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Judge Shaves Four Years Off Simsbury Man's 50-Year Sentence For Murder | Hartford Courant
Hartford Courant | April 24, 2018
Since his arrest and subsequent convicting for the killing of Cynthia Mitchell 26 years ago, Mark Downey has been a model prisoner and turned his life around, his lawyers told a Hartford judge on Tuesday. Downey, now 61, has worked in a variety of jobs, taken advantage of every program the correctio...
Hartford Teen Charged In Murder, Manslaughter Wants Speedy Trial | Hartford Courant
Hartford Courant | April 24, 2018
Deykevious Russaw, the 18-year-old from Hartford who faces murder and manslaughter charges in connection with the deaths of two innocent people last summer, is not interested in a plea offer and wants to take his case to trial, his lawyer told a judge on Tuesday. “My client has indicated to me...
City of Milford asks judge to end lawsuit over fatal school stabbing | Fox 61
Fox 61 | April 24, 2018
HARTFORD — Lawyers for the City of Milford, where a teenage girl was stabbed to death at her high school, are asking a state judge to end a wrongful death lawsuit by the student’s mother, saying school officials aren’t liable. Attorneys for Milford and the city’s schools file...
New Britain Targets Its Own Blighted Property | Hartford Courant
Hartford Courant | April 23, 2018
The city on Monday morning began ripping down two derelict, graffiti-marred buildings on Slater Road as part of its cleanup campaign, and will try to sell the land to a private developer. The demolition would be merely a routine case of combating blight, except that the property owner is the city...
Western Connecticut State University Closes Monday After Norovirus Sickens 100 Students | Hartford Courant
Hartford Courant | April 23, 2018
Western Connecticut State University was closed Monday after more than 100 students were sickened from norovirus, a highly contagious virus that affects the digestive tract and causes vomiting, diarrhea and stomach pains. The state Department of Health determined Monday afternoon that the mysterious...
Connecticut Double Amputee Lands Role In Adam Sandler/Chris Rock Netflix Comedy | Hartford Courant
Hartford Courant | April 23, 2018
Jim Barone of Hamden had a run of very bad luck starting in 2012. That year, when he was 51, Barone was diagnosed with diabetes. He got an infection in his right foot that wouldn’t heal, leading eventually to the amputation of that leg in 2015. Then he got another infection, a very dangerous one,....
Main Street Pint & Plate Restaurant Opens As Bristol Hopes To Revitalize Downtown | Hartford Courant
Hartford Courant | April 23, 2018
The ornate downtown building that once housed the Barley Vine gastropub is open again, this time as Main Street Pint & Plate. J.R. Rusgrove and his wife, Leeanne, launched their new restaurant Monday afternoon, serving a crowd of city officials and civic boosters who had waited patiently for the...
Dylan Farrow Leads Forum As Women Share Tales Of Abuse Before #MeToo | Hartford Courant
Hartford Courant | April 23, 2018
When Dylan Farrow wrote, for the first time, that her father molested her 22 years earlier, it was 2014. #MeToo, and the calling-out of men who abused their power to harass and hurt women, was three years away. Farrow’s recollection of being molested by Woody Allen in the attic of her mother’s.....
Hartford Teen Convicted As Adult In West End Burglary | Hartford Courant
Hartford Courant | April 23, 2018
A 17-year-old from Hartford pleaded guilty as an adult to first-degree burglary on Monday, but avoided a conviction for the more serious charge of home invasion. Jonathan Weaver, 17, of Pliny Street, faces up to seven years in prison when he is sentenced June 22. Hartford police charged Weaver...
One person shot in stomach in north end of Hartford | Fox 61
Fox 61 | April 23, 2018
HARTFORD — A man was rushed to the hospital after a shooting in the north end section of Hartford. Officers responded to the area of 209 Capen Street after being notified of a ShotSpotter activation. The system detected two rounds being fired in close proximity to each other just before 6:30 p...
10 people arrested in Hartford ATV bust | Fox 61
Fox 61 | April 23, 2018
HARTFORD – Hartford Police went undercover Sunday for a big operation targeted at ATV’s which led to several arrests. This has been an ongoing issue for many cities especially in Hartford. Police said they are fully aware now that it is warmer out, illegal riders are back on city streets. Luckil...
Hartford Police investigate fatal crash on Blue Hills Ave. | Fox 61
Fox 61 | April 23, 2018
HARTFORD — Police are investigating a fatal accident after a man crashed into a tree. The crash happened just around 1:30 a.m. Officers rushed to 295 Blue Hills Avenue on a report of a single car crash. When officers arrived on scene, the saw the 2011 Honda Civic had crashed into the tree on ...
Hartford Police investigate ‘serious’ crash | Fox 61
Fox 61 | April 23, 2018
HARTFORD — Police are investigating after they say a car crashed into a tree in the area of Thomaston  Street and Blue Hills Avenue. They say one person was involved with the crash, but their condition is unknown. Police are calling the crash ‘serious’. This is a developing story.
Hartford Courant | April 23, 2018
The Society of Professional Journalists bestowed its prestigious Sigma Delta Chi Award to Courant Opinion Editor Carolyn Lumsden on Monday for her “Crumbling Foundations” editorial series last year. In the series, Lumsden examined the scope of an epidemic of crumbling concrete foundations in nor...
Xavier High School Students Win First Place In International Engineering Competition | Hartford Courant
Hartford Courant | April 22, 2018
A team of Xavier High School students captured top honors Saturday in the Real World Design Challenge, the second time in three years the Middletown Catholic boys school has won the prestigious international engineering competition. A team of four Xavier seniors and three sophomores beat out 19...
In Wake Of Gubernatorial Bid, Hartford Residents Say Bronin Must Again Win Them Over | Hartford Courant
Hartford Courant | April 22, 2018
Neighborhood leaders influential in Mayor Luke Bronin’s political rise say he will have to win over the community again after spending four months flirting with a run for governor. “It did leave a bad taste in people’s mouths,” said Steve Harris, a lifelong North End resident who was an earl...
Shake Shack Founder Danny Meyer Reinforces His Ties To Connecticut With West Hartford Debut | Hartford Courant
Hartford Courant | April 21, 2018
As the founder of Shake Shack, Danny Meyer has seen his “modern day roadside burger stand” become a globally recognized brand over the past decade. But as the company prepares to open a restaurant in West Hartford Friday, its 172nd location, Meyer still remembers the eatery’s New Britain Avenu...
Gambling bills in limbo as session adjournment nears | Fox 61
Fox 61 | April 21, 2018
HARTFORD — With the clock running out on Connecticut’s legislative session, it’s unclear which bills, if any, that could lead to more gambling will make it to the finish line before lawmakers hit the campaign trail. It’s also fuzzy whether the General Assembly will agree to inste...
Connecticut Students Participate In Second National Walkout Protest Against Gun Violence | Hartford Courant
Hartford Courant | April 20, 2018
Hundreds of Connecticut students on Friday will join their peers across the country in a second national walkout protest of the mounting gun violence in schools, as part of a grassroots effort that launched in Ridgefield. Spurred by the Valentine’s Day massacre of 17 people at Majory Stoneman Doug...
Local Alternative Energy Companies Seek New Markets At German Trade Show | Hartford Courant
Hartford Courant | April 20, 2018
Four companies that develop alternative energy will be making a 3,700 mile trip to Germany to network and learn from global leaders in their field. They come from a nearly $600-million Connecticut industry that boasts more than 600 companies — the research, design and manufacturing of hydrogen...
Republicans Frustrated By Bailout Propose Funding Cuts For Hartford | Hartford Courant
Hartford Courant | April 20, 2018
Republican lawmakers followed through Friday on a pledge to trim state aid for Hartford, building into their budget proposal an $8 million drop in funding next year and steeper reductions in the future. The cuts follow a bailout deal for the troubled capital city that requires the state to pay...
Medical Marijuana's Success In Connecticut Brings Renewed Calls For More Growers | Hartford Courant
Hartford Courant | April 20, 2018
By patient count alone, Connecticut’s medical marijuana program has been an unqualified success. More than 25,000 residents are using medical marijuana today to find relief from chronic, often debilitating conditions — a twelve-fold increase since the program’s birth four years ago. But though...
Offshore Wind, Fuel Cell Projects Under Consideration By State | Hartford Courant
Hartford Courant | April 20, 2018
A Massachusetts-based energy company hopes to build the first offshore wind farm for Connecticut, promising the development would bring up to $1 billion in economic benefits to the state. Meanwhile, an investment firm proposes building a $1 billion energy and innovation park in vacant portions...
New Tech Companies Aim to Boost Insurance, Health And Aerospace Industries In State | Hartford Courant
Hartford Courant | April 20, 2018
Momentum is building in Hartford for an influx of new technology companies to shape and strengthen the future of the city’s insurance industry, long a bastion of steady habits and stagnant growth. The first seeds of that transformation were on display Wednesday at a showcase of the inaugural Hartf...
Volunteers Target New Britain's North Oak Section For Major Cleanup | Hartford Courant
Hartford Courant | April 20, 2018
The New Britain neighborhood at the heart of a dispute about unchecked blight will conduct a massive volunteer cleanup on Saturday morning. Central Connecticut State University is encouraging students and staff to participate in the North Oak NRZ cleanup, and police are hosting a kickoff breakfast.....
Whoopi Goldberg To Speak At Goodwin College Graduation | Hartford Courant
Hartford Courant | April 20, 2018
Emmy-winning actress Whoopi Goldberg will be the guest speaker at Goodwin College’s commencement in June. Goldberg will address roughly 450 students and their families at the college’s ceremony, Goodwin announced Friday in a press release. In addition to an Emmy, Goldberg has won a Grammy, an Os...
Hartford Courant | April 20, 2018
MidState Medical Center in Meriden was locked down Friday night after nurses became ill while treating a patient who arrived at the emergency department covered with white powder, police and hospital officials said. The hospital did not accept new patients and diverted ambulances for about three...
Hartford Stage Mourns Passing Of Two 'Pioneers': Paul Weidner And Janet Larsen | Hartford Courant
Hartford Courant | April 19, 2018
In recent weeks, Hartford Stage has mourned the deaths of two people who guided the theater through periods of great expansion and artistic growth, and who are considered key figures in the 55-year history of the theater. Paul Weidner, the artistic director of Hartford Stage from 1968 to 1979,...
'Monsignor Meth' Faces Parole Violation After Failing Drug Tests | Hartford Courant
Hartford Courant | April 19, 2018
A federal judge is scheduled to decide Thursday whether to send former high-ranking Bridgeport Diocese monsignor Kevin Wallin, convicted of dealing methamphetamine, back to federal prison for failing numerous drug tests. Wallin was sentenced to 65 months in a federal prison and five years of supervi...
Eversource Customers To See Rates Rise Under PURA Decision | Hartford Courant
Hartford Courant | April 19, 2018
About 1.2 million Connecticut consumers who get their power from Eversource will be paying $5.40 per month more in the coming year under rate increases just granted by state regulators, but officials say it could have been a lot worse. Eversource originally asked for a three-year, $337 million...
Panhandling: A Longstanding Problem In Hartford Gains Renewed Attention | Hartford Courant
Hartford Courant | April 19, 2018
Panhandling, while never gone from Hartford, has come to be seen in recent months as a problem that can no longer be ignored. Whether begging is truly on the rise or there are simply more people are attuned to it, the issue prompted leaders from the Asylum Hill Neighborhood Association to convened.....
A 76-Year Romance Born In Greenwich Closes With Barbara Bush's Passing | Hartford Courant
Hartford Courant | April 19, 2018
When Barbara Bush died at 92 this week, the former first lady’s passing brought to a close a 76-year romance that began at a Greenwich holiday party, when a boy who would become president asked a girl who could become his wife to dance. The Bush dynasty has been long tied to Texas; it was there...
Bristol Economic Growth Projects Move Forward | Hartford Courant
Hartford Courant | April 19, 2018
Four companies are sharing as much as $180,000 in city aid to start or expand operations in Bristol. Contractors for two restaurants, a martial arts studio and an industrial manufacturer are all at work this month. Main Street Pint and Plate opens to the public next week. The restaurant is taking...
Lee Whitnum Appears In Court Without Lawyer; Judge Enters Not Guilty Plea For Her | Hartford Courant
Hartford Courant | April 19, 2018
DANBURY — Judge Thomas Welch Thursday entered a not guilty plea on behalf of fringe gubernatorial candidate Lee Whitnum, who was arrested after being dragged out of a Democratic debate. Whitnum 57, made a brief appearance in superior court but did not speak. Prosecutor Jonathan Lewin recommended.....
The Man Behind The Curtain: Hometown Hero Frank Bradley | Hartford Courant
Hartford Courant | April 19, 2018
If there was ever a spotlight that shone on the backstage, Frank Bradley would be basking in it. For more than 30 years — from typewriter to internet — the retired postman and real estate agent has been helping dozens of non-profits across the central part of the state get the word out about eve...
Judiciary Committee Votes In Favor Of Dooley For Federal Judgeship | Hartford Courant
Hartford Courant | April 19, 2018
The U.S. Senate Judiciary committee voted in favor of state Superior Court Judge Kari A. Dooley’s nomination to the federal district court, sending her name to the full Senate where she is expected to be confirmed, perhaps later this spring. President Donald Trump nominated Dooley in December to.....
Hartford police investigating after serious car vs pedestrian accident | Fox 61
Fox 61 | April 19, 2018
HARTFORD — Hartford police said they are investigating after a ‘serious motor vehicle accident’ where a car struck a person. The incident happened at Wyllys Street, and the street will be closed through the morning rush hour. Expect delays on Columbus Boulevard. It’s unknown ...
Meriden businesses looking to cash in on new train station | Fox 61
Fox 61 | April 19, 2018
MERIDEN— More people should be taking the train in Meriden come summertime. A ribbon cutting ceremony was held Thursday at the Meriden station located at 60 State Street. CTrail Hartford Line is scheduled to start running June 16. The rail line is set on making 17 daily round trips between New...
Local activists hold protest at Bloomfield Starbucks in reaction to Philadelphia arrest | Fox 61
Fox 61 | April 19, 2018
BLOOMFIELD – There have been an outcry of support nationwide following the controversial arrest of the two black customers in a Philadelphia Starbucks. People have been protesting and boycotting against the popular coffee chain and one of them happened at the Starbucks on Cottage Grove Road in Blo...
Stolen car pursuit from Hartford ends in New Britain, two teens arrested | Fox 61
Fox 61 | April 19, 2018
NEW BRITAIN — State Police say two teens were arrested after a stolen car lead to a pursuit from Hartford into New Britain. The pursuit ended on Monroe Street in New Britain. Police K9s located two teen boys hiding behind a house. They were subsequently arrested. There were no injuries reporte...
Hartford police investigating fatal car vs pedestrian accident | Fox 61
Fox 61 | April 19, 2018
HARTFORD — Hartford police said they are investigating a crash that killed a pedistrian early this morning. The incident happened just after 6 a.m.  at the intersection of Groton and Wyllys Streets. Officers arrived to find a 52 year old Hartford man with serious injuies.  An ambulance took ...
Death Row Inmate Jessie Campbell Resentenced To Life In Prison Without Release | Hartford Courant
Hartford Courant | April 18, 2018
Death row inmate Jessie Campbell III, guilty of killing his son's mother and her friend in Hartford during the summer of 2000, on Wednesday became the latest of the state's death row inmates to have their sentence revised to life in prison without the possibility of release. Campbell, now 39, was...
Three Insurance Tech Startups Announce Moves To Hartford | Hartford Courant
Hartford Courant | April 18, 2018
With the inaugural Hartford InsurTech Hub in the books, the city has joined a map dotted by some of the world’s most vibrant centers of new technology, from San Francisco and Miami to Singapore and London. Hartford’s first annual insurance accelerator — run by U.S.-based company Startupbootcam...
Priest Sex-Abuse Lawsuit Filed Against Hartford Archdiocese | Hartford Courant
Hartford Courant | April 18, 2018
A lawsuit has been filed against the Hartford Archdiocese alleging that in the 1970s a priest assigned to churches in Bristol and Waterbury sexually abused a boy whose mother had died. The lawsuit filed in New Haven Superior Court on behalf of Matthew Cornell names the Rev. Gregory M. Altermatt...
Montville School Officals: No Red Flags In 'Fight Club' Substitute's Hiring, Qualifications | Hartford Courant
Hartford Courant | April 18, 2018
When the public learned last week that a 23-year-old substitute teacher at Montville High School had been arrested and charged with orchestrating fights between students in his classroom, a question sprung to mind: What does the state do to assure quality substitutes? The state does impose higher...
Bristol Police Seek Resident, Business Participation In Surveillance Camera Registry | Hartford Courant
Hartford Courant | April 18, 2018
Bristol police are hoping to use an extra set of eyes: privately owned surveillance cameras. The police department this week began inviting residents and business owners to notify them of outside video surveillance systems on their property. The goal is to map local surveillance cameras, building...
After Last Month's Gun Control Protests, Students Hope To Maintain Momentum With Walkout Friday | Hartford Courant
Hartford Courant | April 18, 2018
One month after students in Connecticut and across the country poured out of classrooms to protest mounting gun violence in schools, those same young activists are hoping to sustain the momentum with another national walkout Friday. Spurred by the February massacre of 17 people at Majory Stoneman...
Hartford PD: 3 women arrested after ‘severely beating’ victim | Fox 61
Fox 61 | April 18, 2018
HARTFORD — Three women are facing kidnapping charges after police said they “severely beaten, stripped” and held a female victim against her will. Hartford police said they became aware of a brutal assault that was captured on a cell phone video in March of 2018. “The video ...
Med Board Fines Newtown Psychiatrist, Ansonia Doctor | Hartford Courant
Hartford Courant | April 18, 2018
The state Medical Examining Board on Tuesday disciplined three doctors, including fining a Newtown psychiatrist $15,000 for submitting false insurance claims. In 2016, the doctor, Naimetulla Syed, paid $422,641 to resolve allegations that he submitted false claims to Medicare and Medicaid between...
Officials mark opening of new Connecticut train station | Fox 61
Fox 61 | April 18, 2018
WALLINGFORD — Federal, state and local Connecticut officials are marking the opening of a newly built train station in Wallingford. The station began providing service to existing Amtrak trains on Monday. It will eventually serve trains on the CTRail Hartford Line, a commuter rail service betw...