play." The daughter involved in the lawsuit is the child of Hernandez's fiancee, Shayanna Jenkins. "A.H., a child, committed no crime nor asked to be born into such tragic circumstances," Sohn wrote.
Every Town Has a Story: Exploring HamdenHAMDEN, CT (WFSB) - Every Town Has a Story heads to Hamden this week. Channel 3 got "the scoop" at an ice cream shop in Hamden that has been in town for more than three decades. Like any good reporter, Mark Zinni got to the bottom of this investigation. As in, the bottom of the ice cream container. Regina Banos is the owner of Wentworth Homemade Ice Cream on Whitney Avenue and people just can't get enough of the flavors she whips-up. "In the summertime, people drool for the peach. Fresh peach ice cream, you can't get it too many places and it's pretty phenomenal and it's very difficult to make. In the fall it's pumpkin, pumpkin caramel cheesecake, gingerbread,” said Banos. Banos has owned the business for 31 years and she's been scooping the competition ever since because she keeps it all-natural and always delicious. "Hard core ice cream, that's what it is, absolutely. And people appreciate it, they come from all over and I mean all over, all over, so we're very lucky,” Banos said. In fact, Phyllis Erwin is from Vermont! She was there to see her grandkids and every trip includes a stop at Wentworth. "It’s local, it's homemade, it's not commercial. What more can you ask for,” said Erwin. There’s one flavor you won't want to try. The K-9 crunch with a kibble mix is perfect for your pooch. There’s not just good ice cream in Hamden! From hot dogs to lobster rolls and onion rings, one legendary restaurant has been bringing people back for more since the 1950's. Channel 3 got a look at what’s cooking behind the counter at the Glenwood Drive-In. It’s a sizzle that's music to the ears of customers at the Glenwood Drive-In, where on any given day, you may also hear music! The restaurant on Whitney Avenue has a rich history. It’s a family-owned business for more than sixty years and these days, you'll find relatives of the original owner, Rocky Stone, running the show, including Rocky's grandson, Robbie, who remains loyal to the original menu. "I mean between the lobster rolls and the hot dogs and the fried clams, you won't be disappointed! We're doing the same thing we did 20, 30, 40 years ago,” said Robbie Stone. The Glenwood is a go-to destination for foodies from near and far, even though it has changed a bit over the years. "It went from a little building to what you see today. The original building would be this one right over here,” Stone said. "We love it here. We've been since he was a little guy, I was small, our children were here, we've just been coming here forever,” said Claudia Norman, a customer. If you're in business this long, you're doing something right and they're still bringing in new customers every day! "My daughter last night said, ‘daddy, can we have lobster rolls?’ I thought, you know, I’ll look and see where you can get lobster rolls around here,” said Josiah Rowe. Hot lobster to hot dogs to hot relish, you can get so much here, which is why so many people keep coming back for more. It’s not just hot dogs and lobster rolls! The family also opened an ice cream parlor off the dining room where they've been scooping ice cream for almost three decades. From Hamden to Ireland, there’s a special museum located in Haden that is dedicated to Ireland’s past Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum in Hamden offers a look back at a dark time in history. "Nobody has ever explained to the younger children what happened over there, I didn't know about it until we were older,” said Joan Connor. The artwork takes you back to a period in time that started in 1845 and lasted several years, when an estimated 1 million people died of hunger in that country. "As we got older, I remember once my mother telling me how her mother would tell her that they would see the bodies where their mouths were green from trying to eat grass to keep them and the children alive,” said Grace Weeks. "The look on that face right there is really something. It's powerful and that's what we see with a lot of our artwork, it provokes an emotional response, whether it's anger, whether it's confusion, we see people walk out of here in tears constantly,” said Ryan Mahoney, executive director. Ryan Mahoney is the executive director of the museum at Quinnipiac University, where they collect and preserve artifacts from a period of time that many know very little about. "It's the largest collection of famine-related artwork in the world which is an amazing testament to the dedication that the university has had with this, they've been collecting for over 20 years,” said Mahoney. The six-year old museum is there because of a former Quinnipiac University board member who provided the seed money and decided these stories needed to be told and tied to modern day issues of famine and government inaction. "This is a one of a kind collection that you're not going to find anywhere else and we're lucky to have it right here in Connecticut,” said Mahoney. The museum is open to the public and the current exhibit ends on St. Patrick's Day. For more information on the museum, click <a href="https://www.ighm.org/" target="_blank">here</a>.
Prostitution arrests made at Glastonbury duplexGLASTONBURY, CT (WFSB) - Police executed a search warrant at a duplex in Glastonbury on Friday as part of a prostitution investigation. Two people were taken into custody at the home on House Street. Police identified them as Danielle Wilson, 31, and 46-year-old Eric Drake. Wilson was charged with criminal attempt to commit prostitution. Drake was charged with second-degree promoting prostitution and criminal possession of body armor. Neighbors reported seeing a lot of officers going in and out of the duplex on Friday morning. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/BreakingNews?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#BreakingNews</a> Glastonbury police made an arrest at a duplex at 50-52 House Street this morning. More info coming shortly. Spoke with a neighbor who said there has been a lot of traffic in and out of the duplex. <a href="https://t.co/dDUdU0S5k6">pic.twitter.com/dDUdU0S5k6</a>&mdash; David McKay (@DavidMcKayTV) <a href="https://twitter.com/DavidMcKayTV/status/1096394859143938050?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">February 15, 2019</a> Police continued to urge anyone with information about suspicious activity to give them a call at 860-652-4260 or through their anonymous tip line at 860-657-3784. Eyewitness News has a crew on the scene. Refresh this page and watch Channel 3 for updates. Danielle Wilson
Human remains found 23 years ago in Norwalk identifiedNORWALK, CT (WFSB) – Human remains found 23-years-ago in Norwalk have been identified. Police said on April 18, 1996, human remains were found on Shea Island in Norwalk Harbor. The remains couldn’t be identified at the time, but due to updated testing, two fingerprints were developed from the remains. On Thursday, police were notified that a positive identity had been made for the remains. According to Norwalk Police, Landberto Quintero was identified as the man found on Shea Island in 1996. Anyone with information about Quintero is asked to contact Norwalk Police at 203-854-3164.
Senators, health officials call on U.S. health secretary to curb e-cig epidemicHARTFORD, CT (WFSB) - Connecticut's senior senator is leading his senate colleagues in urging health officials to curb an electronic cigarette epidemic. Sen. Richard Blumenthal met with health officials at 10:30 a.m. on Friday at the Legislative Office Building in Hartford. Blumenthal said he and his fellow senators will be making the plea to U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar. They want Azar and his department to immediately work toward solutions. Blumenthal said the HHS has failed to adequately respond to the epidemic. He <a href="https://www.wfsb.com/skyrocketing-teen-e-cig-use-erases-recent-declines-in-youth/article_513734d4-897a-5448-9542-8bcba567bded.html" target="_blank">cited a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention</a> that was released this week that showed tobacco product use among youth is increasing. The report blamed e-cigarettes. Doctors said they they can have long term health effects and nicotine can damage a young brain. “There is strong and consistent evidence that children who use e cigarettes are significantly more likely to use traditional cigarettes, a product that kills half of its long-term users," said Dr. Sandra Carbonari, American Academy of Pediatrics. “So the question is what is the [Food and Drug Administration] doing about this epidemic and the answer is not enough," Blumenthal said. "Sadly, the answer is virtually nothing." Blumenthal said a start would be banning flavored e-cigarettes, which he said appeal to teenagers. “Any regulations you can stipulate for stronger laws on that, that would be fine with me," agreed Patti Berry of Rocky Hill. Other people who spoke to Channel 3 did not have an opinion. “I’m neutral on it," said Rinaldo Signorello of Wethersfield, "It’s not anything of my concern.” Blumenthal also called for raising the purchase age, stronger enforcement and banning internet sales of e-cigarettes. The hope as that those changes will curb the crisis.
Jackknifed tractor trailer closes I-84 west in WaterburyWATERBURY, CT (WFSB) - The westbound side of Interstate-84 was closed on Friday afternoon because of a jackknifed tractor trailer. According to the Department of Transportation, the crash happened between exits 18 and 17 just before 12:30 p.m. There's no word on injuries or a cause. For real-time traffic updates, check the Channel 3 traffic map <a href="https://www.wfsb.com/traffic/" target="_blank">here</a>.
Winter weather advisory expires, rain showers possibleHARTFORD, CT (WFSB) - A winter weather advisory that was issued for part of the state on Friday has since expired. However, people may notice rain showers pop up from time to time. Track them with Early Warning Pinpoint Doppler <a href="https://www.wfsb.com/weather/pinpoint_doppler_livestream/" target="_blank">here</a>. The weather alert was put in place for Hartford County from 8:30 a.m. until noon. There was some sleet and snow shower activity that pushed through northern Connecticut. Meteorologist Mark Dixon said they were short-lived. "Temperatures warm well into the 40s," Dixon said. "[There could be] scattered precip [Friday] afternoon. [It] should be rain and continue through the evening commute before ending shortly thereafter with the passage of a cold front." In advance of the front, there will be a strong southerly breeze. Gusts to 30 mph are possible. "For the weekend, the forecast is on track," Dixon said. "Saturday will feature a partly-to-mostly sunny sky [and] temps in the lower 40s. Sunday will be a few degrees cooler with increasing cloudiness as the day progresses." Then comes another chance for snow. "By daybreak Monday, areas of light snow look likely and could continue through the day," Dixon said. "It’s not a major storm by any means, but minor accumulations appear possible." Dixon said as of Friday morning's forecast, one model still kept the state entirely dry. The forecast also called for a quiet Tuesday with the next chance for a storm happening Wednesday into Thursday. Read the complete technical discussion <a href="https://www.wfsb.com/weather/technical_discussion/" target="_blank">here</a>. For weather updates on smartphones and tablets, head <a href="https://www.wfsb.com/site/station_info/apps" target="_blank">here</a> or text "WFSB" to 23765 to download the Channel 3 app.
Sunken sailboat in Hamburg Cove will be removed by Coast GuardLYME, CT (WFSB) – A sunken 53’ sailboat in Hamburg Cove will be removed by the Coast Guard. According to the Coast Guard, the boat is not discharging oil at this time. The boat sank in January, but the recovery of the boat is fluid. The Coast Guard said it depends on the weather for the boat to be lifted out of the water. The owner, the Coast Guard, and the salvage company will have to agree on a time and date for the boat to be recovered.
PD: 2 arrested after shooting, stabbing in WindhamWINDHAM, CT (WFSB) – Two people have been arrested following a shooting and stabbing in Windham last year. On Oct. 16, police responded to the report of a shooting on Bricktop Road at an apartment building. A neighbor told police they heard noise, followed by a gunshot from the apartment above his. The neighbor also found the victim who was suffering from a gunshot wound to the chest, as well as a stab wound to the abdomen. The victim was brought to Hartford Hospital via Life Star. State Police identified 20-year-old Alexander Santana and 18-year-old Corianna Jenkins as suspects in the case. Santana was arrested in November and Jenkins was arrested on Friday morning in Plymouth. Jenkins was held a $1 million bond after being charged with attempted murder and several other charges.