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  • Baltic man busted for selling heroin

    SPRAGUE – Police have made an arrest on Monday following an investigation into the sale of heroin. Tomas Ortiz, 53, of Baltic was arrested around 2 p.m. on Monday after a warrant for his arrest was served. The Statewide Narcotics Task Force initiated a several month-long investigation and identified Ortiz as their suspect. Upon the conclusion of the investigation, detectives obtained an arrest warrant for Ortiz. Ortiz was taken into custody and held on $150,000 bond and is set to […]

  • Shelton man arrested for DUI after driving the wrong way on Route 8: Police

    SHELTON – A Shelton man was arrested on Tuesday for driving under the influence, police said. Just after midnight, State police received calls for a wrong way driver on Route 8. Officers caught up with Walter Ciepiela, 64, near Exit 12. Ciepiela refused to pull over, police said, so multiple troopers began coordinating an effort to stop him. That’s when, police said, in an attempt to escape police, Ciepiela avoided stop sticks and almost struck a cruiser. Police managed to stop the […]

  • West Haven beaches to reopen for the weekend after seaweed mass determined to be nontoxic

    WEST HAVEN – Officials are reopening shoreline beaches in West Haven after successful test results, and swimming will be allowed this weekend. The city reopened Bradley Point Beach Friday and will reopen Oak Street and Altschuler beaches Saturday morning. City Health Director Maureen B. Lillis said Friday that water samples showed “fragments of decomposing seaweed, which are nontoxic and pose no health risks to the public.” Tests were performed Friday and bacteria levels have remained elevated at Oak and Altschuler beaches. As a precaution, swimming, fishing […]

  • Teen Choice Awards inspire young voters to make their voices heard Sunday

    INGLEWOOD, California — The Teen Choice Awards air Sunday at 8 p.m. on FOX 61, but the show hopes to be more than your average award show. Teens everywhere are encouraged to cast their votes for their “Choice President.” Teen Choice 2016 and Rock the Vote have partnered to poll teens on who they think should be the next president and inspire young voters to make their voices heard. Teens can cast their votes here and on Twitter using #ChoicePresident @HillaryClinton or #ChoicePresident @realDonaldTrump. The poll […]

  • The American Red Cross in emergency need of blood donors

    HARTFORD – The American Red Cross is experiencing a major blood shortage and is asking people nationwide to roll up their sleeves and help save lives. The Red Cross has less than a five-day supply available, and donors of all blood types are encouraged to donate. “Every donation matters as blood is being distributed to hospitals faster than donations are coming in,” the Red Cross said. To attract donations, the organization is awarding $5 Amazon electronic gift cards to all […]

  • Fans celebrate Connecticut Day at Fenway Park

    BOSTON – Connecticut fans flooded Fenway Park on Sunday to celebrate its annual Connecticut Day. The Red Sox’s State Day appreciation program allows an exclusive ticket purchase opportunity for fans, and honors the rich history of each New England state. Fans from each state in New England are able to purchase tickets through a random drawing process to experience the special day with a Red Sox-Twins baseball game. Members of the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation celebrated this year’s Connecticut Day on […]

  • Malloy: Number of people in jail for drug possession down 39 percent

    HARTFORD – The number of people in prison for drug possession in Connecticut has been reduced by 39 percent over the year, Governor Dannel Malloy announced Thursday. He said that number is thanks to his Second Chance Society bill. There were 510 people in Connecticut prisons for simple drug possession when the bill went into effect in October. Now, there are 311 incarcerated for that offense, Malloy said in a statement. The bill changed the charge for possession of drugs from […]

  • West Haven woman connected to victim in 2015 explosion gets 3-year sentence for selling cocaine

    WEST HAVEN – A West Haven woman has been sentenced to prison on Thursday for distributing narcotics. Natali Martinez, 30, of West Haven, was sentenced to three years behind bars, followed by three years of probation. Martinez pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to sell and to possess with intent to sell crack cocaine on March 9. Police say Martinez had been under investigation since last year, and she was arrested on July 13, 2015. Last July 4, police responded to […]

  • Dispatchers used personal cell phones while state’s 911 calling system was down

    HARTFORD – According to state and town officials, 911 phone lines were down for a short time on Friday evening after the state’s new calling system experienced problems. Two reports were made of the glitch Friday around 6:25 p.m. and 9 p.m. The call center’s emergency plan allowed 911 calls to be redirected to a 10-digit phone number or the old 911 system, and officials say emergency dispatchers used their personal cellphones to return 911 calls during the outage. State police […]

  • 50 Cent drops price of Farmington mansion to $5.9 million

    FARMINGTON – Rapper 50 Cent slashed the price of his Farmington mansion once again after a bankruptcy judge approved a plan to reorganize his finances. According to Zillow, the hip-hop mogul cut the asking price of his 50 Poplar Hill Drive home to $5.995 million on Monday. It was dropped by $2.5 million. 50 Cent, whose real name is Curtis Jackson, III filed for bankruptcy last year. Earlier this month, Jackson appeared in bankruptcy court in Hartford.  A judge approved a plan for […]

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