HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Sandy Hook Elementary School officials failed to follow mandated security protocol and order a lockdown that may have saved lives immediately after the gunman shot his way...
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut prosecutors have launched an effort to ban the public release of documents such as the writings of the Sandy Hook Elementary School gunman, in response to a...
Newspaper honored for Sandy Hook shooting records quest
BOSTON (AP) — The New England First Amendment Coalition is honoring the Hartford Courant for fighting to get records about the Sandy Hook school shooter unsealed.
NEFAC's Michael Donoghue Freedom of Information Award is presented annually to New England journalists who protect or advance the public's right to know under federal or state law.
Newtown shooting, juror race cases before state high court
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The Connecticut Supreme Court is poised to have a busy 2019 dealing with cases involving the Sandy Hook school shooting, the race of jurors and homes with crumbling foundations.
Researchers: Lanza documents may boost study of mass killers
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The disclosure of Adam Lanza's writings and other documents offer little toward understanding why he carried out the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre, but researchers say the detail on the gunman's mental decline could offer insights into the mind of a mass killer.
Newtown shooter described ‘scorn for humanity’
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Documents from the investigation into the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut are shedding light on the gunman's anger, scorn for other people, and deep social isolation in the years leading up to the shooting.
Official: No plans to fight release of shooter’s writings
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Disturbing writings of the Newtown school shooter moved closer to public release Tuesday after Connecticut officials said they had no plans to appeal a court ruling ordering disclosure of the materials.
Sandy Hook shooter’s writings ordered released to public
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Some of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooter's personal belongings, including personal journals containing stories about hurting children and a spreadsheet ranking mass murders, must be released to the public because they are not exempt from open record laws, the Connecticut Supreme Court ruled Tuesday.
Ex-Newtown officials defend handling of shooter’s education
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Former educators in the town where 20 children and six adults were shot to death in an elementary school submitted a sharply worded rebuttal Thursday to a state report that was critical of how the shooter's educational and mental health problems were handled.
The two former Newtown officials handed state senators the 22-page response and asked that it be attached to the 2014 report by the state child advocate's office on the upbringing and education of Adam Lanza.
Santa Fe High theater students present ‘26 Pebbles,’ about aftermath of Newtown shooting
For theater director Reed Meschefske, Thursday night’s opening of the Santa Fe High School production of 26 Pebbles may be a little too timely.
Eric Ulloa’s play, presented in docudrama style, focuses on the emotional reaction and interplay of the residents of Newtown, Conn., in the aftermath of the December 2012 mass shooting that took place in Sandy Hook Elementary School. Gunman Adam Lanza shot and killed 20 children and six adults before taking his own life that day.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A newspaper lawyer urged the Connecticut Supreme Court on Thursday to allow reporters to examine some of the Newtown school killer's belongings, saying information on a possible motive for the 2012 massacre of 20 children and six adults is of high public interest and concern.
The leaders of two of Spokane’s largest teachers organizations said Friday that they personally do not believe handing out guns to teachers will stop future shooting rampages.
President Donald Trump suggested last week that 10 to 40 percent of school employees could be qualified to carry guns in schools and classrooms, saying that arming teachers might be a way to defend schools from future attacks. Trump’s remarks came in response to the 17 people killed on Feb. 14 in Parkland, Florida.
Court sets hearing on Newtown shooter’s belongings
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The Connecticut Supreme Court has scheduled arguments on whether state police have to publicly release some of the Newtown school killer's belongings, including a spreadsheet ranking mass murders and a violent story he wrote as a child.
Police: ‘Dignitaries’ disrupted Sandy Hook massacre scene
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — After the 2012 school massacre in Newtown, Connecticut, police officials not involved in the investigation and "dignitaries" were allowed into the building and potentially contaminated the crime scene by stepping on bullet casings and glass shards that had yet to be processed as evidence, according to a report state police released Friday on their response to the mass shooting.
Newtown - While State Police Troopers responding to Sandy Hook acted in an efficient and heroic manner, a report released Friday states, there is much that can be learned from their response to the shooting
The 75-page report noted that law enforcement personnel were walking around the school and parking lot with rifles and handguns without being “sufficiently identifiable as police officers.”
Sandy Hook villains are clearIn one lawsuit, the real villain in the Sandy Hook shooting is an inanimate object, a firearm.In a second lawsuit, the town of Sandy Hook says Adam Lanza was responsible for the crime.While they are saying this to cover their bases, this is the only logical and correct view of this situation.Adam Lanza and his mother were the two people totally responsible for this tragedy, but unfortunately for the lawyer in these cases they’re not around to sue.So they have to look for others to blame to make their money.Jim TurecekAnsonia
Top Connecticut court cases in 2018 involve Newtown, Skakel
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The Connecticut Supreme Court is expected to issue decisions and hear arguments in a variety of notable cases in 2018, including a newspaper's quest for documents that belonged to the Newtown school shooter and Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel's appeal of his murder conviction.
Justices are scheduled to reconvene to hear cases from Jan. 16 to 18, followed by session that begins Feb. 20.
A look at some of the cases pending before the court:
Children’s Hospital hosts gun buyback day in Providence
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Hasbro Children's Hospital has partnered with local law enforcement to offer a Gun Buyback Day in Providence.
Guns can be brought to the Providence Housing Authority on Laurel Avenue until 1 p.m. Saturday.
The hospital says it's holding the event in remembrance of the children and educators killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.
Flags to be lowered in honor of Newtown shooting victims
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Gov. Dannel P. Malloy will direct all U.S. and state flags in Connecticut to be lowered to half-staff in remembrance of the children and educators killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.
The flags will be lowered from sunrise to sunset Thursday. That day will mark five years since Adam Lanza fatally shot 20 children and six educators at the Newtown school before turning the gun on himself.
Mental health care worries linger 5 years after Sandy Hook
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Anguished mothers with mentally ill children have sought out Liza Long for help ever since she wrote an essay, "I am Adam Lanza's Mother," comparing experiences with her son to the emotionally troubled 20-year-old who carried out the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.
Is gun-maker liable for Newtown? Court takes up the case
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Newtown school shooter Adam Lanza heard the message loud and clear when gun-maker Remington Arms marketed an AR-15-style rifle as an overpowering weapon favored by elite military forces, a lawyer for relatives of some victims of the massacre told the Connecticut Supreme Court on Tuesday.
Father of Newtown Victim Speaks Outside Court
Court Hears Appeal in Newtown Shooting Case
High court to hear appeal in Newtown school shooting case
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Lawyers are set to ask the Connecticut Supreme Court to reinstate a wrongful death lawsuit against the maker of the rifle used in the 2012 Newtown school massacre.
Justices are scheduled to hear arguments Tuesday in an appeal by a survivor and relatives of nine people killed in the shooting.
Lawyers for Sandy Hook shooting victims’ families argue for their case
NEWTOWN — Lawyers for the parents of two children slain in the Sandy Hook massacre argued in court filings this week that a judge should not throw out the families’ wrongful death lawsuit against the town and the school district.
The town of Newtown’s attorneys have asked a judge to dismiss negligence claims made by the parents, arguing it was the shooter, Adam Lanza, who committed the worst crime in Connecticut history — not administrators and teachers who died trying to save children’s lives.
Newtown police reaffirm that they had no early warning about Sandy Hook
NEWTOWN - A man apparently lied to the FBI when he claimed he knew of a threat by Adam Lanza to kill his mother and Sandy Hook schoolchildren years before the troubled youth actually committed the massacre, police said.
The unidentified man’s claim that he warned Newtown police in 2008 about Lanza’s threat was investigated by federal officials, who “found that it could not be true,” said Newtown Police Chief James Viadero, citing a prosecutor’s report.
Judge OKs limited use of diary in sex assault case
DANBURY - The attorney for a psychiatrist accused of having sex with one of his patients will able to use portions of the victim’s diary in his client’s defense, a Superior Court judge has ruled.
After reviewing the diary, Judge Dan Shaban said portions of the document could be used in the defense of Paul Fox, a psychiatrist who once treated Sandy Hook shooter Adam Lanza.
FBI: Evidence shows Newtown shooter had sex interest in kids
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — There was evidence the Newtown school shooter had an interest in children that could be categorized as pedophilia, but there was no proof he acted on it, according to FBI documents released Tuesday.
The Latest: FBI says Newtown gunman had pedophilic interest
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The Latest on the FBI's release of more than 1,500 pages of documents related to its investigation of the 2012 school massacre in Newtown (all times local):
FBI documents say there was evidence the Newtown school shooter had an interest in children that could be categorized as pedophilia, but there was no proof he ever acted out on that interest.
DANBURY - Officials with the FBI have released more than 1,200 pages of documents related to their investigation into the Sandy Hook shooting that took the lives of 20 first-grade students and six educators at the school.
The FBI released the information Tuesday morning in three separate files, each containing more than 500 pages of information that was largely redacted of names and addresses of those interviewed by FBI agents shortly after the shooting on Dec. 14, 2012.
High court to hear appeal in Newtown gun maker lawsuit
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The appeal of a decision to dismiss a wrongful death lawsuit against the maker of the rifle used in the 2012 Newtown school shooting is headed to Connecticut's highest court next month.
The state Supreme Court will begin hearing arguments Nov. 14 in the civil case brought against North Carolina-based Remington Arms by some of the Newtown victims' families.
HARTFORD - A Bridgeport gospel singer, who was convicted of threatening to go “Adam Lanza,” on a law firm following a billing dispute, has been ordered a new trial.
The state Appellate Court on Monday ruled that a judge should have told the jury it must consider the call, not the content of the call, when deciding whether Doraine Reed intended to commit second-degree harassment.
Norwich — Jesse Lewis would have started sixth grade in Newtown on Monday, but instead of getting her youngest son ready for the new school year, Scarlett Lewis was in Norwich telling hundreds of school staff how the death of her son on Dec. 14, 2012, launched a new chapter in her life, urging adults and youths alike to "choose love” over anger and despair.
Parents of Newtown victims want to know if teachers had keys
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Lawyers for the parents of two children killed in the Newtown school shooting are demanding to see evidence that two teachers fatally shot in the massacre had access to keys that could have been used to lock the doors of their classrooms.
Lanza’s former psychiatrist gets access to victim’s diary in sex assault case
DANBURY — Attorneys representing Sandy Hook shooter Adam Lanza’s former psychiatrist, who faces charges that he sexually abused a client, obtained permission Friday to review parts of the victim’s diary.
DANBURY - Sandy Hook shooter Adam Lanza’s former psychiatrist, who faces charges that he sexually abused a client, is trying to get access to the victim’s diary.
NEWTOWN - The town and school district have asked a judge to throw out a wrongful death lawsuit brought by parents of two children slain in the Sandy Hook massacre, arguing it was the shooter - and not Newtown officials - who caused the worst crime in Connecticut history.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The town of Newtown and its Board of Education asked a judge to throw out the wrongful death lawsuit filed by the parents of two children killed during the Sandy Hook shootings in December 2012.
The lawsuit, filed in state Superior Court in January 2015, alleges security measures at the school weren't adequate when Adam Lanza fatally shot 20 first-graders and six educators. Among other things, it cites that classroom doors could not be locked from the inside.
The Connecticut Citizens Defense League has filed a brief opposing a lawsuit that would hold manufacturers and sellers of the gun used in the 2012 Sandy Hook shooting liable for the crime.
The suit filed by the families of 10 victims argues that makers and distributors of the AR-15-style rifle used in the shooting recklessly marketed it to civilians, ignoring the risks that it would be misused. The suit was thrown out by a lower court, and the families have appealed to have it reinstated.
NEWTOWN - In the weeks after her little blonde daughter was murdered, Alissa Parker desperately wanted to feel the girl’s buoyant presence again.
The grieving mother of three questioned everything she believed after the slayings of Emilie Parker and 25 others at Sandy Hook School. But the mother knew, as a devout Mormon, that if she persisted in prayer, God would allow her to feel Emilie’s presence, just as God had done for her husband, Robbie, when Emilie appeared to him in a dream.
NEWTOWN - The 10 families whose lawsuit against the world’s largest dealer of AR-15 rifles was dismissed last year say their case should be reinstated, arguing that the Sandy Hook massacre was no accident.
Sandy Hook mom pairs with New Britain schools to teach empathy program
NEWTOWN - The mother of a student slain in the Sandy Hook massacre has teamed up with educators in New Britain to teach an empathy program, the Associated Press reported.
Nelba Marquez-Greene, who founded the Ana Grace Project after her daughter and 19 first-graders were slain with six educators at Sandy Hook School, told the AP that the massacre could have been avoided more had been done years earlier to address the social isolation and mental health problems of the shooter, Adam Lanza.
School district teams with Sandy Hook mom to teach empathy
NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (AP) — Nelba Marquez-Greene believes the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre, which killed her 6-year-old daughter, could have been avoided if more had been done years earlier to address the social isolation and mental health problems of the shooter, Adam Lanza.
To help other vulnerable youths, Marquez-Greene, a family therapist, is working with a Connecticut school system on a program to help students connect with one another.
Congress blocks rule barring mentally impaired from guns
WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress on Wednesday sent President Donald Trump legislation blocking an Obama-era rule designed to keep guns out of the hands of certain mentally disabled people.
On a vote of 57-43, the Senate backed the resolution, just one of several early steps by the Republican-led Congress to undo regulations implemented by former President Barack Obama. The House had passed the measure earlier this year. The White House has signaled Trump will sign the legislation.
NEWTOWN - The mother of a boy who was slain in the Sandy Hook massacre believes the tragedy could have been prevented if Adam Lanza had understood the power of love.
Lanza is the 20-year-old who killed his mother and then shot his way into Sandy Hook School, killing 20-first-graders and six educators before turning a gun on himself.
I was subbing at Fairfield Warde High School on Dec. 14, 2012, when the Newtown massacre occurred. I was in the Townsend House lounge, trying to compose myself during a break from the science class I was covering after learning my mom had died in Chicago.
Newtown marks 4th anniversary of Sandy Hook massacre
NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) — Newtown held a moment of silence Wednesday and flags were flying at half-staff across Connecticut to mark the fourth anniversary of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.
It was Dec. 14, 2012, when 20 children and six educators were killed by a troubled 20-year-old gunman who shot his way into the Connecticut schoolhouse. Adam Lanza fatally shot his mother before driving to the school, and then killed himself after the rampage.
HARTFORD - The state Supreme Court has agreed to hear the appeal of the parents of the victims of the Sandy Hook tragedy of a judge throwing out their suit against the gun maker.
A Superior Court judge recently ruled there was no basis in law for the 10families of the victims of the Dec. 14, 2012 Sandy Hook massacre to sue the manufacturer of the gun Adam Lanza used that day to kill 20 first-grade students and six teachers.
Newtown families seek to reinstate lawsuit against gun maker
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The families of some of the victims killed in the 2012 Newtown school shooting have asked a court to reinstate their wrongful-death lawsuit against the maker of the rifle used in the massacre.
Lawyers for a survivor and relatives of nine killed in the shooting filed the appeal Tuesday, asking the Connecticut Supreme Court to immediately take the case from a lower appellate court.