Officials identify body found at Millers Pond State Park

DURHAM, Conn. (WTNH) — Officials have released the name of the man whose body was recovered from the water at Millers Pond State Park on Saturday. According to the Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection, the body belongs to Romiro Bonilla, 33, of Queens, N.Y. Related Content: Crews recover body of missing swimmer at Millers Pond State Park in Durham Bonilla’s body was recovered early Saturday evening by the Middletown South District Fire Department Dive Team. CPR was performed after Bonilla was pulled from the water, but to no avail. The Read More …

19 year old struck by car in Middletown

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. (WTNH) — A 19 year old man is in the hospital after he was struck by a driver in Middletown on Saturday evening. On Saturday, July 29th at 8:14 PM, Middletown Police responded to reports of a pedestrian walking northbound stuck by a motor vehicle traveling southbound on Newfield Street by Tuttle Road. The vehicle hit the 19 year old in the roadway and he was transported to Hartford Hospital, where he is listed in stable condition. The Middletown Police Traffic Unit is investigating the incident and encourages Read More …

Killer’s body removed from Connecticut veterans cemetery

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. (AP) — A state official says the body of a man convicted of fatally stabbing three people in 1972 has been removed from the State Veterans Cemetery in Middletown. Department of Veterans Affairs spokeswoman Emily Hein recently told the New Haven Register (http://bit.ly/2u7IBsq ) that Guillermo Aillon’s body was exhumed from the cemetery July 3. Hein did not say where the body was taken. The removal came after the Register reported last year that Aillon was illegally buried at the cemetery. Federal law bans people sentenced to life in Read More …

PD: Middletown woman found operating drug factory out of home

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. (WTNH) – Middletown police busted a woman for allegedly running a drug factory out of her home on Thursday. Police assisted Department of Corrections parole officers to 238 William Street to perform a random compliance check on a parolee that lived at the residence. Upon arrival, they met Linda Altson-Scott, 55, who also lived at the residence. She told officers that the parolee was not home but allowed them to enter the home and search it. Officers discovered multiple small bags of narcotics, prescription pills, and digital scales. Read More …

Eastern Connecticut is dubbed “The New Hamptons”

EASTERN SHORELINE, Conn. (WTNH) — From its quaint downtown areas to its picturesque beaches and plethora of attractions the eastern part of Connecticut’s shoreline is being compared to the eastern end of Long Island. The New York Post first penned an article about the area entitled “The next ‘new’ Hamptons many vacationers may overlook” and then Town & Country listed “27 Reasons This Part of the East Coast Is Being Dubbed “The New Hamptons.” Among the attractions listed are Mystic Aquarium, Mystic Seaport, and the Florence Griswold Museum in Old Read More …

Three car burglars crash stolen car in Old Saybrook

OLD SAYBROOK, Conn. (WTNH) — Old Saybrook Police have placed three people under arrest after they stole from multiple cars and fled in a stolen car. Police say that three criminals fled in a stolen vehicle from Glastonbury after Police attempted to arrest them for burglarizing vehicles. Two of the suspects in the stolen vehicle were immediately arrested after the operator struck a tree during pursuit. A third suspect fled the scene but was soon after found by Police K-9’s about 45 minutes later. Main Street between Maple Avenue and Read More …

Connecticut State Police kick off Back to School Supply Drive

(WTNH) — Connecticut State Police are now helping families when it comes to the expenses for school. They’re kicking off their back to school supply drive. State police are looking for backpack donations for kids from kindergarten to the 12th grade. Items needed are calculators, pencils and notebooks. You can drop these items off at the Connecticut State Police headquarters in Middletown Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. The address for the police headquarters is 1111 Country Club Road. Read more of  Connecticut State Police kick off Back to Read More …

Using your own cells to repair your knee injury

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. (WTNH) — People of all ages have knee injuries, but a new treatment option is available that could help speed up recovery, and lessen pain. The latest procedure approved by the FDA in January was timely for Collin Nilsen, who was in a lot of pain. Leaning on crutches and wearing a brace, Collin is now on his feet walking. “I was carrying one of my daughters up the stairs, and I felt a pain in my leg and it swelled up.” Just three weeks after knee surgery, Read More …

Reports: State parks and beaches dirtier, less safe

MADISON, Conn. (WTNH) – State budgets cutbacks are now affecting safety and cleanliness at state parks, that’s according to published reports. We are now 24 days into the new budget year without a new budget in place. The Hartford Courant now reports the budget trouble is causing parks and beaches like this one to be dirtier and less safe than in previous years. When the fiscal year ended and Governor Dannel Malloy started running the state by executive order, he said the state parks would be fine through the July 4th Read More …

Lawmakers seek fund to help crumbling foundation homeowners

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut may not have a deal on a new state budget, but one key senator says there’s agreement on creating a fund to help thousands of homeowners whose concrete foundations are crumbling. Democratic Sen. Cathy Osten, a co-chair of the General Assembly’s Appropriations Committee, says she’s hoping about $60 million will be set aside, enough to help homeowners with the most immediate problems. Related Content: Crumbling basement homeowners seek federal investigation She says a number of ideas for financing that account are still being considered, including a Read More …

Fight to keep Middletown Farmers Market open

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. (WTNH) — The Middletown Farmers Market is packed on Fridays. That’s good and bad. Good because it’s helping a lot of families. Bad, because there are many families that count on it — like Dee Wilcox’s family. She was there buying food for less to feed to her 3 toddlers and little baby. Dee counts on the Farmers Market to be able to buy food for less. The market is able to provide that service to low-income families and families that benefit from SNAP, WIC and Senior checks Read More …

Crumbling basement homeowners seek federal investigation

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Eastern and central Connecticut homeowners whose foundations are crumbling are asking the Connecticut U.S. Attorney‘s office to investigate how much various officials and entities knew about the problem and whether there was any wrongdoing. The formal citizen’s request for a federal investigation was filed Friday by members of Connecticut Coalition Against Crumbling Basements. It’s unclear whether the office will take up the homeowners’ request. Thirty-six communities have been identified as potentially having homes with failing foundations because of the presence of a mineral that naturally reacted Read More …

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 …