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New Britain High School Gets Sixth Principal In Five Years | Hartford Courant
Hartford Courant | June 21, 2018
After a tumultuous half-decade, New Britain High School will get a new leader this summer when Damon Pearce takes over as principal, the school board decided Wednesday night. Pearce, a former associate principal at the school, has been working for the past four years in the Suffield school system......
Hartford Council Members Name Replacement For Cynthia Jennings | Hartford Courant
Hartford Courant | June 21, 2018
The city council’s Working Families Party members have tapped Claudine Rachel Fox to fill the vacancy left by Cynthia Jennings, who resigned amid a controversy over her party affiliation. Fox, 31, a program manager for Health Equity Solutions, a city nonprofit that advocates for equitable health.....
Judge Questions Lack Of Bail In Enfield High Student's Manslaughter Case | Hartford Courant
Hartford Courant | June 20, 2018
A judge is questioning the fact that no bail was set for an 18-year-old Enfield High School student when she was released while facing manslaughter and assault charges in connection with a fatal crash last summer. The student, whose case was transferred to the adult docket Tuesday but whose name...
Connecticut Receives Migrant Children Separated From Parents At Southern Border | Hartford Courant
Hartford Courant | June 20, 2018
At least two children who were separated from their parents at the southern border have been brought or are in the process of being brought to Connecticut by a federal agency, according to a spokeswoman for Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s office. The spokeswoman, Kelly Donnelly, said Malloy’s office is....
Two Connecticut Men To Compete On 'Big Brother' | Hartford Courant
Hartford Courant | June 20, 2018
Two men from Connecticut are cast members on the 20th season of the CBS reality show “Big Brother,” which premieres June 27 and 28. Chris "Swaggy C" Williams, 23, a day trader who lives in Bridgeport, and Brett Robinson, 25, a native of the Oakdale section of Montville who now lives in Charlesto...
Ex-Death Row Inmate Lazale Ashby Resentenced To Life Without Possibility Of Release | Hartford Courant
Hartford Courant | June 20, 2018
Lazale Ashby, who was sentenced to death for the 2002 murder of Elizabeth Garcia in Hartford, was resentenced Wednesday to life in prison without the possibility of release, plus 125 years. Ashby, 33, had his death sentence converted to life without release as a result of a state Supreme Court...
Nursing Board Disciplines Five Nurses | Hartford Courant
Hartford Courant | June 20, 2018
The Board of Examiners for Nursing on Wednesday disciplined five nurses while dropping the charges against an Ansonia nurse because he is now serving 60 years in prison for an unrelated felony murder. The charges were dropped against Jermaine V. Richards, a former licensed practical nurse from...
Resentencing Scheduled For Death Row Inmate Lazale Ashby Of Hartford | Hartford Courant
Hartford Courant | June 20, 2018
The resentencing of death row inmate Lazale Ashby is scheduled for Wednesday with the daughter of his victim expected to attend. Ashby, 33, was sentenced to death, plus 125 years, in March 2008 for the rape and murder of Elizabeth Garcia, a 21-year-old single mother. Garcia’s daughter Jayleah was....
Ryan Fish, Teacher In Fight Club, Has Case Continued | Hartford Courant
Hartford Courant | June 20, 2018
Ryan Fish, the 23-year-old substitute teacher at Montville High School charged April 12 with orchestrating fights between students in his math classroom, had his case continued Wednesday. His case was continued to July 25. Neither Fish nor his lawyer, Paul Chinigo, would comment. Fish was fired...
Report Reveals What Renters Already Know: It's Hard To Find An Affordable Apartment In Connecticut | Hartford Courant
Hartford Courant | June 20, 2018
A new report that examines the cost to rent an apartment shows that Connecticut is one of the toughest markets in the country to find an affordable apartment. Nowhere in Connecticut can someone making the average wage among renters — $17.38 an hour — afford a two-bedroom apartment at fair market...
Ex-death row inmate Lazale Ashby resentenced to life for murder | Fox 61
Fox 61 | June 20, 2018
A man who was once on death row was resentenced in Hartford Superior Court Wednesday. A stoic and seemingly emotionless. 33-year-old Lazale Ashby never once looked at the family of the woman he was convicted of murdering. In 2008, Ashby was sentenced to death plus another 125 years in prison for the...
Suspect in Hartford officer stabbing faces new charge | Fox 61
Fox 61 | June 20, 2018
HARTFORD  — A woman accused of critically injuring a police officer in a stabbing is facing a new charge in an incident that happened days before the alleged attack. The Hartford Courant reports 39-year-old Chevoughn Augustin was arraigned Tuesday in Hartford on a breach of peace charge. Augustin...
Hartford Courant | June 20, 2018
As the 360 graduates of Hall High School prepared to graduate, teachers and administrators urged them to use their voices for good and to follow their hearts. “We live in a world where data rules and success is judged by likes on a social media post,” Principal Daniel Zittoun said. “I’d like...
Hartford Courant | June 20, 2018
When Avon High School Class of 2018 valedictorian Ayushi Hegde took the stage Tuesday night, she said she wasn’t sure why she was even speaking. She is known for doing her homework, she said, not for excellence in public speaking. “That’s like saying, ‘This guy is great at real estate. Let...
Mystic Sift Bake Shop's Adam Young Wins Food Network's 'Best Baker In America' | Hartford Courant
Hartford Courant | June 19, 2018
Adam Young of Sift Bake Shop in Mystic is the “Best Baker In America.” The pastry chef was crowned the winner of the second season of the Food Network baking competition show Monday night. Young was one of nine competitors on the show, which premiered May 7, in which “bakers from across the co...
Hartford consolidates journalism and culinary schools | Fox 61
Fox 61 | June 19, 2018
Journalism and Media Academy reporters Johnathan Torres – reporter/voice over Nevaeh Bland – producer Becky Clarke –  interviewer/editor Brandon Piquant – cameraperson Shanyce Johnson- cameraperson/editor Timothy Gibson – cameraperson Jazmen Randolph Jose Colon Isaia...
West Hartford Residents React: A Lot Of Trash Talk About New Garbage Proposal | Hartford Courant
Hartford Courant | June 19, 2018
Current and former West Hartford residents talked a lot of trash on social media over the weekend. Comments spurred by a recommendation that the town council consider an 18-month pilot pay-as-you-throw trash disposal program included opposition, some support and town councilors’ email addresses...
Stormy Daniels Brings Her Show To East Windsor Club This Saturday Night | Hartford Courant
Hartford Courant | June 19, 2018
Adult film star Stormy Daniels will bring her national tour to Connecticut this weekend, with sold-out shows at an East Windsor nightclub on Saturday night. Daniels has been barnstorming across the country, capitalizing on her sky-high name recognition after saying she had a one-night stand in...
Teen Charged In Fiery Crash That Killed Three In Manchester Will Be Tried As Adult | Hartford Courant
Hartford Courant | June 19, 2018
A Hartford Superior Court judge wants to take a second look at the $50,000 bail Jordan Cross posted after his arrest on manslaughter and other charges for a fiery crash in Manchester that claimed the lives of three passengers in the car he was driving. Judge Laura F. Baldini said Tuesday that Cross...
Woman Accused Of Stabbing Hartford Police Officer Faces New Charge | Hartford Courant
Hartford Courant | June 19, 2018
The woman charged with stabbing and severely injuring Hartford police Officer Jill Kidik was arraigned Tuesday on a charge of breach of peace for an incident that occurred three days before her violent encounter with Kidik. Chevoughn Augustin, 39, was served with the warrant while making an appearan...
Mayor Vetoes Changes To New Britain Budget | Hartford Courant
Hartford Courant | June 19, 2018
Mayor Erin Stewart on Monday vetoed more than $1.5 million worth of cuts that Democratic aldermen made to her budget proposal nine days earlier. The decision means that several municipal jobs will be saved, but that taxpayers won’t get a tax cut and that the schools won’t get any additional mone...
Thousands of commuters take advantage of new CTRail Line trains  | Fox 61
Fox 61 | June 19, 2018
NEW HAVEN – The new Hartford Rail Line is up and running and this past weekend was marked as a success. The Connecticut Department of Transportation issued an advisory on Saturday and Sunday because the trains were at capacity at approximately 22,000 people. Monday marked the first day where p...
Hartford city leaders announce new public safety initiatives | Fox 61
Fox 61 | June 19, 2018
HARTFORD —  Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin, Police Chief David Rosado and other city leaders held their second of three community meetings on Monday night to discuss new public safety initiatives. Mayor Bronin announced the city will increase the number of police officers on patrol at all times, ...
State Fines Nursing Homes Following Injuries To Residents | Hartford Courant
Hartford Courant | June 18, 2018
The state Department of Public Health has fined four nursing homes for violations that resulted in injuries to residents. Marlborough Health and Rehabilitation Center was fined $3,270 after a resident suffered two leg fractures when a nurse aide failed to transport the resident properly. The residen...
Richard A. Robinson Sworn In As Chief Justice Of the Connecticut Supreme Court | Hartford Courant
Hartford Courant | June 18, 2018
Richard A. Robinson was sworn in Monday as the new chief justice of the Connecticut Supreme Court and the top administrator of the state judicial branch. The 60-year-old Stamford native is the first African-American to hold the state’s top judicial post, and was only the fourth African-American...
Simsbury Native Runs One-Woman Fly Fishing Business | Hartford Courant
Hartford Courant | June 18, 2018
Teach a woman to fish, and she’ll start her own business improving the industry and guiding people on expeditions at locations across the country. Abbie Schuster, a 28-year-old Simsbury native, loves fly fishing. She learned from her parents as a kid, picking up the sport on the Farmington River.....
The Kids Are Hot! Hit One Of These Free Splash Pads In Greater Hartford | Hartford Courant
Hartford Courant | June 18, 2018
The hot weather is upon us, and on steamy days our heads go to “where can I take the kids to cool off?” There’s the local public pool, but sometimes kids would rather just run around in the water somewhere other than the hose at home. And that time-honored “beat the heat” practice of openi...
Hartford Line’s First Daily Commuters Begin Using Rail Service | Hartford Courant
Hartford Courant | June 18, 2018
The Hartford Line’s first daily rail commuters began using the much-anticipated New Haven to Springfield rail service Monday. State residents flocked to the service over the weekend for a trial run, but the line’s bread and butter — workers headed to Hartford or New Haven and beyond — were i...
As Mister Rogers Documentary Hits Theaters, A Storrs Woman Shares Her Story Of Friendship With The TV Icon | Hartford Courant
Hartford Courant | June 17, 2018
Mister Rogers had very nice handwriting. Beth Usher would know. Usher, a Storrs resident, received letters from Fred Rogers for much of her life. She also talked to him on the phone and met him in person. He asked for her advice on what to say during the University of Connecticut’s 1991 commenceme...
Hartford Line Trains Overwhelmed By Demand Sunday, Riders Being Turned Away And Buses Dispatched | Hartford Courant
Hartford Courant | June 17, 2018
On its second day of existence, the Hartford Line was outstripped by its own success. The brand-new service, linking Hartford, New Haven and Springfield by rail, was so overwhelmed by demand that its operators began turning riders away around 1 p.m. The state Department of Transportation dispatched....
South End Residents In Hartford Say Police Not Doing Enough To Stop Prostitution And Drug Dealing | Hartford Courant
Hartford Courant | June 17, 2018
Hartford residents who have concerns over explicit drug use and prostitution along Wethersfield Avenue are being told that the city does not have the resources to fully address the problem. Shanta Wiley, a Hartford resident for 26 years, said the proximity of prostitution and drugs has forced her...
The Hartford Line Opens Saturday: Here's What You Need To Know Before You Climb Aboard | Hartford Courant
Hartford Courant | June 16, 2018
On June 16, trains will begin running between Springfield and New Haven, knitting together the Connecticut interior by commuter rail. Here’s what you need to know before boarding the long-awaited Hartford Line. Where will it stop? The Hartford Line has stops in Springfield, Windsor Locks, Windsor,...
Thousands Turn Out For Hartford Line's Inaugural Ride | Hartford Courant
Hartford Courant | June 16, 2018
Of the thousands of passengers aboard the inaugural Hartford Line train Saturday, Bill Zenko said he and his son Matt had this trip planned for months — it is, after all, Zenko’s Father’s Day present. “It’s the only way to travel in the United States, if you have the time,” Zenko, of Cov...
Hartford Courant | June 16, 2018
To many members of Bulkeley High School’s class of 2018, graduation was a celebration not only of their time at school but also of all they had overcome. Many graduates faced extra obstacles on their way to their diplomas, including poverty or emigrating from another nation, but when they walked.....
Hartford Courant | June 16, 2018
The Sport and Medical Sciences Academy Class of 2018 gathered with friends and family to celebrate its commencement in a packed auditorium buzzing with excitement Friday evening. A 92-student graduating class walked on stage at The Learning Corridor Theater of the Performing Arts in Hartford to...
A Celebration: New Britain's Rose Garden Festival | Hartford Courant
Hartford Courant | June 15, 2018
The city and Stanley Black & Decker are hosting a party Saturday with a distinctly rose-tinted theme. Celebrants at the fifth annual Rose Garden Festival will be surrounded by 1,000 rose bushes, mostly in full bloom. “It is going to be a fantastic night of dining, dancing and drinking among the...
Memorial Lacrosse Game Saturday To Honor Life Of Avon Grad | Hartford Courant
Hartford Courant | June 15, 2018
Four years after her middle son’s death, Lisa Ludwig says she feels a little less weak in the knees. She still cries every day but she feels she has a little more stamina now. Her son, Kurt Skelley, took his own life in 2014 after struggling with major depressive disorder, a form of depression....
For Classical Magnet Graduates, Learning Was For Life Not School | Hartford Courant
Hartford Courant | June 15, 2018
In a gymnasium filled with proud families and celebratory balloons, the class of 2018 graduated from Classical Magnet School on Thursday evening. The school, which emphasizes study of the classics and liberal arts, graduated 73 seniors. Principal Brooke LaFreniere said in her address that she was...
Windsor High School Student Wins Award for Designing 3D-printed Guitar | Hartford Courant
Hartford Courant | June 15, 2018
Windsor High School senior Aura Sofia Cardona was finally about to hear the 3D-printed electric guitar she designed herself played for the first time. “Wait,” her teacher, Dustin Ricci, said. “Did I solder that wire?” “You’re kidding right?” Cardona replied. She had worked on the proje...
The Big E Posted Its 2018 Music Lineup, And It's Pretty Good | Hartford Courant
Hartford Courant | June 15, 2018
Country, alt-rock, old-school hip-hop, jam bands and other styles collide at this year’s Big E Festival, which takes place from Sept. 14 to 30 in West Springfield, Mass. Main stage performers the Marshall Tucker Band (Sept. 14) and Old Dominion (Sept. 15) perform at the Xfinity Arena, while Blessi...
'Bittersweet:' CCCMA Celebrates Graduation As Program Phases Out | Hartford Courant
Hartford Courant | June 15, 2018
Graduation keynote speaker Kendrick Roundtree emphasized one thing to the Capital Community College Magnet Academy Class of 2018: Persistence is the key to achievement. But the school community has already started to learn this lesson thanks to a tumultuous year that included a new dean, moving...
Crash Involving Hartford Police Car Closes Section Of Capitol Avenue Through Rush Hour | Hartford Courant
Hartford Courant | June 15, 2018
A crash at Capitol Avenue and and Park Place, just east of Laurel Street, has closed Capitol Avenue. The heavily-traveled commuter route is expected to be closed through the rush hour as Hartford police investigate the crash, which involved a Hartford police car headed to a call. Traffic was being.....
Inmate's Death During Struggle With Guards Ruled Homicide; Chest Compression Cited | Hartford Courant
Hartford Courant | June 15, 2018
The March death of an inmate who struggled with correction officers has been ruled a homicide caused by the inmate’s chest being compressed and an adverse reaction to pepper spray because of his heart disease, the chief medical examiner has ruled. J’Allen Jones, 31, of Atlanta died at the Garner...
Former Hartford Mayor Eddie Perez Sues City, Seeking Money For Legal Fees | Hartford Courant
Hartford Courant | June 15, 2018
Former Mayor Eddie A. Perez is suing the city, claiming it owes him more than $1 million for legal fees incurred between 2008 and 2017. Perez resigned from city hall in June 2010, seven days after he was convicted by a jury of five felony corruption charges. The extortion and bribery charges arose.....
Connecticut, Massachusetts Officials To Cut Ribbon On Hartford Line | Hartford Courant
Hartford Courant | June 15, 2018
Decades in the making, officials from Connecticut and Massachusetts will cut the ribbon Friday on CTrail's Hartford line, connecting Springfield, Hartford and New Haven by rail. Brief ceremonies will be held in New Haven and Springfield with local and state luminaries Friday morning before two...
GAME ON! Arcade, Restaurant To Open At Mohegan Sun | Hartford Courant
Hartford Courant | June 15, 2018
GAME ON!, an interactive arcade, bar and restaurant, will open this winter at Mohegan Sun inside the casino’s new Earth Expo & Convention Center. The 23,000-square-foot venue will feature an eight-lane luxury bowling alley, karaoke, ping-pong tables, shuffleboard, billiards, darts and arcade games...
Hartford cruiser involved in crash while responding to call | Fox 61
Fox 61 | June 15, 2018
HARTFORD —  Police said a cruiser was involved in a car accident while responding to a report of a disturbed party with a sword Friday afternoon. Hartford police said a Honda Civic was backing out of an Aetna parking lot on the north side of Capitol Avenue, when the cruiser collided with the ...
LimeBike: 5,000+ rides in Hartford’s first week | Fox 61
Fox 61 | June 15, 2018
HARTFORD — A week after Silicon Valley startup Lime launched its bike-sharing program in Hartford, the company is celebrating. Lime told FOX 61 that more than 5,000 rides have been taken on the bright green bikes in the capital city since June 6. Lime Hartford Operations Manager Darrin Rees sa...
Train service from Springfield, Mass. to New Haven set to launch | Fox 61
Fox 61 | June 15, 2018
HARTFORD — Governor Dannel P. Malloy will host the grand opening ceremony of the CTrail Hartford Line – Connecticut’s newest rail line on Friday. This new rail line provides commuters with frequent passenger train service between New Haven, Hartford, and Springfield. There will also be con...
New Britain YWCA Opens East Side Center | Hartford Courant
Hartford Courant | June 14, 2018
After years of running a program downtown to help teenage girls, the YWCA is moving the operation to a new center on the East Side. “This is for the kids — this is their neighborhood,” Mallory Deprey, program coordinator, said at a ceremony Thursday for the new community center. “I know it...