Torrington Police identify 2 people involved in serious crash

TORRINGTON, Conn. (WTNH) — Torrington Police have identified the two individuals involved in a serious crash where a pedestrian was struck Saturday night. According to police, at 6:01 p.m., officers were dispatched to an accident where a pedestrian was struck by a vehicle on Main Street at the intersection of Lois Street. They say when officers arrived they found 89-year-old, Nellie Crowston of Torrington, lying in the roadway with an apparent serious head injury. Authorities say the operator was later identified as, 36-year-old Crystal St. Hilaire of Torrington. They say she Read More …

Pedestrian struck by car in Torrington

TORRINGTON, Conn (WTNH) — A woman is in the hospital following a serious accident in Torrington on Saturday evening. Torrington Police reports that the Accident Investigation Team is looking into a serious motor vehicle accident near the McDonalds on Main St. Police say that the woman was struck by a car as she was crossing the street early Saturday evening. She was then transported to Charlotte Hungerford Hospital in Torrington, and later flown to Hartford Hospital by Life Star. There is no word yet on the woman’s identity or condition. Read More …

1 dead, 4 seriously injured after car crash in Plymouth

PLYMOUTH, Conn. (WTNH) — Plymouth Police are investigating a serious crash that killed one person Saturday morning. According to police, at 12:23 a.m., police were dispatched to the area of Town Hill Road after a caller reported hearing a loud car crash. Police say when they arrived they found a 2006 Chevy Colbat with heavy damage at the intersection of Town Hill Road and Cross Road. They say the car had multiple occupants. Authorities say multiple ambulances and LifeStar transported 5 occupants to area hospitals. They say the patient transported Read More …

Torrington students might have a long summer vacation

TORRINGTON, Conn. (WTNH) — Students in Torrington might have a longer summer vacation courtesy of state budget cuts. (Photo: Noelle Gardner/WTNH) Kelly Follert said, “I think it’s terrible. We need a state budget.” Wednesday night, the Torrington Board of Education voted to start the first day of school on Sept. 5 or the 7. The exact date is still up in the air. The school superintendent says delaying the start of school would help the city with cash flow problems, but Parents said summer vacation is over and kids need Read More …

PD: New Hartford man holds woman at knife-point in woods

NEW HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH)– A New Hartford man was arrested on several charges Wednesday night after allegedly holding a woman against her will at knife-point in the woods. State police say just before 10 p.m., they were notified by a female caller that a woman was being held against her will by 56-year-old Robert Murphy in a wooded area off Southeast Road. When officers arrived on scene, they found the victim bloodied and being held at knife-point by Murphy. Police say after a brief standoff, Murphy gave up his weapon and Read More …

Torrington man arrested in connection to heroin overdose

TORRINGTON, Conn. (WTNH) — A Torrington man is facing charges in connection to a heroin overdose from April. On Tuesday, police arrested 39-year-old Michael Crump of Torrington and charged him with sale of narcotics (heroin). According to a press release, the arrest is the result of an investigation into the overdose death of 30-year-old Matthew Palaia that happened on April 6. On April 6th, officers responded to the Burmor Apartments on Main Street after receiving reports that there was a person in cardiac arrest who may have overdosed. Officers located Read More …

Caregiver accused of larceny still employed by town

LITCHFIELD, Conn. (AP) — An employee of a small Connecticut town who’s charged with stealing more than $75,000 from a woman she was caring for is headed to trial. The Republican-American reports that Tara Yard’s bid for accelerated rehabilitation on a charge of first-degree larceny was denied at a court hearing last month. Yard, who’s free on $50,000 bond, remains employed as Norfolk‘s assistant town clerk. First Selectman Susan Dyer says the town won’t consider making any changes to Yard’s employment status until the case is resolved. Yard is accused Read More …

All-Clear Given After White Powder Found At Plymouth Home

PLYMOUTH, Conn. (WTNH) – The all clear has been given after a hazmat situation in Plymouth. Authorities were called to a residence at 10 Agney Avenue in the Terryville section of town.  Someone alerted police after they spotted a white powdery substance inside a plastic bag under the mailbox. The State D.E.E.P. and the United States Postal Inspector also responded to the scene. Officials determined the powdery substance was not dangerous.  It has been transported to the state lab for testing to determine what the substance is. Read more of  All-Clear Given Read More …

Woman arrested for allegedly collecting deceased man’s unemployment benefits

TORRINGTON, Conn. (WTNH) — A woman was arrested Friday for illegally collecting a man’s unemployment benefits for three months after he passed away, according to the State of Connecticut Division of Criminal Justice. The woman, Patricia Anderson, a 50-year-old from Torrington, was charged with one count each of larceny first-degree by defrauding a public community, identity theft second-degree, and unemployment compensation fraud. According to the arrest warrant affidavit, from April 9, through July 2017, Anderson collected approximately $6,230 in unemployment benefits under the claim of an individual that she resided Read More …

New Milford man makes building better sandcastles possible

NEW MILFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — On this edition of “Nyberg,” a New Milford man explains how a thought he had while on vacation with his family turned into a business idea. Kevin Lane developed “Create A Castle” after having an idea when he was on a trip in Laguna Beach, Calif. Lane fashioned plastic casings and other items to put them in a kit for the whole family to build show-stopping kingdoms in the sand. “Building castles with my kids for 10 years or so progressed and got better and better,” Read More …

Police identity body of Torrington man who suffered untimely death

TORRINGTON, Conn. (WTNH) — Police have identified the man who authorities say suffered an untimely death on Friday. The man has been identified as 47-year-old Thomas Mead. Torrington Police discovered the man’s body after responding to a call at a home on Wolcott Avenue. Related Content: Torrington Police: untimely death was not suspicious Officials found some military-style booby traps in the residence. The bomb squad was called in to safely remove them. Neighbors nearby the home were evacuated as a precautionary measure. Read more of  Police identity body of Torrington man who suffered Read More …

Teen suffers life-threatening injuries in Salisbury accident

SALISBURY, Conn. (WTNH) – Connecticut State Police are investigating an accident that happened on Lime Rock Road in Salisbury on Sunday night. According to state troopers, 17-year-old Samuel Williams, of Canaan, was traveling westbound when his car crossed over into the eastbound lane. Williams hit a street sign and large tree off the left shoulder. He was taken to Sharon Hospital by ambulance then was later taken to Hartford Hospital by Life Star for life threatening injuries. Two passengers in the car were taken to Sharon Hospital for minor injuries. Read Read More …

Kent Falls State Park closed following discovery of “suspicious device”

KENT, Conn. (WTNH) — The discovery of what Connecticut State Police are calling a “suspicious device” has prompted the closure of Kent Falls State Park. According to police, at approximately 10:00 a.m., troopers and bomb squad units joined Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) officers to deal with the device. It is unclear whether the device is in or near the park. DEEP is clearing the area and is closing the park at this time. News 8 will update this story with more information as it becomes available. Read more of  Kent Read More …

Torrington Police: untimely death was not suspicious

TORRINGTON, Conn. (WTNH) — Torrington Police say the untimely death on Wolcott Avenue Friday night was not suspicious. According to police, officers and detectives responded to the scene of an untimely death around 6:00 p.m. on Friday. They say nothing was suspicious about the death. Police say at around 10 p.m. as detectives were in the residence they found old military release firing devices. They say due to the finding, the bomb squad was called into remove the devices. Authorities say the devices were not attached to any explosives and Read More …

Alleged drug dealer “Pebbles” arrested

TORRINGTON, Conn. (WTNH) — A Thomaston woman who police say goes by the name of “Pebbles” is accused of having dozens of bags of heroin with Fentanyl and crack-cocaine. She was arrested in Torrington for selling drugs, according to police. Police made the drug bust at a home on Scoville Street on Thursday. Officers found 52 bags of heroin, crack-cocaine, hypodermic needles, drug packaging material, a scale and other drug paraphernalia.  Investigators tested the heroin and determined it contained Fentanyl, a drug known to be monumentally stronger than heroin. Authorities say Read More …

Torrington Police investigate untimely death, possible explosive device

TORRINGTON, Conn. (WTNH) — Police in Torrington are investigating after an untimely death on Friday night. According to Torrington Police, they were called to what was determined to be an untimely death around 5:00 p.m. at a residence on Wolcott Avenue. Once they were there, officers say there was a device that could have been some sort of explosive or something that could explode. A bomb squad was brought in to check it out. Resident in the area were asked to stay in their homes, but were given the option Read More …

K9 teams find missing 89-year-old in dense woods

COLEBROOK, Conn. (WTNH)  –  An 89-year-old woman reported missing in Colebrook Thursday afternoon has been found by the Connecticut State Police search and rescue K9 teams about one mile into a heavily wooded forest. Helen Bernstein was reported missing by family members around 4:45 p.m. She was last seen at their residence which sits on approximately 260 acres of land that abuts a state forest. An initial search of the area turned up nothing and then a Massachusetts State Police helicopter with sophisticated night vision technology was also unsuccessful in locating Read More …

Watertown sailor who died in container ship collision to be honored

WATERTOWN, Conn. (WTNH) — A Watertown sailor killed in a container ship collision late in June is being honored by friends and family Thursday morning. A memorial service is being held for sailor  Ngoc T. Truong Huynh. He was one of the seven sailors killed off the coast of Japan when the U.S.S. Fitzgerald collided with a massive cargo ship.  Sonar Technician 3rd Class Ngoc T. Truong Huynh was a 25-year-old graduate from Watertown High School, who attended Naugatuck Valley Community College, before he enlisted in the Navy in 2014. Read More …

Cruisin’ Connecticut – Billy Joel’s Original Band Performing in Milford

MILFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — This morning, we are Cruisin’ Connecticut to Milford, home of the Milford Performance Center. Steve Cooper runs the organization, and is bringing a little New York State of Mind to the Parsons Auditorium in Milford. Lords of 52nd Street includes members of Billy Joel’s original band, led by: Richie Cannata on tenor saxophone, Liberty DeVitto on drums and percussion, and Russell Javors on rhythm guitar. I sat down with Cannata to chat about their record-breaking careers. Cannata explains how his affinity for the saxophone began: I felt this really strong connection to Read More …

Kayaker from Barkhamsted transported to the hospital after capsizing

BARKHAMSTED, Conn. (WTNH) — A woman from Barkhamsted is recovering after she capsized her kayak in the Farmington River on Tuesday. According to DEEP, at approximately 2:30 p.m., EnCon Police responded to a report of a kayaker who capsized her kayak in the white water of the West Branch of the Farmington River, which is adjacent to People’s State Forest. After capsizing her kayak, the 52-year-old woman was assisted by a good Samaritan who was tubing on the river. The good Samaritan helped the woman get to the shore. The Read More …

New Milford Police search for person who may have drowned in Housatonic River

NEW MILFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — A New Milford dive team is searching for someone who may have drowned in the Housatonic River on Tuesday afternoon. New Milford police say their officers are out searching for the person, but they did not give an exact location where they are searching. Police say the call came in around 3:00 p.m, but it is unclear what was stated in that call. Officials have not released any further details about the person they are searching for. News 8 will update this story as details Read More …

Garage fire in Torrington spreads to multiple buildings

TORRINGTON, Conn. (WTNH) — Fire crews battled an early morning fire in Torrington on Tuesday. According to officials, the fire began in a garage at 37 Albert Street. The flames then spread to a nearby garage at 27 Albert Street before reaching an apartment building at 257 South Main Street. The fire spread onto the 2nd and 3rd floors of the apartment building, displacing one resident. According to police, Albert Street between South Main Street and Wilson Street is closed. There is no word on any injuries from the incident. Read More …

Torrington police search for suspect in elementary school graffiti

TORRINGTON, Conn. (WTNH) — Torrington police are looking for the suspects who they say vandalized a sign near a local elementary school. On Sunday, police said someone had recently spray painted a swastika on a sign outside the Southwest Elementary School at 340 Litchfield Street. According to police the graffiti has since been taken down. There is no word on any suspects at this time and the incident remains under investigation. If you know anything or have any information, Torrington police want you to call them. Read more of  Torrington police search Read More …

Public encouraged to attend memorial service for U.S. Navy Sailor from Conn. killed on USS Fitzgerald

OAKVILLE, Conn. (WTNH) — The public is encouraged to attend a memorial service for a U.S. Navy Sailor from Watertown who was killed on the USS Fitzgerald last month. The memorial service for U.S. Navy Sailor Ngoc T. Truong Huynh will be held on the Oakville Green on Route 73 in Oakville on Thursday at 2 p.m. Related Content: Watertown sailor among the 7 killed in U.S.S. Fitzgerald crash Officials say 25-year-old Huynh, a former Watertown resident, was station on a U.S. warship in Japanese waters. He was among seven Read More …

Police: Man lost part of arm in fireworks explosion

LITCHFIELD, Conn. (AP) — Police say a Connecticut man faces charges for his role in a fireworks explosion that caused a man to lose part of his arm last year. The Republican-American reports (http://bit.ly/2tFNL2K ) 28-year-old William Brookshire was arraigned Friday on charges of illegal possession of fireworks and other offenses. His attorney couldn’t immediately be reached on Sunday. Police allege Brookshire, of Torrington, helped organize a party and fireworks display using illegal fireworks in Harwinton on July 9, 2016. They say a pipe bomb was detonated that injured Derek Dooley. Read More …

911 service down for house phones in Norfolk

NORFOLK, Conn. (WTNH) — More than a hundred households in Norfolk aren’t able to place phone calls including 911 on Sunday morning. The issue is also affecting the internet at those households. According to Norfolk’s Emergency Management’s Facebook Page, Frontier is aware of the problem. The local 911 center is also aware of the issue. There is no estimate for when the service may be restored. Emergency officials say if you need to call 911, you should use your cell phone.   Read more of  911 service down for house phones in Read More …

Woman seriously injured in ATV crash

GORHAM, N.H. (AP) — Authorities say inexperience was likely the main factor in an all-terrain vehicle crash that injured a Connecticut woman in New Hampshire. New Hampshire Fish and Game says 44-year-old Sandy Beaudoin and 15-year-old Ben Beaudoin of Terryville, Connecticut, were on the same ATV on a trail in Gorham on Friday when she lost control of the vehicle. Both the operator and passenger were thrown from the ATV, which partially landed on Sandy Beaudoin, causing a serious but non-life-threatening injury. Several agencies responded along with Fish and Game, Read More …

Burr Pond State Park’s swimming area remains closed

TORRINGTON, Conn. (WTNH) — Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection announced Saturday morning that Burr Pond State Park’s swimming area remains closed. According to DEEP officials, the swimming area at Burr Pond State Park in Torrington remains closed because of high bacteria levels. They say it will remain closed until Friday, July 7. DEEP officials say the water at the park will be tested again on Thursday, July 6 and with results on Friday, July 7. They say all other state park beaches and swimming areas are open.   Read More …