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 …

New commuter rail line set to launch in May

Read more of  New commuter rail line set to launch in May NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — The new commuter rail line service between New Haven, Hartford, and Springfield, Mass. will be launching next May. The service will more than double the number of round trips currently offered with more frequent trains and faster service. “It is incredible how much work has taken place to completely rebuild the tracks, build new stations, fix the bridges, fix the culverts and create a really first-class high speed railroad,” stated Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Read More …

Democrats moving forward to approve labor concession deal

Read more of  Democrats moving forward to approve labor concession deal HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — As we enter week number four without a state budget, the battle lines are now drawn with Democrats moving forward to approve that big union concession deal. Republicans predicting dire consequences for the state in the years ahead if it is approved. These battle lines are on full display at the Capitol while a survey of city and town leaders shows they are beginning to feel the no state budget squeeze. As we begin the fourth week Read More …

Hartford man facing charges involving stolen motorcycle following foot chase

Read more of  Hartford man facing charges involving stolen motorcycle following foot chase HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — A Hartford man was arrested following a foot pursuit by officers after a traffic stop on Friday night. Officers say Milan Hamilton, 30, was pulled over by State Police after operating a motorcycle without a rear license plate. Troopers say Hamilton fled the scene and additional officers responded. Hamilton was apprehended and brought into custody. Officials learned the motorcycle was stolen out of Ellington. It was seized as evidence. Hamilton is facing charges of Operating an Read More …

PD: 2 arrested after trying to buy cocaine from Hartford officer

Read more of  PD: 2 arrested after trying to buy cocaine from Hartford officer HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH)– Two people were arrested on drug charges after a strange encounter with a Hartford police officer outside the Police Department, early Sunday morning. Police say at around 2 a.m., an officer had just finished his shift and was walking to his car from the Police Department, when he was approached by the two suspects. The suspects told the officer that they wanted to “buy coke” and asked if the officer would sell them some. According Read More …

Hartford teen arrested in Newington armed carjacking

Read more of  Hartford teen arrested in Newington armed carjacking NEWINGTON, Conn. (WTNH)– A Hartford teen was arrested on several charges after an armed carjacking in Newington on Sunday afternoon. Newington police say at about 4:30 p.m., officers responded to the Fast Track station at the intersection of Willard Avenue and West Hill Road for a report of a car jacking. The victim told police that he was in the lot of Anna Reynolds Elementary School on Reservoir Road when he was approached by two black males wearing light colored shirts. The Read More …

Crash kills Ellington teen, injures several others in Plainville

Read more of  Crash kills Ellington teen, injures several others in Plainville ELLINGTON, Conn. (WTNH)– There are new details in the crash that killed a 17-year-old Ellington High School student in Plainville on Saturday night. Police say at around 11:05 p.m., they received multiple 911 calls reporting a serious car crash on East Street, (Route 10) at the intersection with Town Line Road. Investigators determined that a 2002 Dodge Dakota pickup was traveling north on East Street when it collided with the passenger side of a 2007 Volkswagen Rabbit that was traveling Read More …

Crews work quickly to knock down a fire in Hartford

Read more of  Crews work quickly to knock down a fire in Hartford HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — Hartford Firefighters were able to quickly knock down a structure fire early Monday morning. Hartford fire fighters responded to a working structure fire early on Monday morning. The fire was reported to be on the corner of Grand view Terrace and White Street. Companies on scene were able to quickly get the fire under control and knocked down by approximately 4:00 a.m. There were no injuries reported and firefighters are still working to assess the Read More …

Lawmakers to decide whether to override Malloy’s 4 vetoes

Read more of  Lawmakers to decide whether to override Malloy’s 4 vetoes HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut lawmakers are returning to the Capitol to consider whether to override any of Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s four vetoes. House of Representatives and Senate leaders say they’ll decide Monday if they’ll resurrect the bills that day following planned meetings with rank-and-file members. Related Content: Capitol Report: Gov. Malloy responds to low approval numbers The bills that Malloy vetoed deal with affordable housing standards; a proposed thermal heating loop in Bridgeport; warranties for roofing, windows and Read More …

Members of Muslim community respond after vandalism at Hartford Jewish cemetery

Read more of  Members of Muslim community respond after vandalism at Hartford Jewish cemetery HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — Members of a local Muslim community helped to build a Jewish cemetery back up after it was vandalized on Friday. Volunteers from Ahmadiyya Muslim Community CT Baitul Aman House of Peace Mosque in Meriden responded to the Jewish grave site and helped stabilize toppled over gravestones. Related Content: Hartford Police investigate vandalism at Jewish cemetery According to Hartford Police, 60 grave markers were knocked down in the Congregation Ateres Knesseth Israel Cemetery near Garden Street last Read More …

Capitol Report: New attack ad against Republican leaders in the General Assembly

Read more of  Capitol Report: New attack ad against Republican leaders in the General Assembly NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — On this edition of Capitol Report “After Hours,” the panel discusses a recent attack ad launched by one of the state’s labor unions. Taking on the appearance of a Hollywood blockbuster, the ad specifically targets Republicans such as Representative Themis Klarides and State Senator Len Fasano. The ad, known as “Connecticut: The Movie,” has become a viral video shared across social media. Related Content: Labor union launches TV attack ad on Republican leadership Our panel Read More …

Capitol Report: Gov. Malloy responds to low approval numbers

Read more of  Capitol Report: Gov. Malloy responds to low approval numbers NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — Governor Dannel Malloy is among the bottom three for least popular governors across the nation, according to a new poll. The popular website “Morning Consult” released their July poll of the most and least popular governors. Related Content: Poll: Gov. Malloy has 3rd highest disapproval rate for governors in United States Anchoring the list of the most unpopular governors included New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, Kansas Governor Sam Brownback, and Gov. Malloy. Gov. Malloy is also the Read More …

Capitol Report: Potential taxes on the wealthy and a proposed dining tax are discussed

Read more of  Capitol Report: Potential taxes on the wealthy and a proposed dining tax are discussed NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — News 8 Chief Political Correspondent Mark Davis stopped by the show to discuss the possibility of potential taxes on the wealthy as well as a proposed dining tax. House Speaker Joe Aresimowicz and Majority Leader Matt Ritter are floating a proposal to raise the sales tax to 6.99% and potentially tack another 1% dining tax on top of that. Related Content: Restaurants fighting against “Dining Tax” Reports say cities could choose Read More …

Survey may show if budget impasse is hurting towns, cities

Read more of  Survey may show if budget impasse is hurting towns, cities HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The Connecticut Conference of Municipalities is releasing survey results that may reveal whether the state’s current budget impasse is harming cities and towns. CCM, the state’s largest organization of city and town leaders, is expected to release the survey Monday. It says municipalities have been forced to begin the first quarter of the new fiscal year on July 1 with no indication of how much state aid they can expect to receive because a new Read More …

Public asked to comment on draft Connecticut water plan

Read more of  Public asked to comment on draft Connecticut water plan HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The public is being asked to comment on a new plan that recommends a framework for managing Connecticut’s water into the future. Interested parties have until Nov. 20 to review the Connecticut Water Planning Council‘s draft State Water Plan and provide comments. The council plans to hold public hearings on the draft during the late summer and fall. The draft appears on the council’s website at www.ct.gov/water . A 2014 state law directed the council to create a Read More …