Court pre-trial discussions set in police stomping case

Read more of  Court pre-trial discussions set in police stomping case HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The case of a former Connecticut police sergeant charged with stomping on the head of a handcuffed man is returning to court for pre-trial discussions. The talks in the case of former Hartford Sgt. Sean Spell are set for Monday in Hartford Superior Court. Spell has pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor assault and breach of peace charges in connection with an encounter last year with a suspect following a car chase that ended in West Hartford. He Read More …

Hartford woman killed in hit-and-run, police charge teenager

Read more of  Hartford woman killed in hit-and-run, police charge teenager HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — Hartford Police have charged a teenager for the hit-and-run from earlier this month that killed a Hartford woman. Police say on Saturday, 56-year-old Rosella Shuler died at Saint Francis Hospital. On July 18th, Shuler was transported to Saint Francis Hospital for critical injuries after police say she was hit by a vehicle on Ashley Street and Sigourney Street. Officials say the accident resulted in her losing both her legs. Authorities say an autopsy is scheduled to confirm Read More …

Senate to vote on state employee concession agreement

Read more of  Senate to vote on state employee concession agreement HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — It’s now up to the Connecticut Senate, with its 18-18 partisan divide, to decide whether to approve a state employee labor concessions package that a handful of key conservative Democrats continue to review. Senators are scheduled to vote Monday on the deal reached between Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and state employee union leaders. It comes a week after the House of Representatives, where Democrats hold a seven-vote majority, approved the agreement 78 to 72. While the Read More …

Health care rally planned at Connecticut state Capitol

Read more of  Health care rally planned at Connecticut state Capitol HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Opponents of Republican efforts to overhaul the Affordable Care Act, including Connecticut’s U.S. Senators, are set to rally at the state Capitol. Jane McNichol, organizer of the Protect Our Care CT campaign, says rally-goers will meet Saturday to express concerns that health care coverage is “still under threat,” despite the Senate failing early Friday to pass legislation that would have repealed parts of former President Barack Obama‘s health care law. McNichol also hopes the rally will draw Read More …

Bloomfield Police ask for help identifying credit card skimmers

Read more of  Bloomfield Police ask for help identifying credit card skimmers BLOOMFIELD, Conn. (WTNH) — Bloomfield Police are investigating numerous cases of fraudulent credit card charges stemming from use of the credit cards at local fuel station pumps. Police say the investigations have determined that the victim’s credit card information had been compromised through skimming devices placed at the credit card stations on the fuel pumps. The information that the skimming device captures is used to create fraudulent credit cards. The suspects that are pictured have been using fraudulent credit cards Read More …

Man arrested for driving under the influence in Hartford

Read more of  Man arrested for driving under the influence in Hartford HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — On Wednesday, troopers received calls of a blue Acura being operated erratically on Route 9. They say, prior to police arriving, the Acura exited the highway at exit 30 and troopers were unable to locate it. On Thursday, troopers received calls again of a blue Acura being operated erratically on Route 9 in the same area. The on-duty dispatcher who was working on Thursday also worked on Wednesday and remembered the calls and vehicle description from Read More …

Man accused of burning 5-year-old girl with hot iron

Read more of  Man accused of burning 5-year-old girl with hot iron BRISTOL, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut man has been arrested on charges that he intentionally burned his girlfriend’s 5-year-old daughter with an iron because she may have wrinkled his clothes. The Bristol Press reports that 33-year-old Victor Diaz, of Bristol, was arraigned Thursday on charges including assault and reckless endangerment. Investigators say he burned the girl through her jeans after she rolled onto his clothes while he was ironing. The girl’s father saw the injury shortly after it happened in Read More …

11 arrested in Hartford narcotics bust

Read more of  11 arrested in Hartford narcotics bust HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — A total of eleven people are facing charges after Hartford police conducted an undercover narcotics operation in the South District of the city. According to Hartford police, detectives received several complaints about drug trafficking in the area of 883 Broad Street. Officers set up surveillance, and observed several drug purchase transactions in the hallway of the building. As a result of their buy/bust operation, police seized several items in connection with the bust; including: A semi-automatic pistol with the Read More …

Juveniles arrested after police chase in West Hartford

Read more of  Juveniles arrested after police chase in West Hartford WEST HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) – Hartford State Troopers chased a vehicle that was allegedly stolen by two juveniles on I-84 Friday morning. Hartford State Troopers say at around 4:15 a.m., they spotted a stolen 2007 Hyundai Azera traveling on I-84 by Exit 43. The vehicle was reported stolen to the Windsor Police Department. The Troopers attempted to stop the vehicle by Exit 49, when the vehicle engaged the Troopers in a pursuit. The pursuit continued until Exit 66, where it was Read More …

Arrest made in Hartford shooting after police pursuit

Read more of  Arrest made in Hartford shooting after police pursuit HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH)– An arrest was made in a Hartford shooting on Thursday. Police say officers observed a blue four door Infiniti G20 in the area of 2790 Main Street that matched the description of suspect vehicle from an earlier shots fired incident that took place at 116 Brook Street and was captured on camera. A state vehicle was hit by the gunfire. When officers attempted to stop the Infiniti in the area of Main and Windsor Streets, the driver reversed Read More …

Teen, 5-year-old boy injured in East Hartford drive by shooting

Read more of  Teen, 5-year-old boy injured in East Hartford drive by shooting EAST HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH)–East Hartford Police have released more details in the shooting that injured a 5-year-old boy and a teen on Thursday afternoon. Police say when officers responded to a drive by shooting outside 10 Great Hill around 3:30 p.m., they found two victims suffering from what appeared to be non-life threatening injuries. One victim was identified as 19-year-old Michael Atkinson, of Windsor. Police did not release the name of the 5-year-old boy but did say he was Read More …

2 in custody after police chase ends in crash in Vernon

Read more of  2 in custody after police chase ends in crash in Vernon VERNON, Conn. (WTNH)– Two suspects are in custody after a police chase ended in a car crash in Vernon Friday morning. Police say at around 4:15 a.m., state troopers in Hartford attempted to stop a stolen motor vehicle on I-84 near exit 43. Troopers ended the pursuit but the vehicle later crashed near exit 66. The two occupants of the car fled the crash scene but were later located and are now in police custody. Police say there Read More …

Hartford fire fighters battle a fire on Heath Street

Read more of  Hartford fire fighters battle a fire on Heath Street HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — Firefighters are working to battle a structure fire in Hartford on Heath Street. Firefighters say that a fire was reported on Heath Street at 4:45 a.m. Friday morning. All visible flames have been extinguished and there are no injuries reported at this time. An investigation is underway. News 8 will update you as this develops.

Two people shot in East Hartford

Read more of  Two people shot in East Hartford EAST HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — Two people were shot in East Hartford on Thursday afternoon. East Hartford Police confirm to News 8 that they were called out to reports of shots fired at Great Hill Road in East Hartford around 3:30 p.m. Officers say two people were shot, but they did not elaborate on their injuries. An official told News 8 that the injuries do not appear to be life-threatening. Police have not released the identities of the two people who were shot. Read More …

Connecticut Guard’s flying mission settles in with C-130s

Read more of  Connecticut Guard’s flying mission settles in with C-130s EAST GRANBY, Conn. (AP) — The Connecticut National Guard has moved closer toward securing a flying mission centered on C-130 cargo planes for years into the future. State and Guard officials held a ceremony on Wednesday to mark the opening of a new, federally funded, $14.3 maintenance facility for the aircraft stationed at the Bradley Air National Guard Base in East Granby. Related Content: Air National Guard members start returning home It comes three weeks after the Guard welcomed home 130 airmen Read More …

Day programs for disabled close because of budget stalemate

Read more of  Day programs for disabled close because of budget stalemate HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — Many of the day programs for the disabled had to shut down Wednesday for the first of six “furlough” days forced on the nonprofit agencies that run them. This is because there’s no budget. There was a major disruption Wednesday for many of the nearly 12,000 Connecticut residents that receive services for the intellectually and physically disabled from more than 150 different nonprofit agencies across the state. Related Content: State budget stalemate forced towns to set budgets Read More …

Hartford Police identify man killed on Sumner Street

Read more of  Hartford Police identify man killed on Sumner Street HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — A homicide is being investigated in the state capital on Wednesday afternoon. According to officials, Hartford Police and units from the Major Crimes Division responded to 75 Sumner Street for reports of a shooting around 1:15 p.m. When they arrived, officers found a 28-year-old Jordan Williams of Bloomfield in an adjacent parking lot suffering from a single gunshot wound to the chest, they say. Medical treatment was provided until the EMS and fire department arrived. Officers say Read More …

200 people rappel from high-rise to raise money for addiction

Read more of  200 people rappel from high-rise to raise money for addiction HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — It’s a different approach to fighting substance abuse. Nearly 200 people rappelling down the side of the Hilton Hotel in Hartford. For some, it’s personal. Like Maegan Garthwaite from Middletown. “I wanted to rappel in memory of the family loved one that I lost. They were very near and dear to me,” said Garthwaite. Everyone taking part in the event had to raise money in order to go over the edge of the building, literally. Read More …

Man sentenced to 120 days in prison after fish cut in half

Read more of  Man sentenced to 120 days in prison after fish cut in half BRISTOL, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut man has been sentenced to 120 days in prison after police say he cut a pet fish in half during a domestic dispute. The Bristol Press reports 33-year-old Juan Vega pleaded guilty Tuesday to one count of breach of peace. As part of his plea deal with the state prosecutor, one count of cruelty to animals was dropped. Police responded to a domestic disturbance at a Bristol home April 27. Police Read More …

Avon woman faces charges after dog attack in West Hartford

Read more of  Avon woman faces charges after dog attack in West Hartford WEST HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — A woman from Avon is facing charges after her Boxer attacked someone in West Hartford on July 17. At around 8:45 p.m., police say Katherine Stevenson’s dog attacked someone on Iroquois Road last week. Police say after a thorough investigation, they learned that the dog in this case had a long history of aggressive behavior. They say the dog violently attacked two people in the past. According to Animal Control Officials, the dog was Read More …

Hartford Police to crackdown on underage drinking at concerts

Read more of  Hartford Police to crackdown on underage drinking at concerts HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — Hartford Police will be cracking down on underage drinking at concerts in the city. This comes following several recent incidents at the Xfinity Center where teens were arrested for underage drinking. Related Content: Hartford Police enforce underage drinking referrals at concert Friday Some even ended up in the hospital to be treated for alcohol poisoning. Hartford Police tells News 8 that they met with staff from the Xfinity Center on Tuesday night. They mutually agreed to Read More …

Sale of Aaron Hernandez’s home falls through

Read more of  Sale of Aaron Hernandez’s home falls through (AP) — Aaron Hernandez‘s home is back on the market after an agreement to sell it for $1.3 million fell through, a lawyer for the former NFL star’s fiancee told a judge on Monday. George Leontire also told a Bristol Probate and Family Court judge that investigators have discovered additional Hernandez assets, including a 401(k) plan valued at approximately $167,000 and another account totaling $50,000, according to the Boston Herald ( http://bit.ly/2tFPYMp ). No beneficiary for either was named. Related Content: Aaron Hernandez estate Read More …

An additional $26.6 million for the state’s general fund

Read more of  An additional $26.6 million for the state’s general fund HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — The Treasury’s Unclaimed Property Division collected more than $129 million in unclaimed property revenues this past fiscal year, according to State Treasurer Denise L. Nappier. Treasurer Nappier shared that, “Thanks to a robust stock market, the values of unclaimed securities were nearly double the expected amount. That extra revenue will be deposited into the State’s General Fund at just the right time, where it will be put to good use until the rightful owners step forward Read More …

Police investigate suspicious fires in West Hartford

Read more of  Police investigate suspicious fires in West Hartford WEST HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — Several overnight fires in West Hartford have residents in the city concerned. West Hartford Police are investigating a series of fires that appear to have been intentionally set overnight Monday and into Tuesday. Related Content: Police investigate after 2 fires deemed arson Police say four of the five total fires took place on Park Street. Items being burned ranged from a garbage bag to an American flag. A fifth fire involving a garbage can on New Britain Avenue Read More …

East Windsor Police ask residents to stop illegal dumping

Read more of  East Windsor Police ask residents to stop illegal dumping EAST WINDSOR, Conn. (WTNH)– East Windsor Police are asking residents to stop illegal dumping in their town. On Tuesday morning, the department posted a photo of a large pile of garbage, including furniture, with a sign that reads “Stop Dumping” on their Facebook page. Police say that photo of illegal dumping was taken on Route 140 by Harrington Road. Police are asking residents to keep East Windsor beautiful by not dumping and reporting those who do. Police added in the Read More …

Car crashes into McDonald’s in Enfield

Read more of  Car crashes into McDonald’s in Enfield ENFIELD, Conn. (WTNH)– Police are investigating after a car crashed into an Enfield McDonald’s Tuesday morning. Dispatch tells News 8 that a car crashed into a McDonald’s restaurant in the Brookside Plaza at 28 Hazard Avenue. There were no injuries reported in the accident. The building only received mild damage in the crash. The cause of the accident is unknown at this time. There is no word on if that McDonald’s is expected remain open for the day. The incident remains under investigation.

Serious crash with injuries closes road in Suffield

Read more of  Serious crash with injuries closes road in Suffield SUFFIELD, Conn. (WTNH)– Multiple people were hurt after a crash involving a bus and a tractor trailer truck in Suffield Tuesday morning. Suffield Dispatch confirms to News 8 that there was a serious accident involving a tractor trailer truck and a bus on Mountain Road. Multiple people were injured but the extent of their injuries are unknown at this time. Mountain Road (Hwy 168) is closed in both the east and westbound lanes at Warnertown Road and Babbs Road. There is Read More …

DOT reveals track laying machine

Read more of  DOT reveals track laying machine HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — The Connecticut Department of Transportation is revealing its track laying machine, which will help increase train service in the region. This is the second season this machine has been in use. It can assemble tracks at a much higher rate than had been done in the past. The machine is being used to double-track portions of the Hartford commuter rail line, which will increase service between New Haven, Hartford and Springfield. The new commuter rail line service between these cities Read More …

House approves changes to casino gambling compact

Read more of  House approves changes to casino gambling compact HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The House of Representatives has approved amended agreements that could lead to Connecticut’s first casino on nontribal land. Lawmakers voted 118-32 on Monday in favor of amended compacts and memoranda of understanding between the state and the two federally recognized tribes, the Mashantucket Pequots and the Mohegans. The revised agreements ensure that a proposed satellite casino the tribes want to build in East Windsor to compete with MGM Resorts’ casino in Springfield, Massachusetts, will not compromise the state’s Read More …

The Latest: Connecticut lawmakers override housing bill veto

Read more of  The Latest: Connecticut lawmakers override housing bill veto (AP) — Connecticut lawmakers have overridden Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s veto of a bill that updates a long-standing affordable housing law. The Senate voted 24-12 on Monday in favor of resurrecting the bill. Earlier in the day, the House of Representatives voted 101-47 in favor of the override. The Democratic governor had argued the bill weakened the state’s affordable housing standards, making it more difficult for moderate-income people to find affordable housing in communities where they work. Related Content: Affordable homes now Read More …