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Police investigate bank robbery in VernonVERNON, CT (WFSB)- Police are currently investigating a robbery that took place Saturday morning in Vernon. A suspect took an undisclosed amount of money from Berkshire Bank, located at 435 Hartford Turnpike. Police are still working to identify the suspect. He is described as a white male between the ages of 35 and 40. The robbery occurred around 9:10 a.m. this morning. There were no customers in the building during the robbery. Two employees were working when the man entered the bank. The drive thru and inside of the bank will be closed for the next few hours as police investigate. Vernon Police urges anyone with information to call them at 860-872-9126. Stay with Channel 3 for updates.
Wreaths Across America makes its way to ConnecticutMIDDLETOWN, CT (WFSB)- More than a million wreaths will be placed across the country today, including in Connecticut. The annual Wreaths Across America event is being held today at the State Veterans Cemetery in Middletown. The tradition started in the early 1990s as a way to pay tribute to fallen soldiers and their families. Wreaths Across America travels a 700-mile route in a 2-mile-long fleet along the eastern seaboard. The fleet of buses and SUVs starts in Maine and goes to Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia. The annual event started in 1992. A business man from Maine donated the first wreaths, about five thousand. Over time, the mission grew to honor more soldiers. There are more than 1400 locations across the country, at sea, and abroad that are taking part in Wreaths Across America Day. The idea that powers Wreaths Across America is: “A person dies twice, once when he stops breathing, and a second time when someone mentions his or her name for the last time.” For more information on Wreaths Across America visit
Early Warning Weather ForecastFrom Meteorologist Mike Cameron in the Channel 3 Early Warning Forecast Center… Saturday: Clouds mixing with some sunshine, especially in northern Connecticut. A milder day. High: 49 inland, 51 shore. Tonight: Increasingly cloudy. Low: 24-32. Sunday: Rain and a wintry mix developing during the morning, then a change to all rain in the afternoon and evening; otherwise, breezy and raw. High: 39 inland, 42 shore. Monday: Partly to mostly cloudy with a chance for a rain or snow shower during the afternoon; becoming breezy. Low: 31. High: 42 inland, 44 shore. Tuesday: Partly sunny, windy and cold. Low: 26. High: 34 inland, 36 shore. Wednesday: Mostly sunny; less wind. Low: 15. High: 40 inland, 44 shore. Thursday: Partly to mostly cloudy and milder; a shower will be possible. Low: 30. High: 48 inland, 50 shore. Friday: A chance for rain or rain mixed with snow. Low: 35. High: 44 inland, 46 shore.
New streetlights causing a problem in AnsoniaANSONIA (WFSB) - Some Ansonia residents say the glare from new street lights are keeping them up at night by sneaking through their blinds. But city leaders are already taking steps to nip the problem in the bulb. Wakelee Avenue was replaced, new curbs were installed, even the sidewalks were re-done. But some folks say there is a big bright problem with the new street lamps. "That's my Christmas spirit." The lights outside Luccita Herrera's home on Wakelee Avenue in Ansonia create countless smiles this holiday season. But no one loves them more than Luccita. "They make me happy, they make me feel together with my family," Herrera said. But right now, a very different set of lights are getting attention on Wakelee: the brand new street lamps that were installed as part of the road’s $5 million renovation plan. Luccita loves them-she says the make Wakelee way safer than it used to be. "It was terrible you can’t even see it you cant even see it there was a lot of accidents on this road because it’s very dark," Herrera said. But many people have complained that now the lights are too bright. Christopher Waugh says the street lamps shine right into his window. "I wake up and it's like I had a phone light in my eye basically," Waugh said. And Waugh is not alone. The city received so many complaints that leaders are now taking steps to dim the lights. Now every other street lamp is lit and soon the city will install shields on the lights to control the brightness. Waugh is happy leaders are listening. "It’s a good way our town is looking at ways how to help out those citizens," Waugh said.
Dumpster fire spreads to vehicles at scrap yardEAST HAMPTON (WFSB) - A dumpster fire spread to several cars at a scrap yard in East Hampton Friday night. According to officials, the fire began in a dumpster at Fowler's Auto Wrecking Inc. at 24 Old Coach Road. Officials said the fire spread to some vehicles on the property. Several other towns were called in for mutual aid with tankers. The business was closed at the time and there are no reported injuries. The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) has been notified and is also responding. Stay with Eyewitness News for more information as soon as it becomes available.
Vigil held for Waterford mother killed by boyfriendWATERFORD, CT (WFSB) - The Waterford family who lost a daughter to domestic violence this week is holding a vigil Friday night. They want to shed light on the problem and to let other victims living in silence know there is help. This candlelight vigil was put together by Corina Zukowski’s family, along with organizations that offer help and refuge to those living with a violent domestic partner. Zukowski, 25, was stabbed to death Monday night in an East Lyme motel room she shared with her boyfriend, Avery Hallbrooks. Zukowski has three boys including a one-year-old boy with Hallbrooks, who was charged with her murder by East Lyme police. Her family told Eyewitness News that Zukowski wanted to distance herself from Hallbrooks and improve her life. The director at Safe Futures, Katherine Verano says the most dangerous moment is when an abused partner decides to leave. “The most critical time when a victim decides to leave an abuser because the abuser is controlling wants to control their life, isolate them,” said Verano. Zukowski was the 17th domestic violence homicide victim this year. Since 2000, last year Connecticut had 246 domestic violence homicides, 213 of those were women, according to the CT Coalition Against Domestic Violence. If you’d like more information about the Safe Futures program and the hotline, click <a href="" target="_blank">here</a>.
Liberty Bank Surprise squad arranges the gift of sight for family in needThe Liberty Bank Surprise Squad helped a family with eyesight needs before Christmas
West Hartford neighbor helps police catch package thiefWEST HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) - A watchful neighbor is being hailed for helping police catch two thieves stealing packages from several homes. This porch pirate story is unlike many we’ve heard before because of how it ended. The packages were recovered and the culprits have been arrested. This time of year, a delivered package becomes a target for porch pirates. If it wasn’t for one vigilant neighbor in West Hartford, four families would have one less gift this holiday season. “There was a person driving down the street here in town, saw a car stopped, a person got out, ran up to a front porch, grabbed a box, got in the car and took off. That person said, ‘gee that didn’t look right, let me call the police,’” said Captain Michael Perruccio, West Hartford Police Department. Police say two men took four packages from separate homes on Beverly and Lexington Roads, but they didn’t keep them for long “We found the car, stopped it, not only did they have the package from one house, but they had packages from other houses in West Hartford that they had no business having in the car with them,” Perruccio said. People living here say this is typically a safe area and they aren’t surprised to hear this is a case of neighbors looking out for neighbors. “I know people who have cameras and stuff on their doors just in case somebody takes a package they can film them but there was really never a need here at least so far, we cross our fingers,” said Teddy Di Poi. The suspects in this case are now facing several charges including larceny and trespassing. The packages have been returned to their rightful owners thanks to a watchful eye who trusted their instincts and called police. “Usually, if you see something and go, ‘wow that doesn’t look right,’ call us. I’d rather come out and it’s nothing then later find out a crime had occurred so this is another great example of community helping the police,” Perruccio said. If you plan to order any more packages online, police say try to have them delivered to a business or some place you know they will be received by someone right away. As a last resort you can always have them sent to the post office
Holiday village featuring local crafts opens in downtown New HavenNEW HAVEN, CT (WFSB) - If you’re still looking for that one of a kind Christmas gift, you might want to head to New Haven. That’s where, thanks to a new holiday village, you can support a number of local, small businesses. It’s got the Christmas look and feel in downtown New Haven. They’ve set up lights and trees, along with kiosks, turning the Temple Plaza into a holiday village. Handmade and locally crafted, from pottery and jewelry to even toys. “I think this is really a great idea. It’s that time of the year when people are buying presents,” said Thommye Shaw. These 16 greenhouse style kiosks set up throughout downtown New Haven’s Temple Plaza are turning this little sliver of the Elm City into a holiday village. “I was looking for this. I looked all over and I’m so glad it came together, because I was looking in Boston and NYC and all over the place and couldn’t find anything that I could get into and all of a sudden I got a phone call to do this and I was thrilled it was happening in my own town,” said Amanda Bartel, White Lotus Pottery. New haven’s holiday village kicked off Thursday, with the Hillhouse High marching band drumming up some excitement. The city says it’s a perfect way to shop while supporting local businesses and artists. “It’s expensive to be in a bricks and mortar store so this way, they get to share what they’ve made, their art with our region and we have a mini mall made a unique items that are made by people in our community,” said New Haven Mayor Toni Harp. To showcase her bedding, scarves and shawls, Sheila Ayerswright, says she travels from Greenwich to Enfield and everywhere in between, but adds, this festive feel, makes all the difference. “We’ve done this every year, different locations, and it’s really fun and excited to be around the community,” said Ayerswright. As shoppers check out all the goods, for Shaw, the holiday village might be new, but its already reminding her of Christmas pasts. “They have tea towels made from flour snacks. It reminds me of my grandmother, she used to make her dresses from flour sacks, so it brings back memories. I’ll probably be back for that,” said Shaw. The holiday village kicked off yesterday. It opens at noon each day and goes until 7 tonight and tomorrow. It’s open until 6 on Sunday.
Bristol business holding Christmas deliveries to thwart off porch piratesBRISTOL, CT (WFSB) - They’re called porch pirates. Thieves trespass unto your property to take packages from your door. It’s a problem all too familiar around this time of the year: package thefts. Neighborhoods are on alert for people blatantly walking up to their doorstep to take what doesn’t belong to them. At this Bristol U.S. Postal Service, people are doing everything they can to make sure their deliveries stay in their hands. “You have to be aware of the date you’re going to get it and have somebody there to pick the packages up right away,” said Charles Taylor, Bristol resident. This season of taking grinds nerves around town. Some deliver a special message to thieves. “Get a job. Get a life and watch out for the police,” said Raj Kapur. In fact, some people in Bristol became so fed up with these so-called porch pirates, they decided they were going to do something about it. This idea started with a Facebook post, asking if businesses would hold deliveries at their place for people. It’s why when you walk into Automotive Plus, don’t be surprised to see gifts under this tree during your next tune-up. “One of the guys came up with an idea maybe we should let the people drop stuff off here so they don’t get stolen out of their yard. You see it every day,” said Rich Moschini, Automotive Plus. You don’t need to be customer, you don’t even need to live in Bristol, the shop says. But it will verify using ID to make sure you say who you really are before the hand-off. Call it a pit-stop between the North Pole and your Christmas tree.