Trial date set in suit against police over cell death
MERIDEN, Conn. (AP) — A lawsuit against a Connecticut police department filed by the estate of a woman who hanged herself in her holding cell is scheduled to go to trial early next year.
State police focus trooper recruiting efforts on women
MERIDEN, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut State Police officials are hoping to increase the number of women among their ranks.
State police recruiters are inviting women interested in becoming state...
MERIDEN, Conn. (AP) — Authorities say a small plane crashed onto a high school baseball field in Connecticut, injuring two occupants of the aircraft but no one on the ground.
MERIDEN, Conn. (AP) — State troopers and the American Legion are seeking high school students to participate in this year's State Police Youth Week.
Town considers purchasing private home for flood control
MERIDEN, Conn. (AP) — The city is considering purchasing a Cook Avenue house along Harbor Brook that officials say is needed for ongoing flood control improvements.
Mosque considers appeal of denied permit in Meriden
MERIDEN, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut mosque that was denied a request to open a new place of worship at a vacant location is considering an appeal.
MERIDEN, Conn. (AP) — Two Connecticut-based investment firms are among the 79 nationwide ordered by federal regulators to repay nearly $125 million to clients over an investigation into whether...
Police investigating series of car fires
MERIDEN, Conn. (AP) — Police are investigating a series of car fires in Meriden, Connecticut.
Fire crews responded to the first fire at 3:14 a.m. Tuesday and found three vehicles...
Hospital seeks approval for $26 million expansion
MERIDEN, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut hospital is seeking state approval for a $26 million expansion project.
The Record-Journal reports that MidState Medical Center in Meriden is proposing...
Workers to protest planned closure of AT&T call centers
MERIDEN, Conn. (AP) — Employees are planning to protest the closure of AT&T call centers in Meriden.
The New Haven Register reports that U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal is expected to join...
Play to combine all of Shakespeare single production
MERIDEN, Conn. (AP) — The latest theatrical production by Castle Craig Players brings to the stage all of Shakespeare's plays in one show, resulting in a comedic mashup of dozens of classic...
Man unaccounted for after fire found dead
MERIDEN, Conn. (AP) — Police say a man firefighters were searching for after a fire in Connecticut has been found dead.
Sgt. Christopher Fry says the body of 35-year-old Justin Miller was found on a road in Meriden near the home that burned Monday.
Review finds fired police captain secretly recorded officers
MERIDEN, Conn. (AP) — Documents show a former Connecticut police captain who says he was wrongfully terminated has violated department policy by secretly recording other officers.
Supporters of immigrant rally outside Hartford ICE office
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Supporters of a former Fulbright scholar who took sanctuary at a Connecticut church to avoid deportation rallied Friday to call on federal immigration officials to allow him to stay in the U.S.
About 50 people gathered in a light rain for a peaceful demonstration outside the federal courthouse in Hartford, where Immigration and Customs Enforcement has an office.
Man sentenced to prison for role in fatal wrong way crash
NORTH HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut man faces more than two years in prison for his role in a wrong way crash that killed another driver.
Darwin Duchitanga-Quitutuizaca, of Meriden, pleaded no contest to a manslaughter charge and the prosecutor dropped the other charges he faced Tuesday.
Report: Cop charged in pedestrian death distracted by puppy
MERIDEN, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut police officer charged with negligent homicide for allegedly striking and killing a pedestrian with her SUV told investigators that she was distracted by a puppy in the vehicle.
Meriden police lieutenant dies at 57 after illness
MERIDEN, Conn. (AP) — Meriden police are mourning the death of a 33-year veteran of the force.
The department tells the Record Journal that 57-year-old Lt. Lawrence Guidobono died on Christmas Day after an illness.
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Meriden council member charged assaulting judicial marshals
MERIDEN, Conn. (AP) — A Meriden city councilor was back inside a courthouse where he was charged with assaulting two judicial marshals during a protest.
Miguel Castro's case was continued until Jan. 15 while officials decide whether it should be moved to another courthouse.
Castro was arrested Dec. 13 during a rally outside the court in support of a local man who was facing deportation.
Police: Councilman assaulted marshals at immigration protest
MERIDEN, Conn. (AP) — Police say a Connecticut city councilman has been arrested during an immigration protest at a courthouse.
Meriden City Councilman Miguel Castro was arrested Thursday and charged with two counts of assault on public safety personnel and first-degree rioting.
Police say Castro was participating in a protest at Meriden Superior Court organized by Unidad Latina en Accion in support of a man arrested by immigration officials.
Meriden looks to restore school resource officers
MERIDEN, Conn. (AP) — The city of Meriden is proposing to return two school resource officers to its middle schools with savings from a retirement incentive program.
The Record-Journal reports the city has allocated over $60,000 to pay for the two officers. The posts had been eliminated months ago after the police budget was cut.
Woman with autism uses artwork for good causes
MERIDEN, Conn. (AP) — Morgan Morenz's first attempt at serious drawing, a Pokémon character at age 11, wasn't as good as she wanted.
But Morenz didn't get discouraged, spending her teen years perfecting her sketching.
"Eventually, I started doing more profound stuff," she said.
Man gets 20 years for sexual assault, child pornography
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut man who video recorded himself raping a 4-year-old boy has been sentenced to decades in prison.
Scott Thieringer, of Meriden, was sentenced Tuesday in New Haven to 30 years in prison with 20 to serve and 10 years of probation after pleading no contest to charges of first-degree sexual assault and possession of child pornography.
Stefanowski promises trucking firms he’ll oppose tolls
MERIDEN, Conn. (AP) — Republican gubernatorial candidate Bob Stefanowski on Thursday promised Connecticut's trucking industry that he won't push for highway tolls if he's elected in November.
"I will have your back," the Madison businessman told members of the Motor Transport Association of Connecticut on Thursday. "Tolls and taxes, there's been enough of that."
Officer-involved shooting under investigation in Connecticut
MERIDEN, Conn. (AP) — An armed man who had just gotten out of his moving car in a pharmacy parking lot was injured Thursday night when three officers opened fire on him when he turned toward them, Connecticut State Police said Friday.
The man who was shot, identified as Ryan Holley, 41, of Meriden, was taken to Hartford Hospital with injuries that were described by police as non-life threatening.
Man experiences medical emergency during kayak race, dies
BERLIN, Conn. (AP) — Authorities in Connecticut say a 60-year-old New Hampshire man died after experiencing a medical emergency during a kayaking race.
The Record Journal of Meriden reports that the man was participating in the race Sunday at Silver Lake in Berlin.
Hayes, Santos differ on many issues at 5th District debate
PROSPECT, Conn. (AP) — In their first debate, the two major party contenders for Connecticut's 5th Congressional District seat gave differing views on everything from President Donald Trump's tax plan to whether the federal minimum wage should be higher.
Man sentenced to 4 years in prison for bar shooting
MERIDEN, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut man has been sentenced to four years in prison for his role in a bar shooting that left another man with serious injuries.
The Record-Journal reports that 28-year-old Vincequan Wright was sentenced Tuesday after pleading guilty to second-degree assault.
Lamont calls for more rail service, Wi-Fi in commuter trains
MERIDEN, Conn. (AP) — Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ned Lamont on Tuesday proposed more frequent trains on Connecticut's commuter rail lines, Wi-Fi service on the new Hartford Line commuter rail system and increased bus service to Bradley International Airport.
The Greenwich businessman also called for the continuation of transit-oriented development as a way to get more cars off the roads, make communities attractive to younger people and ultimately boost economic development.
Teacher charged with having relationship with teen student
MERIDEN, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut high school teacher and swim coach has been charged with having a sexual relationship with a student.
The Record-Journal reports that 29-year-old Michael Cwirka, of Meriden, was released on $75,000 bond after his arraignment Tuesday on charges including second-degree sexual assault.
Survivor of attempted suicide works to spread awareness
MERIDEN, Conn. (AP) — Amanda Atkinson Brooks recalled the many days when, as an adolescent, dark clouds made it impossible to get out of bed and go to school.
Atkinson Brooks, 21, of Wallingford, has been fighting suicidal thoughts since she was a child growing up in Meriden. Her condition baffled her parents, who took her to a pediatrician who in turn referred her to a psychiatrist and prescribed medication but little else, she said.
College student charged with threatening to kill roommate
HAMDEN, Conn. (AP) — A college student in Connecticut has been arrested after police say he chased his roommate with a knife and threatened to kill him.
Hamden police on Wednesday announced Quinnipiac University student Josiah Diaz-Cregan was charged with reckless endangerment, threatening and disorderly conduct.
Authorities say Diaz-Cregan, of Meriden, and his roommate got into an argument Monday shortly before the threatening incident. No injuries were reported.
Police investigate vandalism at historic cemetery
MERIDEN, Conn. (AP) — Authorities in Connecticut say gravestones at a historic cemetery were vandalized.
WVIT-TV reports St. Patricks' Cemetery in Meriden was recently vandalized with graffiti images and profanity. Most of the graves date back to the late 1800s. The cemetery is maintained by the Catholic Cemeteries Association.
Neighbors say many people play the game Pokemon Go at the cemetery.
Bomb squad blows up abandoned pressure cooker near school
MERIDEN, Conn. (AP) — A police bomb squad has blown up a pressure cooker that was found abandoned near a Connecticut elementary school, scaring parents and prompting a shelter-in-place order for students and staff.
Meriden police responded to a reported suspicious item near Israel Putnam Elementary School at about 8 a.m. Thursday.
12-year-old girl who fought armed robber honored by city
MERIDEN, Conn. (AP) — A 12-year-old girl who tried to protect her family by jumping on the back of an armed robber has been honored by her Connecticut city.
The city of Meriden on Friday honored Leslie Meza Ruiz for her bravery.
Police say Meza Ruiz jumped on the back of the armed robber who was trying to steal cash out of the register at her family's convenience store.
Officials: Red-tailed hawk injured by metal pellet
MERIDEN, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut environmental officials say a red-tailed hawk was injured by a metal pellet.
Connecticut State Environmental Conservation Police say the young hawk was found near at a house in Meriden near Interstate 691. The bird was taken to Kensington Bird and Animal Hospital where veterinarians found a pellet embedded in its left wing and a break in its ulna bone.
Arts school teacher charged with sexually assaulting student
MERIDEN, Conn. (AP) — A former teacher at a Connecticut magnet school has been charged with engaging in a sexual relationship with a 14-year-old student.
The Record-Journal reports that 28-year-old Brian Marshall was arraigned Monday on charges of sexual assault and risk of injury to a minor and released on $25,000 bond.
Record-Journal Publishing sells Rhode Island newspaper
MERIDEN, Conn. (AP) — The Record-Journal Publishing Co. has agreed to sell The Westerly Sun to a publishing group that owns newspapers in Rhode Island.
Police: Woman struck and killed while crossing highway
WALLINGFORD, Conn. (AP) — Police in Connecticut say a woman walking on an interstate highway has been struck and killed by a vehicle.
Police say 56-year-old Sharon Ryan was struck while walking toward the Interstate 91 median in Wallingford at about 9:30 p.m. Wednesday.
Connecticut court vacates conviction in Amber Alert case
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The Connecticut Supreme Court has vacated a felony murder conviction in a case that included the first Amber Alert ever issued in the state.
The high court, in a decision released Thursday, found that Jennifer Helmedach's lawyers should have told the then 24-year-old about a plea offer before she testified about her role in the September 2004 slaying of 20-year-old Faye Bennett in Meriden.
The ruling upholds an earlier Appellate Court decision.
LYME, Conn. (AP) — Police in Connecticut say they have recovered the body of a man who went missing while swimming in the Connecticut River.
Department of Energy and Environmental Protection officials identified the body found Tuesday as 42-year-old Edwin Andino of Meriden. Andino was reported missing Sunday when he disappeared around 6 p.m. while swimming at a beach in the village of Hadlyme.
The body was recovered near the Hadlyme ferry launch in Lyme.
EAST HADDAM, Conn. (AP) — Divers plan to resume searching for a missing swimmer in the Connecticut River.
WFSB-TV reports a 40-year-old man from Meriden was with his family on Sunday when he disappeared around 6 p.m. while swimming at a beach in the village of Hadlyme.
Dive teams from Middletown and Portland searched until darkness for the man, whose name has not been released. They were expected to continue the search on Monday.
Malloy launches lead poisoning awareness campaign
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut is re-launching a campaign to educate minority parents about the dangers of childhood lead poisoning.
The campaign, consisting of billboards, advertisements on social media and public service announcements, will be funded by a grand from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
MERIDEN, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut prison inmate has pleaded guilty to running a cocaine distribution ring from behind bars.
Federal prosecutors say 30-year-old Westley Northrup, of Meriden, pleaded guilty this week to conspiracy to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute cocaine and cocaine base.
MERIDEN, Conn. (AP) — Powerful storms are rolling through New England, causing power outages and street flooding.
The National Weather Service has posted a flash flood watch for much of the region and a flood advisory is in effect for parts of eastern Massachusetts, including Boston and much of Rhode Island.
Forecasters are expecting minor flooding in poor drainage areas.
MERIDEN, Conn. (AP) — A federal judge has ruled that a lawsuit filed against a Connecticut city and local police officials by a longtime critic of the police department can move forward.
Christopher Dingwell Sr. in his suit says the department issued a news release about his son's arrest in an attempt to embarrass him. Dingwell also says the department blocked him from posting on its Facebook page in violation of his First Amendment rights.
Man says he beat mother, burned her body in fire pit
MERIDEN, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut man charged with killing his mother told police horrific details about her death.
Police records released Monday during the Meriden Superior Court arraignment of 34-year-old Kyle Tucker said Tucker told police he bashed his mother's head with a baseball bat and then burned her body in a fire pit for eight hours.
He is being held on $5 million bail until a June 19 court appearance.
Police: Man confesses to killing mother
HAMDEN, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut man who has been charged with killing his mother allegedly confessed in a police interview.
The New Haven Register reports 34-year-old Kyle Tucker is being held on $ 5 million bail and will be arraigned in Superior Court in Meriden on Monday.
Police say his mother, 60-year-old Donna Tucker of Hamden, was reported missing Friday.
MERIDEN, Conn. (AP) — All public school students in a Connecticut city will receive free breakfast and lunch starting in the fall.
The Meriden Board of Education has voted to accept additional funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Community Eligibility Provision program in order to provide free meals at the city's 12 public schools.
Police searching for painkiller theft suspects
MERIDEN, Conn. (AP) — Authorities are seeking the public's help in identifying four people who stole almost $60,000 worth of painkillers from a Connecticut pharmacy.
Meriden police say the theft happened during the afternoon of May 21 at the Walgreens Pharmacy on East Main Street.
Surveillance footage posted to the department's Facebook page shows two people jumping into the pharmacy window. Officials say the four people in the photos stole 'highly potent pain pills."