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  • Lawmakers, state officials, advocates mark ‘International Overdose Awareness Day’

    There was a time when Rodney Parks didn’t know if he would live to see another day. “They’re going to find me in the street dead somewhere or whatever because at the end of it it’s just jail, institutions and death.” Parks said. His battle with addiction has been long and hard. “Cocaine was mainly my thing,” Parks said. Parks is in recovery and volunteers with the Connecticut Community for Addiction Recovery. “Every family has a person that is struggling […]

  • Study: Opioid overdoses causing a rise in organ donations

    Inside of a necklace Lynn Kovack wears around her neck everyday are ashes of her daughter, Mindy Sue Kovack. “We didn’t even know she was doing drugs until the day we got a call from the emergency room to come down and identify her because she was on life support,” Kovack said. It was March 13, 2016, when Mindy died from a heart attack after overdosing on heroin and cocaine in her hometown of Newtown, to her surprise, Kovack’s husband, […]

  • EXCLUSIVE: Calls grow for release of New Britain police-involved shooting dash cam footage

    NEW BRITAIN — Police said a teal Toyota Paseo had been suspected in a string of carjackings and armed robberies when it was stopped on December 14th of last year. Police said they opened fired because the car hit several police vehicles as it tried to flee. “This is a really unique and troubling case because it was a situation where an officer fired on a car full of young people,” said ACLU-Connecticut Executive Director, David McGuire. 20-year-old aspiring rapper […]

  • Hot Air Balloon Festival in Plainville

    PLAINVILLE — Huge crowds helped kick off the Plainville Fire Company Hot Air Balloon Festival in Norton Park Friday. Each year, the Plainville Fire Company sponsors the festival. Hundreds of people from around the region come to enjoy the hot air balloon display. There are also plenty of vendors, games and other attractions. The festival also raises money for scholarships and community groups. Friday’s kickoff included a spectacular fireworks show. The festival runs through the entire weekend until Sunday.

  • EXCLUSIVE: Nurse saves choking girl in Windsor; Mom searches for Good Samaritan

    WINDSOR — A Windsor mother is hoping the community might be able to help her find the woman who saved her daughter’s life Tuesday in the parking lot of the Windsor Target. Julie Frayseir said it happened in a matter of seconds. “I noticed my daughter looked like she was gagging or trying to throw up,” Julie said. She is talking about her three-year-old daughter Erin, who was in the car with her sisters, including Lauren. “We were playing in the […]

  • ‘Pray 4 me’: Church burglar left note behind in Waterbury theft

    WATERBURY —  Police are asking for the public’s help in identifying a man who they said broke into a church early Sunday morning. Waterbury police posted surveillance video on their Facebook page Monday of a robbery at the MT. Olive Church located at 82 Pearl Street. Church leaders told FOX 61 that thousands of dollars worth of equipment was stolen. The burglar also left a note behind that read “Pray 4 me.” “We valued about $4,000 worth of audio and video […]

  • People with history of addiction react to New Haven K-2 crisis.

    NEW HAVEN — “I just wish people would stop being so judgmental about this whole situation and maybe open their hearts up and your minds a little bit,” said Kelly as she recalled her struggles with addiction. It’s something she has experienced since she was a teenager. “I’m a recovering pain pill addict,” she said. Kelly, who lives in New Haven, is also homeless and spends a lot of time on the New Haven Green where scenes like this are […]

  • World’s biggest bounce house comes to East Hartford

    EAST HARTFORD — The world’s biggest bounce house has set up shop at Rentschler Field in East Hartford for the weekend. “10,000 square feet and 70, 40 feet tall at its highest point,” said The Big Bounce America Tour Manager, Dex. The attraction is a Guinness World Book of Records certified structure. If you’ve got a little one at home who needs to blow off some energy this is a great place to start. “I only do front flips,” said […]

  • FIRST ON FOX61: Video shows Hartford police sergeant tell group he’s a little ‘trigger-happy’

    HARTFORD — FOX61’s Chief Investigator Brian J Foley revealed Friday morning on the FOX61 Morning News that a video posted on Facebook showed a Hartford police sergeant telling group of people that he’s “a little trigger-happy.” FOX61 reached out to Hartford City Hall and the Hartford Police Department. They have confirmed the sergeant in the video is Steve Barone, and that an immediate internal investigation has begun. He was suspended for four days following an internal investigation into an administrative excessive […]

  • Vigil held for Hartford stabbing victim

    HARTFORD — Loved ones mourned the loss of a 19-year-old man whose life was cut short last week. It’s the kind of pain many people here know all too well. “I think that people need to stop trying to hurt each other,” said Tanajah Fryer is New Britain. “Because it was really stupid.” Fryer, 18, was Jahvunique Dean’s girlfriend. Police said the 19-year-old was stabbed to death last Wednesday by 44-year-old John Drayton of Hartford. “I thought he was going […]