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Bob Stefanowski Holds Lead As First Votes Are Counted In GOP Race For Governor | Hartford Courant
Hartford Courant | August 15, 2018
The most crowded Republican gubernatorial primary in Connecticut history is turning into a cliffhanger, with a party that hasn’t won a statewide election since 2006 forced to wait to find out which of five candidates will be its nominee. With about 20 percent of the votes in, political newcomer...
Susan Bysiewicz Defeats Eva Bermudez Zimmerman To Win Democratic Primary For Lieutenant Governor, Will Join Ticket With Ned Lamont | Hartford Courant
Hartford Courant | August 15, 2018
Susan Bysiewicz, a seasoned veteran of Connecticut politics, beat back a challenge from political newcomer Eva Bermudez Zimmerman in the race for the Democratic nomination for lieutenant governor. Live: Connecticut Town-By-Town Primary Election Results » Bermudez Zimmerman addressed a crowd of...
Primary 2018: Five Things We Learned | Hartford Courant
Hartford Courant | August 15, 2018
Beyond the winners and losers and surprises and upsets, there are lessons to be learned with every election cycle. Here are five takeaways from Tuesday’s primary races in Connecticut. Endorsements Don't Equal Victory. Neither Does Political Experience. Newcomer Bob Stefanowski is the Republican...
President Trump Tweets Endorsement OF Republican Bob Stefanowski | Hartford Courant
Hartford Courant | August 15, 2018
President Donald Trump tweeted his support for Republican Bob Stefanowski early Wednesday, hours after his victory in a crowded gubernatorial primary solidified his place on the ballot in November. “It is about time that Connecticut had a real and talented Governor. Bob Stefanowski is the person.....
Longtime Hartford State Rep. Minnie Gonzalez Defeats Newcomer Gannon Long | Hartford Courant
Hartford Courant | August 15, 2018
Minnie Gonzalez, who has represented Hartford for more than two decades in the legislature, appears to have defeated newcomer Gannon Long in a closely followed primary, unofficial state results show. The Secretary of the State’s office reported Wednesday that Gonzalez won by a sizable margin of...
Jillian Gilchrest Declares Victory Over 12-Term Rep. Andy Fleischmann In West Hartford | Hartford Courant
Hartford Courant | August 15, 2018
Jillian Gilchrest, a former West Hartford school board member who sought to upend party norms by challenging her district’s longtime incumbent, declared victory Tuesday night over 12-term incumbent state Rep. Andrew Fleischmann for the Democratic nomination. Gilchrest was leading Fleischmann by...
Hatfield Wins GOP Primary For Attorney General | Hartford Courant
Hartford Courant | August 15, 2018
Republican Susan Hatfield, a longtime prosecutor and the party-endorsed candidate, has been declared the winner in the Republican primary for attorney general by the Associated Press, easily besting challenger John Shaban, a Redding attorney and former state representative The three-way race among.....
Ned Lamont Defeats Joe Ganim To Win Democratic Primary For Governor | Hartford Courant
Hartford Courant | August 15, 2018
Ned Lamont, the Greenwich Democratic business executive who was denied his party’s nomination for governor in 2010, losing in a primary to Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, emerged victorious in Tuesday’s primary by trouncing Bridgeport Mayor Joe Ganim, according to the Associated Press. Map: Town By Town....
Jahana Hayes Has Commanding Lead Over Mary Glassman In 5th Congressional District Race | Hartford Courant
Hartford Courant | August 15, 2018
Jahana Hayes was leading Mary Glassman in the Democratic race for the 5th Congressional District Tuesday evening. Hayes led Glassman by more than 3,000 votes with nearly 35 percent of the votes counted. Hayes, the former National Teacher of the Year, had never sought elective office before. She...
Markley Wins Republican Race For Lieutenant Governor Nomination | Hartford Courant
Hartford Courant | August 15, 2018
Conservative legislator Joe Markley defeated challengers Erin Stewart and Jayme Stevenson Tuesday night in the Republican lieutenant governor primary. Live: Connecticut Town-By-Town Primary Election Results » Markley, a 61-year-old state senator from Southington, is anti-abortion and opposed to...
Polls Open In Connecticut's Hotly Contested Primaries | Hartford Courant
Hartford Courant | August 14, 2018
Republican and Democratic voters will head to the polls for primaries today to determine who will be on the ballot in November. There are many races, but much of the attention is focused on the governor’s race, where seven men are vying to replace Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, who announced earlier this....
Residents, Community Leaders Call For 'Trigger Happy' Hartford Cop To Be Fired | Hartford Courant
Hartford Courant | August 14, 2018
A contingent of city residents, community leaders and politicians on Monday condemned Hartford police Sgt. Stephen Barone’s remarks that he was “trigger happy” and would make “a ton of money” in overtime if he had to shoot someone, and called for swift disciplinary action. “We don’t wa...
Tyler Anderson Recruits 'Top Chef' Contestants And Top Connecticut Chefs For 2018 Taste Of The Nation | Hartford Courant
Hartford Courant | August 14, 2018
In his fifth year as chair for Hartford’s Taste of the Nation event, Tyler Anderson is calling upon his chef friends, near and far, to lend their culinary expertise to the fundraiser. The Sept. 30 event is a reunion of sorts for Anderson, a recent contestant on “Top Chef: Colorado,” and his fe...
Community leaders speak out against Hartford sergeant who told group he’s a little ‘trigger happy’ | Fox 61
Fox 61 | August 14, 2018
HARTFORD —  On Monday, members from the Hartford City Council, Greater Hartford and CT State NAACP members, addressed a viral video of a Hartford officer saying he’s a little “trigger happy”. On Friday, FOX61’s Chief Investigator Brian J Foley revealed on the FOX61 Mor...
Officer injured after Hartford man smashes cruiser window | Fox 61
Fox 61 | August 14, 2018
HARTFORD — A Hartford man was arrested after he smashed a patrol car’s window with an officer inside. Police say just after 9 p.m. Monday, an officer was sitting in his police cruiser on a road closure at Laurel Street at Farmington Avenue. Suddenly, without warning, the window was smash...
Truck crash ties up traffic on Rt. 15 North in Hartford | Fox 61
Fox 61 | August 14, 2018
HARTFORD — A truck crash tied up traffic on Rt. 15 in Hartford Monday afternoon. \ The truck spilled it’s cargo  on Rt. 15 Northbound between Exits 86 and 87. The right lane is closed. Police said there were no injuries. For traffic information, go here. 
Police investigating a robbery, shooting in Hartford | Fox 61
Fox 61 | August 14, 2018
HARTFORD — Police are investigating a shooting and robbery Tuesday. Officials said, “The Hartford Police Major Crimes Division is currently investigating a street robbery/shooting in the area of 400 Wethersfield Avenue.” Alfred E. Burr Elementary School is located at that address....
Scattered showers Tuesday with temps in the 70s | Fox 61
Fox 61 | August 14, 2018
Steady rain will taper to scattered showers tonight. Overnight showers will likely end too but it will remain damp with areas of fog and drizzle. Tuesday will not be quite as wet. Morning low clouds and fog will break for some sun in the midday and afternoon. That sun will only aid in showers and th...
Stony Creek Joins Foxwoods With 7,100 Square-Foot Brewery | Hartford Courant
Hartford Courant | August 13, 2018
Stony Creek’s partnership with Foxwoods started simply, as the Branford brewers worked with the Mashantucket resort casino to make them a customized IPA. “They wanted a house craft beer … they really wanted to find a local brand,” says Stony Creek brewmaster Andy Schwartz. The beer “took o...
Bear Stops In At A Bristol Package Story | Hartford Courant
Hartford Courant | August 13, 2018
The excitement Monday afternoon at Crazy Bruce’s wasn’t precisely “a bear walks into a bar” joke, but it came close. About 2 p.m., the liquor store at the Shop Rite Plaza got perhaps its most unusual visitor ever: A black bear. Security video of the entryway shows the mid-sized bear stroll f...
For Peace Activists, Connecticut's Arms Industry An Obstacle And Target | Hartford Courant
Hartford Courant | August 13, 2018
Connecticut, long known as the arsenal for America’s wars, is hostile territory to peace activists demanding a halt to Pentagon spending. Tens of thousands of workers build Black Hawk helicopters in Stratford, submarines in Groton and F-35 jet fighter engines in Middletown. Another round of Pentag...
Actor's Unexpected Departure Forces Goodspeed To End 'Cyrano' Early | Hartford Courant
Hartford Courant | August 13, 2018
The unexpected exit of a lead actor in Goodspeed Musicals’ “Cyrano,” starring “Game of Thrones” actor Peter Dinklage has cause the production to cancel some performances and prematurely close Sept. 2. Blake Jenner, who plays the male romantic young male lead Christian, will be leaving the ...
Grant To Help Providers Coordinate Care Of Substance Abuse, Mental Illness | Hartford Courant
Hartford Courant | August 13, 2018
The state will use a $10 million federal grant to improve health care access to people whose mental health issues are entwined with chronic medical conditions, like drug addiction. Studies have shown that as many as 17 percent of adults have both a mental health disorder and a general medical condit...
Hartford's Artists Collective Will Close By 2019 If $1 Million Isn't Raised To Pay Debts, Board Chairman Says | Hartford Courant
Hartford Courant | August 13, 2018
Artist Collective, the arts-education hub in the North End of Hartford, will close by mid-2019 if $1 million is not raised to pay its debts, Board Chairman Benjamin Foster told The Courant. “We call it the nuclear option. We are talking within seven to eight months,” Foster said. “We would dis...
Judge Blocks Nathan Carman's Aunts From Details On Facebook, Social Media Accounts | Hartford Courant
Hartford Courant | August 13, 2018
A New Hampshire probate judge Monday refused to order Nathan Carman to turn over information about social media accounts he may have, calling a request from his aunts an unnecessary fishing expedition. Attorneys for Carman’s aunts had filed a motion asking Judge David D. King to compel Carman to.....
Seven Stars Cloud, Building West Hartford Tech Hub, Sees Net Loss In Second Quarter | Hartford Courant
Hartford Courant | August 13, 2018
Seven Stars Cloud Group Inc., the company behind an ambitious plan to build a global financial technology hub in West Hartford, reported a net loss of $8.6 million in its second quarter, about twice as much as it lost in the first three months of the year. The public company’s leaders have caution...
Students Of All Ages Call For End To Gun Violence At March For Our Lives Event In Newtown | Hartford Courant
Hartford Courant | August 13, 2018
On Feb. 14, 17 people died when a gunman got into Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., and started shooting. Just over five years prior, 26 people died in Newtown when a very similar event took place at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Twenty of those victims were first-grade student...
Bristol Housing Authority Looks To Help Tenants' Children Prepare For College | Hartford Courant
Hartford Courant | August 13, 2018
As it marks its 75th year, Bristol’s housing authority is embarking on a new initiative: helping tenants’ children get ready for college. The agency has hired Tyrone C. Black, an education consultant, to guide families to getting their children ready for academic success in high school and then....
Scattered showers Tuesday with temps in the 80s | Fox 61
Fox 61 | August 13, 2018
Tuesday will be similar to today, with some downpours in spots and highs around 80. We don’t actually see this unsettled weather fully move out of the area until Wednesday when the rain will finally stop. Humidity will still be a concern, pushing the heat index into the mid 90s. That will make...
Parades, Picnics, Rallies And Cathedrals: Frenetic Sunday For Candidates Ahead Of Tuesday's Primary | Hartford Courant
Hartford Courant | August 12, 2018
Susan Bysiewicz huddled with her campaign treasurer at The First Cathedral at 8 a.m. Sunday, waiting to meet with the leadership of the massive Bloomfield church and its several thousand-strong congregation. Like virtually every other candidate on the ballot in Tuesday’s primaries, Bysiewicz, the....
Claim Check: Erin Stewart Mailer Loose With Budget Terms, But Generally Accurate | Hartford Courant
Hartford Courant | August 11, 2018
In an election season when fiscal restraint and pocketbook issues loom large, many candidates are touting their budgeting prowess to persuade voters that they’ll be responsible stewards of the public’s money. That’s been a consistent theme from Erin Stewart, New Britain mayor and Republican ca...
Proposal To Put New Hires On Defined Contribution Plan Hits Snag In Hartford | Hartford Courant
Hartford Courant | August 11, 2018
Two years ago, when the city was in the grip of financial instability and edging toward bankruptcy, Mayor Luke Bronin suggested putting new, nonunion workers on a 401(k)-type retirement plan. But following a generous state bailout, council members weighing the proposal now concede the idea is on...
8 Rainy Day Activities For Wet Weekends | Hartford Courant
Hartford Courant | August 11, 2018
As summer draws to a close, it can be increasingly difficult to find things to do and ways to keep your whole family entertained. That goes double for rainy weekends, when go-to summer activities like swimming, hiking, and outdoor dining are out of the question. Are you feeling stir-crazy after...
MDC Offers Free Water Testing After Albany Avenue Residents Raise Concerns At Meeting | Hartford Courant
Hartford Courant | August 10, 2018
Metropolitan District CEO Scott Jellison told worried residents and business owners at a Hartford business association meeting Thursday morning that their water is safe despite concerns about corroded pipes. Their concerns stemmed from significant flooding at Lisa Vivian’s business at 980 Albany.....
Hartford Sergeant On Leave After Video Appears To Show Him Saying He's 'Trigger Happy' | Hartford Courant
Hartford Courant | August 10, 2018
A Hartford police sergeant was placed on leave after a video surfaced early Friday in which he was recorded saying he is “trigger happy” during an interaction with a group near Capitol Avenue. “Anybody who wants to fight or run, I’m a little trigger happy guys, I’m not gonna lie. You know ...
Nursing student, once homeless, offered job at Hartford Hospital | Fox 61
Fox 61 | August 10, 2018
Daisia Kai Walker is all smiles as she visits with the people she’ll soon be working with at Hartford Hospital. She thanks God for an opportunity that couldn’t have come at a better time. After having a falling out with her family, Daisia quickly found herself without a place to go. “That’s ...
After Probe Into Pregnant Teen's Suicide, Children's Psychiatric Center To Get Outside Monitoring | Hartford Courant
Hartford Courant | August 10, 2018
The Solnit children’s psychiatric center can continue to operate in the wake of June 28th suicide of a pregnant teen, but will work under at least 40-hour-per-week monitoring by a state-approved expert who will report on virtually every aspect of the Middletown facility. The “independent consult...
Spending On Gubernatorial Race Nears $16 Million | Hartford Courant
Hartford Courant | August 10, 2018
Republican gubernatorial candidate David Stemerman remains the king of campaign cash — and campaign spending — with days to go before primary elections will thin the field of those vying to lead Connecticut. Stemerman, a former hedge fund manager from Greenwich, made headlines in June by pumping...
WWII Veterans Receive Military Funerals Decades After Remains Went Unclaimed | Hartford Courant
Hartford Courant | August 10, 2018
State officials and veterans groups gave a military funeral service Friday to four World War II veterans whose remains weren’t claimed after they died. The service at the State Veterans Cemetery in Middletown is the latest in a years-long effort to provide veterans with the dignified burials they...
Elections Complaint: Minnie Gonzalez's Campaign 'Bullied' Voters, Intimidated Canvassers | Hartford Courant
Hartford Courant | August 10, 2018
Campaign workers for Minnie Gonzalez, the Hartford state legislator fending off a bid for her seat of 22 years from political newcomer Gannon Long, have been accused of intimidating a voter and trailing volunteers canvassing for Long in a truck that blared music and advertisements for Gonzalez....
EXCLUSIVE: Victim assaulted at liquor store speaks out | Fox 61
Fox 61 | August 10, 2018
HARTFORD — Hartford police said an East Hartford man was charged after an investigation into an assault in July led to his arrest. Police said on July 6, just after 5 p.m., they were called to the Trinity Package Store at 219 New Britain Avenue after an assault took place. When officers arrive...
FOX61 EXCLUSIVE: Video allegedly shows Hartford cop telling group he’s a little ‘trigger-happy’ | Fox 61
Fox 61 | August 10, 2018
HARTFORD — FOX61’s Chief Investigator Brian J Foley revealed Friday morning on the FOX61 Morning News that a video posted on Facebook allegedly showed a Hartford police officer telling group of people that he’s a little “trigger-happy.” This is a developing story and w...
Records Reveal State Workers' Mistakes In Pregnant Teen's Suicide | Hartford Courant
Hartford Courant | August 09, 2018
Child-protection personnel failed to immediately start resuscitation efforts after a pregnant 16-year-old was found hanging in her room at the Solnit psychiatric center in Middletown on June 28, and failed to immediately call for emergency medical technicians to respond, inspection documents obtaine...
Blumenthal Seeks Documents From Kavanaugh's White House Stint | Hartford Courant
Hartford Courant | August 09, 2018
U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal has joined his Democratic colleagues in filing a Freedom of Information Act request seeking documents related to U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s time in the George W. Bush White House. He said questions exist about Kavanaugh’s involvement in some of the....
Jepsen Outlines Connecticut's Compliance With Supreme Court's Union Fees Ruling | Hartford Courant
Hartford Courant | August 09, 2018
Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen advised the public Wednesday that following a U.S. Supreme Court decision, public-sector employers may not deduct agency fees from the paychecks of workers who are not union members. He also said a union may not collect agency fees from a nonmember without....
Former CCSU Theater Professor Seeks Special Probation In Reckless Endangerment Case | Hartford Courant
Hartford Courant | August 09, 2018
A former Central Connecticut State University theater professor accused of urging his students to lie to police after one of them was injured in a fall has applied for a special form of probation that could allow him to avoid prosecution and a criminal record. Thomas Callery, 65, was charged last...
Summer Is A Hungry Time For Struggling Families in Connecticut | Hartford Courant
Hartford Courant | August 09, 2018
School vacation makes summer a hungry season for many Connecticut families. “Hunger doesn’t go on vacation,” said Susie Woerz, Plainville food pantry director. In mid-July, Woerz put out a request for cereals, snacks and other non-perishables to restock shelves depleted by increased summer nee...
Principal Of Thompson Brook School In Avon Named New Principal Of Avon High School | Hartford Courant
Hartford Courant | August 09, 2018
Superintendent Bridget Heston Carnemolla announced Wednesday that the district has chosen Michael Renkawitz as the new principal of Avon High School. Renkawitz served for the past 5 years as principal of the town’s Thompson Brook School. Before that he worked as a sixth-grade teacher and as princi...
State Expected To Appeal Skakel Decision To U.S. Supreme Court Thursday | Hartford Courant
Hartford Courant | August 09, 2018
The state Thursday is expected to file an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court of the dismissal of murder charges against Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel. The chief state’s attorney’s office asked the court for a one-week extension of the deadline to file the appeal because of computer problems, Supre...
After Boy's Injury, Hartford Cutting Trees In Goodwin Park | Hartford Courant
Hartford Courant | August 09, 2018
Contractors hired by the city began work Thursday to take down several trees flagged for removal near a Goodwin Park basketball park where a tree deemed unsafe came down Tuesday on an 11-year-old boy. The series of trees had all been marked to come down July 27 after a sweeping survey by city offici...