Former virtual currency CEO pleads guilty to $9M fraud

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The former CEO of companies that sold the virtual currency Paycoin and hashlets has pleaded guilty in Connecticut to a $9 million fraud. Homero Joshua Garza pleaded guilty on Thursday to wire fraud. Prosecutors say the former Somers resident ran several companies in the business of virtual currency. Virtual currency can be mined by computers doing complex algorithms. It’s is not legal tender but can be used within certain communities instead of cash. Prosecutors say Garza’s sold customers the right to more virtual currency than his Read More …

Gas leak prompts evacuations around Elm Street in Vernon

VERNON, Conn. (WTNH) — The Vernon Fire Department is responding to reports of a gas leak on Thursday afternoon. According to Tolland County Dispatch, the gas leak is in the 70 block of Elm Street in the Rockville section of Vernon. VERNON CT: #VernonFire is on scene of a gas leak occurring in the 70 block of Elm St. #FD has ordered evac of immediate area. #CTTraffic pic.twitter.com/rCui5fdjfQ — Tolland County 911 (@TNDispatch) July 20, 2017 Dispatch says the fire department has ordered evacuations in the immediate area. News 8 Read More …

Motorcyclist seriously hurt after being hit by car in Hebron

HEBRON, Conn. (WTNH) — Connecticut State Police are investigating an accident that happened on Route 85 on Lake Road in Hebron on Sunday. According to state troopers, one car and a motorcycle were traveling north on Lake Road when the motorcycle slowed down to make a left hand turn into the parking lot of the Twin Lakes Tavern. That’s when Brodey David Countant, 19, of Marlborough hit Benjamin Labonosky, the 4th, 57, of Colchester. Labonosky was thrown off his motorcycle. Labonosky was taken to Hartford Hospital with serious life-threatening injuries. Countant and his Read More …

Motorcycle accident in Tolland closes Hartford Turnpike

TOLLAND, Conn. (WTNH) — Tolland Fire is on the scene of a motorcycle accident Sunday evening. According to officials, a serious motorcycle accident took place in the 100 block of the Hartford Turnpike. Route 30 near Old Post Road has been closed while emergency crews are on the scene. #CTtraffic: Rte 30 (Hartford Tpke) near Old Post Rd closed for motorcycle crash. Life Star enroute. Seek alternate route. — CT State Police (@CT_STATE_POLICE) July 16, 2017 The severity of the motorcyclist’s injuries are unknown but LIFE STAR was initially requested Read More …

Route 85 in Hebron closed due to serious crash

HEBRON, Conn. (WTNH) — Route 85 in Hebron has been closed while emergency crews respond to a serious accident. According to Connecticut State Police, Route 85 between the Airline Trail and Maple Avenue has been shut down. The crash involved a car and a motorcycle. The conditions of those involved in the collision is not yet known but the crash has been deemed serious by officials. No identities have been released at this time. Police are advising motorists to seek an alternate route.

State officials say UConn coach OK to hire son as assistant

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — State ethics lawyers are recommending the University of Connecticut be allowed to hire football coach Randy Edsall’s son as the team’s assistant coach. The Hartford Courant reports lawyers for the state ethics board are recommending the citizen advisory panel take no action against UConn or its coach so long as his son’s one-year, $95,000 contract is not renewed. The draft opinion, which is slated to be presented to the board July 20, recognizes the “potential disruption” to UConn’s football program if the younger Edsall was barred Read More …

2 men arrested in Somers following early morning police chase

SOMERS, Conn. (WTNH) – Early Friday morning, Somers Police arrested two men and seized narcotics and a firearm, following a pursuit throughout Northern Connecticut and Massachusetts. At approximately 1:38 a.m. on Friday, July 14th Troop C-Tolland was conducting routine traffic stops with a focus on O.U.I. enforcement when a gold Nissan Altima, traveling down Route 190, crossed the double yellow line. As the officer signaled for the vehicle to pull over, the car took off and led police on pursuit into Stafford where the pursuit was terminated. A short time Read More …

Stafford man arrested for sexual assault of child

UNION, Conn. (WTNH) — A Stafford man is facing sexual assault charges after turning himself in to police. Officials say Matthew Noto, 20, turned himself in to Connecticut State Police on an arrest warrant regarding an incident involving a 12-year-old girl. Police say the incident occurred in June. Noto is facing one charge of sexual assault to a victim less than 13-years-old and an additional charge of risk of injury to a minor. He posted a $5,000 court set surety bond and is scheduled to appear in court on July Read More …

State Police arrest man after a fatal overdose

WILLINGTON, Conn. (WTNH) — State Police arrest a man after an investigation of a fatal overdose that occurred in November of 2016. According to State Police, trooper from Troop C in Tolland, located 36-year-old, William Kachuk, of Willington at the Willimantic Police Department. They say police took him into custody under the power of an active felony arrest warrant from an investigation that started in November of 2016. State Police say in November, state police officers were dispatched to a medical assistance in Willington. They say when they arrived an Read More …

PD: K-9 unit finds drugs during motor vehicle stop in Vernon

VERNON, CT (WTNH) — A motor vehicle stop on Monday led to the recovery of multiple drugs by the Vernon Police. On July 10, an officer pulled over a vehicle of Talcottville Road for driving well above the posted speed limit. Based on the operator’s statements and observing the vehicle, the officer believed that the driver could have illegal drugs. Utilizing his K-9 partner, Thor, a search was conducted and the K-9 officer was able to find drugs in the vehicle. The driver, 36-year-old Daniel Thomas, was arrested when he Read More …

Cruisin’ Connecticut – Backstage Tour of the Shubert Theatre

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — This morning, we are Cruisin’ Connecticut to New Haven, home of the historic Shubert Theatre, opened in 1914. We’re going on a backstage tour of the “birthplace of the world’s greatest hits.” The theatre received that name after the number of shows that premiered there, or opened there prior to Broadway. There have been over 300 world premieres at the Shubert. Stars like Jerry Lewis, Marlon Brando, and Debbi Reynolds have taken to the stage. Many of Rogers and Hammerstein’s musicals started at the Shubert. “Away We Read More …

Two arrested in Tolland drug bust

TOLLAND, Conn. (WTNH) — Two people have been arrested after Connecticut State Police found narcotics equipment and other drug-related items in a Tolland residence on Sunday morning. According to police, troopers had an active search warrant for 24-year-old Amber Blanchette. When officers knocked on the door, it was opened by 20-year-old Travis Winans who confirmed Blanchette was sleeping in a room inside the residence. Troopers say they saw narcotics equipment and equipment used in heating marijuana in plain view once they entered the room. More equipment and paraphernalia was located Read More …

Victim of crash in Vernon in critical but stable condition

VERNON, Conn. (WTNH) — A person is recovering on Sunday morning after being struck by a car in Vernon. The incident happened Saturday on the Hartford Turnpike near Sacred Heart Church. The road was closed for several hours while the scene was being investigated by officials. Related Content: Route 30 in Vernon reopens after pedestrian struck by car That pedestrian is now in stable condition and is recovering at a local hospital. The person’s name has not been released. Police say that the driver was not hurt and is cooperating.

Vernon Police are investigating after a car struck a pedestrian

VERNON, Conn. (WTNH) — Vernon Police are investigating after a pedestrian was struck by a car Saturday morning. According to police, the crash happened in the area of 550 Hartford Turnpike in Vernon at 6:30 a.m. They say they Metro Traffic Services are assisting with the investigation. Police say that the specific area of the Hartford Turnpike will be closed for the next several hours while they investigate the crash. There are no word on injuries. VERNON CT (Delayed): #VernonFire responded to the 500 block of Hartford Tpke at approx 6:30am 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 …

Man facing charges after selling narcotics to undercover officer multiple times in South Windsor

SOUTH WINDSOR, Conn. (WNTH) — A man is facing charges after he sold narcotics to an undercover officer on multiple occasions. According to the East Central Narcotics Task Force which is comprised of Manchester, South Windsor, Glastonbury and Vernon Police Departments, they conducted a “buy bust” operation on Thursday on 26-year-old John Stephenson who they say had been actively selling heroin and fentanyl within the Town of South Windsor. Officers say Stephenson has sold narcotics to an undercover officer on multiple occasions. During the “buy bust” operation, members of the Read More …

LifeStar responds to motor vehicle accident involving bicyclist in Mansfield

MANSFIELD, Conn. (WTNH) — LifeStar is responding to a motor vehicle accident in Mansfield involving a bicyclist on Thursday night. MANSFIELD CT: #MansfieldFire is responding to the area of Storrs Rd (RT195) & Ledgewood Dr for a MVA involving bicyclist over guardrail. pic.twitter.com/4p7Jw8kAx1 — Tolland County 911 (@TNDispatch) July 6, 2017 Manfield Fire Department responded to the accident on Storrs Road (Route 195) and Ledgewood Drive. MANSFIELD U/D: Reported head injury. @LIFESTAR_CT requested for modified scene at Windham Hospital. — Tolland County 911 (@TNDispatch) July 6, 2017 Dispatchers confirm there is Read More …

Lake’s residents keep holiday quiet for nesting eagles

COLUMBIA, Conn. (AP) — Independence Day was unusually quiet in one small Connecticut town as residents heeded a request to protect a family of bald eagles. Carmen Vance, the first selectman of Columbia, says nobody set off fireworks around Columbia Lake during the long holiday weekend. State officials had warned the noise could startle an eaglet out of her nest before she was ready to fly. Related: Fourth of July fireworks discouraged for sake of bald eagles Last summer, a pair of eagles became the first to call Columbia Lake Read More …

In Connecticut prison, it’s the inmates leading counseling

SOMERS, Conn. (AP) — Imprisoned for killing a man, Edward White initially feared retaliation when he learned an acquaintance, his fellow inmate, was his victim’s nephew. For a time, the inmate stopped speaking with White. But he ultimately offered forgiveness, an act that White credits to the peer counseling program through which they met. “Prison logic will tell you it’s supposed to become violent,” said White, 35. “If we didn’t have the opportunity to meet in the program, who knows how he would have reacted.” White told his story one Read More …

UConn Health Fire Dept. to be saved; consolidating with UConn FD

FARMINGTON, Conn. (WTNH) — A spokesperson for UConn Health tells News 8 that the UConn Health Fire Department will retain its presence on campus, after initial decision to close the full service facility. The fire department was facing potential closure due to financial pressures, however UConn Health has come up with a restructured plan for fire service delivery making key changes which they say will result in annual savings to UConn Health of over $1 million. The University has shared this ‘Plan’ with the Connecticut Police & Fire union and Read More …

Seat belt violation leads to illegal possession of firearm arrest

TOLLAND, Conn. (WTNH) — State police got more than they expected when they pulled over a man for a seat belt violation on Wednesday. Police pulled over Christopher Peck, 21, on Rt. 44 after noticing he was operating his vehicle without wearing a seat belt. After realizing his license was suspended, troopers asked Peck for consent to search his vehicle, which he granted. During the search, a loaded .22 caliber handgun was discovered in the car. Peck, who does not have a license to carry the firearm, was then arrested. Read More …

Fourth of July fireworks discouraged for sake of bald eagles

COLUMBIA, Conn. (AP) — Independence Day traditions in one Connecticut town are clashing with an effort to protect an iconic symbol of the United States. Authorities in Columbia are asking residents to forego shooting off fireworks for the sake of a family of bald eagles. Last summer, a pair of eagles became the first to call Columbia Lake home since the species returned to the state in 1992. This spring, an eaglet appeared in the nest. The bird is not yet old enough to fly and the state Department of Read More …

Connecticut Senators hold emergency hearing about healthcare reform

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — Senators Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy held a public hearing at New Haven City Hall on Friday seeking input on the Senate Republican’s plan to replace Obamacare. Blumenthal started the hearing by calling the fight against the proposed plan a titanic battle and saying everyone in the room is a part of it. Hundreds of people turned out for the hearing and more than 60 chose to speak. “It’s heartbreaking. It’s hard to keep it together when you hear the devastation this bill is going Read More …