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 …

Sludge causes accident on Route 8 in Torrington

TORRINGTON, Conn. (WTNH) – Scary moments for a driver along Route 8 in Torrington after falling sludge hit their car Thursday afternoon. Police say that sludge slid out of the back of a truck onto that car and all over the road. According to police, traffic had to be diverted while they cleaned it up. Everyone ended up being okay but it took three state agencies to investigate. Officials from the Department of Transportation, the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection and State Police were all there. Police say the Read More …

Norfolk man arrested after allegedly sexually assaulting a 5-year-old

NORFOLK, Conn. (WTNH) — A Norfolk man is facing multiple charges after he allegedly sexually assaulted a 5-year-old. On June 20, Connecticut State Police Troopers were notified by the Department of Children and Families of an alleged sexual assault on a 5-year-old that happened in Norfolk. Police arrested 26-year-old David Craighill on Thursday at 5:55 p.m. based on probable cause that they developed during the investigation. Craighill was arrested at his home. Craighill is facing a sexual assault and risk of injury to a minor charge. He was held on Read More …

Swastikas, ‘Satan’ spray-painted on headstones at Watertown cemetery

WATERTOWN, Conn. (WTNH) — Four headstones at a Watertown cemetery have been vandalized. Police say swastikas and the word “Satan” were spray-painted on four headstones at Mount Olivet Cemetery sometime between Friday afternoon and Sunday. They say the graffiti has since been cleaned up. Anyone with information about the vandalism of these headstones is asked to call the Watertown Police Department at (860) 945-5200 or Crimestoppers at (860) 945-9940. Police say a cash reward is being offered for information leading to an arrest and conviction. Read more of  Swastikas, ‘Satan’ spray-painted on Read More …

Burr Pond swimming area closed in Torrington

TORRINGTON, Conn. (WTNH) -The state swimming area at Burr Pond in Torrington was closed on Wednesday because of high bacteria levels. DEEP will be back on Thursday, at which time the swimming area could reopen pending the bacteria testing results. State park swimming areas and beaches are places that DEEP tests. Samples are collected weekly by DEEP staff and are analyzed at the Department of Public Health Lab for the presence of certain indicator bacteria. Local health departments are responsible for sampling municipal beaches and swimming areas.  For information on Read More …

Ex-caregiver denied program, facing prison in larceny case

LITCHFIELD, Conn. (AP) — A former caregiver accused of stealing over $75,000 from a Connecticut woman she cared for will face prison. The Republican-American reports (http://bit.ly/2tkcR6S ) that Judge John Danaher denied Tara Yard’s bid for accelerated rehabilitation at a hearing in a Litchfield court Tuesday. Yard is charged with first-degree larceny. Accelerated rehabilitation is available for first-time offenders. Investigators say the Norfolk woman made electronic transfers and wrote unauthorized checks that totaled $75,165 while caring for Marion Donovan at her Norfolk home. Donovan died in 2015. Yard’s attorney, James Read More …

Accident with injuries closes Route 6 in Watertown

WATERTOWN, Conn. (WTNH)– Route 6 is closed in Watertown due to an accident with injuries Wednesday. Police say emergency crews responded to the area of Route 6, Cutler Street and Baldwin Street, for the report of a motor vehicle accident involving an overturned tractor trailer. Officers say at least two injuries were reported in the crash and medical services are on the scene. The extent of the injuries are unknown at this time. Route 6 is now closed between Porter Street and Baldwin Street. Detours are set up and the Read More …

Torrington Animal Control searches for missing horse

TORRINGTON, Conn. (WTNH)– Torrington Animal Control is looking for a horse who went missing on Wednesday. Torrington Animal Control posted on their Facebook page that there is a missing horse named “Mike” in the Northfield area. They included two photos of Mike who is described as a senior, Chestnut horse. Mike is also partially blind. Animal Control officials say that while Mike is friendly, he might be a little scared. Anyone who sees the horse is asked to please call Curtiss at 860-417-7705. Read more of  Torrington Animal Control searches for missing Read More …

Bear spotted in Woodbury

WOODBURY, Conn. (WTNH) — Another day, another bear sighting in Connecticut. (Photo Courtesy: Florence/ReportIt) We received some great pictures from Florence in Woodbury of a bear eating the bird food from a feeder in her backyard. Florence sent in these great pictures of the big bear having an afternoon snack. Related Content: Bear spotted in West Hartford (Photo Courtesy: Florence/ReportIt) Whenever you’ve got great pictures or video like this, send them our way! You can upload them directly on the report-it feature of our free News 8 app. Read more of  Bear spotted Read More …

Life Star responds to motorcycle and pedestrian accident in Goshen

GOSHEN, Conn. (WTNH) — Life Star has responded to a motorcycle versus a pedestrian accident in Goshen on Saturday afternoon. #CTtraffic: Ives Rd near Beach St Goshen expect Rd or lane delay/closure for motorcycle vs ped crash. Life Star enroute for unknown injuries — CT State Police (@CT_STATE_POLICE) June 24, 2017 //platform.twitter.com/widgets.jsAccording to Connecticut State Police, troopers responded to the accident at 3 p.m. to the accident scene. Police confirm Life Star has responded, but the severity of the injuries are unknown. Motorists are urged to avoid the area for Read More …