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Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin, police address the string of fatal car crashes involving teens in stolen cars | Fox 61 Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin, police address the string of fatal car crashes involving teens in stolen cars
HARTFORD —  There have been a string of deadly car crashes in Hartford recently and most of them involve teens in stolen cars. There have been so many, the problem has gotten the attention of not only police, but city and state leaders as well. Many of these crashes have killed several innocent lives. Hartford Police said they are working on ways to help teens turn their attention away from crime and also enforce stricter punishment. “Are there ways that […]
Fox 61 | February 22, 2018
Hartford Wins Funding To Tackle Childhood Trauma Brought By Gun Violence | Hartford Courant Hartford Wins Funding To Tackle Childhood Trauma Brought By Gun Violence
Last year, a supervisor in one of Hartford’s early learning centers overheard two children talking about gun violence. One was comforting the other after gunfire had erupted on the street. “There had been a shooting nearby the night before, and one of the little kids said to another one, ‘It’s...
Hartford Courant | February 22, 2018
A Grueling Saturday Ahead At Bristol Central: 24 Hours of Pushups | Hartford Courant A Grueling Saturday Ahead At Bristol Central: 24 Hours of Pushups
For nearly a dozen Bristol Central High School students, staff members and recent graduates, the toughest 24 hours of the year will begin around breakfast time Saturday. The volunteers will hit the gym floor to start doing pushups, and they don’t plan to stop until Sunday at 9 a.m. — 14,400 pushups...
Hartford Courant | February 21, 2018
Hartford Man Sentenced To Prison In Cold Case Killing | Hartford Courant Hartford Man Sentenced To Prison In Cold Case Killing
The state’s case against Noel Maldonado was never very strong and the passage of time did not help it. Maldonado and another man, Hector Torres, were charged in the Dec. 7, 2009 shooting of Luis Benitez at a gas station at 125 New Britain Ave. Benitez was hit multiple times and suffered grievous...
Hartford Courant | February 21, 2018
State Temperature Record Broken, But Balmy Weather Won't Last | Hartford Courant State Temperature Record Broken, But Balmy Weather Won't Last
A Hartford radio station played “School’s Out (for summer),” Bristol neighbors hauled out lawn chairs and Derrick Henry found that shorts and shoes were all he needed for a mid-day run in Manchester. As the temperature climbed to a state record high of 74 degrees Wednesday afternoon, winter-weary...
Hartford Courant | February 21, 2018
‘Connecticut Made’ logo to appear on hometown merchandise | Fox 61 ‘Connecticut Made’ logo to appear on hometown merchandise
HARTFORD — Connecticut-made products from craft beer to circuit boards will soon sport a logo touting their origin. State lawmakers on Wednesday unveiled the new ‘Connecticut Made’ mark and encouraged businesses and industry leaders to use the red, white and blue logo as a promotional tool. Stamford Rep. Caroline Simmons, the Democratic House chairman of the General Assembly’s Commerce Committee, said the concept is a simple and effective way to showcase products made in Connecticut and help support local jobs. […]
Fox 61 | February 21, 2018
Judge Finds Fraud In Democratic Town Committee Race | Hartford Courant Judge Finds Fraud In Democratic Town Committee Race
A slate of challengers vying for seats on Hartford’s Democratic town committee has been disqualified from the race after a judge found that signatures collected on behalf of the group were falsified. Superior Court Judge Robert Shapiro on Wednesday ordered that six pages of signatures collected...
Hartford Courant | February 21, 2018
15-Year-Old From Ridgefield Behind Nationwide Walkout Protesting Gun Violence In Schools | Hartford Courant 15-Year-Old From Ridgefield Behind Nationwide Walkout Protesting Gun Violence In Schools
No, Lane Murdock is not a Twitter bot cooked up by the anti-gun lobby. She is a 15-year-old sophomore at Ridgefield High School and the architect of a nationwide walkout, scheduled for April 20, to protest gun violence in schools. Murdock’s ambitious plan for students in every school in the country...
Hartford Courant | February 21, 2018
Hartford investigating crash near Trinity College | Fox 61 Hartford investigating crash near Trinity College
HARTFORD — Police are investigating a crash that sent three juveniles to the hospital this morning. The crash happened just down the street from a fatal crash overnight.  Police say that the crash near Trinity happened at New Britain Avenue and Summit Street. A car struck the brick pillar. The car is completely destroyed, and mangled in half covered with bricks and debris. This isn’t the first time a crash happened at this location. Back on January 1st, a person […]
Fox 61 | February 20, 2018
'Bodyguard' Understudy To Open Show At Bushnell In Wake Of Parkland Shooting | Hartford Courant 'Bodyguard' Understudy To Open Show At Bushnell In Wake Of Parkland Shooting
In the wake of the high-school shooting in Parkland, Fla., last week, singer/actress Deborah Cox is unable to perform at tonight’s opening performance of “The Bodyguard The Musical” at The Bushnell. Cox will perform as planned for the rest of the show’s Hartford run. Cox, who was born and raised...
Hartford Courant | February 20, 2018
TheaterWorks Receives $2.5 Million Grant For Major Renovations | Hartford Courant TheaterWorks Receives $2.5 Million Grant For Major Renovations
For its show “Constellations,” which ends its run Feb. 22, TheaterWorks cleverly redesigned its performance space from a proscenium to an arena. Now the entire building is getting a real long term facelift. TheaterWorks announced Monday that it had received a $2.5 million grant for renovations...
Hartford Courant | February 20, 2018
Author Matthew Desmond Awarded Stowe Prize For Social Justice Writing | Hartford Courant Author Matthew Desmond Awarded Stowe Prize For Social Justice Writing
Matthew Desmond has been awarded the 2018 Stowe Prize for Writing to Advance Social Justice, awarded by the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center, for his 2016 book "Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City." The book profiles the lives of eight families in Milwaukee. Desmond is a professor of sociology...
Hartford Courant | February 20, 2018
Senate Democrats Introduce Times Up Act, 'An Overhaul' Of Connecticut's Sexual Harassment Policy | Hartford Courant Senate Democrats Introduce Times Up Act, 'An Overhaul' Of Connecticut's Sexual Harassment Policy
Senate Democrats on Tuesday introduced the Times Up Act, a proposal that would significantly alter the way Connecticut handles and combats sexual harassment and sexual assault. It was brought up in light of recent cases nationwide. “We’ve seen sexual harassment exposed across all types of industries...
Hartford Courant | February 20, 2018
50 Gather For Memorial Run In Honor Of Those Killed In Parkland School Shooting | Hartford Courant 50 Gather For Memorial Run In Honor Of Those Killed In Parkland School Shooting
A West Hartford running track, more than 1,000 miles from the Florida high school where 17 students and staff were slaughtered Feb. 14, was the site Tuesday of a quickly assembled memorial to the shooting victims. Many of the 50 people who gathered at the University of St. Joseph track came from...
Hartford Courant | February 20, 2018
Hartford PD: Stolen car runs red light, crashes into two cars, killing a woman | Fox 61 Hartford PD: Stolen car runs red light, crashes into two cars, killing a woman
HARTFORD — Hartford Police say a 22-year-old woman is dead after a stolen car ran a red light, colliding with two other cars. The crash happened around 11:10 p.m. at the intersection of Zion and Ward Streets. Deputy Chief Brian Foley says that they believe the car was stolen by a teen, and was speeding when running the traffic light. “It was stolen yesterday morning from the victims driveway with the keys in the ignition, we believe warming up. It’s […]
Fox 61 | February 20, 2018
Hartford PD: Stolen car runs red light, crashes into 2 cars, kills woman | Fox 61 Hartford PD: Stolen car runs red light, crashes into 2 cars, kills woman
HARTFORD — Just after 11 o’clock Tuesday night, 22-year-old Reny Alfonzo-Jimeno, of Hartford was killed when a stolen car ran a red light crashing into two other cars. “You got the family of a 22-year-old girl who is pretty pissed off that some of these kids are out on the streets driving around stolen cars at 100 mph at 15-years-old when they can’t even control the vehicles, let alone a car they’ve never driven before,” said Hartford Deputy Chief of Police, […]
Fox 61 | February 20, 2018
Health Technology Hub To Open Near New Haven Green | Hartford Courant Health Technology Hub To Open Near New Haven Green
A new health technology center is expected to open in New Haven next month, fusing three startup-boosting organizations under one roof downtown. Health Haven Hub would be one of the first projects under the umbrella of the Elm City Innovation Collaborative, a multi-year effort to build on the potential...
Hartford Courant | February 19, 2018
The Whaler Guys: On a mission to bring the Whalers back to Hartford | Fox 61 The Whaler Guys: On a mission to bring the Whalers back to Hartford
HARTFORD —  They’re two of the biggest Hartford Whalers fans around, a duo who day in and day out do all they can to keep the Whalers name alive. They are “The Whaler Guys.” Both Peter Hindle and Jerry Erwin are advocates for the Whalers who want to bring the Whalers back home to Hartford. In August 2011, the two began their TV show and have done over 375 shows on the Whalers, Hockey in Hartford and Hartford’s growth. They […]
Fox 61 | February 18, 2018
Hartford police investigating Sunday morning shooting | Fox 61 Hartford police investigating Sunday morning shooting
HARTFORD – Police in the capital city are investigating a Sunday morning shooting in the city’s north end. About 9:30 a.m., HPD responded to Adams Street and Albany Avenue – that’s near the intersection of Blue Hills Avenue (Route 187) and Albany Ave. (Route 44). FOX61’s cameras are first on the scene, and our crew reports multiple shell casings on the ground. Police have confirmed they’re investigating a shooting, but there’s no word yet on the victim’s condition. This is […]
Fox 61 | February 18, 2018
Heavy snow hits Connecticut Saturday night; plow trucks out in full force | Fox 61 Heavy snow hits Connecticut Saturday night; plow trucks out in full force
HARTFORD – Heavy snow hit the entire state Saturday evening and plow trucks were out in full force keeping those roads safe. It was a simple reminder from Mother Nature that winter is just not over yet. Shortly before 7 p.m., Connecticut started seeing flurries and over a short period of time, it quickly accumulated. “When we accumulate two inches of snow on the pavement, that’s when we plow. We actually treat the roads first and then we get the […]
Fox 61 | February 18, 2018
Challengers File Counterclaim Alleging Form Doctored In Hartford Democratic Town Committee Race | Hartford Courant Challengers File Counterclaim Alleging Form Doctored In Hartford Democratic Town Committee Race
A slate of challengers battling for seats on Hartford’s Democratic town committee have fired back against claims that signatures submitted on the group’s behalf were forged. Last week, incumbents on the town committee filed a lawsuit accusing the challengers of falsifying at least seven signatures....
Hartford Courant | February 17, 2018
After 49 Years, New Britain Deputy Fire Chief Calls It Quits | Hartford Courant After 49 Years, New Britain Deputy Fire Chief Calls It Quits
Deputy Fire Chief William McCrann can recall when firefighters made $168 a week, drove roofless trucks and went into burning buildings without radios or air packs. “We used to go to mattress fires all the time — there were no smoke detectors back then,” said McCrann, 71, who will put in his last...
Hartford Courant | February 17, 2018
Belgian Health Company Taking Off At Upward Hartford | Hartford Courant Belgian Health Company Taking Off At Upward Hartford
A Belgian health company that took third prize in Connecticut’s inaugural global startup competition in 2016 is expanding its Hartford office. LindaCare opened its first North American location with two employees at the business accelerator Upward Hartford last March after participating in Venture...
Hartford Courant | February 17, 2018
State of Emergency Lifted In Kent After Ice Jams Devastate Parts Of Town | Hartford Courant State of Emergency Lifted In Kent After Ice Jams Devastate Parts Of Town
A state of emergency in Kent — hard hit by ice jams and rising water from the Housatonic River — was lifted Friday after 33 days, a state lawmaker said Saturday. “Temperatures over the past week and a half, combined with some moderate precipitation, have allowed the river water to soften and loosen...
Hartford Courant | February 17, 2018
Connor Tronerud's Family Says He Was Bullied, Disputes Thompson School's Report On His Suicide | Hartford Courant Connor Tronerud's Family Says He Was Bullied, Disputes Thompson School's Report On His Suicide
Hours after lawyers hired by the Marianapolis Preparatory School concluded that bullying did not lead to sophomore Connor Tronerud’s suicide, his parents disputed that conclusion and criticized the school’s response in a statement released Friday. His parents said they believe there were recurring...
Hartford Courant | February 16, 2018
Fueled By Fentanyl Increase, Accidental Drug Overdose Deaths Top 1,000 In Connecticut | Hartford Courant Fueled By Fentanyl Increase, Accidental Drug Overdose Deaths Top 1,000 In Connecticut
Accidental deaths involving the synthetic drug fentanyl jumped in 2017 as overall drug overdose deaths exceeded 1,000 for likely the first time in Connecticut. Accidental drug overdoses have increased by nearly 200 percent from 2012 to 2017, according to data released Friday by State Medical Examiner...
Hartford Courant | February 16, 2018
As UConn Investigates, Key Card Records Provide Clues To Last Contacts With Bigazzi | Hartford Courant As UConn Investigates, Key Card Records Provide Clues To Last Contacts With Bigazzi
At 11:30 a.m. on May 25, 2017, a car carrying Dr. Pierluigi Bigazzi pulled into a parking garage at the UConn School of Medicine as Bigazzi made his way to a committee meeting for a course he’d helped teach earlier in the year. The then-83-year-old medical school professor was one of several who...
Hartford Courant | February 16, 2018
John Durham Wins Senate Confirmation As Connecticut's U.S. Attorney | Hartford Courant John Durham Wins Senate Confirmation As Connecticut's U.S. Attorney
The U.S. Senate has unanimously confirmed career prosecutor John H. Durham’s nomination to be Connecticut’s U.S. Attorney. “John Durham is a fierce, fair prosecutor,” said U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn. “As a career prosecutor, John has dedicated his life to public service and the pursuit...
Hartford Courant | February 16, 2018
Granby Man Charged In Knife Attack On Parents Arraigned In Hospital | Hartford Courant Granby Man Charged In Knife Attack On Parents Arraigned In Hospital
A Granby man accused of trying to stab his parents to death early Monday was arraigned Friday in his hospital room at UConn Health, where he continues to receive mental health treatment. Christopher Rich, 40, is struggling with alcoholism and unspecified mental health issues, according to arrest...
Hartford Courant | February 16, 2018
New Britain Mayor: First Female Police Captain Will Be 'The First Of Many' | Hartford Courant New Britain Mayor: First Female Police Captain Will Be 'The First Of Many'
For the first time in its 147 years, the New Britain Police Department has a female captain. “I know there was a time in the not so distant past when it may have been thought a woman could never advance here. I will tell you – those days are gone,” Chief James Wardwell said Thursday at a ceremony...
Hartford Courant | February 16, 2018
Parkland Shooting Reverberates in Connecticut, Still Haunted By Sandy Hook | Hartford Courant Parkland Shooting Reverberates in Connecticut, Still Haunted By Sandy Hook
In the library at Hartford Public High School, the moderator asks a group of teenagers: “Do you feel safe at school?” Murmurs. A few hands go up. The students, and the country, can’t say for sure. One day after a young man killed 17 people at a high school in Florida, it was the question on everyone’s...
Hartford Courant | February 16, 2018
U.S. Attorney Nominee John Durham Clears Senate Panel | Hartford Courant U.S. Attorney Nominee John Durham Clears Senate Panel
Career prosecutor John H. Durham’s nomination to be Connecticut’s U.S. Attorney got a favorable vote Thursday from the U.S. Senate’s judiciary committee on a day when Democrats spent hours excoriating other lawyers President Donald Trump has nominated for legal and judicial positions. The committee...
Hartford Courant | February 16, 2018
FrogWatch USA Needs Connecticut Volunteers | Hartford Courant FrogWatch USA Needs Connecticut Volunteers
Can you tell one type of frog from another by the sound of its call? If so, FrogWatch USA needs you. If not, the group will teach you how. Connecticut chapters of FrogWatch USA, a nationwide initiative to monitor and record the number and variety of frogs and toads around the country, are holding...
Hartford Courant | February 15, 2018
Police: 17 Hartford students exposed to pot brownies | Fox 61 Police: 17 Hartford students exposed to pot brownies
HARTFORD — Nearly twenty students at a Hartford school were exposed to pot brownies Wednesday, according to police. The incident was reported at the Global Communications Academy, 85 Edwards Street. A teacher spotted a hand-to-hand transaction between a student and a paraprofessional. Police said the student and paraprofessional may face charges and won’t be in school Thursday. No one was taken to the hospital.
Fox 61 | February 15, 2018
Responding to the Parkland tragedy from Hartford Schools | Fox 61 Responding to the Parkland tragedy from Hartford Schools
HARTFORD — Responding to the school shooting in Parkland, Florida came quickly from Hartford Public Schools superintendent Dr. Leslie Torres-Rodriguez. Torres-Rodriguez offered her condolences to the community in Parkland and then shifted her message to the parents in her school system. “We tell parents safety is our number one priority,” Torres-Rodriguez said. “We are very fortunate to have a strong partnership with our Hartford Police Department and with our first responders.” Captain Jeremy Clark added, ” In Manchester, it so […]
Fox 61 | February 15, 2018
Hometown Heroes: Breaking The Cycle | Hartford Courant Hometown Heroes: Breaking The Cycle
Every Sunday, from May to September, four recovering addicts — Clint Morgan, Alan Patterson, Rob Makas and Jamie Wright — meet in the woods, with a trailer full of bicycles and food. Vans pull up. Nervous boys, ranging in age from 13-18, get out. Many live in inner-city neighborhoods. Most have...
Hartford Courant | February 15, 2018
Suit Challenges Sheff Magnet-School Lottery Process | Hartford Courant Suit Challenges Sheff Magnet-School Lottery Process
A California-based legal group filed suit against the state Thursday, alleging that racial quotas used to diversify Hartford-area magnet schools violate the constitutional rights of black and Latino students who are blocked from attending. The lawsuit, filed in federal court on behalf of eight...
Hartford Courant | February 15, 2018
Hotchkiss School Changes Sex Abuse Investigators After Outcry Over Bias | Hartford Courant Hotchkiss School Changes Sex Abuse Investigators After Outcry Over Bias
The Hotchkiss School, one of the exclusive New England preparatory schools grappling with sexual abuse allegations from former students, has dismissed its independent investigator following an outcry from alumni who learned he had represented institutions, including the Norwich diocese, that had...
Hartford Courant | February 15, 2018
Two Connecticut Chefs Semifinalists For James Beard Foundation Awards | Hartford Courant Two Connecticut Chefs Semifinalists For James Beard Foundation Awards
Two Connecticut chefs have been nominated as semifinalists for the James Beard Foundation’s annual awards in the Best Chef: Northeast Category. Tyler Anderson, the chef-owner of Millwright’s in Simsbury and co-owner of The Cook and the Bear in West Hartford, has been nominated for the fifth straight...
Hartford Courant | February 15, 2018
UConn President Orders Review Of Slain Professor's Work Arrangements | Hartford Courant UConn President Orders Review Of Slain Professor's Work Arrangements
University of Connecticut President Susan Herbst Wednesday ordered a review of the work arrangements for slain medical professor Dr. Pierluigi Bigazzi, whose last contact with the school was apparently in the summer of 2017. Bigazzi earned $200,000 last year at the UConn School of Medicine, but...
Hartford Courant | February 14, 2018
Woody's Hot Dog Joint To Close After 40-Plus Years In Hartford | Hartford Courant Woody's Hot Dog Joint To Close After 40-Plus Years In Hartford
The walls at Woody’s in Hartford, once laden with orange-and-aqua Miami Dolphins memorabilia, are now nearly bare. Many of the nameplates along the bar, belonging to the restaurant’s “season ticketholders” who paid for their designated seats, have been removed. Woody’s, a Hartford hot dog institution,...
Hartford Courant | February 14, 2018
Arraignment Postponed For Granby Man Charged With Attempted Murder Of Parents | Hartford Courant Arraignment Postponed For Granby Man Charged With Attempted Murder Of Parents
Christopher Rich, the Granby man accused to trying to stab his elderly parents to death early Monday morning, remains hospitalized and has yet to be arraigned on charges of attempted murder and first-degree assault. Rich, 40, has been hospitalized since Granby police arrested him outside his parents’...
Hartford Courant | February 14, 2018
20 Hartford students sickened by pot brownies: Police | Fox 61 20 Hartford students sickened by pot brownies: Police
HARTFORD — Nearly two dozen students at a Hartford school were sickened Wednesday by pot brownies according to police. Students at the Global Communications Academy, 85 Edwards St. were taken to the hospital. This is a developing story, check back in for other details.
Fox 61 | February 14, 2018
New Prosecutor Appointed In Investigation Into Shooting Death Of Guilford Teenager | Hartford Courant New Prosecutor Appointed In Investigation Into Shooting Death Of Guilford Teenager
The investigation into the shooting death of Guilford teenager Ethan Song has been removed from the New Haven State’s Attorney’s office. The case will now be handled by Waterbury State’s Attorney Maureen Platt, Chief State’s Attorney Kevin Kane said Wednesday. “I asked her if she would take the...
Hartford Courant | February 14, 2018
Opponents Ramp Up Opposition To Tilcon's Gravel Mine Expansion Into Watershed | Hartford Courant Opponents Ramp Up Opposition To Tilcon's Gravel Mine Expansion Into Watershed
The city appears to be on track to soon receive a key environmental study of Tilcon Connecticut’s controversial proposal to turn city-owned watershed into a gravel quarry. The long-awaited report from Lenard Engineering is expected to trigger extensive debate as state oversight agencies review...
Hartford Courant | February 14, 2018
Easing Of Federal Nursing Home Regulations Raises Concerns In Connecticut | Hartford Courant Easing Of Federal Nursing Home Regulations Raises Concerns In Connecticut
Three years ago, Meredith Phillips’ mother, Georgia Svolos, fell and broke her kneecap, setting off a downward spiral that landed her in nursing homes on and off for a year. In one facility, she fell and broke her knee again, necessitating more surgery. All of the facilities were noisy and chaotic,...
Hartford Courant | February 14, 2018
Connecticut Maker Of OxyContin Cuts Sales Team, No Longer Promotes Painkiller To Doctors | Hartford Courant Connecticut Maker Of OxyContin Cuts Sales Team, No Longer Promotes Painkiller To Doctors
Purdue Pharma, the embattled Stamford drug maker that designed OxyContin and sold millions of Americans on quick, powerful pain relief, has reduced its sales force by half and will no longer promote the painkiller to doctors. The news, announced amid a flurry of full-page ads by the drug company...
Hartford Courant | February 13, 2018
AAA: Potholes causing spike in flat tires in Greater Hartford | Fox 61 AAA: Potholes causing spike in flat tires in Greater Hartford
HARTFORD —  On Monday, AAA of Greater Hartford said that emergency calls for flat tires are up 25 percent over last year. The organization has received more than 5,000 calls for flats so far this year, including 150 on Sunday alone. AAA says potholes can’t be blamed for all the flat tires, but can certainly be blamed for an overall increase, thanks to the season’s extreme cold, followed by a thaw. Many potholes may also be mistaken for puddles, making them […]
Fox 61 | February 13, 2018
Council Considers Pay Raises For Hartford Treasurer, Fire Chief | Hartford Courant Council Considers Pay Raises For Hartford Treasurer, Fire Chief
Even as Hartford leaders ask the state for tens of millions of dollars in bailout money, a council member wants to give the city treasurer and fire chief pay raises. A proposal now before the council would award Treasurer Adam Cloud a $16,800 increase, bringing his annual pay to $156,800 — equal...
Hartford Courant | February 13, 2018
MGM Springfield making deals at new gaming school | Fox 61 MGM Springfield making deals at new gaming school
SPRINGFIELD — Poker, craps, roulette, blackjack, all of these table games will be part of the shuffle as MGM Springfield nears its fall grand opening. The casino is looking to staff the tables with trained dealers which is why the new Massachusetts Casino Career Training Institute Gaming School is about to open in downtown Springfield. The school is looking to hire around 450 new dealers, according to Robert Westerfield, the vice president of table games at MGM Springfield. “Its been a labor of love to […]
Fox 61 | February 13, 2018