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Connecticut man pleads guilty to stealing nonprofit’s funds | Fox 61
Fox 61 | December 15, 2018
HARTFORD — The former president of a Connecticut nonprofit that provides housing to people with HIV and AIDS has pleaded guilty to stealing thousands of dollars in federal funds and spending the money on himself. The Courant reports that Steven Harvin pleaded guilty Friday to theft from programs r...
Hartford police Gun Buyback program is successful 10th year in a row | Fox 61
Fox 61 | December 15, 2018
HARTFORD — The capital city is rallying around gun violence prevention by supporting the Hartford police departments gun buyback program. The program, in its 10th year, is meant to take illegal guns off the streets to ensure that they don’t get into the wrong hands like children or people in...
Police: Suspect beaten with gun following attempted armed robbery in Hartford | Fox 61
Fox 61 | December 14, 2018
HARTFORD — Police say a 19-year-old from Springfield, Massachusetts was arrested following an armed robbery. Police say they were called to a store at Westland Street and Martin Street in Hartford. When they arrived, they found the suspect, Noah Ryan, still in the store. He was physically figh...
Capitol Watch Podcast: Connecticut's pension problem is even more complicated than you think | Hartford Courant
Hartford Courant | December 13, 2018
In the weeks and months before the midterm election, Connecticut voters heard a dark, ominous, vaguely familiar term: "unfunded pension liabilities." Why? What do those three words have to do with anything? Well, it’s complicated. Capitol Bureau Chief Chris Keating explains how Connecticut became....
Hamilton Education program comes to Bushnell in Hartford | Fox 61
Fox 61 | December 13, 2018
HARTFORD –The Broadway blockbuster Hamilton has landed in Hartford and Wednesday gave high schoolers from all over the area the opportunity to get into the act. The education initiative of Hamilton called EduHAM offered over 2,700 discounted tickets to students ($10) and a chance for a selecte...
Police: Rollover crash in Hartford may be connected to Manchester robbery | Fox 61
Fox 61 | December 13, 2018
MANCHESTER — An overnight robbery in Manchester may have led to a crash in Hartford, says Manchester police. According to police, the XtraMart on Hartford Road in Manchester was robbed around 1 a.m. It’s unknown if there were any weapons involved. A few hours later, a car had crashed and...
Hartford mom facing deportation granted stay | Fox 61
Fox 61 | December 13, 2018
HARTFORD —  An immigrant living in Hartford was granted a stay of deportation at the 11th hour Thursday night. Wayzaro Walton has lived in the United States since 1987 but was arrested in 2011 by ICE agents. She was performing community service at Hartford Community Court at the time she was ...
NEH awards five Connecticut projects more than $100,000 | Hartford Courant
Hartford Courant | December 12, 2018
The National Endowment for the Humanities this week announced $14.8 million in grants to support 253 projects nationwide, including five in Connecticut. The local fundees are: University of Connecticut: $60,000 to Africana Studies Prof. Martha Cutter, to complete her book, “The Lives and Afterlive...
Top Cromwell school officials on leave following allegations of misconduct | Hartford Courant
Hartford Courant | December 12, 2018
Cromwell Assistant Superintendent Krista Karch has been placed on paid administrative leave as the probe into an anonymous letter sent to the town’s school board alleging misconduct by Superintendent John T. Maloney Jr., who was also suspended, and Karch continues. The single-page letter carries.....
State files rebuttal fighting Cheshire killer Joshua Komisarjevsky's claim for new trial | Hartford Courant
Hartford Courant | December 12, 2018
The state’s attorney’s office Wednesday filed a legal brief with the Supreme Court arguing that Joshua Komisarjevsky doesn’t deserve a new trial, urging the court to reject his appeal that is based in part on the state failing to turn over a series of police phone calls from the morning of the...
Shopping malls, hospitals on Uber's top 10 Hartford area destinations of 2018 | Hartford Courant
Hartford Courant | December 12, 2018
Where did Hartford riders Uber to this year? The top 10 list includes three restaurants, two universities, a hospital and one of the city’s insurance giants. 1. Walmart 2. University of Hartford 3. Westfarms 4. Bartaco 5. The Shoppes at Buckland Hills 6. The Russian Lady 7. Hartford Hospital 8....
Five Hartford police officers, shot on duty, are posthumously honored | Hartford Courant
Hartford Courant | December 12, 2018
Two years ago, while talking to a friend, retired Hartford Police Sgt. Thomas Elwood learned that a fellow officer who was shot on duty never received a citation for his valor. With a little digging, he discovered the officer wasn’t alone. Nine members of the force who served prior to 1974 — the...
Ana Grace Project, New Britain work to make compassion the theme of Sandy Hook anniversary | Hartford Courant
Hartford Courant | December 12, 2018
When student athletes, firefighters and Girl Scouts converge Friday on Central Connecticut State University, they’ll somberly honor the anniversary of the Sandy Hook mass murder — and do something more. They and dozens of other volunteers will be accepting donations of winter clothes, food, toys...
Who is Frederick-Douglass Knowles II, Hartford's first poet laureate? | Hartford Courant
Hartford Courant | December 12, 2018
Frederick-Douglass Knowles II, an associate professor of English at Three Rivers Community College in Norwich, has been named the first poet laureate of Hartford. Knowles is 45 and lives in the Parkville section of Hartford with his wife, Valerie. He grew up in Norwich, and his poetry collection,...
Victim in East Lyme homicide was ending relationship with the accused killer, family members say | Hartford Courant
Hartford Courant | December 12, 2018
Corina Zukowski, the 25-year-old Waterford native stabbed to death Monday night at the Starlight Inn in East Lyme, had decided to end her relationship with her boyfriend of two years, Avery Hallbrooks, 28, according to family members and police. She threw Hallbrooks’ possessions out of the motel.....
Hartford woman arrested at 8th-grade basketball game in West Hartford | Fox 61
Fox 61 | December 12, 2018
WEST HARTFORD — Police said they arrested a Hartford woman after an altercation at an 8th-grade basketball game. Police said it happened around 6:15 p.m. when the basketball game between West Hartford and East Hartford was underway at Hall High School. A foul call was made by the referee, and ...
School bus leaking gas causes delays on I-84 in Hartford | Fox 61
Fox 61 | December 12, 2018
HARTFORD —  A bus leaking fuel caused delays on I-84 Wednesday morning. Connecticut State Police said a disabled bus on the right side of Interstate 84 East at exit 46 caused the highway to be closed for a time. The bus was carrying a group from the Foothills Adult & Continuing Education...
Hartford Courant | December 12, 2018
The town’s emergency personnel will get a new communications system and Avon High School athletes will get a new synthetic turf field in the fall after voters approved both measures at a referendum Wednesday. Slightly more than 15 percent of the town’s voters turned out and approved the two proj...
Hartford Courant | December 12, 2018
In 2018, the state took the unusual step of issuing a consent order requiring a New Haven nursing home to hire an independent nurse consultant and implement minimum staffing ratios after inspections at the facility uncovered numerous lapses in care and safety violations. The order, agreed to in...
Hartford Courant | December 12, 2018
In the rush of the holiday season, shoppers can easily fall victim to thieves who target their wallets and purses, the gifts they’ve just bought or even their cars, Bristol police warn. “With the holiday season upon us, incidents of theft and robbery tend to increase,” said Capt. Edward Spyros...
Hartford Courant | December 12, 2018
U.S. Magistrate Judge Donna F. Martinez will retire from her seat in Hartford in October, the federal judiciary announced Wednesday. Martinez is one of eight federal magistrates in Connecticut, three of whom are retired but continue to work when called back on an as needed basis. Unlike U.S. distric...
New Britain council to debate whether mayor, other get pay raises | Hartford Courant
Hartford Courant | December 11, 2018
Before what’s almost certain to be a tough budget battle this winter, the common council on Wednesday may decide whether to raise the pay of Mayor Erin Stewart and several other city officials. A proposal to boost their pay by 5 percent has created a debate about whether taxpayers can afford it...
Capitol Watch Podcast: A look inside UConn’s new course teaching students how to grow marijuana | Hartford Courant
Hartford Courant | December 11, 2018
Leafing through the University of Connecticut’s extensive spring offerings, one course title jumps out: “Horticulture of Cannabis: From Seed to Harvest,” taught by Professor Gerald A. Berkowitz and former graduate student Matt DeBacco. It might be the first class in the country to teach studen...
With a jab at Trump, Connecticut kicks off 2020 Census count | Hartford Courant
Hartford Courant | December 11, 2018
Connecticut launched a campaign Tuesday to count the state’s 3.6 million residents in the 2020 Census, kicking off the project with a partisan jab at President Donald Trump. The census, required by the U.S. Constitution, has been conducted every 10 years since 1790. It’s used to distribute money...
Connecticut doubles marijuana dispensaries with new approvals | Hartford Courant
Hartford Courant | December 11, 2018
With nine license approvals announced Tuesday, Connecticut has doubled its number of medical marijuana dispensaries while widening the geographical footprint of the fast-growing program. The new facilities will span from Windham to Torrington and down to New Haven and Stamford, bringing the total...
State connects 280 homeless families to housing | Hartford Courant
Hartford Courant | December 11, 2018
Nearly 550 homeless children and their families have been housed over the past three months as part of the state’s push to end youth and family homelessness by the end of 2020, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy announced Wednesday. State agencies and nonprofit providers matched 280 families — including 548....
Neighborhood park planned for crucial parcel on Hartford's Albany Avenue | Hartford Courant
Hartford Courant | December 11, 2018
Once a bustling police substation and recreation center for teens, a city-owned parcel on a prominent stretch of Albany Avenue is now envisioned as a neighborhood park replete with a new basketball court, walking trail, covered seating and ornate landscaping. The substation was razed seven years...
There are new guidelines for applying for crumbling foundation reimbursements. This is what's changed. | Hartford Courant
Hartford Courant | December 11, 2018
After sifting through feedback from hundreds of homeowners with failing foundations, the Connecticut Foundation Solutions Indemnity Company has updated its application process guidelines. The new application launch date is Jan. 10. At that time, homeowners with failing foundations can apply for...
Our picks for 2018's top 20 albums by Connecticut musicians | Hartford Courant
Hartford Courant | December 11, 2018
In case you hadn’t been able to surmise from all the coverage it received in various places, including this one, the Connecticut music scene had a fantastic year for new music. It wasn’t just the quantity either. While there were literally hundreds of albums, EPs, and singles to take in, the ove...
Sandy Hook Promise releases chilling public service announcement from the perspective of a school shooter | Hartford Courant
Hartford Courant | December 11, 2018
Sandy Hook Promise released a chilling new public service announcement this week that shows the lead-up to a school shooting from the perspective of the shooter. The video, called “Point of View,” is set in a high school as students are focused on a student body president election. Sandy Hook Pr...
National Guard members return home | Fox 61
Fox 61 | December 11, 2018
HARTFORD — A special welcome home ceremony Tuesday at the State Armory in Hartford. National Guard members are returning home after spending months overseas. This past September, 70 service members of the Connecticut Army National Guard`s 143Rd Combat Sustainment Support Battalion returned hom...
EXCLUSIVE: Hartford firefighters honored for their actions in the line of duty | Fox 61
Fox 61 | December 11, 2018
HARTFORD — Several Hartford Firefighters were honored Monday night for their actions in the line of duty. For the Hartford Fire Department, when they are not putting out fires, they are saving lives. Chief Reginald Freeman of the Hartford Fire Department described an industrial accident from O...
Hamilton opens in Hartford to eager fans | Fox 61
Fox 61 | December 11, 2018
HARTFORD – The Bushnell Theater sold out Tuesday night for its first showing of Hamilton, the hit Broadway play. Connecticut residents appear to be extremely excited for the opportunity to watch the show. “I was like thinking, ‘Oh my God I have to go to New York. That`s such a trip.’ But now...
Hartford Courant | December 11, 2018
Following an anonymous complaint, the head of Cromwell schools was placed on leave Tuesday night by the town's board of education. The nature of the complaint was not discussed publicly. In an email Wednesday, the chairman of the board confirmed that Superintendent John T. Maloney, Jr. was placed...
Hartford Courant | December 11, 2018
The Metropolitan District will hold a public hearing Tuesday night before the agency submits four proposals to the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection on Clean Water Project upgrades. The Clean Water Project is a large-scale project intended to stop millions of gallons of pollute...
Hartford Courant | December 11, 2018
Metropolitan District commissioners adopted a $189.5 million budget Monday night and set water rates for customers for the 2019 calendar year. MDC water customers — considered non-member towns — live in portions of Farmington, Glastonbury, East Granby and South Windsor. Monthly bills could incre...
Connecticut judge says Tesla illegally sold cars from Greenwich gallery | Hartford Courant
Hartford Courant | December 10, 2018
A Superior Court judge has ruled that Tesla was engaging in illegal sales out of its Greenwich gallery in another local setback for the California electric car maker. In the judgment last week, Judge Joseph M. Shortall wrote: “If Tesla was not engaged in the business of selling motor vehicles at.....
Connecticut-led probe of generic 'cartel' grows to 300 drugs | Hartford Courant
Hartford Courant | December 10, 2018
An antitrust lawsuit brought by states over just two drugs in 2016 has now exploded into an investigation of alleged price-fixing involving at least 16 companies and 300 drugs, according to the office of Attorney General George Jepsen, whose office has been leading the probe. "This is most likely...
What to know ahead of the MDC's budget vote Monday night | Hartford Courant
Hartford Courant | December 10, 2018
The Metropolitan District’s board of commissioners is expected to vote on a $189.5 million budget Monday night. Here’s what you need to know: What's happening: The MDC’s proposed budget would increase spending by $22.3 million and includes a number of capital improvement projects around the di...
Going to see 'Hamilton'? Keep those tickets for these Hartford restaurant specials | Hartford Courant
Hartford Courant | December 10, 2018
Were you lucky enough to score tickets to “Hamilton”? Or do you want to dine like you did? As the national tour of the musical theater sensation arrives at The Bushnell for a three-week run Dec. 11 to 30, Hartford restaurants plan for crowds of theatergoers with special promotions. At Peppercorn...
Four leg injuries later, 'Nutcracker Suite & Spicy' leaps back onto the stage | Hartford Courant
Hartford Courant | December 10, 2018
When CONNetic Dance’s “Nutcracker Suite & Spicy” bounds onto the stage at Wadsworth Atheneum for its shows on Dec. 21, 22 and 23, it will be an especially sweet night for four members of the cast. Alex Zarlengo originated the role of the Nutcracker when “Suite & Spicy” debuted in 2010. He ...
Juvenile justice advocates say harsher penalties aren't the answer for repeat offenders | Hartford Courant
Hartford Courant | December 10, 2018
After a series of violent crimes and car thefts in Hartford area municipalities, police say they are concerned that juvenile justice reforms have emboldened young repeat offenders, but criminal justice advocates say that harsher penalties are not the solution. Chief of police James Cetran said...
Hartford sex offender who attacked teen in Elizabeth Park committed to Whiting for 20 years | Hartford Courant
Hartford Courant | December 10, 2018
A Hartford sex offender who attacked a teenage girl and later told police he planned to sexually assault her was ordered committed Monday to the maximum-security Whiting Forensic Hospital. Thomas J. Connors, 25, will be under the control of the state Psychiatric Security Review Board for 20 years,.....
Family of gangster James
Hartford Courant | December 10, 2018
The family of gangster James “Whitey” Bulger is planning a wrongful death suit against the government to learn why the 89-year old, wheelchair-bound gangster was transferred to a violent prison where he was beaten to death within hours of his arrival. “There is going to be a lawsuit in the nea...
Work on Colt Park playing fields in Hartford to begin as early as spring | Hartford Courant
Hartford Courant | December 10, 2018
Work on a series of baseball and softball fields at Colt Park could begin as soon as this spring, following the awarding of hundreds of thousands of dollars to the city for repairs and upkeep. Hartford last summer announced it had received $1.5 million to renovate four or five of the park’s seven....
Saint Francis Hospital now Hartford's third Level I trauma center | Hartford Courant
Hartford Courant | December 10, 2018
Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center has been verified as a Level I trauma center, one of three in Hartford and four in Connecticut. The 617-bed hospital, part of the Trinity Health Of New England network, was recognized in mid-November as a Level I trauma center by the American College of...
The Stan Simpson Show – The Artists Collective and the CCC | Fox 61
Fox 61 | December 10, 2018
We look at a potentially novel partnership between Capital Community College and The Artists Collective, a floundering, iconic cultural-arts institution in Hartford. Duncan Harris, Interim President of Capital Community College talks about the partnership and emerging role of community colleges in t...
Hartford man arrested after authorities find 15,000 bags of fentanyl in apartment | Fox 61
Fox 61 | December 10, 2018
HARTFORD — Police arrested a Hartford man after they found about 15,000 bags of fentanyl. The FBI arrested Jonathan  Rivera and charged him with unlawfully possessing with intent to distribute 40 grams or more of fentanyl. Police say that over a several month period this year, detectives from...
Church roof collapses after fire, building destroyed | Fox 61
Fox 61 | December 10, 2018
HARTFORD — Fire officials say a church and an adjoining office building were badly damaged during a fire over the weekend. Deputy Fire Chief Alvaro Cucuta says New Beginning Church owns both the church and two-story building in Hartford. The Hartford Courant reports the office space is considered ...
Sandy Hook shooter Adam Lanza's spreadsheet detailing centuries of mass violence served as a road map to murder | Hartford Courant
Hartford Courant | December 09, 2018
The spreadsheet contains exactly 400 names, dates to 1786 and includes 17 categories sorted by the number that seemed to fascinate its creator, Adam Lanza, the most – the amount of people killed. The Sandy Hook Elementary School shooter’s spreadsheet is remarkable for its attention to detail, wi...