California team leaves no doubt who’s champ

The Colton Nighthawks won the 2017 Mickey Mantle World Series on Saturday evening. (Joe Palladino RA) By JOE PALLADINO Republican-American WATERBURY — The postgame hoopla was complete and the Colton Nighthawks, the 2017 Mickey Mantle World Series champions, were sauntering back to their dugout, carrying trophies, plaques and wearing championship rings, when one player, Kenny Kim, observed, “We’re just an average baseball team from California.” Um, not likely. Playing a dominant brand of baseball, the Nighthawks, out of San Bernardino, Calif., romped to the Mantle title Saturday night with a Read More …

Colton sweeps to Mantle World Series title

Members of the Colton Nighthawks, from San Bernardino, Calif., try to find a championship ring that fits after beating the Toronto Mets, 12-3, winning the Mickey Mantle World Series at Municipal Stadium. Elias Rios, Damien Sanchez, and Mason Smith surround Steve Baldwin, the man with the rings. (Palladino/RA) WATERBURY — The Colton Nighthawks from San Bernardino, Calif. defeated the Toronto Mets, 12-3 in five innings, to win the 2017 Mickey Mantle World Series on Saturday night at Municipal Stadium. The Nighthawks went undefeated and won eight games in the Series. Read More …

Waterbury man faces charges for driving under the influence, having narcotics

WATERBURY, Conn. (WTNH) — A Waterbury man is facing a list of charges after he allegedly drove under the influence and was in possession of narcotics early Saturday morning. Around 2:20 a.m., troopers received calls of a red Acura being operated erratically on Route 8 near exit 30. When troopers responded to the area, they found the Acura and conducted a traffic stop. Upon speaking with the driver, who was later identified as Jamarle Hill of Waterbury, they believed he was intoxicated. Hill was placed through a series of Standardized Read More …

Wolcott knocked out of Mantle Series

Austin Brown and the Wolcott Storm were knocked out of the Mickey Mantle World Series by the Toronto Mets on Saturday at Municipal Stadium. (Palladino/RA) WATERBURY — The Wolcott run in the Mantle Series came to an end in the semifinal round of the championship bracket after a 9-1 loss to the Toronto Mets on Saturday at Municipal Stadium. The game ended after five innings. Kieran Gagnon singled, doubled and knocked in a pair of runs for the Mets. Dylan White and Noel McGarry-Doyle also added two singles. Sacha Malahi Read More …

Colton wins, plays for Mantle title tonight

The Colton Nighthawks have advanced to the Mickey Mantle World Series championship game after a 12-6 win over Ontario at Municipal Stadium on Saturday. (Palladino/RA) WATERBURY — The Colton Mickey Mantle Road Show keeps rolling along. The Nighthawks of San Bernardino, Calif. defeated the Ontario Blue Jays, 12-6, on Saturday at Municipal Stadium in the day’s first game. The win knocked the Jays out of the Series and moved Colton into the 7 p.m. game tonight at the Stadium. A victory in that game would clinch the Series title. Damien Read More …

Mother, daughter from Waterbury charged with illegally collecting unemployment benefits

(WTNH) — A mother and daughter from Waterbury are charged with illegally collecting unemployment benefits. Sharmaine and Barbara Fullenwiley were arrested on Friday. Investigators say the daughter Sharmaine filed a complaint accusing her mother of using her name and personal information without permission to collect unemployment benefits while she was in prison. Authorities listened to recordings of their phone calls and determined the two were both in on this practice to illegally collect more than $2,700. Read more of  Mother, daughter from Waterbury charged with illegally collecting unemployment benefits

Umpire bloodied in play at home plate

Home plate umpire Joe Marciano, left, explains to fellow umpires Elmer Deschaine, center, and Jim Shove how he was spiked on the left forearm during a play in the Mickey Mantle World Series game between the Colton (Calif.) Nighthawks and Ontario Blue Jays on Friday at Municipal Stadium. (Joe Palladino RA) By JOE PALLADINO Republican-American WATERBURY — The last time you saw a home plate umpire spiked during a game was … let’s see, probably never. There were three close plays at home plate during a wild and crazy 4-3 Read More …

Waterbury reacts to decision to remove controversial whipping post from The Green

WATERBURY, Conn. (WTNH) — Less than a day after Mayor Neil O’Leary announced a controversial wooden post would be removed from the Waterbury Green, it’s gone. And there are many people, like Fahd Syed, who say good riddance. “I’m actually very happy,” said Syed. He was one of the organizers of a demonstration at the post a few weeks ago that created an uproar on social media. They posted pictures on Facebook of a woman, dressed up as a slave whose hands were tied to the post and just received Read More …