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Lamont; tolls best long term solution, Sales Tax alternative is higher rate

(WTNH) - The governor chose the elevated I-84 approach to Hartford, known as the Aetna Viaduct because of it's proximity to Aetna's world headquarters, as an example of why the state should move forward with an "electronic highway tolls for all" program.


Wednesday's Top 5: Bank, Restaurant Plans; $5M Bond; Cop Stalking

Here's a look at the top stories for Wednesday in patch Towns in Hartford and Tolland counties. Click on the headlines to see the stories in full. Keep up with CT events and news by subscribing to Patch to receive daily newsletters and breaking news alerts.


PD: Pedestrian with life-threatening injuries after collision with tractor trailer in Hartford

HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) - Hartford police are investigating an accident involving a pedestrian and a tractor trailer. According to officials, the collision took place in the area of High Street and Walnut Street.


Lou: ‘Our New Connecticut Governor Needs a Nickname’

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Hartford Man Indicted On Gun, Drug Offenses

HARTFORD, CT — A city man was indicted by a federal grand jury Wednesday on narcotics and firearm offenses. Orlando Soto, 27, possessed fentanyl and crack cocaine that he intended to sell along with three handguns, according to the indictment. He has previous convictions in state court for firearm,


Newington girls basketball getting key production from all players

NEW BRITAIN - With starting forward Alexie Armour sidelined with an injury prior to Tuesday night’s CCC Tournament semifinal matchup against second-seeded East Hartford, Newington girls basketball head coach Marc Tancredi glanced over his bench.


Three Local College Baseball Teams to Play at Dunkin’ Donuts Park

Some college baseball players in Connecticut will have the chance to play at what Ballpark Digest ranks as one of the best minor league baseball parks in the country. For the third season in a row, Dunkin’ Donuts Park, home of the Hartford Yard Goats baseball team, will host college baseball teams.


West Hartford Man Confronts Juvenile Car Thieves, Who then Steal Neighbor’s Car and Flee

A West Harford man was thrown to the ground Wednesday night when he tried to stop two juvenile females who were stealing a car from his driveway. West Hartford Police apprehended two juvenile females who tried to steal one car from a West Hartford driveway, crashed that into a parked car, ran off, a


Connecticut governor urges approval of recreational marijuana, sports betting

Governor Ned Lamont says he’s hoping to work with Connecticut lawmakers on two new potential sources of revenue: sports betting and recreational marijuana sales. The Democrat did not include details about either concept in his new two-year budget, which he unveiled on Wednesday.


Newington boys basketball set to play in CCC Tournament beginning tonight

BRISTOL - Pairings for the CCC boys basketball tournament were released Wednesday, and a matchup between two area teams highlights the field. No. 8 seed Southington (12-8, 11-5 CCC) will host No. 9 Berlin (14-6, 11-5) at 6 p.m. today. The Blue Knights, the West Colonial champions, hold the tiebreake


New Britain police: Search yields drugs; suspect faces several charges

NEW BRITAIN – A New Britain man was arrested on several drug charges and ordered held on $750,000 bond Thursday in New Britain Superior Court. David Rodriguez, 37, of 67 Martin Luther King Drive, was served with an arrest warrant Wednesday night on charges of possession of a controlled substance of


Manchester man held on $850K bond in string of violent acts

A Manchester teenager is being held in lieu of more than $850,000 bond based mainly on accusations that he was involved in a series of violent incidents on Jan. 8, including dragging a pregnant woman into his house and attacking her with his hands and a baseball bat.


Woman accused of trying to take boy from father in Bristol parking lot to be prosecuted

BRISTOL - A city woman accused of trying to abduct a random child out of the arms of his father in a Bristol parking lot will be prosecuted. Crystal Ortiz, 23, of Davis Drive, was denied a diversionary program during a hearing in Bristol Superior Court on Wednesday after she was found ineligible.


Connecticut man pleads guilty to murdering wife 3 weeks after wedding

NEW LONDON, Connecticut -- A Connecticut man has pleaded guilty to fatally shooting his wife just three weeks after their wedding nearly a decade ago and will serve the minimum 25-year prison sentence.


Plymouth man accused of stealing from Bristol home arrested for failing to answer to charges

BRISTOL - A Plymouth man charged with stealing thousands of dollars during a Bristol home improvement job has been arrested again, this time for failing to show up for his court hearing.


Troopers ID suspected car jacker killed by police

State Police have identified the carjacking suspect who was killed during an exchange of gunfire with troopers and Willimantic police Wednesday as a 39-year-old Hartford man. Kyron Marcel Sands was shot by police after a multi-town chase that including carjacking attempts and gunfire at officers and


Drug Task Force Nabs Stash, Gun In Manchester Investigation

MANCHESTER, CT — Drugs, a gun and money were confiscated in Manchester on Wednesday as part of an ongoing narcotics investigation, police said. The East Central Narcotics Task Force conducted a search of a vehicle Wednessday that has been "involved in drug sales within the town of Manchester," accor


Police work to stop Hartford gunfire: Seven shooting victims, three of them dead, in four days

The recent spate of shootings in Hartford – seven shooting victims in four days, three of whom died – is a short-lived crime spike and not a trend, a police official said Wednesday.


Peter Tork, Monkees guitarist from Connecticut, dead at 77

MANSFIELD — Peter Tork, the bassist for The Monkees and a jokester on the band’s popular 1960s television series, has died at age 77. Tork’s death was announced on his official Facebook page on Thursday, attributed to his friends, family and colleagues.


Middletown PD Makes 3 Recent DUI Arrests

MIDDLETOWN, CT — Middletown Police have made a few DUI arrests recently. Christopher Ortega, 29, of Middletown was arrested Feb. 17 after being found slumped over in his vehicle at a McDonald's parking lot. He failed field sobriety tests and his BAC levels were .1545 and .1411, according to police.