Arrest made after drug investigation in New London

NEW LONDON, Conn. (WTNH)– A 31-year-old man was arrested on several drug charges after a lengthy narcotics investigation in New London. Police say over the past four months, detectives from the Statewide Narcotics Task Force-East Office and the New London Police Department Vice and Intelligence Section conducted an investigation into the sale of crack cocaine and heroin. They were then able to identify the suspect as Jonathan “JB” Smith and arrest him while he was exiting a home on Amity Street in New London. Detectives held an active arrest warrant Read More …

Police: Man held at gunpoint during Ledyard home invasion

LEDYARD, Conn. (WTNH)– Police are investigating after a man was allegedly held at gunpoint during a Ledyard home invasion Thursday night. Police say at around 10:48 p.m., they received a 911 call from a home on Smith Pond Way, in the Gales Ferry section, reporting a home invasion. The caller told police that two black males had entered his home with at least one handgun. The suspects then forced the victim to the floor and held him at gunpoint. According to police, one male suspect had entered a bedroom and Read More …

New London Police: 7 K2 overdoses in 9 hours on Thursday

NEW LONDON, Conn. (WTNH) — New London first responders responded to seven calls between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Thursday for K2 associated overdoses. Hospital officials at Lawrence & Memorial Hospital also reported being flooded with between ten and 12 associated K2 overdoses. Officials say K2, also known as spice, is a synthetic marijuana where herbs, incense or other leafy materials are sprayed with lab-synthesized liquid chemicals to mimic the effect of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the psychoactive ingredient that is found in Marijuana. According to first responders, K2 is known Read More …

New London first responders respond to 7 K2 overdoses in 9 hours on Thursday

NEW LONDON, Conn. (WTNH) — New London first responders responded to seven calls between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Thursday for K2 associated overdoses. Hospital officials at Lawrence & Memorial Hospital also reported being flooded with between ten and 12 associated K2 overdoses. Officials say K2, also known as spice, is a synthetic marijuana where herbs, incense or other leafy materials are sprayed with lab-synthesized liquid chemicals to mimic the effect of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the psychoactive ingredient that is found in Marijuana. According to first responders, K2 is known Read More …

Jeweler accused of $5M fraud scheme, using fake invoices

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Connecticut man has been charged in what federal authorities say is a $5 million fraud scheme using his Rhode Island jewelry store. Gerald Kent, 51, of Groton, Connecticut, was ordered detained Thursday on charges of wire fraud and aggravated identity theft, according to the U.S. attorney’s office in Providence. Kent owns Kent Jewelry in Johnston, Rhode Island, which sells jewelry online using flash sale websites, such as Groupon and Zulily. Prosecutors said Kent struck a deal with a firm that buys unpaid invoices at a Read More …

Expressiones in New London holds back-to-school fundraiser

NEW LONDON, Conn. (WTNH) — The start of school is still more than a month away, but some people in New London are gathering to help students be better prepared for classes. A fundraising event was held in a very creative space in the city. Expressiones is a gallery showcasing cultural diversity. On Thursday until 7:00, the gallery hosted an event to raise money to buy book bags, notebooks, pens and folders for students in the city. “There will always be families, individuals and students struggling and just because we Read More …

Tiny house trend comes to New London

NEW LONDON, Conn. (WTNH) — Spark Makerspace has become a place where craftsmen and Do-It-Yourself novices can come together. For the past two weeks students have been able to think big by learning how to build a tiny house. The workshop was run by the Yestermorrow Design/Build School out of Vermont. The course ended on Tuesday but the building will continue next week and will be the centerpiece of the Tiny Town street festival event happening at Spark on Friday July 28th. Streets will be closed off outside of Spark Read More …

North Stonington water advisory lifted

NORTH STONINGTON, (WTNH) — After being notified on Monday of traces of E. coli in their water, residents of North Stonington can once again safely drink their tap water. The Southern Connecticut Water Authority (SCWA) announced Wednesday that the state-wide advisory for the North Stonington Division system had been lifted. Officials discovered E. coli in the water last Friday. Related Content: Water in North Stonington potentially contaminated with E. coli SCWA says four samples collected in the distribution system were all tested absent of coliform bacteria.

Part of New London Ledge Lighthouse is in the dark

GROTON & NEW LONDON, Conn. (WTNH) — The only way to get to New London Ledge Lighthouse is by boat so if there is a problem it can become quite a project. Especially if the problem lay at the bottom of the Thames River. The historic lighthouse is powered by a mile long underwater cable which comes from Avery Point. “We think there was a lightning strike back at the end of April that sent a charge down the cable,” said Todd Gipstein with the Ledge Light Foundation which maintains Read More …

North Stonington residents to learn status of tap water Wednesday or Thursday

NORTH STONINGTON, Conn. (WTNH) — If you live in North Stonington, you will know either Wednesday or Thursday if it is safe to drink the town’s water. This comes after the tap water tested positive for E. coli a week ago. Related Content: Water in North Stonington potentially contaminated with E. coli People in the town were upset after they were not told about the water until Monday. The town is asking residents to boil tap water before use until further notice.

Ledyard man arrested on outstanding warrants for 2015 incident

LEDYARD, Conn. (WTNH)– A man was arrested on outstanding warrants in Ledyard Tuesday afternoon. Police say 34-year-old Jonathan Hennessey, of Ledyard, was arrested just before 11:30 p.m. for an incident that happened back in October 2015 in New London. Hennessey was contacted by police after it was discovered he had two outstanding active affidavits. He was then charged with violation of probation and failure to appear. Hennessey was arrested without incident and held on $52,500 bond before being presented at New London Superior Court.

State Police searching for suspects in shoplifting at Lisbon store

LISBON, Conn. (WTNH) — Connecticut State Police are looking for two suspects who allegedly stole from a Dick’s Sporting Goods in Lisbon on Tuesday. According to police, two suspects left the store around 2 p.m. without paying for $300-$500 worth of Nike men’s apparel. (Photo Courtesy: Connecticut State Police) Police say suspect one is described as an African American man between the ages of 20 and 25-years-old with a thin build, a dark complexion, and short hair. Police describe the second suspect as an African American woman between the ages Read More …

Simsbury and New London announce cooling centers available

(WTNH) — High temperatures have prompted both Simsbury and the city of New London to announce the opening of cooling centers. The town of Simsbury will help residents with the heat by opening up cooling centers from Wednesday through Friday. The following locations will be open: Simsbury Public Library 725 Hopmeadow Street 860 658-7663. (Lower Level Entrance) Hours: Wednesday and Thursday 9:30 a.m. – 8:30 p.m., Friday 9:30 a.m.- 5:30 p.m. Eno Memorial Hall 754 Hopmeadow Street 860 658-3273. (Senior Center) Hours: Wednesday and Thursday 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Read More …

Three overdoses in two hours: Increases taking a toll on first responder resources

NEW LONDON, Conn. (WTNH) — Monday night’s overdoses all happened in public places. Two middle-aged men were found in the vicinity of Williams Street and on Colman Street, a woman in her twenties was found leaning against a building. Three overdoses in two hours. (Photo: Tina Detelj/WTNH) “I would say that that’s not necessarily outside the norm for us,” said Ron Kersey, the EMS and Emergency Management Coordinator for Lawrence & Memorial Hospital. That’s where all three patients were brought for observation. “We have over the past year and a Read More …

Person suffers life-threatening injuries after being hit by vehicle in N. Stonington

NORTH STONINGTON, Conn. (WTNH) — A pedestrian has suffered life-threatening injuries after being hit by a vehicle on Tuesday afternoon. Trooper Kelly Grant says at approximately 1:50 p.m., a pedestrian was hit by a car on Route 201 near 167 Cossaduck Road. According to DOT, Route 201 is closed in both directions between Route 2 and North West Corner Road. Officials believe the road will reopen in four hours or less. There is no word on the identity of the person who was hit. News 8 will update this story Read More …

New London firefighters respond to two heroin overdoses on Monday night

NEW LONDON, Conn. (WTNH) — New London firefighters responded to two heroin overdoses at two separate locations on Monday night. Officials say that around 6:15 p.m., crews responded to a report that two people on Williams Street had overdosed on heroin. Later in the evening, around 8:15 p.m., crews responded to another reported overdose of a woman located at Coleman Street and Ashcraft Road. The woman was revived on the scene by paramedics. All three people were transported to a local hospital for treatment.

Four men arrested after throwing rocks at house

LEDYARD, Conn. (WTNH) — Four men are facing charges on Monday after Ledyard Police say they threw rocks at the house of someone who refused to come out and fight them. Police arrested Mekhi Westbrook, Alexander Santana, Jevane Watson, and Nathan Smith on Monday afternoon. Related Content: Rocks being thrown at drivers in Greater Waterbury Police say those men tried to get someone to come out of their house to fight. When the person refused, they threw rocks and damaged the house before running off. When police spotted them, three of Read More …

Old Lyme celebrates decision to drop proposal for rerouted train tracks

OLD LYME, Conn. (WTNH) — Old Lyme continues to celebrate the federal decision to drop a proposal that would have rerouted high speed train tracks. On Monday, advocates and community members had a visit from Senator Richard Blumenthal who was urging residents to remain vigilant as the Federal Railroad Administration considers other options for the tracks in southeastern Connecticut. Related Content: A controversial rail bypass is stopped in its tracks Senator Blumenthal says it was efforts of groups like River Council of Governments along with residents which made the difference and Read More …

Shortage of summertime fried food favorite clam strips

NEW LONDON, Conn. (WTNH) — Fried clam strips are one of the most popular items on the menu at Capt Scott’s Lobster Dock, so a shortage of the fried food favorite can cause concern. “We got a phone call a couple of weeks ago that there may be a significant shortage with the clam strips,” said Susan Tierney, owner of Capt. Scott’s Lobster Dock. (Photo: Tina Detelj/WTNH) After getting that heads up from her distributor, Tierney decided to make sure she doesn’t run out of them. “I have been ordering Read More …

Bacteria levels at Rocky Neck State Park retested

EAST LYME, Conn. (WTNH) — Swimming could soon return to Rocky Neck State Park. Officials will be retesting the swimming area at the East Lyme beach. High bacteria levels were found last week following a test conducted by the Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection (DEEP). Related Content: Rocky Neck closing prompts other state parks to fill up quickly Residents can swim once again at the state park as soon as DEEP gives the all clear. Rocky Neck State Park was shut down for the weekend, contributing to increased crowds Read More …

Water in North Stonington potentially contaminated with E. coli

NORTH STONINGTON, Conn. (WTNH) — Residents in North Stonington are being warned not to drink the town’s water. This warning comes after it was revealed the water may contain E. coli. Southern Eastern Connecticut Water Authority ran routine tests on the water last Thursday. The tests found traces of E. coli in the water. The water was immediately disinfected. The water authority took new samples, with the results being released on Friday, In the meantime, residents are being warned not to drink the water until then.

Motorcyclist dies after driving off road, hitting pole in Sprague

SPRAGUE, Conn. (WTNH) — Main Street in Sprague is back open Monday morning after a deadly motorcycle crash. Police say the motorcyclist went head on into a pole right before 11 p.m. Sunday night. It happened near the intersection of River Street. The area was closed while authorities towed the motorcycle. Cops are identifying the victim as Gregory Cruz. He was a 22-year-old from Norwich. Police say his motorcycle veered off the road, where he was ejected before crashing into a pole.  

Rocky Neck closing prompts other state parks to fill up quickly

EAST LYME, Conn. (WTNH) — Six state parks closed after reaching capacity on Sunday, while Rocky Neck remained closed due to high bacteria levels. The closing is having a ripple effect at other nearby state parks. The first state park to hit capacity was Squantz Pond State Park in New Fairfield. One of the most popular state parks also hit capacity as Hammonasset Beach State Park in Madison closed before 1 p.m. Hammonasset Beach SP is full to capacity and closed as of 12:47 pm, Sunday 7/16/17 — CT State Parks (@CTStateParks) Read More …

Ledyard Police identify one of the victims in Saturday’s crash

LEDYARD, Conn. (WTNH) — Ledyard Police have identified one of the victims of a car crash that killed one person and seriously injured another Saturday morning. Authorities say the driver, 79-year-old Robert Burns of Ledyard has died after the one car motor vehicle accident. Police have not released the identity of the victim who is seriously injured. According to police, they were dispatched to the seen at 9:47 a.m., upon their arrival they located the vehicle with two occupants off the roadway of the southbound lane of Shewville Road. Police Read More …

Waterford Police ask for public’s help identifying trimmer thief

WATERFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — Waterford Police need the public’s help in identifying a trimmer thief from an incident that took place on Friday afternoon. Waterford Police say at around 4:15 p.m., the suspect stole two Wahl trimmers from the Stop & Shop grocery store on Boston Post Road. According to officers, the suspect is seen leaving in a grey Ford Explorer, which was parked in the fire lane. Courtesy: Waterford Police Department If you have any information that may be able to assist officers in identifying the suspect, you are Read More …

New London Police arrest 2 people involved in separate robberies

NEW LONDON, Conn. (WTNH) — Two people are facing charges after two different robberies in New London on Friday. On Friday morning at approximately 11:30 a.m., a liquor delivery person chased down an individual who he saw stealing liquor bottles from his delivery truck on Bank Street. As the delivery person attempted to get the stolen bottles back, he was allegedly assaulted by the individual. The delivery person suffered a superficial injury to his eye. Officials say the bottles were recovered and the suspect fled the area. Approximately two hours Read More …

Gardner Lake trash troubles continue

Gardner Lake in Salem (WTNH / Tina Detelj) SALEM, Conn. (WTNH) — The State just gave the all clear for swimming at Gardner Lake State Park. Bacteria levels are low, but when more people go swimming there on the weekend people say more trash piles up. Already there’s trash on the ground near one of the grills which has a baby’s dirty diaper in it. “It’s really disappointing, really,” said Bill Hahnel of Salem. Disappointing and some say disgusting. Despite the fact the State asks nicely that people carry out Read More …

4 state swimming areas, including Rocky Neck, closed due to bacteria

NIANTIC, Conn. (WTNH)– For the past three days, News 8 has been telling you about severe weather toppling trees and knocking out power across Connecticut. Now, heavy rain is being blamed for producing dangerously high bacteria levels at some state parks, including Rocky Neck, Gay City, Mashamoquet and Pachug. “I’m thinking to bring my kids to the beach for swimming,” said Carmen Llamos, of Groton. But those plans have been washed out after the temporary swimming ban. “We are a little bit upset about it. We want to have fun. Read More …

Overdose deaths lead to new bereavement support group

NORWICH, Conn. (WTNH) — For the first time the people gathered in a meeting room at Center for Hospice Care share a single sadness – the loss of a loved one to addiction. “Getting reconnected to other people that understand what you’re going through is sort of that first step in thinking about the future and how to go on,” said Angela Duhaime who runs the Partnership for Success program at Norwich Human Services. (Photo: Tina Detelj/WTNH ) She says the idea for the once a month meeting started when Read More …