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Tracking Showers for Part of the Labor Day Weekend


The Labor Day Weekend weather forecast will start out and end on a good note however there are some weather issues for Sunday.

Many will wake up to temperatures in the low to middle 40s for Saturday morning.

Temperatures will rebound nicely by the afternoon rising in the upper 60s and low 70s. 

Remnants of Hurricane Harvey will move towards the state late Saturday night and will move into the state by Sunday morning. 

If you have plans on Sunday just make sure to have an umbrella handy. Throughout the day you can expect mostly cloudy skies with scattered rain showers and thunderstorms. 

The good news is that all of the rain will be out of the state just in time for Labor Day. Monday looks to be the pick of the weekend with mostly sunny skies and high temperatures near 80 degrees.

The next chance for storms won't be until the middle of next week. 

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Section on I-691 in Meriden Shut Down After Pedestrian Crash

Firefighters Battle Fire in Fairfield


Firefighters are trying to figure out what caused a fire to happen early Saturday morning in Fairfield.

The Fairfield fire department Deputy Chief said a heavy fire started in the rear of a home on Old Post Road around 1:30 a.m.

The fire spread to the first and second floors of the home and took two hours to put out.

Firefighters said two adults and four children were in the home when the fire broke out. One child had to jump from the window and was hospitalized with lacerations. The father was also brought to the hospital and treated for smoke inhalation.

The fire department said the fire was difficult to fight because the structure was built in 1816. Firefighters had to take down the walls to put the fire out.

The Fairfield fire department brought in mutual aid from Westport, Easton and Bridgeport.

CSP Holiday Enforcement Update: 793 Violations, 121 Crashes


Connecticut State Police have made 11 DUI arrests and issued nearly 800 moving violations as part of Labor Day weekend traffic enforcement efforts.

The enforcement effort began just after midnight on Sept. 1 and continues through 11:59 p.m. on Sept. 5.

As of Sept. 2 at 8 a.m., police had made 11 DUI arrests, issued 310 speeding tickets, 10 seat belt violations, and a total of 793 total moving violations.

Police have also investigated 121 accidents, 17 of which involved injuries. None of the accidents have been fatal, according to police.

Troopers are focused on drunk driving violations, aggressive drivers, distracted driving, and speeding. Drivers are reminded to act responsibly as they enjoy the holiday.

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West Haven Police Investigate Possible Gunfire at Hookah Bar


West Haven police are investigating reports of gunfire overnight at a hookah bar on Campbell Avenue.

Police said officers were in the area of the lounge at 80 Campbell Avenue around 3:30 a.m. monitoring crowds when they heard what they believed were gunshots coming from a parking lot behind the building. A caller from Captain Thomas Boulevard also called in to report shots fired, but did not see anything.

According to police, people inside the business said there had been a verbal argument inside before the crowd was cleared out. Officers found no shell casings or gunshot victims.

The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information should contact West Haven police at 203-937-3900.

Route 15 South in Woodbridge Reopened After Crash

Person Airlifted to Hospital After Meriden Motorcycle Crash


One person was airlifted to the hospital after an accident involving a motorcycle in Meriden Saturday.

The accident happened on West Main Street Saturday afternoon. Police said that a male victim was transported to the hospital via LifeStar with injuries.

An NBC Connecticut crew reported seeing a car with damage to the driver side on scene.

Meriden police are on scene investigating.

No other information was immediately available. Check back for updates.

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USCG Ramps Up Boating Safety Campaign for Labor Day Holiday


The US Coast Guard is ramping up a boating safety campaign before what should be a busy Labor Day weekend, just days after two men died in a boating accident in the New Haven Harbor. 

The USCG Sector Long Island Sound gave NBC Connecticut an exclusive look into their command center.

“We’re responsible for 23,600 square miles of ocean about 11 hundred miles of coastline,” explained Commander Andrew Ely, chief of response for USCG Sector Long Island Sound.

The command center is where the USCG uses advanced technology to plan search and rescue operations.

“We can apply the last known position of your vessel maybe where you’re coming from or going to, whatever information we have about the case,” said Lt. Cmdr. Michael Friend, command center chief USCG Sector Long Island Sound.

USCG officials say before any boating trip you need to check the weather and leave a plan of where you’re going and when you expect to return with family or friends.

Officials also said owners of paddle boats, kayaks and canoes need to make sure their vessels are labeled with contact information.

“If the vessel drifts away it will help us to find the owner and verify if he’s in distress or not,” said Ensign Rodion Mazin, USCG Sector Long Island Sound.

The USCG life jackets are equipped with life-saving equipment such as a signal mirror, a survival knife, and strobe light. Boaters should be prepared with life jackets and an air horn or whistle to signal from the boat.

Officials said that over 80 percent of casualties that happen in the water happen because people didn’t have life jackets.

Boaters should also avoid consuming alcohol before taking any kind of vessel in the water.

“Safety is paramount. If you are impaired by drinking your judgment is impaired as well, so make sure you don’t drink and drive, it may save your life,” Mazin said.

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New California Law to Expand Protection for Immigrants


California police will soon be barred from arresting crime victims or witnesses just because of actual or suspected immigration violations under a new law the governor signed Friday.

The measure is one of several authored by state lawmakers to ensure people living in the country illegally who otherwise follow the law are not deterred from reporting crimes or serving as witnesses.

Police are already prohibited from detaining people who report or are assisting with investigations of hate crimes.

The new law, which takes effect Jan. 1, will extend the protection to victims and witnesses of all crimes unless police are executing a warrant.

It will also prohibit police from turning a crime victim or witness over to federal immigration authorities without a warrant.

Assemblyman Reggie Jones-Sawyer, who authored the measure, says it will help immigrants cooperate with law enforcement.

The Los Angeles Democrat has argued the measure is particularly important in light of Republican President Donald Trump's promises to crack down on illegal immigration and ramp up deportations.

California is home to a significant portion of the country's undocumented population. Democrats who control the state Legislature have vowed to push back against Trump's immigration policies.

Also on Friday, another high-profile immigration bill, SB54, passed out of a key committee. That bill, known as the "sanctuary state" bill, would prohibit law enforcement from cooperating with federal immigration authorities. It now heads to the floor of the Assembly for a vote.

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Police Arrest 2, Seize 96 Bags of Heroin in Task Force Op


Groton Town police arrested two men on cocaine and heroin charges Friday.

Police said 28-year-old Casey Scott and 27-year-old Zachary Stewart, both of Groton, were arrested after the Regional Community Enhancement Task Force caught the pair in the act of a drug sale during a surveillance operation at a Groton hotel.

Investigators seized 96 bags of heroin, weighing about 19.86 grams, as well as crack cocaine and cash.

Scott was charged with possession of heroin, sale of heroin, possession of cocaine, and possession of cocaine with intent to sell. Stewart was charged with possession of heroin.

Police encourage anyone with information on illegal drug activity to contact their local authorities.

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Police Search For Two Suspects After Shooting in Manchester


Police are looking for two suspects after a man was shot in Manchester Saturday night. 

The victim has been described by police as a man in his 20's, according to police. 

Officials said the victim was shot in the head, but suffered non-life threatening injuries. 

The shooting occured near the corner of Hartford Road and Goslee Drive around 7:45 p.m.

Police said they are looking for two suspects that took off on foot.

No other information was made immediately available. We will update this story as more information becomes avaialble. 

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PA Airport to Be 1st Since 9/11 to Let Non-Flyers Past TSA


Breaking with a practice that began after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Pittsburgh International Airport will soon allow non-ticketed patrons past its security checkpoints, NBC News reported.

The airport, getting back to the "good-old days" of air travel, will let non-flyers access inside gates, shops, restaurants and artwork year-round. With approval from the Transportation Security Administration, the change will take effect Sept. 5.

Non-flyers will have to check in at a special desk, show a valif photo I.D., have their name checked against a "no fly" list and then, just like regular flyers, go through security.

While the TSA said it supports Pittsburgh's change, it noted that no additional staff has been hired for the change. It also said there are no plans to expand the program.

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Suspicious Death in New Britain Ruled Homicide; Victim ID'd


A suspicious death of a man found in an apartment on Tremont Street in New Britain has been ruled a homicide, New Britain police said Sunday.

According to New Britain police, on Saturday morning officers were called to 93 Tremont Street for a report of an apparently deceased male on the first floor. The victim was found in an apartment and pronounced dead on scene. At the time, police said the death appeared suspicious.

The victim has been identified as 66-year-old Willie Woodson of New Britain.

On Sunday, the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner ruled the cause of death was sharp force injury and the manner of death as a homicide.

Police said the crime does not appear to be random and it may be drug-related. The investigation is ongoing.

Anyone with information is asked to call the New Britain Police Department at 860-826-3132. Tips can be made anonymously by calling the tip line at 860-826-3199 or online at NewBritainPolice.org.

Motorcycle and Minivan Collide in Bristol


A 21-year-old from Bristol suffered life-threatening injuries in a motorcycle accident on Divinity Street in Bristol Saturday.

According to police, the man was riding a motorcycle west on Divinity Street around 6:45 p.m. when he was struck by a minivan that was turning left from Tulip Street on to Divinity Street.

The victim was airlifted to the hospital with life threatening injuries.

The crash is under investigation by the Bristol Police Department Traffic Division. Anyone who witnessed the crash is asked to contact police at 860-584-3035.

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Man Injured in Shooting Outside New Haven Restaurant


New Haven police are investigating after a man was shot near a restaurant on Park Street shortly after midnight Sunday.

Police said the 27-year-old victim was hit in the forehead by a bullet fragment and taken to the hospital by private car. His injuries were not life threatening.

The victim told police he saw a fight outside Viva Zapata Restaurant. He heard a gunshot, then realized he’d been hit. He could not provide a description of the shooter.

Anyone with information is asked to contact New Haven police at 203-946-6304. Tips can be made anonymously.

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Man Found With Drugs in Car After Salisbury Crash: CSP


State police arrested a North Haven man on drug charges after they say troopers found a variety of drugs in his vehicle while they were responding to a rollover crash in Salisbury Friday.

According to police, around 10:45 p.m. troopers responded to Route 112 near Dugway Road for a single-car rollover. When they arrived they found the vehicle on the roof and the driver, identified as 22-year-old Patrick Mimms, standing outside unhurt.

While troopers investigated the crash they noticed a jar of marijuana in clear view in the vehicle. According to police, a search turned up other drugs – 1.03 ounces of cocaine, 1.63 ounces of marijuana, .32 ounces of hallucinogenic mushrooms and over $4,300 in cash.

Mimms was arrested and charged with illegal possession of narcotics, possession of narcotics with intent to sell, possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, failure to carry minimum insurance, traveling too fast for conditions, and failure to maintain proper lane.

He was released on a $10,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in court on Sept. 25.

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Man Barricaded in Southbury Hotel Dies


Police said the man who barricaded himself inside a Southbury hotel Sunday afternoon has died from a self inflicted injury. 

At around 12:30 p.m. Connecticut State Troopers responded to Strongtown Road for a report of a suicidal man barricaded in the Wyndham Hotel.  

State police said troopers, Southbury police, and the state police tactical unit all remained on scene throughout the afternoon.

Some time after 7 p.m. state police said troopers had gained entrance into the room and found the man deceased.

Police said there is no criminal aspect and no threat to the public, but Western District Major Crime detectives  as well as the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner's Office will conduct a full investigation.

 The vicitm's name has not yet been released. 

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Campers Brave Rain for Final Weekend at State Parks


The Labor Day Weekend was not a complete washout.

Though Sunday’s rain put a bit of a damper on people enjoying the waning days of camping in state parks.

State campgrounds will shut down Monday because of the missing state budget.

If you want to meet a hearty group of people, stop by the campsites of Hammonasset Beach State Park in Madison.

“The weather isn’t bad. We were riding bikes through puddles,” Michael Ziomek of Newington, said.

As the rain fell on Sunday, campers enjoyed the last weekend pitching a tent or setting up an RV at state campgrounds.

“It’s awesome. We always expect rain because it always seems to rain when we go camping,” Danielle Drozd of Newington, said.

This year all state parks are shutting down camping on Monday because of the missing state budget.

Though money woes in Hartford were not the reason some people had a hard time getting rest Saturday night.

“Sleeping in a tent with all of the rain and wind which got really bad. All the walls would pulse in and out with the wind,” Jessica Drozd of Newington, said.

Last year Hammonasset and Rocky Neck State Park continued camping through Columbus Day Weekend.

But this year those two parks weren’t spared. So that left many enjoying the final days of summer, even if it felt more like fall.

Originally the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection had held out hope that if a state budget passed fall, camping might have been given the okay.

But that does not appear to be in store for this year.

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CT Humane Society Heads to Houston for Animal Rescue Efforts


Four members of the Connecticut Humane Society are heading to Houston where they will help with the rescue and rehabilitation efforts for animals separated from their families during Hurricane Harvey.

“It’s something you can’t imagine going through, especially for people who had to make the choice to leave their pet and then come back for them later, and then hope for that reunification,” said Susan Wollschlager of the CT Humane Society.

Jenn Skelley is a veterinary technician and she will focus on animal medical needs. “I’m excited for the opportunity. I’m looking forward to representing something bigger than myself, and hopefully we can help,” Skelley said.

The other three, like Elizabeth Clavette, will focus on general care like helping feed, clean and comfort the animals.

“Any help, it makes a difference on animal life. Whatever you are doing – staying in the shelter, helping over here,” Clavette said.

They are all trained in animal emergency response and volunteered to use their skills the moment the Connecticut Humane Society was contacted to send help.

They will be in Houston for the next 10 days, working directly with animals who have been separated from their families, or who are currently in shelters.

Each of them says they’re prepared to do what they can to help these animals reunite with their families, and help sheltered pets find new ones

The CT Humane Society will also help to relocate some animals. Twenty dogs are heading to the Newington shelter, and should arrive Monday. They were all in shelters before this disaster and need loving homes. After the dogs each receive a medical check, they’ll be up for adoption.

The Connecticut Humane Society is fundraising right now to help pay for this trip, and possibly another one. Those interested in donating can click here for more information.

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