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  • Bloomfield football star gets 12 years in prison for killing acquaintance

    HARTFORD — Outside Hartford Superior Court, in some of his last moments as a free man, Tarence Mitchell cried and his family held him close on Friday. About two hours later, officers led the 19-year-old out of the courtroom to begin his 12-year prison sentence for the murder of Ronald Taylor Jr., 27. “I’m sad to see my son go away, but understand there are consequences for his actions,” said a teary-eyed Tyra Smith, Mitchell’s mother, to Judge Joan Alexander. Pain […]

  • Popular documentary highlights method used by New Haven educators

    NEW HAVEN — Hundreds of teachers made it out on a school night to drink in a revolutionary educational concept at Shubert Theater in New Haven. They attended the sold-out Connecticut premiere of “Paper Tigers,” a documentary out of Washington State that looks at a different way to discipline. “It’s pretty straightforward stuff,” said Jamie Redford, the film’s director. He is the son of Robert Redford. “If you take a deep breath and say it’s not about me, it’s about them […]

  • Grieving mother speaks out one week after’s son’s death amid Plainfield heroin epidemic

    PLAINFIELD — Police have been chasing a lot of rumors around Plainfield lately — including one that may be responsible for multiple deaths in the last year and a half. Investigators are looking into the possibility that tainted heroin is circulating among users. The drug itself killed at least eight people in the small Connecticut town in the last year and half. Alex Estrada, 23, was the latest victim. “We seen him on Saturday. We went all out together and somewhere […]

  • Family, friends and coworkers pay last respects to Hartford Fire Chief John Stewart

    HARTFORD — Community members gathered to say  goodbye to  John B. Stewart, Jr., a former Hartford fire chief and devoted defender of equal rights on Wednesday. Stewart was a 40-year veteran of the fire department and died over the weekend. His funeral services began at 11 a.m. at Faith Congregational Church, followed by a burial at Spring Grove Cemetery. The final resting place held symbolic importance for Stewart because it is the same grounds where Hartford’s first black firefighter is buried. Stewart is […]

  • Trinity College students targeted in paintball attack

    HARTFORD — Campus police at Trinity College are investigating after someone fired several paintball shots at a student on Saturday. Investigators said the perpetrator wore a “Scream” Halloween mask and was in a maroon sedan. They’re looking into the incident, which occurred on Crescent Street. “I got a text from my buddy saying that we got light up by paintball guns,” said Jack Boucher, a sophomore who lives in the on-campus house now covered with splattered paint. “Somebody came by […]

  • Hartford police arrest 18 people, seize almost 1,400 bags of heroin

    HARTFORD — An undercover narcotics operation lead to the arrest of 18 people and the seizure of a large quantity of drugs and cash on Thursday. Police confiscated 1397 bags of heroin, 87 bags of powder cocaine, 16 bags of PCP, 3 ounce vial of liquid PCP, $5033.39  in cash and narcotics packaging materials in an operation that was prompted by complaints of street level narcotic sales in the area of 109 Franklin Ave. The following people were charged: Roger […]

  • East Hampton woman arrested for seriously injuring her stepdaughter: police

    EAST HAMPTON – Police have arrested a woman after her stepdaughter was brought to the hospital on September 22 with severe injuries. Felicia Marie O’Brien, 24, of East Hampton, was arrested Wednesday. O’Brien’s stepdaughter, a 5-year-old, had severe bruising to her face that was so bad it swelled her eyes shut. Doctors said it was likely caused by forceful hair pulling or severe blunt force trauma to her face. O’Brien told officers after the September incident that the child hurt […]

  • Hartford city leader calls for official’s firing after soccer stadium fiasco

    HARTFORD — City Council President Shawn Wooden has already had to mount a defense for Hartford’s minor league baseball stadium, and now he’s taking heat for what was a proposed minor league soccer field on Huyshope Avenue. “It is very frustrating. Anger, comes to mind,” Wooden said of a now-withdrawn proposal that had excited soccer fans around Connecticut. Soccer lovers had thought they’d see a 15,000-seat soccer venue in place of Dillon Stadium in the coming years, but Hartford councilors officially […]

  • Bridgeport police expect to make an arrest in abduction case soon

    BRIDGEPORT — Police are expecting to make an arrest soon in an abduction case in which a teen girl had to jump out of a moving car after being assaulted. Police released few details in a midday press conference Friday, except to say the suspect is a woman from New Haven who has hired a lawyer. Thursday afternoon, police announced they had identified a suspect in the case and located the car that was used. The damage to the car shown […]

  • Simsbury officials identify student responsible for anti-Semitic graffiti at high school

    SIMSBURY — Administrators in the Simsbury School District said they have identified a student responsible for anti-Semitic graffiti found in the high school. Matt Curtis, superintendent of schools, sent a letter to parents about two specific incidents at Simsbury High School recently. Curtis, joined by Principal Andrew O’Brien, said that Wednesday afternoon that school officials are working with the Simsbury Police Department and have identified a student who was responsible for incidents that involved anti-Semitic graffiti. Due to confidentiality issues, […]

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