Norwich Police arrest New York man who allegedly attempted to rob a bank

NORWICH, Conn. (WTNH) — Norwich Police arrest a New York man who allegedly attempted to rob a bank Saturday morning. According to police, at 11:50 a.m. officers responded to a report of a suspicious male behind the Dime Bank on West Town Street. They say when officers arrived they found the accused, 30-year-old Maximilian Beres of Port Jefferson Station, New York, in close proximity to the bank. Officials say his vehicle was parked in a secluded area of the bank and Beres was found wearing several layers of clothing. They Read More …

Waterford Police search for suspects who stole baby formula from Target

WATERFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — Waterford Police are searching for two people who are accused of stealing baby formula from the Waterford Target store on Tuesday. According to police, the two people stole 28 cans of baby formula from the store. They say the value of the theft is $447. Police believe the suspects left the scene in a silver or grey-colored SUV. Courtesy: Waterford Police Department If you recognize either man in the photo or the vehicle, you’re asked to call Waterford Police at 860-442-9451.  

Connecticut man gets 10 years in prison for kidnapping

NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut man who kidnapped the mother of his child has been sentenced to 10 year in prison. Thirty-three-year-old Christopher Mims was sentenced Thursday by a Superior Court judge in New London. The Day reports (http://bit.ly/2h94KFf ) he entered an Alford plea in May to first-degree kidnapping in a negotiated sentence with the prosecution. Mims was arrested last April after a standoff with police. He said Thursday he never meant to hurt the woman he victimized. Mims pleaded guilty under the Alford Doctrine, which means Read More …

Connecticut gearing up for winter with salt shipment

NEW LONDON, Conn. (WTNH) — It may be the middle of the summer, but Connecticut is already preparing for winter. Crews are unloading road salt from a cargo ship docked in New London. The ship carried 38,000 metric tons of salt weighing more than 83 million pounds from Egypt. The company that manages the cargo ship is based in Southport. The vice president of the company says it’s excited to keep the shipments coming so there’s enough salt to go around in Connecticut this winter.

Fire destroys home of North Stonington dog rescue owner

(WTNH / Tina Detelj) NORTH STONINGTON, Conn. (WTNH) — When Cathy Leinert returned home from her morning errands on Wednesday, she witnessed what she called her worst nightmare. Her home on Cossaduck Hill Road was totally engulfed in flames. Fire is her worst fear because of the 19 rescue dogs she has on her property. Fortunately, 17 of the dogs were outside in pens, and the remaining two were with her. On a hotter day, many would have been in the air-conditioned house, and Leinert says she wouldn’t be able Read More …

Shots fired at crowd leaving house party

NORWICH, Conn. (AP) — Police are investigating after someone fired shots at a crowd leaving a Connecticut house party. Police say they received multiple 911 calls reporting gunshots around 11 p.m. Tuesday. Upon arrival, officers reported several juveniles running from the Norwich home. Related: Norwich Police investigate after shots fired Authorities say a house party had just ended when someone fired five gunshots into the crowd. No injuries have been reported, but one bullet caused damage to a nearby home after it went through two walls of a bedroom. An investigation Read More …

2 people from New London facing charges after being found with K2

NEW LONDON, Conn. (WTNH) — Two New London residents are facing charges after they were found with synthetic marijuana on Wednesday. At approximately 4:14 p.m., New London Police Department narcotics officers conducted a search and seizure warrant on an apartment on Home Street in New London looking for K2. During the execution of the search and seizure warrant, officers found and seized an unspecified amount of the substance. As a result, 48-year-old Tony Hicks and 36-year-old Jessica Gomer were arrested. Both of them are facing possession of a hallucinogenic charges, Read More …

New traffic pattern in downtown New London

NEW LONDON, Conn. (WTNH) — Bank Street heading through the downtown area is expected to look a bit different starting on Thursday. The city is implementing a new traffic pattern on a trial basis between Tilley Street and State Street. The city says the new traffic design is intended to ease congestion and aggressive driving, better facilitate on-street parking, increase pedestrian safety, promote development, and improve the image of the central Bank Street business district. Bank Street which now has two travel lanes will be reduced to one to create Read More …

Waterford man arrested with stolen car in Groton

GROTON, Conn. (WTNH)– A Waterford man was arrested on larceny charges after he was allegedly driving a stolen car in Groton Sunday night. Police say at around 11:30 p.m. they were notified of a suspicious vehicle, described as a red Jeep Cherokee, parked on Providence Court in the Poquonnock Bridge section of town. An officer responding to the scene noticed a vehicle matching the description leaving the area and traveling westbound on Poquonnock Road. The officer followed the Jeep as it took several turns and when the officer checked the Read More …

Norwich Police investigate after shots fired

NORWICH, Conn. (WTNH) Norwich Police are investigating after reports of shots being fired after a party Tuesday night. At approximately 11:10 p.m. Tuesday night, Norwich Police officers were dispatched to the area of McKinley Avenue after receiving multiple phone calls reporting shots fired. Upon their arrival, officers witnessed several juveniles running from the area of a residence on McKinley Avenue at Perkins Avenue. Investigation led officers to believe that a large house party had just ended when an unknown suspect fired approximately 5 shots toward the dispersing crowd. Officers later Read More …

Norwich police investigate two fires they say were set in about two weeks

Norwich Police Arson Poster for Second Avenue Fire (Image provided by Norwich Police) NORWICH, Conn. (WTNH) — Police don’t know if Monday morning’s fire in the Greenville section of Norwich and a fire in Taftville on Monday July 3rd are related, but they do believe they were both set. Two incendiary fires in about two weeks. “They’re both different types of structures so that kind of doesn’t really fit,” said Norwich Police Sgt. Peter Camp. “Nonetheless when you have two arson fires within a two or three week period we Read More …

Mosquitoes test positive for West Nile Virus in multiple CT towns

(WTNH) — The West Nile Virus has now been found in mosquitoes across multiple Connecticut towns. According to officials on Tuesday, mosquitoes have tested positive for carrying the virus in four more Connecticut towns. Related Content: Northeast sees spike in mosquitoes, a look at CT mosquito crop Towns being added to the list include Greenwich, South Windsor, Stratford and Westport. Mosquitoes from West Haven tested positive earlier this month. Related Content: Mosquitoes test positive for West Nile Virus in West Haven So far, there have been no human cases of West Nile.

North Franklin man sentenced for tax fraud

NORTH FRANKLIN, Conn. (WTNH) — A North Franklin man will spend time behind bars after falsely reporting his taxable income and stealing from his family’s trust. According to court documents and statements made in court, Joseph Sudik, 62, operated a dentistry practice and served as the trustee of the Walter S. Sudik Trust, a trust his uncle created. Sudik took more than $248,000 from the trust without authorization and was paid $35,500 by the trust as reimbursement for closing his dental office to act as trustee. On his 2010 and Read More …

Mohegan Sun named top casino in United States

MONTVILLE, Conn. (WTNH) — One of Connecticut’s casinos received high praise on Friday. Mohegan Sun has been voted as the number one casino in the United States according to USA Today’s 10Best Reader’s Choice Awards. Related Content: House approves changes to casino gambling compact “This was a strong list of destinations that were nominated for best casino in the U.S. and even stronger list that were voted into the top 10. We’re honored to have topped that list; it’s a testament to our whole team and how driven we are to Read More …

Police investigate after 2 fires deemed arson

NORWICH, Conn. (AP) — Police are searching for information after two fires in Connecticut were deemed arsons. The Norwich Police Department says first responders were dispatched to a fire at an apartment building Monday morning. No injuries were reported, but an eight-member family has been displaced. Police say firefighters responded to another blaze at an apartment building in Norwich July 3. No injuries were reported, but an unspecified number of people were displaced. The Norwich Fire Marshal’s Office has determined the cause of the fire in both cases to be Read More …

Traffic patterns changing in New London

NEW LONDON, Conn. (WTNH) — Some traffic changes are coming to the streets of New London, at least for a few months. Officials are going to put a new traffic pattern into place starting Thursday. They say Bank Street between Tilley and State Streets will be re-striped to include a bike lane with one travel lane for cars. The changes will also include buffer areas where people can be dropped off in the city’s busy downtown area. This is all intended to ease congestion. It is a trial expected to Read More …

Affordable homes now available through new program in New London

(WTNH / Tina Detelj) NEW LONDON, Conn. (WTNH) — The home at 55 Ledyard Street was once an eyesore, but soon it will be the proud new home to a middle income family. The home was rehabilitated through a new affordable housing program led by Eastern Connecticut Housing Opportunities, or ECHO, which is hoping to increase home ownership in the city. The $2.6 million program funded by the State Department of Housing is expected to renovate 22 homes over three years. The homes sell at full market value, but they Read More …

Officials seek to add cemetery to national historic register

STONINGTON, Conn. (AP) — Officials with a centuries-old cemetery in Connecticut are seeking to have it added to the National Register of Historic Places. The Day reports the state Historic Preservation Offices review board approved the Stonington Cemetery’s application in June. The application is now headed to the National Parks Service for a decision. The application states the cemetery “represents changing burial practices and funerary customs” throughout its more than 250-year history. The 22-acre cemetery dates back to the 1750s, and it contains more than 2,100 stone markers, three mausoleums Read More …

Navy sub base advises neighbors of security drills

GROTON, Conn. (AP) — The submarine base in Groton is advising nearby residents that security drills planned this week will include the firing of automatic weapons with blanks. The base is working with local officials to make the community aware of the noise associated with the drills planned for Tuesday through Thursday as well as two days the following week. Training officer Dave Cruz says the last thing they want to do is “cause alarm or undue concern in the community.” The drills will involve Naval Security Force boats, simulated Read More …

Norwich Police release more details on body found in Shetucket River

NORWICH, Conn. (WTNH) — Norwich Police have released new details following the discovery of a body in the Shetucket River on Saturday night. According to police, the body belongs to a male approximately six feet tall and 200 pounds. Police say the victim is approximately between 45 and 55-years-old with brown eyes, medium length brown hair, and a medium length brown and grey beard. The victim was wearing tan cargo shorts and an olive colored plaid button down shirt at the time of his death. Related Content: Norwich Police investigating body Read More …

Waterford Police searching for alcohol burglary suspects

WATERFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — Waterford Police are looking for two suspects who allegedly stole $267 worth of alcohol on July 12th. Officials say two women stole the alcohol from Waterford Wine and Spirits and left the scene in a red 2015 Kia Sorento. (Photo Courtesy: Waterford Police Department) The driver of the car and her accomplice have been identified as New Haven residents. Police are asking New Haven residents to share the crime on social media so the two suspects can be fully identified. (Photo Courtesy: Waterford Police Department) Anyone Read More …

Police investigate after 2 men were stabbed in New London

NEW LONDON, Conn. (WTNH) — New London Police are investigating a stabbing that happened late Saturday night. Authorities say they responded to the scene of two male victims suffering from stab sounds outside Y-Knot Cafe on Bank Street at 1:53 a.m. They say this was following an observed altercation. Police say the fire department was called onto the scene to assist police there to provide medical attention to the victims. According to police, one of the victims sustained a stab wound to the torso area. They say the other victim Read More …

Norwich Police investigating body found in river

NORWICH, Conn. (WTNH) – Norwich police are investigating a body that was found in the Shetucket River on Saturday night. Sgt. John Ley of the Norwich Police Department confirmed that a body was found in the river near Hamilton Avenue. Sgt. Ley could not confirm any other details at this time, including the body’s age or gender, or if foul play was suspected. News 8 will update this story as details become available.

Toddler burned at Rocky Neck State Park

EAST LYME, Conn. (WTNH) — A toddler is recovering at Lawrence & Memorial Hospital after getting burned at Rocky Neck on Saturday morning. DEEP EnCon Police says a 17-month-old boy from Middlebury was transported to the hospital after falling against a Dutch oven that was being used by his family to cook breakfast at a campsite at Rocky Neck State Park in Niantic around 9:00 a.m. According to officials, the boy suffered moderate, but non-life threatening burns. Officials have not released the identity of the little boy.

New London dealing with spike in synthetic pot overdoses

NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) — Doctors in southeastern Connecticut say they are dealing with a spike in overdoses from synthetic marijuana. Ron Kersey, coordinator of emergency medical services and emergency management at Lawrence + Memorial Hospital, tells The Day newspaper (http://bit.ly/2uHEmrM) there have been at least 14 suspected cases reported since Wednesday. New London Fire Department Battalion Chief Ted Sargent says most came from around the New London Community Meal Center. Authorities are trying to determine whether they are dealing with a particularly potent batch of the drug, also known Read More …

Ledyard woman arrested after drug investigation

LEDYARD, Conn. (WTNH) — Ledyard Police arrest a woman after a drug investigation on Friday evening. According to authorities, Ledyard Police, The Regional Community Enhancement Task Force and Statewide Narcotics Task Force conducted a joint investigation. They say after the investigation, Ledyard Police officers served a search warrant at a residence on Laurel Leaf Drive in Gales Ferry. Police say as a result of the warrant, officers seized cocaine, marijuana and drug paraphernalia. Authorities say 55-year-old Suzanne S. Delaura, was placed under arrest for possession of narcotics, marijuana and drug Read More …

Man arrested after stealing tv, other items from Ledyard hotel

LEDYARD, Conn. (WTNH) — A man from Massachusetts is facing charges after he allegedly stole a television and other items from a hotel in Ledyard. Police say 41-year-old Michael McKenna of South Dartmouth, Mass. stole a television and other items from the Two Trees Hotel on Indiantown Road in Ledyard on May 6th. An arrest warrant was issued for McKenna by the New London Superior Court. On Friday, at approximately 2:40 p.m., McKenna came to the Ledyard Police Station to turn himself in. Officers say they arrested him, processed him Read More …

Driver who killed student sentenced to 4 1/2 years in prison

NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) — A man who struck and killed a Connecticut College student has been sentenced to more than four years in prison. A New London Superior Court judge Thursday admonished 27-year-old James Sposito, who pleaded guilty to a charge of misconduct with a vehicle in April. Related: Man pleads guilty in hit-and-run death of college student The Day reports that the judge said Sposito did not take responsibility for the death of 20-year-old Ahmad Anique Ashraf in December 2015. Ashraf was killed as he walked to his Read More …

K2 overdoses plague New London

This Feb. 15, 2010, photo shows a package of K2 which contains herbs and spices sprayed with a synthetic compound chemically similar to THC, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana. State lawmakers in Missouri and Kansas have introduced bills which would create penalties for K2 possession similar to those for marijuana.(AP Photo/Kelley McCall) NEW LONDON, Conn. (WTNH) — The day after emergency crews were inundated with several overdose calls they are hoping the disturbing trend will not continue. New London police and fire personnel responded to 7 calls for “K2” associated Read More …

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 …