Cops: Man arrested after 2nd dog in 3 years dies in hot car

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. (AP) — Police say a Connecticut man who left his dog to die in a hot car three years ago has been arrested after another dog died the same way. Seventy-nine-year-old David Beveridge told police in Middletown that he meant to take the Labradoodle named Jennie to a pet care center around noon Tuesday before going to work. He said he did not remember until around 2:30 p.m. that the dog was still in the car. Temperatures that day were in the 90s. Police say records at a Read More …

Attempted shrimp theft leads to arrest

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. (WTNH)  –  A Middletown woman has been arrested after she attempted to steal several items, including shrimp, from Price Chopper. Middletown Police have charged 38-year-old Marcy Pelletier with larceny 6th shoplifting. Police say officers were called to Price Chopper on Washington Street on July 14th for an active shoplifter who was running across the parking lot.  Officers were given a description of the suspect and vehicle she was seen fleeing in. Officers then stopped the vehicle and arrested her. A Price Chopper Lost Prevention Officer told Middletown Officers Read More …

Peach-picking season opens at Lyman Orchards

MIDDLEFIELD, Conn. (WTNH) — Peaches, one of summer’s sweetest gifts. As we hit mid-July, it is officially peach-picking season across the state of Connecticut. News 8 was joined by John Lyman from Lyman Orchards to talk about the fun of picking peaches during the summer. Lyman Orchards holds peach-picking starting at 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. every day from July through Sept. Here are some fun facts about peaches: The peach is actually a member of the rose family and originated in China. The peach’s scientific name, Prunus persica, is Read More …

Overturned vehicle closes left lane of I-91 northbound in Middletown

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. (WTNH) — The left lane of Interstate 91 heading northbound is closed Sunday morning due to an overturned vehicle. Connecticut’s Department of Transportation reported around 6:18 a.m., that a motor vehicle overturned between exits 20 and 21 on I-91 northbound in Middletown. The accident has closed the left lane of the state highway. State Police say there are reported minor injuries. They also say they are unsure of how long the left lane will be closed. Stay tuned with News8 for more updates.  Read more of  Overturned vehicle closes left Read More …

Middlefield business hosts year round skiing

MIDDLEFIELD, Conn. (WTNH) — Summertime. Swimming in the pool, relaxing on the beach, and hitting the slopes. Powder Ridge Mountain Park & Resort is home to some of the best skiing in The Nutmeg State. However, not everyone realizes that this adventure park will be offering skiing not just in the winter, but in the summer as well. “I think summer is the perfect opportunity to get outdoors and really participate in some outdoor activities,” said Sean Hayes, CEO of Powder Ridge. “Where do people have the most time to Read More …

Middletown man arrested after throwing protective order into woods

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. (WTNH) — A Middletown man is facing charges for violating a protective order late Monday night. Middletown Police say Roberto Algarin, 48, was traveling in a vehicle with his wife when their vehicle became involved in a crash on Route 9 South near Hartford Avenue. Police say there is a protective order between the two spouses. Upon the arrival of officers, Algarin was allegedly throwing papers into the woods. Officials say Algarin was agitated and smelled of alcohol. When asked, he could not provide an operator license and Read More …

Middletown traffic stop leads to crack cocaine arrest

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. (WTNH) — A Middletown man is facing charges after a traffic violation led to the discovery of crack cocaine in his vehicle. According to Middletown Police, Salvatore Morello, 38, was driving his car on Saturday in front of a police cruiser when he ran a stop sign. The officer then pulled the vehicle over and noticed a pill container commonly used to store illegal drugs in plain sight. The container held a substance that tested positive for crack cocaine. Authorities then searched the vehicle and discovered more pieces Read More …

Connecticut man charged with assaulting 11-year-old girl

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. (AP) — Police in Connecticut say a man has been charged with assaulting an 11-year-old girl. The Hartford Courant reports that 24-year-old Amilcar Lopez was arrested over the weekend on charges of third-degree assault and risk of injury to a minor. He is scheduled to appear in court on Monday. Police say officers were called to a Middletown home on Saturday for a report of an emotionally disturbed person threatening family members. They say officers determined Lopez had punched the girl in the stomach. Police say Lopez denied Read More …

Serious motorcycle crash closes Route 9 in Old Saybrook

OLD SAYBROOK, Conn. (WTNH)– Route 9 northbound is closed in Old Saybrook due to an accident involving a motorcycle Monday morning. The Department of Transportation reports that Route 9 northbound is closed between exits 2 and 3 due to an accident involving a motor vehicle and a motorcycle. The crash was reported at 8:50 a.m. #CTtraffic: Rte 9 nb x3 closed for crash with serious injury Life Star enroute. Reduce speed approaching area. Seek alt route. — CT State Police (@CT_STATE_POLICE) July 10, 2017 State police say there were serious Read More …

Church buys Connecticut ghost town Johnsonville

EAST HADDAM, Conn. (WTNH) — The meeting house in Johnsonville was filled with people hoping to bring the so-called ghost town back to life. There hadn’t been that many people in the historic village in decades. “We don’t like the term ‘ghost town.’ I don’t think anybody likes that. So we would like to bring new life into this village or town,” said Joji Crisostomo who is a minister with Iglesia Ni Cristo or the Church of Christ. Started in the Philippines, the non-denominational church now has millions of members Read More …

Restaurant Road Trip: Big City Vibe at Elm City Social

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — This week on Restaurant Road Trip, Chef Plum is taking you on a culinary adventure to New Haven, CT. Elm City Social serves up a New York City vibe, with New Haven’s only rooftop lounge. Restaurant Road Trip with Chef Plum is presented by: Ergo Chef Knives and Asylum Distillery. Elm City Social Chef / Owner, John Brennan filled us in on his menu: The dishes change seasonally. We keep it fresh, make everything from scratch, and cook the way you’re supposed to. We do our jerk chicken tacos, Read More …

Police arrest Middletown man for alleged assault of wife

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. (WTNH) — A man was arrested in Middletown following a domestic dispute in which he allegedly struck his wife, according to police. On Wednesday at some point during the day, Middletown Police were called to a certain address in the city on a reported verbal domestic. When an officer arrived at the home, a female said she was in an argument with her husband. Police said there were no signs of physical violence at that time from either the man or the woman. A background check on the Read More …

Senator Blumenthal calls on TSA to change policy over lobster picture

Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) meets with the owners of Atlantic Seafood in Old Saybrook (WTNH / Tina Detelj) OLD SAYBROOK, Conn. (WTNH) — Senator Richard Blumenthal wants the TSA to change its policy because of what happened to a lobster which left Atlantic Seafood and was checked in at Logan Airport in Boston. The call for change comes after a picture posted by the TSA shows an agent holding up the 15 pounder by its claws. Senator Blumenthal can see why it peaked the agent’s interest. Original Story: Giant lobster apprehended Read More …

Middletown man arrested after assulting woman, officers

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. (WTNH) — A Middletown man is under arrest after he allegedly pushed his girlfriend to the ground and resisted arrest. Late Wednesday night, Middletown Police responded to a fight on Liberty Street. After those involved in the fight dispersed, an officer heard a man yelling at a woman. The officer says he then watched William Jackson, 33, push the woman and attempt to throw her to the ground. Jackson then tried to fight with police and was taken to the ground himself. He was placed under arrest and Read More …

Middletown man arrested for allegedly stabbing man while intoxicated

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. (WTNH) — Middletown Police arrested a man after he allegedly stabbed another man while being heavily intoxicated. Police responded to a reported disturbance at the corner of Main Street and Liberty Street on Tuesday evening. Officials say Robert Watson, 63, wildly swung a knife at a man with whom he was having a heated argument. Both men were still at the scene when police arrived. Officers took Watson into custody. he is being charged with Assault in the Second Degree and Breach of Peace in the Second Degree. Read More …

9 people arrested in narcotics sweep in Middletown

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. (WTNH) — Nine people are facing charges after a narcotics sweep in Middletown. Middletown Police Department’s Narcotics Unit has focused on illegal sale and possession of narcotics, controlled substances and other related organized criminal activities. From April through June of this year, the Narcotics Unit conducted controlled purchases of illicit drugs from suspected dealers in Middletown’s north end. Officers say numerous street level drug dealers were identified during previous surveillance and were the targets of this investigation. Police say as a result of their investigation, ten individuals were Read More …

Durham man arrested with $20,000 worth of illegal fireworks

DURHAM, Conn. (WTNH) — Connecticut State Police arrested a Durham man for possession of illegal fireworks that were worth $20,000. On Independence Day, Officers responded to 26 Pine Ledge Trail after receiving reports about a large fireworks display. When Troopers arrived, they found that 50-year-old Theodore Lynch  was in possession of illegal fireworks. He was arrested and charged with Illegal Possession of Fireworks. Other charges brought against Lynch included: Reckless Endangerment and Breach of Peace. State Police Emergency Services Unit responded to the scene to collect and properly dispose of Read More …

Motorcyclist seriously injured in a crash in East Haddam

EAST HADDAM, Conn. (WTNH) — Police say a motorcyclist was flown by lifestar after a serious crash on route 149 Tuesday night. State Police were dispatched to the scene of an accident involving a motorcycle at approximately 11:40 p.m. on Tuesday night. Troopers say that a motorcyclist that was driving a passenger on his vehicle was traveling North on Route 149 just prior to Creek Row. The motorcycle operator failed to properly make a right curve on the roadway and lost control of the vehicle causing it to cross southbound Read More …

Connecticut ski resort plans to open with synthetic surface

MIDDLEFIELD, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut ski resort is planning to offer year-round skiing. Powder Ridge in Middlefield says it will open a 500-foot run in August that features a “high-tech” surface that acts as artificial snow. The resort also plans to open two tubing lanes covered in the same material, made by a Swiss company. Sean Hayes, who runs the resort, says similar ski runs have been offered in Europe for years. Hayes says skiers and snowboarders will be required to wear long pants and helmets. He also suggests Read More …

Ordnance passed preventing use of pesticides on city-owned playing fields in Middletown

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. (WTNH) — The Middletown Common Council voted in favor of a pesticide ordnance to stop using certain chemicals on city-owned playing fields. After being approved by an 11-1 vote on Monday night, the ordnance will prevent the use of pesticides on city-owned playing fields. Councilwoman Mary Bartolotta calls the vote, “… a wonderful and positive vote for a healthier community for Middletown.” The ordnance falls in line with Middletown’s Project Green Lawn campaign. According to the campaign’s website, “Project Green Lawn is a City of Middletown public awareness Read More …

Connecticut’s great adventure boat docks

(WTNH) — If you’re out on Long Island Sound boating this summer, remember the State of Connecticut is throwing the doors wide-open on the Connecticut River to provide easy births and docking for everyone, especially the general public. “This boat will do about 54 miles per hour so you have some fun when you’re boating. It is fun while you’re boating.” Scott Sundholm shows off his pride and joy in the mouth of the Connecticut River. He loves boating so much that he opened up his own marina and repair Read More …

Middletown Police arrest man for alleged assault and robbery of 78-year-old

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. (WTNH) — On Saturday, Middletown Police arrested a man for allegedly assaulting and robbing a 78-year-old woman in the area of Pearl and Washington Streets. Around 10:40 a.m. a caller told police that a man was beating up a woman and ran off with her purse toward 76 and 80 Pearl Street and onto Broad Street. Officers responded to the incident, and with the suspects description and direction of travel, they scanned the area. Police saw David Scranton, of Middletown, running through the Metro Square parking lot near Read More …

Middletown hosts rescheduled Fourth of July celebration

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. (WTNH) — One of the biggest firework shows in Connecticut was postponed on Saturday because of the weather. The Middletown community cashed in on that rain check on Sunday. The annual festival celebrating America’s birthday began on Sunday evening. It was held two days before the Fourth of July, but one day late. It was planned for the first. “This is the second time that’s happened in a relatively short span of time,” said Stephan Allison, coordinator for the Middletown City Arts & Culture Office. “I think the mayor Read More …

Car drives through Mindy K’s in Old Saybrook

OLD SAYBROOK, Conn. (WTNH) — A car drove through a local Old Saybrook Deli on Saturday afternoon. According to the owner of Mindy K’s, the accident happened around 3:30 p.m. She told News 8 that there was one person inside of the deli at the time of the accident. She told us the person was a boy who did not get injured in the accident. There were no further details available on the identity or the age of the driver. The car has been removed from the building and although Read More …

Tractor Trailer stuck under bridge in Clinton

CLINTON, Conn. (WTNH) — Clinton Police have confirmed that a tractor-trailer has gotten stuck under a railroad overpass on Route 81. Clinton Police has told News 8 that commuters should avoid the area as crews will work to remove to truck from underneath the bridge. However, there has been no confirmation from Police if the road is closed and no information on the status of the driver. According to Shore Line East and Amtrak, there are no delays on the rail line in the area. Read more of  Tractor Trailer stuck under Read More …

Clinton Summerfest planning 2018 comeback

CLINTON, Conn. (WTNH)  – With this years cancellation of the Summerfest and fireworks originally scheduled in August, the Clinton Chamber of Commerce is already looking ahead to the return of the festival in 2018. Chamber Executive Director Ken Hartley says there have been reports that the festival is still on this year but he says that is old information. The Chamber announced earlier this year the postponement of the event to a date yet to be announced in 2018. Hartley says taking into account what goes into putting on such Read More …

Middletown MTA bus not cutting any services

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. (WTNH) — There’s new information out of Middletown on Thursday night. The area bus service is not cutting services. Related Content: Middletown Area Transit planning to cut back some bus services We first brought you the story earlier this month. The city was thinking about getting rid of some services to save money, but on Thursday News 8 got word that the city, the DOT and lawmakers are working on a plan. The city says if it needs to reduce services in the future, they’ll hold public hearings. Read More …

Police presence to increase during holiday weekend

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. (WTNH) — State troopers plan to increase their presence on the roads this holiday weekend to ensure the safety of drivers. July 4th always poses imminent danger to police enforcement, as celebrations and increased traffic yield a multitude of potential issues. With the holiday falling on a Tuesday this year, the extended weekend will require even more precautions. Because so many will be driving through and within the state, police are prepared to conduct several spot checks over the weekend in addition to roving patrols for driving under Read More …

Police identify victim involved in crash on Route 9

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. (WTNH) — State Police are investigating a two car accident that happened on Thursday night on Route 9 in Middletown. According to state troopers, a Dodge Durango was traveling northbound on Route 9 just north of exit 12 in Middletown. Another vehicle that was traveling in front of the Dodge Durango traveling in the right lane tried to move into the left lane, striking the passenger side of the Dodge Durango. Related: Exit on Route 9 Northbound in Middletown back open following one car crash  The Dodge was then Read More …

TSA apologizes after posting picture with 15-pound lobster from Old Saybrook

(WTNH) — Tensions are simmering down between the TSA and the owner of an Old Saybrook seafood market. The TSA has apologized after taking this picture of a 15-pound lobster in a checked bag. Agents say the picture was only meant to educate the public about travel tips. They say they post pictures of items that they find on a regular basis. Related Content: Owner of Old Saybrook seafood market boiling mad about lobster picture The TSA also says the lobster was not taken out just for the picture. They Read More …